New York Lifestyles Magazine February 2022 Mindie Barnett

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Vol. 8 #2 | February 2022

Mindie Barnett Makes It Happen!

How This NYC Power Girl Gets It Done TRAVEL

Great Escapes Near & Far


Unplug & Unwind At Top Nyc Spas


On The Menu: Love & Romance


Valentine’s Day With Your Furry Friends

• Gated community with 24-hour security

• Complimentary wireless internet access

• Adjacent to The Marina at Emerald Bay

• Three great dining venues with new menus

• Access to Emerald Bay golf course, a Greg Norman signature course

• Secluded beaches, find your spot

• Full service spa

• Shark tagging experiences

• 71 Luxury villas with full kitchens

• Swimming with the pigs

Contents FEATURES 14 16 23 26 32

From The Publisher Mindie Barnett: How This NYC Power Girl Runs The Show Paul Krasinski: It’s Power To The People Harry Benson: 60+ Years Of Legendary Work Profile: Bob Richards: From Spreadsheet To Hardcover


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34 Love Is In The Air Edition 36 Culture Capsule 37 The New Genesis GV70


TRAVEL 38 49 42 44 46

Paris: The City Of Enchantment Panama: A Lush Private Island Escape Corinthia London: A Luxury Hotel Experience Miami On Your Mind: Indulgences For The Traveler’s Soul Acqualina Resort: A Five-Star Romance


REAL ESTATE & HOME DECOR 48 Cottages to Chateaus: Saddle River, NJ Has It All 50 Around Town: FiDi 52 211 Central Park West: Beyond Beautiful At The Beresford

HEALTH & WELLNESS 54 Unplug & Unwind: Luxurious New York City Spas

FOOD & DRINK 56 Romantic Restaurants: The Best Way To Someone’s Heart 58 Starbucks Reserve Roastery: Coffee Lovers Rejoice

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 60 62 64 66 68

On Stage: Head Over Heels For Broadway On The Big Screen On The Small Screen BroadwayHD: Love Is In The Air And The Oscar Goes To…What To See Before The Big Night

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PET SPOTLIGHT 71 Paws Down…Tails Up: Be My Valentine

NEW YORK, NY 74 Entrepreneur’s Corner: Anthony Morali, Green Stream Holdings 76 My New York Story: Marilyn Chinitz, Attorney 78 Time Out With…Dr. Dendy Engelman OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE


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OUR CONTRIBUTORS IRVINA LEW Author and journalist Irvina Lew is an awardwinning food, travel and spa writer who has written many features on Manhattan restaurants, plus themed round-ups and destination spas. T he for me r Fre nch, Spanish and ESL teacher is a Travel Classic alumnus, member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Society of American Travel Writers, which awarded her work, as did the Society of Professional Journalists. To read lifestyle articles featuring dock ’n dine, healthy food to starred chefs and worldly tables, readers can follow and @sipsupstayspa and @irvinalew.

Vol. 8 #2 | February 2022 President / Publisher BILL MASON Editor-in-Chief Patricia Canole

Art Director Scott Cuollo

Editor-at-Large Jeremy Murphy

Lifestyle Griffin Miller

Entertainment Jenny Peters

Special Projects Norah Bradford

Chief Photographer Neil J Tandy STACEY ZABLE Stacey Zable is an awardw i n ning ve te r an e d itor i a l professional with experience writing for both print and online publications. She has held senior staff positions at the industry’s top travel trade publications, and has freelanced for some of the most popular consumer travel magazines. Stacey has written about most destinations around the world, with a focus on cruises, luxury travel, spas, and family travel. Visit her website at

GRIFFIN MILLER Griffin is a New York journalist and editor. Her editorial work has also appeared in The New York Times, Promenade, For the Bride, Corporate & Incentive Travel, Hotels, and others. Her articles for New York MetroParents earned her five Parenting Media Association Editorial Gold Awards. Other professional writing includes promotional materials for The Metropolitan Opera, Guggenheim Museum, American Ballet Theatre and the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association. A member of the New York Travel Writers Association and the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, Griffin is an award-winning collage artist, actress, and playwright. She lives in Forest Hills, New York with her husband, Richard Sandomir of the New York Times, and their cats, Reggie and Cosmo.


Contributing Writers Michael Alpiner, Bailey Beckett, Norah Bradford, Harry Brads, Melanie Carden, AP Connolly, Irvina Lew, Lee Gabay, Vicky Gaily, Bob Kappstatter, Adam Morgan, Darren Paltrowitz, Meryl Pearlstein, Anne Raso, Jeff & Stephanie Sylva, Sara Wiesenfeld, Annie Watt, Laurie Bain Wilson, Stacey Zable

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Harry Benson

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ow that 2022 is officially underway, it’s time to make sure you’re keeping up with your most important resolutions making this short month long on memories. And like most New Yorkers, I’ve never been a huge fan of winter. Once February arrives, I start thinking of warmer months. Thanks to this issue, I’ve gained a new appreciation and learned there are many ways to make it all yours. For instance, there are a host of ways to spice things up for Valentine’s Day from a dinner for two at a new restaurant. See our restaurant picks for the special day. Or perhaps book a massage at your favorite city spa. Downtown or uptown, there’s a treatment waiting just for you. February can bring bountiful pleasures in other ways: Celebrating Chinese New Year (the year of the tiger) is a fun way to visit Chinatown and see the Dragon Parade. Or a definite note on your calendar is to cheer Team USA at the Olympics as they began they journey for the gold.

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For this issue we met with three fabulous people who make this world a better place. What we found with these individuals is that they love their work with a passion. Mindie Barnett, a PR executive, explains how she makes it all work— effortlessly. Businesswoman, speaker, and mom are just a few of her titles. But she does it all with grace and elegance. Our next feature is on Paul Krasinski (yes, he’s actor John’s brother) who has developed new ways to make marketing for the consumer so much easier and efficient. And, lastly, the legendary Harry Benson in his own words. The photojournalist has recorded history for more than 60 years and gives us some insight into what it was like to have met those famous faces. There we have it! A short month, indeed, but long on memorable moments. I hope you find this February issue informative and entertaining. Wherever February 2022 takes you, remember to focus on what really matters during this month of all things love.

-Bill Mason



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HOW THIS NYC POWER GIRL RUNS THE SHOW By Patricia Canole | Photography Neil J. Tandy Photographed at The Glamour Suite, Loews Regency New York Hotel


ow does a strong woman navigate work, employee relationships, and life in a world that still feels uncomfortable with strong women? For Mindie Barnett, the keyword is boundaries. She has learned you don’t need to always say yes to everyone and everything to be successful. Instead, the word “no” is part of her vocabulary, and she feels resting and recharging allow her to be at 100 percent instead of exhausted. Mindie Barnett is the CEO & Founder of MB and Associates Public Relations, a full-service public relations firm specializing in medical, law, hospitality, beauty, professional, lifestyle, home décor, and non-profit clients, among others. As a PR professional, Mindie focuses on helping businesses penetrate targeted markets and attain high visibility by garnering positive buzz and media attention. More importantly, however, she measures her success according to her impact on driving her clients’ businesses forward. Mindie continues to lead and manage innovative communications strategies and crisis management. At the highest level, a trusted PR advisor, she’s led hundreds of successful media campaigns, developed strategic messaging, built relationships, and protected brands and reputations. Her keen sense of knowing the business directly results from her 10-year TV broadcast journalism career. It naturally led to increased opportunities to land excellent media coverage for many of her clients on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, and The Doctors. Additionally, her clients have appeared in national publications including In Touch Magazine, US Weekly, InStyle Magazine, USA Today, among numerous regional inclusions. The mother of two, Mindie is also the author of You Don't Need To Be A Bitch To Be A Boss, and where she recounts her own work experiences. Here, she stresses how embracing her femininity and steering her PR team with a sense of warmth and compassion without losing her competitive edge has made her one of the most sought-after and respected publicists and keynote speakers. New York Lifestyles sat down with this dynamic woman to learn more about her professional approach to winning every time. →

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Before we dig in, our readers would like to get to know you a bit more. Can you tell us a bit about your childhood backstory?

I grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, in the quaint town of Medford, New Jersey. I have one sibling, my sister, Carolyn, who is 4-years younger than me, and we are still close with my parents today. I grew up with solid role models from my parents and quickly learned the importance of setting goals and learning from mistakes. I was always a fan of the stage and engaged in singing, dancing, acting, and modeling throughout my childhood and into high school. In addition, I was a cheerleader throughout high school and into college and competed in Miss America’s preliminary pageants.

Tell us what led you to this TV broadcast career path.

I’ve always loved the stage and was also an avid writer my entire life. I loved English, creative writing and had a passion for social studies and current events. So, I combined all three and turned it into a career!

Are there any memorable moments that happened to you during your broadcast career?

Too many to mention. I loved meeting the viewers, and I enjoyed being an intricate part of the communities. I covered


9/11 and was at Ground Zero on 9/12; while a reporter at News 12 New Jersey, I did an undercover story about the Bloods and the Crips, when they were coming to the forefront, with the Paterson, New Jersey police, and more. However, getting to know the subjects of the stories touched me the most. When the camera was off, it was just me and the subject. Being able to connect with them and impact their lives in some small way made me most proud—for instance, putting someone in touch with a resource who just lost her home in a fire or helping a mother who was distraught over a crime against her child.

After your broadcast career, you transitioned into public relations. How did it happen?

After spending ten years in television news, I decided I wanted more than just an amazing professional life. I also wanted to be closer to home and my parents, so I left the field and took a job working at a public relations firm in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, it was not a fit, and out of default and to make ends meet, I launched MB and Associates. It was supposed to be temporary, but now two office locations later and 18-plus years in the industry, we are one of the most sought-after media strategists in the country. We represent business leaders from various sectors, including technology, medicine, law, retail, beauty, authors, and more. We work with media all over the US with a presence in New York City and Philadelphia and Los Angeles on the horizon soon.

Which three traits do you think were most instrumental to your success? My ability to persevere, dedication, and drive are attributed to my career success, personal survival, and a new journey into graduate school while running a business, launching a book, and being a present and active single mom to two children.

Let’s now jump to the primary focus of our interview: Your new book, You Don’t Need To Be A Bitch To Be A Boss, and how society still feels uncomfortable with strong women. Why do you think this is so? I think much of society still feels women should remain in the background, and as a result, many women attempt to combat this issue by presenting to be a bitch. But that is not only unnecessary to get ahead; it’s detrimental. Instead, women should embrace their femininity and (like men) lead with empathy and a sense of warmth and care.

That doesn’t make us less-than nor weak. It makes us human. It makes us better respected in the boardroom. I believe that it’s still an evolving phenomenon with women active in the workforce. But we are here to stay. So, we need to get used to putting our best face forward.

Share a story from your own experience that illustrates this idea?

She made every shoot we executed difficult, continually tried to turn teamwork into a competition, and more. Again, I suspect because that was her methodology. However, I do not think she was solely acting in such a maladaptive way towards me. Instead, that was how she felt she needed to behave to earn respect among her peers and her clients, which was an unfortunate display and counterproductive.

What should a powerful woman do when others feel uneasy around her? Try and look at the picture from their point of view to best serve the situation. If you can look at a scene from another’s perspective (by enacting empathy), you will be able to surpass most complexities. Of course, you can’t change who you are, nor should you, but you can try and be openminded to others’ opinions and perspectives.

What do we need to do to change the unease around powerful women? We need to look at women as people. We need to look at other ethnicities in the same way. We are all human beings. We are all equal and different simultaneously, and that’s what makes us all beautiful.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges faced by women leaders?

The biggest challenge a woman faces in the workplace is another woman! Women are their own worst enemies, and that notion and ways to combat it is the premise of my book. One of the tips I share is to look at another as inspiration, not competition. The only person you should compete with is who you see in the mirror. →

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Let’s now shift our discussion to a slightly different direction. This is a question that everyone with a job must contend with. Was it challenging to fit your personal and family life into your business and career?

It’s a constant struggle! My kids are now 10 and 13, and while they’re now self-sufficient and can be left alone at home on a snow day, while I head to the office, they have a host of other items on my to-do list now: sports schedules, social schedules, grueling schoolwork. So, I try to be the best mom, publicist, and entrepreneur I can be and give myself a break. Some days may mean leaning in more on the mom side. Other days may demand a more extended day at the office or on-site at a shoot. More recently, it has included fitting in a book tour. But in the end, it magically all seems to balance out.

What tipping point helped you achieve a greater balance or equilibrium between your work life and personal life?

I honestly do not think I have one. My scale is presently much heavier on the work-life side of the scale. Running my business, authoring books, keynote speaking, appearing at book signings, and hosting my podcast The Race for the Ring eat up most of my time these days. Then maintaining a full-time graduate school course schedule at Pepperdine University (MS in clinical psychology in 2024) completes the picture. I don’t have a lot of time for socializing. I do have amazing friends and, of course, my kids are at the top of the heap, but I’m anxious to reevaluate my daily calendar in a few years and make much more time for me.

How much of an emphasis do you place on your appearance? Do you see beauty as superficial, or is it something that has inherent value for a leader in a public context?

Appearance and image are crucial in leadership and life. I don’t believe a woman needs to be a super model but taking pride in one’s appearance and presentation speaks volumes. This is such an appropriate question for me personally! I turned 48 on January 30th and have spent more time in the morning assessing my changing appearance. I’ve gotten a bit curvier than I used to be, and I can see that my OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE

face has aged over the last five or so years when I look back at photos. I think it’s a little sad to me as I have always had that pressure to look “good” in my TV career and throughout life. But my mind is more enriched from experiences, education, and life. I think while my face may not be as beautiful as it was when I was 28 or even 38, my mind is much more so and, in the end, that has more weight in my world. I’ll always take care of myself, my skin, workout and more, but know that what’s inside—my inner beauty—far outshines what I see in my reflection.

