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The Sexy Girl Next Door Texas-born beauty and supermodel Julie Henderson talks about what she likes to wear, her entrepreneurial plans, and where she goes when she goes out at night . . . sometimes on the arm of her oh-so-private beau Alejandro Santo Domingo. by kristian laliberte photographs by juan algarin

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Tory Burch, Chris Benz, Lela Rose, Jayma Cardoso, Miguelina Gambaccini, David Rabin and Ami James offer guided tours and choice spots in the neighborhoods they call home. 52

Passing the Taste Test New York’s celebrity chefs Alain Ducasse, David Chang, Charlie Palmer and others dish about there they go when they dine out. We’ll have whatever they’re having . . .

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STOP . . . NO TEXTING, THIS IS IMPORTANT. Isn’t the month of February supposed to be dedicated to all the beautiful 1950s compliant housewifely women who nourish wonderfully romantic relationships? The Super Bowl is over, and it seems that the men have subtly made a move into February. Maybe it is our forefathers who opted for a long weekend (I’m just as witty in real life), so we could all go skiing or take our families on a pre-Spring break, or revel in a staycation. Is it me, or are the men taking over our month? I guess it’s because Valentine’s Day can be daunting with presents, chocolates, engagements, and the seriousness (commitment) of LOVE. Honestly, I believe men should get spoiled over Valentine’s Day, as long as they come with a flower, or a note that says, “You are my hunnybunny, forever.” In that case, I will shower you with all the love and attention you deserve. So, that is how I came up with the idea ‘Boys and their Toys’ for my Pinspiration board this month. A Best Snow Kite, who doesn’t want to try that? Maybe I can’t wear Tods men’s driving loafers, but I can wear their pajamas. Not that I am ignoring the ladies. Blowouts, diamonds, and Marc Jacobs Cinderella shoes. I don’t know one woman on this planet who wouldn’t indulge


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CHAMPAGNE Toasting Oscar-contender The Artist at the Monkey Bar Harvey Weinstein and Diane von Furstenberg honored this year’s most unexpected critical darling, The Artist,, during an afternoon lunch at Monkey Bar. Toasting the nearly-silent Oscar hopeful’s stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo with glasses of Dom Pérignon were Candice Bergen, Derek Blasberg, Georgina Chapman, James Toback and Lisa Vreeland.







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Tiffany held a cocktail soirée at its flagship store for photographer Harry Benson and society columnist Hilary Geary Ross’ new book New York New York. Mayor Michael Bloomberg took the stage to give a speech to attendees including John Loring, Liz Smith, Dylan Lauren, Cornelia Guest, Alexandra Lebenthal, Douglas Hannant and Wendi Murdoch.


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Tinsley Mortimer, Charlotte Ronson, Meredith Ostrom, Ali Wise, Alina Cho, Cristina Greeven Cuomo and Chris Cuomo, Kimberly Guilfoyle and more donned their finest for the annual Winter Wonderland Ball at the New York Botanical Garden. After getting a bus tour up to the holiday train show, guests enjoyed cocktails at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory as they posed in their ball gowns and black ties for Bill Cunningham.


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his is the season where we might wonder why we remain on the Avenue, or thereabouts. Some of our friends have slogged up here long enough to earn their place on the greens and frothy waves, in warmer climes. But those of us who are not yet there, or who even chose to stay in the fray, cold but engaged, have a few more lovely, compelling reasons to stay put. Five hundred mostly French, and therefore, chic, tasteful and slightly superior friends filled the house at 583 Park to celebrate the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) Trophée des Arts Gala. The two honorees, beloved and respected, defined the evening. Paul Desmarais, Jr., Chairman and Co-CEO of Power Corporation of Canada was honored with the Pilier d’Or, which recognizes a leader from the business, diplomatic or philanthropic community—Paul qualifies for two already. When Jackie and Nicky Drexel nicely introduced me to him, I congratulated him for his father’s award, as he doesn’t look old enough to be so accomplished. I don’t think I’ll be winning the diplomacy award anytime soon, though he was gracious and charming about my faux pas. “We are judged by what we do for our family and what we give back to society,” he told us. He will be judged well. I got in less trouble with the winner of the Trophée Des Arts, Alain Ducasse,, largely because he speaks very little English, at least not to me. I was utterly honored to be seated at his table, the Mt. Olympus of French culinary Gods, and people who love them. JeanGeorges Vongerichten was on my left, making my heart flutter with tales of lobster rolls on ferry restaurants, and cozy inns to come. Sirio Maccioni sat to my right and reminisced with the fabulous Fabricants of food critique fame. And Stanley Tucci and his BFF Patricia Clarkson tucked in to Jean-Georges’ other flank and planned Bedford foody rendezvous. Stanley, of course played Mr. Julia Child in Julie and Julia and once had his own restaurant in Bedford. What is his signature dish, I asked? “I just made my kids shepherd’s pie but they said it tasted like dog doo.” Best he keeps his day job. He also told us he is engaged to Emily Blunt’s sister, “who is younger, taller and smarter than me,” he admitted. Hopefully, a better cook, too. Daniel Boulud and Verveine Palladin (daughter of the revered chef Jean18 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • FEBRUARY 2012

Louis Palladin) rounded out this power palate table, and I could only wonder how the poor chef at 583 must be sweating. I’m not an arctic char gal, so asked for an entrée substitute. My cauliflower gratin was such a hit, it made the rounds to Sirio, JeanGeorges, and over him by fork, to Patricia. That’s the way we foodies roll. Stanley introduced Monsieur Ducasse: “He made my mouth think in a new way. I may actually go to Adour after this dinner.” And the great Ducasse told us: “Cooking is a formidable way to spark dialogue between countries. A chef proposes tastes, he doesn’t impose them. This necessary humility is what makes him an influential messenger, as dialogue is born out of respect and generosity. That’s how I see my profession—a way to spread happiness everywhere and always.” He does. Among those toasting: Andres and Lauren Santo Domingo (who had the winning bid on a bottle of Grey Goose), Comtesse Elisabeth de Kergorlay, Marie Monique Steckel (FIAF’s formidable President), Board Chair, Robert Wilmers, retired Chair, Lorenzo Weisman, Nabil Chartouni, Sasha Leviant, Nicholas and Edmee Firth, Frédéric Fekkai and Shirin von Wulffen, Frédéric Malle (whose Rose parfum made me more irresistible than usual, that night), François Gilot, Dinner Chair Paul Fribourg, Paula Zahn, His Excellency Mr. François Delattre (Ambassador of France to the U.S.), and Mrs. Sophie L’Helias Delattre, Ambassador Charles Rivkind (U.S. Ambassador to France), Felicia Taylor, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Clemence von Mueffling ing, and more elegant folks, who raised almost $1 million dollars for FIAF. Of course we Francophiles also love our cinema, and I simply love being carried along in the mad dash to show us ‘influencers’ (I use the term broadly—I influence my 15-year-old, sort of) every nominated movie before ballots go in. Sometimes the film is the thing. Sometimes the party. Sometimes both. I’ll let you decide. Glenn Close was in her glory at the Cinema Society premiere of Albert Nobbs at MoMa, which she co-wrote, starred in and even worked Lauren Bacall and on the music with Brian Glenn Close Byrne. She appeared in the stage


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version 30 years ago, and fought to have the film made, with brilliant results. Sandy Brant, Ingrid Sischy and Armani fêted Glenn and co. at the Armani Ristorante and Sinead O’Connor gave a rare and remarkable performance of the theme song, “Lay Your Head Down.” I did, on Daniel Benedict’s shoulder, as she sang. Others touched, included Daniel Radcliffe, Viola Davis (who showed me pictures of her new baby girl Genesis—a big year for Viola—maybe baby Oscar, too?), Francesco and Alba Clemente, Tony Danza (who told me he is putting together a new Broadway musical), Alan Alda, Lauren Bacall (whose presence brought Glenn to her knees), Elizabeth Olsen, Rose Byrne, co-star Mia Wasikowska, Lou Reed, and Padma Lakshmi. Cinema Society scored again, with an über glam screening of the Madonna directed story of Wallis Simpson, W.E., hosted by Piaget and celebrated later at Crown. Producer Harvey Weinstein told us, “I wanted to wear my Giants shirt, but my wife would divorce me.” And about Madonna, that if she was “Joe Smith,” her work would be heralded as a masterpiece. Madonna took the mike and said, “I don’t want to be Joe Smith.” She never will be. Later we talked about what a tortured soul Wallis was. “Aren’t we all?” Madonna asked my friend and me. “You sure don’t look tortured,” my pal ventured. “We aren’t what we seem,” Madonna waxed. I said, “We understand torture. We have 15-year-old daughters.” She said, “I feel you.” I was hoping for a group mother/daughter outing, but was quite happy with the evening anyway, along with: Adrien Brody, Valentino, Jeremy Piven, Hamish Bowles, Donna Karan, Stefano Tonchi, Chloë Sevigny, Anderson Cooper, Glenda Bailey, André Leon Talley and more like them, who keep Madonna featured, and me, insecure. I’ll just finish with one more name . . . Rooney Mara. Somehow I lucked in to a screening and party with essentially the cast of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and their parents. I effused much deserved praise to Ms. Mara and said, “You must’ve felt a lot of pressure to film such a beloved movie and character.” She modestly replied, “It was easier for me, because everyone had such low expectations.” No more, Ms. Mara, no more. ✦ Alain Ducasse

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m I the only one in New York who sees the holidays in this city as the calm before the storm? Yes, the streets are bursting with slack-jawed tourists, slowly ambling wide-eyed throughout our avenues, proving that anywhere above 14th Street in Manhattan the month of December is not for the weak of elbow. Regardless, post Christmas brings a slew of activities for the city’s dedicated and deep of pocket: the Sundance Film Festival, preparation for the Oscars, and of course, the showing of the fall collections at Fashion Week in February. So besides the herds of out-of-towners, what is there to worry about? Oh, those bothersome gift-giving lists, of course . . . After some relatively stress-free weeks in the beginning of the month, I’m pondering how to cross off a few friends and family at the Cinema Society after-party for Albert Nobbs at the Armani Ristorante on Fifth Avenue. Besides reaching across the bar at the chic restaurant above the designer’s store and jacking a Gina Gershon bottle of Veuve Clicquot from the well-endowed bartender, my options that evening look bleak. I’ve always been the multi-tasker, however, so when the film’s star, Glenn Close, crosses my path, a light bulb goes off brighter than the red dress Gina Gershon has on that evening. The 64-year-old is an alum of my father’s alma mater, The College of William & Mary, and one of the few actresses my not-so-Hollywood savvy dad can recognize. An autograph from the revered star would even go as far as to impress him. Armed with a Sharpie in my bag, I begin to stalk my prey as if I’m on an Oscar-nominated actress safari. My date for the evening, gadabout town John Munson, Rose is in near hysterics at my desperate attempts to locate Byrne the actress, considering my usual blasé attitude when it comes to celebrities. Unfortunately, I don’t get to approach her before she makes her way to the front of the room to introduce a performance by Sinead O’Connor. Close begins to tell the audience how she came to work with O’Connor to begin with: The actress actually wrote the lyrics to the flick’s song, “Lay Your Head Down,” then approached O’Connor to sing it via Skype while she was on tour in Eastern Europe. The song, which O’Connor sings with a piano accompaniment, is a touching, heartfelt ballad, made all the more ironic by the fact that only two weeks later it would be announced she ended her 16-day marriage to her 4th



