Body + Mind NYC – helping New Yorkers get a new Lease on Life

New Yorkers lead particularly demanding lifestyles. Long sedentary days spent in front of computer screens in badly positioned office chairs, cradling cell phones whilst hurrying to the subway, or carrying heavy handbags over one’s shoulder are all examples of things that can lead to poor posture, chronic body pain, low energy, and even long-term psychological damage.

Body + Mind NYC is a specialized studio that employs a unique combination of therapies – from orthopedic massage and postural analysis, to corrective exercise and strength training – to address these issues arising from demanding lifestyles. The Body + Mind NYC team can help to restore energy, erase chronic aches and pains and restore structural balance throughout the body.  From simple back or neck pain, to more serious muscle syndromes or conditions, the team at Body + Mind have the expertise and knowledge required to completely transform the way you feel.

Sulyn Silbar, founder of Body + Mind NYC, is passionate about guiding people to find the connection between optimal physical health and clarity of mind. To date, she has assisted thousands of New Yorkers out of pain so they can lead fuller and more active lives. With over 13 years personal training experience, Sulyn understands muscular imbalances and injuries and how they affect the body. In fact, it was while Sulyn was recovering from an injury as a nationally-ranked triathlete that she became interested in corrective exercise and rehabilitation. Combining her knowledge of athletics and movement patterns, and utilizing her skills as a certified orthopedic massage therapist and trainer, Sulyn decided to create personalized treatment plans which could help bring the body into complete muscular balance and strength.

Body + Mind assess clients’ chronic aches and pains in a thorough first assessment to determine major areas of muscular imbalance, posture deviations and faulty movement patterns. A comprehensive health history will be constructed, in collaboration with previous doctors and health specialists, and a physical assessment will be conducted prior to a program of bodywork.  The team then work to restore structural balance throughout the body, employing stretching techniques, corrective strength training, and various manual therapies. Body + Mind also teach clients how to be conscious of their posture and movement patterns to help prevent problems from reoccurring.

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New York Restaurants giving you a Reason to be Thankful

Don’t want the hassle of cooking and hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Try one of these marvelous New York restaurants!

T-Bar Steak & Lounge

Classically-chic Upper East Side eatery, T-Bar Steak & Lounge, is offering a Thanksgiving dinner prix fixe menu for $75.00 per person. Features appetizers like Pumpkin Soup, T-Bar’s popular Yellow fin Tuna Tartar, and Grilled Tiger Prawns, the menu is hard-to-resist. Choose between entrees like Oven Roasted Turkey, Lobster Risotto or Grilled Filet Mignon 10 oz. T-Bar’s famous desserts – like the Banana Parfaix Mille Feuilles – feature on the menu, alongside Traditional Pumpkin Pie & Warm Apple Crisp.

Open on Thanksgiving Day: 1:30pm – 7:00pm

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Upper East Side Institution, Swifty’s, is an attractive option to enjoy a warm and cozy Thanksgiving with friends and family. The $72.00 prix fixe dinner features First Course festive treats such as Baked French Onion Soup, Corn Chowder and Smoked Irish Salmon. Entrees include Roasted Murray’s Natural Turkey, Scottish Salmon, or Risotto Milanese. There is a large selection of deserts including Bourbon Pecan Pie, Steamed Ginger Pudding, and Double Rich Chocolate Mousse.

Open on Thanksgiving Day: 12:00pm – 9:00pm

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Amaranth Restaurant

Mediterranean restaurant Amaranth is offering traditional Thanksgiving specials alongside its regular lunch and dinner menu. Feast on Roasted Turkey with Italian chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce and sweet potato puree or homemade Pumpkin Ravioli with butter and sage. The dessert menu is hard to resist – from the Mille Feuille Napolean with mixed berries and crème anglaise to the Cantucci al Vin Santo – a homemade biscotti served with Vin Santo Wine for dipping.

