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One of the most extraordinary estates in the tri-state area offering a two-acre lake, regulation-lighted tennis court, pool, large building that can accommodate eight cars plus huge studio, nine-stall barn for the avid equestrian, a separate five bedroom guesthouse and a magnificent French Chateau with panoramic views!

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vicki gaily, realtor-associate • marketing director • founder ®

office 201 934-7111 • cell 201 390-5880 • vgaily@specialproperties.com Special Properties, Div. Brook Hollow Group, Inc. • 158 west

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43+ breathtaking acres along the panoramic Ramapo River surround this English Country estate offering an incomparable lifestyle within close proximity to Manhattan. 20-stall barn with a large indoor riding arena. Indoor and outdoor pools, wine room, theater. English pub, outdoor soccer, basketball, sports lounges, elevator, generator and much more!

Every Home is Special to Us. • WWW.SPECIALPROPERTIES.COM

vicki gaily, realtor-associate • marketing director • founder ®

office 201 934-71111 • cell 201 390-5880 • vgaily@specialproperties.com Special Properties, Div. Brook Hollow Group, Inc. • 158 west

saddle river road • saddle river nj





FRENCHMAN’S CREEK | $3,500,000 Luxury 7,100 SF Estate on Corner Lot | Pool + Spa | Elevator | 4CG


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FEATURES 10 11 40 45 48

From The Publisher Marilyn Hoffman—The 100 Million Dollar Realtor Through The Lens With Annie Watt Bits & Bailey: The Who, What & Wow Of The Luxe Life Tech Talk: Tech For The Decade


STYLE 22 Spring Forward: A Break For Winter-Ravaged Skin 24 Life & Style: March Madness

TRAVEL 27 33 37 50

Treasure Islands: A Guide To Fining A Tropical Nirvana Ireland: Ancient Castles & Spectacular Cliffs Tokyo Primer: Eight Things You Need To Know Before You Go Pelican Grand Beach Resort: Let The Sun Shine In!


REAL ESTATE & HOME DECOR 52 54 56 57 58 60

Around Town: Murray Hill All Under $1 Million: Getting More For Less 45 East 89th Street: As Good As It Gets! An Easy Home Makeover: Smart Ways To Make It Look Like New North Carolina On Your Mind Loy Carlos: The Man Behind Classiques Modernes



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MONEY MATTERS 61 The Lincoln Corsair: A Cocoon Of Calm Made For The Big City

HEALTH & WELLNESS 62 Time For Awakening: Rejuvenate Body, Mind & Spirit 64 Aline Your Mind: The Hottest Pilates Studio Is In Your Own Backyard


FOOD & DRINK 66 Gaby Brasserie Française: Classic French With Midtown Style 68 Lincoln Ristorante: Lincoln Center’s Crown Jewel



70 On Stage: Diana—A True Musical Story 72 On The Big Screen 74 On The Small Screen

NEW YORK, NY 76 Entrepreneur’s Corner: Shirin & Frederic Fekkai 78 My New York Story: Rich Schulhoff, Brooklyn MLS 80 Time Out With…Silvia Frieser 6 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MARCH 2020


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OUR CONTRIBUTORS MERYL PEARLSTEIN Traveling has given Meryl Pearlstein a chance to “live” all over the world, something she’s always longed to do. Meryl loves everything having to do with travel, dining and the arts. Her articles have appeared in Gayot, Crain’s 5boros, New York Magazine, Global Traveler, GQ, Boston Herald, Northshore Magazine, IN New York, Where Traveler,  and  Fodor’s Guide to New York City. A member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), she is the author of  Fodor’s Family: New York City with Kids.  Meryl’s blog,  Travel and Food Notes (travelandfoodnotes. com) is a companion to her column All NY (allny. com).  Follow her on social media  @merylpearlstein. Meryl lives in Manhattan where she can usually be found somewhere on Broadway or in a new restaurant any night of the week. DARREN PALTROWITZ Darren is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. His writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News,  The Daily Meal,  All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet. com, and the Jew ish Journal. Darren is also the host of the “Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz” podcast. When not on assignment writing features, podcasting, and consulting, Darren enjoys traveling and exploring new places. His recent travels have taken him to Kansas City, Greenville, Louisville, and Rockford. NATASHA BAZIKA As a globetrotting, freelance journalist, Natasha is on a mission to create smart and compelling content for the various media outlets she contributes to.  The native Australian has always had a taste for adventure and travel, which led her to receive a journalism degree and embark on her travel-writing journey. Natasha has contributed to various publications including Malibu Times magazine, Upscale Living and many more media outlets. Her time is spent writing about anything and everything from fashion to profiles on philanthropists and influencers to luxury resorts and spas. Her specialty is everything travel, food, and adventure. She often brings her stories further to life with her photography.  Her travel bucket list includes Croatia, Paris, and Spain and when she’s not on the go, she enjoys reading and editing her photos. 

Vol. 6 #2 | March 2020 President / Publisher BILL MASON Editor-in-Chief Patricia Canole

Art Director Eric Duncan

Entertainment Jenny Peters, Lori Zelenko

Features Ruth J. Katz

Lifestyle Griffin Miller

Style Gerrie Summers

Special Projects Natasha Bazika, Norah Bradford

Chief Photographer Annie Watt

Contributing Writers Bailey Beckett, Norah Bradford, Harry Brads Nadine Brown, AP Connolly, Peter Elston TJ Johnson, Dr. Peter Kalellis Kristie Kellahan, Lee Gabay, Lillian Langtry Darren Paltrowitz, Meryl Pearlstein, Anne Raso Will Reed, Jeff & Stephanie Sylva, Rich Schulhoff Laurie Bain Wilson, Stacey Zable Executive Vice President of Sales LYLE SELTZER Sales Bill Mason Sr. - Director of New Business Development Louren Bates - Director of Sales John Miller - Sales Manager Michael Stulmaker - Sales Manager Director of Operations Kurt Nesheim

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hat does the month of March mean to you? Some feel the madness of March by watching the best of the best at the annual NCAA gathering of colleges duking it out on the hardwood floors right down to the Final Four’s “One Shining Moment.” Others are feeling the “Luck of the Irish” throughout the city by watching the traditional brotherhood of endless bagpipers march up Fifth Avenue following the painted green line in NYC’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. For those of us who enjoy celebrating the holiday through our taste buds, let’s not forget we live in the best place in the world to sip an Irish coffee, drink a Nutty Irish Man or even slam down a traditional Irish car bomb. But it is not the day to start counting calories. You can find some unique sweets to treat yourself to like some especially made Lucky Charm cake that is genuinely magically delicious and even some hop-infused Stout doughnuts glazed with chocolate to satisfy your urge.   But what makes this month extra special to me is my youngest daughter Cassidy is turning 16. Making it an exceptional mile marker for her, she will be celebrating her special day with a Sweet 16 Party with her friends and family. I cannot say enough about how much happiness, joy, and humor she brings to all of us. And how proud I am of her, not only in everything she does but what an incredible impact she has on others with her kindness, generosity, and thoughtfulness. Happy Birthday Cassidy, from your whole family!   I look forward to hearing from you with comments, suggestions, and what you would like to see on the pages of New York Lifestyles and Pet Lifestyles magazines.   Erin go Bragh!

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MARILYN HOFFMAN’S expertise in selling extraordinary farms, ranches, and estate properties attracts a clientele that reads like a Who’s Who of business, sports, entertainment, and the social register. Golfer Lee Trevino, a Saudi Prince, sports legend Deion Sanders, transportation secretary Milo Bryant, a billionaire Texas oilman, Horatio Alger member Carl Westcott, cosmetics queen Mary Kay, Merv Griffin, and a major sports team owner have all been her clients. Marilyn recently made history by listing the most expensive home in Texas, a $100,000,000 property. She also sold one of the largest estates in Texas to the new owners of a major sports team. Her sale of a $9,995,000 penthouse in Dallas was the most expensive penthouse ever sold in Dallas. Marilyn sold a $13,500,000 estate to the owners of a Scottish castle. Her most recent sale was a $20,000,000 estate that she listed, sold, and closed for full price in 24 days. This 35,000 square foot home was the largest and most expensive sale in the state. This estate was previously listed with another international realtor at a lower price and did not sell.

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“Marilyn’s aggressive approach to the international marketing of the property resulted in a completed transaction in five months from start to finish. I’m hasten to add that the prior agencies failed completely to do any effective marketing of Brantley Manor, although I did spend a substantial upfront marketing fee with them.” Eugene L. Brantley, Esquire Seller of a 13,000 sq. ft. South Carolina Mansion

Marilyn Hoffman sold this 35,000 sq. ft. $20,000,000 estate for full price in only 24 days. It was previously listed with another international realtor for years unsuccessfully. MARCH MARCH 2020 2020| |NEW NEWYORK YORKLIFESTYLES LIFESTYLESMAGAZINE MAGAZINE|| 11





SOUTH CAROLINA Rolling Meadows, Westminster Enjoy the tranquility of these 158+ acres of pristine rolling meadows of fenced pasture land and surrounding woods with an exquisite country estate, a beautiful 11-stall horse barn, a creek fed well-stocked fishing lake and custom landscaping throughout the grounds. The gated entrance welcomes you to Rolling Meadows. This extraordinary, approximately 16,000-square-foot custom crafted home, completed in 2003, is the perfect place to relax with family and entertain guests. Start your day with a morning horse ride exploring the beautiful grounds and an afternoon of fishing at your private lake followed with an evening of al fresco dining poolside. Located just outside the quaint town of Westminster, this wonderful property is just an hour from Greenville, two hours from both Atlanta and Charlotte, and only 20 minutes from Clemson. These Rolling Meadows are found in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and only minutes from the region’s beautiful lakes, including Jocassee, Keowee, and Hartwell. From the moment you drive through the iron gates of Rolling Meadows, you will be enamored by the perfect blend of grass, stone, and brick, all leading to the beautiful covered front porch and exquisite two-story foyer. MARCH MARCH 2020 2020| |NEW NEWYORK YORKLIFESTYLES LIFESTYLESMAGAZINE MAGAZINE|| 13



The grand entrance to this home was perfectly designed to be welcoming and inviting, highlighting the natural beauty of the land. The curved, balustrade staircases meet in the impressive marble foyer illuminated by the hand-crafted Swarovski crystal chandelier, rising to frame the majestic balcony and salon, which overlooks the expansive landscape. The gourmet kitchen will entice any chef with its Thermador appliances, beautiful granite countertops, and a comfortable breakfast area. This gorgeous home has eight bedroom en-suites, including the luxurious master suite with a steam room and a fireplace in the sitting area of the suite. There is a private mother’s-in-law apartment on the second level (accessed by both a rear staircase and elevator) that is ideal for extended family living. The home has eight full bathrooms and three half baths. The main living areas are designed with views of the beautiful landscape, and the lower level provides great space for a variety of leisure activities, including the media room, billiards area, and fitness gym with a sauna. The outdoor patio is equipped with an alfresco kitchen with a large refrigerator, built-in grill, two burner range, and gas lamp lighting. The main home features a four-car attached garage. All levels of this home are serviced by an elevator. MARCH MARCH 2020 2020| |NEW NEWYORK YORKLIFESTYLES LIFESTYLESMAGAZINE MAGAZINE|| 15

This beautiful estate is an equestrian’s dream home with a well-designed 11-stall barn and endless fenced acres to ride and roam. The barn includes a one-bedroom caretaker’s apartment, a feed and tack room, and a misting system. A three-car garage is attached to the barn. The estate’s privacy is perfect for those who want to enjoy a luxurious country estate, yet desire to be close to major metropolitan cities such as Atlanta, Greenville, Charlotte, and Asheville. The panoramic views of the beautiful Rolling Meadows stocked lake, and refreshing pool inspires relaxation and comfort. Opportunities for biking, hiking, and a variety of water sports are minutes away, with national forest, state parks, numerous waterfalls, and three world-class lakes close by. This home has all the luxuries and comfort you desire for you and your family. O f f e r e d at : $ 1 0 , 0 0 0 , 0 0 0 w i t h e x t e n s iv e f u r ni s hi ng s . Contact Marilyn Hoffman at Hoffman International Properties (MarilynHoffmanRealtor.com; 214-698-1736 or 214-674-3961). •




Secluded on over 56 prime acres of property in the prestigious village of Mill Neck, New York, this Baronial 10,000 square foot manor home is rich with history and amenities. Built for the Pratt family and later acquired by the Rockefeller family, Laurel Hill is accessed through wrought-iron gates by a half-mile tree-lined driveway.

elegance of a bygone era.

This fully updated brick manor home features 16 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and 3 half bathrooms. The central air-conditioned lavish home is perfect for grandscale entertaining with its living room and formal dining room, 3 eat-in kitchens, 6 fireplaces and a fully finished basement. The home has retained all its grandeur and

Offered at $30,000,000.


The house comes with a 4-bedroom full staff wing, 2 guest houses, a pool and pool house, greenhouse, tennis court as well as a stone patio. A large 9-car garage is a finishing touch for the property.

Contact Marilyn Hoffman at Hoffman International Properties (MarilynHoffmanRealtor.com; 214-6981736 or 214-674-3961). • MARCH MARCH 2020 2020| |NEW NEWYORK YORKLIFESTYLES LIFESTYLESMAGAZINE MAGAZINE|| 17





This spectacular 4.8-acre estate, custom-built by one of the world’s greatest basketball players, is located in the prestigious suburb of Southlake, only 10 minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.    An impressive, two-story entrance foyer, wood floors, luxe details, and a spectacular grand staircase come together to create the ultimate estate. Designed for grand-scale entertaining and family living, this 16,477-squarefoot estate has it all: a game room with wet bar, dual lane bowling alley, tiered media room, lounge space, and game tables, and an indoor full-court basketball court with separate entrance. There are eight bedrooms, 10.5 baths, six living areas, three fireplaces, a commercial elevator, six garages, an exercise gym, and a safe room.  Plus, with a gourmet, eat-in kitchen, multiple dining areas, and a spacious master suite with a huge bath/dressing complex.   Offered at: $11,400,000 with extensive furnishings. Contact Marilyn Hoffman at Hoffman International Properties (MarilynHoffmanRealtor.com; 214698-1736 or 214-674-3961). • MARCH MARCH 2020 2020| |NEW NEWYORK YORKLIFESTYLES LIFESTYLESMAGAZINE MAGAZINE|| 19


A wealth of spectacularly good architecture is represented in this superb estate on 120 breathtaking acres. A beautifully elevated point is home to an equally stunning residence of nearly 14,000 square feet overlooking the loveliest views of the Mississippi River in the quaint area of Imperial, Missouri.   Drive the sloped driveway to the magnificent property, and you might even feel like royalty not just because the estate is in a town with such a regal name! You will have an incredible opportunity to keep the acreage as a private estate or develop part of it. The property has an excellent equestrian facility that can house 12 horses with a riding ring, a pool and spa, along with a detached carriage house, greenhouse, tennis court, workshop and hobby area, and a garage for 16 vehicles. There’s also a caretaker’s home quietly nestled on the land.    Built in 1915 and lovingly restored and kept up pristinely, 20 ||OUR OURCITY, CITY,YOUR YOURLIFE LIFE| MARCH | MARCH 2020 2020

the two-story foyer invites one to enter the multi-level structure. An amazing staircase greets upon entry and reflects the stature the home deserves. Both levels of the mansion have complete master suites with a total of 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. The interior is sublimely comforting with built-in bookcases, cathedral ceilings, historically significant period millwork such as the fireplace mantle. There are three wood-burning fireplaces altogether within the home. This very private estate lies in splendor and awaits another Imperial family to live inside it and to enjoy all the amenities of the area.   Offered at: $4,250,000. Contact Marilyn Hoffman at Hoffman International Properties (MarilynHoffmanRealtor.com; 214-6981736 or 214-674-3961). •









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ejoice! Winter has left and is almost a memory, taking with it our dry, flaky skin. And while we’ve spent the first weeks of 2020 layering skin with serums and balms, warmer air, and humidity is just around the corner. How, then, to prep our face and body for sunnier days ahead? We scoured the market for the latest products to help revitalize and rejuvenate the skin for spring—and beyond.  NU SKIN PMD BEAUTY ageLOC True Face Here’s a collection to help your skin spring back into life. ageLOC True Face products combine two scientific skincare advancements: ageLOC which targets the sources of aging and Tru Face FirmPlex to enhance a key component of firm skin. Look for Essence Ultra, a serum in a pearl capsule for a look of refined, sculpted skin; Essence Duet, a dual-chambered moisturizer and gel to treat the neck and décolletage; Essence Ultra Uplifting Cream, a lightweight cream that replenishes skin in 30 seconds, visibly firms and contours in 30 minutes and, improves skin appearance in 30 days. The Galvanic Spa PowerMask is a natural biocellulose mask infused with charged moisture magnets to refresh, hydrate and renew skin. Info: nuskin.com.


