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MEET THE FACE FITNESS DOCTOR

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A RENEWED SPIRIT

Now that Springtime has arrived in full bloom, we can start enjoying a renewal to enjoy all things outdoors. For some of us, it means donning your baseball cap and hopping the subway to our favorite stadium in the Bronx to catch the Bombers. For others it’s taking the #7 to CitiField in Queens to cheer on the Amazin’ Mets for another season of highs and lows. Either way (or both), it’s a time to enjoy records broken, stolen bases, and catching a fly ball. We’re still hoping for a World Series with these champs!

As you know, at New York Lifestyles  we share the voices of those who combine their wisdom, lessons, and life experiences with the hope that their journeys will make you change. In short, it’s what this issue is all about. It’s about living well and living long. Even capturing those special moments, too. We introduce you to two incredibly talented leaders in their field.

First, Dr. Naeemah Ruffin who is also known as The Face Fitness Doctor. Her journey into face fitness started when she noticed how her face had aged. While she realized Botox and injectables were the answer for some—she longed for a solution that worked with her body. This began her search for a natural solution to a more youthful appearance. So instead, she started a facial exercise routine. The results were so good, she fine-tuned her Face Enhancing Fitness Program and started working with clients—and created her company, Bellantz Skincare.

Next, meet motivational artist, Billy Alsbrooks, who shines the light for millions of people across the world. The profound advice of one man inspires them every single day to be the best version of themselves. His YouTube following is phenomenal with powerful messages on ways to reach success. Billy reaches all—including celebrities, athletes, entrepreneurs who are serious about success. His book Blessed and Unstoppable: Your Blueprint for Success is must-read.

There we have it! Another issue of incredible interviews, new restaurants, getaways to escape near and far, and arts & entertainment. I hope you find this April issue informative and entertaining.

Wishing you a wonderful Spring,

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NAEEMAH RUFFIN

MEET THE FACE FITNESS DOCTOR

We know that getting blood flowing through regular exercise is good for our bodies. But have you ever heard of doing a workout for your face? It’s an idea that has gained recognition among people looking to ward off—even reverse—those stubborn crow’s feet, sagging cheeks, double chins, and the list goes on.

“If your body can look fit, so can your face,” says Dr. Naeemah Ruffin, 52, former assistant clinical professor at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and founder of Bellantz. Facial fitness is meant to tone and tighten your face naturally, without invasive methods. That sounds far-fetched—except there is genuine science behind facial fitness, which has existed longer than you may think. Facialists have long been using tools and techniques in combination with skincare products to help the face appear firmer and more sculpted.

Did you know that there are over fifty facial and neck muscles? It’s true. When Dr. Ruffin collaborates with her clients, they can focus on a particular area of their face or exercise the entire face from the forehead to the bottom of the neck. The face exercises target horizontal forehead lines, the lines between the eyebrows, nasolabial folds, flattened cheeks, the jawline, marionette lines around the lips, facial asymmetry, and double chins.

She collaborates with her clients one-on-one, and group classes can also be arranged. Generally, clients sign up for a 6, 12, or 20-week program depending upon the facial target areas. One of the outcomes of this program is that people learn more about their faces which can provide balance and comprehensiveness to a self-care regimen.

You don’t have to break a sweat. Following Dr. Ruffin’s program takes less than 15 minutes per day. To begin, she suggests you start practicing six to seven times per week, and then once you have achieved your desired results, four to five times per week for maintenance. A good practice is to do it in the morning and at night. In less than six weeks, her clients notice an improved difference.

Naeemah Ruffin’s career began as a CPA at Ernst & Young, followed by 11 years at AMEX. Although she was grateful for her business and management experience, she did not feel this was her life’s purpose. So, after a medical mission trip to Africa, she left her corporate career at age 37 to pursue a career in medicine and public health.

She completed a dual DPM/MPH program at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. In addition, she completed her surgical residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and later completed a podiatric mini-fellowship in dermatology and pathology.

A REVEALING LOOK

Her journey into face fitness started when she looked in the mirror and noticed how her face had aged. Her cheeks were sagging, her upper eyelids were drooping, and she had creases between her nose and cheeks. While she realized that Botox and injectables were the answer for some—she longed for a solution that worked with her body. This began her search for a natural solution to a more youthful appearance. So instead, she started a facial exercise routine. The results were so good, she fine-tuned her Face Enhancing Fitness Program and started working with clients. She explains that the facial muscles are the only ones in the body directly attached to the skin. If you exercise the muscle and it gets toned, the skin does, too.

Most recently, Dr. Ruffin launched Bellantz Clinical Skincare, an Age-defying line based on natural plant extracts. A breast cancer survivor, she recognizes the importance of what you put on and in your body. Her mission is to help people look like the best version of themselves—naturally.

We met with Dr. Naeemah Ruffin to learn more about this fascinating subject.

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Why does skin age?

The skin ages due to a cumulative and complex mixture of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The skin contains multiple layers,  and as we age, each layer undergoes specific changes highlighting what our skin needs to remain vibrant and youthful. For example, the uppermost layer of the skin acts as a barrier to the environment and maintains optimal hydration levels. As we age, we retain less moisture resulting in dehydrated skin. Therefore, replenishing hydration levels is essential.

The deeper skin layer contains primarily connective tissue such as collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Collagen and elastin fibers give the skin strength and elasticity, while hyaluronic acid keeps the skin plump. Excessive sun exposure causes oxidative damage and inflammation, destroying collagen and elastin and causing wrinkles. Therefore, reducing skin inflammation is vital.

Fat, muscle, and bone form the framework of the skin and provide structure to the face by helping to maintain a firm facial shape and contour. As we age, we lose fat and muscle mass, and our facial bones resorb, resulting in the loss of firmness and loose skin. Exercising the facial muscles improves muscle tone and firms the skin.

As you can see, skin aging occurs at many levels. Therefore, your skin care regimen should target these layers with effective skincare, face exercise, and a healthy diet and lifestyle to achieve a smooth, blemish-free, and luminous complexion.

What is the best diet for healthy skin?

Eating a plant-based, minimally processed diet low in sugar is one of the best ways to maintain healthy skin. This diet is rich in antioxidants to protect against UV radiation-induced skin damage, reduces inflammation, and protects your skin from premature aging. Several important antioxidants are vitamins A, C, and E, carotenoids, NAC, ferulic acid, selenium, proanthocyanins, CoQ10, green tea, pycnogenol, alpha lipoic acid, omega 3- and -6 essential fatty acids, and polyphenols. Many of these antioxidants are found in a Mediterranean diet. Also, research shows that a diet high in sugar or eating food cooked using high heat leads to the formation of advanced glycosylation end products (AGEs), which can damage skin collagen and elastin.

How often should you do a facial workout?

All muscles in the body need to be worked out regularly, whether it’s your face or body. When establishing the practice of face exercise, I recommend at least 6 days per week. This helps to build muscle memory and create strong habits.

Is facial massage and exercise the same?

Facial massage and exercise are quite different. Facial massage is excellent for releasing tension in the facial muscles. Holding tension in facial muscles can cause individuals to hold the muscles in a way that can make a face appear aged. For example, consistently frowning can result in lines between the brows. Constant raising of the brows can also result in horizontal lines across the forehead, and continuous clenching of the jaw can result in a hardened appearance.

Exercising the facial muscles involves contracting the muscle to its maximum length leading to improved muscle tone, increased muscle volume, and blood flow to the face. It restores a youthful shape of the face and produces agedefying results. These benefits have the effect of smoothing wrinkles and creases and lifting and tightening areas of the skin due to loss of fat volume and decreased muscle tone over time.

What does wellness mean to you?

Wellness is living in a state where my spirit, mind, and body are in harmony. First, I strive to maintain order and balance in my life by ensuring that I am in the right relationship with God. Second, I ensure that my mind is worry-free: I focus on pure, lovely, and noble things to bring it peace. Lastly, I nurture and take care of my Body with proper sleep, a whole-foods diet, and exercise, including taking my favorite ballet classes twice weekly.

What is the most notable change you have seen in the skincare industry?

I have noticed the push for companies to “clean up” their product ingredient list. Some are moving towards cleaner products, including removing harmful ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, and others linked to cancer and other illnesses. I have also noticed that while facelifts and other cosmetic procedures became popular over the last few decades, current trends show more women are deciding to move toward non-invasive or minimally invasive treatments such as micro-needling, plateletrich plasma, laser, and radiofrequency. However, even these nonsurgical procedures have risks and can take many months to see desired results. As a result, natural facial rejuvenation, consisting of non-surgical and non-injectable methods, has become increasingly popular over the last several years.

Tell us more about your Bellantz Clinical Skincare products. Will you be adding more products this year?

My most outstanding wellness achievement has been starting my own natural and organic skincare line. I have been a skincare enthusiast since I was nine when my mom bought me my first set of skincare. As a breast cancer survivor, I am very particular about what I put on my skin. So, after struggling for years to find skincare products that I could trust and that are both clean and effective, I decided to launch my skincare line. All Bellantz Clinical Skincare products are made with scientifically proven natural and organic plant extracts that are ethically and sustainably sourced from around the world.

They deliver clinical results by targeting and supporting multiple layers of the skin, which restores skin to a youthful, radiant, smooth, hydrated, and nourished appearance. The ingredients include plant-based stem cells, peptides, fruit extracts, antioxidants, brighteners, and natural hydrators and are manufactured in small batches to enable product freshness and potency.

Recently, I’ve added products that target dark spots and an uneven skin tone. I have always struggled with these skin challenges, and wanted to create products with the most potent ingredients that address these issues. I added a Purifying Clay Mask with Gotu Kola, Black Seed, Caffeine, an Azelaic Radiance Serum with Kojic Acid and Niacinamide (vitamin B3), and a Niacinamide Radiance Crème with peptides and Bisobolol. Also, the Murumuru Nourishing Eye Crème targets the lack of vitality around the eye area.

What is your favorite facial-care routine?

My facials include both working the facial muscles and pampering my skin. First, I exercise my face with one of my favorite routines that focuses on specific areas of my face that need toning and tightening. Then I use a facial steamer to relax my face and open my pores to take in my pore-refining and brightening treatment masks. Next, I use my LED light therapy device with my Kombucha Restoring Serum, followed by my Plant Stem Cell Creme and Revitalizing Facial Oil. Finally, I cap off my treatment with gentle upward strokes using my jade roller. As a result, my skin feels rejuvenated and looks very fit. I set aside time at least 2-3 times monthly to refresh and rejuvenate with this self-care routine, and I encourage my clients to do the same.

Dr. Ruffin believes Bellantz is for everybody and every skin type. Think of it as cherishing and honoring your body and soul. Bellantz Face Enhancing Fitness and Bellantz Clinical Skincare work in synergy for the most beneficial results.

For more information on Bellantz, visit Bellantz.com

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MOTIVATIONAL ARTIST BILLY ALSBROOKS

4 SUCCESS TIPS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Did you hear what he said? Not just what he said, but how he said it? It’s been decades since someone’s voice has resonated with such profound earth-shaking power. When I first listened to a Billy Alsbrooks YouTube video, I struggled with frustration to find an accurate label to place on him. Is this some new form of rap? Poetry? Motivation? Spoken word? Ministry? What is it?

I’m still not quite sure what it is, but one thing is for sure, it moves me. His powerful intense audio canvasses seem to embody all these emotional stirring elements into one cohesive new genre. Seamlessly, each unique message flows from one form to the other, penetrating the spirit down to the very core, touching one in places that I didn’t even know could be touched. He literally set my ears, my mind, and my soul on fire!

The work, no matter which one I choose to play on his channel, challenges me and every other listener to become the best version of ourselves. He speaks from a different place that resonates deeply on all levels. When I listen to Billy, I feel like I can run through walls, conquer my goals, and achieve anything! I found myself constantly rewinding his messages over and over again, so that I could digest every single word he said.

Now there’s been motivational speakers since the beginning of time, but this guy is undeniably different. He’s a motivational artist. If Picasso were a motivational speaker, he’d be Billy.

His masterful way of combining so many different elements into his craft, sets him worlds apart from all others. He and his genius truly stand alone. In today’s saturated world of imitation, what he has done with his poetic alchemy is original, thought provoking, and world changing. On his motivational songs, there are no fillers. He doesn’t just say something to say it. Every word is packed with emotional dynamite. You can almost hear the chains falling off the listener as he ushers in massive breakthroughs. It’s not just what he says, it’s how he says it. He can take the most common quote and make it sound like Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” His distinct voice has a set of hands that hold you from the inside.

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THE VOICE OF THIS GENERATION

For millions of people across the world, the profound advice of one man inspires them every single day to be the best version of themselves. That man is YouTube phenom Billy Alsbrooks.

Billy’s powerful motivational messages reach people across the entire spectrum. From those struggling to recover from addiction to Hollywood stars, high achievers, professional athletes, and mega entrepreneurs. Everyone serious about success listens to this guy!

As a world influencer and former Billboard charting recording artist, Alsbrooks has created a massive movement that is taking the world by storm. His viral motivational masterpieces have currently been streamed globally more than 70 million times in over 170 nations and his top selling book Blessed and Unstoppable: Your Blueprint for Success has been sold in over 32 countries. In 2019, Billy was awarded an honorary doctorate in Humanities for his positive impact around the globe.

Billy’s use of poetry intensely stirs the emotions in people of all ages. When you listen to him, you feel like you can run through walls, conquer your goals, and achieve anything! He’s more than just a motivational speaker, he’s a motivational artist. The speaker’s charismatic booming voice and thought-provoking words shake the foundation of every venue in which he speaks. NFL teams and major corporations all over the world hire Billy to come speak to their organizations.

