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Vol. 8 #1 | January 2022

The Pierre Hotel Celebrating The Next 90 Years With GM Francois-Olivier Luiggi










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Contents FEATURES 12 14 20 26 30

From The Publisher Francois-Olivier Luiggi: An Interview With The Pierre Hotel’s GM Ron Galella: A Candid Interview With The Legendary Photographer Pam Gaslow: The Life & Times Of A Comedian Profile: Dr. Robi Ludwig: Essential Steps To Designing A Beautiful Life


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34 Life & Style: The Pampering Edition 38 Culture Capsule: Home & Lifestyle Reviews


TRAVEL 41 44 46 48

Beacon, NY: A Relaxing Stop In Dutchess County Paradise Found: There’s No Shortage Of Luxury At Las Ventanas Cruising Croatia: A Floating Holiday To 2 Cities & 5 Islands Plum Sweet: Private Luxury Homes From New York To California

REAL ESTATE & HOME DECOR 50 534 Hudson Street 52 Let Us Entertain You

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HEALTH & WELLNESS 56 New Year…New You

FOOD & DRINK 58 Check In To Dine Out: Sweetbriar NYC At The Park South Hotel 60 Restaurant Review: Pekarna NY


On Stage: A Star-Studded Start To Broadway 2022 On The Big Screen On The Small Screen BroadwayHD: Tickle Your Funny Bone

PET SPOTLIGHT 71 Paws Down…Tails Up: Paws For Quality Time

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Entrepreneur’s Corner: Daisy Jing My New York Story: Ken Jewell Seeing Stars: Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Annual Dinner The New York Center for Children: A Safe Haven Time Out With…Thomas J. Henry




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OUR CONTRIBUTORS BOB KAPPSTATTER Having photographed and written about Cuba, India, Africa and several other destinations, foreign and domestic, award-winning journalist Bob Kappstatter spends his off-time prowling with his camera in “the most interesting city in the world.” Kappy, as he is known to scores of politicians, cops, fellow journalists and “a lot of local characters,” spent over four decades at the New York Daily News, as a reporter, editor and columnist, and as he puts it, “with the best front row seat in the world, equally at home at a black-tie affair or in a South Bronx detective squad.” In this issue, Kappy writes of his latest adventure South of the Border. KRISTIE KELLAHAN Born in Sydney, Australia, it took just one visit to the Big Apple for Kristie to realize she was a New Yorker at heart. Here was a city that could cure her allergy to boredom. More than a decade later, the heady crush has become an enduring love affair and Kristie writes about the latest in NYC for newspapers and magazines around the world. After more than 20 years of travel writing, Kristie has visited 75 countries and all seven continents. France is a perennial favorite; Thailand is where she goes for healing massage and delicious curry. Antarctica is unlike anywhere else on the planet. And when asked where the best place is she’s ever been, Kristie usually says the last place she visited. In this issue, Kristie visits the latest restaurant hot spot, Sweetbriar. Our Chief Photographer, seen here with Ron Galella, has an innate passion for photography which began as a youngster when he picked up an Instamatic to record a family vacation in the South of France. At 26, the Britishborn aspiring photographer moved to South Africa where he honed his skills before settling in New York.

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Today, he combines that passion to capture the interplay of light, line, and color to create visual stories whether on the streets of New York on a fashion shoot or seizing the moment of wonderous nature in Yellowstone National Park. “I visualize my finished photo before even taking it,” he says, “and try to capture emotion in everything I photograph.” For Neil, telling stories with his photographs is art. In this issue, Neil photographed covers and features on Francois-Olivier Luiggi of The Pierre Hotel and Ron Galella as well as our feature profile of Dr. Robi Ludwig.


COVER CREDITS: Francois-Olivier Luiggi / The Pierre Hotel Photography: Neil J. Tandy

Ron Galella Photography: Neil J. Tandy

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nother year is upon us. Isn’t it amazing? We’ve been through so much these past two years. But I’m hopeful and optimistic that it will all be okay.

Frankly, it feels like just yesterday that I was embarking on the launch of New York Lifestyles. That was seven years ago, and I had no idea how the publication would be received or whether New Yorkers would even enjoy reading it. But today, I’m able to look back on this past year in awe and with deep, deep gratitude. You, our NYLM community, are the ones who helped us make this magazine what it is today—by leaps and bounds. I thank you! You have continually emailed us with your likes (and dislikes) that inspire, entertain, and inform. Our mission is—and always will be—to be the record for those who want to love and enjoy our beautiful city. I’m so proud of what we’re creating together and hope you are, too.

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This past year, we were fortunate to add so many new writers and photographers into our fold. NYLM is a labor of love and a gift from us to you. We hope you’ve enjoyed it so far, and we hope you know that we’re always open to your ideas for how we can make it better. (We mean it. Please feel free to write us at any time.) In this issue, we spotlight two incredible men. Francois-Olivier Luiggi is The Pierre Hotel’s General Manager who welcomed us into his luxurious hotel. This feature celebrates The Pierre’s long history as New York’s iconic hotel. See what’s in store for the next 90 years.








We couldn’t pass up an invitation to meet with Ron Galella, one of the most well-known celebrity photographers. Our editor shares her story and memories which I’m sure you’ll enjoy. Lastly, our new Profile section captures Dr. Robi Ludwig and her always-welcome advice on living and loving. All this plus travel, health and wellness, restaurants, and more. As we look ahead to this new year, I must say that I’m excited for what 2022 has in store. I hope you are as well. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. May we continue to connect and learn from one another in the days and weeks to come.

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If you’ve been fortunate enough to be a guest at this iconic hotel, then you no doubt have had the pleasure of meeting the affable gentleman with a ready smile. Of course, no one could mistake Francois-Olivier Luiggi, the General Manager of The Pierre NY, a Taj Hotel. In a heartbeat, he will make his way from the lobby to the iconic Rotunda before arriving at the Grand Ballroom to see the ongoing progress of a reimagined look that will take us into the next 90 years (slated to open Spring 2022). Mr. Luiggi has been welcoming the well-heeled to luxury establishments worldwide for more than two decades. Before taking the role of GM at The Pierre in 2015, the native Corsican— who speaks fluent English, French, and Italian—held the post of Corporate Food and Beverage Training Specialist for the Four Seasons brand where he launched some nineteen hotels and resorts in Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Back on U.S. soil, he’s been GM of the Langham Fifth Avenue and Hotel Manager of The Mark Hotel He also knows quite well what makes The Pierre special: the people who have worked 24/7 since 1930. The fantastic team of dedicated employees, most of them with long years of service, have seamlessly adapted to the changing trends over the years. As a result, everyone cares deeply about The Pierre. He rarely has seen such dedication, sense of belonging and purpose, in an established hotel like this. A typical day for him starts with a morning lineup with the senior management team. After that, the day revolves around the arrival list, the most vital document in a hotel. It is reviewed twice a day and includes all the relevant information about each guest, their room allocation, etc. After that, a good part of his day is spent answering guests’ requests and helping them with planning their visits when necessary. Finally, the remaining portion of Mr. Luiggi’s day is spent with his team and visiting every department at least once a day. New York Lifestyles recently visited with Francois-Olivier Luiggi and found The Pierre still as enchanting as ever. It never grows old. OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JANUARY 2022

How did you become interested in the hospitality industry? I grew up in a large family on Corsica. My grandmother was always cooking and entertaining for all of us. Her family dinners became an anchor in our lives, and we were all expected to pitch in. Early on I learned the finer points of hospitality from her and soon became interested in learning how to prepare the foods that were so special.

How has your role as General Manager evolved over the years? The last two years with COVID restrictions have been the most challenging. As a general manager of The Pierre, we not only need to ensure our guests are safe, but we also have full-time residents who reside in the co-op. My role is both a business manager and a relationship manager. In addition to overseeing the business side of the hotel which means the basic functions and structures are in place, the general manager must also be the face of the hotel and be there to greet guests and get to know them individually. At a hotel like The Pierre, we place a huge emphasis on understanding what our guests need, what their likes and dislikes are and how we can make their stay exceed expectations from the minute they arrive at the hotel until after they depart.

With your many years of experience in hotel management, what makes The Pierre one of the world’s most special properties? At The Pierre good enough is not enough. For more decades The Pierre has stood for unmatched hospitality and timeless elegance. This includes everything from our Les Clefs d’Or Concierge

service to our extraordinary farm-to-table cuisine, 24-hour room service, the architecture, and to the guests who make The Pierre so special. When Charles Pierre established the hotel in 1930 it was meant to serve as a home away from home for guests. For the past 90 years, exquisite entertaining has been synonymous with The Pierre. Its opulent Grand Ballroom, Cotillion Room, and Rotunda continue to host New York’s most unforgettable events, while chic, multi‐functional meeting rooms welcome private gatherings, from intimate closing dinners to annual shareholder meetings. A 1930’s New York guidebook said, “The Pierre Hotel is beautiful, gorgeous, distinctive—catering only to those of refined tastes who can afford the best in the way of hotel luxury.” This is as true today as it was then.

Many hoteliers say true hospitality is defined by personalized service provided to guests. Tell us how The Pierre leads in this aspect? My motto is quite simple: to make it work, you have to mean it. Or to say that another way, you cannot just go through the motions. Our teams go above and beyond just remembering the names of our guests. We had a couple in the restaurant with a young child who clearly had other ideas of where she wanted to be. The staff learned that a certain cartoon character was her favorite and presented her with cookies in the shape of the character. She was delighted, and the parents were able to enjoy their meal. There are countless stories like that. People don’t want to be type cast. Now it is all about “me,” about being an individual, and so the challenge for those of us in a luxury hotel like The Pierre is to get you to tell us about yourself. This is not always easy, because the other big trend for hotels is the disappearance of personal transactions as technology becomes a bigger and bigger part of our business. We can no longer rely on the traditional check-in to find out what we can do to make your stay more enjoyable. We can no longer wait for guests to approach the concierge to discover how we can personalize our service. By then, it is too late. So, we must look for new ways to learn about you. From our elevator operators to our front desk and concierge teams, our staff is trained to learn about our guests. When an executive guest called our front desk, the Front Desk Manager could tell that he was stressed because he couldn’t make up his mind about a routine question. The Manager asked if there was anything he could do to help, and the guest confessed that he was nervous about a speech he had to deliver later in the day. →


The Manager gave him some words of encouragement that seemed to help. But he didn’t stop there. When the guest stopped by the desk to pick up some documents, the Front Desk Manager had attached an inspirational quote to the envelope. Our guest was smiling from ear to ear when he left for his speech.

What are your key goals to ensure The Pierre remains a leader in the New York City hotel market? Every hotel has a specific DNA. The Pierre has not changed its core DNA since 1930 when it was built to entertain on a grand scale. Charles Pierre chose renowned French Chef Auguste Escoffier as the opening chef to make a statement that The Pierre would do events at the highest level. Schultze & Weaver, the architects of The Pierre, designed it as the first hotel with three lobbies to separate the guests from those coming to events. This was a major innovation at the time. You have a smaller residential lobby and larger lobbies for guests to pass through on their way to events. Entertainment has always been at the core of The Pierre. There was always entertainment from galas, ballroom events, weddings, supper clubs, to cabaret, to music and dancing and great food. The entertainment spaces at The Pierre have been redone three times and now it is Taj’s turn. During pandemic, we took advantage of the down time to completely renovate the Grand Ballroom. The goal was to design a ballroom space to make the client shine and to maintain the original DNA of The Pierre—but make it relevant to today. Of all the assets in a ballroom—we always think our guests are the most important asset. Following a multi-million-dollar renovation, we are looking forward to the reopening of the Grand Ballroom this Spring and returning The Pierre to its destination as the most sought-after event space in New York.