PMD Clean Pro/Rose Quartz The PMD Clean Pro is a smart facial cleansing device that has a cleansing brush on one side and a 24K gold plated ActiveWarmth™ heat therapy massager on the other. Apply your favorite cleanser and the silicone bristles deep cleans the skin, breaking down dirt and oil from within the pores and also helps lift, firm and tone skin. Follow with skin serum and use the facial massager that not only feels good on the skin, but allows for deeper absorption of skincare products. The Clean Pro has four modes and is gentle enough for all skin types and comes with a travel case and USB charge cord. Info: pmdbeauty.com.

SKIN SAINT Eye Pads These anti-wrinkle (100 percent medical grade) silicon eye pads use electrostatic energy to eliminate and prevent wrinkles, bags, and creepiness under the eyes and at the crow’s feet area. Collagen structure is improved, blood flow is increased for improved skin tone and plumper skin. Silc Skin pads are waterproof and hypoallergenic. Info: silcskin.com.


Dream Eye Cream A dream for the eyes. The thin skin around the eyes needs special care, being especially susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles. Dream is an anti-aging eye cream with vitamin K, retinoid, and peptides that helps reduce dark circles, while promoting collagen production to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus it’s free of harsh and unsafe chemicals, making it a dream for this delicate area. Info: theskinsaint.com.



Gua Sha Sculptor The Gua Sha Sculptor is a tool to firm, brighten and tone the skin. It’s designed to mimic the effects of Gua Sha facials, which involves scraping a flat jade stone over the skin in specific strokes to lift and define facial contours for a sculpted effect. Similar to jade stones, but more effective, some say, due to a shape that fits around facial curves. It also has an added benefit of releasing muscle tension, boosts blood circulation and promotes lymphatic drainage. With regular use the Gua Sha Sculptor is said to tone skin, promote increased skin elasticity and increase overall radiance. Use it with Osea’s Undaria Argan Oil to add mineral-rich moisture. Info: oseamalibu.com.

Raw Shea Butter Collection The Nubian Heritage Raw Shea Butter Collection, formulated with soy milk, frankincense and myrrh, and available in Age-Defying Hand Cream, Body Wash, Body Lotion, Hand & Body Scrub, Bar Soap and 24-Hour Deodorant, has all you need to protect the skin and fight signs of aging with much needed moisturizing and softening ingredients. Info: nubianheritage. com, vitaminshoppe.com.

PAUSE WELL-AGING LEONOR GREYL Regenerescence Naturelle For hair that’s been trapped under wool caps and hats all winter season, a healthy scalp is key to renewed, healthy hair. Regenerescence Naturelle is a color-safe and natural stimulating and purifying scalp oil. It’s formulated to treat scalp conditions and to target areas of hair loss, with 100 percent natural essential and botanical oils, amino acids, and proteins to nourish and protect hair and encourage growth. Info: leonorgreyl-usa.com.

Pause Discovery Kit “Keep your complexion glowing wherever you’re going”: The limited edition Pause Discovery Kit contains 4-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Treatment (a pre-cleansing to cleanse, tone and remove stubborn makeup without stripping skin of moisture), Hydrating Cleanser (a rinse off, creamy cleanser formulated to support collagen production and brighten and firm skin, and diminish appearance of fine lines and wrinkles) and Collagen Boosting Moisturizer (to help kick collagen production back into gear, restore skin’s density, firmness and elasticity and skin radiance), all in a travel pouch. Info: pausewellaging.com.

GRAYDON SKINCARE Skin Stuff Face + Eye Ceramide Cream If anti-aging ingredients like retinol have you seeing red (on your face), here’s a face/eye cream for skin that reacts to e ver y thing . Sup er Sensitive Skin Stuff Face + Eye Ceramide Cream is infused with a nourishing blend of rose hip seed oil, evening primrose, black currant and pomegranate oils (all rich in skin-loving vitamins). It helps improve skin barrier function and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while calming inflammation. Plus it’s formulated without essential oils, fragrance and chemical ingredients that are often irritating to super sensitive skin. It’s also great for normal skin types, especially when you’ve overdone it with your beauty routine and skin needs a break. Info: graydonskincare.com.

TAILA Prana Face Oil Taila blends the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with the science of skincare tech for a more holistic approach to b e aut y. T he Pr ana Fac e Oi l help s accelerate skin’s renewal process for a healthier complexion. It does this with the help of brahmi, a herb that revs up cell renewal; amla, which softens lines, firms skin and adds radiance; neem, to clarify skin, diminish dark spots and restore elasticity; and rosehip seed oil to neutralize free radicals and protect skin from environmental stressors. Info: tailaskincare.com. •




o the unadventurous eye, March isn’t the most glamorous time of the year. Sure, St. Patrick’s Day and the “wearing of the green” down Fifth Avenue succeeds in elevating spirits after the ominous Ides on the 15th, but unpredictable precipitation and allergy alerts make the month iffy at best. That is, unless you add a few indulgences. I give you a mini-bounty of my favorite “in like a lion, out like a lamb” must-haves. March madness, indeed! MAJOR LEAGUE BLING A NUT ABOVE For many in the stands, as well as those noshing nachos in front of the TV, sportswear falls into the rather ho-hum genre of T-shirts, jerseys, ball caps and sneakers. Period. But Dreamtime Creations founder Cindy Wilson envisioned a more glam take—one that allowed sport-addicted babes to show off their team spirit with Game Time Bling drop earrings, bracelets, pendants and other tantalizing jewelry items made of Austrian and/or Preciosa crystals in favorite team (or school) color combos. And since America’s favorite pastime kicks off on March 29th, it couldn’t hurt to get a jumpstart by scoring a bauble or two. I’m a fan of the baseball bracelets, but it’s pretty much a win-win no matter what you choose! Info: dreamtimecreations.com.

It’s not that I’m a stranger to pecans—my ex-mother-in-law made a killer pecan pie—it’s just I had no idea how healthy and versatile they were. Pecan Nation has set me straight. Not going into every health minutia twist and turn, I will reveal that when compared to fellow nuts they’re among the lowest in carbs, highest in antioxidants and contain thiamin, zinc, copper and manganese, giving them super-nut bragging rights. Catering to “the most discerning pecan palettes,” Georgia-based Pecan Nation has made snacking on pecans immensely easy (8 oz. re-sealable bags), while their variety of flavors—Roasted & Salted, Cinnamon, Gingerbread, Maple Crumbles, and Natural—only add to their allure. Info: thepecannation.com.



It’s simplicity itself: a sublimely soft stretch of fabric, 72-inches long by 29-inches wide. No ruffles, fringe, embroidery or beads, just a built-in superpower: the ability to repel everything from mosquitoes to fleas and other insect-related pests that threaten your enjoyment of the great outdoors. This is Pang Wangle’s Essential Wrap with Insect Shield®. On the beach it’s the perfect sarong; dining al fresco, it’s a chic, lightweight shawl; hiking in areas with ticks and flies, or traveling abroad, it serves as a head and neck covering. As for New Yorkers: think pashmina substitute during spring and summer! Available in a several colors, including neutral Sandstone (my choice) and black. Info: panwangle.com.

It has been brought to my attention that March is Sleep Awareness Month. That said, it would be very wrong indeed if I failed to include the optimum no-brainer sleep aid: the right mattress.


Choosing a mattress, as we all know, can be tricky and bit crazy, which is why you might begin with turning your attention to Current, the new bed-in-a-box that melds hi-tech with craftsmanship for an ideal foam-to-pocketed-coil ratio. Basically, and this was news to me, excessive foam in construction equals trapped body heat (i.e., sweat). Current innovatively attacked this problem, along with issues of dubious alignment and support in its design. It comes with a 20-year warranty, a bonus that definitely helps me sleep better! Info: currentmattress.com.



Placemats. A nice, practical, often pretty item on which to set a plate while keeping your cherished antique dining table unscathed by hot plates and messy entrees. So here I am online checking out Von Gern Home Placemats when I find myself a tad awestruck— by a placemat. OK, not so much a placemat as a piece of art, a circular kaleidoscope of tiny painted beads “inspired by the vibrant color combinations and intricate patterns of jewelry crafted by the Maasai Tribe in Africa”—a festive backdrop for everything from Steak au Poivre to mac and cheese, especially vibrant when March skies turn to grey. Let the feast begin! Info: vongernhome.com.

I know, I know, when it comes to nouveau runway looks anything goes, including (but certainly not limited to) in-your-face bra straps, frequently teamed with back hooks boldly going where no back hooks dared go before. Still, not every woman is so cavalier when open-backed dresses, top or gowns are concerned. Female ingenuity, of course, has solved the problem with BackStory. Starting with the bra (full coverage wearable with or sans straps). It gets better. The bra has a hook and loop fastener that allows the wearer to attach any of BackStory’s amazing covers, with designs incorporating beads, studs, skulls, sequins and more. Catnip to design students and fashionistas—and me! Info: backstorynyc.com.

HEAD OF THE GLASS Writing about wine has become kind of a thing for me. Love the rosés for their blush and panache and whites for their creamy, refreshing everything. But if I have to choose, I generally veer towards the reds—assuming they’re lush, silky, and complex. And while I’m by no means a connoisseur, I find my palate can be persnickety: dry, but not too dry; fruity, but not too fruity, best with an inkling of something unexpected. Like what I discovered in DAOU Vineyards & Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 from their Discovery Collection. Outstanding on all counts. As for the unexpected, I zeroed in on hints of plum, mulberry, fig, and black olives. Info: daouvineyards.com.

FORM & FUSION When it comes to a woman’s wardrobe, statement pieces provide the backbone. In essence, they pull it together. And when I say “it,” I mean the kind of style bouillabaisse that encompasses personality, empowerment, intelligence and clothes. As for covering the “it” bases, Lucy Paris—one of the millennium’s breakthrough brands—knows what women want. Offering a polished mash-up of the elegance, attitude and fun of three fashion-forward cities: Paris, New York and L.A., the line features on-trend takes on the classics. Both iconic and eclectic, thanks to a variety in fabric and design, at Lucy Paris is a study in modern diversity. Personal favorite pairing: Scarlett Knit Top+ the Audrey Belted Dot Pant. Info: lucyparis.com. • MARCH 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 25

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ome who choose an island getaway can’t do without a casino or a nightclub; others come to climb mountains, plumb the deeps, or simply hang out in hammocks. The marvel is that anything is possible. And while it may seem as though one island offers much the same experience as another, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Each island has its own magical identity. The challenge is to pinpoint the island and resort that matches your needs. Here, some places to discover and what we believe some of the best resorts to stay.  MARCH 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 27

ANGUILLA Small enough to feel intimate, Anguilla packs a punch with endless stretches of beach. Only 35 miles long, it offers quiet and long, languid, pampered days and nights. Most sights on the island are of the natural variety. There’s exceptional scuba diving among the reefs, as well as windsurfing, sailing, and snorkeling. Be sure to hop a ferry that will leave you on the French side of St. Martin, where couples can explore the many duty-free shops and relax at a fine restaurant before heading back to your Anguillan hideaway. Info: ivisitanguilla.com.

BEST STAYS Belmond Cap Juluca If the state of being wonderfully spoiled had a capital, it would be called  Cap Juluca.  Don’t believe us? Simply enter your private pool villa overlooking ocean views and be mesmerized by the show-stopping sunsets. The resort is a striking display of white Moorish-style architecture fronting one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches. Come evening, reserve a table steps from the soothing sound of waves at  Pimm’s,  set on a promontory that juts into the sea. When it’s time for sightseeing, hire a taxi for a tour of the island’s art galleries or simply hit the friendly beach bars serving up colorful libations. Info: belmond.com. The Quintessence Hotel Meet the newest hotel on the island— The Quintessence Hotel, one of three Relais & Chateaux properties in the Caribbean. It’s more than a hotel, though. Check-in and the staff makes you feel as if you’re visiting a rich friend for the weekend. The estate has just nine villas and suites and the necessary staff to care to your every need. There’s plenty of peace by the pool, and if you head down to the ocean, you’ll likely be the first making footprints at the private beach that day. The mansion also features priceless art and furnishings. Dine at the five-star restaurant, tour the wine cellar, indulge in custom spa treatments, and relax! Tranquility and wellness are the focus here.  Info: qhotelanguilla.com. 28 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MARCH 2020

ARUBA One of the ABC islands—Bonaire and Curaçao are the others—Aruba is a delightful mix that reflects the numerous cultures that have influenced it over the centuries. Unlike other Caribbean islands, this island is not all green and lush. Instead, it is arid and almost desert-like with lots of cacti and divi-divi trees bending in the wind. Just 15 miles north of Venezuela, this tiny island’s northwestern coast is where you’ll find choice locations for a retreat. Soft sand beaches and secluded coves complete this inviting picture. Be sure to plan an island tour to see the fantastic Ayo Rock Formations and picnic in privacy at Andicuri Beach near the Natural Bridge. And don’t forget to spend a day shopping in Oranjestad, the capital, for excellent duty-free buys from around the world. Info: aruba.com.

BEST STAYS Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino Check-in and make a quick dash to one of the resort’s beachfront pools. You’ll feel exhilarated, with famed Palm Beach stretching before your eyes. Of course, if you’d rather enjoy the briny blue without getting wet, take a submarine ride to the ocean floor, or practice your swing on a desert golf course overlooking the waves. The top-notch concierge staff at this resort makes fulfilling your every wish a breeze. Then tempt fortune in the glittering casino (first-timers beware of those slot machines!). Unwind in a whirlpool under sheltering palms, or settle on your private terrace, perfect for watching boats glide by. Info: hilton.com. Amsterdam Manor Beach Just a short stroll from the gleaming white sands of Eagle Beach, this favorite offers a relaxed boutique hotel with a stylish European air, but with all the services expected in a leading resort. You’ll love that it is housed in a building of warm yellow walls, courtyards, and a red terracotta-tiled roof. Rooms and suites come with stylish furnishings with tropical color schemes. The allinclusive option provides perks including an invitation to the manager’s cocktail party, and unlimited use of floats, snorkels, and mountain bikes.  Info: amsterdammanor.com.


BEQUIA, THE GRENADINES Hilly, green and beautiful golden-sand beaches, Bequia (meaning “island of the cloud”) is just 9 miles south of St. Vincent’s southwestern shore; it’s the largest of the Grenadines. Although boatbuilding and fishing have been the predominant industries here, sailing has now become synonymous with Bequia. Admiralty Bay  is the main anchorage for both privatelyowned and chartered yachts. Near the ferry dock at Port Elizabeth, you’ll find restaurants, and shops brimming with handmade souvenirs— including the sought-after model sailboats that are a famous Bequia export. Come spring, be sure to join in  The Easter Regatta, held during the holiday weekend when revelers gather to watch boat races and celebrate the island’s maritime traditions with food, music, dancing, and competitive games.

BEST STAYS The Liming Bequia The philosophy behind The Liming embodies the local approach to Caribbean life—the art of doing nothing. Guests can choose from an array of spacious and modern one- to fivebedroom Villas and Junior Suite. The  Gingerlilly Mansion  is a five-suite bedroom house that sits majestically on the ridgeline above The Liming. With a plunge pool on one end and a freshwater swimming pool on the other, The Gingerlilly Mansion is perfect for friends and families vacationing together with its large dining room and five well-appointed bedrooms with ocean views and more. The one- and two-bedroom Villas feature private infinity pools. For travelers looking for the ultimate privacy, the exclusive one-bedroom Junior Suite has its private terrace, which enhances the suite’s airy, open-plan setting. Be sure to take a break from all this luxury and head to The Liming Restaurant,  which offers a fresh island menu of seafood, fruits, and vegetables. The restaurant can also arrange meals, including a BBQ for hotel guests in the privacy of their villas or suite. Also available is an exceptional wine list with a hand-picked selection of fine wines from around the world.  The resort also provides spa services that can be arranged in the villa/suite. Massage treatments include aromatherapy, hot stone, Swedish, and deep tissue. Info: thelimingbequia.com.

