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Friday, May 27, 2016


Collaborating for a Cure

Photos By: Rob Rich

Ramona Singer With Jean Shafiroff

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted its third annual Collaborating for a Cure Luncheon at the private Upper East Side residence of Andrea Stark. The event honored Oscar de la Renta with a fashion presentation showcasing the fashion house’s pre-fall 2016 designs before a private audience, and benefited the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. Guests in attendance included Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, Ramona Singer, Andrea Stark, Jean Shafiroff, Pamela Morgan, Erica Fineberg, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Ingeborg Rennert, Bernice Schwartz and Randi Schatz among others.

 Marion Waxman With Andrea Stark And Pamela Morgan

The luncheon was the third annual event of its kind to raise funds for the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, with all event proceeds benefiting the charity. Event Chair Pamela Morgan welcomed guests to the event prior to the fashion presentation, and thanked Andrea Stark for opening her home to host this year’s Ladies Luncheon. She introduced Marion Waxman who said a few words about the luncheon, and how it was initiated by Erica Fineberg three years ago.

Dr. Samuel Waxman spoke to the guests about the increasing risk of developing cancer as one ages and mentioned the organization’s new research program investigating the genetic causes of increased incidence of cancer as people age. He mentioned that this ongoing research aims to collaborate with the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Waxman went on to mention the important advances the foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, known as the Institute Without Walls, has reached in trying to find less toxic cancer treatment methods. He also mentioned that SWCRF has made major breakthroughs in breast cancer research in the past few years, and how this important work is made possible by charitable donations.

Following Dr. Waxman’s speech, Chris Tully, Senior Director of RTW US at Oscar de la Renta went on to thank Dr. Waxman and the SWCRF for inviting them to showcase their fashions at this important fundraiser and mentioned Mr. de la Renta's own struggle with cancer that led to his passing in 2014. Ms. Tully introduced the pre-fall 2016 designs that the models would be showcasing, after which the fashion presentation took place.

A raffle was also held, featuring items such as a Large Metal Collar Necklace in Antique Gold from Lafayette 148; one month of unlimited blowouts and/or express styles at Glam & Go; a wallet from Hugo Boss; Long Silk Tassel Clip Earrings from Oscar de la Renta; a gift card toward Verve Medical Cosmetics and products from Firm Commitment, Tocca, Lollia & Jane Iredale; a John Varvatos package of colognes, sunglasses and his book; and a cashmere collection from Arlotta Cashmere.

About the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF)

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develops minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $90 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe.

For more information on SWCRF, visit:


Maria Van Vlodrop And Stephanie Manasseh

The Accessible Art Fair and its US partner MvVo ART, hosted a Jury Meeting where over 50 top contemporary artists were selected by a prominent jury on May 2nd, 2016. The lucky artists selected will be part of the 2016 Accessible Art Fair for top emerging and mid-career artists of quality which will be held at The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park, New York, November 1st to November 25th, 2016. The final list of participating artists will be released by the art fair’s primary media partner Artnet – the leading online resource for the international art market – later in May 2016.

The Jury Meeting was held at the Lowell Hotel in Manhattan – perfectly situated within the “museum mile”. At the meeting, the jurors made their final selection from a large pool of American, European and International artists. Neuhaus chocolates provided the jury with delectable chocolates to nibble on throughout the day. Primary media partner Artnet’ Editor in Chief Rozalia Jovanovic was a panelist at the jury meeting. A newly announced partner of the art fair is leading microblogging platform and social networking website Tumblr.

The 50 carefully selected artists will exhibit paintings, sculptures and photography encompassing a variety of styles. The prominent jury which handpicked these artists included experts from Sotheby’s, Gagosian Gallery, Christie’s Collectrium and Artnet. The artists selected will be offered the opportunity to show their art during the Accessible Art Fair’s month-long fair in November 2016 at The National Arts Club, whose mission is to stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts – providing artists with a platform to be discovered by the art world, collectors and the general public.

To ensure the quality of the works presented, the expert panel for the 2016 edition of the fair included: Stephanie Manasseh (Chief Curator), Rozalia Jovanovic (Editor in Chief at Artnet), Kevin Doyle (Sotheby’s), Shaune Arp (Gagosian Gallery), Ann Lydecker Bunge (Christie’s Collectrium), Shari Brownfield (Art Advisor), Rachel Rees (Sutton), Sophie Clauwaert (European Art Advisor)

The Accessible Art Fair, which is a concept originating from Brussels by Founder Stephanie Manasseh, breaks with traditional art boundaries. The artists are in direct contact with an art buying public as well as art influencers. MvVO ART’s Maria van Vlodrop describes the fair as a unique concept that she felt compelled to bring to New York given the wealth of talent looking to exhibit in one of the world’s most prominent art metropolises: “I am proud to partner with Stephanie and bring this new art fair to New York City and support emerging and established artists of quality in such an intimate venue as The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park.” Notable members of The National Arts Club include Martin Scorsese and Uma Thurman and works by famous artists such as Dali and Jeff Koons have been exhibited at the club.

