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Post-Sandy, We’re Stronger Than Ever Mayor Bloomberg Celebrates Downtown’s Resilience
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DOWNTOWN magazine Spring 2013 Volume 4 – Issue 1
Letter From the Publisher
Letter From the Editor
Bookish Good Looks
Rising From the Ashes
DOwntown on 23
The Washington Arch
Escapes From New York
The Incomparable Mr. C
The Sun Rises Once Again
Lights, Camera, Traction
Reel Impressive: 2013 Tribeca Film Festival
SPECIAL SECTION Turning The Tide
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A Flowering Trend
Armed & Fabulous
Melissa Steps Into SoHo
Fade to Blue
Working for the Weekend
Toys of the Trade
Viva Cinco de Mayo!
Italian Worth Waiting For
New York’s First Ladies of Food
Downtown Baby Boom
There’s a New Pope in Town
Toddling Into Spring
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DOWNTOWN ADVISORY BOARD
community leaders who have helped build this area and guide our coverage of it
DONALD ROLAND, M.D., FACS Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Chairperson of the DOWNTOWN Magazine Advisory Board
JEFF SIMMONS Executive Vice President, Anat Gerstein, Inc.
DREW NIEPORENT Founder and Chairperson, Myriad Restaurant Group
DOWNTOWN CEO AND PUBLISHER GRACE A. CAPOBIANCO EDITOR IN CHIEF Mike Hammer EXECUTIVE EDITOR Jason Stahl SENIOR CREATIVE DIRECTOR Mia Macfarlane ART DIRECTOR Coco FASHION EDITOR Lisa Madani COPY EDITOR Jacqueline Grupe GUEST FASHION EDITOR Alejandro Garcia GUEST FOOD EDITOR Karine Bakhoum
WOLFGANG WEHEN General Manager, W New York – Downtown
COLUMNISTS Pascal Riffaud, Samuel A. Southworth CONTRIBUTORS Annaël Benhamou, Brendan Cannon, John J. Capobianco, Suzanne Corso, Kristen Hess, Lana Masor, Stacey Seiler SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Tony Shi PHOTOGRAPHERS Colby Blount, Eddie Collins, Carmelo Donato, Max Giua, Patrick Kolts, Mitchell McCormack, Morgan Miller, Catherine Taylor
DREW ALEXANDER Head of School, Léman Manhattan Preparatory School
EDIT INTERNS Julia Giampietro, Lyndsay Hall, Alina Heim, Alessandra Mazzella, Anissa Stocks FASHION INTERN Leslie Lecat DESIGN INTERNS Stephanie Diaz, Melissa Golinsky, Kaitlin Grotto, Lynda Hartley, Jennifer Hong, Pinky Lee, Latain Palmer PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNS Jessica Farkas, Brittany Fucci, Celie Gachet, Jessica Kwok, Tamara Lee, Emma Kepley, Isabela Montalvo, Kayleigh Smith, Christopher Trinidad, Roman Yee DIRECTOR OF MULTIMEDIA Octavio Pizarro
KARINE BAKHOUM President & Founder, KB Network News
ERIC BONNETAIN General Manager, Cipriani Wall Street Residences Club
ALBERT M. LEFKOVITS, M.D., P.C. Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
MELISSA ANDREEV President of the FiDi Association Manager, La Maison Du Chocolat – Wall Street
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For me, Spring is a wonderful time for exciting new beginnings. Like so many of our neighbors, DOWNTOWN Magazine went through difficult times after Sandy, but with the support of our readers and clients, we have battled back and are in an exciting new phase for the future. We have a talented new team, introduced beautiful new design elements to our magazine, forged tremendous new relationships with a wide array of new clients from the most respected corners of the fashion, real estate, hospitality and entertainment industries and more. All you need to do is flip through our latest issue to see such sterling names as Alicia Keys, Bobbi Brown, Céline, Hermès, Asphalt Green, Tiffany & Co. and Silverstein Properties…which will supply our community with its forthcoming crowning jewel…the New World Trade Center. With the support provided by the powerful friendships and alliances that we have built with our national and international clients, our friends and neighbors and even our wonderful Mayor, our magazine has grown so much that we are increasing our frequency to six times a year. It seems like just yesterday, but it’s been nearly three years since I put the first issue together with just a few other people in my apartment and delivered the first copies all over Lower Manhattan on my bike. Now we are an international brand with an intrinsic connection to this community that we have worked so hard to promote with people at the highest levels of every industry asking us how they can join us in our ascendency to the top of the publishing world. Even more affirming is to know that not only have we been embraced by our readers, but that they can’t get enough of us. The phones in our office ring off the hook each day asking when the next issue will hit newsstands or my e-mail overloads with subscription requests. I can’t wait to get back on my bike with the new issue and spread the word!
Grace A. Capobianco PUBLISHER
Photograph by Carmelo Donato; Hair & Make-up by Liz Lazo for Woodley & Bunny; Hair color by NV Salon; Grace is wearing a skirt from Céline, a top from Rae Francis, shoes from Pour La Victoire, pearl necklace, bracelet and ring from Tiffany & Co, earings from Oscar de la Renta.
BUILDING THE FUTURE OF DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN
Stirring Comeback Stories and reporting on the agencies, businesses and individuals that are rebuilding our community and making it better. That was too important to pass up. And as the community continues to evolve and flourish, our goal is to do the same with it. Our writers know this area because they live and work here, helping to frame its daily improvement. Our look continues to improve as we continue to seek out the best designers and photographers to showcase the personalities, places and events that mean the most to our cherished readers. In this issue alone, we offer an eyeopening look at how music sensation Alicia Keys, who lives in Lower Manhattan, lent her time and star power to the 12-12-12 Concert specifically to benefit Sandy victims. Then there’s another one of our neighbors, Jane Rosenthal who co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival in response to 9/11, and is now leveraging its power to help in the Sandy relief effort. We also offer uplifting looks at new spring fashion and innovative new interior design concepts from the ladies of TriBeCa’s Art et Maison. So Downtown is back and better than ever…and so is DOWNTOWN magazine. Who says you can’t go home again?
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They say you can’t go home again. Well, if you’re talking about Downtown, nothing could be further from the truth. In the wake of the devastating savagery of Superstorm Sandy, Downtown has rallied back in a way that is nothing short of aweinspiring. Following the inspirational lead of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, our neighbors have banded together and brought this community all the way back in a way that makes its continued growth a stirring certainty. We document that amazing comeback in our special section that features an open letter to our readers from the Mayor himself, along with an uplifting report from the Downtown Alliance about how far our area has come since the storm and moving personal accounts from real Downtown residents and leaders demonstrating how this was truly a community effort. This is also a bit of a comeback for me. After helping Grace with the launch of this special magazine nearly three years ago, its emergence as not only a trusted voice of the community, but an advocate for it was so powerful, that I knew I wanted to be a part of something this unique and special. So I’ve come back….and I couldn’t have chosen a better time do so. Like many of the businesses around us, DOWNTOWN magazine was temporarily shut down by the storm. But like those businesses, we are back
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DOWNTOWN CONTRIBUTORS Lana Masor, a certified yoga instructor, nutritionist and soon-to-be first-time mom, incorporates these elements into her interview with mommy expert Rosie Pope and offers an eye-opening look at “The Martha Stewart of Motherhood.” Lana received her Masters in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Columbia University and recently graduated from the Advanced YogaWorks Teacher Training Program in New York City. She’s received a Prenatal Yoga certification at the Prenatal Yoga Center and a Postnatal Yoga/Baby and Me certification at Baby Om.
Patrick doesn’t like to brag, but we think he’s amazing. The New Yorkbased photographer who hails from Iowa says he went to a school no one has heard of. But his work rates an A-plus, and his images of Chef Raffaele Ronca and dishes from his new Italian restaurant Ristorante Raffele are delizioso. Patrick has worked w i t h many talented people, shooting everything from fashion and portrait to food and lifestyle.
Brendan Cannon grew up in New York City, influenced by rock and fashion from an early age. He is an award-winning celebrity stylist, fashion editor and creative director who has worked with entertainment icons including Annie Lennox, Cyndi Lauper, Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon. In this issue he styled the stunning Gillian Jacobs. His work can be seen in such publications as Rolling Stone, Vogue, Time, Vanity Fair and W.
Samuel A. Southworth Our resident historian who authored our page about The Great Fire of Lower Manhatttan was born and raised in Manhattan and attended The Episcopal and Buckley School. Today Southworth is a prominent poet and songwriter, as well as a renowned military and espionage expert, who has authored five books.
MORGAN MILLER Morgan Miller returns to DOWNTOWN to show off his amazing talent once again with dazzling images of Community star, Gillian Jacobs. Originally from Woodstock and a finance major in college, Morgan moved to New York and has become one of the hottest young fashion and fine-art photographers around. Discovered by legendary photographer Peter Beard, Morgan’s work has appeared in magazines and private collections around the world.
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In this issue, Karine Bakhoum, a “First Lady of Food” in her own right, writes about the Big Apple’s Queens of Cuisine. The celebrated television personality and culinary expert known as “The Iron Palate” has a vivacious approach and voracious appetite for everything on her professional plate. The culinary and hospitality expert launched KB Network News in 1993 and built it into one of the top restaurant consulting and public relations firms in the world. More recently, KB, as she is known, has become a household name for her energetic appearances on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America, Worst Cooks in America and The Big Waste.
This hardcore “New Yawker” is a screenwriter, producer and author of novels, including Brooklyn Story and its sequel, Brooklyn Story; The Suite Life, due out this fall. She is currently working on the final installment to the trilogy, Brooklyn Story; Hello Hollywood. Suzanne lives in Downtown Manhattan and contributed profiles of Chef Raffaele Ronca and burgeoning jewelry designer Jenny Lauren.
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Built to honor our third president, the Jefferson Market Library endures as an iconic landmark in the heart of Greenwich Village.
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ntering through a tall iron gate, I’m immediately struck by the tranquility of the space I have just entered. The brick-lined path guides me through endless variations of green foliage and past alcoves where large trees loom over partially hidden benches. I come to a wooden bench and take a seat. Across from me is a small stone waterfall that flows into a koi pond. As I watch the brilliant red and orange leaves navigate their way between lily pads growing from the depths of the pool, I feel my body shift into a state of total relaxation. Just as I begin to wonder if I am still in New York, my attention is caught by the slow and steady sound of a tolling bell. It pulls my gaze upward to meet a magnificent, spiraling clock tower. Where am I? Why, right in the middle of the garden of Greenwich Village’s High Victorian-Gothic gem, Jefferson Market Library. Named for the nation’s third president, the former courthouse was erected between 1875 and 1877 by British architects Frederick Clark Withers and Calvert Vaux, who modeled the building’s design after Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle. Its red-brick façade, trimmed in limestone and featuring large stained-glass windows and multiple gabled roofs, is equally matched by the Venetian-Gothic interior. Built to house the Third Judicial District Courthouse of New York, Jefferson Market originally played host to a civil court, a police court and a basement holding area for prisoners awaiting trial. Stephen Crane, Mae West and Harry K. Thaw, who was tried for the murder of architect Stanford White, are among the many New Yorkers—both famous and infamous— known to have passed through its imposing doors. The original site also included a masonry market building and women’s house of detention. Referred to as “Old Jeff,” the courthouse was out of use by 1945 and was scheduled for demolition. However, prominent Greenwich Villagers, including Lewis Mumford, E.E. Cummings and preservationist Margot Gayle, successfully rallied to save this icon of the finest colonial architecture, and by 1967, the courthouse was restored to its former glory and reopened as a branch of the New York Public Library. Now a National Historic Landmark, Jefferson Market Library and its adjacent garden are two Greenwich Village treasures that shouldn’t be missed. –STACY SEILER
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A raging 19th-century inferno was the first of many disasters our area overcame.
New Jersey and Long Island shores it seemed as if a massive and solid curtain of fire engulfed the entire island of Manhattan. Gale-force winds blew flaming embers in every direction, igniting new blazes for miles around – some of them as far away as Brooklyn. Portable water pumpers froze up and were rendered completely useless. Goods were rescued from burning warehouses only to catch fire from the raining embers in the street, and flames, along with despair, engulfed the entire city. At one point, explosives were fetched from the Navy Yard across the East River, and through the strategic blasting of lines of houses in front of the raging flames, the fire was finally stopped. The entire area south of Wall Street, and more specifically from Broad Street to South Street, had been ravaged and flattened by the blaze. Somewhere between 500 and 700 buildings were lost forever. Even so, less than a year later, New York was once again the busiest port in the world and a hub of commerce and immigration. Historians are notoriously poor at predicting the future, but if there is one truth in the history of Manhattan, it is that it will overcome any hardship and rise again, better than before. We saw it when the British ousted the Dutch and when Americans supplanted the British and launched not only a city, but a nation. Downtown was rebuilt after this devastating fire. The World Trade Center is rising again. The area is undergoing the same kind of renaissance since Superstorm Sandy. Lower Manhattan has always rebounded from adversity, great and small.
–Samuel A. Southworth
Southworth is a military and espionage historian.
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ike the battered tip of an island spear, Lower Manhattan has often been the first to feel the brunt of incoming disasters, from the earliest days of its colonization in the 1620s to today. Last fall’s 14-foot surge of water that battered the Battery and beyond is certainly a signal event, but it is by no means the first time that rack and ruin were visited upon the busy streets of New York. The very ships that lined the waterfront and brought untold wealth to merchants of the New World also brought disease and huge grey Norwegian rats. Mighty navy ships clawed their way upwind from the Verrazano Narrows and set about conquering the Tri-State area. Reportedly, even a German U-Boat in World War II got into the harbor, allowing Nazi sailors to gaze at the lights of Downtown through its periscope. Just in the course of our lifetimes, we have seen the World Trade Towers attacked twice, the second time with catastrophic results. But what early New Yorkers really feared was fire. On the chilling night of Wednesday, December 16, 1835, the temperature sank to 17 degrees below zero, and a watchman noticed the smell of smoke, seeing wisps of it swirling above nearby 25 Merchant Street (now Hanover Street). Two feet of snow was piled high on the frozen sidewalks, and even the Hudson River was frozen over. The crude, hollow tunnels that made up the city’s sewage system were frozen, and the biggest fire in New York’s history was just beginning to build. As the wind howled out of the northwest, and bells rang out from one end of town to another, the flames spread and jumped from house to house, eating property and burning people as they tried to fight the fires. Block after block was consumed. From the
The ultra-modern and luxurious Conrad Tokyo looms large as a luxury destination Rising over the thriving heart of Tokyo is the gleaming, modern and stunning Conrad Tokyo Hotel. The skyscraping, futuristic hotel is situated on the 28th through 37th floors of an ultra-modern high-rise offering breathtaking views of Tokyo Bay far below. The Shiodome was once a railway terminal and has now been converted into an amazing labyrinth of modern architecture where the hotel is perched. Located just south of the upscale and popular Ginza District, the sleekly, cutting-edge edifice which first opened in 2006 is surrounded by department stores, boutiques, restaurants and coffee houses. Luxury shopping options include Chanel, Gucci, Dior and Louis Vuitton. But real luxury abounds when you step into the stunning lobby that offers a unique blend of modern and traditional art, creating a true gallery experience for lucky visitors. You’ll be taken by the spectacular views overlooking historic Hamarikyu Garden, a public park and former Royal residence situated on the beautiful Sumida River with the iconic Rainbow Bridge in the distance. The park features a landscaped garden on placid Shioiri Pond. The entire park is encircled by an expansive seawater moat filled by Tokyo Bay. Guests can enjoy any one of the luxurious 290 guest rooms or suites with walls that gleam with zebrawood and feature an elegant, pinstriped grain pattern. The rooms are adorned with traditional lantern-style lamps, with floral-patterned fabric. Japanese brush painting adorns the headboards and flooring. There is a delicious range of memorable dining experiences guaranteed to satisfy a wide range of palates. If you favor Chinese, you won’t want to miss the Michelin-starred China Blue Restaurant, but if you like sophisticated luxury, you’ll want to take in the Twenty Eight Bar & Lounge. Then there are the culinary options offered by internationally renowned Chef Gordon Ramsey at his first Asian-themed and self-titled restaurant. If you like a more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, try the brasserie-style Cerise. You’ll also have the option of sampling local favorites at Kazahana. If you’re just looking to unwind, you can do so at the Mizuki Spa with its soothing views from the 29th floor. There is also a fully equipped fitness center and indoor pool. But if you’re the type who’s always on the job, wherever you go, you’ll appreciate the latest technology, A/V equipment and expansive meeting rooms. The Conrad Tokyo staff is always helpful, but never intrusive. Any trip to Asia’s fastest paced cities will be greatly enhanced by a stay at one of its most modern, convenient and comfortable oases.
One of the luxurious guest rooms overlooking Tokyo Bay; the delicous views of China Blue Restaurant, and the breathtaking sight of nearby Haramikyu Garden.
