April 2, 2019

Kew is happy to announce that a new Business Center website has been launched as part of the Kew website. As with all other key tenant tools and information, simply go to the Tenant Center to find out about Business Center services and conference rooms.

Click on Business Center and you will link to:

Services

Containing information and pricing on:
Printing Services
Scanning and Shredding
Notary Services
Lamination
Messenger Services
Shipping
Mail Receiving

. . . as well as forms you may need.

Conference Rooms

Contains information on:
Assistance in Setting Up Meetings
The Madison Room – For Large Meetings
The Worth Room — For Small Conferences

You will find pictures of the rooms and possible audience layouts . . .  as well as forms you may need.

Your Business Center

Remember that the Business Center is convenient located right here in Room 221 of 1133 Broadway.  And the staff is here to help you in whatever way it can.  If you have a special need or your own staff is overburdened, the Business Center  will do all it can to help.  Please contact the Client Lead – Aurelio Ceccacci by phone at (212) 243-3600 or via e-mail at center@kewmanagement.com. 

The Business Center . . .

Extending your capabilities.
Making your job easier.
Helping your company succeed.

March 29, 2019

Over the past fifty-five years, Rizzoli Bookstore has become a New York City tradition, not only as a purveyor of fine books, but also as a center for culture and discussion. Since relocating to 1133 Broadway almost four years ago, Rizzoli has consistently enriched the NoMad neighborhood with its schedule of talks, book signings and musical events.

In case Kew tenants were not aware, Rizzoli currently hosts two varieties of ongoing events, which it publicizes on the events page of the Rizzoli website and via the store’s email list.

 

Book Event and Presentation Series

As new books are released, Rizzoli is a favorite stop for authors. They stop by for book signings to do readings, or discuss their latest releases. These events occur four to five times per week, usually in the evenings after work. Among the celebrities that have visited Rizzoli are Manolo Blahnik, Diane von Furstenberg, Steven Holl, Tim Gunn, Michael Bierut, Hilary Knight, Bernadette Peters, and Ruth Reichl to name only a few. Discussion topics range from interior design to cooking to authors’ memoirs. The subject range is as wide as the encyclopedic selection of books Rizzoli has for sale.

Occasionally, an RSVP is requested to hold space.

 

Rizzoli Music Aperitivo

In addition to regular book signings and talks, Rizzoli’s Music Aperitivo series hosts a variety of international jazz artists performing in Rizzoli’s intimate salon. Held one or two Sunday evenings per month, the Music Aperitivo series is offered in partnership with Mondo Jazz and Mionetto Prosecco. It’s a great way to spend a relaxing Sunday evening in NoMad.

RSVPs are requested for these events. Tickets are $20 at the door, and admission includes a complimentary glass of prosecco.

To receive word on the latest upcoming music and book discussion events, Rizzoli invites Kew tenants to sign up for its email list via the Rizzoli website. Don’t miss the opportunities for enrichment and enjoyment available right here at 1133 Broadway.

March 27, 2019

On Sunday, April 7th at 5:00 p.m., Blake and Brass, a one-of-a-kind brass band with a downtown attitude, will be performing at Rizzoli’s beautiful performance space at 1133 Broadway (between 25 and 26th Streets).

Conjuring music from the curbsides and corners of cultures far and wide, Blake and Brass reverberates with the spirit of street music from around the world. Michael Blake’s arrangements reveal a restless adventurer and his all-star band mates know how to spur one another on. Stalwart members of the New York City creative scene, these musicians have collaborated with everyone that matters, from Sonny Rollins to the Lounge Lizards, Robert Altman, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Bill Frisell, Sting, Prince, Nick Cave, Ray Lamontagne and Natalie Cole and many more.

You can read his reviews at this link, but here is a small sampling:

Red Hook Soul (Blake’s 2016 album) is a rollicking, joyous bounce. The music just cruises like a partying group of friends barreling down a highway in an open convertible on a sunny day.”

—Ralph Miriello, The Huffington Post

 

Fullfillment. Is the “Best of 2016. Saxophonist Michael Blake‘s 2016 release is astonishing, exploding with intricate details and unleashing one grand statement after the other. Everything about this album indicates a sound and vision steps ahead of the music of today.”

— Dave Sumner, Bird is the Word

 

Of his album Kingdom of Champa:  “Blake’s vision bristles with colors, textures and mystery.”

—Neil Tesser, Playboy

 

Of Blake’s offerings on Tiddy Boom:  “this is music unbound in time…perfectly executed.”

—James Hale, DownBeat

 

To listen to highlights of Michael Blake’s discography and some unreleased Blake and Brass music, click 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.

March 25, 2019

Whether we ease our minds by just looking across the street at it, eat lunch there, or enjoy its latest art installation, Madison Square Park is an indispensable part of our life in NoMad. In fact, it it is hard to imagine how things would be if it were not there. Luckily, our forebears recognized the important respite a green space provides, and caring generations over the past 150 years have delivered this magical place to us.

The park becomes even more rewarding if we are mindful of all that has happened there…and all it caused to happen there. So rich is its history that we can’t cover it in a single article, but let’s look at a few of the more significant highlights.

 

Early Settlement

It’s hard today to imagine NoMad as swampland, but when the Dutch first settled New Amsterdam at the lower tip of Manhattan in the early 1600s, that’s exactly what this area was. The land was undeveloped, with a swampy creek winding through it on its way to the East River.

In 1686, several decades after Britain had taken over the colony and renamed it New York, the Royal Governor of New York designated this area a public hunting ground.

