MAKING AN IMPACT IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY Written by Jennifer Gonzales
Photo by Jonathan Thorpe
HOME | INTERIOR DESIGN 14 D-ZYN CORNER by Carol Townsend
ENTERTAINMENT | NEWS 18 TCM to Honor Beloved Actress
& Comedian Lily Tomlin with Iconic Hand and Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre
25 Gander Group, Vanessa Williams and kathy ireland Worldwide Bring Fashion, Jewelry and Housewares to Casino High Rollers with New Partnership
26 Katy Perry To Play Free
Concert in Victoria, Australia
28 Klarna is The Ring-Bearer as Lady Gaga Says Yes… to Herself
34 AUTOMOBILE | RIDE 32 Battista Coming to Life
The 2020 Electric Hypercar Development Program Begins
34 A Tribute to a Legend Kobe Bryant by Jennifer Gonzales
REAL ESTATE 38 Closings Commence At 75 Park Lane in Newport
42 Skyline Tower Named as New York's Top Selling Luxury Real Estate Development in 2019
44 Stage is Set for Competitive
ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD 53 A Lemony Treats 54 The Landmark of San
Spring Home Buying Season
Francisco by Paolo Murano
TRAVEL | LEISURE 46 Rancho San Lucas Debuts
HEALTH | BEAUTY 58 Did You Know That Face
New Greg Norman Signature Course in Los Cabos
48 NH Collection New York Madison Avenue to Take A Bite Out of The Big Apple in April 50 5 Dynamite San Diego Destinations for Spring by Merilee Kern
Washing Mistakes Can Age You?
ART | CULTURE 60 Japanese Brand Yoshikimono is Partnering with Victoria & Albert Museum
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Dear reader, Our March entertainment issue has arrived, highlighting todayâ€™s most visionary, foundation-shaking luminaries working across the entertainment industry. As the profiles in this issue make clear, these talented figures are crafting the entertainment industry. Join us for an insightful interview with our cover star Jason Cerda, as we capture this major talent on the brink of something incredible. Cerda is completely redefining, along with many of his contemporaries, what it means to be a Latin/pop singer today. We hope you enjoy reading the magazine as much as we did making it. Cheers! Selcen Kavruklar Editor-in-chief firstname.lastname@example.org
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D-ZYN CORNER Stage This Interior Design Written by Carol Townsend, A.S.I.D. Interior Designer
f March seems to be a bridge month between the long days of winter and the coming trees and flowers of spring, that’s because it is. It is also the perfect time for you to go through your home, get rid of things you meant to toss before the holidays and plan for this year’s decorating mission. The stores are on fire with season end sales, just waiting for you to come in and find your treasures. If you’re an online shopper, you will be delighted to see all the huge sales being offered by Way Fair, eBay and others. Some stores in your local area also offer special discounts if you see what you want online and come in to see and try the item on for size in their store. Don’t miss out on these great bargains! So, what color do you want to paint your house this year? Remember what I’ve said for the past three years. Color spices up our interiors and can be changed. Don’t get stuck in a rut just because you painted your rooms in last year’s offerings. If you chose a neutral color for your walls—Great! What do you want to do to accent walls? Take a walk through those stone quarry stores and fall in love with a slab or two. They’re not just for countertops. You can mount them behind the sofa as a great piece of art! Look at one to use behind your bed as a beautiful headboard. If you have a grand entrance, look at one as a possible waterfall wall to welcome your guests into the house. There are so many uses for these slabs. March 2020
Don’t forget the artwork! There are so many great canvasses out there. Look at an oversized piece for a main wall in your living room. You may even take a color in that piece and make that the wall color in that room. Especially shop locally if you are interested in replacing your mattress. The On-line folks offer the convenience of delivery right to your front porch, but a mattress needs to fit. If you are not comfortable on it, there is no return policy on used mattresses. Go try some on, you’d be surprised at how quickly your body will tell you that you have found the right one. Remember, if you are sleeping on clothe mattresses to change them every eight years, even if the mattress has a twenty-year warranty. You should also turn the mattress over every year. During your spring cleaning, dust off your shades and launder your sheers. They collect dust that may not be easily seen but can begin a cycle of sneezing and allergies in the family. We don’t think of being allergic to the air in our homes, but the vents need to be cleaned and new air filters put in at least every six months. Stay healthy out there, enjoy this in between season and happy designing! Carol S Townsend A.S.I.D email@example.com Look for my latest books, Glitz, Glamour & Murder and the sequel. Follow the Money available on Kindle, get ready for my 2020 offerings as well!
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ENTERTAINMENT | NEWS
TCM to Honor Beloved Actress & Comedian Lily Tomlin with Iconic Hand and Footprint Ceremony at TCL ChineseTheatre Celebration to Take Place Friday, April 17, During The 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced it will honor iconic actress and comedian Lily Tomlin with a hand and footprint ceremony at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood during the eleventh annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Friday, April 17. Tomlin, a Tony, Grammy, eight-time Emmy and two-time Peabody Award winner, has had a remarkable career starting in the 1960s starring in cinematic classics, television staples and on stage. "Lily Tomlin's talent has endured for fifty years because she knows who she is. She's managed to play broadly drawn roles alongside more nuanced characters without a hint of falseness," said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM primetime anchor and official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival. "Not long ago, Tomlin told The New York Times, 'I wanted people to see the characters as human beings. And see themselves in them, too.' The humanity she finds in the women she plays has enabled her to transition, seemingly with ease, from groundbreaking work on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In to four Emmy nominations for Grace and Frankie, where she co-stars alongside another seminal artist, Jane Fonda. There's a consistent richness to her work, in comedy and drama, as well as on stage in her innovative one-woman show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, and on the big screen. Whether your favorite Lily Tomlin performance is The Late Show, or 9 to 5, or Nashvilleâ€Śwait, I'm not done. Or All of Me, Flirting with Disaster, I Heart Huckabees, or A Prairie Home Companion, you know all of those pictures were made more memorable because Lily Tomlin was among the cast. It's hard to imagine a more deserving artist to have her hand and footprints cemented outside Hollywood's signature classic movie house." This marks the tenth consecutive year TCM has featured a hand and footprint ceremony at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. In 2011, Peter O'Toole was the honoree, followed by Kim
Novak in 2012, Jane Fonda in 2013, Jerry Lewis in 2014, Christopher Plummer in 2015, Francis Ford Coppola in 2016, Carl and Rob Reiner in 2017, Cicely Tyson in 2018, and Billy Crystal in 2019.
About the 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival For the 11th consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers from around the globe will descend upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The 2020 festival is set to take place Thursday, April 16 â€“ Sunday, April 19, 2020. Over four packed days and nights, attendees will be treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more. TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz will serve as official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival. The festival's official hotel and central gathering point for the 11th consecutive year will be The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the site of the first Academy Awards ceremony. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will also offer special rates for festival attendees. Screenings and events during the festival will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre, the Legion Theater at Hollywood Post 43 and the Cinerama Dome, as well as other Hollywood venues. For the latest news and information, follow us on social at #TCMFF and learn more at www.tcm.com/festival. This year's theme is "Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film," which will take fans on a journey to enchanted worlds of fantasy and stories beyond belief. From myths and magical creatures to ghostly encounters and travels through time, they will escape with fellow movie lovers to places that will ignite their imagination.