How is this similar or different for men?

Most women think men don’t get old, they become distinguished, but they get old! Representing plastic surgeons, I see many men in the waiting rooms! Men feel pressure to look young to maintain a competitive edge, especially in tech, where the younger folks are usually the ones in the corner offices. In that industry, especially, the younger you are, the smarter you are and the more sought after you become.

Lastly, what are the five things you need to thrive and succeed as a powerful woman? Sleep I cannot function or even pretend to be smart if I don’t get at least 8 hours of sleep at night. Exercise Even if it’s just taking a 30-minute walk, I need to move my body every day. I love to spin, do barre, and hot yoga and I need to work out for my health and mental sanity. It helps me focus on the day ahead. Sounding boards This could be a best friend (I am blessed to have many!), my mom or dad, or a colleague; I need to have dialogue to collaborate, to share insights, and to connect each day. Coffee I must have a steamy latte each morning when I rise and another on my way to the office, or I am an outright mess. Affirmation I need to feel love every day. Some examples of this include the love I get from hugging my kids, squeezing my dogs, having an uplifting talk with a client or friend that’s supportive and positive. I crave connection and cannot survive without it—even for a day. For more information on Mindie Barnett and MB and Associates Public Relations, visit Follow Mindie on Instagram: @mindie.barnett. Purchase her latest book, You Don’t Need To Be A Bitch To Be A Boss, on •




aul Krasinski earned his stripes in New York’s dog-eat-dog data marketing industries, having worked for such companies as SessionM (acquired by MasterCard), Arbitron (acquired by Nielsen), and Ando Media (acquired by Oak Tree Capital) in developing new business. →


He soon realized brands did not have enough of a holistic, genuine way to talk to consumers, nor a way for marketers to interpret their true sentiments. A born “connector” whose friendliness, curiosity, and interest in hearing from others has guided much of his career, Krasinski worked to develop a new solution to offer marketers a way to give consumers more of a say in how they are marketed. Working with his colleague Lynne Lipinski, he launched a firm called the Epicenter Experience charged with this very mandate. Now, after years of development, they are debuting The People Platform, a new tool that fills this promise.


“The People Platform is disruptive technology that shifts power back to consumers while giving marketers a deeper understanding of their consumers’ habits through a realtime experience,” Krasinski said. “This is about building trust between people and brands and giving consumers more influence over their spending and purchases. Giving them the most important voice makes sense. The People Platform is a new stage and microphone for people to share experiences and information in an effective and more valuable way.” It’s just one of the tools Krasinski envisions. And he envisions them in a tranquil setting he’s developed for big thinkers just like himself. The born entrepreneur purchased and renovated a picturesque property he’s branded The Farmhouse, where he hopes to host retreats, salons, sabbaticals, and other opportunities for emerging leaders to dream and draw out creativity, innovation, and thoughts. The home, situated on a beautiful lake in Plymouth, MA., includes spacious meeting spaces, five suites for guests, chef ’s kitchen, tavern, pool deck and cabana, a conversation porch, and outdoor spaces. “I always imagined creating a physical place, surrounded by nature, where all people would feel at home, connect through face-to-face interaction, and be inspired to be vulnerable enough to discover their purpose,” he says. “My interactions inspire the Farmhouse with so many unique and interesting people around the world and the creative collaborations to lead change.” New York Lifestyles recently met with Paul Krasinski to explain further his incredible concept for consumers and marketers.


Tell us about your platform. Epicenter Experience believes that people are the epicenter. We are a people-first technology company that is placing the control and influence back in the hands of people, allowing all of us to participate and transform our world together. The People Platform’s enterprise software recognizes that everyone’s time and information are valuable, so we give anyone who voluntarily participates cash value to share their information. Simply put, we believe that people are the most influential voice in our economy, and with a collective voice, we can lead change in our world. We do not have to wait for any institution or company to change things for us; we are empowered to impact the lives of all people together positively. Why is this good for people? People have an understanding and a valuable perspective based on their daily interactions with our world. We recognize this value and give financial value, human value, and satisfaction for participating in something greater than ourselves. While the financial value that we provide is an appreciation for participating, we have found that most people feel empowered by the vision that they can contribute to our world’s growth, success, and transformation by sharing their information and helping others. What did you find when developing this platform? We saw that marketers had been focused on mass-advertising approaches for the most part. In fact, 60 percent of marketers told us they do not have the tools and processes to connect with consumers directly. In the Experience Economy era that we live in, consumers expect a tailored, relevant experience with the brands and companies they interface with daily. Marketers needed a solution to understand consumer behavior with more specificity and reach their customers more personally and targeted.

What was your inspiration? I have always been fascinated by people and how they make decisions, and why a particular product becomes a fad or trend. I care deeply about people as human beings. So, I set a goal for myself early on in my life to try to meet everyone in the world. Yes, it was a tall order; however, in addition to being 6’9”, which wasn’t enough, my love for technology as an enabler to create solutions that allow people to take control of their world and care for others in tangible ways. Why start The Farmhouse? I created it to bring people together to connect, collaborate, create, and communicate to develop solutions facing all people. The Farmhouse was designed to be inviting, inspiring, and combined with nature so people can gather to lead change in our world. Throughout my professional career, I have connected with people to design and create technology solutions to make their lives easier and more valuable. The many connections I’ve made with creators worldwide helped me realize that, while technology is a wonderful way to connect people, there is no substitute for face-to-face interactions. Your brother, actor John Krasinski, did a series of good news reports during COVID. Does this desire to share and implement positivity run in the family? Caring and positivity are fundamental to my approach to life. Both John and I were raised with a core family value of caring for everyone. My dad was a doctor, and his passion in life was caring for his patients and their families. He taught us early on that we had received such talents as people, and we should share those with others to bring hope and inspiration to others. This indeed stayed with me. In 2016 I launched the company to share my talents in technology to commit to caring for others. In 2020, John decided to share his talents as an actor and launched Some Good News, so Dad’s teachings had a lasting impact on him. For more information on the Epicenter Experience, visit NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE


AN INTERVIEW WITH HARRY BENSON 60+ YEARS OF LEGENDARY WORK By Patricia Canole | Photography by Neil J. Tandy

midst the drama of WWII with bombs dropping overhead on his Glasgow birthplace, Harry Benson somehow, someway managed an avoid the turmoil. He took to photography and, in 1946, sold his first photo to a local publication. Years passed, and while still honing his skills Harry made another vital decision. The young photographer’s excitement to pursue a career prompted him to go to Fleet Street and the London Daily Express. There he became a staff photographer where one day he received an assignment to photograph The Beatles’ first tour of Paris, ending in the USA. It was 1964. Harry was not exactly thrilled with this assignment. However, it was The Beatles who changed his life insisting they wanted a good-looking photographer to accompany them on tour. Unquestionably, Harry fit the bill! His archive of the band’s three-week residency in the City of Light and eventual tour in the US encompassed some of the most iconic and dynamic images of life on the road. This experience made for some of the most famous Beatles’ photography and sent Benson’s life in a completely new direction. →




For more than 60 years, Harry has cataloged celebrity portraits contracted by top magazines in the country. During the time, he received exclusive access to Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, Joe Namath’s bachelor pad, and Truman Capote’s masked ball. His talents have also taken him to aim his lens on the Washington, DC crowd and photographed every US president from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Joe Biden, the erection and fall of the Berlin Wall, and the 1960s Civil Rights marches and the pro and anti-Vietnam riots. And, yes, there were times he feared for his life on the job, most notably documenting the Troubles in Northern Ireland. But it’s when he caught the horror on Ethel Kennedy’s face in the Ambassador Hotel after her husband, Senator Robert Kennedy, was assassinated that America’s heart skipped a beat. Harry has photographed an amazing range of subjects, including portraits of significant figures, including Sir Winston Churchill, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Andy Warhol, Mohammed Ali, Dr. Martin Luther King, and entertainers The Rolling Stones, The Who, Greta Garbo, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, Amy Winehouse, and Brad Pitt. Benson covered wars in the Gulf, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and the list goes on.


This incredibly talented photographer has taken some of the most extraordinary images of living history. He’s come face to face with more great people and events than anyone today. Quite simply, he has had this uncanny instinct for what makes a great photograph. The stories of his fans and former subjects are documented in Harry Benson: Shoot First (HULU). Dan Rather, Alec Baldwin, Sharon Stone, Andre Leon Talley, and Ralph Lauren, among others, share their stories on the man with the lens. It’s a profile of the man behind many images which have become iconic—and can be viewed at New York’s StaleyWise Gallery. The master lensman has also been honored and awarded countless times during his career. The most notable in 2009, when he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Then in 2017, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center of Photography in New York. Now with many best-selling books to his credit, the 92-year-old is unyielding in his beliefs when it comes to photography. He and his business partner-wife, Gigi, were more than welcoming when photographer Neil Tandy and I met at their apartment. By the end, Harry Benson was holding open the door to the elevator, continuing with his stories. A day well spent with the legendary photographer and clearly with a deep appreciation from his two guests. → OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE

What inspired you to turn to photography as a career? Definitely growing up in wartime Scotland and listening to Churchill’s magnificent speeches as we huddled around the radio. It was first-hand drama as Glasgow was bombed each night.

However much your subjects like you, why have you always kept your distance? I was there to photograph and to inform. I was not there to become best friends with the subject and do their bidding. That would make me their publicist—not a photojournalist. With My father was on home-guard duty the night Rudolph Hess bailed out that said, I’ve always enjoyed meeting people and learning of his plane over Glasgow and was captured, saying he wanted to make about them before photographing them. And, happily, I can’t peace between Germany and Great Britain. I remember it so well. That’s remember anyone turning me down for a second take. when I realized I wanted to be there at the center of what was happening, not on the edge looking in. It was exciting. How did you interact with celebrity publicists during that period? Tell us what it was like working on Fleet Street. London’s Fleet Street was great fun and extremely competitive. There were I’ve always tried to work with publicists in a business-like 8 or 9 daily newspapers. You were only as good as your last exclusive, and fashion, although they are very controlling today. Their power I soon wanted to beat them all. I didn’t think I could go any further than has evolved over the years. working for the London Daily Express photographing Winston Churchill, A good example was when I photographed The Beatles, no The Royal Family, covering news in Europe and Africa. publicist ever bothered me, as it was all new to them, too. Yet in 1964, I was off to America with The Beatles and never looked Another reason The Beatles were such a success was that back. I stayed in America and in 1967 I married Gigi, a New York-Texan. publicists didn’t control them. The group could manage any And by the 1970’s I was arguably the most published photographer questions thrown at them. They didn’t need a publicist to tell in LIFE magazine, which had been another goal. My mother and father them what—or what not—to say. used to look at LIFE when I was a child. You’ve always been at the right place at the right time. One of When you were taking those now-iconic Beatles shots, did you ever the most historic was when you captured the assassination of contemplate you had something extraordinary? Senator Robert Kennedy in 1968. How did you separate the It was all happening so fast. They were so young, yet I was very much emotion of this day and still record history? aware that their music was something extraordinary. After a while, Someone I liked and respected very much was dead in front we realized that four incredibly talented young men were creating a of me, and I was photographing it. I just knew it was historic, sensation that would change the world. and I said to myself, “Let me mess up tomorrow, but not today. Every newspaper had front-page Beatles stories. It was unbelievable. This is for history.” So, I put the camera up to my face and There had never been anything like it before. Ironically at the beginning, just started photographing. I was there to cover a celebration The Beatles thought it wouldn’t last more than a year. In fact, Ringo which turned into a tragedy before my eyes. Gigi and I are talked about opening a hair salon. Paul and John wanted to write songs good friends with RFK’s daughter, Kerry Kennedy, whom I for West End and Broadway musicals. At first absolutely no one expected feel understands what I did was for history. She is president of The Beatles would become the most important musical group of the 20th the Robert F. Kennedy Center or Human Rights Foundation, century. which Gigi and I support. → Harry with wife, Gigi, and their family pets.


Is that day in June still fresh in your mind? Absolutely. Senator Kennedy had just won the California Democratic primary and was at the podium of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles when he said, “It’s on to Chicago and let’s win there.” When Kennedy started toward the kitchen, I followed, thinking it was the quickest way out of the crowded room. Then I heard a girl scream. I knew we had stepped out of happiness into hell. I pushed my way forward and stood up on the kitchen counter. It was absolute chaos, screaming, pushing, complete bedlam. Five other people were shot around me. As I finished a roll of film, I stuffed it in my sock, so that if the police demanded it, I would give them only the roll currently in my camera. I called the FBI afterward to see if they would like to see my film, but no one ever returned my call.

One of your famous photographs is Greta Garbo swimming at a public beach. Did you ever think you crossed the line and invaded a celebrity’s privacy? No, I didn’t trespass. She was on a public beach and didn’t even know I was there. I didn’t disturb her holiday, nor did I chase after her. The Back Story: I was having dinner at a hotel in Antigua, and at the next table was Greta Garbo The owner of the hotel whispered to me who she was and said she was staying at the hotel. The next day I went boating with friends when Garbo just came floating nearby and I photographed her and I’m glad I had the opportunity to do so. I remember my mother and father talking about the Great Garbo, the beauty who wanted to be alone and there she was in front of me. Just think, without publicity, a celebrity or politician would not be famous. They can’t turn it off and on whenever they please.