 

A Burial Ground, then Military Parade Grounds (Late 1700s – Early 1800s)

Nearly two decades after the colonies declared their independence from Britain, a yellow fever epidemic swept through the mid-Atlantic region, starting in Philadelphia and making its way to New York City in the mid 1790s, killing thousands in its wake. When Bellevue Hospital needed a “potter’s field” for the dead, the relatively close old hunting grounds became the obvious choice. It is believed that some victims are still buried beneath the park’s soil, although most of the bodies were eventually moved to the Washington Square area.

In 1807, the U.S. military set up a Parade Grounds of 238.7 acres in the area, on which to practice maneuvers—a function the land served through the War of 1812.

Shortly after the war, in the face of increasing population demands, the public land was reduced from 238.7 acres to 89.2 acres and named Madison Square after President James Madison.

Nearly 20 years later, the old military arsenal on the grounds was converted to serve as the nation’s first home for juvenile delinquents.

 

Public Unveiling and the Gilded Age (Mid-Late 1800s)

In 1844, again in response to NYC’s rapid expansion, Madison Square Park was reduced to 6.2 acres, the park’s current size. Shortly after, park planners officially opened the park as a public city space.

Originally, the park was laid out in street-grid fashion similar to the streets around it, but in the 1870s, park designers Ignatz Pilat and William Grant redesigned the park with winding, curved walkways, deliberately avoiding any direct route across the grounds. This meandering style formed the basis for how the park looks today and is largely responsible for the park’s sense of seclusion from the surrounding city.

During the Gilded Age, Madison Square Park would become the centerpiece of the neighborhood growing around it.  The wealthiest New Yorkers lived in brownstones around the park, and nearby restaurants and hotels became popular hangouts for artists, writers, politicians, and celebrities.

In the early part of the 20th Century the park became the place where the city came together for all sorts of events: to view election results projected on nearby buildings, demonstrate against injustices (including the famous Rocking Chair Riots instigated by a St. James tenant, watch parades honoring national heroes, hear speeches, and even the relish the lighting of the city’s first and largest community Christmas tree (the forerunner of the Rockefeller Center tree).

 

A Failed Parking Lot (1960s)

In the 1960s, the future of the park was briefly threatened when, in an attempt to accommodate increased automobile traffic, a proposal was put forward to build an underground parking garage beneath the park. Fearing that the new garage would damage the roots of the park’s many historic trees, opponents voiced their concerns loudly. The plan to build the parking garage was eventually scrapped. Whew!

 

Decline and Restoration (1970s – Present Day)

In the decades following the Gilded Age, the neighborhood surrounding Madison Square Park began to decline, falling into disrepair, and experiencing higher crime rates. By the 1970s, this neglect had made its way fully into the park itself, and it had become overgrown, dark and dangerous. Fortunately, the park found a Good Samaritan in a former park official named Donald E. Simon, who in 1979 first began making unprecedented appeals for Madison Square Park to be supported through private funds.

Neighborhood corporations the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (Met Life) and New York Life were among the first to answer the call, initiating a 22-year process that would result in a phased restoration of the park, and eventually the formation of the Madison Square Park Conservancy—the nonprofit group that oversaw the completion of the park’s restoration and currently maintains the park through private donations.

Today, residents and workers of the NoMad, Flatiron and Gramercy neighborhoods get to enjoy a well-maintained park offering green space, art installations, concerts, readings, children’s events and more.

The renown of our tiny 6.2 acre gem has spread, because of the hard work of the Conservancy and the support of the committed community around it.  And this work is allowing it to make more noteworthy history.   Madison Square Park has been selected to represent the United States at the 58th Venice Biennale this summer with the work of Martin Puryear, who’s Big Bling the Conservancy presented in the park back in 2016.

It seems the park has a great deal more history to write.

March 22, 2019

Ruth Reichl, legendary food critic and writer is celebrating her new memoir, Save Me The Plums, with a visit to Rizzoli’s Bookstore at 1133 Broadway on Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:00 p.m.  She will be discussing the book with Francis Lam, food writer and host of The Splendid Table, and the discussion will be followed by a book signing.

Ms. Reichl was the food critic for The Los Angeles Times, then The New York Times, and in 1999, became editor of the country’s most lauded food magazine, Gourmet. She has authored over ten books and is recipient of four James Beard Awards, among many other awards.  Some of her major achievements as a critic were: demystifying the world of fine cuisine; her honesty about some of the not-so-fabulous aspects of haute cuisine, highlighting the sexism prevalent toward women in dine-out experiences, and spotlighting the pretentious nature of the ritziest New York restaurants.

As for her latest book, it traces her life from her hippie days in Berkley, through her transformation of  Gourmet and the rise of the farm-to-table movement that changed, forever, the way we eat.   Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plums is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams-even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

Reviews garnered for Save Me the Plums so far, include:

“This is the rare case of an amazing writer living an amazing life.”—Ann Patchett , award winning American author.

“No one writes about food like Ruth Reichl. She also happens to be a mesmerizing storyteller. I consider this book essential nourishment.”—Nigella Lawson, English food writer and cooking show host.

“Ruth Reichl is the best sort of storyteller—intimate, wise, frank, and completely engaging. Here she beautifully details her ten years running Gourmet, with all the triumphs and tribulations, and it’s a brilliant tale. Every page is rich and delicious; the book is such a treat!”—Susan Orlean, New York Times bestselling author of The Library Book.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear one of the legends of our time.

To purchase a ticket, please click here. Ticket price includes a copy of the book.

