Intro to Feng Shui Workshop
In the party room of 4705 Center Boulevard on Saturday March 21st residents listened intently as speaker Ann Bingley Gallops taught the basics of Feng Shui. Her expertise is widely sought out since her practice began in 2006. She has since been certified with the international Feng Shui guild, been on HGTV, and written a few e-books. We touched on the 3 most important areas of the home, 5 essential elements, the command position, and the bagua map. Tenants had their floor plans handy to ask questions about specific placements of furniture to create better flow. Since we just scratched the surface you can visit Ann for tips and advice and schedule a one-on-one consulation at www.openspacesfengshui.com
Hops and Blocks Tasting Event
You were lucky if you joined us at 4705 Center Boulevard on Thursday March 12th for the tasting event! The Club brought in the experts from Astoria Bier & Cheese, a neighboring Long Island City business specializing in craft beers and artisinal cheeses. Everyones palate got to experience different and unique pairings of brews and delicious cheeses. I know residents will visit this neighborhood gem again!
Super Bowl 2015
This was the 1st event hosted by new Club Manager Lauren Hunt and we hope you didn't miss it! The big game played on the big screen at 4705 Center Boulevard Lounge. Residents gathered to watch the New England Patriots battle the Seattle Seahawks, as well as an exciting halftime performace by Katy Perry. The line for tasty food, snacks, and beverages was worth the wait. The club had a giveaway with free massages and personal training for those fun pics that you tagged. The Pats may have won but everyone had fun at The Club that night!
4705 Center Boulevard residents really are getting a jump on the New Year's Resolution to be fit and healthy. Thursday January 8th Club members were treated to an additional fitness class taught by Lauren M. Lots of cardio to burn off calories paired with the fun of a dance class. Attendee's got fierce with it and funky with it! We hope to see you in The Club gym and in one of our many great fitness classes in 2015!
Holiday Party at 4705 Center Boulevard
It was the last bash at The Club for the year and we celebrated with festive decor, a fun photo booth, and of course beverages and treats. Friends, neighbors, and families gathered in the 6th Floor Lounge and Kitchen. A thank you to Canelle Patisserie for providing all our delectable sweets, they tasted as good as they looked! Residents had a blast trying on the headbands, hats, and props that transformed them with Holiday spirit! Thankfully they can keep the memory with the filmstrip pics. Happy Holidays from Rockrose, see you next year!
Thanksgiving Feast at 4705 Center Boulevard
Mmmm, one day a year just isn't enough to eat all the turkey, sides, and fixings you want is it? 4705 Center Boulevard was treated to a full Thanksgiving Feast where Manducatis Rustica provided amazing turkey, gravy, 2 kinds of stuffing, mac 'n cheese, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, and vegetarian lasagna. Luckily we put out the dessert spread first so everyone could leave some room for some amazing sweets! A new welcome addition to the neighborhood Canelle Patisserie, graciously donated favorites like apple pie, pumpkin pie, and Oreo cake, as well as their French specialties - napoleon, creole, macarons, and assorted pastries. Other residents were kind enough to donate brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and other various treats. Gathered in the resident lounge in family style seating tenants were thankful to catch up with neighbors, and meet some new friends. Thank you to all who attended and Manducatis Rustica and Canelle Patisserie who provided us a delicious and bountiful spread!
Nom-vember Healthy Cooking Class at 4705 Center Boulevard
On Thursday November 13th Club members gathered at the 6th Floor lounge kitchen to attend a Healthy Thanksgiving Cooking Class. This was taught once again by Rockrose resident Ashley Frunzi. She whipped up healthy alternatives to the traditional calorie laden fare that most Americans eat on Turkey Day. The attentive students were delighted when they got to sample the spread with some wine and left feeling satiated but not stuffed!
Spooktacular Social at 4705 Center Boulevard
Saturday October 25th all the kids of 4705 gathered in the party room for a special Halloween bash. The themed party had skeletons, spiderwebs, and creepy crawling bugs to scare everyone! There were plenty of sweet treats as well with a cotton candy machine, magicians, face painting, and a whole lot of showing off your costumes!
Cheese Pizza Day at 4705 Center Boulevard
If there is a National Cheese Pizza Day, then who are we to not join in the fun?! The Club hosted a Cheese Pizza party in the Resident Lounge on Saturday September 6th. The delicious pies were courtesy of new Vernon Blvd Pizzeria, L'Inizio. The cheesy slices received rave reviews and residents stayed and mingled with friends and family while going back for seconds.
