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TR IB UTE FAREW EL L TO A FR I EN D A fond look at the accomplishments of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

B L OOMB ERG’ S L EGA C Y Thanks to the mayor, Downtown has a safer and brighter future.


C HRI S N O T H The quintessential New York actor lends us insights on both his big passions and pet peeves about the City.

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RIDING IN STY L E Equestrian fashion statements that will keep you far in front of the pack.

W OLV ES OF WA L L S T R EET Sizing up the shoes of the most influential men in the business world.

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CEO & PUBLISHER Grace A. Capobianco EDITOR IN CHIEF Mike Hammer EXECUTIVE EDITOR Bayly Ledes DEPUTY CREATIVE DIRECTOR Whitney Michel ART DIRECTOR Bryan Canniff CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Lambeth Hochwald EXECUTIVE CREATIVE CONSULTANT Mia Macfarlane FOOD EDITOR Karine Bakhoum ASSISTAN FOOD EDITOR Joseph Amella, Jr. HEALTH & FITNESS EDITOR Kirk Myers SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Tony Shi COPY EDITOR Jacqueline Grupe COLUMNIST Samuel A. Southworth FASHION ASSISTANT Ashley Steele CONTRIBUTORS Katie McElveen, Terry Golway, Dr. Sydney Coleman, Dr. Albert M. Lefkovits, Brian Owens, Pascal Riffaud, Brian Bowen Smith, David Cotteblanch, Patrick McMullen, Joe Alexander, Fiona Tedds, Lana De Doncker, Patrick Kolts, Philippe Reynaud EDITORIAL INTERNS Katelyn Blakeman, Erika Butler, Angela Detmer, Katrina Fequiere, Alejandro Ramos, Gavrilo Gabriel Jovicevic, Emi Konomi PUBLIC RELATIONS AND SOCIAL MEDIA INTERNS Elise Brenna, Erika Van Rampelbergh DIRECTOR OF MULTIMEDIA Olzhas Bayalbayev TECHNOLOGY Bradley Kirkland, Nicu Lordachescu

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Home Is Where The Heart Is Really...the holidays? It seems like time flies from April through Memorial Day—and then straight to New Years. Then from January till March everything just slows to a crawl. So you’ve pulled out the turkey basters, holiday ornaments, warm cozy scarfs and ski gear; but does this mean we have to put away our bathing suits? Not if you’re like our many readers who head to warmer sunsets, calypso bands and pretty tropical drinks to escape the dark days of winter. Each year prior to launching and devoting my life to DOWNTOWN, my travel plans consisted of family gettogethers and returning to my childhood home. But can one ever really go home again? It’s like that 1995 movie Home for the Holidays starring Holly Hunter and Robert Downey, Jr. You’re trying to live under one roof after establishing your own adult habits, daily routines and space. How can anyone be expected to revert to teenage roles and chat with Uncle Joe, whom you’ve not seen since your 10th birthday, or try to get dressed in the tiny bathroom in your parents’ cramped condo, because your family home was sold years ago. One of my favorite vacations was when I packed up my daughter and headed to Puerto Vallarta to get away from holiday stress and chaos. But all of a sudden it was Thanksgiving Day in paradise, and, we found that we missed the cramped bathroom and our family. We went on a quest to find a turkey, but the best we could do was a taco truck. We sat on metal stools attached to the truck and, while we missed everyone, we managed to create our own special holiday memory. The point is that the holidays follow you wherever you are. They live in your heart and your memories. They are alive in the eyes of your children and the good friends you cherish the most where you live and work. For me the holidays have never been happier or more fulfilling than when I look out the window and see this beautiful and bustling community that has embraced me and our work at DOWNTOWN. Happy Holidays! This issue is dedicated to my recently deceased Uncles Carl and Dave.

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s we passed the one-year mark since Superstorm Sandy devastated our area along with so many others, and we head into the holiday season, there is no better time to reflect on what we should be grateful for. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is finishing 12 years of demonstrated devotion to New York City, and his efforts were realized in our community’s amazing turnaround. Celebrated political writer and historian, Terry Golway, and Community Board 1 Chair, Catherine Hughes, each celebrate his efforts by pointing out many of his accomplishments, along with the programs he has put in place to ensure a better future. Our cover, the iconic New York personality Chris Noth, while slightly grumpy, talks about his enduring attachment to the town where he forged his impressive career. In fact, this fall

the entire cast of The Good Wife recently lent their time and muscle to the rebuilding efforts. There are all the people and places that continue to make Downtown such a great place to live and work. You’ll be dazzled by the incredible architect, Josh Held, who has revived the interiors of such recognizable Downtown destinations, such as The Dream Hotel and The Living Room Lounge at The W. The fashion-minded will be able to step into the shoes of some the area’s biggest power brokers in our “Wolves of Wall Street” feature. And if you’re looking for the perfect present for that special someone this season, our “Holiday Gift Guide” is the one-stop-shop for the luxury-minded. Downtown continues to serve as a beacon of hope and strength to the rest of the world. That message becomes even clearer at this time of year. Mike Hammer Editor IN CHIEF



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Community leaders who have helped build this area and guide our coverage of it


Laura Forese, M.D. Group Senior VP, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Medical Officer for NewYorkPresbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center “Amazing Things Are Happening Downtown. If you live, work or visit Lower Manhattan, you know exactly what I mean. It’s true in all walks of life, but now, it’s also true for healthcare. NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital at 170 William Street is the commmunity hospital. Just as you can’t miss the NewYorkPresbyterian ambulances that are on the streets of Lower Manhattan, you can’t miss the new red signs on the hospital façade. They’re the external manifestation of the exciting developments that are going on inside the building and in the surrounding area. NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital is adding new programs like a separate pediatric emergency department and single-bed rooms. Along with our partner, Weill Cornell Medical College, we’re adding doctors in many different specialties. And, we’re upgrading equipment and infrastructure. With Superstorm Sandy just barely in our rearview mirror, we’re taking no chances. These improvements are just the start. DOWNTOWN Magazine is focused on everything that makes the area special. I’m excited to be part of the Advisory Board. I truly believe Downtown is amazing, and I am looking forward to working with the team to make sure that amazing things keep happening here. Happy holidays!”

Drew Alexander Head of School, Léman Manhattan Preparatory School Alexander came to Léman after heading international schools in Moscow and Cairo, and has helmed the school to a new level of community service. An Arkansas native, he has not only become part of the fabric of Lower Manhattan, but one of its influential voices. “The sense of belonging to a community is never greater than during the lighting of the New York Stock Exchange Christmas tree in December. (Léman Manhattan Prep) serves as an inviting meeting point for all holiday revelers to greet each other, warm their hands and refill their cups.”

Ruthann Granito President of GRANITO Ltd/Srl. Granito Limited is a corporate advisory company that provides clients with growth, organizational, regulatory, and risk assessment solutions to maximize a client’s profits, and minimize risks. A former Federal prosecutor, Ms. Granito has formed various companies, including one that arbitraged advertising space in European car racing, a wine import company, a travel company and a cheesecake manufacturing business. She writes for financial publications and sits on mulitple boards and non-profits in the areas of culture, and the arts.

Eric Bonnetain General Manager, Cipriani Wall Street Residences Club There is no more friendly or vital personality in the Downtown community than Eric Bonnetain. Bursting with life and passion for food, conversation and providing an unparalleled experience for anyone who walks through the doors of this iconic Wall Street institution, Bonnetain is as valued as a friend and neighbor as he is as the best GM in his industry. When not hosting Manhattan’s elite, Bonnetain can be found tearing up the Thruway to his retreat on his motorcycle or drinking in cultural experiences at such exotic locales, as Vietnam.

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Julien Farel

Executive Vice President, Anat Gerstein, Inc.

Chairman, Julien Farel Group

“Every time relatives and friends visit New York, Lower Manhattan is one of the key places I recommend. Within one square mile it has everything. What’s amazing is how each street has a new identity, that speaks to the past, present and future. I’ve lived in New York City for nearly two decades, worked with the Downtown Alliance, and now, The Rink at Brookfield Place. During the holidays, I’ve discovered that it’s only a short brisk walk to find a cozy eatery, exquisite gift items, or a quaint pub to celebrate the season with friends.”

Julien Farel is a French hairstylist, salon owner and entrepreneur in the luxury haircare arena. With more than 30 years of experience with A-list celebrities such as Ivanka Trump, Salma Hayek, Richard Gere, and Lauren Bush Lauren, he is one of the most prominent hairstylists in the world, opening salons in New York, Miami and Cabo San Lucas. Julien’s name is synonymous with beauty, fashion forward elegance and the finest option in New York City hairdressing.

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Catherine McVay Hughes

Founder and Chairperson, Myriad Restaurant Group

Chair, Manhattan Community Board 1

One of New York’s most accomplished and renowned restaurateurs, “The Mayor of White Street” opened his first Downtown restaurant in the ‘80s. He has devoted his efforts to growing his brand, the Myriad Restaurant Group, which includes the TriBeCa Grill and Nobu, while maintaining his connection to the community, which he supported through 9/11, and in his efforts in launching the TriBeCa Film Festival. “New York has a particular feeling during this time of year. It’s the best time to enjoy a hearty meal in TriBeCa.”

Catherine McVay Hughes was unanimously elected Chair, Manhattan Community Board 1 in June 2012. She previously served six years as the Vice Chair and seven years as the Chair of the CB1 World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee. Following Superstorm Sandy, Ms. Hughes worked with officials and agencies at the city, state and federal levels. She made recommendations for both the public and private sectors in a report called “Emergency Preparedness: Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy,” that was released in January 2013.

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Benoit Lagarde

Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine The co-director of the Cosmetic Dermatology Post-Graduate Surgical Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Lefkovits is listed in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. The deeply respected physician sits on the scientific advisory boards of the Skin Cancer Foundation and the Foundation Society of Greater New York, and is renowned for his groundbreaking work with and dedication to skin cancer detection and treatment.

Co-Founder, Splashlight Benoit Lagarde is the founder of Splashlight, a visual content studio based in New York City, Miami and Montreal. Splashlight offers creative development, production, digital and studio services for top fashion brands and retailers. Benoit’s creative vision has been integral to Splashlight’s growth into a multi-million dollar corporation over a period of 10 years. Trained as a professional photographer, Benoit studied at the International Center for Photography in New York where he is now a member of the President’s council.


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CONTRIBUTORS Travel writer (“The Beauty of Bonaire”) Katie McElveen’s love of exploration began when she was 17 and driving from her home in Maryland to South Carolina for a family vacation. Katie has shared her discoveries through her work in magazines such as Real Simple, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Southern Living, Modern Bride, Tennis and Business Traveler. She has travelled to more than a dozen countries, but her favorite escape remains New York, where she crams her suitcase with greenmarket finds and runs in Central Park or along the West Side Highway to Battery Park.

Terry Golway

Terry Golway (“Farewell To A Friend”) is the director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics and Policy in Union, N.J. He covered New York as a journalist for more than three decades on the editorial board of the New York Times, and as city editor and chief political reporter for the New York Observer. He is a contributor to Capital New York and the Irish Echo. His latest book, Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of American Politics, will be published by WW Norton in March 2014.

DAVID COTTEBLANCHE Starting in Paris, David has styled hair all over the world. He says his motto, “Too fast to live, too young to die,” is a constant reminder of his passion for his work. He launched the concept of a late-night salon, when he opened Red Market Salon in both Miami and New York in 2005. His work has been featured in highend fashion shows, top beauty titles such as Allure, Marie Claire, V Mag, People espanol, Elle, and Playboy, TV shows, and on stage. He currently works at his New York salon and with the photographers of Splashlight Studios.



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BRIAN OWENS The son of an American diplomat and a French mother, Brian (“Downtown on Monaco”) spent his childhood summers in Provence, where his grandfather was the American Consul in Nice. He has developed a unique perspective on the expat lifestyle – insights he’s applied to his work as a newspaper reporter in Washington, DC, a publicist for the Bermuda Department of Tourism and as the director of his own PR agency in New York City. Today, as a freelance writer and marketing communications consultant based in Stockholm, Brian helps international companies solve their business challenges.

PATRICK McMULLAN A native New Yorker, Patrick (“Downtown Diaries”) attended NYU, where he majored in business and “minored in Studio 54.” Now the city’s premiere nightlife photographer’s work appears in a variety of publications. Patrick’s newest book, Glamour Girls, boasts one of the largest collections of photographs of the world’s most celebrated women. He also has a photography studio and agency in NYC. Visit to get a glimpse into the world’s most exclusive events.


