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Just in time for the South Fork’s summer social season: the who’s who of our nearest and dearest beachside getaway. by cindi cook ◆ illustrations by gary hovland The acclaimed writer and East End luminary reveals legends and lore from the annual Artists & Writers Charity Softball Game.
by jay mcinerney
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Artists & Writers Softball Game: An Oral History
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Celebrating its 65th anniversary this August, we look back upon the rich history of the annual East Hampton event. by chris lawrence Take us away! The season’s ultimate swimwear comes to life by the sea and sand.
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Renowned German artist Josephine Meckseper opens up about her sculptural works on view at the Parrish Museum. by jason farago The South Fork’s two hottest soirées—the Southampton Hospital Annual Gala and the Parrish Museum Midsummer Party—face off. by haley friedlich Meet Roger Ferris, the design mastermind behind Topping Rose House’s resurrection.
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(clockwise from top) McInerney wears a light blue button down by Burberry London and khaki jacket by Ian Velardi (both available at Bloomingdale’s) and a King Power Unico GMT watch by Hublot. Photographed by Allen Henson, styled by Rory McDonough and groomed by Adam Maclay; Josephine Meckseper, Afrikan Spir, 2011; Lying on a Maslin & Co. towel, Cecilia Singley wears a Chanel bathing suit, a BCBG hat, Hermès bracelets and a Melody Rodgers necklace. Photographed by Sam Yocum, styled by Rory McDonough and hair and makeup by Mary Guthrie.
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McInerney wears a Burberry London shirt and an Ian Velardi jacket (both available at Bloomingdale’s), a King Power Unico GMT watch by Hublot and a David Yurman Armory bracelet in red leather. Jeans and shoes, McInerney’s own.
Savannah Buffett The daughter of legendary musician and Montauk mainstay Jimmy Buffett Buffett, Savannah Buffett is an up-and-coming fresh face on the Hamptons scene. With a passion for music and for traveling the globe, Buffett is a driven and beautiful tour de force—paving her own force path as an XM radio host and new voice in music commentary.
Summer Reads Reviews of the season’s most popular titles, just in time for summer vacation.
Locally Sourced A collection of recipes centered around ingredients from our AVENUE friends’ favorite Hamptons farm stands and markets.
The World According to . . . Sam Talbot The Top Chef finalist and restaurateur dishes on his new mobile, farm-to-table, beachside eatery TURF and the favorite parts of his Montauk lifestyle.
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in the Hamptons is the Writers & Artists Softball Game, now celebrating its 65th year. The Hamptons stands out as a summer retreat that has always embraced the artistic community, and Jay McInerney beautifully encapsulates the good-natured yet intense rivalry between the two creative tribes. We’ve included an oral history of the game so that the views of the artists also are represented. And speaking of artists, we are delighted to feature an interview with Josephine Meckseper, whose installations go on view starting July 4 in the Parrish Museum’s new building designed by Herzog and de Meuron. Plus, we have an incredible summer fashion story, a book excerpt from Eric Fischl and an interview with local Hamptons legend Bonnie Munshin, mastermind behind the coveted seating arrangements at beloved restaurant Nick and Toni’s. Batter up! Daisy Prince
ONE OF THE BEST THINGS about living The engine was practically silent, and on in New York City is that within two hours the drive out to the beach, we happily (OK, maybe three hours in high summer) chatted away as I twiddled with all of the are some of the most pristine beaches knobs, raising and lowering the Spirit of in the country. After eight years of Ecstasy hood ornament while admiring living in London, grappling with rainy, the car’s fine craftsmanship and handcold summers and hours of airport delays stitched upholstery. You can’t help but in an attempt to travel someplace be aware, when riding in the Ghost, of all sunny, I find the beaches of the Hamptons—and the relative ease of getting there—a welcome relief. While I’m not normally a car person (I tend to enjoy being driven rather than driving, like most New Yorkers I know), I couldn’t say no, recently, when I was offered a Rolls Royce Ghost Extended Wheel Base (EWB) for the weekend. Before I saw the car, I was worried that it might be a bit boat-like and conspicuous on the road, but the design was My son Harry at the wheel sleek and streamlined, and the car drove much more delicately than I had imagined. My husband, who is English, and therefore obsessed with of the work that’s gone into making it so cars, wouldn’t stop commenting on how comfortable and elegant. One unexpected use that the carlight it felt to drive (he also kept trying makers probably didn’t have to figure out how we could afford one). in mind when they created this masterpiece is that the t On set during our cover shoo Ghost’s extended coach doors are really handy for taking a baby seat in and out. My son, Harry, was the Rolls’ biggest fan: Every time he got in, he kept saying with incredible happiness, “Big car, big car!” And you could see the pleasure on his little face as he grasped the wheel for the first time. I guess everyone feels special behind the wheel of a Rolls. July is officially high summer, and one of the great markers of summer
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ore than 1,000 Manhattanites made their way to the Metropolitan Opera House for ABTâ€™s opening night spring gala. The evening raised $1.75 million and attracted notable names, including Sigourney Weaver, Uma Thurman, Blaine Trump and Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen. Ballet enthusiasts rejoiced as renowned principal dancers Julie Kent and Paloma Herrera took the stage. Michelle Obama and Caroline Kennedy (not in attendance) served as honorary chairs of the event, which commenced the eight-week season of performances. JOE SCHILDHORN/BFANYC.COM
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ver 500 guests gathered in the hotel’s lobby for Aby Rosen’s circus-themed birthday bash. The dynamic spectacle welcomed art scenesters and downtown partygoers alike, including Peter Brant Jr., Larry Gagosian and Vito Schnabel. Jamie Johnson and Jamie Tisch nibbled on bowls of candy while enjoying the view of aerialists swinging overhead. Champagne corks flew as Rosen was drenched in Dom Pérignon and guests, including Bono, joined him on the dancefloor.
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Conservation International Fundraising Gala honors Julio Mario Santo Domingo
otable New Yorkers and conservationists made their way to the Plaza Hotel for CIâ€™s annual dinner, which raised more than $1.6 million. From remarks on ocean health to African elephants, CI board member Harrison Ford and Hillary Rodham Clinton engaged in a powerful conversation on the sustainability of our natural resources. Guests, including Annette and Oscar de la Renta, James Murdoch, Tory Burch and Emilia Fanjul, looked on while enjoying a meal of beet ravioli and poached branzino.
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DELIVERING THE GOOD Madison Square Boys & Girls Club’s Purses & Pursenalities Luncheon and Auction
he Metropolitan Club was the site of the eighth annual lunch and silent auction, benefitting at-risk youth in New York City. Designers, including Chanel, Valentino, Michael Kors and many more, auctioned off handbags at the event honoring Betsy Pitts and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, among others. Nina Griscom and Muffie Potter Aston mingled at the uptown get-together, sponsored by interior designer Lee W. Robinson, while Nicole Miller and Michelle Smith bonded over the charitable cause.
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urrounded by the contemporary works of Jack Goldstein, art aficionados and Manhattan’s uptown set gathered to celebrate Crystal & Company’s many years of success. Guests including, Elizabeth Von Habsburg, Abby and Bob Levine and Jonathan Crystal mingled over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while admiring the art on display. The impressive American retrospective, Jack Goldstein x 10,000, is on view until September 29. HAREL RINTZLER/PATRICKMCMULLAN.COM
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otham gave a gusty last gasp before we moved the wagons east to the beach. Spring is notorious—wringing every last bit of all we have, before letting go. At least Literacy Partners left us with books for the beach! The organization’s 29th Annual Reading and Dinner Dance was filled with literate, literary and quotable folks. Author Jacqueline Weld Drake was one of them. Honored with The Lizzie Award, for her commitment to the written word and for enabling all to enjoy it, Jacqueline told us: “When
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I want to know the truth about anything . . . I read a novel.” The inimitable Liz Smith, host for the gala and co-founder of Literacy Partners (thus, The Lizzie), also spoke, saying: “Obama is the best president. But that’s like saying, ‘That’s the best restaurant in a hospital.’” Upon introducing Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham (a reader, this night), Liz said, “He’s on so many boards, he’s got splinters.” Mayor Bloomberg? “He gave us $50,000 and asked not to be mentioned, [but] I’ve spent my whole life trying to get mentioned”—and so on.
Me, I’m waiting for Liz’s one-woman show. Meanwhile, best-selling author Patricia Cornwell was honored while another Pulitzer Prize winner, Elizabeth Strout, read from her latest novel, The Burgess Boys. Bill O’Reilly didn’t read (I will not go there), but did say of his upcoming book Killing Jesus: “He was the most powerful man in history—had no money, family or home. He lived with Peter. And, boy, did he have enemies!” Tatiana von Furstenberg was honored for her writing, directing and philanthropy. (More from Liz: “Be nice to your friend’s kids. You never know which ones will become important!”) And Yvonne Hoyt, a new reader at 63, brought the house down with her reading and story. (Startling fact: One in every five New Yorkers is functionally illiterate.) Applauding and tearing up were gala chair Alina Cho, Billie Jean King, Diane von Furstenberg, Alex “Von” and Barry Diller, as well as Hugh Hildesley (who conducted a killer auction), Steve and Christine Schwarzman, Raul Suarez, Peter Brown, Jeff Sharp, Barbara Taylor-Bradford and Sheila Evans. More good work was celebrated, this time by Lighthouse International for the blind and visually impaired at its 40th Annual Affair (fun to use that term out loud). Robert Verdi rocked the intimate crowd, telling us baubled and bedecked babes, “Don’t worry if your husbands don’t notice how glam you are. We have a room full of gay guys.” Honoree, acclaimed chef and consummate host Alex Hitz cooked the entire splendid dinner for 200! Alex told me: “I spent three days here, and even cured my own salmon.” Read his book My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking with a French Twist. And don’t complain about cooking for four! Honorees Lorry Newhouse, resplendent in a dress of her own design, and the clever Julie Wainwright, founder and CEO of The RealReal, gave speeches that lasted under two minutes! (We wept with gratitude.) My über-fashionable table (Hamish Bowles, Becca Cason Thrash and Jaime Jimenez, among others) gushed over iPhone pics of Allison Sarofim’s Met Ball punk frock for later that week. I felt like Cinderella, but three trips to fashion’s Mt. Olympus were enough. My ego is still recovering. Other fab fans of The Lighthouse included Carol Mack, Kenneth Jay Lane, Mario Buatta and Margo and John Catsimatidis. Olana, Frederic Church’s home and masterpiece, reminds us of how important our
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sight is. The Olana Partnership protects, preserves and promotes the home and 250 acres of land that inspired one of America’s foremost landscape painters. This year, more than 200 supporters gathered at the New York Public Library to celebrate the “Extraordinary American Landscape.” Fittingly, the honorees were landscape painter Stephen Hannock and Betsy Broun, who is The Margaret and Terry Stent Director at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Sting, Stephen’s great friend and godfather to his beautiful daughter, Georgia, presented the award in a speech that wove together references to hockey as well as to Hannock’s “forensic storytelling” and “quantum mystery of the detail,” which reminded us yet again that Sting is not like most of us. Iconic musician, wordsmith and, oh yeah, that tantric stuff. Stephen also drew testimonials from William Lauder, Louis Bacon, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff. Christo (about whom former Carmax chairman Richard Sharp commented, “When he said ‘wrap,’ he meant it”) introduced Betsy Broun. Sotheby’s David Redden whipped up the auction, and the legendary landscape architect Tom Woltz held a second auction to support a new curatorial fund in Betsy and Stephen’s honor. The august crowd, which pushed the night’s proceeds over the $800,000 mark, included people who love the land and the landscapes, including Olana’s president, Sara Johns Griffen, Caroline and Tiger Williams, Eaddo and Peter Kiernan, Jeff Bewkes, Susan and Tony Gilroy, Liv Rockefeller, Ann Colley, Gabrielle Bacon, Tantivy Gubelmann and Janet and Jim Dicke. And what would spring be without polo and a royal rider? Dear, dear Prince Harry graced our hamlet as a most worthy emissary for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who for a very well-known reason were unable to travel. Before the Prince picked up his mallet, The American Friends of The Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry celebrated its good work with a dinner at the Four Seasons restaurant. Harry patiently and quite naturally charmed the room. His healthy, normal “maleness” shone, especially in a room slightly paralyzed with royal awe. He commented on Beth Rudin DeWoody’s large, assertive ring (a gift from her own “prince”—her recently married son Carlton): “Wow—that’s great-looking. Can it be used as a weapon?” Harry sat next to will.i.am, gave a speech about the value of sports and coaching in improving kids’ lives—in particular at the Foundation’s Harlem RBI program—and wondered aloud where New Yorkers go out after dinner. I asked if he’d consider living in New York, since he clearly enjoys himself here. But he responded, “No, never.” I lamely followed up: “Well, where else would you live?” To which he responded, “I’m not allowed to tell you” and offered a little smile. I suspect that locale would be a very natural, dare I say, untamed place. In the presence of Prince Harry were George Farias, Foundation president John Studzinski, Britain Prime Minister David Cameron, Peter and Virginia Duchin, Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Sean Lennon. ✦
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William Daniels at the Luhring Augustine Gallery
HAUSER AND WIRTH June 20–July 26: Paul McCarthy: Rebel Dabble Babble 511 West 18th St. 212.790.3900 May 10–July 26: Paul McCarthy: Life Cast H&W Townhouse, 32 E. 69th St. 212.794.4970
4 NORTH MAIN GALLERY July 3–9: Paton Miller and Artists July 24–30: Michael Patterson 4 North Main Street (Southhampton) 631.283.2495 40 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
BROOKLYN MUSEUM April 5–July 28: John Singer Sargent Watercolors 200 Eastern Parkway (Brooklyn) 718.638.5000 HALSEY MCKAY GALLERY July 13–31: Brie Ruais 79 Newtown Lane (East Hampton) 631.604.5770
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART May 28–Sept. 2: The Civil War and American Art 1000 Fifth Avenue 212.535.7710 May 15–Aug. 18: Search for the Unicorn (Cloisters) 99 Margaret Corbin Drive Fort Tryon Park 212.535.7710
DOYLE NEW YORK July 16–17: Jewelry, Watches, Silverwear & Coins 175 East 87th Street 212.427.2730
artMRKT Hamptons July 11–14 Bridgehampton Historical Society 2368 Montauk Highway (Bridgehampton) 212.518.6912
LEAR GALLERY June 1–July 14: Ronald Gonzalez Alley behind 41 Main Street (Sag Harbor) 631.461.5100
CHRISTIE'S July 16: Prints and Multiples July 23: Interiors 20 Rockefeller Plaza 212.636.2000
VERED MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART June 21–July 7: Independence Day Weekend Silent Art Auction 68 Park Place (East Hampton) 631.324.3303
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LUHRING AUGUSTINE GALLERY June 29–Aug. 16: William Daniels 531 West 24th Street 212.206.9100 VAN DOREN WAXTER GALLERY July 11–Sept. 27: John Chamberlain & Sam Francis Exhibition 23 East 73rd Street 212.445.0444
A Maiden Taming a Unicorn at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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PERFORMANCES AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE SPRING SEASON July 1–3 and 5–6: The Sleeping Beauty Metropolitan Opera House Lincoln Center 65th Street 212.362.6000
Hevajra Mandala at the Rubin Museum
RUBIN MUSEUM March 15–Feb. 10: Flip Side: The Unseen in Tibetan Art 150 West 17th Street 212.620.5000
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Davin Lamp by ARTERIORS, $420. Available at Mecox, East Hampton, 631.329.9405
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Orange Ocean Shell Wrap Vase, $175, and Yellow Ocean Shell Wrap Dish, $70, both by DINOSAUR DESIGNS. Available at Dinosaur Designs, New York, 212.680.3523
Ram’s Murex Shell with 18K gold accents, $340, and Brass Sea Urchin with 24K gold plating, $750, both by AERIN. Available at Aerin Summer, Southampton, 631.353.3773
Pino Solo Wine Tree by NEWTON VINEYARD, $299. Available at SherryLehmann, New York, 212.838.7500 Genus Flower Chair by PHILLIP ESTLUND, $3,600. Available at shopgreyarea.com
Bone Inlay Small Box by ROBERTA ROLLER RABBIT, $125. Available at Roberta Roller Rabbit, Southampton, 631.259.2566 En Cage Candle Lanterns by SAINT-LOUIS, $980-$1575. Available at Turpan, East Hampton, 631.324.2444
Horse Hair Screen by OCHRE, $12,315. Available at Ochre, New York, 212.414.4332
Block-printed Jellyfish Linen Pillow and 4-Corner Tuille Octopus Linen Pillow by ANKASA, $255 each. Available at ankasa.com
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A French find for the artiste extraordinaire Les 4 Mondes 12-Page Coloring Book by HERMÈS, $140, 691 Madison Avenue, 212.751.3181
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round that time I took out a mortgage on a small farmhouse in Sag Harbor, a historic whaling village near the Hamptons on the East End of Long Island. As a teenager I’d surfed off of neighboring Montauk, and the last few summers April and I had rented in the area with friends. The house—a steal, or so I thought—was on a roomy three-quarter-acre lot that backed up onto a sixteen-acre field our broker said could never be developed. Naturally, within six months of the closing, bulldozers arrived and construction began on three houses. Ten years later there were a dozen. Besides the short-lived feeling of space the property gave us, there was a dilapidated cow barn, which meant it was possible to build a studio on its footprint. Having studios was, of course, essential if we were going to spend any protracted time out there. The house was in a working-class neighborhood with schoolteachers, heating and plumbing mechanics, retirees, theater volunteers, and fishermen. Our neighbor across the street, Tom, a bass fisherman and clammer, was a pack rat, and his property was full of car shells, outboard motors, buoys, lawn ornaments, nets, hoses, whirligigs, and so on. The inside of his house was so cluttered that there was little space to move about. There were channels or corridors cut out of piles of papers, clothing, boxes, and God knows what else that snaked through his cramped saltbox home. Tom was a Bonacker, the name for local families with deep roots on the East End of Long Island. Since the state banned haul-seining—trawling with a wide mouthed net—he hadn’t been able to make a living from fishing. But that didn’t stop him from leaving early every morning to meet up with his pals, drink coffee, and reminisce about the old days. I asked him once who his friends were, and he scratched his head. He said they all just call each other Bub. “Hey, Bub. How’s it goin’?” Tom was a gifted carver of wooden duck decoys. He picked up the hobby after the fishing dried up. I was impressed by how good he’d become in such a short time. I would follow the progress of some of his pieces. His skill at getting the details of feather colors and patterns was mesmerizing to watch. The better he got, the more he’d up the ante by adding complex movement or pairings. He was one of those old-world artisans who loves carving, loves sharing his knowledge, but would never think to call it art. The decoys had to meet several criteria, some practical, some aesthetic. They had to float and be perfectly balanced. They had to look closely like the duck you were trying to attract. And though for the purposes of hunting their features could be broad and generic, Tom gave each decoy a detailed, realistic caste. His goal was to make a male and female of every duck species along the northeast migration corridor, and he came pretty close. At the same time he was making these precious small masterpieces, I was across the street making paintings that I was struggling to define the criteria for, struggling to figure out which parts of a painting had practical value and which parts were purely aesthetic—that is to say, decorative. And yet I was the one becoming famous. ✦ Excerpted from Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas by Eric Fischl and Michael Stone. Copyright © 2012 by Eric Fischl. Excerpted by permission of Crown Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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A Carpenter‘s Cottage Pond View in Sag Harbor has been owned by a carpenter; a blacksmith; a builder; an NFL star; an Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy winner; and an angel investor. The price moves up with each move-in.
