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GOLD COASTING | 54 New Jersey’s real-estate development on the Gold Coast is not slowing down anytime soon. With expansion continuing at a rapid pace, the opportunity to own a piece of this golden land is more viable than ever. Take a look at HudsonMOD’s roundup of the most stunning residential properties boasting superior amenities, beautiful views and an incredible location.

BIENVENUE, SUMMER! | 60 The summer trends selected by HudsonMOD’s Fashion Editor, Eric Himel, are hot, hot, hot! From the white beaches of Côte d’Azur to the streets of Paris, he has you covered with this season’s best looks. Wearing these styles will have you looking runway-ready in no time.



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Simon Murray “I’m a big fan of chinos because

What is your go-to staple piece in your wardrobe?

they go from business-friendly to casual by simply switching up what kind of shirt you’re wearing: from button-ups to a simple T-shirt. I also find them to be more comfortable than jeans.”

Eric Himel “Shoes, shoes, shoes. They are the second thing people look at after your face and they are the most fun to buy!”

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Frank Ishman

“My go-to staple piece in my

“Well, I’m somewhat a creature of

wardrobe is definitely my black

habit. I really only wear 3/4 things

cardigan sweater! I have worn it

with slight variation based on the

with everything from dresses to

weather. If something major comes

casual tops. It is a very versatile

in, something leaves. The only

piece that goes with any outfit and

staple for me are my hats. As much

transforms even the most casual

as I care about my clothes, I don’t.

top into a more dressy look.”

There’s nothing I wouldn’t lay down on the dirty ground, well… everything but my hats.”

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BARTON PERREIRA ROUX ROUND-FRAME ACETATE AND SILVER-TONE SUNGLASSES Whether you’re cruising on a yacht or heading to work in a sharp suit, these sporty Barton Perreira sunglasses take you through it all. The frames, handcrafted in Japan in a limited quantity, feature a tonal-blue acetate spliced with engraved silver-tone inserts. The round frame and darkgrey lenses lend a low-key yet sophisticated touch to the true gentleman. Available at, $595

LANVIN RHODIUM-PLATED ONYX CUFFLINKS As a man about town, your sophistication and savviness show in the details. These Lanvin rhodium-plated cufflinks set with black onyx speak volumes. They’re perfect for the non-flashy man with a discerning appetite for the finer things in life. Available at, $290

ROBERT GRAHAM VARUN MIXED-WEAVE SPORT COAT Going beyond the mix of fabrics and trims, Robert Graham pulls from history, vintage motifs and awesome landmarks for each of his pieces. The Varun sport coat features mixed herringbone, dot and plaid weaves in a navy-blue hue. A two-button front with horn button gives way to a classically fitted sport coat. Available at Neiman Marcus Retailers and, $798

LOUIS VUITTON LOYALTY RICHELIEU Seeing is believing when it comes to the perfectly handcrafted quality of any Louis Vuitton product — and these Loyalty Richelieu calf leather brogues are no exception. This ultra-sleek shoe exudes sophistication for a truly modern look. Featuring decorative perforations, invisible stitching and fashion-forward lines, it’ll be hard to take these off your feet as you’re heading from meetings to the jet. Available at Louis Vuitton Retailers and, $1,340



Fringe. Carats. Cutouts. As your wardrobe flows from spring to summer, remember it’s all in the details. From the diamonds on your wrist to the shoes that adorn your feet, don’t be afraid to play with creative textures and designs.

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TIFFANY & CO. BRACELET IN PLATINUM WITH BAGUETTE AND ROUND BRILLIANT DIAMONDS From the Art of the Wild in the Tiffany 2017 Blue Book Collection, this magnificent piece, Diamonds in Motion, is inspired by one of the earth’s most fascinating elements: water. The dazzling diamonds across a cobblestone pavé bracelet will stop onlookers in their tracks. Available at Tiffany & Co. Retailers, price available upon request

ROGER VIVIER VIV’ CABAS GUIPURE No accessory reflects springtime freshness better than an intricately detailed handbag. Roger Vivier’s Viv’ Cabas Guipure in leather features waterjet cut Guipure detailing, a top handle, metal buckles and a leather removable strap. The bag comes in a trapezium shape and is so utterly Parisienne and elegant that you won’t want to be seen toting anything else. Available at Roger Vivier Boutique and, $3,850

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO JACQUARD FRINGE ANKLE STRAP SANDALS Italy’s most stylish designer just so happens to have made the next “it” shoe for spring. This ankle strap sandal from Salvatore Ferragamo features jacquard-style fringe in bright, bold colors. The rose gold heel and lining give the shoes a vibrant look that’s marvelous when paired next to a fringe texture. Make a statement with them during summer parties in the Hamptons or on Fifth Avenue. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue and, $625


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The colorful, eye-catching pieces from the French trunk and leather-goods maker, Goyard, have become a novelty to own. What’s so timeless about Goyard is its ability to borrow from the past and make it an elegant statement of the modern era. The most iconic piece, the Saint Louis tote, is fabricated from Goyardine canvas with leather detail and an interior pouch. Available at Maison Goyard New York, $1,560 + Banniere marquage, $430


CHANEL GABRIELLE BAG Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was an advocate for women, and Chanel’s spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection, honors just that with the latest Gabrielle bag. Drawing from a futuristic spirit with a touch of classic Coco, the bag is elegant while honoring the timeless tradition of Chanel. Both practical and eye-catching, this bag is designed to be worn in three different ways and comes in a variety of colors, sizes and textures. Available at Chanel Retailers and, $3,100



Since 1837, Hermès has been offering world-class leather goods for lifestyle and home, as well as perfume, jewelry, watches and ready-to-wear. This French high-fashion luxury goods manufacturer, best known for the Birkin bag, sets its sights high this season with the Verrou Chaine Mini. The evening bag features a long palladium-coated chain strap and is formed with clean lines and a bold clasp. It’s available in a variety of colors and skins goatskin, Doblis calfskin and alligator. Available at Hermès Retailers, $8,000 VOLUME 6.2






icole Noonan is a nationally recog-

Define the “non-moneyed spouse” or the

nized matrimonial law expert who

typical candidate for your services.

has been crowned the Fairy God-

While no two cases are the same, neither are

mother of Divorce by the New York Post’s

two clients. Typically, our clients are asset

Julia Marsh. Noonan is an advocate for the

rich and cash poor. What we do is provide

protection of women (or the non-moneyed

them with liquidity to hire the right attorney

spouse) who pioneered the concept of divorce

or accountant. For some clients we also pro-

funding in America. She is a frequent featured

vide them with reasonable living expenses.

speaker on Bloomberg’s Talking Stock with Pimm Fox and has been featured on Good

Financing a divorce may seem daunting.

Morning America, Bloomberg TV and WL-

How does your process work and how do

NY’s The Couch.

you help your clients navigate the process?

Nicole Noonan

We strive to make our application process as

In what states or countries can you

What services does New Chapter

streamlined as possible. We recognize this

provide services?

Capital provide?

is highly stressful, and often time is of the

We provide funding from coast to coast in

While no two divorces are the same, a

essence. Both the client and attorney com-

the U.S. We also have companies we work

common theme is disparity in resources

plete the application over a secure online

closely with to assist international clients.

between the two spouses. What we try to do

system. Once finalized, it is sent out to our

is empower the non-moneyed spouse. We

underwriters, who make every effort to make

How else do you help women navigate

provide equity through equity so they can

a determination as quickly as possible (typi-

the divorce process and perhaps find a

achieve a fair result.

cally, within 72 hours). Once approved, docu-

new career after divorce?

ments are sent to the client to review with

We are part of the client’s team, whether

How did your life and work experience

an independent lawyer. After documents are

that is referring professionals for them to

lead you to pioneer divorce funding in

executed, funding is put into place.

work with or simply being there to listen when they have a stressful day.

America and form New Chapter Capital? Prior to pioneering divorce funding in

What should a person do first when they

America, I practiced matrimonial law. I

find themselves in this situation?

What do you hope to achieve with New

saw firsthand how the playing field was not

Should someone decide to divorce, I

Chapter Capital?

equal. Every day, clients would come to my

recommend that the first step be to gather

I hope to empower my clients and help them

office who had comfortable lives while in the

important documents such as passports,

get back on their feet. Whether our funding is

marriage. Often, when one spouse decided

marriage license, children’s birth certificates,

used to aid in expert cost during litigation or

to divorce, her credit card was cut off. If they

bank and mortgage statements and property

providing capital for the client to further their

did not have friends or family to help, where

titles. Knowledge is power. The more you

education and get back to work, I hope to help

could they get the funds necessary to hire a

know about your assets and liabilities, the

our clients start a new chapter in their lives.

qualified attorney? Often these people were

better off you are. Too often I see the mistake

forced into taking a settlement for less than

of a spouse taking a blind eye to a couple’s

what they were entitled to.

finances. Ignorance is not bliss.

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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE HONOREES DR. LORI MOSCA DR. RALPH MOSCA George E. Reed, Prof. of Cardiac Surgery; V. Chair, Clinical Affairs; Div. Director, Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery; Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York, NYU Langone Medical Center

Prof. of Medicine Emerita and Director American Heart Association Go Red for Women Strategically Focused Research Network at Columbia University Medical Center


EMCEE LORI STOKES Anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon

EVENT CO-CHAIRS DR. AUBREY GALLOWAY Seymour Cohn Prof. & Chair, Dept. of Cardiothoracic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center

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s the founder of Fore Door Golf,

Do you teach a specific swing method?

Jason Sedan has been recognized

I strive to apply proposed changes based on

by many of the leading golf outlets

factors such as the student’s ability to repeat

as one of the top professionals in the coun-

what skills and abilities they already possess,

try. A lead coach for Golf Channel Acad-

how their body will be able to sustain their

emy, he has twice starred as Coach of the

current form, and, of course, what they hope

Week on Morning Drive and was recently

to upgrade in the process. So, in essence, no.

named one of the Best Young Teachers in

I would not teach a specific swing method

America by Golf Digest. His unique take

as there are so many workable components;

on coaching involves highly individualized

balancing them is what’s key.

and proven progress plans centered around on-course experiences at some of the fi nest

How can someone begin working with

golf sites along the East Coast.

you or your coaches?

Jason Sedan

For those with limited time or just starting What is your niche in golf-coaching?

out, we offer our New Student Assessment

out the year, I make trips to the New York

My specialty is helping golfers of all levels

where we will benchmark skills for pitching,

City area with access to many of the area’s

understand how best to use the skills they

putting and full swing. Then, we provide

top courses as well as climate-controlled

currently possess to play better immediately,

a recommended action plan based on a

coaching space at The Clubhouse in Fairfield,

while strategically planning where upgrades

student’s goals. For those already playing the

NJ. When the weather turns up north, you

in their technique fit in long term. Often

game and looking for a deeper evaluation,

can join me at the PGA of America’s flagship

people take lessons but never get on the golf

we offer a Play with the Pro experience for

facility, PGA Golf Club, in Port St. Lucie, FL.

course, or only get there after many lessons.

both 9- and 18-hole rounds. This is essen-

My clients will generally have an on-course

tially a scouting report we use as a base-

What other benefits do players have

playing experience our very first session or

line so we know where to focus and begin

access to at Fore Door Golf?

during our second at the latest.

working on things such as game planning,

The opportunity for a remote coaching

decision making and execution, in addition

relationship has never been better. Wheth-

to traditional mechanics.

er it be a live Facetime or Skype session

What should a person look for in a golf

or an upload to our online training space

coach and golf lessons? They should expect to walk away from

What unique services do you offer at your

platform for questions or video review, we

each session with one or two key points on

Fore Door Golf locations that people can’t

have so much available to track our students’

what they can improve upon and how they

necessarily get at their local golf course?

progress. My preference will always be to

can move forward from the coaching to

I specialize in destination packages ranging

meet in person, but these additional modes

implement the changes. Most golfers get the

from half-day to three-day golf schools.

of communication came out of necessity for

occasional miracle days where everything

Heading into summer, I host these at the

my touring professional clients on the road a

comes together. Sustaining it long term is

Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club in New

good majority of the time

all about understanding and embracing the

Durham, NH, which is one of the finest golf-

process to betterment.

course designs you will ever find. Through-

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s youngsters, we change our minds about our fu-

after by mainstream media

ture profession as often as our choice of favorite

outlets and programs for

toy. For plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Fiorillo, how-

his expert opinion, includ-

ever, his childhood idol led him to his chosen career field.

ing Fox News, Good Morn-

“Growing up, I wanted to be a pediatrician because I loved mine and looked up to him,” Dr. Fiorillo says.