March 14, 2019

March 8, 2019 was International Women’s Day, but since 1987, the entire month of March has been designated National Women’s History Month in the U.S. We take this month to celebrate the achievements of American women, but especially to bring awareness to the challenges that women still face in our nation.

In the workforce, for example, the gender pay gap continues to be an issue, and while the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have made great strides in changing the conversation about sexual harassment.  Nevertheless, much work still remains to be done, both in creating safe, co-respectful work environments and leveling the playing field with regard to entrepreneurship.

Nowhere is this felt more acutely than here in New York City, which is home to at least 359,000 women-owned businesses generating $50 billion in annual sales. Even though NYC was recently rated by Fortune as the best city in the world for women entrepreneurs, a recent report reveals that only eight percent of NYC women-owned businesses employ more people than the owner, and more than 70 percent of these women owners say they face challenges when it comes to raising capital,forming business relationships and even hiring staff.

For these reasons, in honor of both International Women’s Day and National Women’s History Month, we’ve compiled the following list of resources to support women-owned businesses in general, but especially those who are Kew tenants.

 

WE NYC

This sub-initiative of NYC’s Department of Small Businesses is a virtual hub of resources for women entrepreneurs. On this site, you can find informative events, connect with a mentor, discover resources for capital, and more, all for free.

 

Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program

New York City goes out of its way to contract for services from minority and women-owned businesses. This program provides information how to get certified as an M/WBE business in order to quality for city contracts.

 

New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce (NYWCC)

This membership organization is dedicated to providing platforms for success to help self-employed women and women-owned businesses. Annual dues are reasonable, and they open up a whole array of opportunities for promotion and connection for your business.

 

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

This national organization is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S., offering a wide range of resources and support for women entrepreneurs, including educational resources, networking, grant opportunities, and more.

 

Ellevate

Ellevate is a dues-based business networking community specifically geared toward women entrepreneurs. The New York City chapter keeps a full schedule of meetups, seminars, panel discussions, and small “squads” for mutual support and promotion.

 

Create & Cultivate

This organization features both an online community/podcast and offline conferences designed to support, inform, and empower women entrepreneurs. The next NYC conference, slated for May 4, 2019, will feature a large roster of speakers discussing entrepreneurship, branding, social media, and much more.

 

The Tory Burch Foundation

A non-profit organization for the empowerment of women entrepreneurs, the Tory Burch Foundation helps women business owners by helping them connect to funding as well as offering educational programs for women owners in NYC. The Foundation’s one-year fellowship provides more in-depth education and mentoring for a select group of applicants.

 

Bonus Section: Funding Resources/Investors for Women-Owned Businesses

A number of individuals and firms specifically provide venture capital for women-led businesses. Here are a few to check out:

In the past few years, women entrepreneurs have made great progress to change the gender bias in the business world, with as many as 1,821 new women-owned businesses launching every day. But while women now own as many as 40 percent of all companies in the U.S., most of these women are still “solopreneurs,” and their companies receive about 45 percent less funding than companies run by their male counterparts. Hopefully, with the help of some the resources listed above, those numbers will increase.

This month, we encourage everyone to identify women-owned businesses near you and give them your business as often as possible.

March 7, 2019

After ten years as CEO and Creative Director at Bunny Williams Home, Jennifer Potter and Audrey Margarite decided to take on a new venture in the home décor industry and founded their own company: Fête Home.

Just a few months after their October 2018 launch, we sat down with Jennifer and Audrey to learn more about Fête Home, what makes the company special, and where they hope to see it going moving forward.


You have been in the design and decor industry for a long time now—both of you were at Bunny Williams for at least ten years. What brought you to found your own company, and how has your time at Bunny Williams influenced your work at Fête Home?

Jennifer: Yes, we were there for over a decade. Audrey was Creative Director and I was CEO. We wore two different hats, but we shared a desk all that time. It was a pretty small team, so we did a multitude of things and worked together.

Bunny Williams Home was at a different price point; it was more of a luxury home brand, and we saw some whitespace in the market for really good design at reasonable prices. We have, as have most consumers, been influenced by the direct-to-consumer model.

We have developed relationships with factories and sources for the last decade. We knew that between the business and creative experience we gained, we could build something in the direct-to-consumer arena.

Audrey: We’re both mothers with young children. It is important to us to have nice things in our house, but it can’t be anything too precious. One of the things we really wanted to do was to make items that are dishwasher safe or can go in the laundry. We knew it was possible based on the factories that we worked with. So that was something that we very much wanted to bring to the forefront.

 

“Fête” means “celebration” in French—could you shed some light on why you chose that name and how it reflects your brand philosophy?

Audrey: Very basically, we feel that your home should bring you joy and there should be a reason to celebrate every day. That’s why we named our company Fête Home: so that people will realize they can invite people over anytime.  It doesn’t have to be stressful. You can make every day a little celebration.

 

What else would you say makes Fête Home special?

Jennifer: We design and produce about 70 percent of the line right now, so you can’t find most of our items anywhere else. That is very important to us. We just resigned from our past jobs in May of last year, so that’s the reason why our line is not 100-percent designed and produced by us. We were trying to catch the holiday season, so there were a few categories that we had to fill in with other vendors that we know and respect.

We sell a lot of fabric by the yard, all of our table linens and textiles for pillows and throws are exclusive patterns to us. We’ve designed and produced those patterns exclusively.