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udson Yards—the gleaming, multi-use, architecturally stunning and diverse city within a city—has broken ground and has shattered all previous perceptions of the Far West Side of Manhattan as a desolate wasteland. In December, work commenced on the $15 billion, 15-structure mini-city along 10th Avenue between West 30th and 33rd streets. (The entire Hudson Yards district runs between West 30th Street and West 42nd Street, and Eighth Avenue and the West Side Highway.) Of the 13 million square feet of real estate, 5.5 million square feet will be developed for new ofﬁce and residential space. The 26-acre development will be the largest private real estate project in the history of New York City, motivating the Bloomberg administration and the MTA ﬁnally to extend the number 7 subway through the center of New York’s next Mecca. The High Line, when completed, will also access Hudson Yards. “This will shift the heart of the city to the Far West Side!” said Stephen Ross, whose Related Companies partnered with Oxford Properties Group to develop Hudson Yards. The project puts an end to years of proposals and failed deals with the MTA, which owns the property, and will lease the development rights for 99 years for more than $1 billion. “Developing Manhattan’s ﬁnal frontier is the next step in our city’s economic revival,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a press release. “The Hudson Yards project—whose construction will create 23,000 jobs alone and whose existence will support thousands more—is a testament to our city’s economic strength.” The ﬁrst phase will include four themed
commercial, residential and retail buildings, a cultural center and a luxury hotel. The fashionfocused smaller ofﬁce tower will connect to the taller, commerce-oriented tower through a shopping complex – both of these towers will be built on an angle. A third building, designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, will be oval and house a hotel, ofﬁces and residences. Hundreds of these units will be designated as affordable housing for lower- to middle-income residents. A fourth structure, designed by High Line architect Diller Scoﬁdio + Renfro, will be a rental and condo building attached to a city cultural and events center. An 80,000-square-foot retail store devoted to outdoor sports, along with a ﬂagship Equinox ﬁtness center, will anchor the Childs mixed-use structure. Hudson Yards has attracted other big name companies. Coach purchased 750,000 square feet of ofﬁce space for their international headquarters. Young families will be attracted to Hudson Yards, too. A 750-seat elementary school is being built for only those children living in the mini city. “It’s about creating a real neighborhood,” says Related vice president, Michael Samuelian. Hudson Yards is transforming New York City’s skyline and bringing people to a neighborhood that was once considered a ghost town. Now developers who are looking for new opportunities are looking west. As Samuelian puts it, “That’s where the money is.” The ﬁrst phase of Hudson Yards is due to be completed in 2017.
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The massive mixed-use Hudson Yards development project will essentially change the entire dynamic of both commercial and residential development on the Far West Side of Manhattan.
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Hudson Yards, the largest private development in city history, puts the West Side back on the real estate map.
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he magnificent arch in Washington Square Park has stood as a gleaming entry point to Greenwich Village for more than 120 years. First erected as a temporary wood structure in 1889 to commemorate the centennial of George Washingtonâ€™s inauguration as our first president, it was replaced in 1895 by a permanent and beautiful 73-foot-high marble structure adorned with two spectacular statues of Washington on either side, depicting the Founding Father in times of both war and peace. The impressive edifice has stood tall over the north end of the park as a symbolic entrance to what has long been recognized as New Yorkâ€™s most eclectic, creative and bohemian communities, serving as a beacon to young artists, activists and thinkers seeking a gathering point to share their talents and ideas. Modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the Washington Arch is a shining symbol of the independence of the area for which it provides a signature landmark. Stepping through it transports any traveler into Manhattanâ€™s nexus for forward thinking and free spirit. Welcome to Greenwich Village!
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hroughout its history as a Bohemian destination for radicalism and the arts, Greenwich Village has managed to maintain its eclectic spirit while evolving along with the times. The same streets once frequented by the likes of Eugene O’Neill and Jackson Pollock, today remain a mecca for artists, musicians, actors and writers. Author Dylan Thomas drank himself to death in Hudson Street’s White Horse Tavern, just blocks away from where John Lennon lived at 105 Bank Street. But it’s not just the social and intellectual elite to whom the Village appeals – it is also a destination for tourists dying to see the stoop that appeared in so many episodes of Sex and the City and for “regular” New Yorkers looking for an eclectic spot to grab a drink, dinner or a place to listen to music. Like any other New York neighborhood, the streets feature an everchanging roster of boutiques and cafes, but the cozy, neighborhood feel of its off-the-grid layout never loses its appeal. Here we offer a tasteful sampling of all the delights Greenwich Village has in store for you. –Gabriella tutino Photograph by: Benjamin Dumas/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 & Jessica farkas
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Tucked away behind a psychic-reading shop at 510 Hudson Street, this restaurant/cocktail lounge has become a trendy destination. EO is known for its (pricey, but delicious) signature cocktails like the Ginger Smash and the Billionaire, and serves a killer Steak Tartar. If you head further east to 10 Downing Street you’ll find the beautiful French-themed La Villette Brasserie & Cafe (lavillettenyc.com) where you and a special person can revel in the rich atmosphere and Mediterranean food that offers a romantic taste of Provence.
Tasteful destinations High Spirits If you’re looking to raise your spirits, there are plenty of legendary pubs that have satisfied some of the most famous thirsts in history. Built in 1880, the White Horse Tavern at 567 Hudson Street became popular as a watering hole for poets and writers alike in the 1950s. Writer Dylan Thomas is linked to this building, where—as the story is told—he downed 18 whiskeys and died from the experience the very next day. We wouldn’t advise following his lead, but it’s definitely a great place to stop for a drink and soak up some history. Just down the street at 636 Hudson you’ll find Hudson Bar & Books (barandbooks.com). This was one of the first cigar bars opened in New York City in 1990. The library-themed décor invokes the atmosphere of an old-school British gentleman’s club. The patrons will enjoy the varied whiskey menu and a chance to try the original 007 Vesper Martini. Arguably, the Village’s most famous watering hole is The Stonewall Inn (thestonewallinnnyc.com) at 53 Christopher Street. This is where the gay rights movement was born after the riots protesting police harassment of the community in 1969. Still a vibrant destination today, it’s not just for gay people. The modern Stonewall is a magnet for anyone looking for fun and features a variety of sexy dance parties and karaoke events.
Romantic Hideaways The cash-only Little Branch speakeasy offers live jazz and is tucked away on the corner of Seventh Avenue South and Leroy Street. Small and dimly lit, the lounge gets crowded quickly, so it’s best to get there early. If you’re unsure of what to drink, the bartenders will tailor the cocktail to suit your tastes – just tell them what you like. Walk a block west and keep your eyes peeled for Employees Only (empoyeesonlynyc.com).
A staple on the eastern outskirts of the West Village since 1937, the historic Minetta Tavern at 113 MacDougal Street (minettatavernny.com) is named after the Minetta Brook, which once ran southwest from 23rd Street to the Hudson River. Past patrons such as Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound made this their second home. Featuring the famed Black Label Burger, the menu highlights French fare – oxtail and foie gras terrine, mouclade, Grand Marnier soufflé. The Tavern gets crammed quickly, so make sure to make reservations for dinner. Founded by transplanted Brit, Nicola Perry, Tea & Sympathy (teaandsympathynewyork.com) at 112 Greenwich Avenue is an ex-pat paradise that serves up traditional English eats from bangers ‘n’ mash to shepherd’s pie, to Welsh rarebit (rabbit) and scones. Next door is a sister store where patrons can buy authentic teapots, “Union Jack” items and British groceries.
Hot Entertainment Since 1989, The Angelika Film Center & Café (angelikafilmcenter.com) at 18 West Houston Street has been a hub for high-budget indie and foreign cinema. With six subterranean screens, the theater features a café for filmgoers and passersby. It’s a favorite escape from the city for film lovers. Two iconic music venues that provided an early showcase for such top musical talent as Bob Dylan, Harry Chapin and more recently, Norah Jones are Café Wha 5cafewha.com) and The Bitter End (bitterend.com). Inexpensive, fun and raucous, both have endured and entertained for decades. If you’re looking for the home office for jazz head to The Blue Note (bluenote.net) at 131 West Third Street. Now in its third decade, it is considered one of the most famous jazz venues in the world. The quality of the legendary artists have included Nancy Wilson, Chris Botti and the late Dave Brubeck are worth the price of admission. It also has a Late Night Groove series for upcoming R&B, funk, soul and hip hop artists.
Many music legends used the Village as their launching pad—and still do today.
Bob Dylan Minnesota’s Robert Zimmerman boarded a train to New York in January, 1961 and stepped out as Bob Dylan. The now musical icon honed his sound and built a following in several of the key clubs that defined the folk scene of the period including The Bitter End, Gerdie’s Folk City and Café Wha where he reportedly gave his first New York performance just days after he arrived in the city.
Joni Mitchell This jazz/folk singer of the late ’60s and ’70s was arguably the biggest female star of the period, and penned the theme to the most significant counterculture concert ever – “Woodstock.” But she got her start on the small stages of Greenwich Village, getting her break at Café Au Go Go in 1967.
Dave Van Ronk The late Brooklyn-born guitarist and blues-folk darling settled in Greenwich Village in his teenage years, playing with and learning from the likes of Leonard Cohen and Tom Paxton. Van Ronk was the godfather for folkies in the Village, aiding and advising everyone from Mitchell to Phil Ochs and even Dylan. Affectionately dubbed the “Mayor of MacDougal” Van Ronk spent many of his days playing in Washington Square Park and nights performing at clubs like the Gaslight Café.
Carly Simon Before Carly Simon became an international superstar, she teamed with her younger sister Lucy in a duo cleverly titled “The Simon Sisters,” debuting in such Greenwich Village venues as The Village Underground, and The Bitter End where they opened for another future superstar named Woody Allen.
Lady Gaga Now a veteran of stadium shows and chic nightclubs, the global superstar Lady Gaga also got her start in the Village, playing regularly at The Bitter End as recently as 2005 where she developed the rabid cult following that made her a superstar today. —Anissa Stocks
ESCAPES FROM NEW YORK
© Anthony Friedkin, Woman by the Pool, Beverly Hills Hotel, 1975
ou just filed your taxes, Superstorm Sandy recovery is ongoing and you’re still perplexed by the Tim Tebow trade. If you’re feeling the urge to get away for a bit of R&R, we have two suggestions to fill the bill. Fine dining, panoramic vistas and extraordinary hospitality all await you. Whether you choose Mr. C in sun-soaked Beverly Hills or the Shangri-La in Tokyo, our top hotel destinations this spring will tempt you to jump on a plane and say “Sayonara” to the Big Apple.
C Mr. Câ€™s 4,500-square-foot teak pool deck that includes a poolside bar and cabanas equipped with flat screen HDTVs.
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Mr. C’s arrival experience includes this outdoor lounge.
ometimes you have to go to Los Angeles to find European style. Opened just last summer, the Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel has brought old-world opulence to the West Coast after amassing decades of experience in high-end hospitality within the famed Cipriani family. The Cipriani name is internationally known for elegant restaurants and landmark banquet spaces, clubs and residences. This timeless, contemporary hotel is the first foray into the City of Angels for fourth generation Ciprianis, brothers Maggio and Ignazio. Since opening its doors, the lush property has established a new tradition of excellence for the Cipriani family. The exceptional feel is palpable when striding through the opulent hotel lobby, past the relaxing, but lively bar, and into the courtyard garden featuring citrus, palms and roses. It’s as though you’ve been transported to an airy, seaside Italian villa. “Mr. C is the essence of how I envision travel and hospitality today,” says Ignazio Cipriani. “Beautiful design, modern-day amenities, a comfortable environment and a personal approach to customer service – all of which have been at the core of our family for four generations.” The 12-story, 137-room hotel boasts 12 signature suites, classic suites and C suites, along with spacious guest rooms, ranging from 365 to 1,165 square feet, each with a private balcony and many with panoramic views of sun-drenched Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.
“Mr. C is the essence of how I envision travel and hospitality today” The bar at the Restaurant at Mr. C, inspired by the famous Cipriani.
Handcrafted Italian furniture by Tedeschi USA graces the guest rooms, which also have a private bar.
The interior design is lavish, featuring dark hardwood floors and burgundy and gray color palettes. Vintage black and white photography offers guests a view of iconic and historic cultural moments, while the stylized bathrooms feature teak flooring and marble accents. And this past fall, Mr. C added five four-story, 3,000-square-foot villas, each with a private garden, gourmet kitchen, plunge pool and views of Beverly Hills. The Restaurant at Mr. C draws upon the established excellence of Cipriani eateries from around the world. The kitchen is manned by a team of chefs who have perfected a wide array of classic and modern Italian dishes the Ciprianis have become known for, including veal Milanese, branzino with broccoli rabé, tuna scottato (raw tuna with braised fennel) and baked tagliolini. The cocktail menu features bellinis (Sweet Annie, Sweet Maggie, Sweet Emy), including the Cipriani original bellini (peach puree and prosecco). After dinner, you’ll want to hit the breathtaking Starlight Ballroom that offers a 360-degree panoramic view from the hotel’s 12th floor to catch the LA landscape – the Hollywood Hills, the lights of Downtown and, on a clear day, the beaches of Santa Monica. The space is an ideal location for spectacular private events, weddings and meetings for up to 750 guests. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, the ballroom also features an outdoor teak deck with wraparound glass. Mr. C prides itself on giving guests the ultimate experience in relaxation. Sitting astride the stunning 4,500-square-foot private pool deck, the luxurious spa offers six different massages and four types of facials. For those with more active imaginations, Mr. C has paired with LA’s celebrated Kinema Fitness to offer customized fitness programs, personal training and complimentary yoga. So if you’re bound for Los Angeles and yearn for a five-star taste of the indulgences of old-world Italy and Cipriani luxury, start and end your journey at Mr. C for an A-plus experience. –Mike Hammer
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Bathrooms feature a Jacuzzi soaking tub, carrera marble, rain shower and offers Gilchrist & Soames bathroom amenities.
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The Sun Rises Once Again
f Japan’s Shangri-La Hotel is any indication of the country’s resiliency, then Japan is back. The 2011 triple whammy of earthquake, tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in the Land of the Rising Sun, left Japan reeling in a way that it hadn’t experienced since World War II. The events literally shook the nation and rattled the economy. In many ways, Japan is still picking up the pieces, but there is one key industry that has been clearly re-energizing the country: tourism. These disasters may have left Tokyo’s neon-lit skyline dimmed, but despite negative international perceptions about health and safety concerns, the number of tourists visiting Japan has increased over the last two years. According to the latest figures compiled by the Japan National Tourism Organization, the number of people who visited Japan in 2012 was 8.3 million, an increase of 34 percent from 2011. Tokyo in particular is back on the radar as a vital vacation destination, with crowds once again swarming the buzzing metropolis to enjoy all its electric attractions. Amid all the excitement of Tokyo, the Shangri-La Hotel provides a utopia to escape the fast pace of the city, and has played a large role in putting Tokyo back on the map. In 2012, it was named World’s Top Luxury Hotel by TripAdvisor’s “Traveler’s Choice” – the first hotel in Japan ever to win this title. In both 2011 and 2012, it was given the Michelin Guide’s highest hotel honor, Five Red Pavilions. The exemplary service, outstanding dining choices and stunning décor working together in concert were cited as the keys to setting the Shangri-La apart from other luxury destinations.
The hotel has played a large role in putting tokyo back on the map
tower, Tokyo Bay, and if weather permits, Mount Fuji, located nearly 100 miles away. After a long day of meetings, shopping or sightseeing, guests return to the serenity of the Shangri-La, with every lavish fixture designed to help visitors forget just how close they really are to it all and enabling them to experience the best of both worlds. Unwind in CHI, The Spa, or get in a good workout at the hotel’s fully equipped health club. The heated indoor pool allows swimmers to enjoy a spectacular view of the city. CHI alone has won numerous awards including the Crystal Award Japan and was recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as being one of the best spas in the world. In addition to The Lobby Lounge, the hotel features two exquisite restaurants. Piacere serves contemporary, authentic and upscale Italian cuisine with an impressive wine list that boasts 600 selections. With its lineup of French and Italian wines receiving special mention, Piacere was selected as a winner of Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence 2011. The second restaurant, Nadaman, offers authentic Japanese cuisine. Although there are several Nadaman restaurants in Tokyo (and have been for over 180 years) Nadaman at the ShangriLa is the most modern and chic of the line. The sleek feel is credited to André Fu’s design. Think cherry blossoms and more ginkgo leaves. Nadaman’s menu––created by Chef Takehiko Yoshida––pays respect to the past while fusing it with the future with such dishes as foie gras egg custard with truffle sauce and kano eggplant wrapped in Wagyu beef. For a limited time, to encourage guests to explore and experience Japanese culture and the country’s return to greatness, the Shangri-La is offering an “Explore Tokyo in Style” package, where guests can take a chauffeurdriven tour of the city in the hotel’s private limousine. –Julia Giampietro
Previous page: Shangri-La’s grand staircase. This page, clockwise: Piacere’s award-winning wine selection; Nadaman’s chief chef Takehiko Yoshida; view of Mount Fuji from the Shangri-La; bustling Tokyo lit up at night.
