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June 27, 2019
first impression We love seeing a client's face light up when they first walk into our Palladian Reception Room with the huge arched windows facing north and east. So, that's an important factor: the way you feel when you first walk in. Our Palladian Room is circled with rich details: our huge oak paneled and stained glass bar with three arched mirrors the same shape as the Palladian windows across the room, and that alternates with stained glass and mirror panels like the bar. Plus our stereo system, grand piano, cushioned window seats, and coat room. ROOM with a View We're three rooms,...
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June 19, 2019
New Wedding Trends in Decor As Millennials get married, certain trends reflect their interests. For example, there is an enthusiasm for plain white lofts without traditional decor or details — but there’s an increased interest in commercial lighting, including color washes. Overwhelmingly, the popular color trend is white. Recently, we changed our overall paint color to a delicate light grey, a wonderful Pratt and Lambert color called Dove Wing. To complement the light grey, some clients have chosen to rent white lounge furniture with Lucite coffee tables, and we have recently changed our traditional paneled oak lectern to a beautiful Lucite...
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June 12, 2019
The Teachers’ Center and the Beginning I taught high school chemistry, biology, and physics for eight years. Inspired by a course at Columbia Teachers’ College on Piaget, I conducted workshops during the summer on how elementary school teachers could engage students more with simple classroom science materials. Has a lot to do with how to ask questions, how to listen, and how to sustain an dialogue and engagement. I founded a Teachers’ Center that featured these workshops as well as ones on the New Math. The New Math has to do with using colored sticks of various sizes, Cuisenaire Rods, to...
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June 07, 2019
A wedding in the Big Apple — is there anything else like it? With its iconic skyline and top-of-the-line ballrooms, caterers, photographers, and more, the popularity of getting married in NYC comes as no surprise. From born-and-bred New Yorkers planning a hometown wedding to out-of-town visitors who have always dreamed of a destination wedding in Manhattan, New York City hosts some 115,000 weddings every year. However, picturesque weddings don’t just happen — there’s some planning that needs to be done!  The Timeline of a Manhattan Wedding The most popular wedding venues in New York City book up far in advance—especially for dates...
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May 30, 2019
Planning a Wedding Reception My company and I have catered wedding receptions since 1973, and I have reason to brag that we have probably catered the most wedding receptions of anyone — in mansions, townhouses, lofts, condos, and our penthouse. It has always been fun, exciting and challenging to meet new couples and plan, because each bride and couple are different.  A wedding reception is usually the first major event that a couple plans. Meeting a couple for the first time to discuss the reception is the beginning of a special friendship, marked by the months of planning a beautiful reception. Listening...
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