AVENUE March|April 2018

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the philanthropy issue

LAUDABLE RONALD LAUDER’S FINE ART OF PHILANTHROPY


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MARCH | APRIL 2018

CONTENTS VOL. 42 NO. 2

A LAUDABLE LIFE Ronald Lauder and the fine art of philanthropy

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R LE UG um M arf RA de P AU au E

FEATURES

RONALD LAUDER has led a life of charity

by Michael Gross portraits by Annie Leibovitz

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THE TRUMP BUMP How Donald is making liberal giving great again

by Marcia Stepanek

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THE FEELING IS MUTUAL Pilar Crespi and Stephen Robert source their love in hope

by Linda Marx photographed by Neil Francis Dawson

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2018: A SPACE ODYSSEY The men and women dominating NY real estate

photographed by Keith Major

COLUMNS 36

DRINKS WITH DEBBIE Beth Rudin DeWoody’s philanthropy is a family affair

by Debbie Bancroft

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OBJECTS OF DESIRE For spring, go green

by Wendy Sy

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STATE OF THE ART Leonardo Da Vinci's $450 million boondoggle

by Asher Edelman

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HEA and LTHY C HOC othe r O on o excitin LATE g ld fa vori twists tes

TRENDSCAPE

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New twists on old standbys

by Kelly Laffey

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MS. DEMEANOR Whatever happened to a little privacy?

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DEPARTMENTS 21

ON THE AVENUE Parties from Black Panther to the Year of the Dog

by Ben Diamond

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ARTS CALENDAR This month's selection of arts and culture

by Ben Diamond

ON THE COVER

Ronald Lauder photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

AVENUE welcomes “Letters to the Editor” Please address to: Michael Gross 72 Madison Avenue, 11th Floor New York, NY 10016 mgross@manhattanmedia.com

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L ET TER FROM T HE EDI T OR DEAR READERS, Will you forgive me if I take a moment to boast about AVENUE?

“YOU’RE NOT EASY TO PLEASE, SO I’M THRILLED THAT YOU’VE EMBRACED THE NEW AVENUE”

One year ago, we introduced a new design, a new logo and greatly enhanced digital offerings on our avenuemagazine.com website. The reaction to the revamped print magazine has to be described subjectively, since AVENUE is what’s called a controlled circulation magazine, which means our distribution is small in numbers. But our audience is large in both influence and affluence. That means you’re not easy to please. But I’ve heard that you are pleased and, of course, that delights me. As we don’t sell on newsstands, I don’t have to pander to the crowd. That means I don’t need to put celebrities on the cover, cover reality TV characters in our pages, or lower the magazine’s gaze by seeking common denominators. You are an uncommon group. So I’m all the more thrilled about the way you’ve embraced the new AVENUE. Our website’s performance is easier to quantify even though access to it is infinite and its range of coverage is broad (including every story in the print magazine, and a dozen or more web-only posts every week). So it’s heartening to report that in 2017, our unique page views increased almost 80 percent, the average time visitors spend on a page on the site increased by almost 25 percent, our bounce rate (which measures whether visitors leave a page quickly or stay to read it) has declined by over 70 percent, and our page views now average about 100,000 monthly. Those numbers add up to a remarkable increase in our readership, and an even more exciting increase in your engagement with our journalism, reviews, party coverage, lists and opinion pieces. A look at our top posts of the year confirms that your interests, like ours, are elite but broad, your taste is catholic, and you welcome the chance to be informed, amused and entertained, as well as the opportunity to see yourself and your friends at work and play. Thank you for your support. This is our second annual philanthropy issue and it features my first cover profile for AVENUE on Ronald S. Lauder. I already admired him, but when I learned his story, I was awed. You’ll be awed, too, by our exclusive never-before-seen portraits of Lauder, taken by the great Annie Leibovitz for the World Jewish Congress, which Lauder heads. We honor many other great philanthropists in Marcia Stepanek’s essay and listicle of ten people making giving great again, and in Linda Marx’s loving profile of my old friend Pilar Crespi and her husband, Stephen Robert, whose Source of Hope foundation is an inspiration. And this issue also introduces two more old friends as new columnists. Nina Griscom’s Ms. Demeanor column takes over our back page, and Asher Edelman’s State of the Art will cover one of New York’s best-known but least understood industries. I introduced Nina in our last issue. Asher, a financier, economist, art historian and writer, has collected contemporary art for five decades, ran a museum in Switzerland in the ’90s that presented the first retrospectives in Europe of Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Mapplethorpe and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and now runs Artemis, an art finance business. We’re thrilled to have these two truth-tellers grace our pages. I hope you enjoy their insights as much as I do.

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HEAVYWEIGHT DEMSEY

ESTÉE LAUDER PRESIDENT JOHN DEMSEY'S HOUSEWARMING PARTY photographed by Joe Schildhorn/BFA.com

LAST MONTH, Estée Lauder group president John Demsey invited some of his most glamorous friends over for a get-together at his new Upper East Side townhouse. Although nominally held to celebrate Architectural Digest and its editor-in-chief Amy Astley, the party’s real stars were his incredible collection of fashion photographs, from Avedon to Stern to Bailey. Even for a group this illustrious, it was hard to compete.

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EVEN AS A cold February rain fell, the Museum of the City of New York’s Winter Ball couldn’t help but feel like the start of the spring season. Maybe that’s because it had the city’s most swelegant partygoers cutting a rug on a dance floor packed as tight as a fresh tin of caviar. Thanks to their efforts, the museum raised $820,000— not too bad in this economy!

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So, what were May and Samuel Rudin thinking when they created their foundation? My grandparents created the May and Samuel Rudin Foundation as a charitable trust in 1975, to last for the next 20 years. The grandkids took it over, with input from our fathers, Lew and Jack, and at the end of the 20 years, we made a decision to keep it going. My brother Billy supported (and supports) the Met, the Battery, NYU, the Association for a Better New York, the Partnership for NYC and more. I supported and support the Whitney and BAM, the Hammer Museum, the Police Foundation, the New School and Parsons. My cousin Madeline focused on the Children’s Storefront and the Cooper Hewitt, Kathy was interested in ARF and animal welfare, and Eric’s causes are the Drawing Center and the Central Park Conservancy, and he was an early supporter of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Wasn’t there some controversy about the name Gay Men’s Health Crisis? Yes. There was some discussion about using “gay” in the title, but we all decided to stay with it, and the support of our foundation made it easier to raise funds from other foundations. That’s the advantage of being a family foundation: we avoid the politics and move swiftly and decisively. Didn’t this spawn another AIDS outreach? Kathy heard about a woman who rode her bike, delivering food to housebound AIDS victims. The family got together, bought her

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inspiring Judy Peabody’s work with AIDS victims was. And Ruth Schuman’s Publicolor is a terrific organization. What makes a great fundraiser? A tight, short, informative program. New Yorkers for Children has the kids it benefits speak, and it’s great. Publicolor let’s you paint with kids. It’s so unstuffy and fun. Entertainment? I’ve seen Stevie Wonder, Beach Boys, Hugh Jackman. Failing that level, don’t do. Black tie? It may be on the wane, but women still want to dress up. What’s next? All of our kids are continuing our work, and starting their own. My daughter, Kyle, has brought ProjectArt to LA, where they work with public libraries to offer art programs that schools don’t now. My son, Carlton, is part of the Next Generation for UNICEF and is joining them in South Africa for a field trip. My husband, Firooz, and I serve on the board of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Is there something else I should know? The Whitney is honoring me this year. As well we all should. ✦ Debbie Bancroft has long written AVENUE’s Chronicles column. Her party coverage can still be found on avenuemagazine.com.


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CAVEAT EMPTOR THE MARKET IS DEAD. LONG LIVE THE MARKET by Asher Edelman

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eonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, master of the 15th and early 16th centuries, recently resurfaced as a 21st-century bonanza. Salvator Mundi, a secondary early Renaissance painting by the master, repainted extensively in our century, sold for $450 million to a buyer bidding for the quaint little fortress of Abu Dhabi. It’s to be put on permanent display in its not-soquaint (nor little) Western art museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, in perhaps the most stupendous example of ego-driven activity in the history of the art market. More than art, this new Louvre displays most of all the need to pay more than one’s neighbor for freshly minted contemporary art. Mundi, contemporary by virtue of its restoration, has been sufficiently repainted to be classified a 21st-century masterpiece. Or perhaps its status derives from the price paid by a secondary Gulf state for a secondary rendition of Jesus “attributed” to the greatest artist of his time (and the greatest restorers of ours). Now, that’s a market! Thus, the reigning top echelon of the art world, the ego-driven sector where the 1 percent (sovereign division) and the 1 percent (wealthy division) raise their hands to show their mine’s-bigger importance, becomes the laughingstock of serious art connoisseurs. Not only because of the excessive pricing, but also because much of what they buy isn’t even

first-rate. Well, okay, it’s not first-rate art but it is first-rate marketing. Wealth is not typically a product of stupidity, nor do its possessors wish to be viewed as fools. But when mockery reveals yesterday’s ego-driven one-upmanship as today’s buffoonery, some of the lessstupid actors start getting the point. The ego market is the art market we read about. Clearly, it’s been going up, but in the last few years the broader art market has been going down and suffering a secret liquidity crisis.

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The buffoon-driven market is sure to fall, too, and soon. The sources of capital for high profile purchases are drying up. Mega-wealthy Chinese collectors openly admit they will no longer raise their paddles at Western art auctions. Money export controls and fear of government retribution have made public displays of ostentation serious no-nos in the People’s Republic. Russian sanctions current and

future, a stumbling economy, and increased scrutiny of money laundering have all but ended high-profile Russky art buying, too. In fact, Roman Abramovich, the biggest Russian buyer of Western contemporary art, and

“$450 million for a painting? Jesus Christ!" considered a close collaborator of Putin, has checked out of the market along with most of his oligarch comrades. The professional speculators pulling the strings of the buffoons are savvy. They lead the market—they don’t follow it. The Warhol-Basquiat-WoolPrince cabal have been selling on balance for quite a while, counting on dupes outnumbering sellers to ensure their continued profits. Unlike auction houses, dealers have had neither the liquidity nor the bad sense to allow participation in the battles of the buffoons—and they will not start now. Then, there are the genuine collectors. One of our wealthiest hedge fund managers, who is also a great collector, committed to art but savvy as to markets, has been a constant seller in the



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last year or so. If I were to bet on anyone being right on the market, he’s my man. The top of the art market is due for a serious correction, and a drying up of liquidity not dissimilar to its 1989–1995 crisis, when art prices grew by more than 150 percent before sharply declining, setting off several years of stagnation that left dealers and auction houses staggering. The market as a whole has been down for at least three years. One missing bidder saying no might move the market to calamity. A night of guarantees hit can turn the whole upper market on its bottom. Factor buy-ins at auction and the poor performance of private secondary market sales into the art indexes, and one sees a continuous downward trend. But it will take a market crisis of duration to bring the markets back. Over 50 percent

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of the world’s galleries are said to lose money. The galleryclosing velocity increases markedly month by month. And the real storm has yet to begin. Trump and his coterie have no interest in art. Donald prefers the big, fake Renoir hanging in his apartment to the real deal in the Art Institute of Chicago. Cuts in federal spending for the arts, the adverse effects of the new tax bill and the plain old bad taste of our leader and his gnomes have already begun to injure the art world. Trump is in good company, at least. Crooks, fraudsters, fakers, defaulters, forgers, and criminals abound. To quote Judge Charles Edward Ramos of the N.Y. State Supreme Court in the case of Sotheby’s v. Shagalov: “I have never seen an industry more ripe with fraud and misconduct than the art business. To say there’s such a thing as artistic ethics is an oxymoron. Most of the cases I’ve had involving art dealers involve fraud outright, just plain old fraud.” At my art advisory company, we receive more and more inquiries as to the efficacy of transactions and the honesty and ethics of dealers. The feds and local constabulary are onto the bad art crowd. The media is hungry for these stories. This is not a short-term plus for the market but, instead, a long-term cleanup that will bring transparency and disclosure and a rebirth for markets, collectors, connoisseurs and art lovers. ✦


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FO O D FOR THOUG HT

SPRING IS HERE! APRIL SHOWERS BRING EXCITING NEW RESTAURANTS by Beth Landman

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pring is here, and with it comes exciting new Japanese restaurants. Among them is Basement, the 39-seat omakase place Masa Takayama has been cooking up beneath his Tribeca restaurant Tetsu. It features “unusual proteins” including whole squab, A5-grade Wagyu beef and whole fish. This is the chef who charges $595 at his Time Warner Center

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Café Bilboquet flagship though, so don’t expect bargain-basement prices. High-end omakase is also coming to the Upper East Side this month, courtesy of Sushi Noz. The restaurant is the brainchild of brothers Josh and David Foulquier, Upper East Side natives and Dalton alums. The pair will be serving a $300 per person tasting menu in collaboration with chef Nozomu Abe, formerly of Sushiden. David is no stranger to the restaurant business: Fooqs, the French/ Persian restaurant he opened in Miami three years ago, has been so successful that it landed him on the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Nor is he a stranger to Japanese cooking. David attended the Tokyo Sushi Academy, where

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he and his brother fell in love with traditional edomae cuisine, and vowed to bring an authentic version to New York. It was through a sushi teacher there that they heard about Abe. Particular attention has been paid to the restaurant’s interior. “We went to extreme lengths with this design,” explains Foulquier. “The bar is made of an incredibly soft 200-year-old Hinoki cypress. There is no veneer or wax.