Keeping in line with the Accessible Art Fair guidelines, artists get to keep the majority of their proceeds thanks to corporate sponsors committed to supporting the artists. European sponsors of the Accessible Art Fair have included BMW and Montblanc. All sponsorship or other inquiries for the 2016 New York Accessible Art Fair should be addressed to

About MvVO ART:

MvVo ART is in the business of creating opportunities for emerging and established artists of quality, collectors, corporate art sponsors and their guests to discover each other. At its debut in November 2016, MvVO ART will bring the Accessible Art Fair from its home in Brussels to the heart of the New York Art scene: The National Arts Club at Gramercy Park in Manhattan for a month long exhibition (November 1 to November 25, 2016). Maria van Vlodrop is the Founder and President of MvVO ART. In a new venture, Maria has partnered with Stephanie Manasseh, Founder & Director of Accessible Art Fair, to co-found and direct the Accessible Art Fair’s New York edition, uncover new talent and encourage organizations to associate their brands with art to provide their customers with unique experiences.

For more information about MvVO ART, visit

About the Accessible Art Fair:

Accessible Art Fair’s mission is to offer a platform for artists and designers and make them accessible to a discerning audience. Accessible Art Fair offers the opportunity to purchase quality works of art and design and meet the creators behind the work. All their works are carefully selected and hand-picked by a panel of experts and guaranteed the quality of the art presented. Accessible Art Fair is the place to discover great talent. The Accessible Art Fair also strives to make the art purchasing experience as pleasant as possible by removing the barriers between the buyer and the artist. Founder Stephanie Manasseh started the organization in 2007 with the goal to create a platform for both talented emerging and established artists to sell their work to the art buying public.

For more information about the Accessible Art Fair, visit

About the Lowell Hotel:

Established as a luxury hotel since 1927 and privately owned, The Lowell remains one of the few properties where guests feel the welcome of home every time they check in. The beautiful landmarked hotel on East 63rd Street, between Madison and Park Avenues, is a short stroll from New York City’s best shopping and just blocks from Central Park. Situated amongst the most exclusive addresses on the Upper East Side, The Lowell is the picture of classic New York elegance. Sixty percent of the hotel is dedicated to spacious suites, furnished with the comforts of a stylish pied-à-terre; luxurious terraces, kitchens, wood-burning fireplaces, and concierge services to cater one’s every whim. Long the New York hotel of choice for “in the know” world travelers, The Lowell is poised to become even more sought-after in late summer 2016 with a new restaurant and bar, library lounge, and garden in addition to updates to the lobby and Pembroke Room.

For more information about the Lowell Hotel, visit

The Lowell Hotel
28 East 63rd St (at Madison Ave)
New York, NY 10065

Photo By: Patrick McMullan


Jane Krakowski

The 34th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, which recognizes outstanding achievements in dance on Broadway and in film. This year’s Award Recipients included Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Nigel Lythgoe, Creator & Executive Director of So You Think You Can Dance. Choreographer Maurice Hines received a special award for his body of work in the field of dance. Dr. Joan Fallon also received an award for special achievement in the field of autism and related disorders.

The gala evening, which was held at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York, commenced with a Red Carpet & VIP Cocktail Reception followed by the Performances & Awards Ceremony, after which a VIP After Party was held at the Hebrew Union College to which some 350 award recipients, performers and well-wishers attended. Over the course of the night, a number of special performances were made.

Maurice Hines & Judith Jamison
The evening’s presenters included Tony Award Nominee Patricia Birch, Tony Award Nominee Leanne Cope, Tony Award Nominee Don Correia, Tony Award Nominee Sandy Duncan, Tony Award Nominee Charlotte D’Amboise, Tony Award Nominee Robert Fairchild, Tony Award Winner Christopher Gattelli, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Tony Award Winner Joel Grey, Obie Award Winner Jackie Hoffman, Tony Award Nominee Terrence Mann, NYCB Principal Dancer Tiler Peck, Tony Award Winner Susan Stroman, Tony Award Nominee Tony Yazbeck, Producer Randi Zuckerberg. There were also several live performances throughout the evening, featuring Emmy Winner and Drama Desk Nominee Spencer Liff, So You Think You Can Dance Season 10 Winner Amy Yakima, Broadway Dancer Francesca Harper, Tony Award Nominee Desmond Richardson, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Company Member Rachael McLaren, and the cast of Broadway’s On Your Feet.

All proceeds from the event will benefit non-profit 501 c(3) organization The Douglas Watt Family Fund for the Performing Arts, which provides Dance and Movement Therapy for autistic and disabled children in New York City. The goal of the organization is to bring artistic expression to the developmentally disabled children in our community. The event was produced by Patricia Watt, NYC Dance Alliance, Fred Astaire Studios and consulting producers Todd Allan and Beth Bogush, with Associate Producers Jessica Zippin and Alix Michel.