For starters, a guest’s arrival experience begins the moment they pull into town. Guests arriving via bullet train at Tokyo Station are personally greeted by a member of the Shangri-La staff, who ushers them through a short walk to the hotel. While checking in, guests are mesmerized by the extraordinary chandelier hanging over the bar in The Lobby Lounge. It’s just one of more than 50 similar fixtures that adorn the hotel, each made with glass pieces intricately carved into the shape of a ginkgo leaf, a symbol of Tokyo that represents future growth, charm and tranquility. Floral arrangements by Nicolai Bergmann, one of the most celebrated flower artists in Japan, are prominently featured in all areas of the hotel. The collection of more than 2,000 pieces of art decorating guest rooms, halls and facilities draws its inspiration from the work of Bai Juyi, a Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty. One of the Shangri-La’s most attractive features is its location, which is ideal for both business and leisure travelers. Situated in the bustling Marunouchi business and financial district, it’s also just a short walk to Tokyo’s renowned Ginza shopping district and in close proximity to the historic financial district of Nihonbashi. Also nearby are the Imperial Palace’s magnificent gardens. For those who would rather stay high above the chaos of the city, the hotel offers breathtaking views of Shinjuku’s skyscrapers, the soaring 2,080-foot Skytree summer 2011
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palette -form -first blushes little apple A Letter From the Mayor -.edu to.EDU the Downtown Community extra?14 feet at ew York City had never seen a storm like Sandy. Water levels reached spot (animal house) the Battery. FEMA had projected there was a less than 1 percent-barclay’s chance of that happening. The previous record, set more than 50 years ago, was 11 feet. Just before the storm, we evacuated New Yorkers from low-lying coastal communities, downtown including parts of Lower Manhattan, and moved to protect key parts of our infrastructure.on Those and other steps were part of a plan that we’d prepared to help us ride out major coastal storms. And while Sandy proved to be stronger and more deadly than any storm we’ve ever faced before, implementing that plan kept the destruction and loss of life from being far worse than it might have been. In the days and weeks immediately after the storm, we helped to distribute thousands of blankets and electric heaters and millions of meals. We worked with building owners and managers to expedite the restoration of power, heat and hot water. And while many in the Downtown community have resumed their normal routines, many families and businesses are still hurting. 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. It’s going to be a long road back for many people and repairing all the damage will take time. Our Administration has pushed Verizon to accelerate its work restoring telephone service. It is simply not acceptable for so many buildings to still be without phone service with no deﬁnite date set for restoration. We are also working to help small businesses get back on their feet. Since the storm we have approved over 50 emergency loans to businesses below 14th street, the majority of which are located below Canal Street. We recognize that the small businesses in Lower Manhattan are essential to the community’s quality of life, and we’ll continue doing everything possible to support them. At the same time, we must learn from our experience with Hurricane Sandy and take new steps to protect New York against future hurricanes or other extreme weather events. That’s why I’ve directed Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway and Deputy Mayor for Human Services Linda Gibbs to conduct a review of our performance before, during, and after the storm, and to report back to me with recommendations for updating and improving our preparedness and recovery operations. That will include revising the boundaries of the city’s existing evacuation zones, and also identifying steps to better prepare hospitals for potential power outages. At the same time, we’ll work with leaders in the Lower Manhattan community, and in other areas that Sandy hit hardest, to develop comprehensive community recovery plans. They’ll cover everything from public and private housing to hospitals and schools, and from local businesses and non-proﬁts to transportation and community centers. We’re a coastal and harbor city, and we’re not going to abandon our 520 miles of waterfront. But rebuilding in areas Sandy hit hard will have to be done more safely and sustainably. Because of the environmental standards we’ve adopted in our Administration, waterfront developments built over the past 10 years survived Sandy relatively well. But Sandy set the bar higher, and so now we’ll work with the City Council to update our building code and other environmental regulations to ensure that developments are built to withstand Sandy-level ﬂoods – and worse. In addition, we’ll take steps to safeguard key elements of our infrastructure – including our gas, electric, transportation, telecommunications, and hospital networks – from disruptions during hurricanes, heat waves, or other extreme weather events. We’ve reached out to the CEOs of utilities and other key companies to begin working on strengthening these systems and making them more resilient. While we’ve never been hit by a storm as powerful as Hurricane Sandy, throughout our history Downtown residents and other New Yorkers have been struck by many other deadly disasters. And each time we’ve learned from the experience, and come back stronger and better prepared than ever. New Yorkers – and especially those who call Lower Manhattan home – have showed that no ﬁre, ﬂood, or terrorist attack can destroy this city’s spirit or dim our future.
Now we’ll prove that again. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
Mayor Bloomberg photograph by Kristen Artz
TURNING THE TIDE
Downtown Bands Together to Be Better Than Ever in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy
ess than six months after being ravaged by a marauding superstorm, Lower Manhattan is back in business. While many areas like the South Street Seaport continue to struggle with the impact of the storm, the majority of the Downtown community has shown a remarkably swift recovery with nearly all of commercial office space and hotel inventory reoccupied and retailers’ doors re-opened. In addition, the city, property owners and businesses have invested millions of dollars in safeguarding the community’s infrastructure for the future to minimize the impact of future catastrophes. The amazingly positive results speak for themselves and so do our friends, neighbors, business owners and leaders in this section that documents the hard work they put in to bring Downtown back online. —THE EDITORS SKYLINE IMAGES BY TONY SHI
DOWNTOWN IS BACK IN BUSINESS Despite the Sandy’s fierce impact, our community is storming back and the forecast for the future is bright! WRITTEN BY ELIZABETH H. BERGER PRESIDENT, ALLIANCE FOR DOWNTOWN NEW YORK
When I think back to Sandy’s landfall in late October 2012, the headline today is clear: we’ve come a long way. That test given to us by Mother Nature was challenging but it has also been empowering. Our community’s response to this crisis speaks to the heart of what has made Lower Manhattan not only a successful 21st central business district but a global example of a resilient, and formidable city within a city. You can knock Lower Manhattan down but you can never count it out – our neighborhood will always stand up, brush itself off, and emerge better and stronger than ever before. And that is what has taken place. The pace of progress in the wake of pain has once again been remarkable. This is a story full of heroes. Property owners worked on their own and with City and State agencies and others to assess the impact, ﬁnd temporary space for displaced tenants, alleviate permitting requirements, distribute information about recovery resources, and coordinate and advocate with utility providers. Small businesses started cleaning up and reopening, and residents came home. Residents held fundraisers, collected clothes, and cooked meals for each other. The best of people was on full display once again in the worst of times. Here at the Alliance for Downtown New York, we recently took a detailed look at how rapidly the one-square-mile south of Chambers Street recovered, and the ﬁndings tell a powerful story of resilience. By late February, 99-percent of Lower Manhattan’s ofﬁce space was open with
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only a handful of commercial buildings closed, while 99 percent of the area’s residential inventory was back, all but two hotels had reopened, and nearly all of Lower Manhattan’s attractions and museums had welcomed visitors once again. One week after the storm, 320 of Lower Manhattan’s 1,087 retailers were closed, or about 30 percent. By the close of 2012, more than half had those that had been closed reopened, including those at Pier 17 at the Seaport. And by the start of March, 971 establishments - 90 percent - were open for business, though business isn’t consistently as strong as it was before the storm. Small business is key to Lower Manhattan’s success as a new kind of central business district. To help all of the district’s small businesses, we expanded our holiday marketing campaign, urging New Yorkers to shop and dine Downtown. For many of those temporarily without telecom – and thus the ability to take phone orders or swipe credit cards—we distributed over 100 Square mobile swiping devices. And, with the support of some of Lower Manhattan’s biggest businesses, we established the $1.6 million Back to Business grant program, open to eligible small businesses in Flood Zone A south of Chambers Street on a ﬁrst come, ﬁrst served appointment basis. I am proud that the Downtown Alliance was able to make 105 grants of up to $20,000 to help local small businesses stay aﬂoat. Let’s not minimize the impact Sandy exacted on our city and our neighborhood. It was hard, and challenges remain. The obstacles faced by small business have been particularly signiﬁcant, but I want to stress that those conditions are temporary, and the prospects for long-term recovery – and expansion – of the Lower Manhattan retail market remain extremely positive. The facts are clear: the areas of Lower Manhattan impacted by Hurricane Sandy recovered at an astounding pace. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story, which is that the recovery has put Lower Manhattan in a much better position, not only to weather future storms, but to prosper. We are most deﬁnitely “back in business.”
PULLING EACH OTHER THROUGH
E. Berger photograph by Lana De Loncker. W. Wehen photograph by Catherine May Taylor.
Downtown leaders, residents and business owners recount the community effort that brought us back.
WOLFGANG WEHEN General Manager, W Hotel - Downtown Luckily, we were uphill from the major impact of the storm, but we were still affected by the water. We literally had a waterfall in our human resources ofﬁce in the basement and cars ﬂoating by on Albany and Washington. We lost steam and power to most elevators, and some of our talent had to climb 57 stories to get access to our generator and to help residents out of the building with their belongings. Police ofﬁcers, ConEd workers and rescue teams used the hotel all the time for the facilities, to get something to eat or just to get out of the cold. The delis in the neighborhood were handing out sandwiches to workers, so there was a lot of sharing and camaraderie in the days after the storm. The storm was certainly a tragedy, but it gave us a sense of real community. Whether it was the city, the police, or our neighbors, we all felt like we were dealing with it together.
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LARRY SILVERSTEIN President and CEO Silverstein Properties The greatest impact was felt at the World Trade Center site itself. It’s an open construction site therefore it took on millions of gallons of water. The good news is we completed the pumpout process quickly. Once the site is completed, it will be fully enclosed, and this won’t happen again. As far as the future is concerned, Downtown will be the destination. The parks and buildings and the new experience around the Trade Center site will be amazing. The mass transit is unprecedented. The new PATH terminal will be the most magniﬁcent in the world. There will also be a new array of magniﬁcent ofﬁce buildings and about a half-million square feet – through the partnership between Westﬁeld and the Port Authority – that will provide a ﬁrst-class destination for retail at the base of each of these buildings. Put that all together, you have all the elements that make [Downtown] a great place to live and work.
ROBERT LAVALVA Founder and President of the New Amsterdam Market at the South Street Seaport The hurricane and ﬂooding gave shape to Lower Manhattan’s emerging waterfront communities. We learned ﬁrst of all that a community is indeed here, as witnessed by the small business owners and local residents pitching in the very next day to clean up and dig out and support our market at the community volunteer day, just a week after the storm. The ﬂooding also highlighted that the streets and blocks beyond Pearl Street, originally reclaimed from the river, may well be claimed once again by the river. In Sandy’s wake we are left with a question: with this knowledge, how will we return? The prospect is daunting, but the outcome may prove more beneﬁcial than anyone imagines.
DREW ALEXANDER Head of School, Léman Manhattan Preparatory School Hurricane Sandy may have brought devastation to Manhattan’s beloved Financial District, but she also brought renewed community spirit and inspired businesses, organizations and schools to work together in a common effort to rebuild. One example of that cooperation came when we opened our doors at 1 Morris Street to our neighbors from the Montessori School. They were wiped out by the storm, and 124 of two-to-ﬁve-year-old students were displaced. We were able to join forces to ensure that those students continued to receive the education they deserve.
KEVIN MCCANN Senior Managing Director Corporate Occupier & Investor Services, Cushman & Wakefield I’ve worked down here for most of my career, and this community has always proven to be vibrant, creative and aggressive in the face of adversity. We found that with our properties and our neighbors, there were many examples of collaborative efforts and sharing of resources. We actually fared pretty well with our properties. The buildings at 125 Broad and 77 Water opened two weeks after the event. There were clear lessons learned here. We had pumps and environmental cleanup crews staged and at work the next morning, but in the future our plan is to ensure that our support systems will be moved to higher levels and that the next time something like this happens—if at all—we’ll be back in days and not weeks. CATHERINE MCVAY HUGHES Chair, Community Board 1 We now need to focus on the future. The generation and distribution of electricity and steam and public transportation need to be made more resilient. The upside of the damage to the phone and data services is that most of Lower Manhattan has been rewired with ﬁber, which is more resistant to climate and salt water. We’re also looking at ways to make the subway and PATH stations and tunnels more ﬂood resistant, too. We’re part of taskforce to develop a plan based on future climate change, severe weather, and how to rebuild better. As positive as this may have turned out, let’s make sure we never have to go through this again!
SPECIA ECTION LUIS ORTIZ Keller Williams Real Estate For someone from Puerto Rico (and used to hurricanes), I thought people were just not used to hurricanes and overreacting. But once the storm hit, I knew right away things were not going to be well. After the storm, my neighborhood, the Financial District, was deserted – all the lights were off. Almost everyone had evacuated. It felt like I was in a scene from the movie I Am Legend. I was ﬁlming for Million Dollar Listing and the schedule was busy. I did what I could to help local workers – bringing them coffee and pastries. I wouldn’t dare to complain about going up/down 35 ﬂights of stairs. I knew it was nothing compared to what others were going through in other parts of New York and New Jersey.
JERRY GALLAGHER, General Manager JONATHAN BOULWARE, Waterfront Director The South Street Seaport Museum We were focused on saving our historic vessels, so we did a huge amount of preparation. But even we weren’t expecting that big a surge. The good news is that ships ﬂoat and that they were hardly damaged. The real damage occurred at the museum itself. The current on South Street was (hopefully) a once-in-a-lifetime sight, and when it receded, it happened so fast that windows burst in the Seaport shops. Luckily, we have three upper ﬂoors of exhibition space, and they all were safe. The damage was in the basement. We lost electricity, wheelchair lifts, ﬁre pumps and alarm panels. In all, we’re looking at a $22 million price tag. That said, we’ve been impressed by the grit and determination of the community. There have been constant e-mails among business owners and community leaders keeping everyone informed about grants and loans and legal counsel and constant support for everyone, and everyday there are more coming back online. PATRICIA DUNPHY Sr. Vice President, Rockrose Development Corporation My ﬁrm and I started doing residential conversions of prewar ofﬁce buildings in Lower Manhattan in the mid-1990s. We were attracted to the area for the community’s magniﬁcent harbor views, its rich history, quaint architecture, and its cool vibe are perpetual, dating back to Herman Melville’s day. This is why I never lost faith in Lower Manhattan after 9/11, and I was not surprised by how quickly apartment dwellers and retailers rebounded after Superstorm Sandy.
NEAL MARSHAD Long-time TriBeCa resident I’ve lived with my wife and two sons on Laight Street since 1978, and we’d never seen anything like this. Our basement ﬂooded with seven feet of saltwater, and we lost our elevators, electricity, phone, gas – everything! The good news was that the Department of Buildings operated with lightning speed, and while ConEd and Time Warner struggled with the magnitude of demands, when they were out in the ﬁeld, they were approachable and helpful. Everyone banded together to share resources, support, information for environmental cleanup and even lent a hand to take care of children and pets. A lot of residents checked on the seniors on upper ﬂoors and made sure they connected with their families out of the area. Our favorite restaurant, Estancia 460, served up meals and drinks for everyone. We were back in our home by November 16, no small thanks to many people who found a way to help.
ROBERT H. RECHTERMANN General Manager, Conrad New York In comparison to neighbors, we were lucky. We had to evacuate on Sunday, and our team saw the water on the West Side Highway, but it never got to the building. We were open by Wednesday, so we had an opportunity to help other people out. We were in constant contact with the other hotels and accommodated their groups when they couldn’t. The lobby was open to the public and we set up charging stations for phones and gave away water. We were also able to offer special rates to people who were displaced from their homes – especially from TriBeCa. We even did a small Bar Mitzvah on 24 hours notice that had to be moved from the Seaport.
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LINCOLN PALSGROVE IV Senior Manager, The Howard Hughes Corporation The Seaport was hard hit by Sandy and we remain committed to returning the neighborhood to its pre-storm vibrancy while setting a plan in motion for long term sustainable success for the entirety of Lower Manhattan. Looking forward, we are excited to present a robust summer program to include Seaport Music Festival, Children’s Day and Fulton Stall Market in welcoming visitors back to the neighborhood.”
KEN DASHOW Disc Jockey, WAXQ 104.3 When you see disasters on TV, it’s so easy to say ‘What a shame,’ then change the channel. But you can’t do that when it’s your own home. At Q104.3 on Canal Street, our hero was Michael, the building engineer, who stayed up for four days straight, keeping our ﬁve stations on the air with generators, a tiny bit of gasoline and hope. But, as we’ve always known about New Yorkers, when a disaster hits, we cry for a day or two, then we rebuild. We clean up. You give us electricity and we’re open for business. I’m not an uptown guy. If Hurricane Sandy had washed-out Lincoln Center, NYC’s elite would have made the insurance companies write checks that week. CHRIS HILL Director of Sales, Millennium Hotel I’m from Florida and have been though many hurricanes. This experience made us more of a family. We lost power and there was no ability to cook food. Still, we were able to remain operational and able to supply accommodations for FEMA and other recovery workers. The amazing thing about the storm was seeing how tightly knit the Downtown community is. I’m new here, but I was impressed by the support we received from all the hotels. Each contacted all the others with updates and offers of help. We were all there to aid in the recovery, and it felt great.
WARRIE PRICE President, Battery Park Conservancy The Battery took the full force of the-foot surge, and survived. The six piers are intact and our promenades, stone benches and seawall railing are all stable. Still, our gardens were soaked. We lost trees and the Bosque fountain was damaged, but miraculously the SeaGlass foundation was dry. Sadly, our ofﬁces on the concourse level at One New York Plaza were submerged. With critical ﬁles on backup servers we purchased laptops and worked remotely. Recovery began as we replanted and restored the perennial gardens, rebuilt the fountain systems, and found, painted and furnished new ofﬁces. This year we’ve been waiting for: the grand openings of the SeaGlass adventure ride, the threeacre Battery Green, the West Side Battery Garden Bikeway and the unveiling of the greatly anticipated Frank Gehry Playspace design.
STATE. SEN. DANIEL SQUADRON From the thousands of New Yorkers who joined me in the days after the storm to deliver food, water, blankets, and other supplies to elderly and vulnerable residents, to ﬁrms like Proskauer Rose that are donating hundreds of pro-bono hours of legal assistance, Sandy has highlighted the generosity and kindness that so often goes overlooked in our city. Of course we continue to work with residents and businesses to get them what they need to recover, from passing a bill I carry with Speaker Silver to providing vital property tax relief to residents and businesses severely impacted by the storm, to the long-term planning and green infrastructure we need for the future.
