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INTO THE STREETS AND IN LOVE Photographers Scott Schuman and Garance Doré have taken the fashion world by storm by capturing street style from New York’s Fifth Avenue to Paris’ Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Top editors and sartorial stars alike have fallen in love with them, and subsequently, they with each other. by delphine barguirdjian


THE MAKEOVER MAVEN June Ambrose is a mother, author, CEO and stylist with a fashion sense that’s impossible to duplicate. With a bevy of celeb clientele including Jay-Z and Kanye West under her belt—nay, turban—it’s no wonder why and how she’s made her dreams a reality. Equipped with an Hermès Birkin bag and her signature sunglasses, this fall Ambrose has her hands full as she stars in her own reality TV show. by amy smith photographs by juan algarin styled by cricket burns


THE AVENUE A-LIST Another year, another round up of the personalities that have made the New York world go ‘round. From fashion to film, finance to photography—these influencers are the power players of 2011. illustrations by matt collins


VIVA LA VENICE Peggy Siegal is back in Venice for the film festival, where Jessica Chastain is queen and George Clooney is king.

this page Ambrose wears a silver wool sweater by Tom Ford. Velvet plaid and black skirt by Jean Paul Gaultier. Over-the-knee boots by Christian Dior. Multi-colored sapphire and white diamond bracelet by Graff.

on the cover June Ambrose wears a sequin turtleneck and pants by Jean Paul Gaultier. Black leather platform heels by Christian Louboutin. Enamel bracelet by Hermès. Photographed by Juan Algarin on location at 535 West End Avenue. Styled by Cricket Burns. Fashion assistance by Amy Smith. Hair by Cherity Sampson. Makeup by Scott McMahan.


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CHRONICLES New Yorkers reveal their favorite fall plans and pastimes. by debbie bancroft


BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG PARTY Over the summer heat and bitter about the fun-ruiner known as Hurricane Irene, Carson Griffith still managed to head out East, celeb-spot at the U.S. Open and hit a few movie premieres. by carson griffith


CRICKET ’S CRUSH An alligator clutch to die for.


SCANDALOUS SISTERS Divorce, diamonds and debt proved too much for this 1920s dancing duo, the Dolly twins.

128 WORLD ACCORDING TO . . . The First Lady of New York, Diana Taylor, is passionate about this city—but also about international relations and women’s equality.


ON THE AVENUE People, places and parties of the month.


ARTS CALENDAR What’s on view at galleries and museums.

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Mark our words: soon, you will see these girls everywhere. And if you want to spot the Clarins beauties above 14th Street, look no further than restaurateur John DeLucie’s Crown on East 81st Street, which has the same clubby feel as his celeb-infested downtown eatery The Lion. Oh, and the Olsen twins—also on our list—had one of the first dinners at Crown, so book your table now. And make sure to look cool—that is, if you want to get snapped by street-style photographers Scott Schuman and Garance Doré. This couple has created websites that have the fashion world in a photo frenzy. Delphine Barguirdjian profiles the dynamic duo and charts their massive impact on the internet. Our cover star, June Ambrose—who is behind the head-to-toe look of stars like Jay-Z and Kanye West and helped turn hip hop into mainstream music—is the perfect example of a true New York success story. Born in Antigua, Ambrose grew up in the Bronx, but with her hustle, charm, talent and knack for superstar style, she is now one of the most important figures in entertainment; the go-to-gal when musicians need the style and savvy to get media attention in an ever-competitive world. Also, Ambrose was one of the first people to marry high-end fashion brands with rap music. Can you imagine Kanye West in anything but Louis Vuitton or Gucci? Ambrose’s infectious personality and ferociously on-target fashion radar has landed her a show on VH1 and appearances on Simon Cowell’s much-anticipated show The X-Factor (which has recently popped across the pond from England). With her career racing at full speed, Ambrose may have been bred in the Bronx, but she was born to be an A-Lister.

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THE BEST THING about New York is Editor Peter Davis that it holds true to Frank Sinatra’s cliché that “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” The days when old money names like Astor, Vanderbilt and Rockefeller ruled the roosts on Park Avenue are long gone. The aristocracy in the city is a meritocracy where one’s worth is not based on inherited fortunes and grand houses, but rather on accomplishment. So when we compiled our annual A-List, we weren’t thinking of Mrs. Astor’s famous 400 list of socially prominent, invite-worthy people, but rather of who changed the cityscape—whether in fashion, media, finance, real estate, art or entertainment. You name it, this town is filled with fascinating characters who are game changers that keep us on our toes. Our A-List runs the gamut of names from sister acts like Lady Gaga and Natali Germanotta—who are launching a fashion label that will surely sell out in seconds—to Gayle King, who is much more than just Oprah’s BFF. Then there is Jill Abramson, the first woman in history to hold the Executive Editor title at The New York Times and Rupert Murdoch, who dominated the scandal sheets that he helped become a phenomenon with the phone-hacking fiasco but still maintins his net worth of $7.6 billion. Murdoch is definitely a “to be continued…” saga that keeps us logging on to the web for the latest updates. In the world of finance, there are a bunch of new names on the block—from young upstarts Naveen Selvadurai and Dennis Crowley, who turned the phone app Foursquare (where you check into various locales for points) into a $600 million dollar business, to Kevin P. Ryan who has made Gilt Groupe the blueprint for how to shop online for all things stylish. Politically speaking, we are gearing up for the mayoral race, so check out the likely list of candidates and start deciding for whom you’re going to vote. Manhattan Media’s Tom Allon is in the race, so of course my vote is already cast. And looking ahead, it seems almost a done deal that Governor Andrew Cuomo is going to run in (and most likely win) the 2016 presidential election. Stay tuned. Of course we injected our list with a dose of glamour in the form of the four Clarins girls—or as we call them, “The Clarins Quartet.” The granddaughters of the founder of the famous skin-care company are causing a youthquake in Manhattan.

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A visual storyteller,  Ben Fink Shapiro photographs fashion and culture. In addition to contributing to  AVENUE, his work has been published in ELLE, Vogue Mexico and FutureClaw.  His advertising clients include Alexander Berardi, Alice + Olivia, Brunello Cucinelli, J. Mendel, Metalskin NYC, Miguelina, RD International, Tibi  and  Reece Hudson.  Ben graduated from Vassar College, and lives and works in New York. 




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A native of New York and Paris, Delphine Barguirdjian first started working for AVENUE as the Assistant to the Publisher just days after she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. Three years later—and after a short stint at an art auction house—Barguirdjian is back at AVENUE as the Managing Editor. For her first feature, she profiles two of her favorite New Yorkers: Scott Schuman and Garance Doré (a fellow former Parisian)— a couple she’s been obsessed with since she first started web-stalking each of their sites a few years ago.

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The Couture Council of the Museum at FIT honored Valentino at its 7th Annual Award Benefit Luncheon. Held at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, the successful event raised $700,000 for the Museum. Guests celebrating the famed Italian designer included Anna Wintour, Stefano Tonchi, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Nina Garcia, Tamara Mellon, Melania Trump and Simon Doonan.

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PHOTO FÊTE New York’s new “It” photographer Billy Farrell celebrated his agency’s one year anniversary at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Dressed in matching Banana Republic Mad Men Collection suits, Farrell and his team David X. Prutting, Joe Schildhorn and Neil Rasmus partied with guests Mickey Boardman, Kristian Laliberte and Kate Fleming. 20 | AVENUE MAGAZINE · OCTOBER 2011



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Carol Mack: I’m looking forward to fewer bad hair days, seeing some of the great operas at The Met and seeing the Ocean’s Kingdom ballet at New York City Ballet.

John Demsey: I’m looking forward to great nights hanging out at the newly opened Crown Restaurant.

Allison Stern: This fall, I’m looking forward to spending more time with family and friends and to learning about our new downtown neighborhood.

Peter Bacanovic: I’m most excited about the 10 year anniversary of the Neue Galerie Museum and its reopening after renovations in late October.

Kelly Bensimon: I’m excited about spending more time in New York and to exploring the world of food. Claire Robinson, Ann Burrell, Bobby Flay and Todd English have made me food obsessed. Guess that means more exercise, too.

Alexandra Wolfe: I look forward to butternut squash and brussels sprouts. If only I could eat Thanksgiving dinner all year round!

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an I tell you a secret? I was over summer before invitations for Labor Day parties ever landed in my inbox. Somewhere between the season’s bi-polar weather, earthquake tremors, and Tropical Storm Irene, I was ready to go from a hot child in the city to a cool kid in Brunello Cucinelli cashmere. Relief arrives in the form of Andrew Saffir’s Cinema Society party for Our Idiot Brother, which is screened on the roof of the MiMA 1. There, Courtney Love has stayed just as long as I have, taking in the cool breeze, although she had come much later. In fact, she tells me her late arrival made her miss the man of the hour, Paul Rudd, who convincingly plays the loving, slow-minded sibling in the comedy alongside Emily Mortimer, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel. “We were in 200 Cigarettes together, but you’re too young to remember,” Love says with a big smile, as we make our way to the elevator together. By the time the following Friday rolls around, the American Red Cross fundraiser with Sharon Bush and Jay McInerney and a screening of Tanner Hall hosted by Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, both in Southampton, are cancelled due to “a possibility of evacuation.” The only party that remains is a private reception for the Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil at Sir Ivan Wilzig’s infamously over-the-top “castle.” Back in a post-Irene city on Monday, things are nearly back to normal. A dinner in honor of Charlotte Ronson’s Sephora beauty line at the Hotel Chantelle brings out a slew of lovely ladies, none of whom look worse for the wear, although the opened roof is causing a few worried glances. Across from me, Olivia Palermo Faran Krentcil sits with doll-like DJ Becka Diamond who wears something bondage-y. Later, Harley Viera-Newton controls the turntables. I wonder where Charlotte’s twin sister, Samantha Ronson is, but Irene had struck once again: the DJ apparently has been grounded in Los Angeles due to flight problems left-over from the weekend. Irene is truly a party pooper. During dinner, Sarah Kunst texts from the U.S. Open to tell me she is seated near none other than Jack Donaghy, er, I mean Alec Baldwin, and his new lady love, 27-year-old yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas. Sarah is an exotic beauty who everyone thinks looks like Tika Sumpter (including Tika), but in reality, she just has a Paul Rudd and way with social media (and men). It seems the loved-up Judah Friedlander

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“. . . the only thing anyone cares about downtown is Jason Binn and Colin Cowie’s “Welcome to New York” party for Kim Kardashian and Kim Humphries at Capitale. That is, if one can even call it a party. It’s more like an extravaganza.” Meanwhile, the only thing anyone cares about downtown is Jason Binn and Colin Cowie’s “Welcome to New York” party for Kim Kardashian and Kim Humphries at Capitale. That is, if one can even call it a party. It’s more like an extravaganza. After roaming through the event space, barely recognizing a soul, I feel giddy when I spy Simon Huck in the crowd But it’s already 9 p.m. and the newlyweds, who will be shacking up in our city for the next three months, haven’t arrived yet. “Kim’s back at her hotel getting ready,” Simon explains. “She’s been shooting all day.” I spy a friend with the right idea, and plop down next to him on a couch, outside the crowded party. He’s regaling me in a hilarious tale about Abby Elliott from the Charlotte Ronson dinner. The sneaky little SNL star and friend of the fashion designer had been there all along, tucked in a corner, texting away—probably to Fred Armisen. The party’s coming to an end and I scurry out in time—just before the Kardashian clan and the rest of the anonymous guests—and hail a cab. It’s still a bit too uncomfortably warm, and a tad sticky, but I can already feel a twinge of fall in the air. Or . . . is that a raindrop? F


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couple weren’t the only ones there: it was a full-on celeb show. The next day, I decide to make a trip to Arthur Ashe Stadium myself to check it out. From the Grey Goose suite on Tuesday, it’s hard to keep your eyes on anything but Rafael Nadal’s bright yellow wristbands—that is, until they flash Alexander Skarsgård’s hunky Swedish face on the mega-tron. The generous production people at the U.S. Open put the identifier True Blood below his mug in case anyone was confused about who this handsome specimen may be. As if. Later, as Serena Williams takes on a lesser-known tennis victim, I search throughout the crowd for Kate Bosworth’s ex, but he seems to embarrass easily (his awkwardness on the big screen was quickly detected). He vanishes faster than a vampire during daylight hours.

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Oliver Estreich, Frances Hayward and Wayne Pacelle at Georgica

Alexandra Lebenthal and Valentino at the FIT Couture Council

Whitney Schott, Marcel Goodman and Loulou Revson at Douglas Hannant's Pink Collection

nna Wintour gave a witty speech at The Couture Council of FIT luncheon honoring Valentino. She ended it by quoting Gianni Agnelli: “No one lives as well as Valentino, not even I live as well as Valentino.” Chairs included: Daphne Guinness, Charlotte Moss, Liz Peek and Yaz Hernandez. Among the guests were Cornelia Guest, Zani Gugelmann, Ivanka Trump, Jamee Gregory, Karen LeFrak and Diane von Furstenberg. This event is now to the fall what the Central Park Conservancy Hat Luncheon is to the spring ( Lorraine Belkin used the eye she developed at FIT to help her sister Sabina design their stylish new restaurant, DUO, on Madison Avenue. The boîte features contemporary American fare ( Alexandra Lebenthal’s book, The Recessionistas, is out in paperback and has been optioned by Sony Television Pictures. The Wall Street CEO wants Brooke Shields, Drew Barrymore, and Zoe Saldana to star alongside Bradley Cooper. The movie will depict fictional social and financial leaders during the monetary crisis of 2008. Maggie Norris led a line of fashionistas to Ashley Turen’s new boutique on Stanton Street. The handbags of Mischa Barton and the fall collections of Lars Andersson, Timo Weiland and Pas de Calais shared space with Ann Dexter-Jones’ new jewelry line. Taylor Momsen and Ke$ha are fans of Turen’s hand painted leggings, leather jackets, and Chanel and Balenciaga bags. Guests indulged in Seth Levine’s Pop Yogurt, which is sold in the shop ( Alexandra Richards DJ’ed and Chris Evert hosted the re-launch of Ellesse at the Town Tennis Club. Cast as models were two top ranked USTA junior players Whitney Schott and Loulou Revson. Former professional tennis player turned model/actor Marcel Goodman added his considerable swagger to the runway. Hank and Brandon Freid threw open the doors of their new luxury boutique hotel, The Sanctuary on West 47th Street, to host a party for emerging designers during Nolcha Fashion Week. Adriana Marie, Devon Thomas, Sonja Lang and Sava presented stand out collections. Among the attendees: Dr.’s Laura Ashley Torrado and Shawn Sadri and event planner Harriette Rose Katz Turen at ( A. Turen Tommy Hilfiger’s singer-songwriter nephew, Michael Fredo, has opened an eponymously named salon on the Upper East Side. Fredo has given the shop a twist by serenading his clients at the piano. Countess Luann deLesseps has been spotted there getting her tresses tended by Eugene Davidoff and singing her hit “Chic, C’est La Vie,” with Fredo. Have you ever? Amanda Hearst, Frances Hayward, Annie Churchill and Oliver Estreich gave a book party for The Bond by Wayne Pacelle, the president of The Humane Society of the US. Leading the applause were animal advocate Leesa Rowland, attorney Mark W. Smith and lighting guru Bentley Meeker. After the fête, Hayward and Pacelle rescued a wild turkey that had been hit by a car. Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, interior designers to the rich and richer, gave a party for landscape designer Jack deLashmet’s book Hamptons Gardens at their posh estate Woodhouse Park in East Hampton. Their legendary garden is prominently featured in the stylish tome. Luckily, Hurricane Irene left the important collection of specimen trees and 18th century sculptures that dot the property unscathed. Kemper accepted kudos at the Hampton Classic Grand Prix lunch after successfully riding his horse Willy over the challenging course. Spectators included Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his daughter Georgina, Nacho Figueras and Judith and Rudy Giuliani. Who else would tell you all these things? F


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HELLO, DOLLYS! The Dolly Twins made quite a splash on the 1920s social scene


Hungarian-born dancers, Jenny and Rosie Dolly, circa 1923

including the diamond that she was being fined for by the French government. However, her operations were a bust. She’d never be the same beauty she once was! Realizing her fate, Jenny hanged herself in her California home in 1941.

