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Publisher’s Note May at a Glance Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Family takes Center Stage From Classroom to Boardroom

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Publisher’s Note

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“New York Lifestyles Magazine is a continuation of my passion to share news, information and lifestyle about where and how we live. This commitment reflects a positive approach to offering compelling features with the highest quality presentation. As executive publisher, I am proud of our professional staff and my family who are helping to reshape the way you read and enjoy this exciting magazine.” I am very excited about this month’s special cover story and the many wonderful features we have selected for you to read and enjoy. The smash Broadway hit, “Hamilton” is certainly making history. It’s a spectacular show that has captured the hearts and minds of everyone with glowing reviews. We are so honored to present our cover story with the show’s creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and his extraordinary family. His dedication to home, career and philanthropy make him the true star that he is. Bravo Lin-Manuel! I am also excited to introduce a new feature to our readers, “My New York Story.” Each month, we will invite New Yorker’s to share their individual stories that give us personal perspective and colorful insight into our great city. Our thanks to Dennis Walcott, former New York City Schools Chancellor and now CEO at the Queens Library for his memorable New York story. In the coming months ahead, we will keep you in touch with great stories and ideas that, we hope, will joyfully contribute to your own New York lifestyle experience.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Family takes Center Stage By Ivette Manners enius isn’t just born, it’s a natural gift that’s cultivated and nurtured by hard work, experience, and encouragement. Such is the case with award-winning composer/lyricist/ actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hot Broadway play

Hamilton. Miranda, who recently won a Pulitzer Prize in drama for his hip-hop musical about U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, is also the brilliance behind In The Heights, which won 4 Tonys and a Grammy in 2008. New York Lifestyles Magazine got some exclusive airtime with the multi-faceted talent, who’s at the top of his game, and his family who helped him get there.

Lin-Manuel Miranda with his sister Luz Miranda-Crespo Photo by Luis Crespo Photo by Joan Marcus MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 15


The hard work, experience, and encouragement that helped inspire Miranda’s genius started at home. He learned the importance of the family bond from his Puerto Rican-born parents who are fully committed to each other and their children. For Miranda, family comes first and is a big part of who he is as a person and a success. In fact, he was on his way home from his 11-year-old nephew’s birthday party with his wife Vanessa and their 17-month-old son Sebastian when we caught up with him for our interview. “We are a tribe,” says Miranda’s father, Luis. “Tribes enjoy each other’s company together, suffer together, and travel together. They get into each other’s business and give opinions when they shouldn’t. That’s all part of being a family.” Miranda doesn’t talk about his success without mentioning his parents, Luis and Luz, or sister, Luz Miranda-Crespo; who have helped shape the star he is. The star that was evident from a young age. While growing up, Miranda’s home was always full of music— from the Spanish songs played at family parties to Broadway show tunes he sang in the car with his parents to hip-hop that his sister listened to in her room. “My sister gets a lion’s share of the credit for any cool musical taste that I have,” says Miranda. “All of my first hip-hop albums were stolen from her collection. She’s older than me, so she had all the albums before I did, like Black Sheep’s A

Louis Crespo, Luz Miranda-Crespo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda and Luis A. Miranda, Jr. Photo by PatrickMcMullan.com 16 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” During his stage debut at his kindergarten talent show, the then six-year-old Miranda lip-synched to “Land of Confusion” by Genesis with the help of his sister. “I remember Luz writing out the words for me, so that I could memorize them and she gave me the Benetton sweater that I wore.” Luz interjects with a laugh, “Yes, I think I dressed you up!” “Being on stage was sort of what he did,” says Luis. “The arts have been his passion throughout his life—whether it was film, animation, theater, or music.” As a teen, music became a part of his social circle. “It was everything,” says Miranda. “I had friends that I wrote hip-hop with and I had a Doo-Wop group. Making music and movies with my friends were my big pastimes. In college, I was always trying to act and write in equal measure.” While attending Wesleyan University, Miranda would spend time writing his own work (some of which ended up being the beginnings of In the Heights) while auditioning for other people’s plays. “For me, creating and acting has always been two sides of the same coin,” says Miranda. “I think that being a writer helps me be a better actor because I’m thinking a lot about what the writer had in mind for the character. And in turn, I think the better actor you are, the better you are at writing characters.”


Miranda’s ambitious drive comes from his equally overachieving parents. His father first came to the United States at the age of 18 to attend graduate school at New York University. “He was the youngest student ever accepted into their clinical psychology program,” says Luz, Miranda’s mother who met Luis while attending the same graduate program. “My wife brags about me every now and then,” says Luis teasingly. “It’s very nice.” After graduation, Luis realized he didn’t want to go the route of a clinical psychologist; he had other plans in mind. “My wife has been happy in clinical psychology for a very long time now, but that was too deep for me,” says Luis. “After graduation, I spent a decade doing different things, mostly in government and non-profit.” This included a job working for Mayor Ed Koch in the 80s when he founded the Hispanic Federation. He then went on to start his own company to pursue his passion for politics. “But before I was able to start my own company, my wife and I worked really hard to raise our two little kids. We wanted to be sure we could provide for them and put them through college. Once that happened, I knew I could then go out and pursue my passion.” “I come from a family of really hard workers,” says Miranda. “My parents worked the entire time we were growing up. That was sort of the ethic we had. When Luz and I were in high school, we were

the odd little worker bees. It was always about getting something done, even if for me that was writing songs with my friends. I think my parents inspired that in us at a very extreme degree. Even when we’re having fun we have to feel productive.” Miranda’s sister Luz also inherited the boss gene. After earning her MBA at NYU, she is now CFO of the family’s companies, which includes Miranda’s 5000 Broadway Productions.

