All Columns in Alphabetical Order

Monday, September 24, 2018






The vast, decaying remains of 200 buildings are sprawled across almost 2,000 acres of land deep in the heart of Georgia. It is the remnants of the Central State Hospital, once the largest psychiatric hospital in the U.S., which in the 1960’s was home to over 12,000 patients. These and other long forgotten structures will be deconstructed and rebuilt with advanced CGI in season three of MYSTERIES OF THE ABANDONED, which begins Tuesday, October 2 at 9 p.m. on Science Channel.

MYSTERIES OF THE ABANDONED features stories behind some of the world’s most amazing engineering marvels, why they were built, and why they were eventually no longer of use. Each story highlights the people who designed the structures, their significance, and why they were ultimately left to crumble.

Among the sites explored in season three are the Old Croton Aqueduct, completed in 1842 and which brought fresh drinking water to New York City at a time when most of the Big Apple’s water supply was not exactly potable; the Central State Hospital in rural Georgia, once a mental health facility made up 200 buildings sprawled across almost 2,000 acres of land; and the SS Empire Heritage, a British ship that was transporting Sherman Tanks to Allied troops when it met its end and now sits at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean north ofthe Irish Coast.

“Behind every abandoned structure in the world there is a fascinating story to tell and that’s what Mysteries of the Abandoned, which is our top rated engineering series, does so well,” said Neil Laird, Executive Producer, Science Channel.

Also looked at this season are the historic Crozet Tunnel, built in the19th century as during construction of a railroad across the Blue Ridge Mountains; the Beelitz Heilstatten, a hospital complex in Germany where was Hitler was once a patient; the 1984 Winter Olympics facilities in Sarajevo that are now in ruins; Torpedownia, a torpedo testing station off the coast of Poland that still remains in the water; and the Packard Automotive Plant that opened in 1911 and is now one the most recognized symbols of the decline of Detroit’s auto industry.

MYSTERIES OF THE ABANDONED is produced for Science Channel by Like A Shot. Henry Scott is Executive Producer for Like A Shot. Neil Laird is Executive Producer for Science Channel.

About Science Channel:

Science Channel, a multi-media business unit of Discovery, Inc. is the home of all things science around the clock, including series such as MYTHBUSTERS, OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE, WHAT ON EARTH?, HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS, UNEARTHED, and MYSTERIES OF THE ABANDONED. Science Channel’s programming also included timely, expert-driven specials covering breaking science news and discoveries. Science Channel is the premiere TV, digital and social community for those with a passion for science, space, technology, archeology, and engineering, providing immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment across all Science Channel assets including: Science Channel television network, available in more than 63 million homes in the U.S; complimentary Video On Demand offering; SCI Go app allowing viewers to catch up on full episodes of their favorite shows anytime; deep video, interactive storytelling and virtual reality at; and conversations on Science Channel’s popular social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat via @ScienceChannel.

About Discovery:

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps and Discovery Kids Play; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and Motor Trend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media and a strategic alliance with the PGA Tour to create the Global Home of Golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Turbo/Velocity, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.



The GRAMMY Museum® has expanded its executive leadership team and appointed Michael Sticka as Executive Director, responsible for the organization’s strategic direction and leading all aspects of operations, including curatorial, development, marketing, grants and awards, public and education programs, and more. Previously, Sticka served as Controller and Senior Director of Finance and Administration and was critical in overseeing the Museum’s integration with the GRAMMY Foundation® in 2017, as well as designing and managing a strategic plan for the combined organization’s future.

"In just 10 years, the GRAMMY Museum has exceeded our expectations largely due to the powerful vision of our extraordinary executives and the hard-working and passionate team at the Museum, which has resulted in our becoming one of the industry’s foremost philanthropic organizations dedicated to music education and advancement," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy™ and Chair of the GRAMMY Museum Board. "Last year’s integration with the GRAMMY Foundation reflected the Museum’s tremendous growth, and Michael’s strategic vision, strong operational abilities, and deep experience in business and finance make him the right executive to lead the GRAMMY Museum toward continued success."

