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elcome back to Highways of Benzel-Busch, where we resume our journey through the world of luxury living, travel, technology and, of course, automobiles. After a very successful launch this spring, the feedback we received from you, our readers, was tremendous. So, the pressure is on to raise the bar and continue to engage you with compelling stories, interesting facts and intriguing vignettes of the luxury lifestyle. Performance is the theme of both our Audi R8 cover story and our recap of the unique and exciting Benzel-Busch AMG Road Rally. Audi and Mercedes-Benz are renowned for pushing the envelope of performance technology, and these stories bring that commitment to life. In the News, we are excited to announce that we will be expanding the Benzel-Busch brand with a new Mercedes-Benz dealership location opening later this year in Orange County, NY. We are looking forward to bringing
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our home is an extension of you. So if you’re a car aficionado, why not let guests know it? These latest statement pieces from Mercedes-Benz and Audi not only subtly showcase your love for automobiles but also add a refined touch to the home. BY NICOLE FONZINO
SYMPHONY APPETIZER SERVING SET Next time you have guests over for dinner, serve up a delicious charcuterie board on this branded set. With six steel cocktail picks, four different-sized bowls and a wooden tray, this set has everything you need to execute the perfect cocktail hour. Audi won’t be the only one giving this item its stamp of approval: your guests will be too. Available at AudiMeadowlands.net, $74.95
CAROVANA NESTED BOWL SET One thing every homeowner should have is a nice set of wooden bowls. Add them to your decor and watch people appreciate them every time you use them. Crafted with acacia wood, the set includes three wooden bowls and three tempered glass bowls. Used together or separately, however you choose, they’ll always look sleek. Available at AudiMeadowlands.net, $205.95
AMG ESPRESSO CUPS CLASSIC WINE STOPPER SET Turn heads at your next dinner party with these Meredes-Benz wine stoppers. The set of four highlights classic cars and is made for red, rose or white wine or Champagne. Gift them to a friend or purchase for your own collection. This one’s a keepsake. Available at BenzelBusch. com/Boutique, $74
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Commemorate Mercedes-Benz AMG with these AMG-branded porcelain espresso cups. Equipped with matching saucers that showcase a carbon-fiber design, these AMG cups will communicate your love of cars as you sip your daily cup of joe. Available at BenzelBusch.com/ Boutique; prices may vary
his fall, channel the hues of autumn through your wardrobe’s accent pieces. From standout wristwatches to vibrant shades, these accessories will help effortlessly transition your clothing ensemble from summer to fall.
GUCCIGHOST G-TIMELESS Add flair to your wrist with this collaboration timepiece by Gucci and GucciGhost artist Trouble Andrew. Featuring Trouble’s iconic white ghost motif on the face and pattern on the band, this limited-edition chronometer has a Ronda quartz movement system and a sapphire crystal with antireflective coating for optimum use. Whether paired with a dapper suit or casually sported on the weekend, wear it to flaunt your artistic side with pride. Available at gucci.com, $930
HERRINGBONE SILK TIE Show off your sartorial side with Ermenegildo Zegna’s silk tie. The herringbone design and black coloring will give you a classic look. The perfect men’s accessory, you’ll wish you had this tie in every color. Available at Zegna.com; price may vary
DISTRICT RECTANGLE LARGE SUNGLASSES Missing summer already? No worries. Vuarnet District Rectangle sunglasses will brighten up your day. With vibrant yellow lenses and a black acetate frame, these French-made shades pair perfectly with any ensemble. Not only will they help you achieve a bold look but Vuarnet also will donate a pair to the Shades of Love organization in your name. Available at vuarnet.com, $245
SIMPLE GRIP SPRING WALLET You will love this vibrantly colored wallet from Valextra. Crafted with textured calfskin and Valextra’s signature lacquered ink, the wallet is inspired by the “Grip Spring” trend that was popular back in 1956. With the ability to hold six cards, the leather-lined inside stands out boldly when opened. You can even step up your wallet game and have your initials monogrammed on the outside, so your cards will always be stored away in style. Available at Valextra.com, $435
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ark your calendars. It’s officially time for the changing of your wardrobe. Trade in sandals for booties and sleeveless dresses for leather jackets. While you’re at it, make sure to incorporate these must-have accessories.
KENDRA BOOTIE Look refined and ready for fall weather with these Kendra booties from Sophia Webster. While the exterior is fashioned with black suede, the embellished heels are the shining star. Sport them on your way to the office or a night out in New York City with your friends. Available at SophiaWebster. com, $750
RAINDANCE TIMEPIECE In honor of Ladies’ Day at this year’s Salon Privé, Boodles — the British-based jeweler — is launching its newest collection of timepieces, named Raindance. Featuring diamond faces on either a blue or motherof-pearl dial, the collection pays homage to Mother Nature and comes in a variety of colors such as blush, blue or gray. Add this to your collection and it will soon become one of your go-to pieces. Visit boodles.com for more information.
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You’re bound to fall in love with this black micro bag from Les Petits Joueurs. Crafted with black leather, the Italian-made purse features Lego blocks surrounded by gold trim to form the word “love” and gold stud embellishments. It’s a subtle yet bold statement all in one. Available at NeimanMarcus.com, $1,000
Add a pop of elegance to your fall wardrobe with Oscar de la Renta’s long ombre beaded tassel earrings. Fading from magenta pink to beige to light coral, these earrings are perfect for any occasion. Wear them to a meeting or a wedding; either way they’ll turn heads. Available at NeimanMarcus.com, $450
BY VERONIQUE DEBLOIS
Students at the International Culinary Center julienne vegetables.
he New Jersey/New York metro area attracts some of the best culinary talent in the world. So it comes as no surprise that the region also is rich in schools where aspiring cooks learn to cultivate and hone their skills. The following are some of the best, listed in alphabetical order.
CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA
education excellence. CIA offers bache-
and baking and pastry arts. CIA teaches
(CIA) – Hyde Park, NY
lor’s degrees in culinary science, applied
executive education, provides certificate
For more than 70 years, the Culinary In-
food studies, hospitality management
programs and offers courses for profes-
stitute of America (CIA) has been Amer-
and food business management, along
sionals and enthusiasts. For more infor-
ica’s leader in culinary innovation and
with associate degrees in culinary arts
mation, go to CIAChef.edu.
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PHOTOS BY ARIELLE FIGU RERD O FOR INTERNATIONAL CU LINARY CENTER
WHERE RECIPES AREN’T SECRET
INSTITUTE OF CULINARY EDUCATION (ICE) – New York, NY The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) has taught food and hospitality to more
NOTABLE CHEFS BOBBY FLAY, DAN BARBER, DAVID CHANG, WYLIE DUFRESNE AND CHRISTINA TOSI ARE ALL ALUMNI OF ICC.
than 13,000 culinary students since its
ity professionals as a stepping-stone to
students learn essential kitchen skills
founding in 1975 by Peter Kump. The
begin or advance culinary careers. For
from experienced chef-instructors who
school offers six- to 13-month training
more information, visit ICE.edu.
inspire excellence. The intensive, accel-
programs in culinary arts, culinary man-
erated programs ensure that would-be
agement, pastry and baking, and hos-
INTERNATIONAL CULINARY CENTER
chefs begin their culinary careers in just
pitality management. ICE also has con-
(ICC) – New York, NY
months. From entrepreneurial alumni
tinuing-education programs for culinary
The maximum education in the minimum
such as Bobby Flay, Dan Barber, David
professionals. With a world-renowned
amount of time: that’s the commitment
Chang, Wylie Dufresne and Christina Tosi
curriculum, devoted chef instructors,
made by International Culinary Center
to legendary deans including Jacques
excellent job-placement ratings and a
(ICC). The school’s top-notch education
Pépin and Jacques Torres, ICC culti-
clear entrepreneurial focus, ICE is rec-
is designed for real-world achievement.
vates talent. For more information, visit
ognized by premier chefs and hospital-
Through the total-immersion curriculum,
InternationalCulinaryCenter.com. PAUL SMITH’S COLLEGE – Paul Smiths, NY The accredited culinary program at Paul Smith’s College focuses on technical skills, aesthetics and management. The AAS degree program requires students to complete 400 hours of culinary work experience to reach graduation requirements. come executive chefs, pastry chefs, caterers and food-establishment managers. This program can be completed as a standalone degree or as a prerequisite toward a bachelor degree in culinary arts or service management. For more information, go to PaulSmiths.edu/Learn/Culinary-Arts. (Top) You’ll be cooking with a view at Paul Smith’s College, as it is located in the heart of the Adirondacks; (Bottom) Rowan University has a student-run restaurant called Vaulted Cuisine, where students gain hands-on experience in the food industry.
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PAUL SMITH’S COLLEG E AND TH E CULINARY ARTS CENTER AT ROWAN COLLEG E
Graduates learn the skills required to be-
PHOTOS BY ARIELLE FIGU RERD O FOR INTERNATIONAL CULINARY CENTER, HU DSON TABLE AND H EIRLOOM KITCH EN
Counterclockwise: Students who attend the award-winning ICC in New York learn how to aesthetically plate a dish; at Hudson Table, not only will you taste what you prep, but you’ll also receive the recipe to take home with you; learn everything from basic skills to prepping four-course dishes at Heirloom Kitchen.
CULINARY ARTS CENTER AT ROWAN COLLEGE – Mount Holly, NJ The Culinary Arts Center at Rowan Col-
peers and the public. Go to RCBC.edu/
advanced cake decorating. Among the
lege offers an array of programs. At the
culinary for more information.
themed classes are Italian boot camps,
19,000-square-foot educational facility,
knife skills, holiday baking, couples class-
students are taught innovative culinary
TOP COOKING SCHOOLS FOR
es, Dim Sum and seasonal grilling. Class-
skills and techniques. The AAS and AS
es are available to all ages and include
degree programs in culinary arts can be
children’s and young-adult programs. See
completed in 24 months and include
CLASSIC THYME COOKING SCHOOL
practicum experience. Students can se-
– Westfield, NJ
cure a cooking and baking certificate. A
Opened in 1995, Classic Thyme has creat-
HEIRLOOM KITCHEN –
student-run restaurant, Vaulted Cuisine,
ed a warm and inviting atmosphere fash-
Old Bridge, NJ
operates on campus and is open during
ioned on the concept of a rustic cottage in
Heirloom Kitchen offers recreational
the school year, allowing culinary students
Tuscany. Students can select from a wide
hands-on cooking classes. Examples in-
to showcase their skills and techniques to
diversity of classes from culinary basics to
clude pasta making, healthy cooking,
listing at ClassicThyme.com.
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ethnic cooking, basic skills, making the most of the season’s fresh produce, and digging into a four-course meal you’ve made yourself (with a little help from prestigious chefs, local butcheries, fisheries and farms). A list of upcoming classes and more information can be found at HeirloomKitchen.com. HUDSON TABLE – Hoboken, NJ This popular cooking school teaches in three formats: hands-on, chef’s table and demonstration class. In hands-on classes, students get a quick kitchen intro from a chef about the plan for the night, how to use equipment and kitch(Top) Celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich is the dean of La Scuola and teaches classes throughout the year; (Bottom) learn how to create premier delicatessen items from NYC’s top pastry chefs at L’École Valrhona.
en safety, then break up into groups of
L’ÉCOLE VALRHONA BROOKLYN –
four or five to cook each dish featured
on the menu. The chef’s table allows
Valrhona has been producing the world’s
up to 14 students to sit back, relax and
finest chocolate in Tain L’Hermitage,
indulge as the instructor demonstrates
France since 1922. Valrhona’s interna-
recipes. Demonstration classes allow up
tionally renowned expertise is intricately
bakers and pastry chefs technical skills
to 32 students to watch a chef prepare
linked to its pastry and chocolate school,
for making pastry and bonbons. See
several dishes. Find more information at
L’École Valrhona, founded in 1989.
more information at Valrhona-Chocolate.
L’École Valrhona specializes in teaching
com/Lecole-Valrhona-Brooklyn. LA SCUOLA DI EATALY – Flatiron and Downtown NYC Locations Esteemed Chef Lidia Bastianich curatexpect the course content and food to be top-notch. Hands-on classes include making fresh gnocchi or Italian cheeses. Observation classes encompass topics such as the history and techniques of savory baked pasta. Students receive a 10 percent discount on Eataly purchases, making it even more affordable to recreate the recipes at home. Go to Eataly. com for more information.
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ed the cooking classes at La Scuola, so
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THE A PRENUP
prenup, or prenuptial agree-
“ALTHOUGH PROTECTION OF WEALTH AND ASSETS IS THE MAIN REASON COUPLES ENTER INTO PRENUPS, ASSETS AREN’T THE ONLY THINGS BEING NEGOTIATED.”