One fascinating public figure you befriended was Michael Jackson. You’ve visited his Neverland Ranch, to which no one was allowed access. How did you gain his trust? Michael liked the stories I was doing for LIFE magazine and the fact that I wasn’t in awe of him. I was respectful, which is how I approached each story. We first met in Colorado in 1984. I was wearing a Scottish tweed hacking jacket. Michael commented on it, so I gave it to him. He was delighted and put it on and twirled around for the camera. He realized I was not there to debunk him but to document his lifestyle and career for the fans who idolized him.

Why do you think some of your best images are those that “just happened?” Spontaneous photographs to me, ones that cannot be repeated, are what I’ve always looked for. That’s why I liked photographing in a person’s environment rather than in a studio. Taking away the veneer of celebrity, of a controlled look, is key. I wanted the subject to be themselves.

Michael was easy to photograph because he was so talented. If a photogenic subject dances in front of your camera wearing a glittering costume, it eases the pressure to get a good photograph. I want to take a picture that will make you stop and look, not skip or turn the page of the magazine. At Neverland, I was told we had to stay outside, so we started in the flower-filled garden and moved on to the Ferris wheel and go-carts. When the publicist left, I asked Michael if we could go inside as I needed a cover for LIFE and several inside pages to fill. Michael said all right in his very soft voice, and in we went. He showed me his great house and I started photographing. We started in the living room and moved upstairs to the bedroom. I always like to photograph people in their bedrooms; it’s the most private room in the house.

What did you prefer during your career: hardcore photojournalism or portrait? I would have to say photojournalism. Taking a photograph that defines a bit of history—one that cannot happen again. What has been your number one motivation during the years? My motivation was certainly never money or fame. You might say it has been curiosity. You might also say it was a competitiveness and wanting to be at the center of what was happening in the world and always striving to get the best photograph that day. And he has many times over. For Harry Benson he did it with grace. Capturing the most historic moments to hold for years to come. For more information on Harry Benson, visit •

HARRY BENSON THROUGH THE YEARS Harry Benson’s career has provided him countless historic moments to capture, from the civil rights marches of the 1960s to wars and unrest. With his many experiences behind the lens, Harry learned to always keep his camera close at hand with the understanding that “a good picture cannot be repeated.” 1964 Ali, still known as Cassius Clay, when The Beatles met him at the Fifth Street Gym in Miami before his title win over heavyweight champion, Sonny Liston.


1966 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. singing “We Shall Overcome” with John Lewis (left) and Ralph Abernathy (right) during the James Meredith March Against Fear in Mississippi.

1966 Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow attend Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, Plaza Hotel, NYC.

1993 Kate Moss, backstage at Vivienne Westwood’s fashion show, Paris.



taut WWII thriller with a surprise setting is at the heart of Bob Richards’ new novel Triangle of Treason, which reveals the strategic importance of Bermuda for the Allies during the war. The book’s page-turning stories of high stakes espionage—its main character is a retired British Captain turned Hitler spy—provides winter escapism and education. “Instead of writing a boring history book that hardly anybody would read, I thought, why not wrap an exciting novel around that history?” Richards says. “Triangle of Treason is the result of that intention. Inspired by the likes of Ken Follet—my literary hero—the book is more than just a spy thriller. It is a fascinating and entertaining read embedded in military and geopolitical history.” And there’s no one better to tell it than author Richards, a native of Bermuda who rose to become its Minister of Finance. He grew up during segregation and witnessed its demise, transforming into a strategic military outpost. Richards helped usher in its emergence as a financial pivot in the middle of the Atlantic. All this gave him unique, often privileged insight into Bermuda’s rich past. Now, trading a spreadsheet for a hardcover, he proves he knows the formula for crafting a compelling story as well. What inspired you to write this WWII thriller? I grew up taking the ferry to and from school. Hence, my love of boats. After that era passed, I started researching them for a book. I eventually concluded that nobody wanted to read a boring book about old ferryboats. Also, I grew up hearing endless stories from my parents about the war. So, I melded these two elements into a fictional tale during that era involving my favorite subjects: ferries, submarines, and WWII history. Many people don’t know about how integral Bermuda was to WWII. How vital was the island? Most people think the US bases here were part of the Lend-Lease Act between the US and UK. That’s not true, at least for the Naval seaplane base in my book. In 1938-39, US officials observed the deteriorating situation in Europe and asked the question, “What if Britain falls. How would it affect us?” One look at the map highlighted that it would be intolerable to have a Nazi-controlled Bermuda. So, in 1939. before war was declared in Europe, the US began arrangements for a seaplane base in Bermuda. They identified Morgan’s Island as an ideal spot, but the US Neutrality Act forbade a military lease to be established with a foreign power that was at war. Morgan’s island was privately owned, and the papers were signed by the Bermudian owner who was living in New York, but it would not be legal until Bermuda stamp duty was paid. So, the lawyer had to fly back to Bermuda to get the agreement stamped. He did so, and three days later, Britain declared war against Germany OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE

“I hope people can sense how amazingly beautiful my island is. The truth is, no words can describe what I have the privilege to see every day.”

How else was Bermuda involved in WWII and fighting the Axis powers? All German forces used the Enigma, but their navy’s encryption was robust and challenging to break. That’s why the capture of U-Boats was so critically important. Bermuda played a role in one actual life capture. In 1944, the US Navy captured U-505 in the mid-Atlantic with its Enigma and intact codebooks. U-505 was towed to Bermuda and hidden from the world for the remainder of the war. U-505 is now on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Your reference to local flavors in Triangle of Treason includes popular bars, restaurants, and meetings spots. Was this intentional? What do you think this gives the story? Authenticity! There is nothing in this story that couldn’t have happened. Today, you can visit Bermuda and trace Hooks and Becky Jones, Swordfish, and Captain Grant’s footsteps. What do you hope readers will take away from your novel after reading Triangle of Treason? I hope the takeaway is how unique Bermuda is, being shaped from inception back in the 1600s and by the intersection of the three elements. Namely the British, the American, and the Caribbean. Hence the Triangle. Despite our miniature size, we have played critical roles in the transatlantic geopolitical rivalries over the centuries. Our location is our natural resource. The other takeaway is that I hope people can sense how amazingly beautiful my island is. The truth is, no words can describe what I have the privilege to see every day. Do you have plans to write more WWII thrillers? What fascinates you most about this period? The plan is to write two more novels. One is about Bermuda’s pivotal role in the Cold War; the other is our crucial role in America’s efforts to put a man on the moon (NASA). What fascinates me most about WWII is that it may have been the last war where the line between the good guys and the bad guys was so clear. NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE



hether it’s lighthearted hanky-panky or a dangerous liaison… a night on the town or pizza on the sofa… up-close-and-personal or virtual terms of endearment, Valentine’s Day exists to celebrate the people we love. Simple. So, ignore the voice inside your head demanding crazed February 14th perfection and follow your heart. However, if picking the right gift has you bewitched, bothered and bewildered, here are a hand-in-handful of beguiling options. HEART & HOME


Let sentimentalists wear their hearts on their sleeves, I’m planting kisses on my wall—several, actually, since Laura Richey, designer and founder of Pucker Up Paper Lips, didn’t stop at red when creating her awesome three-dimensional lip sculptures. Made from recyclable papers, Richey’s jewel-toned smooches run the gamut from gems and butterflies to bees and piano keys… plus Valentine-ready heart motifs. Info:


Those skilled in romantic settings may begin with music and candlelight, yet never lose sight of the beautiful, tactile touches that heighten the moment. Clearly, the Indonesian artisans of Kasih Co-op had such sensual ambience in mind when crafting their sumptuous Ikat Pillow Covers. Color palettes incorporate saturated greens, golds, reds, blues and burgundy, while the handwoven ikat patterns are, in a word, exquisite. Info:



While enmeshed in tradition, boxes of chocolates no longer reign the Valentine dessert scene. Bake Me a Wish, the online confectioner whose cakes and other gourmet goodies have yet to meet an occasion they can’t conquer with panache and ganache, is serving up amour-worthy red velvet, strawberry, and chocolate cakes, and cupcakes (mini and jumbo). And their heart-shaped cookies are as kid-friendly as they are naughty, naughty, naughty. Info: OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE


The word associated with full-body cuddles takes on new, albeit still sensual meaning every time a couple exchanges loving looks over a snifter of ice cream. If it’s 2/14, and the scoops are from eCreamery’s Ice Cream My Love for You Collection, we’re talking aphrodisiac. Four luxe, custom-churned pints, each aptly named (Tub of Hugs, e.g.), are shipped and sealed with a kiss (dry ice. actually). As much as I love my husband, sharing is a challenge. Info:



Tis the season of Cupid, harbinger of passion: bow at the ready; quiver bursting with ardor-infused arrows – the inspiration, as it happens, for Ariana Rabbani Jewelry’s breathtaking line of diamond and gold (yellow, rose or white) arrow bracelets, necklaces and earrings. And while most pieces read fabulously femme, the Diamond Arrow Studs with their rock star cachet, are unisex bliss. Kudos, Mr. Cupid, kudos! Info:


“Innovative” doesn’t begin to cover Klasse14’s statement timepieces where minimalist, visionary gestalt is a given. Made for those who appreciate a slightly off-kilter vibe and/or unexpected silhouette, these watches—in a staggering number of neoteric designs—are bound to spark a surge of affection in the recipient. Gift solo or double down with a second for yourself. A bespoke symbol of the joys of sharing time together. Info:


Silken on the tongue, seductively creamy, a tantalizing pale pink, and adored by wine afficionados around the world, Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel Cotes de Provence 2020 is a superstar rosé from the region. Adding to its nuanced mystic, Whispering Angel creator, Sacha Lichine, notes, “In the Esclans Valley angels whisper. If you drink this wine, you might hear them…If you visit us, you OPENING REMARKS might see them.” That blissful first sip of Valentine vino will not… cannot… happen Info: if you’re locked in mortal combat with a corkscrew. My own testy history with these persnickety devices has (finally!) led to Cork Genius, a sleek air jet gizmo that enables even hapless me the ability to uncork easily, sans residue. Go for the Care Set with bottle top aerator, vacuum seal stopper and wine foil cutter, and you’ll be set for copious toasts to come. Info:


Falling somewhere between effortless boyfriend shirt and fab femme top, the Bella Dahl Split Back Button Down’s attention to detail is impeccable. From its roll tab sleeves to its perfectly sized chest pockets and striking Sunkissed Coral pastel, it’s the sort of timeless wardrobe must-have that slips gracefully from work to casual—albeit JUST THE TWO OF US sophisticated—Valentine’s Burning with desire for an evening of free-spirited adventure, supper. culminating with a mouthwatering grand finale? Sur La Table has a Info: roster of Winter Date Night Cooking Classes (aka Table for Two) that totally fit the bill of fare. Just slip a saucy invite into his or her hearts and flowers. Flagged for flirtation: “From Paris with Love”, where hands-on techniques have you romancing herbed chicken, mashed potatoes and Crème Brûlée. Info: NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE


CULTURE CAPSULE HOME & LIFESTYLE REVIEWS By Melanie Carden MOTR® FULL-BODY TRAINING SYSTEM Think of MOTR as your personal time capsule. This compact, all-inone workout system saves you a trip to the gym and gives you back precious time. There are only two components, and they store inside the unit. I wondered if it were too good to be true. So, when the box arrived, I ignored the instruction manual and put it to the intuition test. It passed with flying colors. It requires no fiddly assembly—just click the bar in place and tackle a full-body workout. The innovative—adjustable weight—design allows you to work out in eight different positions targeting balance, core, agility, upper body, lower body, standing, and planks. Use the 20 different tutorial flashcards included in the shipment, check out their website, or just replicate your usual gym routine. I’d classify myself as a lifelong fitness fan and admit I was surprised. The flashcards keep me from getting into a rut! Perfect for: Those who value a mid-day work-from-home workout, people with limited indoor space, a vacation cabin home gym, and anyone who hates going to the gym on a snowy day. Info: GRAF VON FABER-CASTELL GUILLOCHE FOUNTAIN PEN Graf Von Faber-Castell has been innovating and crafting fine writing instruments since 1761. The Guilloche fountain pens are especially tactile with their understated ciselé (grain-like) pattern. The inherent elegance of the fountain pen evokes a sense of tradition – and unspoken loyalty to the written word. In fact, the brand shares on their website that, “Manufacturing such a nib is an elaborate process involving over a hundred steps.” Some aspects of the elaborate process are even done by hand. In fact, the 18-carat gold nib is run in by hand. This handson craftsmanship ensures and preserves a decades-long dedication to quality. In hand, the pen is well-balanced. The flow of ink across the paper is nothing short of effortless. It glides like a ballerina across the page, laying forth your inked message with absolute grace. Perfect for: People who adore the beauty of the written word, those who collect fine desk accessories, and anyone partial to traditional craftsmanship.


