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Time To Explore A Balloon Story” in NYC: A Unique and Enchanting Experience

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“A Balloon Story” is an immersive art installation at the Park Avenue Armory, located at 643 Park Ave that will soon captivated audiences with its whimsical and imaginative presentation. Opening July 3rd to August 24th, this unique attraction offers visitors a journey through a world created entirely from balloons, showcasing the incredible artistry and creativity behind balloon sculpting. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a family looking for a fun outing, or simply someone seeking a novel experience, “A Balloon Story” promises to enchant and inspire.

“A Balloon Story” is the brainchild of renowned balloon artist Jason Hackenwerth, known for his large-scale, intricate balloon sculptures that blend art and entertainment. The installation transforms ordinary spaces into extraordinary realms filled with balloon creations that range from giant, colorful creatures to delicate, ethereal forms. Each piece is meticulously crafted, demonstrating the versatility and potential of balloons as an artistic medium.

Visitors are greeted by massive balloon sculptures that dominate the space, creating an awe-inspiring visual impact. These sculptures often depict fantastical creatures, abstract forms, and elaborate scenes that transport viewers to a different world. Many parts of the installation are interactive, allowing visitors to engage with the art. This might include walking through balloon tunnels, touching and manipulating smaller balloon structures, or even participating in live balloon sculpting demonstrations. “A Balloon Story” often features different themed rooms, each with its own unique set of balloon art. Themes can range from underwater worlds and enchanted forests to outer space and futuristic landscapes, providing a diverse and dynamic experience. The installation includes educational elements that teach visitors about the art and science of balloon sculpting. Informative displays and guided tours provide insights into the techniques used to create the sculptures and the materials involved.

The installation is open daily from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and lasts approximately 70 minutes

For tickets A 50% discount for the first 500 purchases with code JULY4BS50. A 30% discount for the next 1,000 purchases with code JULY4BS30. A 20% discount for the last 2,000 purchases with code JULY4BS20 click here.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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A Weekend In The Hamptons With Holistic Health Fair, Store Opening, Oyster Farms and Art Party

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Every weekend in The Hampton’s it’s not what to do, but which to do. We decided to join Cristina G Cuomo’ s Purist for its third annual health fair in Southampton and experience the best in wellness. From top concierge practitioners of Eastern and Western modalities, to clean beauty, sustainability and nutrition, this was one terrific event to attend.

This year’s participants included: Boiron, Ecotone New York, Flyte, Bellantz, Cancer Culture, Rejuvenation Health, reactIVate, STANDwellness, Boxed Water, Biography, Post House, Cocoon and Hive, Mrs Momma Bear Workwear, Juice Press, evolvetogether, Figaro Apothecary, Hamptons Aromatherapy, Tahuu Chocolates, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Filienna Filigree Jewelry, Rev. Jolene Star and the Enchanted Heart, The Erickson Method, bySILKE, Dr. Lea Lis, and  Happy Coffee by Robert Downey Jr. 

One of our favorite things was flyte. I have been wanting to create a floating Orgone and this just may be part of my answer. They also had a bed that vibrated to music and heals, that was highly effective.

I also loved the infra red light therapy by STANDwellness, the energizing clothing by Cocoon and Hive, CBD Chocolates by Tahuu Chocolates. The crystals and healing modality by Rev. Jolene Star and the Enchanted Heart and the amazing massage by Linda. Thank-you as my shoulder was really in pain.

Next onto BIBA’s store opening with Ilene looking fabulous, with the store’s manager. BIBA, has returned to the East End to showcase its collections, featuring an eclectic melange of clothing from both local and European designers. During the years of 1995 to 2010, BIBA held locations in East Hampton and Southampton Village, and has continued to serve customers in South Florida, with a Delray Beach location, ever since. Now open in Southampton Village, BIBA is frequented by celebrities, visitors, and locals alike, and aims to bring a VIP shopping experience to all. Snowbirds can rejoice knowing the store will have locations in both Southampton and South Florida.

John Nicolas, of Mudford Farms in East Hampton Shuckers, grows oysters and populates the waters to clean and make a healthier water and a healthier dish by filtering the water in the biggest way he knows how. Currently incubating about 1 million oysters in this facility alone.


Finally Rick Friedman and his wife is Cindy Lou through a fabulous art party with fireworks, a band and of course art.

All photo’s by Roger Sichel

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Allison Eden

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“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is filmed from the Hotel Edison.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Allison Eden. Allison is the visionary artist who is creating the look at Serendipity 3, which will be opening this year on 47th Street, in Times Square. Today, she stands as a pioneer in the design world, captivating audiences worldwide with her innovative glass and stone mosaic masterpieces.

To see Allison’s work and learn more click here.