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the marriage ends in divorce.
ment, is an agreement couples
Assets aren’t the only things being
enter into before marriage that
negotiated. With outstanding student
defines their respective rights should
debt standing at $1.2 trillion and the
the marriage end in divorce. Prenup-
average household credit card balance
tial agreements have increased fivefold
at approximately $7,000, a prenup can
over the past two decades, according to
specify whether payments of these debts
Arlene G. Dubin, chair of the matrimo-
will be shared by spouses.
nial and family law practice of Moses &
Steven M. Resnick, an attorney at
Singer in New York. Although protection
family law, answers some commonly
of wealth and assets is the main reason
couples enter into prenups, the advent of social media has led more people to
Does getting a prenup mean that a
set out their rights before tying the knot
spouse doesn’t trust her partner?
as a way of protecting their privacy, repu-
A prenup is not about trust. It is about
tation and business interests in the event
trying to limit the financial and emotion-
al costs of a divorce should that occur. In fact, the prenup is relevant only if the marriage does not last. How much does a prenup cost? As lawyers like to say, it depends. Some
“A PRENUP IS NOT ABOUT TRUST. IT IS ABOUT TRYING TO LIMIT THE FINANCIAL AND EMOTIONAL COSTS OF A DIVORCE SHOULD THAT OCCUR.”
lawyers flat-fee them and some charge by the hour. There is no uniform cost be-
know what the future may hold. It is a
Do both parties need to hire a lawyer?
cause it depends on the issues both as to
personal preference as to what risks one
While it is not mandated, it is certainly
complications and number of issues. I
wants to take in a world where about 50
advisable for both sides to have lawyers
have been involved in prenups that are
percent of marriages end in divorce.
so that someone cannot later try to chal-
15 pages and ones that are 100 pages.
lenge the agreement because they did
Regardless of the costs, it’s a lot cheaper
Can couples change the prenup after
not have a lawyer. The flip side of this
than the cost of a divorce.
issue is that a party should have advice
Yes, but there is a higher standard of
as to the ramifications of the agreement
Can people do their own prenup?
scrutiny from the courts for any agree-
before signing it.
If you like doing your own surgery, then
ments entered into after the marriage.
you can prepare your own prenup. Given
An attorney who understands the nu-
and has experience in these agreements
the cost of a divorce and the risk that the
ances of these agreement modifications
should be used.
prenup will be invalidated if not prepared
is essential to proper execution.
A lawyer who specializes in family law
properly, a professional should always be used.
Is it too late to get a prenup after couples marry?
What’s usually included in a prenup?
You can still get one, but it is called a
Common terms include a person re-
mid-marriage or post-nuptial agree-
taining premarital or inherited property,
ment. As with modifications of prenups,
provisions for children from a previous
there is a higher standard of scrutiny
marriage, and waiver of spousal support.
from the courts for any agreements entered into after the marriage. Here, too,
Do people need a prenup if they’re not
an attorney who understands the nuanc-
es of these agreements is essential to
As we know, wealth is in the eye of the
beholder. Nevertheless, prenups for couples starting out with little to no wealth
What disclosure is required in order for
are designed to address future wealth
these agreements to be valid?
from not only marital efforts but if one
While you will have to check local law, usu-
wants to protect a future inheritance.
ally there is a requirement that income, assets and debts need to be disclosed
Is a prenup ever unnecessary?
for each party in order to have an agree-
For more information about Steven Resnick,
That is difficult to say since one does not
ment that is enforceable.
please visit www.stevenresnick.com.
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EXPERIENCE BY EMMA REYNOLDS
The ultimate NYC brunch experience at CATCH, a tri-level restaurant with 400 seats in the heart of the Meatpacking District.
BRUNCH IN NYC LIKE A CONNOISSEUR WHEN IT COMES TO BRUNCH, NO ONE DOES IT BETTER
out for their unique riffs on classic dishes, bottomless cocktails
than New York. Is there a finer way to celebrate Sunday scaries
and atmosphere you just can’t do without. Whether you opt for
than by dining al fresco with one (or two) glasses of mimosa?
a club-infused brunch à la Bagatelle or rubbing shoulders with
Here are a few brunch options in the Big Apple that stand
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New York’s elite at Cipriani, you can’t go wrong.
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CATCH This globally inspired seafood restaurant in the Meatpacking District is a 400-seat, tri-level venue that offers something for everyone. Despite other lo-
Counterclockwise: Farro Salmon Health Bowl; the Anytime Waffle Tower; Smashed Organic Avocado Toast; and the Quinoa-Avocado Chicken Salad, all featured on CATCH NYC's brunch menu.
cations in Los Angeles, Dubai and Playa del Carmen, there’s something iconic about CATCH NYC. Known for its night life and food scene, brunch-goers will not be disappointed by the warm and inviting atmosphere paired with fresh seafood. Choose from an impressive raw bar, featuring Seafood Towers or Oyster Shoots, or go for the Truffle Sashimi and Tartare Trio on the
restaurant’s cold menu. If you aren’t big
The more casual offspring of the iconic
into seafood, classic breakfast and lunch
Harry Cipriani, Cipriani has five venues in
options are available. The one thing ev-
New York that allow restaurant-goers to
and dinner seven days a week. The party-
eryone can agree on? Getting lost in the
experience authentic Italian dining in a
like atmosphere keeps customers coming
cocktail menu, which features cheeky cre-
sophisticated yet casual setting, including
back, as do the extensive art pieces show-
ations, wine and beer, as well as an exten-
Cipriani Club 55, Cipriani Dolci, Cipriani Le
cased throughout the restaurant.
sive whiskey list and tequila and cognac.
Specialità, Cipriani Downtown and Harry
In addition to New York, Cipriani has
Guests can choose to dine al fresco on
Cipriani. Known around New York as an
locations in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong,
CATCH Roof or on any level for an inter-
impeccable brunch spot no matter which
Ibiza, Monte Carlo, Miami, Mexico City,
active and fun experience they’ll relish.
locale you choose, Cipriani is also notable
Moscow and Venice.
CATCH NYC, 21 9th Ave., 212-3925978, catchrestaurants.com
for its glamorous visitors such as models,
Cipriani Downtown, 376 W. Broadway
celebrities, high-level executives and so-
between Spring and Broome Sts., 212-
cialites. Cipriani’s chic Italian fare has some-
thing for everyone. And why wouldn’t you want to be seen rubbing shoulders with
some of the city’s most distinguished folk?
Bagatelle is the day club you didn’t know
Cipriani Downtown, located in the heart
you needed in your life. Located in the
of Soho, is a more casual version of Harry
heart of the Meatpacking District, Baga-
Cipriani and offers Italian classics for lunch
telle is arguably more rowdy on Saturday and Sunday mornings than it is on a Fri-
The Meatpacking Manhattan cocktail at CATCH features Woodford Rye Whiskey, Santa Teresa 1796, dry Curacao, Cynar, Ratafia cherry and Lillet Blanc.
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day night. Serving Mediterranean-style fare in a chic white setting with abstract contemporary art, Bagatelle attracts the
CATCH NYC's East Private Dining Room offers guests an intimate, yet comfortable atmosphere.
Top: Eggs Bagatelle with lobster hollandaise sauce; Bottom: French Toast with Nutella and strawberries.
world’s jet-setters, foodies and celebrities.
The modern hotel is
The 10-year-old flagship location is a New
arguably most pop-
York institution that offers an unmatchable
ular for its five food
ambiance. Opt for the Seafood Tower -
Prestige (oysters, 10gr caviar, king crab,
the Standard Grill,
lobster shrimp, clams and ceviche) or go
the landlubber route with Gnocchi Truffés
Bain, the Standard
à la Parisienne de Nicolas. You’ll enjoy
Biergarten, the Standard Plaza and Top
whatever you choose, especially when
of the Standard. When opting for a chic
paired with rosé bottle service or one of
brunch spot, the Standard Grill deserves
the restaurant’s well-conceived cocktails.
a spot at the top of your list. Blending a
Bagatelle also has locations in St. Tro-
traditional steakhouse with new Ameri-
pez, St. Barth, Dubai, Miami, Ibiza, Monte
can cuisine, the airy and vintage-inspired
Carlo, Rio de Janeiro, Punta del Este and
hotspot will satisfy your tastebuds and
leave you wanting more. Fresh seafood,
Bagatelle NYC, 1 Little W. 12th St.,
cured meats, cheeses and organic break-
fast dishes are mouthwateringly good.
drinks. If you want to make a day of it,
Our recommendation? The Squash Car-
the Standard Grill’s punchbowls are a
paccio with lemon-truffle or the Challah
no-brainer, as are the creative Bloody
You won’t have to venture too far from
French Toast with vanilla mascarpone and
Mary’s. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
the Meatpacking District when you vis-
it the Standard Hotel on the High Line.
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Come for the food, but stay for the
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Bagatelle NYC, the restaurant's flagship location, offers diners a lavish brunch experience.
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Caption tk are a compact engine Views of the vines at instantaneous the Warwick response design, Valley Wineryfrom and the Distillery. turbochargers
The Vina & Dispensa by Arclinea is a half pantry, half refrigerating wine unit for maximum storage.
PERFECTING THE ULTIMATE HOME BAR: BECAUSE EVERY MAN NEEDS ONE
n in-home bar can be your mini personal getaway, providing escape, relaxation and, of course,
the owner and guests to gather and sip. But what makes for the ultimate home bar?
a good time. Once a luxury, it is now con-
In addition to quality spirits and li-
sidered de rigueur by many, a place for
quors, you need top-of-the-line glass-
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ware and accessories to make your bar beautiful instead of merely functional. We’ve rounded up the latest and greatest to get you started. First thing’s first: building the ulti-
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mate home bar begins with a solid and
The Dungarvan Barware collection mixes 1950s flair with contemporary style; Roche Bobois’ LIFT Sideboard/ Bar comes finished in thermoformed Daquacryl®.
sound lighting scheme to set the mood and give it a chic sophistication. “A sleek and sophisticated lighting scheme is a must,” says Marc Schlesser, senior designer at Arclinea New York, a worldrenowned luxury kitchen interior store.
half is a degustation area suitable for decanters. And to top it off? “The beauty of the Vina and Vina Epicure is having everything behind the beautiful
In addition to excellent lighting,
reflective-glass coplanar sliding doors,”
Schlesser recommends wine storage, a re-
frigerator for beer, a bar sink, shelving for
The Vina comes in two sizes: 5 feet
spirits and glassware, drawers for spoons,
by 11 inches wide with a capacity of 96
brilliant glassware and an ice machine.
bottles and 7 feet by 10 inches wide
Perhaps most important is wine stor-
with a capacity of 132 bottles.
age. With so many options available,
Besides the Vina and Vina Epicure,
choosing the right kind can be over-
Daniel and Marc suggest high-end ap-
whelming. Fortunately, Arclinea exclu-
Vina, there are two columns of wine stor-
pliances by manufactures such as Gag-
sively carries what both Marc and Arc-
age on tilted stainless steel interior racks
genau, Miele and Sub-Zero for wine-stor-
linea president Daniel Yarom refer to as
intended to display as well as preserve
age columns. Metal bar accessories by
the “ultimate props” for bachelors and
Alessi are highly recommended to make
wine lovers: the Vina and Vina Epicure.
Vina keeps the wine between 54 and
“Arlinea is a world-renowned kitchen
57 degrees and at a humidity level of
Another standout is the Roche Bobo-
company and the maker of the Vina and
at least 60 percent. It’s equipped with
is LIFT Sideboard/Bar. This super-sleek,
its further evolution known as the Vina
stainless steel inclined racks, coplanar
gorgeous bar comes with a backlight
Epicure,” Yarom explains. “Both feature
doors with semireflective glass and in-
that gives off a sexy vibe as you enter-
unique award-winning designs and are
ternal LED lighting. Half of the Vina Ep-
tain your guests. The Sideboard/Bar is
available only through Arclinea. In the
icure is devoted to storage. The other
made in thermoformed Daquarcryl fin-
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your bar look sleek and sophisticated.
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THE BEST ADVICE FOR BUILDING THE ULTIMATE HOME BAR IS TO TRUST YOUR GUT AND PERSONAL DESIGN PREFERENCES ish in numerous colors. It’s equipped with an electric opening con-
SinStella glasses are created with durable bases to minimize breakage.
taining its own lifting system. And have no fear: the LIFT’s interior is just as savvy as the exterior. It features a storage unit with glass rack and bottle storage on the right, and a base cast in aluminum. Also important are the smaller yet vital things such as glassware. A stellar choice is Waterford Dungarvan Carafe. Modern intersecting cuts and lin-
by Vera Pure. The base is hand made of
ishes, accessories and gear, the best ad-
ear chevrons combine with Dungarvan
different blown crystal glass inputs. It is
vice for building the ultimate home bar
cut from optical K9 glass and polished
is to trust your gut and personal design
1950s-inspired crystal pattern for a luxu-
extensively, making for a one-of-a-kind
preferences. This is exactly what Marc
rious and elegant look.
Schlesser recommends. “It’s simply a
Another winner is the SinStella glass
After all is said and done with the fin-
matter of style preference,” he says.
Must-Have Bottles In Your Bar
So now that you know what’s required to build the ultimate home bar, you’re probably wondering about which wines to buy. From reds and whites to rosés and champagnes, the varieties are seemingly endless. Luigi Tarantino, bar manager and bartender of New York’s Sofia Wine Bar & Cafe, dishes on the bottles that you must absolutely have in your ultimate home bar collection. An Italian Barolo or French Bordeaux (Château Margaux) is that special bottle of “don’t touch it unless I’m celebrating,” Tarantino says. He also recommends a big and bold Cabernet. “Plumpjack makes a delicious one and, if you like vanilla notes, Caymus Cabernet is delicious too.”
Also on his recommendation list is a Pinot Noir from California or Oregon. “I love keeping an easy drinking bottle of wine on hand,” Tarantino enthuses. And a crisp white wine or a sparkling rosé goes without saying. “I’m a huge fan of buttery-oaky California Chardonnays, and in the spring and summer I love French rosé.”
Chambourcin grapes at the Four Sisters Winery; Views of the outdoor patio at the Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery.
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SAIL THE SKIES IN LUXURY
oes anyone prefer not to travel in luxury? With these chartering services, your East Coast journey, international vacation or business trip is guaranteed to be luxurious from start to finish. Blade, Wheels Up, Magellan and VistaJet provide helicopter and jet charters to take you to
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the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Newport and beyond, each with a curated list of experiences, amenities and above-and-beyond service. Skip the heavy traffic in favor of arriving on these safe, sky-high flights — stress-free and in half the time.