Lights, Camera, Traction Jane Rosenthal and the Tribeca Film Festival have been a blockbuster hit in Downtown since 9/11, and they’re still giving back after Sandy.
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here aren’t many people who have given more to the Downtown community than film-industry icon Jane Rosenthal. In fact, she co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002 with Robert De Niro as a direct response to the horrors of the terror attacks of 9/11. Their goal was not only to bring an international forum for the film industry to their home community—where they had already established the respected Tribeca Production Company—it was to bring renewed hope to their hard hit neighbors. “In the post-9/11 world, Bob and I remain committed to the renewal of Downtown and the city in general,” says Rosenthal. “For us, the Festival was a way to immediately create new memories as well as introduce more than $750 million to the Downtown economy in our 10 years here.” Rosenthal has been instrumental in ensuring that the Festival has not only entertained and engaged the Downtown community, but given it a chance to be a part of it with open screenings and concerts that have led to its embrace by local residents like no other event in the film industry. “I was lamenting over some logistical issues I was facing for this year’s festival when someone on our team looked at me and said, ‘You don’t understand, this community looks forward to the Festival like kids look forward to Christmas.’ It was then I realized what kind of responsibility we have to our neighbors,” Rosenthal says. So it was no small surprise that Rosenthal reacted in much the same way to the setback that Superstorm Sandy dealt our community last fall.
Jane Rosenthal Continued “We were motivated in exactly the same way,” she says. “We have contributed to various funds established by the mayor [most specifically the Fund to Advance New York City, dedicated to providing relief and long-term aid throughout the city], who has done an extraordinary job in response to the storm. I’ve also been working with Governor Cuomo and the Empire State Release Fund, personally, to see that grants are given for the unmet needs where FEMA and insurance cut out. Donny Deutsch and I did a series of spots that were running about the rebuilding of New York. Really, all of this is a natural extension of what we’ve always done.” The Festival utilized its website tribecafilm.com to solicit donations, promote benefits, call awareness to local blood drives and provide volunteering information. “What makes New York and Downtown so special, are all of these small businesses and communities and their diversity,” Rosenthal says. “It’s one of the many reasons Bob and I decided to bring the Festival here. There is a remarkable small town feel in all these communities and you can see it in the way everyone has banded together to come back in the wake of this storm.” It’s also why, she says, the Festival has a bit of a community or county fair feel to it. “We always do a family and street festival, which draws people and crowds to the community. We do very large outdoor events – 5,000 people come, free of charge, where we screen movies at the North Cove in Battery Park City. We screened a Cameron Crowe picture about Elton John and Leon Russell. Afterward, Elton played in the driving rain and nobody left. I’d say we have a pretty good relationship with our neighbors.” And as much as Rosenthal has demonstrated her love for Downtown, she expects just as much from the kind of people who live here. “These people are resilient and you could see that in how quickly they came back to work to rebuild,” she marvels. “It happened after 9/11, and certainly, you’re seeing that today. After Sandy they proved that they are as strong, if not stronger than ever.”
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YOUR ALL-ACCESS PASS TO THE GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL IN OUR OWN BACKYARD
he Tribeca Film Festival has been a four-star staple Downtown since Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff and Robert De Niro rolled the opening credits to uplift the community in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Today it is one of the largest and most respected ﬁlm events in the world. And as our post-Sandy community shows its resilience once again, organizers are determined to make the 12th installment the best ever. Here’s some evidence they succeeded.
THE TRIBECA FAMILY FESTIVAL STREET FAIR
TFF co-founders, Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro.
The annual Street Fair is the best example that this festival has always been about the community, offering up interactive activities and options that are open to everyone of all ages. The annual Saturday event (this year on April 27th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) runs along Greenwich Street between Hubert to Chambers Streets, and is lined with interactive activities that include live Broadway cast performances, ﬁlmmaking and production experiences, as well as arts and crafts and neighborhood merchant tents. “We have remained committed to [the] mission of giving back and bringing the community together for an annual celebration of New York City,” says Genna Terranova, Tribeca Film Festival Director of Programming. Even more fun? It’s free!
NOW SHOWING AT NEW YORK’S BACKYARD CINEMA: THE MOVIES The Festival always places an emphasis on sampling films of and about New Yorkers. Here are this year’s highlights.
ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME (DOC) This film takes you into the dressing room of 87-yearold Tony- and Emmy-winning legend, Elaine Stritch.
ALMOST CHRISTMAS Two French Canadians cross the U.S. border and venture to New York with an unconventional get-richquick scheme of selling Christmas trees in the city in this comedy by director Phil Morrison.
FLEX IS KINGS A rare access pass inside the world of the unrecognized and unfunded clan of Brooklyn dancers that created the movement called “Flexing,” in a rebellious act against gang violence.
LILY This semi-autobiographical documentary of an actress’ recovery from breast cancer offers a look at how the disease helped her reevaluate her relationships.
STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS A young autistic boy (below) runs away from his Mexican family in Queens and embarks on a journey via the NYC subway system in the days preceding Sandy.
PARK IT HERE Each year, the Festival hosts the Drive-In Movies series of free ﬂicks to enjoy under the stars at the World Financial Center Plaza. The free entertainment is open to everyone, and the ﬁlms run the gamut from classics to comedy to modern documentaries. The year’s bill includes the iconic 1963 Hitchcock thriller, The Birds on Thursday, April 18; New Yorker Alec Baldwin’s 1988 breakout comedy, Beetlejuice on Friday, April 19; and the World Premiere of a ﬁlm about the most famous cat on the internet in L’il Bub and Friends on Saturday, April 20. So pull up a blanket, grab the kids and enjoy the shows! Films start at dusk or approximately 8:15 p.m.
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New to the Festival this year is Storyscapes, a multiplatform, interactive program at the pop-up Bombay Sapphire House of Imagination from April 17th through 22nd (check the website for locations), that will bring the public directly into the magic world of movies. “We wanted to create immersive installations that the audience can experience firsthand,” says Ingrid Kopp, Director of Digital Initiatives. Here are some of the fascinating and forward-thinking experiences available to the public.
The 2013 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival kicks off a brand new kind of film forum bringing together sports and movie buffs. This year, several sports-themed films will be screened, including four titles by female filmmakers from ESPN Films’ hotly anticipated Nine for IX series, commemorating the 40th anniversary of Title IX. The federal civil rights law passed in 1973 prohibits sex discrimination in education and leveled the playing field for women in NCAA sports. Sports fans can also cheer the world premiere of Big Shot, a riveting film documenting the ownership fraud that nearly drowned the NHL’s New York Islanders franchise, but ultimately led to the team’s pending move to Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center making them Downtown’s first and closest hometown hockey team. Other films in the series include The Trials of Muhammad Ali and The Motivation, which puts a fascinating focus on professional skateboarding. In addition, festival attendees can be more than just fans. You too can get into the game when this year’s Festival kicks off the firstever “Sports Day” at the popular Street Fair. A roster of New York’s biggest names in sports will be on hand to join fans, sign autographs and chest bump folks in free, sports-related games and activities on North Moore Street in the heart of TriBeCa between Greenwich and West Streets.
Sandy Storyline New Yorkers and visitors who suffered through Superstorm Sandy will have the unique opportunity to utilize audio, photography, text and video to share their personal stories about their experiences. Star Wars Uncut Remake the future by recreating 15-second scenes with hand-drawn animations for throwdowns with Darth Maul and other future menaces in a mini-studio. Robots in Residence Androids are invading the streets of Manhattan, compiling interviews with earthlings for a documentary of their own. Get ready to be shaken down by a ’bot. A Journal of Insomnia Since fall 2012, insomniacs have contributed anecdotes about their affliction to a confessional website, and the results have been compiled in segments that visitors can view and select as most relevant to their own experience. Once they do, the subject of that film will contact them to discuss their mutual malaise. This Exquisite Forest Join in an innovative collaborative art project (below) where you access a computer and lend your artistic talents to those of everyone else who has come along to create an ever-blooming animated tree. You’ll be helping to cultivate a virtual forest created by the hands of hundreds of visitors who similarly want to virtually return the earth to its green roots.
“The Trials of Muhammad Ali” headlines a list of new Festival sports films.
Festival attendees will be able to immerse themselves in interactive activities like creating virtual art in “This Exquisite Forest” installation. (above)
Tribeca Film Festival Screening Tickets can be purchased online at www.tribecafilm.com, by phone at 866-941-FEST or at ticket outlets at Tribeca Cinemas on Varick Street, Clearview Cinemas on 23rd Street or AMC Loews on Third Avenue and 11th Street.
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Tony Award-winner, Nathan Lane, the man who arguably helped put Broadway back on its feet with such smash musical hits as The Producers and The Addams Family, and drew rave reviews for his dramatic performance in Samuel Beckett’s classic, Waiting for Godot, is back on Broadway in a new play, Douglas Carter Beane’s The Nance. The sensitive drama, opening at the Lyceum Theatre on April 15th, looks at the complications facing the life of a 1930s gay actor. The Nance co-stars Jonny Orsini, who plays Lane’s love interest, and Tony Award-nominee Lewis J. Stadlen.
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Vampires of the City, the latest and extra? Modern long-awaited album by Vampire Weekend, will -barclay’s spot (animal house) finally be released May 7th. The wildly popular New York City indie rock band has been working on the album for months, even while downtown on the band members took time to work on other musical projects. Lead singer and guitarist, Ezra Koenig, told Q Magazine that this LP is “darker and more organic” than their previous records (Contra and Vampire Weekend) and “very much the last of a trilogy.” The band kicks off the tour to promote the album on April 12th at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. –AH
Celebrated installation artist and visual storyteller C. Maxx Stevens, a member of the Seminole/Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, has created an exhibit featuring 19 works depicting the lives of Native Americans. She describes C. Maxx Stevens: House of Memory, as a collection of “found objects” that includes everything from discarded dollhouses to old clothing collected at garage sales, offering unique interpretations of the complexities of contemporary Native American life. The exhibit is running through June 16th at the National Museum of the American Indian. 1 Bowling Green (212) 514-3700 –AS
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DELICACIES The men behind Eleven Madison Park—Chef Daniel Humm and General Manager Will Guidara—have combined their hunger for improving the greater culinary good with the release of their latest book, I Love New York: Ingredients and Recipes. The 150 reinterpreted New York-centric recipes celebrate a broad range of local dishes while drawing attention to the wide range of the state’s many indigenous delicacies. –ALINA HEIM
More than 95 top designers ranging from Vivienne Westwood to Alexander McQueen to Karl Lagerfeld lend their legendary designs to PUNK: Chaos to Couture, an exhibit organized by The Costume Institute for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, running from May 9th through August 14th. The exhibit casts a sartorial spotlight on the radical music genre’s influence and impact on fashion from the 1970s to modern day runways. The galleries have distinctive themes like “Rebel Heroes,” saluting punk pioneers like The Clash and the Sex Pistols; and “Punk Couture,” which explores the fusion of punk street style and the runway. Frock on! 1000 5th Avenue (212) 535-7710 –AS
Native American Beauty: photograph by Clarissa Rose Pepper; Punk Fashion Brings Chaos to the Met: (Left: Sid Vicious, 1977, photograph © Dennis Morris - all rights reserved); (Right: Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), 2011, Vogue, March 2011, photograph by David Sims)
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Girlon Fire Alicia Keys burns with the desire to help people both around the corner and around the world Written By Mike Hammer
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When Alicia Keys
had 20,000 people singing along with her in an emotionally charged moment of unity at the 1212-12 Concert to benefit the Superstorm Sandy relief efforts in December, it was a moment that crystallized the humanitarian focus of her phenomenal career. And while she was one of the biggest stars on the bill that included Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and The Who, it was her special connection to this city and Downtown, along with her long track record of charitable work and compassion, that made the moment that much more real and special. “I was born and raised in New York, and I was here to witness my city and the Tri-State area going through something nobody could control,” she said. “Hurricane Sandy was so devastating that people still, right now…are without electricity, without heat. I think maybe all of us misjudged how difﬁcult this could end up being. It was a big wakeup call. To see us all coming together…to help each other really showed me what a great country we are.” America has been good to the 14-time Grammy winner, whose new album, Girl on Fire, is burning up the pop charts, while her latest tour is breaking box ofﬁce records in every city on the schedule. Billboard Magazine selected her as the top R&B artist of the ﬁrst decade of the new millennium, and, though she’s just 31, VH1 has already cited her on its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.
This year alone she was selected to sing the National Anthem at the most world’s most watched sporting event—the Super Bowl. She was also tapped by President and Mrs. Obama to sing at the Inaugural Ball in January. But while Keys’ professional accomplishments are virtually unparalleled and still mounting, it has been in her devotion to helping other people with the power of her celebrity that the star has shined the brightest. As a result, Alicia has been very good to America and beyond. She and her family, including husband (hip-hop artist and producer) Swiss Beatz, along with their two-year-old son Egypt, were forced out of their SoHo apartment by the storm, but were lucky enough to ﬁnd safe haven with her mother in another part of town. “Losing power was interesting, especially when you have to entertain a little boy,” she said. “But my heart really goes out to all the people out there going through crazy circumstances that they never imagined. I am reaching out in any way I can.” And that has been her key personality trait, virtually from day one. Keys has been an active leader in the ﬁght against HIV and AIDS for more than a decade, lending more than her name to charities devoted to creating awareness of the struggles facing women and orphans with the afﬂictions.
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While most artists have been known to indulge in the excesses of stardom when it shines its light upon them, Keys has used that light to call attention to people less fortunate than she, almost from the moment she achieved it. Her ﬁrst album, Songs in A Minor, was released in 2001 and went on to sell more than 12 million copies worldwide. It took ﬁve Grammys in 2002, making her only the second female artist to win that many in a single night. But instead of winding up as a regular on a reality show or TMZ, she immediately went on to make headlines in the world of philanthropy. By 2002, she had taken her ﬁrst trip to Africa and saw in ﬁrst-hand the impact that AIDS could have. She was immediately motivated to do something about it. Upon her return home, Keys co-founded Keep a Child Alive (KCA). The organization is a people’s movement that provides life-saving AIDS medicine and surrounding care to children and families in Africa and India. KCA also provides support to AIDS orphans to keep the most vulnerable children out of harm’s way. “There was such a huge pandemic,” she said of what she witnessed on that ﬁrst trip. “…[T]here were all these people who had AIDS or HIV, and they weren’t able to access the medicine that was available here in the wealthier countries. I thought, ‘Is there something we can do? I’ll be a part of it.’”
Performance photograph by Kevin Mazur/WireImage; Alicia photograph courtesy of Keep A Child Alive (right)
“To see us all coming together…to help each other
Keys’ humanitarian efforts include being a spotlight performer at the All-Star 12-12-12 concert.
really showed me what a great country we are.” In the years since, KCA has been able to raise millions of dollars to care for AIDS patients in Africa and India and has used her visibility and influence as an artist to raise global awareness of the issue. She has served as the driving force behind multiple high-profile media awareness programs and reached out to numerous fellow artists and celebrities to take a creative role in them, including the “I Am African,” campaign, featuring fellow Downtown residents Iman and David Bowie, among others. Just a couple of years ago, she appeared on American Idol to introduce a performance by 15-year-old Rwandan rapper, Noah, who is a patient at the KCAfunded Icyuzuzo Clinic in Kigali, Rwanda. During that introduction, she asked the massive television audience to text “ALIVE” to support other KCA patients like Noah, inspiring more than 100,000 responses. In 2008 she introduced the KCA program to her fans at every concert on her tour, urging them to text “ALIVE” on their mobile phones, and immediately raised $5 for every text. Alicia has also produced a documentary film, Alicia in Africa: Journey to the Motherland, which gave a global audience a personal look at her moving experiences on a month-long trip to Africa where she encountered the courageous children, families and communities affected by the AIDS pandemic. She then innovatively
Alicia’s longtime dedication to the Keep a Child Alive effort has lasted more than a decade.
Alicia has lent more than her name to Keep a Child Alive, visiting Africa and India several times to provide personal support to the many children and families who need it.
made the film accessible to an even wider audience by releasing it as a free online download. “It really became powerful, because we were able to go directly to the people who needed it and not be caught up in any bureaucratic situations,” she’s said of her efforts with the program and the film. “I love Keep a Child Alive, and we’ve been able to do so much since that very beginning to now, so I’m very proud.” And while her charitable efforts have been felt on a global level, Alicia has also made sure not to lose her focus on helping people close to home. Just last month, she teamed with the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Greater Than AIDS organization to create Empowered, an ongoing public information campaign to educate women in the U.S. about HIV/AIDS. The grim reality that of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States today, one in four is a woman was more than enough to motivate her to sign on. “Women don’t have an equal voice in the fight for their lives or the lives of their children,” she said at last year’s World AIDS Day, “and that’s got to change if we’re going to achieve the promise of an AIDS-free generation.” It will be exciting to see what she does for an encore, and we’re not necessarily going to put our focus on the stage.
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“I l o ve Keep a Chi l d Al i v e, and we’ve been able to do so much! I’m very proud.”
Alicia surrounded by some of the many kids she has helped.
