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“After living and working in Milan and Paris, I arrived in New York City 20 years ago, and I saw both the joys and the hardships of daily life. On July 28, 2006, I was very proud to become a citizen of the United States - the greatest privilege on planet Earth.” - Melania Trump As the second First Lady to be born outside of the United States (Louisa Adams was the first), Melania Trump has traveled a long way to reach incredible heights as one of the most glamorous, powerful and influential women in the world. She is the embodiment of the American Dream. As a young woman named Melania Knavs from Slovenia, she combined her natural beauty, work ethic, and business acumen to become a trusted ambassador for some of the premier fashion houses and brands across the globe. Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Dolce & Gabanna, Stella McCartney, Emilio Pucci, Calvin Klein, Delpozo and Diane Von Furstenberg are just a handful of brands that Melania has represented with great style. Besides being a global Fashion Icon, as First Lady of the United States of America, Melania is an independent thinker who knows when to speak her mind. Melania is as tough and smart as she is elegant and graceful. Her smile and incredible beauty are matched only by her concern for and love of children from all over the world. Helping children is at the core of her ambitious “Be Best” program. “As a mother and as first lady, it concerns me that in today’s fast-paced and ever-connected world, children can be less prepared to express or manage their emotions and oftentimes turn to forms of destructive or addictive behavior such as bullying, drug addiction or even suicide,”- Melania Trump Melania is authentic and unafraid to do and say what she thinks is right. Melania Trump is clearly no ordinary First Lady. We are honored to have her grace our cover. Enjoy the latest issue of Metropolitan. God Bless America!

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The province of Laguna Fashion Designer: Gimjude Oliveros Creative Direction and Styling: Marane A. Plaza Photographer: Dustin Go Models: Gea Jamae M. Oliveros and Maria Christlyn Gemepino Oliveros Hair and Makeup: Michael A. Blaza and Vladimir B. Abas Producers: Haz Go and Marie Mapa Dizon Location: Garden of Gen Resort in Cavinti, Laguna, Philippines. For bookings, contact +639176849428.


orn from the small town of Cavinti in Laguna, Philippines, fashion designer Gimjude Oliveros has discovered his innate eye for arts and fashion because of the rich heritage of design and culture in his hometown. The province of Laguna is one of the places in the country that showcases and sells the infamous Piña fabric, a globally known fashion raw material hand-loomed from pineapple leaf fibers. Traditional piña weavers in the country are dwindling, making the delicate piña cloth expensive and highly prized. They are used only for very formal events. They’re mechanically woven and once made from abacá or banana silk are turned into Jusi fabric. Gimjude Oliveros used the Jusi fabric and cotton twill materials in his collection called “Tribal Army”. Dedicated to the Filipino soldiers risking their lives in Marawi, Mindanao, the “Tribal Army” couture pieces are a testament of how the fashion designer is honoring his hometown’s art by showcasing colorful, tribal details hand-painted by a local artist in his hometown. The paintings just pop out on on the neutral hues of the fabrics. The creations are of green and brown hues, the same colors of the Filipino soldiers’ uniforms, as his expression of his love for his country the Philippines, and its peace guards--- the Filipino soldiers who are fighting for peace and order in Marawi, Mindanao. In this fashion editorial, the famous bahay kubo of the Philippines is also showcased.

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ustralian Group show turned up the heat as the sun went down over The Miami Setai Hotel. The group show left guests radiating neon’s and re-inspired by throwback perfection.

While the sustainably conscious TJ Swim sported their neon’s; showing us how sexy high cuts are really done; Lil and Emm were the playful best friends who made bringing glitter cover ups to the beach all the rage. Flattering each and every body with sweet Kelly Kapowski vibes. If Lil and Emm where the coy BFF, Nookie Beach followed up with straight-up confidence and sexy silhouettes. Sporting leopard and latex in all the right ways with pops of metallics and vinyl lacquer. Next up, Lahana Swim unleashed the wilderness with their minimalistic iconic leopard ‘kinis. Subdued sexiness at its absolute prime. As Vincija Swimwear seamlessly made its way down the runway in one of a kind handmade pieces by the designer hands herself. Updating classic high-rise cuts with banded modern accents. Sage Swim steamed up the runway and redefined the ordinary one piece with perfectly placed peek-a-boos and French cuts.

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Nookie Beach Lahana Swim Sage Swim

Sonya Swim redefined “sexy” necklines with Basic Instinct inspirations. While an Instagram favorite VDM the Label stunned yet again at Swim Week with their vibrant Spring Break ready classic green and pink neon staples and universally flattering 80’s vibes. ABOUT FASHION PALETTE: Fashion Palette, an international runway platform best known for presenting Australian designers to the rest of the world, has been showcasing at New York Fashion Week since 2012. Last year Fashion Palette made its debut at Miami Swim Week to critical acclaim. International buyers and media could not get enough of Australian swimwear designers - we truly embody life by the sea’, whether that’s swimming in a salty ocean rock pool, surfing with friends or heading from beach - to - bar with our girlfriends. Australian brands embrace a unique, stylish and relaxed lifestyle that is reflected in our contemporary swimwear

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tan that hydrates and nourishes your skin, meaning you stay bronzed for longer--all at an affordable price point and now available at Walgreens stores nationwide and on Walgreens.com. Australian made, globally loved. For more information on the award-winning brand please visit www. bondisands.com and “Like” Bondi Sands on Instagram @bondisands. ABOUT PARAISO MIAMI BEACH: In July 2018, PARAISO opened its doors in Miami Beach to unveil a brand-new experiential festival that creatively united the world’s favorite fashion, wellness, beauty and lifestyle brands. A multi-day fashion fair centralized in Collins Park and stretching to all surrounding areas of South Beach, PARAISO champions the core values of innovation, originality and discovery through must-see events, imaginative activations, exclusive launches, runway presentations, and collaborations in design, music, wellness, art and social media.

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Bananhot America & Nessy Swimwear MIAMI WITH SEXY TWISTS AND TIES

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he show began with a tantalizing performance from international Popstar and actress Millane. Summer vibes were highlighted Nessy Swimwear’s bright poppy colors and super sexy cuts; served high-rise twists and candy colored barely there one pieces.

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Bananhot delivered on all the teeny string bikinis of your dreams, with stand out pieces being their popping red and blue printed bikini with matching cover up, and their summer sunkissed yellow one piece. Sure to compliment everybody. The Setai, Miami Beach was the perfect scene for the swim brands to double down on Miami’s

provocative essence. Drawing the attention of Rocky Barnes, Jennifer Avina, and more. ABOUT BANAHOT: Designed by Israeli models, Noa Beny and Neta Alchamister, baNaNhot (pronounced BANANHOT) Bikinis is a fashion swimwear line that promotes a confident, natural, sun-kissed lifestyle. Blessed by Israel’s nearly

year-round sunny skies, Noa & Neta spent their childhoods on the beaches of Tel Aviv and Eilat, wearing bikinis like a second skin. At 20 years old, they began creating swimwear that fit their youthful style and aesthetic sensibility. After four months of selling one-offs via email, Noa & Neta decided to launch their own swimwear company in 2014 to accommodate the growing demand. BANANHOT Bikinis soon developed a cult following of girls and women from all over the world who are dedicated to wearing cheeky, fashion-forward cuts. No matter how crowded the beach, pool, or music festival maybe, wearing a baNaNhot Bikini will capture the attention of all those around.

Proudly designed and manufactured in Israel, baNaNhot Bikinis are offered on a limited-edition basis, assuring exclusivity and uniqueness; once sold out, they are gone! Our distinctive signature prints and cheeky cuts are designed in-house using dreamy color palettes and a fashionforward sense of style. They are like rare gems and when you wear them you know that all eyes are on you. BANANHOT bikini bottoms are available in Brazilian, shirred (scrunch bum), side-tie, and lace-side styles. Our padded and unpadded bikini tops are available in adjustable triangles, bra style, fixed triangles, and halter necks in sizes that fit A cup to D cup. Enjoy summer with BANANHOT and feel special!

ABOUT NESSY: At 14 years old VANESSA SANCHEZ launched her own swimwear company Nessy Swimwear. Vanessa is inspired by the care free, beach lifestyle of Malibu, CA. Nessy Swimwear is a free spirited yet youthful line of handmade, seamless bikinis. A key element of Nessy Swimwear’s designs is universality; all of our pieces are developed to enable girls of all sizes and ages to feel young and free. Vanessa is dedicated to produce adorable, quality bikinis at an affordable price. Each bikini is made with love so each and every girl that wears Nessy Swimwear will not only feel beautiful, but will look beautiful.

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Melania Trump The Will to Self



ne would be remiss to confine Melania Trump to the titles she holds: Supermodel, mother, and First Lady. Her appeal is greater than all of that. She is the sum total of her entire biography. Immigrant. Artist. Fashion Icon-- and yes, feminist.

Born in the former socialist state of Slovenia, then a part of communist Yugoslavia, Melania Knavs experienced first-hand the stifling consequences of practiced socialism, created by Tito’s rapacious demand for power. Yet, Melania Knavs was determined to create a life on her own terms. At an early age, Melania demonstrated an aptitude for modeling. Contrary to popular belief, a pretty face isn’t enough for a successful career in modeling, it requires strenuous effort, determined perseverance, and nuanced business acumen. Melania earned her international modeling contract; it wasn’t given to her like a government hand-out. For many an aspiring model, that achievement alone would have been enough. Ascending to the most prestigious catwalks of Milan, Paris, London, and New York, while representing the world’s premier designers and artists. To Melania, however, the runway wasn’t a platform, but a stairway.

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It was through modeling that she met her future husband and America’s 45th President. She would also become an American citizen and ultimately the First Lady of The United States of America. First Ladies are often defined by their husbands. Seen by many in gendered terms as complementary and compliant, standing by their man without a will of their own. Melania shatters that mold. She defines her husband and defies expectations in every way. Her detractors say she can be aloof. To her admirers, she is mysterious, chic, and something like royalty - a modern Grace Kelly. As our First Lady, Melania has shown a quiet strength and independent spirit while rejecting or refusing to tolerate the suffocating strictures that our culture places on one of the last acceptable gendered stereotypes. That strength of will is precisely why she has become and will remain, such an iconoclast. As an immigrant, none of our ingrained cultural expectations have been imprinted on her mind. She has always seen other First Ladies from without - not within. And as a result, Melania is free to define and refine her role as she sees fit.

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Some Americans, especially those who worship the state, do not like anyone with an independent spirit who thinks for themselves. However, whatever point of view one chooses to view this most exotic member of the White House’s private residence from, her most enduring legacy may ultimately be as the ideal example of the American dream. She is the living proof of the promises of our nation. Donald Trump respects Melania. Deeply. In a way that has rarely, if ever, been seen elsewhere in his personal or professional life as President. It is this respect for her strength that allows Melania to accept the position of First Lady on her terms. Not America’s. Not her husband’s. Hers. And that kind of autonomy isn’t something that happens often in any White House. A modern-day First Lady with a strength of will that deserves the respect of our entire nation. Maybe someday she’ll get it. Either way, she will be who she is, NOT what we want her to be.

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“Work It”


“Work It” is the newest song and video release from Country artist sensation Cherie Oakley....and “Work It” she does. The hard driving, vibrant track and video seeps into the very heart and soul of the multi-faceted life the everyday woman leads. Her voice is powerful like a raging tsunami, yet tantalizing and endowed with passion and sensitivity. Clearly destined to be a songstress, Cherie’s musical journey began as a small child and never stopped. Traveling the country with her Evangelistic family, at age 3 she was already included in musical theater, singing her tiny little heart out. Her fortunate childhood allowed her to become an accomplished session singer with artists including: The Band Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, and the cast from the hit television series “Nashville.” As a touring background vocalist, she has shared the stage with the likes of Carrie Underwood, Amy Grant, Kelly Clarkson, Gretchen Wilson, and Trace Adkins. Having performed with superstars including: Sheryl Crow, Luke Bryan, LeAnn Rimes, Jennifer Nettles, George Strait, Reba, Idina Menzel, and Mary J. Blige, it’s no wonder she is now capturing the country music industry and turning it upside down. Already recognized as an accomplished country music writer, for having created Reba McEntire’s “Turn On The Radio”, which skyrocketed to # 1 on the Billboard Country Charts, she has also performed on The Tonight show, The Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, the CMA Awards, Ellen, The Today show, BBC Breakfast, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Late Show with David Letterman, The X-Factor UK, and The Voice, having Christina Aguilera turn a chair.