Audrey: We are starting to do more and more custom work, too. For instance, right now we have three tablecloth patterns and two more in the works.  If you don’t see a tablecloth that you like or you need one in a different size, we can custom-make one for you from one of the 30 different fabrics we produce. We can also do custom pillows, window treatments and more.  You can just reach out to us about your idea, because we love to work on custom projects.

Audrey:: Another thing that makes us special is the frequency with which we’re going to introduce new products. We found the whole industry to be pretty slow. Often, they only introduce products once a year, sometimes twice a year. We want to make Fête Home more akin to fashion, where a new collection comes out seasonally.

Jennifer: Everyone is looking for the newest thing. You might love a brand, but if you keep going back and seeing the same thing, you’re going to lose interest. We want to offer something new with each collection we put out.

 

Who are you designing for? What is your main demographic?

Jennifer: We launched in October, so we’re still learning. We’ve been in this industry for a long time and that means we have a nice built-in fan base which has been really supportive. We assumed that our primary customer was going to be a woman; that’s proven for the most part to be true. I think the age range can be anywhere from 25 and up and our price points go from $20 up to $300, so it runs the gamut.

I think it often gets intimidating, when people think about accessorizing and styling their home, especially if they don’t have an interior design background. What we’re encouraging is that it doesn’t have to be intimidating. That’s what we’re really aimed towards.

We relate to being mothers and being on the go; not having time for ironing or taking meticulous care of accessories and tabletops. I think that goes for everyone who’s really busy, loves to have people over, and doesn’t want to freak out every time they do it. We also think about making things multi-purpose—items off your bookshelf to put in the middle of the table, versus worrying about fresh-cut flowers, or candles, or that kind of thing. Our target is really the busy person who appreciates being in a happy, fun home.

We’re finding other niches that we didn’t think were going to be part of the model but certainly are easy to do.

For example, we didn’t start Fête thinking of it as a gifts company, but we’re finding more and more that it certainly fills that void.

Also, interior designers have a hard time finding the final layer of a home: accessorizing and styling. They need to find things very quickly that aren’t readily available or everywhere on the market. We can definitely help with that.

And there are the prop stylists. We had a sample sale recently, which Kew helped us promote, and we found that there seem to be a lot of prop stylists in these two buildings, and we can certainly help in that market, too.

 

What would you say is the most enjoyable or rewarding part of your work and what is most difficult so far?

Jennifer: As I said, we’ve been doing this for a really long time, in terms of designing and producing, so we know what’s involved. We were a small team before, but now we’re a much smaller team—it’s just Audrey and myself. We’re each doing a million different things at any given time. So that’s definitely challenging, but seeing a product come to life is really amazing.

Audrey: Yes, seeing it come to life and then getting feedback from a customer. When somebody sends you a picture of something in her own home and says how much they love it – it makes it all worthwhile.

 

Have you noticed any trends in the industry? What have you noticed has changed over time, especially in terms of direct-to-consumer and social media developments?

Jennifer: Social media has obviously played an increasingly important role across the board, but especially in such a visual industry. A lot of sources had not been as easily visible because of various trade levels, and now, everyone can see everything. It’s a great thing for both the consumer and designer, because there are just so many options out there. It affects us as well, because the need for photography is so great, and you have to be able to show something in a million different ways. The hunger of the consumer has become a lot more intense.

Audrey: Piggybacking on that thought, I think there is a need to show our customer authenticity. Our customer really wants to see that. You can see we’re two women; we are the company.  This is what we live and breathe, and we try to convey that to our customer through Instagram and with behind-the-scenes Instagram Stories. We want people to know who they’re buying from. It’s not the big machine; it’s a small business.

 

Where do you hope to see Fête Home going in the future?

Jennifer: Well, as Audrey said, we’re putting out several collections a year, so our primary focus is to grow the catalog and offer more and more to our audience. Again, we’re still figuring out exactly who our audience is. But, catalogue expansion is a major focus, and I think our custom business has really great potential, so we really want to grow that.

 

You mentioned you chose the St. James Building in part because of the design community. Were there other things about the building and the neighborhood that drew you to make this your new office home?

Jennifer: We definitely wanted something central in New York City. We loved the community feel, plus the size of the space was right.  Of course, timing and availability were also important.

Audrey: The location is great to get to; it’s really easy. There are tons of designers in these two buildings, and even outside them, there are so many more designers just in the next few blocks, so it’s a real hub.

 

Fête Home works with designers and offers a trade discount and trade program, but they are also open to the whole community. It’s important to Jennifer and Audrey that you know that they’ll be in the office to help and they will be maintaining inventory in their office, so you can just stop by and pick something up.  Fête Home serves regular customers, as well as designers, prop stylists, event planners, and will lend items out for photoshoots. Jennifer and Audrey welcome you to come by!

February 26, 2019

Her list of accolades and accomplishments would be enviable for any vocalist. They include 19 Grammy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989), Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor (1964) and the Kennedy Center Honors (1980), as well as being termed the first African-American prima donna of the Metropolitan Opera. Some opera aficionados argue that her portrayal of Aida remains unmatched to this day. (You can hear her performance of Aida’s central aria “O patria mia” here.)

Despite emerging at a time when societal mindsets were certainly not in her favor, soprano Leontyne Price rose to become the first African-American opera singer to achieve international stardom and legendary status. For forty years—from 1972 to 2012—Price kept her offices in the St. James Building, Suite 920. In celebration of Black History Month—not to mention Price celebrated her 92nd birthday on February 10th—we wanted to take a look back at some highlights of the stellar career of this operatic icon and former Kew tenant.