The Miranda family at Luis’ 60th birthday Photo by Luis Crespo

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Miranda’s parents not only encouraged his career by sending him to the best schools, they were also there to offer anything he needed to reach his dreams. “At the end of the day, our job was to support our son’s passion,” says Luis. “As parents, you help in both big and small ways. When he talks about fundraising for In the Heights, he remembers our allowing him to raid our refrigerator, so that he didn’t have to buy food and letting him empty his mom’s closet, so that he could have a garage sale.” Miranda’s mom likes to give all the credit to her husband’s guidance as a huge part of her son’s success. “I think Luis has been the bedrock of how things moved forward for Lin-Manuel since the days of In The Heights,” says Luz modestly. “I’m not a critic. As far as I’m concerned, everything that my son does is amazing. His dad, on the other hand, can be a great critic. Our

Phillipa Soo and Lin-Manuel Miranda Photo by Joan Marcus

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main concern was: Would what Lin-Manuel wanted to do be viable? Before Hamilton, a hip-hop musical about the Founding Fathers with a cast of colors was not imaginable. It could have gone either way, but it’s been amazingly well received. I think the timing has something to do with it.” And indeed, America was ready for it. Miranda’s sense of community, his Latino background, and political opinions are very prominent in his work; but his messages transcend the stage. In a New York Times Op-Ed column this past March, Miranda speaks out about the current financial struggles in Puerto Rico, and similar to what Alexander Hamilton historically did in 1772 for his countrymen in St. Croix, Miranda made a plea for help for his fellow Puerto Ricans on the island.


But Miranda is not all talk. He is a man of action, and his father is all in with him to make a change. Luis worked hard to secure resources for the newly launched Hamilton Education Program. The program was born from a partnership between the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (a non-profit dedicated to the improvement of history education in grades K-12), The Rockefeller Foundation, and the producers of Hamilton—brought together by Luis. “Patrick Brennan, a friend of mine who is chief of staff at The Rockefeller Foundation, had seen Hamilton and was amazed at its historical value and educational potential,” says Luis. “We sat down and talked about working on a project together and he presented the idea to the president of the Foundation.” While Luis helped make the connection with The Rockefeller Foundation for funding for the program, the producers of Hamilton had been talking to the Gilder Lehrman Institute about brining in the educational curriculum. It was the perfect collaboration, and last month all of their efforts paid off. The program kicked off on April 12, and it brought 1,200 students from 12 low-income high schools around the New York City boroughs to Broadway.

essay, students participate in the program by composing an original song, poem, or dramatic scene based on a historical character or event they learn about through Gilder Lehrman’s curriculum. Then they perform their pieces in their school and the best students are chosen to perform live in the theater on the day they come to see Hamilton. “Lin-Manuel personally greets the students and the performances are introduced by actor Christopher Jackson, who plays George Washington in Hamilton. After their performances and seeing the play, the students get a chance to have a Q&A with the cast,” says Basker. “These are some of the brightest kids you’ll ever meet.” The Hamilton cast has been very active in the program, which will continue with a May 11 performance and extend throughout the year and across the country. “Our goal is to make this available to every school in America. Every kid should be involved in this program,” says Basker. “And we’re so thankful for Miranda for his involvement and dedication. He’s a genius. He’s the Shakespeare of our time.” No doubt. •

“This isn’t just about bringing students who have never been to a Broadway show to see Hamilton,” says James Basker, president of the Gilder Lehrman Institute. “It’s about teaching history to kids who thought that it had nothing to do with them and giving them an opportunity to achieve.” In lieu of taking an exam or writing an

The Hamilton cast on stage Photo by Joan Marcus

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Seasonal Dress SOS

By Miki Makrillos

here has been discussion among style experts—the fashion calendar is broken. The fluctuating state of fashion itself, including designer burnout and consumer fatigue, makes it clear how confusing and chaotic the creative industry has become. Some critics have even hinted that there is a disconnect between 20 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016

creativity and commerce at the heart of fashion. Now, original style has a quick paced commercial perspective. Daniel Marks, director of the public relations agency The Communications Store has argued that there needs to be an alliance between the commercial and creative. “The key to a successful brand is the balance between creativity and commerce, and a team who works together towards the same goals with mutual respect,” Marks says. “When you get the right CEO, that’s when success happens.”


Designer burnout will eventually lead to an industry where “fast fashion” will take over, and inspiration and quality will become secondary. Technology has had a powerful impact on fashion and how people are now moving faster onto the “next thing” or “new trend”, versus the tradition and precision of fashion design. Technology speed and exposure, along with large conglomerates demanding numbers leave designers struggling to stay afloat.

Fashion has become a “beast” that needs to be fed quickly with a volume of creative ideas. Currently, the fashion industry expects designers to produce as many as six collections a year, in addition to attending events and press viewings, as well as have a significant social media presence. Is it a surprise that designers are too tired to create anymore? Is designer burnout a real thing? Is this the reason these creative minds are exiting luxury brands? Recently designers such as Alexander Wang, Raf Simons, and Donna Karan left their respective luxury brands (Balenciaga, Dior, Donna Karan International) in an attempt to preserve a work-life balance, and focus on their own namesake labels, or as in Ms. Karan’s case, to focus on her Urban Zen company and foundation. Within the last 20 years, we have seen designers take the role of creative directors to give their labels new identities while still working on and maintaining their personal collections. Fashion’s current business model and expectations of designers are apparently impractical and unsustainable.

