Visa Foundation Commits $210 Million to Support Small and Micro Businesses and Immediate COVID-19 Emergency Relief

The Visa Foundation today announced a commitment of two programs totaling $210 million to support small and micro businesses, aligning with the Foundation’s long-term focus on women’s economic advancement and inclusive economic development, and to address an urgent need from local communities following the spread of COVID-19.

The first program of $10 million is designated for immediate emergency relief to support charitable organizations on the frontlines responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as public health and food relief, in each of the five geographic regions in which Visa operates: North America; Latin America and the Caribbean; Europe; Asia Pacific; and Central Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“As COVID-19 continues to unfold, communities are feeling the effects and need our immediate support,” said Al Kelly, CEO and chairman of Visa. “As a global company that operates a very local business, we recognize this need. We’re also committed to the long-term recovery and will continue to explore ways we can accelerate economic activity in line with our mission to help individuals, businesses and economies thrive.”

The second program is a five-year, strategic $200 million commitment to support small and micro businesses around the world, with a focus on fostering women’s economic advancement. This action expands the Visa Foundation’s long-standing support for small and micro businesses globally. The funds from the Visa Foundation will provide capital to non-government organizations (NGOs) and investment partners supporting small and micro businesses.

Small and micro businesses are the backbone of the global economy, accounting for more than 90 percent of worldwide businesses and contributing 50 to 60 percent of global employment.i There is a $300 billion annual credit deficit in funding for women-owned small and micro businesses, which is expected to grow given the recent economic turmoil unfolding due to COVID-19.ii

“Now more than ever, we must accelerate our support for small businesses on the frontlines driving economic growth,” said Kelly. “As many small and micro business owners are women, there will be a ripple effect supporting women’s economic advancement, which we believe is one of the most important ways to achieve gender equality, reduce poverty and foster inclusive economic development.”

Through the $200 million small and micro business program, the Visa Foundation will provide $60 million in grants to NGOs dedicated to supporting small and micro business owners, many of whom are women, in every region where Visa operates. The Visa Foundation will also allocate $140 million with investment partners that generate positive social and financial returns for small and micro businesses.

“Two hundred million dollars in new financial resources demonstrates our continuing commitment to support small and micro businesses, with a focus on women’s economic advancement globally,” said Graham Macmillan, President of the Visa Foundation. “When women thrive, communities thrive. We know this matters now more than ever as the global economy seeks to recover and rebuild.”

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About the Visa Foundation

The Visa Foundation seeks to support inclusive economies where individuals, businesses and communities can thrive. Through grantmaking and investing, the Foundation prioritizes the resilience and growth of micro and small businesses that benefit women. The Foundation also supports broader community needs and disaster response in times of crisis. The Visa Foundation is registered in the U.S. as a 501(c)3 entity.

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device, for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit About and @VisaNews.


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Annual Autumn Dinner at The Frick Honoring Stephen A.Schwarzman

The Autumn Dinner is the most anticipated event of the gala season in New York. It takes an important place on social and fundraising calendar of significant philanthropists and supporters of the valuable Frick Collection. It is always an early sell-out because of the unique experience of a sit-down dinner held in the museum’s monumental picture galleries, surrounded by masterpieces dating from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century.

Christine Schwarzman and Event Honoree and Trustee Stephen A. Schwarzman
photo: Christine A. Butler

This year’s festive black-tie evening, held at the elegant Frick mansion honored Stephen A. Schwarzman, a trustee of the Frick since 2005. Schwarzman has been a loyal supporter of all aspects of the institution’s initiatives, including a match of donations made to the Annual Fund for the last three years.

Guests in the Library Gallery photo: Christine A. Butler

Proceeds from the event will help support the full range of programs of The Frick Collection, including educational and curatorial initiatives, and the Frick Art Reference Library. Each year the dinner raises more than $1,000,000.

Lee and Chloë Rubenstein, Benefit Committee Member Paul Arnhold and Melissa Gokhvat photo:Angela Pham/

The evening started with a cocktail reception in the breathtaking 1935 neoclassical Garden Court where guests explored the former Gilded Age residence of Henry Clay Frick and his remarkable collection, including masterpieces by Bellini, Fragonard, Gainsborough, Goya, Holbein, Ingres, Rembrandt, Turner, Velázquez, and Vermeer, among others, and French eighteenth-century furniture and Italian Renaissance bronzes. Also on view were the Frick’s current special exhibitions, Bertoldo di Giovanni: The Renaissance of Sculpture in Medici Florence, Manet: Three Paintings from the Norton Simon Museum, and Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at The Frick Collection.

Board of Trustees Chairman Betty Eveillard
photo: Christine A. Butler

Guests proceeded to dramatically lit galleries for an evening evocative of one of the great society dinners of Gilded Age New York.
Frick Chairman Betty Eveillard welcomed everyone from the podium in the West Gallery, and thanked guests for their generous support of the Frick and for joining the museum in celebrating the evening’s honoree, Stephen A. Schwarzman.

Younghee-Kim Wait and Trustee Christian Keesee photo: Christine A. Butler

Later in the evening Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director Ian Wardropper toasted Schwarzman when he was presented with a commemorative silver tray donated by Tiffany & Co.

Laura Webb, M. Mercedes de Guardiola, and Lizzie da Trindade-Asher
photo: George Koelle
Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon, Benefit Chairman Jean-Marie Eveillard, and
Board of Trustees Chairman Betty Eveillard
photo: Angela Pham/
Benefit Committee Chairman and Trustee Margot Bogert and Madeline Bogert
photo: Angela Pham/
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director Ian Wardropper and Event Honoree and Trustee Stephen A. Schwarzman
photo: Angela Pham/
Bridgitte Young and Benefit Committee Member Blaike Young
photo: Angela Pham/
Curator of Decorative Arts Charlotte Vignon, Benefit Committee Member Paul Arnhold, and
Trustee and Benefit Committee Member Ayesha Bulchandani
photo: Angela Pham/
Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon and Assistant Director for Communications & Marketing Alexis Light
photo: Angela Pham/
Brian Drost, Elise Taylor, Laurence R. Milstein
photo: Angela Pham/
Benefit Committee Members Donald and Barbara Tober
photo: Christine A. Butler
Lauren Sanchez, Stefanía Hrönn Guðrúnardóttir, Kathryn Kerns, Benefit Chairman Casey Kohlberg,Nora Boyd, Charlotte Greenough, and Lizzie da Trindade-Asher
photo: Christine A. Butler
Eiko S. Assael
photo: Christine A. Butler
Stephanie Maida
Katherine G. Reibel and Brooke Lampley
photo: Angela Pham/
Benefit Committee Members Julia Arnhold and Lane Gerson
photo: Christine A. Butler
Associate Director of Communications & Marketing Heidi Rosenau
photo: Christine A. Butler
Assistant Director for Communications & Marketing Alexis Light, Associate Director for
Individual Giving Karaugh Brown, Laura Webb, and Charlotte Greenough
photo: Angela Pham/
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#WeThePlanet – World for a Better Future

During United Nations General Assembly week Pop Style TV attended a High Level Event in New York City where some of the world’s most extraordinary citizens gathered to announce #WeThePlanet. Main mission of We The Planet is to unite in action to reimagine our approach to leadership, power, peace, prosperity, people, partnership and most importantly our planet.