What do you think are the main challenges New York City hotels face today? Today hotels are faced with unprecedented times. The Pierre has always faced challenges with aplomb. The hotel opened in 1930 during the height of Prohibition and celebrated its 90th anniversary during the height of Pandemic. During this time, the hotel needed to reimagine the future to ensure the best possible guest experience while also keeping the hotel safe for its residents, guests and employees. For a luxury property, many of the personal touches that make a fivestar hotel unique had to be rethought. Keeping the hotel profitable while maintaining the same level of service and hospitality that guests have come to expect is even more challenging as we emerge from recent events. The elegant architecture of The Pierre naturally lends itself to post-pandemic protocols. Every room has lofty ceilings with abundant light and windows that open in addition to independent heating and cooling systems. The double lobbies and dual entrances on Fifth Avenue and 61st Street keep foot traffic in the lobby to a minimum. The Pierre’s enhanced protocols have been developed in accordance with CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, as well as in cooperation with state and local government requirements. → OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JANUARY 2022


What can luxury travelers expect from a stay at The Pierre? The Pierre was built to be a home away from home for our guests. We want guests to feel like they are coming home when they come to New York City—comfortable with every service at their fingertips. What sets fivestar hotels apart is the exceptional service. Our Les Clefs d’Or concierge team will customize conciergecrafted itineraries for all guests or help find the perfect evening out; Perrine, our farm-to-table restaurant offers seasonally inspired menus that skew toward what’s fresh and fun, as well as provides 24/7 room service from our award-winning culinary teams. Guests should expect to be indulged with white glove service that makes them want to return again and again. While our iconic hotel has continually evolved through the decades, all updates have been made to stay in alignment with our enduring core values of timeless opulence and exceptional hospitality.

What is the best lesson you ever received? A guest’s opinion of a hotel is formed in the first 30 seconds as they walk into the lobby. Everything from the personal greeting by doormen and front desk teams to things like the flower arrangements to the lobby fragrance and the overall ambiance can make or break the guest experience. For me that lesson has always stayed top of mind as I manage The Pierre. For more information on The Pierre, visit •


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There are landmarks like The Met and The Chrysler Building—and then there is The Pierre, a much-beloved hotel that has been part of the city’s history for nearly a century. The legendary building is entering its 91st year as one of the world’s most famous hotels and the most exclusive residential address on Fifth Avenue. In 2020, The Pierre celebrated its 90th anniversary of setting the standard for timeless elegance and unrivaled hospitality in New York City. Over the past years, it has been renowned for elegant celebrations, romantic escapes, intimate moments, glamorous weddings, star-studded galas, luxurious living and unforgettable parties of every kind. In many cases, celebrations at The Pierre were a family tradition for as many as three generations.


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“As we anticipated The Pierre’s 90th Anniversary,” Mr. Luiggi told us, “we wanted to celebrate the hotel’s storied past. The Gallery is a curated collection that traces each decade of our history and gives both guests and visitors a chance to rediscover what has made The Pierre such a beloved icon. “The Pierre is rich in stories and legends that are a testament to its 90 years of unsurpassed hospitality. It is the people—the world’s top socialites, jetsetters, celebrities, fashion A-listers and business magnates—who have made The Pierre so iconic and an enduring go-to destination since the hotel was opened in the height of Prohibition. No hotel is complete without the guests and the people who create the stories and the memories.” he continued.

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The walls of the hotel and its rooms became a discrete stage for the celebrations, dramas, intrigues, trysts, romance and the moments that guests bring. From celebrity weddings to Hollywood parties, fashion industry romps, a commitment to the ne plus ultra in services and menus, The Pierre is and always has been a magnet for the ultra-wealthy and ultrastylish.

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The Gallery includes original menus that date back to legendary French Chef Auguste Escoffier, who led the opening culinary team in 1930; photos of celebrity events and weddings; dinnerware that evokes another time; vintage advertisements and hotel memorabilia. Some of the items were donated by second and third generation family members who had mementos from things like their grandparent’s wedding or honeymoon, or menus from a special gala.


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What other hotel can boast a registry, including Coco Chanel, Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, and Yves St. Lauren? Or been home to Bulgari’s first U.S. store? The Pierre is not only part of the city’s fabric, but it’s forever seared into pop culture. Remember when Al Pacino and Gabrielle Anwar danced the tango in Scent of a Woman. It happened here. The hotel still exudes European charm with brassy New York influences. Its circular, two-level Rotunda is like a Renaissance painting come to life, with frescos featuring Jackie O, Elizabeth Taylor, and others. Notwithstanding, it’s the perfect setting for Afternoon Tea. And then there’s Perrine, where Executive Chef Ashfer Biju prepares culinary magic every time. The simplest classic is prepared with such dedicated flair, you’ll be talking about it for days. JANUARY 2022 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE



He’s been called one of the most controversial celebrity photographers of all time and dubbed “Paparazzo Extraordinaire” by Newsweek and the “Godfather of U.S. paparazzi culture” by Time. He has always taken enormous risks to get the perfect shot. As a result, he has endured much publicized court battles with Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, a broken jaw courtesy of Marlon Brando, and a severe beating by Richard Burton’s entourage before being jailed in Mexico.

Who Is This Master Of The Lens?

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A PERSONAL APPROACH It’s this passion for the fine art of photography, coupled with his personal approach to his craft, which now sees Ron’s body of work exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the world. The Museum of Modern Art New York, the Tate Modern in London, and the Helmut Newton Foundation Museum of Photography in Berlin, among others, all maintain collections of his iconic works. Ron’s insatiable passion has also given us his many highly-acclaimed photo-art books, including Disco Years, honored in 2006 by The New York Times. Soon after it was published, Ron transitioned to film with Smash His Camera, a documentary of his life and career by Oscarwinning director Leon Gast. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and received the Grand Jury Award for Directing in the U.S. Documentary category. His latest book venture is 100 Iconic Photographs: A Retrospective by Ron Galella and features luminaries the likes of Elvis, Princess Diana, David Bowie, and Paul McCartney, in the spontaneous, off-guard style that only Ron could achieve. I was recently honored to visit Ron to celebrate the launch of his latest book, the 50th anniversary of perhaps his best-known photograph Windblown Jackie, and his 90th birthday. It felt like memory lane for this magazine editor, who was just starting in the business at a celebrity magazine when she first encountered this expert lensman. I’ll never forget his enthusiasm as he delivered the latest scoops of the celebrity world: Hollywood, New York, and points beyond landed on my desk. I often wondered if there were enough hours in the day for Ron Galella.

ENDLESS ENCOUNTERS Naturally, Ron’s visits to my office were highlighted with stories of hair-raising encounters with celebrities. But, unlike today’s celebrity stalkers, he never went to apartments, always tried to remain unnoticed, never provoked stars—all resulting in the ultimate proof that he’s a different breed.While looking at the iconic works gracing his home, I considered how nothing ever really changes. For many of us, we’ll always be curious about the intimate lives of those in the public eye. I sat down with Ron, reminiscing about the wild stories behind his most iconic shots, the beatings he took for his art, and what has changed since his golden age as a paparazzi. →


Tell us about your early years as a boy in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx. I was born the third of five children to my parents both of Italian heritage. Life in our home on Oakley Street was full of surprises for the Galella children. Though only twelve miles north of Manhattan, the days during the Depression-era Bronx were spent with my brothers and sister inventing games, exploring the countryside, and making mischief. My childhood was filled with watching actors and actresses on the silver screen, doing odd jobs around the neighborhood, and navigating a family life that was loud, antagonistic, and surprisingly permissive—an ideal breeding ground for the paparazzo I would become. Did your family influence your career as a photographer? Yes, my mom along with the U.S. Air Force. My mother instilled in me a love of the limelight: Though my brothers and sister were given traditional Italian names, she named me after the Academy Award–winning actor Ronald Colman (she had a thing for dark-haired men with English accents). In addition to raising five rambunctious children, Michelina adored cinema and took me to see many movies. Tell us how the U.S. Air Force played a role in your career. Rather than wait to be drafted into the Army, I enlisted in the Air Force. It would prove to be one of the best decisions I ever made. It’s where I learned the basics at the Air Force Photography and Camera Repair School. The planes—Boeing B-47 reconnaissance and strategic bombers—were all equipped with radar and photographic cameras in the bays. The film from these cameras had to be developed and replaced, requiring two or three sturdy camera technicians like myself. However, there were five of us assigned to the photo lab. Luckily, three volunteered and transferred to the flight operations. I happily remained in the photo lab as a photographer. During your hey-day in the ‘70s and ‘80s what do you feel were your biggest challenges? The free speech trial Galella v. Onassis resulted in a restraining order to keep me 50 yards (later changed to 25 feet) from Jackie. I was found guilty of breaking this order four times and faced seven years in prison and a $120,000 fine; later settling for a $10,000 fine and surrendering my rights to photograph Jackie and her children. Then came the worst day of my life! I was in Cuernavaca, Mexico to photograph the filming of Hammersmith Is Out, in which Peter Ustinov was directing Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The movie was being shot at the Posada Jacarandas Hotel. The owner, Robert Quiroz, had invited me and authorized me to photograph the Burtons without their knowledge because he was interested in publicizing his hotel. Since Elizabeth and Richard knew me, I wore a Mexican disguise—a mustache and a sombrero hat—and posed as a hotel gardener, pushing a wheelbarrow that held my photo equipment. Mr. Quiroz let me know that I’d need to hide before 5 pm somewhere around the pool, where Burton’s party scene was to be filmed. I chose to hide in a cave containing the pool pump, which would conceal the noise from my camera shutter. Later, while the scene was being filmed, a crew member discovered me in the cave when he went to stop the pump because of the noise. Burton’s film crew took all my exposed and unexposed film from me, along with my hotel key. Then they held me while a crew member went to my hotel and took all fifteen rolls of exposed film I had there—over five hundred pictures from one week of shooting. →


After they released me, I went to my hotel and discovered the film missing. I went back to the film set to get my film. Three crew members came and greeted me with a punch to the mouth, breaking one of my teeth, a punch to the eye, and then kicking me causing me to fall to the ground. The Mexican police who guarded the set finally stopped the violence and took one of the crew members and me to jail. I was finally released, along with the crew member. I went to the hospital with black eyes, a bloody nose, swollen lips, and that missing tooth. When I returned to New York, I hired Los Angeles lawyers to sue the film company and the Burtons for $1.9 million. I lost this case because Mr. Quiroz did not want to admit that he had invited me to hide in the pool, so he never testified. Burton’s lawyers offered me $1,500 to settle the case, stating that Burton had nothing to do with the incident. Then, there was the Marlon Brando sucker punch. It happened after a taping of The Dick Cavett Show. Both Cavett and Brando were headed down to Chinatown and I, and a fellow photographer, followed them. Once they reached the restaurant, Brando mumbled to me if there was anything else I wanted. I asked if I could get some photos without the sunglasses. Then it was a sock in the jaw. The next morning, I read that Brando was hospitalized because five of my teeth were imbedded in his knuckles. I sued him and won a $45,000 settlement.

How have you managed all the criticisms/assaults throughout the decades? Did you ever think that being a paparazzo was invasive or disrespectful? I’ve been called the godfather of modern paparazzi. Many have disapproved of my work and process, while many others admired my work—like famed fashion designer Michael Kors, who coined the phrase “Galella Glamour.” Andy Warhol called me his favorite photographer. Whether you love me or hate me, my technique yielded intimate, unchoreographed images that could not have been crafted or set up by a PR or marketing team. I stand by my methods because they were the best ways to create authentic photographs by capturing celebrities in their natural environments. My purpose was not to punish my subjects. Far from it, I idolized them! Although I proudly pioneered the paparazzo approach, I do not approve of the methods employed by the current crop of street photographers, and I even distanced myself from them as far back as 1992. Did you ever consider a more conventional pathway such as a fashion photographer? At the beginning of my career, I did not have the funds to open a studio. Living near Manhattan and knowing I could travel anywhere, the world became my studio as a freelance photographer. Most will agree that my greatest fashion photo is my Mona Lisa, Windblown Jackie. So, tell us how you photographed the iconic Windblown Jackie. It was a late afternoon in October 1971. I had just finished shooting portfolio shots for a model named Joy Smith, who lived on East 88th Street. A fool for beauty, I took pictures of Joy because I had nothing else to do—this was pro-bono work and the location was Central Park, directly across from Jackie’s apartment. As Joy and I left the park, we caught a glimpse as Jackie was leaving her building. Keeping a measurable distance behind Jackie, Joy and I followed her along East 85th until Jackie turned on to Madison. →


I decided not to run in front of her because if I did, she’d recognize me. Instead, Joy and I hopped a cab and followed Jackie until we caught up with her between East 89th and 90th Streets. There, I rolled down the window and took two profile shots of Jackie walking. Then, the cabdriver honked his horn without me telling him! This was what Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of modern photojournalism, called the decisive moment in photography. I had to seize it. Jackie turned and I pressed the shutter release a third time, and that was the shot. Jackie about to walk across the street, no makeup, hair tousled, wearing jeans, glasses in her hand, and a light smile on her lips, her eyes gleaming. Why do you think the public is captivated with celebrities and their lifestyles? I believe we would all like to be famous. Most are likely to imagine themselves on the silver screen or on television. The life of a celebrity appears exciting, luxurious and to be famous seems appealing to most. 100 Iconic Photographs: A Retrospective by Ron Galella exemplifies your absolute best celebrity photos. Why did you select John Lennon and Mick Jagger to be the cover? My top two selling photographs—John Lennon and Mick Jagger (front cover) and Windblown Jackie (back cover)—have one thing in common. The subjects were not aware they were being photographed. The unguarded moment between two popular, legendary music icons caught in conversation, bathed in soft, diffused light, was captured using a 300mm lens. Mick, wearing a white tuxedo jacket, white scarf, and a carnation in his lapel pocket looking slightly down, and John, in a black tuxedo, looking at him in profile. It was perfect! • For more information visit

SEEING STARS Surely, a look at Ron’s body of work is not only highly regarded for its prized artistic value but also appreciated for its historical significance. As Andy Warhol once said, “My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous. It’s being in the right place at the wrong time. That’s why my favorite photographer is Ron Galella.”