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Now the universe has spoken, and Cherie Oakley is owning her own stage with “Work It”, written by Cherie, Mark Oakley, and David Fanning, and produced by the iconic Dann Huff. Like a supernova, a star that has suddenly increased greatly in its brightness because of an orgasmic explosion, Cherie Oakley is rising. I spoke with Cherie, and what began as an interview ended as a wonderful new friendship.... Obviously with your talent it was destiny that you became a singer. What inspired you to choose country music? Thank you.... I grew up singing all different genres but country kind of went back to my roots, Southern gospel music. I grew up in evangelism with my family. We sang country and southern gospel songs in the morning and then at night, because my parents originated in the theater, they incorporated that into our ministry. They would write original musicals for us to do. Then on the long drive from church to church I only listened to country music. So for me, I sang country before I sang anything else. It feels like home. It’s like comfort food for me. It is a genre where I can just let my hair down and just let it fly. I loved doing musical theater growing up and I love singing pop music, and all different kinds of music, but I had to pay attention to certain things like my vowels and things like that. So, country music was the only genre that was 100% me. I don’t have to pay attention to any particular thing, it’s just authentic. I love to interview country artists because all of you seem to have a cool story. That is interesting. I have never even thought about that. Country music feels so popular now. It is. It’s such a broad genre, there’s traditional country, forms of pop country, now there is urban country. There are many different flavors in there which for me is so fantastic because once again it lets me be creative and have freedom. I don’t feel like I have to conform in any way. I can just be myself and write what I want to write, how I want to write and sing it how I want to sing it. I’m not sure that country would’ve been the best fit for me years ago simply because I think I would’ve really had to try and conform a little bit more and maybe not be quite as authentic. Like other genres, I would’ve had to pay attention to things a little bit more. So, I love the fact that country is such a broad ranged genre, with different genres within it. I think that country music allows more artistic freedom.

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I feel like you have such a strong voice that you could sing anything. I also know that country is popular in the UK. What are your thoughts about touring internationally? I love history. I’m such a history buff and so I love traveling and seeing the world. I love being with different cultures and soaking it all in. It’s such a big part of being a songwriter. You’re inspired by things and so yes, I’ve been dying to. Where are you from originally? I was born in Indiana, in a little town called Crawfordsville. It’s hilarious because I have no idea where it is. Someday I’ll venture there and see what it’s like and actually be able to talk about it. I was just born there but we went into full-time evangelism on my third birthday. We traveled and traveled. Then I got spotted by an agent when I was four years old in Atlanta, and then I got a manager in New York. Then we would route auditions for television or theater or just whatever on the way to our next destination to the next revival or whatever it was that we were doing. You started super, super young. Yeah. I’ve had people ask me what made me want to be a singer and I have to tell them that I don’t know anything else. I don’t remember ever doing anything else. I don’t remember ever wanting to do anything else. I was a weird kid. I would wake up and sing and I would do it all day long. If I played with dolls then my dolls sang. If I played with any toys they sang. If I drew pictures it was of me performing on the stage. So everything I did revolved around being a singer. It was so weird being so young and so obsessed with it. I was passionate about it. It was just my whole world. My poor parents, I don’t know how they put up with it. You really were literally destined. Yeah. I don’t know how they did it, they never told me to stop. I grew up kind of all over. We had houses at different points in different places, but we weren’t really there very much. But it’s been amazing. I got to be in Jersey for a while, New York for a while, Georgia, Florida.... so I feel like I can relate to a lot of people. I feel like I can have a conversation with a brick wall. I feel pretty blessed to be able to do that. The only time it’s a bad thing

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is when strangers come up and then they vomit their life to you. That happens. It’s a compliment. You seem to be completely positive and so is your new song. I feel like the world is a dark enough place. I am totally all about pointing out things that can be frustrating, upsetting, and depressing but I definitely don’t write Debbie downers. I feel like you should have something that has a bit of hope to it. There is nothing wrong with shedding light on things that are going on in life or your friend’s life or the world that are upsetting, but if there is something we can say to the listener that’s going through it that might help them hang on another day.... that’s my whole thing and it’s funny that you picked up on that. I think that country singers have a lot of power because people expect a story line from their songs. They really do. I mean, I think that all musicians do but country music is really blowing up. I think country singers are held in a different degree, more than other genres. They are expected to be honest. I think they are expected to have authenticity with their songwriting and who they are as an artist. I feel with other genres you can sometimes test what sort of a character that you can become, and I’m not saying that in a negative way. I just think country is all about authenticity. So, I totally see that and agree with it.

what would you want to happen? I like that question. Well it would be huge. It would be a massive, massive stage. I would have a huge band. I would have six back-up singers that all have choreographed moves. I would have a horn section. I would have two fiddle players because fiddles are my favorite country instrument. I would have millions and millions and millions of people that if I pull the mic away and held it to the audience, they would sing every word. I love that fantasy and I think soon it will be a fantasy come true. Don’t we alI want to go to that fantasy? I’m definitely working towards it. That’s why I am totally open. That place for me, it might be in America, it might be in Germany, it might be in Ireland, London. You don’t know where your music is going to strike a nerve. So, don’t put any boundaries on it and just go for it. Let your music speak to people. Maybe it’s the way I was raised in evangelism. You just want to reach out and help everybody. My music does that. I can see that. If you could have me ask you any question in the world, what question would that be? I think you can put this in the form of a question. I think the timing of everything that is happening for me is kind of bizarre. Describe what you mean by Bizarre?

I think country singers tell a story better and clearer sometimes than other genres. Thank you. I mean I hope it continues. That is definitely the roots of country music. I think for a little while it kind of got overly saturated with some sort of surface songs if you will. I think that we’ve definitely pulled away from that and gotten closer to the essence of country music, which is so much more than trucks in mud and countrified food. There is so much more to talk about and sing about. Those things are great and they’re fun, and they are definitely an escape that we need, but there is also a need for songs that are going to talk about deeper things that country music has always done. I think that’s really dominating the genre now. If you could have your ultimate stage fantasy

Why didn’t this happen for me when I was 16? I was totally ready for it then. Why didn’t it happen for me when I was 18? Or why did it happen for me so many years later. Now I have a daughter and life is a bit more complicated. I look at different artists that are getting signed right now and they’re younger, and maybe just getting married but they are just in a totally different place. I am so thankful that I can talk about a whole lot of stuff that nobody else can really talk about. I know what it’s like to be a mom, a wife, for a while now. I know the ups and downs of a career financially. I know what it’s like to feel when nobody would write Country songs for a woman, and I wasn’t an artist in the ring yet. I know what it’s like to watch people make horrible mistakes and then make incredible decisions that change people’s lives and learn from everything along the way. I

feel like I have so much to say and I’m so grateful that the timing is now for me. Is it a little bit more complicated? Yes, totally. But I feel like I can relate to so many people. Their lives are so complicated. Most people are juggling a million things and figuring out how to make it work. Most people don’t have the luxuries of nannies and millions of dollars, without needing a job. I feel like I can relate to I guess the average mom. The average person who is trying to make it. The ones who are pounding their heads against the pavement and who are frustrated. I can speak to a really wide range of women out there. I’m so thankful for that

because I don’t see that with a lot of artists that are signed right now. I can answer that question for you. It’s because the universe came together now for you instead of when you were 16 or 18. Right! I’m so grateful, I really am because I look at when I was younger who did I idolize? I think that it is incredible that we have people like Taylor Swift for the young girls who need someone their age to identify with. I kind of miss seeing quite frankly a lot of grown women that are telling stories through

their music and speaking about things that they are passionate about, not because they are on TV but because they have experienced it. I think it is a totally different place when you can say “look, this is what I’ve lived, this is what I know, I can relate to you and you can relate to me. We are one in the same.” I’m grateful for that I am so grateful to have all of this happening for me right now. cherieoakley.com

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ince London has the Chelsea Flower Show, why shouldn’t New York have a similar floral extravaganza and floral love fest? That was the thinking of Moira Breslin, the owner of Articulate Productions, a communications company based in both London and New York.

Because when you have the savvy, organizational skills and contacts of Breslin, you know who to call. A few months ago, Breslin contacted Lewis Miller, whose widely popular Flower Flash pop-up installations have started a trend throughout the United States, and the two discussed creating a city-wide festival of flowers. After all, New York is home to some of the greatest florists on the planet and is also a place that appreciates style and daring. Pumped with adrenaline, she also made a call to Calvert Crary, the beloved Yoda-like teacher who is the executive director of FlowerSchool NY. He listened to her passionate pitch for the L.E.A.F. event, which is what she named the week-long floral event, and he also signed on. Talk about a slam dunk. Thus New York is enjoying floral displays June 11 and 12 at various locations including Rockefeller Plaza, the Crosby Street Hotel and Flower School NY. And next year, a full-blown New York Flower Week.

What appealed to these admired leaders of the industry is that many talented florists produce works of art for their corporate and personal clients that the public doesn’t see. But L.E.A.F. is for all New Yorkers, as well as for the thousands of tourists who visit the Big Apple in June. Miller, whose press clips are piling up as high as a New York skyscraper, started Flower Flash to give back to the city that had launched his prolific career. With stealth-like precision, he and his team take floral discards from his posh events and plant them in unsuspecting places, like a New York trash can bursting with roses, to the delight of passersby. Crosby Street Lewis Miller installation 62 | MetMagNY.com | 25AMagazine.com

That’s the beautiful reality of flowers. Every person on the planet

responds to them with a smile. Furthermore, these installations are an opportunity to showcase up-and-coming talent who are drawn to a career linking nature and art. “The designers we work with are the best of the best, and we’re thrilled that L.E.A.F is bringing exposure to these hard-working designers and creating a curated platform to make their work more accessible to the public,” says Crary. “FlowerSchool partnered with L.E.A.F to support New York Flower Week, and its mission to share

the very best of floral design all over the city. New York City is the center of the design world, with the highest standards and fiercest competition.”

is like asking Donald Trump not to tweet. By any standard, New York is going to be floral fun this week.

Soon other professionals signed on, including the creative agency East Olivia as well as B Floral and Cape Lily.

“Today, the world of Floriculture is in full bloom,” says Breslin. “I am so pleased to present L.E.A.F., our city-wide festival of Flowers. It’s an opportunity for all New Yorkers to come together and enjoy the beauty of nature.”

This year is considered a soft launch. The official launch is 2020. Breslin wanted to start small and then expand where she will welcome many other floral professionals. Except of course asking any florist to think small

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statue at 45 Rockefeller Plaza, Bernard Rosenthal’s ‘The Alamo” at Astor Place and Fernando Botero’s ‘The Crosby Cat” in front of Crosby Street Hotel at 79 Crosby Street. In fact, the Crosby Street Hotel is offering a collection of floral-inspired pastries through June 16, which is not surprising. Designer Kit Kemp, who owns the Crosby Street Hotel with her husband, has admired Miller’s work for decades. “I’ve been hiring him to do our flowers since I first started,” Kemp told me when I interviewed her on her floral interior designs. Kemp was happy to be on board with this project thanks to Miller. FlowerSchool NY, which is located at 213 West 14th Street, is stretching their considerable talents and created a stunning outdoor installation as part of their participation. It will also be accompanied by an al-fresco Flower Shop selling bouquets for just $10 instead of $25. These displays can be seen from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 11 and 12. Joe’s Jeans, on 83 Mercer Street, will have an outdoor installation designed by B Floral which should be both

whimsical and vibrant. Aesop, on 232 Elizabeth Street, will be adorning their store with bouquets of luscious blooms as will Cape Lily at The Source at 651 West 175th Street. Last but not least, one may remember that Lewis Miller did oversee the bouquet-arranging tutorial for Meghan Markle’s baby shower here in New York. La Ligne on 996 Madison Avenue will be giving away Lewis Miller’s hand-tied baby bouquets with a purchase and also offering a limited edition of a floral painted pochette. Pretty wonderful, isn’t it? Plus, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Central Park Conservancy. All these installations and efforts share the most important ingredient. Coming together through a love of flowers and wanting to make many people very very happy. I’m hoping to see some white carnations in some of these creatively inspired installations. In Charlotte de Latou’s seminal book in 1819 describing the language of flowers, the white carnation is the flower for good luck.

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Movie, Movies and More Movies BY BILL TUSH


don’t know what CNN does these days because I don’t watch it. To be fair I also don’t watch FOX, CNBC, MSNBC or any other news channel if there are others. At one time CNN had travel shows, science technology programs, fashion segments and entertainment news. That is where I came in as Senior Entertainment Correspondent. A big part of the job was going to movies. Lots of movies. Retirement came in 2002 and with plenty of time on my hands, I went to movies. Lots of movies. Out of the blue an old friend who happened to own a multiplex mentioned he needed some help and here I am today managing a movie theatre. It’s like having your very own eight screen home theatre with first run films. Okay! you do have to let strangers in and occasionally sweep up, but hey this is a movie fan’s dream gig. Well, maybe owning the theatre would be better. Now you know my qualifications let’s talk about global warming. Just kidding. Let’s talk movies. Skipping “The Avengers,” which as everyone knows kicked off the summer box office by breaking all records and among others starred Samuel L. Jackson, but he’s in every

film so we won’t talk anymore about either “The Avengers” or Sam Jackson. Sam is what his friends call him, I think.

and just impress your co-workers around the water cooler with your unique knowledge. Do offices still have water coolers?

It seems for all “The Avengers” did to clean up the world and the box office bucks it wasn’t enough, Spider-Man had to show up, again with Sam Jackson. Darn, we weren’t going to mention him. “Spider-Man Far From Home” scored really big at the box office, of course, not as big as “The Avengers.”

If you are the box office total type, “Spider-Man, Far From Home” brought in almost 200-million dollars in its first weekend. That means in studio speak, the film has “legs.” That also is a clever thing to say when you are writing an article like this, “Spider-Man has legs…” Coming up with clever adjectives really helps this kind of thing. One of my favorites was, “unspools.” Example, “Spiderman is expected to capture a huge audience when it unspools this weekend.” Sadly, digital projection has made the word useless unless you are writing an article about sewing.