We The Planet is a highly curated group of extraordinary citizens, iconic artists, doctors, Nobel Laureates, and Heads of State that are advocates for the future of organizations, leadership, climate change, the oceans, land, and the diverse array of life it protects including humanity. The whole event was lead and organized by extraordinary Kunal Sood.

Kunal Sood at the U.N. for SDG Moonshots Summit

We first met Mr. Sood for the recent SDG Moonshots Summit which was held last month at the UN.

This is where Pop Style TV had an opportunity to exclusively interview Kunal Sood founder of #WeThePlanet , Novus and XFellows . When asked about his vision Mr. Sood said :

Novus started on 2015 to reimagine the American dream. It was really small club and I didn’t know if I had the chops to pull it off so I started by reimagining the American dream. Then the next year I was invited by the UN to help enhance the idea of the global goals so I transformed my mission statement or rather vision to transform the world . So Novus then became about transforming the world. That was the first time I brought the science of positive psychology and the world of exponential technology and impact together to tell the narrative around the red cape and the green cape. The green cape is all about human flourishing and happiness, the science of well being and the red cape is about putting on your red cape and becoming an iron man. I call them the avengers of social impact. So the idea of moral courage massive transformative purpose, grit, the stuff you live in those heroic movies. So I feel when you have a balance of the two, this was the first of attrition of   Novus . Then I worked on different summits through the years. I did one on innovation, one on connectivity, one around youth and technology, youth and impact and then finally we came to this year which I got really excited about the 50th anniversary of the man landing on the Moon. So that became a narrative that gave me a lot of inspiration to tell a story around how we can unite. Men and women unite to make the impossible possible and more importantly how can we make the Stgs humanities’ ultimate moon shot by 2030. So how can we make the next decade a decade of purpose and massive transformation leadership and how can we go into the future with the sense of inner transformation that allows for effective outward impact . That is where this came from. And then how we should and we must make the Stgs humanitie’s ultimate moonshot. By that I mean we are building a rocket ship to save the most important space ship we have which is Mother Earth. So this is why we did STG Moonshots. To create that idea. 

Find out more about #WeThePlanet go to :

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2019 VMAs Celebration with Missy Elliott

Superstar recipient of this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Missy Elliott, may have set the VMA’s and social media on fire with her show-stopping performance this week, but the post-show celebration in her honor was nothing short of spectacular.

Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Cardi B

The star-studded event had an impressive list of guests: Queen Latifah, Cardi B, Lizzo, Lil’ Kim, Oscar winner Regina King, tennis star Novak Djokovic, Brazilian Stunner model Adriana Lima, Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger (world champion US Women’s soccer team), Ice-T and Coco, Blac Chyna, Lil’ Mama, Dave East, Victor Cruz, Naturi Naughton, Winnie Harlow were among the elite who came out to celebrate with Elliott. Celebrity DJ Mary Mac 5 Star kept the energy high as guests partied into the wee hours.

Novak Djokovic , Unik Ernest

The event was curated by Unik Ernest and held at “The Museum of Missy Elliott,” an interactive pop-up playground that allowed guests to engage in the most memorable and iconic moments from Elliott’s music videos. The concept boasted a live hologram experience where guests could record a gif of themselves performing to Elliott’s hit classic “The Rain,” while virtually wearing her signature inflated trash bag. The immersive activation was powered by VNTANA.

Regina King,
Naturi Naughton, Cardi B, Star Brim
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Architecture and the Lights of Gotham with Classic Harbor Line

Building on the successful ten-year collaboration between AIANY and Classic Harbor Line, this new architecture boat tour capitalizes on the remarkable skyline of Manhattan after sunset. From the time the Brooklyn Bridge was inaugurated with dazzling lights and fireworks in 1883, architects and lighting designers have understood the importance of presenting their structures in the night sky. Today, “city that never sleeps” is stunningly illuminated more than ever. Today’s designers have a sophisticated array of sources, palette of colors and endless programs to run these lighting systems. Take to the waters with an expert AIANY guide to see the latest in how architects and lighting designers are creating a new, more dynamic nighttime experience. View the famously mesmerizing lights of Manhattan and explore the latest trends and innovations in edificial New York City lighting. There really is no better way to capture this view as the iconic NYC skyline reflects off the surrounding waters
$86 per person 2.25 hours.

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Use online promo code: EBLAST15 and receive 15% off your tickets.

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Exclusive Interview: Philanthropist Jean Shaffirof is Changing the World in a Designer Gown

Most evenings Jean Shaffirof can be seen leaving her penthouse on Madison Avenue, most likely wearing a gown from her impressive collection, on her way to a charity gala. What the public doesn’t see is the work and time that she put to get there. A gala is essentially a celebration, and Jean has dedicated her life to ensuring that there’s a reason to celebrate. 

Currently serving on the board of eight charities, Jean’s commitment to helping started with baking brownies. 

“I had a winning recipe,” Jean chuckles. Her daughter attended the Dalton School in the Upper East Side, where it didn’t take long for Jean to find herself involved with the bake sales. “I probably made a total of 2,000 brownies over the course of those years.” Her no-job-is-too-small mentality is how she quickly found herself with bigger jobs, eventually getting involved with the private school’s annual fundraising. 

Jean Shafiroff photo by K.Doran for Rob Rich/ ©2018

In her early thirties Jean joined the Board of the American Jewish Committee helping with diplomatic outreach. Though she grew up Catholic, she concerns herself more with the good an organization does. “All religions teach the importance of giving back. When my daughters were being raised, I didn’t have [the] time to go to a lot of fundraisers, and I couldn’t be on too many boards. When I became an empty nester is when I really ramped up my interest.”

Fast forward to the present, Jean serves on the board of eight organizations, including the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, which will be honoring Jean and her husband at their upcoming gala on August 3rd. 

“Besides being an incredible hospital, they don’t turn anyone away. We have a large immigrant population. We have people who need a hospital and don’t have wealth. 

Just like any other community, we have people who are not wealthy at all. They need to have service, and I love that they never turn anyone away. It’s a hospital for everyone.”

As someone who every charity wants on their team, how does she choose what she joins? Though it’s not limited to, her four core passions are the rights of underserved populations, healthcare, women’s rights and animal rights. 

“I don’t believe that life is equal,” she says. “The haves have an obligation to give back.” 

Her work today no longer involves baking brownies, but it isn’t any less hands-on.

“I would say I am a working philanthropist. I give my time. I give my knowledge. But I also give my money, because I’m in a position that I can. If you don’t have the resources, you give your time and your knowledge. If you don’t have a lot of time, but you have the wealth, then you write the checks. I believe there are people that can do all three.” 

SOUTHAMPTON, NY – AUGUST 4: Jean Shafiroff attends 60th Annual Summer Party For Stony Brook Southampton Hospital at Private Venue on August 4, 2018 in Southampton, NY. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Jean Shafiroff

Jean became the golden example and has dedicated her life to making a living by giving. She shared her knowledge and passion with the world back in 2016 with the debut of her first book; Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give.  