Open on Thanksgiving day: 12:00pm – 10:00pm



Ivy Bar & Grill

Ivy Bar & Grill is kicking off the Holiday Season with a special celebration on Wednesday night. Come and toast to Thanksgiving with Happy Hour specials from 4:00pm – 7:00pm – featuring $5 beers, $5 wines and Prosecco, and $6 cocktails, including the White Pomegranate Cosmopolitan with Germaine Elderflower, the Ivy Martini, and the Bohemian Rhapsody with fresh cucumber & lemon.  A DJ will be spinning tunes all night, giving guests plenty of reason to get into the holiday spirit. Ivy also has an After Dark Menu from 12:00am – 2am.

Open Wednesday: 11:30am – 4:00am

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Win a New Year’s Eve 2015 Package at Supernova worth $10,000

Want to experience New Year’s Eve like a true New Yorker close to the action of Times Square… but with VIP treatment above the crowds at the best venue to witness the iconic Ball Drop?

Supernova, at Novotel Hotel Times Square New York, are offering two people the chance to win a VIP New Year’s Eve package worth $10,000!

You’ll get a private, heated outdoor booth on Supernova’s amazing terrace overlooking Times Square and with direct views of the Ball Drop; a complimentary bottle of Dom Perignon champagne for the midnight toast; and two tickets for the spectacular Supernova party (from 9:00pm to 3:00am) including all-night entertainment, open-bar, tasty hors d’oeuvres and so much more.

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Set in the sophisticated, newly-redesigned event space, Supernova, this New Year’s event is always a sell-out success. The elegant venue offers unmatched ambience and energy. This year’s entertainment program will feature music from top DJ, Pollux Star, who is affectionately known as “the People’s DJ” for delivering what the people want all night long.  Amazing aerial acrobatics performer, Michelle Dortignac, who is currently touring through the US in ImaginAerial’s highly-acclaimed show, “The Bizarre and Curious Quest of Killian Cog” will also perform.

As the clock nears midnight, all guests can experience the magic of the 5,700 square foot outdoor lounge and terrace, which wraps around the seventh floor of the Novotel’s glass tower and offers an oasis in Times Square. Supernova’s heated outdoor patio provides simply the best spot to count down the final seconds of the year and take in the panoramic views of the iconic Waterford Crystal ball descending on the sea of revelers below.

Supernova also has an excellent private space for hire, with direct views of the ball drop, and accepts group bookings for 10 guests or more.

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Manners That Matter Most – by Norah Lawlor & June Eding – Available on Nov. 25, 2014

Manners That Matter Most – by Norah Lawlor & June Eding

Manners That Matter Most – the Easy Guide to Etiquette at Home and in the World – published by Hatherleigh Press, researched and written by June Eding, and featuring a special foreword by Lawlor Media Group’s Norah Lawlor – will be available online and in bookstores from November, 25, 2014.

Etiquette is one of the most valuable assets a person can have: knowing how best to present yourself, and how to deal with others in a direct, effective manner, is paramount in all personal, professional, and social relationships. Manners That Matter Most, which is part of The Little Book, Big Idea series, which was created to provide everyday people with useful wisdom to improve their lives, seeks to resurrect the bygone customs of good manners and graceful style; all while updating and applying them to the modern age.

Covering topics from introductions, greetings and thank-you’s, to the etiquette of modern technology (including the appropriate places and times to call and text message), Manners That Matter Most is a valuable resource and a much-needed guide in our fast-paced world. Suitable for all readers in all social situations, Manners That Matter Most contains both the information and the support you need to gain and give more consideration in your social encounters. With an emphasis on graciousness and chivalry that lends the book its authoritative tone, Manners That Matter Most is the essential companion for anyone looking to put their best foot forward in any situation.

The book also includes inspirational quotes on the importance of courtesy, respect and dignity; 25 essential lessons everyone should learn to cultivate better manners; and tips for more effective with family, friends and co-workers. Taking an old subject and presents it in a fresh and accessible way, Manners That Matter Most reminds us why good practice in etiquette not only makes the practitioner look good, but enhances society as a whole. With Manners That Matter Most, the world opens up—and you know just what to say…

Available on Amazon and in Barnes & Noble Bookstores

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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Honors Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, and Admiral Mike Mullen at the Annual Heroes Gala

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) celebrated its 10th Anniversary with the Heroes Gala on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. The annual event, now in its eighth year, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support IAVA and its mission to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.