The evening started off with the Latin inspired performance “Tradición” from the musical On Your Feet, written by Emilio Estefan and Gloria Estefan and choreographed by Sergio Trujilo. This was followed by a welcome speech from Patricia Watt and Joe Lanteri, after which the Special Achievement in the Field of Autism and Related Disorders Award was bestowed on Dr. Joan Fallon. This announcement was followed by a few words from Jessica Zippin about the organization’s Dance & Movement Therapy Program and the big difference it makes in the lives of children with autism and severe cognitive dysfunction.

The first dance award of the evening, presented by Kiera Chaplin, was won by Dave Scott for High Strung in the category Outstanding Choreography in a Feature Film of which the nominees included: Luke Broadlick, Teresa Espinosa, Alison Faulk & Channing Tatum (MagicMike XXL); Christopher Gattelli (Hail, Caesar!); Aakomon Jones (Pitch Perfect 2); Joey Pizzi (Lucky Stiff); Fatima Robinson & Charm Jordan (Dance Camp) and Dave Scott (High Strung).

Next was the evening’s second performance “Let’s Face the Music & Dance” by The Fred Astaire Dance Studios, choreographed by Steven Powell. The lively dance performance featured music from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.

For the first time this year, the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards recognized excellence in dance, movement, and choreography Off-Broadway. The Off-Broadway awards for the 2015-2016 season were presented next by Jackie Hoffman and Randi Zuckerberg.

Rumi Oyama (Sayonara) was the winner of the category for Outstanding Female Dancer Off-Broadway. Nominees included: Yesenia Ayala (Trip Of Love); Leslie Kritzer (Robber Bridegroom); Rumi Oyama (Sayonara); Jaime Lynn Verazin (Standard Time); Ellen Zolezzi (Cagney).

The award for Outstanding Male Dancer Off-Broadway was won by Robert Creighton (Cagney). The nominees included: Jeremy Benton (Cagney); Dave Thomas Brown (The Legend Of Georgia Mcbride); Robert Creighton (Cagney); Cory Lingner (Once Upon A Mattress); Matt McGrath (The Legend Of Georgia Mcbride).

The Award for Outstanding Choreography Off-Broadway resulted in a tie between Connor Gallagher (of The Robber Bridegroom) and Paul McGill (of The Legend of Georgia Mcbride). Nominees in this category included: Joshua Bergasse (Cagney); Martha Clarke (Angel Reapers); Connor Gallagher (The Robber Bridegroom); Paul McGill (The Legend Of Georgia Mcbride); James Ortiz, Claire Karpen & Will Gallacher (The Woodsman); Sergio Trujillo & Darrell Grand Moultrie (Invisible Thread).

The performance “A Humble Tribute” was then performed by dancers (and also choreographed by) Leo and John Manzari.

Next, Choreographer Maurice Hines, who appeared Off-Broadway this season in his show Tappin’ Through Life, was recognized with a special recognition award for Outstanding Body of Work in Dance. In his remarked he told the audience of how “my final work was choreography of ballet dancers for Stevie Wonder and I was working through the project a life-time of memories and experiences came flooding back.”

This was followed by two back-to-back performances. First, “Where Do I Begin”, choreographed by Spencer Liff, followed by “Dr. Jazz”, choreographed by Warren Carlyle.

The third special award recipient of the evening was Nigel Lythgoe, Creator & Executive Director of So You Think You Can Dance. In accepting the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Dance he noted self-deprecatingly that, “I was the original Billy Elliot. I could take dance lessons only if I took boxing lessons also – after three broken noses dance and choreography became my true focus”.

The performance “For a Sophisticated Lady” was then held by Francesca Harper and Desmond Richardson, staged by Chet Walker and with music by Duke Ellington. After this, an excerpt from CRY (1971) was performed, choreographed by Alvin Ailey and restaged by Masazumi Chaya.

The fourth and last special award of the evening, presented by Patricia Birch and Joel Gray, was given to Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. When awarded the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award she noted that, “People always ask me ‘why did you want to be a dancer?’ to which I reply that I always felt I needed to be a dancer.”

Thereafter, the award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show was presented by Christopher Gattelli, and included: Bright Star, Dames at Sea, Fiddler on the Roof, Hamilton, On Your Feet, School of Rock, She Loves Me, Shuffle Along and Spring Awakening, with the Award being presented to Shuffle Along.

Phillip Attmore (of Shuffle Along) won the award for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show, which was presented by Leanne Cope and Tony Yazbeck. Nominees included: Phillip Attmore (Shuffle Along); Alex Brightman (School of Rock); Daveed Diggs (Hamilton); Carlos E. Gonzalez (On Your Feet); Curtis Holland (Shuffle Along); Kendrick Jones (Shuffle Along); Luis Salgaldo (On Your Feet).

The category Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show, presented by Charlotte d’Amboise and Terrence Mann, included nominees: Mara Davi (Dames at Sea); Deanna Doyle (Tuck Everlasting); Sandra Mae Frank (Spring Awakening); Jane Krakowski (She Loves Me); Eloise Kropp (Dames at Sea); Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet); Adrienne Warren (Shuffle Along). The award was won by Jane Krakowski (She Loves Me).