“Anyone can be a philanthropist. If you don’t have the money to give, then you give your time and knowledge. Never underestimate the value of what you can do. In the United States we have so many great volunteers. If we only relied on the super wealthy, all these charities would not exist.”

Because New Yorkers are the most cynical, her philanthropy hasn’t come without outsider shade. Often dressed up and posing on a red carpet, It might be easy (and assumptious) for some to assume her work to be limited to fancy cocktail parties. What most don’t know is that Jean holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, and how invaluable her expertise has been to every cause that she’s joined. She doesn’t just join the party; she is there when it’s only an idea.

I’ve often heard individuals comment that, in lieu of the gala, why not just donate all the money to the cause? Jean understands people—sometimes you have to give a little to get a lot.  Folks write checks when there’s champagne involved. Want bigger checks? Include dinner.

Take the South Hampton Animal Shelter Gala for example. 

“I was being honored one year, and they were originally having a little cocktail party. I said no, we have to do a dinner so we can raise more money. Now we raise about six or seven-hundred thousand dollars, but before I got involved, they raised seventy-eight thousand from that little cocktail party.”

It really goes beyond the size of the event. Jean admits the key is “to find people who are interested in the cause, and who have a passion about the cause. Some people have said to me my first priority is not that particular cause, so you have to let it go. You have to say thank you.”

”So, people put their money where their heart is?” I asked. 

“Generally, and where there is a need.” Jean adds,“You have to generate interest.” 

Whether it be collecting items for a silent auction that they would be interested in or her savvy use of social media and publicity, Jean finds an interest.  

“In the case of the South Hampton Hospital, I’m going to say this: I think everybody in this community should support this hospital. I think anyone who can afford to should support it. But that doesn’t mean that everyone supports it. So, when people say no, like I write in my book, I just thank them. Because that doesn’t mean that they won’t do something in a future year. I thank them for their time and consideration.”

What is most charming about Jean is that she doesn’t apologize for her family’s good fortune; However, it is her good fortune that empowers her to do more. 

Her extensive travels and work abroad have made Jean aware of the needs that exists all over the world. 

“America live in a bubble.”

Jean is bursting that bubble one designer gown at a time.

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It’s Time to Start Taking Pride in Self-Pleasure, and TENGA Wants to Help

The time to start taking pride in self-pleasure is past overdue, and TENGA picked no better time to begin than Pride. For too long have items that promote anything remotely sexually pleasurable been put in the back shelves. TENGA is even meeting store owners halfway by marketing the containers so cutely – totally innocent. 

In order to bring sexuality to the forefront, the adult toy company hosted an intimate TENGA Talks panel, moderated by Sexologist Shan Boodram, at the Box last Wednesday to talk about, well, masturbation.  It consisted of Editor-in-Chief of The Advocate, Zach Stafford; Social Sexologist at the Kinsey Institute,Justin J. Lehmiller; CEO of Future of Sex Podcast, Bryony Cole; Lifestyle Editor of Bustle, Michelle Toglia; and Sex Educator at SHAG, Dirty Lola.

Jamie Valentino

Any radical conservative in the building probably left early on with Stafford’s reminder, “Queer is the future, and it’s going to happen whether you like it or not.”

And what is more gay than proudly taking pleasure in sex? And that doesn’t imply that straight people don’t enjoy intercourse, because most, if not all, mammalian species are scientifically designed to. The LGBTQ community is just more likely to be less shy about it than their counterparts. 

Pride season is a reminder of how liberating it can be to let go of prejudice and toxic assumptions. Heteresexuals haven’t just discriminated against gays. Beginning with the lie that if a girl has sex early on, then she is a slut – they’ve unsconsciously discrimated between themselves. 

What is discrimination than forming an opinion over someone based on one fact?

So it comes as no surprise, like new shoes or apartment renovations, sex toys are not quite as a popular dinner table discussion in America. Best put by Lehmiller, “Sex in general is taboo, so a sex toy that helps enhance that is taboo.”

Fifty percent of marriages wouldn’t be ending in divorce if sexual norms were working. The Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage back in 2015 will help this statistic because queer people have lower rates of divorce. 

One common difference? While most straight couples treat monogamy like the burden that comes with any serious relationship, gays are more likely to ask each other: “Hey, is it cool if I occasionally sleep with other people?” 

Affairs and unwarranted jealousy don’t break up heterosexual couples – a lack of communication does. The former two would not create so much drama if people expressed their needs, specifically desires, more honestly. Polyamory has been celebrated by gay couples, without sacrificing romance. 

“It’s time to reimagine the rules. Because it’s not working,” said Stafford. “Learn from us.”

The benefits of a healthy sex life reach beyond a romantic partnership. 

“If you’re an employee, you should want your boss to be having great sex,” said Lehmiller. “If you’re an employer, you should be wanting your employee to be having great sex.” 

Happy boss. Happy employee. Happy, sexy life. 

Basically, I shou… everybody should be having amazing sex. Dirty Lola even had advice for gentlemen with inhibition, like not dismissing vibrators as a ‘women’s toy’ because it can be used to stimulate their own genitalia. 

So next time they walk into a sex shop and ask, “Where is the men’s section?” 

She answered it with what every gay already knows: “This whole store is for you, if you want it to be. And you don’t even have to tell your girlfriend.” 

Self pleasure can be as personal or public (only in conversation, please) as each individual desires it to be. 

The panel inspired the audience to a point that, towards the end of the night, I noticed my friend message her lover: The conversation is about sex toys right now. Should I bring something over…

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Evening in The Garden

More than 500 young New Yorkers gathered at Central Park’s Conservatory Garden (Fifth Avenue and East 105th Street) on Wednesday, June 19, for the 14th annual Evening in the Garden, the flagship summer benefit hosted by the Greensward Circle, the Central Park Conservancy’s network of young professionals. The event raised over $100,000 in support of the Conservancy’s mission to restore, maintain, and enhance Central Park. 

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A little rain didn’t stop guests from enjoying beautiful views of Central Park’s only formal garden and leisurely strolls through its lush landscapes. Live music and food from some of New York City’s best restaurants made the evening even more special. 

Nicholas D’Angelo and Lauren Junge served as the event co-chairs. Serving on the host committee were Alice Cash, Kushal Choxi, O’Neill Dewey, Maximilian Edwards, Alexandra Hancock, Rachel Hunter, Scott Jeffrey, Rebecca Kerns, Joanne Liu, JP Panier, Chelsea Raleigh, Lindzi Rebernik, Chloe Schachter, Courtney Steers, Allie Talavera, Julia Zamorska, Irina Zheleznyak, and Marie Zinn. 

“The Greensward Circle, much like the people you see every day in Central Park, is a wonderful mix of New Yorkers and people from around the world who come together to meet new friends through their love and support of the Park,” said Nicholas D’Angelo. “I’ve met some of my dearest friends through Greensward and enjoy all the work we do together to keep New York City’s backyard beautiful for everyone to enjoy.”