Photos by Jonathan Thorpe
Making an Impact in the Music Industry Written by Jennifer Gonzales
Jason Cerda is an international Latin pop recording artist and choreographer. Highly motivated and self-driven, Cerda has made an impact in the music industry. With unraveling opportunities set before him that has allowed him to perform with artists such as Ludacris, Nelly, J. Balvin, Becky G and many others. His success has enabled him to tour in the US, Dominican Republic, Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guatemala establishing a wide fan base from all over. Jason Cerda also performs at other well-known events in the Latin community such as, The Puerto Rican Day parade, People Espanol Festival in New York, Fiesta DC in Washington DC, Calle Ocho Festival in Miami and Cali Music Festival in Las Vegas, NV. With his newest single “Telefone” that was released in January 2018, being a huge hit, people from all over are anticipating what’s next? Aside, from singing and dancing, you can catch Jason Cerda on the big screen, he was featured in “Onze Jongens in Miami” which was just released in theaters in The Netherlands and will be hitting Netflix soon after. We were able to get together with Jason Cerda for an interview with High Rise Life and here is what he has to say.
Q: Can you give us some insight on who you are and when you experienced your first big break? I’m an international Latin Pop recording artist from Washington D.C. who began my career originally as a back-up dancer and choreographer. However, I made my way into the music business and have been recording music in both English and Spanish for the last 14 years. I have been fortunate enough to have had 3 singles on the Latin Tropical Billboard charts and have performed all across the world including in South America, Japan, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. I would say that breaking the Top 10 on the charts was my “break” because it opened a lot of doors for my career.
Q: What is your creative process like when producing music content? When it comes to making new music it always depends on the producer I’m working with and what the vibe of the song is. Sometimes the lyrics come to me right away, other times I just sit in front of an open mic and let ideas flow out of me until I find something I like. Once I find the flow I like, then I’ll sit and come up with my concept. Most times I like to find my pre-hook and hook before writing the verses, just so I know where I want to go with my story. Sometimes it comes easy and other times I have to step away for a bit and come back to it. Either way, it’s a beautiful process and I love that I get to make music for a living.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve been given? I was 18, the same year I began pursuing my music career and at the time I was working a bunch of random jobs just trying to make money to be able to invest in career, when a friend of mine who happened to be a producer as well said something to me that has stuck with me until this day. He told me, “If you really want to take this seriously, surround yourself with music at all times. Get a job that allows you to be around music and always listening to new ideas. Find something that will have you always wanting to be inspired and creative.” The next day I went to my job at Footlocker, gave my two-week notice and began my journey as a choreographer and dance teacher and never looked back. I was around music 24/7 and most importantly doing something I loved to do just as much as singing.
Q: What do you enjoy most about being an artist/entertainer? I think what I enjoy the best about being artist, entertainer is that I get to connect with people on so many levels. Music is the one thing that brings people together no matter what language you speak, or what race you are. So, if I can make something that will connect with someone, AND I can make them dance at the same time then that is the most satisfying feeling.
Q: If you had the opportunity to collaborate with any artist who would it be and why? I think at this moment in time, my ideal collaboration would be with Drake. Not only is he one of the best artists in the world right now, but now he’s working with many Latin artists and making great music. I think we could make some really good music together, and I most definitely would make him do some choreography in the music video!
Q: Who are some of the artists you have had the opportunity to open for? I’ve been fortunate enough to open for so many bigtime artists in the industry over the span of my career. Some of my favorites are J. Balvin, Maluma, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Farruko, Ricky Martin, T-Pain, T.I., Ne-Yo, Wisin y Yandel, Pitbull, and J.Lo.
Q: What do you feel is the best song ever released and why? That’s a very tough questions because I have many favorite songs for many different reasons. My all-time favorite song has to be “You Make Me Wanna” by Usher. To me, it was one of the best produced and lyrically written songs Usher every made. The music video was also very unique and did the song justice. As far as more recent music, I would have to go with Bruno Mars “Please Me”. To me it’s one of the most well written songs, and the melody arrangements are timeless. Not to mention it brings back the feeling of the 90’s.
Q: Aside from music, what are some other things that you are involved with? Over the last year I entered a new business venture that I’m very proud of. I officially opened my own dance studio in my hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. It’s a drop-in based facility where we offer more than 20+ styles of dance and fitness classes. This year in 2020, we are expanding the studio and taking it on the road by starting our first ever “Cerdafied Pop Up Experience” with our first stop being in the beautiful 305 on April 25th.
Q: How do you incorporate balance between both? I’m lucky enough to have an amazing business partner that holds it down for me while I’m traveling doing all of my music projects, as well as an awesome staff that carries out and executes my vision for the studio while I’m not there. It’s still very challenging to manage both, but I’m lucky enough to have a great team behind me.
Q: What’s next? Many exciting things! A movie that I was featured in “Onze Jongens in Miami” just released in theaters in The Netherlands and will be hitting Netflix soon after. Also, I will be releasing new music and touring. Lots of exciting things happening for sure. Looking forward to what 2020 has in store for me. All I know is that I’m going to embrace every blessing and tackle every obstacle with a smile on my face. About Jennifer Gonzales J.M. Gonzales has a strong passion for writing. She is author of two books "Broken Silence" and "Wild Card" both of which can be found and purchased on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She is currently a full time student with Ashford University and is on her way to receiving her BA in Journalism. Meanwhile, she continues to maintain her personal blogs and enjoys traveling. IG: j.m. gonzales
ENTERTAINMENT | NEWS
Gander Group,Vanessa Williams and kathy ireland Worldwide Bring Fashion, Jewelry and Housewares to Casino High Rollers with New Partnership Vanessa Williams has partnered with Gander Group, one of the casino industry's leading manufacturers and distributors of consumer products and national brands, for Vanessa Williams branded products, exclusive to the North American casino marketplace. The exciting announcement was made jointly by Gander Group CEO and Founder, Josh Blake, icon Vanessa Williams - who is in London, England, Kathy Ireland - Chair and CEO and Stephen Roseberry - President and CMO, kathy ireland Worldwide. "We are thrilled to partner with the incredible artist Vanessa Williams and debut our product line of chic handbags, sophisticated jewelry and fine-quality housewares to casinos worldwide. Vanessa's impeccable fashion sense and multi-faceted experience in home and fashion design has been instrumental in crafting the new line," states Gander Group CEO, Josh Blake. "It's an honor for us to collaborate with such a respected icon and present a beautiful and elegant line to casino guests." The new partnership follows the incredible success of Ms. Williams' fashion line debut on HSN. The new Vanessa Williams product range will be available for the North American gaming industry in the 2nd quarter of 2020. Foreign distribution will be announced later. "I am delighted to partner with Gander Group and be a part of their tremendous growth in this specialized industry," states Ms. Williams. "What a pleasure, to not only perform at casino theater venues worldwide, and now, through the partnership with Josh Blake, the incredible team at Gander Group, to also create perfect products that those same casinos will offer as part of the gifting experience. It will be very exciting to meet casino high roller guests who have received my products as giftsâ€Ś especially after my performances. kathy ireland Worldwide and SWC (Sterling Winters Company) are expanding everything that I want to do in every category of my career. My team has an extraordinary focus on more," adds Ms. Williams, who is currently rehearsing in London.
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"There is no one in the entertainment community like Vanessa Williams! Her magnificent talents as an actress, singer, dancer, author and designer are exquisitely unique. Vanessa also is, without question, one of the world's most beautiful women. It is a pleasure to bring limitless opportunities to this extraordinary star," said Kathy Ireland and Stephen Roseberry in a joint statement.
