July 11, 2019

Madison Square Park is getting ready for one of its biggest event of the year—and now is your chance to get in on the action. Tickets are now available for Celebrate Mad. Sq. Chefs 2019, to take place rain-or-shine on Tuesday, July 16 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Each year, Celebrate Mad. Sq. Chefs gathers neighborhood chefs for a food-tasting event foodies look forward to all year, accompanied by some of the finest artisanal cocktails, craft beers and wines available. This year’s event has an amazing chef list that includes stars such as Philippe Massoud from Ilili, Michael Nogera from Eataly, Jorge Espinoza from Scarpetta, and Daniel Humm from Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad, among many others. Providing the live music this year will be The Barnstorm, the high-energy pop/rock/country/hip-hop/dance band that wowed the crowd at last fall’s Parktoberfest.

Proceeds from Celebrate Mad. Sq. Chefs go to support Madison Square Park Conservancy’s horticulture, maintenance and free public programs. General entry tickets are $250, which gets you into the celebration at 6:30 p.m.—or buy an early entry ticket for $350 for admittance, at 5:30 p.m. Multi-ticket packages are also available. Click here to purchase tickets.

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy one of the best nights of the year at Madison Square Park, while ensuring the continued excellent upkeep and programming of the park. We’ll be at Madison Square Chefs 2019, and we hope to see you there.



This year’s participants at Celebrate Mad. Sq. Chefs are:


Almond: Alex Nieto

Atla: Enrique Olvera, Daniela Soto-Innes

Blue Smoke

Boqueria: Marc Vidal

Bo’s: Michael Sanchez

The Breslin: Ryan Jordan, Edie Ugot

The Clocktower: Jack Logue

Cosme: Enrique Olvera, Daniela Soto-Innes

Cote: David Shim

Craft: Abbey De La Rosa

Eataly: Michael Nogera

Eleven Madison Park: Daniel Humm, Mark Welker

GupShup: Gurpreet Singh

Hanjan: Hooni Kim

Hill Country Barbecue Market: Ash Fulk 

ilili: Philippe Massoud

Junoon: Akshay Bhardwaj

Leonelli Focacceria e Pasticceria: Lisa Kalemkiarian, Ted Cianciosi

The Little Beet Table:  Carlos Reyes

The NoMad: Daniel Humm, Mike Reilly

Num Pang: Ben Daitz

Obicà: Angelo Arellano

Scampi: PJ Calapa

Scarpetta: Jorge Espinoza

Shake Shack

Simon & The Whale: Matt Griffin

The Smith: Brian Ellis

Tacombi: Jason DeBriere 



Aviation Gin

Barrow’s Intense

Brooklyn Brewery

Cooperstown Distillery

Four Roses

Grand Brulot


Josh Cellars

Lunazul Tequila

More Good


Rockaway Brewery

Tito’s Vodka

April 24, 2019

The next concert in Rizzoli’s adventurous Aperitivo Music Series, Musette Explosion will bring the traditional French Musette genre to new places through virtuosic improvisation and original pieces, sonic surprises and adventurous playing, shot through with a sense of fun and emotional depth.

The concert on Sunday, April 28th, 2019, will be at 5:00 p.m. in Rizzoli’s marvelous performance space at 1133 Broadway, between 25th and 26th Streets.

Musette is a wonderful French music tradition originating in Paris’s cafés and bars during the 19th Century, where atrons danced the bourrée to the accompaniment of the cabrette (a bellows-blown bagpipe locally called a “musette”) and often the vielle à roue (hurdy-gurdy). Italians playing the accordian, joined the Parisians and introduced accordian versions of the music.

Because the Musette dance forms did not require a large hall and people were drawn to easier, faster and more sensual dance steps, Musette became popular. So popular in fact that by 1945, the bal-musette became the most popular style of dance in France, and its biggest stars were widely known across the country. While its popularity declined in the last half of the 20th Century, a revival of bals has begun, especially in larger cities, and a modern form of the musette is establishing itself.

It will be interesting to hear where The Musette Explosion takes this form this coming Sunday.