BLADE All it takes is a few swipes on your smartphone and you’re all set for your East Coast jaunt. Blade, a premier aviation charter service, transports travelers to East Coast hotspots such as the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Fire Island and Newport, among others. Download the mobile app (available with Apple or Google Play) to book a private flight, or crowdsource a seat before waiting to board your flight (with champagne in hand) in one of three Blade Lounges in Manhattan. The company offers
Blade Bounce, airborne airport transfers to JFK and Newark that pick you up within 20 minutes of booking your ride and can be as short as five minutes. Customized experiences, with event-specific transportation to popular events such as the Harriman Cup, Jones Beach Concert Experience, Burning Man and Gurney’s Newport, can also be arranged. A limited number of Blade Passports are available during the summer season, allowing clients unique offerings, perks and savings for all their vacation or airport-transfer needs with any of the fleet offered through Blade. FlyBlade.com
Clockwise from bottom: Skip traffic with Blade and fly to East Coast hotspots such as the Hamptons, Fire Island and Cape Cod in style; enjoy complimentary cocktails in Blade’s lounges before takeoff; if you live on the water, select a seaplane from Blade for door-to-door service.
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Clockwise from top: Up to eight passengers can soar the skies in Wheels Up’s King Air 350i; the King Air 350i’s cabin is equipped with Wi-Fi and Gogo Talk & Text for passengers’ convenience; Wheels Up has two different membership types: one for individuals and one for businesses.
WHEELS UP Just when you thought flying private with your family or clients couldn’t get any easier, Wheels Up changed the game. The membership-based private aviation company has a pretty impressive history, starting with founder Kenny Dichter, whose first billion-dollar aviation enterprise Marquis Jet was sold to Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets in 2010. Wheels Up differentiates itself with a modest initiation fee, low annual dues and access to private flights as needed, making this operation one of the
most readily accessible of all private travel modes. Members can resource the company’s luxury fleet of 75 aircraft with as little as 24 hours’ notice. With some of the highest safety ratings on the market, innovative technology equipped in each aircraft and two captain-rated Gama Aviation pilots on every flight, travel is a breeze. Internationally capable planes are available, and members can choose between a prepaid program or pay-as-you-go hours in the air. Wheels Down, a unique events and concierge service, keeps members up to date when they’re on the ground on all the latest happenings around the globe. WheelsUp.com MAGELLAN JETS With almost a decade of private aviation success under its belt, Magellan Jets focuses on an innovative model that offers
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and rate within eight hours notice, and complimentary chauffeured ground transfers. The company focuses on safety first with a FAA-licensed flight support team. MagellanJets.com
jet-specific memberships and on-demand charter services with a vast range of luxury fleet craft. Magellan’s Experience Team is on call 24/7, handling on-demand flights, in-flight catering and ground transportation so clients are taken care of to and from each destination. Magellan Jets recently rolled out their Bespoke PriClockwise from top: Magellan Jets’ vate Jet Membership, a highly taiGulfstream G650 cabin has room lored approach to private aviation for up to 18 passengers; VistaJet’s Challenger 605 is 23.3 feet long custom-fit to each member’s needs. and 8.2 feet wide for maximum Memberships include worldwide comfort; the Challenger 605 has access to the Magellan Jets Prefive different sleeping positions for ferred Network, 24-hour expert serovernight flights. vice, guaranteed charter availability
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VISTAJET Unlike many chartering services that fly only to certain locations, VistaJet offers global aircraft service to some of the hardest-toreach destinations, including 187 countries. Some 70 business jets are available, and VistaJet’s unique product offering allows global access on Challenger and Global jets with on-demand, direct or programmed offerings. In addition, customers have priority access to one-way and empty-leg flights to popular places such as London or New York. Whether you’re traveling with your family or fellow business executives, the three-cabin options are ideal for seclusion and privacy. The cabin hostess present on every flight has completed a unique training course at the British Butler Institute. Bespoke catering is available from premier restaurants all over the world and serves only the finest cuisine to VistaJet members. VistaJet.com
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TRACK-TESTED PERFORMANCE FOR THE STREET BY DOM MILIANO Audi has been known for decades as a luxury marque that combines comfort, style, safety and all-wheeldrive security in one package. However, at the 2017 NY International Auto Show, Audi added a new temptation to their R and RS lines: Audi Sport.
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The all-new Audi R8 V10 Spyderâ€™s roof opens and closes in 20 seconds, making it easy for you to enjoy a drive with the top down.
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Starting in spring 2017 and continuing for the next 24 months, Audi announced that it would introduce eight new models, all with track-tested Audi Sport per-
That’s where the heart of the RS 7 beats with a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V8 TFSI engine that cranks out up to 605-hp and 553 lb-ft of torque.
formance in their DNA. Audi’s history of racetrack prowess goes back to the pre-
Using the expertise gained in the fi-
four passengers. The RS badge (note:
war Silver Arrows models that broke per-
ery crucible of competition, Audi will be
the R in RS stands for rennen, German
formance records wherever they ran.
offering customers vehicles that have all
for race) is your first hint at what’s under
More recently, in the 1980s, the auto-
of their traditional road-going strengths
the hood. That’s where the heart of the
maker’s competition-crushing speed was
augmented by even further-advanced
RS 7 beats with a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V8
so extraordinary that the sanctioning bod-
handling and power. Here are the cars cur-
TFSI engine that cranks out up to 605-hp
ies banned the cars because no other man-
rently available at your Audi Sport dealer
and 553 lb-ft of torque.
ufacturer could equal them! At Le Mans,
along with a sneak peek at what’s ahead.
the Audi teams have dominated with 13 overall victories since the year 2000.
popping, it’s the torque that makes Audi RS 7 Performance
this Audi pull strongly from low RPMs,
Whoever said good things come in small
important for passing on hills or ac-
packages never drove an Audi RS 7
celerating out of a tight corner. Mated
Performance. This full-size luxury sedan
to an eight-speed Tiptronic automat-
combines true on-the-road sports car
ic transmission and quattro all-wheel
performance in a vehicle designed for
drive, the driver will experience racecar performance thanks to the power, the
The RS 7 Performance comes equipped with a powerful eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission, quattro® all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension, so you feel comfortable wherever and whenever you drive.
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ultra-quick shifting and remarkable handling. A traditional measure for perfor-
mance in the United States is the zero to sixty time. The RS 7 clocked in a 3.6-second 0-60 sprint, faster than many pure two-seat sports cars. Because this is a luxury car, the suspension was not ignored in the creation of the RS 7 Performance. Standard on the A7 RS is a continuously variable RS-tuned adaptive air suspension. This computer-controlled damper
adjusts the body height of the vehicle based on driv-
Counterclockwise: the RS 3 Sedan features a 2.5-liter TFSI® turbocharged engine; Singleframe® grille with a gloss-black honeycomb pattern; 19-inch, 5-arm-blade design matte titanium wheels; and Nappa leather interior seats with diamond stitching.
ing circumstances. On rough roads and at low speeds, the suspension will raise the chassis slightly to improve comfort. Then, at highway speeds it will sit the chassis lower for more dynamic handling and safety. This all happens without driver intervention, another
ic brakes. If you have never experienced
safety feature of the RS 7. The RS 7 Per-
the stopping power of these “right from
As with the RS 7, the heart of the RS
formance, however, has a system called
the racetrack” brakes, prepare to be tru-
3 is the engine. The all-new Audi RS 3 Se-
DRC - Dynamic Ride Control. This system
ly amazed. Build your own at: Audiusa.
dan features a 2.5-liter TFSI turbocharged
is a purely mechanical so it’s fully lag-free.
engine known for its unique firing order
It reduces body roll and pitch around the
sion to back its impressive looks.
and incomparable sound, producing 400-
transverse and longitudinal axis. These
Audi RS 3 Sedan
hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty
diagonally opposed pairs of shock ab-
Audi’s popular A3 sedan has also received
is reached in a half-tick under 4 seconds
sorbers are computer controlled and use
a heavy dose of RS technology. From an
accompanied by a distinct engine note
hydraulic lines and a central valve so that
aggressive reworking of the exterior with
that can be controlled by opening unique
when cornering at speed, the valves reg-
distinctive fender bulges wrapped around
“flaps” of the standard RS exhaust system.
ulate the oil flow in the shock absorber of
19-inch performance wheels and tires, to
With a car this fast and powerful,
the deflected outside front wheel almost
the deeply contoured “S” bucket seats,
the brakes have to be up to the task.
immediately. This increases support and
the RS 3 looks for all the world like it just
The standard RS 3 brakes use 8-piston
reduces lateral tilt, thereby improving the
came off the track at “The Ring,” Sebring,
mono-block calipers and 370 mm ven-
RS 7 Performance’s handling dynamics.
Watkins Glen or our local favorite, Lime
tilated discs. Optional is Formula One-
As an option, Dynamic Ride Control can
Rock Park. But unlike many cars that are
style, carbon ceramic brakes that take
be supplemented by three-stage variable
“badge engineered” (dressed up with
stopping performance to levels unprec-
decals and stripes to give the impression
edented in mid-sized, road-going se-
Finally, the RS 7 Performance comes
of a track-ready car), the RS 3 has the en-
dans. Build your own at: Audiusa.com/
standard with race-proven carbon ceram-
gine, transmission, brakes and suspen-
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Audi TT RS Coupe Always perceived as a popular, fun, yet practical sports car, the Audi TT, for 2018, is now available with RS tuning, making
Audi declares that the R8 is the pinnacle of performance for the marque, with no other model bearing a closer tie to racing.
it an even more thrilling sports car. The same 2.5-liter TFSI turbocharged en-
legendary Audi Quattro AWD and 8-pis-
seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch trans-
gine from the RS 3 gives the TT perfor-
ton disc brakes on your side. Build your
mission. In Le Mans race-winning fash-
mance usually reserved for sports cars
own at: Audiusa.com/models/audi-tt-rs/
ion, it can shift gears in an amazing 120
costing multiples of the TT RS Coupe’s
milliseconds. Audi drive select offers four
base price. This new engine, mated to a
modes: comfort, auto, dynamic and indi-
seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch auto-
vidual, and on R8 V10 plus models, an
matic transmission, powers the TT RS
In no other Audi model will you find more
additional “performance mode” with dry,
Coupe to sixty MPH from a standing start
evidence of race-proven technology be-
wet and snow programming that allows
in 3.6 seconds. That’s sure to impress
ing made available for the street than in
for enhanced performance based on the
everyone at the stoplight Grand Prix.
the new R8. For 2017, Audi offered an
selected road condition.
However, that’s not where the TT RS
R8 with a V10 Plus engine that generates
Audi declares that the R8 is the pinna-
Coupe really shines. The engine’s broad
610-hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. For the
cle of performance for the marque, with no
torque band – starting at only 1,700 RPM
curious, that combination will allow the
other model bearing a closer tie to racing.
– and the precise gearing and compe-
R8 Coupe to reach a top track speed
Embodied in the R8’s DNA is know-how
tition-quick paddle shifting transmission
of 205 MPH. This is the same natural-
acquired on the racetrack and from the
make carving up your favorite twisty
ly aspirated V10 engine found in the
legacy of Audi endurance racing. For the
two-lane roads or the occasional track
R8 LMS racecar. It’s coupled to Audi’s
first time ever, Audi co-developed the all-
day fast, fun and safe. That’s especially
completely new application of Quattro
new R8 with their GT3 race car, the Audi
true since you’ll have the TT RS Coupe’s
all-wheel drive and features an updated
R8 LMS. But be aware, unlike some super
Sleek and powerful, the Audi R8 offers a road experience like no other. High-tech perfomance features include quattro® all-wheel drive and magnetic ride adjusts.
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Clockwise from top: the R8 utilizes MMI® Navigation, a technological system that provides the driver with Google Earth™, 3D satellite imagery and a Wi-Fi hotspot; three-spoke multifunction flat bottom steering wheel; exterior featurings including LED taillights and rear fog lights; and carbon sigma high-gloss inlays for the interior.
cars that offer privation along with performance, the new R8 delivers a civilized, luxury-car level of performance. Available as a convertible or Spyder model – Build your own at: Audiusa.com/models/ audi-r8/ configurator. Audi RS 5 Coupe Announced in spring 2017, the RS 5 Coupe will launch in the first six months of 2018. Aimed directly at BMW’s M4, this new mid-sized coupe will feature an all-new 2.9-liter TFSI V6-biturbo en-
safe, reliable and stunningly fast family
breed has never been truer than with the
gine that delivers 450-hp and 443 lb-ft
car, then you might want to go to Audi
new Audi Sport line. These vehicles com-
of torque. Audi has tested prototypes
Meadowlands and preorder this amazing
bine all of the traditional Audi values of
in Germany and claims that the RS 5
Audi. It’s the first of the new Audi Sport
safety, luxury and comfort with dramatic
will accelerate from 0 to 100 KPH (62
vehicles planned for 2018, but it won’t
racetrack driving characteristics.
mph) in just 3.9 seconds. If you’re going
be the last.
to be in the market for a comfortable,
The claim that racing improves the
Visit Audi Meadowlands to be both impressed and, we bet, severely tempted!