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husband, Barry Herridge.. Not all things were made to last as long as her buzz-cut hairstyle, I suppose. Of course, several days later, O’Connor announced a reconciliation. After O’Connor’s performance, I wait patiently as Close embraces the singer repeatedly and they have a moment, looking like a couple of old pals. But not too patiently. I chase her down as she heads back in the direction of other musical icons, Patti Smith and Lou Reed,, who have taken in the Irish crooner’s performance together Anne Hathaway in a back booth. This is not my first encounter with Close, or hers with me, although the other was second-hand. Frequent partygoer Douglas Marshall had once chatted to the “Damages” star about me. They had talked about our shared alma mater (like my father and Close, I also went to William & Mary), and the discussion had somehow ended on how she used to drink cheap Boone’s Farm wine in her college days (not to mention how Robert Redford once fell into the pool of her summer home in Maine, but that’s another story entirely). So I was not surprised in the least when I tapped the flawless sexagenarian on the shoulder and she did not flinch when I cheesily asked her for the autograph. “The Kappa Sig boys didn’t talk to us theater kids,” she said with a smile and a raised eyebrow, when I explained which fraternity my father was in at the Southern school. No bother. She is the one who will probably be up for an Oscar this February. I watched her scrawl across the piece of paper: “Mark - Merry Christmas. From a fellow William & Mary alum. Glenn Close.” By the time you read this, it will already be hanging in his den. Proud of my creatively crafted Christmas present that is Alexandra resting in my Christian Louboutin clutch, I make my way Roach to The Iron Lady bash at the Royalton with John Munson and fellow scribes Kelley Hoffman and Nate Freeman. Another screen legend is being fêted down the street there: Meryl Streep. John went to boarding school at Hotchkiss with her Streep. daughters who attended the premiere at the Ziegfeld with their mom, and it is another film with Oscar buzz, so we brave the cold and my heels—until I insist on a cab. Upon arrival we hear we have missed Meryl’s The Devil Wears Prada co-star Anne Hathaway, whose fiancé (since November), actor-turned-jewelry designer Adam Shulman, had adjusted her hair and make-up before she exited the car. How precious! Every girl should only be so lucky. Streep, however, is still there and going strong with all three of her daughters, Mamie, Grace and Louisa The lovely ladies are holding court with Louisa. friends of the 62-year-old January Vogue cover-lady. She is in such a festive mood, it is already midnight and we catch her doing a little shimmy that is highly reminiscent of the Macarena at one point. Now that is the Holiday spirit. If only I had a family member who went to Vassar, like Streep, I could check off Rachel two Christmas gifts on my list for the price of one evening. Roy At least I’ll have a Meryl Streep-approved dance move to get me through the Fashion Week party season. ✦ For Carson Griffith’s latest nightlife coverage, visit www.avenueinsider.com FEBRUARY 2012 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 21

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The Season’s Best Parties High society celebrates good times and good deeds for veterans, children, and dogs. Cece Cord and Douglas Hannant at The Humane Society of NY party

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Sharon Bush and Lucas Detor at Wall Street Rocks Patrick Stubgen, Somers Farkas and Dana Hammond at the 21 Club

Cheryl Mercuris and Kevin Jonas at The Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation Toast


hic Anne Hearst, her husband Jay McInerney, who may be the best-dressed man in NY, and dashing financier George Farias gave this season’s most glamorous cocktail party. The crème de la crème of high society, the art, and media worlds all came out to the town’s top power spot the ‘21’ Club. The best-dressed women included Amanda Hearst, Valesca Hermés, Carol Mack, Carolyne Roehm, Dana Hammond, Frances Hayward, Anne Bass, Jean Shafiroff, Katherine Bryan, and Jamee Gregory. The most intriguing dress was worn by Janna Bullock, a brown leather number by edgy English designer Miss Thomas Wylde that sported fur puffs on the shoulders and an open back. Mrs. McInerney asked, “What kind of fur is that?” “Raccoon” said Janna. Anne responded, “I’m glad its not fox, I’m very protective of foxes.” Aren’t we all? The designers: Nicole Miller, Zang Toi and Douglas Hannant, who laughed about Jason Wu copying one of his elegant designs a year after he had put it on the runway, were busy complimenting everyone else’s ensembles. Countess Sharon Sondes, Geoffrey Thomas, and Amy Fine Collins, might have been whispering about who would make Vanity Fair’s Best-Dressed list or perhaps they were just swooning over the giant gingerbread house that David Monn had plunked down into the middle of the room. Hearst later joked about the McMansion, “I hope it finds a good home, its too big for my trunk.” Artists Hunt Slonem, and Will Cotton talked with a newly single and very sexy Candace Bushnell, Ken Auletta and Hilary Geary Ross, there with her very own adoring billionaire, Wilbur Ross. There was practically a conga line of VIPs vying to gossip with Page Six’s Emily Smith, who writes the most influential gossip column in the world. Author Michael Gross asked her if she wanted to hear the worst thing people say about her? We all held our breath as he said, “You’re too nice.” Oh hahahaha. Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Tracy and Jay Snyder, Mark Gilbertson, Jill and Andrew Roosevelt, and Sharon Bush, admired the rawhide and cabochon emerald, and sapphire bracelets jeweler Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, was wearing. Also in the mix were Austin Hearst, interior designers Campion Platt, Milly de Cabrol, Richard Mishaan and Susan Gutfreund as well as newly single and sexy André Balazs, perhaps he should call Miss Bushnell, N’est-ce pas? Sorely missed was Alison Mazzola, whose whip smart PR firm produced the evening. Mazzola is still in mourning with her family for her sister, the much-loved, Amy Mazzola. I’d like to tell you who really said what and to whom but everyone started their sentences with, “Couri, this is off the record.” Who else would tell you these things? JP Morgan Chase Managing Director Peter Carrara co-founded Wall Street Rocks with his Chocolate Cuckoo Clocks band mate, Neil Holstein, to raise funds for veterans. The pair, along with

other executives who work on the street by day and play in bands at night, gave a concert at Irving Plaza. Morgan Stanley’s Lucas Detor, who leads ReserveAID and the Wounded Warrior Project’s John Fernandez, thanked the guests for raising 257k. Leading the applause were Stephen Daffron, Jonathan Goldberg, Michele Gerber Klein, and 300 other caring Americans. www.wallstreetrocks.org Ann Dexter-Jones and her daughter, Charlotte Ronson, showed off their collections at Ashley Turen’s hot shop A. Turen on Stanton Street. Aturennyc.com. Jones said Kate Moss snapped up her Midnight Hour watch, which is actually a bracelet where the hands of the clock are always on midnight. “It means it’s always party time,” laughed Jones who also confided that Rihanna bought her classic silver ID bracelet, a must-have in royal rock circles. www.anndexterjones.com. Entrepreneur Cheryl Mercuris toasted The Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation at a glamorous fête in Donald Trump’s Penthouse. She was joined by Kevin Jonas, Mike, Debra and Mark Heller, new parents Gayle and Dr. Howard Sobel, celebrity dentist Dr. Laura Torrado, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Todd Rome, Elaine Sargent and former Governor David Patterson, who whisked Mercuris on to the dance floor and wouldn’t let her get off. The fun fête, which featured an enormous bar on the terrace carved from a single block of ice designed by Ed Libby, was orchestrated by Claudia Warner for Harriette Rose Katz. In lieu of gift bags the generous Mercuris and her eight-year-old son, Spencer, gave presents on behalf of all the guests to kids undergoing treatment through the CCBF. www.childrenscbf.org Alexandra Lebenthal, Jamie Johnson, Molly Sims, Nina Garcia, Alexandra Lind Rose, Jennifer Creel, Christian Leone, Cristina Cuomo, Byrdie Bell and Gillian Hearst Simonds, who has been named the Senior Society Editor of Town and Country, were among the chairs of the always entertaining Winter Wonderland Ball at The New York Botanical Garden. The benefit is held in the Garden’s magical Victorian-style crystal palace, which showcases their orchids, flowers, and flora. Saks Fifth Avenue, St. John and Judith Leiber supported the night, which raised 200k for the organization’s children’s programs. www.nybg.org Maggie Norris saluted the Humane Society of New York with a Red Party to draw attention to their adoptable pets. Cece Cord, Geoffrey Bradfield, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Frederick Anderson, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Mac Hyman, Christian Remmel, Alice and Paul Judelson and Vanity Fair’s George Wayne admired the pink tutu Norris designed for Cornelia, an exceptional Ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She was carried down the runway in the amusing confection by American Ballet Theatre’s Irina Dvorovenko at the HSNY’s Paws for Style fashion show. Crooner Jullian James sang around the Steinway accompanied by pianist Paul Katz and many of the guests including Bernadette Brennan, Hadley, Susan, and John Nagel, Leesa Rowland and Larry Wohl, Michelle Javian, Dr. Robert Grant, attorney Sarah Scofield, Joe Alexander, Jennifer Blum, Rolex’s Luca Bernasconi and his lovely wife Yasmina, model Marcel Goodman, Archie Comic’s Nancy Silberkleit and Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs who organized the evenings culinary treats. www.humanesocietyny.org ✦

Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper at The Humane Society of NY party

Hadley, Susan, and Jon Nagel at The Humane Society of NY party Irina Dvorovenko and Cornelia in Maggie Norris Couture for HSNY

Jullian James at The Humane Society of NY party

Jay McInerney with Valesca Hermes at 21 Club

Nancy Silberkleit at The Humane Society party

Yasmina and Luca Bernasconi at The Humane Society of NY party

Maggie Norris at The Humane Society of NY party

Ashley McDermott, George Farias, Jamee Gregory at 21 Club Elaine Sargent at The Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation Toast

Ann Dexter-Jones, Ashley Turen, and Charlotte Ronson at A. Turen

Jean Shafiroff and Lucia Hwong Gordon at The Humane Society of NY party

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Feasting the Eyes This month’s selection of art and antiques on view or for sale Through Feb. 1044 Madison Avenue 212.249.0619 Jonathan Levine Gallery Victor Castillo: The Jungle (Gallery II) Feb. 25-Mar 24. 529 W. 20th Street 212.243.3822 Lehmann Maupin Gallery Mary Corse New Work Feb. 2-Mar. 10 540 W. 26th Street 212.255.2923

