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Exit Interview

As her time as New York’s unofficial first lady comes to a close, we take a walk with Diana Taylor.

by christopher lawrence photographs by keith major




Sweet Charity

Our annual compilation of the most influential people in New York. Guiding New York’s cultural institutions is a job for the who’s who of Manhattan.

by haley friedlich


Power fare

Geoffrey Zakarian, the man behind spots like The Lambs Club, talks power dining with us.

by haley friedlich



We asked around to see what our AVENUE friends are most looking forward to this season.

by debbie bancroft


objects of desire

’40s inspired objects hone in on this season’s well-tailored trend.

by casey brooks


Hot Spots

AVENUE maps out the city’s go-to destinations for fall.

by charlotte ross


this page Diana Taylor wears a Duchess Print Sleeveless Swing Dress by Ports1961, Oval T Bar Cuff by Reed Krakoff and Black Enamel and Diamond Earrings Set in Platinum and Gold and Yellow Sapphire, Black Enamel and Diamond Ring Set in Platinum and Gold, both by David Webb. Photographed by Keith Major and styled by Laura Solin-Valdina of NYCSTYLIST.


cocktail on the avenue A drink with New York Times journalist Sarah Lyall.

by daisy prince


unreal estate

The Marquand mansion on 68th Street will, once again, be reimagined, this time for a new generation of wealthy owners.

by michael gross 6 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • OCTOBER 2013




jewelry box


Postcards from . . .

VOL. 37 NO. 10

Shining selections from artful jeweler Gilbert Albert Chef Daniel Boulud writes home from Rio de Janeiro.

by haley friedlich


Social Safari

This month takes us to the races, the ballet, Guild Hall and beyond.

by r. couri hay


World According To . . . We picked the whimsical, colorful mind of Chris Burch.

introduction by charlotte ross SS


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arts calendar

The best parties of the month and a fashion week round-up. What’s on view at museums, galleries and auction houses.

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Diana Taylor shot on location by Keith Major at 820 Park Avenue, Apartment 6/7 currently represented by Cathy Franklin of Brown Harris Stevens, 212.906.9236, bhsusa.com. Styled by Laura SolinValdina of NYCSTYLIST, nycstylist.com. Taylor wears an Oscar de la Renta gown, earrings by Dori Love and ring by Aaron Basha.

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correction In the September issue’s Jewelry Box, we referred to the Premier Rose diamond. It was actually The Guinea Star diamond purchased by William Goldberg in 1980, and that then held the Guinness World Record for highest amount paid for a rough cut diamond.


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Dear Readers,


AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK, I strap on a pair of Rollerblades and head down the West Side Highway bike path, where I skate as fast as I can, enjoying the views across the river and breathing in the fresh air. Sometimes I stop and lean against the balustrade, admiring Hudson River Park’s flowers and leafy trees before dashing back home in time to change and shower for the office. I was unaware that the reason I can enjoy my morning “blade” is due in part to the hard work of Diana Taylor, our October cover. Ms. Taylor chairs the Hudson River Park Trust, which manages the park I enjoy skating through each morning. Since leaving a high-powered career on Wall Street, she’s brought her skills as a business leader to nonprofits and become one of our finest civic leaders. Elegant, gracious and unassuming are the adjectives that leap to mind when I think about Diana Taylor. Our interviewer had the inspired idea to meet her for her morning dog walk at 6:15 am. How many people in the public eye would feel like having a conversation at 6:15, let alone one with a microphone-wielding reporter? But Taylor, naturally, was a good sport about it. One of my favorite anecdotes from the interview is how Taylor, in her capacity as Mayor Bloomberg’s partner, was once en route with him to a black-tie dinner and had no time to get home to change. Her solution: She donned her evening gown in the back of a truck. To me, the story reflects the degree to which Taylor is the ideal modern New York woman. Short on time but long on practicality and grace, she will get the job done, no matter what. October is also the month for our annual A-List, which is our compendium of who’s who in New York right now. Our list is the archetypal dinner party list; if you are seated next to any of the people on it, you’ll know you are in the right place. Study it carefully! Daisy Prince



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AVENUE Hamish Bowles, Grace Coddington and Karen Elson at the Rodarte SS14 Runway Show.

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Anna Wintour

Derek Blasberg and Jamie Tisch

Jieun Wax Hilary Swank and Michael Kors

MICHAEL’S MOMENT Linda Fargo and Stefano Tonchi

The Couture Council honors Michael Kors with 2013 Award for Artistry and Fashion


verlooking the New York Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center, fashion’s power players flocked to the David H. Koch Theater terrace for cocktails to toast the purveyor of jet-set read-to-wear. Boldface names who trickled in for the luncheon that followed included Leonard Lauder, Iris Apfel, Lizzie and Jamie Tisch and Karen LeFrak. Kors, who attended FIT, recently established a scholarship fund (a $1 million endowment) there to be annually awarded to a student in need that demonstrates exceptional talent. BILLY FARRELL/BFANYC.COM

Alexandra Richards and Patti Hansen

Amy Fine Collins and Carol Mack

Marie-Josée Kravis and Henry Kravis Ron Perelman, Anna Chapman and Pharrell Williams

Patty Newburger, Leigh Bishop Taub and Katie Holmes

Hamish Bowles

Jon, Stephanie and Dorothea Bon Jovi


Ronald Perelman hosts star-studded bash on behalf of Harlem’s Apollo Theater

Georgina Chapman

Russell Simmons, Mary J. Blige and Kendu Isaacs


otable New Yorkers, politicians and big-wigs from the finance and entertainment industries turned out for an evening of music fundraising at Perelman’s East Hampton estate, The Creeks. After sundown, couple Governor Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee took the dancefloor, shimmying to Lenny Kravitz and Mary J. Blige while Katie Holmes and Ellen DeGeneres joined Colin Powell on stage. The event raised over $3 million for cultural and education programs at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. JONATHON ZIEGLER/PATRICKMCMULLAN.COM

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BUFFETT BASH AVENUE celebrates August cover girl Savannah Buffett with summer soirée

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uffett greeted close friends, family and familiar Hamptons faces at the Mecox Garden store in Southampton. The charismatic cover girl fluttered about the party, saying hello to her cousins Bella and Law Slagsvol, Allure’s Linda Wells and Whitney Fairchild. The Buffett clan was all smiles, posing alongside Anjelica Huston for photos, while guests mingled, sipping on Crystal Head Vodka-infused cocktails.

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Bella and Law Slagsvol

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Jennifer and Glenn Myles

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SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL Rydell High School Sock Hop bash benefits Prostate Cancer Foundation


rease was the word at the Rydell High School Sock Hop on Saturday night, for a bash to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Michael Milken, David and Julia Koch, Richard and Karen LeFrak, Howard Lorber, Glenn Myles and John Paulson all boogied the night away to sets by Hall & Oates. Christine and Steve Schwarzman got into the spirit, posing by a ’50’s convertible; even former governor David Paterson joined in on the fun. ROB RICH/SOCIETYALLURE.COM © 2013

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Mark Badgley and James Mischka

Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner

Rachel Hovnanian and Mark Gilbertson

TWO OF A KIND Mark Badgley and James Mischka celebrate the opening of their first Manhattan boutique


ew York’s uptown set made their way to East 64th Street to toast designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka. Gillian Hearst Simonds, Jennifer Creel and Kate Allen were among the supporters who flocked to the historic Pucci townhouse. The glamorous space showcases all of the brand’s collections in one location, from couture and ready-to-wear to bridal attire and accessories. The evening also served to benefit the American Ballet Theatre and was hosted by ABT members Julia Koch, Caryn Zucker, Cornelia Guest, Arriana Boardman, Adrienne Arsht and more.

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Keith Bloomfield and Katie Lee

Last Supper plates by Marco Brambilla for Bernardaud, glassware by Lalique and flatware by Christofle


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Runway looks from the Carolina Herrera show

Anna Wintour at the Michael Kors show

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FASHION WEEK REWIND A view from the hottest seat at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Leandra Medine and Simon Doonan


he presentations and parties have come and gone but we still have the memories. As the fashionable set heads abroad to keep on the trend watch, New York Fashion Week, or shall we say #NYFW, is immortalized with hoards of snapshots of the catwalks, street style and industry insiders on a non-stop social spree. BFANYC.COM

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Dasha Zhukova, Lauren Santo Domingo and Karlie Kloss pose for Derek Blasberg

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A look from the Rodarte collection


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Giovanna Battaglia and Anna dello Russo leaving Oscar de la Renta

Derek Blasberg and Lily Donaldson Hilary Rhoda, Carolina Herrera and Karlie Kloss at the designer’s show

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Fall W Festivities Our AVENUE friends look forward to fall

Bob Wilson, stage director

hat are you looking forward to this fall? More mayoral debates and debacles, or just the end of them? The slew of new restaurants, including Rotisserie Georgette, returning Le Bilboquet and East Pole (sibling of Fat Radish) conveniently located in my very own hood, the east 60’s? Romeo and Juliet with Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad? Plaids? Pumpkins? Low humidity? It’s a glorious season. Here’s what these folks are looking forward to:

Brooke Shields I’m looking forward to getting back to a routine and writing a book. And of course, there is also cranberry picking and fires with family. Brooke Shields, actress

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Jess Weixler

I’m looking forward to having a festival of my theatrical work in Paris, this fall, as well as continuing my work with Lady Gaga.

Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s when I can throw on a great pair of boots, order pumpkin— flavored drinks and just walk everywhere instead of taking cabs or the subway. It’s the most perfect weather for long walks. I feel so healthy and it’s the best way to get surprised by what’s happening in different neighborhoods. Walks . . . and I must add pumpkin carving contests.

Viola Davis, actress

Michelle Smith, Milly designer

Jess Weixler, actress

Viola Davis Julius and I are looking forward to having downtime visiting family and friends in Atlanta, Austin and va-ca in Hawaii. This is our first fall without the daily grind, and we relish this time with our wonderful daughter, Genesis.




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Marisa Berenson I’m looking forward to shooting two films—Opium, directed by Arielle Dombales, and Love Punch, with Emma Thompson; continuing the launch of my skin care line in 22 Sofitels (U.S. next year), renovating and decorating my new house in Marrakesh, writing a book on beauty and health for Rizzoli and shooting the new MAC campaign, inspired by Antonio Lopez.

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Crisp mornings and fatty foods, renewing the distended bonds of friendship, after summer dispersed us, country weekends near fireplaces, not having to lie about exercising outside (which in truth I can’t stand), and winter clothes that are so much more flattering to aging bodies. 28 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • OCTOBER 2013

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Fe Fendi I’m looking forward to the new New York City Ballet season—Justin Peck’s world premiere, with costumes by Prabal Gurung; Benjamin Millepied’s premiere; Anjelin Preljocaj’s premiere with costumes by Olivier Theyskens; and Ballanchine’s final movement from Western Symphony.

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Feasting the Eyes This month’s selection of art and antiques on view, for sale and on stage HAUSER & WIRTH Sept. 6–Oct. 19: Matthew Day Jackson: Something Ancient, Something New, Something Stolen, Something Blue 511 W. 18th Street 212.790.3900 HESKIN CONTEMPORARY October 17–November 23: Julie Peppito: Connected Portrait Project 443 West 37th Street 212.967.4972

EXHIBITIONS THE FRICK COLLECTION October 22–January 19: Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis 1 E. 70th Street 212.628.4417 Photograph by Richard Avedon, Avedon/Paris Portfolio, 1978, to be auctioned at Sotheby's

auctions BONHAMS NEW YORK October 7: Preserving the Automobile: An Auction at the Simeone Foundation October 13: Whisky, Cognac & Rare Spirits October 29: Photographs 580 Madison Avenue 212.644.9001 CHRISTIE'S October 11: Fine and Rare Wines October 15: Jewels October 17–18: The Connoisseur’s Eye October 22–23: Private & Iconic Collections October 28: 19th Century European Art 20 Rockefeller Plaza 212.636.2000 DOYLE NEW YORK October 9: Belle Epoque: 19th and 20th Century Decorative Arts October 16: American Furniture, Decorative 30 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • OCTOBER 2013

Arts & 19th Century Paintings October 29: Important English & Continental Furniture & Decorations/ Old Master Paintings 175 East 87th Street 212.427.2730 SOTHEBY’S October 1–2: Photographs October 3: American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture October 9: Impressionist & Modern Art October 31–November 1: Prints 1334 York Avenue 212.606.7000

GALLERIES ALLAN STONE GALLERY Sept. 13–Oct. 20: MinMax: Minimalist Themes in a Maximalist Collection 5 E. 82nd Street 212.987.4997

Two Worlds, 2013 by Julie Peppito, on view at Heskin Contemporary

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM October 11–January 5: Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab October 25–January 22: Christopher Wool 1071 Fifth Avenue 212.423.3500 METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART Sept. 10–Dec. 8: Janet Cardiff: The Forty Part Motet

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Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" at the Metropolitan Opera

The Cloisters Museum & Gardens, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr. 212.923.3700 MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Aug. 10–Nov. 3: Soundings: A Contemporary Score 11 W. 53rd Street, Third Floor 212.708.9400

THE MET ORCHESTRA The Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall Oct. 13 Stern Auditorium (57th and Seventh Street) 212.247.7800 NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC October 3–5, 8–9: Beethoven Symphony No. 9 October 12, 15: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 October 17–19: Rachmaninoff ’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 October 24–26: Pictures at an Exhibition, Alisa Wellestein October 30–31: Salonen, Sibellus, and Ravel 10 Lincoln Center Plaza 212.875.5656

The Forty Part Motet, 2001, by Janet Cardiff at The Fuentidueña Chapel at The Cloisters Museum and Garden

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FALL INTO THE ’40S Embrace the season in these retro-era inspired colors, cuts and carats.


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New and Noteworthy The places to be this fall


ith fall finally upon us, the AVENUE is sprawling with new boutiques to shop and up-and-coming restaurants to try. Big fashion names are brightening up your window-shopping stroll down Madison—Valentino recently took over a grand retail space and Badgley Mischka moved into the iconic Pucci townhouse. And for the Manhattan-based Euro-set, Le Bilboquet has reopened its doors—relocating only a few blocks away—which means a return to the hustle and bustle of the city’s weekend brunch scene. (Think dancing on table tops and magnums of rosé.) Herewith, the buzzworthy destinations on our autumn agenda . . .

