Installation of the New York City AIDS Memorial Begins

Construction of the New York City AIDS Memorial is now underway at the recently named New York City AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent’s Triangle (by New York City Parks Department Commissioner Mitchell Silver) and located at the intersection of West 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue in the West Village. The Memorial organization expects final completion by early November, in advance of a public dedication for World AIDS Day on December 1, 2016.

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Installation has begun on the New York City AIDS Memorial, located at the intersection of West 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue in the West Village. SOURCE: New York City AIDS Memorial (PRNewsFoto/New York City AIDS Memorial)

(In his statement Commissioner Silver said, “The New York City AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent’s Triangle stands at the crossroads of the richly historical West Village. Here, we honor and celebrate St. Vincent’s Hospital’s more than 150 years of service to our city, as well as the countless New Yorkers impacted by AIDS: those we have lost, those who live with H.I.V./AIDS, and those who continue to battle against fear and ignorance.”)aids_memorial_construction

I am thrilled by the announcement of the naming of the New York City AIDS Memorial Park at St Vincent’s Triangle, in the center of the community that provided loving care and support to my friends as they died of AIDS and lead the response out of the shadows of stigma, death and despair – into the light of hope, effective treatment and an eventual return to a more normal life. The memorial park pays tribute to our brothers and sisters who died of this plague,” adds Eric Sawyer, founding member of ACT UP and co-founder of Housing Works Inc. and Civil Society Partnership Advisor UNAIDS

The Memorial project was launched in 2011 by urban planners Christopher Tepper and Paul Kelterborn to recognize and preserve the history of the AIDS crisis through the creation of a Memorial to honor New York City’s 100,000+ men, women and children who have died from AIDS, and to commemorate and celebrate the efforts of the caregivers and activists who responded heroically to the crisis. Their efforts evolved into the New York City AIDS Memorial organization.aids_memorial_design-01

Steel columns for the monument’s 18-foot white canopy sculpture, fabricated in Argentina, are now being assembled onsite. Stone fabricators in Cold Spring, Minnesota are currently engraving the Memorial’s granite pavers, designed by world-renowned visual artist Jenny Holzer, with selections from Walt Whitman‘s Song of Myself. The Memorial also includes a central granite water feature and benches and will serve as the gateway to a new park.aids_memorial_design-02

The New York City AIDS Memorial will be the first significant public space dedicated to the AIDS epidemic in New York City. It is located at the site of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital, the epicenter of the epidemic in New York City, and also a block from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center where ACT UP and other heroic advocacy organizations first began.

We are excited to see onsite installation beginning on the New York City AIDS Memorial,” said Keith Fox, President of the Memorial organization’s Board of Directors. “After years of working with the community, local elected officials and other stakeholders to approve a design and raise funds for construction, we are extremely grateful to finally see onsite installation beginning. New York City has come so far in its fight against HIV and AIDS. We are proud to remember the 100,000+ New Yorkers who have died from AIDS and offer the community a place to remember, reflect and learn. Along with the neighboring Stonewall National Monument, this is a proud moment for LGBT historic preservation.”aids_memorial_design-JH-plan

Tepper and Kelterborn, two urban planners who have never known a world without AIDS, launched the grassroots campaign to create the Memorial in 2011. Nearly 500 architects worldwide submitted designs for the Memorial during an ideas competition held in late 2011, sponsored by Architectural Record and Architizer and displayed at the AIA’s Center for Architecture. The jury, chaired by Michael Arad, designer of the National September 11th Memorial, selected a winning design by Brooklyn-based architectural firm Studio AI.

For more information or to support the New York City AIDS Memorial, visit http://nycaidsmemorial.org.

Getting A Good Night’s Sleep Highlights Dreamy New Offering At The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

Guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas can soon look forward to the stay of their dreams, thanks to a new initiative designed specifically to foster a good night’s sleep.

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Featuring 218 stunningly transformed luxury guest rooms and suites, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is conveniently located in Uptown Dallas, close to shopping, dining, arts venues, sightseeing, concerts and professional sporting events. The hotel and its signature restaurant, Fearing’s, have both received #1 rankings for North America by the Zagat U.S. Hotels, Resorts and Spas Survey.

