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By Victoria R. Crosby & Diana Pinck

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18 Adhesif Clothing Company 22 Nomi Designs 26 PILYQ Resort 34 Thaddeus O’ Neil Regimen 40 Lindsay Brustein Will Show You One Of

The “Ways” To Reduce Heart Disease Including Delicious Recipes

Fitness Corner

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Feature 58 Monica’s Gold Coast Ferguson’s Castle

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There Is A Magic And Enigma About Abandoned Mansions. They Seem To Hang Suspended By A Thread

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Voted Best Accordionist In The Prestigious Keyboard Magazine Poll, Angelo Dipippo Played His Accordion On The Godfather Part 1 & Other Iconic Films

Splurge 72 North Fork Wine Country

Celeb 76 Patina Miller

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Tony Award Winner, Broadway, Big Screen, and Television

Taste 80 The Golden Palate

Fred Bollaci & His Passion For Seeking Gourmet Restaurants

82 75 Main Restaurant & Lounge 84 Andrea’s Butternut Squash Falls Delicious Ingredients

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Travel 86 Silversea Cruises

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87 The Goring 88 Triumph Hotels

NYC Six Iconic Boutique Hotels With Rich History

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Art 102 Michelle Palatnik 104 The Heart Of Art With Elisa Brown Auto 106 Harley Davidson

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Receiving complements is the highest honor for one’s achievement! We at the 25A office love the letters and emails that our loyal readers and fans send, it keeps us working harder to continue producing the quality articles you look forward to. Monica Randall’s feature column this month is about Ferguson’s Castle. Rich Gold Coast history with original photos; she is amazing! And Victoria Crosby, the great poet la ureate, is very inspirational. Victoria also travels the world and brings you the treasures and places she has seen with beautiful photos. I am sure that you also enjoy Gwen Wonderlich’s Ever Wonder article as well as all the other writers, as they are all very talented, and enjoy your feedback. Please keep the letters and emails coming. Big Daddy Richard Salgado was chosen for the cover this month for all he does for charities, like the support and attention he gives to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Richard opens his heart for many and gets recognition by large organizations and celebrities. Patina Miller is a super star who has shown exceptional talent from an early age. Patina has been on Broadway, the big screen and now television. This issue has all the articles you have grown to love. Enjoy the colorful autumn leaves.


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“WHEY” MORE USES FOR WHEY By Lindsay Brustein Rosen, MS, RD

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When it comes to protein, not all sources are created equal. Whey protein, a mixture of proteins isolated from whey, contains a wide range of essential amino acids. The use of whey protein as a source of amino acids and its effect on reducing the risks of diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes has been the focus of ongoing research. Whey is an abundant source of branched-chain amino acids, which are used to stimulate protein synthesis. When the amino acid leucine is ingested in high amounts, such as with whey protein supplementation, this stimulates protein synthesis, which may speed recovery and adaptation to stressors such as exercise. As with other forms of protein, consumption of whey protein shortly after vigorous exercise can boost muscle growth. Scientific evidence has shown that proteins high in essential amino acids, branched chain amino acids, and particularly leucine are associated with increased muscle protein synthesis, weight loss, body fat loss, and decreased plasma insulin and triglyceride profile. The proteins in whey are of very high quality, making them a good choice to incorporate into your nutrition regimen. Although this supplement is advertised for body-builders and athletes, it is suitable for the less active folk as well. Ultimately, whey protein can be used for WHEY more than the traditional “protein shake or smoothie.” Enjoy these high protein snacks below:

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Flourless Peanut Butter Protein Muffin INGREDIENTS: 1 large ripe banana 1 large egg, room temperature ½ cup of natural peanut butter 2 Tbsp maple syrup 4 Tbsp vanilla whey protein powder 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼ tsp salt DIRECTIONS: 1) Preheat oven to 375 F and spray your mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside. 2) Into your stand mixer, paddle attached, cream the banana until super smooth. Then add the egg. Repeat. Add peanut butter and blend. Finally add the syrup, vanilla, protein powder, vanilla and salt. Blend until creamy. 3) Spoon 3/4 of the way filled into each muffin well. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool and serve. Store in an airtight container. Recipe makes 12 mini muffins.


Easy Banana Oat Protein Cookies INGREDIENTS: 1 cup rolled oats 2 bananas, mashed ½ scoop whey protein powder (vanilla, chocolate, etc.) Optional: 1 Tbsp chia seeds, 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds, 2 Tbsp slivered almonds, 2 Tbsp raisins, 2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips, or any other mix-in of your choice DIRECTIONS: 1) Preheat oven to 350 F. 2) In large bowl, combined mashed banana with oats until smooth. 3) Fold in protein powder until mixed thoroughly. 4) Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray. Drop dough by large tablespoons onto cookie sheet; flatten a bit with a rubber spatula. 5) Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are set. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack. **NOTE: Cookies will keep in a covered container for a few days, or they can be frozen and reheated. Recipe makes about 14-16 cookies.

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Banana Protein Pancakes INGREDIENTS: 2 bananas, mashed 2 eggs, whisked 1 scoop whey protein powder (vanilla, chocolate, etc.) 1 tsp oil (to grease the pan)

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DIRECTIONS: 1) Mix together bananas, eggs, and protein powder until well combined. 2) Place a pan over medium heat. Grease the pan with 1 tsp oil. Once pan is hot, add large spoonful of the pancake mixture to the pan, about 3-5 inches wide. 3) Once the pancakes begin to bubble, flip them. Cook for one minute on each side. Photo by Joshua Rappeneker

nutritionbybru.com Lindsay Brustein Rosen, MS, RD is a registered dietitian and the founder of Nutrition by Bru, a nutrition counseling and consulting practice in New York. She received a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the Greater New York Dietetic Association.

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25A Back To Basics By Kristy Castagna, LMT

Changing Our Workout Routines One of my favorite things about the summer months is the ability to enjoy fun and healthy outdoor activities. Practicing my morning yoga pool side and playing on my beach volleyball team are just a couple of highlights of warmer days. As the days get cooler we need to start thinking about changing our workout routines and shifting our focus to indoor activities. It is important we maintain a healthy lifestyle that challenges us but also gives us the enjoyment and diversity we need to keep us inspired. We need to get creative with our fitness regimen in the winter months. Redirecting our focus has many challenges. Where we once could put aside 30 or 40 minutes for a run or a bike ride, we must now include coordination of class schedules, travel time and babysitters to get the same workout results. Fortunately, there are many great alternatives to accommodate the shift from sunshine and

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warm breezes to indoor, instruction based workouts. Whether it’s taking a spin class, discovering kickboxing or yoga stretches, indoor workouts can provide a fun and focused healthy alternative.

Moving Your Routine Inside Yoga has a special place in my heart. Many people enjoy practicing Yoga outdoors. Developing a “oneness” with nature truly exemplifies the spirituality we look to attain. Moving your routine inside doesn’t have to be a setback. Instead, we should try to focus on the physical benefits of strength and balance. With this mind-set you can enhance core strength, flexibility and range of motion. Tennis is another fantastic exercise we enjoy a few weeks a year. While it is true that tennis utilizes muscle groups most other workouts don’t, and there are many indoor courts available , the strength training and


breathing exercises used in cardio programs like Kickboxing can easily get you through the winter. This should give you the tone and shape you are looking for. In addition, the self-defense and personal safety taught in these classes could someday be invaluable.

Yoga On Wheels If you are a runner or a cyclist, you could no doubt hop on a treadmill but you may want to consider a spin class. One of the greatest new additions to the north shore is Soul Cycle. It’s been called “yoga on wheels” and according to it’s co-founder, Julie Rice, their motto is Mind, Body and Cardio. It is one of the hottest new workout regimens in the country. A celebrity favorite, it combines the spiritualty and inspiration of a spa with the fat busting, sweat session of a spin class. By combining the traditional leg-burning with upper=body exercises including weights and resistance bands, a complete, full-body workout is achieved. Burning upwards of 700 calories in a 45 minute session.

Massage Therapy Benefits There are many alternatives to outdoor exercise but I believe everyone needs to be reminded of one simple fact. Fitness

is free. Choosing the stairs instead of the elevator, simple floor exercises in the family den and smart diet choices go a long way. Its important to remember that regardless of the program you choose, a body at rest needs as much attention as one in motion. Massage therapy between work outs can greatly enhance your ability to achieve your fitness goals. Altering workouts can put stress and strain on muscle groups you don’t normally work. Massage can assist in reducing pain as well as increase blood flow while forging a new wellness path. Remember to consult your physician before staring any new exercise or diet programs and be sure your trainers and therapists are qualified, licensed and insured.

Kristy Castagna, LMT is a licensed massage therapist. A graduate of the New York College of Health professionals. An active member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She can be reached at KristyCCC@me.com or at www. huntingtonmassagetherapy.com (631)351-9898.

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ANNE TARASOFF INTERIORS

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“Everyone has donated everything to this wonderful cause. The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is truly “The House that LOVE built”. Our design concept began with the embroidered elephant fabric from Kravet. That is what started us on our journey to our African Safari room. We wanted to create a warm comfortable room for the families that will stay there” Gail Tarasoff-Sutton, and Karyn Tarasoff

The mission of The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is to give comfort and shelter to families experiencing the pain of having a sick child in local hospital facilities. A “home away from home”, the House provides the parents and siblings of these children with a temporary haven in a secure and comfortable environment among other families sharing a similar burden. Located on the campus of the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York (formerly Schneider Children’s Hospital), the House accommodates families in a warm and supportive environment. Since opening in 1986, approximately 18,000 families from the United States and more than 80 countries around the world have been served. Many of the families are from Long Island and other parts of the Metropolitan area. Volunteers are the “Heartbeat of the House.” Over 120 dedicated volunteers assist the House’s staff in a variety of ways — it would be impossible to continue the mission without them. The Ronald McDonald House welcome the participation of volunteers on many levels. “A simple application and interview will help us determine how you will best be able to help out. All of our volunteers receive training about the mission of the House” as mentioned. Anne Tarasoff Interiors was born out of Anne’s love of design, a passion for travel and family over thirty years ago. Her daughters Gail Tarasoff-Sutton and Karyn Tarasoff are her best friends and full partners in the firm. It’s evident that a sophisticated sense of style runs in the family. The firm subscribes to the belief that creating a home should be a partnership between the designer and the homeowner. Educating our clients, exposing them to the many options that exist in the design world, and helping them make decisions for their home that fit within their budget and lifestyle is our main focus. Their work has been featured in many publications, cocktail table books, and design blogs. The firm has been involved in the planning, design and project management of apartments, homes and vacation residences in the tri-state area, Florida, Acapulco, Washington DC, and Greece. Anne Tarasoff Interiors has been honored to participate in many high profile designer showhouses such as, The Hampton Designer Showhouse in Bridgehampton and Southampton, the 2013 Project Design for The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, and the upcoming 2014 Project Design for The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, The Designer Showhouse of New York at the W Residence - downtown for Lenox Hill Healthplex, and Mansions and Millionaires. Anne Tarasoff Interiors is located at: 68 Estates Terrace N, Manhasset, NY, info@tarasoffinteriors.com, 516.944.8913


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SEASONAL INTERIOR DESIGN TO FALL FOR By Interior Designer Stephanie Cohen