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here is nothing unmistakable about Pam Gaslow. The New York native’s droll humor, knife-edge prose, and blunt honesty has made her a literary star on the rise, as well as an up-andcoming comedian who slays the stage with the delivery that hovers between acidic wit and ironic self-reflection. Her writing has spread like wildfire, from contributions to The Huffington Post and The Good Men Project to The Times of Israel and Newsbreak. A private collection of short works she wrote—The Poodlette Chronicles and Girls are Weird—put her on the map several years ago, as did her blog Depressed Hot Girl. Now, the writer is about to go big time with a comedic confessional so saucy you’ll have to keep reading to learn more. “I have always been this way,” she says dryly. “I write what I know or from experience. Although I have a wild imagination, I prefer to pull from real-life experience because I love and believe the expression ‘you can’t make this *** up.’ People relate to and respect honesty and straightforwardness even though many people are afraid to express themselves that way. Someone recently told me I’m a combination of Dr. Ruth and Howard Stern.” Gaslow’s odd humor and eventful life brought her to this moment. Raised in Hewlett Harbor on Long Island, she spent her young adult years on the Upper East Side, where her offbeat perspective and proclivities began to form. “Growing up in New York exposed me to seeing way too much of everything because there simply is too much of everything,” she says. “It made me jaded, impossible to impress, and unable to be shocked. This does come through in my writing as I think I have that ‘nothing surprises me’ attitude. Not sure this is a good thing, but it’s just how I developed.” What followed was an oddball collection of careers. She designed catalogs for J. Crew. Performed stand-up. Gaslow even worked as Henri Bendel’s only female security guard (“I thought it would be sexy, cool, and glamorous,” but found it “boring, exhausting and completely uninteresting.”) At the time, she chronicled her life on a blog. Her family threatened to disown her if she continued. New York Lifestyles caught up with Gaslow to talk about her career, works, and the book whose title is so provocative we’ll only run it once!


Your book is gaining popularity for the humor and brutal honestly. Tell us more. An emotionally frenzied memoir reveals addiction’s terrifying and lonely world. After a decade of sobriety, I relapsed into a life of dependency on marijuana, which nearly destroyed me. Don’t Bring Your Vibrator to Rehab is a raw portrait of me being held hostage by substance abuse. I was the twenty-four-hour defunct addict living without purpose and barely able to function. And while I was aware that pot wouldn’t kill me, I couldn’t feel more dead inside. Eventually, becoming sick from marijuana toxicity, I finally found the courage to seek treatment. My journey in rehab is a journey from an entirely checked-out, lethargic, hopeless, and suicidally depressed pothead. It results in a sober woman with clarity and gratitude being told with honesty, intelligence, and a self-deprecating sense of humor. How hard was it to write about this? It was very easy to write about because I lived through it, and I didn’t need to embellish or try to make things up. I hope that my story will help others. What did you learn from this experience? Rehab made me realize that I never want to go back to rehab. It gave me a lot of awareness about how I treat myself and how I think about myself and that those negative perceptions were destructive thought patterns that needed to be changed. It all starts with our thinking. What we think we believe. Staying sober in and of itself is a positive for anyone’s self-esteem, so it all starts there for me. I learned to treat myself how I would treat others.


What do you love about New York? It has anything and everything you can dream up. You want a cupcake from an ATM or a knock-off handbag or a fur pompom, you can find it. Everything is easily accessible and at most hours. Also, most people are smart, punctual, sophisticated, and on the ball. What I like least is the fall/winter weather and the insane battle and expense of getting around. I also hated living in a box with no outdoor space. What’s next for you? I will, of course, continue to write, explore, travel, and hopefully, be inspired by the absurd humor of life’s daily nonsense. I am contemplating authoring a book about the men in my life, so I apologize in advance if you’ve had the misfortune of affecting me to the point of needing to write about you.

I write what I know or from experience. Although I have a wild imagination, I prefer to pull from real life…





ESSENTIAL STEPS TO DESIGNING A BEAUTIFUL LIFE By Patricia Canole | Photography by Neil J Tandy | Hair by Glamsquad | Makeup by Jade Voight

With the arrival of 2022, we thought what better time to shed the old and bring on a new way of thinking. In other words: Design a new life of less—and more. More of what you love, less of what you don’t. We recently caught up with Dr. Robi Ludwig, the renowned psychotherapist, at her New York office for some inspiration and encouragement on this fulfilling journey. Additionally, Dr. Ludwig is an award-winning reporter, TV contributor, and author. Her Your Best Age Is Now: Embrace an Ageless Mindset, Reenergize Your Dreams and Live a Soul-Satisfying Life continue to inspire those of us who are searching for a fulfilling life. She’s also been the host of Discovery ID’s Scorned for six seasons, a regular guest expert on CNN, FOX News, and appeared regularly on Today, The View, 20/20, World News Tonight, and Nighline. Here’s her story. Are our relationships the secret to a happy, fulfilling life? Why not money or fame? This is a great question, especially in today’s world where too much emphasis is placed on fame and money as a symbol of success. Both fame and money, while excellent, are ephemeral. It can come or go at any time. Fame and money get relegated to the backdrop of life. Or worse, it is something which must be fought for to maintain. This is especially true of fame and might be true for money as well. There’s no escaping the self or the core issues we all must face. What constitutes having a fulfilling and rewarding life? It’s having loving people around you who accept and support you. People who love you for who you are and who you are not. It’s having a connection to a purpose bigger than yourself. It’s striving for, achieving hard-won goals, and using your unique gifts in a purpose driven way. If money and fame are used to this end, that’s great! But the people who are happy find a method for living a meaningful life.


How can we maintain strong, healthy relationships? To maintain strong and healthy relationships, you must nurture the people in your life. Show up during pivotal moments. Show the people you love that you love them. I would not be who I am today without the friends and family I have in my life. It’s important to root for your friends and your family. Think before you speak; this will increase the chance of your words landing constructively. Most importantly, listen. Active listening may be the ultimate way to show those we love and care about how important they are to us. Like you, Dr. Ludwig, we also subscribe to self-care and the approach to focus on a work/life balance. So let us know how we can use meditation/mindfulness in our daily lives. There is a fantastic book called Breath to Succeed. I recommend it to my patients all the time. In this book, author Sandy Abrams talks about breath as a free tool, available to everyone, wherever we go. The word meditation can intimidate some because it’s considered a time-consuming activity. However, Sandy Abrams reveals how three breaths used the right way can transform moments of momentary chaos into an energy shift: positively impacting our mood, our outlook, and our sense of internal empowerment. Work/life balance is a cultural concept that may do more harm than good. Living a balanced life is nuanced and challenging to achieve. The work/life balance looks more like juggling than balancing. It’s essential to learn how to set boundaries, say no when needed, and do the best you can with what you’ve chosen to do. If you can pay attention to those you love while attending to your goals and aspirations, you’re winning. Feeling overwhelmed is an unavoidable reality in the modern-day work/life balance conundrum.

Are there other ways we can practice making life less stressful and more manageable? The best way to make life less stressful and more manageable is to make intentions. Life is stressful and unmanageable at times. And that’s all right. One strategy I advise my patients to do is to first check in with themselves. If you’re feeling overburdened or stressed out, the first step is to be aware. That’s where mindfulness comes in. Then take a moment to plug into your experience. Ask yourself what you can take off your list now and what steps you need to take next? When life gets overwhelming, it’s essential to know your limits, prioritize, and then take things one step at a time. I find making a to-do list and crossing items off my list tremendously helpful. Success builds on success. Nothing feels better than crossing items off my list. We also have noted that you advocate using color to help us feel more confident and attractive. Are there ways of using color to help soothe our minds and stay calm? There is a lot of research supporting what happens when we see or connect with a color; our brains get stimulated. Color impacts us emotionally and sometimes physically. Color therapy has been practiced in traditional therapeutic professions for years. Marketers and businesses have used color deliberately to help shift moods and buying patterns. Many yoga studios use greens and blues to induce a sense of Zen. Even prisons use pink-colored rooms to calm aggressive inmates. When you understand the impact colors have on our mood, you can harness this information to create the desired atmosphere in your homes or help you feel confident with your various color choices.


Color is everywhere and can affect us in many ways. How does it influence our decisions in choosing fashions, home décor, beauty products, etc.? Is there one color we should always have ready? There are trendy colors out there influencing some of our choices. Specific colors are associated with inducing certain feelings and emotional states. For example, red is considered a high-energy, powerful color; it is also believed to signal courage, ambition, and strength. Women wearing red describe feeling powerful. Men view women wearing red as sexier, too. So, it may be an excellent color to always have in the closet for all these varying reasons. Yellow is a color associated with optimism, having a positive attitude, and mental clarity. Some think it’s even helpful for easing depression and promoting laughter. When you want to feel brighter, dressing in yellow or having yellow accents in your environment couldn’t hurt. Blue is known to promote rest and calm. Some say it can even be used to ward off insomnia and promote deep sleep. And the color black, a frequent go-to color for many of us New Yorkers, evokes a sense of power, elegance while also conveying a sense of professionalism and mystery. The impact of color is very individualistic. Before choosing a color, do a personal assessment. Ask yourself how color impacts you and see what comes to mind. Write it down. The impact of color is both unique and subjective. Learn what each color means for you and have fun with the process. For more information on Dr. Robi Ludwig, visit

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Since the holidays are history but the cold weather is not, the desire to snuggle down at Chez___ (your name here) is inevitable, leading to a) curling up with a book, b) bingeing on mini-series and leftover rum balls, c) video games, and (especially) d) home and self-upgrades. As they say at Mardi Gras, “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

UN-DECK THE HALLS According to Google, tradition dictates Christmas decorations be taken down on Twelfth Night. Good to know. A foolproof way to store ornaments, however, eluded me until Scout’s Joy Box in their Jennifer Garland pattern. Thanks to 48 cubbies, every cherished angel, reindeer, and elf has a secure, private residence for another year. Info:

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Epic Sullivan Catskills weekend. Kids had a blast in the indoor waterpark! We loved our morning yoga in a mountain top greenhouse. The small batch Rosemary Parmesan bagels were out of this world. Dove Trail was so cool! Took a hike up beer mountain, followed by a beer of course! So unexpected! #sullivancatskills #winterfun #sullivancatskillsdovetrail #sullivancatskillsbeveragetrail

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great getaway destination with a thriving arts scene, plenty of outdoor activities, an eclectic collection of shops, and a vast selection of restaurants—and less than a two-hour drive from NYC? Where is this place? Why it’s Beacon, New York. Overlooking the Hudson River in Dutchess County, Beacon is also a stop on MetroNorth, making it easy for any city-dweller to find their way to this post-industrial city with a hip, artsy feel that is growing in popularity every year.