Daniel Boulud’s former publicist, Georgette Farkas branches out on her own

Boasts a craftsman workshop upstairs

Le Bilboquet 20 East 60th Street 212.751.3036

Valentino 821 Madison Avenue 212.772.6969 valentino.com

Reopened and relocated

A palatial 5,295 square feet and four stories with a VIP floor


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ar Centrale, the Hell’s Kitchen watering hole, is exactly the kind of clandestine spot you’d hope a New York Times reporter would want to meet for a drink. Located behind a dusty townhouse façade, the restaurant is clean and slick, with low blue lighting and comfortable booths, where I’ve been sitting only a short time before a tiny blonde bounces into the bar with a wide and friendly smile. “Hi, I’m Sarah,” she says, offering an outstretched hand. Sarah Lyall has returned to the United States after 18 years abroad as a foreign correspondent based in London. Punchy and full of zest, she does not appear to have had her spirits dampened by nearly two decades of living in one of the world’s most cynical cultures. We have just sat down and ordered glasses of champagne when our interview is interrupted by other Times reporters stopping by to say hi to Lyall. It turns out that Bar Centrale is something of an unofficial canteen for the “Grey Lady.” As Sarah jumps up to say hello to one reporter after another, her colleagues greet her with watchful awe. Mesmerized by the return of this exotic creature to their midst, they seem more than a little curious about the dark arts she might have learned from living so long among the mysterious British. Their curiosity is understandable, considering that Lyall occupied one of the most coveted slots on the paper. In Europe she covered a varied range of topics: everything from politics—she was on the campaign trail with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown when he was caught on tape calling a woman a bigot for challenging him on the economy—to slightly more obscure stories, like the Norwegian hit show National Firewood Night, where most of the population tuned in to, to watch a fire in a fireplace for eight hours. She’s also covered the Royal Family extensively and agrees with me that it would have been really cool had Prince George been a girl. Primogeniture, the ancient practice of leaving an entire estate to the first-born son, is still very much in place in England and Lyall doesn’t see it disappearing anytime soon, even though many of the women she spoke to said it had ruined their lives. She tells me about one family with five daughters who, once they finally had a son, celebrated with a massive pot roast: “You know, as if it were the 18th century.” Her writing is deceptively light; she has an understanding and affection for European eccentricity, covering her subjects with a teasing joviality that never slides into condescension. She ended up in her fortunate position through a combination of luck and hard work. Born and raised on the Upper East Side, she attended the Chapin School, and graduated from Exeter and Yale. Her first job out of college was as a clerk for the New York Times in the late ’80s. In her spare time, she wrote news stories considered too insignificant to be covered by the reporters. Her diligence paid off; she soon got a spot on the Metro Desk, which led to a job covering the police beat downtown. Lyall readily admits that, at least in the beginning, it wasn’t a perfect fit.


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Leaning across the table, she unabashedly tells me she was the worst police reporter. “The [NYPD] press office would call down with stories and then hold a little press conference on the phone. The very first one was a shooting/suicide in Staten Island. The cop was relating the story of this man who shoots his wife and then shoots himself . . . And all the other reporters are asking a zillion questions, like what caliber gun, how many guns did he use, how did he have a gun, blah, blah, blah. And I didn’t ask any questions. And I felt really embarrassed. ’Cause I thought, ‘I’m from the New York Times and I should say something.’ So, anyway, the cop goes, ‘Okay, and then the guy shoots himself in the head.’ And I go, ‘How many shots?’ So then there’s this really long pause while everyone thought about it. And the cop goes, ‘Who asked that question?’ And I said, ‘It’s Sarah [Lyall] from the New York Times.’ And he—he goes—on the phone, he says, ‘Sarah, a guy shoots himself in the head, he shoots himself once.’” Despite such misadventures, Lyall survived her time on the Metro Desk and eventually worked her way up, first covering Long Island (“Garbage and traffic and taxes. Those were the three issues on Long Island.”), then moving to Albany to write about politics for a couple of years, before fatefully being sent to cover the Frankfurt Book Fair. Morgan Entrekin, president and publisher of Grove/Atlantic, took her to a dinner party where she met the Englishman who would become her husband, Robert McCrum, then editorial director of Faber & Faber. Up for an adventure and in love, she quit her job at the Times, and moved to London, never expecting that she would eventually be re-hired. She and McCrum eventually married(and had two daughters), but two months after their wedding, her husband suffered a debilitating stroke when Lyall was in L.A. covering a story. She spent 12 nerve-wracking hours on a plane back to London, unsure of what she would find there. Although McCrum did fully recover from the stroke and even went on to write a book about his experience, Lyall is understandably still rattled when recounting the story. “It was a tough introduction to England. I didn’t have any friends yet, so work became a refuge for me.” Work and her love for it is a theme that pervades most of our conversation. Lyall is a perfectionist when it comes to language. She tells me that when she was writing her book, Anglophiles: A Field Guide to the British, she would rewrite her paragraphs five or six times in order to get the tone just right. She also awoke at 5 am each day for months to write, which she readily admits was really hard. Even now Lyall says of the experience, “Every single chapter I’d be like, ‘God, you know, I used to be really good at this, and now this is terrible. I’ve lost my ability to write.’ It took so much work to get a light-hearted tone.” No one reading Lyall’s work would think she’d lost her ability to write but as she’s been out of the country for so long, she still feels a little displaced. Having lived a transatlantic existence for so long, she says she’s become fluent in both cultures but not totally comfortable in either. “You do get caught up in a strange sort of twilight zone, where you can see the flaws and the good parts of both systems simultaneously.” As we settle up and leave the bar, Lyall walks with me down the street, visibly thrilled to be part of this giant metropolis again. She may have spent decades learning to live with the British, but it’s clear to me that she is home. ✦

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ust before Christmas, 1870, a group of New Yorkers of wealth and taste, all among the earliest American art collectors, assembled to begin the arduous task of raising funds to establish a hometown art museum. Among them was Henry Gurdon Marquand, who would shortly become the treasurer and, then at the turn of the century, the second president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Eleven years later, Marquand, the son of a jeweler who’d made a fortune of his own in banking and railroads, joined a number of other swells—among them William C. Whitney and the mass-transit moguls Charles Tyson Yerkes and Thomas Fortune Ryan—who had all taken up residence on East 68th Street between Fifth and Madison avenues. Marquand commissioned the society architect Richard Morris Hunt to design three architecturally-integrated gabled and mansardroofed houses on the northwest corner of Madison—among which a large one opened on to the side street for himself, A rendering of The Marquand and two smaller ones (later occupied, respectively, A private elevator foyer by his daughter and the former president Grover 19th century working class had time for cultural Cleveland) had doors directly on the avenue. Though pursuits; Marquand worried that the Met’s treasures he spent about a million dollars to build them, they would be at risk if the masses were free to roam would stand for less than two decades. Today, the its corridors. apartment house that replaced them is in the final He would finally lose that fight in 1889. Flash stages of a gut reinvention. Designed to attract a new forward to today, however, when the masses generation of wealth, it is called The Marquand in its definitely will be unable to afford The Marquand. creator’s honor. The least expensive apartment is $16 million, for Marquand, himself, was described in his day as a 3,800-square-foot five-bedroom unit with both “sensitive, withdrawn and sternly melancholic,” a family and formal dining rooms, a 30-foot living man who was said to buy art “like an Italian prince room, and a master suite as big as many apartments. of the Renaissance.” He also created a home that I Prices rise to $58 million, for a maisonette on described in Rogues’ Gallery, my history of the musesteroids that the developer HFZ Capital Group calls um and its benefactors, as “riotously overdecorated.” “The Mansion.” It isn’t Marquand’s mansion, but it Specifically, I was referring to its “three-story interior courtyard with a skylight roof, a Japanese room with embroidered silk will have to do. Marquand died in 1902 of complications from a severe cold. A year walls, a Moorish smoking room, an English Renaissance dining room hung with 16th century Flemish tapestries, a marble-floored hall with later, his empty adjacent lot was sold, and in 1905 the Marquand house an oak staircase, a bronze fountain, mosaic walls and windows by was put up for sale at auction but failed to attract any buyers. Four Louis Comfort Tiffany, and a stone fireplace topped with a copy of a long years on, the house was said to have been sold to a neighbor in an adjacent property. That neighbor, together with others, who included terra-cotta altarpiece he gave to the museum in 1882.” Marquand gave the museum much more than that, although Harry Payne Whitney and a former state senator, actually made the many of the 52 “old Masters” he donated were later re-attributed to purchase. Then, in 1912, fronted by architect Herbert Lucas, their syndicate bought the two adjacent houses from Marquand’s daughters, lesser artists. The Met president was also a stern defender of keeping the announced plans to build a cooperative apartment house and promptly museum’s doors closed on Sundays, the one day of the week the knocked down the existing houses. But their name lived on.


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Designed to attract a new generation of wealth, The Marquand IS NAMED FOR HENRY MARQUAND, THE METROPOLITAN Museum president whose elaborate art-filled mansion once occupied its site. The apartments by Lee Mindel of Shelton, Mindel & Associates feature eat-in kitchens and formal dining rooms, white oak-paneled walls, limestone and oak Parquet de Versailles floors, bay windows, working fireplaces, and 10 and 11-foot ceilings.

The wrecking of Marquand’s private gallery deprived the city of an art history landmark. Its place was taken by a 12-story apartment building briefly called Marquand House, “an attractive, well-designed early-20th century structure that, unfortunately, cannot hold a candle to the building it replaced,” as Tom Miller puts it on his Daytonian in New York blog. Yet the limestone, brick and terracotta u-shaped building with its courtyard entrance and apartments of seven to 16 rooms, was among the first patrician apartment buildings on Madison. Over the years (though it apparently failed as a cooperative and became a rental), it has attracted quite a cast of characters. Early buyers included several real estate men, society types, the cofounder of Bon Ami and J. Walter Thompson, the ad agency founder, who would die there. In the 1930s, Adele Harriman, widow of one of E.H.’s cousins, was a renter, alongside a Mayflower descendent, and the great-great-great-granddaughter of a now forgotten businessman known as “the Merchant Prince of New York.” Later on came two sculptresses, the widow of a cousin of the great judge Learned Hand, himself a federal judge, and Ernest Brummer, an archaeologist and gallery owner who, with his brother Joseph, sold 44 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • OCTOBER 2013

many of the objects that became the Metropolitan Museum’s Cloisters. That was then. More recently, 11 East 68th, with some of its original apartments cut up, and stripped of its name but not the ornamental “M” on its façade, has been home to Abigail “Dear Abby” Van Buren, Yul Brynner and Colin Cowie. Also living there, says a former renter, have been such local notables as hedge fund manager James Chanos, investment manager Christopher Flowers, Alessandro and Ulrica Lanaro (he’s the CEO of Moda eyewear) and social fixtures Marisa Noel Brown and Dori Cooperman. “We paid $30,000 a month for 5,000 square feet, and that was cheap, really cheap,” says the former renter. “And we put a lot of money in. No one knew we were going to be kicked out. And then, buh-bye. It was a drag.” But, again, that was then. Once the exterior restoration by Beyer Blinder Belle and the elegantly restrained contemporary interiors— all white oak, limestone, Travertine, and Parquet de Versailles—by Lee Mindel of Shelton, Mindel & Associates, are complete next year, the latest iteration of the Marquand mansion will once again be a plutocrat-ready Manhattan palace, now balancing evocative history with modern luxury. ✦




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Robin Katz Vintage Jewels

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Gary Rubinstein Antiques

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Glen Leroux Antiques Inc.

Mark Helliar Vintage Murano Glass

Saddle River Gallery

Holden Luntz Gallery


Scandinavian Antiques & Living

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Michael Borghi Fine Art

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Calderwood Gallery

Imperial Fine Books

Michael Pashby Antiques

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Friday, October 11

Saturday, October 12

Private VIP Opening Night Preview Cocktail Party for AVENUE readers

Show Hours: 11:00a.m.–7:30p.m.

Show Hours: 11:00a.m.–7:30p.m.

Lectures: New York School of Design Presents: A Day of Design. Show and Tell: Five of New York’s leading designers will share stories from their celebrated design careers; favorite projects, trademark styles, foolproof techniques for creating beautiful interiors.

Lectures: 1:00p.m. Best in Show: Exclusive Unveiling of Designers’ Favorite Show Pieces! Moderated by Susanna Salk, featuring Ellie Cullman, Darren Henault, Amanda Nisbet, David Scott.

Co-hosted by Ellie Cullman and Mario Buatta 6:30p.m.–9:00p.m. RSVP to 646.442.1628 or preview@manahattanmedia.com For full lecture descriptions and to RSVP for show events, please visit www.avenueshows.com/events

Thursday, October 10 Show Hours: 11:00a.m.–7:30p.m. Events: 12:00p.m. Magical Jewelry Tour Antiques Road Show star Joyce Jonas leads a tour of the show’s most fabulous jewelry.

10:00a.m. Tips for the Well-Traveled Room presented by Vicente Wolf 11:00a.m. 50 years of American Decoration presented by Mario Buatta 12:00p.m. Inspiration and Vision presented by Sandra Nunnerley 2:00p.m. Life as Performance: Interiors that Set the Stage presented by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz

4:00p.m. Lords, Ladies & Mummies: The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey © presented by Curt DiCamillo, President of The DiCamillo Companion Book Signings: 12:00p.m. Paul Doros: Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany 2:00p.m. Susanna Salk: C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon

3:00p.m. Artistic License: The Significance of Art in the Home presented by Geoffrey Bradfield

2:30p.m. Ellie Cullman: The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close with Cullman & Kravis

Book Signings: 1:00p.m. Sandra Nunnerley: Interiors

Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration

4:30p.m. John B. Murray: Classical Invention: The Architecture of  John B. Murray

3:30p.m. Karen Lehrman Bloch: The Inspired Home: Interiors of Deep Beauty

6:00p.m. John Hall: Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley

Sunday, October 13 Show Hours: 11:00a.m.–5:30p.m. 2:00p.m. Passions and Trends in Collecting Art presented by Miller Gaffney, President of Miller Gaffney Art Advisory

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On Oct. 9, 2013, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSI D) will celebrate noted interior designers and their commitment to the education of aspiring and emerging designers, with a private invitation reception marking the opening of the AVENUE Show: Antiques, Art & Design at the Armory.

The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close with Cullman & Kravis By Elissa Cullman and Tracey Pruzan Monacelli Press, $65

Each year, NYSID awards outstanding students scholarships in the names of Geoffrey Bradfield, Mario Buatta, Murray Bartlett Douglas, Albert Hadley, Mark Hampton, Betty Sherrill/McMillen, Inc., Charlotte Moss and Rubén de Saavedra, among others. For many aspiring designers, this support makes their education and training possible. For others, it means the freedom to graduate and enter the career of their dreams without crippling debt from student loans. For all recipients, these named scholarships inspire NYSID’s talented and hard-working students to reach for their dream careers in interior design.

Guests at the opening reception will include designers for whom the scholarships are named, emerging designers who have received these awards and members of the design community committed to the education, training and mentorship of the next generation. Work by NYSID students and alumni will be on view in the café during the reception and the show meeting room for the duration of the show.

Release date: October 8, 2013 Lovers of interior design have reason to celebrate. In her just-released, new book The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close with Cullman & Kravis (Monacelli Press) Ellie Cullman lets us feast our eyes on classic New York pied-à-terres, Connecticut estates, Floridian mansions and Aspen ski retreats. Cullman, a designer and founding partner at Cullman & Kravis, Inc., wrote The Detailed Interior as a follow-up to her successful Decorating Master Class. This time around, she offers a rare glimpse of private homes and lifestyles—from her own house in Connecticut to Oprah Winfrey’s magnificent property in Hawaii—employing vibrant, full-color images to illustrate her textual insights into the underlying blueprints behind her design decisions

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These crucial awards are made possible through the generosity of NYSID friends, advisors and alumni who are committed to the education of promising interior designers and to the future of the profession. Some undergraduate scholarships or graduate assistantships were created by the designers or corporations for whom they are named. Other awards are created or contributed to in memory of others who were dear to them personally or had an important effect on their lives as teachers, mentors, role models or colleagues.

