By Janene Mascarella

The Hornblower Infinity on the waters around Manhattan.
Set Sail: Guests in town? Skip the tourist lines for the same-old sightseeing and all aboard Hornblower New York, a fleet of luxe yachts cruising the Hudson, offer a la carte dinners and live jazz brunches with views of NYC landmarks such as the famed skyline, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. One of the best things about Hornblower – you can get in your sightseeing in the winter without having to go outside!

Hot Butter Rum_Morini 1Cozy Up: Mix and mingle with the ultimate warm winter cocktail at Osteria Morini, Chef Michael White’s casual Italian eatery in Soho.  The creation combines apple brandy and dark rum to create the perfect balance to a classic hot beverage. 218 Lafayette Street, NYC,

New York Philharmonic's Chinese New Year Concert, 2/12/13. Photo by Chris LeeJoin the Festivities: On February 1st the New York Philharmonic will celebrate Chinese New Year with its third annual Chinese New Year Gala by featuring Beijing-born pianist and rising young star Yuja Wang performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The program will also include Li Huanshi’s Spring Festival Overture; Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, with cellist Jian Wang, and Tan Dun’s The Triple Resurrection, which includes music from Hero; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and The Banquet. 10 Lincoln Square #132, Avery Fisher Hall,  
Photo Credit: Chris Lee

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Keep Them Kissable: Science meets beauty in the new BITE Beauty Lipstick Lab in Soho. It’s a playground for color creation where you can mix, pour, paint and mold your own custom lipstick in fewer than 10 minutes. 174 Prince Street

shapewaysCreate a 3D Selfie: Shapeways, a local printing company (, is featured in a  New York’s Museum of Arts and Design exhibit “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital,” an educational and interactive space. You can experience 3D design and printing first-hand and even have a 3D scan of yourself made. (Exhibit lasts through June 1.) 2 Columbus Circle,

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Amp Up the Romance: Nix the flowers and candy this Valentine’s Day and head to Caesars Qua Baths and Spa in Atlantic City for the “Lovers’ Kama Sutra with Shirodarah.” Celebrate the art of love while you enjoy the Shirodhara scalp ritual, full-body exfoliation and side-by-side massage all in the privacy of your own couples’ suite. Warm oil anoints the forehead, opening the intuitive mind … very hot! $450,

paint night

Get Creative: A leader in the social painting trend that has been quickly spreading across the country, Paint Nite involves informal paint lessons in local bars and restaurants. Paint Nite holds events at bars and restaurants in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Astoria at venues such as Revel in the Meatpacking District, Essex in Lower East Side and Lobo in Cobble Hill.

Ana Tzarev, Love, installed in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in New York City

Share the Love: The Ana Tzarev gallery installed a monumental ruby red Love sculpture in Dag Hammarskjold plaza adjacent to the United Nations, on view until April 2014. The artist’s LOVE & PEACE Campaign presents 15 monumental sculptures circling the globe from 2012-2017. The public is invited to share their own messages of “Love & Peace” by adding your own story: Simply take a picture and add it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #lovepeaceflower, or download the app at
Photo credit: Photography by Ivo Stainoff, courtesy of Ana Tzarev Gallery

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