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ENTERTAINMENT | NEWS
Katy Perry To Play Free Concert in Victoria,Australia To Honor Firefighters and Their Families For Incredible Bushfire Response
International superstar Katy Perry will perform in a free concert to thank emergency services and give back to the bushfire affected communities in Victoria, Australia. The show of gratitude, FIGHT ON, is being staged on Wednesday, March 11 in the beautiful bush setting of Pioneer Park in the city of Bright during sunset. The concert has been made possible thanks to visit Victoria, the tourism board for Victoria, Australia - and the ICC T20 World Cup in partnership with TEGDainty, 160over90, Ticketek and the Brighter Days Festival, which has provided full use of their event infrastructure for the concert. FIGHT ON will give communities the chance to come together after recent bushfires and will show the rest of Australia and the world that Victoria is resilient and welcoming visitors.
"As a native Southern Californian, I know firsthand the devastation of wildfire across my home communities and was particularly heartbroken by the Australian bushfires." Katy Perry
"Australia has always given me so much love and support, so FIGHT ON is one way to return that love and help provide a little bit of joy to a country that's given me so much joy." Katy Perry
Tickets to the performance will be allocated to bushfire-affected communities through local municipalities and emergency services agencies. Emergency services personnel who worked fighting fires, in Incident Control Centers, Relief Centers and the State Control Center are all invited to attend with family members welcome, too. About Visit Victoria Visit Victoria is the principal tourism and events company for Victoria, Australia. The organization is dedicated to growing Victoria's visitor economy by marketing to visitors from within the state, across Australia and around the world, and attracting sporting, cultural and business events for the state's world-class events calendar. For more information, please visit www.visitvictoria.com.
ENTERTAINMENT | NEWS
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Klarna is The Ring-Bearer as Lady Gaga Says Yes… to Herself Her ring of choice was the 'Knight Finger' ring created by fashion activist B. Åkerlund for Klarna. In the ultimate act of female empowerment, pop phenomenon Lady Gaga has put a ring on her own finger to celebrate that we are all free to propose to anyone at any time. The 'Knight Finger' ring was recently launched by Klarna, together with fashion activist Bea Åkerlund, to give the finger to outdated traditions. This year is a leap year - when tradition says it is acceptable for women to propose to their partner on February 29. Klarna believes that everyone should get what they love, and not have their decisions dictated by rules or outdated traditions. Lady Gaga responded to Klarna's message of empowerment by saying 'yes' to herself with her 180 million followers on social media as witness. In an exclusive comment for Klarna, Lady Gaga explains: "For my entire career, I've taken pride in using my voice to stand up for what I believe is right. So, I am excited to work with my
friend B. and Klarna to celebrate how far we've come as a culture and call out the work we need to continue to do. The idea that a woman can only propose to a man one day every four years is so completely ridiculous! Anyone who knows me knows that I believe any person of any gender identity should be able to express any act of love to anyone else on ANY day of ANY year. So, in an act of defiance of this outdated tradition, I decided to say yes to MYSELF! And wear this ring today with pride to remind myself and everyone that the only permission you need to love comes from within you" Klarna CMO, David Sandström on Lady Gaga's announcement: "Just like Lady Gaga, we at Klarna believe that if traditions go unchallenged, the status quo prevails. Why should we settle and conform to societal and industry expectations just because? The Knight's Finger ring was created as a symbol to enable everyone to express love on their terms to whom they wish, just like our millions of shoppers can get what they love every day with Klarna" For more information, please visit klarna.com. www.HighRiseLife.com
AUTOMOBILE | RIDE
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Battista Coming to Life The 2020 Electric Hypercar Development Program Begins • Automobili Pininfarina Battista dynamic mule testing starts, with hand-crafted production of the first customer vehicles on schedule to commence in late 2020 • #BattistaComingToLife short film series launches online, capturing the people, places and product stories of this meticulous development programme • Prospective Battista clients to test a prototype of the most powerful Italian sports car ever built in the first half of 2020
• Automobili Pininfarina to mark the 90th anniversary of the Pininfarina design house with a special vehicle unveiling at Geneva International Motor Show 2020 Automobili Pininfarina has made a fast start into 2020, the 90th anniversary year of Pininfarina SpA, commencing the testing and development phase for the ground-breaking Battista – the world's first fully electric luxury hypercar. www.HighRiseLife.com
Pininfarina Battista The Battista's technical development schedule is headed by Automobili Pininfarina Sportscar Director Rene Wollmann, formerly of Mercedes-AMG. In the driving seat of Battista, prototype vehicles will be former Formula One and Formula E legend Nick Heidfeld, now a Development Driver and Ambassador for the Italian luxury car marque. Rene Wollmann commented: "The mule vehicles running the chassis and powertrain concepts for Battista have already achieved 80 per cent of their performance capability without issue. This means that our EV performance is already equal to the most powerful combustion engine-powered hyper car currently in the world. And in the simulation and wind tunnel testing phase, by fine-tuning the aero packaging, we've already seen a significant increase in the potential range of Battista versus our original prediction. "In the next six months we will progress to delivering a thrilling pure-electric hyper car that seamlessly produces 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm torque across a range of driving modes to suit varying environments. Our clients cannot wait to experience this performance alongside Nick Heidfeld." Automobili Pininfarina's teams of engineers will now undertake a rapid development program of exhaustive testing, evaluation and development over the coming months, in the climates and environments that the Battista will be driven in, that culminates with the first hand-crafted Battistas being handed over to clients at the end of 2020 in Cambiano, Italy. The Automobili Pininfarina Design Team, led by Chief Design Officer Luca Borgogno, has also created a unique livery for Battista prototypes, seen for the first time on the new hypercar as its technical development program accelerates into 2020. Luca Borgogno said: "We have been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive response to the aesthetics of Battista since it was first revealed. So, we have chosen to create a playful and interesting
prototype livery design that is clearly inspired by the electrifying performance that lies beneath its beautiful exterior. "Yet our ambition is always to further delight our future clients. To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the famous Pininfarina design house, the team at Automobili Pininfarina is now preparing the ultimate expression of Battista hyper car design, ready for its world premiere at next month's Geneva International Motor Show." For more information, please visit www.automobili-pininfarina.com.
A Tribute to a Legend
Kobe Bryant Photos by Marc A. Bowen (Thee Beginning Photo LLC) Written by Jennifer Gonzales
obe Bryant, 41, was an American former professional basketball player. Originally born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kobe Bryant was the youngest of three. Growing up, Kobe learned to become adaptable to his surroundings by embracing his fatherâ€™s travels throughout his retirement. After his father left the NBA to play basketball professionally in Italy, Kobe took it upon himself to learn how to speak Italian fluently. Although basketball was where his passion truly lied, Kobe was a trait of multiple talents. He enjoyed playing soccer, playing the piano, and was considered one of the most well-spoken players in all professional sports, his retirement speech was a great example of what a gifted writer he truly was.