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AMG DRIVING ACADEMY AT LIME ROCK PARK BY DOM MILIANO
s if owning a Mercedes-Benz AMG werenâ€™t thrilling enough, every buyer of a new model is now being offered a complimentary day of driving at a racetrack with professional racecar
drivers as guides. This offer is valid for one year from the date of delivery of your AMG and can be redeemed at one of four world-class racing facilities: Laguna Seca in California, Road Atlanta in Georgia, Circuit of the Americas in Texas and Lime Rock Park in nearby Connecticut. Despite the inherent goosebump-raising thrill of a day of driving fast, powerful cars at potentially triple-digit speeds, J. Agresta, principal at Benzel-Busch in Englewood, NJ, decided he and his team had to add another dose of excitement. Eligible AMG owners were invited to gather at the dealership a day ahead of their driving appointment for a unique and exclusive event: a road rally to their hotel. Of course, overnight accommodations were provided courtesy of Benzel-Busch. Very classy!
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AMG vehicles line up on the Lime Rock track for a day of racing.
BY THE END OF THE DAY, EVERY ONE OF THE PARTICIPANTS WOULD BE A BETTER, SAFER DRIVER WITH A SUPERIOR UNDERSTANDING OF THE AMG’S HANDLING POWER AND INCREDIBLE BRAKING ABILITY. RALLY-HO! – Upon arrival, the AMG
ly blocked off the street and reserved the
proximately one-hundred-mile adven-
owners were treated to a light lunch
entire block for rally parking to ensure
ture. Along the way, questions about
while their cars were “badged” with
drivers could safely convoy to the Pali-
signs, rivers, buildings and even farm
a uniquely designed vinyl rally badge
sades Interstate Parkway as they made
animals were posed so both driver and
and car number. Just prior to departure,
their way north to the rendezvous at their
navigator had to keep a sharp eye out.
Agresta’s team handed each participant
Connecticut hotel: the Interlaken.
The most interesting challenge in-
a goodie bag filled with snacks, bottled
Lime Rock Park raceway is located ap-
volved, of all things, cows! The teams were
spring water and a folder with rally route
proximately two hours from Englewood
asked to photograph any cows they saw
instructions and scavenger-hunt ques-
and post them to
tions. The team even provided drivers
corner of New En-
social media with
with personalized AMG polo shirts!
gland where New
the hash tag #BBral-
ly17. A bonus award was given to anyone who could snap a photo of a participant milking a cow. Believe it or not, a (Left): Benzel-Busch team enjoys their day at Lime Rock; (right): each car in the rally received a vinyl sticker.
couple of intrepid folks managed to meet that challenge. Of
team could inch along the route, fastidiously looking for answers to ensure they had a perfect score. But since this was an AMG owner rally, the first three teams to arrive at the hotel were awarded bonus points. That meant that pace was as important as patience. LIVE NOT BY BREAD ALONE – For dinner, Benzel-Busch held a classic New England clambake complete with real The eager participants were told that
York, Massachusetts and Connecticut
“chow-dah” steamers, corn on the cob,
valuable prizes awaited the highest-scor-
come together. Although many paths
crab cakes, flank steak and, of course,
ing rally teams. “Don’t get lost and an-
will get you there, the rally instructions
boiled whole lobster. AMG owners must
swer the questions” were the departing
directed the more than two dozen par-
live right because the weather cooperat-
words of the rally master.
ticipants onto scenic and entertaining
ed, giving everyone a perfect late-sum-
twisty two-lane “blue roads” for the ap-
mer evening for the outdoor feast. Ral-
The Englewood police had generous-
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lying is thirsty work. Hence, there was an open bar with soft drinks, wine, beer and cocktails to wash down the food and memories of any wrong turns made on the rally. Toward the end of the evening, J. Agresta awarded valuable prizes to the highest-finishing rally participants. Along with some good-natured kidding, he advised getting a good night’s rest because the on-track escapades started the next morning at 7:30! WELCOME, WE ALL KNOW WHY
formula cars and mo-
WE’RE HERE – The early morning fog was
torcycles to Indy racers,
drifting through the valley where Lime Rock
sports cars, sprint cars
Park is situated as entrants arrived. There
and even NASCAR.
was a buzz of activity from the crew of
(Top): Drivers meet with AMG experts before hitting the track; (right): cars being prepped for the day.
What came through
technicians who were vigilantly scrutinizing
loud and clear from all of the instructors
each of the 70 AMG cars the drivers would
as they spoke about their credentials
be using for their on-track education. Win-
is the passion they have for the AMG
dows were polished, tire pressures were
brand and the Driving Academy. Their
set to within a fraction of a pound, brake-
guarantee was that by the end of the
pad wear was inspected, and oil levels
day, every one of the participants would
were checked to ensure every driver had a
be a better, safer driver with a superior
safe and problem-free experience.
understanding of the AMG’s handling,
Inside the AMG chalet — an elegant
power and incredible braking ability.
properly adjusting the seat and steering
and amazing portable building transport-
“We will edge you out of your com-
wheel. Next, he stressed the concept of
ed to and assembled at each racing venue
fort zone,” Alsup exclaimed, again
“eyes up” or “eye work”: his terminolo-
— registration was conducted, track-run
guaranteeing that if participants stayed
gy for the all-important job of looking as
groups assigned and helmets fitted along
focused, they would leave the day’s ad-
far ahead as possible.
with a balaclava (AKA head scarf) to each
venture as better, safer drivers.
Finally, Alsup presented an easy-to-
driver. A full breakfast was offered, served
FUNDAMENTALS WITH EMPHASIS
understand, very informative explanation
on real china plates complete with linen
ON FUN – Nothing the students would
of vehicle dynamics. Terms like the line,
tablecloths and napkins — of course!
be facing was left to chance. Something
oversteer, understeer, push and loose
While the participants were finishing
most people take for granted — seating
were defined and illustrated using videos.
breakfast, AMG Chief Instructor AJ Alsup
position — was graphically represent-
Having familiarity with the terms and then
introduced himself and explained his pro-
ed with logical reasons for why getting
applying the lessons on the track were
fessional credentials (racer, champion, in-
comfortable in the driver’s seat is so im-
key to shortening the learning curve.
structor). Next, he brought each instructor
portant. Alsup stressed that the ability
Before we split up into our teams, Al-
forward to do the same. The AMG team
to steer effectively, aggressively use the
sup gathered everyone outside the cha-
was a who’s who of professional racing in
brakes and clearly see the entire road so
let and conducted a short but effective
disciplines that ranged from open-wheel
you could drive the racing line starts with
set of limbering and stretching exercises.
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While the drivers were at the track,
that rode in his wake as he demonstrat-
more interested in our velocity! At the
invited guests, friends and spouses were
ed the proper racing line. Each car had
track’s famous uphill turn, we climbed at
picked up at the Interlaken and taken
a portable radio in the door pocket that
nearly 80 MPH. At the daunting downhill
by tour bus to the Millbrook Winery for
Nipper used to give instructions to his
corner, our speed was about the same.
tasting and a gourmet lunch. All, once
team. Two students were placed in each
Most impressive, just before the braking
again, courtesy of Benzel-Busch!
car. While the initial driver was learning
zone farther down the main straightaway, I saw Randy hit 119 MPH several times.
the line, the second got the benefit of
Lime Rock Park is the shortest track the
seeing the track firsthand before his or
AMG Driving Academy uses, it has am-
her turn behind the wheel.
Despite the serious speed and the aggressive use of our AMG’s brakes to slow
ple space to conduct every exercise in
The pace was, initially, what you could
for the first corner (called Big Bend), noth-
the program. While one team practic-
call brisk highway driving. However, with
ing untoward happened. Engine water
es “panic” braking on a paved infield
each passing lap, Nipper upped the
temperatures were normal. The brakes
paddock, another is off to the wet skid
speeds, keeping a watchful eye in his
didn’t overheat or show a hint of fade. Air
pad to learn how to sense and then cor-
rearview mirror to make sure he wasn’t
conditioning kept us cool. If you listened
rect an impending slide. Both are done
losing anyone. At different times during
carefully, the tires made little screeching
with football field–sized runoff areas for
the run, Nipper clicked on his right direc-
sounds in the corners but still gripped the
maximum safety. The main racetrack
tional and slowed his pace. This was a sig-
asphalt like Scrooge to his wallet!
was used by the other teams to practice
nal to the students to shuffle the order of
This exercise continued all morning with
eye work and learn dynamic car control,
the train of cars. The second car became
drivers swapping seats and teams switch-
plus sense and manage understeer and
the first, last second and first last. That
ing to different model AMGs. At lunchtime, the AMG technical crew went over each car, rechecking tire pressures, refueling them with premium gas and cleaning windshields. I asked a mechanic if he ever From left to right: the Benzel-Busch team; Benzel-Busch President J. Agresta congratulates the fastest finisher, Slavic Goffman
ran into any mechanical issues and he laughed. Essentially, he said that the cars are so well built and so well maintained that besides replacing
tires and brake pads nothing ever fails. LEARNING TO PANIC – The first exercise of the afternoon was learning how to “panic” brake. Here we were leveragoversteer at higher than highway speed.
way every driver had the opportunity to
ing the lessons about proper seating to
More important, they were taught what a
drive closely in the tracks of the lead car.
ensure the driver could exert maximum
racing line is and why perfecting driving it can improve safety on the street.
When I was the passenger, I occasion-
braking pressure. We were asked to accel-
ally glanced over at the digital speedom-
erate to 30 MPH (there was a radar-linked
FOLLOW THE LEADER – The first ex-
eter for my copilot, Randy. He was studi-
sign on the left to help us) and, as we
ercise for my team was follow-the-leader
ously following the “eyes up” instructions,
passed a green cone, press on the brakes
on the big track. Our coach, nicknamed
keeping his gaze out to where he had to
until we stopped.
Nipper, set the pace for the three cars
brake, turn and track out. I, however, was
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Press on the brakes is really not de-
scriptive enough. We were instructed to “hammer” the brakes as hard as humanly possible. This would engage the AMG’s remarkable antilock-braking system (i.e., ABS). We were told that many drivers never experience what happens when ABS gets engaged. Unfortunately, instead of using them harder, they lift, reducing the effectiveness and lengthening the stop time and distance. By slamming the brakes as instructed, we were able to feel in our foot and hear inside the car the pulsing (many, many times a
watched in the morning briefing session
slalom course. We were
second) of the system doing its job. We
explained oversteer (when the tail of the
given several chances to
learned not to lift, absorbing the lesson
car slides out) and understeer (when the
drive as quickly as pos-
to trust the remarkable stopping power
nose of the car plows off course). How-
sible through a pylon-defined obstacle
built into each AMG.
ever, using Lime Rock’s wet skid pad, we
course (car clubs call this an auto-cross)
Then, diabolically, our instructor raised
were able to experience these phenom-
with a 1/1000-of-a-second timer record-
the speed to 60 MPH and we repeat-
ena in a safe, hazard-free environment —
ing our laps. Our newly honed car-control
ed the exercise. The AMG’s race-proven
and have a lot of fun in the process.
skills, advanced braking ability and fun-
Guests enjoy a hearty breakfast before the big track run.
braking system continued to wow every
We were taught a technique called
damental competitive nature were on full
driver. The next and possibly most import-
CPR: correct, pause, recover. Of course,
display. It was driver against driver and
ant lesson of this exercise was learning to
the electronic protective systems built
team against team. Fastest time would
steer while panic braking. Simple physics
into every Mercedes-Benz to prevent
earn a prize. Best overall team average
states that a locked wheel (one unman-
skids were switched off. When left on,
time would win bragging rights. When
aged by an ABS system) will not steer the
none of us could make our AMGs do any-
the scores were tallied, my co-driver won
car. As it slides, the car goes in the last
thing exciting. Turned off, we were able
Fastest Time of Day honors, earning a
direction it was pointed. Sadly, this could
to sense the tail coming around, use fast
custom AMG driving helmet.
be off the road or into a pole, a deer or
hands and correct by turning in the di-
At the end of the event, we gathered
rection of the skid. We would then pause
in the AMG chalet for closing ceremo-
We accelerated to 60 MPH toward
when the skid stopped and recover by
nies and the awarding of trophies and
a wall of rubber pylons. The instructor
turning back in the intended direction.
certificates. Every participant I spoke to
would wave his hand left or right to indi-
I’m making it sound a lot less challenging
heaped praise on the program, the AMG
cate the direction he wanted the driver to
than it really is because most of us did
cars they drove and our hosts, the folks
swerve. We had to turn, brake and then
a lot more spinning than anything else.
stop without hitting any of the pylons
Bottom line: what the majority of the
Thanks to J. Agresta and his profes-
placed as obstructions. As challenging as
drivers got from this exercise was a lot of
sional, customer-focused team for spon-
that sounds, it was actually a lot of fun and
pulse-raising fun and the knowledge that
soring this exciting, world-class event. It
extremely effective in giving us the muscle
their AMG had the best skid/slide-pre-
helped everyone who took to the track
memory we could apply on the track or,
vention technology in the car business.
become a better, safer driver with a deep-
more important, on our way home! SLIP SLIDING AWAY – The video we
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER – The last exercise of the day was a challenging
er appreciation for the incredible performance built into every AMG vehicle.
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Africa Malawi and Zambia BY MICHAELA GUZY
rom the African bush to the crystal blue waters of Lake Malawi and Victoria Falls, Sub-Saharan Africa is a destination many dream of visiting but find intimating
because of its geographical distance and perceived lack of comfort, safety and activities for younger family members. The reality is, it’s a big continent with plenty of offerings for everyone. For those travelers looking for a transformative experience without having to compromise on luxury, the less frequently visited Malawi and Zambia are your ticket to digital disconnection and reconnection with yourself and your loved ones. Both countries contain some of the most breathtaking and pristine regions of Africa, ranging from deep within the bush where you can view the big five (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and cape buffalo) to the crystal blue waters of Lake Malawi and mighty Victoria Falls. Their plethora of barefoot luxury accommodations and life-changing experiences won’t break the bank. While Liwonde is one of Malawi’s smaller parks (540 square kilometers), it is the perfect introduction to Africa’s sensitive conservation ecosystem. Sadly, the park was nearly poached cially given national park status. While there were significant efforts to return endangered species, such as the black rhino, without proper governance the poaching problem rapidly increased. Even so, Liwonde boasts the highest density of elephants. Five hundred currently roam the park.