The Doctors and the Real

So the Rockland County native went on to finish at the

Housewives of New Jersey.

top of his class at Chicago Medical School. It was there

Dr. Fiorillo has performed

he decided to specialize in plastic surgery.

cosmetic surgery on nu-

“When I went to medical school, I found myself identifying with surgery,” he recalls. “I chose plastic surgery

merous celebrities. Today,




Michael A. Fiorillo, M.D., Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

because I liked the fact that I could operate on all parts

worldwide as an authority in the field. Highly respected

of the body and patients of all ages.”

by his clients and the plastic surgery community, Dr. Fio-

After medical school, Dr. Fiorillo completed five years

rillo’s expertise has won him the trust of thousands of pa-

of general surgery at Staten Island University Hospital

tients who have visited his offices in New York and New

and became board certified in general surgery. He con-

Jersey since 1998.

cluded his training with a fellowship in plastic surgery at

After 20 years of practice, Dr. Fiorillo says he has be-

the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

come more known for breast surgery than other pro-

(UMDNJ) and also became board certified in plastic and

cedures. In 2016, he hired Dr. Helen Perakis, another

reconstructive surgery. His career highlights include be-

board-certified plastic surgeon, who brings vast experi-

ing elected president of the Rockland County Medical

ence with various plastic-surgery procedures. For any-

Society, serving from 2005 to 2007. In 2004, he opened

one considering any kind of cosmetic surgery, Dr. Fiorillo

a surgical facility with an operating room and medi-spa.

notes there’s never been a better time than the present.

He is affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital in New

“Over the last few years, a lot about medicine has im-

York, and Hackensack University Medical Center. Always

proved,” he says. “From medications to implants and an-

looking to improve his technique, he recently traveled

esthesia​, the patient experience is the best it has ever

to Sweden to be trained in advanced procedures and

been.” Moreover, he adds, he and his office staff are on

best practices for implementing silicone breast implants.

hand to provide the best of the best to patients.

With two decades of experience specializing in breast

“I have performed more than 10,000 surgical proce-

and body procedures, the double board-certified Dr.

dures over the last 20 years,” Dr. Fiorillo says. “I also stay

Fiorillo is recognized as one of the most experienced

current on all aspects of what I do and am always trying

plastic surgeons in his field.

to get better. My office staff is highly trained and very

His expertise and thousands of successful surgeries

knowledgeable. They truly are an extension of me.”

have brought him the honor of being appointed by Restylane, Dysport and Perlane to train other doctors in the U.S. He is a distinguished author with numerous publications on plastic surgery including peer-reviewed medical articles, books and textbooks. He is frequently sought 26 VOLUME 6.2

To get in touch, please use the contact information below: Michael A. Fiorillo, M.D. | Advanced Plastic Surgery Center 866-537-0954 | Direct: 845.623.6141 |




MATISSE AND AMERICAN ART As one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, French-born Henri Matisse (1869-1954) occupies a profound role in the evolution of American modern art since 1907. His use of vibrant colors, flat patterns, fluid lines and abstract forms has been a model for American artists. The Montclair Art Museum is showcasing the exhibition, Matisse and American Art, until June 18. Here, you will find Matisse’s iconic work arranged beside works by prominent American artists who drew inspiration from the French master. Dr. Gail Stavitsky, chief curator of the museum and the exhibit, says this is the first show to examine Matisse’s influence on 34 American artists from 1907 to present. “The show answers the question why Matisse has been so influential, possibly more so than Picasso, with a long generation of artists who range from artists in the twentieth century, like Max Weber, to contemporary times like Sophie Matisse, the artist’s great-granddaughter,” she says. Stavitsky walks us through three of Matisse’s most notable works and discusses how American artists continue to benefit from his legacy. Installation Photos by Peter Jacob/Courtesy of the Montclair Art Museum

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NUDE IN A WOOD u Henri Matisse Matisse was known for his non-naturalistic colors and simplified forms. “Matisse’s painting Nude in a Wood is a classic example of what’s known as his ‘fauve’ period, meaning ‘wild beast,’” says Stavitsky. “It was the first group of paintings for which Matisse became very well known, with these really bold colors. Nude in a Wood has boldly simplified nudes in a composition of green, purple, mauve and pink, the kind of non-naturalistic colors used to indicate landscape and light and shade.” Matisse’s first oneman exhibition in America was in 1908, where American artists such as Max Weber had a chance to be introduced to his art. “It was shown in Matisse’s first one-man exhibition in America in 1908, so very early in his career, at gallery 291 in New York run by Alfred Stieglitz,” she says. Henri Matisse (1869-1954) Nude in a Wood (Nu dans la forêt; Nu assis dans le bois), 1906 Oil on board mounted on panel 16 x 12 ¾ in. (40.6 x 32.4 cm) Brooklyn Museum, Gift of George F. Of, 52.150 ©2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

APOLLO IN MATISSE’S STUDIO u Max Weber Max Weber, an American artist who studied with Matisse, borrowed many of the master’s ideas for his own nude paintings. “I’m comparing Nude in a Wood in terms of color and form to Max Weber’s Apollo in Matisse’s Studio because that is a view of Matisse’s school and Max Weber was among the American artists who actually studied with Matisse,” says Stavitsky. “There is an unidentified artist who is painting from a plaster cast of Apollo from ancient Greek culture. Maybe [it’s] a surprise that Matisse would be taking that academic approach, but he felt it was very important to know the fundamentals of art practice. And if you look at that painting you can see it is very boldly painted where green is used to indicate shadows on the sculpture, so again those uses of green and purple and all those vivid non-naturalistic colors. [It is] very much a fauve style but an academic Greek subject, so it combines the idea that you have to learn the fundamentals before you can experiment.” Max Weber (1881-1961) Apollo in Matisse’s Studio, 1908 Oil on canvas 23 x 18 in. (58.42 x 45.72 cm) Estate of Max Weber, courtesy of Gerald Peters Gallery, New York © 2017 Estate of Max Weber, courtesy Gerald Peters Gallery, New York. VOLUME 6.2



Americans could first see a lot of Matisse’s paintings in one place. It’s also a painting that was bought by the Museum of Modern Art in 1949. It had a big influence on abstract expressionists, like Mark Rothko, which is why I chose [No 44. (Two Darks in Red)] for the show, which is a very similar shade of red as The Red Studio.” Stavitsky explains that Mark Rothko went to the Museum of Modern Art in 1949 after the work was bought and would spend hours staring at the painting as if he were immersed in music. “This whole idea of music being a really abstract art form was inspirational for abstract artists like Mark Rothko,” she says. “He painted this work in 1955, a year after Matisse died when many



people were thinking about him.”

Henri Matisse Matisse, though known for his interesting subjects, is predominantly recognized for his use of vibrant colors. “The reason that I chose to compare Pianist and Checker Players and No. 44 (Two Darks in Red) is they are hanging together in the exhibition,” says Stavitsky. “There’s a part of the show that addresses Matisse’s use of color, particularly the color red. You can see [that] in a variety of shades and hues in his painting, Pianist and Checker Players, which was done in southern France in Nice in 1924.” The painting shows the interior of his apartment, with his favorite model, Henriette Darricarrière, on the piano and two young men playing checkers. “There’s just a burst of red color and all kinds of wonderful patterns of the rug and the wallpaper,” she explains. “[It has] a variety of images that Matisse balances and organizes so well to create order and harmony.” Henri Matisse (1869-1954) Pianist and Checker Players, 1924 Oil on canvas 29 x 36 3/8 in. (73.7 x 92.4 cm) National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (1985.64.25) ©2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York



Mark Rothko “Ideally the painting I would have chosen [to compare this to] would be Matisse’s The Red Studio, which is in the Museum of Modern Art’s collection,” Stavitsky says. “The Red Studio was a painting exhibited in the Armory Show of 1913, where

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Mark Rothko (1903-1970) No. 44 (Two Darks in Red), 1955 Oil on canvas 81 ½ x 43 x 1 3/16 in. (207.1 x 109.22 x 3.02 cm) Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Gift of Judy and Kenneth Dayton, 1991 (1991.150) © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


MADAME DE POMPADOUR u Henri Matisse Stavitsky ends on Madame de Pompadour to showcase Matisse’s evolution as an artist, as this was a work he did in his eighties. “It’s a cutout,” she says. “Madame de Pompadour was a great patron of the arts in the 18th century, and Matisse has a painted ink brush photo of her based on his photo of his favorite model of the time, Lydia Delectorskaya, his Russian studio assistant. “It is a very raw, vital work,” Stavitsky continues. “It shows how Matisse, who is very old at this time, was making such young, vigorous and vital work and constantly reinventing himself with his last great body of work known as the cutouts. He would cut out bold, simplified forms from painted pieces of paper prepared by his assistant. He called it drawing and sculpting with color.” Henri Matisse (1869-1954) Madame de Pompadour, 1951 Painted, cut and pasted paper, brush and ink 35 x 29 in. (88.9 x 73.66 cm) Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney F. Brody (58.42) ©2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


WEATHER OR NOT Sophie Matisse

Stavitsky finds similarities to Matisse’s work in works by his great-granddaughter Sophie from 2014. “I’m pairing Madame de Pompadour with Sophie Matisse’s cut-paper collage, which is the

walked through and made the collage, which was inspired by

most recent work in the show, called Weather or Not, from 2014,”

the colors Matisse used. “She made colorful cut pieces of paper

she says. “[It was done] during the time of Matisse’s large cutout

in the shape of a palette as if they are colors arranged on the

show at the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Museum.”

painter’s palette, but there’s also language as well,” Stavitsky

When Sophie Matisse was in New York for the show, she

says. “The words ‘we,’ ‘there,’ ‘b4’ — it’s an idea of the legacy that we are the ones who go before us. It happens to be based on some lyrics from a favorite song of hers, but the fact that she includes the words is a very conceptual approach.” Sophie has an impressive dual legacy of being the greatgranddaughter of Henri Matisse and step-granddaughter of Marcel Duchamp, the French Dadaist. Her art simultaneously embodies the visual aspect of Henri Matisse and the conceptual idea from Marcel Duchamp that art is a language. “This piece is making its world premiere. It’s never been shown before,” Stavitsky says. Sophie Matisse (b. 1965) Weather or Not, 2014 Gouache on paper, collage 12 x 16 in. (30.48 x 40.64 cm) Collection of the artist, New York © 2016 Sophie Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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n the United States, the luxury-vehicle buyer is blessed with an em-

who want a unique driving experience, nothing delivers like an Italian

barrassment of riches. Walk through the parking lot of your favorite

luxury automobile. And nothing Italian delivers like Maserati.

galleria or country club and you will find marques from every cor-

The Maserati brand may be new to some, but the automotive co-

ner of the globe. Each has its own appeal and admirers, but for those

gnoscenti know that the company’s history goes back more than 100

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years to a small engineering shop in Bologna, Italy that modified and

rior appointments along with performance-oriented 21-inch alloy

improved the performance of customer cars. A dozen years later, the

rims and tires. Inside, special sports seats hug the driver securely

founder established the car company we know today as Maserati.

in tight curves and shifting is done through special sport-oriented

From the beginning, the engineering expertise built into the cars

Formula One style paddles. To take the sports car theme to the next

has enabled them to win many races and championships, including

level, a “carbon fiber” package—straight from the racetracks to your

the Indianapolis 500 in 1939 and 1940. Delivering the driver—

garage—can be added as well.

on the racetrack or on the street—an automobile with power and handling has been in the company’s DNA since 1914 when founder


Alfieri Maserati first turned a wrench.