Approved by the Board earlier this year, Sticka’s appointment is part of a broader leadership expansion across the GRAMMY Museum and follows a comprehensive review of the organization’s structure. GRAMMY Museum veteran Rita George will continue overseeing day-to-day operations and management as Chief Operating Officer. To support the organization’s increasingly successful public programs, Scott Goldman has been named Artistic Director. Bob Santelli, the Museum’s Founding Executive Director, will focus on growing the organization’s footprint through programs such as traveling exhibits. 

“It’s not lost on me that I’ve been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead a team of extraordinary people as we seek to be a greater and more active part of our community through our vital curatorial and educational work,” said Sticka regarding his new role as Executive Director. “It is an understatement to say that I am proud of what our team has accomplished to date, just as it can’t be overstated how excited we all are for what lies ahead.”

Since its integration with the Foundation last year, the GRAMMY Museum has produced more than 80 public programs, hosted nearly 30,000 students for tours and educational workshops, and opened several exhibits celebrating diverse musical genres ranging from X: 40 Years Of Punk In Los Angeles to Cheech & Chong: Still Rollin’. In that same period, the Museum’s grants program awarded $200,000 to 14 recipients. In the coming school year, the GRAMMY® Signature Schools initiative expects to award more than $100,000 to public school music programs.

Also ahead for the GRAMMY Museum is a packed season of exhibits, including 25 Years Of Jermaine Dupri And So So Def in collaboration with Jermaine Dupri & Friends (Sept. 20), and several notable public programs such as Lean On Me: A Tribute To Bill Withers (Sept. 24), An Evening With Shawn Mendes (Sept. 25), and Spotlight: Dua Lipa (Sept. 28). For tickets and more information, visit

The GRAMMY Museum is a philanthropic organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music through exhibitions, education, and public programs. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, today, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming. 

For more information, visit, "like" the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.


#AmazingAccessories #FantasticFallFashion #FashionAlert #MoverandShaker @emiliocavallini #ItalyPeachy #WhomYouKnow Techno Grid Leggings Hot and Futuristic! The Striking Graphics Keep Your Legs Stunning and Toasty this Fall

You know the temperature's falling!  Shorts weather is no more in New York!
And in the year 2018, you need to ask yourself if your legs reflect the age of the future we are living in!  These are what Peachy Deegan is wearing, and she literally wore them today!  You know if you saw her.  
You will be living in the age of the future stylistically speaking with the Techno Grid leggings, by our favorite, the one and only Emilio Cavallini!  The pure innate luxury that you feel on every inch of your legs in these gorgeous wonders is unparalleled. They stretch and capture your every move and with every stride of your step, your legs emanate style in the digital age.  
Dress to match your electronics, and live in style!

“When I started my company (Stilnovo SpA) in 1970, I was intrigued by the idea of pulling hosiery out of anonymity, of transforming it into a ‘garment’ unto itself,” says Cavallini. The designer adds, “Miniskirts expose so much of the leg that tights are an integral part of any outfit. Let’s face it, the leg makes up more than 30 percent of a head-to-toe look.”

Made in Italy…
All Emilio Cavallini products are MADE IN ITALY, produced by expert Italian craftsmen and a huge staff that prides itself on excellence in every step of production, delivery and service. All production processes (knitting, dying, ironing, printing, packaging) take place in the Stilnovo factory located in San Miniato (near Florence, Italy). , which has just undergone major renovations, including a new showroom space designed to present the product.

