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Stabilis Capital and TRB Advisors: Working Together

February 9, 2017 in Business | Comments (0)

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TRB Advisors has been the largest investor to Stabilis Capital of New York funds since its establishment.  For example, the Stabilis Fund IV, launched in 2015, received the majority of its investment from that firm, headed by Timothy Barakett, who acts as Stabilis Capital’s non-executive Chairman.

Barakett has so far been “impressed” with the performance of Stabilis Capital and believes the privately-held investment management firm has “an exciting investment pipeline.”  Stabilis’ focus is on asset-oriented distressed debt as well as other distinct situations, mainly in America.

Looking at the firm’s asset under management, since its launch six years ago, Stabilis has successfully raised more than $1.2 billion via different investments.  In addition, it has built up secure relationships with investors such as Barakett, which has resulted in the development of a “deep and scalable capital base.”


New York’s Finest Ice Cream In All Types and Styles

June 6, 2013 in Restaurants | Comments (0)

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Its summer, and that means biking, beaching, and, at least for many tried and New Yorkers, ice creaming! Here is a list of some of the best cold licks New York has to offer:

•    Je & Jo—Every one of this lusciously decadent ice cream parlor’s flavors includes some type of cookie dough. Check out one of these: fresh mint with lemon lavender shortbread cookie dough or coffee ice cream with spicy chocolate cookie dough. Either way, you can’t go wrong. 515 West 47th St between 10th & 11th; Spring Hours: 7:30am-8:30pm, 7 days a week.

•    Coolhaus—Do you love ice cream sandwiches? You know, a cookie on top and bottom and some incredible ice cream in between? At Coolhaus they offer potato chip and butterscotch cookie with molten chocolate cake ice cream. Sounds good to me!

•    Chinatown Ice Cream Factory—Have you been to this Chinatown landmark yet? If not then run, don’t walk. You will see what traditional Chinese flavors, like red bean, black sesame and almond cookie can do to traditional ice cream fare. The answer is awesome. 65 Bayard St, New York, NY. Open every day from 11am to 11 pm.

•    Van Leeuwen Ice Cream—For the connoisseurs among us Van Leeuwen does not scrimp on anything. From the basics like fresh milk and cream, cane sugar and egg yolks this specialty ice cream soars to the heights for its flavors. For example, the pistachios come from Mount Etna in Sicily; the hazelnuts are from Piedmont; and Sri Lanka is the source of the hand crushed quills of Ceylon cinnamon. Yumm! 48 E 7th St New York, NY. Open Monday – Thursday 8am to 11pm; Friday 8am to 12am; Saturday 9am to 12am and Sunday 9am to 11pm.

A Flavor for Everyone!

A Flavor for Everyone!


The Place to Be is Times Square on New Year’s Eve

December 26, 2011 in Entertainment | Comments (0)

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Times Square on New Year's Eve

The most famous place to bring in the New Year is without a doubt Times Square. This is where the famous ball descends along its path on a flagpole atop number One Times Square at exactly 11:59pm, taking 60 seconds to make its way to the bottom, when the New Year officially begins on the eastern seaboard of the United States.

Billions of people can watch this event on television or over the internet worldwide, but those who are lucky enough to be in New York for New Year’s Eve will have a real treat this year. Beginning at 4pm the usually bustling Times Square ‘bow-tie’ intersection is closed to traffic, and people begin arriving. The revelers are placed into viewing areas by the police officers, and as one area becomes full, another section begins to fill with revelers.

From 6pm until 6:03pm there is a ceremony to light and raise the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball into place. The organizers of the event, Tim Tompkins and Jeffrey Straus, together with a few representatives of the Philips Lighting Company will flip the huge switch to light the Ball and begin its rise to the top of the pole to the accompaniment of some cool pyrotechnic effects.

