Saturday, July 4, 2009

Bee Gees' Tune Saves Man's Life

Debra Bader took a walk with her husband in the woods one day when he collapsed. As she dialed 911 to get help as her husband lay unconscious, she remembered a PSA that had informed listeners that they could perform chest compressions to the tune of the Bee Gees' "Stayin Alive." Ms Bader ended up pumping her husband's chest for 15 minutes until the ambulance arrived and saved her husband. She said that she was surprised you can save someone from cardiac arrest without performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and many people believe that they have to take formal training in CPR training to save someone. That's not true, and every bit of education you can get can save someone's life.

If nightlife saves your life (not literally, though), one of the best places to go in the world is New York City. Mari Vanna is a new NYC spot with selected private openings kicking off this July, and it serves up a homey Russian dish in Gramercy. Not only is it filled with interesting Russian antiques, but it is reportedly generous on the servings of Kiev and stroganoff. If you need a hearty meal before heading off into the night, then this could be it. Ward III (Tribeca) recently opened in New York and offers high-end mixology from masters, even keeping regulars' preferred mixes on file to keep them from having to endure mix-ups when they go. It also offers food along with your drinks of choice, so if you're short on time and want to hit the town, this would be it. 205 near Stanton Street is a guest-list only affair that's for the artistic types, with rumors that it's a Warhol-esque club. It's an industrial-type warehouse club that's both fun and fascinating, so you might want to hunt down friends in the city if you want to head on out to this notable location. 49 Grove in the West Village is the all-out type of club, with velvet banquettes and super-expensive cocktails. If you want to party like someone who lives the high life, this is the place for you! But what about where you're going to stay when you come home late at night after wining, dining, and dancing? The Four Seasons New York is a great choice, with a great location and a soaring building size of 52 floors (designed by famed architect I.M. Pei). Not only is it kitted out in marble and onyx, with a stunning lobby entrance, but it has a luxurious spa for the basking and beautifying.

What else? London's right across the pond, and a perfect place for nightlife lovers. It combines cool club atmospheres of the rich and famous (where you might just see a royal) with high-quality eateries serving tasty fare. You'll never get to visit every place you want to go, but you can try! Ginglik is located in Sheperd's Bush and offers a variety of slightly weird-and-wacky nighttime distractions, such as dance nights, film, and comedy—it's a grab bag. The Osteria Basilico is a great London hangout for the pre-movie set, offering traditional Italian food in a reservation-must location with bustling crowds. For a modern stay in London, try the Four Seasons Canary Wharf, which offers a great riverfront setting in London's new financial center. The docklands area of London is full of highrise buildings and lots of quays, so you can watch the sun set over sparkling waters. For a more traditional London experience, you can plan for a 2010 vacation in the renovated Four Seasons Hotel London, which is in an excellent spot for shopping and dining.

Where will you go to dance to a disco tune?

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