"Be willing to sacrifice everything, but compromise nothing in your quest to be the best." Kobe Bryant
Kobe was a great businessman and had a keen eye for things that others didn’t. Back in 2014, during an interview he had with ESPN Kobe announced the opening of Kobe Inc. which he had stated that the company’s mission was to own and grow brands that challenge and redefine the sports industry, while inspiring the world. Along side of that he wrote children’s books and had released The Wizenard Series: Training Camp. Bryant won an Oscar for “Dear Basketball” the Best Animated Short Film at the 2018 Academy Awards. Kobe Bryant’s 20-year love and commitment for basketball was truly inspiring. Aside from his father Joe Bryant who also played for the Las Angeles Lakers, Kobe started playing basketball at the age of three and had considered the Las Angeles Lakers basketball team to be his favorite team to watch. Bryant entered the National Basketball Association (NBA) directly from Lower Merion High School. He was selected originally by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft and then was traded for the Los Angeles Lakers. He became the youngest player to reach 30,000 career points, won 5 NBA championships, 18 time All-Star and two-time NBA finals MVP winner, these are just to highlight a few of his accomplishments throughout his career. Kobe Bryant was a role model to many people world-wide including his family. Gianna Bryant, 13, which was his second oldest was a basketball star on the rise. She had a passion for basketball and with the help from her father had only motivated her to play at her very best. She portrayed Mamba like moves on the court and there was no surprise that she would have been the next Mambacita! Kobe Bryant meant a lot to the world, a true inspiration, he has made a huge impact not only in the basketball community but on fans worldwide. Let’s continue to celebrate the life and legacy of the Mamba!
*These photos were from 2009 NBA finals which a pivotal post Shaq comeback About Jennifer Gonzales J.M. Gonzales has a strong passion for writing. She is author of two books "Broken Silence" and "Wild Card" both of which can be found and purchased on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She is currently a full time student with Ashford University and is on her way to receiving her BA in Journalism. Meanwhile, she continues to maintain her personal blogs and enjoys traveling. IG: j.m. gonzales www.HighRiseLife.com
REAL ESTATE | DEVELOPMENT
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Closings Commence At 75 Park Lane in Newport 38
Strategic Capital, the investment arm of China Construction America, announced today that 75 Park Lane, the luxury condominium in Jersey City's Newport neighborhood, commenced closings and initial occupancy. Offering Manhattan-caliber amenities and world-class design, 75 Park Lane brings a rare opportunity to Newport. Designed by critically acclaimed architecture and interior design firm Woods Bagot, the homes at 75 Park Lane feature open-plan chef's kitchens designed for entertaining, complete with Madreperola Quartzite waterfall islands and countertops, state-of-the-art Bosch appliances and custom-designed walnut millwork trimmed in satin nickel. "With its distinguished design and amenity package, 75 Park Lane surpasses anything that has been developed in New Jersey to date," said Phillip Gesue at Strategic Capital. "The development offers a rare opportunity to own a home in an amenity-rich high-rise along Jersey City's waterfront, and its continued sales success illustrates the maturity of Jersey City as a luxury destination." Designed by Woods Bagot, 75 Park Lane provides the sought-after experience of high-rise living with river views and resort-like amenities in Jersey City. The 358 residences range from studios to three-bedrooms and penthouses. Residences boast wide-plank oak floors, oversized windows and open-plan chef's kitchens featuring quartzite waterfall islands and countertops, Bosch appliances and custom millwork. Luxurious master baths are clad in white marble with stone vanities, custom millwork and frameless showers. Master bedrooms boast views of Manhattan and the Hudson River and walk-in closets. Residents enjoy amenities designed to provide the ultimate recreational, social and fitness experiences. The shared spaces include an Olympic-size indoor swimming pool, wine-tasting lounge with private dining room, putting green, children's March 2020
play area, co-working lounge, porte cochĂ¨re and Sky Lounge with chef's table, terrace and New York skyline views. Situated in the idyllic Newport neighborhood, 75 Park Lane enjoys a wealth of community amenities, including Newport Green, Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, Newport Centre Mall and Newport River Market, and Newport PATH station allowing for a quick commute to Manhattan and Hoboken. 75 Park Lane is part of Park and Shore, which comprises two residential buildings with a total of 429 condominiums and resort-like amenities. The development was constructed by Plaza Construction, one of the nation's leading construction management and general contracting companies and the sister-company of Strategic Capital. Homes at 75 Park Lane start at $835,000 and sales are handled by The Marketing Directors. For additional information, visit www.parkandshore.com.
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REAL ESTATE | DEVELOPMENT
Skyline Tower Named as New York's Top Selling Luxury Real Estate Development in 2019 The joint venture between Risland Holdings, LLC., United Construction & Development Group and FSA Capital LLC closed on 210 contracts last year Move over Manhattan, there is a new luxury condominium in the neighborhood! Located in Long Island City, the 67-story development, Skyline Tower, is now leading sales in New York's luxury real estate market. With a booming transit hub and rapidly growing neighborhood, Long Island's skyline and real estate market have changed tremendously in the past decade. At the start of 2019, rising interest rates caused many buyers to halt their plans in purchasing condominiums. Located in one of the world's most competitive markets, the increasing interest rates did not deter buyers from exploring their future home at Skyline Tower. In 2019, the tower managed to close 210 condo contracts, making it the top selling luxury real estate development. The project is a joint venture of Risland Holdings, LLC, United Construction & Development Group and FSA Capital LLC. In addition to Skyline Tower, Risland has two projects in the United States â€˘ Located in Prosper, Texas, Legacy Gardens is an upscale boutique 300-acre single-family masterplan community. The perfectly sized development provides all the amenities and lifestyle benefits of a large, master-planned community with the intimacy of a smaller, more connected neighborhood. â€˘ Mantua, a 25-year project with a 2,950-acre mixed-use community within two cities, Van Alstyne and Anna, Texas, will be reshaping the growth of North Texas. The first phase of the development, called Mantua Point, will include nature trails, beautiful amenities, a dog park, a pool and several gathering areas. Ultimately, the development is projected to have more than 6,000 homes and over 600 acres of commercial, office and mixed-use space while adding more jobs and a building a better economy in both Van Alstyne and Anna. While Skyline Tower is well underway with an impressive sales performance in 2019, Risland is developing world class residential and commercial real estate projects through a vertically integrated operating model. It combines the talent of local professionals using local vendors utilizing the experience and resources of its international partners to accomplish this goal. Risland seeks to develop profitable projects and focus on the responsibility to the surrounding environment and the well-being of the neighboring communities. They are committed to be successful in the local market and using green practices and be mindful of social responsibilities while promoting healthy lifestyles for individuals, families and providing jobs to the local community and the society at large. Risland also plays a big part globally in the real estate market while keeping a close watch on global sustainable developments. With 12 projects around the world including the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, India, Indonesia, etc., it is becoming an innovative driver in both urban developments and residential markets.
REAL ESTATE | MARKET TRENDS
Stage is Set for Competitive Spring Home Buying Season - For sale homes declined by 15.3 percent in February year-over-year, and inventory in large markets decreased by 16.3 percent - The February national median listing price was $310,000, up 3.9 percent year-over-year and prices are re-accelerating - Nationally, homes sold in 80 days in February, three days more quickly than last year The U.S. housing market continued to tighten in February as the inventory of for sale homes saw additional listings evaporate and
home prices rose, according to realtor.com's February Housing Trends Report released today. The continuation of these trends could signal a competitive spring homebuying season on the horizon. Based on realtor.comâ€™s analysis, national housing inventory declined 15.3 percent year-over-year last month, while the median U.S. listing price grew by 3.9 percent, to $310,000. February's inventory decline, which amounted to a loss of 184,000 listings, was the largest year-over-year decline since realtor.com began tracking inventory data.