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The First Couple of Street Style Scott Schuman and Garance Doré are in love with fashion—and each other


hen Garance Doré started her blog in Marseille, France five years ago, she was reluctant to tell anyone about it. Blogs weren’t cool; they were for the nerdy-types who stayed at home every Saturday chronicling their less-thaninteresting lives on the web. Little did she know, her namesake blog was to become anything but boring and nerdy. An illustrator originally from Corsica (whose childhood dream was to draw for Disney), Doré launched her site hoping to garner attention for Garance Doré and her artwork and to train Scott Schuman herself to meet deadlines. Soon enough, she started writing about her inspirations and later, adding photos of the stylish people in her surroundings. While she slowly but surely built up her reputation as the style reporter in Paris, all while writing to readers in her consistently charming voice, Scott Schuman’s blog was well on its way to becoming what some now deem a must-read for anyone in the fashion industry. Like Doré, Schuman fell into blogging almost accidentally when he found himself a stay at home dad in need of a hobby. Raised in Indianapolis, he built up his fashion credibility first


by working for a men’s clothing retailer, and later when he moved to New York to work in marketing for brands like Helmut Lang and Jean Paul Gaultier. He eventually became the director of men’s fashion at Bergdorf Goodman and opened his own showroom to help market up-and-coming designers. After 9/11, Scott closed his showroom and searched for another outlet for his creative aspirations. The blogosphere was growing, and recognizing it was the fastest way to communicate to an audience, Schuman launched The Sartorialist to highlight his definition of style as more than looking trendy—instead, he looks for the subtle details in his subject’s allure that draw attention. Calling on his readers to submit vintage photographs, he insists on the notion of style as timeless, detached from labels and fleeting trends. Together, Doré and Schuman present fashion to the public in an innovative way—not only by looking beyond models, but by creating a platform where readers can exchange their own points of view and opinions. Each of Schuman’s posts average about 80-100 comments, while Doré has garnered up to 200 responses. A match made in streetstyle heaven, Schuman and Doré met at Paris Fashion Week in 2006. The pair hit it off when



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professing their artistic admiration for one another. When Schuman bought Doré a Canon 5D digital camera—the same one he uses and the one she still uses to this day—the two became inseparable. Soon after, Doré moved from Paris to Greenwich Village to live with Schuman. Chronicling street style is nothing new; Bill Cunningham has been at it for years, and before him the Seeberger Brothers gave birth to authentic fashion photography in the early 1900s. But unlike Cunningham’s shy persona, Schuman and Doré’s union has turned them into somewhat of a celebrity power couple in the fashion world. Doré has confessed to having stood outside the tents of Fashion Week waiting patiently for a glimpse of the stylish set, but nowadays, both she and Schuman sit front row at most of the shows. They also spend their time jetting from places such as Paris, Milan and Tokyo—giving the rest of us a glimpse of style from all four corners of the world. More than just her eye catching visuals, Doré’s genuine and relatable personality keeps readers coming back to hear more. While magazine editorials depict the industry’s ideals, Doré seems to humanize the fashion world. Recent posts touch on everything from her weight loss crisis to her distaste for the symbolism of Louboutin’s red soles, which she believes has overshadowed the appreciation of his craft. Frequently asking her readers to weigh in on decisions (like whether she should get the Miu Miu glitter pumps in black or gold), her approach to style is an honest one that any style-curious reader can relate to. Although Doré has more of an intimate relationship with her readers, her would-be competitor is all business when it comes to blogging. Schuman’s posts are rarely accompanied by text and never refer to what brands his subjects are wearing, or even who most of his subjects are. He once posted a photo of Adrian Grenier riding a bike in Paris with a friend and titled the post “Isabel and Friend.” Ranging from elderly Italian churchgoers to the pretty young things of downtown Manhattan, Schuman’s pictures highlight the people and their appeal more than the clothes on their back, almost as though style were a state of mind. In a world where editors and fashion magazines dictate trends, Schuman and Doré have changed the game. Editors log into their sites to get a taste of what is happening outside the photo studio and in the streets. Showing just how much the couple has influenced the fashion world, in August, Vogue

UK published a fashion editorial entitled “Style Hunter” in which models were made to look like the subjects in Doré and Schuman’s blog—posing as if they were texting or simply on their way to work. Even the framing of the photographs by Raymond Meier stunk of Sartorialism, with shots of details on shoes and handbags à la Schuman. The New York Times also jumped on the street-style bandwagon with a section online offering aspiring Sartorialists the chance to submit their own photos. The two have turned a number of otherwise anonyomous editors into web celebrities—Eva Fontanelli from Italian Elle, Giovanna Battaglia from W, for example—and fans seek them out so ferociously that Doré posted a list of pointers for those hoping to land a spot on one of their sites. Among her tips: wear anything bizarre and have the right attitude without looking desperate. More than just style hunters, Doré and Schuman are also recognized for their photography skills. And while photographers used to rely on magazines for exposure, these two have garnered attention independently from print publications. These days, both are regularly commissioned to photograph for, Vogue, and marketing campaigns such as Schuman’s recent “Art of the Trench” series for Burberry. Although their sites seem to put readers and consumers in the same boat, both Doré and Schuman are very careful when it comes to maintaining their integrity. The advertising on their sites is carefully manicured, and Doré goes to great pains to assure her readers that nothing she posts has a commercial interest. If she mentions any brands, she’ll specify why she chose to feature the product and exactly what draws her to it. That being said, in 2007 Doré posted a simple photo of a sweater, and later learned from the retailer that the sweaters’ sales had exploded within weeks of her post. In a matter of years, these two bloggers/photographers have gained a reputation as indispensable style chroniclers. In fact, Schuman’s photos are on display in a couple museums throughout the world. Their romantic merger has only intensified the fascination with this couple, brought together by their envious eye for style. Although they both work independently, their paths inevitably collide at times. It seems the fashion world is waiting to see them collaborate on a project for a double dose of style. Keep logging in. F

A match made in street-style heaven, Schuman and Doré met at Paris Fashion Week in 2006. The pair hit it off, professing their artistic admiration for each another.


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Making The Brand June Ambrose has come a long way from her days as an investment banker. The style maverick and makeover master helped pioneer the “urban music” movement and now calls clients like Jay-Z and Kanye West close friends. We take a peek into the “June-iverse” for an insider scoop on how she juggles fashion and family, her favorite music video moments and her upcoming reality series on VH1. Watch out Rachel Zoe, there’s a new style diva in town. by AMY SMITH photographed by JUAN ALGARIN styled by CRICKET BURNS Photographed on location at 535 West End Avenue Fashion assistance by AMY SMITH Make-up by SCOTT MCMAHAN




Opposite page: Green chiffon blouse and grey pencil skirt by Poleci. Multi-colored sapphire and white diamond bracelet by Graff. OCTOBER 2011 · AVENUE MAGAZINE | 55



ollowing quietly behind style diva extraordinaire June Ambrose, carrying a garment bag twice the size of her torso, is Ambrose’s 7-year-old daughter Summer, who has become somewhat of a fashion intern over her summer break from school. With a thick mane of curls and striped designer dress, Ambrose’s pint-sized mini-me exudes the same confidence as her mother, exhibiting a personality that seems all too big for her tiny frame. “Because they’ve grown up in the business,” Ambrose, donning her signature oversized, thick black-framed glasses and a floppy hat, explains of Summer and her 10-year-old brother Chance. “They understand why people respond to celebrities in the way that they do. They’re learning that it’s a privilege to be a part of an elite group of people.” And when your mother counts superstars like Jay-Z and Beyoncé as friends, one is bound to experience an a-typical childhood. “Two weeks ago we were hanging out with one of the Beatles,” Ambrose laughs. “They were talking to Paul McCartney and Jay [-Z] backstage at a Beyoncé concert and Paul was showing Chance how to play the harmonica.” Again, that is certainly not your average childhood, and miles away from the one experienced by Ambrose herself. The self-professed Holly Golightly of the hip-hop world, Ambrose’s rise to the top of the New York fashion scene has been anything but ordinary. Born on the Caribbean Island of Antigua, and raised in the Bronx, Ambrose credits her mother’s determination and fearlessness as the backbone of her ever-expanding multi-media empire. A former investment banker, and one time MCA Records (now Geffen) intern, Ambrose has come a long way, but at no surprise to the style guru herself. “I always wanted to walk into a room and be the focus of it, that was just my shtick. I was going to use myself to get my foot in the door and make things happen.” And make things happen she did—as evident in her 21 years of working in the industry. Ambrose has quickly become synonymous with urban glamour and fashion, fashion, fashion. It’s no wonder designers, recording artists and actors alike all flock to Ambrose and her team at Mode Squad for a head-to-toe makeover like no other. “June has a sense of extravagance that brings a unique perspective to real clothes,” says designer and client Catherine Malandrino. The philosophy behind Ambrose’s business stems from all of the elements of her history. From her brief childhood in Antigua, watching her mother craft “carnival queen dresses,” to her days commuting from the Bronx to her performing arts school, Talent Unlimited High School—every step was one in the direction of success. While minoring in musical theater in high school, Ambrose was often creating costumes for the numerous productions that went on each year. From there, her interest in the craft peaked and she found herself buried in books about the art of costume design, reading about costumers such as Edith Head. “There weren’t any classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology. There were no mentors helping me through. I used costume designers as my reference, and they were all costume designers—they weren’t considered stylists.” Never one for regrets, Ambrose nonetheless found herself drowning in the dullness of investment banking. After accumulating a strong savings account and financial portfolio, Ambrose left the security and insurance of her position and sought out an internship (yes, unpaid) at MCA Records. It was there where Ambrose got her first break when a manager

“They were talking to Paul McCartney and Jay [-Z] backstage at a Beyoncé concert and Paul was showing Chance how to play the harmonica.” —June Ambrose

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from another record company came in looking for someone to help style a new act he was pitching. Jumping at the opportunity, Ambrose found herself at a point where she could combine her love of fashion and her connections in the music industry with the skills and knowledge she had acquired during her brief stint as a marketing major in college. One day, while picking out outfits for the then-relatively unknown girl group TLC, Ambrose found herself in conversation with the owner of urban retailer Cross Colours; one which, at the time before Fubu and Rocawear, was the leading name in urban street wear. “‘You’ve got to be careful with this stuff,’ I told him, ‘because you’re going to over-saturate the brand,’” she recounts with a nostalgic smile on her face. “He seemed interested and wanted to know what else I had to say and before I knew it he was offering me a job.” At a time when she was working freelance and making just enough money to sustain herself while living with her mother, Ambrose negotiated a contract and became one of the youngest marketing managers in the business. “I was a maverick at the time, in terms of crossing over urban brands.” Then, stations like MTV and VH1 were lacking in diversity, with a white wash of boy bands and very little “urban music.” Along with peers like Sean “P.Diddy” Combs and Hype Williams, Ambrose had a vision of bringing glamour and luxury to the urban environment and was determined to change the way it fit into the world of pop culture. “I wanted to take urban style and make it something cinematic and forward—a kind of high market approach.” Taking the grittiness and edge that was synonymous with acts of the time, Ambrose began calling on high-end designers like Todd Oldham and Giorgio Armani to be a part of the process. Though most designers were hesitant to market their clothes in such an environment, Ambrose stopped at nothing to execute her vision. “I brought in all of these elements and designed all of these pieces for this scene when nobody wanted to give Mariah Carey gowns.” Suddenly, record companies were flocking to Ambrose when they wanted their artists tweaked or fixed. “I remember they brought me Macy Gray and all I could think was ‘what are we going to do with her?’ I thought I was being punked.” Artists like Dave Matthews Band and the Backstreet Boys caught on to the success of her artists and suddenly she was the go-to-girl for the full marketing makeover. Urban music was now qualified as “pop music” and had a much stronger presence on major networks—all with the help of a pint-sized gal with a mission. Cut to 2011 and Ambrose, who’s approaching her 40th birthday, is at the top of her game. After 17 years, Mode Squad now handles artists like Jay-Z and Kanye West, both now style icons in their own right, and Ambrose has branched out by working with designers and advertising companies on branding and marketing plans. And since the web is filled with opportunities for personal branding, Ambrose has used it wisely to create a fan base like never before. With nearly 300,000 followers on Twitter (rivaling the numbers of some Hollywood celebrities), Ambrose gives admirers an inside peek into her glamorous life. From her nicknames for each day of the week—think Maverick Monday and Save Me Sunday—and daily “twit pics” detailing her outfit and beauty choices, Ambrose is as connected as they come. Add to that her hilarious series of YouTube videos showing the style queen “fainting in Louis Vuitton” or “writhing in Chanel,” and Ambrose provides a fashion fantasy and comedy routine all wrapped up into one. With the buzz around her continuing to grow, VH1 finally took notice—offering the style star a formatted reality-based show that will take viewers inside the process of a Mode makeover. Malandrino, who recently cancelled her runway presentation at New York Fashion Week, is one of the first clients featured on the show. The Mode Squad team helps Malandrino create a new lifestyle image for her brand. “I adore Catherine [Malandrino], and she’s

“June has a sense of extravagance that brings a unique perspective to real clothes.” —Catherine Malandrino

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June Ambrose with, from left, David Yurman, Dustin Yellin and Evan Yurman

. . .with Ryan Burns and Patricia Field . . . with Ruben Toledo

. . . with Kathryn Neale

. . . with Zac Posen . . . with Betsey Johnson

. . . with Daniel Julez Smith Jr. and Solange Knowles

. . .with J. Alexander


“I always wanted to walk into a room and be the focus of it, that was just my shtick. I was going to use myself to get my foot in the door and make things happen.” —June Ambrose

. . . with Robert Verdi

. . . with Chris Benz and Fern Mallis

. . .with daughter, Summer Chamblin . . . with Star Jones . . . with Jay Manuel


. . . with Estelle

someone I really admire. She’s talented, and for a designer to come to you and say ‘I love your aesthetic and your approach to style and how it relates to my consumer,’ is just so flattering.” The show is still being filmed, and camera crews are following her around from gig to gig. Expected to air in the spring of 2012, it’s sure to give fellow guru and Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe a run for her notoriety. The multi-tasking maverick will certainly have her hands full this fall as she also uproots her family to Los Angeles to be a part of Simon Cowell’s latest venture: the highly anticipated, American version of the British talent show hit, The X-Factor. Although she has kept rather mum on the details of her involvement, Ambrose tells AVENUE that she will appear as a weekly guest on the show, guiding the performers as they discover their personal style and identity as an artist. Jet-setting back and forth between L.A. and New York will certainly pose a challenge, but in Ambrose’s world, it’s just another day on the job. Though the title of her upcoming VH1 show has yet to be finalized, June’s multi-media extravaganza will most likely go by The Juniverse, an apt title for a woman raring to take over the fashion world—and well on her way if you ask her. ✦ For more on June Ambrose, visit OCTOBER 2011 · AVENUE MAGAZINE | 61

the avenue

a-list The Most Influential New Yorkers of 2011 illustrated by MATT COLLINS

In New York, creating a “short list” of the most fascinating, powerful people that make this city whirl and twirl is no easy feat. But once again we’ve done it—and narrowed down the names to a broad mix of personalities, many whose impact extends beyond the five boroughs. Some are mainstays, some are rising stars— whether they’re altering the skyline or a hemline— these people are the ones on top. Bottom line.

Meet This Year’s Influencers . . .


Jill Abramson

new york’s editor in chief Jill Abramson is the first woman in history to hold the Executive Editor position at The New York Times, making her arguably the most powerful woman in journalism. Succeeding Bill Keller in September, Abramson previously served as the Managing Editor, one of Keller’s two top deputies overseeing the entire newsroom.

Anderson Cooper

Arianna Huffington

cnn and nyc staple

billionaire buzz

The “Silver Fox” Anderson Cooper is the host/anchor of the CNN nightly newscast Anderson Cooper 360° . Cooper, son of Gloria Vanderbilt, has been at CNN since December 2001, and this fall he launched a new talk show titled—what else— Anderson.

When AOL acquired The Huffington Post for a pretty penny ($315 million, to be exact) Arianna Huffington was named President and Editor in Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. The acquisition changed the game by reaching 117 million Americans and 270 million people across the globe. On top of that, Huffington herself is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of 13 books—and counting.

Gayle King

nyc’s new bff Most known for her friendship with Oprah, Gayle King does not stand in the big O’s shadow, but in her own light, making a name for herself here in New York City. King wears many hats as the Editor-at-Large for O, The Oprah Magazine, host of The Gayle King Show on XM Satellite Radio and this year, she began hosting a syndicated talk show of the same name on OWN Network.


Barry Diller

buyout boss When not on his boat Eos, the world's largest private sailing vessel, Barry Diller, the 69-year-old billionaire media mogul, is serving as the Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC and the Chairman and Senior Executive of Expedia, Inc. Married to Diane von Furstenberg and on the boards of The Washington Post Company, The Coca-Cola Company and The Health Central Network, Inc., Diller can be seen at every philanthropic event from coast to coast. Diller also now owns half of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, which gives Tina Brown a new platform for her opinionated—often controversial—editorial voice.

James Franco

renaissance dude James Franco, the 33-year-old California native, has taken over New York City in every aspect. First known for his acting, Franco now lists author, director, screenwriter, producer, performance artist, painter and professor under his accomplishments. This multi-talented man even enrolled in four graduate programs at once—commuting between Greenwich Village, Morningside Heights, Brooklyn and occasionally North Carolina. He’s been the host of Saturday Night Live twice and recently hosted the 83rd Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway. In 2011 alone, Franco has been in several award-winning dramatic and comedic roles such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes. What’s next? Franco for mayor?


Trey Parker and Matt Stone

game changers With their award-winning, animated show South Park on its 15th successful season, it should have been no surprise that Trey Parker and Matt Stone exceeded expectations with their Broadway debut of The Book of Mormon. Mormon proved yet another smash for the two creators and best friends when it won nine Tony Awards since it opened in March, and is now the hottest show on Broadway. Naturally, Stone and Parker plan to take their hit straight to the silver screen.

Rupert Murdoch

to be continued . . . Despite his recent phone-hacking controversy, decade after decade, Rupert Murdoch still reins supreme as founder, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation. His company, which owns more than 800 companies in 50 countries, is one of the largest media conglomerates, second only to the Walt Disney Company. And Murdoch’s personal net worth is estimated at a whopping $7.6 billion.

Celine Rattray

film femme Producer of the Oscar-nominated film, The Kids Are All Right, Celine Rattray has since teamed up with Trudie Styler to launch a new production company, Maven Productions. The New York-based film development, production and financing company intends to produce three to five films per year for distribution across various platforms. Expect to see Rattray at more award shows.