A renowned columnist focusing on food, travel, culture and movies, Joe was born in New York City and educated at Bergen College where he studied writing. His stories have been featured in numerous magazines in New York and the Hamptons. Joe lives in Manhattan and Southampton with his two King Charles Cavalier Spaniels, Webster and Cornelia.


Born in New York and raised on three continents, Haley’s (“Power Couples”) passion for travel is only rivaled by her love for photography. Haley’s exploration of capturing visual imagery through paintings and photography became her life’s work. Her work has been published in magazines such as Kurv, Tantalum, The Collective, Papercut, 1968, See7, Adon, Exalt, Flux, and DOWNTOWN. Her advertising images debuted this year in the Ad Campaign for English Laundry menswear Fall/Winter 2013.



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We’re Tawkin’ Here Grace A. Capobianco turns the tables on columnist and author Suzanne Corso as she celebrates the release of her latest novel, The Suite Life


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hen Downtown Divas collide, the result is invariably some pretty stimulating girl talk. Recently, celebrated author and Brooklyn born DOWNTOWN columnist Suzanne Corso sat down with our publisher to discuss her rampant success as one of the nation’s hottest writers. Corso’s personal story is the stuff of which great novels are made, and she’s used it to fuel three of them. The first, Brooklyn Story, was a bestseller and put her on USA Today’s list of “New Voices of 2011.” Her second, The Suite Life, was released this Fall and has been met with similarly positive reviews and brisk sales. She’s hard at work on her third and tawkin’ to Hollywood about a film version of the trilogy. These powerful ladies hit Cipriani’s to chart Suzanne’s meteoric rise in the media. What motivated you to become a writer in the first place? It was very cathartic for me. I went through a lot with my boyfriend, the mobster, and then my husband, the Wall Street guy. I really needed to get out all of my frustrations, and, for me writing was therapy.

Think about it. You go through so much struggle in your life, and you’re able to sit down at a typewriter and literally write yourself out of your own story. My grandmother gave me a Smith Corona when I was 17-years-old, and she said “Write yourself out of this story!” And that’s what I did!

What was the catalyst for writing this trilogy?’ Once I had written the first book, I had to write book two, because everyone was coming to me to ask me to do a sequel. They would ask me if I had one more in me. They asked what happened to Samantha after the end of the book, and said, “Don’t leave us hanging!” So I had to write book two! And now I’m writing book three to close the trilogy.

How does it feel to tell the world your personal story? I look back at it now, and I don’t even feel like it’s my story, I feel it’s someone else. I’m completely released from it. Growing up, we didn’t have a therapist or pills. I mean, at 15 years old, we didn’t have any of that. The book took the place of that—and now I’m free.

Are there more books after that? That’s going to be it. After this, I’m going to move on to something else. We are going to do films. I’m in the process of negotiating a future film or an HBO television series, which will encompass all three books. They are dying to do it because it’s Mafia, Wall Street and Hollywood. Has this been a healing process? Writing these books saved my life.

How would you describe the story in an elevator pitch? It’s a coming-of-age tale, of sorts. It’s based on my life as a young girl in Brooklyn, with a Jewish-Italian background. This girl in the books dates an up-and-coming mobster and is thrown into this criminal world of horrible behavior and has to deal with it. Her mother is a drug addict, and the grandmother is the Jewish matriarch of the family. The father left when she was born, and she was physically and emotionally abused by this Mafia guy

until he went to jail, and even then, he was sending people to hurt her. Then she gets out of it, and we move on to the next book, where she goes to Manhattan and becomes a successful writer. What do you hope people will take away from your stories? I wanted to get the message out to young women that you can get out of a bad relationship. If a boy is abusing you emotionally, physically…whatever. The first time you hear the phrase, “Shut up!” you need to get out. No man should treat a woman that way. Can you talk about the second book, The Suite Life?’ Yes, it’s about my life now. I’m married to someone on Wall Street. The first 250 pages are the rise, and the last part is the fall, and what Wall Street can really do to you if you are not grounded. So I went from food stamps to a $100 million lifestyle to losing it all again. And guess what! I’m still Okay!

You’re a Downtown girl now. What draws you to this neighborhood? It’s just different than Uptown. It’s a state of mind down here, it’s very casual and more of a community. There’s nothing stuck up about it—not that Uptown is, but they’re different. Down here is more real. It’s rugged; it’s edgy; it’s a ’hood. I love the people. I love it down here. I’m going to have an apartment Downtown and a place in L.A.

What’s been the reaction to the sequel? Every one loves it. I don’t know if my husband has read it yet, but I’m sure he will have some comments about it. But everyone loves it, and my reviews have been great!

What’s next? Movies…and then a new chapter in my life. I’m going to look for an apartment and a place to hang my hat in L.A., but Downtown is always gonna be my real home! ■

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What will the next book be about? The working title is going to be Hello, Hollywood! I know they’re going to change it, but it’s my working title. As we begin, Samantha has just signed a movie deal. There’s also a love interest that I planted in The Suite Life who will appear in book three. And Samantha is going to have this big Hollywood journey and it’s going to be huge for her, and then, at the end she’s going to realize all she wants is love and she is going to want to come back to New York, so I will take you on a whole journey.



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A shot from the 46th floor of Four World Trade Center provides a spectacular view of the blossoming Memorial Gardens and fountains in the footprints of the fallen towers and bustling area around it. The scene is a solemn reminder of the tragedy that took place here, but also a beacon of how much has been accomplished since and the gleaming future ahead.



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There is no persona in American cinema or culture more mythic than the great Marilyn Monroe. With Marilyn: An Evening/1961, the myth is made vividly human‌and fragile. In his brand new photo book, legendary celebrity photographer, Douglas Kirkland allows readers to see Monroe in an unprecedentedly intimate environment, as his images chronicle one night alone with her. Never before has the public had this level of personal engagement with the iconic superstar, and these photos, mostly taken on an unmade bed, provide an obvious window of spontaneous intimacy that seems unmatched in any other essay. Douglas’ nostalgic prose accompany the images and offer further insight into the personal nature of their relationship and how he longed for it to be even closer. Kirkland has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work and recently released another book titled, A Life in Pictures, featuring his celebrated shoots with many of the top stars in Hollywood from Jack Nicholson to Brigitte Bardot. Neither is to be missed. — Gavrilo Gabriel Jovicevic


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CULTURE NEWS Meet The Dutch Masters Vermeer’s “Girl With A Pearl Earring” gets its first showing in New York since 1984 as part of the Frick Collection,a former mansion of the Gilded Age on 71st Street and Fifth Avenue. Along with other works of art from Rembrandt and Hals it has been loaned by the Royal Picture Gallery, Mauritshuis and this represents the first time in nearly 30 years that the prestigious Dutch museum has lent out such a large body of work. Besides the paintings from Dutch masters, the Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals exhibition will highlight the continuing influence of these painters, with “The Girl” being its showcase piece. The exhibition runs from October 22 to January 19 and while demand for tickets is bound to be high, it offers visitors the opportunity to contemplate priceless art in beautiful surroundings and gaze on the face of a young woman as enigmatic and famous as “The Mona Lisa.” —Fiona Tedds

Go See Gautier The critically acclaimed showcase, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, will be on display through Feburary 23 at the Brooklyn Museum and serves up a look at all 37 years of Gaultier’s career. It includes pieces from recent shows, never-seen ensembles, and iconic collections. Film and concert costumes such as the cone bras from Madonna’s 1990 tour, along with sketches and photographs by Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, Mario Testino, and more than 140 ready-to-wear haute couture pieces will be on display. Visitors will also experience highlights of the artist’s career since the mid 1970s. The Brooklyn Museum is the only East Coast venue offering this exhibition and includes ensembles not displayed at the previous venues. — Gavrilo Gabriel Jovicevic

Vivid Reminders of An American Tragedy This month marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This horrible moment was one of the first televised tragedies in American history. In honor of the fallen leader, the International Center of Photography (ICP) Museum premieres JFK November 22, 1963, A Bystander’s View of History. This collection includes images of events leading up to the shooting, stills from the infamous Zapruder film, and more. The photos offer testimony to the emerging impact of media at that moment in history and “the relationship between personal photography and collective memory.” The exhibit runs through January 12th, at the International Center of Photography, at 1133 Sixth Avenue, 212-857-0045 —Katelyn Blakeman


Wolf sighting

Legendary director Martin Scorcese and Leo DiCaprio buddy up for the fifth time for the The Wolf of Wall Street, premiering November 15. DiCaprio, a DOWNTOWN cover subject and longtime Lower Manhattan resident takes on the familiar role of corrupt ’90s Wall Street wizard, Jordan Belfort. whose decadent rise to opulent excess defined the moral depths of the decade. The film was shot Downtown with a glittering cast with Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill. —Angela Detmer


Unseen McQueen There are few actors in Hollywood history who have achieved this man’s level of cool. His daredevil lifestyle catapulted the iconic actor into the silver-screen stratosphere of the 1960s and ‘70s. Now a new book, Unseen McQueen, gives us a revealing look into the life of this riveting legend with the publication of more than 120 never-seen images. Taken by McQueen’s friend Barry Feinstein, who has shot everyone from Bob Dylan to Marlene Dietrich, the photos show a private side of a public figure. —Fiona Tedds



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Seven Decades of De Niro

There is no denying the impact Robert De Niro has had in film. At 70, this Greenwich Village-born legend continues to shine as an actor, producer and even comedian. Last Vegas now pairs him with fellow screen luminaries Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline and Morgan Freeman. Downtown’s Tribeca Film Festival founder De Niro is also associated with Vegas - largely due to another Scorcese masterpiece…1995’s Casino. His new film returns him to Sin City, in a Viagrafueled version of The Hangover. This is an offer we can’t refuse. —Fiona Tedds

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FOOD NEWS TAO Downtown Renowned Midtown destination TAO is getting a Downtown cousin. The Asian-themed restaurant and nightlife lounge, has been an upscale destination of the glitterati since 2000. Located in the tony Maritime Hotel and featuring a star-studded team of globally trained chefs, assembled by Executive Chef and partner Ralph Scamardella, Tao serves up distinct Asian flavors, with more culinary influences from other countries and cultures. “The evolution of our menu draws on a large breadth of Asian influence from Hunan and Szechuan-style cooking to the flavors of Singapore and Malaysia,” says Scamardella. “There are many changes to design and décor, which guests can experience when they come visit us Downtown including a 40-foot-wide staircase entrance with pod seating, and a serpentine sushi bar.” 92 Ninth Avenue (16th and 17th Streets)

Tao Executive Chef and Partner Ralph Scamardella

GRAND MARNIER CUVÉE 1880 For those who want to indulge in a sweet drink without sacrificing bold taste, The House of Marnier Lapostolle unveiled its latest addition to a sophisticated line of liqueurs. Grand Marnier Cuvée 1880 is as elegant as its predecessors, boasting a blend of fine cognacs originating from first-rate distilleries in France. Conservative connoisseurs seeking top-shelf tastes will enjoy Cuvée 1880’s considerably more refined taste, which stays true to its signature exotic, citrus flavor. Priced at $350. –Courtney Rios

Pomme Palais/Villard Michel Richard Renowned French chef, Michel Richard offers up two new delicious destinations on the Upper East Side with the opening of two eateries at the luxurious and historic New York Palace Hotel. The first, Pomme Palais, offers a market filled with an array of Richard’s signature sweet and savory, grab-and-go treats and handcrafted, homemade chocolate. The other is the lavish and luscious Villard Michel Richard. Located in the historic Villard mansion, it offers both a casual, 100-seat French bistro and a 46-seat fine-dining room, called The Gallery, for dinner only. Both have been styled by famed designer Jeffrey Beers. 455 Madison Ave. (E 50th & E 51st St.) —FIONA TEDDS



DOWNTOWN’s concierge serves up his prime choices for NYC’s tastiest restaurants.