Each year, IAVA recognizes individuals who have shown an immense dedication to the veterans community.  This year’s event honored CEO and Co-Founder of Uber Inc., Travis Kalanick, with the 2014 IAVA Civilian Leadership Award, and Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, with the 2014 IAVA Veteran Leadership Award. The evening was emceed by Willie Geist, co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” Show and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, and featured a musical performance from Nashville, Tenn., singer-songwriter Kandace Springs.

Around 700 veterans and guests mingled during the red carpet and cocktail hour before taking their seats for the ceremony. After an introduction from Willie Geist, who announced eight lucky guests had $100 Uber gift certificates under their seats, IAVA Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Paul Rieckhoff took the stage to welcome guests and thank veteran and civilian supporters. “IAVA has touched more veterans than anyone,” he said. “We are showing the world that vets are rising”. He made special mention to IAVA’s newest board member, actor, film director and producer, Peter Berg. Listen to the full speech here.

Attendees included: Abby Huntsman (MSNBC co-host, Admiral Mike Mullen (Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Honoree), Bob Woodruff (ABC News), Brigadier General Loree Sutton (Ret) (NYC Commissioner of Veterans Affairs), Budd Mishkin (NY1 host), Cale Conley (NASCAR driver), Chris Mortensen (ESPN journalist), Chris Wragge (CBS News anchor), David Brooks (New York Times journalist), Derek Coy (Former Marine Sergeant), Ed Shultz (MSNBC host), Greg D’Alba (IAVA Board Member), Henry Kissinger (Former Secretary of State), J.R. Martinez (Actor, Veteran’s Advocate), Jean Shafiroff (Philanthropist), Jim Hirschmann (IAVA Board Chairman), Kandace Springs (Performer), Les Gelb (IAVA Board Member), Mark and Claire Rockefeller, Michael Leven (IAVA Board member), Michele McDonald (Ms. New York America 2013), Michelle Monaghan (Actress), New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Paul Rieckhoff (IAVA Founder & CEO) and wife Lauren Hale, Rita Cosby (CBS News anchor), Ronan Farrow (MSNBC host), Rosanne Haggerty (IAVA Board Member), The Honorable Robert A. McDonald (Secretary, US Department of Veteran Affairs), Travis Kalanick (CEO of Uber, Inc.; Honoree) and partner Gabi Holzwarth, Willie Geist (NBC & MSNBC Co-Anchor; Emcee) and wife Christina Geist.

Willie Geist introduced the next speaker as U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, Robert A. McDonald. “We are so honored to be joined by a man who brings a lifetime of skill, talent and devotion to help each and every one of the men and women who have served our nation,” Geist said. Secretary McDonald congratulated IAVA on a successful 10 years. “IAVA’s voice is being heard,” he said. “It is influencing all that we do.” With an estimated 22 veterans committing suicide each day in America, Secretary McDonald said it is a “top priority” to continue working closely with IAVA to combat this alarming epidemic. Listen to the full speech here.

Friends of IAVA and the veteran community, including former Heroes Gala host and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, Comedian Stephen Colbert, ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, Comedian Darrell Hammond, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, and CNN anchor Jake Tapper recoded special video messages which were played to guests on the big screen throughout the evening. The ceremony was also livestreamed online and watched by veteran supporters worldwide.

After dinner, guests heard the emotional stories from eight of the almost 2.8 million men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. The veterans thanked Paul Rieckhoff and his team for being “tenacious, determined and effective fighters” on their behalf. Veterans Todd Bowers and Bryan Adams, who featured in IAVA’s powerful and groundbreaking Public Service Advertising campaign, filmed in New York’s Flatiron District, also spoke of their readjustment after service and their personal experiences with IAVA.

Geist then introduced the evening’s first presenter – Army veteran, veterans’ advocate, best-selling author, actor, and motivational speaker, J.R. Martinez. Martinez applauded IAVA founder Paul Rieckhoff, who created the organization out of his East Village studio apartment a decade ago, for his vision and unremitting passion. CEO and Co-Founder of Uber Inc., Travis Kalanick, accepted his 2014 IAVA Civilian Leadership Award for his work with the UberMILITARY program, which will on-board 50,000 members of the military community over the next 18 months, empowering them as entrepreneurs and small business owners. Kalanick thanked all veterans, saying “It is what you guys do that allows entrepreneurs like me to follow their dreams.” He said it was it was a “tremendous honor” to receive the award and to be able “empower economic freedom” amongst veterans through UberMILITARY.  Listen to the full speech here.