Fall season is in full swing and as we make our transition from hues of chocolate brown and golden yellow to burnt orange and dramatics reds, we believe that organic colors found in nature will be most prevalent in home décor this season which will make you fall in love all over again with your home. To discover which design rules we should adhere to this season, we sat down with the interior design expert Stephanie Cohen to learn more about her home décor projects, her newly launched showroom, as well as discuss the season’s top trends and how they can be incorporated for a luxurious and cozy feel. Owner of Benjamin Rugs and Furniture and head of the Stephanie Cohen Design Center, Stephanie continues to maintain her prominence on the home décor scene for over fifteen years. Her work speaks of a strong global influence, which is sparked by her travels throughout her childhood. Stephanie is a celebrated designer whose work spans from home offices and hospitality as well as residential. She is no stranger to the market. Some of her most famous projects include BLT American Brasserie, WBLS Station, Leaders in Travel, The Century luxury Condominium and many prestigious homes throughout Long Island. Can you share a bit more about the Benjamin and Rugs Store and the Stephanie Cohen design center? My husband was originally in the Import Rug business. After I finished my 48 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com

studies we decided to open a store together so we could combine our skill sets. Furniture and Rugs. We opened our first store in Secaucus, NJ which was about 10,000 sq ft. In the interim my design business evolved from just residential to Commercial projects such as restaurants and high end Condominiums and large offices, still maintaining a focus on my high end residential projects. We recently moved to Farmingdale, NY to our new showroom which is 15,000 on Route 110 in the heart of the Long Island furniture row with my design center in the center of the store. Do you specialize in any particular types of interior design? Are there any design styles that you’re known for? My design style is providing my clients with the most updated design in their own personal genres. The traditional home becomes a modern classic home, ect. Our philosophy is that we want to provide our clients with the home of their dreams. We help them choose what makes them happy still keeping them current. It is a peaceful, enjoyable and easy process of creating the ideal dream environment for them. It about the person as much as it is about the furniture. Can you tell us about your clientele? I have a nice range of clientele. We do a large amount of mid-high end residential work but we also cater to the first time home owner or someone that just needs a new bed or sofa for their family room.


What are some examples of your previous projects? What is your ideal project? I have done quite a bit of grand homes in Long Island. I have also done Restaurant work in NYC, condominium (hallways and lobby) in Long Island, the entire WBLS station in NYC, a large 40 person Travel Agency in Long Island, and work with many professional athletes. My ideal project is an enthusiastic client. There’s so much pleasure in creating something for someone and have them love the process with you the entire way. I love the relationships I develop with my clients during my work. I call all my clients my friends because by the time we are done they truly become my new friends. What are you inspiration sources? I have traveled quite a bit in my youth. I get inspiration from how the different cultures combine their colors and view their home as an extension of their personal style. The more you see the more you can appreciate different cultures and what they offer as far as design. Also, home follows clothing styles and fashions. As long as you stay up to date with the trends the home follows suit by the next season. Are there any notable fall design trends you find interesting? I love the fall and its colors. I am a strong believer in neutrals, diamond white with golds and silvers but I also love warmth and richness of the jewel tones which work so well in the fall and winter seasons. Emerald green combined with creames and golds, the sapphire blue combined with greys and brushed nickel and silvers. Can you give our readers some tips on how to transition your home

décor from Fall to Winter looks? An easy way to transition your home without purchasing new furniture is by bringing warmth and fabric into your home with throws and blankets and pillows. Jewel tones accessories such as vases and bowl bring a deep rich warmth to a space. If you splurge on one item in a room, which one should it be? Where can you save? I always tell my clients to fall in love with one piece. Walk around and tell me one piece that you absolutely love!!! It can be anything. A table, a console, a chest, a chair, a bed, anything. Splurge on that. Fall in love with one piece and we design around it within your budget. It never fails. If you love that one piece and allow everything else to follow suit you will be surprised how much taste and style everyone has. What goals or aspirations have you defined for your store going forward? My goal is to have a store that everyone talks about with their family and friends and says, “I had such an amazing experience in this store and my home or room or new piece of furniture is beautiful.” A successful store is a store that provides a service that makes their clients happy. Benjamin Rugs and Furniture is located at 1710 Broadhollow Road and has two unique sides to the showroom. Staffed only by interior designers with the Stephanie Cohen Design Center in the heart of the store, Benjamin Rugs and Furniture provides an experience that allows customers to not only shop for furniture with confidence and ease with the help they receive from the experts, but also the ability to complete an entire home comfortably. November 2014 | 49


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Sands Point | $3,499,000 | Designed to be in tune with nature, this 5‑bedroom jewel brings the outside beauty in. Truly incredible great room and incomparable master suite. Fabulous pool plus tennis. Web#2694569. Jill Berman O: 516.944.2852, C: 516.375.9101

Oyster Bay Cove | $2,248,000 | Georgian Colonial country house. Gourmet kitchen, solarium with walls of glass, formal dining room, master suite, 2 fireplaces, plus 4 beds, pool and tennis on 6.57 acres. Web#2702444. Diane Andersen C: 516.695.2400, Patricia Pascullo C: 516.287.4871

Northport | $2,845,000 | Hampton‑style 5‑bedroom, 4.55‑bath Colonial totally redesigned and renovated in 2004. Magnificent 3.1 acres fronts Duck Harbor with in‑ground pool and lighted tennis court. Web#*1206054. Lynda Olita C: 631.662.2478, Kelley J. Taylor C: 631.553.6923

Old Brookville | $1,828,000 | Sprawling 5‑bedroom Contemporary home nestled on park‑like grounds. Soaring fireplaced living room and master en‑suite on main level. Exceptional. Web#2702342. Maureen Polyé O: 516.582.5646

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his gracious twelve room Southern Colonial is ideally located minutes from town near train, on two private acres on a cul-de-sac in Harbor Acres, in the bucolic Village of Sands Point part of the waterfront peninsula of Port Washington. Six bedrooms 5.55 baths (3 En suite). The house is itself a star- Having been featured in the NY Post for having a “Dream Dining Room” and in Newsday featuring the tennis court (Deco Turf II) used by US Open players for practice before the tournament. The house has also served twice as a set for the TV series Royal Pains in 2013.

Special features add to the unique character of this exceptional home: hand painted murals with gold leaf framing by hand in the dining room, mirrors and vanity doors handcrafted by an Egyptian artist in the powder room, 2 fire places, chef’s kitchen with top-ended appliances, silk wall treatments, grand chandeliers, and palatial master boasts coffered ceilings, 5-star bath with clawed Jacuzzi tub, and balcony overlooking private oasis. The family room sits conviently off the breakfast room, other great features include an attractive wood paneled library, powder room and walk-out finished basement.


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Timeless Elegance Sands Point residents can join the Village Club of Sands Point, on 210 acres. It has an 18 hole golf course, pro shop, tennis courts, Olympic sized pool and, 2 elegant dining venues. It is the focal point of numerous events, concerts and holiday parties. Bedroom quarters are available for visiting guests. The framed Miracle Mile, hosting the finest in retail shopping is only

minutes away – as are private yacht and country clubs and fine dining. Located 25 miles from NYC and 31 minutes by rail, this home offers the lifestyle for those who expect the best. Contact: Dorothy Waxman, Douglas Elliman RE. Broker | 516-361-0605| November 2014 53


Glen Cove, NY – Effortless Living Prestigious Legends Yacht & Beach Club, 24 gated waterfront community. SD #5. MLS# 2698748. $1,300,000. Carolina Boucos, 516.674.2000 ext.321, c.516.835.1804

Cold Spring Harbor, NY – “Serenity” CSH SD #2. MLS# 2654971. $2,395,000. Lee Cunningham 631.427.6600 ext.315 c.516.429.1180

Garden City, NY SD #18. MLS# 2707406. $3,200,000. Frances Covello, 516.922.9155 ext.145 Claudia Galvin, 516.248.6655 ext.203

Glen Cove, NY SD #5. MLS# 2711171. $859,000. Stella & Clifford Hetzer, 516.674.2000 ext.208 c.516.456.3648

Glen Head, NY SD #1. MLS# 2704646. $975,000. Sandi Lefkowitz, 516.674.2000 ext.221 c.516.816.3461

Glen Cove, NY SD #5. MLS# 2661823. $1,500,000. Linda Faraldo. 516.674.2000 ext.122 c.516.984.9049

Huntington, NY – Desirable Location Huntington SD #3. MLS# 2701994. $849,000. Barbara Bentley-Nash, 631.692.6770 ext.211 c.516.697.1277

Lattingtown, NY – New Construction SD #3. MLS# 2689209. $3,500,000. Tracey Murray Kupferberg, 516.759.4800 ext.143, c.516.233.0567

Lattingtown, NY SD #3. MLS# 2703701. $,2995,000. Frances Covello, 516.922.9155 ext.145 c.516.359.7779

Locust Valley, NY – “Lattingtown” Home for the Holidays. Welcome to the everything house. Perfection. Masterpiece Listing. SD #3. MLS# 2639590. $2,995,000. Katherine Cuddeback, 516.759.4800 ext.133, c.516.238.9919

Lattingtown, NY SD #3. MLS# 2708631. $1,495,000. Bernadette Mallozzi, 516.674.2000 ext.310 c.516.647.8157

Melville, NY – The Greens of Melville SD #5. MLS# 2692234. $1,199,000. Ruth Vago 631.427.6600 ext.214 c.631.379.1679

Muttontown, NY SD #6. MLS# 2697906. $1,775,000. Beth Catrone, 516.883.2900 ext.152 Diane Goetze, 516.883.2900 ext.166

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Mill Neck, NY – “Oak Knoll” 18-acre Estate designed in classic Italian style by renowned architect William A. Delano, known as one of the greatest 20th century estates in North America. SD #6. MLS# 2641276. $14,800,000. Linda Faraldo. 516.674.2000 ext.122, c.516.984.9049

Old Westbury, NY SD #15. MLS# 2599310. $2,600,000. Ellen Zipes 516.626.7600 ext.15 Jared Zipes 516.626.7600 ext.16

Old Field, NY – Waterfront with Dock 3VSD #1. MLS# 2599886. $3,500,000. Miriam Ainbinder, 631.689.6980 ext.216 c.631.988.9200

Oyster Bay Cove, NY SD #6. MLS# 2695153. $1,150,000. Randell Beck, 516.334.3606 ext.15 c.516.509.6943

Sands Point, NY – “Villa Sul Mare” Masterpiece. SD #4. MLS# 2665132. $11,500,000. Potee Saluja, 516.883.2900 ext.142, c.917.208.4060

Shelter Island, NY – Water View and Pool SD #1. MLS# 2697121. $1,675,000. Linda L. McCarthy, 631.749.1155 ext.202 c.631.745.2626

Shelter Island, NY – Waterfront SD #1. MLS# 2681020. $999,000. Linda L. McCarthy, 631.749.1155 ext.202 c.631.745.2626

Shelter Island, NY – Private Road and Pool SD #1. MLS# 2632337. $895,000. Debra Von Brook-Binder, 631.749.1155 ext.204 c.631.872.2889

Shelter Island Heights, NY – Tree-Top View SD #1. MLS# 2677634. $795,000. Linda L. McCarthy, 631.749.1155 ext.202 c.631.745.2626

Shelter Island, NY – Nostrand Parkway Beautiful Traditional on 2.3 pastoral acres featuring 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, Gambrel windows, French doors, vaulted ceilings, and pool. SD #1. MLS# 2711298. $2,290,000. Linda L. McCarthy, 631.749.1155 ext.202, c.631.745.2626

Shelter Island, NY – Water View + Barn SD #1. MLS# 2697508. $785,000. Susan C. Cincotta, 631.749.1155 ext.207 c.631.514.9891

Shelter Island, NY – Renovated with Pool SD #1. MLS# 2692050. $749,000. Debra Von Brook-Binder, 631.749.1155 ext.204 c.631.872.2889