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KAFUNTA RIVER LODGE
out on a commercial scale by 1972, when Liwonde was offi-
For more than two decades, Kafunta Safaris has specialized in providing visitors to the region with extraordinary jungle adventures in Zambia. BENZELBUSCHHIGHWAYS.com FALL 2017 57
“TRAVELERS COME TO AFRICA FOR THE ANIMALS, THEY FALL IN LOVE WITH THE LANDSCAPE, BUT THEY RETURN FOR THE PEOPLE.” – ANNA TRZEBINSKI, FASHION DESIGNER Malawi’s successful restoration of Majete Wildlife Reserve, a national park
be returned to their previous popula-
80 km wide) and fourth-deepest lake (740
tions by the end of that year.
km) in the world, known as Lake Malawi.
farther south, within seven years of tak-
Travelers can stay at the rustic luxury
This spectacular body of water is bordered
ing over its management proved pivotal.
Mvuu Lodge situated on the Shire River
by three countries (Tanzania, Mozambique
In 2015, Malawi brought in Africa Parks
with ample elephant, rhino, crocodile
and Malawi) and contains the largest num-
to manage Liwonde, then described as
and bird viewing. Mvuu Lodge has some
ber of fish species of any lake on the planet.
being in “terminal decline.” Among the
of the most knowledgeable guides in the
After a few days in the safari dust, ex-
many sobering statistics shared by Craig
park for both game drives and walking
plore the resort town of Cape Maclear lo-
Reed, Manager of Africa Parks, was the
safaris. Guests can enjoy sunrise or sun-
cated on the southern shore of Lake Ma-
following: “In 2015, when we came on
set river cruises down the Shire River. In
lawi surrounded by mountains and set
board to manage the park, 26,000 wire
addition to the work being done to pro-
in Lake Malawi National Park. Although
snares were found, and only 10,000 large
tect the wildlife, Mvuu supports up to 50
five-star luxury accommodations are
mammals remained. Do the math: the
children at a time from the Mtendere Or-
lacking on the mainland, the plentitude
animals didn’t stand a chance.”
phan Care (shelter and schooling) in the
of things to see before heading over
Within two years, Africa Parks suc-
surrounding Njobvu Village. Village and
to the remote, private and sustainable
cessfully reintroduced several of the na-
school visits or donations from guests are
Mumbo Island more than compensates.
tive species into the sanctuary, including
welcome and can be arranged through
On the mainland, Cape Maclear offers
the cheetah and rhino. Now is the time
Mvuu Lodge or Malawian Style (www.Ma-
sunrise hikes overlooking the beaches
to start booking your travel to Liwonde,
lawianStyle.com). With the return of the
and Lake Malawi’s beautiful blue waters,
as Africa Parks will be reintroducing the
wild, two new lodges will be opening.
windsurfing, kayaking, swimming and
lion and leopard in early 2018 and all of
In 1859, David Livingstone first stum-
local village visits. For local immersion
the big five and other native species will
bled upon the ninth-largest (600 km long x
experiences, Malawian Style can arrange custom village jaunts to shop, meet with the local tailor, enjoy sunset visits to a fishing village and tour inspiring community-development projects. There is great economic need in the communities of Cape Maclear. Some of the stand-out projects under way that make for eye-opening experiences are by Sustainable Cape Maclear, which works to create sustainable jobs for locals authentic connection The Kaingo Camp overlooks the Luangwa River, giving guests the view of a lifetime.
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through private drumming lessons, learning to create local arts and
and gives travelers the opportunity for
crafts, and dinners and cooking lessons with a family. Visitors also can learn about the Cape Maclear Recycling Center. Nine
KAFUNTA RIVER LODGE; MICHAELA GUZY
locals are employed to collect rubbage from the hotels and recycle items such as
is 80 percent self-sustained by the local
wine bottles into beautiful hand-etched
community, with a goal of 100 percent
glasses for resale in shops. Additionally,
by the end of the year. Contact Malawian
Sustainable Cape Maclear supports Pa-
Style to arrange a visit with Brighten.
per for the People, training residents to
Cape Maclear might be right on the
recycle paper, create stationery and sell
shore of Lake Malawi, but droughts and
the stationery at local hotels and markets.
water are still an issue. The area has rain
To learn more about education ini-
only for a few months a year (typically
tiatives in the community, visit Sinthana
November to March), and without puri-
(the translation means exchange), start-
fication the water is unsafe for drinking.
tion on the mainland,
ed by local resident Brighten Ndawala
The Ulimi Irrigation Project is an irrigation
in 2006. Sinthana is a learning center for
pump built to fight the rampant famine in
the honeymoon suites
nursery-school children to adults and of-
the area by creating co-oped farmland.
at Mgoza Lodge or, a
fers a library, nursery for children ages
The goal is to provide 74 farming fam-
30-minute drive away,
three to five, a permaculture program
ilies with a plot of land, allowing for the
the five-star Pumulani.
and a computer center which teaches
introduction of nutrient-rich vegetables to
Cape Maclear is the
participants Excel, Word and Publisher.
the surrounding communities’ diets. Over
launching point to the
Sinthana has more than 120 children in
the past six months, Ulimi has had suc-
private, pristine, re-
its Keepod program who learn about re-
cess growing maize, potatoes, tomatoes,
mote and award-win-
search and the Internet. The program is
cabbage, parsley, chili, pumpkin, radish,
ning (for its commit-
in need of primary and secondary school
chard, carrots, green beans and herbs.
ment to sustainability) Mumbo Island. The
books, and although the center has
Schedule a visit through Malawian Style to
tiny spot offers some of the best freshwa-
more than 30 donated computers, these
learn how you can be part of the solution.
ter scuba diving in the world and the finest
After a full day of immersion in and
snorkeling on the lake. The eco solar-pow-
are quite old.
Clockwise: After a day on a safari, guests can relax and take in the vast African landscape at the Kafunta River Lodge; located in Lake Malawi National Park, Mumbo Island is only one kilometer long and considered one of Africa’s top sustainable lodges; Mwamba Bush Camp, operated by Shenton Safaris, is situated under massive ebony trees.
Immersing himself in the development
learning about the local community, the
ered lodge has only five units (two twin
of the surrounding community, Brighten
most popular place for sundowners on the
tents and three reed chalets) and a family
also collects clothes for an annual sale to
mainland and kid-friendly food is hands-
unit tucked away in the forest off the main
raise money for the programs. Sinthana
down the lively Funky’s. For accommoda-
beach. Besides fisherman, guests have
BENZELBUSCHHIGHWAYS.com FALL 2017
the island alll to themselves for snorkel-
Given the size of the park, it is sug-
ing, hiking, kayaking, diving and cruising
gested that travelers spend a couple of
around the island at sunset. Ample reptile
days exploring different areas and their
and bird viewing is to be had.
unique offerings. Kafunta River Lodge is a
After enjoying a few restful days on the
great option for families. It’s located away
lake, explore a bit deeper into Luangwa
from the park’s busy Mfuwe gate and has
National Park in Zambia. Bordering the
one of the most scenic views of the flood
Luangwa River, the southern part of the
plains of the South Luangwa River. Here
park contains some of the most breath-
animals, including elephants and hippo,
taking and untouched wilderness in Af-
come to drink. Great game and bird view-
rica, in large part due to the park’s suc-
ing is guaranteed. The lodge offers a spa,
cessful antipoaching campaigns. South
pool and the only natural hot-spring tub
Luangwa National Park is renowned for
in Luangwa Valley.
its walking safari, which allows visitors to
If being at one with nature while not
view elephant, hippo and even lions up
compromising on the finer things in life is
close under the supervision of profes-
more your travel style, check out the rustic
sional and knowledgeable armed guides.
and remote Nkonzi Bush Camp deep in-
SEASONAL INFORMATION (contact Malawian Style for more details): Malawi: • Mvuu Lodge: open year round • Pumulani: closed early January to mid March • Mumbo Island: closed January through March, barring a private buyout of the island
Zambia: • Kafunta River Lodge: closed January 5 to April 5 •Nkonzi Bush Camp: open late May to late October • Kaingo Camp and Mwamba: open late May to late October • Thorntree River Lodge: open year round
side South Luangwa National Park. Nkonzi is the definition of glamping with walk-in
Gavin Opie is a proper bushman with
safari tents with en-suite bathrooms set
extensive knowledge of the park’s bird
beside the dry Mushilashi River sandy bed
and wildlife. He’s also good for a story or
and surrounded by
two of his adventures living in the bush
as you relax around the camp’s open-air
lands and grassy
bush bar or campfire in the evening.
From top: Thorntree River Lodge offers guests luxurious experiences including a trip to Victoria Falls, sunset river cruises on the Zambezi River and rhino tracking; giraffes roaming the grounds at South Luangwa National Park.
Kaingo Camp overlooks the Luang-
The camp own-
wa River within the prime area of South
er and lead guide
Luangwa National Park and offers lodgestyle accommodations with a communal dinner table. Unique to Kaingo and its bush camp, Mwamba (approximately four miles deeper into the bush), features several “animal hides”: spots along the river and watering holes where guests can get out being noticed. Kaingo also has a star bed in which two lucky guests can stay overnight in a tree under the African sky, unimpeded by light pollution and culminating in sunrise over the river. South Luangwa National Park is world renowned for the walking safaris. All three camps offer them with trained and
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AFRICAN BUSH CAMP; MALAWIAN STYLE
up close and personal to the wildlife with-
armed guides. A reasonable level of fitness is required as are sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes. Believe it or not, there is some amazing shopping in and just outside South Luangwa National Park, and purchases sustainably support the local community and wildlife. Mulberry Mongoose’s motto is “Beauty from Brutality.” Founder Kate Wilson and her local team take snare wires used in the park to poach wild animals
and create beautiful statement jewelry.
tional Park on the
In addition to the snare-wire line, they
banks of the great
use local designs and materials such as
Zambezi River and
Zambian coins and guinea fowl feathers
to create gorgeous pieces. If you are go-
ing to shop, why not also support animal
conservation? A portion of the proceeds
Falls. You can enjoy
goes back to conservation of the park.
plenty of adventure from hikes above or
drinking water and cuisine that caters to
along the falls, crocodile cage diving and
an international audience.
Just outside the perimeter, visitors can learn how Tribal Textiles sustainably
Located in Malawi, Lake Maclear (top) is deemed a UNESCO Heritage Site and is one of Africa’s most popular travel desitinations; Kafunta River Lodge (right) is home to Luangwa Valley’s only natural hot tub, the perfect spot to unwind and take in the wildlife scenery.
even a swing right off the top.
employs the local community through
Please note that all lodges and camps
jobs supporting traditional Zambian art
mentioned in this article provide safe
For more information on how to book your trip to Malawi or Zambia, contact Malawian Style at www.MalawianStyle.com
and design with a modern twist, as well as shop many local Zambian designers. Also nearby is Project Luangwa. This
ABOUT MICHAELA GUZY
might look like merely a colorful shop,
Michaela Guzy, a former publishing exec, left her
but inquire within to learn about how the
career behind to begin a journey that has since
crafts sold inside support the community
changed her life and touched others. She is the
through education, gender-equality ini-
executive producer, director, lead writer and on-
tiatives and employment of local women
air talent for two original editorial video series,
to teach business skills and crafts.
Michaela’s Map and OhThePeopleYouMeet (an
KAFUNTA RIVER LODGE; MICHAELA GUZY
AFRICAN BUSH CAMP; MALAWIAN STYLE
No trip to Zambia is complete without
extended interview series), as well as the Sustain-
exploring the mighty Victoria Falls on the
able Travel Editor-in-Chief for TripSavvy (previously
Zambezi along the border of Zambia and
About.com). Recently featured on BravoTV’s Tour
Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls is the world’s
Group three-part talking head travel series, Mi-
largest sheet of falling water, with a width
chaela is often asked to appear as an industry
of 5,604 feet and a height of 354 feet.
expert, from curating conversations, moderating panels and conducting interactive
The newest luxury accommodation is
workshops to giving inspiring keynote presentations for industry partners, such as In-
ternational Luxury Travel Market, WeWork, Africa Travel Association and Soho House’s
tally friendly, it is set in the heart of the
IMPACT series, Adventure Travel Trade Association and Social Media Week.
BENZELBUSCHHIGHWAYS.com FALL 2017
BY DOM MILIAN0
DRIVING IN THE REAL WORLD
AUDI / MERCEDES-BENZ SUVS / CROSSOVERS
hile sportscars and Autobahn-capable sedans and coupes may make our pulses quicken, they may not be ideal for driving in our NY metro world.
We live in a four-season climate — sometimes we get all four in one day — so
having a reliable, safe and capable vehicle is wisest, no matter what the weather gods throw at us. Plus, we have shopping to do and kids to take to camp and afterschool sporting activities. Of course, we take our families on long weekend vacations too — luggage, bikes, skis and all. So, while we love our luxury sports cars, sedans and coupes, we need another option. Enter the modern solution to the 1950s station wagon: the SUV and crossover.