The last award of the evening for Outstanding Choreographer in a Broadway Show, presented by Sandi Duncan and Don Correia, resulted in a three way tie between Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), Savion Glover (Shuffle Along) and Sergio Trujillo (On Your Feet). The nominees were: Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton); Warren Carlyle (She Loves Me); Savion Glover (Shuffle Along); Lorin Latarro (Waitress); Spencer Liff (Spring Awakening); Casey Nicholaw (Tuck Everlasting); Josh Rhodes (Bright Star); Hofesh Shechter (Fiddler on the Roof); Randy Skinner (Dames at Sea) and Sergio Trujillo (On Your Feet).

The Awards Ceremony concluded with the performance “Gloria”, featuring a mix of Gloria Estefan music and choreographed by Justin M. Lewis and Mark Orsborn.

The Off-Broadway Committee was comprised of Andy Sandberg (Chair), Jonathan Herzog, Michael Milton, Nikki Feirt Atkins, Judith Jamison, and Lee Roy Reams. The winners were announced on May 16th at the annual Astaire Awards ceremony alongside the 2015-2016 Broadway and Film Awards.

The Nominating Committee Chair was Wendy Federman, supported by committee members: Nikki Atkins, Ted Chapin, Pat Collins, Don Correia, Sandy Duncan, Jonathan C. Herzog, Judith Jamison, Anna Kisselgoff, Pia Lindstrom, Donna McKechnie, Bruce Michael, Mary McColl, Michael Milton, Mary Beth O’Connor, Laura Penn, Wendy Perron, Lee Roy Reams, Andy Sandberg and Harry Haun.

The Honorary Committee for the 34th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards was comprised of: Karole Armitage, Rob Ashford, Hinton Battle, Bob Balaban, Marisa Berenson, Anna Bergman, Patricia Birch, Chase Brock, Tricia Brouk, Ron Brown, Jeff Calhoun, Warren Carlyle, Marge Champion, Wayne Cilento, Louis Hirschfeld Cullman, Arlene Dahl, Jacques D’Amboise, Graciela Daniele, Peter Darling, Marguerite Derricks, Kelly Devine, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Eve Ensler, Daniel Ezralow, Jules Fisher, Roberta Flack, Wilhelmina Frankfurt, Mario Fratti, Christopher Gattelli, Mitzi Gaynor, Kearran Giovanni, Savion Glover, Joel Grey, Peggy Hickey, Steven Hoggett, JoAnn Hunter, Anne Jackson, Susan Jaffee, Denis Jones, Paul Katz, Larry Keigwin, Daniel Knechtges, Spencer Liff, Michele Lynch, Kathleen Marshall, Rob Marshall, Julie McDonald, Donna McKechnie, Joey McKneely, Stephen Mear, Liza Minnelli, Jerry Mitchell, Bebe Neuwirth, Phyllis Newman, Casey Nicholaw, Marsha Norman, Kenny Ortega, Robert Osbourne, Jeffrey Page, Daniel Pelzig, Jane Powell, Josh Prince, Ann Reinking, Michael Rubenstein, Wendy Seyb, Lisa Schriver, Randy Skinner, Victoria Traube, Sergio Trujillo, Anthony van Laast, Chet Walker, Patti Wilcox and Matt Williams.

About The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards

The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards were established in 1982 to recognize outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway and in film. The annual awards were established with the cooperation of Fred Astaire to also honor his sister Adele, who starred with her brother in ten Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931. The Fred & Adele Awards remain the gold standard for excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and film. Since 1982, additional awards have been added, including the award for best choreography in film, the lifetime achievement award, and a unique award determined annually for exceptional contribution to the field.

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Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Maggie Gyllenhaal

NEW YORK — Maggie Gyllenhaal, award-winning actress and star of the upcoming HBO series “The Deuce,” has signed on as the American Civil Liberties Union’s ambassador for privacy and security.

“We as a democracy should have a greater say in how the government uses the incredibly powerful tools at its disposal to conduct mass surveillance and restrict liberties in the name of supposed national security goals,” said Gyllenhaal. “I’m proud to join the ACLU in its fight to ensure that people retain control over their private lives.”

In her role, Gyllenhaal will support the ACLU’s work to rein in the government’s surveillance practices, to ensure that meaningful privacy protections mitigate intelligence agencies’ collection of citizens’ data, and to help inform citizens of their privacy rights and the ways in which they can hold local law enforcement departments accountable when they use invasive technologies against ordinary people.

She will also combat government efforts to weaken cybersecurity and speak out on other government abuses in the name of the so-called “war on terror,” such as the indefinite detention without charge or trial of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay.

In her first effort on behalf of the ACLU, Gyllenhaal sent an email today to the organization’s supporters asking them to back efforts to free Mohamedou Slahi, a Mauritanian citizen and the author of the bestselling memoir “Guantánamo Diary” who has been detained at the prison without charge or trial since 2002.