Shelter Island, NY – Quality Craftsmanship SD #1. MLS# 2710896. $637,000. Linda L. McCarthy, 631.749.1155 ext.202 c.631.745.2626

Upper Brookville, NY – Diamond SD #6. MLS# 2708725. $1,928,000. MaryAnn Iannello Clara, 516.677.0030 ext.335, c.516.314.4322

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FERGUSON’S

CASTLE

Huntington Harbour Story & Photos by Monica Randall


The Dining Room With Angel By Michelangelo

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There is a magic and enigma about abandoned mansions. They seem to hang suspended by a thread. They are transient and cannot last, they never do. You know the bulldozers are coming to sweep them off the face of the earth and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Ferguson’s castle was no ordinary Gold Coast ruin, like so many others that were hidden away behind a tall iron gate and isolated on some five hundred acre property. The castle stood high on a cliff off East Shore Road on the waters edge in North Huntington. It stood tall in plain sight, and most of the locals knew, loved or feared the place, as it became part of the folklore and pride of the town. It is because of its size, and unusual architectural elements that it had become a local curiosity of mythic proportions. Few had dared to climb the steep hill to get to the top where the doomed fortress stood, dark and secretive, like a giant stage set abandoned in time. I didn’t discover the place until the late sixties as you could not get there on horseback and I did not own a boat. There was no place to park a car, and it was a long walk to the nearest marina nearly a mile away. I was desperate to photograph the castle before it was too late. When I finally figured out a way to get there with a trunk full of camera equipment, a scene right out of “Great Expectations” struck me. I stood in the overgrown courtyard half expecting a bat to fly out of nowhere and hit me in the head, or worse. Ruins hold a certain fascination for most of us that far exceed those places that have remained intact. Aside from being a little scary, they can often trigger a kind of hyper-awareness, along with an uneasy feeling of not being alone. The heavy oak door at the front entrance had been broken into by vandals and hung at an odd angle on one rusty hinge. It creaked open and led into a dark vestibule, which then led into a massive two-storied ballroom with a fountain at the far end. There was a stagnant oppressive heaviness about the room that seemed to pulse with the subtle energies of unseen ghosts. Faded drapes were drawn to keep out the light. Gray, long dead flowers wilted over the side of a dust-covered urn. Two giant granite lions supported a tall stone arch. Above, a long veranda encircled the room where an iron railing was now draped in vines that had inched their way into the house over the decades. Ravaged by summer heat and dampness, the

plaster walls began to meld into a lovely fusion of salmon and rose. The massive Mediterranean style room was surrounded by arched porticoes where art treasures, some dating from the twelfthcentury were set into the now disintegrating walls, At the far end was a magnificent fountain made of brilliantly colored old Persian tiles with a marble lion head that once fed water into the now empty pool. Next to a double stone staircase there was a niche with a French Gothic fifteenth-century statue of Madonna and child. On the opposite wall was a pre-Christian era plaque of an Egyptian queen. Sunlight filtered through the all glass ceiling where a darkening veil of ivy appeared to claw its way in through the broken glass and rotted timbers.

The Castles History The Monastery, as it was originally called was a grand affair whether seen from the air or from a boat in Huntington Harbor. Built in 1908 by Mrs. Julian Armour Ferguson, who was the daughter of H. Ogden Armour who created the famed Armour Meat Packing Co. Julian and her husband, Dr. Farquhar Ferguson traveled extensively throughout Europe and had fallen in love with the ancient monasteries they’d seen in the South of France and Italy. Architectural plans were designed by Allen W. Jackson with the help of Webster and Smith Construction Co. of Boston. The cliff side location in Huntington was perfect, with its breathtaking views of the setting sun in the west. It was a prime location, not far from the Vanderbilt’s compound, and across the bay from L.C. Tiffany’s estate, next door to Broadway’s brightest star, Fanny Brice and her gambling husband Nicky Arnstein. While construction on the castle went on relentlessly for years. Mrs. Ferguson sent art agents all over Europe and the Middle East to snatch up, at any price, rare religious works for her Long Island fortress and garden. Soon shiploads of old Persian tiles, Egyptian relics, Greek, Roman, Medieval, Venetian statues, a priceless angel by Michelangelo, and two Della Robbia’s arrived on American shores. The outer walls of the house were made of four-foot thick walls that made it look as though it were preparing to fend off and invading army. Over the entrance was a colorful tile coat of arms that once graced the archway of a fifteenth-century castle in Spain. Mrs. Ferguson’s taste soon went beyond ancient artifacts and veered off into the macabre. In a burst

of inspiration, she decided her home would be more distinctive if she paved some of the main floor rooms with tombstones from children’s graves. It is unclear where the grave markers came from, or what motivated her, but the quirky choice in floor covering soon made her home one of the most talked about manor houses in the area. Equally bizarre was the Medieval design of the dining room with its frescoed vaulted ceiling which took noted artist, Robert Sewell four and a half years to paint. A tomb like echo resounded whenever you called out while standing under the iron chandelier with its chain made of interlocking crosses. The entire south wall illuminated the room with its Renaissance stained glass windows depicting scenes from the Bible. The capitals supporting the arches depicted a grotesque eagle and another, a menacing chicken with talons outstretched to attack. All of the twenty-four bedrooms were austere, like those in a monastery with long wooden crosses hanging over each bed. Each of the bedspreads had a gold cross embroidered on it. Along the bedroom walls were niches with statues of obscure saints with plaques telling their heroic stories. Elsewhere in the building was a gymnasium with beamed ceiling, steam baths, and a paneled billiard room. Down on the waters edge was a dock for their hundred-foot yacht, the Mimosa. It is always interesting to look at the dramatic contrast between the grandeur and decay of the old manor houses, but frustrating, as there are no words to really describe them. Fergusons castle did not conform to any of the established characteristics of other places in the area. The theatrical magnificence of the main rooms was often used as a stage set for gala Spanish themed parties where Flamenco dancers whirled and gyrated amid the delighted quests. At one event a matador with red sequined cape held a mock bullfight in the ballroom with a family’s pet bull. The poor bull is said to have just stood there confused, having no acting ability whatsoever. But this was a house haunted by misfortune, and one would suspect that a profusion of tombstones did not help matters in the least. Danforth During World War One, Mrs. Ferguson’s beloved son, Danforth was killed in action overseas. His mother was so overcome with grief that she had a

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The West Facade Engulfed In Vines wax dummy made in his image. According to one of the servants, each night, the butler would wheel the wax look alike into the dining room in a wheel chair. A place at the table was set for him and Mrs. Ferguson who would carry on a telepathic conversation with him. It is not known whether or not he responded from the grave, telepathically that is? One can only wonder what affect this had on the minds of her other four children.

The Haunted Bell Tower Rising up from its highest point was an eighty-foot concrete tower with a peeked terra cotta roof. From this doomed and lonely outpost a rusting bell hung silent from a rotted beam. At one time the bell tolled every half hour, now the only sound that was heard was the relentless screeching of black crows who swooped and darted about the listing beams and rafters. Long tendrils of ivy surged up the walls and out the upper floor windows like a cascading waterfall of green leaves. It was rumored that back in the twenties a young servant girl hung herself from the bell tower after 62 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com

finding herself in the family way. With no one to turn to, suicide in such cases was more common in those days than one would think. Recent films like: Gosford Park, and the very popular TV series: Downton Abby has finally brought out the often tragic consequences of being in service. They were often at the mercy of men who ruled the roost and whose transgressions were almost always ignored. Mrs. Ferguson was a deeply religious and pious woman who would never have tolerated such a thing, so no one knows if the story is true. But the castle was clearly haunted, and with all the rumors and some alarming photos of what looked like ghosts that several of the locals caught on film, the castle became a subject of interest to the research people at Duke University. Duke, located in North Carolina is one of the few American Colleges who take the subject of the paranormal seriously and has the funding and educational staff to investigate things of an otherworldly nature. In 1966, a science team got permission to investigate the house with the latest high tech equipment. It is believed that they may have been using a

mysterious device discovered by Nikola Tesla who used frequency voltage coils to capture the human electromagnetic field or aura on film. (See July issue of 25A Magazine for full story) Whatever the Duke investigators may have found, they did not share or report on their finding, so we’ll never know? I never caught anything unusual on film while at the castle, but have recorded ghosts and other strange things in other locations over the years. Hollywood Comes To The Castle In 1916, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer brought a crew of nearly 200 people to the fortress to make a silent film of Romeo and Juliet. Filming went on for several weeks, and they made good use of the valuable furnishings in the house, which included a sixteenth-century chariot, made of carved ivory, and studded with real rubies. The priceless chariot had originally been built for the Emperor Maxmilian. Sometime later another film was made at the castle on the life of Napoleon.


Ferguson’s Castle

The Great Hall With Its Ancient Artifacts

A Tragic End In 1964 Suffolk County took possession of the badly vandalized property. Local preservation groups attempted to raise the money due for back taxes by opening the building to the public for one day. The upcoming event made headlines in all the Long Island newspapers. By then graffiti covered most of the walls in the house. The stained glass windows were shattered, and little remained of the formal gardens. The forty-foot swimming pool where Mrs. Ferguson once spent many happy hours watching her children play was now cracked, and filled with leaves and vines. The stone gargoyle fountain stood broken and silent. On Saturday October 9th, five thousand people showed up at the castle gates clogging traffic in

Courtyard And Garden

the quiet village for miles. The police were called to close down what had been a very successful event where the entry fee paid by those attending had raised nearly half the back taxes owed on the property in a matter of hours. Once having seen the extraordinary building, residents quickly organized, The Huntington Citizens Committee for the Preservation of Ferguson’s Castle. However, greedy developers were chomping at the bit. They had more money and clout and stood to make millions from buying up the choice water front property and tearing the castle down. The preservation groups lost the battle, and in those final days many of the locals, including myself walked over to the castle for one last look. I gazed up at the tower and imagined the sound of the ancient bell tolling the hour, ringing out its own

elegy. One day in April 1970, the earth trembled as an ominous army of iron and steel destroyers rumbled up the long drive, and as the sun rose hazily from the east, Ferguson’s castle cast its shadows for the last time… Sources: Ferguson’s Castle, a Dream Remembered, by Robert King 1978, Mansions of Long Islands Gold Coast, 1986 Rizzoli International, The Huntington Historical Society. Authors Note: There is a one hour illustrated program based on this story and many other doomed places of its kind available to local libraries, and private clubs. For info call The North Shore Preservation Society at: 516-921-7438 November 2014 | 63


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DI PIPPO Played His Accordion For The

Most Iconic Films

DI PIPP Angelo Di Pippo Is Currently Arranging A Major Jazz CD With Singer Grace Hagggerty. And Another CD For Singer, Karen King Entitled A Tribute To Shirlley Bassey

Pursuing a career in music, Mr. Angelo Di Pippo came to New York from Providence, Rhode Island. Now voted Best Accordionist in the Prestigious Keyboard Magazine Poll, Di Pippo resides in Garden City, New York and maintains a full schedule. Currently he is arranging a Jazz C.D. for Grace Haggerty, a wonderful vocalist from Long Island, and a C.D. of Traditional Church music for the Daughters of Mary.