Dominique Grelsamer, Rebecca Schweder, Mary Grace Costello, Meredith Zoltan, Rebecca Kohberger, Lauren Junge, Alexandra Hancock, Sarah Beld, Alexandra Moncure, Vincenza Pimpanella photo Neil Rasmus/

“Central Park is the heart of New York City,” said Lauren Junge. “It’s where we all go to get away from urban life — to enjoy the outdoors, go for a run, picnic on the lawn, and more! It’s thanks to the Conservancy’s commitment to maintaining the Park that we can truly enjoy this oasis, all year long, no matter the season. Because of this, I am so proud to lead the Greensward Circle in support of keeping everyone’s favorite park beautiful.”

The Greensward Circle is a group of philanthropists committed to preserving Central Park for future generations through annual support. Greensward Circle members are invited to a variety of volunteer, networking, and benefit events throughout the year. Members receive complimentary admission to Evening in the Garden. To learn more or become a member, visit

Food was provided by Italian steakhouse Davio’s, Latin and Caribbean-inspired Angel of Harlem, seafood favorite Ocean Prime, modern South Asian street food The MasalaWala, and Mexico City-style taqueria La ChulaGeorgetown Cupcake SoHo, and Dorée’s Spirited Sorbet Scoops from Erv’s on Beekman provided desserts. Specialty cocktails were provided by New York heritage distillers Coppersea, the award-winning Tito’s Handmade VodkaSkurnik Wines & Spirits, Torres Magdala Orange Liqueur, Quinn Rosé, and artisanal mezcal Tres Papalote. Spindriftsparking water was also served. The Sugartone Brass Band played live music, with additional tracks by DJ SMA.  

Sugartone Brass Band photo Neil Rasmus/

About the Central Park Conservancy 

The Central Park Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit organization that manages Central Park and is responsible for raising the Park’s annual operating budget. The Conservancy’s staff of more than 300 is responsible for all aspects of the Park’s stewardship, from day-to-day maintenance and operations to continued restoration and rebuilding projects. The Conservancy also operates the Park’s visitor centers, provides public programs, and serves as a resource for other NYC parks and for public-private partnerships around the world. To learn more about the Conservancy, visit Follow the Central Park Conservancy on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @centralparknyc


Mission Society of New York City Raises More Than Half a Million Dollars at Founding Families Gala !

Mission Society of New York City held its 96th annual Founding Families Gala honoring scientist Philson Warner of Cornell University‘s Cooperative Extension and Grammy Nominee Alex Newell at a celebratory event that raised over half a million dollars to support programs that provide young people with a path towards economic opportunity.

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 3: Philson Warner and Alex Newell attend 2019 Mission Society Founding Families Gala at Capitale on June 3, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Philson Warner;Alex Newell

The gala, held at CAPITALE in Lower Manhattan, featured musical performances by Broadway stars Jonathan Burke, Nick Rashad Burroughs, and Alex Newell, the first-ever recipient of Mission’s Youth Trailblazer gala award.

“We’re here tonight for a very special cause, and that is to change the lives of the children we serve,” said Gala Co-Chair Jean Shafiroff in her opening remarks.

“We could not be prouder to have you as our guests, and to stand behind the life-changing work of Mission,” said Gala Co-Chair Katrina Peebles.

“The Mission Society—founded in 1812—is the City’s oldest organization dedicated to ending intergenerational poverty through education.” Elsie McCabe Thompson, President of the Mission Society of New York City, said in her remarks. “Mission’s founders believed that our city was one family—and that all our youth deserved fair opportunities.”

“And since those early days over two centuries ago, more than 6.5 million New Yorkers experiencing poverty have looked to Mission in search of educational services designed for their unique needs. We have honored that spirit by continuing to evolve and by creating free, inclusive educational programs for our City’s most vulnerable youth.”

“It’s time to tear down the walls between K-12 schools and colleges,” Ms. McCabe Thompson said. “All young people—regardless of means—deserve a secure path to a high quality education in this country, a free path from kindergarten all the way through four years of college.”

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 3: Jean Shafiroff, Elsie McCabe Thompson, Katrina Peebles and Stanley Rumbough attend 2019 Mission Society Founding Families Gala at Capitale on June 3, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Jean Shafiroff;Elsie McCabe Thompson;Katrina Peebles;Stanley Rumbough

At the benefit, DJ Ty Sunderland entertained guests at the event’s welcome and after-party receptions, and comedian Dana Goldberg regaled 250+ attendees as its special guest host.

Gregory Worrell, President of Scholastic Education, delivered the keynote address, emphasizing the importance of reading in education and noting, “literacy creates an informed and empowered citizen.” Said Worrell, “A good education, starting with the ability to read and develop literacy skills, is a cornerstone of our democracy.”

James B. Peterson and Nanda Prabhakar presented the Youth Trailblazer award to Alex Newell, who spoke about the importance of self-acceptance in his speech.“My mom always says you don’t know what you’re doing has an effect on people until someone tells you,” he said. “I’ve just lived my life and my truth, and whoever likes that, I’m so happy that they’ve found something that’s relatable.”

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 3: Dana Goldberg and Greg Worrell attend 2019 Mission Society Founding Families Gala at Capitale on June 3, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Dana Goldberg;Greg Worrell

Peggy Jacobs Bader and Hollis F. Russell presented the Community Luminary award to Philson Warner. “If you eat to live, I have impacted your life,” Warner said, describing his pioneering work in aquaponics. “I am humbled to accept this award in a continued collaboration with the Mission Society of New York City.”

Mission board members Jay Moorhead & Pamela J. Newman honored the late Ellsworth Stanton III with the Founders’ Legacy Award, and Matthew W. Mamak, Chairman of the Board, delivered the night’s Board Leadership remarks.

About the Mission Society of New York City

Since 1812, the Mission Society of New York City (Mission) has provided services and programming for over 6.5 million youth and families in New York City’s most underserved communities. Throughout the course of our history, Mission has worked to end intergenerational poverty by providing transformative educational opportunities for the city’s most vulnerable youth.

Mission administers interactive after school Out-of-School time (OST) learning, summer enrichment, as well as college and career development programs to nearly 4,000 of the most vulnerable students at 11 of our existing New York City public school sites. In addition, Mission actively engages parents and guardians, provides support for local schoolteachers, and prioritizes the professional development of our own staff – nearly 60% of whom are from the communities we serve. Learn more at

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Spring Garden Party at The Frick

Most anticipated social event of the season , Spring Garden Party at The Frick was in full bloom despite an unexpected downpour. New York socialites not so easily discouraged arrived in off the runway colorful ensembles ready to enjoy The Frick mansion.

Floral patterns, bright whites, warm, bold colors as well as some very posh fascinators filled the museum’s iconic Garden Court . Jazz quartet The Flail added to the joy of spending moments at such an iconic place along with an opportunity to visit the permanent collection as well as special exhibition galleries. A special treat was being able to visit the rarely seen second floor of the former Frick mansion.

Fashionable guests enjoyed Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails, Rosé by Hampton Water Wine Co. and sparkling wine by Ferrari Trento accompanied by delicious seasonally inspired hors d’oeuvres provided by Creative Edge Parties.