Traditionally, editors and buyers attended fashion shows and selected items for their magazines and stores. Those selections would become available to consumers from four to six months later. However, this has now changed drastically as a result of technology and social media. Consumers have access to images of collections simultaneously to editors and buyers, as well as access to some of these items immediately after they’re shown on the runway. This instant gratification leads to other issues including seasonal confusion, and as a result, consumers experience product fatigue by the time the actual collection hits the stores. This dilemma was researched by The Boston Consulting Group, who interviewed a mix of designers, fashion execs, retailers, editors, show producers, casting agents, and bloggers. Interviews revealed that now is the time for a change in the industry. The issue of seasonal relevancy was clearly conveyed, with those designers working to keep up with current demand experiencing major burnout and the subject of fashion fatigue for the consumer where fashion looks old by the time it reaches the store. Yes, it is a new fashion line that feels old to the consumer. Finally creating a sustainable business is tough when items are being made faster than they are purchased, leaving businesses with a loss when clothes are marked down by the time they are seasonally relevant. The pace of fashion collections is so accelerated that brands are forgetting what the consumer wants to wear, and when they want to wear it. Seasonal dressing seems to be blended from one season into the next. In a world where we are all trying to achieve a work-life balance the fashion industry is screaming SOS as it finds its own balance. • About Miki Makrillos Miki Makrillos is a commentator on style and fashion on her website: wonderwomantalks.com MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 21


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BEST FOR ADVENTURERS

THE BATHS, VIRGIN GORDA, BVI This stretch of sand is a natural wonder. After you’ve surveyed the huge boulders scattered along the shoreline like giant beach balls, plan to explore The Baths’ grottoes and hidden pools, which can be reached only by crawling through caves and climbing over rock walls. Just beyond this natural wonder, you’ll find that the sand is powdery with calm waters protected from the tides by the rock

formations. Because this is a popular beach, don’t expect to have it all to yourself, and be sure to wear reef shoes! Where to Stay The laid-back luxury of Rosewood Little Dix Bay (rosewoodhotels. com) offers guests plenty of sun and surf activities and excellent restaurants. Villas and suites offer guests absolute perfection with ultimate amenities. Landscaped gardens are a joy to behold!

BEST FOR LONG WALKS

GRACE BAY, TURKS & CAICOS On the island of Providenciales is one of the longest stretches of powdery beach in the Caribbean. The white sands come fringed with swaying palm trees and some of the most elegantly luxurious resorts found in the Caribbean. The beautiful shoreline seems to stretch forever with water that invites a calm mood. So much so, that you may want to extend your getaway a few days. Where to Stay Look no further than the Meridian Club (meridianclub.com), which sits on the private island of Pine Cay. This resort is for guests who seek to unplug from the world: there are no phones or TVs. The superb accommodations provide a relaxing stay. Off property, there are nature trails to be explored by bike or on foot.

BEST FOR SUNSETS

SEVEN MILE BEACH, JAMAICA This long band of golden sand has made Negril a hot beach destination since the 1960s, but what’s truly special about this place are the amazing red, cliff-framed sunsets. Head for the part of the beach that’s called the West End, where a ridge of cliffs rise above the sand and none of the hotels are taller than a palm tree. Grab a table at a local café and sip Red Stripe, the local brew of choice, and drink it all in! Where to Stay Once the tropical hideaway of screen legend Marilyn Monroe, Jamaica Inn (jamaicainn.com) still thrills as the island’s grand dame. Located in Ocho Rios, it features beautifully designed suites and cottages with views of the Caribbean Sea. Go ahead and indulge in a relaxing waterfront treatment at the Ocean Spa before dining al fresco. Late night dancing with a live band is a bonus. 24 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016


BEST FOR SNORKELING

TRUNK BAY, ST. JOHN, USVI It’s the most photographed inlet on St. John for good reason. Trunk Bay, a National Park, is a sparkling jewel with striking white sand bordered by coconut palms, tropical blooms, and sea grape trees. An offshore coral reef is home to colorful fish and bottom-dwelling stingrays. Snorkelers can explore underwater trails and the abundance of marine life. Back on the beach, the park service maintains a picnic area with outdoor grills, a gift shop that rents snorkel equipment, a snack bar, and showers. Where to Stay Located near Cruz Bay, Gallows Point Resort (gallowspointresort.com) provides island views and stunning sunsets on a lush five-acre peninsula. Catch the breezy trade winds from your villa featuring tropical-themed décor. Guests are encouraged to visit the town to shop for handcrafted treasures or eat at roadside eateries specializing in local fish cuisine.

BEST FOR WINDSURFING

FISHERMAN’S HUT BEACH, ARUBA Thanks to the hearty trade winds that blow across the southern part of the Caribbean, Aruba is a top-rated place to provide some truly challenging windsurfing adventures. The prime spot: Fisherman’s Hut, located on the end of Aruba’s western coast. Here, you can rent equipment and sign up for lessons right on the shore. After, head to nearby Palm Beach, where the white sand is welcoming and the wind is much calmer. Where to Stay The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (marriott.com) has it all. One of the first high-rise beachside properties, it offers family fun vacations and lots of romance, too. Couples should book a room at the resort’s Tradewinds Club—a totally private adultsonly experience. Families will have a great time, as well. Organized activities for the younger set and playground keep kids entertained during the day. Dining options range from romantic to a family-style buffet. Guests enjoy the 24/7 snacks in the lobby before striking it rich at the onsite casino.