In 2011, Angelo was honored at the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention in recognition of his distinguished contribution to accordion music and culture. Angelo began his career as a staff musician at WOR-TV performing shows at ABC, NBC and various local stations. He formed a jazz group featuring Sam Most on flute and Tommy Potter on bass. Angelo and his new-formed band appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival, Birdland, Café Bohemia, and numerous other venues. The group then recorded an album on the Apollo Label entitled, “The Jazz Accordion.” Angelo appeared twice on the legendary Tonight Show. 64 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com

As Di Pippo’s career progressed and his recognition grew, he was instrumental in various Broadway plays such as Fiddler on the Roof, Carnival, Irma La Douce, The Zulu and the Zayde, and Poor Murderer. His career rapidly grew as artists, celebrities and musicians were in awe of the amazing sounds that Di Pippo produced from his accordion. These greats sought him out as he performed with Randy Newman, Peggy Lee, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Billy Eckstine, James Earl Jones, Harry Belafonte, Theordore Bikel, Alan King, Judy Collins, Jerry Vale, The Ramones, The Del Vikings, Connie Francis, Jimmy Dean, Al Martino, Jackie Gleason, Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, Jimmy Roselli, The Four Lads, Enzo Stuarti, La Tanya Hall, Connie Haines, Toots Thielmans, Jonathan Tunick, Gilbert Becaud, Buddy DeFranco, Lester Lanin, Mary Duff, Robert Merrill, Roberta Peters, and Ansy De Rose, (Haiti’s leading singer). Di Pippo’s versatility playing with various industries included a new gig as a conductor and arranger for Robert Merrill, the Metropolitan Opera’s most


Angelo Di Pippo With Accordion On The Set Of The

Godfather Part 1

PO acclaimed baritone, as well as playing for some of the most iconic films including Wise Guys, Lovers and Other Strangers, Playing for Time, and Almost You. Angelo appeared on screen playing the accordion during the wedding scene of the Godfather Part I. Angelo’s Di Pippo’s progressive talents led him to write and record music for the 2011 Woody Allen movie,

“To Rome with Love”. This “musical genius,” Mr. Angelo Di Pippo was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He is an alumnus of La Salle Academy, Holy Cross College, received an M.A. from Long Island University and has an honorary doctorate from Five Towns College.

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Big Daddy Richard Salgado


A Big Man With a Big Heart By Victoria R. Crosby & Diana Pinck Photos by Tom Fitzgerald & Pam Deutchman

Photo by Brian Joseph Photography. Big Daddy’s Traineer Daniel Macari at CrossFit Strong Island Gym, in Merrick NY

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ichard Salgado is a big man, 6’5” and around 340 pounds, with a great big heart. Richard is the CEO of Coastal Advisors LLC Insurance Consultants. Having been in the insurance business for over twenty years, his clients include many celebrities in the fields of entertainment, sports, television and other media, as well as business owners and people from all walks of life. His nickname is Big Daddy and he considers his clients as family.

The Big Daddy Foundation was born because after being a successful insurance person, Richard suffered an aneurysm in 2008 and almost died. He has a nineteen inch scar across his forehead as a reminder, but he feels blessed to be alive and wanted to give back to the doctors, especially his neurosurgeon Dr David Chaliff, and the hospital, North Shore LIJ, that he credits with saving his life, by raising funds for the Brain Aneurysm Center at the hospital in Manhasset.

Sports and entertainment celebrities make large salaries but many sports careers are ended with injuries, and the salary is also lost, therefore insurance and wise investments are vital. Salgado’s client list reads like a who’s who of the celebrity world. For the past three years the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic has been held at Oheka Castle in Cold Spring Hills, where celebrity guests in the sports world have included Michael Strahan, the popular cohost with Kelly Ripa on Live with Kelly and Michael on ABC TV, and many other celebrities.

For many years prior to this event he had been active in fundraising for the charities of his clients, helping them find sponsors and raise money for their own favorite charities. Now he had the motivation to start his own foundation and hired Bob Broderick of RTB Media LLC as his PR person to help him achieve this goal.

After playing football at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, Salgado won a football scholarship to Maryland in the 1980’s, and his roommate at the time was Neil O’Donnell from New Jersey, who was Terrapin quarterback and was then drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Through his friendship with O’Donnell Salgado met many of the players and coaches and made a wide circle of friends in the sports world.

Another hospital that benefits from The Big Daddy Golf Classic is St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. St. Jude’s is a hospital specializing in caring for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Since 100% of all the expenses are covered by St. Jude’s there is no expense to the families of these critically ill children. However it is estimated that the cost of running the hospital and caring for the children is one million dollars a day, so funds have to continually be raised. November 2014 | 67


RICHARD SALGADO

BIG DADDY


Contributing To Many Charities

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he late comedian Danny Thomas founded the hospital in 1962 naming it after St. Jude Thaddeus, known as the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes, although the hospital is not affiliated with any religious organization and takes children of all races, religions and ethnicities. The story goes that Danny at the time a struggling comedian, prayed to St. Jude to help him provide for his family, and after he achieved great success he kept his promise to build a shrine to St Jude, a hospital for needy children of all backgrounds. The hospital has treated children from all fifty States and from around the world, no child is turned away due to inability to pay, and is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for expenses not covered by their insurance. St. Jude’s was also a favorite charity of Elvis Presley since he grew up there and his home, Graceland, is in Memphis. Danny Thomas had asked Elvis to appear on stage at Russwood Park in Memphis, at his fundraiser for St. Jude’s, and in 1964 Elvis purchased president Franklin Roosevelt’s yacht, The Potomac, for a reported $55,000, and gave it to Danny Thomas to be auctioned to benefit St Jude’s Hospital. 70 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com

Richard Salgado’s Big Daddy Golf Classic has raised over one million dollars in the three short years since it’s inception, which says Richard, is his greatest accomplishment to date. It started small and has grown, and his goal is for the foundation to grow even more in size and success. After visiting St. Jude’s and bonding with the children and their families, Richard has invited one child to attend the Golf Outing next year as his special guest. Guests and participants will be able to see firsthand how important Richard’s mission is to raise funds for St. Jude’s, and the good work that is accomplished there. Richard has also recently started a three day football camp on Long Island for boys and girls from ages seven to seventeen. The leaders and coaches are all affiliated with the NFL. Big Daddy’s family is growing by leaps and bounds. The next Big Daddy Golf Classic at Oheka will be on June 21-22, 2015 and anyone can participate by checking out the website bigdaddygolfclassic.com. For further information visit; coastaladvisorsllc.com youtube.com/bigdaddyinsures stjudes.org


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The North Fork is a term used to describe the 11 small towns and villages located on Long Island’s East End - the Peconic Bay and the Long Island Sound surround this area. The North Fork is approximately 75 miles east of Manhattan and encompasses Aquebogue, Jamesport, Laurel, Mattituck, New Suffolk, Cutchogue, Peconic, Southold, Greenport, East Marion and Orient. The fall brings harvest season on the North Fork. This is a great time for sampling some fresh roasted corn, pumpkin and apple picking, or a visit to one of the over 35 vineyards for tastings or tours. Since the first vineyards were planted 72 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com

in 1973, the Long Island wine region has continued to grow, from 17 vineyards in 1996 to 35+ today. There are some 40 licensed wineries currently operating on Long Island, producing 500,000+ cases of premium wine from over 20 classic viniferous grape varieties. With just 3,000 acres under cultivation, the focus on Long Island is on quality, not quantity. East End viticulturists personally tend their vines throughout the long growing season to yield grapes of the highest quality. Our local winemakers are true artisans, carefully crafting wines that meet exacting standards for structure and balance.


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Don’t miss Taste North Fork, November 8-9 2014. Sponsored by the Long Island Wine Council and the East End Tourism Alliance. A free “hop on-hop off” shuttle service will circulate throughout the North Fork, connecting wineries and the region’s historic hamlets and bring you to special tastings, restaurants, events, shops, attractions, and live music at the wineries. The North Fork also has a terrific variety of restaurants and cafes that offer everything from regional cuisine made using local farm grown products and seafood. The pubs and taverns also offer a variety of seasonal apple ciders along with a autumn selection of ales and many have live

bands and fall themes. And whether you’re seeking a casual waterfront lunch served al fresco or a five-course dinner complete with local wine pairings, the North Fork presents a culinary experience not to be missed. A popular specialty worth sampling is the fresh seafood and shellfish right from the surrounding Bay and Sound. When you visit the North Fork it’s almost like you have gone away to the country without the long car ride. The rolling hills of wineries and farmland are beautiful this time of year and should be enjoyed by everyone. Its slow pace sets you at ease and makes you want to take time to relax and reflect. November 2014 | 73


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The All in One

Patina Miller Broadway, Big Screen & TV Star By Jaime Jerome

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atina Miller made a splash on the theater scene in 2009 cast as the lead role of Delores Van Cartier in Sister Act, a role she took on for six months during it’s initial run in the United States, following a year-long international search. Opening at the London Palladium, critics singled out Patina’s outstanding performance for her “terrific voice,” adding that it brought warmth, humour, vivacity – a star who lacks Whoop’s wry vulnerability bud adds dazzle to the razzle around her.” Patina’s powerhouse vocals have been compared to greats like Gloria Gaynor and Whitney Houston. This role won her the whatsonstage.com Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was also nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress. In 2013 Patina was cast as Commander Paylor in the popular film franchise The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. The Tony Award winning star can be seen on the CBS drama Madam Secretary as Daisy Grant, press coordinator to Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni). Born in Pageland, South Carolina, this Broadway favorite was introduced to music at an early age. Patina sang with the gospel choir at her local church and in 2006 she graduated with a degree in musical theatre from Carnegie Mellon University, which she attended on a full scholarship. She credited her time at Carnegie Mellon as a pivotal part of her life when she realized that her musical dream could become a reality. “I’m so thankful to all my teachers who helped me to become the performer I am today. I’m so proud of my school and feel so blessed to have gotten such a wonderful education and made lifelong friends.”


Petina graced the audience at Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center, Long Island’s premier cultural arts and entertainment venues. She told the story of her childhood growing up and how it attributed to her confidence and success today. What a captivating performance featuring a wide range of music including R&B, Broadway standards and more. In 2005, Miller was one of three finalists for the role of Effie White in Dreamgirls, which ultimately won Jennifer Hudson the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Soon to follow in 2007, she was cast in All My Children and appeared in 30 episodes of the award winning daytime soap opera. She performed in a Central Park production of Hair in the summer of 2008 and was featured in the musical Romantic Poetry at the Manhattan Theatre Club that fall. Miller reprised the role of Deloris Van Cartier in the Broadway production of Sister Act, which resumed performances on March 24, 2011, at the Broadway Theatre and officially opened April 20, 2011. Here Miller made her mark on Broadway. For this role she won a Theatre World Award and

was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. She played her final performance in the Broadway company on March 18, 2012. Miller’s career continued to flourish as she took on the role as the Leading Performer in the American Repertory Theater production of Pippin from December 5, 2012 to January 20, 2013. Miller recently reprised the role in the Broadway revival, which began performances on March 23, 2013, at the Music Box Theatre and officially opened on April 25, 2013. She won the Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical at the 67th Tony Awards for this role. November 2014 | 77


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Fred Bollaci Bollaci, who is passionate about seeking out the world’s best gourmet restaurants, chose these distinctively different East End gourmet eateries as they each exemplify his commitment to healthy gourmet light living and uphold the highest standards of excellence. “As a native New Yorker, I spent many summers in the Hamptons enjoying the exquisite freshness of farm to table gourmet meals,” said Bollaci. “I chose 75 Main Restaurant and Lounge as a prime example of fresh, farm-sourced, gourmet light dishes.” Bollaci added, “The Golden Pear Café, a Main Street Southampton landmark destination for over a quarter Century, features spa-light dishes that use only the finest locally sourced ingredients.” After losing 150 pounds in just one year, Bollaci, a sommelier with a refined palate, continues to enjoy the world’s finest food and wine while maintaining a healthy balanced lifestyle. He travels the globe hand-picking ‘Golden Palate Partners’ that exemplify his vision. Bollaci believes that no one should skimp on quality, taste, or satisfaction when attempting to lose weight. Zach Erdem, owner of 75 Main Restaurant and Lounge www.75main.com is thrilled to be in the company of some of the best restaurants in the world. “I met Fred several years ago before his weight loss. Today I am proud to be part of his success and the exclusive ‘Golden Palate Partners’ family.” Located on Main Street in Southampton, 75 Main celebrates incredible Italian and New American cuisine in an upscale, contemporary environment. It is the preferred Hamptons dining and nightlife destination for both locals