Travelers often say that sleeping well is their primary goal, and the new Ritz-Carlton, Dallas Suite Sleep experience addresses this by assisting even the most sensitive and preoccupied guests in their quest for slumber. Suite Sleep guests receive luxury accommodations, an array of dream-inducing in-suite amenities, and on-request personalized assistance from the hotel’s Sleep Therapist – a specialist in the identification and mitigation of disrupters such as lights and sounds from technological devices, unfamiliar bedtime surroundings, non-optimal/overly-warm room temperatures and more. The Sleep Therapist can also recommend optional white noise apps which travelers may choose to download, in order to fall asleep to the lull of ocean waves, waterfalls and other restful elements.

Many of our guests require a relaxing escape where sleep will truly enhance their health and well-being,” said Roberto van Geenen, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. “Tapping into the senses to bring this dream within reach is at the heart of our exciting new Suite Sleep experience.

The hotel has integrated the desire for deep and restful sleep by creating a relaxing Drift to Sleep spa treatment, providing access to a ritual which also promotes sleep and a deep state of stress-free consciousness within the serene ambience of The Ritz-Carlton Spa. This treatment is available separately from the Sleep Therapist and the suite offering designed particularly for restful sleep. This spa treatment was created for those with an overactive mind who may have consistent trouble in falling or staying asleep, and begins with a soothing aromatherapy bath, followed by the presentation of an aromatic herbal tea infused with specialized essential oils that can assist in slowing the body’s internal rhythms. Next, a peaceful body massage facilitates transition into an alpha state of sleep. Spa sleep coaches then allow for a 30-minute power nap on a warmed, down duvet and oversized massage table.

Ranked the #1 business hotel in north Texas by Travel + Leisure magazine and featuring award-winning spa and dining experiences, The Ritz-Carlton is located at 2121 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201, and may be reached directly at 214-922-0200.

To request a Suite Sleep reservation at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/dallas, call toll-free 1 (800) 960-7082 or contact a travel professional. Packages are based on double occupancy and subject to availability and exclude taxes and gratuities.

The Macallan Completes 1824 Masters Series With The Release Of Reflexion And No. 6

The Macallan, the world’s ultimate luxury spirit, has announced the completion of The 1824 Masters Series featuring four stunning decanters, just in time for National Scotch Day (July 27).

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The Macallan 1824 Series (PRNewsFoto/The Macallan)

Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then it has built a reputation for quality as one of the world’s leading single malt whiskies.

The story of The Macallan is built on the Six Pillars, each influencing the whisky in its own distinct way. From the Spiritual Home of Easter Elchies House; to the Curiously Small Stills giving a full-bodied richness to the new make spirit; to the Finest Cut representing the best part of the distillation; to the Exceptional Oak Casks which account for up to 80% of the final flavor of the whisky; to the 100% Natural Color and finally the Peerless Spirit, The Macallan itself. Wood sits at the heart of The Macallan, and the vital contributing influences of Spain, North America and Scotland, together with true mastery, set it apart from the rest.

The Macallan 1824 Masters Series is an exclusive luxury range within The Macallan portfolio that charts a path through the supreme quality of The Macallan’s unique sherry casks, increasing in scarcity and rarity through each expression. All of the whiskies in the range are painstakingly hand selected by The Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno. First-fill, 100% sherry-seasoned casks showcase the beautiful spectrum of the 100% natural color in The Macallan, bringing to life the interaction of the peerless spirit and exceptional oak casks.

Named to commemorate the year The Macallan was established, the 1824 Masters Series celebrates whiskies that are increasingly darker and richer in flavor as one progresses up through the range. With each expression, the whisky complexity increases, as does its hue of natural color, as well as the intricacy of the decanter. The desire to celebrate the peerless spirit and the whiskies’ natural colors is evident in the exquisite style of each decanter, custom designed to better display each individual hue. Inspiration is also taken from The Macallan’s iconic triangle with light-reflecting angular facets and asymmetrical influences.