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Ninety percent of the customers won’t know what it is, but it gives off an intoxicating aroma.” Mifune opened in July, but if you haven’t gotten there yet, it’s worth a trip. Chef Yuu Shimano, who worked in the kitchen of the three-Michelin-starred Guy Savoy in Paris until 2015 and then in the kitchen of famed Louis XIII, is turning out distinctive Japanese fare with a French flair from his midtown kitchen. He adds Parmesan foam to his miso-marinated black cod and presents kombu-marinated fluke with lemon ginger confiture.

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Omakase comes to the Upper East Side at Sushi Noz

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Ron Rosselli, the former executive chef at the Standard Grill and chef de cuisine at Locanda Verde, has an impressive pedigree. And he’s been turning out impressive food since taking over the reins at the Union Square Hyatt’s new restaurant, Bowery Road, last spring. “Fourth Avenue used to be called Bowery Road in the late 1800s when it led from Stuyvesant farm into the city,” Rosselli says of the name. “We liked it because we are using a lot of market-based items.” He is presenting an American concept with international accents. Slow-roasted pork adobo marries Mexican and Filipino flavors, combining guajillo chilies with soy and ginger and serving the dish with paper-thin corn crepes. There are healthy offerings as well, like a grain bowl with farro, quinoa and lentils, and a spring salad of asparagus, snap peas, shaved radish and carrot, finished with whipped feta. The chef also has a sense of humor. He is serving Blooming Mushroom, a take on Outback Steakhouse’s notorious “Bloomin’ Onion.” It’s more elegant than its inspiration: tempura-coated hen-of-the-woods finished with togarashi spice. And this season, he’s added whole roast lamb and pig. The stove is finally on at Café Bilboquet! Philippe Delgrange has expanded his Bilboquet empire with Café Bilboquet, which opened last summer a few doors down from the original. Although it began serving coffee and pastries like fresh croissants, eclairs, tarte tatin and pain au chocolat, it has now introduced salads, homemade quiches, mini brioche sandwiches with foie gras or smoked salmon, and croques-monsieur. Bread is baked fresh twice a day, and ambitious breakfast selections include scrambled eggs with avocado, smoked salmon or truffle confit, and eggs with duck confit or spinach and goat cheese. And at night, the café now transforms into a wine bar. Scarpetta has reemerged, leaving its longtime home in the Meatpacking District for larger and spiffier digs in NoMad. In its first week at its new location, it was already action-packed, hosting a pre-Grammys event, a fashion week soiree and an impromptu appearance by Justin Timberlake. While there are plenty of new dishes, like ash-crusted venison with quince puree, toasted farro, Brussels sprouts and cranberries, don’t worry—spaghetti with tomato and basil is still on the menu! A couple of blocks north, Raz Shabtai, the former sous chef at Mideastern juggernaut Nur, has opened his own place, Basta. Try the Tunisian, thinly rolled dough stuffed with fish and spices and served with dough enveloping sunchokes, potato and poached egg, or the Wizard of Marrakesh, a hatshaped pasta stuffed with Morrocan spiced vegetable stew. ✦


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CITIZEN CARNAL WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST’S LOVE NESTS HIT THE MARKET by Christopher Cameron

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private detective, frequently employed by the silk-stocking wives of the Upper East Side to smell out their husbands’ affairs, assures me that investments in real estate are the best insurance against people like himself. A man with real estate needn’t fear being spotted in the St. Regis with his art consultant. He just visits a building that he owns, under virtually any plausible pretext, where he happens to have set aside apartment 11B for his mistress. That is the bit of subterfuge allegedly used recently by developer Harry Macklowe, who reportedly concealed his paramour in the luxury apartment building he owns at 737 Park Avenue, a short jaunt from his home in the Plaza Hotel. But Macklowe was no Dr. Livingstone. Hearst did it first. Luxury apartments that were once the love nests of Ziegfeld Follies chorus girl Marion Davies and newspaper titan William Randolph Hearst are currently on the market at 137 Riverside Drive, 91 Central Park West and 1215 Fifth Avenue. And although Hearst is best remembered as the laird of stately San Simeon in California, the New York properties he shared with Davies show every bit of that same genius for outrageous real estate. At the turn of the century, Hearst lived in a brownstone at 123 Lexington Avenue near 28th Street. Today an Indian spice store, it was once the grand home of our 21st president, Chester A. Arthur. But a home fit for a president was a bungalow in the mind of a man of Hearst’s

appetites. His panache for big spending often left him with little pocket change—dismantling the hardware from the palace of a Venetian doge or an entire 12thcentury Spanish church, and then shipping it to a Bronx warehouse, didn’t come cheap.

highest earning newspaperman and Hearst’s lieutenant in both publishing and real estate, once said that Hearst was the only man he knew who could get along on less than $10 million in pocket money a year. Or at least

137 Riverside Drive

1215 Fifth Avenue

William Randolph Hearst in 1906

“Although Hearst is remembered as the laird of San Simeon, his New York properties show the same genius for outrage.” Hearst's reputation as a spendthrift was legendary in his day. Journalist Gene Fowler recalls Henry Ford admonishing Hearst for never having any money. Ford recommended that he stash $500 million away somewhere and forget about. Arthur Brisbane, the utopian socialist who became America’s

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Another view of 1215 Fifth Avenue

so claimed the bon vivant Lucius Beebe. When Hearst set out to build his next home, there would be nothing log cabin about it. He purchased the entire building at 137 Riverside, known as the Clarendon, for $950,000. He then spent multiples of that transforming the upper floors

into something characteristically out of proportion: a custombuilt, five-floor apartment with gallery space for his collections of medieval armor, stained glass and art from European palaces. The mansion’s three-story copper mansard once hid a private roller skating rink, said to have been used by Davies. How-


ever, as it was the full-time residence of Hearst’s actual wife, Millicent, one has to wonder how much time Davies really spent skating about chez Hearst. Today, unit 3B in 137—a generous, 11-room co-op with 24 windows—is going for $6.95 million. “Hearst spent what was at the time an enormous sum on the building,” said Deanna Kory, who listed the property for Corcoran. “He created a 100-foot-long gallery for his medieval tapestries. He created themed rooms to show off his other antiques: an English room, a Julius Caesar room and a Greek room.” Hearst created another lavish penthouse for Davies at 91 Central Park West, then one of the most desirable new towers on the park’s west side. The sprawling apartment filled with Hearst’s extraordinary hodgepodge collections was decorated in monastic style, with oversized church doors, stained glass and intricately carved woodwork. To this day, the initials “M. D.” are scratched into the ornate hearth in the apartment’s barroom. Its current owner, T-Mobile CEO John Legere, recently slapped the apartment back onto the market with Heather McDonough and Henry Hershkowitz of CORE. He wants $22 million. Giorgio Armani owns the other portion of the original penthouse on the same floor. And when Davies couldn’t bring herself to cross the park, she and Hearst would tryst at Brisbane House, the stately co-op building at 1215 Fifth Avenue. Brisbane developed his namesake tower in 1929 with both Hearst’s financial backing and Hearst's taste for the ostentatious. “He built this amazing mansion, which extended from the 14th floor to the penthouse, and across both the north and south sides of the building,” 1215 Fifth resident and Corcoran broker Barbara Brewster said. “It would have been four floors, but it was actually three because he built a two-story ballroom and tennis court.” Brisbane’s mansion also featured a private elevator, a scarcely known luxury at the time that provided a unique level of discretion. Today, the shaft of the now lost elevator can be purchased and incorporated into 1215’s apartments. Currently, four units are simultaneously on the market in 1215—a rare occurrence according to Brewster. She is marketing a richly wallpapered three-bedroom in the building for $3.95 million, and a slightly larger unit for $4.2 million. If Davies affairs with Hearst appear somewhat nomadic, it’s worth noting that Hearst was a bit of a taxicab Bedouin himself. Hearst would stay between his many homes, while also entertaining Davies at a number of East Side hotels, including the Ritz Tower, which he developed with Brisbane, and the Warwick New York Hotel, where Davies had her own floor, and at the office of Hearst’s personal counsel in the 18-story tower at 940 East 40th Street. Davies also occupied the penthouse for a time. At 331 Riverside, Hearst gave Davies yet another 25-room mansion, this one with a large fountain in the sitting room and a library of rare books. Hearst also bought the neighboring building at 332 Riverside and gave Davies’ father his own apartment there. The New York Buddhist Church now uses both 331 and 332. In that web of palatial penthouses, luxe hotels and ritzy love shacks, it’s a wonder they even bumped into each other often enough to make it all worthwhile. ✦

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Ronald Lauder in the Neue Galerie with Adele Block Bauer I by Gustav Klimt


A LAUDABLE LIFE RONALD LAUDER AND THE FINE ART OF PHILANTHROPY by Michael Gross portraits by Annie Leibovitz


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or Ronald S. Lauder, then 41, his appointment by President Ronald Reagan in December 1985 to the post of U.S. ambassador to Austria was a great achievement. Despite his youth, it recognized a life spent visiting the country and collecting art produced by one of its great avant-garde cultural movements, the Secession, which gave the world Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann. Fascinated as much by politics as art, Vienna was a dream job for the younger son of Joseph and Estée Lauder, the cosmetics legend. But at the time, he had no idea how profoundly it would change him. Before Vienna, Lauder was more a wealthy social figure than someone concerned with social welfare. Though he’d been present at the creation of his family’s Clinique brand, he was better known as a self-described playboy and hedonist (albeit one with a wife and two daughters) whose most serious accomplishments were in buying art. Like Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus, Lauder’s brief, 18-month posting to Vienna altered the course not only of his life, but those of many others, too. He left his embassy behind for a future that would give him a new appreciation of his religious and cultural pedigree, turning him into one of America’s most influential philanthropists.

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itting in the Viennese-style office of his Ronald S. Lauder Foundation—its furnishings are from Otto Wagner’s Austrian Postal Savings in Vienna, its endowment about $100 million—high above the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street in the General Motors Building, Lauder, dressed as always in an impeccably tailored suit, recalls arriving in Austria in April 1986. The next month, driving down Tempelgasse in the Leopoldstädt district of Vienna, he spied a parking lot “right in the middle of the street,” he says, his deeply hooded eyes closing slightly, as if seeing the memory. “I thought there was something strange about it.” So he got out of his car and stopped people on the street. “What was here?” he asked in German, one of the three languages he speaks fluently. “It didn’t look like a bomb had dropped in the middle of the street,” he muses. Yet it seemed clear something had been there… once. “Most people didn’t know,” he continues. Or said they didn’t. “Finally, an older man said, there was the most beautiful synagogue here.” The Leopoldstädter Tempel, built in Moorish Revival style in 1858, had been the largest synagogue in Vienna until November 10, 1938, later called Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. It was destroyed by the Nazis in a cross-border pogrom—a night of widespread terror and


destruction that cost hundreds of lives, the loss of more than a thousand houses of worship (95 in Vienna alone), and the ransacking and destruction of Jewish homes and businesses throughout Germany and Austria. Lauder had been, as he puts it, “a three-day-a-year Jew,” he says, “Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Passover. I was Jewish. I was bar mitzvahed. I was a cultural Jew”—not a religious or particularly passionate one—”until that moment. And it didn’t happen from one to the next. It took about a year.” It was quite an eventful year. Even before he’d arrived in Vienna, he’d paid a reported $50,000 to have the gold leaf dome of the city’s Secession Building, an architectural gem with a priceless frieze by Klimt within, restored. But Lauder, whose philanthropy had previously been limited to local issues like protecting and planting trees on Madison and Park Avenues and supporting the Museum of Modern Art, where he served on the board of trustees, was poised to broaden his horizons considerably.

“I was a three-day-a-year Jew... until that moment.”

