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Bird of Paradise: Iris Apfel The inimitable, stylish American businesswoman, interior designer and fashion icon lets us into her New York City apartment (and her closet) and dishes on her design philosophy and inspirations.

by suzanne weinstock klein photographs by keith major

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Oscars Diary PR maven Peggy Siegal is a seasoned veteran of the Academy Awards; in this month’s issue, she dishes on what really went down in Hollywood on that star-studded night.

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Red Carpet Rocks Just in time for galas and premieres, a look at some of the exquisite jewelry trends for the upcoming season.

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Heirs & Heiresses of Real Estate Meet the millennials in New York’s top real estate dynasties and the eligible bachelors and bachelorettes who are set to inherit these empires.

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Iris wears a vintage Brown Embroidered Leather Jacket by Bill Gibbs; paired with Brown Trousers by Riftkin Ozbek. Her jewelry is both from her personal collection and Rara Avis by Iris Apfel; available at hsn.com. Multicolor ballet flats by Missoni. Photographed by Keith Major. Styled by Laura Solin-Valdina, NYCSTYLIST.

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Iris wears a vintage orange cape by Christian Dior. Paired with an Orange Sweater by TSE; available at tsecashmere.com. Iris also wears vintage Orange Trousers by Errenno. Her jewelry is both from her personal collection and Rara Avis by Iris Apfel; available at hsn.com. Suede Loafers with owls, Rara Avis by Iris Apfel; available at hsn.com.

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Dear Readers,

Iris epitomizes the phrase “colorful character . . .”

IRIS APFEL is so accomplished, it’s hard to know what job description she fits: designer/fashion icon/social media heroine . . . My first encounter with Apfel’s universal appeal came when I was still living in England. A friend of mine was having an “Iris Apfel”-themed party, which basically meant about 50 people, mostly women, standing around wearing enormous black-framed glasses and feeling cool. My friend was obsessed with everything Iris, did, wore or said. Perhaps, considering that Iris epitomized the phrase “colorful character,” it makes sense that the British, with their love of eccentricity, would adore her. Now, years later, having spent an afternoon in Iris’ unique apartment, I can say that I’m entirely won over. I could have spent hours more there, picking up each and every little object and asking for its origin and story. Iris has that rare ability to put together a room with so much imagination and color that it would be impossible to copy. Suzanne Weinstock Klein has once again done a marvelous job of getting Iris’ essence onto paper for us, and Keith Major’s photographs beautifully brought her to life. In addition to luxuriating in Iris’ splendid abode, we once again bring you Peggy Siegal’s Oscar week shenanigans. I would defy anyone to live at the pace that Peggy relentlessly keeps up for Oscar week. She never misses a party or skips a screening; she knows everyone and she will stop at nothing for the inside scoop. Just looking at her schedule makes me tired. But we love to read all about the fantasy, the fabulousness and the fashion that the little gold man inspires. The best thing about it is that Peggy does the rounds so you don’t have to. So sit back, pour yourself a glass of champagne and read Peggy’s take on this year’s Oscar salute. Enjoy the issue!

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YOUNG COLLECTORS PARTY An Artful Crowd at the Guggenheim

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fabulous crowd gathered at the Bowery Hotel to honor actor, producer, and director Fisher Stevens at the 2nd Annual Turtle Ball, which benefited Turtle Conservancy. Guests enjoyed a live and silent auction, and were treated to a spectacle featuring exotic sea turtles and a Chinese lion dance troupe. Noteworthy revelers included Padma Lakshmi, Julian Sands, Alina Cho, John Demsey, David Blaine, Peter Beard and Scout Willis. PAUL BRUINOOGE /PATRICKMCMULLAN.COM

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AN ARTFUL LUNCH A toast to illustrious art dealer Larry Gagosian

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erhaps nothing captures the essence of the The Museum of the City of New York’s Winter Ball more than the fact that its majordomo, Mark Gilbertson, receives acclaim and personal thank-you notes from guests within days after the event—on monogrammed stationery, of course. The writers say things like: “It’s like a family reunion”; “I saw everyone I ever wanted to see”; and “It’s the only party I want to go to.” And so it is, that 470 (a record) fairly like-minded souls gather every year to mostly see one other, plus enough other, new faces to spice it up. As in rosemary, not cayenne. My clever and intrepid colleague at the Wall Street Journal, Marshall Heyman, noted in his coverage that it’s a rare phenomenon that celebrities are not an important element at this party. Liam Neeson did create a stir a few years back, but it’s true: There is a low glitz-quotient, and (almost) no personal PR pushes, frantic elbowing in front of the cameras or theatrical dance dips for the little man in the blue coat. A big “almost,” again. Dennis Basso, on a starry trajectory since he had just dressed Michelle Obama for the Governors Ball, sponsored and dressed some of his favorite girls in attendance, including Jamie Tisch and Ashley McDermott. Co-chair Allison Rockefeller wore her grandmothers’s chic dress; and Renee Rockefeller set the standard in patterned evening pants. Tory and Nicole Miller wore their own, and why not? Marisa Noel Brown forgot the back of her jumpsuit, and no one complained. Christine Schwarzman glittered in a form-fitting gold-on–flesh (colored) dress; and Nicole Hanley Mellon reminded us that short and red unfailingly turns heads. Mark took to the podium, and began, “When I was a little boy . . .” to affectionate groans, then continued “. . . I was quite socially sophisticated for my age and was asked to start a committee in support of the Museum of the City of New York…”. Thirty-nine years later, and with many of the founding members still participating, the event has upped the ante, from $45 tickets to a level that has brought in almost $1 million, adding together the fall and winter events. Speeches that evening were short; dinner was delicious; and David Chang’s pulsating music lured guests to the dance floor—with everything on schedule, because these folks have big days dawning, every day. Gracing the evening were: Burwell Schorr, Alexia Hamm Ryan and Baird Ryan, Calvert and George Moore, Jamie Creel, Jill and Andrew Roosevelt, Tara and Michael Rockefeller, Peter Rockefeller, Marina Rust Connor, Viscount William Astor (who was cleverly seated next to his relative, Jackie Williams), Sara and Charles Ayres, Ros and Fran L’Esperance, Jeff Sharp and Dr. Douglas Steinbrech, Laurent Claquin (president of Kering Americas, as in Saint Laurent, Gucci, etc. . . . and a divine dinner partner). Also on hand: Jared Goss, Kristin Clark, Lisa and Brian McCarthy and more gentle folks like them. ✦ 26 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2014

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ichael’s restaurant at night is quite a different experience than it is during the day. During the day, it’s a wall-to-wall media blitz and networking at a mile-a-minute; indeed, the daytime dining experience requires a constant head-swivel to see who is lunching with whom and if they are far enough out of earshot to become the topic of your conversation. Evenings, however, the pace slows down: Michael’s transforms from a busy beehive into something a bit more subtle. More than just a great bar in Midtown, the restaurant becomes slower and sexier. It almost feels like the place where you’d arrange to have a glamorous assignation, but even in the evening, it’s still not anonymous. So if you did try to meet someone at Michael’s for an affair, there is a strong likelihood you’d be caught, though at least you’d enjoy your cocktail while you were there. I’m not quite sure why affairs are on my mind; but maybe it’s because I’m meeting Holly Peterson, whose new book, The Idea of Him (William Morrow), focuses on a Manhattan wife who discovers that her husband has had an affair—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Peterson is at the bar when I arrive. She’s slender and dressed in a black skirt and top, and has very beautiful, Kate Middleton-esque brown hair. She knows Michael’s like it’s her corner bistro, and she immediately glides us into a table and orders a dirty vodka martini. It is no surprise to me that Peterson chose Michael’s, considering that she is a former journalist and producer for ABC news and Talk magazine. Peterson loves media with a rare zeal for someone with as much experience as she has before heading into fiction. She’s also known as the daughter of an outstandingly successful businessman, Blackstone Group co-founder Peter Peterson. In spite of her rich father, Peterson is quick to dispel the notion that he ever gave her anything but an unbelievably strong work ethic. As she tells me: He was strict with his children and used to tell her, “The greatest gift I could give you is your independence.” Further, Peterson recalls that when she was in her twenties, “My father gave me a certain amount every month to allow me to live in a doorman building. The difference between my salary and [rent for ] a doorman building was, like, $622 a month. What really, really pissed me off is, when I went from earning $24,000, to $28,000 to $36,000, he would have his accountants calculate how much more my paychecks were and then decrease the after-tax amount from the amount that he was supplementing.” One thing that Peterson did hand her, intentionally or not, was connections to some of the most powerful people in New York. She was able to use that substantial Rolodex, gleaned from not only her family but her time at ABC, once she went to work for Tina Brown, as a producer and writer. Under Brown’s guidance, Peterson interviewed high-powered people of all kinds, from Mort Zuckerman to Jack Welch to Kate Spade. She also wrote long oral histories, where she had to interview about 50 people and deliver the article within a week. As an ex-producer used to working


on news stories with even tighter deadlines, she was not troubled by those assignments. She recalls: “It was easy for me and used something that my dad calls ‘my comparative advantage’—figuring out what you do best and implementing it in your career.” When Talk closed, Brown was generous enough to find her staff jobs elsewhere, so Peterson landed at Newsweek before deciding to go it alone and write fiction. Her first book, The Manny, was derived from a New York Times piece she’d written. HBO optioned the project for a series but never produced it for the small screen. So Peterson retooled it as a book instead. After the success of The Manny, she started to write books full time. In her latest novel, The Idea of Him, Peterson explores the idea of someone falling in love with the idea of person, and about the universal fear of being alone. Unlike the hedge fund crowd she chronicles in The Manny, the focus in her new novel is on more of a meritocracy. “Barry Diller, Tina Brown, Vikram Pandit—these people all rose to the top because of their own steam power, and those people have a very special set of neurosis,” Peterson says. “Their level of drive is limitless and they just can’t stop. My own father started out in a Greek diner; he was an immigrant, and they were a relatively poor family in the plains of Nebraska during the Depression years. He has this drive, fueled in him from when he was 6 years old. He’s 87 now, and he goes to the office every day and writes books in the dentist’s chair. “He’s not a workaholic, but it’s an unquenchable drive. It makes for a lot of funny situations and a lot of outrageous behavior and I wanted to delve into that group of heavy hitters for this book.” Peterson says she was also drawn to the idea of writing a book where the protagonist doesn’t end up with her knight in shining armor. “I wrote a romantic love story where the protagonist doesn’t end up kissing Hugh Grant or Colin Firth in the rain; it’s not a kind of pat, expected narrative; it’s about a woman finding her strength and learning about what makes her happy.” As realistic as she says she tried to make her protagonist’s struggles, however, she faced some stiff opposition from her editors. One scene, in particular, was a source of friction: The protagonist, whose marriage is on the rocks and whose husband is cheating on her, is making chicken nuggets for her children and waiting for a text to come through from the guy she’s been flirting with. Peterson felt that at that moment, the protagonist would not have cared if her kids starved until 11 that night; she would have only been concerned with the text. But her publishers didn’t agree. In order for the character to be likeable, they said, she had to be a good mom, and good moms care more about their children’s chicken nuggets than their would-be lovers. “The greater issue at play was the commercial nature of a woman who was unhappy and cheating,” Peterson says. She wasn’t likeable. They were so conservative in their view of what a woman should and shouldn’t do.” Peterson’s nearing the end of her drink, and I’m on my second, and we discuss what her next project will be. She says she wants to delve into the world of the Hamptons, the different groups out there and how they intermingle. She’s fascinated, she says, by the private clubs in the Hamptons, known for their impregnable access to outsiders. And at this point, having learned a little about Peterson’s insurmountable drive, I think if anyone can get the true story out there, she can. ✦

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MICHAEL GROSS

Good Carriage A Beaux Arts landmark built in 1903 on a block famous for its carriage houses is about to change hands for the first time—at age 111.

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Manhattan home that’s been in one family for more than a century is something rare. Rarer still may be one where the owner has title documents dating back another hundred years to when the land was purchased from the city by Nicholas Gouverneur, one of the founders of the city’s Chamber of Commerce. Sotheby’s broker Vannessa Kaufman seems astonished herself as she displays those documents, in the former carriage house at 165 East 73rd Street, now on the market for $14.5 million. The 25-foot-wide, two-story Beaux Artsstyle building by architect George L. Amoroux, built in 1903–1904, is “a fine example of . . . a beautifully massed . . . structure with a façade constructed of yellow Roman brick set on a high limestone base,” the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission said when it protected the building, with its arched carriage entry topped with a carved keystone. It is one of two adjacent houses built for Henry Harper Benedict, a founder of the American typewriter industry. Like the machine he helped popularize, his carriage house is now obsolete, but it is certainly more than an interesting antique. East 73rd Street between Third and Lexington avenues is still home to almost a dozen similar structures, constructed to stable the horses and house the carriages that moved the wealthiest around New York before the automobile. Like many of them, Benedict lived a few blocks west, far from the noise and smell of the stables; he had a 30-room mansion on 75th Street just off Fifth Avenue. The first carriage house on the block was built for Henry Marquand, the banker, art collector and president of the Metropolitan Museum. Others belonged at various times to railroad executives, stockbrokers, patrician lawyers and families such as the Vanderbilts, Goulds, Pulitzers and Harknesses. According to the architectural historian Christopher Gray, when Joseph Pulitzer died in 1912, his housed four horses, a landau, a victoria and a hansom. Benedict had risen through the ranks of Remington Arms to become treasurer of Remington Sewing Machines, when he convinced Philo Remington, the son of its founder, to buy the rights to one of 40 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2014

Above: The façade of the Beaux Arts carriage house Left: Henry Harper Benedict, CEO of Remington Typewriters, who commissioned it and a twin next door.

the first typewriters. Benedict moved to New York from Remington’s headquarters in the Mohawk Valley and formed a company to market them. With partners, he then bought the company and became its president, until his retirement in 1913. He was thereafter best known as an art collector, whose most unique holding was the original copper plates used to make Jean-François Millet’s etchings. Benedict was arguably better known for the vagaries of his family’s private life. Two years after his wife died in 1915, the 72-year-old married a woman 40 years his junior, at a quiet wedding. With his second wife, he lived on in his mansion until 1935, when he died at age 90. The widow, Katherine Geddes Benedict, was next in the news when she reported her 18-year-old granddaughter Gamble missing a few weeks after the Briarcliff freshman made her debut at the 1959 Cotillion Ball. Gamble had last been seen with an older man, described as swarthy and foreign. He was also married. Gamble had lived with her granny since her mother died and Katherine Benedict won custody. A few days later, Gamble turned up in Paris with a married Romanian chauffeur she’d met the previous summer in Southampton. They’d sailed there on an oil tanker. She insisted that she planned to marry Andrea Porumbeanu and would work as a typist if her family


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Clockwise top left: The living room of the second floor apartment, the carriage entrance and white-tiled ground floor, another view of the living room, and the large ground floor room—once a stable—now filled with the owner’s father’s military miniatures.