As the night went on guest showed off their moves at the music room to the beats of DJ Unos and Dubs and once the skies finally cleared evening called for a nightcap in the historic Fifth Avenue Garden just as planned!

Another reason to celebrate was the opening of Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at The Frick Collection on display until November 17th 2019


Anastasia Adruzova, Delia Folk, Edward Barnes, Alexandra Bell, Karl Yeh and Laura Day Webb;
photo: Samantha Nandez/

Alyson Cafiero; photo: Samantha Nandez/
Elizabeth Kurpis

Jerry Ann Woodfin-Costa and Victor Costa; photo: Samantha Nandez/

Avishan Bodjnoud; photo: Samantha Nandez/

Senior Manager of Media Relations and Marketing Alexis Light and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator;
photo: Samantha Nandez/ Xavier F. Salomon

Olga Sorokina and Polina Proshkina; photo: Samantha Nandez/

Laura Coraci and Jeph Tausig; photo: Samantha Nandez/

Katie Sands; photo: Samantha Nandez/

Courtney Hytower and Gloria Zhang; photo: Samantha Nandez/

Luis E. Hill; photo: Samantha Nandez/

Alexander Partridge and Curatorial Assistant Geoffrey Ripert; photo: Samantha Nandez/

Edmund de Waal, Curator of Decorative Arts Charlotte Vignon and Board of Trustees Chairman Betty Eveillard; photo: Christine A. Butler

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director Ian Wardropper and Marina Kellen French; photo: Christine A. Butler

Joey Bond, Whitney Carillon, Angel Zheng and Jung Moon; photo: Christine A. Butler

Livia Cheung; photo: Christine A. Butler

Associate Director for Media Relations and Marketing Heidi Rosenau; photo: Christine A. Butler

Casey Kohlberg, Laura Day Webb, Guest, Delia Folk and Associate Director for Individual Giving Karaugh Brown; photo: Christine A. Butler

Trustee Ayesha Bulchandani and Abha Sawhney; photo: Christine A. Butler

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Young Philanthropists Support the Central Park Conservancy

Central Park Conservancy Greensward Circle members — the next generation of NYC philanthropists — present their annual summer benefit in one of the most beautiful venues in New York City: CentralPark’s Conservatory Garden. Beneath a canopy of wisteria overlooking six acres of gorgeous fountains, blooms, and lush landscapes, guests will enjoy summer fare from Italian steakhouse Davio’s, Latin and Caribbean-inspired Angel of Harlem, seafood favorite Ocean Prime, Peruvian street food stand Mission Ceviche and Mexico City-style taqueria La Chula. Desserts from Insomnia Cookies and specialty cocktails from New York heritage distillers Coppersea and artisanal mezcal Tres Papalote will also be served. Live music will be performed by Sugartone Brass Band and DJ SMA.

All proceeds benefit the Central Park Conservancy and support the restoration and management of Central Park. 

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About the Central Park Conservancy

The Central Park Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit organization that manages Central Park and is responsible for raising the Park’s annual operating budget. The Conservancy’s staff of more than 300 is responsible for all aspects of the Park’s stewardship, from day-to-day maintenance and operations to continued restoration and rebuilding projects. Additionally, the Conservancy operates the Park’s visitor centers, provides public programs, and serves as a resource for other NYC parks and for public-private partnerships around the world. To learn more visit

The Greensward Circle, the Central Park Conservancy’s network of young professionals, is a group of philanthropists committed to preserving Central Park for future generations through annual support. To learn more, or become a member, visit

Greensward Circle Co-Chairs 
Nicholas D’Angelo & Lauren Junge

Host CommitteeAlice Cash
Kushal Choxi
Nicholas D’Angelo
O’Neill Dewey
Maximilian Edwards
Alexandra Hancock
Rachel Hunter
Scott Jeffrey
Lauren Junge
Rebecca KernsJoanne Liu
JP Panier
Chelsea Raleigh
Lindzi Rebernik
Chloe Schachter
Courtney Steers
Allie Talavera
Julia Zamorska
Irina Zheleznyak
Marie Zinn

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New Short Film Proximity Exclusive Interview with Actress and Director Brittney Rae

Its weird, for a lack of better words. Proximity’s plot is strange (maybe not a better word but a different one). At least, at first, but isn’t that normal with anything new and different? 
The 7-minute short film leaves you wanting more. What is going to happen next? One is left thinking after Mae Axton (Brittney Rae) and Tommy Durden (Ricky Herrera) hail a cab and drive off.Axton works reception, and Durden is a bellboy at the same hotel. 
Written, directed and starred by Brittney Rae, POP Style TV got an exclusive interview with the actress at a private cast and press screening in midtown.”I was the most vulnerable at that point,” Rae says about making the film. “But I think it is really important to be vulnerable and take risks like that.” She previously came out with Kin, a short about a young girl who copes with the loss of her father by starting a romantic relationship with her cousin. 
“If there was no Kin, there would be no Proximity. Proximity is more of my actual personality in my everyday life, and it is more lighthearted and quirky and real. Kin was more about what goes on inside a young girl’s mind when she is going through things – and darkness, and what is inside. Proximity is like, okay, we are going to touch upon what is inside, but we are going to be in this world, too.”
That world Rae references is reminiscent of The Grand Budapest Hotel type of vibe. The characters are introduced interacting while on duty, Axton already giving hints of the weirdness to ensue. “The whole story or just the interesting part?” She asks Durden. “She [Mom] dressed us up as cats and Swedish Fish when we would behave. She kicked me out when I was eleven because she got a boyfriend…and I kissed him.”
When asked if that is true, Axton dodges answering by questioning Durden if he finished his duties for the day, to which he confesses still missing room 15. The same room is where they are caught, presumably, post-intercourse by the manager and fired (but not before Durden vomits). And, the love story begins. 

Rae explains that the setting and plot was inspired by Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel, written by, you guessed it, the real life Mae Axton and Tommy Durden. “The song is about a man who jumped outside a hotel window and left a note behind: I walk a lonely street. I read that and got inspired and started getting ideas for set designs and dialogue. I put a lot of myself into it, and, well, some weird cat stuff, and that is kind of where it all started.” Rae had a specific vision for this film, involving not just the weird cat stuff but a unibrow. Herrera and her actually met years back on a set in Miami. When reflecting on how Herrera joined the cast, she emphasizes, “It was only going to happen if he was going to let me put a unibrow on him.” Herrera being a rockstar and a professional actually wore the faux brow for three days without taking it off. 
What makes Proximity most intriguing is not just the plot and characters but the camera work. It is confrontational and uncomfortable, and there is a lot of focus to details and the characters themselves, such as zoom-ins of Axton biting off a piece of licorice or Durden’s intense staring. Rae’s exceptional talent as a writer and director is rare for such a young age. Her style is refreshing and original. Both her films have Brittney Rae was here branded on them.  As an actress, she delivers a captivating performance in portraying a girl who is impossible to read. Besides Mae’s oral fixation (constantly chewing on licorice or chain smoking), there is a alluring unpredictability to her. One can only assume she has gone through stuff. “She [Axton] is a representation how childhood can really affect you as an adult. It is something that is important to recognize. Both films I have written have females with strong sexual presences, which I think it is very important to showcase.”
An advocate for women empowerment in the entertainment industry, her biggest advice to aspiring female actresses and filmmakers would be to just go out and do it. “Once you understand and believe you can do anything you want, you will actually be able to do whatever you want.””And, do not be afraid to use social media to connect. Take advantage of it. I am very good at networking with my thumbs.” 