The rest of the evening is filled with exciting surprises and entertainment, including the distribution of tens of thousands of hats, balloons, and lip balm in preparation for the famous midnight kiss. As midnight approaches wishes are read from the “confetti wishes” which are thrown up at the arrival of the new year, while there is a constant flow of singers, dancers, speakers and pyrotechnics to make sure the crowd of revelers is having the absolutely best time possible.
At 11pm Lady Gaga will perform, and from 11:53 pm until 11:59 there will be a special performance of the song “Imagine” by an as yet unannounced performer.

At 11:59pm New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will have the honor of pressing the button which brings the New Year’s Eve Ball down the 70 foot pole in its world famous 60 second descent. As it arrive at the bottom, the ball’s lights go dark and the numerals 2012 blaze on, signaling the moment of the beginning of the New Year.

Steven Hughes New Managing Director of Stepping Out Studios

October 31, 2011 in Entertainment,Health | Comments (0)

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Do you love to dance? Have you ever thought about taking dance lessons? New York is literally overflowing with possibilities for anyone interested in getting into shape while also having an absolutely fantastic time.

Steven Hughes

One such place is “Stepping Out Studios, ” whose stated mission is to “introduce and spread the joy of partner dancing far and wide.” Stepping Out began in 1985, and has always been on the forefront of introducing the latest dance styles to New Yorkers; being the first to bring Argentine Tango and West Coast Swing to the Eastern Coast of the US. They have also played a key role in the exciting revival of Latin, Swing and Country Western dancing which has taken New York by storm over the last decade.

The latest development at Stepping Out has been the addition of Steven Hughes to the studio as the new managing director. Hughes has over 20 years of experience as a business owner, theater director, choreographer, producer as well as a certified professional dance instructor.

Stepping Out offers a lot more than just dance lessons. In addition to both private and group lessons, Stepping Out can provide wedding planning, corporate programs, teacher training programs and lots more. Check it out and come down and dance!

Off-Off-Broadway at the 13th Street Repertory Theater

August 29, 2011 in Theater | Comments (0)

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Founder Edith O'Hara

Are you ready for something really different, and uniquely New York? Try the 13th Street Repertory Company, located at 50 West 13th Street between Fifth and the Avenue of the Americas. At this bastion of contemporary theater new artists are welcome to come and find their individual voices.

The company performs as many as seven shows each week, including theater for children in addition to its trademark “New Works Reading” series.

Especially enduring has been the play “Line,” written by Israel Horovitz and first performed at the 13th Street Repertory 32 years ago. The show is still performed weekly, making “Line” the longest running off-off-Broadway play in history.

For more information follow the link to the 13th Street Repertory Theater’s web site, or call (212) 675-6677.

Walk New York

July 18, 2011 in Entertainment,Tourism | Comments (0)

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New York is known for its supreme walk-ability, but when is the last time you went for a walk just for the walk’s sake and not to get from where you are to where you’re going?
Here are some fabulous ideas to get out and see the city like it was meant to be seen.

Brooklyn Bridge

• Discover the history around the building of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. In just 30 minutes, beginning at the stairway at Cadman Plaza East near Prospect Street in Brooklyn Heights, you will finish at Broadway and Chambers Street. The Brooklyn Bridge is one mile long, and every day about 6,600 pedestrians either walk or bike over this glorious suspension bridge. When it was built in 1883 it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. If you are lucky you might see young men proposing marriage to their beloveds on the bridge, a traditional place for that magic moment. But if there is no actual engagements going on when you are there, do not fret, there will be evidence of such an occurrence, a padlock attached to the fence there, whose keys have been tossed into the river. How romantic!