Lauder sits beneath paintings by, from left to right, Otto Dix, Ludwig Meidner (top), Otto Dix (bottom), Oskar Schlemmer and George Grosz. Below: Ronald and Jo Carole Lauder in the Vienna woods

A few days after his coup de foudre on Tempelgasse, Lauder received an impromptu visit from a Rabbi Jacob Biderman. “When the ambassador comes walking down the street,” Lauder says, “people start talking.” At the embassy, Rabbi Biderman showed him photos of the lost synagogue, and told him how Vienna’s Jewish culture had been destroyed. But then, he talked about the present, about how Jewish families escaping from behind the Iron Curtain had ended up in Austria, but were often only aware of their religion as a stigma that had made them second-class citizens. Unable to reach America and unwilling to go to Israel “because they didn’t feel Jewish enough,” Lauder says, “they decided to stay because Vienna wasn’t that far from Russia. They were poor, their kids were hardly educated, but they couldn’t go to German schools because they didn’t speak German.” Biderman told Lauder he’d opened a school for these young refugees, but had run out of room and couldn’t accommodate the growing population of this new Diaspora. Lauder visited his school, and pitched in. “I bought one room, then two rooms,” then the entire building, “where they learned two things,” he says. “To speak German and to be Jewish. Initially, it was just a nursery school and kindergarten, but when we got involved, we started to add grades.” Lauder’s good deeds balanced other—bad—news. A month after he met Biderman, Kurt Waldheim, a former secretary general of the United Nations, but also just revealed as a former intelligence officer for the armed forces of Nazi Germany, was elected president of Austria. While he was later cleared of participation in war crimes, it was established that he’d lied about his military record. Shortly thereafter, “I saw him on Stephansplatz” in central Vienna,” Lauder recalls, and Waldheim said, “‘I did nothing more than your fathers, your brothers did during the war.’” Lauder responded, “‘Look, you people were not the victims. You joined the Reich.’ And I started talking. I decided that enough’s enough. Let’s tell it like it is.” Sometimes, his actions spoke louder than words. That July, Lauder left Lauder and Serge Sabarsky Austria “on personal business” just MARCH | APRIL 2018 • AVENUE MAGAZINE • AVENUE ON THE BEACH | 63


before Waldheim’s inauguration, a mere three months after he’d arrived, setting off a furor that would persist throughout his tenure as an ambassador. “I was out there,” he recalls. “They couldn’t attack Ronald Reagan. They wouldn’t attack [Secretary of State] George Shultz. So they attacked me.” Had it not been for Waldheim, he believes, he never would have become one of the world’s most prominent and generous philanthropists. So the experience, while difficult, wasn’t a bad one. “No, it made it great. I had a purpose. I was representing the United States, but also the Jewish people.” At another moment, he says, “I thank Kurt Waldheim for making me Jewish.”

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At age 12, Lauder hired his own German and French tutors. “What type of kid goes out and hires two tutors?” his father asked him. “Who’s paying for it?” “You are,” Ronald replied. He took a junior year abroad—in high school—studying in the South of France. Even before that, he took himself to Vienna, “on my own,” he says. “I wanted to see Klimt and Schiele. I arrived in the evening. I went to the Belvedere”—the baroque palace that contains the world’s largest collection of Klimt paintings—“the next morning.” A year later, he expanded his buying from posters and prints to drawings, purchasing prints by van Gogh, Feininger and Seurat. Passing through Wharton and postgraduate work in Brussels and Paris, Lauder went to work for the family firm in Europe and was “very much involved” in building its Belgian factory. He loved Europe, learned to speak Flemish, and finally returned to New York in 1967, marrying his girlfriend of several years, Jo Carole Knopf, starting both a family and Clinique, and becoming involved with various Museum of Modern Art committees and in local Republican politics. “But the one thing that never varied was my love of art and buying art all the time. I buy art continuously.” In 1982, President Reagan, a friend of his parents, offered him a job as deputy assistant

onald Lauder was born in 1944, just after Joseph and Estée Lauder married a second time. Initially, he was educated in private schools, but he chose to transfer to the public Bronx High School of Science, “the best school in the city,” he says. “Also, I really wanted to be in a public school. It wasn’t political, though it could have been.” He started buying art “when I was nine, ten, eleven years old,” he says. “When other kids were going to football games, I went to museums.” He discovered that children under twelve were admitted to the Museum of Modern Art for free. He went alone. “They subsequently changed [the policy],” he says, requiring children to enter with a parent. (“It’s called the Lauder opening a Lauder provision,” a foundation staffer jokes.) summer camp in Sarvash, Hungary He also haunted E. Weythe, a bookstore on Lexington Avenue, browsing and buying tomes on art, and began his own collection with a $90 Toulouse-Lautrec poster. One day at Weythe, he spotted a book on Egon Schiele on a shelf near those about Toulouse-Lautrec. “I opened the book, thinking, ‘This is great,’” he says. He allows that Schiele’s highly sexual vision was “one of the reasons I was interested,” he says. “And for reasons unbeknownst to me, I fell in love with Vienna.”

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secretary of defense for NATO and European policy—and he accepted. His father collapsed and died at his going-away party, so he delayed his move to Washington, joining the government early the next year. He also hired a private art curator that year, Elizabeth Kujawski, who’d previously worked for Nelson Rockefeller. “At that point, I already had a fairly large collection.” It contained about 100 works then worth about $400 million. At the Pentagon, one of Lauder’s projects was attempting to stop the diversion of sensitive electronic equipment, including computers, from the West to the Soviet Union. “People were shipping things to Vienna, and then it went out the back door to Hungary and then Russia,” Lauder recalls. That work—and his support of Al D’Amato, who won a U.S Senate


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seat representing New York in 1980—made him a natural choice when Reagan’s first ambassador to Vienna stepped down. But his stay in Vienna was, as noted, controversial—and brief. “I left, frankly, because I was considering running for political office,” Lauder says, his voice rising above his habitual near whisper as he adds, “I must tell you, eighteen months was a long time…fighting. It wasn’t uncomfortable; it was just a fight! I gave speeches all over Austria and I became the personification of what it was.” What it was, he doesn’t say, but back home, he immediately set up his personal foundation. “My intentions were educational,” he says. “The future of the Jewish people is education.” He sees no distinction between education and the preservation of Jewish culture, nor between the secular and religious life of Jews. “That’s all part of the same thing,” he says.

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fter a failed run for mayor of New York in 1989, Lauder refocused on eastern Europe, investing in real estate (including the blocks around Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, now a major tourist destination), a Hungarian bank, a Czech media business and a restaurant in Budapest; made similar investments in Israel;

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but notably including the Jewish National Fund, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and in 2007 the World Jewish Congress, which he took Lauder wit over after it almost h Yitzhak Rabin collapsed in a financial scandal, and turned into a powerhouse. and invested more time and money in his “My activities became more Jewish-centric,” foundation. Its work would become as much an Lauder says. “My strength was Eastern obsession for Lauder as art has always been. He would be named chairman of MoMA’s European Jewry. I did not want Hitler to win board of trustees in 1995 and remains its and therefore I started to work in place after honorary chairman today. But later in the place, building schools, one after the other.” nineties, art had to share him as he began He also, inevitably, got involved with Israel. helping, founding, donating to and running “Israel was there. It was very important to me. myriad Jewish organizations—so many a bare I am both a Jew and a political person. I was list would cover half a page of this magazine, very close to Benjamin Netanyahu and helped

him become prime minister. We’d worked together before that in the UN.” At the same time, he got involved with the World Monuments Fund, rebuilding historic synagogues around the world. “I helped in Morocco, India, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Amsterdam, all over. I think we did fifty synagogues all told.” Sometimes that work was as controversial as his tenure in Vienna. “Easter European schools were contentious,” Lauder says. “’You’re starting a school for Jewish kids?’ There are all kinds of organizations fighting you.” And his television stations talked “about the truth,” he adds, which didn’t always make him friends. Among those he lost was Bibi Netanyahu, who ended his friendship with Lauder after 2012 reports on the American’s Israeli TV channel about the prime minister’s family; Lauder was legally barred from interfering with its broadcasts. “I’ve had a chance to speak with Bibi,” is all he’ll say of that. “Time will tell.”

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“He is truly a connoisseur, and the most generous person I know.” say Neue Galerie director Renée Price Jewish issues weren’t the only ones he tackled, however. Spurred, perhaps, by his mother’s decline in her later year, he and his brother started the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Institute for the Study of Aging, which in 1998 “morphed into the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation,” he says. One of its projects sought to learn if centenarians—people who lived to be 100— had any special genes in common.

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auder’s most visible praised philanthropic enterprise is the Neue Galerie, his privately held museum for German and Austrian art on Fifth Avenue and East 86th Street. He conceived of it with Serge Sabarsky, whom he met in the midsixties after his older brother Leonard bought a Schiele drawing at auction and came to wonder if it was real. They were sent to Sabarsky, who was an expert on the artist. “Instant bond,” says Lauder. “We were friendly, literally on a daily basis, from that point until he died 34 years later.” The Viennese Sabarsky, who later opened a gallery, was focused on showing the art he loved. In his telling, Lauder was the driving force behind creating a museum to do that. Just before Sabarsky died in 1996 (the Neue Galerie’s restaurant is named for him), Lauder learned that the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research was selling a former Vanderbilt mansion, and he bought it to house his and Sabarsky’s museum, hiring architect Annabelle Selldorf to create it. Even before he startled the world with his record-setting $135 million purchase of Klimt’s gold-speckled 1907 portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the museum’s prize possession, “we saw lines around the block,” Lauder says proudly. Renée Price, the Neue’s Galerie’s second and current director, had held the same role at Sabarsky’s gallery. “As a collector, Ronald has always had a very definite, strong viewpoint,” she says. “He always wants to get the best work by a particular artist: not necessarily the easiest or the most pleasing, but the best. Ronald is extremely passionate about art and design, everything from a major painting to the smallest decorative object. The Neue Galerie is his gift to the city of New York, and he always reminds us how proud it makes him. I enjoy working with him because he is not shy about making his opinions known and neither am I, which can lead to amusing discourses. With Ronald you always know where you stand. Most of all, I admire his commitment to art, his unending pursuit ES

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auder’s generosity even extends to the Trump administration,which, superficially, at least, seems difficult to reconcile with Lauder’s expressed opposition to anti-Semitism and neo-Nazis, his active support for a two-state solution in the Middle East, and his promotion of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas as a partner in the peace process with Israel. Lauder and Trump met at Wharton. “As [Yitzhak] Rabin said, you make peace not with your friends but with your enemies,” Lauder believes. “I still believe to this day that a two-state solution can be done, and I believe it will happen during the time of Donald Trump. He’s our president. He’s someone I’ve known

for fifty years. Yeah, sometimes he misspeaks on some things, but the man does not have an anti-Semitic bone in his body. “I’ll tell you, I believe that whoever is president of the United States deserves the American people to stand behind him. I stood behind Obama. There were many things I didn’t [like] about him, but I stood behind him. I’ve stood behind every president we’ve had.” Not only that, he’s working behind the scenes in the intractable Middle East conflict, too. Lauder wouldn’t comment but in October, he met Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo to discuss the peace process, and AVENUE has learned that days before our interview, Lauder was in Jordan. He may be a private citizen now, but Ronald Lauder is still working for the public good. ✦

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With his “cut, cut, cut” philosophy, the 45th president (here, at a 2017 publicity stunt) is shredding American society’s safety net. Philanthropy is picking up the slack.

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GREAT AGAIN AVENUE’S TOP TEN PHILANTHROPISTS OF THE YEAR CONFRONT THE TRUMP EFFECT by Marcia Stepanek


“AN OUTPOURING OF DONATIONS SEEKS TO BLUNT THE IMPACT OF WHITE HOUSE INITATIVES.”

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rom foreign affairs and the #MeToo movement to the seismic rumblings emanating from the Trump White House, political disruption has been shaking the world in ways large and small. While social-good giving may not dominate the headlines—nor interest television’s cacophonous talking heads as much as the presence of Russian fake news factories and chaos in the White House—philanthropy is changing, too. Our city’s cause-minded donors are creating new ways to turn the tumult of unexpected and unprecedented challenges into fresh opportunities to assert their values. Many of New York’s most influential and affluent philanthropists have responded to the current state of the union by refocusing their giving on social causes. And now, there is also a new vanguard of donors emerging—up-andcomers who are beginning to organize new ways to give. From Brooklyn-based Propel Capital’s new grassroots Propel Democracy fund to the six-month-old Hunger to Health Collaboratory, a new cross-sector consortium of nonprofits, universities, local governments, health centers and for-profit companies (including NYC’s Hearst-funded Good Housekeeping Institute) are collaborating to leverage their collective resources to improve health by ending hunger. “Hunger is a problem that can be solved, and by bringing all of these people together from different organizations, with different interests and different stakeholders, we have the power together to go where we can’t go as individual organizations,” said Laurie Jennings, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute.

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This emerging trend in advocacy giving is more openly outspoken about social causes. Accelerating the trend is the fact that the boundaries of philanthropy are being broadened and redefined by the current climate of crisis; increasingly, giving for good is becoming unavoidably and openly ideological (following the example set in recent years by the Mercer and Koch families, if not their political direction), and big-bets gamblers are more willing to admit that confrontational positions are indicated in a moment when the very notion of what constitutes the public good is in dispute. This year, as last, topping the big-bets giving list of New York philanthropists is the former mayor and info-tech billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who put a whopping $702 million into public health causes and other big-bets social ventures in 2017. Though he made his stance on Donald J. Trump clear at the 2016 Democratic convention (“Trump says he wants to run the nation like he’s run his business,” Bloomberg said. “God help us. I’m a New Yorker, and I know a con when I see one”) his giving remains comparatively uncontroversial— especially when compared to the most electrifying emerging cohort among Gotham’s giving-minded. They’ve set off an outpouring of philanthropic donations, large and small, to blunt the impact of initiatives coming out of the Trump White House targeting poverty, healthcare, and immigration. The Trump Effect on philanthropy has catalyzed both Gen Y upstarts and Gotham’s older-money philanthropists. Here are 10 of the more notable social bets and bettors of 2017.