The city’s origins date back to colonial times. During the 1800s, Beacon became a factory town known as “The Hat Making Capital of the US.” The city was incorporated in 1913; its new name was a commemorative nod to the signal fires lit atop Mt. Beacon, warning General Washington of the approach of British Red Coats during the Revolutionary War.


Remain close to the vibrant scene on Main St. with a stay in the quiet elegance of the European-styled hotel The Dutchess Inn & Spa. Rebuilt in 2017 with a re-design in 2020, the Inn offers ten uniquely-designed rooms (two are pet-friendly), providing luxurious accommodations and dedicated personalized service. Comfortable common areas feature numerous places to relax and unwind. The fire-lit living room lobby offers 24-hour coffee and tea. A rooftop gathering area (the only one in Beacon) sports several fire pits with conversational sitting areas offering panoramic views of the Hudson Valley. Snuggle up in the candle-lit solarium providing yearround warmth with palladium glass windows, plush couches, cozy blankets, and a gas fireplace, or step outside to the fire-side lounge overlooking Main Street. As the only hotel in Beacon with a spa, the Inn’s Relaxation Spa offers a variety of facials and massages provided by some of the most gifted massage therapists and estheticians in the Hudson Valley. To experience a more profound sense of relaxation, consider the Himalayan Salt Stone Massage. The Inn also offers guests a unique Hydrotherapy Spa, including a menu of sixteen massages, each bioengineered to target specific muscle groups. Book your time here as a warmup before a spa service or after you return from an invigorating hike or fun-filled day exploring Main Street. Info: →

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There’s plenty to do in Beacon, New York. Here are just some of the highlights. In the 1970s, the city experienced a severe economic decline, resulting in many factories and businesses being shut down. In 2003, Beacon experienced an event that would bring about a much-needed resurgence. Dia Beacon, the museum for the Dia Art Foundation’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present, opened. The facility is housed in a former Nabisco box printing facility. With close to 300,000 square feet, it is one of the largest exhibition spaces in the country for modern and contemporary art. • Stroll along mile-long Main Street to discover more art galleries and creative shops. Be sure to visit Hudson Beach Glass, a popular gallery and glass blowing demonstration studio offering workshops and classes. See what’s on tap at The Howland Cultural Center, housed in a magnificent Victorian building affectionately known as “The Jewel of Beacon.” This landmark building, erected in 1872, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Over 350 activities, including concerts, recitals, plays, poetry readings, coffeehouses, and art exhibits, are presented each year. • With various antique shops and boutiques like Blackbird Attic and Vintage: Beacon, the city is a haven for vintage shoppers. Also available is the free Beacon Loop Bus, which makes stops along Main Street and many other Beacon attractions. • Like much of the Hudson Valley, Beacon and its surroundings offer a wealth of outdoor activities. Enthusiasts will enjoy a jaunt across the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge with a fabulous vantage of the Hudson River. Or hike the shore trails of Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park (great for sunsets) and past old factory ruins and waterfalls of Fishkill Creek in Madam Brett Park. Dennings Point Nature Preserve is also great for walking. More serious hikers can step up to the challenge of scaling the 1,650 feet of Mt. Beacon for a breathtaking view of the Hudson from the old fire tower at the top. • Rent a bike and discover the many examples of Victorian architecture throughout Beacon. Or rent a kayak at Long Dock Park to explore the Hudson shoreline. Discover the ruins of Bannerman Castle, built in the early 1900s to store military surplus items. Guided walking tours and kayak tours of this island oddity are available. Courtesy of The Dutchess Inn and Spa ©



After exploring Beacon, spend time at one of the oldest bars in town. Max’s on Main is a local favorite serving inventive American comfort food. Max’s is known for their great appetizers like WingsMain Street Style (a mix of hot and Teriyaki), Phamous Phish Tacos with beer-battered Alaskan white fish, and Chipolte mayo, and Pierogies. For an entrée, try Aunt Susie’s Marinated Flank Steak (marinated for 72 hours in Susie’s sweet soy maple glaze) or the Richie Havens Rice Bowl with Shrimp. Be sure to check out the cool Rock’ n Roll memorabilia adorning the walls. Another local fav is Melzingah Tap House. Housed in a 200-yearold building renovated for a welcoming pub feel of exposed brick and wood, Melzingah is perfect for craft beer enthusiasts (23 taps) and cocktail connoisseurs. But food fanatics need not fear that the tap house relies solely on its crafted libations and brews. Standard offerings like the Warm Brussel Sprout Salad with bacon, bleu cheese, apples, and lemon vinaigrette along with Mussels and Sausage (Dutch Style) prove that the food is hardly typical pub fare. You can also spend a complete day tasting craft brews and spirits. Beacon boasts three breweries and a distillery in town, with an additional three breweries close by. For more information on Dutchess County, visit •

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I am having this fabulous time in a dream, staying in this luxurious Mexican resort. My spacious villa, with a private infinity pool and hot tub, overlooks a garden and the sea beyond. No mini-bar for me. I have a maxi-bar on a side counter in the well-stocked kitchen, with top-shelf full liquor bottles, along with Champagne, Grey Goose vodka, and caviar chilling in the fridge Enrique, my personal butler, smoothly and quietly anticipates my every need and desire—and then some. I even find my toothbrush lined up with my toothpaste when I return from an evening of fine dining at one of the resort’s five eateries and bars and its nightclub. All this is after a sunset horseback ride along the beach. Oh, let’s not leave out the 90-minute full-body massage in the extensive health spa. That, however, was no dream! I lived it recently, joining international billionaires and A-list celebrities at the ultra-luxurious Las Ventanas al Paraíso Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Part of the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts global chain of luxury properties, Las Ventanas, does wrap you in a living fantasy of high-end living and pleasure. If living well is the best revenge, this is the place to do it. Try as hard as I could, I couldn’t find any fault with the place. In fact, out of a possible five, I’d give it a six-plus—from accommodations, dining, personal service, and a variety of leisure activities. TOPS IN CABO Since opening in 1997, Las Ventanas has been the top resort in Cabo, at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, along the coast of the Sea of Cortez where it meets the Pacific, with 350 days of sunshine a year. Picked up at the airport by the resort shuttle, I was met on arrival by Enrique, my exclusive butler for my stay, who escorted me to one of the resort’s luxurious two-bedroom villas. With his warm smile and friendliness, Enrique beat Mr. Carson, the imperious head butler from Downton Abbey, by miles. OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JANUARY 2022

The resort has 84 suites in a wide array of sizes and bedrooms and 12 villas, with prices starting around $1,200 or so a night, on up, three-night minimum stay. Suites have shared butlers to pamper and indulge guests, while each of the 12 villas has its own butler. DAY & NIGHT FUN Of course, there’s more to just luxuriating in your villa’s private infinity pool and hot tub or the resort’s many pools. For guests, days are spent enjoying the natural riches of Los Cabos, including the sea, mountains, and desert; playing on the resort’s tennis courts and the many championship golf courses, and indulging at the spa; having drinks under the thatched palapas, and fresh fish at the Sea Grill; gazing at the nighttime stars through the telescope in their suite or enjoying the evening on their suite’s rooftop patio.” Of course, the resort can also set up various other off-resort activities. That includes an adrenaline-pumping off-road ATV tour, following winding trails through dramatic terrains along the Sea of Cortez, ending with an epic crossing of the world’s longest wooden vehicle-pedestrian suspension bridge. Or a sunset horseback ride through the Los Cabos desert, providing a glimpse into the remote and untouched landscape of Baja Sur. Don’t overlook the sunset Champagne cruise aboard a 58-foot chartered yacht to the famous The Arch rock formation where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. Those who book at Las Ventanas between January and March get to see a spectacular show—the annual whale migration from the icy waters of Alaska south to the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez for their mating season. Las Ventanas is also definitely the place for a romantic getaway, including a a marriage proposal or a special anniversary celebration. The resort has an entire department devoted to serving amorous guests, with an official Director of Romance and specialists who can arrange anything from private salsa lessons to couple’s spa treatments and beyond. “We can even arrange fireworks on the beach,” managing director Frederic Vidal told us. It is perfect for a marriage proposal or other romantic or celebratory moment.

WRAPPED IN LUXURY Have I mentioned the excellent service guests receive? My butler Enrique and all the staff seemed to genuinely enjoy serving guests. “That’s a part of what we strive to achieve here,” General Manager Michael Chiche said. “From the moment they arrive, we want our guests to feel they are wrapped in comfort, service, and the warmth of the Mexican people.” Many returning guests, he added, ask for their same butler. “They become like family to them.” If I seem a bit gaga over Las Ventanas, this longtime grizzled former tabloid journalist and world traveler may even be surprising himself. But trust me, this resort is extremely worth the price for the luxury it delivers. Do I hope to return? Well, let’s just say I’m going to start buying lottery tickets. For more information on Las Ventanas al Paraiso, visit JANUARY 2022 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE

Welcome to a Tropical Paradise Dramatically situated overlooking Bermuda’s southwest coast, the 75 room family owned and operated Pompano Beach Club is a tropical paradise! The resort offers extensive recreational facilities, exceptional service and hospitality, gourmet cuisine, breathtaking ocean views from every guestroom and a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Whether you are interested in a Bermuda family holiday, golf vacation, honeymoon getaway, place to relax with your significant other or some fun in the sun, the Pompano Beach Club offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel and the amenities of a world-class beach resort. Pompano’s spectacular shallow waterfront is the only one of its kind in Bermuda, attracting beachgoers, snorkelers, water sports enthusiasts and swimmers of all ages and abilities. Golfers love having Port Royal, the island’s top ranked public course, right next door!

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A FLOATING HOLIDAY TO 2 CITIES & 5 ISLANDS By Text & Photos By Meryl Pearlstein

It was a marvelous five-day adventure through the Croatian islands, starting from the historic port of Split and tracing a roundtrip course that added a bonus stop in the medieval city of Trogir. The Adriatic Sea was beautiful, and the pace was exactly right, with enough time to savor and explore. Super-yacht Freedom from Goolets chartered yachts has raised the bar when it comes to luxurious crewed cruising. With only eleven cabins, the cruise is a dream of luxury and indulgence. Captain Ivan, group directors Dominik and Ivan, and culinary-service team Tash, Toni, and Tomislav quickly became my new best friends as I embarked on a socially distanced, luxurious trip where the aim was relaxation and exploration.

SMOOTH WATERS Service is the watchword on the yacht. I merely mentioned that I wanted to have some crackers in my cabin for late-night snacking, and the next day a package of Pringles (written in Croatian) appeared. Did I want to try a flight of pošip or malvazija instead of a single glass of wine? No problem. Tash, the amazing I-can-do-everythingwith-no-hesitation server/host/coordinator, was there to make it happen. Was I looking for an after-dinner cordial? Toni and Tomi had it at the ready: a smooth herbal Travarica rakija that changed the way I thought about brandy forever. And Dominik and Captain Ivan kept the yacht on a steady course as we cruised along the Dalmatian Coast. Breakfast buffets with fresh fruit, Pag island cheese, waffles and eggs; lunches of risotto (ni rižot), langoustines and pizza-like soparnik; and dinner extravaganzas with truffles, rack of lamb, seafood from any of the neighboring isles, and, of course, Croatian’s famous olive oil and wines were served with panache and simplicity. The yacht matches service in thoughtfulness and luxe. Each of the spacious eleven cabins has a comfortable bed, oversized windows, a closet with safe, and a well-designed bathroom with a rain head shower or handheld. Toiletries are from Rituals from the Netherlands, and other thoughtful touches include a Goolets after-sun moisturizer, outlets for both plugs and USBs, and a rain poncho. Hot water is plentiful, essential after a day of soaking up the Adriatic sun or swimming in the salty water.


