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The New York Palace celebrated the completion of its $140 million renovation with a swank party in its famous courtyard.

Gossip Girl Here: New York Palace Gets a Fabulous $140 Million Makeover

It’s been more than a year and a half since, Gossip Girl went off the air and I still miss it. So I certainly wasn’t going to pass up my chance to take a tour of The New York Palace, which has just completed a $140 million renovation. This luxury hotel, famous for its large courtyard that faces Madison Avenue, played a starring role in Gossip Girl, as almost half of the main characters have lived there (or even own it) at some point in the show. The Palace always looked good on TV, but this new facelift makes it absolutely spectacular. As Mayor Bloomberg said in his speech at last night’s grand opening party, “Serena van der Woodsen would definitely approve.”

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Malbec World Day celebrated at The Metropolitan Museum

Celebrating World Malbec Day at The Metropolitan Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a wonderful place to visit any time, but attending a party there afterhours on World Malbec Day was truly special. On April 17, Wines of Argentina celebrated World Malbec Day with a walk-around tasting at the Charles Engelhard Court in the American Wing of the Museum. Not only was the setting spectacular, but there were tango dancers and live music. The Argentines know how to throw a party!

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You can stay at The Great Gatsby... The Fitzgerald Suite at The Plaza Hotel

The Great Gatsby at The Plaza Hotel: A Preview of The Fitzgerald Suite

When I heard about The Fitzgerald Suite at The Plaza Hotel, I couldn’t get there fast enough. The Great Gatsby movie and The Plaza Hotel are natural partners; not only did Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald frequent the Plaza but a scene from the book and movie takes place there. I was very excited to be invited to take a tour of the suite with Catherine Martin, who designed both The Great Gatsby and the suite.

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Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens: All Aboard for This New Family Tradition

I had heard about the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden for years, but I had always thought that it was something just for kids. Until I had my son (who just turned two), I didn’t get excited about trains unless I was planning a trip to Europe. But now that trains […]

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Jazz and Colors in Central Park

There are always musicians in Central Park, but today there many more than usual thanks to a brand new festival called Jazz and Colors. There were 30 jazz bands in 30 locations all playing the same set list from noon—4pm, with an hour-long intermission. I arrived shortly after the second set had started and after […]

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