Signings for these books will take place at the show on Saturday, October 12 at 2:30p.m.

By Mario Buatta and Emily Evans Eerdmans; Forward by Paige Rense Rizzoli New York, $75 Release date: October 15, 2013 Covering over half a century of his work, Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration is an unforgettable retrospective replete with never-before-seen photographs and exclusive insights, including personal stories from his dazzling career. A world renowned designer, Buatta is known for ushering English Country House style stateside and continues to champion refined, comfortable and exquisite interiors. Buatta’s gold standard is a home that radiates a lived-in feeling that is both opulent and cozy, and that looks like it evolved over many years of collecting by generations. Through a rich array of images and his own witty voice, Buatta brings his work for notable clients—Henry Ford II, Barbara Walters, Malcolm Forbes and Mariah Carey; and for Washington, DC’s Blair House, the Presidental guest quarters—to life in this, his first, and as Buatta claims, his only book! For the complete schedule of show book signings, please visit avenueshows.com/events

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FAVO R ITE SHOW Pi ECE S Reginald Marsh, Untitled (Lady in Red), 1950 Oil on board from Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts “This languid lady, typical of Reginald Marsh’s postwar portraits, is very appealing. With her air of mystery, she exudes power and purpose.” Jim Lee Loli, Red Shoes C-Type color photograph, Executed in 2010, printed later signed, titled, numbered 2/15, and dated on recto from Holden Luntz Gallery “I am intrigued by the vintage car and the passenger’s red heels kicked up in the air. The oil rig in the background gives a movie set quality (“Giant”?) to this large scale, fun photograph.”

18k gold invisibly set blue sapphires and diamonds brooch from Sabbadini “I have always been passionate about invisibly set gemstones and this sapphire and diamond brooch would certainly make a major statement!”

A fine Russian neoclassic mahogany and brass inlaid commode Russian Federation, circa 1800 from Gary Rubinstein Antiques A fine ebony de Macassar and parchment bar cabinet, Dominique, France 1940s from Gary Rubinstein Antiques “This bar cabinet exudes sex appeal. One can only imagine it in a Hollywood movie depicting the Manhattan night life in the 40’s!”

“I am a huge fan of Russian furniture because it is the antithesis of brown furniture. With intricate brass inlay and gilded details, this commode would add glamour to any entry or bedroom.”

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FAVO R ITE SHOW Pi ECE S Fine pair of Gillows shell back hall chairs by Anderton. English, circa 1815 from Michael Pashby Antiques “These shell back hall chairs could work in a small apartment or large house. They would be perfect for a shared elevator hall as they are sturdy, require no cushion pads and take up little space.”

Worcester Porcelain Flight & Barr dessert dish, circa 1800, “Brilliant Imari” pattern from Moylan Smelkinson/The Spare Room “A classic Imari design in such vibrant colors would work in a Traditional or Contemporary setting.”

An important 18th century spanish three-tier eight light blown glass chandelier, made by The Real Fabrica de Cristales de La Granja. Circa 1785 from Philip Colleck Ltd. “This chandelier will light up your life! The sparkle of a chandelier finishes a dining or living room off beautifully … it’s like the icing on a cake!” Pamela Hall, Admiring Audubon. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches from William Secord Gallery “I like a smart dog, one who can read my mind and a book too. Hopefully next he’ll read my new book, Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration from Rizzoli!”

Vibrant blue glazed ceramic wall sculpture by Charles Sucsan from Milord Antiques “I’m attracted to anything blue and white … shirts, suits, Chinese Porcelain and Dutch Delft. When this blue stone sculpture caught my blue eyes, it was love at first sight!”

I n R are Form Artisan and jeweler Valentin Magro will showcase his dazzling, yet understated oneof-a-kind creations at the AVENUE Show. With 25 years of experience collaborating with premiere jewelry houses—including Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston and David We b b — M a g r o h a s b u i l t a s i g n i f i c a n t Diamond pavé fan & hand carved Mediterranean Coral "Pine Cone" collection of high-end jewelry and continues drop earrings in platinum to produce innovative new pieces. The New York City-based craftsman is also one of the few jewelers who creates customized, personal pieces by working with clients to create a distinct vision and style—“from a classical diamond ring to an extravagant jewel-encrusted necklace,” as he says. Another rarity: Customers may step inside Magro’s workshop to witness the world-class artisan transform stones and the metals into elaborate masterpieces. Here, Magro discusses his design aesthetic…and his all-time favorite piece. Is there a particular piece or collection that you are excited to exhibit at the AVENUE Show? In addition to the several unique, singular pieces, I will have an unusual, rare carved red coral necklace. Do you have a signature style or a common thread that is present in all of your designs? My signature style is represented in all of my collections. It is elegant and timeless, chic with a bit of whimsy. I try to distance myself from trends; however, I believe it is necessary to be current and always in touch. Where do you find inspiration for your designs and the materials [stones, metals, etc.] you use? My inspiration is quite varied, ranging from all forms of nature— the sea and its bounty—to form in all degrees, from architecture to interiors, sculptural and organic. What is your all-time favorite piece from your brand? It is quite difficult to single out one piece as a favorite; however, I do really love a brooch which is a sea horse with lifelike aspects, studded with colorful peridots and citrines. It really is a beauty. Very appealing, with a personality.

M elding E ras, Styles and G enres Louise Devenish, founder of The Devenish Group will present a booth at The AV E N U E Show, that features a curated selection of antiques and contemporar y design pieces from her organization’s dealer members. We asked Louise to expand on the topic of bringing together historic and contemporary pieces. “Mix n’ match, perfect pairings—buzzwords that soar through magazine pages and designers’ pitches are the trends of today,” Devenish says. “Few seem to remember that the history of decorative arts is a fluid continuum, where discoveries in geography and technology usher in new styles and aesthetics. Finding its way to many corners of the earth, combining its treasures to make a delectable stylized trove, our booth offer you an updated version of a Beaux Arts Bazaar. Imagine Paris in the Belle Epoque as the exotic curiosities from the Silk Road trickled in, or the grand souks in Marrakech filled with carpets, lanterns and textiles.” The idea of mixing new design with the classical and antique brings together not just collectors and connoisseurs, but also a young, curious, and sophisticated audience; today’s tastemakers!”



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A Walk in the Park

The mayor’s partner is high-powered—and refreshingly low-key. After nearly 12 years at the center of New York, she’s ready for at least a brief escape. Christopher Lawrence tries to keep up with Diana Taylor and two of her best friends. by Chris Lawrence photographed by Keith Major



“When Mike and I started seeing each other?” Taylor laughs incredulously. “I did not sign up for this!” she says with affection and perfect mock indignation.


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t’s 6:15 in the morning, cool, but a little late-August-in-New York clammy, and the two cops at the East 79th Street townhouse don’t know quite what to make of a bleary-eyed visitor. The invitation had come via an assistant at the Wolfensohn offices late the previous afternoon, and while tape recorder and notepad are at the ready, meaningful identification is not. But when Diana L. Taylor, Mayor Bloomberg’s companion of 13 years and unofficial First Lady of New York, reaches the door she slides easily through the uncertainty with an outstretched hand and warm smiles all around. Her beloved and now-famous yellow Labradors, Bonnie and Clyde, don’t look to be much protection, but they, and not the NYPD, will be our only company for the morning’s walk. Taylor moves forward briskly, but her mien is instantly warming. By the time we’ve crossed Fifth and entered the park, I’m both alert and relaxed—it’s a quick triumph of public relations. Once in the park, Bonnie and Clyde each take care of their most pressing business, Taylor does her corresponding civic duty, and we’re off. She’s tall and often described as “willowy,” but that’s not quite the effect this morning. In the low light, she is intrepid, a Hepburnesque Connecticut WASP. She just gets on with it all. Taylor brought a sterling career in finance, in nonprofits and in government to her fateful 2000 introduction to Bloomberg. He was already staggeringly rich and successful (Forbes’ 2013 estimate: $27 billion) but still very much a private citizen. And while a run for City Hall must certainly have been well in the works, he was a certified long shot to actually succeed Rudolph Giuliani. Did she see it all coming? “When Mike and I started seeing each other?” Taylor laughs. “I did not sign up for this!” she says with affection and perfect mock indignation. In the waning months of the Bloomberg mayoralty, she is perhaps a little looser, and a little more ready to reflect than in times past. The city feels lovely and quiet and prosperous this morning, and Taylor has done her part. “You know, it is what it is,” she says of the life and the visibility. “And it’s been really interesting. And I wouldn’t change it. But it’s hard, sometimes. You just have to realize that when you’re with someone and they’re mayor of New York, that they’re going to have other stuff. And you just deal with it. So I’m looking forward to having a little bit of him back, after…” She grew up in Greenwich and did a brief stint at Milton Academy before gamely joining Dartmouth’s second four-year coeducational class. “There were about 300 of us and 2,000 of them.” Taylor thrived and is a very proud trustee. “It was great. I loved every minute of it. I ended up taking a course in health-care economics. And all the same things that we talked about then are the same things that we’re talking about today—about cost, affordability, accessibility. So I decided I wanted to be a hospital administrator.” Taylor landed in New York in the Son of Sam summer of 1977, and applied to hospitals all over the city, to no avail. Instead, she went to work for the state’s Department of Social Services. Staten Island’s Willowbrook, an infamously squalid state school for mentally disabled children, was releasing patients in response to public outcry and Taylor was asked to track outcomes for those released. “Then, I decided that I really needed to go to business school. And I got into Columbia.” She completed a joint degree in business and public health while commuting from the Upper West Side to work nights and weekends at St. Vincent’s in Brooklyn. She loved it, but remembers vividly how anarchic the city seemed. “It was a dangerous place. I was on the subway in the 130s, near the School of Public Health, and the train just died. There was nothing to do. And there I was, in my little skirt with my canvas bag and my squash racquet sticking out.” Taylor also worked part-time in public finance at Smith Barney, and when the firm offered her a job, she took it. Stints at Lehman Brothers and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette followed, and Taylor became a certified 1980s investment banking star. Along the way she married, but the union didn’t last and didn’t produce children. Eventually, she left Wall Street and took major jobs at the Long Island Power Authority, at Keyspan and in Governor George Pataki’s administration in Albany. By 2003, she had joined his cabinet as the state superintendent of banks. Taylor won accolades for policing banking fraud in low-income communities while encouraging the industry to spur economic development in those same neighborhoods and municipalities.



A professional circle had, in a sense, been closed: “When you mention public health, people think of hospitals,” she says as we march toward the Great Lawn. “But public health is really a person’s economic circumstances, the air that they breathe, the food that they eat, the people that they interact with—it’s everything.” A vigorous belief in the private sector? Check. A holistic conception of policy and the public good? Double check. Taylor isn’t an asset and strategic partner to the Mayor because she sells Bloombergism; she’s an asset because she actually represents it. Bonnie and Clyde are off their leashes and doing long elliptical loops around us. It’s fun to watch Taylor manage them from afar with quick, forceful commands while she manages my tape recorder with bouts of humor and seriousness. She’s plainly in love with the park and with the wider city. When I start to wonder aloud about the far corners she’s seen in the last decade, she bursts out laughing. “Oh, totally. I had a very narrow view of New York, which was very Manhattancentric, as you can imagine.” Life at the Mayor’s side has provided Taylor a kind of ultimate tour, the opportunity to weave through virtually every physical and cultural aspect of the old town, from “the Lubavitchers, to the Muslims, to the people in Bay Ridge, to you-name-it: East New York, Staten Island and everywhere,” she says, marveling. “And the thing that has surprised me—and it shouldn’t have—is that people are the same everywhere. People have the same hopes and fears and aspirations for their families, no matter what income bracket they come from or what cultural background they come from—fundamentally. And if you just understand that, then you’ll understand a lot of what people do.” Taylor’s experience and her political instincts remain on vivid display in endeavors quite independent of her life in the Bloomberg mayoralty. Her advisory role at Wolfensohn, where she is a managing director, provides a kind of base as she moves between corporate board memberships (Brookfield Properties and Sotheby’s, plus Citigroup, the revitalization of which she sees as a civic imperative) and nonprofit board memberships. Accion, particularly dear to her heart, is a supporter of microfinance institutions that create new economic opportunity around

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The schedule sets up some high-end romantic comedy moments, she allows. “On a number of occasions, I’ve had to change into an evening gown in the back of a truck.”

the globe. She also sits on the boards of the New York YMCA, the New York Women’s Foundation and the Columbia School of Public Health. And she chairs the Hudson River Park Trust. Taylor has been a vocal critic of President Obama, and was approached by GOP leaders for a possible senate run. “It turns out,” she says wryly, “that the interests of the City of New York and the interests of the State of New York are not always totally aligned. So that would have been interesting.” Then there was the issue of the time away from New York. “Mike didn’t have time to take care of [Bonnie and Clyde], so basically it boiled down to the dogs!” she says laughing. “It would have been a bad thing in their lives.” Her unofficial official life—her ceremonial life—adds yet another layer to her days. She and the Mayor have at least “one or two things” pretty much every evening. And she’s on the move from her 6 am rise-and-walk to “usually 10 or 11 at night.” How is it possible? “I have a very good assistant and . . . um . . . I don’t really sleep all that much,” she says with a laugh. The schedule sets up some high-end romantic comedy moments, she allows. “On a number of occasions, I’ve had to change into an evening gown in the back of a truck. Mike would be speaking somewhere, and we’d head straight to a black-tie gala. And this would be on the heels of working all day.” Taylor’s star quality and her warmth have added significantly to the Mayor’s likeability. And while she’s often at pains to deflect credit for planning their social schedule, she sees the entertaining as of a piece with her daytime life. “There are a lot of similarities, really,” she insists. “You’re trying to get something done. In a business meeting, you’re trying to get to a conclusion. And in the social stuff, you’re trying to make sure that everybody has a good time; you’re trying to organize that. So, I mean, it’s not that hard. You get people talking, and they’ll find common interests.” Then there are, famously, the clothes. Taylor wears them beautifully—even when she has dressed during a motorcade. So much so that she’s been style blessed by Anna Wintour and by Bazaar. “Well, fashion is a big industry in the city,” she says with a self-deprecating smile. It’s fun to watch Taylor get a little star-struck. “Part of it is, you just sit there and pinch yourself, saying, ‘I know people—I’m friends with people—like Oscar de la Renta and Ralph and Ricky Lauren?’ Really? And you say, ‘Wow, this is really cool!’ These are people that you read about on the society pages or in the newspapers, because they’re doing really important things, and here I am at dinner talking to them, having a conversation. If you’d told me 15 years ago that I’d be doing that, I’d have said, ‘You must be crazy! No way!’” The dogs are continuing their own socializing and the sun is climbing higher over the East Side as we swing around The Lake and start marching back to 79th Street. The conversation drifts back to some of the other surreal aspects of life within the mayoralty. “In 2002, maybe two months after the swearing-in, we were at Quatorze Bis, and it was the first time we’d had dinner alone in those two months and we were deep in conversation,” she says. “And this woman comes over and says, ‘Oh, Mr. Mayor, I’m so happy to see you and I have a child in P.S . . . ’ And so on. And 20 minutes later, she’s still talking about the school. And I finally looked at her and said, ‘Ma’am, why don’t you sit down and have a glass of wine with us? And she said, ‘Oh, thank you very much, I will!’ I said to myself, ‘OK, that’s it! My life is over! This is what my life’s going to be.’ He’s mayor, everybody thinks they own him, and we’re just not going to be able to do things.”


