New York Lifestyles Magazine - Lyss Stern - June 2021

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Vol. 7 #5 | June 2021




Stately Colonial SADDLE RIVER, NJ Gracious brick colonial manor renovated in the 2000’s. 2-story entry hall w/beautiful floating staircase. Recently added amenities include a Gunite pool w/waterfalls & patio & natural gas generator. 4-car garage and great space for working remotely. $2,100,000



SADDLE RIVER, NJ In a class by itself! Circa 1760, 1850 & updated &

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SADDLE RIVER, NJ Colonial brick manor, with over 8,000 square feet, completed in 2010. Elegant woodworking throughout, 5 fireplaces, new inground pool and a 4-car garage. 1 or 2 office/libraries for great work space. Majestic 2 acres at the end of cul de sac! Chestnut Ridge area. $3,595,000


6.5 ACRE COUNTRY ESTATE SADDLE RIVER, NJ This 17,000 square foot, country estate was custom

built for the current owner. State-of-the-art Kuche-Cucina kitchen, 1st floor primary bedroom suite. Indoor and outdoor pools, cabana, regulation lighted tennis court, generator and 6-car garage. $5,495,000

SADDLE RIVER, NJ 2000’s built all-brick French Chateau on 2.33 gated and fenced acres with tennis/sport court and lagoon pool with waterfalls. Elegant woodworking, high ceilings and large 1st floor primary bedroom. Lower level has outside entry, theater & wine cellar. 4-car garage. Ready to move in! $4,995,000



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This enchanting Normandy farmhouse, renovated and enlarged in the early 2000’s offers European flair throughout. High ceilings, elegant woodworking, 5 fireplaces, great space for working remotely. The privately situated 2.76-acre setting offers a multilevel pool/spa/waterfalls, gardens, pathways and complete privacy! 3-car garage with Tesla charger and so much more! $2,995,000


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Photo credit: Nick Mele Photography Place Private Alleyway to the Beach, Palm Beach, Florida Jean Shafiroff wearing a dress by Zimmerman Shoes Christian Louboutin

18 From The Publisher 20 Jean Shafiroff: America’s First Lady of Philanthropy 28 Lyss Stern: Meet The Woman Behind DivaMoms

STYLE 34 Life & Style: Dads & Grads Edition 36 Elena Taranina: Diamonds Are Her Best Friend

TRAVEL 39 43 47 51 54

Lake Tahoe: Sheer, Blue, Clean & Refreshing The North Fork: Long Island’s Newest Renaissance Winvian Farm: Natural Beauty In Nearby Litchfield U.S. National Parks: Back To Nature At One Of These Beauties Bookwell Travel: Paying-It-Forward During Trying Times


Cara Woodhouse: Interior Design’s Rising Star The British Virgin Islands: Investing In Your Second Home The Successful Purchase: What It Takes To Buy That Dream Home Waldorf Astoria Residences: Sky-High Luxury In Miami


HEALTH & WELLNESS 64 A Step In The Right Direction: Walk Your Way To Fitness

FOOD & DRINK 66 Ocean Prime NYC: Surf & Turf At Its Best 68 Posh Picnics: Revel In Some Outdoor Dining Pleasure

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 70 On Stage: BroadwayHD—Continuing The Tradition 72 On The Big Screen 74 On The Small Screen


PET SPOTLIGHT 77 Paws Down…Tails Up: Summer Goodies & Gifts

NEW YORK, NY 80 Entrepreneur’s Corner: Craig Sanders, Founder Of HELPEN 82 My New York Story: Darren Greenblatt 84 Time Out With...Carey Macaleer, Aline Pilates 12 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JUNE 2021


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OUR CONTRIBUTORS JENNY PETERS Jenny has covered the entertainment, lifestyle and travel worlds as a freelance journalist for many years. Her credits include writing on film, celebrities, and lifestyle for USA Today, AARP. com, Variety, New York Magazine, to name a few. She is the former editorin-chief of Brentwood/Distinctive Living magazines and held the same post for Scene magazine. She is a founding and voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, who present the Critics’ Choice Awards every January honoring the previous year’s finest in cinematic achievement. Her favorite places to be: sipping wine in the middle of a vineyard or simply strolling the streets and soaking in the atmosphere of one of the world’s great cities. 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. RUTH J. KATZ The author of five books, Ruth J. Katz specializes in consumer reporting, with an emphasis on luxury lifestyle and travel. She has been a contributing editor to Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes— all Hearst publications. For 15 years, she was also a masthead editor for several upscale magazines, among the The Modern Estate, Golf Connoisseur, New York Spaces, and Promenade. Ruth has written close to 100 articles for The New York Times and was an esteemed service writer/reporter at New York magazine for nearly 20 years. As an on-air personality at Fox-TV, she reported on home services/ shopping; she was also on-air as the host of shows on the Lifetime and the USA networks. She continues to travel and has visited close to 90 countries…and counting.


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Cover photo Jean Shafiroff: Nick Mele photography | Place: The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida | Dress by Alice + Olivia | Hair and Make-up Brazilian Court Hotel Salon & Spa

Cover photo Lyss Stern: Photography by Neil Tandy Makeup by Ynolde Roberts

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know you’ve got a lot on your plate. I also know you are probably trying to figure out how this “new normal” will work out. So is everyone else. The best advice to anyone: Go at your own pace. But one aspect of this new awakening is what I’ve been yearning for a long time: getting together with family and friends. I’m sure you have too! With masks now a memory, shots in the arm a given, workers returning to offices, restaurants at total capacity, it’s all made a big difference. So fellow New Yorkers, let’s applaud this new freedom. And we have much to celebrate this month. Whether it be Father’s Day, Birthdays, Weddings, or special Graduations, it’s a new cause for rejoining with those you love and becoming a better person going forward. It will not only make them smile but makes you feel good. A better person, you ask. That’s right. Better listeners at home and in business. A better neighbor who commits to service for others—with no expectation of anything in return. And, most important, a better person who communicates and becomes involved with family and friends. Yes, that means the phone turned off. Our editorial staff combed the city with articles on do-gooders who inspire and have made strides in our changing community. We bring you our June issue, which features parent-focused entrepreneur Lyss Stern who contracted COVID last year. Since then, she has spent time recovering from its effects. However, being a long hauler has not stopped her one bit. She’s an inspiration to us and started two business ventures with roots in helping others. Another New Yorker who has made an impact is philanthropist and activist Jean Shafiroff. Well-known in the American social circuit as a groundbreaking philanthropist, Jean has used her good fortune to better humankind. Her vast credits of charitable work include serving on the boards of many foundations and organizations. With these significant accomplishments, it is easy to see why the bestowed title of First Lady of Philanthropy is incredibly merited. Jean’s generosity and extensive work as a volunteer fundraiser and leader in the philanthropic world is rooted in a life-long mission. Like you, I have found walking the best way to discover new restaurants and attractions that have opened in recent months. Just think, no equipment necessary! Yes, walking is the best exercise. And not to be overlooked, and with restrictions being lifted, get ready for a blockbuster summer season at the movie theater. So, grab the sunscreen and pull up a chaise lounge to get ready for a summer filled with fun and once-in-a-lifetime thrills here and beyond. See you next issue…

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JEAN SHAFIROFF The Storied Road to Global Healing with America’s First Lady of Philanthropy by Elizabeth Taylor All photography Nick Mele Photography

ean Shafiroff is one of the most heralded philanthropists of our modern times. Her fondness for giving is consistent throughout the years - especially this past year. As the world begins to emerge from the shadow of 2020, her genuine earnestness to discover what will make nations fully heal has become the primary mission of this patron of good deeds. Jean’s constant state of giving is apparent to anyone who meets her. In fact, her sheer sense of good will is rather irresistible and makes one realize that it is possible to have a truly harmonious existence. She is always driven to convey a message that will positively impact the planet.

There is gratitude for the storied journey Jean continues to take throughout America as she carries the title of First Lady of Philanthropy with great pride. The sentiment rings true stronger than ever as the leader continues to help communities process, address and move forward from all the heartache caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To understand her passion one simply has to look at her background. Her current credits of charitable work include serving on the boards of the American Humane, Southampton Hospital Association, New York City Mission Society, French Heritage Society, Couture Council of the Museum at FIT, Global Strays, and Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Honorary

Board. Jean is also a style icon who supports the artful work of emerging designers from across the globe. Addit iona l ly, Je an is t he nat iona l sp okesp ers on and amb ass a d or for American Humane’s “Feed the Hungry” COVID-19 program. Frequently she dedicates time to speak about the cause on national and local radio and television shows. The initiative she is backing is designed to provide food for a million shelter animals across the country by raising $1 million this year. Her purpose to live life fully as a humanit ar i an helps t hous ands of individuals associated with all of these causes. They turn to her for support and she

Nick Mele Photography | Place: Phipps Estate Arch, Palm Beach, Florida | Red and white beaded gown: Alice + Olivia Earrings: Dina Fab & Funky | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair and Make-up: Salon Margrit, Palm Beach

Cover photo: Nick Mele photography | Place: The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida | Dress by Alice + Olivia | Hair and Make-up Brazilian Court Hotel Salon & Spa


Nick Mele Photography | Place: The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida | Dress: Alaia Sunglasses: Celine | Earrings: Oscar de la Renta | Hair and Make-up: Brazilian Court Hotel Salon & Spa



happily obliges time and time again. It is why she has been honored by groups including the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, New York City Mission Society, Southampton Animal Shelter, Surgeons of Hope, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Pet Philanthropy Circle, Animal Zone International, Youth Counseling League, the NYC International Film Festival Foundation, the Jewish Board, and the Hadassah. And, in December 2020, Dan’s Paper named her “Philanthropist of the Year” at their Long Island Power Women’s Award Ceremony. It is her thought-provoking ideas on the business of philanthropy that have created a position for her as one of the leading authorities on the art of giving. Sought-after guidance as an advisor has driven her to become a popular television host, writer, and the author of the book “Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give.” Jean’s work has also created a new space for her as the host and producer of the television program “Successful Philanthropy.” She conducts riveting interviews with world leaders, international philanthropists, politicians and celebrities alike that airs several times a week through LTV studios in East Hampton, NY (Channel 20), several times a week on SunTV20 in Southampton, NY (Channel 20),

Nick Mele Photography | Place: On the beach in Palm Beach, Florida | Dress: Zimmerman | Earrings: Oscar de la Renta | Hair and Make-up: Salon Margrit



and once a week on Friday nights at 8:30 p.m. in New York City on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Spectr um Channels, Verizon/FiOS Channels, and RCN Channel. The success of the show has led to it also gearing up for additional markets in 2021. Notable figures such as activists Ndaba Mandela, Kerry Kennedy, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Susan L. Taylor, and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa have brought to light the art of giving with the host during one-on-ones. “The interviews on my show ‘Successful Philanthropy’ give very helpful information to the viewers,” stated the host during a discussion with Authority Magazine in April. “These unique and powerful individuals are taking the time to share their philosophy on philanthropy and what they are doing to change things for the better. I am growing this show and it’s opening up

new markets and public understanding as to the way charity works.”

the change you want to see in the world.” Jean lives this motto on a daily basis.

