a 5 time Billboard Magazine Award winner, is perhaps best known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 position in the New York radio market as the midday host of New York’s 106.7 FM. She was also the co-creator, writer, producer and host of 'Spotlight On,' a nationally syndicated program that featured in-depth interviews with top recording artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting and Celine Dion, to name a few.
Presently, Valerie can be heard narrating "Fatal Encounters", the new hit series on Investigation Discovery. Her "Valerie's New York" podcasts featuring interesting personalities can be accessed on her page on www.wor710,com and on
I-Tunes. She is also the voice of numerous commercials and television promos and the “Voice of God” for many prestigious live events including: The Clinton Global Initiative, The New York Emmy Awards, The Tony Preview Concert on CBS, and many more. She writes a weekly nightlife column for TheThreeTomatoes.com and writes a theater column for Examiner.com. She has been published in the industry publication, Radio Ink.
As adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, Valerie teaches a course on How to be a Media Personalityand Voice-over, and also coaches talent privately,.
An actress and writer, she has appeared in numerous off -Broadway productions and co-wrote a play with music entitled, "Spit it Out!" She has been featured in
"Girl Talk: The Musical", "Naked in a Fishbowl" and "The Guido Monologues."
Valerie is a sought after host, emcee, celebrity interviewer and speaker.
Warm, romantic, and sexy.
Those three words describe the newly renovated restaurant created by the owners of their previous space, Arctica on 3rd Avenue and 28th Street. This inviting spot, in the heart of the Murray Hill area, over run by bars frequented by college age kids and those just starting working, is now a place for a more adult crowd.
The Whitman and Bloom Liquor Company is the name of the new bar/restaurant, and although it sounds more like a liquor store, it is a fabulous place to enjoy wine, a cocktail, small plates or full dinner. They offer a generously timed happy hour from 4-8 PM. Happy hour prices are indeed happy. Excellent wines are $6, featured drinks are $7, and several beer selections are $5. Some great nibbly choices to enjoy with your wallet-friendly libation are spiced nuts, marinated olives or a delicious cauliflower puree and olive oil served with yummy whole grain crusty bread.
I have to confess, I am a late night person. I enjoy having dinner at 9 PM (must be my Italian roots), and lingering over a last glass of something or even a coffee till way past midnight. Increasingly though, restaurants in New York are making it clear that they want to shut down and go home at hours that seem more Kansas City than Big Apple. As a matter of fact, this past Monday, at a restaurant in midtown west, as my friend and I walked out the door at a fairly reasonable time, the manager literally closed the gates behind us.
At Whitman and Bloom you needn't worry about feeling uncomfortable being a night bird because, dinner is served until 11 PM (feel like I'm in Europe!) and the bar is open way into the sapphire New York night till 4 AM. That's more like the old New York I knew and loved. As for daytime hours, brunch is about to be served on Sundays from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
The atmosphere at Whitman and Bloom is very warm, yet not stuffy. There is a freshness to the design, as the renovation of the space is highlighted by bleached white wood, accented by books and antiques, and lots of candle light. There are two bars on the main floor, and seating in the back features a beautiful fireplace. The decor is inspired by a 19th century retreat and is a nod to James Joyce, his peers and the cafes and bars they would frequent which would help inspire their works. Learning this information, made the literary spirit in me love the place even more. Downstairs, in a space perfect for private events, there is a piano bar and the look is "speakeasy." Currently there are pine boughs, white lights and a petite tree for the holidays. Festive yet tasteful.
As I sat at the bar, conversing with the very friendly bartender, marveling at the changes, a youngish man sat next to me, and said aloud "this is a place to bring a woman." And I agreed.