Escape the stresses of the city at these premiere urban spas

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Spa Castle New York, www.spacastleusa.com

There’s no shortage of rooms and services at this eclectic spa in College Point. Its modern facilities include a meditation room, sleeping room, sundeck, and fitness center – and that’s just their Healing Zone. Spa goers pay an entry fee to enter and are eligible for unlimited daily access to Spa Castle’s myriad of facilities. Any additional treatments guests undergo (and food and alcohol they consume) are tracked by a watch that is provided to each guest upon their arrival. more

Image: Kochiro Matsui

Image: Kochiro Matsui

Friday, May 29

6 p.m.: Join the French Embassy for the opening reception of the 8th Annual Films on the Green Festival, followed by a cocktail reception.

972 Fifth Avenue

http://www.consulfrance-newyork.org

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Esteemed designer, Lindsey Adelman discusses her fascination with lighting 

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

You could say designer Lindsey Adelman “saw the light” while working as an editorial assistant at the Smithsonian. While touring the museum’s Exhibition Fabrication Department, Adelman discovered the job she never knew she wanted: industrial designer.

In 1996, the English major received an industrial design degree from RISD, then went on to work for Resolute Lighting in Seattle before founding her own lighting company, Butter with David Weeks in 2000. In 2006, she established her name with the opening of the Lindsey Adelman Studios in NYC. Fast-forward nine years and hundreds of chandeliers later, and you have one of the premier lighting designers in the country. more

Up to 80% off retail prices on all women’s jewelry at Lulu Frost. Known for its statement pieces including necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, brooches, and more, the jewelry line incorporates everything from Victorian to Deco influences. The Lulu Frost collection has a devout following of celebrities including Lady Michelle Obama and Taylor Swift. The brand also frequently collaborates on custom collections with J.Crew. more

Weekly home and design picks from our Editor, Lynn Adams Smith

Frances Palmer Pottery

No. 75 Small Bowls (each sold separately)

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Escape to paradise with the fashion guru’s newest book on island living. 

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Caribbean flair collides with British sensibility in India Hicks’ third and newest tome, India Hicks: Island StyleA miscellany of breathtaking personal and professional photographs, design tips, and personal advice, Island Style acts as a bona fide scrapbook of Hicks’ home life. Readers are thrown into the colorful and free-spirited world of her Hibiscus Hill home in the Bahamas where she lives with her designer husband, four children, and fostered Bahamian son. more

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Images courtesy of Marea Ristorante

240 Central Park South; (212) 582-5100

http://www.marea-nyc.com

Located in the quintessential cosmopolitan area of Central Park South, Marea Ristorante has awards to match its luxurious surroundings. Recipient of the 2010 James Beard Award for “Best New Restaurant”, deemed “Best Italian Restaurant” by Zagat in 2013, and rated two stars by Michelin, Marea is renowned for its superb Italian seafood cuisine. more

From a Canon 5D camera to Chapstick, the Tony nominated actor tells Urban Agenda his go-to products and places.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

With 12 Tony Award nominations – including best musical – An American in Paris is taking Broadway by storm. An adaptation of the 1951 Vincente Minnelli movie, the Gershwin musical effortlessly captures the spirited attitude of Post-WWII Paris. Among a triad of ex-pats vying for a single woman is the quick-witted and sardonic character, Adam Hochberg. Played by the exceptionally talented (and remarkably handsome) Brandon Uranowitz, there’s no question that Urban Agenda would pick Hochberg as our guy. While we wait and see if Uranowitz snags a Tony, Urban Agenda decided to get to know this effervescent thespian a little better. Below, Uranowitz reveals the 10 products and places behind his sweet success. more

Brooklyn-based textile designer, Elodie Blanchard shares her whimsical work with Urban Agenda Magazine

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Grenoble, France native and innovative designer, Elodie Blanchard found her artistic niche in New York City thanks to young love, a visionary eye, and well, curtains.