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JACOBS Community’s stunning student schools us on the life of a rising star.
illian Jacobs is on Hollywood’s honor roll. The star of NBC’s Community recently pulled in a Best Supporting Actress for a Comedy nomination at the Critics’ Choice Awards and has grown from working actress with a list of supporting film roles to breakout star. Despite the stellar cast on the critically acclaimed sitcom, which includes Soup host Joel McHale and comedy icon Chevy Chase, the Pittsburgh-bred Julliard grad has earned kudos from the show’s devoted fan base for her own scene-stealing comic chops. As she wraps up her fourth season on Community, Jacobs has an impressive portfolio of credits, collaborating with some big names. She shared laughs with Kristen Wiig in Revenge for Jolly, made movie magic with comedy superstars Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and will soon be sharing scenes with Jason Ritter in the recently wrapped Teddy Bears. Jacobs has no plans to quit school just yet on Community. This season she can be seen “therapizing” her co-stars, utilizing her Psych 101 credentials, and continuing to crib comedy timing and style from her hilarious castmates. “I learn something new—and funny—every day,” she says.
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ON HER HOLLYWOOD GLAMOuR SHOOT I absolutely loved it! I love old Hollywood film stars like Katharine and Audrey Hepburn, but I’m more of a jeans and sneakers girl, so slipping into a gown and looking so glamorous kind of gave me a sense and feel for what it was like to be an old-time movie star.
ON HER OWN LIFE AS A STAR I work so much that a vacation is taking my shoes off and falling asleep on my couch for a few hours before I have to be on set again.
ON THE HOLLYWOOD PARTY SCENE All your life you dream about going to these glam parties, and then you find out it’s all the same people in different locations. But at the same time, you don’t want them to stop inviting you. That means you’re off the list and nobody wants that.
ON BEING SELECTIVELY STARSTRUCK I met Lisa Kudrow and I am a huge fan of hers! I sooo wanted to impress her and when I met her I completely froze. I wanted to tell her about how much she inspired me to do comedy and how she was my role model and how I wanted to be just like her and all that came out of my mouth was drool.
ON HER FUNNY CO-STARS Chevy’s great. It’s wonderful to see him still be delighted by good humor. He’s a true comedian. Joel’s more of a dramatic actor who happens to be a wildly funny guy. They’ve both helped me hone my timing and ability to be funny in general.
ON HER LOVE OF DOWNTOWN I lived in the East Village for years and loved it. I used to love to eat and hang out in Chinatown and head to the West Village for the Film Forum. I was a struggling actress with no money, but I always felt like I had a rich life there.
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SOLO ARTIST Despite her royal fashion lineage, Jenny Lauren has strung together her own successful and creative career. written by SUZANNE CORSO PhotographY max giua (assisted by frederico)
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was having lunch alone in a neighborhood bistro when to my left I saw a lovely woman wearing gorgeous, earthy beads. The layers, colors and textures so mesmerized me that I couldn’t finish my salad. When the woman rose, I approached her saying, “You’re fabulous, and so is your jewelry.” She replied, “I’m Jenny, and you remind me of a painter’s model and should be wearing my beads.” This brilliant artisan turned out to be Jenny Lauren. Hailing from a fashion-industry dynasty created by her renowned designer uncle, Ralph, Lauren has a pedigree that can only be termed spectacular. Her father, Jerry, is the Executive Vice President and head of men’s design at the iconic Lauren brand. Despite Jenny’s near-royal lineage, this woman was determined to make it on her own. “I have always followed my own muse and worked hard to establish my own way in the world,” she says. Yet while she is fiercely independent in her efforts to create her own legacy, she is equally fierce in her closeness to her eminently creative and successful family. Her cousin, Dylan, is the founder and owner of Dylan’s Candy Bar. Brother Brad is a restaurant consultant, while other brother Greg is an artist, actor and founder of his own clothing line. But like virtually all of the Laurens of her generation, the offbeat, almost hippie-like Jenny marches to the beat of her own drum.
”I don’t plan a piece... ever. I let it take me where it wants to go.“
Jenny also draws on her own lifetime of bead collection from places all over the world. She dabbles in a myriad of materials including glass, granite, stone and brass, one of her favorites. African beads, Czech beads, glass from Afghanistan…you name it and she uses it, often in eclectic combination. Brass from China is used for closures and in stamped metal, but she has also utilized sterling silver and 14K gold. Her current line, which she developed specifically for the Spring 2013, Ralph Lauren Collection, is the first for which she was asked to design new pieces. At last fall’s runway preview, she was ecstatic when she saw the models strut wearing her necklaces, earrings and bracelets. “It’s great to see people wearing my pieces, and it’s wonderful that they are considered high fashion,” she says. Apart from the joy she receives from beading, Lauren’s other source of happiness is her charity work. She’s an active member of FEED, a fundraising organization launched by Lauren Bush for which she sells goods to raise funds to feed and educate hungry children around the world. Her latest endeavor is collaborating on a project with a friend for the Trestle Group Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on creating business opportunities for women. She’s also active with the World Wildlife Fund and the ALS Foundation. But at 40, Jenny is most thrilled with combining her personal passion with her professional life. “It is something I wanted to share with the world for years and now it’s actually happening!” she gushes. Being able to make a living making other people’s lives a little more fun has proved to Lauren she has arrived at a place where she can find peace and fulfillment after a lifetime of individual struggle. “I am perfectly content with a glass of good red wine and some great music while I’m beading away,” she says. “I couldn’t be more content that I’m making a contribution to people who want to make a statement with my beads all over the world. What could be better than that?” Jenny Lauren (right) drapes Suzanne Corso in her own creations, while they each model clothing by Ralph Lauren
After years of hard work in relative obscurity, two years ago Jenny happened to stroll into Donna Karan’s Urban Zen fashion boutique in Sag Harbor, L.I., wearing a wide array of the heavy, beaded necklaces she had crafted by herself. The store’s manager was so blown away by her work that he offered a trunk show on the spot without any knowledge of her family ties. At the show, Uncle Ralph got his first look at the creations and decided to showcase them in his stores as well. Jenny had earned her shot, not had it handed to her. Since then her creations have graced the walls of all the Urban Zen stores, and starting this season, you can find them in the Ralph Lauren boutiques. Lauren’s fascination with beads and jewelry was forged during childhood. “I always loved color and was obsessed with using magic markers, paint and all art materials.” She was exposed at a young age to the antique Native American textiles and bead work that her parents and aunt and uncle collected in their travels. Intrigued by Native culture and art after viewing photos of New Mexico, she begged her parents to take a road trip to Santa Fe. Her parents were just as excited about Jenny’s passion as she was, so together they embarked on what became a turning point in her life. They hunted for beads of every size, texture and hue. “Beads have always been like candy to me—sweet, joyous, and addictive.” Lauren had spent most of her adult life studying art therapy, painting, writing and working in galleries, only returning to beading as a form of therapy to deal with the grief she felt when her mother passed away. It was then she fully focused on bringing her creations to the world. Jenny says that though she can hear the New York traffic in her Midtown studio, she becomes blissfully unaware of the world outside and sometimes works two straight days without sleep. “Everything inspires me—the desert, the ocean, sand, sky; anywhere I have been, even people I meet. My years of painting since college probably added the most to my process, because I see every piece I create as a painting. I pay attention to composition, texture and palate. I don’t plan a piece…ever. I let it take me where it wants to go.” And they go a lot of places. Men have been pairing Lauren’s thick unisex short necklaces and bracelets with business wear. She’s especially proud that her father wears her bracelets, even with his pinstripe suits. She is constantly challenged to create something he’ll admire and wear. “He has always had a creative influence on my life,” says a proud Lauren of her father’s support. “It is just so symbolic how my father wears my beads with such pride. He truly believes in my entire vision and how my beads have a lot to say about style and confidence.”
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How big is Bobbi Brown? This is how it adds up: •• Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is the number one makeup artist brand founded by a woman. •• The company is ranked sixth among prestige makeup brands in the United States. •• The brand has 24 stores in the U.S., France, Argentina, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Paris and Belgium. •• Bobbi Brown started with 10 lipsticks, but now has about 1,000 unique makeup items and 650 products overall. •• One Bobbi Brown gel liner is sold every minute around the world. •• 20,000 products are sold in the U.S. everyday. •• Bobbi Brown ships a shimmer brick every seven-and-a-half minutes.
n the beauty world, these are very impressive numbers. But the story gets even more compelling when you learn about the woman behind this remarkably successful global cosmetics brand. Bobbi Brown has made the journey from unknown to icon, and when you reach such a plateau, it’s natural to reflect on how you got there and where you started. So, let’s start from the beginning:
THE FOUNDATION In the mid-1970s, Bobbi Brown was a bit lost. She’d spent six months at the University of Wisconsin and a year at the University of Arizona but remained uninterested and uninspired. When she returned home to Chicago, her mother asked her a pointed question: “If you could do whatever you wanted, what would it be?” It was then she decided to pursue a career in theatrical makeup. So after earning a degree from Emerson
College in Boston in 1980, Brown moved to New York City to make her mark as a professional makeup artist. Struggling at first, and in an effort to bolster her portfolio, Brown started looking for makeup work in the fashion industry and soon scored her first editorial shoot with Glamour magazine. But this was the ’80s, and fashion makeup was extreme and dominated by harsh, pale—even white—faces, sculptured cheeks and dramatically bold, red lips. This wasn’t exactly a perfect palate for Brown to develop her now-signature natural beauty style. “[I was] doing makeup for the cover of a magazine, and I made [the model] really tan and bronzy and very natural [the photographer] said, ‘You can’t do that! You need to make everyone look pale,’ and I just couldn’t do it, but somehow it stuck.” Brown kept her focus on her natural beauty aesthetic and continued to land jobs with top magazines, photographers and models. She gradually developed her own reputation in the industry. After several years of applying her vision to photo shoots and eventually landing a Vogue cover in 1987, Brown started to look for more diverse and significant ways to express her unique sensibilities. While working on shoots and teaching clinics at Bergdorf Goodman, Brown noticed no makeup products were on the market that easily gave women a natural look. According to Brown, if she wanted to achieve that look, she was “mixing and blending things…you just couldn’t go into any store and buy makeup that I thought looked naturally good.” “One day I met a chemist on a shoot and I said, ‘I want to make a lipstick that looks like lips, stays on, it’s not dry, it’s not greasy and it doesn’t smell,’ and that’s how I started,” she recalls with a smile. From that chance 1988 meeting on a Mademoiselle shoot, the two continued to work together to develop what would be the first line in Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.
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Although Brown’s plans to create her own line of products met with some resistance—“I heard it all,” she says. “The world doesn’t need another cosmetics company. The world doesn’t need another lipstick. That looks like you’re not wearing anything.”—Brown just kept pushing her own idea of a woman’s image (she attributes this to her self-professed “complete naiveté”) and launched her line of 10 lipsticks in 1991. From there, the Bobbi Brown business boomed. Starting with the launch of her groundbreaking yellowtoned shades of foundation stick and skincare line, to her appearances on Oprah and the TODAY show, Brown was hard at work giving women the tools they needed to look naturally beautiful. Her accomplishments and business acumen didn’t go unnoticed by the industry. In 1995, Brown sold her burgeoning beauty empire to Estée Lauder Companies. The price wasn’t disclosed, but Lauder reported that of its $74.5 million in investments that year, the majority of that number was spent on the Bobbi Brown acquisition. “I didn’t really realize I had this major company until I got a phone call from Leonard Lauder who said, ‘You’ve done such an amazing job, we’d like to buy you,’” Brown says, noting that she never wanted to sell her company if it meant losing control of her own life. “I wasn’t for sale, but he said the words: ‘You can be a mom and a wife and have the family you want. Trust us to do the things you don’t really want to do. You could do creative things; we’ll do everything else.’ And that was over 17 years ago.” Because she didn’t have to worry about every aspect of the company, Brown was able to spend time on her other pursuits, like developing new products (she still retains creative control of the brand), working with her favorite editorial outlets like Oprah and TODAY, doing makeup for shoots or runway shows and devoting her time to various charity organizations. And though the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics brand was already starting to make a name for itself in the country, being backed by Estée Lauder launched the company into the industry’s stratosphere, leading to its eventual crowning as the number one makeup artist brand founded by a woman.
PRETTY POWER In the years since, Brown has developed her name and brand into a global beauty empire, become a New York Times best-selling author, devoted her time and energy to several charitable foundations and helped women everywhere realize their own natural beauty and power within, all while living the life she had wanted just as much all those years ago – raising three children, Dylan, Dakota and Duke (born in 1990, 1992 and 1998 respectively), with real estate developer husband Steven Plofker. Brown’s newest global charitable initiative offers especially close consideration to the importance of a woman’s natural power and beauty. The “Pretty Powerful” campaign is based on one simple message: “All women are pretty without makeup, but the right makeup can be pretty powerful.” “I think a lot of people don’t realize the power that they have, or the possibility of what they can do,” Brown says. “You could very easily be pretty and not feel it or look upon yourself as something wrong, and I’d rather teach women to look at what’s right. It’s just helping someone to find confidence and comfort in themselves.”
all women are pretty, and with the right tools, are empowered to a higher level of beauty- it's about being confident and about being who you are.’’
Although Pretty Powerful was launched in 2010 as the brand’s first-ever advertising campaign, it has since morphed into an over-arching brand philosophy, most recently embodied in her book, Pretty Powerful: Beauty Stories to Inspire Confidence, released last fall, and this March’s Pretty Powerful Campaign for Women & Girls. This campaign included the launch of the new Pretty Powerful Pot Rouge, which joins the already very popular collection of Bobbi Brown pot rouges. Every cent of the retail selling price goes to support organizations that empower women and girls. “Pretty Powerful symbolizes my belief that all women are pretty and, with the right tools, are empowered to a higher level of pretty. It’s about being confident and about being who you are,” Brown says. “It’s this philosophy that fuels the fund and motivates me every day to do all I can to empower women and girls.” Brown is also very involved with the Dress for Success program, a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged women realize their own potential by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools. With various monetary contributions, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics puts roughly 300 women through this program every year. Additionally, in January of last year, Brown adopted SoHo’s Broome Street Academy, a charter high school for underprivileged youths. Besides donating her own money and time and helping to develop the school’s cosmetology program, Brown has put her contact list to use for Broome Street – she tapped Nike to donate athletic uniforms, Scholastic to help build a library, chef and television personality Giada De Laurentis to help with kitchen supplies and Kind Healthy Snack to stock the school with more nutritious snack options. “There’s nothing that feels better than helping people with things you can teach or give to them so they can help themselves,” Brown adds. Instead of spreading herself too thin and working with several organizations, Brown likes to focus on one or two causes so she can make a big impact. Whether it’s charity, business or the makeup itself, Brown has always done what felt natural and right to her. “Everything I do is organic. It’s got to feel right; it’s got to make sense,” Brown adds. “We’re not sitting at a table saying ‘Why don’t we do this, it will be really
good for the business?’ It just happens. We met the principal [of Broome Street Academy]; we fell in love. We met the school; we loved it. Things just made sense. I believe in being organic and letting things just happen.” It’s been more than three decades since Brown moved to New York City, and it’s hard to imagine things turning out much better. Going from a lost 20-something to a woman who has become one of the signature faces in the makeup industry is no small accomplishment. With her brand, her charities, her Pretty Powerful campaign, and her continued commitment to family and the millions of woman she’s inspired to be themselves, Bobbi Brown is happy with herself. And with all of her products flying off the racks in record numbers, women around the world are pretty happy with her, as well.
(Clockwise from top left): Brown and son, Duke Plofker; a look at the vast landscape of Brown’s popular products; the boss ponders a big decision; the company’s impressive “Foundation Tower”; Brown working her magic at New York’s Fashion Week; the all-new Pretty Powerful Pot Rouge, and the Bobbi Brown library where the team lays the foundation for feminine beauty.
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A FLOWERING trend O
nce upon a time, floral headpieces were worn only by free-spirited hippies in flowing gowns. But since springing up as a feature from Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2012 Collection, it seems they are back in bloom. Celebrities have lead the way with this trend. Keira Knightley appeared on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival wearing a ruby floral Chanel headpiece, while Kirsten Dunst plucked hers from the Dolce & Gabbana collection for the same occasion. Margherita Missoni, heiress to the high-end fashion brand, adorned her bridesmaids’ tresses with silky garlands of her own. This season, floral crowns continue to be the musthave hair accoutrement. Dolce & Gabbana’s line flourishes with the Alta Moda collection which includes pieces spotted on famous heads around the world such as that of chart-topping singer Lana Del Rey. Among the most dynamic aspects about this spring’s floral crown collection is the cornucopia of colors to suit every skin tone. Another benefit is versatility – they can work with a range of hairstyles, ranging from soft curls to braided up-dos. You can even indulge your DIY side with a homemade arrangement.