Michael Bloomberg

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG While a relatively small portion of the total $702 million that Gotham’s former mayor gave last year was political, his signal to Trump was clear. The president’s climate change pullout from the Paris Agreement catalyzed Bloomberg to ante up $40 million to the United Nations’ efforts to execute the Paris Climate Treaty— despite Trump’s decision to freeze official U.S. support for it.

“THE QUESTION IS, HOW DO WE CHANGE THE SYSTEM?”

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Early last year, banking heiress Agnes Gund famously sold off her prized 1962 Roy Lichtenstein painting Masterpiece for $150 million (exclusive of taxes and fees), using $100 million of the proceeds to seed a new social justice fund to reform the criminal justice system. She rallied her fellow art collectors to sell their pieces to help raise another $100 million for the cause, which Gund has named the Art for Justice Fund. “I started the Art for Justice Fund because the criminal justice system in its current state—particularly in its treatment of people of color—is unfair and unjust,” says Gund. “And I believe that the power of art will help drive that change. Artists and storytellers can illuminate injustice, and humanize the people and families who are caught up in the system.” According to Melissa Berman, head of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, many major philanthropists are increasingly working with other donors to disrupt the social systems that perpetuate poverty and other social ills. “We are seeing increasing numbers of funder collaboratives,” she told AVENUE. The question now, she says, ”is how do we expand but also change the system?” MARCH | APRIL 2018 • AVENUE MAGAZINE • AVENUE ON THE BEACH | 71


Tom Steyer

TOM STEYER The native New Yorker, billionaire hedge fund manager and Stanford University trustee has spent the past year shuttling between both coasts to advance Need to Impeach, his high-profile ad campaign to remove Donald Trump from office. Steyer funneled more than $100 million of his own fortune into the effort last year. “Everyone who expected Trump to revert to normalcy, pivot to decency?” Steyer queried in an interview with AVENUE. “It’s not going to happen.” According to Federal Election Commission records released earlier this year, Steyer almost singlehandedly bankrolled a political action committee to encourage Latinos to vote in the 2016 presidential election “to push back against Trump and Republicans.” According to the FEC, the Immigrant Voters Win PAC last year raised a total of $748,000, most of it from Steyer, money geared to fueling opposition to Trump in the upcoming midterm The chief of NYC’s Arcus Foundation elections. and heir to the Stryker Corp. medical

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equipment family fortune donated $17 million to support/protect LGBTQ charities and raise awareness and mobilization against Trump’s antigay policies last year.

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OLIVIA LELAND The managing director at the Rockefeller Foundation and founding director of the Giving Pledge late last year founded the new $500 million Co-Impact Fund, which will chiefly focus on helping lower-income people gain greater access to quality public health, education and economic opportunity in the United States and around the world. Says Leland, Co-Impact’s founder and CEO, “A collaborative approach among donors is critical now to solving the world’s most pressing problems.” Co-Impact’s initial core partners include philanthropists Richard Chandler, Bill and Melinda Gates, Romesh and Kathy Wadhwani, and Jeff Skoll. The Rockefeller Foundation is incubating Co-Impact and will provide staff, significant operating funds and ongoing strategic support.

“WE CAN’T HIDE WHO WE ARE. WE HAVE TO WORK WITH WHAT WE HAVE.” LEAH HUNT-HENDRIX The 33-year-old New York City native and granddaughter of the late Texas oil tycoon H. L. Hunt, is cofounder and executive director of Solidaire, a young donors’ collaborative she founded in 2013 to give “a way for people with a lot of privilege to find a role in the social movements of our time.” The new network of young philanthropists last year contributed more than $10 million to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the Harlem-based Alliance of Families for Justice, and other civil rights organizations and initiatives for racial equity. “I get the ironies,” says Hunt-Hendrix, who grew up on Fifth Avenue, daughter of pioneering philanthropist Helen LaKelly Hunt (New York Women’s Foundation). “I understand that there are contradictions between coming from an oil and gas family and doing this kind of activism for social equality. There are parts of our identity that we might have to be willing to give up to live in the kind of world we want to live in,” she told Salon, “the type of world where everyone has enough. To get there, however, we can’t hide from who we are. We have to work with what we have, from where we are and what we’re given.” Leah Hunt-Hendrix MARCH | APRIL 2018 • AVENUE MAGAZINE • AVENUE ON THE BEACH | 73


SARAH WILLIAMS Williams and her Propel Capital cofounder Jeremy Mindich launched Propel Democracy in 2017 to increase political engagement. With a $5-million start-up fund, the organization supports grassroots efforts against the Trump administration, particularly in swing states, with a keen focus on the upcoming midterm elections. The duo plan to invest another $2 million into the effort this year, and they are gathering millionaires in New York to further focus their collective giving. Propel Capital, founded in 2008 to target Gen Y philanthropists, joins other new U.S. donor collectives, including the Women’s Donor Network, Threshold and Solidaire, that have been organized to resist conservative efforts to limit civil rights. Williams, former director of philanthropy programs for the Pfizer Foundation, said that New York philanthropists are increasingly interested in “building new organizations and scaling movements to address issues of inequality.” Williams added, “There is an increasing sense of outrage and despondency about our democracy and our economy among New York philanthropists, and how these are not working for the majority—and there are philanthropists now who feel that joining these types of collaboratives is now the highest leverage point to build, among other things, access to our electoral system, because it now feels like that piece needs more attention and support.”

“THERE IS AN INCREASING SENSE OF OUTRAGE AND DESPONDENCY.” Ray Dalio

RAY DALIO The hedge fund chief heading Bridgewater Associates gave $47.2 million last year to child welfare causes and to others providing underserved people greater access to education, financial inclusion and affordable computer technology, among other causes. Dalio, in an October LinkedIn post from Bridgewater, said the wealth gap is “our biggest economic, social and political issue” and played a significant role in Donald Trump’s election victory. “While conditions for the lowest income groups have long been bad,” he wrote, “conditions of noncollege-educated whites, especially males, have deteriorated significantly over the past 30 years or so. This is the group that swung most strongly to help elect President Trump.” Dalio added that “the polarity in economics and living standards is contributing to greater political polarity” that is “also leading to reduced trust and confidence in government, financial institutions and the media, which is at or near 35-year lows.” Since 2003, Dalio and his wife, Barbara, have given out nearly $700 million to various causes.


George Soros

GEORGE SOROS The hedge fund billionaire reloaded his progressive, prodemocracy war chest last year, moving an additional $208.2 million of his own money into his Open Society Foundation to step up resistance to Trump administration policies and fund efforts for electoral and voting rights reforms. The foundation’s assets today stand at about $18 billion, the bulk of which he’s added in recent years.

Barbara and Donald Zucker

“IT IS INCUMBENT ON US TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS.” DONALD AND BARBARA ZUCKER The Brooklyn-born Manhattan real estate developer and his wife gave $61 million to endow scholarships to help support medical students attending the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University and help postdoctoral fellows attending Long Island’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research to prepare for successful careers. “We feel it is incumbent on us to help young people achieve their dreams to be physicians in today’s healthcare system, and to significantly lessen the financial burden and optimize the health and well-being of diverse populations and communities for the betterment of humanity,” Zucker said. ✦ MARCH | APRIL 2018 • AVENUE MAGAZINE • AVENUE ON THE BEACH | 75


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MUTUAL PILAR CRESPI AND STEPHEN ROBERT SOURCE THEIR LOVE IN HOPE by Linda Marx

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Robert and Pilar Crespi discovered that they had a mutual passion for philanthropy when they met in 1996 on a blind date in New York. Yet nothing happened for two months. Stephen wasn’t sure that Pilar liked him. But when the principal owner of Oppenheimer & Co., who also served as chancellor of his alma mater, Brown University, ran into the friend who’d introduced them, he was encouraged to call Pilar again. “I liked Steve,” says Pilar, the former New York model, fashion coordinator for the designer Valentino in Rome, and public relations professional. “I was on the board of the Henry Street Settlement, which provides vital services to more than 60,000 New Yorkers each year. Steve and I discussed our interest in giving back and discovered that we had many of the same values.” Pilar and Stephen’s second date at an Italian restaurant sealed the deal. They were married the following year, about the time Stephen left Oppenheimer after selling the investment bank to the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce for $525 million. Within months, the newlyweds began to focus solely on philanthropy through what Robert calls a holistic approach. They seek to understand a problem in its entirety, and to supply sustainable aid like food, water, medical care, money and education to those who need it the most. Together, they slowly began building their Source of Hope Foundation to provide monetary aid to disadvantaged people at home and abroad, helping them lead healthier and more productive lives.

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Ethiopia was so chilling that the couple did not talk on their way back to Italy, where they spend time in the summer. They were shell-shocked for two days. “I never conceived of poverty on this level,” says Stephen, who vividly described the conditions of no doctors (the concept of a hospital is alien to them), no homes (only mud huts) and very little clean water. Because food is so scarce, “Cows are more important than p eople,” adds Pilar. Now, Source of Hope helps fund the humanitarian Mercy Corps. As one of the first NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) that the couple adopted, they now provide more than 100,000 people with fresh water in the southern Ethiopian provinces of Konso and Derashe. To help reduce nasty waterborne diseases, they have built aquifers to collect stream water high in the hills that is then piped directly into the villages. Source of Hope has also built two schools to train young women in these provinces to learn the basic elements of business, which lead to microloans for establishing small companies to support their families.

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Not content to write checks and live an otherwise frivolous life, Pilar and Stephen insist on knowing and nurturing the various organizations that they endow. They travel to places like Africa, South America, Haiti, Israel and Palestine. And of course, they are active in New York City, where they keep an apartment. Their philanthropy is self-funded through the Source of Hope Foundation and has become a full-time job.

“Pilar and I want to be 100 percent involved in causes that are not attractive to other people,” says Stephen. “We help the homeless and battered women. We can’t feel that we lead a useful life without helping others. We travel together and see it firsthand. We don’t do any project unless we personally go, and we want to be sure it is sustainable over a long period of time.” They started in Africa, where the misery in

Pilar and Stephen grew up with a strong sense of the power of philanthropy. He is originally from Massachusetts. His father, Samuel, made women’s clothing and was president of a synagogue, chairman of the United Jewish Appeal and active in Community Chest. His mother, Mildred, was president of Hadassah and involved with Brandeis University. “To my family,” says Stephen, “philanthropy was like breathing.” He has two children from a previous marriage to Alexandra Robert. “We always gave back,” says Pilar of her family. She is the daughter of the late Countess Consuelo Crespi, an influential New Yorker who became the editor of Vogue and Vogue Italia and was named to the Fashion Hall of Fame after years of being on international best-dressed lists, and the late Count Rodolfo Crespi of Rome, a global magazine executive. She lived in Bogotá, Colombia, for a time, while married to Gabriel Echavarria Obregon, with whom she has one son. While there, Pilar volunteered at a hospital for burn victims. Now, Source of Hope supports several initiatives in Colombia, including the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation near Cartagena, which aids 450 adolescent mothers by offering schools and job training. “We train them to work,” says Pilar. “Girls are raped by their families, then shunned, so we help them. We take in the kids and give them free health care.” They support the Crib Sponsoring


“IT’S CRITICAL FOR PEOPLE TO HELP EACH OTHER. WE HAVE HELPED PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD OF US.”

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the Henry Street Settlement, they have provided homeless families in their shelter with a new, state-of-the-art computer lab in order to help clients develop, marketable skills so they can obtain employment. They ensure that the college success program continues to be effective in helping low-income, underprivileged students pursue their dreams by resourcing counselors, tutors and professional staff to provide them with guidance and resources. They enable Henry Street to provide 24-hour case management and crisis counseling in their domestic violence shelter, working with the children and families who come to them directly from dire circumstances. “Pilar and Steve have also provided invaluable leadership for Henry Street’s Gala and Art Show fundraising events, where the resources generated help us achieve and sustain impact,” says David Garza, executive director. “They distinguish themselves further by maintaining a detailed working knowledge of the challenges we are looking to address, and how our work addresses the problems, all the while still letting their hearts lead the way.” At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program for Pediatrics, they are helping provide massages and other touch therapies to enhance the quality of life for children being treated for cancer, which are offered free of charge. Their newest project involves New York-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Medical Center’s emergency room, which was a chaotic mess with patients waiting as long as nine hours to be seen. Many people who come there are on Medicaid and are rarely examined by a doctor. So the couple funded a namesake rapid medical evaluation center within the Adult Emergency Department to improve care and shorten waiting time. Now they have agreed to support a community health center worker program where area leaders go into people’s homes to see what’s wrong before issues spiral out of control. For as long as they live, Pilar and Stephen have pledged to help desperate people find better lives through their Source of Hope Foundation. While still taking personal time to play tennis, exercise with trainers, hike in Switzerland and Tuscany, collect art and visit their six grandchildren, they have created a philanthropic bond as a couple; and as individuals, they have learned to be more compassionate, understanding and less judgmental of others. “It is critical in this world for people to help each other,” says Stephen. “We can’t feel that we have led a useful and meaningful life without doing so. When I am gone, I want my children to know about this work, not about my business success or art collecting. I want them to know we have helped people who never heard of us.” ✦

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Program for 350 newborn babies to help reduce child mortality rates and eradicate preventable deaths from malnutrition and disease. And in Bogotá, Source of Hope funds the Fundacion Cardioinfantil, a pediatric institute providing access for poor children to highly skilled doctors who perform free procedures like heart transplants that can transform their lives. Pilar and Steve had traveled to Haiti even before the January 2010 earthquake. Afterward, they joined the disaster relief and funded Partners in Health, an international humanitarian organization that works cooperatively with communities to fight disease in resource-deprived areas. Source of Hope supported its modern hospital lab after the couple met Dr. Paul Farmer, who cofounded Partners in Health. Dr. Farmer is a Kolokotrones University professor and chair of the Department of Global Heath and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Stephen asked me what it would cost to buy a CT scanner after he learned we did not have one,” says Dr. Farmer, who describes the couple as funny, kind and unpretentious. “Then they bought one. A year later, they committed to more help. So we named the lab after them.” Says Stephen: “When we went back to Haiti a year later and saw the lab in action, including a CT scan of a 50-year-old man’s brain—which they would have had to drill holes in his skull to see without our equipment—I never felt so good about a donation.” Pilar also quietly supports a baby whom she sees every time they visit Haiti. In Israel, Source of Hope supports several initiatives, including Hand-in-Hand, a network of integrated schools that mixes Palestinian-Israelis and Jewish-Israeli children for an education that spans both cultures and languages. Classes are taught in Hebrew and Arabic. “When kids become friendly it helps the adult Jews and Palestinians who tend to avoid integrating to keep more of an open mind,” says Pilar. Robi Damelin, a spokesperson for The Parents Circle– Families Forum, a group of 600 Palestinian and Israeli families who have each lost an immediate family member in the ongoing conflict, are in awe of the couple’s dedication. “They hear and support the work we do on the ground with such modesty and love,” says Damelin. “They have been with us during dark times, always willing to listen and to give.” Closer to home in New York, the couple remain involved with a number of organizations. He is a member

of the Council on Foreign Relations and a variety of other arts and business organizations. She has remained with Henry Street while producing documentary films.

