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Anyone who has spent enough time in New York City will tell you that sporting designer brands is pretty much a way of life for a lot of city dwellers and visitors. This metropolis is full of high-end boutiques and department stores that carry everything from Alexander McQueen to Louis Vuitton.

Want to see a new band, listen to a reading by your favorite author or mingle with book-lovers at a party all while donating to charity? Head to Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe, where you can do all of the above.

Last week, I took a tour of Beretta Gallery on the Upper East Side—and very close to Central Park. I’ve seen images of the store on the pages of IN New York magazine and was interested in seeing the space for myself. The three-story shop reminds me of an elegant townhouse—from the polished wood accents and plush chairs, to the hunting-related artwork and trophies prominently displayed on the walls.

Back before Tom Cruise sort of went crazy and it became harder and harder to separate what I know of his personal life from his movie roles, he was actually a pretty great actor. I’m talking about the 1981 to 2000 era of his career—before TomKat, the demise of TomKat, etc. Why am I talking about Tom Cruise? I recently saw Risky Business and it made me reflect.

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