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Cattleya

For much of South America’s wet season, it’s difficult to explore the shallow depths of the Amazon River’s winding tributaries without hopping into a tiny, exposed, flat-bottomed launch and crossing your fingers that you don’t encounter too many malarial mosquitoes.

But now, one company is taking the luxury yachting experience and bringing it into those remote corners of the rainforest, with the M/V Cattleya.

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Anna Wintour 2012 Met Gala

Anna Wintour’s order that all men attending the Met Ball wear “evening dress and decorations” has New York’s party set talking—and fretting.

With the May 5 fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute approaching, guests at galas this week revealed they don’t even own—or certainly don’t regularly wear—the required apparel: a black tailcoat, a waistcoat, a wing-collared shirt and white bow tie.

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Brits Throw Down With Starbucks on Streets of New York

Tea

Won’t you take a break and spend the afternoon sipping tea before you catch your train home, Jason Hicks, co-owner of the Peacock in New York, suggests.

What is he, nuts?

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Portuguese Tug-of-War Over Miro Works Is Surreal

Britain Miro

People rose up in outrage when the Portuguese government tried to sell 85 paintings by Joan Miro in February. Opposition politicians sued to keep the famous Iberian modernist's work in Portugal. A temporary injunction issued late last week says it will stay for now.

The thing is, the Miros were never that public to begin with. The collection was never exhibited in Portugal. Lisbon acquired it six years ago when it took over the struggling Banco Portugues de Negocios, which owned the paintings. It isn't really a national birthright thing, either, as Miro was a Catalan who lived and worked in Spain.

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Massive, 45-Minute Data Project Reveals Best City for Eating

No wonder San Franciscans keep coming up with new food-delivery apps -- they've got the most eateries per capita in the U.S., according to Bloomberg Rankings.

But which U.S. city has the best places to eat?

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It Ain't the Prometheus Bronze. But This Ain't 30 Rock

The Lobby of 1001 Sixth Avenue

Standing in the narrow lobby of 1001 Sixth Avenue in New York, Cindy Farkas Glanzrock points to a giant overturned plastic ice cream cone.

"Some people might think this is juvenile," says Glanzrock, a commercial real-estate broker turned art consultant. "As far as I'm concerned, the art gives the building a brand. It lends it a sense of humor."

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Victoire de Castellane

Victoire de Castellane doesn't like classic. The creative director of Christian Dior's fine-jewelry line likes asymmetry, bright colors, snakes and flowers, and tries to forget she is using precious stones, such as diamonds, rubies and sapphires, so she can work "as if I were five years old," she says. "Jewels are like characters to me. I was a sad child, and with them I would travel to a different, marvelous world."

Since 2007, de Castellane, 52, has been creating a personal collection of objects that can be worn as jewelry or admired as sculptures on pedestals that fully blend in with the pieces. Some of the creations are on view at the Gagosian Gallery, where they are priced from $150,000 to $600,000.

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Science Reveals the Secret to Making Your Razor Last

The Longevity of Razors

Time and tide wear away all things, even when the thing is a metal razor and the tide is in your bathroom sink. Every razor grows dull. It'll happen any way you cut it, whether every day or the U.S. average of 4.3 shaves a week. At $3 or more for a stainless steel cartridge, the question is how to forestall that moment.

"Keeping a blade dry matters," says Robert Ambrosi, the owner of Ambrosi Cutlery, a business that sharpens the knives of many of New York City's commercial kitchens. "And razor blades are thin, which makes them even more susceptible to corrosion."

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A Fun Night Out for Under $200,000

Legs of couples sitting on sofa in nightclub

In "Tuesday Night Fever," Loot took you on the standard city-guide clubbing tour of New York. Here, we take a different kind of tour, with one of Manhattan's "Black Card promoters," to see how the nightlife elite roll.

Fast.

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How Do You Get Frank Lloyd Wright?

SC Johnson Headquarters

After a year-long restoration, Frank Lloyd Wright's famous research tower at S.C. Johnson's headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, is set to reopen in May. It's a triumph of modernism. The facade is made up of thousands of glass tubes, hovering in between tiers of red brick, all of it supported by cantilevered steel beams.

But pay attention to those materials -- steel, glass and brick. How would you begin to restore a piece of glass, or an I-beam? It's a conundrum facing preservationists across the country: What does it mean to restore a building made out of modern materials?

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