Jon Stewart

satirical stunner Widely applauded for his satirical news program, The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has become a New York icon. Stewart originally moved to the big city in 1986 to pursue a career in comedy and quickly became one of America’s sharpest political satirists—garnering a strong hold over the 18- to 29-year-old demographic. Post 9/11, Stewart publicly began to employ his newfound anger, offering a voice of comedic sanity for New Yorkers.

Emily Smith

Amanda Brooks

gossip gal

belle of barneys

Regarded as New York’s go-to source for scandal and scoops, Emily Smith took over the New York Post’s powerful gossip column when Richard Johnson left in 2010. Prior to her latest stint at Page Six, Smith was the East Coast news director at Life & Style and had previously been the U.S. editor of the British newspaper The Sun.

Amanda Brooks has climbed her way up the fashion ladder, replacing Julie Gilhart as Women’s Fashion Director of Barneys in February. Brooks is not only a style muse and fashion consultant with a killer personal wardrobe—her resume includes Creative Director of Hogan, author of I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style and Vogue contributor. Before Barneys, Brooks was director of fashion at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment where she worked on the marketing, advertising and image building of heavyweights such as Chanel, Tod’s and American Express.


empire of the state Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z, is one of the most championed hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America—not to mention the beloved hubby of Beyoncé and soon-to-be father of her child. Growing up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Jay-Z has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide and won 13 Grammy Awards. Jay-Z co-owns the 40/40 Club, is part owner of the New Jersey Nets and is creator of the clothing line Rocawear.


Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen

dualstar duo Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have come a long way since their days on Full House. As owners of DualStar, a company that produces TV shows, movies, video games, magazines, etc., and with flourishing clothing lines (The Row, Elizabeth and James and Olsenboye), these 25-year-old billionaire twins are seemingly unstoppable. Recently, the stylish sisters have taken on the World Wide Web by designing and merchandising a line of chic T-shirts on On top of all that, the pair just announced they would be Creative Directors of Superaga North America, a footwear brand based out of Italy.

Steven Kolb

Linda Fargo

bmoc of the cfda

the wizard of bergdorf

Though he never dreamed of being in the fashion biz, Steven Kolb, the recently appointed CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, is one of the industry’s most powerful players. Essentially, Kolb is the voice for the CFDA’s American designers, responsible for presenting its 400-some members to the public and vice versa. The self-proclaimed “accidental fashion drone” is anything but—sauntering around the city with good pal Diane von Furstenberg and frequently tweeting his opinions and style scoops. Kolb talks, and the fashion world listens.


Once dubbed “the window dressing warrior,” Linda Fargo is the Women’s Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman, a gig that ultimately affects millions of dollars in revenues for the $500 million gem of the Neiman Marcus Group. With her signature silver bob, she’s always a front row staple at Fashion Week. It is Fargo’s approval that is needed before multi-thousand-dollar orders are placed and anything appears in the catalog or in the store's coveted Fifth Avenue windows.

Lady Gaga & sister Natali Germanotta

two little monsters Lady Gaga and her 19-year-old, fashion student sister Natali are co-designing their own clothing line. The clothes are rumored to be a lot tamer than the wild style threads usually seen on the pop princess. Allegedly, the collection will modernize classic styles of past icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Katharine Hepburn. For now, the younger Germanotta sister is busy designing costumes for an off-Broadway show.



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Aerin Lauder

Andrew Rosen

lauder world

proven theory

Since 2004, Aerin Lauder served as Senior Vice President and Creative Director for her family's famed cosmetics company Estée Lauder Inc. Long considered the face of the company, Lauder is taking her keen sense of style to launch her own venture that will offer accessories, jewelry, eyewear, home products, as well as a beauty line to be sold in department and specialty stores as early as early 2012. With former White House deputy social secretary Ebs Burnough at her side, and the guidance of Anna Wintour and Jeff Zucker, this billionaire heiress is well on her way to tackling the entire luxury lifestyle market.

The former CEO of Anne Klein and a Calvin Klein executive, Andrew Rosen (a third generation fashion heir) is the co-founder and President of the major retail brand Theory—a force that generates more than $500 million a year in revenue. His fashion empire was built on the theory that clothes can be practical and stylish. With a keen eye for rising talent, Rosen enlisted the help of then-budding designer Olivier Theyskens to design for Theory and serve as Artistic Director of the entire brand, to add freshness and edge. Rosen is also an investor in a handful of fashion upstarts such as Alice + Olivia and Rag & Bone, while staying very involved with the re-launch of Helmut Lang. In July, Rosen and his business associate John Howard purchased a large stake in Proenza Schouler from the Valentino Fashion Group.

Gary Barnett

from the ground up As President of Extell Development Company, Gary Barnett oversees a selection of real estate that exceeds 10 million square feet. Barnett’s vision for New York has made him one of the preeminent developers in the industry, but it’s his latest venture at 157 West 57th Street that is redefining the skyline. The building, One57, is slated to be New York's tallest residential building. Designed by Christian de Portzamparc, the 90-story building will host 135 residential units on top of a 210-room Park Hyatt Hotel.

Renzo Piano

Mikhail Prokhorov

the art of design

net worth

The Whitney’s new 200,000-square-foot building (projected to open to the public in 2015) will be situated in the center of the Meatpacking District. Its architect, Renzo Piano, has designed the largest column-free museum gallery in New York City. Piano’s strong and strikingly asymmetrical forms will mimic the industrial character of the neighboring loft buildings and overhead railway while asserting a contemporary, sculptural presence.

46-year-old Mikhail Prokhorov, the billionaire owner of the New Jersey Nets, dove head-first into the city’s consciousness by becoming the first foreign owner of an NBA team and a central player in one of New York’s biggest real estate dramas. Prokhorov is Russia’s second-richest man and proved himself a major force in New York real estate after developer Harry Macklowe defaulted on a $513 million loan from Deutsche Bank AG. Prokhorov offered to buy the Park Avenue site in question for $250 million back in 2008.

Amar'e Stoudemire

slam dunk style New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire is a All-Star on and off the court. Since joining the Knicks in 2010, Stoudemire scored on the fashion scene with a front row seat next to Anna Wintour at Tommy Hilfiger’s show. Recently, he’s had designer darling Rachel Roy by his side, with whom he debuted a collaborative collection for Macy’s on Fashion’s Night Out. The 28-year-old with a five-year, $100-million contract has said he has always been interested in clothing—which is no surprise considering his 6-foot-10 frame requires custom-made suits.


Terry Richardson

naughty boy Famous for his instantly recognizable photography (and over-saturated, sexual innuendoes), as well as his glasses, Terry Richardson has redefined the way that subject and photographer interact. He has shot spreads for almost every magazine and been a staple when it comes to New York night life. Richardson’s persona is so sought after that Moscot created a line of glasses called “The Terry LE,” after his signature look. This November, check out his 300-page book on Lady Gaga.

Vikram Chatwal

John DeLucie

the dreamer

movin’ on up

At the ripe age of 28, Vikram Chatwal created the independent hotel group consisting of nine luxury hotels in five cities: Vikram Chatwal Hotels. Chatwal is known for dating bombshells such as Gisele Bündchen and Kate Moss, and is a fixture in New York City nightlife. His newest hotel, the Dream Downtown, embodies his signature urban-chic design with a heavy dose of nightlife. The recently opened Electric Room is frequented by everyone from Rachel Zoe to Mick Jagger.

High-end hotel kitchens and three-star restaurants have been John DeLucie’s scene for well over a decade, and this fall he’s moved onto the Upper East Side. DeLucie’s newest restaurant, Crown, is located on 81st Street between Madison and Fifth Avenue. And considering his success with the West Village’s The Lion, he’s sure to make the UES a chic dining destination once again. So far, Crown has counted Calvin Klein, Lucy Liu and Valentino as guests.




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David Rabin

downtown 007 After his success at Jimmy at the James Hotel, David Rabin, once dubbed the “Mayor of the Meatpacking district,” just relaunched Double Seven in the neighborhood. Rabin’s stellar reputation for creating sophisticated rooms with hip vibes (à la The Lambs Club) is sure to follow him to this former garage space with a very tight velvet rope.

Jennifer Egan

Jonathan Lethem

pulitzer princess

fame and fiction

Jennifer Egan has been lauded as the woman who didn’t receive enough praise, but that all changed with 2010’s A Visit From the Goon Squad, her most recent novel. It won both the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for fiction. Egan lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and regularly contributes non-fiction and journalism pieces to The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Salon, and has published short stories in Ploughshares, The New Yorker and many more.

Brooklyn-based writer Jonathan Lethem famously fawns over anything Philip K. Dick, having penned science fiction works himself and editing editions of Dick’s stories. Lethem’s long résumé includes nine novels, including his eighth novel, Chronic City, which is a sizzling portrayal of Manhattanites wrapped up in their own deception, dreams and lies. He’s done short stories, non-fiction and dabbles in the comic world as well.

James Frey

Walter Isaacson

the second coming

jobs well done

James Frey is most known—and probably always will be—for fictionalizing his memoir, the best seller A Million Little Pieces. Oprah famously confronted Frey in 2006, and received praise for her brazen tactics. Frey has recently re-established himself as a literary lion with the best-selling, young adult novel, I Am Number Four, which was written in a collaborative effort with Jobie Hughes and published under the pseudonym Pittacus Lore. I Am Number Four, the first in a series, was picked up and made into a film that grossed more than $144 million. The sequel, The Power of Six, quickly moved up the charts, too. The Tribeca resident has sparked more controversy with his latest novel The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, which denounces pretty much all traditional concepts of God (the second coming of Christ takes place in the Bronx projects). Frey also bypassed traditional publishers and teamed up with gallery owner Larry Gagosian and only published 11,000 highlycollectible copies in the United States.

With a New York Times best-selling biography (Benjamin Franklin) under his belt, Walter Isaacson moved to a more current American “hero”: Steve Jobs. Years before Jobs stepped down from Apple, Isaacson saw a pertinent story about drive and innovation. Originally slated to be around 450 pages, Isaacson upped that number to nearly 650 pages after Jobs resigned. Simon & Schuster are set to release the biography in mid-November.

Michael Bruno

going, going, gone! Michael Bruno brought the antique business into the 21st century when he started back in 2000. His concept to connect buyers directly to sellers has changed the way people buy luxury items and created a willingness to buy such expensive items online. The site sells antiques from virtually anywhere—from Paris to Palm Beach—listing rare items such as jewels that cost upwards of $650,000. Thanks to Bruno, one could essentially furnish their home with items from around the world without ever leaving home.




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Rafael Viñoly

Dasha Zhukova

leed-ing man

russia’s new royalty

Rafael Viñoly, who is responsible for the Jazz at Lincoln Center, recently completed the master plan for the Domino factory and the first LEED certified police station in New York City. In the New York art scene, Viñoly has worked with Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn on numerous projects. The consummate world traveler and Uruguayan native has offices in New York, London and Abu Dhabi, and his firm is one of the most profitable architecture firms in the country. Viñoly’s wife, interior designer Diana Viñoly, was responsible for the design of Amy Sacco’s Bungalow 8.

A major player on the international art scene, Dasha Zhukova’s new magazine Garage (named after the contemporary art center she opened in Moscow in 2008) includes collaborations between prominent figures in both the art and fashion worlds and blends them to a dizzying degree. The stunning 30-year-old contemporary art impresario is not only wealthy by birth, but through her relationship with business oligarch Roman Abramovich, and by her own professional endeavors that include patron, collector, Internet entrepreneur, magazine editor and fashion designer.

Tory Burch & Lyor Cohen

tunics & tunes Socialite and fashion designer Tory Burch started dating Warner Music Group chief Lyor Cohen back in 2008. Cohen was once the right hand man of hip hop impresario Russell Simmons whose Def Jam label was it in the late 80s and early 90s. Simmons and Cohen signed and promoted music legends such as LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys and Patti LaBelle before they cashed out of Def Jam Recordings in 1999. Cohen is now at Warner Music where he oversees artists like Madonna, Green Day and Diddy. Meanwhile, Burch has become a household name as her designs are sold at stores nationwide, and at nearly 400 specialty boutiques throughout the United States and across the globe. In September, Burch opened a 8,135-square-foot “global flagship” shop on Madison Avenue on the very same day her collection was shown at New York Fashion Week.

Larry Gagosian & Shala Monroque

works of art As a friend, “kind-of muse” and unofficial ambassador to Miuccia Prada, Shala Monroque also caught the attention of uber art dealer Larry Gagosian back in 2007. Together, the couple have become one of the heaviest hitters in the worlds of art, fashion and society in Manhattan and beyond. This year, Monroque landed on the cover of New York Magazine’s fall fashion issue.


Carmelo Anthony & La La Vasquez

reality romance Both native New Yorkers, Anthony and Vasquez burst onto the Manhattan social scene after they married at Cipriani 42nd Street in July 2010. Since then, the Knicks superstar and his actress wife have been seen front row at Fashion Week and have even landed a new reality show that is slated to hit the airwaves this fall on VH1. The show will document the couple’s move from Denver (where Anthony used to play for the Nuggets) to New York City.

Lauren Santo Domingo & Andrés Santo Domingo

prom king and queen Voguette and style muse Lauren Santo Domingo and her Colombian beer heir Andrés have had Manhattanites drooling over their steamy (and profitable) love affair since 2001. Mrs. Santo Domingo is also a new mom, a stylist and founder of, and has been attributed to being the next Mrs. Astor. She and hubby are currently renovating a Gramercy Park townhouse.

Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston

the odd couple Known as the essential L.A. woman, Jennifer Aniston recently moved to Manhattan to be with her New York-based actor/writer bad-boy beau Justin Theroux. Reports about the acting duo’s relationship started circulating in May, with rumors that Theroux left his 14-year relationship with Heidi Bivens for Aniston. The gossip hasn’t stopped about the power couple: sources are saying that Aniston is trying to get pregnant and start a family with Theroux—who likes punk rock and motorcycles. The two plan to do some writing together and Aniston may even try her hand at directing. Stay tuned.


Andrew Cuomo

hometown hero Following in his father Mario’s footsteps, Andrew Cuomo assumed his role as New York’s Governor in January of this year. Keeping with his campaign promise, Cuomo made headlines when he signed the same-sex marriage legislation in June. The buzz that Cuomo will be a frontrunner in the 2016 Presidential election has already begun.

Dan Doctoroff

the doc is in

Paul McCartney & Nancy Shevell

his latest track Paul McCartney never stops. This September, he released his latest album “Ocean’s Kingdom,” which was commissioned for the New York City Ballet. It’s McCartney’s fifth classical album. That, and with his recent engagement to Nancy Shevell, who is a millionaire in her own right, McCartney shows that age ain’t nothing but a number.


From deputy to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to President of Bloomberg L.P., to the company’s chief executive, Dan Doctoroff is Bloomberg’s right hand man. As President of Bloomberg L.P., Doctoroff was responsible for the financial products, data products, news, multimedia, operations and ventures units of Bloomberg, and now adds the finance and administration, marketing, corporate communications and professional development units to his portfolio.

Tom Allon

educating the city Life-long New Yorker Tom Allon is bringing his background in publishing and education to the forefront of the 2013 mayoral election. Allon began his career in education as a journalism and English teacher at his alma mater, Stuyvesant High, and today is a leader in New York City publishing, currently serving as President and CEO of Manhattan Media. Allon has always been involved in education and civic issues and as a parent, educator and businessman his plans for New York are promising. Here are his 10 ideas for a better New York City:

Likely Mayoral Candidates



Tom Allon Bill de Blasio Ruben Diaz, Jr. Harold E. Ford, Jr. John Liu Eva Moskowitz Christine Quinn Eliot Spitzer Scott Stringer William C. “Bill” Thompson ...and hopefully, Alec Baldwin?!

John Catsimatidis Ray Kelly Dick Grasso

• Build schools with cutting-edge technology for the 21st century. • Use tax- and air rights-incentives to get developers to build new schools and middle class housing in addition to luxury housing. • Lower property taxes for all property owners, residential and commercial. • Streamline government and use technology to make it more efficient and reduce the cost of delivering services. • Attract the best minds to reinvent New York government. Reach into Wall Street, media and the tech community to find great leaders. • Pay high-performing teachers more with bonuses. • Give parents more choices by creating more schools of all types: charter, public, private, parochial and special education. • Build manufacturing sectors in five boroughs so innovators in the city can have their products built here. • Make New York more businessfriendly by streamlining regulations and bureaucracy and lowering business taxes. • Sell thousands of taxi medallions in five boroughs to increase the yellow cab fleet and raise billions for city finances.




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The Clarins Girls

a clarins quartet Sisters Virginie and Claire, along with Jenna and Prisca Courtin-Clarins, are granddaughters of Jacques CourtinClarins, who founded the skin-care company Clarins. No longer just synonymous with beauty, these girls are now known for their fashion and philanthropy. These model-like, breathtaking beauties recently signed on with Lauren Bush’s Feed Project and made waves at this year’s NYFW, being compared to the likes of other high-profile glamour girls: The Miller sisters (who took Manhattan’s social scene by storm in the 90s). This year, the entire cousin clan made Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List.

Herb Allen III

Matthew C. Blank

all-en the family

it’s showtime!

President of Allen & Co., Herb Allen III is a member of the third generation family to lead the famously secretive, go–to advisory firm for media companies. On Wall Street, Allen & Co. is a near legend for brokering deals such as News Corp.’s $5.6 billion purchase of Dow Jones. Allen & Co.’s know–how and connections to upstarts have turned the industry on its head, cultivating deals such as the social network Bebo’s sale to AOL for $850 million.