His top selling book Blessed and Unstoppable is a success manual that will help you start living the abundant life you were created and designed to live. Putting his spiritual wisdom into action will allow you to finally experience the unequivocal freedom and fullness that only comes from being the best version of yourself.

We asked Billy to share some quick success tips from his book that will change your life.

Create A Vision For Your Life

Vision is the genesis of all greatness. The ancient scriptures tell us that “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18). This applies to all areas of life. Whether in business, marriage, finances, or your own health, you must decide the most desired outcome and then create in your mind the vision for it.

The starting point for personal transformation is developing a crystal clear, 4k, high-definition mental blueprint with the exact specifications for how you want your life to look. Your imagination is the womb that will eventually give birth to your future. Wherever you don’t have a clear vision in your life, there will be some form of chaos, confusion, and unfulfillment.

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Successful people are mental architects that imagine and design their lives from the inside out. Having a strong vision will attract the right people and circumstances required to manifest your goals. Remember this, any goal that you can envision clear enough and sustain long enough, you can make happen. Spend at least a minimum of 5-10 minutes each day with your eyes closed designing a life that excites you, one that has meaning, purpose, a life truly worth living. Then experience mentally, all the emotions and sensations that align with the dream life that you most desire to live. Plant your mind firmly in this new state of existence, until you eventually wake up there.

Detox Emotionally

Everything we do in life is filtered through our emotional state. To go to the highest levels of success, it is critical that we lay a solid emotional foundation to which to build upon. The wise teachings tell us, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”

All of these inner elements are in some way shape a form of emotional termites that, if left unchecked, will eat us alive. Unforgiveness is the number one thing hindering most people’s success. This dark emotional baggage is an internal ticking time bomb that only has one goal, and that’s to destroy its host.

The hidden within us is always the most dangerous. Successful people constantly scan their emotions looking to eradicate any traces of unforgiveness or any other disempowering energy that interferes with their inner peace and spiritual balance. What inside of you needs to be dealt with?

Take out a sheet of paper and write at the top of it: Who do I need to forgive? Sit quietly for a bit, then write down anyone’s name who arises in your spirit that has hurt, offended, or betrayed you in some way. Writing it down on paper pulls the undealt with into the open where it can be seen and finally addressed. Once your list is made, pick one name at a time and say this out loud, “I forgive you. I choose to let go right now of all the negative emotions and resentments that I have towards you in exchange for my own peace, success, and happiness. Thank you for all the life lessons you’ve taught me, but now I must move forward into my glorious future.” Do this for the next seven days for each name on your list, until all the inner strife and tensions are gone. This isn’t about the one who hurt you, this about liberating yourself. To forgive is to set oneself free. P.S. Have you forgiven yourself? When would now be a good time?

Adopt The Mindset Of The Unstoppable

A disciplined mind, rooted in truth, can do the impossible. The ancient verse says, “Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)

Champions and high achievers understand that success hinges on having the right mindset. Therefore, from here forward, you must diligently adopt the thinking required to manifest your dreams. This requires consciously observing your thoughts and the paradigms behind them to make sure that your thought activity will produce a life of greatness. Any self-limiting or negative beliefs must be dealt with and replaced with ones that empower you. To become unstoppable, you must conquer the battlefield of the mind. Here are some things that will help you with that.

Every day, meditate and practice stilling your mind, read material that will strengthen your spirit, listen to audio books that will inspire you, and watch motivational messages that will keep you hungry and focused on your goals. Drink a mental gallon of greatness as soon as you wake up in the morning and this will set the tempo for the rest of the day.

Follow Your Passion

The secret to success is building your life around doing the things you love. The great teacher said, “Never be lacking in zeal.” (Romans 12:11)

Excellence is impossible to achieve without a burning desire to achieve it. It’s time to set your life ablaze. Do what excites you, energizes you, do what makes you feel alive! Passion is an inner fire that burns to express to the world what one is. Who are you? Tell the world with your flame. Breakthroughs require immense intensity. Your enthusiasm will allow you to overcome any obstacle and will unlock your power within. When passion is married to singleness of purpose it produces the environment required to produce greatness. Life is too short to waste it on doing things that you don’t connect to. No area of your existence should be lukewarm. Set every aspect of your life on fire by engaging in the things that truly mean something to you.

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Take a piece of paper and write across the top: What Sets Me On Fire?

Now write down everything that you’re most passionate about. What types of relationships do you burn for? What type of job or profession ignites your spirit? What types of organizations or world causes do you feel an intense desire to get involved in? Anything that activates your love, peace, joy, excitement, fulfillment etc. captures it down on paper. Build your life around these things. Let fire and a righteous zeal be the center of your existence.

Final Thoughts On Billy’s YouTube Messages

Billy Alsbrooks has started a worldwide revolution. Not a political revolution, but the revolution of all revolutions. This is the revolution of the individual. Each of his messages are mini poetic manifestos instructing the listeners on how to wage war against their own limiting belief systems. Billy Alsbrooks truly is the voice in the flame. Every line is strategically constructed in a way that confronts you mentally and emotionally. It’s as though he holds up a giant mirror with his bold aggressive phrasing. The divine gift this man speaks with burns away the veil and allows one to see their true identity.

When I sat down to write this article, I went to his YouTube channel to learn about him, but in the end, I seemed to learn more about me. In a plastic digital AI world, where most of us have become numb, forgotten how to feel, or at least feel below the surface, this guy will remind you what it feels like to be alive, how to live a life with real meaning, and how to live on your own terms.

Billy Alsbrooks Launches 28-City World Tour

Billy Alsbrooks has just launched his 2023 Blessed and Unstoppable 28-City World Tour. From LA to New York, from London to Sydney, Billy is bringing his life changing seminar across the globe to help you become the person you were truly designed to be. On Saturday, April 15th, 2023, Billy will be here in New York City to help you step fully into your own greatness. This is your opportunity to learn from an anointed teacher who’s burning with passion, living a life with purpose, and who’s on a mission to impact one billion people.

We leave you with one of his profound

Attending a Billy Alsbrooks event is like drinking gasoline and then swallowing a box of matches, he ignites the entire mind, body, and soul. It’s not just a seminar, it’s a complete spiritual experience, a chance at a new and more meaningful life. See for yourself!

and thought-provoking poems titled Make Way For The Young MAKE WAY FOR THE YOUNG

The small boxes they use to put us in, The petty labels they use to define us.

The ignorant ways they attempt to frame us.

How much should the small, petty, and ignorant really bother us?

We need not ask for permission to be that which we are.

We need not seek approval, to dream the dream we’ve been given. We need not beg for validation to breathe the air that excites us.

The question is: Is our dream bigger than their no?

Would getting their permission, their approval, their validation give us the high that we so desperately seek?

I don’t think so…

I’ve never seen fire asking for permission to burn.

I’ve never heard the sun seeking the sky’s approval to rise.

I’ve never known love to beg for validation to fall.

So, What if like fire, we just burn?

What if like the sun, we just rise?

What if like love, we just fall without any concern over the small minds that might reject us?

What if we got it all wrong?

What if instead, we sought to be misunderstood?

What if we aggressively sought rejection?

What if we intentionally sought the disapproval of those who have never achieved anything?

How much better would this world be?

How much more alive would this planet be?

How much better off would mankind be, if we danced to the music inside of us, instead of the harmony of their contempt?

What if it wasn’t water and oxygen that made life possible, but rather the boldness to shun conformity?

What if the reason the moon seems so lifeless is that its ancestors succumb to the fear of public ridicule?

What if instead of saying we are thirsty for change, we started drinking from the cup that actually produced it?

We can either make excuses or progress, but we can’t do both.

We can either make excuses or progress, but we can’t do both. Make way for the young....

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CYNTHIA ROSE

REIMAGINES VINTAGE JEWELS

Layered vintage charm necklaces and stunning stones newly modernized with fresh decorative precious and semi-precious accents are the signatures of New York City jewelry designer Cynthia Rose. She skillfully curates beautiful, fascinating pieces for each client who sees them as a remarkable expression of their individuality.

Cynthia Rose, the New York City designer of vintage artisan jewelry models her signature charm necklaces in her Instagram and crafts them essentially in her image. Chic and sophisticated women love to wear her designs— and, most importantly, layer them—because one is not enough to paraphrase Jaqueline Suzann. “It’s all about balance, size, and texture.”

A PERFECT FIT

Cynthia explains combining old and new in a sexy, playful rhythm that makes for wonderfully enjoyable jewelry, just as perfect a fit with an evening gown or a pair of jeans. “I wear my jewelry every day whether I go out or not. It is just part of who I am. My clients feel the same way. As we go out more, I have no doubt you’ll see more of my jewelry on women around town.”

Cynthia began her fashion journey at FIT and then, as she explains, collaborated “with a select group of immensely talented small independent designers who taught me what it took to evolve in the fashion community. All were smart, savvy women who never let anything get in their way.”

However, she adds it was when she reached 40, after getting and having a family, that she gave in to the longing to do something independently. She finally took the plunge and started her fashion business, putting into play the lessons learned from her savvy colleagues.

A NATURAL PROGRESSION

After twenty years of creating luxe fashion collections for elegant New York women, Cynthia made a critical decision; she decided to downsize and focus exclusively on creating unique jewelry pieces integrating vintage charms and stones. “For me, it was a natural progression. I have always had a deep fascination with jewelry. After all, I have collected pieces that have captured my heart and imagination for 30 years. As a result, I truly love each piece I create. I look at a group of charms or maybe a lovely earring, and I reimagine them. I modernize pieces that may date from centuries ago—even decades—with precious or semi-precious stones to create bespoke pieces that are beautiful, collectible, and timeless.”

Although Cynthia sees allure in many eras, Victorian is her favorite. No matter what period, her approach is one she calls “eclectic,” adding new stones or replacing existing ones, allowing a piece of her sustainable jewelry, she says, “to be simultaneous of the moment and a celebration of the past.”

Collecting jewelry, a passion for three decades, is part of Cynthia’s everyday ritual. Each piece is the object of her devotion, whom she wants to see “adopted into a good, kind, and truly deserving home where the jewelry will be loved and cherished as much as if the pieces were still in my care.”

GLAMOROUS TREASURES

As Iris Apfel says, from her vantage point of 100+ years old, “More is more and less is a bore.” That Cynthia says is her philosophy. It is the essential key to her influence. Her clients have followed her guidance and style inspiration from fashion to jewelry for decades: Beautiful pieces that are whimsical and glamorous, treasures that tease the eye leading it up, down, and around in a never-ending circle of visual delight.

For more information on Cynthia Rose, visit www.cynthiarose.com

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ONLY HEARTS

FOR HELENA STUART IT’S ALL NICE

Based in Manhattan, Only Hearts is Helena Stuart’s baby, her creative outpouring of love. Stuart coined the fashion term “inner/outerwear,” and while it’s now a permanent fixture in the fashion world, it was revolutionary in the late 1970s. Back then, it wasn’t always fashionable to dress in something comfortable, soft to the touch, and incredibly sexy and smart. Times change and today the term inner/outerwear is quite common. At Only Hearts it’s not only appealing to the eye, but nice that it can also work as an entire outfit and is practical, too.

The intimate collections are suitable layering pieces under your most tailored looks. Back when the fashion look was “more is more” and the funkier and louder the better, Stuart was entranced by lingerie that felt good against the skin: soft, feminine and comfortable has always been her motto and inspiration. And for Stuart there’s nothing more luxurious this Spring than a buttery soft fabric.

IMPECCABLE FIT

As a child, Stuart spent time backstage at fashion shows (her mother was a model) and while growing up in Italy fashion was everywhere. It was common to purchase bespoke clothing. To this day, it has influenced Stuart: custom-made clothing with an impeccable fit has always been the driving force for Only Hearts. The brand’s continuous stream of creatively designed lingerie makes it a consumer favorite. Her latest line includes a playful plaid mesh inspired by Vivienne Westwood, as well as toneddown camouflage prints, and even a stained-glass print.

As a graduate of FIT who first worked as an assistant to a sportswear designer, Stuart has remained true to her roots. She always wanted to design and make clothing she couldn’t find anywhere. It wasn’t until Stuart, at Liz Rosenberg’s behest, was persuaded to create a release party for Rod Stewart’s You’re In My Heart at Regine’s that she gained enough confidence to open her concept shop. Stuart also wanted to be sustainable and ethical and takes pride in the fact that the brand has remained loyal to these beliefs since it became a mainstay in New York City in 1979. Only Hearts has two locations in Manhattan and one in LA.

HAVING A DESIGN SENSE

Stuart always follows her desires and design intuition. Some of her most popular items are aptly called Second Skin. Peel out of your Second Skin slip and feel good in various intimates and tops. After all, good fabrics have always been a means of self-expression for Stuart. She trusts her intuitive design sense and, when inspired, goes to Paris for even more inspiration.

There’s nothing more modern than slipping out of your work clothes and relaxing in a delicate camisole that was discreetly hidden under your blouse during the day. In summer, you can wear a long slip as a dress and an organic cotton cardigan—and you’re all set! Stuart is incredibly excited that now, more than ever, Ready-to-Wear clothing is inspired by lingerie.

Today, Stuart is inspired by real women who are fully engaged in life; her ideal model is anyone who wears her clothes! If you notice, on social media, none of the women modeling Only Hearts are retouched (complete with freckles, tattoos, and piercings). This is the face of sexy, confident women for 2023. Stuart’s designs can also be found at Shopbop, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Free People.