The Vibe: Scott Conant’s 14th Street flagship is housed in a gorgeous Greek revival manse in Meatpacking. An amazing space with a few tables at the front of the restaurant features a roomy bar and a well-designed dining room. The entire venue is gorgeously lit —dim enough for a romantic evening, but bright enough to read the menu. The Food: Appetizers were thoughtfully assembled and masterfully executed. Our favorite was the creamy polenta served with truffled mushrooms—a perfect mélange of textures and subtle flavors. Main course pastas were exquisite—whether it was an exotic offering like the Short Rib & Bone Marrow Agnolotti or the blissful basic Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil. Finish off with the creamy, bouncy Coconut Panna Cotta! The Tip: Don’t miss the basket with meat bread stuffed with salami, mozzarella and tomato. It could be an entire meal. 355 W 14th Street, 212691-0555,

Daniel: My French Cuisine By Daniel Boulud Read recipes from three Michelinstarred chefs, another section on heroes of French cuisine, and “utterly accessible recipes” for home cooks. The book also includes a generous portion of Boulud’s beginnings as a chef, along with “a substantive foreword and essays” by Heat author Bill Buford, who spent years researching the Lyon region of Chef Boulud’s birth. Grand Central Life & Style, $34.77



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My Little SoHo Kitchen By Michelle Tchea Appealing to every New Yorker, Tchea assembles 60 easy recipes in her new book. The collection is particularly suited to apartment dwellers with small kitchens who yearn for simple, impressive meals. While recognizing the influences of her grandfather’s Chinese restaurant, Tchea also acknowledges the “chic, SoHo Streets” of New York. –BL

Exotic Table By Aliya Leekong, Adams Media, $35 Aliya LeeKong has made the face of international cuisine a lot more attractive. The chef trained in the kitchens of Jean Georges, Devi and Per Se, and is now a chef and Creative Director at Junoon in the Flatiron District. Her first cookbook, Exotic Table offers recipes combining her training with influences from her multi-cultural upbringing to create innovative recipes. Adams Media, $25.65. –Katelyn Blakeman

The Vibe: Christian Delouvrier of Lespinasse provides a charming, rustic French setting to complement his gorgeously delicious classics. The dining room is friendly and packed with happy diners drinking fine wine and enjoying the atmosphere. The Food: This is French country cooking at its best. Whether it is the Cassoulet (in season), the pork cheeks with lentils, or roasted chicken, Delouvrier has French and American food lovers lined up for a delectably authentic experience. The Tip: Don’t miss the decadent Prune Armagnac Ice Cream. It will change your life. 1008 2nd Ave, 212759-7086, —Pascal Riffaud is the founder of

Photos by: Ryan Shanley, Pascal Riffaud

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Ford’s FACIAL Frontier


Tom Ford continues his campaign toward total style domination with a new men’s grooming and skincare line this fall. The six products boast plant extracts, antioxidants, and three high-performing complexes to balance and improve the skin. Secret weapons like a mud mask, concealer, and bronzer give an extra oomph where cheating fatigue and faking a glow are the difference between OK and drop-dead. Model Juan Betancourt heats up fall ads with his own flawless look, Amen. —Bayly Ledes

FASHION FOCUS: New World Style

Mellon’s New Mission

Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon will unveil her eponymous lifestyle brand at New York’s Pace Gallery in November. “Tamara Mellon” will launch with shoes and handbags as well ready-to-wear items and accessories including Jumpsuits, cigarette pants, structured jackets and trench coats. Designed specifically for the working woman, Mellon hopes to change the retail landscape with her concept of “buy now, wear now” offering items that are sold in the season they are designed for, rather than months before. The line will be available at and stand-alone stores in New York and London that are scheduled to debut in late 2014. Mellon also recently unveiled her personal Memoir “In My Shoes” recounting her life in fashion and the experiences that have shaped her personally and professionally. —Ashley Steele


Ben and Doug Burkman radiate a charming, relaxed, worldly vibe, a quality that you generally don’t associate with a successful fashion team. Since launching their label in 2009, the brothers have generated a loyal following producing menswear that combines an urban sensibility with cool ethnic elements. The Burkman Bros success was sealed in 2010 when they were nominated for the GQ/CFDA Best New Menswear Designer in America award. Last month they launched a capsule collection at Barneys with garments featuring a ‘frontier’ feel. They are also working as part of the CFDA Fashion Incubator program which helps the next generation of New York fashion designers flourish . The Burkmans credit their extensive travels with influencing their designs. Their collection for this Fall/ Winter has a Scandanavian influence: A sweatshirt - the garment of the season – becomes a traditional Nordic patterned sweater with a clever use of transfer embellishment; A popover shirt is rendered in soft cotton with woven embroidery; wool vests and jackets are lined and finished with a soft-washed flannel. The clothes are perfect for any man looking to combine comfort with an easy, sophisticated style. —Fiona Tedds

Varvatos, Rock & Fashion Fashion, music, or pop culture aficionados will be drawn to John Varvatos: Rock in fashion, a stunning collection of images and essays destined to be more than the typical coffee table tome. American designer Varvatos assembles some 250 photos from his own mesmerizing ad campaigns featuring prominent music icons like Iggy Pop, Slash and most recent Autumn/ Winter 2013 face, Willie Nelson. The perspective also highlights notable pieces from the collections of legendary rock documentarians like Mick Rock and Danny Clinch who have photographed Queen, The Rolling Stones, Joan Jett, David Bowie and Motley Crue among many other of the most celebrated rock recording artists in history. Each chapter features commentary from musicians and Varvatos and explores how rock & roll and fashion have been fundamentally intertwined since the 1960’s. —Bradley Popkin



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Ann Roth Adds to Betrayal

Legendary costume designer Ann Roth returns to Broadway this fall complementing the already power-packed line-up for Harold Pinter’s “The Betrayal.” The 82 year-old recently took home the 2013 Tony Award for Best Costume Design for the play “The Nance” after receiving 5 previous nominations including one for the popular “Book of Mormon.” She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2011 and received an Academy Award in 1996 for her work on The English Patient. British Actors Daniel Craig, Rache Weisz, and Rafe Spall star in the 1978 drama and ten-time Tony Award winner Mike Nichols directs. “The Betrayal” debuts in October at the Ethel Barrymore. —Bayly Ledes


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EYE ON DOWNTOWN MICHAEL J. DEVEREAUX, ESQ. 39 Broadway New York, NY Michael J. Devereaux is a partner of the firm Devereaux, Baumgarten. He has been a member of The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in America, with the highest skill and ethical ratings since 1998. Although, Mr. Devereaux has litigated and tried complex, national, multi-district litigation involving corporations, securities law and professionals, including lawyers, accountants, physicians, directors and officers, psychiatrists, and others, he has also been a “pet lawyer,” doing extensive work litigating pet law cases and working with the New York City Bar Association (“City Bar”). He has worked particularly with the Animal Law Committee with respect to supporting statutorily mandating the cross-reporting of the well-established predictive link between animal abuse and domestic violence. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University and his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University

School of Law where he was a finalist in the prestigious Rev. Tinnelly Best Oralist Moot Court Competition. Mr. Devereaux argued before the late Jerome Prince and won the honor of representing St. John’s University School of Law in the prestigious National Moot Court Law Competition. He was also an Associate Justice of Moot Court, Vice-Chair of the Client Counseling Board, and received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection. Mr. Devereaux is the President of the BrooklynManhattan Trial Lawyers Association, a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (the Animal Law Committee), and the Defense Association of New York (“DANY”), among others. He serves as General Counsel of several not-for-profit entities, including Wild Bird Fun, Mighty Mutts, FIDO Prospect Park and Montauk Safe Haven.

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Exploitation of minorities in New York City turned immigrants against former slaves in the bloodiest riots in New York history. By Samuel A. Southworth

Illustration courtesy of The New York Public Library

When Irish Eyes Were

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s the United States found itself in the middle of the war against itself in the in the early 1860s, our city was torn with strife itself. Just as Gettysburg had finally turned the tide of the war in favor of the North in 1863, fighting in the streets of its greatest city erupted into violence. New York was growing at an exponential rate and ready to collapse under the weight of rapid expansion. Among the most powerful change agents were the massive numbers of immigrant people—specifically the Irish and Germans who made up 25 percent of the city’s population. Sensing an opportunity, Tammany Hall, the corrupt political machine was in its infancy and focused on registering the incoming Irish on the voting rolls. What the immigrants didn’t realize was that their registration would lead to draft eligibility for the War in which they had no stake. Black men were excluded from the draft, as they were not considered citizens, while wealthier whites could pay $300 for a substitute to take their places. This left the none-toopleased Irish for the draft.

Resentment against the blacks with whom they competed for jobs skyrocketed, and violence erupted. By March 1863, white longshoremen refused to work alongside blacks and attacked 200 black men. In the summer, the situation grew darker still. On July 13, about 500 rioters attacked the Ninth District Provost Assistant Marshal’s Office, at Third Avenue and 47th Street. Massive paving stones were torn up off the streets and used as projectiles that smashed all the windows of the draft office, and then the mob moved in and smashed everything. In the late afternoon,. a heinous attack took place in Midtown against The Colored Orphan Asylum, which housed 233 children. The kids were miraculously spirited to safety while the mob looted the building. The violence spread Downtown to a pharmacy at 93 West Broadway, and white dockworkers attacked black and interracial people and the businesses that catered to them around the Seaport area. The Chief of Police, John Alexander Kennedy, at

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tempted to survey the crowd in civilian clothes but was spotted, leading to a brutal beating from the mob. Rioters cut telegraph lines, overturned street cars, and attacked fire companies arriving to deal with blazing buildings. From one end of the city to the other, there were men killing one another with bare hands, boots, sticks, knives, pistols, stones, trash can lids and cans. The Army and National Guard units were pulled back to New York, fresh from the battlefields, to quell the destruction. When order returned to Manhattan, it was very difficult to find agreement on the numbers of wounded and dead, but estimates are that about 120 citizens were killed and 2,000 more injured. At least 11 black men were lynched. Many buildings were burned down or damaged by fire, and the port did very little business that week. Property damage was estimated at between $1 million and $5 million. And while violence on this scale never occurred again in the city, racial strife would rear its head again and again in places like Bay Ridge, Howard Beach and Crown Heights. History is not always a well-heeded lesson. ■



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Looking Up on the Lower East Side

The Essex Crossing Development will offer family-friendly promenades, commercial, recreational and educational facilities, and the new Andy Warhol Museum.



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he long-neglected area near the intersection of Essex and Delancey Streets is about to get a major facelift that will provide clear aesthetic, recreational and commercial upgrades for the East Side, Chinatown and all of Lower Manhattan. Dubbed Essex Crossing, the sterling new 1.65-million-square-foot development will transform the blighted area into a mixed-use residential, commercial and cultural oasis on a long-vacant plot that has been abandoned since a vast concentration of tenements were torn down back in 1967. Within a few years, this neighborhood, located near the Manhattan-side entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge will be fully transformed. It will feature a 15,000-square-foot open space, a new and expanded Essex Street Market (expected to open in 2018), a dual-generation school that will be run by the Educational Alliance, a community center run by the Grand Street Settlement, a

rooftop urban farm and the hotly anticpated Andy Warhol Museum. Other new venues will include a bowling alley and movie theatrer. The Bloomberg Administration has been a strong proponent of the development and believes it will attract new businesses with 25,000-square-feet of proposed office space. In addition, the development will include 1,000 units of housing (half of which will be permanently affordable for low, moderate-and middle-income housing and senior citizens). It is the largest city-owned plot of land below 96th Street. “For decades, these lots have sat vacant and under-used despite repeated attempts by various mayors to redevelop them,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said when he unveiled the plans. “We struck a real partnership with community leaders, and that collaborative process has produced very rewarding results: an innovative, modern plan that complements the Lower East Side’s history and traditions.”