The Chairman and CEO of Showtime, Matthew C. Blank has been with the company since 1988 and prior to that, served 12 years at HBO. He’s responsible for some of the great, revitalized series on Showtime such as Weeds, Dexter and Californication—and the network has the ratings to prove it. In February, Blank was named a member of Geeknet’s board of directors.

Philip Falcone Jamie Dimon

heavy hedge fund hitter

the banker’s banker CEO and Chairman of JPMorgan Chase, Dimon has been in the news recently for condemning new international capital regulations as “un-American.” Dimon is one of the most influential minds on the market and if Barak Obama’s 2008 mention of Dimon’s work says anything, it’s that Dimon knows how to do his job well.

John A. Paulson

gold standard As founder and President of the New York-based hedge fund Paulson & Co., John A. Paulson has been lauded for predicting “a quick and painful end” to the mortgage boom. A native of Queens, before forming Paulson & Co. in 1994, he was a former banker at Bear Stearns.


Philip Falcone isn’t just any hedge fund manager. He’s one that made his mark through hard work and the will to learn—which awarded him a hefty financial aid package from Harvard. Since then, Falcone has learned a thing or two about investing, having made his money from betting against sub-prime mortgages. He’s also taken a good chunk of that and invested in LightSquared, a company looking to foster the wireless online world for all.

Kevin P. Ryan

gilt-y pleasure Founder and CEO of Gilt Groupe, Kevin P. Ryan already made a name for himself in the online business world by the early 2000s. As the former CEO of DoubleClick, Ryan had built his nine year tenure into a multi-billion dollar global industry leader. Now he’s managed to make Gilt Groupe huge, growing the website so that its 4 million-plus users have more and more options for their purchases.

Naveen Selvadurai and Dennis Crowley

mayors of foursquare The two young entrepreneurs’ company, Foursquare, is valued at $80 million and Naveen Selvadurai and Dennis Crowley are just getting started. They created Foursquare, a phone app that allows users to earn points when they check-in to locations. The infinite amount of location marketing potential is attracting big-name companies, proven by their recently signed deals with HBO, Bravo and Zagat.

Irving Picard

ponzi police Irving Picard is the New York-based lawyer at the center of the post-Madoff fire storm. He is considered the superstar of Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) trustees, since his participation in nearly 40 large-scale bankruptcy decisions including Trans World Airlines’. Picard’s latest, and perhaps greatest, job thus far has been to collect from customers who received preferences, non-existent principal or payouts of fake profits to the loss of other defrauded customers whose money was depleted by Madoff's Ponzi scheme. With the help of Picard, SIPC has given $116 million to satisfy claims from more than 200 victims. In an effort to help those who have been affected by their Madoff investments, Picard created a “Hardship Case” program.

Fred Wilson

venturing out Co-founder of Union Square Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital firm, Fred Wilson, despite his popularity from his blog, remains somewhat mythical by rejecting other media attention. From 1996 to 2001, Wilson and Jerry Colonna ran Flatiron Partners, investing in a number of high-profile Web startups until the dot-com bubble burst and the startups started to fold, and Flatiron stopped making new investments. In late 2003, Wilson started his own blog at the same time that he and Brad Burnham, with whom he co-founded Union Square Ventures, were first looking for funding. When apps were still a novel idea, the duo’s investment strategy was based on an idea that was unique at the time: the belief that the Internet’s "next wave" would be in web services: the "application layer." The two started their first fund in 2004. In 2008, USV added Zynga to the portfolio. Though tech and web companies are mostly based out of Silicon Valley, Wilson believes New York should take more of a prominent place in this industry. USV now makes its investors more money than any other venture capital firm in the world, according to one private equity data company. Wilson has also made smart investments in other web companies such as Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare. F


To Venice With Love

Peggy Siegal Back to northern Italy to take in the arts and architecture—and of course, film, at the 68th annual Venice Film Festival

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2011 I check into the paparazzi-proof Cipriani on the private Giudecca Island for one week—a safe haven for George Clooney, Al Pacino and Gwyneth Paltrow. Cipriani is impossible to book. I have been told for months that Friday night is sold out. Here, Clooney, aka “King George,” is presiding over his Ides of March press conference at the Palazzo del Casino on Lido. He rules himself out of a future role as United States President, citing Barack Obama’s troubles are reason enough to avoid the job. How many countries can George rule? Clooney currently serves as producer, director, co-writer and actor. He seriously tries to explain why his film now reflects the present cynical political mood of the country. The press cannot help asking silly questions and setting George up for one wisecrack after another. Also on the panel are producers Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, writers of the play the film is based on, Farragut North. Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood are confident they are sensational in this Machiavellian, political thriller and try not to joke around. George’s infectious humor prevails and the conference is reduced to a Friars roast. Ryan Gosling, who is filming in the states, is finally this year’s breakout star— stealing Clooney’s film. At the premiere at the Palazzo del Cinema, Marco Mueller, artistic director of the festival, greets 50-year-old heartthrob Clooney with 45-year-old bombshell Cindy Crawford dressed in long, bright red Roberto Cavalli gown that exactly matches the red carpet. 23-year-old Evan Rachel Wood steps out in a white Alessandra Rich gown, slit all the way up the middle, exposing her endless legs. 76 | AVENUE MAGAZINE · OCTOBER 2011

Royal George later holds court with his cast back at Cipriani. Attempting to handle the sweltering humidity, ties are loosened and drinks are poured while Evan Rachel Wood takes to the microphone, belting out Janis Joplin songs. She transforms herself into a gyrating, pulsating soul sister as Robin Wright, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger and Sir Norman Foster watch in awe. Remember, Evan sang in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe. By 2 a.m. Ms. Wood is drenched and jumps into Cipriani’s Olympic-size pool in her borrowed gown. She has the dress cleaned the next day and sends it back good as new. THURSDAY, SEPT. 1, 2011 George heads for the 38th Telluride Film Festival to attend his tribute program introduced by Ken Burns. Fox Searchlight premieres Alexander Payne’s The Descendants. George stars as a father of two who learns about his wife’s infidelity. You have to love the role-reversal. Nobody cheats on George—which is why his performance is so poignant. Clooney and Payne met at the Toronto Film Festival two years ago and were shooting in Oahu months later. Payne edited the film at Clooney’s Italian villa Gwyneth Paltrow on Lake Como, where the Ides of March cast (including Charlie Rose who has a cameo playing Charlie Rose), holds a reunion the weekend before this year’s festival. Activities include George and Grant challenging Charlie and Marisa to a strenuous game of hoops on the private basketball court. Late-night partying ends with Mr. Rose skinny-dipping in Lake Como—a tradition started by that wild and crazy guy Walter Cronkite years ago. In Venice and Telluride, The Weinstein Company screens their silent film The Artist, directed by Michel Hazanavicius and starring French movie idol Jean Dujardin. The film was premiered back in May at the Cannes Film Festival. VENTURELLI/WIREIMAGE

TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011 Art collector, polo player and film producer Peter Brant gives me a ride to the 68th Venice Film Festival to mingle with Hollywood glitterati. Venice is the thousand-year-old city that looks like a movie set floating on water, and has been the backdrop for films from Casanova to The Tourist. This year, 65 films will have world premieres. Among the jury are two American directors: Darren Aronofsky and Todd Haynes, and one musician: David Byrne.

Kate Winslet

George Clooney

Diane Kruger


Christoph Waltz

Early Oscar buzz for films and male lead performances could be The Descendants, The Artist and Shame. This momentum Marisa Tomei has to sustain itself on the long road to Eddie Murphy’s opening monologue on Oscar night in February. Next to Evan Rachel Wood’s favorite pool, I am lunching and munching on pasta and pizza with Valentino, Giancarlo Giammetti, Bruce Hoeksema, Charlene de Ganay and Carlos Souza aka “the family.” Paul Giamatti, whose family changed their spelling, tells me he is actually related to Valentino’s business partner Giancarlo Giammetti, which is a visual stretch of the imagination. Valentino has brought his yacht T.M. Blue One carrying six pugs to Venice to attend Madonna’s premiere of W.E., which is about the compelling romance between King Edward VIII and the twice-divorced Wallis Simpson. Madonna has shown an early cut to Valentino in his grand Paris apartment last spring. Valentino loves the film and says Andrea Riseborough, who was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, is as fascinating as Wallis. Similarities between Madonna and Wallis are striking: both Americans hounded by the press, both moved to London to marry Englishmen, both were fashion icons always re-inventing themselves and both were possessed with a faint sense of being misunderstood. After the premiere, Frida Giannini, creative director of Gucci, and Harvey Weinstein host a slightly decadent, secret after-party on the outside terrace at the Bauer Palazzo. The 53-

Cindy year-old Material Girl brings Brahim Crawford Zaibat (her 24-year-old break-dancing boyfriend), sips bellinis and sings “Like a Virgin” until 4:30 a.m. to Valentino, Guy Oseary and her cast: Andrea Riseborough, Abbie Cornish, James D’Arcy and Oscar Issac, who is also in the Cannes-winner Drive. Simultaneously, Sony Picture Classics’ Michael Barker and Tom Bernard premiere Roman Polanski’s Carnage, which is based on Yasmina Reza’s French play God of Carnage, which played to packed houses in Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles. Curvaceous Kate Winslet, appearing in three films at the festival (Carnage, Mildred Pierce and Contagion), makes her red carpet debut—whips out her mobile phone and photographs the fans. Fresh from fighting fires and saving lives on Richard Branson’s Necker Island, she is joined by co-stars Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. Polanski, however, is in Gstaad. He remains a wanted man in the United States, and although he avoided an extradition charge last year, he still risks arrest in some parts of Europe. Carnage, filmed in “real Jessica time,” is a 79-minute actor’s showcase set Chastain in a Brooklyn apartment, but shot entirely in Paris. OCTOBER 2010 · AVENUE MAGAZINE | 77

Late September, two years after Polanski was arrested en route to the very same Zurich Film Festival, he will return to receive a lifetime achievement award. At the Carnage dinner, Kate talks about portraying a neurotic wife and mother who gets drunk at a civilized sit-down and projectile vomits between two couples discussing their sons’ schoolyard fight. Kate tells me the vomit was actually squashed banana, oatmeal and molasses that Roman would lick between takes for comic relief. Mildred Pierce’s HBO gang, including Kary Antholis, director Todd Haynes and co-stars Guy Pearce and Evan Rachel Wood, are at Kate’s table digesting this information. Kate and Guy later win Emmy’s.

James Franco

Evan Rachel Wood

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2011 Today is the day Cipriani is over-booked and they are hell bent on tossing me into the canal. No queen-size bed, nor cot, nor couch materializes. Next door, Peter Brant is renting half of the Bauer Palladio because even he couldn’t get into this oasis with all of his kids. The bed Peter promised me for tonight has been quietly given away to Owen Wilson, who surprisingly arrives on Larry Gagosian’s plane this morning. Peter heroically rescues me by finding a suite in his hotel with double-the-height ceilings for a gazillion euros.

Robin Wright


Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault

With my 12 p.m. toss-out and luggage left in Cipriani’s lobby, I race to the press screening of Sony Pictures Classics and Canadian David Cronenberg’s highly anticipated film, A Dangerous Method, produced by Jeremy Thomas. Set on the eve of World War I, the film is about Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and their patient Sabina Spielrein, the Russian Jewess who for years remained uncredited for her influence on the development of modern psychology. The cast features Viggo Mortensen as Freud, Vincent Cassel as Austrian psychoanalyst Otto Gross and newcomer Sarah Gadon as Jung’s wife. Michael Fassbender portrays Jung, with Keira Knightley (queen of the costume dramas) as Spielrein. Yes, they are fully dressed in their famous sexually charged spanking scenes. This is just the warm up to Fassbender’s raw and disturbing sexual romp through lower Manhattan on Sunday night in Shame, Thomas’ other film. At the press conference the cast jokes about drawing from their own madness as research and inspiration. I, on the other hand, am in a panic speeding back to Cipriani to wheel my suitcases around the corner to the Bauer Palladio. Looking lost, dejected and pathetically disheveled, I thank God no one sees my fall from grace. I eventually realize I am missing a pair of small gold and diamond earrings. Oddly, the same thing happened to me last year during a room change. I chalk this up to the price of foolishly traveling with real jewelry. At the premiere of A Dangerous Method, I am stressed because I don’t have a ticket, having given my pair to Peter Brant and bed-robber Owen Wilson.


Once again I am sweating and wheeling all of my luggage back to Cipriani, praying I do not run into pregnant Beyoncé celebrating her 30th birthday with husband Jay-Z.


Michael Barker and Tom Bernard escort me on the red carpet and Marco Mueller himself walks me in. Having seen A Dangerous Method this morning, I slip out and head to the first Gucci Award for Women in Cinema dinner hosted by Frida Giannini in Cipriani’s rustic barns that were previously ancient granaries, but are now donning elegant white Murano glass chandeliers. This new award recognizes outstanding women in filmmaking. The jury includes Robin Wright (who heads to Toronto next week to the premiere of Bennett Miller’s Moneyball); James Franco, also Toronto-bound with Sal about Sal Mineo; and Valeria Golino, whom I met on Rain Man. Madonna asks for “a drum roll, please,” as she announces winner Jessica Chastain for Tree of Life . . . but it might as well be for the 11 films Chastain has made since being discovered by Al Pacino four years ago for Wilde Salome. Jessica is presently in The Help, The Debt, Take Shelter and Texas Killing Fields. She is also Toronto bound with Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus. This Juilliard graduate is following in the footsteps of iconic Meryl Streep. François-Henri Pinault, chairman of Gucci’s parent company PRP, is headed to China to support their medical and educational foundations. Pinault’s wife, Salma Hayek, wearing a Gucci gown embellished with crystals and feathers, discusses Oliver Stone’s Savages, the film about Mexican drug lords that she is currently filming in Los Angeles. Suddenly a cake with sparklers appears for Salma’s 45th—and Madonna encourages us to belt out “Happy Birthday.” Singing along are Ginevra Elkann, CAA’s Hylda Queally, manager Jason Weinberg and the Brant boys: 18-year-old Petey and 14-year-old Harry. Across the canal, Luca Dini, editor of Vanity Fair Italy is hosting a dinner for David Cronenberg at the pink, Gothic, 15th-century Palazzo Pisani Moretta. An official guidebook says, “can rent out for sumptuous receptions and unforgettable parties.” They are not kidding. Lit exclusively by candles mounted on hundreds of antique Murano glass chandeliers, the palace has no electricity or air conditioning. Considering Venice is in the middle of a heat wave, it still feels like a sauna at midnight. Add 300 film patrons frantically fanning themselves and eating hot risotto and ravioli, and you have the hottest party I’ve ever been to. Literally. Keira, in her long-sleeved, gold lace Valentino is dabbing her body with ice water from the table. SATURDAY, SEPT. 3, 2011 With a 12 p.m. checkout and a 3 p.m. check-in at Cipriani, I am beside myself with packing fatigue and blowing $500 a day on boat rides. I am watching Steven Soderbergh’s sleek medical thriller Contagion aka SARS: The Movie with the A-list cast including Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Jennifer Ehle, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard. Michael Shamberg produces and Scott Z. Burns is the screenwriter. The film imagines a virus killing millions as scientists try desperately to find an antidote. It starts with peaky-looking Paltrow in a casino touching everything, chatting on a cell phone to a lover, coming home to her husband and expiring on the kitchen floor as she foams at the mouth. Gwyneth tells us this is accomplished by biting down on an Alka-Seltzer. Ironically, Contagion’s after party at Palazzo Pisani Moretta has a dozen huge, plastic air conditioners humming around the ballroom for a film about a plague. Next I find the documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel hidden in a tiny screening room in a basement. Lisa Immordino Vreeland, married to Vreeland’s grandson Alexander, produces and directs. Clips from Vreeland’s early life, family and her years at Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute along with interviews with Diane Sawyer, Andy Warhol, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta and John Fairchild show a woman with a keen respect for cultural history and an original sense of style. Andrea Riseborough

Livia Giuggioli and Colin Firth

Abbie Cornish Valentino

Al Pacino and Lucila Sola

Paul Giamatti

Franca Sozzani and Frida Giannini


Natasha Poly

SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 Press are lining up an hour before the 9 a.m. screening of the steamy, evocative festival “it” film, Shame, directed by Steve McQueen (not the deceased actor known for posing on a motorcycle, but a very talented Englishman). Michael Fassbender plays the tormented 30-something addicted to sex. Carey Mulligan is the wayward sister who moves into his apartment fostering chaos. Shot in the Boom Boom Room of the Standard Hotel, she sings a chilling blues version of “New York, New York.” Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, producers of The King’s Speech, sold this to Fox Searchlight, who will face the challenge of releasing a NC-17 movie. I am backstage in the green room with Al Pacino—the Merchant of Venice— moments before he enters a packed pressroom to discuss Wilde Salome. His passionate documentary and feature mélange is based on Oscar Wilde’s play, the biblical tale of Salome and King Herod, which explores the destructive use of sexuality. From biblical times to the Boom Boom Room—it’s a big day for dysfunctional, obsessive sex. Al, wearing a white silk shirt and sporting longish hair, looks like an escapee from Scarface. Jessica Chastain is about to explain her slithering, almost-nude dance in a red scarf for King Herod. Al asks his second agent to write an acceptance speech for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award he is to receive tonight. The agent stays calm but clearly does not have a clue who to e-mail in Hollywood for help. Al eventually realizes he will go on stage tonight and wing it. The Italian press go nuts as their hometown boy, “Michael Corleone,” makes his way to the podium. I saw this exact, almost religious, reverence last year when Sofia Coppola was in this pressroom for Somewhere. The Godfather is Italy’s sacred film and its filmmakers are their cinema saints. As Al’s entourage is escorted out of the building to the waiting watertaxi past screaming fans, one zealous guy jumps into the canal swimming and chanting “Al, Al, Al,” with his arms in the air just like “Attica, Attica, Attica,” in Dog Day Afternoon. Al waves back. Al’s post-premiere dinner is at the Palazzo Grassi, built in 1740 and is now owned by François Pinault who uses it to exhibit his art collection. This is also where Amy Sacco transforms the lobby into her late-night, pop-up Bungalow 8 every evening. Al, with his luscious Argentinean girlfriend Lucila Sola, along with producer Barry Navidi and entourage, end up poolside at Cipriani eating bowls of pasta and ice cream. Gary Oldman, Laurence Fishburne, Peter Brant and Owen Wilson pay respects. Keira Owen receives praise for Midnight in Paris. Princess Firyal of Knightley Jordan wants Al to pose for a photo with her niece. Even Joel Arthur Rosenthal, the reclusive, Parisian jewelry designer aka JAR, who’s known for accessorizing everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Ellen Barkin, is thrilled to meet Al.