PELA’S LOMI COMPOSTER If you’re new to the idea of composting, it’s easy. Collect and allow food scraps to break down naturally to create nutrient-dense soil. Composting has significant benefits even if you don’t have a vast garden. It reduces the volume in our landfills and even reduces the “stink” of your kitchen garbage. However, it can be challenging to collect the scraps and compost food scraps – especially if you don’t have extra outdoor space. With its innovative design, Pela’s indoor composter, Lomi solves that issue. I’m no scientist, so here’s the straightforward overview—add scraps, push the button, wait 3-5 hours, dump out the compost. I’ve been composting traditionally for years, and I was totally blown away. There are three settings – eco-express (3-5 hours), Lomi-approved (best for compostable packaging, 5-8 hours), or Grow (retains the highest level of soil nutrients, 24 hours). I added coffee grounds, vegetable scraps, and a few aging cucumbers for the test run. I had nothing but fullydried flakes of soil-ready composted materials in just over three hours. It’s a wonderful addition to a large kitchen or even a workshop or utility space. Perfect for: Those who have indoor plants, balcony veggies, or full-blown garden beds, people who want to reduce their carb footprint, and anyone who appreciates innovative design. Info:




enesis, the luxury marque of Korean car manufacturer Hyundai, just keeps getting everything right. Only in existence as a brand in the US since 2016, Genesis vehicles have been winning awards for their design and quality since the very beginning. Now the latest Genesis to drive into the record books is the 2022 GV70, the brand’s new take on a luxury compact SUV (we loved the larger GV80, released in 2021), which recently was awarded MotorTrend magazine’s prestigious SUV of the Year prize. As we took it through its paces driving throughout Manhattan and into Connecticut, it didn’t take long to agree that the GV70 is a sporty ride that delivers on all fronts. Starting at $41,000, the base model has a 2.5T engine (a 2.5-liter engine with a turbocharger), while the top-of-the-line version has a 3.5T twin-turbo V6 for about $57,600; impressive pricing that beats other luxury offerings in its class. The base model includes an impressive list of standard features, including our favorite blind-spot collision avoidance assist, as well as all-wheel drive, power and heated front seats, a 14.5-inch HD navigation system screen, hands-free smart back liftgate, and much more. No matter which version you choose, the GV70 has a beautiful exterior that comes in a variety of brilliant colors; we’re partial to the Adriatic Blue and the Mauna Red, as both just pop on a sunny day. The whole look of the exterior is sleek, with the rendition of the Genesis “wing” design sweeping from front to back.


Not to be overlooked, of course, the SUV overall is just the right size for city driving, able to slip in and out of traffic like a debonair coupe, but giving enough interior space for family, friends, luggage or groceries. It handles well, especially when in sport mode, hugging the curvy roads outside the city and accelerating with ease on busy highways while always feeling stable and secure. Like every other Genesis produced, the new 2022 GV70 SUV has received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) designation, partially because of the vehicle’s innovative (and standard) front-center airbags that deploy between the bucket seats. It boasts eight airbags total, and the chassis is built with high-strength steel with ultimate passenger safety in mind. Everything about the Genesis GV70 adds up to a winner for a gasolinepowered SUV. It’s an excellent choice for a compact SUV—that is, until the all-electric “Electrified GV70” arrives in North America. Look for that in 2023 or 2024, as Genesis joins most car manufacturers in moving toward electric vehicles as the standard. For more information on the 2022 Genesis GV70, visit




hether it’s your first trip or the umpteenth the lighted bridges and grand monuments delight; the elegant 19thcentury Haussmann architecture endures; and the unique view of the glittering Eiffel Tower thrills. Last October 2021, we were among all the international visitors drawn to the allure of Paris, who flocked back after the COVID-closures. OUT AND ABOUT

Art-lovers gather at the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and the Pompidou for their collections, tasty food, and even spectacular views. There are exciting temporary exhibits at top art institutions, too; these are on view into 2022: the Frank Gehry designed Fondation Louis Vuitton, which features the marvelous Morozov Collection (Matisse plus), until February; the Musée des Arts Décoratifs showcases the impressive Cartier collection of Islamic jewelry, until February, the exotic Thierry Mugler show until April, and the Design for All: from Prisunic to Monoprix, exhibit, until May. At l’Orangerie—home to the memorable Monet waterlilies—the Chaim Soutine/Willem de Kooning exhibit launches in January, and David Hockney begins in February.



We stayed at excellent new and newly-renovated fivestar hotels in various visitor-friendly neighborhoods. The Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel Located on posh Avenue George V, near the Champs Elysées, the hotel features neo-Art Deco curvilinear interiors, Makassar ebony, and mosaics. Framed fashion photography lines corridors leading to the 116 rooms and 43 suites, including the newly-launched Lalique Suite. There’s a cognac bar, restaurant Akira (by Michelin-starred chef Akira Back), and the Olivier Lecocq Wellness Suite. OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE

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Hotel Montalembert This chic B. Signature hotel is located off Boulevard Saint Germain and a leisurely walk to galleries and the Musée d’Orsay. Its cozy restaurant boasts dark woods, white marble adjacent to the fireplace, and contemporary furnishings in the Bar Lounge. Our suite was decorated with precious woods, aged brass, leather, and silk and had a fireplace in the living room. The Saint James Paris This member of Relais & Chateaux was once a private chateau until 1920; its neoclassic architecture boasts lofty ceilings, an impressive curvilinear staircase, and coffered ceilings in the library (bar), and landscaped gardens. The just-completed Laura Gonzales design incorporates classic and contemporary fabric-covered walls, hand-crafted furnishings, and fine accessories. The 5000-square foot Spa Guerlain includes an indoor swimming pool.

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We ate at classic, trendy, Michelin-star restaurants, bistros, brasseries, and museum cafés. We recommend the following: Aux Lyonnais Alain Ducasse—who heads 19 Michelin-star restaurants upgrades the traditional Bouchon, famed for silk worker-lunches in Lyon. Along with a famous “workers-priced” meal, there are unique specialties: escargots in puff pastry, Volaille de Bresse (chicken), and roasted plums. Ducasse-sur-Seine This is a super-special, dress-up dinner (or lunch) with paired wines onboard an exclusive yacht that cruises the Seine for 2.5 hours; there’s time between the five courses to photograph the lighted cityscape from the deck. L’Écrin The exquisite Hôtel de Crillon houses a tiny, 24-seat restaurant in a jewel box-like salon. First, the Maitre d’ asks guests about food preferences; then, Michelin-starred Chef Christopher Hache prepares the magnificent multi-course meal with paired wines, accordingly. Le Gabriel This memorable multi-course lunch takes place within La Reserve, a small, elite hotel. Its gastronomic restaurant, within an embossed leather-lined salon (chairs have shelves that slide out to perch a purse!) is where two-star Michelin chef Jérôme Banctel serves his best! Le Tout-Paris We scored a table at 10 pm on a Sunday at the oh-sopopular, all-day brasserie on the 7th floor at the new Cheval Blanc Hotel. After appetizers, early evening, we shared an excellent— generously-sized—steak and Pont Neuf fries and admired views over the Seine, from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower. Museum Cafés Parisian museums offer casual, albeit destination, dining where we ate onion soup, pozza or pasta and really enjoyed Loulou, a chic Mediterranean café inside Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and the brasserie, Café Campana, at the Musée d’Orsay. (Here the Le Restaurant du Musée d’Orsay is beyond gorgeous!) For more information on Paris, visit NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE



inter is upon us and as the cold winds blow off the Hudson River and down the neck of your coat, consider the alternative. A Panamanian private island called Isla Palenque. In just about five hours from New York, you can be sitting on a warm beach, sipping a rum drink and soaking up the sunshine in seclusion. You’ll fly in and out of Panama City, a vibrant place with much to see and do, so plan time on your trip there. We booked a city tour with Truly Panama on our way back from Isla Palenque and discovered a fantastic local eatery called La Tapa del Coco. That’s where chef-owner Isaac Villaverde whips up his special Afro-Panamanian fare in a casual, welcoming setting. Try the shrimp curry or have a few empanadas, all washed down with Tiny Winey (their house craft beer) or a luscious coconut mojito. We loved visiting the Casco Viejo, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods going through a recent revitalization. It’s full of old buildings (like the Iglesia de San Jose, built in the 1670s), many of which are renovated and housing incredible restaurants and beautiful galleries. Look for the Karavan Gallery, which is filled with spectacular works from local artists—check out the colorful toucans created in Jaqué; they are incredible! Finally, make time to head over to Panama Viejo and the UNESCO World Heritage archeological site. Founded in 1519, this is a fascinating place to learn about colonialism in the New World.



To get to Isla Palenque, you’ll take a second quick flight to David (heading into the more rural part of Panama, heading west toward the Costa Rican border on the Pacific side). From there, the island’s friendly crew will drive you to Boca Chica port, where a boat ride across the Gulf of Chiriqui delivers you to the tropical paradise that is Isla Palenque Resort. With just eight secluded beachfront bungalows, a villa estate (bring the whole family and have a completely private experience) and assorted deserted beaches to claim as your own for a day, this exclusive island truly is the ultimate escape. Think of a welcoming but never intrusive staff, delicious meals, and lots of activities (or none) to fill your days and nights. You won’t see migrating whales in the winter months, but humpbacks, orcas, and pilot whales are in the nearby protected waters of Chiriqui National Marine Park from May to November, which is a quick boat trip from the island. Dolphins frolic in the waves, too, and you might see a sea turtle meander by as well. In addition, there are unique snorkeling spots to visit and kayaks or stand-up boards to paddle out into the all-year-round warm waters.


Isla Palenque is a sustainable resort, so expect to find all-organic food and products as well as ecologically sound construction techniques used in all the structures. It all adds up to a place that feels integrated into the rainforest that surrounds it; slip down the palm-lined path from your bungalow to the ocean, and you’ll understand what we mean. Don’t miss getting into the island’s rainforest, where remnants of ancient civilizations remain. Follow Jose Chiavarria, the resort’s experience coordinator, into the jungle, where he’ll point out everything from archeological digs to termite mounds and regale you with tales of long-ago times. Or learn to forage for local fruits and herbs and take a fishing lesson and bring in a catch for dinner. Evenings bring salsa dance classes, rum tasting interludes, and leisurely dining either at your villa, on the beach, or in the lovely communal palapa. Be sure to taste the little bread rolls that come with every meal. They are decadently delicious, and don’t miss the daily ceviche and tiradito offerings, for you will never have fresher fish. Whatever your pleasure, Isla Palenque aims to please—and usually succeeds. It’s a magical place that reminds us of simpler times, especially when you slip into your outdoor bathtub, take a soak and watch a tiny lizard slither by, listen to the birds singing and laugh at the howler monkeys high in the treetops letting out their thunderous yells. Then, you’ll know for sure that you’re not in the big city anymore! For more information on Panama, visit; for information on Isla Palenque, visit NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE



orinthia London, located just steps from Trafalgar Square, Westminster, the River Thames, and Covent Garden, combines grandeur and heritage with exquisite, intelligent design. The hotel is a destination in and of itself, with 283 rooms, 51 suites, seven penthouses, two world-class restaurants, and a genuinely unrivaled spa. Corinthia London has a fascinating historical pedigree. The establishment first opened in the late 1800s, with a brochure touting its virtues that would not be lost on the modern visitor. That the hotel’s location is especially recommended to ladies and families visiting the West End during the Season; to travelers from Paris and the Continent arriving at the Charing Cross Terminus from Dover and Folkestone; to Officers and others attending the levees at St James; to Ladies attending the Drawing Rooms, State Balls, and Concerts at Buckingham Palace; and to colonial and American visitors unfamiliar with the wondrous world of London. The hotel’s location caused it to be requisitioned by the government during the First and Second World Wars to provide extra space for conflict administration. Room 474 served as the first headquarters for SOE, which is now part of the British Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6 (of James Bond fame).


After being sold in the mid-2000s, an extensive refurbishment brought the building’s history full circle, returning it to its roots as a luxury destination in the heart of London. The hotel now has many rooms, suites, and penthouses, featuring Hypnos beds, Nespresso machines, and Loewe televisions. Corinthia London debuted eleven new Garden and London suites in 2018, providing guests with a broader selection of luxurious suites to choose from. The London Suite is inspired by a day in the capital; the light, airy interior pays homage to modern living, amenities, and innovative technology. The 105m² dual aspect suite features artwork and sculptures from the Cubism era. The space was designed with privacy in mind, and for guests who want to entertain, there are doorways to each functional space and the option of two additional adjoining bedrooms. The Garden Suite, which overlooks a beautifully landscaped courtyard, is a tranquil atmosphere created by using verdant green accents in soft furnishings and live planting. The botanical color scheme and texture pervade the 67m² suite, encouraging guests to unwind as the doors open directly into a living area with a feature fireplace and the main seating area that wraps around it.


The extensive multi-floor spa—ESPA Life—is one of the true highlights of Corinthia London. Wake up tired limbs with an ESPA warming and lifting treatment to relax and rejuvenate the body and mind. The treatment starts with a relaxing back massage that uses hot stones to warm and comfort the body. This helps to relieve muscle tension and soothe aching muscles, especially during the colder months when the body holds tension in this area of the body. At the Corinthia London, afternoon tea is taken seriously. A fragrant ceremony to grace, charm, and follow tradition rather than a convenient refreshment embodies a pleasure that should never be rushed. It is a delightful reminder that time is a precious commodity to be savored.The Corinthia’s afternoon tea is held in a bright lounge lit by the warm glow of 1001 crystals. Corinthia London is a gourmand’s paradise where classic dishes are refined and reborn under the watchful eyes of world-renowned chefs. Corinthia London is a gourmand’s paradise. The Garden is a city-center oasis designed for alfresco dining. The winter season features a dreamy Alpine menu. Another dining destination at Corinthia London is Kerridge’s Bar & Grill. The renowned Michelin-starred Chef Tom Kerridge has created a menu for his first London restaurant that pays homage to classics while capitalizing on his reputation for serving his take on the UK’s most celebrated dishes. Taking a break from the daily grind is a well-earned luxury. Corinthia allows you to discover London while enjoying exclusive benefits. For more information on Corinthia London, visit


Miami On Your Mind



As the Arctic winds reach New York City streets with chilly glances, more than ever it is time to head to South Florida. Travelers, of course, must keep aware of the latest from the Omicron saga, but since Florida has generally taken the mask mandates with the same caution that they take a forecast of snow, pragmatic restrictions should suffice to ensure a safe and pleasing vacation.