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Maison Gerard and The Elizabeth Collective is Offering an Inside Look into Two Days with Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol is one of the universal answers to the question: Who would you pick if you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive? A collaboration with The Elizabeth Collective and Maison Gerard is offering more than just a meal but an intimate peak into two unfiltered days with the artist. In 1981 on assignment with German magazine Stern, fine arts photographer Robert Levin discovered what two days would be like with the Pop Icon by actually spending 48 hours shadowing him. Only a handful of these images were ever published. 
Decades later, Maison Gerard is revealing the collection to the public for the first time at the Elizabeth Collective, the former residence of legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor. Where is Marilyn Monroe for this reunion? Robert shot these photos in 1981, and a few were published by a German magazine, but the rest remained pretty much untouched in a box”, says Maison Gerard owner Benoist F. Drut.  “The idea of unboxing something that has never been seen was quite exciting.”   Despite never being seen, Benoist emphasizes the rarity of the photographs because of their intimate nature. The black and white pictures expose a human face to all the color and fame. “You know the public persona. Some of the images are his public life. But others are him at the dermatologist, and he probably spent four hours there. There are pictures of him buying bullet proof clothing. Nothing was staged. He went freely with Robert, and they got along really nicely. Nothing was off limits.”

Millennials never lived in a time were Andy Warhol lived or died but just like Elizabeth Taylor or Marilyn Monroe, Warhol holds a godly presence in pop culture. Beyond being the theme for Calvin Klein’s most recent campaign or the Whitney Museum introducing the largest compilation of his work to the 21st Century in their latest exhibit, today he is more famous for being Andy Warhol than anything else. But that leaves the question unanswered: Who is the man behind the name?
From luxurious skincare routines at the dermatologist to getting fitted for a bulletproof vest, the photographs were as relatable as the six story multi-million dollar townhouse displaying them. But behind the famous lifestyle is the artist living it. This vulnerability makes the images unique. Warhol’s omnipotent flair is flipped, and, suddenly, it’s us glancing down at him. He cared about clear skin. He worried about being killed. Unlike the Whitney Museum or Calvin Klein, Maison Gerard is not presenting the legacy of his work but the human being. 

Benoist furnished the Beaux-arts mansion with an impressively eclectic array of works from the 1800s to today, admitting that 18th century French furniture was his first love. “The craftsmanship, the materials, form and function; it is incredible how much a time period can influence art. And, how art influences the world.”
So, how does interior design’s most wanted fantasist and curator pick his pieces?

“Buy what you like because it will be the only thing you are able to sell. And, even if you think it will be a blockbuster, you might end up living with it for 10 years, so you better love it. “

There is nothing at Maison Gerard that he did not make that commitment with. 

“You know, you are going to have to look at it every day. It better be something you find relevant and interesting. It is easy to find beauty in nothing and not pay attention, but I will take you to the elevator. Have you seen it? The elevator here is brilliant.”

Beauty & Skin Care Culture Fashion Food

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Happy Holidays! Christmas is around the corner and many of us simply need gift ideas. Whether you are buying gifts fir your fashionista girlfriend, beauty obsessed daughter or simply someone who has been good to you this year we have few of our favorites. From luxury to simplicity, from shallow to deeper pockets we picked something for everyone’s needs. Look at 10 of our favorites!

Shalini “Flight” Discovery Set

Shalini Parfum is a niche luxury parfum house based in New York city that creates the most beautiful, opulent pure parfums composed of the highest quality of naturals. Her parfums are listed amongst the top ten most luxurious fragrances in the world and are Made in France. Each bottle is hand poured and is presented in a beautiful handmade Black box with the signature Shalini yellow ribbon.
Shalini Parfum introduced “Flight” which is a discovery set for her three opulent parfums this holiday season.
“Flight” of three parfums makes an ideal gift for yourself or for someone you love. It is a wonderful way to discover her fragrances.


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2018 Frick Collection Autumn Dinner Honoring Henry P. Johnson

Named one of the “Most Memorable Parties of the Year” by The New York Times, Frick Collection Autumn Dinner opens the gala season and sets the bar very  high. Opulent and festive black-tie evening, held at the elegant Frick mansion is the only sit-down dinner held in the museum’s monumental picture galleries, amid masterpieces dating from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century. A truly unique experience, always sold out early gathers crèm de la crème of New York City’s society and those dedicated to preserving history and art. One can’t help but feel very special surrounded by precious permanent guests like Goya, Bellini, Vermeer, Rembrandt and many other great artists. There is always a certain poise, very open, positive and approachable energy at The Frick. The magnetic attraction that all Frick fans keep coming back for.

This year honoree, Henry P. Johnson, has been a loyal supporter of the museum and the library for thirteen consecutive years and has championed museum’s special exhibitions and the programs of the Center for the History of Collecting.



Henry is a passionate supporter of arts and culture in greater New York and sits on the boards of the New York Botanical Garden, American Ballet Theatre, Vassar College, Greenwood Gardens, and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. He is a President of Northern Trust’s Wealth Management business in the eastern United States, and oversees twenty-eight offices from New England to Florida. Frick trustee Margot Bogert and Frick Director Ian Wardropper toasted Johnson. Wardropper presented him with a commemorative silver tray donated by Tiffany & Co.


Director Ian Wardropper and Honoree and Benefit Committee Member Henry P. Johnson; photo: Christine A. Butler

Proceeds from the Autumn dinner help support a full range of programs of The Frick Collection, including educational and curatorial initiatives and the Frick Art Reference Library. Each year, the dinner raises more than $1,000.

At the beginning of the evening, guests gathered to enjoy a cocktail or two in the 1935 neoclassical Garden Court and they had a unique opportunity to intimately explore the former Gilded Age residence of Henry Clay Frick, now the core of the museum that houses his remarkable masterpiece collection. French eighteenth-century furniture and Italian Renaissance bronzes made a perfect twenty-first century photo op.

In addition guests could view were Frick’s current special exhibitions, The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Jan Vos and Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections from the Sidney R. Knafel Collection.


Lucy Lang, Caitlyn Pickens, Amory McAndrew, Casey Kohlberg and Curator of Decorative Arts Charlotte Vignon; photo: Max Lakner/


Louis Miller Design created the decor, mixing a fresh verdant color palette with smoky accessories and a textural display of show-stopping botanicals. Lush velvet cloths and gold- and mercury-flecked votives and glass hurricanes adorned the tables, accented by flora including black and white anemones, geranium foliage, fern curls, begonia leaves, and lady’s mantle.

