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Vol. 5 #3 | April 2019


Lavish Escapes: Atlantic City to Australia


Eco-Friendly Fashion & Beauty Must-Haves


Luxe Living On The Upper West Side

HEALTH & WELLNESS Face Forward: A Guide To Looking Younger

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FEATURES 12 15 46 53 56

From The Publisher Cover Feature: James Snyder Through The Lens With Annie Watt Bits & Bailey: The Who, What & Wow Of The Luxury Scene Tech Talk: Rise Of The Robots


STYLE 20 Harrys Of London: A Step In The Right Direction 22 Eco-Friendly & Cruelty-Free Must-Haves 24 Life & Style: Spectacular Spring... Ready For Lift Off

TRAVEL 26 29 32 34 37 41 44

One If By Sea: Smooth Sailing For Carnival’s Christine Duffy Traveling Solo: Alone Again, Thankfully Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa: A Lucky Charm Sensational Saint Lucia: Caribbean Lazing In Style Fiji: Where Happiness Abounds Luxury Resorts Down Under Easter Celebrations Near & Far


REAL ESTATE & HOME DECOR 59 Around Town: Upper West Side 62 The Preserve Club & Residences: Living Close To Nature’s Heart 65 Spotlight: Lisa Lippman 6 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019



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HEALTH & WELLNESS 71 73 74 77

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OUR CONTRIBUTORS CAMILLE ZAMORA Camille has appeared with the world’s leading ensembles, including London Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, LA Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Camille is the Cofounder of Sing for Hope, the country’s leading “artists’ peace corps,” which presents projects—including NYC’s Summertime street pianos—that make the arts accessible to all. A leading voice in the “citizen artist” discussion, she has presented and led panels at Skoll World Forum, Harvard University, The Aspen Institute, and The Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit; has received a Hispanic Congressional Caucus Citation and a UN Torchbearer Award; and was named one of the Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy by Town & Country magazine. ELLIS NASSOUR Ellis is an international arts journalist. At The New York Times, he covered everything from obits and taxi strikes to culture news. Then, at MCA/ Universal Studios/MCA Music, he was director of artist relations and helped launch Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s landmark rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, later working as an assistant to the casting director on Tom O’Horgan’s Broadway production. He worked with Neil Diamond, Burt Lancaster, Brenda Lee, coal miner’s daughter Loretta Lynn, Shirley MacLaine, Dean Martin, Rick Nelson, Lana Turner, Conway Twitty, and the inimitable Mae West. Following a stint at the Daily News, he authored the first biography of legendary singer Patsy Cline, Honky Tonk Angel, four pages of which are the source material of the hit revue Always, Patsy Cline. His behind-the-scenes tellall Jesus Christ Superstar: Landmark Rock Opera to Worldwide Phenomenon will be published in 2020 to salute the 50th Anniversary of the album. GERRIE SUMMERS Currently working on a novel, Gerrie admits that she enjoys creating worlds, but traveling the world is even better! As a travel writer, she has been to five continents (Australia and Antartica get ready) and too many countries to count and has written for, Luxury Living, For The Bride, Everett Potter’s Travel Report, Luxury Travel, Trip Savvy and others. She currently writes the lifestyle and travel blogs Summers Retreat and The Tranquil Traveler. Gerrie has covered a wide range of beats. She was the founding editor of Word Up! magazine, beauty editor and travel columnist for Today’s Black Woman and About’s Multicultural Beauty Expert. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including Real Health, Essence, Billboard, and the NY Daily News. Gerrie aka YogiGer is a yoga, meditation and qigong enthusiast who now combines her love for travel with health, specializing in wellness, spas and retreats.

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Now that Springtime has officially arrived we can start enjoying a lot more outdoor experiences this beautiful city has to offer. For some of us who are called “fanatic,” it’s time to grab our baseball caps and hop on a subway to our favorite stadium in the Bronx to see the Bombers in action or to Citi Field in Queens to cheer on the Amazing Mets for a new season. Also, just a short train ride away, is Coney Island where history comes alive at Luna Park. You can enjoy a thrilling ride on the 92-year-old Cyclone wooden rollercoaster that will get your heart pumped full of adrenaline, and if you dare jump in the first seat. Then afterward you can take a short stroll over to the New York Aquarium for a face to face encounter with some real-life sharks. If you survived the day so far and recovered enough to still have an appetite, don’t forget to go over to Nathan’s Famous to grab a hot dog or two all the way. (You could start warming up to defeat Joey Chestnut’s record of devouring 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes! Remember: July 4th is just around the corner.)

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Now with temperatures rising, it’s the perfect time to dine at one of many restaurants that provide outdoor seating. Whether it’s for the view, sampling some mouth-watering cuisine, or relaxing with friends over a drink and peoplewatching, it’s become a rite of Spring tradition in NYC. It’s been a while since I made some time to leave the office to go outside for lunch. My place of choice last week was P.J Clarke’s on the Hudson with a friend who was in town with his family from Australia. It was the perfect combination of spectacular food (as always), a magnificent view and fabulous company. So no matter how busy your week gets, make the time to get out and treat yourself at your favorite sidewalk cafe, outdoor garden, or rooftop table. You deserve it. April is also the time when some of us celebrate the Easter season by participating in another tradition, the NYC’s Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival or maybe even a neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. I have fond childhood memories of getting Easter baskets filled with chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, candies, and other surprises. If you remember, one of those candies may have been the original yellow marshmallow Peeps. Well, some things never change. Kids grow into adults who still love the little sugar-coated delights. Even my editor-in-chief, Pat Canole, is a huge fan. For some, Peeps have become an obsession hunting for the latest new flavors. Choose from a host of flavors including blueberry, lemon, blue raspberry, strawberry, vanilla crème, fruit punch, cotton candy, orange sherbet, a root beer float, sour watermelon, and three mystery flavors. Also look for Peeps flavored jelly beans and the limited-edition Peeps marshmallow-flavored cereal by Kellogg’s. (Peeps fun fact: Matt Stonie holds the World Record for eating 255 Peeps in 5 minutes!) After all this talk about food and candy, it’s probably a good time to burn a few calories. So consider taking a stroll along the riverwalk at the new Hudson Yards or a Citi Bike ride through Central Park. Whatever way, enjoy the month making lasting memories with friends and family. I look forward to hearing from you with comments or suggestions on places to go and things to try. Who knows? You might see them appearing in the next issue of New York Lifestyles and Pet Lifestyles magazines. You can email me directly at

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he two-part epic Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and the first official Potter story to be developed for the stage. Following a blockbuster premiere in London, the show and cast crossed the Atlantic for the U.S. premiere at the totally renovated Lyric Theatre on West 43rd Street, which now has been turned into a Harry Potter fantasy experience. It received ten 2018 Tony Award nominations and won six—including Best Play, Director (innovative Tony winner John Tiffany), Scenic and Costume Design (Christine Jones and Katrina Lindsay, respectively). If there had been categories for Best Magic and Illusion (Jamie Harrison and Jeremy Chernick) and Best Reviews of the Season, H.P. and company would’ve certainly taken those home, too. JK Rowling was most intrigued with the idea of diving into Harry’s life as a father—the boy who grew up orphaned is now a parent. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he’s a husband, father of three school-age children, and an overworked Ministry of Magic employee. ©


It really is a deep and complex family drama, abetted with all the JK Rowling trappings and mindboggling magic and illusion.


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Taking over the lead of the adult Harry in the American cast is James Snyder (If/Then, In Transit, Cry-Baby) who explained, “Harry is still grappling with his past that refuses to stay in the past. His middle son, Albus, also struggles with the weight of a legacy he never wanted. It really is a deep and complex family drama, abetted with all the JK Rowling trappings and mindboggling magic and illusion.” James says he’s always tried to book shows that are different “and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is not only different, there’s nothing like it. Nothing!” In his career, he points out, “I’ve been fortunate. Since L.A. was my home I was able to pick and choose what I wanted to go after without having to worry too much about where I’d hang my hat. The roles have been so varied. Thankfully, I got to work with great people who are interested in furthering the art.” In October 2018 when he auditioned, he was hoping to get the role of Draco. “I did a lot of homework: read four books, spoke to friends familiar with the show. That part was going to be mine. And then…” Well, he was offered the role of Harry. If/Then Idina Menzel and James Snyder ©Joan Marcus

HPATCC James Snyder ©Jeremy Daniel


James, 38, was born in San Jose but raised in Sacramento. “I’m a real California boy, through and through. Luckily, I was raised in a musical family.” His father, a realtor, and grandfather, a barber, sang Barber Shop. Along with family members, they formed a group which won several awards. James’ mother is a writer. He credits his Christian Brothers High/ Sacramento choir teacher Christian Bohm with instilling a love of theater in him. It was there he began appearing onstage. “I grew up listening to the Beatles, Beach Boys, Billy Joel, and Andrew Lloyd Webber, so when I got into high school, I saw a path,” he says. “I was already a bit of a ham. I played soccer in the Fall and did track in Spring. I didn’t see a fit with the baseball guys, so freshman year I auditioned for Godspell, and won the role of Jesus. That’s where I clicked.” He explained that with shows such as Gilmore Girls and Smallville, there were lots of opportunities in TV. It didn’t hurt that he was drop-dead handsome. He also appeared in musicals on the West Coast and at Goodspeed and Paper Mill Playhouse. The actors who’ve influenced him, that he looks up to, run the gamut from Albert Finney to Hugh Jackman. James was self-taught on piano and guitar. In addition he plays clarinet, trumpet, harmonica, and the Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003 from USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. From his late teens, he became a regular guest star on dozens of TV shows and in film. “I kept thinking, ‘Make the move to New York,’ but I could never convince myself it was the right move.”


However, he finally came to New York in 2008 to play Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker—a 50s Baltimore bad boy, albeit with a heart of gold—when the musical adaptation of John Water’s 1990 film (which starred Johnny Depp), Cry-Baby, moved from San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse to Broadway. During Harry’s two parts (a total of five hours and 15 minutes, with two intermissions), James is rarely off stage except for quick costume changes. “Once the train pulls out of the station, it’s non-stop,” he states. “It’s the difference between running a marathon and running a sprint. I always considered versatility one of my strengths, and I get to test that theory. I’m pulling from every part of my body, from everything I’ve learned. It’s almost as if every bit of training I’ve had and every show I’ve done has enabled me to pull this off.” He says for him, or any actor lucky to be in his shoes, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the ultimate experience. “We worked really long and hard. Rehearsals began before Christmas and were painstaking. It didn’t let up until after we opened. I’ll feel rested in about two months.”

Cry-Baby Elizabeth Stanley & James Snyder ©Joan Marcus



He met his wife Jacqueline, a fashion designer who specialized in swimwear, on a blind date, while bartending by day and acting at night. They have two children, “so one of the fun things about this role is I get to work with kids—incredibly talented kids who are wonderful to work with. The bonding happened quite quickly. The great thing is I wasn’t going in alone.” Although he doesn’t get to sing, he does create a lot of magic. “The difference between rehearsing for Harry and rehearsing for a musical,” he explains, “is that instead of doing book scenes for a couple of hours and then working with the music director and choreographer, I worked a couple of hours— or more, then met with movement director Steven Hoggett to develop character and learn magic. Now I can add to my resume: Magician!” So what is this “movement”? “It’s choreography without music and with a feeling, a purpose, and an intention. It’s very natural, all born from within. Everything is motivated. You know the why before the move, not the move and then the why. Then, you turn the volume up and heighten it.” James with wife Jacqueline & children, Oliver and Willa. ©Laren Brianne Photography

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I’m a real California boy, through and through. Luckily, I was raised in a musical family. 18 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019



James has appeared in a variety of TV and film roles, but the stage is where he feels he belongs. He and his family have been East Coast transplants for three years. When he and his wife saw Harry for the first time after he was cast, she said, “I can’t believe you’re getting to do this.” James couldn’t believe it either. “There’s nothing like it. Nothing! It’s a beautiful play about family, fathers and sons, parents trying to do better. Then, you add in this incredible wizarding world of possibility.” He said when you audition for shows, certain things have to click. “I’ve gone up for shows I really wanted, shows I felt perfect for; and worked very hard to prepare. But I didn’t get them. There’s an intangible aspect within who you are and what you bring. It’s whether you fit the director’s vision or not. They know behind the table and I know within my heart whether it’s right or not. It’s a hard thing to deal with. I just want to work, show people what I’ve got. That’s what I love doing, exploring different worlds and putting it out there for people to experience so they can be taken on a journey. I just knew Harry was right for me, and prayed that I could show I was. It clicked!”

TV and film are wonderful, he said, “but nothing tops being on a stage in front of an audience. Working in front of the camera, you go on for 30 to 40 seconds and run that 100-yard dash because that take might be the take the director will use. With the stage, it’s about stamina, being able to pace yourself through the story to tell each individual moment as richly as possible. It makes my heart explode. I am so blessed because I get to do what I love.” This Harry Potter is by Jack Thorne (King Kong), based on a new story by Ms. Rowling, Tiffany, and him. It has a stunning score, something a bit unusual for a play, by English singer/songwriter Imogen Heap. Unlike the film adaptations of the Rowling books, the stage play doesn’t use computer-generated imagery, stunt doubles, or smoke and mirrors. The conjuring wizardry leaves audiences gasping in wonder. The magic emanates from swirling capes, moving staircases, miraculously quick switches in identity and costumes. It has become the most honored/awarded play in theater history. Besides its Tony awards, it captured the Olivier for Best Play in the UK. In addition to 25 honors across the pond, there’ve been 25 major U.S. awards.

Diane Davis as Ginny Potter, Nicholas Podany as Albus Potter, James Snyder as Harry Potter ©Matthew Murphy

In addition to Snyder, the 38-plus cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child includes Diane Davis as Harry’s wife Ginny Potter and Nicholas Podany as their son Albus Potter. Matt Mueller plays Ron Weasley with Jenny Jules as Hermione Granger and Nadia Brown as their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley. Playing Draco Malfoy is Jonno Roberts with Bubba Weiler as his son Scorpius Malfoy. For more information on Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, visit • APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 19



ritain has long had a reputation for designing and manufacturing some of the most classic, high-quality men’s footwear in the world. While a few venerable brands have trickled across the pond to New York, it is a fashion necessity which has been long overdue for an overhaul. Enter Contemporary British footwear brand Harrys of London, which has engineered a revolution in men’s footwear. Eschewing the traditional Goodyear welted rubber and leather sole Harrys of London went high-tech and has not looked back. Created in 1990 in Italy by Massimo Losio, Technogel® is a unique soft-solid gel material that lacks any plasticizers (oils) and is soft, pliable, odorless and shock absorbent, in short an ideal material to protect our precious feet. Massimo saw its potential application for those using wheelchairs and hospitalized for long periods in bed and thus founded Royal Medica, a company that brings this material to a wider customer base. In fact, you may already be using Technogel®. It’s widely used in homes, offices, and medical facilities. That wrist rest for a computer keyboard or mouse pad are prime examples for everyday users. And the chair pad you’re sitting on probably has Technogel®. The miracle wonder has long been invigorating everyday experiences with cool cushioning and superior ergonomic support—from cycling, sitting, and sleeping. In the sports world, have you ever noticed NFL players wearing various braces for their arms or legs? That’s Technogel® in use where the brace comes in contact with the skin.

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BUT THERE’S MORE Harrys of London, in collaboration with Technogel®, developed a full gel innersole that offers excellent cushioning and a new kind of comfort, which is soft, stable and functional. Thanks to its distinctive 3D conformability, the innersole adapts to the unique shape of your feet, from heel to toe, so you enjoy pressure relieving support with just the right amount of flexibility. Technogel® resists hardening due to temperature or age, and most importantly non-irritating to the skin. Since being introduced for the Fall/Winter 2017 season, all footwear has featured the innovative 3D Technogel®. The innersole has been designed to fit all the casual and formal footwear and is produced in nine different shapes. Harrys of London has already amassed a discreet following of celebrity clients comfortably fitted in their pair of shoes that feels like sneakers. They have been seen on the feet of Oscar and Grammy award-winning Common who recently appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon looking cool in a pair. The 14-time Grand Slam Tennis champion Novak Djokovic was spotted off-the-court as well as actors Joseph Fiennes, Michael Shannon, Richard E. Grant, Richard Madden, and Director Ridley Scott to name a few. The best part of this story is you don’t have to travel to London for a pair of these shoes. Rather Uber your way to 463 Park Avenue for a fashionable way to step out in style. Harrys of London in New York


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n addition to Earth Day (April 22nd), this month is also Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Cruelty-free products as well as earth-safe ingredients go hand-in-hand with protecting the environment and earth’s inhabitants, including our furry friends. Here are sustainable companies and products you should know about. MYCHELLE DERMACEUTICALS KEEP NATURE WILD MyChelle’s sun care products provide broad spectrum protection through mineral-based zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Mineral sun protection ingredients reflect UV rays, while chemical sunscreens absorb rays. It is believed that mineral sunscreens are safer for human use and for the environment. Chemical sunscreen ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate put coral reefs and marine life at risk. These products aren’t biodegradable and can cause bleaching of coral reefs. Bleaching inhibits the growth of new coral. MyChelle’s sunscreens are also certified non-nano (some are concerned that nanoparticles from micronized zinc oxide and micronized titanium dioxide, can be absorbed into the skin and cause health problems, but this hasn’t been scientifically proven). MyChelle is a member of EWG Verified For Your Health Program because the products are also cruelty-free, non-GMO, and free of many chemicals like phthalates, parabens, artificial fragrances and colors. Info:

NATURA BRASIL Natura Brasil is a sustainable, cruelty-free cosmetic company that is also certified as a B-Corporation (for-profit companies certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental “performance, accountability and transparency”—displaying responsibility to the community and to the planet and not just the bottom line (and shareholders). Packaging is either recycled or recyclable. Products have mostly plant-based formulations, using ingredients from the Amazon such as Brazilian Jambu extract in the Chronos Energizing Face Cream that acts on the first signs of aging to hydrate the skin and minimize fine lines and wrinkles, or Firming & Radiance Face Cream for mature skin, which contains Brazilian Jatoba extract and amino acids to deeply moisturize and firm skin and restore skin’s radiance. Info: 22 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019

This southwestern clothing brand describes its responsible outdoor apparel as products with purpose. Keep Nature Wild says it has an obligation to protect our lands and to also give back. A portion of every purchase goes towards hosting clean up events and this averages to a pound of trash for every product sold. They also use ethical manufacturing. One hundred percent of the clothing like the Keep It Grand Unisex Tee (pictured) is manufactured in WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) certified facilities. The company also promotes volunteerism (promoting cleanup events), responsible outdoor recreation, as well as supporting and employing local businesses. Info:

SUR LA COTE Sur La Côte prides itself in making clothing from ethical sourcing and manufacturing. The garments are made from sustainable micro-modal fabric made of renewable natural fibers derived from wood. Micro-modal fabric is said to use less water consumption than cotton and is sustainably harvested from beech trees. The fabric like the Mallorca Pant (pictured) is luxuriously soft and typically used for underwear and loungewear, making the styles, which include resort pants, dresses, skirts and tops, comfy and cozy. In addition, they print all branding and care instructions on the inside of the clothing instead of removable tags that are typically tossed into the trash. Shipping is 100 percent plastic free in compostable bags. Info:



If animals are a part of your concern for the environment, OSEA has created a dry brush that is a vegan, cruelty-free alternative to natural bristle brushes, which are sometimes made with boar bristles. Daily dry brushing helps exfoliate skin and break up toxins, enhancing blood flow and circulation for radiant skin. The Plant-Based Dry Brush has a beechwood base (beechwood is considered more sustainable than a wood like oak, because they are a replaceable, fast-growing tree species) and plant-based sisal fibers, which come from the agave plant. The brush is for all skin types.