On the streets of Miami, however, the Cuban influences, as well as most other ethnicities, paint the walls and dinner plates with a cornucopia of color, fabrics and textures. A trip to the constellation of Miami, Brickell and Wynwood will provide both sustenance for the luxurious indulgences for the traveler’s soul; after a second year of a pandemic, don’t we all deserve it? The restaurants of Miami, the shopping in Brickell, and the art scene of Wynwood are the perfect pairing for a memorable trip along this South Florida journey.


Novotel Miami Brickell offers both comfort and luxury wrapped in a decor that radiates with essential Miami. After Accor’s acquisition of Atton Hotels in 2018, the transition into Novotel has become a tale of survival and rebirth. Rebirth because the rebranding and renewal added style and simplicity to its 275 guest rooms and suites, as well as a rooftop pool and bar. Novotel’s restaurant, PRIME, offers indoor and outdoor seating, large windows to welcome in the Florida sunshine, calming decor and a menu for any taste. The rooms are attractive, with city or bay views through floor to ceiling windows with blinds that can be controlled with the push of a button for preferred lighting and privacy. Wide workspace, plush bed, ample shower and nature-inspired decor elements contribute to a sense of calm and pampering. General Manager Claudia Di Gino expressed great pride for a hotel that struggled to make it through the pandemic. Though it had to close for a time, she showed great enthusiasm to be able to welcome guests back to the hotel.


Among the endless places to eat in Miami, Fugato which is technically in Coral Gables, would be a wise choice. For connoisseurs of risotto, this is the crown jewel. The porcini risotto bursts with flavor and compliments any of the other dishes. Highlights include boneless short ribs, lobster ravioli, chevre croquettes, and sugarcrusted salmon. The service is impeccable and the ambiance serene and refined. Spanglish is a Miami dining experience that is not to be missed. The evening begins with some of the most unique signature cocktails, such as a Paparazzi, made with dill infused tequila, passion and lime juices, plus other surprises, and served in a zoom camera lens (yes, you heard correctly). Diners can start the meal off with Queso ‘e Cabra, local savory goat cheese Pana Cotta, encrusted in a dark rum and pineapple gelee. The Delmonico Ribeye for 2 is a carnivore’s delight, served with charred purple sweet potato and seared onions. Sweeten the palate with a dessert of homemade ice cream or sorbet. Osteria Morini is a short walk from the Miami Botanical Gardens and the impressive Holocaust Memorial. The restaurant has a casual and welcoming vibe, but the food is seriously gourmet. Located in the Kimpton Hotel Palomar, Osteria Morini offers a lunch, brunch and dinner menu that is rich with Italian specialties prepared with great attention to distinct flavor. Many dishes burst with the flavor of rosemary, parmesan cheese and truffles. The rigatoni with wild mushrooms, rosemary and truffles will remain in one’s flavorful scrapbook for a long time.


Brickell Here you will find a project that began twenty years ago and revived over the past five. • Brickell City Centre is central to the commercial growth of the area. This open-air mall offers shoppers an aesthetic conducive to the ideal customer experience. The nine-acre complex houses Saks Fifth Avenue, luxury shops, residential towers and a hotel. The retail area is easily accessible on the third floor via the Eighth street Metromover, a fully autonomous train that stops at twenty stations throughout its route. The design of the City Centre allows light to filter in from all angles, like a giant ribcage enclosing the body of the complex. Wynwood It started out as a working-class neighborhood connected through industry with the surrounding Design and Garment districts. Just around the time the street art movement was taking hold of the open spaces and the closed consciousnesses of several major cities (1985), neighborhood developer Tony Goldman was attending a conference in Miami, and toured the abandoned art deco buildings of Miami. By the mid-2000s, he was buying abandoned buildings in Wynwood where he saw the potential for the natural progression that happens when artists turn distressed neighborhoods into chic cultural centers. • Museum of Graffiti is considered “the first museum,” according to their website, “in the world exclusively dedicated to the evolution of the graffiti art form.” Once inside, visitors are met with archival videos, mostly news reports, displaying a panorama of the social resistance to graffiti. Yet, the museum traces the roots of graffiti from the simple tagging of names upon city walls to the complex artistry of some of the world’s most respected graffiti artists. Dr. Heather Dunn, an artist and writer stated, “The museum show displayed an insightful history of the evolution of graffiti writing from the early 1980’s to the present.” Exhibits included photos of subway cars turned into moving canvases, an exhibit on the history of graffiti, a display of the work of FUZI, and much more. If the Museum of Graffiti offers a guided path through a curated history, the streets of Wynwood constitute a community of street and graffiti artists for whom the visible spaces of the town become an ever-changing canvas of personal and social statements. Be sure to visit Wynwood Walls as well, an outdoor museum of memorable and sizeable street art by many of the big names in the genre. Besides the convenience of being so close in proximity, the triumvirate of Miami, Brickell and Wynwood offer sights and tastes for all manner of traveler. Pack your walking shoes and prepare yourself for a journey that pleases the eyes and the stomach as you experience chefs who create art upon a plate and artists who create statements upon a wall. For more information on Miami, visit

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riving up to Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, provides a hint of what guests can expect at this Forbes Travel Guide Five Star and the AAA Five Diamond property located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. It is home to the world’s most extensive collection of independentlyowned Rolls Royce vehicles found at a single hotel, with some of these beauties lining the circular driveway. No matter what car you arrive in, you will receive extraordinary service the moment you open your car door. Service here for guests is more than a yes or a no and begins with a personal welcome tour of the public areas upon check-in. And with red as the 4.5 beachfront acre resort’s signature color, it is also an excellent choice for couples seeking an indulgent romantic getaway. It is no ordinary day at the beach at Acqualina’s 400 feet of white sands along the Atlantic Ocean. Couples (and other guests) are set up with comfortable lounge chairs or “Acquabeds,” small tables, umbrellas, pitchers of water and sunscreen for their seaside day. Service will also include being offered complimentary mini-shakes and fruit while lounging at various times. Another alternative is a poolside cabana or lounge chairs at one of the three oceanfront pools. Among the choices is the adults-only Tranquility Pool for serenity, which is ideal for couples.

HEAVENLY HAVEN With only 98 guest rooms and suites and four to five rooms per floor, the resort offers a modern residential upscale feel envisioned by Miami designer Isabel Tragash and her team. The 51-story tower also includes residences beyond the resort floors (in case couples want to make this a more permanent stay.) Extras in guest rooms and suites include ESPA-branded bath products, sitting areas, large HD televisions, fully stocked bars with gourmet food snacks, private terraces, and iPod docking stations. The one-bedroom classic suite—perfect for couples—features a living and dining area, a separate tub, and a shower for two with dual shower heads that exude romance. Couples can also truly celebrate in the even more extensive one-bedroom oceanfront suite with a full gourmet kitchen, living and dining rooms, and expansive terrace. Rose petal turndown service can be arranged. Don’t miss breakfast for two on the balcony with views of the Atlantic Ocean.


WINE & DINE Dining choices are designed with couples in mind as well. At Il Mulino New York, not only is the service and food something to remember, but the setting is also beautiful. Couples can opt to dine on outdoor private Romeo and Juliet balconies. Ke-uH offers Japanese fusion tapas-style. Indoor and outdoor seating facing the ocean makes it a perfect romantic choice for two. The Costa Grill is the spot for favorite beachside lunch treats, either delivered to the sands, poolside, or at the restaurant itself. For something extraordinary, Acqualina’s intimate candlelit beachfront dinners set couples at a table for two on the green lawn steps from the sand and ocean.

SPA TIME Indoors, the 20,000-square-foot two-story Acqualina Spa welcomes guests with relaxation lounges for men and women, including pampering amenities such as steam rooms and saunas. Couples can opt for individual treatments from Acqualina’s extensive list of options or go all out together in the Royal Spa Suite. The gold-encrusted private lounge features designer furniture from Fendi Casa. From there, duos head to the oceanfront treatment room, which features a private steam room made from motherof-pearl, a rainforest shower for two, and a private wraparound balcony with views of the Atlantic Ocean. The wall adjacent to the two treatment beds includes gold-dusted mosaic tiles for true extravagance.

Whether having treatments together or apart, couples can spend time post-treatment at the oceanfront terrace with a coed pool (the fourth for the hotel), heated jet pool, and Roman waterfall spa. While relaxing, the staff offers complimentary cups of tea and small snacks. There is also a hair salon for couples who want to get primed and pampered for a big night out. In addition, an oceanfront fitness center is at the ready with the latest in strength and cardiovascular equipment.

STEPS AWAY Acqualina’s concierge is always ready with suggestions and ideas for guests to explore nearby Miami and Fort Lauderdale. In addition, restaurants, convenience shops, and supermarkets are located within walking distance of the hotel, making it easy to explore. The nightlife and dining of South Beach is a 35-minute drive, and it’s a five-minute drive to shopping at Aventura Mall and nearby Bal Harbour Shops. Fort Lauderdale International Airport is a 20-minute drive, while Miami International Airport is 30 minutes away. For more information on Acqualina Resort, visit NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE



he bucolic borough of Saddle River, New Jersey, is home to actors, athletes, entertainment moguls, internationally recognized CEOs, musicians, entrepreneurs, a past US president, and all who appreciate the privacy and beauty of small-town living. Saddle River residents prioritize privacy and beauty, and that hasn’t changed since my family fell in love with its charm and moved here four decades ago. Let’s talk about proximity to Manhattan! We are between 15 and 18 miles to the George Washington Bridge. Without traffic, I have been in my theater seat within 30 minutes. To live this lifestyle and have New York City a stone’s throw away is the cherry on top of a fabulous sundae at Serendipity 3.


I am a big fan of the renowned and Michelin-starred Saddle River Inn, located in town. It is rustic, charming, and just plain yummy. We also are home to its more casual sister restaurant, The Saddle River Cafe. Within 10 minutes of the center of town, options range from the refined and elegant Esty Street, Varka, and the landmark Ho-Ho-Kus Inn and Tavern to several excellent casual dining options. During the past two years of the pandemic, local restaurants have been offering delivery, curbside pickup, and very creative (and warm!) outdoor spaces. Many of us have established long-term relationships with the owners as we support each other through this time. That is one of the perks of living in a small-town environment. We are all in this together!


For those buyers with an equestrian interest, Saddle River offers incredible estates which can accommodate stable areas, turnouts, and riding areas. In addition, some farms offer boarding and riding lessons. Saddle River is 15 minutes from recreational areas for the active person. The Ramapo Mountain State Forest is a 4,200 acres state forest in Bergen and Passaic Counties. It should keep you busy hiking, hunting, canoeing, fishing, crosscountry skiing, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Perfect your skiing and snowboarding skills at Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah, just a short ride away! How amazing is that? OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE


We are about one mile wide and three miles long. The picturesque Saddle River runs North to South through town. Several mountain ridges and streams, brooks, ponds, and rolling lawns. The zoning is a minimum of two acres. However, there are also smaller lots that were subdivided before the two-acre zoning law. The beauty of Saddle River is in the diversity of the architecture. From a small cottage (between $1 to $2 million) to a significant gated estate (between $5 and $20 million), it’s all here: Hampton’s style, brick manors, stone chateaus, contemporary farmhouses, and traditional ranches and colonials. Due to extended families returning to the suburbs, we have experienced an uptake in buyers wanting more acreage and larger homes. Some of our most common requests are more space to work from home, pools (indoor or outdoor), space for a home gym, theater area, and wine cellars/tasting areas for enjoying a little more wining and dining at home.

The Wandell Elementary School is located near the center of town and is equivalent to attending a private school. State-ofthe-art computer labs and outstanding teaching staff make this level of education sought after by so many. Eric S. Smith Middle School is located a short bus ride away in Ramsey and is considered one of the best middle schools in our area. There are two high schools, both with transportation available, one in Ramsey (Ramsey High School) and the other in Allendale (Northern Highlands), regionalized with four towns. The Saddle River Day School, located in Saddle River, is an excellent private school. One of Saddle River’s most significant assets is that the town is very well run, and our taxes are among the lowest in Bergen County. So, we have a combination of more acreage, low taxes, excellent schools, and beautiful real estate offering the best value in the tri-state with proximity to New York City. The Best of All Worlds!

Our current inventory of available properties offers prices varying between $1,300,000 - $18,000,000. There is truly something for everyone. This wonderful town may hold the key to your dream home! For more information on Vicki Gaily and Special Properties Real Estate, visit NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE



he landscape of the Financial District (FiDi), where New York’s history as a city all began has seen many changes. The skyscrapers and canyons of today’s FiDi stand where the tiny Dutch settlement, and later the prime residential enclave of post-Revolutionary New York once flourished. The narrow alleys of the area are a reminder of the scale of colonial America. However, except for a few fragments of old foundations, not a single building erected during the 40 years of Dutch rule remains. When the British Army withdrew in 1783 after seven years of occupation, the village of New York—which covered ten blocks north from what is now Battery Park—lay almost totally in ruins. But once New York City pulled itself together and began to push north, the city grew swiftly. Two blocks of low-rise commercial buildings from this early surge of development have survived: the Fraunces Tavern block and Schermerhorn Row. Today, the entire area has been transformed from where cattle once grazed at Bowling Green Park. Now, FiDi features converted condos, bars, restaurants, parks, memorials, and new construction soaring into the sky. Take a closer look, and you will find improvements to parks, new restaurants, bars, and the mesmerizing new construction.