• If you have a bit more time on your hands, but less time than you would need to really go to Los Angeles, you can spend a bit less than three hours experiencing some of the fun that goes along with a trip to Southern California. Start at Elizabeth Street between East Houston and Prince Streets, and finish at 246 Spring Street between Sixth Avenue and Varick Street. Begin with a fish taco served from an old vintage Volkswagen van which is parked inside a comfortable, plant-filled, sunny garage at Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, 267 Elizabeth St. For some cult shopping, wander over to ‘Creatures of Comfort,’ (205 Mulberry St) which is the original LA boutique which impressed Angelinos first with its supply of elusive indie designers such as Rachel Comey, Wood Wood and Suno. If surfing is your thing, you can find what you need right in lower Manhattan at ‘Saturday’s Surf’ (31 Crosby St.) At additional places along the route you can get a tan at ‘Brazil Bronze Glow Bar,’ (580 Broadway); check out some fine street art at 110 Greene Street where you can see “Subway Map Floating on a New York Street’; get a cocktail reminiscent of Hollywood kitsch at Bar d’Eau (246 Spring St.)

Al Hirschfeld Theatre

• What would New York walks be without a stroll down Broadway? Begin at 302 West 45th Street between 8th and 9th, and continue for 1.2 miles to finish at 234 42nd St. between 7th and 8th Avenues. On this route you should be sure to see the Al Hirschfeld Theatre; Café Edison; Times Square and the TKTS ticket booth for discounts at first-rate Broadway shows; Lyceum Theatre built in 1903, it is Broadway’s oldest continually running theater; Jimmy’s Corner, one of the last vestiges of the gritty, Koch-era Times Square before the facelift. Get a fancy beer here, a Sam Adams, the best on the menu. Heading south you will come across the New Amsterdam Theatre where the girls of Ziegfeld Follies used to entertain. Last stop, the AMC Empire 25. This mega movie house used to be the Eltinge Theatre. Named after the most famous female impersonator of the 1900s, Julian Eltinge. Check out the ceiling in the lobby to see murals of women that were modeled after the actor.

Romantic Rendezvous in New York

June 27, 2011 in Culture and History,Tourism | Comments (0)

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We’ve all seen the movies, read the books, watched the plays. We know New York can be as romantic as any European hot spot. But how, where, when?
Here are a few suggestions to experience some of the more tender New York moments that can be had in the big, beloved apple.

South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport District- Conveniently located walking distance from Chinatown; you will enjoy people-watching, relaxing and souvenir shopping in this lovely little area. South Seaport Pier 17 is a bustling touristy place which is the old fish market converted into wonderful shops and restaurants. This is a great place to get a fantastic view of the ever-impressive Brooklyn Bridge.


Saks Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue- For many people Fifth Avenue is the heart of New York’s classy reputation. Well known as one of the premium bits of real estate anywhere in the world, taking a walk down Fifth Avenue makes you feel fabulously wealthy just by osmosis. Some of the sites to be had on Fifth Avenue are of the Empire State Building, the New York Public Library, Rockefeller Center, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. The best of Fifth is all within about a one mile wonderful walk, from 34th Street to 59th Street, with lots of unbelievable, typically New York, shopping.

Chrysler Building


Chrysler Building This building is a classy alternative to a visit to the Empire State Building. Its classic ArtDeco Style is an iconic symbol of New York and one of the city’s most renowned skyline features. Chrysler was the first building to reach beyond 1000 feet, but its role as the world’s tallest building was short-lived as only 11 months later the Empire State Building reached even higher towards the heavens. A visit to this gorgeous testament to 1930s architecture will not be in vain.

Do Something Different in New York

June 13, 2011 in Entertainment,Theater | Comments (0)

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New York is full of surprises. Here are a few outings which are guaranteed to astound, excite or inspire, coming up this summer.

Thrilling Fireworks- Macy’s sponsors one of the most incredible displays of fireworks anywhere in the country every 4th of July. Come to Hudson River Park on Monday night at 9pm at the conclusion of this year’s Independence Day holiday to witness in person with about 3 million spectators in addition to many millions nationwide who will watch the show on television. The largest of the nation’s fireworks shows, Macy’s will send over 40,000 blasts into the sky above the Hudson River for an unforgettable celebration of the 235th birthday of the USA.

Macy's Fireworks 2010


Family Fun- This year’s Columbus Avenue Summer Festival will take place on Sunday, June 19th on Columbus Avenue (Duh!) between 86th and 96th Streets. Enjoy the wonderful arts, crafts, plants, antiques, games, entertainment. Get there early and have a fantastic day!