Mire G 67 (Boléro) by Jean Dubuffet, 1983, is done with acrylic on canvas-backed paper, available at The Pace Gallery

auctions Christie’s Feb. 7: Interiors 20 Rockefeller Plaza 212.636.2000 Bonhams new york Feb. 16: Dogs in Show and Field: The Fine Art Sale 580 Madison Avenue 212.644.9001 DOYLE Feb. 18-20: Fine Jewelry & Contents of Abandoned Safe Deposit Boxes Feb. 18-21: Doyle at Home® 175 E. 87th Street 212.427.2730 SOTHEBY’S Feb. 9: Important Jewels 1334 York Avenue 212.606.7000 24 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • FEBRUARY 2012

galleries 303 Gallery Nick Mauss Jan. 13-Feb. 18 547 W. 21st Street 212.255.1121 David Zwirner Adel Abdessemed: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Feb. 17-Mar. 17 525 W. 19th Street 212.727.2070 Gagosian Gallery Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011 Through Feb. 18 980 Madison Avenue 212.744.2313 GAVIN SPANIERMAN American Impressionism

Leo Castelli Gallery GRID works on paper from the 1960’s Through Feb. 25 18 E. 77th Street #3A 212.249.4470 Matthew Marks Gallery Terry Winters: Cricket Music, Tessellation Figures, & Notebook Feb. 4-Apr. 14 522 W. 22nd Street 212.243.0200 McCaffrey Fine Art Noriyuki Haraguchi Through Mar. 17 23 E. 67th Street 212.988.2200 Mitchell-Innes & Nash Chris Martin Through Mar. 3 1018 Madison Avenue #5 212.744.7400 THE PACE GALLERY Jean Dubuffet: The Last Two Years Through Mar. 10. 510 W. 25th Street 212.255.4044

SPANIERMAN MODERN Stanley Boxer Through Feb. 18 53 E. 58th Street 212.832.1400 TAMBARAN GALLERY Adornment Feb. 2-Mar. 31 5 E. 82nd Street #2 212.570.0655

exhibitions ASIA SOCIETY Sarah Sze: Infinite Line Through Mar. 25 725 Park Avenue 212.288.6400 THE FRICK COLLECTION Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting Feb. 7-May 13

1 E. 70th Street 212.288.0700 GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM John Chamberlain: Choices Feb. 24-May 13 1071 Fifth Avenue 212.423.3500 THE JEWISH MUSEUM The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951 Through Mar. 25 1109 Fifth Avenue (at 92nd Street) 212.423.3333 MOMA Sanja Ivekovi: Sweet Violence Through Mar. 26 11 W. 53rd Street 212.708.9400 NEUE GALERIE The Ronald S. Lauder Collection:

Selections from the 3rd Century BC to the 20th Century/Germany, Austria, and France Through Apr. 2 1048 Fifth Avenue 212.628.6200 NEW MUSEUM The Ungovernables, Second New Museum Triennial Feb. 15-Apr. 22 235 Bowery 212.219.1222 RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART Mirror of the Buddha: Early Portraits from Tibet Through Mar. 5 150 W. 17th Street 212.620.5000 WHITNEY MUSEUM Real/Surreal Through Feb. 12 945 Madison Avenue 212.570.3600 ✦

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Marc Jacobs Goes Royal On a recent Sunday my girls and I were walking through Soho on our way to Soul Cycle, when we peeked inside of Marc Jacobs, as always, for it is a fantasy frenzy land. Inevitably, we always stop in beckoned by the mannequins in white summer vintage dresses paired with white oversized fox fur hats. Every girl everywhere is a little Marc Jacobs: Quirky, funny, charming, alluring, understated, flamboyant, pinup and androgynous. When my girls and I laid our eyes on the verdant green and raspberry floral lace-covered Lucite flats and Cinderella heels, we were mesmerized. The cold outside faded and our simultaneous dream sequence took us far from real life and straight to tan legs, floral shoes and warm breezes. My youngest, I am sure, dreamed Ken and Barbie were right there with her. That’s her image of romantic charm right now. What’s yours? WHO: Stephanie Seymour, Victoria Beckham, Hilary Swank, Kerry Washington, Beyoncé WHERE: Marc Jacobs Soho, 163 Mercer Street. 212.343.1490 HOW MUCH: $850 Photographed by Kelly Killoren Bensimon with red SONY NEX-3 digital camera with 30mm lens from Willoughby’s




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Bohemian Rhapsody Trish Wescoat Pound’s Haute Hippie Chic


picture of Jennifer Lopez wearing Haute Hippie was hanging on my inspiration board in my office forever. Hippie Chic is a style I won’t live without. Maybe it is the allure of rockers like Stevie Nicks and über socialite Talitha Getty who always look as if they have travelled the world, met fascinating people, and observed incredible cultures available only to the select few. It is much more than a beaded skirt, it is a whole lifestyle. Trish Wescoat Pound has taken the ultimate well-travelled look and made it affordable ($700-3000 for a dress), and her jersey gowns bring to mind Raquel Welch in the seventies. She does not simply design a dress, she designs the dress everyone wants. A self-proclaimed romantic, she includes a wedding dress in every collection. When I walked into her showroom recently, the first dress I saw was a beautiful white lace romantic vintage-inspired gown, and I immediately started dreaming of getting married. But the wedding dresses are just the cream on the cake, for they exist in every line. I went into visual overload as I feasted upon tuxedo jackets, chunky sweaters, serapes, hand-beaded in India chessories (beaded tops to protect the heart), tons of fur, t-shirts, and cozy lounge-wear (boxers, cami’s, tees) called Valentines Day that Blake Lively says she lives in. Let’s be honest, whatever Jennifer Lopez and Blake Lively wear, we want. A lot of the designs have names that convey actions and emotion, like “take me now . . .” (We LOVE that.) Trish is unabashed on the subject of fur. “I love fur,” she says simply, “and so do a lot of women.” Although fur is one of her staples, it is her approach to life that makes the brand so charming. “It’s not how you enter life, it’s how you exit,” she says, with her tousled blonde locks. The legacy of this mom is going to be rich in family and in work. She and her 11-year-old daughter enjoy vacationing in Mexico’s Punta Mita, and Trish is the ultimate New York woman: She has a strong point of view and is a risk taker. (She guaranteed her apartment and went to India to create the line). When I asked her about her favorite New York haunts she got nervous. She rarely goes out, and when she does it is to Crown, sometimes Pinola, and Da Silvano. But her daughter loves Pinkberry, so watch out for Trish in an embroidered skirt, chunky sweater and fur in line for a yogurt delight. Trish’s designs reflect her life, it’s no nonsense and luxurious, but never entitled. Although she has no formal design training, Oklahoma-born Trish did stints at both Theory and Kors. No wonder. Her aesthetic targets one audience: the cool girl. 30 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • FEBRUARY 2012

Top: Trish Wescoat Pound at her New York showroom Bottom: Trish Wescoat Pound’s accessory line

Celebs like Jennifer Lopez and Megan Fox are photographed everywhere in Haute Hippie and now Haute Hoodie, which is Trish’s Sunday wear. Sweatpants, fur, and Hunter boots are Trish’s Sunday uniform, and her men’s line is similar. Little Nell in Aspen recently opened a special store for the ski season of Trish’s designs, and new stores are slated to open on Madison Avenue and Prince Street in February this month. Can’t wait. ✦ Kelly Killoren Bensimon @KellyBensimon, www.kellykillorenbensimon.com, www.facebook.com/kellykillorenbensimon. Follow me on OpenSky http://shopopensky.com/kellykillorenbensimon

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Timeless Watch from DeLaneau The Mayan calendar may say that we have only have a few months left, but the watches keep ticking. I feasted my eyes on the DeLaneau “Délicates” watches created by the Geneva-based creative director, Cristina Wendt-Thévenaz, who has taken the timepieces and made them ultra-feminine pieces of art. Making just 300 a year, WendtThévenaz has taken the idea away from ‘dripping in diamonds’ to creating fine luxury timepieces for the ultra feminine woman. I’m obsessed with flowers, and I have a secret love for diamonds in floral patterns for resort and Spring 2012. Even though it is only February, in the spirit of my favorite season: SPRING and its beautiful flowers, DeLaneau has taken me into flower hyperspace with the colorful stones, diamonds, and a timepiece that screams, “I love you THIS much.” And because they are one of a kind, he thinks that way about you, too. Turquoise with black spinel $120,000


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New York Ranger Henrik Lundqvist at FDNY. Bottom: Athletes and their new friends.

Children Who Inspire Madison Square Garden’s Garden of Dreams


very child has a dream. Some dream of being great athletes, astronauts or doctors. Others dream just to have a family like ones they see in movies or read about in books. Garden of Dreams is a charity that works closely with The Madison Square Garden Company, including the New York Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Media, MSG Entertainment and Fuse to make dreams come true for kids facing obstacles. Partnering with a diverse collection of outstanding organizations – from hospitals, to foster care organizations, to homeless shelters and “wish” foundations the Garden of Dreams aims to use the power and reach of Madison Square Garden and its properties to bring joy and happiness to children facing devastating problems, such as illness, poverty or sudden tragedy. In the four years since its inception, Garden of Dreams has fulfilled its mission by creating unique and unforgettable events and activities—often involving unprecedented access

to Madison Square Garden celebrities, events and venues—that have brightened up the lives of thousands of children and their families. Recently, New York Ranger Henrik Lundqvist, Brandon Prust, and I all had the opportunity to take some foster-care and other children to see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular and the Rockettes. We even got to go back stage and meet some of the Rockettes as well as real camels that were all named Ted. I’ll never forget how we all laughed together while petting those camels. Afterwards, we went up on stage to see how they make what looks like 1000 Santas come to life during the performance. The children and I shared so much that day, and I left with two new friends, who dreamed of family life and their favorite video games and toys. I was honored to spend time with such courageous children, and humbled by their optimism. ✦