Sarah Gadon and Michael Fassbender

On to lunch in honor of Lisa at Harry’s Bar, hosted by Diego Della Valle, President of the Tod’s Group and Italian Vogue’s Franca Sozzani. Lisa’s husband and his father Frederick join Jessica Chastain, Eli Roth, Bar Refaeli, Shala Monroque, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda and Countess Bianca Arrivabene. Once again I am sweating and wheeling all of my luggage back to Cipriani, praying I do not run into pregnant Beyoncé celebrating her 30th birthday with husband Jay-Z. Eventually, I am settled into a pool-side suite.

Ginevra Elkann

MONDAY, SEPT. 5, 2011 My ride to Venice is now going home via Geneva and Moscow without me. Literary agent Lynn Nesbit and I go the premiere of Focus Features’/John le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. English producer Tim Bevan, Swedish director Tomas Alfredson and John Le Carre with their cast Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Mark Strong and newcomer Benedict Cumberbatch, get standing ovations before and after the film from the spotlighted balcony. Missing is Tom Hardy, this year’s hottest young actor. After Tinker’s dinner, we head back to Charles Finch and producer Ed Pressman’s evening with Caroline Scheufele, Co-President of Chopard to celebrate The Moth Diaries. Lynn represents Rachel Klein, author of the bestselling book. We dine with director Mary Harron and her young actresses Sarah Gadon and Sarah Bolger. Missing is Lily Cole. Her flight is cancelled due to the national one-day labor strike. TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2011 Following the screenings of The Moth Diaries and a new version of Wuthering Heights with a black Heathcliff, I join Pressman and his cast for lunch at the Excelsior. Jonathan Demme comes by. He is here with the post-Katrina documentary, I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful. Bianca Brandolini

The Italian press go nuts as their hometown boy, “Michael Corleone,” makes his way to the podium. I saw this exact, almost religious, reverence last year when Sofia Coppola was in this pressroom for Somewhere.

Marco Mueller

Philip Seymour Hoffman

While housekeeping packs my clothes, I conclude that this is the year Hollywood embraces launching their Oscar-bound films overseas. The race began in May on the beaches of Cannes where Midnight in Paris and The Artist debuted with black-tie galas nightly. Late August, American and English films dominated the Venice waterfront where Shame heated up amid more fancy parties in grand palazzos. Tiny Telluride, now showing more European films, was the next stepping stone with a Western, hometown casualness. And September was Toronto, the mother of all film festivals, with a smorgasbord of films. Here was the most user-friendly, fashion-free film festival where one walked to four films a day. Moneyball brought Brad Pitt to town, who brought Angelina Jolie. International stars ended up at the Soho House whispering about “the race.” Early October is at Lincoln Center, home of The New York Film Festival, with films that have debuted in the other festivals and await sanctioning from the American media and public. The academy members are yet to weigh in. One ends up with the exhilarating feeling of experiencing world cinema alongside passionate festival curators giving support and clarity from directors to distributors and helping simple film fans like you and me. Gina Torres and Let’s not forget the geniuses Steven Spielberg, Stephen Daldry, Clint Laurence Fishburne Eastwood, David Fincher, Martin Scorcese and Jason Reitman who have totally bypassed the festival route. Let the Oscar race begin. ✦ OCTOBER 2010 · AVENUE MAGAZINE | 81




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2011 Leading ladies share their success stories and thoughts on what it takes to have influence




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deborah srb, sotheby’s international realty How are you a leader and model for other women in your field? I am hardly the first to be a working single mom, but I can say this: as frightening as it was to go back to work with a newborn while simultaneously getting divorced, I found that with tenacity, dedication and drive, one can carve out an exciting career. I am fortunate to be in one of the most beautiful and vibrant places in the world, but it is a very competitive and demanding business. With a commitment to earn my own living and re-create a lifestyle that I was accustomed to, this field can provide you with all of this. What's the most exciting part of your job? What keeps you going each day? It has to be the challenge of matching one’s needs with the home of their dreams. If you are lucky, it can be the first home that comes to your mind, but sometimes it can take years until you find the right fit. It is a creative process where one has to really listen and filter through all the offerings that will ultimately result in a great experience for everyone. It’s being a part-time therapist, concierge, decorator, financial consultant and so much more that defines being a broker. It’s not always easy but when someone is thrilled with the job you’ve done and you have hopefully changed their life in a positive way, that’s what drives you to do it over and over again. What distinguishes you from others in your field? Having a fashion background, I think it would probably be the strong sense of aesthetic and creativity I bring to my job. I tend to be a bit obsessed with high style and design from what I choose to wear in the morning to the listings I like to represent. I think most who meet me immediately trust that I can sift through mediocre offerings and connect with them as it relates to finding something stylish yet practical—whether it’s a starter home or an oceanfront with all the bells and whistles. After all, a home has to fit your personality, and besides being educated about the market, the critical road to gaining confidence from your client or customer is to connect with them. It is an intimate and personal journey and not just about crunching numbers and making deals. What is your dream project? I am living it! After all, I am in the Hamptons! If I were to be truly self-indulgent, it would be to design and create a spacious modern green home on the water here so that my daughter, our friends and family can visit anytime and feel like it’s the ultimate happy and comfortable experience. Oh, and plenty of room for my pets to be happy, too!

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nikki field, sotheby’s international realty Senior Vice President


What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment? Keeping hope alive for my clients during these complicated economic times. To accomplish the goals of all participants in a potential transaction, I have found that the broker must sometimes function as a CEO—listen to both side’s requirements, assess the situation, then advise all on the best course of action while helping them recognize and embrace the best opportunity. Buying a new home is a dream that can still be achieved. Developers are building again and New York is the destination of choice for International buyers. What makes real estate a great career for women? This career demands serious time commitments. The pay-off comes later and sometimes, much later. A real estate broker is one of the few careers that does not value youth over experience and therefore gives many women a chance to enter the field later, often after having raised their children. Many of the most successful brokers in this industry have become the power-elite at an age that would have pushed them to the sidelines in other businesses. In addition, residential real estate is not bound to an “old boys network.” Women monopolize and lead this industry due to their natural affinity for hearth and home. What do you think defines you as an influential woman? If I have any influence, it is with the young women brokers who I have cultivated over the past two decades. I strive to raise the bar of broker professionalism and inspire other women to do more in this field than just open doors. I have recruited, mentored or hired more than two dozen successful women brokers. Some of these young professionals have referred to our time together as “The Field Advantage” as I have shared with them my enthusiasm and love of real estate while offering an insider’s perspective of the skills needed to excel. Witnessing these bright, ambitious and talented freshman brokers succeed has been enormously rewarding for me. What distinguishes you from others in your field? My business plan incorporates a team structure among independent salespeople. Everyone in our group of eight works for themselves, profits from their work, while advancing their skills through the cooperative structure of our group. This is a generous, proactive group of dynamic brokers who benefit from collaborative support, which in turn permits deeper client service and greater sales volume. When we last checked in, you were busy with International buyers, how is that going? This week I am returning to Asia for my third selling tour this year, building on Sotheby’s expanding business with global buyers. The emerging elite from Singapore, Taiwan, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong continue to take advantage of current market conditions with focused interest in New York City. Manhattan is now the ultimate luxury brand for many Asians.

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dr. deborah sarnoff, cosmetique dermatology, laser & plastic surgery, llp

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What do you think defines you as an influential woman? As a clinical professor of dermatology at NYU Medical Center and senior vice president of The Skin Cancer Foundation, I lecture nationally and internationally in the areas of skin cancer, Mohs surgery, cosmetic lasers, Botox® and fillers. I am the first woman to serve on the Dean’s Council at George Washington University Medical School (my alma mater) and enjoy serving as a mentor to doctors and residents who wish to expand their knowledge in anti-aging, nonsurgical rejuvenation and state-of-the-art laser technology for facial rejuvenation. What distinguishes you from others in your field? In my private practice, I specialize in cancer and cosmetic dermatology. Although these might seem like polar opposites, in reality, I bridge two worlds of medicine whose goals are the same: to help people stay healthy and to look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside. I specialize in treating skin cancer with a precise technique called Mohs surgery, which provides the highest cure rate and the best cosmetic result. Sharing an office and being married to a plastic surgeon for many years, Dr. Robert H. Gotkin, I have developed a keen aesthetic eye. As a woman of a “certain age,” I truly relate to my patients and feeI I have my finger on the pulse of what women want. My philosophies regarding anti-aging and nonsurgical rejuvenation are expressed in my books Beauty and the Beam: Your Complete Guide to Cosmetic Laser Surgery and Instant Beauty: Getting Gorgeous On Your Lunch Break (St. Martin’s Press). What's the most exciting part of your job? What keeps you going each day? I care deeply about my patients and am passionate about them looking and feeling their very best. I love it when my patients tell me “I saw so-and-so yesterday who came to your office about a month ago—she looked incredible!. I’ll have what she’s having!” Have you noticed any trends in your field? What are people asking for? I guess you could call me the plastic surgeon’s wife who’s not yet ready to go under the knife! Like many of my patients, balancing the demands of a career and busy social life, I prefer less drastic procedures without a lot of down time. Nowadays, it’s incredible what can be accomplished so quickly and easily with the right combination of Botox®, fillers and lasers.



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doris meister, bny mellon President, U.S. Markets, Wealth Management

What's the most exciting part of your job? What keeps you going each day? I enjoy helping to bring peace of mind to our clients, particularly with all the uncertainty we face. They want to feel secure financially, for themselves and for their families. Most also want the next generation of their family to have the values and knowledge needed to manage their wealth wisely. I enjoy helping them get to that place. Have you noticed any trends in your field? What are people asking for? Investors used to focus heavily on return. The financial crisis has made investors acutely aware of the importance of really understanding what’s in their portfolios. Our mantra for investors is to “Know Risk.” We even perform a top-to-bottom financial review, our Risk Audit (SM), for investors. It includes a thorough evaluation of their investment portfolios, their estate plans, their cash management and leverage and the total fees they are paying. Nine times out of ten, the review exposes significant risks they were unaware of and/or unnecessary fees that hurt their after-tax return. If unchecked, in many cases, the excess risk and fees can cost these investors a lot of money over time. You have long advocated for the financial empowerment of women. What are some key ways that a woman can better manage her finances? This is hugely important. Women typically outlive men. Factor in the U.S. divorce rate, and a majority of women will end up in charge of their financial affairs at some point in their lives. First, be sure you understand your financial situation, even if your spouse or partner is overseeing your investments and other finances. Many women who find themselves suddenly widowed or divorced are terrified because they have no clue about managing money. Second, get advice from a respected professional. Do some research. Is the person experienced? Has this advisor ever had a client complaint filed with a regulatory agency? And how is the advisor compensated: through commissions/bonuses earned from the products or funds they offer you? Or are they paid a fee that you agree upon at the start? Third, you need to trust the person and the institution that you are working with. You should feel he or she is listening to what you want, and putting your interests first; that they are willing to tell you what you need to know, not what you want to hear.

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cristina b. condon, sotheby’s international realty Senior Sales Associate

SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY 340 Royal Poinciana Way ■ Suite 337 ■ Palm Beach, FL 33480 ■ 561.301.2211 ■



How are you a leader and role model for other women in your field? Although I do not think of myself as a role model for other women in my field, if perceived as such, I hope to be a source of inspiration to fellow Realtors regardless of their gender. What do you consider your greatest accomplishments? The manner in which I conduct my business is as important as my accomplishments. Integrity and discipline are traits to which I most aspire and would hope to have recognized by my peers and clients. Surely, there are certain accomplishments you view as your most significant. I am not one who is comfortable talking about my accomplishments. However, the accomplishment of which I am most proud is unparalleled service to my clients, whether they are seeking to purchase a magnificent waterfront estate, buy a small apartment or secure a seasonal rental. After a sale or rental is completed, I enjoy continuing to offer assistance in finding the best service providers to meet their day-to-day needs. In a career that spans nearly three decades, how have you been able to always remain relevant? While it is necessary to be aware of market trends and incorporate a continuously evolving market into my business model, I endeavor to remain true to traditional core values of respect for my clients and colleagues, self-discipline and superior service. For me, the foundation of everthing is consistent ethical behavior, which has seen me through many a fluctuating market. During these fluctuating markets, how have you been able to remain committed to your career? Because I enjoy every aspect of real estate—my clients and colleagues, understanding the Palm Beach market and history of the houses, working with clients to find their new home, securing a new listing for sale—it is easy to remain committed. Overall how do you currently find the state of the market? During 2011, there have been significant purchases by buyers who view the time as being right for investment in Palm Beach real estate. In addition, sellers have become more realistic and willing to negotiate which has led to prospective buyers not hesitating to make reasonable offers. Thus far, how has your business been in 2011? Business this year has been the best it has been since early 2008, not only for me, but also for most agents in Palm Beach. In early 2011, high-end buyers were active in comparison to the past three years. As a result the number of available waterfront properties is quite low. Currently, rental properties are in high demand for this upcoming Season. So do you only handle high-end properties? No, as a matter of fact, I deal in all price ranges and in rental properties as well. Many modest requests for rentals have developed into long-term relationships, leading to multiple sales and referrals. Name those key factors necessary to be a successful agent. Know your product, keep your finger on the pulse of the market, do your research and stay in touch with your clients, even after a transaction is completed.



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paula del nunzio, brown harris stevens Senior Vice President, Managing Director

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment? Representing the seller of the Harkness Mansion at 4 East 75th Street in the 2006 sale at a record price of $53 million—the highest price ever paid of a townhouse or a single residence of any type. Each time we are able to represent a property in such a manner, to distill its essential qualities and attract one or more buyers who treasure its characteristics and bring about a sale at the highest price the market will bear—that sense of accomplishment is repeated. What distinguishes you from others in your field? A townhouse track record no other single broker can match. My sellers know that I am working 24/7, no matter what time of year. When you call my phone, I answer. What is the most exciting part of your job? Achieving the objectives of a buyer or seller in a manner above and beyond their original expectations. What is your dream project? Every house I represent is a dream project in that each offers unique characteristics that can be emphasized, whether it is the renovated Woolworth Mansion at 4 East 80th Street by C.P.H. Gilbert, asking $90 million; the Stanford White Mansion at 973 Fifth Avenue, the only townhouse literally on Fifth Avenue and facing into Central Park, asking $49 million; a house at 40 Riverside Drive that was the original residence of its architect, Clarence True, now asking $17 million; an incredible reinvention of the Modern Townhouse at 170 East 80th Street with a 23-foot interior waterfall, asking $35 million; the 25-foot wide Malcolm S. Forbes Townhouse, with a 2-car garage, asking $13.5 million; or a perfect renovation opportunity with lovely light at 6 Morton Street, asking $3.99 million. It is almost like having a group of the most beautiful and talented children, with the objective of bringing out the best in each.


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diana mulqueen, prudential douglas elliman Manhattan Fine Homes Specialist

PRUDENTIAL DOUGLAS ELLIMAN 575 Madison Avenue ■ New York, NY 10022 ■ 212.650.4849 ■


What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment? Creating a following: the loyal customer that comes back and refers friends and family. It is the biggest compliment I receive. It tells me loud and clear, “We are pleased with your work.” How are you a leader and model for other women in your field? Having entered the field mid-life, my acquired skills have enabled me to perform in the top 3% nationwide. My maturity, compassion, sensitivity, compatibility and desire to make my client happy in a field that I am passionate about are what have enabled me to be successful. I am multilingual and work with a vast number of international customers. My focus is listening— learning what my clients need and presenting them with options to fulfill their priorities and specifications. I pride myself in spending my time and their time efficiently. What do you think defines you as an influential woman? My definition of an influential person is someone whose words and actions have the power to cause change. My desire to mentor other women, enable and encourage them in their fields of endeavor is most rewarding and meaningful to me. Using my experience to positively influence the lives of others is what gives me fulfillment in life. What distinguishes you from others in your field? The three P’s: Patience, Persistence and Passion. What is your dream project? It would be to create a non-for-profit that would counsel women of all ages to identify their goals and follow their dreams—enabling them to find careers that are fulfilling and financially rewarding. People now live longer lives and should remain active way past their retirement years in order to stay mentally and physically healthy. I dream that I could be able to help senior women find a new purpose in life, to stay busy, healthy and independent. There are not enough hours in a day for me to make it all happen. What's the most exciting part of your job? What keeps you going each day? My favorite part of this job is that winning feeling when I find a property that answers my client’s needs. Today real estate is a great investment and an important part of a portfolio, yielding a greater return on investment than the market. My daily motivation is not only to know the client better but also to be an expert on the market. Have you noticed any trends in your field? Young professionals are creating “hip” neighborhoods. It is fun to see these develop—overnight an old and tired neighborhood is transformed into the it place to move to and money follows.



