L.E.A.F, a celebration for all New Yorkers to come together and enjoy the beauty of nature, arrives in New York City’s iconic Meatpacking District this month, for the first annual festival of flowers.
A weekend designed to spotlight world class floral design, L.E.A.F will take place on Saturday, June 12 from 11AM-7PM and Sunday, June 13 from 11AM-6PM in the Meatpacking District, featuring a European-style flower market presented by TF Cornerstone around Gansevoort Plaza, a series of floral installations and displays, as well as retail and hospitality activations across the neighborhood.
“In a city with an abundance of great florist talent and floral designers, I am so pleased to present L.E.A.F, our first annual Festival of Flowers,” said Moira Breslin, Founder of L.E.A.F. “It’s been through the support of our incredible community and partners – especially the Meatpacking District, TF Cornerstone and all the Florists – that we’ve been able to make this a reality. We are delighted to provide a platform for a new generation of florists to showcase their talents, transforming the Meatpacking District into a riot of color – a gift for all New Yorkers throughout the weekend of L.E.A.F.”
One of New York’s most iconic neighborhoods, L.E.A.F is proud to partner with the Meatpacking District as the long term home for the annual festival. With New York booming back to life, the Meatpacking District is reawakening and welcoming back visitors with numerous public events, interactive art installations, open-air retail, buzzy restaurants, and sought after hotel brands.
“We’re thrilled to be teaming up with L.E.A.F to bring the flower show to life in the Meatpacking District,” says Jeffrey LeFrancois, Executive Director of Meatpacking Business Improvement District. “After an unprecedented year, it will be a breathtaking sight to see the neighborhood blossom, thanks to L.E.A.F’s stunning floral installations adorning our plazas and streets. This June, we’ll be busting out all over and I can’t think of a better way to welcome people back and attract new visitors to the District.”
A European-style flower market, presented by renowned real estate development company TF Cornerstone, will sit around Gansevoort Plaza and feature over 20 of New York’s finest florists. A family-owned endeavour which has long championed the New York community and has been an active proponent and contributor to the growth of the Meatpacking District since 1980, TF Cornerstone has joined L.E.A.F through a shared desire to make lasting social, physical and cultural impacts, to enhance and re-energize our city through flowers.
“This couldn’t be happening at a better time, and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” said Zoe Elghanayan, Principal and Senior Vice President at TF Cornerstone. “Look for our East Olivia floral-adorned TFC cart in the center of it all, we’ll be sharing in the festivities and handing out co-branded delights to passersby.”
In addition to the flower market, L.E.A.F has engaged over 100 florists to design a series of installations which will be scattered across the plazas and within retail and hospitality storefronts in and around the Meatpacking District, including:
- Double Rainbow by Aerie – Southwest Side of Gansevoort Plaza – Large scale, rainbow floral installation celebrating Pride Month, designed by East Olivia.
- Arhaus – 410 West 13th Street – Storefront floral installations designed by fleursBELLA.
- Chelsea Market – 15th Street, between Ninth & Tenth Avenues – Installations at the entrance and inside the market designed by Damselfly and East Olivia.
- Dante NYC – 551 Hudson Street – Just south of the Meatpacking District, Dante will be host to a floral pop-up with Perrier-Jouët Champagne, designed by Popup Florist.
- Diane Von Furstenberg – 874 Washington Street – In-store floral installation designed by Popup Florist.
- FlowerSchool New York – 10 Little West 12th Street – FlowerSchool New York will be offering a series of 30 minute workshops from 10am – 4pm on Saturday and 10am – 2pm on Sunday ($35/person). On Sunday, following the last class, Master Designer Oscar Mora will be giving an Installation Demo and everyone who registers will also receive a complementary Oscar Mora signature flower puzzle. To register, visit www.flowerschoolny.com.
- Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC – 18 Ninth Avenue – Gansevoort Meatpacking will host a floral pop-up with G.H. Mumm Champagne, designed by The Unlikely Florist in celebration of National Rosé Day to benefit ROAR (Restaurants Organizing Advocating Rebuilding) and its advocacy efforts to increase worker equity and to create a sustainable operating formula for restaurants to thrive in New York City.
- Hermès – 46 Gansevoort Street – The leading French luxury retailer will feature a floral Hermès bike and cart at the store, designed by Renny and Reed.
- Lewis Miller Design – Ninth Avenue Plaza North (13-14th Streets) – Lewis Miller will be doing a series of Flower Flash installations around Meatpacking District, in collaboration with West Coast Street Artist Scott Froschauer.
- Marni – 1 Gansevoort Street – In-store experience with International Florist.