THE REMINGTON TYPEWRITER HEIRESS INSISTED THAT SHE WOULD MARRY THE ROMANIAN CHAUFFEUR AND WOULD WORK AS A TYPIST IF HER FAMILY CUT HER OFF. “BUT IF I DO, I CAN TELL YOU IT WON’T BE ON A REMINGTON.” cut her off. “But if I do, I can tell you it won’t be on a Remington,” she told the New York Times. Katherine dragged Gamble back to New York, where her custody was affirmed by a magistrate, and Porumbeanu was ordered to stay away from her. Instead, he went to Mexico, got a quickie divorce, and in April, 1960, three months after Gamble’s debut, they were married in North Carolina in the presence of a reporter and photographer from Life magazine. Arrest warrants were issued for both of them and they fled back to Europe. Eighteen months later, Gamble’s granny died. Gamble had already made a grab for her inheritance, winning a court-ordered $1,500 a month, even as her husband was sent to jail for seeing her. Nonetheless, Grandma Benedict left her wayward kin the income from two-fifths of her estate, which was initially estimated at $50 million but later reduced to $7 million after tax-appraisal officials searched the 75th Street mansion and found cash stashed all over—even behind the kitchen sink—as well as a cache of neatly filed securities. Gamble obtained an annulment in 1964, after alleging her husband was a drunken cheater who’d spent much of her inheritance, terrified her and had never actually divorced her. She married a police detective a year later, and dropped from view. 42 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2014

Gamble was given away by an uncle, Robert Graham, an international lawyer and collector of stamps and military miniatures, which he’d researched, painted and stored in the carriage house, after buying it for $15,000 from Katherine Benedict in 1939. His wife, Benedict’s favorite niece, inherited one fifth of Katherine’s estate outright. In an interview from her home in New Mexico, the last family owner, Antoinette Weiser, wife of an Episcopal vicar, lovingly describes the house she is now selling. She recalls how her great-uncle’s horses used to be unhitched, washed and covered in the vast white-tiled ground floor carriage garage—all its details still intact—before being led to stables in the rear, where her father’s military miniatures are still displayed in a large room with a small in-laws’ apartment behind it. Weiser says she grew up upstairs, in a sprawling apartment that once housed a coachman and a hay loft (grooms slept in the basement). They were then the only family living in the block of carriage houses. “I grew up there,” Weiser says, and after the carriage house was left to her, she “continued to fill it with children,” until she moved away and rented it out, mostly to Europeans who she says appreciated its eccentric grandeur. “Now the time has come,” she says. The Benedicts will be gone, but unlike typewriters and hansoms, their Beaux Arts beauty will endure into its second century. ✦


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pening the door to her storied Upper East Side apartment during yet another of this winter’s epic snowstorms, Iris Apfel appears dressed in a bathrobe—and fragile-looking, with delicate bone structure and, on her face, a thin silver version of the huge owl-like glasses that have become her signature. It feels strange to see a different Iris than the one endlessly photographed, swathed in outrageous outfits topped with mountains of accessories. She retreats to her bedroom to get dressed and within moments emerges as the Iris Apfel that even the loftiest fashion insiders consider a muse: wearing gold couture, dhoti-inspired pants by Lanvin (Jeanne Lanvin, not Alber Elbaz, of course). “Aren’t these marvelous?” she gushes, explaining that she used to buy all of the couture samples each season for a steal. So widely revered is Iris Apfel that it’s easy to forget this idolatry is a relatively recent phenomenon. Her life can be divided into two distinct eras: pre-Rara Avis and post-Rara Avis. “My whole life changed,” Iris says of the 2005 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute show bearing her now-familiar moniker, which appropriately translates to “Rare Bird.” The Met exhibit has become the stuff of fashion legend. Costume Institute curator Harold Koda had originally planned a small show of Iris’ extraordinary accessories collected from around the world, but the concept evolved when the two of them decided those accessories should not be shown out of context but paired with perhaps five outfits from her closet. However, once they dug into the closets and discovered the treasures within, the show grew and grew, to include dozens of outfits styled by Iris. Naturally, each featured those owl-like glasses. The show was a hit. Despite little-to-no promotion, it became an overnight sensation, and the world fell in love with Iris Apfel’s bold, individualistic sense of style. “I’m the accidental icon!” she says of the experience. Now 92 years old and still going strong, Iris has lent her name, image and unique sensibility to an ever-growing list of projects, including an Eyebobs eyeglass collection, a make-up collection for M.A.C, a handbag line called Extinctions and a Rara Avis collection of shoes, bags and jewelry for HSN. Then there is the publicity. Although Iris has never had a publicist, she is splashed across magazines, newspapers and street-style blogs all over the world.

“I don’t dress a certain way to rebel. I’m not a rebel.”

Iris wears a Black Vintage Couture Bolero and Metallic Gold Vintage Couture Pants, both by Lanvin. Paired with a Beaded Gold Necklace from Iris’ personal collection and Gold Foil Bangles, Rara Avis by Iris Apfel, available at hsn.com.

“Iris claims we made her the world’s oldest starlet, but she was a star long before Rara Avis,” says Koda. “Fashion insiders were already well aware of her singular style,” he says. “As a collector of extraordinary ethnic and costume jewelry, and someone with a wardrobe consisting of many of the great names of French and American fashion, Iris had long been on our radar.” Before she was Iris Apfel, global style icon, she was Iris Apfel, decorator, legendary textile designer and owner of Old World Weavers. Newly, an upcoming sale of furniture and home accessories from Iris’ collection, by One Kings Lane, is set to remind the world of her past roles. “Our sale features everything from Old World Weavers showroom samples to one-of-a-kind objects and jewelry from Africa, Europe and Asia,” says Andrea Stanford, director of sales at Hunters Alley & Vintage and One Kings Lane, an online marketplace. Iris’s artistic streak comes from her parents: Her father had an import business as well as an architectural mirror business and worked with all the top designers in New York. Her mother was, rare for those days, a college graduate who was in the midst of getting a law degree when she became pregnant with Iris. She dropped out of school but continued to pursue a career in business and eventually opened several fashion boutiques. “She worshipped at the altar of the accessory,” says Iris. Iris’ own first exposure to decorating came as a teenager, when her father received a contract from Elsie de Wolf, who was then decorating a floor of suites at the Plaza, for all its mirror work. Iris began accompanying her father on Sundays to the hotel where the great interior designer with her poodle Blu Blu, would receive Iris from her bed, always outfitted in any of a series of extravagant bed jackets. An impressed Iris began considering interior design for the first time as something she herself wanted to pursue. As a young adult, she studied art at New York University and the University of Wisconsin before taking on a string of fashion and design related jobs. She was a copy girl at Women’s Wear Daily, an assistant to men’s fashion illustrator Robert Goodman, a script writer and a designer with a commercial interior design firm before ending up as the writer/editor of Grossinger’s daily newspaper. Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel was a playground for the rich and famous during World War II, and Iris was in the thick of it. “Nobody could travel anyplace and so everybody who was anybody went there for holidays and I met all kinds of fabulous people and had a marvelous time,” Iris recalls. “But I had this gnawing thing, to try my hand at decorating, and when the war was over, I thought I’d try it, which really took more nerve than brains because I didn’t know what I was doing.” The common denominator among Iris’ clients was that “they didn’t want standard equipment,” which suited Iris just fine. However, it was difficult to complete that type of project on a deadline. To combat the problem, she began taking twice-yearly trips to Europe and beyond to shop for fabrics, attend auctions and estate sales and buy furniture. After each trip she would send one or more 40-foot-long containers back to New York full of her findings, stowing them to this day in an 8,000-squarefoot storage unit full of antiques, which One Kings Lane is still slowly emptying. APRIL 2014 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 47


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ris’ love of travel took her all over the world, often with her husband Carl, whom she married in 1948 after a whirlwind courtship. “Our first date was Columbus Day; Thanksgiving he proposed; Christmas, I got my ring; Washington’s birthday, we were married; and St. Paddy’s day, the honeymoon in Palm Beach was over,” recalls Iris. “There’s no Iris without Carl and no Carl without Iris,” says American couturier Ralph Rucci. “This is one of the greatest love stories in the world, and what’s so intriguing is that they are both equally as eccentric and brilliant.” While the pair decided early to forgo a family for a lifetime of work and travel, neither anticipated the adventures that lay ahead when they first married. One day, Iris was designing a sitting room in icy blue Directoire style and became intent on using fabric with a large empire bee. When she couldn’t find the fabric, she had it woven by a brilliant and ambitious textile weaver in Long Island City who proposed that they all go into business together—Iris doing the designing and Carl, the selling. Their big break came when Dorothy Draper—“the doyenne of the time,” says Iris—placed a 300-yard order, followed on the same day by a 250-yard order from legendary retailer Sarah Fredericks. “I said, if these two great women think we’re good enough for them, we must be okay, so we decided to give it a crack,” says Iris. Old World Weavers was born. Carl and Iris set up a showroom in a third-floor walk-up in what was then the antiques district on 57th Street. Iris, of course, decorated the room in her eclectic style and they showed fabric samples out of an armoire instead of on racks. The extraordinary fabrics and unusual set-up proved to be intriguing, and soon all of New York’s top socialites were breathlessly tottering up the stairs to purchase her fabrics. Old World Weavers gathered a client list that included Marjorie Merriweather Post, Greta Garbo, Montgomery Clift, Joan Rivers and Estée Lauder. Iris loves to tell the story of client Merriweather Post, who once called the showroom demanding to speak with Carl. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, there must have been some kind of disaster.’ So I got Carl on the phone and she said: ‘I am now sitting atop an 18-foot ladder admiring my gorgeous draperies. They are absolutely divine; the fabric is splendiferous, I love the festoons, I love the swags, I love everything and I’m particularly intrigued with the fringes. I have a ruler in my hand. Can you please tell me how many I should expect to find in a running yard?’ “So Carl gulped and said, ‘Mrs. Post, every morning I eat your Raisin Bran. Could you please tell me how many raisins I should find in every spoonful?’ So she said, ‘Touché, Mr. Apfel. I’m a silly old lady; it’s gorgeous, I love it, I’d better get down before I break my neck. Thank you very much.’” It wasn’t long before museums also discovered Old World Weavers’ ability to produce fabrics others could not and began commissioning fabric for restoration work. The business’ first notable job was for the Centennial of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1976. Eventually the White House, too, came calling. “It came about from word of mouth, I suppose. I can’t remember who or how, but the White House called and of course we were very flattered,” Iris says. Over the years, Old World Weavers contributed to the White House—usually for the building’s public areas and occasionally in the private residence—under nine administrations including Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Clinton. “The president’s wife had nothing to do with it, except as a matter of protocol—at least then. She signs the orders, is all,” Iris insists, brushing off inquiries about shopping trips she is rumored to have taken with Jackie Kennedy. She notes only that Pat Nixon was passionately interested in interior design and the most involved of all the first ladies. Eventually, Iris and Carl felt they were ready to retire, and sold Old World Weavers to Stark Carpet in 1992. “Stark seemed like a very good fit because we had the same client roster,” Iris says. But retirement turned out not to be in the cards. The couple’s contract required them to stay for a couple of years, which they decided to extend to five years and then to 18. It wasn’t until “Rara Avis” came along that Iris moved on. “I kept my warehouse when I stopped decorating because if I had nothing to do, it would have driven me crazy. I wanted to be able to just start up again,” Iris says.

Iris wears a Mongolian Fur Coat by Adrienne Landau, available for special order, 212.695.8362, adriennelandau.com; Paired with Paint Splattered Jeans by Ralph Lauren. Iris also wears a Large Beaded Necklace, gifted to her, with bracelets from her collection, Rara Avis by Iris Apfel; available at hsn.com.

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lash forward to today: With her celebrity status now firmly established and no risk of “having nothing to do,” Iris has finally decided she is ready to unload her warehouse of wonders, in a highly anticipated sale at One Kings Lane. One Kings Lane arrived at the storage unit with a budget and left once it was tapped out. Then it came a second time. And a third. “I don’t think they knew what they were getting into; they went bananas,” Iris says. “Iris has an impeccable eye for color, scale, pattern—everything. This becomes most obvious when you consider the range of her collecting,” says One Kings Lane’s Stanford, who notes that the seemingly disparate collection, spanning a wide range of countries, centuries and styles, somehow makes sense. The collection is made even more special by the individual nature of Iris’ collecting, she says. “Many of the items we’ve bought from her represent personal memories,” Stanford says. “We’re thrilled that so much of this sale helps tell the story of their worldly adventures.” Assuming Iris’ apartment is an indication of what she has squirreled away, the sale will be epic. The Upper East Side residence is packed to the brim with so many remarkable items that, even after hours, you continue discovering delightful details. The furniture, largely antiques gathered from every corner of the earth, ranges from an 18th century English gilt Chinoiserie mirror to 17th century Sicilian baroque wing chairs upholstered in an old World Weavers fabric, one in a silk damask and the other a replica of a French wool tapestry. Despite the fact that Iris does not own a dog, her apartment is full of them, including a hand-carved statue of a French mountain dog standing on its hind legs wearing sunglasses and carrying a tray of jewelry. The hallway is lined with oil paintings of canines, and a floppy stuffed puppy the size of Iris herself hangs out next to an antique harpsichord. Littered among the priceless items are also oddities, like plastic snow globes and a sandwich-shaped clock on display in the kitchen.

“She hates ‘fashion,’” confirms designer Ralph Rucci. “She doesn’t care about trends, she starts them. She realizes that she’s all about style. She’s a visionary.”

Iris wears a Vintage Black “Feather” Paillette by Prada. Her jewelry is Rara Avis by Iris Apfel, available at hsn. com and from Iris’ personal collection.