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2018 A SPACE ODYSSEY THESE ARE THE SEEKERS AND SELLERS OF MANKIND’S MOST SOUGHT-AFTER SPACES, THE STARS OF A GREAT URBAN ENTERPRISE.

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BROWN HARRIS STEVENS Hall F. Willkie, Co-President Bess Freedman, Co-President

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HALSTEAD Diane M. Ramirez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kimberly T. Hastie, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Warner Lewis, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker John N. Wollberg, Executive Vice President, Managing Director

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Anne Prosser, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Ari Harkov, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Richard J. Grossman, President Louise Phillips Forbes, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

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DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE Howard M. Lorber, Chairman Scott Durkin, President and Chief Operating Officer Steven James, CEO, New York City Susan de França, President and Chief Executive Officer, Douglas Elliman Development Marketing Dottie Herman, Chief Executive Officer

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SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY Kathy Kaye, President of Sotheby’s International Realty Development Advisors Diane Levine, Downtown and West Side Brokerage Manager Kathy Korte, President & Chief Executive Officer Marissa Ghesquiere, East Side Brokerage Manager

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CORCORAN SUNSHINE Gordon H. Hoppe, Executive Vice President James Lansill, Senior Managing Director Melissa Ziweslin, Senior Managing Director Beth Fisher, Senior Managing Director

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MARKETING GROUP Kelly Kennedy Mack, President Megan Flynn, Managing Director Dan August Cordeiro, Senior Managing Director Tricia Hayes Cole, Executive Managing Director

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THE CORCORAN GROUP Carrie Chiang, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Cathy Franklin, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Leighton Candler, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Hilary Landis, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Deanna Kory, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Sharon Baum, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Pamela Liebman, President & CEO of The Corcoran Group Not pictured: Deborah Grubman, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

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STRIBLING & ASSOCIATES Ken Scheff, Manager, Uptown Brokerage Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan, President Elizabeth Stribling, Chairman Gina Castellano, Manager, Brooklyn Brokerage Kirk Henckels, Vice Chairman, Director of Stribling Private Brokerage Not pictured: Dennis Cusack, Manager, Downtown Brokerage

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES NEW YORK PROPERTIES

Ellie Johnson, President Candace Adams, CEO

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REUVENI REAL ESTATE Lauren Dub, Operations Manager Ginger Shukrun, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Shlomi Reuveni, CEO & President Cordelia Robb, Head of Sales at 90 Morton TJ Quinn, Director of New Development

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WARBURG REALTY Clelia W. Peters, President Frederick W. Peters, CEO

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ENGEL & VÖLKERS NYC

Julie Zelman, Rothschild Team, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Alyson Donnelly, Director of Business Development and Training Kathy McFarland, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Leslie Hirsch, Howard Morrel Team, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Private Office Advisor Sarah Gabbay, Mercedes/Berk Team, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Julianne Bond, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

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COMPASS Stephen Ferrara, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Cofounder of the Hudson Advisory Team Maria M. Manuche, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Stacey Froelich, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Brian K. Lewis, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Lindsay Barton Barrett, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Clayton Orrigo, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Cofounder of the Hudson Advisory Team 96 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • AVENUE ON THE BEACH • MARCH | APRIL 2018

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TOWN RESIDENTIAL Jacqueline Pestana, Chief Operating Officer, TOWN Residential Andrew Heiberger, Founder and CEO, TOWN Residential Ryan Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, TOWN Flatiron Luciane Serifovic, International Sales, Corporate and Relocation Services Director Dan Marrello, Managing Director of Leasing

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FOX RESIDENTIAL

FOX RESIDENTIAL GROUP, INC. Barbara Fox, President

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THE VILLANI GROUP Rachel DeRossi, Account Coordinator Alyson Arcara, Account Manager Teresa Villani, Owner/President Chris Mastromarino, Director of Operations Allison Geary, Account Manager Not pictured: Jennifer Hajjar, Vice President

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Darina Lyons, Senior Vice President, Account Services Debra Melman, Chief Executive Officer Sophia Nagornaya, Vice President, Account Services

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LUXURY HOMES, PHILANTHROPY AND GOLF A Conversation with Jamie Niven

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amie Niven, the distinguished former chairman of Sotheby’s The Americas and noted philanthropist who, in more than 600 charity auctions, has helped raise more than $500 million for nonprofit organizations, has begun a new chapter in his extraordinary career, entering the world of luxury real estate. Niven is joining forces with Leighton Candler of Corcoran, one of the most successful and most highly regarded real estate brokers in New York, and her team of high-performance agents. On a first-name basis with the top echelons of New York and international social, business and art world circles, and a world-class expert and connoisseur of the finest art and design in the world, Mr. Niven is perfectly positioned to provide expert advice on property investment. Jamie’s life has been one of extraordinary experiences and accomplishments, including his long association with Sotheby’s, where he rose to chairman of Sotheby’s The Americas. He currently serves as chairman of the board for Athena Art Finance Corporation, the leading independent finance company, which serves the global art market. In the nonprofit world, he sits on the boards of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and MoMA. He is also chairman of the Ralph Lauren Cancer Center and cochairman of CASA, and is also on the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies. We spoke with Jamie, the son of Hollywood legend and Academy Award–winning actor David Niven, and an alumnus of St. Paul’s School, Lycée Jaccard and Harvard College, about this new chapter in his career, his efforts on behalf of the nonprofit world and his passion for the game of golf. He began his career in finance at Lehman Brothers and went on to become chairman and CEO of spaghetti sauce company Aunt Millie’s. After the company was sold, he became executive chairman of Global Natural Resources, an independent energy company, and subsequently was associated with Sotheby’s for 20 years.

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What prompted you to enter the world of luxury residential real estate?

Let’s talk about your philanthropic efforts. How did you get involved in fundraising?

It all happened rather organically, as they say today. For some time, people have come to me for advice, ex officio, about purchasing property in Manhattan, Southampton and Palm Beach. This includes many people whom I have advised on investing in art and building collections. With my background in business and finance, I understand that real estate, like art, is not only an integral part of how a person’s lives, it is also a valuable asset, as well as a smart vehicle for investment portfolio diversification. So, from advising people about art and finance to advising people about real estate is a natural progression in my business life.

Immediately after graduating college, I was given the sage advice to get involved with a charity, to be an active supporter, because by devoting my time and energy to helping others, I would reap the reward of a life well spent. That’s when I began my decades-long association with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which continues today. One thing led to another and over time my skill as an auctioneer led to requests from charitable groups all over the world for my help in raising funds. It has, as the advice given to me as a young man promised, been deeply rewarding personally. It is a privilege to lend my support to philanthropic and charitable groups whenever I can.

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Manhattan has arguably some of the most talented and most successful real estate brokers in the United States, if not the world. How did you make the decision to join Leighton Candler and her team at Corcoran? First, Leighton and I have known each other for a long time. We are dear friends and get along famously. She always happily takes my calls, and when I’ve been asked to give advice about a property purchase, she’s generously shared her incredible market knowledge and expertise, answered all my questions and has never asked for anything in return. In a world where discretion and privacy are preeminent for so many people, which I am well versed in, Leighton impressed me. One of my closest friends remarked over lunch one day that he just purchased a townhouse. When I showed surprise at the news, he said, “I assumed you knew all about it.” When I asked why he thought so, he replied, “Because Leighton was my broker.” I told him I had absolutely no idea, hadn’t heard a word about it despite having been in frequent contact with Leighton during the time period he was looking for, and finally bought, his new home. That told me a lot about Leighton and her incredible level of discretion and absolute professionalism. Finally, one day not long ago, I thought that instead of being a real estate advisor ex officio, why not become an advisor officio? It didn’t take long for me to make the decision to join forces with Leighton. Motivating my decision was the enormous amount of respect and admiration I have for Leighton. She has achieved great success, and it is all her own. She built her business from scratch, a difficult challenge anywhere, but

IN A WORLD WHERE DISCRETION AND PRIVACY ARE PREEMINENT FOR SO MANY PEOPLE, WHICH I AM WELL VERSED IN, LEIGHTON IMPRESSED ME.

especially in the Manhattan luxury real estate field and most especially as a nonnative New Yorker. That is an extraordinary accomplishment for anyone. But Leighton is really quite remarkable. Her dedication and focus have led to her being consistently ranked among the top brokers and top real estate teams in the United States. I’m honored to join Leighton and her dynamic group of marvelously talented professionals.

I understand you are passionate about golf.

Would you share a few words about your love affair with golf? If being on the board of two great golf clubs and having memberships in a couple of other clubs is an indication of my passion for the sport, then guilty as charged! I can be found on the various links of Southampton, Palm Beach and the Dominican Republic and several other clubs in Europe and across the United States throughout the year. I even have a cup named after me at the annual Sugar Open Tournament held at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. ✦

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Penthouse with Bonus Apartment Upper East Side, NYC | 4 BR+6RM APT, 4.5 BATH $18.5M | Web#17870148 Louise Phillips Forbes 212.381.3329

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Chelsea. 1BR. 2 BATH. $1.5M. WEB# 18030994. Mike Lubin 212-317-3672 Mark J. Policarpio 212-452-6259

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YOUR BROKER’S RESPONSIBILITY is to help you achieve your goals, whether it’s selling or buying a home: Their goal is to be successful in helping you achieve your goal. The best brokers’ most impressive qualities are knowledge, honesty, integrity and service orientation. Your broker should know their product, and know the market. Professionalism is key. The best brokers know how

successful negotiating experience. They focus on what’s important to you. If certain brokers have developed reputations as specialists in certain areas, seek them out. Many very successful agents specialize in certain products, such as high-end townhouses or condominiums, cooperatives, or neighborhoods. To be trusted over the long term, your broker and their firm must do

to listen, present facts and connect the dots. They relate advantages and

the right thing for you, and do their best at all times as a professional

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THE LEADING

MEN OF

REAL ESTATE Meet some of the industry’s shining stars


THE LEADING MEN OF REAL ESTATE

The Corcoran Group

DANA KOCH Sales Associate

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PRIOR TO REAL ESTATE. After I graduated from college, I was a NASDAQ market maker for a number of years before I went to Business School where I got an MBA at George Washington University. I parlayed my experience at Business School into my career in real estate

company, Paulette Koch Real Estate. You could say I was born to be in the business.

for $81.5 million in three and a half weeks. We closed another property in the mid-20s all in the same day. TELL ME ABOUT AN EXCITING LISTING THAT YOU HAVE ON THE MARKET RIGHT NOW. 260 North Woods. It was brought down to the studs and expertly renovated by my sellers and their

property that is “affordable”. The center of town is a bit pricier, but you can walk to restaurants and shops. Then, there is the Estate section, which has some of the largest parcels of land and has the prestige of some of the most amazing historical homes in the country. You can’t go wrong with any area, but everyone has their own objectives in mind.