Does anybody remember when people went to the movies without looking at what it made at the box office or it’s Rotten Tomatoes score? While it seems everyone wants to know box office totals they don’t want to hear “spoilers.” In case you don’t know about them, they are things that give away the plot or other tid-bits about the film you can only learn with the price of admission. Here’s one, in “Spider-Man, Far From Home” two of the characters walk past a car with the license plate “463”. That is because the character of Sandman who is about to appear, first showed up in the comic book “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 4 back in 1963. Ah Ha! Spoiler. May I suggest you save the price of admission

From Spider-Man to “Rocketman.” How was that for a transition? Recently, we had two women in their 60’s come out of one of the auditoriums complaining they were in the wrong theatre. For 45 minutes they were watching “Toy Story 4” when they wanted to see “Rocketman.” What finally gave it away? Nobody was singing any Elton John songs? It didn’t look like Elton in that cowboy suit? “Rocketman” wasn’t animated?????? I would

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bet my huge manager’s salary these two are not Academy voters. Speaking of “Rocketman” I was surprised to learn that Elton John was an Executive Producer of this film. No wonder he liked it so much. Just for the record most of the audience liked it too. Although I don’t think it will be Oscar material. My opinion. I took all kinds of grief for not liking “Yesterday.” That’s the one about a struggling singer who becomes a megastar singing Beatles songs. Why? Because according to the story, Jack Malik, the singer played by Himesh Patel bumps his head and wakes up in a world where nobody ever heard of the Fab Four. My problem is the film never makes it clear that he is dreaming all of this. There are many other plot holes in “Yesterday” but this hasn’t stopped it from being a hit. I think folks just enjoy hearing those great songs even if the Beatles aren’t singing them. Lily James as Ellie the girl who loves Jack is terrific. She is the long suffering girl back home hoping one day Jack will come to his senses. Add to that, Ed Sheeran as himself and nobody could have played it better. “Booksmart” I did like, a lot. Sadly it had an “R” rating. A story of two high school girls and their comedic misadventures trying to “fit in” had a rating that wouldn’t let those under 18 in to see it. That was the audience for this very funny movie. Some stuffy adults, wouldn’t find “Booksmart” either interesting or funny. Hip young adults might. This is the kind of thing that makes one happy for Netflix and Amazon. Check it out, a large audience for this film is long overdue. (Library references).

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Certainly some of the summer films have been left out and there are a few more “Coming Attractions.” Disney’s “The Lion King” may give “The Avengers” and “Spider-Man” a run for the money. Who are we kidding, Disney will make a fortune with this one. Personally, the film I’m looking forward to the most is Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.” Having only read blurbs about it and seeing the trailer numerous times. It takes place in the summer of 1969 when Hollywood to many, like myself, was a gazillion miles away and movie stars hit the hot spots and partied the night away. At least until the night of August 9th. when Charles Manson’s followers changed all that. Don’t need to tell the whole story. I can tell you that friends who lived there at the time told me how it all changed after that. Maybe that’s what makes even the “Once Upon A Time” title so appealing. While we are in the summer of 69’ let me remind you, as if I need to, of the moon landing. Now streaming or available somewhere, everything is, check out “Apollo 11.” Most likely one of the best documentaries ever made. Actual footage so impressive you might think it was created by movie magic and there are some that still believe that. I like to think it was all real. You will love this film, I promise. When Neil Armstrong sets foot on the lunar surface and says those immortal words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” you will get the chills. Although it was Buzz Aldrin who really had the best line and nobody ever caught it until now. As he was about

to climb the ladder down to meet Armstrong, he casually throws out the ad-lib, “I’m just making sure I don’t lock the door behind me….” It would have been a whole different ending. “Apollo 11” was produced by CNN Films. What? CNN makes movies? Editor’s Note: Bill Tush is not only CNN’s original face and voice of entertainment news, he was one of Ted Turner’s favorite on-camera personalities for over twenty five years. Bill even had his own variety show “Tush!” on TBS. For over a decade I was Bill’s producer for CNN Showbiz Today, CNN Showbiz This Week and Showbiz This Month. (Yes, we did a CNN Showbiz This Year, too- it was marketed as a dvd) Working with Bill Tush was only the best job in television. I got to hang out with an amazing writer, story-teller and all-around heck of a guy and join him on various wild adventures on movie sets, television studios and red carpets. I even earned a nickname from Bill... “Bonehead.” As in, “Bonehead stop flirting with the interns and get that script done...or Bonehead, what do they pay you to do around here anyway?” Good times. No. Great times. Really great times. Hope you enjoy Bill Tush’s always-entertaining take on showbiz. There is only one Bill Tush and we are really lucky to have him as a Sr. Entertainment News contributor! facebook.com/bill.tush

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his summer 2019, 75 Main continues its reign as probably the most coveted restaurant location in Southampton’s social circuit. Diners flock to the Main Street hotspot year-round as tables fill with a devoted clientele which include celebrities and Hampton locals, alike. Starting at breakfast, through lunch, dinner and into the night, restaurateur Zach Erdem’s 75 Main has been the go-to spot for celebs including Alec Baldwin, Former Vice President Joe Biden, Christie Brinkley, Pierce Brosnan, Leonardo di Caprio, Jennifer Hudson, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, LA Reid and Alex Rodriguez. 75 Main has a euro-chic all-white design that showcases gallery-style artwork by Raphael Mazzucco. Walnut colored furnishing brightens the front of house dining room, but for more intimate affairs, white linens create a more sophisticated dining experience in the back of house. Large doors open the front of house to the streets of Southampton where guests can dine al-fresco under the bright yellow awning. Fresh flowers and green trees surround the outdoor patio tables and add to the restaurant’s longstanding charm. Those who reserve a seat at 75 Main will appreciate the contemporary American menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner with Mediterranean, Italian, and Asian influences. The unique menu is expertly crafted by Executive Chef Mark Militello, who has made Food & Wine Magazine‘s list of “10 Best Chefs in America,” in addition to having won a prestigious James Beard Award. Dishes include the Seared Breast of Long Island Duck with chickpeas, Swiss chard, parsnip and kumquat jam; Veal Scaloppini with prosciutto, sage and

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fontina cheese over a purée of parsnip; and the Linguini with Local Clams, toasted garlic, parsley, Pinot Grigio, Chile flakes, and fresh breadcrumbs. Diners looking for smaller plates or to share, will relish in the appetizer offerings, which include the Crispy duck Taiwana with a warm French lentil salad, mustard vinaigrette and scotch bonnet oil, or the Charcoaled Octopus with warm butter bean and escarole salad, and Sicilian pesto. In addition, 75 Main offers a sushi menu created by Sushi Chef Sun Ho Jung Takeshi, formerly of Morimoto. Sumptuous sushi dishes include the Fire Cracker Roll with Shrimp Tempura, Spicy Tuna, Spicy Crab, Tobiko On Top, the Yellowtail Jalapeno Roll with Spicy Crab With Crunch, Yellowtail And Jalapeno on Top, and the Sushi Combo with 7pc Seasonal Fish & a Spicy Tuna Roll. Sides include Edamame, Seaweed Salad and Crispy Rice. Hailing from Turkey is international awardwinning Pastry Chef Gursel Aydin, promising Instaworthy dessert pastries throughout the summer. Aydin will cook up everything from restaurant

favorites to masterfully creative pastry delights, including Allogato (Hot espresso poured over vanilla ice cream with a biscotti), Granny Apple Pie (Granny Smiths, North Fork Cider, caramel, butter crumb topping), and Key Lime Coconut Torte (key lime chiffon, coconut graham crust). For diners with dietary considerations, the attentive restaurateur Zach Erdem and waitstaff will assure finely crafted meals fit guest’s needs. Salads and healthy dishes include the Black Bean and Quinoa Burger with black beans, corn, cilantro, rolled oats and egg; the Super Bowl Salad with baby kale, avocado, sugar snap peas, quinoa, cucumber, egg, toasted pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts; and the 75 Main Chopped Salad with roasted peppers, red onions, craisins, candied walnuts, blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. 75 Main also offers a Brunch and Lunch menu, including classics such as Eggs Benedict (poached eggs, Canadian bacon, English muffin, Hollandaise), Belgium Waffles (with fresh berries & whipped cream), Traditional Maine Lobster

Roll (on toasted pull apart bun), Salad Nicoise (organic mixed greens, seared Ahi tuna steak, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, hard boiled eggs, roasted red peppers, roasted potatoes, balsamic vinaigrette), and the Chicken Calabrese Sandwich (grilled chicken, mozzarella, roasted red peppers, pesto). Handcrafted cocktails complement every meal such as the 75 Main Cosmopolitan made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, triple sec, lime, and cranberry juice. The Arnold Palmer blends Absolut Citron with fresh brewed iced tea—perfectly refreshing on hot summer days.

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menu is rich in variety and slathered with flavor. Well-regarded for their fresh Colorado Beef burgers that also are hormone, anti-antibiotic and additive free, the burger bar is dedicated to environmental sustainability. Specials include the Coopers Beach 8 oz black Angus beef burger with avocado, bean sprouts, pineapple marmalade, lettuce, tomato on SERVES DECADENT a multi-grain bun; the Black & Bleu 8 oz black Angus BURGERS & MILKSHAKES beef burger with bleu cheese, applewood bacon, lettuce, tomato, caramelized walnut crumble on a BY HARRY BRADS brioche bun; and the Mac Attack! 8 oz black Angus beef burger with homemade mac & cheese, onion nion Burger Bar is an exciting hay, on a pretzel bun. new addition to Southampton’s dining scene, located in the iconic The restaurant also offers a selection of delectable Bowden Square. The restaurant sides and salads, including Scotty’s Award-Winning extension sits adjacent to its Chili topped with onions & melted cheddar; Truffle contemporary Mexican sister Fries topped with parmesan cheese; and Health restaurant, Union Cantina, and offers an Nut salad with romaine & kale mix, hearts of palm, assortment of specialty gourmet burgers, fresh sweet corn, heirloom tomato, avocado, toasted hand-cut fries, maniacal milkshakes & desserts pumpkin seeds, oregano lime vinaigrette. On the and an elaborate craft beer and small batch shakes menu, diners can enjoy dessert-like drinks bourbon selection. Restaurateur and owner such as the Big Blue Bunny shake with rainbow Ian Duke with award-winning Executive Chef sprinkle frosted rim, vanilla milkshake, topped with Scott Kampf are excited to introduce this new a Blue Bunny ice cream cone, whipped cream, culinary offering to the year-round dining staple more sprinkles & a cherry; the Not Sorry shake with of Southampton, NY. Union Burger Bar is first Nutella, Reece’s pieces frosted rim, peanut butter come, first served, no reservations, so make sure milkshake, whipped cream, & Reece’s peanut butter to arrive early as this instant classic fills up fast cups; and the boozy Strawberry Shortcake shake during both lunch and dinner. with Strawberry milkshake, pinnacle strawberry vodka, fresh strawberries, whipped cream. The spacious and casual dining room has seen some recent renovations, but the new Union Burger Union Burger Bar also offers daily specials which Bar is the biggest in the past year. The Burger Bar include: Tap & App Specials All Night on Mondays


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& Tuesdays, Barrister’s Summer Wednesdays featuring the Burger & Fries Special for $9.95, Burger and a Beer Special on Thursdays where guests get their first beer at half price with the purchase of a burger, and Sunday Shakes featuring Half Price Classic Milk Shakes (2:00 pm – 6:00 pm) and $5 Kids Meals all night long (with purchase of adult burger meal). Daily Lunch Specials are also available in house only Monday to Friday from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, featuring the Classic 5 oz American Cheeseburger with lettuce & tomato on a Martins Potato Roll and served with choice of hand cut fries or a side salad. Union Burger Bar is prepared to lead the 2019 Hamptons dining scene with their new finely crafted burgers, and keeping with tradition, Executive Chef Scott Kampf is prepared to serve up the next, potential award-wining dish. In 2018, Union Cantina won the “Best of the Best” awards for “Best Taco”, “Best Margarita”, “Best Happy Hour Bar” and “Best Mexican Cuisine” from leading Hamptons publication, Dan’s Papers. Award-winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf, previously featured on Food Network’s Iron Chefs of America, received the Gold distinction for “Best Chef”, while House Mixologist Brady received the silver distinction for “Best Bartender”

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BY JADAN HORYN magine a scene from the classic chef-d’œuvre Seurat painting: Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte. Now replace the 19th century, Parisians, and the River Seine with the 21st Century, New Yorkers, and the Hudson - and you have a near-complete picture of 2019 Dîner en Blanc.