want it back,” drawls Patricia Hall. “I miss my house so much. I asked at the closing if I could change my mind. I was in tears.” A former sports marketing executive, Hall was the penultimate owner of Pond View at 330 Main Street in Sag Harbor, a three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,700-square-foot shingled Greek Revival house at the top of Captain’s Row, the entrance to the historic whaling village. Likely built in the 1840s, on the foundation of an earlier structure, it is being sold by the couple who refused to let Hall back out. Angel investor Corbin Day and wife Beth Blake, the founder of Threads, a bridal and fashion line, bought it for $1.575 million in 2007, and six years later, have listed it with Corcoran for $1.895 million. Day admits that the house, situated on a tiny lot but boasting views of Upper Sag Harbor Cove from the rear and Otter Pond out front, is quirky, but adds, “There’s a spirit in that house that I can’t explain.” Pond View’s location at the entrance to the whaling port founded in the 18th 50 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
century explains some of its appeal. Its slightly cloudy history does the rest. “The basement tells you a great deal,” says Stacy Pennebaker, the Brown Harris Stevens broker who sold it to Day and Blake. Complete with a fireplace, it’s evidence that the foundation was laid long before 1840, perhaps in the late 1700s. Pennebaker, a history buff, says the hand-hewn, wide-plank pumpkin pine floors are a sign that a new house was built on an old foundation just before the Civil War, when Sag Harbor got its first lumber mill. Village historian Dorothy Zaykowski dates the house to the mid-19th century, adding the titillating detail that at the end of what she calls Sag Harbor’s “whaling days,” the corner of Main and John Streets, where the house stands, “was known as Lamb’s corner, a red-light district.” The first recorded owners of Pond View were the Williamsons, a longtime local family. Jonas Williamson, a carpenter in the 1840s, had two daughters and a son, Edwin, who fought for the Union and died in Alexandria, Va., in 1864, at age 21. Twenty years later, his sister Mary Louisa and her husband, George R. Schellinger, whose
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Pond View’s front parlor features another working fire place
The eat-in kitchen has a large working beehive fireplace
family came to the East End in the 17th century, deeded the home to Mary Louisa’s sister Elvira and her husband, Howard R. Gillingham, an engineer. They had three girls before he died in 1886. The next year, Elvira sold the house to John Fordham, a blacksmith, for $1,900. Fordham flipped it to Robert J. Power of Sag Harbor, who sold it to Annie Dalzell for $2,500 in April, 1888. She lived there with her son, Allan, who appears in public records as a watchmaker, a candidate for village treasurer and a brewer, lending credence to Patricia Hall’s contention that Pond View “was a speakeasy in the 1920s.” Annie Dalzell died in 1915, and Allan, the brewer, who had inherited half of it, bought out his sister for $275. Allan’s wife, a local girl named Minnie Foster, sold it in 1943 to William Vernon, later an assessor of the Town of Southampton, and his wife, who sold it five years later to Bernard and Frieda Zeiler, a German Jewish couple who’d survived the war and were, says Pennebaker, “humble and quiet and grateful to be there.” It’s unclear if the Vernons or the Zeilers cut the house up into several apartments, but someone did, adding to Zeiler’s income from a cleaning and dyeing shop in the village. Bernard died in 1976, and “Frieda ended up alone,” says Hall; a neighbor, the local police chief, would cut her grass on weekends and be rewarded with a glass of warm beer. “When she died,” Hall says, “they found tons of money in the walls.” In 1984, Frieda’s estate sold the house for $163,000 to Detlef and Anna Pump; 52 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
The library/media room boasts a view of Upper Sag Harbor Cove
he was a local builder, she, the owner of Loaves & Fishes, the gourmet take-out shop in Sagaponack. Detlef restored and rewired the house and sold it a decade later for $450,000 to Terre Blair Hamlisch, who redecorated it with her husband Marvin, the composer and conductor, in ornate French style. “It didn’t really fit the house,” says Anna Pump, who moved to an 18th century house in Noyac. “We had it very simple.” Fortunately, the next owner approved of what the Hamlisches had done. “Marvin was a big guy but the house was proportioned for smaller people; he felt like a big clunk, too big for the rooms,” says Hall. Ironically, though it was Hall who found it, the next deed was issued in 1998 to an even larger man, Gene Washington, a one-time wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers. “Call us very good friends, very good friends, and we still are,” says Hall, who was Washington’s partner in the purchase (the Hamlisches moved to Millbrook), but left her name off the deed “while finishing a divorce,” she says. Washington deeded over 20 percent of the
The elegant staircase is a touch typical of Sag Harbor homes
house in 2000, 30 percent more the next year and the remainder in 2004—“because of Condoleezza,” Halls says. That would be Condoleezza Rice, then George Bush’s Secretary of State, whom Washington had met while both worked at Stanford, she as a teacher, he, as assistant athletic director. It’s said that Rice had a taste for football players, and she demonstrated it by making Washington a regular escort to dinners for leaders like President Gloria MacapagalArroyo of the Philippines and Queen Elizabeth. A Rice biographer says Washington often visited Condi on weekends and once went to Camp David for Thanksgiving. Hall listed the house at $1.775 million and it took two years to sell for $1.575 million in 2007. “I was in the house when the market crashed,” says investor Corbin Day, who is moving within Sag Harbor. He and Beth Blake spiffed the place up with a new roof, kitchen, media room and landscaping. “It is hard to leave,” says a wistful Day, sounding just like the woman he bought it from. ✦
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Jennifer Tattanelli brings a taste of Florence to the Hamptons
Jennifer Tattanelli is a Florentine leather stylist, opening up a store in Westhampton Beach this summer. The eponymous Main Street shop will bear more than just her name—it will outﬁt Hamptonites in the same butter-soft leather creations that are found in her shop back in Italy. Here, she gives us an insider’s guide to Florence.
Living and studying in Florence and summering with my grandmother in the Hamptons, two of the most fabulous places in the world, makes it extremely difficult for me to choose a favorite place. The art and architecture in Florence helped me develop my taste for the beauty and appreciation of uniqueness. Summering in the Hamptons is a peaceful escape. Since I was a child, I had the luck and pleasure of staying with my grandmother, who had an amazing house filled with artifacts and artworks. Today, I travel all over the world, but there is nowhere better than my two homes.
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I am lucky to live right in front of the Pitti Palace, just above my atelier and below my creative studio. I enjoy every sunrise and sunset when the light changes on the enormous stones of the home of the Medici grand dukes (and later, home to the first king of Italy), causing them to glow in a dark coral hue. For visitors, I recommend the Four Seasons Hotel and the JK Place.
The daily grind I love to bring my kids to school in the morning after practicing yoga, and then have a nice caffelatte before starting work—visiting my artisans at the atelier, which is a short ride through the Tuscan hills. I also love to lunch with my husband at Pitti Gola Wine Bar (Marzia makes the fresh pasta every day) or at Celestino (my father has gone there every day since the trattoria opened in the 1970s). I must have a gelato in the spring or a nice hot chocolate in the winter at Rivoire, enjoying the beauty of Piazza della Signoria and the David (it’s a copy, but still nice!). If I’m lucky, I can fit in a game of tennis every once in a while.
Just passing by Florence has an interesting and eclectic international community—I am lucky enough to meet many of them through the International School of Florence and the American Consulate. My atelier is in front of the Pitti Palace as well, so you never know who might pass by!
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Do not even bother to check the travel guides when visiting Florence—just come by and ask me! I like everyone to feel at home while in Florence, and the best way is to just ask me because there is always some new event, shop or restaurant that only the locals know about.
Culturally connected After many years traveling between the Hamptons and Florence, I have come to understand how wonderful and inspiring both places are. I love to feel, eat and breathe as a local, and this is the only way for me to get inspired for a new collection. By bouncing between both places, I get to share the love for and history of both sides of my heritage—Italian and American—with my children.
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I always travel with . . . My kids and my husband; my reversible leather jacket, optical intrecciato cross-body bag, my ballet flats and my zebra & lion travel pillow! ✦ 56 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
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THE SUMMER IS BEST SPENT away from the hustle bustle and sweltering heat of the city. This oasis of an alternate world offers open air, ocean breezes and sprawling green lawns. But that’s just the start of it: With the city-dwellers’ annual migration to the Hamptons comes a slew of South Fork social events. All of New York’s power players are represented: the tycoons, the financiers, the fashionistas, the media giants, the philanthropists and so on. There are the Blue Book perennials, in their grand old houses, who have grown up in the Hamptons and whose kids are growing up in the Hamptons. Then there are always some fresh faces looking to make their mark—sweeping up notable properties, carting in a team of decorators and aiming to establish the next can’t-miss party of the season. New or old, New Yorker or transplant, the names that you need to know this summer are listed here. You can take the people out of New York, but you can’t take the “New York” out of the people. Here, for your reading pleasure, is the East End who’s-who: because who lives where, who is throwing what party, who is going to what party or not going to what party matters! So get acquainted with the A-List.
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Art World Heavyweights John Alexander Ruth Appelhof Donald Baechler Ross Bleckner Chuck Close George Condo
rudin dewoody Prominent philanthropist and contributor to charities such as The Watermill Center and the Parrish Art Museum, Beth Rudin DeWoody has been a fixture in the Hamptons since the ’70s, with Southampton being the town where she hangs her hat. Daughter of the late real estate mogul Lewis Rudin, DeWoody has a family name quickly recognizable to New Yorkers because of the clan’s major contributions to city parks, schools, hospitals and other institutions. DeWoody’s own career commenced in the film industry when she helped produce iconic movies like The Front and Annie Hall. She fell into lockstep with the family business, though, joining the real estate world and heading her grandfather Samuel Rudin’s philanthropic foundation. This summer, the renowned art collector has an exhibition coined “EST-3: Southern California in New York,” housed at the Parrish. She is also newly married to photographer Firooz Zahedi.
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Multimedia artist, director, set designer, painter, choreographer, performer, videographer, teacher, collector, architect and sculptor, Robert Wilson is a true Renaissance man. Born in Waco, Texas, Wilson moved north to conquer the changing artistic landscape and burgeoning downtown avant-garde arts scene in the late ’60s. The work he created with his company, the Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds, led to his eventual masterwork, Einstein on the Beach, an opera created in collaboration with Philip Glass that achieved worldwide acclaim. In 1992, Wilson founded the Watermill Center in Water Mill as a “laboratory for performance” for young and emerging artists throughout the world. As founder and artistic director, he has accomplished what many artists can only dream of: a place of peace and quiet in which to dream, think and create. The East End has provided Wilson with the perfect backdrop to do just that.
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and martin gruss Philanthropists and power couple Audrey and Martin Gruss recently endowed Southampton Hospital with the substantial sum of $5 million to establish the Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center, donated from their foundation, of which Audrey is president. Look for them at Southampton Hospital’s 55th Annual Summer Party on August 3, where Audrey will serve as honorary chair.
Creative Types Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan Bryan Bantry Peter Beard Robert Dash Ron Delsener Patrick Demarchelier Philippe de Montebello Peter Duchin and Virginia Coleman Peter Marino Russell Simmons Russ Steele Bronson van Wyck Ben Watts Bruce Weber
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The notorious rapper, who has championed multiple monikers (Puff Daddy, Puffy, Puff, P. Diddy, Diddy and Swag) returns to his luxurious home in East Hampton this summer. And he’s making a comeback. Once again “Diddy,” Sean Combs is making some noise, from hyped appearances at clubs (like Marquee, where he ordered bottles of Cîroc for each table) to his publicized comeback announcement (“Diddy is back!”). The media have already taken notice, with Forbes naming him “Richest hip-hop guy on the planet” in April of this year. Between exclusive outings and private soirees, Diddy is making a return to the East End this summer that just could be the start of his second coming, which leaves us wondering . . . Will he bring back the White Party?
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Born in Asheville, N.C. in 1951, this widely renowned Hamptons artist has made the East End his home for many years, finding inspiration in the landscape and natural beauty. He is known for provocative, powerful and meaningful iconography, and for still-life paintings of flowers that channel Georgia O’Keefe but are recognizably his own. He is loved by the community for his affable manner and distinctly southern charm. Sultan’s work has been featured locally at the Parrish Art Museum and galleries like The Drawing Room in East Hampton, and nationally at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA. His work is on permanent display at the Mark Humphrey Gallery in Southampton.
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The real estate tycoon and art collector is known for his ownership of the iconic Seagram building and Lever House. Add to this the Gramercy Park and Paramount hotels in New York and the W South Beach in Miami and you have one cool businessman. He definitely has friends in high places; the likes of Olivier Theyskens, Vera Wang and Bono recently raised a glass to Rosen during his high-profile 53rd birthday bash. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Rosen is the definition of “working one’s way up”—and out, with a spot on Billionaire’s Row, aka Meadow Lane, which he shares with his wife Samantha Boardman Rosen and their children. He is celebrated for hosting A-list gatherings and dinners, especially at Art Basel Miami where he regularly adds to his 850-piece collection of contemporary art.
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A model in her youth, Vogue creative director Coddington has put her stamp on the fashion bible for the past quarter century. She is the visionary behind the fantastical images of young beauties in garden settings sporting couture gowns while waiting for Mr. Darcy. A resident of Wainscott for just as long, Coddington spends her weekends relaxing, foraging in area antique shops, swimming and cooking. Born on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales, Coddington became fashion director at British Vogue prior to arriving in the States. Her first role was design director at Calvin Klein before settling in as fashion director at American Vogue in 1988, pulled in by her former British Vogue comrade, Anna Wintour. Coddington and her partner, hairstylist Didier Malige, spend as much time in the Hamptons as they can manage with their packed schedules. In 2009, the two published Catwalk Cats, a book written by Coddington and photographed by Malige but imagined from the point of view of their cats. Her latest book, Grace, A Memoir, dishes on life at Vogue as well as commentary and personal opinions on her appearance in the 2009 documentary The September Issue which made Coddington, to those who didn’t know her genius already, a star.
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Prominent journalist Alexandra Wolfe is no stranger to vacationing in the Hamptons—she grew up traveling to East Hampton with her family, including father and novelist, Tom Wolfe. Accomplished in her own right, Wolfe has written for the New York Times, New York magazine, the Wall Street Journal and Portfolio among other publications. Wolfe has established herself as a hard-hitting reporter and accomplished journalist. Watch for her upcoming first book on the Silicon Valley gold rush.
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Distinguished photographer and Montauk denizen, Bruce Weber is known the world over for his iconic photos. For the past four decades, he has photographed ad campaigns, commercials and album covers for some of the biggest names in the worlds of fashion, beauty and music, such as Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein and Estée Lauder. His photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, American Vogue, Vogue Italia, Interview, GQ and countless other publications, comprising a body of work that has made him one of the most influential and renowned photographers in the world. In recent years Weber has turned his lens to film, with his work as a director featured at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2011.
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family One of New York’s wealthiest real estate-owning families who were among the Hamptons’ first European settlers, the Goelet family continues its generation-by-generation tradition of summer vacationing on Gardiners Island. The highly private and family-owned paradise, located on the north side of East Hampton on Gardiner’s Bay, is a 3,700–acre strip of land founded by Lion Gardiner in 1639, New York State’s first permanent English settler. Robert David Lion Gardiner was the eccentric heir who dubbed himself “Lord of the Manor” and was the last to bear the family name before his death in 2004. At that point, Alexandra Gardiner Creel Goelet—a Gardiner by blood—inherited the island and its homestead. Long a place shrouded in the mystique of prestige and privilege, Gardiners Island was also the subject of continual feuding between Alexandra’s husband, Robert Goelet, and the elder Gardiner concerning its rightful use and ownership. But that’s all in the past now. Today, Gardiners Island stands as a proud icon of Hamptons history. The Goulet/Gardiners are known for their conservationist agenda, and for regulating the island as both a national preserve and family estate. For the future, the family plans to continue the Gardiner tradition of maintaining the private property as a beacon of amity—a perfect getaway from the urban jungle.