Jean’s role as the First Lady of Philanthropy will stand the test of time because of the serious attitude she has taken to make the coveted title more than just a name on paper or featured on a television show. Even on social media every move she makes is crucial toward the success of her mission to help mankind.

All of the charitable work Jean has done to date is a sincere accomplishment. And, it is only the beginning of so much more to come. As an innovative leader and tireless advocate, the worldwide change she desires to see might still be miles away to some. Jean, though, only sees a path leading to a bright future for mankind as she walks in unity with organizations down the road of successful philanthropy.

“You have to always be positive and to make people feel good about who they are, especially right now. We have just gone through one of the most difficult times in history where people don’t have jobs and they don’t have food for their families. It’s been a horrific time for many people. But, they still need positivity. It is showing that there are people to support them and help them move forward.”

For more information about Jean Shafiroff, please visit: F: jean.shafiroff T: @JeanShafiroff I: @JeanShafiroff @JeanShafiroffAtWork

As Gandhi once famously remarked, “Be

Nick Mele Photography | Place: The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida | Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Jacket: Courreges, Paris Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Earrings: Oscar de la Renta | Hair and Make-up: The Brazilian Court Hotel Salon & Spa



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LYSS STERN The DivaMoms Creator Masters The Art Of The Pivot by Adam Morgan

ew women are harder working, more connected and more creative than Lyss Stern, a one-woman dynamo—excuse us, entreprenista—who created and nourished DivaMoms from an online community into a thriving conduit for moms and marketers. The 40-something mother of three has boundless energy, inventive ideas, and a proactive sense of what stylish, on-the-go moms will want and buy next. And then came the 2020 pandemic. Her business ground to a halt, as did most efforts built on social engagement, in-person gatherings, and events. It got worse when she and her husband, Brian, a respected talent manager/producer, contracted COVID. The virus hit Stern particularly hard. She spent weeks in agony, struggling to recover while taking care of her family and salvaging her business. “COVID was a life-changing experience which I’m still experiencing,” says Stern, who has been diagnosed a long hauler. While most victims have fully recovered,

she was left with fatigue, tinnitus, the loss of taste and smell, and shortness of breath no matter how simple the activity. “It showed me how fragile life is. And not just health wise, but how you live your day-to-day: routines, habits, obligations,” explains Stern. “Everything went out the window. There’s no aspect of my business and industry that hasn’t been affected. But what’s come out of this is an appreciation for community and the communal experience. That’s what I’ve focused on my whole career. Bringing people together, sharing opinions, thoughts, suggestions, anecdotes, advice. Creating a network where we can enjoy the common experience. COVID showed us we’re not alone. We’re in this together. And it inspired me to pivot.” She isn’t kidding. While still struggling with COVID’s parting gifts, Stern has somehow summoned the energy to launch not one but three new ventures. Kadoodle Kids, a mask-design set for children allows little ones to use their creativity and imagination

with markers, stickers, stamps, glitter pens, and other fun kid-friendly tools. Chamama, an idea born (no pun intended) with her partner Liza Maltz, a successful doula and founder of parent-to-parent referral community ( Stern credits Maltz for quite literally saving her life while supporting Stern through Covid. “Liza intuitively knew what I needed throughout every aspect of my illness” recalls Stern. “I called her up last summer and said we need to make this accessible to everyone. Everyone should feel this support in their daily life.” Together, the two are launching Chamama wellness boxes—quarterly deliveries designed to give suffering loved ones a boost in spirit. Filled with “remedies for the soul,” Chamama boxes include effective self-soothers like SOM sleep and Declare’s “meditation mask” along with healing essentials such as supplements, CBD oils, and custom blend teas they’ve curated with Modest Mix and even a CD from British violinist Charlie Siem.


Stern is careful to emphasize that Chamama is not a cure, but a show of care. Stern and Maltz landed on the name “Chamama” from Stern’s daugther’s end-of-day greeting for her mom, Chamama’s home! “That’s what we wanted to capture—that feeling of your person walking through the door, that feeling that everything is going to be okay. Chamama boxes are valued at over $400 and will retail for $99 with a portion of the proceeds going to Survivor Corp, the largest COVID survivor community to date. “If we learned anything this past year, it’s that life can change in an instant,” says Stern. “And you need to be ready. There’s no shame in changing direction. My business was built on bringing people together. That became near impossible. And so, I took a hard look at what I was doing, what I wanted to do, and what was possible. But you need to be honest, open-minded, and practical.” Her canvas has widened, and even with bouts of brain fog she still experiences, her focus and drive have helped her juggle all the balls she’s thrown into the air. Case in point: DivaMoms, Stern’s long-time marketing platform. When events in the city dried up, she headed to The Poconos to Tyler Hill Camp. For two retreats now, Stern, along with Tyler Hill Camp’s owner Wendy Siegel, has sponsored a “DivaMoms Getaway Weekend” that treats women to three days of spirit-lifting indulgences: morning meditation, yoga, acupuncture, cooking, hiking, wine-and-dye, campfires, gourmet dining, and energy alignment sessions with Stern’s personal healer, Tara Mandy (, who offers guests private sound baths and Reiki in an outdoor pavilion. There’s also free time to paddleboard, nap, or just find your calm on a blanket by the lake. The three days may sound like a short amount of time, but when the moms go off the grid, even for a


few hours, it makes the world of difference! By the end of the weekend, it is so clear how this experience is necessary. Not only do the moms look different when they leave at the end of the weekend (super well-rested), they feel as if they were away for a month! Oh, and of course let’s not forget the most coveted gift bags that every mom receives (worth over $1 thousand in value). “Moms have had quite a year, and we deserve a weekend for ourselves,” says Stern. “We’re CEOs of our family, but we haven’t had a vacation. This is it. Our weekend getaway is just what we need after months of home-schooling, lockdowns, child-care, and managing our homes. This has kept me sane,” said Stern. “Being with like-minded women far away from life healed my soul in so many unexpected ways.” The retreats have been so well received that they are adding to the Fall and Spring, DivaMoms, Glamas (Grandmas) and Dads retreats. The next Fall retreat which already has a long wait #lysst is October 1st - 3rd.

Stern’s creativity and entrepreneurial instincts took hold when she was a teenager working in retail, she dove into the deep end after graduating from Syracuse University and getting her “hazing” from New York’s toughest, most feared publicist and event

queen: Peggy Seagal. It was challenging work but taught her the value of the hustle. She enjoyed a thriving career, social life, and relationship with her now-husband Brian, and soon began a family. And that’s when her most extraordinary pivot began. “Before I married and had kids, I led a very glamorous Sex and The City life in New York City,” Stern remembers. “I worked in PR and events with one of the toughest bosses in entertainment and was out pretty much every night, either for work or with girlfriends. But when I started my family, it was expected that you just had to give that up. I said no. I still wanted to dress up, go out, see friends, and stay social. I knew I could be the best wife and mom and still be me. And I was one of the first to identify I wasn’t alone. There were millions of people just like me who could do laundry in their Louboutin’s. I brought all these women together through DivaMoms.” It started small, then grew and grew! But not without incredible persistence. “I had to convince marketers my audience was worth it,” says Stern. “DivaMoms helped open brands to a new kind of consumer: stylish, sexy, socially connected women living their best lives. This was no small feat—it took years, but it worked. Major products, movies, even book series like Fifty Shades of Grey were made successful because of this audience.” Marketers have come to see immense value in Stern’s audience, which includes social media, events, sponsorships, and publishing (she’s authored two books: Motherhood Is a B#TCH! 10 Steps to Regaining Your Sanity, Sexiness and Inner Diva, co-written with Sheryl Berk, and If You Give a Mom a Martini, co-authored by Julie Klappas). She is also working a third book as well as a secret project she will not talk about (she is superstitious) and wears her evil eye necklace or bracelet daily.

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LYSSTEN TO LYSS From her friends and colleagues... “Lyss Stern is the consummate bad-ass doer! She helped with my book tour and packed the joint, throwing such a fabulyss fun event with style and chutzpah!” –Jill Kargman, Writer/Actress

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“Lyss helps bring the fun and the glamour back into parenting.” –Lindsey Peers, Owner/The Craft Studio NYC “Lyss has been an absolute joy. She is professional, creative, and hard working. Lyss is truly a rock star mom!” –Dana Haddad, Admissions Guru/New York Admissions, LLC Her “Mom Mogul Breakfast” became one of New York’s most in-demand events with the likes of Rebecca Minkoff, jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher, celebrity stylist June Ambrose, Gilt Groupe co-founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Flywheel Sports creator Ruth Zukerman, GLAM4GOOD founder Mary Alice Stephenson, super model Veronica Webb and Randi Zuckerberg. “DivaMoms stands out for many reasons: my voice, the quality of my audience, the level of engagement, and the content I create. And through that, I’ve built a virtual community of like-minded women who appreciate honest, thoughtful conversations. That has served as the foundation for many bigger projects I’ve launched.” Though she’s often credited with being one of the original “influencers,” Stern loathes the term. “Yes, I helped pave the path, but there’s a lack of genuineness now throughout the industry. I really think of myself more as a connector and an advocate for emerging brands. I love to support other momowned businesses and honestly get such a thrill when I can help someone reach a status of sold out or fully booked.” What differentiates Stern from those who have followed is her honest voice, humor (her posts on Facebook are the funniest you will see in your day), empathy, and heart. “After this year, I think encouraging compassion and kindness is so important. People are suffering in so many ways,” says Stern. “Thankfully, love and care are contagious, too. And it’s so easy. Make a call. Write an email. Send a care package. Volunteer. Spread messages of hope and passivity online. Put that love out into the world. You’ll be surprised how quickly it comes back to you.” Lyssten to Lyss and choose gratitude! To keep up with Lyss Stern follow her @diva_moms and •

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ost people don’t know it, but there are two distinct parts of Lake Tahoe: The South Shore and the North. Both have easy access to the magnificent freshwater lake, but the south is saturated with casinos and bars, and the north is more laid back, with fewer people and more of a mountain-vibe. This story is about the North, where there’s truly something for everyone, from hiking and biking to birding, and amazing dining. And, of course, plenty of swimming. “While North Lake Tahoe offers a wide variety of activities and experiences, it continues to be imperative that guests follow the health and safety guidelines our businesses must adhere to in order to stay open,” said Jeffrey Hentz, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association CEO. “Our mountain community has demonstrated its resilience and determination over the last year, and it’s up to all of us to continue to support them in their efforts to stay open.” As for COVID precautions, has all the up-to-date information you’ll need to know before you go. Bonus! Jet Blue has resumed its direct flights from JFK to Reno, about a 45-minute drive from North Lake Tahoe. So, there’s no reason not to add Lake Tahoe on your bucket list.