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and celebrities alike. Some of Fred’s favorite healthy gourmet dishes include the signature Watermelon Arugula salad and organic Hummus platter. The Golden Pear Café, owned by chef, Keith Davis, with locations in Southampton, East Hampton, Bridgehampton, and Sag Harbor, is known for its signature coffee, farm sourced health conscious gourmet breakfast and lunch specialties, with vegetarian and gluten-free options. The Café also offers an extensive line of private label gourmet foods, coffees, and The Golden Pear Cookbook! Please visit: www.goldenpear.com “I am truly honored to be chosen as one of only two Fred Bollaci Enterprises ‘Golden Palate Partners’ in the Hamptons,” said Keith Davis. Our spa breakfast and select light lunch specials perfectly meet Fred’s discerning standards, using the freshest and finest ingredients available locally.” Bollaci says that both of his new ‘Golden Palate Partners’ are must-visits for anyone looking to experience the ‘Best of the Hamptons.’ Fred Bollaci Enterprises will debut Fred’s memoir, Your Life. Your Way. Gourmet! in the Fall of 2015, featuring delicious and healthy gourmet recipes that he developed with chefs from 75 of the nation’s top restaurants. Bollaci also plans to launch a line of healthy gourmet lifestyle products, and provide discerning diners with the definitive FBE ‘Golden Palate Partners’ ‘A’ list of preferred national and international destinations. His long-range plans include adding an imported products division and a select city rollout of upscale gourmet Italian American restaurants.


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outhampton staple 75 Main, which is open all year-round, has debuted an appealing new Fall Menu which balances familiar favorites with new dishes, highlighting the very best of autumnal flavors and produce.

With October heralding the end of the Hamptons’ high season, the dispersing of crowds and traffic comes as a welcome relief for residents and the less-frequent fall visitors. 75 Main’s owner and restaurateur Zach Erdem says the offseason is very pleasant time to be in the Hamptons. “It’s so calm. There’s something so magical about the crisper sea air on an autumn day when the beach is virtually deserted.” Another advantage of fall are the excellent dining specials on offer, and 75 Main has some of the most enticing fall specials of all the restaurants in the Hamptons. Monday night is all about the expertly-crafted pastas; guests can choose any soup or salad starter and any one of the restaurant’s delicious pasta entrees for $16. Every Sunday throughout fall, guests can enjoy steak specials; with any soup or salad starter you have the choice of the 75 Main Burger, Flat Iron Steak, Marinated Skirt Steak, or Hunger Steak for $18. From Tuesdays through to Fridays, 75 Main serves the popular 3-course pre-fixe dinners for only $29.95. Executive Chef Mark Militello’s

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flavorful new menu can be perfectly complemented with selections from 75 Main’s specialty cocktail menu and extensive wine list. The delicious new fall menu, which highlights the best of local produce like Heirloom tomatoes, features popular dishes like the truffle crumb stuffed breast of natural chicken, served with creamy polenta, garlic and broccoli rabe. The Blue Crab crusted Halibut is always a tasty option – with fennel gratin, wilted Swiss chard, and lemon horseradish butter, while meat lovers can opt for the marinated skirt steak, with olive oil mashed potatoes and French beans. After dinner, guests can enjoy 75 Main’s exclusive nightlife scene, as the restaurant transforms into one of the hottest lounges on the East End every Friday and Saturday. The famous lounge, where well-known DJs spin the hottest tracks, is open until 4am every Friday and Saturday through fall. Zach would like to thank all his loyal summer customers after another busy summer season, which saw 75 Main packed each day and night with locals, visitors and celebrities alike. For further information on 75 Main and additional updates, please visit www.75main.com or www.facebook.com/75MainSouthampton. 75 Main Street, Southampton, NY, 631.283.7575 www.75main.com


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butternut squash By Andrea Correale

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The arrival of fall means new, delicious ingredients to cook with. One of the most versatile fall vegetables is butternut squash; not only does it taste fantastic, it’s one of the least expensive winter squashes out there, making it a great ingredient to incorporate into your cooking. Butternut squash is known for its sweet, nutty taste, so it works well on its own or as a side to any meat or poultry dish. It’s also packed with nutrients, antioxidants, as well as vitamins such as vitamin A, which helps keep your skin looking fabulous, so why wouldn’t you want to eat more of it? It’s versatility as an ingredient means there are many options for how to serve it. You can add it to a salad: add roasted squash to arugula and kale, sundried cranberries, shallots, walnuts and a creamy cheese such as goat cheese. Drizzle with apple cider vinaigrette and transition your usual summer salad into the perfect autumn salad.


Top Left. Squash Stuffed with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Brown Rice and Goat Cheese. Top Right. Butternut Squash Crumble with Raisins and Salted Pine Nuts. Bottom. Butternut Squash Soup with Ricotta Salata and Garlic Toast.

Soup is another wonderful way to serve butternut squash. It’s delicious pureed on its own, but you can also add it to chicken soup and brown rice, or a beef stew with root vegetables. I like to serve butternut squash soup in sake cups if there’s a fall chill in the air – guests love a few sips of it to warm up. Consider making a dip. You can do a savory dip, such as chipotle squash hummus bean dip and serve with healthy chips and fresh veggies, or sweet creamy cinnamon squash cream cheese dip with ginger snaps and fresh apples. Stuffed squash is a great main course idea. Roast it by drizzling with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, then choose a stuffing. Consider combinations like quinoa, feta, spinach and olives, or chicken sausage,

lemon and toasted orzo. Any meat/vegetable combination works well. You can’t go wrong with butternut squash ravioli with sage and brown butter sauce (I recently catered an event for the Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis, who has an amazing recipe for it!), but you can try alternatives. Make mac and cheese with spinach and squash, or serve your favorite pasta with sauce made with pureed squash, tomatoes, garlic and parmesan cheese sauce. For dessert, keep in mind that anything you can do with pumpkin, you can do with butternut squash. Try a butternut squash cheesecake, cobbler, or crème brûlée – replacing pumpkin with squash is a refreshing twist. Now that it’s fall and butternut squash is in season, go ahead and try some of the amazing ways you can use squash in your kitchen.

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SILVERSEA CRUISES

THE ULTIMATE LUXURY TRAVEL EXPERIENCE AT SEA By Norah Bradford

Silversea offers the ultimate in luxurious, stylish, and intimate allinclusive cruise experience. Sumptuous accommodations, unparalleled personalized service, generous amenities plus a variety of exciting activities both onboard and at each port of call combine to make each Silversea cruise an unforgettable experience. The cosmopolitan ambiance aboard Silversea ships and the warmth and welcome that Silversea’s Italian heritage lends its ships will make your cruise distinctive from start to finish. Sized more intimately than a typical cruise ship, Silversea’s fleet of five beautiful “Classic” ships are optimally configured to access more remote destinations in addition to some of the world’s most celebrated cities. With more space and fewer passengers, the size and scale of Silversea ships sets the perfect tone for a relaxing, re-energizing voyage. The ease of embarkation and going ashore offered by these small but perfect ships makes exploring the cruise’s destinations a breeze. Onboard, each Silversea ship’s style is inspired by the 1930s. Art Deco design elements combine to create a highly sophisticated, sumptuously luxurious ambiance. Silversea’s suites offer one of the highest spaceper-guest ratios of any luxury cruise accommodations. Modern elegance and timeless glamour infuse every aspect of the Silversea experience. Every Silversea suite has an ocean view, and the majority also feature a private teak veranda. Whether you choose to enjoy your voyage while staying in a suite on Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, or Silver Spirit, your journey is sure to be an unforgettably luxurious one. Every suite features a separate sitting area, walk-in wardrobe, and full-sized bathtub.

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All Silversea guests are attended to by their own professional butler. With the elite indulgence of personalized white glove service, your every need and desire is anticipated and taken care of. The service is always gracious; the hospitality always genuine. All meals are included aboard a Silversea cruise, with the exception of those at Le Champagne (and Seishin on Silver Spirit), the only Relais & Chateaux restaurant at sea. Enjoy dinner without the hassle of ever needing to ask for a check or leave a gratuity; experience the freedom and relaxation of an all-inclusive experience. All beverages (including those stocked in your suite) are complimentary as well- fine wines, spirits, champagne, and soft drinks are always available for you to enjoy aboard Silversea ships. Relaxing and exciting activity and entertainment options are myriad. A range of pursuits to engage the body and mind are available: spa treatments, water volleyball, wine tastings, boutique shopping, singles events, and dance classes are just some of the many recreational activities that guests may participate in while aboard. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, and Silver Discoverer (debuting Spring 2014), Silversea Cruises’ itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and over 700 fascinating destinations in between. Website: silversea.com


THE GORING

THE ULTIMATE IN QUINTESSENTIAL ENGLISH LUXURY & STYLE By Norah Bradford

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he Goring has been recognized one of London’s finest luxury hotels for over a century and the only family-owned Central London hospitality establishment in its third generation of management. Opening its doors in 1910, it was the last hotel constructed during the reign of King Emperor Edward VII. The hotel has been lovingly run by members of the Goring family ever since. Today, the Goring remains the perfect place for any traveler to London who seeks a quintessentially English luxury hotel experience. Nestled in the heart of Belgravia, one of the most exclusive and celebrated areas of central London, the Goring’s location is both convenient and gorgeous. Belgravia’s grand squares and stately mansions - not to mention it being adjacent to Buckingham Palacemake the neighborhood one of London’s most fashionable residential areas. Many of London’s most famous attractions- Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the River Thames and London Eye- are all within walking distance of the Goring Hotel. London’s beautiful Royal Parks (Hyde Park, Green Park, and St James’s Park) are also just a stroll away from the hotel. The Goring’s sixty-nine rooms and suites are the embodiment of luxury, sophistication, and English charm. The Goring has recently commissioned some of the most outstanding British interior designers to make their marks upon the hotel’s accommodations, and the results are nothing short of fantastic. Each and every bedroom and suite has

been individually designed. If you are seeking a room or suite that feels like home yet is extraordinarily chic and luxurious, the Goring is perfect. The inside of the hotel also features the Goring Gardens, one of London’s largest private gardens. These striking gardens add a touch of whimsy to the Goring’s luxury and style. One of the Goring’s most famous contemporary visitors were Miss Kate Middleton and her family in the days prior to her marriage to Prince William in 2011. Dining at the Goring is an unforgettable experience. The David Linley designed Goring Dining Room is a gorgeous and stately place to enjoy the finest quality British cuisine. The Goring Dining Room Sommelier team is an extraordinary one; each dish is enhanced by the perfect wine pairing. Served in the Goring Lounge and Terrace, Afternoon Tea is a beautiful and enduring tradition at the Goring. The Goring Afternoon Tea has recently been honored with a truly top-notch accolade: The UK Tea Guild’s Top London Afternoon Tea Award 2013. During the summer months, guests can enjoy Afternoon Tea on the Veranda. The Goring Lounge & Bar is the ideal place to experience the buzz and excitement of London. Designed by Tim Gosling, the Goring Lounge & Bar reflects perfectly the chic spirit of Belgravia. For a stay that’s chic, luxurious, and suffused with English charm, the Goring is ideal. Beeston Place, London SW1W OJW Phone: +44 (0) 20 7396 9000 Website: TheGoring.com

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Experiencing all six of the iconic boutique hotels that make up the newly launched Triumph Hotels brand. Located in their respective New York City neighborhoods, each property features a rich history, dating back to the

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late 19th and early 20th centuries. In February 2014, all six of the hotels - Hotel Belleclaire, Hotel Chandler, The Iroquois Hotel, The Cosmopolitan Hotel, The Gershwin Hotel and the Washington Jefferson Hotel - united to officially launch the brand.