For more information on Helena Stuart and Only Hearts, visit onlyhearts.com

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STYLE

LIFE & STYLE

A TREASURE TROVE OF TRAVEL MUST-HAVES

Idon’t know about you but there just seems to be a sense of global wanderlust these days. Sure, we’ve been slowly returning to our usual travel habits, but it feels like travel plans are on the rise this spring. This issue, I’m highlighting a few favorites—from versatile styles to road trip stories from the one and only Kevin Costner.

SUNNY HORIZONS

Whether you’re hopping on a plane or just settling in for a weekend of sun and fun, Trina Turk’s Cloud 9 Short Sleeve Polo is ready to be your springtime goto. Whimsy for the win!

Info: trinaturk.com

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ELEVATED BASIC

Clothing with cutouts is trending, but sometimes you want a slightly more reserved look. You can still lean into the trend with this Terez Racerback Dress and its abbreviated peek-a-boo style. Located near the lower back, the cut-out is modest yet chic. Info: terez.com

CUE THE HEELS (OR SANDALS!)

This is a rare unicorn, my friends – an elegant romper with decent leg coverage. All rompers are cute, but are sometimes too darn short, in my not-so-humble opinion. Pair this ViX PaulaHermanny luxe look with gladiator sandals or cute heels.

Info: vixpaulahermanny.com

HAWAII

AND BEYOND

Well, of course Tiare Hawaii has just the right frock for frolicking on the dreamy beaches of The Big Island. But it’s a great one-stop resource for like flowy dresses to pack for any warm weather destination.

Info: tiarehawaii.com

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SPILL RESISTANT RADIANCE

It’s cute enough to wear socially, but this Royal Robbins top is made from a silky material that is surprisingly geared for the outdoors. So, it resists wrinkles, repels stains, has a 4-way stretch, and even a hidden zippered pocket.

Info: royalrobbins.com

A CARRY-ON MULE?

Sure, the airlines limit which pets we can bring, but there’s always room for this cute mule in your carry-on. Rockport’s Briah Gladiator Sandal has the support you’ll need for all-day vacation shenanigans without sacrificing style. Info: rockport.com

HIDDEN SUPPORT

This dress packs down into a wee-bitty square, but its best feature is the built-in bra. Let’s say you forgot to re-apply that sunscreen; Krisom Klover’s Stella dress is your new best friend. Info: krimsonklover.com

WHEN IN DOUBT, WEAR LINEN

If you’re traveling for Easter, this comfortable Cleo linen dress from Grae Cove is the perfect shade of pale blue. In fact, the site is brimming over with subtly hued styles that are timeless and beautiful.

Info: graecove.com

MERRY MILES

Whether it’s a long walk to the spa or you’re all-in on the shopping scene, these sandals will go the distance. Kuru Footwear’s deep footbed and ergonomic design offers the best sneaker comfort in cute sandals. Info: kurufootwear.com

ONE WORD: FINALLY

Well, it sure took long enough, but someone has finally designed a functional airplane pillow. Cabeau’s unique design wraps eliminate the “bobblehead” effect for a comfortable sleep – even in the middle seat. Info: cabeau.com

SAY YES TO WOOL T-SHIRTS

It is wool, and that feels counterintuitive – I totally understand. But merino wool is thin, breathable, and can go from heat to cold with equal success. Plus, the natural fibers of these Unbound Merino T-shirts resist odor, making it a travel triumph. Info: unboundmerino.com

CRUISIN’ WITH COSTNER

Take a road trip with Kevin Costner, John Lithgow, or Phil Jackson? Well, there’s an app that gets you pretty darn close. Autio cues up cool, narrated stories about nearby places. You’ll be tempted to take the next exit to go visit the places they feature. Info: autio.com

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SAN DIEGO

CALIFORNIA’S FAVORITE PLAYGROUND

Come for the sun. Stay for the fun! There’s a reason that San Diego often turns up as one of the top five USA vacation destinations that Americans and foreign visitors count as a bucket list desire, for this famed Southern California city indeed does have it all. Let’s start with the sun, as San Diego’s climate is truly outstanding, with little rain, perhaps a bit of fog, but mostly sunny and mild all year round. Mix in its beautiful harbor, pretty beaches, top-notch restaurants, and lively cultural scene for a place that never disappoints travelers.

There are definite must-see stops on any visit to San Diego, beginning with Balboa Park. This 1,200-acre park has a bit of everything, but our favorite place to start is in the gardens. And this being sunny SoCal, you’ll find 130 varieties of roses blooming in January (and most of the rest of the year) in the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden, giant cacti and other succulents in the Kate O. Sessions Cactus Garden, and butterflies galore in the Zoro Garden. Also, be sure to search out the lovely Palm Canyon, with 58 species of palms, and don’t miss the photo op at the Botanical Building and Lily Pond, a truly gorgeous spot.

There are so many museums in the park you may need a few days to see them all, ranging from the San Diego Museum of Art to the Natural History Museum, the Air and Space Museum, Centro Cultural de la Raza, and even the Comic-Con Museum (and many others). The Old Globe Theater and Starlight Bowl are also in Balboa Park, where theater and concerts enthrall and even the famed Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater.

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SPECIAL PLACES

Next is Old Town, where the indigenous Kumeyaay had a settlement, which they retreated from when the Spanish (and Mexicans) arrived; Old Town represents those Spanish/Mexican settlements. With many buildings constructed in the early 1800s, it’s a fascinating link to the city’s origins. Plus, some of the best Mexican restaurants you’ll ever try are found here, including Café Coyote, which has been in business for over 30 years and consistently rated as one of San Diego’s best.

Then there are the beaches, from OB (Ocean Beach) to Coronado Island, the home of the famed Hotel del Coronado, a special place to vacation since 1888. Check those out for fun in the sand and on land, too, and don’t miss Black’s Beach if you’re inclined to ride the waves or wander about in your birthday suit, as a section of Black’s is a nude beach. Remember to use sunscreen all over any SD beach!

A classic since 1937 is Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, the horse track Bing Crosby co-owned and drew his famous Hollywood pals down the coast in droves to enjoy the spectacle. July marks the season’s opening, and everyone dresses up and struts their stuff until late September when it ends. We love the trackside tables with excellent views, good food, and comfortable seating, and we plan to see the Breeders Cup 2024 here, to be run here November 1-2.

MORE DISCOVERIES

While the San Diego harbor has been part of this place forever—and the reason that the U.S. Navy has made the city one of its fundamental bases—a recent arrival to the waterfront has everyone in town buzzing. That’s the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park along the Embarcadero, the state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue at the water’s edge. The beautiful venue seats up to 10,000 people, with dining catered by Chef Richard Blais, and is now the home of the San Diego Symphony. The shell also hosts music acts from all genres in its long season, lasting from March to September. In addition, you can join a yoga class held at the Shell on select Saturdays.

Stay at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, with its comfortable rooms overlooking the shell, drink and dine at their scenic  Odysea waterfront lounge, then meander down the Embarcadero (the three-mile walking path along the harbor) just a few blocks to the venue. Keep on going, and you’ll end up at Seaport Village, where many waterfront restaurants and shops exist. Or meander to the east right into the famous Gaslamp Quarter, another longtime neighborhood with much to see and do, including Petco Park, the MLB San Diego Padres home.

Be sure to find time to dine at  Lumi, Chef Akira Beck’s Japanese-Peruvian rooftop restaurant, one of the must-try places in the Gaslamp. His fascinating Omakase offerings will delight your senses, and the lively outdoor atmosphere is a delight both during the day and into the evening. And, of course, the weather for rooftop dining in San Diego is fabulous at any time of year.

For more information about visiting San Diego go to www.sandiego.org

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FOUR SEASONS RESORT ORLANDO

AN OASIS IN THE SEA OF ENTERTAINMENT

The magic created by Disney is something we feel in our culture year-round, but especially in this year as during 2023 one of the world’s most iconic brands celebrates 100 years of storytelling and shared memories at the famed amusement parks.  For those wanting to enjoy this landmark anniversary in style, the perfect destination is the coveted property at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World.

Surrounded by the amazing theme-parks of Walt Disney—Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney Hollywood Studios and EPCOT—the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World offers a luxurious retreat to regroup after a day’s exploration of the unique excitement created here. It also provides you and your family with a once-in-a-lifetime experience in an ultimate resort getaway. Just as found in the words of the Disney theme song “When You Wish Upon a Star,” the dream holiday becomes a reality here in 26 sprawling acres of paradise.

THE RESORT

The AAA-Five Diamond Resort located in Lake Buena Vista is a grand property close to all Disney attractions. Visiting the theme park from here is easily accomplished. And rest assured the offerings of Four Seasons Resort Orlando are so splendid that there is as much a reason to visit the park as there is to stay at the worldclass hotel both day and night.

From exploring a private five-acre water park with a complimentary Kids Club to unwinding at the adults-only pool, you’ll discover endless ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation without leaving the resort. Adults can tee off at the exclusive Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando or just treat themselves to a soothing, postpark massage at The Spa.

THE AMENITIES

Luxurious amenities await you inside your booked room. Discover a variety of deluxe accommodations, crowned by the stunning nine-bedroom Royal Suite. One can also enjoy new special suite packages. Make yourself at home with personalized in-room decorations, including play tents for kids, complete with an array of themed toys. And you can even experience magical sights from the comfort of Park View room’s private terrace with nightly views of the Walt Disney World fireworks spectaculars, featuring Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom Park and EPCOT Forever at EPCOT.

One of the lesser-known facts of this superlative hotel is the Walt Disney desk—staffed by expert cast members who can help you plan an itinerary on the fly and give great advice. Couple this with the resort’s location inside the Walt Disney Resort means that guests can access the theme parks before the general public—which can literally save hours of your day if your ambition is to try one of the more popular theme park rides.

DINING OPTIONS

Take in culinary delights throughout your stay here and enjoy memorable meals. Select to be seated in one of six restaurants and bars or opt for a private dining room experience. The Michelinstarred rooftop steakhouse Capa is sensational and showcases a captivating menu for dinner. Then for breakfast meet up at Ravello for the Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and his Pals, offered every Thursday and Saturday morning. The delicious menu features a fresh bakery basket and breakfast favorites such as omelets and buttermilk pancakes, as well as a decadent breakfast buffet.

The best hospitality is at your fingertips from the moment you enter the property to the days you head out to the nearby amusement parks for thrills. Staying here is such an elevated experience that guests who come for a luxe, fun-filled vacation will head home after knowing their wish for a perfect holiday came true.

Starting from April 20th to September 30th, spend more time experiencing the very best of Orlando with a special offer to receive a complimentary fourth night at this lakeside haven.

For more information on Four Seasons Resort Orlando, visit fourseasons.com/orlando

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THE RITZ-CARLTON NOMAD

A STUNNING ADDITION TO NYC’S HOTEL SCENE

Arriving at the new Ritz-Carlton NoMad Hotel entrance on West 28th Street in Manhattan, you may be mystified. What looks like an office building is an elegant hotel, which only takes a moment to discover once you enter the grand, welcoming lobby that’s chockablock with gorgeous floral arrangements.

Opened in July 2022, the Ritz NoMad is already a hotspot, especially for locals who have discovered Nubeluz, the incredible rooftop bar with an Art Deco speakeasy vibe (not an easy thing to pull off) and insane views. Perched atop the 50th floor of this built-from-scratch skyscraper, the club has floor-to-ceiling windows that encompass 270-degree looks south to downtown Manhattan into Brooklyn; west into New Jersey; and east toward the nearby Empire State Building, Queens, and Long Island.

A DINING PLEASURE

It’s a chic, wonderful space helmed by everyone’s favorite philanthropic chef, José Andrés, who offers a variety of delicious “tablas” (food boards) to help soak up the craft cocktails and other libations provided here. It opens at 4 pm and draws a big crowd every night, so if you want to see the spectacular sunset on a clear evening in the Big Apple, we’d suggest reservations.

José Andrés also helms Zaytina, his Mediterranean-style eatery on the ground floor that leans on mezze offerings that are perfect for sharing. And we cannot wait for his new The Bazaar by José Andrés to open in Spring 2024, as that used to be one of the coolest places ever when he opened the original in Los Angeles in 2008.

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THE ACCOMMODATIONS

The Ritz-Carlton NoMad’s rooms and suites are incredibly beautiful. With huge windows looking out on fantastic city views, the rooms are spacious (especially by New York City standards, which often encompass a closet-sized room without enough space to open your suitcase), modern, and extremely comfortable. The hotel’s suites are even more impressive, with dining rooms, kitchens, and those same unsurpassed views of Manhattan unfolding in all its grandeur.

We love the NoMad’s Club Level, where the Club Lounge takes the concept of a floor where hotel guests can stop in for breakfast, lunch, and “afternoon delights” (although we’re pretty sure they missed the exact meaning of that saying by only offering food and drinks!), as well as cocktail hour and dessert and cordials, all included in the Club Level room rate. That constant cycle of quality food and drink service makes life much easier for busy travelers, all enjoyed in an expansive room with incredible downtown views.

And the hotel’s spa proves there’s plenty of space for whatever one’s heart desires in New York City; it just takes planning. Walk into the 6,800-square-foot oasis to discover eight treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms, and a focus on wellness built into every experience on offer.

FASCINATING SIGHTS

Once back on the street outside the Ritz-Carlton NoMad, the neighborhood is jam-packed with ideal places to visit. Head to the Empire State Building’s revamped observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors with 360-degree views of the city and fascinating historical displays; you can even go at sunrise and watch the city that never sleeps wake up!