5 ISLANDS In addition to swimming right off the back of the yacht, the cruise takes you to secluded and impossibly beautiful beaches like Stiniva, where a small tender or swimming yourself is your only means of access, or to the Blue Cave on Biševo island entered through the tiniest of openings. If you’ve seen Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, you might recognize some of the scenery. Non-sailing scheduling took me to five of Croatia’s more than 1200 islands and islets. Within the circumference of the Split roundtrip, we first visited Brač, a gem of an island known for its gorgeous white-pebble Zlatni Rat beach and the town of Bol with numerous cafes and wine bars. Our second stop at Hvar, one of Croatia’s liveliest yachting destinations, offered a mix of a thirteenth-century fortress, a cathedral, and a beautiful shore lined with bars and cafes. Finally, the celebrity-frequented Gariful restaurant was a dream for seafood lovers. A starter of octopus and oysters perfectly set the mood for the evening on the patio overlooking the harbor. There’s a reason Bon Jovi, Beyoncé, Demi Moore, and others love this place run by the humble Ivan Gospodnetic. Next stop, I took a tour led by Lady Franceska, purported mistress of Marco Polo said to have been born and buried on the gorgeous island of Korčula. In Korčula’s Old Town, with its narrow stone-paved streets that lead to a privileged glimpse of the waterfront and a view of beautiful sunsets, I meandered through centuries of history regaled by tales of good and bad behaviors past. My favorite of the islands was Vis, where scenes from the second Mamma Mia movie were filmed. You might recall Colin Firth crawling out a window in the beginning part of the movie in the coastal town of Komiža. An archeological tour best shows off the multi-faceted nature of this island. With Goran Spilski, I learned about the small-town character of Vis, where everyone knows everyone and where history is preserved with reverence. On this island, an abandoned World War II airfield is a reminder of Croatia’s former Yugoslavian history. It’s also close to a dramatic lookout peak for catching one of Croatia’s sky-filling, red-streaked sunsets. Onboard, we celebrated our final gala evening, plotting out the remaining islands and towns still to visit, like Dubrovnik and nearby Mljet Island, and planning for a return cruise. Goolets owners Mitja and Alenka Mirtič were there to chime in. On this magical last night of yacht cruising, impromptu karaoke gave way to serious dancing under disco lights, a fitting precursor to the next day’s yoga and meditation sessions on the upper deck in preparation for our return to reality. For more information on Goolets variety of crewed yacht charters available for cruises, visit





Time for a getaway? We agree it’s been a long haul these past two years. So now it’s time to break free, preferably on U.S. shores. Now the next decision is where to go. Is a place perfect for adults or, if a family getaway is in the cards, likely to entertain the younger set? Rather than overcrowded beach resorts, or cramped city hotels, there’s Plum Guide, the luxe alternative to Airbnb for posh and private vacation homestays across the U.S. The British-based company is considered the Michelin Guide in home rentals, a premium answer to Airbnb and allows vacationers to book a safe, secure getaway at a private residence at the destination of their choice.

CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME We opted for Palm Springs, California, thinking the desert climate would warm chilled bones. Instead, the two-bedroom mid-century bungalow dubbed Marilyn’s Kiss was elegant yet functional, and most importantly, it had a pool! We loved the kitchen, spacious enough for all four of us, including our two teenaged kids. Cooking was fun for all in this sleek space with granite worktops and white cupboards. The dining room was glamourous; it didn’t take much imagination to envision a movie star or two making an entrance, sitting elegantly on the emerald velvet chairs, and tapping pretty, painted toes on the vintage rugs. The tropical wallpaper in the master bedroom added a bright and playful touch to this already sunny ’50s style home. We also loved the open, airy quality of the space. After a day of hiking desert trails (more than 100 to choose from), rock climbing in Joshua Tree, and swimming in the pool, a soak in the master bath’s deep tub was welcome. Styled like a retro retreat with its very own garden of Eden, the unconventionally shaped pool surrounded by lush trees became our favorite enclave. We spent afternoons lounging on the day beds, cooling off with a dip in the deep end as we savored the shade in the heat of the day. Hurry sundown, we thought as we enjoyed cozy nights by the fire pit with the terrace’s twinkling fairy lights transforming a casual vacation into a fantasy premiere.


QUALITY CONTROL & MORE Before we booked, we checked out Plum Guide thoroughly. Everyone we know who’s tried it vouched for their quality control, the stringent testing process expertly conducted on each home. Only one in a hundred homes pass the 150 different criteria the company established to assure that every stay is smooth and successful. More than assuring you the place is clean; Plum Guide makes sure all amenities are in working order. Help us if the kids did not have speedy Wi-Fi. Plum Guide vacation homestays are not limited to Palm Springs. Choose Aspen or Telluride if a ski vacation is the plan. In addition, there are plenty of place in between as well as the East Coast’s Hamptons and Hudson River Valley. Wherever and whenever we’re looking forward to Plum Guide’s hospitality again in the future. For more information on Plum Guide, visit

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Hail a cab and head to 534 Hudson Street, where you’ll find Number 6A, a new listing that is sure to be quickly scooped up. The newly renovated condominium is nestled at the corner of Hudson and Charles Streets. And if you look twice, you may recognize it as the former taxi garage made famous by the Emmy-winning TV show Taxi. In this beautiful 1,000 + square feet residence, you will find two bedrooms, two baths, and 9-foot ceilings. It’s certainly a New Yorker’s dream and even boasts a private corner balcony with sun-filled Southern and Eastern exposures.

LUXURY, SPACE + MORE The desirable floor plan features a loftlike living/dining with a newly renovated kitchen. This split two-bedroom layout offers the perfect combination of luxury, space, and fantastic light. Entertaining is a breeze in the expansive living/dining room and the substantial open chef ’s kitchen with plentiful cabinets and storage, stainless steel appliances, marble counters, and a breakfast bar. Cozy up next to the gas fireplace in the living room with a good read and your favorite cup of coffee while you admire the treetop views through oversized picture windows.


The private balcony is a peaceful escape with views of neighboring gardens. The primary bedroom suite is tucked behind the living room and features a large en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom is oversized with a huge walk-in closet. Other features include through-wall A/C, an LG washer/dryer and ample fitted closets throughout.

THE AMENITIES The Kimberly, 534 Hudson Street, is a boutique condominium with 22 units and seven floors, boasting 24-hour doorman service, landscaped terrace open to all residents, private storage units, and a pet-friendly attitude. Once you move in, you’ll find this prime location offers world-class dining, charming boutiques, quaint cafes, gourmet grocers, numerous choices for transportation in one of Manhattan’s chicest neighborhoods. Info: Asking $3,095,000. For more information on 534 Hudson, contact Louise Phillips Forbes at Brown Harris Stevens.





here was a time in the past when you had large celebrations planned, it meant making reservations at a favorite restaurant. Space was always at a premium. Today, it’s a far different cry. Call it converting old buildings into lofty spaces—with plenty of room to spare. Our friends at the Fox Residential Group brought us the best Manhattan has to offer. Contact them at Now let’s look. 910 Fifth Avenue Residence 14BC Take a fresh look at elegance in this flawless combination of two apartments in the perfect location at Fifth Avenue on the corner of 72nd Street. This residence embodies the best of all worlds—over three thousand square feet of spectacular loft space with four bedrooms plus a library. There is brilliant sunlight and views throughout, and spacious planted and irrigated terraces surrounding the apartment. It’s the perfect combination of lavish entertaining and comfortable living spaces, surrounded by expansive lush terraces. The open layout is currently configured with a large entry gallery opening to spectacular living room and dining room areas, a wet bar, solarium, kitchen, large sunny breakfast room and staff room with a full bath. The bedrooms have beautiful baths and huge closets. The spectacular primary suite has two baths and gigantic closets. Sunlight floods the south facing rooms and an extra bath can easily be added if needed. The cedar-lined closets and built-ins are truly superb, and Fujitsu split air conditioning is zoned in each room. There are walls of huge windows and panoramic views. Info: Asking $7,995,000. Represented by Barbara Fox.


28 CLIFF STREET Residence #4 This beautifully designed full floor duplex loft offers amazing space perfect for both entertaining as well as quiet, intimate living. Impeccably renovated to maximize its historic character, while adding modern conveniences and high style, this light filled loft is a home with airy living spaces. Three flights up will bring you to this pre-war gem nestled in the Financial District near the South Street Seaport. The essence of charm and sophistication is evident from the moment you enter. The first floor has an exposed brick dining area, living room with wood burning fireplace, open chef ’s kitchen with topof-the-line appliances including a Kuppersbusch gas stove and oversized hood. The primary bedroom has generous custom closets with a beautifully renovated bath as well as a balcony. On the upper floor are two additional bedrooms, an office with built in cabinetry, and a fully renovated modern bath. The big windows and the skylights bring in sunshine and light all day long. There is a second balcony off one of the bedrooms. Info: Asking $3,100,000. Represented by Susan Rubin and Stephanie Kanner.

1020 Park Avenue Residence #19AB Step off the elevator into an elegant marble gallery that leads to expansive entertaining rooms with rich hardwood floors, a wall of windows facing high over Park Avenue, and a charming terrace with East and South exposures. The oversized living room with multiple seating areas, as well as the formal dining room, offer sun-filled dramatic city views. A gracious home office/bedroom with the latest in electronics and security systems allows flexible options for modern live/work situations. Large and sunny, the state of the art eat-in-kitchen with adjacent laundry room/guest room completes the entertaining and living spaces. Also accessed from the entry gallery is the gracious bedroom wing. Sweeping and sun-filled, the primary bedroom overlooks Park Avenue with a wall of windows and a private terrace extending the length of the suite. Abundant closets, custom cabinetry, windowed dressing area and a home office make this an unparalleled space. Generously sized, the marble windowed bathroom features a radiant heated floor, double sinks, a soaking tub, and a separate shower. Info: Asking $9,500,000. Represented by Evelyn Katz and Margo Mohr.


236 West 26th Street Residence 2W Comprising over four-thousand square feet of sunny living space in one of Chelsea’s most iconic prewar buildings, this stunning, mint-condition loft includes three-bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, home office and a massive great room creating the perfect layout for any occasion. The modern chef ’s kitchen, measuring over twentythree feet in width, comes replete with the finest appliances including an eight burner Wolfe range, pot filler faucet, Wolfe Oven, Sub-Zero refrigerator, two Sub-Zero refrigerated drawers, two Miele dishwashers, two wine refrigerators and two sinks. An enormous slab marble island with seating for eight and custom mill-worked cabinetry above and below completes this culinary masterpiece. Adjacent is a formal dining area that comfortably seats fourteen. The sprawling great room is illuminated by abundant natural light from massive bronze encased curved windows, hand-forged in 1925 and beautifully preserved. A gas fireplace with a white marble surround and soaring 11-foot ceilings add to the architectural prowess of this impressive loft. Info: Asking $4,495,000. Represented by Charles Curkin.



4 Bedrooms – 3 Baths – 2,952 sq ft Rarely does a property come along that not only inspires the imagination, but has so many unique, desirable, and almost unattainable elements. In fact, this is an extraordinary property for a buyer seeking a multifaceted country home experience. The 105 acre parcel has a rich history as the Old Will Farm, a standout Roscoe property whose image was on a postcard that you could purchase at the Little Store on Main Street not so long ago. Today, a Sweeping Contemporary Ranch with over 2,900sf, 4 bedrooms, and 3 full baths sits elegantly on a grassy knoll overlooking the estate. An inground 40’x22’ pool, extensive flagstone patio, and pool house, conjure up images of summer nights entertaining on a large scale as well as intimate gatherings with close friends and family. The pool house is equipped with bbq, gas cooking and water. Deploy the separate 1,700sf cottage for overnight guests. Enjoy horseback riding on the numerous, private trails located throughout

the 105 acres, as well as local trails off the property to Tennanah Lake and more, from the 6 stall, 30’x72’ horse stable (equipped with electric and water). Motor vehicle enthusiast? The detached 4 car garage, with abundant storage that can accommodate your cars, motorcycles, four-wheelers, and scooters, is your dream! Upper and lower stunning ponds, your own private lakes, need to be seen to be believed. Roscoe is known as “Trout Town USA”, as the best fly fishing anywhere can be found here on the Beaverkill River. People not only from all over the country, but from all over the world, come to Roscoe, NY to fly fish! This property is truly special with unlimited value and potential! An extremely private getaway that is just 2.0 hrs from New York City. A quiet, serene, yet grandiose hideaway only 2 miles to town amenities, major transportation, shopping, and restaurants! Come see what all the buzz is about in the Catskills! MLS# H6147463 ROSCOE, NY $1,400,000



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ryce Shuman’s cooking is on fire. The lauded chef has embraced his love of live-fire cooking to spectacular effect at new upscale American comfort food destination Sweetbriar. Last fall, Shuman opened his new restaurant in the Park South Hotel in what was once occupied by Covina. He said the long search was worth finding the prime 100-seat location, as the kitchen setup allows him to fire away till his heart’s content. Charcoal grill, woodfired oven, and smoker are all used to produce one of the most exciting new menus of 2022. Shuman, previously known for his inventive dishes at Eleven Madison Park and his Michelin-starred fare at now-shuttered Betony, turned back to basics during the pandemic and found a loyal following in the city. His humble barbecue popup and home delivery service, Ribs n Riesling, started with his young daughter’s suggestion. Her favorite meal is ribs, and she figured others would feel the same. But, instead, it soon became a lifeline for locked-down New Yorkers craving comfort and sustenance, expanding quickly to employ three cooks and four drivers.