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West Shore Café & Inn is one of the most romantic hotels and offers four elegant mountain-inspired guest suites and two classic mountain-inspired guest rooms. The property overlooks Lake Tahoe on one side, and the mountains on the other. The hotel recently underwent a $250,000 remodeling, including new hardwood floors in each room, carpet through common areas, a new HVAC system allowing better airflow throughout the property, updated light fixtures, and 4k Smart TV’s. All rooms are amazing, but our favorite is the Marlette Peak Suite, a one-bedroom with two bathrooms with shower and tub, two fireplaces, and verandas with prime lake views. Coffee and tea are offered in the lobby every morning, and the hotel will provide guests with continental breakfast delivered to your room each morning. For dinner, you can dine inside or outside at the café, with a seasonal menu and world-class wines. Be sure to visit the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (also known as Pine Lodge), a summer home built in 1903 in a grove of pine and cedar. From the turn of the century until 1965, the lands of what is now Ed Z’berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park were owned by financier Isaias W. Hellman, and later by his daughter Florence Hellman Ehrman. Info: The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino is nestled perfectly into the Sierra Nevada mountains, with cottages right on the lakeshore. Spend your days exploring the area’s winding trails, relaxing at the on-site spa, and dining at the hotel’s award-winning restaurants (like the Lone Eagle Grille) before retreating to one of the rooms, upscale suites, or private waterfront cottages. The Stillwater Spa and Salon has fabulous treatments; after, you can try your luck at the on-site casino. While you’re here, enjoy a walk along the East Shore Trail. This paved lakeside trail provides stunning views of Lake Tahoe and access to Hidden Beach and Sand Harbor. For a hiking option, check out Monkey Rock (so-named because it looks like a..monkey!). The trailhead starts at Tunnel Creek Café. Diamond Peak is the nearest ski resort and boasts some of the most stunning views of Lake Tahoe. Nearby Spooner Lake is also a stunning recreation area. There’s also the hotel’s “Takeout Tahoe” campaign, a directory to restaurants around the region. Info: • 40 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JUNE 2021

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he North Fork was once the hidden gem of Long Island’s East End. Known most prominently for its wineries, farms, and its agri-tainment business—a term fondly used for harvest festivals and outdoor farming activities—this region is embracing a new-age renaissance. Many city dwellers, hospitality, food, and beverage veterans have left busier lives behind to seek solace in the land and sea while hanging a few new shingles up in the North Fork along the way. Others who have ties to longtime North Fork businesses have rebranded iconic brands to reach a wider audience and pivot businesses to allow for flexible experiences in our new world.

EN ROUTE If you’re planning a trip to the North Fork by car, plan to stop at Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden in Manorville along the way. This family-owned and operated farm hosts two major festivals throughout the year, including a tulip and sunflower festival. Other roadside farm stands beckon visitors with their fresh bounty in summer months and worthy of countless pitstops. Those seeking pies can choose between Briermere Farms, Wickham Fruit Farm, or Country View Farm Stand, and ice cream fanatics can head straight for the berry-based treats at Patty’s Berries and Bunches.

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SIP & SAVOR Newly re-opened Peconic Bay Winery, led by owner Stacey Soloviev and general manager Ken Cereola, offers a variety of options for summer guests. This hospitality-forward winery opened its doors to the public in mid-May along with a farm stand on property that provides oysters from Harvest Moon Shellfish, wine, local beer, flowers, and dozens of locally produced items. The owners are deeply connected to giving back and working with the North Fork community, so much so that one Thursday a month, they donate their property to CAST (Community Action Southold Town) for their drive-in movie nights. Terra Vite Winery and Vineyard, formerly Diliberto Vineyards, opened its doors this past Memorial Day weekend with new owners and North Fork natives Greg and Jacqui Goodale. The winery has joined forces with Little Ram Oysters to launch a dedicated oyster bar on property that offers shucked oysters on the half shell along with a rotating selection of their signature mignonettes and additional shellfish specials. Terra Vite is hosting a “brine and wine” — a stepby-step oyster shucking class including a hands-on demonstration and a curated wine pairing on the third Thursday of each month, running from mid-June through November. If destination dining is on your list, be sure to include a visit to The Windamere restaurant in Mattituck on the grounds of Strong’s Marina. This fourth-generation family business has expanded its hospitality capabilities beyond its marina and water club with the launch of its year-round restaurant. Chef Bruce Miller curates the waterfront dining experience. He caters to both the local community and visitors looking to immerse themselves in the local cuisine of the North Fork. With its renovations complete, the restaurant offers a variety of outdoor dining options, including formal dining, an outdoor bar with craft cocktails, and casual picnic tables for grab-and-go items and small bites that are perfect for child-friendly meals out. JUNE 2021 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 43

TEATIME Looking for a reprieve from the wineries? Be sure to book an afternoon tea at Special Effects Salon & Tea House in Greenport, a perfect stop for a lady’s lunch, spa day, or a quick tea or coffee break. The mother and daughter team of Debbie and Victoria Schade are continuing to evolve their offering at the salon and tea house with the addition of a permanent tea stand. Visitors can swing by for a casual cup of tea or coffee and spend time outdoors playing board games or snagging the perfect East End photo op. In addition to serving a formal high tea six days a week, Special Effects offers exclusive private tea parties for small groups outdoors. In addition, there are curated art shows every other Thursday throughout the summer, complete with live music.


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While the North Fork is well known for its quaint B&B scene, a few boutique hotels offer a wonderful alternative for lodging. The Aqua Beach Hotel by American Beech Group is a refurbished motel transformed into a smallscale resort designed by Alex Vinash. This Aquebogue-based hotel has recently unveiled its two beachfront suites with oversized, luxurious bathtubs. Guests of the hotel have access to the private beach as well as the property’s dockside lawn and garden, complete with a lounge area, beach chaises, hammocks, and croquet. Another great option is the Lin Beach House in Greenport that offers chic, retrofitted rooms within an old Victorian home in the heart of the North Fork.

PACK A PICNIC Another great thing to do while visiting the North Fork is to have a leisurely summer picnic. Whether on a beach, boat or in a backyard, many places create custom, local experiences. A North Fork Affair offers full lunch and dinner spreads (paired with wine and dessert) that are ready for at-home, boat, or beach picnic outings. Another great option is Lombardi’s Love Lane Market in Mattituck, where caterer Lauren Lombardi can whip up everything from meat and cheese platters to custom meals like a decadent, gourmet macaroni, and cheese. And tucked right around the corner from Lombardi’s is Agora The Little Greek Market. Be sure to pepper your picnic basket with homemade, ready-to-eat spanakopita, imported cheeses and olives, bite-sized baklava, and other Greek baked goods. Once that basket is complete, head to one of the North Fork’s countless beaches (Kenney’s or South Harbor, to name only a few) and breathe in the stillness and immeasurable beauty of the land and the sea. If time allows, stay to watch the sunset. You’ll thank me later. For more information on Long Island’s North Fork, visit • 44 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JUNE 2021

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ven as the world feels more secure regarding pandemic precautions, most of us prefer traveling close to home, avoiding crowded places and knowing that the venue maintains all safety measures. Winvian Farm is perfect for the times; it’s an exceptionally idyllic Relais & Chateaux affiliate in pristine Litchfield Hills, about 100 miles (a two-hour drive) from the Upper East Side. At Winvian, each of the eighteen unique cottages on the 113acre working farm was designed by one of fifteen architects who let their creative-spirit soar, took advantage of bucolic woodland or pastoral views and/or incorporated sustainable elements, such as natural stone, reused barn beams and trees, in the individualized structures.

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WHAT’S YOUR WISH? What are your druthers? A rustic log cabin? A treehouse, greenhouse or lighthouse? Mark Twain’s book Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court inspired a medieval cottage, and an authentic beaver dam is installed as an over-the-bed centerpiece at Beaver Lodge. Five lodgings are dog friendly; three are clustered for couples traveling together; and, one, Camping Cottage, is handicap accessible. Colonial history buffs choose the nineteenth accommodation, the Hadley Suite, a three-room, second-floor suite in the original 18th-century Connecticut clapboard Seth Bird house. The Spa

RELAX & RENEW I chose Stone Cottage, with its bold and beautiful boulder walls and two wood burning fireplaces, that rise to the cathedral ceiling and divide the living room from the bedroom; a wall of upper windows views the forest, even from the deep, jettedtub and the oversized tiled shower, with its long bench.

While each cottage has its singular character; all offer comparable comforts: a gracious size, from 900 to 1250-square-feet; radiant-heated bathroom floors; double vanities; an oversize Jacuzzi tub; a two-person rainfall steam shower; a screened porch; bikes at the doorstep; and convenient parking.

The raised two-steps-up sleeping area, features a huge, custom-crafted bed facing the fireplace with a thick, plankedwood headboard, a horizontal board that extends out to create side tables and a wide, foot board/bench. Alongside it, the wet bar features a stone sink installed within a boulder and a custom-crafted desk. The amenities are typical to all accommodations: an ice maker and refrigerator, a Nespresso coffee maker, Harney & Sons tea service, a hair dryer, lighted make-up mirror, iron and two umbrellas. The 5000-square foot, stand-alone spa uses reclaimed barn beams, steel and metal. Rebecca, my talented aesthetician, greeted me at reception, showed me the large, window-walled lounge and led me to the ladies’ locker room and one of the six treatment rooms. Two among them house twin massage tables, wood-burning fireplaces, with seating, plus French doors. Skin treatments incorporate high-end French facial products, either Biologique Recherche or Yonka, (which I have long favored and which Rebecca incorporated into my moisturizing facial).

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A DINING PLEASURE Dinner is at a gastronomic level worthy of its AAA Five-Diamond restaurant status. Executive Chef Chris Eddy, a protégé of two of my favored Michelin-starred chefs, Alain Ducasse and Daniel Boulud, serves upscale farm-to-table cuisine, with housemade items sourced from produce grown on the property’s three-acre, four greenhouse working farm, which supplies the kitchen for about 70 percent of the year. The wine list offers 350 labels and the prix-fixe menu includes three choices each for appetizers, entrées and desserts. The menu stars the best regional ingredients. Chef ’s Amuse Bouche was an extraordinary smooth paté atop a grilled bruschetta served with a mini-cup of sun-choke purée with a crunchy topping. My friend and I ordered identically: a house-made Garganelli “all’Astiche,” a tubular, ridged, egg pasta topped with chunks of tender, poached Maine Lobster and Tenderloin of Beef and shared three creamy desserts: a Winvian Tiramisu, with mascarpone-coffee filling within lady fingers; a Chocolate Mousse with Caramel, and a Vanilla Chantilly. Breakfast the next morning arrived with fresh berries served on a plank with house-made croissants, apple bread, jam and homemade butter. My golden omelet was filled with red peppers, mushrooms, and cheddar, instead of mozzarella, and topped with fresh herbs. Did I mention that the gracious staff is very helpful? And, there are a multitude of activities: private cooking lessons; wine tastings, fencing, yoga, croquet and seasonal swimming and hot air balloon rides. There’s biking and hiking on property and in the adjacent, 4000-acre White Memorial Foundation park.