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aturally, the artists try to hog the credit for the creation of the annual Artists & Writers Charity Softball Game in East Hampton: Sixty-five years ago, the story goes, actual artists, including Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and Willem de Kooning, started gathering at painter and sculptor Wilfrid Zogbaum’s house in Springs to play softball. According to this particular creation myth, the snake in the grass was Harold Rosenberg, the art critic. Gradually, other writers infiltrated the gathering, and at some point the game bifurcated into separate teams, artists versus writers. At this distance in time, however, the only fact about which we can be fairly certain, given what we know about the two tribes, is that most of the players were probably hungover. By the time I started playing, in the early 1990s, the game had moved to Herrick Park in East Hampton and become an annual charity event; the artists had taken to recruiting actors and professional athletes, in a desperate attempt to overwhelm the writers. And a few of the participants, like George Plimpton, Ken Auletta, John Irving and Mike Lupica, actually had real athletic ability. I may have been hungover myself when I showed up that first year with a borrowed glove, and while I batted pretty well, I seem to recall fumbling a grounder in right field. Perhaps that’s why they put me in a catcher’s mask the following year. It was in this capacity that I had my storied run-in with the famous painter Alec Baldwin. (Or is he a sculptor?) I was feeling pretty good about the home run I’d hit in the fourth inning as I donned my mask for the fifth. The first batter for the artists, Baldwin cracked a solid hit to center field. I can’t remember who was batting with Baldwin on third base, but the ball was popped up to left field, where it was snagged by Ken Auletta, who promptly threw it to me at home plate. Baldwin tagged up on third and then charged headlong toward home, where I stood with the ball in my mitt, increasingly nervous as he loomed larger and larger on the third-base line, seeming to block out the sun. He then barreled forward as if ignoring my existence, eventually colliding with me and knocking me over, a painful encounter to be sure, but I retained my grip on the ball, and my foot remained on the plate. As a result, I got the MVP award at the end of the game. Announcer Howard Stringer, then-president of CBS, was calling the plays from the bleachers, and declared, “That’s the worst case of writer’s block I’ve ever seen.” Apparently there was a precedent on the artists’ side for Baldwin’s charge; they had once recruited boxer Gerry Cooney, who had never played softball before and seemed to think it was a form of rugby. (Leif Hope, the artistmanager, said of Cooney’s inclusion on his team: “He does his best work on canvas.”) And Auletta recalls: “[Cooney] thought that when you got a hit you were supposed to knock over the first baseman.” Whatever his expertise, Cooney whacked the ball and ran straight into Andy Lack, then working for CBS News, breaking Lack’s collarbone.
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“At this distance in time, however, the only fact about which we can be fairly certain, given what we know about the two tribes, is that most of the players were probably hungover.”
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Then there was Marty Lyons, the Jets defensive tackle. Like Cooney, who once painted a ceramic frog, Lyons was somehow able to qualify as an artist for a day and proceeded to hit the longest ball anyone had ever seen, over the tennis courts beyond the field. In addition to bringing in ringers, the artists have often employed the tactic of babe-wrangling, recruiting players like Christie Brinkley and Lori Singer with the clear intent of distracting the mostly male opposition. Actors and actresses seem to have outnumbered painters and sculptors on the artists’ team—Roy Scheider was for years the artists’ main pitcher—though I seem to recall seeing painters Eric Fischl and John Alexander on the field as well. As for the writers, despite their fierce competitiveness and chronic insecurity, they tend to be much more exclusionary in deciding who qualifies as one of their own. “I’ve had lawyers come to me and say ‘I write legal briefs so I should qualify,’” says Auletta. Over the years, Auletta has turned away some good players, but happily for the writers, this year Ed Burns, a solid player who has done some fine screenwriting, is going to take the field for us, and the writers I have talked to feel confident that we will continue our winning streak. What can I say? It’s been a bitter rivalry. I have nothing against artists personally; in fact, some of my best friends are artists. But they seem to lose their moral compass when they get near a baseball diamond. Fortunately, we have had some fine umpires from both ends of the political spectrum to keep them relatively honest. Bill Clinton umped in ’88, and more recently Rudolph Giuliani, who has been known for some pretty fierce art criticism himself, took on the job. Back in the days when de Kooning was still painting at his studio in Springs, Senator Eugene McCarthy played second base on at least two occasions, and some recall that the game in 1968 was played as a fundraiser for his campaign. Two years later, the game was dedicated to the defense fund of architect Charles Gwathmey, on trial for displaying an American flag with a peace sign covering the stars. This year’s game will benefit several worthy East End charities: the East End Hospice, the East Hampton Day Care Learning Center, Phoenix House and The Retreat, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. The crowds have grown over the years, perhaps because this is one of the few public events in the Hamptons, not counting the Sag Harbor Fire Department’s Pancake Breakfast, at which you are far less likely to encounter a movie star, although you may see Brinkley. For all of its relaxed summer bonhomie, the Hamptons social scene tends to unfurl, increasingly, behind high hedges and gates. In recent years, big-ticket charity benefits and exclusive movie screenings have proliferated; the Artists and Writers Charity Softball event is, in one sense, a relic from an earlier, more relaxed Hamptons. Those who are unlikely to find themselves invited to Lorne Michaels’ house may run into him at the game; and likewise, even if you are not on Peggy Siegal’s guest list, you can see those who are. Also in plain sight will be the movie stars who attend her premieres, out on the field without makeup, whiffing a pitch or dropping an easy pop fly, and eliciting hoots of derision from the opposing team. ✦ 90 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
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t’s a Hamptons institution; a thread that connects the post-war Bohemia of Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline with the millennial celebrity and media circus of Alec Baldwin and Ken Auletta. East Hampton’s annual Artists & Writers Softball Charity Game has been played in some fashion since the Truman Administration and has benefited local charities since the late-1960s. This June, a little down Main Street, Guild Hall marks the game’s 65th anniversary with “They Played The Game,” a look at some of the non-softball works of the event’s illustrious participants. (The date is based on “carbon-dated shards of coconut dug up” at the original site in Springs.) But if the contest’s mythic origins hang on a not-quite-ironclad time frame, its good works and ample celebrity bonhomie are well beyond dispute. Herewith, some of the voices of the Artists & Writers game . . .
Voices: “One day, 55 years ago, the artist Wilfrid Zogbaum invited some cronies to his home in Springs to play softball in the front yard. And that was the birth of the East End’s Artists and Writers Softball Game . . . first year participants included Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Syd Solomon, Howard Kanovitz and Esteban Vicente, who came for the food, the liquor and even the softball.” Barbara Delatiner, the New York Times, August 10, 2003
[After World War II] “Many artists had migrated to Long Island . . . Some had reputations for sales. Many struggled to pay the rent. Several drank too much. The comraderie was strong and memories of those days were precious. Among the artists were Philip Pavia, Willem de Kooning, Elaine de Kooning, Norman Bluhm, Esteban Vicente, Wilfrid Zogbaum, Syd Solomon, Jackson Pollock, Ibram Lassaw, Joan Mitchell, Howard Kanovitz, Leo Castelli, Grace Hartigan, Conrad Marca-Relli, and Ludwig Sander.” Founder Leif Hope, the New York Times, May 18, 1997
“It was a perfect day to watch knock-kneed wordsmiths and paunch-addled sculptors shuffle around the diamond for charity.” Selim Algar, Dan’s Papers, August 20, 2007
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[The First Game:] “Willem de Kooning is at bat and Franz Kline is looking on. The catcher, Harold Kanovitz, the lone artist, says the pitcher that day was Harold Rosenberg, the New Yorker art critic who did so much to promote the art being produced by de Kooning and his friend and Springs neighbor, Jackson Pollock.” Joan Ullman, the New York Times, August 23, 1998
“[In the early years] We played like the Brooklyn Dodgers. You know, a runner on first and second and somebody hits a home run and passes the ones ahead of him. Girls played, lots of them, but they
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didn’t care. They ran backwards sometimes. It was the start of the feminist movement.”
Philip Pavia, sculptor
“Softball [in the original late1940s games] was a casual affair. A bat, a ball, sneakers, lob ball pitching, pop flies, occasional home runs, muscle strain and talk. Not high-caliber perhaps, but competitive and fun. And, arguments. Abstract Expressionism was in full flower. Cubism was over. Constructions, sculpture, color field painting, Matisse, Braque, Picasso and David Smith were subjects of talk . . .”
“In the late 1960s, writers began to infiltrate. The artists accepted them with reservations. ‘They changed the game,’ Philip Pavia recalled. ‘It had been fun, with a lot of laughter. Now they insist on rules.’”
Founder Leif Hope, the New York Times, May 18, 1997
Founder Leif Hope, the New York Times, May 18, 1997
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[In 1972] “Dustin Hoffman [stepped] aside as pitcher for the Artists so the painter Herman Cherry could pitch one ‘ball’ to George Plimpton . . . when he connected, the grapefruit exploded with such a bang that Mr. Plimpton was terrified. He thought it was a bomb—that was the era of the bomb.” Joan Ullman, the New York Times, August 23, 1998 “In those earliest days, no distinction was made between artists and writers . . . former Grove Press publisher Barney Rossett, the actor Eli Wallach, and the art collector-real estate developer Ben Heller would sometimes join [Harold] Rosenberg on a ‘writers’ team.”
“. . . fans say that the Artists & Writers game retains surprising links to its humble and quirky past. The game still features occasional pranks and a half-deadly, half-joking rivalry between opposing teams of players sometimes fancifully defined as artists or writers.”
Joan Ullman, the New York Times, August 23, 1998
Joan Ullman, the New York Times, August 23, 1998
“Gradually [from the late-60s onwards] the definition of “artists/writers” was expanded to include people of different talents— autobody, painters, for example, and skywriters—and celebrity.”
“BARBARIC YAWPS SOUNDED OVER ROOFS AS WRITERS WIN.”
Founder Leif Hope, the New York Times, May 18, 1997
Founder Leif Hope, the New York Times, May 18, 1997
“If Senator Eugene McCarthy should be nominated to represent the Democrats in their forthcoming convention in Chicago, a small degree of his success will have to be credited to the fourth annual writers-artists softball game . . .”
The East Hampton Star, August 15, 1968 carl bernstein
The East Hampton Star, August 25, 2011 “The first game for charity took place in 1968, to raise money for the legal costs of two artists who protested the Vietnam War.”
August 12, 2012
August 25, 2012
“ARTISTS and WRITERS PLAY, LOVELY, ELOQUENT, MEDIOCRE SOFTBALL.” Dan’s Papers, August 20, 2007
“. . . the Writers boast a lineup of heavy hitters in the literary field such as John Irving, George Plimpton, Peter Maas, Avery Coreman, and Bruce Jay Friedman, not to mention journalism’s equivalent of ‘Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance,’ Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, and Ben Bradlee.” Jack Graves, the East Hampton Star, August 14, 1986
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“But the game was clean, and just in case you were wondering, so is [Writers manager Ken] Auletta. ‘I’ve never taken steroids,’ the 65-year-old media critic clarified for fans.”
Selim Algar, Dan’s Papers, August 20, 2007 “Celebrity aside, I think you have to give credit to well-known folks who aren’t afraid to embarrass themselves for a good cause.” Randall Rosenthal, East End artist
[The game now benefits] “three wonderful charities: The East End Hampton Day Care Center, The Retreat (battered women and abused children) and The Hospice. But the game has changed, from a pleasant, open, often hilarious picnic to a serious business, which results in little laughter, some profanity, deep unhappiness for the losers, pleasure for the winners and great satisfaction for the charities. As one artist said recently, ‘When the writers and their egos showed up, there goes the neighborhood.”’ Founder Leif Hope, The New York Times, May 18, 1997
“Things got off to a ruminative start at the Herrick Playground as the critic Clive Barnes weighed the aesthetic qualities of Dr. Joe Wilder’s first pitch, concluding that it was ‘adequate’ as far as pitches went. Pressed for a ball-or-strike decision, Mr. Barnes demurred . . .”
Jack Graves, The East Hampton Star, August 19, 1976
August 17, 1991
Artists’ manager Warren Brandt: “I have instructed my team not to practice. We are saving our energy for the game. And we are going to win.”
“‘It’s a balancing act, trying to win and trying to get everyone in,’ said Writers manager Ken Auletta. ‘Like Little League?’ ‘Yes, and you’re dealing with the temperaments of Little Leaguers too . . . and sometimes the skills.’”
The East Hampton Star, August 19, 1973
The East Hampton Star, August 16, 2001
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“…the Artists, once lowly and insouciant, have undergone a renaissance, their numbers swelled by well-sculpted stars of stage and screen, collectors, musicians, boxers who have spent time on the canvas, and politicians practicing the art of the possible.” Jack Graves, The East Hampton Star, August 21, 2008
“[PR legend] John Scanlon, the emcee . . . outscored both teams with his wry remarks. When Ben Bradlee, editor of The Washington Post, strode to the plate, Scanlon said something to the effect that ‘he’s played football with the Kennedys, golf with President Ford, hackey sack with President Carter, and he’s been playing softball with the Reagan Administration for the past six years.’” Jack Graves, the East Hampton Star, August 21, 1986
“. . . when Eartha Kitt [sang] the national anthem . . . ‘She surprised us all and knocked our socks off,’ said [Leif] Hope.”
“Don’t count the striving Artists out. It’s a myth that they’re poor and starving and unable to shape a rally.”
Andrew Rudansky, the Sag Harbor Express, August 12, 2010
The East Hampton Star, August 14, 1986
“We writers have lines we won’t cross. We could have recruited [local softball hero] Peter McEneaney. But he only writes a couple of letters a year and the Writers said he did not qualify. We asked him to get that number up for next year. Artists manager Leif Hope thinks Peter qualifies as an artist because he made a ceramic ashtray!” Ken Auletta, writer
“Any event that allows politico Mark Green and sportswriter Mike Lupica to engage in hip-hopstyle fist bumps is worth the price of admission, especially when it’s free.” Selim Algar, Dan’s Papers, August 20, 2007 “‘It’s too boring not to win. Two years ago, we brought in ringers, professional softballers, and we won,’ said Artists manager Elaine Benson. ‘Yes, it was unfair and unsquare, but it was more fun to win, and only two writers haven’t spoken to me since.’” Jack Graves, the East Hampton Star, August 9, 1979
“[Eric] Ernst served notice—or whatever artists serve—in the top of the first inning as he led off with an opposite field home run to right. Later in the game, in the seventh, Ernst explored the same theme, circling the bases as John (‘The World According To Garp’) Irving bobbled his fly on the right field line.” Jack Graves, the East Hampton Star, August 30, 1984
“[The Writers] have amassed an impressive lineup of players, some of whom can write and hit, but can’t run, some of whom can write and run, but can’t hit, and some of whom can hit to right.” Jack Graves, the East Hampton Star, August 15, 1985
“Eric Ernst remembers the time he made a common, digit-based obscene gesture in the direction of the umpire who had just called him out. The offending ump? Rudy Giuliani.” The Sag Harbor Express, August 17, 2012
August 18, 1990
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“No longer a comedy of errors, the ArtistsWriters annual softball game has become discomfitingly well played in recent years . . .” Jack Graves, The East Hampton Star, August 29, 2012
“While [the game] raises a lot of money for good causes, I think the truth is that most of the regulars would show up and play with no fanfare, cameras, or spectators. A very enjoyable friendly rivalry has built up over the years.” Randall Rosenthal, East End artist
Bill Collage, screenwriter
August 16, 2003
Joan Ullman, The New York Times, August 23, 1998
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rod gilbert Mort Zuckerman Mike Lupica August 14, 2010
“‘There’s something funny and tonguein-cheek about a softball game called the ArtistsWriters Game,’ said [local newspaper legend] Dan Rattiner. ‘It’s like a satire on baseball and on society.’”
“The fence. It’s been set at a defined length for over a half-century . . . But then, in its 60th year, the organizers picked up on something the Writers team has used as its private battle cry all along: imagine hitting the ball over the fence. The long ball. The one that leaves ‘em cheering. And they did.”
“[An earlier game highlight:] . . . Paul Simon hit a deep ball into left field sending Christopher Reeve from second base to home plate, barreling over the catcher to get there.” Andrew Rudansky, The Sag Harbor Express, August 12, 2010
“I pitched for a few years and then [famous actor and game stalwart] Roy Scheider showed up. It was a no brainer . . . who are people going to pay to see pitch? Roy was as gracious and empathetic as possible. An outstanding man in every regard.” Randall Rosenthal, East End artist
So m e categ orie s and players were: Writers:
Ken Auletta, John Leo, Peter Maas, Avery Corman, Jay McInerney, Jackie Leo, Mike Lupica, George Plimpton, Jack Graves, John Irving, Jim Brady, Ed Tivian, Silvia Tennenbaum, Josh Lawrence, Lee Minetree, Brett Shevack, Kurt Vonnegut. James Jones, Neil Simon, Elia Kazan, Willie Morris
Malcolm Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Roy Scheider, Sam Robards, Lori Singer, Alec Baldwin, Christopher Reeve, Bonnie Pfeifer, Alan Alda, Eli Wallach, Ed Burns, Christie Brinkley, Christine Ebersole, Mercedes Ruehl, Matthew Broderick. John Slattery, Chevy Chase, Edward Burns
“The game is always friendly but at the same time competitive. Writers player manager Ken Auletta wants the writers to win. He’s diplomatic enough to get everyone in the game and all that—and he won’t kill you if you screw up—but he wants to win . . .”