National Relaxation Day at 4705 Center Boulevard
Did you know there is an actual National Relaxation Day? The Club helped celebrate the art of relaxation on Saturday August 16th. Reminding us to take time out of our busy schedules and take a moment to unwind were Communitea. The locale eaterie and tea bar provided varieties of tea and gave tips to brew the perfect cup. Residents sipped while waiting their turn for American Leisure's licensed massage therapist to melt away stress in a chair massage. Ahhh, don't you feel better already?!
Wine Tasting on the Terrace at 4705 Center Boulevard
On a beautiful Saturday August 9th we gathered on the roof deck to sip some new wines with neighbors and friends. Neighborhood fav Blue Streak Wines & Spirits graciously explained the wine list and handed out tastings. Residents enjoyed small bites of cheese, crostini, and fruit which paired well with the apertifs! Sante!
Cooking Class 2 at 4705 Center Boulevard
Back by popular demand, our own resident Ashley Frunzi was on hand to demonstrate another round of healthy easy receipes. The seasonal menu begin with a watermelon and tomato salad, followed by a sweet potato and quinoa dish, accompanied by a side of cilantro brazil nut pesto, and finished with strawberries with a vanilla coconut whipped cream. Students eagerly awaited tasting while watching her mixing, grating, chopping and grilling. Luckily everyone sipped on a nice summer Mojito cocktail while taking in the cooking tips. Mmmm, looked delicious!
Ice Cream Social at 4705 Center Boulevard
July 12th was a beautiful sunny Saturday perfect for having our Ice Cream Social on the deck of 4705 Center Boulevard. Local favorite Uncle Louis G’s was on hand to scoop up some cool ice cream to both kids and their parents. They worked hard serving up about 75 people flavors like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and cookies ‘n cream. It was nice to see everyone spending time with family and friends enjoying the roof deck!
Futebol Fest at 4705 Center Boulevard for World Cup Soccer
Soccer fans were treated to an authentic Brazilian Futebol Fest in the Lounge on Saturday June 14th. The festivites included Brazilian delicacies like empanadas, coxinhas, flan, and refreshing caipirinhas. After munching on that residents took their seats in front of the tv for the Italy vs. England game. The Club will be showing numerous matches on the lounge tv all month long. Stay tuned for more action and USA GOOOOOALLLLS!
Puppetsburg Show at 4705 Center Boulevard
Saturday June 7th the smash hit from their Williamsburg shows, Puppetsburg came to the Children's Playroom to entertain our both our infant and toddler residents. Kids and parents were wowed with all the puppets, props, singing, and dancing that happened. Not only fun, the show was also educational with colors, counting, and simple vocabulary. Little ones were treated to bubble time, musical instruments, and some one-on-one puppet time. See all the smiling cuties below!
JP Morgan Chase Corp. Challenge
Thursday June 5th Rockrose employees participated in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge 5K race through Central Park. The weather was perfect so we had no excuses not to do our best. Our own Javier Reyna was our team coach for 10 weeks as we diligently practiced after work. Whether we ran, jogged, or walked everyone exceeded their target time goal! All the proceeds went to Central Park Conservancy to keep the park beautiful. Even though the 2014 race is over we are going to keep up our weekly practice to ensure we are faster next year. Congratulations to all!
Healthy Cooking Class at 4705 Center Blvd
Thursday May 22nd residents of 4705 were treated to an informative healthy cooking class. Our own resident and nutrition counselor Ashley Frunzi demonstrated how to choose healthier alternatives to the traditional butter, cheese, and meat that are commonly used. The students sipped white sangria while attentively watching her chopping, blending, spiralizing, steaming, and sautéing fresh tasty ingredients. The menu included rosemary and garlic spread, a main dish of zucchini "noodles" with porcini mushroom cream sauce, and chocolate mousse for dessert. Hopefully residents will now employ some healthier substitutions. The end result was a delicious, nutritious, quick and easy meal!
Cinco de Mayo at 4705 Center Blvd
Sunday May 4th American Leisure hosted a Mexican Fiesta in celebration of Cinco de Mayo! The Club set up in the lounge and served up traditional Mexican fare by Skinny's Cantina. While enjoying the music residents ate, drank cervacas, and sampled Tequila at the Shot Station;the kids had juice and fun with the sombreros and maracas. Ole!