IF YOU GO There’s helicopter and charter flight service, but most guests drive; if you don’t, take Metro North to Waterbury, CT (2 hours 20 minutes) and ask Winvian to arrange for the 20-minute car service transfer. Then, reserve access to their Volvo 2020, with or without a chauffeur, for local sightseeing. For more information on Winvian Farm, visit •

DRIVING LITCHFIELD HILLS The unspoiled scenery along the curvy, rural roads in the Litchfield Hills are a delightful place to wander; plus, these country roads lead to magical places: browse the Village Green (Litchfield); shop for antiques and go to a brewery (Kent); visit the Institute for American Indian Studies and go bird watching (Washington); taste wines at Hopkins Vineyard Winery or shop at J. Seitz (New Preston); plantshop or enjoy 10-acre gardens at White Flower Farm (Morris) or attend a chamber music concert (Norfolk). If need be, there are more affordable accommodations, close enough to take advantage of Winvian’s Spa and fine dining.


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ditor’s Note: Travelers should check local government restrictions, rules, and safety and take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration before departure. Also, check the U.S. National Parks Service website to see updates on closure of trails and some renovations.

Everglades National Park

Year after year, millions flock to America’s 62 national parks to bask in the country’s incredible natural beauty. The diverse collection spans dramatic canyons to vast deserts and verdant valleys with a range of activities from sea to shining sea. The choice is all yours. To start you on your adventure, here are some Eastern beauties. Everglades National Park

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK Florida “Here are no lofty peaks seeking the sky, no mighty glaciers or rushing streams…Here is land, tranquil in its quiet beauty.” So said President Harry S Truman as he described the Everglades and made nearby Key West his summer White House. Visitors can immerse themselves in the legendary River of Grass, admire 1.5 million acres of tropical and subtropical habitat, and chance an encounter with several endangered species. Two drive-in campsites for both tents and RVs are available in the park, along with many backcountry sites. There are no lodges or restaurants, however. An airboat tour of the park is a sure thrill. Hikers can walk along such popular self-guided trails as the Gumbo Limbo Trail, Anhinga Trail, and Mahogany Hammock. With over a million visitors each year, the park’s crowd factor can be a bit overwhelming, so you’ll want to plan your trip well in advance. JUNE 2021 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 51

DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK If you’re looking for solitude, then Dry Tortugas National Park is the place. With only 60,000 visitors a year, this is the place to get away from it all. Seventy miles west of Key West, the only access to this park is ferry, seaplane, or chartered boat. A cluster of islands and their surrounding water is called the Dry Tortugas, aptly named Tortugas (Spanish for turtles) for the five types of turtles that inhabit the islands. The most famous sight, and open for tours, is Fort Jefferson, a fortress built in the 1800s and touted as one of the most significant structures in the Western Hemisphere with over 16 million bricks. What else to do? Enjoy the park’s unparalleled beauty and white powder sand. You can swim, sunbathe on its white powder sand, snorkel, dive, birdwatch, kayak or have your adventure and camp out on the mostly uninhabited Garden Key island.

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Shenandoah National Park

Virginia Just a quick trip from the nation’s capital, these 196,000 acres of historic mountain landscape are where most D.C. locals go to unwind and catch a breath of fresh air. Enjoy breathtaking vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains from 75 overlooks along the 105-mile scenic Skyline Drive, go fishing in one of 70 pristine mountain streams, or take your pick of over 500 miles of hiking trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Park highlights include the Rapidan Camp, President Hoover’s Summer White House, Hawksbill Mountain (the highest point in the park), and Dark Hollow Falls, a popular walk to a 70-foot waterfall. Accommodations are plentiful: Lodges, cabins, and campgrounds accommodate nearly 1.5 million annual visitors.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK North Carolina/Tennessee Most people assume that the country’s flagship western parks, such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon, attract the most crowds. But it’s the Great Smoky Mountains that top the charts as the most-visited national park. Why do so many people love these mountains? Well, there are dozens of reasons that make this 522,419-acre stretch of magnificent wilderness. First and foremost, the park is within easy distance to several towns and major cities in North Carolina and Tennessee. For variety, the park has over 800 miles of hiking trails, 2,900 miles of fishing streams, several geological wonders, cascading waterfalls, and ample wildlife, not to mention the 70 miles of the worldfamous Appalachian Trail. Each autumn, the park puts on a majestic display of foliage, with the hillsides painted in vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange. And if that’s not enough, the nation’s most treasured park offers free admission. That’s right—you can drive right in. 52 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JUNE 2021

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CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE Massachusetts A 40-mile strip of dunes, Cape Cod National Seashore has enjoyed federal protection since 1961, thanks to longtime son John F. Kennedy. Thankfully, precious little has changed. And to quote author Henry David Thoreau who roamed the area in the 1850s, it’s a place where “a man can stand and put all America behind him.” From Chatham in the south to artsy Provincetown at its northern tip, the solitary seashore of wide, open beaches, lighthouses, big waves, and rippling dune grass is one of America’s most magnificent—over 43,000 acres of dramatic high dunes, sea, and an everchanging play of light. Getting there will put you on Route 6A, a winding two-lane highway that runs for 65 miles through the Cape and has been described as one of the most scenic drives around, passing through old New England towns, with no shortage of resorts, hotels, B&Bs, and plenty of restaurants on the long stretch.

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Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Maine Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Boston, Acadia National Park, aptly nicknamed the crown jewel of the North Atlantic Coast, protects more than 47,000 acres of rocky headlands along the Main coastline. It offers the chance to hike the top of Cadillac Mountain, the tallest peak in the North Atlantic: dip your toes in the sand at Sand Beach, and, of course, delivers a healthy dose of autumn vibes—all in a single day. Despite its smaller acreage from the other parks on this list, Acadia offers some of the best hiking trails on the East Coast. While the park lacks backcountry camping accommodation and other amenities, nearby Bar Harbor makes up for it with a wealth of restaurants and places to stay. The park’s biggest drawback is its popularity. Over 3.5 million people visit the park annually, so road congestion and crowding are common during the peak season of June to September. The National Park Service had to close the road to Cadillac Mountain summit, the park’s most popular attraction, 49 times in 2017. So, don’t forget to pack your patience. For more information on the U.S. National Park Service, visit • JUNE 2021 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 53




ast year, when the pandemic hit, Brian Gates—founder of Bookwell Travel—recognized a need to help the community. His stance has always been to be involved and support your neighbor. So, when the director of Always Home, an at-risk youth shelter, reached out to Brian for help feeding its residents during such trying times, he was happy to help. Even though his own business was forced to close, he happily brought his kitchen staff back and cooked for Always Home for some three months. He was able to provide enough meals so that no one went hungry. Doing this had a significant impact on Brian and the whole team at the luxurious Spicer Mansion, which he owns and operates in Mystic, CT. He then spent the next few months putting together a network for partners that all shared his philanthropic views. As a hotelier, he also recognized the need for a business that supports boutique properties and has its best business practices in mind. Brian wanted to create a solution that eliminates those issues. Hence, the birth of Bookwell. During the shutdown, while many businesses were forced to close, Bookwell Travel hit the ground running. Bookwell Travel’s mission is to provide a first-class, personalized booking experience for travelers while partnering with properties that share the commitment to delivering exceptional service and the mission to feed the less fortunate. For every night booked, they donate 20 meals to help feed the less fortunate. To date, they have donated 641,500 meals along the Eastern seaboard and a goal of 16 million meals by the end of 2021. “The hospitality industry was built on the idea of service with a smile. But that is fast becoming a thing of the past. Hotel corporations and impersonal booking sites leave customers with fewer choices and even less control, compromising the user experience for bigger profits. People today are demanding more quality for their dollar and more social goods from their brands. Bookwell Travel delivers on both.” says Gates. Want to know how you can do your part? It’s simple, visit and visit the millions of properties that are on the platform. Here, you will find properties available through their partnership with on Bookwell All Travel or the boutique properties available through Bookwell Boutique Travel. They have the destination for you. • 54 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JUNE 2021

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uxury designer Cara Woodhouse has always had an eye for interior design. While studying interior design at the New York School of Interior Design, she was already working at smaller firms. She started her full-service company, Cara Woodhouse Interiors, in 2016, securing a number of residential and commercial projects. She calls her business mode a client-first approach, focusing on perfecting spaces for clients with an eye for ease. One of Woodhouse’s talents is her unique, out-of-the-box designs for pieces as form, function, and symmetry. She combines luxurious comfort with unsurpassed customer service, and having lived in New York, Los Angeles, and London, brings a combination of all that worldly knowledge to each project. Here, she lets us in on her design inspiration and vision for the future. What is unique about your work as a designer? We consider ourselves luxury interior design innovators with a practice in high-end interior design for residential and commercial clients. Presently, we are working on some fantastic residential projects nationally and starting to break out into product design as well! We’re having a great time foraying into product design. It’s a passion! 56 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JUNE 2021

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What does good design mean to you? Good design is about being playful and taking risks. I always try to push myself to try and do something different and try another angle to design something. When people say this is the only way to do this, I love to push back and say there are no design rules. Let’s explore! This is how I approach creating something a bit different. What do you see in your daily life that inspires your sense of design? I get my inspiration from everywhere! From other designers, architects, and artists for sure! I’m a huge fan of traveling, and I always take away design inspiration from the cultures and people I meet. What’s your favorite trend in home design right now? Interior bar rooms are making a huge comeback. This is something that you would find in homes back in the ’50s and ’60s. Everyone is either including a bar room in their newly built homes or converting an unused room in their home for the ultimate bar room! I love the idea of a home bar. How do you find those creatives—artists, furniture makers, fabric designers—to keep your company current? I consider myself to be the queen of researching! I can go down some crazy work holes on-line between Pinterest and Instagram! How does your home design reflect your aesthetic? My own home is such a reflection of me and my style. I have a soothing tonal base feel with lots of “eye candy,” as I like to call it. I do that in interesting pieces of furniture, wallpaper, and pops of color. Tell us about any unusual or comical moments you’ve experienced as a designer? Oh my! I could write a book! Unfortunately, even my unusual and comical moments must be kept confidential! Is there a perfect mix of talent and personality that’s required to create a successful project? Absolutely! I feel like you must possess talent and experience in this business. But it’s personality that makes a perfect marriage with your client work! Have there been any special projects that stand out? I hold every project I work on dear to my heart. They are all so special to me. What’s the one piece of advice you’d give readers for designing their home? Art is the finishing touch to every space. Without art, things feel unfinished and bare. I think art is a crucial part of designing and is a place to tell a story and evoke a feeling. It is a place to show your personality, and humor as well. For more information on Cara Woodhouse Interiors, please visit • JUNE 2021 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 57



ew places in the Caribbean offer US real estate investors as much as the British Virgin Islands. As travelers already know, this little slice of heaven is the perfect getaway to soak up the sun and enjoy its many beaches. Best of all, we are a short half-day away! More recently, however, the the BVI has become an ideal second home destination for the new wave of baby boomers who are into retirement. Or, for the slightly younger professional, it’s one of the perks in life: Owning luxurious real estate in an idyllic setting like the BVI. The BVI tax rates are one of the lowest in the world since the tax structure eliminates Profit, Capital Gains, Wealth, Inheritance, Gift, and Dividends taxes. (There are, however, payroll and land tax.) We use the US dollar, which makes for much smoother transactions with Americans. The age of the average buyer is 50 + who are primarily high net-worth individuals.