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. . . with Candace Bushnell, Mika Brzezinski, Carol Smith and Padma Lakshmi . . . with Lauren Santo Domingo

. . . with Marie-Josée Kravis . . . with Anna Wintour . . . with Barbara Walters and Oscar de la Renta

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor

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. . . with Katie Couric . . . with Tina Brown

. . . with Christine Quinn, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller


. . . with Grace Hightower De Niro, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Robert De Niro

Taylor laughs about turning down GOP entreaties for a senate run: “Mike didn’t have time to take care of [Bonnie and Clyde], so basically it boiled down to the dogs!” She laughs, then pivots dutifully: “The plus side of that is that if people didn’t do that, then he probably wouldn’t be doing a good job as mayor. The feeling that people have that people can just come up and talk to him, that’s really important.” It doesn’t end. When not abroad on official city business, Bloomberg is bound to the city Michael Bloo mbe by a two-hour rule. For purposes of a potenand Sarah Je rg, Diana Taylor ssica Parker tial crisis response, the Mayor doesn’t venture anywhere outside a two-hour travel radius. Is the allotment arbitrary? “Well, if you think about it, if something happens, it’s going to take at least two hours to figure it out, and he’s not going to be able to do anything, probably, for the two hours that he’s travelling back. You can be on the phone, but that’s really all. As long as he’s back when the decisions have to be made. So it’s arbitrary, but not really.” She laughs as she remembers racing back to the city a few years ago following a Con Ed accident. The couple returned from Westchester and, says Taylor, “when we arrived, the police were there and the firemen were there, and the Office of Emergency Management. Everybody went through their part of what was happening and what they were doing about it.” Bloomberg the mayor presided ably over the crisis, but Bloomberg the ironist manager couldn’t resist lampooning his own figurehead status relative to the hands-on experts around him. Taylor laughs at the memory. “As we’re leaving, Mike said to [NYPD Commissioner] Kelly, ‘Alright, Ray, we’re outta here. You’re in charge of the blue trucks, and the fire commissioner is in charge of the red trucks, OK?’” Taylor is already looking to the not-so-distant future. With their tether to the city soon to be gone, she and Bloomberg are planning an escape. She has daydreamed publicly about taking a month away; he has envisioned a two-week framework. “I’m sure golf will be involved,” she says with a smile that alludes to one of the Mayor’s great passions. “And I’m sure skiing will be involved.” But even the long-overdue holiday will have an inevitable civic dimension. “I think that’s the appropriate thing to do,” she says. For the city? “Absolutely. I mean, you can’t hang around, read the paper every day and say, ‘I’d do it differently.’ You can’t do that.” We’re back near the Met, and I’m interested in nudging Taylor into some reflections on the accomplishments of the Bloomberg era. But she thinks more broadly, more in terms of the sweep of her own decades in the city, and less like a spokesperson for the current administration. She goes to the blackout during her first New York summer: “In ’77, there was pillaging, there were fires, there were gangs roaming the streets. I was with some friends, at a party at the Yale Club, when the lights went out. We walked home, and it was mayhem, and it was awful,” she says, almost with disbelief. “Compare that with the blackout of 2003: no pillaging, no fires. Calm. There is nowhere in the city today where I am afraid to walk. Nowhere. The parks are beautiful, the museums are in great shape and tourists are here in record numbers. Who would have thought that 20 years ago? People forget what it was like—they do. And there was a lot of hard work that went into getting it back. I take these dogs walking everywhere. We go to 125th Street, 58th Street—we’ve sniffed every bush in this park. And you couldn’t do that then!” Bonnie and Clyde go back on their leashes, and we march across Fifth. Heading back to her door and to the waiting policemen, she’s polite but in visible mental preparations for her launch into another long day. As we part, Taylor concedes ruefully that the labs’ next two walks of the day will be handled by others. Even the First Dogs are still making their sacrifices for the city. ✦



The Most Influential New Yorkers of 2013 photographed by Patrick

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New Yorkers are New York City’s secret weapon and what make it unlike any other place in the world. We’re fast, tough, independent and creative. Every year we pay tribute to these extraordinary people. Our A-list is a reflection of the very best that Manhattan has to offer. Our A-listers achieve in more than one area at a time and we realize that today’s entrepreneurs could be tomorrow’s philanthropic stars—or vice versa. 212 is the number we chose to represent this year’s list as the area code has always been linked with classic New York. Our list isn’t just the most powerful people in New York, it’s the most interesting. If you are seated next to anyone on this list, you’ll know you’ve arrived.

OUR 212 LIST Marina Abramović

Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of the

– Performance Artist The world’s most famous performance artist just raised $600,000 through a crowd-sourced Kickstarter campaign, to open the Marina Abramović Institute in bucolic Hudson, New York. The Institute will be dedicated to the preservation of the Abramović Method, which in the past has included artistic feats such as the artist aiming a bow and arrow at her romantic partner, and sitting in a chair for eight hours a day, staring at strangers in silence. Lady Gaga also helped out with fundraising. How many artists can claim that?

New York Times

The Acquavella Family, Gallery Owners Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, Designer; Creative Ambassador-at-large for Barneys

Herb Allen III, President and CEO of Allen & Company

Woody Allen, Director, Writer, Producer and Actor Iris Apfel, Interior Designer Tim Armstrong, CEO and Chairman of AOL Dr. Sherrell J. and Muffie Potter Aston, Plastic Surgeon; Charity Activist

Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar André Balazs, Hotelier and President and CEO of André Balazs Properties

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Actor; Yoga Instructor The Bancroft Family, Charity Activists Mercedes Bass, Charity Activist Jonathan Becker and Alexandra Kotur, Vanity Fair Photographer; Creative Director of Town & Country

Candice Bergen and Marshall Rose, Actress and Producer; Real Estate Mogul and Philanthropist

Jeff T. Blau, Real Estate Developer and CEO of Related Companies

Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs

Maria Baibakova

– Founder of Baibakov Art Projects At the tender age of 27, this daughter of Russian oligarch Oleg Baibakov made a name for herself as an arts patron in Russia by founding the highly influential Red October nonprofit art space, in a former chocolate factory in Moscow. Now, having finished her MBA at Harvard last spring, she’s carving a stake for herself in New York, helping to fund the art ecommerce site Artspace and becoming an all-around arts patron who has earned a reputation as “Russia’s Peggy Guggenheim.”

Derek Blasberg, Writer, Editor, Author and Man-about-town

Ross Bleckner, Artist Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor, Mayor of New York City and Founder of Bloomberg L.P.; Managing Director at Wolfensohn Fund Management

Dr. Samantha Boardman and Aby Rosen, Psychiatrist; Real Estate Tycoon

Serena Boardman and John Theodoracopulos, Sotheby’s International Real Estate Senior Global Real Estate Advisor and Associate Broker; Shipping Heir

Dixon and Arriana Boardman, Spanish Princess; Manager and Founder of Optima Fund Management Alex and Eliza Reed Bolen, CEO and a Director of Oscar de la Renta, Ltd.; VP of Licensing for Oscar de la Renta, Ltd.

Louis Bacon

– Founder of Moore Capital Management This founder of the hedge fund Moore Capital Management is one of the more self-made—and humble—billionaires around. He named his hedge fund after his middle name and expanded his business to include Moore Global Investments, using just $25,000 he inherited from his family. He owns the historic Robins Island estate off Long Island, where he regularly hosts English style pheasant hunts for his friends. He also runs the Moore Charitable Foundation, which advocates for the conservation and protection of natural resources around the world.

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Mary Boone, Mary Boone Gallery Owner Daniel Boulud, Chef and Restaurateur Hamish Bowles, International Editor-at-large for Vogue

Geoffrey Bradfield, Interior Designer Daniel Brodsky, Real Estate Developer and Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art The Bronfman Family, Seagram Corporation Gavin Brown and Hope Atherton, Art Gallery Owner; Artist

Chris Burch, Entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital Tory Burch, Entrepreneur Amanda Burden, Director of the New York City Department of City Planning

Thomas P. Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Preet Bharara – U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara cut his chops prosecuting the Gambino crime family as assistant U.S. Attorney in New York, but he’s recently earned the nickname “Sheriff of Wall Street” for an unprecedented campaign against financial corruption. He oversaw the investigation of Raj Rajaratnam, who was convicted of 14 counts of insider trading in 2012, and sued Bank of America for $1 billion, accusing it of defrauding the government during the financial crisis. This summer, he charged SAC Capital Advisors, a $10 billion group of hedge funds, with insider trading. His prosecution of Wall Street has produced 73 guilty pleas or convictions—and counting, if he has his way.


Mario Buatta, Interior Decorator and Author

Robert Caravaggi, Restaurateur and Co-Owner of Swifty’s

Wendy Carduner, Doubles Club President Graydon and Anna Scott Carter, Vanity Fair Power Couple and Restaurateurs

Chelsea Clinton, Special Correspondent for NBC News; Principal with the Clinton Foundation, concentrating on health issues

Bob Colacello, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair Contributor and Biographer Stephen Colbert, Comedian and Host of The Colbert Report

Kenneth and Maria Cuomo Cole, Fashion Designer; Documentarian

Tory Burch – Fashion Designer

Designer Tory Burch built a global behemoth around ballet flats, and became a billionaire as a result. Now, no longer bogged down with her expensive divorce from her ex-husband—and former business partner— she’s already branching out: She’ll launch her first fragrance this fall and is hoping to expand her global profile by adding to her stores worldwide (she already has 90). She also runs the Tory Burch Foundation, which supports women’s empowerment in the business world. She’d know all about that.

Chase and Stephanie Coleman, Hedge Fund Power Couple

Joanna Coles and Peter Godwin, Editor of Cosmopolitan; Journalist

Amy Fine Collins, Special Correspondent Ian Connor and Marina Rust Connor, Managing Director of Investment Banking at JPMorgan Chase; Vogue Contributing Editor

Katie Couric, Television Host and Journalist Anderson Cooper, Broadcast Journalist Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, Actor and Actress Elissa Cullman, Interior Designer and Cullman & Kravis Co-founder


Michael Corbat

– Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat climbed the ranks of Citigroup to become the CEO of the global bank in 2012. He’s the fourth person to hold that title in the last decade, but after a tumultuous period, which included the recent financial crisis, Corbat seems to be making good on his promise to turn the financial powerhouse around. In its first quarter of 2013, Citigroup’s profits surged by 30 percent, beating everyone’s expectations.


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Tina Fey

– Writer and Actress One of the greatest comedy writers alive today said goodbye to her show 30 Rock this year following seven very consistent seasons. She essentially changed the game of network television, raising everyone’s standards and proving that slapstick could be smart as well as funny. But don’t worry: She’s already sold a new show to NBC— a workplace comedy focusing on a female writer, à la 30 Rock, which is being described as “Cheers on Fire Island”—and now serves as trustee to the board of the American Museum of Natural History.

Susan Cullman and John Joseph Kirby Jr., Philanthropists

Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee, 56th and Current Governor of New York; Entrepreneur Boykin Curry and Celerie Kemble, Managing Director of Eagle Capital Management; Interior Designer

Oscar and Annette de la Renta, Fashion Designer; Philanthropist

Gayle King, Co-anchor of CBS This Morning John Demsey, Group President of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

Lisa Dennison, Chairman of Sotheby’s North and South America Joan Didion, Novelist and Journalist Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg,


Larry Fink

– CEO of BlackRock The founder and CEO of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, Fink measures his company’s money in trillions. His financial guidance is sought after by everyone from retirees—he is an outspoken critic of the national savings level— to the U.S. government, which hired BlackRock as a fixer during the financial crisis. Fink is also thoroughly progressive, urging financiers to, as he put it in a recent interview, “evolve with the world.”

Senior Executive of IAC/InterActive Corp. and Media Executive; Fashion Designer

Mickey Drexler, Chairman and CEO of J.Crew Group Morgan Entrekin, President and Publisher of Grove/Atlantic Inc. Books Mica Ertegun, Interior Designer The Fanjul Family, Sugar Magnates Linda Fargo, Fashion Director of Bergdorf Goodman Katherine Farley, Senior Managing Director, Brazil and China, at Tishman Speyer and Chair of Lincoln Center

Dexter Filkins, New York Times Foreign Correspondent and Pulitzer Prize Nominee

Dennis Freedman, Creative Director of Barneys New York

Audrey Gelman

– Political Spokesperson Audrey Gelman is possibly the only publicist in New York who’s more famous than her boss. As the head press secretary for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Gelman stridently campaigned for the Democrat’s primary election bid for New York City comptroller—which he won handily against former New York governor Eliot Spitzer. Stringer will face a Republican opponent in November, giving Gelman an opportunity for extended employment. But if that doesn’t last, she can always fall back on her recurring supporting role on HBO’s Girls, alongside her best friend Lena Dunham.

Larry Gagosian, Gallery Owner Jonathan Galassi, President and Publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux David and Danielle Ganak, Hedge Fund Power Couple and Art Collectors

Peter Gelb, General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera Barbara Gladstone, Gallery Owner Stephen and Cathy Graham, Playwright; Philanthropist

Peter and Jamee Gregory, Financier; Author Nina Griscom, Charity Activist Marjorie Gubelmann, Founder, Owner and CEO of Vie Luxe International and DJ

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Robert and Grace Hightower De Niro – Entrepreneur; Actor, Producer

Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera, Fashion Designer; Fifth Marqués of Torre Casa, Venezuala

and Director Robert De Niro is one of the most loved actors of our time, an acclaimed director and a co-founder of TriBeCa Enterprises. Through TriBeCa’s various media holdings, including the TriBeCa Film Festival, he has helped highlight New York as a major filmmaking center. Grace is also an actor—you’ll see her in minor roles in several films by Lee Daniels, as well as a mother, real estate developer and activist. Recently, she’s turned her attention to Rwanda, starting Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda, a fair trade coffee company that she stated, she hopes will “give back to the farmers.”

The Hess Family, Oil Family Fortune and Philanthropists

Katie Holmes, Actress and Fashion Designer Cathy Horyn, New York Times Fashion Critic Arianna Huffington, Chair, President, and Editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group Carl Icahn, Chairman and Majority Shareholder of Ichan Enterprises

Ralph and Ala Isham, Managing Director of GH Venture Partners; Philanthropist Marc Jacobs, Fashion Designer Luke Janklow, Literary Agent Andrew and Nancy Jarecki, Filmmaker; Beauty Entrepreneur

Nadine Johnson, Founder and Owner of Nadine Johnson & Associates Inc. Robert “Woody” Johnson IV and Suzanne Johnson, Philanthropist and Owner of the New York Jets; NFL Women’s Apparel Ambassador/ Spokesperson

Donna Karan, Fashion Designer Thomas Keller, Chef and Restaurateur Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels, Chair of the Tiffany & Co. Foundation; Director of Stribling Private Brokerage

Raymond Kelly, New York City Police Commissioner Henry Kissinger, Former Statesman and Secretary of State

Calvin Klein, Fashion Designer

Chris Hughes – Media Owner

Hughes cofounded Facebook, and used his fortune to purchase a majority stake in the New Republic magazine in 2012. Unlike a lot of wealthy media moguls, he holds the double title of editor-in-chief and publisher. In only a year, he’s taken a notoriously stodgy magazine and revamped it, hiring young talent, bringing back some of the old guard that had left—most notably his right-hand man in editorial matters, Franklin Foer—and made the publication relevant to a whole new generation of readers.