BEST FOR SURFING

BATHSHEBA BEACH, BARBADOS This is the easternmost island in the Caribbean, and its exposure to the mighty Atlantic Ocean makes it a great place to catch some waves, whether you are a beginner or an expert. Most islanders recommend heading to the island’s east coast, home of some hearty swells. Tops with surfers is Bathsheba Beach. Here, the sea pounds the shore at a spot called the Soup Bowl. Where to Stay Run by the same family for more than 50 years, the upscale Coral Reef Club (coralreefbarbados.com) provides visitors beautiful suites with an inviting ambiance. Set on 12 acres of land, the tastefully appointed rooms (some with a private plunge pool) provide seclusion amidst beautiful views of the lush, flower-filled gardens. For sheer relaxation be sure to make an appointment at the spa for a luxurious Lemongrass and Ginger Rub. Sounds like heaven! MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 25


BEST FOR PRIVACY

TOINY BEACH, ST. BARTHS Beautiful St. Barths attracts jetsetters from around the world. However, if you need an afternoon away from the trendy lifestyle setting, head to the quiet sands of Toiny Beach—one of most beautiful beaches on the island. For an extra special touch, have lunch at Hotel Le Toiny’s restaurant (letoiny.com), an enchanting hideaway set on the hillside overlooking this spectacular beach. Here you can indulge in superb French cuisine with a Caribbean flair. Where to Stay Le Guanahani (leguanahani.com) appeals to the active traveler who enjoys tennis, fitness, and water sports. Or, if you prefer, just chill out at the spa for the new Expressement My Blend Treatment facial at the Clarins Spa. Luxurious suites include butler service and other creature comforts. Le Guanahani is also a great destination for families. Children enjoy special program activities at the beach, as well as spend fun time at the Kid’s Club.

BEST FOR ROMANCE

PINK BEACH, THE BAHAMAS Harbour Island may not be the easiest place to get to—you have to fly from Nassau or Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, and then take a ferry— but that’s why it’s so wonderfully tranquil. In fact, you could have the wide, three-mile-long band of Pink Beach almost entirely for the day. The soft sand gets its lovely color from coral and shells that were pulverized by the sea eons ago, so you can consider this a historical excursion, as well. Stretch out in the sun, cool off in the

Atlantic and feel free to take a well-deserved snooze. Chances are nobody will be there to see you! Where to Stay Harbour Island’s most luxurious hotel is Rock House (rockhousebahamas.com), an intimate haven for the international crowd. Tropical flowers are a welcoming touch to the sophisticated tropical accommodations, cabanas line the courtside pool, and the celebrated restaurant awaits diners to end another day in paradise.

BEST FOR A PICNIC

LITTLE BAY BEACH, ANGUILLA For a totally relaxing half-day excursion, set your sights on tiny Little Bay Beach, surrounded by cliffs and accessible only by boat. As a result, this stunning beach is surprisingly secluded. Pack a picnic lunch (your hotel’s concierge will make the arrangements), then hire a fisherman at Crocus Bay to take you in his boat (it’s a mere five-minute ride). There are no sailboats for rent here; although, if you’re lucky, you may spot a stingray. Trust us, if it were easier to reach, Little Bay Beach would be packed! Where to Stay Look no further than the ultra-luxurious Viceroy Anguilla (viceroyhotelsandresorts. com). Overlooking tranquil Meads Bay, the fashionable resort features five restaurants, fully equipped gym, a spa, and loads of activities including a camping program for kids. Accommodations are stunning. The exclusive villas provide visitors that wow factor with private infinity pools, indoor/outdoor showers, and a fully stocked kitchen. And that’s just the beginning. • 26 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016


A Luxurious Mountain Retreat

By Jeff and Stephanie Sylva All photos courtesy of Jim Smith Photography

et in the heart of a scenic natural area comprised of more than 40,000 acres of state park, private preserves, and resort property, a spectacular “Victorian castle” stands as a relic of graceful hospitality. Perched above the shimmering waters of New York’s Lake Mohonk in New Paltz, Mohonk Mountain House offers a unique opportunity to commune with nature in grand style.

Founded in 1869 by Albert Smiley with the purchase of 280 acres and a ten-room inn, the historic house has grown into a legendary resort that attracts all types of visitors, from octogenarians to families who have vacationed at Mohonk for generations. Our first visit to Mohonk more than 20 years ago made quite an impression on us, just as it did on a New York Times writer in 1882 who said, “There is nothing in the world exactly like Lake Mohonk. It is famous, yet it has the kind of fame that people and places had before newspapers were known.” MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 27


A LASTING STATUS Mohonk’s reputation continues to be celebrated by many of the leading travel magazines such as Conde Nast Traveler and Travel and Leisure for three years in a row. These, as well as many other accolades garnered by the resort, reflect this national historic landmark’s commitment to providing guests with “opportunities for recreation and renewal of body, mind, and spirit in a spectacular, natural setting.” The Mountain House has retained its original Victorian character with beautifully carved woodwork and antique furnishings. One would spend the better part of a day trying to count the number of fireplaces that adorn the guest rooms, parlors, lounges, nooks and alcoves providing guests a warm, inviting environment to relax and renew after a day full of activity. (There are 138 working fireplaces.) ENDLESS ACTIVITIES Much of the charm of Mohonk Mountain House stems from

