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27Sep/090

Fifth Avenue New York

DSCF5387Fifth Avenue, particularly between 34th-59th streets in Manhattan, New York, is one of the most famous, classiest shopping centers of the world. It is constantly ranked as one of the most expensive streets internationally as well. Forbes Magazine cited it as the most expensive street in the world for 2008. It is comparable to the Miracle Mile of Chicago or Knightsbridge in London.

Fifth Avenue officially starts at Washington Square Park in downtown Manhattan, goes through the heart of Midtown, against the side of Central Park up the Upper East Side, and then into Harlem, terminating at 142nd Street at the Harlem River.DSCF5360 It is also the division street for the East and West sides of Manhattan. The Empire State Building is also located on Fifth Avenue, between 33rd and 34th streets, in Midtown; Trump Tower is at 56th street.

Some luxury shopping centers include: Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor, Tiffany & Co, Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani, Saks Fifth Avenue, Juicy Couture, Dolce and Gabbana, Sephora, Fendi, Versace, Cole Haan, Kenneth Cole, Sergio Rossi, Brooks Brothers, Gucci, Piaget, FAO Schwartz and many more. Abercrombie and Fitch and the Apple store on Fifth Avenue are listed as the most successful retail stores. The Apple Store is a well-known landmark, being a 32-foot glass cube standing at East 58th Street.

DSCF5391If you are planning a shopping vacation, take note that there are many luxury hotels located on Fifth Avenue. There is the Hotel 373, Plaza Hotel, and Courtyard Marriott to choose from, all of which are very posh and comfortable.

22Sep/090

The Plaza Hotel: New York City

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The Plaza Hotel of New York City is famous for setting the standard for posh accommodation. It has 20 stories with 282 guest rooms, which includes 102 suites. It is in a perfect location for an extravagant NYC visit, as it is located by the shopping district of Fifth Avenue, which includes anything from Gucci to Giorgio Armani to Louis Vuitton, and then the entrance to Central Park South.

DSCF5397The Plaza was designed by architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh and was opened on October 1, 1907. When it opened, a room would cost $2.50. Today, that same room is $3,750. It is the only hotel in NYC to be designated as a National Historic Landmark. It is famous for being the site of the Eloise books by Kay Thompson, as well as movies like Plaza Suite (1971) and Home Alone Two: Lost in New York (1992).

There are various amenities that your stay will include. All rooms at the Plaza Hotel include Beaux Arts inspired decoration, white glove butler service, daily housekeeping service, Concierge Direct flat panel screen, wireless tablet to control heating and lighting, high speed internet access (for $14.95/day), electronic locking system, gold-plated Sherle Wagner fixtures, white marble vanities, Mascioni bath towels and linens (100% cotton), custom Miller Harris toiletries, hairdryer, refrigerated bar, 24 hour room service, hairdryer, spacious closets, patted hangers, in-room safe, DVD player, stereo system, music and video library access, iron and ironing board and newspapers. Cots and cribs are available upon request!

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There are several restaurants in the Plaza Hotel. One is the recently restored Oak Room, a cocktail lounge, which overlooks beautiful views of Central Park and has cityscape murals by Everett Shinn. Then there is the Rose Club, which is situated on two levels to overlook the Fifth Avenue Lobby. It has cocktail appetizers and a lighter gourmet menu. The Champagne Bar is a great place for tasting the world's best champagnes, as well as morning Continental or American Breakfasts with delicious designer coffees. Dress code for all of these establishments is Smart Casual.

The Health Club in the Plaza Hotel is also something else. It features steam rooms, designer skin products, fitness classes, an Olympic size pool and state-of-the art exercise machines. To get around New York City, the concierge will assist you in accessing taxi or limousine arrangements. Guests are also welcome to use the Rolls Royce Phantom.

21Sep/090

Blue Hills at Stone Barns

DSCF5302Blue Hills is an exquisite restaurant located on Stone Barns of the lush Rockefeller State Preserve. This restaurant is in Pocantico Hills, the Heart of Westchester County, located about thirty miles north of New York City.

Blue Hills was opened in the spring of 2004. It is a special restaurant on a four-season farm, with a mission of creating a consciousness of one's everyday food choices. The food is provided from around the farm grounds, which you can witness surrounding the restaurant, as well as around DSCF5316the greater Hudson Valley organic farms.

Blue Hills at stone barns does not have official menus. They offer lists with over 100 ingredients, which are updated daily. In terms of prices, a five-course tasting would be $105, a Farmer's Feast would be $135, and a four-course tasting lunch is $68. The September selection consists of Tuscan Kale, Asian pears, banana squash, golden raspberries, panther soybeans, Normandy ducks, Emmer wheat, Stone Barns Fall Honey and much more.

If you want to do an inventory, you are welcome to walk around the grounds of Stone Barns before your meals and view some of the gardens, DSCF5322livestock or bee harvests.

The wine list at Blue Hills is also extravagant and offers many local, domestic and imported selections. Wine comes by the glass and bottle, and champagnes run as high as $1850 per bottle (Moet and Chandon Dom Perignon, 1975). There are also some selections of craft beers and liquor.

To eat at Blue Hills, you must dress elegantly, but suits and ties are not required. Shorts in the dining room or terrace are not appreciated. Dinner is served on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00-10:00 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 5:00-11:00 PM. Lunch is served on Sundays from 11:30 AM-2:00 PM. You can make a reservation online, which is reserved instantly.

   

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