Macy’s Vision Express outfits eyes in alluring new specs inside five New York locations with on-site labs that can churn out single vision lenses in as fast as one hour and bifocal or progressive pairs within three to five days. Frames from D&G, Prada, Dior, and Fendi accent faces with on-trend designs wrought from wire and plastic with crowned crystal and enamel accents. Seasoned optometrists discern up-to-date prescriptions by scoping out eyes during routine exams, honing in on changes in vision and potential ocular-health problems.
A globetrotting photographer specializing in editorial, portrait, and fine-art photography, Marc Burgess harnesses the experience needed to capture all images and emotions. At the studio or on-location, he shoots everything from headshots to models such as Rebecca Epley of America’s Next Top Model. He also covers weddings and has snapped commercial images for publications such as Modern Living. Various packages include options such as wardrobe tips as well as professional hair and makeup. And to assist others on their paths to photographic prowess, he also leads workshops that focus on varying aspects of the craft.
Founded by a duo of devoted globetrotters, Home & Abroad outfits abodes with handcrafted and imported goods from around the world. In December, their award-winning window display refashioned a collection of wrought-iron table lamps ($15–$95) into tiny hot air balloons. Inside, crafty-patterned cotton cushions ($20) conspired with couches to create cozy and inviting spots to thwart their owners' attempts to go jogging or invent cold fusion. Home & Abroad helps fill empty rooms with sturdy, rustic furniture made from sustainable hardwoods and repurposed copies of Walden.
As long as the sauce is good, the pizza will taste great. That's the overriding tenet that the kitchen at Rizzo's Fine Pizza has operated under for 55 years. When the two Rizzo brothers and their brother-in-law opened the original location in 1959, they began with a simple cheese pizza, no toppings. Even today, with their grandchildren running the joint, they keep it that simple. They top the pizzas with Mediterranean ingredients, such as anchovies, marinated mushrooms, and fresh garlic, rather than pineapple and ham or peanut butter and pickles. Their classic Sicilian-style pizzas have earned them praise from many press outlets, including The New York Times and TimeOut New York.
Jason Nazmiyal, the founder of Nazmiyal Collection, buys with his eyes and his heart. An avid collector and appreciator of rugs for more than 25 years, his tastes span centuries, ranging from classical pieces to art deco and contemporary rugs. Along with a team of specialists, Jason searches high and low to bring his clients the best pieces that the rug world has to offer. His collection incorporates more spots on the map than the pictures Magellan drew of his nightmares, bringing together pieces from countries such as Afghanistan, France, and Spain. Nazmiyal Collection also specializes in rug rentals for events such as films or photo shoots, as well as cleaning and restoration of antique and rare rugs.
Modani adds dramatic, modern flair to homes and offices with sleek, space-maximizing living room, dining room, office, and bedroom furnishings and accessories. With an emphasis on hidden storage, Modani's clean, luxurious designs draw the eye along graceful lines, making pads approachably impressive and understatedly welcoming. Give flowers a chic new hangout with the Double X metal vase ($110), or store blankets and other living-room necessities in the metallic, padded golden chest, which doubles as a safe room for Barbies ($140). Modani can also transform an abode with post-baroque flair with pillar-candle holders ($30–$35) or make a corner earn its keep with the Canelle side table ($150).