Bequia Beach Hotel


Bequia Beach Hotel Located on  Friendship Bay, this boutique property is an excellent choice for a relaxing beach getaway or family vacation. The hotel has 14 luxury beachfront suites—all near the main pool. Large family suites can accommodate four. The Penthouse Suite features a Jacuzzi with the ultimate sea view set back on the hillside. All rooms have unique décor reminiscent of the 1930s-style vibe (antique travel posters, leather trunks, four-poster beds) complete the picture. Nearby, six gingerbread-style, cottages, offer either one or two bedrooms; three have a kitchenette and private plunge pool. The four-bedroom Presidential Villa has a private infinity pool. The  Blue Tropic Restaurant, open in the high season, features Italian cuisine in a cozy, romantic setting; there’s also a casual beach bar. Info: bequiabeach.com.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC It’s the Caribbean’s best-kept secret: a haven for lazing days away on beautiful beaches with warm turquoise waters lined with coconut palms. At night, it’s fast-paced with a beat all its own and sizzling merengue dancing beneath the stars. Beach lovers, golfers (there are more than 25 courses), and water sports aficionados love to visit the DR. Spend your time at the Seaquarium and swim with the dolphins in Punta Cana. And by all means, try the potent local rum concoctions. Info: godominicanrepublic.com.

BEST STAYS Casa de Campo Undoubtedly, it’s the most luxurious resort on the island—if not the entire Caribbean. Featuring three world-renowned golf courses, Casa de Campo is a golfer’s dream destination. Of course, there’s plenty to do for non-golfers: There’s the beach, the spa, the pools, the shops, the marina, and don’t forget the equestrian center. The sanctuary-like spa offers therapies using natural products made on-site. All rooms come with a golf cart, making travel throughout the resort a snap (though after indulging at a few of the property’s many restaurants, you may just choose to walk). Info: casadecampo.com.do.    Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort  Guests continue to return to this Bávaro Beach all-inclusive, praising the ample activities, and delectable food. The  Punta Cana  resort’s restaurants offer a range of cuisines including Mediterranean, Asian, French, and Spanish. Additionally, guests have access to a slew of property amenities such as a fitness center, pools (including one for kids), a spa, tennis courts and a game room. Plus, room rates cover evening entertainment and green fees at a nearby course. All accommodations feature twin or king-sized beds, hydro-massage tubs, private terraces or balconies, stocked minibars and flat-screen TVs. Info: melia.com.

GRENADA This island is bound to add a little spice to your life. Nicknamed the Spice Island, Grenada is picture-postcard perfect with close to 50 white-sand beaches on this island. The varying terrain of high mountain ranges, velvety tropical forests and waterfalls offers no end to memorable outdoor excursions. Be sure to visit Grand Etang National Park, which provides some of the best hiking possibilities in the Caribbean. Before leaving this hideaway, you’ll want to visit the island’s sister isles, diminutive Petit Martinique and Carriacou for a funfilled day. Info: puregrenada.com.

Spice Island Beach Resort

Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort

BEST STAYS Book a stay at the luxurious Spice Island Beach Resort located on Grand Anse Beach. Luxurious suites include garden suites with terraces that spill out onto the sand while swaying hammocks offer relaxation. The pool suites boast outdoor patios with a pool. Why not enjoy breakfast as you watch hummingbirds dart from blossom to blossom. The all-inclusive rate includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, premium drinks, and afternoon tea. Guests can play tennis, take a bike ride, relax and nap under a beach umbrella, or go snorkeling and kayaking. Janissa’s Spa features specialties such as hot-stone massages, chocolate wraps—Grenada is famous for its chocolate—and bamboo massages. Each massage room has its own shower. There’s also a fitness center and musical entertainment in the evenings. The elegant restaurant,  Oliver’s, serves an eclectic dinner menu that includes dishes such as pan-seared grouper with tomato confit and spice-rubbed duck leg with roasted pumpkin. Info: spiceeislandbeachresort.com. Mount Cinnamon Resort This boutique hotel mixes the best of old Grenada (historic plantations) and new (modern) amenities. The one-bedroom suites and villas are nestled among gardens and feature bursts of tropical colors in the sitting areas, as well as modern kitchens. In contrast, the colonial-style buildings boast red-tile roofs that add historic charm—which is also evident at the popular  Savvy’s  restaurant. This lively spot is a destination not only for guests, but locals thanks to its traditional West Indian menu (local seafood and banana bread crumble are some of the specialties). Outdoor activities include a swimming pool, tennis court, beach volleyball, daily yoga sessions, and non-motorized water sports. But if you simply want to hang out on the beach—that’s OK too.  Info: mountcinnamongrenadahotel.com. 


JAMAICA One of the largest Caribbean islands, Jamaica has misty, purpleemerald Blue Mountains, powdery beaches, and royal blue waters. The hills dazzle with brilliant flowers, cascading waterfalls, and trees full of exotic birds and delicious fruit. Jamaicans have a word for feeling happy and alive—irie—and that’s the way you’ll feel. Here, you’ll find every kind of recreation from water sports, horseback riding, golf and tennis to mountain climbing, river rafting, and canoeing. Info: visitjamaica.com.

BEST STAYS Bluefields Bay Villas This collection of six villas on Jamaica’s unspoiled south coast epitomizes luxury coupled with the island’s natural beauty. Local attractions including YS Falls and Black River boating tours can be arranged. There’s also snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and kayaking available. The trained chefs work with local fishermen and farmers to showcase West Indian cuisine at its best. The popular Hermitage Villa has a particularly grandiose aesthetic that makes you feel close to the outdoors: Natural Jamaican stone, mahogany, and cedar were used in the three-bedroom villa’s traditional design. The house was designed to maximize the sea breezes. A simply relaxing setting: Soak up the rays on the perched pool deck or head to the private stretch of waterfront for a swim. Info: bluefieldsvillas.com.   Royalton White Sands This all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay is for families looking to kick back in the sun with plenty of on-site amenities. Parents can relax knowing their kids are supervised at the on-site clubs. Or, families can spend time together enjoying the water park, beach volleyball court, and more. For adults, the resort offers fitness instruction, cooking classes, scuba lessons, and entertainment held in an open-air theater. All rooms and suites offer modern amenities and private balconies or terraces. When dinnertime rolls around, choose to grab drinks or a meal at one of the resort’s five bars, nine restaurants, and two graband-go eateries. Info: royaltonresorts.com.

Bluefields Bay Villas

ST. LUCIA Biking, hiking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, nature watching-you name it and St. Lucia’s got it. Hiking is a favorite. Trek through the luxuriant rainforest, keeping an eye peeled for orioles, black finches, and rare St. Lucian parrots. Gaze out on the sea as majestic frigate birds soar overhead. Look down to spot wild mushrooms, and up to admire bromeliads and orchids clinging to trees. Inhale the scent of jasmine. Wherever you go the twin Piton Mountains dominate your view, a delightful reminder that the best-loved celebrity on St. Lucia is Mother Nature. Info: st.lucia.org.

BEST STAYS Anse Chastanet Here’s a hideaway that overlooks both the tranquil waters of the Caribbean and the vibrant green peaks of the twin Pitons. But more important than the view is the way you take it in, without even a window frame to obscure the scene. Once you’ve spent some time enjoying the breeze and listening to birdsong, answer the call of the wild. You can cruise on a mountain bike along 12 miles of jungle trails, take a leisurely hike to the island’s famous walk-in volcano, soak in the mineral baths near Soufriere, and snorkel slowly along coral reefs so shallow; you won’t miss a single fish. Info: ansechastanet.com.

Anse Chastanet


East Winds Inn Occupying 12 acres along St. Lucia’s La Brelotte Beach, the inn provides a relaxing oasis for those looking for a low-key yet luxurious escape. All rooms features a private, shaded terrace or patio and all the amenities you could wish for. And because the inn comprises only 30 rooms, staff can happily provide individualized service to guests. Within steps to the sandy shore, visitors can snorkel, kayak or sail; the all-inclusive room rates cover equipment rentals for all water sports. Or, perhaps take a dip in the outdoor pool or sip a cocktail at the swim-up pool bar. Once the sun sets, try Caribbean and internationally-inspired meals at the resort’s on-site restaurant. Info: eastwinds.com. •




ith its lush green countryside, charming villages, and quaint B&Bs, the Emerald Isle is an idyllic getaway that blends history with rugged outdoor pursuits. Since Ireland is the size of West Virginia, it’s easy to navigate and experience all there is to see by car.


GO WEST To start your trip on a leisurely note, fly into Shannon Airport in Co. Clare on the west coast. It’s quieter pace makes customs a breeze. Also, if you depart from Shannon, you’ll experience one of the best duty-free shops (in fact, duty-free originated here). From Shannon, it’s a quick drive north to one of Ireland’s most breathtaking sights, the famed Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs rise in places to over 700 feet, straight out of the Atlantic, and extend for nearly five miles. There’s a walking trail along the top that’s a must-do for hikers.  Just off the Atlantic Coast in Co. Galway, are the spectacular Aran Islands, one of the last outposts of Gaelic civilization. Ruins cover the islands, making them perfect for exploration. Irish is still the language of its inhabitants, and traditional Irish food is served at its numerous pubs. A ferry runs several times daily from the town of Doolin, four miles south of the Cliffs of Moher. And if the seas aren’t to your liking, relax in the village of Doolin where the pubs are renowned for their foot-tapping Irish music. Kick back with a Guinness and enjoy the rocky scenery outside the pub doors.

Bunratty Castle

If you’re a history buff, however, don’t miss the town of Bunratty, also located in  Co. Clare. It resembles our Williamsburg, Virginia; part of the town has been preserved and restored to give visitors a picture of life in days gone by. See old Irish homes at the  Bunratty Folk Park, celebrate at a medieval banquet, held twice nightly in Bunratty Castle, and stop by Durty Nellie’s, which claims to be the oldest bar in all Ireland. Where To Stay  Dromoland Castle  This majestic five-star property is the ancestral home of the O’Briens, whose lineage goes back one thousand years to High King of Ireland, Brian Boru. Its sumptuous décor and excellent food are reasons to stay indoors but are rivaled by the top-class golf course and 400 acres to explore. Info: dromoland.ie.

Dromoland at Dusk Rock of Cashel

Adare Manor Hotel Guests at the posh estate will find every possible comfort, including fishing, horseback riding, golf, and swimming. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful place. Info: adaremanor.com.

IT’S NOT ALL BLARNEY Traveling toward the center of Ireland, you’ll find its most famous tourist destination—Blarney Castle in Co. Cork. Yes, you really can kiss the Blarney Stone, which is believed to be half of the Scottish Stone of Scone. Just be prepared to hand off your camera, purse, and glasses before you bend over from the top of the ancient castle to kiss the stone, which is guaranteed to give you the gift of eloquence (otherwise known as the gift of the gab). After seeing Blarney Castle, be sure to stop at the Blarney Woolen Mills, the ultimate shopping destination for all things Irish.  A short drive east from Blarney Castle, you’ll find the  Rock of Cashel, an imposing stronghold that overlooks the town of Cashel. The medieval castle and monastery are open to visitors year-round, and afterward, it’s a quick walk to the town’s many restaurants and pubs.


The town of Waterford, south and east of Cashel, is famed for its exquisite crystal. The factory offers daily tours, and you’ll get the opportunity to see just how much work goes into creating those lovely crystal pieces. Where To Stay Faithlegg Manor Entering Faithlegg sweeps you back in time to a more elegant and graceful period, with fine gourmet dining, crystal chandeliers, and grand fireplaces. Treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage or European facial in their  Estuary Club, take a swim in their pool, or enjoy some quiet time in the Jacuzzi or sauna. Or, perhaps, hit the links on the fabulous par 72 championship golf course. Faithlegg is a dream. Info: faithlegg.com

Faithlegg House Exterior Dublin Street Scene

DUBLIN’S FAIR CITY If you are a city dweller at heart, then you’ll love Dublin and its hustle and bustle environment. Hotels surround the main pedestrian thoroughfare, Grafton Street, where you’ll find shopping galore and the best people-watching in all Ireland. If there’s a football (soccer) match note that Grafton Street is where the revelers will come should Ireland win big. At one end of Grafton Street, Trinity College is open for tours, and you can see the famous Book of Kells. Many cathedrals are also open for tours, including St. Patrick’s. If you’re not sure what to see first, take a quick bus tour of the city—you’ll see it’s easy to navigate, and you’ll be sure to discover something interesting. For a real taste of Ireland, take a tour of  Guinness Brewery  and sample the wares at their bar afterward. Or, if you prefer whiskey  Jamison Distillery  on the River Liffey offers frequent tours and tastings. Also on the River Liffey, you’ll find  O’Shea’s Merchant, a pub offering traditional Irish music and dancing nightly. If you haven’t had enough nightlife, be sure to visit the Temple Bar area, off Dame Street. Here, in the middle of Dublin, you’ll meet a global crowd from dozens of countries over drinks and dinner, and you’re sure to leave the Emerald Isle having made a few new friends.

Where To Stay The Merrion Hotel has it all: period charm, an unbeatable location in the heart of the city, and genuinely excellent levels of service. Behind an impressive Georgian façade, interiors feature open turf fires and antique furniture. Don’t miss the hotel’s impressive collection of Irish art; you could spend hours admiring the pieces on display. Service is highly efficient and courteous, with a welcome note of Irish informality. There’s a beautiful courtyard garden—a rarity in a central Dublin hotel—and a tranquil spa with a blue-tiled pool. Info: merrionhotel.com The Merrion Hotel Gardens

For more information Ireland’s attractions and road trips, visit ireland.com. • MARCH 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 35



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apan is an island country filled with wondrous sites, exotic foods, and gracious people. And with just five months before the torch ignites the flame at the Summer Olympics, it’s prep time. So, in addition to booking your hotel rooms and flights immediately, you need to become Japan-savvy when it comes to customs and practices.

Shinkansen bullet train with Mt. Fuji view



English is taught throughout Japan. But this doesn’t mean that everyone speaks English. On top of this, the Japanese people can be shy. If you have no mastery of the language, arm yourself with Google Translate and a phrasebook like Just Enough Japanese, and always carry a card with your destination written in Japanese.  


For visitors used to public transportation, the Japanese transit system will still feel daunting. It’s extensive and efficient and covers everywhere you’d want to go, but it’s confounding. Metros, subways, and trains all crisscross at various stations like Shinjuku and Tokyo, two of the busiest (and largest) commuter hubs in the world, and you can easily get confused searching for a line or an exit. Google Maps is helpful, as are station attendants. But don’t count on passersby to know where you need to go—it’s possible they’re as confused as you are and, then, there’s the language barrier. Japan’s train network is far-reaching and everything runs on time. If you plan to travel countrywide, book a  Japan Rail Pass  before you arrive in Japan for significant savings. For more tips, check out JR Rail Pass info online, The Beginner’s Guide to Train Travel in Japan at The Man in Seat 61, and train and plane schedules at Hyperdia. Travel as light as you can. Changing trains and running upstairs and escalators are challenging, as is locating storage space on transit if your luggage is leading you instead of the reverse. Think wash-and-wear clothing as you pack for your trip.

Onodera Ginza, Tokyo ©Meryl Pearlstein


ATMs in Japan work only with Japanese bank cards. Plan to arrive in Japan with yen in hand in the event you can’t find a place to change money when you land. Your best bet will be the ATMs at 7-11’s and Family Marts located: it seems, every two blocks. Japan is largely a cash-based country, too, so don’t count on using credit cards exclusively. 


Shinkansen ©Meryl Pearlstein


Taxis are expensive in Japan. Personally, I love taxis because I’d rather see more of the city above ground than below, but given the traffic, they’re just not practical. On the plus side, taxis are extremely clean, and some have heated seats. Doors open and close automatically and you can use credit cards. Larger, accessible JPN Taxis by Toyota, some with hybrid engines, are gradually replacing workhorse Toyota Crowns in anticipation of the 2020 Summer Olympics.


Be an adventurous diner. Eschew the boring American chains. For a burger fix, hit up MOS Burger  where you can enjoy Japanese permutations like ebi or tusukune rice. I’d prefer that you try some of the eclectic street food found at izakayas and bars. My favorites? Yakitori (skewers), fish cakes, okonomiyaki (egg pancakes), ramen, and chopped octopus balls called takoyaki. Some of the best fast-casual options are at department store food halls and in theme-specific lanes like Ramen Street at Tokyo Station.  Japan offers sushi and sashimi options to meet all budgets. Conveyor-belt sushi, where you pay according to the number of plates chosen, offers quality at a fair price. Medium-priced sushi is popular for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For a truly remarkable experience, omakase dining with selections chosen by the chef can be had for a price but are worth it for the precision and quality. Non-fish eaters have vegetable, pickle, and soup options, and carnivores will love Japan’s exquisitely marbled wagyu beef. 