 

Beginnings, Hard Work, and Early Success

Born in Laurel, Mississippi in 1927, the daughter of a midwife and a lumberman, Mary Violet Leontyne Price showed musical talent at an early age, taking piano lessons as early as age three and growing up singing in the church choir. While attending a performance of operatic vocalist Marian Anderson at age nine, Price was indelibly inspired and claims this was when she knew she wanted to be an opera singer. Continuing to display musical talent throughout high school and college, she graduated Central State College in Wilberforce, Ohio, then enrolled in Juilliard in NYC, where she studied through the early 1950s. While still a student, Price’s vocal abilities garnered her roles in opera performances and on Broadway, as well as with an international touring company playing the role of Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.  (You can hear her sing “Summertime” here.)

 

Rise to the Longest Met Applause, Ever

Price’s official New York recital debut came in 1954 when she performed the Hermit Songs cycle by Samuel Barber at New York’s Town Hall—with the composer himself accompanying on piano. Shortly after, she became a national figure when she appeared with the NBC Opera Theater in 1955 performing Puccini’s Tosca—the first African-American opera singer to play a leading operatic role in a televised opera. After landing additional roles both at home and abroad, Price made her first operatic recording, singing the role of Leonora in Il Trovatore with tenor Franco Corelli. It was in this role that she debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1961. Conflicting reports put the final ovation between 35 and 42 minutes; either way, it was the longest in Met history.

In the years to follow, Price would be a performer in residence at the Met, performing regularly in leading roles as well as in opera houses across the U.S. and Europe. And in 1966, she was selected as the diva to open the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. From the late 1960s until her retirement in the mid-1990s, Price began singing fewer operas in favor of concert performances in recitals, while continuing to record. Her last known live appearance was at age 74 in 2001, performing a memorial concert at Carnegie Hall in honor of the victims of the September 11th attacks.

 

Ms. Price as Cleopatra

 

Resilience and Triumph

While Price’s talent and rise to international stardom was remarkable by any standard, it wasn’t without its controversies, especially in the early days. African-American classical vocalists were practically unheard of in the opera community when she first emerged as a talent. Despite the success of her televised appearance in Tosca with the NBC Opera Theater, a number of NBC affiliates refused to air the performance in protest that she was appearing alongside a white tenor as her lover.

Nevertheless, Price’s unmistakable talents shined through and rose above the resistance. At the height of her international fame, she was hailed throughout Italy as the quintessential Verdi soprano, and after she performed Aida at the renowned La Scala in Milan, the theater readily accepted her contractual requirement that no future roles would be denied to her on the basis of race.

Ms. Price as Tosca

 

Through it all, Price categorically refused to portray herself as a victim of prejudice, even eschewing the term “African-American” and referring to herself simply as American. “If you are going to think black, think positive about it,” she said. “Don’t think down on it, or think it is something in your way.” There are many clips of Ms. Price on You Tube, and if you view them, you will see that she has always been strong, gracious, generous, and intelligent. For example, listen to her in this interview.

 

Happy 92nd Birthday, Ms. Price.  Kew Management is honored to have had such a great artist and admirable person as a tenant for 40 years.

For more on Ms. Price, please follow this link.

Come for bubbly, bites and bargains. Up to 80% off on samples, overstock, display and damaged items.

Jet Set Candy Sample Sale
Thursday, February 28th from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Suite 218 in the St. James Building

Jet Set Candy offers travel-inspired jewelry that captures the essence of your favorite destinations. Featuring luggage tag charms that bear international airport codes, unique moveable charms, cuffs, chains, bracelets and more, Jet Set Candy lets you Collect Your Adventures™ in style.

Website: www.jetsetcandy.com
Instagram: @jetsetcandy

Call (551) 579-2375 with questions.

February 20, 2019

With recent updates made to the Kew Management website, we’ve added a new feature especially for our tenants: a brand-new online Tenant Center.  With this feature, we’ve gathered all the tools and useful information you need as a tenant into one convenient portal.

Bookmark this page:  https://kewmanagement.com/tenant-center

 

Overview of Features

Feel free to explore the new portal for yourself, but here’s a quick summary of what you can access from the Tenant Center:

  • ClickPay: Check your account status and pay Kew invoices online.
  • Workspeed: Enter maintenance requests that go right to the building staff and are tracked by Property Management.
  • Key Information: Here you’ll find a list of important emergency and Kew phone numbers, as well as downloadable forms and informative documents you may need as a tenant, including an online Tenant Guide with answers to most of your questions.
  • Tenant Network: A searchable directory of Kew tenants to help you discover new suppliers, clients, or collaborators within the Kew network.
  • Tenant Headlines: Stay up-to-date with news and information about fellow accomplished tenants, our buildings, and the NoMad neighborhood.

We hope the new Tenant Center will not only make it easier for you to conduct Kew business as a tenant, but also help you to connect with the Kew community and find inspiration and synergy with your fellow tenants in the process.

Click here to check it out.

Questions about the Tenant Network or Tenant Headlines? Reach out to rfalk@kewmanagement.com.

January 29, 2019

One great thing about NYC is that you are never short on places to meet up with people for a drink. But, lots of people have the same idea, and between televised sports and active Happy Hours, it doesn’t take long for some bars to get so loud that conversation becomes impractical if not impossible. If you live or work in NoMad and are looking to have a genuine chat with someone over an after-work beer, cocktail or glass of wine, here are a few neighborhood spots to try where the decibel level might be just a bit more manageable.