“PALM BEACH BRINGS ON A WHOLE HOST OF ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGES. WE ARE OUR OWN UNIQUE ENCLAVE.” HOW DID YOUR PRE–REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR SUCCESS IN THE INDUSTRY? Business School gives you the foundation to succeed. I look at real estate in a different way than most people—I look at it from a financial and investment-based perspective. Truth be told, I grew up in the Palm Beach real estate world by watching my mother succeed in her own namesake

WHAT’S YOUR PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT? On April 15, 2008, we closed more than $100 million of real estate on a single day. We sold the Sidney Kimmel estate, the most expensive home sale ever in the United States at that time

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designer/architect, Ray Booth from McAlpine. It has a timeless look—it is clean and sleek with beautiful indoor/ outdoor spaces, the location is close to town and it is situated on a generously sized lot. IF YOU WERE A FIRST-TIME BUYER IN PALM BEACH, WHERE WOULD YOU BUY? It depends on the buyer profile. You can be sure that the one thing about buying in Palm Beach is that every area is highly desirable and it depends on buyers’ personal preferences as to which location suits their lifestyle. There are many advantages to living in Florida, but to buy in Palm Beach brings on a whole host of additional advantages. We are in our own unique enclave. The North End has more yearrounders, it has the nicest beaches in town, and although an extremely hot area right now, you can still get a

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR SPARE TIME? I love travel and seeking out the best restaurants as I enjoy good food (especially desserts). I am an avid sports fan, especially football and basketball. I am passionate about working out as it helps me get through my day. I am always up for anything outdoors and most of all, spending time with my family.

THE CORCORAN GROUP 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 302 Palm Beach, FL 33480 C: 561.379.7718 E: dana.koch@corcoran.com W: corcoran.com


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YOU HAVE BEEN IN HAMPTONS REAL ESTATE FOR 22 YEARS. WHAT’S THAT FEEL LIKE? Last summer I was in a panel discussion with other real estate professionals, and I was introduced by the moderator as “one of the deans of Hamptons real estate.”A dean? I’m not sure about that, but it did remind me of how far we’ve come since I started at Allan Schneider Associates in an office above Coach on Main Street in East Hampton. In those days we had no voice mail but a receptionist instead who provided handwritten messages. Our DOS-based computers were without pictures of listings. When we wanted to send properties to prospective buyers or renters, we had to go out, take those pictures, have the film developed and then overnight the packages to our customers. With all the tools we have today, it is amazing to see the progression of how real estate has been conducted in the Hamptons over those two decades. I am proud to have helped shape the way properties in the Hamptons are marketed today. I am told I was the first agent out East to have had a personal website (myhamptonhomes.com). I was an early advocate of professional digital photography; use of video and innovative renderings; online advertising; a dedicated PR company; and a broad use of social media. Check out @depersiahamptons. TELL US ABOUT AN INTERESTING RECENT SALE. Last fall, to settle an estate, I co-listed a two-acre teardown with ocean access in Sagaponack. The various family members wanted the ability to use the house until spring 2019, meaning any potential buyer would have a very delayed closing. We put what we thought was an aggressive

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

is getting a lot of attention. Potential buyers appreciate the quality, amenities and location. From the ocean-view roof deck down to the finished lower level with a 7,500-bottle wine cellar, gym, steam, sauna, two-bedroom suites and theater room, this exquisite six-bedroom home with elevator, generator and internet-based HVAC is garnering a lot of attention. I have a strong feeling that the current owner will be looking for new digs by summer.

The Corcoran Group

GARY DEPERSIA Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

“I AM PROUD TO HAVE HELPED SHAPE THE WAY PROPERTIES IN THE HAMPTONS ARE MARKETED TODAY.”

price on the property only to discover we were soon in a bidding war with three different buyers. We wound up selling the property well above the asking price. The eventual buyer trumped the other bidders by taking my suggestion to close on the property in early 2018, while allowing the family to keep possession for another 15 months. It was a winning solution for the seller, buyer and brokers alike.

GREAT MODERN HOUSES ARE POPPING UP ALL OVER THE HAMPTONS. TELL US ABOUT ONE OF YOURS. I have a stunning modern beach house a few hundred yards to the ocean in Sagaponack that I recently listed at $11.950,000. Custom-built by Farrell Building Company for a very discerning owner in 2017, this 7,000-square-foot retreat on three levels of living space

YOUR WEBSITE HAS A LOT OF GREAT NEW CONSTRUCTION. CAN YOU MENTION ONE THAT STANDS OUT? East End Building Co. has just completed construction of a worldclass estate in Water Mill on nearly 1.5 acres, offering expansive southern views over vast stretches of farmland. This new eight-bedroom traditional offers understated elegance and exquisite craftsmanship throughout nearly 10,000 square feet on three levels of living space. It includes a pool, spa, pool house, tennis and an additional three-car detached garage. Asking $7,990,000, this stunning new property is getting serious interest early on.

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Klemm Real Estate, Inc.

PETER KLEMM Broker

WHAT EXPERIENCE DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE? WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOU FROM YOUR COMPETITORS? Having grown up in the local real estate business with dynamic parents as mentors has given me the ability to evaluate and execute deals more efficiently and effectively than others. My family leads the luxury real estate market in northwestern Connecticut by bringing more $1,000,000+ buyers to the area than any other firm year after year through our network of amazing relationships. We’ve exclusively handled 13 of the top 20 highest sales ever in Litchfield County history. Honesty, confidentiality and execution are the cornerstones of our business, and my family’s work ethic ensures that I am on call 24-7. Very few brokers have that commitment. I outwork them all and I love what I do. I also have the ability to open many doors with our exclusive access to private properties. Our personal service extends far beyond the sale, and clients

WHAT MAKES THE LITCHFIELD COUNTY MARKET SO ATTRACTIVE? Litchfield County has a rich social and intellectual life, and there are more private preparatory schools per capita here than in any county in New England and New York. Northwest Connecticut offers a wonderful quality of life, with overwhelming natural beauty and thousands of acres of land trust, affording unlimited hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, skiing, horseback riding and fly-fishing, to name a few

“HONESTY, CONFIDENTIALITY AND EXECUTION ARE THE CORNERSTONES OF OUR BUSINESS.”

Ravencroft in Kent, CT Great Room with double-story stone fireplace and french doors to pool

become close friends. We’re very social and love to entertain. I’m the number one agent countywide, having closed more than $900 million in Litchfield County real estate, and I’m the only agent in Litchfield County EVER to be ranked among the nation’s top 250 Realtors by REAL Trends/Wall Street Journal based on my annual sales volume.

Young fashion designers, members of the arts community, top New York real estate brokers and developers, TV personalities, entertainment executives, and technology and media moguls are recent examples of who’s buying here.

Ravencroft in Kent, CT Aerial view of property

easily accessible outdoor activities all within close proximity to New York City. The values and current property selection are the best they’ve been in years. WHO’S BUYING IN YOUR AREA NOW? We’re seeing an influx of both younger and older full-time and weekend buyers alike, along with existing owners who are either renovating and/or upgrading.

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DETAIL FOR US A NEW AND EXCITING LISTING. Ravencroft in Kent, Connecticut. Stunning modern stone and wood barn-style home with every imaginable amenity at the end of a tree-lined driveway offering western views on parklike grounds overlooking meadows and distant hills. Dramatic double-story great room encompassing gourmet kitchen, dining and living Rooms with

floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace, exposed beams and French doors to an outdoor terrace. Butler’s pantry. Vaulted entrance gallery with skylight ceiling. Vaulted family room with fieldstone fireplace and beamed ceiling. Paneled office with glass ceiling. Luxurious first-floor master suite with French doors, full bath, sauna and his/her walk-in closets. Home gym. Elevator. Heated gunite lap pool. Two guest bedrooms en suite. Caretaker’s apartment. Three-car attached garage. Two-bedroom house with French doors to terrace. Large conditioned 4-bay barn currently used to showcase a fleet of museum-quality antique collectible automobiles. Utility barn. Specimen trees. Stone walls. Rushing brook. 17+/− acres. Landscape lighting. Backup generator. Ultra-private. Asking $3.95 million.

KLEMM REAL ESTATE, INC. 6 Titus Road Washington Dept, CT 06794 C: 917.864.4940 O: 860.868.7313 ext. 24 E: peterklemm@msn.com W: klemmrealestate.com


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Sotheby’s International Realty

FRANK BODENCHAK Licensed Salesperson

“THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR GOING THE EXTRA MILE.”

TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR SUCCESS IN REAL ESTATE? Knowledge. Hard Work. Always putting clients first. And there is no substitute for “going the extra mile,” whether in researching a finished house, land or construction…getting the deal to close…or servicing the client long after the close. WHY DO YOU THINK YOU ATTRACT SO MANY A-LIST CLIENTS? When I first started, it was my network of contacts. I serviced more than 20,000 Wall Street professionals as a sell-side analyst at Morgan Stanley. The Morgan Stanley and Dean Witter sales forces, as well as nearly every major buy-side institution, relied on my

research and analysis. I had developed an enormous network of personal relationships. Over the past 20 years, my client base has increased from referrals. We have taken over complicated listings that had difficulty selling and made home sellers and buyers happy. And we have been able to find and customize properties for buyers to get them exactly what they wanted. WHAT EXPERIENCE DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE? I come from a family of real estate developers. And my financial background, as an MBA and a number-one-ranked Wall Street analyst, has given me an edge.

In addition to doing $400 million in deals for clients, I’ve personally bought and sold more than $100 million of real estate over the years. That level of firsthand experience with real estate law, land use, building, design, investment and resale enables me to advise clients in a fuller capacity. It adds many layers to the service we can give clients. WHAT ARE TWO OF YOUR FAVORITE NEW LISTINGS? 14 Ranch Court in Sagaponack was just completed, and sits on a full acre of lawn. It’s on perhaps the prettiest block in North Sagaponack, just above the Wölffer Estate vineyard, and it even backs onto a seven-acre horse farm, with art sculptures. Quintessential Sagaponack! Yet the home is quite refined, as it was designed by a team known for

attention to detail. Buyers who have seen the home love the high-end kitchen, two-story great room, detailed interior transom work, two master bedrooms, and the use of slab marble. And 1058 Noyac Path in Water Mill is a hidden find. Drive just past Atlantic Golf Course and Southampton Polo Club, down Lopers Path with vistas toward the ocean, and you will reach a six-bedroom estate with tennis offering total privacy. A long driveway leads to this six-acre property. The current owner takes advantage of nearly 100 acres of adjacent protected woods, with hiking trails for him and his dog. The home also rents every summer to the same tenant, and has brought in nearly $2 million in rental income over the years. WHAT PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF? I have built and sold three designer show houses (and sold a fourth for another builder). It’s been really exciting showcasing architecture and design ideas that are cutting-edge, while raising proceeds for the Southampton Hospital—more than $1 million since we got involved. And we are about to list our fifth Designer Showhouse for 2018, for around $4.75 million.

SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY 2466 Main Street, P.O. Box 1799 Bridgehampton, NY 11932 C: 917.968.9020 E: frank.bodenchak@sothebyshomes.com

W: sothebyshomes.com 1058 Noyac Path, Water Mill 6,800 sq. ft. Estate on 5.5 acres. 2 Master Suites (1st and 2nd Floors) + 4 Ensuite Guest Bedrooms. Walk-Out lower level with Gym

14 Ranch Court, Sagaponack 7,700 sq. ft. New Construction on 1.1 Fully Cleared Acres. Seven Bedrooms. Two Story Great Room Features 20’ Glass Wall.

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THE LEADING MEN OF REAL ESTATE Ranked #5 in the Hamptons by Real Trends/Wall Street Journal

Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons

CHRISTOPHER BURNSIDE

Partner/Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

HAVE YOU NOTICED ANY CHANGE IN HAMPTONS’ REAL ESTATE PRICES, OR OVERALL DECREASES IN SALES ACTIVITY, NOW THAT THE NEW TAX LAWS ARE IN EFFECT? There is quite a bit of chatter regarding the new tax laws. Early conversations with sellers and buyers predicted doomsday for the Hamptons. As it turns out, buyers are not thrilled with the limited deductions for taxes and interest, but overall real estate prices have come down a bit. Once a deal is perceived by the public it doesn’t last long. Buyers looking for rental properties still get the deductions, and builders continue to thrive in this environment. WHAT IS THE STATE OF NEW CONSTRUCTION IN THE HAMPTONS? New home sales in my opinion have gotten a bit pricey. Land is scarce and construction prices continue to increase. That being said, I have noticed some high-end projects selling for compelling prices. I feel builders have to be careful when choosing a project. Just because a house is new doesn’t guarantee a profitable sale.

565 Daniels Lane Almost waterfront, Sagaponack, $12.95 million

ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AT THIS TIME? As of January, I became a partner at Brown Harris Stevens, focusing on new construction and technology. Simultaneously, I renovated the Bridgehampton office, and am now in the process of listing 12 new homes on Rady Lane in East Quogue for $1.395 million each. Personally, I am involved in multiple new construction projects as a co-investor. At this point I also have 12 exclusive, all-new constructions in the Bridgehampton area, which will be keeping me busy this spring.

“I HAVE NOTICED SOME HIGH NEW CONSTRUCTION AT COMPELLING PRICES.”