The Cavallini look…


By Sarah SchwartzSchwartz, @MsSarahSchwartz Editor-in-Chief, Stationery Trends Magazine @StationeryTrend Trends Editor, Gift Shop Magazine @giftshopmag Editor, The Paper Chronicles; Editor, Editor Trend of the Month Club

"How lovely to have crossed Peachy’s discerning radar! I am beyond honored to join her esteemed ranks. Thank you Peachy!"
-Sarah Schwartz


#FashionAlert #CulturedPeachy @MetMuseum #WhomYouKnow Nicolas Ghesquière and Grace Coddington in Conversation at The Atelier with Alina Cho on October 22 Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner @hallakcleaners

For over fifty years, Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner has been entrusted with Manhattan’s finest wardrobes. New York’s fashion boutiques have been recommending Hallak to their loyal customers for years. They understand the importance of quality fabric care and protecting their client’s investment. While Hallak is known for their expert handling of couture and other precious items, they also make it a point to give your more casual garments the same level of attention. Their representatives are always on the look out for the hard-to-notice stains, loose seams, missing buttons, etc. You can trust Hallak Cleaners with your entire wardrobe and then some. A sample of some of their specialized services: 

Tables & Bed Linens 

Suede, Leather & Furs 

Couture & Casual Wear 

Custom Interior Services 

Expert tailoring department located at both locations. 

Complimentary Pick Up and Delivery Service 6 Days a Week. 

Hallak Cleaners 

1232 Second Avenue (near 65th) 

New York, NY 10065 

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a pick up, please feel free to email us at

Fashion designer Nicolas Ghesquière, Artistic Director of Women's Collections at Louis Vuitton, and Grace Coddington, former Creative Director for Vogue, will be the next guests of The Atelier with Alina Cho on Monday, October 22, at 6:30 p.m. at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

As two influential and intriguing voices in fashion, Ghesquière and Coddington have made remarkable contributions to the fashion industry and shaped ideas around luxury, taste, and skill that inform an understanding of fashion as art. 

They will join journalist Alina Cho for a conversation about their recent collaboration for Louis Vuitton, their love of animals, and what their futures hold, including the pair's upcoming chat on Face to Grace, Coddington's new Made to Measure (M2M) series.

Now in its fifth season, The Atelier with Alina Cho has featured fashion visionaries including Alber Elbaz, Diane von Furstenberg, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Olivier Rousteing, Donatella Versace, Alexander Wang, and Anna Wintour in conversations that explore the intersection of fashion and art along with a range of topics.

This series is made possible by the Doris and Stanley Tananbaum Foundation in memory of Doris Tananbaum.

Nicolas Ghesquière, hailed as one of the most intriguing designers of his generation, joined Balenciaga in 1995. He was appointed Creative Director in 1997, and was acclaimed for his sculpted, futuristic silhouettes. He joined Louis Vuitton in 2013, as Artistic Director of Women's collections, and the following year was awarded "Fashion Innovator of the Year" by the Wall Street Journal, and received the British Fashion Award for "Best International Designer of the Year." In May 2018, Louis Vuitton announced the renewal of his contract.

Grace Coddington's contributions to fashion and image-making have shaped the public understanding of fashion as art. In 1968, she began working as a fashion editor at British Vogue, where she remained for 19 years. In 1988, Coddington joined American Voguebecoming Creative Director in 1995, where her collaborations yielded some of the most iconic photographs in fashion history. In 2012, Coddington published Grace: A Memoir, an insightful chronicle of her life and observations gleaned over nearly six decades working in fashion and media. Coddington's signature work as an editor appears in 2002's Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue and 2016's Grace: The American Vogue Years. In 2006, Coddington published The Catwalk Cats, a comic depiction of her fashionable cats. Coddington has received two lifetime achievement awards, one from the CDFA in 2002 and another at the Clio Awards in 2016. In 2009, Coddington received the Isabella Blow award. Coddington currently contributes to both American and British Vogue.

Alina Cho is a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, a top-rated Sunday morning program in the United States. She also serves as Editor at Large at Ballantine Bantam Dell, where she is responsible for acquiring and editing fashion and lifestyle books. Cho was previously National Correspondent at CNN and part of the Peabody and Emmy award-winning team that covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Prior to her work at CNN, Cho held various posts at ABC and CNBC. 

Tickets start at $40. Premium seating available.

For tickets and information, visit or call
212-570-3949. Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office,which is open Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Tickets include Museum admission on the day of the event.
Prices are subject to change.

Nicolas Ghesquiere Photo Credit: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Grace Coddington Photo Credit: Fabien Baron


Back to TOP