David and Julia Koch, Businessman and Philanthropist; Patron of the Arts Steven Kolb, CEO of Council of Fashion Designers of America

The Kopelman Family, Literary and Fashion Family Michael Kors, Fashion Designer Henry and Marie-Josée Kravis, Economist and Philanthropist; Co-founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

James LaForce and Leslie Stevens, Co-Founders of Laforce + Stevens public relations firm

Gerrity and Patricia Herrera Lansing, CEO of Equator, LLC; Creative Consultant for Carolina Herrera The Lauder Family, Beauty Industry Executives and Entrepreneurs


Caroline Kennedy

– Nominated for Ambassador to Japan President Obama has nominated Kennedy as the next ambassador to Japan, and with good reason: The daughter of JFK is an allaround Renaissance woman, with a background in law—she’s a member of both the New York and Washington, DC, bars—and an impressive journalistic pedigree (she covered the death of Elvis Presley for Rolling Stone and has edited nine New York Times bestsellers). She’s awaiting Senate confirmation for her ambassadorship, and if approved, will become the first female American ambassador to Japan.

The Lauren Family, Fashion Industry Executives

Leonard Lauder – Esteé Lauder

and Entrepreneurs

Chairman Emeritus and Philanthropist Lauder is a cosmetics mogul but perhaps more importantly he is a first-rate art collector—for others. A long-time benefactor of many of New York’s museums, he donated $131 million to the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2008, the largest gift ever received by the museum. Lauder then outdid himself, in 2013, donating to the Metropolitan Museum of Art $1 billion worth of his own collection, including works by Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger and Picasso—a whopping 33 works by the latter artist, in fact. Overall, the gift is widely considered one of the greatest private-collection donations in recent history.

The LeFrak Family, Real Estate Developers and Philanthropists

Dominique Lévy, Gallery Owner Howard Lorber, President and CEO of Vector Group Jenna Lyons, J.Crew Creative Director The Mack Family, Investment Bankers and Philanthropists

The Macklowe Family, Real Estate Developers Rachel Maddow, Political TV Anchor Madonna, Pop Star and Entrepreneur Fern Mallis, Creator of New York Fashion Week Peter Marino, Architect

Sean Parker – Internet Entrepreneur

Catie Marron, Philanthropist and Author

The billionaire founder of Napster is all grown up now, and he has photos from his multimillion-dollar Lord of the Rings-inspired wedding to prove it. Parker has had his hand in nearly all of the tech world’s major developments in the last 15 years. With Napster, he changed the way people purchased (or, really, didn’t purchase) music. His early investment in Facebook was instrumental in the social networking site’s rise to global superpower. And as an investor in Spotify, he came full circle, helping to transform a small Swedish music-streaming service into a resource for music lovers, belatedly making the file-sharing he created with Napster legal. One more thing: Justin Timberlake played him in the movie, The Social Network.

Wynton Marsalis, Trumpeter, Composer and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Peter Martins, Dancer, Choreographer and Former Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet Jay and Anne Hearst McInerney, Philanthropist; Writer

Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director of the American Ballet Theatre

Jon Meacham, Executive Editor and Vice President at Random House Tamara Mellon, Former Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder of Jimmy Choo The Mortimer Family, Philanthropists Adam Moss, Editor-in-Chief of New York magazine The Nederlander Family, Broadway Scions The Newhouse Family, Condé Nast Executives The Neidich Family, Real Estate, Art and

Jonah Peretti

Lynn Nesbit, Literary Agent and Co-owner of Janklow & Nesbit Associates

The Niven Family, Media and Philanthropy Family Deborah Norville, Television Anchor and Journalist Soledad O’Brien, Broadcast Journalist BRAD BARKET/GETTY IMAGES FOR WIRED

– Internet Entrepreneur A co-founder of the online Huffington Post, Peretti, in 2006, went on to create the so-called “internet popularity contest” that is Buzzfeed. In just a few short years, he transformed a website known for its esoteric lists (see: “The 32 Most Iconic Eye Rolls of All Time”) and pictures of funny animals into a veritable media empire, with actual breaking news and political commentary. OK, there are still pictures of funny animals, too.

Philanthropy Leaders

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Actresses and Fashion Designers

George Packer, Journalist, Novelist and Playwright Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Actors


Ronald Perelman and Dr. Anna Chapman, Owner of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.; Psychiatrist; Philanthropists

Emmanuel Perrin, President and CEO of Cartier North America

Richard and Lisa Perry, Founder of Perry Capital LLC; Fashion Designer Peter Peterson, Businessman and Author Bruce Ratner, Real Estate Developer Celine Rattray, Producer William and Kathy Rayner, Artist; Philanthropist

Rebecca Robertson – Executive Producer of the Park Avenue Armory As the president and executive producer of the Park Avenue Armory, Robertson took an old drill hall on the Upper East that was quite literally falling apart and turned it into one of the best art spaces in the city. She has given over the hall’s 55,000 square feet of space to artists like Tom Sachs (who imagined a lifesize space mission to Mars), Paul McCarthy (who created a pornographic Snow White inside a recreation of his childhood home) and Philip Glass (who played his over-threehour masterpiece Music in 12 Parts in its entirety on his 70th birthday). Not only that, but she’s also overseen the ambitious renovation of the building by the architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron.

David Remnick, Editor of the New Yorker The Rockefeller Family, Industrial, Political and Banking Family

Beth Rudin DeWoody

The Rohatyn Family, Bankers, Diplomats,

– Real Estate Developer and Art Collector Artists know they’ve made it when Beth Rudin DeWoody owns one of their works. The executive vice president of Rudin Management Co., the New York real estate company headed by her father, Beth DeWoody has championed artists like John Waters and Tom Sachs when few people even knew who they were. She’s also been a longtime supporter of Cindy Sherman and Nan Goldin, and is a trustee at the Whitney Museum and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She recently married photographer Firooz Zahedi. They met, appropriately, when she won a portrait session with him at an AIDS charity auction.

and Art Collectors

The Ronson Dexter-Jones Family, Music and Fashion Entrepreneurs

Charlie Rose, Broadcast Journalist Jane Rosenthal, Film Producer and President of TriBeCa Productions Wilbur and Hilary Ross, Investment Banker; Writer Philip Roth, Novelist The Rudin Family, Real Estate Dynasty and Philanthropists

Andrew Saffir, Founder of The Cinema Society Alejandro Santo Domingo, Financier Lauren and Andres Santo Domingo, Contributing Editor at Vogue and Co-founder of Moda Operandi; Kemado Records Co-founder and President Diane Sawyer, Journalist and ABC World News Anchor

The Schnabel Family, Artists and Filmmakers Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld, Comedian; Author Neal Shapiro and Juju Chang, President of PBS/ WNET New York City; Journalist for ABC News Amanda Sharp, Co-founder of Frieze Art Fair Cindy Sherman, Artist Peggy Siegal, Founder of The Peggy Siegal Company Nate Silver, Statistician and Writer, Editor-in-Chief of ESPN’s FiveThirty-Eight Blog Emily Smith, Editor, Page Six


Stephen and Christine Schwarzman

– CEO of the Blackstone Group; Attorney and Philanthropist Schwarzman, one of the wealthiest people in America, became the managing director of Lehman Brothers at just 31 years of age, then co-founded the Blackstone Group. The firm started buying up foreclosed homes in 2012 and is now the largest owner of houses in the United States. This year, Schwarzman invested $100 million to create the Schwarzman Scholars program in China, which he says will “create a group of future leaders from around the world.” He is a major philanthropist, as his wife Christine (who is an intellectual property lawyer by trade). The duo gives major support to some of the City’s most important institutions.


John A. Paulson, Hedge Fund Manager, Paulson & Co. and Philanthropist

Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times Financial Columnist and Co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box George Soros, Chairman of Soros Fund Management Rob and Anne-Cecilie Speyer, President of Tishman Speyer and Chairman of Real Estate Board of New York; Marketing Director Lorin Stein, Editor of The Paris Review Richard and Renee Steinberg, Executive Managing Director of Warburg Realty; Charity Activist Jon Stewart, Host of the Daily Show Martha Stewart, Business Magnate, Writer and Television Personality

The Sulzberger Family, Owners and Publishers of the New York Times

The Tisch Family, Real Estate Dynasty, Loews Corporation; Co-owners of the New York Giants and Philanthropists

Alexander Wang – Fashion Designer The rise of designer Alexander Wang has been nothing short of meteoric: It’s hard to believe that his first New York runway show was in 2007, when Wang was just a few years out of Parsons. His designs, with their angular tailoring and dark color scheme, have become ubiquitous. And his new role as creative director of Balenciaga has given him an altogether different platform. He’s said he’ll focus on taking the storied fashion house back to its roots. His first collection was met with almost universal acclaim; the only real complaint was that people wanted to see more of Alexander Wang in it. Now, everyone in fashion is wondering what he’ll do next.

Donald and Melania Trump, Real Estate Developer; Entrepreneur

Amanda “Binky” Urban, Literary Agent Yvonne Force Villareal, President and Co-founder of the Art Production Fund

Barbara Walters, Broadcast Journalist and Creator/Co-host of The View

Vera Wang, Fashion Designer Claude Wasserstein, Entrepreneur Derek and Rickie De Sole Webster, Entrepreneur; Senior Accessories Editor at Vogue

Boaz Weinstein, Hedge Fund Manager and Founder of Saba Capital Management

Brian Williams, News Anchor and Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News

Bunny Williams, Interior Designer and Owner of Treillage

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Founder of SWW Creative Fashion agency

Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue and Artistic Director of Condé Nast Tom Wolfe, Author

Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman

– Producer and Studio Head; Marchesa Founder and Designer As the founder of Miramax Films and the Weinstein Company, producer Harvey Weinstein racks up Oscar nominations like parking tickets. He launched the careers of Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh and Pedro Almódovar and is an ardent supporter of social issues of all kinds, serving for instance on the board of the Robin Hood Foundation, a New York nonprofit that fights poverty. His marriage to English fashion mogul Georgina Chapman, a co-founder of the Marchesa label, has made the duo one of New York’s most glamorous power couples. They had a second child this year, making the family into something of a mini-empire.

Jayne Wrightsman, Art Collector and Philanthropist

Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles, Rapper and Music Producer; Singer and Songwriter

The Zeckendorf Family, Real Estate Developers The Ziff Family, Investors and Philanthropists John Zorn, Composer and Record Producer ✦


BOARD by Haley Friedlich photographed by

Patrick McMullan and Bill Farrell Agency

Left to Right: Francisco Costa, Agnes Gund, William Mack, Julianne Moore, Mary Alice Stephenson, Linda Macklowe, James Franco, Jennifer Stockman, Stephen Ross, Dree Hemingway, John Calicchio, Denise LeFrak, Hamish Bowles




ew York is a cultural mecca. Every Broadway curtain call, every pirouette a ballerina performs, every high “C” an opera diva reaches and every stroll through the glorious green expanse that is Central Park reminds us how lucky we are to live here. This summer alone, we witnessed Punk: Chaos to Couture at the Met, danced in the MoMA’s Rain Room and spent our days walking the High Line. These institutions wouldn’t exist without the support and unwavering commitment of outstanding New Yorkers—both past and present. The individuals who sit on the boards, many of who are written about in the pages that follow, are hard at work, behind the scenes, guiding the establishments they serve and constantly honing plans for future improvement. Thanks to their dedication, these New York’s institutions will continue to be prime destinations for years to come.



William L. Mack, Jennifer Blei Stockman


Linda Macklowe, Stephen M. Ross, John Calicchio, Peter LawsonJohnston

ASSETS: $153,616,764*


Jo Carole Lauder, Agnes Gund, Justine Koons, Denise LeFrak, Mary Alice Stephenson, Roy Zuckerberg, Francisco Costa, Hamish Bowles, Stefano Tonchi, Diana Picasso


Julianne Moore, Kylie Minogue, James Franco, Dree Hemingway

BIG MOVE BY A BOARD MEMBER: In 2013 Jennifer and David Stockman endowed the position of Chief Curator and appointed Nancy Spector to the post.

* This figure includes additional assets that are not reflected in the endowment figures listed for all other institutions. Assets were listed in lieu of endowment based on availability of information.



Daniel Brodsky, Emily Kernan Rafferty, Thomas P. Campbell


Bill Rudin, Alejandro Santo Domingo, Anna Wintour, Leon Black, Henry Kissinger, Kenneth Jay Lane, Annette de la Renta, David Koch

ENDOWMENT: $2,696,750,000


Lauren Santo Domingo, Harry Brant, Fabiola Beracasa, Michael Kors, Francisco Costa, Hannah Bronfman, Amy Fine Collins, Thom Browne, Vito Schnabel, Fran Lebowitz, Ronald Perelman, Stavros Niarchos, Linda Fargo, Laura Zukerman


Beyoncé Knowles, Madonna, Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alec Baldwin, Cameron Diaz, Karlie Kloss, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani


In April of this year, Leonard Lauder promised his Cubist collection (78 paintings, drawing and sculptures— and growing) to the Met. The collection is valued at more than $1 billion. Left to Right: Sarah Jessica Parker, Alec Baldwin, Emily Kernan Rafferty, Anna Wintour, Alejandro Santo Domingo, Beyoncé Knowles, Kenneth Jay Lane, Gwyneth Paltrow




Jerry I. Speyer, Marie-Josée Kravis, Glenn D. Lowry


David Rockefeller, Ronald Lauder, Agnes Gund, Leon Black, Clarissa Bronfman, Marlene Hess, Philip Niarchos, Marcus Samuelsson, Alice Tisch, Mimi Haas

ENDOWMENT: $870,000,000


Klaus Biesenbach, Tory Burch, Cindy Sherman, Harry Brant, Jeff Koons, Adriana Cisneros, Shala Monroque, Henry Kravis, Diana Picasso, Julie Macklowe, Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor, Ariana Rockefeller, Edgar Bronfman Jr., Anna Wintour, Ronald Perelman

Left to Right: Ronald Lauder, Marlene Hess, Marcus Samuelsson, Ariana Rockefeller, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, Shala Monroque, Jerry Speyer, Tory Burch


Courtney Love, Solange Knowles, Kanye West, Jay-Z


David Rockefeller announced a bequest of $100 million to the museum in 2005.