With a degree in fashion and sculpture, Blanchard began in the Paris fashion industry designing clothes and organizing runway shows.  Merely 23, Blanchard won the prestigious young designer prize at the International Arts Festival of Hyeres, which allowed her the opportunity to sell a clothing line at the popular French mail order company, La Redoute.  more

Weekly home and design picks from our Editor, Lynn Adams Smith

Tree Console

Walnut St. Console by Iannone Design LLC

Walnut, Kirei, Gloss White Laminate (70L 18.5D X 31.5H)

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Dresses, tops, and skirts are over 70% off at the Lela Rose sample sale, making it the perfect opportunity to shop for summer dresses in pretty pastels and lace. The room on the 14th Floor doubles as a changing room, so be prepared to wait before entering.

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The venerable mannequin designer tells Urban Agenda about his retrospective exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

“A repair company in the basement of [my parent’s] home in Mount Vernon to a museum in NYC.”

This is how Ralph Pucci describes the extraordinary evolution of his family business, Pucci Mannequins. Since taking over the company in 1976, Pucci has transformed his family name into a globally renowned brand with a stronghold on the fashion industry. Armed with a visionary eye and a deep understanding of the complex history that surrounds the mannequin, Pucci has changed the way we see these bona fide clothes hangers both literally and figuratively. more

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, more and more minds start to drift towards summer getaways. Urban Agenda Magazine knows the struggle to stay focused as June nears, so we decided to let you momentarily indulge in your daydreaming. With the help of Rizzoli’s Dream Pools: Enchanting Pools of Italy’s Emerald Coast, authors Nico and Giovanni Maria Filigheddu of Filigheddu Construzioni invite you to jump right into some of their most beautifully constructed pools on Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda. Featuring twelve of the most “high-profile technical handcrafted solutions” in pool designs, this compilation of breathtaking vistas and turquoise waters transplants you into the heart Italy. Wet your feet with some of the premiere images from their book, now available at Rizzoli.com.

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Weekly home and design picks from our Editor, Lynn Adams Smith

Oyster Gathering $125

Oyster Gathering $125

Original paintings by James Squeakie Stone

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

This week’s “Plate to Date” comes from one of NYC’s finest dining experiences: 11 Madison Park. Renowned for its impeccable staff and service, 11 Madison Park features upscale American cuisine from esteemed chef, Daniel Humm.

With a space that “titillates the imagination with a whimsical tasting menu in gorgeous art deco quarters,” there’s no shortage of reasons to indulge in this unforgettable restaurant (Zagat Rating). Among their “whimsical” entrees is the Strawberry Gazpacho with basil, black pepper, olive oil, and guanciale. Below, 11 Madison Park reveals the ingredients to this tasty meal, so that you can bring the best in NYC dining into your own kitchen. more

Friday, May 15

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Frieze New York on Randall’s Island continues through Sunday, May 17. Visitors can browse and buy art from over 1,000 of the world’s leading contemporary artists. Over 190 art galleries will be represented. The fair will also offer food from some of New York City’s most beloved food trucks and restaurants. This year, the VIP Room and restaurant Frieze New York will be hosted by NeueHouse. http://friezenewyork.com

Saturday, May 16

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Urban Agenda gets a lesson on plans, promises, and dreams from one of the nation’s premiere life coaches.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

“What are your goals for this article?”

This was Laurie Gerber’s first question to me during our phone interview. If that wasn’t a hint towards her knack for helping others structure their lives, then perhaps it was her prestigious title as Co-President and Senior Coach at Handel Group® Life Coaching that did. more

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The Bonpoint sample sale at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea includes 60% off regular retail prices. The French children’s brand will have bathing suits, accessories, shoes, and a range of clothing for children ages 6 and older. For adults, this particular Bonpoint sample sale will have an unusual amount of women’s clothing available, such as pastel colored jeans, airy blouses, and summer skirts.

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By Anne Levin

Ruth Reichl is sometimes asked the question: If you had a superpower, what would it be? For the author, food writer and editor — formerly the restaurant critic at The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times and the editor-in-chief of the late and lamented Gourmet magazine, the answer is a no-brainer: To have a heightened palate.