Each property is evolving within the city: some properties have recently completed multimillion dollars renovations, others are underway or starting soon, all part of Triumph’s efforts to preserve the historical significance of the hotels while maintaining high level services and amenities expected by the modern day luxury traveler. The Washington Jefferson Hotel first opened its doors in 1937 after two separate apartment buildings, the Washington and the Jefferson, were combined into one hotel with a single entrance. Today the Washington Jefferson Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel in Midtown Manhattan and just steps away from the Theater District. Right in the middle of the action yet pleasantly tucked away on a quiet New York City street, the Washington Jefferson Hotel is home to a collection of 158 casual, unpretentious rooms and suites with modern furnishings. Conveniently located in New York City’s ever-energetic Theater District, the Washington Jefferson Hotel is surrounded by tons of the city’s hotspots and attractions such as the Theater District, Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Lincoln Center, Restaurant Row and the shops of 5th Avenue. Just outside the doors of this iconic boutique hotel is the brilliance of Broadway, making it the leading choice in Theater District New York hotels. Cliqcar is a clean, hip, safe, and friendly car service with drivers who are handpicked, trained and knowledgeable about NYC. Cliqcar gives customers a premium experience with a fleet of

white 2014 BMW X3s, all at an affordable price. Soon, cars will also have a tablet in the back seat equipped with Pandora and other apps to personalize the passenger experience. By partnering with Whisk, Cliqcar is available through a Whiskoperated on-demand ride app that allows concierges and customers to book rides at the ‘cliq’ of a button. The Whisk/ Cliqcar platform has proven to be a valuable new tool for hotels, private clubs and concierges to meet the changing transportation needs of their guests and provide service and technology support that riders are used to in today’s on-demand world. The Gershwin Hotel first opened its doors in 1905 as Hotel Broztell and later became part of the Latham Hotel before officially becoming The Gershwin Hotel in 1992. Located in New York City’s Flatiron District, The Gershwin Hotel currently boasts 135 rooms featuring design elements reminiscent of pre-war New York décor. The hotel just completed phase one of a $30 million property-wide renovation, which is expected toconclude in 2016 and will upgrade the room count to 160 guest rooms as well as feature new lobby, food and beverage, meeting space, and enhanced amenities. Located in New York City’s up-and-coming NoMad district, The Gershwin Hotel is around the corner from the famous Empire State Building, within walking distance of Union Square, New York University, Greenwich Village and just steps away from shopping along Fifth Avenue. It is also centrally located to many of the city’s notable restaurants, bars and clubs.

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Fresh off of a $10 million renovation, Hotel Chandler unveiled a design transformation of the guest rooms, lobby, library, and Chandler Lounge and introduction of Juni restaurant in fall 2013. Hotel Chandler blends modern style with the comforts of home, weaving personalized experiences into each guests’ stay. Situated in the heart of Manhattan where a number of notable neighborhoods – Flatiron District, NoMad, Gramercy Park, Murray Hill, and Midtown – converge, Hotel Chandler is at the epicenter of the city, a secret gem on a quiet block just steps away from everything New York City has to offer. Its prime location is celebrated for its first class restaurants, diverse retailers and one of the city’s most popular parks – Madison Square Park. The Cosmopolitan Hotel is one of New York City’s longest running hotels, built in 1838 and operating as the Cosmopolitan Hotel since 1845. Rich in history, the hotel was at various stages a destination for Gold Rush miners as well as New York City’s

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prominent judges, lawyers and politicians and was one of the first to feature telephones in guest rooms as well as an Otis Brothers Elevator. Located in what is now the exciting neighborhood of TriBeCa and neighboring SoHo, The Cosmopolitan Hotel features 131 rooms and is just a few blocks away from the 9/11 Memorial, the new World Trade Center and City Hall. Greenwich Village is within walking distance as well as Wall Street and the Financial District. Hotel Belleclaire last year completed a multi-phase restorative renovation, unveiling luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, energetic lobby, modern fitness center and a state-ofthe-art media lounge and family game room with complimentary guest access. The building’s brick and limestone façade has been restored to reflect the grandeur of the Art Nouveau-inspired design originally created by Emery Roth in 1903. As one of Manhattan’s oldest luxury hotels, Hotel Belleclaire provides guests the rare


MANHATTAN opportunity to experience the charm of a turn-of-the-century American landmark hotel combined with all of the comforts and conveniences that modern day travelers expect.

upscale shopping of Fifth Avenue and Bryant Park are just a few of the nearby destinations that are just a quick walk from The Iroquois.

In the heart of the Upper West Side and near notable attractions such as Central Park, Riverside Park and Lincoln Center, Hotel Belleclaire is situated in one of Manhattan’s most desirable and well-established neighborhoods. Just steps from Broadway, Hotel Belleclaire provides guests with easy access to the best of the Upper West Side whether they want to try the thin crust pizza and homemade pasta from famed restaurant Serafina, or plan a night of theater on Broadway.

Lantern’s Keep is Manhattan’s intimate cocktail salon with a great story and even better cocktails. Tucked inside the historic Iroquois Hotel, Lantern’s Keep is a dimly-lit secret gem, serving perfectly-crafted classic artisan cocktails. This haven features a fireplace and New York’s most passionate bartenders, where every order is a lesson in cocktail history. To enter this secret spot, guests must take a short journey through the illustrious hotel – but only if the lantern outside is lit. With seating for 25, guests enjoy the elegant atmosphere and easy conversation over small plates created specially by Executive Chef Florian Wehrli.

The Iroquois New York is one of New York City’s finest historic boutique hotels with a rich history dating back to 1901. The Iroquois melds classic design with contemporary amenities for a quintessential New York stay. The Iroquois features 114 wellappointed guest rooms and onsite dining at Triomphe Restaurant and cocktails at the acclaimed Lantern’s Keep bar. The Iroquois is tucked away on a quiet, upscale stretch of 44th Street in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and just steps away from some of the city’s most notable attractions and activities. Times Square, the Theater District, Grand Central Station, the

Triomphe is an intimate French/American restaurant nestled inside the historic Iroquois Hotel. A staple on the New York food scene, Triomphe has been hailed as the “Best Theater District Restaurant.” The unpretentious and intimate ambience of Triomphe allows guests to truly enjoy their dining experience with delectable dishes such as Blue Crab Stuffed Rainbow Trout and Almond Crusted Sea Scallops, while sipping on expertly chosen wines and cocktails.


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he Tower of London is the most famous and most often visited of all the Historic Royal Palaces. (HRP is a non-profit organization, which looks after the Banqueting House, Kew, Kensington and Hampton Court Palace in addition to the Tower.) The stone fortress began in 1066 and was completed in the year 1100, built by William the Conqueror to protect London from invaders. It originally had a huge moat around it and at one time a menagerie of animals, gifts given over the years from other monarchs to the kings of England. All the animals were sold in 1832, but today tourists can see replicas of these animals in different parts of the tower. The Beefeaters, as they are known, are Yeoman Warders, and they were originally the guards of the king. To be a Yeoman Warder you have to have served in the armed forces for a minimum of twenty two years. They live on site with their families and have all the amenities there, including their own pub! Their full dress uniforms for formal occasions are threaded with real gold and cost $10,000 each. The origin of the term Beefeater isn’t actually known, but thought to be because the early king’s guards were allowed to eat all the beef they wanted from the king’s table. Many well-known people, as well as many unknowns, were kept prisoner at the tower over the centuries and many were executed on the famous chopping block, which can be seen although it is now kept with the ax behind glass. When Henry VIII was King he added a tower built for Anne Boleyn, his second wife, she was imprisoned there three years after her coronation as Queen and executed as a traitor. On my visit, as a member of the Board of Trustees of HRP, I was treated to a VIP tour which most tourists don’t get to see, including the small rooms where the prisoners, such as Sir Thomas More, Lady Jane Grey and Anne Boleyn were held prisoner. The reason these rooms are not open to the public is because they are small and there would be damage from the numerous tourists who go through. The ceremony of the Keys, which is more than 700 years old tradition of locking up the tower, takes less than 10 minutes and has a precise time schedule and ends at exactly 10pm. This is available to the public, but must be booked in advance. 94 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com

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By Victoria R. Crosby

Everybody is familiar with the ravens at the tower, but also the legend that if the ravens disappear the tower will crumble and the monarchy will fall. It is thought to have come about when the ravens were so numerous and fouling the Royal Observatory at the tower that King Charles II had ordered them disposed of, but changed his mind, and decided to keep six ravens at all times. So now there are six, each with a name, plus a spare just in case. One of the Yeoman Warders is Raven Master and it is his job to keep them fed and their wings clipped. The Jewel House is another popular stop at the visit to the Tower of London, which houses the coronation crown and all the regalia, including the scepter and the orb. Our guide told us that the jewels have been kept at the tower since the 14th century and were stolen once in 1671 by Colonel Blood, who disguised as a woman took the crown, scepter and orb, which were later recovered and a safer method of display used to house the jewels. There are 23 thousand jewels, some of the largest stones in the world, with an estimated face value of $32 Billion, which doesn’t include the historic value, which makes them priceless. During WW II the Tower was closed and the crown jewels were moved. Many of the crown jewels are used on formal occasions, including the crown and some of the gold serving pieces. To be surrounded by the crowns of the royal family, and all the glittering gems and gold, including Queen Victoria’s tiny crown, in a private showing was quite a thrill, but I wasn’t allowed to try any of it on, as everything is safely displayed behind bulletproof glass. The moat which used to surround the tower has been dry for a many years and was used to grow food during WW ll. 2014 marks the centennial of WW 1 and the Tower of London has a special commemoration by covering the moat with ceramic poppies, designed by artist Paul Cummins, and set by stage designer Tom Piper, each poppy symbolizing a soldier who lost their life during that war, which was known as “the war to end all wars. ”The poppies are available for purchase and the funds raised benefit six British veterans’ charities. The display of poppies titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” began on August 5, the day the war broke out, and ends on November 11th, Armistice Day. For further information visit hrp.org.


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If there is one thing you do for yourself before the year ends, one gift that you give yourself, make it The Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, a Hudson Valley Bed and Breakfast. Before the holidays begin and your swept up in the season, take a minute, breath and make your way up to falls, trust us, you’ll be thankful you did. Time stands still, sanctum is found and life becomes balanced after just a few days at The Inn and Spa. After only a two-hour scenic drive up the Hudson, with farms, historic sites and curiosities along the way, you arrive at your designation. The Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa is an extraordinary 75 acre river estate that offers cabins, estate rooms and private houses with majestic views of the Hudson. There’s farm-to-table restaurant, an organic kitchen garden and orchard and a world class spa. There’s much to do or nothing to do but whether you head up for an evening, a 96 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com

weekend or a weeklong retreat there’s one thing for sure there’s something special about this place and it’s sophisticated country charm. When we arrived at the Inn, the air was crisp and the late afternoon autumn sun was peeking through the changing leaves. It was the setting of a perfect fall weekend and to prove it, upon arrival, at the cozy farmhouse where guests checked in, hot apple cider and a bevy of house- made baked goods awaited. Afternoon tea was served and it was to be enjoyed on the porch, at conversational tables, that were placed perfectly next to the outdoor wood fireplace that was surrounded by century old trees and views of the Hudson River. To our delight, our two bedroom guest house had sweeping views of river and offered modern luxuries with rustic charm, not to mention access to a majestic sunrise.