Mort Zuckerman, Walter Isaacson, Gail Sheehy, Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, Ben Bradlee, Dan Rattiner, Mort Zuckerman, Lawrence O’Donnell, Richard Reeves, Pete Hamill, Walter Isaacson, James Brady, Robert Sam Anson, Marie Brenner, Murray Kempton
Keith Kelly, NY Post Columnist, June 7, 2013
“When the Artists Get regis philBin toGether AfterWArd, you’ll heAr them sAy, ‘WAsn’t thAt A Wonderful GAme? WAsn’t thAt A Wonderful GAme!’ And then somebody Will sAy, ‘Who Won?’ And they’ll sAy, ‘We don’t knoW. did We Win? did they?’ And no one Will knoW the AnsWer. i heAr thAt every time We plAy. but the Writers . . . the Writers Will knoW.” August 17, 1991
Game Founder Leif Hope, 2010
Composer and singer: Paul Simon
Television and radio:
Howard Stringer, Mr. G, Kathleen Sullivan, Peter Jennings, James Lipton, Ken Burns, Roone Arledge, Donny Deutsch, Jerry Della Femina, John Scanlon
Ham Richardson, Gerry Cooney, Marty Lyons, Wesley Walker Pelé
Charles Gwathmey, Ronnette Riley
Eric Ernst, Dennis Lawrence, Eric Fischl, Bill Durham, John O’Connor, Bill Hoffman, Nick Tarr, Mike Solomon, Jeffrey Meizlik, Victor Caglioti, John Alexander, Walter Bernard, Rudolph Hoglund, Patsy Powers
Bill Clinton, Eugene McCarthy, Abbie Hoffman, Rudy Giuliani, Bella Abzug, Betty Friedan, Charles Rangel
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Sweet [ Summer ]
It has been widely said that life is better at the beach, and we happen to agree. There is nothing quite like salt in the air, sand between your toes and long, leisurely days spent enjoying the sunshine . . . especially when done in a great outﬁt.
photographed by Sam Yocum styled by Rory McDonough
hair and makeup by Mary Guthrie models Cecilia Singley + Alex Malyshev
On her: White ruffle dress (worn as a blouse) by Gucci, 2124 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, 516.365.0994. Mint bikini bottoms by Sauipe Swimwear, available at Everything But Water, 66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 631.324.5693. Scarf (tied around her head) by Diane von Furstenberg, available at Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Avenue, 212.705.2000. Aquamarine necklace by Helen Yarmak, 730 Fifth Avenue, 212.245.0777. Sunglasses by Marc Jacobs, available at Solstice Sunglasses Boutique, 30 Main Street, East Hampton, 631.324.4591. On him: Multi-colored swim trunks by Saturdays Surf, available at Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Avenue, 212.705.2000. Aviator sunglasses by Persol, available at Solstice Sunglasses Boutique, 30 Main Street, East Hampton, 631.324.4591. Watch by Audemars Piguet, available at London Jewelers, 2 Main Street, East Hampton, 631.329.3939.
Opposite page: Ivory jacket by Céline (Lévy’s own). Black top and black strappy sandals by Reed Krakoff, 831 Madison Avenue, 212.988.0560. Black trousers by Dolce & Gabbana, 825 Madison Avenue, 212.249.4100. Gold watch (Lévy’s own) by Rolex. JULY 2013 • AVENUE ON THE BEACH | 101
Green one-piece swimsuit by Eres, 55 Main Street, East Hampton, 631.604.5544. Gold linked bracelets and necklace available at Melody Rodgers Collection, 1050 Second Avenue, 212.758.3164. Multi-colored bangle by HermĂ¨s, 1988 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, 516.869.6660. Gold aviator sunglasses by Gucci, available at Solstice Sunglasses Boutique, 30 Main Street, East Hampton, 631.324.4591.
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White cotton button down by Steven Alan, 52 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 631.604.1726. Multi-colored swim trunks by Saturdays Surf, available at Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Avenue, 212.705.2000. Aviator sunglasses by Persol, available at Solstice Sunglasses Boutique, 30 Main Street, East Hampton, 631.324.4591.
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One-piece swimsuit by Chanel, available at select Chanel boutiques, 800.550.0005. Gold chain necklace with rings, available at Melody Rodgers Collection, 1050 Second Avenue, 212.758.3164. Straw brim hat by BCBG, 20 Main Street, East Hampton, 631.324.7645. Printed towel by Maslin & Co., maslinandco.com
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White ruffle dress by Gucci, 2124 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, 516.365.0994. Scarf by Diane von Furstenberg, available at Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Avenue, 212.705.2000. Aquamarine necklace by Helen Yarmak, 730 Fifth Avenue, 212.245.0777. 106 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
One-piece jumpsuit by Valentino, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue, 212.753.4000. Diamond hoop earrings by Helen Yarmak, 730 Fifth Avenue, 212.245.0777.
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On him: Orange trunks by Vilebrequin, 42 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631.204.1530. Sunglasses by Gucci, available at Solstice Sunglasses Boutique, 30 Main Street, East Hampton, 631.324.4591. On her: Cabazon bikini top by Tori Praver Swimwear, available at Surf Bazaar at Surf Lodge, 183 South Edgemere Street, Montauk, 631.668.1562. White pleated skirt by Azzedine Alaia, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue, 212.753.4000. Bangles by Jemma Wynne, available at 25Park, 2415 Main Street, Bridgehampton, 631.537.7525. Platform wedges by Tory Burch, 47 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 631.907.9150.
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Silk trapeze gown with contrast hem, Tommy Hilfiger, 681 Fifth Avenue, 212.223.1824. Vintage wood bangles available at Melody Rodgers Collection, 1050 Second Avenue, 212.758.3164. Gold earrings by Phillips House, London Jewelers, 2 Main Street, East Hampton, 631.329.3939.
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Through the Looking
RIGHT: Image courtesy of Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; photographed by james ewing
Josephine Meckseper in her studio
utside Josephine Meckseper’s studio, right in the heart of chaotic Chinatown, the streets are bustling with commuters and tourists. Inside her studio, though, the noise is hushed, the walls are white, the floors—pristine. It feels almost more like a laboratory than an artist’s studio—until you see the two glass vitrines, each at least 10 feet tall, standing by the window. The vitrines contain abstract wooden sculptures that recall the modern art of the early 1900s but look less like an art exhibit than a display case in a high-end jewelry store. “They’re a window into our time,” Meckseper tells me. “With all its contradictions.” A few days after my visit, the vitrines are transported along the Long Island Expressway all the way to Water Mill, where Meckseper is having an exhibition at the Parrish Museum, a stalwart of the area’s art scene that’s recently reopened in a stark new building. The Parrish plans to invite contemporary artists to produce new installations—and in selecting Meckseper for the inaugural show, has chosen a provocative and challenging artist with a strong connection to the area. The Parrish Museum has been a fixture of the Hamptons art scene since 1897, with a collection that includes many artists who have lived and worked on the East End, but its original building grew unwieldy for contemporary purposes. This past winter, after a years-long endeavor, the museum unveiled an austerely beautiful new home designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Swiss architectural duo responsible for such icons as Tate Modern in London, the “Bird’s Nest” stadium in Beijing and the Prada tower in Tokyo. The new Parrish is a long, low-slung structure nestled among the surrounding grass, which features light-filled galleries composed of pure, unadorned materials: concrete, steel, glass and blonde wood. With its triangular roof and spare detailing, the building pays Josephine Meckseper, Manhattan Oil Project, 2012. The Last Lot project space, New York. homage to the barns that still dot this end of Long Island. Since the museum opened during the Hamptons’ off season, this summer will be the first time that many visitors will see the new Parrish—which Meckseper is taking into account. “It’s quite a statement, but it’s very subtle,” the artist says of the museum’s new home. “It could almost be mistaken for an agricultural building. It’s definitely very inviting, not overwhelming. The curators were very generous and I could have done anything: films, performances . . . But since the building is so new, and so specifically inspired by the area, I was interested in engaging with the architecture itself. So I’ve created a narrative thread through the museum with my artworks.”
Photographed by Stefan Ruiz
For more than two decades, Josephine Meckseper’s art has blurred the line between culture and commerce. This summer, she takes her provocative work to the ravishing new Parrish Museum in Water Mill.
by Jason Farago
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Image courtesy of Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; photographed by Genevieve Hanson
Josephine Meckseper, Corvette, 2011. Metal fixtures, acrylic fixtures, metal chains, metal rings, metal buckles, metal hooks, taillight; digital ink-jet print on canvas with plastic; on acrylic mirrored MDF slatwall with aluminum edging.
To that end, Meckseper has created new sculptures that replicate or respond to elements of Herzog & de Meuron’s architecture. Visitors will see this effect even outside the front door, in a self-styled “outdoor lobby” that leads into the forecourt. There, Meckseper has produced a number of her signature vitrines, which display out-of-context commercial materials and references to modern art. But she’s produced them in the same scale and with the same materials that Herzog & de Meuron used for the building. The result is an uncanny echo effect, which Meckseper describes as “expanding the museum from the inside to the outside.” Elsewhere at the Parrish, Meckseper has hung her own work alongside art from the permanent collection, in a productive, at times surprising, conversation. Near a neon sculpture by Dan Flavin, for instance, is a Meckseper painting that incorporates a brassy light source. One of the Parrish’s ravishing late paintings by Willem de Kooning has the same red, white and blue color scheme as a Meckseper painting that references America at war. And a crushed car from the sculptor John Chamberlain—who worked on Shelter Island and whom Meckseper has always admired—stands alongside her largest work: an abstracted assembly line of hub caps and other car parts, featuring a pair of televisions broadcasting car commercials against a giant mirrored backdrop. “I actually made this work in 2008, and it had a lot to do with the crisis in the American car industry,” Meckseper tells me. “But in this context I really see it more in juxtaposition with Route 27, which runs right by the museum.” The artist has cunningly installed the piece near one of the Parrish’s largest picture windows, “so you actually see the cars reflected in the mirror. It’ll almost be as if the cars are driving through the installation. “I didn’t really want to comment too much about the economy of the Hamptons, because people already know that it’s a wealthy place. I’m more interested in the aspect of getting to and from the Hamptons.” Meckseper explains that she was inspired by Weekend, the classic 1967 French film by Jean-Luc Godard, which features a minutes-long tracking shot of an endless traffic jam. “We all know what it’s like to be driving that stretch. You turn the corner in Southampton and you feel, ‘Oh, I’ve almost made it,’ and then you’re still stuck in traffic. And at this point you will see all the cars reflected.”
“They’re a window Into our time,” Meckseper tells me. “With all its contradictions.”
eckseper was born and raised in northern Germany and came to the United States in the early 1990s to study at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), one of the country’s most progressive art schools, which pushes students to think about producing art outside of the traditional system of galleries and museums. When she graduated, she decided that instead of making art, she wanted to edit a publication. That publication, FAT Magazine, lasted for seven years and juxtaposed heavyweight articles on art and philosophy with loud, garish imagery (and sometimes even pornography), all laid out like a trashy Italian tabloid. All sorts of artists contributed: In one issue, a work by Matthew Barney was disguised as an ad, and FAT soon garnered a downtown cult following. It wasn’t until the 2000s that she began making artworks in what has become her signature style: assemblages of random consumer goods, sometimes luxurious and sometimes cheap, in glass vitrines against mirrored backdrops. They bring the imagery of shopping into the white cube, but by placing such weird collections of items together—car parts, designer underwear boxes, costume jewelry, a toilet brush—Meckseper calls attention to the strangeness of those objects, and to the larger economy that produced them. The works are also, she explains, a chance to ask questions of the art world’s own tendency to transform culture into commerce. “At first I JULY 2013 • AVENUE ON THE BEACH | 113
The new Parrish Museum in Water Mill
didn’t want to take part in the commercial gallery system,” she says. “But later I became more interested in taking on the commercialism of the art world itself, and that’s when I started making these display forms and shelves.” Her vitrines and displays have been exhibited at MoMA, the Guggenheim and the Whitney; this autumn, she’ll have her first show at Andrea Rosen Gallery, her new dealer, with help from the Art Production Fund. Last year, Meckseper completed her largest work ever: a massive public installation, right on 44th Street, of counterfeit oil pumps, which made the site look as if midtown had struck black gold. Oil, and the political and ecological consequences of car culture, have always been a few of the artist’s major interests. But Manhattan Oil Project was on a scale she’d never before attempted. Even though the pumps didn’t actually have any function, they churned up and down all day—and became an unlikely tourist draw. “That piece in particular was really about creating something extremely accessible,” Meckseper explains. “Being near Times Square, it allowed people from all over the world to see something where 114 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
they weren’t really sure if it was an artwork. When we did surveys, 50 percent of the people really thought that the city was drilling for oil. It was actually very endearing to talk to people about their ideas and what they brought to it. A lot of people from the Midwest told me that they had these things in their backyard. So it was as if a piece of Americana had been brought to New York. But then, 500 feet away in Times Square, there’s that army recruiting station . . . It was the most gratifying thing that I’ve ever done.” Her work requires precise craftsmanship, so most of her pieces are produced not in her studio but with the help of outside manufacturers. Although she often works with specialty art producers, she told me that she actually prefers to work with commercial fabricators. “For the oil pumps I worked with a company in New Jersey that only does industrial machinery and not artworks,” Meckseper says. “They were so excited. They came to the opening, and we’re still in touch. It would actually be a lot cheaper for me to produce my work overseas, but it’s nice to manufacture things in this country. There’s a certain amount of pride that goes into doing things locally.”
“When we did surveys, 50 percent of the people really thought that the city was drilling for oil. It was actually very endearing to talk to people about their ideas and what they brought to it.”
eckseper’s Parrish show is something of a homecoming. She spends her summers in Amagansett with her boyfriend, the artist Richard Phillips, and several of the works in this show were inspired by a car dealership in Southampton, where she’d sit outside and gaze at the showrooms. Unlike many of the artists who exhibit in the Parrish’s collection, Meckseper has no studio on the East End, at least not yet. “I hope to, at some point,” she says. “But I also sometimes prefer not to work there, because it’s nice to have a division—to just go out there and not think about work. I’m torn. Because once I have a studio, I know that I’m going to have to work there.” Meckseper’s elaborate, sophisticated show in the Hamptons this summer may seem a far cry from the punky magazine of her early days. But the impulse behind her new work remains the same as it’s ever been: to surprise us, to expose the hidden sides of our culture and to investigate our assumptions about everything around us. “As an artist you can’t really take the exhibition space as a neutral ground,” she says. “Maybe the most radical thing would be to show at some glitzy gallery uptown. I think it’s more interesting because it gives you more options. If you live on the fringe, you always have the romanticism about never failing. If you don’t really jump in, you can’t fail.” ✦ JULY 2013 • AVENUE ON THE BEACH | 115
MANO al MANO
SOUTHAMPTON HOSPITAL’S ANNUAL SUMMER PARTY Larry Wohl
BELLE OF THE BALL Whitney Fairchild was a vision in polka dot perfection at last year’s event. Who will take the cake this year?
BEST GET-UP BY A GUY Larry Wohl impresses us in his sea-breeze chic duds in 2012. DYNAMIC DUO Shail Upadhya and Karen Bass for going the extra mile last summer. FACT The event is celebrating its 55th
birthday this year, making it the East End’s longest running charity party.
Shail Upadhya and Karen Bass
WHERE EXACTLY IS YOUR MONEY GOING? T The he Jenny and John
Paulson Emergency Department and The Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center. The 2012 summer party raised $1.6 million.
ON BOARD Robert Chaloner stepped up as the hospital’s president and CEO in 2006. He led SHH out of financial peril—with peril with the help of the summer party funds.
DANCE FACTOR Alex Donner, the gold standard as far as party bands go. Be prepared to twist and shout into the early hours.
BONUS! Expect colorful, glamorous, Flamenco-chic interpretations of this
year’s “Magical Madrid” theme. There is also a silent auction and raffle, so bring your checkbook.
WHAT TO WEAR, WHAT TO WEAR
SERVED UP Robbins Wolfe will once again cater. Last year there was a Mister Softee ice cream truck parked outside to bid guests a proper adieu.
EXPECT TO SEE
Expect the city’s elite to come out for this one. Past attendees include Southampton Mayor Mark Epley, this year’s honorary chair Audrey Gruss, Patrick McMullan, benefit chair Jean Shafiroff, Peter Brant and Patricia Duff.
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THE SETUP Renowned garden designer Tony Urritia will give the grounds a Madrid makeover. Polish your castanets!
They’re undisputedly the two biggest tickets of the season—but how do these summer soireés compare and contrast? THE PARRISH ART MUSEUM’S MIDSUMMER PARTY
BELLE OF THE BALL Lydia Carlston’s glam swath of magenta silk was the highlight of the 2012 summer party.
BEST GET-UP BY A GUY Di Mondo made a splash in his head-to-toe floral Givency suit. DYNAMIC DUO Michael De Anda and Suzanna Lee for expert coordination.
FACT This year will mark the first time this
party is held in the museum’s new Water Mill home, designed by Herzog & de Meuron.