“Her apartment is one of the most outstanding places I’ve ever been and one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen,” says Ari Seth Cohen, founder of the blog Advanced Style, which highlights the style of older women like Iris. “She takes the high and low and things she likes and puts them together in an incredible curatorial way; it’s the same thing she does with her fashion,” Cohen explains. “Everything in her house looks like it should be in a museum because of the way she puts it together.” Indeed, Iris treats her home like a set of jigsaw puzzles, throwing a bunch of things she likes into a room and moving them around until they fit. “There’s no difference between how I decorate and how I dress, other than I don’t sit on myself!” Iris says. “I like a lot of different things, so I like a lot of different things around, and I don’t like anything uptight. So many beautiful homes are totally humorless. You can ooh and ahh and goo and gah but I don’t see anything amusing or whimsical [in other homes]. I don’t feel comfortable there. I’m comfortable here because I feel like I’m with all my friends. Everything here has a story and I remember when I got it. It’s a comfy feeling for me. “You have to be appropriate for your lifestyle. I think being appropriate is the most important thing in the world.” On the surface, her sentiment at first seems strange, but only when a visitor interprets “appropriate” as meaning conforming to what others do. Iris defines the term her own way, meaning behaving, dressing or decorating in a way that is completely suited to the individual. Consequently, Iris’ bold style has never been about making a statement. “I don’t dress a certain way to rebel. I’m not a rebel,” she says. “I do it because I like it. But if you don’t like it, that’s your problem, not my problem; it doesn’t disturb me. I have to live with myself, go to bed with myself at night, be happy with myself; and I think that’s why people are so confused and mixed up. They do things in other people’s image, which doesn’t make any sense to me.” “People want a formula; you can’t have it,” Iris adds. “If I tell you, ‘Do this, do that,’ then it’s not style anymore, it’s fashion.” “She hates ‘fashion,’” confirms designer Ralph Rucci. “She doesn’t care about trends, she starts them. She realizes that she’s all about style. She’s a visionary.” While Iris is surprised and delighted by the number of fans of all ages she has garnered, she is pleased the most by the ones who realize style is not about imitation. These are the people who will purchase her furniture from One Kings Lane and use it in a way that is completely “appropriate” to their unique style sensibilities. “One of the most charming letters I have is from a little boy who was 7 or 8 at the time,” Iris says. “He [told me he] loves me because I have style, and he has style too. But his style is different from my style and that’s why it’s real style. That kid gets it.” ✦


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his was the year absolutely no one could predict Best Picture for the 86th Academy Awards: not even me, the Oscar witch. This made directors Steve McQueen, Alfonso Cuaron and David O. Russell very crazy. After months of screenings, press conferences, lunches, and parties, publicists and bloggers had to look these three wise men in the eye and say, “We don’t have a clue.” Then came the slogan, “It’s time.” That was Fox Searchlight’s last suggestion on 12 Years a Slave advertisements that subliminally registered in the hearts and minds of voters in the closing days of the studio’s low-key campaign. “It’s time.” So simple. Says it all. Just like the mantra “Find your voice” that marketing honcho Harvey Weinstein came up with three years ago, which drove The King’s Speech to a win. This is how you win an Oscar. You pinpoint and connect an exact emotion on the screen to an exact emotion that moves 6,000 voters who are mostly very smart white middle-aged guys. On Oscar night, host Ellen DeGeneres joked to 43 million viewers, “Possibility number one: 12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture. Possibility number two: You’re all racists,” answering the question three hours before the win was announced. DeGeneres then gifted sponsor 54 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

Samsung with the world’s most famous selfie and tipped a pizza delivery guy $1,000. The gripping 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture, putting Steve McQueen in the history books as the first black director, who is also British, to win an Oscar. It took the star power of white heartthrob Brad Pitt to get the film financed. Taking the small but heroic role as the slave’s savior, Brad then took a backseat by shooting WWII film, Fury in England, leaving the promotion to others. Steve McQueen’s muse Michael Fassbender, who portrayed a sadistic plantation owner, announced he would not campaign. McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and an unknown supporting actress, Lupita Nyong’o, were left with the herculean task of selling a film about slavery that was guaranteed to embarrass every American. This is why their win was so poignant. Warner Bros.’ wildly popular Gravity had

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skyrocketed to $1 billion globally at the box office. This technical game changer propelled Sandra Bullock into outer space with $70 million of backend profits tucked into her space panties. The beloved thriller landed triumphantly with seven Oscars. Alfonso Cuarón, who slaved for four years to create his masterpiece, won two statues for directing and editing and became the first Latino director to win. Although Gravity’s producer David Heyman did not strike gold, this film was one hell of a second act after producing all those Harry Potter films. In the past four years, David O. Russell has been a serious contender with 25 total nominations for his last three films. Hilarious and astute American Hustle garnered 10 nominations, but no wins this year. The four acting categories were easy to predict. Cate Blanchett wowed the minute Blue Jasmine was released in July. This instantaneous phenomenon is known as the “Colin-Firth-Daniel-Day-Lewis slam dunk.” In November, beautiful darling Jared Leto stole everybody’s hearts dressed as a woman in Dallas Buyers Club. His long hair, penchant for ’90s grunge, and rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, made him another instant winner. Matthew McConaughey’s career renaissance became “McConaissance.” Mud, Dallas Buyer’s Club, Wolf of Wall Street, and finally HBO’s

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True Detective collectively earned him Best Actor by December. The actress who really stole the show on the campaign circuit was eloquent ingénue Lupita Nyong’o, who morphed into a fashion goddess. No one will forget her Best Supporting Actress acceptance speech when she said, “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s.”

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 I flew to L.A. with some indefinable eye infection that made Olympics reporter Bob Costas’ reaction to Botox look attractive. My medical calamity possibly caused by Latisse, which promotes eyelash growth, caused my eyelids to resemble red golf balls and necessitated the wearing of dark glasses. No, I did not look as cool as Anna Wintour. I managed to grope my way through Oscar week in couture Ralph Rucci gowns and furs and pretend temporary blindness was “just a new look.” On this, my 30th trip to The Beverly Hills Hotel, the famous Polo Lounge had finally been renovated to look exactly like it did 30 years ago so as not to upset the regulars. Each pool cabana now had giant flat screens installed for watching CNN in the sun. Cate Blanchett and Oprah Winfrey were the hot Oscar week guests. I headed over to the Vanity Fair Social Club, with its media-friendly “WeWork Hollywood” pop-up lounge. Vanity Fair publisher Ed Menicheschi, who perfected the Midas touch for masterminding Oscar week sponsorship, greeted me. I participated in a panel discussion of Oscar prognosticators about who would win, hosted by Michael Hogan of VF.com with Anne Thompson of IndieWire, Sasha Stone of Awards Daily, Pete Hammond of Deadline, Dave Karger of Fandango, Krista Smith of Vanity Fair, and Kyle Buchanan of Vulture. If you had put fire to our feet we could not tell you who was winning Best Picture. Like a bunch of nerds all trying to impress each other, we did predict every other category correctly. The town was crawling with stars. So it wasn’t shocking to find the most famous sitting in the middle of a public restaurant drinking and singing oldies by the Eagles and Neil Diamond. That was the scene at Nobu in L.A. where Bono and U2, here to perform Mandela’s theme “Ordinary Love” at the Oscars, sat drinking sake and George Clooney’s Casamigos Tequila with Clooney himself, and Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber as they all belted out songs.

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George left town soon after, was rumored to stop in London to see his new girlfriend, Oxford-educated British barrister Amal Alamuddin, and they headed to an exotic, secluded island for a much-deserved vacation. After winning the Oscar last year for producing Argo, George had a supporting role in Gravity; co-produced August: Osage County; and starred in Tomorrowland, which Disney will release in 2015. He also produced, wrote, directed, and acted in The Monuments Men. Clooney marched to Berlin, Milan, London, and Paris, successfully opening that film. With his Oscar night absence, not only did he make sure Sandra Bullock got all the credit she deserved, but my hunch is that he was also quietly proud of his good friend Brad Pitt, who produced 12 Years a Slave, Gravity’s biggest competition.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Action central was now in the lobby of Chateau Marmont where Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter, and Benedikt Taschen

honored world-class photographer Annie Leibovitz for the launch of her new sumosized book, Annie Leibovitz. André Balazs confided that Annie pulled an all-nighter in her pajamas hanging her work. Balazs gave her free reign to install her huge iconic portraits throughout the hallways and first floor suites that were open during the party. Photographers Mario Testino and Terry Richardson browsed as Annie walked Quincy Jones on a tour of her larger-thanlife exhibition. Sylvester Stallone gazed at his own portrait taken 20 years ago, his Dorian Gray Rocky face now frozen—as in Botox— not the blockbuster animated Disney winner. Paramount CEO Brad Grey’s wife Cassandra, Carole Bayer Sager and Lorraine Schwartz gave a private dinner at Cassandra’s Violet Grey store on Melrose. Jack Nicholson, seated with model Erin Wasson and Eva Mendes, held court as superstar Pharrell Williams (in his Vivienne Westwood “Mountain” hat) and Anjelica Huston chatted


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up Chinatown producer Robert Evans. Dom Perignon sent the champagne, proving that even behind private dinners, one can now spot a sponsor.

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10 parties. English society decorator and Olympic party animal Nicky Haslam flew in from England for the Vanity Fair dinner Sunday night and was my escort for this evening. We made it to five parties. Vanity Fair and Sony’s “Toast to American Hustle” at Ago on Melrose was our first stop, to pay homage to David O. Russell. Inquiring minds, including hotshot producer Megan Ellison, Amy Adams, Adams Sony CEO Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal, debated who was winning Best Picture. We still didn’t know. CAA’s Josh Lieberman was on his way to ICM’s John Burnham’s Santa Monica home.

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This is how you win an Oscar. You pinpoint and connect an exact emotion on the screen to an exact emotion that moves 6,000 voters . . .

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Oprah Winfrey slipped into Essence’s “Black Women in Hollywood” lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel where Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first black female president of the Academy, was honored with a Trailblazer Award. President Bill Clinton, Clinton in town for the first United4Humanity gala at Sony Studios that night, had lunch at Larry Gagosian’s magnificent modern home in Holmby Hills.It was designed by architect A. Quincy Jones, the mentor of Frank Gehry—not to be confused with music legend Quincy Jones, the mentor of Michael Jackson. On this night, there were


Al Pacino and David Mamet were huddled on a couch as Spike Lee and Meredith Vieira sat nearby listening. At Warner Bros.’ fancy private dinner for its nominees at the Bel Air Hotel, Nicky and I were greeted by David Heyman. Executives Sue Kroll and Juli Goodwin brought us over to Sandra Bullock and CEO Kevin Tsujihara. Again, everyone whispered, “Who is winning Best Picture?” Gravity’s technical wizardry, revered in L.A., was now thought to have the edge. Spike Jones arrived and was too superstitious to discuss his chances for Best Original Screenplay for Her. He won. Don’t worry about Blue Jasmine fellow nominee Woody Allen; he was tap dancing with Susan Stroman on Broadway, rehearsing Bullets Over Broadway. As a man who doesn’t believe in campaigning for awards, he just might show up to collect a few Tonys. An exhausted Alfonso Cuarón was the last to appear, with girlfriend Sheherazade Goldsmith. He was fighting a cold and couldn’t wait to get back to real, not reel, life. Brad Grey’s party for Paramount’s nominees was in full swing at Spago Beverly Hills. The Wolf of Wall Street’s Marty Scorsese was huddled in a booth with Brad, marketing maven Megan Colligan, producer Irwin Winkler, and the ageless Don Rickles. Jonah Hill’s buddy Leonardo DiCaprio had just left, as he was getting a cold too, but he later showed up at the Bel Air, where Marty was staying, to have drinks with Scorsese and Cuarón in the bar. Nebraska talent Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Squibb cinematographer Phedon Papamichael and screenwriter Bob Nelson relaxed since their grueling nine-month campaign, which had begun at Cannes, was finally over. Ron Meyer, vice chairman of Universal, had his annual private party at his Malibu home in honor of Graydon Carter. Barbra Streisand, Jim Brolin, Brolin John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Preston Diane Lane, Robert Downey Jr., Jr. and Paul Rudd mingled under a tent with interior designer Sandy Gallin and his new husband Bryan Fox. Ron’s daughter, jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer, came alone. It was nanny’s night off, so her husband Tobey Maguire stayed home with the kids. Larry Gagosian gave his 17th annual art opening and dinner, Lara which is always a hot ticket Spencer

for the rich and hip. This year, art photographer Taryn Simon mounted a show titled “Birds of the West Indies” after the seminal taxonomy by ornithologist James Bond. The exhibition also chronicled the women, weapons, and cars depicted in the Bond films, in addition to the birds that appear in all 24 movies. Even MGM couldn’t dream this up. Dinner followed next door at Mr. Chow’s, complete with Eva and Michael Chow. Simon’s filmmaker husband Jake Paltrow brought his mother Blythe Danner and his sister Gwyneth. Since the Spielbergs and the Paltrows are close family friends, Kate Capshaw arrived with Theo and Sasha Spielberg.. Jared Leto came with Terry Richardson. Adrien Brody, Elle Fanning, Cameron Diaz, John Waters, and Robbie Robertson chowed down. Power collectors Eli and Edythe Broad and Bill and Maria Bell split chopsticks. After dinner, we migrated to Gagosian’s home. It was raining, it was windy, and it was cold. Teetotaler Robbie Robertson slipped on wet stone outside the house. He was taken to the hospital that night and endured a two-hour operation on three broken ankle bones. Simultaneously, Nicky Haslam slipped onto a glass table and crashed to the floor. Nicky was fine; the table was a goner—so much excitement for one night.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Woke up this morning and the eye problem had reached epic proportions as my left eye was now shut. Found an eye doctor to lance the infected eyelid. He gave me enough drugs to get me to the Publicist Guild lunch at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Jerry Lewis was receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Carol Burnett.. Thankfully, I only needed one eye to take all that in. At her uncle’s Rodeo Drive store, Roberta Armani toasted fellow Italians Marty Scorsese and Paolo Sorrentino. The suits Leo wore in The Wolf of Wall Street were designed for him by Armani himself. Paolo Sorrentino was the overwhelming favorite to win Best Foreign Film for his Felliniinspired The Great Beauty, and indeed he won. Armani’s talent turnout was very impressive. Cate Blanchett, who has signed with the designer as the face of his perfume, was there with Glenn Close, Robert DeNiro, and Samuel L. Jackson. All were bedecked in Armani. Wanda McDaniel, the marketing guru for Armani, was the very first to dress actresses on the red carpet. Jodie Foster was her muse and that was 25 years ago.

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I never tire of the overwhelming excitement, throngs of eager press, and screaming fans. Everything boils down to this moment of mass hysteria. Philomena producers Gaby Tana and Tracey Seaward invited me to Steve Coogan’s home where music man Alexandre Desplat and Jon Hamm were having beers. Coogan captivated me with conversation of how he and the real Philomena Lee, who was a red carpet regular, took their “full disclosure” adoption campaign to the Vatican, meeting The Pope. Only Harvey Weinstein could have pulled off that jaw-dropping marketing miracle. Traditionally, there are three private agency parties on Friday night—WME, CAA, and UTA. They were hosted by Ari Emanuel, Kevin Huvane, and Jim Berkus and were press free, leaving the stars uninhibited and happy. Justin Theroux, about to explode in HBO’s miniseries The Leftovers, canoodled with Jennifer Aniston. Past and present Oscar nominees and winners including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Oprah Winfrey, Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Bradley Cooper, Jonah Hill, Alexander Payne, Steve 58 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

McQueen, and Alfonso Cuarón were among the evening’s migrating tribe.