Raul Gonzalez, VP of The Macallan (Edrington Americas), says: “The 1824 Masters Series has been an extremely exciting ongoing development for The Macallan. The stunning designs and overall imprint of this collection are not only worthy of some of our most complex and precious single malt whiskies but, they celebrate the very foundations that make The Macallan so special – our glorious range of natural color and the outstanding quality of our sherry casks.”

In honor of the holiday, the range, which previously featured Rare Cask (43% ABV, RRP $300) and M (44.7% ABV, RRP $5,000) in the United States, will now be joined by Reflexion (43% ABV, RRP $1,400) and No. 6 (43% ABV, RRP $4,000), all of which contain some of the finest single malt whiskies released by the distillery. These striking decanters, each one magnificent in status and appearance, carry whisky connoisseurs through the range starting with Rare to the crescendo of M, the halo of the entire series and the world’s most valuable whisky.

The Macallan’s Master of Wood, Stuart MacPherson, notes: “Wood sits at the very heart of what we do at The Macallan and this range further demonstrates the vital role of our casks in the production of these superb whiskies. Our commitment to sherry seasoned oak casks is unquestionable and the 1824 Masters Series showcases The Macallan at its very best.

Aldo Builds Momentum With Its Inspired Fall 2016 Campaign #ALDOMOVESME

Taking A Fresh Approach To Its Global Campaign, Aldo Taps Into The Concept Of Movement Through Collage, Elevating Its Visual Brand Identity For Fall 2016

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Aldo Builds Momentum With Its Inspired Fall 2016 Campaign #ALDOMOVESME

Aldo takes a fresh approach to its visual identity through a unique creative direction for its fall 2016 campaign. Exploring the concept of movement, this innovative campaign contextualizes footwear and accessories within fashion, building aspirational looks that allow consumers to get inspired and translate into their own personal style.for-the-moment-arthur-wears-gravagna-19-HR

Movement, as translated through collage, drives the concept for #ALDOMOVESME fall 2016 campaign. In this bold, fashion-first concept, Aldo sought out top fashion photographer Mikael Jansson and stylist Alex White to bring the campaign to life.

Aldo’s new fall campaign will live across all brand touch points including advertising, online, mobile, in store and through #ALDOMOVESME social media program.for-the-moment-arthur-wears-okanagen-21-HR

As a footwear brand, we loved the idea of tapping into the concept of progress and movement”, explains Carl Jesper Versfeld, Creative Director for Aldo’s fall 2016 campaign. “Utilizing collage, Mikael and the team were able to bring to life this creative approach while revealing an original campaign composition that is unique to Aldo.

The #ALDOMOVESME campaign builds exciting momentum for the footwear and accessories leader. As the brand refreshes its visual approach for the fall 2016 campaign, it also looks to engage the Aldo community with ‘likeable’ #ALDO crew influencer driven social content – cumulated by the campaign hashtag #ALDOMOVESME.for-the-moment-ophelie-wears-deedee-14-HR

The concept of movement corresponds directly with Aldo’s core philosophy: to inspire and move forward”, describes Erwin Hinteregger, Chief Marketing Officer for the Aldo Group. “Our job is to delight and move our consumer – we believe the fall campaign will do just that. This new visual look and feel signals our focus on remaining lock-step with our consumers’ needs and desires. When you layer this creative direction with the brand’s innovative digital approach in store and on mobile, we deepen our connection with the consumer.”for-the-moment-arthur-wears-oladonia-20-HR

The visual update also comes at a time when Aldo is innovating more than ever through leading multi-channel initiatives. The brand is taking a consumer-first approach to its digital connectivity in store and on mobile – with a special focus on content most relevant to customers and enhancing ease of shopping the latest trends. Coming this fall, a new Aldo app will provide the consumer with unparalleled autonomy while virtually shopping or within its retail locations – ultimately leading to a more meaningful interaction with the Aldo brand and sales associates.for-the-moment-kati-wears-barefoot-16-HR

Whether shopping in one of Aldo’s stores, clicking through the brand’s interactive app/website (www.aldoshoes.com) or engaging on social media – consumers will be able to immerse with the Aldo brand in a way that is most relevant to them.