Take in a concert or a game at Madison Square Garden’s famed arena, just a few blocks away, or wander over toward the Hudson River and hit the High Line for a stroll, then on into Hudson Yards for some luxurious shopping adventures and a sublime seafood meal at Estiatorio Milos. Whatever you decide to do, the Ritz NoMad is a perfect spot to come home to.

For more information on the Ritz-Carlton NoMad, visit ritzcarlton.com

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ADVENTURE TRAVEL

A VISIT TO THE MAJESTIC SOUTHERN ALPS

There are luxury lodges, and there is Flockhill Lodge, New Zealand’s new homestead in the Alps of the South Island. Nestled on a working sheep station occupying thirty-six thousand acres in the Craigieburn Valley, I was amid snow-capped peaks, glassy lakes, winding rivers, and dramatic landscapes that have been the focal point of fantastic film sets. However, that is quite different from the good-natured hosts and staff, who set Flockhill Lodge apart from other luxury lodges. I might have arrived as a guest but left as part of the Flockhill family.

The Dalai Lama once called this section of New Zealand “the spiritual center of the universe,” said Lodge manager Andrew Cullen as we cruised along the Great Alpine Highway. “See that over there,” Andrew said, pointing to a hill covered in limestone boulders, which from the road, looked like a flock of sheep. “That’s where the name Flockhill comes from.” A few minutes later, we arrived at the station. The driveway acted as a timeline of the station, from the crumbling 1875 homestead, which was once a backpacker establishment used by local ski fields and hikers in summer, to a construction site erecting the future restaurant and staff village. At the top of the driveway is the present-day building on the station, Flockhill Lodge.

THE LODGE

The four-bedroom homestead, completed in 2019, is a long, thin, barn-style building purposely built by architect Jonathan Coote of the Auckland-based firm Warren and Mahoney to exploit views from every angle. Walk down the narrow hallways to find imposing mountain structures towering over the building, look out onto Lake Pearson and Sugarloaf Mountain from a private bathtub in the bedroom, and witness the low-lying clouds roll in at first light from the lounge room. You can’t help but feel consumed by its serenity.

Made of timber, limestone, and tinted concrete, Flockhill Lodge blends seamlessly into its surroundings. The interior is a delicate balance of rough concrete brutalism and warm chalet timbers, with lush velvet lounges to sink into with a cocktail and statement light fixtures. A cozy den with a vinyl record deck and a hidden wall bar creates a homely atmosphere. There’s a spacious sitting room with books and games, but nothing beats the terrace with a tepid pool, fire pit, and hot spa, primely placed overlooking the best views in the valley. When the sheep stop rustling at night and the valley is silent, the stars blanket the sky, stretching across the pass as far as the eye can see.

TRAVEL

A stay at the lodge includes exclusive access to the homestead and a personal chef and attendant preparing a daily breakfast, lunch, and four-course dinner or BBQ. Yet I had the privilege of dining with Andrew and Sandra Cullen, the gatekeepers of the lodge. We sat down as the sun disappeared behind the imposing mountains, clinked our wine glasses, and swapped life stories. Andrew and Sarah are wellversed in the luxury sector, having worked for Aman and, much to my benefit, previously owned a restaurant. Andrew and Sandra’s culinary skills did not fade. Set down before me was a feast of pork belly bites, roasted vegetables, mussels, salmon sashimi, and for dessert, freshly baked brownies. “We just whipped up a few things we had in the pantry,” they said. While the company felt family-style, the food was of a higher standard, something I’d expect at a five-star restaurant. Yet, here we were, nestled between the mountains, in the valley, amongst the majesty of the Southern Alps.

REFINED & RUGGED

After a restful night’s sleep, I reluctantly peeled myself out of the Merino Dreamwool mattress and alpaca blanket that consumed me throughout the night. Then after a hot spa and breakfast, I met Markos with an adventurous spirit. Andrew drove us to the furthest point you can reach by 4WD. Markos talked. while I struggled to catch my breath, ascending the steep ridge. “People think sheep are stupid, but they’re highly intelligent,” he said. I’ve never met someone who cared about sheep as deeply as Markos. We followed the ridgeline and passed several gates before reaching the Flockhill Boulders. It took me a minute to realize the boulders towering over me were the ones Andrew first pointed out on the drive. “Do you rock climb,” said Markos. “These boulders are well known amongst the rock-climbing community,” he said.

He was right. There seemed to be no end. For miles and miles, boulders scattered across a hill face, overlooking mountain ranges, basins, limestone outcrops, and pastures. Markos showed me the battlefield several feet below the cliff face, where they filmed the great battle scene from The Chronicles of Narnia. We continued down the labyrinth, climbing, jumping, and scraping ourselves boulder after boulder. We faced them all: small ones, round ones, U-shaped ones, and large ones that could rival a semi-trailer. However, it was a battle between admiring the boulders and mesmerizing the panoramic views, looking into the station’s depths, which never seemed to end.

HIKING, BIKING & MORE

Finally, Markos pointed out the station’s land. That’s when I realized the sheer privilege of staying at Flockhill Lodge. The station is yours to explore. Thirty-six thousand acres doesn’t just apply to pastures. The scope of the land is incomprehensible, and to explore every corner would take weeks, if not months. However, Flockhill Lodge has figured out how to combine a refined stay with all the creature comforts of a five-star resort, with a harrowing experience that allows guests to tap into their wild side, donning wet suits and plunging into caves, spending hours hiking trails or reeling in salmon.

The last section of the hike has us shuffling down a steep hill on our bottoms, emerging from tall grasses and boulders to an open-air cave, crowding around us like hands cupping a mug. I noticed a wooden picnic table in the distance and Markos’ better half, Lizette, waiting with a cocktail shaker and light snacks. The sun plunged beneath the rocky sculptures surrounding us, igniting the sky with pink and orange. I asked Lizette and Markos, “do you ever get used to this place?” They replied, “every day is something different. That’s life at Flockhill Station, and we’re fortunate to live here.”

Before it got too dark, we packed the picnic into the 4WD. We cruised along a dirt road, passing a flock of sheep. It was a 10-minute drive back to Flockhill Lodge. We filled the minutes with laughter and stories like we had known each other for years. Andrew was standing at the front door when we arrived at the lodge. “Welcome home,” he said. A statement I’d never truly felt until I stayed at Flockhill Lodge.

For more information on Flockhill Lodge, visit flockhillnz.com

The Flanders Hotel Ocean City’s most historic and prestigious boardwalk hotel, known as “The Jewel of the Southern Shore”, was built in 1923. This service-oriented Ocean City, NJ hotel, which was placed on the Nation Register of Historic Places in 2009, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2023. The Flanders combines the elegance and hospitality of yesteryear with modern amenities to offer the finest in luxury accommodations. All suites in our Ocean City hotel have private bedrooms and full kitchens, equipped with refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, coffee makers and stove tops, along with irons and ironing boards.

Located on the Ocean City Boardwalk, our full-service NJ beach hotel is a seaside destination that provides the following amenities:

• Spacious Banquet and Meeting Space

• Emily’s Ocean Room (featuring family friendly dining)

• The Shoppes at The Flanders (featuring clothing, jewelry, accessories)

• Divine Images Salon & Spa

• Outdoor heated pool (largest in Ocean City)

• Fitness Center

• 24-hour business center

Ocean City, known as America’s Greatest Family Resort, is one of the best beach towns in South Jersey. The Flanders, with its premier accommodations and prime location, is a landmark known throughout the region, state and nation. Vacationers have marveled at the towering structure as one of the great hotels along the Jersey Shore while local residents and business owners are reminded of the glory and memories provided by the resort. Because of its status as the grandest of Ocean City, New Jersey hotels, the community is fortunate that this architectural gem has survived to the present and continues to remain an important part of Ocean City’s past and future.

The Flanders Hotel - an Oceanfront Iconic and Historic Luxirious Coastal NJ Destination Property Exclusive Beachfront Getaway Packages Available 719 East 11th Street, Ocean City, NJ 08226 | 609.399.1000 www.TheFlandersHotel.com

REACHING FOR THE STARS

2 GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN ESCAPES

If you were to ask what the most visited national park in the United States is, most would forget The Great Smoky Mountains. But with its annual 14 million visitors and location within driving distance of 60 percent of the U.S. population, it gets more visitors yearly than Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon combined.

PIGEON FORGE

Dollywood

Nestled near the Great Smoky Mountains is a place called Pigeon Forge, which caters primarily to country music and Southern culture fans featuring gift shops, theme parks, musical theaters, and dinner shows like Hatfield & McCoy. Even though many country singers such as Blake Sheldon have homes in the area, in terms of stars, there’s no one bigger than Dolly Parton, not just for her illustrious music career but for her decades of philanthropy work and scholarships through her Dollywood Foundation.

Spanning 160 acres, Dollywood is the top tourist attraction in Pigeon Forge and all of Tennessee. Having been to theme parks around the country, including Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, I can attest there’s something unique about Dollywood with its Southern charm and hospitality. So, of course, I expected it to have live shows featuring an array of country music acts. Still, I didn’t expect to find the spectacular Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, a 30,000-square-foot aviary housing the country’s most extensive array of bald eagles and other birds of prey.

Equally impressive is Dolly’s Home-on-Wheels, Parton’s outfitted tour bus, where you can view the brass fixtures and cherry-wood cabinetry. Also on display is the entertainment legend’s closet with show outfits (behind plexiglass), her vanity table, and her bedroom with three clocks—set to Los Angeles, Nashville, and Dollywood time.

For thrill-seekers, Dollywood boasts some of the country’s most daring and innovative roller coasters. I managed to ride eight of them back-to-back. Although not before dinner. Hey, I’m not  that crazy. The best part is that, unlike its amusement park counterparts in Orlando, where some of the most popular rides feature an hour or longer wait, there are virtually no lines to most of the rides at Dollywood. The longest queue was 10 minutes.

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GATLINBURG

Anakeesta

Resting on the border of the national park is Gatlinburg, a famous mountain resort city in eastern Tennessee, which also happens to be the number one trending destination in the U.S. During the peak season, it sees 13 million visitors. Gatlinburg’s most visited attraction is Anakeesta—a multigenerational adventure park on a mountaintop. To access it, guests can ride to the summit on a Chondola or ski lift from downtown Gatlinburg (where I saw a black bear on the side of the mountain) or take the Ridge Rambler truck.

An all-day access ticket allows you to walk the country’s longest Treetop canopy walk, climb to the top of the AnaVista Tower for 360-degree views of the surrounding Smoky Mountains, or enjoy the TreeVenture and BearVenture challenge courses. Then, to get your adrenaline going, there’s the Rail Runner Mountain Chaser—a coaster through the woods, or try the award-winning, dueling zipline course with rappelling. Afterward, enjoy a hot chocolate by the fire pit with breathtaking views and live music. Or head to the Vista Gardens for an interactive, sensory botanical garden with over 3,000 flowers, plants, and whimsical art installations.

Last fall, Astra Lumina opened at Anakeesta. This night-time, immersive experience is the 15th in the Lumina Enchanted Walk series and the first in the United States. Stargazers of all ages can explore a celestial pathway of illuminating light, stardust rays, cosmic song, astral projections, and smoke effects as they venture through the mountain forest.

Anakeesta is open from March to mid-September. Info: anakeesta.com

I spun on the Lightning Rod, a 1950s-era hot rod that races down a 165-foot drop and launches riders along its 3,800-foot track to a top speed of 73 mph. Don’t miss The Wild Eagle, the first of its kind in the country, with seats on either side of an eagle’s wingspan, so there’s nothing but air above and below the rider as it soars twenty-one stories above the ground. But, not resting on its laurels, Dollywood is debuting a $25 million roller coaster this Spring. Big Bear Mountain will be the park’s longest coaster with a 3,990-foot track and features onboard audio and music as it circles Wildwood Grove.

During 2023, guests can celebrate the 50th anniversary of Parton’s hit song in the I Will Always Love You Celebration, which takes place from March 11th – April 8th, kicking off the season with an event to commemorate the art of songwriting. This will be followed by Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival from April 21st to June 11th, with Mosaic culture flower displays and sculptures.

Whether your interest lies in the stars—in light or human form, family entertainment, the great outdoors, or home-spun Southern hospitality, you’re spoilt for choice in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, the two cities on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Info: dollywood.com

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DELRAY BEACH

SOAK UP THE RAYS IN THIS POPULAR BEACH TOWN

As New Yorkers, we love that we can walk to everything we want within our city. But what if you could find that same kind of convenience in a Florida beach town? A place where no rental car is needed to go from the sea to the resort and then on to dinner and nightlife. Downtown Delray Beach offers all this and more. And if you don’t want to walk or even bike, an on-demand free electric car service can take you throughout the downtown core area.

Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Delray Beach’s main drag, runs from I-95 to the Atlantic Ocean and the town’s beautiful two-mile-long beach. The beach town is protected: The city’s height limits are no higher than three stories on East Atlantic Avenue, and throughout Downtown, the height restriction is 54 feet. It also boasts an Intracoastal Waterway and draw bridge.

Once off the beach, Downtown Delray Beach continues to shine. It is home to more than 120 restaurants, cafes, and bars. Choose your favorite cuisine, and you’re most likely able to find it here. (See our sidebar for some of our favorites.) And if you seek live music, the open-air venues here—such as Johnnie Brown’s and Tin Roof—provide live bands playing everything rock to Motown.

The area has six museums, including the Cornell Art Museum, housed in the restored Delray Elementary School from 1913—more than 30 art galleries, working artist studios, and 40 street art murals. Don’t forget the more than 75 public art installations giving this town a creative vibe. Downtown Delray Beach boasts more than 125 shops, with 96 percent of those as small independent businesses. The 18-hole Delray Beach Public Golf Course and Delray Beach Tennis Center, home to both tennis and pickleball courts, provide opportunities to be active during your visit.

