Small Spaces, Big Green Ideas

Micro Green Kits available for $38 at Uncommon Goods Even in small Manhattan apartments, it is important to make room for life and bring vegetation into your home. A small space should not limit your garden or your imagination. It doesn't matter if it's in your apartment, office or studio. By using creative ways you can play with nature, plants and flowers to add a taste of nature to your daily activities. There are easy, great ways to make a big gardening impact from the bathroom to the hallway. A hanging planter can go anywhere you have natural light, including a balcony. In a wall planter you can mix flowers in different colors to add to the decor of the season or to brighten up a boring area. Do you want to make the kitchen a pleasurable place as well? Make a kitc...

Central Perk from “Friends” to Open in Manhattan

A scene from the sitcom Friends in "Central Perk." Photography courtesy of NBC If Friends was your favorite sitcom throughout the 90's and early 2000's (we know it was ours) then we have exciting news for you. To mark the 20th year since the iconic sitcom premiered, Warner Bros and Eight O’Clock Coffee have teamed up to create an exact replica of the Central Perk coffee shop featured in the show and it's coming to Manhattan from September 17th to October 18th. The pop-up coffee shop will feature the exact couch from the show that customers can sit on and the actor James Michael Taylor, who played Gunther the grouchy waiter on the series will make frequent appearances. This time however, he will not be there to serve, but instead to sip coffee alongside fans (we ha...

Primp And Polish Beauty Salon

Photo: Courtesy of Primp And Polish Looking for a place to get pampered? Primp And Polish is not your average nail salon. They offer extensive services such as manicures, pedicures, nail enhancements, massages, color changes and waxing. Representatives from DOWNTOWN first encountered the staff of Primp And Polish at a Beauty Press event and we were beyond impressed. Afterwards, we had the pleasure working with Kieu Bui, Vice President of Primp and Polish, who joined us to be our manicurist for a photo shoot done for our beauty and men's grooming spread. They offer a wide range of services from just a simple manicure to special designed nail art. On their website, they have a section dedicated to the special designs that nail artists have created in the past unde...

Adel Atelier: Where Hair Becomes Art

DOWNTOWN Magazine was able to catch the multitalented, French hairstylist Adel Chabbi, owner of Adel Atelier, in action prior to the second annual LES Art + Fashion Show. The hustle and bustle of his quaint but modern hair salon kept us on our toes, watching anxiously as he coiffed the model's hair with style. His technique and flair were something we have never seen before and we were intrigued to say the least. Upon walking in, we gazed at Adel working his magic on a model. Her hair was in a slicked side ponytail and we watched as he placed a plastic sheet on the side of her head in wonder, as he wrote the word “LOVE” in pen. He then cut out each letter creating a custom stencil for the model. Finally, we saw what he had in mind this whole time. Adel took a c...

Project 7: Saving the World, One Piece of Gum at a Time

Most people you ask would love to help benefit their community or help a person in need, but they simply don't have the time. Some might help plant trees, clean up a park or help build houses for the homeless while others would like to work at a soup kitchen or community food bank. Or perhaps some would like to help get clean water to those who need it while others would like to heal the sick or teach those in dire need of an education. Well what if we said that you could help with all of these world issues with a simple purchase? New Yorkers, please say hello to Project 7. Project 7 is a company that is dedicated to not only making tasteful gum and mints, but also to helping minimize many of the issues our world faces today. Project 7 started in 2008 when en...

Give the Gift of Love: Selective Search

Photo: Courtesy of Chelsea Chen September might seem too early to start listening to holiday music or thinking about the upcoming season, but it is never too early to start thinking of Holiday gift ideas! If you have a friend or family member who is a fabulous asset in your life and a great person, but is struggling to find their soulmate, we might have the perfect gift for you to give them! Selective Search is an upscale, elite matchmaking service that helps extraordinary people find love with expert matchmaking services that are tailored in depth to each person's dating criteria. Here in New York, we all know someone who has fully achieved a successful career and status in life, but still needs help in the love department. This gift is for them! Before founding the...

The Ona Chan Trunk Show Hits Bloomingdales

DOWNTOWN's editor, Maria Zanetti with jewelry designer Ona Chan Who doesn’t love great jewelry, especially when it comes in geometrical shapes and handcrafted stones? Yes, this line of jewelry exists, and we went uptown to Bloomingdale’s to check out just how amazing it is. We are talking about the collection designed by Ona Chan and inspired by her children Claire and William. In fact, her many inspirations all come from her family and their travels. For example, her Dragon Collection was inspired by The Year of The Dragon. In Hong-Kong everyone eagerly welcomes the dragon which is known as a divine beast, deliverer of good fortune and master of authority. It is a year devoted to transformation and new opportunities. The collection gathers strength and inspirat...

Welcome to Añejo Tribeca!

Añejo Tribeca Exterior. Photo: Courtesy of Añejo Do you live in Lower Manhattan and enjoy Mexican but constantly feel like you're settling for mediocre food and take-out orders? For Mexican lovers that still want the upscale dining feel you are in luck! “Top Chef” Season 7 runner-up Angelo Sosa has opened a branch of his popular tequila-centric spot in Tribeca, and they have absolutely anything your heart may desire.  Welcome to Añejo Tribeca! With a menu that includes over 100 different types of tequila, it is no surprise that they were voted best Margarita in New York. In addition they have tequila flights so you can sample some of their many different distillations of tequila, beer, wines and cocktails as well! Their food menu also does not disappoint and th...

Amedei Brings World Class Chocolate to New York

Chocolate is always a fall favorite. Photo: Courtesy of Amedei Amedei is a company thats main goal is focused on producing high-quality chocolate. Their world renowned delicacy is crafted in Pontedera, Tuscany by Cecilia Tessieri, the first female maitre chocolatier in the world. Tessieri has a long family history in the confection business and has won many awards including the Chocolate Academy of London's prestigious "Golden Bean" award four times. Amedei began in 1990 when Tessieri began her search for the finest cacao beans in the world, traveling all over to look for varieties of cacao that retain the aromatic character of their indigenous region. Tessieri implemented the strictest humanitarian standards for the plantations she chose, and as an end re...

Katty Xiomara Smooths Out Fashion Week

On Monday, the award-winning Portuguese designer, Katty Xiomara, presented her Spring/Summer 2015 collection in New York at Nolcha Fashion Week. The designer debuted a line much softer than her usual collections. She was inspired by the art form of a “chocolatier” and melted the geometric shapes that she is known for into softer and more organic forms. Silhouettes bloomed uniquely throughout the line which yielded a look that appeals to the working, urban woman with a practical sense of style. White color and smooth materials were a constant, with black outlines and striking cut-outs seen consistently in the line. To close the show, Xiomara unveiled her collaboration with the mobile accessories company, OtterBox®, and their Alpha Glass™ technology: an all...

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Small Spaces, Big Green Ideas

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Photo: Courtesy of Primp And Polish Looking for a place to get pampered? Primp And Polish is not your average nail salon. They offer extensive services such as manicures, pedicu...

Adel Atelier: Where Hair Becomes Art

DOWNTOWN Magazine was able to catch the multitalented, French hairstylist Adel Chabbi, owner of Adel Atelier, in action prior to the second annual LES Art + Fashion Show. The hust...

   

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