Kids Spring Fling Party at 4705 Center Blvd
Saturday April 12th Kids Professional Entertainment company threw a Spring Fling for the kids of 4705 Center Blvd. Clowns provided entertainment to the little ones with tons of fun activities. Parents of our smaller residents were pleased to see them having such a good time. There were magic demonstrations with a bunny rabbit, balloon animals, face painting, games, and cotton candy!
St. Patrick's Day Party at 4705 Center Blvd
Thursday March 13th American Leisure hosted an Irish fest where we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. Traditional fare was on hand like potatoes and corned beef sandwiches with sauerkraut on rye, as well as green pesto salad, crudités, cupcakes, and of course green beer! Irish music, decor, and fun was had by all!
Salsa Social at 4705 Center Blvd
Xavier Marzan came to teach the residents of 4705 Center Blvd some Salsa! On February 11th couples gathered in our lounge to learn steps and then put the moves to the test with their partners. It was a great way to warm up inside from all that cold weather. Hope everyone had a Sweet Happy Valentine's Day!
Children's Halloween Party at 4705 Center Blvd
Boo! Kids and parents had a scream in the party room on Sun Oct 27th while showing off their Halloween costumes. They were professionally entertained with music, games, balloon making, and cotton candy. American Leisure went all out for the decor and candy favors. Judging by success this 1st annual event won't be the last!
Roof Deck BBQ at 200 Water Street
To send off the summer residents of 200 Water Street enjoyed a BBQ on the roof deck Wednesday August 28th. We broke in the new Viking grills with hamburgers and hot dogs, and when those ran out, luckily Harry's delivered us pizza! Residents were able to have a drink, mingle with Rockrose staff and welcome new Resident Manager Christopher Kenny. We were very thankful it stopped raining so everyone could enjoy the view lounging with friends and neighbors.
Lobster Fest at 4705 Center Boulevard
Saturday August 17th was a big treat for our residents of 4705. L.I.C.'s own Jordan Elkin of 'Homarus' provided Lobster & Fresh Direct provided the sides. It was a great day to mingle with friends and neighbors outside on the beautiful roof deck! Mmm, looked delicious!
Kids Day at 4705 Center Boulevard
Professional Kid's Entertainment delighted all the children on the deck of 4705 Center Boulevard on Sunday June 23rd. They were treated to a sing along, magic show, clowns, balloon animals, bubble show, cotton candy, and face painting! To cool off Malu provided ice cream and all the fixings to make sundaes. Sponge Bob was on hand and fun was had by all!
Asian Cusine Night at 4705 Center Boulevard
On Thursday June 20th neighborhood favorite restuarant New City Kitchen treated our residents at 4705 Center Boulevard to a variety of authentic dishes. People lined up for second helpings until it was all gone!
JP Morgan Corp Challenge 5K/Bowling
For weeks Rockrose employees diligently trained for the 5K JP Morgan Corp Challenge Run on June 13th. Sadly, due to inclement weather the race was cancelled. We were disapointed but turned it into a positive by having the 1st annual employee bowling outing!
Citibabes Spring Family Fun Day
On Saturaday our friends at Citibabes hosted a Spring Family Fun Day at the 200 Water Street Lounge. The kids exercised their creativity while making art projects, and got to have a sing-a-long, all while enjoying some breakfast goodies. The parents were engaged, children were entertained and everyone had a blast!
The Spot Experience
Rockrose welcomes The Spot Experience! The event at 22 & 41 River Terrace had prizes, raffles, refreshments, and trainers on hand. The Spot Experience offers our tenants walking services, expert training, pet sitting, workshops, grooming, cage free overnights, and much more. Our four legged loved ones and owners had fun!
Citibabes Fun Day
We had the pleasure of hosting Citibabes this past weekend at 41 River Terrace for an afternoon of arts, crafts and rock n’ roll! We had our youngest artists create mini masterpieces and our baby musicians rock out to family tunes. Citibabes arranged the ultimate party by combining education and fun into a Saturday afternoon filled with merriment and laughter for our precious toddlers and their busy parents at Tribeca Pointe.
Ending a Day in Good Spirits
After a long day, a glass of whiskey is the perfect companion for escaping the winter doldrums. Abigail Michaels concierge, provided the warm regale The Archive needed as they hosted a whiskey tasting with the help of Scottish distiller, Macallan, for the tenants this early February.