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Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 in Canyon Beige Metallic
Mercedes-Benz and Audi make wonderful sports cars, sedans and coupes that are as comfortable on the highway as they are on the racetrack. However, if you have a large family to transport, are a driver in a carpool or carry your golf buddies and their gear to the country club, your particular vehicle needs have to be addressed. Of course, you also
three models: the GLA
need a sure-footed, higher-ground clear-
250, GLA 250 4MAT-
ance vehicle to go camping or skiing or
IC and AMG GLA 45.
to a beach cookout.
These compact SUVs
It so happens that Audi and Mercedes-
possess all of the qual-
Benz have an SUV or crossover that will
ities that define Mer-
get the job done in style and comfort —
safely. Here are a few worth considering
in a safe, comfortable
the next time you’re looking for some-
and versatile package.
thing to match your lifestyle.
From top to bottom: the Q3 features an MMI® navigation system, so you can arrive on time and in style; the GLA 250’s Dynamic Select’s four modes allow for smooth riding; the Q5 offers plenty of cargo space, as the backseats fold down, optimal for any road trip.
is standard, and cargo space with the
AUDI Q3/MERCEDES-BENZ GLA
backseat folded is nearly identical to the
The sportiest and most compact offerings
Q3’s. Standard features also compare
are Audi’s Q3 and Mercedes-Benz’s GLA.
with the power tailgate and panoramic
Audi’s Q3 uses “compact crossover”
sunroof that are standard on the GLA
to describe its versatile SUV. Available
and the Q3. Horsepower for both GLA
in front-wheel drive or quattro all-wheel
250 models is comparable to the Q3’s,
drive, the Q3 boasts carlike handling
but thanks to sleeker aerodynamics and a
and agility combined with the best SUV
seven-speed transmission, acceleration is
features such as nearly 50 cubic feet of
a tick faster and EPA estimated fuel mile-
cargo space, power tailgate and seating
age a few MPG thriftier. Prices start at
for five. Because it has an aerodynamic
$33,400 for the GLA 250 and $35,400 for
AUDI Q5/MERCEDES-BENZ GLC
shape, six-speed automatic transmission
the GLA 250 4Matic excluding destina-
Moving up in size and value, Audi and
and gas-sipping turbocharged engine,
tion charges, options and tax. The AMG
Mercedes-Benz go head to head in the
the Q3 gets an EPA combined 23 MPG.
GLA 45 is similar in performance and de-
midsize crossover/SUV category. The Audi
Pricing for the Q3 is $31,800 for the
sirability to the planned Audi RS Q3 and,
Q5 is the brand’s strongest-selling vehicle,
FWD and $33,900 for the Quattro. Audi,
like all AMG vehicles, is fast and exciting.
and when you go to the dealer and test-
through the Audi Sport line, also has an
So if you want or need a compact,
drive one, you’ll quickly find out why. Re-
RS Q3 in the works. It will combine all of
luxurious and safe SUV (AKA, crossover),
designed for the 2018 model year, it has
the compact utility of the Q3 with race-
make an appointment to test both a GLA
room, luxury and comfort to go along with
track-tested performance. Stay tuned!
and a Q3. Both are aimed at the heart
strong interior and exterior styling and an
Mercedes-Benz’s closest competitor
of the market with subtle differences
impressive list of standard features.
to the Q3 is its GLA line. Redesigned
that will become apparent once you’re
for the 2018 model year, it’s available in
behind the wheel.
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Power from the 252-hp turbocharged engine propels it a second faster in the
0-60 benchmark than the model it replaces. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard and the rigid chassis rides on a redesigned front five-link suspension
DESPITE THE IMPRESSIVE SIZE AND CARRYING CAPACITY, THE Q7 STILL DELIVERS A SEDAN-LIKE DRIVING EXPERIENCE.
that provides a comfortable yet agile ride. Optional on the 2018 Q5 is the
size SUV/crossover, why not do your
325 lb-ft of torque powers the Q7. Audi
comfort adaptive damping suspension.
own SUV test at Audi Meadowlands and
says it can now tow up to 7,700 pounds. As
This wheel-selective suspension sys-
Benzel-Busch? You’ll be the real winner,
for Motor Trend, the Q7 was selected as a
tem uses continuous electronic damper
regardless of which marque you select.
finalist in its SUV of the Year judging. Re-
control to enable various suspension
viewers were quoted as saying: “Elegant.
and damping combinations that make
AUDI Q7/MERCEDES-BENZ GLE
up the Audi drive-select modes. Prices
The flagship of the Audi SUV line is the
Any SUV driven on our local mean
start at $41,500 for the Premium model,
Q7 and it was redesigned for 2017. De-
streets has to be tough as well as aes-
$45,500 for Premium Plus and $50,800
spite the impressive size and carrying ca-
thetically pleasing. Here is where the Q7
for the Prestige.
Clean. Quality materials throughout.”
pacity, it still delivers a sedanlike driving
really impressed the Motor Trend team.
As good as the Q5 is (and in our
experience. The redesign effort focused
They gushed about the Q7’s handling and
conversations with owners we know, it
on significant enhancements to the in-
rugged build quality as they thrashed it
is very good), the Mercedes-Benz GLC
terior. Audi boasts that the all-new Q7
on their desert off-road course: “The Audi
line compares very favorably and in the
features an improved interior with more
was spectacular. It did full-throttle four-
eyes of Motor Trend magazine is the
headroom, legroom and shoulder room
wheel drifts…and landed softly even after
2017 SUV of the year. It took top hon-
in the second and third rows and seating
the jump, ahem, speed hump. But other
ors based on opinions such as this one
for seven standard on all models. Audi
SUVs did not comport themselves so ef-
in the November 2016 review: “Overall,
describes the interior design as repre-
fortlessly, instead bashing into their bump
this is a great vehicle. You know you’re
senting its ever-higher standards for pre-
stops as they rattled around the course.
getting into a Mercedes as soon as you
mium comfort and technology. And, of
Why is this comparison important when
open the door to the GLC. The quality
course, the automaker is proud that this
most of these vehicles
of the materials and the elegance of the
redesign effort is matched by the brand’s
spend little real-world
design are very consistent with the Mer-
signature fit and finish.
time off-road? Because
cedes-Benz brand proposition and repu-
Up front, a 333-hp 3.0-liter engine with
we now know how they
With all-new technologies, more leg space and a new design, the Q7 is a head-turner.
tation.” I think you could call that a rave! When it came to the interior, they couldn’t stop with the superlatives: “Looks rich and upscale, like a mini S-Class. It sets the benchmark for a small luxury SUV.” They ended with this: “The GLC isn’t the sexiest choice for SUV of the Year, but it’s without hesitation the smartest.” Prices start at $40,050 for the GLC 300 with front-wheel drive and $42,050 for the GLC 4Matic. As always, destination, tax and license fees are extra. If you’re thinking about a great mid-
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would do driving through midtown Manhattan. If you’ve driven in NYC, you know its roads are only slightly less smooth than the motocross course.” The
model starts at $54,800, the Premium Plus at $58,800 and the Pres-
No need for taking two cars on a road trip any longer: the GLS can comfortably fit up to seven adultsized passengers.
tige at $64,300. The Mercedes-Benz vehicles that most closely match the Q7’s size, performance and value are in the GLE-Class. The standard GLE-Class can stow more than 38 cubic feet behind the split-folding rear seats. This can be expanded to more than 80 cubic feet with the proper rearrangement of the rear-passenger accommodations. The GLE Coupe sacrifices some cargo area for style but comes with a more powerful 385-hp motor. The Car Connection website did a road test on the GLE and said: “The GLE-Class is handsome, top to bottom, with some daring ‘coupe’ options that stretch the definition of the word, but are standouts
ratings from both U.S. agencies. There are
a few SUV models which are, practical-
on the road.” Adding, “[In the GLE, Mer-
also a few more active-safety features in
ly speaking, singular examples of the
cedes offers] base V-6 power, all the way
the Mercedes-Benz, including a drowsy-
marque’s engineering expertise. Let’s
up to fire-breathing twin-turbo V-8s, [offer-
driving detection system, active lane con-
take a quick look!
ing] GLE buyers opportunities for flexibili-
trol, night vision and forward collision warn-
ty, fuel-efficiency, or outright go-fast.”
ing with automatic emergency braking.
When directly compared to the Audi
Bottom line: the GLE 350 touches
The GLS is a full-sized SUV. It’s engi-
Q7, the GLE 350 is standard with a 302-
the safety, luxury and ruggedness bases
neered and equipped by Mercedes-Benz
hp engine rated at 273 lb-ft of torque.
and is a tempting option when shop-
to set the bar for seven-passenger luxury
The GLE 350 towing specification is rat-
ping for a full-size SUV. The rear-wheel-
SUVs. It takes its legacy from the class
ed at 6,600 pounds. So the towing and
drive variant (minus tax, delivery and li-
leadership demonstrated by the bench-
horsepower scales tip toward Audi.
censing) starts at $52,200, the 4Matic at
mark S-Class sedans. If you’re aiming to
However, the GLE 350 has quite a few
$54,700. There is even a plug-in hybrid
be the SUV benchmark, you had better
features that tip the scale back in its favor.
with higher performance (436-hp) and
dig deeply into your design expertise,
For instance, in the area of safety, GLE-
and here the GLS excels in every area that counts.
Class carries over the underlying struc-
That’s where the head-to-head Audi/
ture of the M-Class that it replaced. That
Mercedes-Benz SUV comparisons stand
In one of these — driver and passen-
model achieved stellar occupant-safety
right now. Still, Mercedes-Benz offers
ger safety — the GLS sets the standard
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through a Mercedes-Benz system called
Because the GLS is designed to carry
category ever since I rode in one back in
Intelligent Drive. It provides virtual eyes
friends, family or guests in comfort, safe-
the day when it was forbidden fruit: leg-
on the road and can take real action
ty and luxury, the second-row passengers
islated out of the USA by government
on your behalf. That’s because a team
are not neglected. A super-sharp flat
regulations. In 2002, Mercedes-Benz
of advanced technologies is constantly
screen is positioned behind each front
was able to comply with all of the rules
working on your behalf to boost safety,
head restraint so your second-row pas-
and started to bring the G-Class SUV to
reduce stress and help to take the hassle
sengers have an entertainment platform
out of every move. Technologies such as
for DVD movies, game play and more.
These days, the G-Class is a far cry
radar-based Active Brake Assist can help
There are multiple inputs, two remotes
from its military ancestors. Despite the
you avoid a collision.
and two DVD players! This lets passen-
no-nonsense exterior, inside it’s blessed
The GLS’s technical innovations can
gers enjoy themselves individually or to-
with surprising levels of luxury. For exam-
even help fend off crosswinds. An option
gether, with audio played via two wireless
ple, it comes standard with heated and
worth considering is the Distance Pilot
headsets or the GLS very musical sound-
ventilated leather seating, 12-speaker
DISTRONIC adaptive cruise control. It includes advanced Steering Pilot and not only can reduce driver fatigue, but also add a higher level of accident avoidance. We like that option because we think safety is the highest level of luxury.
THE GLS TAKES YOU TO A PLACE WHERE CLASS, LUXURY LEADERSHIP, ROOMINESS AND REFINEMENT ARE EVER PRESENT.
The GLS comes standard with heated power front seats, a second row
ing sound system. Prices for the GLS start
surround sound, Sat/Nav and even Ap-
of seating that reclines and a power-
at $69,500 plus tax and other fees.
ple Car Play!
folding third row with adult-sized com-
The final Mercedes-Benz SUV to con-
But don’t let that fool you into think-
fort. A feature that should be especially
sider started as a vehicle designed for
ing that Mercedes-Benz has taken the
exciting to your passengers are the GLS’s
the military. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class,
soul out of the G-Class. It has a V8 (or
large side doors and something they call
called G-Wagon (short
V12!) lurking under the hood. It has
EASY-ENTRY 2nd-row seats. So, not only
for Geländewagen, “cross-country vehi-
permanent four-wheel-drive and a two-
can the GLS accommodate up to seven
cle”), was created to conquer challeng-
speed transfer case with three sequen-
adults, it does so in three rows of luxury
es on six continents. The current highly
tially lockable differentials. That’s seri-
seating that include a very spacious third
refined edition represents the 38-year
ous off-road kit and it’s been tested and
row. That means, no matter where you
evolution of the G-Class and, as befits a
proven unbeatable on virtually every se-
sit, the GLS takes you to a place where
legend, Mercedes-Benz keeps elevating
rious off-road rally on the planet. Bottom
class, luxury leadership, roominess and
the level of refinement. Like single malt
line: every surface of the G-Class reflects
refinement are ever present.
scotch and scungilli salad, the G-Wagon
its confident capability on any road (or
or, more properly, the G-Class is an ac-
non-road) on earth. Prices for the G550
start at $122,400 and can reach more
We particularly like the available massaging front seats and vast panorama roof. The standard power liftgate,
From its slab sides and bolt upright
power-folding third row and 60/40-split
posture to plasma-TV-flat windscreen,
No matter which SUV itch you want to
second row accommodate almost 94 cu-
you either love it and wish you had one
scratch, your friendly Audi Meadowlands
bic feet of cargo. In any configuration,
in your garage or you shrug your shoul-
and Benzel-Busch account reps can work
Mercedes-Benz boasts that the GLS has
ders and wonder what the fuss is all
with you to find the perfect one for your
an extraordinary capacity to satisfy.
about. I fell into the “wish I had one”
needs and budget.
than $220,000 for the AMG G65.