- Meatpacking District Installation – South Side of 14th Street at Ninth Ave and Hudson – designed by Theresa Rivera Design, a “Rainbow Colonnade,” custom made with Corten steel and wood seating, will be adorned with bursts of anthurium, amaranthus, and eremurus, and clusters of color from delphinium and roses, lilies, orchids, and ginger. It will have vines and willow throughout, as well as landscaped elements, including Japanese maple, columnar ilex, and coleus.
- Neighborhood Goods – 75 Ninth Avenue – Storefront installation designed by East Olivia.
- Theory – 40 Gansevoort Street – Shop Theory’s Summer Edit. View the in-store botanical sculpture designed by Popup Florist, and receive a complimentary tropical bouquet with your $300 purchase.
- The Standard – 848 Washington Street – The Standard, High Line will feature signature L.E.A.F-inspired cocktails on menu for the weekend.
- Three Owls Market – 800 Washington Street – In-store floral installation, designed by Flower Witch.
- TF Cornerstone Floral Cart – Middle Gansevoort Plaza – Floral cart designed by East Olivia and inspired by our vibrant NYC communities, culminating into a picture-worthy moment in the plaza. Free plant-a-pizza seed papers and tote bags will be handed out for marketgoers to enjoy.
- Stella Artois – Southeast Side of Gansevoort Plaza – Signature Stella Artois airstream adorned with florals, in celebration of Stella’s “Your Table Is Ready” campaign, designed by East Olivia. Stella’s “Your Table Is Ready” summer campaign will inspire you and your friends to eat your hearts out at your favorite restaurants again with a film featuring Padma Lakshmi, a celebratory #FirstStellaBack, a fresh approach to hosting dinner parties with OpenTable, a new 14oz. “Open For Good” aluminum bottle supporting the James Beard Foundation available exclusively in restaurants and bars.
- Warby Parker – 819 Washington Street – In-store floral installation and bouquet give away with sunglass purchase, designed by Oat Cinnamon.
- Whitney Museum of American Art – 99 Gansevoort Street – Artful floral installation designed by FDK Florals.
- Floral Installations – 25 floral plinth installations will adorn the streets of the Meatpacking District and are presented by Loro Piana (Popup Florist), Starbucks Reserve Roastery (Cape Lily), Lucid (Raven Hollow Guild), Taconic Partners (Larkspur Botanicals), Aurora Capital (Ariston Flowers), William Gottlieb Real Estate (Ariston Flowers), Sage Realty (Flower Bodega), Meilman Family Real Estate (Designs by Ahn), fleursBELLA, Larkspur Botanicals, Flower Bodega, Floratorium, Pic and Petal and Prism Harvest, Simply Nia Design, Raven Hollow Guild, Gypsy Alley, Design By Ahn, Michelle Edgemont Design, PSL Originals (with Van Vliet New York), PIGSTY + Flowers by Ford.
For more information on LEAF, please visit www.leafflowershow.com or follow on Instagram at @leafflowershow #leafflowerfestival.
The Glorious Corner
YOUNG’S 12 — (via Ultimate Classic Rock) Since he began making records in the 60’s, Neil Young has seldom let a year or two pass between albums. Even as the last LP by Buffalo Springfield was being prepped for release, the Canadian singer-songwriter was making his self-titled solo debut, which came out just a few months later.
Young has never been reluctant to follow his creative muse, even if he’s in the middle of another project. More than one time during his career he’s shelved a project just to move on to something else. Sometimes – as in the case of Homegrown and Chrome Dreams – those records would be released at a later (sometimes much later) date; in other instances, we’re still waiting.
All this productivity and activity can lead to periods of inconsistency, as you’ll see in the below list of the 12 Worst Neil Young Albums. One era in particular stands out: the ’80s (spoiler: Six successive albums during the decade make the list). But LPs from the ’60s, ’70s, ’90s and the ’00s are here, too.After the Gold Rush and Harvest. Even when the records didn’t reach his usual standards, most of them still found new ways to continue on the restless path he started in the mid-’60s. From synth-pop and traditional country to ’50 rock ‘n’ roll and horn-spotted soul, Young’s instincts rarely took him to expected destinations.When you’re as prolific as Young, they can’t all be
Are You Passionate?’ (2002)
Young’s 24th album was supposed to be another Crazy Horse collaboration, Toast, which didn’t get released until 2022. Instead, he pivoted to a record with Booker T. & the MG’s that was billed as a soul album and included Young’s response to 9/11, “Let’s Roll.” One of the shelved Crazy Horse tracks is included, and it concludes with a nine-minute jam. Scant direction and thin songs sink Are You Passionate?
