New and NotableJuly 1, 2008 By: Marianne Dougherty, Rachel Aguiar, Lotus Abrams American Salon
The vibrant social culture of 1950s Havana, Cuba, is the inspiration for ME! Bath's new line of Bath Ice Creams called Havana Nights. The handmade bath fizzes, which contain essential oils of jojoba seed, sunflower and sweet almond, come in three flavors: Mint Mojito, a refreshing combination of mint, lime, sugar and rum that Ernest Hemingway made popular in Old Havana; Café con Leche, an aroma of bold coffee combined with hot milk; and Havana Banana, a sweet scent of banana that evokes the sensation of eating fried plantains on the Bay of Havana. mebath.com —L.A.
NEW YOK MINUTE
Tom Julian is president of the Tom Julian Group, a business enterprise that combines global vision and strategy to create innovative branding solutions. This month, he looks at what's happening in Lower Manhattan.
Lower Manhattan is undergoing a transformation into the "New Downtown." In the past several decades, the triangle tip of Manhattan—north of Battery Park to the Hudson River and the East River—has been known for such distinct structures as the Woolworth Building, City Hall, Trinity Church and the World Trade Center. Today, you can still find the Charging Bull in Bowling Green and see the historic fountain and gas lanterns adorning City Hall Park, but the area is fast becoming a destination. Summer is the perfect time to explore the area.
River to River Festival. Considered one of the city's largest free arts festivals, the River to River Festival is staged at more than 10 venues from June through September. The mission is "to produce a world-class performing arts festival with a broad sweep of programming and free admission in order to enhance the vitality of cultural life in Lower Manhattan." Key performance locations include South Street Seaport, Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 55 Water Street, Zuccotti Park and the Castle Clinton National Monument. rivertorivernyc.com
Museums. The new Sports Museum of America at 26 Broadway showcases more than two dozen exhibits in galleries that feature videos, interactive components and artifacts. Also in the area: the African Burial Ground National Monument at 290 Broadway, the National Museum of the American Indian at 1 Bowling Green and the Museum of Jewish Heritage at 36 Battery Place. sportsmuseum.com; africanburialground.gov; nmai.si.edu; mjhnyc.org
Hotels. Business travelers appreciate the New York Marriott Downtown, the Millennium Hilton, The Wall Street Inn and the Embassy Suites Hotels, but those in-the-know head to the Ritz-Carlton at 2 West Street for Rise, a rooftop terrace on the 14th floor, for cocktails and small bites with a panoramic view of New York Harbor.
Stone Street. This historic landmark street with cobblestones and rustic storefronts from the 17th century has been transformed into a fresco backdrop for such notable restaurants and bars as Brouwers of Stone Street, Ulysses', Adrienne's Pizzabar and Stone Street Tavern.
Shopping. Wall Street is the latest destination for several luxury brands, including Tiffany & Co., Canali, Thomas Pink and Hermès (around the corner on Broad Street). When it comes to discount shopping, Century 21 Department Store is the place for fashion finds.