LIVE-FIRE COOKING Those same delicious Smoked Black Pepper Maple Duroc Ribs are on the menu at Sweetbriar, along with Shuman’s famous Cornbread with Honey Butter and Tangy Fresh Coleslaw. Former home-delivery clientele rushed to be amongst the first to dine in the restaurant. Alongside seriously crave-worthy woodfired pizzas, try the Spicy Ham, Pickled Chili, and Honey or the Olive, Kale, Rosemary, and Parmesan. There’s a Grilled Short Rib large enough for two very hungry people, and a lighter Grilled Whole Branzino with Salsa Verde. The Smoked Half Chicken with Lemon Marmalade is simply delicious. If New Year, New You-intentions have you focused on eating more greens, rejoice in the sheer deliciousness of Shuman’s vegetable-forward creations. Fire-Roasted Cabbage and a Beet Salad with Tumeric Yoghurt are definite stand-outs. Days later, I was still thinking about the Crispy Romanesco with Pickled Chili Mayonnaise. Who knew there was a vegetable reminiscent of cauliflower-meets-broccoli? And who knew it could taste so good? I’m now a convert.


ENJOYED BY ALL Warm, confident service will please the grown-up clientele, with not an ounce of attitude on display. Sweetbriar’s broad appeal would suit a large family dinner, romantic date night, friends catch-up, or solo dining at the bar. We loved the soundtrack, a mix of throwback songs and current hits that had us reaching for Shazam to answer the question, “What’s that song?” On the night we visited, the playlist included Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, and George Benson. Starting this month, brunch and lunch plans will have come to fruition. Look out for the Sweetbriar house band, a group of Harlem-based musicians who will perform blues and more live on weekends. Book well in advance, if possible. If you can’t seize a table on Resy, try your luck for one of the walk-up seats at the bar for a prime view of comings and goings. For more information on Sweetbriar, visit

PARK SOUTH HOTEL Stay here if you want to enjoy the chic comforts of a midtown boutique hotel without the crowds and chaos of Times Square. After a major 2016 renovation, the 131-room Park South Hotel boasts an appropriately elegant Park Avenue aesthetic with modern amenities and deluxe bedding. The cream, gray and white palette is classic for a reason and encourages a moment’s pause in the city that never sleeps Just steps away from the 28th Street subway station, the location is ideal for access to NoMad, Gramercy Park, and Midtown attractions as well as a shopper’s paradise. In addition to Sweetbriar, the hotel offers an inviting rooftop bar. Known as Roof at Park South, the menu’s cocktails and bar bites are more imaginative than the venue name. Order a Don’t be Salty cocktail, a refreshing combination of tequila, fresh lemon juice, Midori, and Jalapeño simple syrup to taste summer in a glass. Even a classic combo like frosé and Neapolitan pizza tastes better when served with views over Manhattan. We love the dynamic ambiance, fun vibes, and diverse crowd. Open seasonally, and it will again welcome guests this coming April. For more information on Park South Hotel, visit JANUARY 2022 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE



ekarna is one of those cozy eateries on the Upper West Side that successfully brings together ethnic and American cuisine. The restaurant is owned by Australian restaurateur Dean O’Neill who has assembled his creative team of executive chef, Caribbean native Kamal Hoyte, who has seen the kitchens of Le Bernadin, Daniel, and Oceana and acclaimed Slovenian pastry chef and cookbook author Alma Rekvic. Oddly enough, O’Neill is an avionic engineer by trade who reveals, “I have designed and built various projects ranging from restaurants, nightclubs, apartments, boats, and planes. He went on to tell us that in 2003 he visited Slovenia to design and launch several projects. “During this time, I fell in love with the place, people, culture, and food. Eight years ago, I opened my own business in Slovenia with a business partner, and we took over a 350-year-old bakery and turned it into eight boutique apartments. We called it the Pekarna boutique hotel.” The name stuck with O’Neill. Years later, and back in New York City, he searched for a new space to open a restaurant. “I came across 594-592 Amsterdam Avenue, and I saw enormous potential in the space.” And so Pekarna was born.



The affable owner pays attention to which dishes his regular diners prefer and tells us, “Wild Boar With Rice is our most popular dish along with the fries. Our Wild Boar is just so unique; we house smoke the meat over hickory wood for 18 hours, so it’s full of flavor. Our fries are thick cut and soaked in water to get the starch out and then double fried, so they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. We also pair the Wild Boar with three sauces which people enjoy. The Cauliflower Salad is also a favorite due to the unique flavors, including Calabrian chili peppers, almond sauce, sesame seeds, and scallions. Our Rack Of Lamb also is popular, and as people say, good lamb is hard to find.”

The American fare is just as delicious and includes some of the most tender steaks in the city. But whether you are a carnivore or vegan, do not pass up the Vegetable Stuffed Pepper filled with corn, carrots, red and green peppers, fresh spices, and topped with charred Parmesan cheese as an appetizer—and healthy at the same time. The Island Style Fried Chicken, coated with a Cajun breading and hot sauce and served with a generous portion of garlic mashed potatoes, is a must if you love juicy fried chicken with a serious kick. Finally, the Pan Seared Salmon is a crowd favorite as the salmon is prepared “crispy skin” style with roasted fingerling potatoes, corn pepper succotash, and lemon dill butter sauce.

There are many popular Slovenian items not to be missed, but we recommend Zepki, a hot pocket that is golden and flakey filled with chicken, vegetables, Wagyu beef, or an interesting wild boar and cheese combo. The Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb Slovenian Style is a generous portion for two that features a potato soufflé, roasted Brussels sprouts, and carrot crème in a red wine reduction. The Pan Seared Bone-In Chicken is served in a Slovenian wine sauce and served with Cipollini onions, glazed rainbow carrots, and then “sided” with a potato soufflé. OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JANUARY 2022

Leave room for one Slovenian dessert that deserves attention. Slovenian Apple Pie is a baked apple roll featuring plenty of cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg mixed with the juicy apple filling topped with homemade gelato. Then, of course, there are classic American favorites, including Bread Pudding with Rum Infused Caramel Sauce. Either way, you will never go wrong. For more info on Pekarna, go to

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While Broadway isn’t shutting down, last minute Covid-related postponements of individual shows will, unfortunately, remain part of NYC’s theater landscape in January and beyond. Be sure to check websites (below) for performance cancellations before heading to the theater and do have a back-up show or two on your must-see radar!

ith the last Champagne toast of 2021, a fait accompli, theater lovers are turning their attention to the biggest, brightest, most electrifying performance venue on the planet! And as the New Year breaks ground, I can guarantee we’re looking at primo timing for scooping up tickets for Broadway’s most coveted current—and upcoming—musicals, comedies, dramas, and events! ICONS

Ever since December came roaring in with a new pride of opening nights, the celeb count has been fierce, amping up Broadway’s marquee cred and fan fervor. And interestingly, the hottest names in town are all past Tony winners. High on the list of these stage-savvy VIPs is Patti LuPone, whose turn as Joanne in the groundbreaking, partially re-gendered revival of Company is a show-stopping marvel. To watch her—embraced by a fluff of white fur toasting the ladies who lunch and wending her way to a standing ovation—is off-the-chart not to be missed, as is “Being Alive” sung by Katrina Lenk as Bobbie, no longer the male Bobby from the original. Meanwhile, the teaming of screen and stage luminary Hugh Jackman and Broadway favorite Sutton Foster for The Music Man, has been serious buzz for over a year. This past December 20th marked the first preview with the official opening set for February 10th. Epic, of course, are Jackman’s “Trouble” and “Seventy-Six Trombones,” while Foster’s “Till There Was You” may well become a bit of a signature song, particularly on the talk-show circuit. As for Tonys, not only has director Jerry Zaks (who also directed this season’s Mrs. Doubtfire) picked up several, but four other cast members—Jefferson Mays, Jayne Houdyshell, Marie Mullen and Shuler Hensley—are also past winners. Falling into the same preview ballpark as The Music Man (its first Broadway performance was 12/21), is Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew about works at an auto factory on the brink of collapse, starring Tony-winner Phylicia Rashad, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, fresh off his acclaimed solo play Lackawanna Blues—and, yes, he’s taken home a Tony, too.



As for playwrights, let’s cut directly to two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, whose fabulously limited run comedy Clyde’s bows out January 16th, while the big buzz musical MJ, for which she authored the book, will remain in previews until opening on February 1st. Another non-musical, Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird welcomes Greg Kinnear as Atticus Finch on January 5th, replacing Jeff Daniels who originated the role in 2018. “There is nothing in the Greg Kinnear IMDb credits that you will find that will suggest that I am in any way an obvious choice for taking on this role,” Kinnear told The Associated Press. “This will all be a new endeavor for me. I welcome it and I’m thrilled about it.”


Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations ( Aladdin ( The Book of Mormon ( Caroline, or Change Limited run thru January 9th ( Chicago ( Clyde’s Limited run thru 1/16 ( Come From Away ( Company ( David Byrne’s American Utopia Limited Run thru April 3rd ( Dear Evan Hansen ( Flying Over Sunset Limited run thru February 6th ( Girl From The North Country (northcountryonbroadway. com) Hadestown ( Hamilton ( Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ( The Lion King ( MJ the Musical ( Moulin Rouge! The Musical ( Mrs. Doubtfire ( The Music Man( The Phantom of the Opera ( Skeleton Crew ( Six ( Slave Play Limited run thru January 23rd ( Thoughts of a Colored Man ( Tina: The Tina Turner Musical ( To Kill a Mockingbird (


Trouble in Mind Limited run thru January 9th ( Waitress Limited run thru January 9th ( Wicked ( Assassins Limited run thru January 29th ( Blue Man Group ( Gazillion Bubble Show ( Jersey Boys ( Little Shop of Horrors ( Stomp ( Winnie the Pooh: The Musical Stage Adaptation (




THRILLS & CHILLS THE 355 PG-13 There’s a new crew of secret agents hitting the big screen this winter, as Jessica Chastain leads an all-star cast of powerful women in what they hope will be the launch of a new film franchise, a la Charlie’s Angels or the Bourne flicks. Oscar winners Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong’o are part of the pack, along with Diane Kruger. Meanwhile, Chinese actress Bingbing Fan is in the shadows; is she on their side in this action thriller? You’ll have to hit the theater to find out.

MORBIUS PG-13 There’s a new crew of secret agents hitting the big screen this winter, as Jessica Chastain leads an allstar cast of powerful women in what they hope will be the launch of a new film franchise, a la Charlie’s Angels or the Bourne flicks. Oscar winners Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong’o are part of the pack, along with Diane Kruger. Meanwhile, Chinese actress Bingbing Fan is in the shadows; is she on their side in this action thriller? You’ll have to hit the theater to find out.

SCREAM R Speaking of franchises, it has been 26 years since the first Scream burst into the world’s nightmares. Which explains why these new filmmakers didn’t bother to produce a new name, even though it is a sequel starring many of the original players. Look for Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette back in their original roles; older, wiser, and making bank on the franchise that keeps on giving horror fans just the shivers they love.