SATURDAY, MARCH 1

Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg canceled their annual, highly anticipated outdoor lunch for Graydon Carter at their Coldwater Canyon home atop a steep hill because of impending torrential rain that never came. Three hundred power hungry showbiz executives were sent into a tailspin for an alternative activity. Luckily, Sony Pictures Classics’ and industry icons Tom Bernard, and Michael Barker took pity on me and invited me to their table at the Independent Spirit Awards under a wobbly tent that billowed with the wind in Santa Monica. Bob Balaban and I headed to the 6th annual Chanel-sponsored dinner hosted by the debonair Charles Finch at Madeo. Girls donning $20k Chanel dresses included Anne Hathaway, Sienna Miller (with baby

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daddy Tom Sturridge), Lily Collins, Greta Gerwig and Poppy Delevingne. Jessica de Rothschild and her director husband Sacha Gervasi were in attendance as well as Adrien Brody, David O. Russell, Oliver Stone, Danny Huston, Jean Pigozzi, Ben Silverman, Peter Morton, and Elon Musk. Harvey and Bob Weinstein along with Chopard honored their nominees, including the singers in RADiUS-TWC’s Best Documentary winner 20 Feet from Stardom, with a seated dinner at the Montage Hotel in the “Marchesa Ballroom.” (The dining room was rechristened for the evening in honor of Harvey’s wife Georgina Chapman’s dress label.) After dinner, guests were wowed by a performance from Weinstein’s upcoming Broadway musical, Finding Neverland, based on their Oscar-nominated film about Peter Pan creator J. M. Barrie. Celebrities Bono, U2, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, Christoph Waltz, and Taylor Swift gave Neverland’s stars, Jason Alexander and Gary Barlow, a standing ovation.

SUNDAY, MARCH 2 My Oscar date this year was GMA’s glamorous Lara Spencer. I arrived, as usual, two hours early at the Dolby Theater in order to plant myself on the mother of all red carpets. Only this year, I was incognito with the dark

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glasses. I greeted each of Lara’s interviewees as if they were coming to my house for dinner. I never tire of the overwhelming excitement, throngs of eager press, and screaming fans. Everything boils down to this moment of mass hysteria. It’s always humbling to stand among the entertainment giants, wish them luck and have them nervously smile back. It’s the bittersweet finale when all of the campaigning is over and you think you won’t see them until their next movie. It’s like the last day of camp. I was now dateless and alone as Lara Spencer went home suffering from a sore throat. Those in the know always hang out at the downstairs bar during the broadcast where the sound is turned up on the flat screens. This year, Cate Blanchett’s husband theater impresario Andrew Upton bought me free drinks. I hung out with Cate, her CAA agent Hylda Queally, the adorable skinny Sally Hawkins in a heavily beaded Valentino gown, Julia Roberts, and Tom Bernard and Michael Barker who have 140 career nominations and 32 wins. After reassuring Blanchett that her stupendous pale beaded Armani Privé gown was the best of the other girls’ pale dresses and that her Oscar would pop against it, she went on stage to win. While I was at the Oscar broadcast, 160 VIPs at Graydon Carter’s annual Oscar viewing dinner were getting ready for the rush of a thousand more party guests. Five hundred limos were on the way. Those who watched the awards from the beige, circular dining room were Graydon’s friends including: Sofia Vergara, Tom Ford, Carolina Herrera, Bruce Weber, Allen Grubman, Bob Colacello, Judd Apatow, Jeff Klein and John Goldwyn, Rupert Murdoch, Steve Newhouse, Les Moonves, and Jimmy Buffet. I ran through the Governor’s Ball and found Bryan Lourd and Fox’s beloved leader Jim Gianopulos, ushered by Fox Searchlight’s Michelle Hooper, sitting at Brad Pitt’s empty table because everyone else was still in the press room doing interviews. I arrived at the Vanity Fair party at its new location, 8680 Sunset Boulevard, a parking lot that was transformed into an airy glass dome. I stood in a corner, ravenously inhaling my In-n-Out burger with ketchup dripping down my chin and of course, Graydon—the adored maestro of the week—came up and so sweetly wanted to know how I was doing. It’s a little difficult to respond with a mouthful of food behind dark glasses.

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The stars were huddled together in groups, air kissing and congratulating each other. Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Idina Menzel, Sarah Paulson, Bette Midler and Lady Gaga owned the dance floor; Jared Leto passed his Oscar around so much he dropped it and it now sports a little dent in the head; pregnant Kerry Washington ate for two; and the Janes— Fonda and Buffet—huddled on a couch, while The Great Gatsby’s production and costume designer, and wife of director Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and I posed with her two Oscars. (Including the two she won for Moulin Rouge, she now has four). Even Madonna has sponsors now. The material girl—blinding in 1,000 carats of Neil Lane’s diamonds—hosted her seventh annual awards bash at her manager Guy Oseary’s home with Gucci. Originally super secret, the party is now a headline on Page Six. Madonna made her best effort to cream off the stars from Graydon’s party. In attendance were Paul McCartney, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, newly engaged Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, Serena Williams, Prince, and Pink. Madonna closed out her own party by breakdancing with her kids and Miley Cyrus, and spinning records until 7 a.m. for Matthew McConaughey. Madge, short for majesty, would rather die than entertain press, let alone an adorable publicist like moi. Last year, ever so curious,

I was brought as a guest of a guest only to be frogmarched to the door by Oseary, the furious host himself. Dear readers, I did this for you. It has taken me a year to admit—I was too socially traumatized to report my investigative failure. I now realize that I was just a pawn for Oseary’s A-list purity for the night. His own rock status had been boosted by signing Bono and U2. Thank God my social stock is still otherwise intact. The week before the Oscars, the real Oscar—de la Renta—had invited me to his beachfront paradise in the Dominican Republic with Lord and Lady Astor. In June, the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough are expecting me at Blenheim Palace. So much for not making the cut at Madonna’s. Once again, I scored a ride home on a friend’s plane where my dark glasses fit right in. Passengers received an email that morning requesting “no jeans.” I thought this was a bizarre fashion edict, only to find out the indigo dye in denim bleeds onto the jet’s white leather chairs. As a closing to my 10th annual Oscar diary, I can sum up this year’s race as one of intense emotions and euphoric pride for our love of what Americans do best: making the most wonderful and culturally enlightening movies that entertain the world. On to Cannes!✦ APRIL 2012 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 59


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1. Oddysey Star Rings in Yellow Gold and Pink Gold with Full Black Pavé by CANTURI. Available at Canturi, 42 East 66th Street, 212.879.8800, canturi.com 2. Bird Necklace from the Animal World Collection by CHOPARD. Available at 1.800.CHOPARD or us.chopard.com. Worn by Cate Blanchett at the BAFTA Awards 3. Honeywood Ring with Paraiba Tourmaline set in 18k Gold with Diamond Pavé by MISH. Available at Mish New York, 30 Bond Street, 212.734.3500, mishnewyork.com 4. Straight Line Diamond Bracelet by HARRY WINSTON. Available at 1.800.988.4110 or harrywinston.com. Worn in a stack of three by Reese Witherspoon at the Golden Globe Awards 5. 19th Century Yellow Gold and Diamond Coiled Snake Bracelet from FRED LEIGHTON. Available at Fred Leighton, 773 Madison Avenue, 212.288.1872. Worn by Lupita Nyong’o at the Oscars 6. Opal Drop Earrings by CHOPARD. Also available at 1.800.CHOPARD or us.chopard.com. Worn by Cate Blanchett at the Oscars 7. Pair of 18k Yellow Gold and Rose-cut Diamond Spiked Crescent Earrings from FRED LEIGHTON. Available at Fred Leighton, 773 Madison Avenue, 212.288.1872. Also worn by Lupita Nyong’o at the Oscars 8. Round Brilliant Diamond Earstuds with Micropavé set in Platinum by HARRY WINSTON. Available at 1.800.988.4110 or harrywinston.com. Emerald cut version worn by Julia Roberts at the Golden Globe Awards 9. Honeywood Cuff in 18K Gold with Diamond Pavé by MISH. Available at Mish New York, 30 Bond Street, 212.734.3500, mishnewyork.com 10. Sterling Silver Stella 2-Stone Drop Earrings with Diamonds by IPPOLITA. Available at Ippolita, 796 Madison Avenue, 646.664.4240, ippolita.com 11. Round Diamond Collar by GRAFF. Available at Graff Diamonds, 710 Madison Avenue, 212.355.9292, graffdiamonds.com 12. L.U.C. XP Tonneau Timepiece in 18k White Gold, with White Dial and Black Leather Strap by CHOPARD. Also available at 1.800.CHOPARD or us.chopard.com. Worn by Matthew McConaughey at the Oscars | 61 MARCH 2014 • AVENUE MAGAZINE


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our guide to the most eligible real estate scions in the city.

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Rudin Management owns 33 Manhattan buildings and a staggering total of 3.7 million square feet of residential and 10.2 million square feet of office space, drawing in a whopping $315 million annually. Founded in 1924 by four brothers, the prolific holdings firm still employs a number of extended family members—although Kyle DeWoody isn’t one of them. She is daughter of contemporary art collector Beth Rudin and painter James DeWoody. The art-history buff cofounded online boutique Grey Area, which features unique artistmade clothing, accessories, furniture and functional items, ranging in price from a chill $15 to a staggering $50,000. In the quirky mix are Tom Sachs cigarette lighters, Rudolf Stingel plates, Julian Schnabel beach towels and neon signs by British multimedia artist Anthony James, among other treasures. We have a feeling that the way to this girl’s heart will require more curatorial bravado than fine jewelry and chocolates.

CURB APPEAL: Sporting a tousled ombré mane, thick black frames and a candy-shop assortment of rings, Kyle DeWoody, 29, is cool-girl quintessence. PORTFOLIO: APRIL 2014 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 63


The (Fourth-Generation) Family Man Harrison Tucker LeFrak

As Richard LeFrak’s eldest son, Harrison Tucker LeFrak, 42, is the heir-apparent to a Forbes-estimated family fortune of $5.6 billion. At LeFrak Organization, Harrison LeFrak shares the titles of vice-chairman and managing director with his brother James LeFrak. Comprising the fourth generation of a real estate family dynasty, Harrison follows in a long line of forward-thinking developers: from his great grandfather and company founder Harry LeFrak; to grandfather Sam LeFrak, credited for the archetype of mass-market house-building; and finally, father Richard LeFrak, the company chairman since 2003. Despite his padded lineage and disarming baby face, this Scorpio is known for his rather intense personality. He holds an MBA from Columbia and a law degree from Harvard and is understandably the man-in-charge of most financial and legal matters in the family business. Like his father, Harrison is pushing for the diversification and expansion of projects outside of New York, currently handling the 190-acre Biscayne Landing—the largest undeveloped property in North Miami. As a wild guess: This hardworking New York moneyman has a weakness for any driven dame who can talk numbers to him.

CURB APPEAL: Harry Le Frak Curb appeal: Blond good looks, charm and the courtly manners lacking in most New York men. He works out a lot, too.

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The Prince of Silicon Alley Joshua Kushner

Josh Kushner comes with impressive real estate holdings, but that’s just the beginning. He is also active in his family’s business—he is a principal director of his Kushner Properties, which very famously bought 666 Fifth Avenue in 2006 for a record-breaking $1.8 billion. The Kushners are owners, developers and managers of a vast portfolio of multifamily, commercial, retail, hotel and industrial real estate projects down the Eastern Seaboard, but that’s not even 28-year-old Kushner’s day job. He is the founder and managing partner of venture capital and investment firm Thrive Capital—an early investor in Instagram and hipster eyeglasses company, Warby Parker, among other hot companies—which has raised $200 million. Most recently, Kushner has been busy trying to reinterpret health insurance with his new startup Oscar, offering affordable health insurance, recycling data for consumer benefit and offering a tech-age friendly platform. He is currently dating supermodel Karlie Kloss but, you know what they say, it ain’t over till it’s over.

CURB APPEAL: Good looks, brains

and great political and social connections. What gifts doesn’t this young swain possess? It’s almost enough to make you forget that he is originally from New Jersey. Almost.

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THE GAME CHANGERS OF NEW YORK

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Real Estate is a central topic to the lives of all New Yorkers. Where you live, work, shop, eat and unwind: Location always matters. When New Yorkers buy or sell or rent or lease, they may briefly get involved with the tricky game of real estate, but it’s really just recreational compared to the pros who play this game day in and day out. Here, wegatheredthepowerplayersofNewYorkrealestate—thetopmanagersandbrokersfromthetopfirms—inhot spots(andprimerealestate)WhiskeyBlueintheWHotelandthenewly-openedViceroyNewYorkandKingside restaurant, to salute their dedication and skill in the industry. It turns out they are on top of more than just the real estate game—they jumped right into poker, solitaire and, yes—of course, Monopoly.

