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THE TALENTED TRACY POLLAN Born into a famous New York literary family, actress Tracy Pollan never took to the pen. Having worked in film and television for decades, she paved her own path to success. In this touching story, she reveals the intimate details of her life with husband Michael J. Fox and talks about maintaining a career in the spotlight while putting family and friends first. by martin marks photographs by chayo mata styled by cricket burns

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AN UPPER EAST SIDE STORY Molly Jong-Fast’s hilarious second novel, The Social Climber’s Handbook, explores a world she knows all too well: Manhattan power, privilege and pain (in this case— the protagonist is a socialite serial killer!). Here, an excerpt from her biting satire.

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IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR this month at AVENUE as we peek inside the lives of a few of New York’s most iconic, important and influential clans. Cover girl and actress Tracy Pollan hails from literary royalty—her mother, Corky Pollan, is a famous editor turned blogger and her brother Michael is an acclaimed author as well as food activist. And let’s not forget that Pollan is married to actor Michael J. Fox, whom she met while co-starring alongside the movie star in the television series “Family Ties.” In this feature,

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the normally press-shy Pollan invites writer Martin Marks to the family table to talk about growing up in Manhattan, her hubby and their children, her latest role in the movie about the disappearance of young Natalee Holloway (Pollan plays the girl’s distraught mother)—and how somehow the writing gene skipped her. A tremendous talent for the pen was definitely handed down to Molly Jong-Fast, the young daughter of authors Jonathan Fast and Erica Jong, who wrote the scandalous, sensational and seminal 1973 book about sex, Fear of Flying. After chronicling a Park Avenue it-girl’s struggle with drugs in her first book, Normal Girl, Jong-Fast is back with another juicy novel about the world she grew up in—the privileged circles of the Upper East Side. But don’t expect charity balls and Bergdorf shopping sprees; Jong’s riveting, often hilariously wicked tome The Social Climber’s Handbook features a socialite serial killer. Think American Psycho wielding a Chanel bag and a knife. Ouch! After reading Jong-Fast’s excerpt, you’ll want to dig into every page of this perfect summer read. Come Memorial Day, Manhattan’s moneyed set invades the Hamptons, and this season, the East End is hot, hot and very haute. Our Hamptons A-List is a who’s who of those that matter, from Montauk’s hipster mogul, hotelier Sean MacPherson, to newly married Ron Perelman to Madonna, who you just might run into splashing in the surf—if you’re lucky. Cue the vintage Madonna song “Cherish.” So welcome to summer. See you at the beach— just be wary of any killer socialites hiding behind the privet.

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“I tend to have real trouble thinking of things to write about,” confesses author Molly Jong-Fast. “Once I figure out my topic, then I’m thrilled, but the process is a killer—if you’ll excuse the phrase.” Her new book, The Social Climber’s Handbook out from Random House this spring and excerpted in this issue, tells the story of a socialite serial killer. But other than murder, Jong-Fast heeded the “write what you know” adage; both she and her protagonist are young Upper East Side moms with husbands in finance. The daughter of Erica Jong and Jonathan Fast, she’s had essays and articles published by The New York Times, W Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Marie Claire, The Times (London) and Elle (UK), to name a few. The Social Climber’s Handbook is her second novel, and marks a return to fiction for the writer after the success of her 2006 memoir, Girl [Maladjusted].

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Photographer Chayo Mata’s work returns to the pages of AVENUE this month in our cover story on Tracy Pollan. “It was a breeze capturing Tracy’s easygoing spirit and charm,” Mata says. “Her natural glow and her no limits-attitude when trying to get a shot just right set the tone for a superb shoot.” Mata, who studied with Vogue legend Steven Meisel, has shot features on the likes of Lally Weymouth and numerous fashion stories for the magazine over the years. Her work is inspired by all things beautiful, and she shares the various products she discovers while navigating the editorial and advertising worlds on her Persephone’s Beauty Blog. She has been shooting professionally in New York for nearly a decade.

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East Side with effective and integral human services for 117 years. Chair Diana Quasha said of Mrs. Rohatyn, long-time board member, “She is part visionary, part pragmatist, and as gutsy as she is glamorous.” Wouldn’t we all like that to be said—and be true—of us? Tables were decorated by top designers in the “top” theme, including “A Thrill Divine” by Elizabeth Pyne for McMillen, “You’re Mahatma Gandhi, You’re the Taj Majal” by Christopher Spitzmiller and “Top Drawer” by Roric Tobin for Geoffrey Bradfield. Lucky guests seated at these and other tables included Sydney and Stanley Shuman, Tom and Ingrid Edelman, Ann and John Pyne, Kamie Lightburn, Bunny Williams and Christy Pennoyer. I was perversely flattered when I was stopped at the entrance to the Fishermen’s Ball. “Don’t go near Bill Clinton!,” I was warned by the otherwise lovely P.R. gal. Had she read my mind? He is so attractive after all. Was Hillary alerted? Gosh, so embarrassing. Then I realized: No, it was because I am press! Oh joy! I have joined the ranks of those gritty Washington correspondents who badger and dig and get to go to that fun dinner. Then I saw her warn the fashion blogger with four readers. Oh well. Of course I made a beeline straight to Bill. And his stock in trade is making all who make that beeline—men, women, starfish—feel like he has waited his whole life for your visit. Damn, he’s good.

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hen New York’s spring benefit season is in full bloom, it is quite difficult to choose which events to attend and those to send your regrets. Throughout the years, having attended most of the season’s staple galas, I’ve developed a simple yet effective method to help me navigate an overflowing inbox— a three-step checklist, that is. First and foremost, I always attend benefits whose organizations support causes I am passionate about. Secondly, I try to attend events chaired by good friends who support my own charitable efforts (reciprocity is a dominant flower in this city). And finally, of course, I ask myself which of these long drawn dinners will actually be fun? In the case of New Yorkers for Children’s annual Fool’s Fête, all criteria are met and surpassed year after year. So it is no surprise that on a windy mid-April evening, I find myself polished in a tux being whisked cross-town to the towering Mandarin Oriental Hotel. With every strand of hair still in place, I arrive fashionably late (10 minutes before dinner—cross-town traffic is dreadful at this time of night), quickly check-in and hop on their triple-speed lift to the 36th floor. If the ride in the elevator is the amuse bouche to the party, then I know I am in for a good night. Cramped in the little steel box are Zac Posen and a stunning Crystal Renn in one of the young designer’s inspired creations, stylist Keegan Singh wearing his own take on the tuxedo featuring his trademark black leather jacket and Dalia Oberlander looking flawless as usual in one of Alber Elbaz’s sought-after leopard-print dresses. The unsuspecting hotel guests have a hard time keeping their eyes in their sockets. This little elevator committee would have any fashion blogger in a tizzy. Stepping out into the reception area, we are welcomed by wide smiles, the faint sound of clinking champagne flutes, the hum of a skilled D.J. and soft party lighting augmented by the gentle fire of some distinct estate jewels. The foyer is transformed into a well-curated bazaar filled to the brim with a wide array of luxe silent auction items ranging from YSL handbags to a butter-soft mink shrug by Helen Yarmak. This crew certainly doesn’t have a hard time gathering items for its auctions! In fact, I once heard the committee politely turn down a few offerings due to the lack of space to showcase them. It’s no wonder they receive such support, given the importance of the work New Yorkers for Children is committed to. Partnering with the Administration for Children’s Services to improve the lives of kids in foster care in New York City, NYFC has made a difference in children’s lives through college scholarships, tutoring programs, job training and networking opportunities, and is committed to providing them with the essential tools to become successful, self-sufficient adults. So how did the idea for the Fool’s Fête come to be? “A Fool’s Fete is the Friends of New Yorkers For Children’s Spring Dinner Dance. It was our first annual fundraiser, and every year, we raise more and more,” explains Susan Shin, one of the many dedicated

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Beauty At Its Best Famed hair stylist Rodolfo Valentin reflects on his success and winning the “Best Hair Extension Salon, 2011” award

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Gardens of Delight Celebrate summer with beautiful coffee table tomes on Manhattan rooftops, Hamptons gardens and Adirondack great camps

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From left: An Elegant Wilderness by Gladys Montgomery, from Acanthus Press; Rooftop Gardens by Denise LeFrak Calicchio and Roberta Model Amon, from Rizzoli; Hamptons Gardens by Jack deLashmet, from Assouline

as a quiet summer colony. With 155 color illustrations, Hamptons Gardens ($150) by landscape designer Jack deLashmet from Assouline offers the reader a behind-the-hedges look into gardens that are not regularly on view to the public. These landscapes feature the work of names from the past, such as Innocenti and Webel and the Olmsted Brothers, to the designs of Russell Page, Edwina von Gal, Oehme van Sweden and Miranda Brooks. They range from sustainable native gardens to over-the-top spaces for both modern and traditional estates. From a new minimalist garden in Amagansett to the ambling greenery of the famous Grey Gardens in East Hampton, Hampton Gardens explores the most important landscape trends of today. Now for the really great outdoors: From Acanthus Press comes An Elegant Wilderness: Great Camps and Grand Lodges of the Adirondacks, 1855-1935 ($75) by Gladys Montgomery,

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ice house and boathouses. Ms. Montgomery does a splendid job combining the architectural, cultural and social history with archival photographs of mansion cabins and their lavish interiors, boating trips, fishing contests and parties, many published for the first time. The extraordinary thing is that the swells preserved a wilderness that at one time risked being devastated by mining and forestry interests. These millionaires were essentially one of the first environmental groups. They may have torn up the wilderness in other places, but not in the Adirondacks. Meanwhile, as we see in Rooftop Gardens, their contemporary counterparts are creating their own natural oases high above Manhattan’s concrete jungle. !