As you travel, make sure your body and the environment is safe. Love Sun Body sunscreens are free of hazardous ingredients and are vegan and cruelty free. The products are certified by Ecocert for meeting the COSMOS (COSMetic Organic & Natural Standard) meaning it meets the standards for organic and natural products in Europe, and so far the only sunscreens in the U.S. certified by Ecocert. The products are biodegradable, coral reef safe, and the packaging is recyclable. Love Sun Body Lightly Scented SPF 30 is 100 percent natural origin mineral sunscreen, providing broad spectrum UV protection and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. It is lightly scented with tiare (a flower in the South Pacific that has a scent reminiscent of coconut) and vanilla and contains non-nano zinc oxide. Info:

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T.L. BROOKE T.L. Brooke is a New York City-based sustainable fashion brand of Timothy L. Westbrook, the January designer for Pildora’s #Fashionability: Designer Spotlight Series, that honors designers of sustainable, eco-friendly fashions. T.L. Brooke Umbrella Raincoats and Mod Jackets are re-made in the USA from fabric of discarded umbrellas. Each one represents five pounds of materials prevented from entering landfills. Once fabric is removed from umbrellas, the metal, plastic and wooden elements of umbrellas are 100 percent recyclable. Some fabrics are woven from magnetic ribbon of audio cassettes and salvaged cotton, along with other recycled fabrics, some of which come from Fabscrap, a non-profit that recycles textiles. In addition some of the garments are sewn on non-electric sewing machines in Brooklyn. Info:




Everyday Yoga, is Yoga Outlet’s firstever performance yoga apparel line. The Harmony Collection garments are made from recycled fabrics and from materials manufactured and developed only in certified eco-friendly factories. The pictured High-Waisted Go-to Pockets Leggings and Twisted Layering Tank are made from recycled polyester material sourced from post-consumer plastic bottles to help lessen negative impact on the environment. Info:

Croon is a natural beauty brand that has a line of reusable cleansing and exfoliating pads to replace traditional disposable face cleansing wipes that can take up to 100 years to decompose. The Croon pads are made of superfine microfibers designed to lift, trap and remove dirt, oil and makeup. The pads are machine washable and last up to 200 washes (about two years). The product has been given 5 stars by DermaTest and the Oeko-Tex 100 label for sustainability, created in a manufacturing environment that minimizes carbon dioxide emissions. Croon is available in three different sets including the Essentials Kit (1 exfoliating fiber, 3 cleansing fibers and a washer bag). Info:

This luxurious line of sustainable clothing was developed by Jacqueline Sacks in an effort to ease her children’s sensitive skin issues from irritating fabrics. Sacks eventually developed a method for softening fabric and came up with Saint Haven Soft™ a soft, breathable non-toxic fabric. The Saint Haven brand works with ethical manufacturers using ecofriendly, all-natural and chemical free fibers made from sustainably grown beech trees. Fabric is soft, machine-washable, and “snuggle quality,” so you can ditch the sweatpants as comfy wear for the Women’s Relaxed Pant, which is also anti-microbial and hypoallergenic, with no tags, buttons or itchy seams. Info: •





rom a jaded New Yorker point of view, the upbeat arrival of longer days, balmy temperatures and dining al fresco achieve seasonal balance vis-à-vis relentless April showers, the gloomy prospect of spring cleaning, and allergies run amok. I would like to suggest that balance is right (after all, we don’t want to go overboard on the perky) and that with one or two select indulgences we can both enjoy and complain with absolute impunity!



On the cusp of adulthood, I had my first taste of Grand Marnier at the Hôtel California in Paris— sadly, without The Eagles soundtrack piped in. Musical ambiance notwithstanding, the luxury liqueur made my transition from beer-drinking kid to international sophisticate a cherished memory. It’s a drink I still love, so naturally, I was intrigued to learn that the House of Grand Marnier® was introducing Cuvée Louis Alexandre, honoring Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, the visionary who created the original. Described as “a unique blend of refined V.S.O.P. cognac and Liqueur D ’Orange… aged in Tronçais and Limousin oak casks in Bourg-Charente”, the new expression is another legend in the making.


Ever see one of those ‘60s films where a woman, in an effort to make the man in her life jealous, has bouquet after bouquet delivered to herself? In the here and now—thankfully—it’s far more likely women will buy flowers because their natural beauty delights them. I’ve found that rather than take chances with occasional (and iffy) arrangements from the deli, it’s nice to go (affordable!) first class and sign up for BloomsyBox, a subscription service offering a rose—hand-selected by Martha Stewart—sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified suppliers and delivered fresh-cut from the farm within 2-4 days. Treating yourself, or someone you love has never been so sweet. Info:


Skype all you want, but when you’re on the road for work or taking a vacation timeout, at some point you’re going miss the comforts of home. So why not carry at least one of them with you? Even in the poshest hotel, sinking into a familiar pillow—one that has never known another head— is reassuring to the max. The Hästens Travel Pillow has taught me that proactive pampering is the best way to go when you’re away and being a sucker for down, I count a fresh pillow filled with 30 percent duck down and 70 percent duck feathers a terrific bonus. And, thanks to Hästens’ signature blue check design, there’s little chance of leaving it behind! Info:



Due to an odd positioning of electrical outlets in my condo, there are a couple of dark corners and shelves that refuse to bow to my (admittedly) lame efforts to illuminate. Included in these shadowy recesses is a wall of favorite books, which now benefit from a splendid book lamp—in the most literal sense because The Bibliophile’s Lamp is a book in disguise that fans open 360° into pleated, wordless “pages” lit by 500 lumen LEDs. Is it wrong to love an inanimate object this much? Who cares—it is so incredibly apropos and unique. When its wooden covers close and it’s back to impersonating a book, it can share shelf space with Jason Bourne, Hercule Poirot, and Harry Potter. Info: 24 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019

Between home improvement shows and pop up ads demanding I get organized, color me shamed. Climbing out of chaos has always been more dream than reality. Then I found Mindspace, a company offering products dedicated to bringing the organizationally-challenged to a state of “mayhem managed.” With a hint of industrial chic and a versatility that lends itself to any décor, I was sold. I zeroed in on the Utensil Caddy, a versatile mesh tote for a movable feast… or to separate pencils from sketchpads… or to ensure hand cream and hairbrushes don’t infringe on mascara and lipsticks. Mine is the bedside home to a book, reading glasses, pen, and notebook. Oh, and some chocolate. Info:



The finest cashmere and silk yarns … handcrafted in Italy… timely looks… the plusses for ARI elevate every sweater, jacket, suit and shirt from the gold standard in menswear to precision platinum. Celebrities like Sam Heughan, Larry King and Ellen DeGeneres have already picked up on the collection. Company founder Moshe Ben-Ari notes, “We over-dye the final products with vegetable- based dyes for a unique vintage look in modern silhouettes.” Impressive, too, is the way ARI works with customers to create custom cashmere with the perfect fit. The brand’s flagship store is conveniently located in SoHo, but can be viewed online where I fell hard for the reversible Cashmere Bomber in Port. Info:


Ok, here’s a no brainer: If you could contribute to an ethically viable cause that raises environmental and humanitarian awareness and creates jobs for at-risk women, just by purchasing a limitededition box containing 6 to 8 products worth $200 to $300 for $55, would you consider it? CAUSEBOX, a seasonal delivery of items for women—clothing, jewelry, skin care & more—hopes so. Partnering with different charities, CAUSEBOX is all about giving back, while at the same time empowering artisans, and each box contains the stories behind the products and charities. The current Spring 2019 box includes a portfolio clutch, adjustable bracelet, silky scarf and macramé plant hanger, among other things. Info:


For the sake of argument, let’s say your (or my) arms or abdomen are not perfect, and that a cutting-edge technology with a proven track record overseas is now available in the U.S. LeBody, the Korean-based beauty and wellness brand, brings its face and body devices— rivaling those used in high-end doctor’s offices—into our homes. LeBody Form, uses EMS mid-frequency to strengthen muscles and burn fat (the hand-held apparatus can be set to either Gym or Slim mode). There’s a helpful video on their website that shows how you can use a special belt to attach LeBody to your problem area. As for the LeBody Face, think immediate facelift in your hand as this is designed to stimulate elastin! Info:


To avoid the stress level of continued jockeying for overhead bin space, I’ve been conducting an experiment in compact airborne living for trips of five days or less: under seat luggage. I’ve gotten pretty good at rolling pants and shirts into odd nooks and crannies, but one thing I haven’t been able to conquer is footwear. Walking shoes, sneakers, flats, slippers: space hogs all, until a comfy pair of Lolitas made it into my tiny carry-on. Cute with skirts or jeans, able to hold their own in the gym, and beyond comfy for sightseeing, biking or standing ad infinitum. From versatile black to a rush of rainbow shades: choose your degree of whimsy per trip or take two—they pack really flat. Info:


It seems sisters Amber and Sienna have been stoking their artistic fires since they were kids growing up in a family where, as they put it, “creativity ran wild.” Still, it wasn’t until 2015 that they launched Lavish Leathers, a visionary leather jewelry company where high on the headliner list are their signature leaf-shaped earrings. Not usually one for large size earrings, I was surprised at how much I liked their ear-wires and hoops. These are statement pieces that appeal to the diva in every woman. And, they come in a staggering variety of colors, designs, textures and layers. But LL doesn’t stop at earrings, so check out the website for necklaces, bracelets and more. Info: • APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 25


Christine and Queen Latifah



he oversees 26 ships, 45,000 employees and five million guests a year. Since taking the helm as president of the storied Carnival Cruise Line brand, Christine Duffy has also infused its fleet with a potent dose of fun. How else to explain Queen Latifah being named Godmother of Carnival Horizon? Or Shaquille O’Neal as its Chief Fun Officer? Duffy, who once got passed over for a job as a Pan Am flight attendant because she was two inches shy of the height requirement, now looms large over the $35 billion cruise industry, commanding the biggest armada on the high seas. A former travel agent and head of the cruise industry’s trade association, Duffy talks to New York Lifestyles about Carnival, its niche and its ships. Christine Duffy

What is the Carnival Cruise Line brand in one sentence? Our brand is about fun. That’s what our passengers want and choose for their vacation. And we’re able to exceed their expectations with a crew that enjoys delivering a fun and memorable experience for our guests. What is the Carnival niche in the marketplace? What do you do better than anyone else? People know that when they join us for a cruise, they can count on us doing everything we can to make sure they have a great vacation. And while we have great ships and features, our guests love us first and foremost for our unbelievable crew members who go above and beyond to provide extraordinary vacation experiences for each and every one of our guests. What are trends in the cruise industry? Personalization, which is the core to the cruise experience. A family or group of friends can all be on the same cruise and each member can customize their experience every day, from on board activities like spa or casino, limitless dining options, shore excursions and entertainment. Friends and family are using vacations and travel to connect with each other and unplug from our busy lives. The many options and variety of activities on a Carnival Cruise Line ship allow for grandparents and grandchildren to spend time together and also find their own kind of fun.  Travelers love transformational experiences and seeing new places. Visiting 3 or 4 destinations in one week and going from a tranquil beach one day to ancient ruins the next and a zip line through the rainforest on day three provide for a series of special moments that really get us out of our routine.


What is most unique to Carnival Horizon? How does it differ from your other vessels? Carnival Horizon is one of the newest ships in our fleet, inaugurated last year, and features a wide range of new offerings that guests are enjoying. A few of the things we have first introduced aboard Horizon include the first Dr. Seuss-themed water park; the new Smokehouse Brewhouse restaurant, offering BBQ favorites created by celebrity chef Guy Fieri and four different craft beers brewed on board; our first teppanyaki venue, part of the Bonsai Sushi restaurant; an IMAX theater showing the latest box office movies; and for a little bit of wow factor, our Dreamscape—a massive three-deck high LED atrium sculpture adorned with colorful, custom-designed artwork created by patients of St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Christine Duffy & crew members

What is unique about the New York City as a port of call for Carnival Cruise Line? We sail out of the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, which is only a few blocks from Times Square. That convenience makes a big difference for people, as it eliminates the cost of air travel along with making it easy to drive to the port and enjoy a great vacation at sea. It’s a great place for millions of people throughout the region to look at when considering their next family vacation. Carnival Horizon

Chistine Duffy accepts award from St. Jude Partnership

Do New Yorkers have heightened expectations for cruises? Like me, New Yorkers like things done right. New Yorkers also like the wow factor. And New Yorkers like to have fun. I think we ring the bell on all three factors very well. What about any growth plans for Carnival Cruise Line in New York? This year we are essentially bringing another new ship to New York—Carnival Sunrise. We are sending one of our current ships to a dry dock to completely reimagine the ship and add many of the great features our guests love, spending $200 million to enhance our entertainment, dining and accommodation features. After being renamed in Norfolk with a few spring cruises, we’ll bring Carnival Sunrise to New York in late May until October. Sunrise will sail a variety of itineraries, including a 14-day journey to the Panama Canal, four-day cruises to Bermuda, and seven- and eight-day cruises to the Caribbean and Canada. What is your mantra for success? We are dedicated to maintaining a culture where our employees love coming to work and taking care of our guests. Our success is built on our intense focus on consistently exceeding guest expectations. We know that if we do that well, then our guests will be happy, and they’ll tell their family, friends and co-workers. That word of mouth endorsement is by far our most powerful marketing tool. For more information on Carnival Cruise Lines, visit • APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 27


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girls’ getaway weekend in New York City is living the good life. A girl’s getaway — alone — can be bliss. Solo female travel to spots around the globe is trending, and New York City is a perfect destination for a much-deserved time-out. Here are spots to eat and play—for the solo female traveler. We’re not talking frumpy, boring places. Instead, some of the New York City’s hippest and most elegant spots. Okay, and if solo travel isn’t your thing, grab your best friend, these ideas are also perfect for a fun girls’ getaway escape. APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 29

WHERE TO STAY The Library Hotel Shhh, it’s one of New York’s best sellers. The read: A complimentary nightly wine and cheese reception in the lounge is, literally speaking, perfect for the solo gal. Bring your book or convo with the other international guests. The hotel is a page turner—with 6,000 books throughout the hotel, organized based on the Dewey Decimal System (remember?) Info:

The Pierre

The Pierre This Grande Dame hotel is a pearl. It has everything a girl wants: Uptown Fifth Avenue address, elegantly furnished rooms, whitegloved elevator attendants, stunning Central Park views, and shopping right outside the front door. Award-winning Perrine restaurant on street level is a lovely spot for a solo sip and bite, and the hotel hosts an ongoing A Jazz Icon music series and Broadway shows, too. Info: The Sherry-Netherland Another of NYC’s Grande Dame hotels. Dating to 1927, expect polished service, rooms with thick walls and even thicker drapery and a prime location for enjoying Central Park, just across the street. The iconic Harry Cipriani’s restaurant is downstairs—ideal for a solo lunch or dinner, attentive service, and celeb sightings. Info: The Dominick The former Trump SoHo has been reimagined with spacious residential-like rooms and suites, floor-to-ceiling windows, and cityscape and Hudson River views that wow. Go ahead and splurge-book a spa suite with private en-suite sauna. And hit the rooftop seasonal pool and sushi bar when the temps warm. Bonus: SoHo’s best boutiques and restaurants are a hip hop away. Info: W New York Times Square The young and the restless will want to check into hotel and check out the bright lights, big city views. The W loves its female travelers and pampers them with a Living Room lounge with fun couches and chairs, a comfortable bar to have a drink. Blue Fin is home here—cozy up at the sushi bar, a perfect solo dining spot. Info: marriott. com/hotels/travel/nycwh. Hotel Indigo LES

Gild Hall FiDi (Financial District) is New York’s “it” neighborhood at the moment and there one hotel that’s a must. The Gild Hall shows off both past/present New York with handsome rooms and a library lobby bar for a pour and a game of chess; La Soffita is an upper-level find if you’re searching for a candlelit wine bar. Info: Hotel Indigo Lower East Side This is not your grandmother’s hotel. But if you’re young and traveling solo and want to experience the LES, stay here. The rooms are funked up with pop art and pops of color and there’s Mr. Purple, an indoor/outdoor bar, on the 15th floor—as well as an outdoor pool. There’s security at the hotel’s street level entrance and an enormous lobby on the 14th floor with mouth-gaping views. Katz’s Deli for a pastrami on rye is on the corner, and cannolis are a five-minute walk away in Little Italy. Info: Hotel Gansevoort Glam meets cobblestoned Meat Packing District at this hotel, home to Glam+Go’s blowout bar—think top hair stylists for 15-minute express blowouts and more. There are also two bars (lobby and rooftop), a spa, and a partnership with The Whitney Museum for VIP passes (translation: line-skipping). The High Line is steps away as are all those trendy restaurant and shops. Info: Cachet Boutique Hotel Go for the Outdoor Junior Suite at this 42nd Street hotel and you’ll have an outdoor terrace with a swath of green lawn in the middle of the concrete jungle—complete with lounge chairs and table for a sip and sunshine. Definitely unique in NYC and a fun surprise. There are also welcoming public spaces like The Pool Room to shoot pool with fellow guests or The Sky Deck, an open- air terrace. Info: The Sofitel New York Paris meets NYC at this Theater District hotel—a class act with a French accent. Accessorize with a scarf and visit Gaby Brasserie, the hotel’s French bistro for a throwback tipple. Salut! Info:


WHERE TO EAT Dining out alone can be enlightening—or intimidating. In Manhattan, aside from the obvious coffee shops, there are many welcoming spots to enjoy a cocktail, a meal—and your own company. Here’s the skinny on a few of them.