THE SETUP Designer Ron Wendt tells us the long scarlet tables will be decorated to echo the clean lines of the new building and will also incorporate the meadow aesthetic of its surrounding 14 acres.
Michael De Anda and Suzanna Lee
WHERE EXACTLY IS YOUR MONEY GOING? Right back into the museum, museum, which is one of the prime cultural centers out east. Last Last year’s event brought in $650,000.
ON O N BOARD Terrie Sultan was appointed as the museum’s director in 2008. Her impressive past includes senior positions at the in New N ew Museum and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.
DANCE D ANCE FACTOR David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors has signed on as the entertainment. Get ready to rock.
BONUS! The heart and soul of the museum will be highly visible; expect installations and performances programmed by Kyle Hardin DeWoody, Andrea Grover and Tripoli Patterson, in addition to the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits on view. WHAT TO WEAR, WHAT TO WEAR
SERVED UP Locally based Art of Eating is in charge of dinner. They come recommended by Martha Stewart; expect to eat well.
EXPECT TO SEE
Artists, philanthropists, socialites and local activists unite. Past attendees include Donna Karan, Chuck Close, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Ross Bleckner, Marissa Mayer and Geoffrey Bradfield.
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Director Roger Ferris revived and repurposed Topping Rose House. Now a new generation gets to revel in it. interview by Haley Friedlich photograph by Eric Strifﬂer
rchitect Roger Ferris has taken on a new challenge with the restoration of the historic Topping Rose House. With it, he married landmarked structures with modern additions—filling the Hamptons’ void for a much-needed high-end inn. Here he explains how he first got into the business, how he has made his mark on the East End and what his future blueprints hold.
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hampton scape Did you always want to be an architect? I was introduced to Victor Christ-Janer, a practicing architect and professor of architecture at Columbia, when I was a 14-year-old living in New Canaan, Conn. He became my mentor. I apprenticed myself to him during summers—through college and graduate school, and then afterwards. His is the only other firm I have ever worked for, besides my own. What were some of your early projects in your own firm? When I first started, I did houses, which is an irony because now that I’ve done pretty much every type of building, I know that the most difficult thing to do is a house. Why is that? Architects typically start on houses because they seem small; “Well, I can design a house.” But the expectations of the owner make it such a significant challenge. Nothing is more personal than a house. Do you specialize in one type of building? I’ve had my own firm for about 30 years now and our practice is diverse typologically. We do that very consciously—we’ve never really wanted to specialize in any one type of building, but preferred instead to be open to any kind of project. We believe that we can learn from all of those different types of buildings when it’s time to do a house. We can certainly learn from commercial construction. Commercial construction is more sophisticated than residential, so we’ve been able to borrow lessons learned from larger projects and apply them to our residential work. Can you think of an example of when a commercial project has informed a residential project? Well, today, residential projects are more technologically savvy than they ever have been before. In our commercial projects, we design things like trading floors for financial institutions, which are probably the most robust technological spaces. We have figured out how to wire them below the floor and above the ceiling, and with multiple redundancies in case there is ever a disruption to one line of power. We can apply this knowledge to a house, so it is smart for today and flexible for the future. Does it ever work vice versa? Our commercial works have a sense of scale that they might not otherwise have if we were never doing houses. 120 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
You were behind the design of the newly opened Topping Rose House—tell us about that project. Topping Rose is a good example of blending historical and contemporary architecture. The project was the brainchild of William Campbell and Simon Critchell. They’re not developers, but rather two people interested in making something that the Hamptons has really never had—a highend inn. And they persevered through five years of approvals in order to get it done. The first stage of the project was the restoration of a 1820s Greek revival house. When we started the project, the historical part of the structure was not in good shape. Then in order to expand it, we had to blend the historical structure with new components. These are all connected underground, so the staff have the ability to go from the commercial kitchen underground for room service, etc. The structure looks very simple, but it’s actually very sophisticated. It’s not the kind of thing you’d do without having had commercial experience, yet the scale of the buildings is very residential—so it’s a blending of those two things.
Do you have a favorite project? The next one. It’s true! You build off of everything you’ve done—so you’re always thinking.
What is your design philosophy? I take the approach that every project is as unique as the client—and every client is certainly unique. So I believe that our buildings are very site and client specific. That is more difficult because we’re challenging ourselves to think outside the box every time and to dig deep every time to come up with a design rationale. And you’re always working with constraints. The regulatory environment is very difficult.
What if a client is requesting an exotic material? How do you reconcile their wants with what you believe to be the more responsible solution? I’ve found that our clients have always been informed enough to realize “Alright, alright. I don’t need this rare wood when there are two trees left, and I could do this instead.” And if you’re resourceful you can usually find a material that’s more or less equal in color, density and surface-to-touch.
Is the approval process the biggest challenge in your field? It creates constraints and limits, but good architecture can come from that. It is the biggest challenge, but there are multiple challenges. We have engineers of all types: structural, mechanical, electrical, acoustical, landscape architects, technology consultants. The architect becomes more of a director, akin to a movie director. One of my friends is the director Barry Levinson [Rain Man] and we compare notes all the time. What is your favorite part of your job? Ironically, it’s the process. If you don’t love the process—if you’re just waiting for the end product—you’ll never get there and it won’t be well done. Any movie director would tell you the same thing. Great writers, great lighting, great editors, great gaffing, great caterers. Whatever it takes to keep everybody motivated at 3 am!
And what do you have coming up? Well in the Hamptons we have two projects we’re working on right now. One is a hospice for the East End. The other is an underground gallery that we’re doing at the Watermill Center, which will expand their archival space. We’re also working on a new private house at the Bridge. You’ve won awards for being ecologically responsible. Is that a driving force in your projects? Every building that we do, no matter what it is, is ecologically responsible. And it’s no longer a skill that you apply here and there. It’s automatic, and it needs to be. It’s now in the DNA. So everything we do, we’re thinking about the environment. And not just the local; Southampton has a strict energy code itself, but we don’t limit ourselves to just satisfying local concerns. We’re looking at lots of global initiatives, beyond the rating system.
When taking on a client, do you screen them to make sure that you’re going to be able to work together and share this philosophy? Yeah, there’s kind of a mutual interview process. It’s all part of aligning expectations. One of the greatest joys—maybe this is the best part of being an architect—is actually having had the opportunity to work with so many diverse people. It’s not an arm’s length relationship; not for the best projects. Of all the great architects that I’ve been fortunate enough to have met and talked with, I always engage them in conversations about their clients and it always comes down to the relationships they develop. It’s fundamental. Way before any of the design stuff—that relationship is fundamental to the creating of architecture. ✦
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TONY: “Cash is trash”: Someone just gave you $25 million. When, how and where are your companies going to invest it? RICK: It would be entirely dictated by client objectives and risk, but [invested] in a balanced portfolio. I’d probably put 60 percent into equities. The cash portion I’d put into very short-term municipal bonds. High-yield municipal bonds that are associated with essential services such as education and health care remain attractive. And TIPS [Treasury Inflation Protected Securities] look like they may start having some value again. They have recently been way overpriced. JASON: We’ve been framing the environment as parole from debtor’s prison [LAUGHTER]. We are still in a “de-leveraging.” You basically get a choice: Do you want a guaranteed loss of purchasing power due to inflation eating it away, or do you want to take your chances with some riskier assets in hopes that you can actually improve your financial position? But the environment is not conducive to unbridled risk-taking. Highyield bank loans and high-yield munis are an interesting area. On the equity side, pull into the higher-quality dividend growth companies. And then, there are interesting opportunities in private equity. We think of private equity like we think of hedge funds: 70–80 percent of what you get shown is junk, but the other 20 percent are gems that are worth the search. An example of private assets we find interesting are non-performing loan assets being sold by European banks. The current payouts aren’t great, but they’re likely to appreciate from current discounted levels. TONY: Core munis, enhanced dividend strategies, master limited partnerships (MLPs), floating bank note paper and emerging market debt. JENNIFER: Most investors’ allocations are
really out of whack! So, what do you do with cash is precisely the right question. We are seeing most people are under-invested in equities, and most people are not invested in non-U.S. equities. So, we’re advising them to get back to their long-term allocation. We are at the point where they’re going to feel compelled to get back in because the markets keep hitting new highs. Being invested throughout the cycle is a better idea, but just getting back to your long- term targets is a good place to start. TONY: Let’s talk about inflation. Are we in an inflationary environment? Or are we in a deflationary environment? JASON: We’re in an environment of 2 to 2.5 percent inflation. Despite the attempts by the Federal Reserve to increase money supply, at the end of the day it’s not making it out the door. The lending’s not flowing, so that can’t cause a dramatic amount of deflationary. Of course, if banks suddenly decide to loosen up on lending . . . JENNIFER: It’s hard to have an inflationary environment when you’ve got the kind of unemployment levels we have, when you’ve got average people who are taking a dollar and instead of going out and spending it, they’re trying to pay off their debt: credit cards, mortgages, student loans. TONY: We desperately need some inflation to fuel non-government economic growth. RICK: No inflation, and I don’t see it for a while. I think it’s going to require a meaningful change in the velocity of money, which is the rate of money exchanged in purchasing. I also see 2.5 percent inflation until velocity picks up, which could be some time. The trick for the Fed is whether it can move fast enough to stem inflation when velocity increases. Look at the way the Fed handled it in the 1930s and ’40s. Similar scenario: Rates
were kept low for a long period and inflation was low for a prolonged time. It crept up and occasionally you had an inflationary spurt. I think the U.S. is in much better shape to weather a potential monetary storm than a lot of other places, should it come. The Fed’s balance sheet has income-producing assets that it can sell into the market to pull cash out of the economy; the European banks, they’re holding government debt! Who’s going to buy that? I think they’re in a more difficult position. TONY: Let’s talk about mortgages. Are you advising people to borrow? Pay off their mortgages? Home equity loans? In our lifetimes rates have never been so low. JENNIFER: People have different levels of comfort with debt. I can tell a client that it makes intellectual sense to borrow at historically low rates and go deploy that money in some higher-yielding asset. We find that clients who have either the balance sheet or the longer-term horizon are much more comfortable with it. Some clients have paid down even very inexpensive debt because any debt makes them uncomfortable. It’s an individual decision. TONY: What about the person who’s buying the $4 million apartment on Park Avenue? If they’re allowed to borrow against the co-op, should they and put it in the market? JENNIFER: I think most people who are buying a $4 million or $5 million home understand that there’s pretty inexpensive financing available right now, but I don’t necessarily see them taking it and then buying a diversified equity portfolio. TONY: I went to a private asset management industry breakfast on art lending and it’s absolutely booming! The principal is the hedgies always want their wealth in motion,
Peter E. (Tony) Guernsey Jr., chief client advocate, Wilmington Trust FSb, moderated this roundtable and also answered questions on his company’s behalf.
The other participants were: (in alphabetical order): Jennifer Lee, senior vice president and regional managing director, Wells Fargo Private Bank
Jason Pride, director of investment strategy, Glenmede Richard R. Hough III, president & C.O.O., Silvercrest Asset Management Group
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their community. We think we earn our reputation and protect it by working with clients on an individualized basis. What’s right for one may not be right for another. That kind of dialogue, personal interaction and advice forms our clients’ opinions of us as an institution. JASON: Glenmede is an independent company focused solely on investment and wealth management, and as such has not and will not be subject to the conflicts of interests that must be dealt with in larger banking operations. Of course, in order to maintain our responsibility and trust-worthiness, we emphasize a set of values that recognize all of our stakeholders: our clients, our community, our employees and our shareholders.
prudent management, is important in maintaining trust. At the end of the day, the business is about that relationship—the steady hand on the tiller. People who didn’t make a lot of changes to asset allocations, who may only have softly shifted, are the ones who made out great in the end, and this only reinforced our relationships. TONY: Our industry spends an inordinate amount of time competing by performance, and as such, concentrates on preparing the money for the family. Few banks and asset management companies prepare families for their ultimate financial worth. What are you doing to help people prepare themselves for their future wealth?
“Some clients have paid down even very inexpensive debt because any debt makes them uncomfortable. It’s an individual decision.” —Jennifer Lee so they are buying art at an all-time high and leveraging it by 80 percent. Haven’t we been here before?
Peter Guernsey Jr.
JASON: I think we’ve learned that, with leverage, investors, clients, the general population all make mistakes. There are a lot that are completely adverse to borrowing but when you run the numbers, borrowing 20 percent against their overall asset value is such an immaterial number. The risk a correction will wipe them out is quite low, yet they’re adverse to doing that first 20 percent. And at the other end of the spectrum, people are taking assets like art that have 40 percent volatilities and are willing to take 85 percent debt out against it. Nonsensical. TONY: Let’s talk a bit about our reputation. JENNIFER: Yours, personally? [LAUGHTER] TONY: I said our reputation! What are each of your companies doing to gain back the trust that was greatly affected by the financial crisis? JENNIFER: Wells Fargo knows that every team member is a reputation ambassador in 124 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
RICK: We didn’t have exposure to the type of products that gave banks problems. People are worried. They think Wall Street in general is bad. The good news is, Wall Street is a thing . . . a bank is just a thing. Whether a client is at a big bank, a community-based bank or an independent investment firm, the client still works with a person, somebody they generally like and trust. Emphasizing the personal relationship, coupled with high-quality service and
JENNIFER: We’re doing a couple of things: One is making sure relationship managers work beyond their client, to the extent the client will give them access to children or spouses. The conversations range from Finance 101 to Philanthropy 101. Sometimes they haven’t prepared a spouse or children for wealth. Sometimes they themselves aren’t prepared for a meaningful change in wealth. I was with a family recently who just sold a family business and the conversation was, “This is new money for all of us. Help.” JASON: Reaching that next generation is the hardest part. It’s difficult to get some of them to even show up at the meeting. We’ve done a lot of work on getting our relationship managers comfortable with talking to the next generation through the parents (often the current clients). RICK: At the end of the day, we are investment managers, not psychiatrists, which some families may need. We’re best pulling in professionals who deal with those kinds of dynamics rather than trying to practice a different profession as amateurs. You run into families that want to leave everything to their kids and those who want to leave nothportraits by Dan Burnstein
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JASON: For some, it’s about understanding the spending pattern and setting reasonable expectations. Others are in the more fortunate circumstance of not worrying about their ability to pay for their lifestyles. With them, it’s more helping them figure out what to do with the money down the line—the charitable and legacy goals in both cases; setting a plan is key. Ninety percent of investment success is dependent upon staying with a given plan. Changing because something has gone wrong in the near term is how you destroy wealth! JENNIFER: The majority of our clients, if they’ve planned appropriately, will not run out of money. Inevitably, the reason they’ve
worried,” I guarantee out of money. It’s a risk protector. What’s investment idea that seen lately?
they will never run mindset, a built-in the most-interesting your company has
JASON: What we refer to as retrograde insurance, where we’re reinsuring reinsurers. RICK: The best thing we’ve done was to stick with U.S. equities with continued rebalancing, even when it was really difficult. That said, we’re quite interested in the potential for frontier markets, even beyond emerging markets. It’s a way to engage with the world beyond investments that a lot of clients may find appealing.
“Ninety percent of investment success is dependent upon staying with a given plan. Changing because something has gone wrong in the near term is how you destroy wealth!!” —Jason Pride ing, and not because they don’t like their kids. You have to follow their lead.
JENNIFER: Wells Fargo has family dynamics professionals on our staff, because sometimes those transitions require a different level of specialized attention than their relationship manager can provide. TONY: A tough question: Describe your company in one word.
TONY: I agree. No . . . once again this time isn’t different. As much as our investment experts have to manage around closer correlations, asset allocation still works, protects and grows your family’s assets.
JENNIFER: Stewardship RICK: Fidelity JENNIFER: It’s taken. [LAUGHTER]
JASON: I have to come back to an old word: Trust
accumulated wealth is they never overspent to begin with. We don’t have to have a budgeting conversation. Being able to show a client that, through a planning process, can be psychologically comforting.
TONY: I’m 75 years old; I’m terrified that I’m going to run out of money. What are you going to do for me to help me get over this fear?
TONY: The people who don’t ask this question are the people who do run out of money. If someone says, “I’m really
TONY: Fiduciary. Also taken. [LAUGHTER]
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JENNIFER: We’ve just come through the worst financial crisis of our lifetimes. I think what’s been most reassuring is that the asset allocation process actually works. If we do all the stuff, everything that we say we’re going to do—talk to our clients, rebalance portfolios, diversify across the globe, keep people to their plan—it actually works. We’ve come through a time where every article in the financial press asked, Is asset allocation dead?
