Justin Trudeau and Ivanka Trump Attend Broadway Show About Taking in Foreigners

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led a delegation of 600 to Broadway’s “Come From Away” Wednesday, including 125 ambassadors of the United Nations, and, notably, Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

The pair sat next to each other at the show, written by a Canadian couple, which is about a town in Newfoundland, Canada that harbored stranded passengers of diverted flights following the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City. Trump’s presence was rather surprising as her family’s stance on immigration has been clearly laid out by the President’s attempts to instate a travel ban on six major Muslim countries and his desire to rework the North America Free Trade Agreement. The Trump administration’s policies are sharply at odds with Trudeau’s.

The Canadian PM has made clear that Canada’s borders are open to foreigners and refugees – standing onstage before “Come From Away” began, Trudeau addressed the crowd.

“The world gets to see what it is to lean on each other and be there for each other through the darkest times,” he said of the show, The New York Times reports. He also US – Canada relations: “There is no relationship quite like the friendship between Canada and the United States. This story, this amazing show, is very much about that, and it’s about friendship as well.”

Interestingly enough, Canada’s immigration site crashed for hours due to overwhelming traffic after Trump’s election in November.

In Their Own Words: Four Entrepreneurs’ Favorite Apps

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What do a dominatrix, two celebrity chefs, and a fitness founder have in common? Not much. So we brought them all together under one umbrella question: “What is your favorite app?”And like most things that can fit inside your phone and purse, these apps give great insight into who these stop-at-nothing entrepreneurs are. It’s like hacking into someone’s cellphone, but with descriptive consent. Here are these four visionaries’ favorite apps, in their own words.

Aarón Sanchez
Aarón Sanchez is the co-star of two Food Network series (Chopped and Heat Seekers), and the culinary visionary behind NYC’s taqueria Tacombi, Kansas City’s Mestizo, and Crossroads restaurant at House of Blues nationwide. Sanchez was recently a guest chef at the White House and received the “National Award” at the Flavors of Passion Awards, honoring the nation’s best Latin chefs.

"Since my wife, a pro musician, and I are constantly on the road, we like to use SongKick to find which of our favorite bands are playing in the cities we travel to. It’s also a great way to track lesser-known artists who may not have the reach of bigger acts. It’s brilliant.”

Brynn Jinnett
Brynn Jinnett is a former dancer with the New York City Ballet and the founder of Refine Method, a chain of boutique circuit training studios in NYC, whose clients have included Ivanka Trump and Kelly Ripa. Rooted in the latest research in exercise science, Refine exercises your body by using its own weight – pairing squats, kicks, and pushes with its own unique pulley system and high-intensity cardio. Since opening in 2010, Jinnett’s Method has exploded, expanding to three locations across NYC.

“My favorite app is MindBody Biz Mode [FREE], which allows me to schedule clients on my iPhone. With our third location opening this month on the Upper West Side, it’s great to be able to manage multiple locations while on the go!”

Hung Huynh
As the executive chef of NYC’s Catch seafood restaurant in Meatpacking and third season-winner of Top Chef, Hung Huynh is joining with EMM Group again to open the second outpost of Catch in South Beach, inside the James Royal Palm on Collins Avenue.

“My favorite app, Seafood Watch [FREE], keeps me up-to-date with current and fresh fish from the area’s nearby restaurants and stores, inspires new ideas, and educates me on the importance of sustainable seafood.”

Nina Payne
Nina Payne is the founder and president of Domi Dollz, a company of professional dominatrixes who bring kink out of the dungeon and into the mainstream with their New York-based workshops and educational performances. This month, the Dollz are launching their first eBook titled Kinky Amour; with personal stories and kinky tips from Payne and company, as well as video tutorials and photographs, the Dollz’ teachings will be downloadable and available worldwide.

“The Domi Dollz love the Dirty Game – Truth or Dare app [FREE]: it’s a huge collection of very naughty and wild truth or dares. It’s such fun to revisit the game we played as teenagers, bring the app to parties, and spice things up.” 