‘Peace Trail’ (2016)
Young’s 36th studio LP was sandwiched between a live album with Promise of the Real and a solo archival release recorded in 1976. Both are preferable to this quickly assembled record made with drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Paul Bushnell. Its political points are similar to the ones he’d been supporting since the ’60s, but now with a technological lean (there’s even some Auto-Tune on a track). Instantly disposable.
The second of two albums released by Young in 2014 (the first was the solo acoustic A Letter Home), Storytone featured big band and orchestral backings to songs inspired by a new romance with actress Daryl Hannah. Forgettable and uncertain – swing and classical don’t mix all that well – the album arrived during a period of prolific activity. An equally unmemorable stripped-down version of the album was released at the same time.
‘Old Ways’ (1985)
Young’s country album Old Ways was first proposed after 1983’s Trans, the synth-based LP he delivered to Geffen. The label balked and insisted on a rock album instead; they got the 1950s throwback Everybody’s Rockin’. Young returned to his country album in 1985, enlisting Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and fiddle and pedal steel musicians. Another unremarkable genre detour during Young’s most dour decade.
‘Everybody’s Rockin” (1983)
Young’s second Geffen LP was as baffling as the first. But where Trans moved forward, Everybody’s Rockin’ was a throwback to 1950s rockabilly, complete with a retro look (pompadour, face-dominating sideburns) and name (Neil and the Shocking Pinks). Four songs were covers; an original (“Wonderin'”) dated to 1970. It runs less than 25 minutes. Geffen soon sued Young for making deliberately uncommercial records.
‘Landing on Water’ (1986)
Three genre-specific albums left Young at odds with Geffen Records in the mid-’80s to the point where the label sued him for making records that didn’t sound like Neil Young records. Landing on Water was his return (albeit once again stitched together from years-old sessions) to fuss-free rock music. Good luck finding a memorable song, though. Even Young has referred to Landing on Water as a “piece of crap.”
‘Broken Arrow’ (1996)
After 1989’s career-reviving Freedom, Neil Young had an admirable run in the first half of the ’90s. Then Broken Arrow arrived. Shaken by the death of longtime producer David Briggs, Young and Crazy Horse falteringly recorded the LP over a month, often with no guidance or direction (the first three songs each run more than seven minutes and are little more than aimless jams). An unsteady new era was around the corner.
‘This Note’s for You’ (1988)
After a contentious five-album run with Geffen, Young returned to Reprise for his 16th LP. But he still wasn’t ready to discard the ’80s explorations that marked the decade. The flimsy This Note’s for You, co-credited to the Bluenotes (a horn-based group with other ties to Young’s past), dipped into jump blues music while adhering to a slim conceptual thread about commercialism. At least it contained a minor hit in the title track.
Neil Young made five albums with Geffen in the ’80s, none of them particularly good. But at least most of them have some sort of identifiable tag: synth-pop, rockabilly, country. Life has nothing to single it out. Mostly recorded live with overdubs added later, the Crazy Horse collaboration ended Young’s controversial relationship with Geffen on a sour, but expected, note. Maybe the most easily dismissed LP in his entire catalog.
After more than two dozen years with Reprise Records, Neil Young jumped to the flourishing Geffen label for his 12th album. Nobody expected his first record under the new contract to be a futuristic new-wave LP made with synths and a vocoder altering Young’s voice – especially the label. Young has said he made Trans to communicate with his son, who had cerebral palsy. A year later Geffen filed a lawsuit.
‘American Stars ‘n Bars’ (1977)
Neil Young’s catalog is scattered with albums stitched together from various session sources. For his eighth LP, he collected nine songs recorded over a two-and-a-half-year period, starting in 1974. The results were mixed. The stripped-back country rock made with Crazy Horse on Side One has little connection to the plugged-in fury of “Like a Hurricane,” a mid-decade highlight, and the solo acoustic “Will to Love.” Aimless.
‘Neil Young’ (1968)
Young’s solo debut isn’t terrible, it’s just a letdown after the buzz he generated with Buffalo Springfield. Only a handful of songs (including “The Loner,” fleshed out onstage over the years) make an impression; the rest finds the still-growing singer-songwriter tentatively stepping away from his former band while occasionally tethered to their era-identified folk rock. Better things were to come.
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Eli Marcus Brings His Networking Event to Fushimi Times Square
Eli Marcus, Chief Marketing Officer of NYC’s largest circulation Visitor Magazine, City Guide, has done it again. On February 28th he organized a wonderful networking event for those in the hospitality and theater communities. And true to form he did so in a beautiful new restaurant on West 43rd Street off 8th Avenue – in the heart of Times Square. Fushimi Times Square is the latest outlet for the Japanese group who has had success in Staten Island, Bay Ridge and Williamsburg. Their restaurant at 311 West 43rd Street is a welcome entry to the area and now that the scaffolding is gone from that block it is a pleasant walk to the welcoming door of this beautiful space.