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Henrietta Hartford married a prince, but had to fight for her title


ll that really matters in a royal marriage is the title, right? What’s the use of marrying a prince if you can’t live out your lifelong dream of being called a princess? It’s not often that a woman gets such a title at the age of 56 but Henrietta Hartford did—for a brief moment—in 1937 when she married European Prince Guido Pignatelli of Naples. Henrietta, who had made her entrance on the social scene in Newport with her son, was a widow. Though she’d been accepted by the appropriate people, Henrietta dreamed of bigger and better things. Unfortunately for Henrietta most women don’t like to give up the social status that being called a princess confers on them. Prince Guido had been married until the day before his wedding to Henrietta, divorcing his first wife, without informing her, in Reno. Who wants to be called an ex-princess anyway? Prince Guido’s former first lady decided to take the matter to the courts, filing in New York against the Reno divorce. The courts let this debacle play out, favoring the original princess, and stripping Henrietta of her title. Pignatelli, whose ancestors included a pope, was a resident of Nevada and contended that the decision only applied in New York. So poor Henrietta held the princess title everywhere but New York. What’s the use? A few years later the prince pursued the case and was able to grant Henrietta her proper nomenclature in New York. The princess died in 1948—in New Jersey—leaving her late husband $50,000 and a $12,000 annuity. At the age of 67, Henrietta wanted to show gratitude for her 11-year stint in royal European society. How Emily Post of her. ✦


Princess Henrietta and Prince Guido Pignatelli on vacation at “Seaverge,” her Newport home, in 1939



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An opinionated guide to some of New York’s most popular neighborhoods from some of New York’s most in-the-know people

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Chris Benz’s


ashion designer Chris Benz is known for mixing casual comfort with bold colors and sophisticated details. His unique spin on the classics is much like the eclectic people and personalities who are drawn to the West Village—one of his favorite Manhattan neighborhoods. Benz’s following is as diverse as this “off the grid” neighborhood where he currently lives (think Kelly Osbourne and Malia Obama), but this “Prince of Prep” finds himself happily submerged in the bohemian lifestyle of the West Village. Here are just a few of his favorite spots. 40 | AVENUE MAGAZINE · FEBRUARY 2012

“I can’t imagine living anywhere other than New York. I would always be having a panic attack, thinking I was missing something.” —Chris Benz


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insiders Chris Benz’s West Village Picks Ovando Florist 337 Bleecker Street 212.942.7873 www.ovandony.com I am never disappointed with (and always pleasantly surprised by) the severe and graphic floral arrangements here. Atelier 304 Hudson Street 212.941.8435 www.ateliernewyork.com I rarely buy clothing for myself but when I do it’s almost always at Atelier. It’s the emporium of adventurous dark menswear with labels such as Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garçons, Augusta and Julius. Clay Health & Fitness Club 25 W. 14th Street 212.206.9200 www.insideclay.com My temple of health and virtue. I love this gym for its spa-like atmosphere, white-glove service and chic neighborhood clientele. Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce Street 212.989.2020 www.cherrylanetheatre.org There is always something new and fun being performed at this neighborhood gem. Plus, it’s on one of the most picturesque and charming blocks in the West Village. Sant Ambroeus 259 W. 4th Street 212.604.9254 www.santambroeus.com My go-to restaurant for years. The outdoor tables (however hard to come by) are well worth the wait for endless Italian food and spirits.

The End of History 548 1/2 Hudson Street #A 212.647.7598 www.theendofhistoryshop.blogs pot.com I am a fanatic collector of mid century ceramics and pottery and this West Village institution is a Mecca for colorful objets. Hudson River Park 23rd Street (at 12th Avenue) 212.627.2020 www.hudsonriverpark.org The perfect West Coast-style jogging path and closest thing Manhattan has to a beach-side run à la Santa Monica. An evening run along the river is just the thing to lift your spirits after a long day. Home Restaurant 20 Cornelia Street 212.243.9579 www.homerestaurantnyc.com An absolute perfect dose of Village nostalgia exists in this tiny spot on Cornelia Street. Delicious food, drinks and the best secret back garden in New York. Dirty Bird To Go 204 W. 14th Street 212.620.4836 www.dirtybirdtogo.com The most dazzling fried chicken takeout spot in the world. EN Japanese Brasserie 435 Hudson Street 212.647.9196 www.enjb.com Everyone has their sushi spot, and this is mine for sure. The cavernous space and world-class service is bar none.

Kettle of Fish 59 Christopher Street 212.414.2278 www.kettleoffishnyc.com This might as well be considered my Cheers of the West Village. A basement bar with darts!

Bar and Books 636 Hudson Street 212.229.2642 www.barandbooks.net I love this smokey outpost for a stiff-drink in a rock crystal glass—just like James Bond.

Aedes de Venustas 9 Christopher Street 888.233.3715 www.aedes.com This Lilliputian jewel box is one of my inspiration points for retail—like an 18th century boudoir, this miraculous shop stocks hard-to-find fragrances and ephemera to delight all your senses.

Mudhoney Hair Salon 148 Sullivan Street 212.533.1160 www.mudhoneyhairsalon.com A rock and roll institution since the 1980s, this is where I’ve gotten my ‘do touched up and cut for more than a decade.

C.O. Bigelow 414 Sixth Avenue 212.533.2700 www.bigelowchemists.com The West Village pharmaceutical institution, which has maintained its local charm despite now being part of a much bigger parent company. Go often enough and you can get a house account! Pieces 8 Christopher Street 212.929.9291 www.piecesbar.com A steadfast, old-school gay bar chock full of hilarity: cult films on the televisions, karaoke nights and always a good show tune in the mix. I Sodi 105 Christopher Street 212.414.5774 www.isodinyc.com Clean, fresh Italian food is always where it’s at for me. I especially love I Sodi for its homestyle recipes and intimate setting.

ADELAIDE 702 Greenwich Street 212.627.0508 www.adelaideny.com Hidden on West 10th and Greenwich streets, this is my go-to for chic, mid century-modern furniture finds, from the same visionary owner of the original Depression Modern. The space is absolutely gorgeous and always inspiring me to re-decorate. Westbeth apartments’ courtyard 55 Bethune Street 212.691.1500 www.westbeth.org When I was a student at Parsons, I used to walk all the way over to the courtyard of the Westbeth apartments to sit and draw. It’s a secret, quiet spot to think and the bonus is the terrific half-moon interior balconies designed by Richard Meier!


Miguelina Gambaccini’s

soho Miguelina Gambaccini’s Soho Picks Dean & DeLuca 560 Broadway 212.226.6800 www.deandeluca.com I am always happy walking into Dean & DeLuca— especially when it comes to their rose and cheese selection. Uniqlo 546 Broadway 917.237.8811 www.uniqlo.com This is like a knit supermarket. The only place I know where you can find a cashmere pullover for $60 in beautiful colors!


iguelina Gambaccini, of the fashion label Miguelina, has traveled around the world seeking inspiration for her delicately detailed and ultra-feminine designs. However, it is in the neighborhood of Soho where she finds much respite. “I really love everything about this neighborhood—in particular, living in a loft and having that feeling of openness to the wide variety of stores and shops ranging from trendy boutiques to the most interesting street art, vendors, art galleries and great food shopping.” On any given day, you may find Gambaccini wandering the streets of the neighborhood she’s lived in for more than 15 years—at her favorite specialty shop, retail store or sipping “the best hot chocolate in town” at her local tea salon.

“I really love everything about this neighborhood—in particular, living in a loft and having that feeling of openness to the wide variety of stores and shops . . .” —Miguelina Gambaccini 42 | AVENUE MAGAZINE · FEBRUARY 2012

Balthazar 80 Spring Street 212.965.1414 www.balthazarny.com No need to fly to Paris or leave the neighborhood. This French bistro is the real deal even if you just sit outside. It’s the best spot for people watching. Anna Wintour is a regular, so you may run into her! Pearl River 477 Broadway 212.431.4770 www.pearlriver.com This Chinese department store is one of my favorites in Soho. It’s a great place to buy cute Chinese gifts: lanterns, fabrics, kung-fu banners. Le Pain Quotidien 100 Grand Street 212.625.9009

www.lepainquotidien.com There is nothing like rolling out of bed and heading to Le Pain Quotidien. The community table will make your day and you will find yourself in your sweatpants later in the day not knowing how you ended up spending half of your day there. Mondrian Soho 9 Crosby Street 212.389.1000 www.mondriansoho.com Great place to have drinks. Love the entrance! “The Wild Horses of Sable Island” [Mobile Art Project] www.thewildhorsesof sableisland.com Amazing photography by Roberto Dutesco, curated by Peter Tunney. After six years I still love it. MarieBelle 484 Broome Street 212.925.6999 www.mariebelle.com This tea salon is the best place to have the best hot chocolate in town. Sunrise Mart 494 Broome Street 212.219.0033 no website One of the oldest Japanese grocery stores in New York and they have the best sashimi!


insiders David Rabin’s Upper West Side Picks This New York nightlife baron gives us the low down on some of his favorite uptown spots. Riverside Park and Central Park www.riversideparkfund.org www.centralparknyc.org One of the more obvious reasons to live up here is the proximity to the parks. We’re big users of both Riverside and Central Park. Some of my most lasting friendships to this day come from touch football games in Central Park years ago—which were always followed by a group lunch at Isabella’s.



ince launching his career in the ‘90s with Rex and pioneering the Meatpacking District with Lotus, David Rabin has become one of New York’s foremost nightlife barons. When not overseeing his current hotspots The Jimmy at the James Hotel, Double Seven and The Lambs Club, the man once dubbed the Mayor of the Meatpacking District finds himself at home on the Upper West Side. He’s been living in the neighborhood since he moved to the city to study law at Columbia. “My wife likes it up here and my mother and sister live nearby as well,” Rabin says. “Not to mention the schools have been great for my ten year old son.”

It’s nice to be so close to here. I’ve seen Maxwell there and just caught Sting’s concert. Equinox 344 Amsterdam Avenue 212.496.2374 www.equinox.com Working out is a big part of my life and I love having the brand new one right near my apartment—it makes it very easy to hit the gym.

Barney Greengrass 541 Amsterdam Avenue 212.724.4707 www.barneygreengrass.com I love to sneak up here during the week for nova and cream cheese on a perfectly toasted bagel while I read the paper.

Lincoln Center 70 Lincoln Center Plaza 212.875.5000 www.lincolncenter.org If I remember to take the time, I enjoy sitting by the reflecting pool here.

Nice Matin 201 W. 79th Street 212.873.6423 www.nicematinnyc.com If I’m home at night, I like to eat the grilled salmon here.

Hudson River I also like to walk or run along here. There is this great old rusted out pier in the 60s that I think is really beautiful in an odd way.

Energy Kitchen 142 W. 72nd Street 212.362.2303 www.energykitchen.com . . . for take out.

PS 87 160 West 78th Street 212.362.9026 www.ps87.info This playground is my favorite place at the moment because it’s where my son and I go to shoot hoops—which is for sure my favorite part of the day.