Glamorous and chic, sophisticated and highbrow - while simultaneously laborious and frustrating, DIY and tempestuous - It is the height of French glamour and French groupthink. Begun in 1988 by François Pasquier and a small intimate group of friends, Dîner en Blanc has grown to over 88 cities on six continents. The basic premise is predicated on exclusivity, known as “the world’s most famous secret dinner party.” Guests dressed in white - the de rigueur attire - rove the streets on their way to a mystery locale. To attend you must have attended before, be sponsored by a prior attendee, or join a long waitlist that doesn’t guarantee attendance. Glamorous and chic, yet laborious and frustrating - It is the height of French glamour and groupthink. Guests schlep their own tables, chairs, linens, tableware, and decorations to the dinner or buy their way into a VIP area where they don’t have to do a thing, which in some cities includes complimentary attendance to the media. This is perhaps the central conceit in the coverage of Dîner en Blanc. The often fawning reporting is due to the fawning treatment of media; a façade to the reality of the work of the participants. While many participants would argue that the DIY aspect keeps the sophisticated event grounded in a certain charming way. It nonetheless presents a variety of major drawbacks. The creation of a sense of fraternity at the expense of normal conveniences is, of course, a French value, but it also obscures the absurdity of groupthink. French sociologist Gustave le Bon once observed this about crowds: “Crowds are somewhat like the sphinx of ancient fable: It is necessary to arrive at a solution of the problems offered by their psychology or to resign ourselves to being devoured by them.” And devoured one is by Dîner en Blanc, to arrive at the mystery location, one must traverse the city on foot in a group while carrying all of their belongings. Of course, chaos ensues supposedly another of the events little charms - but also it’s central failing. It is an exercise in panache collectivism that can only be done by the French - one is left with another apt observation of Le Bon: “Anarchy is everywhere when responsibility is nowhere to be found.” The coup de grace of 2019’s event was the gale that blew in as a force majeure. The image of thousands of people dressed in white - drenched and frantically gathering their belongings - gave a sense of thrill, adventure, and utter hysteria. It was a real espirit de corps -that the event otherwise would have lacked. The glamour, gale, and groupthink that was 2019 Dîner en Blanc created a lasting memory of abject absurdity and sublime sophistication. As the French say, c’est la vie. May 2019 | 75


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am so exited that ‚Raw Food‘ (Dorling Kindersley) is finally available in English for the US market! “Raw Food” came out in 2014 in Germany, when raw and vegan food was something completely unknown apart from a small circle of health-crazed individuals. Having been a raw vegan at that time for more than 2 years I had the strong desire to provide a realistic, daily life-friendly approach to this vibrant type of healthy eating, much simpler that commonly perceived. “ Oh, raw food? Must be so complicated to live that way..” I felt the need to give simple and great options to get into it, make the transition from a standard diet easy and to show that you do not miss out on nutrition, on the contrary, or are even deprived of anything if you play it smart. I have created my own approach to raw and vegan cuisine and I am just one testimonial that it works for a modern lifestyle. I hope this book inspires people to give it a chance and see their health, looks and mind transform rapidly. anatfritzconsulting.com

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arissa Kranz, a ballerina-turned-legal eagle, TV host, CEO, law firm owner, entrepreneur, vegan influencer, caregiver, Alzheimers advocate, non-profit founder, author, and humanitarian, is an impressive renaissance woman who gracefully dedicates her life to being a voice to those in need. Carissa, is the founding attorney and CEO of BevVeg International, a global law firm for vegan certification, which introduced the credible BevVeg vegan certification mark, much like the kosher or organic marks we know, but for vegan claims. Since the law does not define or regulate vegan, BevVeg, as a law firm, defined a vegan standard to regulate and standardize vegan certification claims worldwide. The BevVeg vegan certification mark is now represented in more than 70 countries, and is considered the “gold standard,” “must-have,” “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” for vegans around the globe. Carissa, a lifelong vegan and animal lover herself, believes empathy and compassion matter most.

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Consistent with Carissa’s caring heart and compassion for justice, the ballet dancer-turned-lawyer rescued her destitute, elderly, ballet mentor with Alzheimers disease from a 1.5 star nursing facility, where she was warehoused in a wardroom with 5 beds, no family, and no advocate. When Carissa learned her teacher, Joan Miller of the Palm Beach Ballet Center, lost her ballet school, home to foreclosure, animals to animal control, and dignity, Carissa stepped up in ways few would. She invited her ballet teacher into her home, and became her caregiver and legal guardian. Why? “She paid it forward by giving me free ballet my whole life. She is family to me. She made me one of her star ballet dancers, and I let her down by becoming a lawyer. I couldn’t let her down again.” Miss Joan is into her sixth year of living with Carissa. While Miss Joan is advanced Alzheimers now, Carissa, is still dancing in circles to keep her safe at home, performing for her teacher, in ways neither would have ever dreamed.

law in New York, Florida and Washington D.C., and running a law firm with global reach, she is most inspired when practicing Universal Laws -- The Laws that Matter, her book in the works on Spiritual Laws. “We live in a lawbased universe, and we all have the right and ability to practice law. Our existence is our birthright.” The book teaches legal procedure as a tool so we can all live our best, most divinely inspired lives.

Carissa started a non-profit: the NOW Movement Foundation. Carissa and Miss Joan both wear silicone movement bands that look like a watch but just say -- “NOW.” The cause band proceeds go towards her continued care and Alzheimers. “Even though she is ‘losing her mind,’ she’s still a teacher. She teaches daily about mindfulness, as Alzheimers patients only live in the NOW.”

For Information on Now Movement & Alzheimers https://carissakranz.com/now-movement/ https://carissakranz.com/alzheimers/

For updates on the book release: https://carissakranz.com/spiritual-laws/ @lawsthatmatter For information on bevveg www.bevveg.con @bevveg

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ntegrative healer, reiki master, certified BodyTalk practitioner and yoga teacher, Brent Feinberg, is the best-selling author of Freeing Freddie The Dreamweaver (Amazon.com 2017), an inspirational book for children and adults endorsed by Deepak Chopra. His books and content are used for the work being done by With Love From Freddie LLC., a platform of holistic materials and mindfulness workshops which include: the story book Freeing Freddie The Dreamweaver; an interactive workshop + activity/craft book for children; workshops for teens, adults, parents and teachers; a workbook for teens/young adults; and training programs for teachers, counselors, psychologists and social workers. These are all aimed at pinpointing a person’s fears, to let go of them, live life with intention, and learn how to build your dream life, creating individual goals and uplifting others.

and stress. Brent believes that one big factor of teenage pressure is their parent’s expectations and that the expectations of parents for their children to follow a particular path in life can be extremely stressful. “The emphasis on college and certain degrees being the only way to become successful is shattering the spirits of youth globally. With information and learning so easily accessible due to technology there are many routes and paths to become successful, self-sustainable and fulfilled in an ever-changing world environment. Although I am pro college education, it is certainly not for everyone and not getting into college or the right college certainly is not worth the inner torment youth are experiencing at this prospect.”, says Brent, who works with schools in South Africa and North America which uses his books as the basis for their Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum for grades 2 through 12.

on, Freeing Freddie the DreamWeaver provides entertaining and relatable characters to best model the inner strength and determination needed to overcome fears and the newfound selfesteem and confidence that follows. The activity and sticker book for younger children and more comprehensive Workbook for older audiences reinforce the story’s messages and help bring its lessons to life in practice. These make an impactful addition as the latest social emotional learning and wellness resources to incorporate at home, school or in a psychology practice.

We live in a time when 1 in 8 children in the US are diagnosed with anxiety disorder based on fear

An invaluable tool for helping children and youth recognize and then tackle their anxieties head

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Brent’s second book, Revealing Freddie - The Light Within, which will be available in the US in early 2020, brings lessons of how to develop your own inner gifts and that together in unity we can create a world that will be a positive experience for all of us.

not simply materially driven, Brent finds himself holding more and more workshops at corporate offices. Research has shown that fear is a major influence in the corporate world, which creates risk adverse employees, and in turn results in low productivity and poor decision making. Brent’s corporate workshop program, Freddie Innovate, is committed to providing the tools and skills that support individuals in living an uncompromised life that they love, while allowing corporations to thrive. Brent is dedicated to uplifting people, living in harmony with others and the environment, and inspiring people to go within to realize their potential. As one of his readers put it best, “Freeing Freddie the Dream Weaver inspires me to keep dreaming. My choices must reflect my hopes and not my fears” (Mandi Banele, grade 9). About Brent Feinberg Brent is a best-selling author who at the young age of 28 is committed to making sustainable impact in the world, especially for children. Through his exceptional writing skills, his books take the reader on a journey of self-discovery and joy. Brent Feinberg is an integrative healer and author, born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was raised with the messages from Nelson Mandela— who he also spent time with—as well as others such as Steve Biko’s son, Nkosinathi Biko, and Deepak Chopra. He has worked with orphan and vulnerable children and youth as well as many others along his incredible journey. He gives of himself so that others will have the skills and tools to live a life that they love and get involved to create a world where all individuals share an experience based on justice, love, self-awareness and greater consciousness. In his strive to help and heal, Brent started practicing Reiki—an ancient form of healing where the practitioner transfers energy by placing their hands over or on the patient—at age 13. Today he is a Triple Reiki Master. He is also a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, Qualified Yoga Teacher, Practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, advanced techniques of Transcendental Meditation, Isha Yoga and advanced Isha yoga programs. Through the many years of experience and studying, Brent developed a great understanding of consciousness-based health care and wellbeing, something that spurred him to write his first best-selling book Freeing Freddie – The Dream Weaver (2017). His second book, Revealing the Light from Within, continues to provide tools to enhance the conscious development of children, youth and adults in a fun manner in order to actualize their potential. The issue of anxiety in the American society has become an astounding issue. Brent’s books address this by giving the skills and tools to individuals to use daily to access and release their fears and to realize their dreams. Brent has also created a powerful SEL - Social Emotional Learningcurriculum that is used in schools in South Africa and America, where teachers are taken through an in-depth personal training. Additionally, his workshops in corporates are applauded as they build teams and help individuals reach their full potential, while allowing companies to thrive.


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arriet Dyer currently stars in the new drama series THE INBETWEEN for NBC. Up next, she will star in Leigh Whannell’s film THE INVISIBLE MAN alongside Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge and Storm Reid, slated for release in 2020.

Harriet’s other television credits include comedy series THE OTHER GUY and NO ACTIVITY for Stan, THE LETDOWN, KIKI & KITTY, BLACK COMEDY, RAKE and JANET KING for the ABC; LOVE CHILD for the Nine Network for which Harriet’s performance earned her a 2016 Logie Award nomination for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress and two 2015 Logie Award nominations; the Graham

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Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer and the Most Popular New Talent Award. For the same performance, she also received an AACTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama. Harriet’s feature film credits include KILLING GROUND, which premiered at the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival and screened at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, DOWN UNDER, which premiered at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival and in RUBEN GUTHRIE, which opened the 2015 Sydney Film Festival. Harriet has also appeared on stage in A FLEA IN HER EAR, HAY FEVER, TRAVELLING NORTH, MACHINAL and PYGMALION for the Sydney Theatre Company; BRISBANE for the Queensland

Theatre Company; PETER PAN for Belvoir; TIME STANDS STILL for the Darlinghurst Theatre; SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER for the National Art School; and THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES for the Bell Shakespeare Company. In 2013, Harriet made her Broadway debut in PETER PAN at New York’s New Victory Theatre. Harriet received the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Leading Role in a Mainstage Production for her performance in MACHINAL with the Sydney Theatre Company, and was nominated for the same award for her role in THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES for the Bell Shakespeare Company. Harriet graduated from the Actors Centre Australia in 2011.



t’s impossible to consume and be aware of all the new television shows that are released in a given year. With more channels than ever before, not to mention a growing number of streaming services, its easy to miss series that air on cable networks, which means you may not notice talents like Christina Ochoa, who plays Ashley on A Million Little Things, whose profile has steadily grown over the past few years with major roles on multiple television series on smaller networks. ABC’s A Million Little Things centers on a group of friends, but Ashley is not one of those friends — certainly not at the beginning of the series. Ashley was the assistant of Jon (Ron Livingston), core member of the show’s central friend group, before he committed suicide. Jon’s sudden death will surely connect Ashley to Jon’s friends, and his widow Delilah (Stephanie Szostak), and may cause people to wonder if Ashley and Jon’s relationship was strictly professional or more than that. Ashley may not be part of the show’s central friend group, but is instrumental in unravelling the mystery at the shows’ core. In an interview with Fanfest, Ochoa explains that Ashley “is a little bit of a mystery and will remain so for a while. She’s the only one who holds that key to unraveling the reason why John killed himself.” A Million Little Things marks the first major network role for Ochoa, who has played recurring or main roles on three separate television series since 2016, before coming to A Million Little Things. She plays the recurring role of Renn Randall on the TNT crime drama Animal Kingdom, starred as the lead role of Nora Madani on The CW drama Valor, and portrayed the role of Grace D’Argento on the SyFy show Blood Drive which dared to ask the question “what if cars could run on blood?” A Million Little Things doesn’t feature the crime, guns, or man-eating cars of her previous work, serving as a relatively tame showcase for the actress. Christina Ochoa’s recent television resume is impressive, but her interests extend well beyond acting. In addition to acting, Ochoa is also a passionate student of all things scientific, having hosted the Know Brainer podcast and joining the advisory board for marine advocacy organization Oceana, per Fanfest. Ochoa recently told reporters that she balances her acting work with scientific endeavors, saying “I work more in sci-comm when I’m on hiatus and focus more on punctual philanthropic work while I’m shooting.” Ochoa’s scientific background likely won’t come into play during her performance as Ashely on A Million Little Things, but anything is possible considering how mysterious her character is. While Ochoa has been balancing a variety of different television roles for the past few years, it’s possible that Ashley could be the role that helps Ochoa find an audience among viewers who want to know the truth about what happened to Jon. If the show doesn’t come back for another season, however, it seems that Ochoa doesn’t have much difficulty finding new television projects to work on, given her impressive recent track record.