I am so grateful to my guest Allison Eden.

We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms. We were also gifted a poster in the lobby.

Suzanna, Allison and Rommel

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

We are so proud and thrilled that Variety Entertainment News just named us one of Summer’s Best Picks in the category of Best Television, Radio, PodcastsThe company we are in, has made us so humbled, grateful and motivated to continue.

The Daily Geek Report” has also named host Suzanna Bowling on the list of Most Engaging Hosts. Thank-you so much for recognizing us and thank-you Eileen Shapiro who has helped us get noticed, we are so grateful.

You can catch us on the following platforms:

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Hampton Fine Art Fair

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The 18th annual Hampton Fine Art Fair featured a record 150 select galleries, and best-in-class sponsors, reaching 20 countries. Emerging artists and galleries – provided collectors and people looking to redecorate their home treasures for every sensibility and price point. 70,000 sq. ft. featured the Pollock and de Kooning Luxury Pavilions, the fair was located just minutes from downtown Southampton Village. The show took place from Thursday, July 11, to Sunday, July 14. Over 10,000 expected guests over the four days the show also benefited Guild Hall and the Parrish Art Museum.


This year, HFAF recognized esteemed local artists into the 2024 Hamptons Artists Hall of Fame. Artists Herman Cherry and Connie Fox, sculptors Bill Tarr and Bill King and tapestry artisan Amy Zerner were honored. The 2024 Spotlight artists are Lucy Cookson, Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Olivier Messas, Ben Miller, Milly Ristvedt and Veronica Ruiz Velasco. In addition, Judaic artist Libby Klein  presented her one-of-a-kind Royal Family Tree, with everyone spotlighted from the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson to Princes Harry and William. The trees can be customized and feature a gold leaf for each member of the family. She will also showcase works embodying the beauty of Israel.

My favorites were Dagaro Ella Marco Olivier Sculptures from Charlotte, NC. Renowned artist, Marco Olivier blends resin and bronze, with exceptional craftsmanship and emotive storytelling.

Felix Semper, is a visionary artist who defies conventional artistic boundaries and astounds audiences with his incredible talents and achievements. With a mastery of sculpture, Semper’s works transcend traditional static forms, as he brilliantly combines elements of flexibility and motion into his creations. His innovative technique of creating intricate, lifelike sculptures out of thousands of individually stacked and glued sheets of paper has garnered international recognition and admiration.

Reilly Haney @DetentionArt hand writes every word from what ever he is working on. So you see the Spiderman poster but underneath is all the words. Haney is a disabled U.S. Navy veteran who turned a hobby into a career by creating Calligrammer. “Everything you are seeing on the print is his actual handwriting. His pieces were truly impressive

And the fun people you meet and go with make the show all that more exciting and interesting. This was a wonderful way to spend a weekend.

Ilene Smith Sichel, Brigitte Segura, Neil Saltzman and Roger Sichel

 

 

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A Midsummer Night’s Scheme: An Artistic Fusion in Tribeca

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In the heart of Tribeca, during the spirited celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, an immersive installation titled “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has enraptured the design and art community of New York City. This unique collaboration, inspired by Shakespeare’s illustrious play, is a triumphant partnership melding Brazilian Mid-Century Modern furniture, contemporary fine art, and exquisitely handmade carpets. The exhibition, a confluence of Found Collectibles, Nicolas Auvray Gallery, and Carini, is a testament to their shared vision, creating a mesmerizing tableau that celebrates both historical and modern artistic expressions.

From left: Guy Griggs, Greg Ventra, Joseph Carini, Friday Jones, Carlos Saavedra

The opening night, an event of sublime enchantment, saw over 150 guests—including collectors, interior designers, architects, and design aficionados—gathered to bask in the sophisticated ambiance of Carini’s Tribeca showroom. The exhibit, running through July 22nd, beckons visitors from Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM, at 335 Greenwich Street #A, New York, NY 10013.

Getting a ‘Puck-ture’ perfect moment with this midsummer mischief-maker.

Rodrigo Salem, founder of Found Collectibles, eloquently captured the essence of the event: “We aimed to showcase the coexistence of Brazilian mid-century modern collectible design, beautiful rugs, and contemporary fine art. The result is an elegant, harmonious, stunning aesthetic fusion.”

Brazilian mid-century design enshrined among tapestries and fine art.

Nicolas Auvray Gallery, a vibrant beacon in Chelsea, New York, continues to be a crucible for artistic dialogue and creativity. Formerly known as Galerie L’Atelier, the gallery has metamorphosed into a dynamic space where traditional and contemporary art forms converge, reflecting the richness and complexity of the human experience. Under the guidance of Nicolas Auvray, whose journey from corporate executive to esteemed curator is itself a narrative of artistic passion, the gallery presents an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed media, each piece a thread in the intricate tapestry of human expression.