Squint and you’ll see a lot of the flagship Quattroporte in the

Today, Maserati is an important part of the FIAT (FCA) group

Ghibli. That’s not by accident. The designers started with the big

and sells cars in 70 countries worldwide, setting new sales records

brother and applied the tried-and-true formula learned in racing

in practically every quarter. That’s because their product range

to improve performance: add lightness.

touches all of the key luxury and performance car buyers’ hot but-

To that end, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is about 7 inches shorter

tons. From Grand Touring personal vehicles to four-door fami-

than the Quattroporte’s. Its overall length was cut by 12 inches.

ly sedans, from sporty convertibles to all-wheel-drive SUVs and

These changes took off one hundred pounds from its sibling and

sedans, Maserati has unique and enticing models.

set the front/rear weight distribution to 50/50. In the Ghibli, these changes improved upon the Quattroporte’s already fun-to-


drive qualities.

The brand’s flagship is the newly redesigned Quattroporte (Italian

While the Maserati name is associated with driving excitement,

for four doors) sedan. Available in three trim levels—S (turbo V6

the Ghibli, thanks to its special chassis, is considered a true driv-

powered), S Q4 (turbo V6 powered with all wheel drive) and GTS

er’s car. The Ghibli’s body and underbody design boast a low drag

(turbo V8 powered), these sedans combine five-second or better

coefficient of 0.31. This results in a reduction in fuel consumption

0-60 times with sumptuous luxury and sports-sedan performance.

and, more important to the performance driver, improved stability

For 2017, Quattroporte S and S Q4 buyers can individualize their

at highway speeds.

Maseratis with one of two optional trim levels: GranLusso and GranSport. Each is presented as an added cost option. For the GTS buyer, either can be ordered at no additional charge. For the more luxury-oriented driver, the GranLusso features exte-

New features enhance the car’s sleek exterior such as chrome bumper inserts.

rior styling cues that set the car apart from other Maseratis. On the inside, an Ermenegildo Zegna–designed interior with the world’s only silk and leather seats brings unmatched luxury and refinement to every surface. For the GranSport buyer, aggressive bumper styling is part of the exte- VOLUME 6.2



character of the first Maserati SUV.” While

Completing the 2017 Maserati lineup are a pair of two-door

that may sound like so much ad speak, the per-

personal luxury cars. On the Continent, only the most sophis-

formance figures dispel thoughts of hyperbole.

ticated automobiles are badged Grand Touring. These cars al-

Power for the Levante S is a stunning 450-hp delivering 0-60 num-

low the driver and perhaps one special guest to safely and com-

bers of a tick over 5 seconds! The base Levante clocks in at 350-hp

fortably cover miles and miles of challenging roads at a brisk

with a very respectable 6-second sprint to 60. The Levante Diesel

pace, arriving at their destination refreshed. That’s the design

makes the same trip, powered by a 275-hp V6, in about 7 seconds.







The GranTurismo is powered by a turbocharged V8 engine.

Each of the three option levels—Levante, Levante Diesel and Le-

“The name Levante was inspired by a warm Mediterranean wind that can change from mild to gale force in an instant, mirroring the character of the first Maserati SUV.” in coupe and convertible layouts, each is powered by a tur-

vante S—combine three elements Maserati believes are necessary

bocharged V8 that’s as comfortable on the racetrack as it

to succeed in the SUV market: design, exclusivity and performance.

is on the Autostrada. In fact, the GranTurismo models are

Maserati is confident its offerings represent the optimum blend of

used in the Maserati Master Driving programs: a racetrack-

these elements.

oriented high-speed driving school.


So the power under the hood takes care of the “S” in the SUV equation. How about the “U” for utility? The Levante has that covered as well. The Levante is the longest vehicle in its segment; the wheelbase

Love luxury, style and performance but have a need for the conve-

is 2.5 to 4 inches longer than those of its major competitors. Mase-

nience and utility of an SUV? The Maserati Levante may be your

rati boasts that the Levante is one of the roomiest in its class and the

ideal choice. Quoting from the Geneva Auto Show press release:

sportiest and most elegant design in the luxury SUV segment.

“The name Levante was inspired by a warm Mediterranean wind

For the skier, beachgoer and even the off-road driving enthusiast,

that can change from mild to gale force in an instant, mirroring the

the Levante’s Maserati Q4 All-Wheel Drive system comes as stan-

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dard in all versions. It is based on an electronically controlled, multiplate wet clutch,

Maserati partnered with Italian fashion designer Ermenegildo Zegna for the interior design.

installed into a transfer case linked by a driveshaft to the front axle. While all that may sound like car geek-speak, in practice the Q4 AWD system delivers a typical Maserati rear-wheel drive experience, even in low-grip road conditions. In slippery or low-grip situations (e.g., rain, mud, dirt, snow), it transfers traction to the front wheels with an immediate response and no intervention by the driver.

tivity of the system can be monitored in real time from the 7” cluster

Under normal driving conditions, the system sends 100% of the

display. This system is more than an engineering exercise. Masera-

engine torque to the rear wheels. On slippery or loose road surfaces

ti’s objective is to ensure driving pleasure and absolute safety at the

or in case of loss of traction at the rear, for extreme acceleration or

same time.

very hard cornering, the system reacts instantaneously, transferring the necessary torque to the front wheels. In a matter of 150 millisec-

SALES AND SERVICE – No matter how well engineered an automo-

onds, the Q4 system can alter the torque split from 100% at the rear

bile may be, it will require factory-authorized service performed by

wheels to 50% / 50%, front/rear. Even

highly trained technicians. Maserati is the epitome of Italian style,

though all of this remarkable technology

luxury and performance. If that’s what you’re looking for in your next

is happening without driver input, the ac-

vehicle, these fine automobiles are definitely worth a look.

The Levante utilizes Q4 AWD and a torque vectoring system that strengthens the car’s perfomance. VOLUME 6.2




PENINSULA With new locations on the horizon in London and Myanmar and recent upgrades to many of its 10 award-winning hotels, now is the ideal time to experience this elite hotel group’s brand of elusive Far Eastern graciousness spanning three continents.


he Peninsula’s elite hotel group, owned by the Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, Ltd., has been synonymous with timeless luxury and world-class service for nearly eight

decades. As much as the brand has been committed to preserving its magnificent heritage, it is equally dedicated to defining the future of bespoke luxury. To this end, every one of the 10 Peninsula hotels on the three continents of Asia, Europe and North America is continually upgrading its amenities and exclusive programming and experiences. Each hotel offers its own distinct and unique features and experiences while maintaining the defining elements of the Peninsula’s extraordinary brand: elegance, style, unsurpassed service and the finest attention to detail. The Peninsula Academy program, for instance, allows each location to offer its own selection of curated experiences for guests of all ages that reflect select cultural and city-specific experiences. The Peninsula Hotels also has been long celebrated for its eclectic collection of transportation choices — ranging from Rolls-Royces to Minis, BMWs, tuk tuks, helicopters, jeepneys, riverboats and even a yacht — depending on the city. To add to the exclusivity, the only four 1934 vintage Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicles left in the world are available to guests at the Peninsula Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Paris.

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The Peninsula Suite living room.




Peninsula Hotels offer an extensive variety of meeting and event rooms, including ones ideal for elegant weddings and special occasions, as well as spas, fitness centers, pools, sun decks, multiple dining options and other bespoke services. Here, we provide an in-depth look at the recently renovated Peninsula Chicago along with a snapshot of unique aspects of the nine other Peninsulas around the globe. SPOTLIGHT: CHICAGO

vey a contemporary attitude that takes design cues from luxury yachts,

Known for its special blend of Far Eastern graciousness and Midwest-

such as fine-wood finishes, lush fabrics and rich leathers.

ern hospitality, the Peninsula Chicago has been awarded numerous

Each of the 74 redesigned suites showcases custom artwork and

accolades, including the prestigious Forbes Five Star and the AAA Five

a hand-embroidered silk chrysanthemum (the official flower of Chi-

Diamond awards for the past 14 years. To mark its 15th anniversary last

cago) art wall, along with hand-painted artisan glass elements. The

June, the hotel completed a comprehensive guest-room redesign that

Chicago location introduced the brand’s signature tablet technology

features reimagined decor, the most

to the United States. Available in 11 languages, the bespoke tablets

advanced in-room technology and

make all room functions, including lighting, temperature and TV

exclusive new guest experiences. The

channels, accessible with just one-touch.

Clockwise from left: View of Victoria Harbour at the Peninsula Hong Kong; Peninsula’s Afternoon Tea; the Spa Sundeck at the Peninsula Chicago.

fresh new contemporary interiors con-

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The Peninsula Chicago simultaneously debuted three new ser-


vice initiatives: 24-hour check-in for web bookings, a mobile con-

The brand is known for its results-ori-

cierge service, and its signature Keys to the City program, which

ented comprehensive skincare prod-

offers 15 curated special-access-only experiences to some of Chi-

ucts and clinical approach to beauty

cago’s most desirable restaurants, arts, culture and activities. One

using only the most pure, concentrated and raw ingredients, as well

such experience is a private kitchen tour at the Michelin three-star

as innovative and meticulous procedures. The Peninsula Chica-

restaurant, Grace.

go Spa is the first and only spa in Chicago to carry the French line,

From left: Executive suite; spa relaxation room; Shanghai Terrace, all at the Peninsula Chicago.

which is now available at all three Peninsula Spa locations in the U.S. NEW AND EXCLUSIVE: In February, the signature Peninsula Spa Chi-

cago debuted a series of exclusive luxurious spa facial treatments

UNIQUE TO CHICAGO: With tickets to the hit Broadway musical,

with the premier French skincare company, Biologique Recherche.