he 15th Annual Hamptons Happening, one of the Hamptons much-anticipated summer social events, will honor luminaries in the world of cuisine, business and fashion who are supporting the groundbreaking research of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF). Guests will rub elbows with celebrity chef honoree, Lidia Bastianich and generations of the Bastianich family; restaurateur honoree, Ian Duke, legendary owner of three restaurants in the South Fork; business honoree, Antonella Bertello, real estate entrepreneur and owner of the historic and luxurious The Baker House 1650 bed and breakfast in East Hampton; and iconic womenswear designer Nicole Miller as fashion honoree. This year, the Hamptons Happening has been reinvented to bring guests the flavors of the world to Bridgehampton for one night. More than 350 guests will skip a trip to the airport and instead, book “first class” tickets to the 15th Annual Hamptons Happening “Tour de Cuisine” on July 13 to enjoy food, wine and spirit tastings representing some of the favorite culinary destinations around the world. “The Bastianich family is honored to lend our support to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation who, for more than 40 years, has made a difference in the lives of countless people living with cancer,” said Lidia Bastianich. “We applaud the foundation’s cutting-edge work with the science community to shut down the DNA of cancer. I ask you to support this event and the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, so they may do even more to eradicate cancer,” said Lidia Bastianich

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BY ELIZABETH ELSTON “I am thrilled to be honored by The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. The organization’s funding for innovation research is leading the cancer treatment revolution and has helped countless people living with Cancer. I urge everyone to support this event and the Samuel Waxmen Cancer Research Foundation so they can continue to change the lives of people living with Cancer,” said fashion designer Nicole Miller who heads her global womenswear brand Nicole Miller. “I’m very grateful to have been named as an honoree this year by the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. It is beyond flattering. I must say though that I think we have this all backwards. It should be all of those working tirelessly for the foundation that should be honored, not me, because of the lives that have been extended, improved and saved from their research. None of it happens without the work of such an amazing collaboration. We are all forever in their debt as I’m sure that every single one of us has a loved one who has been directly impacted by the research and work done by the foundation,” said restaurateur Ian Duke, owner of Southampton Social Club, Union Burger Bar and Union Cantina. “When I was asked to get involved with the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, I was truly honored and thrilled to be able to contribute to such an amazing cause and their sensational, collaborative research. I lost my father (who I adored) to cancer (lung, lymph and bone) when he was only 46 years old as well as many close relatives and friends. I know we have all been deeply affected by this disease and I could not be more pleased, and happy to put my grain of sand

to help advance their innovative research,” said Antonella Bertello, owner of The Baker House 1650. “The proceeds generated by the Hamptons Happening help support more than 30 scientists who are some of the world’s brightest minds working diligently to develop a cure for cancer. The SWCRF seeks to award $1,600,000 in new grants this year and community support is critically important in this effort,” said Samuel Waxman, M.D., founder and CEO of the SWCRF. “We are always grateful and moved by the generosity of our honorees, sponsors, guests, and the more than 30 participating chefs, restaurants, wine and spirit makers and food purveyors who make this fun summer event possible.” Pat Farrell and the Cold Spring Harbor Band (The Billy Joel Tribute Show) and DJ Jarrell Entertainment will have guests dancing under the tent all night. Rising pop star Caly Bevier who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent after an ovarian cancer diagnosis at age 15, will delight fans with a special performance. In its 15th year, the Hamptons Happening was one of the first charity events for cancer research to offer tastings from South Fork’s and New York City’s most celebrated chefs. While the Hamptons summer calendar has become filled with an assortment of food- and wine-related events, only the Hamptons Happening supports research that is uncovering the genetic and non-genetic changes that lead to cancer in the brain, breast, ovaries, pancreas, prostate, and other organs as well as blood-borne cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. waxmancancer.org/hamptons



he 15th Annual Hamptons Happening, one of the Hamptons much-anticipated summer social events, honored luminaries in the world of cuisine, business and fashion who supported the groundbreaking research of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF). The event took place at the estate of Kenneth and Maria Fishel in Bridgehampton. The event raised $450,000 towards the foundations research. Among the event’s honorees was Antonella Bertello, the celebrated East Hampton entrepreneur and owner of The Baker House 1650. “When I was asked to get involved with the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, I was truly honored and thrilled to be able to contribute to such an amazing cause and their sensational, collaborative research. I lost my father (who I adored) to cancer (lung, lymph and bone) when he was only 46 years old as well as many close relatives and friends. I know we have all been deeply affected by this disease and I could not be more pleased, and happy to put my grain of sand to help advance their innovative research,” said Antonella Bertello. “From the time we first met Antonella, we recognized that the deep passion she had for

BY LILLIAN LANGTRY curing cancer was similar to the passion that has driven much of her success in hospitality and her other business ventures,” said Samuel Waxman, M.D., founder and CEO of the SWCRF. “We are grateful for her support and proud to acknowledge her passion for making the world a better place for all.” Ms. Bertello also provided a food station at The Hamptons Happening that featured favorites from her native Peru along with some of the popular dishes that can be found at The Baker House 1650. SWCRF also honored Lidia Bastianich, chef, restaurant owner and host of “Lidia’s Italy” cooking show on PBS as the chef honoree; Ian Duke, owner of three popular Southampton restaurants as well as a partner in several New York City restaurants as the restaurateur honoree; and iconic womenswear designer Nicole Miller as fashion honoree.

reinvented bringing guests the flavors of the world to Bridgehampton for one night. More than 350 guests skipped a trip to the airport and instead, booked “first class” tickets to the 15th Annual Hamptons Happening “Tour de Cuisine” to enjoy food, wine and spirit tastings representing some of the favorite culinary destinations around the world. Pat Farrell and the Cold Spring Harbor Band (The Billy Joel Tribute Show) and DJ Jarrell Entertainment had guests dancing under the tent all night. Rising pop star Caly Bevier who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent after an ovarian cancer diagnosis at age 15, delighted fans with a special performance.

“We are always grateful and moved by the generosity of our honorees, sponsors, guests, and the more than 30 participating chefs, restaurants, wine and spirit makers and food purveyors who make this fun summer event possible,” said Dr. Waxman.

In its 15th year, the Hamptons Happening was one of the first charity events for cancer research to offer tastings from South Fork’s and New York City’s most celebrated chefs. While the Hamptons summer calendar has become filled with an assortment of food- and wine-related events, only the Hamptons Happening supports research that uncovers the genetic and non-genetic changes that lead to cancer in the brain, breast, ovaries, pancreas, prostate, and other organs as well as blood-borne cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma.

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lizabeth Pipko is a model, athlete,writer, and Jewish and political activist from New York City. Elizabeth was a competitive athlete for many years as well as a professional model, appearing in multiple magazine spreads, including the cover of renowned fashion magazine L’Officiel. Elizabeth worked as a staffer on Donald J. Trump’s successful 2016 presidential campaign, revealing her story to the NY post in January of 2019. Elizabeth is currently the founder and president of The Exodus Movement, committed to fighting the rise of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism as well as promoting the importance for support of the State of Israel.

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2020 Vision: Carrie Sheffield

BOLD TV FOUNDER DISCUSSES PRESIDENT TRUMP’S RE-ELECTION CHANCES BY SAMANTHA MASTER & ADAM KLUGER Q: What do you believe are some of the key issues for the 2020 Presidential election? A: Oh lots of issues, so healthcare is a hot button topic right now, the question of how much intervention we want in the healthcare marketplace, the question of inequality is a big hot topic, it’s something that we see Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren talking a lot about on the left and then President Trump saying with his tax plan and all the things he’s done with economic reform and deregulation that this is helping the average person and it’s actually helping lift wages for people who are at the bottom. So which reality is real and that’s going to be what the debate is about. Q: What do you think are some of Donald Trump’s greatest successes so far since he has become President? A: I am a big Trump supporter, but Bold is a bipartisan brand so what I am about to say is with the disclosure that this is Carrie talking and we don’t have a democrat here to debate me but you should come back and interview one of our democratic co hosts. But, for me, what I really admire about what Trump has done on many fronts is from an economics standpoint. I was just looking at what he has been doing for poverty and the poverty rates among women. The first year Trump was president there were about 600,000 young women who were lifted out of poverty- that’s remarkable. Now at this point more than 3.1 million jobs have been created for 88 | MetMagNY.com | 25AMagazine.com

women in this economy since he won. It’s been incredible to see this economic growth. I believe the tax reform is part of that. I was very outspoken in favor of it, a lot of what he’s been doing for the economy has been really great. For me, that is one of the top indicators that he should be re-elected. Q: What are some other things that you think he’s done well for the economy specifically? A: Deregulation is a big issue that I don’t think gets enough attention. Regulation is the silent killer, and when you deregulate, you help eliminate a lot of the extra costs. I’ve seen this with building a business here with Bold. Everything you have has a cost. Across the board, Trump has been a leader in helping to deregulate across the industry and helping to make it easier to open a business and be an entrepreneur. Q: So if you were to give Trump a report card, you would say he’s doing pretty well? A: It’s funny we actually did give him a report card here for his first 100 days in office, and it’s interesting I actually think he’s done better now. I think he’s grown even more in office and continued to do more. The supreme court judges that he picked, I was very excited about and I think that helped motivate me as a conservative and I’m sure that helped motivate people on the left side too. I think that will be a big issue that we’ll probably see in 2020 is the judges and we’ll see who the Democrats are and who is going to be on their list for their judges.

Q: What do you think about his prospects for his second term and some of the goals that he has in the future and moving forward? A: I think this is a very interesting question because as we know 2016 polling was so off. So if you look at the polling right now at President Trump versus Biden, he is losing. He is doing better, tied, or around the same to Kamala Harris or Elizabeth Warren but he is losing to Biden in most polls. The thing is, I don’t think people can put much stock in polling when it comes to Trump. A lot of people feel so bullied that they can’t even support Trump verbally because to a pollster or a family member they can’t say it, but when they’re in the privacy of the voting booth they will pull that trigger so I think the polling for Trump is very interesting. Also the question of approval of Trump is a very interesting question because he is a very interesting personality so approving him for all that he is may be a little hard because maybe you disagree with who he is but you agree with some of his policies. The word approve is such a hard word for such a complex man. I think there could be a social stigma in some parts of the country if you speak out. Q: What do you make of Donald Trump’s relationship with Kim Jong Un? A: It’s obviously very historic to have a president go to the DMZ and cross the DMZ. I spent some time as a journalist for the Washington Times and I did cross over into the DMZ into North Korea when I was there. I was there in 2009 and

to think now that a president is there embodies a lot of who Trump is. He is a risk taker and there is certainly a risk in what he’s doing. Some people say that he’s elevating this small backwater dictatorship, but part of what I think he’s doing is being a counterweight to China because China has been the big patron saint of North Korea. When you have the US coming in and saying to this nuclear power or country who has the power of building nuclear weapons, ‘We’re going to build this relationship with you and we want you to stop building your nuclear weapons because this economy is terrible.” What’s interesting is that, relative to his father, the younger Korean leader seems to be much more open to economic reforms than his father was. Economic priorities seem to matter to him much more than they did to his father. I think that is what Trump sees as a businessman and I think that’s what he’s hoping for is that he will be able to bring some economic reforms and in exchange be able to denuclearize North Korea. Q: What do you think about Trump levying tariffs as a strategy? A: This is interesting because I actually didn’t vote for President Trump in 2016 as a conservative, I’m a convert. As far as to your questions on tariffs, that was part of what I didn’t like about him was what he was saying about tariffs. I thought a traditional conservative economic policy is that tariffs are bad and that they are basically a tax on the people. The more I have looked at this the more that I have been open to the idea. China and Europe have already been placing tariffs on us for decades and none of our prior presidents have stood up. Trump’s using it as a means and not as an end and I think that’s what I didn’t grasp in 2016 was that he was using this as a negotiating tactic not as an end in and of itself. Q: Going towards the other side of the aisle with the Democrats, who do you think poses the greatest threat for Donald Trump currently? A: I think Joe Biden. He has the most appeal for the working class voters who crossed over in those districts. The voters who had previously voted for Barack Obama and then they crossed over to vote for Donald Trump and I think that Biden’s Union appeal and his working-class shtick and his approach is more accessible and he’s someone who can go toe to toe with President Trump. I think that what happened on the first debate, the way he was attacked on all fronts by all candidates and that’s to be expected when you’re the front runner is very interesting. I think that Kamala