The Seville at the James Hotel

Located in the basement of the recently-renovated James Hotel-NoMad, The Seville takes its name from the hotel’s original name “Seville”. Upon entering, you will notice a large living room-like setting with lots of space for conversation with friends, co-workers, clients, or colleagues. Arrive early and the atmosphere will be more relaxed and low-key. Their signature cocktails are sure to please.

The Seville at the James Hotel
22 East 29th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 226-2833

www.jameshotels.com

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Friday & Saturday: 4:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.


The Flatiron Room

Topping many lists as one of the best whiskey bars in NYC and the world, this sophisticated destination features over 1,000 varieties of whiskey, along with other traditional liquors and wines. You won’t find a whisper-quiet atmosphere here, but neither will you be fighting pulsing club speakers. Instead, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a fine glass of whiskey or wine while listening to live jazz nightly—at volumes that don’t overpower conversation.

The Flatiron Room
37 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 725-3860

www.theflatironroom.com

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday: 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday: 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.


Lobby Bar at the Ace Hotel

One doesn’t normally think of a hotel lobby as a quiet place to have drinks—but then again, the Ace Hotel isn’t your typical hotel. The Lobby Bar is known for its intimate feel and calm surroundings, and if you get the munchies, they also offer a selection of items from the hotel’s flagship restaurant, The Breslin. The only caveat: The bar hosts local DJs some evenings, so if your conversation lingers toward 10 p.m., don’t be surprised if the atmosphere changes.

Lobby Bar at Ace Hotel New York
20 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001

www.acehotel.com

Hours:
Sunday – Wednesday: 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Thursday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 3 a.m.


Mondrian Terrace

For late afternoon drinks with a bit of fresh air, check out this NoMad gem. Set on the rooftop of the Mondrian Hotel, Mondrian Terrace offers both indoor and outdoor seating with a comfortable vibe and an airy atmosphere. It’s typically not crowded after work, and you can usually find a quiet spot or corner on the terrace to converse.

Mondrian Terrace at the Mondrian Park Avenue Hotel
444 Park Ave South
New York, NY 10016
(212) 804-8880

www.ingoodcompany.com

Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.


NoMad Bar

Yes, the NoMad Restaurant (in the NoMad Hotel) is one of the neighborhood’s most elegant dining options—but the NoMad Bar’s classy décor and quiet atmosphere also provide excellent surroundings for conversation. Accessible by a separate entrance at 10 West 28th Street, this bar offers a selection of classic and signature cocktails (along with a nice array of beers and wines)—not to mention an upscale pub menu, if you’re inclined to dine.

NoMad Bar
10 West 28th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 796-1500

Hours:
Sunday: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday: 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Wednesday – Saturday: 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.


Tarallucci e Vino

Technically, this is more an Italian restaurant than a bar, and a really good one at that. But they’ve got an impressive list of wines and cocktails and a variety of seating options—including outdoor seating in the warmer months—and they welcome the after-work crowd. If you do get hungry, which you probably will…that’s just another bonus.

Tarallucci e Vino NoMad
44 East 28th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 779-1100

www.taralluccievino.net

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.


Wine:30

Tucked into a cozy nook in northeast NoMad, this intimate wine bar and restaurant features an extensive list of 300 wines (30 by the glass), plus a seasonal menu drawing from local sources. With a full-service bar up front, quiet dining in back, and an all-season garden patio, Wine:30 is typically not too crowded and a great place for quiet conversation. You can even stay for dinner, if you wish.

Wine:30
41 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 481-0197

www.wine30nyc.com

Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday – Monday: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

December 4, 2018

Gotham Glow has built a stellar reputation as one of the most trusted names in the airbrush tanning business, landing on numerous lists of the best salons in New York City, including lists prepared by Goop, Allure, and Haute Living. The salon is renowned for its superior and tasteful airbrush work; making sure every client ends up with a glow that looks natural. That may be why the client list is vast and varied, including brides, models, public figures, celebrities, and firms such as Victoria’s Secret, Sports Illustrated, and Ford Models.

Superior Service and Identifying a Niche Leads to Success

Tamar began her career 17 years ago at one of the first airbrush tanning salons in New York City honing her skills over time. After a couple of years, she noticed an untapped niche market – the need for mobile tanning services and after-hours availability, perfect for busy New Yorkers. Tamar developed her own proprietary tanning formula and using her own unique tanning techniques she stepped out on her own, and 14 years ago Gotham Glow was born.

Tamar’s splendid work, round-the-clock availability, and deep dedication to her clients’ needs soon won her a cult following and a wealth of referrals. You’d catch her at all hours heading out to or returning from a client call with her equipment. This skill and dedication led to press coverage.

Tamar recalls, “One day, The New York Times contacted me out of the blue for an article about mobile beauty services. I thought it was just going to be a little snippet.” To her surprise, the Times featured her photo on the front page of the Style section.

Expanding to Meet the Demand for a Great Tan

As Gotham Glow continued to flourish, Tamar decided to open her own salon here in the Townsend Building at 1123 Broadway, adding in-salon services to her ever-popular house call service. She and her staff have been here for the last nine years and have upsized within the Townsend as the business continued to expand. “I absolutely love the architectural beauty and history of the Townsend building and the dedication of the staff makes this the perfect home for Gotham Glow. We have expanded and grown just as the NOMAD neighborhood has developed so much over the past decade.”

Today, Gotham Glow’s team offers in-salon and mobile tans for all skin tones and ages. They provide multi-tan packages as well as services for tanning parties, bridal parties, corporate events, film/video shoots, editorials, and more. And, Gotham Glow welcomes guys, too. As men have become more comfortable with facials, manicures, and eyebrow shaping, they can be seen headed toward Gotham Glow before a special date or summer weekend.

