Ace Hotel, New York, Opening in March

Looking for an affordable, vintage modern hotel in New York? Check out Ace. Ace Hotel has been around since 1999, the same year that Standards started shaking up the hotel industry. Instead of a boutique hotel, hotelier Alex Calderwood likes to call his creations “small European, modern hotel.” Calderwood likes to take existing historical hotel and convert them rather than building a new building. By having their costs stay competitive, Ace Hotels have grown in popularity through word of mouth, starting with their first property in Seattle. Calderwood is known to mix and match culture, business, people and style. Artwork by KAWS along with kitschy wallpaper in the rooms gave his hotels a hip vibe. He calls it “an improvisational mix of styles, historical periods and objects that comes together in layers creating a sense of belonging and community.” Along with his hotels in Seattle, Portland, and Palm Springs, Calderwood is bringing his amazing taste to the Big Apple by launching a New York hotel in March. The hotel has taken over the former Hotel Breslin, SRO housing in the district north of Madison Square Park. Rooms will have an old-school rocker vibe to them with turntables and curated vinyl collections. All rooms include complimentary high speed wireless access, amenities including mini refrigerators and a fully stocked mini bar. Opening date was March 1st but will probably be more like March 16th, per Hotel Chatter. Introductory room rates will start at $99 but will average around $169. If you’re looking for a hip, happening hotel in NYC, check out the affordable and chic Ace Hotel. Ace Hotel 20 W. 29th St. New York, New York 212-679-2222

December 2, 2016

Sexy French Farmers Pose for Shirtless 2017 Calendar

Last year, the holiday season was set ablaze by France’s Pompiers Sans Frontières (Firefighters Without Borders) and their sizzling, stripped-down calendar. Shot for a good cause by renowned Paris-based fashion photographer Fred Goudon, the risqué calendar proved to be a popular Christmas gift—both in France and abroad. In keeping with tradition, Goudon has photographed a new crop of au naturel pin-up models for his 2018 edition: French farmers.

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December 1, 2016

Meticulous Landscape Paintings Beautifully Represent Intangible Emotional States

Artist Crystal Liu intimately ties her emotional states to beautiful abstract paintings. In large-scale works, she constructs landscapes that are metaphors for the intangible forces that drive us. Visually, elements of the Earth and sky are the actors for the feelings we cannot easily imagine. Together, the sun, mountains, and more depict “narratives of conflict, entrapment, longing, and precarious hope.” These symbols allow Liu to seem removed, yet make the pieces deeply personal.

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