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the gracious sense of timeless luxury of its guest rooms and many hospitable parlors. But the grandeur of the resort is found outside amidst its colorful gardens, invigorating hiking trails and challenging rock scrambles, and its most spectacular centerpiece, the sparkling Lake Mohonk. The views of the lake are surpassed only by those from the more than 100 gazebos that dot the lake’s trails and paths. You’ll find many of them perched on cliffs overlooking the lake, offering breathtaking views of the glacial-formed lake and the castle-like mountain house. Mohonk has many inviting places, both inside and out, where people can find a tranquil spot to relax and lose themselves in a book. For those looking for a more active lifestyle, this mountain retreat offers plenty of choices, such as the guided hike or rock scramble—which are hikes on trails that look more like demolition sites. We especially enjoyed the rock scramble through The


Labyrinth and the Lemon Squeeze. It provides excellent views of the lake and mountain house before it deposits you at the mountain’s pinnacle and Skytop Tower, erected as a monument to Alfred Smiley offering panoramic views of up to six states on a clear day.

theme programs is available on the resort’s website.

Guests can also enjoy a variety of water sports including canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, as well as lake swimming. Landlubbers have just as many activities available: croquet, mountain biking, tennis, golf, shuffleboard, yoga and fitness classes are some favorites.

SEASONAL SPECIALS Be sure to check Mohonk’s seasonal specials, such as their Hudson Valley Getaway; offered midweek, April through November. You can discover why the region around Mohonk is being called “the Napa Valley of the East.” Mohonk’s “Hudson Valley Getaway Map” highlights the region’s many “trails”for exploring what the area has to offer, such as the seasonal “Pick Your Own Farms”, the expansive Wine & Spirits, and the not-to-be-missed Hudson Valley History trails, plus more.

In addition to these active choices, a variety of more leisurely options, such as guided garden strolls, narrated house tours, art exhibits, and carriage rides are available. You will want to check out Mohonk’s wide selection of theme programs from music (“Jazz on the Mountain”) to dance (“Ballroom Dancing Weekend”). Also, there are outdoor-themed activities (“Cyclist Training”) and restorative activities (“Spring Yoga Weekend”). A complete list of

DON’T FORGET THE KIDS Another amenity offered to guests is Mohonk’s Kids’ Club, a program designed to include plenty of playtime while exploring the natural wonders of Mohonk. During the summer months, the program is divided into three age groups and is available daily, while a modified program of two age groups is available most weekends and holidays the rest of the year. MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 29


SOOTHE THE BODY & SOUL Mohonk Mountain House has always been a perfect place to relax and restore. That goal is further enhanced at its award-winning Spa at Mohonk Mountain House. Again, the offerings of both spa services and fitness programs are endless and include the unique experience of “Mindfulness in Minutes—Meditation” in a private session with Nina Smiley, Ph.D. The Spa building is a marvel in itself, as the structure blends a modern, environmentally-conscious design (a geo-thermal heating/cooling system and a 2,000-square-foot “green roof ” garden are prime examples of this design). With more than 200 windows overlooking a majestic natural backdrop, together with local timber beams, cedar shingles, and native foliage, The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House creates a relaxing atmosphere by “bringing the outside in.” Sixteen treatment rooms, a heated outdoor mineral pool, a fullservice beauty salon, as well as a comprehensive fitness center and yoga/motion studio, provide guests with a full array of therapeutic and fitness options. The Spa wing also features an indoor heated swimming

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pool with an underwater sound system. A TASTY DELIGHT Dining at Mohonk is a delight as the food is both bountiful and exquisite. Overnight guests enjoy three meals a day included in the price of the room. Breakfast and lunch feature extensive buffets with a few options, the best of which is the Granary Outdoor Barbeque for lunch offered weekends from early May until late October and every day during the summer months. The sumptuous Mohonk DinnerFest Buffet is offered late June to early September, holidays, and many Friday and Saturday evenings year round. A traditional three-course menu is also available for dinner and provides a true gourmet dining experience. Appetizers are simply enticing as are the delectable entrees including Seared Scottish Salmon or a Roasted Moroccan-Spiced Boneless Rack of Lamb. The Mohonk Mountain House is full of life. Our recent visit to Mohonk confirmed to us the Smiley family’s commitment--that this national historic landmark remains “the same, only better.” For more information about Mohonk Mountain House and its rates visit mohonk.com •


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MAMMA MIA! 5 Getaways to Make Her Day

By Patricia Canole

t’s a bond that can never be broken. Mothers and daughters have a unique relationship which seems magical—an exclusive union that can be strengthened even more with a weekend getaway. Sure, everyone remembers their first family road trip as a child; but years pass and as adults there comes a time when we realize that a mother-daughter trip is just as equally important. Mother’s Day started well over a century ago and was the inspiration of Anna Jarvis, who in 1905 wanted to honor her mom. Anna, a peace activist, cared for the wounded and sick; she also

created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address many public health issues. Anna persevered and believed that a day should be set aside to honor the women who have “done more for you than anyone in the world.” Finally, in 1911, Woodrow Wilson designated Mother’s Day as a national holiday. Take a look at these quick getaways that will create a fun opportunity to get to know your mom in a whole new way. Go ahead, pack your bags and splurge. Each of these trips is ideal for bonding, relaxing, and learning something new. These trips don’t have to be limited to just the girls, as mothers and their sons deserve some quality time together, as well.