Delmonico’s Not far from the New York Stock Exchange, this is the place Lobster Newburg and Baked Alaska were born. But, more importantly, 150 years ago, it was the first U.S. restaurant to serve women independently—previously a woman had to be escorted by a man. And you can still order the lobster dish and the Baked Alaska. Info: Balthazar Red leather banquettes and joie de vivre are compelling reasons to visit this SoHo favorite for breakfast with your laptop or newspaper, for a latte and croissant. Definitely a morning hotspot for writers. Or, come later, for the raw bar and steak frites. Bonus: tables are close together for eavesdropping or convo with friends you haven’t met yet. Info:

The Campbell Bar

Zuma New York Inspired by the informal, authentic and interactive style of Japanese dining, this midtown restaurant is a good fit for a solo meal of signature dishes like Black Miso Cod, Tuna Tataki—and smallbatch sakes, too. And the Yukimuro Snow Aged Soy Sauce served here is revered. Info:

The Campbell A clandestine spot in majestic Grand Central Terminal that dates to 1923, it’s a taste of old New York opulence with a swanky speakeasy ambiance with a storied past; it was once the quarters of financier/railroad exec John W Campbell. Today, it’s a soughtout cocktail bar, a perfect respite from the city sidewalks for a lunch nibble or evening snack. Sunday jazz is also a treat. Info:

Zuma NY

Café Lalo Sip a cognac or cappuccino at this Upper West Side neighborhood café. With exposed brick walls it also served as a setting for You’ve Got Mail. You’ll be tempted by the more than 100 cakes, pies and desserts (cheesecakes rule at Lalo). Info: Del Frisco’s Grille Brookfield Place It’s almost rosé season and the patio at this downtown steakhouse is a lovely, shady spot to sip an afternoon glass after a visit to the reflecting pools at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and Battery Park. Nibble on deviled eggs or, if you enjoy a good steak, you’re covered. Info: • APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 31



By Gerrie Summers | Photos courtesy of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

f you’re not particularly into gaming and gambling, or it’s your first time to a casino city like Atlantic City, it may dawn on you that when exiting elevators, instead of saying, “Have a nice day” guests at most hotels say “Good luck!” This writer had not been back to Atlantic City in 12 years. The first visit was to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, which at the time was only four years old and then the following year to the opening of its Water Club Hotel in June 2008. This year the Borgata will celebrate its Sweet 16. Immersion Spa Pool


The Borgata is located in the Marina District of Atlantic City. It has the mandatory slot machines, table games, Borgata Poker Room, Borgata Race & Sports Book (sports betting and off-track wagering). But there’s a lot more to do on the property. There are rooms and suites available at the Borgata and the Water Club Towers. If you want to stay in a less clamorous environment, your best bet is the Water Club. VIP check-in helps you avoid the crowds. The Water Club is smoke-free and quieter than being in the heart of the Borgata, but just take a short walk through the retail space (and perhaps a few dollars lighter) to find where the action is. The Water Club has 800 guest rooms and suites, the two-story Immersion Spa, six designer retail boutiques, meeting space and five heated indoor and outdoor pools. The Immersion Spa was totally booked when I recently visited, so I was off to Spa Toccare in the Borgata Tower, for the 50-minute Rock Your Senses treatment, a combination of Swedish massage, hot stone therapy, with the use of delightfully warm towels. Spa Toccare has two whirlpools, a steam room and sauna to enjoy before and after services.



Fine Dining There are several Iron Chef restaurants, including Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Angeline (Italian cuisine by Michael Symon), and Old Homestead Steak House, a classic steakhouse from chefs Marc and Greg Sherry. Also on hand is Bobby Flay Steak designed by David Rockwell to resemble being inside a cow. This may sound a bit unnerving, but the wood ceiling panels that resemble ribs and other features are rather clever. Chef Bobby Flay’s popular signature dish is Philadelphia-style Strip Steak—with good reason. The Provolone Cheese Sauce is mouth-watering delicious. The American cuisine menu also includes such tasty bites as Clams on the Half Shell, Tuna Tartare with classic garnishes, Baked Clams Barcelona, Lobster and Crispy Squid Salad, and of course, Lobster. The menu of Chef Michael Schulson’s Izakaya Sushi Restaurant is gleaned from his time in Japan and draws inspiration from traditional casual pubs of Japan known as izakayas. The menu includes sushi rolls, sashimi, robatayaki (Japanese-style BBQ), and edamame dumplings, from small plates to a full-tasting menu. The tasting menu of appetizers would have been enough!

Izakaya Sushi

Casual Dining If you don’t have time for a sit-down dinner, there are plenty of casual dining options. Here is a sampling of what you’ll find. In-room dining at the Water Club features a menu created by Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, the hotel’s Culinary Lifestyle Consultant. The Sunroom The Water Club’s lobby lounge also has a menu created by Chef Zakarian. The Metropolitan A full cafe menu of contemporary and classic American dishes and Oyster Bar. Borgata Buffet (breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet offering pasta, seafood, carving stations, desserts by Chefs Thomas Biglan and Thaddeus Dubois. Borgata Baking Company for signature sweets and eats, with a gelato bar by Chef Dubois (former Executive Pastry Chef for President George W. Bush.) The Marketplace Eatery Quick-service options: The Grab & Go Market for packaged salads, sandwiches and snacks, Chop & Toss (salads and wraps). Casa Taco Express which offers a American breakfast menu in the morning. There’s a whole lot more including Pizata Pizza & Pasta, Philly Steaks & Subs, and Ben & Jerry’s. Borgata Chihuly Artwork and Slots

Water Club Room


For shopping, there are retail stores at The Shoppes at the Water Club and the Retail Piazza at Borgata, and there are complimentary wine tastings on Saturdays at the Vintage Wine Boutique. If you want to venture off property, Atlantic City is known for its factory outlets.


For entertainment, there is Borgata Comedy Club; Gypsy Bar, a rock n’ roll tequila bar with live music nightly; B Bar, a bar/lounge on the casino floor; Long Bar, with multiple flat screen TVs and the Event Center has concerts and other performances. Premier Nightclub, an 18,000 square foot club with tiered booths is a beautiful space with a horseshoe shaped mezzanine and a fascinating, huge movable, colorchanging light fixture above the dance floor. Borgata makes a fun weekend getaway with plenty to do morning, noon and night. But it’s only the beginning. Borgata is growing with the construction of a new bar and sports wagering venue coming soon. For more information on Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa visit • APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 33



t is clearly an unusual distinction to crow about: The Caribbean isle of Saint Lucia, a Windward Island of the Lesser Antilles, can brag about being home to the secondlargest number of Nobel Laureates per capita in the world. Not too bad for an island that is a mere 238 square miles, with a population of 190,000. St. Lucia is so proud of its two Laureates, that annually, it devotes the entire month of January to a Nobel Laureate Festival, with no less than two dozen educational and celebratory events sprinkled throughout the island. For the record, these two eminences grises are Sir William Arthur Lewis, who took the prize in 1979 for Economics and Sir Derek Walcott, who garnered his laudatory plaudits in 1992, for literature. There is so much more to enjoy, savor, and celebrate on Saint Lucia than the Nobel Laureate Festival. Of course, there are all the usual water sports—snorkeling, scuba-diving, paddleboarding, parasailing, and the list goes on. It is no wonder that Saint Lucia receives more than 400,000 visitors a year, and was voted the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination at the World Travel Awards last year. 34 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019

Marigot Bay

WHAT TO SEE & DO Not into water-centric activities? This West Indies islet nirvana offers some unique pastimes and attractions: Notable is the stimulating and soothing Soufrière Sulfur Springs, a hot springs and volcano (fear not, it last erupted over 200 years ago), where a soak in the hot, mineral-rich mud baths might just bring a renewed youthful glow to your skin. It is exhilarating to immerse yourself in the hot gook that comes from the volcano; then scrub down with more mud, and ultimately soak in the hot springs. Finally, a refreshing shower…and a new you! An adrenaline-charged activity might include zip-lining in the Morne Coubaril Historical Adventure Park, where you can glide through the heavens, metaphorically, in the shadow of the landmark Petit Piton, one of the two massive volcanic spires that are iconic to Saint Lucia. This “baby” Piton is a towering 2,438 feet high, and its sister, the Gros Piton, a bit taller, at 2,530 feet. Their lush, verdant silhouettes tower over the island from their perch near the city of Sourfrière. It is interesting to note that 80 percent of the island is uninhabited, and is protected national land. If you’d rather spend quality time with Mother Nature on terra firma, then consider a hike in the rainforest or along the Tet Paul Nature Trail. The latter features a guided trail (it’s a 45-minute hike), dotted with exotic flora, and punctuated with breathtaking views. Diamond Falls and Botanical Gardens is also a treat to visit. For slightly different flavors—literally—there are rum and cocoa plantation tours. Or, take off for Pigeon Island, which is under the aegis of the Saint Lucia National Trust, and connected to the northern tip of the island by a causeway. There you’ll find the ruins of forts constructed during a time when Europeans fought over this territory. Of course, Saint Lucia is also famous for its world class annual Jazz Festival. This year Jazz at Lincoln Center is joining this already popular celebration of music to create a more electrifying event (May 4th through 12th). Info: Landings Living Room

WHERE TO STAY The Landings Resort & Spa, near the Pigeon Island Causeway on Gros Islet, is part of the Elegant Hotels Group, and offers a sublime sanctuary. Built in 2007, the 85 condo units are spacious, gracious, and all have a water view. There are one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments handsomely furnished with Wi-Fi, cable TV, and wellappointed kitchens. Of course, there is also room service (because who really wants to cook while on vacation?), from the fabulous kitchen that caters to guests in the outdoor, waterside dining facilities, The Beach Club and the Callaloo Beach Bar & Grill and in the more elegant dining room, The Palms. My condo had a front terrace overlooking one of the resort’s several pools, and a rear terrace (over 800 square feet!) with a hot tub, above the serene marina. For families, there is a fun Kids’ Club to keep wee ones engaged. For the grown-ups there are kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, snorkeling gear, and tennis courts, among the included amenities. Want more of a workout than tennis? Visit the well-equipped fitness center; and if you want someone else to get the workout while you luxuriate, visit the 7,000-square-foot spa, where some treatment rooms have outdoor hydrotherapy terraces. Info: And don’t dismiss the fact that this is a sultry paradise, so if you simply want to lounge and tune out, you’ve got beaches…and beaches…and beaches. For more information on Saint Lucia, visit © 2019 Ruth J. Katz All Rights Reserved • APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 35



Blue Lagoon Caves


he moment you land in Fiji, the singing begins. For even at Nadi Airport on Viti Levu, the country’s largest island and the gateway to her 106 populated islands, you’re greeted by a band of local Fijians making music to welcome you.

Surfing Cloudbreak Fiji photo via Tourism Fiji

It’s a lovely introduction to one of the friendliest places on the planet and one that is repeated throughout your visit. Close your eyes and imagine warm azure waters, swaying palm trees and a boat ride to the dock at your chosen Fijian island destination. Can you hear the lilting voices raised in song to greet you, as “Bula Mayela,” the welcoming melody, soars in the sun to greet you? That gorgeous, emotional experience is only the beginning of what promises to be a trip that will linger in your memory forever. Fiji is fabulous because of its indigenous Melanesian-Polynesian people, whose clans again have ownership of their lands (after British occupation for nearly 100 years). You will usually find that the vacation spot you visit has a chief and a village nearby associated with it, who rent their land to the resort. APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 37

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Be sure to visit the local village when invited, for this is a way to show respect for the clan and to see how every day Fijian life is lived. Expect to sit on the floor or the grass and experience the kava ceremony, involving the making and serving of kava, a drink made from the root of the kava shrub; you’ll meet the children, too, and likely hear a song or two during this wonderful, homey experience. Fiji is a place for everyone, from honeymooners to families to backpackers to lovers of pure luxury, for those looking for underwater adventures or the perfect wave to those wanting spa treatments, frozen cocktails and deserted white-sand beaches. Choose your slice of paradise based on exactly what makes you happy: Fiji will deliver, we promise. Here are a few of our favorites.

Fijian kava ceremony photo courtesy Tourism Fiji

Jean-Michel Cousteau diving at JM Cousteau Resort Coral Reef

SCUBA DIVING & FAMILY FUN Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort When he chose a place to open a resort, Jean-Michel Cousteau chose Vanua Levu, the second-largest island just a quick flight or ferry ride from Nadi Airport. For this spot, with its famed Namena Reef Marine Reserve and other soft coral diving areas is a Mecca for scuba divers, the underwater system that Cousteau’s father Jacques helped invent. In fact, if you’re lucky, Jean-Michel just might be visiting and join you on your morning dive into these pristine waters that teem with sea turtles, rays, sharks and tropical fish. With only 25 beautifully appointed bures (private villas), this is a gorgeous, cozy place that gets you away from it all, even if you have children. For when you bring your kids to Cousteau, you’ll find nannies ready to take them under wing (every child under five gets a dedicated nanny for the duration of your stay) and whisks them off to the Bula Kids Club, where they are immersed in Fijian culture, games, ecological experiences and more, from early morning well into the evening. World-class food, lots of local excursions (pearl farms, open-air markets, hiking, etc.) and the chance to sail, SUP, snorkel and dive to your heart’s content right out your front door make Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort a place you’ll never want to leave. Info:

JM Cousteau Resort Fiji Oceanfront


LUXURY, PRIVACY & GNARLY SURF BREAKS Six Senses Fiji Just a quick boat ride west from Nadi are the Mamanuca Islands, where resorts of all kinds are to be had. From backpacker hostels to the ultimate in luxury, the choice is yours. The Six Senses Fiji, one of the newest additions on Manolo Island, boasts total luxury with a wellness bent, offering private air-conditioned beachfront bures with personal pools and butlers ready to serve your every whim. The spa there is massive, the food sublime and you can even watch a movie under the stars while eating pizza from an outdoor stone oven. If your whims include surfing, bring your boards and they’ll whisk you out to Cloudbreak, where pro surfers compete and amateurs line up to catch one of its legendary waves that break out in the middle of the ocean. That’s near Namotu Island, where other, less gnarly breaks like Swimming Pools and Wilkes Pass allow even beginners to catch a wave. Info:

Six Senses Resort Pool Villa

THE ULTIMATE ESCAPE Yasawa Island Resort and Spa Fiji has numerous private island resorts that are small, private, romantic and filled with personal service; one of the very best is way to the north in the Yasawa Island chain. Accessed by charter plane, the Yasawa Island Resort and Spa is almost invisible as you descend, camouflaged naturally into the tropical landscape. Here, this 13-mile-long island is your personal playground, with home being one of 18 pretty private beachfront villas. Yasawa Resort Stormy Sunset

There’s a lovely pool and a convivial restaurant/bar serving up excellent local fare along with fine wines and spirits, but the real fun happens on your own private beach. Just ask and the Yasawa staff jumps into action, putting together a bespoke picnic and whisking you and yours away to a totally empty beach—except for the little comfy camp built just for your day away from everything. You can try this on a different beach every day (there are 11 to choose from), but tear yourself away to also see the famed Blue Lagoon caves, take a few dives along the coral walls that line the island and visit the spa to have a massage with the table right out on the sand. You’ll probably tear up as the charming Fijian staff begins to sing “Isa Lei,” the goodbye song, for saying so long to this resort—and all of Fiji and its wonderful people—will break your heart. Happily, there’s always next time. Info: For more information on Fiji, visit •


Yasawa Resort Private Picnic

You’ll need to fly to Los Angeles or San Francisco to catch a nonstop flight to Fiji on Fiji Air ways or American Airlines. The flight is about 11 hours and you cross the international date line, so be sure to figure that into your plans. Lose a day going, gain it back on your return.



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ustralia is a wild and wonderful place, with many secret gems, adorable wildlife, and some of the best beaches in the world. Unlike other places, Australia’s luxury paradises are exclusive by virtue of their remoteness, special location, and limited number of guests at any one time. This all makes traveling down under the ultimate destination for luxury romantic getaways, complete with unforgettable views, experiences, and culinary exposure. Whether you’re looking to relax by a beach, swim with a whale shark or simply want to try something new and adventurous, chances are you will find in the land down under.

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LONGITUDE 131° Northern Territory If you’re looking for a unique experience, but want the luxury and comfort of a resort, look no further than Longitude 131°. Part of the Baillie Lodges collection, it offers an immersion in the Australian Outback where you will get a true sense of stillness and beauty in a desert landscape while sleeping in luxury tented pavilions—it’s the ultimate glamping experience.

Longitude131 Aerial View

Set facing the famous rust red monolith, Uluru, Longitude 131° is granted with the best views. Each luxury tent is complete with custom Australian designed furniture, décor adopting the spirit of pioneers while paying homage to the indigenous, floor-to-ceiling windows yielding unparalleled views, and an expansive balcony with day bed, armchairs and fireplace, for chilly nights under a clear starry sky. For all food and beverage needs, the Dune House is stocked with the best of contemporary Australian cuisine, curated from the finest produce from all around the country. For a unique experience optin for Table 131, an exclusive four-course dinner under the stars, complete with resident astronomer and tales of the Southerly Constellations. Guests of Longitude 131° are treated to private experiences such as helicopter tours, walking tours, Segway tours and a private tour of Bruce Monro’s internationally acclaimed solar installation, Field of Light—50,000 bud-like stems sway as darkness descends over Australia’s spirited heartland, bringing to life a field of light. As far as luxurious getaways with a unique twist, it doesn’t get any better than glamping in the middle of Australia’s Outback. Info: Capella Bedroom

CAPELLA LODGE New South Wales In a world where technology rules, take a well-needed break on a secluded island, in almost the middle of nowhere with only a few hundred people allowed at once and no cell reception. Celebrated as the pinnacle of luxury on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, and the first of the Baillie Lodges collection, Capella Lodge rests atop Lover’s Bay at the foot of two imperious mountains. The premium boutique accommodation commands stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and offers guests a civilized, stylish and sophisticated escape on a treasure island with unparalleled beauty. With only nine contemporary suites, Capella Lodge is exclusive and offers the best in opulence. All suites compliment the pristine natural surroundings, with spacious light filled interiors, timber floors, custom furniture pieces, and a healthy dose of technology, not that you’re going to need it with commanding views of a jewel-toned lagoon and green pastures, all from the comfort of your private spa. Along with breathtaking views, it holds a far-reaching reputation as a knockout dining destination, offering produce from the island and mainland Australia in a beach-house-styled Restaurant and Bar. Born from a volcanic eruption 7 million years ago, the island is home to the southernmost coral reef in the world, which offers amazing snorkeling and boat tours, along with hiking trails and a picturesque 9-hole golf course. If you were looking to relax and rejuvenate Capella Spa offers a signature menu of treatments embracing the island’s marine environment and endemic kentia palms. Simply put Capella Lodge is the perfect secluded escape you’ve been dreaming of. Info:


QUALIA Queensland If you haven’t heard of the Whitsundays then maybe you’ve seen the heart-shaped island pop up on your Instagram feed—and home to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier. There’s nothing more luxurious than an island getaway surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful beaches at the worldclass luxury resort, Qualia. Meaning a collection of deeper sensory experiences in Latin, Qualia is a unique Australian expression of comfort and design. Unwind in a waterfront pavilion surrounded by lush tropical bushland and postcard views. Inside, natural tones of timber, stone, and glass reflect the serenity of Whitsundays, providing sweeping views from every room. Venture out to one of the surrounding islands with private beaches, snorkel, golf, and sail or simply relax and unwind at the spa. After a long day, indulge in the fine cuisine which reflects the island’s bounty of produce and seafood. This is a truly special place to relax the mind. Info:

