My, oh my – fall is off to a crisp start. There is much going on around town this season. Here are some of our favorite things:
On Wednesday, October 26, Social Life Cover stars, Dale Noelle, TRUE Model Management’s CEO, anti-aging doctor Christopher Calapai, and singer Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin celebrated their cover and TRUE Model Management’s continued success while kicking off Halloween in style at Hudson Terrace. TRUE transformed the Salon at Hudson Terrace into a spooky lounge and guests donned creative garb showcasing everything from Wonder Woman to Ninja costumes. Guests enjoyed tasty hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Throughout the evening, the cover stars mingled with models and spoke with guests about their Social Life shoot. Dr. Calapai was on site to discuss his expertise in stem cell therapy and anti-aging medicine.
Those in attendance included: models from TRUE Model Management, Emmy Award winner, Vincent De Paul, Justin Mitchell, Sibylle Eschapasse, Angelina Jolin, Wendy Diamond, Tracy Stern, Tara Magalski, Tashina Zamlowski, Anthony Higgins, Melanie Resha, Kimberly Jimenez, Rachel D’Ruan, Andrea Webster, Nicole Noonan, Susan Kramer, Tom Palsaciano, Elizabeth Taylor, Benjamin Schmidt, Krista Kennell, Dan Cajigas, Syl Tang, Julie Hayek, Tony Bowles and Angela Brasington, to name a few.
Long Island City’s Paper Factory Hotel hosted their Haunted Masquerade Party – “Crossroads.” On Friday October 28. The space transformed into an interactive Haunted House Halloween, where you choose your own adventure. There were four different musical spaces and courtyards with fire breathers, drummers, burlesque performers and visionary art pieces by Tico Chango, amongst others.
Empire Court Number 4, the Order of the Amaranth 1st Annual Masquerade Ball took place at the Masonic Hall on 23rd Street. The event included dinner and dancing and a chance table with high-end luxury items. The attendees participated in the best male and female mask award. One attendee for the evening won the best female mask award with a mask she made herself.
And, coming is more fun.
The International Rescue Committee will host this week the 2016 Rescue Dinner (formally Freedom Award Dinner) which will honor Spyros Galinos, Mayor of Lesvos, Greece and The Mack Family. Other guests in attendance will include IRC President and CEO David Miliband, and IRC celebrity supporters including Lauren Adams, Deborah Ayorinde, Demi Grace Ayorinde, Zuri Marley, and others. This year’s Dinner Chairs include: Katherine Farley, Merryl H. Tisch, Maureen White and Tracy R. Wolstencroft.
Arlo Hotels, an exciting new hotel brand that launched in New York this fall, brought the first four-star design micro hotel to New York City and now they are bringing the hottest new celebration to the city that never sleeps. ‘Singles Day’, which falls on 11/11 each year, is a popular festivity in China where those who are unattached revel in being single and celebrate themselves for the day.
Here in U.S. couples celebrate their love for each other on Valentine’s Day so it’s only fair singles get a day to celebrate their love for themselves. To encourage this celebration, Arlo Hudson Square will be hosting a party on the evening of ‘Singles Day’ with drink specials and complimentary bar snacks. Caila Quinn, a castoff from the Bachelor who is embracing the single life, will be leading the festivities as the party’s host. And because when you’re single the after party can be more fun than the actual party, Arlo Hudson Square will be offering a special rate of $11.11 for the night of November 11. The first 11 people to book their stay on the Arlo Hotel website (www.arlohotels.com) when the promotion begins on November 1 will get to take advantage of the amazing offer. While single occupancy is preferred, it’s not mandatory.
Also on November 11, the James Beard Foundation (JBF), will pay tribute to the multi-cultural cuisines of Singapore and the United States at the preeminent culinary organization’s 30th anniversary gala at the iconic Rainbow Room in New York City.
The JBF Gala: Singapore’s Culinary Crossroads will feature award-winning chefs from Singapore (Cheryl Koh, LG Han, Yew Eng Tong) who will combine creative talents with Cat Cora and JBF Award winner Alfred Portale. The unique, globe-spanning gastronomic gathering is being presented by the Singapore Tourism Board. Specialty cocktails will be created by Employees Only, the world-renowned cocktail bar that opened its second location in Singapore this summer. General Admission $1,000; JBF Members $750. For full details regarding ticket levels and to purchase tickets or tables, please visit www.jbfgala.org.
Cher is back to support Hillary for the last push. Love Trumps Hate – An Evening with Cher is coming to town. On Thursday, November 3. There will be a special opportunity to even take a picture with the queen herself. Tickets here.
And, in other news – ACUVUE is activating a campaign to help those see party listings online even better. Nearly 58 percent of Generation Z and 64 percent of Millennials have worn some sort of vision correction. Further, of those who wear both prescription glasses and contacts, 64 percent of Gen Z-ers and 60 percent of Millennials report predominately wearing contact lenses. ACUVUE is working hard to bring #squadgoals of better vision to them. With perfect vision of course comes a perfect night out.
Also, on an important note a local New York City group will be joining other grassroots movements and leaders from around the world at the Vatican this week as Pope Francis hosts the 3rd Meeting of Popular Movements from November 2-6. Sean Basinski, Executive Director of the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, will be attending the meeting.
The Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, a membership-based organization of more than 1,800 active vendors who are working together to create a vendor’s movement for permanent change. NYC street vendors are facing an arcane cap on the number of available vending permits, which has been arbitrarily frozen for 35 years. Like Uber, street vending provides a flexible path to self-employment — especially for immigrant men and women — and there is high customer demand for the products and services.
A proposal was recently introduced in the City Council that would double the amount of permits in the city and increase regulation of the industry, but officials from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration stopped short of fully endorsing the proposal, citing the need to conduct a closer study and amend parts of the legislation.
Fall is non-stop, and there is more to come.