Photograph courtesy of Giambattista Valli Haute Couture
Tiara from Giambattista Valli Haute Couture price: upon request to order: Bergdorf Goodman NY
Armed & Fabulous
fter dealing with a brutally cold and blustery winter, the first sign of warm and sunny weather makes people want to be outdoors. In New York City, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities, from spending time with your family in the park and taking leisurely strolls along the rivers to eating at outdoor restaurants. Unfortunately, all of this added sun exposure could accelerate the aging process, or worse, cause skin cancer. You must protect yourself! Increase your time in the sun by simply applying sunscreen or sunblock. Sunscreen is usually a light lotion, cream or gel that needs to be reapplied about every two hours to screen you from the sun. These lotions have been around for 80 years, and the sun protective factor (SPF) ratings that we use today were put into practice in 1962. The higher the SPF number, the longer amount of protection time a sunscreen provides. However, SPF is not strictly based on the amount of time you spend in the sun. Variables such as the time of day, skin type and lotion wearing off during activities like swimming all factor into the amount of time it takes to suffer a sunburn. A person who is 5-feet, 4-inches tall and weighs 150 pounds should apply one ounce of sunscreen evenly to their body. Larger individuals should scale up from there. On average, most people use smaller amounts than recommended, which diminishes the SPF value. Err on the side of safety and use high-intensity protection when you expect to be under the sun for hours. And remember to reapply frequently. If the sun has already damaged your skin, make your way to a board-certified plastic surgeon. Today’s plastic surgery has many ingenious solutions to combat skin aging. As you age, your body changes and no part is impervious to the aging process, including your arms. With age and weight fluctuations, even heredity, the upper arms may become loose and fatty, resulting in what some refer to as “flags” or “bat wings.” Exercise may strengthen the arm muscles, but it does not address the excess skin. For many, the appearance of their drooping arms can cause embarrassment when wearing even a basic T-shirt. In that case, an arm lift may be for you. The arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that can rejuvenate and recontour the upper arms by removing excess skin and fat between your underarm and elbow. After the surgery, your arms will have a firmer, more toned and proportionate appearance, just in time for beach season.
Your skin protects you from the elements, but what are you doing to protect your skin? DOWNTOWN’s doctors have your fix. There are several different incisions and techniques—along with general anesthesia or deep sedation—that may be used for the arm lift. Once you’re put under, the brachioplasty will begin with an incision, placed as inconspicuously as possible on the inner arm toward the back. For patients with a high level of skin laxity, or degree of loose skin, the incision may run from the armpit to near the elbow, while patients with minimal sagging may be able to have the surgery performed through an incision limited to only the armpit. Through this incision, excess skin and fat are removed. For patients whose condition is less extensive, the incision may be limited to the armpit and then liposuction alone will be performed on the remainder of the upper arm. While the incision is located on the inner arm, there is almost always some visible scarring that results. The length of the scar will vary according to the degree of correction needed. Recovery following an arm lift may involve some amount of swelling, bruising and discomfort, so pain medication may be taken to ease discomfort. A compression garment should be worn for a period of time as this will help the skin to contract to its new, smaller and leaner size. Also, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. The stitches put in place to close up the incision will be removed within one to two weeks. With any type of surgery, there’s always a risk of complications. Although rare, postoperative complications from arm lift surgery are possible and may include infection, bleeding and numbness. Most patients find that they are able to return to work within about one week following their arm lift surgery. The results of arm lift surgery will be permanent, provided that you maintain a stable weight and engage in general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively long lasting. To customize your surgery and to understand the scarring and recovery time, always visit a board-certified plastic surgeon.
“...drooping arms can cause embarrassment when wearing even a basic T-shirt.”
–Donald Roland, M.D.
Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon
Photograph by Philippe Reynaud, Model : Hollei Graves
Give Yourself a Hand
Best Foot Forward
Bony hands, loose skin, age spots and prominent veins are all telltale signs of aging. If you don’t want to keep your hands in your pockets all season, there are some simple and effective treatments to give them a smoother, more youthful appearance. It’s the loss of volume—fat (subcutaneous tissue) combined with thinning of the skin and loss of elasticity and collagen—that causes the bony, aged appearance of hands. The same treatments that we’re accustomed to seeking for our faces can be conducted to plump up our hands. While Radiesse, a calcium-based injectable that adds volume, and Sculptra, an injectable that promotes the replacement of lost collagen, can restore fullness to hands, an alternative method is fat grafting, otherwise known as fat transfer. Using a minimally invasive liposuction technique, fat is suctioned typically from a patient’s hips, buttocks or abdominal area. The fat is then purified through centrifuge, and concentrated fat cells are strategically placed through a special injection technique to camouflage prominent bones, tendons and veins. Over time the overlying skin may appear thicker with improved texture. Fat has a high concentration of stem cells, which account for the overall skin improvement. At the time of fat transfer, lasers or other energy devices ranging from fractionated carbon dioxide lasers to radiofrequency devices to IPL (intense pulsed light) can remove sunspots, improve texture, make new collagen and tighten the skin. The recovery time after a fat transfer is relatively brief—less than a week—and most patients are able to return to their normal routine immediately. Discomfort is minimal. Treatment with Radiesse and Sculptra will leave you with redness and swelling, which usually lasts a couple of days. For long-lasting results, protect your new hands and modify your behavior. Sunblock, a mild retinol, an antioxidant and moisturizer are the bare minimum that should be used daily.
As we emerge from our winter doldrums, we are getting ready to freshen our appearance for spring. This can be accomplished through the proper use of both injectables, such as Botox and fillers, and the best skin care products to keep our skin moist and safe from the sun. Lasers and intense pulsed light devices can brighten skin and reduce skin blemishes. While keeping our skin soft to the touch, we want to pay special attention to the hands and feet now that we are on the cusp of sandal and beach season. The right creams keep the skin on our hands and feet well hydrated, as well as nice and smooth. Fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse, restore volume to rejuvenate hands as well as the face. Even simple steps with no downtime such as microdermabrasion and peels, which can range from very gentle to a little bit stronger, will rejuvenate your skin. Incidentally, psychological testing has revealed that many people feel better about themselves following Botox injections. Also remember the advice of the Skin Cancer Foundation and The American Academy of Dermatology: limit sun exposure and use proper sunscreen on a daily basis. Following this simple routine will keep your skin young and beautiful for years to come. –Albert M. Lefkovits, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine
–Michael Bruck, m.d.
Board-certified plastic surgeon
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Mind&BodyREPORT Unfolding Fitness & Skin Care News
GET PRIMED FOR
Paul and Joe Pearl Foundation Primer ($35) will leave your skin fresh, radiant and ready to tackle the day before you even apply your makeup. The first step to a flawless complexion is applying the pebbled primer infused with white lily, flower water, apricot extract and jojoba oil. While you’re at the Paul and Joe counter, check out the spring 2013 collection of colorful compacts that will have you blushing. The new shade duos ($18) feature hues that complement all skin tones, allowing you to customize your shade with two contrasting tones.
LIFT/TUCK BEAUTY TREND Proudly show off those digits with these must-have nail polish shades. Look out for nudes, rosy pinks and muted pastels this season to complement your spring wardrobe. –ALINA HEIM
Dior Vernis Nail Lacquers: Lacquers TUTU 155, ROSY BOW 355, PASTEQUE 658 Butter London Nail Polishes: KERFUFFLE, CUPPA, CRUMPET.
Ultherapy—a non-invasive, FDA-approved skintightening procedure—has been garnering a lot of mixed reviews within the medical community. The treatment is designed to actually lift and tighten the brow, chin and neck, using ultrasound technology, by treating the dermal layer beneath the skin’s surface, with visible improvements nearly instantly – in only one hour. Plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Wells, who’s been offering Ultherapy at his Upper East Side office for six months, compares the treatment to a workout. “I call it the gym membership treatment.” He says the initial discomfort felt after the surgery quickly subsides. Some doctors haven’t bought into Ultherapy just yet, citing the discomfort and limited and unimpressive results that can take up to six months. Dr. Alesia Saboeiro, who practices at TriBeCa Plastic Surgery, instead uses Thermage, fillers, lasers and fat grafting (among other non-invasive procedures) to tighten patients’ skin. Saboeiro isn’t alone. Dr. Michael Bruck, a plastic surgeon practicing in Midtown, has been unimpressed with the results too. “There are many other tools in the toolbox we can utilize to maintain a youthful look besides [Ultherapy].” –AS
Marc Jacobs’ signature Daisy scent has long been a springtime staple as its light scent evokes the whimsical change in season. Daisy Eau So Fresh ($75) reinterprets the classic Daisy scent – it’s lighter and fruitier, and also ultrafeminine. Daisy Eau So Fresh is part of Marc Jacobs’ new launch of “Sunshine Editions” of its best-selling fragrances including Oh, Lola! Sunsheer and Daisy Sunshine. Daisy Eau So Fresh is a youthful take on the popular women’s fragrance – a bubbly bottle of happiness. –AS
Makeup: Hiro Hiroshi Yonemoto for MAKEUP FOR EVER represented by Seen Artists, Hair: Ayato Yokojima for Mizu New York
Mega pop sensation Rihanna has teamed up with MAC Cosmetics to launch the first of four distinct color collections in May. RiRi Woo lipstick, the lip shade’s moniker and the first “RiRi Hearts MAC” product, is a nod to Rihanna’s favorite MAC red, Ruby Woo, which has long been a bestseller for the iconic cosmetic brand. RiRi Woo is the first of many products awaiting release under the collaboration. RiRi Woo hits stores May 4, the same date the singer-turned-makeupmogul is set to perform at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. RiRi Woo will be available at concert pop-up shops (and online) throughout Rihanna’s Diamonds Tour.
Daisy photograph by Célie Gachet. Dior & Butter photographs by Célie Gachet. Paul & Joe photograph by Roman Yee. RiRi loves MAC photograph courtesy of MAC. Model (Veronika G @ Women Direct) photograph by Carmelo Donato (represented by Wilhelmina Creative)
Donâ€™t Envy me
NV SPA and salon
200 liberty street ny, ny 10280 212 - 757 - 2561 www.nvsalonspa.net
The women behind TriBeCa’s innovative interior design destination, Art et Maison, offer up fresh furnishing and decorative concepts for spring. Above image: MOLTON designed by Paola Navone Upholstered knock-down bed, removable cover – shown in “Stitch” grey – other colors and fabrics available, feet in solid wood. Sizes Queen and King European sizes upon request. Letti&co $4,395 to $8,400 (on the wall: Empire Contemporary wall coverings from the Think Tank 12 collection. Wall & decò $160 per yard)
Photograph by Jessica Farkas.
Nuvola designed by Paola Navone Lounge chair and/or sofa in a solid wood frame, upholstered with different density polyurethane foam covered by a goose down and polyester fiber quilting, removable cover shown in “3D” blu – other colors and fabrics available. Gervasoni $4,500 to $6,600
designed by Enrico Tonucci A timeless classic for home and office. Black walnut with vegetable tanned leather seat, also available in fabric. Branda can be closed for transportation and for easy storage.
ladies of the
Manifesto by Tonuccidesign $3,000 - $4,300
redesigned by Enrico Tonucci Redesign of a northern seat with the structure made out of an aluminum tube with leather and/or suede seat or a special fabric for oudoor use. Andrea can be closed for transportation and storage.
Manifesto by Tonuccidesign $ 1,165 - $ 1,295
collection by EcoSmart Fire This self-contained bioenthanol-fueled fire will light up your night. There’s no smoke, no smells, no harm to the environment. Three sizes in black or rust-powder coat.
EcoSmart Fire $990 / $1,190 / $1,290
designed by Rina Menardi These handmade stoneware pieces are characterized by simple lines and inspired by nature, and are never limited to a single purpose, believing, as Rina does, that an object should not impose itself, but rather suggest visual and tactile sensations able to evoke our deepest emotions.
rina menardi Prices vary
collection by Toscoquattro The vanity design reveals the personality of the materials matching walnut wood with Livingtec resin. The Time Collection is enriched by colorful crystal containers.
ToscoQuattro Vanity with sink - $6,500 Crystal Containers - $620 each
ehind any unique, innovative and ground-breaking business, there is a good woman. In the case of TriBeCa’s renowned home furnishing establishment, Art et Maison, there are actually TWO. Partners Olga Sivkova and Maria DeFilippis founded the business on North Moore Street back in 2004 and have constructed a world of respect and admiration from many a wide and growing landscape of grateful and satisfied clients ever since. The seemingly mismatched duo–Maria, a native New Yorker and F.I.T. graduate, comes from years of experience in the retail and fashion realm, while Olga was a medical student in her native Russia–are actually perfect complements to each other. “We are completely different people, with completely different skill sets, but we definitely share the same aesthetic for color and design,” says Olga. “Our similarities are that we both happen to be very personable and enjoy working with our clients and each other.” And their clients love them. With customers ranging from individual homeowners to real estate locations, from Downtown neighbors to internationally renowned celebrities, Maria and Olga have provided high-quality personalized service ranging from full interior makeovers to specialized kitchens, baths, wardrobe and closet systems, and furniture. “We have all kinds of clients and we’ve been lucky to receive their continuing support throughout our years in this neighborhood!” Maria says. “We work very closely with them, we follow up, we oversee the end results and if it is not right, we fix it. In the end, they become our friends.” –Mike Hammer
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FINE LINENS FOR BEDROOM, BATHROOM, TABLE & BABY EXQUISITE PILLOWS & HOME ACCESSOR IES
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MELISSA STEPS INTO SOHO APTITUDE
Photograph by Jessica Farkas
he Melissa Shoe brand kicked off its journey into prominence in Sao Paolo in 1979 with the release of the historic “Aranha” sandal, becoming a uniform for feminine feet in the ’80s. Since then, the brand has established a foothold as a global fashion icon in more than 70 countries and earned a reputation in the fashion industry by establishing partnerships with such celebrated architects, stylists and designers including Jason Wu, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood and most recently Karl Lagerfeld. The innovative designs are reflected in Melissa’s groundbreaking use of the 100 percent recyclable plastic, Melfex. This form of PVC has allowed Melissa to sculpt and mold their shoes by translating texture and touch into sensual forms. Their new SoHo store, which opened last fall, is the first international outpost in a global expansion plan. The
atmospheric architecture of Galeria Melissa NY was inspired by caves, offering a tranquil sanctuary from the chaotic city that surrounds it. Over the last 30-plus years, the brand has stepped out and grown in a wide variety of ways beyond retail. It is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Business Service Network, has created a Melissa magazine called Plastic Dreams featuring globally known designers, models and entertainers, and has launched the Melissa Academy Project promoting the development of new ways of thinking, working and creating with plastic. Melissa has successfully met the challenge of merging plastic with luxurious and forward-thinking designs. Take the opportunity to fall in step with this exciting new store. 102 Greene Street –LISA MADANI
Fade to Blue
Dotted Chambray Kerchief MADEWELL $14.95
Lumber Chambray Hat G-STAR RAW $95
Tully Chambray Bow Tie FORAGE $68
T Chambray Oversize Shirt MiH JEANS $194
he votes are in and the clear winner for spring 2013 is chambray. Denim’s lighter cousin has arrived and is appearing in all kinds of shapes and shades. From Gucci and Valentino unisex tailored suits (below), to Phillip Lim patchwork pants (above left), and Bill Tornade two-shade shirt paired with Bermuda shorts (above right), denim has definitely taken a more unique and sophisticated direction. –LISA MADANI
Chambray Jackrabbit Shirt RRL by RALPH LAUREN $250
Classic Medium in Box Calfskin Slate Blue CÉLINE Price upon request
Lapiz of Luxury Nail Polish ESSIE $8
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Chambray Blue Suede Sneakers NEW BALANCE for J.CREW 1400 $150
Forrest Manheimer, M.D. Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
Dr. Manheimer is a Board Certified Physician specializing in Colonoscopy, Upper Endoscopy, Polypectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy and ERCP. His focus is on the prevention of advanced digestive diseases with proper screening, diagnosis and treatment. He is a consummate professional, who is, at the same time, a caring and gentle individual. Consults, labs and procedures can all be conveniently performed at our location in lower Manhattan. For an appointment, please call (212) 238-0189.
170 William Street New York, NY 10038 (212).312.5000
WORKING for the WEEKEND
Photograph by Jessica Farkas.
f you want to get ahead, you need to look your best. If you’re looking to make an impression in the office you need to look stylish and professional to show management you’re ahead of the trends — both professionally and sartorially. Our Downtown man, Matthew Usukumah, is on the fast track at UVmusicgroup, a local production company. “I’m in a cutting-edge business, so it’s important that I look as sharp as I think. In music, impressions are everything.” Follow Matthew’s sound advice and you’ll earn your way to the stylish weekend you deserve.
Matthew’s office essentials include a gray, threebutton jacket suit from PORTS 1961 (top) — a striking look for this season. His chic BURBERRY iPad case coordinates perfectly with the pink CANALI suit he’s sporting (above). His orange SALVATORE FERRAGAMO trench coat puts a colorful cover on his PORTS wear (left).
Raiding Matthew’s Work Wear
.EDU TOY CHEST
From TOP to BOTTOM (for each column) Column 1: MACK WELDON striped socks, MISSONI knitted blue jacket, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO spring ’13 tie, DENATALE JEWELERS NYC tie holder, APPLE IPHONE 4S black, BAUME & MERCIER black watch, BE THE MAN by Chris Easter (Alpha books). Column 2: COLE HAAN “Lunargrand Wingtip” neon yellow shoes, HERMES “Terre” cologne, MIANSAI “Trice” bracelet navy blue with silver, TATEOSSIAN bracelet, BABOR aftershave fluid, BABOR relaxing anti jetlag fluid, MOSCOT “Miltzen” sunglasses, MUJI notebook and pink pen, PAUL SMITH green leather belt, DENATALE JEWELERS NYC golden cufflinks, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO gray/neon clutch. Column 3: FRENDS “Ella” silver headphones, APPLE IPAD MINI, PORTS 1961 vest spring ’13, MONCLER spring ‘13 navy blue jacket.