Qualia Lounge

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ELEMENTS OF BYRON New South Wales Discover coastal the beauty of Byron Bay, where locals symbolize an Australian hauteboho lifestyle, which is echoed through their award-winning beachfront resort, Elements of Byron. Featuring freestanding villas submerged in bushlands and designed to delight your inner boho-chic the resort is a perfect escape from the real world. Getting around is easy with complimentary golf cart services to take you from villa to the beach or main house where you can revel in an adults-only heated pool, with private cabanas, poolside lounges, and a swim-up bar. If you prefer the beach, Elements is the only resort with access to Belongil Beach, a vast and secluded stretch of sand—perfect for watching the sun rise. As a treat, Byron Bay is home to the world’s first solar-powered train, which you can catch and is only a minute walk from the resort. It will take you into town where you can explore boutique shops, restaurants, and hiking trails. From takeaway delivered to your villa to the Bar and Grill and poolside options, the resort boasts a diverse dining experience helmed by world-class chefs. There are many reasons to visit Byron Bay, one of them being Chris Hemsworth lives there, the other—Elements of Byron. Info: •




aster is celebrated in a surprising variety of ways with traditions varying based on ethnic and cultural origins around the world. From Easter egg hunts to bonnet parades and street festivals to indulging in traditional meals and more, here are a few ways to celebrate Easter from around the globe. So gather together with family and friends this April 21st for a joyful annual celebration. Easter Parade NYC


The Easter Parade Manhattan comes alive with spring colors and flowery bonnets as part of the annual Easter Parade. Visitors and residents have the opportunity to view these “works of art” wander along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets, which run from 10 am to 4 pm. This annual tradition has been taking place for over 130 years, and while some things have changed, some traditions remain steadfast. The tradition of dressing up for the event started when women donned their finest hats and dresses and decorated the churches with flowers to celebrate the day. However, as the years passed, the Easter Parade became more about extravagance. Today, the parade incorporates the annual Bonnet Festival—where you can witness a fun-filled day of creative expression. More solemn events at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in observance of Easter are held before the parade extravaganza with Easter Masses and Holy Week services. Only the 10:15 am Mass requires tickets; the others are open to the public. Info:


Semana Santa Seville has been holding its Easter week celebrations since the 16th century, and they have become universally famous. One of the biggest Easter celebrations takes place in Seville, where 52 different religious brotherhoods parade through the streets manifesting the Crucifixion, with thousands watching the daily processions of marching bands and decorated candlelit floats of Baroque statues illustrating the Easter story. Beyond discovering Seville’s multicultural heritage through its standing monuments, palaces, gardens and quaint ancient neighborhoods, the essence of Semana Santa can often be missed by travelers unless they have access to the right places and people to experience it from the inside. It is a profoundly religious event that can only be understood by the guidance of a local Sevillano. Naya Traveler offers insider access to private balconies from which to see the religious processions, individual meetings with the cofradías (religious brotherhoods) and private parties and festivities happening across the city to mark this auspicious event. Info:


Celebrate In The Eternal City Rome is the top Italian destination for Easter Week, and with the Vatican City sitting right in the middle of the Eternal City, there’s no celebration quite like Easter in Rome. With festivities surrounding the Pope all week, there’s also picnics, concerts, processions, traditional Easter food and so much more. Be right in the heart of Rome at one of Bettoja Hotels Collection of three hotels. Book a stay for a minimum of two nights at either Hotel Mediterraneo, Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio or Hotel Atlantico from April 19th – May 6th and receive a complimentary Bettoja Hotels Collection gourmet Easter picnic basket in celebration of Spring. Enjoy a traditional Roman Picnic, a selection of local specialties in a picnic basket prepared by Chefs Antonio Vitale and Renzo Di Vito and includes Easter Pizza (made with three Italian cheeses and sausage), Pot pie with cheese and sausage, Quiche with Asparagus, Chocolate Eggs, Fruit Juice, Mineral Water and Fresh Fruit. Info:


Easter Egg Hunt If you’re out west, hope on over to Copper Mountain in the Rocky Mountains for the world’s most massive Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. A total of 65 thousand eggs are spread across the resort for children of all ages to seek and find with great prizes, treats and more. The day’s hunts are split up by age group and conclude with a massive hunt for everyone at the top of the American Eagle lift, providing stunning views as the kids (and kids at heart) search for eggs in the alpine. Some of the prizes include a GoPro, season passes, tubing tickets, YETI swag and lots more. Info: • 44 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019

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Sometimes you need a little guilty pleasure. Bailey finds his at Pig Beach, an over-the-top den of barbecued gluttony in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. The brain child of Chef ’s Matt Abdoo from Del Posto and Shane McBride of Balthazar and Augustine, Pig Beach offers an “alchemy” of barbecuing ingenuity, highlighting Italian, French, Middle Eastern, Asian and, of course, American techniques and ingredients. Think NYC-style pastrami, Za’tar Rubbed Leg of Lamb, Yuzu Glazed Smoked Duck or tried and true Buffalo chicken wings. Bailey particularly enjoyed the Pork Shoulder, drizzled with hatch vinegar sauce and the Pig Beach signature rub, as well as Yankee Red Hot Sausage, stuffed with provolone and hot cherry peppers. Its emphasis on wood-fire cooking and sourcing by local purveyors, sustainable seafoods and market fresh produce give Pig Beach a festive neighborhood vibe, made even more festive by a beer, cocktail and wine menu dominated by local breweries and distilleries. It’s the perfect, no-judgement locale for after-work gatherings or weekend gorge fests with friends or family. But no photos—barbecue sauce is not a flattering color this (or any season). Even Bailey can’t pull that off, and I walked the runways in Milan for years. Info:


You’ve indulged, now it’s time to... indulge again! The hottest sustainable, healthy and gastronomic restaurant this season is Farmer’s Table in Boca Raton, FL. The eatery, started by real estate developer Mitchell Robbins and Chef Joey Giannuzzi, concentrates on fresh, seasonal ingredients in their purest form, devoid of excess fat, salt, processing, toxins and all the other extras you don’t want. They call it their “Never Ever” menu: diners will never find any chemical, hormone, pesticide or antibiotics in our proteins—they don’t even have a deep fat fryer or microwave! “I have always eaten simply and conscientiously,” says Robbins. “I like to know the sources of my food— that it was grown cleanly and sustainably. I like fresh fruits, vegetables and grains in their simplest form.” Farmer’s Table’s even boasts a “Scratch Kitchen” – 95 percent of its dishes are made from scratch. Says Chef Giannuzzi, “A great chef once told me, ‘The chef who manages the most details well has the best kitchen and therefore the best food.’” He’s not kidding! Favorites include Spasta” & Meatballs featuring a choice of chicken or vegan meatballs, spaghetti squash, organic spinach and tomato basil sauce. Also try the Grilled Chicken Paillard with arugula, grape tomatoes, shaved Parmesan cheese, red onions and lemon-oregano vinaigrette. Also included on the menu are salads, flatbreads and hand-crafted cocktails with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The restaurant serves grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and sustainable seafood that adheres to the Environmental Working Groups “Dirty Dozen” clean food philosophy. “I like using quality ingredients that only need a brush of olive oil or sea salt to really shine,” says Giannuzzi, “I like paying attention to sustainability and environmental issues that come along with procuring food. I also believe in minimal processing and demand that everything is made in house so we know exactly what is in the food we serve and can be proud of it.” Info:


Ten years later, the still buzzy Four Seasons DC’s Bourbon Steak is taking Cherry Blossom season to new heights. It’s collaborating with the Capital’s Artechouse, an exhibition space showcasing experimental and exploratory art through science and technology, to create an augmented reality cell phone App connected to the restaurant’s Cherry Blossom-themed cocktails. That’s right! Order a Sakura Spritz, open the App, take a photo of your drink and boom! A special chip activates a 3D graphic and brings your elixir to life. And speaking of that Spritz—it’s a potent blend of Lindera Farm’s Cherry Blossom vinegar, Yuzu, Roku Gin and raw honey syrup. Just keep serving until the season ends. Info: restaurants/bourbon_steak. 54 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019


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Make your DC sojourn a two-day affair with a Cherry Blossom-drizzled escape at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, one of Bailey’s favorite weekend getaways. The surprisingly chic hotel is celebrating the capital’s most festive season with a full menu of treats and amenities, including a Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea, with petite sweet delights, fresh homemade scones and traditional tea sandwiches inspired by the blossoms, as well as Sakura influenced delicacies, specialty cocktails and a wide selection of teas from Palais Des Thés. Its trendy lobby restaurant also gets into the spirit(s) with Japanese-influenced libations like the Hanami made with tea leaves, cherry blossom green tea-infused sake, ginger ale, cherry juice, and a squeeze of fresh lime. Or how about the Sakura Matsuri a Cherry Blossom Japanese Whiskey. Info: pentagon-city. •


Tickle that palate with homemade sweets! Bailey was particularly charmed by a Washington D.C. bakery called Buttercream, which has gained both a local and national fanbase with its fresh baked, warm-from-the-oven delicacies. Guests savor its daily roster of pies, bars, cupcakes and cookies, as well as French macarons in a variety of flavors (Nutella to lavender-lemon to rosewater-raspberry jam). Particularly popular are its Stuffed Breakfast Bomb (scrambled eggs, melty cheese, freshly made sausage, delicious milk bread), Queen B (buttercream croissant with sugar and sea salt laminated into the layers) and Cinnascone (buttermilk scone dough filled with a mixture of butter, sugar and cinnamon topped with a cinnamon sugar glaze). At the core of its delicious treats is an Italian Meringue-style buttercream made by whipping butter into a creamy meringue rather than adding powdered sugar to butter, which results in a smooth, silky frosting. The geniuses behind this sugary haven are pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac and her business partner and lead decorator Alex Mudry-Till, who have made Buttercream the most popular, beloved bakeshop in the Capital and beyond. They made national headlines last month with an order for 150 custom Faberge Eggs, which they created with flavors like Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Chocolate Buttercream and Almond Cake with Strawberry Jam and Strawberry Buttercream. The attention to detail was evident in every step—from hand-painting the molded gumpaste appliques gold to the non-toxic varnish on each egg. The eggs took over 300 hours of decorating time to complete! Info:


The Mandarin Oriental is known worldwide for its holistic approach to spas and wellness. And fun, too. How else to explain its Washington, D.C. hotel’s Cherry Blossom Treatment, a seasonal, full-body ritual inspired by Japanese tradition. It starts with a warmed exfoliating cream with Cherry Blossom rice powder, followed by a second exfoliation with mitts that soften the skin and invigorate the body. A full-body massage follows using melted aromatic Shea butter, and then concludes with a unique foot massage based on reflexology to revive vital energy. It’s the perfect way to end—or start!—a day touring the Capital’s cherry blossom sites and festivals. Info: •

BAILEY’S BEAUTY REPORT • A skin care brand generating the most buzz this season is OMI, a new range of products targeting skin that has lost its elasticity, leading to the onset of deeper lines and wrinkles. Bailey is too young to notice, but as we (err, “they”) age, fatty tissues in skin start to thin, and the connective tissues break down, leading to deeper lines and loss of firmness. OMI’s Renew collection helps reactivate skin cell autophagy and eliminate toxins and maintain healthy fat cells, while the Resveratrol from French Red Grapes and Hydrolyzed Collagen helps minimize collagen degradation and increase the production of new collagen for skin that’s visibly less wrinkled and dramatically firmer within. From Cleansers to Lifting Power serums, day creams and sleep masks, OMI’s products work from the outside with peptide-enriched Collagen Beauty Blends that de-age skin 360 degrees. At the heart of each product is a Cellular Rejuvenation Complex clinically proven to activate autophagy (the body’s natural process of detoxification) and unclog aging toxins and flood skin with the nutrition it needs to stay vibrant and healthy. Info: • Next, Eluit Salon on the Upper East Side, by master lock(s)smith Eluit Rivera, welcomes world-renown manicurist Zhanetta Khonkulova, whose 25-years of experience, including a much-heralded stint in Dubai, to its award-winning team. Zhanetta will be treating New York’s most discriminating beauty aficionados to bespoke manicures and pedicures. Info: • Finally, men looking for a clean shave and handsome cuts need not look any further than Salon Fodera, the lower level barbershop/ beauty parlor inside the St. Regis Hotel. A hot-towel shave by Joe Ancona is the best way to start the week (or day). His clientele is a who’s who of New York’s business elite, from Larry King to Rupert Murdoch, Carl Icahn and former Gillette CEO James Kilts. Info: APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 55



uch as machines augmented and replaced some of the necessary home cleaning and management tasks in the 19th and 20th centuries (think the creation of the washing machine, refrigerator, fan, and vacuum cleaner), so robots are poised to become the helpers of the 21st century. But technology is catching up. Here, some of the robots which were presented at the GBK Gift Lounge for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles and CES 2019 and will soon be at a home near you!


Roomba i7+ The Roomba i7+ is probably the most sophisticated robot vacuum cleaner available today, boasting a docking station which not only enables the vacuum to recharge but also disposes of dirt into a bag. The vacuum also has sophisticated navigation and mapping technology which allows it to detect rooms and for the user to set a recurring schedule room by room. The Roomba also has three cleaning modes enabling it to handle various floor surfaces (hardwood, carpet, etc.) and at a little under 4 inches in height, the Roomba can clean under the sofa for eternity.


Automower Husqvarna—better known for their Swedish old-school axes and chainsaws—have come to the rescue and developed a robot to manage that age-old task of mowing the lawn. The Husqvarna Automower can be controlled by a phone app as well as voice command via Amazon Alexa to mow your lawn as required; when low on power it will return to the unit to recharge itself. The Automower can also aid lawn development as it cuts the blades of grass a little at a time enabling the clippings to fertilize the soil—translating into more time to work on the golf swing. Info:


The Personal Robot Debuting at the GBK Oscar Gift Lounge 2019, the Temi The Personal Robot incorporates the use of Amazon’s Alexa with a highly sophisticated indoor navigation system which enables hands-free video calls and more. Temi can follow its user about the home or office and aims to put voice control and interaction alongside the user as well as enabling a user to be at two places at once. Temi’s tray can wirelessly charge a phone or be used to deliver small objects. Awarded best robot of CES 2019 Temi brings distant family members or employees closer together. Info:


Aibo One of the older home-orientated robots celebrating its 20th anniversary this year is Sony’s Aibo a robotic pet dog. While this seems a nonsensical idea, imagine it as being ideal for a child who suffers from severe allergies or an individual for whom the tasks of keeping a pet are difficult, or too time-consuming. The latest iteration of the Aibo has an array of touch sensors to react to being stroked as well as sensors for detecting its interaction with objects. The Aibo also learns by recording and uploading its activities each day to the Cloud. The Aibo also has toys which can be used to interact with it or watch it play with independently. Info:



The Social Robot Unlike Temi, Jibo does not move about. However, Jibo does listen, identify and respond to sixteen different voices enabling control of the ever-expanding connected home. Think of Jibo as Alexa with a huge personality. One of the core elements of Jibo is the morning report which can provide you with the weather, traffic, and news according to your preferences. Info: •

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This Absolutely Stunning One of a Kind Oasis Located in the New Community of Miralago. A Smart Luxury Home boasts 4-Bedrooms, a Loft, 4-Baths a 3 Car Garage along with 24 x 24 porcelain tile flooring throughout the lower level. A large kitchen with a gas range, a double oven, and an oversized island. The Expansive Custom Screened in Back Patio is 2400 sq. ft that gives off the illusion that there is no screen towards the lake until you walk over and touch it. This home was built in 2017 and designed with NO expense spared. Near Shoppes, Restaurants, and Entertainment. A Rated School District. The Community of Miralago has all the benefits of resort style living that you’ll enjoy. A beautiful Clubhouse, Large Pool, Basketball Courts, Tennis, Biking etc.

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$2,950,000 Residential Property, Single Family, in FORT MYERS BEACH

Opportunity of a Lifetime to live your dream on the beach. This totally renovated home, mixes the warm feel of the old world with the modern updates of today, so that you have the best of both worlds while enjoying the wonderful beach atmosphere. This beachfront property is not on the main strip, you take a small private street that leads to the property. The heated pool overlooks the beach. Sit on the new new deck and watch the sunsets, or walk down to the beach. It does not get any better than this. Beautiful travertine floors on the new decks that go into the living area of the main house and are also in the guest house. Imagine the dinner parties on the patio overlooking the beach. All this and you are walking distance to restaurants and nightlife. Across the street from the FMB Library and Bay Oaks Recreation Center. The property is presently being used as a vacation rental but you can use it for a private residence if you prefer. The main house has three bedrooms and the guest house has one bedroom. The options are endless.

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Lincoln Center

By TJ Johnson

he Upper West Side (UWS) is the perfect location if you love to exercise, enjoy that quiet neighborhood feel, and want to get away from the downtown hustle and bustle. The UWS spans the length of Central Park, from 59th to 110th Streets) and west to the Hudson River where the city boasts some of the most beautiful pathways for long walks, runs, bike rides, and picnics. It’s also the place where you see the city in transition: Pre-war brownstones and townhouses nestle on blocks alongside luxurious condos Yes, the west side of Central Park has some of the most expensive and sought-after residential apartments in the world. We all know about The Dakota and San Remo co-ops that reign supreme on Central Park West, so let’s get to know the neighborhood and discover some newer developments and conversions.


Central Park is not the only escape on the west side. Head over to Riverside Park (also designed by Frederick Law Olmsted) with its welcome strip of greenery stretching three miles and plenty of space for jogging, tennis, and baseball. For a dose of culture there’s always Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for classic concerts, ballet, and opera. For a family outing, there’s nothing like a day at the American Museum of Natural History. The UWS is home to many fine food establishments offering worldclass innovative cuisine. Some favorites include Crave Fishbar on Amsterdam Avenue. This second outlet (the original is on the East Side) provides diners a larger space and boasts menu options for those who love seafood. Of course, there’s also incredibly delicious fried chicken, too. Crave Fishbar never disappoints.

Sushi Kaito

My other go-to spot is Sushi Kaito on West 72nd Street. The 15-seat omakase-style restaurant allows diners to sit at the chef ’s counter. Note: There are only three seatings per night and diners have the option of a 12-piece or 16-piece omakase. Each meal includes miso soup, a hand roll, and a slice of excellent tamago (rolled Japanese omelet). It’s one of the best sushi experiences you can get this side of Toyko—and it’s definitely worth a subway ride to the Upper West Side. APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 59


221 West 82nd Street Here my team and I have a fantastic seven-room (3 bedroom, 2.5 baths, and maid’s room) residence (apartment #11D). The high-rise building is Emery Roth-designed and superbly operated and includes a landscaped roof deck. Close to some of the best public and private schools in New York City, it’s the perfect place to raise a family. Priced at $2.6 million.