Twenty-five of the nation's 50 largest metros saw the number of homes for sale decline more than 20 percent. Inventory fell the fastest in Phoenix, San Diego, Calif., and San Jose, with decreases in excess of 36 percent over last year. "The Fed's decision to cut rates by 50 basis points earlier this week in reaction to concerns over the spread of Covid-19 is good for home buyers, but only if they can find a home to purchase. Finding a home remains the chief challenge in today's inventory-starved market," said realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale. "Given the still-decreasing number of homes for sale in many markets, if a listed home is priced well, expect it to sell quickly this year. Construction of new homes will need to jump into overdrive in order to bring the nation's supply and demand for housing back towards equilibrium. "Additionally, it remains to be seen how the recent growing concern over the spread of Covid-19 will impact consumer spending, at least in the short-term," Hale added.
The lack of inventory prompted listing prices to increase 3.9 percent to $310,000, a slightly accelerated pace compared to last month. The U.S. median listing price had grown by 6 to 8 percent year over year until autumn of 2019 when growth began to slow, finally hitting a low of 3.1 percent in December. Home prices rose in 46 of the 50 largest markets in February and were on average 6.5 percent higher than last year. Philadelphia led the nation with the greatest price growth, topping out just above 17 percent at $295,000. As buyers grapple with a lack of inventory and rising prices, homes sold at a faster rate than last year. Nationally, homes sold in 80 days in February, three days quicker than last this time last year. This trend was exaggerated in the nation's largest metros where homes sold five days faster than last year on average. Hartford, Conn.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Washington, D.C. saw homes selling at the fastest rates in the nation compared to last year, each with homes selling more than two weeks faster than last year.
TRAVEL | LEISURE
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Rancho San Lucas Debuts New Greg Norman Signature Course in Los Cabos Rancho San Lucas, an 834-acre resort and residential community fronting a 1.2-mile stretch of beach on the Pacific Ocean 15 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas, today celebrates the official grand opening of the Greg Norman Signature golf course and Rancho San Lucas Golf Club. The course is the showpiece of the resort and further positions Los Cabos as one of the top golf destinations in the world. Inspired by the native terrain and featuring splendid panoramic views, the Greg Norman Signature course at Rancho San Lucas is a versatile 7,210-yard, par-72 course laid out within earshot of the thundering surf of the Pacific Ocean. Spanning three different ecosystems, the links-style course meanders through a thick cactus forest creased by winding arroyos before descending to enormous windswept dunes.
Featuring a dramatic 300-foot elevation change, the well-strategized course has five holes on the beach, notably the par-3 third, which parallels the sea and will give players fine views of breaching whales during the winter months. There's also a signature island green at the testing par-3 17th hole. "Rancho San Lucas is the most spectacular piece of oceanfront property I've seen in a long time, so to have the opportunity to build a course on this site was truly once-in-a-lifetime," said Norman. "My goal was to keep it as natural as possible, using my 'least-disturbance' approach, while showcasing the property's three unique ecosystems: the ocean, the sand dunes and the arroyos. We wanted to build a sustainable course that is playable from all www.HighRiseLife.com
perspectives, including the forward tees. My design company is committed to making a global impact by creating courses that withstand the test of time, and I truly believe this golf course is one of the best we've ever built." Grassed from tee-to-green in Paspalum, a drought-tolerant, disease-resistant varietal, the course features a unique riveted bunkering design unlike anything else in the region. Specifically tailored to Cabo's terrain and locale, Norman and his design team integrated indigenous landscapes and grass varietals that use the least amount of water and in doing so, succeeded in creating a sustainable golf experience that flows naturally with the dune and desert landscape.
The club has applied for enrollment in Audubon International's Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Solmar Group Founder and Developer Francisco Bulnes relates a story about how the course was built. "In the beginning, Greg told me, 'It's such an amazing piece of property, we're only going to clear the fairway corridors 10 meters at a time.' Most designers mass clear a site and then attempt to re-vegetate it later. Not Greg. He was very careful to remove specimen trees and plants and shelter them in a nursery. He wanted to work at a very slow rate, so he could evaluate the site's contours and build the course in an environmentally responsible way. This took several months, but that's what his 'least-disturbance' design philosophy is all about: keep earthmoving to a minimum, and step as lightly as possible on nature's toes. We're excited to share this world-class golf course with our guests and owners." With two on-course comfort stations, each providing Mexican specialties and ice-cold refreshments, players can enjoy an all-inclusive experience during the round. A handsome ranchero-style clubhouse overlooks the fairways and sea. The practice facility features a spacious driving range, an 18-hole putting course, and dedicated chipping, pitching and sand play areas. Rancho San Lucas is a private club with exclusive access available to homeowners and guests of Solmar Hotels & Resorts, including the new on-site luxury hotel, Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas. The low-density community is elevating the standard of coastal living in Los Cabos with The Villas at Rancho San Lucas and the Norman Estates, a pair of residential communities. Real estate pricing ranges from $650,000 to $7 million. For more information, please visit www.ranchosanlucas.com.
TRAVEL | LEISURE
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NH Collection New York Madison Avenue to Take A Bite Out of The Big Apple in April After a two-year wait, Manhattan is getting set to welcome an exciting newcomer onto the Big Apple's hotel scene. NH Collection New York Madison Avenue, the first NH Hotel Group property to open in North America, is due to open its doors in April. Having been transformed into an enchanting hotel, it will bring its guests on a journey back in time to one of the most iconic periods of Gotham's history. Located in a building inspired by the Renaissance Revival architecture of the 1920's, the hotel exudes splendor, creativity and all the buzz of the city's Golden Age of Advertising. The NH Collection New York Madison Avenue will allow guests to soak in the ambience of 1950's Madison Avenue while enjoying all the conveniences of the new millennium. Its style is distinctly European, with a touch of eclectic elegance. That nostalgia carries through to the establishment's
common areas, designed to foster convivial experiences. Warm rooms with welcoming fireplaces, areas for resting in comfort and quiet but vibrantly decorated workspaces are just a few of the lobby's charms. Surrounded by some of the most emblematic skyscrapers of New York's skyline, most of the hotel's 288 rooms offer stunning city views. With an exceptional terrace looking out over the Empire State Building, the Presidential Suite will give its fortunate guests a stunning vantage point from which to view the soul of the city. Decorated with elegant furniture crafted from walnut wood, both the suites and the deluxe rooms are equipped with the brand's outstanding amenities, thus offering the highest standards of comfort.
Hugo Rovira, Managing Director for NH Hotel Group in Southern Europe and the US, said: "We are very pleased to be marking this new milestone opening in New York, raising our value proposition in the city with the introduction of our upperupscale brand, NH Collection. The new NH Collection New York Madison Avenue embodies the spirit of this concept in the broadest sense: exceptional and meticulous attention to detail, first-class services, innovative premium products and next-generation technology, combined to create an unparalleled experience."
The ideal spot for exploring the city that never sleeps NH Collection strives unfailingly to be an attractive source of inspiration for guests looking to discover all manner of experiences during their stays. For that reason, NH Hotel Group always places its establishments in fabulous and ideally located areas of the city, surrounded by the most elegant and eclectic neighborhoods. The NH Collection New York Madison Avenue is in one of the most exciting areas of Manhattan, close to the landmarks that make New York one of the top ten destinations anywhere in the world.
As well as providing the ideal starting point for walking to attractions such as Grand Central Station, Times Square, Bryant Park or Broadway, its location puts its guests just a few minutes away from vibrant neighborhoods such as the exclusive NoMad district. Also nearby are some of the Madison Avenue's most fashionable boutiques, as well as shopping meccas such as Saks 5th Avenue, Bloomingdale's and Macy's Herald Square. For NH Hotel Group it is crucial that its guests enjoy a oneof-a-kind experience, marked by small and unexpected details that make all the difference, in turn making the NH Collection experience something truly extraordinary. To ensure its guests make the most of the endless leisure options New York offers, the NH Collection New York Madison Avenue will be staffed by a knowledgeable Guest Relations Manager to help with every need.