Hamilton, nearly impossible to get, the hotel is currently offering a Hamilton Nights room package, which includes two premier orchestra-seat tickets to the sold-out show. DINING AND SPECIAL EVENTS: Honoring its long heritage and roots

in China, the AAA Four Diamond Awarded Shanghai Terrace, overseen by Executive Chef de Cuisine Elmo Han, features a menu of traditional Shanghainese and Cantonese dishes with an authentic Asian ambiance. The private dining room can accommodate parties up to 30, and guests can enjoy outdoor dining at Shanghai Terrace during summer months. The Peninsula Chicago also offers Afternoon Tea made famous at the Peninsula in Hong Kong, as well as a weekly Chocolate at the Pen — the signature chocolate bar described as a “veritable buffet feast of elegant bite-sized chocolate desserts and morsels,” on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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Peninsula Hotels Around the Globe North America New York The Peninsula New York is housed in a 1905 landmark building in the heart of the city’s most prestigious shopping, entertainment and cultural district. The newly unveiled Fifth Avenue Suite reflects a modern design reminiscent of a grand New York apartment overlooking Fifth Avenue. Peninsula Academy Highlights: • Taste of Central Park: Foraging Tour and Picnic • Behind the Broadway Curtain: A Broadway Experience With a Post-show Meet and Greet Beverly Hills The only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star-rated hotel in Southern California every year since 1993, the Peninsula Beverly Hills offers twelve private rooftop pool cabanas available for spa treatments and exclusive private dining experiences. Peninsula Academy Highlights: • An afternoon of shopping with a Hollywood stylist • Red-carpet glamour photo shoot Asia Highlights: The rooftop helipads of the Peninsula Hotels in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Manila offer guests Lion dance at the Peninsula Hong Kong.

quick and easy access by helicopter to the airport and destinations around their respective cities. Hong Kong Known as the “Grande Dame of the Far East,” the Peninsula Hong Kong was the first Peninsula Hotel, opened in 1928. Peninsula Academy Highlights: • A Gastronome’s Joy: The Dim Sum Making Journey • Time-honoured Art: Let the Lanterns Light the Way Shanghai Opened on the historic riverfront Bund in 2009, the Peninsula Shanghai is the Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels’ flagship hotel in mainland China. Unique to Shanghai: The world’s first Peninsula Residences are considered the most luxurious and exclusive private residences in China. For shoppers, the Peninsula Arcade features a deluxe collection of luxury-brand boutiques. Beijing Following its recent landmark renovation, this iconic Peninsula Beijing location boasts the only allsuite hotel—with unique elements such as loft-style apartments and home theatres in rooms starting at 65 square meters in size. Highlights: Take a rickshaw ride through a Hutong neighborhood to get an inside look at traditional Chinese life and architecture. Tokyo Superbly located in the prestigious business district of Marunouchi, the Peninsula Tokyo sits opposite the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park within a minute’s walk to To-

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kyo’s answer to Rodeo Drive—the shopping capital of Ginza. Peninsula Academy Highlights: • A Taste to Savour: Sake Brewery Tour • Fold Your Way to Fun: Origami for Kids Bangkok Peninsula luxury meets sophisticated Thai charm for the ultimate cultural experience. With breathtaking views of the river and the city, the serene three-tiered outdoor pool measures 288 feet and is flanked by Thai salas for relaxing in style. Unique to Bangkok: Take advantage of the hotel’s iconic Peninsula Green Tuk Tuk. Cruise along the Chao Phraya River in a beautifully restored Peninsula rice barge and catch a glimpse of riverside life in Bangkok. Manila The Peninsula Manila is known affectionately as the “Jewel in the Capital’s Crown” for its legendary presence in the heart of Makati City.

The Peninsula Picnic.

Unique to Manila: Offering 24-hour dining and beverage service, the Lobby is the center of the Peninsula Manila and has been the meeting place of choice for the Philippines’ movers and shakers for 40 years. Fun Fact: Nearly 140,000 pounds of chocolate are created each year in the hotel’s chocolate room. Europe Peninsula Paris Housed in an exquisitely restored 19th-century French building, the Peninsula Paris is a veritable showcase of French heritage and savoir faire. The classic edifice that first opened in 1908 as one of Paris’ leading grand hotels in the heart of the 16th arrondissement is perfectly situated just steps from the Arc de Triomphe. Historical Note: In 1928, George Gershwin wrote An American in Paris while staying at the hotel.

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Harlem’s Renaissance Man Red Rooster Harlem’s Marcus Samuelsson sat down with HudsonMOD to talk about his amazing career as chef, restaurateur, author, festival producer and philanthropist— and what it all means to him. BY ELAINE DOREMUS PHOTOGRAPHER: FRANK ISHMAN SHOT ON LOCATION AT RED ROOSTER HARLEM

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Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz at Red Rooster Harlem.



arcus Samuelsson has transcended the titles of award-winning chef, author and restaurateur to become an inter-

national brand unto himself. By the end of May, he will have opened 15 restaurant sites around the world, authored seven books, co-founded and

Marc Burger Chicago Red Rooster Harlem Uptown Brasserie JFK Airport American Table Cafe and Bar New York Ginny’s Supper Club New York Streetbird Rotisserie New York

produced the annual Harlem EatUp! Festival, as

and raised by Swedish parents Ann Marie and Lennart Samuelsson after losing their mother as young children to a tuberculosis epidemic during the Ethiopian Civil War. It was during his upbringing in Sweden that Samuelsson cultivated his love of food and cooking from his maternal grandmother. “My grandmother was a home cook, and the

well as continued his dedication to philanthropic work. Yet the Ethi-

way you engaged with her was through food,” says Samuelsson. “So,

opian-born, Swedish-raised multitalent stays true to his boyhood

if you went to her house, you cooked or you pickled or you preserved

roots, values and work ethic of his adopted home turf of Harlem.

something for the next season. It could be naturally picked lingon-

With Harlem EatUp! right around the corner and a new restaurant

berries that we had to pickle and preserve. It could be mackerel just

and taqueria about to open in London, Samuelsson took some time

smoked that had to be taken care of. When you are a child, you don’t

out to reflect on his career, life in Harlem and the significance of his

know that you are building up work habits and are working up to be

latest projects.

really good at something; you just do it. That was really how I got

Born in Ethiopia in 1971, Samuelsson and his sister were adopted

started with cooking.” He would study at the Culinary Institute in Gothenburg, Sweden and apprentice in Switzerland and Austria prior to coming to the United States in 1991 as an apprentice and then becoming executive chef at Restaurant Aquavit, where his star literally would rise. At 24, he was the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star restaurant review from the New York Times, was named Best Chef: New York City in 2003 by the James Beard Foundation, and served as guest chef for the first state dinner of the Barack Obama presidency in honor of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. All the awards, accolades and fame aside, it was his mother who encouraged him to remain true to his roots and upbringing and eventually leave the fine dining scene at Aquavit. “My mother always challenged the fact and asked me, ‘Why does everything have to be expensive? Why normal people we grew up with, people who work in the post office, and plumbers, electricians and teachers. Cook in your neighborhood, be in your neighborhood.’” And that’s what he did, openClockwise from top: Red Rooster on the streets of Harlem; Marcus’ hat collection; a cozy banquette at Red Rooster; eclectic decor; the restaurant mascot.

50 VOLUME 6.2

ing Red Rooster Harlem with co-owner Andrew Chapman on 125th Street and Lenox Avenue in 2011. Samuelsson, his family


do you only cook for bankers? Why can’t you cook for



Søllerød Kro, the Michelin star-rated eatery, offers patrons a la carte, four- or six-course menus. VOLUME 6.2



In addition to Red Rooster, Samuelsson and his

“My group provides over 300 jobs in Harlem. That is something I don’t take lightly and something we

team operate Ginny’s Supper Club and Streetbird

have a lot of pride in. I feel we are part of the com-

Rotisserie (with business partner Herb Karlitz) in

munity, which has been very rewarding to us.”

Harlem. Samuelsson’s goal in immersing himself in the Harlem com-

That “us” includes his wife Maya and son Zion, without whom Sam-

munity was to celebrate its rich history and culture and the diversity

uelsson couldn’t have been successful. As residents of Har­lem, he says,

of food from Harlem to Ethiopia, Sweden and beyond. In addition, he

“Zion, our son, and my wife walk to the restaurant every day together.

wanted Red Rooster and the downstairs Ginny’s Supper Club to be a

We don’t have jobs; we work with our passion. We work hard, but we

gathering place for locals and visitors, young and old, where food and

need our family behind us and I am fortunate enough to have that.”

drink are enjoyed alongside soulful tunes and live jazz greats. They’ve accomplished that, and much more in just six short years.

Harlem EatUp!, the festival that Samuelsson and longtime friend Herb Karlitz co-founded and produce, is in its third year and now

“We’re here because of the community, and we’ve also been able

seems a natural outgrowth of the two men’s immersion in and dedi-

to provide jobs. That was one of the reasons we opened the restaurant

cation to the Harlem community. According to Karlitz, he and Sam-

and one of the most important things for us,” explains Samuelsson.

uelsson conceived the idea for Harlem EatUp! at around 2:30 a.m. at an after party during the 2014 South Beach Food & Wine Festival. “Marcus and I were chatting about Harlem and the transformation it has been experiencing,” says Karlitz. “We are both involved in a lot of food festivals, and it just hit us that Harlem needs its own to really shine the spotlight on what’s happening, especially from a culinary perspective.” “EatUp! has been something that both Herb and I have been thinking about for a long time,” echoes Samuelsson. “Herb has been legendary in the sense of starting festivals and events like NYC Wine & Food Festival, and we felt that, in order to have a bigger impact in our community, the festival was the way to go. For us to go from ideation to actual is amazing and one of our major accomplishments.” The two men pooled their individual talents: Samuelsson’s experience as a chef and restaurateur and Karlitz’s reputation as head of Karltiz & Company, his own event marketing firm known for leveraging its extraordinary network to create unforgettable experiences and marketing programs for clients and their customers. Harlem EatUp!’s tagline, “Celebrating Harlem’s Food, Culture and Spirit,” does just that. The festival has evolved rapidly in a short period with 300 volunteers, an expected 10,000-plus attendees this year and some exciting new additions to 2017’s lineup. “Our original intent was to highlight the amazing culinary offerings, but we have also woven in local entertainment and the arts from the beginning,” says Karlitz. “One of the most exciting things we’ve added this year is a concert at the hisMarcus Samuelsson serves up Red Rooster’s signature dish, Fried Yardbird.

toric Apollo Theatre on May 16, ‘A Tribute to Billy Holiday.’ We partnered with music


and his team haven’t looked back.

“I love eating in my neighborhood and in Spanish Harlem for the best Mexican food. I like to go to Upland when I’m near midtown, and downtown I love Estela.”

Red Rooster favorites from top: Fried Yardbird with sweet potato, collard greens and pickles; cornbread with honey butter and tomato jam; deviled eggs with duck salami; chicken, waffles, b&b pickles, Mac & Greens; Helga’s meatballs.


“Jersey has a great history of giving the industry some amazing chefs: Tom Colicchio, Bobby Flay, Amanda Freitag and Craig Shelton.”

Red Rooster Shoreditch will celebrate Samuelsson’s take on American com-

fort-food classics. Alongside many signature dishes from the Harlem original, such as his famous cornbread with honey butter and signature Fried Yardbird with gravy, yams, hot honey and collards, new dishes will be

producer Michael Dorf from City Winery.”

created especially for the London eateries,

“What could be more iconic than the

such as Duck Kitfo and Foie Gras Ganache,

Billy Holiday tribute?” adds Marcus. “The

Jicama; and steamed bass with poached egg,

festival is really about engaging the whole

brisket, pickled vegetables and broth.

community, and we want people here to

As passionate and dedicated as he is to

know that [getting] a good job doesn’t have

his own enterprises, Samuelsson is equally

to mean you leave Harlem. That is what

committed to the Careers through Culinary

Herb and I are putting on the table with

Arts Program (C-CAP) philanthropy, for

Harlem EatUp!”

which he serves as co-chair on the Board of

It’s hard to imagine that on the heels of

Directors. C-CAP is a national nonprofit that

this year’s festival, Samuelsson will also

transforms the lives of disadvantaged youth

make his debut in London with the opening

through the culinary arts and prepares them

of Red Rooster Shoreditch and its adjacent

for college and careers in the restaurant and

roadside tacqueria, called Roosteria, at

hospitality industry. In the New York City

the Curtain (a hotel, restaurant and mem-

metropolitan area, C-CAP prepares 2,750

bers club) on May 26, as well as spearhead

high school students in 14 schools, including

the European launch of his book The Red

paid internships at restaurants such as Red

Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and

Rooster Harlem. The organization plans to

Hustle in Harlem (Rux Martin/Houghton

open a facility in Newark, NJ in November,

Mifflin Harcourt).

according to Samuelsson.

On choosing London for his next en-

“We’ll open in Newark in the fall,” he

deavor, Samuelsson says: “We felt that

says. “We’ll do cooking classes for free and

Shoreditch is such an incredible communi-

hire from the community.”

ty. It’s very different from Harlem but sim-

Reflecting on his life and career, Samu-

ilar in its level of mystique. People have a

elsson says: “I’m a representation of many

real curiosity about Shoreditch, and we feel

people. My parents really helped me out,

that Ginny’s and Red Rooster will do very,

and without them I wouldn’t be anywhere.

very well in London. As for the taqueria, he explains, “We’ve done ta-

And the chefs who helped me out as well — some famous and some

cos late night here in Harlem, and every time we do something new,

not — without them, I wouldn’t be anywhere. I live in an industry

we want to add something new that is organic to us. So, the taqueria

where without great mentors and leaders, you are nothing, and I am

is something that we all thought we should start with in London.”