“I wish I had it, but I so do not,” she said during a telephone interview last week. “Especially in my business, it would be a great asset.” Ms. Reichl will speak this Friday at a sold-out Book Lover’s Luncheon hosted by the Princeton Public Library and the Friends of the Library, at Springdale Golf Club. “The closest I’ve ever seen is Paula Wolfert, whom I traveled with once,” she continued. “She really does have an uncanny ability to pull flavors apart.” more

Weekly home and design picks from our Editor, Lynn Adams Smith.

detail+butterfly

Textile Butterflies by Elodie Blanchard

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www.narcissarestaurant.com

Photo Credit: www.narcissarestaurant.com

Narcissa, www.narcissarestaurant.com

Location: 25 Cooper Square (5th Street & Bowery)
Lacquered duck breast and carrot fries with jalapeno-tofu dipping sauce are among the American-style menu options with a focus on fresh ingredients from Andre Balazs’ Hudson Valley Farm.

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From rosehip oil to baby bonnets, the creator of Ballet Beautiful and loving mother to Lumina Belle shares the ten items she loves most.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Photos provided by Ballerina Mary Helen Bowers, copyright Ballet Beautiful

Even though Mother’s Day has passed, Urban Agenda decided to extend our appreciation for all the resilient women in our lives beyond a single day.  So, we sought out the woman who has built an entire brand on her understanding of mothers-to-be, Mary Helen Bowers.  Professional ballerina turned fitness mogul and proud mom of 16-month-old Lumina Belle, Bowers has become a global icon for mothers. more

For this week’s installation of the “Plate to Date” we go to New York’s Flatiron District, home of the Gramercy Tavern. Among Zagat Survey’s “Most Popular” list, this tavern with an upscale dining room has been a flagship of the New York dining scene.

Executive chef, Michael Anthony – who was awarded “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundations just this week – features farm fresh ingredients in his delectable plates. His cheese kielbasa with crispy potatoes, chicory and mustard chutney is no exception. Stop by 42 East 20th Street to indulge in this American-style restaurant’s take on a traditional Polish dish. Pair it with their “Hop To It” cocktail with Plymouth Gin, Stone Pine Liqueur, IPA, and Lemon, and you have yourself a matchless meal.

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Weekly home and design picks from our Editor, Lynn Adams Smith. 

 

Unger Fire Bowl

 

Waves O’ Fire 41 Inch Sculptural Firebowl by John T. Unger

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Lenny Niemeyer 

10th floor of 580 Broadway, Room 1011, New York, NY

May 7 – May 9, Thursday and Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-1pm

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Esteemed independent stylist, Carlos Mota gives Urban Agenda an insider’s look at his new book of interior designs.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

There’s nothing more eye-catching than a well-designed room—except, of course, when it’s featured in a world-renowned magazine. With a punch of Carlos Mota’s aesthetic, spaces are transformed into editorial masterpieces that demand attention in the pages of Elle Décor and the like. As the International Style Editor of Architectural Digest – and the designer of choice to celebrities like Jonathan Adler, Simon Doonan, and Geoffrey Ross – Mota is able to use his skills to curate some of the most beautiful rooms for the most discerning clients.

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Director in Chief Curator of High Line Art, Cecilia Alemani, takes Urban Agenda through “the definitive book on the first five years of High Line art.”

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Known as “the park in the sky,” the High Line has transformed into more of “a museum in the sky” thanks to the non-profit conservancy group, Friends of the High Line. Since 2009, they have raised funds to create a rich collection of art installations along the reclaimed elevated freight rail line that intersects New York’s Meat Packing District and Chelsea. The result of their efforts is a park meets public art gallery that is just as limitless, accessible, and awe-inspiring as the open air that surrounds it. With six million annual visitors and universal recognition, the High Line has become a symbol of the art-infused revitalization and gentrification efforts that are sweeping urban areas. As a way to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the High Line art program and extend the life of its yearlong art installations, the Friends of the High Line released their Skira Rizzoli book, High Art: Public Art on the High Line. more