Yes, people seem to be happy to call this neighborhood home. Let’s explore a couple of new luxury buildings to call your own.

130 William Street

Designed by British-Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye who is internationally renowned as one of contemporary architecture’s most inventive leaders. With a total 244 units, the 66 storied building reaches nearly 800 feet tall. Adjaye’s first New York City high-rise tower is a new addition to the New York City skyline. 130 William’s hand-cast concrete facade looks beautiful against the cityscape of Lower Manhattan. It seems like there are endless amenities that are featured in this luxury residential building. Included are a full-time doorman, a spa, on-site residential manager, rooftop access, an IMAX theater, golf simulator, fitness center, children’s activity center, and the list goes on. Info: For availability visit

25 Park Row

Offering 110 residences, 25 Park Row is a 21st-century architectural icon at the center of the New Downtown, providing unmatched views from every residence over historic City Hall Park. COOKFOX Architects has created the quintessential downtown luxury condominium, reinterpreting the classic Art Deco skyscraper through an expressive series of cascading terraces, setbacks, and loggias. Residents can exclusively enjoy The Park Row Club—a richly appointed amenity suite designed by Studio Mellone, featuring vast leisure spaces, soaring ceilings, and grandly scaled windows overlooking City Hall Park. The Club offers a library and screening room, a lounge, a billiards room, a bar, a dining room, a playroom, a golf simulator, and a fitness center with a yoga studio and a 65-foot swimming pool. The Park Row Club Garden and Dining Terrace offers over 7,000 square feet of outdoor space for entertainment, relaxation, and play—including lounge and living spaces, a grilling kitchen, a trellised dining area, and a naturalistic playscape and a lawn. On-site parking for purchase and a discrete Theatre Alley entrance offers privacy and convenience. Info: For availability visit


With a boom in real estate comes an infusion of more new restaurants to go along with old favorites. Joe’s Pizza FiDi This outpost a block from the Fulton Street subway stop serves out-of-thisworld New York-style pizza. It’s a good option for an afternoon snack when you’re sick of granola bars, or for a late-night bite. Info: joespizzanyc. com. Manhatta My other go-to restaurant is Mahatta. Endless views and delicious food—an absolute must located 60 floors up at 28 Liberty Street. One of Danny Meyer’s shining stars offers downto-earth hospitality along with Chef Jason Pfeifer seasonal and soulful menu. Info: NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE



his contemporary duplex, a collaboration from, a collaboration from John B. Murray’s fantastic talent and timeless aesthetic and Jennifer Post’s brilliant and sophisticated modern design, is stunning. The attention to detail in this 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath is elegant, clean lines and unrivaled. Enter #15/16A, and you are welcomed with southern light and open views over The Hayden Planetarium, Central Park, and the Midtown skyline. The dramatic staircase is an art piece that creates a double height for the library below, and ahead of the living room and formal dining room, or double living room, which have mesmerizing views of the city.


Enter the home on the 16th-floor, where you will find the inviting dining room with a butler’s pantry complete with a wine refrigerator, regular refrigerator, dishwasher, drawers, and storage for glasses. Also on this floor is a windowed chefs eat-in kitchen featuring custom cabinetry and a vented stove. You’ll find two of everything: ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, and sinks with open views facing north and west to New Jersey. Endless counter space, cabinet and storage space, an office area, and a vast dining area make this kitchen a home hub. This kitchen is a true testament to timeless contemporary design and functionality. Off the kitchen are a full bathroom and extra pantry area. A windowed den/TV room with open west views is between the kitchen and the living space. This room could also be a formal dining room if one desired a double living room facing Central Park. Completing the 16th floor is a beautiful powder room and mudroom/walk-in entry closet.

As you descend the stunning double-height staircase, you are greeted with the 15th-floor open library facing Central Park and the Planetarium. A cozy and comfortable space with a giant TV, it is also bright and unique with its views! The primary bedroom suite also faces the Park, the Planetarium, and the Midtown skyline and has both brilliant light during the day and incredible views at night. This suite is private with a luxurious spa-like bathroom and an enormous walk-in closet/dressing room complete with a refrigerator for evening snacks. There are three more bedrooms on this floor, separated by an opaque glass pocket door, perfect for sleeping children or guests. Two bedrooms share a full bathroom with double vanity, and the third bedroom is en-suite with its bathroom. Each bedroom has a sizable closet and a built-in desk. Completing this area is a laundry room with full size vented washer, dryer, and extra refrigerator.


The unique features of this home are endless. There are 14 zones of central air conditioning, soundproof windows, a Lutron lighting system, and wiring for sound and automatic shades. Glass pocket doors throughout offer discreet separation of spaces while maintaining the home’s openness. The Beresford is one of Central Park West’s most elegant and bestloved prewar landmark buildings. Designed by famed architect Emery Roth, it completed construction in 1929 and was converted to a cooperative in 1962. The staff is incomparable in their service, and there is a state-of-the-art gym. Pets are welcome. Info: Price is $21 million. For more information contact Lisa Lippmann or Gerard “Scott” Moore at Brown Harris Stevens, OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE




ow into our third year of wearing masks, staying safe, and yearning to get life back as we knew it, it’s even more vital to reset and renew. One of the best ways to achieve this state is by immersing oneself in some of the city’s supremely decadent spas. These luxurious enclaves will magically transport you to a serene mindset setting despite being steps from city streets. So, take a well-deserved break and let these skilled respites become a part of your routine. Here are some of the best spas to get you started on your road to bliss.


Rich, warm hues exude laid-back vibes at the Greenwich Hotel’s exceptional Shibui Spa, with a seasonally-driven menu of holistic, earth-driven treatments. You’ll soon notice that the roof of a 250-year-old Japanese farmhouse adorns the spa’s pool and lounge area to the treatments. Everything in Shibui is a brilliant combination of ancient techniques and modern practices, with a reverence to nature present throughout. The services are no less luxurious. Enjoy a massage using hot sakesteeped towels and jojoba oil (the Drunken Lotus) or body scrub followed by a mineral bath and massage (Bamboo Glow), and you’ll swear you’ve reached ultimate Zen. Or perhaps the shiatsu massage performed on a tatami mattress in a room featuring a private bathing tub., and the room even features a private bathing tub. This place is a definite must. Info:


If the crush of urban life is getting to you, the Peninsula Spa, high above crowded Fifth Avenue, is the ultimate tonic. This plush spa’s vibe gives it a very intimate feel. And the service is synonymous with what you expect--gracious, discreet, and luxurious. The spa menu includes the classics like Swedish massage and deep cleansing facials. Still, the treatment offerings shine with their specialties: The CRYO facial uses cold techniques to rejuvenate and repair the skin. And since a good night’s sleep is sometimes hard to come by, opt for Sleep Support Therapy treatment that fuses ancient Ayurvedic practices designed to balance emotions and reduce stress and anxiety. Before or after treatments, spa guests have full access to aromatherapy steam rooms, saunas, the Asian Tea Lounge, and relaxation rooms, complete with cloud-like comforters and soothing music. Info: OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE


There’s Aire Ancient Baths for those who yearn for a little something different. Located in Tribeca among stores and restaurants, the former textile factory houses a spacious open room of baths. The underground cavern lit by candles fuses soaking traditions from the Greek, Roman, and Ottoman empires into one elegant water world. Visitors alternate between four pools ranging from fiery (102 degrees) to icy (46 degrees). There’s also a glass-enclosed hammam; it looks like an underwater cloud when the walls steam over. Heated marble benches provide an excellent place to rest mid-rotation and sip from the menu of juices and teas. If you choose, add an hourlong four-handed massage to your cycle; for maximum indulgence, consider a three-hour ritual including a private bath upstairs infused with a choice of red wine, cava, or olive oil. Info:


A destination unto itself, the hotel’s Asian-inspired spa offers an unforgettable experience that starts with a shoe exchange ceremony, customized tea in the Oriental Tea Lounge, and 45 minutes in the spa vitality pool and amethyst crystal steam room. Now is the time to disconnect and realize the transformative effects of unplugging. Treatments range from hydra-facials to massages. And for New Yorkers who spend too much time hunched over their laptops or cradling their phones, The Spa offers the Digital Wellness Escapee for their neck, shoulder, and hands and zeros in on relieving tension—looking for a particularly lavish retreat? The Thai Yoga Massage helps you find balance. It’s well worth a visit where some of the treatment rooms are over the top, with gorgeous views. Info:


The stunning Baccarat Hotel is ideal for French skincare brand La Mer. The decadent spa transports guests into the immersive, highly curated world of La Mer and is adorned with a marble-tiled, 50-foot pool, murals, and light resembling a posh European seaside retreat. Make waves for their anti-aging innovation; treatments like their Miracle Broth Hydrating Facial are superb. This oasis is a necessity! Info:




here’s so much to do in NYC with a significant other—from a fine dining experience to spending an intimate day with famous artwork, taking a stroll through Central Park. Our favorite thing, however, is food. So, in the spirit of love, here are some of the city’s romantic restaurants perfect for date night. Which only proves that incredible meals are the best way to someone’s heart. Enjoy!


Some things are worth dressing up for, and a visit to this Brooklyn restaurant is undoubtedly one of them. It enjoys, without question, one of the most extraordinary settings, lying in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. The cityscape views are spectacular that ordering a Manhattan as your cocktail seems the only obvious choice. The experienced, white-jacketed waitstaff keep the entire operation running like a well-oiled machine; in fact, they could spot an upcoming marriage proposal. The menu is just as stellar and provides the perfect match to this beautiful setting. Think succulent pork belly with scallops or even glistening duck breast with sweet potato spätzle. Simply put: the place oozes romance. Info:


This Midtown favorite offers an elevated and sophisticated take on traditional Greek cuisine with fresh seafood. According to TripAdvisor, the restaurant is ranked one of the Top 50 in NYC. It features a lively bar, an expansive garden patio, and stunning sidewalk seating in addition to elegantly appointed dining rooms. Nerai’s fresh seafood-focused dishes and layered cocktails are stripped to their simple essence, revamped for a twist, and then presented beautifully. A polished service team pays attention to each guest, striving to make their experience outstanding every time. Info: OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE


The best way to describe La Goulue in one word--elegant! Everything from its soft lighting to delicate curtains exudes elegance. That, combined with its exceptional service by highly professional and knowledgeable staff, makes this restaurant one of the best French bistros in the city. Much like everything else, the menu presented by Chef Antoine Camin is elegantly presented. It features house favorites steak and tuna tartare, onion soup, roast chicken, steak au poivre vert, sole meuniere, and profiteroles are so good. The extensive wine list highlights a fabulous selection of French wines and worldwide classics. If one cannot decide which wine to pick for the evening, the knowledgeable staff will come to the rescue. Info:


This highly acclaimed twostarred Michelin restaurant from world-renowned Chef Jung Sik Yim was the first to introduce New Korean cuisine to New York. The Tribeca kitchen, helmed by Executive Chef Daeik Kim (Culinary Institute of America), is included in La Liste’s 2022 Top 1000 World’s Best Restaurants.


The gorgeous French bistro and speakeasy in Chelsea is the perfect date-night destination. Named for Mathias Van Leyden’s rescue dog, the bi-level restaurant has ample seating indoors and outdoors (heated, of course!). Signature dishes from Executive Chef Jarett Brodie include Duck Leg Confit with apple rosemary puree and gala chutney and Steak Frites featuring a juicy skirt steak and bearnaise. Of course, start this divine dinner with a gorgeously crafted cocktail (or two). In addition to the banquette and table seating indoors, Loulou also features a speakeasy you can enter through a Coca-Cola machine door outside. Head downstairs after a filling meal and enjoy the music and time together. Info:


The focus here is on the Iberian Peninsula in Spain, and the Caribbean islands of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. This melting pot of Spanish Latin Caribbean flavors showcases how related cultures can work together in new and exciting ways. Couples dining out on Valentine’s Day will be able to enjoy a spacious dining room with high ceilings, beautiful bird sconces, and customdesigned wallpaper that incorporates flora and fauna of the regions represented at Tasca, giving lovers the vibe of being in the Caribbean. Additionally, Tasca can properly serve over 400 wines, with a current inventory of roughly 180, all of which are temperature controlled. Here’s to love! Info: NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE



o, you love coffee. And not just any coffee. You love specialty coffees, single-origin coffees, unique blends, and rare beans freshly roasted. So, you’re not a coffee snob—but you are passionate about your cup o’ joe. The perfect coffee shop for you? Starbucks. No, not one of the ubiquitous stores serving its signature brews across the globe. We’re talking about the truly unique coffee experience of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery NYC.


The Starbucks Reserve Roastery is an inspiring coffee extravaganza in the heart of New York’s vibrant meatpacking district. Opened in December 2018, the Reserve Roastery is one of six Reserve Roasteries globally. Aside from New York City, others include Chicago, Seattle, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Milan. The Reserve Roastery is a workshop and stage creating an immersive journey into the coffee industry. You can order your favorite classic coffee drink or an exclusive Roastery Creation at the Main Bar, beautifully crafted of walnut that is as stunning as it is functional. However, coffee lovers may want to proceed to the lower level to the Experience Bar for a more profound sensory experience. Here you can fully explore the coffee experience with various brew methods and origin-driven storytelling. Interaction with the baristas, master roasters, and mixologists is highly encouraged. First, talk with one of the baristas for suggestions about what Starbucks Reserve coffee you want to try—a signature reserve blend or a rare single-origin coffee. Then discuss which brewing method might be best: a pour-over, a French press, a syphon, the Clover Brewing, Chemex, or cold brew.



