NYC VIBE on JetBlue explores arts and culture, entertainment, lifestyle, music and fashion profiling the events and the people that make NYC unique. Produced by the Bader Media Group, for nearly thirty years discovering and exploring the richness of NYC.
FEBRUARY 2018 STORIES
NYC VIBE talks with Friends of Hudson River Park honoree and iconic New York City born actor Robert De Niro at the annual fundraising gala. Friends of Hudson River Park raises funds for the growth and operations of New York City’s premier waterside park. Seth Meyers, Mike Myers, Gloria Gaynor, Katherine Narducci, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Martha Stewart were among those in attendance to support Friends of Hudson River Park.
It’s a movement with rhythm and melody! Ever dream of playing guitar with a guitar hero? Under the direction of longtime Paul Simon guitarist Mark Stewart, Guitar Mash not only creates opportunities for amateurs and professionals to play together and help people rediscover their potential to be creative, it hosts songwriting competitions, mentoring sessions, live performances and benefits youth and jazz organizations. Co-Chaired by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, among this year’s participants include notable recording artists Joan Osborne, Martha Wainwright and Marshall Crenshaw.
JANUARY 2018 STORIES
New York Theatre New Works presents plays and musicals which expand the boundaries of theatrical form and address the critical issues of our times. At the annual New York New Works Theatre Festival, audiences are invited to attend condensed versions of some of the Workshop’s most intriguing productions. Founded as a give back project to the arts community with Broadway and television industry leaders donating their time to mentor, the writers producers, and performers of the next generation.
NYC VIBE talks with world famous artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei, who conceived this multi-site, multi-media exhibition entitled Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” for public spaces, monuments, buildings, transportation sites, and advertising platforms throughout New York City. Visitors to the exhibition will discover that Ai’s “Good Fences” are not impenetrable barriers but powerful, immersive, and resonant additions to the fabric of the city.
Honoring Jane Fonda, Maria Hinojosa, Ashley Judd, April Ryan, María Elena Salinas, and Gail Tifford, the Women’s Media Center was founded in 2005 by Gloria Steinem to ensure that women are powerfully and visibly represented in the media. NYC VIBE meets with WMC honorees past and present including founder Gloria Steinem along with the organizers and supporters to offer viewers insight into the achievements of these remarkable individuals, and what lies ahead for women in the media.
Founded by Bob Woodruff in honor and celebration of our nation’s injured veterans and their families, this night of hope, healing, and laughter features performances by Jon Stewart, John Oliver, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Trevor Noah, and members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. NYC VIBE meets with Woodruff, the comics, musicians, and veterans and the work that is being done to create long-lasting positive outcomes for injured veterans.
He took $1100 and built a billion dollar shoe industry in New York – yet few people know his story, and unlike high profile fashion designers Tommy Hilfiger or MIchael Kors – most New Yorkers think “Steve Madden” is a fictitious moniker for a brand! NYC VIBE meets with the elusive Mr. Madden on the occasion of the premiere of his new documentary entitled “Maddman” which explores the highs and lows of this extraordinary New Yorker!
The documentary SOUFRA follows the inspirational story of an intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar: a refugee who sets out to change her fate by launching a catering company and expands it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee women. Together, they heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food! At the North American premiere in New York City, NYC VIBE talks with executive producer Susan Sarandon and director Thomas Morgan about the film’s message of women’s empowerment.
DECEMBER 2017 STORIES
Held every year in New York City’s Central Park, the Global Citizen Festival hosted a star-studded lineup to promote awareness of gender equality, environmental and poverty issues. This year’s event featured The Killers, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Green Day, Big Sean, the Chainsmokers, Andrea Day, and Alessia Cara among others.
From the runways to parties, New York Fashion Week brought together the world’s most noteworthy designers, models, journalists, bloggers, celebrities, and fashionistas. NYC VIBE met with fashion’s movers and shakers, up-and-coming designers, and icons to discover the latest trends and styles, and to discuss the importance of the fashion industry to the cultural and economic life of New York City.
New York City actress Rosario Dawson and her lifelong New York City friend Abrima Erwiah are the co-founders of Studio 189, based in NoHo and Ghana. Their mission is to empower, educate, and provide opportunities through “ethical fashion.” NYC VIBE talked with Rosario and Abrima at a dance party to debut their new collection and to explain to New Yorkers and the world why it’s chic to be green!
NYC VIBE Explores David Bowie’s
Influence on NYC with
Tommy Hilfiger & Dylan Jones
Influence on NYC with
Tommy Hilfiger & Dylan Jones
Though he was born and raised in a south London suburb, David Bowie had a profound impact on the culture of New York City. Bowie lived and worked here, and inspired and collaborated with many of the city’s most prominent artists, musicians, and fashion designers. NYC VIBE talks with Bowie’s close friend, fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger, along with the author of a critically acclaimed new book about the late rock star, Bowie – A Life about David’s life in New York!
NOVEMBER 2017 STORIES
The Ella Fitzgerald Mobile Piano Bar roamed the streets of Harlem celebrating the 100th anniversary of the immortal singer’s birth for the Make Music New York Festival. At each stop audience members sang their favorite Ella songs with piano accompaniment as the Mobile Bar and NYC VIBE traveled to locations that resonated with Fitzgerald’s music heritage, including the Apollo Theater and Red Rooster/Ginny’s Supper Club.
Every year at the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center, The Ailey Spirit Gala celebrates the iconic American Dance Theatre’s Spring season and raises funds for vitally needed scholarships for talented students and Ailey’s innovative Arts In Education and Community programs. NYC VIBE introduces us to the dancers and directors that make this program so special for New Yorkers.
More than 2500 New Yorkers enjoyed live music and swing dancing at the 10th Great Jazz on the Great Hill, co-presented with Jazzmobile. The concert featured performances by The Jimmy Heath Big Band, The Allan Harris Band and The Matthew Whitaker Trio. NYC VIBE sat down with each of the artists to explore their New York roots and discuss the history of jazz in NYC.
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York is an annual sporting and multicultural event celebrating the fifth moon (or the fifth month) of the lunar calendar. NYC VIBE met with the participants and organizers of the Festival, which offers visitors traditional Chinese foods and performances, and hosts over 120 dragon boat teams from across North America, making it one of the largest dragon boat festivals in the United States.
OCTOBER 2017 STORIES
The Bronx has arrived – on Broadway! NYC VIBE sat down with veteran actor Chazz Palminteri to take a closer look at the A Bronx Tale – which is the New York actor’s inspirational coming of age story as a boy growing up in the Belmont Avenue neighborhood.
At the Met Gala, which is the annual star-studded, celebrity, fundraising event to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City, Rei Kawakubo became the first living designer since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983 to be the sole subject of the Met’s blockbuster fashion exhibit. NYC VIBE spoke with fashion icons about the Gala and how Kawakubo’s work challenged the conventional notions of fashion.
Every year at the Park Avenue Armory, collectible book lovers and history buffs mark their calendar for the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. This year’s Fair featured the letters of Alexander Hamilton which inspired the hit Broadway play. NYC VIBE talked with the Hamilton historical document curators and the Chief of Rare Books from the US Library of Congress.
Born Anthony Benedetto in Astoria, Queens, this legendary singer of pop standards, big bands, show tunes, and jazz celebrated his 90th birthday with a career retrospective at the Paley Center for Media. NYC VIBE talked with Mr. Bennett about his Queens roots and family, working the clubs on 52nd “Swing Street” in the 1950s, his historic Carnegie Hall concert, and his relationships with New York City icons past and present: Frank Sinatra and Lady Gaga.