1000 ISLAND HARBOR HOTEL Clayton, New York Tucked into a seven-acre parkland setting fronting the St. Lawrence River, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel offers a full-service resort experience for travelers to one of upstate New York’s most picturesque getaway destinations: the Thousand Islands region. The AAA Four Diamond-rated 105-room hotel affords guests deluxe rooms and dining options, as well as an indoor swimming pool and a fullyequipped fitness center. Mothers and daughters seeking an idyllic retreat on the water’s edge can choose from several package options. The “In-House Massage” package offers accommodations, a soothing massage for each guest, and breakfast at the Sea Grille restaurant. Adventure seekers will enjoy “The St. Lawrence Sports Package”, which provides half- and full-day kayaking or bike rentals to make the most of the region’s scenery. Breakfast included. Its riverfront location in the historic town of Clayton puts guests just minutes from renowned vineyards; plenty of quaint shops (girls need some retail therapy); exceptional museums and performing arts centers; and a wealth of outdoor activities including river cruises, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and golf. 1000islandharborhotel.com MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 33


WHITEFACE LODGE Lake Placid, New York The 98-suite Forbes Four Star Whiteface Lodge, surrounded by the beauty of the Adirondacks, has everything mom needs for a luxury getaway. The “Pamper Yourself Spa Package for Two” includes two 50-minute massages at the award-winning Spa at Whiteface Lodge, plus access to health and wellness classes, cedar wood saunas, eucalyptus-infused steam room, indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub. A stay at Whiteface Lodge comes complete with suite accommodations boasting a balcony; jetted tub and fireplace; full breakfast daily; warm, homemade cookies at turndown; nightly s’mores; and access to all resort amenities. Guests can unwind in Kanu Lounge over dinner and signature cocktails, with live music enhancing the casual ambiance. Outdoor amenities include an ice rink, year-round hot tub, and two handcrafted lean-tos that provide an inviting, sheltered spot for guests to gather for hors d’oeuvres by the fire pit. thewhitefacelodge.com SEA CREST BEACH HOTEL North Falmouth, Massachusetts Make it a three-generational mother-daughter retreat, or add a sister or two by booking the three-bed cottage at Sea Crest Beach Hotel. These escapes feature a private deck and backyard, fire pit, kitchenette, and large fireplace that’s perfect for family bonding. The main hotel enjoys a prime beachfront setting on Cape Cod’s Buzzard’s Bay and is located just minutes from seafaring attractions, such as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Marine Biological Laboratory. Ferries to the neighboring islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are within walking distance. Guests of Sea Crest Beach Hotel can step directly onto a private stretch of Old Silver Beach, one of the finest beaches on the Upper Cape. Later, enjoy a relaxing meal at the hotel’s Red’s restaurant offering fresh takes on American Cape cuisine or relax in the saline pool with deck and bar. For even more pampering, mothers will enjoy the “Beach Stone Package” in partnership with Bellezza Salon Medspa, which includes overnight accommodations, a Hot Stone Massage, and a spa-themed welcome bag. Guests should book at least four days in advance to ensure spa availability. Upon booking, Sea Crest Beach Hotel’s reservation department will assist in scheduling spa services. seacrestbeachhotel.com 34 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016


THE MAYFLOWER GRACE Washington, Connecticut Located in an idyllic New England town, The Mayflower Grace is an exquisite Relais & Chateaux country retreat set on 58 acres of exquisitely landscaped gardens and woodlands. With just 30 luxurious rooms, it is renowned as one of the Northeast’s most distinguished hideaways. The sumptuous Mayflower Dining Room offers excellent service and cuisine serving upscale contemporary American cuisine by incorporating fresh local ingredients into each dish. Mothers and daughters will enjoy a weekend of relaxing in the award-winning 20,000 square-foot spa, offering highly personalized wellness programs, as well as fitness classes such as power yoga,

body sculpting, cardio fitness, and Pilates. For ultimate relaxation, the spa recently introduced Forest Bathing (Shinrin-yoku), a healing therapy that promotes health and wellness by integrating the natural outdoor world by engaging all five senses. Studies have shown Forest Bathing can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and stress levels, as well as boost immunity. This two-hour session embraces the mind, body, spirit, and soul as you experience the healing effects that only a “bath” in nature can provide. Additionally, guests enjoy acres of other outdoor activities including hiking on the nature trails within the nearby Steep Rock Reserve. For less strenuous activity try your hand at tennis, fly fishing, archery, or kayaking. For more information, visit: gracehotels.com/mayflower

MIRBEAU INN & SPA Skaneateles, New York Situated on 12 acres in an upstate New York storybook village, Mirbeau Inn & Spa combines the amenities of a French country inn, a world-class spa, and nationally acclaimed fine dining, all with the elegant comforts and residential feel of a wine country estate. The 34-room hideaway is clustered around sumptuous Monet pond gardens. The exterior architecture, interior décor, and landscape design are reminiscent of a Provençal French country estate. “The Perfect Getaway” package for two includes luxurious overnight accommodations and a spa treatment credit for use in Spa Mirbeau. For guests who are wanting multiple treatments, it’s suggested to have the resort’s personal wellness advisor design a customized experience. You can choose from facials, massages, antiaging treatments, and even holistic health and nutrition counseling. The Mirbeau Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner offering global cuisine inspired by French-speaking populations around the world. Classic methods using only local sources, Finger Lakes organic, and regional produce, dairy and meats grace the tables and satisfy the palate. Afterward, take in The Wine Bar & Bistro, which showcases interactive, self-service wine stations with 24 unique wines to explore. Wine Stations frequently change with such themes as “The Nose Knows—Aromatic Whites,” “Pretty in Pink-Blush Lovelies,” and “White Wines We Can’t Pronounce.” It’s the perfect way to end the evening. mirbeau.com •