HaLsteaD ProPertY Diane M. Ramirez, Ceo Brian Lewis, Licensed associate real estate Broker Louise Phillips Forbes, Licensed associate real estate Broker Richard Orenstein, Licensed associate real estate Broker Jim Gricar, President Richard Grossman, evP, Managing Director Shot at Kingside Restaurant, located in Viceroy New York, 124 West 57th Street, 212.707.8000, kingside-restaurant.com 68 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2014


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Brown Harris Stevens Hall F. Willkie, President Cathy Franklin, Licensed Associate Real Estate Salesperson Kathryn Steinberg, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Lisa Lippman, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Rachel Glazer, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Joan Goldberg, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker John Burger, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

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DOUGLAS ELLIMAN Dottie Herman, President and Chief Executive Officer Howard Lorber, Chairman 72 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2014


SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY Diane Levine, Senior Vice President and Brokerage Manager Kathy Korte, President and Chief Executive Officer Ellie Johnson, Senior Vice President and Brokerage Manager Shot at Whiskey Blue, located in the W Hotel Midtown, 541 Lexington Avenue, 212.407.2947, gerberbars.com/whiskey-blue-ny APRIL 2014 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 73


WARBURG REALTY Wendy Greenbaum, Licensed Real Estate Broker Frederick Warburg Peters, President Jay Glazer, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Richard Steinberg, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Shot at Whiskey Blue, located in the W Hotel Midtown, 541 Lexington Avenue, 212.407.2947, gerberbars.com/whiskey-blue-ny 74 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2014


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Stribling & Associates Elizabeth F. Stribling, Chairman Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan, President Rebecca M. Mason, Manager, Downtown Brokerage Kenneth Scheff, Manager, Uptown Brokerage Catherine Witherwax, Manager, Brooklyn Brokerage Kirk Henckels, Vice Chairman, Director of Private Brokerage Shot at Whiskey Blue, located in the W Hotel Midtown, 541 Lexington Avenue, 212.407.2947, gerberbars.com/whiskey-blue-ny 76 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2014


Citi Habitats Gary Malin, President Jodi Stasse, Managing Director, New Developments Jay Heydt, Senior Managing Director, Gramercy office Seth Hirschhorn, Senior Managing Director, Relocation office Eric Hamm, Senior Managing Director, Upper West Side office Peter J. Sobeck, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer

Shot at Whiskey Blue, located in the W Hotel Midtown, 541 Lexington Avenue, 212.407.2947, gerberbars.com/whiskey-blue-ny APRIL 2014 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 77


CORCORAN SUNSHINE Kelly Kennedy Mack, President Larry Kruysman, Senior Sales Director Loretta Shanahan-Bradbury, Senior Sales Director Gordon H. Hoppe, Senior Vice President, Director of Sales Elizabeth Unger, Senior Sales Director Beth Stern, Senior Sales Director Shot at Whiskey Blue, located in the W Hotel Midtown, 541 Lexington Avenue, 212.407.2947, gerberbars.com/whiskey-blue-ny

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Nest seekers INTERNATIONAL Ryan Serhant, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Jessica Campbell, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Foroogh Zarinehbaf, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Eddie Shapiro, President and CEO Carol Friedman, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Wendy Jackson, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

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Bond New York MaryLou Currier, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Lesley Steiner, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Brian Dusseau, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Shot at Whiskey Blue, located in the W Hotel Midtown, 541 Lexington Avenue, 212.407.2947, gerberbars.com/whiskey-blue-ny

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STEPHEN P. WALD REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATES, INC. Stephen Wald, Founder & Principal Broker Shot at Viceroy New York, 120 West 57th Street, 212.830.8000, viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

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Villani Group Alyson Arcara Chris Mastromarino Terry Villani Jennifer Hajjar

Shot at Viceroy New York, 120 West 57th Street, 212.830.8000, viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

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Rode Advertising Genevieve Kissane, Vice President Ron Nelson, Partner Debbi Melman, Partner Katie McConnaughey, Vice President Shot at Kingside Restaurant, located in Viceroy New York, 124 West 57th Street, 212.707.8000, kingside-restaurant.com APRIL 2014 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 85


Hamptons Prep Part I

We’ve thought of everything so you can stay ahead of the curve . . . and the crowds by Robin Phillips

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he first signs of spring are also reminders to start getting your Hamptons house summer ready! While the summer days might still feel far off, it’s not too early—in fact, it’s just the right time—for certain aspects of summer prep. We caught up with expert gardener and manager Robin Phillips. Follow Robin’s summer prep prescription to beat the crowds, save yourself from last-minute headaches and have your house in sparkling condition by Memorial Day.

Bookings: Greenhouse work: ✓ Sow seeds for vegetables that you will want this summer ✓ Cut gardens

Around the house (interior): ✓ Swap out rugs for dog-friendly rag rugs ✓ Have all carpets professionally cleaned ✓ Clean out the larder and run all dishes and silverware through the dishwasher ✓ Stock up on cleaning supplies ✓ Check that all major appliances are in working condition ✓ Check cable/internet readiness ✓ Have a painter refresh tired/chipped paint as needed 86 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2014

✓ Make an appointment with an arborist for post-winter tree work ✓ Make an appointment for your HVAC to be serviced and started up (it is important to book this early for an end-of-May appointment—Robin says these businesses are inundated as soon as the weather turns) ✓ Book a plumber to turn on all outside water sources (spigots, pool bathroom, etc.) ✓ Book window washers for the first or second week in June—anything earlier is fruitless due to an abundance of pollen up until then ✓ Book your pool opening for the first week in May—these appointments are always delayed to the second week, but everyone wants Memorial Day and then you end up in a huge queue ✓ Book vehicle and moped tune-ups ✓ Book any extra help you will need this summer—cleaning services, nannies, chefs, catering, etc, especially for holidays. Line up help and loosely arrange a schedule for daily coverage


Around the house (exterior): ✓ Check gates/fencing for winter damage— schedule repairs as needed ✓ Irrigation—Make a service appointment to turn on, check for leaks and adjust heads for sufficient coverage ✓ Clean beach/cabana furniture and have it delivered to the beach before Memorial Day ✓ Change out all outdoor security/up-lighting bulbs for steady use in the coming months ✓ Ensure all outdoor power equipment is serviced (Robin says, “We always mow the lawns twice in April and trim the hedges for shape/structure”) ✓ Inspect outdoor furniture for any necessary repairs or painting ✓ Clean and repair screens ✓ Begin spraying an organic cocktail (garlic-based) to combat mosquitoes and deer ✓ Roof repairs—have the roof checked for winterdamaged loose shingles and leaky gutters

AVENUE’s summer ready A-team Nursery and Landscape services: Harmonia Inc: 631.537.9672, harmoniainc.com Jack DeLashmet & Associates: 631.537.8100, delashmet.com Laguardia Design: 631.726.1403, laguardiadesign.com Landscape Details: 631.725.0018, landscapedetailsinc.com Marders: 631.537.3700, marders.com Ray Smith & Associates: 631.287.6100, raysmithassociates.com Whitmores: 631.267.3756, whitmoresinc.com Arbor experts: Bartlett Tree Experts: 877.227.8538, bartlett.com Peconic Lawn & Tree Care: 631.283.0289, peconiclawncare.com Sterling Tree & Lawn Service: 631.283.0906, sterlingtree.com Pool building, design and services: Casual Water Pool and Spa: 631.537.5700, casualwater.com J. Tortorella Pools: 631.283.7373, tortorella.com/construction Pristine Pools: 631.324.8240, swimpristinepools.com SRK Pools: 631.537.3750, srkpools.com APRIL 2014 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 87


Properties of the Month A selection of deluxe residences

Halstead Property DOWNTOWN DREAM Located in the iconic Gwathmey & Siegel designed tower at Astor Place, this extraordinary full-floor residence offers over 5,100 sq square feet of indoor/outdoor entertaining space, with three bedrooms, library, chef’s kitchen and astonishing city views from endless walls of glass. This stunning property is listed for $15,825,000. Contact Richard Orenstein @212.906.4248

Brown Harris Stevens CENTRAL PARK PALACE Harperley Hall is a rare 1911 Arts and Crafts style masterpiece designed by architect Henry Wilhelm Wilkinson and situated on Central Park West at 64th Street. This jewel of an apartment occupies a corner of the building and has spectacular light and views from every window. Just down the hall is a pristine windowed kitchen with Rojo polished marble counter tops, Sub Zero refrigerator, Wolf oven and cooktop and a Viking convection oven and Miele washer/dryer. The master bedroom features a walk–in windowed dressing room, ample closets and a bath with double Duravit sinks, oversized shower and marble mosaic tile throughout. Contact Norah Burden @212.588.5617

William Pitt/Sotheby’s International Realty GLAMOROUS CONNECTICUT COUNTRY LIFE Bringing an unmatched casual sophistication to the country, this c.1900 barn was completely rebuilt in 2006 into a dream home offering the highest level of quality and detail. Interior finishes include elaborate moldings, limestone floors, marble baths with Waterworks fixtures and a soaring ceiling in the great room inspired by light and space artist James Turrell. The eat-in kitchen has a fireplace and marble counters and features SubZero and Viking appliances. Abundant windows bring in the light and western-views. The restorative grounds feature a pool, pool house, specimen trees and a waterfall-fed koi pond. Contact Rick Distel @ 212.906.9274

Elad Group ULTIMATE TRIBECA PENTHOUSE Atop Tribeca’s 250 West Street sits a brand new penthouse offering a stunning expanse of protected and unobstructed Hudson River views. The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home is accessed via a private Hubert Street entrance, lobby and elevator. The expansive 5,718 square foot living space features floorto-ceiling windows, 14-foot ceilings, a double-sided fireplace, library, gourmet kitchen, dining room, and a luxurious master suite. An incredible 4,298 square foot landscaped terrace wraps the entire home with incredible skyline views. $39,500,000. Contact Raphael De Niro @212.460.0655 88 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2014


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PREWAR 3-4 BEDROOM OFF PARK AVENUE Upper East Side, New York City | $4,695,000 Web#9751632 | Eloise Johnson 212.381.3224

DESIGNER RENOVATED 4 BEDROOM Upper West Side, New York City | $3,995,000 Web#9722298 | Louise Phillips Forbes 212.381.3329

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MAGNIFICENT LOFT TriBeCa, New York City | $5,600,000 Web#9558620 | Laura Moss 212.381.4283

PREWAR CLASSIC SIX Upper East Side, New York City | $2.295M Web#9654003 | Rose Tallis 212.381.3230

SPRAWLING DUPLEX PENTHOUSE – BRILLIANT LIGHT AND MESMERIZING VIEWS Flatiron, New York City | $7,750,000 Web#9248195 | Richard Orenstein 212.381.4248

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A question for one of the city’s top real estate experts . . .

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ordered by Third Avenue to Bowery and the East River between 14th Street and Houston Street, the East Village is known for the tangible vibrancy of its streets. Locally owned small businesses, a diverse community, an energetic nightlife and artistic sensibility are the essence of the East Village. Famous for its internationally varied restaurants, the East Village is my favorite neighborhood for eating out in the City. In 1651, Petrus Stuyvesant received the deed to the farm owned by the Dutch governor. His family held part of the land until 1970, probably the longest record of continuous family ownership in New York City’s history. Many local community groups are working to gain landmark designations to protect and preserve the architectural and cultural identity of the East Village. Examples include the Great Hall of Cooper Union, well-known for historic speeches, notably Abraham Lincoln’s Cooper Union speech, and St. Marks Place, which once rivaled the cachet of Sutton Place. Tompkins Square Park enhances the quiet enjoyment of the East Village with its collection of venerable American elm trees known for their towering canopies. The East Village has an exceptionally wide range of residential real estate. Known for its walk-ups and brownstones, it also offers numerous new luxury condominiums along the Bowery as well as the highly sought-after handful of larger, older Art Deco luxury buildings of the early 20th century. ✦

“The East Village has an exceptionally wide range of residential real estate”

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Aldo Valmon-Clarke

Angela Ferrante

Arabella Greene Buckworth

ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME RESIDENCE

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Central Park. Co-Excl. Full floor. 15 rooms flooded with light and surrounded with terraces. 7BR, eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, master suite with terrace. Full hotel services. $95M. WEB# 3452636. Kathy Sloane 212-906-9258

UES. $6M reduction to $29,995,000. 36 feet wide, 10,000SF, 5+ bedrooms, extraordinary outdoor spaces, elevator, central air conditioning, staff suite, gym. $29.995M. WEB# 9250826. Paula Del Nunzio 212-906-9207

UES. Co-Excl. Prewar palatial PH w/5BR, 5 full bath, 2 pwdr rms, LR, libr, FDR, WEIK, brkfst rm, sky rm, 2 wbfps, city & river views, huge terr, brand-new renov. $24.95M. WEB# 9161453. Cathy Franklin 212-906-9236 Alexis Bodenheimer 212-906-9230

MINT MASTERPIECE WITH VIEWS

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FLAWLESS PARK AVENuE DuPLEX

UES. 11 into 10 room classic gem at 1115 Fifth. 3BR, 4.5 bath w/park, city and river views. Huge EIK, Grand gallery, W/D, wbfp. FS PW Co-op with gym and storage. $13.9M. WEB# 9526316. Scott Moore 212-588-5608 Lisa Lippman 212-588-5606

CPW. West facing 2BR, 2.5 bath apartment at 15 CPW. Generous 1,862SF interior with 1,619SF limestone terrace. 10-foot ceilings. 5-star building with carport and pool. $12M. WEB# 9324691. Kyle Blackmon 212-588-5648

East 76th St/Park Ave. Co-Excl. Exceptional, grandly scaled 9-room, mint, light-filled corner apt in prestigious bldg. 3BR + dressing room, library, formal dining room, huge chef’s eat-in kitchen, 3 fplcs. Unique. $9.5M. WEB# 9081539. Kathryn Steinberg 212-396-5868

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East 72nd Street/East End Avenue. Stunning mint condo, 3BR, 4 baths with sweeping river and skyline views. Full-service condo with pool, garage and fitness. Luxury finishes throughout. $5.495M. WEB# 9483856. Amanda Brainerd 212-452-4515

Park Avenue. Flawless refined large 3-4BR, 3.5 bath in famed Emery Roth Co-op. Beautiful details, flow, and space. Private landing. Formal dining room, library, eat-in kitchen, wbfp W/D, pieds-a-terre ok. $4.98M. WEB# 9541581. Ellen Devens 212-452-6240

East 79th Street. Appealing prewar PH in a fine Co-op. Large foyer, LR with wbfp, FDR, library, 2BR, 2.5 bath, kitchen. TWAC. 11’ ceilings. Wrap planting terrace. $4.25M. WEB# 9419766. Mary A. Hall 212-396-5859 Caroline E. Y. Guthrie 212 396-5858

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UES. Co-Excl. Meticulously restored townhouse 18 room house, 6BR, 7 bath, 24.5 feet wide, 100 feet deep, large garden, gym, terrace. $17.9M. WEB# 9108854. Maria Torresy 212-906-9317 Sami Hassoumi 212-906-9267

Park Ave. Exceptional full floor, 10 room. 4BR, 4.5 bath, 40’ LR & 80+’ of Park Avenue frontage. Stunning renov, approx 4,500SF. Corner master BR and 4 exposures. $17.85M. WEB# 3935373. Richard F. Ferrari 212-396-5885 Drew Glick 212-396-5883

UES. Sun-filled prewar 11 into 10 rooms in premier Co-op off 5th Avenue, brand new renov, 4BR, 4.5 bath, LR, FDR, libr, wndwd EIK, mds rm, wine cellar, CAC. $14.5M. WEB# 9224141. Cathy Franklin 212-906-9236 Alexis Bodenheimer 212-906-9230

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Chelsea. 26’ wide, 5-story townhouse in prime Chelsea. Charming garden, roof deck, 9 wood burning fplcs, full basement, and significant air rights. Delivered vacant. $7.9M. WEB# 9599206. Norah Burden 212-588-5617 David Kornmeier 212-588-5642

E 58th St/SPS. 8 room PW. Stunning river views from every room. Grand proportions. 11.5’+ ceils. 2 or 3BRs. Staff suite. $7.5M. WEB# 9278557. Martha Kramer 212-906-9371 Mary Rutherfurd 212-906-9211 Leslie Coleman 212-906-9387

East 67th Street/Fifth Avenue. Co-Excl. Duplex, private entrance, 3,000SF, beautiful huge private garden to enjoy. Stunning foyer and powder room, windowed kitchen, 3BR, 3 bath, CAC. Only 17 apts. Pets ok. $6.75M. WEB# 9267923. Toby Gamsu 212-317-7704

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East 66th Street. 2BR, 2 bath sunny apartment with wbfp. High-end finishes, electric shades, custom closets. W/D, wine refrigerator, Viking appliances. Gym, garage, private garden, fullservice condo, 1463SF. $3.5M. WEB# 9315673. Bari Rosen 212-772-8510

Downtown. Condo loft penthouse with 1,600SF planted wrap terrace. Features include wood burning fireplace, tall ceilings, gourmet kitchen. $3.35M. WEB# 9531756. Edward C. Ferris 212-906-0567

Midtown West. 3.5 rm apt in Midtown. Originally with large MBR, layout now has study accessible from MBR and LR. North expos, 1 bath, ample closets. Pieds-a-terre ok. $965K. WEB# 9664752. Burt Savitsky 212-906-9337 Jessica Savitsky 212-906-9273

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Understated Elegance Designing for Modern Glamour: Lynne Scalo Design

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” —Coco Chanel (1923)

“My design aesthetic is seamlessly blending modern glamour with classic elegance. My priority is always maintaining my client’s personal style and lifestyle demands be it children, pets, entertaining, serenity (usually all of the above!). I am creating a backdrop for their multifaceted lives and I love that challenge. I have an extensive background in fine arts and I bring a global perspective to all of my projects. I love to infuse various periods and styles to create a cohesive story that is relevant to a particular family.” Lynne explains. “I love what I do, making the world a better place, one room at a time!”