221 West 82nd Street

272 West 86th Street This beautifully renovated, six-story prewar building, boasts its original limestone and Roman brick façade. Seven condo units range from 2,283 to 3,700 square feet, but most impressive is the 4,319-square-foot penthouse and 2,575 square feet of outdoor space. Kitchens are designed by GD Cucine, with master baths featuring marble floors, chrome features, and a deep soaking tub. Pricing starts at $4.75 million. 285 West 110th Street

272 West 86th street

285 West 110th Street This 11-story condo has 38 residences, ranging from one- to- five bedrooms, with high ceilings and oak flooring, kitchens with custom cabinetry and white quartz islands. The bathrooms feature white marble floors and walls, white limestone tile accents, and white lacquer vanities. Many have outdoor space; units range from 647 to a 3,728 square-foot penthouse. Amenities include 24-hour doorman, 3,000-square-foot landscaped courtyard, fitness center, children’s playroom, residents lounge, and a rooftop terrace. Pricing begins at $1.99 million. 1 West End Avenue Another great building offering one- to fourbedroom units ranging from 788 to 3,030 square feet. This 42-story building has exteriors designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and interiors by Jeffrey Beers. Amenities include a fitness center, 75-foot swimming pool, spa treatment rooms, media room, billiards room, game room and a 12,000-square-foot rooftop terrace with cabanas. Pricing begins at $1.95 million. This was just a small glimpse inside the Upper West Side. There is much in the area. If you would like to take a tour, I will be happy to take you on a tour and answer all questions you may have.

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Thelonious “TJ” Johnson is a licensed broker with Brown Harris Stevens, teamed with Ogden Starr, who enjoys sharing his tips on his favorite city. If you are looking for a residence in the Upper West Side—or anywhere else throughout Manhattan—contact him for any of your buying or selling needs. Info: •

“ P i n e s L a k e” Wa y n e , N J 204 Pines Lake Drive

This Lakefront Beauty has stunning views of Pines Lake from huge windows throughout. The 2 story foyer is a lovely intro to the beautiful Great Room with a wall of windows to frame the stunning views and gorgeous sunsets. The flow to the kitchen and the dining room make this easy entertaining space. The doors from the kitchen and the great room access the screened in porch that overlooks the lake and yard. The second floor Master suite has an incredible view. The spacious room with a tray ceiling has his and hers shared walk in closet, a spa bath PLUS a private deck. There are 3 additional spacious bedrooms on the second floor, one features an ensuite bath, and another has a private deck. 2nd floor laundry. The grade level game room with a wet bar has access to the rear patio, lakefront and hot tub. 2nd Laundry hook up. There is a 5th bedroom and full bath, that is an ideal guest suite. 3 car garage with 1 tandem bay allows for 4 cars. Waterfront dock with electric. COME SEE! Offered at $1,399,000

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Beautiful lakefront home with an inground pool that overlooks the lake! This spacious home features soaring ceilings in many rooms and walls of windows to capture the view! The 2 story entry foyer opens to the 2 story living room with a dual fireplace and flows into the family room overlooking the lake. There are doors to the rear patio and pool. The kitchen with an island and breakfast bar opens to the lovely dining area with a wall of windows framing the view. The formal dining room, a billiard room and a den complete the first floor entertaining / living space. A second floor master has a stunning view, a private deck, a walk in closet dressing area PLUS a new bath. An adjacent bedroom connects to a bonus room, plus there are 2 additional bedrooms, a full bath, 4 car tandem garage and waterfront dock. Enjoy the Pines Lake lifestyle! Offered at $1,425,000

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The fields and forests were places of adventure and self-discovery ... and the world moved at a slower, more rational pace than the bustling cities. –David Mixner y recent visit to The Preserve Club & Residences has left me as captivated by the deep forest tree line and undiminished starlight as I’ve ever been by the Manhattan skyline and the bright lights of Broadway. The Preserve, unquestionably New England’s most amenity-rich, four seasons sporting club and luxury-lifestyle community, is currently greatly expanding its real estate offerings with its Phase II Residential Properties—custom single-family homes, townhomes, and one-level condominiums.

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Set on 3,500 serene and protected acres in Richmond, Rhode Island, just an easy 2.5 hour drive for New Yorkers via I-95, The Preserve Club and Residences has already sold out its Residential Phase I, with many new homeowners coming from New York and New England. And now Paul Mihailides, Chairman of the Preserve, has announced the first closing of Phase II, with one of the eleven elegant Townhomes on the Green.


“Our Townhomes are inspired by a traditional New England commons. They sit at the heart of The Preserve on a modern village green where privacy and community co-exist in perfect harmony,” Mihailides said. The unit I toured revealed beautiful open floor plans that blend rustically elegant interiors with unsurpassed craftsmanship. Townhome models offer two- threeand four-bedroom options, all with custom cabinetry, stunning fireplaces, spa-like bathrooms, balconies, and expansive front porches, with walking paths to the tennis courts, new pool and cabana, Members’ Lodge Clubhouse, and the newly expanded Sporting Shoppe. Residents can also enjoy the luxury of a private in-home elevator option. The story continued to unfold as we moved on to The Preserve’s new Laurel Valley neighborhood. There I received an up-close introduction to a half-dozen magnificent single family homes as they neared completion. The Mayfly I, Mayfly II, and Timber Ridge models uphold The Preserve’s commitment to blend— as Mihailides describes, “the nature of luxury and the luxury of nature.” Interiors include wide plank wood floors, vaulted ceilings, first floor master suites, guest suites, optional steam saunas, skylights, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplaces, and walk-out lower levels with generous windows.

Signature Residence

All the homes in Laurel Valley feature expansive decks with stunning fresh water views of the tranquil Laurel Valley Lake and quaint private beach area. The newest property underway set for occupancy this summer is the Hilltop Lodge condominiums. This impressive Lodge set high on a hill, offers elegant, one-level condominiums, with a central elevator connecting the lobby to each of the Hilltop’s three floors. Ground-level residences boast private patios extending living space into the great outdoors, while balconies provide the same, as well as expansive views, for upper-level homes. Also in this Lodge are a comfortable lounge, game room, fitness facilities, and access to a multi-tiered patio, inviting fire pit, and barbeque area. “Hilltop residences are available in one, two, and threebedroom configurations, all with en-suite accommodations and elegant spaces for entertaining guests.” Mihailides explained. Stocked Fishing Pond

Fox Den Members’ Lounge


All home owners at The Preserve enjoy full-service concierge to assist with everything from handling their daily details, to catering gourmet meals from Preserve Executive Chefs to their home, to curating memorable experiences and activities that take full advantage of the Preserve’s one-of-a-kind, world-class sporting amenities. I would be remiss if I failed to remind you what makes living at the Preserve unlike anywhere else. In addition to its magnificent custom homes and unparalleled service, The Preserve’s vast expanse encompasses an incredible array of four-season sports – an award winning championship golf course, sporting clays, rock climbing, tennis, hiking and equestrian trails, ziplining, skimobiling, ATV’s, fly fishing, and more. And lets not overlook The Range at The Preserve, America’s longest indoor shooting range with 150-yard lanes, and The Sporting Shoppe, ready to outfit your outdoor adventures. The Preserve can provide all equipment for any activity as well as instruction by expert staff. Allow me to end this literary tour of The Preserve Club and Residences with a quote from none other than Harrison Ford (Yoda clearly has influenced Han Solo). “Nature doesn’t need people; people need nature; nature would survive the extinction of the human being and go on just fine, but human culture, human beings, cannot survive without nature.” See with your own eyes.

Range at The Preserve

For more information on The Preserve Club & Residences real estate and private tours, visit • APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 63





A Vermont Oasis offering English style gardens, captivating views, custom stone wall accents, and an upscale entertainment barn, cabana pool, tennis court, and lush grounds.

Family owned since 1940, this extensively renovated 1830 Farmhouse meets the needs of any modern lifestyle. Comprised of 361 acres of open meadows, stone walls, mountain views and more.

Maple Rock Farm with 119 acres is an extraordinary estate that has been groomed and cherished since 1980. Royal Barry Wills designed 4,800 square feet. Meadows~Pond~Stream~VIEWS!

RUTLAND TOWN, VT | $2,250,000 | MLS#4705360

SHREWSBURY, VT | $998,500 | MLS#4737657

PITTSFORD, VT | $895,000 | MLS#4719697




Built in 1791, this Farmhouse situated on an incredible 225 acres is your opportunity to own 2,400 feet of frontage on two county roads with rolling meadows, barns, spring fed pond, mountain views, and a mature forest.

Travel through a covered bridge and you will find a 90 acre paradise. Acorn designed Post and Beam with passive solar gain. Western views, 12 foot spring fed pond, barns and trails!

Newly built Lake home by one of our regions prestigious builders; recognized for quality workmanship and BIG style. Gorgeous design, booming views, huge renovated boathouse.

WALLINGFORD, VT | $675,000 | MLS#4739121

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21 East 61st Street

LISA K. LIPPMAN By Patricia Canole

isa K. Lippman, a 22-year real estate insider and Brown Harris Stevens’ top producing agent for three years in a row has built a business by approaching each interaction with acumen, professionalism, and confidence. Having successfully closed over $1 billion in sales over the last four years alone, Lisa specializes in helping a discerning clientele buy and sell high-end cooperatives, condominiums, and townhomes throughout Manhattan.

Consistently recognized among Manhattan’s top 5 individual brokers and the country’s top 20 brokers in terms of transaction volume, Lisa is currently representing some of the city’s most iconic properties, including 21 East 61st Street, an $11.75 million four+ bedroom residence; 505 West 19th Street, a “star-chitect”-designed residence priced at $8.9 million; multiple apartments in the famed Apthorp; and is responsible for a long history of contracts and closings at all price-points.


A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a law degree from Cardozo, Lisa spent several years as a practicing litigator at two prestigious Manhattan law firms—a background that affords her a keen understanding of the negotiation process, as well as the complexities often encountered towards the completion of a deal. Soon after giving birth to her first son, Lisa chose to leave law and remained home for a year until a personal real estate transaction sparked her interest in the field. “I thought real estate would be a great part time job,” she said, “but truth be told, part time is just not in my DNA and within the first week I was on my way to a new full time career.” As Lisa’s young family grew, so did her loyal client roster. Her success in navigating it all without missing a beat was bolstered by her innate ability to multi-task, methodical approach, flawless memory, and the importance she has placed on fostering longstanding professional relationships.

Lisa and Kevin Kovesci EVP and Managing Director of Sales BHS West Side Office



An active New York City resident for over 30 years and mother of three sons, she has lived downtown, on the Upper East Side, and now resides on the Upper West Side. Lisa combines comprehensive market knowledge with a unique personal perspective. Her clients benefit from a well-rounded approach that brings the nuances and charm of the New York City landscape to life, and appreciate her laser focus, discretion, and personal attention to every detail. In addition to her exceptional resale business, Lisa has actively worked with developers and sponsors in successfully launching, marketing and selling-out new development and conversion projects. Sponsors and developers alike seek her out for her insights on the most important current market conditions and trends effecting market value, and design, layout and unit mix, knowledge cultivated from successfully working with buyers and sellers day after day.

LISA’S FAQs What better person to ask for the latest facts on purchasing a home in New York City. Here are some important facts to consider. What is the first step of the home buying process? I always recommend that before the first property is seen, buyers meet with a financial adviser. It is important that they have a firm understanding of their personal financial position and long-term obligations to ensure that they are not purchasing beyond their means. How long does it take to buy a home? While there are certainly exceptions, I usually find that from the first home seen to closing can take about a year.   How much do I need for a down payment? In general, buyers should anticipate a 20 to 25 percent down payment, but that does vary between by property type and even by buildings. In Manhattan, it is not uncommon for a cooperative to require upwards of a 30 percent down payment.  Lisa and colleague Nancy Halpern on a hard hat tour at 1 Manhattan Square


Personally, Lisa values the importance of giving back. Over the years, she has been actively involved in her children’s school and the surrounding New York community as a trustee of the Riverside Parks Conservancy, a trustee of TNJH (a community nursing home), a former board member of two charter schools, and an active UJA member. Additionally, she is a volunteer with Next for Autism and The Osborne Association, one of the largest, longest-serving, and most effective nonprofits working in the field of criminal justice in New York City and throughout the state. Proven in her career, Lisa takes great pride in her successes both professionally and personally. “Throughout my life, my mother has been a constant source of inspiration,” Lisa shared. “She was a very dedicated stay-at-home parent who celebrated my independence and always encouraged my education, career, and drive. Taking my cues from her, I have found that it is possible to have it all—most of the time.” For more information on Lisa K. Lippman of Brown Harris Stevens, visit or email llippman@ • 66 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019

Should I sell my current home before buying a new one? Selling a current property before purchasing a new one is truly dependent on the buyer’s financial circumstance. How many homes should I view before buying one? Working with buyers, I recommend that they view 15 properties before making an offer. Each neighborhood, street, and even apartment within the same building is going to offer something a little different whether it be layout, finishes or views. Real estate is a significant purchase and it is important for buyers to take their time in the process and find a property that checks all of their “must-have” boxes.   How long can the seller take to respond to my offer? A seller should typically respond to an offer within 24 to 48 hours maximum. What if my offer is rejected? If it is a property that you truly love, I recommend going back to the seller with a higher offer; but if you felt that you bid enough, it is time to move on to other opportunities.   Should I order a home inspection? In general, an inspection is not necessary for New York City cooperatives and condominiums that do not have a terrace. If however you are purchasing a townhouse or will be responsible for the apartment’s terrace, then yes! -LL

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f you’re in the market for a sleek luxury sedan with some serious oomph, consider the Genesis Motor America G70. “Genesis?” you may ask, having not heard much about this relatively new car manufacturer. Around since its conception in 2008, Genesis is the luxury automotive arm of Hyundai, which took until 2016 to launch its first vehicle in the U.S. It took them a couple of years, but now there’s little doubt that Genesis has a real winner on its hands. Their 2019 G70, the third Genesis released into the American market, is piling up an impressive list of awards, starting with Car and Driver magazine naming it one of their 10 Best and also garnering 2019 MotorTrend Car of the Year on the sedan. Add in calling it their Best of 2019, and MotorWeek annointing it their Driver’s Choice Best Luxury Car and this Genesis vehicle is really riding high. The G70 also took home the industry’s top award, chosen as the 2019 North American Car of the Year, leaving little doubt that this four-door sedan has something incredibly special about it.


Its qualities are obvious at first glance, with a sleek, low-slung profile, a massive front grille with catlike eyes (LED headlights that illuminate in both day and night), and a cockpit that evokes a much pricier level of luxury. For the G70 has a base price of $34,900 (for the 2.0T advanced RWD model), with a top price for the 3.3T dynamic edition priced at $52,250. Those lower stickers are part of what make this Genesis model so appealing, for every aspect of this car—from exterior style to the responsive turbo-charged 4-cylinder engine with multiple driving modes to the well-designed interior—give off the feel of a car worth twice that price. Those driving modes include Comfort, Smart, Eco, Custom or Sport, allowing you to make the G70 into exactly the kind of vehicle you feel like driving at the moment. We loved the Sport mode, which made it roar like a jungle beast and leap ahead, while still maintaining complete road control. The Comfort mode is perfect for city driving, more relaxed and easygoing than Sport, but still very responsive and ready to move quickly when asked. The Eco mode saves a bit of gasoline, which is one of the G70’s only drawbacks, getting a paltry 22 mph city and 30 mph on the highway. But luxury automobile lovers know that it isn’t easy to get top-notch mileage unless choosing a hybrid or an all-electric car; doing that means losing the performance aspect that makes the G70 such a delight to handle. 68 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019


Driving the G70 is half the fun; just being inside the car is the other half, despite the fact that the vehicle is considered a compact sedan. With soft leather front seats that adjust 16 ways to allow you to find your ideal comfort setting, you can also choose seats that are heated and air conditioned, ready to help you face the worst weather conditions. There’s a state-of-the-art media and navigation system (naturally) and an added treat, the Surround View Monitor, a camera that not only looks backward in reverse but also scans 360 degrees around the car. That means no more worrying about things to scrape or hit beside or in front of the car. And you definitely don’t want to ding your G70, for its exterior is really a thing of beauty, especially in the Cobalt blue or bright Havana red versions. It also comes in black, white, grey, silver and dark blue, for those of you who like to keep a lower profile on the road. We’re partial to the racy red, for this is a car that cries out for attention, no matter where you roam. For more information on the GenesisG70, visit •


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Stk #A534, 4 cyl, auto, MSRP: $44,640. $3,397 down pymt + 1st mo. pymt +$0 security dep. + $0 bank fee = $3,762 due at signing + tax & MV fees. Total Pymts: $8,760.

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youthful appearance and firm skin are something a lot of us take for granted when we are in our twenties. Somewhere in our mid-thirties or forties we look in the mirror and say, “What has happened to my face and body?” It is an unavoidable fact that aging catches up with everyone. Genetics and lifestyle do play a key role, but so many people, at some point, think that they look 10 to 15 years older than they feel. Sun-damaged skin and the effects of toxic overload, such as alcohol, pollution, and diet take their toll on our appearance. Loss of collagen and volume as we age, wrinkles on the face and neck, and puffy and droopy eyelids are all signs of aging that so many women say “suddenly appear.” It is as if overnight they wake up feeling like they look older.

LOOK & FEEL YOUNGER We spoke with nationally recognized, New Yorkbased Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. B. Aviva Preminger about the latest technology and cosmetic procedures available to her patients looking to turn back the hands of father time. “Women have been relying on plastic surgery for years to reduce the signs of aging and rejuvenate their looks—but the stigma of having work done has caused many women to shy away from cosmetic procedures and the results they desire. Today, so much has changed! Plastic surgery is becoming much more accepted and, according to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 17.5 million cosmetic procedures were performed in Before After 2017. Women want to look and feel younger. I offer women many options to rejuvenate their youth and BEFORE 65 year old female underwent a neck lift surgery by Dr. Preminger. help them look and feel great.”

65 year old female underwent a neck lift surgery by Dr. Preminger. APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 71


We looked at the telltale signs of aging and the lifestyle and treatment options Dr. Preminger offers to her patients: Toxic Overload We live in a world where our exposure to pollution is unavoidable. Even diet and lifestyle can contribute to toxic overload. It is never too late to stop the damage. Drinking adequate amounts of water, limiting soda consumption, wearing sunscreen daily, eating a healthy diet, using quality skin care products, and keeping up with regular treatments for skin damage such as laser therapy, chemical peels, facials and routine facials maintenance can slow, and often times, reverse the signs of aging resulting from toxic overload. Sun-Damaged Skin Years of sun exposure or the use of a tanning bed can damage the skin, causing sun spots, wrinkles, and redness. Chemical peels, a comprehensive skin care program, photo facial treatments (IPL), and laser skin resurfacing can all improve facial blemishes, correct pigmentation, and even the skin tone. Thin Lips As we age, full lips can become thin. The simple, and easy, solution is to add volume and enhance the lips with fillers, such as RestylaneÔ and JuvédermÔ. Filler is virtually pain free, has no real down time and will give patients immediate results. Facial Wrinkles No one can escape developing wrinkles at some point. It’s a fact, wrinkles are affected by genetics and lifestyle factors. Injectables, such as BotoxÔ and fillers can make men and women look years younger. A mini or traditional facelift can deliver amazing results that are not only dramatic, but last a long time. With downtime as little as two weeks, my patients return to their lifestyles with smoother, fuller, and tighter skin— thrilled that they look so much younger!