Major tourist hubs are crowded. Tokyo can feel like New York City or Hong Kong on steroids. Subway pushers crowd people onto trains. Late workers (the norm in Japan) fill stations well past 8 pm. And people queue up patiently for everything from apple pie and pancakes to drip coffee. If constant chaos is not your thing, consider traveling beyond Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka to areas easily accessed by Shinkansen high-speed bullet trains where you’ll have experiences that are authentic and immersive without the masses.  If the throngs of gawkers at Tokyo’s  Tsukiji  and  Toyosu  fish markets give you the shakes, you can have an enjoyable experience with top-quality fish sampling at the Furukawa Fish Market  in Aomori in the Tohoku region. Instead of fighting crowds at the  Shinto Meiji Shrine  in Shibuya or the  Sensoji Buddhist Temple  in Asakusa, visit the Yahiko Shrine  in Niigata. There, you’ll have the parkland area pretty much to yourself and a chance to pray in pure silence. Vegetarian choices ©Meryl Pearlstein

Tokyo, Shinjuku ©Meryl Pearlstein


Bring a stack of business cards. It’s customary to offer your card as an introduction but note the proper etiquette. Hold your card in both hands, face-up, as you bow in greeting. Hugs and shaking hands are the exception rather than the rule. But you won’t be considered completely rude if you forget and say goodbye with a fond embrace. Japan is a no-tipping country. While you might be tempted to round up your bill or leave spare change on the table, don’t. You might be surprised when a server follows you to return your coins, or when the bills left for your chambermaid remain untouched. Leaving a tip is as foreign to the Japanese as not leaving one is to us. 


One custom that I still haven’t gotten used to is waiting for red lights to turn green before crossing a street. In Japan, people wait in orderly fashion whether there’s traffic on the road or not. And don’t even think about jaywalking in Japan—it’s just not done. Walking and eating are frowned upon in Japan, too. If you’re in a rush, buy your snack or sandwich and stand next to the counter to eat before you hit the streets. In this über-clean country, trash barrels are scarce, another good reason not to munch on the go. For more information on  Japan, visit  Japan National Tourism Organization at japan.travel/en. • MARCH 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 39


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St. Andrew’s Board Chris Scoates, Michele Cohen

Sara McCann, Nancy Richter, Kathy Leone, Laura Munder

Billy Kay, Maria João de Almeida da Cruz Diniz, David Murphy, Anne Teasdale

Jeannie Sui Wonders, Anna Sui, Barbara Gifford, LaVon Kellner

Gigi Benson, Johanna Kandel, Jodi Luntz

Larry Cole, Michaela J. Murphy, Thomas Halket, Robert Munro, Samuel F. Abernethy, Dr. Doreen Wray Roth Nancy Richter

Leslie Denninger, Fred MacEachron, Eileen Meldrum, Bernie Meldrum

The Breakers staff and volunteers


Marsy Mittlemann, Susan Ach, Pam Levine

Tina Livanos, Bryna Pomp, Martin Pomp




Alexia Leuschen, Sarah Wetenhall, Andrew Wetenhall

Martin Gruss, Audrey Gruss Bonnie Comley, Lenny Lane, Frankie Lane, Stewart F. Lane

Anka Palitz, Whitney Schott, Christine Schott Ledes Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley, Maya Johnson, Jose Gonzalez

Michel Cox Witmer, Eleanora Kennedy

Susan Lloyd, Marc Rosen

Eleanora Kennedy, Cathy Ingram, Kristin MacDonald

Muffy Miller, Betsy Shiverick, Kristin Fisher, Jessica Guff, Drew Guff Cliff Washer, James F. Comley, Carol Washer

Haden Hosford, Dr. Herbert Gould, Lisbeth Barron

Rich Wilkie, Beth Rudin De Woody, Bram Majtlis, Nick Gold




Jean Shafiroff, Consul general Laurent Gallissot, Elizabeth Stribling, CeCe Black Heidi Roberts, Allen Roberts

Geoffrey Bradfield, Ronald Lee Fleming, and friends Brandi Olseth, Jill Dachis, Eric Buechel, Jeff Dachis, Ben Medabalmi


Jean Shafiroff, Robin Baker Leacock, Missy Hargraves, Christine Schott Ledes

Danielle Rollins, Bill Richards, Bea Cayzer, Christine Pressman

Della Rounick, Maria Fishel, Ava Roosevelt Jennifer Herlein, Denis de Kergorlay

Michael Kovner, Jean Doyen de Montaillou

Camille Buttress, Allen Roberts, Carole Westfall

Christophe Caron, Franck Laverdin, Mathieu-Francois Spannagel


Jean Shafiroff, Christine Schott Ledes, Ruth Miller, Jayne Chase, Paola Rosenshein, Amy Hoadley, Danielle Rollins




Jim Dove & Hard Hatted Bartenders Maarten Vandersman, Antonio G. del Rosario, Brian Phillips, Ashley Joffe, Regina Wierbowski

Jim Dove & Bob Carey

Peter Wilson, Scott Sanders, Bob Henckels, Burl Salmon

Rich Wilkie & Steven Stolman

Miles Chapin, Linette Semino

Stephen Kliegerman, Sarah OrlinskyMaitland, Jarrod Randolph

Stephen Lascher, Jarrod Randolph, Sarah Orlinsky-Maitland

The Ehnes Quartet, Edward Arron, James Ehnes, Amy Schwartz Moretti, Richard O’Neill

Doug Evans, Arnaud Sussmann, Peter Gottsegen

Dr. Mehmet Oz, Lisa Oz, Vicki Kellogg, Arnaud Sussmann

Mikolaj Bauer, Sonia Bauer, Krystian von Speidel

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heers, dears! March is my favorite month: it’s still cozy cold, but signs of spring slowly get us out of hibernation. It’s also when I turn a year younger, at least at heart (although with my L.Raphael skincare regimen, I can argue more). The city is still a bit sleepy this time of year, when snowbirds down south are just thinking about packing, so you can get a table at 11 Madison without the dreaded “5:30 or 10:30” option (really?) Thankfully there’s plenty to do this month, and not just in New York.

Napoleon House Pimms Cup



For starters, bookmark the swanky Pierre Hotel for a dose of Broadway on the Upper East Side. The landmark property celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, with a future dotted with live entertainment and events, like Broadway at the Pierre,” a cabaret series bringing the best from the stage to its classic and trendy  Two E Lounge.  Last year, it premiered performances from Phantom of the Opera, featuring Jeremy Stolle (The Phantom), Meghan Picerno (Christine), and John Riddle (Raoul). But don’t fret, friends: This May, the lounge will host an encore performance—a perfect Mother’s Day gift. “More than 30 years after its debut, The Phantom of The Opera continues to excite audiences here and all over the world,” said the hotel’s general manager, François-Olivier Luiggi. “We are thrilled to give fans the chance to hear cast members share songs and stories in the intimate, elegant setting of our Two E Lounge.” During the performance, guests can indulge in show-inspired à la carte menu items like a dark chocolate mousse with a salted carmel center topped with house made popcorn and garnished with Tahitian vanilla ice cream. Cocktail lovers will enjoy the drama of “Music of The Night,” featuring Hudson Rye, cherry Heering, and house made hickory syrup. Info: thepierreny.com/nyc-entertainment.


Bailey loves his libations and is obsessed of late with Mod Selection, a luxury Champagne produced in the Vallee de Marne region that was previously unavailable outside of France. Until now! The vintage comes to America courtesy of Brent Hocking, wine and spirits industry mogul and founder of  DeLeón Tequila  and  Virginia Black Whiskey. Prized for its delicate extraction and superior juice selection, the Champagne is produced using precise settling, natural clarification—and rigorous fermentation controls. “The meticulous process and purity of this Champagne throughout all variants are simply stunning,” says Hocking. He has been working with a family in Champagne for years to make careful considerations and aging adjustments to create a superior product. Among its selections are a Mod Sélection Réserve Vintage 2008, which exudes a noticeable elegance and finesse in the bead and aromas of vibrant, ripe fruit opens beautifully in the glass. Or try the  Mod Sélection Rosé Vintage 2008, boasting a remarkable deep-salmon hue, emblematic of the rare Saignée method. You’ll taste an immediate focus of concentrated and complex fresh red fruit—strawberry, blood orange, and plum. Then, honey, ginger, and sweet spice, true of such a vintage. Info: modselectionchampagne.com.


When you’re experiencing Big City extravagance, one must look the part— including a trendy ‘do. Look no further than Arsen Gurgov, the celebrated hairstylist who rules the roost from his tony East 60th Street studio. Gurgov, who has worked with everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Emmy Possum, has an intuitive understanding of what looks will match what face. It’s all about the shape and size of the head, bone structure, color, skin type, and personality. He’s also on top of trends (this season it’s the “bob,” favored by Anna Wintour and sometimes Kim Kardashian). But his special is Keratin, an elaborate hair straightening process. It’s the best way to manage unruly, frizzy hair. Gurgov, known as “the Keratin whisperer,” is the master. “Keratin is a protein that hair misses when it turns frizzy,” says Gurgov, who shot to fame for his role in the Today show’s Ambush Makeover series. “The Keratin treatment restores the needed protein and makes curly strands soft and sleek so you can style your hair the way you want without a salon blowout. But it’s not just the product you use; it’s how it’s applied. One size does not fit all hair types.” Info: arsengurgov.com.


Bailey loves a Michelin star experience, but he also loves his creature comforts. Including a cozy pub to spend a cold, rainy day. And his all-time favorite is The Spotted Dog, an Irish bar on the Upper East Side. It is a truly local experience, filled with friendly faces, attentive and genuine bartenders and servers, and delicious fare. Think Irish burritos, burgers (beef, black bean vegan, and even “the impossible”), chicken sandwiches, fish and chips, and, yes—a hot dog made with beef from Feldman’s of Coney Island with braised brisket, mustard, and red tomato jam. A kid at heart (and wallet), I’m also keen to a tomato bisque and grilled cheese — the ultimate guilty pleasure. The setting is casual, relaxing, and pleasing to the eye: a modern-day Cheers where you can sip away. Promising “revelry and fare,”  The Spotted Dog  is bound to become your favorite, too. Info: thespotteddognyc.com. 46 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MARCH 2020


Anyone who has ever visited Paris’ George V Hotel knows Jeff Leatham. The American florist, famous for his unabashed explosions of color and creativity, is a celebrity in his own right, and his fame extends far across the Atlantic. Now the most in-demand florist, he designs events for celebrities like Oprah, Cher and Tina Turner, in addition to the Four Seasons Hotels in Beverly Hills and Philadelphia. But this spring, you need not stay at a five-star hotel or buddy up to a celebrity to see Leatham’s genius. Through the season, he will be exhibiting  Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope  at the  New York Botanical Garden’s  annual  Orchid Show. His surprising, captivating designs, using thousands of orchids, will transform each gallery of the exhibition in NYBG’s historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a mosaic of color. Leatham will use orchids of every conceivable shape and provenance, including rare and iconic specimens. “Color is the first and most important aspect of my work, always,” the artist said. “I want every gallery to be a different color experience for visitors as they move through them, like looking into a kaleidoscope. I loved kaleidoscopes as a child. You start dreaming as you look through one. I want people to look through them like never before.” The exhibition will go through April 19th. Info: nybg.org. 


Outside of New York, I was dazzled by another destination recently, and one place in particular: The International House  in New Orleans, a boutique hotel steps away from the French Quarter. Housed in a Beaux Arts-style building dating back to 1906, the hotel effortlessly blends that history with a modern vibe and artistic flair. The hotel, owned by NOLA entrepreneur Sean Cummings and designed by LM Pagano, is a feast for all with art and international influences like a tufted ottoman covered in a swirling garnet brocade in the lobby, an array of velvet slipper chairs and brocade club chairs, a vintage West African carved mahogany King Bench, two large African drums that serve as side tables, and a richly carved Walga throne from the Ivory Coast. And that’s just the lobby! The guest rooms are spacious, modern, and convenient as well. Most interestingly, the hotel has gained local and national prominence for its embrace of the arts and culture, including a recent celebration of writer Charles Bukowski, whose books captured the soul of New Orleans like no other. Next time you’re in NOLA, be sure to stay (or stop by at least!). Info: ihhotel.com. The Big Easy is also home to the  Napoleon House, a restaurant and bar housed in a 200-year old building that stands tall in the French Quarter. The setting shows its age—patinated walls, uneven tile floors, and old wooden bar—but that doesn’t stop locals and visitors from congregating in this neighborhood favorite, which was painstakingly restored by NOLA’s venerated Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group. And it’s not just the scenery that brings crowds by the busloads. Chef Chris Montero has infused his Creole roots into its menu, including the legendary New Orleans classic Muffuletta, a hearty sandwich of cured meats and cheese, slathered with a tangy olive salad dressing piled onto a sesame-crusted Italian loaf. You also can’t leave without savoring a Pimm’s Cup, a gin-based aperitif mixed with fresh lemonade, 7-Up, and a sliver of cucumber. Info: napoleonhouse.com. 


Heading to Florida? Don’t miss the 11th annual International Gay Polo Tournament  April 2-5 in Wellington. Why not enjoy a weekend getaway filled with parties, polo matches, and capped off with a Sunday brunch at members-only Mallet Grill? Hailed as a “chic destination fête for wander lusters and polo enthusiasts alike,” this year’s tournament is sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real Estate and benefits SAGE, the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to serving and advocating LGBT’s older adults. “I am so proud and thankful to our supporters for ushering us into our 11th year,” says founder and player Chip McKenney. “This event is a global sensation, but we have also turned the game of polo into a platform for human rights. It is a feel-good event in every way and one that is not to be missed!” Info: gaypolo.com/tickets. • MARCH 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 47



ith high-tech products debuting nearly every month, we thought what better way to start off the decade than giving readers a must-have list. Everything from Smart Homes to food, it’s all here. STREAMING FOR COUCH POTATOES

GLORIOUSLY IMPOSSIBLE FOOD Pe r h a p s o n e o f t h e m o s t significant developments to aid global warming could be the development of plant-based meat, which mimics the look and taste of the real thing without the negative impact. The recent introduction of the Impossible Burger  has sp aw ne d  Imp o s sibl e Por k . Expect to get to see Impossible Seafood  in the future!  Info: impossiblefoods.com.

There is nothing wrong with television, which is arguably enjoying a renaissance as an art form with movie quality scripts and space to develop stories beyond the traditional Hollywood format. In recent years streaming has gathered pace with services such as Netflix, Hulu, and  HBO. More recently, apps such as  AppleTV, Disney+, and networks such as NBC’s Peacock are all getting in on the action to take advantage of ‘cord-cutters’ as those who eschew cable TV are known. The downside of this revolution moving from one streaming service to another—and remember your passwords. To the rescue comes  Dabby, a box that enables you to integrate your streaming subscriptions in one place and in one location manage subscriptions. Info: heydabby.com.


CONNECTING YOUR HOME Google, Apple, Samsung, Bosch, and Amazon  are working to create technological ecosystems inside your home to lock you into their products. From refrigerators w it h inte g r ate d s c re e ns to washing machines with artificial intelligence, the fight is on for your home’s soul. Once you commit, you will find it hard to turn back.  Among this year’s exciting new home products, the  GE Kitchen Hub Microwave has a TV screen which enables you to access cooking videos, or simply keep up with The Walking Dead while your pizza is being microwaved.  Info: geappliances.com/ge/kitchenhub.

Makeup can be seen as having avoided becoming driven by technology. Perhaps though this is not going to be the case going forward. Here are three innovations to enjoy.


In the past few years, intense interest has gone into developing health monitoring systems and software so that you can take control of your health through measuring metrics quickly at home. It will soon seem so oldfashioned to create one data point per year at an annual physical for you and your doctor to determine your wellness. One of the pioneers in this field, Withings will be introducing their new ScanWatch, which launches this year. Readings include an electrocardiogram (ECG), photoplethysmography for optical heart rate, SpO2 for blood oxygen, and more in-depth sleep analysis that can detect sleep apnea. Info: withings.com. 

The Prinker S temporary tattoo machine can print a tattoo that lasts for up to 3 days like an inkjet printer. Ideal for those rash ideas which can have an element of being too reckless to be permanent. Info: prinker.us.  Take foundation to the extreme with Proctor & Gambles Opte, a handheld printer that identifies and puts the right amount of pigmentation to cover up any blemishes or dark spots. The integrated camera works with a safe blue LED light to find even the most subtle age spots. A patented precision skincare algorithm analyzes the spots in realtime. Optimizing Serum is applied precisely to each spot, camouflaging it instantly and fading its appearance over time. Think of it as real-life photoshop. Info: opteskin.com.  Personalize makeup products with L’Oreal’s Perso system, which enables you to create colors—just for you. It’s so clever that it will identify your skin type and suggest products based on your local climate—because, of course, you’re worth it! Info:lorealusa.com.