Dr. Anthony W. Marx, Neil Rudenstine


Annette de la Renta, H.R.H. Princess Firyal of Jordan, Susan Newhouse, Stephen Schwarzman, Gayfryd Steinberg, Joshua Steiner, James Tisch

ENDOWMENT: $824,000,000


Oscar de la Renta, Fran Lebowitz, Hamish Bowles, Susan Fales-Hill, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bob Colacello, Christine Schwarzman, Amanda Hearst, Lynn Nesbit, Nicholas Pileggi, Charlie Rose, Caroline Kennedy

COULD RUB SHOULDERS WITH: Regis and Joy Philbin, Steve Martin, Ethan Hawke, Martin Scorcese, Oprah Winfrey, Elie Wiesel, Jonathan Franzen, Junot Diaz, Martin Amis, Mikhail Baryshnikov


In 2008, Stephen Schwarzman donated $100 million to the Library and the main building was renamed in his honor. Left to Right: Dr. Anthony W. Marx, Gayfryd Steinberg, Caroline Kennedy, Charlie Rose, Susan Fales-Hill, Annette de la Renta, Christine and Stephen Schwarzman, Fran Lebowitz, Amanda Hearst




Lewis W. Bernard, Ellen V. Futter


Tom Brokaw, Tina Fey, Robert Goelet, David H. Koch, Richard LeFrak, Tamsen Ann Ziff, Marlene Hess

ENDOWMENT: $575,000,000


Lorne Michaels, Jay and Anne Hearst McInerney, Karen LeFrak, Ron Perelmen, Stacey Bendet, Jamie Niven, Bettina Zilkha


Jimmy Fallon, Brian Williams, Allison Williams, Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis, Adam Levine, L’Wren Scott and Mick Jagger, Jack McBrayer, Emma Stone, Kristen Wiig, Seth Meyers


In 2006, David H. Koch gave $20 million to the museum, creating the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing.

Left to Right: Karen and Richard LeFrak, Emma Stone, David H. Koch, Brian and Allison Williams, Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, Tina Fey, Tamsen Ann Ziff, L’Wren Scott and Mick Jagger, Jay and Anne Hearst McInerney,



Donald Kramer, Sharon Patrick, Rachel Moore


David H. Koch, Hamish Bowles, Blaine Trump, Daniel and Leslie Ziff, Susan Fales-Hill, Nancy Zeckendorf, Hon. Mary Ourisman

ENDOWMENT: $30,000,000


Stephen and Christine Schwarzman, , Julie Macklowe, Zang Toi, Bebe Neuwirth, Fe Fendi, Nigel Barker, Rachel Roy, Jamee Gregory, Dr. Sherrell and Muffie Potter Aston, Jessica Stam, Dennis Basso Left to Right: Uma Thurman, Kevin McKenzie, Coco Rocha, Rachel Roy, Rachel Moore, Sigourney Weaver, Zang Toi, Jamee Gregory, Blaine Trump



Lucy Liu, Star Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Uma Thurman, Coco Rocha, Solange Knowles, Mary-Louise Parker


Starting this month, the group will perform in Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater; a bigger venue that will allow more ambitious productions and increased revenue. The billionaire gave $100 million to modernize the theater in 2008.



Leonard Lauder, Robert Hurst, Brooke Garber Neidich, Neil G. Bluhm


Flora Miller Biddle, Laurie Tisch, Robert Wilson, David Carey, Susan Hess, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., J. Darius Bikoff

ENDOWMENT: $206,104,000


Scott Campbell and Lake Bell, Diane von Furstenberg, Nur Khan, Reed Krakoff, Lauren Remington Platt, Glenda Bailey, Misha Nonoo, Vito Schnabel, Anh Duong, Scott Stringer, Julie Macklowe, Lola Schnabel, Kyle DeWoody, Anne Koch, Harley Viera Newton, Giovanna Battaglia, Waris Ahluwalia, Derek Blasberg, Carroll Dunham, Margherita Missoni, Bettina Prentice

Left to Right: Olivia Wilde, Neil Bluhm, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Leonard Lauder, Lake Bell, Flora Miller Biddle, Robert Hurst, Lauren Remington Platt


Olivia Wilde, Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson, Sofia Coppola, Martha Stewart


Leonard Lauder, a longtime chairman of the museum, gave $131 million—mostly to its endowment. His donation increased the endowment from $70 million to $195 million. The money came with a stipulation: the museum cannot sell its Marcel Breuer building on Madison Avenue—but they will begin renting it to the Met in 2015.

the Corridors of power

Geoffrey Zakarian is no stranger to new york’s power dining scene by haley friedlich



Well, certainly they know that we know that they are [well] known. That helps. But also we strive to make it quicker and better each day. They definitely have a level of comfort after a few visits, and the servers almost order for the guests after a while. It takes some time but it is so rewarding for us, as proprietors, to witness.

Geoffrey Zakarian spent the ‘80s in the kitchen of Le Cirque, and the ‘90s as the executive chef at then-hotspot 44 at the Royalton. He has since graduated to an array of three-star kitchens, become a successful restaurateur, an Iron Chef and is the newly-appointed culinary director of the Plaza. With spots like The Lambs Club and The National under his direction, we know he knows a thing or two about power serving the power players who power dine in his spots. Here, he dishes . . . Define power meal. That’s a slippery term— “power”—I like to think that successful people who have very stressful professions need a quality of service and food that is consistent every day. When they find it, they become creatures of habit like anyone would. I guess that’s the power of performance!

What do you think the power meal says about New York culture? There is nowhere like New York for concentration of the best of everything. Just being in a room with the heads of these companies is intoxicating and really notable. New Yorkers don’t hide, they congregate, usually in pairs, with a frothy like-mindedness at all times. It’s just what this city does to you.

What was your first experience with a power breakfast? What impressions did this leave on you? This happened quite a while ago, probably at the 21 Club where I was a chef at the time. It was truly the collection of people actually doing business at the very start of the day that proved so impressive to me.

Why do people hold power meals at The Lamb’s Club? 86 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • OCTOBER 2013

Zakarian’S MOST memorable moment as a “power” chef: “I SERVED french fries everyday in the ’90s to calvin klein. he would ask, and we never say no. the trouble was that our kitchen was tiny and without a deep fryer, so i sent out for them from mcdonalds . . . he never knew!”

Are there certain tables that people request? For The Lambs Club, not really, although my partner Sant Chatwal prefers his corner booth #22—I guess so he can see the whole room that way. We are lucky to have such a perfectly square room, which makes all angles reflected and similar so no one really gets a bad table. At The National, the layout is great for either sitting in the front of the restaurant to see who’s coming in, or the banquets along the front and back walls that provide a little more privacy.

Which companies’ executives are regulars? Viacom, Condé Nast, the Wall Street Journal, AmEx Publishing , the New York Stock Exchange and Hearst, to name a few.

Do you have any memorable moments? Yes, serving French fries everyday in the ’90s to Calvin Klein at the Royalton. He would ask, and we never say no. The trouble was that our kitchen was tiny and without a deep fryer, so I sent out for them from McDonald’s. I doctored them slightly, but he never knew!

What are your intentions as the newly appointed culinary director of the Plaza? Hopefully restoring this room to a new, modern classic magnificence. And adding some reliable food and drink! ✦

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337 West Broadway 212.924.4200

530 LaGuardia Place 212.557.5300

88 Greenwich Street 212.269.8888

45 Horatio Street 212.604.0300

33 Irving Place 212.557.6500


4 BR, 4.5 BATH

WEB ID: 530801

$16.5 M


4 BR, 3.5 BATH

WEB ID: 748605

$12 M


3 BR, 3.5 BATH

WEB ID: 808645 $5.695 M


3 BR, 3.5 BATH

WEB ID: 451672

$15.25 M


4 BR, 4.5 BATH

WEB ID: 928039

$6.2 M


2 BR, 2 BATH

WEB ID: 280477

$2.995 M

TOWN Residential, LLC is a licensed real estate broker and proud member of REBNY. TOWN Residential, LLC is a partnership with Buttonwood Residential Brokerage, LLC and Thor Equities, LLC.

A view of a terrace and Hudson River from the penthouse living room

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Jamie Hefelfinger of Sackman Enterprises, Inc. discusses 732 West End Avenue—a charming new construction with full-floor, private residences and sweeping Hudson River views What drew you to 732 West End Avenue? We were initially drawn to the site by its location. The West End Avenue corridor is historically one of New York’s premiere residential areas. The opportunity to develop a new and unique condominium project in this location was something we had to pursue. Tell us about what the building has to offer. The project is a beautifully-designed 16-story building featuring twelve 1,777-square-foot, full–floor, three-bedroom units; one 3,146 square-foot four-bedroom duplex penthouse apartment with multiple balconies and terraces; and one 2,765-square-foot triplex garden apartment. All of the units feature designer kitchens and fixtures as well as outdoor space and many have views of the Hudson River. What other attributes make the property unique? It is likely that this will be the last new construction project located in this section of

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West End Avenue. After we started construction, the Landmarks Historic Preservation Commission proposed extending the West End Avenue Historic District from West 70th Street to West 109th Street. This will in effect end new construction in this area and leave our project, 732, as the last ground-up, new construction project in the landmark district. What does the neighborhood have to offer? This family-friendly neighborhood offers its residents nearly every possible option for dining, transportation, entertainment, activities and shopping. The neighborhood has the best access to public outdoor space in Manhattan, as it is located between Central Park and Riverside Park. Also, our West End Avenue address gives our buyers the ability to live in close proximity to these soughtafter destinations while enjoying the calm and tranquility West End Avenue is so famous for. Why did you decide to develop full-floor apartments? Our goal was to create the feeling of 14 private residences. Each typical three-bedroom apartment and penthouse apartment

Leave us with some details about a compelling unit that’s for sale. The building penthouse unit is an amazing apartment, with panoramic views of the Hudson River. It is a 3,146-square-foot, four-bedroom duplex apartment located on the 15th and 16th floors. The apartment features four outdoor spaces, two of which are terraces overlooking the Hudson River. The first is located off the living room; the second is located on the roof above the apartment. The roof top terrace also features an outdoor gas fireplace. ✦

MICHELLE BLAKE ◆ 165 West 73rd Street ◆ New York, NY 10023 ◆ 646.619.9161 ◆ sales@keyah.com ◆ www.732wea.com Please note all photos are artist renderings


occupies the entirety of the floor where it is located. This design also allowed us to increase the efficiency of the apartment’s layout by removing public hallways and allowing the privately-keyed elevators to the front door into your home.

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CLASSiC ViEWS / GREENWiCH ViLLAGE Excl. One-ofa-kind 1BR, corner unit, gut renov, large dining area, terrace, views. $1.9M. Web#8908945. Janet Weiner 212.381.6558

PARK AVENUE TOWNHOUSE / UPPER EAST SidE Excl. Single-family masterpiece. Five gorgeous floors. Features 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath, elevator, formal dining room, eat-in, top-line kitchen, library, atrium, terrace and media room. Near Central Park, schools, and neighborhood amenities. Triple mint condition. $18.9M. Web#8889256. Dan Danielli 212.381.3325

FULL FLR 3BR/3.5BA W/ViEWS / FLATiRON Excl. Lux condo 2,600SF. Private elev, chef’s kit, 10’ceils, A/C, W/D. $5.995M. Web#9026438. Louise Phillips Forbes 212.381.3329

MiNT, SPACiOUS PW 7 / 70S WEST Excl. Loft-like 3BR/4BA, home office, win kit. Non-DM bldg. $2.495M. Web#9044328. Eva Gellin/Mary Zitwer Millman 212.381.3215/3307

PANORAMiC, FOREVER ViEWS / EAST HAMPTON, NY Excl. Bright 6BR/4.5BA, spacious kit & dining area, fplc, lrg balcony. $1.95M. Web#48410. Stuart Epstein 516.527.8868

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STONE ANd SHiNGLE MANOR HOUSE / NEW CANAAN, CT Elegant 6 bedroom. 4 full floors of generously proportioned spaces. Custom, detailed architectural accents throughout. 2.39 manicured acres and perennial gardens, heated pool/spa. Private setting on a lovely street, convenient to town. $5.15M. Web#99018139. Lawrence F. Sullivan 203.952.3185

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Properties of the Month A selection of deluxe residences

Citi Habitats

Brown Harris Stevens

Remarkable PENTHOUSE

Park Avenue Classic

Rarely available, this breathtaking duplex penthouse is located in the heart of the Upper East Side. The home features 4 bedrooms and 4.5 Italian marble baths. The expansive living and dining area boasts Brazilian cherry flooring, 10-foot high beamed ceilings and skyline views. The windowed kitchen includes quartz countertops, and a glass solarium leads to a large private terrace. Building amenities include a fitness center, children’s playroom, conference rooms and residents’ storage. $21,000 per month. Contact Candace Medina at 917.570.0033

A high-floor “classic 8”, this one-of-a-kind residence was designed by the world renowned multi-disciplinary design firm of Hariri & Hariri and featured in Architectural Digest. A spectacular renovation, the grand three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment retains the traditional classical prewar layout while incorporating contemporary features such as sliding channel glass translucent walls, limestone floors and Wenge paneling and doors, to create a dramatic environment for living and entertaining. 1095 Park Avenue. $7,000,000. Contact Cathy Franklin at 212.906.9236 or Alexis Bodenheimer at 212.906.9230

William Raveis

Saunders & Associates

Country Living

Bridgehampton LUXURY

Shelterfields is the quintessential country estate, set on 10 level acres along Aspetuck River in Redding, Conn. The property includes an expanded/renovated 1907 carriage house with high ceilings. The structure is an exquisitely-detailed 9,000–square-foot wood-shingle home with six bedrooms, six full/three half baths, five fireplaces, a wine cellar and tasting room, game room, a great room, chef’s kitchen, terraces and pergolas. Also included are a fabulous pool, pool house, tennis, greenhouse, gardens, fields and river view. The property includes an 4.5-acre adjacent parcel. Priced at $10,250,000. Contact David Everson at 203.246.7150

A new modern-style property with private ocean access and views, this sleek brand new residence features approximately 6,800 square feet of luxurious living space, with about 3,100 square feet of finished lower level, and private access to Bridgehampton’s world-class beaches. Details: www.81MeadowlarkLane.com. $11,950,000. Contact Terry Cohen @ 631.804.6100


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Central Park. Co-Excl. Full-floor. 15 rooms flooded with light and surrounded with terraces. 7BR, 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 bath and 8,300SF interior plus 2,000SF private outdoor space. 7 wbfp, elevator, central air conditioning. Triple mint. $28M. WEB# 4059810. Kyle Blackmon 212-588-5648

East 90s/Fifth Ave. Commanding view of Cntrl Pk from this grand 11 rm PW dplx, 3BR, 3 bath + libr w/conservatory, solarium and terr. 2 wbfp, WEIK, 2 maid’s rooms. $17M. WEB# 4056507. Linda Stillwell 212-452-6233 John Burger 212-906-9274

Jennifer Breu

John Edwards

Caroline E.Y. Guthrie




East 79th Street. Space, views, and style await in this loft-like home. 12-foot ceilings, 5BR, 4.5 bath, study, playroom, den, and planted roof terrace. Full-service condo with amenities. $15.5M. WEB# 4065736. Norah Burden 212-588-5617

East 60s/Third Avenue. Triple-mint townhouse with latest systems in historic Treadwell Farm District. 4 levels, top floor master suite, lush garden, eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, sunflooded and turn-key. $8.95M. WEB# 3427935. Paula Del Nunzio 212-906-9207

East 67th St/Fifth Ave. Lovely foyer, grand LR and DR, windowed kit, powder rm, planted terrace, 3BR, 3 baths. Huge closets, AC, good cond. Excellent building. $7.5M. WEB# 3924884. Toby Gamsu 212-317-7704 Elyse Goldsmith 212-712-1137

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East 90s/Park Ave. PW elegance in top Candela bldg. Gracious entry foyer opens to south facing LR w/wbfp & lrg FDR. 3BR or 2BR + libr. Lrg eat-in kit & 2 staff rms. $4.2M. WEB# 3736248. Mary Rutherfurd 212-906-9211 Leslie Coleman 212-906-9387

East 60s. Classic 6 room home with 2BR, 3 baths, maid’s room + formal dining room, living room w/wbfp has open East/West expos from every room. High ceilings throughout. 50% finacing, estate sale, pets ok. $2.495M. WEB# 8959298. Elayne Roskin 212-906-9336

East 79th St. Low floor, 2BR, 2 bath apt. Brand new kit & baths. Lrg LR & DA. W/N exposures, FS Co-op. D/M, concierge, garage and pets ok. Storage available. $1.3M. WEB# 1563839. Burt Savitsky 212-906-9337 Jessica Savitsky 212-906-9273

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Ann Schapiro

Lisa Vaamonde

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116 EAST 61ST STrEET | $12,495,000

This exquisite five-story townhouse, located off of New York’s famed Park Avenue, features a newly installed, custom finished elevator, soaring ceilings and a beautiful courtyard; it’s a one-of-a-kind oasis in the city. Web# 1535076

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Brokers The bold names in New York real estate share their experience and expertise



DANIELA V. RIVOIR Brown Harris Stevens

Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

WHAT DO YOU THINK IT IS ABOUT YOU THAT ATTRACTS SO MANY A-LIST CLIENTS? For all of my real estate transactions, I listen carefully to each client’s requests. Working as a marketing director for a Swiss company prepared me with the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct a successful transaction. I am adaptable in my marketing strategies, and flexible, and understand the trends in the financial markets. Brown Harris Stevens and our affiliation with Christie’s International Real Estate provide excellent support, educational opportunities and an international representation that contribute to my professional perspectives. It is also important to me to be efficient, establish trust and maintain my integrity. My understanding of the comparative markets, financial requirements and uniqueness of each deal strongly affects my work. My fluency in four languages allows me to communicate clearly with many of my multilingual clients.