ISLAND HOPPING The main islands for luxury real estate transactions are Tortola and Virgin Gorda. In Virgin Gorda, you can find developments and communities like Mahoe Bay, where you can find Aquamare ($19,800,000), Crooks Bay (Bay House: $3,500,000), and Oil Nut Bay (Marina Villa: $3,950,000). Tortola has a higher population but offers the same tranquility along its coastlines, where you can find attractive real estate in neighborhoods like Trunk Bay (Vill Kai: $3,500,000), Hawks Nest (Hawks Nest Villa: $,1,200,000), Long Bay (Silver Palms: $2,150,000) and Belmont (Villa Rosa $1,950,000). I’ve been fortunate enough to serve the BVI market for several years now. I find it exciting to be able to share my home with others. We are backed by the RE/MAX brand and enjoy the BVI as much as the many visitors that come here every year. The BVI is a 10-minute chartered flight or 30-minute boat ride from the US Virgin Islands. It can also be reached easily in 25 minutes from Puerto Rico as the second leg of a trip. Purchasing real estate in the BVI consistently holds its value and is an excellent store of wealth. Most affluent property owners buy with equity or pay cash, so there are very few foreclosures in the BVI luxury market. For more information on RE/MAX Best Priced Properties, visit •


12.55 Acres | 5 Bedrooms | 6.5 Full Bathrooms | 8,021 SQFT | $39,500,000

On the eastern tip of Virgin Gorda, in the coveted North Sound region, lies a place where life is spent in perfect harmony with the ocean tides, where pristine white beaches and lush terrain quietly intersect, and where world-class architecture rests against the backdrop of an idyllic island landscape—a place of distinct refinement; a place called Oil Nut Bay. Spread across 400 exquisite acres and entirely surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Oil Nut Bay offers freehold property ownership in the most pinnacle of locations in the British Virgin Islands. Accessible only by water or helicopter, the setting is exceptionally private and consciously preserved. Luxury villas custom-built into the island’s topography meld modern design elements with the natural elegance of the Caribbean, while island amenities including recreational activities, dining opportunities, and wellness services offer an altogether elite living experience in one of the world’s most sensational locales.

This 3 bedroom 3.5 bathroom house, with a 423 sq ft pool featuring a smooth trickling fountain, 1412 sq ft of external shaded seating & dining area, a 1878 sq ft of hardscape deck & terrace, sits on 1.8 acres of the iconic vista to the southern shores of Virgin Gorda. Offering a rare opportunity to prospective buyers to own such a uniquely contrasting property encompassing the great blue granite boulders, the natural vegetation of the Windward and Leeward Islands and golden sand shoreline. $3,500,000

Located in one of Tortola’s most coveted neighbourhood, Villa Kai has an unprecedented 5 En-Suite Master Bedrooms. Each suite with its own balcony, which makes it the perfect family vacation home. The main living space includes an ultra-modern gourmet kitchen and dining for 10. The indoor/outdoor, open concept has plenty of lounge seating for you to enjoy the unobstructed oceanfront view. This modern detached home also features a heated infinity-edge pool that floats effortlessly above the lush tropical greenery. However, if you want to feel the sand between your toes, you have direct access to the beach below. $3,500,000

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uying a home is much more in-depth than seeing, signing, and closing. A successful real estate transaction has many steps, with different professionals each playing a pivotal role. Buyers focus on the dream, brokers work to advance the transaction to the satisfaction of the buyers and sellers, and attorneys cross the proverbial t’s and dot the i’s to ensure that all interests are protected. When these three roles come together, the City hums with excitement. They provide a unique perspective and essential insight into the deals that bring cities to life and make cities move. We met up with real estate attorney Michael J. Romer, the managing partner of Romer Debbas LLP and principal of New York Real Estate Center, and residential real estate veteran and Brown Harris Stevens top producing agent Scott Harris on Talking New York, a weekly deep dive into the New York Real Estate market. Both Harris and Romer have shared a few insights from each of their unique vantage points. Although their roles and responsibilities vary throughout the real estate transactional process, they both use their position and welcome the opportunity to keep their clients informed and educated on market conditions. Together, they highlight the following tips for buyers.

Scott Harris

Buyers are proceeding with urgency. As pent-up demand and excess inventory collided, the sentiment of early 2021 was, “Let’s get this apartment into contract. I don’t want to lose it!” Manhattan residential sales had surged to unprecedented levels, higher than anything the City had seen in over 14 years. There’s little renegotiation. By and large, sellers are getting their price, and there is movement at all price points. On the new development side, concessions are being offered, and buyers who signed contracts pre-pandemic are moving ahead with closings. Harris and Romer see properties at the $3 million and under mark moving quite quickly, as is expected for that price. However, Romer is pleased to see that the higher end of the market—specifically $7 million and up—is garnering attention and gaining momentum, further proving confidence in New York City and reinforcing the enduring value of the real estate. Remain up-to-date. All eyes remain on the proposed increase to Capital Gains, the continuance of SALT, and the elimination of 1031 Exchange provisions introduced by President Biden in late April. If passed, these changes could have far-reaching implications. Residential and commercial real estate has long been a leading economic driver. Increased tax rates coupled with decreased deductions could leave small and large investors closely scrutinizing their investment returns.

Michael Romer

New York City always recovers. Similar to how the real estate industry works together, so does New York City. Just as we saw the Manhattan community come together after 9/11, Romer and Harris agreed we see this same community mentality today in the market. With client service and professionalism informing all interactions, the pros also discussed the importance of agent education and the launch of the New York Real Estate Center. Although the plans for NYRE Center pre-dated the pandemic, the March 2020 availability of an online platform proved to be incredibly timely. NYRE Center provided a forum for agents to remain connected and engaged while satisfying continuing education requirements.

Mr. Romer also noted that the New York Real Estate Center had awarded over 10,000 certificates to participants just during the pandemic. This further underscores that the mentality within the real estate market in New York has remained optimistic, with people looking to the future. The NYRE Center holds weekly seminars for members, with guest panelists including some of the most forefront leaders and voices in the New York City real estate market today. For more information on Brown Harris Stevens, visit; for NY Real Estate Center, visit • 60 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JUNE 2021

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he dynamic growth of the South Florida landscape is ushering in a new era of luxury. Notable real estate advisor Krystal Marcus of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty is leading the surge with her luxurious new listing Waldorf Astoria Residences Miami. Limitless views, extraordinary architecture, and the timeless brand of the exclusive property offer spectacular ownership for generations to come. With over 20 years of experience in the luxury real estate market, Krystal is the foremost expert for new development. Giving a unique approach and a proven track record alongside expertise, her unparalleled connections and keen assessment of a client’s needs make her one of the region’s most successful brokers.

A GROWING MIAMI MARKET The sought-after industry expert is launching the property with Property Markets Group, Greybook Realty Partners, and S2 Development. Envisioned by concept designers Siger Suarez Architects, in collaboration with Carlos Ott, they have created an iconic structure in Downtown Miami. Waldorf Astoria Residences Miami will rise 100 stories with the shape of nine spiraling offset glass cubes. Residences feature interiors by award-winning design firm BAMO and floor-to-ceiling glass windows with stunning views of Miami and the Atlantic Ocean. Residents will receive Waldorf Astoria’s extraordinary services and signature amenities.

Krystal Marcus

The acclaimed development will be the tallest residential tower south of New York City and set a new architectural benchmark, further elevating Miami’s position as a leading global city. Waldorf Astoria is one of only a handful of 5-star hotel brands worldwide, known as the pioneer of white-glove service dating back to 1931.

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The rich history is as important as the qualities Krystal brings to the Miami real estate market. Throughout the years, she has assisted numerous high-profile clients with impressive oceanfront properties. As a leading Broker Associate with One Sotheby’s International Realty, she has sold more than $1 billion in properties during her tenure. K r y s t a l ’s a c c e s s t o t h e l a t e s t properties and her professional and personal manner encompasses the quality of her services. Info: Residences start at $1 million. For more information on Waldorf Astoria Residences Miami and other properties, visit onesothebysrealty. com/67183-krysal-marcus. •









ost New Yorkers may think they’re experts when it comes to walking. After all, we are known as the best city for walking. But besides getting from Point A to Point B, walking is the best heart-healthy exercise going. Here, short advice on long-term benefits. With season temps rising, it’s perfect for trying one or all on your next stroll around town.

10,000 STEPS You may have heard you need to aim for 10,000 steps each day to get fit. But how did this originate? It all began in Japan during the 1960s, when Yoshiro Hatano, Ph.D., tracked habitually active walkers. His team determined that the average man burned 300 calories by approximately walking 10,000 steps. And so manpo-kei (“10,000 steps meter”) was born, otherwise known as the pedometer. Of course, most of us use an app on our phones which is even more convenient. Today, most experts agree the number is a bit arbitrary. Nevertheless, counting steps is essential. Keep in mind the number of steps depends on your aim. The rule of thumb: Walk as much as you can whenever you can. You know it has health benefits—so why not just do it?

TRIM YOUR WAISTLINE Lack of exercise and sitting around and not moving? No one is immune from adding those pandemic pounds. If you’ve noticed an increasing midriff bulge, a regular daily brisk walk can help get you back in shape. With a steady regular walking schedule, you will have flatter abs in no time. The critical thing to remember is your technique for walking should be correct. Hold your head up, looking straight ahead, not at the ground. Keep your neck, shoulders, and back relaxed. Walking with stiffness will be very tiring and leave you sore afterward. Breathe deeply as you walk and enjoy nature’s beauty and what’s around you.

REDUCE STIFF JOINTS If you walk for 30 to 60 minutes every day, you will get the best natural arthritis pain relief. Walking helps reduce inflammation and stiffness in your joints. When you first start, go at a slower pace and gradually build up to walking faster and longer. You will feel great.

MANAGE YOUR BP It has been reported that a daily walk can lower blood pressure naturally. Many of us may claim we don’t have time to do 30- or 45-minute walks each day. Good news! Studies now show that several 10-minute brisk walks can be as helpful as one long walk. Walk in the morning for 10 minutes; take a 10-minute stroll at lunchtime, and then again in the evening. 64 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JUNE 2021

A STRESS-BUSTER Mental stress is a problem for most of us these days. Because there are so many things to deal with, is it any wonder you may feel distracted. Take a break from what you are doing. Research shows that a brisk 20- to 30-minute walk every day can reduce mental stress. It is said to have the same effect as a mild tranquilizer.

CUT BREAST CANCER RISKS Walking, even for a few hours a week, significantly reduces the risk of developing breast cancer. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, walking helps lower body fat levels, a source of estrogen. The research looked at seven post-menopausal women and found those at a healthy weight lowered their risk by 30 percent while those who were overweight, by 10 to 20 percent.