The Musette Explosion

Will Holshouser (accordion) performs all over the world as an accordionist, improviser and composer. Will has played for many years with violinist Regina Carter and appears on her last two albums. He has played with Martha Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright III, NYC Ballet, NYC Opera, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and others.

Matt Munisteri (guitarist/banjoist) Matt’s debut CD Love Story wound up on several critics’ “Best of” lists, and garnered the second spot on Amazon’s Top Ten Jazz CDs of The Year (2003). Matt was a key player on Loudon Wainwright’s 2010 Grammy-winning CD High Wide and Handsome. He is credited on over 70 CDs, including new releases by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and guitarist Howard Alden.

Marcus Rojas (tuba) is internationally recognized as one of the most accomplished and unique voices on his instrument. He has worked with artists ranging from David Byrne and Paul Simon to the Metropolitan Opera, downtown luminaries such as John Zorn and Marc Ribot, reggae stars Sly & Robbie, and jazz legends Lionel Hampton and Lester Bowie.

To listen to highlights from the discography of the trio and the countless projects of its individual players, please go here.

To purchase tickets: Please RSVP to mhuston@rizzoliusa.com. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 and include complimentary Prosecco. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours it means your RSVP has not been received, so please write again.

Rizzoli Music Aperitivo is sponsored by Mionetto Prosecco and curated by Mondo Jazz, the weekly Radio Free Brooklyn show dedicated to international jazz.

April 11, 2019

Guided by her philosophy “A room should awaken the senses,” Galli’s goal is to cast a spell with her interior designs. In her new book Magical Rooms: Elements of Interior Design, Brooklyn-based designer Fawn Galli, known for her witty and whimsical interiors with a bohemian flair, shows how to create magical rooms without breaking the bank.

Using twelve very different interiors—from a Brooklyn townhouse to a Tribeca loft to a Greenwich Village apartment to an Upper West Side penthouse, Galli illustrates how she has achieved the finished look for each and breaks down her design principles into instructive teachings on scale, structure, balance, and color, which readers can apply to their own interiors.

Magical Rooms is being featured in Rizzoli’s windows, and the new 240-page book, published on March 19th in hardcover, is currently available for purchase for $45.00.

Fawn Galli, who has been a tenant in 1133 for the past eight years, has had her work featured in Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Lonny Magazine, Domino, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among other outlets.

February 1, 2019

The February 7th concert marks the launch of the international tour for the latest project led by Italian guitarist Marco Cappelli and the release of his new album “Norwegian Landscapes.”  The newly released album is freely inspired by the noir novels of Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø. For this project Cappelli has expanded his regular trio, with the addition of two special guests and a transnational line-up featuring American bassist Ken Filiano and clarinetist Oscar Noriega as well as the Japanese percussionist Satoshi Takeishi and multi-instrumentalist Shoko Nagai.

February 7th, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.

1133 Broadway
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January 15, 2019

This week, tenant Michelle Waugh HQ is having a terrific winter coat sample sale. Cashmere, Wool, Shearling and Puffers are up to 80% off. Visit the Waugh studio at Suite 710, 1133 Broadway between 10 and 4 on Wednesday and Friday, and between 10 and 6 on Thursday.

Michelle Waugh has reimagined the classics in simple, stunning lines. The collection has maintained timeless longevity and the result, effortless. Every aspect of sourcing and production is carefully considered, focusing on high-end fabrics and the perfect fit. The pieces are made and hand finished in New York, born from a mission to support luxury manufacturing in the United States.

On Saturday, January 19th at 5 p.m., Rizzoli’s Music Aperitivo series will feature a rare solo performance by Erik Friedlander, today’s leading cello innovator.  Friedlander’s talents as a composer and performer will be highlighted in a concert spanning the breadth of his music projects from works like Rings (which travels musically around the world) to Illuminations (weaving inspirations from ancient book making and ritual dance movement, and Renaissance vocal forms).

This promises to be an extraordinary evening of musical exploration. Don’t miss it.