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louise phillips forbes, halstead property, llc Executive Vice President


What do you think defines you as an influential woman? I believe that women should be defined by how they live their lives, not by how they look, what their career is or even whom they’re married to. It’s a philosophy that was instilled in me from an early age by my mother, who was dedicated to her family, church and community. It’s because of her example that I’ve purposed to live my life by her words of wisdom, “You’ve got to give it away to keep it.” For 12 years, I’ve been actively involved with Change for Kids—a non-profit that partners with under-funded public schools to provide literacy, arts and music enrichment programs in New York City—and I volunteer at my own kids’ schools. I believe that empowering children empowers the community and therefore shapes the future. I apply the same philosophical approach to real estate: by infusing a community with innovative developments, I can influence its long-term financial growth and prosperity. What distinguishes you from others in your field? The impact I’ve had in redefining and establishing residential communities in Manhattan where they didn’t exist before—like Madison Square Park—thereby transitioning these areas into vibrant neighborhoods. My pioneering efforts proved successful for my development partners and so naturally others followed. I consider myself a strategic visionary, especially in an uncertain economy. I made a calculated decision to diversify within the arena of residential real estate so that I could be viewed as both an influencer and a broker. I have converted buildings to condos and navigated flipping tenants’ rights, developed new construction from the ground-up, as well as negotiated deals that range from $500,000 to $10’s of millions on behalf of sellers and buyers for everything from small homes to large estates and townhouses all over the city. I pride myself on educating them with a comprehensive analysis and overview of the market so that they have realistic expectations. Their knowledge of current data establishes faith in the market and trust in my process, which ultimately becomes my power when I’m negotiating on their behalf. What’s the most exciting part of your job? What keeps you going each day? For me, it’s the people! The buying and selling of real estate is an emotional process and I get involved in almost every aspect of their lives so my clients become like family. It’s a privilege to assist them in the next chapter, whether they are moving away or purchasing a new home. I initiate partnerships that naturally evolve into friendships over time. I even met my husband through a client who set us up on a blind date! At the end of the day, the real estate industry defines me based on my last deal; but I define myself based on my ability to lead a balanced life while maintaining a vast circle of influence. Mom knew best, “You’ve got to give it away to keep it.”

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robin dolch, hundred stories pr President

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What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment? Founding my own firm, without a doubt. My goal from the very beginning was to build a different kind of company and I like to think that Hundred Stories PR is unique in the field—not just in terms of execution, but also in the overall approach and creativity we bring to each client. What makes public relations a great career for women? Not to over-generalize, but men often have laser focus and women take into view the big picture. Maybe it’s evolutionary, because women were responsible for surveying the field and protecting the fold, though I’m not sure what a biologist would have to say about that. There’s so much in this profession to consider and weigh, and I think sometimes it rewards a woman’s eye and a woman’s more encompassing take on her environment. Plus, most of the buildings have elevators, which are great if you wear heels. How are you a leader and model for other women in your field? I think it’s a combination of risk-taking and the confidence that comes with experience. Operating a small business is one of the most challenging professional leaps a person can take. So you’d think it would require daring, and it does. But clients put their reputations in our hands, and that calls for a sober-minded, responsible temperament. I’m required to tap into two almost opposite traits. I can personally say being the reliable person comes much more naturally to me. But I took the leap, plug away at it every day and have seen my business grow impressively. To the extent that I can continue to strike this balance, I can be considered influential or a leader. That said, if my kids go to nursery school with their pants on backwards, feel free to call my overall leadership into serious question. What distinguishes you from others in your field? My experience as a reporter, and as an inquisitive person. I ask my clients questions that I think others would overlook and I’m interested in unearthing a good story. I call this “mining for gold.” Only after I learn the story of my client or their building or the property—and it’s not always obvious—can I begin to formulate a strategy. What is your dream project? A luxury hotel that puts me up for the night whenever I have to work a late event. Or maybe an old film noir star who tips in original movie posters. Farley Granger could use some publicity, I think. Of course if Jeanne Gang, winner of this year’s MacArthur genus grant, ventured into New York, I’d be first in line. Innovative projects— Chicago’s Eco-Bridge, the Singapore Flyer and Dubai’s Hydropolis Underwater Hotel and Resort—are also high on my list. Is it time to stop dreaming now?

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elaine sargent Philanthropist

What do you consider your greatest professional Elaine Sargent

accomplishment? As one of the first women on Wall Street, I’d like to think I helped break the glass ceiling for women in finance. I started out as a broker at White Weld & Co. and then moved







Simultaneously, I raised two boys and ran two houses where I enjoyed being my own decorator and architect. Today, I manage my own money and devote myself to helping others through my support of medical research and the arts. What makes you a leader and model for other women? I’ve been committed to helping fund groundbreaking medical research for 35 years. I have donated my time and resources to a number of important doctors and causes since I was in school in Montreal. Many doctors dedicate their lives to research. They have accomplished a great deal, but because they lack sufficient funding they can’t achieve as much as they would like to. Their ideas are bigger then their budgets. Together with my late husband Daniel Sargent, who helped build the corporate end of Salomon Brothers, we worked to help establish the Avon Chair at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. We also contributed to Dr. Patrick Walsh’s prostate cancer research at Johns Hopkins University. This year I’ve made an ongoing commitment to the research of Dr. Victor Nitti, who is the Vice Chairman of Neurology at the NYU Langone Medical Center. He is dedicated to the area of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Nitti is working everyday to turn his ideas into realities. I’m helping him launch a fund so that he can establish a multidisciplinary Female Pelvic Center at NYU. I get involved with doctors because of their diagnostic and healing skills as well as doctors who have helped me or my friends. Other guiding lights of medicine in New York City for

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me and their patients include: Internist Dr. Charles Slivinski, Cardiologist Dr. Hooman Yaghoobzadeh, and Neuroradiologist Dr.Laurie Loevner. These are doctors that I care about; doctors who are making a difference in peoples lives. What do you think defines you as an influential woman? I hope to inspire others to do more for the medical field and culture through my own commitments to numerous doctors and artists. My interest in medical research began with my late uncle, Dr. Arthur Vineberg,



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Elaine Sargent with her late husband, Daniel Sargent

whopioneered artery transplants in 1948. I still remember hearing him talk about using a refrigerator to freeze the heart while he was operating so when it was replaced it would still function properly. Thinking back to that time and then seeing today what they have accomplished with transplant surgery is truly remarkable. I founded a scholarship in his name—at McGill University. It’s very important to help train the young doctors who will become tomorrow’s leaders in research. Since then I’ve also helped my friend Jeffrey Borer, a cardiologist and the Chairman of Medicine at SUNY Downstate, with his research. I’ve supported Dr. David Kennedy and created a chair in his name at the University of Pennsylvania to help fund his research on bone-related diseases by building the Temporal Bone and Skull Base Teaching Laboratory. I have worked over the years with Dr. Leon Root—an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery— for his research on children with cerebral palsy. What do you think defines you as an influential woman? I think a woman of influence is someone who is always looking forward, who remains open-minded and who has a wide scope of interests. I’m getting more involved, politically. One of my grandsons worked for the Obama campaign in 2008 and the other worked for Carolyn Maloney. They got me interested in politics. I feel strongly about the right to have an abortion and have from the very beginning. Same sex couples should have the right to marry and adopt. I was happy when New York passed the Marriage Equality Act; lets hope the rest of America will follow. What is your dream project? To help the arts and continue my work for more medical research. There is so much young talent in New York but they need to help to pursue their dreams. My friends Rex Reed and the late Kitty Carlisle Hart introduced me to the world of theater and opera in the late 90’s. Now, I go to the theater every week. I enjoy seeing plays several times because it is a new experience each time. The play and the actors progress and they react differently to each audience and because of that I learn something new from each performance. I support the Roundabout Theater Company, the Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizon, the Lincoln Center Theater the New York Theatre Workshop and the Metropolitan and New York City Opera companies. I want to help other people achieve their dream projects. Elaine Sargent and Rex Reed




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Industrious Design Whether renovating or building from the ground up, the distinctive designs and superb execution of Elias Associates Inc. creates an ideal place to call home What is unique about Elias Associates? We’re a full service design/build firm with extensive experience in creating and building distinctive and functional designs for projects of all sizes. Our ability to realize the creative vision of our design team places us in a select category of firms that are able to construct what they have designed. We build long-term relationships with our clients and with those whom we direct to execute our designs. We bring the entire dream to fruition, guiding, managing and delivering it on time and on budget. How long have you been in business and what do you offer? We’ve been providing exceptional service to a devoted clientele for more than 20 years. Projects have included city apartments, residences, corporate offices, hospitality and liturgic projects. We are a one-stop boutique where you will be shown the wonder of choices the design universe offers: the newest innovations, the greenest building materials, the most sumptuous fabrics, the most dazzling stones, exotic woods, the sexiest of leathers and so on. What is your process? Every space is analyzed for future function and customized to fit the client’s needs. We listen closely to our clients so the spaces they will ultimately call home are a reflection of their own style and personality. Every space is planned and executed to coordinate with each other and to exceed the client’s expectations. We don’t work with middle men, so we can be more efficient (and therefore less expensive) without compromising quality. We work with an open book system wherein the client is directly privy to all the hard cost bids and can participate (if they so choose) in the selection process. Our collaboration with state-of-the-art consultants and a guild of old world craftsmen produces the 96 | AVENUE MAGAZINE · OCTOBER 2011

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most memorable projects. From conception to completion, we are committed to overseeing every element of the design and construction process. What kind of style are you known for? The design vocabulary of our team encompasses classic, traditional, eclectic and contemporary styles. We strive to respond to the oftentimes conflicting demands of the architecture, the function and the personal preferences of our client. We create excitement, tension and balance through the juxtaposition of the various period styles, with modernism always a constant. Please describe what a “ground up” project by Elias is like. A “ground up” project means a clean slate

to work from. Unlike a renovation, a ground up project offers a multitude of design possibilities—creative optimization limited only by surrounding architecture, local ordinance and budget. Is there a recent job you’re particularly proud of? We designed a modernist addition to a turn-of-the-century shingle-style house. The scale, proportions and sleek material selections of the new all enhance the rugged beauty of the old. ✦

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SWEEPING PARK VIEWS CPW/67th St. Excl. Orig. 8 now 7 rms in top PW bldg. Grand LR w/FPLC & a lbry facing park. 3 BR/3BA, lrg EIK. DM & concierge. Nr Lincoln Ctr. $4.3M. Web#1988402 Eloise Johnson, EVP 212.381.3224

LRG HOME/LUXURY LIVING 90s/W Excl. Spacs w/PW charm & mdrn details. A lrg LR w/WBF, DR, renov kit, & 3 BR+ maid’s w/3 full bths. Grt clsts, W/D. Wht glv bldg. $3.395M. Web#1812388 Louise Phillips Forbes, EVP 212.381.3329

REMARKABLE GV PH 12th & Univ. Excl. 2BR/2BA meticulously designed w/gorgeous outdoor space. Light & views, abundance of clst & strg, chef’s kit. F/S co-op $2.995M. Web#1987185 Jane Greenberg, SVP 212.381.2345

VIEWS, VIEWS & VEIWS! UES. Excl. Be wowed from this rambling 3 BR/3.5BA home offers dynamic open vu’s, 10’ ceils, open chef’s kit & more! White glove condo. $2.985M. Web#1949622 Laurie Silverman, EVP 212.381.4262

THE POLICE BUILDING Soho/Little Italy Excl. Mint 2 BR/2.5 BA duplex has 17’ ceils, & huge E. facing windows. A rare chance to live in the finest downtown F/S coop. $2.495M. Web#1986086 Barbara Godson, EVP 212.381.4238

PRIME LOCATION-CONV 3 UWS. Lux F/S condo 2BR/2 BA home has rev kit, oak flring & a washer/dryer. Amazing amenities, 1/2 block away from Central Park. $1.85M. Web#2012018 Michelle Kim, VP 212.381.2301

2 BEDROOM LOFT Chelsea. Excl. 2 BR loft w empires state bldg views. Loc in the famed Cass Gilbert House, the apt features tremendous light, space, & soaring ceils. $1.599M. Web#904241 Sarah Schissler 212.381.6542

STUNNING 5.5 RMS WITH TERR Tudor City. Exc.l Total gut renvd 2BR, 2 spa-like baths, chef’s kit, lrg LR, FDR, den/ office and set-back terrace! FSB. $1.195M. Web#1942749 Arlene Weidberg, SVP 212.381.3321

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Team Players Competing in the major leagues, The Field Team of Sotheby’s International Realty is ahead of the game


eam Manager Nikki Field along with Team Captain Kevin Brown have fielded one of the most effective and hard-hitting teams in the ultra-competitive, luxury segment of Manhattan residential real estate. Providing both buyers and sellers with the best services, they have developed The Field Team Advantage designed to give full agency benefits to their customers. With a starting line-up of eight experienced professionals, each possessing general market strength as well as a mastery in a specific area, clients benefit from the knowledge and experience of the entire team. Their negotiating expertise, reputation and hard-working approach to full-service representation have enabled these brokers to achieve record-breaking sales and industry-wide recognition. Whether their clients are buying or selling, need a valuation or just want an update of the current state of Manhattan Residential Real Estate, the Field Team ensures their clients hit a home run.

Nikki Field, Senior Vice President, Associate Broker: a veteran real estate professional, Nikki has been a dynamic presence with Sotheby's International Realty since 1998, consistently ranking among the global agency's top five producers in the Manhattan office and accomplishing sales of nearly one billion dollars.

Kevin Brown, Senior Vice President, Associate Broker: a former owner and chairman of Century 21 NY Metro, Kevin has over 20 years of sales experience. He has successfully represented heads of state, CEOs of major companies, and has received countless referrals from friends and colleagues.

Jeanne Bucknam, Associate Broker: a marketing and management graduate with training in interior design and a special interest in Historic Preservation. Jeanne has been with the Field Team for eight years and has extensive knowledge of the downtown market.

Zoe Millen, Sales Associate: growing up in New York City and Katonah, Zoe started as an intern at Sotheby's auction house where she honed her background and interest in architectural and interior design elements.

Helen Marcos, Associate Broker: with 10 years of experience on the bi-coastal market, Helen has the insider’s knowledge and contacts necessary for success in the highly competitive luxury segment of the Manhattan and California residential real estate markets.

Andrew Gust, Sales Associate: Andrew studied Architecture at the University of Arizona and also Interior Design at the New York School of Interior Design. Andrew has a passion for Historic preservation and the history of New York City.

Gillian Friedman, Sales Associate: originally from London, Gillian has developed a vast international clientele, assisting them in locating the perfect property—whether for permanent residence or investment purposes.