This far-reaching, $1.1 billion dollar project, awarded to Taconic Investment Partners, L+M Development Partners and Don Capoccia’s BFC Partners, will transform the plot, referred to for years as the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. In addition, it will almost instantly create 4,400 construction jobs and 1,600 permanent ones upon completion. “For nearly half a century, it has been largely left behind, even as the surrounding neighborhood has revived and thrived,” Bloomberg said as he announced the most recent details about the new project. The project is the collaborative brainchild of community leaders and elected officials, who have worked on the Essex Crossing plan for the past five years, the city said. “This was a very long and open process. It involved some five years of study, discussion and deliberation. Many elected officials, including Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, played instrumental roles

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The Essex Crossing Development brings new life to a longdead area on the edge of Chinatown By Lambeth Hochwald

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The mixed-use development at Essex Crossing will offer acres of recreational parkland among the many new commercial outlets.

in that process,” Bloomberg said. Best of all, developers say this urban renewal project will provide a big lift to this rapidly evolving neighborhood, one of the most historical in the city. “Many New Yorkers can trace their roots back to this neighborhood, where people made their livings and built their businesses on these very streets,” Charles Bendit, co-CEO of Taconic Investment partners, one of the three developers investing in the project, was quoted as saying on the day the project was announced. The first phase of construction is planned for spring 2015 (heights range from seven to 22 stories). Five buildings are scheduled to be completed by 2018, while the rest of the housing units should open in 2018. Developers say construction of the entire project will be complete by 2024. “It’s a long time coming,” according to the Mayor. ■

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Farewell toa Friend

Michael Bloomberg’s service to our area will forever be remembered. DOWNTOWN and political historian Terry Golway salute Hizzoner


hen historians chronicle the story of Michael Bloomberg’s three memorable terms in City Hall, they will begin and end the story in Downtown Manhattan. And they’ll be right to do so. When Mike Bloomberg took the oath of office as mayor on January 1, 2002, courageous men and women still were working the horrific wreckage that once was the World Trade Center. It was understood during those dark days that Downtown would never be the same – how could it be, after such an appalling act of mass murder? But there were those who thought the new administration was destined to preside over an exodus of capital and talent from the stricken neighborhood. It didn’t happen, thanks in part to the new mayor’s firm leadership, sense of purpose, and take-no-guff accountability. The city continues to mourn the lives lost on September 11, 2001, but by late October, 2012 the new Freedom Tower was nearing completion on the old WTC site and, Downtown had reinvented itself as a place to live, not simply a place to do business. Then came Sandy. The Hudson and East Rivers were joined in a brief, stormy wedding of the waters, and Downtown Manhattan once again was Ground Zero in a catastrophe of historic proportions. Billions more were needed to restore, rebuild and renew Downtown – but equally important, the neighborhood’s businesses and residents needed an ally to cut through red tape and get help to those who needed it. So Downtown became a priority during Year 12 of the Bloomberg era, just as it cast a giant shadow over Year 1. This was the message our mayor delivered to Lower Manhattan in the DOWNTOWN Magazine’s special issue on the area’s resilience in the wake of the storm: “As we do everything possible to ensure a full recovery, we can draw strength from the fact that if there is one community that has shown an amazing ability to bring people together and come back stronger than ever, it is Lower Manhattan. We’ll work with leaders in the Lower Manhattan community, and in other areas that Sandy hit hardest, to develop comprehensive community recovery plans.” And to the administration’s credit, as it wrapped up the mayor’s final months in office, there was no sense of Downtown fatigue even after two of the worst disasters in city history. Mike Bloomberg simply wouldn’t allow that to happen. As his aides said privately during the mayor’s closing weeks in office, he was as driven in the fall of 2013 as he was in the spring of 2002. He expected results – no, he demanded results. And he surrounded himself with people who produced. Exhibit A would be Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. You may recall that when The Mayor took office, there was a sense that the historic declines in crime during the Giuliani years were about to come to an end. Bloomberg was perceived to be a John Lindsay-like Upper East Side lib-



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eral who simply didn’t get public safety concerns. Many pundits predicted an inevitable return to the bad old days of 2,000 annual murders. Guess what? Under Kelly’s leadership, the NYPD continued to drive down crime. Bloomberg understood that his grand plans for education reform, sustainable development and public-health initiatives would mean nothing if people were afraid to walk the streets. Crime continued to decline, even as fiscal constraints led to a cut in NYPD head count from 41,000 to about 36,000. Those constraints were not unique to the police department. Bloomberg’s three terms in office coincided with two recessions, either one of which might have played havoc with the city’s finances under a less accountable administration. The Bloomberg era began in the post-9/11 dotcom bust, which led to immediate retrenchment in City Hall. Times were better by 2005, when Bloomberg ran for reelection, but the businessman-politician made sure that spending remained relatively under control. And so when Lehman Brothers, one of New York’s financial pillars, collapsed in 2008, kicking off the Great Recession, the city was prepared for a downturn.


loomberg’s management of the city’s finances during turbulent times didn’t win him many headlines—let’s face it, management isn’t the sexiest issue in politics—but it surely is among his greatest achievements. More than any mayor in the last 50 years, Bloomberg saw himself not only as a problem-solver, but as a long-term planner. His rezoning of Midtown East, his steadfast support of the development of protective measures for Downtown against further catastrophic weather, his flagwaving for the development of the Essex Project on the Lower East Side and his continued emphasis on sustainable development, were designed to keep New York—and Downtown—attractive and competitive for generations to come. Not every mayor has the luxury or time to think long-term. Bloomberg had both and didn’t miss the opportunity. Towards the end of his tenure, he endured the inevitable criticism of those who portrayed him as an out-of-touch billionaire with no interest in the every-day problems of most New Yorkers. But history will be a kinder judge, because of the way in which he confronted a pair of catastrophes south of Canal Street. The new Downtown will bear his imprint for years to come, to the benefit of rich, poor and those in the middle. He didn’t try to be all things to all people, and he could even be persnickety. But he produced results at a time when that really mattered. His successor will have no choice but to do likewise. ■

Terry Golway, a former journalist, is Director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics and Policy in Union, N.J. His new history of Tammany Hall, A Machine Made, will be published by W.W. Norton in March.

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg has left Downtown a better place than when he arrived 12 years ago.


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Just One year after Sandy, Our Mayor Has Left Us With A Stronger, More Resilient and Safer Lower Manhattan, Than ever By Catherine McVay Hughes Manhattan Community Board 1 Chair Photo by Tony Shi


uperstorm Sandy was a wakeup call for those skeptical that rising sea levels and extreme weather events are the new normal. The storm became the greatest natural disaster in the City’s history. Although the nearly 14-foot storm surge is a memory, it cost the Northeast roughly $65 billion dollars and was the costliest global natural disaster in 2012. But five years earlier in 2007, Mayor Bloomberg launched PlaNYC to combat climate change, when it was not on the agenda of most municipal governments. The mayor realized that this global problem was also a local one and that because of “New York City’s prominence in the world,” it was positioned to take a leadership role on these pressing matters. Six years ago PlaNYC had imagined a storm surge overtopping the Battery and flooding critical infrastructure. Unfortunately, that prediction was all too accurate. In response to Sandy and after six months of working with the impacted communities, Mayor Bloomberg released “A Stronger, More Resilient New York” last June. This



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comprehensive plan contains actionable recommendations both for rebuilding the communities such as South Manhattan impacted by Sandy and for increasing the resilience of infrastructure and buildings citywide. The analysis contained more than 250 initiatives and milestones to promote accountability. The plan developed multiple defensive layers, to reduce the risks of climate change and to allow faster recovery from coastal defenses, which means less flooding and less impact to buildings, and less serious damage and faster rehabilitation to infrastructure, and fewer outages and faster restoration to critical systems. The report outlined how to safeguard infrastructure, including electricity, gas, transportation, telecommunications and hospital networks with the best available global strategies. Southern Manhattan is bounded on three sides by water, which is what made it a successful port city 400 years ago and makes us a great city today, and Mayor Bloomberg’s plan rebuilds and improves the waterfront. .

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One agency that assisted in the efforts to get residential and commercial buildings to work with the labyrinth of government agencies was the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center (LMCCC) which is scheduled to shut down on December 31. Change to: “Although there are major rebuilding projects initiated by the LMCCC still under way, including Con Edison’s hardening of their underground network and repairing the MTA’s R subway tunnel and South Ferry No. 1 subway station, it is scheduled to shut down on December 31. The community is advocating that the LMCCC continue to operate as more than 70 major public and private construction projects, including the new World Trade Center arise in Lower Manhattan. The board is also focused on a plan for the vulnerable populations, before, during, and after the storm. Resiliency does not only mean “hardening” our shoreline and buildings, but “hardening” the population as well, with early notice of stay or leave options,

reaching victims during the storm, and restoring life after. Sandy confirmed that prevention and preparedness are much cheaper than repairing and rebuilding. The next mayor needs to follow the rigorous framework developed by Mayor Bloomberg to minimize the impact of future hurricanes and other extreme weather events to New Yorkers. We need to hold our elected leaders and government accountable at the City, State and Federal levels to implement best global protective measures now for the future so that we can pass our Downtown forward to our children. New Yorkers are known for hard work, resiliency and leadership. We have to continue on the trajectory of greening Downtown and hardening the electrical and data communications and transportation grid, each building and each public park. Mayor Bloomberg, thank you for your leadership in the wake of disaster and the foresight to create an action plan to protect our future. ■ HOLIDAY 2013

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he spirit of America’s onetime fairy tale (and real-life) princess, Grace Kelly, permeates this tiny principality like a secular saint. From her “wedding of the century” to Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956 to her tragic death in a 1982 car accident on the winding mountain roads above the tiny principality, Kelly’s personality and sense of style helped make Monaco the glamour capital of Europe. The country has honored her by naming a theatre, a foundation, an avenue and a rose garden after her. And Grace of Monaco, starring the regal Nicole Kidman as the princess—a version that has raised eyebrows in the royal House of Grimaldi—will be released. Long-time residents claim the principality has changed immensely since Princess Grace’s untimely death in September 1982. But the French adage, plus ça change (loosely translated: the more things change, the more they remain the same) certainly applies here. modern commerce and outré behavior, Monaco still sets a world standard for superlatives. Embedded between the cliffs and the sea, near the Italian border, on the French Riviera, Monaco occupies less than a square mile (or 2.02 km)–about the same area as Central Park. But what the principality lacks in acreage it makes up for with an outsized reputation for exclusive shopping, world-class hotels and restaurants, high stakes gambling, multi-million dollar yachts and a low-tax lifestyle for elite sportsmen and Eastern European oligarchs. First-time visitors will be struck by the sense of


opulence and order. Sidewalks are kept spotlessly clean, policemen are on almost every corner and eight strategically located public elevators whisk you up and down the vertically layered principality. Free kennels provide dog-sitting services for your chihuahua while you get your hair done. And you can leave the keys in the ignition of your Lamborghini (or Peugot) while you dine barbajua —a Monésgasque speciality consisting of a large ravioli stuffed with vegetables, egg and herbs.

The Heart of Monte-Carlo

Nowhere is the renowned Monégasque glamor more evident and obvious than in the Place du Casino, the Monaco (one of the others is Monaco-Ville, the old city on a rock promontory that houses the Prince’s Palace, the residence of the royal family and the late Princess Grace). The palm-tree-lined square faces the fabled Monte-Carlo Casino, with the bustling Café de Paris on one side and the café and enjoy the scene: it’s a great place to celebritywatch and admire the latest models of Bentleys, Ferraris and Aston Martins cruising past.

The Casino

The casino is the fun-loving heart of the principality. It is also the setting for countless (it seems) James Bond movies. Princess Grace and Prince Rainier regularly attended the costume parties and other events held there. This extraordinary Belle Epoque building, which was rebuilt in 1878 by Charles Garnier (noted for his work on the Paris Conscience Point

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A view of the city’s breathtaking beauty with the skyline gracefully hugging the yachtstrewn-Monte Carlo Harbor; Grace Kelly’s love for the Kingdom whe would preside over began when she shot the romantic classic, To Catch A Thief, with Cary Grant which was set there back in 1955.



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Fishing off the rocky shores aside the iconic Montauk Point Lighthouse

Opéra), houses not just the casino, but the equally ornate Monte-Carlo Opera, inaugurated by a Sarah Bernhardt performance a year later. The casino’s lavish atrium is paved in marble and surrounded by Ionic columns in onyx. On your way to the recently renovated Salle Blanche, a white lounge with a sweeping view of the sea, you’ll pass salon after salon of elaborate rococo with massive columns, reliefs of cupids and nude women, glittering chandeliers and floor-toceiling paintings. In the gaming rooms, you can test your luck on a wide range of games, from slot machines and the roulette table, to Black Jack and Punto Banco. The Salons Privé, hidden deeper in the bowels of the building, are available to high-rollers seeking more bigger thrills. A number of excellent eateries, such as Le Train Bleu featuring traditional Italian cuisine, and Le Mozaik, which serves Asian dishes and pastas, will delight your palate while your wallet—depending on your luck—fattens with good fortune. You can also arrange for a private dinner in one of the Salons Privés.

The Hotel de Paris The massive and beautiful Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, which was inaugrated in 1910 rises majestically on the cliffs above the French Riviera; the historic throne room in Monaco’s Royal Palace which was built in 1191 as a Genoese fortress and has been home to the Royal Family since the 1600s.