LEFT: © NORMAN MCGRATH, ROOFTOP GARDENS, RIZZOLI NEW YORK 2011; TOP: DOUG YOUNG; BOTTOM: COURTESY OF ACANTHUS PRESS

Clockwise from left: Outdoor space high above the Upper East Side from Rooftop Gardens; luscious greenery from Hamptons Gardens; Mabel Garvan’s Tree Room, Camp Kill Kare, Lake Sumner, circa 1935, from An Elegant Wilderness


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t’s hard to picture a typical family dinner—be it al fresco in the Hamptons or on wintry Upper East Side—for Tracy Pollan. For one thing, there’s her exceptional professional background as an actress, activist and designer. Then there’s her family: husband Michael J. Fox and the couple’s four children. And let’s not forget the extended Pollan clan. Those assembled at the table on any given evening might include her father, Stephen Pollan, the financial guru and professional coach turned writer; her mother, Corky Pollan, Gourmet’s former style director, New York Magazine’s Best Bets Editor and now Cooking Channel contributor turned blogger; and her brother, Michael Pollan, food activist, professor, and— surprise, surprise—writer of such works as The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Undoubtedly, these dinners are rather exceptional. “Well, as you can imagine,” says Pollan, “the food is pretty amazing. My mother’s a fantastic cook, and my brother as well. I grew up in a really foodie family, so we get together and basically our entire weekend is built around discussing, shopping for and cooking a meal for no less than 17 people.”

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met in a program for Dalton students who were bad at math. Pollan and Grey now live on opposite coasts, but talk constantly, and their daughters have become best friends. After high school graduation, Pollan worked in theater and film in New York, with no plans to move west to Hollywood. Then, an amazing opportunity seemed to “just come out of nowhere,” as she describes it. It was, of course, the recurring role of Ellen Reed on the popular television show “Family Ties” starring Michael J. Fox. “It really wasn’t what I was looking to do,” remembers Pollan. “My whole family was in New York, and I felt like that’s where I wanted to spend my early twenties. But I went out to L.A., and I remember I had to do an audition for Michael. That was the first time we met.” When Pollan got offered the job, she spent several weeks weighing her options. “I remember those days so clearly, asking myself, ‘Should I? Shouldn’t I?’ In the end, I decided to jump in and go for it.” At the time, she wasn’t that familiar with the show, or with the work of the show’s lead—her future husband. “Back to the Future had just come out, so one of the first things I did was go see it,” she says.“And I remember thinking to myself that this guy really has something.” For several years, there was a sortof-moved-to-L.A. vibe to her life, as she flew out west and stayed in hotels while she shot the show, and then flew back home during her weeks off. When Fox and Pollan got married, the couple stayed in L.A. for a short time. But when they had their first son, they decided to move back to the East Coast. “I loved growing up in Manhattan, and my whole family was still living in New York. There’s so much the city has to offer, and I feel that kids [here] have an opportunity to be independent from a very early age,” says Pollan. “Because I was so familiar with New York, it seemed like an easier way to raise a family. For me, it’s really all I knew, and I felt it was the best of every world.” And now that her baby boy is a big brother to three little sisters, Pollan can look back on the decision without any doubts. “Our kids are such New Yorkers,” she says. “They’re very savvy and used to the fast pace. I’m always struck by it when I go someplace else. My girls are 16 and it’s great that they can just move around by themselves.” Though New York is her home, the family also keeps a house in Connecticut. “My parents have a place that’s literally two seconds away, so that’s another spot where the whole family gets together,” Pollan notes. Meanwhile, her summers are largely spent in the Hamptons. “We’re all so lucky because we have a house in the country so we can get away on weekends,” she says. “The kids get to run around outside and ride their bikes, but then we also get to be in Manhattan. That really is the best of both worlds.” As an actress in addition to a mom, Pollan has been hard at work. Having made guest appearances on such popular television shows as “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and

Born on Long Island and then raised in Manhattan, one could say that Tracy Pollan’s roots are as literary as they are culinary, with an orbit that revolved around books as much as it did around the meals over which they were discussed. “I grew up in a very literary family,” she explains. “Everybody in my family writes, and my husband writes as well, so it continues on. The thing that was so prevalent in our house was literature. Everybody was always reading and always talking about books.” She pauses, and then laughs. “I wish I had the writing skills that certainly my parents and my brother have. I think it skipped me. My kids are better writers than I am!” And yet, it was Pollan’s love of the written word that first inspired her to go into acting. “From a very young age, I would read these books,” she says. “But I wouldn’t just be reading them. I would put the book down and become so emotionally involved that I wanted to explore the character. I think my mother would just kind of roll her eyes.” Realizing how these early experiences with literature affected her eventually translated into reading and then performing in plays. At Dalton, a school renowned for its strong theater department, Pollan started acting in theatrical productions— and that was how her career began. She also became best friends with Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey, whom she 48 | AVENUE MAGAZINE · JUNE 2011

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Tracy Pollan with, from left, husband Michael J. Fox, Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue . . . with daughters Aquinnah (left) and Schuyler

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. . . with, from left, Michael, Sheryl Crow and Muhammad Ali

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“Medium” in recent years, Pollan then starred as Beth Holloway-Twitty in the 2009 film Natalee Holloway, which tells the true story of a teen’s disappearance during a high school graduation trip to Aruba. “I was familiar with the story, and it definitely touched me because I have three daughters of my own,” Pollan says sympathetically. Since the first film aired, there have been many more developments in the case. Not surprisingly, Pollan was approached about making a second movie, though she admits that she was a little conflicted at first. “The film was incredibly successful, and it really moved people a lot,” she says, “but it was such a difficult film to make because it’s such a sad, sad story.” But Pollan overcame her hesitation. “Natalee meant a lot to a lot of people,” she says, “and I saw that there was still so much to the story that needed to be told. In the end, I decided to do it, and I was really glad I did, even though, emotionally, it was very difficult.” The sequel, Justice for Natalee, came out just this May. In this one, Pollan had even further opportunity to explore any connection she may feel with Beth. “I started watching interviews with Natalee’s mom, and I was so taken by her resilience and composure, her ability to take what really is the most tragic experience that anyone can go through and do something positive with it,” says Pollan. “I think that’s a really important message to get out there.” No doubt her attraction to a focus-on-the-positive mentality is at least partially born of Pollan’s own experience with hardship. Though hardly comparable to the loss of a child, her husband’s struggles with illness and his ability, along with Pollan, to create something great from that pain—the highly influential Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research—has inspired many. Pollan has been on the board of directors since its inception. So it’s been a long time that Pollan has wanted to design something for the Foundation, something that would have a message and that would directly benefit its mission. One day, on a shopping trip in East Hampton, Pollan and her son wandered into Ralph Lauren’s RRL Store. “I was showing him these original dog tags they sell there,” she says. “I thought they were a great symbol. I really liked the way they looked aesthetically, and I remember saying, ‘This is what I want to do.’”

As she was explaining the idea to her son, a man who looked familiar to Pollan walked in and started listening to their conversation. It was Jerry Lauren, brother to Ralph.“I had never met him before, and it was just so fortuitous,” remembers Pollan. “I started talking to him about it, and he loved the idea.” Thus her latest project for the Foundation was born. Pollan designed a line of dog tags for Ralph Lauren inscribed with either “Be Inspired” or “Be Involved,” with the proceeds going straight to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. In Pollan’s own words,“It’s literally a way to keep a person close to your heart.” Aside from this impromptu project, Pollan’s Hamptons life is mostly a respite from her busy schedule. For the most part, summertime is focused on pleasure rather than business. “The beach is a big thing for me. I have to go everyday, and I boogie board like crazy,” Pollan says, describing herself as an “ocean fanatic.” And of course, food remains a big part of her life. Her list of favorite Hamptons dining spots is quite diverse, ranging from Sushi 1—“It’s a great Japanese restaurant that isn’t that far from us”—to Townline BBQ in Sagaponack to Stone Creek Inn and Tutto Il Giorno in Sag Hargor to “that lobster place on the way to Montauk.” She frowns trying to remember. “It’s a little shack on the side of the road, and they have the most amazing lobster rolls,” she concludes, giving up on the name. “Honestly, we’ll drive anywhere for a meal.” And then, of course, there are the meals at home. “I do a lot of cooking over the summer. There’s an amazing farmer’s market in our town, and I’ll also travel to different farmer’s markets. I’ll go and get fresh produce, and make a great big meal. We have a lot of friends there [in the Hamptons], so we’re always a big group, and we’ll just move from house to house.” And though September—and the work it brings—seems to come far too soon, Pollan focuses on living in the moment. Today, this moment is being spent around her family table in the Hamptons. “I really try, if I can, to keep my summers free,” she says with a smile. “I relish that time with my family, with my children and with my friends.” ✦ For more on Tracy Pollan, visit www.avenueinsider.com

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Every Memorial Day, New Yorkers pull their crisp white clothes out of storage, pack ’em up and drive out to the Hamptons—which is hotter and hauter than ever. From Tory Burch’s mega-house to hip hotelier Sean MacPherson’s major injection of California cool into the once mellow fishing village of Montauk, the East End has never been more alive with action. Want to rub society shoulders with the people that matter in the Hamptons? Memorize our A-List to be sure you’re at the best parties and the right beaches through Labor Day.

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Dennis Basso (right) started his business in 1983 by hawking a line of pelts out of a rented Town Car. He now sells luxurious furs to clients like Sharon Stone, Brooke Shields and Kim Cattrall, not to mention every social maven that shops on Madison Avenue. And fans of QVC tune in to watch the witty, charming designer sell his less expensive line regularly on the shopping channel. But come summertime, the king of fur becomes the party king along with longtime boyfriend Michael Cominotto at their beautiful Water Mill house. Their soirees (often held around and inside the Kenneth Alpert pool house)—both private dinners and charity benefits—attract the fashion flock (Isaac Mizrahi, Rachel Zoe), society stars (Marjorie Gubelmann) and even the first family of reality T.V. (the Kardashians). Talk about mixing it up.