Harris and the way she went so forcefully after him was very interesting because it was fascinating that she would attack him in this way. Again, the man who served under the first black president for 8 years, and where was Kamala Harris at that time? When it was politically convenient for her to keep her mouth shut and not go after him, where was the outcry? To me, it just shows how far left the democratic has shifted and I find that troubling. Q: Do you think there are any potential OR unannounced candidates that would have a chance to take out Joe Biden and become the top Democratic candidate? A: I thought the most reasonable candidate to me was Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg, to me were the most reasonable. I couldn’t vote for either of them. For someone that is on the right, I could see them pulling more people over from undecided camp that they would be more reasonable. But I think again the democratic has shifted so hard left that they wouldn’t be palatable enough. I think Mayor Bloomberg knows he could not stand up to the human hurricane that is Donald Trump in terms of his ability to drive the news cycle and control the conversation not to mention to me the most important thing is the President’s results. I think for a lot of people they want to see change and to go back to status quo I don’t want to go back there. Q: What do you think about Trump and his strengthening the relationship with Israel? A: Well I wasn’t there long but I was briefly a correspondent for the Jerusalem Post in Israel so I covered the Israeli Knesset which is the parliament. I was there during the Obama administration and it was interesting to see how much the Israeli people were angry towards the Obama administration and felt that this was an unprecedented US president who was really turning their back on a democracy, really the only democracy in the middle east where LGBT rights are accepted, where the beaches of Tel Aviv make you feel like you were on Fire Island here in New York. To turn your back on that democracy that is under existential threat every single day by murderous regimes who have no respect for human rights. Iran for example where you can be hanged for being gay and I understand it has to do with the roots of the Palestinian Israeli conflict but having spent some time in Palestine as well to see that the intransigence of the extremism that is so prevalent by the Palestinian leadership and how they are really holding back their own people from progress. That Hamas which runs Palestine

has its founding charter which is to destroy all Jews. I don’t know how you can have a peace conversation when that is your mantra that you want to murder all Jews. How is that in any way any moral equivalency? A lot of Israelis felt that way about the Obama administration and I know that it’s been refreshing to have someone who is robustly and strongly defending Israel. I just find it so interesting that American Jews have heard it said that Israel is a red state and American Jews are a blue state. We were talking red state blue state and how so many American Jews are so liberal and they don’t understand what Israel represents and I hope that they will reconsider. Q: What else has Trump gotten right and what more does he need to do? I think in foreign policy what he’s done with ISIS, defeating the caliphate, that was obviously very important. Rebuilding the relationship with Poland- this is something that I found so ironic about Russia, Trump has been so much more strongly positioning the United States against Russia than Barack Obama and other predecessors. For example, by rebuilding the Polish missile defense system which Obama wanted to scale back and guess who doesn’t like what Trump’s doing there? Putin. Same thing with the Ukraine, that Obama sent the Ukrainian troops night goggles and refused to arm them and President Trump is arming the Ukrainians. President Trump has allowed for far greater energy independence by allowing for expanded drilling that helps lower energy prices here, we can take more road trips this summer, but we can also be less dependent on foreign oil and we can have a more competitive oil market because Russia is basically a petrostate which means that its entire economy is so dependent on oil. So when the US is a more competitive player in the marketplace, that hurts Russia. He also expelled Russian ambassadors in ways that have never been seen by other administrations. To me, actions speak louder than words. I’ve given the analogy from a dating perspective. If you were dating a guy and he told you he loved you but then his actions said otherwise- he cheated on you, he abused you, but he would always say things, but his actions said otherwise. Versus someone who maybe didn’t necessarily know how to say I love you, didn’t know how to sweet talk you, didn’t know how to charm you, but the actions kept showing over and over how much he cared about you and how much he wanted to protect your future and to help your economic future.

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“Ian Slater and Philip Scheinfeld, co-founders of the Slater Team at Compass, have been named co-exclusive agents for the marketing of 570 Broome, a luxury condominium project in Hudson Square designed by acclaimed architect Tahir Demircioglu, founder of Buildt, with interiors by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The Slater Team will be working in tandem with Sean Turner from Stribling Marketing Associates, which was acquired by Compass, along with the parent company Stribling & Associates, earlier this year. Expected to be completed in early fall 2019, the dramatic silhouette of the 25-story tower will present an artful appearance of staggered glass cubes. The project’s 54 loft-style residences, ranging from one-to three-bedrooms, will be fluidly surrounded by a Crystalline curtain wall façade composed of ultra-clear double-pane glass treated with a low emissivity glaze.

In addition to contemporary layouts, soaring 11-foot ceiling heights, and panoramic views, the apartments at 570 Broome will include such features as impeccably designed kitchens with Miele appliances, Calacatta Alto Slab marble countertops and backsplashes, and walnut-stained Lineadecor cabinets. The threebedroom penthouses will additionally have five-burner Miele gas ranges and wine refrigerators. Master bathrooms, which will also be clad in Calacatta marble, will have double-sink vanities. “This is a premier Soho address and we look forward to bringing even more attention to the exceptional lifestyle 570 Broome has to offer,” says Mr. Slater. “The building brings a unique mixture of unparalleled 360-degree views, high ceilings, and luxury finishes that are rare to see in the new development marketplace today Ian Slater and Philip Scheinfeld 90 | MetMagNY.com | 25AMagazine.com

and allow an intelligent buyer to capitalize on the up and coming Hudson Square neighborhood in a comparably attainable price point.” Adds Mr. Scheinfeld, “The developers poured their heart and soul into this project, using the highest quality finishes, and it really shows. Product like this, at this price point, doesn’t exist in the current market.” Among the residents’ amenities will be an enclosed street level garden accessible from the lobby, a private lounge and game room, landscaped terrace on the second level, and fitness center with Peloton bikes and separate yoga studio.

In addition, there will be a secured bike storage room. About The Slater Team at Compass Slater Team was founded by top-producing Compass agents Ian Slater and Philip Scheinfeld in 2017. Utilizing imaginative marketing, real market statistics, a high touch approach, and unparalleled client dedication, the team is able to consistently exceed expectations. The group’s approach has led to the representation of a discerning clientele including major developers, international CEOs, celebrities, royalty, institutional investors, and entrepreneurs.

About Compass Compass is a real estate technology company with a powerful end-to-end platform that supports the entire buying and selling workflow. We deliver an incomparable, seamless experience to both agents and their clients all in service of the Compass mission: to help everyone find their place in the world. Founded in 2012 by Ori Allon and Robert Reffkin, Compass is the fastest-growing real estate technology company and operates in more than 100 U.S. cities. Learn more and find your place at compass.com/careers and agents. compass.com.

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Gabriel Gutierrez ACTOR SPOTLIGHT


ailing from a multigenerational lineage of artists and mavericks, GABRIEL GUTIERREZ began performing at the age of thirteen. Mexico City – Boston – London - New York City - Los Angeles in which he’s lived, trained and worked, form the well of experiences he draws from to create. A graduate of the USC’s School of Dramatic Arts and years

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of training with Russian master teacher Nikolai Guzov infuse his work with a deep understanding of character and storytelling. He currently plays “Manny” on Starz’s hit show, “Sweetbitter,” which is based on the novel of the same name by Stephanie Danler.

College Train Wreck TOOLS AND TIPS FOR GETTING BACK ON TRACK FOR A HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL LIFE INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN RUDIN, MD, FOUNDER OF PEAK YEAR Q: You coined the term “College Train Wreck” after the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal reported that one third of all firstyear students dropped out of college between Thanksgiving and Christmas break in 2018. And you have a book in the works related to the topic. What do you consider a College Train Wreck? A: The term refers to a cumulative circumstance, not to the students themselves. Many of our students arrive on campus depressed, stressed, in therapy or in need of it, and on meds. Some of them wonder if they will be needed in the future or have the right skills for it. Finally, classes begin: they don’t plan well, have difficulty handling the scheduling, the responsibility, the social and sexual freedoms, the access to alcohol and drugs, as well as the specific rules of behavior expected of them. A College Train Wreck is almost inevitable. The forthcoming book explores how this occurs and shares tools and tips for getting back on track for a happy and successful life. Q: Can you share a few of the factors in a student’s life before college begins that may contribute to an eventual Train Wreck once they arrive in college? A: Getting on the wrong life-train, so to speak, can begin quite early for students. Parents, not to except myself, are in part responsible for contributing to the problem. Our children and young adults are overscheduled, overprepared for tests, and have the goal of presenting an “image of themselves” instead of fully preparing for the current and future world. We are all too familiar with tiger parenting, helicopter parenting, and lawnmower parenting.

Parents following any of these strategies can end up placing their child on a life-train that may inevitably lead to a College Train Wreck. Q: Is it only parents bringing about this circumstance? A: Of course not, and I’m a major advocate for parents. There are many other factors. Education is one. Our schools long ago reduced many activities such as Dance, Art, Shop, Music, and Martial Arts that can help students develop Executive Function capacities critical for focus, following complex directions, dealing with new information, planning, reasoning, using creativity, organizing, and selfmonitoring. And students themselves spend far too much time on screens, using digital shortcuts for everything with too little time in nature, with humanity, or helping with the challenges we face daily. I was on Kate Delaney’s America Tonight, a nationally syndicated radio program, discussing this problem with her. Not long after, I gave it a name, College Train Wreck (www.CollegeTrainWreck.com), and identified what I believe is a major underlying vulnerability these students have. I also offered some tools and techniques for getting back on track. Q: Is there a name for the underlying vulnerability? A: Underdeveloped neurocognitive skills-Executive Function Skills, as well as Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence, Resilience, and Flow. These can be mentored and acquired, helping students to pursue their passion and turn it into meaningful purpose, giving them the focus, attention, and calm they need. This brings less reactivity, more responsiveness,

personal sangfroid, a better ability to navigate new and complex situations like college, an ability to make wiser choices (including choosing the authentically right college for them), and greater personal happiness. Q: What do you suggest vulnerable students do before, during, and after a College Train Wreck? A: The book, College Train Wreck: Tools and Tips for Getting Back on Track for a Happy and Successful Life, will be very helpful for students in all three circumstances. Beyond this, three years ago, anticipating the problem, we founded two organizations to mentor transformative neurocognitive skills. EFCNY (The Executive Function Center of New York, EFCNY.com) supports students ages 7-20 to acquire these skills before college. Peak Yeak (PeakYearExperience.com) helps students with all that is necessary after being in a College Train Wreck. Q: Before we go, can you share just a few of those first few tips for surviving the Train Wreck? A: My pleasure: 1) By whatever means necessary, get off the train, 2) sleep, 3) as the Navy SEALs say, get up and make your own bed, 4) begin doing 20 minutes of mindfulness meditation in the same place first thing every morning and at night, 5) do something nice or helpful for someone around the house, 6) begin journaling and walking daily, and 7) if you need professional emotional help or mentoring to help guide you, ask for it. Parents and students can find me at 917-575-9662; srudinmd@gmail.com May 2019 | 95


Sculpture of Benedict Tatti BY W. A. MULLER


enedict Tatti demonstrated a marked talent for art at an early age. He initially studied stone and wood carving under the skilled Louis Slobodkin and Attillio Piccirelli, going on to teach adult classes with the Teachers Project of the W.P.A. and attend the Art Students League under William Zorach and Ossip Zadkin. Tatti then became Zorach’s assistant, learning from the sculptor in his daily work. He began to exhibit his early works at the ACA Gallery, Puma Gallery, Weyhe Gallery and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art under the Artists for Victory Show in 1942. During the early years of World War II, he worked at the Brooklyn Navy yard as a welder and was drafted in 1943 into the US Army Air Force. He won first prize for

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his sculpture, “Soldier”, in the National Soldier Art Competition, which was exhibited at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C. and the Chicago Art Institute. In the early 50’s, he studied at the Hans Hofmann school, which led to his long association with the industrial design firm Raymond Loewy Associates. He executed many models as a sculptor, both for architectural projects and consumer/industrial-end products, additionally serving as a color design consultant. During the decade of the ‘60’s, with the development of Abstract Expressionism, Tatti began to work directly in bronze and metal. In l963, he was appointed to a teaching position at the High School of Art & Design, where he taught sculpture for the next 15 years.

The artist actively exhibited and executed several commissions during his lifetime, ever committed to exploring his craft and testing the limits of his own artistic creativity. His work was exhibited in Paris, Tokyo, New York City, Northeast Harbor, Munich, London, Finland, Amsterdam, Belgium, Santa Fe, among others, both individually and in group showings. Sculpture by Benedict Tatti is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institute, American Numismatic Society, USDAN Center for Performing Arts, Art Students League, Monhegan Museum and Dunbarton Oaks. Tatti’s work will be on view as part of AMERICAN MODERNISM 1915-1985, on view at Graham Shay 1857 through June 28th.

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aterial Good, a hidden secret in the heart of Soho, is redefining the way people shop. The luxury goods boutique and showroom is designed to be a uniquely immersive and personalized shopping experience.

“I want people to come in, and, you know, enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of Champagne, not necessarily buy something. Just hang out, ” explained Rob Ronen, a co-owner of the beautiful space, which he describes as “unforced luxury.” This was the first retail project for the interior designer Meg Sharpe. Inspired by the French and British fashion retail concept stores Corso Como and Dover Street Market, everything about Material Good NY has been considered.


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The showroom and space is located on the second floor, which allows for the notion of open privacy. It is downtown, because the energy of SoHo is different from Fifth or Madison Avenue. From having Basquiat and Warhol pieces line the walls to the custom-designed Douglas Little light fixture, Material Good has made the shopping experience as luxurious as the products. Material Good is an authorized retailer of Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille, along with a refined edit of the most sought after pre-owned and vintage timepieces. They also house a curated selection of fine jewelry by Anita Ko, Jemma Wynne, Shay, Spinelli Kilcollin, Suzanne Kalan and others, as well as our own customized Material Good line of diamond jewelry.