In order to keep up with growing demand, over the years Tamar has developed a wonderful team of skilled technicians whom have been trained intensively to ensure that the salon’s brand of expertise and attention to detail is always maintained. “Technicians are trained for months before they’re allowed to tan clients,” she explained.

But Gotham Glow isn’t so busy that it doesn’t stop to care for others, in the tradition of many of Kew’s tenants. The firm has an admirable mission: to share the Glow by promoting health and wellness across the globe through our continued affiliation with the Association to Benefit Children, International Rescue Committee, Sanctuary for Families, J.T. Martell Foundation, and other charitable and social organizations.

We would say to keep an eye out for Gotham Glow’s work while you’re watching celebs walk the red carpet at the Oscars during the West Coast’s award season, but the whole point is: you’ll never know. You’ll just see a lovely glow.

Special Introductory Offer for Kew Tenants

We urge all tenants, gals and guys, who are interested to look into Gotham Glow. Gotham Glow is offering Kew tenants an introductory offer of $10 off your full body tan. Appointments can be booked through GothamGlow.com. Make sure to mention you are a Kew tenant.

Gotham Glow
1123 Broadway (at 25th Street), Suite 417
New York, NY 10010
(917) 512-9854

gothamglow.com

Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

November 29, 2018

One of the exceptional things about our neighborhood is the number of specialty stores and one-of-a-kind shops located here—places where you can find special gifts you won’t easily find anywhere else. If you’re shopping for an especially meaningful gift this holiday season, NoMad is the place to do it. There are dozens of such shops in NoMad, such as Todd Snyder, Cocktail Kingdom, Opening Ceremony, Dover Street Market, Antique Showplace, Sebastian Grey and Marimekko, but here we are highlighting five treasure troves where you might start your hunt for that special something for that special someone.

Jung Lee

To label this a home and hospitality boutique is to vastly understate the case. This is a one-of-a-kind home and lifestyle design destination, birthed from the creativity of one of the country’s premier event designers, Jung Lee. Here you’ll find elegant serveware, dinnerware, hospitality items, home décor, and more, curated and displayed in an inviting showroom that feels more like a home than shop.  Jung Lee’s eye is masterful and in one glorious store you’ll find a special collection of items you’d have to scour the city for.

Jung Lee
25 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 257-5655

www.jungleeny.com

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

The Old Print Shop

If you are shopping for someone who is interested in Americana artwork, vintage graphics, historic engravings, or antiquarian maps, check out The Old Print Shop on Lexington Avenue. This remarkable gallery hosts a wealth of art pieces and prints from the eighteenth through the twenty-first centuries that would enhance the collection of even the most prolific collectors or provide a one-of-a-kind piece to adorn a special friend’s home and remind them of you.

The Old Print Shop
150 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 683-3950

www.oldprintshop.com

Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

 

Manhattan Saddlery

A tack shop in New York City? Absolutely. In fact, Manhattan Saddlery is the only tack shop in NYC, and it’s right here in NoMad. Shop for the finest riding clothes, footwear, helmets, grooming supplies, crops, whips, girths, bridles, and of course, saddles—basically all things equestrian. (Except the horse.). It’s not for just for riders either, there are exquisitely made shoes, jackets and accessories anyone would be glad to own.

Manhattan Saddlery
117 East 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 673-1400

www.manhattansaddlery.com

Hours:
Daily: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Eataly

Themed around old-country Italy, this combination grocery store, cooking supply shop, and international food court is a destination any time of year. In the spirit of the season, Eataly has even set up a special Holiday Market at its nearby cooking school, offering themed gift boxes and daily complimentary tastings. Or, perhaps you can pick up an unusual combination of preserves and jams (including pink grapefruit and sweet pepper), an extra fine olive oil or a unique vinegar that you know that someone on your list wouldn’t buy for themselves. If your loved ones love Italian food or cooking, you might be able to check off your entire list just by going here first.

Eataly
200 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 229-2560

www.eataly.com

Hours:
Daily:  7 a.m. – 11 p.m. 

 

Rizzoli Bookstore

Located in the heart of NoMad at 1133 Broadway, Rizzoli has been a New York City fixture for over 50 years. Besides being widely recognized as one of the preeminent independent booksellers in America, this store is known for its unique inventory of illustrated books on fashion, architecture, interior design, photography, and other arts, as well as remarkable fine literature and foreign language selections. If you’re shopping for a book lover (or if you are one yourself — you deserve a gift too), be sure to stop here.  An added bonus is that Rizzoli’s stunning and peaceful store will provide you a welcome respite amid the holiday bustle.

Rizzoli Bookstore
1133 Broadway
New York, NY 10010
(212) 759-2424

www.rizzolibookstore.com

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

November 28, 2018

During past holiday seasons, have you spent time foraging around for boxes, bubble wrap, the right size box, tape, and labels? Then, did you ask yourself: “Should I go to the post office, Fedex or UPS? How can I not spend a fortune? Will they get my packages there in time?” And finally, you probably lugged boxes in one or more trips to finally send them off.

Not this year. We have a solution for you. There is a way to make your holidays much less harried, particularly if you have lots of relatives and friends you have to ship presents to. Right here in 1133 Broadway, Suite 221, the Business Center can make shipping gifts a breeze.