BETTER SLEEP According to the National Sleep Foundation, a brisk walk will help you get a better night’s sleep. Walking boosts levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin, which relaxes you. The rise in body heat brought on by walking may, in turn, signal the brain to lower your temperature later, which promotes sleep.

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By now, you realize that walking is good for your heart, burns calories, and helps you stay young. Here’s how to make it fun and part of your daily routine. • Arm Yourself Borrow this simple move from Olympic champions. Bend arms to 90-degree angles and swing them as you walk. Correct arm positioning plays a vital role in how fast you walk, and the quicker you walk, the more calories you burn.

Just 30 minutes of walking three times a week will do wonders for your bones. This type of exercise, which uses 95 percent of your muscles, push your bones to become stronger so they can handle the load. Walking is not just for cardio.

• Walk A Hound, Lose A Pound Studies show that walking a pet dog is beneficial to your health (and your pet, too!) No pet? Then volunteer to walk dogs at an animal shelter! Doing this daily routine not only alleviates depression but trims your waistline as well.


• Mix It Up Alternating short stints of fast walking and mediumrecovery periods is a wonderful way to burn calories without adding time to your workout. Try the “talk test” to judge your effort: during the short bouts of fast walking, talking should be challenging; more comfortable during recovery.

Studies show that daily walks will extend your life as well as make you feel better. There are so many benefits to walking that it can’t help but extend and improve your life. You will be able to move more freely for a lot longer. •




ne of the city’s best steakhouses is best known for seafood. It’s true. Amidst the offerings at this national chain are top-notch dry-aged steaks and fresh-off-the-boat seafood fare. And unlike most similar establishments, Ocean Prime dares to be big and bold, flaunting its modern chic with sexy swagger. This is no surprise with a desirable Midtown location. The night my guest and I dined at the West 52nd location, I was happy to see that Ocean Prime New York City had a healthy variety of salads on the menu. The Signature Salad combines romaine and other greens, tossed with plenty of thinly sliced apple, goat cheese crumbles, and walnut, bound together with a sherry mustard vinaigrette. Another favorite is the Shellfish Cobb Salad, littered with shrimp, lobster, crab, bacon, and blue cheese tossed in a lemon dressing. Or perhaps it’s sushi you’re craving—and trust me, there are plenty of choices. We loved the Tempura Fried Spicy Tuna with cucumber and scallion, which added zing to every bite. Other appetizers are typical steakhouse standards: A Jumbo Lump Crab Cake served with horseradish mustard aioli and White Truffle Caviar Deviled Eggs. 66 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JUNE 2021


A MIX OF MEMORABLE FLAVORS The entrees are divided into three categories—steak, chicken and lamb, and seafood. And the options here are plentiful. Try the Twin Lobster Tails with asparagusdrawn butter. Its mix of flavors makes it a memorable dish. Another standout was Sea Scallops with parmesan risotto, English peas, and citrus vinaigrette. Tender and so flavorful. Also of note are the great side dishes. We recommend their Black Truffle Mac ‘n Cheese, which needs no explanation here, as this combo of flavors is splendid. Desserts are decadent! Please don’t leave without sampling the 10-Layer Carrot Cake or Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie, And much like Ocean Prime itself, the desserts are big on flavor. Service is intelligent, prompt, and knowing. There’s a good wine list curated by General Manager and Certified Sommelier Kevin Flannery. He brings a keen eye for service and provides diners an excellent selection of by-the-glass options, including some premium pours. Cocktails are a strength here with the show-stopper Berries & Bubbles, a vodka and sparkling wine drink with berries and enough dry ice to keep the cocktail smoking for 10 minutes or more. Less showy is the solid Woodford Reserve Manhattan.

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MORE EXPERIENCES The restaurant’s name says it all: prime, along with an upscale ambiance providing a sophisticated experience unequaled. Ocean Prime also offers a great place to meet friends and colleagues. Take a seat in a comfy booth or at the sleek white marble bar. Sip on a hand-crafted cocktail or enjoy a glass of wine from the awardwinning wine list. Snack on Sushi, Ceviche, Lamb Lollipops, Prime Sliders, or Oysters from the raw bar. In addition to Ocean Prime New York City, there are 15 other Ocean Primes to enjoy around the country. For more information on Ocean Prime New York City, visit •

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THE MAN BEHIND OCEAN PRIME Ocean Prime New York City restaurant is one of many Cameron Mitchell Restaurants located coast to coast. It all began in a humble place—the kitchen of his mother. And it was where he mapped out his career goals which would eventually set the course for his restaurant career. After hitting a glass ceiling at a now-defunct restaurant in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, Cameron was more than ready to pursue his dream of running his own restaurant company. In 1993, he opened a storefront property tucked in the northwest corner of Columbus. The space would be transformed into his first restaurant, Cameron’s. This contemporary American bistro wowed Columbus diners with its diverse flavors selected from across the American culinary landscape as well as its extraordinary attention to service. Cameron’s was a notable success, especially when considering Columbus’ highly competitive restaurant business climate. Among the raving fans were investors and developers, who were hungry for more. It did not take long for Cameron to diversify and expand, discovering he had a gift for developing winning restaurant concepts in the process. The company that started in the kitchen began to run the table with a string of successes.

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icnic season has arrived with all its storybook bliss. Find a quiet woodland grove, or perhaps a lively park, and indulge in the elegance of outdoor dining. Picnicking is imbued with wonder and timelessness. So, go ahead and make some snacks and take to the grass with these posh picnic provisions. MAJESTIC WICKER PERFECT PIE Al fresco dining at-the-ready—plates, flatware, and the everimportant wine glasses. Frontgate’s Belmont Picnic Basket makes it a breeze with this perfectly designed, classic picnic basket. It even has a zippered cooler compartment. Info:

Piedaho makes scrumptious homemade pies. They offer a dozen varieties including classic strawberry rhubarb, inspired edible flower berry, and savory veggie galette. Keep one in the freezer for impromptu picnic outings. Info:



Packing your picnic food in U-Konserve’s containers is as classy as it is organized. The see-through lids allow for an Instagramworthy presentation—even before you unpack your goodies. Info:

Picnic tip: keep an al fresco-ready blanket in your car. Coalatree’s Kachula Adventure Blanket is coated to keep you dry and protect from spills. Spontaneous rain showers? Use the removable water-resistant hood to convert it to an emergency poncho! Info:





Upgrade your menu with this gamechanging portable grill. Hero Grill offers 60 minutes of grilling and includes e ver y t h ing you ne e d —i nclud i ng convenient pack up when done. Check out their innovative mess-free charcoal pods! Info:

The new darling of the picnic brunch? Mayne & Co.’s Modern Mimosa. Packing a picnic necessitates well-planned use of your basket or tote’s space. These elegant, pre-mixed mimosas offer luxury cocktail convenience. Info:

Endless textile options offer an opportunity to add some picnic pizazz to your outing. The Sling Chair from Society6 is perfect for long days in the park—noshing and reminiscing with friends. Info:




10 Barrel Brewing has mastered the emerging trend of portable mixed cocktails. Their Bloody Mary is the perfect addition to your outdoorsy quiche soiree.

Pro-picnickers are always hunting for the unicorn of outdoor dining—a truly portable table. Crate and Barrel fulfills our wish with this mahogany picnic-height table that rolls up into its own storage bag. Info:

Serve up a safari theme. Yvonne Ellen’s melamine plates bring a sense of lighthearted fun to your movable feast. Grab a cheeseboard and head out on an adventure. Info:




Picnics needn’t be elaborate. Find a dragonfly speckled pond and hunker down with your favorite rosé and nibbles. The crossbody strap on The White Company’s Willow Drinks Hamper allows hands-free hiking. Info:

Bravo baristas! The folks at Deviation Distilling brought together coffee and whiskey in their line of Barista Spirits. The perfect complement to your outdoorsy brunch. Info:

The Veranda Series from Fortessa elevates your outdoor drinkware. With the look of hand-blown glass, the line offers shatter-proof drinkware from tumblers to rocks glasses and pitches. Picnic-ready sophistication. Info: . •





till missing the joy of Broadway’s bright lights. Of course, they will return in September, but until that time, BroadwayHD brings spectacular productions from the Great White Way, the West End, and beyond into your home. BroadwayHD is the premier streaming service for theater lovers everywhere, available on all your favorite streaming devices, including AppleTV, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Firestick. When you head to, you can sign up for a 7-day free trial. It’s as easy as logging on to Now, let’s check out some of BroadwayHD favorites!



Here’s the heart-wrenching tale of ranch hand Ennis del Mar and rodeo cowboy Jack Twist, who meet and fall in love on the fictional Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming in 1963. Based on Annie Proulx’s extraordinary 1997 short story, Brokeback Mountain was subsequently made into an AcademyAward winning film directed by Ang Lee and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger. Composed by master operettist, Charles Wuorinen, this marks one of the ambitious and major works in his long and storied career. Teatro Real’s production is helmed by Tony Award-winning Ivo Van Hove, known for his gritty and ground-breaking direction.

Celebrating 70 years of The Royal Ballet’s landmark production of Petipa’s classic ballet, enter an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers, and magical spells, to glorious music by Tchaikovsky. The masterful score takes ballet music to a height of passion, sophistication, and intensity that arguably has never been surpassed.



Ibsen’s Ghosts attracted controversy at its premiere for its scathing commentary on 19th-century societal norms. It deals with subjects such as religion, incest, and euthanasia, and most shockingly at the time, venereal disease. This production, captured by Digital Theatre live at London’s Trafalgar Studios, was directed by Richard Eyre and Stars Lesley Manville, in a highly praised performance, as Helene Alvina. It won three Olivier Awards: Lesley Manville for Best Actress and Jack Lowden for Best Actor in a Supporting role and Best Revival.

Inspired by true events, the Tony, Grammy, and Olivierwinning musical Kinky Boots tells the story of two people with nothing in common—or so they think. Charlie (played by Olivier Award nominee Killian Donnelly) is a factory owner struggling to save his family business. Lola (played by Matt Henry, who won an Olivier Award for the role) is a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea. With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, the unexpected pair learn to embrace their differences and create a line of sturdy stilettos, unlike any the world has ever seen! With music by the incomparable Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots is sure to raise you up!



MEMPHIS The 2010 Tony Award- winner for Best Musical, Memphis stars Tony Award nominees Montego Glover and Chad Kimball. From the underground dance clubs of 1950’s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a White radio DJ who wants to change the world and a Black club singer ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwave— filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.

Jellicle cats join for a ball where they rejoice with their leader, Old Deuteronomy. One cat will be chosen to go to the Heavyside Layer and be reborn. One of the longestrunning hits in Broadway and the West End’s history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats captures a l l t he mus ic and movement of the original stage production with uncommon intimacy and depth. Starring Elaine Paige.