“Mohamedou is not only the central character in the moving and eye-opening book Guantánamo Diary — he is a man of flesh and blood,” she wrote. “He has spent the last 14 years in Guantánamo Bay prison as an innocent man. And he urgently needs our help.”

Gyllenhaal is an Oscar-nominated actress whose film work has included, “Secretary,” “Crazy Heart,” “Dark Knight,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” and many more. Last year, she starred in the BBC/SundanceTV original series “The Honorable Woman,” for which she garnered a 2015 Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award nomination, and an Emmy Award nomination. More recently, she narrated “Truth and Power,” a documentary series on Pivot TV exploring the invasive use of technology by our government.

Launched in October 2013, the ACLU’s Ambassador Project pairs artists from television, film, music, and comedy with issue priorities. Like other ambassadors, Gyllenhaal will promote ACLU work online and in the media. She joins an impressive ACLU ambassador roster: Michael K. Williams on ending mass incarceration; Demian Bichir for immigrants’ rights; Harry Belafonte on the overincarceration of juveniles; W. Kamau Bell for racial justice; Lewis Black for voting rights; Melissa Etheridge for marijuana reform; Jesse Tyler Ferguson on marriage rights for same-sex couples; Sasheer Zamata on women’s rights; and Marlee Matlin for disability rights.


Monday, May 16, 2016


Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore attended GODVIA’s 90th Anniversary at Marlborough Gallery in New York City the other day.

Sunday, May 15, 2016


Jean Shafiroff

Vipp Jaswal
Discussing the hot topic of charitable giving this Sunday on Fox News Radio is Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist and author of new book Successful Philanthropy: How To Make a Life by What You Give. In this week’s Vipp Jaswal Report – airing Sunday, May 15th, 2016 at 6:00pm – Vipp is asking if we are charitable from a sense of obligation to give to the less fortunate or if we are really maximizing what giving to others can truly mean for our own satisfaction. To help answer this question is Jean Shafiroff, professional philanthropist and fundraiser who sits on the board of seven charities. Shafiroff, who has been named one of the top 100 most Powerful New Yorkers by Gotham Magazine, also recently added author to her extensive resume.

Shafiroff’s book Successful Philanthropy: How To Make a Life by What You Give is a practical guide offering advice for modern giving that redefines philanthropy for today’s era. Shafiroff comments that, “Describing yourself as a philanthropist may seem odd at first. For some people, being a philanthropist sounds like something limited only to those who give large financial gifts. But the truth is that philanthropy is accessible to anyone.”

Successful Philanthropy: How To Make a Life by What You Give [Hatherleigh Press/Penguin Random House] is available to order in Hardcover and E-Reader on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound [ISBN 978-1578266173]. The book is also available for purchase wherever books are sold.


Sunday, May 15th, 2016

6:00pm – 7:00pm


The Vipp Jaswal Report

Also available on demand:

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Thursday, May 12, 2016


Manhattan Moonshine

So you want to start drinking Whiskey? Well, where do you start? Much like deciding to suddenly start drinking wine, deciding to start drinking Whiskey can be a daunting task. With endless varietals, a generally intimidating population of connoisseurs, and flavors wholly unlike those found in other liquors, beginning to drink Whiskey can be very intimidating.

Now, with more and more millennials becoming interested in trying Whiskey for the first time, a need has arisen for an approachable Whiskey, that is soft enough for new Whiskey drinkers and does not have the unfamiliar flavors that typically turn new drinkers away from Whiskey: oak and smoke. Enter Manhattan Moonshine, a Whiskey aged less than one hour so that instead of heavy oak and smoke flavors, it simply has a soft grain-forward sweetness and round, spicy finish, making it more approachable for new Whiskey drinkers and an easier transition from the Vodka, Gin, or Tequila that they were previously drinking.

In addition to being softer and more approachable than heavily aged Whiskeys, Manhattan Moonshine has another trick up its sleeve that has been drawing in new drinkers: versatility. Because it lacks the heavier barrel flavors that limit the ingredients that aged Whiskeys can mix with, Manhattan Moonshine can actually replace other spirits in their respective cocktails. Put simply, this means that millennials looking to start drinking Whiskey can start by using Manhattan Moonshine in their current favorite cocktail. Whether it is a Margarita, a Cosmopolitan, or a Martini, Manhattan Moonshine easily replaces the main liquor ingredient and adds a complexity and boldness of flavor that only a Whiskey can supply, while also providing a smooth transition into Whiskey for new drinkers.

It is this same versatility that is exciting the top bars and restaurants across New York, where top mixology programs like Macao Trading Co. and Apotheke are using Manhattan Moonshine to create new, never before seen cocktails that cater to the ever increasing number of millennials that are interested in drinking Whiskey. Whether in a Moonshine Negroni or a Whiskeypolitan (a Whiskey Cosmopolitan), Manhattan Moonshine is being used to reinvigorate classic cocktails and to create seasonal cocktail creations with ingredients from matcha green tea to lavender.