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Despite being the daughter of prep mogul Tommy Hilfiger, Ally Hilfiger (right) is not a pink-and-green-wearing, silver spoonfed celebutot. The former MTV reality star of the show “Rich Girls” and young designer just launched NAHM, a collection of crisp, cleanly cut dresses based on men’s shirts, with partner Nary Manivong. The two met at a dinner party and then Hilfiger styled two of Manivong’s shows. Meanwhile, his tale is a true rags-to-riches story: he was the subject of the documentary Dressed, which portrays his incredible journey from homeless child to successful fashion designer. Expect to see Hilfiger and her pretty posse of pals wearing NAHM (and probably a little Tommy, too) at all the nightclubs and chic clambakes.

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A longtime visitor to the area, Madonna (right) made headlines (again) when she bought nearly 50 acres of open land in Bridgehampton: Wild Ocean Farm from Kelly Klein in 2009 and the adjacent plot in 2010. But when it comes to hearth and home, the Material Girl still has to rent while she’s in town—most recently an English stucco on Lily Pond Lane near the estates of Martha Stewart and Jerry Della Femina, sources say. Though pretty private— one summer she supposedly demanded to have the riding ring at the Wölffer Estate Vineyards’ stables to herself whenever she liked—Madge was seen hitting up last year’s Hamptons Film Festival and palling around with Gwyneth Paltrow, Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld and the area’s other stars.

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Hotelier Sean MacPherson (left), of The Jane, The Bowery Hotel and The Maritime, has become the unofficial social mayor of Montauk, bringing his California cool factor (he was an avid skateboarder in the ’70s) to the once sleepy, run-down fishing village. MacPherson’s Crow’s Nest restaurant and 14-room inn has been revamped from a dusty semi-dump on the shores of Lake Montauk to the epicenter of East End chic. Last summer, its first big bash celebrated Chanel’s J12 watch and drew Rachel Weisz, Mark Ronson, Bruce Weber, Laird Hamilton and other boldfaced names. Expect everyone to flock to the Crow’s Nest again this summer.

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Legendary hedge funder Ronald Perelman and new wife Dr. Anna Chapman (left) recently welcomed a baby boy into their enormous East Hampton home (and their Upper East Side townhouse and numerous other properties around the country). Dubbed “The Creeks,” the 57-acre, heavily guarded estate on Georgica Pond is the site of an annual topsecret Fourth of July party. Last summer, Perelman held his first benefit there for Harlem’s Apollo Theater, drawing Richard Gere and Carey Lowell, Christie Brinkley, Tamara Mellon, Lorne Michaels and many others. Perelman is no stranger to playing host—the billionaire has his hand in many restaurants around the country, including Manhattan’s Monkey Bar with Graydon Carter. In the Hamptons, Perelman opened Savanna’s and reopened the popular margaritaville Blue Parrot with partners Larry Gagosian, Jon Bon Jovi and Renée Zellweger.

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D.C.-turned-Manhattan power couple George Stephanopoulos and Alexandra Wentworth (left) bought a new Hamptons home last year, after selling their last one in 2008. But the recently-appointed “Good Morning America” host and his actress wife—plus their two daughters—have hardly been strangers to the East End these past few years. When Stephanopoulos rushes back to the city to do last minute broadcasts, Wentworth hangs out with gal pal and childhood friend Holly Peterson or attends the Seinfelds’ Baby Buggy benefit and other events. Together, the affable “Head Case” creator and star and her huz enjoy family time and mingling with their fab Hamptons neighbors. Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopolous with Elliott Stephanopolous 56 | AVENUE MAGAZINE · JUNE 2011

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All In The Family When the weather turns warm, hedge fund billionaire Charles Stevenson, his journalist wife Alex Kuczynski (left) and their son swap their Park Avenue residence for their home in Southampton. There, the couple hosts chic shindigs each summer, like last year’s cocktail party for Parrish Art Museum’s Landscape Pleasures Benefit. The Stevenson clan’s Hamptons presence continues with Roy and Polly, owners of the popular Stevenson’s Toys & Games in Southampton. Though the shop became the subject of scandal when Peter Cook began an affair with a teenage employee—eventually leading to his divorce from Christie Brinkley—this wholesome spot enjoys a much more positive reputation with Hamptons kids, who look forward to visits all summer. JUNE 2011 · AVENUE MAGAZINE | 57


An Upper East Side Story The daughter of novelists Erica Jong and Jonathan Fast has writing in her blood. Having published three books of her own, Molly Jong-Fast has transcended a semi-famous upbringing to achieve true success. A lifelong Upper East Sider, she attended her fair share of prep schools—Dalton, Trevor, Riverdale— and now lives there with her husband and their three small children. They say “write what you know,” and it is this world that she explores with much insight and a quick wit in her work. The following excerpt sets up Jong-Fast’s hilarious new book, The Social Climber’s Handbook, in which she plumbs the darkest depths of elite life to shed light on what happens when the Dow drops, Dior becomes unaffordable and even death (by way of socialite serial killer!) abounds. Author Molly Jong-Fast

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CHAPTER ONE June 2, 2008 Dow closes down 134.50 points to 12,503.82 S&P closes down 14.71 points to 1,395.67 Daisy Greenbaum looked over at her husband, Dick, master of the universe. He was wearing one of those white strips on the bridge of his nose. He had a black mask on his eyes that read BRITISH AIRWAYS across it. Tucked neatly in his mouth was a custom-made mouth guard so he didn’t grind his teeth, and looking at him across their California king-sized bed Daisy might have thought for a slip of a second (before she banished that thought away, like all her other vaguely communist urges) that this was a man on whom making money had taken its toll. “I love you.”

Manhattan’s Upper East Side was the week between when the private schools let out and the social families packed up their Denalis and headed for the beach. The third week of June was the demarcation line: once it was crossed over, all of the apartments on Park Avenue would be dark, except for the flicker of the occasional husband enjoying a quiet tryst with a secretary or a nubile young associate. Daisy Greenbaum hated summer. And perhaps this could have been traced back to a lifetime of summers spent at Camp Shane (or, as she called it, Camp Shame), a “loving, accepting, nurturing weight-loss invitational,” which was known by people occupying the real world as “fatty camp.” Or maybe it was her hatred of sand, of heat, of sun, of wearing less clothing, of shedding her cavernous sweaters and her enormous winter coat. And maybe the rest of the world tacitly agreed. Summer was a time of mourning, a time to muse on various

Dick kept snoring. “I love you.” Through his mouth guard Dick Greenbaum squeezed out the words: “I have to be at work in approximately seven hours and twenty-two minutes and eleven seconds. Go to sleep.” “I can’t sleep.” Dick opened one eye, but only slightly. “Take something.”

Daisy had a secret . . . Daisy knew what she was capable of. Daisy knew the animal that lurked inside of her, the one who could not be calmed by a million yoga lessons.

“I said I love you.” Dick sat up with a start. He took off his eye mask and opened his eyes. “We are about to be faced with the biggest economic crisis of our lifetime. Next month you may see bread lines, a true unemployment rate of 22.1 percent. Never mind. I need to go to bed.” “You didn’t say anything when I told you that I . . .” “Imagine a world with no credit, no lending, imagine a world where you go into the Prada store on Madison and there is nothing on the shelves, and don’t get me started on your precious Starbucks. Okay, now I need to be there in seven hours and twenty-one minutes”—he looked down at his expensive self-winding watch—“and thirty seconds, okay?” In her infinite sadness, it seemed to Daisy Greenbaum that the loneliest time of the year on

losses (real and imagined), a time when different layers of rarefied folks plunged through different layers of loss, all narrated by the constant zombifying hum of giant air conditioners. Loss affected everyone in every section of every gentrified neighborhood—the bookish Upper West Siders mourned the loss of their shrinks in August, the Brooklyn hipsters mourned the loss of their parents’ ramshackle summer cottages on Fire Island, the barely-getting-by working parents mourned the death of the school year. Yes, summer was the bleakest time of the year, and this summer was to be the last golden summer of the Dow at thirteen thousand. Daisy was standing, feet on the cold white tile, in her gray linen pajamas (Daisy had seven identical pairs, all ironed by Nina, the long-suffering housekeeper, on Tuesdays, which was the day that Easton, the fancy twin, went riding in Manhasset and Avery, the funky twin, went to her acting class in the West Village). Daisy stared at herself in her enormous JUNE 2011 · AVENUE MAGAZINE | 59


bathroom mirror. It was six a.m. and the sun was bright, or as bright as it could be, considering that she lived on the second floor. She squinted at herself. She didn’t look like all the other mummies of the yummy variety. She had white skin that had never seen the inside of a tanning booth (spray or otherwise). She had regular features (her grandmother had always complimented her on her non-ethnic nose, and she knew what this meant), pretty and appropriately sized for her slightly equine face, which was just slightly too long to be beautiful. Every time she looked in the mirror she remembered that she had been what had seemed (to her at the time) grotesquely fat in her youth. As a result she had never considered herself a pretty girl; hence she had developed a somewhat charming personality. Having a good personality had served her—she had married up (her husband had found her

spilling orange juice on the floor. But for that slip of a second she was the last woman on earth, alone in the silence, alone enough to think. Daisy Greenbaum’s brain was permanently awash in a sea of minutiae, constantly focused on trivialities, like who was the better dry cleaner and who made the best saddles. But Daisy had a secret, and it cut through the minutiae like a great white shark. Daisy knew what she was capable of. Daisy knew the animal that lurked inside of her, the one who could not be calmed by a million yoga lessons. She stared at her own eyes until the blue faded into itself, until her face faded into the mirror, until everything around her was smooth and blurry. But there was trouble in the world of unfathomable wealth; Dick had passed down the edict—no more spending, no more car services, no Hamptons house this summer, no more shopping, no more three-hundred-dollar dresses for the girls, no more trips to the Breakers, no more dinners at Per Se. Daisy looked back at her long face. She wasn’t one of those airheaded trophy wives. She knew that one of two things had happened—one was that Dick had fucked up something big in whatever it was he did (she wasn’t totally sure what he did, something with debt, something called credit default swaps), and the other was that what he had told her about the crumbling of the equities markets was actually true (but she couldn’t quite wrap her head around this story).