Morning Links: Lindsay Lohan Relieved to Start Sentence, Justin Bieber Helps Obama Deliver

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● “What’s the square root of 6.25?” tweeted Ashton Kutcher yesterday. It’s 2.5, as in two and a half, as in, he’s set to pick up where Charlie Sheen left off on Two and a Half Men. [HR] ● Mindy Kaling will probably be returning to the office as an actress, but not as a writer. This is probably worse news that Steve Carell’s adieu. [TVSquad] ● Still following? Lindsay Lohan sounded almost relieved to find out that her 120 day jail sentence will begin on June 17. “I support the judges decision and hold myself accountable for being in this situation,” she said. [CNN]

● Gunpowder and wedding bells for Miranda Lambert! Yesterday, the country star, who has been excitedly tweeting her way through last-minute wedding errands, shared a picture of what will be the wedding dinner: venison she harvested herself. Taylor definitely couldn’t do that. [E!] ● Justin Bieber is happy to make President Obama’s promises to a teenage girl come true. [TMZ] ● Ivanka Trump’s stalker didn’t mean to tweet threatening things at her, aliens made him do it! “They don’t seem to consider the alien defense angle in court,” he suggested, before being sent to Bellevue by the judge. [NYP]

Links: Ivanka Trump’s Stalker is Kind of the Man; Heidi Montag is Your New Megan Fox?

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● Ivanka Trump’s stalker unloaded a bunch of real talk in a statement: “Basically I was sending some twitters and emails dude. Some internet bullshit. I just wrote her, I said, ‘I want to marry you.’ I said, ‘Celebrity Apprentice sucks.'” [Daily Intel] ● Columbia University’s valedictorian was caught plagiarizing a joke, in full, from well-known comedian Patton Oswalt, who outed the overachiever on Twitter. [ABC] ● A man spent 24-hours inside a Starbucks and all he got was 10,000 calories. [Zug]

● Heidi Montag’s video to Michael Bay, “auditioning” for Transformers 3, makes Megan Fox look like Meryl Streep. [Facebook] ● Lindsay Lohan is still allowed both Adderall and Ambien despite her drug and alcohol-related probation, because they were prescribed by a doctor. Meanwhile, every twentysomething in the country laughs. [TMZ] ● Who should play the BP oil spill in the film adaptation? Sorry, Benicio Del Toro is too greasy. [Videogum]

Ivanka’s New Shoes & Alexa for Madewell

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Ivanka Trump is expanding her empire. The business brain and fledgling designer (not to mention former model) is moving beyond jewelry, reports WWD, saying the daughter of the notorious mogul “has inked a deal for a contemporary footwear line via a licensing agreement with Marc Fisher Footwear.” No specifics on styles to be included or price point, but expect shoes that for grabbing dinner at the Four Seasons or taking tea at the Plaza. Meanwhile, downtown, another former model and celebrity is soon to turn designer.

(‘DiggThis’)Despite her MTV show being defunct, presenter-turned-‘it’ girl Alexa Chung has plenty to celebrate. The British import (who currently resides in Williamsburg) had a Mulberry bag named in her honor this season and has now signed on to create a few fashions over at Madewell HQ — the younger, hipper sister brand to J. Crew. The line, which will drop for FW2010 will include “polkadot tea dresses, dungaree dresses, high-waisted skinny jeans, oversize wool jackets with velvet and lace accents, and T-shirts with Chung’s photographs and illustrations, about 20 styles in all,” says WWD. Read: the kind of fashions more befitting dinner at Diner or a rock show south of Houston, than a stroll around Trump’s stomping grounds. What the two collaborations can agree on is the fact that, despite all of the Lilo at Ungaro controversy, the celebrity as design consultant trend (as seen with SJP) only seems to be gaining steam.

The Top 10 Industry Insiders of 2008

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Our Industry Insiders series has covered the personalities that drive nightlife, dining, hotels, and related scenes throughout the world. We’ll continue targeting more movers and shakers throughout 2009, but from the past year, here are the ten people who generated the most fervent reader reaction (both love and — the other thing).