TRAVEL

WHERE TO STAY

Downtown Delray Beach offers a choice of 15 resorts, inns, and hotels. Make The Seagate Hotel & Spa your ideal home base. It has almost three properties in one. On-site at the 154room resort is a full-service spa for massages, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool set in a relaxing deck. It is also where you’ll find the  Atlantic Grille for al fresco or indoor dining for brunch, Happy Hour, or dinner. On select nights, you can pair the restaurant’s seafood, steak, pasta, and more menu with live music.  Etc. Café is an ideal spot for a quick graband-go for breakfast or lunch.

Complimentary transportation within a five-mile radius of the hotel includes the resort’s nearby private oceanfront Beach Club. In addition to providing chairs and umbrellas on the beach for guests, the Beach Club also has its swimming pool. Set in a 1950s single-family home, it offers casual dining and an outdoor patio for lunch and dinner with a view. Also, part of the resort’s amenities is access to The Seagate Country Club, just a short drive away via complimentary hotel transfers. Here, you can book a round of golf on the 18hole course, hit balls on the driving range, or practice your putting. The Country Club also has tennis and pickleball courts. Info: seagatedelray.com.

Another option within walking distance of all Downtown Delray Beach offers is The Ray Hotel Delray Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton set within the Pineapple Grove Arts District. The 141-room property opened its doors in 2021 and plays off its location with “modern tropical architecture” with large-scale sculptures, art installations, living walls, and rooftop gardens. Guest rooms also feature a modern vibe.

Head for the rooftop pool deck with its restaurant and bar with trellis-filled lounge areas for lazy days in the sun or get a complimentary short ride to the beach. Set aside at least two nights for dining at the hotel. Ember Grill offers excellent choices in American fare and more. Here Michelin Star Chef Akira Back brings his modern Japanese cuisine to the hotel. Info: therayhotel.com.

To discover more about Downtown Delray Beach, visit downtowndelraybeach.com and thepalmbeaches.com

WINE & DINE IN DELRAY

This partial list of Downtown Delray Beach’s restaurants offers an idea of the diverse cuisines available.

Amar Mediterranean Bistro Dine on Lebanese and Mediterranean dishes.

Avalon Steak & Seafood

Coastal-inspired steakhouse (with seafood specialties) from New York City restaurateurs Host Restaurants.

Caffe Luna Rosa

Choose from Italian favorites and more across from the beach; it also offers an extensive brunch menu.

City Oyster & Sushi Bar

Enjoy fresh seafood delivered and prepared daily.

Courtesy of Seagate Delray Captions © Courtesy of Hilton Hotels

THE SHERRY-NETHERLAND

LIVING LARGE ON FIFTH AVENUE

“Take me to the Sherry” could be heard for nearly a century among the movers and shakers of society who have turned the pages of history. Located in the heart of Manhattan, the apartment-hotel is a five-star property. When the 38-story Sherry-Netherland opened, it was the tallest apartment-hotel in New York City, located directly across from the entrance to Central Park on Fifth Avenue and 59th Street.

Owning a prime residence at the Sherry-Netherland is not only a dream but possible to live amid these well-manicured walls. Each luxury residence offers the exceptional and personalized service you would expect from an award-winning property in New York City for its old-world charm.

THE BEGINNING

It was Louis Sherry and Lucius Boomer who developed the Sherry-Netherland. Sherry, an ice cream magnate, caterer, and confectioner, had many ties to New York and provided the city’s elite society from 1881 to 1919 with his confections, beautifully packed in lavender boxes and tins.

It wasn’t long before Sherry purchased the famed New Netherlands Hotel, only to demolish it to build his masterpiece skyscraper. Realizing that placing his name on the building would not signify the luxury and importance of his new hotel, he decided on the name Sherry-Netherland. The New York City firm of Schulze & Weaver designed The Sherry-Netherland in a neo-Romanesque and Renaissance style. At the time, the building was considered the world’s tallest and the first in New York City with a steel frame. It was completed in 1927 and featured travertine marble on the base with elaborate touches, including the whimsical griffins with hanging lanterns that guard the exterior.

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The most elegant feature, however, is the elaborate mural on the vaulted lobby ceiling by Joseph Aruta. Based on Raphael’s frescoes in the Vatican Palace, it is important to note that when he painted the ceiling, murals were very fashionable and often included in commercial spaces. Some of the greatest buildings of that era—the Empire State Building, Radio City Musical Hall, the Chrysler Building—all boast fantastic murals. In 2014, the lobby mural was refurbished to reflect its original splendor. Sherry-Netherland’s highly decorated elevators are modeled after those from the Vanderbilt Mansion. In addition, there are classical friezes rescued from the Vanderbilt mansion one block south where Bergdorf Goodman now stands, ornate mirrors, and crystal chandeliers.

ENTER RESIDENCE #2307

You are invited to visit this super special triple mint, tastefully renovated one-bedroom, one- and one-halfbath apartment now available at the Sherry-Netherland. The over one thousand square foot co-op is well-priced with over $1,000,000 reduction. This is a “must-see.”

In addition to the size of this suite, which is extremely generous, it is the New York skyline views that really set it apart. It offers a very classically elegant and sophisticated ambience with original architectural details like the decorative fireplace in the living room. It feels very glamorous, but at the same time, very comfortable. The classic styling and its art deco touches make for a very authentic sense of place.

The new renovations in the apartment incorporate the building’s historical elements, such as coffered ceilings, intricate wood parquet floors, custom lighting, closets galore, and a distinctive barrel-vaulted entrance foyer. In addition, the apartment features windowed marble baths, a decorative fireplace, and a washer/dryer.

THE AMENITIES

Enjoy all the services and conveniences of a 5-star hotel in one of New York’s premiere landmarks. Many extras begin with twice-daily housekeeping with an evening turn-down service, a monthly window cleaning service, concierge services, a 24-hour attendant, and valet parking. Also included are a fitness center, a beauty salon and barbershop, and white-glove room service from  Harry Cipriani restaurant; if you prefer to dine in person, residents receive a 20-person discount. Pets are allowed with board approval. Asking price: $1,775,000.

For more information on residence #2307 at the Sherry-Netherland, visit Fox Residential Group at foxresidential.com

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LE TRIANON, 1441 THIRD AVENUE

SUNNY DAYS ARE AHEAD

Welcome home to residence #9B at 1441 Third Avenue! This extra-large sun-flooded onebedroom features a private balcony and is conveniently located in a full-service condo building situated in the heart of the Upper East Side.

Currently configured as a 1-bedroom 1.5-bathroom, it features a desirable juniorfour layout. This western exposure home boasts abundant natural light and a fantastic private balcony perfect for entertaining or simply taking in the city views and picturesque sunsets. Most of all, the condo exudes a sense of light and airiness, making it a cheerful and peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of New York City.

A DREAM COME TRUE

Number 9B features hardwood floors throughout. The kitchen is a chef’s dream with stainless steel appliances, custom wood cabinetry, glass backsplash, and granite countertops. In addition to the more formal dining nook off the kitchen, there is also a breakfast bar perfect for barstool seating and ideal for entertaining or casual dining. If so desired, the dining nook off the kitchen could easily be converted to a second bedroom or home office. The sizeable primary bedroom features an ensuite marble bathroom and a walk-in closet. This home also includes a half bathroom and is outfitted with A/C, a washer/dryer, and a deeded storage cage in the basement.

Le Trianon at 1441 Third Avenue is a fullservice, pet-friendly condominium with a 24hour door attendant, concierge, a beautiful, landscaped rear courtyard, a children’s playroom, gym, private storage, and bike room. Location, location, location: moments away from the 2nd Avenue Q and a short walk to the express 4, 5, and 6 subways, you’re also surrounded by the best shopping, dining, and grocers like Citarella, Eli’s Market, and Whole Foods. In addition to the on-site gym, there are plenty of neighborhood options for fitness enthusiasts (Soul Cycle, Equinox, Bikram Yoga, Exhale, and CityRow, to name a few). Info:

The asking price is $1,199,000. For more information on 1441 Third Avenue, visit Brown Harris Stevens at bhsusa.com

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111 WEST 82ND STREET

SOPHISTICATION & ELEGANCE ABOUND

Welcome to residence #2A, a 3- bedroom, 3-bath duplex located on a tree-lined street in the heart of the Upper West Side. Recently gut-renovated, you will find no lack of attention to detail featuring high-end finishes throughout the home.

A large loft-like and sun-drenched living/ dining room welcomes you in with three oversized bay windows revealing tree-top views and cushioned window seats that provide additional storage. The nook under the staircase offers the perfect hideaway for a desk. An open chef’s kitchen is inviting with top-of-the-line details, featuring a Wolf gas range/oven and a wine fridge. The sizeable primary bedroom is a luxurious escape with windows overlooking landscaped gardens.

An ensuite Italian Carrera marble spalike bathroom is partnered right next to the TransFORM-designed custom boutique-like walk-in closet. The second bedroom also provides views of the landscaped gardens below and has a wall of custom closets.

Upstairs is a great room/den with a gas-burning fireplace, custom built-in bookshelves, bay front windows facing south, and lovely tree-top views. The bedroom on the upper level is quite extensive, with a large walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom. This charming building with a landscaped roof boasts a live-in super (who accepts packages) and convenient storage on the first floor just inside the front entrance. Maintenance includes electricity and gas.

This cozy escape is just one block from Central Park and offers everything you’ll need. Best of all, this extraordinary home is turn-key ready. See it to believe it! Info: $3,545,000.

For more information on 111 West 82nd Street, visit Brown Harris Stevens at bhsusa.com

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MINDIE’S MUSINGS

OVERCOMING INSECURITIES

uthor and motivational speaker Mindie Barnett answers your questions about life, navigating these stressful and uncertain times, while steering you down a more straightforward path.

We welcome your questions and invite you to reach out to Mindie at mindiesmusings1@gmail.com.

Dear Mindie,

I turn to chocolate and junk food to protect myself from insecurities. Unfortunately, I then end up feeling worse about myself after eating. How do I break this habit?

Sincerely,

Dear Sweet & Salty,

Don’t beat yourself up. We all have shortcomings we turn to cope and soothe ourselves. Some of us, unfortunately, select maladaptive mechanisms to self-medicate. This can look like many things: drugs and alcohol, sex, shopping, cheating on our partners, binge eating/ starvation, or eating junk food, to name a few. But, of course, indulging in some chocolate occasionally when you feel low is not the biggest crime you can commit. I appreciate the aftermath leaves you feeling less than others; however, as with almost everything in life - small doses are best.

Scientifically, chocolate does make us happy. The ingredients release serotonin, which boosts our mood, which is why chocolate is typically the go-to food for comfort. In addition, chocolate contains anandamide, a neurotransmitter whose name comes from Sanskrit “ananda,” meaning joy and delight. Anandamides stimulate the brain in a similar way that cannabis does. So, it’s perfectly normal to gravitate toward chocolate to feel good and comfortable.

The bigger question, the issue, is why you feel insecure. We all have insecurities and elements of ourselves we wish we could change or are not confident about. That’s perfectly normal. How we manage such feelings is where the road can become a slippery slope of pitfalls. Why not explore your insecurities, one at a time, and create an evidence chart to back up why you feel you lack in these areas of your life or about yourself? Then create an opposite list of reasons to contest your feelings. Then pen another list of healthy alternatives to eating chocolate that brings you joy and comfort. That may look like listening to a good podcast, indulging in a mindless show on Netflix, cuddling with a pet, talking to a good friend, or listening to some of your favorite music while doing an activity you love. Make that your go-to routine when you need self-soothing instead of turning to chocolate. your feelings of insecurity and anxiety at bay.

Another way to ensure you adhere to this healthier form of coping is to incorporate a piece of the ritual daily. For instance, if you choose to assume vegetating in front of the TV and watching Netflix, try and allow yourself 30 minutes of such leisure a day.

Another way to ensure you adhere to this healthier form of coping is to incorporate a piece of the ritual daily. For instance, if you choose to assume vegetating in front of the TV and watching Netflix, try and allow yourself 30 minutes of such leisure a day. That could be before bed, after a long day at work, or after dinner as a treat. Science shows that implementing an act consistently will help solidify a habit faster. In addition, you’ll proactively keep your feelings of insecurity and anxiety at bay.

The routine will become a form of self-preservation instead of only selfsurvival. The more you keep at it, the faster the pattern will be set in stone, and your desire for chocolate as a coping mechanism will melt away.

Love,  Mindie

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© Barry Morganstein

A LIFELINE TO AID CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS

HRH Crown Prince Alexander and HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia hosted the Annual Lifeline New York Benefit Dinner at The Lotos Club in New York City In aid of children’s hospitals in Serbia. Lifeline New York is a 501c(3) registered not-for-profit whose patron is HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation and was established in Belgrade in 2001, to improve the health and welfare of all those in need in Serbia regardless of religion or ethnic origin. The goal of Lifeline is to reduce and relieve the suffering of physically and mentally disabled children, orphans, the elderly as well as to improve medical facilities in the country.

HRH Crown Prince Alexander addressed the guests at the dinner and then HRH Crown Princess Katherine thanked her husband, and everyone involved with the Lifeline Foundation, “My humanitarian efforts for Serbia started three decades ago by providing medical equipment for the University Children Hospital in Belgrade. Children, their health and their well-being are at the very core of all my humanitarian activities, as well as the activities of my foundation in Belgrade and all Lifeline humanitarian organizations whose patron I am. There is a very difficult situation with children’s hospitals in Serbia and they need to be equipped properly, much better than now, in order for our doctors and nurses to provide appropriate care for our sick children.”