The Manhattan Moonshine formula was carefully created during a year of experimentation by Manhattan Moonshine Founder and CEO, William Kehler, and Master Distiller and author, Ian Smiley, who literally wrote the book on moonshine. The result of this work is a unique grain bill featuring a combination of Oats, Rye, Spelt (an ancestral form of wheat) and Malted Barley, all grown in New York state, and a unique production process. With its unique grain bill and production process, Manhattan Moonshine is able to deliver a smooth, grain-forward, Whiskey flavor that no other silver Whiskey is able to create. Ultimately, this soft yet complex flavor and the versatility that it enables are what have allowed Manhattan Moonshine to establish itself as a staple in the New York cocktail scene and a perfect entry point for new Whiskey drinkers.

Manhattan Moonshine’s unmistakable 750 ml Art Deco decanter retails at the MSRP of $39.99.

About Manhattan Moonshine:

Manhattan Moonshine is the world’s first luxury silver Whiskey and has been designed to be the perfect Whiskey for cocktails and for new Whiskey drinkers. The Manhattan Moonshine Company, LLC was founded in 2013 by William Kehler to establish silver Whiskey as a legitimate expression of Whiskey that is competitive with Aged-Whiskey in flavor, quality and class. Using a unique grain bill featuring a combination of Oats, Rye, Spelt (an ancestral form of wheat) and Malted Barley with its unique production process, a collaboration between Kehler and whiskey expert Ian Smiley to create the formulation. Manhattan Moonshine delivers a smooth, grain-forward, Whiskey flavor that no other silver Whiskey is able to create. A New York City native, Kehler is a New York City native and Whiskey enthusiast who is fascinated by the Prohibition era, Art Deco design and the Jazz age.

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Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale was in fashion at The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in New York City.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Megan Hilty

Megan Hilty looked stunning and in fashion at the 17th Annual AudienceChoice Awards at 48 Lounge yesterday in New York City.

Saturday, May 07, 2016


Domenico Vacca And Eleonora Pieroni

Victoria Silvstedt

Italian designer Domenico Vacca celebrated the grand opening of his new flagship destination. The flagship is a 10-story building off Fifth Avenue that includes Men’s and Women’s Retail, a Bespoke Atelier, an Italian Espresso Bar & Café, Barber Shop, Beauty Salon, Rooftop Terrace, Art Gallery, Private Members-Only Club, and 30 long-term stay furnished residential units designed by Vacca himself.

Following a red carpet arrival complemented by a beautiful Maserati display, guests were able to explore the various elements of The Domenico Vacca flagship while enjoying specialty cocktails by Disaronno. VIPs were later invited to join Domenico in the exclusive DV Club for dinner and live entertainment by special guests including the Umberto Smalia Band, while sipping Disaronno Riserva and tasting culinary delights from Truffle Sommelier, Christine Berni-Silverstein from Master Chef.

The grand opening event was sponsored by Disaronno, Saicaf, Sofia Falleroni from the Corcoran Group Real Estate, Urbani Truffles, Calvisius Caviar, and Maserati of Manhattan (who will be partnering with The Domenico Vacca long-term by providing the Maserati Quattroporte as the Domenico Vacca house car).

Notable guests included: Maxwell (Singer: wore Domenico Vacca for the event), Shaun Toub (Homeland: wore Domenico Vacca for the event), Savion Glover (Tap Dancer), Paul Haggis (Director: Crash, Million Dollar Baby), Joseph Sitt (Founder of Thor Equities), Michael Cayre (Midtown Equities), Jonathan Cheban (Celebrity Publicist), Pat Morrison (NY Giants), Chris Houston (NFL), Dereck Faulkner (NFL), Plaxico Burress (NFL), Steve Maneri (NFL), Dale Moss (NFL) Daniel Boulud (Restaurateur), Jordan Roth (Broadway Producer), Sammy Adams (Musician), Kaki West (Model), Victoria Silvstedt (Model), Bianca Espada (E!’s Rich Kids of Beverly Hills), Alex & Andrew Harris (Models), Pamela Liebman (President & CEO, Corcoran), Todd English (Celebrity Chef), Francesco Pannella (TV Star, Brooklyn Man an downder of Antica Pesa in New York and Rome), Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim (Curator) and Domenico Vacca’s fiancée, Eleonora Pieroni wearing a couture Domenico Vacca silk red dress with jewelry from Chopard.

About Domenico Vacca:

Domenico Vacca is on a mission to bring back exceptional luxury and quality to fashion. Born in Italy, in Andria, Vacca‘s family was for decades deeply rooted in the craft of fashion. In 2002, Vacca launched his own label to spread the latest sartorial trends in fashion with a lifestyle clothing and accessories collection for men and women. By combining the best of Italian craftsmanship, superb fabrics, and an impeccable fit with a contemporary Italian cut, the Domenico Vacca label is often referred to as the Ferrari of clothing.

For Domenico Vacca, quality is the integrity to his namesake label. With 100 master tailors and 250 seamstresses who sew and construct his collection by hand in Naples, Italy, Vacca offers ultimate luxury in fashion where timeless pieces meet flattering fits, styles and fabrics create an exceptionally chic lifestyle collection. A unique and exclusive custom order program allows clients to choose from more than 2,000 fabrics and an unlimited selection of exotic skins in various colors for the accessories.