The culture of scarcity and panic among the wealthy was still going strong (not enough preschool spots, not enough Hamptons houses, not enough Mandarinspeaking nannies, oh my). amusing), and she wasn’t fat anymore, though she wasn’t exactly thin; she was Banana Republic thin. Not truly thin, not thin like the other ladies on Park Avenue with their exposed vertebrae and their sharp, bony hips, but thin. Her Polish DNA, from her zaftig great-granny from the shtetl, would guarantee that she would never be Prada thin. But she didn’t really care, and besides, she was funny. Maybe not laugh-out-loud funny, but ironic. And she was smart. Maybe not Ivy League smart, but Brandeis smart, which was still smarter than 99.99 percent of the yummy mummies on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. And she was striking, with enormous blue eyes, which made her look like a model from the Eastern Bloc. A fat model from the Eastern Bloc. She tweezed at a few stray chin hairs with her green metal tweezers. Soon Dick and the girls would be up, shattering the exquisite silence of morning. Soon she’d be burning waffles, and fighting with the extremely expensive espresso machine, and 60 | AVENUE MAGAZINE · JUNE 2011

After all, it was June 2008 and Barneys was still packed with ladies vying to buy thousand-dollar-a-pair lizard-skin platforms, condos and co-ops were still flying off the shelves, waiting lists for various gotta-have-it accessories were still snaking around the block, the culture of scarcity and panic among the wealthy was still going strong (not enough preschool spots, not enough Hampton houses, not enough Mandarinspeaking nannies, oh my). But some small men in large offices who worked for monstrous investment banks saw the writing on the wall, and the writing was recession, depression, end-of-the-world bad. One of these men was Dick Greenbaum, Daisy’s small and vaguely simian husband. Every night since March 14, when Morgan and the Fed had provided a twenty-eight-day emergency loan to Bear Stearns, he had suffered from some variation on the same nightmare. Somehow the collapse of Bear Stearns had made Dick realize that the whole system was intrinsically flawed. He wasn’t stupid and he had known the system was


truly fucked for a long time, but he kept thinking the debt wouldn’t catch up with the bets. He thought it could keep going like this for years. But the crash of Bear was the death knell for the American economy. He saw it all very clearly. And in this clarity he realized his life was a house (or an apartment, as the case may be) of derivatives, and these derivatives (he was pretty sure) might well take down the American economy. And so suddenly he was panicked about the lack of derivatives regulation—where were the necessary derivatives clearinghouses? Who the hell was keeping track of all the little pieces of paper that were representing trillions of dollars of debt? It was as if one day Dick woke up and realized that bad math was going to eat up the entire world and that he somehow had to stop it. The worst dream, the one that haunted him, the one that made him wonder what it was that he was doing on this earth, was this dream (it was a recurring dream but it always sort of went like this)—it started with him sitting there in his favorite brown pinstripe suit (the one that made him look five feet eight instead of five feet six, and tan instead of jaundiced) enjoying his strawberries and his champagne. Then a stewardess came out in her little blue frock. Usually in the dream it was one of two secretaries, neither of whom were in real life stewardesses: one was Maggie, the thick-calved Irish girl, but in some of the dreams it was Candice, the plucky-but-not-great-looking single mom. Everything would be going along just fine when all of a sudden there would be a popping sound, like someone making popcorn, and then the window next to him would pop open and then things would start getting sucked into the ether. Everything that was on the polished mahogany coffee table in front of him would go flying into the air. He would try to grab all these papers, all his careful, thoughtful documentation of his theorems. But it would be too late, the paper would melt through his hands and then he would wake up covered in sweat and gasping for breath. Sometimes Daisy would notice and volunteer a few

semi-soothing sentences (none of which really hit the right note with Dick), and sometimes she would pretend not to see him dripping in his own sweat, laboring to catch his breath. ✦

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o far, the market this year is good and many sales are taking place. However, per the Brown Harris Stevens Market Report, compared to this time last year, there is a reduction in volume of approximately 23 percent. I believe the comparison can be explained by two factors. One is the understandable backlog from 2008 and 2009 that came forward in 2010. Secondly, part of the decline in the number of sales this year is attributable to the scheduled expiration of the Bushera tax cuts at the end of last year. Although they were ultimately extended, the extension was not signed until the middle of December. This was after many homeowners had already made the decision to sell to avoid paying a higher capital gains rate. Therefore, closings that might have occurred in the first quarter of 2011 happened in 2010. The two major factors in our current market are the lack of inventory both in resales and in new development, and the fact that buyers are willing to commit, but remain very price sensitive. Perception of good value is key to this commitment. When a property is well priced, it sells. !

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VIEWS OVER CENTRAL PARK 15 W 53rd St Excl. 2BR/3BA home, impressively appointed. Gourmet open kit, incredible clsts. Excellent loc. Wonderful FSB. $6.275M. Web#1879180 Margaret Lacey 212.207.1813

STUNNING PH Flatiron Excl. Top architect designed, highend finishes. 2BR/2.5BA, 2 setback terr, glass walls w/360° views, hi ceils. F/S, gym & garage. $4.775M. Web#1885928 Barbara Licalzi, EVP 212.381.4228

TRIPLE MINT CLASSIC 7 90s/West Excl. Spacious w/PW charm & mod details. LR, wbfp, grand DR, renov kit, 3BR + md’s, 3 full baths, great clsts, W/D. $3.495M. Web#1812388 Louise Phillips Forbes, EVP 212.381.3329

HOME IN THE SKY Midtown East Excl. Rare opportunity to own renov, high flr, unique 5BR/5BA w/panoramic views. Near transportation and best shopping. $3.35M. Web#1881898 Ruth Sobie, SVP 212.381.6528

STUNNING CLASSIC 6 Park/80s Excl. Possible 3BR. Renov, light, 10’ ceilings, chef’s kitchen, 2 renov baths, grand living room, wbfp, gym. 24HR DM. $2.995M. Web#1868522 Eloise Johnson, EVP 212.381.3224

STUNNING 3BR CONDO 65th St/East Excl. Open layout of 1,800SF. Breathtaking views, 2 balcs, designer kit & 2.5BA. W/D, 24HR DM, HC, pool & rfdk. $2.645M. Web#164443 Christian Wittmann 212.521.5733

ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES 77th E/3rd Excl. Oppty to buy sunny, sprawling corner apt. Currently 3BR, media rm & 2.5 baths. Easily 4-5BR/3.5BA. F/S co-op. $2.1M. Web#1942745 Sandra Lauer, VP 212.381.3351

5 ROOM DUPLEX/GREAT LOCALE 70s/E Excl. Charming w/soaring ceils in grand LR w/wbfp & grt N light throughout. Newly renov w/3BR/3 full BA. FSB. $1.725M. Web#1922413 Louise Phillips Forbes, EVP 212.381.3329

2BR + BONUS RM UES Excl. Sunny, sprawling corner 2BR/2BA + bonus rm & 3 WICs. Wndwd kit, SS appls, granite cntrs in DM bldg on tree-lined blk. $1.095M. Web#1809273 Leah Blesoff 212.381.2376

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Lofty Living With its expansive residences, 77 READE blends historic beauty with the best of contemporary living right in the heart of Tribeca

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Duplex and triplex penthouses offer sweeping views of Tribeca and beyond, including the Woolworth Building, One World Trade Center and City Hall. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls accentuate the cityscape, and deep private terraces maximize entertainment space. Inside, fireplaces add warmth to the expansive layouts. Additional, utilitarian space comes in the form of oversized private storage spaces, which come with each loft. Residents enjoy


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“This is one of the most unique . . . designs I have seen in quite some time.” —Robert Tierney a state-of-the-art fitness center and a rooftop terrace. The sky-lit lobby is enhanced by original cast iron columns at its entry, and is attended 24-hours-a-day. While respecting architectural tradition, 77 READE creatively addresses the demands of a contemporary New York lifestyle with its luxurious amenities and airy, open spaces. Here, residents will find a retreat that is at once private and connected to the surrounding neighborhood. This innovative building is sure to advance the artsy and intellectual reputation Tribeca has cultivated over the years. Exclusively offered by Corcoran Group Marketing, 77 READE has an on-site presentation gallery and furnished model residences that can now be viewed. Open plans, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom lofts are available, starting at $1 million, and the development is one of the last in the city to offer a 421a tax abatement. Please visit www.77reade.com or call 212.77.READE for more information. !