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Weehawken’s newest waterfront building, 1200 Avenue at Port Imperial by Lennar, offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. 54 VOLUME 6.2

By Mike Banka

GOLD COASTING Real-estate development on NJ’s Gold Coast continues at a record pace. “When you have housing stock that hasn’t been replenished or refreshed in a decade or two, you have people say, ‘I want something newer and better.’” Steven Fulop is the mayor of Jersey City, and what he’s saying about his town isn’t new. As early as the 1980s, local politicians of every stripe were predicting huge growth for the geographical expanse popularly known today as NJ’s Gold Coast, of which Jersey City is a part. They enthused how ripe it was for super development mostly because of its proximity to Manhattan. Predicted for such contiguous Hudson River waterfront towns as Weehawken, Hoboken, Jersey City and West New York was a virtual architectural and demographic facelift, and the ‘80s and ‘90s were the time for people and businesses to move in while rents were still affordable. VOLUME 6.2


According to Pew Research,

the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment on NJ’s Gold Coast is $2,900 vs.

Although the NJ waterfront

sey. The fact that in the 1990s

$5,000 for a comparable property in Manhattan.

towns witnessed growth prior to

you could buy a decent-sized

the new millennium, develop-

house along this stretch and

The abundance of lower-priced properties on the Gold Coast has forced NYC realtors to reduce their prices in order to compete.

ment over the last few years has

in other NJ metro areas for

been explosive and on a scale

$185,000 aided this migration.

offices on the Gold Coast are J.P.

their prices in order to compete.

previously unseen. Some have

Today, those same homes run

Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch,

Among residential skyscrap-

pointed to the improving econ-

$600,000 to $700,000.

Forbes, Omnicom, Mack-Cali,

ers, the 49-story 77 Hudson

Newell Rubbermaid and Ernst

Street in Jersey City was one of

and Young.

the first on the Gold Coast, with

omy as the reason, but experts

By contrast, millennial em-

agree the so-called economic

ployees, who are replacing Baby

recovery has been too fraught

Boomers as the largest sector

The upshot to this corporate

sales starting in 2007. It is the

with fits and stops to coalesce

of the U.S. workforce, want to

invasion is that the burgeon-

result of a creative collaboration

into the kind of ongoing trend

be closer to New York City and

ing millennial population is no

of builder K. Hovnanian and the

that produces the high-velocity

are more inclined to remain

longer limited to Manhattan

architecture firm Cetra/Ruddy.

real-estate growth currently be-

renters well into their thirties

for seeking attractive high-pay-

The amazing blue and green

ing jobs and can now work as

glass design of the building lit-

well as live on the Gold Coast.

erally reflects the sky.

The influx of residents and

than previous generations. The

Instead, most developers

big real-estate developers have

point to millennials — and spe-

recognized this and jumped at

cifically their lifestyle preferenc-

the opportunity.


corporations also means more

rooms include distinctive open


kitchens designed for entertain-

theaters and

ing and bath designs complete

other enter-

with chiseled marble. Along


with enjoying a rooftop bar and

The mirrored concierge backdrop adds an artistic touch to 77 Hudson’s lobby.

ing seen on the Gold Coast.


venues which

fireplace, swimming pool and

offer an attractive alternative

hot tub, residents can watch a

to the Manhattan nightlife. Ex-

movie in the screening room, re-

perts predict that this hip new

lax with friends in the lounge, go

urban setting, in turn, will attract

for a run on the outdoor jogging

still more residents and corpora-

path with majestic Manhat-

tions, creating a self-sustaining

tan views, enjoy verdant green

growth spiral that will continue

lawns and play virtual golf.

far into the future. Of course, the competitive rents are helping.

To date, many would say 77 Hudson Street got there first with the most. On the horizon,

According to Pew Research,

however, are other Gold Coast

es — as the driving force behind

So too has corporate Amer-

the average monthly rent for

properties which, if anything,

the uber-development. Today’s

ica. The Gold Coast towns have

a two-bedroom apartment on

are likely to be even more cov-

40- and 50-somethings actually

become the state’s most highly

NJ’s Gold Coast is $2,900 vs.

eted. One is 99 Hudson St. It

left towns like Hoboken, Wee-

desirable commercial locations.

$5,000 for a comparable prop-

is with this groundbreaking

hawken and Jersey City 15 and

In the third quarter of 2016,

erty in Manhattan. The abun-

condo complex that we begin

20 years ago to buy homes and

office leasing in the region out-

dance of lower-priced prop-

our look at some of real-estate’s

start families west of New York

paced all of 2015 combined.

erties on the Gold Coast has

biggest movers and shakers on

off Interstate 78 in New Jer-

Among the companies that have

forced NYC realtors to reduce

today’s Gold Coast.

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It’s hard to argue with Xiu’s

99 HUDSON ST. (China



statement. The condo tower will

— 99 Hudson St. is a 900-

offer stunning vistas of the Stat-

foot high-rise to be located at

ue of Liberty, Ellis Island and

Greene and Grand streets on

the New York City skyline and

the Jersey City waterfront.

give Manhattanites something

When it opens in 2019, it will be

to gawk at on the opposite side

the tallest building in the state

of the Hudson for a change. Says

(usurping the 781-foot Gold-

Jersey City Councilwoman Can-

man Sachs structure at near-

dice Osborne, the building will

by 30 Hudson Street) and the

show Manhattan residents that

sixth-tallest residential tower in

“our skyline’s pretty cool, too.”

are available yet. Studios run

Besides concierge services, residents of the Avora have access to a private screening theater, business center, fitness center, lounge and bar, and more.

the country. The $500-million

Ming Wu, the design princi-

$2,030-$2,695, one-bedrooms

edifice will house nearly eight

pal architect, concurs: “The val-

$2,330-$3,965 and two-bed-

hundred condos and have six

ue proposition [of 99 Hudson]

rooms $3,300-$5,290. All units

Barry, president of Ironstate

hundred parking spaces, along

is really about capturing the

have one bath, hardwood floors,

and Urby CEO. “The phenom-

with 15,000 square feet of com-

sweeping views of the Hudson

oversized windows and stain-

enal response we’ve received

mercial space.

River and the Manhattan sky-

less steel appliances.

since starting leasing shows that

Says Cindy Xiu, president of

line. That’s what we’re selling.”

China Overseas America, which

Residents can enjoy a ful-

renters are excited by the con-

ly equipped gym with classes

cept. We’re offering something

is behind the project: “We are


from cardio to strength train-

truly unique for the contempo-

proud to bring 99 Hudson to

(Ironstate Development and

ing to yoga and barre, taught by

rary urban renter: apartments

life and represent the high stan-

Roseland Residential Trust)

certified trainers; a communal

that make smart use of space,

dard of excellence of China

— At 713 feet, the current king

kitchen featuring tastings and

communal spaces designed to

and develop a marriage with

of altitude on the Gold Coast

pop-up dinners and demon-


the Jersey City community to

is this $330-million, 69-sto-

strations by local chefs; outdoor

residents and regular program-

create 2,000 construction jobs

ry skyscraper at 200 Greene

BBQs and fire pits; Urby Cre-

ming that together create a dy-

and business opportunities for

Street in Exchange Place. The

ative Lab, a space for residents

namic experience.”

the local establishments. This

complex welcomed its first

to collaborate on hands-on ac-

building will literally have the

residents in April. There are

tivities such as interior design


best views in the world.”

762 apartments, though not all

workshops and flower arrang-

(Landsea) — As with Jersey City,

ing; 9 Bar Café, a coffee shop on

the pace of Weehawken’s pop-

the first floor; a heated outdoor

ulation growth (11.8 percent)

pool; an adja-

is much higher than the state

cent deck for

(1.89 percent) and national (4.1

outdoor games

percent) average. High-priced



projects in recent years include

and an outdoor

the Brownstones and Riva Point.


One of the most active condo

Bathrooms at the Avora offer sleek designs including spa-like bathtubs and porcelain countertops.



“With Urby, we’re working

developers in the area is Lennar,

to rethink the residential rent-

which recently completed the

al-housing market,” says David

luxurious 1200 Avenue at Port VOLUME 6.2


Imperial, with 103 residences.

ing services also are available.

Square City’s real-estate market

son Tea community, 1400 Hud-

The property follows Lennar’s



has been revitalized, transition-

son Street is a new condo and

74-unit Avenue at Port Imperial,

$800,000 and $4.5 million, the

ing into high-end luxury and


which is sold out.

184 units range from spacious

hitting its peak last year when

Toll Brothers, one of the most

duplex penthouses to one-, two-

504 Hudson Street fetched a re-

active builders in Hoboken. The

and three-bedroom homes.

cord-breaking $6.5 million. Be-

first Hudson Tea building is an

The most anticipated project, though, is the Avora, a




184-unit condominium com-

Gabe Pasquale, senior vice

sides the recent renovation, size,

old Lipton Tea factory that was

plex under construction on the

president for the building’s de-

historic details and ample out-

turned into an apartment build-

waterfront with an occupan-

veloper Landsea, says target-

door space, this landmark town-

ing before Toll Brothers con-

cy date of 2018. Not a tower

ed buyers range “from young

home offers a true rarity that

verted it into a 525-unit condo-

like Urby and 99 Hudson, the

professionals looking for a new

Hoboken residents can readily

minium development in 2005.

glass-sheathed Avora stands 11

modern residence in a full-ser-

appreciate: a two-car garage.

stories and boasts an expansive

vice building to empty-nesters

These days, there is a large

236 units range from $684,995

resort-style design that maxi-

looking to scale down from a

bump in construction in Hobo-

to more than $1,454,995. They

mizes the waterfront location.

single-family home and live a

ken, not only on the newly de-

vary in size from 750 to 1,429


veloped fringes but also, a little

square feet.

The third floor’s outdoor plaza features a pool, lounging



closer to Manhattan.”

At 1400 Hudson Street, the

surprisingly, in the main town.

Still to come is the final

areas, grills and a fire pit, with

Pasquale explains the mean-

The challenge for new de-

building of Toll’s Hudson Tea

panaromic views of Manhat-

ing of the building’s name: “Ora

velopers is summed up by Joe

project, a 12-story residential

tan. An elevated amphitheater

is gold, and avenue, so, Avora!”

Stingone of VUE Realty Group.

tower over a retail and parking

“Some of Hoboken’s legacy

ground floor. Currently called


housing has exceeded its useful

Hoboken Cove Building D, the

allows residents to relax while admiring the skyline. The Avora offers concierge

(Toll Brothers) — With a popu-

life and should be replaced by

complex will be located next to

service, a private screening

lation density of 41,789 people

more resilient and modern con-

the Berkshire Shipyard building.

theater, an elegant boardroom,

per square mile (3309% high-

struction. Thankfully, the pro-

an exclusive bar and catering

er than New Jersey’s), Hobo-

fessionals designing the majori-


kitchen, and a private dining

ken would seem to be stuffed

ty of these new developments do

(K. Hovnanian Homes) — Last

room for entertaining. A ful-

to the gills and simply not have

take cues from adjoining build-

December, K. Hovnanian Homes

ly equipped gym, secure ga-

the room for development. Yet

ings and streetscapes so that the

hosted a celebration to com-

rage parking and pet-groom-

over the last five years, the Mile

old is married to the new, while

memorate the completion of the

maintaining the signature na-

final floor at Nine on the Hud-

ture of architectural design.”

son. The 13-story building offers

Harlow Hoboken is a new apartment



278 for-sale condominiums in West New York.

