MICHAEL BRUNO

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  • Entrepreneur
  • Home Base: Tuxedo Park
  • Weekend House: North Haven, Maine

Michael Bruno is the founder of Tastemakers Guide, Valley Rock Inn & Mountain Club, and 1stdibs.com the world’s leading online destination for art and design. Michael is recognized globally for changing the way high-end purchases are made by using the internet. 1stdibs now has operations in 18 countries.

Michael came up with the idea for Tastemakers Guide over a decade ago as he traveled the world building 1stdibs. He learned the difference between having a good and a great experience was simply gathering a short list of not-to-be-missed places from friends and influencers who were familiar with where he was going. Bruno says, “Of course it’s fun to explore and find new places on your own, but time is precious, so why have a bad meal or night’s sleep when you can have a great experience?”

Tastemakers Guide draws on the world’s leading tastemakers to share with you their experiences of where to, eat, stay, shop, see and do from their adventures around the world and their own backyards.

Michael’s shortlist for Upstate New York

Blooming Hill Farm

Monroe, NY

BUSINESS STATUS: Restaurant: Call-in orders, Pickup, Market / Shop: Call-in orders, Pickup
Hours of operation: Requested, pending.
Updates from the field:
Revised Hours, Restaurant • Takeout Only Wed. & Thurs. • 12-7 Fri. • 11-7 Sat. & Sun. 10-7 If you’d like to order ahead, please call: 845.238.5004 Farmstand • OPEN Fri. • 11-3 Sat. & Sun. • 10-2 Order Vegetables for Pickup

Instagram @bloominghillfarm

1251 NY-208, Monroe, NY 10950 - map  • 
(845) 782-7310

Harriman State Park

Sloatsburg, NY

BUSINESS STATUS: Requested, pending.
Hours of operation: Requested, pending.
Updates from the field: Requested, pending

Notes from the website:
Harriman State Park, located in Rockland and Orange counties, is the second-largest park in the New York State parks system, with 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, two beaches, two public camping areas, a network of group camps, miles of streams and scenic roads, and scores of wildlife species, vistas and vantage points. Harriman State Park's major facilities include Lakes Welch, Sebago, Tiorati and Silvermine, the Anthony ...read more

Instagram @harrimanstatepark

7 Seven Lakes Dr, Sloatsburg, NY 10975, USA - map  • 
(845) 947-2444

Valley Rock Market

Sloatsburg, NY

BUSINESS STATUS: Requested, pending.
Hours of operation: Requested, pending.
Updates from the field:
Online ordering only • Pick up and delivery Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 to 4:00

Instagram @valleyrockinn

27 Mill St, Sloatsburg, NY 10974, USA - map  • 
(845) 618-9112

Storm King Art Center

New Windsor, NY

BUSINESS STATUS: Temporarily closed
Hours of operation: Requested, pending.
Updates from the field:
HEALTH & SAFETY Storm King Art Center is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, visitors, and community. In support of initiatives to control the spread of coronavirus, Storm King’s site will remain closed until further notice. All upcoming events and programs through May 31 have been postponed, including the May 9 Exhibition Opening Celebration & Member Reception.  All group visits through May 31 are canceled. Canceled group bookings will be refunded and may be re-booked later in the season. In recognition of this challenging time, we have also suspended our no-refund policy for groups booked through July 1 who no longer wish or are unable to attend.  During ...read more

1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY 12553, USA - map  • 
(845) 534-3115

Tom Ford, Brunello Cucinelli and Moncler

Central Valley, NY

BUSINESS STATUS: Requested, pending.
Hours of operation: Requested, pending.
Updates from the field: Requested, pending

Notes from the website:
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is an outlet center located in Central Valley, New York. Conveniently accessed from NYC via the New York State Thruway at exit 16, Harriman, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets features 240 of the most sought-after, high-end fashion and designer retail brands in the world stores including Tory Burch, Nike, Celine, Bottega Veneta, Polo Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Burberry, Coach, The North Face and more all at savings ...read more

Instagram @woodburycommons

498 Red Apple Ct, Central Valley, NY 10917, USA - map  • 
(845) 928-7467

Cheymore Gallery

Tuxedo Park, NY

BUSINESS STATUS: Online orders
Hours of operation: Requested, pending.
Updates from the field:
The gallery is temporary closed due to COVID-19 but we look forward to reopening our doors when the time permits. We are still available for online inquires, sales and shipping of artworks. Please check back as we have a great season of exhibitions lined up when we are able to open again. Thank you for your continued support!