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Castle in the Sky This newly renovated Park Avenue penthouse is fit for a king

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n exceptional prewar building on Park Avenue is crowned with a magnificent penthouse occupying the entire 17th floor. Approximately 4,500 square feet, the space has recently undergone a complete and stunning renovation. Designed by renowned architect Stephen Wang and decorated by Nicole Freezer Rubens of NFR Consulting, the apartment now offers all the comforts of state-of-the-art technology within a beautiful, traditional architectural setting. “I have so much respect for the prewar bones of the apartment,” Rubens says, “and wanted to emphasize that while creating an elegant atmosphere that’s truly user friendly for a family living in New York City today.” Wang’s inspirations for the design were light and air—“a true rarity in New York City apartments,” he says. Thus, the interior of the penthouse is bright and spacious, accentuated by a 4,000-square-foot terrace. Wrapping around all four of the apartment’s exposures, this outdoor space showcases the skyline’s most iconic views, including Central Park, the East River, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. Accessible from every room comprising the residence’s entertaining areas plus some bedrooms, the landscaped terrace helps create a seamless fusion of indoor and outdoor space. “There are 1,000 things to see outside a New York City window,” notes Ruben, “yet this view is a beautiful cohesive unit, all reflected in the design of the home.” The apartment itself is divided into two distinct areas—the aforementioned entertaining space and the private quarters—

separated by a gallery with a sunny eat-in kitchen. No detail has been overlooked, from the Baltic black and Thassos marble floors in the gallery to the fully equipped media room featuring Triad speakers and James Power Pipe subwoofers. The private area of the penthouse features an inviting family room and an eat-in kitchen. The stunning master bedroom includes a wood-burning fireplace and custom closets for him and her. Its windowed bath is both functional and luxurious, with a double-sink vanity and steam shower, Whirlpool Jacuzzi bath and heated Calcutta marble walls and floors. The three spacious children’s bedrooms are equipped with large closets and custom cabinetry throughout, and have access to a play area on the terrace. A laundry room and staff room with a full bath complete the private quarters. Thanks to an impressive renovation and the stunning integration of modern comforts and conveniences, this Park Avenue penthouse has become an ideal residence for the sophisticated New York family. “With some creative thinking and a willing client, this apartment was transformed into a well-proportioned space that perfectly suits an apartment of this scale,” says Wang. !

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RIVERFRONT MAISONETTE: Grand 4 bedroom, townhouse style living with River views & amenities of top 1929 prewar co-op, including pool and basketball court. $10,750,000. WEB: A0017605

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FIFTH AVENUE DUPLEX WITH TERRACE: Beautifully renovated 5 room apartment with sun drenched terrace. Grand master with 2 baths and 2 dressing rooms. $3,950,000. WEB: A0017516

RIVERSIDE DRIVE MANSION: Dramatic, 6-story, 26’ wide home across from Park in mint condition. $14,750,000. WEB:A0017528.

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or Lisa Simonsen, senior vice president of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, figuring out what to do following the 2011 sale of the most expensive single-condo in New York City history was simple. “You get up and come to the office to get ready for the next deal,” she says. “It’s business as usual now and focusing on the future. I didn’t take a day off.” Simonsen recently brokered both sides of the $48-million purchase of a 6,000-squarefoot apartment at The Plaza Hotel Residences on Fifth Avenue and Central Park South. She sees the deal as indicative of a resurgent luxury real-estate market in New York City. “In the last two or three months, there have been some record-breaking deals happening,” she notes. “There’s obviously been a shift in the high end of the market because there have been several big sales. I think it’s a very exciting time. There’s lots of opportunity.” The five-bedroom condominium at The Plaza combines three separate apartments on the 12th floor to create a truly exceptional home. It was purchased by Russian composer and music producer Igor Krutoy, and comes complete with breathtaking bird’s-eye views of both Central Park and Fifth Avenue. “I hadn’t personally seen an apartment done to this level of craftsmanship

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and workmanship,” Simonsen says. “It was just really a flawless space.” Originally from Alberta—“the cold part” of Canada, as Simonsen puts—she came to New York City 20 years ago to study acting. “I was horrible at it,” she recalls. Simonsen lived on the Upper East Side where she says she built friendships and contacts that later aided in her successful careers, first in fitness, then real estate. She soon realized she had an innate sensibility for sales, which served her well when she segued into real estate seven years ago. “I had very good intuition with my clients, which really just translated,” Simonsen says. “My skill set didn’t change; the commodity did. It went from fitness to real estate.” Today, her intuition and focus are the foundations of her expertise in pairing potential buyers with perfect properties, down to the most minute detail. These skills have propelled Simonsen into the upper echelon of luxury homes sales and marketing here in New York. Simonsen is quick to acknowledge the importance of the support and guidance she gets from her management and colleagues at Prudential Douglas Elliman. “I’ve been very fortunate because I work for an exceptional company,” Simonsen says of the city’s largest residential real estate brokerage, ranked as one of the top four real estate companies in

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the country. “I have some great people that guide me and give me good advice, and I have a great team around me.” As Simonsen focuses on future sales, she is imbued with an even greater “confidence in her skill set,” as she puts it, generated by the brokerage of The Plaza apartment. “I think it’s a very good way to start the year,” she says. “But it really is important not to lose momentum. There’s always deals to be done for good brokers.” !


TOP OF THE CLASS Fifth Avenue/East 60s • $6,200,000 • 6 rooms into 5. Mint renovation in a white glove co-op. Beautiful Park views from 3 rooms, elegant living room, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen with butler’s pantry. 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, closets, built-ins. Web# 1303405. Rebecca Steindecker 212.891.7080 I 917.670.4193

CARRIAGE HOUSE ON GIN LANE Southampton Village • $9,995,000 • Charming carriage house across from the ocean with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, living room with fireplace & kitchen with dining area. Gunite pool & pool house on 1.2 acres. Web# H48226. Alex Lubschik 917.684.5889

BOULDER BEACH…ON LONG ISLAND SOUND Sands Point • $12,500,000 • Unparalleled waterfront estate with 8 bedrooms, 7.5 baths and 5 fireplaces, oversized gathering areas, infinity pool and private dock, all on nearly 3 acres. Web# 2392230. Maggie Keats 516.944.2879

SPECTACULAR CONDO Park Avenue • $3,475,000 • The most beautiful apartment on Park Avenue, brand new superior renovation just completed. Must see to believe. Web# 1357682. Faith Fisher Einhorn 917.797.8999

980 FIFTH AVENUE East 79th Street • Heart of Museum Mile. 6 large rooms with style & elegance. The living room & master bedroom with dressing area face South affording sunny & bright view of the Park. 2nd bedroom, large formal dining room, eat-in kitchen & maids. Web# 1340511. Rebecca Steindecker 212.891.7080 I 917.670.4193

TERRACED BEAUTY ON PARK AVENUE Park Ave at East 80s • $5,995,000 • Prime prewar 7 in full-service building. Terrace extends full width of living room with wood burning fireplace, master bedroom and library/2nd bedroom. Large & elegant formal dining room. 3rd bedroom, extra room on 15th floor. Bright. Web# 1359244. Rebecca Steindecker 917.670.4193

ACADEMY AWARD WINNING RENTAL Sutton Area/East 50s • $6,000 per month • Regally furnished prewar co-op. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, wood burning fireplace. Magnificent renovation. Windowed eat-in kitchen, master bedroom with bath en suite, large 2nd bedroom, W/D, surround sound. Approx. 1,700 sf. Web# 1353575. Jill Libman 212.769.6545

LUXURY CONDO, ENDLESS VIEWS Park Ave/Midtown • $1,395,000 • You will be awed by the floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap this stunning corner condo in views and light. 1 bedroom, 1.5 marble baths. Top quality finishes throughout, washer/dryer, first class amenities, garage. Web# 1323026. Elyse Dubin 917.482.3570

A ROOF OF ONE’S OWN West Village • $2,272,000 • Penthouse triplex 3 bedroom, 3 bath in Far West Village, plus about 500 sf private roof space. Loft like living/dining; Full-floor master suite; and two striking stairways unifying the home. Web# 1349770. Armanda Squadrilli 646.824.8379

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UWS. Excl. Full floor condo with terrace. Huge living/dining room, chef’s kitchen, 6BR, 6.5 bath, library and den. CAC, oversized windows, garage, gym, pool and playroom. $19.9M. WEB# 1175789. Lisa Lippman 212-588-5606 Scott Moore 212-588-5608

UES. Excl. Grand prewar residence, meticulous renovation. Soaring ceilings, elegant archways, 33’ living room, 25’ formal dining room. Chef’s eat-in kitchen. $18M. WEB# 1018479. John Burger 212-906-9274

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Madison Square Park. Excl. Special prewar PH loft w/terrace & panoramic views through huge wndws. 12’ ceils, perfect cond, gut renov, 5 rms, 3 bath, top-line finishes. $5.7M. WEB# 1218125. Russell Miller 212-906-9360 Mary Rutherfurd 212-906-9211

UES. Excl. New to market. 14th floor 4BR, 3.5 bath, approx 2,328SF. Eat-in kitchen with Miele and Sub-Zero appliances. Open and bright north, south and west city views. F/S building. 421A tax abatement. $5.1M. WEB# 1219347. Young Randolph Young 212 452-6249

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UWS. Excl. Mint 2BR, 2.5 bath prewar with stunning views of Central Park. Herringbone wood flrs, beamed ceilings, oversized windows. A/C and sound system. White glove bldg. $2.395M. WEB# 1210218. Judith A. Furgiuele 212-588-5693

Sutton Place. Excl. Elegant layout and mint condition, CAC, top-of-line eat-in kitchen. Oversized living rm with wbfp. Either 2-3MBR or 2MBR + library, 2.5 bath. New renovation. W/D. Easy move. $2.349M. WEB# 1113977. Mary L. Fitzgibbons 212-906-9259

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Central Park South. Excl. Prewar paradise offers option to create your own apt space. Hampshire House combines old world charm w/modern amenities. Doorman, laundry and health club. $12.5M. WEB# 1216037. Kathy Sloane 212-906-9258

TriBeCa. Excl. 4,200SF exquisitely designed loft w/dramatic 23’ ceils, 3BR, 2.5 bath + home office. Priceless silk walls & wall of glass opens to private 900SF patio. $9M. WEB# 1060870. Craig Filipacchi 212-452-4468 Jacques Foussard 212-452-4475