Click here for more information about this special event and how to RSVP.

December 17, 2018

From Rockefeller Center to the Rockettes, from the pop-up holiday markets to the department store window displays on Fifth Avenue, there’s nothing quite like the holidays in NYC. And yet, so many people still struggle financially—and the winter months can make their toils all the more difficult. More than just a time of celebration, this is the season of giving—and of giving back. If you are looking for some ways to donate time and/or money to those in need this holiday season, we’d love to recommend a few trustworthy organizations and charities that are worth considering.

New York Cares Coat Drive

For some, a winter coat is the most important defense they have against the harsh NYC winters. For the 30th consecutive year, New York Cares is sponsoring its annual Coat Drive, during which the organization expects to give out its two millionth coat. New York Cares has made it exceptionally easy for people like us to donate to New Yorkers in need. You can give in one of three ways:

  1. Drop off a new or gently-used coat at one of the many drop off points across the five boroughs
  2. Text 41444 to make a monetary donation ($20 buys a new winter coat)
  3. Set up your own coat collection point—a great way to get your whole office or apartment building involved.

If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer, New York Cares also has dozens of other initiatives that need you. See their website to find a list of volunteer opportunities.

St. John’s Bread & Life – Sponsor A Family 2018

This long-standing organization fights year-round to alleviate hunger and poverty in Queens and Brooklyn, serving about 3000 meals each day. Its annual Sponsor A Family drive raises funds to provide holiday meals and toys to needy families across NYC. A donation of $125 provides a generous holiday meal and gifts for one family. Sponsor one family, or as many as you’d like.

City Harvest

One of the largest food charities in NYC, City Harvest was born from the realization that many New Yorkers were going hungry while many institutions were throwing good food away. This organization specializes in “rescuing” millions of pounds of good, fresh food each year, and redistributing it to food banks and charitable organizations to feed those in need. City Harvest looks for volunteers to help with food collection all year-round, and you can also host a food drive in your office or residential building.

Citymeals on Wheels

One of NYC’s biggest meal delivery organizations, Citymeals delivers food in all five boroughs mostly to homebound elderly New Yorkers—and thanks to a partnership with the New York City Department for the Aging, Citymeals can devote 100 percent of your donation toward meals for the elderly, both at the holidays and all-year long. If you prefer to volunteer, the group also needs many extra hands and feet to deliver meals around the holidays, so volunteers are always welcome.

God’s Love We Deliver (GLWD)

This nonsectarian organization delivers meals year-round to people who can’t shop or cook for themselves, but their efforts really ramp up during the holidays, when they issue a call for extra volunteers (preferably with cars) to deliver thousands of meals in December and for the Winter Feast. Email them at volunteer@glwd.org to register—and don’t forget to check back next Thanksgiving, when your help will be welcomed again!

Operation Santa

The United States Postal Service has sponsored this campaign for years, and NYC in particular is one of the most active cities in it. The idea is simple, but brilliant: Millions of needy kids write letters to Santa, and volunteers pick up the letters, buy the gifts on the list and mail them to the children. In days past, the James A. Farley Post Office at 421 8th Avenue served both as the point to pick up letters and bring back the packages. Nowadays, donors select letters for Santa online and bring the gifts to the Farley Post Office for shipping.


Currently operating soup kitchens in Borough Park and Flatbush, Brooklyn and in Rego Park, Queens, this New York institution serves 100,000 hot meals a year in its restaurant-like dining rooms, plus nearly 2 million more in the form of emergency grocery packages for those in need. They are in constant need of donations and volunteers, especially around the holidays.  Right now they are in need of additional financial help as they move to a new location in Queens. To volunteer, simply fill out their online form and they will get back to you.

These are just a handful of the many reputable NYC organizations serving the needs of New Yorkers during this holiday season. Whether you choose one of these charities or have a favorite of your own, we urge all Kew tenants to consider finding at least one way to give back this holiday season, whether in time, money, or both. Your generosity can make a huge difference in the life of our community.