HRH Crown Princess Katherine then spoke regarding the importance of helping children in Serbia. Humanitarian items were donated such as clothing, paintings and portraits which were auctioned.

The attendees also enjoyed the musical performance by singer Gwyneth Giangrande alongside pianist Nick Guerrero

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Ella Legresley, Nicole Legresley, Nicole Miller Bishop Irinej, Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, Crown Prince Alexander Gillian Tullman Whealen, Ryan Whealen, David Boral, Lisa Boral

Notable attendees included Patron HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia and HRH Crown Prince Alexander, HE Ms. Olgica Vlacic, Bishop Irinej, fashion editor Rushka Bergman, Catherine Broadbent, Jack Hartnett, TV personality Tijana Ibrahimovic, entrepreneur Cheri Kaufman, fashion designer Nicole Miller, Peter Pizzino, Kyle Wool President of Wealth Managemen at Revere Securities, Soo Wool, EF Hutton CEO Joseph T. Rallo, Ashley Rallo, Greg Roumeliotis, Gillian Tullman Whealen, Ryan Whealen, David Boral, Lisa Boral, Maryanne Grisz FGI president, Ana Martins, Ted Kim, Sun Song, Ivan Martinovic, Kristina Martinovic, Ella Legresley, Nicole Legresley, Bill Schlight, Nadia Martincic, Jay Yu, Seo Pak, Mara Radulovic, Nanad Grmusa, Kristina Bundra, Greg and Sheila Giangrande, Dr. Benjamin Sadock, Dr Virginia Sadock.

Lifeline’s Board of Directors includes David Hryck (President), Susan Gutfreund (Vice President and SKG Decor), Cheri Kaufman (Vice President), Slobodan Bekvalac, David W. Boral, Dragana Djuknic, Anthony Hayes, Peter Pizzino, Joseph T. Rallo, Kyle Wool and Bojana Jankovic Weatherly M.D.

For more information on Lifeline, visit liflineny.org

Susan Gutfreund Greg Giangrande, Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, Ben Sadock Jay Yu, Seo Pak, Sun Song, Ted Kim Ivan Martimovic, Kristina Mart
A small school that’s BIG on inclusion NYC’s only K-12+ independent inclusion school Relocating to our new home in the Financial District in September 2023! At IDEAL, we believe that differentiated learning is the key to academic excellence. We offer a supportive environment where all children are valued and celebrated. www.theidealschool.org Join us for an open house or a personal tour to learn about our unique inclusion mission. Call 212-769-1699 x10105 or email admissions@theidealschool.org for more information and Zoom links to virtual open houses. The IDEAL School of Manhattan 314 West 91st Street (K-5) • 270 West 89th Street (6-12+) New York, NY, 10024

JEAN SHAFIROFF IN PALM BEACH

HONORS THE SAMUEL WAXMAN CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist, author and television host, hosted a luncheon at Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida in honor of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) of which Jean was a past honoree and devoted supporter.

Over 20 VIP guests attended the luncheon. Jean Shafiroff spoke about the wonderful work that the charity performs in pursuit of cancer research and donated to the foundation on behalf of the attendees.

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene functions that cause cancer and develops minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed up the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe.

PREVENTIONS & TREATMENTS

The Waxman Foundation has grown its International Network on Aging and Cancer. Launched in 2018, this network brings together government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, philanthropists, research labs and universities, and other foundations to work together to address the rising incidence of cancer associated with aging and discover innovative preventions and treatments.

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Jean Shafiroff Alex Hammer Ruth Miller, Jacques Acoca

Jean Shafiroff is a philanthropist, humanitarian, TV host, writer, and the author of the book Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give. She serves on the boards of many charitable organizations and each year chairs upwards of eight different charity galas. Among the many causes she champions are those involved in women’s rights, rights of underserved populations, health care, and animal welfare.

Jean serves on the boards of the American Humane, The New York Women’s Foundation, Southampton Hospital Association, NYC Mission Society, Couture Council of the Museum at FIT, French Heritage Society, Casita Maria, Global Strays, and Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Honorary Board. A Catholic, she has served on the board of the Jewish Board for 28 years and now is one of their honorary trustees. Those in attendance included Jean Shafiroff, Martin Shafiroff, Sharon Bush, Bob Murray, Kim Dryer, Anka Palitz, Ava Roosevelt, Patty Raynes, David Hochberg, Lieba Nesis, Lauren Roberts and Bob Roberts, Arnie Rosenshein and Paola Bacchini, Pamela Morgan, Vicki Schneps, Pamela O’Connor and Alex Hamer.

For more information on Jean Shafiroff, visit jeanshafiroff.com; for Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, visit waxmancancer.org

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JOURNEY EXPERIENCE NYC

IMMERSIVE DINING IN THE FLATIRON DISTRICT

Enter  Journey Experience NYC and you will immediately feel like you’re in an elegant and sophisticated dining room. Go to the back and side rooms, and you will find unique immersive experiences that are $175 per person—but worth every penny.

The  Journey 360  room is fascinating. Picture a long communal table with classic white linens and fivecourse menus neatly tucked into the napkin with each guest’s name projected onto their seating spot! In addition, there are projections on the walls around you that make you feel as if you are dining in a zeppelin tethered to the Empire State Building and other famous landmarks around the world. Some of the different experiences within this unique eatery include a dark back lounge with fantastic art and furniture from around the world, including a “bottomless” table with endless swirls of lightbulbs under the glass.

The two masterminds behind  Journey Experience NYC are Broadway producer Marc Routh, a co-owner of the Tony Award-winning Broadway supper club  54 Below, and noted restauranteur Alex Vanderbilt. Both are proud of the high praise they are getting for their groundbreaking project. Vanderbilt told New York Lifestyles, “Journey 360  is more multimedia and technology-based, so it feels extremely intriguing when you sit at the table with your name emblazoned on the seat. Journey Odyssey is more theatrical and has that life-actor integration that makes the show feel more Broadway and less technology.”

However, the star in both experiences is the food, the quality, and the creativity of the dishes. Chef Edward Hong has created each dish to support the location and narrative while surprising and delighting the guests through traditional culinary sensations of taste, smell, and visuals. The cuisine is a real mix of styles and includes a lot of raw fish. Vanderbilt calls it “new American cuisine with a Korean influence. We are so proud of our care in preparing and sourcing farm-totable ingredients, to the prime choice of fish, meat, and other proteins.” In addition, sitting at either the front or back-room bars provides a la carte off an elevated bar menu—with no reservations required.

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AN “EPIC” EXPERIENCE

If you want standard dining without immersive experiences, book an a la carte dinner in the front room, Journey Epic Café. The go-to dishes we tried and have been obsessed with ever since included the appetizers: the  Wagyu Sliders  which are a meal in themselves—you get three giant dry-aged sliders topped with artisanal melted cheddar. Finally, we teamed those burgers with the  Disco Fries,  hearty sticks of potatoes boiled, fried, and then baked with melted Gouda and herbs.

When it came time for the entrees, we decided to go big or go home and share a large steak! The dry-aged Tomahawk Steak is an impressive 40 ounces, including the extra-large bone, and can feed three or four people! It is sided with homemade chimichurri sauce, roasted veggies including multicolored carrots, and super buttery mashed potatoes, the perfect medium-to-firm consistency!

For dessert, we split the Raspberry Mousse and Baba Au Rhum, which are done halfway between “deconstructed” and “classic” styles. The  Raspberry Mousse features a unique consistency, almost like cookie crumbs have been mixed in, while the Baba Au Rhum is served warm, with homemade custard in both the center and on top.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Each night has different immersive experiences, and there will be more choices as time goes on—check the Journey Experience NYC website for the themes available the night you want to book.

If you want simple a la carte dining in the  Journey Epic Café  but still want to experience the projections, you can visit the bars and ask the friendly bartenders to show you some visuals.

The most popular immersive journey is Journey Odyssey. It features Broadway performers Cady Huffman and Judy Kate doing vignettes about visiting each country representing the five courses. The  Journey 360 option gives you the experience of dining in the center of a volcano. Amazingly, dry ice is placed on your table, so diners are engulfed in smoke when your food comes out. (Now, that’s what we would call “theatrical gastronomy” at its most extreme!)

For more information on Journey Experience NYC,  visit journeyexperience.nyc

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BENNY JOHN’S BAR & GRILL

A NEW GENERATION OF STEAKHOUSE

Benny John’s Bar and Grill is a newly opened American cuisine restaurant near some of the prime locations and top destinations for visitors exploring New York City, including Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Grand Central Terminal, amongst others.

This new restaurant represents the next generation of a seasoned hospitality family, run by the second generation of the Lekic family (who have more than 30 years of experience in the NYC hospitality scene). The faces of the new generation, Dennis and Ben, sons of restauranteur Mirso Lekic (Tudor City Steakhouse), are making their debut with their Benny John’s Bar and Grill.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Specializing in steaks, grills, and traditional American food,  Benny John’s Bar & Grill is the ideal destination for a business power lunch, pre-theater dinner, weekend brunch, or a group outing with family and friends.

Chef Bulmaro Rogue, the veteran grill man from Peter Luger, runs the kitchen, creating classic, tasty dishes using the finest and locally sourced ingredients from some of the finest purveyors.

The restaurant represents a relaxed upscale environment enhanced with art from Novo Arts by Marlaina Deppe. With indoor and outdoor dining options, guests can sit at a table, admire the décor, and crisp white table linens associated with a classic dining experience. The bar is a work of art—hard oak wood meets the marble top, and a seat close to the wine collection on display and the work of the mixologist crafting cocktail magic. Early evening diners can enjoy a happy hour, and in addition, there is a small bites menu available.

The lunch and dinner menus offer well-executed, traditional choices with prixfixe lunch and early dinner options that fill the appetite without emptying the wallet. Some signature dishes include Lobster Risotto, The Benny John’s burger, and the Serious NY Veal Chop (and yes, it is a serious veal chop).

For more information on Benny John’s Bar & Grill, visit bennyjohnsnyc.com

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CHEF MEZE

A GOURMET CATERING EXPERIENCE IN THE HAMPTONS

This summer East Enders will have something new and exciting to boast about with the grand opening of the gourmet catering company Chef Meze. With its official launch set for April, it will offer divinely scrumptious menus and white-glove service for all types of parties and affairs throughout the region.

A TOP-NOTCH MENU

Chef Meze is the creation of visionary investment partner and developer Cagri Kanver and famed Executive Chef Yılmaz Güney of East Hampton’s popular destination restaurant El Turco. The eagerly anticipated catering company will produce top-notch events showcasing their amazing culinary creations while providing the highest level of service and hospitality throughout the Hamptons. With its talented team and diverse capabilities, Chef Meze is currently taking appointments for client tastings.

Executive Chef Yilmaz and his team are privileged to be a part of this exciting new launch into the Hamptons that will provide five-star service and luxurious settings along with cuisine that boasts menus from every corner of the world. From traditional American dishes to distinct Middle Eastern plates, the options available from Chef Meze are both delicious and superbly unique.

Menus are curated to ensure seasonal flavors are interwoven with all natural ingredients as these highly skilled chefs create each menu option. The overall effect is a seamlessly executed event that enhances your vision for the perfect party. You can expect true culinary professionals that will work hand in hand with you to produce menu offerings that perfectly align with your personality and elevate your event experience.

“As professionals, we understand that we are often being asked to play a large role in a significant life event such as a wedding or a precious celebration of any sort,” states Chef Yilmaz. “When entrusted with this responsibility we are thankful, humbled, and instantly become enthusiastic about the opportunity to showcase and tailor our offerings to your specific needs. And remember, in addition to our delicious edibles, we are also highly skilled in pairing the perfect beverages with our curated menus to truly compliment the overall guest experience.”

For more information on Chef Meze, visit chefmeze.com

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ON THE BIG SCREEN

GOOD TIMES OF ALL SORTS

ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET

Not yet rated

Fans of Judy Blume’s classic coming-of-age novel will love this new adaptation of the 50-year-old classic. Abby Ryder Fortson is Margaret, who at age 11 cannot stand her new life in suburbia, missing the excitement of New York City. Her mom (Rachel McAdams) and grandmother (Kathy Bates) aren’t quite sure they love New Jersey either, which leads all three generations to question their new lives in this classic comedy-drama.

PAINT

PG-13

Take one look at Owen Wilson with a big, permed Afro while holding a paintbrush and you’ll quickly realize that he’s doing a comic version of the life of Bob Ross, the painter who made a career of teaching public television viewers how to create “masterpieces” in their own living rooms. This fanciful film calls its leading character Carl Nargle and much of it is completely fictional, as the painter encounters a rival for the title of top TV painting instructor. Craziness ensues, with a cast rounded out with Stephen Root, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ciara Renee.

RENFIELD R

They had us by casting Nicholas Hoult as Renfield, Dracula’s disenchanted henchman, who wants to get out from under that bloodsucker’s fangs once and for all in this kooky comedy. But when Nicolas Cage was revealed as Dracula, we knew this would be a vampire flick like no other. Add in Awkwafina as a New Orleans traffic cop who gets embroiled with both and we’re really hoping that the jokes write themselves. We know we’re willing to give it a try!

SHOWING UP R

Five-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams can read the phone book and make it interesting, there’s little doubt that her new role here, as an artist readying a new show while juggling all the things modern women have on their hands, is another nuanced performance. She costars with Hong Chau as her landlady and artistic rival; both actresses were Oscar nominees this year, as was Judd Hirsch, who also stars in this heartfelt comedy about being creative and just Showing Up.

THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE PG

You don’t have to still be a kid to be excited about this new animated adventure starring Mario, the most popular arcade game hero ever. Of course, his brother Luigi is almost as popular, and the two have a blast in this adventure that races Mario through the Mushroom Kingdom as he must find Luigi and save the world. Chris Pratt voices Mario, Charlie Day is Luigi and Anya Taylor-Joy lends her lilting tones to Princess Peach in this flick that Mario lovers both young in real life and young at heart can equally enjoy.

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ON THE SMALL SCREEN

AND CRIMINALS

CITADEL Prime Video

International spy agency Citadel falls to the very bad guys as this new action thriller series begins. How will the good guys recover when their memories are erased? Will the whole world fall into a fascist state run by a syndicate filled with amoral members? That’s what stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Richard Madden must figure out as spies for the good guys, led by Stanley Tucci, as those evil forces try to rule the world. This oft-told tale just might scare you this time!

GHOSTED Apple TV+

Fresh off her Oscar nomination for playing Marilyn Monroe, Ana de Armas is back being a dark-haired beauty, this time reunited with her Knives Out leading man Chris Evans in this romantic adventure romp. She’s a secret agent, he’s just a regular guy, and let the games begin. The supporting cast is terrific, too, with Tim Blake Nelson, Amy Sedaris, Tate Donovan, and Adrien Brody along for the ride.

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME Apple TV+

Jennifer Garner takes the lead in this thriller series as she discovers that her husband (Game of Thrones hunk Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has vanished. It takes a lot to untangle this crime—and her teenage stepdaughter (Angourie Rice) seems to hold the key to unraveling this twisted story of having a criminal right in your own house—and not knowing it. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name.

LOVE & DEATH

HBO

Writer-producer David E. Kelley (Big Sky, Big Little Lies) turns this twisted true-life story into a series, as he explores all the lust, jealousy, and violence that overwhelms two Texas couples as their lives begin to inexorably intertwine as they spend Sundays together at church services. It’s a tawdry tale that stars Elizabeth Olsen, Jesse Plemons, Lily Rabe and Patrick Fugit.

MURDER MYSTERY 2 Netflix

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler return as married private detectives Nick and Audrey in this follow up to their first pairing, which hit Netflix in 2019. They are still struggling to find success, but this time they get to flit around the world searching for their kidnapped pal, who is snatched from his extremely elaborate Indian wedding. Lots of things blow up, jokes abound, and we all get to see Paris before the mystery is solved. Mark Strong, Adeel Akhtar, Melanie Laurent and Tony Goldwyn join in this criminal romp.

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BroadwayHD

CELEBRATING SHAKESPEARE

William Shakespeare infamously shared the same month for his birth and death: April! It’s been centuries since his birth in April 1564, but his works continue to be produced worldwide, and for good reason: They delve deep into the intricacies of being human. So, join BroadwayHD in celebrating Shakespeare this April; visit broadwayhd.com to see the entire collection.

THE TEMPEST WITH CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER

Exiled Prospero lives on a desolate island with his daughter, Miranda. When Prospero’s usurping brother sails by the island, Prospero conjures a storm that wrecks the ship and changes all their lives. This production, starring the beloved actor Christopher Plummer as Prospero, was captured on stage at the Stratford Festival in 2010.

MUSE OF FIRE: A SHAKESPEAREAN ROAD MOVIE

Funny, passionate, and exciting, Muse of Fire will forever change how you feel about Shakespeare. This unique feature documentary follows two actors, Giles Terera and Dan Poole, traveling the world to discover everything about Shakespeare. Consulting a host of helpful luminaries along the way—including Ian McKellen, James Earl Jones, Judi Dench, and Tom Hiddleston—their road trip takes them to Denmark, Berlin, and Shakespeare’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon. Muse of Fire aims to demystify and illuminate Shakespeare’s work. Think Shakespeare is boring? Think again!

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

One of Shakespeare’s early comedies, The Comedy of Errors, is a fast-paced farce exploring mistaken identities and relations lost and found. This production was captured by Digital Theatre live at the Clapham Community Project. It was devised specifically for schools and families by the Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with the critically acclaimed theatre company, Told by an Idiot. Directed by Paul Hunter, it features a cast of the RSC’s ensemble and uses a pared-down script, props, live music, and physical comedy to convey the story.

KISS ME, KATE

Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare, this hilarious musical romp recounts the backstage and on-stage antics of two feuding romances during an out-of-town tryout for a musical adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew. Directed by Michael Blakemore, this Tony winner for “Best Revival” stars Brent Barrett, Rachel York, Nancy Anderson, and Michael Berresse as the squabbling couples whose offstage disputes entangle them with a pair of song-and-dance gangsters and a pompous U.S. Army General.

MACBETH

Inspired by the prophecies of three witches, a murderous king claws his way to power. Surrender to the Stratford Festival’s production of this haunting story of ambition and its dark consequences, as a military hero and his wife conspire to seize the throne of Scotland.

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MvVO ART/AD ART SHOW 2023

CONTEMPORARY ART FROM EMERGING ARTISTS

MvVO ART will bring the AD ART SHOW 2023 to Powerhouse Arts, Brooklyn, New York, from October 15th – 16th. This contemporary art show bridges the Art World and the Advertising industry by featuring fine art created by artists working in advertising, and design, directly for brands and related fields or who began in the industry.

Since its launch in 2018 at Sotheby’s, the MvVO ART/AD ART SHOW has been introducing art lovers, collectors, curators, gallerists, and critics to the talented fine artists from the advertising industry. A committee of contemporary art experts approves participants in the annual show, and a jury of collectors determines prize winners. In addition, MvVO ART supports participating artists with an ongoing artsy gallery page where art can be purchased and extensive social media promotion.

MvVO ART/AD ART SHOW 2023 will exhibit paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, and mixed media works at Powerhouse Arts, a leading contemporary art fabrication facility housed in the spectacular former Brooklyn Rapid Transit power plant. Built in 1904, and once affectionately known as “The Batcave,” Powerhouse Arts was redesigned and reimagined by Herzog & de Meuron, the architects of Tate Modern.

“The artists are following in the footsteps of Edward Hopper, an art director; Rene Magritte, a graphic designer; and Andy Warhol, an illustrator, as well as many other famous names in art who began in advertising.

“The 6th edition of MvVO ART/AD ART SHOW is an extraordinary opportunity for emerging artists to get discovered!” said Maria van Vlodrop, Founder & CEO of MvVO ART, and the creator of AD ART SHOW—The Platform for Artists from Advertising, named a Top Ten Cultural Shaper, Creative 100 Adweek Award.

The Clio Awards, a longtime supporter and partner of MvVO ART/AD ART SHOW, will present a specialty Clio Award for work selected by the MvVO ART jury of collectors. In addition, the Top Ten artists will show their art on gigantic outdoor billboard canvases by OUTFRONT.

“The artists featured in the AD ART SHOW are among the most dynamic and creative thinkers in the advertising industry, and we’re so glad to be giving them a platform for recognition by both the ad world and the art world. We’re excited to partner with MvVO ART for the 4th year as part of our growing effort to celebrate creativity in its many forms,” said Clio CEO Nicole Purcell.

For more information on MvVO ART and how to apply, visit mvvoart.com

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PAWS DOWN…TAILS UP

SPRING TRAINING AND TREATS

As the buds on the flowers start to burst open, so do our doors and windows. Spring is here, and it’s time to get outside for some fresh air and adventure with our favorite buddies. But don’t worry, we’ve got a few treats for the fur-babes who just want to hunker down for a little down time too – a Sunday pup puzzle, perhaps

A JOLLY GOOD TIME

I’ve been a dog momma for over two decades. How have I missed out on the joy of a Jolly Ball? This ball is built for extreme durability, but dogs mostly love that ingenious handle. Carry it, shake it, bounce it—hooray! Info: petco

TRICKED OUT WHEELS

Your pet is an absolute baller. You know it, they know it; and now the world will bear witness. This Wonderfold stroller also morphs into a car seat and pet carrier. And the entire, glorious beast folds down flat. Voilà!

Info: wonderfoldwagon.com

POPPIES FOR PUPPIES

Take a quick minute to catch your breath. I know cuteness is overwhelming but stick with me for the details. Sizes run from small to extra-large. Plus, this Dharma Dog Poppies perfection is made from sustainable materials.

Info: dharmadogkarmacat.com

FRESH CUT GRASS

April can be a bit finicky, so sometimes we must close the windows. But no worries: the folks at Ten Thousand Villages have this beautiful fresh cut grass candle and sales support the Best Friends Animal Society.

Info: tenthousandvillages.com

VIRTUAL VET

Gone to the Dogs has been just crushing it with collar designs, and this bright bit of sunshine is no exception. Each collar is made from upcycled climbing ropes. And I’m awarding bonus points for the name of the color -- Playdoh Peach.

Info: gonetothedogs.co

PRETTY IN PURPLE

If it’s wrong to squeal about a dog harness, I don’t want to be right. The folks at Wild One released new spring colors and this shade of purple is Orchid. But fetch fast, the last time, it sold out in just two days.

Info: wildone.com

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RUFF DAY?

Occasionally, our fur babies have an oopsie, and Doggo wants to help them recover quickly from their ruff day. The brand specializes in dog insurance, with the goal of making it simple. From separation anxiety to stem cell therapy – heck, they even include training.

Info: trydoggo.com

BARK-WORTHY BAKERY

Does your dog deserve a blueberry biscotti treat? Of course! The folks at Bocce’s Bakery are always busy in the kitchen, whipping up new limited-ingredient goodies for our buddies. So, get in on the latest seasonal varieties. Info: boccesbakery.com

NACHO

FLAY-VOR

Chef Bobby Flay has partnered up with his cat, and together they’ve launched Made by Nacho. The cat-centric brand offers delicious food, treats, and meal toppers. I suppose Nacho knows a lot about Flay-vor, but it also sounds a little fishy

Info: madebynacho.com

Kitties and dogs alike can need a little help with digestion, especially after something stressful like surgery. And other times, as with humans, they just need a little something extra as they age, and this hemp supplement from Super Snouts Hemp Company gets back on track.

Info:

supersnoutshempcompany.com

LITTLE CITY LOO

Designed to be a discreet little loo for when your buddy needs to go number one (or two!), this indoor pet relief station is chic. The City Loo starter kit comes with the house, odor absorbing tray, grass pads, and potty pads. Info: thecityloo.com

PUZZLE FOR THE MUZZLE

This is the extra-special toy that you take out on rainy days. Your dog will be all wiggly and waggly when they get their muzzle into this puzzle. The Leaps & Bounds Ponder & Puzzle requires skills like sliding and flipping, between three levels, to score the hidden treats. Info: petco.com

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ANIMAL WELFARE CHARITY NYC

3RD ANNUAL RESCUE BALL GALA

NYC Second Chance Rescue will host their 3rd annual Rescue Ball on Thursday, April 27th, at 48 Wall Street in New York City. The charity aims to raise critical funds to help continue its mission of providing second chances to critically ill, injured, and abused dogs and cats.

NYC Second Chance Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2009. With the help of a community of donors and supporters, the charity has saved over 14,000 lives from an unimaginable fate. NYC Second Chance Rescue concentrates its efforts on large breed dogs and animals needing critical life-saving care. These two criteria make up most of euthanasia in the United States. Nine out of ten animals that enter NYC Second Chance Rescue were once set to be euthanized at a municipal shelter.

NYC Second Chance Rescue is proud to honor Georgina Bloomberg and Joe Gatto, who will be recognized with the “Hero Award” for their dedication to animal welfare, and Dr. Peter Roufail, DVM, for “Veterinarian of the Year.”

A STAR-STUDDED EVENING

Tony and Grammy Award-Nominated actress and singer, Orfeh, with special guests Melissa Gorga and Constantine Maroulis, will host the evening. The evening features a vegan menu, specialty cocktails, live and silent auctions, and entertainment, followed by dancing to music by DJ GEO ROC.

Led by its founders Jennifer Brooks and Lisa Blanco and Vice President Lisa Rose, NYC Second Chance Rescue, founded in 2009, specializes in rescuing and rehabilitating and this year is celebrating 14 years and saving 14,000 lives. The charity provides all levels of medical care and a healing and safe sanctuary for all pets through the foster care system and Rescue Center. They do not discriminate on age, size, breed, or medical needs. We have a soft spot for pit bulls, seniors, and hospice patients. They also believe families should not be pulled apart because of financial restraints. The charity offers free food and critical medical care for families running through hard times.

With support from the public, NYC Second Chance Rescue can continue to provide critical a second chance to animals in need. Members of the Organizing Committee for the event include Jared Epstein (Chair), Jessica Peters (Chair), Antonio Fuccio, Avra Hart (Board Member), Barry Mullineaux, Bessy Gatto (Board Member), Brandon Colon, Chris Reda, Dylan Lauren, Jenné Newton-Haydon, John DiMatteo, Kingsley Crawford-Smith, Kate McEntee, Marie Moody, Nathania Nisonson, Robert Cadiz Saldarriaga, Richie Romero and Shouka Amirsolimani.

For more information about Second Chance Rescue and ticket availability, visit nycscr.org

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ENTREPRENEUR’S CORNER

GERARD SENEHI

Mentalist superstar, motivational speaker, corporate entertainer, and entrepreneur Gerard Senehi is an amazing person to be around, any way you slice it. Recognized internationally as “The Experimentalist,” he is also difficult to define. He defies all categories, evoking mystery and inspiring audiences to be curious about what they can see and don’t know. In addition, he is the Founder of The Open Future Institute: The QUESTion Project—a non-profit organization founded to expand the role of education.