“It is important to me to be efficient, establish trust and maintain my integrity. My understanding of the comparative markets, financial requirements and uniqueness of each deal strongly affects my work. My fluency in four languages allows me to communicate clearly with many of my multilingual clients.”

WHAT’S YOUR SECRET TO STRIKING A BALANCE IN YOUR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE? Having a professional assistant provides me the support needed to address the substance of a transaction and the important needs of my clients. Keeping current with my reading and my good friends and staying healthy with exercise also helps me create a comfortable balance between my personal and professional lives.

TELL US SOMETHING THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU. From the time I was a child, my education and extracurricular activities at a prestigious Swiss boarding school prepared me with the essential skills to manage complex sales transactions. As a member of the ski team, I was trained to be attentive, diligent, and innovative, and to always seize the moment. Those skills have proven to be extremely valuable in my current profession. I am also an active sportswoman and an art collector of modern paintings.

BROWN HARRIS STEVENS 445 Park Avenue, 11th Floor New York, NY 10022 O: 212.906.9276 M: 646.932.7770 E: drivoir@bhsusa.com W: brownharrisstevens .com/danielavrivoir




Licensed Associate Real Estate Brokers WHAT WORD, OR FEW WORDS, BEST DESCRIBE YOU BOTH PROFESSIONALLY? Susan: Smart, strategic, skilled negotiators; ethical, dedicated, fun and caring.

WHAT EXPERIENCE/EXPERTISE DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE? Michael: We have a solid partnership, deep knowledge of the marketplace and a strong background in marketing and sales. Susan also draws on her experience as a real estate attorney, which is a tremendous asset in negotiating the best possible terms for any party we represent. Most importantly, you get us—not an assistant—to guide you through every facet of the transaction.

WHAT PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE YOU PROUDEST OF? Michael: Every sale is an accomplishment we are proud of. Whether we are working on the sale of a one-bedroom apartment or high-profile penthouse, we are equally dedicated to a successful outcome. We are especially honored by the referrals and repeat business we receive from our clients. There is probably no better compliment than representing a real estate sponsor or developer in the sale or purchase of his or her own personal apartment. It is always meaningful to be selected, especially considering how many brokers there are in New York City.

“We have a solid partnership, deep knowledge of the marketplace and a strong background in marketing and sales. Susan also draws on her experience as a real estate attorney, which is a tremendous asset in negotiating the best possible terms for any party we represent. Most importantly, you get us— not an assistant—to guide you through every facet of the the transaction.” — Michael Abrams

WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Susan: The pace of the real estate market and the nuances of every deal are always exciting. We love working together and achieving the best results for our clients. It is a “people” business; and the trust and friendships we develop, and the satisfaction of our clients, make the job extremely gratifying.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST VALUES IN TERMS OF NEIGHBORHOODS, SPECIFIC BUILDINGS, ETC. IN THE AREA? Michael: Second Avenue and the surrounding area are transitioning. The Second Avenue subway is bringing transportation and an influx of new and interesting retail to the area. This location is one to watch and we predict home prices will increase.

WARBURG REALTY 654 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065 SUSAN: O: 212.439.4537 M: 917.596.2292 E: sabrams@warburg realty.com MICHAEL: O: 212.439.4559 M: 917.596.2866 E: mabrams@warburg realty.com W: warburgrealty.com

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A DAY IN THE CITY? Susan: Our favorite way to spend a day in the city is to walk the loop of Central Park. We talk about everything and often circle back to real estate. We mark our progress by the many beautiful and historic buildings that surround Central Park. We are always in awe of the most amazing real estate of all in New York City, which is of course Central Park!





Stephen P. Wald Real Estate Associates, Inc. President Since 1985, Stephen P. Wald Real Estate Associates, Inc. has been a name synonymous with white-glove concierge service for the finest properties in New York City and the Hamptons. “We are successful, multilingual real estate professionals specializing in the sales and rentals of luxury condominiums, cooperatives and townhouse properties,” company president Stephen Wald explains. “Our boutique brokerage offers highly

STEPHEN P. WALD REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATES, INC. The Lombardy Hotel 111—115 East 56th Street, New York NY 10022 O: 212.750.WALD (9253) E: s.wald@waldrealestate .com W: waldrealestate.com


personalized service for our domestic and international clientele, and our state-of-the art listings database is supported by the Real Estate Board of New York.” The company’s offices are located in the heart of the Plaza District, on site at the prestigious Lombardy Hotel. “Purchasing a property is an investment in the future,” says Wald, adding that “Wald Real Estate is more than just your real estate broker. We are trusted advisors.”

Live the life of luxury when you’re in town. Earn premium rental income while you’re away. Studios – four bedroom hotel apartments from $500’s - $5Ms. Full hotel services include 2x daily maid service, concierge, bellman, on site dining at Harlow, fitness center and salon. Foreign and corporate buyers are welcome. The Lombardy is one of New York City’s most exclusive addresses.

“We are successful, multilingual real estate professionals specializing in the sales and rentals of luxury condominiums, cooperatives and townhouse properties. Our boutique brokerage offers highly personalized service for our domestic and international clientele, and our state-of-the art listings database is supported by the Real Estate Board of New York.”



LESLIE S. MODELL Sotheby’s International Realty

Senior Global Real Estate Advisor, Associate Broker WHAT EXPERIENCE/EXPERTISE DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE? With over 10 years in this business, I have a seasoned knowledge of what needs to happen to make clients happy and make transactions successful. I expertly handle all the details of every deal and navigate the waters for my buyers and sellers in order to inspire the right decisions and facilitate the best outcomes. As a trusted advisor to my clients, I negotiate on their behalf to not only achieve a meeting of the minds among all parties involved, but to ensure a streamlined transaction process that is essential to closing deals.

“I expertly handle all the details of every deal . . . [and] as a trusted advisor to my clients, I negotiate on their behalf . . . to ensure a streamlined transaction process that is essential to closing deals . . . My commitment to my clients drives me to always try to push the envelope for them, to achieve better prices for my sellers and better value for my buyers.”

WITH ALL THE BIDDING WARS OUT THERE NOW, WHAT CAN PROSPECTIVE BUYERS DO TO BE BEST PREPARED, SO THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL? I help my buyers prepare by having all their paperwork in place so they can move forward with confidence. If they are financing, I encourage them to work with a mortgage broker and get preapproved by the bank before they start looking. If paying cash, they should have all their funds on hand and ready to go. It’s best to also have a good real estate attorney selected, so that when we do make an offer and that offer is accepted, the buyer appears serious and anxious to close, which is exactly what the seller wants.

WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Selling real estate in the best city in the world excites and motivates me every day. I feel blessed to be in this position, and to work so hard yet still have fun doing something I love so much. I also enjoy the aspect of learning something new, meeting someone interesting and facing different challenges on a daily basis. As with New York City itself, the discoveries and rewards just never end.

WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO THOSE TRYING TO SELL THEIR HOME? WHAT LITTLE THINGS REALLY GO A LONG WAY? The saying that you only have one chance to make a good first impression is true. Creating a neutral, clean palette is extremely important when it comes to showing a property. I often advise my sellers to do little things like neutralizing colors and de-cluttering rooms, so their home is more appealing to prospective buyers. Sellers are often emotional about where and how they live, but they need to remember that buyers who view the home are visualizing themselves in that space, and their taste is often very different.

WHAT PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN YOUR CAREER ARE YOU PROUDEST OF? I feel privileged to have had an extensive record of sales in luxury New York City real estate during my career. From being named Rookie of the Year my first year in the business at my previous brokerage firm, to becoming associate broker, managing director and now Senior Global Real Estate Advisor / Associate Broker at Sotheby’s International Realty, I feel honored that my accomplishments and hard work have been recognized. My commitment to my clients also drives me to always try to push the envelope for them, to achieve better prices for my sellers and better value for my buyers.

38 East 61st Street New York, NY 10065 O: 212.606.7668 M: 917.488.5374 E: LeslieS.Modell@ sothebyshomes.com






STACEY AND PELS MATTHEWS The Matthews Group at William Raveis: ‘Lifestyles for Sale’ Real Estate Agents ANY NEWS TO SHARE? We recently took over the Washington, Conn., office of William Raveis Real Estate and formed the area’s only full-service team. We have seen this model become successful in other affluent areas; the demands of both sellers and buyers and the complexity of the changing landscape really speak to this approach. We have 17 team members all working for the common interest of our clients. Lastly, we moved the office to a great new location near our local coffee shop, Marty’s Café (no Starbucks up here!). The additional exposure has been fantastic.

WHAT DREW YOU TO LITCHFIELD COUNTY? My husband and I were working on Wall Street and wanted somewhere to go for weekends which was peaceful yet sophisticated. Under two hours and a lack of heavy traffic or pretense were crucial. We spent eight years here as weekenders, then after the birth of our twin boys in 2000, we made the full-time move and have built a successful real estate practice.

“Going to the country is what first brings people to look, but our business mantra of ‘Lifestyles for Sale’ then really kicks in— we sell the whole package: community integration, introductions, a guide for people to local resources, etc. It is really providing concierge-level customer service which has led to our success. We have made our website an invaluable resource for all residents, with lots of local information beyond our listings.”

WHAT DOES $1 MILLION GET YOU IN LITCHFIELD COUNTY? We just sold houses to two lovely young couples last month. One bought a four-bedroom in Roxbury,


WHAT ATTRACTS BUYERS TO YOUR AREA? People come for the natural beauty and stay for the people. The Lake Waramaug vicinity is also a large draw—it is gorgeous and the hottest market in the area. We attract weekenders as well as those looking to flee the crowds of the Hamptons or Fairfield County. There are more than enough amenities and activities, as well as top-quality restaurants—where you don’t need to make a reservation four weeks in advance!

with a pool, on a hilltop, with views, for $1.1 million. The other bought a three-bedroom colonial in Washington with a pool and guest apartment for $1.35 million.

WHAT TYPES OF BUYERS COME TO YOUR AREA? We see it all: Wall Street, lawyers, doctors and many types of entrepreneurs as people are able to connect from just about anywhere today. We also have a large number of actors and artists. We have weekenders, seasonal and full-time clients coming from all over, but New York City-based buyers still represent the bulk of our business. From a personality perspective, it’s generally people who are very comfortable in their own skin and are looking for a lifestyle which affords them the opportunity to relax with friends and family.

THE MATTHEWS GROUP AT WILLIAM RAVEIS 4 Green Hill Road Washington Depot, CT 06794 PELS: 860.868.0511 E: pels.matthews@raveis .com STACEY: 860.868.0511 E: matthews@raveis.com W: matthewsgroupre.com W: raveis.com



GARY DEPERSIA The Corcoran Group

Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

WHY DO YOU HAVE SO MANY GREAT LISTINGS? I have built my business, now with four full-time assistants, to give every listing, every buyer and every renter or landlord the attention they deserve. Marketing, certainly, is a key ingredient. It puts my listings out front and makes me one of the most visible brokers on the East End. Yet what you don’t see, at work behind the scenes, is a well-oiled machine, with exhaustive attention to detail, that is so critical to success. My sellers, buyers, renters and investors recognize this and experience the difference.

THE CORCORAN GROUP 51 Main Street East Hampton, NY 11937 M: 516.380.0538 E: gdp@corcoran.com W: MyHamptonHomes.com

“Whereas the Hamptons was once viewed as a summertime, Memorial Day to Labor Day, beach destination, it has now become much more of a year-round country getaway. I think buyers are surprised at how often they use their houses off-season as more of their friends and colleagues are also out herepost-summer.”

WHY RENT VERSUS BUY? If you’re new to the Hamptons, renting gives you the flexibility to look around. It’s not just about finding a house or property that you like but also finding an area or village or environment that appeals to you. If you’ve been visiting for a while but are still unsure of what or where to buy, before you make a commitment, try a different village or hamlet and at different times of the year. Is bayside, oceanside, the woods or an open farmland vista the choice that’s right for you? Do you prefer walking distance or is a short drive to the amenities important for your lifestyle? Renting helps you make those baseline decisions.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHANGE YOU’VE SEEN IN THE 18 YEARS YOU’VE BEEN A HAMPTONS BROKER? Whereas the Hamptons was once viewed as a summertime, Memorial Day to Labor Day, beach destination, it has now become much more of a year-round country getaway. I think buyers are surprised at how often they use their houses off-season as more of their friends and colleagues are also out here post-summer. Now they can easily plan dinner dates, play dates for their children, tennis and golf matches and other social events whereas years ago they might have felt a little isolated off season. Although our beautiful, broad beaches are still a major draw, there are many people out East who rarely venture to the beach preferring to entertain at their homes both during the day and at night. With the advent of the Internet and tele-commuting, working in the Hamptons has lengthened the weekends for many who own or rent here. I also believe that this year-round use of Hamptons properties is driving the market, with buyers justifying their purchases as they envision much more usage than just three months during the summer.

WHAT IS DIFFERENT IN 2013 THAN ANY YEAR BEFORE? In the past, most of the sale activity would have been winding down by Memorial Day when buyers are typically motivated to be in their new homes for the summer. Yet momentum continued full force throughout June and July, and then into the typically busy months of August and September. There is pent up demand probably dating back to 2008 with people who were on the sidelines then, who don’t want to be left out now. They want to put their capital into a renewed market and evergreen investment before prices and interest rates move up again. And as I mentioned previously, they also see the Hamptons as more than Memorial Day to Labor Day. It’s about having a nearby place to go in the off-season too. So many houses and properties that seemed to languish on the market are miraculously gone, a further indication that our market is as robust as it’s ever been. Talking to brokers and real estate attorneys you can’t come away with any other impression than that our market is extremely hot.