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo da Vinci

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LINDEN HOUSE, A MAGNIFICENT NEW ESTATE WATER MILL SOUTH Co-Exclusive. Introducing “Linden House,” James Michael Howard’s newest creation. This 10,620± sf mansion is situated on 1.22± beautifully landscaped acres bordering a 9-acre agricultural reserve. The attention to detail in the construction, architecture, and décor is apparent throughout the 7 bedroom, 8 bath home. The finished lower level features a large recreation room with a custom made pool table, bar, a 3D capable media room, and 2 en suite bedrooms. Outside, a large heated gunite pool with spa, and a pool house that features an exercise room, massage room, and living room. Handpicked from around the world, all furnishings and art pieces are included in this inspirational home. $11,950,000. WEB# 24417.

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Stephen Bastone Stephen Bastone Antiques & Interiors STEPHEN BASTONE ANTIQUES & INTERIORS 415 East 52nd Street PH 12 CA New York, NY 10022 212.888.9146 917.608.6685 stephen@stephenbastone.com stephenbastone.com WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? I feel that it is very important to know the rules before you break them. When you are mixing old and new, you must be aware of the history of the pieces you intend to incorporate into a room. There is no bad style, just as there are no bad colors; it is all about where and how you use them. I have worked with clients who like both classical English and French design, and work to reinterpret traditional pieces into a modern 21st century environment. You have to have an understanding of where something comes from; then you can deconstruct it. When I do modern, which to me is early 20th century, I tend to use more classical, Old World architecture. WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOU FROM OTHERS IN YOUR FIELD? “Good” will always be good; my standards of what quality is, are very high. There is only one “best”; I still reference materials and resources that I was introduced to by Vincent Fourcade in the 1980s. I have found over the years that continuing to support these fine old European artisans and traditions has allowed me to maintain the luxury my clients appreciate. WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR DESIGNS AND THE MATERIALS YOU USE? I have used a fabric from Prelle [Manufacture], which sums up my design sensibility. It is a textile from the Bizarre silk period, which was from 1690 to 1720. It looks incredibly modern; at the same time, it also encompasses all the Old World European elements. The contradiction is fascinating. GIVE US AN EXAMPLE OF AN OBSTACLE THAT CAME UP ON A PROJECT AND THE CREATIVE WAY YOU WERE ABLE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. Doing 20th century contemporary rooms, I have found that night tables from that period, by people like Osvaldo Borsani, Paolo Buffa and Giò Ponti, are smaller than what my clients find practical, so I have created a small collection of night tables in that style that keep the integrity of the period. I have amped them up to be more functional, while still keeping the integrity of the period.


150 eAst 72nD stReet | 150east72.com This luxury prewar 12-story boutique condominium has recently undergone a complete transformation. The 4-bedroom residences are thoughtfully conceived with private elevator landings, large living and dining rooms and well-proportioned bedrooms combining traditional New York living with a modern aesthetic. Residents enjoy 24-hour white glove service, fitness center, children’s playroom and multi-function room. Asking: $8,500,000 to $15,500,000

Over 70% of Inventory Sold! Allison B. KoffmAn Senior Global Real Estate Advisor, Associate Broker +1.212.606.7688 | allison.koffman@sothebyshomes.com Juliette R. JAnssens Senior Global Real Estate Advisor, Associate Broker +1.212.606.7670 | juliette.janssens@sothebyshomes.com JAcqueline RohRBAch Licensed Salesperson, In-House Representative +1.212.606.7646 | jackie.rohrbach@sothebyshomes.com eAst siDe mAnhAttAn BRoKeRAGe | 38 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065 | sothebyshomes.com/nyc The complete offering terms are in an Offering Plan available from the Sponsor. File No. CD11-0120. Sponsor: Vitruvius Estates, LLC, 767 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10153. The unit layout, square footage, and dimensions are approximate and subject to normal construction variances and tolerances. Sponsor reserves the right to make changes in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. This material is based upon information which we consider reliable but because it has been supplied by third parties, we cannot represent that it is accurate or complete and it should not be relied upon as such. This offering is subject to errors, omissions, changes including price or withdrawal without notice. Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered service marks used with permission. Operated by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. © MMXIV Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. All Rights Reserved. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Company.


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vacant townHouse off cPw | $7,349,000 6 br, 8 ba, 5,665+/- sq ft | Web ID: 0019344 Austin B. Schuster | 212.606.7797

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Accessible Glamour E

very now and then, we all need respite from the hustle and bustle of New York City living. The understatedly chic, chandeliered space of Giannillo The Salon, serves as that glamorous oasis. As soon as you step in, your stresses seem to disappear. A warm smile greets you and you feel at ease in the space, unlike the typical uptight culture of Madison Avenue salons—something that is very important to co-owners, celebrity fashion stylist, Anson Gilbert, and celebrity hairstylist, Gregg Giannillo. After years of working in beauty, fashion and television, Gilbert and Giannillo joined forces to create Giannillo The Salon in response to what they saw as a major void in the industry; services that weren’t being offered to the contemporary woman. With a desire to bring the high-end luxury salon experience to everyone, underscoring a mantra for “accessible glamour”, Gilbert and Giannillo left their jobs in television and moved back east from LA to embark on their vision.

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The Blowout Dream Team: Michell and Maricela of Giannillo The Salon

“The addition of Michell and Maricela has strengthened the popularity and demand of the salon all the more!” As Anson Gilbert says, “We felt as though in this industry, either you had the beauty factories, where everyone is cranking out clients and are very staccato in the way they do business, or the cold Madison Avenue salons full of pretension.” “I’m sure any female in NYC can attest to these similar types of experiences,” Gregg Giannillo adds. “We want women, and men, to know that you can look, feel and get pampered like a celebrity without spending a fortune . . . Without our clientele we wouldn’t have anything so it’s all about them. We want them to feel comfortable and pampered without any pretentious intimidation.” The popularity of Giannillo The Salon is greatly attributed to the team, a team that was all the more strengthened by the addition of two beauty powerhouses; Michell and Maricela. 100 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2014

“Every member of the Giannillo The Salon team is an expert in their specialty. Prior to adding Michell and Maricela, our team was already in high demand. The addition of Michell and Maricela has strengthened the popularity and demand of the salon all the more!” asserts Gilbert. A couple of years ago, Maricela was crowned the “Best Blowout in NYC” by both Vogue and Allure magazines, and her clientele proves that to be true; they not only keep coming back, they’re multiplying! The story of how these two blowout beauties ended up at Giannillo The Salon is a charming tale: Maricela worked in the neighborhood and happened to walk past the salon. After several months of admiring the space from afar, one of her die-hard clients secretly booked an appointment at the salon

with Gregg. It was then that her plan came to fruition when she later recommended Maricela to him. Once Maricela shared this with Michell, she then realized that she herself had personal connections with the owners, Anson and Gregg. Michell has coiffed the manes of many of the celebrities that the glam duo business partners have worked with—Rachel Zoe, Olivia Palermo, even Tory Johnson of Good Morning America (where Gregg works every morning styling the hair for Lara Spencer).The chemistry among the team members is evident. Consider Giannillo

The Salon: a glamorous team to take care of all your hair-care needs. ✦

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Uncompromising Details Situated on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the celebrated and newly constructed 230 East 63rd Street, boasts six 1,700+ sf floor-through 2 bedroom plus study, 2.5 bath homes. Both the Maisonette and the Penthouse of this elegant limestone boutique condominium include outdoor space that is second to none. No detail has been overlooked from the wood burning fireplaces, radiant floors and outdoor spaces to the fully integrated sound systems, building gym and so much more. Prices begin at $3.15M. Only 2 homes remain.

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Experience Food Design Canard Inc, One of New York’s Top Events Firms Tell us about the history of Canard, Inc. Stephen Kennard, the founder of Canard, Inc., was raised in a food-loving environment in the South. Following time living and dining in Europe, and a short career in show business, he gravitated to the exciting world of evolving American cuisine in the early 1970s and was executive chef at Wertheim & Co. and Institutional Investor magazine. In the early 1980s, as the restaurant critic for GQ magazine, he wrote on the subject of food. In 1986, he started his company, serving friends from “a four-burner stove in a fourth-floor walk-up in Greenwich Village,” as he likes to put it, and has since seen that company grow into the prestige catering service it is today. What sets Canard apart from other catering services? What separates Canard from other catering services can be attributed to several different aspects of the company’s business. In addition to strict adherence to the Canard principle of creating the perfect experience for the client and guests regardless of the event size, and a relentless quest to provide the best new American cuisine available, the company’s attention to detail and presentation pleases many of New York’s leading corporations in a myriad of industries. All of Canard’s clients and customers, while unique in their prospectives, are similar in their basic expectations of receiving the event for which they contracted, and our company is confident that the quality of its product exceeds these desires. Its dependable staff is commit-

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ted to the Canard principle of presenting the best cuisine possible with the highest level of customer service. Despite the volume of its annual business, Canard operates with an attention to detail normally expected from smaller boutique enterprises. The company constantly strives to reinvent itself, anticipating trends in cuisine, as well as design and fashion.

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Tell us about the aspects of food design versus space design. The two aspects contribute to the whole. Great event planning is about creating an atmosphere and a “feeling” that is special and unique. Modern and creative hors d’oeuvres, for example, demand innovative trays and serving vessels to enhance appeal. Similarly, the development of event décor, from small benefits to large weddings, utilizing all resources available, is part of our game. Whatever the venue, the design of the food and space must delight all senses. Canard recently designed an event for a school’s annual benefit, and, after being given the theme, designed décor, accessories, entertainment, staff costumes and all foods surrounding it, to a delightful and successful result. The client was ecstatic! Are there any new, recent developments? An expanded production space, a redesigned tasting room, a new logo, a new website, new offices, redesigned letterhead and several senior staff additions have refreshed our outlook. It goes without saying that menu development is a constant “new development”! What are the most popular services that Canard, Inc. offers? Extraordinary cuisine, superior service, creative development and thorough follow-through. What recent notable events has Canard, Inc. worked on? In addition to creating events for a variety of museum and nonprofit clients as well as industries as diverse as banking and finance, media, design and entertainment, Canard was the event producer, caterer and café operator for the Winter Antiques Show in January and the 104 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2014

ADAA Art Show in March, both held annually at the Park Avenue Armory; and the opening night party for the New York Auto Show benefitting the East Side House Settlement. Canard is a frequent caterer for large Broadway show openings and in January 2013 catered the Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Gala at the New York Public Library for 1,200 guests. Upcoming for spring 2014 are annual events like DIFFA’s Dining by Design, The Joyce Theater’s Spring Gala and the Harlem Stage Benefit. The summer season should include, among others, Hampton events such as Southhampton Fresh Air Fund, LongHouse Reserve’s Summer Benefit and Gods Love We Deliver Midsummer Night Drinks. And we work regularly for such fashion names as Vogue, LVMH, Valentino, DeBeers, and Coach.

Finally, tell us about your new website. Canard’s new website is the most recent expression of the company online. Given the rapid and recent change in the manner in which viewers access websites and what information they are seeking once they arrive, we felt that Canard’s new website (www.canardinc.com) had to be accessible and easily viewable from all types of devices, from desktops to hand-helds. We also wanted a site that evoked a reaction in the viewer similar to what we seek to provoke in the client at an event— one of sophistication, experience, design and pleasure—hence our new tagline: experience food design. ✦


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Corner LR, windowed kitchen & dining area. MBR with dressing area. FS building, pets & pied-a-terres okay. $1.495M. Web #9750990. Tracie Golding 212-452-4394

High floor 4BR, 4.5 bath, 4 exposures, double maid’s rm & chef’s EIK. Full service bldg. Owner/broker. $9.995M. Web #9718349. Patricia Shiah 212-585-4566

LR with WBFP, separate dining area off kitchen. Full service co-op. W/D allowed, pets ok. $1.295M. Web #9712738. Nicole Heffner 212-452-4458

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3000 sf, 2.5-4.5 baths, corner LR, DR, library, MBR w 500+sf closet, wine cellar. White glove. $6.95M. Web #8856370. John Barbato 917-254-7630

Renov classic 7 into 6 rm. LR, FDR, EIK w laundry. Hi ceils, CAC. Premier FS prewar co-op. $3.995M. Web #9699413. Catherine Harding 212-452-4367

Diamond in the rough. 2BRs, 3 bths, EIK, LR w WBFP, DR & 2 staff rms. FS prwr co-op. $10.85M. Web #9514920. Cathy Taub 212-452-4387/Rosette Arons 212-452-4360

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Keyed elevator, open kit. Lutron lighting, 9.5' ceils, W/D. Drmn bldg near Bryant Park. $1.3M. Web #9736827. Jason Lanyard 212-434-7091/Nicole Grandelli 212-585-4547

2 bedroom, 3 bath condo w Valcucine kitchen, laundry & central AC. Doorman. Web #9345184. Mary Ellen Cashman 646-613-2616/Sean Turner 646-613-2619

1100 sf private roof, 3 terraces, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 4 exposures, 27 foot high atrium. West 36th. $4.4M. Web #8624296. Jeffrey Rowe 646-327-8792

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One57: High Rise Luxury The One57 sales team discusses the tallest building on Billionaire’s Row

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ne57 is one of NYC’s most significant and striking buildings, soaring 1,004 feet over midtown Manhattan to take its crown as the city’s tallest residential tower. The success of One57 has coined the term “Billionaire’s Row” as a moniker for the luxury developments being constructed along 57th Street, and even with record-breaking residential sales, many of these billionaire buyers have been shrouded in mystery. One57 has embodied a number of firsts in New York City real estate market—the first residential tower to go above 1,000 feet; the first residence sold in Manhattan for over $90M; and the first— and only—collection of luxury residences to exemplify Central Park living by framing the world’s most famous park with a direct center location on the exclusive south end. And now another first: for the first time, the One57 sales team, made up of the experienced and stylish Jeannie Woodbrey, Emily Sertic, and Amy Williamson, have sat down with AVENUE to discuss their experience working in the city’s most luxurious building.