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HIGHWAYS PREMIERE BENEFITING LAUREUS SPORT FOR GOOD On April 18, Benzel-Busch launched its first-ever publication, Highways of Benzel-Busch, at the Waterside in North Bergen. More than 200 VIP guests came to celebrate northen New Jersey’s newest luxury magazine, which allows readers to embark upon a sophisticated journey that extends beyond pursuing the finer things in life. Guests were welcomed by red carpet host Cara Di Falco and included celebrities Benita Fitzgerald Mosely, 1984 Olympic gold medalist and current CEO of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation; Vikki Ziegler of Bravo TV’s Untying the Knot; the Amazing Kreskin, celebrity mentalist; Quartetto Tomassini, New York City’s most dynamic string quartet; Fredrick Hahn,
1. Audi R8 and Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 2. Jason Lembo, John Dente, Ritesh Parikh and Mike Speier 3. Huling Foster 4. Shannon Steitz, Nubia DuVall Wilson and Cara Di Falco 5. Vikki Ziegler and Steven Resnick 6. Guests with Jasmin and Christopher Antonucci 7. Guests 8. Guests with the Amazing Kreskin 9. Arthur Agresta, Benita Fitzgerald Mosely and J. Agresta 10. Nicole Noonan and guest 11. Members of Quartetto Tomassini with Cara Di Falco and Nubia DuVall Wilson
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celebrity personal trainer; and actor, singer and writer, Huling Foster. Guests were able to enjoy a photobooth provided by Tap Snap, dance music by Eye 2 Eye Entertainment, views of the Manhattan skyline with outdoor furniture provided by JM Lifestyle, and drinks provided by VDKA 6100, Julia James Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Ă‚me du Vin RosĂŠ and CAMUS. A silent auction benefiting the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation was also held and included items such as an AMG driving academy experience and tickets to the Laureus Legends dinner. As the evening ended, guests left with a Highways-branded swag bag filled with various luxury items.
12-13. Guests 14. CAMUS Cognac tasting 15. Guests 16. Ice sculpture 17-18. Guests 19. Lorenza Ponce 20. Guests 21. Lesley Lovett, Frances Vagias and Miguel Medrano 22. smart fortwo and the Mercedes-Benz C63 Sport AMG Cabriolet
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ROCK THE RIVER PALISADES PARKS CONSERVANCY On May 7, people throughout New Jersey joined to support the Palisades Parks Conservancy at the Rock the River event. The annual half marathon, 5k and trail 6k were held in Fort Lee and raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Palisades Interstate Park system. The contests all began on the Hudson River and passed scenic views of the George Washington Bridge and ended at Ross Dock. Benzel-Busch was onsite as the presenting sponsor and set up vehicles at the finish line for people to view afterward as well as provided a smart car, which served as the pace car for the race.
1. Arnold Priddy, Justina Tedesco, Ed Ryan, Chris Taccetta and Victor Del Rio 2. Benzel-Busch staff Arnold Priddy, Ed Ryan and Justina Tedesco 3. Guests enjoying vehicles courtesy of Benzel-Busch 4. The smart car sets the pace courtesy of BenzelBusch 5. Megan, Jen and Greg Sullivan 6. Runners on the course 7. Presenting sponsor Benzel-Busch vehicle display 8. Adrian, Bridgette, Aston and Brielle Roberts 9. Guest experiencing one of the Benzel-Busch vehicles on display 10. Arnold Priddy in the pace car
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ENGLEWOOD NIGHT MARKET BLOCK PARTY LIKE NO OTHER Guests came out to East Palisade Avenue in Englewood on July 12 to celebrate a "block party like no other" where Benzel-Busch was one of the key sponsors. The Englewood Night Market featured food from numerous restaurants in Bergen County, a beer and sangria bar provided by Blue Moon Mexican Cafe, music by bergenPAC and entertainment by DJ Alex. Adults and children enjoyed the beautiful summer weather while experiencing the lineup of exceptionally fun events. Children partook in activities that supported the Bergen Family Center, Center for Food Action, Women's Rights Information Center, Bergen CASA, Pet RESQ and Center for Hope & Safety.
1. Family enjoying the day with ice cream 2-3. Guests 4. Benzel-Busch display 5. Mitchell Lynn and Karen Mehran 6. Nancy Meyer, President and Publisher of the Record, Chris Taccetta and Melissa Macri 7. Diane Braun and guest 8. Guests enjoying the event 9. Claudia Conway and Maia German 10. Guests
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HUDSONMODâ€™S 5TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFITING ANIMAL AID USA On June 22, Benzel-Busch and more than 300 VIP guests celebrated HudsonMOD's 5th Annviersary at Maritime Parc in support of Animal Aid USA. Upon arrival, guests viewed various luxury vehicles provided by Benzel-Busch and Audi Meadowlands. Celebrity guests walked the red carpet, including Orange Is The New Black's Francesca Curran, Fox Business Network anchor Lauren Simonetti, actor Emrhys Cooper and Maya the Dox. Luxurious happenings included cocktails, a photobooth, VIP lounges by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, a JR Cigars station, cognac tasting by CAMUS, touchup booth by Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa and aura readings by Robin Mansfield. The night ended with a fireworks display over Liberty State Park.
1. Benzel-Busch team with actress Francesca Curran 2. Indie actress and humanitarian Iliana Guibert 3. Audi Meadowlands team 4. Fox Business Network anchor Lauren Simonetti 5. Maya the Dox and her owners 6. Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet 7. Shannon Steitz and Francesca Curran 8. Actor Emrhys Cooper 9. Animal Aid USA volunteers 10. Red G Wagon 11. Animal Aid USA dog
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AUDI PREMIERE EVENT SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING This summer, Audi Meadowlands hosted a private 3D advanced screening of the Hollywood blockbuster Spiderman: Homecoming at Kerasotes Showplace 14 in Secaucus. Guests joined in on the superhero fun and received a snack, beverage and movie poster along with their movie tickets. Besides seeing one of the summer's hottest films, guests viewed the new Audi R8 Spyder and the new S5 Sportback parked outside the theater.
1. Logan, Sonia and Vitor Henriques 2. Guests 3. Aiden Erlikh, Edward Erlikh and Mason Friedman 4. Guests 5. Luke D’Alessandro, Chris DeMarsico, Elise D’Alessandro and Brooke DeMarsico 6. Vincent Romeo 7. Dr. Joseph Defrank and son 8. Kavanagh Family 9-10. Guests 11. Audi R8 Spyder
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WOMENâ€™S RIGHTS AND INFORMATION CENTER CELEBRATING COMMUNITY CHANGEMAKERS On May 2, Benzel-Busch joined the Women's Rights and Information Center at Morton's The Steakhouse in Hackensack as a Golden Key Sponsor for the group's annual spring fundraising event. This year's theme was "Empowering Women to Empower Themselves" and was emceed by Nina Pineda of WABCTV. Women honored during the evening included Lauren Hersh, Maxine Frampton, Angelae Wilkerson, Lucy Feaster and Modiani Kitchens, while Susan Del Rio and Dawn Diaz were presented with the Phoebe Seham Award. A silent auction was held, which included a chance to win a table for six at Rao's in New York City, tickets to Live with Kelly and the Ellen Show, and a signed baseball by New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia.
1. Julie Cohen, Kelly Sacks, Miyako Schwartz, Irina Kashan and Alexis Cooperman 2. Benji Meyerson, Danielle Borelli and Maryanna Beyder 3. Kobi Aharon and Julia Schlader 4. Annamaria Romana, guests and Christine Senatore 5. Jenna Ridici, Lucy Feaster and Eileen Geraghty 6. Shonya Jordan, Sonja Clark and Julia Orlando 7. Jon Marsh, Lil Corcoran and Patrick Heeney 8. Tasha Blasi-Pannuzzo, Jennifer Hoehn Stern, Rosanne Sommer, Kelly Wilson, Marlena McMahon, Laura Gurunathan, Cynthia La Terra and Nina Pineda 9. Annje Hausmann and Cathy Pierorazio
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“OUR FINEST HOUR” 2017 GALA
ENGLEWOOD HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION Benzel-Busch was proud to be the presenting sponsor at Englewood Hospital's annual gala, "Our Finest Hour." The event, held on June 17 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, attracted more than 800 guests and raised $1.5 million for programs at the hospital. James Klein, MD and Thomas C. Senter, Esq. were recognized for their outstanding philanthropic efforts and both received the foundation's Touchstone Award. To top the night off, singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw treated the audience to a live performance.
1. Sarah, Warren, Kristin and Hannah Geller 2. Cheryl Dorn and Amy Masucci 3. Herbert Dardik, MD, Janet Dardik, Jay and Beth Nadel 4. Erik Chu, MD and May Chu, MD 5. James Klein, MD and Thomas Senter, Esq. 6. Christ, Anastasia, Irini and Orlando Economos 7. David Hong, Erica Park, Amy and Mark Shirvan 8. Gavin DeGraw 9. Andre Arslanian, Jordan, Brad, Colleen, Lynne and Marty Zaikov 10. Matthew Senter, Linda Senter, Thomas Senter, Esq., Meredith Senter, MD and Matthew Boylan 11. Michael and Beth Prigoff and Mark and Beth Metzger
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Tell us about your favorite roadtrip taken in a Benzel-Busch automobile. Gio Savinovich It was a warm and dry August day with a high of 80 degrees. She was upset with me and roared when I said hello. I had been occupied with other things this summer. Her eyes lit up when I took her to get ready for our rendezvous. We cruised Route 9W in New Jersey together and admired the full green foliage, listened to our favorite '70s group Hall and Oates and enjoyed the smooth journey. We arrived at one of our favorite restaurants Confetti, which is nestled in the quaint town of Piermont, New York. The Hudson was calm that day and the town was picturesque. We savored the ambiance, our Aperol spritz and every bite of the delicious spaghetti allá bottagra. After lunch we walked around and returned to her, my beautiful Suzaka Gray 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus purchased at Benzel-Busch Audi Meadowlands in Secaucus, New Jersey. She made my entire experience that day and makes every day I take her out exhilarating and spontaneous. She’s luxurious, comfortable and has an amazing handle on the road. Every successful businessman should own one.
What stood out most in your experience of purchasing a car at Benzel-Busch? Michael Schwartz For me it is not about a single experience. It’s about the continued experience. What stands out the most is the family culture at Benzel-Busch. It doesn’t matter who your sales rep is, what car you’ve bought or what car you’re buying, everyone is always willing to help. Nobody ever says “I don’t know” or “I can’t help you” and walks away. They’ll help you find your sales rep, help you with something if your rep is not around, take you on a test drive if your rep is busy, etc. They are also very respectful and courteous. They greet you with Mr./Mrs. I’ve been buying cars from them since I was 28, and even as a 28 year old, they greeted me as Mr. Schwartz in sales and service. Not because they were being formal, but out of respect for me as a customer. A Mercedes is a Mercedes. An E-class is an E-class. The car doesn’t change because of where I buy it. I go back to Benzel because of the people and culture at the dealership.
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Eugene Morimoto Tsai I don’t do many longdistance drives, but my daily drives are that much better. Rain, shine, traffic, roadblock, doesn’t matter.
Paul Danforth My favorite road trip this summer was driving my Audi A8 L up the New York State Thruway to Montreal for the Formula 1 race. Once we were north of Albany, we were able to enjoy the great scenery while enjoying the powerful smooth ride.
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The year Audi became available in the U.S. market
Mercedes V10 Quad Turbo custom-made in Abu Dhabi
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to build an Audi R8
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IN THE KNOW
Oktoberfest NYC For many, a trip to Munich in fall can be a reach, so join in the New York City Oktoberfest fun! From steins of authentic German beer to great food and music, Oktoberfest can be fun for everyone. Set in downtown NYC, the pier offers beautiful views of the Brooklyn skyline. WHEN: Until October 2 WHERE: Various beer gardens across the five boroughs VISIT: Oktober-Fest.NYC
things: eating and charity. The Food Network and Cooking Channel’s New York City Wine and Food Festival gives 100 percent of the proceeds to Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry. With more than 80 events, this is the city’s largest food and wine festival. Events range from intimate dinners with famous chefs to wine tastings, classes and parties. WHEN: October 12-October 15 WHERE: Various locations TIME: Depending on the event VISIT: NYCwff.org/Events
New Yorker Festival The New Yorker Festival brings together today’s most prominent figures for lively discussion, screenings, and live performances. The prestigious lineup of authors, actors, thinkers, artists and everyone in between has been a major draw for cultural leaders and icons. WHEN: October 6-8 WHERE: Venues in and around NYC TIME: Find the schedule online VISIT: Festival.NewYorker.com
NYC Food and Wine Festival This four-day food fest is about two
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New York Coffee Festival A coffee addict’s mecca, the New York Coffee Festival is an unmissable event with endless coffee tastings and cocktails, interactive workshops and demonstrations from world-class baristas. The festival will feature live experiences from more than 85 coffee, food and equipment suppliers. WHEN: October 13-15 WHERE: Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, NY TIME: Morning, afternoon and late sessions available VISIT: NewYorkCoffeeFestival.com
Chris Hardwick – New York Comedy Festival
New York Wine & Chocolate Expo Delectable in every sense, the New York Wine & Chocolate Expo is all about indulgence (and you totally deserve it). An unlimited number of wine samples are complemented by an equally large selection of chocolate samples that attendees can taste-test to their hearts’ content. (As great as feasting on chocolate and other sweet treats sounds, other food is available, too.) For those who prefer to pass on the wine, there are ciders and craft beers, also perfect companions to the rich taste of meltin-your-mouth chocolate. WHEN: October 21, 2-5 pm, 6-9 pm WHERE: Westchester County Civic Center, Westchester, NY VISIT: WineAndChocolateFestivals. com/Events/Westchester
NYC Marathon Make this the year you finally check NYC Marathon off your bucket list! Over its 45-year history, the race has grown into the world’s biggest and most popular marathon with nearly 50,000 finishers annually. WHEN: November 5
WHERE: 26.2 miles along all five of
New York’s boroughs TIME: Start times to be assigned VISIT: TCSNYCMarathon.org
A Tasteful Experience Few tasteful experiences rival an evening of delicious food and a Save the Date
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glass of wine. Clara Maass Medical Center, a nonprofit organization that keeps NJ’s families healthy and well, invites you to join them for such an evening. A number of local generous restaurateurs, caterers and beverage suppliers come together, showing off some of the Garden State’s most splendid eateries. A Tasteful Experience supports Clara Maass Medical Center’s Child Life Program, an initiative that both emotionally and socially supports children faced with trauma and hospitalization. WHEN: November 13, 6-9:30 pm WHERE: Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange, NJ VISIT: claratasteful.org
BLONDIE Oct. 14
MICHAEL MCDONALD Oct. 19
ITZHAK PERLMAN Oct. 21
KRISTEN CHENOWETH Dec. 10
TOM JONES May 4, 2018
New York Comedy Festival The 14th annual festival (arguably the funniest in New York) features a lineup of some of the biggest names in comedy and podcasting, including Chris Hardwick, Kevin Smith, Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson of 2 Dope Queens, Nick Offerman and Iliza Shlesinger. WHEN: November 7-12 WHERE: Various venues
New York Coffee Festival
TIME: Find the schedule online VISIT: NYComedyFestival.com
2017 Art Party at the Whitney Museum Art enthusiasts and partygoers, the Whitney Museum is ready for you! The 2017 Art Party is a night filled with excellent live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, plus fascinating exhibits. All proceeds go to the museum’s Independent Study Program, which encourages students to pursue critical and theoretical studies in their chosen field, such as curatorial work, critical writing and art practice. Save the date: this is a party you won’t want to miss. WHEN: November 14, 9 pm-12:30 am WHERE: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY VISIT: Whitney.org/Events/
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IN THE NEWS BY NICOLE FONZINO
Atlético de Madrid is the second Spanish team to win the Audi Cup after FC Barcelona‘s victory in 2011.