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he global art fair circuit now has literally hundreds of fairs to choose from, so how does one know to pick and choose in the world of Instagram, Facebook and more? I made the decision to venture to Vienna to explore the art fair everyone had been buzzing about! With mega international art collectors such as the Don and Mera Rubell, Beth DeWoody and Amir Shariat and many more arriving for the fair’s VIP vernissage, I thought to myself why not see what the noise and excitement was all about for myself!

Collectors, Art Lovers, and travelers descend on this fair like bees to honey for an opening night filled with halls of contemporary art. I was thrilled they had graciously offered me a beautiful room in a top hotel and the lovely morning breakfast overlooking the entire city quickly captured my heart with echoes of the rich history, amazing art museums and the remarkable art fair named Viennacontemporary. With more than 100 participating galleries from 25 countries and around 30,000 visitors every year, Viennacontemporary offers a unique insight into the vibrant contemporary art scene of Central and Eastern Europe.

I had the honor to sit down with two of the people who make the fair happen every year and get an insider’s view of the magic that makes it all happen. VIP Director Mia Legenstein and Katharina Appurg owner of TAKE A WALTZ, two dynamic art professionals, who have taken the city by storm peaking everyone’s curiosity worldwide to take a chance and visit Vienna. The two have been involved with the fair since its inception working with VIPS while ushering all types of visitors toward the art fair. They tackled my rapid-fire interview with enthusiasm and care and gave us some rare insider tips one could never find in the tour books! Who can resist the special insider tip of the best place to be seen In

Vienna, which is at the 400-year-old bar called Schwarzes Kameel where Beethoven was seen hanging out! Viennacontemporary has a very special selection of galleries, split in three thirds: the first is focused on very strong and internationally acting Austrian galleries, the second on Eastern European galleries and the third is international galleries looking to a Central European audience. This makes it a special place to discover galleries and artists one wouldn’t find at other art fairs. Also, the fair showcases a very popular curated section called ZONE1 with solo booths of Austrian or Austrian-related artists under 40.

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Additionally, each year we have a focus country with a big curated booth which is very well taken by established collectors. VC is especially known for its amazing VIP Program and VIP service. In only five days we organize around 300 events, many of them are very private and exclusive. viennacontemporary.at How do you view the importance of the art fairs in today’s current art market? Art fairs provide a quick and comprised overview of the art market, and will as such remain a very important tool for presentation and networking with partners and peers. Nevertheless, the market is changing and there is a need for new, complimentary services around the art market. Other forms of networks connecting local expertise with an international audience will become more important than ever. Where do you predict the art market will be in 10 years? I wish I had a crystal ball to predict the future… the art market is an especially difficult one to predict. We can already see the online art market is growing and probably we’ll be deep into blockchain and different cryptocurrencies. However, I believe that offline interaction will still be the most important and personal relationships will not come out of fashion. How has your personal taste changed over the years? My knowledge has definitely developed over the years and I have a better understanding of what I like and why. I have developed an appreciation for artworks that in the past I would have disapproved because I simply didn’t understand them. Art made me definitely more open-minded. In general, I am up for learning, understanding and supporting artists my age, my contemporaries. Who or what has been your greatest inspiration? While working in the arts I have met many inspiring people I admire. There are strong women who have been mentoring me and to who I look up to. Surrounding yourself with artist friends is a constant inspiration, too!

— What artist discoveries can you share with our audience? I prefer getting to know artists offline and try to visit galleries as often as I can. My latest discoveries are Zsófia Keresztes at Gianni Manhattan gallery, Sophie

Thun at Sophie Tappeiner gallery, Birgit Megerle at Emanuel Layr, Rui Miguel Leitão Ferreira at Krinzinger gallery and Sérgio Fernandes at kubikgallery in Porto. giannimanhattan.com sophietappeiner.com/exhibition/sophie-thunexhibiton-double-release/ emanuellayr.com ruimiguelleitaoferreira.com kubikgallery.com What is your new venture TAKE THIS WALTZ offering? TAKE THIS WALTZ offers exclusive planning services for cultural, tailor-made experiences. We are focusing on Vienna’s cultural wealth and grant unparalleled behind the scenes access to the city’s best museums, galleries, private collections, artist and design studios, classical music, restaurants, and much more. Whether a sophisticated city trip, traveling as a group of cultural-minded friends we custom design perfect itineraries off the beaten track. By opening doors that are usually sealed off, we introduce our guests to the local sounds of Vienna and create memories that last for a lifetime. takethiswaltz.com Could you tell us some of your favorite tips in visiting Vienna? (coffee spots, restaurants, galleries, special spots etc) In 2018 Vienna has been elected the most liveable city in the world for the ninth time in a row. The city is definitely the best place to slow down and lose track of time. Whether you walk down the street and find yourself among century-old palazzos or sitting in historic coffee houses surrounded by a creative elite. You can sit for hours, ordering one single coffee and get lost in reading the newspaper or a favorite book. I love to shop at purveyors that already catered to the royal court. Lobmeyr, or traditional manufacturers like Muehlbauer are a must. My favorite place to have coffee is Cafe Prueckl right across the Museum of Applied Arts, it’s a beautiful salon where to meet interesting people. A stroll through the city center, visiting galleries such as Nächst St. Stephan, Krinzinger and Layr, Crone, Meyer Kainer, and Martin Janda. The best place to be seen is at the 400-year-old bar of Schwarzes Kameel where already Beethoven was hanging out. Vienna nightlife is traditional, dark and long hours. The most original spot is Eden Bar where they’ll make you borrow a white dinner jacket and dance to an Asian Fusion disco band playing in the second generation already.

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ith its vast beaches, flower-lined hamlets, high-end boutiques, and excellent restaurants, the Hamptons are an ideal summer getaway with endless attractions for anyone looking for a beach vacation—with a side of glitz and glamour. Long Island’s East End has become especially popular among celebrities and affluent New Yorkers who are drawn to its relaxed beach vibe and proximity to the city. Between Memorial Day and early Labor Day, an influx of visitors come in search of social activity and relaxation on the beaches or at the cocktail parties of the season. Here are some of the essential places to engage with, enjoy, and be seen. WHERE TO STAY... Southampton Inn Plan your summer vacation at the Southampton Inn! The Southampton Inn is classic, unassuming and utterly charming. The Inn offers the personal attention of a bed & breakfast with the services of a hotel. The 90 guest rooms, all with slightly

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different decor, offer individual temperature control, sparkling tiled bathrooms, refrigerators, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The grounds consist of several acres of manicured lawns and gardens, with amenities that everyone can enjoy, including a 50-foot heated outdoor pool, an all-weather tennis court, croquet and volleyball, a Game Room for all ages, and Claude’s Restaurant. The Inn is surrounded by magnificent estates, historic homes, museums, galleries, unique shops and some of the finest restaurants in the world-famous Hamptons. The Inn also has a complimentary, seasonal polka dotted shuttle that takes guests to the #1 rated Coopers Beach, just one mile from the Inn’s front door. Or let the shuttle chauffeur your beach chairs and towels while you walk, jog or bicycle through the historic streets of Southampton to the beach. At the Southampton Inn, guests are conveniently situated near cultural experiences and community events including Pianofest in the Hamptons, the Halsey House Gala, the Parrish Art Museum exhibits, and the Southampton

Arts Center and Southampton Cultural Center shows, plus free summer concerts in Agawam Park (across the street). Weekend 2019 rates vary throughout the summer, so guests should reach out to plan their trip with the Inn’s helpful reservations team. 91 Hill Street, Southampton, New York 631-283-6500 southamptoninn.com Harpoon House Exuding a European feel, Harpoon House is Southampton’s new romantic, modern boutique hotel owned by Zach Erdem of the 75 Main Group. His inspiration for the design of the hotel was ‘Paris boutique suite meets Hamptons seaside guesthouse’, and not only is each room fitted with custom linen platform beds but the smart TV’s in each room keep you entertained when you want to relax in your king suite or queen room. Here you can experience luxury accommodations in the heart of Southampton, filled with natural light, contemporary, custom

breakfast, Sunday brunch, dinner and new allday dining. Claude’s offers indoor dining in the charming restaurant as well as outdoor in the garden courtyard or poolside. The all-day menu featuring fresh local catch and farm vegetables is also available for takeout to enjoy at the beach or at a concert in the park. 91 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968 631.283.6500 southamptoninn.com

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Modern Mexican at Union Cantina, Southampton Do not miss the exciting new menu specials and entertainment at Long Island’s most vibrant, social and delicious destinations – contemporary Mexican restaurant Union Cantina. This popular eatery, designed by Southampton Social Club owners Ian Duke and David Hilty, is located in the iconic Bowden Square and is open all yearround. With Duke and Hilty working alongside award-winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf, who has been featured on Food Network’s Iron Chefs of America, the trio continues to bring innovative Mexican cuisine to Southampton throughout the year. Behind the restaurant sits the all-new Union Burger Bar. This restaurant extension is located adjacent to the contemporary Mexican restaurant, offering an assortment of specialty gourmet burgers, fresh hand-cut fries, maniacal milkshakes & desserts, as

well as an elaborate craft beer and small batch bourbon selection. Union Cantina’s festive atmosphere incorporates both the sleekness of the Hampton’s high society with the rustic beauty of Mexican culture. The dark woods are balanced by the bright cerulean colored walls, and are also decorated with Mexican artwork. Union Cantina is the hotspot all year round for festive dining, live music, and A-list celebrations! 40 Bowden Square, Southampton NY 11968 631.377.3500 unioncantina.net Gourmet Burgers at Union Burger Bar, Southampton Union Cantina, Southampton’s award-winning Mexican restaurant, has officially opened their all-new Union Burger Bar at 40 Bowden Square in Southampton, NY. The restaurant extension is located adjacent to the contemporary Mexican restaurant, offering an assortment of specialty gourmet burgers, fresh hand-cut fries, maniacal milkshakes & desserts, as well as an elaborate craft beer and small batch bourbon selection. Restaurateur and owner Ian Duke with awardwinning Executive Chef Scott Kampf are excited to introduce the new culinary offering to the year-round dining staple of Southampton, NY. Union Burger Bar is first come, first served, no

furnishings and state-of-the-art tech-nology. The idyllic hotel, which sits on beautifully bucolic grounds, is located nearby a myriad of local attractions such as Cooper’s Beach, Southampton Historical Museum, Southampton Arts Cen-ter, Agawam Park, North Main Street Historic District and Southampton Golf Range. Harpoon House has a total of 9 rooms: 5 king suites and 4 queen rooms, which are all designed by world renowned architect Costas Kondylis. King suites are available from $450/ night Sunday-Thursday and from $575 Friday and Saturday. Nightly queen room rates are $399 Sunday-Thursday and $450 Friday and Saturday, including breakfast. All rooms have a mini bar option including a se-lection of top shelf liquor, soda and bottled water. harpoonhousehamptons.com WHERE TO DINE... Delicious Dining at Claude’s Restaurant at the Southampton Inn At Claude’s, diners can enjoy a signature

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location for evening cocktails on those warm summer evenings. The restaurant will boast an extensive wine list, wide selection of Cognac, Bourbon, and Single Malt Scotch.


Under the watchful eye of restaurateur Tony Fortuna and Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, T-Bar is a new spin on the classic upscale steak house. The menu features a wide range of dishes, ranging from well-cooked renditions of classics, to refined and inventive plates, providing the ultimate dining experience. 268 Elm Street, Southampton, NY 11968 631.283.0202 tbarnyc.com WHERE TO PARTY... Southampton Social Club This season, Southampton Social Club returns to set the standard for a season of dining, drinks and dancing. As the pre-eminent fine dining supper club in the Hamptons, Southampton Social Club (SSC) continues to set the standard for hospitality.

reservations, and is open for both lunch and dinner. The spacious and casual dining room has seen some recent renovations, but the new Burger Bar will be the biggest in the past year for Union Cantina. The Burger Bar menu will be rich in variety and slathered with flavor. Well-regarded for their fresh Colorado Beef burgers that also are hormone, anti-antibiotic and additive free, the burger bar is dedicated to environmental sustainability. Union Burger Bar is ready to lead the 2019 Hamptons dining scene with their new finely crafted burgers, and keeping with tradition, Executive Chef Scott Kampf is prepared to serve up the next, potential award-wining dish. 40 Bowden Square, Southampton NY 11968 T: 631.377.3500 unionburgerbar.com Blu Mar Celebrated Restaurateur Zach Erdem brings another dining hotspot to the Hamptons with Blu Mar. Occupying the Old Post House, and situated 108 | MetMagNY.com | 25AMagazine.com