10. Amy Sacco – She may no longer rule New York nightlife with an iron guestlist, but she still has plenty of admirers. 9. Richie Notar – A hometown boy made good, from shirtless busboy at Studio 54 to white-tie hotelier to the stars. 8. Michael Achenbaum – The man behind the Hotel Gansevoort has been known to draw the attention of a hater or two.

7. Lionel Ohayon – His design firm is responsible for the look of many cutting-edge venues. 6. Remi Laba – The Meatpacking District maestro On boring models, the grub at Pastis, and bringing down the house (music). 5. Jeffrey Chodorow – The owner of China Grill, Asia de Cuba, Kobe Club, Ono, and other esteemed global eateries dishes on Ian Schrager, disses on Rocco DiSpirito, 4. Derek & Daniel Koch – The day-party twins build an unlikely empire. 3. Ivanka Trump – Donald’s diamond daughter describes her new hotel ventures. 2. Rachel Uchitel – From losing her fiancée in the 9/11 attacks to running VIPs at some of the hottest joints in New York and elsewhere. 1. Aalex Julian – The infamous Tenjune doorman trashed his foes and became the poster boy for anti-doorman malice.

Industry Insiders: Ivanka Trump, Executive Heiress

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The Donald’s little darling talks industry jargon, raises cash for the fuzz, gives props to Rupert Murdoch, plays a few rounds, then slings gold to those Trump-loving Russians. All in a day’s work.

Point of Origin: I’m a native New Yorker, born and raised — and from the looks of it, likely to remain here in perpetuity.

Occupations: Modeling, for me, was purely a pit stop, fun, in the moment. I worked for a year for the [Bruce] Ratner organization in Brooklyn, cutting my teeth on the business, away from prying eyes. I believed I could be effective in this field through real life training and experience outside of the fishbowl that would be the Trump Organization, where people would have been observing and watching a 22-year-old commence her first few weeks of work. I joined the Trump Organization a year-and-a-half later, and am now the vice president for real estate acquisitions and development for the organization and for Trump Entertainment Resorts and Gaming.

With my older brother, Don, and young brother, Eric, we’ve initiated the Trump Hotel Collection, and we have 13 new hotel constructions underway, using the Trump International here in New York as our springboard. We opened in January in Chicago. Conde Nast Traveler added us to their 2008 Hot List for North America — it really is phenomenal. Las Vegas opened a few months ago, at the end of March, and it’s been receiving great reviews. Trump Ft. Lauderdale, then the Soho property. The Trump Taj Mahal has been open for the past two weeks, and occupancy has been terrific. We opened a new hotel tower with an additional 800 units, and the official opening ceremony is October 2. I have the jewelry company that I opened a year ago in a very challenging market, but we’re doing a terrific business. And we just signed a lease in Las Vegas for our second store. The third is in Russia — the Russian market is very strong and they really respond to the brand, the aesthetic, which is really luxurious. The fourth store is in Los Angeles, and Tokyo comes next. As you can imagine, gold is going crazy.

Any non-industry projects in the works? I am athletic — my mother [Ivana] was a professional skier — but in terms of recreation, I love skiing, tennis, golf. That’s now sort of starting to blur the line between work and play, as I’m always playing on one of our courses. I call it “market research.” Then on a charitable side, I’m very involved with Eric Trump’s foundation that he stated two years ago. And then there are several other charities in which I am involved.

Favorite Hangs: I love Central Park, an all time favorite hang-out and, of course the Czech Republic where I often visit my maternal grandmother. I really love Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.

Industry Icons: I’m incredibly impressed with international initiatives, particularly in the Middle East. That’s a fascinating place to look, and I really look up to the great Rupert Murdoch.

Who are some people you’re likely to be seen with? Normally, when I’m not in the office, I’m with my closest group of girlfriends who I brunch with, regularly.

Projections: More acquisitions in real estate, of course, and the Ivanka Trump Collection, but as you can imagine with the price of gold going up, I’ve got to get back to work!

What are you doing tonight? It doesn’t look as if your evening includes eating. I’m hosting a party with Vanity Fair in my jewelry store.