December 6, 2018

On Saturday evening, a rare NYC pop-up concert by the in-demand Ahn Trio marks the end of the first year of the Rizzoli exciting Music Aperitivo Series. The programme for the concert will feature music from BLUE, the trio’s latest album showcasing its wide-ranging interests and influences, as well as other releases from the Ahn Trio’s wide-ranging discography.

The Ahn Trio is made up of three Juilliard-trained Korean-American sisters, pianist Lucia, violinist Angella, and cellist Maria. The LA Times has hailed the Ahn sisters as “exacting and exciting musicians,” and New York Newsday nicknamed them “Classical revolutionaries,” because of their ever-evolving vision of being 21st century musicians and their wide-ranging collaborations with modern dance companies, film directors, rock bands, DJs, singers, and others.

Pat Metheny and other luminary composers such as Michael Nyman, Maurice Jarre, Kenji Bunch, Mark Baechle, Mark O’Connor, DJ Spooky, Chiel Meijering have written music for them. In 2011 President Obama invited Ahn Trio to perform at the White House. The Ahns have performed at the prestigious TED conference and was the only classical group to be invited to perform at iTunes Festival 2008 in London.

The Trio has released nine critically acclaimed albums on EMI Classics, Sony, and Warner. The Ahn Trio’s album Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac released by Sony, was No. 8 in the Billboard Charts for 26 weeks. The group’s Dvorak, Suk, and Shostakovich album on EMI won Germany’s prestigious ECHO Award.

Experience something out of the ordinary this Saturday. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear Ahn Trio’s cutting-edge musical performance in the intimate setting of Rizzoli’s beautiful salon . . . while sipping prosecco.

Please rsvp to mhuston@rizzoliusa.com or simply reply to this email. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 and include complimentary prosecco.

October 3, 2018

In preparation for this year’s Veteran’s Day Parade, which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, marking 100 years since the end of hostilities in World War I, the Madison Square Park Conservancy will hold an opening ceremony for the park’s new entrance at 24th street on Monday, October 15th.

A recent renovation project removed fencing around the base of the Eternal Light Memorial monument, in order to create an open plaza, designed by Lichten Craig, that will be the park’s newest entrance.

If you are interested in attending the October 15th opening ceremony, please RSVP by clicking here.

July 12, 2018

For NoMad residents and workers who need time to take a breath but don’t have time to visit a meditation studio, BE TIME offers a solution: Let the studio come to you. Through the summer months, the BE TIME mobile Meditation Bus will be stopping each Monday in front of the James New York-NoMad at 29th and Madison Avenue for #MeditationMondays from 8:00 am through 2:00 pm.

Thanks to a partnership with the James, hotel guests will receive complimentary access to meditation classes on the bus each Monday. The general public can also join a 15-minute class for $11 ora 30-minute class for $22.

What Is BE TIME?

In keeping with the rising popularity of mindfulness practices in today’s hectic world, BE TIME has taken an innovative approach to making meditation available to the busy individual. The BE TIME bus travels to a different busy hub of NYC each day to provide mindfulness opportunities to as many people as possible. Inside the bus is a fully equipped meditation studio with relaxing lighting and plush seating where sessions are conducted throughout the day.

The James isn’t the only place in NoMad where you can find the BE TIME bus. The calendar includes stops at Madison Square Park averaging once per week, which means NoMad currently gets as many as two weekly opportunities to get on the bus and find some peace.

How to Join In

According to the BE TIME website, walk-ups are welcome to get on the bus, provided they have previously signed up for a free account and space is available. However, BE TIME typically recommends reserving a time slot using its online schedule. Guests of the James New York-NoMad can register for #MeditationMondays for free, using the promo code provided by the hotel.

If you can’t make it to the James on Mondays, you can also track where the bus is heading by following @betimepractice on Twitter.

July 22, 2015

Rizzoli’s relocation is complete. Next Monday, a stunning new Rizzoli Bookstore will open in Kew Management’s St James Building, 1133 Broadway.