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Adjacent to the square, the 181-room Hotel de Paris is the jewel in the crown of Monaco’s hotels. Inside the hotel’s lobby, under a domed stained-glass skylight, stands the equestrian statue of Louis XIV whose right knee is polished to a high shine by gamblers seeking good luck. The rooms, many with balconies that overlook the Casino and Opera House on one side, or the sea and the Palace in Monaco-Ville on the other,

are divided into four groups, depending on your luxury requirements. Monaco was not always the European wealth and glamour capital that it is today. In the mid-1880s, the principality was in dire financial straits. However, the brainchild of Princess Caroline, married to Florestan I, Prince of Monaco, the casino, built in 1863, enabled the monarchy to stop relying on tax collecting, paving the way for the development of a plush location for the rich to live and play.


Not surprisingly, the cuisine of Monaco’s top restaurants is sourced from the freshest and finest regional produce and fish. Each of the Hotel de Paris’ three restaurants, including the Michelin-starred, top-floor Le Grill, Le Bar Americain as well as the Micheline 3-star Louise XV overseen by the legendary chef Alain Ducasse, practice this ethic. Known for its Mediterranean haute cuisine and impeccable service, the Louis XV has a cellar with 600,000 bottles of wine—one of the most outstanding selections in the region. Overlooking the rose garden inaugurated by Prince Rainier in memory of his wife, the La Brasserie at Columbus Monte Carlo features Mediterranean recipes with a touch of Asian flavors. The more relaxed Elsa at the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel has been winning accolades from food aficionados for concoctions by Chef Paolo Sari and his team. Wild fish and seasonally chosen vegetables are the main attractions.

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The Palace and the Cathedral

Monaco-Ville, also known as the Old Town or the “Rock,” is where the Prince’s Palace and the Monaco Cathedral are located. The Palace is built on the site of a 12th century Genoese fortress, and today the Italianstyle gallery and its 15th century frescoes are open to the public. The Louis XV lounge is decorated in yellow and gold fabrics and, the Throne Room, with its masthe Palatine Chapel, where Princess Grace, a Catholic, often prayed. Old Town, with its vaulted passageways and narrow streets lined with shops, to the Roman-Byzantine-style Cathedral where Princess Grace was buried alongside her husband, Prince Rainier II.

Oceanographic Museum

Perhaps the principality’s best-known museum is the Oceanographic Museum. This impressive neoclassical of the sea, is built straight into the cliff side beneath Monaco-Ville. Its collection of marine fauna was initiated by Monaco’s sea-loving Prince Albert I in 1910. pools. There is also a shark lagoon, a popular attraction for kids.


Like most experiences in Monaco, your shopping experience is determined by your taste and luxury

leading brand-name shops in the Cercle d’Or (the Golden Circle), a short walk from the casino square. Hermes among others. In her time, Grace Kelly—the embodiment of timeless style—was a client of many of the best couturiers Hubert de Givenchy—and, as such, helped to build their reputations. For example, she helped boost the rise of the Hermés brand by popularizing the Hermés “Kelly” bag.

Hidden Gem

Perched high above Monaco, the Jardin Exotique is a rock-clinging public garden and a wonder of architecture which opened to the public back in 1933. It is laden with thousands of exotic cacti–known as succulents for their ability to stock water reserves—that have been gathered from sun-parched regions around the globe. Your ticket will also give you entree to a cave within the gardens that is laden with reams of stalactites and stalagmites and an on-site museum of prehistoric anthropolgy. A little further up the mountainside, there’s a roadside location where a scene from the 1955 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, To Catch a Thief famous scene, Grace Kelly, playing opposite Cary a place in the world more beautiful than this?” His answer was the same as ours…“never.”

The most travelled destination in all of Monaco remains the Monte Carlo Casino which is owned by a public company with a majority interest held by the Royal Family; Luxurious shopping options abound in the city where Princess Grace was a client of top couturiers from Coco Chanel to Balenciaga.


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t’s a quick flight from Aruba to Bonaire, but what a difference a few miles makes. Where Aruba is rimmed by powdery white beaches and lush, upscale resorts, Bonaire is an upscale adventurer’s paradise, offering laid-back charm, a ruggedly beautiful landscape and some of the best diving in all of the Caribbean. It’s also outside the hurricane belt. I was sipping a glass of wine with some of my colleagues at La Balandra, the open-air restaurant at Harbour Village Beach Club, when our waiter appeared at the table, a bit breathless. “They got one,” he said with a smile. “What would you like us to do with it?” “It” was a lionfish, the invasive, stinging predator that’s been wreaking havoc with Bonaire’s marine ecosystem since arriving from Asia in 2009. I’d heard they were delicious. But since killing the ironically beautiful creatures is highly regulated—only licensed spearfishers can hunt them—and filleting them can result in painful stings, they’re a bit tough to come by. At dinner the first night at the resort I’d asked the maitre d’ to let me know if they were able to procure any. In a demonstration of remarkable dedication, on Wednesday they actually sent a diver to find one. He’d apparently just returned, with not one but two of the coral and white delicacies. Thirty minutes later, they arrived at the table, devoid of markings and transformed into a cool, spicy ceviche. Sweet, mild and flaky, the raw fish was even more delicious than advertised. But the truly remarkable thing about the whole experience was that the resort had made it happen by leveraging the natural surroundings and turning it into a heavenly experience for visitors.



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I shouldn’t have been surprised. After backed-up flights delayed my arrival on the island by more than three hours, I was thrilled to find a sandwich and a bottle of wine waiting for me in my room in case I was too tired to walk down to the restaurant. Throughout my stay, staff members remembered dining preferences, my room number and the extra packets of coffee I’d requested at check-in. My room itself was, with its massive marble bathroom and waterfront balcony, a gracious retreat. The resort also has its own on-site dive operator, who runs several trips a day from two boats to different parts of the reef, as well as a spa and fitness center. Beyond luxury, Harbour Village has something else in great demand on the island: a sand beach. Unlike Aruba, which was blessed with wide swaths of sand, Bonaire’s reef-lined coast is almost devoid of sunny strands, particularly at resorts, which tend to cater to divers. Harbour Village’s beach with its palm trees, clear water and sunsetcatching position, is a relaxing place to soak up the sun. Bonaire itself was as pleasant a surprise as Harbour Village. First inhabited by Arawak Indians more than a thousand years ago, the island changed hands several times before being scooped up by the Dutch in the 1600s, who developed a thriving salt industry. After about 200 years of what the locals call “confusion,” it was returned to the Dutch in the 19th century. Today, tourism is the island’s main industry, thanks to coral reefs that circle the island, inland lakes, the largest flock of pink flamingoes in the Western Hemisphere and bike and hiking trails. On Lac Bay, for instance, windsurfers and kayakers cruise around the protected waterway while snorkelers swim through masses of colorful tropical fish. At Playa Funchi, on the isle’s northern tip,

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clouds of pink flamingoes nest on a small lagoon in the shadow of Mount Brandaris, the highest point on the island. But it’s the reef diving and snorkeling that draw most visitors to Bonaire. The Bonaire Marine Park encompasses the entire coastline of both Bonaire and Klein Bonaire, the tiny, uninhabited isle tucked into the curve of Bonaire’s boomerang shape. Far from limiting tourism, the park and its many diving regulations have created a watery wonderland filled with sea turtles and sea horses, bright parrotfish and curious yellow-eyed French angelfish. Even snorkelers can get an eyeful. Kralendijk, the island’s largest town, is a friendly mishmash of Caribbean and Dutch culture, without a chain restaurant or shop in sight. Every evening, couples walk hand-in-hand along the tree-lined waterfront promenade to open-air cafes and restaurants, while just below them, locals swim laps in the calm bay. Food ranges from upscale to casual: At the sexy Appetit, with its purple walls and lush plantings, we ordered the “surprise” three-course dinner and were delighted with dishes like seared tuna with wasabi cream, duck breast with tangerine sauce and a trio of chocolate treats for dessert. Just down the block and housed in a 19th-century mansion, It Rains Fishes serves seafood caught by its own staff of fishermen. On weekends, smoke rises from barbecue joints grilling fish, chicken and ribs on nearly every corner. I spent the rest of my time on the island seeking out lionfish, either in the water or on a plate, and never caught a glimpse. It’s just another reason to return. ■

The beautiful beachfront at the Harbour Village Resort is a contrast to rugged surroundings of the low-keyed and sometimes rugged natural island.

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Vexed in the City Iconic New Yorker Chris Noth grins and gripes about his tempestuous relationship with acting, celebrity and New York



f you’re looking for a poster kid for New York, look no further than Chris Noth. The Greenwich Village resident may have been born in Wisconsin, but his resume was reared right here on the streets of the city. Two of our town’s most iconic television series, Sex and the City and Law & Order owe a huge amount of their success to his acting. He can often be seen hoofing it to one of his many theater gigs where he continues to hone his craft, or strolling into a neighborhood watering hole to relax and take the edge off. “I know I get a little grouchy when I’m weaving through a sea of tourists with their cameras looking for a snapshot of the guy from Sex and the City, but there aren’t many places where I get the kind of energy and opportunities that I’ve had right here in New York.” The 57-year-old Big Apple denizen has an edge that screams New York. He’s like every street-wise city dweller Hollywood has romanticized on the silver screen. He’s Dustin Hoffman slapping the hood of a taxi in Midnight Cowboy and screaming “I’m walking here!!” “Look, I love it here,” he says. “It just gets a little hard to find your own space sometimes.” For Noth, whom many think of as the elegant publishing magnate who melted women’s hearts on SATC, that space is The Cutting Room, the rock palace of which he has a piece. It’s his haven, bursting with bands that strike a chord with well-heeled rockers. But even here he can belt out the blues. “This is our second location,” he says. “It’s a fantastic place, but

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as New York morphs more into a cleaner, more corporate city, you’ll find more Banks of America than cool places like this.” If Noth seems a bit nostalgic, it’s understandable, since he developed his taste for the Big Apple back in the bad old days before the Giuliani cleanup of the early ’90s. “Those were the days when a struggling actor could live in Manhattan. Hell, I remember riding my bike through the snow with my girlfriend on the handle bars. But, now that I think of it, my bike got stolen—so there were definite trade-offs.”


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e admits that when he’s working in L.A. he can relax a bit, far from the madding crowd, but it doesn’t take long before he has the itch to come home. “I miss the sense of community that you get here,” he says. “I have my favorite places like [The Cutting Room] and Elaine’s, which I miss terribly. That’s where you found the big personalities that make up this city. People have big, beautiful houses in L.A., which is why you never see them.” That’s why you’ll frequently find Noth holding court at The Cutting Room where he chats with the regulars about his favorite bands, and regales them with tales of his hippie days at Marlboro College, and indulges his endless obsession with acting. “Marlboro was an amazing place,” he recalls of his college days. “It was such a creative environment and where I realized that acting would be something I could invest my life in. I needed to build my career in a similarly creative environment, and my mom [CBS News reporter Jeanne L. Parr] worked here in the ’60s, so I knew this was the place for me.” New York provided the perfect backdrop for the career he dreamed of. “When I got Law & Order in the late ’80s, this was a dream destination for an actor,” he says, taking a moment to drop his grumpy façade to smile about those heady times. Noth was blown away by the opportunity not only to live and work in New York during a period of vast growth and cultural diversification, but to address the key issues of the era with a show that was essentially inventing a new format in storytelling. “Oh man, it was an incredible period,” he says. “We were practically the only show shooting in town, and all the incredible stuff that was happening in the city provided the storylines for a groundbreaking new kind of show. We covered the crack epidemic, cases that dealt with abortion rights, racial strife… and we were doing it in a way that no one had seen before. It was really special to be a part of it. ”


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as New York morphs more into a cleaner, more corporate city, you’ll find more Banks of America than cool places like this.” If Noth seems a bit nostalgic, it’s understandable, since he developed his taste for the Big Apple back in the bad old days before the Giuliani cleanup of the early ’90s. “Those were the days when a struggling actor could live in Manhattan. Hell, I remember riding my bike through the snow with my girlfriend on the handle bars. But, now that I think of it, my bike got stolen—so there were definite trade-offs.”