AND FINALLY…. The Charmin Roll Bot can bring you a toilet roll in the event of a personal emergency. What more can one say? Info: pglifelab.com. •

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pread along Fort Lauderdale’s pristine beachfront, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort pairs Old Florida seaside grandeur with modern elegance. In 2019 alone, it earned a “Top 30 Resorts in Florida” from Condé Nast Traveler and a “Silver Badge” for “Best Hotels in Fort Lauderdale” from the  U.S. News & World Report. Simply put, visitors can expect a chic, coastal, waterfront retreat. Part of the Noble House Hotels & Resorts collection, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, is one of the only actual beachfront, boutique resorts along Fort Lauderdale’s coast. In other words, there are no roads or traffic between the rooms and water once you are at the resort. The Pelican Grand also holds the distinction of having Fort Lauderdale’s only “lazy river” (a shallow pool-like river) overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  50 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MARCH 2020


Outdoor activities aside, once at the Pelican Grand, there is little need to go off-property. Its 144 spacious guest rooms were part of a $7 million renovation completed last year, and all offer excellent views of the day’s sunrise/sunsets from private balconies. Those seeking the resort’s highest yet attainable level of luxury ought to look into its aptlynamed Sky Suite  penthouse. This private paradise boasts the very best views and the most significant outdoor space on the water in Fort Lauderdale with a 1,100-square-foot balcony, complete with a rooftop shower, sunning area, and a MicroSilk tub with chromotherapy and light therapy. There’s also a state-of-the-art marble steam shower. The suite also features a dining room and living room, a private elevator, a wet bar, and stocked Nespresso amenities. 


OCEAN2000, its waterfront restaurant, offers a seafood-centric menu of contemporary American cuisine. It is the sort of spot that can offer Fish Tacos, Shrimp Salad Sliders, and Classical Reinvented Cocktails. Sundays at OCEAN2000  features an unlimited Bloody Mary Bar and a large variety of doit-yourself stations for an unforgettable brunch. Just steps away from the restaurant are The Emporium, an old-fashioned, 1950’s-inspired ice cream shop, which serves coffee treats, sundaes, shakes, banana splits, and house-made, gourmet bakery items. The highlight of my visit, however, was the PURE Spa. Located on the resort’s 11th-floor rooftop, PURE naturally offers breathtaking views of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Expect whitewashed wooden floors, and green accented walls with wooded boxed décor and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Beyond the expected top-notch massages, body scrubs, and facials, the nearly 3,000-squarefoot spa also offers a relaxation room with hanging chairs, oceanfront manicure/pedicure stations, and rooftop yoga. Hand-picked products in use at the spa include those by Maria Åkerberg (Sweden’s leading organic skincare brand) as well as Babor, Coola, SpaRitual, among others.


Should you be looking to get more out of the local Fort Lauderdale area when staying at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, you are only a 10-minute Uber ride away from Las Olas Boulevard. Beyond its shoppers designer boutiques, fine-dining restaurants, charming sidewalk cafes, and antique steals, Las Olas hosts plenty of crowd-pleasing events throughout the year, including the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival in May and Las Olas Art Festival in October. Also nearby is Sawgrass Mills Mall, Florida’s largest retail and entertainment center with more than 350 name-brand stores and outlets, and  The Galleria,  which is widely-viewed as Broward County’s most elegant collection of luxurious stores.


Easily accessible, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort is just a 10-minute drive from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and about 45 minutes by car from Miami International Airport. In turn, visitors to the award-winning spot can expect to be close enough to enjoy all Fort Lauderdale and South Florida have to offer, yet far enough away to quiet the sound and speed of life back home. For more information on Pelican Grand Beach Resort, visit pelicanbeach. com; for Fort Lauderdale, visit sunny.org. • MARCH 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 51



f you are looking to live off the beaten path in a low-key neighborhood, while still close enough to all of Manhattan’s luxuries, then Murray Hill may be the place to be. Centrally located, stretching from 34th to 42nd Streets between Fifth Avenue and the East River, Murray Hill boasts a range of choices from co-ops and condos to brownstones. If you like to get away on weekends, the midtown tunnel and Grand Central Station are conveniently located in the neighborhood. 

A LOOK BACK Murray Hill was named for Robert Murray head of the mercantile family, who settled here in the 18th century. As years past, it remained a relatively isolated area. Then as the population moved north, Murray Hill became an upscale neighborhood during the 20th century. Today, it contains several cultural institutions, including the Morgan Library, as well as missions and consulates to the nearby United Nations headquarters.


Manhattan Place 630 First Ave


Here, some options to consider if Murray Hill is on your radar.     Manhattan Place The 35-story Manhattan Place located at 630 First Avenue was designed by renowned architect Costas Kondylis and offers dazzling views; it has 487 spacious, light-filled condominium apartments. Built-in 1985, many of the building’s units have been renovated and feature stateof-the-art appliances, stone countertops, custom kitchen cabinets, and marble baths with deep soaking tubs.    Great rooms anchor the building’s larger homes with stately columns, dens, and office nooks. Amenities include a 24hour doorman and concierge, a grand lobby with a waterfall, an enclosed rooftop pool, two sun decks, a roof deck, and a 360-degree rooftop running track and a fully-equipped fitness center with steam and sauna rooms. Residents also have access to a party room, a garage, a laundry room, a children’s playroom, and bike and storage rooms. Nearby is a globe-spanning list of restaurants and excellent transportation. Info: The average rental price is $72 per square foot; the average sales price is $1169-$1250 per square foot.

The Corinthian Located at 330 East 38th Street, The Corinthian is distinctive and occupies an entire block. Built on the former Eastern Airlines site and completed in 1988, it has a distinctive shape of bundled cylinders and offers city and river views. The Corinthian contains 865 units on 54 residential floors that feature hardwood floors and such architectural details as large columns and curved walls. French doors open on to rooms that can be used as libraries or dens. Kitchens have granite countertops, and units are equipped with walk-in closets, spacious galleries, washers and dryers, and many windows. All apartments (except for studios) feature a balcony: some larger residences have more than one. Many apartments have been updated to include state-of-the-art appliances.   The Corinthian is a full-service, pet-friendly building with 24hour doorman and concierge, health club with a 56-foot lap pool and yoga studio, sauna, and steam room, landscaped outdoor space with running track, playroom, event room, golf simulator, valet, and garage. Info: The average rental price is $62 per square foot; the average sales price is $1425-$1500 per square foot.   The Horizon The 44-story Horizon has 381 residences and is located at 415 East 37th Street. The building, which was built in 1987, has been updated to include state-of-the-art appliances and finishes. The layouts are flowing with spacious foyers, living rooms, dining areas, and large bedrooms. Residences have functional closet space, including walk-in closets, as well as hardwood floors, marble bathrooms, granite countertops, and dressing rooms.   415 East 37th Street has amenities such as a full-time doorman and concierge, a fully equipped business center, a rooftop lounge, a party room, a children’s playroom, and an attended garage. Its two health clubs occupy the entire fourth and top floors and are equipped with an enclosed rooftop pool, steam and sauna rooms, Jacuzzi and stateof-the-art fitness equipment. Info: The average rental price is $59 per square foot; the average sales price is $1200-$1380 per square foot.

Corinthian 330 East 38th Street

DINING OUT Let’s discuss a couple of my favorite restaurants in the area that are musts.

Villa Berulia This is a fantastic restaurant. With a Croatian-Italian menu, how could you go wrong? Located off the busy intersection of Park Avenue and 34th Street, the restaurant has hosted the likes of Hillary Clinton and legends, including Derek Jeter. Some menu favorites include Breast of Chicken sautéed with white wine and Buzra, a traditional Dalmatian seafood. Info: villaberulia.com.   Kajitsu Another favorite is the minimalist Japanese restaurant, Kajitsu. Shojin cuisine refers to a type of vegetarian cooking that originates in Zen Buddhism. Even though it does not use meat or fish, Shojin is regarded as the foundation of all Japanese cuisine, especially kaiseki, the Japanese version of haute cuisine. Info: kajitsunyc.com.   In its present form, kaiseki is a multi-course meal in which fresh, seasonal ingredients are prepared in ways that enhance the flavor of each component, with the finished dishes beautifully arranged on plates. All of these characteristics come from shojin cuisine, which is still prepared in Buddhist temples throughout Japan. • If you are interested in Murray Hill or any of the five boroughs, contact me and The StarrJohnson Team at Brown Harris Stevens, who is here for all your buying and selling needs. THELONIOUS “TJ” JOHNSON Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales, LLC Partnering Worldwide   130 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011  Direct: 212-317-3687; Cell: 646-236-7901; Fax: 212-319-3925 Email: tjohnson@bhsusa.com Visit him: bhsusa.com/thelonioustjjohnson Member of Luxury Portfolio International Member of the Real Estate Board of New York

Villa Berulia




uxury isn’t necessarily defined by an astronomical price tag. Believe it or not, luxe homes, filled with unique features and charming characteristics, can be within reach—without breaking the bank. 529 COURT STREET, BROOKLYN This bright one bedroom apartment located in Carroll Gardens is a must-see! The southwest-facing windows of residence #403 provide fantastic light throughout the day. The wide-planked red oak floors offer a beautiful contrast between the distinctive concrete elements seen on the ceilings. Open up the doors and step out onto your own Juliet balcony overlooking the charming street below. The kitchen is complete with stainless steel appliances, black granite countertops, maple cabinets, and best of all, a large island with a built-in breakfast bar. The bedroom, also with an oversized window, is filled with light and has a spacious double closet complete with built-ins. The generously sized tiled bathroom is finished with a Duravit sink, Starke fixtures, and a large soaking tub. This apartment comes with its very own stackable washer/dryer in-unit. Incredible skyline views can be enjoyed from the common roof deck. There is deeded storage as well. Price: $699,000. Info: Melissa Leifer/Keller Williams/kwnyc.com.

529 Court Street 545 Gates Avenue

162 WASHINGTON AVENUE, BROOKLYN Don’t pass on residence #4—a stunning two-bedroom, two-bathroom floor-through apartment located on the building’s second floor. Beautiful interiors include high ceilings and hardwood flooring throughout and an open living room and dining alcove. The windows in the two bedrooms usher in plenty of natural sunlight and feature southwest exposures and views of the home’s neighboring gardens. The unit also contains a private roof deck space, offering fantastic city views. The home’s gorgeous, U-shaped kitchen is the perfect playground for any home chef, boasting top-of-the-line appliances like Bertazzoni ranges and Liebherr fridges as well as waterfall stone countertops. Price: $995,000. Info: Ilan Bracha and Tatyana Salvatore/Keller Williams/kwnyc.com. 54 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MARCH 2020

162 Washington Avenue

545 GATES AVENUE, BROOKLYN Modern and chic could best describe residence #2, a gorgeous Bedford Stuyvesant condo. Originally a three-bedroom, this 949 square foot apartment has been converted to a twobedroom with a large master bedroom, which is something you rarely see today. The stainless steel kitchen boasts granite countertops and new floor tiles; there are spacious living and dining areas with beautiful wood floors; 1.5 bathrooms with modern vanities; air conditioning throughout the condo, along with ceiling fans and contemporary light fixtures. The apartment comes with a storage room and washer/dryer. Enjoy the upcoming spring on your own roof terrace. Price: $799,000. Info: Jamella Swift/ Keller Williams Tribeca/kwnyc.com.


52 East End Avenue

Retreat to your sanctuary an oversized sunny onebedroom apartment #12B with balcony on lovely and quiet East End Avenue where natural light and cityscape views abound in all directions. In excellent condition, this unique home features an open living and dining room combination with south and west exposures and a windowed pass-thru kitchen with granite countertops and GE Profile appliances. You can relax from the hustle and bustle of everyday life when you enter the master bedroom. This lovely well-proportioned space has room for a king-sized bed and even a home office. Also, there is a private North facing balcony accessible from the bedroom. The spacious, huge bright marble master bath is a cheerful surprise. It has a west-facing window, a large Jacuzzi tub, and a separate walk-in shower. There is abundant closet space throughout the apartment. Price: $925,000. Info: Claudia Fields and Evelyn Katz/Fox Residential/foxresidential.com. 

115 EAST 90TH STREET, MANHATTAN The traditional layout, open views, and prewar details best describe apartment #8D. It’s located off Park Avenue without the Park Avenue price tag. Enter through a formal foyer equipped with a coat closet. As you continue into the spacious living/dining room, you are immediately greeted with incredible light and open views. On one side of the living space is a generously proportioned, windowed eat-in kitchen—very rare for an apartment of this size. The kitchen also features a pantry closet. On the opposite side of the living space are the master bedroom and windowed bathroom. The layout offers a very nice separation of areas with excellent exposures from every room! Details include hardwood floors throughout, high ceilings, oversized windows, moldings, and beamed ceilings. Price: $549,000. Info: Joanne Green and Nada Rizk/Brown Harris Stevens/ bhsusa.com.

115 East 90th Street

310 EAST 46TH STREET, MANHATTAN Located in Turtle Bay Towers is this one-ofa-kind home. This tasteful and beautifully designed one-bedroom apartment is a showstopper, and no details have been spared in creating this outstanding home. Apartment 14J’s entry foyer welcomes you with a builtin bar. It opens to the dining area and living room, perfectly designed for entertaining. Off the dining area, you will find a built-in chinacabinet, plus a home office. The raised living room is enhanced with an exquisite chandelier and wall sconces. The kitchen is doublewide and features all high-end appliances. Beautifully crafted pocket doors can close off the galley kitchen. The bathroom has a Kallista sink, a Whirlpool soaking tub, three medicine cabinets, and a modern chandelier. The bedroom is equipped with a large walk-in closet, custom built-ins, and has an East facing window with a partial East River view. The apartment has been designed with tremendous extra storage capacity, in addition to a utility closet, central air, and large entry closet. Turtle Bay Towers is pet-friendly. There is a parking garage adjacent to the lobby. Price: $910,000; Info: William Roy/Halstead/halstead.com. •

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ere’s your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to combine and create your dream home of approximately 3000 square feet with sweeping Central Park and skyline views. Not to mention, this luxury Madison Avenue residence offers condo rules, low co-op closing costs, and a lifestyle that is second to none. With the talents of your architect it’s possible to seamlessly combine 30A (a corner 2 bedroom, 2 bath) with 30B (a corner 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath). The sprawling space offers the flexibility to design a layout that best suits your lifestyle. Floorplan options can be provided upon request with the potential to create an 8 room trophy home featuring world class views from every room. The jaw dropping views will truly take your breath away. The A/B combination offers south, west and east exposures with two balconies. To the west, enjoy picturesque sunsets over Central Park and to the south, watch the iconic city sky light up at night. There is plenty of sunlight which makes it bright all throughout the day.


Apart from the residence itself, 45 East 89th Street offers spectacular amenities. Convenient city living at its finest, the building is the only building on Madison Avenue in Carnegie Hill with a private driveway. Residents also enjoy an onsite parking garage which can be accessed directly through the lobby. The roof level features a year-round pool with retractable roof, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a furnished and landscaped two-story terrace, lounge with fully equipped kitchen that can be reserved for private events, and outdoor gated children’s pool. Additionally, you will find a children’s playroom, storage bins, and bike storage. Pets are permitted. Price: $6.5 million. For more information on 45 East 89th Street, visit Brown Harris Stevens at bhsusa.com. • 56 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MARCH 2020



here is nothing quite like the feeling of a home refresh. This Bronxville duo is sharing everything you need to know about taking on a spring makeover. Officially founded in 2016, Hackett Interiors is a passion project between two sisters, Meghan Hackett-Cassidy and Erin Hackett. Meghan has been working in the interior design industry for over ten years. With her little sister’s background and expertise in marketing and business operations, the two decided to join forces in the launch of Hackett Interiors—the Bronxville, NY-based interior design firm known for its incredible mix of high and low, its sophisticated yet functional projects, and its adored sister duo behind it all.