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Fifth Ave. Excl. Maisionette combines privacy of townhouse living with the services of a white-glove Co-op. Oversized windows with Central Park views. 3BR, 3.5 bath, chef’s kit. Private garden. $4.5M. WEB# 1223455. Susan Greenfield 212-906-9214

UES. Excl. 8 rms in turn-key condition, gallery open to LR and FDR. Library with bath plus 3MBR with baths. New eat-in kit, laundry, staff rm and bath. Sun all day with open views. Full service, pets ok. $3.9M. WEB# 1219636. Leslie Crossley 212-906-9218

TriBeCa. Excl. Convertible 3BR, 3 bath 2,500+SF at The River Lofts with 10’ ceilings, modern appliances, CAC, W/D, and gorgeous master bedroom suite. $3.65M. WEB# 1196874. Erin Boisson Aries 212-317-3680 Nic Bottero 212-317-3664

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UWS. Excl. Beautifully renovated home with extensive prewar details, generous open kitchen and dining room, and plentiful windows providing excellent light. $1.925M. WEB# 1205199. James Perez 212-588-5656

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Exquisitely renovated 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath majestic residence on a high floor. Soaring panoramas from every room. Approximately 2,800 square feet. Brilliant and bold. Web# 1218090

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• REPRESENTED THE SELLER OF THE HIGHEST RESIDENTIAL TOWNHOUSE SALE AT $53,000,000 • HIGHEST SELLING RESIDENTIAL TOWNHOUSE FOR THIRD TImE IN PAST FOUR yEARS • SINCE 2006, PAULA HAS SOLD 45 TOWNHOUSES FOR A TOTAL VALUE OF OVER $720,000,000

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Renovated 22 foot carriage house transformed into modern residence of approx 11,000 square feet. Waterfall, spa, gallery, elevator, lot-line windows, high ceilings. Unrivaled. Web# 1192333

Approximately 4,535 square feet, 36’ x 20’ living room, 16 windows, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, high ceilings. Meticulous renovation inspired by villa La Rotonda. Full-service condo in prime Greenwich Village locale. Web# 1039452

Meticulously renovated 3 bedroom plus staff suite townhouse-condo. Hudson River views. Concierge services, health club, and central parking. Exquisite. Web# 1138258

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Five-story townhouse. Elevator to all floors, garden, parlour terrace, master bedroom terrace, roof garden, 5 bedrooms plus staff suite. Gorgeous, bright, and turn-key. Web# 1129664

Restored and renovated co-op. 13’6” ceilings and dramatic windows in living room, 4 wood burning fireplaces, Poggenpohl chef’s kitchen, central air conditioning. 2 bedrooms, library, 3.5 baths. Expertly finished. Web# 1067608

Superbly proportioned, flooded with light, this approximately 3,380 square foot, 16-foot wide townhouse on landmark block is built 6 levels. Beautiful views. Ready for restoration. Web# 1220335

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TRIPLE MINT PARK AVE PENTHOUSE: Full floor 5-bedroom with wraparound terraces. $25,000,000 WEB: A0017618. Juliette Janssens, 212.606.7670, Allison Koffman, 212.606.7688

GRAND RIVERFRONT MAISONETTE: Beekman

485 PARK AVE: Elegant 11-room pre war co-op

Pl. townhouse lifestyle, River views, large terrace and full service, 4 bedrooms, 3 fireplaces. $10,750,000 WEB: A0017605. Roger Erickson, 212.606.7612

situated on a high floor featuring large bright rooms. 3 bedrooms, 51⁄2 baths. $10,000,000 WEB: A0017498. B. Boalt, 212.606.7702, S.Boardman,212.606.7611

150 CPS: Remarkable opportunity to own the penthouse in one of Manhattan’s finest prewar buildings. Spectacular Central Park views. $7,950,000 WEB: A0017515. Robin Rothman, 212.606.7751

PREWAR PENTHOUSE: Sprawling 5 bedrooms, 6½ baths triplex with sun-flooded terraces and open city views. $5,950,000 WEB: A0017578. M. Smith, 212.606.7683, J. Hascoe, 212.606.7695

180 EAST 79TH STREET: Grand prewar home.

THE EMPIRE – 188 EAST 78TH STREET: Lightflooded, corner condo with 3 bedrooms, 2½ baths, 9’ ceilings, bay windows. Broker Owner. $2,950,000 WEB: A0017598. Gillian Friedman, 212.606.7637

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DUPLEX AT THE PYTHIAN: Bright open city views. 1,400± sq ft prewar condo with flexible layout. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 16’ ceilings. $1,995,000 WEB: A0017619. Kathy Hoffman Linburn, 212.606.7791

CO-OP LOFT: Very bright 2 bedrooms, 2 baths with home office, 10’5” ceilings home. Modern kitchen, open living room. $1,975,000 WEB: A0017594. Martine Capdevielle, 212.400.8702

180 RIVERSIDE DRIVE: Very large Classic 6 prewar co-op with Riverside Park views. $1,900,000 WEB: A0017615. Gabriele Devlin, 212.606.7729, Lee Summers, 212.606.7789

Completely furnished, south facing 1 bedroom. Perfect pied-a-terre. $2,250,000 WEB: A0017593. T. Model, 212.606.7740, C. Leavitt, 212.606.7720

Sunken living room, library, formal dining room, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths. $4,995,000 WEB: A0017601. P. Hogan, 212.606.7767, C. Daly, 212.606.7758

1725 YORK AVENUE: Spectacular river and city views from all rooms from this high floor, spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath home. $1,150,000 WEB: A0017590. Phyllis Gallaway, 212.606.7678

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REAL ESTATE

2011 YEARBOOK SOME OF THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS SHARE THEIR WISDOM ON THE CURRENT MARKET AND THE FUTURE OF NEW YORK REAL ESTATE

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richard steinberg, warburg realty partnership Senior Managing Director

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A: WARBURG REALTY PARTNERSHIP 212.439.5183 rjsteinberg@warburgrealty.com

What experience do you bring to the table? Twenty years of negotiating, combined with an honest, straightforward dialogue with clients that allows them to trust me. What does it take to be a top broker? Tenacity, courage and a passion for real estate. In what direction are prices headed? Up, up, up! Is this a good time to buy? What advice would you offer to potential buyers? It is a great time to buy, unless you are stuck with a ceiling on your mortgage—flexibility rules the game, and cash buyers are still way out ahead.

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Have you noticed an increase in foreign investors? Yes, by 50 percent. Have you noticed any trends in what is selling? Properties in mint condition are still—and will always be—the easiest properties to sell; you do not need to have a vision. What is your dream project? I am working on it now, but cannot talk about it at the request of the developer. Trust me, it is big and has not been done in 50 years! What’s the most exciting change you’ve noticed lately? Every day is exciting and changes in real estate—that is why I love it so much!


Senior Vice President and Managing Director

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REAL ESTATE BROKERS

paula del nunzio, brown harris stevens

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BROWN HARRIS STEVENS 212.906.9207 ■ pdelnunzio@bhsusa.com

Are you currently representing anything very unique or newsworthy? The Woolworth Mansion at 4 E. 80th Street is the most remarkable property on the market today, as the amazing fact is that it still contains all the original detail created in 1910 by the illustrious architect C.P.H. Gilbert, and that irreplaceable historical detail has been painstakingly restored with the addition of all modern systems. That combination of restoration and renovated condition has never before been available for sale in New York. With approximately 20,000 total square feet of astonishingly grand scale rooms, its asking price of $90 million represents $4,500 per square foot for a

35-foot wide renovated limestone mansion literally steps from Fifth Avenue and Central Park. In what direction are prices headed? As has been the case in good markets and bad, properties with unique characteristics marketed in a manner that draws the buyers seeking those specific characteristics will always sell, as buyers of residential properties bring an emotional component to their purchase that can produce inexplicable results. From a historical perspective, prices in Manhattan have, despite temporary periods of decline, tended to increase over time. And John Paulson recently pointed out that residential real estate is “a spectacular hedge against inflation.”

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inez s. wade, stribling & associates, ltd. Senior Vice President

What was your biggest deal or most successful project this year? Actually, there were two recent sales on the Upper East Side— one on Park Avenue and one on Fifth Avenue—of which I am most proud. Both are located in co-ops and the selling prices achieved were significantly higher than those that would have been realized at the height of the market. Needless to say, the sellers were most pleased. Have you noticed any trends in what is selling? People are opting to purchase renovated properties. Unlike previous markets, there is significantly less appetite for renovation. The discount for an un-renovated property is typically greater than the cost of completing the work. There are opportunities in the market for those who are willing to purchase properties that require work. In addition, buyers are increasingly asking for condominium properties, where the board scrutiny process is not as burdensome. However, that comes with a price, as condominiums are typically more expensive than equivalent co-operative homes. Also, there are some locations, such as Fifth and Park Avenues or the West Village, where there is ordinarily a more limited inventory of condominium properties. Is this a good time to buy? What advice would you offer to potential buyers? Yes, it is certainly a good time to make a purchase. Overall, prices are lower than prior to the September 2008 decline. Moreover, there are always opportunities in any market, properties that are of special value and those that are very well priced. My advice to those making a purchase is to avoid buying a property with a significant flaw that cannot be corrected; that flaw will always impact a future sale. A buyer needs to remember that most often their future profit is made at the time of purchase. And, of course, location, location, location! What are you most proud of in your professional career? Twenty years ago, I established an endowment in cancer research in memory of my brother at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where I am a board member of the Abramson Cancer Center. I support that endowment through my real estate sales, by donating significant portions of my commissions to cancer research. Additionally, I have maintained a consistently high performance record in sales—both as an exclusive broker and as the representative of buyers—without compromising my integrity and sense of fair play. There is nothing that is more important to me professionally than my reputation.