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e admits that when he’s working in L.A. he can relax a bit, far from the madding crowd, but it doesn’t take long before he has the itch to come home. “I miss the sense of community that you get here,” he says. “I have my favorite places like [The Cutting Room] and Elaine’s, which I miss terribly. That’s where you found the big personalities that make up this city. People have big, beautiful houses in L.A., which is why you never see them.” That’s why you’ll frequently find Noth holding court at The Cutting Room where he chats with the regulars about his favorite bands, and regales them with tales of his hippie days at Marlboro College, and indulges his endless obsession with acting. “Marlboro was an amazing place,” he recalls of his college days. “It was such a creative environment and where I realized that acting would be something I could invest my life in. I needed to build my career in a similarly creative environment, and my mom [CBS News reporter Jeanne L. Parr] worked here in the ’60s, so I knew this was the place for me.” New York provided the perfect backdrop for the career he dreamed of. “When I got Law & Order in the late ’80s, this was a dream destination for an actor,” he says, taking a moment to drop his grumpy façade to smile about those heady times. Noth was blown away by the opportunity not only to live and work in New York during a period of vast growth and cultural diversification, but to address the key issues of the era with a show that was essentially inventing a new format in storytelling. “Oh man, it was an incredible period,” he says. “We were practically the only show shooting in town, and all the incredible stuff that was happening in the city provided the storylines for a groundbreaking new kind of show. We covered the crack epidemic, cases that dealt with abortion rights, racial strife… and we were doing it in a way that no one had seen before. It was really special to be a part of it. ”


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Even then, Noth was admittedly erecting his “Angry Young Man” façade. “I was a squeaky wheel on the show,” he said. “I used to tell the camera guys what angles to shoot from and Dick Wolfe how much he should be paying me. In the end, that was one reason I left the show.” Noth laughs about the events now, but it was a blow to the ego, and he joined a friend to head to Elaine’s where he later became a fixture among the Upper East Side establishment’s glittering clientele. “I had never met Elaine before, but my friend assured me that she knew everyone and might be able to give me advice and even hook me up with another gig,” Noth remembers with a smile. “So my friend introduces us, and she looks at me and says; ‘You couldn’t keep your mouth shut, could you?’ From then on, that was my favorite joint.”


hat is, until he turned his attention Downtown and to the original Cutting Room where he met his wife Tara Lynn. Together they have a five-year-old son, Orion. “I don’t talk about my family, because I hate reading about celebrities saying how happy they are and then reading they got divorced a month later,” he says in his gruff but lovable way. Still, Noth has plenty to smile about. The new Cutting Room on 32nd Street has caught on like gangbusters, and he’s kept busy with almost annual theatre performances in such heady productions as That Championship Season with big co-stars like Brian Cox and Kiefer Sutherland, and done a parade of critically acclaimed indie films, including last year’s hot topic biopic, Lovelace. He’s also got his recurring role as the salacious Peter Florrick on The Good Wife. “I love it, because it’s a good show, but it also affords me the time to do theatre, to be with my family and to pursue important projects I’m passionate about, like a series I’m developing about Sean Flynn and Dana Stone, the two photojournalists who disappeared in Vietnam.” He also spends a good deal of time calling attention to the Rainforest Action Network in an effort to preserve the environment and its creatures. “I’ve always been a big nature guy,” he says. “Hell, I went to a hippie school in Vermont. But seriously, these are issues that need to be addressed, and if it helps that I have some celebrity value, all the better.” In the meantime, he’s happy to enjoy the greenery that has bloomed all over Manhattan, courtesy of the Parks Department. “It’s amazing,” says Noth. “I’ve been walking the Highline, and it’s like this beautiful necklace around the city.” “You know what? I really DO like it here!” ■

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Every job well done has to start with a first step—and in most cases, that first step is even more impressive when it’s done in a stylish pair of shoes. You need to be confident, if you want to step into a role of power. To do so, it’s essential for any good businessman to look good from head to toe. After talking to some of New York’s take-no-prisoners power brokers, we learned that if you really want to kick butt in business, you should do it in sophisticated footwear. Here is a look at the shoes in which our heroes put their best foot forward.


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Why you love these shoes: While stylish, these loafers are very understated and equally comfortable.

Why you love these shoes: Designed by my genius friend Kevin Martel. Classic cobbling mixed with cutting edge new technologies, specifically the comfy and efficient Vibram® Windsurf sole

Style: Oxford Blucher lace-up in black. I also wear E. Vogel Bell penny loafers in black & brown.

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att Letscher is the ultimate actor. He’s the kind of guy everybody knows, but nobody seems to know his name. “I guess that means I’m doing my job,” laughs the affable actor, playwright and family man who has seen his tip-of-the-tongue status change to top-of-the-marquee since exploding onto America’s consciousness with two completely different, but equally high-profile parts, on the hit series, Scandal and the prequel to Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries. “The fact that they are so different made it a little easier for me to do one after the other,” says the 42-year-old father of two daughters who fell in love with the theater as a kid growing up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. In Scandal, he plays the scene-stealing and scheming Chief of Staff for the Vice President who would sink to any depth to rise to the top. On the opposite end of the spectrum, he stars as the awkward, but well-intentioned widowed dad of young Carrie Bradshaw, who never quite has a handle on things. “I’ve always worked a lot, but I’ve never been a celebrity,” he laughs. “But now people approach and let me know they like my work, and it’s really not a bad feeling.” Letscher is an actor’s actor, having racked up more than 15 film roles dating back to his 1993 debut in Ted Turner’s epic Gettysburg back in 1993. He’s also been Stylist: Whitney Michel Makeup by Natalie Miller for MBReps using Oribe Hair by Julien Farel Salon Shot at Dune Studios NYC


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MARC FORGIONE The Next Iron Chef Winner is The Toast of TriBeCa By Karine Bakhoum Photography by Patrick Kolts


t first glance, chef Marc Forgione looks like a cool, rock-‘n’ -roll, Mohawk-wearing biker dude. But as the old adage says, you can’t judge a book by its cover—and you can’t judge this chef by his whites, which in his case are black. I have had the pleasure of sampling the Iron Chef ’s food in Kitchen Stadium on many occasions and was always impressed by his technique and culinary repertoire, but never really had the opportunity to get to know him until now. Growing up with a famous American chef for a dad (Larry Forgione), in a family of cooks, and surrounded by great food one might think Marc’s destiny was the kitchen, but he initially had no interest in becoming a chef. But these days, the wildly successful 34-year-old has a solid work ethic, strong morals and deep respect for the earth’s bounty and his craft. He is more interested in cooking excellent food than fame but cunningly accepts his celebrity to be able to do good. He’s also managed to bring a dynamic vibe to the kitchens in his namesake restaurant, Marc Forgione, the new American Cut TriBeCa and Khe-Yo, earning a Michelin star and countless other accolades from diners and critics. Not too shabby for one who, in just a few short years, has brought his masterful artistry to TriBeCa and made it his own culinary mecca. What are your first restaurant memories? It’s kind of a layered question. The first memory I have, believe it or not, and most people get a kick out of this, is hanging out on the docks of the River Café as a kid. There are even pictures of me. (My dad) was the only chef from 1977through 1982, so it had to be somewhere around there. What did you think of the place? For me, going to restaurants was like going to an amusement park. You know, I didn’t know anything about it other than it was just where Dad worked, so it was very cool of course. What were your first memories of cooking? I remember going to eat at my father’s restaurant, An American Place, and I remember looking over at my mother and saying, “OMG! What did I just eat?” It was a crab cake. For a seven-or eight-year-old to sit down and eat a crab cake with Charleston slaw and smoked onion remoulade, I was blown away, you know what I mean? What were some of your other childhood influences? My mother’s a great cook as well, so we grew up cooking. My grandfather’s Italian, and he taught me how to make his Sunday sauce when I was only 10. When did you first work in a restaurant? The first time I ever professionally worked I was 16 or 17. How did you get your first job? It was simple. I needed money, so I needed a job, so Dad said, “Okay come to the restaurant and you can help out in the kitchen.” So I was a prep cook at An American Place. Many kids want to follow in their dad’s footsteps…was that you? NO, I did not want to be a chef. I wanted to be in a band. But I don’t have musical talent, so that didn’t work out. I also loved cooking, but I didn’t really want to be a chef. I went to college for lacrosse. When did that change? I was cooking for my friends. It was one of those dinners where I was drinking a glass of wine, and we’re having a great time and a light went off like, ‘you’re good at it, you


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like doing it…this is for you.’ I traveled to Europe right out of college, and when I came home from that trip, I went right into An American Place directly from the airport because they needed help immediately. That was in 2000, and I haven’t stopped cooking since that day. What did you learn working alongside your dad? Everyone, not just him, was very serious about not treating me like the owner’s son. Now that I’m older and I look back on it, they were almost mean to me. But they had to be! If not, the next restaurant that I got to, it wouldn’t have been real. They pushed me hard, and looking back it’s the best thing they could have done with me. Do you have similar personalities? No, not at all. We have the same ‘morals and beliefs’ when it comes to cooking, but my dad’s very quiet and reserved. He’s almost like majestic—he walks into the room and everybody kind of stands up a little straighter. When you talk to him, you talk in a lower voice. I’m kind of rock ‘n’ roll, and I’m not shy. I’m easy-going, but I don’t think anyone would ever say I was quiet or reserved. Did you ever think you were going to open more than one restaurant? No. All I ever wanted was to have this place [restaurant Marc Forgione] and that’s it. It just kind of happened. I was happy, but I’ll be honest with you, one restaurant wasn’t paying the bills. You can get by, but it’s tough. It’s expensive to run a restaurant.

Karine Bakhoum drinks in Forgione’s culinary wisdom.

How did you wind up on The Next Iron Chef? They called me up and said ‘if you want to be on the show, the plane leaves on Monday’ (this was a Thursday). At the time, I was the working chef here, so I called my staff and said, ‘I’m going away, you guys don’t have a day off until I come back.’ What was that experience like? I didn’t think I had a chance of winning until three weeks in. And then for the finale they told us it was battle Thanksgiving. I really thought, ‘I got this.’ I didn’t do anything traditional. I didn’t even serve turkey, mashed potatoes, or any of that. I did the ingredients that were actually served at the first Thanksgiving which were wild pheasant, oysters, cod, lobsters...stuff that’s indigenous to that area. It was a lot of fun and I won! How did that impact you? You know, this place was always trying to make ends meet, so I woke up with a knot in my stomach every day for three years. And the morning after winning, I literally looked in the mirror and I was like, ‘Wow, it’s going to be okay.’ Are you comfortable with the notion of being a celebrity chef, and how do you feel about that concept being so visibly prevalent in pop culture today? I don’t consider myself a celebrity chef. I just want to be known as Chef Marc Forgione. I’m proud to be an Iron Chef, don’t get me wrong, but I’m just as proud, if not more proud, to be a working chef. You have to work your ass off to get that title. I’m enjoying every minute of all of the success, and it has opened up so many doors that never would have been possible without the ‘celebrity stuff.’ We could rest on our laurels, but now I’m doing a Laotian restaurant. I mean there are really no laurels to be rested on.



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Tell us more about Khe-Yo, your new Laotian restaurant. The idea came from a dear friend and sous chef who is from Laos. He went on a trip to visit his family there, and when he came back, he talked about the food with just so much passion that we decided if the right space popped up we’d open up a Laotian restaurant, and it popped up. The weird thing is, and we couldn’t believe it, there is no other Laotian restaurant in the city. We have Laotian people come to us to eat, and the first thing they do is say thank you. What advice would you offer to young chefs starting out? One of my cooks at American Cut just told me he came to New York to become a celebrity chef, and I told him, he should go take acting classes. I told him ‘I’ll help get you on The Next Food Network Star if that’s what you really want, but don’t sit here and tell me you want to work in the kitchen because you want to be a celebrity chef.’ The first thing you need to figure out is if you want to be a chef. Do you really want to do this? Because if you’re doing it for glitz and glamor, and if you think that you’re going to get that jet, that’s not what it’s about. It’s about sweat, tears, blood, dedication. It really is 24-7. There are no shortcuts. Say good-bye to your friends, make sure you have a woman that understands the hours you have to put in, you know what I mean? People ask me how many days I work and it’s 365. Even if I’m away on vacation there is always work to do.