Beacon Theatre 2124 Broadway 212.465.6500 www.beacontheatre.com

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Ami James’

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mi James is the owner of Wooster Street Social Club, the tattoo shop he opened after his stint on the TLC show Miami Ink. James moved to New York in 2011 and now stars on the spinoff show NY Ink. One of his favorite neighborhoods is the East Village, in part because of its very proximity to his store, but also because of the mix of people you find sauntering the streets east of Broadway, between 14th Street and Houston. “You cannot compete with the people watching in the East Village—you see everything from punk rockers to the 9 a.m.-5 p.m. attorneys that have nothing to prove,” James says. As for the nightlife, James prefers a local (and historical) bar for its beer selection. “That’s another reason I love the East Village, you won’t find a club around so I don’t have to worry about the sounds of house music on my late-night weekend strolls.” Here, James points out a few more of his East Village haunts.

“You cannot compete with the people watching in the East Village—you see everything from punk rockers to the 9 a.m.-5 p.m. attorneys that have nothing to prove.” —Ami James Ami James’ East Village Picks Wooster Street Social Club 43 Wooster Street No phone www.woostersocial.com One of the best things about being in the East Village is that you are so close to Wooster Street Social Club.

McSorley’s Old Ale House 15 E. 7th Street 212.474.9148 www.mcsorleysnewyork.com Good old McSorley’s Ale House is more like a beer museum than anything. A great find but just be aware that they only sell beer. I wouldn’t have it any other way . . .

Village Yokocho 8 Stuyvesant Street 212.598.3041 No website It is truly authentic. I lived in Japan and it really reminds me of a lot of the places I ate in those days.

Holyland Market 122 Saint Marks Place 212.477.4440 No website I enjoy picking up an Israeli magazine to read at this spot between Saint Marks and Avenue A.

Café Mogador 101 Saint Marks Place 212.677.2226 www.cafemogador.com It is my favorite breakfast joint. It makes me feel at home with the Moroccan and Mediterranean food with an Israeli twist.

Toy Tokyo 91 Second Avenue 212.673.5424 www.toytokyo.com When I’m in the mood to check out some serious toys I always go to Toy Tokyo. This place is filled with collectors pieces for the serious toy enthusiast.

Tompkins Square Park Avenue A between 7th and 10th streets www.nycgovparks.org It is a great all-around Sunday stop. I really enjoy taking my daughter to the playground there and you can’t beat it if you are a pet owner.

Russian and Turkish Baths 268 E. 10th Street 212.674.9250 www.russianturkishbaths.com It has been there for decades and is as old school as it gets.


Tory Burch’s

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he Upper East Side feels calm and quiet. It’s where I live, raise my boys and where we recently opened our flagship on Madison Avenue. The space is what architect Daniel Romualdez and I imagined it would have looked like when it was first built in the 1880s but with modern elements. Growing up, one of my favorite memories of visiting the city was window shopping with my parents on Madison Avenue. It was always a dream of mine to have a boutique there—it’s such an iconic and historic part of New York. —Tory Burch

Tory Burch’s Upper East Side Picks Sette Mezzo 969 Lexington Avenue, # A 212.472.0400 No website They have incredible fresh seafood and pasta. The sea scallops and gnocchi alla bava are a must. Central Park www.centralparknyc.org A walk or run around the reservoir is energizing and clears your mind. Nothing beats the view from the north side looking south. Ladurée 864 Madison Avenue 646.558.3157 www.ladurée.fr The macarons remind me of trips to Paris, and the lines are insane! Via Quadronno 25 E. 73rd Street 212.650.9880 www.viaquadronno.com One of my favorite spots for catching up with friends over coffee. J.G. Melon 1291 Third Avenue 212.744.0585 No website An iconic New York restaurant with great burgers and Bloody Bulls. Crawford Doyle Booksellers 1082 Madison Avenue 212.288.6300 no website I could spend hours browsing


this old-fashioned shop that has everything from bestsellers to first edition hardbacks. Fred’s at Barneys New York 660 Madison Avenue, 9th Floor 212.833.2200 www.barneys.com It has great energy and some of the best people watching in the city. Order the chopped salad and a side of fries to share with the table. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue 212.535.7710 www.metmuseum.org The Met is one of the most inspiring museums in the world. I will never get tired of walking into the Temple of Dendur or seeing the collection of Picasso. Liz O’Brien 306 E. 61st Street 212.755.3800 www.lizobrien.com It has a beautiful assortment of original and vintage pieces for home. The Neue Galerie 1048 Fifth Avenue 212.628.6200 www.neuegalerie.org The collection of 20th century German and Austrian art is unbelievable. I love going to Café Sabarsky after for the Viennese chocolate cake.




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Lela Rose’s






reat schools, plenty of transit options, waterfront access and light-filled loft apartments in renovated industrial buildings has transformed Tribeca into one of the most sought-after neighborhoods. That is why fashion designer Lela Rose has spent 19 of her 20 years in New York in Tribeca. Rose and her husband (hedge fund manager Brandon Jones) especially fancy ground-floor apartments. The proof is in her 6,000-square-foot-home that was once a fabric warehouse space that took six years to transform into the stunning space it is today. Rose even opened her home to showcase her 2011 resort collection, where models used her oversized wooden tables as a runway. Though this fashion mogul’s designs are coveted by celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Molly Sims and Eva Mendes, Rose herself is rather down-to-earth. She is a mother of two who can be found entertaining guests, biking to the green market and cooking family dinners three to four times a week. “Tribeca has changed a lot, but so has the way I live there, now that I have two kids,” Rose has said. Here are some of her top picks of the neighborhood.

“For me, a visit inside [Ted Muehling] is the perfect way to treat yourself at the end of a rough day.” —Lela Rose Lela Rose’s Tribeca Picks Smith & Mills 71 N. Moore Street 212.226.2515 www.smithandmills.com This is a tiny restaurant and bar, but they make some of the best margaritas in the neighborhood. Bell Bates Natural Foods 97 Reade Street 212.267.4300 bellbates.com This is an old time, natural food store that has been around for decades. I love this place for their obscure spices and great smoked nuts among other things. It is a true original! Adeline Adeline 147 Reade Street 212.227.1150 www.adelineadeline.com I am a huge fan of biking—I navigate the city on a custom built trike—so I visit this dutch bike store whenever I need the best bike accessories or just to see the latest selection of their adorable bikes. La Colombe Torrefaction 319 Church Street 212.343.1515 www.lacolombe.com This spot truly serves the best coffee in the area— fresh roasted and free trade. We buy all of our beans from there as well as hang out in the shop during the weekends.

Weather Up Tribeca 159 Duane Street 212.766.3202 weatherupnyc.com This is our go-to place to get a drink before dinner. They will always do bespoke cocktails based on your liquor of choice. Ted Muehling 52 White Street 212.431.3825 www.tedmuehling.com I have always been a big fan of his work, and now that he just moved his store two doors down from our home on White Street, it is just dangerous! For me, a visit inside is the perfect way to treat yourself at the end of a rough day. Bu and the Duck 106 Franklin Street 212.431.9226 www.buandtheduck.com The best childrens clothes . . . hands down! My kids have both worn it—my son only until he turned 4 years old but my daughter will hopefully always have many Bu & the Duck pieces. Beautifully hand-crafted knits, soft jersey stripe tops, embroidered dresses. Adorable! Let There Be Neon 38 White Street 212.226.4883 www.lettherebeneon.com This store is also on my block, and it is such fun to see all the neon signs in the window. I even ordered one for my kids’ playroom so they could have their names in lights! FEBRUARY 2012 · AVENUE MAGAZINE | 49


insiders Jayma Cardoso’s

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was born in Brazil, and much like the United States, Brazil is made up of Europeans who travelled to the Americas. My mother’s maiden name is Zilliotto, which means at some point a part of my family hailed from Northern Italy. And since we are on the topic of Northern Italy, “Nolita” doesn’t stand for North of Little Italy, it stands for Northern Little Italy! Don’t take my word for it, you can read up on it at the Italian American Museum. Little Italy used to be overlooked by New Yorkers with complaints such as: “too touristy,” “Italian food is better in other parts of the city,” “there’s nothing to do.” It’s probably one of the main reasons why I was in favor of opening Goldbar in Little Italy. To quote a friend: “If everyone is on one side of the boat, you might want to check out the other side.” I couldn’t agree more. In Little Italy you’ll find history, shopping, great food and a night out on the town. I’m proud of Little Italy. Goldbar was one of the first establishments to lead to a renaissance of a hidden treasure in our fair city. So, with that, here are a few jewels you should check out. Felice Esplorare! —Jayma Cardoso

Jayma Cardoso’s Little Italy Picks No.6 Store 6 Centre Market Place 212.226.5759 www.no6store.com Something old, something new—either way you’re walking out of this store with something cool. Di Palo Selects 200 Grand Street 212.226.1033 www.dipaloselects.com It’s like walking into the old world or into your great grandmother’s pantry. Beautiful shopping, where they have procured the finest handcrafted ingredients and food from Italy. Reborn Process 35 Crosby Street 212.226.6306 www.rebornprocess.com The owners of this store travel to flea markets around the world to seek out signature items and restore them before putting them on display. Torrisi Italian Specialties 250 Mulberry Street 212.965.0955 www.piginahat.com It’s American Italian style food, and I usually favor native Italian style, but this food is truly done with quality. You can’t go wrong either way when done with love and pride. La Esquina 114 Kenmare Street 646.613.7100 www.esquinanyc.com This falls under “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Serge Becker is one of my favorites for making dining more than just a meal,

but an experience. So, seek out the new, but this place is tried and true. Try the hamburger upstairs, it’s a guilty pleasure of mine and my pick for the best hamburger in the city. Goldbar 389 Broome Street 212.274.1568 www.goldbarnewyork.com Goldbar still holds all the magic. It’s gone from hot spot, to being surpassed by new and trendier place and now it falls under legacy. I love Goldbar at its current stage more than at any point, it has perfect blend of people. St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral 263 Mulberry Street 212.226.8075 www.oldcathedral.org Well, we are in Little Italy, so why not take a moment to visit New York City’s first Catholic Church. For me it’s a great place to stop to reflect and give thanks. Go at dusk as it adds to the beauty of the walls that hide and shroud the mystery of the Basilica. Italian American Museum 155 Mulberry Street 212.965.9000 www.italianamericanmuseum.org Learn everything from the journey of Italians to the Americas, to seeing the beauty of a Sicilian marionette or the true meaning of masks at the Venetian Carnival. You’ll come away with one thing for certain: Italian Americans have given us more than amazing food, they are vital to the tapestry that makes up New York City. FEBRUARY 2012 · AVENUE MAGAZINE | 51

Where The


Manhattan’s Celebrity Chefs Give the Real Insider Tips on Where to Dine


ven the greatest chefs need to satisfy their appetites and delight their palates with dishes prepared by someone else at times. And in a city that consistently boasts the greatest, most vibrant, diverse and refined array of cuisines in the world, it can be hard to sift through all the choices and arrive at the very best. We recently spoke to some of the masters: Eli Kaimeh of Per Se, Alain Ducasse of Adour and Benoit, David Chang of Momofuku, Nobu Matsuhisa of Nobu and Matsuhisa and Charlie Palmer of Aureole to find out where they go when they want to grab a bite, or dine out. The five celebrity chefs were kind enough to divulge their secret gustatory destinations.