GREAT LOVE, SCARY LOVE CYRANO PG-13 Peter Dinklage grabs hold of the lead role in Cyrano, in this adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play written by Erica Schmidt (who is married to Dinklage in real life). Set in courtly times, the story still revolves around Cyrano’s unrequited love for Roxanne (Hailey Bennett). Directed by Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement), this fanciful tale had a limited December run for Oscar consideration. OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JANUARY 2022

DEEP WATER R Remember when Ben Affleck was dating Ana de Armas? This dark and scary (and erotic) love story brought them together in real life, too, but not for long. All you need to know is that it is directed by Adrian Lyne (9 1/2 Weeks, Fatal Attraction) and based on a Patricia Highsmith novel (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Strangers on a Train), to know that this one is going to be seriously twisted.

LICORICE PIZZA R Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s love letter to first love and life in the San Fernando Valley in 1973 had a limited Christmas Day release for awards consideration, with January being when it rolls out to theaters across America. It’s a quintessentially L.A. flick, as “older woman” Alana (she’s 25) and teenager Gary (he’s 15, going on 30) fall in love amidst a slightly surreal and frenetic backdrop that includes famed Hollywood characters from the time. Gary is played by Cooper Hoffman, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s son, in his first starring role.

KIDS CORNER BELLE PG The latest from Oscar-nominated animator Mamoru Hosoda (Mirai), Belle is all about a shy high-school girl who creates an alter ego for her social media, with somewhat shocking results. The action-packed film is visually striking, warm-hearted, and socially relevant, presented in a way that adolescent kids can watch and come to understand that their future is in their own hands. SESAME STREET Not yet rated In their latest movie adventure, the Sesame Street gang is plunged into a mystery when they suddenly cannot live in their neighborhood any longer. Big Bird, Oscar, and all our other favorite denizens of Sesame Street enlist the help of a history TV show host (Anne Hathaway) to find their way back to the place that kids, adults, and all our favorite characters used to know just how to get to—Sesame Street!




RETURNING TO THE PAST AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS PBS Phileas Fogg has returned, this time played by everyone’s favorite Doctor Who, the everversatile David Tennant, and he’s headed around the world on a bet once again in this latest iteration of Jules Verne’s ever-popular novel. Ibrahim Koma plays Fogg’s handy servant Passepartout, and Leonie Benesch takes on daring journalist (and now female character) Fix, who gives chase in this sumptuous eight-part PBS series that’s already been greenlit for season two. 1883 Paramount + Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan helms 1883, this prequel that goes back in time to explore the origins of that hugely popular Kevin Costner series. Tim McGraw is the original Dutton who journeys across the Great Plains towards Montana to find his fortune, while Sam Elliott, Billy Bob Thornton, and Faith Hill round out the leading cast in this Western epic. THE GILDED AGE HBO Downton Abbey lovers, rejoice! Creator Julian Fellowes is back with another look at the wealthy aristocracy, set in America in the time of the robber barons of the late 19th century. Think Rockefellers and Carnegies when their fortunes rose, and the new millionaire class was being formed. Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Cynthia Nixon lead the talented cast. HARRY POTTER 20TH ANNIVERSARY: RETURN TO HOGWARTS HBO Hard as it may be to believe, the first Harry Potter film is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022! Marking that milestone is the fun premise of this special HBO event that reunites all our favorite wizards, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, along with Ralph Fiennes, Robbie Coltrane, Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter. Yes, it’s virtually everyone who helped make those nine Harry Potter flicks one of the greatest movie franchises ever produced. OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JANUARY 2022


ABBOTT ELEMENTARY ABC It’s all this group of talented teachers can do by going for the laughs as they find themselves teaching at Abbott Elementary, one of America’s worst public schools. Quinta Brunson creates and stars in this irreverent comedy packed with talent, including co-stars Tyler James Williams (all grown up from Everyone Loves Chris), Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lisa Ann Walter, Janelle James, and a cast of precocious kids. THE AFTERPARTY Apple TV Prolific producer-writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) try their hands at a very adult TV show with The Afterparty. Taking a Rashomonlike approach to one memorable night, the duo has crafted this comedic look at one murderous evening’s epic events, as told from the point of view of different people. The cast includes Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, and Dave Franco. GRAND CREW NBC From the creators of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is this comedy of kooky Black Angelenos, who are all trying to figure out how to get ahead in today’s modern world. So, it’s only natural that they gather at a wine bar to hang out and figure out where life is going, right? Maya Lynne Robinson, Andrew Adams, Anna Jailer, Aaron Colom, and Adam Foster Ballard lead the friends.

SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE HBO Comedian-crooner Bridget Everett created and stars in this new HBO comedy centering around her character of Sam, a Kansas gal whose hometown roots keep her grounded but make her a bit crazy as well. She’s not what people think she’s supposed to be, which leads to some droll situations as she makes her way through Middle America’s inherent weirdness. The good news is she finds other simpatico outsiders along the way to finding her place in a world that doesn’t quite fit.




There’s nothing you love more than snuggling with a loved one, drinking some hot cocoa, and watching comedy classics when winter casts her chilly spell. Lucky for you, BroadwayHD has you covered with fun entertainment for the whole family. BroadwayHD is available on your computer or any of your favorite devices such as Roku, AppleTV, Chromecast & Amazon Firestick. For more information on BroadwayHD, visit KISS ME, KATE The first revival in nearly 50 years of the musical comedy masterpiece by composer Cole Porter and book writers Sam and Bella Spewack not only enchanted critics and delighted audiences but went on to triumph as one of the biggest prize winners of the 2000 season. Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare, this hilarious romp recounts the backstage and on-stage antics of two feuding romances during an out-of-tryout for a musical adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew. Sparkling with 18 classic Cole Porter songs including “Another Op’nin, Another Show,” “Wunderbar,” “So in Love,” “Always True to You in My Fashion,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” this is Broadway musical comedy at its irresistible best. Directed by Michael Blakemore, this Tony winner for Best Revival stars Brent Barrett, Rachel York, Nancy Anderson and Michael Berresse as the squabbling couples whose offstage disputes entangle them with a pair of song-and-dance gangsters and a pompous U.S. army general.

OLD HATS Bill Irwin and David Shiner’s funny, heartwarming, comic adventure Old Hats wowed audiences in New York’s Pershing Square Signature Center. Now, BroadwayHD welcomes back Bill Irwin and David Shiner in their award-winning, critically acclaimed production. Called “one of the funniest shows of the past few years” by the New York Post, this production reunited the clowns with original director Tina Landau and introduces their new songstress and comic foil Shaina Taub, hailed as “a young Judy Garland meets grown-up Lisa Simpson” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Using music, technology, and movement, Irwin and Shiner combine their inimitable magic and slapstick to create an unforgettable outing that’s fun for the whole family.

RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL The camp cult classic from Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird is filmed from London’s West End following critical acclaim off-Broadway. Ruthless! The Musical famously spoofs Broadway musicals from Gypsy to Mame as well as iconic films including The Bad Seed and All About Eve. Talented eight-yearold Tina Denmark will do anything to play the lead in her school musical. Anything! As Tina discovers where her talent comes from, she shows us just what it takes to succeed. Premiering in 1992, the show is responsible for discovering young performers Britney Spears and Natalie Portman. This production features Jason Gardiner as overbearing agent Sylvia St. Croix who encourages Tina (Anya Evans) to pursue her dreams of a career in show biz. Kim Maresca is Judy Denmark (Tina’s mother), the bland housewife who has ‘absolutely no talent whatsoever,’ or does she? Tracie Bennett is Tina’s grandmother, the famously spiky theater critic Lita Encore, and Harriet Thorpe is Tina’s teacher.

SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF A PLAY Sordid Lives creator Del Shores’ new one-man play, directed by Emerson Collins, proves once and for all that he is not a writer, he’s a self-proclaimed thief! In Six Characters In Search Of A Play, riffing on Pirandello’s classic title, Shores brings to life six one-of-a-kind characters he has met in real life that haven’t quite made it into one of his plays, films, or TV shows. Shores shares the truth behind how he collected these eccentrics and their stories as he portrays his hilarious, off-the-rails encounters with them. The audience meet Yvonne, the vegetarian-hating Dallas waitress; Sarah, the Trump-hating elderly actress with an inhaler in one hand and a cigarette in the other; Jimmy Ray, the evolving Magic Mike-loving latent Georgia redneck; Lorraine, the once-brilliant dramateacher who has lost her damn mind and is now obsessed with porn; Marsha, the monkey-hating lesbian with COPD; and Aunt Bobby, the racist Republican with a heart of gold. It’s a tour de force display of the lovable, foible-filled, larger-than-life southerners.




The New Year brings about 365 opportunities to live your best life alongside your furry friend. Here’s a collection of pet-approved products paired with wintery ideas for you and your bestie!

SIDE HUSTLE For the aspiring dog-influencer. Grab Brass Monkey’s bandana and start that trend-worthy Instagram for your gorgeous pup! Info:

COUCH POTATO MODE It’s okay to take a couch day—it’s winter! Curl up and watch some Seinfeld reruns with your kitty…who needs their own Work in Progress brand couch, obviously. Info:

PET PROJECT The cold-weather months are perfect for pet projects like starting new houseplants…especially in these adorable coco coir planters from LIKHA. Info:

PAW PATROL Treatibles Topical Cream with CBD is like protective mittens for your pup’s paws. Go on a snow-day adventure or build a snowman. JANUARY 2022 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE

SPA DAY The #1 remedy for the winter chills? A cozy bubble bath, of course. Include your fluffer in the spa-vibes with the Dr. Cuddles Beauty Box. Info:

HEALTHIER GRUB Your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier? Orijen pet foods— made with high-quality fresh and raw ingredients—makes it easy to include your pets too! Info:

NEW YEAR NAPS Omlet’s Topology customizable dog bed system ensures your pup has the exact bed it needs. Now you can both nap soundly on those snowy weekends. Info:

BETTER THAN OKAYCUPID Dating apps are great, but nothing starts a conversation like walking a dog. These Modern Beast bandanas eliminate any guesswork, “My Mom (or Dad) is single!” Info:

PUFFS PLUS My goodness, this Puffer Jacket from Primary is so cool. Cue up some Puff Daddy tunes and host a ‘90s hip-hop playdate at the dog park. Info:

COZY CLASSICS This EveryYay kitty cave has an elegant Audrey Hepburn vibe. Cuddle up with your cat for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed night. Info: OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JANUARY 2022

CHILL ZONE Is your neighbor having a loud New Year-themed party? Turn on some chill music for yourself—and plug in this Alzoo Vet soothing diffuser for your cat or dog. Info:

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elf-confidence is a luxury; it isn’t ubiquitous, and it can be challenging to achieve. This is the experience of Daisy Jing, CEO, and founder of Banish. This acne-centric skincare brand has built a vast audience across social media platforms by addressing the primary skincare concern of teens and young adults. Acne is a condition that manifests in physical effects and mental ones, affecting how we see ourselves and how others do as well. “The greatest tragedy of our generation is the never-ending struggle for perfection,” says Jing. “Social media has accelerated this trend, becoming detrimental to the self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth of millions of young people, who on average spend nine hours per day in front of screens.


While pursuing a pre-med track at Duke University, Jing began to use her knowledge to concoct her skincare products at home in the Jing candidly admits that her story is not unique. She discusses kitchen and documented her progress online. Her foray into skincare her years years of struggles to control her acne outbreaks and started on YouTube with a candid video titled Growing Up Ugly. maintain a low profile in school, often skipping lunch periods That video went viral, after which she used her channel to review and distancing herself from classmates to hide her face. She went skincare products to people who were drawn in by her frankness through a slew of intensive treatments that only exacerbated her and relatability. “For once, someone wasn’t giving me unsolicited skin’s condition. Jing wore black turtlenecks to school to hide acne advice, but instead they said my skin looked great,” she says. “I more of herself, only to despair when “blizzards of skin flakes” realized it was because I completely changed my skincare regimen showed on her clothes. “I remember waking up as a teenager to and used what I was making! I was learning that unnecessary bloody cracks on my face because it was so dry,” she says. “My ingredients in skincare products were making my skin break out.” towels and sheets had streaks of white in them because of the bleaching agents in my skincare. I suffered decades of that! It was She started to receive compliments on how clear her skin appeared rather awful.” than tips on how to treat her acne, The bullying and teasing affected her self-esteem, and she looked and her online fanbase was equally for solutions to rid her face of acne—the cause of her anguish. impressed. Soon she began to share with her Jang reveals that she and her parents spent upwards of $20,000 in samples her teen years to eradicate the presence of pimples and blemishes audience, which led to her brand, Banish. on her face. Jing would create THE AT-HOME CURE her products at night and Escalating from drug store remedies to expensive department bring them to store brands and Chinese herbs, she often found that many the post office solutions only made her condition worse, and dermatologists as they opened to were also of little relief. ship them out, and would create You Tube videos in the daytime.