Who are some of the chefs you most admire? Daniel, Jean-Georges, Alfred Portale, Thomas Keller, my father, Jonathan Waxman. Among some of the younger, more avant garde guys I would say Paul Liebrandt is a genius, I love what Matt Lightner is doing at Atera…again, I just respect the creativity and the mindset that they have. You also just opened American Cut in TriBeCa where your other restaurants are. Was that intentional? I love TriBeCa. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about this ’hood. From the first moment I walked into this space, it clicked. Where Khe-Yo is now, I used to hang out when it was Duane Park Café, and I always loved the space. And American Cut, the space was Trattoria Cinque, and I also thought that was a beautiful space. You know, I live above Canal, just a couple blocks, but as soon as I get below, I don’t know, the air feels different, the traffic is less, the honking of the horns goes away, there are trees on the street. It’s like a neighborhood inside of a neighborhood. What’s next for you in your career and your life? I would like for this little triangle below TriBeCa that I have to be fruitful and successful. And I want this to be for a long time. I don’t want this to be a flash in the pan. What do you think your dad thinks about all this? He loves it. In one night we went to all three spots here in TriBeCa and ate. Our last stop was right here at this table, and to see my parents look at me and tell me that they couldn’t be prouder of me and that each dinner experience that night was perfect, well that was probably the proudest moment of my life. ■

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Dazzle YOUR GUESTS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH RECIPES FROM SOME OF THE HOTTEST CHEFS AND RESTAURATEURS IN NEW YORK. These manageable dishes are made with seasonal produce and celebrate the traditions and heritage of these culinary masters




he chic Armani Ristorante rests above the iconic brand’s flagship store in Midtown at 717 5th Avenue. Master chef Sandro Romano (previously Chef de Cuisine at The Modern) and his fabulous Italian cuisine are a big draw for fans of contemporary Italian food. Store designers Doriana and Massimiliano Fuskas conceived the sleek, modern complex, providing visitors the ultimate indulgent, holiday experience for both shopping and dining.

“The notion of “Less is More” inspires dishes at Armani Ristorante to be simplistic and pure without overworking the freshness of the ingredients, such as this beautiful Branzino. The vibrant green color of the arugula vinaigrette is also a perfect match for holiday entertaining.” — Chef Sandro Romano BRANZINO SELVATICO Slow Roasted Wild Sea Bass and Arugula Salsa Verde (serves 6) Branzino 3 whole fish, 2lbs each, 6 filets ½ cup olive oil salt & pepper Arugula Salsa Verde

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Fall and winter bring the family together for the holiday season. With warm summer days now a fond memory, pumpkins are carved, fireplaces are ignited and traditional dishes are prepared as the family gathers for annual celebrations from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. But while everyone looks forward to customary turkey, latkas and baccalà, why not spice up your holiday menu with one of these featured fine-dining recipes that you can make at home from New York Chefs Sandro Romano, Harold Dieterle, Bryce Shuman, and, restaurateurs Angelo and Marco Peruzzi.

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P R E PA R AT I O N Arugula Salsa Verde • With a blender, emulsify the three eggs with arugula, water and oil. Then quickly add the herbs. • Pass through a china cap or sieve and season with Tabasco and salt. Chill in fridge. Branzino • Filet the Branzino by removing the filets, deboning and cleaning the flesh, or ask your fish vendor to do it for you. • Oil the silpat or a non-stick baking sheet and the Branzino filet, season the filet and cook the Branzino skin down for 6 min in a 350F oven. • Let the fish rest for one minute outside the oven before serving to allow it to finish cooking. Seasoning Mix • Zest the lemon with a Microplane, mix the lemon zest with the salt, grounded pink and black pepper corns and thyme springs. • Crush all the ingredients with your hand to obtain a coarse mixture. Set aside in a tight container.

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SAUCISSE AUX LENTILLES 6 sausages, preferably Toulouse style (or sweet Italian) or 1 cotechino 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 carrot, finely chopped 1 celery stalk, finely chopped 3 ounces pancetta 1 pound French green lentils (du Puy) 6 cups vegetable broth, 3 cups beef broth 5 bay leaves pepper to taste




• Sauté vegetables in a pan with diced pancetta for about 5 minutes to blend flavors. • Add the previously washed lentils, stir for 2 minutes. • Cover with broth, add in bay leaves and pepper to taste. Cook for 30-40 minutes depending on lentils quality.


• In the meantime, in a frying pan sear the sausages to give them a good color. Then add them to the lentils to finish the cooking.

Angelo and Marco Peruzzi, owners of La Villette, share their family’s lucky recipe, Saucisse aux Lentils. Styled as a 1920’s intimate Parisian brasserie, La Villette is situated on the corner of the Avenue of the Americas, at 10 Downing St., in the West Village. Classically French and Mediterranean influenced dishes are featured by Executive Chef Guilherme Burreto and Charcutier Nicolas Rafa. The presentations are beautiful, and the portions, hearty. Built by the owner, interior details such as the amazing pewter bar (one of the largest in the country), panoramic views, and red leather banquettes, provide an impressive and authentic experience.

TIPS: • You’ll know the dish is ready when the lentils are tender with no crunch. • If the cotechino is used instead of sausages, it must be cooked separately for one hour in boiling water.

“Growing up, our mom always served us Italian cotechino sausages with lentils on New Year’s Day. She told us it would bring us wealth and luck. We were just excited to eat it after smelling the delicious aromas simmering for hours.”





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8 ounces baby calamari (cleaned) ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil ½ cup white wine salt and pepper to taste

1 cup castelventrano olives (pitted) 1 clove garlic 1 tablespoon roasted whole almonds 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 slices bread – toasted or grilled


Chef Harold Dieterle and Alicia Nosenzo are the owners of three celebrated restaurants in the Village—the contemporary, American Perilla; the German/Italian, The Marrow; and the Thai favorite, Kinshop.

• Bring a sauté pan to high heat, add the oil and when hot, add Calamari and season generously with salt and pepper. • Cook for a minute and remove from heat. Add white wine to calamari. • Remove from pan and chill.

Harold’s favorite holiday dish is a simple Sicilian-style calamari toast. He eats it with his family on Christmas Eve every year, and it is a long-standing tradition that stems from his mother’s Italian heritage.

• Place the calamari/olive mixture on top of warm bread and drizzle with olive oil.


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“The food is about familiar flavors presented in a fresh and engaging way,” — Shuman

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fter a long climb up the ladder to the top of the culinary industry, Bryce Shuman (previously of Eleven Madison Park), along with colleague Eamon Rockey (also of Eleven Madison Park), launched the modern American restaurant Betony at 41 W 57th St., in Midtown West. Featuring an a la carte menu, the restaurant’s mission was to create an environment that is both upscale in presentation, as well as warm and welcoming.

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Add vinegar, water, coriander, fennel seeds, chili flakes, sugar and salt to a medium-size pot and heat until liquid begins to simmer. Turn off heat, add the Brussels sprouts, cover and steep for an hour. Remove sprouts. Combine the flour, corn starch, baking powder and salt together then divide the total evenly into two bowls. Mix soda water into one of the bowls to form a batter. In a medium sized pot, bring oil to 375 F. In batches, dredge the pickled sprouts in the dry tempura mix and then in the wet batter and fry, also in batches, until crisp. Serve with the cranberry yogurt.


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ith the temperatures dropping a lot faster than your weight, a daily run along the Hudson River looks a lot more daunting. But there’s no need to break into a cold sweat. Downtown is the destination for two of the city’s health meccas. Our Health and Fitness Editor, Kirk Myers gives you the tale of the tape on each to help you find the best fitness fit. TWO-WHEEL TONING From the second you step into a SoulCycle studio, you can feel the energy. Packed with rabid cycle enthusiasts, many of whom race right to their favorite bike as soon as the door opens for class, SoulCycle has become the

hottest fitness destination on two wheels. Founded by Julie Rice, Elizabeth Cutler and Ruth Zukerman in New York City, the program was developed in 2007 as a fitness routine that combines inspirational coaching, motivation and calorie burning—all set to high-energy music. While Zukerman was already working as an indoor cycling instructor, neither Cutler nor Rice came from a fitness background. Cutler had worked in luxury real estate, and Rice was a former Hollywood talent manager. But when the three met at an exercise class, they realized that what they had in common was a desire to find a better cardio workout. After searching through Craigslist for a place to launch their company, the trio opened their first SoulCycle location in an old dance studio on the Up-

per West Side. To draw attention to and promote the company, they bought a rickshaw, spray-painted it yellow and silver with the company name and set it on the sidewal and pointed toward the building to draw in curious customers. Then they gave away free classes and designed 200 SoulCycle T-shirts to be worn by friends. Within six months, the first studio turned profitable. Take a class at one of SoulCycle’s Downtown locations, including ones in TriBeCa, SoHo, the West Village and NoHo, and you’ll see (and feel) why. These intense, full-body workouts take place in a fun and energizing atmosphere. Dim, candlelit rooms are packed with 50 riders, pedaling side by side, each plowing through a 45-minute workout. Adding candles to the mix gives riders a feeling of serenity while they pedal and creates an atmosphere in


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which riders can clear their heads of the day’s stresses. To make the workouts a little more fun, each class offers a custom playlist tailored to the people in it, from James Taylor to Jay-Z to pump up volume, and the riders along the way. SoulCycle sessions deliver an intense, full-body workout. Not only do riders burn calories (the average calorie burn is 400 to 550 per session) and get their hearts pumping, but they also work their core, thanks to the one-pound weights positioned on every bike and hand weights that tone the upper body. Each ride has components of dance, spin, cardio, yoga and strength training. While climbing, you increase your resistance and work on lower-body strength-building, ultimately boosting your metabolism and sculpting your legs. SoulCycle is serious business (for both the owners and the cyclists). There are no cellphones, talking—no messing around. There are seven to ten classes a day, seven days a week, and enough sweat to fill a reservoir at the end of each day. Since SoulCycle opened its doors, more than 6,000 riders have sweated it out at one of its 20 studios, including such celebrities as Tom Cruise, Lady Gaga and Anderson Cooper. There are 20 SoulCycle locations in New York and California, with plans to open in Boston and Washington, D.C., in the next eight months. The company hopes to open 50 more studios worldwide by 2015 with the first

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expected to debut in London next year. For more info or to sign up for a class, visit www. You can buy one session for $34 or a package of 30 for $850. Registration begins on Mondays at noon for the following seven days. Classes tend to fill up extremely fast, so book early. ARMY TRAINING, SIR! Take a class at Barry’s Bootcamp, and you might just feel like you’re doing a stint in the military. Be prepared to be screamed at (politely, of course) to keep you on track, but you’ll find it’s worth it, as you build lean muscles and tone. The group fitness classes combine a challenging set of intense cardio moves with strength training. The program was founded in 1998 by Barry Jay, a New Yorker who moved to Los Angeles, got a desk job at a fitness studio in West Hollywood and within a year had become one of the top instructors at the studio. He now serves as director of curriculum at Barry’s Bootcamp, a place that has a dedicated following of regular Joes and celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal. Here’s why: Not only can you burn up to 1,000 calories per one-hour, high-intensity class, but people get hooked on Barry’s because they see results quickly. Ev-

ery class is timed for peak performance and results, so classes generally begin with 25 to 30 minutes of a hilly, interval-based cardiovascular routines on treadmills, followed by 25 to 30 minutes of strength training using free weights, resistance bands, medicine balls and more, before you get to rest, stretch and cool down. To keep energy levels soaring, the music is so loud it feels like a nightclub (the lights are kept dim, too), but make no mistake—this is no class for less-than-serious Hipsters. You’ll get drill sergeant tactics (as well as high-powered encouragement) and you’ll also see good results and a combat-ready body. The energy and sense of community extend well outside the gym: Trainers interact with the clients on social media, as they encourage them to reach their personal goals. The TriBeCa and Chelsea locations feature customdesigned Woodway treadmills, as well as full locker rooms, showers stocked with Malin + Goetz beauty products, free towel service and the gym’s signature Fuel Bar for much-needed protein shakes. For more information or to sign up for a class, visit A single session costs $34; a package of 50 comes to $27 per class. A mobile app on the Barry’s website provides a quick-and-easy way to reserve a spot. Sign up quickly, as classes fill up fast. ■

BAD TO THE BONE: At Barry’s boot camp, the workout is bare bones and basic training tough. Be prepared to go to war.