RICK: It was ridiculous; modern, sophisticated asset allocation again proved itself in the end. JENNIFER: Right. I think we have the best jobs in the world. What we do, architecting and delivering a plan, actually helps people. ✦
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What advice Would you give someone looking to buy real estate as an investment in the hamptons noW? susan: I think the time is right to buy now while there’s still a good amount of inventory to choose from. I believe the market will continue to improve, and as we all know, when the inventory starts to deplete, the price goes up. Buy the best property you can afford, in your price range. Remember, you can always make improvements to a home but cannot change the location. What are the biggest mistakes you see buyers make? matt: I think one of the biggest mistakes is when clients get too emotional during the negotiations. Don’t take things too personally and ultimately miss out on your dream property. Be educated about the market and know when the right property comes along. And, on the selling side, [the biggest mistake] would have to be overpricing. Listen to your agent and don’t end up chasing the market. What professional accomplishment(s) are you proudest of this year? susan: Ranking in the top of my field: I’m proud to say I am currently ranked by the Wall Street Journal No. 2 in the United States for sales volume—and being the only Hamptons agent in the Top 10 WSJ ranking is by far my best accomplishment to date. What eXcites you most about your Job? matt and susan: We both love what we do and really enjoy people and the challenge of finding or selling the perfect property for them. I think it has a lot to do with our success, and it could not be more satisfying. We end up being friends with most of our customers, and we are honored that they trust our judgment and opinion—that means more to us than anything. 130 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
What do you think it is about you that attracts so many a-list clients? matt and susan: We have sold many homes to heads of industry, pro athletes, celebrities, both foreign and domestic buyers. Our clients and customers are referred to us expecting the very best representation, 24-hour service, a realtor who is the most knowledgeable in the business, and someone who gives it their all and knows how to get the deal done. That is what we strive to provide for all our customers and clients, large or small, and of course, total confidentiality and privacy. tell us about some of the best values out there noW in your area. matt and susan: I think our two oceanfronts are amazing: one brand new in Bridgehampton with almost 10,000 square feet, the only brand new modern structure available on the ocean in the Hamptons. Simply stunning, with roof-top deck, with fireplace, pool house and every bell and whistle. The other is an oceanfront in Sagaponack, a one-of-a-kind compound, nicer than any five-star resort, with sunken tennis, outdoor pergola, kitchen, fireplace and ﬂush edge pool, along with an oceanfront beach cottage, with almost four acres!
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What do you think it is about you that attracts so many A-list clients? I seem to get a great deal of new clients out of referrals from satisfied buyers, sellers, renters and landlords with whom I have worked before. In addition, the variety and volume of my advertising seems to be a huge attraction to both buyers and sellers alike. I can normally be found in a variety of local, regional, national and even international media venues. Sellers who are looking for a listing broker can see that I put my money where my mouth is. And of course buyers and renters looking for properties would be hard-pressed to miss me and the outstanding properties I represent. In fact the inside back cover that I take in AVENUE magazine each and every month has given me great visibility and has been an excellent source for attracting new clients over the last year. What do you consider the most important details one should look for in a home? That’s like asking what’s more important: East Hampton or Southampton? Sagaponack or Shelter Island? Bayfront or oceanfront? Each buyer or renter for that matter, has his or her own ideas of what their Hampton experience should include. Some buyers like intricate molding details, paneled walls and transom windows, while others crave the more sleek and contemporary look. Certainly I have never found a buyer who was not attracted to a great kitchen and an area nearby to hang out in while meals are being prepared. Similarly, what one of my buyers labeled a “running around room” seems 132 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
to be a common theme requested by families who envision weekend baseball games and soccer matches. I think all buyers spend time in a potential house trying to envision how they are going to live in it. Once they see themselves there enjoying their lifestyle, the pieces start to fall into place. What are the biggest mistakes buyers make? Waiting for the perfect house to come on the market before they buy. I have seen buyers look for years, in one case almost two decades, for that “perfect house.” In the meantime they rented houses they complained bitterly about year after year during their quest. Other buyers have stepped up and bought houses which, while not perfect, became great weekend and summer venues and formed the perfect launching pad for them to jump on the ideal property when it did become available. My favorite story is of one buyer who was looking for a waterfront. Not finding it, he bought a house under construction near the water and lived there for five-plus years when, lo and behold, that great waterfront tear-down appeared. He bought that, had his original builder create his dream scenario and sold his first house at a handsome profit, easily moving most of the furniture over, to boot. No rental; he created equity; and he had no regrets. He also thoroughly enjoyed all those years in the Hamptons in his own house. Tell us about some of the best values in the hamptons. A few weeks ago I might have told you about a sensational two-acre estate near the ocean in Wainscott built by Lifton-Green. However,
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since that time, it has very quickly sold and closed. Fortunately, their next project will debut soon on the adjacent two-acre parcel, with almost 13,000 square feet of beautifully finished space and amenities on three levels, augmented by a pool, cabana, tennis court and an ocean-view roof deck only seven properties from the beach. On the ocean on Flying Point Road, I have that perfect 5,500 square-foot, six-bedroom beach house, with the additional advantage of having land and a dock on the bay right across the street. Sunrises over the ocean and sunsets over the bay. Priced at $17.5 million, it is an incredible find. In East Hampton’s Georgica, construction is more than half completed on a 6,500 square-foot, eight-bedroom house by M & M Custom Luxury Homes, priced just under $8 million, sprawling across 1.25 acres that will have all the amenities and tremendous curb appeal. And of course I have a couple of things I’m not quite ready to talk about yet that are close to coming onto the market. Stay tuned! What one property are you currently representing that you’re shocked hasn’t been snatched up yet? I recently listed an outstanding 2.5-acre estate with deeded ocean access. A ten thousand-plus square-foot, 10-bedroom residence with a finished lower level, home theater, pool, tennis court and more bells and whistles than will fit here. Available for sale and for rent, it is the most spectacular residence to ever come on the market in this ocean-access enclave in Southampton. Had it not been listed late into the season, I am sure it would be gone. There is nothing quite like it on the market today.
corcoran group real estate 51 Main Street East Hampton, NY 11937 m: 516.380.0538 ◆ e: email@example.com ◆ W: MyHamptonHomes.com
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Rick Distel Sotheby’s International Realty Associate Broker
What eXperience/eXpertise gives you your edge? I have been involved in real estate for over 20 years. It is in my blood and I love what I do. I’m a master at marketing, a skillful negotiator and a great listener. These are essential skills in my job.
are there any causes you’re passionate about? Canine cancer. We lost our chocolate lab two years ago at age 6. Dogs are dying of this disease at alarming rates, and we need to spend more on research.
What eXcites you most about your Job? Helping to pen new chapters for people. The transition out of or into a new home is a huge life change, and I love being able to play a part in it. There are often tough negotiations in the beginning, but I love to see the smiles at the closing table.
What do you like to do in your spare time? I love to cook. It is my wind down at the end of the day to open a bottle of champagne and prepare a nice dinner. Depending on the day, we could be sitting down to eat at 10 p.m., but the decompression time is great.
What Word, or feW Words, best describes you professionally? Drive, integrity and loyalty
What’s your favorite Way to spend a summer day in litchfield? Litchfield County is stunning during the summer. When we have weekend guests, our activities could include a hike in the Steep Rock land preserve, brunch on the terrace at The Mayﬂower Inn, kayaking at Lake Waramaug and picking heirloom vegetables from our farm and preparing a fantastic sunset feast by the pool.
What professional accomplishments this year are you most proud of? I was given the top producer award for 2012 sales volume in my office, and so far my 2013 performance is keeping me in that spot. A great sale I just had was a perfectly restored Marcel Breuer mid-century modern home in Litchfield. A competitor had it listed for over two years before I took the listing. I launched the property on the Sotheby’s website, and we sold it to the first person who saw it! What’s your secret to striking a balance in your personal and professional life? A very understanding partner! Mine is perfect. We’ve both led very busy career lives and we both recognize that sometimes work has to come first. We have always worked very hard, but we also play with equal vigor. 134 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
sotheby’s international realty 18 Titus Road, Box 329 Washington Depot, CT 06794 o: 646.417.2720 e: firstname.lastname@example.org W: sothebysrealty.com rickdistelsir.com
Harald Grant Sotheby’s International Realty
Senior Global Real Estate Advisor and Associate Broker
What is it about you that attracts so many a-list clients? My 26-plus years of experience with Sotheby’s. In addition, people respect my strong work ethic, product knowledge and honesty. Also, clients want anonymity—the last thing anyone wants is their name in the paper. The less said, the better. What eXcites you most about your Job? Everything. The job incorporates multiple elements, from clients/customers to houses old and new to architectural design. Every day brings something new. Our world is constantly moving, and the most successful brokers have to be at it 24/7. The continued friendships established over the years and having the kings and queens of business ask you to negotiate for them. What are the biggest mistakes sellers make? Pricing. In today’s market, price point is key. Listing your house over market is a common mistake. Usually when a house is priced correctly, interest is immediate. What’s your secret to striking a balance in your personal and professional life? I don’t distinguish. My
work is all-encompassing. My personal life comes second. I have learned that in our business, one must be prepared to work all the time. What Would you recommend to those trying to sell their homes? What are the important little things that often get overlooked? First impressions are critical: A clean, uncluttered home with fresh paint. I call it the “wow” factor. What you see first is what you remember last. What do you like to do in your spare time? Sailing. It’s my escape. But even then, I’m always available by phone.
sotheby’s international realty 50 Nugent Street Southampton, NY 11968 o: 631.283.0600 c: 516.527.7712 e: email@example.com W: sothebyshomes.com / haraldgrantrealestate.com JULY 2013 • AVENUE ON THE BEACH | 135
Christina Galesi Sotheby’s International Realty Senior Global Real Estate Advisor
hoW do you attract so many a-list clients? Honesty and integrity, first above all. Earning trust and knowing I did the right thing, regardless of the financial outcome, is everything. My new A-list clients trust me because their friends do. Second: reputation. I’ve been with Sotheby’s for 13 years. It takes years to build trust and senior-level credibility among clients and brokers alike. Third: discretion. I protect my clients’ privacy unconditionally. What’s your secret Weapon? I actually have two. I am calm under pressure. When negotiations become contentious or frustrating—or when a client’s preferences suddenly change—my clients find me to be direct, fact-based, positive and communicative. And I never stop working. Trading emails at 2 am and then again at 6 am is normal for me. What gives you your edge? Experience. Real estate transactions can be a minefield. You can’t learn about the obstacles from a textbook or licensing class. It takes years to work through hundreds of scenarios, develop relationships with local experts and know who can best advance a transaction at just the precise moment. What are the biggest mistakes you see buyers and sellers make? Time kills deals. Many buyers wait too long to 136 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
make an offer because they think the seller will reduce the price, even when comparable sales support it. Many sellers respond too late. Don’t give buyers the chance to find another property. And keep your emotions in check. Supply and demand play an important role in pricing and timing of the sale. Try to pull back and keep the big picture in mind. What recent professional accomplishments are you proudest of? Last year, I earned a coveted senior executive position at Sotheby’s International Realty. Actually, I was the only Hamptons broker to do so in 2012. The title isn’t the prize; what matters most to me is having achieved this threshold. The firm’s standards and expectations are appropriately extensive and rigorous. I was also pleased that one of the properties I sold made the Hamptons 2012 Top 10 Sales List.
sotheby’s international realty 50 Nugent Street ◆ Southampton, NY 11968 c: 917.969.0532 e: Christina.Galesi@sothebyshomes.com
Beate V. Moore Sotheby’s International Realty
n 2011 and 2012 Beate closed 44 deals, representing over $330 million in sales, making her the No. 1 Sotheby’s International Realty agent in the Hamptons for two years in a row. She has maintained her position in the top 1 percent of all Sotheby’s International Realty agents nationally for the past seven years. Specializing in both the sale and rental of high-end properties, Beate has had notable sales in every town in the Hamptons. She has a vast worldwide clientele who value her unwavering integrity and is recognized by her clients and customers as being the best of the best in sales at all price points, which her tremendous track record reﬂects.
Senior Global Real Estate Advisor and Licensed Salesperson
What do you think it is about you that attracts so many a-list clients? Getting the job done successfully and confidentially. What eXcites you the most about your Job? Creating a meeting of the minds by achieving record prices for sellers and great deals for buyers that resonate positively long after. What eXperience/eXpertise gives you your edge? Experience is the key word. I consider myself a “shortcut.” What Words best describe you professionally? Hard-working and, when it’s needed, I think out of the box. At all times, honest. What professional accomplishment are you proudest of? Selling 104 Gin Lane twice, both times as the listing and selling agent. The first time for $25 million and the second time for $65 million. What are the biggest mistakes you see buyers make? Letting good opportunities pass by. What are the biggest mistakes you see sellers make? Initially overpricing the property.
sotheby’s international realty 2446 Main Street, P.O. Box 1799 Bridgehampton, NY 11932 c: 516.527.7868 o: 631.537.6000 ext. 7316 e: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.sothebyshomes.com/hamptons
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What are the biggest mistakes sellers make? Unrealistic asking prices and not preparing the property for its best sale potential. What advice Would you give someone looking to buy real estate as an investment in your area noW? Worry less about the immediate return on cash and focus on the increase in future equity.
What are the biggest mistakes you see buyers make? Underbidding. Being afraid of doing a little work that will result in having what you want at a much lower purchase price.
With all the bidding Wars out there noW, What can prospective buyers do to be best prepared, so they are successful? Have your finances in order and be ready to sign a contract as fast as possible.
Stephen P. Wald Real Estate Associates, Inc.
tell us about some of the best values out there noW in your area? Hotel apartments at The Lombardy on East 56th Street off Park Avenue offer positive cash returns and the ability for unlimited owner use. Priced from $500s to $5Ms. A best kept secret! The River House Cooperative on East 52nd Street is one of the finest residential “Grand Palaces” in New York and has some of the most undervalued, oversized apartments on the market, generally priced from mid-$3Ms to $20Ms.
What about you attracts so many a-list clients? My reputation for having a comprehensive understanding of the market and a concise and analytic approach to advising clients. Being discreet and well trusted is important.
are there any causes you’re very passionate about? At Wald Real Estate, we are proud of our many strategic partnerships with charitable organizations. We donate 20 percent of our fees to the charities that our clients favor. These include The Drama League, Harvest East End, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation and others.
What eXperience/eXpertise gives you your edge? With almost 30 years representing both sellers and buyers of luxury property, I have seen it all. My co-chairing of both the East Side and West Side committees at the Real Estate Board of New York has kept me on top of the current trends in New York real estate.
What do you like to do in your spare time? I love spending time with my family and friends on weekends at our home in North Haven. We love a late afternoon at the beach and a drive in my ’63 Rolls for a tasting at The Wölffer Estate Vineyard. What could be better!
What eXcites you most about your Job? Seeing great properties, from that ideal “jewel box” to that 5,000-square-foot penthouse, and making the match happen. What Word, or feW Words, best describe you professionally? My keen awareness of what makes “smart” real estate. The ability to look at a property and grasp its intrinsic value.
stephen p. Wald real estate assoc., inc. The Lombardy Hotel 111–115 East 56th Street ◆ New York, NY 10022 o: 212.750.WALD (9253) ◆ e: email@example.com ◆ W: www.waldrealestate.com
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completed a number of deals here recently and find Manhattanites tremendously pleased with the homes they discover by looking a little farther east.
Senior Vice President and Associate Broker What eXcites you most about your Job? Only in New York can you honestly meet fascinating people every single day— and in my job that is particularly true. There are eight million unique stories in this city and I have had the distinct pleasure of getting to know so many of them, particularly having worked with captivating people and known names from finance to haute couture and beyond. I relish the process of getting to know my clients and helping each of them find the right home for their story. Each person’s journey is completely different and that makes every day uniquely exciting for me. What Word, or feW Words, best describes you professionally? “Bespoke Brokerage.” 140 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
What advice Would you give someone looking to buy real estate as an investment in your area noW? The most intriguing part of New York right now is the far Upper East Side—the neighborhoods surrounding the Second Avenue corridor, which will be completely redefined by the new subway line. When construction is complete, you will see Second Avenue undergo a dramatic shift, with the arrival of quality retail, boutiques, and dining alongside new luxury apartment complexes and improvements to existing buildings. The entire Upper East Side, from Second Avenue to the East River, will change. This is already a vibrant stretch of neighborhoods and the old idea that “west of Third” is superior is fading away—a process that will soon accelerate. I have
What professional endeavor are you proudest of this year? I’m particularly proud of navigating the 2013 sales market, as Manhattan real estate began to boom in a more complex and multifaceted way than we have seen in years. Deals in the first half of this year have not only reached record-setting prices, but with the market trending so aggressively, they also need to happen in record time or they risk falling through. This can be intimidating for both buyers and sellers and requires a significant level of finesse on the part of the broker. Guiding clients through these deals can be very intense, but the reward comes at the end of the day, when I see clients so incredibly happy to have successfully navigated such a deal. 2013 has already been an exceptional year for me, with record prices achieved for my sellers, and most of my buyers finding exactly what they wanted—and I couldn’t be more pleased to have played a part in this.
toWn residential 730 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10019 c: 917.981.4800 o: 646.998.7408 e: firstname.lastname@example.org W: townrealestate.com
tell us about a fantastic listing or proJect you are Working on? I can answer this with one building: The Charles, which I am representing on behalf of TOWN. Not coincidentally, this property also speaks to the dynamic I mentioned above. Located at 1355 First Avenue, The Charles will be a collection of 30 full-ﬂoor, four-bedroom homes with private entry landings, 10-foot ceilings, and the most gracious ﬂoor plates on the market, bar none! With design by David Collins Studio of London, The Charles is a dramatic juxtaposition that incorporates classic prewar elements within a striking, modern glass tower. Each spacious home will be like living in a townhouse in the sky, with full amenity services, natural light and city views.