Dolly Hertz, Sales Associate: after two decades of running her own advertising and marketing company, Dolly is The Field Team’s newest member. Dolly has lived on the Upper East Side and in Westchester County and is fluent in German, Italian and French. F


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Forging Ahead Sotheby’s International Realty’s Manhattan and Hamptons offices join hands on the path to shared success

Ellie Johnson


otheby’s International Realty has always been recognized as an innovator in the real estate market. Today, Sotheby’s continues to strive for excellence through joint marketing efforts between their offices. Some of the company’s most successful partnerships are organized between the Manhattan and Hamptons offices where both teams work together during seasonal marketing events to create exceptional networking opportunities. Their specialized network of agents makes for a lucrative referral system. When Sotheby’s International Realty sponsored the Hampton Classic this past summer—an event they’ve been sponsoring since 1999—agents from both Manhattan and the Hamptons offices collaborated to host the Grand Prix Ringside table. Alice Bell, Senior Vice President and Brokerage Manager from the Hamptons offices credits the success of the Hamptons offices as a direct result of working hand-inhand with other offices for these events. “These kinds of partnerships are what make Sotheby’s unique in this industry,” adds Bell. Working together to form new relationships with clients, Sotheby’s’ referral-based business is a testament to how much the company 100 | AVENUE MAGAZINE · OCTOBER 2011

values these partnerships. Ellie Johnson, Senior Vice President and Brokerage Manager for Sotheby’s’ Upper East Side Manhattan Office finds that this kind of team effort is key in building a strong network among brokers. “Clients are interested in salespeople who have something in common with them—be it their lifestyle, an activity, a hobby. Because our agents know each other and their clients so intimately, they can make referrals based on their clients’ best interests.” This past July, Sotheby ’s International Realty was also the exclusive residential real estate company Gold sponsor of the fourth annual ArtHamptons where Manhattan, Greenwich and Hamptons agents manned the company’s exhibit. The highly regarded art fair showcased important artwork in the

largest structure ever built on the East End and hosted a bevy of international and local art collectors. The door swings both ways: while Manhattan agents make it out to the Hamptons, Hamptons agents travel regularly to Manhattan for Sotheby ’s’ renowned auction events where both teams host the realty table and work together to reconnect with old clients, forge new relationships, and reinforce their reputation as a unique and trusted business. Bell recounts one memorable success story stemming from one of these events, when a Bridgehampton agent reconnected with her long-lost sorority sister—a rekindled relationship which led to multiple referrals and millions of dollars worth of sales. F

John Gicking (East Hampton Manager), Kathy Korte (CEO), Alice Bell (Southampton Manager) and Debra Reece (Bridgehampton Manager) at the Hampton Classic in 2011

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hen aging parents begin to forget names or have trouble getting dressed, when their increased needs become more apparent, it may be time to consider how best to assist them. As problems persist or worsen, the decision to delegate regular care for an aging family member can be a difficult one. Simply convincing a loved one to recognize and accept such changes is no easy feat. After all, when someone loses their ability to care—for those they love, for their home, for themselves—it is a loss that is not easy to acknowledge. A stack of unpaid bills on the table, wearing the same clothes as the day before or unchanged bed sheets are all early signs that aging parents or loved ones may need help. Speaking to a physician and requesting his or her advice on whether such conditions warrant assistance may be helpful. Problems with either activities of daily living, such as bathing, walking, dressing and getting in and out of bed, or instrumental activities, such as shopping, cleaning and handling a checkbook can often be addressed with a companion or eldercare provider. 102 | AVENUE MAGAZINE · OCTOBER 2011

“She was increasingly forgetful and disoriented,” says one New Yorker Beth, regarding her aging mother. “My mother simply needed a companion who was sensitive to the fact that she had been, up to that point, a completely competent and self-sufficient woman.” Beth needed someone at her mother ’s home to provide necessary long-term care around the clock. LifeWorx found not only a professional care provider for Beth’s mother, but also provided a sensitive approach to both of their needs. One of the more daunting aspects of finding a caregiver is the search for a person who is not just qualified to assist but also an appropriate and delightful companion. At this difficult juncture, their personality is just as important as their experience and trustworthiness. LifeWorx is able to propose a number of candidates who have all undergone a vetting system so all you have to worry about is finding a comfortable fit for your family. All LifeWorx experts are legal to work, have a clean background, speak English,

Top: A LifeWorx caregiver provides stability and companionship for your loved one when you can’t be there yourself

have a valid driver’s license and drive their own car to work. They have at least two years of experience and two credible references. The company selects only 5-8% of candidates that apply, following a very strict screening and interviewing process. Whether it is to accompany a parent to the opera so that they may continue to enjoy season tickets, to drive to the Country Club for lunch or be with them every day helping to keep them motivated to do daily activities and exercises, LifeWorx elder care experts deliver exceptional service. F

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120 EAST 70TH ST: Superb architecturally important 6-story townhouse on celebrated block. Grand drawing room, 9 bedrooms, elevator, 3 terraces. $27,750,000. WEB: A0016387. L. Beit, 212.606.7703

16 WEST 12TH STREET: Impeccably renovated 25’

18 EAST 69TH STREET: Rarely available mix-used

brownstone featuring a beautiful landscaped garden and soaring high ceilings. Approx 8,100± sq ft. $21,000,000. WEB: A0017766. Serena Boardman, 212.606.7611

townhouse. High 10’6” to 12’6” ceilings, 2 entrances. Bring your architect. $14,500,000. WEB: A0017768. M. Capdevielle, 212.400.8702, A. Aransaenz, 212.606.7645

812 PARK AVE: Beautifully and elegantly proportioned 10 room duplex in a prewar co-op designed by JER Carpenter. Four large bedrooms. $10,900,000. WEB: A0017721. Serena Boardman, 212.606.7611

150 CENTRAL PARK SOUTH: Spectacular 1,800± sq ft, 37th floor penthouse apartment offering breathtaking Central Park views. $7,950,000. WEB: A0017515. Robin Rothman, 212.606.7751



SUTTON AREA PENTHOUSE: Pristine 2 bedroom jewel offered in triple mint condition. Expansive terrace. $3,375,000. WEB: A0017758. Melinda Nix, 212.606.7719, Sybille Novack, 212.606.7693

217 WEST 19TH STREET: Sophisticated 2,028± sq

530 EAST 72ND STREET: Rarely available spacious, corner “F” line co-op with living room, dining room, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, eat-in kitchen and balcony. $1,150,000. WEB: A0017659. H.Warrick, 212.606.7701

535 E 72ND ST: Cozy floor-through co-op with

room prewar full service co-op with exceptional views. $4,250,000. WEB: A0017761. Mon Ling Landegger, 212.606.7665, Christine Mouterde-Berk, 212.606.7642

DESIGNER LOFT: Stunning Flatiron loft with 1,700± sq ft home, 21 oversized windows, 11’ ceilings, 2 bedrooms. $1,950,000. WEB: A0017771. Leah Kelly, 212.606.7724, Eric Roche, 212.606.7769

room high floor aerie with a lovely terrace and Park views. $5,500,000. WEB: A0017689. S. Boardman, 212.606.7611, Michele Llewelyn, 212.606.7716

ft condo loft with south windows, balcony, 2 bedrooms, study/office, 2 baths, designer kitchen. $2,750,000. WEB: A0017743. Jeffery Firth, 212.606.7673

East River views, high ceilings, large windows facing South and North, fireplace, 2 bedrooms. $899,000. WEB: A0017762. C. Godbille-Koechlin, 212.606.7777

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Properties of the Month A selection of deluxe residences in New York Brown Harris Stevens GRACIOUS ENTERTAINING AT 875 PARK This high-floor, impeccably renovated, ten-into-eight room residence is in one of the most prestigious white-glove cooperative buildings and features all of the amenities one would expect. The 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home’s extraordinarily elegant design emphasizes the home's grand proportions. The gourmet eat-in kitchen is a splendid synthesis of comfort and functionality. $7.95 million. Please contact Leslie Singer at 212.588.5675 or John Venekamp at 212.588.5619.

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GRACIOUS SUTTON PLACE PENTHOUSE Perched atop one of Sutton Places' premier Candela buildings, this rarely available penthouse in a full-service co-op is perfectly renovated to the highest standards. Sun-flooded rooms open onto a large wrap-around terrace with river views and several inviting seating areas. Double doors lead into an impressive living room with a wood-burning fireplace. $3.4 million. Please contact Martha Kramer at 212.906.9371.

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SUPERB SAGG POND PROPERTY IN SAGAPONACK A very rare and coveted 3.88-acre property has become available for the first time in more than 30 years. This spectacular site has approximately 470 feet of Sagg Pond frontage and vast views west and south, perfect for watching sunsets. The existing modern structure may be expanded, or the 11,000 square-foot space would allow a regulation-size tennis court and swimming pool. A Saunders & Associates Exclusive. $22.9 million. Please contact Louise Linden at 917.691.4169.



CONDO CENTRAL PARK VIEWS Central Park South • $5,500,000 • This show stopping three bedroom , three bathroom condominium at the iconic Essex House is positioned squarely over Central Park South, with uncompromising views of Central Park. Web# 1350959. Patty LaRocco 917.696.0699

WATERFRONT SECLUDED BEAUTY Sands Point • $7,000,000 • Located in Harriman Estates, this is the one you’ve been waiting for. Sited on 3+ acres with 350 ft of private sandy beach, the home offers dramatic views and blends seamlessly with its landscape. Web# 2425627. Maggie Keats, Associate Broker 516.944.2879

NEW TO MARKET Murray Hill • $2,425,000 • Impeccably renovated 4 bedroom, 4 bath. Master suite with spa-like bath. Spacious living room with wall of windows, eat-in windowed Center Island kitchen, laundry room, closets galore. S&N exposures. Web# 1402099. Lisa Maysonet, EVP 212.891.7195

LUXURY DUPLEX PENTHOUSE Tribeca • $3,473,800 • Sun flooded, 2,297 sf. penthouse condominium with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Over 1,000 sf. roof top terrace, wood burning fireplace, high ceilings, washer/dryer unit, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Web# 1368622. Avi Voda, EVP 212.705.1064 917.414.1963

LUXURIOUS LIVING 181 East 65th Street • $5,250,000 • Beautifully renovated home in the Chatham, a Robert A.M.Stern building. This 2,307 sf home offers 3 bedroom, 3 bath + library, a residents-only Equinox Gym, valet, concierge & more. Web# 1363769. Jennifer Kalish 646.505.5690

CONDOMINIUM LOFT PETS OK Chelsea, West 18th Street • $1,699,000 • Tranquil 2 bedroom home in the heart of Chelsea offers 1,750+ sf, high ceilings, wood burning fireplace, wood floors, washer/dryer, windowed eat-in kitchen, 2 bathrooms. Web# 1328708. Stephanie Kanter-Weisberg 917.319.2251 | Joan Swift 917.991.1590

PENTHOUSE DUPLEX WITH DECK East 89th Street & 3rd Avenue • $1,900,000 Amazing trophy penthouse with the most stunning views in the city. 1 bedroom and den with private outdoor deck. Renovated windowed kitchen with top-of-the-line everything. Web# 1395226. Heidi Berger 212.350.8517

LUXURY LIVING ON THE PARK Park Slope • $2,375,000 • White glove service awaits you at this 3 bedroom, 3 bath with grand living room, formal dining room, maids’ quarters and private elevator landing leading into entry foyer. Two corner exposures and sweeping Park and City views. Web# 1396422. Gabriele Sewtz 718.360.7326








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The real estate expert shares his wisdom on . . . Confidence in New York City


he New York City residential real estate market is good for well-priced properties. Sales activity is highest where sellers are realistic and responsive to the pressures of the marketplace. Yet, economic uncertainty continues and buyers are very price sensitive. Understandably, they seek justification for the price they are asked to pay. It is a matter of confidence. While the residential real estate market follows the general trend of the economy, I believe New York City residential real estate will continue to appreciate in the long term. The fundamentals of our market—inventory, supply and demand, and very importantly, equity—are solid. As a New Yorker I feel confident that good, solid, healthy growth will be a part of our future. F

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SPRAWLING DUPLEX PENTHOUSE UES. Excl. Luxurious triple mint sunny loftlike duplex. 4/5BR, N, S, E, W open city exposures. Rare contemporary prewar UES Co-op. $19.75M. WEB# 1201704. Young Randolph Young 212 452-6249

CARLYLE IN THE SKY UES. Excl. Fullfloor tower home, top renovation, 360 degree views, unrivaled services, fitness center, room service, maid service, close to museums and the park. $17.5M. WEB# 1283564. Kathy Sloane 212-906-9258

TRIPLE MINT SINGLE FAMILY HOME UWS. Excl. Close to Riverside, 6 story, 20’ wide. All brand new: Elevator, walls of glass, double height ceilings, planted garden and multiterraces. 6BR, 8bath. $12.999M. WEB# 1286052. Lisa Lippman 212-588-5606 Scott Moore 212-588-5608

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East. Excl. Adjacent 18th floor 2BR available separately or as potential 4BR combination. Great condition with partial park view & access to Plaza amenities. $7.9M. WEB# 1264297. David Kornmeier 212-588-5642

MINT PARK AVENUE CONDO Midtown East. Excl. Park Avenue, white-glove building, high fl w/City/Park views. 2BR, 2.5 bath,library, 2,660 SF, 9’ ceilings. Professional kitchen, W/D and concierge. $5.7M. WEB# 1279787. Susan Greenfield 212-906-9214 Laura Farrell 212-452-6207

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3 EAST 77TH STREET UES. Excl. Rare


Large south terrace - 2MBR, 2 full baths. Step-down floor with FDR. Over 10’ ceilings. Corner apartment. Great light. $2.795M. WEB# 1160216. Nancy Candib 212-906-9302 Chris Dominiak 212-906-9366

opportunity to own a coveted pied- a-terre in a most prestigious prewar building. Living room, 2MBR, 2 bath and kitchen. Original details intact. Excellent light. $2.45M. WEB# 1108093. Caroline E. Y. Guthrie 212-396-5858

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Street. Co-Excl. Impeccably renovated 10 into 8 rm. Superb entertaining & living spaces. Spectacular N, E & W light. Full-service white-glove building. $7.95M. WEB# 1197748. Leslie W. Singer 212-588-5675 John Venekamp 212-588-5619


Mark Powell

Nella Zelensky

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PARK VIEWS AT THE ESSEX HOUSE CPS. Excl. 16th floor, 1BR, 2 bath with den in the Essex House condominium. Direct park views from living room & master bedroom. 5-star hotel services with gym, spa and dining. $2.95M. WEB# 1217154. Kyle Blackmon 212-588-5648

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Renowned Arch Richard Meier masterfully transformed this 5 room corner apartment with Central Park views. Hotel services included in maintenance. Offered at $11.5 mil. $11.5M. WEB# 1278224. Sally Hallows 212-906-9345

Avenue. Excl. Rare high-full fl pw duplex on Central Park. 3BR, 3 bath, living room, library, DR, chef’s EIK, wbfp, double staff room/4th BR with bath . Park views. $9.95M. WEB# 1155100. Samuel Thomas Milbank 212-906-9248 Kathryn Steinberg 212-396-5868

HIGH PARK VIEWS 70s/5th Avenue. Excl.

3BR, 3.5 bath, 2 terraces. Garden room with wbfp, FDR and E/W light. $8.975M. WEB # 747075. MacRae Parker 212-906-9205

Mara Papasoff

Steven Parrino

Jean Michael

SWEEPING CENTRAL PARK VIEWS CPS. Excl. 3BR, 3 bath condo with impressive views of Central Park. Loft-like 49 foot living/dining room, 2 wbfp and generous closet space. $5.1M. WEB# 1205244. Maria Torresy 212-906-9317 Sofia Falleroni 212-906-9377


Fantastic views directly over the Park. Fullfloor apartment, private elevator landing. 3BR, 3.5 bath. Comprises entire 8th floor. $4.3M. WEB# 1528138. Diane Abrams 212-588-5605 Felise Gross 212-588-5681

MINT 8 ON THE PARK Carnegie Hill. Excl. Completely renovated 3BR plus den or 4th BR with four rooms directly on the park. This elegant, white-glove prewar is on Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile. $3.9M. WEB# 1254733. James Perez 212-588-5656

Talia Kahn

Mickey Conlon

Marjorie Hewett

NEW CLASSIC 6 ON PARK AVENUE East 80s/Park Avenue. Excl. Rare opportunity to buy a prewar 6 room apartment with LR & BRs on Park Avenue. Faces South & West with wbfp. Elegant details. Includes bin. $2.4M. WEB# 1282539. Edith F. Tuckerman 212-906-9228 Katharine Tuckerman 212-906-9222

AMAZING PARK VIEWS Midtown West. Excl. Mint 1BR, 1.5 bath with walls of windows facing Central Park in every room, plus 200 SF terrace. Located in the most coveted area of the city. $2M. WEB# 1280150. Carol A. Raskin 212 452-6215 Mark P. Raskin 212 452-6214

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Excl. Rare opportunity to own this gorgeous, sunny, oversized 1BR apartment with two marble baths and a terrace in one of the most desirable condos in New York. $1.499M. WEB# 1276497. Emma Ziberman 212-712-1123

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Downtown Luxury Three Downtown Manhattan townhouses offer the opportunity to restore an exquisite residence and a piece of history in one magnificent package

STUYVESANT STREET TOWNHOUSE Twenty-five Stuyvesant Street was completed in 1861 by renowned New York architect James Renwick Jr., who went on to design St. Patrick’s Cathedral among many other iconic buildings. The Anglo-Italianate townhouse is approximately 3,380 square feet, with seven floors including a garden level. The entry level features a grand formal dining room, with a wide landing and stair leading up to the parlour and a separate stair to the garden level. The parlour floor’s ceilings measure nearly 11 feet, with beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows. The garden level includes a large living room facing the serene rear garden.

THE MALCOLM S. FORBES TOWNHOUSE 6 MORTON STREET Positioned on a desirable West Village block, 6 Morton Street is a sun-filled townhouse with uncommon potential. Built in 1836, the building is clad in a brick and steel façade. Two entries on either side of the glass-brick ground floor lead to the living room, which includes a kitchenette and an outdoor space that brings in tremendous light. The second floor features a large eat-in kitchen which can easily be converted to a gracious entertaining space. The third floor has a vaulted ceiling and a center fireplace with windows facing Morton Street on either side. From the finished roof, one can enjoy sun-filled views, unobstructed by the neighboring low-level buildings.