The New Philanthropy Hillview Capital Advisors is redefining what philanthropy means to affluent families by instilling its modern approach— immediate and focused giving on a global scale—in the next generation


hilanthropy, once the reserve of retired industrialists, has become for many both a serious topic of conversation and an avid pursuit. Among the growing ranks of philanthropic aspirants include an increasingly younger crowd, and individuals sometimes just starting their careers, with resource levels well below those of such storied philanthropists as Rockefeller, Carnegie and Gates. AVENUE asked Glen Macdonald, who spearheads Hillview Capital Advisors’ philanthropic services, to elaborate on how the next generation is changing the philanthropy landscape. Macdonald cited three “BIG” trends: Beyond Grants: The next generation views donations and grantmaking in isolation as completely passé. Next gen givers are not only willing to experiment and innovate; they proactively seek to invent new, more effective ways to achieve positive outcomes. An example is funding nonprofits that seed for-profit entrepreneurship and microlending initiatives. Other trends include leveraging family foundation assets as collateral for loans to social enterprises investing them directly in transformational clean-tech ventures. Immediacy: Today’s mantra is “do it now, not later.” In fact, “This generation wants their philanthropy and careers to become one integrated endeavor and an integral part of both their personal and professional lives,” Macdonald observes. Millennials are all about doing good, not just while they are working but often at the very core of their mainline professions. Global perspective: There is no question this generation takes a more global view when seeking to do good. Its members not only travel more to the farthest reaches of the globe, they readily see the connections between socio-economic issues abroad and the business practices in which they participate back home. Moreover, technology and social media provide this generation more connective tentacles and greater opportunities to raise capital and scale solutions. All this may be a surprise to some, but for astute observers of the economic man, these trends are a natural outgrowth of wealth accumulation in society as a whole. John Maynard Keynes, a psychologist more than an economist, predicted this trend back in the 1930s. For Keynes, the foundation of new “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren” (his famous 1930 essay) would be a shift in our collective moral compass that would tilt our preoccupation from wealth accumulation to other socio-economic pursuits. This shift began in earnest in the early 1990s and has accelerated in recent years, the Great Recession notwithstanding. In the past few decades, we have witnessed not just an unprecedented growth in

private philanthropy, but also a proliferation in the options available to philanthropists and the kinds of strategies they pursue. The Foundation Center reports that there are now some 39,000 independent grant-making foundations in the U.S., with roughly $300 billion in assets. Nearly one-third of all these family foundations have been established since 2000. Donor advised funds (DAFs), the fastest-growing charitable giving vehicle in the country, are adding measurably to asset levels earmarked for charitable giving. There are now roughly 175,000 of these DAF accounts, with $37 billion in assets. This represents a 34 percent increase since 2009. The growth in private assets available for grant-making is only part of the story. The more interesting trend is the seismic shift in the way private philanthropists think about and execute their plans. Gone are the days when individuals waited to be solicited. Today, donors and social investors discern what they care about, focus their giving, and measure the outcomes. They also seek to achieve outcomes through investments in for-profit social enterprises, program-related investments, private-equity impact investment funds and socially-responsible investment portfolios. The next generation has not only embraced these approaches but is the collective engine catapulting them to the forefront of the discourse within philanthropy and on Wall Street. The new philanthropy has led many multi-generational families to rethink their financial plans. As Jonathan J. Hochberg, president of Hillview, notes: “We feel compelled to encourage a new dynamic in the family conversation about wealth and, in some cases, the makeup of a family foundation’s investment objectives and strategies.” As one next gen philanthropist recently shared with Hillview: “My generation plans on making money, but without compromising the aspirations we have for society as a whole. That may require new business models and investment vehicles, but I have no doubt about our intention to get the job done.” ✦

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Chef and author Daniel Boulud finds inspiration below the equator

No argument that Daniel Boulud is one of the most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs in the game. The French chef is best known for his Michelin three-star restaurant Daniel, in New York, but lends his name and his vision to a number of other successful concepts in New York and around the world. This month, the chef publishes Daniel: My French Cuisine—a collection of more than 75 signature recipes and 12 more casual personal favorites. It’s no surprise that the man who triumphed at adapting French cuisine to American ingredients and tastes garners much of his inspiration by traveling the world. What we were surprised to learn is that it’s neither Paris nor Nice, or anywhere in France at all that inspires him the most.

Off to Rio

My favorite place is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I like to stay at the Hotel Fasano Rio because it is perfectly located, just a bit away from Copacabana but in a lovely part of Rio near Ipanema beach. I also love their rooftop restaurant and pool.

Edible education

I love to visit the different markets to see the local vegetables and produce—especially the one right across from Felipe Bronze’s restaurant Oro—on Saturdays, and try some of the street food, which is so soulful.

Foodie friends

I visit all my friends there—the chef Claude Troisgros; Vik Muniz, a talented artist; Roberto Fasano; João Penido and Luis Braga, who has a beautiful home in the countryside with an amazing sculpture garden and grows organic produce there. 122 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • OCTOBER 2013

T i m e out Brazil, Boulud style Floresta da tijuca, the world’s largest urban forest, is amazing and right in the middle of the city. A visit to Rio wouldn’t be complete without stopping by Corcovado and the Cristo Redentor statue. See Pão de Açúcar, or Sugarloaf, the famous peak jutting out from the water. I always eat at my friend Claude Troisgro’s restaurant Olympe. A bit farther afield is Petrópolis; and the beach resort Búzios, two hours from Rio, and I like to get out of town sometimes to see the beach or countryside.

Traveling gives me time to think in a remote place and connect the dots of where I am. In a market, for example, you discover new tastes, new dishes; the soul food of a country, which really inspires me. For instance, I learned about feijoada in Brazil, and I have a recipe for one in my cookbook Braise, but I wouldn’t have understood it in the same way without tasting it in Brazil. Every experience in a home or a street market offers you a different point of inspiration.

Multicultural kitchen

Every country makes a beautiful vessel or bowl or platter, maybe out of wood or terra cotta, and I like to bring home something like that that I can use in my kitchen.

Always pack My Pilates mat and foam roller, so I can stay loose on the road. But if I stay at the Mandarin Oriental, there’s one in every room! ✦

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Riders and Artists Take a Bow Kate Moss, Chuck Close, Georgina Bloomberg and Roberto Bolle THE GRAND PRIX LUNCH Georgina Bloomberg sailed over the high jumps at the Hampton Classic horse show as her father, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, cheered her on. The pregnant equestrian confided, “This is my last horse show before having the baby. He’s expected on Christmas, but I hope he arrives a few days early.” Georgina, who lives with her Argentinian boyfriend and international rider Ramiro Quintana, laughed and said, “I won’t ever get married because I don’t want to get divorced. I’ve always been nontraditional.” She added: “I’ll have the baby in New York, then we will go to Florida to be with our horses.” And, yes, she has already picked out a filly for her new little boy. Others competing in the Classic included Randy Kemper, Patty Raynes, Mark Badgley and Hudson and Hyacinth Heinemann—Hyacinth, at age 2, was the youngest in her class. The glamorous Grand Prix Lunch attracted Governor Andrew Cuomo, Diana Taylor, Karen LeFrak, Jerry Seinfeld, Sofia Vergara and Nick Loeb, Howard Lorber and Jennine Gourin, Annette and Matt Lauer, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Jon Bon Jovi, Christie Brinkley, Robert Zimmerman, Mary-Kate Olsen, Billy Joel, Cassandra Seidenfeld and 124 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • OCTOBER 2013

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Christian Curry. The $250,000 prize for the Classic’s Grand Prix closing event was won by Kent Farrington. hamptonclassic.com CLOSE-UP AT GUILD HALL Chuck Close has painted Kate Moss in the nude and photographed President Barack Obama in the White House. But while those works weren’t on display at his one-man show at Guild Hall, tapestries and watercolor self-portraits, which he created with 15,000 brushstrokes, were exhibited, along with paintings of Cindy Sherman and Lou Reed, who both were on hand to congratulate the artist. “I was destined to be an artist and to paint portraits,” Close told me. “I am ‘face blind,’ so the only way I can commit an image of a person to my brain is if I flatten it out.” The artist, who was paralyzed in 1988 and remains in a high-tech wheelchair, said he still feels fortunate. “I’ve been blessed. I like to think of myself as lucky. And I think it’s better to be lucky than smart. You need to be in the right place at the right time. You arrive three years too early or two years too late, and no one is interested. If I hadn’t gone to Yale, I could have gone to jail.” Guests, including Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Hilaria and Alec Baldwin, Ross Bleckner and the museum’s director, Ruth Appelhof, went on to the far-flung estate of Leonard Riggio, the founder of Barnes & Noble. This spectacular property is anchored by Richard Serra’s sculpture Sidewinder, an enormous weathered steel curve installed on the front lawn, and by a sleek tea house that hovers over a Japanese-inspired Koi pond-garden in the back, designed by Edwina von Gal. The historic mansion and art collection, featuring works by Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, Louise Nevelson, Fernando Botero and Isamu Noguchi, were on full display before dinner and dancing. The night raised $800,000. guildhall.org


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RIDING TO THE RESCUE Polo player Nic Roldan, Candice King, Brandon Phillips and Reed Kessler hosted a party for the nonprofit JustWorld International at the interior design shop Kitty Clay in Southampton. The evening featured exhibits by the painter Ignacio Valdés and the designer Michel Piranesi of Sintessi, who displayed a queen’s ransom in gems. Fans of the jeweler include Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Anne Hearst McInerney. Among those admiring the baubles were Leesa Rowland, Dr. Shawn Sadri, Annie Falk, DJ Alex Cecil and Elaine Sargent. A portion of the sales went to support the humanitarian work of JustWorld, in Cambodia, Honduras and Guatemala. justworldinternational.org VIVA ITALIA Ballet superstar Roberto Bolle,, a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and Ètoile of La Scala Theatre, justly famous for his high jumps and exquisite line, brought 10 of the world’s top dancers to New York’s City Center for a one-night gala to celebrate the Year of Italian Culture in the U.S. Among those applauding were Emily Mortimer, Marina Abramović, ABT’s Skylar Brandt, Baz Luhrmann, YAGP’s Larissa Saveliev, Bryan Johns, Alec Call, Alessandra Ferri and Gabriella Scarpa, the president of Acqua Di Parma, which hosted the postperformance dinner at the Metropolitan Club. The evening featured the premiere of the brilliant avant-garde piece Prototype.. Bolle, who has danced for everyone from Queen Elizabeth to the late Pope John Paul II, said, “We are working with digital effects; they created a clone where I look like I’m dancing with myself. What we want to show is the diversity I have as a ballet dancer. It’s nice to see the different styles and emo126 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • OCTOBER 2013

Robert Chaloner & Martin and Audrey Gruss @ Southampton Hospital

tions of the same artist. We’re inventing new things in dance; it’s good for the future of ballet. I like to perform in New York, because people know ballet very well.” robertobolle.com AUDREY AND MARTIN GRUSS’ $5 MILLION GIFT Southampton’s Mayor Mark Epley, Congressman Tim Bishop and Fred Thiele, Jr. all spoke at ground-breaking ceremonies for the Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center at Southampton Hospital. Robert Chaloner, hospital CEO, said, “This will advance the hospital’s ability to treat stroke and cardiovascular disease and save lives. We are grateful for the Grusses’ generosity.” The civic-minded couple donated $5 million to help create the facility. Said Audrey: “The over-50 age group has the highest probability of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. Martin and I felt it was important that our local hospital have the capability to conduct interventions.” southamptonhospital.org PICTURE PERFECT Ted and Dina Merrill Hartley orchestrated the perfect party at their oceanfront estate in East Hampton. Drinks on the terrace surrounded by lush flower gardens were followed by an intimate dinner that included a dazzling display from Fireworks by Grucci, along with apple pie á la mode. To cap off the evening, there was a performance in the Hartleys’ elegant blue-and-white living room by Tony-nominated singer Christine Andreas and Dina’s own talented 22-year-old grandson, Cole Rumbough. The night saluted Dina’s 60 years of service to the New York City Mission Society and was co-hosted by her son Stanley Rumbough, Lizzi Bickford Bickford, Jay Moorhead, Jean Shafiroff, Charles Bullock and Cornelia Bregman Bregman. nycmissionsociety.org I knew you would want to know. ✦ Roberto Bolle in Prototype


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the world according to . . .

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s a serially successful entrepreneur, it’s safe to say that what Chris Burch touches turns to gold. The founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital continues to skyrocket fashion, technology and luxury ventures beyond the market’s stratosphere. One of his million-dollar ideas, C. Wonder (a women’s clothing, accessories and home decor retailer), is popping up in nearly all of Manhattan’s shopping districts and continues to grow. Launched only two Octobers ago, the brand will have 23 stores by the year’s end. Here, Burch reveals his New York City lifestyle and what he misses the most when on a transatlantic flight—his home away from home home— while he expands his global empire. Left: Burch with three of his six kids Henry, Sawyer and Nicholas.

WHAT’S YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY OF NEW YORK CITY? Partying at apartments on the Upper East Side with friends from college and boarding school.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF NEW YORK CITY? The West Village for its quaint, peaceful and beautiful streets. It is quintessential New York. WHAT DO YOU MISS THE MOST WHEN YOU’RE OUT OF NEW YORK? First, my children, and second, the theater. WHAT NEWSPAPER COLUMN DO YOU READ FIRST IN THE MORNING? The Marketplace section of the Wall Street Journal is my must-read in the morning. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO GET AROUND THE CITY? In my Suburban. WHAT DO YOU COLLECT? Minerals and vintage microcars. WHAT WOULD YOU DO AS MAYOR FOR THE DAY? Do away with tickets and tolls. 128 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • OCTOBER 2013

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE NEW YORK MOMENT? My last birthday party with my closest friends and family, held at my West Village townhouse.

WHO ARE YOUR HEROES? Working women.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE DINNER PARTNER? My girlfriend, Monika Chiang.

IF YOU WEREN’T A VENTURE CAPITALIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? A horticulturist—I love gardens, flowers and plants and learning about them.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SHOPS IN NEW YORK? Eataly, the Apple Store and, of course, C. Wonder.

WHAT’S THE HARDEST PART ABOUT LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY? It is what I love the most about the city—the speed and energy, which can sometimes be exhausting. LAST ALBUM YOU DOWNLOADED? Kinky Boots, the Broadway musical. WHICH NEW YORKER DO YOU MOST ADMIRE? Steve Ross of Related because he is a visionary. IF YOU WERE INVISIBLE IN NEW YORK FOR A DAY, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? Backstage at the theater, City Hall and the operating room of a neurosurgeon. WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN? Do not ever believe your own press.

WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST EXTRAVAGANCE? Nihiwatu—the resort I just invested in on the Indonesian island of Sumba. HOME IS . . . Cathay Pacific, Seat 2H, and wherever my children are. WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT? Jet lag. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? A little boy. ✦

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Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...