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Douglas Elliman’s branch manager Ray Smith reveals the formula for the enduring success of Elliman’s Southampton ofﬁce TELL US ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF YOUR SOUTHAMPTON OFFICE. In my long career in real estate, I’ve worked at many office environments, and the key to the success of our Southampton office is in its collaborative culture. We have a group of high-producing agents who complement each other and who work together to achieve extraordinary results. And that’s a culture that we’ve created here; it’s the secret formula behind our accomplishments. It all starts with the hiring process, where we value collaboration and camaraderie above numbers. It’s a tough business; you need to be very strong to do what we do because it’s commission based. It’s easy for people to become too competitive with each other. However, that is certainly not the case with my team, where everyone understands the power of the team and understands that by working together, they can deliver maximum value to their clients and customers. WHAT ARE YOU PROUDEST OF? I’m incredibly proud of the team dynamics in my office. It’s a very open culture; we all function as a unit, which is rare in our business. By harnessing the power of the team and tapping into our cumulative experience and our agents’ vast client base, we are able to achieve spectacular results. ANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT YOU CAN SHARE WITH US? Over the last six months of 2012, our office closed the last eight major oceanfront sales, with six of them in the $20 million to $22 million range. We are currently listing several very high-profile oceanfront properties which are some of the most desirable homes in the Hamptons. And, I’m also very proud to be a part of such a stellar organization as Douglas Elliman. It’s an iconic brand with a storied heritage and a tremendous network. We recently returned from a fantastic networking event in Miami with managers from all over the company, hosted by Dottie Herman and Howard Lorber, at a spectacular venue and with an agenda designed to nurture collaboration and team spirit. It was so inspiring to spend time with the rest of our extensive management team and to preview some of the most incredible 142 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
new projects that we represent in Miami. It’s great to be a part of a company that gives back. I am looking forward to our summer party at the Wölffer Vineyard. It’s an amazing way to reward agents for their hard work and dedication. YOUR SOUTHAMPTON OFFICE HAS HAD QUITE A YEAR. TELL US ABOUT IT. Yes, we had a fantastic year—we ranked No. 1 in the Hamptons in 2012 and are on track to collect top honors in 2013. It’s hard but rewarding work. I manage both the Southampton and East Hampton offices and it’s all about effective communication. We have been very successful in keeping everyone informed and engaged. Our powerful network extends beyond the Hamptons to New York City, Long Island, Westchester, and, now, South Florida . . . and it’s a good time to be in this business. The market is hot and we are positioned brilliantly to be in the forefront of our industry. WHAT DO YOU THINK SETS YOUR AGENTS APART FROM OTHER FIRMS? Commitment, knowledge and time management. Their authenticity and stellar service result in a lot of repeat business and referrals. People come back to them. They sell a client one house, then rent the client’s friend a house and also sell the client’s son a piece of land. The key to this business is referrals through forging lasting working relationships. My brokers get a lot of referrals because of their professionalism, reputation and proven track record. Pictured on top: Aaron Curti, Michaela Keszler, Carol Nobbs and Susan Hovdesven Pictured on bottom: Richard Doyle, Lynda Packard and Erica Grossman
DOUGLAS ELLIMAN 70 Jobs Lane ◆ Southampton, NY 11968 O: 631.283.4343 W: elliman.com/long-island/southampton
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What is it about you that attracts so many a-list clients? Confidentiality, my negotiating skills, my ability to put a deal together with creative thinking and a keen sense of humor. What eXperience/eXpertise gives you your edge? Having prior careers as an international strategy and marketing consultant, as well as working in the art auction world (which included negotiating private art sales), has been very translatable to selling luxury real estate in the Hamptons. What advice Would you give someone looking to buy real estate as an investment in the hamptons? Prices are starting to rise again in all price categories. Vacant land is becoming scarce and the rental market is almost back to the height of the market, which makes real estate investments more valuable across the board. What professional accomplishment(s) are you most proud of? Being able to close three oceanfront sales post
are there any causes you’re passionate about? Along with my MBA, I have an MA in Arts Administration and Non-Profit Management and sit on a number of NGO boards around the world. There are so many incredible small grassroots non-profits in every community that change people’s lives for the better every day. What do you like to do in your spare time? Golf, tennis, skiing or anything on the water!
What’s your favorite Way to spend a summer day (or night) in the hamptons? We are blessed in the Hamptons with sensational arts venues including chamber music, theater, outdoor concerts, art museums, film—take your pick! tell us something about you that most people don’t knoW? I was one of the first women ocean lifeguards on the East End during my college summers. do you have a real estate specialty? Yes, any kind of waterfront property, especially oceanfront. These properties are quite complex in terms of understanding FEMA as well as state and local codes and regulations.
douglas elliman 70 Jobs Lane ◆ Southampton, NY 11968 o: 631.204.2747 ◆ e: firstname.lastname@example.org ◆ W: elliman.com
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With all the bidding Wars out there noW, What can prospective buyers do to be best prepared, so they are successful? I was just involved in a bidding war and won, and we are now in contract. This deal was good because the house was on the market a week, and a little underpriced. We stayed calm, discussed our options and went for it. They paid over the ask, but it is a special property, and houses around it sell for much higher [prices], so it is a good investment. I tell my customers that while they may tend to look at things from an emotional point of view, I will look at a property from an investment angle. They appreciate that. What are the biggest mistakes you see buyers make? Mistakes buyers make include going from broker to broker. Find one you like and stick with him [or her]. We all have the same database. If you’re going to establish roots out here, work with someone you like and use local attorneys for the closing.
Aaron Curti Douglas Elliman
Senior Associate Broker
What is it about you that attracts so many a-list clients? I have ranked in the top three whether in the office or in the company. I have great customer/client relationships and a lot of my business comes from that circle. What Word or feW Words best describe you professionally? Edge. I have been doing this for eight years, and even before I became a broker, I was buying, selling and investing in real estate. I have a knack for the business and know when a good deal is to be had. I am also good at getting the deal done, whether I’m on the sell or listing side. If there is an interested buyer, he or she is going to get the house. I have vision and can advise buyers and sellers on how to improve a property to make it marketable for rental or sale. I’m also building homes with my partner, Keith. We just started an 8,000-square-foot house in the Deerfield area. It will be complete by spring 2014, at $5 million. It will have bay views, a finished basement, tennis and all state-of-the-art amenities. This will be our sixth collaboration. 144 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
What area is hot right noW? The estate section of Southampton has been going through a “resurgence” of sorts. The location has always been steady and a good place to buy or invest in. A lot of the houses are known by their name instead of their address and have a close proximity to the ocean or town. The area is filled with famous houses and a storied history relevant to the infamous people who onced lived there. If you’re lucky enough to own one of the houses or estates, one could say that you are entrusted to preserve the rich history of the property. Buyers get a kick out of knowing that a particular house was once owned by . . .
What’s your secret to striking a balance in your personal and professional life? I work hard and I’m always on—never far from a phone or computer. I speak to a lot of my clients and customers late in the evening or on my way to the gym at 7 am. Whatever it takes to get the deal done, I’ll do it. I’m involved in transactions here in the Hamptons, NYC, Florida and Aspen. When business slows down here, I have a place in Aspen that I go back and forth a few times a winter. I travel a lot during this time. When I’m out of town, I’m still working. I see clients, customers and coworkers. I try to ski every day when I’m in Aspen; I had 32 days on the mountain this season and my goal for next season is 40. In the summer I work a lot too but find time to escape to the beach with my dog, Shelby, a yellow lab. She lives to go to the beach. Most Sunday evenings in the summer, I can be found at Sunset Beach on Shelter Island.
douglas elliman 70 Jobs Lane ◆ Southampton, NY 11968 o: 631.283.4343 ◆ e: email@example.com ◆ W: elliman.com
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EAST HAMPTON VILLAGE HUNTTING LANE Tucked away on a secluded south-of-the-highway lane, in the heart of East Hampton Village, is a very special property. 6,000+ sq. ft. home offers 6 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, 3 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, screened-in-porch, finished lower-level and attached 2-car garage. This lushly landscaped shy acre has a 60 ft. heated gunite pool with spa and a magical secretive pathway to your own Village Lane. Truly one of a kind! Exclusive. Web#51126. $6,999,000
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WATER MILL SOUTH COMPOUND WITH TENNIS AND POOL Water Mill | $7,800,000 | Sited behind electric gates is this 8-bedroom, 8.5-bath, state-ofthe-art home which has an outdoor loggia with fireplace, heated oversized Gunite pool with Jacuzzi, all weather tennis court, and a finished lower level. The landscaping is mature with large trees and colorful plantings. Decorated in a true Hamptonsâ€™ style, this compound is absolutely magnificent. Call for details and to view. Web# H41544.
SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE POND FRONT WITH TENNIS AND POOL Southampton Village | $7,200,000 | This elegant home in Southampton Village features formal living with fireplace, library, dining room with 2-story vaulted ceilings, 38-ft country kitchen with fireplace, 6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 20x40 heated Gunite pool, and a sunken HarTru tennis court. Truly unique, as it is waterfront, in-village, close to ocean beaches, and set on 1.6 acres of mature landscaping with pool and tennis. A simply distinguished property that offers all. Web# 42306.
ESTATE COMPOUND: TENNIS, POOL, POOL HOUSE, PRIVATE Water Mill | Surrender to the charms of this 8-bedroom, 10-bath mansion sitting privately on a 4-acre site. Combining the elegance of an estate, with the amenities of a five star resort, this showpiece is available for an August rental. Located in beautiful Water Mill South, you are seconds from the ocean beaches. On the lower level there is a professional screening room, a fully-equipped gym, wine cellar, sauna, and an extra bed/ bath that can be used for staff. Tennis, pool, pool house complete this offering. Rental available August 2013; $350,000. Exclusive. F# 70876.
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Properties of the Month A selection of deluxe residences
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OUTDOOR Oasis IN WATER MILL
Waterfront Paradise in North Haven
Stylish and sophisticated, this 4,200-plus-or-minus-square-foot home features five bedrooms and six-and-one-half bathrooms and is sited on an expansive two-plus-or-minus acres in Water Mill, with room for tennis. The serene environment features the best in indoor/outdoor living with every room leading out to the landscaped grounds, which have been beautifully designed by LaGuardia Design. There is also a 24-by-60-foot four-sided floating-edge infinity pool, which blends flawlessly with the landscape, and a separate studio with full bath and two-car garage. Contact Nancy Mizrahi at 917.854.9933.
An exceptional, richly appointed 9,788-square-foot manor on nearly two waterfront acres on Noyack Bay offers six bedrooms, 7.5 baths, an expansive living room with double fireplace, a dining room, a kitchen with fireplace and top appliances, a billiards room with exquisite woodwork, an indoor basketball court and exercise studio. Immaculate grounds host a heated gunite pool, spa, a gorgeous terrace and outdoor fireplace. $11,400,000. Contact Christopher Burnside at 631.537.4320
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East Hampton Paradise
Water Mill Wonderland
This 4,000-square-foot home is elegance personified. It features a large living room with stone fireplace and French doors, a formal dining room, media room, gourmet eat-in kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and marble-topped center island. It has five bedrooms, including a first-floor guest bedroom, a large second-floor master bedroom with fireplace and study and five-and-a-half baths. In addition there is central air-conditioning, a separate garage, a pool house, a 12-by-20-foot heated gunite pool with spa and a gas fire pit. Exclusive. $2,850,000. Web#45541. Contact Tim Haftel at 917.923.1571.
A newly constructed exquisite manor home in Water Mill South, this property is in a premiere location on 1.9-plus-or minus acres and is a James Merrell Architects custom design constructed by master builder Peter Cardel. This 7,400-plus-or-minus-square-foot shingled traditional is designed to ensure comfort and privacy. With seven en-suite bedrooms, the home provides spacious living for all. There is a theater/media room, gym, staff quarters, gunite pool and spa, sunken tennis court, pergola with stone fireplace and BBQ center. Exclusive. $14,000,000. Web# 0036809. Contact Beate V. Moore at 631.613.7316
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Central Park. Co-Excl. Full-floor. 15 rooms flooded with light and surrounded with terraces. 7 BRs, eat-in kitchen, formal dining room; master suite with terrace. Full hotel services. $95M. WEB# 3452636. Kathy Sloane 212-906-9258
West 12th Street. Exceptional 6 story single family townhouse with 6BR, 7.5 baths and 8,300 interior square feet plus 2,000SF private outdoor space. 7 wood burning fireplaces, elevator, CAC. Triple mint. $28M. WEB# 4059810. Kyle Blackmon 212-588-5648
East 80s. Magnificent 12-room terraced duplex. Stunning East River views. Grand scale. 5BR plus library. Pristine renovation. 73’ South terrace. Chef’s eat-in kitchen. $23M. WEB# 4020843. John Burger 212-906-9274
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SUNRISE TO SUNSET VIEWS
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West 92nd Street. 5-story single family Georgian Revival mansion. 7,800SF, 30’x52’ entertaining floor, 5BR, elevator, enthouse gym, wine cellar, roof terrace with views. $12.5M. WEB# 3708119. Wolf Jakubowski 212-588-5630
Fifth Avenue. Direct Central Park, NY Harbor and river views from this corner mint 3BR, 4.5 bath w/32 9’ floor-to-ceil windows. Expansive living room, formal dining room, lib. Ample closets. Corp okay. $11.95M. WEB# 4009405. Daniela Rivoir 212-906-9276
East 72nd Street. Great 4BR, 3.5 bath in a top prewar Co-op. Living room, library, wbfp, formal dining room, large kitchen, maid’s/ breakfast, Very bright N/S/W exposures. In excellent condition. $7M. WEB# 3898917. Rina I. Schafman 212-906-9220
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Sutton Pl. The entire flr, 10 rm apt in FS prewar Co-op. Sunny 4BR, conv 6BR, 5 bath, laundry rm, staff rm. 2 wbfp. LR, FDR, eat-in kitchen, library. Great value. $4.475M. WEB# 4005238. Edith F. Tuckerman 212-906-9228 Katharine Tuckerman 212-906-9222
UES. Prewar 8 room apartment. Preferred lifestyle with a global point of view. Pieds-aterre permitted. Hotel-like amenities include maid service. High views. Move in condition. $3.4M. WEB# 4063603. Sally Hallows 212-906-9345
Midtown West. Unique opportunity to combine 2 apts into a large space. Southern expos, Deco details in tact. Lots of design opportunities. Available separately. $1.95M. WEB# 4029882. Leslie Crossley 212-906-9218
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EXCEPTIONAL 3.3 ACRE ESTATE • SAGAPONACK SOUTH Co-Exclusive. Enchanting 3.3± acre estate with sweeping lawns, luxurious gardens, heated saltwater pool, Jacuzzi, pond and Har-Tru tennis court. Outfitted with a wealth of high-quality appointments, the interior of the 6,000± sf home boasts an array of generously proportioned living spaces, 8 bedrooms and 9.5 baths. The lower level hosts a playroom, office, full bath and gym, as well as a wine cellar/tasting room. A truly exceptional offering. $18,995,000. WEB# 13506. Christine Saar 631.903.6148; email@example.com
the eStAte At pointe mecox â€˘ bridgehAmpton SoUth Exclusive. This exquisite Mediterranean-inspired 5 bedroom, 6 bath gated waterfront estate on 1Âą acre offers expansive bay and ocean views. Waterside heated gunite pool, elegant gardens, multiple terraces and covered verandas. Custom details include Venetian plaster walls and ceilings, custom Murano glass chandeliers and fixtures, terra cotta roof tiles, Botticino marble, and intricate iron work. This elegant, artfully crafted home is on a quiet cul-de-sac in a premier location near the ocean. $19,995,000. WEB# 27389. Mary Ann Cinelli 631.537.4347; firstname.lastname@example.org
real estate Properties of the Month The Corcoran Group
Shinnecock Bay Front with Dock
Grand Residence at 737 Park Avenue
Behind the gated entry you will find this sprawling country estate with spectacular wide-open views of Shinnecock Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, the Shinnecock Inlet and Meadow Lane. This shingle-style home boasts glorious sunrise/sunset views and ocean breezes from all principal rooms, as well as from the terraces, swimming pool and dining pavilion. Accessory structures include a three-plus car garage, pool house, Koi pond, bluff stairs to the permanent dock and a sensational legal guest house. Web#13151. Exclusive. $4.95 million. Contact Tim Davis at 631.283.7300 (ext. 211)
Situated on Park Avenue at 71st Street, this 4,382-square-foot residence is located within Macklowe Properties’ prestigious prewar condominium building, 737 Park Avenue. Featuring a five-bedroom, seven-and-a-half-bathroom layout, this home offers a gracious living and dining space, custom fixtures and finishes, marble-slab kitchen and baths and new casement windows. Amenities within this white glove building include a 24-hour doorman, fitness center, children’s playroom and outdoor garden terrace. $16.5 million. 737 Park Avenue. Contact Dorothy Sexton @ 212.545.7370
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Stephen P. Wald Real Estate Associates, Inc. 180 West 58th Street
Connecticut Mediterranean Farmhouse Reminiscent of the hill towns of France and Italy, this striking home sits on a promontory above a centuries-old granite quarry. The home was designed and built by a Tony Award-winning set designer and is rich in authentic detailing. Built in a farmhouse style, the home features numerous fireplaces, soaring ceilings and abundant porches and balconies. Set on 20 private acres in Roxbury, Connecticut, this is a rare offering for a discerning buyer. $2,895,000. Contact Rick Distel at 646.417.2720
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Live above the gourmet shop Petrossian in the landmark “Alwyn Court,” in this perfect pied-àterre. You’ll find it luxuriously renovated, with a custom wood-paneled living room, the perfect stainless-steel-andCarrera-marble kitchen, an oversized master bedroom and a marble bath and guest bedroom and bath. This property’s prewar details are impeccable: The ceilings are 11 feet high, and there is central air and a Miele washer/dryer. Twentyfour hour doorman service is provided, as is storage. $1,575,000. Contact Stephen P. Wald @ 212.750.WALD (9253)
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BEST BOnES In CITY / 90S WEST Excl. Cornwall Co-op. 4-5BR/2.5BA. Orig Victorian details. $3.295M. Web#4053949 Amelia Gewirtz/Andrew Phillips, EVP 212.381.2219/2227
15 CPW MASTERPIECE / CEnTRAl PARk WEST/62nd STREET Excl. Meticulously designed 3,454SF, 3BR, 3.5 bath in the House section with direct east-facing Central Park views. Top-of-the-line appointments and details. $30M. Web#4022014 Nora Ariffin, SVP 212.381.2249/Christopher Kromer, SVP 212.381.2334
PREMIER lOC / 60S MAdISOn Excl. Ovrszd 3.5 rms. 1.5BA. Chic tree-lined blk. DM + concierge. $1.295M. Web#8503829 Eloise Johnson, EVP 212.381.3224
ATTn: TERRACE lOVERS UES Excl. Fully renov, 2BR, 2BA, Chef’s kitchen, planted terrace. $1.399M. Web#3848455 Bruce Silverman 212.317.7873
ClASSIC MEETS CHIC / 90S EAST Excl. Spac, renov classic 6, FDR, wbfp, high ceils, 3 bath. $2.995M. Web#3839586 Louise Phillips Forbes, EVP 212.381.3329
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IT’S All ABOUT THE VIEWS / nOHO Excl. Extraordinary full floor residence, mesmerizing 360 degree views, wrap terrace, dramatic entertaining spaces, soaring ceilings. 8 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. Key-locked elevator. $15.825M. Web#3860018 Richard Orenstein, EVP 212.381.4248
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Hamptons House of Garden was created with rejuvenation in mind. “Home away from home” with extra pampering luxuries. The peaceful atmosphere of our picturesque gardens, salt water pool, hot tub and swings promotes rejuvenation emotionally, physically and energetically. Feng Shui Designed. Fresh, organic and home cooked foods according to your dietary needs. Centrally located to Hampton’s. Hampton Open all year. Come de-stress at our oasis so you’ll be ready to face life’s next challenge. 534 North Magee Street | Southampton 631-283-2414 | hamptonshouseofgardens.com
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Southampton. Capitalize on this rare offering in a tightly-zoned location, at the gateway to Southampton Village. This 5.24 acre parcel is poised to become THE luxury destination boutique hotel/spa/restaurant in the Hamptons. Behind stately hedges, in a secluded park-like setting, this century-old hotel awaits the discerning investor with the vision to capitalize on the propertyâ€™s full potential. There are lucrative possibilities and upside potential for fully leveraging the propertyâ€™s prime location and multiple uses as a luxury year round boutique hotel, wedding/event facility, townhouses, condominiums, a corporate retreat, or a residential subdivision. Existing approvals, surveys, architectural site plans, yield map, and Suffolk County Department of Health Services requirements for expansion of the site are available. Exclusive. $23M Web#19693
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Staying in Action Sports medicine surgeon Dr. Jonathan Glashow champions cutting-edge technology to ensure his patients ‘live younger’
s the summer months approach, it seems as though we all have a one-track mind: looking our best. We spend our early mornings, lunch breaks and after-work “happy hours” preparing to be seen in minimal clothing by elite eyes. Diets change and physical activity increases as the daylight hours lengthen. As humans, we spend so much time concerned with how our bodies look, especially during this part of the year, that we forget about the true goal of what we are trying to achieve: ”living young.” Feeling good is just as important as looking good. As Dr. Jonathan Glashow of New York’s Mt. Sinai Medical Center says, “The goal is to have top physical appearance and performance.” If you push yourself in the gym or in your choice sport, only to go home and be unable to walk without pain or throw a ball to your kid without ease, then who are you fooling? If we do not feel young, we simply will not look young, no matter how many hours at the gym one spends or cosmetic surgeries one gets. If we aren’t maintaining our bodies on the inside by eating properly, balancing stress and getting proper medical attention where it’s needed, then the truth is, we absolutely cannot fool anyone, not even ourselves, Glashow says. Advancements in medicine today, such as minimally invasive arthroscopic surgeries and biologics, make maintaining our bodies’ physical performance easier and more accessible than ever before. Ignoring that pain in your shoulder won’t keep you on the golf course with your buddies enjoying the sun or on the tennis court all those beautiful days that are yet to come this season. Preserving youth physically is the key to looking, feeling and living younger. Glashow, a specialist in shoulder, knee and hip arthroscopy, is a boardcertified orthopaedic surgeon, co-chief of Sports Medicine, and a clinical associate professor at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, as well as a new member of the National Basketball Association medical staff. Glashow and his associate, Dr. Brian Hanypsiak, combine cutting-edge technologies with this mind-set to provide patients with a new opportunity to gain or continue their quality of life. The quality of life that we value so much, especially this time of year.