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10 Reasons to Visit Lake George

By Patricia Canole

dirondack Park and its mountains cover just under 10,000 square miles—nearly filling the northeastern section of New York State, from close to the Canadian border to as far south as the town of Glens Falls. In spring, visitors come to hike and birdwatch; in summer, families enjoy the lakes, mountains, forests, fishing, golfing, and whitewater rafting. Well over 100 years old, the park offers almost unlimited opportunities for outdoor activity. It encompasses endless mountain trails, a section of the Hudson River, more than 125

canoe routes, campsites, and several famous lakes—Saranac Lake, Lake Champlain, and Lake Placid, known as the “Queen of American Lakes”. Just 205 miles from New York City, Lake George Village is the most populated in the area. It sits on a 32-mile jewel of a lake ringed by mountains and dotted with dozens of state-owned islands. And although commercial ventures have sprouted up here and there, Mother Nature still reigns supreme in the region. Take a peek at the variety of events, activities, and attractions to take advantage of this spring and summer in Lake George; then pack your bags and hop in the car for a fun road trip.

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1. THE BEACHES Lake George’s beaches offer just the right spot to relax in the sun in addition to picturesque views of the surrounding Adirondack Mountains. While there are many places to swim, the most popular is the state-run Million Dollar Beach, where lifeguards are on duty and, best of all, it’s free. You’ll find restrooms, showers, a volleyball area, snack stands, and picnic areas complete with grills. And the calm waters here make swimming ideal for kids of all ages. After a day worshipping the sun, take a ride on one of the lake’s historic steamboats. The most famous of them all, the Minne-Ha-Ha, is one of the last steam paddle wheelers in the country. Don’t miss the fireworks display from July 4th through August in nearby Lake George Village. 2. THE CAMPING Summer is tuning in with nature, and there’s no better way to do just that than by camping. With more than 380 shoreline campsites available on the 44 islands of Lake George, campers come back year after year to enjoy the crystal clear waters

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and stunning green mountains. Some islands boast a single site while others offer a cruiser dock—Glen Island even has a camp store. For those craving the creature comforts, there are nearby glamping sites. Posh Primitive in Chestertown offers customstyled tents on platforms, which include the luxury of homes. If you prefer, Adirondack Safari will set up a custom canvas tent on any site of your choice and will even arrange outdoor activities. 3. THE LARAC JUNE ARTS FESTIVAL One of the premier summer events in the Southern Adirondack Region, LARAC draws crowds of twenty thousand plus. Held June 18 and 19, the festival features some 200 exhibitors offering shoppers a variety of products—many handcrafted—including jewelry, fine art, textiles, and homemade foods. The festival is near Lake George in beautiful downtown Glens Falls City Park. The festival also boasts not-forprofit booths, art demonstrations, kid’s activities, food concessions, and lots of live entertainment by local musicians.


4. THE HOPPY TRAILS BREW BUS No need to pick and choose among the brewers, distilleries, and wineries in the Adirondack region; the Hoppy Trails Brew Bus offers allinclusive tour so you can see it all. You’ll experience the crafting process and samplings along with plenty of snacks to soak up the suds along the way. 5. THE OUTLET MALL SHOPPING The Lake George Area features 57 factory outlet centers offering 20 to 70 percent off retail prices. Shoppers will find name brand clothing, accessories, footwear, housewares, and lots more. The Factory Outlets of Lake George are located just off I-87. 6. THE SAGAMORE RESORT Located on a 72-acre island in Lake George, The Sagamore is a step back in time. The resort

has hosted celebrities and dignitaries alike with the signature hospitality established over a century ago by Myron O. Brown. Rooms in the 1883 Colonial-revival main house provide guests views of the lake or gardens. The decor, including marble bathrooms and handsome wood furniture, is elegant but not formal; while guest rooms in the newer lodge buildings are country-chic. Notable facilities here include the spa, and the sailing school makes a stay here very memorable. 7. THE ADIRONDACK BALLOON FESTIVAL The four-day festival kicks off on September 22 in Glens Falls with live music, activities for kids, and a massive launch of hot air balloons. On Saturday, grab your flashlight for “Lighting up the Night: Moonglow” featuring a spectacular display from more than 20 hot air balloons. MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 39


8. THE HYDE COLLECTION ART MUSEUM This complex, which includes a historic house and art museum, combines the heritage of the Adirondacks. It’s one of the finest art museums in the Northeast with some 2,800 pieces including paintings and works by Cezanne, Da Vinci, Degas, El Greco, Rembrandt, and Picasso. In addition to displays of antiques and period furniture, educational programs are also part of the programs. 9. HORSE RACING For the sheer beauty and exhilaration of thoroughbred racing, head to nearby Saratoga Racetrack. For well over a century, some of the most thrilling races in history have been won here. Legendary races—like the upset of 1919 when Man o’ War, the superstar horse, was defeated—are what make Saratoga like no other track in the country. Come early in the day and enjoy breakfast at the track, watching these gorgeous creatures do their practice runs. The track is open for six weeks from July 22 to September 5. The festive spirit spreads throughout the region with music filling the air and showy hats are once again in fashion.