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STRIBLING & ASSOCIATES, LTD. 212.452.4439 ■ iwade@stribling.com


Senior Vice President

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REAL ESTATE BROKERS

nikki field, sotheby’s international realty

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SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY 212.606.7669 ■ nikki.field@sothebyshomes.com www.nikkifield.com

What was your biggest deal or most successful project this year? A triple sale/triple rental deal with a European investor who purchased a high-end condo for income and appreciation potential. Within weeks of the closing, I placed a qualified tenant, who—after two months of occupancy—made my owner a significant offer for purchase. The principle and profit from that sale were used to double-down on 2 more trophy properties, and both are now available for rental: a 5-bedroom, loft-style, furnished home at The Lucida for $35,000 monthly and a Didier Lorence-designed and furnished 3-bedroom at One Beacon Court for $50,000 monthly. What do you think is on the horizon for the real estate market in your area this coming year? Amped up foreign investment. The Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) Survey recently ranked U.S. real estate as “Most Desired Amongst Foreign Investors,” and ranked New York City as “Top Global City for Real Estate Investment.” When asked which country provided the best opportunity for capital appreciation related to real estate investments, an astounding 65 percent of those surveyed answered the United States. This was a drastic increase over the mere 26 percent of the vote received in 2006 during a time when the U.S. real estate market was at its peak. For sake of comparison, in 2009, New York City finished behind London globally and Washington, D.C., nationally. It is clear that the New York market is the targeted area for the non-U.S. investor.

In what direction are prices headed? I am currently seeing market stabilization, especially on the high end, with gradual price increases becoming substantial as inventory declines and economic conditions improve. If you are looking for a prime property, this is definitely the time to buy. In my opinion, prices for high-end residences are still rising. Have you noticed an increase in foreign investors? I traveled to China last month to build on Sotheby’s’ growing business with international investors. The emerging elite in Beijing and Shanghai are particularly interested in acquiring Manhattan residential real estate. The Chinese appetite for Manhattan is exploding. International buyers consider the New York market a stronger investment opportunity than other world capitals. A recent International Herald Tribune survey determined that residential values in Manhattan are 18 percent below London, 54 percent below Moscow and a whopping 94 percent below Hong Kong. It is not surprising that the Chinese are taking advantage of current market conditions here. Why this focus on Manhattan when there are better prices in other U.S. markets? Use and familiarity. Many international investors are following their children here, who are flooding school and university campuses along the East Coast. These buyers are purchasing homes for personal use, proximity to the schools and prime investment opportunities. They find that conditions in the Manhattan market are much healthier than most of the country, thereby providing purchase incentive along with income and investment security.

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lisa lippman, brown harris stevens Senior Vice President, Director

What was your biggest deal or most successful project this year? The first half of this year has been really productive and very gratifying. I have gotten excellent prices for my sellers and have found the “perfect” homes for my buyers. My job feels most successful when I feel that my clients are happy, and so far, this year has been rewarding. What do you think is on the horizon for the real estate market in your area this coming year? I think the market will continue to strengthen. It will happen at a slower pace than we have seen in the past (pre-spring 2008), but nevertheless at a solid speed. New York is the safest, most exciting and friendliest city in the world, and I truly believe that our real estate market reflects that. People want to live here and they want to invest here. In what direction are prices headed? Up, steady and slowly. Is this a good time to buy? What advice would you offer to potential buyers? I think it’s a great time to buy. Prices are just starting to come up again, but we have not regained the loss of 2008/2009, so there is real value and the interest rates are still so amazingly low. Buyers should educate themselves and be ready to bid, quickly and seriously, if they see a property they like. There is a lot of competition again.

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Have you noticed an increase in foreign investors? Yes, and from new and interesting places. What’s the most exciting change you’ve noticed lately? People are excited about real estate again. Most of the naysayers are gone and people are really happy to buy real estate and are enjoying the process. Perhaps because we have more of an even playing field (it’s neither a buyer’s or a seller’s market; it’s both), but I think that buying and selling real estate—for principles and brokers alike—is really a lot of fun again. Are you currently representing anything very unique or newsworthy? Right now, I have five properties on the market with private outdoor spaces, and I’m about to list three more. Outdoor space has become something people really want. For some buyers, it’s that extra special feature that makes their home more unique and exciting. For others, it’s a way to enjoy outdoor living without having to own a weekend home, too. What are you most proud of in your professional career? I am most proud of my ability to juggle my career and my family and friends, and also of all the repeat and referral business I have.


Senior Vice President

What was your biggest deal or most successful project this year? Tyndal Point, without a doubt. I wound up selling my 55-acre waterfront listing, most recently listed at $44.99 million, to a South Florida businessman who responded to one of my ads. With all the time and effort spent on marketing this very complicated property, including a number of years of the seller trying to get subdivision approvals, the sale boiled down to someone who liked what he saw and wanted the property, as is, for him and his growing family. The 82-year-old seller, who had spent his summers here as a youth, had always hoped that it would go to a family, so it was a great situation all around.

REAL ESTATE BROKERS

gary depersia, the corcoran group

What experience do you bring to the table? Buying, selling, renting or investing in the Hamptons requires someone who knows how to navigate the complicated transactional waters. With more than 15 years of experience, the first decade spent with the legendary Allan Schneider Associates, I can guide those looking to achieve such goals on the East End. With a marketing budget second to none and four full-time assistants, sellers in particular know that they will get the most exposure and the greatest care with me. In what direction are prices headed? Up. I think the resurgence of activity—including bidding wars, spec building and land sales—affirms the fact that buyers recognize the market is heading back up and now is their opportunity to secure a property at a price that might elude them in the next few years. Are you currently representing anything very unique or newsworthy? Sagaponack Greens has been one of the most successful projects I have ever been involved with. Purchased in 2005 by the a group of investors led by real estate visionary Alan Schnurman, the 40-acre property near the ocean in Sagaponack was subdivided into 8 lots and a 25-acre reserve. Once I became involved in the listing, four lots went quickly to contract and recently three more lots have found owners, with interest brewing on the reserve as well. In fact, the project has proven so successful that the sellers have decided to keep the remaining lot on which to build a substantial house, pool, pool house and tennis court, which we will put on the market for sale. What are you most proud of in your professional career? That people know my name. After working more or less anonymously in another industry for 20-plus years, the recognition I now get within the Hampton real estate community is confirmation that my efforts have been successful. It took me nearly 18 months to sell my first house, but since then I have been involved in many benchmark sales, including Tyndal Point—which remains the highest price ever paid for a residential property north of the highway, and the largest transaction so far this year throughout the Hamptons.

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THE CORCORAN GROUP 516.380.0538 ■ gdp@corcoran.com

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carol t. nobbs, prudential douglas elliman LBA Vice President, Chairman’s Circle & Fine Homes Specialist

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What is the most exciting part of your job? Seeing all the properties and meeting new people. I enjoy meeting individuals from all walks of life, which being a broker allows me to do. Over the years, I have met and represented real estate developers, cosmetic dentists, surgeons, music moguls and fashion and Wall Street professionals. I would not have met all of these interesting people had it not been for my real estate career!

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What makes you a top broker? You have to love what you do. Knowing the inventory positions me to be a “matchmaker”—matching the right property with the right person. Establishing credibility is very important. Be honest, listen, then meet the customer’s needs. This starts a snowball effect of referrals from their friends and business associates.

PRUDENTIAL DOUGLAS ELLIMAN 631.204.2714 ■ cnobbs@elliman.com

paula i. hathaway, prudential douglas elliman Senior Vice President

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What do you think is on the horizon for the real estate market in your area this coming year ? The Hamptons real estate market is very robust in new construction, with prices coming in at record highs. I think new homes will remain strong into the fall and 2012. Is this a good time to buy? What advice would you offer to potential buyers? Investors, especially from Wall Street, are buying houses to counter-balance other investments. Real estate is the “tangible asset” needed in all healthy portfolios. What are you most proud of in your professional career? My proudest moment in the 18 years I have been in real estate came when I sold one of my Southampton Village oceanfront listings and did both sides of the transaction.


Vice President

What was your biggest deal or most successful project this year? So far, the year has been intense and high-paced—especially with the Hamptons luxury market in such robust health. The largest sales transaction, and perhaps the most noteworthy, was the sale of a Hamptons estate with a national profile owned by a leading television personality. It was originally priced at $16.1 million, but came back on the market at a discounted price. My buyers dropped everything, flew up here, were first in the door and made a full-price offer. Despite a competitive rush at the last minute, their bid prevailed. How do you distinguish yourself from other brokers? I specialize in matching buyers and sellers with high-end properties. I have established my career over the last 12 years with a history of negotiating record-breaking waterfront sales in the Hamptons, ranging from $7.5 million to $29.9 million. Whether it’s developing a cutting-edge marketing campaign for a seller or reaching out through my relationships to identify properties that are not even formally on the market, it’s this kind of outside-the-box thinking that my clients really appreciate. They know they can reach me at any time, no matter what time zone they are in. They trust my taste and my opinion and say that I am always positive and fun to work with. But more than anything else, clients value my honesty. I always tell them what they need to hear, not necessarily what they want to hear. I’m in this business for the long haul, so I pride myself not on my yearly income, but on my reputation. Who is buying in the Hamptons right now? Buyers are very savvy and have been waiting and watching since 2007. Though sales picked up in 2010, buyers have needed full confirmation that the market has hit bottom before they invest. The tide has turned. Not only is Wall Street buying, so are the residential developers, building on spec. However the majority of properties that are trading are those that are priced at, or close to, market value. What does it take to be a top broker? Experience. The purchase or sale of a home or investment property is one of the most complex and significant financial events in peoples’ lives, so it is critical to have a seasoned, hardworking and connected real estate agent to navigate you through the entire process. A top broker knows the market, is super organized, honest, analytical and a tough negotiator who understands the process, what can go wrong and how to solve the issues that arise. A top broker has established the relationships that can connect you with the right referrals to make the process as smooth as possible. A top broker has brought buyers and seller to the table over and over again, year after year. This is what I do, and I love it.