Dr. Preminger

Turkey Neck While the neck “waddle” was a personal favorite feature for Richard Fish in Ally McBeal, it is not something anyone wants to have. Nothing says age like a turkey waddle neck. The solution for an aging neck includes Kybella injections to destroy fat cells and tighten the skin, liposuction, Fractora, Forma, and Facetite radiofrequency treatments, or a traditional neck lift. These procedures, depending on the specific needs of each person, can dramatically restore the smooth, contoured, and tight skin of the neck, eliminating the turkey waddle and bring back a youthful appearance. Loss of Facial Volume We lose facial fat as we age. Facial fat is responsible for facial volume and a youthful appearance. As a result of this loss, the skin begins to droop and people develop deep wrinkles, especially around the mouth. With the use of fillers, such as JuvédermÔ, Restylane LyftÔ, RadiesseÔ, or VolumaÔ, or with fat transfer procedures, the facial volume can be restored, making the face look fuller, smoother, and more youthful. Puffy, Droopy Eyes Many women come to me saying they look in the mirror and notice that their upper and lower eyelids and eyes look puffy and tired. This can happen to people as early as their mid to late thirties and forties. It is one of the most noticeable signs of aging. I can perform eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and/or a brow lift to correct the puffiness and droopy appearance around the eyes, restoring the eyes’ youthful appearance. It is a bothersome feeling to look older than you are. Thanks to advances in anti-aging procedures and cosmetic surgery, it is getting easier to reverse the signs of aging and look five, ten, or twenty years younger than you actually are! Dr. Preminger explains, “I strive to provide every patient with a plan that is tailored to their desires. Every individual feels differently about his or her appearance and what areas need to be rejuvenated. There is no ‘one plan-fix all’ for everyone. Cosmetic surgery is very much like art appreciation; specific to the tastes of the individual. I customize every aspect of a patient’s treatment to their unique goals to achieve the best results possible.” BEFORE AFTER 65 year old female underwent face and neck lift surgery by Dr. Preminger. 65 year old female underwent face and neck lift surgery by Dr. Preminger.


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hitening your teeth creates a great impression, so it’s not surprising that this dental procedure is so popular today. But with an abundance of information and so many options available—in office and at home—it’s hard to know what is right and which procedure is the best one for you. There are many misconceptions about teeth whitening. We visited Dr. Timothy Chase who remains on the forefront of the latest advance in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Upon graduation from Boston University School of Dental Medicine, he continued his education by completing a general practice residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Hospital before joining SmilesNY where he specializes in cosmetic and implant dentistry. In addition to continually enhancing his own education as a cosmetic dentist in New York, Dr. Chase is a dedicated educator. He has served as a clinical instructor at New York University Dental School, where he trained both undergraduate dental students and doctors from foreign countries on the latest techniques in restorative dentistry. He currently serves as a faculty mentor at Spear Advanced Dental Education Center in Scottsdale, AZ. He also is a media go-to having been featured featured on such programs as The Dr. Oz Show, The Balancing Act as well as in many national publications. Here, Dr. Chase answers some of our concerns about teeth whitening.

Dr. Timothy Chase

Whitening causes nerve damage Done properly at home or under the supervision of a professional, whitening your teeth does not affect the roots, gums, or inside of the teeth. This misconception originated from unregulated levels of hydrogen peroxide which caused damage to nerve and pulp. Teeth whitening treatments are painful While the whitening may cause your gums and teeth to be somewhat sensitive, the procedure is not at all painful. When hydrogen peroxide comes in contact with teeth it may cause transient sensitivity, that usually goes away in a day. The process will keep your smile white forever While whitening your teeth will brighten a smile. However, teeth will return to their original shade over time depending on your diet and other factors so touchups will be needed. Professional treatments are better than at-home whiteners Both professional and at-home procedures can produce great results if done correctly. One benefit of having the whitening done in a professional environment is the ability to ensure your teeth will respond well. Plus, it’s a faster process in the dentist office. At-home whitening strips are not as strong since they cannot control where the material flows like they can in the dental office. Therefore, for a faster and better result, I recommend a dental professional who will create a custom-made tray using a stronger whitening material. And for the fastest results, I offer zoom-in office whitening which takes about an hour.

Teeth whitening damages enamel Although in the past this was a concern, studies by The Journal of American Dental Association state that teeth whitening treatments do not increase the chances of damaging tooth enamel. Teeth whitening will give you an instantly movie-star smile Real life does not include Photoshop. Therefore the shade of your teeth isn’t paper white, as seen in commercials, TV or magazines. Teeth whitening can remove stains and lighten teeth but will not make your teeth an unnatural white. Teeth whitening works for everyone Unfortunately, there are those who should avoid having their teeth whitened. Anyone under the age of 16, pregnant women or breastfeeding as well as anyone who is allergic to peroxide, has gum disease, weak tooth enamel, untreated cavities, veneers, or other oral restorations. For more information on Dr. Timothy Chase, visit • APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 73




ow many times has this happened to you? You start a weight loss program, include exercise and several weeks later reach a plateau. The scale refuses to budge and as a consequence gets shelved. It’s a shame as many wonder diets and exercise classes fail to consider holistically the role played by our individual and unique metabolism and dietary requirements. Wouldn’t it be great to find the perfect weight loss plan for your particular body? It’s here. Dr. Siobhan Kealy has been concerned about this issue for most of her medical career. With the specific needs of women in their 40’s she set about creating what today is known as the Balance 3H Plus Weight Loss For Women Program.

DIET BECOMES A SCIENCE During her years of creating this plan, she learned that the lesser known villains of the weight loss story include Cortisol (the stress hormone) which can have a direct effect on belly fat accumulation; and Leptin (the appetite suppressor) whose levels typically fall as we age, thus making us hungrier more often. The last of the villains is Ghrelin (the hunger hormone) which is affected by dieting causing hunger to increase. Also include specific genetic mutations—such as FACTOR V and MTHFR—which affect hormones and vitamins and thus weight loss. Because of this, providing a comprehensive blood test can be critical and insure that diet is in tune with the metabolism, which itself can change as the body ages. Functional Nutritionist, Angela T. Russo speaking about the broader issues of metabolism on a diet reinforced the point, commenting that in her long experience, “Dietetics is not just about healthy food. Food is one important form of therapy and treatment. Medical Nutrition Therapy includes the latest research and considers a person’s medical and family history, physical fitness, and lifestyle when determining interventions. Medical Nutrition Therapy means examining all of those lights and adjusting to specific, customized need where food becomes an accelerator to heal your body.” 74 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019

Dr. Siobhan Kealy

NATURAL FAT BURNING What makes board-certified physician Dr. Kealy’s approach unique is that the Balance 3H Plus Program is medically supervised as opposed to being a product prescription. As Dr. Kealy put it, ”Helping a patient who is struggling with a weight problem, fighting depression, or needing to heal naturally—and being able to physically and mentally restore them to where they want to be is an amazing and rewarding job.” Balance 3H Plus aims at its core to address the participants needs using the best available medical science. The program uses the results of the comprehensive blood test to provide patients with the knowledge and results in customized meal plans with hormone balancing based on individual results, eschewing the pills and injections that are so often unsuccessful. The program confronts both diet and lifestyle changes necessary to reduce the mechanisms that cause the body to store fat, at the same time catalyzing the body’s natural fat burning processes for weight loss. Dr. Kealy’s program involves a two-week detox followed by the 4-week scientifically driven program providing a diet which works with your hormonal chemistry to achieve weight loss. Dr. John Salerno

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CUSTOMIZED PLANS Working in partnership with the Balance 3H Plus Program since last year is The Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine, a New York-based practice that aims to engender wellness through nutrition, a range of therapies and natural supplements. Together, Balance 3H Plus and The Salerno Center provide a holistic health and wellness program that aims to meet the long term needs of its patients. “It’s exciting to welcome such a safe, effective and highly successful weight loss program as Balance 3H Plus to The Salerno Center,” says Dr. John Salerno, an international pioneer in the practice of complementary medicine. “We similarly believe in crafting customized plans for each patient’s underlying issues—not just their symptoms.” Weight loss at any age is challenging—doubly so for women 40 and over—especially in an image-conscious city like New York. While there is a place for the traditional review of the shopping basket, restaurant menu and weighing scales, medical science is pointing the way that better knowledge of metabolism and the unique individual factors can massively aid successful participation in a weight loss program like Balance 3H Plus. Speaking with wellness entrepreneur Mitch Suss, cofounder of B3H weight loss program and CEO of Balance 3H Medical Centers offers an insight into the real concerns they are seeking to address. “Until now, the voice in the industry for women in menopause has been gaping and often leaves women 40 and older feeling hopeless and confused for answers. Our program has brought patients from all over to our offices. We’re very excited about our new expansion to include Manhattan.” For more information on Balance 3H Plus Weight Loss For Women, visit • APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 75


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SPRING IS HERE! By Peter M. Kalellis

ften considered one of the most beautiful times of the year, Spring brings about a feeling of renewal and is an essential aspect of life. With the arrival of the season, the world awakens to the brilliance of nature. It revives us all with its warm and cheerful ways. A flood of skin-tingling warmth suddenly consumes you, and everything shines with a fresh, colorful glow, making you forget that anything as cold and harsh as winter ever existed. My concern is how to find a few simple words to thank God for giving me life for another day and another Spring season? At this point, I have to confess that some mornings, I find myself either tired or moody and fail to do what is needed. Mornings usually come too quickly. I have to move fast…wash up, grab a bite to eat, and run. But sometimes I don’t feel like it. What I want to do is get back into bed. Quite frankly, I ask myself, where am I running? I don’t know. Then regaining my senses, I say, what counts most is just that somebody may know. At that very moment I think of my father who is no longer around to consult. But memory momentarily brings him back.


I was eight years old when I saw my father mercilessly cutting out mercilessly short and long branches of a big tree. He called this pruning. I felt sad when I saw that big beautiful fig tree reduced to a smaller size. “Dad, why did you cut away so many branches of the fig tree?” It was that special tree that I used to climb up to find the best and delicious figs. “Wait until Spring, when this tree will be rejuvenated and will bear an abundance of fruit,” my father said proudly. To my big surprise, it did. Springtime came, and nature in full force proved that my father’s words were on target. The fig tree brought us an abundance of delicious figs throughout the entire summer. Now, this 93-year-old finds pruning trees as a metaphor in my life. As I take an inventory each day, I need to focus on things of importance and let go of what is unimportant. Whenever I feel tired or exhausted for being overextended, I think of pruning. I try to simplify my life, which is an excellent place to start. In addition to trimming the externals of my life, so I can live in a manageable way, I must do some inner pruning. When I feel overwhelmed, I take a psychological and spiritual step back, a sort of inventory of my life. I begin to search for the motive, fears, expectations, and habits that are causing me discomfort. A good example is when I get angry, I ask myself why am I feeling this way? What is the source of my anger? I make an effort to diffuse my anger by confronting it. Anger is a multi-faced fury that bears directly on our attitude toward life, on our emotional climate, on our effectiveness, and, more often than not it affects our health. Anger, hate, hostility, resentment, aggression, violence, all derive from the same source.


Of course, various sources of the healing arts offer psychospiritual help. Indeed, each of the disciplines has its importance, and in time of need, each makes a significant contribution to health and life. Most important, these procedures often point out how human mistakes and failures provide the best lessons in life. Emotional availability to our significant others, family members and friends rely directly on our ability to prune poor motivations, so we are not prey to unrealistic expectations—either ours or those of others. When we do this the natural beauty of our life will spontaneously emerge and nurture others as well. Ultimately, we can prune away unrealistic expectations, to reveal the simple gifts that we possess. When we do this inner pruning, we are more likely to be aware of the blossoms and the fruit we will bring to those we encounter along the way. This first lesson on pruning relies on our ability to gain perspective by ensuring we are clear about our goals, especially when we are exerting more and more effort and feeling less and less satisfied by what we are doing. It is stepping back and reflecting on our motivations that make all the difference. Dear reader, you can do good things for yourself and others. An idea that can be supportive comes from Eleanor Roosevelt: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” And I can add, “Nobody has the power to deprive you of enjoying the 2019 Spring season. • APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 77




ellari Taverna is a stand out among Manhattan’s Mediterranean eateries for a number of reasons: authenticity, friendly service that never gets intrusive, spacious atmosphere and a huge amount of menu choices. Speaking of atmosphere, the online photos of the woodpaneled main dining room with its large floral arrangements, seafood displays on ice and majestic light fixtures definitely look inviting—but you will be totally awestruck in person. The dining room is the perfect blend of traditional and modern with medium-hued wood abounding and the remarkably high vaulted ceilings. There is an underlying wine cellar-theme with barrels lining the area above the bar. Owner Stavros Aktipis arrived from Greece in his 20s and soon after opened his first eatery Evvia in Palo Alto, CA. It was here he met a New Yorker whom he eventually married and together they moved east. He also thought that it was as good a time as any to expand his restaurant empire. Today, there are a total seven restaurants that make up the Kellari Hospitality Group. New York Lifestyles asked Aktipis to share the highlights of his hospitality career—so far. “I have been involved with many restaurants during the past 20 years. With Kellari, everything is Mediterranean related, you have to have great food and a great product, and that’s what I try to do. Coming from Greece, everything is grilled merely using lemon, herbs and olive oil.” Aktipis’ passion for food is unrelenting. “I want guests to leave knowing they were treated with excellent hospitality. I want to make guests feel relaxed and at home.” 78 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019


Look around Kellari Taverna and you see a great diversity of patrons— an after-work bar crowd, families dining together, friends celebrating birthdays or about to go to the theater, and couples wanting quality time together. Aktipis says, “Some of the regulars have their own needs regarding the size of tables, and the staff connects well with everyone. The wait staff, hostesses and bartenders know the regulars by name.” Not surprisingly, Kellari Taverna has had many VIP guests including former Mayor Bloomberg. The restaurant does play it cool when a politician or celebrity visits—all clientele is treated equally special and “like family.” Aktipis comments, “Bloomberg was a friendly guy. And, of course, we try not to make a big deal about it. We have had movies filmed here as well. Kellari is very low key as we want everyone to return!” And they do return. Kellari’s fresh and healthy cuisine is tops with New Yorkers and visitors alike who crave the classic Mediterranean menu. The restaurant owner states, “It’s not the fresh and healthy reputation that makes Mediterranean food popular, I think that it’s the classic flavor. It is, however, healthy by nature as we use olive oil, lemon, and herbs for everything. The freshness and flavor stand out. It has a relaxing feel to it. There is a comfort level there as well.”

Kellari Raw Platter


Kellari Taverna offers a first-class farm to table experience and since it has an immense selection of fresh seafood that is presented to the guest before cooking, let’s also say that it provides an “ocean to table” encounter as well. The Dover Sole is considered in a league by itself, and it’s truly a show when your server so neatly debones your fish in under two minutes into a presentation with a big “wow factor.” Aktipis is definitely hands-on and is proud of Kellari being “farm to table” and using local produce and meat vendors. He says, “We only use top quality produce and meat that’s seasonal. You can see the fish display at the restaurant; the customer chooses directly from it, and you have to have the best products available. We want all guests here to see that.” Kellari has several unique dishes being added for Easter and the Spring season. Aktipis tells us with excitement, “We go in with the seasonal approach to find the best foods. For Easter, we will offer fresh seafood dishes and do the traditional lamb roasted on a spit on the sidewalk. We love doing that annually for the holiday.”

Kellari Grilled Octopus


Another unique touch is the best-kept secret: A three-course Mediterranean lunch in Manhattan for only $30—and, yes, that includes the savory highend seafood dishes created with salmon and shrimp straight out of the ocean. (There is no reason to wait for New York Restaurant Week when you can get a deal like this—the portions are super generous, too!) And don’t miss their three-course pre-theater menu that includes the widely heralded Vegetarian Mousaka with béchamel sauce and Lamb Shank with red wine rosemary sauce and parsnip puree. Lastly, there is a post-theater menu with many of the items seen on the pre-theater menu (both are reasonably priced at $42.95). On weekends, take note that all brunch entrees come with a complimentary drink including Bellinis, Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s (pricing starts at $15.95). For more information on Kellari Taverna, visit •

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riel Fox, who was just crowned the winner of FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen, is an incredibly accomplished chef having spent time innovating some of the most prestigious kitchens in the industry. She helped to launch several nationally renowned restaurants including STK, Harding’s and ACME. The talented chef even “took flight” when she joined the OTG Management team where she helped revolutionize and elevate airport dining concepts for the $100 million United Airlines Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport. Today, Ariel is the proud Concept Executive Chef at Dos Caminos where she creates award-winning menus for appreciative diners. Her culinary philosophy stems back to her teenage years in Northern California, where she spent some time working for the small, family-run Mariquita Farm in Watsonville. It was here that the teenaged Ariel was introduced to sustainable food movement pioneer, Alice Waters, a local restaurateur and frequent customer of the San Francisco Farmers Market. Waters sparked Ariel’s profound appreciation for organic agriculture and seasonal food. And because of this, eventually inspired Ariel to enter the California School of Culinary Arts’ Le Cordon Bleu Le Grand Diplôme Program— the institute’s most comprehensive program in French culinary education. As a result, she’s never lost that passion for fresh, seasonal ingredients— which remains the cornerstone of her celebrated cuisine. Chef Ariel’s talents landed her in front of world-renowned chef, Gordon Ramsey as a contestant on the sixth season of the hit FOX TV series, Hell’s Kitchen. After coming in a heartbreaking third place on that season she took that drive with her back into the kitchen, and it paid off ever since! Ariel returned to the competition show and this past February, was crowned the winner of Hell’s Kitchen: Rookie vs. Veterans. 80 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019

Hell’s Kitchen Challenge ©FOX

We wanted to know more about the gifted chef who is rapidly cementing her place in the New York restaurant scene.

Hell’s Kitchen Challenge ©FOX

How did you come into cooking? I grew up in Santa Cruz California, in the Monterey Bay where California farming was all around me. My family also loved to travel, thus experiencing different foods at a very young age. Since my parents both worked late, we often ate dinner at restaurants. I didn’t realize this at the time, but that was not the norm for most families. I had a respect for restaurants that most children didn’t have. But it wasn’t until I started working on an organic farm in high school that I truly fell in love with food. It was while working there at the source, digging and picking, and eventually selling the produce at the Farmers Market, that I understood the magic of food. And of course, my grandmother and mother were both amazing home cooks! Describe your first experience in a kitchen? My first experience in a real professional kitchen was just out of culinary school where I landed my first gig at Globe, Venice Beach. It was here that I learned to shuck oysters. This was my very first task, and I did it every day all day. It was painful, and it was endless. But it taught me so much. Little by little I got faster and faster and could do it without breaking the shells. Eventually, I became a master at it! Then I moved on to making pasta every day, then bread, and so on... Who was your teacher? My first real teacher was a Robert who was a chef de cuisine at Globe—and he was tough! He expected excellence, speed, cleanliness, and dedication. I ate up every minute of it. It’s because of him I was able to get promoted up the chain so quickly. As your career flourished, who were some other mentors? There are so many, but the first few that come to mind are Larry Nicola of Nic’s in Beverly Hills, Todd Marc Miller of STK, and Mads Refslund of ACME. There are so many more though! Tell us about your Hell’s Kitchen experience. Was it a challenge to be in front of the cameras? Yes! But I soon realized the cameras are what make me perform at my best! I knew that at any moment something could go wrong. In that chaos I was at my best and able to produce on a whole other level. What was the hardest part of being a contestant chef? The hardest part for me was trying to outdo myself while also trying to do something I’ve never done before. I didn’t play it safe and didn’t second guess myself—especially with other competitors around you. I just tuned them out and stayed on track to focus. My motto: Commit to something and don’t change your mind. Now that you’re back home in Dos Caminos tell us how you put together a winning menu? Whether it’s for a competition or a restaurant, it’s all about giving people something balanced but still exciting. There has to be something comfortable and familiar to keep them grounded. But there also has to be something new and different that keeps them intrigued. If you can live on that edge of what people know and what they may have never seen, or thought of, you will keep your guests happy and coming back. Eating should feel wild and comfortable all at once!