6 Two Trees Lane Bridgehampton Farm Field with tennis, $7.995 million

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BROWN HARRIS STEVENS 2408 Main Street, P.O. Box 683 Bridgehampton, NY 11932 C: 516.521.6007 O: 631.537.4320 E: cburnside@bhshamptons.com W: brownharrisstevens.com

32 Potato Barn Road Water Mill South new construction, incredible value, $6.795 million


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Brown Harris Stevens

BURT F. SAVITSKY DOUGLAS S. RUSSELL GERALD H. CROWN, CNE Licensed Associate Real Estate Brokers

Compass

EUGENE LITVAK Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR SUCCESS IN REAL ESTATE? My passion for helping people. When it comes to real estate and also my personal life, my first order of action is always to think about the other person… how they are feeling, what they are experiencing, what they are trying to accomplish, and most importantly, how I can guide them toward success! Empathy, in my opinion, is a most undervalued commodity. WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOU FROM YOUR COMPETITORS? The Litvak Team (TLT): 21 people who share my passion for helping people move forward. Our focus is pretty simple: our clients’ needs are our needs, their sale is our sale, their concerns are our concerns. In addition, we have more than 100 years of combined experience in strategy, world-class marketing, economics and a myriad of other tools that allow us to be a vast resource for our clients, our TLT family.

“OWNING REAL ESTATE IS A WONDERFUL THING: IT HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS ASSET FOR MY FAMILY.”

FOR THOSE SELLING A HOME, WHAT ARE THE LITTLE THINGS THEY CAN DO THAT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE? The focus should be on truly understanding and maximizing the full potential of the market. When evaluating the comparables, don’t just look at the closing price and days on market. Have your broker contact the broker representing the comparable properties and get the real story/data/ pulse on how things have gone.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE LOOKING TO BUY REAL ESTATE IN YOUR AREA NOW? Owning real estate is a wonderful thing: it has been a tremendous asset for my family. Make sure to predetermine how long a hold there will be to align the correct financing options and other strategies around that. There are so many amazing and inexpensive tools to help you succeed. Most importantly, don’t do this yourself: align with the right team of real estate broker, mortgage broker and attorney.

“WE HAVE ALWAYS WORKED BOTH INDEPENDENTLY AND AS A TEAM DEPENDING ON WHAT BEST SUITS THE CLIENT.”

WHERE ARE YOU FOCUSING YOUR ATTENTION IN 2018? At the end of 2017, we looked at our sales history, to see where the strength of our business was. It turns out that we have closed 66 sales at 860 and 870 United Nations Plaza, an iconic example of midcentury architecture. This two-building enclave was designed by Harrison and Abramovitz, the lead architects on the UN Headquarters complex. Our extensive sales in 860 and 870 are well-known by the brokerage community, and we have an excellent working relationship with building management and staff.

ARE YOU CURRENTLY REPRESENTING ANY APARTMENTS IN THESE BUILDINGS? We recently launched our newest exclusive there; Apartment 20G at 860 UN Plaza. This is a five-room home with two large bedrooms, two full bathrooms, generous living room and dining room, pass-through kitchen and extraordinary river views. With more than 55 feet of river-view frontage, this residence—now asking $1,750,000—is a great value! Additionally, we are in discussion with two long-time shareholders that we sold apartments to who are considering selling.

BROWN HARRIS STEVENS 445 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022 W: bhsusa.com

COMPASS 90 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011 C: 347.254.5606 O: 212.913.9058 E: elitvak@compass.com W: compass.com

BURT F. SAVITSKY: O: 212.906.9337 E: bsavitsky@bhsusa.com DOUGLAS S. RUSSELL: O: 212.906.9247 E: drussell@bhsusa.com GERALD H. CROWN, CNE: O: 212.906.9319 E: ghcrown@bhsusa.com MARCH | APRIL 2018 • AVENUE MAGAZINE • AVENUE ON THE BEACH | 119


PROPERTIES OF THE MONTH

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Luxury Listings Curated For You

LAWRENCE A. MOENS ASSOCIATES, INC.

MODERN SECLUSION Magnificent modern California-style home. Exquisitely updated with designer finishes and meticulously cared for. Floor-to-ceiling windows, engineered hardwood floors, spacious living and dining rooms with fireplace, full marble baths, glass elevator, three-car garage and rooftop deck. Panoramic views of the ocean and privacy of Mill Basin. 15 minutes from JFK and an hour from downtown Manhattan. Web # 337286. $4.5 million. Contact Tatiana Nikichina @ 917.520.5217.

DOUBLE APARTMENT, PALM BEACH This penthouse duplex apartment is located at the ocean and Worth Avenue in the full-service building known as Winthrop House. A truly stunning contemporary design with a wonderful sense of light and air. Tastefully finished with quality materials and great craftsmanship. This is a rare offering in the right place and at the right time. Includes three parking spaces. $3.85 million. Contact Christine Curry @ 561.655.5510.

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ESTATE WITH A POOL

YOUR FUTURE DREAM HOME This 2+/- acre parcel, beautifully landscaped with old-growth specimen trees along its borders, sits among some of the finest properties in Southampton. The open, flat acreage provides the setting to build a first-class Hamptons residence with every indoor/outdoor amenity and a generously sized heated swimming pool. Close to world-class ocean beaches and Village shopping and dining. Web # 0057423. $9.995 million. Contact Harald Grant @ 516.527.7712 and Bruce Grant @ 516.840.7034. 120 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • AVENUE ON THE BEACH • MARCH | APRIL 2018

A bright double-height entry foyer sets the stylish tone for this 8,600-square-foot East Hampton home. Open concept spaces flow effortlessly from room to room through the first floor. Lower level boasts a state-of-the-art movie theater, recreational area, mirrored gym and glass wine cellar. Centerpiece of the backyard is the 18’ x 50’ heated saltwater pool and pool house with an amazing drop-down movie screen. Web # 27513. $9.195 million. Contact Judi A. Desiderio @ 631.324.8080 and Gene Stilwell @ 631.324.8080.


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$8,580,000

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Condominium

A. Laurance Kaiser IV 646.677.1039 | Craig Dix 646.677.1038

Reba Miller 646.677.1067

923 Fifth Avenue, 9C

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Condominium

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21e61st.com

$4,995,000 Cooperative

Reba Miller 646.677.1067

2387 56 Drive, Brooklyn 5 Bedrooms | 5.5 Bathrooms

$4,500,000 Mill Basin Home

A. Laurance Kaiser IV 646.677.1039 | Craig Dix 646.677.1038

Lorenzo Avati 646.677.1061

400 East 54th Street, 28F

$1,850,000

245 East 87th Street, 3A

$1,399,000

151 East 58th Street, 32D

$30,000 per month

2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Condominium

2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Cooperative

3 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms

Condominium

Reba Miller 646.677.1067

Sheila Starr 646.677.1023

Tatiana Nikichina 646.677.1028

Karlie Jamison 646.677.1030

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212.710.1900 • contact@bhhsnyproperties.com • bhhsnyp.com • 590 Madison Avenue, New York, New York © 2018 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently operated subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, and a franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc.® Equal Housing Opportunity. Information not verified or guaranteed. If your home is currently listed with a Broker, this is not intended as a solicitation.

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Q & CRUISE IN STYLE

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ Lisa Bolton Gives the Inside Scoop

What makes Scenic Eclipse so unique among cruise ships? The industry has been looking for something different—a ship that’s not too big, not too small, more luxurious, greener, faster, smoother. Scenic Eclipse is very much an all-inclusive, 6-star luxury meets discovery yacht. There is nothing else like this (boutique size, ultra luxurious, technologically advanced, environmentally sensitive) currently in the market. There are a number of factors that make it unique: the size of the vessel compared to the guest count (228 passengers, 200 in the Antarctic and Arctic); the number of dining venues (nine), plus in-suite dining; the guest to staff ratio of 1:1; the large number of public spaces; the cadence of the itineraries and the intimacy of the experience. Featuring an on-board submarine and two helicopters, which excluding the pilots, carry six passengers each on once-in-a-lifetime shore excursions. The ship’s green credentials are among its most impressive features. Traveling to some of the world’s most pristine destinations, the ship includes a number of environmentally sensitive features. The ship’s dynamic positioning technology allows stopping without dropping an anchor, allowing the ship to stay on point

“THERE IS NOTHING ELSE LIKE THIS CURRENTLY IN THE MARKET.”

using the stabilizers and propulsion so it doesn’t disturb the seabed, protecting the remote regions it explores.

Tell us about Scenic Eclipse’s different itineraries. The philosophy behind all our itineraries is immersion in the destination, deliberately slowing the cadence of the journey so that people can experience the real essence of each destination. Our itineraries bring 6-star luxury and expedition together in a way that hasn’t yet been explored.

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We focus on wild and remote regions, seeking to push new frontiers. Our itineraries offer a balance of wildlife, flora, history and culture, providing an anthropological look at the world.

Which destinations are you most excited about? We have just announced new itineraries, including the White Sea and the Northwest Passage. Russia’s White Sea is a real treat for explorers at heart, a luxurious voyage that will more than satisfy those who long to experience the delights of an untamed territory; while the Northwest Passage represents the pinnacle of polar exploration. What other exciting new developments does Scenic Luxury Cruises have in the works? We have just announced the debut of a second ship in the Scenic Eclipse fleet, which will keep us very busy until its launch in 2020. However, as always, we will continue to push the boundaries of luxury expedition travel as we take our guests to explore some of the world’s most incredible but lesser known destinations in 6-star luxury. ✦


Art of Living sothebyshomes.com/nyc

730 Park Avenue, Apt 15C | 3 to 5 br, 4.5 ba $19,995,000 | 730PARKAVENUE.COM

20 West 53rd Street, Apt 22A | 2 br, 2.5 ba $5,995,000 | SOTHEBYSHOMES.COM/00111284

860 United Nations Plaza, Apt 37/38B | 4 br, 3.5 ba $5,100,000 | SOTHEBYSHOMES.COM/00111789

Eva J. Mohr 212.606.7736, G. Schriefer 212.606.7788 Kevin B. Brown 212.606.7748

Kathleen B. Hoffman 212.606.7791

260 Park Avenue South, Apt 2B | 2 br, 2.5 ba $4,750,000 | SOTHEBYSHOMES.COM/00112094

2 Sutton Place South, Apt 8DS | 4 br, 4 ba $4,350,000 | SOTHEBYSHOMES.COM/00112034

28 East 10th Street, Apt 11D | 2 br, 1.5 ba $3,995,000 | SOTHEBYSHOMES.COM/00111992

Mae H. Bagai 212.606.7718

Katie Rosenberg 212.606.7771

Olga Reindlova ‘’Neulist’’ 212.606.7707

132 East 72nd Street, 8th Fl | 3 br, 2.5 ba $3,450,000 | SOTHEBYSHOMES.COM/00112089

180 East End Avenue, Apt 5E | 3 br, 3.5 ba $2,100,000 | SOTHEBYSHOMES.COM/00111617

2 Sutton Place South, Apt 4F | 2 br, 2 ba $1,795,000 | SOTHEBYSHOMES.COM/00112030

Nikki Field 212.606.7669, A. Jordan 212.606.7798

Vannessa A. Kaufman 212.606.7639

Michael Hanna 212.606.4104, S. Ponte 212.606.4109

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ART & PHILANTHROPY:

GET THE PICTURE Ron Fiamma and AIG Private Client Group Help You Dodge the Downside of Doing Good

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any collectors loan or bequeath art to museums and other institutions so that a broader audience can enjoy them. However, this act of generosity also can expose you and the underlying works to a range of threats along the way. The financial worth of art—not to mention its accompanying aesthetic value—demands extraordinary yet discreet protection. Ron Fiamma, global head of private collections at AIG Private Client Group, offers up his top five insights when collecting passion and philanthropic interests intersect.

A homeowner’s insurance policy is not designed for art or other prized valuables. Homeowner’s policies generally cap limits on “contents” coverage, and items may be subject to both a deductible and depreciation. Conversely, a fine art insurance policy will provide more expansive and relevant protection.

All roads start with, and lead to, appraisals. When loaning or donating items, appraisals are used to ensure all parties have a mutual understanding of value. In addition, ensure your appraisals remain up to date after the loan. Exhibiting pieces at a prominent institution can add to their provenance.

Insurance policy wording must align with the specific circumstances of your arrangements. In the case of a temporary loan, for example, coverage should extend from “nail to nail”: while shipping, in storage and on display. The

“THE FINANCIAL WORTH OF ART—NOT TO MENTION ITS ACCOMPANYING AESTHETIC VALUE—DEMANDS EXTRAORDINARY YET DISCREET PROTECTION.” museum would not be named on the policy in this instance, as it has no ownership interest. That may change in an agreement where the museum owns some or all of a piece now or in the future. Another scenario triggering unique insurance needs is when collectors create

foundations or trusts to ensure that their carefully curated collection is kept together after death. With any of these contingencies, consult with a knowledgeable insurance professional as early as possible.

If you have an ownership stake, you are always on the hook (pun intended). Loss in value due to damage or loss remains your responsibility, even if the work is not in your possession when damage occurs. You’ll want your insurance policy to cover scenarios when items are out of your care, custody or control. Don’t rely on a borrowing museum’s insurance policy to cover your piece.