The decor has a beautiful sculpture of a fish hanging from the ceiling which depicts the delicious selections of sushi and sashimi prepared by the talented chefs.
Guests at the evenings event were served appetizers of amazing tuna tartare and a variety of warm dishes of dumplings, and eggrolls – pork, shrimp and vegetarian.
Barry Huang, manager of Fushimi Times Square is a silhouette in the long entry way to this beautifully designed restaurant.
Eli invited some interesting people to the event. Publicist to megastars, Ramon Hervey II, has an interesting podcast and is the author of The Fame Game.
Hugh Hysell is a major force in the New York social circles and it was great to see him at the event.
Errol Rappaport, promoter, and singer, actress, Quinn Lemley, who just returned from London where she performed her one woman show about Rita Hayworth joined Eli at the event.
Rocksax, purveyor of officially licensed music merchandise was in attendance and gave out some of their product to some lucky attendees.
In addition to the wonderful food, Fushimi’s beautiful bar is a welcome spot to relax.
As usual the attendees had an excellent time meeting, chatting and enjoying the food
Eli looks on as the Fushimi manager, Barry Huang thanks the guests for coming
Barry and the DJ kept the food, drinks and music going through the event
I look forward to returning to Fushimi at 311 West 43rd Street for a full dinner of their excellent visionary Japanese-fusion dishes.
Grand Hotel: The 35th Anniversary Original Broadway Cast Reunion Concert at 54 Below
Grand Hotel original cast members Karen Akers, Timothy Jerome, Bob Stillman, David Jackson, David Andrew White, and Walter Willison, reunited last night at 54 Below. Even original bass player Ray Kilday was there.
54 Below was transformed into Berlin’s Grand Hotel for the event. The staging was immersive as Walter Willison, introduced, directed and produced. The choreography (originally done by Broadway legend Tommy Tune, was there celebrating his 85th birthday on Monday night).
Two tango dancers (Michael Choi and Vanda Polakova), circled the room making their way to the stage for “I Waltz Alone.” The concert featured choreography by Michael Notardonato, who also served as associate director.
Willison, who also played Colonel Doctor Otternschlag) kept Maury Yeston’s entire glorious score. “I Want to Go to Hollywood” for example. That number was skillfully sung by Susan Wood Duncan, who played Flaemmchen in the touring cast.
Ken Jennings stepped in as Otto Kringelein, leading the company in a moving “We’ll Take a Glass Together!” was sung in the bar area.
A highlight was Diane J. Findlay
Jennifer Bassey Davis as Elizaveta Grushinskaya, and Akers as Rafaella, were haunting.
Harper Lee Andrews and Susie McCollum played the roles their mothers originated.
On Monday Happy Birthday closed the show to a reprise of “We’ll Take a Glass Together” and thus they did.
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I am so pleased to announce that on March 13th we are rescheduling our interview with are two time Tony winner Maury Yeston and two time Tony winner Victoria Clark.
“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents ”, is a new show that is filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. To see our first episode click here second episode click here and for our third episode click here.
Hope you can join us for what will be one fabulous musical night.
A Look At The Vineyard Theatre’s Starry Gala
Photo Patti LuPone and Jesse Tyler Ferguson© Bruce Glikas @bruglikas@broadwaybruce_
Here are photos from the Vineyard Theatre’s 2024 Annual Gala honoring Tony Award-winning actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Take Me Out) held Monday, February 26, 2024, at the Edison Ballroom, the festive evening included performances by Sara Bareilles with Rosie’s Theatre Kids, Patti LuPone, Lea DeLaria, Celia Keenan-Bolger and more. Sarah Saltzberg served as host and Hiram Delgado, Bill Heck, Ken Marks, Michael Oberholtzer and Eduardo Ramos paid hilarious tribute to their Take Me Out co-star.
Also attendance to support were Chelsea Clinton, Kevin Cahoon, Crystal Dickinson, Brandon J. Dirden, Brandon Victor Dixon, Renata Friedman, Montego Glover, Michael R. Jackson, Haskell King, Christine Lahti, John Lavelle, Luke Macfarlane, Justin Mikita, Deirdre O’Connell, Hadi Tabbal and Rolanda Watts.
Celebratory toasts were also given to Rosemarie Bray, Educator at Union Square Academy of Health Sciences and Christina Poon, General Manager of W Hotel – New York – Union Square. The Gala will be
The Gala was co-directed by Leigh Silverman (Suffs, Harry Clarke, Sandra) and Colin Hanlon (DOT, “Modern Family”) with musical direction by Vadim Feichtner (Spelling Bee, Falsettos, New Brain).
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