David Chang Chef/Owner of Momofuku

■ TORRISI ITALIAN SPECIALTIES 250 Mulberry Street (at Prince Street) 212.965.0955 www.piginahat.com Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi serve the most amazing sandwiches at their outpost next door, Parm.

■ GRAND SICHUAN 229 Ninth Avenue (between 24th and 25th streets) 212.620.5200 www.thegrandsichuan.com Get the fish hot pot; order it without fish, then add pork, chicken and noodles. It’s one of my favorite lunches in the city. ■ LOCANDA VERDE 377 Greenwich Street (at North Moore Street) 212.925.3797 www.locandaverdenyc.com For brunch, the lemon ricotta pancakes are the best pancakes in New York City.

■ ARIRANG 32 W. 32nd Street (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue) 212.967.5088 www.koreanrestaurantnyc.org Their soups are so good, I crave them on cold New York City days.

Locanda Verde

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Charlie Palmer Chef, Restaurateur and Hotelier at Aureole


I usually go with a few people so that I can order one of everything on the menu. Nothing goes uneaten. Otto

■ MAREA 240 Central Park South (at Columbus Circle) 212.582.5100 www.marea-nyc.com They have a great two-course business lunch which gives you the opportunity to stop in for a quick bite of their antipasti and pastas including the fusilli durum wheat pasta with braised octopus and bone marrow.

■ IPPUDO 65 Fourth Avenue



(between 9th and 10th streets) 212.388.0088 www.ippudony.com A big bowl of their Akamaru Modern ramen is perfect on a cool day.

■ VILLAGE YOKOCHO 8 Stuyvesant Street (at 9th Street) 212.598.3041 I usually go with a few people so that I can order one of everything on the menu. Nothing goes uneaten.


■ OTTO 1 Fifth Avenue (between Washington Mews and 8th Street) 212.995.9559 www.ottopizzeria.com This spot is close to my apartment, so I stop in late night a lot for their great selection of pizza and wine.

Alain Ducasse Chef-Creator at Adour and Benoit

■ ABC KITCHEN 35 E. 18th Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue) 212.475.5829 www.abckitchennyc.com Food has a certain vibrancy when chefs honor the seasons. I’m really drawn to vegetable-focused cooking and his chef Dan Kluger knows how to bring out those intense flavors. The whole roasted carrot salad with avocado and sour cream is just right. Burger Joint

■ PEASANT 194 Elizabeth Street (between Spring and Prince streets) 212.965.9511 www.peasantnyc.com I’ve known Frank De Carlo for a long time and he makes wonderful dishes in his wood-fired oven like suckling pig over potatoes cooked in milk. It’s a perfect New York restaurant: dark and rustic with great Italian food.

■ BURGER JOINT (at Le Parker Meridien) 119 W. 56th Street 212.245.5000 www.parkermeridien.com It’s fun that this place is hidden at Le Parker Meridien, but there’s always a

line into the lobby so it’s not too hard to find. You have to get a cheeseburger and the matchstick fries.

■ BENOIT 60 W. 55th Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 646.943.7373 www.benoitny.com Our New York office is right above Benoit, so I often lunch there. We do dishes from the original Benoit in Paris like quenelles with a creamy Nantua sauce.


I’ve known Frank De Carlo for a long time and he makes wonderful dishes in his woodfired oven like suckling pig over potatoes cooked in milk. It’s a perfect New York restaurant: dark and rustic with great Italian food.

ABC Kitchen



Eli Kaimeh Chef de Cuisine at Per Se

■ THE BAR AT DEL POSTO 85 Tenth Avenue (at 16th Street) 212.497.8090 www.delposto.com The ambience takes you to another era.

BLT Prime

■ GRAMERCY TAVERN 42 E. 20th Street (between Park Avenue and Broadway) 212.477.0777 www.gramercytavern.com Always a great dining experience.

■ MAREA 240 Central Park South (between Seventh Avenue and Broadway) 212.582.5100 www.marea-nyc.com Their selection of high quality fish and shellfish crudo is like no other in the city.

BLT Prime

Gramercy Tavern


■ BLT PRIME 111 E. 22nd Street (between Lexington and Park avenues) 212.995.8500 www.bltprime.com One of my favorite steakhouses in the city.

■ JEAN GEORGES 1 Central Park West (at Columbus Circle) 212.299.3900 www.jean-georges.com I always enjoy the creative tasting menu.

The ambience takes you to another era.

Gramercy Tavern

Gramercy Tavern

Nobu Matsuhisa Chef, owner of Nobu restaurants

Jean Georges

Jean Georges

You cook your meat on the table. I recommend going with very close friends or your family to enjoy the cooking and eating together. ■ CASA MONO 52 Irving Place (between 17th and 18th street) 212.253.2773 www.casamononyc.com Tapas Style menu and casual style, very energetic restaurant.

Le Bernardin

■ LE BERNARDIN 155 W. 51st Street (between 6th and 7th avenues) 212.554.1515 www.le-bernardin.com If you want to have a formal dinner you should go this restaurant. ■ JEAN GEORGES 1 Central Park West (at Columbus Circle) 212.299.3900 www.jean-georges.com A very relaxed atmosphere.

■ TAKASHI 456 Hudson Street (between Morton and Barrow streets) 212.414.2929 www.takashinyc.com You cook your meat on the table. I recommend going with very close friends or your family to enjoy the cooking and eating together.

Le Bernardin



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Julie’s Picks Favorite spots by day and especially by night

Where are your favorite restaurants in New York? There are so many amazing restaurants in NY that it’s hard to choose just one, but I’m such a sushi girl, so right now I’d say my favorite would be Niko in Soho. The sushi is so fresh it melts in your mouth, but I also love the fried chicken and shishito peppers for when I need something with a little more substance. To top it off they have delicious cocktails, perfect for a date night! What are your favorite designers to wear when you have to be dressed to the nines? My go-to designer is Valentino. I always feel so beautiful in his dresses, they are feminine and elegant. Where is your favorite spot for late night dinner? I love Blue Ribbon, they have everything you’re craving late at night! Whether I’m in the mood for comfort food or something a little more adventurous, I know whenever I go there that I’ll leave satisfied. Favorite spot to dance? My favorite spot to boogie would be Avenue. They have the best music all the time so you have to plan your shoes accordingly because I know that once I walk in the door I will not be sitting down until I leave! Best lounge to hang out at after dinner? PDT- Please Don’t Tell, it’s a speakeasystyled place that most New Yorkers don’t even know about. PDT is a chic, sexy lounge with old school cocktails, plus the secrecy of it gives you a sense of mystery from the minute you walk in the door. Favorite songs/bands of the moment? I am always a Rihanna fan, anything she releases is amazing and I always find myself dancing along to her songs without realizing I’m doing so! ✦


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A Painter Emerges


ayez Barakat is already well known as one of the world’s most important dealers and collectors of ancient art. His gallery in London is a treasure trove, filled to the brim with fine antiques ranging from Mayan crystal skulls to Mogul statuary and Egyptian jewelry. He also manages major galleries in Los Angeles and Jordan, and his expertise has already helped form important collections world-wide. But that is not all that he does. No matter what time zone he is in, you can always find him in the same place between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.: In a studio working frenetically on a new painting. Employing a wide range of techniques, Barakat gives free rein to the flow of ideas going through him. The paintings, partly triggered by visions and ideas, which he calls “concerts of ideas, colors and themes,” also draw on his environment and on the history of art, with themes including fantasy, meditation, ecstasy and nirvana. He himself experiences a kind of transcendence while working, a sense that he is channeling energies beyond his own. “I dance around the canvas,” he says. Barakat was raised within the art world, groomed since birth to take over his family’s five-generation business, The Barakat Gallery, which was founded in Jerusalem over 100 years ago. As a young man he was exposed to all manner of objets d’art from marble sculptures to priceless coins to scarabs and seals. He was trained at the Bezalel Academy of Art, but put his creativity aside early on in his life to focus on the business aspect of the art world. The scholar, art lover and businessman only recently rediscovered, after decades spent on one side of the industry, his dormant creative skills. He is greatly influenced by the works in his gallery, absorbing the legacy of The Barakat Gallery’s artifacts. “My former exposure to ancient art and ancient languages, scripts, geometric patterns and symbols has always influenced me and affected me very deeply,” he says. “In some of my works, I go into a totally different dimension.” He combines inspiration from the ancient world with that of great contemporary painters. He feels a sense of debt to Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and Juan Miró, artists whom he admires and honors as “great teachers.” “Undoubtedly, these people have influenced me,” Barakat notes, “But sometimes I feel that I live their experience. I don’t really try to emulate or imitate any artist.” And perhaps that is the key to the symbiosis of Barakat the artist and Barakat the collector. The collector views his pieces, absorbing them from different angles, and in different light. The artist takes these immortal images and stories, builds upon them, creating something both new and timeless out of the foundations of the past. The student of history has claimed his right within it. For more information, please visit www.barakatgallery.com ✦


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“Serenade to Monet” by Fayez Barakat is done in acrylic on canvas

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Valentina Gallery

How did you first become passionate about art and antiques? The magic and fairy tale of German and French 18-19th century porcelain has always surrounded me since my childhood. My grandfather had been an avid collector. There came a time when I realized my true fascination with porcelain in the art realm and began to collect myself. How did you start your gallery? As I began collecting art pieces that were of interest to me, my collections began to grow and friends visiting my home would frequently request to buy different pieces. Instead of selling immediately, it was at that point that the possibility of obtaining a space to showcase my collection seemed rather appealing. What made you decide to open a gallery on Madison Avenue in New york city? Madison Avenue on its own is associated with art, high couture, and beauty. I feel the art presented in the gallery fits more comfortably in Madison Avenue’s special atmosphere than in any other part of the city. How did you decide on the type of arts and antiques you would sell? For me, choosing a piece of art is like meeting a person; if I am interested in a person I meet I want to continue to interact with them.

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What made you decide to mix contemporary art with pieces and art from other periods? As the art world changes and evolves around us, today classical and contemporary modern works complement each other and can be viewed in harmony. My gallery is a reflection of that; you can see both modern and classical pieces as they harmonize with each other. What is the most interesting piece you recently acquired? I was very excited to find and bring out to light two absolutely amazing early 19th Century Trompe L’oeil scroll-footed “spectacle” dishes filled with pea pods. They were discovered in amazing condition. The Victoria and Albert Museum has one and I am proud to have an original pair.