“If we aren’t maintaining our bodies on the inside by eating properly, balancing stress and getting proper medical attention where it’s needed, then the truth is, we absolutely cannot fool anyone, not even ourselves.”
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Hampton Classic Horse Show
8 Days of Premier Show Jumping and the Highlight of the Hamptons Social Season
featuring the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix on Sunday, September 1st
Competition in 6 Rings • 70+ Boutiques • International Food Court Pe ing Zoo • Pony Rides • General Admission - $10/person or $20/carload Dogs are not allowed in the boutique garden, seating areas, or, of course, left in your car!
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TIP 1: Contract the Muscles You’re Showing Off In Your Swimsuit Concentrate on engaging your abdominals so your stomach doesn’t hang out. Think about squeezing a credit card between your buttocks so that your butt feels firm. Holding in your belly and buttocks will keep you standing tall. TIP 2: Watch What You Eat Avoid eating too much food that is fat free, sugar free and full of chemicals. Also, don’t eat too much protein, dairy or fat. These foods get stored in the areas most exposed by a bikini: your stomach, thighs, back and arms. If you’re eating too much of those types of foods—and fat is stored there—it will make you look more bloated. Be mindful of what you eat. Be sure to eat lots of high-fiber foods, complex carbohydrates, vegetables and lots of dark grains like bulgur wheat, quinoa and brown rice. Don’t overdo the fruit—it turns into excess sugar that gets stored around the stomach. Be sure to drink a lot of water; however, if you know you’re heading off to the beach, don’t overdo it so you end up feeling all bloated and uncomfortable.
Hamptons Summer Slim-Down Mary Ann Browning’s tips to keep you svelte, toned and beach ready
elebrity fitness expert Mary Ann Browning has helped hundreds of clients in Manhattan and the Hamptons get ready for the beach. Her tips for the perfect beach body will keep you looking lean, toned and sexy for those hot summer days!
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Tip 3: Focus on Cardio Exercise You want to sweat, look leaner, feel better and burn calories! In the Browning Method, we believe in cardio and in running hard, biking hard and swimming hard. We don’t participate in any cardio activity mindlessly. We break it up, do interval work and vary speed, incline and tempo. It doesn’t matter what piece of equipment you’re using -- you need to make sure you’re not just sitting there thinking that you’re burning calories when really you’re doing very little work. You need to shake up your workout and sweat from working hard. Tip 4: Strength and Toning If you want to look nice and toned but are unable to make it to the gym, you can do a few sets of pushups and some tricep exercises on a chair. Ideally, you’d strength train 3-4 times a week, even if it’s just for half an hour a day. It’s very hard to build muscle, but building muscle will make you leaner as muscle helps burn fat. In the Browning Method, we build muscle in places you don’t have it in order to burn areas that contain fat. Combined with a healthy diet and cardio, building muscle will allow you to lose weight and change your body shape. Tip 5: Confidence No matter how you look or what you’re wearing, if you feel good about yourself and are confident you will stand taller and prouder. On the days when you know you’ll be going to the beach, wake up and go on a long run, get some strength training in and then enjoy the rest of the day relaxing in the sunshine.
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strength-to-cost ratios?’ If you graph strength to weight and strength to cost, those lines are nonlinear, but they do intersect . . . and that is your sweet spot for boat building.” It was through this and other methods, he says, that he went about finding cost-effective and efficient ways to build the highest-quality boats. Beyond Vanquish boats’ timeless, Gatsby-era style, lies a product built for a buyer of refined taste who appreciates the quality and craftsmanship of his vessel—an individual who wants his boat to reflect his own signature style. To produce such vessels, Vanquish turned to designer Doug Zurn, the brain behind the boats’ signature time-honored look. Made for the increasingly affluent and mature boat-buying community, Vanquish boats are classic but innovative, beautiful but practical and unique but timeless. Each boat champions the twofold “Vanquish Difference”: superior engineering and dynamic lift. Huntley still tries to say “yes” as often as possible to customers’ preferences. It’s that constant pursuit of client satisfaction and innovation that is the driving force behind Vanquish’s ability to create unmatched boats tailor-made for the high-end, recreational boating community. ✦ Vanquish Boats are available in the five boroughs and on Long Island exclusively through Dave Bofill Marine.
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ndustry leaders often arise when the competition fails to sufficiently serve the demands of its customers. That’s been the case for Vanquish Boats, LLC, which launched in 2010 when its president, Morgan Huntley, couldn’t find a boat manufacturer that could adequately respond to his desired specs and features. Huntley had heard other boat manufacturers telling customers “no” all too often. That’s why, he says, his own company took a chance on saying “yes,” by giving the green light to innovative, client-driven features and producing a sleek, classic boat with a custom signature touch. Part of the Vanquish approach involved recognizing exactly what customers want and need, and how that differs from the products available. Huntley and his staff—all avid boaters—realized that most competitors were focused on the wrong type and style of boat. “A lot of companies are creating boats meant to cross an ocean singlehandedly, and that costs a fortune,” Huntley says. “On the other side of the spectrum you have production builders that are too focused on price point. “Our goal was to deliver the quality and individuality found in custom boats while staying the realm of reality when it comes to price,” he continues. To meet those particular demands, Huntley and his team focused on innovation. “Design engineers like to talk about strength-to-weight ratios when it comes to fiberglass,” says Huntley. “I said, ‘What about
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Clockwise FROM TOP RiGHT: The Lanesborough Suite’s third bedroom, master bedroom, second bedroom, master bathroom, second living room and master living room. 168 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
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THE PRINCESS AND THE MOGUL Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, daughter of Prince Aly Khan, started sounding the annual call for the Rita Hayworth Alzheimer’s Association Gala during a cocktail party at Andrea and John Stark’s home. “My heartfelt gratitude to all those who support the Alzheimer’s Association,” the Princess said. “As a daughter who cared for her mother throughout the disease, I am grateful for their help, through education, care and support of exciting new research advancements.” The fun fête, co-hosted by Muffie Potter Aston and Somers and Jonathan Farkas, featured the jewelry of Judith Murat and Murat’s book Judy’s Journey into the Land Of Murat.. Muffie confided: “My brilliant Slavic grandmother spoke seven languages and was a code breaker for the British and our other allies fighting against the Nazis during World War II. Alzheimer’s robbed her not only of all those languages, but moreover it robbed her of the recognition of her own family. Nothing could be more atrocious and no one should have to suffer such a fate.” Among those applauding her remarks were Sharon Bush, Bush Geoffrey Bradfield, Boo Grace, Grace Michele Gerber Klein, Tamara Holder, Holder Charles Castor, Jon and Michelle-Marie Heinemann, Heinemann, Kathy Gantz and Penny Drue Baird.. The Association’s gala, always a highlight of the fall social season, will be held at the Waldorf on Oct. 22, whose supporters include Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney. Andrea’s guests, nibbling on treats by Elegant Affairs, included Cornelia Bregman, Cole Rumbough, Rumbough Debra Tanger, Nick Kenner and his new bride Ashley Stark, Elaine Sargent, Maggie Norris, Norris Deborah and Ed Robinson, Stephanie Conrad, Conrad Renee and Richard Steinberg, Lady Liliana Cavendish and Michael Scully, who showed off Judith’s whimsical jeweled creations, (many of them inspired by the scenery of Palm Beach) available at Scully & Scully on Park Avenue. scullyandscully.com On another front, Leonard and Ronald Lauder founded the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Fe Fendi @ New York Foundation, which has raised more than City Ballet
social safari $60 million to support 400 research programs. Leonard said, “Now is the time to deal with this disease, not when the population is overwhelmed with it. The aging Baby Boomers are at risk. If we don’t act now, tomorrow will be too late.” Paula Zahn received the Foundation’s Chairman’s Award at the event, at Sotheby’s. Guests included Judy and Alfred Taubman, Bobbi Brown, Phyllis and Bill Mack, Peter Duchin and Virginia Coleman, Rose Marie Bravo, Harriet Weintraub, Jamie Nevin and Nancy Corzine. alzfdn.org Alexandra Lebenthal, Claudia Lebenthal and Téa Leoni @ the launch of Style of Sport
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BEAUTIES AT THE BALLET Valentino led the fashionable pack to New York City Ballet’s Spring Gala. The evening celebrated American music and featured two irresistible ballets by Christopher Wheeldon.. There was also a performance by Queen Latifah,, who brought down the house singing “The Man I Love” to an excerpt from Balanchine’s Who Cares? Delivering a standing ovation were Peter Martins, Anh Duong, André Previn, Lesley Stahl, Peter Gelb, Rebecca Taylor, Marjorie Van Dercook, Coco and Arie Kopelman, William Lauder, Elyse Newhouse and Carlos Souza.. The night raised $2.4 million. Bravo! nycballet.com SOUTHAMPTON HOSPITAL HAS HEART Southampton Hospital’s 55th Annual Summer Party kicked off at Le Cirque with a luncheon hosted by Jean Shafiroff, who will chair this benefit for the third time, on Aug. 3. The Hospital’s President Robert Chaloner thanked honorary chair Audrey Gruss for a $5 million gift to create the Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center, and Audrey herself spoke of “the critical need of receiving timely treatment.” Attendees included Chuck Scarborough, Steven Bernstein, Laura Lofaro Freeman, Jean Remmel FitzSimmons, Janna Bullock, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Simone Levinson, Cheri Kaufman, Gregory Speck, Harriette Rose Katz, Paola Rosenshein and Alex Donner. Donner’s orchestra will play at the benefit in an air-conditioned tent, a first for this grande dame of all East End benefits made possible by a partnership with Art Southampton. The evening will raise money for the new Center and the Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department. southamptonhospital.org ✦ 174 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JULY 2013
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CHRIS QUINN’S SOUL SECRET Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn showed off her new svelte figure at the New York chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers dinner. She confided to me, “I came right from SoulCycle; I try to go four times a week. I’ve always hated exercise but I love this; the music is so loud there that I can scream and yell and no one notices. My wife Kim and I try to do it together; I’ve lost over 20 pounds.” Quinn was introduced to the audience by the organization’s president, Michael Stutman,, of Mishcon de Reya. The event’s honoree was Roberta Kaplan, who is representing plaintiff Edith Windsor before the U.S. Supreme Court, in Windsor’s challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Said the mayoral hopeful: “Roberta is not only a role model for me but for all women. She’s not only the coolest New Yorker I know, she’s the coolest American. I’m sure she will win this case for all of us and put the first shovel of dirt on the grave of DOMA.” Kaplan responded: “I want to say thank you to the next mayor of New York. Each of us should have equal protection under the law and no case demonstrates this better.” ny.aaml.org
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the world according to . . .
BONNIE MUNSHIN AVENUE’s back-page column asks Hamptons notables our version of the questionnaire made famous by Marcel Proust
WHAT IS YOUR PRESENT STATE OF MIND? It’s great. I’m really happy doing exactly what I’m doing right now. IF YOU WEREN’T IN YOUR CURRENT PROFESSION, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? A world traveler. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MEAL AT NICK & TONI’S? Caesar salad, whole fish or lamb, Toni Ross’ lemon tart and rosé wine or a spicy margarita. MOST MEMORABLE NIGHT ON THE JOB? The Clintons, Colin Powell or Magic Johnson.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE DINNER PARTNER? Anyone who likes to share their food with me. DO YOU HAVE A LOCAL RESTAURANT? FOR LUNCH? FOR DINNER? COFFEE? For lunch, a lobster roll at Bay Burger in Sag Harbor or anything at La Fondita in Amagansett. Sunset Beach on Shelter Island for dinner and coffee at Jack’s. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE TRYING TO RESERVE A TABLE ON A WEEKEND? Be flexible and be nice. WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO? Keep smiling. WHICH SHOPS DO YOU RELY ON? Mary’s Marvelous for takeout and any farmer’s market. WHAT DO YOU COLLECT? Artwork by my friends.
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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HAMPTONS CLICHÉ? LEAST FAVORITE? “The beaches in the Hamptons are as beautiful as any in the world” is my favorite. Least is people complaining about traffic.
s gatekeeper of the most sought-after dinner reservation in town, Bonnie Munshin has overseen Nick & Toni’s seating chart for more than two decades. For locals, Munshin is the calm, familiar face in the hustle and bustle of a weekend night out. In the midst of her 21st season at the East Hampton institution, she reveals her most memorable moments, her favorite dish and where she’d be if she weren’t busy seating the most famous faces on the South Fork.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HAMPTONS SOUND? The buzz at 8:30 at Nick & Toni’s. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO GET AROUND THE HAMPTONS? My convertible. WHAT’S THE HARDEST PART ABOUT LIVING IN THE HAMPTONS? The seasonal aspect of it—going from one to 10 overnight. WHAT’S ONE THING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT NICK & TONI’S? I wish I could seat everyone who wants to come there at 8 o’clock on Saturday night. WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT? “Oh my god, Table 1 didn’t get that second drink that they ordered from me.” WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? A backup singer. ✦
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