New York-style cocktails and a new twist on tea by NH A strong commitment to providing creative, healthy and quality food and drink is another one of the hallmarks that sets NH Hotel Group's NH Collection brand apart. The new establishment will tempt its visitors to socialize in true Manhattan style in its swank cocktail bar, while sipping on meticulously prepared, delightful concoctions. Guests at the NH Collection New York Madison Avenue will also have the chance to discover the Group's new interpretation of afternoon tea at the hotel's exclusive Suite & Tea room, a comfortable area set aside for trying out top-notch infusions from all around the world, including the original Tea Gin & Tonic, accompanied by delicious sweet and savory snacks. - The Group's first NH Collection in Manhattan was inspired by Madison Avenue's "Golden Age of Advertising" - Located in the heart of the Big Apple, the NH Collection New York Madison Avenue will offer 288 rooms with stunning views over the world's most famous skyline - Noteworthy among the hotel's culinary offerings: a chic cocktail bar tuned to the city's vibe and an original tea cocktail concept dubbed Suite & Tea
TRAVEL | LEISURE
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5 Dynamite San Diego Destinations for Spring Written by Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably started your Spring Break and even summer vacation planning to ensure availability for the desired away dates. It’s certainly never too soon to get yourself booked somewhere spectacular, which also feeds the excitement and anticipation of the excursion to come. No matter the occasion, reason or season, you’d do well to head over to San Diego—a region known for some of the most revered vacation options in the United States. It didn’t earn the moniker “America’s Finest City” for nothing! If you find yourself in this enviable locale—or want to—and like to be where the action is, you’d definitely do well to schedule a trip to Harrah’s Resort Southern California. Deemed the best resort in Funner, California, located in North San Diego County, Harrah’s Resort SoCal is an award-winning destination recognized as a top resort by Condé Nast Traveler, Los Angeles magazine, USA Today and more.
The property’s two looming towers boast nearly 1,100 luxurious guest rooms and suites, including 22 wellness-inspired rooms complete with yoga mats, Vitamin C infused showers and built-in sound systems. Every corner of this 86,000 square-foot adult playground has plenty of room for escaping ordinary life. Not the least of which is the Spa at Harrah’s—an 11,000 square-foot getaway featuring a full-service salon, barbershop, salt baths and more. There, you can also kick workouts into high gear in their state-of-the-art fitness center or take a stroll on their one-mile nature trail. Then, be sure to soak up the sun at 'Dive'—an adults-only pool paradise including SoCal’s first swim-up bar, a 400-foot lazy river, 23 cabanas and eight hot tubs.
The 59,000 square-foot gaming floor is also tons of fun, boasting 1,700 slot machines and 60 table games. The casino holds weekly poker and blackjack tournaments, while their monthly promotions offer thousands in cash and prizes. And for you foodies out there, culinary creativity abounds at Harrah's at no less than eight restaurants. From the juiciest steaks, to mouth-watering burgers, to authentic Asian favorites—here you can treat your taste buds to a trip around the world, minus the passport. Plus, they are home to the first tribal owned brewery. Heading south from Funner, California—you’ll find Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, an iconic property impeccably located at entrance to the city’s acclaimed Gaslamp Quarter district. While the hotel is surrounded by the best of San Diego’s shopping, dining and entertainment, guests will find everything necessary for a memorable stay right on property. The luxe hotel features 420 guestrooms and suites, including 17 celebrity-favored Rock Star Suites. On-site amenities include “Maryjane’s,” a retro-chic diner that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; two award-winning bars—one of which a chic rooftop pool bar featuring expansive city views; and the world-famous Nobu Japanese restaurant for a truly unforgettable fine dining experience. Guests of Hard Rock Hotel San Diego can also take advantage of a number of unique, complimentary amenities, including Fender guitars to play in your room during your stay, Crosley record players to add the perfect soundtrack to your San Diego experience and Electra beach cruisers to coast down the Embarcadero and experience the city’s nearly perfect weather. Additionally, the property’s award-winning ‘Sunburn’ pool party takes place ever Saturday from late March through September with epic parties happening on all major holiday weekends. For baseball fans, Hard Rock Hotel is located just steps from Petco Park, and just a short ride away from the city’s best attractions including the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and Sea World. America’s Finest City is also home to the recently re-imagined San Diego Mission Bay Resort, a Noble House Hotels & Resort property. Located on the picturesque waterfront of Mission Bay Park, the lavish 357-room, year-round lifestyle destination resort is another ideal basecamp for guests seeking to explore the city’s vibrant culture, nearby attractions and to experience San Diego’s idyllic, breezy beach lifestyle.
Photo Courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel San Diego Having just recently completed a renovation, guests can relax in their brand new rooms and suites that have been updated with plenty of modern, welcoming touches like new decor, flooring, lighting and more. Here, beach chic meets modern sophistication. You can opt for a spacious traditional room in their tower or upgrade to a villa with expansive views of the gardens or the glistening bay. With romantic palms and perfect sandy beaches, this bayside hotel retreat features an amazing spa and fitness center, beach fire pits for making s’mores and state-of-the-art event space. Foodies will delight throughout their visit to San Diego Mission Bay Resort. With three waterfront dining options to choose from, fresh
California fare is designed to dazzle diner’s palates as they sip, unwind and embrace mild ocean breezes. This includes Acqua California Bistro. This award-winning kitchen brings together a creative mix of classic American dishes with a European twist, over 3,000 bottles of world-class wine and a delicious rotation of craft beer. This property is also decidedly family friendly, as children enjoy plenty of fun activities, including a kids camp, swimming, beach games and bike rentals. Another hugely noteworthy Noble House Hotels & Resort property is Kona Kai Resort & Spa. Nestled within the Shelter Island oasis on the southern end of San Diego, this destination offers a range of amenities and experiences unique to its beautiful waterfront location and rich history. The property has 170 luxurious guest rooms, including 41 brand new suites featuring contemporary island-inspired decor, deep soaking tubs and oversized balconies. The also resort boasts its very own private beach, multiple swimming pools, waterfront restaurants, an award-winning spa, a 500-slip marina, and the renowned private Kona Kai Club. You can sip and savor at the Paloma pool and bar, Kona Kai’s new and exclusive pool area for adults only, allowing guests to enjoy poolside craft cocktails and California coastal cuisine while overlooking some of the region’s most breathtaking sunsets. It’s also extremely well-situated, located just minutes away from the San Diego International Airport, the historic downtown Gaslamp Quarter and all the city’s top attractions. The locale is also great for groups, as they offer 55,000 square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor event space. Springtime is a wonderful time of year to book a stay at Kona Kai, as they have an array of special offers. This includes an exciting “Whale Watching” package, allowing guests to experience the incredible migration of gray whales off the beautiful coasts of San Diego. For families, there’s also the “Kidding Around” package where the kiddos enjoy and array of activities at the resort, like cooking, campouts and more. So there you go, some great travel ideas to utterly ensure those San Diego-oriented vacations ahead are truly memorable. About Merilee Kern, MBA As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist. As prolific consumer trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, Merilee keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme. The best-of-the-best across all product, service and travel categories—as well as noteworthy marketplace change makers, movers and shakers—are spotlighted in her exclusive cross-media platform that reaches multi-millions each month through several syndication channels: print and online publications as well as broadcast TV and terrestrial radio. Connect with her at www.TheLuxeList.com / Instagram www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews / Twitter www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor / Facebook www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList / LinkedIN www.LinkedIn.com/in/MerileeKern.
ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD
A Lemony Treat Lemon is one of many popular tastes of summer. Enjoy a citrus burst with every bite of these Glazed Lemon Cookies. Glazed Lemon Cookies 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon lemon extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt Glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice Heat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In large bowl, mix butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and mix well. Add lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon extract; beat until combined. In medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly beat dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Beat until combined. Spoon out dough and roll into balls. Place on parchment paper 1 inch apart and lightly press with fingers to slightly flatten dough. Bake 15 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Transfer cookies to wire rack to completely cool. To make glaze: Whisk powdered sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice until smooth. Dip top sides of cookies into glaze for full coverage. Find more recipes at Culinary.net., Recipe courtesy of Milk Means More courtesy of Family Features.
ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD
Photos by Amanda Lynn Photography
The Landmark of San Francisco The Ferry Building Written by Paolo Murano
Itâ€™s a Saturday morning, the sun is rising and the fog is lingering as the city of San Francisco begins to wake up. There are runners jogging along the Embarcadero, breathing in the cool bay air. As they run past the iconic Ferry Building, there are shops preparing to open and outside there are farmers and food vendors setting up for the world-famous Farmerâ€™s Market. The Ferry Building today is home to local artisanal merchants, regional producers and farmers, and serves as a transit hub for ferries from San Francisco to four different Bay Area ports. Located at the edge of high-rise offices and residential towers, the Ferry Building serves as a marketplace for commuters, locals, and tourists alike.
Completed in 1898, the Ferry Building served as the main port for tens of thousands of daily workers traveling to and from the East Bay. Every day boats carrying people and goods were brought through the Ferry Building port. However, with the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge and wider use of cars and freeways, people became less reliant on ferries and the Ferry Building was eventually converted into office spaces by 1955. After the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and dismantling of the freeway in front of the Ferry Building, an opportunity to renovate the space and turn it into a world class marketplace began and the building was reopened in 2003.
Today, if you open a tourist guide or ask a local for their top San Francisco recommendations, you will hear that the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturdays at the Ferry Building is always a must see. Not only do you get to visit the iconic and historic building, but also you get to connect with regional and local farmers and vendors. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market began in 1993. It preceded and was the inspiration for the renovation of the Ferry Building interior as a marketplace in 2003. The organization behind the world-famous farmers market is a nonprofit called the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA). CUESA was founded in 1994 and they strive to "grow thriving communities through the power and joy of local food.” Since 1999, CUESA has provided farmers market patrons with products from local farmers, food artisans, and restaurants, high quality and healthy products, transparency and educational opportunities to learn about the foods sold at the market, educational demonstrations, support for small food businesses and farmers, and increased
public access to fresh produce. CUESA pledges to “Work toward a healthy, just, and sustainable food system through education, advocacy, and action.” CUESA hosts a variety of events and programs outside of the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market throughout the year that allow people to learn, connect, and advocate for healthy food systems. To assist with funding these programs, CUESA hosts a series of fundraisers that serve to invite patrons to experience and learn more about sustainable and healthy food systems. Personally, my favorite CUESA event is their annual Summer Bash where local restaurants and food and beverage vendors to serve and educate patrons, while raising funds to keep the educational programs going. This event is always a party with a mission, with unlimited food and drinks from the Bay Area’s best chefs and bartenders, all made with the freshest farmers market produce. The next one will take place on June 14th, 2020 and the equally fun Sunday Supper will be on October 4th, 2020 so hope to see you all there this year.
About Paolo Murano Paolo Murano is a world traveler, writer, and an entrepreneur based in Downtown Las Vegas. He is a firm believer in sustainable urban living. His favorite beverages are kombucha and sauvignon blanc.
HEALTH | BEAUTY
Did You Know That Face Washing Mistakes CAN AGE YOU? Skincare is a unique process for everyone. Beauty routines range from the systematically meticulous to borderline nonexistent. But the truth of the matter is that no matter where you lie in the skincare spectrum, you could be making mistakes that cause your skin to age simply by washing your face incorrectly. We spoke to Dr. Manish Shah, who is a board-certified plastic surgeon and anti-aging expert in Denver, Colorado. He counsels patients on cosmetic procedures, maintaining results, optimizing their skincare, and preventative measures. "While skin treatments, injectables, and surgery can help maintain the visual appearance, your basic skincare goes a long way toward preventing premature aging. You Are Washing Your Face Incorrectly If You Do the Following Using too much toner Facial toners are an essential part of any beauty routine. However, using too much toner can dry out the skin and may even lead to more sebum production as your glands attempt to overcompensate. If you find your skin feeling tight or irritated after applying toner, you may be using too much, and this is especially true if you have sensitive or combination skin. Some toners come in a spray bottle, which is great for applying a light layer over the skin after cleansing. If not, simply pour a few drops of toner on a cotton pad and gently glide it across the face. Also, many toners have alcohol-based ingredients, such as denatured alcohol, in them. Avoid toners with these ingredients at all costs -- as they will dry the skin completely and remove natural oils needed to keep the skin moist and healthy. Products that are too harsh As consumers become more sophisticated, they inquire about ingredients such as retinol. They know it is super hydrating and great for the skin, but they don't understand that skincare needs to be sustainable, so they ask for the strongest, most active form of prescription retinoid. "This is a mistake," says Dr. Shah, "any credible doctor will first assess the condition of your skin alongside the products and treatments you are already using in order to determine if you need prescription retinol or if a less active form sold over-the-counter is better for you." Dr. Shah explains that "retinol in less active forms will have similar effects without irritating the skin as much, which will be helpful to you as you continue using a product on your skin over time." Scrubbing too hard Instead of rubbing and scrubbing your face to try to get it squeaky clean, your motions with your cleanser should be as gentle as possible. Your hands should not be doing all the work! Scrubbing the skin too harshly or with materials that add exfoliation can cause micro-tears in the skin as well as excessive elimination of essential oils which leave the skin dry. Over exfoliating While gently exfoliating a few nights, a week can do wonders for the skin, it's easy to go overboard. What keeps your skin looking fresh, young, and hydrated is preserving the outer layers glow March 2020
by lightly helping it shed old skin cells and moisturizing to help cell turnover. However, "the danger is that many people don't think to consider their loofah or washcloth as an exfoliation tool. Even if you are only using an exfoliant a few days a week if you are scrubbing with a harsher material every day, you could be exfoliating more than you intend and that can cause dryness, red patches, dehydration, and hyperpigmentation," warns Dr. Shah. Washing with hot water Though it might feel good, using hot water to cleanse your face can dehydrate it. Hot water can be abrasive, stripping the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and flaky. This can also lead to acne flare, breakouts, and skin irritation. For best results, rinse your face with lukewarm or cool water - not cold either - to help constrict blood vessels. Dr. Shah also points out that "hot water enlarges your pores, and this can affect the oil production of the skin as well as the texture of it." Washing more than twice a day You may be thinking, the cleaner, the better, right? Think again. Over-washing your face can actually damage the skin's natural protective system, which then can affect how easily the environment irritates your skin, how efficiently you retain moisture, andâ€”over timeâ€”cause you to show early signs of aging such as fine lines and dry patches. "As a general rule of thumb, you should not be washing your face more than twice a day. If you have an activity like working out or an outdoor sport in the middle of the day, try to use a bland soap or cleanser to wash away dirt and sweat without further irritating the skin," advises Dr. Shah. Forgetting to follow up with a moisturizer "The best time to apply moisturizer is after the shower or after applying toner. This will help prevent excessive dryness, and it will help to skin retain moisture," says Dr. Shah. Moisturizers also come with a combination of vitamins and lipids that help the skin heal irritations, strengthen its protective functions, and look smoother and healthier. Washing with whatever soap is available. Many people are guilty of this one. People may think that soap is soap and a clean face is just a clean face, but you could be damaging your skin and aging yourself by washing the face with any available hand soap. Soaps with fragrances can be especially irritating to the skin. Overall, these soaps are not made for the face, and while this may be a minimalist approach, it borders on detrimental as hand soaps are dehydrating and lack many of the ingredients that optimize your skin's complexion.