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hen patients consult dermatologists and plastic surgeons about cosmetic problems, attention is focused on treatment for age lines of the mid-face, wrinkles, crow’s feet, brown spots, and sagging jaw lines. When questions arise about breast surgery, these usually concern reduction and enhancement of breast size or reconstruction after breast surgery. Unfortunately, too often the appearance of the skin of the décolleté area is overlooked. Effects of gravity, pregnancy, sun exposure, climate, and friction from jewelry may give rise to sagging and wrinkling, discoloration, and rough skin texture. Additionally, the appearance of pigmented skin lesions and other growths can cause concern about possible skin cancer. With these considerations in mind, before embarking on cosmetic breast surgery, it is important to pay attention to the skin of the chest to ensure optimal outcomes. Dermatological expertise is essential in properly evaluating growths of the skin. Ignoring these can lead

to unfortunate consequences if cancer is overlooked, while on the other hand surgical excision in this area may give rise to hypertrophic scars and keloids. Therefore, we want to avoid unnecessary surgery. A great many therapies can enhance the appearance of the skin of the chest. These can include such simple measures as proper selection of creams, microdermabrasion and superficial skin peels. Somewhat more aggressive measures may involve deeper skin peels, intense pulsed light treatments, subablative laser resurfacing and the Q-switch Ruby Laser. When properly employed, these treatments, sometimes supplemental with Botox, can greatly improve wrinkling and sagging of the chest. Since this area is prominently seen when wearing low-cut dresses and bathing suits, it is important to get the best professional advice. Even without breast surgery, impressive rejuvenation of the chest can greatly enhance your appearance and self-esteem. Consultation with your dermatologist can help you determine the best answers for your particular problems.

—Dr. Albert Lefkovits, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine.



reast augmentation is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States, with more than 300,000 taking place in 2011 alone. However, many women have had problems with silicone implants or are wary of introducing foreign material in the body and are seeking a more natural method of augmentation. I have been a proponent of a completely natural alternative—fat. Using one’s own fat, you will not only be able to have your breasts augmented, but more importantly, you can reshape and even out any asymmetries. For women with implants already in place, fat grafting can disguise the implant edges and soften the breast. Perhaps one of the most important uses of fat grafting to the breasts is to treat deformities created by breast cancer procedures. Fat can be used to fill in lumpectomy defects, fine tune reconstruction after a mastectomy and even create a new breast. I am categorized as a pioneer of fat grafting, experimenting with how fat might be used to enhance facial and body contours and fill-in defects (including deformities related to excessive liposuction) since the 1980s. Fat grafting to the breasts involves the gentle “harvesting” of fat (liposuction) by hand from donor sites on the body, often the abdomen, hips, thighs and love handles. The fat is then specially processed via centrifugation to remove unwanted components like blood, water and oil, before placing the fat into the breasts via tiny incisions hidden in the inframammary fold and areola. The placement process is delicate, and minute quantities of fat are placed with each pass of the specially designed cannulas, ensuring room for the new fat to become enmeshed into the existing breast tissue, allowing it to develop a new blood supply. This is key to the procedure’s success. For a woman to enlarge her breasts from an A to a B cup, it is usually necessary to harvest about 1200-1500cc of fat. (About 24-36 liquid oz.) Augmentation beyond one cup size generally requires a second procedure. The surgery usually takes 4-5 hours. The breasts look completely natural after fat grafting, and even the patients’ gynecologists are hard-pressed to find evidence of surgery a few months post-op. As with any breast surgery, follow-up is important. While there was initially some controversy regarding the safety of transplanting fat into the breasts, studies have not demonstrated an increased risk of breast cancer in women who have had this procedure, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the governing board of plastic surgeons, has determined its safety. Surgeons with extensive experience in grafting large volumes of fat to the body are most likely to obtain the best results. As with any cosmetic procedure, women should make sure that fat grafting to the breast is performed “only by a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, and with extensive experience in fat grafting.” You can visit TriBeCa Plastic Surgery’s website,, for more details about fat grafting to the face and body, and to view before and after photos. ■

Dr. Sydney R. Coleman is a world-renowned plastic surgeon and the pioneer behind LipoStructure®, a method of using fat to create or recreate structures in the face and body. His NYC-based practice is TriBeCa Plastic Surgery.


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Held To A Higher Standard

Josh Held’s innovative reinvention of Marquee, The W and The Dream Hotel raises the bar on interior design BY MIKE HAMMER, photo by PHILIPPE REYNAUD


osh Held is the true embodiment of an entirely new breed of architectural design specialist. Call him “The Star-chitect.” The Texas-bred visionary took home Hospitality Design Magazine’s “Wave of the Future” Award and has singlehandedly reimagined and reinvigorated some of Manhattan’s most exciting entertainment venues with his highly unique architectural ideas. “I want the environment that I create to trigger a change, conscious or subconscious, in the guests’ mind transporting them out of their normal life and routine,” says the 37-year-old visionary whose handiwork revitalized Chelsea’s newly reinvigorated Marquee Club, The Dream Hotel and, most recently, Downtown’s own W Hotel, where his entirely fresh and inviting layout brought new life to the outdoor space. “I search for projects that allow me to create an alternate state of reality,” he says. “That can be something as modest as a guest room or as grand as a hotel or casino or nightclub.” Held believes that his work can be a change agent, not only in the structure to which he brings new life, but also the people who have the good fortune to experience it. His unique talents were honed growing up in a creatively fertile household. “My father was an exceptional artist, as was my mother,” he says. “I knew from an early age that I was interested in architecture. It married my love for design and my aptitude for math and science. Additionally, I was intrigued by theater and set design and was always searching for a way to combine these interests.” And so he was off to the University of Texas’ School of Architecture in Austin. But his dad also played a role in his love of New York. “Since my father was born and raised in New York City, we would always stop and visit the city,” he explains. “I think I was seven when I realized how extraordinary the Chrysler Building was. That is when the door was opened for me. It still inspires me.” And while his work is obvious all over Lower Manhattan, his unique touch has also had an impact throughout the rest of the country. One of his latest projects that he is particularly excited about has been the opportunity to revamp Light, the Las Vegas Strip’s cutting-edge nightclub at the Mandalay Bay.


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“I jumped at the chance, because this was another opportunity to take a type of project that has become standardized to some extent and invent something new,” he says with pride. “Nightlife venues are becoming more and more entertainment driven, and more attention is being paid to how they look and how the guest interacts with the space. There is a real opportunity to create.” And while Held’s work is bringing exciting new ideas to the architectural landscape all around the country, he remains focused on several new projects that are upgrading the landscape in New York City. “We have a handful of new relationships and projects that we are very excited about, including the design of Foxhole at The Sanctuary Hotel in NYC and Ground Central Coffee Company,” he says. In the meantime, Josh continues to set his sites set on raising the bar in his realm. “My goals are simple. I want to continue to explore, expand and evolve the hospitality environment on a constantly growing scale.” ■

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What is your favorite part of the turkey? I’m a big fan of the breast. Nice juicy white meat. What is on your wish list? My parents to send my crate packing! New Year’s Resolution? I don’t make resolutions. That would be another rule my parents would make me follow!

What is your favorite part of the turkey? Turkey legs. What is on your wish list? My friend and jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher is making me a gunmetal dog tag for my favorite leather collar. I can’t wait to rock it! New Year’s Resolution? I really believe I need to work on my separation anxiety.

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What is your favorite part of the turkey? The white meat. It’s the least fattening (a girl has to watch her figure!) What is on your wish list? A new winter coat—something warm and fashionable. New Year’s Resolution? To give birds a break.

What is your favorite part of the turkey? I love dark meat, but my favorite is the wishbone! Makes me feel hopeful! What is on your wish list? Maybe some crazy New Year’s Eve glasses! I need some booties for winter! New Year’s Resolution? To get to the dog run more often.

BAILEY, Cockalier (Cocker Spaniel + Cavalier King Charles), Age 5 What is your favorite part of the turkey? ALL OF IT! What is on your wish list? A squirrel toy. I know it’s a little selfindulgent, but a dog’s gotta live! New Year’s Resolution? I just gotta work out more! I’m focusing on longer walks.

PORK CHOP, Longhair Chihuahua, Age 4 What is your favorite part of the turkey? The scraps everyone leaves on their plate and gives me to eat! What is on your wish list? A new doggy hoodie from American Apparel. I have a stylish side! New Year’s Resolution? I will not trip runners when they run by!


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Your VIP pass to the finest culture, personalities and events in Lower Manhattan, The Hamptons and beyond By Joe Alexander with Photographs by Patrick McMullan

“I’D RATHER BE LUCKY THAN SMART”— CHUCK CLOSE “The medium is the message” revealed avant-garde director Robert Wilson to Lady Gaga and Marina Abramovic as they dipped silver spoons into a coffin filled with honey and a naked woman…Helena Bonham Carter confessed, “I was afraid I’d look like a man in drag,” of her brilliant portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor in Burton and Taylor at the Hamptons International Film Festival, whose sponsors included Piper-Heidsieck Champagne and the Village Latch Inn…Chuck Close stated, “I’d rather be lucky than smart,” at his one-man show at Guild Hall while mixed media artists Hedy Klineman and Jessica Lichtenstein shared their visions in NYC.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin and Gwyneth Paltrow at East Hampton Library’s Authors Night

Cindy Sherman in front of a Chuck Close portrait at Guild Hall.

Marina Abramovic, Robert Wilson and Lady Gaga at Watermill Center Gala

Jack Cook and his mother Christie Brinkley at the Hamptons International Film Festival

Anne Hearst, Jay McInerney and Amanda Hearst at Watermill Center Gala

Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper at the Parrish Art Museum Gala





‘Scream Queen” Leesa Rowland at Kill Your Darlings at the Hamptons Film Festival

Helena Bonham Carter, stars in Burton and Taylor at the Hamptons Film Festival.

Hedy Klineman at her Tibet House Museum show

Jessica Lichtenstein at her gallery nine5 exhibit

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SNL’s Seth Meyers admitted, “I’m on team Miley and team twerking. She has more confidence at the age of 20 than I’ll ever have in my entire life.” Naomi Campbell said, “I have to pinch myself when I realize I can call Nelson Mandela my Grandpa,” at the Untied Nations South-South Awards honoring the peace icon...“Can you believe we’re both alive?” remarked Liza Minnelli to Ann-Margret at the Transitions for Dancers Gala, co-chaired by philanthropist Michele Riggi…Wall Street Rocks Battle of the Bands raised money for Wounded Warriors…Sarah Jessica Parker had two designers create her edgy gown for NYC Ballet opening.

Nasim Pedrad and Seth Meyers at the Sanctuary Hotel’s Haven Rooftop.

Unik Ernest and Naomi Campbell at South-South Awards

Michele Riggi and Hollywood icon AnnMargret at Career Transition for Dancers

Live producer, Michael Gelman, and Grace A. Capobianco at KB Network News 20th Anniversary event.

Jean Shafiroff and Donna Karan at the Southampton Hospital Summer Party

Hotelier Brandon Freid and Kate McKinnon at the Sanctuary Hotel’s Haven Rooftop

DJ Alex Cecil at the Sanctuary Hotel’s Haven Rooftop

Michael Fosina, Grace A. Capobianco and Mike Hammer at the NY Presbyterian, Lower Manhattan Hospital Gala

Singers Consuelo Vanderbilt and Madam Mayhem at the Sanctuary Hotel

Natalie Portman at the NYC Ballet Opening

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One of the most beautiful spots in New York City is right under your feet

Buried Treasure By Angela Detmer, PHOTOS BY james maher


or 65 years, a gleaming jewel of the New York City Transit system has been hidden from the public’s view. Closed since 1945, The City Hall subway station is an underground architectural marvel that stood unnoticed by the public…until recently. For all those years, the amazing arched and antique tiled ceilings and glass skylights that bathe the chamber in brilliant sunlight were preserved like a time capsule from a grander era. Opened in 1904, the station, also known as “The City Hall Loop,” has a uniquely elegant Romaneque Revival Architecture with colored glass tilework and brass chandeliers. It was intended to be the showcase of the new subway system. But in recent years, it has been available to be glimpsed by in-the-know This straphangers with a sense of adventure. You can see it if you take the underground Number 6 train on the Lexington Avenue line to the Brooklyn Bridge/ transit wonderland will City Hall Subway station. transport you to If you listen to the PA announcement, you will be under the impression a different era. that your journey is over. But if you stay on board, you’ll take a journey into another age. The train continues in a loop on the downtown track and turns back uptown. As it does, it rolls right through the Guilded Age, where you can get an up-close and personal view of the beautiful station. In addition, you can walk the station through tours conducted by the Transit Museum, but they are open only to members of the Museum and require advance payment. No matter how you see it, the City Hall Subway Station is worth the look as Travel + Leisure Magazine listed it among “the most beautiful subway stations in the world.” ■



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