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What does it take to be a successful chef in New York City? You have to stay on top of the trends. Period. No matter what cuisine you do, you can still stay on trend. It’s a social mediadriven world now, and if you aren’t paying attention, you aren’t doing your job as a chef. It’s no longer a world of just cooking what you want to cook. You have to find a way to reinvent all the time. • APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 81




Turkish restaurant this good is hard to find anywhere. So say the loyal diners who frequent the Upper East Side’s Uskudar. Now in its 30th year, the intimate restaurant—named in honor of the seventh century city on the Bosperous—is incredibly welcoming to guests. After a while it seems like every table is in a party mood enjoying the hospitality, food and wine. “My three brothers and I worked in Istanbul hotels from the time I was 13,” notes founder and executive chef Ibrahim Ozdemir, known to a long list of happy customers as Chef Ibrahim. “I apprenticed, baked bread, and was pastry chef at the historic Pera Palace Hotel in the heart of Istanbul. The chef was very demanding because of the clientele with a who’s who list of icons including Ernest Hemingway and Agatha Christie.”


From there, Ozdemir worked in top European hotels. He arrived in the U.S. in 1987. “I was already a seasoned chef,” he says. “It’s all I knew, so that was the way I would have to make my living. There were Mediterranean restaurants, so I had to do something different. Lamb, long the staple of our diets, was disappearing from menus. I made it my specialty. I know lamb. I am very particular and will only accept the best.” To this day, Chef Ibrahim spends his mornings shopping for the freshest provisions and the afternoon and night in the kitchen. At Uskudar he prides himself on serving traditional family recipes, some of which go back 700 years. Marketing manager Jacob Bare says, “There are chicken, seafood, and vegetarian options, but the majority of our patrons come for the lamb. And they come from near and far. Other than the outstanding variety of lamb dishes, another reason might be that we’ve managed to keep prices reasonable for years.” The large Mediterranean meze platter is a must and consists of Yalanci Dolma (stuffed vine leaves), Spinach Tarator (with minced walnuts, yogurt), Fasulye Pilaki (braised white kidney beans), and Ezme (tomato and walnut spread). Other popular starters include Cacik (chilled yogurt, shaved cucumber, garlic and dill), Borek (crispy panfried phyllo rolls, crumbled feta and spinach), and Red Lentil Soup. Lamb is the staple here where chef favorites include Hunkarbegendi (lamb cubes stewed in tomato sauce, served on a bed of eggplant puree, with herbs, rice and veggies), Lamb Shish, lamb shank, Kofte (chargrilled ground lamb patties). Other entrees include Chicken Shish, a chicken and okra casserole, and Chicken Artichoke. Crowd pleasing seafood dishes include wild Branzini, Shrimp Shish, and Talapia. 82 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019


Leave room for dessert. Kayisi (poached dried apricots, almond and cream), honey-dipped Baklava, and Kadayif (baked shredded wheat, walnuts, and pistachios) are just a few of the sweet sensations. Uskudar is open seven days, noon to 10:30 P.M. It recently doubled its size, and now offers private dining. There’s an extensive, reasonably-priced wine list that includes Turkish, Lebanese, Bulgarian, and U.S. vintages. Turkey’s famous Efes Pilsen beer is also available. For more information on Uskudar, visit •

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Studio 54 Stylish, sexy, and sophisticated Kiss Me, Kate! hilariously invites us in to experience backstage passion and onstage romance in this revival of the musical loosely based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. With a sparkling score by Cole Porter including “Too Darn Hot,” “So In Love” and “Always True To You In My Fashion,” the show revolves around the power dynamic between Fred Graham (played by Will Chase, TV’s Nashville, Broadway’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood), the show’s director, producer, and star, and the leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi, played by Kelli O’Hara (The King and I, Pajama Game), two willful individuals who make us wonder if love can truly conquer all.

The company of KISS ME, KATE ©Joan Marcus

A WINNER THEN AND NOW The winner of the first-ever Tony Award for Best Musical, the show has been updated to make Lilli more of an equal, after all it dates from 1949 and times have changed. Fans will welcome back Kelli O’Hara who has not appeared on Broadway since she won a Tony for her performance as Anna in The King and I. Four years later, she’s back in this fresh, new, and even empowering version of Kiss Me Kate. The great Cole Porter score and the wonderful classic humor remain but the women in the show have more space to stand up for themselves, Kelli O’Hara observes, adding “Lilli is a woman behaving with intelligence and with class but is commenting on what she’s surrounded by. She’s not just crazy.” ROMANCE MADE MODERN Today’s times are not prim and proper and the show reflects this modern era, not holding anything back. The revival is timely in its look at misogynistic behavior that’s being reexamined in light of #me-too, but humor is never lost as this theatrical play within a play made more contemporary now with new material by Amanda Green. For Kelli O’Hara, playing Lilli playing Kate is “layering these two women on top of each other. I like to think of Lilli as much more of a shell— much more vulnerable, more insecure—whereas I think of Kate as a woman who knows a lot, one enhances the other. Kate gives Lilli voice when she’s hurt and angry, and Lilli eventually gives Kate a softness and understanding.” Spunky and fierce though Kate may be, she’s still looking for love in this comic rollercoaster romance. The Roundabout Theatre production of Kiss Me Kate! is directed by Scott Ellis with choreography by David Chase, costumes by Jeff Mashie and sets by David Rockwell, it is slated to run through June 2nd. 86 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019

AIN’T TOO PROUD: The Life and Times of The Temptations

Imperial Theatre From the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Ain’t Too Proud electrifies us as we become engrossed in the rise and fall of The Temptations, the mighty Motown hit machine. This new jukebox musical which broke house records in California at Berkley Rep and in D.C. at The Kennedy Center, arrives on Broadway this Spring with irresistible life. It’s only natural to want to sing (and probably dance too) along to favorites including “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Get Ready,” “If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” “War” and of course, “My Girl,” among the 31 songs in this show that never stops moving or dazzling.

Christian Thompson, Saint Aubyn, Ephraim Sykes, Jeremy Pope, Derrick Baskin, Jawan M. James in AINT TOO PROUD ©Matthew Murphy

Sergio Trujillo’s choreography does more than recreate this group’s signature dance moves, it reinvents them brilliantly lifting this jukebox musical into another realm. THE UPS AND DOWNS The story takes us through the ups and downs, onstage and off, entertaining consistently as we learn how this fab five met, the groundbreaking heights they hit and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear them apart as the United States fell into civil unrest. It wasn’t all harmony within The Temptations. The difficult relationship between two of the five “classic” Temptations, Otis Williams (played by Derrick Baskin) and David Ruffin (Ephraim Sykes), becomes the center of the show, with Baskin serving as the far from volatile narrator. (The 2012 memoir by Williams, the last survivor among the original group members, is the basis of the musical.) Sykes’s intense, ego-driven Ruffin struggles with the dictation of the group’s homogeneous style and Williams demand for shared credit—an issue that plagued the group, with 24 men rotating through over the past six decades. Despite the simmering internal conflict, The Temptations produced 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one, many written by Smokey Robinson and Norman Whitfield. Ain’t Too Proud is a story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal. Smooth though their sound was, turmoil raged behind The Temptations seemingly slick façade. Their success was extraordinary and they were for a time a worldwide sensation (the show takes us from their start in the 1960s to 1974) but it’s lonely at the top and as we see in this exceptional and exciting show not so easy to sustain success. Ain’t Too Proud written by threetime Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by twotime Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) and featuring choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys,  On Your Feet), brings the untold story of this legendary quintet to Broadway. Get ready— ‘cause here they co​me. • APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 87




AVENGERS: ENDGAME Not yet rated Every Marvel movie fan on the planet knows that Avengers: Endgame is coming in April, following up on the cliffhanger we all saw in Avengers: Infinity War. This flick brings it all together, with the remaining Avengers who made it through alive out to band together to stop the evil Thanos (James Brolin) from taking over the universe. Stars you will see this time out include Brie Larson, Chris Evans, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Hemsworth, Paul Rudd and many more. HELLBOY Rated: R Hellboy, the half-demon comic-book hero, returns to the big screen after a 10-year hiatus with a new actor inside the bright-red body that boasts super-strength and disease immunity (among other powers). Stranger Things TV series regular David Harbour stars, taking over from Ron Perlman, in this wild, half comedic, half otherworldly serious tale that pits Hellboy against an ancient sorceress (Milla Jovovich). Expect lots of action and a pretty outrageous plot full of special effects here. SHAZAM! Rated: PG-13 He first appeared in a comic book in 1940, when seven-year-old Billy Batson discovered that by yelling “Shazam!” he would be transformed into a superhero named Captain Marvel who was still a kid inside. Now that DC Comics duo, Batson and Shazam! (as his alter ego is now named) star in a fun tongue-in-cheek take on the action-hero genre. Billy is now a teen; the seriously charming Zachary Levi (Chuck, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) brings Shazam to life; and Mark Strong brings the requisite evil needed into the goofy mix.

FUN FOR THE KIDS MISSING LINK Rated: PG The newest stop-animation flick from the genius minds at Laika, Missing Link is everything kids (and adults, come on!) love – a quest filled with funny lines, a famous adventurer out to solve one of the world’s great mysteries and a gigantic creature who is most likely the Missing Link of legend. With the voices of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zack Galifianakis, Emma Thompson and Timothy Olyphant, this one’s likely to join Laika’s Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings as an animation classic. 88 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019

PENGUINS Rated: G Disney Nature strikes again on Earth Day, with this charming look at Steve, a real-life penguin whose existence in Antarctica is a continuing adventure. In the same vein as Disney’s previous animal explorations (Bears, Chimpanzee), this combination of science study with a story of searching for the perfect mate while avoiding the pitfalls and dangers of the world around him strikes just the right balance of fun and learning for kids of every age. STORM BOY Rated: PG A remarkable story of a young boy and the pelican he rescues, Storm Boy is based on the best-selling and much-beloved Australian children’s book written by Colin Thiele in 1964. In this second filming of the story (which has also been adapted into a play), Jai Courtney stars as the boy’s gruff father and Finn Little and Geoffrey Rush share the role of Storm Boy, as a youngster and an elderly man.


RED JOAN Rated: R Red Joan is a fictional tale based on the story of real-life British traitor Melita Nor wood, a scientist and civil servant who sold secrets to the Russians for more than forty years. Set mostly in post-World War II, this taut drama moves expertly between Joan’s life as a young w om a n ( p l ay e d by S op h i e Cookson) acting as a spy to her older life, when she is found out and arrested. Judi Dench plays the older Joan, who recalls the whys of her successful deceptions. THE WHITE CROW Rated: R When actor-director Ralph Fiennes found his The White Crow lead actor, he couldn’t even speak English and had never acted. But Oleg Ivenko is a swooningly handsome professional ballet dancer, a Ukrainian based in Russia, and the perfect man to play Rudolph Nureyev, the legendary dancer who defected to the West from Russia in 1961. That’s at the center of this gripping drama that explores that seminal moment in Nureyev’s famed career. APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 89



BACK TO THE PAST FOSSE/VERDON FX Broadway show lovers, rejoice! For when Fosse/Verdon hits your TV set, you’ll be mesmerized by Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse and Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon, the powerhouse, multiple Tony Award-winning couple that brought the world shows like Redhead, Sweet Charity and Chicago. Produced by their daughter Nicole Fosse and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, this eight-episode biopic is sure to have you dancing in your living room. THE TWILIGHT ZONE CBS All Access Jordan Peele is hitting on all cylinders these days, after winning the Oscar for his hit film Get Out’s screenplay last year. Now he’s taking over from Rod Serling with a reboot of the much-loved 1960s TV series The Twilight Zone. Peele produces and narrates this weird and wonderful show filled with strange plots that span numerous genres in “another dimension.” He’s sure to have some horror episodes, following Get Out and his new film Us, both seriously scary stories that he both wrote and directed. WARRIOR Cinemax It’s just after the American Civil War as this tough series begins in San Francisco, where the denizens of its Chinatown embark on the bloody Tong Wars for control of the city. Filled with martial arts action and based on Bruce Lee’s ideas, this brutal drama stars Andrew Koji as an enforcer for one of the strongest Chinese gangs (tongs). He will stop at nothing to make his tong the victor in the fight for control of the city’s organized crime, which means lots of beating up people as the series progresses.

COMIC SITUATIONS BLESS THIS MESS ABC Lake Bell produces, writes and stars in this fish-out-of-water comedy that sends a newlywed city couple off to Nebraska to take up farming. If it sounds a bit like Green Acres, the difference is that both of the just marrieds are in for the change. Dax Shepard co-stars as Bell’s husband in the adventure, while favorites like Pam Grier and Ed Begley Jr. round out the cast of this sitcom. 90 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019

RAMY Hulu Ramy Youssif (Mr. Robot) stars in this sitcom as an Egyptian-American living in New Jersey, the son of immigrants living in a mostly Muslim community. He’s pretty sure he’s living the American dream, but crazy comic situations and weird interactions may convince him otherwise. He’s hoping God is going to give him some guidance as he navigates this place where some are not so understanding of his faith and his point of view, but he mostly has to figure it all out on his own.

CRIMINAL CAPERS IN THE DARK CW In this dramedy, Perry Mattfield (Shameless) stars as a harddrinking blind woman who thinks she witnesses a murder. But there’s no body to be found, which sets her off (along with her seeing-eye dog) on an adventure to solve the crime, despite the fact that the cops and her friends are skeptical that the killing even happened. From producer Ben Stiller and others, this one treads a line between pathos and comedy, with a bit of old-fashioned whodunit thrown into the mix. THE CODE CBS If you still miss JAG, then The Code will be your favorite new show. This time, we’re with the Marines instead of the Navy, following cases that arise within the corps. Familiar faces like Dana Delany and Mira Sorvino lead the courtroom-drama cast of prosecutors, defense lawyers and judges who serve in the Marine’s Judge Advocate Corps, determining the crimes and punishments that are part of America’s military justice system. THE RED LINE CBS In this limited series executive produced by Ava DuVernay (Selma, Queen Sugar), three Chicago families deal with the death of a black doctor at the hands of a white police officer. As each family copes with the reverberations of this alltoo-common American occurrence, they begin to understand just how racial bias affects each one of their actions. Noah Wyle and Emayatzy Corinealdi (Hand of God) costar in this emotional drama. • APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 91


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MVVO AD ART SHOW 2019 By Elizabeth Darwen

vVO’s AD ART SHOW will be turning the streets of New York’s most art-centric neighborhoods into an exhibition gallery. From May 1st through 4th, this art show will be digitally exhibiting the work of artists from advertising on the LinkNYC network. As you may know LinkNYC is the first of its kind communications network that aims to replace over 7,500 pay phones across the five boroughs of New York City with “links” providing access to free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, cellphone charging via USB and an integrated tablet offering access to City services, maps and directions. Each link has two 55” HD Television displays which the AD ART SHOW 2019 will utilize to display the work of AD ART SHOW artists outdoors in an urban environment.


Now in its second year, the AD ART SHOW continues to draw interest from all corners of the art world, where a growing number of collectors and art professionals recognize the contribution to fine art made by artists who began their careers in advertising and commercial art including Andy Warhol, Haring, Magritte and many of the most famous names in 20th century art. “We’re looking for new ways to bring Art to people and bringing AD ART SHOW to LinkNYC will change the way people see—and buy—art, catching people on the move, where they live and work. If they like what they see they can check out the MvVO ART e-gallery on Artsy ( This is the next step in the ever-changing contemporary art scene, and our artists are true creative entrepreneurs,” said Maria van Vlodrop, Founder and CEO of MvVO. AD ART SHOW is a juried and curated selling exhibition. The selection of artists’ work is performed by a selection committee, made up of contemporary art experts and influential collectors in the New York art scene. In addition, Ms. van Vlodrop is thrilled NBCUniversal is continuing as presenting partner for AD ART SHOW. “Their generosity enables MvVO Art to bring AD ART SHOW to the streets of NYC and continue to provide artists from advertising opportunities to gain more exposure and recognition in the Art world in celebration of creativity in the industry,” she told us.



“We’re so proud to celebrate these talented artists as presenting partners of the AD ART SHOW. Whether we’re talking about innovative pop art or driving pop culture, the wall of a gallery or the screen in your home, one thing is true: creative work inspires people to feel, to remember, and to act,” said Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Advertising, Sales and Client Partnerships, NBCUniversal.

Curator Isaac Aden, Founder & CEO Maria van Vlodrop ©Patrick McMullan

Maria van Vlodrop, has built businesses and brands in the US and Europe. She blends bluechip marketing expertise with cutting-edge technology experience and entrepreneurial flair and has a successful track record of working with world-class creative talent to create campaigns for Pepsi, Haagen-Dazs, Finlandia Vodka, L’Oréal, and Toyota among others. In April 2015, Maria founded MvVO ART to build bridges between art and commerce, and to open doors for contemporary artists and specifically artists from advertising with AD ART SHOW. MvVO ART is poised to reimagine and redefine the relationship between art and commerce. For more information on MvVO Art, visit •



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Your dog’s favorite toy is sure to get sticky and yucky. Be sure to use a non-toxic solution when you clean it. And do replace it when it’s worn out, old toys can be treacherous.


e recently met with Jodi Andersen founder of How I Met My Dog, the site that matches humans and dogs based on behavior and lifestyle, for her tips on how to get the dogs in our lives ready for Spring. Here, the top things you need to do to have a happy and healthy home together as the new season begins. It’s that time again for the annual ritual of spring cleaning. And for those of us that live with pets, the ritual not only includes our own stuff, it includes everything that our beloved four-legged best friend has spent the entire winter lying, rolling, chewing, and drooling on. Time to perk up your space—and your pet’s too—naturally? Plant-based Grow air and fabric freshener is a mindful choice that is good for you, toxin-free, and safe for your pets. Here are three easy ways to help you and your dog kick-start the new season you’ve both been waiting all winter long for. • Dogs have a tendency to hide their favorite things. Why not make a game out of finding those things by calling your dog over to help you peek under every couch cushion, chair, and pillow. If you happen to spot one of the errant toys (that you might have long forgotten about but your dog is just waiting to unearth) praise your dog by saying “good find it!” and continue the search for another toy. Don’t forget to also look under outdoor hiding spaces (such as flowerpots and woodpiles). A long winter outside can dry out even the toughest toys. Spring is the perfect time to mend or replace any ball or toy that once was a treasure but with time has become treacherous. Toys can get slimy and yucky but when it’s time to refresh them, be sure to use a toxin-free cleaning solution that’s sure not to be harmful to your pet.