Marco Ausenda, President & CEO of Rizzoli NY and Laura Donnini, CEO, RCS Libri ceremonially opened the store last night with a ribbon cutting ceremony after which guests had a chance to tour the store with music, wine and tasty bites from Eataly. Rizzoli is a beloved New York institution, and its arrival back on the scene after being closed for over a year was celebrated by Diane Von Furstenberg, Gale Brewer, Borough President of Manhattan and about 400 invited guests.

Rizzoli Bookstore is a great addition to the St. James that will provide Kew tenants and the NoMad area with yet another unique retail store — this one offering the finest books on a broad range of subjects from sports and cooking to literature and architecture.

kew management president leslie spira lopez at the rizzoli opening
PHOTO: ©2015 David Lubarsky

It also enhances Kew’s buildings with a stunning build out by Rizzoli. Using bookcases, architectural details and chandeliers from the former store on 57th Street, Rizzoli’s architect Ike Kligerman Barkley has combined these with a fresh touches of excitement. There is a marvelous black and white marble floor that leads visitors through the store to huge red doors that separate the general selling floor from an area dedicated to special books and a salon for events. Equally as uplifting is the gorgeous Fornasetti-designed wallpaper featuring sketches of Italy’s classic buildings, amid clouds on an azure blue sky.

We’ll have more news on the new Rizzoli Bookstore in the coming weeks, so check back and please make sure to stop into the bookstore next week and experience this wonderful space and the world’s finest books.

The official opening of Rizzoli Bookstore is Monday July 27, at 10:30.

Rizzoli Bookstore
1133 Broadway @ 26th Street
New York, NY  10010

Telephone: 212-759-2424

Monday–Wednesday: 10:30–7:30
Thursday–Friday: 10:30–9:00
Saturday: 10:30–7:30
Sunday: 11:00–5:00

David Lubarsky Photography LLC
1133 Broadway, Suite 509
New York, NY 10010


January 13, 2015

The Flatiron Room, who houses their offices with Kew Management, offers exceptional whiskey tasting classes

Travel + Leisure recently announced that The Flatiron Room is one of America’s Best Whiskey Bars. We can’t help but be proud of Tommy Tardie’s growing fame. Not only is The Flatiron Room a staple of NoMad nightlife, but also our Townsend Building houses the company’s administrative offices. Needless to say, we’re always excited when our tenants garner much deserved notoriety.

We have featured The Flatiron Room on a number of occasions, showcasing its lush decorations, nightly live jazz music and exceptional dedication to the quality of both food and drink. Not to mention its most impressive calling card: the nearly 500 different varieties of whiskey, which makes The Flatiron Room what Travel + Leisure calls “Manhattan’s premiere whiskey destination.“

One of the great experiences in this neighborhood is attending The Flatiron Room’s unique whiskey classes . Now that nights are getting cold, a glass of fine whiskey (or several) is sure to warm you up. Many of this month’s events are already sold out, but there are still some opportunities for libational learning that should not be missed.

On January 21st, you can enjoy a Pappy Van Winkle Tasting Class. Lead by Heather Greene, The Flatiron Room’s Director of Education, you will explore the nuances of six legendary Van Winkle whiskies. After Greene walks you through each dram, you’ll definitely understand why Pappy has achieved such a cult-like status. Tickets cost $375 plus tax and are available online.

The next class on January 24th, Luxury Whiskies, lets you experience high-end drinks from different distilleries. Founder Tommy Tardie himself will teach you about six different luxury whiskies, explaining how whiskey is distilled, the effects of wood on the aging process and the complex flavors you’ll encounter. Tickets to this class cost $125 plus tax and are available online.

If you like your whiskey red, white and blue, come to the class on Fine American Whiskey. On January 27th, Tommy Tardie will provide you with six different American whiskies that he personally feels are “outstanding.” In addition to the six drams, you can enjoy a special signature cocktail and light appetizers throughout the event. Tickets cost $125 plus tax and are available online.

All classes start at 7 p.m., and take place in the tasting room of The Flatiron Room. For those of you who don’t know, The Flatiron Room is located at 37 West 26th Street, just around the block from the Kew offices.