Former Marine Sergeant, Derek Coy, who has been an ardent and impactful advocate for his fellow service members, took the stage to introduce the recipient of the 2014 IAVA Veteran Leadership Award, Admiral Mike Mullen, a staunch advocate of veterans and their families, who Paul Rieckhoff described as “one of the finest leaders of our time”. Admiral Mullen said he was accepting the award “on behalf of all veterans”. Listen to the full speech here.

A live auction led by auctioneer Brittney Ingarra attracted bidders with items such as a Victory Green Gunner Motorcycle, including a $5,000 Victory Accessories package, which was sold for $45,000.

Representatives from leading sponsors attending the event. Sponsors who supported the event at a $25,000 level or above include Victory Motorcycles and Joan Ganz Cooney (Hero Sponsors); TriWest Healthcare, Turner Broadcasting, and USAA (Dinner Sponsors); Robert Cohn, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, HBO, JPMorgan Chase, Miller High Life, Uber, Western Asset Management, Wheels Up, and WME/IMG (Support Sponsors).  Special thanks was made to Southwest Airlines, IAVA’s official airline partner.

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News Anchor Willie Geist (L) and United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, The Honorable Robert A. McDonald – GETTY IMAGES

Special Screening of R&B Music Documentary, Only the Strong Survive, in New York

A special New York screening of Only The Strong Survive, the 2003 documentary about great stars of R&B music, from Stax, Motown and Chicago Soul, will be held at the IFC Center on Tuesday November 11, 2014.

Directed by ShowBiz 411 entertainment journalist, Roger Friedman (, along with Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker, the film features the last on-screen performances from music legends such as Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett, and Robert “Squirrel” Lester. The excellent film also features performances from the alive and kicking Sam Moore, Carla Thomas (sister of Vaneese Thomas), Mary Wilson and Jerry Butler.

Only the Strong Survive also includes performance footage of Memphis R&B pioneer Rufus Thomas, father of Vaneese Thomas, who passed on at the age of 84, less than two months before the film was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. The film was also selected for Cannes and Telluride.

This is the last film in the IFC Center’s current Pennebaker retrospective.

Watch the trailer for Only The Strong Survive here:

Screening begins at 8:15pm at the IFC Center, Sixth Avenue and West 4th St. Followed by a Q&A.

Tickets available at the box office on the day or online here.


Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s 17th Annual Benefit Gala & Auction to Honor Fashion Designers

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will host its 17th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction, honoring fashion designers Cushnie et Ochs on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at Cipriani Wall Street.

Known affectionately by New Yorkers as “The Waxman,” this yearly fête is considered to be among the top fundraising events in New York City, attended by more than 1,200 corporate executives, board members, and their guests. In recent years, “The Waxman” has raised millions of dollars to support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer.

The special musical guest for the evening will be six-time Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter and producer, Ziggy Marley. Past celebrity performers have included Train, Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Kid Rock, Steely Dan, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, and Counting Crows.

This year’s honorees, Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, established their brand Cushnie et Ochs in 2008. Now, their collections are sold in more than 50 stores worldwide. The designers’ inherent understanding of the female body informs their body-contouring silhouettes while celebrating the women who wear them. Their dresses have become a favorite on the red carpet, dressing an array of women like Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba, Rihanna, and the First Lady Michelle Obama.

The amazing performer for the evening, Ziggy Marley, was immersed in music from an early age, when he would sit in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley. Ziggy’s first solo album, Dragonfly (RCA Records), was released in 2003. His second solo release, Love is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide), won a Grammy in 2006 for “Best Reggae Album.”

The evening will be hosted by Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, as master of ceremony. The evening’s much-anticipated live and silent auctions will offer guests the opportunity to bid on an exciting selection of exclusive items.

