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StumptownColdBrewCoffeeStumptown, with their new “Organic Ethiopia Guji,” and the NYPL are a good fit.

NYIAS17cNYIAS17bNYIAS17aAt the Javits Center through April 23.

Tesla is nowhere to be found, but the design legacy of Bob Lutz is all around — including in the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta (middle photo) which seems to be cross between Lutz’s Merkur XR4TI and Scorpio models of the 1980s.

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eatsa1Cleaning the robots, 43rd & 3rd – February 16, 2017

The future of humanity will require undoing some of the so-called progress of the present.

lv16lv16blv16elv16dSeemingly unphased by the retail exodus from Midtown, Louis Vuitton soldiers on.

Temple.JPGtemplestclairJewelry designer Temple St. Clair is out with her magnum opus, “The Golden Menagerie” — a glimpse at the mystery and process of her stunning designs.

samesky-lefrak2016samesky-ethicalshoppingsamesky-ringssamesky-menSuggesting that “we need to have a lot more gratitude” (for what we have) and greater consciousness for, and connection with, those who are making the things we buy, Francine LeFrak introduced Same Sky’s latest jewelry at an evening of ethical shopping on Wednesday.

Same Sky employees women who were victims of war and genocide in Rwanda, as well as female parolees in the US, to make their distinctive jewelry. Hundreds of women’s lives have been improved and transformed by the efforts of Francine and Same Sky, with none of the parolees returning to prison.

There is a Same Sky kiosk with their jewelry for sale this month at Newark airport, as well as online. Of special note are the new rings for women, and cuff links and wrist bands for men.

sterling-tiffanyshotglassThis handmade Tiffany Sterling Silver shot glass (c.1960) is worth no more than the price of the silver ($19/oz.) — to several silver dealers we spoke with recently. One said that people are buying Tiffany more for the box than for what’s inside.

Much of what had value (and price) in America years ago is worth nothing today.

waldorf2waldorf3The Waldorf Astoria, as it is presently known, will be no more as of March 1, 2017.

NYNOW0816NYNow0816eNYNow0816bNY NOW, billed as “the market for home, lifestyle and gift,” is at the Javits Center through August 24, 2016.

Of special note at this year’s show are chocolates from Louis Sherry (NYC), and products from Taiwan, especially those made by David Hsu, with Treether — a hybrid wood/leather material.

We also recommend Whodini Sisters Bloody Mary Potion for cocktail seasoning and marinade.

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