The transition of seasons plays a significant role in how homeowners feel and function within their spaces. Meghan and Erin take on many homes and design projects throughout the year and emphasize the importance of adding and removing specific details and décor items to create a home that flows nicely with the change of weather, specific seasonal occasions, indoor/outdoor living, and beyond. Most recently, the duo worked on a stunning home renovation project with a unique client—their aunt and uncle! After 20 years, the clients finally decided to revamp their comfortable home. Without question, they enlisted the help of their nieces, Erin and Meghan, to lighten up and refresh the formerly dark and dated space—something many homeowners look forward to doing when spring rolls around.  The first trick to refreshing an outdated space is to give it a clean slate. The best way to do this is through a fresh, neutral, light, and bright paint. White is exceptionally clean and crisp and can provide a beautiful backdrop for the warmer months. In this home project, the Hackett sisters also brought in a wide variety of light layers through pillows, blankets, lighting, and window treatments to add pops of color and detail. 




Additionally, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on décor items that can make space feel brand new for the change of seasons. Look towards new bedding, fresh sheets, switching out the trinkets in your bookshelf to represent the season, modern coffee table books, pillows, etc. Then, you can focus on the higher-end statement pieces that can make a more significant difference in your home, such as a good quality sofa, armchairs, and a dining room chair set. Remember, if you are feeling overwhelmed by a makeover, you don’t have to go all in. You can find a great balance between high and low so that you are still accomplishing a makeover and refresh while at the same time, not feeling like you are spreading yourself too thin. Ultimately, spring is the perfect time to take a look at your home and your space and decide what is working for you and what isn’t. Bring in some light and playful pieces to brighten your spirits after a long winter and look towards manageable yet transformative updates that are sure to make your home and family happy.  After


For more information on Hackett visit hackettinteriors.com. •





as relocation been a recurring thought this year? Have you been looking for a less-stressful lifestyle for you and your family, or a retirement? A place with a strong economy, plenty of employment opportunities, and lots of recreational activities, too? This could only mean North Carolina. One location to consider is Charlotte, where the living is effortless. Offering all four seasons with warmer weather, a strong economy with lots of employment prospects, and time to meet Mother Nature with outdoor leisure fun makes North Carolina the relocation destination of choice. Charlotte is conveniently located just two hours from the Blue Ridge Mountains and three hours from the Atlantic coastline. Whether you enjoy boating, fishing, golf, professional sports, winery tours, equestrian activities, Broadway shows, concerts, or whitewater rafting, Charlotte has all this and much more. If you are considering moving to North Carolina, here is some information you might find helpful. Lower Real Estate Taxes At Lake Norman, which is just north of Charlotte, taxes range from .50 per $100 of taxable value to $1.50 per $100 of taxable value. For example, on a $500,000 home, taxes can range from $2,500 per year to $7,500 per year, depending on which county you choose on Lake Norman. HOA dues and golf club memberships tend to be substantially lower than the New York, New Jersey, and Long Island areas.  Your Military Pension Military retirement pay may not be taxed at all if it meets specific requirements, including if the veteran was “vested in the retirement system” for five years as of August 12, 1989. Otherwise, tax exemptions may be applicable up to $4,000 for single returns and $8,000 for joint returns. One exception to the tax on non-vested military retirement pay over $4,000 is Veterans Affairs disability retirement pay. This type of military retirement pay is not subject to state or federal income tax. North resort-style retirement communities for those 55 and over— Carolina also has a program that gives disabled veterans a break and even includes boating. For example, the  Trilogy at Lake on their property tax.  Norman community located in Denver, North Carolina, is a highly popular retirement destination with home prices that vary from Income Tax Rate  North Carolina does have a state income tax $287,000 - $490,000 complete with a boat club membership where rate of 5.25, but keep in mind that overall real estate taxes are you check out a boat for the day just like a library book. Their substantially lower as are HOA dues, and your dollar goes farther amenities are top-notch, including a fabulous restaurant that is open to purchase real estate. For U.S. Government retirees, your to the public. pension is tax-free in North Carolina. Strong Economy Charlotte has been known as a strong banking and Better Home Values  Your purchasing dollar goes much, much airline hub for many years but also offers a diversified employment farther. Here at Lake Norman, you can purchase a luxury opportunity with unemployment currently at 3.1 percent as of waterfront home with long-range views, gourmet kitchen, in- January 2020. ground pool, private boat dock—all within a quick commute to Charlotte and its international airport—for $1 million or less. Whether you are considering moving south for weather reasons There is also something for everyone here on Lake Norman with or better values, North Carolina has it all and has something for prices for waterfront homes with private piers from $400,000 to everyone at all price points. Come check us out! $8 million. For more information on  Nadine Wynn  and  Team Nadine—rated Retirement Resort Communities  North Carolina—particularly the #1 team for  Keller Williams Realty—visit  alakehome.com  or the Lake Norman area—does offer a variety of fabulous new call 704-806-6711. • 58 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MARCH 2020

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he name conjures up visions of elegance with a French accent. Classiques Modernes Lifestyle & Estates, a full-service residential real estate firm co-headquartered in Manhattan and Williamsburg that offers exclusive private lifestyle and brokerage services to a discriminating global clientele living in some of the most luxurious residences in New York, Connecticut, Florida and beyond. Founder Loy Carlos has cultivated an impressive 30-year career that’s included learning all aspects of lifestyle and real estate. From IT and marketing to sales, leasing, and management of high-end cooperatives, condominiums, townhouses and estates, Loy Carlos has always been at the forefront of change.  We recently caught up with the Loy Carlos to discover the secrets to his success. How did a career in IT help you transition into real estate? I started almost 30 years ago with a part-time administrative job. At the time, everyone was still using typewriters, and there were computer systems just sitting there. Since my father introduced me to programming when I was a teen, I was computer literate and trained brokers on how to integrate it into their business.   Within three or so months, I became head of the IT department. That was a big deal then because it was the most critical position in the company. I would later move to three other top firms, where I mastered operational, marketing, and sales management projects. It was exhilarating to have worked on converting mainframes to PC-based systems: the first to integrate videos and listings, as well as to process transparencies, publish marketing materials with floor plans and photos inhouse. These are all standard practices now, but in the 1990s, they were considered crazy ideas.    Then, in 2001, I took everything I learned in sales, advertising, marketing/branding, and technology and put them to work for real estate clients. It paid off, and the team I was on became the number one residential real estate group in the country, with over half a billion dollars in annual sales. What would you consider your biggest listing or client so far? One of the qualities my clients and colleagues admire most is my discretion 60 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MARCH 2020

and fierce safeguarding of people’s confidentiality and privacy. I routinely sign confidentiality agreements, sometimes even before showing. I have and continue to work with clients from all industries and professions, some business moguls, and some celebrities and prominent personalities. Tell our readers about some trends you foresee.  It’s pretty fundamental: how a person lives wholly influences where he or she lives, in what type or style of building, with what cadre of amenities. You can now see buildings with in-house restaurants that are collaborating with the art world and fashion houses. Culture is very much front and center these days. Hotel-type services are also eventually more standard than a unique amenity. I believe we will see a much more substantial commitment to things like energy efficiency and sustainability, for example. I think we will transition from awareness to action.   Classiques Modernes’ niche is serving the unique and often myriad real estate needs of high-end clients who are typically multiple homeowners who require expertise and experience. They also expect the kind of personal attention that is what sets the firm well above its peers. Classiques Modernes’ ability to ensure the optimal quality of the lifestyle services it offers clients is unprecedented.   For more information on  Classiques Modernes, visit classiquesmodernes.com. •



magine rolling down Fifth Avenue in a cocoon of calm, driving a vehicle that was designed with an interior that keeps the city madness at bay. That’s the experience the new Lincoln Corsair promises—and delivers. Lincoln is known for its huge SUVs, like the Navigator, but let’s face it, in a place like New York City, only people like chauffeurs need a vehicle that big. But with the introduction of their first small luxury SUV, the company has the right idea for a car that can still hold a crowd (it seats five in its two-row configuration) and suitcases, groceries and other cargo in the back, too. The second row also folds down for even more cargo space or moves back to allow more legroom. The Corsair is nimble enough (especially in the drive mode called “Excite”) to slip through the worst traffic and to be fun to drive, too. With the buyer’s choice of a 2.0- or 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, both with an 8-speed “SelectShift” automatic transmission and AWD (all-wheel drive), the Corsair is powerful, even in terrible weather. Use the “Slippery” mode, and this SUV grabs the road and keeps you on track.



But the real joy of the Lincoln Corsair is that ultra-quiet interior, crafted by Lincoln’s engineers to baffle engine noise and reduce vibrations. They’ve even phased out the usual binging sounds most cars make (when a door is ajar, or the key is left in the car) and replaced them with six symphonic chimes instead. Believe it or not, they enlisted the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to record those sounds—and they work, creating a much more soothing experience.

The more compact size of this SUV helps with handling those city streets, as well as negotiating parallel parking or tight garage spaces. Meanwhile, the leather-lined interior and fully adjustable front seats will heat up on a cold winter’s day or massage your muscles during a long road trip, adding another level of luxury that you might not expect in a vehicle that begins at about $40,000.

It’s those little things you don’t even think about that help to create the interior cocoon; then add in the optional Revel premium audio system to program your own music experience. With 14 speakers, this system turns the car into whatever atmosphere makes you happy, from more of that calming symphony orchestra sound to the most raucous rock ‘n roll you can find.

As with most SUVs, the gas mileage you can expect isn’t exactly exemplary, with the 2.0-liter engine averaging about 22 city/29 highway (25 combined) miles per gallon and the 2.3 liter coming in at 24 combined. This summer, Lincoln will add the Corsair Grand Touring model to its stable, giving drivers a plug-in hybrid option that will do much better on mileage.

The car is chock full of other modern technologies, too, some standard and some add-ons, including the Lincoln Co-Pilot360, which allows the vehicle to take over in an emergency with features like “Pre-Collision Assist” that automatically brakes when the car senses an impending collision. There’s also the incredibly useful “Blind Spot Information System,” which shows you on your side mirrors when a vehicle is next to you. Additionally, the “Pedestrian Detection” feature is designed to avoid striking people on foot, another handy feature (especially when negotiating crowded city streets).

Overall, the Lincoln Corsair offers an easy-to-drive option for city dwellers who want to be swept away into a quiet space while taking on the mean streets. It’s an excellent car for a ride in the country, too; just open the windows to let nature’s sounds into your smooth ride. For more information Lincoln Corsair, visit lincoln.com/ luxury-crossovers/corsair. •




or all its beauty and cozy opportunities to cuddle up with a good book, winter in New York City can take its toll on everything from our skin to the pep in our step. Now that the chill is coming to an end, embrace the moment to rehydrate, rebalance, and renew with these springtime solutions. WORTH THE SPLURGE Indulge in a bespoke treatment at one of the city’s best hotel spas, and you’ll be in good company: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is a favorite with the fashion and entertainment set.  Guests are invited to arrive early at the chic spa in Tribeca, so they can warm up and destress before their appointment with a visit to the sauna and steam room. The facilities are impressive, with a cozy waiting area set up with healthy snacks, herbal tea, and fruit. Ask, and a glass of Prosecco is all yours. From the full-service menu of treatments, we love the  Bespoke Aromatherapy  massage by  Soveral.  Internationally recognized as a leading provider of organic, pure essential oils, Soveral harnesses the healing power of aromatherapy. In consultation with a therapist— Four Seasons boasts the best and most caring in the business—guests select three of the high-quality essential oils from the Soveral collection. Drawn to a nurturing, sensual, and calming treatment, I opted for lavender, ylangylang, and tangy citrus oils. Blended, they smell divine, like a warm hug on a chilly day. The deep tissue massage relaxed me to the point of drifting gently off to sleep. It’s worth noting the adjustable massage beds at the Spa at Four Seasons are fabulous, ergonomically designed to cradle the body in a supportive way that felt just right. I was delighted to receive a bottle of the bespoke oil blend to take home, a lovely reminder in the days to come of a few hours of bliss. Info: fourseasons.com/newyork/downtown.  62 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MARCH 2020

TAKE THE PLUNGE Follow the ancient wisdom of Greek, Roman, and Ottoman wellness traditions, and they’ll lead you to an oasis of tranquility on a side street in Tribeca. Those philosophers of old knew the lifeaffirming benefits of a good, long soak in therapeutic waters. Aire Ancient Baths is the perfect spot to soak away the winter blues and emerge renewed, like a butterfly from its cocoon. A former textile factory (built in 1883), the subterranean spa is lit by candles and is blissfully quiet. Visitors dip into pools of wildly varying temperatures—from ice cold to steamy hot—before floating in a highly salinized pool that mimics the Dead Sea experience. Men and women soak together, and bathing suits are required. Add a massage for the complete experience. Info: beaire.com. •

SPA AT HOME Continue your routine at home with these luxurious products. THE HOTTEST TREND Jump on board the CBD train and enjoy the benefits of the hottest trend for 2020 in beauty and wellness. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of over 80 compounds extracted from the Cannabis Sativa plant. While it definitely won’t get you high (nope, not even a little bit), CBD is the new darling of the wellness industry for its extraordinary anti-inflammatory properties. Touted as the answer to everything from anxiety to tennis elbow and psoriasis, CBD is now being infused into massage oil, wrinkle cream, mascara, and more. For a luxurious, rejuvenating treatment at home, try Dermaquest’s CBD Therapeutic Massage Cream. This intensely hydrating cream will soften up winter skin, while the CBD factor aids in the relief of muscle aches and pains. Info: cbddermaquest.com. 

CROWNING GLORY Harsh winter conditions can leave hair feeling dry and lackluster. Treat your scalp and hair to some nourishment with an at-home hydrating mask, then bounce into spring with rejuvenated locks. INOAR  is a leading Brazilian hair care company with a brand-new  Go Vegan Collection. Guaranteed cruelty-free, the vegan product range offers shampoo, conditioner, and intensive treatment masks that get results. We love the Go Vegan Hydration & Nutrition mask, a blend of coconut oil and shea butter that is supremely hydrating. Info: inoarus.com.

TAKE IT OFF Slough away the dull, rough skin of winter and face the new season with a glowing complexion. Mangosteen fruit is the new superfood in the quest for skin resurfacing. Prized for generations by women in Asian countries, the fruit encourages skin cell turnover and minimizes pores for a radiant glow. Eminence Organic Skin Care  has embraced the wonder fruit in its new collection, featuring the Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser and Concentrate. For even better results, consider the  Mangosteen Lactic Pro Peel, a professional peel that’s available exclusively at spas. Info: eminenceorganics.com.





arey Macaleer has an infectious energy and warm smile. But be warned! As the founder of Aline Pilates, she is one of the most disciplined and passionate Pilates instructors in New York, helping a diverse roster of clients with physical, mental and spiritual well-being. “We have a firm belief that by introducing Pilates into people’s everyday routines, they will become stronger both mentally and physically,” says Macaleer. “We have an incredibly diverse group of clients from all walks of life and ages, from teens to seniors, and our hope is that we can open their eyes to a sustainable Pilates program that will exist outside of our studio walls. We aim to give them a roadmap for keeping their bodies’ strong over their entire life. As teachers we all work hard to keep synergy for the student.” Her Aline has become a haven for the most seasoned practitioners, fitness enthusiasts and those just looking for a life change, providing the most expert, seasoned training for a bursting clientele. New York Lifestyles Magazine caught up with the Pilates dynamo in her Carroll Gardens studio, a trendy Brooklyn neighborhood where she works with athletes, celebrities, VIPs, fitness enthusiasts and newbies from all walks of life. What is Pilates? Pilates is an exercise regimen that strengthens the core (abdominals, hips, and lower back) while stretching, stabilizing and engaging the small muscle groups that often times are ignored. Pilates helps you to learn how to engage certain muscle groups that may not be firing so the body works evenly and systematically helping to improve balance, flexibility and deep core strength. Pilates can be done with no machines and on a mat, or on an apparatus. What does Aline do differently than other studios? At Aline we use a simple mantra “Strength for Life,” which means using a classical Pilates approach tailored to each person’s individual goals every day of their lives. We understand that our clients come to us with individual goals. These could be as simple as strengthening their core or toning their body, but a lot of times it represents something else happening in their lives. This ranges from recovering from a sports injury or strengthening their body after the birth of a child; we take a classical Pilates approach and tailor a program for each client to help them achieve the goal that is so important to their life. Aline being a small local business and also women owned supports a number of not for profits. We have a series called “The Parlor Series” that is two-fold. We support local nonprofits and artists with events throughout the year using our parlor as a place to create and embrace community. The other focus is continuing education. We have been lucky enough to have many 2nd generation and 3rd generation Pilates teachers guest teach in the parlor. Giving the Aline teachers opportunity to remain inspired and grow in their teaching is something that makes our studio stand out. Tell us the benefits. Many! It not only strengthens the core, but restores balance, leads to better alignment, improved posture, less pain—the list is endless! 64 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MARCH 2020