For some tenants, this was their first experience with whiskey. They were keen to discover the art of savoring notes of smoky oak and the round tones of the prestigious single malt Scotch. For others, who are well-versed in Scotch, this was their opportunity to revel and unwind while debating the intricacies of a 10 year and a 17 year matured bottle. We successfully lifted the evening into a parable of praise to casual drinking.
The Skinny on Skinny's Cantina
We were among the lucky guests at a highly anticipated grand opening hosted by Skinny’s Cantina at 4705 Center Blvd. As we bustled in, Skinny’s welcomed us with an ambiance of true authentic Mexican flavor.
Amongst the aromatic cuisines served, the rustic Mexican tiles and décor, and the sound of margaritas being shaken and poured, it was as if we were instantly transported to a summer fiesta in Mexico. There was no shortage of fun between the attendees as we relished an assortment of Skinny’s delicious fare, chilled margaritas, and enjoyed an evening hosted by the owners’ of Skinny’s Cantina, the impeccable Lee brothers.
Porchetta by Testaccio
Last night we played host to one of our favorite local LIC restaurants, Testaccio as they treated members of The Club by Rockrose located at 4705 Center Blvd to an exquisite evening of food and wine. Testaccio's skilled chefs set up in our catering kitchen and prepared a spread of roast pork, bean salad and a selection of Italian wines as residents enjoyed mingling with their neighbors.
This is the second of two successful tastings by Testaccio; last month we were treated to a sampling of their authentic roman thin crust pizzas which garnered rave reviews from residents. Testaccio Ristorante is celebrating their second anniversary of serving roman-style food from their location at 47-30 Vernon Blvd in LIC.
Rockrose on the Run
This year, Rockrose participated in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge race for the benefit of the Central Park Conservatory. Our team of twelve started workouts in mid-April, when the temperatures were still hovering in the 50s and the park was just starting to bloom. We ran in the rain, stretched in the sun, and even trained through a tornado watch to prepare ourselves for this event. Over 10 tough weeks of training, we developed a closer bond with our teammates as well as spent many hours enjoying the beauty of Central Park. On race night, we challenged ourselves to beat our own personal goals and each one of us crossed the finish line with a sense of pride in being part of such a great team-- the Rockrose team.
Now We're Cooking!
Do you really need more than one kind of salt when cooking? Why would you choose one type of olive oil over another? How on earth do you make your own ricotta? These are just a few of the questions that were answered on May 3rd, when Rockrose played host to culinary experts Laura Kaye and Mack McClanaghan at 4705 Center Boulevard in LIC. The evening followed an entertaining all'Italiana theme and residents were served up an instructional presentation just brimming with cooking tips and techniques.
For starters, the experts discussed how to select the appropriate olive oil for a particular dish, and why oils from different areas taste differently. Residents were able to sample ricotta, fig and prosciutto bruschetta and savor the delicious layering of flavors.
The experts also showed residents how to make a light and refreshing vinaigrette to serve over mixed greens and toasted pine nuts while extolling the benefits of a seasoned wooden salad bowl and answering questions about the different variations of aged balsamic vinegar.
Of course no meal is complete without dessert; residents sampled a light and moist olive oil cake with fresh berry compote while Rockrose raffled off gift cards to a few lucky guests as an extra sweet treat.
Toasting Our Furry Better Halves
Recently, the Archive at 666 Greenwich Street played host to an evening of all things dog. The aptly named "Bark and Wine" event was hosted by Evermore Pet food exclusively for our residents-both the two-and four-legged variety. Human residents were treated to wines from WinesBy.com while their canine companions were pampered with samples of the all-natural Evermore Pet food.
Though all the pups were on their best behavior, Elisabeth Weiss of Dog Relations was there to provide helpful training tips for those rrufff times and the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals was there to raffle off prizes for the benefit of all NYC's shelter animals.
As residents were queuing up to speak to City Pet Doctor Carolyn Quagliata about her house-call services, their pets were shuffling over to visit Andrea , an Archive resident who was sharing gourmet dog biscuits from her own Bocce's Bakery.
Beautiful pet portraiture by Toto Photo was on display for those residents that desire to forever memorialize their dignified dachshund or goofy Golden Retriever, and Naughty Pet was showcasing a brand-new line of sophisticated apparel and accessories that will make sure the pups of the Archive will be the most stylish dogs in the West Village no matter what the season.
It was a lavish event for both residents and their pooches that just goes to show there's nothing we wouldn't do for our furry better halves. After all, they're Toto-ally worth it! And while there may have been a bark or two, we definitely didn't hear any whining from these happy hounds.