Instagram @shorepublishing

233 Route NY-17, Tuxedo Park, NY - map  • 
(845) 351-4831

French Resistance Antiques

Tuxedo, NY

BUSINESS STATUS: Requested, pending.
Hours of operation: Requested, pending.
Updates from the field: Requested, pending

Notes from the website:
French Resistance Antiques is housed in an 18,000-square-foot building designed by Walker & Gillette in 1895 as the original market building for Tuxedo Park. It is now packed full of many items bought by Michael Bruno, the founder of 1stdibs, on his travels throughout the world, visiting dealers to expand his company. Michael says he always tried to buy something from every dealer he wanted on 1stdibs—many of those pieces ...read more

215 NY-17, Tuxedo NY 10987 - map  • 
(845) 618-9112

Valley Rock Inn & Market

Sloatsburg, NY

BUSINESS STATUS: Hotel: Accepting future reservations, Restaurant: Temporarily closed, Market / Shop: Online orders, Delivery, Pickup, Additional: Gift Certificates
Hours of operation:
Tuesday - Saturday 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Updates from the field:
Our guest houses will open in late May, contact us to reserve. Each 3-5 bedroom guest house will be exclusive to parties that have sheltered together. Reserve one or all four houses for a family reunion. Every guest house has its own pool lounge area. Each house has its own dinner table in the lodge bar and restaurant which is closed to the pubic and a breakfast/ lunch table outdoors in the Rose Garden. Additionally, each guest house has a dedicated time to use the 7,000 sq ft gym, a dedicated bike to ride into the 70,000 acres of forever ...read more

Instagram @valleyrockinn

27 Mill St, Sloatsburg, NY 10974 - map  • 
(845) 618-9112

Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Tarrytown, NY

BUSINESS STATUS: Restaurant: Temporarily closed, Market / Shop: Online orders, Pickup
Hours of operation: Requested, pending.
Updates from the field:
Pickup available at Blue Hill New York and Blue Hill at Stone Barns 7 days a week. Quantities are limited. This box is called The Restaurant, an ode to the restorative broth for which the first restaurant was named. It turns out that a restaurant was a thing to eat before it was a place to go— and now that we have temporarily closed Blue Hill, we are bringing the restaurant to you. This box is a build-your-own-hotpot based on our harvest and larder, featuring a roster of raw and fermented vegetables, whole grains, local meats, and pastured eggs from ...read more

Instagram @bluehillfarm

630 Bedford Rd, Tarrytown, NY 10591 - map  • 
(914) 366-9600

Tuxedo House Tour

Tuxedo Park, NY

BUSINESS STATUS: Requested, pending.
Hours of operation: Requested, pending.
Updates from the field: Requested, pending

Notes from the website:
Founded in the 1880s by the tobacco baron Pierre Lorillard IV as a hunting and fishing playground for his fellow tycoons, Tuxedo Park now sits within the town of Tuxedo in Orange County. Best known for lending its name to men’s formal wear, it is one of the oldest gated communities in the United States, with access restricted to its 300 or so families, about half of whom are part-time ...read more

Tuxedo Park, NY 10987, USA - map  • 
(845) 915-4567

Early Electrics

Peekskill, NY

BUSINESS STATUS: Requested, pending.
Hours of operation: Requested, pending.
Updates from the field: Requested, pending

Notes from the website:
Early Electrics is a small innovative lighting company. Its design studio has credentials that go back to Raymond Loewy and Philip Johnson. Here you will find antique lighting, original designs using antique parts, and trendsetting limited editions designed by Early Electrics. All of it is handcrafted to order in their shop.