What sets One57 apartments apart from other new luxury developments in New York City? “One57 offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live in New York City’s tallest residential tower,” said Jeannie Woodbrey. “Our buyers were able to appreciate the highest quality architecture by Christian de Portzamparc, design and finishes by Thomas Juul-Hansen, as well as the personalized service offered by the five-star Park Hyatt New York flagship hotel at the base of the building. Additionally, the building offers incomparable views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.”

homes that surpass the highest of expectations; suitable for the most discerning purchaser. With One57, they set a new standard for luxury living in Manhattan— and possibly around the world,” said Sertic. “From its award-winning architecture to its five-star amenities, no other building in New York offers the same level of quality and excellence.”

Williamson. Opening this summer, residents can take advantage of Chef Sam Hazen’s celebrated cuisine and wine list either in the restaurant space, designed by Yabu Pushelberg, or in the privacy of their own home. “Residents will also enjoy various amenities including a private gym overlooking a gorgeous tripleheight indoor pool and spa, as well as luxurious recreation and entertaining spaces, including a Amy Williamson, Jeannie Woodbrey and Emily Sertic

JOSE GINARTE

What kinds of buyers have you been seeing at One57? One57 has attracted buyers from all over the world and as close as Fifth and Park Avenues in Manhattan. The list includes some of the world’s most prominent entrepreneurs and titans of industry. “Many of our buyers own multiple homes around the world, and have chosen One57 as their home base in New York,” said Emily Sertic. “Regardless of where any of our buyers are coming from, they are all awestruck by the incredible views, quality of construction and luxury finishes.”

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One57 has sold over $1 Billion in real estate. What is still available for potential buyers? “One57 is 75% sold, and the remaining inventory is incredible; every residence has an amazing Central Park view. Currently, residences range from $18.850M to $32.5M, and closings and move-ins have already begun,” said Williamson. ✦

Tell us about what life at One57 will be like for residents? “In addition to owning a home in one of the City’s most exclusive buildings, One57 residents have 24/7 access to the most lavish and personalized services of the flagship Park Hyatt New York, located in the base of the building,” said Amy

For more information on One57, please contact the sales team at 212.570.1700 and by email at sales@one57.com. The onsite sales gallery offers a first-hand look at the building’s gracious layouts, bespoke finishes, and of course, incomparable views of Central Park.

private dining room, library and screening and performance room,” said Woodbrey. Extell Development Company is one of New York City’s most active developers. What did they do differently to showcase this building? “Extell Development Company creates APRIL 2014 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 107


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The LEADING MEN OF Real Estate Bringing attention to some of the highly skilled brokers in today’s real estate arena.


The Leading Men of REAL ESTATE

rICk DIsTeL William Pitt sotheby’s International realty Real Estate Professional WhAT ARE ThE quALiTiES you poSSESS ThAT conTRibuTE To youR SuccESS in REAL ESTATE? I live and breathe real estate. I treat every client’s equity as if it is my own, and I am a solid negotiator. I provide white glove service to each and every client.

if MonEy WERE no objEcT, WhAT pRopERTy WouLd you buy (in youR gEogRAphic AREA) noW, And Why? I would absolutely buy one of the Marcel breuer homes that I represent. breuer is one of my favorite architects and this particular home has been meticulously restored, using his original notes and plans. It’s one of the finest properties I’ve ever represented in Litchfield County and I’d buy it myself if I were in the market!

WhAT’S ThE bEST pART AbouT youR job? I derive tremendous satisfaction when a deal closes and my client can begin a new chapter. It is so fun to be on the journey with them and so rewarding to receive their gratitude.

WhAT’S youR fAVoRiTE WAy To SpEnd youR fREE TiME (in youR gEogRAphic AREA)? I live on a 30-acre farm and we grow organic vegetables. which we sell in local restaurants. I love coming home from a busy day and getting my hands dirty picking heirloom tomatoes, pulling carrots from the ground and tasting rare blackberries right off the vine.

I live and breathe real estate. I treat every client’s equity as if it is my own, and I am a solid negotiator. I provide white glove service to each and every client.

AnyThing nEWSWoRThy To ShARE WiTh uS? In addition to being licensed with sotheby’s in Connecticut and New York, I am also licensed in California, where I am affiliated with HoM/ sotheby’s International realty’s Palm springs office. Palm springs is really picking up steam and several of my clients are discovering it as a great second home/investment market.

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WhAT onE pRopERTy (in youR gEogRAphic AREA) ARE you ShocKEd hASn’T SoLd yET? rafael viñoly, the architect behind the amazing new project at 432 Park avenue, designed a stunning home in ridgefield, Connecticut. It is an amazing piece of art, built mostly of concrete and glass and set atop one of the highest points in Fairfield County. It’s an incredible juxtaposition against the verdant countryside and would be a perfect home for someone with a serious art collection. It is listed at $25 million and if you are interested, I’d love to show it to you!

dETAiL foR uS SoME of ThE nEW And ExciTing LiSTingS/ pRojEcTS you’RE cuRREnTLy REpRESEnTing. I have an amazing listing overlooking Lake Waramaug. Just finished, it is a 6,400-square-foot shingle-style home on 20-plus acres. The bespoke craftsmanship is unmatched and the views from this hilltop property are the finest I’ve seen in New england. at $4,795,000, it won’t last long.

ARE ThERE Any cAuSES you’RE VERy pASSionATE AbouT? animal rescue. My partner and I just adopted two chocolate lab puppies that had been dropped off at a kill shelter in georgia at just 8 weeks old. save a Lab rescue pulled them from the shelter just in time and we drove to georgia to get them.

WiLLiAM piTT SoThEby’S inTERnATionAL REALTy 18 Titus road box 329 Washington Depot, CT 06794 M: 646.417.2720 o: 860.868.6933 E: rdistel@wpsir.com W: sothebysrealty.com


J. Roger Erickson

Stan Ponte

Senior Global Real Estate Advisor/ Associate Broker

Kevin B. Brown

Austin b. Schuster

Senior Global Real Estate Advisor/ Associate Broker What is unique about you/ your company? Sotheby’s International Realty is the leader in the sale of premier luxury Manhattan residences. Our global network, as well as our association with our auction house, provides seller’s access to a unique and qualified group of buyers. Sotheby’s is known worldwide for high-end sales. Quite simply, purchasers expect our listings to be the finest properties on the market.

Sotheby’s International Realty 38 East 61st Street New York, NY 10065 C: 917.886.8850 O: 212.606.7748 E: kevin.brown@sothebyshomes.com W: sothebyshomes.com/nyc

Senior Global Real Estate Advisor/Associate Broker

Senior Global Real Estate Advisor/ Associate Broker How and when did you get your start in real estate? I read Robert Allen’s book, Nothing Down, which was sent to me by a friend, and I said to myself, “That’s what I want to do.” Of course the advice I got from a colleague, who is now at Stribling, was to become a broker in order to hear about the best opportunities first. But I so enjoyed selling real estate that all the best investments were offered to my customers. And to this day, I continue to offer the very best deals to the customers I work with.

Sotheby’s International Realty 38 East 61st Street New York, NY 10065 C: 917.558.4477 O: 212.606.7612 E: roger.erickson@sothebyshomes.com W: sothebyshomes.com/nyc

What distinguishes you from others in your field? What experience/expertise do you bring to the table? I’m not complicated. I see what needs to be done and I get to work. I manage my deals so they have an incredibly high probability of success. While some deals are challenging, I remain clear about the objectives. My clients rely on me, and they know that I will make things work. I know the people to call. I know the inventory. I know quality. I know how to negotiate different kinds of deals with different personality types. No deal and no client are the same and I am able to adapt. This business is a grind, but I have fun. Having lived in New York City my whole life, I am able to thrive because I know how to navigate my way through it all. My clients also come first, and by sticking to that priority, I close a lot of deals.

Sotheby’s International Realty

“What’s the best part of your job?” The best part of being a real estate agent in New York is the opportunity to help my clients move on to the next stage in their life. Whether it be a newlywed couple buying their first apartment or a townhouse owner selling the house that that he or she has owned for 50 years: These transactions can be emotional and even a bit overwhelming, and I welcome the chance to be a trusted guide throughout the process.

Sotheby’s International Realty 38 East 61st Street New York, NY 10065 C: 646.489.3066 O: 212.606.4109 E: stan.ponte@sothebyshomes.com W: sothebyshomes.com/nyc

38 East 61st Street New York, NY 10065 C: 917.723.8194 O: 212.606.7661 E: austin.schuster@sothebyshomes.com W: sothebyshomes.com/nyc APRIL 2014 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 113

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sTePHeN P. WaLD stephen P. Wald real estate associates, Inc, Founder and Principal Broker

WhAT ARE youR pREdicTionS foR ThiS yEAR in REAL ESTATE? Due to an extreme shortage of available properties for sale, the market will show continued growth this year, with prices continuing to increase before leveling off, perhaps in the third quarter. The cost of new construction, with prices now starting at $3,000-plus per square foot, has had a trickle-down effect on the sale prices of established blue-chip coops and condominiums.

Any TREndS you’RE noTicing? upper West side single-family town house prices are rapidly climbing, approaching prices that were once seen only on the upper east side. east side town houses have met their perfect match, the foreign investor. The sky is the limit for the right trophy home. Harlem, where townhouses were less than $1million, have reached the $3million ask in a very short time.

doWnToWn updATE: The prices of Downtown, non-doorman spacious apartments are through the roof. $2000 per square foot is the norm for good space in buildings without the uptown amenities. People want expansive open living areas. Pre-War detail is less important and anonymity is key!

WhAT hoME iMpRoVEMEnTS Add ThE MoST VALuE To A hoME/ApARTMEnT? of course at a minimum have a great paint job and freshly refinished floors. When the home is really tired and in need of work have it “showcase designer” staged so that it feels like your buyer’s new home. It may be costly but is well worth the expense.

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Due to an extreme shortage of available properties for sale, the market will show continued growth this year, with prices continuing to increase before leveling off, perhaps in the third quarter.

if you couLd LiVE AnyWhERE in MAnhATTAn, WhERE WouLd iT bE And Why? as much as I love a vibrant downtown scene and the culture of Midtown, I love the upper West side. Having been a resident there for more than 30 years, a town house on riverside Drive would be splendid. riverside Park is a true oasis in New York. Combine that with a sunset over the Hudson river and you have a sensational lifestyle.

WhAT AREAS ARE good To inVEST in RighT noW? Investment potential is still excellent in Midtown, especially on sutton Place, where you can buy a coop in a white glove luxury building for less than $1,000 per square foot. upper Manhattan areas such as Hudson Heights are still affordable and far less expensive than trendy neighborhoods in brooklyn or Queens.

hAVE you SEEn An infLux of inTERnATionAL buyERS LATELy? WhAT doES ThiS MEAn foR ThE MARKET? International buyers are still showing tremendous interest in New York real estate, in both the residential and commercial sectors. Having my office in the Lombardy Hotel has afforded me the opportunity to work with many foreign buyers. one couple is actually considering retiring in New York because it is more affordable than staying in Hong kong. after all, to quote a colleague, “Manhattan real estate is the new swiss bank account”!

WALd REAL ESTATE The Lombardy Hotel 111 east 56th street New York, NY 10022 c: 917.821.8056 o: 212.750.WaLD x 10 E: s.Wald@Waldrealestate.com W: Waldrealestate.com

“Manhattan Real Estate Is The New Swiss Bank Account”


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garY DePersIa The Corcoran group

Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

WhAT diSTinguiShES you fRoM oThERS in youR fiELd? WhAT ExpERiEncE/ExpERTiSE do you bRing To ThE TAbLE? I bring a multi-faceted arsenal to the table each and every time I get a listing. With four in-house assistants and several out of house doing various tasks for me, I can blanket a listing with an overwhelming amount of firepower. From exhaustive listing audits to fully comprehend the house and property; to aerial, interior and ground photography and video tours, to exquisite renderings for new construction, to professionally done brochures that can be turned out or modified in hours. Not to mention the most comprehensive advertising in the business including print, internet and broadcast media, my team and I leave nothing to chance when we market a listing. did you hAVE AnoThER pRofESSion pRioR To bEing in REAL ESTATE? hoW hAS ThAT giVEn you An EdgE in REAL ESTATE? although it seems a lifetime ago, I had a textile brokering business in New York, which brought me on contact with all sides of the garment industry. Talk about a tough business and tough characters. Weathering that business for 20+ years was the perfect training ground for real estate in which you also deal with demanding buyers, sellers and renters, many of whom have a definite New York mindset of “I want it now!”

ThE coRcoRAn gRoup 51 Main street east Hampton, NY 11937 c: 516.380.0538 o: 631.899.0215 E: gdp@corcoran.com W: MyHamptonHomes.com

I bring a multi-faceted arsenal to the table each and every time I get a listing. With four in-house assistants and several out of house doing various tasks for me, I can blanket a listing with an overwhelming amount of firepower.

WhAT’S ThE bEST pART AbouT youR job? Handing the keys from the seller to the buyer.

dETAiL foR uS SoME of ThE nEW And ExciTing LiSTingS/ pRojEcTS you’RE cuRREnTLy REpRESEnTing? There seems to be so many at the moment. Designer/builder James Michael Howard has just completed his latest house in the Hamptons on Calf Creek in Water Mill being sold fully furnished to an extent no other developer is doing today. already we have serious suitors for this. I just listed his next project on 3 acres, a 14,000 +sF estate overlooking Mecox bay that will be ready early next year and it is being sold completely furnished and outfitted. Then I have 4 projects for M & M Custom Homes from east Hampton to Water Mill, one of which is finished, one soon to be and two just going into the ground now, ready for early 2015.

if MonEy WERE no objEcT, WhAT pRopERTy WouLd you buy (in youR gEogRAphic AREA) noW, And Why? No question in my mind…..rose Hill Point, my $32.95M listing on Mecox bay in Water Mill. Cross an exquisite yacht with an extraordinary estate and you might begin to imagine this incredible 15,000 sF estate with the most spectacular views in the Hamptons sprawled across 2.3 acres and designed by noted architect val Florio. There are elements of this property that could no longer be reproduced on the water today. absolutely magnificent.