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After office hours, Matthew cuts loose with similar cutting edge style. We followed his fashionable lead as he rolled through TriBeCa brandishing safari looks on a bike from the boutique bike shop, Adeline Adeline, and staying on trend in a MISSONI cardigan and MONCLER shorts and PAUL SMITH sandals and belt. He then rides this seasonâ€™s blue wave in HERMĂ¨S pants and MOSCOT sunglasses.
photography Colby Blount styled by Lisa Madani & Alejandro Garcia written by mike hammer art directed by Coco make up: Laura Rothfuss for mary kay special thanks to: cipriani wall street, adeline adeline, emma duch, leslie lecat, JULIA GIAMPietro & roxana Adilbekova.
Inside Matthew’s Casual Closet
.EDU TOY CHEST
From TOP to BOTTOM (for each column) Column 1: MISSONI spring ’13 brown pants, LEICA X2 black camera, MONCLER leather brown sneakers, JACKS & JOKERS gray printed T-shirt, HERMES “Birkin” black leather travel bag. Column 2: OTTEPEL CLOTHING T-shirt, TAG HEUER watch, TATEOSSIAN silver “Stitch” pop scoubidou bracelet in red and brown, TATEOSSIAN silver “Lobster” 4 leather in green and blue, DEAKIN AND FRANCIS sailboat cuff links, JACKS & JOKERS card game, JACKS & JOKERS black iPhone 5 case, APPLE IPHONE 5, MACK WELDON striped socks, GOYARD white wallet. Column 3: MISSONI beige suede boots, HERMèS spring ‘13 sweater, KEMBREL notebook, LEICA M9-P camera, STETSON hat, CANALI blue scarf.
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TOYS OF THE TRADE GUYS’ GUIDE TO SPRING’S TOP GEAR
BOTTOM’S UP! To say that all cyclists are persnickety about their saddles is an understatement. Luckily the market is saturated with seats of various widths, materials and colors to address everyone’s bottom, and bottom line. That being said, one of the lightest and most comfortable saddles on the market is the Bontrager Evoke
RXL Carbon. Although this saddle is designed for mountain bikes, it is so cozy that it can be put on a road bike. Engineered with Zone Density foam, the saddle’s ability to be both firm and flexible is nothing short of amazing. $179 bontrager.com –JOHN A. CAPOBIANCO
GET YOUR KIRK ON
Star Trek meets Office Space with the brand-new Emperor 200 from MWE Lab. This anything-but-standard desk offers a luxurious, high-tech alternative to the run-of-the-mill cubicle. Custombuilt to your measurements, this is the ultimate computer workstation. Relax in the therapeutic electric-powered, massaging, leather seat while you take in the 3 x 27-inch LED touch-activated computer and television screens. $49,150 mwelab.com
OFF THE CUFF
These silver cuff links are Christian Dior’s first to carry the brand’s “bee” symbol. Therefore, the chic Dior Silver-Tone Openwork Metal Cuff Links promise to put the perfect finishing touches on a suit for the office or even a night on the town. $700 dior.com
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Modern, compact and streamlined, the Kohler Numi Toilet System is the king of the bathroom thrones. The pricey commode makes a visit to the bathroom a mini-vacation with its motion-activated lid and seat, advanced bidet functionality, integrated air dryer, deodorizer, heated seat, feet warmer, illuminated panels and built-in musical sound system. $6,400 by kohler.com
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Climb aboard the new Ferretti 960 and cruise in 96 feet of style. The new model lives up to the Ferretti way-more-than seaworthy standards, with a main deck featuring a saloon and dining room, a master stateroom, and a state-of-theart media and entertainment console. This is the luxury brand’s largest recreational boat yet and boasts five cabins including a master and four guest cabins. It also accomodates the party in the back with an aft deck designed for leisure, without sacrificing the area’s intended functions. $10,000,000 (approximate) ferretti-yachts.com
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Australian superstar Kylie Minogue’s first-ever fashion book, Kylie Fashion hit shelves April 2nd. The book showcases never-before-seen snaps of the fashion icon and features commentary from legendary designers Karl Lagerfeld, Dolce & Gabbana.
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THE GREAT GATSBY WEARS PRADA Miuccia Prada, the woman behind Prada and Miu Miu, has lent her designs to Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby. Prada and Oscar-winning costume designer Catherine Martin (Moulin Rouge!) collaborated on 40 period pieces for Gatsby’s bobbed beauties. Carey Mulligan’s character (the devastatingly charming Daisy Buchanan) stuns in dropped waists, fur collars, fringed dresses and jeweled headpieces, while Isla Fisher’s tragic Myrtle Wilson illuminates the screen in the 1920s-inspired designs. This isn’t the first time Prada and Luhrmann have teamed up. They worked together on 1996’s Romeo + Juliet, also starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Like the ‘20s, get ready for these fashions to come roaring back once The Great Gatsby hits theaters May 10. –ANISSA STOCKS
TO GIVE MEN “SOLE” Gentlemen, put your best foot forward this July when shoe darling Nicholas Kirkwood brings his first menswear line to his West Village boutique. The designer is expanding his brand, which already features eccentric women’s styles, to a male clientele. The new men’s line boasts six styles including the oxford, a casual desert boot, smoking slippers and a shoe/sneaker hybrid – all perfect for just about any occasion. Prices: $520-$950 807 Washington St. (646) 559-5239
AGENT PROVOCATEUR GOES BUDGET WITH CRUZ SISTERS Super sexy sisters Penelope and Monica Cruz have teamed up with Agent Provocateur to design the luxury lingerie brand’s first diffusion line. The line, called L’Agent, includes sexy and fun bras, briefs and corsets at an average price of $64 (compared to $300). Expect L’Agent to grace department stores in early August; Agent Provocateur stores will not be carrying this new line. –AS
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La Popular’s spicy (and gluten-free) zihuatanejo ceviche: tilapia, cucumber, cilantro, mango, red onion and habanero.
Viva Cinco de Mayo!
Celebrate Mexican History with Tasty Tapas at Downtown Destinations
inco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexico’s defeat of the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 – not the nation’s independence as most people think. (For the record, Mexico gained their independence from Spanish rule 52 years earlier in 1810.) A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo has emerged in the United States as one of the most exciting days of the year. Through joyous celebrations of Mexican culture, comes the eating of Mexican cuisine, which now includes delicious tapas. Tapas (meaning “cover” in Spanish) have evolved into a sophisticated pan-Latino cuisine, and many different cultures and countries have now covered tapas in their own ways. Most recently, many Mexican restaurants have been putting their own spin on these meant-to-share dishes. Traditional Spanish tapas include albondigas (meatballs with sauce), aioli (mayonnaise infused with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt, served on bread or with boiled or grilled potatoes, fish, meat and vegetables), calamari and chorizo sausage (slow cooked in cider or red wine). So if you’ve got a taste for tapas and you want to celebrate Mexico’s culture and heritage (and delicious cuisine) here are three tip-top tapas taquerias! he Magnificent Arch in Washington Square Park has stood as a gleaming en–Kristen hess, Author try point to Greenwich Village for more TheArtfulGourmet.com than a century. First erected as a temporary wood structure in 1889 to commemorate the centennial of George Washington’s Inauguration as our first president, it was replaced in 1895 by a permanent and beautiful 77-foot-high marble structure adorned with two spectacular statues of Washington on either side and depicting the Founding Father in both times of war…and peace. The impressive edifice has stood tall over the north end of the park as a symbolic entrance to what has long been recognized as New York’s most eclectic, creative and bohemian communities, serving as a beacon to young artists, activists and thinkers seeking a gathering point to share their talents and ideas. Modeled on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the arch is a shining symbol of the independence of the area it provides a signature landmark for. Stepping through it transports any traveler into Manhattan’s Mecca for forward thinking and free spirit. Welcome to Greenwich Village!
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Top-Shelf Tapas Enjoy a Tapas-try of luscious Latin cuisine.
East Village/LES Latin American tapas bar
This East Village-meets-Lower East Side gem offers a buzzy, fun atmosphere and a variety of Latin American cuisine in an exotic, yet casual ambiance. The name “Macondo” comes from the novel 100 Years of Solitude, by Colombian author and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, set in the city of Macondo. The restaurant’s spectacular interior design features a tree in the dining room, natural wood tables and unique glass lighting. Macondo specializes in Latin street food served on small plates including arepas, ceviches, empanadas, hamburguesas (mini sliders) and a variety of sides such as chorizo, patatas bravas and Brussels sprouts with chipotle aioli. In warmer months, enjoy sangria or a cerveza at the bar that opens out onto the neighborhood. Don’t miss the Happy Empanada Hour with $2 empanadas and $6 Latin American classic cocktails (caipirinhas, sangria, piscos and mojitos). 157 E. Houston St. (btw. Allen & Eldridge St.) | 212.473.9900 www.macondonyc.com
2. Antojeria La Popular Mexican tapas bar in Nolita
Mexican architects and brand designers, Andres Mier y Terán and Regina Galvanduque, the creative couple behind Taka Taka and Vive la Crepe, have applied their artistry to the design and menu of Antojeria La Popular Mexican Tapas in the heart of NoLIta. This sleekly beautiful slice of Mexico offers a moody, lounge-like respite from the now bustling and trendy neighborhood. The cozy and chic surroundings are especially stunning when you consider the structure was once a check cashing store. Featuring an array of antojitos, or South of the Border snacks, La Popular’s exotic and authentic menu was created by Galvanduque and her father. There is also a large assortment of Mexican beers, cocktails and sangrias. This spring, the restaurant will unveil Antojeria La Popular Tortilleria, a street kiosk, offering blue corn tortillas as well as quesadillas, esquites (corn in a cup) and Mexican sodas. 50 Spring St. (btw. Lafayette & Mulberry St.) | 646.476.3567 www.lapopularnyc.com
3. Rayuela Upscale Latin tapas on the Lower East Side
Welcome to the New York home for estilo libre Latino (freestyle Latino) cuisine. This hip, pan-Latin restaurant was conceived by Executive Chef Máximo Tejada and restaurateurs Hector Sanz and Paul Fernandez. The focus is on upscale Latin American cuisine with layers of flavors and unconventional ingredients from different regions of Latin America in each dish. The menu has a broad assortment of Latin appetizers, tapas, ceviches, desserts, coffees and teas, Latino cocktails and sangria, as well as an impressive beer and wine list from France, Spain and Latin America. Add the intimate lighting and great music, and Rayuela makes a great setting for a night out. 165 Allen Street (nr. Stanton St.) | 212.253.8840 www.rayuelanyc.com
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ITALIAN WORTH WAITING FOR
After 20 years, Chef Raffaele Ronca Brings the Taste of Naples to Greenwich Village
Photograph by Patrick Kolts
hef Raffaele Ronca is the classic American success story. The proud co-owner of Ristorante Rafele, the brightest new jewel of Greenwich Village, is a happily transplanted Neapolitan who came to New York to pursue his American dream only to reestablish his Italian roots in the process. One step through the door of his new Italian restaurant and you’ll feel as though you’ve set foot on the shores of Chef Ronca’s native Naples. The imported and open wood-burning hearth fills the air with the aroma of his Italian home, while his warm personality greets you with the sense of family he developed as a child. Born into a brood of butchers and fishermen, food was in young Raffaele’s blood, while wanderlust filled his imagination. He loved working with his uncles in their restaurant in Naples by day, developing a passion for food and the perfection of its preparation. “It felt like my entire family lived in the kitchen,” he recalls. “We were always creating recipes and shopping, and looking for the perfect spices.” By night, Raffaele developed an appetite for America through trips to the cinema where he fell in love with a new culture in a country far away. And while he never left his love for food or his family behind, he set off for the United States in 1992 when he was only 20 years old. Raffaele settled in the Italian-American community of Howard Beach, Queens, and followed his dream of being like his idols up on the big screen, enrolling in acting school. “I just loved the old movies, and I wanted to be a part of that. I thought, what better place than New York to pursue that dream?” Raffaele then moved to Manhattan, enrolled at the HB acting studio, and pursued an acting career in earnest, securing parts in several Off-Broadway plays and smaller-budget indie films. While the acting work was consistent and rewarding, he eventually realized that his future was rooted in his past – in food. “I never meant to leave acting,” Raffaele says. “It’s still within me, and eventually one day, if I get freed from the kitchen, I’ll go back to it.”
Throughout his acting career he would share with friends his passion for Italian food, the kind he remembered from his days in Naples. “The Italian food here never tasted like the kind we made and loved back home.” His friends were so impressed with his cooking, they urged him to go into the restaurant business and one of them, Jon Mudder, owner of the now closed and reported to reopen Bellavitae, gave him the opportunity to be a chef at his restaurant. Raffaele was wildly successful and popular during his eight-year run there, followed by six years working as the executive chef at Palma, but he knew he needed an even more personal forum to express his professional passion. Raffaele’s good friend from Naples, Romeo Palmisano, believed in his vision, offered financial support and encouraged him to open his own restaurant with him. The two searched for hours every day for the perfect location and finally found it in one of the most heavily trafficked locations in Greenwich Village, along Seventh Avenue South, in the former 900 Degrees space. It was worth the wait. Inside you’ll find a beautiful Venetian marble counter, where you can watch the chef ’s meaty hands pull plates from a mammoth brick oven, and finely adorned terra cotta floors and polished reclaimed wood. But best of all is the food, which Raffaele describes as a true taste of Naples. His signature dishes of porcini rice balls, seafood pot pie and truffle pasta each offer your tastebuds a first-class ticket to Italy. “This restaurant is a place where I am most at home, and I can offer people the hospitality and tastes that I loved so much as a child,” the chef says. And after being in the Big Apple for over 20 years, “I can’t tell you how much it means to share it with my fellow New Yorkers.” –Suzanne Corso
Opposite page, clockwise from top: Chef Raffaele Ronca sits at the bar overlooking his open kitchen; house made pasta with mixed mushrooms and truffle pâté; seafood pot pie. This page, clockwise from top: Chef Ronca at the stove preparing his seafood pot pie; grilled and sliced grass-fed New York strip with salsa verde; house made Italian cheesecake, and fresh artichokes and garlic.
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New York’s First Ladies of Food
”Food is pleasure... It is a powerful tool...“ Karine Bakhoum America’s Iron Palate It’s not for nothing that Lloyd’s of London insured Karine Bakhoum’s palate for one million dollars. This diva of fine dining has made an art out of tasting food, and her expert comments as a regular judge on Iron Chef America have encouraged countless viewers to experience new foods and flavors. Food has fueled virtually every aspect of Bakhoum’s life. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, she developed her precocious palate growing up on a diet of delicacies including garlicky escargots and Dover sole. “We did not have any ready-made baby food in the house. My wonderful nanny, Tanouka from Madrid, would create sophisticated dishes like pureed avocado with sardines or calves brains with mashed potatoes, which I gobbled up.” Her appetite for excellence has earned her a reputation as one of the leading public relations personalities in the food industry and motivated her to become a popular contributor on The Huffington Post. Her media relations agency, KB Network News, has launched and promoted some of the best chefs in the world. “Food is pleasure,” she says. “Our taste memories unleash a myriad of sentiments and emotions that evoke the colorful and flavorful tapestries of our lives. It is a powerful tool, not just because it nourishes and sustains us, but because it encompasses history, rituals and culture, which I believe will ultimately help unite the world and bring us one step closer to peace.”
Photograph: Karine Bakhoum by Emma Kepley, Marja Vongerichten by André Baranowski, Marisa May by Robert Caplin, Gael Greene by Diana De Lucia, Ariane Daguin by Mallard Group.
Iron Chef personality and celebrity food editor Karine Bakhoum serves up her menu of the Big Apple’s Queens of Cuisine.
Shaving truffles for New York’s elite This petite New York powerhouse spent her childhood summers on the coast of Naples and the Island of Capri learning about Italian cuisine from her famed restaurateur father, Tony May. When she was 10, he served her a bowl of fresh fettuccine with white truffles at a restaurant in Alba, Italy. Her response: it tastes like “dirty feet.” Luckily she acquired a love for the delicacies and now says the smell alone is an aphrodisiac. The father-daughter restaurant team has hosted the White Truffle Gala in New York for 30 years – first at Tony’s iconic San Domenico on Central Park South, and now at their Flatiron District restaurant, SD26, near Madison Square Park. A culinary who’s who attend each year while Marisa, known as “Bossina,” oversees the show for the glittering cast on hand. “I have shaved truffles for the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale and Michael Douglas,” she says with pride.
Photographs: Karine Bakhoum by Emma Kepley, Marja Vongerichten by André Baranowski, Marisa May by Robert Caplin, Gael Greene by Diana De Lucia, Ariane Daguin by Mallard Group
Kimchi Goddess Although you might recognize Marja’s familiar last name from her husband-chef Jean-Georges, this star of the hit PBS series Kimchi Chronicles has built an empire all her own. Born in Uijeongbu, South Korea, Marja Vongerichten was adopted at the age of three by an African-American family and moved to the United States where she grew up eating and enjoying Southern soul food. After reuniting with her biological mother at 19, Vongerichten was determined to learn all she could about her culinary roots. “I learned the Korean language by cooking with my mother. We bonded over the recipes she taught me,” says Vongerichten. “I felt a deep bond to Korean food – to me it is the ‘soul food’ of Asia. I know that one day soon Korean food will be as popular as Japanese and Indian food, which was so foreign to the American palate only 20 years ago.”
