July 12, 2018

For NoMad residents and workers who need time to take a breath but don’t have time to visit a meditation studio, BE TIME offers a solution: Let the studio come to you. Through the summer months, the BE TIME mobile Meditation Bus will be stopping each Monday in front of the James New York-NoMad at 29th and Madison Avenue for #MeditationMondays from 8:00 am through 2:00 pm.

Thanks to a partnership with the James, hotel guests will receive complimentary access to meditation classes on the bus each Monday. The general public can also join a 15-minute class for $11 ora 30-minute class for $22.

What Is BE TIME?

In keeping with the rising popularity of mindfulness practices in today’s hectic world, BE TIME has taken an innovative approach to making meditation available to the busy individual. The BE TIME bus travels to a different busy hub of NYC each day to provide mindfulness opportunities to as many people as possible. Inside the bus is a fully equipped meditation studio with relaxing lighting and plush seating where sessions are conducted throughout the day.

The James isn’t the only place in NoMad where you can find the BE TIME bus. The calendar includes stops at Madison Square Park averaging once per week, which means NoMad currently gets as many as two weekly opportunities to get on the bus and find some peace.

How to Join In

According to the BE TIME website, walk-ups are welcome to get on the bus, provided they have previously signed up for a free account and space is available. However, BE TIME typically recommends reserving a time slot using its online schedule. Guests of the James New York-NoMad can register for #MeditationMondays for free, using the promo code provided by the hotel.

If you can’t make it to the James on Mondays, you can also track where the bus is heading by following @betimepractice on Twitter.

July 22, 2015

Rizzoli’s relocation is complete. Next Monday, a stunning new Rizzoli Bookstore will open in Kew Management’s St James Building, 1133 Broadway.

Marco Ausenda, President & CEO of Rizzoli NY and Laura Donnini, CEO, RCS Libri ceremonially opened the store last night with a ribbon cutting ceremony after which guests had a chance to tour the store with music, wine and tasty bites from Eataly. Rizzoli is a beloved New York institution, and its arrival back on the scene after being closed for over a year was celebrated by Diane Von Furstenberg, Gale Brewer, Borough President of Manhattan and about 400 invited guests.

Rizzoli Bookstore is a great addition to the St. James that will provide Kew tenants and the NoMad area with yet another unique retail store — this one offering the finest books on a broad range of subjects from sports and cooking to literature and architecture.

kew management president leslie spira lopez at the rizzoli opening
PHOTO: ©2015 David Lubarsky

It also enhances Kew’s buildings with a stunning build out by Rizzoli. Using bookcases, architectural details and chandeliers from the former store on 57th Street, Rizzoli’s architect Ike Kligerman Barkley has combined these with a fresh touches of excitement. There is a marvelous black and white marble floor that leads visitors through the store to huge red doors that separate the general selling floor from an area dedicated to special books and a salon for events. Equally as uplifting is the gorgeous Fornasetti-designed wallpaper featuring sketches of Italy’s classic buildings, amid clouds on an azure blue sky.

We’ll have more news on the new Rizzoli Bookstore in the coming weeks, so check back and please make sure to stop into the bookstore next week and experience this wonderful space and the world’s finest books.

The official opening of Rizzoli Bookstore is Monday July 27, at 10:30.

Rizzoli Bookstore
1133 Broadway @ 26th Street
New York, NY  10010

Telephone: 212-759-2424

Monday–Wednesday: 10:30–7:30
Thursday–Friday: 10:30–9:00
Saturday: 10:30–7:30
Sunday: 11:00–5:00

David Lubarsky Photography LLC
1133 Broadway, Suite 509
New York, NY 10010


January 13, 2015

The Flatiron Room, who houses their offices with Kew Management, offers exceptional whiskey tasting classes

Travel + Leisure recently announced that The Flatiron Room is one of America’s Best Whiskey Bars. We can’t help but be proud of Tommy Tardie’s growing fame. Not only is The Flatiron Room a staple of NoMad nightlife, but also our Townsend Building houses the company’s administrative offices. Needless to say, we’re always excited when our tenants garner much deserved notoriety.

We have featured The Flatiron Room on a number of occasions, showcasing its lush decorations, nightly live jazz music and exceptional dedication to the quality of both food and drink. Not to mention its most impressive calling card: the nearly 500 different varieties of whiskey, which makes The Flatiron Room what Travel + Leisure calls “Manhattan’s premiere whiskey destination.“

One of the great experiences in this neighborhood is attending The Flatiron Room’s unique whiskey classes . Now that nights are getting cold, a glass of fine whiskey (or several) is sure to warm you up. Many of this month’s events are already sold out, but there are still some opportunities for libational learning that should not be missed.

On January 21st, you can enjoy a Pappy Van Winkle Tasting Class. Lead by Heather Greene, The Flatiron Room’s Director of Education, you will explore the nuances of six legendary Van Winkle whiskies. After Greene walks you through each dram, you’ll definitely understand why Pappy has achieved such a cult-like status. Tickets cost $375 plus tax and are available online.

The next class on January 24th, Luxury Whiskies, lets you experience high-end drinks from different distilleries. Founder Tommy Tardie himself will teach you about six different luxury whiskies, explaining how whiskey is distilled, the effects of wood on the aging process and the complex flavors you’ll encounter. Tickets to this class cost $125 plus tax and are available online.

If you like your whiskey red, white and blue, come to the class on Fine American Whiskey. On January 27th, Tommy Tardie will provide you with six different American whiskies that he personally feels are “outstanding.” In addition to the six drams, you can enjoy a special signature cocktail and light appetizers throughout the event. Tickets cost $125 plus tax and are available online.

All classes start at 7 p.m., and take place in the tasting room of The Flatiron Room. For those of you who don’t know, The Flatiron Room is located at 37 West 26th Street, just around the block from the Kew offices.