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Overall the Inn plays host to ten distinctively decorated rooms in the circa 1764 Main House with river or garden views and names like Sweet Basil, Winterberry and Lotus Blossom. Four architecturally intriguing guesthouses and a former barn provide an additional eight guest houses and cottages with stunning panoramas and secluded outdoor spaces making it the perfect place for an intimate event or getaway with family and friends. Before dinner it was off for a hike to the falls.. a short and scenic walk the sun was setting. The rushing water and the night air made a smile cross our lips as we pulled our sweaters around us just a little bit tighter. The idyllic rural setting with organic working farm immersed us into the peaceful surroundings as we trotted past the bubbling brooks and enchanting ponds. Before long, we were on our way back up the estate and headed for dinner at Henry’s, the Inn’s Farm to Table restaurant. Henry’s keeps in mind the farm to table aspect in its inventive

and ever changing menu. From “Barn to Bar” takes the organic herbs, vegetables and fruits grown at the Millstone Farm and integrates them into the signature cocktails. To keep in the autumn spirit we had “The Hot Toddy” which revives a classic hot cocktail and was made with Millstone Farm honey from on-site beehives. While embracing the spirit of their food, you can nosh on local delicacies like roasted butternut squash and white sauce with apple and cheddar cheese pizza. After our stomachs were full we settled into one of the rust-red leather sofas next to the roaring fire and enjoyed a hot cider before retreating to bed. I woke up the next morning and sat with a blanket and coffee on my porch watching the spectacular sunrise over the Hudson. Then I was off to the spa. The Buttermilk Falls Spa has four treatment rooms and a green philosophy by only using products that are natural and organic in their massages, facials and body treatments. November 2014 | 97


Natural light infiltrates the wellness facility cascading from oversized windows, reminiscent of the inn’s airy, simple beauty. When we got hungry, food was brought to us as we lay by the endless pool. Once afternoon settled, we were seeking adventure. We took on outdoor activities of biking on the trails and canoeing in the Hudson all before check-out approached and we had to head back to the hustle and bustle of the city.

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I was so relaxed and so peaceful that I choose to stay on property for the entire time, but should you choose to wander outside the property, there’s hiking the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, scenic parks to see, boating on the Hudson, antiquing, art galleries to tour as well as the Hudson Valley Wine country. The Hudson is filled with historic treasures, award winning restaurants and natural beauty that must be seen. www.buttermilkfallsinn.com


food Home may be where the heart is during Thanksgiving, but tradition is so over rated. If you’re looking for chic, fabulous and historic then the ‘21’ Club is sure to please. Join the club for their 3rd annual Thanksgiving feast as they debut their new Executive Chef Sylvain Delpique, who has developed a delicious new menu that is sure to make new holiday memories. Raise your champagne glass and pass the turkey at the 21 Club with meal prices $155 per person and $55 for children. http://www.21club.com

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As November’s cool breezes blow in, we grab our cozy sweaters and hot apple cider for the season’s finest hour. It’s a perfect time to explore with festive day and night activities for gold coasters of every age. If taking the city by sea with a Harbor Lights Cruise, or catching a movie at the Gold Coast film fest fits your fancy, get ready to mark your calendars and enjoy all the North Shore and NYC has to offer. Our favorite November happening? Thanksgiving dinner at the famed 21 Club. Vintage cocktail in hand, I’ll be sure to see you there.

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ART Art isn’t just for canvases anymore, get wrapped up in the world of paper at the Long Island Antiquarian Book Paper & Art fair hosted by Hofstra University. This long running fair features rarities from print, foreign and first editions. If books aren’t your thing don’t worry they also have sports memorabilia, photography and will be adding Ephemera art—showcasing Gouache, watercolor, collage, charcoal, and more. Can’t make the cut on November 1st? The fair also runs on Sunday. http://antiquesandthearts.com


HISTORY We know Thanksgiving from the Pilgrim side of things, but what about the Native Americans? Relive history at the Garvies Point museum during the 2014 Annual Native American Feast. Activities for all include potterymaking, primitive fire-building and on-site cooking as well as face painting, tool making, a demonstration of the atlatl, and Native American films. Come rain or shine, venture out and explore life from the Native American point of view on November 22nd and 23rd http://www.garviespointmuseum.com/ thanksgiving-feast.php

FILM Nothing screams action like the 4th annual Gold Coast Film Festival. Spend your days like a star and become acquainted with the world of Indie film making. Get a glimpse of what’s new, now, and next all while rubbing elbows with some of the biggest names Hollywood has to offer. Get properly introduced to some of the award winning films of the season and get involved with parties, panels, and more. Running from November 3rd-9th GCIFF boasts a plethora of events from exclusive screenings and interviews that’s sure to please. http://www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org/

CRUISE Bask in the glow of the setting sun and be dazzled by millions of glistening lights from New York City’s skyline during the The Circle Line’s Harbor Lights Cruise. For 90 minutes, you’ll sail down the Hudson, around Battery and under the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. As you’re sipping on your cocktail and watching the sunset, you will be able to wave to Lady Liberty, a magnificent sight for all. By the time the moonrises, you’ll be sailing back into New York Harbor, happy and amazed by our beautiful city. Tickets cost between $24.00 and $35.00. http://www.circleline42.com

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Michelle Palatnik was born in New York, and grew up in East Northport where she currently resides. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at New York University on a full four-year scholarship. While at NYU, she spent her Saturdays studying with Sharon Sprung at the Art Students League of New York. After earning her BFA, Michelle was Grand Central Academy of Art, working under the direction of Jacob Collins, a leading figure of the contemporary classical art revival movement. She has been accepted to the Hudson River Fellowship program twice and is a Junior Scholarship member of the Salmagundi Club. 102 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com

Michelle often lectures about her deeply humanist views on art, in various parts of the Long Island community. Her work is collected privately around the world and was recently included in the first ever American Art auction in China, at the world’s third largest auction


house. She has been part of various group shows and was selected to be in the Heckscher Museum’s 90th Anniversary Long Island Biennial. In April 2014, Michelle had the rare chance to copy a Rembrandt Self Portrait at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was again selected in August to continue her work as a copyist at the MET. She currently works on her art and commissions in her Huntington Studio on Long Is-

land. Michelle teaches at The Art League of Long Island and will be starting two new classes in November. One is the Teen Portfolio Program for students who are interested in applying to college for art. The other is an Atelier class for those wishing to attain exceptional levels of realism in their work. These will be ongoing courses with rolling admissions available throughout the year. November 2014 | 103


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Elisa Brown By Victoria R. Crosby

The Heart of Art is a PBS television interview show with a difference. Elisa Brown is a singer/songwriter who interviews and performs with other artists who, like Elisa, are also people who have made a difference in the world through their humanitarian actions.“Working with artists who foster social change through the arts is a work of art itself,” says Elisa of her new show. The shows are recorded before a live audience in New York City and shown on Public Television Stations across the country. The shows are also available for viewing on YouTube through the show’s presenter, Conscious Evolution Media(CEM). CEM produces programs on PBS that create an aware, holistic and spiritual content to shift global consciousness, making CEM and The Heart of Art a perfect fit. I attended a recent filming of The Heart of Art at Opera America in New York City featuring guest artist Virginia Luque, a virtuoso classical guitarist who studied with world renowned musician Andres Segovia in Spain beginning when she was only eleven years old. Prior to that time, it was unheard of for a girl to study guitar with the great Master, but Virginia Luque was a child prodigy who began playing when was four years old, so by

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the time she met Segovia she was already a spectacularly accomplished solo performer. Her exquisitely beautiful performances continue to thrill audiences around the globe. “Virginia Luque...played a concert... that was stunning both for its technical fireworks and its musical warmth.”— New York Times Virginia is also a composer, conductor and the founder of a non-profit organization called Music for Life NYC (MFLNYC), an organization that helps bring cultural and humanitarian outreach through the musical arts. Virginia is the founder and music director of MFLNYC’s musical arm, The New York Women’s Ensemble (NYWE). NYWE performed it’s debut concert to rave reviews at Carnegie Hall with an all-Mozart program that benefited Children of the Night, a non-profit organization that rescues children from human trafficking and prostitution. “Ms. Luque is an inspiring leader and a capable conductor, beating solid time with her right hand while shaping and shading contours with her fluttering left hand.”— Steve Smith, The New York Times


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Virginia and Elisa performed several classical Latin and Spanish songs together. They were then joined by guest artist, NYWE principal flutist, Lauren Ausubel, from Oyster Bay, Long Island. Lauren is also co-founder of the Oyster Bay Music Festival, a very popular annual summer festival on the North Shore. The works performed included compositions by Villa Lobos, Bustamante, Granados, DeFalla and Pizzaola. To watch the show online, visit Elisa’s website at ElisaBrownMusic.com. The next episode of The Heart of Art with Elisa Brown on PBS features the work of Catherine Filloux, an award-winning playwright who has been writing about human rights and social justice for over 20 years. The show was filmed live on September 28, 2014 at The Abingdon Theatre in New York City. It will be available for online viewing on Elisa’s website in November. Elisa Brown is a classically trained singer who has also recorded a CD of New Age music, titled New World, which features works she co-wrote and co-arranged with Grammy winner, Barry Goldstein. A copy of this CD was given to everybody in the audience at the taping of her show. The delightful CD was the perfect genre for my weekly radio show Oasis, on WHPC 90.3fm. Oasis features music for relaxation and inspiration, so I was very happy to receive a copy of New World and to play it on my show. Elisa Brown, who is originally from Texas, has been singing all her life and was trained as a soprano in the classical style. She is the youngest of seven children, all of whom she told me have beautiful voices. “With such musical siblings, we were like a group of choristers who literally whistled while we worked,” quips Elisa of her song-filled upbringing. She first sang

professionally at the age of eight and has since performed around the globe. She sings and speaks several languages and performs various styles of music from Pop to Tango and Country Western to Broadway. After winning a competition to perform with the New York Bach Aria Society, Elisa moved to New York City to pursue her singing career with just $200 in her pockets. One of the ways Elisa likes to give back is what she calls “service through song.” As such, she has performed with the Zaraspe Foundation on behalf of UNESCO and other charitable organizations throughout North and South America and Spain. Under the tutelage of Maestro Hector Zaraspe, she also learned to dance the tango and to play castanets. Elisa recently collaborated with Grammy-winning producer Barry Goldstein and other celebrated artists to create a multimedia theatrical production about hope and healing called Shine On New World (SONW). SONW uses philosophical and inspirational musical genres as a metaphor for creating a more perfect world by tapping into the most powerful energy force on earth: unconditional love. Elisa went to Kickstarter to help fund this production. CEM founder Steve Toth was so taken with Elisa and SONW that he offered to executive produce her show on PBS – and thus was born The Heart of Art with Elisa Brown on PBS! For more information about SONW, please visit: www.ShineOnNewworld.com

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Their First Electric Motorcycle PROJECT LIVEWIRE™


In keeping with the company’s customer-led product development approach, consumers across the country will be able to ride and provide feedback on the bike, helping to shape the future of Harley-Davidson’s first-ever electric motorcycle. While not for sale, Project LiveWire is specifically designed for the purpose of getting insight into rider expectations of an electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle. “America at its best has always been about reinvention,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “And, like America, Harley-Davidson has reinvented itself many times in our history, with customers leading us every step of the way. Project LiveWire is another exciting, customer-led moment in our history.” Spurred by this heritage, the Project LiveWire Experience invites customers to test ride, provide feedback and learn more about the story of the motorcycle. Even those who don’t yet ride will have the opportunity to feel the power of Project LiveWire through Jumpstart – a simulated riding experience. A 2014 U.S. tour – kicking off with a journey down Route 66 – will visit more than 30 Harley-Davidson dealerships now through the end of the year. In 2015, the Project LiveWire Experience will continue in the U.S. and expand into Canada and Europe. “This builds on many recent reinvention successes for Harley-Davidson.” said Levatich. “In just the last few years, we’ve broadened our reach to serve an increasingly diverse society, as well as reinvented our approach to product development and manufacturing. This has resulted in cutting-edge products like the recently launched Project Rushmore touring bikes, Harley-Davidson Street 500 and 750 models and this reveal of Project LiveWire.” This exciting new ride blends the company’s styling heritage with the latest technology to deliver a new expression of the signature Harley-Davidson look, sound and feel. “Project LiveWire is more like the first electric guitar – not an electric car,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “It’s an expression of individuality and iconic style that just happens to be electric. Project LiveWire is a bold statement for us as a company and a brand.”