What interested you in Pilates? I was training as a dancer in a scholarship program one summer when I was 12 years old. Our day started at 7am with Pilates mat work. Years later, in college I was a dance major and also dancing professionally in companies in Philadelphia. I practiced Pilates to prevent injuries and keep my body strong through the Pilates dance season. What don’t people know about Pilates? That it is very hard! Deceivingly hard, and the more you do the harder it gets. I sometimes hear that Pilates is a stretching workout. Yes, Pilates does incorporate stretching but Classical Pilates is one of the most intense workouts. It calls for complete control of the mind in order to concentrate on engaging new muscle groups. In such a wired world, when people are on their phones or sitting at desks working on computers, what are the dangers of that activity (or inactivity)? Sitting is the new smoking and tech neck phrases are so true and can be offset by doing Pilates. In our culture, because our work is so much on a computer/ phone, we habitually have to be more forward in posture. This position of our head (because we are looking down) can cause headaches, weakness in the neck and lower back pain. Sitting increases tightness in the lower back and legs. In order to combat this, we need to make sure we are working to increase proper posture, stretching and strengthening of all the muscles that keep our skeletal system upright. What are some misconceptions about Pilates? That it’s only for women. Half of my students are men. Men are looking around at their female partners who do Pilates and seeing them have less pain in the back, stronger core and overall less pain. More men are showing up to do Pilates for all the same reasons. Tell us more about your pre-natal program. Pre-natal and post-natal Pilates is a very different workout than the Classical Pilates workout. Our focus is to not just give a workout, but to help women gain specific support to offset certain health issues that can come up during pregnancy. We work with women in all their different stages of pregnancy and after to offer a lot of information on how to stay strong and connected throughout the pregnancy through specific pelvic floor and breath exercises. We work closely with physical therapists who are solely focused on women’s health to make sure we are bringing the most we can to the women in front of us during a very special but sometimes complicated time. Who is a good candidate for Pilates? Who isn’t? At Aline I teach all of the following: women, men, professional athletes, elderly over 80 years old, those with Parkinson’s and MS, marathon runners, pre- and post-natal and many more. What message do you most want to send about Pilates? Do it because you want to continue doing all the things you love whether it’s running, cycling, squash, tennis, golf, parenting. Pilates is the perfect partnership to maintaining a stronger core, spine and life. For more information on Aline Pilates & Fitness, visit alinepilatesnyc.com. • MARCH 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 65



aby Brasserie Française at Sofitel New York will hold a special place in your heart the moment you set foot in it because it perfectly blends classic French with modern American in both its food and decor! Look around, and you will see classic Toulouse Lautrec-style illustrations etched into glass panels and some equally unique French-inspired portrait art on the ceilings. Gaby’s dark wood bar could easily be from a bistro near the Champs Elysee! But make no mistake about it—you can get classic French dishes like Duck L’Orange done right here just as well as Modern American classics like a fabulous grass-fed 14-ounce Strip Steak or 16-ounce Rib Eye. The Sofitel staff strives for excellence in both its décor and service, so after your meal, take in the special touches in the lobby like old Louis Vuitton trunks stacked up by the check-in desk and a gallery of photographs related to Broadway stars. (A Tony party is even thrown here each year!)

1920s INSPIRATION New York Lifestyles asked Executive Chef Robert Hohmann if Gaby is trying to be a lounge as much as a restaurant as it has an energetic after-work bar crowd. The chef, who cut his teeth at NYC’s Roosevelt and Warwick hotels, replied, “Gaby  has a little something for everyone—whether it’s for business, pretheater, a romantic celebration, or simply dinner with the family, the restaurant is the perfect neighborhood brasserie. Named for the free-spirited French model who took Manhattan by storm in the 1920s, it’s the inspiration behind the newly rebranded bar and lounge,  Mademoiselle Gaby.  Here you can sample our new bar menu featuring crab beignets and mini duck burgers alongside a fabulous craft cocktail.”

Chef Robert Hohmann

FRENCH SOUL Naturally, we couldn’t resist asking what his thoughts are of the distinct Sofitel French touches apparent in Gaby’s food, service, and ambiance. The kitchen maestro states, “Sofitel New York emanates French soul with a New York City edge. The Art Deco atmosphere of the brasserie and bar are personified through the story of Gaby. From French greetings and cousu main  (tailor-made) service to French press coffee and freshly baked pastries, a bit of France is felt throughout every visit.”


Gaby Bar


Chef Robert has a strong hand in selecting every ingredient that goes into his elegant dishes as well as designing menu options with the powers-that-be at Sofitel’s parent company Accor  (which also owns Fairmont properties including The Plaza). He tells  New York Lifestyles, “I am inspired by fresh, high-quality ingredients with a focus on those that are local, organic and sustainable, and I am intentional about incorporating them into the menu at Gaby. We try to source fish, meats, and produce locally and use organic products whenever possible.”

PRESIDENTS, YANKEES & GIANTS As mentioned, the affable chef ’s background is very solid in the upscale hotel/restaurant biz, and he is proud of the celebrity clientele that has come through Gaby’s  doors. “My culinary career began when I was 10 years old, washing dishes. It was there that I fell in love with the fast-paced environment of the kitchen. I ultimately worked my way up in restaurants and attended culinary school and started my own catering company before making the switch to working in hotels. I’ve been a chef with Sofitel New York  since 2017. I am extremely proud and humbled to have had the opportunity to cook for the last four U.S. presidents and several New York sports teams, including the Yankees, Jets, and Giants.”

Gaby Brasserie Française Dinner



Dining at Gaby is as much an emotional experience as a taste treat. That’s because so much of the food brings back childhood or romantic memories for those who have feasted on French classics like onion soup, Beef Bourguignon, Tuna Niçoise, Scallops Provençale, Crème Brulee and Pot De Crème. The Beef Bourguignon arguably has the most tender chunks of beef you will ever come across and it is served over artfully displayed baby carrots and buttery mashed potatoes. The Duck Breast a L’Orange seems to be a favorite, and the Yelp reviews tell you all you need to know—reviewers have called it “a slice of culinary heaven,” especially when done medium-rare. Salmon served with Lentils De Puy is a favorite with the health-oriented crowd and is one of the dishes that Chef Robert is most proud of. We recently visited Gaby to taste some of these dishes as well as the 14-ounce Strip Steak, which is served on the bone with a heavenly house-made Bordelaise Sauce. To say that the meat melted in our mouth is an understatement. This Strip Steak might be your “go to” entree anytime you are in the Theater District. (There is a price fixe with theatergoers in mind that includes three courses for $39.)

SPRING AHEAD WITH FRESH OFFERINGS Chef Robert also told us there are some special additions to the menu for spring: “Gaby will continue to enhance the guest experience with new French offerings, including Le Goûter, our take on afternoon tea, and  L’Apéro Chic, a daily happy hour featuring complimentary canapés with a cocktail or wine order at Mademoiselle Gaby.” The  NYL  team might just be heading back to give  Le Goûter a go as the thought of the French pastries that will be served have us daydreaming already. And you know the tea will be great, as (believe it or not) some of them are created in the Gaby kitchen. The mint tea is already a dessert time favorite because of its remarkably fresh flavor from the organic leaves having been ground up and dried in-house just recently. When it comes to making your first foray into Gaby’s oversized-glass doors to dine, be very open-minded. And, of course, ask your knowledgeable server for recommendations. Trust us that you won’t go wrong, no matter what you order! For more information on Gaby Brasserie Française (44 West 45th Street), visit gabynyrestaurant.com. Reservations are recommended but not necessary. •

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he old saw that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence needs to be discarded when you consider that the grass on the other side of the fence here, is really up on the roof. And while truly lush, it is the amazing cuisine below this velvety carpet that is the precious emerald—the verdant gem in Lincoln Center’s crown: Lincoln Ristorante, located under the eco-friendly slanted gable of the renovated northern footprint of Lincoln Center. Longtime West Siders remember when there was nary a starred restaurant in the nabe for a memorable, pre-theater meal. Then, the West Side hit pay dirt, with a few stellar boites. But…sadly, the 10023 zip code lost chef Terrance Brennan’s Picholine in 2015, after 22 years, and a year later New Yorkers witnessed chef Bill Telepan’s eponymous restaurant shutter after ten years.

Chef Shea Gallante

However, the good news is that Lincoln Ristorante, opened in 2010 (and still as sought after as it was ten years ago), is a destination, whether you have tickets for a Lincoln Center event, or just want an extraordinary meal. The restaurant never ceases to reinvent its mouthwatering menu, under the whisks of Chef Shea Gallante and Pastry Chef Richard Capizzi. 68 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MARCH 2020

ITALIAN WITH A TWIST Gallante has crafted a menu that can best be described as modern Italian fare, emphasizing seasonal ingredients, treated with precise technique. Dishes are modern, while respectful of classic Italian tradition. Expect a twist on the standards, though, whether antipasti, insalate, or dolci: For example, insalata di astice seduces with its abundant lobster, robiolina cheese, blood oranges, roasted beets, and Castelfranc; and there are no humdrum sorbetti or gelati here—but instead, flavors include candy cane, gingerbread, egg nog, cranberry, honeycrisp apple, and mulled wine. And in between that shellfish starter and those temptingly flavored desserts is a menu that tantalizes as readily as it sates. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, chef Gallante has held prestigious positons at legendary Gotham eateries, such as Felidia and Bouley restaurants, working with legendary toques Lidia Bastianich and David Bouley, among others. He’s also helmed his own restaurants—CRU (one Michelin star and three from The New York Times) and Ciano, which earned two stars from The Times. Pastry Chef Capizzi has an equally outstanding CV, having seasoned his pastry whisk under luminaries Thomas Keller and Jean Louis Palladin. He was named pastry sous-chef for the opening of the celebrated eatery Per Se and two years later assumed the role of pastry chef at both Per Se and Bouchon Bakery. Simply put: You could not have a more skilled and innovative team in the kitchen.

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And the dishes reflect that care, creativity, and adventure. Even the brunch menu will astonish. Simple prosciutto and figs are elevated to ambrosia with top-flight Prosciutto di San Daniele, Grilled Figs, Cucumbers, Frisee, and a Seasonal Mostarda. For a main brunch course, try the Veal-Ricotta Meatballs, Anson Mills Polenta à la Marinara, Buffalo Mozzarella, and Parmigiano Reggiano. Expect service to be solicitous without being meddlesome. Our waiter was about the only server we’ve had in recent memory who actually listened to my dining companion’s request that his second glass of wine be served with his main course; usually, it is brought immediately after the request, when the first glass is whisked away, or it’s never brought. Parenthetically, the wine list features over 400 labels, with classic and new Italian offerings. The pleasant dining room is split into two main sections, with the bar in the middle. (Ask about the famous Negronis, speaking of the bar.) The eastern section is glass-enclosed and provides a view of the Plaza while the larger dining area, on the other side of the airy, open-plan kitchen, is further west, with a better view of the reflecting pool and the Thomas Moore sculpture. There is room for a halfdozen or so diners to sup at the bar, and in that area there are a few tables for service. The building itself and the restaurant’s gracious interior were designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro; the result is precisely what you’d expect from such a fabled architectural and design firm. The restaurant is owned by the Patina Restaurant Group, proprietors of over 60 eateries in New York, Los Angeles, and Florida, among its geographic footprint. Principals Nick Valenti and Chef Joachim Splichal are well-known and highly regarded names in the field. A la carte menus are available, as are prix fixe offerings. For more information on Lincoln Ristorante, visit lincolnristorante.com. Trota

© 2020 Ruth J. Katz. All Rights Reserved • MARCH 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 69



DIANA: A TRUE MUSICAL STORY By Lori Simmons Zelenko | Photos Courtesy La Jolla Playhouse

he left us shockingly, unfairly so abruptly 20+ years ago. We miss all that she could have become so drastically. Yet our fascination with this very modern princess does more than linger; it’s holding the center stage on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre. Diana, A True Musical Story, brings us face to face with Diana, Princess of Wales. It shows us how she defied expectations, rocked the royals, and captured her nation’s heart as she revealed her heartbreak, struggling to survive like hunted prey pursued by the glare of the flashbulbs and in the end, overcome by the tawdriness of the tabloids. MARRIAGE STORY

Making his Broadway debut under the direction of Tony Award-winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away), the exceptionally attractive Roe Hartrampf (Boardwalk Empire) plays Prince Charles. Speaking with him about his role as a character who could easily be seen as a villain, he shares that he wanted to “humanize” this royal. “It is not for me to pass judgment on this man, although I will say the role was a big challenge, daunting, in fact,” says Hartrampf. “What becomes clear when you see the show is that at one point in time, they had a genuine affection for each other. They so loved the boys—that was a vital connection.” Hartrampf continues, “When you see the show you believe—or want so much to believe—that there was a moment when it seemed that the marriage might work. But sustaining their relationship long term just proved too difficult. Diana was 19 years old when they got married. She had almost no experience with life—much less any comprehension of what it meant to be suddenly expected to rise above the rest to become the most extraordinary princess in the world. Charles had already had a lifetime of being royal: he grew up in the monarchy. Although there are some light-hearted moments in the show, Charles and Diana tragically just had so much miscommunication. Much as he may have wanted to, he couldn’t understand Diana. Yet even though he is a controversial figure, I want to stand up for him, defend him, and be protective of him. After all, people who live in the public eye are seen with a harsher view; living in a fishbowl life becomes distorted. Of course, today it does seem as if history is repeating itself, but that’s another story for another time.” 70 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MARCH 2020

Jeanna de Waal plays Diana. As the show opens, she wryly observes, “You know what I was thinking right here, at this moment? Before I agreed to all ‘this’— perhaps I should’ve dated him more than 13 times.” Is this engaging musical a cautionary tale? No. It is warm, authentic, poignant, and revealing—just a story about a girl who loved a boy who didn’t love her. Unfortunately, the ups and downs of their romance played out around the world as tabloid fodder.


You might expect that telling Diana’s story through music would rely on recycled pop hits from her era, but that is not the case, though there may be a bit of a retro reference in the music; it is fresh and original. The score (from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer keyboardist David Bryan and Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro) does have moments of seriously good fun. After all, Diana did have a sense of humor. You may leave the theater humming “Him & Her (& Him & Her),” “Perfect Princess,” “Happiness,” and “The Dress.”


The show which comes to Broadway from the La Jolla Playhouse in California, does as Hartrampf observes, “humanize” the royals as it weaves together universal themes of love, rejection, adultery, and fame to tell the story of one of the most famous women of the 20th century in a way that pays homage to her legacy yet remains enjoyable and upbeat. Though the ending may be tragic, this American musical continues engaging us all with choreography by Olivier Award winner and Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine (Come From Away). Couple that with an epic, sweeping contemporary score with music supervision and arrangements by Olivier Award winner Ian Eisendrath (Come From Away).  Two-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye is something to see as Queen Elizabeth and Barbara Cartland (Diana’s real-life stepgrandmother), dual roles striking a comic note that genuinely resonates. Erin Davie is Camilla Parker Bowles, the other woman in the marriage, the one who fits with Charles as comfortably as favorite slippers. If Diana’s dream was to marry a prince, or rather The Prince, Charles’ idea was never to fully commit to this vulnerable though game-changing English Rose. Sadly at the end of the day, both their dreams did come true.

It is not for me to pass judgment on this man, although I will say the role was a big challenge, daunting, in fact...