Consider one of the Roastery’s Coffee Experiences. The Origin Flight offers three different reserve coffees prepared on the Clover brewer. The Brew Comparison Flight has one coffee brewed by two methods, providing a palate-expanding experience for any aspiring coffee aficionado. Cold-brew fans have plenty of choices, including a Draft Nitro Cold Brew, a Cold Brew Trio Flight with three different flavors, and a very intriguing Whiskey Barrel-Aged Cold Brew made with Guatemalan beans aged in whiskey barrels. Enhance your coffee experience by adding a selection of chocolate truffles. The Reserve Roastery features an exclusive selection of the rarest, most extraordinary coffees Starbucks has to offer. Master Roasters develop a unique roast for each lot of green beans, then experiment with the coffee, brewing, aging, infusing, and blending it into imaginative and often surprising creations. The Reserve Roasteries serve as a pipeline for new products and designs that can eventually make their way to the retail Starbucks stores. But, of course, you don’t have to wait for that. Customers can visit the Scooping Bar to take home bags of some of the 14 rotating, freshly roasted coffees.


Also featured exclusively at the Roastery are a selection of artisanal baked goods, salads, and desserts created by Princi, the exclusive food purveyor for Starbucks Reserve Roasteries founded by Rocco Princi in Milan. A perfect complement to your coffee choice is a Princi Cornetto, light and buttery, soft yet flaky baked item like a croissant. In addition, the entire menu offers a selection of Princi-designed breakfast items, sandwiches, pizzas, desserts, and pastries. On the mezzanine level, visitors will find the Arriviamo Bar, an exquisite 60-foot long mixology bar featuring an assortment of traditional and unique cocktails ranging from classics to coffee- and tea-inspired creations. “Arriviamo” is Italian for “we have arrived,” and indeed, customers will feel that they have arrived at their Third Place--that welcoming place between home and work. A delicious example of a coffee-inspired cocktail is the Roastery Old Fashioned crafted with Starbucks Reserve® Cold Brew and Iwai Tradition Whisky. Or try the Final Say (Arriviamo’s riff on the prohibition-era classic Last Word cocktail) made with Matcha and El Tesoro Blanco Tequila. Can’t decide which cocktail creation to try? Try the Cocktail Bar Trio, a one-on-one cocktail sample tasting led by a master mixologist. Sample three signature Roastery cocktails infused with Starbucks Reserve coffee, tea, and exotic ingredients.


The New York Roastery features the largest fully-operational coffee roasting plant in Manhattan, roasting more than 1.5 million pounds of coffee per year. Centrally located in the facility is the Roasting Area, where Master Roasters ply their craft. Visitors can observe the process and interact with the roasters. In addition, each Roastery features a custom cask. The one in New York is a 30-foot sleek, hammered copper cask in the shape of the iconic Starbucks coffee mug. Each Roastery also features a unique art piece depicting the Siren’s iconic logo. The New York Siren is a 10-foot, 2,000-pound copper creation designed to appear as emerging from the water.


Locating the Roastery in the Meatpacking District is a perfect addition to the inspiration and vibrancy of the area’s attractions such as the High Line, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Chelsea Market, and the many hip restaurants and high-end retail shops. The Roastery’s design is sleek yet practical. Located on the street level of a new, geometrically-intriguing building on Ninth Avenue, the Roastery’s ceiling reflects the building’s design with an “undulating ocean” of squares and rectangles. The ceiling also features a network of twisting “symphony pipes” through which the freshly roasted beans travel (making the tinkling sounds of rain along the way). As both a workshop and a stage, the Roastery enhances the coffee lover’s immersive experience with in-depth tours by reservation only. For more information on Starbucks Reserve Roastery, visit NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE




rom infatuation to flirtation to seduction and everything in between, New York theater has you and your amour de jour covered. Whether it’s Aladdin and Jasmine canoodling on a flying carpet or “Bobbie baby, Bobbie bubi, Bobbie” driving a trio of persons crazy in Company, Broadway can’t help but emerge as the quintessential come-hither when it comes to passion. Which is why, in this fiercely romantic month of St. Valentine, I’m sticking to affairs of the heart, exclusively in shows that I love. ROMANCING THE STAGE With its gorgeous, gothic passion wrapped in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic music, The Phantom of the Opera has been seducing audiences longer than any other show in Broadway history. And while the crashing chandelier may have shed its opening night novelty, it hasn’t lost its power to awe. Many besotted phantoms and spellbinding Christine Daaé’s later, “Music of the Night” is filling the Majestic Theatre with a primary cast now boasting its first AfricanAmerican leading lady, Emilie Kouatchou. Another production with a Belle Époque backdrop and a Best Musical Tony Award (this one newly minted) is Moulin Rouge! a spectacular mash up of jukebox score, real and fictional characters, eroticism, and true love. Emerging as a physical homage to the landmark Parisian cabaret down to its famous illuminated windmill and red velvet trappings, the show is based on the Baz Luhrman film of the same name. The difference is, here you enter the world of can-can and Toulouse-Lautrec down aisles peppered with flirtatious courtesans in salacious costumes. C’est magnifique. Culled from Greek legend, Hadestown’s melding of two mythical love stories has become one of Broadway’s most unique and haunting musicals. A stylized New Orleans is where a trio Fates and a silken Hermes (André De Shields) set the stage for the musician Orpheus (Reeve Carney) to first meet his beloved Eurydice (Eva Noblezada). Their tale of young love becomes juxtaposed and ultimately entwined with the faltering relationship king of the Underworld, Hades (Patrick Page), and his queen, Persephone (Amber Gray). The most recent twosome to sing and dance their way into the 2021-2022 season are flimflammer Harold Hill (Hugh Jackman) and Marian (“the librarian”) Paroo (Sutton Foster). This musical comedy dream duo is making the hot-ticket revival of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man soar off the sell-out charts, so keep your eye on the date night prize and book ASAP. Performances begin February 10th at the Winter Garden Theatre. OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE

And speaking of new arrivals, the real-life love story between Tony winner Matthew Broderick and Emmy winner Sarah Jessica Parker will be Page Six fodder as they rev up for their first performance in Neil Simon’s classic comedy, Plaza Suite. A series of one-acts, each set in the same hotel room, have the stars – whose 30th wedding anniversary is May 19th –playing three different couples caught in relationship conundrums ranging from poignant to hilarious. Performances begin February 25th at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre.

BEYOND BROADWAY Should your Valentine’s Day rendezvous veer more Off-Broadway, I suggest:

Sleep No More, or as I like to call it, Mr. & Mrs. Macbeth Even More Unhingeed! Returning on February 3rd to the McKittrick Hotel, this interactive(ish), unconventional tour of a) hotel nooks & crannies, b) performances (seemingly pop-up, but not really), and c) Shakespearean dystopia. Theatregoer masks are not what you expect, but then what is? Little Shop of Horrors. Seymour loves Audrey. Audrey’s boyfriend is a sadist. Seymour gets strange plant with a taste for blood. The more the plant (aka Audrey II) drinks the bigger it grows, making Seymour famous. All in all, an irresistible black-comedy-musical with a killer score.

SHOW SITE-INGS BROADWAY Aladdin ( The Book of Mormon ( Chicago ( Come From Away ( Company ( David Byrne’s American Utopia Limited Run thru 4/3. ( Dear Evan Hansen ( Hadestown ( Hamilton ( Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ( The Lion King ( MJ the Musical ( Moulin Rouge! The Musical ( Mr. Saturday Night Previews begin 3/1. ( Mrs. Doubtfire On hiatus thru 3/14. ( The Music Man ( The Phantom of the Opera ( Plaza Suite Limited run performances begin 2/25. ( Skeleton Crew ( Six ( Tina: The Tina Turner Musical ( To Kill a Mockingbird On hiatus thru 6/1; reopening at the Belasco Theatre ( Wicked (

OFF-BROADWAY Blue Man Group ( Gazillion Bubble Show ( Intimate Apparel ( Jersey Boys ( Little Shop of Horrors ( The Play That Goes Wrong ( Sleep No More ( Stomp ( Trevor ( The Play That Goes Wrong. The perfect murder mystery with a romantic through line until everything—from actors and props to crew and set—runs horrifically, hilariously amok.




EXCITEMENT GALORE BLACKLIGHT PG-13 Liam Neeson, Hollywood’s resident senior-citizen tough guy, hits the big screen as a US secret agent, a grandfather with a violent past who gets drawn into a web of deceit created by others in the federal government. Explosions, gunplay, and more action fill this dark story created by screenwriter Nick May, who was once an attorney in the Justice Department. But, of course, we’re hoping this plot is only a figment of his imagination!

MOONFALL PG-13 Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) continues his sci-fi obsession with Moonfall, starring Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, and John Bradley. They set out to save the earth from certain destruction. It’s a common theme in movies these days (like the brilliant Don’t Look Up); this time, it’s the moon that has been knocked out of orbit and threatens life as we know it. Will the world survive?

THE OUTFIT Not yet rated Oscar-winning screenwriter Graham Moore (The Imitation Game) takes on directing duty in this thriller starring fellow Oscar winner Mark Rylance. It’s a cat-and-mouse tale of a Chicago bespoke tailor who finds himself mixed up in the murderous affairs of the gangsters he clothes. Zoey Deutch and Dylan O’Brien co-star.

UNCHARTED Not yet rated This movie-take on the popular video game series stars two equally famous stars, Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, as Drake and Sully, adventurers searching for a legendary treasure. Packed with lots of exciting sequences and costarring Antonio Banderas and Sophia Ali, this one’s been trying to come to life for more than ten years.


MAYHEM AND MURDER DEATH ON THE NILE PG-13 Kenneth Branagh returns to star as Hercule Poirot (he directs, too) in this murder mystery, his second outing as Agatha Christie’s Belgian super-sleuth. He’s got an all-star cast joining him on this Nile cruise, including Gal Gadot, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Sophie Okonedo, and our favorite British duo, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Disgraced actor Armie Hammer appears in what is likely his last movie ever after allegations surfaced regarding his cannibalism and sexual fetish practices with unwilling women. STUDIO 666 R Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and the rest of the band star in this horror flick based on a story by Grohl, as they are all trapped in a haunted house in Encino. They’ve recruited Will Forte, Whitney Cummings, Jeff Garlin, and Jenna Ortega to join them in this gorefilled thriller. Discover if the boys in the band can act in this campy flick.

ROMANTIC INTERLUDES MARRY ME PG-13 Jennifer Lopez joins up with Colombian singing sensation Maluma in this pop-star romantic comedy about two top singers whose impending onstage nuptials are scuttled when she discovers his cheatin’ heart. On a slightly bonkers whim, she decides to marry a man in the crowd (Owen Wilson), and hijinks ensue. Jimmy Fallon and Sarah Silverman also star in this unlikely comedy. MOTHERING SUNDAY R Set in post-World War I England, this intense drama is packed with lust, sex, and unrequited love, just for starters. Secrets and lies fold in, too, in a time-shifting tale from Booker Prize-winning author Graham Swift that features Glenda Jackson, Colin Firth, Olivia Colman, Odessa Young, and Josh O’Connor




CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS LAW & ORDER NBC It went off the air in 2010, after 20 popular seasons. But we all know it has kept on going in reruns, so why not bring the original Law & Order back to NBC? That’s what legendary producer Dick Wolf thought, and the network agreed. So, fans of the crime and punishment show, rejoice! It’s back, with Sam Waterston and Anthony Anderson both returning in their original roles, supported by Jeffrey Donovan, Camryn Manheim and Hugh Dancy. PAM & TOMMY Hulu If you’re old enough to remember the sex-tape scandal that surrounded then-married couple Pamela Anderson (of Baywatch fame) and Tommy Lee (from Motley Crue), you may not care about this eight-part miniseries that chronicles it from start to finish. But when you see Lily James channeling Pam and Sebastian Stan doing Tommy, together with the crazy twists and turns the story takes, you’ll change your mind and get sucked right in. REACHER Prime Video Bringing Jack Reacher to the small screen, after the ridiculous Tom Cruise two-film interlude that first brought novelist Lee Child’s larger-than-life character off the pages, the new series producers are trying a little harder to get it right. Standing 6’5” in the books (Cruise is a foot shorter) and using his size as a key part of his tough persona, Reacher is a big bruiser. This time, 6’2” Alan Ritchson takes on the lead, which ought to be better. But why Joe Manganiello isn’t the go-to guy to star as Reacher we will never understand. SUSPICION Apple TV+ Uma Thurman stars as an American media mogul whose son is kidnapped in the first episode of this tense series. International authorities identify four Brits as the possible kidnappers and the chase is on. Meanwhile, the suspects (including Kunal Nayyar of The Big Bang Theory) and Elizabeth Henstridge (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) claim innocence as the action heats up and the mystery deepens.