The result was dazzling formal sit-down dinner in a series of contiguous, dramatically lit galleries. An unforgettable evening evocative of one of the great society dinners of Gilded Age New York.


Guests in the North Hall; photo: Max Lakner/



Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon and Senior Manager of Media Relations and Marketing Alexis Light; photo: Christine A. Butler

Willem Kooyker and Judith-Ann Corrente; photo: Christine A. Butler

Amory McAndrew; photo: Christine A. Butler

Benefit Chairman Larry Ross Milstein, Toby Milstein, and Brian Drost; photo: Max Lakner/

Bibi Wojtkowiak and Benefit Committee Chairman Monika McLennan; photo: Max Lakner/

Di Mondo; photo: Max Lakner/

Hilda and Arnold H. Neis; photo: Max Lakner/

Jill Joyce, and Kerry Joyce; photo: Max Lakner/

Haley Sacks; photo: Max Lakner/

Leadership: Peter and Sofia Blanchard, Margot and Jerry Bogert, Alexandra Caroline Kittle, Larry Ross Milstein, Rochelle C. and Mark H. Rosenberg, and Sana H. Sabbagh

Benefactors and Patrons: Brad and Barbara Evans, Elizabeth and Jean-Marie Eveillard, Mrs. Henry Clay Frick II, Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Horvitz, Ingleside Investors, Susan and Henry P. Johnson, Sidney R. Knafel, Lydia and Eric Muller, Northern Trust, Dr. and Mrs. James S. Reibel, Louisa Stude Sarofim, Charlotte Textor, and Elaine and Donald Textor

Benefit Committee: Seymour R. Askin Jr., Ayesha Bulchandani, Naila Busacca, Christie’s, Jerry Ann Woodfin Costa and Victor Costa, Andrea Henderson Fahnestock and George A. Hambrecht, Patricia and Alex Farman-Farmaian, Victoria and Ben Feder, Martin and Kathleen Feldstein, Barbara G. Fleischman, Marina Kellen French, James Grant and Patricia Kavanagh, Christian Keesee, Margo Langenberg, The Arthur Loeb Foundation, James Marlas and Marie Nugent – Head Marlas, Jane and Walter Maynard, Jr., Monika McLennan, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce, Victoria Smith, John and Theresa Sprague, Aso O. Tavitian, Tiffany & Co., Barbara and Donald Tober, Mish Tworkowski, and Barbara and John Vogelstein

Attendees: Seymour R. Askin Jr., Sofia and Peter Blanchard III, Lauren Blum and C. William Merten, Margot and Jerry Bogert, Karaugh Brown, Stephen Bury, Edward Lee Cave, Helen Clay Chace, Tia Chapman, Jerry Ann Woodfin Costa and Victor Costa, Edith and Phillipe de Montebello, Brian Drost, Barbara and Brad Evans, Elizabeth and Jean-Marie Eveillard, Tony Evnin, Martin and Kate Feldstein, Barbara Fleischman, Marina Kellen French, Mrs. Henry Clay Frick II, James Grant and Patricia Kavanagh, Jamie Grimstad, Jane and Michael Horvitz, Susan and Henry Johnson, Alexandra Caroline Kittle, Sidney R. Knafel and Londa Weisman, Christian Keesee, Austin Lee, Sally and Howard Lepow, Janine Luke, Amory McAndrew, Monica McLennan, Larry Ross Milstein, Toby Anne Milstein, Lydia and Eric Muller, Arnold and Hilda Neis, Caitlyn Pickens, Dr. and Mrs. James S. Reibel, Rochelle C. and Mark H. Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce, Sana Sabbagh, Xavier F. Salomon, Louisa Stude Sarofim, Mark Schaffer, Joe Shatoff, F. Randall and Judith Smith, Elaine and Donald Textor, Charlotte Textor, Charlotte Vignon, Ian Wardopper and Sarah McNear, and others

Tijana Ibrahimovic; photo: Christine A. Butler

Culture Film Luxury living NYC

Being Leonardo – an Impossible Interview by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory

500 years ago, it would have been someone like Leonardo Da Vinci people would have been keeping up with on reality TV. And, 500 years later, his influence, teachings, and creations become more vibrant with each generation.

A documentary or interview directly with Da Vinci would be impossible today without a Ouija board. A movie inspired by his life would still fail to portray Da Vinci authentically. Though a combination of both, using actors but building the text entirely on his original writings is genius.
In the film Being Leonardo Da Vinci, director and interpreter Massimiliano Finazzer Flory captures the soul of Da Vinci like never seen before. Viewers are emerged into the mind of the artist to discover he was so much more than that – a visionary, inventor, scientist, scholar. Finazzer invites the world to not just learn about Da Vinci but to know him, at least, the best one could know someone who lived a few centuries years ago.
Actor Jacopo Rampini plays the role of the journalist interviewing Da Vinci. The brilliance behind it is the film molds the questions to fit the answers, making an impossible interview possible. Dressed in period costumes and wearing make up which reconstructs Da Vinci’s face, Finazzer is transformed into Da Vinci, revealing his secrets, passions, and methods of working, answering each question from the mindset of the painter. The film touches upon a range of topics: his childhood, the relationship between art and science, what defines a good painter, maxims and aphorisms to live by, and much more.
 Through the creation of a film that is constructed to genuinely represent the artist and solely reflect his thoughts and approach to life and art, Finazzer introduces to the world the real Leonardo Da Vinci.
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The Dos and Don’ts to Dating Online

Being proficient in online dating is like speaking another language. And just like having an English accent, it can get you laid. What? Just like all our favorite reality TV stars, we didn’t come here to make friends… But even if you did, you will never find your BFF if you don’t have a profile they’ll want to meet in person. Some are more obvious than other, yet we still see each mistake happening everyday. Don’t let your profile become another swipe left or a screenshot or a meme or whatever kids are doing with lame profiles nowadays. Here are the 7 dos and don’ts to dating online.

1. Show some face 

Such an obvious rule, it’s disappointing this is still an issue. It’s not about being shallow, but physical attraction is a part of any kind of romantic relationship. Time’s Up for gender inequality, and time’s up for no clear face pictures! Tinder is not a glory hole. You don’t need professional photos. Just take some freaking selfies for the love of God, Joan Rivers.

2. Only your family on Facebook wants to see group photos

It’s already bad enough there’s singles out there concealing part of their face with glasses or a fedora, but, even worse, are those hiding in a group of people, especially if they are more attractive. The two highest polled disappointments this year were the lack of Donald Trump’s impeachment and potential love interests turning out to be the friends of the person you matched with. It’s like thinking you won a Mercedes, then receiving a Honda.

3. Don’t share your life story 

Initially, online dating is suppose to be fun and light. Potential spouses don’t need to know that you’re considering them that. Do not discuss your recent heartbreaks, your failures and flaws as an individual.  Unveiling your imperfections should be an art and done in moderation, preferably during cocktails, unless part of those imperfections is being an alcoholic. And save the real dark stuff, that will send a shrill up their spine and make their mother cry, for until after marriage, maybe, the honeymoon?