”I felt a deep bond to Korean food“
The Godmother of Citymeals-on-Wheels Satisfaction of the senses has been the recipe for success for this legendary food critic and author of sensual fiction like Delicious Sex. As New York Magazine’s restaurant critic for 30 years, Greene turned dining out into an obsession for fans and still whets their appetites with her Insatiable Critic blog. That said, it’s her charity work that puts the cherry on the cake for this famous foodie’s career. In 1981, Greene cooked up the Citymealson-Wheels organization with James Beard to help feed the homebound elderly of New York City and has since delivered over 46 million meals. When Superstorm Sandy struck, Citymeals delivered 64,000 “emergency meals” to seniors in the hardest hit areas. Greene also used her influence to mobilize powerful forces in the food community to aid in the cause. “Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten himself blended the cream of tomato soup and sent it with cases of apples, bread, peanut butter and jelly to feed 500 people.” There seems to be no end to her appetite for charity.
Ariane Daguin Founder of American Foie Gras Ariane Daguin grew up in the foie gras capital of the world in Gascony, France, where her father and legendary chef André was the first to sell the duck magret. Daguin’s magret was innovatively served rare at a time when everyone was eating whole ducks served well done. Daguin came to America in the ’80s, and when American foie gras farms were approved by the government in 1985, she became the only purveyor of domestic foie gras in the U.S. with the launch of D’Artagnan, now one of the country’s foremost brands in the distribution of foie gras, meat, game, truffles and mushrooms. “By making foie gras available, it changed the way chefs were crafting menus,” says Daguin. Her company now offers more than 400 products to over 22,000 clients. In 2012, she added foie gras torchons to her offerings and opened a distribution center in Chicago.
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Continuing their trend of launching natural, warming and soothing colors for their collection of highend cookware, Le Creuset has just introduced quince to its color palette, available exclusively through Williams-Sonoma. Aside from this new color, Le Creuset has introduced new innovations including a stronger lid handle, larger side handles and a new lid design to ensure a more secure seal. $16-$390 lecreuset.com
CHEZ SARDINE Location: 183 West 10th Street The Dish: With its close quarters and seating for 20 plus 4 at the sushi bar, you might feel like a sardine at this West Village gem, but it’s well worth bumping elbows for. The minimalist décor pleasantly utilizes every inch of space, and the simplistic dishes match the ambiance. The Menu: Creative alternatives including sushi with beef tongue or a decadent grilled cheese sandwich served with foie gras and cheddar. Tasty Tip: Go face-to-face with the restaurant’s signature miso-maple-roasted salmon head. (646) 360-3705 www.chezsardine.com
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ROTI MEDITERRANEAN GRILL “Our food is so old it is new,” says Mats Lederhausen, chairman of Roti, the healthy, yet casual eatery that’s been taking the nation by storm. “This is the kind of food that was served in the cradle of humanity.” Having already established the Roti name in cities like Chicago and Washington, the eatery was finally ready to take a bite of the Big Apple. “Coming to New York is like growing up as a concept. We have to be at our best and we are ready for the challenge.” 100 Maiden Lane www.roti.com –ME
100% FAIR TRADE
Nearly 70 percent of the world’s cocoa comes from Africa, but less than one percent of its chocolate is actually made there. Madécasse, a new Brooklyn-based chocolate company, is raising that statistic by helping the country of Madagascar in the process. Former Peace Corps volunteers, Brett Beach and Tim McCollum, aid the local economy by providing a company and jobs to support its people. Madécasse is built on local, natural farming practices and its chocolate production (from scratch to final product) takes place completely in Madagascar. madecasse.com. –AH
IVAN RAMEN Attention noodle lovers! Ivan Orkin, NYC’s ramen guru, is expanding his empire into the Lower East Side with the opening of Ivan Ramen this spring. The native New Yorker’s menu is set to feature five signature ramen options, donburi with crispy pork bell ends, and fried chicken with pickled garlic and ponzu. 25 Clinton Street
CHERRY AT DREAM DOWNTOWN HOTEL Location: 355 West 16th Street The Dish: This lush and latest hotspot from restaurateur Jonathan Moor, owner of Bond Street, features Japanese cuisine with a French twist. The Menu: Any fish dish is a must, from the sea bass capriccio seasoned with shizo and chili lime ponzu, to the blackened skate paired with crisped kale ohitashi. Tasty Tip: The uni-poached egg with green tea salt is a breakfast dish you’ll want to eat all day long. (212) 929-5800 www.cherrynyc.com 15 EAST RESTAURANT Location: 15 East 15th Street The Dish: This under-the-radar destination is a fave of true sushi connoisseurs who tend to keep it a secret so they can score a table at this hidden gem. The Menu: The food is rated among the city’s best by Japanese chefs. Enjoy seven varieties of silver fish from the à la carte menu, or a perfect sampling of sayori (needlefish) with scallion. Tasty Tip: Chef Masato Shimizu has perfected the art of simplistic sushi. If you’re lucky enough to score a seat at the counter (there are only nine) order the Omakase tasting plates. You won’t be disappointed. (212) 647-0015 www.15eastrestaurant.com –PASCAL RIFFAUD
www.ivanramen.com –ALINA HEIM
GO ON A MIDNIGHT WITH GEORGIA
Food pioneer Georgia Pellegrini’s new cookbook/hunting memoir, Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time (Da Capo Press) serves up juicy insights on her experiences as a New York City chef who traded in high heels for hunting boots to track and kill her own food. –AH
Pascal Riffaud photograph by Ryan Shanley
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EYE ON DOWNTOWN Duane Street Hotel 130 Duane St. www.duanestreethotel.com
TriBeCa’s beautiful 43-room boutique destination has written a new chapter to its luxury story. The addition of two 400-475-square-foot suites adorned in an entirely new black and white décor, inspired by the elegance of 1920s New York, complete the hotel’s recent renovation. The suites feature living rooms reminiscent of a Downtown loft, with 12-foot ceilings and hardwood floors. The luxuriously appointed bathrooms feature spa showers, antique tubs, slate and marble finish and Bellino linens. Other amenities include free wireless Internet access, an LCD TV, an in-room Nespresso machine, complimentary iPad, spa services, access to the Equinox Tribeca gym and in-room dining from Duane Street’s renowned Mehtaphor restaurant. “Our clientele has long asked for suites,” says Duane Street’s GM, Nicolas Daeppen. “Our new look is bold, chic and more fitting to our identity.”
Manhattan by Sail 225 Broadway www.manhattanbysail.com
When the heat is on, the smart New Yorker’s thoughts turn to the high seas. Manhattan by Sail offers relaxing and adventurous escapes from the city with Hudson River cruises on board a pair of beautiful sailing ships. The classic 82-foot Shearwater schooner, built in 1929, and 120-foot Clipper City, which is based on an original 1854 clipper ship, take lucky passengers along the Hudson in a variety of themed cruises. Passengers have enjoyed Fourth of July, Sunday Brunch, Craft Beer Tasting and Late Night Romantic cruises. This year, the company offers three new themed cruises, including The Lobster and Beer Lovers Sail, an LGBTthemed Tops and Tails Sail and a night of high spirits on the Cocktail Sail. Cruises range from $25 to $100 per person, depending on the type and duration of the cruise, which range from to 90 minutes to two hours.
GREENWICH JEWELERS 64 Trinity Pl. www.greenwichjewelers.com
Greenwich Jewelers’ curated selection features fine, fashion and wedding jewelry from more than 50 independent artists. Emphasis is placed on sustainable design, conflict-free and fair trade diamonds and gems and domestically crafted jewels. A team of on-site experts, including a master jeweler as well as GIA-certified gemologists, assist the local community with repair, restoration and custom design.
ATRIO Wine Bar
102 North End Ave. www.conradnewyork.com/atrio Located in the soaring 15-story atrium lobby of the Conrad New York Hotel, ATRIO marries old world respect for great food and flavors with a contemporary attitude toward style and service. ATRIO features an all-day seasonal menu, offering inventive flatbreads, roasted seasonal vegetables, meatballs, salads, artisanal cheeses and cured meats, along with a vast selection of wine by the bottle or glass. The cocktail list is a balance of classic American cocktails and original drinks that utilize local and house-made ingredients. With its sleek, contemporary style and inviting ambiance, ATRIO is sure to treat its guests to a truly superb culinary journey.
Flowers of the World
150 West 55th St. & 110 Maiden Ln. (Currently closed for renovations) www.flowersoftheworld.com Since opening its doors in 1994, Flowers of the World has been creating unique floral arrangements in the metropolitan area. The luxury high-end studio with two Manhattan locations (Financial District and Midtown) has flourished by providing exceptional design services for a discerning clientele, catering to corporations, five-star hotels, upscale restaurants and private homes. The studio showcases an array of only the highest quality and exclusive flowers, imported from all around the globe from Holland, New Zealand, South Africa and South America. Flowers of the World also sells locally grown flowers, including the popular peony, which is the ideal flower for springtime. These magnificent flowers are available from mid-April through early June and come in a gorgeous variety of pinks, magenta, reds and white. Flowers of the World also offers weekly floral subscriptions and complimentary maintenance of all installations to keep your space beautiful throughout the year.
Plant Shed New York Flowers 209 West 96th St. www.plantshed.com
As a full-service flower and plant company, Plant Shed New York Flowers has been providing exceptional service and quality for more than 35 years. They are a family-owned and operated business and take pride in exceeding the needs of their clients. As the premier flower shop in New York City, Plant Shed boasts more than 10,000 square feet of space for flowers and plants, including a newly renovated, sustainable greenhouse on the roof. They offer the best quality in blooms gathered both locally in the Tri-State area, as well as from across the globe. Their plant and floral experts ensure personal service combined with innovative design.
1 World Financial Center www.nvsalonspa.net Ready to bloom into spring and watch winter’s chill fade away? Do both at FiDi’s NV Salon & Spa. This beautifully appointed, full-service salon serves up a wide range of hair, skin, nail and spa treatments for the ladies. For the gentlemen, there’s all that plus buff-perfect manicures and old-school barber services like straightedge shaves to provide a taste of NYC vintage luxury. The friendly staff make pampering you their number one priority and leave a lasting feeling of wellness that you can take home with you. So for a warm, inviting, high-end salon that’s sure to change not just your look, but also your outlook, stop in and experience beauty at NV Salon & Spa.
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“Diaper District” becomes USA’s top destination for families.
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ower Manhattan is one of the fastest growing family communities in the United States. So much so, that The New York Times coined the area the “Diaper District” and has pointed to Downtown as the new go-to destination for young parents seeking communities with superior housing, education and recreation. Traffic jams in Battery Park City are more likely to involve strollers than cars, and more than $100 million has been allocated toward projects at more than 20 park sites throughout the Downtown area since 2002. Ample education options, access to the waterfront and the growing number of residential choices from TriBeCa to FiDi have drawn families to our communities like kids to Dora the Explorer. We are happy to provide essential childcare support with our new family section. Come on down, and bring the kids!
Photograph by Catherine Taylor, hair & makeUp by Violetta / NV Salon & Spa
THERE’S A NEW POPE IN TOWN MOMMY MAVEN ROSIE POPE OPENS LATEST MATERNITY BOUTIQUE FOR THE “DIAPER DISTRICT”
he may want to be “The Martha Stewart of Motherhood,” but Rosie Pope has earned her stripes simply by being Rosie Pope. With the success of her reality TV show Pregnant in Heels, her book, Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy, four boutiques (three in Manhattan and one in Santa Monica), parent education courses and baby concierge services, Pope shows no signs of slowing down. The 32-year-old mother of three recently opened her latest namesake maternity store in TriBeCa. Downtown has come to be known as the “Diaper District” for its growing number of babies, but moms-to-be were struggling to ﬁnd stylish maternity clothes. Pope took note, as she had Uptown in 2009, when she opened her ﬁrst store on the Upper East Side. “NYC is like two different cities,” says Pope. “If you live Uptown you rarely come Downtown, and if you live Downtown you rarely come Uptown.” The new Rosie Pope Maternity radiates its owner’s charm. The vibrant décor of the shop is reﬂected in the stripe-ﬁlled spring 2013 line. “We really went bold this year!” Pope exclaimed. “Pregnant women hesitate when it comes to stripes, but it looks amazing and it is fresh and summery.” Pope understands women have higher expectations of a maternity store, and they want the same high fashion they would ﬁnd in any other women’s boutique. “They want to walk in and know they’ve found a place that’s following fashion trends.” All of Pope’s maternity stores offer the latest styles, but they are far from cookie-cutter. The TriBeCa store (55 Warren Street) for example, offers clothes that are trendier and less tailored than the Uptown stores, and it targets a younger audience. Pope has also turned this store into a “lab.” “We experiment with the customers,” she says. Those who want to participate in lab work have the opportunity to help with ﬁttings, try clothes on, receive discounts and access clothes that a regular customer might not. Always keeping an eye on the future, Pope is exploring a postpartum women’s wear line. She’s also working on her second book, a guide to baby’s ﬁrst year. Pope admits, “I laughed at myself when I ﬁrst entered this. You think you know what moms might need, like evening gowns, and then you become [a mom] and realize you don’t need many evening gowns when you’re pregnant! There are some things that I am a lot wiser about now. It just evolved as I evolved.” –LANA MASOR
ROSIE’S BABY IN THE CITY TIPS 1
No heavy strollers! Get a stroller that folds up easily so you can throw it into a taxi and save space in your apartment.
Map out bathrooms. This is very important when you potty train or need a diaper change.
3Ignore the people that tell
you that your child does not have enough clothes on.
4Take advantage of the city
—parks, zoos, museums— but you have to take public transportation so plan ahead. It’s worth it!
From seeing them smile to watching them play with their toys, a baby’s first milestones are monumental. With the latest spring trends, watch your little one reach another milestone as she takes her first steps into the fashion world. These handpicked baby clothing and products from the finest cashmere looks and care essentials made in France and Italy will make your little one the trendiest baby in the Big Apple.
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Hydra Beauty Crème CHANEL www.chanel.com
“MAN extreme” BVLGARI us.bulgari.com
“Bois d’Argent” DIOR www.dior.com
“For Men” VINCE CAMUTO www.vincecamuto.com
1. Fine thin wool beige dress & white linen dress with puffed sleeves, Ovale www.ovale.com 2. Beige bonnet, ivory gloves, beige cashmere jogging suit, ivory booties, Ovale 3. Brown and white boy/girl swimsuits, Ovale. 4. White shoes, white soft trainers & ivory booties, Ovale 5. Ivory double coat, ivory “Grain de riz” coat & hat, Ovale 6. Stuffed toys, $12-$30 Giggle www.giggle.com 7. Go car & boat, $13 Giggle 8. Bandana baby doudou, ball & sleeping bear, Ovale 9. “Petits et Mamans” gentle soaps, alcohol-free scented water, $33-$50 Bulgari www.bulgari.com
“Le Rouge” #306 GIVENCHY www.givenchy.com
All Ovale products will be sold at Barneys in May. At press time, prices were not available.
Spring 2013 / downtownmagazinenyc.com
View OF DOWNTOWN Photography by Tony Shi
BACK IN BUSINESS
Just five months after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, Lower Manhattan is back on the job and growing faster than ever! Ninety-nine percent of commercial offices are open and occupied with the same percentage of people back in their homes. And with the exception of the South Ferry Station for the number 1 subway line, all public transportation is up and running again! Welcome back to work, folks!
A DOG’S-EYE VIEW OF DOWNTOWN
NEW YORK DOGGIE DESTINATIONS
Hudson River Park Catch the cool ocean breeze while strolling with your best friend! Downtown dog owners flock to the waterfront to mingle with friends of both the human and canine persuasion. This lovely park is a favorite for its views and three dog runs, all designed to give you and your pup a great dog-walking experience. Washington Square Park Located right in the heart of Greenwich Village, this famed hub of musicians, performers and NYU students offers bones for both you and your dog. Enjoy the two dog runs within earshot of classical piano music or a jazz trio, depending on who’s staked out the spot closest to you on that particular day. Afterwards, you and your pooch can head to Mamoun’s on MacDougal Street for New York’s best falafel and shawarma.
DIVA Calico Mix, 20 years old What is your favorite thing about the spring?
Roxy English Bulldog Pedigree, 5 years old Where are your favorite stomping grounds?
I love when the windows open and the screens go in. I can perch myself up on the sill and watch the pigeons as they fly by. I get so excited! I also like to nap in the sun with a cool breeze floating through the window or the air conditioner, depending on how humid it is.
As you expect, staying true to my breed, I would much rather sit and dog watch than go for a run around town. My favorite spot to catch up with friends is in the dog run at North End Ave. I love to watch the world go by outside Inatteso Cafe and Cipriani Downtown in the summer.
Madison Square Park For those of you who want to venture a little farther uptown, head to Madison Square Park at 23rd Street and Madison Avenue. Not only will you enjoy the first-rate views of both the Empire State Building and the Flatiron Building, but you can sit outside Shake Shack while your dog laps around the dog run.
Dexter Boxer, 8 years old What foods really make your mouth water?
I love it when my mom makes me an omelet for breakfast! My favorite dinner is sardines. I just love that it gives me such shiny fur!
RJ Silky Terrier, 3 years old Where do you love to stretch your legs?
I love to take walks with my owner, Joe, around Woodside, but I especially love running around in my grandparent’s backyard on Long Island!
Spring 2013 / downtownmagazinenyc.com
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Tompkins Square Park Heading to the East Village? Take your dog to the Tompkins Dog Run, New York’s first ever dog run. (There are now 55 dog runs in NYC.) Satisfy your need to people watch while your pup explores his punk side in the heart of this developing neighborhood.
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