If the art tied to your plans will be kept at home in the interim, do everything possible to keep works out of harm’s way. It’s a common misperception that most fine art insurance claims stem from scenarios outside of your control, such as thefts, fires or floods. The real culprit is human error. AIG Private Client Group analyzed its past fine art claim activity in the U.S. and Canada from 2011–2016 and determined that 63 percent of damage is due to breakage/accidental damage—circumstances that in many instances are avoidable. ✦

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NOTHING’S BETTA THAN SCARPETTA

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What did you want to accomplish with Scarpetta? With the original opening ten years ago, the goal was really quite simple: to open a great restaurant. We were successful with that, but this opening was far more complex in that it was our opportunity to have the brand evolve. The key was to find a balance between enhancing the Scarpetta experience while maintaining our core DNA. We can proudly say that we achieved this. What inspired the move to NoMad? The NoMad neighborhood is dynamic and alive, it feels connected to New York’s past. Its iconic architecture and the charm of Madison Square Park at the same time represent the city’s future with young professionals, international hotel guests and colorful residents. It has the quintessentially New York balance of authentic character and elegance, which Scarpetta has always aspired to capture. What led you to start LDV Hospitality? I always wanted to be in the restaurant business. Even as a kid I was always drawn to allure of New York restaurants and the public spaces in hotels, where people from all walks of life both local and international come together. LDV, derived from la dolce vita, “the good life,” represents to me the sensibility of old world elegance balanced with a modern, carefree social existence. We opened the original Scarpetta in 2008 and thereafter Lugo Cucina Italiana; as I had to call the group something, LDV Hospitality was the natural fit, as it represents the dream. What other new projects do you have in the works? We are opening a new American concept and cocktail bar in Miami later this year, a Dolce Italian (our sister Italian brand to Scarpetta in Philadelphia), and working on our first international project in London.

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What do you and your wife like to do together outside of work? When in the city, we spend a lot of time in museums, exploring neighborhood restaurants and bars, and playing with the kids in Central Park.

Besides the city, where do you and your wife like to spend your time? We go out to our house in Southampton year-round as much as possible. Having the restaurants and beach club at Gurney’s is great, as in the summer Karin and the kids stay at the beach, giving me a great excuse to spend as much time there as possible; off-season we love to cook and hang, but all year round we spend time on the beach. ✦


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FIGHTING MEN’S CANCER WITH FASHION The Prostate Cancer Foundation Takes Fashion Week

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ast February, the Blue Jacket Fashion Show proved that charity can be stylish, too. Held at Pier59 Studios as part of CFDA’s New York Men’s Fashion Week, it brings together the fashion, entertainment, healthcare and media worlds around a national platform to openly discuss men’s cancer issues, with an emphasis on prostate cancer. In partnership with the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, the Blue Jacket Fashion Show benefited the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), founded by philanthropist and financier Michael Milken. And it had some famous faces in the mix: those walking the runway wearing one-of-a-kind blue jackets included models, actors, and TV personalities, among them Dr. Mehmet Oz, Bill Nye and Don Lemon. Acclaimed designers got in on the act, too—big names like Michael Kors, Joseph Abboud, John Varvatos, Todd Snyder and Thom Browne. Prostate cancer is the most prevalent cancer affecting men exclusively, with one in nine diagnosed in the U.S. and 14 million affected worldwide. Prostate cancer continues to take a life of a man every 20 minutes. “We are so grateful to the Blue Jacket Fashion Show, not only for their generous financial support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s lifesaving research, but also for putting this issue, which is oftentimes in the

shadows of public awareness, front and center in the spotlight, on a runway in NYC during Fashion Week,” said Jonathan W. Simons, MD, president and CEO of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. “Through the efforts of all involved in the Blue Jacket Fashion Show, we are reaching new audiences and saving lives by raising awareness and the funds necessary to defeat this disease.” “We are proud to once again partner with the Blue Jacket Fashion Show, as part of our long-term commitment to raise awareness of prostate cancer symptoms, prevention and treatment options,” said Joaquin Duato, executive vice president and worldwide chairman of pharmaceuticals at Johnson & Johnson. “Janssen, the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, is proud to be a leader in ushering in a bold new era of treatments in prostate cancer for patients around the world. We also recently launched Cancer.com, an online destination for people impacted by cancer. Our goal is to educate and empower people living with cancer and their loved ones to achieve victories over cancer.” Sponsors of the 2018 Blue Jacket Fashion Show included the Tree of Life Foundation International, POLISHED by Dr. Lancer, Milbon, Simple Vodka and Saratoga Springs Water. ✦

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BARN TO BE WILD

Q & A Talking Shop with BLACKBARN’s Chef and Owner John Doherty

How did you come up with the name BLACKBARN? Mark Zeff, my partner at the new Chelsea Market shop, cafe, and bar, designed the restaurant and at the time, named his home in East Hampton BLACKBARN. I fell in love with the name and asked if my childhood friend and business partner, Tom Struzzieri, and I could use it to open our NoMad restaurant. Mark quickly drew a sketch of the rafters and said, “Here’s your barn”.

What’s your favorite part of working at the NoMad restaurant? Walking to work in eight minutes! I not only work there, but live near it too. We love Madison Square Park, the shops and restaurants, and the fact that its always getting better. The Chef’s Table is another favorite experience. It’s a weekly dinner I host with a specially crafted five-course menu that includes wine pairings. We treat it like performance art, often inviting guests to come directly into the kitchen and participate in the process. I enjoy the true sense of hospitality that comes with directly interacting with the people we serve, as well as giving back to those in need. A portion of all proceeds from these dinners go towards my charity, Heavenly Harvest Foundation, which provides nutritious, shelf-stable meals for those in need What’s it like being both the owner and the chef? I love wearing two hats, although my NoMad restaurant is big enough to need a full-time executive chef, Matteo Bergamini, and a strong

“ALL THE DISHES COME FROM THE HEART, WHICH IS WHY THEY TASTE SO GOOD.”

administrative team led by general manager Blake Irving. I provide clear direction and support to the team during the day, and mostly spend the evening in the kitchen. Matteo and I collaborate on menu development, and then he and his team create the dishes, which we critique together and adjust accordingly before putting them on the menu. As for the business end of the restaurant, I love all aspects of managing the operation from hospitality, human resources, finance, marketing and operations, and overseeing the myriad of events hosted in the five private dining rooms at the restaurant. You’ll get burned-out in this business long before you get bored.

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What’s your favorite dish at the restaurant? That’s like asking who your favorite child is! All the dishes come from the heart, which is why they taste so good. When cooking with passion, everything will be better: love is the secret ingredient to memorable food. I do have go-to dishes depending on the circumstance; for instance, at brunch, I love to share the BBQ beef pizza with avocado and fried egg, the kale salad with roasted butternut squash, and the waffle croque madame…or maybe the shrimp and grits? For lunch, the salmon is delicious, but if I’m starving, the chicken Milanese sandwich. For dinner, I like the bone marrow, the white pizza, the seared tuna with eggplant caponata, and definitely the wild boar raviolo while it’s in season. As for desserts? All of them! What’s next for you and the restaurant? We just opened the BLACKBARN Shop,Café, and Bar in Chelsea Market, which is a new shop-and-dine experience in one space. Our partner, designer Mark Zeff, has procured all the lifestyle goods and I have curated a dining experience to match. All of the wares that we use to serve food and beverage are for sale in the store, and we’ve developed a number of unique prepared products called BLACKBARN Foods for the Home that we not only cook with, but are also sold in the shop. A percentage of all profits from these packaged goods are also donated to my Heavenly Harvest Foundation. Additionally, we have just launched an off-premise catering division. We have partnered with a few venues both in and out of Manhattan, and are very excited to bring the BLACKBARN experience to other locations. ✦


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BEAUTY IS NOT SKIN-DEEP Dr. Eric Braverman has Found the Fountain of Youth

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ric Braverman, M.D., says, “Beauty is not skin-deep. Beauty relates to the entire medical health and aging of a person.” A summa cum laude graduate of Brandeis, an honors graduate of the New York University School of Medicine, and the author of ten books and 200+ scientific research papers, Dr. Braverman has been in medicine for 43 years, beginning at the Princeton Brain Research Center. He has trained with antiaging experts like Doctors Geronemus and Orentreich. He has worked with the physicians and scientists at National Institutes of Health and the NFL, lectured at West Point and Los Alamos and held professorships at Weill Cornell, New York University, University of Florida and more. Dr. Braverman knows that the facial aging process is influenced by surprising factors, like blood flow to the brain and face, hormones, osteoporosis or bone density changes, sinus health, sleep, vitamin levels, energy to the face and brain. For women, menopause is the greatest ager of all, more so than even the sun. Sadly, most of the existing treatments only make the aging process look worse. “There are new ways to repair the osteoporotic face, and most thin women are osteoporotic from 20 on,” he says. “Without hormones to sustain collagen and bones, a face-lift cannot be successful.” Fillers don’t offer much more help. “Collagen fillers never look right for long,” the doctor says. “There’s almost always some distortion, and it’s easy to notice.” But there’s good news. Dr. Braverman can reverse all the distortions in the aged face and get the body back to net zero, using stem cell treatment and hormones to increase circulation and restore energy and vibrancy to the face. There is no limit to what Dr. Braverman can accomplish. His internal treatments are natural and proven to work. Total beauty is now available, and no face-lift can work alone without Dr. Braverman’s treatments. With stem cells, hormones, lasers and other methods, Dr. Braverman’s treatment promises total beauty—one that

isn’t skin-deep, but part of the total person. Dr. Braverman is leading a new war on oldness and death. He edits stem cells, repairing and reinjecting them to make the body young again—what he calls “an internal cloning repair process.” And he uses ancient natural systems, like “the Cleopatra facial system,” which uses an obscure tree herb that mimics the effects of expensive fillers. It doesn’t end with physical appearance. Dr. Braverman helps his patients sleep better (energy makes a face look young); achieve better cognitive functioning (smarter people age better); and with, his authority on anxiety and addictions, Dr. Braverman helps treat dependencies on aging toxins like alcohol and marijuana. At 60, Dr. Braverman knows it’s the body’s ability to repair from the inside that leads to a glow you’ve never seen before. Your face is only as beautiful as your oldest part. Call to get a total beautiful face repair. ✦

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Ireland is not just about meat and potatoes anymore. In recent years, a uniquely Irish artisan culture has emerged, and Dublin is a city that blends a modern entrepreneurial spirit with its historic and societal riches. If that doesn’t convince you to visit, consider this: The Guinness just tastes better there.

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y elegant mother used to mourn the changes the world had brought since her day. Her observations were usually delivered with a degree of arch evisceration. Obviously, things never stay the same in life and every aging generation complains about it. After all, one of the privileges of aging is bitching. Some social changes are more glaring than others. To me the loss of privacy, discretion and intimacy is right up there with other transformative events in my lifetime: campus riots and bra burning, for instance. The bra has returned bigger than ever, with Victoria and all her Secrets, but I’m not so sure PD&I are coming back anytime soon. The Internet and its Mini-Me, social media, are the authors, or perhaps even the perpetrators, of the loss of PD&I, once considered the hallmark of good breeding and elegance. But those two things are in short supply these days, and the term “breeding” is only applied to livestock in county fairs now. I recall a summer day when my mother and I were lying on the beach in Southampton, and I was jonesing to tell her the salacious details of a hot date I’d had the night before. Bear in mind I was all of 19 years old and she was 42. We were both single. Before I could start spouting, she cautioned me that voices traveled on sand exponentially farther than on land and that I should lean in and whisper! The information I was about to share with her was private and to be guarded. Discretion and privacy were still important then, and woe to those deemed indiscreet or inclined to play and tell. That sort of rep

could land you in social purgatory. How quaint that sounds now. Intimacy today is compromised as well. It’s no wonder college students suffer from all-time high anxiety due to a historically low degree of direct human connection; they’re constantly texting. Like the African pangolin,

the phone call is on the verge of extinction. If you’re brave enough to call anyone these days, you’ll likely be answered with a highly irate tone of voice—that is, if you’re answered at all. Phoning is now a rude intrusion. I recall the days when I would spend

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literally hours on the phone with a new boyfriend. Don’t even ask me what we talked about. We would just blather on for hours and it was like a narcotic. There was a real connection, and it felt great. The global obsession with branding keeps PD&I on the endangered virtues list. Even schoolkids talk about putting their brand out there. It’s all about struttin’ your stuff and showin’ whatcha got on social media. The bigger the brand, the bigger the payday. Let’s be frank: it’s highly doubtful that reverence for Privacy and Discretion was ever a subject of discussion on the subway. No, these ideals are more often expressions of elitism. Only those possessing long-term privilege and the aspirationals hot on their trail could appreciate ghosting everything most people work so hard to gain. But just as woodpaneled station wagons and polite jewelry are things of the past, PD&I is on the wane in a smartphone-equipped world obsessed with reality TV stars and their extravagant doings on view 24/7 for all to see. Is there a way back to center? Perhaps it wouldn’t hurt if we had a tad more self-deprecation, and a bit less narcissism in our daily diets. We might consider coming out of our cybercaves more frequently to spend time with our friends and families. If we weren’t constantly promoting ourselves and focusing on our “brands,” we might conceivably look into the metaphorical mirror and see the intrinsic value of virtues like PD&I. Let’s help those friendly dinosaurs walk the earth a while longer, please. ✦

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