Domenico Vacca has become a favorite with Hollywood costume designers by collaborating with them to wardrobe lead actors and actresses in films such as The Son of No One (Al Pacino), Just Wright (Queen Latifah, Paula Patton), The Inside Man (Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer), Stranger Than Fiction (Dustin Hoffman, Will Ferrell, Queen Latifah), August Rush (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), American Gangster (Denzel Washington), The Kite Runner (Shaun Toub), The Lincoln Lawyer (Marisa Tomei), Morning Glory (Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford), and TV series such as HBO’s Entourage (Jeremy Piven), Lipstick Jungle (Brooke Shields), FX’s Damages (Glenn Close) and HBO’s In Treatment (Gabriel Byrne).

Domenico Vacca’s loyal customers include music’s biggest stars such as Kanye West, Usher, 50 Cent, L.A. Reid, Sean P. Diddy Combs, and Yoko Ono; A-list actors, Ashton Kutcher, Denzel Washington, Christopher Plummer, Dustin Hoffman, Jodie Foster, John Malkovich, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Melanie Griffith, Nicolette Sheridan, Queen Latifah, Alan Alda, Vincent Gallo, Michael Imperioli, Glenn Close, and Antonio Banderasn; athletes Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Scottie Pippen and Steve Smith; New York City’s Fortune 500 and VIPs Ronald Perelman, Ronald Lauder, Gustavo Cisneros, Edgar Bronfman Jr, Pepe Fanjul, Giuseppe Cipriani, Ivana Trump and Anne Bass along with designers Valentino and Tommy Hilfiger.

Vacca was recognized twice by the prestigious Robb Report Magazine with the Award for Best Italian Collection in their annual Best of the Best issue and was recognized by Best Life Magazine as the finest tie collection in the world.

The Domenico Vacca is located at 15 West 55th Street, New York, NY. For more information, visit


Geraldo Rivera

FOX News Channel (FNC) will present a one-hour special tonight entitled “Fox News Reporting: Beauty & the Beast – When Kate met Chapo,” hosted by Geraldo Rivera on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at 8:00PM/ET and Sunday, May 8th, 2016 at 9:00PM/ET. In this program, Rivera sits down with Mexican actress Kate del Castillo to discuss her relationship with Joaquin Guzman, better known as the head of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, “El Chapo.” She goes in-depth on how the two became pen-pals in addition to the secret meeting they later had with Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn.

Also during this special, Rivera reports on Chapo’s pending extradition to the United States, his fascination with Donald Trump, the role the Mexican government has played, as well as the potential impact his incarceration will have on the drug scourge in the U.S. Additionally, Rivera talks with former assistant special agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Operations Division for the Americas, Carl Pike.

The Beast: In our graphic real-life story the beast is billionaire drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, the head of the ruthless Sinaloa Drug Cartel, better known as “El Chapo” (‘Shorty’). Labeled: The bin Laden of Drug Dealers by the DEA, El Chapo was at large after escaping for a 2nd time from Altiplano Mexico’s most secure prison.

The Beauty: The beauty is Kate del Castillo, the sultry Mexican actress whose character Teresa Mendoza in the wildly popular Mexican prime time soap opera La Reina del Sur (‘Queen of the South’) became El Chapo’s destructive obsession. The fictional Teresa was a ruthless though charismatic drug dealer, and Chapo identified with her and he was crazy about Kate.

This in-depth special report chronicles how El Chapo and Kate became pen-pals, exchanging highly suggestive text messages both while he was in prison and later when he was on the lam.

The Jungle Rendezvous: So desperate was the world’s most wanted fugitive to see the object of his fascination that he risked everything to meet her face-to-face in a jungle rendezvous. Kate brought Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn with her for the high-stakes meeting.

Mexican and American authorities agree that El Chapo’s recapture was the direct result of the Beast’s need to see his Beauty.

The Special Report: With exclusive interviews with Ms. Del Castillo, Mexican authorities, DEA operatives and reporting from Beverly Hills to the Altiplano Prison in Mexico from which Chapo escaped, this Fox News special report chronicles the obsession; the rendezvous; the role Sean Penn played both during and after the steamy jungle meeting; the role of the Mexican government; the pending extradition of Guzman to the United States; his fascination with Donald Trump; and the impact, if any, Chapo’s incarceration will have on the terrible drug scourge his Sinaloa drug cartel has unleashed on the United States.

About Geraldo Rivera

Geraldo Rivera is currently host of Geraldo Rivera Reports on Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2001 as a war correspondent. Rivera began his career as a reporter for WABC-TV in New York where he presented a series exposing the deplorable conditions at the Willowbrook State School for the mentally ill. These award-winning reports led to a government investigation and the institution was eventually shut down.