Gerard creates a captivating environment where audience members can reimagine their ideas of what’s achievable while challenging them to explore possibilities beyond imagined boundaries. For example, Senehi first became inspired by unseen possibilities at 10 when his friends drew cards from a deck, and he could correctly predict three in a row.

MAGIC & MENTALISM

Born in Paris and raised in Switzerland, he became even more enamored with the mysteries of the unknown not long after when his mother had a dream one night about a friend of hers accidentally catching herself on fire that then actually occurred. Already fluent in two languages and proficient in two more by the time he came to the United States at 12, Senehi spent hours in his bedroom exploring magic and mentalism and “becoming fascinated with the things I couldn’t understand.”

As a student at Amherst College in Massachusetts, he continued entertaining his classmates with impossible feats. However, he only considered performing professionally in the early 2000s, following a career as a science, art teacher, and social worker. Then, while doing nonprofit work, friends persuaded him to try show business. He began by calling a local New York talent agency which immediately took him on as a client after seeing his act.

Since then, he has been featured on numerous television programs nationally and internationally, including  The Today Show and  Ellen New York Magazine once referred to Senehi’s performances as “some sort of religious experience from the sixteenth century,” He has performed privately for everyone from former President Bill Clinton and legendary TV producer Norman Lear.

Many clients in the corporate world also quickly took notice, and he is often invited as the keynote presenter for conferences. They often comment on the near-impossible challenge of surpassing one of Senehi’s performances for future events. Deutsche Bank once said: “You were the most talked about presenter of our entire conference— and we had some of the most renowned thinkers in the world.”

DEDICATED TO EDUCATION

He founded the Open Future Institute and the QUESTion Project with his wife in 2014. He is dedicated to expanding the role of education to teach a new curriculum that helps high school students define who they are and approach their life and future with inspiration and purpose. The QUESTion Class is taught in public high schools in New York City and has reached over 12,000 students. Gerard graduated from Amherst College and received a Master of Education from the University of Massachusetts. He lives in New York City with his wife, Francesca. He regularly convenes a cross-section of the city’s brightest minds in “Evolutionary Salons” to explore human purpose and potential questions.

For more information on Gerard Senehi, visit experimentalist.com; for Open Future Institute, visit openfutureinstitute.org

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MY NEW YORK STORY

THE THREE WOMEN BEHIND CURA COLLECTIVE

Cura translates to care, and the empowering meaning represents a unique opportunity for making a systematic change in America today. Such lofty goals were born at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, a trio of friends—Lizzie Asher, Casey Kohlberg, and Laura Day Webb—recognized the dire need facing us and, more acutely, the frontline workers.

Cura Collective began as a vehicle to help those who had once saved the lives of both Lizzie Asher and Laura Day-Webb. They aimed to assist the overwhelmed nurses, technicians, and doctors facing the ravages of the virus. However, they wanted not simply to provide for hospital workers but to do so in a way that could help the rest of the surrounding community. So Cura Collective launched a program to help direct funds they raised to restaurants and keep them open, preparing warm meals for frontline workers, thus providing an economic safety net for restaurant workers. Here are the women behind the cause.

Lizzie Asher After graduating from Harvard Law School, Lizzie worked at a premiere New York law firm specializing in corporate law. Today she is the President of Macchu Pisco LLC. This womanowned and operated spirits company was the first to implement fair trade standards in the Pisco Valley of Peru. Lizzie also serves on the Board of Restaurant Workers Community Foundation and Board of Save Venice and chairs thechairs the endowment she and her husband created at City Squash, a nonprofit working with Latino children in the Bronx. Equally close to her heart is Lizzie’s contribution as a board member of Columbia Presbyterian’s ECMO Family Advisory Board.

Casey Kohlberg Casey is a writer, producer, and philanthropist based in New York. She has worked in various roles across the fashion, media, and film industries, most recently as a video producer, in addition to her philanthropic work. She has appeared in Allure, The Evening Standard, and Harper’s Bazaar Arabia; she is working on finishing her first novel and screenplay. Casey serves as the Chair of the Young Friends of Save Venice and is a Frick Young Fellows steering committee member. In addition, she serves as Vice President of the Camalotte Foundation, a private family foundation focusing on arts, education, women’s health, and climate change issues.

Laura Day Webb  Laura holds a Master›s in Art Business from Sotheby›s Institute of Art and is Director of Programming, Events, and Partnerships for High Line Nine Galleries in Chelsea. In addition, she is the Content Manager for Friend of the Artist and Development Officer for Patron Circle and Gifts at The Immigrant Artist Biennial. Alongside her roles, Laura is an independent curator and art consultant whose practice focuses predominantly outside the Western canon on historically overlooked and underrepresented artists.

She is a Co-Founder of The Royal Versailles Ball, The White Cross Ball, CoChair of The Winter Show’s Young Collectors Night, serves on the steering committee for the Young Friends of Save Venice, and is a Board Member of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

MORE INITIATIVES

In 2023, the non-profit will be dedicated to rolling out its Women’s Initiative. As the founders discussed the next phase of the evolution of the organization, they realized that all the touch points with all the various organizations with whom they had worked had been women. Hence, Cura aims to amplify the voices of other women leaders and undertake women-centered causes.

Principally amongst those is the Voluntary Intoxication Loophole. The group is committed to raising awareness of this safety issue that impacts women and the LBGQT+ community. Currently, in New York State, rape laws state that if a victim becomes intoxicated on their own and is later assaulted, that willing intoxication is equated with consent. This means that the attacker cannot be charged with rape, as rape laws do not apply. Unfortunately, this legal loophole means assaulters walk free since New York State continues to place the blame for the attack on the victims.

Cura Collective has programmed educational events on this issue during the Spring as the state legislature is considering revising the language to provide legal recourse to victims. Now, Cura Collective is promoting a petition to correct this egregious loophole. Cura Collective is aware that this is the state of the law not just in New York State but across 37 other states; surprisingly, states such as North Carolina and Arkansas have far more progressive laws than New York.

For more information on Cura Collective, visit curacollective.org

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TIME OUT WITH…

BENNY BELLO OF IL TINELLO EAST

This season, discover the joy of the traditional “evening-out” meal full of warmth, passion, and resounding character at Il Tinello East. This superb new restaurant is welcoming an astonishing number of visitors to Manhattan. From United Nations diplomats to tourists to those in the know, this restaurant serves delightful meals and exquisite daily service.

The city’s ever-changing landscape may evolve on the restaurant scene with trends that come and go, but one thing is sure, a phenomenally traditional meal, such as found at Il Tinello East, will never go out of style.

A PASSION FOR FOOD

many. The treasures found at Il Tinello East  blend years of tradition with innovative Italian cooking and provide a rich experience through a presentation that is purely matched by a delicious menu. The quality Italian ingredients, spectacular wine list, hand-crafted cocktails, and impeccable service showcase the restaurant’s heritage and pride in serving customers a memorable meal.

“We passionately care about tradition. “We know that people care about food quality as much as they do about ambiance and service,” states owner Benny Bello. “It humbles us to be able to operate a beloved restaurant that values and honors the quality of a good old-fashioned New York meal. There is simply nothing like it.”

Bello’s menu boasts a lunch and dinner service that is notably divine in presentation and taste factors that create a magical experience. Fresh homemade pasta, regional ingredients, and diverse wine list are desirable. Portions are as large as skyscrapers, and tastes are as rich as the Wall Street stock markets.

AN INCREDIBLE MENU

Such highlights at this quintessential restaurant include antipasti of  Grilled Portobello  with mixed green salad, goat cheese, and balsamic dressing; Capesante with pan-seared jumbo sea scallops,  brandy, saffron, herb sauce; and Crispy Calamari  with tomato sauce. He also recommends the house favorite  Caesar Salad  for two prepared tableside and served classic style: the Siciliana with mesclun, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese, and cucumbers.

“Everything you taste here represents the magic of New York City. This is our neighborhood food, and we know our customers love and appreciate it as much as we do every single day,” noted Bello.

The restaurateur carefully selected a menu to please everyone. His selection of freshly made in-house Pasta is woven into dishes such as Tagliolini with sea scallops, shrimp, cultured mussels, little neck clams, garlic, and fresh herbs; Penne with Portobello  Mushrooms fresh chopped tomato, garlic, olive oil; and Rigatoni with roasted eggplant, fresh tomato, basil, diced buffalo mozzarella. Entrees are just as superb  Scarcapariello  with lemon, white wine, and garlic; Veal Parmigiano  with Parmigiano and tomato sauce;  and the Campagnola  for two with beef,  chicken, sausages, peppers, potatoes, white wine, rosemary, and garlic topping the list of favorites.

Leave room for the famed desserts, including  Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, Italian Ricotta Cheesecake,  and Banana Flambe  table size. Cocktails are also part of this joyous experience with the 2nd Avenue Spritz with Litchi Liqueur, Prosecco, and St-Germaine Elderflower Liqueur; the New Fashion with Cincoro Reposado Tequila, Ramazzotti Amaro, fresh orange; and Side of 46th Street with Hennessy Cognac, Grand Marnier Liqueur, lemon juice.

Sophisticated décor in the tony location helps showcase a vibrant place to eat. But the room is never intimidating and always comfortable, as Il Tinello East delivers an experience perfect for celebrating your passion for food. All is done with classic white glove tableside servings that create elegance and embrace the desire for a wonderful old-fashioned dining experience.

For more information on Il Tinello East, visit iltinellony.com/east

APRIL 2023 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 77 NEW YORK, NY

LEESA ROWLAND SHINES

AT NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE’S COVER PARTY

Actress, philanthropist, and author Leesa Rowland celebrated her recent cover on New York Lifestyles Magazine at neighborhood hotspot Il Tinello East in New York City. The feature, covering several pages was photographed at home with an insightful interview about Leesa’s multi-verse of interests.

The daughter of an artist and college professor, Leesa Rowland grew up in Austin, Texas where she studied broadcast journalism and later became a classically trained actress at the worldrenowned Stella Adler Studio in Los Angeles.

Beyond her extensive career and credits as a film and television actress, she is also well-known for her work as a philanthropist and animal rights activist. A vegan dedicated to healthy eating, she has been active with the national non-profit organization Last Chance for Animals since 1989 and is the president of the New York non-profit group Animal Ashram, which she founded in 2013.

Leesa’s most recent book, The Charisma Factor: Unlock the Secrets of Magnetic Charm and Personal Influence in Your Life, published by Hatherleigh Press seeks to understand how to harness charisma. Her book identifies charisma as an unseen, yet powerful force that has many different facets. Charisma is a special and compelling spark that makes you unique and sets you apart from the rest of the crowd, and it is something all people possess--whether they are aware of it or not. The book is available in bookstores and online.

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Leesa Rowland Krissy Ross Dawne Marie Grannum, Erick Shervington, Olga Ferrara

As she continues to develop her work as a philanthropist and involvement with these and other charities while exploring new dramatic roles, Leesa recently began adding something else exciting to her sizzle reel: comedienne. A lifelong sitcom fan, she has been taking comedy classes with Richard Kline—the actor best known as Larry on the late-1970s classic Three’s Company— in Los Angeles. She has also been studying improv and sketch comedy in New York at the famed Upright Citizen’s Brigade whose alumni include Amy Poehler, Horatio Sands, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh and Ian McKay.

Notable attendees at the event included Leesa Rowland, Larry Wohl, Marc Bouwer, Krissy Ross, Aaron Paul, Nadja Sayej, Benny G Bello, Nicole Noonan, Steven Knobel, Cagri Kanver, Dawne Marie Grannum, Erick Shervington, Jose Castelo Branco, Olga Ferrara, Elena Gibbs.

For more information on Leesa Rowland, visit leesarowland.com

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HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND FARMHOUSE

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TIME OUT WITH…

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page 66

MY NEW YORK STORY

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pages 64-65

ENTREPRENEUR’S CORNER

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page 63

ANIMAL WELFARE CHARITY NYC

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page 62

PAWS DOWN…TAILS UP

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pages 59-61

MvVO ART/AD ART SHOW 2023

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pages 57-58

BroadwayHD CELEBRATING SHAKESPEARE

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page 56

ON THE SMALL SCREEN

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page 55

ON THE BIG SCREEN

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page 54

JOURNEY EXPERIENCE NYC

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pages 52-53

CHEF MEZE A GOURMET CATERING EXPERIENCE IN THE HAMPTONS

1min
page 51

BENNY JOHN’S BAR & GRILL A NEW GENERATION OF STEAKHOUSE

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page 50

MINDIE’S MUSINGS OVERCOMING INSECURITIES

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page 49

111 WEST 82ND STREET

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page 48

LE TRIANON, 1441 THIRD AVENUE

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THE SHERRY-NETHERLAND

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pages 44-45

DELRAY BEACH

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pages 42-43

REACHING FOR THE STARS

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ADVENTURE TRAVEL

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THE RITZ-CARLTON NOMAD

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pages 34-35

FOUR SEASONS RESORT ORLANDO

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page 33

SAN DIEGO

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pages 30-32

LIFE & STYLE

2min
pages 28-29

ONLY HEARTS

2min
page 27

CYNTHIA ROSE REIMAGINES VINTAGE JEWELS

2min
page 26

MOTIVATIONAL ARTIST BILLY ALSBROOKS

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pages 21-25

NAEEMAH RUFFIN

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pages 15-20

A RENEWED SPIRIT

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OUR CONTRIBUTORS

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