4. A mutual match doesn’t mean mutual interest 

The most disheartening aspect of dating apps is that, sometimes, you’ll match with someone great, send them an even better introductory message (that you had a few friends and an old college professor proofread) and then receive no response. Naturally, you wait a few days- not eating, sleeping or really living – waiting for them to write back. Maybe they are out of town, maybe they lost their phone, maybe they died. These are all better alternatives to what the truth really is. They swiped right, but, after further consideration, they are not interested. It’s more plain and simple than the mind of Sarah Palin – do not miss out on other potential matches because you are so focused on one that is clearly going nowhere. No one said online dating was painless. If Rose was able to let Jack go (rather quickly), so will you.

5. The world is big, but Tinder is small 

Be prepared to come across acquaintances, old coworkers and that one high school crush you never got a chance with. Either use this as an opportunity to spring up old flames that were never ignited or very politely and professionally scroll to the next. Do not feel the need to message them or bring this up in person. It should be ignored and never mentioned like your lover accidentally farting in bed.

6.  Be open minded

This doesn’t mean to open your legs to just anyone, but don’t be so focused on a set criteria and checklist. You might be surprised to find out that you have more than one type. Also, don’t limit your profile to no hookups and possibly miss the model looking for some fun. Because, sure, you require three dates before sex with most men. But this isn’t any man, it’s a model.

7. Hard to get won’t get you laid 

This might work in real life, but in a sea of millions of singles online, you’ll never catch a fish if you don’t throw in the bait. Dating apps are not the time to be snobby, dry or uninterested, especially to the person you’re actually interested in. It won’t make them more attracted to you, it’ll just encourage them to move on to the next match. So, you might want to follow that “hi” with a “whats up?”


If all this fails, then it might be time to throw in the blanket and accept that: He/she/it is just not that into you. Just like the movie, it sucks. But you have to tell yourself whatever lie is needed to feel better and move on to the next. Because that’s the amazing part about online dating, there’s always a next, that is, if you want one.

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Meet the 2018 OUT Fashion Vanguard

With more and more designers unifying their menswear and womenswear runway shows, as well as creating more trends like women in cargos and dressing men in skirts, gender roles are a thing of the past and fluidity is officially fashionable.

It’s easy to see why Kris Harring was announced OUT Magazine’s next Fashion Vanguard. When asked why she should be chosen, she answered, “The future of fashion is fluent, just like me. I’m just glad to be part of the conversation.”
It was a slightly more humble answer from a fellow competitor who ended it with, “As you can see, I am already the winner.” Unfortunately (for him, at least), Harring was the one to take the trophy home. What is it they say about assumptions?  
Harring will undergo a six-week mentorship to design a capsule collection for Parke & Ronen, which will be featured in an upcoming issue of OUT.
The diverse list of LGBTQ designer contestants were to incorporated Lexus’ design pillars: imagination, craftsmanship, human-minded into their mini-collections. They were judged by a panel of notable individuals who definitely embody these qualities in their own respective careers, including Parke Lutter and Ronen Jehezkel of Parke & Ronen, OUT Editor in Chief Aaron Hicklin and journalist Cynthia Tenhouse of Lexus.
The event was held on Wednesday, July 25 at Stir 37, presented by Lexus and hosted by OUT Magazine Fashion and Market Editor, Michael Cook.
It’s initiative is to find and inspire the next leading LGBT designers, which it makes sense being executed by the leading LGBT publication
Culture Travel

Get To Know Manhattan On An Architecture Boat Tour!

New York City is no doubt one of the most popular cities in the world and each year number of people visit to see this special place. There are many traditional sights that are mandatory on a tourist visit but sometimes is too hard to truly experience Manhattan as an island. We all know it as busy, Big Apple full of skyscrapers and very busy business people. Even those who live in this unique place are not aware  of areas that are urban and rich with nature. Seeing this city from the water that surrounds it pretty magnificent and exciting so we recommend Classic Harbor Line Architecture Cruise.


AIA New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in collaboration with Classic Harbor Line is in  AIANY Around Manhattan Boat Tour’s ninth Season. Five distinct tours are offered: Around Manhattan Architecture, Lower Manhattan Architecture, Bridge & Infrastructure  Tour, the Historic Architecture Tour and Industrial Waterfront Tour to Fresh-kills Park.

Statue of Liberty

Pop Style TV experienced full around Manhattan Tour and we were very pleasantly surprised with comfort and our knowledgeable guide  John Kriskiewicz , professor of Architecture and City Planning at Parsons and FIT. 1920’s-style yachts  was excellent for almost three hour ride as we were free to move around, enjoy the view and glass of Champagne and snacks.

Peter Jay Sharp Boat House

It is impressive how much there is to learn about Manhattan and its hidden areas. After seeing Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and well known places it was exciting to make a full round and see upper areas that are covered in trees. Seeing Cloisters Museum from the water simply seemed as a magical castle. This adventure is a must for those who live in the city and for those who are visiting!

Via 57 West

Tours on Classic Harbor Line are available seven days a week and offer insightful narration covering New York’s landmarks, architecture and engineering masterpieces.

To book your ticket visit CLASSIC HARBOR LINE




Culture Travel

You Must See if in Zurich

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and it is fair to say one of the cities that has quite friendly residents. Upon my arrival to Zurich airport with my four legged travel companion Suzi we immediately made a friend. Lady that lives not far from the city center was quick to share few great tips. She noted that they have a free bike rental system and their public transit is smoothly organized. If you decide to visit ZurichCard is a great option as you get few free perks and discounts on shopping, museums and upon dinning culinary surprises.

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As a major contemporary art destination visit of  Kunsthaus and The Rietberg Museum is recommended , while those who prefer shopping can indulge on Bahnhofstrasse. Niederdorf is part of Zurich’s old town and also has plenty of great fancy stores.

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Marc Chagall’s stained glass windows in the Fraumunster Church ( Women’s Minister in translation) are a must see and only few minutes away is St. Peter Church which is the oldest parish in the city. Until 1911 it was used as a fire watch post.  More importantly is has the largest clock face in Europe.  The Grossmünster church is another landmark of Zurich. Legend has it that it was built on the graves of the city’s patron saints, Felix and Regula.

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Bürkliplatz is great for a little relaxation. It has a perfect view on the lake and you can see the Alps. Opera House is near by and even though it is the smallest of the world’s large opera houses with approximately 1,100 seats it is one of the best in the world.

Birth place of Dadaism-The Cabaret Voltaire. You can discover all about the mix of art and absurd in the Spiegelgasse street.


The promenade Limmatquai named after river Limmat is full of restaurants and fancy shops. We do recommend you opt for one of the boat rides on the river where many swans and ducks are their residents. For boat and water lovers there are few other cruise options from lake Zurich.


For the view from the top Lindenhof is ideal. Former Roman Fort is now a meeting point for tourist, couples, Zurich’s residents and for passionate chess players.

Zurich has something for everyone and for party animals 500 clubs and bars, including several in swimming pools. I believe that will be enough for more than one great night out.


These sights are a must see. I didn’t go into details as for my next visit to Zurich I will focus more on hot spots, hotels, restaurants and best chocolate places .


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