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en Jewell is the first resort for many couples seeking to end their marriage or simply define or redefine the terms. His honors are many (Leader in Law by New York Magazine! Top 10 Attorneys in Metro NY by NY Times!), but his legacy is defined by his success in creating a sterling client roster. Whether child custody, child support, divorce, separation, pre/ postnuptial agreements, post-judgment, property distribution, or spousal support, Jewell is the one you want on your side should you ever need him. “I see the divorce process as an opportunity for a fresh start,” says the attorney, who heads Jewell Law, PLLC as its managing partner. “I prefer that my role as a matrimonial lawyer facilitate and help our clients find solutions that work for them while maximizing their assets with which they embark on their new life.” Jewell has run his New York City firm for more than 15 years, and during that time, has risen to the top of his profession. New York Lifestyles talked with him about his field, expertise, and his storied career. What brought you into matrimony law? I fell into it as these were the cases that came in when I first struck out on my own. I originally planned to get a Ph.D. in psychology, but it didn’t fit me as well as I thought as I proceeded through undergraduate. I was a law librarian and decided to move on to law school. Matrimonial law combines my psychology background with the law and has made for a very satisfying career. What are some misconceptions people have about this area of law? I think the biggest misconception that people have is that no one realizes that when a marriage occurs, two legal units of one become one legal unit of two. Thus, each spouse has a 100 percent right to marital property, including home, wages, earnings, cars, kids, etc. There is no denying the spouse of financial means or the kids except in extenuating circumstances. To be sure, legally speaking, marriage means that both spouses take legal and fiscal responsibility for each other.

How do you deal with the stress you see every day? I don’t take it personally. I look at what is driving the responses and how I can set the client’s expectation so that it is consistent with the law to resolve the issue and move forward. I employ empathy in handling client matters because that is how I can move clients from positions they don’t want to move from. What would you tell someone getting married to think of first? Ask themselves if they love the person they are marrying and, more importantly, why they love them. If it is about looks or financial security, that won’t lead to a successful marriage. Then why should it be about that special something that only the fiancé/fiancée can do that turns them on. Marriages are hard. There are good times and challenging times. What gets those through the tough times is that special something that reminds them why they are in love and married the person they did.

What’s the most challenging part of the job?

How do you console clients? What’s your philosophy/approach?

They are setting expectations with a client who has unrealistic goals. People believe that the money they earn is theirs, and they don’t have to share it with their spouse during the marriage or in a divorce. There generally is a sense of righteousness that needs to be mitigated no matter the circumstances, something that would shock the conscience of a court; everything must be divided.

It is never about me but instead explaining what is going on legally, so the client understands why a result occurs one way or the other. We often avoid adverse effects by setting expectations that change based on how the events unfold. To be understanding, empathic, and psychologically aware helps me address the client’s emotions to resolve the client’s concerns and move forward to the next step in the process.


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THE PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL DINNER By Elizabeth Darwen / Photos Courtesy of Patrick McMullan

he Prostate Cancer Foundation’s (PCF) 25th Annual New York Dinner took place at the Plaza Hotel in New York City to highlight the innovative research it is currently funding and to commemorate the millions raised and accomplishments made over the previous quartercentury by PCF.

Michael Milken’s charitable organization is dedicated to identifying and funding groundbreaking cancer research programs. The memorable evening brought together medical leaders, top research scientists, business leaders, and prominent New York City socialites. The event raised more than $6 million. The evening kicked off with a lively cocktail reception. Milken and suffering from the disease, and countless more men are alive celebrity host Whoopi Goldberg opened the evening with a special today as a result. In addition, by focusing on immunotherapy, the presentation on PCF’s recent accomplishments at the lavish dinner microbiome, and food as medicine, discoveries in PCF-funded party. There were also live auctions for various unique experiences research have been highly leveraged in diagnosing and treating and investment opportunities in Young Investigators who are more than 73 types of human cancer. changing the face of medicine. All proceeds will benefit the work of PCF. PCF continues to serve as a role model for other diseasespecific foundations. Its team science approach is extending Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, and Katharine McPhee gave an and improving the quality of life for millions of cancer patients exceptional musical performance to cap off the evening. Andrea today. Its partnership with the VA is providing best-in-care for Bocelli’s daughter Virginia Bocelli joined her father on stage for an our U.S. veterans. Perhaps most impressively, the death rate for extraordinary rendition of “Hallelujah.” Kenny G performed on the Black Americans with prostate cancer at the VA has dropped by big screen with David Foster. The event also included Joe and Ali 50 percent. PCF’s model has launched the careers of more than Torre, Richard and Lisa Cashin, Bennett Goodman, Dr. Charles 500 scientists which has led to 15 new FDA-approved treatments. J. Ryan, Rob and Cindy Citrone, John Paulson, Todd and Katie Boehly, David and Lisa Simon, Sophie Koven, and Jamie Koven. CHANGING THE FACE OF MEDICINE The Prostate Cancer Foundation is the world’s leading philanthropic organization dedicated to funding prostate cancer research that saves lives. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, affecting one out of every eight men at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, in the United States, one man dies from prostate cancer every 15 minutes. PCF’s vision is to eliminate all prostate cancer deaths by raising awareness and funding critical, cuttingedge research. TARGETING CANCER PCF, founded in 1993 by Milken, has raised nearly $1 billion in support of cutting-edge research through over 2,200 research projects at 245 leading cancer centers in 28 countries worldwide. As a result, the death rate from prostate cancer has dropped by more than half, thanks partly to PCF’s commitment to ending death and


Researchers are beginning to understand that if they target cancer mechanisms—which may be shared across many different cancer types—they may have better success in eliminating cancer. In addition, doing so will result in a less taxing way on the individual patient. Precision medicine is a new way of thinking, and PCF believes it is at the heart of solving the mystery of cancer cure. Not only does PCF have a track record of successfully bringing cutting-edge treatments to market for prostate cancer patients, but because the research funded by PCF is so influential, they have now funded projects that overlap. This means that, while PCF remains committed to eliminating all prostate cancer deaths for men, they have their sights set on a much larger prize. They see this as a stepping stone to discover a cure for all cancers. For more information on The Prostate Cancer Foundation, visit •




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When a child has been abused, the most crucial first step is providing a safe, accepting environment. Sadly, there are reports of children being abused and neglected by family members and caregivers. Fortunately, The New York Center for Children (NYCC), founded in 1995 with the support of late Broadway producer Marty Richards and philanthropist Georgette Mosbacher, is a child-friendly center that provides free, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to victims of child abuse and their families. In addition, the NYCC offers professional training in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of child abuse. Individual and group therapy services are available at NYCC in English and Spanish. THERAPY IS KEY NYCC provides training opportunities in child abuse awareness and prevention. All NYCC’s programs and services for children and Clinical social workers and psychologists provide individual families are completely free. NYCC is a non-profit organization that therapy to children, adolescents, young adults, and their families relies on donations to cover operating expenses. NYCC hosts several to assist them in healing from child abuse and trauma. The charity events throughout the year to help raise funds towards their therapists at NYCC help children and adolescents who have cause, including the charity 5K walk/run NYCC Run 4 The Kids, been subjected to sexual and physical abuse, neglect, witnessing their annual NYC dinner, Annual Bowling Ball, and this past year’s domestic violence, immigration trauma, and community Flamenco Nights that also raised funds for caregivers who worked so violence. Therapy is tailored to each individual. Their treatment hard over the past year. includes trauma-focused therapy, play therapy, art therapy techniques, and grief counseling. NYCC also holds panel discussions to raise awareness of the impact of child abuse, where guest panelists talk about their history and Their on-site pediatrician performs a sensitive and thorough trauma with child abuse. medical exam—cutting-edge technology aids in identifying and preserving critical evidence. Experts on staff speak with PREVENTION & TREATMENT anyone who requires intervention and assistance because of child abuse. In addition, NYCC provides referral and advocacy NYCC serves children from all five boroughs of New York City. services. Victims, their families, and professionals involved in It’s also at the forefront of several educational projects focusing on the investigation and reporting process can receive phone and child abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment. The dedicated in-person consultations. professionals at NYCC are recognized as experts in child abuse prevention and treatment. Their team provides the highest level of NYCC serves all families, including those who do not have health trauma-focused therapy to children and their families and training insurance. Aside from evaluation and treatment, the children at professionals, students, and members of the community in the NYCC benefit from tutoring, mentoring, and extracurricular detection and treatment of child abuse. activities. NYCC is also a leader in training programs for professionals and graduate-level medical, psychology, and social Their “Champions” serve as ambassadors for NYCC, assisting work students to diagnose, treat, and prevent child abuse. them in expanding the NYCC support network so that they can do even more for children. The Champions also help to amplify their ESSENTIAL SUPPORT message by disseminating information about NYCC’s programs through their networks. Parents who believe their child has been abused can request a consultation, counseling, referrals, and on-site evaluations. NYCC staff has a long history with the organization; many have been with NYCC for more than a decade. The child-friendly space In addition, parents can attend ongoing support groups and is located at 333 East 70th Street, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. educational workshops. Childcare professionals can refer suspected abuse victims to NYCC and consult with staff about For more information on New York Center for Children, child abuse issues. visit JANUARY 2022 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE

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homas J. Henry is a renowned trial lawyer who has been in practice for over 25 years. Throughout the United States, he has represented countless victims of catastrophic trucking and auto accidents, on-the-job accidents, medical malpractice claims, and various other claims. His firm, Thomas J. Henry Law is a national leader in personal injury law. Since 1993, the firm has sought justice and compensation for those who have lost loved ones because of negligence. In so doing, it also prevents similar cases of wrongful death from occurring in the future. As a result, Thomas J. Henry and his firm have received numerous awards and recognitions during that time.

HIGHLY REGARDED He and his firm have been recognized for their distinguished service, and just last year, The American Institute of Legal Professionals named his firm Law Firm of the Year. In addition, it was named to Texas Lawyer’s (an ALM Company) Southwest Top Verdicts and Settlements of 2020 for obtaining the year’s highest gross negligence verdict. Throughout his career, Henry has taught many of his peers how to handle various types of cases, in addition to practicing law. He is a frequent speaker for the bar and other trade and professional organizations that include board-certified and non-certified attorneys. He has spoken on various topics, including personal injury, litigation, and expert issues. Henry is currently representing several victims of the Astroworld Festival tragedy, which killed ten people and injured hundreds more. A long list of defendants, including Apple Music, Travis Scott, Aubrey Drake Graham, Live Nation, and NRG Stadium, is named in the lawsuit, seeking up to $2 billion in damages. “The defendants stood to make an exorbitant amount of money off of this event, and they still chose to cut corners, cut costs, and put attendees at risk,” said Thomas J. Henry. “My clients want to ensure the defendants are held responsible for their actions, and they want to send the message to all performers, event organizers, and promoters that what happened at Astroworld cannot happen again.” As a result, many national news outlets, including CNN, the Daily Mail, and Vanity Fair, have already sought this attorney’s analysis of the Astroworld/Travis Scott tragedy, the flaws that occurred during the event, and the ensuing litigation. OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JANUARY 2022

The firm is well-known for its numerous charitable endeavors and generous contributions to local and global communities… GIVING BACK The firm is well-known for its numerous charitable endeavors and generous contributions to local and global communities outside of the courtroom. Henry maintains his reputation as a philanthropist by meeting the needs of thousands of people. Whether it was food, shelter, education, or assisting the elderly, he has consistently provided support to individuals across the country through various initiatives such as the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, the American Kidney Foundation, and numerous other organizations. Whether it is the Astroworld/Travis Scott case or other various claims, Thomas J. Henry has made it his mission to represent every client aggressively and devotedly. His goal is not only to fight but also to win the battle. His unwavering diligence, discipline, and perseverance will result in continued success for his clients. For more information on Thomas J. Henry Law, visit