Monkees Music- Whether or not you are old enough to remember the hit TV series “The Monkees” you will enjoy a trip down musical memory lane with this iconic pop-rock band. This rock group was artificially assembled not as musicians (although it so happens they were and are musicians) but mostly as actors to play the parts of musicians in a zany, cool and much loved late 1960s TV show. Go see them in two New York locations, part of a larger nation-wide tour, this Thursday evening, June 16 at the Beacon Theatre, and on Friday night June 17, at the Capital One Bank Theatre in Westbury, New York.

The Monkees Then

The Monkees Now

Old and New Theater in New York and Beyond

June 6, 2011 in Entertainment,Theater | Comments (0)

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June is a great month to feast on some of New York’s special theatrical presentations. From Broadway to Central Park to some less known venues, treat yourself to some amazing performances this month.

•    Fish Eye: Playwright Lucas Kavner brings to life the love story of Max (Joe Tippett) and Anna (Betty Gilpin) which is a told in a loopy, time-warped fashion, but the narrative is never disjointed. Adrienne Campbell-Holt, director, makes sure everything runs smoothly while the cast delivers natural, convincing performances. Catch “Fish Eye” until June 18th at the HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Avenue, $18. Phone 2112-352-3101 for more information.

•    All’s Well That Ends Well: Until June 11th you can bask in the wonderful New York tradition of enjoying, for free, a Shakespeare play in Central Park. One of Shakespeare’s ‘tragicomedies.’ The story tells the unlikely romance of Helena, a simple doctor’s daughter, to Count Bertram, an unwilling partner in this forced marriage, believing that he is marrying below his station.  The play is full of twists and turns, one of Shakespeare’s “bed trick” plays, a case of mistaken identity during a sexual encounter. Delacorte Theater, June 11th through July 30th.

Shakespeare in the Park

•    Best of Broadway 2011: Fast-paced, great songs, fabulous dancing and exciting staging and choreography will make you glad you stepped out for some great musical nostalgia.  Check it out at the Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City, 2831 Boardwalk, 800-843-8767

Many Museums Make New York Come Alive

April 5, 2011 in Museums | Comments (0)

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When you think of New York, you probably think of great restaurants, Broadway shows, endless kinds of entertainment, and of course, museums.

New York has about 80 museums, most of which are found in Manhattan. Here is a list of some of New York’s most famous (and rightfully so) temples of western culture.

•    The Museum of Modern Art

MOMA has an astounding collection of at least 150,000 pieces of art, including sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs and more. Also stored with her walls are 22,000 works of media, videos and films. The library of the museum has 300,000 books, periodicals and artist books. MUSEUM HOURS Galleries open Sat., Sun., Mon., Wed., and Thurs. 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Fri. 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Thurs. in July and August 10:30 a.m.–8:45 p.m. Closed Tues., Thanksgiving day, and Christmas day. (212) 708-9400.

•    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

This extraordinary museum is itself a piece of artwork. Designed by the avant-garde architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this museum of modern and contemporary art or as the Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Guggenheim, Nancy Spector says, “It’s the museum of the new,” is certainly worth a visit.  1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128, Phone: 212 423 3500.

•    Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, at this unique museum the immigrant experience comes to life as visitors learn about the moving stories of the 12 million people who entered the US through the ‘golden door’ of Ellis Island. It is necessary to take a ferry to the island, which is located at the mouth of New York Harbor. Ellis Island is one of the country’s most important historic sites and also one of the most heavily visited monuments. Carefully planning your trip will make it more enjoyable. Statue Cruises provides ferry transportation to Ellis Island from Battery Park in New York and Liberty State Park in New Jersey from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, with extended hours in the summers. For ticket rates and availability and schedule information, call 1-877-LADY TIX or 1-877-523-9849 or visit The audio tour can be purchased along with your ferry ticket or on site at the Discovery Audio booth.