The bike offers a visceral riding experience with tire-shredding acceleration and an unmistakable new sound. “The sound is a distinct part of the thrill,” said Richer. “Think fighter jet on an aircraft carrier. Project LiveWire’s unique sound was designed to differentiate it from internal combustion and other electric motorcycles on the market.” Longer-term plans for retail availability of Project LiveWire will be influenced by feedback from riders along the Project Livewire Experience tour. “We offer a no excuses riding experience in everything we do and we are led by what our customers tell us matters most,” said Richer. “Because electric vehicle technology is evolving rapidly, we are excited to learn more from riders through the Project LiveWire Experience to fully understand the definition of success in this market as the technology continues to evolve.” As riding in the great outdoors is one of the best elements of motorcycling, sustainability remains a core strategic focus at Harley-Davidson. “Preserving the riding environment is important to all of us,” said Levatich. “Project LiveWire is just one element in our efforts to preserve and renew the freedom to ride for generations to come. As a company that has seen success for 111 years, we think in generational terms about our great riding environments for the next 111 years.” Fans can learn more about Project LiveWire, as well as specific dates and locations for Project LiveWire Experience stops at projectlivewire.com. Harley-Davidson also invites anyone who is interested in the possibilities of the future to follow and engage with the company on its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Harley Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.h-d.com

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Place of Gratitude By Victoria R. Crosby

When your relationship in one with the source of all, your higher power, God, Spirit, by whatever name you call Her, Him or It, when you surrender to this, accept what is, and don’t resist, don’t try to change what you know you can’t change, let it be, as in the prayer for serenity, be grateful for who you are, your accomplishments so far, and be open to receive and believe the blessings that will come to you, then the vibration of your whole life will change, when you are in that place of gratitude. 2010 Copyright all rights reserved Victoria R. Crosby

Victoria Crosby is available for poetry readings, which entertain and inspire, at libraries and other venues. For further information, contact info@25amagazine. Victoria Crosby, Glen Cove’s poet laureate for 20 years, whose poetry is featured regularly in 25A Magazine and heard weekly on radio WHPC, 90.3 FM will help you to read and write your own work, and to express yourself in an encouraging environment, in a weekly workshop offered by Glen Cove Continuing Education series. In addition, you will be entertained by Ms. Crosby’s humorous poetry and moved by her inspirational work. Four weeks, November 6,13 & 20 & December 4 at 7:30-8:30 pm. Victoria Crosby will give a free lecture and power point presentation on the Historic Royal Palaces at Syosset Library at 2 pm on Thursday, December 4. 225, S. Oyster Bay Road Syosset. 11791. For further information, call 516-921-7161.


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NYPD DETECTIVE

RANDY JURGENSEN Photos by Nassau County Police Department, Photographer Joe Virgilio

Robert Livoti, NCPD ret. President of ARPO (Association of Retired Police Officers), ret Detective NYPD Randy Jurgensen, ret NYPD Dave Fischer

On April 14, 1972, a 10-13, or police officer’s call for assistance from a man claiming to be a Detective Thomas, was received by police, coming from 102 West 116th Street, the Nation of Islam Mosque No. 7 in Harlem, where Malcolm X was once minister before his conversion to orthodox Islam. Officer Phillip Cardillo and four other officers responded, entering the mosque. According to the New York Police Department, the officers were attacked by around 15 to 20 congregants, were beaten, and stripped of their guns. During the melee, Officer Cardillo was assaulted, stripped of his firearm and was shot at point blank range. Mosque representatives maintained that the officers entered with guns drawn and interrupted prayer despite repeated requests to leave their guns outside. During the initial attempt to enter the mosque, police officers, including Cardillo’s partner Officer Vito Navarra, claimed that prior to being forced out, they

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witnessed a man named Louis 17X Dupree standing over the dying Cardillo with a gun in hand. After reinforcements arrived, allowing police to retake the mosque, Dupree and several others were initially arrested at the scene. However, before Dupree could be taken into custody, Louis Farrakhan and Congressman Charles B. Rangel arrived at the scene, threatening a riot if Dupree was not released. NYPD Detective Randy Jurgensen always gives a great presentation about his investigation into the Harlem NY mosque shooting. Randy was special guest to honor him for everything he has done for law enforcement as well as his untiring efforts to honor the memory and sacrifice of Ptl. Phil Cardillo. Randy has been fighting for years to get a building, doorway, police boat, police helicopter, a library, a street in Harlem named for this brave officer who paid the ultimate sacrifice.


RANDY JURGENSEN HONORED FOR HIS INVESTIGATION INTO THE HARLEM NY MOSQUE SHOOTING

Left to right: Executive Board Members of ARPO (Association of Retired Police Officers) Blair Beaudet, Doug Stiegelmaier, Al Livoti, Ray Leonhard, Jim Barolo, President Bob Livoti, Congressman Peter King, Ed Wahl, Al Bonfardino, Dave Fischer, Rich Scibilia, George Reiber, Vic Dolgos. Meeting honoring NYPD Ret Detective Randy Jurgensen at the NCPD PBA Union Hall in Mineola, NY on October 8,2014

STANDING: (left to right) Lou Logise NYPD, Dom Cammarata NYPD, Bobby Cardillo, Bob Livoti NCPD (President ARPO), Rich Petito NYPD (President L.I. Shields) Detective Randy Jurgensen Nypd, Joe Cirillo NYPD, Nick Cirillo NYPD, Dennis Cirillo. SEATED: (left to right) Timmy Motto NYPD, John Quinn NYPD, Richie MIlla NYPD, Dave Fischer NYPD, Mike DiPalma, Paramus NJ PD

Randy Jurgensen ret Detective NYPD & Congressman Peter King

Robert Livoti NCPD (President of ARPO (Association of Retired Police Officers), Dave Fischer, NYPD, Board member, Congressman Peter King

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GREY GALLERY EXHIBIT in Sea Cliff By Victoria R. Crosby GREY, a new gallery and studio in Sea Cliff, owned by fashion designer Sonja Nuttall, recently hosted an exhibit and book signing by photographer Roberto Dutesco, who for more than twenty years has been photographing the wild horses of Sabel Island which is off the coast of Nova Scotia. Sonja Nuttall, a Buddhist, met Dutesco through the Dali Lama. She believes in recycling and her gallery features art created from many vintage items. Her background in design includes co-founding the fashion line Urban Zen with Donna Karan. Grey Gallery is located at 78 Roslyn Road in Sea Cliff.

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Coe Hall

Acquires Huguette Clark Furniture By Victoria R. Crosby

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oe Hall, Executive Director Henry Joyce was a successful bidder at Christies in New York City for fifty four pieces of antique English furniture from the estate of heiress Huguette Clark, who died in 2011 at the age of 104. A party was held to celebrate the newly acquired furnishings, which include tables, foot stools, lamps with the original silk shades, upholstered chairs, most of which are now in the Gallery.

The furniture is in the same style of the original furnishings which were either sold or taken by Coe family members in 1949 when the estate was deeded to New York State. Henry Joyce thanked trustees Hal Davidson and CeCe Haydock for their help and support in the acquisition of these rare artifacts. Charles Duveen, an esteemed designer and decorator, furnished both the Coe mansion and the Clark’s Fifth Avenue apartment in the 1920’s. An exhibit, The Fabulous Interiors of Elsie de Wolfe and Charles Duveen, exploring the world of fashion interior design of the 1920’s was an exhibit earlier this year.

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25A NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2014 CELEBRITIES HIT THE RED CARPET By Clara Morgan | Photographs By ©PatrickMcMullan.com

Premiere of “Whiplash” : Miles Teller

Premiere of “Mr. Turner”: Michael Barker, Timothy Spall, Tom Bernard

Premiere of “Inherent Vice”: Sasha Pieterse

Premiere of “Time Out Of Mind”: Richard Gere, Jena Malone

Premiere of “Clouds Of Sils Maria, Merchants Of Doubt & Silvered Water”: Juliette Binoche

Special Screening of “This Is Spinal Tap”: Christopher Guest

Premiere of “Listen Up Phillip”: Jason Schwartzman, Rose McGowan

Closing Night Gala Presentation of “Birdman or The Premiere of “Foxcatcher”: Channing Tatum Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”: Michael Keaton, Alejandro González Iñárritu

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PARTIES AROUND TOWN SOME OF THE TOP PARTY HIGHLIGHTS By Clara Morgan | Photographs By ©PatrickMcMullan.com

Martha Stewart Weddings 20th Anniversary Platinum Party: Troy Curtis, Martha Stewart

New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala Celebrating Ballet and Fashion: Sarah Jessica Parker

Rainbow Room Opening Party: Stephen Burke, Jimmy Fallon

Interview Magazine & Saks Fifth Avenue Celebrate the Arrival of Diesel Black Gold: Coco Rocha, Andreas Melbostad

Hartmann & The Society of Memorial Sloan Museum Of The City Of New York Director’s Kettering Cancer Center Preview Kick Off and Council Host’s “New York After Dark”: Tara Madison Avenue Flagship Celebration: Jim Bunn, Rockefeller, Mark Gilbertson, Allison Aston Elizabeth Kurpis

The New Yorker Festival 2014 Wrap Party: Zadie Smith

The New York Women’s Foundation’s Fall Gala, ”A Night at the Plaza”: Ana Oliveira, Jean Shafiroff, Anne E. Delaney, Diana Taylor

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25A NEW YORK MOVIE PREMIERES HOTEST NEW FLICKS By Clara Morgan | Photographs By ©StarPIX

Premiere of “Young Ones”: Edward Norton

Premiere of “Young Ones”: Nicholas Hoult, Jake Paltrow (Director), Elle Fanning, Kodi Smit

Premiere of “Keep On Keepin’ On”: Helena Christensen with daughter

Premiere of “Keep On Keepin’ On”: Jane Rosenthal, Premiere of “Keep On Keepin’ On”: Amanda Quincy Jones Schwab

Screening of “The Equalizer”: Spike Lee

Screening of “The Equalizer”: Ethan Hawke, Ryan Hawke

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Premiere of “Young Ones”: Elle Fanning

Screening of “The Equalizer”: Ben Walker


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