Before becoming a member of the original cast of ABC's Good Morning America, Rivera presented the first television broadcast of the infamous Abraham Zapruder film of the assassination of President John Kennedy as host of ABC's Good Night America. He then began an eight-year association with ABC's 20/20 as an investigative reporter. One of his hour-long reports, The Elvis Cover-Up was for more than two decades 20/20's highest rated shows. In 1987, Geraldo began producing and hosting his ground breaking talk show The Geraldo Rivera Show for 11 years. In 1998, he hosted a series of highly rated investigative specials on NBC.

The winner of the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy journalism award (his third) for his NBC News documentary on Women In Prison, and the Scripps Howard Foundation national journalism award for Back to Bedlam, Rivera has received more than 170 awards for journalism, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, three national and seven local Emmys, two Columbia-Dupont and two additional Scripps Howard Journalism Awards.

Rivera is a veteran foreign correspondent who has been on the frontlines in virtually every international conflict since 1973. He has expertise in the Afghanistan region, covering the international drug wars of tribal territories in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. His vast war experience has spanned the violent coup in Chile and the Yom Kippur War to the civil wars in Guatemala, the Philippines and Nicaragua as well as the ethnic conflicts in Lebanon (1980-83) and Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo (1998-1999). In 2000, he went to Colombia to cover the country's civil war.

Prior to joining Fox News, Rivera served as host of CNBC's number-one rated prime time show, Rivera Live, where his critically-acclaimed coverage of the O.J. Simpson civil trial verdict set an all-time CNBC ratings record.

Rivera is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Brooklyn Law School and is the author of seven books.

Follow Geraldo @GeraldoRivera


Friday, May 06, 2016


Caila Quinn

Guests at the grand opening of Madonna&Co., Midtown East's first boutique equipped with a full beauty bar, enjoyed hair analytics and shopped along with Bachelor alum Caila Quinn the other evening. 

Photo Courtesy Of: Domain

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Mackenzie Davis And Caitlin Fitzgerald

Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin Fitzgerald at the World Premiere Narrative of 'Always Shine' diring the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at Bowtie Cinemas in New York City.

Friday, April 15, 2016


Patti Smith And Ethan Hawke

Tribeca Talks Storytellers: Patti Smith with Ethan Hawke at SVA Theater during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival last night in New York City.


Gael Garcia Bernal

Gael Garcia Bernal was snapped at the 'Madly' Opening Night during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at Bow Tie Cinema last night in New York City.

Sunday, April 10, 2016


Elizabeth Murray

Everybody Knows...Elizabeth Murray is an intimate portrait of one of the greatest painters of our times. An early feminist and mother of three, the film gives viewers a privileged window into the artist’s struggles to balance family life while realizing her ferocious singular artistic drive. The film chronicles her remarkable journey with vérité footage and exclusive interviews with art world luminaries. The film also offers her personal insights as the artist is diagnosed with lung cancer while at the very height of her career. Murray’s struggles are reflected in her private journals, voiced in the film by Meryl Streep. The film will make its world premiere at the new Whitney Museum in Chelsea in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival. Pre-eminent production designer Kristi Zea makes her feature directorial debut with this film.

Please see screenings below:

Friday, April 15, P&I Screening, 1:30 PM, Regal Cinemas Battery Park Stadium 11

Saturday, April 23, Public Screening, 4:30 PM, Whitney Museum

Saturday, April 23, Public Screening, 7:30 PM, Whitney Museum

Sunday, April 24, Public Screening, 7:15 PM, Regal Cinemas Battery Park Stadium 11

Thursday, April 07, 2016


Eva Longoria

Actress Eva Longoria Co-Hosts The Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds 25th Anniversary Celebration and White Diamonds Night launch at The Glasshouses in New York City the other evening.


Cameron Diaz

Rachael Ray And Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz promoted 'The Longevity Book' at 92Y in New York City with her friend Rachael Ray.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016


Jean Shafiroff And Sara Johnson

International Fashion designer Romona Keveža hosted an Exclusive VIP Champagne Reception in honor of the 34th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards in her iconic New York Penthouse Flagship at One Rockefeller Plaza on Tuesday. Keveža presented her Spring 2016 collection which included red carpet classics favorited by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Arianna Grande and Kate Beckinsale.

The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards recognizes outstanding achievements in dance on Broadway and in film at their annual gala, which this year takes place on Monday May 16th, 2016.

Attendees at the event included: Romona Keveža, Patricia Watt, Jean Shafiroff, Pamela Morgan, Suzan Kremer, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Sean Young, Judith Regan, Sara Johnson, Wilhelmina Frankfurt, Ruth Brenner, Scarlett Pildes, Anne Akers and Sharon Marantz.

The guests, while enjoying champagne and caviar, were invited to meet the designer Romona Keveža, while also given the chance to learn about the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards and their collaboration with The Douglas Watt Family Fund for the Performing Arts, which provides Dance and Movement Therapy for autistic and disabled children in New York City. Patricia Watt, President of the Astaire Awards, held a thank you speech to guests and host Romona Keveža an hour into the event. The cocktail reception, which was attended by around 50 notable New Yorkers, came to a close at 8:00pm.