n August, Atlético de Madrid
brate the 5th Annual Audi Cup.
sonal. The winning family arrived
battled three soccer teams —
In honor of the event’s anni-
Liverpool FC, SSC Napoli and
versary, the automaker partnered
FC Bayern München — to take
with Airbnb to create an unfor-
Guests also could experience
home the Audi Cup. Atlético
gettable experience for one lucky
the Audi Intelligence Court, a
de Madrid, which made its Audi
family: a night under the stars in
piece of technology that allows
Cup debut this year, won the
Allianz Arena. Airbnb not only
teams of two to play against
competition against Liverpool
transformed a section of the sta-
each other in a game of soccer,
FC during a penalty shootout.
dium into a comfy “hotel room,”
and the Audi #SuperQ, which
Held at the Allianz Arena in
but also set up a sideline lounge
virtually let guests race World
Munich, Germany, more than
area for the family to watch the
Rallycross winner Mattias Ek-
123,000 fans came out to cele-
soccer games up close and per-
ström around the arena.
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to the arena in style: in an Audi A7 piloted self-driving concept.
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Spiderman fans caught a first glimpse of the Audi A8 L and new technological features like the Audi AI traffic-jam pilot.
room, vroom! Audi
cased on the silver screen?
Loren Angelo, Vice Pres-
that next-generation audience
is speeding into an-
Read more about Audi’s cam-
ident of Marketing at Audi
that will be behind the wheel
of America, announced in a
of our next-generation mod-
press release: “At Audi, we
sides automobiles… movies! This summer, the German
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING –
are constantly redefining what
The new luxury sedan has
car manufacturer starred in
Moviegoers who bought tick-
superpowers are through our
many high-quality features,
not just one, but two Holly-
ets to the new Spiderman
vehicles, and this partnership
including rear-wheel steering
wood blockbusters: Spider-
movie saw more than a su-
and platform provide an or-
and a traffic-jam pilot feature.
man: Homecoming and Alien:
perhero showdown. They also
ganic way for us to showcase
During the movie, viewers get
Covenant. Who doesn’t enjoy
caught a glimpse of Audi’s
select current and future Audi
to experience how the new
seeing their favorite car show-
newest vehicle, the A8 L.
traffic-jam pilot feature works
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IN THE NEWS
during a scene with Tom Hol-
By spotlighting the Lunar
land and Jon Favreau. The A8
Quattro in this summer block-
wasn’t the only vehicle fea-
buster, Audi hopes to make
tured in the movie, either. The
viewers aware of the strides
audience also saw cameos by
made by the company in de-
the Audi R8 V10 Spyder and
veloping intelligent technol-
the Audi TTS Roadster.
ogy as well as its foothold in space exploration.
ALIEN: COVENANT – As the Lu-
“The Alien franchise is
nar Quattro preps to embark
the best way for us to gar-
on its mission to the moon
ner suitable attention for the
in the near future, the Audi-
moon rover developed by
developed space rover took
Audi and to showcase Au-
As mentioned in the pre-
Lunar XPrize competition by
a pitstop in Hollywood. The
di’s intelligent technologies
miere issue of Highways, the
completing a series of tasks on
Lunar Quattro made its big-
in a visionary environment,”
Audi Lunar Quattro is a tech-
the moon’s surface. A concrete
screen debut in Alien: Cov-
says Giovanni Perosino, Vice
nology the company devel-
date for the rover’s launch has
enant and helped the crew
oped in collaboration with the
yet to be determined, but you
of the eponymous space-
Part-Time Scientists, who are
can check for updates by visit-
ship explore a new planet.
at Audi, in a press release.
attempting to win Google’s
The Lunar Quattro made its big- screen debut this summer.
A MAJOR TOURNAMENT As the only major tennis tournament in the United States, the US Open always makes headlines, and rightfully so. Some of the best tennis players around the globe gather at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to compete against one another for the top spot. This year, top veterans including Roger Federer, the Mercedes-Benz Brand
Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Ambassador, participated in the tournament. Mercedes-Benz was on site as a presenting sponsor as well as the official vehicle sponsor of the US Open. The
inside the stadium’s Brand Center and learned more about
global brand transported players and VIP guests to and
the sophisticated technological features of each vehicle.
from the stadium through the entire run of the tournament.
Additionally, guests who arrived to the games in a Mercedes-
Attendees who were interested in seeing Mercedes-Benz’s
Benz were in for a treat: complimentary parking at all general
latest releases had the opportunity to view a fleet of vehicles
lots. Game. Set. Match.
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Benzel-Busch’s new Orange County location will open later this year.
ORANGE COUNTY HERE WE COME
THE PHILOSOPHY IS NOT THE ONLY ELEMENT THAT WILL BE CARRIED OVER TO THE NEW LOCATION.
enzel-Busch, the award
cation. To get into this mindset
in the dealership’s early stages,
sey dealer of Mer-
veteran Benzel-Busch employ-
cedes-Benz, Audi and smart,
ees will be training the new
is venturing into the New
staff to instill the main princi-
cause of its luxury clientele
York market. The brand-new
ples into their daily routine.
and remarkable retail pres-
The philosophy is not the
ence. Woodbury Commons
has already established a
Woodbury Commons shop-
only element that will be car-
is home to many premier
strong partnership with West
ping center in Orange County,
ried over to the new location.
shops, including Allen Ed-
Point, and Benzel-Busch will
will open its doors in late No-
The new storefront will incorpo-
monds, Balenciaga, Bottega
further that relationship as
vember or early December.
rate the same design elements
Veneta, Furla, Loro Piana and
well as develop event part-
Oscar de la Renta.
nerships with local vineyards,
dealership, located near the
Busch Motor Corp.
as the Englewood location. Al-
Benzel-Busch an opportunity
though Mercedes-Benz’s archi-
Orange County also borders
agricultural farms and various
to present a business plan for
tecture and structure standards
several vineyards such as the
charities located in the sur-
the new location due to the
will be rigorously adhered to,
Palaia Winery as well as the U.S.
company’s successful track
Benzel-Busch also will include a
Military Academy at West Point.
“We don’t just want to
record. The new location will
lounge, cafe and boutique area.
“There are some great part-
move up there to sell cars,”
mirror the same successful phi-
Benzel-Busch mapped out
nering opportunities,” says J.
says Agresta. “We want to be
losophy of the Englewood lo-
the Orange County area be-
Agresta, President of Benzel-
part of the new community.”
BENZELBUSCHHIGHWAYS.com FALL 2017
BY NICOLE FONZINO
A NEW YORK LEGEND WANTS KIDS TO FEEL SAFE AT HOME
oe Torre, known to most New Yorkers as one of the greatest Yankee managers of all time, was not always the confident man he is today. As a freshman in high school, he didn’t try
out for the baseball team for fear that he wouldn’t be good enough. Little did he know that one day he would become a Hall of Famer. “I grew up in a home where my dad abused my mom,” Torre explains as we talk about why he established the Safe at Home Foundation. He co-founded the organization with his wife Ali in 2002 to help children
This year, Joe Torre will be celebrating 15 years of the Safe at Home Foundation.
overcome domestic violence. The main program, Margaret’s Place (named after his mother), is a safe haven in schools where children can go, relax and talk with one another or a counselor about their home life. “I never got physically abused by him,” Torre remembers, “but he created a lot of fear in the house. I’m the youngest of five
What is the mission of the Safe at Home Foundation?
children and I was a very nervous kid. I had really no confidence
It was really Ali’s idea to do it using education. Instead of being
in myself. I thought I was born this way. I thought I was born with
only a care provider, which we actually are with our Safe at
that low self-esteem and nervous condition.”
Home Foundation, we also provide a connection for people who
It wasn’t until Torre and his wife attended a four-day seminar
need care providers. We’re basically an intervention/prevention
in Cincinnati, designed to help people come to terms with a
organization. We have safe rooms in schools for kids dealing
life situation, that he opened up about his childhood. A speaker
with abuse. We have a counselor in each of the rooms, and the
moved Torre to realize that what he felt as a child had been created
results we’ve seen have been very satisfying and rewarding.
and wasn’t something he was born with. “It gave me the freedom to want to talk about it,” he recalls. “I
How many children benefit from Margaret’s Place?
thought it was important, and I felt that there were probably kids
We’ve had 60,000 kids come through our program. We know it
out there who were my age who were dealing with the same thing.
works. This one boy was looking to join a street gang and after
At the time, I was 8, 9, 10 years old and thought we were the only
several sessions in Margaret’s Place was looking at applications
family in the neighborhood that had these issues.”
When Torre came to New York to manage the Yankees, Ali asked what charity he wanted to get involved with. His response:
How do you work with schools to install Margaret’s Place?
one that addressed domestic violence. The Safe at Home
We usually have a waiting list of schools that feel they have some
Foundation was born.
issues in their area and then we send around researchers. We
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obviously need everybody on board. We need the principal to know it’s important. The program is offered as part of the curriculum. It’s a classroom but not shaped like a classroom. We don’t have desks. We have couches and pictures on the wall, literature for the kids to read. Nobody forces them to talk. They start conversations with each other, and if they want to talk to the counselor, she’s there. If you ever get a chance to visit one, you would see how hopeful the kids are. How will you be expanding the program? We have nine programs in the New York area and four more Joe and his wife Ali celebrate the Foundation’s annual gala at Chelsea Piers in 2013.
on the West Coast in Southern California. We’re in the process
What’s your fondest memory of
of opening three more in the Bronx. We also have a program
where some of the kids come back and are our peer leaders.
I had a pretty good playing career, but
We give kids the tools to help deal with domestic abuse and let
it’s really tough to duplicate coming
them know two things: they’re not alone and it’s not their fault.
to the Yankees and winning a World Series in 1996. It was a very emotional year for me. I’ve never been to the World
What can we expect to see at this year’s Foundation gala?
Series as a player or a manager. My oldest brother Rocco had
This year, it’s November 8. We’re honoring Tino Martinez. We
passed away in June. My brother Frank the night before we
usually have a good number of my former players — Yankees
won Game 6 of the World Series got a heart transplant. My
and some Mets. We have a baseball panel and the people
daughter was born the previous December. A lot that went
seem to love that. The players are really entertaining for about
on in that 10- or 11-month period was very emotional for me.
40 minutes. We’ve had musical guests in the past. We’ve had
Then to win my first World Series in New York, my hometown.
so many celebrities come to our dinner, and we have a celebrity
I have four World Series rings, but I wear my ‘96 because that
at each table. We’ll have 400-500 people; we try to keep it as
first one was so special to me.
intimate as possible. We want people to enjoy themselves. You’re a long-time client of Benzel-Busch. What sets their You’ve said before that the baseball field was one of
the only places that gave you comfort. What is it about
Their service is top-shelf. Even though you’ve already bought
the game that made you feel that way?
the car and you’re out the door, that doesn’t mean they forget
Baseball gave me a chance to keep myself occupied in a very
about you. You walk around the showroom — and keep in mind,
positive way without having to think about what was going on
I’ve been pretty much all over the country and then some —
and when you go to a place of business and see a lot of people who are very cordial and have smiles on their face, that’s an
How has managing the Yankees changed your life?
indication that they like working there and what they’re doing
Little did I know how much it was going to change my
and who they answer to.
professional life. Despite playing for 16-17 years and managing for about a dozen years before getting to the Yankees, having
Benzel-Busch has been a long-time, proud supporter of the Safe
the opportunity to manage the Yankees — even though I was
at Home Foundation and its mission.
never a Yankee fan growing up — I knew what they represented. They were basically the Mercedes-Benz of baseball.
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To read more about Joe Torre’s Safe at Home Foundation, visit us online at BenzelBuschHighways.com
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