It’s important for us at Aldo to keep things personal in our approach to digital innovation – always remaining connected to our consumer,” continues Hinteregger.

The fall 2016 campaign launch is supported by an integrated worldwide marketing campaign across a variety of channels including print, digital, out-of-home and social media extensions.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Celebrates The Music Of Movies in August

Special Screenings Of “Purple Rain” And “King Of Jazz,” Plus The Return Of The Black Movie Soundtrack At The Hollywood Bowlpurple-rain-movie-poster-15x21-in-french-1984-prince

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), a professional honorary organization with the stated goal of advancing the arts and sciences of motion pictures, will highlight the art of film music with three programs in August: the West Coast restoration premiere of “King of Jazz,a tribute screening of “Purple Rain” with members of the cast and crew, and a live concert celebration of The Black Movie Soundtrack, featuring Oscar®-winning recording artist Common and guests.  The events will take place at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and at the Hollywood Bowl.

The schedule is as follows:

KING OF JAZZ (1930) – West Coast restoration premiere
Wednesday, August 17 – 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Hosted by Academy governor and Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and animation director David Silverman.

Restored to its original length and two-color Technicolor glory, “King of Jazz” is a revue with songs, sketches and production numbers built around American bandleader, composer and orchestral director Paul Whiteman.  Earning an Oscar for Art Direction, it was filmed entirely in early two-color Technicolor, and features the first-ever Technicolor animation by Walter Lantz.

PURPLE RAIN (1984) – Brand new 35mm optical stereo print
Monday, August 29 – 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater

With director Albert Magnoli, actor Jerome Benton, producer Robert Cavallo, and costume designer Marie France, and moderated by Academy governor Reginald Hudlin.

The Academy celebrates the life and legacy of Prince with a screening of “Purple Rain” in 35mm.  “Purple Rain” grossed almost $70 million at the box office, sold over 20 million copies of the soundtrack, won an Oscar for Original Song Score and helped turn Prince into the sensation he remains today.

THE BLACK MOVIE SOUNDTRACK II – Co-presented with the Hollywood Bowl
Wednesday, August 31 8 p.m. at the Hollywood Bowl

Hosted by Craig Robinson, with performances by Marcus Miller, Common, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson of Earth Wind and Fire, Full Force, Alice Smith and Charlie Wilson.

Grammy® winner Marcus Miller and this past year’s Oscar telecast producer Reginald Hudlin reprise the Bowl’s 2014 Black Movie Soundtrack event with new clips and some funky favorites.  Actor and comedian Craig Robinson will host this soulful celebration of black cinema classics, featuring live performances by a slate of music stars.

SMIRNOFF™ Vodka Celebrates 75 Years Since Co-Creating the Moscow Mule

Original Vodka of the Moscow Mule Brings the Iconic Cocktail’s Story to Life for Anniversary

Cocktail trends come and go, but no vodka cocktail is more iconic than the Moscow Mule. Today, cocktail menus across America feature the Moscow Mule and creative variations of the recipe—but there’s only one original. As the co-creators of the original Moscow Mule in 1941, SMIRNOFF™ vodka and Cock’n Bull® Ginger Beer are celebrating seventy-five years of America’s first vodka cocktail.

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SMIRNOFF Logo for 75th Anniversary of the Moscow Mule (PRNewsFoto/SMIRNOFF)

In the late 1930s, John G. Martin was the president of an American alcohol company, Heublein, which owned the rights to SMIRNOFF™ vodka. One historic day seventy-five years ago, in 1941, Martin sat at the bar of The Cock’n Bull, an iconic pub on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, with owner Jack Morgan. At a time when brown spirits were king, Martin was struggling to market his newly acquired vodka to American palates. Morgan, too, had a dilemma: few people cared for or even knew about his ginger beer. Martin and Morgan made cocktail history when they created a solution to sell both products by combining SMIRNOFF™ No. 21 vodka with Cock’n Bull® Ginger Beer and a spritz of lime in a copper mug. This was the world’s first Moscow Mule.