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Madison Avenue has a secret weapon in the battle of the bulge. Mary Ann Browning, celebrity personal trainer and President of Browning’s Fitness (three locations in Manhattan and Southampton), helps her clients reshape their bodies for life. “What I’ve learned from working with thousands of clients in my career is that fitness really is a state of mind,” says Mary Ann. “You can’t change your body shape until you change the way that you think about what you’re eating, what you’re drinking, and what kinds of activities you’re are engaging in every day.” Mary Ann, who has competed in seven Iron Man competitions and 37 marathons, stresses getting out of the gym and competing even for people who have never run a race in their lives. “Competition is a great way to make exercise a regular part of your life,” states Mary Ann. “The self-confidence you learn from finishing your first 5k or running your first marathon and achieving a new personal best is worth its weight in gold. Once you have that feeling you will only want it again and again.” Mary Ann also preaches food, not diets. “When you go on starvation diets your body naturally thinks that you’re starving. It slows down your metabolism and burns fewer calories so you can store fat as energy in case you need it. Once you begin feeding your body properly it understands that it can rely on you to nourish yourself properly and goes out of starvation mode.” The final component of Mary Ann’s program is a spiritual one. She believes that reshaping your body involves changing your whole life, cultivating a feeling of clarity and well-being. Then you can fully appreciate all of your many blessings, including your health, and live your life with purpose.

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Floral Design

Dawn Melanie

Dawn Melanie Designs How did you develop your passion for flowers? My grandmother had a garden when I was growing up. I would spend my spring and summer working in the garden. What was the most interesting/challenging request you have ever had? I volunteer with the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge. It is the most interesting and rewarding because I am able to give back. What types of spaces are your favorite to work in and why? I love doing flowers in the homes of private clients. I love when they call me up just to tell me how soothing it is to walk into their home and see a vision brought to life. What are the latest trends in floral design? What are people asking for most? Very natural and artsy arrangements.

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Valentin Magro

What inspires your vision today? Today, as in the past, all forms of nature, art and architecture as well as all aspects of movement. How do you chose the materials you work with? As all of my pieces are unique unto themselves, the stones are the central and most important aspect around which the piece is designed. Complimenting the central stone are various types of materials, whether precious or semi-precious, in order to achieve my vision. How would you best describe your style? Elegant and timeless yet whimsical How have your clients requests/preferences changed since you began? Although my career in jewelry spans over 35 years and preferences change, I have always maintained that classic yet whimsically done is far more appreciable than succumbing to very brief trends. What is the most interesting custom piece you have designed thus far? So many. They are all so very interesting, however one stands out in particular: a brooch fashioned like a crab with a 100 carat central cabochon emerald accented by cognac diamonds.


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What inspired you to begin designing jewelry and your own line? From a very young age I had a passion for creating intricate, hand-crafted objects. Starting with wood and stained glass, I found my true passion: designing and implementing my knowledge of architecture into making fine jewelry. My collection is a natural extension of our craft.

Weitz & Associates

What makes a top trial lawyer? Inspiration, dedication, preparation and no small amount of perspiration. Like great athletes, trial lawyers come in all shapes, sizes, colors and origins. Some are highly emotional, others are as cool as an ice floe; some are eloquent, others appear diffident and hesitant to speak. But every top trial lawyer has the ability to project a sincere belief in the client’s cause, and to inspire a jury to act accordingly. This takes hard work and imagination. Sweating the tough stuff in the office keeps you from sweating in court.

What do you like most about your work? Handling high profile cases that cause industry and government to rethink their procedures and practices. Some of our verdicts have caused the city to make our playgrounds, parks and roadways safer. We’ve helped to close third rate for-profit hospitals by exposing their inadequate equipment and outdated practices. But most of all it is the daily challenge of new and novel cases.

What should one consider when choosing an attorney? Unlike the investment advisor’s disclaimer, past performance is a good indicator of a future outcome. By all means, check out the firm’s track record, but most of all ask yourself, “Is this lawyer listening to me? Is he treating me with respect and dignity? Does she recognize the gravity of my problem? Or am I going to be just another number to him?” What distinguishes you from your competition? We have decades of experience dealing with complex, high profile lawsuits and working against top defense trial lawyers. Our results speak volumes. One of my partners is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard law school; another has a doctorate in communications. I am a Dean of the Trial Lawyers Institute and a professor of trial advocacy. All of us have written books based on our courtroom successes, which show other lawyers how to present a persuasive case. Any recent successes you can share with us? Our past year has been filled with many verdicts and settlements in the millions of dollars. Most recently I finished a ten week trial on behalf of the family of a firefighter who was killed when a building exploded and collapsed. As you can imagine, there were many complex issues as to where the fault lay. It took a lengthy and grueling trial to bring about a confidential settlement that left the widow and family well able to meet all of their financial needs. What is your proudest moment as a lawyer? It is hard to select just one moment, but being selected by your peers to act as the lead trial lawyer in New York State’s case against Big Tobacco is near the top. Our case was the tipping point that caused the industry to capitulate and call for a global settlement of all the various state lawsuits against them. Our case to halt the industry’s false health claims and to prevent the publication of dubious research in support of those claims was within a few days of starting the trial here in Manhattan. The industry could not afford to loose the case and in fact would have been hard pressed to overcome our proof. Recognizing that had been out-litigated, the industry had no way out but a settlement. 86 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • FEBRUARY 2012

Are there any notable trends in your area of law? As a firm of trial lawyers we have found more people complaining of discrimination and exploitation in the workplace. Harsh economic times tempt some employers to take advantage of the difficult job market at the expense of their older, better paid workers and to try to force them to quit their jobs. Other employers try to stretch the workday without compensating the employees. Equal pay for equal work is yet to be universally practiced.

Weitz & Associates, P.C. The Woolworth Building, 5th Floor 233 Broadway New York, N.Y. 10279 212.553.9000 weitzlawhw@gmail.com



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Robert Guida, M.D. Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Robert Guida has extensive training in both functional and cosmetic nose surgery. He is double board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Because of this unique training, he is highly skilled in the surgical treatment of all aspects of nasal sinus disease, functional nasal problems, and any cosmetic concerns of the nose, including complex revision rhinoplasty. When a patient comes to you dissatisfied with their nose, how do you recommend the best new shape for their face? A Rhinoplasty (cosmetic nose surgery) results should reflect the patient’s individuality and appear as natural looking as possible. This can only be achieved when the surgeon has expert, comprehensive surgical background and is able to communicate and understand the patient’s wishes. Computerized digital imaging allows me to demonstrate what I’m envisioning so that I can work with my patients to fine-tune our approach. For those who suffer from breathing and sinus problems and are also dissatisfied with the shape of their nose, is there a procedure that can simultaneously correct both issues? Often patients with cosmetic concerns of the nose also have functional problems, such as chronic sinusitis and/ or nasal obstruction from a deviated nasal septum or nasal polyps. A crooked or deviated nasal septum that causes nasal obstruction and sinusitis often has a significant impact of the shape of the nose and should be addressed at the time of cosmetic nasal surgery. I strongly feel that these problems should be fixed simultaneously. So many people suffer from sinus disease and stuffy noses. Are there new advancements in nasal surgery? Endoscopic sinus surgery, computerized image guided surgery, and high-resolution CT scans have revolutionized the surgical treatment of sinus disease. New image-guided technology allows the CT scan to be used as a real time “road map” during the procedure, allowing for very specific accuracy during the operation.. Rhinoplasty remains one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed. Have you seen new trends in cosmetic nasal surgery in the last several years? Most people today desire a natural looking nose that enhances their facial features and softens their look, without looking overdone. The nose is the center of the face and needs to be proportionally shaped to make the overall appearance of the face more attractive and more youthful. Recovery time is a concern for some considering correcting a functional or cosmetic issue with their nose. What does the procedure involve and what is the recovery time? The operation is done under twilight anesthesia in a certified outpatient surgery center and takes 60 to 90 minutes. There is very little pain associated

with the recovery and patients feel comfortable returning to normal social activities within a week. Generally, the operation is done through incisions inside the nose and there is no external scarring. No packing placed in the nose after the surgery, which allows for a much quicker and less painful recovery. A nasal splint is placed on top of the nose and is removed 5 to 6 days later. Any bruising that may occur typically lasts 7 to 10 days and is easily covered with makeup. If only functional surgery of the nose is being performed, there will be no external splint and most often no visible bruising at all. What should a person look for in a doctor when considering nose surgery? It is important to find a doctor that listens and understands. It is imperative to ask to see the doctor’s before and after gallery of actual patients to see his work and even have the option to speak with some of the doctor’s patients.

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Manhattan Penthouse and Alger House

Above: Sam Milliken with executives Monika Nemeth and Jeno Steiner at Manhattan Penthouse Middle: Fashion Industry dinner at Alger House bottom: Reception Room at Manhattan Penthouse

What are you most proud of? We’re proud of 39 years of off-premises catering in Manhattan. We were the first major promoter of renting private spaces for our clients’ events. We’ve developed a dozen party spaces, including our two world class venues: a dream of a penthouse and an extraordinary private carriage house. We just received another Best of the Knot award for outstanding wedding receptions. We are proud of our beautiful and informative website. What distinguishes you as caterers? Our years of experience gives us many ways to satisfy clients’ wishes and budgets. In 1973 we catered mostly classical French cuisine, and since then we have ridden a dozen culinary waves. We emphasize food that matches the promise of our menu names, wonderful sauces of sufficient quantity to last the entree, elegant foods served generously, food that is bold and beautiful, great values, and two world class venues.

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What are some really fun events you catered? Many, including Hollywood wrap parties, celebrity birthdays and weddings, rock group private parties, receptions for mayors and presidential candidates. We’ve catered in stores, parks, libraries, music halls, auction houses, museums, and battleships. We’ve catered many professional wine tastings with foods representing the country of origin. What’s really fun is that some of our regular clients ask us to surprise them at their event with our choice of menu. What is your most exciting experience? Our family of staff, most with us over fifteen years; the close relationships we form with our clients in planning events of a year or lifetime; and the exciting challenge of always perfecting and refreshing our menus and venues.


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Beating the February Blues A spa treatment or a great workout is the perfect cure for the winter doldrums. For residents of these five Manhattan properties, renewal is just an elevator ride away.