The sets by Tony Award winner David Zinn are remarkable when it comes to presenting Diana’s extraordinary humanitarian work. Their starkness adds a startling, even horrifying dimension. Costume designer William Ivey Long recreates her wardrobe (yes, even the iconic wedding dress) visually transforming Diana from a gawky teen into an international fashion star. Inevitably, Diana became a designer’s dream, a woman owning her style so superbly no wonder the Paparazzi couldn’t get enough of her. At the Longacre Theatre.  For more information and tickets to Diana: A True Musical Story, visit Telecharge.com. • MARCH 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 71



DEVASTATING DRAMAS ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA PG-13 Daniel Radcliffe stars in this tense prison drama set in South Africa during the time of apartheid there, as a white man whose actions in support of the oppressed black population sends him into a brutal jail. But in this true-life tale written and directed by Brit Francis Annan and co-starring Ian Hart and Daniel Webber, hope remains in a place that seems incredibly bleak in this edge-ofyour-seat drama. THE ROADS NOT TAKEN R If you’ve seen any of directorwriter Sally Potter’s films (Orlando, The Man Who Cried), you’ll know to expect the unexpected from her. In this time-bending tale, Javier Bardem and Elle Fanning star as father and daughter on a surreal journey of what is, was and could have been in their lives. Salma Hayek and Laura Linney are along for the ride, too. A QUIET PLACE PART II Not yet rated Silence abounds once again in this sequel to one of the cleverest science fiction-horror films to come along in years. As Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) struggles with the loss of her husband (John Krasinski, who wrote and directed both the first and this sequel), the birth of her baby and the welfare of her two other children, she knows quiet is key. For the alien creatures that threaten her family are led by sound, which means this Part II installation will likely be as silent and scary as the original. THE WAY BACK Not yet rated Ben Affleck gets serious in this intensely personal drama about an alcoholic basketball star who returns to his hometown high school as the boys’ team coach. As his personal struggles intrude on his ability to keep his players on a winning track, he has to confront just what is really important in his life. 72 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MARCH 2020

FAMILY EXCITEMENT BLOODSHOT PG-13 Superheroes come in all sorts and with Bloodshot, a new comicbook company throws its hat into the cinematic ring. Valiant Comics and Sony Pictures bring Vin Diesel into the role of Bloodshot, a character created back in 1992, to the big screen with the hopes of creating a new franchise that teens and adults will love. This guy’s a soldier who was killed, then brought back to life as a superhuman superhero. Outlander star Sam Heughan co-stars, along with Eliza Gonzalez and Guy Pearce. ONWARD PG Pack up the kids and head to the multiplex, for Pixar is back with a new animated fantasy feature! This one’s set in a fantasy world that’s familiar yet not, and follows two teenagers (voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) who find a magical way to reconnect with their father. Lots of action, laughs and family fun are found here – just like in all the Pixar movies. MULAN Not yet rated Mulan is the next Disney animated film (the original released in 1998) to return to the big screen as a live-action movie. Starring Chinese actress Yifei Liu in the title role in the legendary ancient tale of a female warrior who fought alongside men disguised as one of them in order to save her father, this follows the original film very closely. Familiar faces like Jet Li, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao and Jason Scott Lee round out the cast. MY SPY PG-13 When an undercover CIA agent (Dave Bautista) runs into a nine-year-old girl who’s as clever as he is, it makes for the perfect premise for some funny situations. My Spy is just the ticket for teens to actually enjoy a night out at the movies with mom and dad along for this action-packed ride. • MARCH 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 73



SOLVE THE CRIME AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE PALE HORSE Amazon Prime The mysteries of Agatha Christie are so well-plotted that they never grow old. This fascinating two-part 2020 BBC production of The Pale Horse  proves this fact once again. Rufus Sewell stars as a man investigating the strange death of a young woman, soon discovering that there are more murders to come, witches in the deadly mix, and more in weirdness in a quiet English village. It’s quintessential, Christie. LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE Hulu Arson is the crime at the heart of  Little Fires Everywhere, the new adaptation of Celeste Ng’s award-winning novel that stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington (who both served as producers on the eightepisode series as well). All about two intertwined families living in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and how the mysteries of their pasts intersect with their present lives, there are layers of secrets revealed as the tale unfolds. SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL Netflix Lovers of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels, rejoice! That rough-and-tumble Boston P.I. is back (anyone remember  Spenser: For Hire, the great 1980s TV series that starred Robert Urich), this time played by real Boston native Mark Wahlberg in this Netflix crime caper. Winston Duke plays Hawk, his trusted sidekick and muscle man, in this yarn that fans are hoping marks the first of many Spenser stories to come.

ALL HAIL STRONG WOMEN HILLARY Hulu This four-part documentary series explores the life and extraordinary career of Hillary Rodham Clinton, told with archival footage as well as intimate interviews with Clinton, her husband Bill, daughter Chelsea and many others. The result is a view of her that may surprise viewers, whether staunch supporters or rabid critics. 74 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MARCH 2020

SELF MADE: INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF MADAM C. J. WALKER Netflix This fascinating biopic follows the legendary life of Madam C. J. Walker, one of the first women in America to become a self-made millionaire. The African-American was born free into a Louisiana slave family (she was the first of her family to be born after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect), orphaned at seven, and married at 14. Her amazing success story as an entrepreneur who created hair care and beauty products for black women is incredible. Octavia Spencer, Tiffany Haddish, and Blair Underwood star in this four-part series.

DIG INTO DRAMAS AMAZING STORIES Apple+ It has been 35 years since Steven Spielberg first created his Amazing Stories  TV series, which grabbed numerous Emmy Awards and accolades along the way. Now he›s back with an all-new set of diverse tales, with each episode creating its unique world. Expect many familiar faces—both in front of and behind the camera—in this anthology series designed to spark your imagination differently each time. COUNCIL OF DADS NBC Inspired by the book of the same name,  Council of Dads  is all about coming to terms with dying, as a father of five has a health scare that leads him to enlist his best friends (the “counci”) to agree to step in as dads to his kids if need be. This diverse group of people ends up finding out that they all have a lot in common in this emotional drama. Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen, and Tom Everett Scott lead the cast. THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA HBO Fame d novel ist Phi lip R ot h i nve nte d  T he Plot Against America in 2004, a tale that imagines an alternative history of America. Beginning in 1940, as Charles Lindbergh wins the presidency instead of FDR, the story rewrites history in a particularly chilling way, as the USA aligns with Hitler’s Germany instead of those fighting against that regime. Ben Cole stars as Lindbergh, with supporting actors including Azhy Robertson, John Turturro, and Winona Ryder in key roles. • MARCH 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 75


Beach Shirin & Frederic


rederic Fekkai is synonymous with style. His namesake salon, with locations throughout the U.S., has been a temple of beauty for years, popular with celebs, socialites, executives, VIPs, and those looking for chic transformations. But his expertise extends beyond the sheers. He and his wife, Shirin, a veteran of Yves St. Laurent and Tom Ford, recently infused the venerated beauty brand Bastide with their exquisite and intuitive sense of elegance based around simple, quintessential virtues: water, plants, light, and balance. Their acquisition of the 25-yearold beauty line, founded in Fekkai’s hometown Aix-en-Provence in France, now broadens a vision from hair care to skincare. Since taking over, they have introduced two new products—a purifying clay mask and nourishing face and décolleté oil—that reflect the brand’s origins, rooted in the craftsmanship of French artisans and their use of rich, potent ingredients. The couple took time from their busy lives and spoke to New York Lifestyles about their newest venture and the importance of clean, natural ingredients. 76 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MARCH 2020

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How would you describe Bastide? Shirin: Bastide is a house of beauty and wellness inspired by the lifestyle of Aix-en-Provence. We celebrate French beauty through our fragrances, skincare, and beautiful candles.    What inspired you to take on the brand?  Shirin: When we moved back to Provence, we started eating from the garden and living closer to nature. It made our whole family look and feel amazing, and we knew we wanted to share that with the world.  Frédéric:  Even when we returned to New York, we realized how important it is to carefully select what we’re eating and pay attention to the health of ourselves and our planet. This helped us define our mission for Bastide: to bring clean beauty inspired by the lifestyle of Aix-en-Provence. How is it different than what you have done before under the Fekkai label?  Frédéric:  With the Fekkai label, we created the first luxury hair care line inspired by our stylists at the salon. We were able to take this concept and scale it to be sold in mass retailers such as Target and Ulta. With Bastide, Shirin and I created a lifestyle brand with multiple categories that transport the customer to Provence through the scents, the packaging, and the sensorial formulas. We acquired the company Côte Bastide in 2015 and relaunched in 2016 as Bastide— we wanted to maintain the heritage of the brand while modernizing the packaging and formulas for today’s customer. In such a crowded skincare market, how do you distinguish Bastide?  Shirin:  We developed every Bastide product to be something you reach for simply because it makes you feel amazing—from the texture to the scent. Your beauty routine is a moment for self-care, and we want our customers to feel like Bastide enhances those rituals and pampers from head to toe. Frédéric: I don’t believe in overnight miracles or invasive treatments. With Bastide, we embrace slow beauty by working with artisans to develop high-quality products that enhance and respect your natural beauty.

Frederic Fekkai ©Pamela Berkovic

What are your plans for growing the brand? Frédéric:  Our focus is to build a community around the brand that will enter the world of Bastide and be a part of our journey as we continue to scale. We’re working on curating every touchpoint for the customer, from our website to our distribution points. We’ve also expanded into new categories recently and will continue to develop product innovations while bringing our true vision of Provence to the market. What are Bastide’s signature products?  Shirin: The Huile Seche Epatante Brilliant Dry Oil Mist has been our hero from day one. It’s a gorgeous combination of oils that hydrates the skin and gives it that “glow du sud” that Provence is known for. It also has a beautiful orange blossom flower fragrance that lingers on the skin and reminds you of summers spent under the sun. It’s our number one seller—our customers love that they can use it on the skin, as a fragrance and in their hair for a little nourishment.  What are the trends in skincare? What are you most excited about? Shirin: We look to our customers to tell us what they value in products and what they’re looking for next. Our target audience is females who have their pulse on what’s coming in the skincare space, so we develop everything with the understanding of how she, the end-user, will experience it. More and more women are looking to declutter their routines, which is in line with the Bastide philosophy – creating essentials that help them live more naturally. For more information on Bastide, visit bastide.com. • MARCH 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 77


MY NEW YORK STORY By Rich Schulhoff, CEO of Brooklyn MLS

ew York City is one of the hottest housing markets in the U.S., so it’s no surprise that the Brooklyn real estate market continues to remain active as a new decade begins. For the past 15 years, I’ve been the CEO of the Brooklyn MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and Brooklyn Board of Realtors. Prior to coming here, I served as Communications Director for the Staten Island Board of Realtors and their MLS. But it wasn’t always real estate. Before delving into the business, I spent 25 years in television, mostly in network sports as a writer and producer, for which I won an Emmy in 1992. I’ve always been fascinated with the real estate market, especially bearing witness to the growth and development of the different neighborhoods.  Throughout my tenure, I’ve witnessed Brooklyn’s continuous growth.  A favored market for a long time, one might expect a slight decline when it comes not only to price but days on the market. The fact that it has held strong proves how active the Brooklyn real estate market is.  78 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MARCH 2020

Bay Ridge

A BOROUGH’S APPEAL While statistics in other boroughs may tell a slightly different story, Brooklyn continues to be a place where people want to put down roots. A borough of neighborhoods, it is communityoriented, making it an attractive location to raise a family while still being accessible to areas like Manhattan. Long established Brooklyn neighborhoods continue to rise in value as well as popularity, and that includes Bay Ridge, an area that has become the ultimate melting pot. The different ethnicities that make up Bay Ridge is what has led to its strength, and it will continue to remain a hot spot for buyers.  Other neighborhoods about to explode, include East New York and Greenpoint, a stone’s throw away from Manhattan and currently a bit more affordable than its next-door neighbor, Williamsburg. A telltale sign that East New York is on the verge of expansion is due in part to the new developments in the area. Whenever businesses, especially restaurants, start up in areas that have been otherwise neglected, communities begin to transform with residents settling in.  Additional locations throughout the borough that will continue to see growth in 2020 are Coney Island and its neighbor, Brighton Beach, thanks in part to significant developers. Co-ops and condos are being developed along Coney Island Avenue, offering fantastic views of the ocean. Along with new restaurants and the revitalization of the famous Coney Island Amusement Park all things point in the right direction. Along with the development of new buildings is the likelihood of existing rentals converting either to condos or coops. While this is thought to be a general trend, there isn’t a specific area per se. The thought process behind the idea: people know the value in Brooklyn is high, and mortgage rates are currently low. 

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NUMBERS TELL A STORY In reviewing the last two years, statistics indicate that not only has the median price for a single-family home increased, but days on the market also decreased, with a similar pattern for multi-family dwellings. According to a report issued by the Brooklyn MLS for 2019, the median price for a single-family home in 2019 sold for $820.000, increasing over $100,000 from 2018. Along with an increase in price, days on the market decreased from 80 to 72 days.  In looking at the sale of multi-family homes in 2019, prices dropped moderately (less than 5 percent). In 2018, the median price was $1.25 million, dipping slightly to $1.2 million a year later, while days on the market only increased by one day from one year to the next.  As a borough, Brooklyn is maintaining its ascent in the real estate industry as being one of the most secure markets in the country. As we move further into 2020, there shouldn’t be much more of an increase; rather, potential buyers will see steady pricing throughout the year. 

ONE LAST NOTE As the country prepares for the upcoming election, the question on people’s minds is, “how will this affect the real estate market?” Elections do make a difference; people look at them as a sign of the country moving one way or another, and that ultimately affects the market. Once we move closer to 2021, there is a good chance homebuyers, and investors may adopt more of a wait-and-see approach when it comes to real estate. This is my New York and Brooklyn is a fabulous place to live. The borough continues to be a place where people want to live. As more people realize the advantages to real estate from an investment standpoint, the demand for property will continue.  Coney Island

For more information on Brooklyn MLS, visit brooklynmls.com. • MARCH 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 79



s president and executive director of the Viennese Opera Ball, Silvia Frieser oversees one of the most glamourous galas of the year. The coveted annual white-tie charity gala celebrates the cultural and economic relationships between Austria and America, connecting two continents, two cities, and two centuries in one glamorous night. It was founded by Austrians immigrating to the U.S. 65 years ago and is a tribute to both Vienna and their host city, New York. The gala draws an international audience that includes diplomats and dignitaries, and professionals with performances by Metropolitan Opera singers, the Viennese Opera Ball Orchestra, The West Point Color Guard, and many more surprises that add to a delightful evening. Additionally, the Viennese Opera Ball supports charitable projects connected to the communities in New York and Vienna. This year’s 65th gala was held last month at Cipriani 42nd Street.  New York Lifestyles  sat down with Silva Frieser to discuss her career and the importance of the Viennese Opera Ball. Tell us your connection with Austria.  I was born and raised in beautiful Vienna, Austria. I consider myself very fortunate to have grown up in a city full of history, old traditions, culture, and music. I was fortunate to be nurtured by parents who, by now, have been married for over 54 years. Along with my sister, who is my best friend, life in Austria was sweet and easy, spending many holidays by the Austrian lakes and mountains.  How did you become involved with the Viennese Opera Ball? It all started at the Austrian finance company, Raiffeisen Bank International New York, in January 2000. During my 17 years with the firm, managing the company’s events and marketing activities, I was also on the executive board of the Viennese Opera Ball since 2001. When I learned that the company would close in 2017, and I had the opportunity to take over the Viennese Opera Ball, there was no question. In my new role, I have been able to benefit from my extensive events and marketing experience, and from my non-profit experience during the years, I led the U.S. Austrian Chamber of Commerce as President on a pro bono basis from 2015 to 2018. Tell us the charitable aspects of the Viennese Opera Ball.  The Ball raises funds for the music therapy program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with the support of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. It is so important to us to help bring some joy into the lives of cancer patients who stay in the hospital by providing the much-loved music program to them. Having fun and enjoying the Viennese Opera Ball is nice, but it wouldn’t be so meaningful to our guests without the support of a good cause.

Tell us about this year’s Opera Ball? The 2020 gala was an extraordinary occasion celebrating such a long-standing tradition of Austrian-American relations in New York City. We heard individual performances by international opera stars Ewa Plonka, Michael Spyres, Corinne Winters, and Limmie Pulliam. The theme of the night was Nessun Dorma,  None Shall Sleep, the famous aria of Puccini’s last opera Turandot, and was performed by opera singer Limmie Pulliam. And for the very first time, the Viennese Opera Ball Orchestra led under our esteemed Maestro Matthias Fletzberger performed.  When you’re not working, what are some of your favorite activities? Of course, I love the Metropolitan Opera, and I try to go four times a year. But I enjoy all the attractions the city has to offer, the wide variety of international restaurants, galleries, museums, and concerts. Since I grew up in nature, I love spending time in Central Park, the green lung of the city— even when it snows or rains.  Where do you see yourself and the Viennese Opera Ball in the next five years? In the past, we have brought the Viennese Opera Ball to another level with the help of significant support of the international opera singers and, of course, of our generous guests, donors, and sponsors. In the next five years, I would like to invite even more international guests, as well as Austrian but also American companies to join our gala. The Ball is a platform for cultural and economic exchange and an event for American philanthropists and New York’s high-society where you are part of a truly unique and spectacular night while supporting a good cause. For more information on the Viennese Opera Ball, visit vienneseoperaball.com. •


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