Aurelio and Andris will:

  • Take care of you right here — no reason to trudge around with packages in cold weather.
  • Help you fit your shipment into the correct size box and wrap it securely for you.
  • Messenger one package or a large quantity of client gifts anywhere in town, same day.
  • Have all the shipping forms, envelopes, and boxes you will need, for packages going long distances.
  • Provide you with varying costs of alternate ways of sending a package via USPS and Federal Express so you can decide how much you’d like to pay and when you want your gift to arrive.
  • Make sure your gifts go off with the Post Office or FedEx the same day.

While the Center does not ship UPS, there is a UPS drop off box near the front door of the Business Center, where you can drop envelopes and parcels that already have prepaid labels.

Those of you who use the Center regularly know that Aurelio and Andris are very helpful and they want to ease you through the holiday crunch. While they suggest that the sooner you are ready to ship and can bring your packages to them the better, they do advise that all shipping at standard rates should be completed at least a week before you want your gifts to arrive.

Business Center
1133 Broadway, Suite 221
New York, NY 10010
(212) 243-3600

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

November 20, 2018

2018 has been quite stellar for Kew tenant Glenn Gissler. Besides having one of his projects featured in Dering Hall back in September, the noted interior designer recently collected a 2018 Innovation in Design Award (IDA). He has also been interviewed in two notable industry publications and was recently named one of the Top 100 Luxury Home Architecture Firms in North America.

Each year, New York Cottages & Gardens presents the prestigious IDA Award celebrating top examples of design in New York. Submissions are evaluated, and awards are granted by an exclusive panel of industry experts and influencers. This year, Glenn Gissler Design received the IDA for Garden Design in collaboration with landscape designer Billie Cohen.

In addition to receiving the IDA, Glenn’s work and expertise have been recognized by several other industry outlets over the past several months:

  • He was recently interviewed by Nick May for The Chaise Lounge, a weekly podcast discussing relevant trends and topics in interior design. Largely a success-story episode, Nick May talks with Gissler about how he got his start in the field of design and how he arrived where he is today.
  • He was also profiled recently by The Native Society, a website and collective that shares insight and inspiration from thought leaders and business professionals.
  • And finally, Glenn Gissler Design was recognized by Bond, a firm dedicated to creating effective one-to-one meetings forums which educate, stimulate and assist Principal Architects and Interior Designers from the largest firms to better serve their clients, as one of the Bond Custom Top 100 Luxury Home Architecture Firms in North America.

Kew Management congratulates Glenn Gissler, for both his remarkable designs and the broad industry recognition he received this year.  We hope that fellow tenants will get to know Glenn’s accomplishments and talents; he could prove to be a wonderful resource and collaborator.

November 14, 2018

You know how it is. You start the morning with deadlines staring you in the face, and you can’t spare an hour to go out and find lunch. Or you get into a real groove of productivity mid-morning and you don’t want to break the flow. Whatever the reason you feel you can’t leave the office for lunch, you still need your strength to avoid the afternoon slump.

Fortunately, this is New York City, and you’re in NoMad with great restaurants on every block. Many offer delivery through apps like Seamless and Caviar. If you simply can’t get away from the office today, here are five standouts that will bring lunch to you.  Try them and the many more like Fresh & Co., &Pizza, Dr. Smood, Num Pang, The Little Beet.

Dig Inn

1178 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
(212) 335-2010

Delivery platforms: Seamless, Caviar, Grubhub
https://www.diginn.com

Monday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dig Inn says it is “changing the food game” and that’s no idle boast. With a deep respect for ingredients, Dig Inn works with 102 farmers and partners to bring recipes to life, planning crops specifically for its menus. Buying from minority-run and small-scale farms, Dig Inn uses its purchasing power to support sustainable growing practices and invest in the future of farming. The result is an incredibly adventurous and delicious menu, so step out of the ordinary without stepping out of your office.

Inday

1133 Broadway
New York, NY 10010
(212) 647-8889

Delivery platforms: Seamless, Caviar, Grubhub
https://www.indaynyc.com

Monday – Sunday:  1:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

With a wide variety of healthy grain and veggie bowls (also available with your choice of protein)—and with most bowls priced around $10, Inday feels tailor-made for a nutritious lunch. And for Kew tenants, since Inday is right downstairs, you can feel confident your lunch will arrive fast and fresh.

Luke’s Lobster

5 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10010
(646) 657-0747

Delivery platforms: Seamless, Grubhub
https://www.lukeslobster.com

Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 1:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Luke’s Lobster makes some of the best lobster and crab rolls in New York City, and you can get them in a hurry. There is a $20 minimum to have lunch delivered, but it’s worth splurging once in a while. In the ground floor of 1123 Broadway (just around the corner on 25th), Luke’s can deliver in a jiffy.

The Smith

1150 Broadway
New York, NY 10010
(212) 685-4500

Delivery platforms: Seamless, Grubhub
https://www.thesmithrestaurant.com

Monday – Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 5:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

The Smith offers an upscale version of café/bistro dining. The restaurant has a fun atmosphere, but if you can’t get there, you can have their terrific burgers, salads, chicken potpie, salmon and even steaks delivered to your desk. There’s a $15 minimum to order, but delivery is free.

Wagamama

210 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 920-6233

Delivery platforms: Seamless, Grubhub
https://www.wagamama.us

Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Hot, fresh and popular, Wagamama reminds us there’s more to Japanese cuisine besides sushi. Delicious teppanyaki, donburi and curry dishes are available, along with generous portions of ramen and a vegan menu. And on Seamless, there’s no order minimum, so treat yourself to something that will spice up your day.