Residents at Manhattan House enjoy exclusive access to exhale’s renowned luxury spa services without having to brave the cold. The exhale mind-body gym is the ideal place to keep up with New Year’s resolutions, while the rooftop mind-body spa offers exhale’s signature Core Fusion and Core Fusion Yoga classes along with relaxing massages and facials in the therapy room. This unique wellness amenity is complemented by seasonal events and VIP services –--all right at home in a landmarked Modernist icon. Loretta Shanahan-Bradbury 212.566.0660


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Unwinding from the seasonal chill is easy for inhabitants of Manhattan’s dynamic Upper East Side building, 515 East 72nd Street. The calming residents-only Elements Spa offers rejuvenating massages, facials, manis and pedis right at home. For more active pursuits there is an expansive fitness facility with indoor rock-climbing wall, 56’ heated pool and basketball/ squash court. Whether it is pampering, sports or both that you seek, you’ll find it all under one roof. Norma-Jean Callahan & Harlan Goldberg 212.772.2722

Without leaving home this winter, residents at The Aldyn, Extell’s 40-story luxury condominium in Riverside South can enjoy a unique blend of first-class indoor amenities. Stateof-the-art cardio and weight-training equipment compliment exercise and recreation options powered by La Palestra that include a climbing wall, bowling alley, 75’ pool, basketball and squash courts, golf simulator, and Pilates, yoga and Kinesis studios. Relaxation and recuperation are achieved in the lavish sauna, private treatment spaces and steam rooms. Larry Kruysman 212.579.6006

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75 Wall Tucked into a peaceful corner of the new Andaz Wall Street hotel below the 75 Wall Street condominiums, The SPA at Andaz Wall Street is an intimate retreat from the harried pace of the city. The design is soothing and pared-down, with two intimate treatment rooms, and a personalized menu. Spa services are available a la carte to all residents of 75 Wall Street. The SPA is part of a portfolio of unparalleled amenities, including access to room service, catering and housekeeping, as well as a residents-only fitness center, media room, game room, and 42nd floor Rooftop Terrace and Lounge. William Bish 212.344.7500

The Laurel’s impressive 8,000 square foot bi-level fitness facility is designed for athletes of all types – a dynamic space that pairs the most advanced equipment with sensual finishes making fitness an integrated, satisfying part of everyday life. All year long, the infinity edge 50’ lap pool is ideal for full body training or a refreshing plunge. The Triathlon Training Center, a spectacular, one-of-a-kind space, is filled with high-performance equipment that offers an essential uninterrupted running, swimming and biking circuit. Joanie Schumacher & Beth Stern 212.750.5550

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Properties of the Month A selection of deluxe residences

Corcoran QUALITY, PRIVACY, HISTORY Built at the turn of the last century by apprentices of William Merritt Chase and his American Impressionist School, the shingled “cottage” is a vintage treasure that transports you back to the Gatsby era in Southampton. The noble 8,000 square foot showpiece, lovingly and expertly restored and expanded over the years, crowns three and a half acres of breathtaking grounds designed by renowned landscape architect Edwina Von Gal bordering a 10 acre reserve. A few of the highest-quality features include state-of-the-art kitchen, six stately fireplaces, glorious master suite, wine cellar, covered terraces, “destination” heated pool and lounge area. Come see for yourself. Co-Exclusive $6,975,000. Please contact Tim Davis at 631.283.7300x211

One Thousand Ocean OCEAN ESCAPE Enjoy sun instead of snow this winter. South Florida’s iconic ocean-to-intracoastal condominium has 8 new, finished residences and two-story beach villas available for immediate occupancy ranging from 2,862 to 4,972 square feet. Oversized terraces with private plunge pools and outdoor kitchens provide beachfront outdoor living opportunities. Located at the Boca Raton Inlet, adjacent to the Boca Raton Resort’s Beach Club, this highly successful building offers an unparalleled lifestyle. From approximately $3 million. Please visit www.onethousandocean.com or contact the Sales & Design Center at 561.869.5000.



ELEVATORED TOWNHOUSE West Village Excl. Landmark, 22 feet, bright, newly renovated, 5-7BR, 5.5 baths, terrace, 45 foot garden, chef’s kitchen, central air conditioning, gas heat, radiant floors in baths. $13.995M. Web#1719238 Astrid Pillay, SVP 212.381.2262

MANSION IN THE SKY Flatiron Co-Excl. Unique twnh-like space w/prvt elev includes 16th-20th flr of a F/S condo bldg. 7 terraces, prvt pool, 4BRs, 6 baths. $5.995M. . Web#2240790 Julie Rupprecht, SVP 212.381.4277

MASSIVE SOHO MEGA LOFT Downtown Excl. Rare and spectacular 5,700SF loft w/soaring space. 12.5’ ceils. True live/ work. The real deal and a real value. $5.775M. Web#2221216 Chris Pomeroy, VP 212.381.2531

BIG HOUSE, LOW TAXES 100s/W Excl. 20’ wide house 6,000+SF + unused 5,300 FAR/SF, great garden, lots of light. Next door to Columbia U. $4.995M. Web#2007139 Amelia Gewirtz/Andrew Phillips EVPs 212.381.2219/2227

LRG 10 RM CORNER APT 70s/W Excl. Fantastic space w/ great light. 5BR, 4 full BA. 800SF loft-like LR & DR. MBR suite with den. W/D and hdwd flrs. FSB. $4.395M. Web#2239696 Louise Phillips Forbes, EVP 212.381.3329

PERFECT 5BR/5BA 60s/E 9.5 rm. Mint condo. 3,500SF of loft-like living, flr-ceil wndws. Chef’s kit, granite tops gym, playrm, garage, DM & concierge. $3.995M. Web#2220165 Elaine B. Tross, EVP 212.381.3322

2BR DUPLEX W/PRVT TERRACE 60s/E Excl. Fully renov w/2 story LR/DR, 21’ ceils & dbl-height wndws & wbfp. 2.5BA + WICs. W/D & CAC. Great prvt terr. $3.95M. Web#2221520 Louise Phillips Forbes, EVP 212.381.3329

9 RM GARDEN TRIPLEX 70s/Columbus Excl. Best TH blk. 5BR/4BA, solarium/dining, EIK, high-end applcs, home office, custom lighting, oak flrs, 2 wbfps. $2.795M. Web#2231617 Eloise Johnson, EVP 212.381.3224

NEW DESIGNER 2BR CONDO 70s/E Excl. High above East River, corner unit w/dramatic N+E light, views + 350SF terr. Chef’s kit, W/D, lux FSB w/HC, pool. $1.97M. Web#1967521 Bruce Silverman 212.317.7873

PARK BELVEDERE 79th W/Col Ave Excl. Rarely avail, high flr, triple mint 1BR overlooking CP. Cook’s kit, 6’ picture wndw, Glass tile bath + W/D. F/S condo. $1.3995M. Web#2224592 Joe Truglio, SVP 212.381.2225

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real estate Corcoran Expansive Estate On Highland Terrace “One of life’s greatest luxuries is to live in a great estate where you can breathe and relax, a place where memories and friendships are formed to last forever,” explains James Michael Howard, owner and designer of Edgefield. Now finishing construction on Highland Terrace, it sprawls 2.6 acres and overlooks farm fields to the south and the ocean beyond. This 10,000 squar foot, 7 bedroom estate is Howard’s vision of the perfect house with masterful construction, consummate finishings and superb amenities in a coveted location. Spectacular grounds are highlighted by extensive stonework, 50+’ pool, a sunken tennis court and pool house. Co-Exclusive $19.75M. Please contact Gary DePersia at 516.380.0538, GDP@corcoran.com or visit myhamptonhomes.com.

Corcoran Sagaponack Estate Compound Enjoy serene, European elegance on 5+ acres beautifully landscaped with meadows, gardens and an orchard. Included in the main residence is: a master suite w/fireplace, two guest suites, two solariums, gazebo, great room w/fireplace, den/media room, cook’s kitchen, gym, 75’ pool and hot tub. In the guest house: five bedrooms, living room w/fireplace, and cook’s kitchen. Above the 4 car garage/barn there is a full studio apartment. Find this all under 5 minutes from the ocean, village or riding stables. $7.950M. Please contact Mala Sander at 917.902.7654, msander@corcoran. com or visit www.corcoran.com.

Brown Harris Stevens UNparalleled VIEWS of central park Located on a high floor of the San Remo, this grand 11-room corner apartment has magnificent scale and enjoys unparalleled views of Central Park and the city skyline. With 60’ fronting Central Park, the sprawling residence is flooded with light streaming in from 23 windows spanning 4 exposures. Originally built for the owner of the building in 1929, every room has a spectacular view. Soaring ceilings, pristine herringbone floors, classic moldings, and beautifully preserved original architectural detailing throughout. $20M. Please contact John Burger at 212.906.9274 or email jburger@bhsusa.com. 94 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • FEBRUARY 2012

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Vikram Chatwal AVENUE’s back-page column asks New York notables our version of the questionnaire made famous by Marcel Proust

At whAt Address would you like to live?

I once lived at One Central Park West, which was a great address for me. when did you first feel like A new yorker? whAt hAppened?

I went to a New York Giants football game when I was about 12. Just rooting for the team and seeing the camaraderie and everyone being a big fan made me feel a part of the city. whAt is your fAvorite wAtering hole for lunch? for dinner?

I’d say Sushi Yasuda and The Lambs Club at The Chatwal. I enjoy The Spotted Pig as well. who is your fAvorite new yorker?

Mario Cuomo. He’s just a classic New Yorker and during his time as Governor I really liked being in New York, there was a great energy. who is the smArtest new yorker you know?

Rudy Giuliani.

who is the funniest?

Jerry Seinfeld.

who is your fAvorite dinner pArtner?

I’d say my family or Sante D’Orazio, who is a photographer. whAt is your most memorAble new york moment?

When I graduated high school or when I opened my first hotel. whAt is your fAvorite new york sound?

Hotelier Vikram Chatwal


ore than a decade after he opened The Time hotel in Midtown, Vikram Chatwal has created an empire. In 2010 he opened The Chatwal on 44th Street, an Art Deco stunner that draws both socialites and celebrities. Then, after its June opening, his Dream Downtown became the go-to spot for all manner of urban scenesters with its rockn-roll basement club the Electric Room, soaring views from the penthouse lounge PH-D and the innovative gastronomy served up at Marble Lane restaurant. The sometimes model, sometimes actor counts Naomi Campbell, P. Diddy and Bill Clinton as friends and rubs shoulders nightly with a crowd that has included everyone from Woody Allen to Leonardo DiCaprio to Courtney Love. With five hotels in the city—eight total under Hampshire Hotels and Resorts, which his father Sant Singh Chatwal founded—and plans for further expansion, he takes a moment to share his thoughts on Manhattan. 96 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • FEBRUARY 2012

Probably a helicopter flying overhead, you don’t get that everywhere. whAt’s your most embArrAssing new york moment?

I once was naked on the street, that’s all I’ll say. whAt’s your worst-dressed new york moment?

When I go out and I don’t have time to think about what to wear.

whAt’s your fAvorite wAy to get Around new york, And why?

Walking definitely, but I used to have a Mercedes McLaren sports car, which I loved driving in New York since it was kind of like the Batmobile. whAt do you wAnt to be when you grow up?

When I grow up I want to be a great dad. ✦

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