Greystar. Leases run from

Alexander Hovnanian, Area

$2,870 to $4,980. The 140 units

Vice President for K. Hovna-

range in size from 801 to 1,406

nian’s Northeast Division, says,

square feet.

“In today’s residential market,

In the highly desirable Hud-

and particularly in this part of the Garden State, buyers are

Residences in 1400 Hudson offer an open floor plan with oversized windows for a sleek, modern appearance.

58 VOLUME 6.2

looking for homes that offer not only easy access to the city and

Scott Waldman Broker/Salesperson, Weichert Realtors

major transportation hubs and routes, but also a vibrant, com-

What should a prospective buyer know about the Gold Coast? The Gold Coast is the place to live, and it is completely redefining the experience of urban life. You get tremendous value and awe-inspiring views of Manhattan, and If location really does matter, then the Gold Coast has it all. With its close proximity to NYC by PATH and ferry, it is attracting buyers from around the globe.

fortable living experience. Nine on the Hudson is designed to satisfy that demand, a very family-friendly building, providing the highest level of amenities and conveniences.” The building’s tiered design provides more corner views of the New York City skyline than a conventional vertical structure.

What do you foresee for the Gold Coast? Expansion. Many new developments are getting ready to go live, and the quality of these new developments is like nothing you have seen before. New residences, restaurants and shopping are attracting savvy buyers who see a tremendous opportunity ahead.

One-, two- and three-bedroom

Jessica Nelson Sales Agent, Liberty Realty

homes are available by appointment only. Sizes range from 773 to 2,580 square feet, with an average square footage of 1,475. The luxury condominiums are priced from $600,000 to $6,000,000. Preview opening appointments are now being accepted. Residents will be able to take advantage of savings created by a 20-year tax abatement program. The initial 10-year period is fixed, with increases kicking in over the second 10-year period. According to K. Hovnanian

What should a prospective buyer know about the Gold Coast? When I meet with buyers who are considering a potential move out of the highly competitive Manhattan and Brooklyn markets, I often find that they have a misconception about the Gold Coast. They think that because the Gold Cost offers a lower price per square foot than Manhattan or Brooklyn, it will be the case that buying in New Jersey will be less competitive. When these same buyers start looking at Gold Coast properties, though, they quickly learn that the bidding process in highly desirable areas such as downtown Jersey City and Hoboken can be just as competitive as in Manhattan or Brooklyn. They can encounter low inventory, hot listings that are sold in a single day, and overheated auctions that can turn into bidding wars. These buyers learn that having an experienced and knowledgeable realtor to assist them and be their advocate is not just a benefit but also a necessity. As an example, I have advised my clients to look for opportunities to invest in areas that are convenient to transportation for commuters. Typically in flourishing urban areas, if you follow the train line you will tend to see values appreciate over time. That has been the case in the Gold Coast in recent years, and I expect that trend to continue in the future.

Homes, this translates to only 1.1 percent for the first 10 years.

an outdoor lounge and wet bar



With a population of 262,000,


Besides the stunning views of

area, a virtual golf simulator,

at Nine on the Hudson, which

it’s on a pace to surpass Newark

the NYC skyline, appointments

children’s outdoor play area and

opened in January, only 20 re-

(population 277,000) as New


private penthouse terraces..

main vacant.

Jersey’s largest city. Says Mayor



dows in most homes, balconies

Lennar’s 1200 Avenue at

Fulop, “The fact that residents

or terraces in most homes, white

With development on the

Port Imperial, with 103 resi-

fill these buildings up as soon as

oak hardwood flooring through-

Gold Coast not looking to abate

dences, already had sold more

we build them speaks to the de-

out, 24/7 concierge services,

anytime soon, one could reason-

than half of its units when it was

mand of Jersey City.”

more than 31,655 square feet of

ably wonder if the region may

finished last fall.

amenity space, an infinity-edge

be headed for a glut of available

pool and hot tub overlooking

rental and condo properties.

This is one instance where

Through early last year, Jer-

supply is being hard pressed to

sey City had approved 2,595

keep up with demand. The Gold

Manhattan, a state-of-the-art,

By all signs, this is not the case.

building permits, almost 10 per-

Coast’s skyline is changing, and

two-story fitness center, fire pits,

Consider these facts: Of the

cent of the 28,114 in the state.

the sky’s the limit. VOLUME 6.2



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As the last surviving structure on Millionaires’ Row — an old-time term referring to the Gilded Age mansions that lined the streets on Route 124 in Morristown, NJ — Alnwick Hall – The Abbey, with its vibrant stained-glass windows and ornate medieval façade, intrigued onlookers for years. BY SARA BRISOLLA


esigner Istvan Francer once said, “I appreciate history, but you have to bring your own experience into your rooms.” Alnwick Hall – The Abbey, the setting of this

year’s Mansion in May project, is no exception. Originally owned by Edward and Rosalie Behr Meany, the 22,000-square-foot mansion was designed by the famed New York architect Percy Griffin, who added embellishments such as Heinigke & Bowen stained-glass windows, several grand fireplaces, crown moldings and an intricately carved oak staircase. All survive to this day. Through the years, the Abbey exchanged hands multiple times before being sold to its current owner in 2008. Since then, the mansion and its opulent luxuries (30 rooms, 11 baths, 6 storage rooms, 5 garages and 8 horse stables) have been closed to the public. Until now. Its rich history and mysterious charm made the mansion an ideal choice for the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center’s Mansion in May, one of New Jersey’s most famous interior-design projects. Mansion in May is the signature fundraising event for the Women’s Association. Different interior designers outfit the rooms and it is available for the public to view through May.

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From left: Alnwick Hall - The Abbey was built during the Gilded Age on a road in Morristown nicknamed Millionaires’ Row. The designers for the Mansion in May project were able to restore many rooms including Happily Ever After, the Gilded Blues Gathering Room and L’Abbey En Rose. VOLUME 6.2


When the month is over, the items in each room are sold and the space is restored to its original look. More than 25,000 visitors will set foot into the grand estate to view the designers’ stunning interiors. Guests easily could spend more than two hours viewing the entire redesigned mansion. While the more than 40 rooms currently on public view each tell an interesting story, three of them — Gilded Blues Gathering Room, L’Abbey En Rose and Happily Ever After — are especially captivating. The Abbey’s current owner graciously allowed the Women’s Association to use the estate for Mansion in May, which has enjoyed much success since its inception in 1974. Katie Nolle, Vice President of the Women’s Association and this year’s General Co-Chair for Mansion in May, says the Abbey stood out from other mansions because of its intricate detailing such as stained-glass windows and ornate ceilings. “Each room inside the mansion makes you feel like you could have it in your house,” she says. While Mansion in May serves as a show house, its purpose is to raise funds for the Morristown Medical Center.

From the Owner:

Tom Maoli

What’s your favorite attribute of the home? The facade… it is a castle! How was your experience with lending your home to the Mansion in May project, which ultimately benefits the Morristown Medical Center? Excellent. The hospital is an amazing organization and the cause is well worth it.

Nolle, who is dedicated to the organization’s Contributing with Passion ideology, says the Abbey “describes the organization’s motto in a heartbeat,” especially given its proximity to the medical facility.

The nursing staff earned the prestigious Magnet Award for Nurs-

This year, the funds brought in from the Abbey will benefit the

ing Excellence, which is given by the American Nurses’ Credential-

nurses working at the Morristown Medical Center and help estab-

ing Center. The center recognizes the best in nursing practice and

lish the Center for Nursing Innovation and Research.

patient care, and this honor is claimed by only 1 percent of hospitals worldwide. To apply for another designation from the center, the nursing staff must implement another innovative project to improve

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Upton Pyne, Bernardsville Giralda, Madison Schiff Estate, Mendham Hollow Hill Farm, Convent Station Evergreens, Morristown Warren Estate, Bernardsville Upton Pyne, Revisited, Bernardsville Bayley-Ellard, Madison Vail Mansion, Morristown Knox Hill, Morris Township Ellerslea, Morris Township Cross Estate, Bernardsville Ross Family Farm, Basking Ridge Froh Heim, Far Hills Fawn Hill Farm, Morristown Glynallyn, Morristown Blairsden, Peapack-Gladstone Alnwick Hall – The Abbey, Morris Township

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patient care and generate data demonstrating successful outcomes. To date, the Women’s Association has raised more than $25 million for the Morristown Medical Center, making it the no. 1 donator to the hospital’s foundation. Mansion in May is hosted every other year. In the off mansion years, the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical remains active with their businesses, the Bargain Box Thrift Boutique, three gift shops within the hospital as well as additional fundraising events such as a Farm to Table Dining experience with local celebrity chefs. “The Abbey symbolizes a time not only of power and privilege, but also of possibilities and progress,” say Nolle and her co-chair Megan Cassie Schubiger. “It exemplifies an era when the impossible became possible: transcontinental rail and telephone systems, motorized coaches and other revolutionary innovations.” It’s the perfect tie-in to this year’s Nursing Excellence innovation.



GILDED BLUES GATHERING ROOM The Gilded Blues Gathering Room, designed by Rachel Kapner along with her team of designers, Mary Lavecchia, Lois Darling and Ann Campbell of CWI.Design of in New Providence, used Benjamin Moore’s Starry Night Blue paint, a perfect fit for this remarkable room. With swirls of dark blue shades and bright pops of gold, the Gathering Room represented a marriage of the Gilded and Modern ages. Kapner, who was a past recipient of the Tulip Award (Mansion in May’s highest designer honor), stated how she drew her inspiration for the room by finding “the balance of color to bring out as well as enhance the already existing beautiful details that just needed to be brought to life.” The curtains, furniture and accessories all boasted shades of gold and blue. The stunning light fixtures hanging from the ceilings and walls were all custom made pieces, while the piano placed in the corner was a symbol of the music enjoyed in the Gilded Age.



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L’ABBEY EN ROSE L’Abbey En Rose enchanted any guest who stepped foot into the mansion’s bedroom, which featured a beautiful soft color palette of light pink with touches of ivory, blush and gold — colors that are most popular this season. Sam Ciardi, Creative Director of Samuel Robert Signature Spaces in Millburn, said he allowed the room to speak to him while creating his design. To add to the overall aesthetic of the room, Ciardi mixed his soft-hued color palette with dramatic pieces throughout the room that helped them to resonate with viewers. The most striking object was the triptych panel of floral and gold commissioned




Young. Although this was Ciardi’s first year designing for Mansion in May, he is no stranger to the fashion and design world.

both elegant and reflected a bit of the tradition of the house,” he said. “But I also added elements that show how you could take a house like this and make it appropriate for modern living, too.”

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“I wanted to work with the light in the room and create a space that was

HAPPILY EVER AFTER Diane Durocher of Diane Durocher Interiors in Ramsey created Happily Ever After, a bridal dressing room that was inspired by her own daughter’s wedding day. “When the ladies asked me to do the dressing room, I thought, well, for what occasion would you want to use a beautiful dressing room?” said Durocher. “We decided to go with a bridal dressing room because it’s for a special occasion. It was fun to accessorize and think about what it would all entail. Would your husband-to-be send a lovely card or send you some flowers? You’ll notice my daughter was my muse. All of the photographs are of her getting ready for her big day. That was the inspiration, along with the architecture itself: having this great room and the three windows. Coming off the master, everything just sort of evolved.” Using the palette of beige, white and gold, the medallion in the center of the ceiling was throughout the rest of the mansion. Like the ceiling, the walls in the bridal room were stenciled and hand-glazed. Perhaps the most stunning acPETER RYMWID


handcrafted to match the intricate designs seen

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NEW JERSEY WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL CRYSTAL SPRINGS RESORT This season, northern New Jersey celebrated Crystal Springs Resort’s 9th Annual Wine & Food Festival. The three-day event allowed guests to participate in seminars and food tastings, including exciting sessions such as “Secrets of the Crystal Springs Wine Cellar” hosted by Wine Director Robby Younes, “The Perfection of Beef” taught by the resort’s Chef Anthony Bucco and “Craft Whiskey Spotlight” featuring Widow









1. After party festivities 2. Musician performs at the Grand Tasting 3. Meat-carving station 4. After party 5. Widow Jane taste testing 6. A delicacy 7. Guests 8. Chefs plating dishes at Grand Tasting event 9. Chef serves food at Grand Tasting

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Jane Distillery. One of the world’s premier chefs, Daniel Boulud, served as the event’s guest of honor and took part in several seminars and tastings during the three-day event. Proceeds from the event benefited the James Beard Foundation, an organization that supports chefs and America’s food culture.










