NYC LIFE Insider’s Guide: Star Studded Telethon, Museums, Dining, Cherry Blossoms

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Tune in today for an online star-studded telethon fundraiser for Ukraine. Sandi Durell reports this ten-hour event will feature major celebs. There’s a fascinating exhibit at The Jewish Museum. Our roving photographer takes inside the Guggenheim Museum and the beautiful architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. If you’re ready to step back in time for cocktails, head to the vault downtown in Trinity Place. The iconic Spanish restaurant in Chelsea, El Quijote has reopened. The cherry blossoms are starting to blossom, check out where to see them. And get your tickets for our May 13 Renewal Summit.

Our Renewal Summit takes place at the beautiful Scandinavia House in NYC and it will be an amazing day. We have a terrific line up of speakers, panels, exhibitors and more. Lunch and a wine reception will take place on the 2nd floor which also has a beautiful outdoor terrace. GET THE DETAILS.

March 26. Star Studded Telethon from noon to 10 PM

The Stars in the House series is hosting 10-hour telethon to raise money and awareness for those affected by the ongoing war in Ukraine. Donations of the event will benefit the International Rescue Committee and their humanitarian efforts for those affected by the war in Ukraine. Celebs include Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Steve Martin, Annette Bening, Cynthia Nixon, Laurie Metcalf, Kristin Chenoweth, and many more. GET THE DETAILS.

Now – May 15. A Fascinating Exhibition at the Jewish Museum


The Hare with Amber Eyes, a fascinating exhibition now at the Jewish Museum, is a timely story of the Ephrussi family—who originally hailed from Odessa Ukraine and lost their fortune and much of their art collection to Nazi looting in WWII.  They eventually retrieved many pieces from their collection and the exhibition showcases the breadth and depth of their illustrious collection. GET THE DETAILS.

Roving in the Guggenhein

Last week I returned to one of my favorite buildings in the world, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue on Museum Mile. I had not entered this unique and innovative structure in over two years and could barely focus on the art. As breathtaking and colorful as the Kandinsky exhibit was, I was captivated by the constant curves and perfect circles that surrounded and confronted me.


In 1959 when the architect Frank Lloyd Wright Museum building opened, Wright introduced the intriguing concept of the open, corkscrew rotunda gallery, where the works on the walls orbit around the viewer and can be seen all at once. Wright was also detail oriented when he designed every bench, stairwell, doorway and even the floor pattern to involve the circle. The building was landmarked in 1990. After 63 years this plan is still fresh and every time I visit, I see new circles of life. Nicole is the author of The Long Pause and the Short Breath.  Follow her on Instagram@nfrconsult.

Drinks and Dining in the Vault

If you’re looking to step back in time, head downtown to the Financial District to the vault at Trinity Place. In 1904, Andrew Carnegie declared the bank at Trinity Place home to “the world’s largest and strongest bank vault in the world.” Well now you can step through the 35-ton doors and step up to the 40-foot mahogany bar.

They also have a reasonably priced bar menu, in addition to menu in the dining room menu which was once a private meeting room for bankers. Trinity Place is located at 115 Broadway. Get the details.

El Quijote Reopens

Paella fans rejoice. After being closed for four years, El Quijote has reopened its doors inside the Chelsea Hotel. The hotel, by the way, which has been closed for eleven years, is set to reopen this summer. El Quijote was always a favorite of ours, with its cozy dining room and excellent Spanish food. They also serve amazing pitchers of sangria. Located on the second floor of the Chelsea hotel at 226 West 23rd Street.  PS the mural of Don Quijote is still on the wall.

It’s Cherry Blossom Time

You know it’s spring where the Cherry Blossoms bloom, and there are so any many wonderful places to view them. They’re starting to bloom in Central Park between 72nd Street and 96th Street, at the New York Botanical Gardens, and of course the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens which has many events around the cherry blossom trees. Check out the best places to see them.




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