Instagram @earlyelectrics

115 N Water St, Peekskill, NY 10566 - map  • 
(914) 257-1664

Dia: Beacon

Beacon, NY

BUSINESS STATUS: Requested, pending.
Hours of operation: Requested, pending.
Updates from the field:
Last updated March 31, 2020 In order to support the health and well-being of our visitors and staff, and in line with recommendations from public health officials regarding COVID-19, Dia is has closed its indoor artist sites and programmatic spaces in New York and Long Island – Dia Beacon, Dia Bridgehampton, The New York Earth Room and The Broken Kilometer. Public programs across all of Dia’s sites are cancelled or postponed until further notice.  

Instagram @diabeacon

3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY 12508, USA - map  • 
(845) 440-0100

Manitoga Russel Wright Design Center

Garrison, NY

BUSINESS STATUS: Temporarily closed
Hours of operation:
Hiking trails, are open during daylight hours.
Updates from the field:
Manitoga takes the health and safety of visitors, staff and the community seriously and is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on an ongoing basis. We have currently suspended all public programs including guided tours through June 4, 2020 and will continue to monitor guidelines set forth by the New York State Department of Health, Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization. Updates will be provided regarding additional schedule changes as they arise. We are delighted to share that Manitoga’s woodland trails are open to you every day during daylight hours with a suggested donation of $5. Please ...read more

Instagram @visitmanitoga

584 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524 - map  • 
(845) 424 3812

Boscobel House and Gardens

Cold Spring, NY

BUSINESS STATUS: Requested, pending.
Hours of operation: Requested, pending.
Updates from the field: Requested, pending

Notes from the website:
Built between 1804 and 1808 on a 250-acre river front site in Montrose, New York, Boscobel is considered to be one of the finest examples of Federal-style architecture in New York. Boscobel’s complex history represents several different periods and restoration philosophies. The house is restored to the Federal style of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and is highly regarded for its quality and authenticity. Boscobel contains one of ...read more

Instagram @boscobelhg

Bear Mountain-Beacon Highway, Cold Spring, NY, USA - map  • 
(845) 265-3638

New Jersey State Botanical Gardens at Skylands

Ringwood, NJ

BUSINESS STATUS: Closed
Hours of operation: Requested, pending.
Updates from the field: Requested, pending

Notes from the website:
From the delicate shades of a tiny wildflower to the vibrant colors of massed annual plantings, Skylands is a place of beauty in any season. Here you can wander amid the elegance of formal gardens, or along gentle paths winding through the woods. New Jersey Botanical Gardens includes 96 acres of specialty gardens surrounded by 1000 acres of woodlands. You're invited to wander and explore the miles of marked trails. ...read more

Instagram @skylandsmanor

Morris Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456, USA - map  • 
(973) 962-9534

Ringwood Manor

Ringwood, NJ

BUSINESS STATUS: Requested, pending.
Hours of operation: Requested, pending.
Updates from the field: Requested, pending

Notes from the website:
Ringwood Manor is a National Historic Landmark District, having historical importance spanning from Native American occupation through the early 20th century. The surrounding Ramapo Mountains' rich magnetite iron deposits made the area a major iron supplier and became the home to a succession of ironmasters for over 200 years. During the Gilded Age, Ringwood Manor became a large summer estate for partners Peter Cooper and Abram S. Hewitt and their ...read more

Instagram @ringwoodmanorarts

1304 Sloatsburg Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456, USA - map  • 
(973) 962-2241

Glenmere Mansion

Chester, NY

BUSINESS STATUS: Requested, pending.
Hours of operation: Requested, pending.
Updates from the field: Requested, pending

Notes from the website:
Glenmere was built in 1911, as the country retreat of industrialist Robert Goblet, by the leading architects of the day, Carrère and Hastings. Glenmere was originally fashioned as a 35-room Tuscan villa with a central open cortile and majestic interior details, including marble-columned porticoes and sweeping interior and exterior staircases. A painstaking restoration now returns Glenmere to its original magnificence, with flowing rooms and broad terraces all centered on the ...read more

Instagram @glenmeremansion

634 Pine Hill Rd, Chester, NY 10918, USA - map  • 
(845) 469-1900