Framed by striking textile design, ALBEN’s post-modern Venus de Milo overlooks a stunning vintage dining set.

Eric Ceccarini’s evocative photography from his “AMNIOS” series with its naturalistic light and striking sexuality, and ALBEN’s postmodern “Venus de Milo” sculpture, a reimagined configuration of crushed Coke cans, were among the highlights. Also on hand was a lively textural offering by US Navy fighter pilot-turned-studio-head Ted Hartley

As Puck would have it, juicy color and textures abound throughout the exhibition.

The carpets, suspended like tapestries, epitomized the artistry of Carini. Founded in 1997 by Joe Carini and Aurelie Lang, Carini NYC has long been at the forefront of the carpet design revolution, marrying traditional Tibetan knotting techniques with visionary design. Joe Carini’s dedication to natural dyes and authentic weaving practices underscores the company’s commitment to creating pieces that are both timeless and contemporary, drawing on ancient traditions to inform modern aesthetics.

Visually arresting displays surround rare vintage Brazilian collectibles.

Photographer Carlos Saavedra captured the spirit of the opening night, remarking, “It was wonderful to see all these different people from exciting worlds—fine art, fashion, antique collectibles, and textiles—coming together in this space we all created together and enjoying each other. There were so many countries and cultures represented; everyone just loved the space!”

Exhibition curators from left: Rodrigo Salem, Nicolas Auvray and Joseph Carini

Notable guests included designers Juan Montoya and Ernesto de la Torre, designer Brian McCarthy, and Ben Genocchio, Editor in Chief of InCollect, each adding their unique flair to an evening of cultural confluence and artistic celebration.

Tatiana Vidus ripens before Gérard Stricher’s passionate palette.

In true Capote fashion, the event was a soirée where art and design waltzed together, a midsummer night’s dream come to life in the vibrant heart of New York City.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream” through July 22nd

Carini

335 Greenwich Street #A, 

New York, NY 10013

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NOFLEX Korean Dinning Surrounded By Art and Technology

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NOFLEX, located at 286 5th Avenue  right off 30th street us the first media art loungeThis contemporary Korean restaurant and bar is managed by Next Dining, a distinguished hospitality group from Korea.

The art on the walls

The art on the walls

The restaurant offers inventive Korean cuisine made with fresh ingredients and diverse flavors. The ambiance of the space is unparalleled, with a 72-foot LED wall and vibrant lighting that will transport you to Seoul.

The Bar

There is also an upstairs, overlooking the fun.

You can enjoy an impressive selection of cocktails, wine, sake. We tried The Pornstar Mojito’s ($17) Sparkling Wine with lime, mint and passion fruit. Refreshing and cooling served with a flower.

The space is very modern and has a club-like vibe, so I am sure after hours is very different than at dinner time, which was cool inviting and relaxed.

Looking at the menu

The menu is extensive and if you like seafood and sushi NOFLEX is sure to please. I am not exactly a seafood lover, however my guest and I went on a exploration of shrimp. 
We started our journey with Hand Rolled Cigar Rolls filled with beef and shrimp, served with aside of truffle aioli ($19). As far as food goes this was my favorite dish. The truffle aioli was fantastic, I ended up dipping everything in this sauce. These were crispy, juice and delectable.

Onto the Deep Fried Shrimp Skewers ($21) 6 pieces of lightly crispy shrimp in a wasabi mayo. The batter was more like the texture of coconut, and they were light and filling. Both were easily shared.

For entrees, we tried the Shrimp Scallion Pancakes ($25). Each slice was filled with a whole shrimp and there were eight slices. I would have preferred the shrimp to be cut up with scallions, as the garlic was barely a taste, however the truffle aioli  sauce from the cigars, perked these up and help immensely.

Also for an entree the Gambas ($33) which is shrimp in a spicy, garlic sauce served with slices of baguettes. This was Roger’s favorite dish.

And then there was dessert….. Roger and I would go to NOFLEX strictly for their Brûlé Banana Nutella Croffle ($17). This dessert is  a cross between a croissant and waffle, with ice bream. This was seriously sensational. First of all, I am not even a fan of bananas, but done in the Brûlé style they were out of this world and a Croffle with Nutella is a serious culinary adventure.We also tried the Silky Vanilla Cheesecake ($17) that was also excellent. What made this so good was that it was light with these fabulous cookie crumbles that elevated this classic dessert.

Bibi

We found out our fabulous server Bibi created these treasures.

NOFLEX is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and has one of the best desserts I have ever had.

NOFlEX, 286 5th Avenue off of 30th closed on Monday’s and opened for dinner at 5pm.

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