Funny Girl is based on Broadway star, film actress, comedienne Fanny Brice and her tempestuous relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein. This classic musical and critically acclaimed production features Sheridan Smith in “an unforgettable star turn” (The Times) and a host of iconic musical numbers including “People,” and “Don’t Rain On My Parade.” Following its record-breaking, sell-out run at Menier Chocolate Factory and London’s West End, Funny Girl was captured at Manchester’s Palace Theatre.

A true classic of American musical theater, this tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of racism’s bitter legacy. Director Francesca Zambello’s grand-scale production is “a triumph-a stylish, fast-paced and colorful show that had the capacity audience on its feet, cheering loud and long” (Chicago Classical Review).



It’s t h e q u i n t e s s e n t i a l A m e r i c a n m u s i c a l . R o d g e r s a n d Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! is set against the backdrop of the founding of a new state. In a production by National Theatre, London, this revival catches the original’s spirit uniquely and stars an up-and-coming Hugh Jackman.

Kelli O’Hara and Nathan Gunn lead the New York Philharmonic’s glorious concert staging of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical. Time Magazine hailed this classic as “the best musical of the 20th Century.” The musical includes such highlights as “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” •




e’re happy to report that movie theaters are reopening and once again we’ll all get to experience the joy of seeing films on the big screen. There’s nothing quite like going to the movies with family and friends! BIG SCREEN THRILLS, CHILLS AND FAST CARS A QUIET PLACE PART II PG-13 We’ve all been waiting to find out what happens to the Abbott family after losing their patriarch to the murderous alien life forms in the first film. He’s back again as the director, for John Krasinski takes the helm once more and also writes this much-anticipated sequel. His real-life wife Emily Blunt reprises her role as the matriarch who keeps her children silent to stay alive, as sound is what draws those monstrous aliens. Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe return as her kids, along with new characters played by Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou. THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT R Ready to scream in the darkness of a movie theater as the terror of another Conjuring flick unfolds? Then this one’s for you, with Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson back as real-life paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren in the horror series that began in 2013 and seems to be going strong. This one’s all about a demonic possession of a young boy. F9 PG-13 Just for the sound alone see F9, which is the ninth iteration of the Fast & Furious franchise. Add in the crazy driving visuals and this might just need to be the first flick you see back on the big screen. The typical crowd returns—Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, and Jordana Brewster—with Helen Mirren, John Cena, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron along for the ride. THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD Not yet rated Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson return in this comical action sequel to their 2017 Hitman hit, adding Salma Hayek as Jackson’s unpredictable con artist wife. All three end up going against bad guy Antonio Banderas. If that’s not enough to keep you entertained, Morgan Freeman and Richard E. Grant also turn up in this wild mix of merriment and mayhem. 72 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JUNE 2021

THE MISFITS R It’s a wild ride from SoCal to Abu Dhabi as an escaped con (Pierce Brosnan) finds himself in the hands of The Misfits, a gang of dogooders who go to extreme measures to lift a fortune from some very bad people. There’s lots of action, exotic scenery and more in this fast-moving flick that also stars Nick Cannon, Jamie Chung, Hermione Corfield, and Tim Roth.

FAMILY OUTINGS 12 MIGHTY ORPHANS PG-13 Take the tweeners along to experience this cinematic true story of a high-school team made up of Fort Worth orphans who changed the way football is played. Set during the Great Depression, this real-life tale centers on Rusty Russell (Luke Wilson), the coach who takes the team to the Texas state championships. Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Lane Garrison and Jake Austin Walker also star. PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY PG Peter Rabbit is back (after his first appearance in the 2018 hit movie named after him) in this bouncy mix of animation and live action. As this next chapter develops, the humans Bea and Thomas (Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleason) are married, and the rabbits are living happily in their garden. Then Peter gets some of his mischievous ideas and the trouble— and laughter—begins! James Corden, Margot Robbie, and Elizabeth Debicki lend their voices to the rabbit hutch. SPIRIT UNTAMED PG People who are parents now may remember Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron from their own childhood in 2002; this cinematic sequel continues the animated story of the wild stallion whose instincts are hard to tame. This DreamWorks Animation film also follows the Netflix series Spirit Riding Free and features an all-star vocal cast including Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Walton Goggins, and Mckenna Grace. • JUNE 2021 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 73



A LITTLE SEX KEVIN CAN F**K HIMSELF AMC Annie Murphy, that cute Canadian who helped make Schitt’s Creek into a megahit as Alexis Rose, returns to TV with her subversive sitcom in this dark comedy about a “perfect” sitcom wife. She›s a looker, her husband Kevin is a schlub; she’s got brains, he’s one beer short of a six-pack. So how did Annie find herself here? Is it the sex? Tune in to find out just how she ended up repeating the mantra Kevin Can F**k Himself. LITTLE BIRDS Starz Based on Anais Nin’s erotic short stories, Little Birds follows the sexual awakening of a beautiful, wealthy British woman who heads to Tangier in 1955. What she finds there upends her emotional life and shakes up her marriage, too. Hugh Skinner, Yumna Marwan, and Kamel Labroudi costar in this sexy drama filled with beautiful people. SEX/LIFE Netflix Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest, The Rookie) stars as a sexually sedate suburban wife and mother whose life begins to unravel as she becomes obsessed with her passionate past life. This tale of mid-life crisis intertwines her past and present, bringing her longing for sexual excitement into full focus as she recalls her former lover and shakes the foundations of her marriage.

SOME BIG LAUGHS FATHERHOOD Netflix Kevin Hart brings tears, laughs, and a lot of diapers to this movie based on the true-life memoir of Matthew Logelin, whose wife died in childbirth, leaving him to raise his baby daughter on his own. Melody Hurd plays his little girl and steals scenes every chance she gets. Alfre Woodard and Lil Rel Howery costar. 74 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JUNE 2021

FRIENDS: THE REUNION HBO Max This much-anticipated Friends reunion show hits HBO Max on May 27th, so loyal fans will have all of June to watch Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Ross, Joey, and Chandler reminisce about the old days. Friends initially aired from 1994 to 2004 but has been ever-present ever since. All six stars (Aniston, Kudrow, Cox, Schwimmer, LeBlanc, and Perry) are joined by a legion of stars, ranging from David Beckham to Reese Witherspoon, with BTS, Bieber, and Gaga turning up, too. PHYSICAL Apple TV+ Rose Byrne (Mrs. America) channels her inner Jane Fonda and heads back into 1980s San Diego as Sheila, a woman obsessed with working out to aerobics videotapes. As she transforms her body, she changes her life, too, in this quirky dark comedy that reminds us all that getting Physical isn’t just for Olivia Newton-John.

MARVEL, PIXAR AND BEYOND LUCA Disney+ Pixar’s latest animated feature heads straight to Disney+, this time without the extra $29.95 fee that Soul carried. Luca tells the tale of two young friends whose summer on the Italian Riviera gets wacky when their secret is threatened. When the seaside villagers discover sea monsters lurking in the beautiful blue sea, the craziness takes over in this giggle-filled PG-rated flick for the whole family. LOKI Disney+ The Marvel Universe keeps on expanding, this time in a six-part series all about Loki, the Norse “God of Mischief ” who usually takes the second seat to his brother Thor in their Marvel cinematic outings. This time it’s all about Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston once again, in a story that happens after Avengers: Endgame concludes. Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Richard E. Grant costar in this action-packed show. SWEET TOOTH Netflix DC Comics has its own universe, and Sweet Tooth draws from their comic series by Jeff Lemire, with this series all about «hybrids.» Those are half-human, half-animal creatures, which makes for some fantastic costumes in this eight-part show. Christian Convery stars as a boy who is half deer in this origin quest that happens on a post-apocalyptic earth. • JUNE 2021 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 75



he editors at New York Lifestyles are shopping for early summer shenanigans—and we’re including our favorite family members—kitties, lizards, and dogs! Why not gift your favorite Grad or Dad with some of the hand-selected summer goodies and gifts. HAVE SLICKER, WILL TRAVEL A LITTLE CORNY FEEL GOOD FEAST Summer brings road trips; and packing for your fur baby requires a little strategy. The Frisco Reversible Packable Travel Raincoat is the perfect solution to what-if weather scenarios. Info:

Dog toys are always in season at SodaPup— where they’re constantly offering new shapes of power-chewer toys and treat dispensers. From star fish to corn on the cob, colorful shapes for summer fun. Info:

Customized meal-plans, human-grade ingredients, and shelf stable goodness— Happy Howl promises big-time tail wags. Featured here, Tasty Turkey Feast with green beans, spinach and blueberries. Info:




Give the gift every college grad will cherish—their very own Cuddle Clone. These remarkable, custom stuffed animals are perfect replicas of your pets. Dorm room approved! Info:

The chefs at Bocce Bakery have done it again. Another drool-worthy dog treat perfect for the season—campfire s’mores. Now your fur baby won’t feel left out at the fire pit. Info:

Life Handle isn’t just a hands-free leash—it’s a versatile system. Engineered for absorbing shock, use as a hands-free cross-body leash or swap for the loop handle. Perfect for hikes and city streets alike. Info:





Keep your pet’s water cold this summer to encourage hydration. The Cooling Bowl from Orvis uses a frozen insert to keep water cool for up to ten hours. Impressive—six-cup capacity—is great for even large pets. Info:

Father’s Day isn’t just for biological dads. Celebrate the lizard-loving guy in your life with this statement hoodie from Fresh Hoods. The repetitive pattern will echo their gecko. Info:

It wobbles and bobbles—and keeps your dog entertained for up to 30 minutes. Fable Pets’ interactive toy, The Game, is a sleek treat-dispensing design offering physical and cognitive challenges. Info:




Canidae’s goodness-first ingredients put your cat’s nutrition above all else. Developed in partnership with a boardcertified veterinary nutritionist, it passes the finicky-kitty test. Info:

It’s Pride Month! Get your pup prepped for NYC’s Parade (June 27th) in style with Petco’s expanded Pride Collection which supports and celebrates the LGBTQ Community. Info:

Time for fun in the sun—and on the water. Protect your pup’s peepers and up his swagger with Rex Specs. These goggles are made for pups adventuring—on land, sea, or trail. Info:




Heading to a seaside rental for Father’s Day? Grab a beach-themed dog puzzle. Sassy Woof is more than just dog leashes and apparel—they offer great gifts for dog-dads too. Info:

Brighten-up the feeding area with these summery bowls from Frontgate. With options for cats and dogs—it’s a win-win. Bonus points: they’re melamine! Perfect for indoors, outdoors, or summer travels. Info:

There’s room at the Pineapple Inn. This sweet kitty sleeper is a great splash of tropical, summertime fun. Cats will sleep in the darndest places—and look oh-so-cute doing it. Info: •