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The original Moscow Mule, created 75 years ago, is made with SMIRNOFF No. 21, Cock’n Bull Ginger Beer and a squeeze of lime. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Smirnoff) (PRNewsFoto/SMIRNOFF)

Following the creation of the cocktail at The Cock’n Bull, Martin traveled to bars around the United States encouraging bartenders to make a Moscow Mule, giving each of them an instant photograph of themselves with the final creation. Martin took a copy of the instant photograph on to the next bar, encouraging other bartenders to make the cocktail and eventually sparking a frenzy for the Moscow Mule across the country.

In only a few short years, the Moscow Mule took America by storm and gained popularity in cocktail culture, paving the way for many other popular mixed vodka drinks including the Screwdriver, the Bloody Mary, the Gimlet and more,” said Jay Sethi, Vice President of Marketing, SMIRNOFF™. “Today, 75 years later, the Moscow Mule is experiencing a comeback as one of the most popular cocktails in the U.S., and naturally, the makers of SMIRNOFF™ vodka are celebrating.

To kick off the celebration of this milestone anniversary, SMIRNOFF™ hosted a series of immersive dinners at the 14th Annual Tales of the Cocktail, one of America’s premier spirits festivals that highlighted the Moscow Mule during an annual cocktail competition. Throughout the evening, invited guests of legal drinking age were transported back in time to experience the story of the Moscow Mule in a pop-up restaurant modeled on the historic meeting between John G. Martin and Jack Morgan. Guests responsibly sampled original Moscow Mules, made with SMIRNOFF™ No. 21 vodka and Cock’n Bull® Ginger Beer.

Any mixologist or bartender can make a Moscow Mule,” said Daniel Meyers, President of C-B Beverage Corp., owners of Cock’n Bull® Ginger Beer. “But it’s not an original Moscow Mule unless it’s made with the zesty combination of SMIRNOFF™ vodka and Cock’n Bull® Ginger Beer.

For 150 years, the SMIRNOFF™ brand has been enjoyed by legal drinking age consumers around the world, but it wasn’t until the Moscow Mule was created that vodka became a popular spirit in the United States. The mixability of SMIRNOFF™ vodka and its quality have inspired other vodka varieties across the globe and served as the basis for popularizing some of the world’s most famous cocktails.

(No matter when or where you craft an original Moscow Mule to commemorate this tremendous milestone, please remember to always enjoy it in a copper mug and drink responsibly.)

Designed For Families Who Love Adventure And Outdoor Activities, Babybjörn Introduces The New Hiking Baby Carrier One Outdoors

Parents love to spend time outdoors with their little ones. However, fun outdoor activities and getting close to nature can be challenging when you have very young children – or three-year-olds who insist on walking but soon get tired and ask to be carried. So with the help of a group of active parents, BabyBjörn has developed a solution, their latest baby carrier – One Outdoors (recommended retail price: $259.95.)

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The company set the bar high in designing BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Outdoors: It needed to be an ergonomic baby carrier with four-way front and back carrying options. It also needed to be made of a functional material, include smart features and a convenient storage bag, as well as allow for easy access to a mobile phone, a water bottle, a security blanket and a teddy.

Parents, who tested the One Outdoors during its development, were very clear about the importance of optimal carrying comfort, which were successfully achieved with the help of a sturdy waist belt and padded shoulder straps.

The BabyBjörn One Outdoors has a built-in infant insert, meaning it fits newborns perfectly, and the wide, adjustable straps also make it comfortable when your toddler (up to 33 lbs/15 kg) is tired and needs a ride on Mom or Dad’s back. The various adjustment options for both child and parent make One Outdoors a brilliant alternative to a traditional baby carrier.

The fabric repels water and dirt and is easy to wipe clean, which is helpful during hikes and other outdoor activities. The carrier also offers elasticity and stability, and the inside is soft against little cheeks and mouths.

We take great pride in the result of all our development work and especially the positive feedback from the parents who have already tried One Outdoors,” says Björn Engström, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development, at BabyBjörn. “Everyone has loved its adaptability: That you can carry a very young child on your front or back, either with their head resting on your chest or facing out when they’re a little older so they can look out and share the wonders of nature with Mom or Dad.”