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Cushnie et Ochs

Cushnie et Ochs

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to host 10th Anniversary Heroes Gala

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing post-9/11 veterans and their families, will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with the highly-anticipated Heroes Gala on Thursday, November 13, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

The event is the premier fundraising event of Veterans Week in the city and the organization’s largest annual fundraising event.

This year, the organization will honor Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick with the IAVA Civilian Leadership Award, in recognition of his immense dedication to the veterans community. As one of the country’s leading young entrepreneurs, Travis has guided his car service company from a niche market in San Francisco to its global presence today. Uber takes veteran unemployment head on with their national initiative, UberMILITARY, which will on-board 50,000 members of the military community during the next 18 months.

The IAVA Heroes Gala will also honor Admiral Mike Mullen, 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, with the Veteran Leadership Award for his continued dedication to veterans and their families. Past honorees include Jon Stewart, Host of ‘The Daily Show; Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report; former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and many more.

Willie Geist, co-anchor of NBC’s “TODAY” show and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. The event’s top sponsors include HBO, JPMorgan Chase & Co., MillerCoors, Southwest Airlines, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, Turner Broadcasting, USAA, Victory Motorcycles, Western Asset Management, and WME/IMG.

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2014 Honorees: 

Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick

Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick

Admiral Mike Mullen, 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Admiral Mike Mullen, 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Haldi Restaurant Delighting Curry Hill with the Best of Calcutta Cuisine

Haldi is the latest addition to the bright culinary strip of Manhattan affectionately dubbed “Curry Hill”. But Haldi does anything but blend in with the rest of the Indian offerings. It’s the home of authentic regional Indian cuisine, with a special emphasis on dishes from Calcutta, a diverse region of India which hasn’t been explored by many New York-Indian restaurants. It boasts an original menu which seamlessly blends ethnic and progressive dishes.

Owner Shiva Natarajan, who has launched a string of highly-rated Indian restaurants including Chola, Dhaba, Kokum, Chote Nawab and Malai Marke, conveys his passion for authentic Indian cuisine which experiments with modern and traditional, paving the way for a new generation of modern Indian restaurants in New York. Unlike his previous eateries, Haldi transports diners to Calcutta, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, and enables spice-seekers to sample Bengali-Indian food at its very best, with perennial favorites like vindaloo, kababs and tikka masala. Natarajan’s philosophy for Haldi is simple; he doesn’t compromise the foundation of Bengali cuisine, whilst still showing a commitment to innovative Indian fare.

Bengali food is characterized by the use of extensive spices for both fish and vegetable dishes, with combinations not found in other parts of India, as well as the use of freshly-ground mustard paste.   The varied menu also pays favor to ethnic influences of Calcutta food, most notably Bengali-Chinese cuisine and Calcutta’s Jewish community.

A signature dish at the restaurant, the Tandoor Pumpkin, served with a delicious tomato chutney, is subtly spiced and perfectly cooked. Other not-to-be-missed dishes are the Tandoor Nimbu Bhindi, served with skewered okra, bell peppers and home-made mustard chutney, and Chelo kebab, a Persian skewered minced lamb roll – an incredibly popular dish in West Bengal which has become synonymous with iconic Calcutta restaurant, Peter Cat. Seafood lovers will rejoice in ordering the Sorse Maach, a mustard-chili tender fish curry also popular in Calcutta, which serves as a lesson in how fish should be cooked.

Whether it’s in-house or takeout lunch you’re after, Haldi offers one of the most inviting midday menus in Curry Hill. And with prices starting from only $8.95, the news is likely to catch on fast. The Indo Chinese lunch, served with chili chicken, vegetable Manchurian and vegetable fried rice, is deliciously fragrant, while the Tand Mix Grill, an assortment of vegetarian and meat kebabs, served with stir fry cabbage rice and roti, is hard to resist.

The interior of Haldi is cleverly-designed to transport guests to Calcutta. The 60-seat restaurant is playfully themed around the restaurant’s namesake – Haldi, the Indian spice turmeric – and is accentuated by vibrant splashes of mustard-yellow. Little touches such as copper tawas (Indian woks) hanging from the ceiling and whimsical murals depicting old-world Calcutta add to the cultural experience.

Haldi is located at 102 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, and is open Monday through Sunday from 11AM to 9PM.

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