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PRIVATE SPA TASTING & NETWORKING EVENT BANGZ SALON & WELLNESS SPA Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa, one of New Jersey’s top salons, hosted a private tasting and networking event for New Jersey-based women entrepreneurs. Guests were pampered with treatments, including hot stone massages, compression therapy, brow lifts and pedicures and manicures. Vikki Ziegler, a businesswoman celebrated across the nation for her innovative approach to matrimonial management, spoke to her concept “You Can Have It All.” In between receiving spa treatments and chatting with Vikki, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres prepared by Franco Vitella Catered Affairs and glasses of champagne.








1. Patty Ciavolella, Lana Ladenheim, Vikki Ziegler and Limor Beck 2. Kopal Pandey and guests 3. Exterior shot of Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa 4. Gina Fernicola and Limor Beck 5. Attendees listening to Vikki Ziegler speak 6. Spa room 7. Franco Vitella Catered Affairs 8. Networking attendees 9. (Top row) Terry Tateossian, Gina Fernicola, Gail Cleeland, Lana Ladenheim, Kelly Nagle Witkowski, Ann Mackey, Sandy Kurtz, Alexandra Coglianese and Alexandra Kachala (Bottom row) Patty Ciavolella, Vikki Ziegler, Doni Feinberg, Limor Beck and Kathi Wolder

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OUR TOWN’S ART OF FOOD SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK Earlier this year, New York celebrated Our Town’s Art of Food event with special guests Chef Geoffrey and Margaret Zakarian. Held at Sotheby’s, more than 20 NYC eateries participated. Each crafted a dish inspired by a piece of art curated by Sotheby’s. Restaurants included American Cut, Vaucluse, the Meatball Shop, Atlantic Grill and the Penrose. Art pieces were by such notables as Jeff Koons, Wayne Thiebaud and Diana Al-Hadid. Guests could taste test all of the prepared dishes, sip on wine and cocktails, and view the various art pieces displayed around the venue.








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1. Violinist entertains guests 2. Attendees from New York Presbyterian Hospital 3. Margaret and Geoffrey Zakarian and Jeanne Straus, president of Straus News, which publishes Our Town 4. Jordy Lavanderos, Chef at Seamstress 5. Tempting plates 6. Guests with Margaret and Geoffrey Zakarian 7. Jeanne Straus, Margaret Zakarian, Vince Gardino (Vice President/Chief Revenue Officer of Straus News) and Geoffrey Zakarian 8. Geoffrey and Margaret Zakarian and Jeanne Straus address crowd 9. Margaret Zakarian, guest, Chef Ross Posmentier of New York Presbyterian Hospital, guest and Geoffrey Zakarian VOLUME 6.2



CHICAGOMOD LAUNCH EVENT MORGAN MANUFACTURING In April, MOD Media launched a new luxury lifestyle publication, ChicagoMOD, during a premier event at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago. More than 300 guests came out to celebrate the premiere issue and walk the red carpet hosted by notable Chicago radio personality Showbiz Shelly. Guests were joined by a star-studded crowd including ChicagoMOD cover star Taylor Kinney (lead actor on NBC’s Chicago Fire) as well as his costars Monica Raymund and Miranda Rae Mayo, Hamilton actors Miguel Cervantes and Christopher Lee, Step Up actress Drew Sidora, Billy Dec and musical artist Lili K.











1. Aston Martin of Chicago 2. Lili K 3. Billy Dec 4. Miranda Rae Mayo 5. Suzanne Corbo, Erin Macho, Miriam Geiser and Christine Judson 6. Shannon Steitz and Drew Sidora 7. Stolen representative 8. Jack Daniel’s representative 9. Benjamin Meyer and Showbiz Shelly 10. BJ Bohne, Eric Ferguson, Irena Bohne, Magda Kowalczyk, Patrick May, Taylor Kinney, Natalia Felker, Mary and Tim Mahler 11. Taylor Kinney and Joe Ahern 12. Kopal Pandey, Nubia DuVall Wilson, Nicole Fonzino, Emma Reynolds and Elaine Doremus

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Throughout the evening, guests sipped on cocktails mixed with Jack Daniel’s, Finlandia Vodka, Herradura Tequila and Stolen Rum, as well as champagne served at a Caesarstone-sponsored bar. Food was prepared by the Entertaining Company. Other luxury happenings included an incredible aerial silk performance, a display of luxury autos by Fletcher Jones and Aston Martin of Chicago, a VIP lounge sponsored by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, and a luxury silent auction. The auction, which included items such as a three-night stay in Sorrento and Lake Como, Italy, signed sports memorabilia, and a fire helmet autographed by the Chicago Fire cast, benefited the 100 Club of Chicago. Joe Ahern, CEO of the organization, was on site to speak to the crowd of the 100 Club’s incredible impact on the families of fallen first responders as well as the community. At the end of the event, guests left with an incredible swag bag filled with luxurious goodies from a variety of brands and a copy of ChicagoMOD, the city’s authority on luxury.

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1. Pipes and Drums of the Blue and Gold 2. Guests 3. Grace Jarrett, Denise Jarrett and Rebecca Jarrett 4. James Ebert, Frank Catania and Frances Vagias 5. Cindy Krugman, Dr. Gary Krugman and Jessica Krugman 6. Guests 7. Catering by Waterside 8. Teddy Vagias recieves check for the Leonidas Foundation 9. Nicole Somick and Gladys Videla 10. Robyn Levy, Ivy Charmatz and Fran Boller 11. Jason Lembo, Shannon Steitz, Joe and Paul Lebo 12. Anthony Vainieri, member of the Hudson County Freeholders, guests and Allen Pascual, Public Safety Commissioner of North Bergen

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This April, more than 800 guests gathered at the Waterside in North Bergen to honor Leonidas Vagias and Samuel Cali, who tragically passed away last year. The event celebrated the kickoff of the Leonidas Foundation, an organization founded by the Vagias family which promotes public service and humanitarian relief to the community. Guests enjoyed food and drinks while participating in an extensive silent auction that featured signed sports memorabilia as well as gift baskets and gift cards donated by New Jersey’s most prominent stores. Board members addressed the crowd, and the foundation received a generous donation of $25,000 from the Kittatinny High School Buddies Band of Brothers. For more information on the foundation, please visit:


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black u brushstroke Kate Spade is taking its sassy flair to another department besides fashion: wall decor. In collaboration with Wendover Art Group, the all-new collection features more than 60 designs that boast feisty sayings, sketches, landscapes and bold abstracts. Perhaps one of Kate Spade’s most striking pieces is black brushstroke. Featuring bold black-and-white strokes, the art piece is handpainted on canvas. It proves that simplicity makes the strongest impact. Available at, $1,495


DAUNTLESS DIALS Be fearless this season by daring to wear Jaeger-LeCoultre’s newest additions to its Atelier Reverso collection. With three new vibrant-colored timepieces, wearers will stand out in any crowd. Whether you choose military marble, electric blue or tiger’s eye, you get the best of both worlds: the refined precision of the Atelier Reverso watch and a bold band and face. Wherever you wear your new chronometer, be prepared to have all eyes on you. Available at, prices may vary



In modern society, diamonds are a girl’s best friend; but in Roman and Greek mythology, diamonds are the tears of the gods. In May, the world’s most valuable gems went up for auction: the Apollo & Artemis diamonds. With their exceptionally striking colors, the blue and pink earrings were undoubtedly the most popular items at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva. Selling for $57,425,478, the pair became the most valuable earrings ever sold at auction. The Apollo blue diamond weighed in at 14.54 carats, while its twin, the Artemis pink diamond, weighed 16 carats. One thing’s for sure, the new owner of these earrings will instantly look and feel like a Greek goddess. For more information, please visit

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FOR THE LOVE OF ROSÉ u Welcome to the 21st century, where virtually everybody, including one of the world’s top champagne producers, Möet & Chandon, is using emojis to communicate with one another. For the launch of its new limited edition Rosé Impérial Emöeticons bottle, the champagne company covered its bright pink exterior in branded Emöeticons, which feature cheeky images such as champagne bottles and flutes, eyes, lips, heart-shaped sunglasses, smiley faces, crowns and bundles of grapes. What’s even better? There are more Emöeticon stickers hidden behind the front label, allowing you to customize your bottle further. The fruity flavor mixed with a unique and fun casing makes for the perfect summer beverage. For more information, please visit


SICILY IS MY LOVE Celebrate the beloved isle of Sicily with Dolce & Gabbana’s newest collaboration with Smeg, Italy’s luxury appliance maker. The exclusive collection, which debuted at this year’s Salone del Mobile Milano, transforms basic kitchen appliances into bold pieces of art that evoke the isle. Featuring fiery shades of red, orange, yellow, blue and green, designed luxury appliances in this collection include citrus juicers, coffee machines, kettles, blenders, stand mixers and slow juicers. Besides bold colors, Dolce & Gabbana and Smeg incorporated indigenous-to-Sicily lemons, oranges and prickly pears into the designs. If you’re a lover of art or just simply enjoy Italian style, the Sicily is my Love collection is a must-have in your household decor. For more information, please visit


TECH CHIC In this day and age, no stylish wardrobe is complete without an eye-catching tech accessory. So why not add a timepiece to your collection that combines the savvy minds at Apple with the fashion-forward folks of Hermes? This spring, the two world-renowned brands launched new accessories for their Apple Watch collaboration. The new bands include spring shades such as blue zephyr, lime and colvert, as well as a neutral shade, fauve, so you can either follow the style trends or showcase a timeless color. Fashioned with epsom, barenia or swift leather, the watch bands come in a single tour ($399), double tour ($489) or double buckle cuff ($689). Sporting one of these down Fifth Avenue will take you from tres chic to tech chic. Available at or, prices may vary VOLUME 6.2




WINE & DINE Ambiance is everything, and that’s why at Il Capriccio, guests feel as if they are dining far away at a romantic trattoria in Italy. The Whippany-based restaurant exudes traditional Italian culture. From dishes to decor, Il Capriccio is a page straight out of an Italian dining scene. Entranceways fashioned with marble, fresh flowers in the main dining room and bright colored vases add to the exquisite atmosphere. The menu boasts savory pasta, meat and fish dishes and includes signature plates such as pasta with rabbit ragu in a red wine sauce, veal milanese and yellow fin tuna. Il Capriccio has an extensive wine cellar of approximately 15,000 bottles of the finest reserves. Welcome to the new standard for Italian wining and dining.



Oceanos in Fair Lawn prides itself on being a family-operated business and offering the freshest seafood in northern New Jersey. The restaurant, a staple in the community for more than a decade, is run by the Panteleakis family, who are involved in every step from the time they pick up the fish at the Fulton Market to the moment it arrives at your dinner table. Enjoy a glass of wine from Oceanos’ extensive list as you ponder the varied menu. Choose from a large selection of appetizers, salads, whole fish, entrees and steaks. Delectable dishes include Oysters Rockefeller, Alaskan King Crab Legs, Seafood Linguini and South African Lobster Tail. The only trouble you’ll have here is making up your mind which dish to feast on.