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n such an extreme time, when messages about community, hope, and compassion are lost to news about disease, politics, and social unrest, how can parents instill the values in their kids they do not see in the media? A new program called HELPEN, created by New York-based entrepreneur Craig Sanders, is looking to fill that void. His concept bridges families to worthy non-profits through a fun game, voice-assisted learning, and life skills designed to shape kids into the next generation of leaders. Realizing children are in their most crucial development period between ages 2 and 9, HELPEN uses that time frame to expose kids to examples of charity, community, and selflessness. Sanders, a Kansas native, attended Boston University, where he walked on to the men’s hockey team and eventually played overseas in Amsterdam and Australia. He later pursued a career in bond trading, which he credits with teaching him risk management and decision-making skills. During that time, he began fundraising for non-profits like the Travis Roy Foundation and the Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation, all Boston-based organizations with strong ties to the New England hockey communities. That was the beginning. Sanders came up with the idea for HELPEN while applying to Harvard Business School. Although he wasn’t accepted, the process led him to examine his own life story and how experiences from his upbringing helped determine his life path. 80 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JUNE 2021

ROOTED IN KINDNESS “HELPEN is a program designed to empower kids to learn, give and understand the positive consequences of actions rooted in kindness,” explains Sanders. “In such a formative time in their lives, showing kids the power of generosity is an important part of them developing into responsible, aware, and selfless individuals. HELPEN is about providing an experience that will help shape the next generation into the empathetic and generous leaders of tomorrow.” The concept is simple: Every week, HELPEN sends postcards to parents listing pre-screened, kid-appropriate non-profits. Kids pick a charity they want to learn about and support with a $1 donation. Parents enter donations using a unique QR code on the cards and then activate Amazon’s Alexa to share a customized message about their chosen cause and how far their $1 contribution can go. Included in the voice experience are real-life examples of what their donation can help accomplish, whether it’s feeding a horse, providing life-saving medications, or delivering colorful bedsheets to kids undergoing cancer treatment in the hospitals. What if, he thought, we could get to kids in that crucial part of their lives and show how generosity and kindness can not only shape their lives but others too. He chose the name HELPEN as a nod to his time playing pro hockey in Amsterdam. The name means “help out” in Dutch. “Letting children see how their decision benefitted and impacted a cause or life is a valuable lesson they might not otherwise receive,” says Sanders. “This kind of activity builds character, empathy, and a desire to contribute. Consequences have become a negative word; HELPEN shows how it can be a positive.” Craig Sanders

THE LIST OF NON-PROFITS GROWS HELPEN also shows kids the immediacy of their decision-making: how even $1 donations, when combined with others, can lead to significant change. Sanders’ collection of non-profits include VisionSpring, which donates eyeglasses to kids around the world so they can see in school, RxART, which installs art and gives coloring books to children’s hospitals across the U.S., and Sheets from Home, which provides colorful bedsheets to kids undergoing cancer treatment in the hospital. He’s also enrolled Wild Tomorrow Fund, which feeds orphaned rhinos, as well as One Tree Planted, which plants a tree for every dollar donated, and many more. Every organization is pre-screened, including verifying its non-profit status and its ability to provide content suitable for children. One such non-profit is Girlstart, an organization that seeks to inspire girls’ interest in science, engineering, and mathematics through innovative learning methods. “Any chance we get to share our story, mission, and benefits is a great opportunity,” explained Chelsey Pippin, Engagement Officer Annual Fund, Marketing at Girlstart. “HELPEN is a terrific service to kids and the nonprofit community, and we are pleased to participate.” Sanders is pleased with this fascinating ride. As he told us, “I’m extremely excited to make an impact for families, non-profits, and our communities alike.” For more information on HELPEN, visit •

HELPEN is a prog ram desig ned to empower kids to lear n, g ive and understand the positive consequences of actions rooted in kindness… JUNE 2021 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 81




e produced one of New York Fashion Week’s biggest shows. Debuted his handbag collection in Vogue. Designed clothes, jewelry, and accessories. Authored books. Even opened a bakery. Fast forward to 2021: Now, fashion veteran Darren Greenblatt is channeling his creativity in a whole new medium: mixed media art. Combining paints, French acrylics, Hermes and Gucci wallpapers, and vintage magazines, the critically acclaimed designer and producer, has created a 20-piece series. It evokes his love/hate relationship with the industry, bringing to the canvas a visual dialogue that confronts fashion’s waste and pretension with its artistry, beauty, and relevance.

COLOR THE WORLD The result is a collection bursting with color, nostalgia, and contradiction. “As a fashion refugee with distance from the industry, and from the craft that has been a driving force since I was a child, I’m able to explore and see things with new eyes,” says Greenblatt. “My recent work homages the enigmatic and magical world of fashion—past, present, and future—and how it works within different spaces and mediums.” Greenblatt found inspiration in a wealth of materials, from flowers to graphic design, layered patterns, prints, and textures. His use of color is exaggerated, brimming with hope and fury. How those elements relate to conflict gave the artist the tension to capture his message. “There is friction between the duality of organic nature and two-dimensional graphic design, where flowers become repeated prints,” he says. Rather than label the collection, Greenblatt, in an ode to the fashion industry, numbered each piece—like the looks/exits from a runway presentation. 82 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JUNE 2021

RUNWAY MADNESS Greenblatt’s career trajectory has taken many routes. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, he studied with designer Betsey Johnson and couturier Christian Francis Roth before founding his first multi-media platform, Girls Rule. It was the first group show during Fashion Week catering to the youth market. It created a new runway for emerging designers to show their collections, sponsors to enter the industry, and up-and-coming models, actresses, and socialites to take the world stage. Girls Rule ruled New York Fashion Week for a decade. At the same time, Greenblatt became a creative director for iconic fashion brand Fiorucci before starting his label Stanton Maxwell and designed his designer handbag collection first shown in Vogue’s 2008 September issue. Greenblatt also began an illustration series called The Ugly Lives of Beautiful People, featuring sketches of runway collections with pithy, ironic quotes about life, culture, fashion industry, and co-authored illustrated Planet Yumthing, a DIY book series for teens. Greenblatt’s growing profile in the fashion world put him on the radar with producers of the reality show The Apprentice. He was cast as a guest fashion designer and assigned to a team of young women challenged to design a mini-collection of women’s clothes, sold to Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdales. They won, naturally. At the victory party, a certain former President approached Greenblatt with, “You could be the next Calvin Klein because of me.” Greenblatt contends that making someone the next Calvin Klein would take more than getting five New York City stores to carry the collection from one episode, no matter the ratings. “I had paid my dues for years. That’s the life of an entrepreneur.”

ENTERTAINING WAYS The 2009 recession encouraged Greenblatt to expand his creative palate to a new medium: food. His passion for cooking, entertaining, and experience design, coupled with the entrepreneurial instincts, led him to start Donna Bell’s Bake Shop with two friends, first as a mobile food truck and later as a brick-and-mortar shop in midtown Manhattan. Its success spawned a best-selling cookbook, Donna Bell’s Bake Shop: Recipes and Stories of Family, Friends and Food. After more than two decades in New York, where he established himself a creative and entrepreneurial force in the fashion industry, he put his career on hold for personal reasons. He also stopped drawing, sketching, and painting. Though not ready to share more about his life at that time, he says, “bad experiences may serve as inspiration for other artists, but it was never what drove me to create. So, it was hard to find the light and color that always guided my work during that time.” Eventually, the fog began to lift, and Greenblatt thought of a new series, one that would bring color to his life again. And then the pandemic hit, giving his project new urgency. “It’s what I needed, and I think what the world needed,” Greenblatt says. Greenblatt’s series will begin exhibiting later this year on a new runway. • JUNE 2021 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 83



t can help your posture. Improve breathing. Perfect flexibility. Clear your mind. But riding horses? That’s the best-kept secret among equestrian enthusiasts who are preparing for another summer in the Hamptons, Upstate or other country-like locales. No instructor is more qualified to get them ready than Carey Macaleer, the owner and founder of Brooklyn hotspot Aline Pilates. Bursting with energy, enthusiasm, positivity and focus, the fitness dynamo has made a name for herself training athletes, celebrities, elderly clients and loyalists. And we can now reveal, horse lovers. “Riding and Pilates makes a perfect partnership,” says Macaleer, who often travels outside the City to meet with clients—and their horses. “Pilates’ focus is on the core connection. We ask our muscles to hug the midline and pull everything inward. It’s the same focus that equestrians need to do while riding.”


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We caught up with one of her clients, Gillian Dubin, who has found the practice especially effective. “Riding takes an incredible amount of core strength, stability, balance of yourself and the horse,” says Dubin, who trains with Macaleer in the Hamptons (and Brooklyn). “Pilates is centered around those principles as well. Additionally, it really helps put you in touch with your body in a way I never imagined possible. That can translate into anything, but I can target specific areas of the body that need strengthening.” Working with Macaleer has made a big difference for Dubin and all of Aline Pilates clients. “If you can find a trainer you like, you should be able to connect what works for you as a rider with Pilates. I got lucky with Carey, she was a quick study in what would help me, and we got right to work,” notes Dubin. “We worked on improving my balance and increasing my mobility both of which have helped my riding a great deal.” According to Macaleer, improving posture is one of the most important parts of preparing the body to effectively handle the horse. She focuses on specific areas, like shoulders, abs and feet. “The shoulder girdle stabilization is key,” says Macaleer. “Being able to find the connection to the muscles in your back will give you more power to control the horse.”

GETTING TO THE CORE Training your core connection is also part of the practice. “Pulling the abs in deeply gives you the power and strength to lead the horse,” says Macaleer. It helps to stabilize the hips which are a driving force in moving the horse in the correct direction. I ask clients to envision the navel pulling back to the lowest part of your spin or pants line.” Finally, Macaleer focuses on the feet, making sure clients distribute their weight evenly so one heel isn’t stronger than the other, which can help thighs to rotate properly. “That’s so important, because it gives you power to direct the horse,” says Macaleer. In addition to on-site appointments, Aline offers in-studio training, observing all health precautions and safety measures, as well as a robust online menu. Clients can Zoom group classes, one-to-one training, and a video library of past workouts on the studio’s website. Horse-set or not, Carey Macaleer’s Aline Pilates will set you in the right direction. For more information on Aline Pilates, visit • 84 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | JUNE 2021


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My New York Story: Darren Greenblatt

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Time Out With...Carey Macaleer, Aline Pilates

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Entrepreneur’s Corner: Craig Sanders, Founder Of HELPEN

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On The Small Screen

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On The Big Screen

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Posh Picnics: Revel In Some Outdoor Dining Pleasure

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A Step In The Right Direction: Walk Your Way To Fitness

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The British Virgin Islands: Investing In Your Second Home

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Waldorf Astoria Residences: Sky-High Luxury In Miami

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The Successful Purchase: What It Takes To Buy That Dream Home

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Cara Woodhouse: Interior Design’s Rising Star

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Winvian Farm: Natural Beauty In Nearby Litchfield

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U.S. National Parks: Back To Nature At One Of These Beauties

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Elena Taranina: Diamonds Are Her Best Friend

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Bookwell Travel: Paying-It-Forward During Trying Times

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The North Fork: Long Island’s Newest Renaissance

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Jean Shafiroff: America’s First Lady of Philanthropy

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Lyss Stern: Meet The Woman Behind DivaMoms

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