WhAT LEngThS hAVE you gonE To MAKE A SALE? (ShARE A chALLEnging SiTuATion) Lets see, I have traveled to south Florida where both buyer and seller lived to organize a lunch meeting following which we consummated a $36M deal for a Hampton waterfront property. The buyer had never even set foot on the property. I took a nervous seller out to lunch to keep her occupied while the house went through its engineers inspection . . . and then got a call during lunch that water was coming through the ceiling when he tested the master bath Jacuzzi. I got her another martini! I have more . . .

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Robert M. Nelson Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons

The luxury residential market in the Hamptons has always required carefully crafted, innovative, and highly specialized marketing expertise. Robert Nelson has honed and perfected these skills during his 30 years as a leading real estate expert. Robert is an avid horseback rider. “I’m on the horse every morning at 8 o’clock. It takes me back to my youth.” He has ridden since childhood and was an Eventing rider growing up. He now rides Dressage and is an Adult Jumper, riding in local shows and the Hampton Classic. “There is nothing like being on a horse and the Hamptons remind me of growing up with open space and farms surrounding the stable. Some of yesterday still exists in the Hamptons.” Robert was among the first to recognize the expanding reach of web-based advertising, and established his first website over 15 years ago. Today he uses this vast knowledge to maximize the many opportunities for listing exposure. Robert is licensed in three states and has closed over a thousand properties, including exceptional investments and many premier properties. Robert harnesses the power of the Christie’s International Real Estate brand, sharing vital and timely information with literally thousands of qualified agents around the world. Robert aggressively markets exceptional Hamptons properties through a variety of carefully chosen print media, expansive internet targeting and his own extensive personal database. Robert takes advantage of every meaningful communications resource that luxury buyers utilize and he has a reputation for integrity amongst the prestigious real estate community. This is his recipe for success: thoughtful, creative and experienced marketing expertise. Robert likes to say “get the job done and maximize your potential.”

Robert M. Nelson Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons 631.204.2419 | direct RNelson@bhshamptons.com RobertNelsonHampton.com Equal Housing Opportunity Broker. Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons, LLC. 24 Main Street • Southampton, NY 11968 • 631.287.4900


Christopher J. Burnside Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons

Christopher Burnside has been an associate broker with Brown Harris Stevens and its predecessor firm since 1999. Since 2000 and every year thereafter, he has been the Top Producer in the Bridgehampton brokerage office in both sales and rentals. With extensive experience in selling, listing and renting high-end properties throughout the Hamptons, Chris specializes in new construction, land and investment properties in Bridgehampton, Water Mill, Sagaponack, Wainscott, Sag Harbor, and the surrounding areas. A native of Scottsdale, Arizona, Chris attended the University of Arizona and obtained a degree in Finance and Business Management. He moved to the Hamptons over two decades ago and began a successful career in real estate. Before embarking on real estate brokerage, he gained invaluable residential property development experience as a Project and Sales Manager for a multiple unit single family home development. Having partnered as a real estate agent over the years with a variety of top Hamptons high-end residential builders and with his own experience buying, developing and selling his own homes, Chris has become one of the most trusted and knowledgeable resources in the industry, having crafted his vast understanding of the entire development process over many years. With a natural eye for design, high-end materials and finishes, and a vast knowledge of the zoning and building process as well as a keen ability to identify opportunities for investment, he is uniquely positioned to bring to his clientele the very best in brokerage services for the Hamptons. Chris pursues many interests - including waterskiing, sailing, mountain biking, tennis and fishing – with his main interest being airplanes and flying. He is a pilot, flying his own single engine Cessna out of East Hampton and often taking his own aerial photographs of his listings. He currently resides on the waterfront in the Hamptons with his wife Rebecca, daughter Amelia, and the family dog, Luna.

Christopher J. Burnside Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons 631.537.4320 | direct cburnside@bhshamptons.com BridgehamptonBroker.com Equal Housing Opportunity Broker. Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons, LLC. 2408 Main Street • P.O. Box 683 • Bridgehampton, NY 11932 • 631.537.2727


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, E U N E V A Dear In the spirit of Save Venice’s big night, the “Un Ballo in Maschera” co-chair tells us why she loves the Italian city

Manhattan born and bred Alexandra Lind Rose devotes her time to fashion and design consulting; and to the boards of Save Venice and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. So it is no surprise that Rose, who is a co-chair of the always well-attended Save Venice ball, chose Venice as one of her favorite places to travel. Her work for this organization—which supports preserving Venice’s artistic heritage—intersects perfectly with her love of the Italian city’s art, culture, beauty and proximity to water. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that her frequent visits to Venice help guarantee that Rose will have a fabulous mask for the upcoming Save Venice Enchanted Garden Ball on April 4 at the Pierre.

Venetian appreciation

Venice is definitely at the top of my list [of favorite places to travel]—I am drawn to places surrounded by water. I stay at The Gritti Palace. It is just a glorious hotel. It has an epicurian school so guests can take demonstration classes with the chef and the restaurant, Club Del Doge, is wonderful. Also, the luxurious Acqua di Parma spa is critical after many hours of walking!

Left: Alexandra Lind Rose and Adelina Wong Ettelson in San Marco Square

private viewing of the beautiful paintings by the brilliant artist and fellow [Save Venice] board member, Roger de Montebello.

Business and pleasure

I really love visiting the Save Venice restoration projects with the project directors/scholars and indulging in the Accademia Galleries and Church of San Sebastiano. Beyond that, I just like to cruise the lagoon and explore the local architecture.

Alexandra’s advice

Definitely visit the Church of San Sebastiano to see the famous Veronese paintings and

Scuola Grande di San Rocco to view the great paintings of Titian and Tintoretto—creators of the golden age of Venetian painting in the 16th century; and Murano for the Venini chandeliers. Go to the vintage and antiques market, Mercatino dei Miracoli for unexpected finds; the Fortuny atelier in Guidecca for beautiful fabrics; the Dolce and Gabbana boutique in San Marco for their unique ready to wear selection; and finally head over to Torcello for dinner and dancing.

Expandi n g collection

Antique anything from foreign countries are totally precious to me because they’re historical. And, I never leave Venice without new masks from Mondonovo Maschere or Ca’ Del Sol for the next Save Venice New York masked ball.

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Traveling to interesting places alters one’s perspective so I always come back with fresh creative ideas! ✦


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CHELSEA TAKES CHARGE Chelsea Clinton is growing, gracefully, into her role as vice chair of the Clinton Foundation. She represented her family at amfAR’s annual gala at Cipriani, which honored Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson and Peter Lindbergh. Clinton gave a speech at the event that drew favorable comparisons to both of her parents, concluding, “A cure for AIDS is no longer a dream. It’s visible and achievable.” She went on to note that amfAR is active in Africa, where the Clinton Global Initiative is also helping to fight the pandemic. Among those applauding were Aileen Getty, who pledged $1 million; Veronica and Nicola Bulgari; Liam Neeson; Kenneth Cole; and the organization’s founder, Dr. Mathilde Krim. Richardson said, “The only thing we take with us is everything we’ve given away.” The night, which was presented by Wells Fargo and Bulgari, raised $1.7 million. amfar.org Clinton also appeared at the For the Love of Elephants symposium, where she served as the moderator of a talk featuring Wildlife Direct’s John Hemingway, and Ambassador Mwanaidi S. Ajar of Tanzania. 128 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2014

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Said Clinton: “If you care about education, economic development and security, you need to care about elephants because it affects us in New York City. I’ve been to Africa and seen the dangers of poaching. I’d like to see Washington do more.” She’ll be poised to lobby more for elephant protection if her mother becomes president. PRINCES WILLIAM AND HARRY TO THE RESCUE Chelsea Clinton’s concerns about African wildlife were echoed by Princes William and Harry, who joined their father Prince Charles to announce the formation of United for Wildlife, a charity to protect elephants, rhinos and tigers. Princes William and Harry spent a month at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, home to 70 different mammals and 120 rhino including 60 of the planet’s last 660 East African Black rhinos. They helped build roads and assisted the veterinarians who provide medical intervention for the animals that this Conservancy has spent 31 years safeguarding. Royal African Safari’s Philip West, who has guided everyone from Uma Thurman to Isabella Rossellini and is widely acknowledged to be Africa’s top guide, was also on hand during the princes’ last visit. phil@royalafrican.com In earlier days, West’s grandfather flew Prince William’s grandfather Prince Philip, the then-president of the World Wildlife Fund, around the continent. Prince William said, “This year I have become even more devoted to protecting the resources of the earth, not only for my son but also the other children of his generation to enjoy. I want him to be able to experience the same Africa that I did as a child. We have to be the generation to secure the future of these magnificent animals and their habitats, for if we fail, it’ll be too late.” unitedforwildlife.org

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RALPH IN THE ROUGH When Ralph Lauren brought his family to Kenya, they stayed at Kifaru House, which is perched on a mountain overlooking the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy’s 55,000 acres. This private home welcomes guests through Royal African Safaris, which has organized expeditions for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Paul Allen. A portion of the income from Kifaru House, which means “black rhino,” is reinvested in the Conservancy’s conservation efforts as well as in local schools and medical facilities. Desmond Powell created the glamorous interiors of this lodge, which is arguably the continent’s poshest and most exclusive residence. kifaruhouse.com Ralph Lauren’s daughter-in-law, Lauren Bush Lauren, co-founded the FEED Foundation, which is also championed by the Clintons and has provided millions of meals to starving children in Africa. thefeedfounation.org At the talk Chelsea Clinton gave at ABC Carpet & Home, it was pointed out that you can adopt a baby elephant for $50 a year from the U.S. Friends of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. This not-for-profit orphanage shelter, founded 37 years ago in Nairobi, is run by Dame Daphne Sheldrick. At the shelter, baby elephants are raised by substitute human “mothers” until they are reintegrated back into the wild. The facility is part of the Nairobi National Park, which is filled with easily viewable wildlife, including lions, leopards, Cape buffalo and White rhino. Kristen Davis was there this winter, and Gisele Bündchen, Ashton Kutcher, Natalie Portman, Colin Firth and Demi Moore are among those who have visited. sheldrickwildlifetrust.org If you go, stay at the Emakoko, the luxury lodge built by Emma and Anthony Childs on the edge of the park, which allows you to bypass the traffic and noise of Nairobi and see the animals from your porch. emakoko.com 130 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2014

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‘GLAMPING’ IN KENYA For a more rugged adventure, you can go “glamping” in the Maasai Mara national reserve at Naibor Camp. This boutique camp of en-suite tents erected along the Mara River is far more comfortable than those used by Prince Edward of Wales, President Teddy Roosevelt or Ernest Hemingway in the 1920s and ’30s. While sipping tea or champagne from your plush couch, you can look out over a pod of 22 hippos before heading into the wilderness in your customized land cruiser to view leopards tussling with cheetahs over an antelope; or a lioness and her cubs lounging under a tree; or gazelles, giraffes, topi jackals and hyenas. Add in an astonishing number of flowers and exotic birds from ostriches, secretaries and eagles to hawks and herons, and you’ll agree that you’ve literally arrived in the Garden of Eden. GORILLAS IN THE MIST Real estate heiress Francine LeFrak just returned from Rwanda where she was tracking Silverback gorillas with a group of friends, who included Michelle Herbert. They also visited the ladies who make LeFrak’s jewelry, an operation which provides jobs for local women and is sold here at DKNY and Calypso. samesky.com The top spot to stay while visiting the mountain gorillas, which now number fewer than 800, is the Sabyinyo Lodge, whose cottages have sweeping views of the volcanic Virunga Mountains. governorscamp.com Hillary Clinton has also toured the region, as have Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who support local orphanages. You don’t have to be a royal, a celebrity, or a politician to go on a Royal African Safaris trip, but it’s fun and informative to follow in the footsteps of the British princes, who are helping lead the conservation charge to protect, preserve and replenish the world’s remaining wildlife. royalafricansafaris.com ✦

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f there is one name synonymous with “arbiter of quirky and cozy glamour,” it is that of Miles Redd. The celebrated interior designer has helmed the role of creative director at Oscar de la Renta Home for 10 years; but his recent departure signals a new path. Under the tutelage of antiques luminary John Rosselli and noted decorator Bunny Williams, Redd opened his design firm in 1998 in the trendy NoHo neighborhood. Drawing on inspirations from Richard Avedon photographs to Rene Gruau illustrations, he has brought to life rooms infused with boldness, fantasy and sophistication. His use of playful mélanges of high and low, invigorated with whimsical splashes of color and modern gestures, helps explain why he has been honored as one of Architectural Digest’s “AD 100” for three consecutive years. Below, this maven of The De la Renta Apartment interior design shares with us his New York state of mind.

WHAT’S YOUR FIRST NEW YORK MEMORY? My parents brought me to New York one Christmas. I think I was in the ninth grade. I remember just rubber-necking at everything. We saw lots of plays and ate in lots of fancy restaurants, but it is the walks I remember. I wanted to see everything. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF NEW YORK CITY? That is like Sophie’s Choice for me, because I really like it all for different reasons. But, I like Downtown, so let’s say the Village. I like the Village because it feels like a neighborhood. Lights are turned on in windows, you see people on the street and you run into friends. The restaurants and amenities are tucked into the neighborhood. I do love upper Fifth Avenue, but sometimes I look up at the buildings and they are utterly dark and I wonder where everybody is. WHERE IS PARADISE FOR YOU? Fire Island. Fire Island is a sand bar that runs along Long Island. I like it because there are no cars, and even though it is two hours from New York, I feel like I have gone to an unspoiled tropical paradise.

WHERE DO YOU GO TO BE INSPIRED IN NEW YORK? A dusty auction house filled with sleeping beauties, and the De la Rentas’ apartment.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO GET AROUND NEW YORK CITY, AND WHY? I love walking because that’s the only way I can observe the changes of the city.

WHO IS THE MOST STYLISH NEW YORKER YOU KNOW? Howard Christian. Howard is the design editor of Architectural Digest, and an old friend. He always looks dapper, and he has the most beautiful manners. To me, that is style.

WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO? Feed your good wolf.

WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST EXTRAVAGANCE? Travel, food, flowers and books. I like to travel to various places to inspire myself; I just returned from Thomasville, Georgia. I saw some beautiful plantations. I love books on architecture and design, and flowers of the season always make me feel good.

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BEST MEAL YOU’VE HAD IN NEW YORK CITY? La Grenouille: a dozen oysters with a mâche salad, Dover sole and a warm apple tart. 132 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2014

LAST PLAY/SHOW/ CONCERT/ART EXHIBIT YOU SAW IN NEW YORK CITY? Buyer & Cellar at the Barrow Street Theatre.

IF YOUR APARTMENT WERE ON FIRE, WHICH THREE THINGS WOULD YOU RESCUE? Pets and family aside, I would grab art, in particular a large panther drawing by my good friend Leslie Hearn. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? Young! ✦


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