August 2019

US Open tennis 2019: All the cool, free Fan Week fun

This week, you can head to Queens for a slew of free programming, from a photo show to happy hours accompanied by DJ sets. And, if you want, you can see Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal practice their tennis swings — again, for free.

It’s all part of Fan Week at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, a weeklong festival that kicks off the US Open tennis championship, beginning Aug. 26.

The festival’s events include matches at the Open’s Qualifying Tournament, in which up-and-coming players duke it out from Monday to Friday between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. for a chance to compete.

You’ll catch Williams and other top-notch players practicing their serves and backhands in the Grandstand court from Tuesday to Friday between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Visit USOpen.org for a schedule of practices and players vying in the qualifying tournament.

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August 2019

Ben Platt, Ali Stroker, Adrienne Warren, and More to Perform at 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament

Broadway goes to Flushing Meadows as Tony Award winner Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen), Tony winner Ali Stroker (Oklahoma!), and Tony nominee Adrienne Warren (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) perform during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament.

On August 26, Platt headlines the Opening Night Ceremony in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens. Following his performance, Stroker will sing the National Anthem. At the conclusion of the fortnight of tennis, Warren will sing “America the Beautiful” preceding the women’s singles final. She will be joined be an all-female honor guard of cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point unfurling the American flag.

Additional talent will be announced.

US Open Fan Week begins August 19. Chase Sound Check concerts will be held on the stage outside Arthur Ashe August 21–23 offering free live music. Heineken Happy Hour will welcome nightly DJs August 20–23. Performers include LANY, Brett Eldredge, and Leon Bridges, with DJs Nikki Kynard, COCO AND BREEZY, and MAAD.

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July 2019

The Shed at Hudson Yards unveiled in New York

Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel may be the most visually expressive piece in Hudson Yards, but the opening of The Shed – a new cultural organisation dedicated to commissioning and developing original works of art across all disciplines and for all audiences – promises to be the most impactful. Its highly anticipated arrival this week not only puts its vibrant, opening programme of musical performances and art in the spotlight, but also gives visitors the chance to finally experience its innovative, adaptable building, designed by lead architect Diller Scofidio + Renfro and collaborating architect Rockwell Group, in the flesh.
 
In development since 2008, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group’s design for The Shed is a 200,000 sq ft structure that can physically transform to suit and support the needs of the artists. The eight-level building comprises two levels of gallery space, a theatre, a creative lab for local artists, a rehearsal space and an event space, all anchored by a 17,000 sq ft courtyard space (known as The McCourt), suited for large-scale performances, events and installations. These can be both indoors or outdoors, depending on whether the building’s telescoping outer shell is retracted or not. Made possible by its exposed steel diagrid frame that is moved by a kinetic system inspired by gantry cranes found in shipping ports and railway systems, the movable shell rests on large bogie wheel assemblies that only requires 180 horsepower (a Toyota Prius uses 134 horsepower) to deploy.

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June 2019

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic: Jennifer Lawrence, Emily Ratajkowski and Julianne Moore kick off summer in style

Socialites, celebrities and influencers decamped en masse across the Hudson River to attend the 12th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park in New Jersey.

Guests arrived off ferries from lower Manhattan and were greeted with the perfect thirst quencher of Veuve Clicquot champagne, which has sponsored the event since 2008.  

Ryan Jamaal Swain, from the TV show Pose, kicked off the festivities with a melodious rendition of the star spangled banner, and actress Julianne Moore was honored with the ceremonial ball toss to start the match. Jennifer Lawrence looked every inch the bride to be in a blush dress and engagement ring that sparkled just like the champagne. Nicky Hilton, bedecked in a polka dot Oscar de La Renta trench dress, held court in the VIP Tent, while models including Coco Rocha and Emily Ratajowski soaked up the atmosphere.

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June 2019

Guests Got Champagne Happy at the 12th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

This past Saturday, the 12th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park in NYC rang in the start of summer in all it’s orangy hued glory. First on the carpet (and on the field) was husband-wife duo, Nacho Figueras and Delfina Blaquier. This was somewhat of a family affair for the couple—three of their children could be seen playfully running around with their friends under the shade of the chandeliered tent. (Missing was their eldest son, Hilario Figueras, who was off playing polo in California for the weekend.) In his Argentinian accent, Nacho described the mood. “To be able to do what you love, with the people you love is an amazing thing. I feel very blessed that I get to do this with my family. It’s an incredible feeling, an incredible day and an incredible place and I’m very happy to be here.” Blaquier, in silk yellow gauchos by Àcheval Pampa, shared the same sentiment as her husband. Prior to the match, she let us in how they got ready. “We have a little prep talk before. We need to know who is our opponent, who’s playing who. It’s a very strategic game. You have to be very sharp in your mind and with your body.” It’s safe to say we were in for quite a game. Another polo fanatic, Prince Harry, has also recently seen on the field. When Vogue asked Figueras who the better player was, he or the royal, Figueras didn’t hesitate, “he is!”

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Jennifer Lawrence Leads the Parade of Garden Party-Perfect Fashion at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

On Saturday, June 1, some of the hottest stars in Hollywood flocked to Liberty State Park in New Jersey to attend the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic — A.K.A. A-lister’s unofficial summer kick-off.

The 12th annual event showcased some seriously beautiful summer wardrobe, mostly in the form of garden party chic.

Bride-to-be Jennifer Lawrence was the talk of the town in a blush midi dress by Rosie Assoulin. The stunning number stood out thanks to the silk floral print on the bottom and the monochrome buttons down the bodice. But it wasn’t just her perfect dress people noticed. The former Hunger Games actress also showed off her giant engagement ring that she’s kept pretty hidden the past few months.

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Jennifer Lawrence delivers summer 2019 style inspiration at 2019 Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

The bride-to-be wore a pink midi dress by Rosie Assoulin to the 2019 Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Saturday, looking particularly ethereal among a sea of more brash colors. She finished the look with nude sunglasses and, of course, her giant engagement ring.

Lawrence has stayed mum on her wedding details, but photos did emerge of her engagement party in early May. Her fiance, Cooke Maroney, is an art gallerist.

Also in attendance at the breezy outdoor affair was Emily Ratajkowski, who bared her midriff in a cropped sweater, as well as Gayle King, Nicky Hilton Rothschild and Julianne Moore. 

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June 2019

The Best Looks from the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic 2019

Stars stepped out for the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in New Jersey on June 1, 2019. From Emily Ratajkowski displaying her abs in a crop top, to Jennifer Lawrence’s impeccable engagement ring dazzling the red carpet, there were so many unforgettable moments at the prestigious event. Here, some of the best looks from the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic 2019.

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