BEL-AIR Peacock Rebooting The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as a drama seems like an odd choice, but that’s the way series executive producer Will Smith is taking it, using Morgan Cooper’s vision as a guide. Think tough streets of Philly vs. wealthy Bel-Air in SoCal, complete with gritty streets and posh private schools. Jabari Banks is the new face playing Will, with Adrian Holmes, Cassandra Freeman and Olly Sholotan also starring. THE GIRL BEFORE HBO Max Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in this four-part miniseries that follows a British woman who moves into a house designed by a famous architect, only to find that there may be something scary in the house (and in the architect’s stringent rules for living there). David Oyelowo costars in this creepy psychological thriller based on JP Delaney’s best-selling novel. INVENTING ANNA Netflix Marking Shonda Rhimes’ first foray as a Netflix showrunner after her $100 million deal with the streamer, this series follows a real-life story of a German woman who conned New Yorkers out of nearly $300,000 before she got caught. Ozark favorite Julia Garner stars, with Anna Chlumsky, Laverne Cox, and Anna Deavere Smith offering support in this muchanticipated show from the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. VIKINGS: VALHALLA Netflix It’s 100 years after the exploits of Vikings, the History Channel hit, as this sequel begins. Now found on Netflix, this time the characters include familiar historical names like Leif Eriksson and William the Conqueror. Set during the 11th century, this actionpacked series is once again created/executive produced by Vikings Michael Hirst and Sheila Hockin, along with showrunner Jeb Stuart, so fans of the original show will find much to love here. NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE



ebruary is for love stories. So, pull up a chair for BroadwayHD’s premier streaming for lovers everywhere. Available on your favorite streaming devices, including AppleTV, Roku, and Amazon Firestick. Head to DADDY LONG LEGS

Based on the classic novel which inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire—this heartwarming Cinderella story about a witty and winsome young woman and her mysterious benefactor has charmed audiences of all ages from Los Angeles to London. Critics are cheering Daddy Long Legs as “one of the most enthralling, entertaining and moving love stories on the American musical theater stage.”


A wildly inventive musical adventure, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me tells the story of a sleep-deprived single mom. She struggles to balance her family and career as a video game music composer. Late one night, while posting a dating video, she receives an unexpected response from the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century. Shipwrecked and stranded on an iceberg in the Antarctic, Shackleton reaches across space and time to share his heroic journey with her. Against all odds, they discover that their greatest inspiration lies within each other.


Set in Verona, Italy, this is the tragic story of two star-crossed lovers. The Capulets and the Montagues have been engaged in an ancient feud that has been lost to time. However, when Romeo of the house of Montague and Juliet of the house of Capulet meet and fall in love, nothing can stop them from being together, not even death. Starring Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad.


Pearl Harbor, 1941. When the troubled Private Prewitt falls for the kind-hearted escort club girl Lorene and his platoon sergeant, Warden, embarks on a dangerous affair with his commanding officer’s wife, Karen, the lives of both men are set on a course, they cannot control. From Here To Eternity, Sir Tim Rice’s epic new musical is adapted from one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, a gripping tale of illicit love and army life, which translates into a breath-taking, romantic, and excitingly original show.


This breathtakingly beautiful Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar-winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the City of Light. Jerry Mulligan is an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, Paris’s streets become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship, and love in the aftermath of war. OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE


The spectacular 25th Anniversary Gala Performance of this acclaimed new production of the global stage sensation was described as “the most thrilling, soaring and emotionally stirring musical with magnificent performances” by the Daily Telegraph and “the greatest musical of all time” by the Daily Mail. Starring Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada, the epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with American GI Chris—but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.




Being The Ricardos


Amazon In writer-director Aaron Sorkin’s behind-the-scenes drama, Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) face a series of personal and professional crises that threaten their show, their careers, and their marriage during one production week, from Monday table read to Friday audience taping of their hit show I Love Lucy.

Universal Director Kenneth Branagh’s film is set amidst the sociopolitical turmoil of late-1960s Northern Ireland. Following Buddy (Jude Hill), a nine-year-old boy, the script focuses on the lives of his Ma and Pa (Jamie Dornan and Caitríona Balfe) and doting grandparents (Judi Dench and Ciarán Hinds) as they raise him. Buddy dreams of a life of glamour, but social discontent suddenly erupts, and life is suddenly turned upside down.

No Time To Die

MGM No Time to Die is a spy film and the twenty-fifth in the James Bond library directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. It stars Daniel Craig in his fifth and final outing as the fictional British MI6 agent James Bond. James Bond is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica after leaving active service. However, his peace is short-lived as his old CIA friend, Felix Leiter, shows up and asks for help.

House Of Gucci

MGM Directed by Ridley Scott, House of Gucci is inspired by the shocking true story of the family behind the Italian fashion empire. When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and sets in motion a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and eventually murder. The film also stars Adam Driver, Jared Leto, and Al Pacino. OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE

Licorice Pizza

United Artists Licorice Pizza is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and going through the treacherous navigation of first love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. The coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, who also serves as one of the film’s producers and cinematographers. The film stars Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper, and Benny Safdie.

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It’s the most romantic day of the year! So why not a Valentine goodie for your beloved pooch or cherished kitty? Of course, you and your two-legged significant other maybe indulge in bubbly and sweet delights, but as every pet parent knows, these are not on the menu for our fur kids. Sure, an extra run in the park or a “spaw” day are lovely ways to wear your heart on your sleeve, but here are our favorite gifts for the one, the only, the most adored companion we’ll ever have.



This cozy Youly bed is your darling pup’s dream come true. Sleep tight, you sweet little Valentine. Info:

Your dog deserves to snooze on a bed of roses. Skip the messy petal cleanup and grab one of PupRug’s luxe pink orthopedic dog beds. Info:



The folks at Bark Box are experts at big-themes with big payoffs. Their dog toys—including this adorable chocolate covered strawberries—are built tough. Info:

Valentine’s Day is no time for little stinkers. Be sure your hugs are refreshed with Skout’s Honor Probiotic grooming products for dogs and cats. Info:


This is for the kitty-diva who knows how to shine in the spotlight with this adorable hoodie. Let Frisco add a little meowy-wowy to your cat’s holiday. Info:


Of course you should refresh your dog’s bandana collection for the holiday, but this petite flower print from Modern Beast is also on-trend every season! Info: NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE


Get your paws on this heart-themed collar from Frisco. Jingly little bell includes, your kitty will be the bell of the Valentine’s Day ball. Info:



A perfect little heart-embellished hoodie for your guinea pig? But of course! Youly lets your little piggy join the heartfelt fun! Info:

Nothing ushers in cozy Valentine’s vibes quite like a classic red sweater. Grab this pom-pom embellished beauty from Gone to the Dogs. Info:




Sassy Woof has a print for every season, mood, and holiday. Rock this harness and leash set for February and beyond. Info: OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE

Let your pets shout it from the rooftops—love is in the air! Frisco’s perfect pink T-shirts are V-Day ready. Info:

If you’re looking for a chuckle-worthy pet-themed card, look no further than Colette Papier. These witty, delightful cards are the perfect gift! Info:


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reen Stream Holdings Inc. is quickly becoming the emerging leader in the solar utility space. Founded by Madeline Cammarata of Chuck’s Vintage, the company’s primary goal is to provide clean and affordable solar energy. It has created a Solar Greenhouse with an integrated Aquaponics system that allows maximum growth yield in limited space. Examples include on top of commercial rooftops or standalone space in a water-deprived environment while increasing bottom line profits, continuous growth, and saving on utility costs. Green Rain Solar, LLC, a division focused on developing nextgeneration solar greenhouses, uses proprietary greenhouse technology and a trademarked design created by Anthony Morali. He also serves as Creative Solar Advisor of Green Rain Solar. Green Stream and Morali have been engaged in a partnership to develop these revolutionary greenhouses and other state-of-the-art solar projects in rapidly growing solar markets. Its operations are in California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. Some project portfolios are the new Solar Green House, Stitch Building, Saint Raymond’s Church and School, Hampton’s Solar on Pergola, and Stellar Management. New York Lifestyles Magazine sat down with Anthony Morali to discuss his interest in solar energy, the assets of having solar energy, and the latest solar canopy project. What is the importance of solar energy? Solar energy is accessible and healthy. However, we want more independent energy sources so we can get away from the dependency on fossil fuels that requires oil, gas, and coal to be burned, causing severe repercussions to the environment. How did you first get involved with solar energy? After graduating from Pratt Institute with a degree in architecture, I wanted to design with the thought of being energy efficient and environmentally friendly. In 2004, I founded and developed SolarRail, a building integrated photovoltaic application that incorporates the benefits of thin-film photovoltaics with structural glazing to create balcony railings, terrace walls, or guardrails that generate electricity. I wanted whatever I was developing free of fossil fuel dependency. I make everything through Passive Design Architecture, integrating architecture and the environment, whether designing a building with open spaces for healthy airflow or designing a glass wall solar film system for a building’s windows. What can you tell us about projects like the Solar Greenhouse? While it is being developed even further, the Solar Greenhouse is essential to the Food Growth Industry. OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE

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he’s represented Tom Cruise and Michael Douglas. She was named one of New York’s 50 Top Women Lawyers and has appeared numerous times on The Today Show and 20/20 for her expertise in law. She even hosts a popular podcast. But solving a murder was not something Marilyn Chinitz, one of the legal world’s most prominent matrimony attorneys, was expected to do. And yet, the instincts she has developed throughout her career told her something was amiss when she learned a woman had been murdered in her New York home during a contentious divorce and buried quickly after. “I said [to the victim’s siblings] ‘You’ve buried your sister. I think the husband killed her,” Chinitz says, years later. So, the family hired a private investigator, found evidence, and had the body exhumed based on her intuition. The husband was eventually convicted of murder. It’s all in a day’s work for Chinitz, a partner for the prestigious legal firm Blank Rome LLP, with 600 attorneys spread across 14 offices, including New York and Shanghai.


Chinitz, who graduated with honors from New York University and attained her law degree from Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, is widely seen as one of her profession’s most skilled negotiators. However, her expertise in premarital and postnuptial agreements, spousal and child support, complex financial arrangements, same-sex divorce/dissolution matters, and paternity cases are what makes her so sought after. She has also litigated several cross-border and international custody cases, one of which involved returning abducted children in proceedings filed under The Hague Convention, and regularly cooperates with foreign counsels abroad. One case illustrates the ingenuity she brings to her cases: When she learned that a parent in an opposing divorce case had fled to Italy with her child illegally, she hired a private detective to pose as a bride looking for a dress and sent her to the woman’s family bridal shop. Once again, her instincts proved correct. “You look back and think, Wow, this is like a movie!” Chinitz said. “There isn’t a story I haven’t heard.” It’s not all cloak and dagger. Most of the time, Chinitz advises clients on the realities of matrimony law and assesses their resolve if that’s something they want to do. “You can educate them as to whether or not divorce is something that they want to embark on,” she says.

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“Once I understand their reasoning, I can extrapolate what their motivations are and how they are thinking. You know right away if somebody says, I’m done, I want to move on, but you also know if somebody is hesitant and making decisions without full knowledge or having done their due diligence. I like the idea of people at least trying to be cooperative,” Chinitz says. “Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t.” One of the most sensitive areas she deals with is child custody and support agreements, which are rife with tension. Chinitz advises her clients to start with the children’s needs. “The lifestyle your children have enjoyed throughout your marriage is and should be a valid consideration in setting the correct child support amount,” she says. “However, parties must be realistic as well. Most people spend most of what they make and live beyond their means. Even the more affluent clients may experience sacrifices when having to establish two households, decrease budgets, increase travel expenses, and live with the realities of increased responsibility as single parents.” It’s just one of the many obstacles Chinitz navigates throughout her day and manages successfully. Outside of the courtroom, Chinitz, the proud mother of two accomplished adult children, loves cycling around the city and is a devoted participant in fundraising drives. A globetrotter at heart, she also loves to travel to international destinations.

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From a new white clinic atop New York City’s skyline, Dr. Dendy Engelman is a sight for fixed eyes: attractive, petite, kind, and full of Southern charm and sass.

She is her own best advertisement and one of the city’s best cosmetic dermatologists, with a clientele that keeps her booked months at a time. Engelman (or “Dr. Dendy,” as she is often called) is a board-certified MD and Mohs surgeon and a star attraction at Gotham’s Shafer Clinic. In addition, she is recognized by many as an expert hand in beauty’s best friends, like neurotoxins, injectable fillers, chemical peels, and the latest facial and body sculpting technology. Her latest enthusiasm is Emo sculpt NEO, a non-invasive body treatment to eliminate fat cells while toning and strengthening muscles. In 30 minutes, this procedure produces results equivalent to 24,000 sit-ups or squats. For the face, Engelman is excited about Neura Tight, a radiofrequency procedure, also non-invasive, that redefines, revives, and uplifts around the eyes, mouth, cheeks, and neck. “I don’t want anyone to look ‘done’ but the best versions of themselves,” says Engelman. Both procedures produce no side effects or downtime, allowing no disruption to clients’ busy lives. Among her patients are some of New York’s young fashionistas, who come in for health reasons and emerge with a whole new perspective on beauty and taking preventative measures. “I have a lot of young girls who come in under the guise of ‘I need my body checked,’ and then they want to review their skincare regimen and what products they should be using,” says Engelman.

SUN SENSE “You have to have a good sunscreen. It is not sexy, and no one wants to talk about it, but if we never have the wrinkles, we never have to Botox it away.” She recommends an SPF of 30 or higher be worn daily for protection. “Whether it’s a cream or a physical blocker, like titanium dioxide, will depend on who wears it, but sunscreen protection is one of the most important rituals you can implement to preserve your skin. Another tip of expert advice is to select a product with hyaluronic acid, a vital ingredient to fight moisture loss by binding one thousand times its molecular weight of water in the skin. Injected into the skin (Juvéderm, Restylane) or used topically in serums or moisturizers, it produces a youthful plumping effect combating dry skin, one of the most common complaints of aging.


Engelman is the first to admit creating an at-home beauty regimen can be difficult, especially if it involves store-bought cosmetics. “It is so overwhelming,” she acknowledges. “You have ladies at the counter who are telling you about how this potion is the next big thing. It’s a facelift in a jar. And that’s quite compelling. So many marketing claims have no backup to what they’re saying. I wish I could stand there and help guide people where to go and what to invest in,” she says, laughing. They should be so lucky. For more information on Dr. Dendy Engelman, visit 76 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | FEBRUARY 2022

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