About Dr. Manish Shah Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, and the Rhinoplasty Society. Dr. Shah is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. For more information, please visit www.drmanishshah.com.
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ART | CULTURE
Japanese Brand Yoshikimono is Partnering with Victoria & Albert Museum Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk New Exhibition in London On February 29th, the V&A opened Europe’s first major exhibition on kimono curated by Anna Jackson and Josephine Rout. The ultimate symbol of Japan, the kimono is often perceived as traditional, timeless and unchanging. Kimono: Kyototo Catwalk will counter this conception, presenting the garment as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion. It is then natural for the brand Yoshikimono to partner with V&A and be featured in the exhibition. Indeed, the brand has been created 10 years ago by iconic Japanese rock star Yoshiki. Yoshiki is the founder of rock band X Japan who sold during their international career more than 30 million albums. Within his collections, Yoshiki wants to celebrate the Kimono as a traditional garment but with a fashion contemporary twist. His aim is to introduce the art of the kimono to the younger generation in order to perpetuate this Japanese tradition. Highlights of the exhibition include a kimono created by Living National Treasure Kunihiko Moriguchi, the dress designed for Björk by Alexander McQueen and worn on the album cover Homogenic, and original Star Wars costumes modelled on kimono by John Mollo and Trisha Biggar. Designs by Yves Saint Laurent, Rei Kawakubo and John Galliano will reveal the kimono’s role as a constant source of inspiration for fashion designers. A fabulous kimono made with lightnings patchwork inspired by Kiss band will be featured from one of the first Yoshi kimono collections.
Q: How do you want your brand to evolve in the coming years? I think I’ve contributed to changing the Japanese music scene. My way of showing respect to all those artists including fashion designers is the word “disrupt”. As you know, kimono is as traditional as you can get in Japan, a country which most people consider to be conservative. I would like to keep tradition, and at the same time I’d like to break the unwritten laws the industry has made, which keep them confined within their own boundaries. These unwritten laws may not only apply to this specific industry, they may apply to any sector. There’s a fine line between the “sane and insane”. I’d like to keep walking on that thin line until I realize which side I belong to, or which side the world wants to belong to. Regardless, I feel very grateful that I’ve been given the opportunity to express my heart. The exhibition will take place at Gallery 39 and North Court, V&A, London. From February 29th to February to June 21st, 2020.
YOSHIKI QUOTES FOR PARTNERING WITH V&A Q: Why did you decide to go into fashion, and launch the YOSHIKIMONO brand? When I create music, I’m not just creating a combination of sound, I’m creating the life which some people might have lost, which my father lost. In terms of fashion, we are not only decorating the surface, we are revitalizing the inside every time we put something on our skin. Music and fashion co-exist in the same world. My father was a kimono creator and pianist... I guess that’s in my blood also.
Q: How does it feel to be present at the first major Western exhibition on kimono? It’s such an honor to be part of this exhibition. I can’t thank the curator enough for bringing kimono culture to this amazing museum. I feel grateful not only for my brand YOSHIKIMONO being part of it, but grateful for the entire kimono industry coming into the spotlight.
Q: In your opinion, does kimono have a place in the Western cloakroom and in fashion in general? Why is that? A century ago, who would have thought Japanese cuisine could have made it in the western world? Who knows? A century from now, people might be wearing kimono in space... Even on Mars.
CALENDAR March 1st, 2020 Noise Pop Fest – San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley Noise Pop Music & Arts Festival takes the best venues in the Bay and collectively turns them into your personal festival ground. Throughout the week there are different films, art shows, happy hours, and concerts all over SF and the East Bay. There are two ways to attend the fest: buy a badge and get into everything or pick and choose by purchasing tickets to individual shows and films.
March 1st, 2020 Superfine Art Fair– Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco, CA. A new breed of San Francisco Art Show is coming to Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. For four days, you’ll gain the one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet and connect directly with 60+ top local + global artists, collect San Francisco art and art from around the world, and indulge in culinary and performance arts that complement the art on the wall. Superfine!
March 6th–8th, 2020 The Joffrey Ballet – Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA The incomparable Joffrey Ballet continues its six-year Berkeley residency, returning with a program of West Coast, California, and Bay Area premieres. Nicolas Blanc's Beyond the Shore was developed on the Berkeley campus two seasons ago; Christopher Wheeldon's bittersweet and elegant Commedia and Stephanie Martinez's reflective and exuberant Bliss! are both danced to music by Stravinsky; and Justin Peck has set his youthful and vigorous The Times Are Racing to music by Baltimore electronic music wizard Dan Deacon.
March 8th-12th, 2020 Supernatural Convention– Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. North America's longest running genre TV series, SUPERNATURAL, is heading into its 15th and final year and Creation Entertainment is thrilled to celebrate by bringing the Official SUPERNATURAL Convention Tour stop to Las Vegas.
March 14th, 2020
March 18th-19th, 2020
Water Lantern Festival – Craig Ranch Regional Park, Las Vegas, NV.
Interior Design Conference – West Hollywood, CA.
Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven't met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience.
At the precipice of the 21stcentury’s third decade, digital innovations and new consumer preferences continue to cause seismic, transformative impacts reshaping the design industry and the whole of the luxury market. WESTWEEK’s 2020 VISION: Design in Transformation theme examines how the influences of a rapidly changing world are driving business, cultural and lifestyle shifts across the A+D category and how the trade is not only benefitting but thriving in the face of dynamic evolution.
March 18th- 22nd, 2020 Dance Theater – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater embodies six decades of achievement, celebrating the human spirit with performances that unite and inspire. Under the leadership of its visionary artistic director Robert Battle, the company continues to honor the legacy of its founder, while stewarding the next generation of choreographers influenced by the African American experience. In all, more than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Company’s repertory. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform different programs of mixed repertory along with the seminal masterpiece Revelations, which remains as poignant, relevant and moving as when it debuted in 1960.
March 21st – 22nd, 2020 Travel show – Santa Clara Convention Center, San Francisco, CA. Hear travel experts (including Rick Steves) at the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show, and shop from travel industry vendors in Santa Clara Convention Center.
March 24th-31st, 2020 Robbie Williams – XS Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV. Following the huge success of his first Las Vegas residency last year, Robbie returned to the legendary Vegas Strip with eight brand new dates in 2020. ‘Robbie Williams Live in Las Vegas’ will be back at The Wynn Las Vegas’ Encore Theater in this year.
March 27th-29th, 2020 Food & Wine – Palm Desert, CA. Calling all food and wine lovers: The 10th annual Palm Desert Food & Wine, taking place March 27–29, 2020, will feature a diverse selection of mouth-watering eats, premium wines, hands-on cooking demonstrations, and much more. March 2020
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GRAMERCY TOWERS 1177 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
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