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Deb Gordon spotlighted some of the great things to do and see in New York with her guests, Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino, NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta, and Monique Tatum, creator of The Reality of Fashion, The Reality of AIDS fashion show.

Westchester County was recently named one of the most desirable places to visit by National Geographic and Mr. Astorino expounded upon why, including the fact that the region is only about 30 miles away from the city, surrounded by the beauty of the Hudson River and the Long Island sound, and offers a good balance between urban and rural. Mr. Astorino also talked about the recent development in the area, including the expansion of the New Rochelle waterfront, the renovation of Playland, and the new iBio-NY incubator. Westchester County also has a flourishing film industry and many movies and TV shows are filmed there, including Boardwalk Empire. Like New York City, Westchester County offers fine dining and a restaurant week. Mr. Astorino invited the audience to take advantage of all the wonderful things in the area, and to “Meet Me in Westchester” which is his new campaign designed to attract visitors. For more information about what’s new in Westchester, visit visitwestchesterny.com.

Monique Tatum is the creator of “The Reality of Fashion, The Reality of AIDS” fashion show, a part of Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, that will take place on February 7th at the Altman Building, and feature the designs of Dominique Auxilly. Ms. Tatum discussed why she decided to create a show to raise money for AIDS that will feature many of today’s biggest reality stars, including Janice Dickinson, Lil Kim, and Deena Cortese: These stars have a large following and would garner attention in the community, especially among young people, who are increasingly at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. Ms. Tatum also provided data about the disease, including the fact that 300,000 people in this country are currently infected and do not know it. Ms. Tatum plans to make “The Reality of Fashion, The Reality of AIDS” an annual event to continue to create awareness, and to help ensure that the topic remains relevant. For tickets to this unique charity fashion show, visit realityontherunway.com.

George Fertitta spotlighted New York’s Winter Restaurant Week and Half Price Broadway. These special discounts are designed to keep the economy burgeoning and get both visitors and residents to come out and enjoy all 5 boroughs at a time when venues are generally less crowded and more affordable. Mr. Fertitta stressed the need for New Yorkers to support restaurants and small businesses in areas that were hard hit by SuperStorm Sandy. He reminded listeners of the vibrancy of downtown and the importance of not abandoning the area, which is such a historic part of our city, especially after the tragedy of 9-11. Mr. Fertitta is very optimistic that the downtown area will continue to flourish and draw people from all across the city. Also, discussed were the beauty of our waterfronts and how it has transformed the city and improved the quality of life of New Yorkers and visitors alike, and Mr. Fertitta invited the community to continue to visit and enjoy them. Mr. Fertitta shared his slogan “What happens in NYC can only happen in NYC and stays with you forever”. For more information and for a list of restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, and of Half Price Broadway shows, visit www.nycgo.com.

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