Bet your dog was hiding their toy under the sofa all winter long. Nothing like Spring Cleaning to find a long lost favorite plaything but make sure it’s still in good shape.


• Food and water bowls often get overlooked because we rinse and refill them every day. Unfortunately, the fat found in your dog’s food is the perfect breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria and a rinse is not nearly enough to kill what’s lurking in those bowls. If you don’t already really clean at least weekly, now is the perfect time to start. The best option for bowls is either stainless steel or lead-free ceramic. Cleaning them daily in the dishwasher on “sanitize” or using a non-abrasive cloth with Skout’s Honor toy and bowl cleaner will do the trick. If you’re washing them by hand, be sure get down to the very bottom of the bowl where bacteria find the best hiding places and don’t forget to rinse well. Most importantly, either method will render those bowls cleaner than a dog whistle.

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• Another item that’s often forgotten about is the collar. Because the collar is the one thing that stays on your dog 24/7 giving it a real cleaning is not only a good idea, it’s a prudent one. First, remove all ID tags and check if they are still legible. All that clanging around every day can wear down the print of that vital information. Once all the tags are removed, wash the collar in a pet-safe laundry detergent like Seventh Generation and dry it with natural wool dryer balls like Pure Homemaker. These are great because you can put a drop of “calming” lavender oil on each one before tossing it in the dryer. If you chose to air dry, put the drop of lavender oil right inside the collar so your dog will not only smell good, he/she will feel good too. Now that you have your spring cleaning regimen down, get out there and head off into the fresh, cool air and enjoy! Jodi Andersen, ComPETibility expert, is co-founder of How I Met My Dog™ a website that custom matches the right people with the right dogs. Every year, a staggering four million dogs are surrendered to shelters or need to be rehomed by families who can no longer care for them. Sadly, only half of these dogs ever find another home. How I Met My Dog’s mission is to break this cycle by giving adopters the much needed assurance that the dog they are bringing home is the “right” dog. Their P.E.T. Profile™ filters for 30 levels of human and dog compatibility, greatly increasing the odds of successful, longterm relationships. For more information on How I met My Dog, visit •



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Erin & Leif Frey and Aidan Porter


or this team, it’s what you may call brotherly love. Literally! From a college basement, Leif and Erin Frey conceptualized, concocted, and launched their business. They wanted to create something that would change the way we look at laundry. FREY was born out of the idea to make clothing care an experience that’s a little more personal and a lot friendlier for both the environment and our clothing. With a modern line of laundry detergent and clothing care products that contain essential oils and natural fragrances, FREY has created a product unlike any on the market. We recently had the chance to sit down with the guys to chat about the brand and themselves and here’s what they had to say. Give us a bit of a backstory. Leif: We are from a small rural town in Maryland and graduated from the smallest public high school in the county. We graduated Ivy League, volunteered both in the U.S. and internationally, practiced as licensed EMT’s, played sports, enjoyed pushing ourselves, and loved helping others. But as we were starting FREY, we briefly went back home to Maryland where we made and filled our bottles by hand from our basement. Luckily, we are far past that point, and now have other people who handle every step of our production process, allowing us to focus on the big picture a little more. 98 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019

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What was the inspiration for FREY? Erin: There are two parts to this answer: The first is that when we went to college and started doing more of our laundry and selecting the laundry detergent, we realized most every person we knew was only using their detergent because it was their parents’ detergent of choice. There was very little variety, and very hard to choose something that resonated with us. Almost all the scents, designs, and advertisements were tailored to an outdated image of the type of person who did laundry several decades ago—in many ways perpetuating old stereotypes. Looking into it more, we also realized that many mainstream detergents contained harmful chemicals, harsh on both clothing and the environment. So we decided that we could do something about this, and give consumers a product to call their own because they like its specific design, scent, cleaning power, formulation, and the positive impact on the environment— and the world through our philanthropic programs. We decided that we could take our company to another level, and realized that we could evolve to be something more than just a detergent, but a full line of products designed to give people something they enjoy using. The second part of the story, however, is that my brother and I have always wanted to start a company together. We love each other and work well together and enjoy sharing in each other’s passions, so the dream of creating a company together began at an early age, as far back as when we were in elementary school, and we started making and selling bracelets by hand. Over the years, we came up with many ideas, but this was one that we thought was something that we wanted to use. When was the moment you decided to try your hands at being an entrepreneur? Leif: When we started getting some good press, and no longer had any time to do anything other than ship orders! At that point, we were able to take a step back, look at the bigger picture, and realize that what we were doing had far more potential than we may have initially expected. What is it like working with your brother? Erin: As brothers, we have been fortunate enough to play competitive sports together, go to school together (not college), travel the world together, and more. We’ve been through thick and thin, and now we’ve had the opportunity to start a business together, be on national TV together, and bring another level of adventure to our friendship. We haven’t met any siblings who are as close to each other as we are, and I think that’s one of the main reasons why we work so well together. It has always been him and me versus the world, and we still will have each other’s backs and each other’s best interests at heart.

The Frey brothers meet with Steve Harvey

You recently brought on a Co-founder and CTO. Tell us about him and your decision to make him a permanent part of the FREY team? Leif: He’s a rock star human being, and we’ve known Aidan Porter since we were kids. Our families were very close growing up, but we hadn’t seen/contacted each in over a decade until we launched FREY. He reached out (from halfway across the world in the UK) and started helping us. We knew from the beginning that we would eventually hire someone to handle our website, so his flexibility, enthusiasm, dedication, and his passion all made the decision to bring him on as our CTO was an easy one. We are close enough that we don’t hesitate to tell each other what we think, it minimizes politics and keeps everything on the table since we’re all working towards the same goal and we know and trust that each of us is doing what they can to drive this forward. Being able to imagine this drive and purpose of everyone you work with is one of the best things that you can achieve, and we are delighted to have him on our team. What is it like working with close friends? The dream is to surround yourself with great people. Some workers become incredibly close friends, and some incredibly close friends become business partners. But if you build a group that blurs the lines of friends, family, and business in the right way, all of a sudden work doesn’t feel as much like work but fun—which can be productive, as you’re randomly brainstorming over drinks. The atmosphere we’ve managed to create is honestly happy. Friends, part-time workers, people running their own businesses are constantly hopping in and out of our lives, and it’s a never-ending cycle of fun, work, new ideas, and just great feelings with people we’re close to. We’ve been very fortunate in this regard, but we’ve also built this intentionally. What are you most excited about now that you live in New York City? Leif: New York is such a lively energetic place. Many people have inspired work ethics as well as inspired ideas and passions that they pursue in a way that creates a refreshing atmosphere that permeates everywhere. We are constantly exposed to new ideas. What’s next for FREY? Erin: We will, of course, focus on continuing our growth, but we also want to start launching products with other scents, which will hopefully give people more options for them to select something that appeals to them. With the launch of additional scents, we are likely going to go through some branding changes to create a brand that resonates with all of our users. For more information on FREY products, visit • APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 99



ore than any other city in America, New York City is like a country song. Country songs tell stories, and NYC has more stories than you would believe; it’s the biggest small town in the U.S. Not only is it made of up millions of diverse individual stories but collectively, the city tells a new story every day. And that’s part of why I love it so much and am glad to be back home.

Kelly with Country Music legend Dolly Parton

My story started in 2013 when I came here to help launch the first country station in Manhattan in over 17 years. I remember telling my daughter that we weren’t going to spend our time in the greatest city in America, wishing we were someplace else. You see, this 8th grader’s story was that she wasn’t too happy to be leaving Denver and moving to a new place. I reassured her our story was about creating a new life, growing where you’re planted, working hard, building relationships and finding the good in any situation. You could say it’s the making of a good country song. Like New York City, country music expresses stories with the universal theme of people trying to find their place in the world, working hard, fighting the good fight, praying for a miracle—and raising a little hell. Back then one of my favorite anthems was a song called “Riser” by Dierks Bentley: I’m a riser I’m a get up off the ground, don’t run and hider Pushing comes a-shovin’ Hey I’m a fighter When darkness comes to town, I’m a lighter A get out aliver, out of the fire Survivor


When NASH FM 94.7 started in 2013, there were country music concerts in the New York area, but they were mostly featuring the superstars. That was then. Today the current scene for emerging country artists is growing every day at such venues like Terminal 5, Irving Plaza and Hammerstein Ballroom. In fact, this summer’s lineup at Jones Beach is 30 percent country music. What a difference a few years makes.

Nailing it with Reba McIntire


Three years after launching NASH, I was transferred to be on our network morning show based out of Nashville to be broadcast in New York. However, being on the radio in NYC, but not living here wasn’t the best fit for me—or our listeners. Thankfully, NASH decided to launch a local morning show that spoke to the uniquely New York country experience. So, here I am back in the Big Apple. Reflecting on my time in Nashville, it was a fantastic experience to live and work in Music City. It is, after all, the home of country music, but New York City is its biggest stage.


When I emceed shows in Nashville, I was always shocked at the lack of enthusiasm from country fans. You see, I got spoiled by the New York country music fans. They love their country music with the passion only a New Yorker can evoke. Maybe that’s why I relate to them because as a kid growing up in Kentucky, I wanted to choose my music and it wasn’t country. At that time, I was all about 80s rock, and country was for my parents. So for the New York country music fan, I’ll refer to Ole Blue Eyes, himself: They’re doing it their way.

Kenny Chesney & Kelly

Naturally, my Nashville story is an integral part of my New York story. As host of the only country morning show in New York City, it gives me an insider perspective you can only get from having lived and worked in Music City. I’d run into artists at the grocery store, charity events, and backyard barbecues. I loved my neighborhood and house which sat on three acres and had a chicken coup. Now I eat the delicious chickens from Chirping Chicken which is across from my one-bedroom apartment.


My New York story continues, and I’m not going take a minute of it for granted. I’m reacquainting myself to this fantastic city: going to the flea market in my neighborhood on Sundays, taking an improv class, writing in my journal at a funky little coffee shop, and this summer taking the train to the beach or perhaps enjoying a cocktail on a rooftop at sunset. Without a doubt, though, I’ll be appreciating the delicious cuisines and great food! And like an old country song goes:

“That’s my story. “Oh, that’s my story. “Well, I ain’t got a witness, and I can’t prove it. “But that’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it… •



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once had the surreal pleasure of attending a women’s conference hosted by Arianna Huffington and Mika Brzezinski at Arianna’s divine home. Guests included Katie Couric, Ali Wentworth, Valerie Jarrett, George Stephanopoulos, Dean Ornish, and Joe Scarborough (a few good men punctuating the girl power), and conversation centered on the theme of Thrive: Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power. The heady discussion centered on how we, as women, define “success.” This felt like a particularly poignant thing to consider during this moment of immense (and long-overdue) upheaval in the power corridors of our various creative industries. Much of our conversation centered on the idea of authenticity, and on what advice we would share with other women, and/or with our own younger selves. With the force of nature that is Arianna Huffington at her home for a conversation on “Thrive: Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power” ©Liron Ansellem


What were you doing when you were 25 years old? I was living in NYC in a two-bedroom apartment with five opera singers, working as a nanny and wondering when the bucking bronco of my young soprano voice would start to behave and allow me to sing Mozart the way I heard it in my head. I spent a fair amount of time worrying that the last thing the world needed was another entry-level soprano, and that maybe I hadn’t done the right thing in selling all of my earthly belongings and moving from Texas to NYC in pursuit of an opera career. And I wondered if I would ever find a way to reconcile my passion for this beautiful, ancient art form of opera with my passion for social justice work.

How did that experience influence who you are today? In the simplest of terms, that time in my life toughened me. It taught me to concentrate, via the exercise of memorizing an aria while my roommate was practicing a different aria with ear-shattering brilliance in the same room. It taught me to enjoy simple pleasures. And it taught me to generate my own light in the darkest of spaces. Literally. The apartment we shared was one of those desperately depressing, low-floor apartments with only a few small windows, all of which opened onto airshafts, making it impossible to tell whether it was noon or midnight. One of my roommates, a headstrong German soprano, countered the gloom via her tradition of candlelit breakfasts: dark German bread and strong coffee accompanied by flickering tea-lights and laughter and conversation. It was a tradition that we all soon adopted—some of the brightest breakfasts ever, and in the dimmest possible space.

What were you doing when you were 25 years old? I was living in NYC in a two-bedroom apartment with five opera singers, working as a nanny and wondering when the bucking bronco of my young soprano voice would start to behave and allow me to sing Mozart the way I heard it in my head. I spent a fair amount of time worrying that the last thing the world needed was another entry-level soprano, and that maybe I hadn’t done the right thing in selling all of my earthly belongings and moving from Texas to NYC in pursuit of an opera career. And I wondered if I would ever find a way to reconcile my passion for this beautiful, ancient art form of opera with my passion for social justice work. How did that experience influence who you are today? In the simplest of terms, that time in my life toughened me. It taught me to concentrate, via the exercise of memorizing an aria while my roommate was practicing a different aria with ear-shattering brilliance in the same room. It taught me to enjoy simple pleasures. And it taught me to generate my own light in the darkest of spaces. Literally. The apartment we shared was one of those desperately depressing, low-floor apartments with only a few small windows, all of which opened onto airshafts, making it impossible to tell whether it was noon or midnight. One of my roommates, a headstrong German soprano, countered the gloom via her tradition of candlelit breakfasts: dark German bread and strong coffee accompanied by flickering tea-lights and laughter and conversation. It was a tradition that we all soon adopted—some of the brightest breakfasts ever, and in the dimmest possible space. If you could write a letter to your younger self, what advice might you share with her? Dearest (younger) Camille, Hello from the future! I write to you—my smaller, more nervous younger self—to remind you that in life, as in opera, the key thing is to pause for a moment to take a good, deep breath. You may feel right now that “success” is defined by how many accolades you receive. But I’m going to tell you that it’s not about the accolades at all, but about authenticity. And a direct line to your most authentic self comes, as parents tell their toddlers mid-tantrum, when you just stop and take a deep breath. Simple as that. Just breathe. A deep breath will connect you to your core, to who you really are, and to what you really want to do, share and communicate. With your lungs re-filled and your blood re-oxygenated, you’ll be able to project your voice with firm understanding and clarity of intent. You’ll find that your respiration (from Latin “spiritus,” meaning both breath and soul) allows for  inspiration. You will be freed up to take risks, to try various tunes until you find the one that you really love. And if your singing brings occasional tears—of joy or sorrow or both—then you’ll know you’ve chosen the right song. So please, girl, just breathe. Gently, with joy and compassion and the sheer sensual pleasure of feeling your body alive, vibrant and centered. Deep breath in, deep breath out. Yes. Just like that. With love, (The future version of yourself) Camille

Camille Zamora, Soprano and Co-Founder of Sing for Hope ©Liron Ansellem

P.S. You don’t know it yet, but your TX-to-NYC transplant will indeed work out, and you’ll go on to sing great music with great colleagues in great spots from Italy to England to Africa, and together with your beloved pal Monica Yunus, you’ll found Sing for Hope, which will go on to become the country’s largest “arts peace corps.” Oh, and incidentally, when you graduate from Juilliard, there will be a little baby in your belly graduating with you, and that will definitely require some deep breaths. But that’s enough information for you for today. I don’t want to spoil all your future surprises. Adapted with permission from an article by Camille Zamora in the Huffington Post. • APRIL 2019 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 103



he age of the Influencer continues to upend social media, and one of its most promising stars is Sarah Stannard, known to thousands at @stylesarah. Her Instagram following continues to grow by leaps and bounds, cultivating an audience of fashion-conscious women. A Brooklyn resident for the last three years, Stannard started her Insta-denity innocently enough: taking photos of herself in front of New York landmarks and hotspots. The images are flawless, with just enough tease and style to attract an audience. Though it’s only a part-time hobby (her real job is with a beauty-focused App in New York where she does social media), Stannard not only caught the attention of style-conscious women, but restaurant and hotel owners eager for a mention, but also soccer fans. That’s right, @stylesarah might as well be @soccersarah given her alliance to the UK team the Tottenham Hotspurs and its midfielder Harry Winks. “I played soccer my entire life and never had a team to identify with,” Sarah says. “My friends were trying to convince me to follow such teams as Lien Arsenal and Chelsea, but I decided on Tottenham.” New York Lifestyles caught up with the savvy, sultry and stylish influencer over lunch in the buzzy lounge in the Baccarat Hotel. Describe @stylesarah and your personal style? Well, if @stylesarah were a verb, I think it would be equivalent to a youthful, infectious enthusiasm. I rely heavily on a neutral color palette. I used to wear bright colors all the time and found that the lifespan of every item in my wardrobe was too short to keep up with. I was giving in to short-lived trends and I didn’t like that. My entire wardrobe is all black, white, grey, tan and denim. A pop of color is a rare moment and is usually some sort of statement piece. I’m really into animal prints like leopard and snakeskin this season. Since there’s a lack of color in my wardrobe, I play it up with varying textures and layers. I love a contradicting mix of a super formal look and sneakers. And of course, I really like to add my personal touch in there - with the logo of the soccer team I support or lapel pins I’ve collected from around the world. Lastly, I’m definitely a hat girl. Fedoras, berets, beanies... I want them all!  How do you decide where to photograph? I think my backdrops are really similar to my style—neutral and heavy on texture. It’s more the time of day that’s essential—early mornings during the weekends in the city are nice and quiet, it’s easier to get a good shot then.  How have you built such a big audience? Experience and consistency! I don’t think my audience is very big compared to other fashion influencers, but I have an audience that I’m very intimately connected with. Whether they’re fellow soccer supporters or people that have been following my blog since 2009 in Ohio, we’ve all gone on this journey together. 104 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | APRIL 2019

How do you engage with your followers? By being my most authentic self! I think when I stopped posing and smiling and started creating the content that made me happy is when I really started connecting with others. The soccer community has been essential to this - and people outside of the soccer community get a kick out of my fandom (see what I did there?). Not only do I engage on my own posts, but I answer every message and interact on their pages as well. How are influencers changing media? The way I see it, influencers and social media are just another form of marketing—and it’s here for a reason. People want a more authentic voice—whether they’re still authentic or not—to tell them where to go and what to do. Aspirational marketing can get you so far, but realistic marketing—where the consumer really feels like they can achieve that life—is what’s working for the current market.  Who do you follow? My favorite people to follow typically create content that’s far different from mine, but they make me really feel something, and that’s why I like them. An influencer I love to follow is @jacimariesmith—she’s youthful and aspirational—but not in an intimidating way. Her photos are amazing. Another is @dorytrendy and is very much my vibe. I draw a lot of inspiration from her looks. As far as brands, @ theloversanddriftersclub is my favorite. It’s everything I want to be, but I’m too much of a good girl. Also, my friend @streetstyleteller has a great vibe and I’m always excited to see what she’s posting. And of course, @spursofficial because I can’t live without my soccer team! •


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