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SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY 917.969.0532 christina.galesi@sothebyshomes.com

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christina galesi, sotheby’s international realty


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Feast on the East End Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Dan’s Taste of Two Forks brings together the Hamptons’ finest chefs for a memorable al fresco event that is guaranteed to nourish both body and soul

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ith its myriad of amazing restaurants and eclectic cuisine, Long Island’s East End is as much a summer destination for its fine dining as its fresh air and ocean views. Each year, discerning folks flock to enjoy this seaside community and the bounty of local food and wine it offers. So it’s no wonder that an upcoming celebration of the Hamptons’ most heralded restaurants, wineries and premiere local purveyors has become one of the most anticipated events of the season. On the evening of July 16 at Sayre Park in Bridgehampton, the first annual Dan’s Taste of Two Forks will bring the area’s finest food and wine offerings together under one elegant tent for an unprecedented presentation of the East End’s culinary delights. Presented by preeminent Hamptons weekly newspaper Dan’s Papers and produced by its new owner, AVENUE publisher Manhattan Media, in conjunction with the production team Agency 21, the event will feature the gastronomic feats of more than 40 favorite restaurants and a selection from the finest wineries on Long Island’s North and South Forks. Tickets for this enticing display of food and wine went on sale in early May, with a VIP package including a special champagne reception to whet the appetite. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local food pantries through Have a Heart Community Trust. This charitable organization supports non-profit initiatives focused on providing social support to the community, and it has inspired notable food lovers to bring their own epicurean sensibilities to Taste of Two Forks’ table. Acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson, of Red Rooster in Harlem and other tasty spots around the world, will host the night’s festivities. In addition to opening a slew of successful restaurants, Samuelsson has appeared on


“I love his Red Rooster restaurant in New York, and now he’s involved with Blue Parrot in the Hamptons . . . I can’t wait to be in his presence and maybe get a few recipes.” —Rosanna Scotto on Chef Marcus Samuelsson

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Top: The North Fork’s Jamesport Manor Inn will be cooking up luscious sweets like this strawberry shortcake Bottom: The Harbor’s LT Burger will be offering its namesake dish

television shows centered around culinary competitions—you know him from Bravo’s “Top Chef” and the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America”—and started the men’s website Food Republic. With a deep understanding of food culture and a natural ability to communicate it across various platforms, Samuelsson is most excited by Taste of Two Forks’ laid-back environment and the idea of guests getting to mingle with participating chefs. “There’s always so much going on in the Hamptons each summer,” he says. “It’s a very highend clientele out East, but they’re a little bit more casual. In the city, they’re busier. This is a chance for chefs to interact with customers in a softer way.” Samuelsson will be helped out by Master of Ceremonies Rosanna Scotto. The Fox 5 anchor and “Good Day New York” co-host whips up dishes every week with chefs from the tri-state area in her Good Day Café segments. Dining has always been a family affair for this newswoman, who leaves Manhattan—where her parents own Fresco by Scotto in Midtown—each summer for the East End.

“I love Marcus’ Red Rooster restaurant,” Scotto gushes. “And now he’s involved with Blue Parrot in the Hamptons. He is the quintessential chef, and I can’t wait to be in his presence and maybe get a few recipes.” Also in attendance will be chefs from Blue Parrot, Almond, Starr Boggs, Fresno, LT Burger, La Plage, Mosaic, Luce & Hawkins, Nick & Toni’s, Savanna’s, Serafina, Southfork Kitchen, the Montauk Yacht Club and Vine Street Café, plus many others involved in Taste of Two Forks. As a regular at several of these spots, Scotto can assure that an unforgettable night is in store. “This will be such a fun night in the Hamptons, giving everybody a little taste of what’s going on in their neighborhood,” she says. “Raising money to help the people in our area who really don’t have the necessities and basics to get by in life is a priority. I spend a lot of time out on the East End, and whenever we can, we love to give back and help the people in the area.” As the first food festival of its kind to showcase the high caliber of culinary talent found on the East End, Taste of Two Forks is expected to bring a great deal of exposure to the chefs and restaurants involved and yield a substantial charitable contribution to the community. “I’m hoping that we get a lot of people from Long Island, the Hamptons, New York and Connecticut,” Scotto says. “It’s going to be a chance to

Rosanna Scotto, “Good Day New York” co-host

sample some of the wonderful cuisine from the finest chefs in the area. This is a great place, all under one roof, to taste the best they have to offer. You’ll leave not only feeling like you nourished your body, but that you’ve nourished your soul as well because you’re helping so many other people who are less fortunate.” —Jordan Galloway ✦

Dan’s Taste of Two Forks July 16, 2011 154 Snake Hollow Road Bridgehampton, N.Y. 11932 www.tasteoftwoforks.com 6:30-7:30 p.m. VIP Champagne Reception 7:30-10:00 p.m. General Admission

One of the many vineyards on Long Island’s North Fork

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Nuela Restaurant in the Flatiron District

South of the Border Nuela Restaurant brings a taste of South America to the Flatiron District

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tepping into Nuela Restaurant on 24th Street in the restaurants around the world is indicative of what Schop sees as Flatiron District is like being transported to the sights, South America’s steadily elevating relevance to international cuisine. sounds and smells of South America—no passport or “I really believe it should be the next great cuisine,” he says. “It’s plane ticket required. The 200-seat space is a complete all pretty amazing. They have the Amazon, which provides sensory experience, with Latin lounge music and a blood-orange ingredients that nowhere else in the country provides. They have interior accentuated by verdant hues as lush as those of the fruits and vegetables and onions and potatoes that nobody else Amazon Rain Forest—the design work of Angel Sanchez and has. They’re probably the most up-and-coming food region, with Christopher Coleman. Nuela, the latest diverse geography, of any place I can Nuevo Latin offering from owner and think of.” entrepreneur Jaime Diaz, introduces Schop’s taken several trips to South New York City to some of South America over the past few years—and America’s best-kept culinary secrets. is going back to Peru in mid-June as “We want to make you feel at home, well—in order to fill Nuela’s menu with as if you were hosted by a South refined interpretations of primarily American family,” says Columbian-born Peruvian dishes. He assures diners that Diaz of the restaurant’s concept. Nuela is the closest they will get to South “Regardless of if you’re in Brazil, Peru, American fine dining without crossing Argentina or Columbia, you will always the border. feel how warm and friendly South “The most import aspect about American families are and how traveling to these places is that you get hospitable they make you feel.” a truthfulness and authenticity of the Nuela rolled out its welcome mat last culture, which transfers directly to the August, and has been inviting guests to food,” Schop says. “We’re using the very sample the exotic creations of best ingredients that we can source, Executive Chef Adam Schop ever since. and we’re presenting them in a way The menu centers around a ceviche that’s engaging and challenging to bar—the classic Latin American modern, sophisticated diners in New seafood dish accented with citrus juice York City.” It’s an experience Nuela offers and chili peppers. Its increasing one savory mouthful of South American South American fare at Neula includes flavor-filled dishes like this Arroz con Pato presence on the menus of fine-dining cuisine at a time. ✦

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

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efore Elie Tahari became a New York success story, he was just a kid growing up in politically-turbulent Israel. In 1972, not even 20 years old, Tahari emigrated to the United States with less than $100 in his pocket. Before too long, he was learning the ins and outs of the fashion retail business at a Greenwich Village boutique. Flash-forward to 1974, and Tahari had become one of the first fashion designers to open a store on Madison Avenue. Since then, Agyness Deyn, Daria Werbowy and Eugenia Volodina have all modeled for his eponymous line, and Tahari’s luxurious fashions can be found in more than 40 countries. Fashion designer Elie Tahari

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WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE DINNER PARTNER(S)?

My kids! Jeremy and Zoe.

AT WHAT ADDRESS WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE?

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NEW YORK CLICHÉ? LEAST FAVORITE?

Right where I am now on Central Park West. I love looking out on the park every morning.

Favorite: “The city that never sleeps.” Least favorite: that New Yorkers are mean; we are actually very nice and even helpful!

WHEN DID YOU FIRST FEEL LIKE A NEW YORKER? WHAT HAPPENED?

When I landed here from Israel in 1972, I thought: I am here to stay. When I got my citizenship, it was a time of hope and honor. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WATERING HOLE FOR LUNCH? FOR DINNER?

The Four Seasons for lunch; Jean Georges and The Lion for dinner.

WHAT’S YOUR WORST-DRESSED NEW YORK MOMENT?

My wide-legged pants suits and open shirts from the ’70s. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE NEW YORK LOGO?

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO GET AROUND NEW YORK?

WHAT NEWSPAPER DO YOU READ FIRST IN THE MORNING?

Walking.

The New York Times.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRANSPORTATION MOMENT IN THE CITY?

WHO IS THE SMARTEST NEW YORKER YOU KNOW?

Mayor Bloomberg. WHO IS THE FUNNIEST?

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I am a true believer in what goes around comes around . . . One time, on a rainy day, I was in a car on my way downtown and saw a woman standing outside Bergdorf Goodman. She was caught in

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The horse and buggy going by outside my window in Central Park. WHAT PART OF THE NEW YORK LIFESTYLE CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?

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A lot, but I haven’t been elected mayor yet! WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT LIVING IN NEW YORK?

Getting around the city in the winter weather. WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE NEW YORK MOMENT?

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