North Bergen may as well have been transported into the heart of Italy with the opening of its newest restaurant Olivella. The three owners — Salvatore Olivella, Charles Castelli and Gino Ramundo — strive to bring modern Italian dishes to Bergen County as well as a classic favorite wood-fired pizza. Chef Olivella is one of the country’s top pizzaiolos and crafts his pies with the finest ingredients such as housemade fresh mozzarella, imported San Marzano tomatoes and basil. Want to spice things up? Order his Inferno pie made with mozzarella, tomatoes, ‘nduja, spicy soppressata and honey. Not in the mood for pizza? Other must-try dishes include Farfalle di Olivella (bowtie pasta served with smoked Norwegian salmon, shallots, salmon caviar and fontina cheese) and Gnocchi alla Romagnola (porcini with fresh truffle in a Pinot Grigio-based sauce). Buon appetito!

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If you enjoy wine, cocktails and American contemporary dishes, head to Morristown’s newest eatery, TOWN Bar + Kitchen, where you’ll experience an upscale meal in a casual setting. The bi-level restaurant boasts trendy decor, multiple bars and an outdoor patio for warm-weather dining. Even

better is the menu. Sink your teeth into a Town Southern Chicken Sandwich filled with fried chicken, sliced pickles and ruffle chips or opt for the Norwegian Blue Circle Salmon with sauteed veggies and farro. Whatever you choose, pair it with a specialty cocktail or a glass of wine from the TOWN’s extensive selection, crafted in collaboration with Cambridge Wines. Eat, drink and get ready to thoroughly enjoy your night on the TOWN.

BETTER THAN EVER New York’s Seagram building on 375 Park Avenue opened its doors to one of its two new restaurants. The Grill, which used to be located inside the Four Seasons, debuted in May with a completely revamped style. At first, it will only be open for dinner hours. Guests have already secured reservations to experience the all-new amenities. The restaurant told the New York Times that the menu will feature brand-new dishes, including filet mignon, lobster, scallops in snail butter and steak tartare. For regulars who loved eating the crab cake served at the Four Seasons, don’t fret. The owners also told the Times the dish will be replicated here. What are you waiting for? Go book your reservation.

THE BEST-KEPT SECRET A reservation is a must if you plan on dining at 15 Fox Place, an exclusive and well-hidden dinner club in Jersey City. The restaurant is in a unique location: inside a house, where home-cooked Italian food reaches another level. Guests who dine at 15 Fox Place are in for a rare and memorable experience. Seating spans through various parts of the home, such as the library, main dining room, garden room, patio, Tuscany room and Sienna room. The prix fixe menu boasts a seasonal six-course meal that includes a beginner dish, antipasti, pasta, salad, meat and dessert. Timeless family dishes are on the menu, including homemade ravioli and pollo divino. Guests can view the week’s menu starting on Monday and can even take a cooking class to learn how to create these savory dishes. Talk about la dolce vita! VOLUME 6.2




Chihuly Exhibition

The Other Art Fair Debuting for the first time in the U.S., the Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art is a must-attend for art aficionados. The event will spotlight more than 100 emerging artists, while guests are able to view and purchase showcased pieces. Proceeds from the VIP Benefit Preview, which will take place on the first day of the event, will benefit Free Arts NYC, an organization that helps underprivileged children with art education, mentorship and career exploration. WHEN: June 1-4 TIME: 12-9 PM (Friday), 11 AM-7 PM (Saturday) & 11 AM-6 PM (Sunday) WHERE: Brooklyn Expo Center Brooklyn, NY VISIT:

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, one of the metropolitan area’s premier events. The celebrity-attended experience will be filled with polo matches, stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and an abundance of champagne. The Polo Classic will be hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris and will feature live performances by Broadway icon Jordan Fisher and Grammy Award-winning singersongwriter Alicia Keys. In addition

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Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between

to Friends of Liberty State Park, this year’s event will also benefit Keep a Child Alive. WHEN: June 3 TIME: 11 AM WHERE: Liberty State Park Jersey City, NJ VISIT: V

Wildlife Conservation Society’s Gala and Afterparty 2017 Guests who attend the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Gala and Afterparty are in for a wild night. This year’s gala is themed Big Cats and will showcase how the WCS is helping protect these beautiful creatures from endangerment. Guests will enjoy a stunning reception and entertainment inside the Central Park Zoo, while also learning more about the animals that are housed there. During this blacktie event, the WCS will honor Julian Robertson, Chairman and CEO of Tiger Management, and George B. Schaller, Senior Conservationist at the WCS. WHEN: June 8 TIME: 6:30 PM WHERE: Central Park Zoo New York, NY VISIT:

Wildlife Conservation Society’s Gala and Afterparty

Valerie Fund, an organization that has been supporting this cause since 1976. With a target goal of $1 million, guests who join the Valerie Fund for either the walk or 5K will enjoy free breakfast and lunch, live entertainment, giveaways and a T-shirt. WHEN: June 10 TIME: 8 AM WHERE: Verona Park, Verona, NJ VISIT:

Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Join the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation as it celebrates its annual walk in Liberty State Park. The event helps raise money for the organization, which aids in research towards finding a cure for these diseases as well as benefits patient programs. Help the foundation reach its goal of $190,000, while taking in the beautiful venue with views of the Manhattan skyline. WHEN: June 11 TIME: 11 AM WHERE: Liberty State Park Jersey City, NJ VISIT:

Valerie Fund Walk

Toigo Gala 2017

Help raise money for children with cancer and blood disorders by entering the 5K race hosted by the

Join the Toigo Foundation as it celebrates its annual gala at Cipriani Wall Street. Join Master

Hot Air Balloon Festival at Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa

of Ceremonies CNN Commentator Anthony Kapel “Van” Jones and former First Lady Michelle Obama as they speak to the nonprofit’s past accomplishments. Guests will enjoy a reception and dinner, and proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships and leadership training programs that are funded by Toigo. WHEN: June 15 TIME: 6 PM WHERE: Cipriani Wall Street New York, NY VISIT:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City’s Casino Jazz Night 2017 This year, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City will celebrate a night of jazz at Cipriani 42nd Street with a special apperance by singersongwriter Jordin Sparks. Guests will enjoy drinks and food prepared by Cipriani as well as various casino games and a silent auction. Attended by more than 700 people, this year’s event will honor Steve J. Pozycki, Founder, Chairman and CEO of SJP Properties, and Michael A. Rodriguez, President of Alliance Building Services. WHEN: June 20 TIME: 6 PM WHERE: Cipriani 42nd Street New York, NY VISIT:

Baltusrol Invitational 2017

Chihuly Exhibition

Join in on the summer fun and enter to play rounds of golf on one of the most elite courses in the United States. This year, the Baltusrol Invitational will celebrate its 41st year of hosting this prestigious tournament. Teams of four will combat one another to be the best during the twoday tournament. The invitational consists of rounds of better ball on the club’s Lower Course, while the second day is a race for the no. 1 spot as teams play on the Upper Course. WHEN: July 20-21 WHERE: Baltusrol Golf Club Springfield Township, NJ VISIT:

After a decade-long absence, art pieces crafted by Dale Chihuly will make their return to the New York Botanical Garden. More than 20 installations of his work will be displayed throughout the gardens, making for a stunning experience. Guests will also be able to see three new pieces. WHEN: Until October 29 WHERE: New York Botanical Garden VISIT:

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between Head to the Met Fifth Avenue to experience this exhibition firsthand. The inspiration for this year’s Met Gala showcases the work of one of the world’s most notable designers, Rei Kawakubo. Highlighting pieces from the 1980s to today, this exhibition is a must-see for any fashion aficionado. WHEN: Until September 4 WHERE: Met Fifth Avenue New York, NY VISIT:

SAVE THE DATE Hot Air Balloon Festival July 7-9 Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa Stowe, VT American Express Charity Golf Tournament August 7 Baltusrol Golf Club Springfield Township, NJ Preakness May 20 Pimlico Baltimore, Maryland Masterpiece London June 29-July 5 London VOLUME 6.2



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Year Anna Number of feet Chanel’s Wintour became rocket rose after its Paris Fashion the editor-in-chief of Vogue. Week show.

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of the year, Greenery.

“A collection is not just one basic idea. It comes from something that is in the air, something you suddenly like and put down on paper and then work out.” - Karl Lagerfeld


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Number of Vogue covers Gigi Hadid has been on.

Year the first fashion magazine was published in Germany.


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ulie Alongi not only overcame her own battle with cancer, but also helped her son win his fight with leukemia when he was three years old. Those trying experiences inspired her to dedicate her time and efforts to helping other children overcome terminal illnesses with her notfor-profit organization, Rosepetals. For the past twelve years, Rosepetals has assisted more than six thousand families with specialized care, toy purchases and celebrations for children, as well as financial aid for medical expenses, rent, food, clothing and at times funeral costs. HudsonMOD spoke with Alongi about her life’s passion and how Rosepetals has affected the lives of so many. Q: You’ve been a cancer survivor for more than 30 years. How did your fight against cancer help establish Rosepetals?

Q: Your son beat cancer. What advice would you give to other parents who are fighting the same battle? A: It is most important to to ask as many questions as needed. Knowledge is, after all, power. A parent of a child with cancer can say a daily prayer to St. Therese, as she will without fail make her presence known and somehow display a rose as proof of her intervention.

Julie Alongi

A: After my own personal experience with cancer, I decided I wanted to share with so many others all I had learned. The idea for Rosepetals naturally emerged from that. We have been a notfor-profit charity for 12 years. The spiritual inspiration has always been St. Therese of the Little Flower who continually taught that the way to peace and happiness is to cultivate the heart of a child. The hearts of children fill all of Rosepetals’ activities.

Q: How many families have received aid from the notfor-profit organization? Could you share an experience with a family that benefited from Rosepetals? A: To date, Rosepetals has been able to serve over six thousand children and their families. Virtually all of our children face end-stage terminal disease. One of my favorites is a special surviving young man named Danny who has been with us now for 12 years. He has had three brain surgeries for a tumor removal which has left him blind in one eye. We are waiting for the results from his last surgery, which replaced two arteries in the brain. He is a gifted young man who plans one day to be an illustrator for animated movies.

Q: How has this organization impacted the lives of these families and yours? A: The impact of Rosepetals upon the families of the children becomes most profound and life changing as parents learn to face the inevitable together with their child. Working with the children and the families under these most difficult circumstances has enabled me to develop a deep sense of compassion and patience, particularly for those in my charge.

Q: What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a volunteer hospice counselor? A: The children invariably never complain and are a true inspiration. They teach me how to live and how I should behave in the face of any obstacle. I have discovered that I cannot live without them.

Q: Do you plan to expand Rosepetals beyond the New York and New Jersey area? A: Growing Roses is our project to increase the impact and influence of Rosepetals Inc., to meet the expanding need for quality pediatric hospice care. The more Roses, the more we are able to care for the children and parents. Roses refers to the daily services and activities we provide for children and parents such as frequent bedside visitations, specialized counseling for family members and children, seasonal celebrations, supervised social gatherings and games. Roses also refers to guidance and assistance with imminent life choices, financial aid and funeral arrangements as necessary. Roses stem from donations and increase our ability to care for these special children.

Q: What are your future goals for the organization? A: Rosepetals is seeking to acquire a property that can be utilized as our organizational headquarters, which will also serve as a full support hospice residency for terminally ill children and their families. Families can then spend their last moments together with dignity in a quiet, comfortable and nurturing environment rather than alone in a hospital.

Q: How does someone volunteer with Rosepetals? A: No volunteer is permitted onto the wards or to assist without training. What Rosepetals really needs most is financial donations, particularly to facilitate specialized cases. To donate to Rosepetals, please visit or send a check payable to Rosepetals, Inc. to 825 Bloomfield Avenue, #107, Verona, NJ 07044. All donations are tax deductible. To read more about Julie Alongi, visit us online at

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Fashion + Home 2017  

Cover: Marcus Samuelsson

Fashion + Home 2017  

Cover: Marcus Samuelsson