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Built in 1847, this five-story brick townhouse at 11 West 12th Street was purchased by Malcolm S. Forbes in the early 1960s. It has hosted hundreds of gatherings throughout the decades, attended by figures such as Margaret Thatcher, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Richard Nixon and Elizabeth Taylor. The first designers engaged were Mulholland & Olsen, who created dazzling period interiors, which were subsequently refurbished by the renowned Mario Buatta. It presently has three guest bedroom suites, two formal dining rooms, a grand double drawing room, a bright living room, library, the Winston Churchill sitting room as well as a wine cellar complete with intimate dining. The 25-foot townhouse also has a two-car garage, existing elevator and outstanding ceiling heights. F

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First Offering East 73rd off Park Ave TH. Grand, sunflooded, 21' wide, 6 floor single-family with elevator, garden, terrace, fireplaces & original details. Over 10,000 sf. The owner currently uses the first 2 floors for his medical practice that has exam rooms & certified operating rm. $19.9M. Web #1228398. Kirk Henckels 212-452-4402/T.Desmond 452-4380

Exceptional Riverfront Home with Garden + River Views. East 52nd. 13 rms with oversized terrace + 2 lrg planted balconies in distinguished co-op. River views, high ceilings, LR with WBFP, formal DR, library with WBFP, spacious kitchen & pantry. 4BRs including a MBR with bath & dressing rm, 3 baths, office & storage. $15M. Web #1265236. C.Eland 212-452-4384

Perfect Prewar Penthouse. Terraced on every side, this elegant 10 room, full floor home is ideal for grand-scale entertaining. The living room, library & double master bedroom each have wood-burning fireplaces & French doors. Open city views. Offered with separate 2 bedroom guest apartment. $11.25M. Web #1269588. Jennifer Bowden 212-585-4551

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Five Bedroom at the Chatham. One-of-a-kind 5 bedroom + a large playroom. Sparkling open city views from the 19th floor at 181 East 65th Street. There is a corner living room, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen & luxurious private master bedroom suite. Equinox gym included. $8.9M. Web #1221650. Alexa Lambert 212-452-4408/Marc Achilles 452-4396

Grand Prewar 8 on Park Ave. New listing! Enormous rms, classic flr pln, sunny city views on a high flr in prime FS bldg in Carnegie Hill. Semi-pvt entry. Huge LR w/open S views, WBFP, 3BRs, 3 baths, formal DR, kit, pantry, 2 maid's rms. Prewar detail, hi ceils. Bldg gym, playrm & pets ok. $4.15M. Web #1227388. J.Wenig 212-585-4522/Y.Lysogorsky 917-494-4801

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Prewar Home Sweet Home. East 72nd. Lovely 7 room UES co-op convenient to schools, shops & hospitals. Gracious LR & FDR for entertaining. Third BR now a library. Chef's eat-in kitchen with slate floors & counters, W/D & home office. Original details. Oak parquet floors .Thru-wall AC. Garden. Pet friendly. $3.2M. Web #1253950. V.Ghilaga 212-452-4392


Grand 9.5 into 6 on Hi Flr. SPS. Huge terrace w/majestic unobstructed E.River vus to south. Corner home w/oversized rms: 3BRs, 3.5 baths, double LR, FDR, excellent kit, W/D. Lux custom finishes: ie Parq de Versaille flrs. Enchanting & massive planted terr w/irrigation & 4 auto awnings. FS co-op w/ gym & gar. Broker/owner. $4.5M. Web #1262554. J.Sacks 585-4539

Trump Plaza Duplex. East 61st. Beautifully renov with stunning, sunny E, W & S views. Ideal for entertaining with spacious LR & DRs, cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kit, breakfast area, office, wine cellar. Dramatic stair to private quarters, MBR suite with marble baths & custom closets. Both floors with private balconies. $2.85M. Web #1219435. P.Weeks 585-4546/C.Gibson 434-7080

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Spectacular Park Views at the Beresford. CPW. Gracious entrance gallery, orig detail, wood-paneled walls, carved doors, herringbone floors, LR, library, formal DR, 4BRs, EIK + staff rm & bath. Rare opportunity to own this elegant apt in a landmark Emery Roth bldg. Co-excl. $14.7M. $6140 mt. Web #1264662. L.Kaplan 917-365-4280/B.Ducrot 212-452-4381

UWS Prewar Gorgeous 3BR. First offer. Mint & unique 7 room co-op with 13 foot ceilings, incredible details, formal dining room & living room. Best eat-in kitchen ever. 2.5 baths, W/D & central AC. FS building with doorman, gym & storage. Fabulous West End Avenue location a block from Riverside Park. $2.55M. Web #1271800. C.Taub 212-452-4387

Greenwich Village Townhouse Rental. Grand, state-of-the-art, triple mint, newly renov 28 ft wide, 5 story Italianate residence. Offering 9000+sf of sophisticated & chic living. Never lived in featuring an elevator, screening rm, gym, wine cellar, garden & staff quarters. Rental $65,000 per month. Web #1210957. A.Lambert 917-403-8819/L.Melnick 212-452-4425

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Singular Soho Penthouse. Stunning 3BR, 2 bath PH, sculpted from raw warehouse space, has been brilliantly designed w/modern aesthetic. This rare property flows beautifully on 3 levels w/3500 sf interior spc & 2200 sf exterior spc distributed over 3 pvt terraces. Beautifully lndscpd w/360 degree views. Co-exclusive. $16M. Web #1218317. M.Cashman 646-613-2616

Huge, Light-filled Garment District Loft. 3BRs (rm for 4), 3 corner expos, over 2800 sf, 2 bths (rm for 3). Beautiful light, open views, high ceils & big open kitchen. Fantastic MBR, enormous closets & great storage thruout. W/D. Established prewar co-op with low monthlies. Now $2.15M. Web #1214554. C.Taub 212-452-4387/J.Barbato 646-613-2633

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A Rare Gramercy Prewar Loft. East 19th Street. Almost 2,000 square feet, 11 foot ceilings, huge windows & ready for your renovation. Currently 2 bedrooms (possibly 3), 2 baths with library. Original details, hardwood floors & laundry room in the apartment. Lovely roofdeck & pet friendly. $1.695M. Web #1228058. Lee Ann Jaffee 646-613-2739


If Details Matter This One Has It All! This Parkwood prewar condominium exceptional & flexible 2 bedroom/2 bath, is a classically detailed, perfectly proportioned, spacious loft designed by Alan Tanksley. Building with 24-hour concierge, located in the Madison Square Park neighborhood. $2.795M. Web #1224801. Brenda Vemich 646-436-3074

Stars Hide Here! W 30's. Schappacher White designed 1500 square foot condo with 50 feet of windows, 50 feet of terrace, sliding walls, polished concrete floors, complete guest/in-law suite, 2 bedrooms, 2 bths, central AC & washer/dryer. Bldg with 24-hour doorman & private storage. $1.565M. Web #1201763. P.Browne 347-234-8709/J.Rowe 646-327-8792

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Above: The breathtaking view of the skyline from Residence 38D

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estled in Manhattan’s elite Upper East Side, 515 East 72, the neighborhood’s signature condominium building, has put the finishing touches on its 40,000 square feet of amenity spaces. Known for its extensive lifestyle offerings, the development team has just unveiled its exclusive in-house spa, newly designed children’s playroom by Jodi’s Gym, and on-site 515 East 72 Café. “Residents are spending even more time at home and enjoying all that 515 East 72 has to offer,” said Elaine Diratz, Managing Director of Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, who is handling the sales and marketing for the development. “We take pride in the details that contribute to the tranquil atmosphere of the building.” Among 515 East 72’s completed offerings is the in-house Elements Spa, which provides an impressive array of lavish treatments. The full-service spa has a complete à la carte menu with options ranging from a selection of massages and facials to 116 | AVENUE MAGAZINE · OCTOBER 2011

waxing, signature manicures and pedicures. Featuring five elegant treatment suites, a relaxation area, demonstration kitchen, multi-level sundecks and a consultation office, Elements Spa is truly a getaway right at home. “The spa is one of the most popular amenities in the building. Serenity is just an elevator ride away,” said Norma-Jean Callahan, Sales Manager for 515 East 72. The new playroom designed by Jodi’s Gym, the popular Upper East Side children’s destination, features dynamic entertainment and learning areas for the building’s youngest residents. Staffers from Jodi’s Gym will also host a full schedule of child-focused activities and classes. “We’re offering the complete package, from distinguished homes and superior service to incredible amenities,” adds Harlan Goldberg, Sales Manager for 515 East 72. “Not only that, the condominiums on the Upper East Side that have views as magnificent as ours are few and far between.”


515 East 72 Rejuvenates the Upper East Side


Left: The spacious, loft-like living area of Residence 35B


“Residents are spending even more time at home and enjoying all that 515 East 72 has to offer.” —Elaine Diratz


The outdoor experience is equally unique at 515 East 72—with its 20,000-square-foot private park, it is one of the largest on-premise lawns in Manhattan. The park is a picturesque scene of manicured landscaping and a broad field of lush green grass where residents and their guests enjoy peace and quiet in their own backyard. To further complete the five-star experience, residents have access to onsite parking, an expansive state-of-the-art fitness facility, a 56-foot indoor pool with a hot soaking tub and Jacuzzi, an indoor rock-climbing wall, basketball and squash court, arts studio and

Above: The children’s playroom, designed by Jodi’s Gym

a media room complete with a large, flat-panel TV, Nintendo Wii and pool table. 515 East 72 offers one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom residences, most of which have private balconies. The Tower Residences, which include 45 luxury homes located on the uppermost floors, offer larger floor plans and sweeping views of the East River and city. Prices start at $730,000 for a one bedroom, and homes in the Tower Residences start at $1.62 million. F

Above: The sprawling, private, half-acre park Right: The tranquil relaxation room at Elements Spa


For more information, please contact the on-site sales office at 212.772.2722 or visit


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Collaboration is the Key Town Residential’s Managing Director Paula Busch shares her thoughts on the company’s new team initiatives


n the real estate industry, a lack of cooperation has occasionally been one of the hurdles representatives have had to clear in the course of closing transactions. At Town Residential, we have prioritized improved collaboration with all of our industry colleagues as a fundamental pillar of our business philosophy. From our collective experience, it is our belief that an unwavering emphasis on cooperation and collaboration will maximize the business opportunities for our representatives and, more importantly, ensure that our clients’ best interests are always at the forefront of everything we do. One part of our industry that has never received sufficient thought or attention is the interaction between brokers and property management companies. I believe that brokerages have long taken management companies for granted, unable to look past their traditional roles such as serving as closing agents. The truth is that property managers and additional management company representatives play invaluable roles in our industry, ones that go far beyond what most representatives initially realize. To implement some of the collaboration initiatives that we feel will benefit our representatives and clients, Town has finalized a

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Strategic Collaboration Agreement with Cooper Square Realty, the leading property management firm in New York City. With over 70,000 units under management, including a portfolio of over 400 condominiums and co-ops, Cooper Square’s experience in managing residential properties is second to none. With this collective experience comes unparalleled insight into what has and hasn’t worked over the years in their interactions with real estate brokers. Their team knows as well as anyone that unnecessary friction between management and brokers has left clients holding the short end of the stick too many times. Due to this unfortunate reality, Cooper Square and Town share an equally vigorous commitment to breaking down the obstacles occasionally separating brokers and managers. The goal of our Strategic Collaboration with Cooper Square is to set an example for the entire industry, particularly one that demonstrates how substantially our clients can benefit from genuine cooperation between our two specialty roles. Through a variety of initiatives that we have already begun implementing, this collaboration will increase the communication between representatives and managers, maximize the services that management makes available to their residents, and ensure that residents have access to resources that they otherwise would need to go searching for. A second principle that we have emphasized in our business philosophy is maximum cooperation with the brokerage community at large. Natural competitive instincts have often limited the collaboration between representatives from different companies, but in the end only the client is left bearing the brunt of these short-sighted decisions. At

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Town, we are committed to taking the high road when it comes to collaborating and co-broking with our fellow industry colleagues. No matter what logo graces their business card, they are ultimately just a partner in accomplishing the goals that our clients have tasked us with. While financial motivation might limit someone’s willingness to collaborate on an individual transaction, I firmly believe that it is a losing strategy in the long run. The long-term benefits that representatives reap from consistently emphasizing cooperation will always outweigh the short-term gain of an individual deal. And at the end of the day, our decisions must be guided by the best interests of the client and not short-term gain. It sounds obvious and logical, but a lack of genuine collaboration between brokerages has far too often resulted in a disservice to individual clients. In an industry where multiple parties regularly play a role in any individual transaction, it is crucial to focus on cooperation amongst them. The key to making this goal a reality is collaboration, which traditionally leads to things falling into place and ensuring that the client comes out on top. —Paula Busch F Paula Busch is currently the Managing Director of Town Fifth Avenue, located at the Crown Building at 730 Fifth Avenue. Paula has held leadership positions at top Manhattan real estate brokerages and management companies and is widely respected as one of Manhattan’s preeminent sales experts.

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AVENUE’S LEGAL ELITE ART & MUSEUM LAW JO BACKER LAIRD Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP 212.336.7614

BANKRUPTCY LAW LISA G. BECKERMAN-STENLAKE Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP KELLEY A. CORNISH Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, LLP MADLYN GLEICH Kaye Scholer, LLP LILLIAN E. KRAEMER Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP GERALDINE PONTO Baker Hostetler ILANA VOLKOV Cole Schotz Meisel Forman & Leonard JANET WEISS Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP

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HILLARY H. HUGHES Garvey Schubert Barer 212.965.4527 JOY VIDA JONES Joy Vida Jones, Esq. 212.989.4645 ADRIENNE B. KOCH Katsky Korins, LLP 212.716.3225 RUTH KURTZ Stapper & Van Doren

RUTHANN GRANITO NIOSI, Esq., PC Law Offices of Ruthann G. Niosi, Esq. 917.608.5778 MARILYN SOBEL Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, LLP JUDITH REINHARDT THOYER Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, LLP ADELE R. WAILAND Case Pomeroy & Co.




CRIMINAL LAW ISABELLE A. KIRSHNER Clayman & Rosenberg, LLP AMY E. MILLARD Clayman & Rosenberg, LLP

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DEBORAH A. SCHWARTZ Deborah A. Schwartz Counselor at Law 212.582.0200

ENTERTAINMENT LAW SUSAN H. BODINE Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP


MARSHA S. BROOKS Brooks & Distler

MARY A. DONOVAN Donovan & Yee, LLP 212.226.7700



CATHY J. FRANKEL Moses & Singer, LLP

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PAMELA M. GOLINSKI Biegelman Feiner & Feldman, PC 212.230.1300 NANCY E. WOLFF Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP

IMMIGRATION TERRY K. FRIEDMAN Weisberg, Friedman & Klapisch

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MARCY L. WACHTEL Katsky Korins, LLP 212.716.3227

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ELIZABETH COMACCHIO Heidel Pittoni Murphy & Bach, LLP ROBIN R. DOLSKY Heidel Pittoni Murphy & Bach, LLP LORETTA A. KREZ Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP ROSARY A. MORELLI Heidel Pittoni Murphy & Bach, LLP

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ANTONIA M. GRUMBACH Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP 212.336.2840 ROCHELLE KORMAN Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP 212.336.2680


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Congratulations to Gisella Levi Caroti Named One of Avenueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Legal Elite NYCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top Women Lawyers *LVHOOD /HYL &DURWL is a member of Herzfeld & Rubin. P.C. For over twenty years she has represented European clients doing business in the U.S. She is a member of the New York, Connecticut and Italian bars and maintains an office in Milan. Her experience as an international lawyer proficient in the laws of both civil and common law countries have proven to be an invaluable asset in consulting and assisting European clients doing business in the U.S., as well as American companies doing business in Italy. Mrs. Caroti is fluent in English, Italian and French. 

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AVENUE’S LEGAL ELITE PERSONAL INJURY SHOSHANA T. BOOKSON Law Offices of Shoshana T. Bookson 646.300.8100 ELENI COFFINAS Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, PC MARIE NG Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, PC WENDY L. PRINCE Herzfeld & Rubin, PC

REAL ESTATE ANDREA PARETTS ASCHER Schoeman Updike & Kaufman, LLP ARLENE F. BOOP Alterman & Boop, LLP KAREN CANDREVA Arent Fox, LLP DEIRDRE A. CARSON Greenberg Traurig, LLP NANCY ANN CONNERY Schoeman Updike & Kaufman, LLP ANNE JAFFE Collins Dobkin & Miller, LLP MEREDITH J. KANE Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, LLP

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CAROL R. GLAUBERMAN Davidson Dawson & Clark, LLP

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My grandmother who grew up here—she loved this city’s heart and soul and made it come alive for me. WHAT PART OF THE NEW YORK LIFESTYLE COULD YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?

The diversity: I love walking down any street in New York and hearing ten different languages. WHAT PHILANTHROPIC ACTIVITIES ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

Globally, microfinance pioneer ACCION, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in New York this fall. Locally, I am involved with organizations serving children, women and girls, including the NYWF, the YMCA and Sanctuary for Families. THE MAJORITY OF YOUR BOARD POSITIONS ARE WITH NEW YORK-FOCUSED ORGANIZATIONS. WHAT IN PARTICULAR GOT YOU ENGAGED INTERNATIONALLY?

Seeing that the poor were economically active but without access to financial services, learning more about microfinance as a solution, and finding ACCION. WHO IN THE WORLD IMPRESSES YOU THE MOST?

The entrepreneurial poor I’ve met on my travels to Colombia, India, Ghana and most recently, Manaus in Brazil’s Amazon. Their optimism about life and their hard work reaffirm my faith in humankind and our ability to thrive through our own efforts. IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?


riginally from Connecticut, New York City’s first lady attended Dartmouth College and received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School before she launched her career as an investment banker at Smith Barney. She went on to become a founding partner of M.R. Beal & Company, an investment firm specializing in municipal finance. Taylor serves on the board of several non-profits, which include The After-School Corporation, the YMCA of Greater New York, the Hudson River Park Trust, and the International Women’s Health Coalition, amongst others. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Taylor also recently received a Masters in Public Health from the Mailman School at Columbia University.


First and foremost I would elevate the status of women and girls to ensure physical safety, equal education and economic opportunity. IF YOU COULD SPEND THREE DAYS SOMEWHERE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN, WHERE WOULD IT BE?

The Gobi Desert in Mongolia, to see firsthand a nomadic way of life that’s fast disappearing and so completely different than my New York life. WHAT’S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN THE LAST YEAR?

My parents’ 60th anniversary weekend with the entire family. WHERE IN NEW YORK WOULD YOU TAKE A VISITING FRIEND?

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