From Executive Chef Scott Kampf’s cuisine and his dedication to the classic “Farm to Table” cooking style to the summer 2019 cocktail program featuring many new refreshing libations, not to mention the integration of the classic social beer garden concept to SSC’s outdoor area. In Southampton Social Club ©Southampton Social Club addition, SSC will also offer $39.00 Three Course Prix Fixe Dinner on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and within Harpoon House, an intimate new hotel, Sundays. the Mediterranean seafood restaurant marries pristine, wild seafood from Atlantic, Pacific and On a weekly basis, the entertainment will reach Mediterranean waters, caught or flown in daily, a crescendo with Live Music and DJ’s performing with seasonal ingredients, harvested locally and at together creating an undeniably brilliant sound their peak. Open for dinner and weekend brunch, and vibe to set your summer to. Patrons looking the menu includes sharable mezzes, bright crudos, to add some fun summer activities to their weekly housemade pastas cooked to order, all alongside schedule can join SSC’s bocce ball night every a selection of rotating simply grilled proteins served Thursday. with farm vegetables. The restaurant also has a “simply grilled” section served with a choice of 256 Elm Street, Southampton, New York sauces, as well as pastas and vegetable sides. In 631.287.1400 addition to dinner and weekend brunch, Blu Mar southamptonsocialclub.com has a nightly happy hour AM Southampton blumarhamptons.com Returning this season is Southampton party hotspot, AM Southampton. Now in a new Classic American at T-Bar Southampton, location, AM Southampton has seen guests such Southampton as 50 Cent, Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Michael Jordan, Fetty The team from T-Bar Steak and Lounge are making Wap, 6ix9ine, Jada Kiss, Carmelo Anthony, Amber their return to Southampton. Just like its sister Rose, and Fabolous; as well as the most famous restaurant on New York’s Upper East Side, T-Bar DJs around the world such as Cedric Cervais, DJ Southampton offers guests outstanding cuisine Chuckie, Nervo, Thomas Gold, Rehap, Dimitri in a casual yet elegant space, and the outdoor Vegas, Like Mike, Blau, Thomas Jack, and more. terrace and garden make it the quintessential AM Southampton is helmed by Zach Erdem,

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owner of 75 Main Group (75 Main, Blu Mar, Harpoon House) and entrepreneur Richie Hosein. AM Southampton features a fresh and hip décor which reflects its stylish guests. Light colored walls covered with artworks blend together with the dark ceilings and floors. 136 Main Street, Southampton, New York 631.488.4570 amsouthampton.com WHERE TO PLAY... Hampton Hills Golf & Country Club Hampton Hills Golf & Country Club is one of New York’s best kept secrets–and members like it that way. Hampton Hills is located in the middle of a 2,000-acre pine and oak tree preserve in Westhampton Beach. The wooded setting allows

members to escape the rush of the city in favor of peaceful competition against a challenging golf course. hamptonhills.com. HOSTESS GIFTS… MarieBelle Chocolates Woman-owned MarieBelle New York is a world-renowned luxurious global bean-to-bar chocolate company. The fine art edibles are produced in the Brooklyn factory with retail locations throughout New York City and Japan. MarieBelle’s flagship store in New York’s famous Soho District offers chocolate lovers a sumptuous shopping experience. MarieBelle has a new retail shoppe located in Midtown Manhattan’s stunning Japanese Kitano Hotel. Each location pairs

perfectly with the lavish and decadent chocolate designs. CEO and Founder Maribel Lieberman takes as much care with the aesthetics of the store and the styles of her chocolate as she does with the taste and integrity of the chocolate itself. For almost two decades, MarieBelle New York has been tantalizing both the eyes and the palate with sophisticated chocolate expressions. Whether it is the signature, artisanal ganache, the lavish truffles and bars, or the incomparable Aztec Hot Chocolate (featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things) – the name MarieBelle is synonymous with everything that is refined, beautifully designed and decadent. mariebelle.com May 2019 | 109


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ust when you thought New York City exceeded her limit with adult activities, think again. The “New West Side” also known as Hudson Yards struck out with adding a prodigious Equinox Club located at 32 Hudson Yards, New York City. The grand opening celebration catered to NYC’s most prestigious celebs pumping their support for the new establishment. The night was young, and so were we! The party led to the club’s beautiful outside pool overlooking the fantastic view of the Vessel, another wondrous venture. In an exclusive interview with Hudson Yards General Manager, Alec Spycher, “I’m very excited about the Hudson Yards Club opening, especially since it’s the 100th and largest Equinox yet. One of the standouts features Hudson Yards members can enjoy access to a 15,000-square-foot outdoor leisure pool and sundeck. We are also offering groundbreaking classes that utilize the incomparable space that is the Vessel. The amenities and services that Equinox Hudson Yards offers to members are unparalleled, and we can’t wait for them to experience it.” We were pleasantly surprised to bump into our former cover girl Kimberly Guilfoyle. I wonder if she’ll have time to take out of her busy schedule to enjoy all that Equinox has to offer. Some other famous faces were Billy Zane, Jonathan Cheban, Angela Simmons, Carole Radziwill, Kelly Bensimon, Calu Rivero, and Jesse Palmer to name drop. Exciting night! Thank you, Equinox for having us. 110 | MetMagNY.com | 25AMagazine.com


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WILDLIFE C O N S ERVAT I O N S O C I ETY ( WC S) WCS preserves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City and combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. WCS has safeguarded the planet’s important natural strongholds over the past century, helping to create more than 300 protected areas on land and sea. Additionally, WCS’s network of urban wildlife parks is the largest in the world, connecting over 4 million visitors a year to nature and science. Connect @WCSNewsroom

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WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 The WCS annual gala, one of New York City’s premiere social events of the summer, was held at the spectacular Central Park Zoo where 600 guests celebrated Conservation for a Sustainable Future and WCS’s impact on protecting the planet’s most ecologically important wild places and the extraordinary species that inhabit them. Gala guests enjoyed a lively reception around the sea lion pool featuring décor by Lewis Miller Design, followed by a seated dinner prepared by Peter Callahan Catering. Dancing continued under the stars with music by DJ Chris Stiles. The evening honored entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his longtime dedication to conservation, protecting the world’s oceans and coral reefs, and combatting climate change. Said Michael R. Bloomberg: “We must do all we can to leave our planet healthier and stronger than we found it. The Wildlife Conservation Society has been committed to that work for over 100 years. Thank you for this honor, and to everyone who has been a part of this mission – because your work is important now more than ever.” WCS President and CEO Cristian Samper said: “As we work together to tackle the causes and impacts of climate change, we must embrace nature-based solutions like wetlands and forests that help to store carbon and enhance resilience to today’s storms. We must also work together to preserve wild places—nature’s strongholds on land and sea—that provide animals and people with protection, food, and shelter. Here at WCS, that’s exactly what we’re doing. As we approach our 125th anniversary in 2020, we can point to decades of successful, sciencedriven, field-based conservation impact in 60 countries around the world.” All the evening’s proceeds will help WCS set the standard for conservation science, action, and education, as it has done since its founding more than 120 years ago.

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The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons 13th Annual GET WILD! Summer Gala at Joan and Bernard Carl’s estate in Southampton, NY: Ginnie Frati, Shelley Berkoski ©Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com

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Robert Zimmerman, Ellen Scarborough, Jill Rappaport, Chuck Scarborough at the 13th Annual GET WILD! Summer Gala ©Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com

Maria and Kenneth Fishel with son Bradley, hosted Polo Hamptons Pre-Cocktails at their Bridgehampton Estaste, NY: Bradley Fishel, Maria Fishel, Kenneth Fishel ©LMG

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Pamela Morgan at Maria and Kenneth Fishel’s Polo Hamptons Pre-Cocktails ©LMG

Ann Liguori hosted her 21st Annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic at Westhampton Country Club, benefitting cancer research, prevention and care: Ann Liguori ©Daniel Gonzalez Photography

Former Yankees catcher Rick Cerone and committee member Scott Vallary at the 21st Annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic ©Daniel Gonzalez Photography

Ann Liguori, Lesley Visser, and Bill McCuddy at the 21st Annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic ©Daniel Gonzalez Photography

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Locust Valley Village Estates

Glen Cove, NY – Pond House

Locust Valley, NY – Live American History

Locust Valley, NY

Matinecock, NY

Mill Neck, NY – Orchard House

Mill Neck, NY

Generous English Ascot Country home on over 5 acres of rolling lawns, fields, and mature trees overlooking a 28-acre tidal pond with 300 ft. of waterfront. A front-toback hallway with hand carved staircase and huge windows flood sunshine into the house setting the stage, perfect for entertaining. This offering features a beautiful in-ground pool and includes a 2.5-acre building lot. SD #5. MLS# P1344162. $3,850,000. Bonnie L. Devendorf, c.516.509.6229 Susana J. Muir, c.516.641.6612

Charming updated Center Hall Colonial on 3.6 Matinecock acres with pool located on a secluded country lane. Light and bright sitting high on a hill, this 7-bedroom home has wonderful entertaining space while offering classic style. Beautifully interpreted for today’s living. SD #3. MLS# 3117473. $2,895,000. Christina F. (Christy) Porter, c.516.835.5512

In 1668 John Underhill acquired this property from Native Americans and it has only grown. The composed calm of this 8-bedroom Colonial has been achieved with decorating and updating for the 21st century. Located on 2+ acres the grounds feature a new pool and lavish gardens in the heart of Locust Valley. Near to shops, our best restaurants and commuting yet quietly tucked away on a flower strewn hillside. SD #3. MLS# 3114696. $2,250,000. Sarah A. (Sally) Shea, c.516.652.3795 Mary Ann Wheatley, c.516.445.8042

Quintessential Country Compound offering an 1840 Farmhouse plus a 2-story gambrel roof barn. Set on a shy 2 acres this retreat has been beautifully renovated within the past 2 years. Among the many amenities are a multi-use barn with year-round playroom, gym, party room and spacious apartment. SD #3. MLS# 3119796. $1,495,000. Bonnie L. Devendorf, c.516.509.6229 Alexis McAndrew, c.917.750.8939

Exquisite custom 6-bedroom Colonial on 2 acres in Cherrywood community off Piping Rock Road, complete with caretaker on premises. Rear property opens to 65 acres of Friends Academy Fields and cul-desac backing to nature preserve. Complete interior updates in 2011 with new saltwater pool, landscaping and French drain. Exterior freshly painted with new roof and windows. SD #5. MLS# 3081035. $2,950,000. Amy W. Tansill, c.516.318.2397

Tucked in Mill Neck, set on 5 acres of lush lawns and majestic trees, this picturesque brick Colonial provides the ultimate seclusion. The 12 light filled rooms, many with fireplaces, a sunken living room, herringbone dining room and large eat-in kitchen with adjoining family room. 6 bedrooms and 4.55 baths. Bonus 6-car garage. SD #3. MLS# 3118383. $1,950,000. Katie Cuddeback, c.516.238.9919


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The American Cancer Society hosted the 14th Annual Taste of Hope at the Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC: Chris Wragge ©Hideki Aono

Honorees Michael Lomonaco, Otto Cedeno, Ralph Scarmardella at The American Cancer Society’s 14th Annual Taste of Hope ©Hideki Aono

Co-Chairs Jamie Koff, Mark D. Friedman at The American Cancer Society’s 14th Annual Taste of Hope ©Hideki Aono

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation honored Sports Radio and TV Commentator Ann Liguori at 37th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner: ©Charles Manley

Philanthropist and author Jean Shafiroff, and her husband, Martin Shafiroff, hosted the launch reception for the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s 61st Summer Party: Jean and Martin Shafiroff ©Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com

2019 Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Breakthroughs Scientific Symposium at Mount Sinai Medical Center: Dr. Samuel Waxman ©Charles Manley

SWCRF Golf Committee William T. Sullivan, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Gary Jacob, Dennis Herman at the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s 37th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner ©Charles Manley

Dr. Tony Tichener and Rebecca Seawright at Jean and Martin Shafiroff’s launch reception for the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s 61st Summer Party

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2019 Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Breakthroughs Scientific Symposium at Mount Sinai Medical Center:Lorraine Gudas, Ph.D., Dr. Samuel Waxman, Shai Izraeli ©Charles Manley

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Allen Salkin and Aaron Short hosted a book party for The Method to The Madness: Donald Trump’s Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired—and Inaugurated, at Russian Samovar, NYC: Allen Salkin and Aaron Short ©Stefano Giovannini

Thomas P. Farley and Stephen Hall at the book party for The Method to The Madness: Donald Trump’s Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired—and Inaugurated ©Stefano Giovannini

Kyle Smith, Allen Salkin and Michael Hirschorn at the book party for The Method to The Madness: Donald Trump’s Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired—and Inaugurated ©Stefano Giovannini

Aaron Short and Surya Yalamanchili at the book party for The Method to The Madness: Donald Trump’s Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired—and Inaugurated ©Stefano Giovannini

Jason Mendelson and Allison Schrager at the book party for The Method to The Madness: Donald Trump’s Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired—and Inaugurated ©Stefano Giovannini

Yfat Reiss Gendell and Craig Young at the book party for The Method to The Madness: Donald Trump’s Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired—and Inaugurated ©Stefano Giovannini

Philanthropist and author Jean Shafiroff hosted her Annual Bastille Day Luncheon at upscale restaurant Ristorante Morini, NYC: Jean Shafiroff and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia ©Patrick McMullan

Preston Bailey, Maria Fishel, and Lauren Day Roberts at Jean Shafiroff’s Annual Bastille Day Luncheon ©Patrick McMullan

Honorees in Cuisine, Fashion, & Real Estate joined The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation at NASDAQ rang The Closing Bell, NYC: Ian Duke, Nicole Miller, Lidia Bastianich, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Antonella Bertello ©Zef Nikolla/NASDAQ

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