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10. THE DINING Complete the day in style at one of these local favorites—you may even come back for more! The Barnsider Smoke House Restaurant’s wedge-cut fries are thick and satisfying along with the juicy ribs. Lake George visitors also like their breakfasts that include all-you-can-devour pancakes. Summertime diners enjoy eating on the terrace at Log Jam, which looks like someone’s cozy log house. With a down-home feel, the restaurant serves upscale dishes including roast duck and prime ribs. Surfand-turf combos are also very popular. For more information on Lake George, visit them at: visitlakegeorge.com •


Twin Pines on Trout Lake

Twin Pines is a family owned and operated resort that offers a complete Adirondack Mountain vacation experience. Our amenities include warm hospitality, fully equipped cottages, and boundless recreation. We are close to activities like whitewater rafting, biking, hiking trails and hot air balloon rides. We are also within driving distance to Six Flags Great Escape, Saratoga Springs and Lake Placid.

520 Trout Lake Road Diamond Point, New York

Come to Twin Pines Resort to enjoy the abundance of nature that’s right outside your door. Book your family reunion to spend time with your loved ones just outside of Lake George, NY. Whether it’s for a scenic canoe paddle down the pristine Trout Lake, or a relaxing day on the beaches of Bolton Landing, Twin Pines is the perfect escape from the bustle of day-to-day life.

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A New Brooklyn Rising at 388 Bridge Street By Daniel J. Bollinger rooklyn is going through major changes these days and 388 Bridge Street is leading the way. This luxury building defines the improvements that are helping Brooklyn become an important center in the world. Located in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, 388 Bridge Street is a stone’s throw away from the Brooklyn Tabernacle, Long Island University Brooklyn,

Fort Greene Park, and Brooklyn Law School, to name just a few of the famed institutions in the immediate area. The building is positioned between Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street, two streets bursting with the culture and shopping that makes Brooklyn a great place to live. Myrtle and DeKalb Avenues, which stretch from Flatbush Avenue all the way into the heart of Bedford Stuyvesant, are also nearby. In the past, restaurants on Myrtle and DeKalb Avenues have not been known to make the pages of New York Times food section. However, this is a new Brooklyn. One could write volumes on the dining available in this, with stellar restaurants like Castro’s, Five Spot, Kum Kau, Sapolo, Madiba, Mike’s Coffee Shop and Wray’s Caribbean & Seafood Cuisine. But for now, at least, let’s focus on this new luxe residence.

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This building represents a new era of high-rise living. Once Brooklyn’s tallest tower, 388 Bridge Street was recently eclipsed an entire six feet by AVA DoBro. However, there’s no need to split hairs because one of the things that define the brilliance of 388 Bridge Street is the view. The architects got the design right. This 144-unit building features 40 extraordinary 2- to 4-bedroom penthouses, available from the 45th to 53rd floor. The unique floor plans offer both simplex and duplex condos with twelve outdoor terraces affording stunning views. Most distinctive are the penthouses designed with bedrooms on each opposite end. Bedrooms feature terraces while a common space is central to each unit. Upon entering into the open common area is the kitchen—featuring either an island or rolling cart depending on the model; dining and living room adjoin. 44 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016

The duplexes were designed traditionally with living quarters on the second floor and common areas on the first. The common area is designed very similar to the simplex, where the kitchen is set adjacent to the dining room, making one large room. The living room in some of the duplexes is set slightly off, but party revelers in the living room won’t miss out on what is going on in the kitchen at all. There’s another beautiful terrace, this time off the dining room with even more spectacular views to take in. All units have high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout allowing for ample natural sunlight throughout. Bathrooms are equally impressive. Either a shower room or a fronttiled tub is included in each bath; all showers are equipped with a rain-shower. Another design feature that amazes is the bathtub


recess that is slightly longer than the tub itself and is installed with shelves, perfect for toiletries and other essentials. An upscale feature you won’t see in many residences. The views from 388 Bridge Street are picture-book perfect. The iconic Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower, built in 1929, is approximately 100 feet shorter than 388 Bridge Street. However, it’s been only in the past seven years that residential buildings like the Brooklyner, AVA DoBro, and 388 Bridge Street have been erected, giving condo residents a chance to view the amazing skyline of Brooklyn and beyond. You can see the Statue of Liberty and look over at the Manhattan skyline. To the south, you can see the ferris wheel at Coney Island and even catch a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean on a clear day. And then there are the bridges:

Brooklyn Bridge and the Verrazano-Narrows in their glory. But don’t dismay if you don’t have a terrace. One of the beauties of 388 Bridge Street is the 54th-floor rooftop. Another impressive amenity is the just under 5,000-square foot outdoor terrace with a BBQ grilling deck. Here is the future of Brooklyn. 388 Bridge Street has introduced us to a new era of high-rise living in the most popular borough in the world. These penthouses are for those who love culture, shopping, and all the nightlife that New York City offers. In addition to the many restaurants and bars, you’re near all subway stations and Barclays Center. 388 Bridge Street’s got it right— from the location and design to the amenities. Welcome to the new Brooklyn rising. • MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 45


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Notable Luxury at 88 & 90 Lexington Avenue By Daniel J. Bollinger ocated in NoMad, the latest trendy New York City neighborhood, 88 & 90 Lexington Avenue is a two building conversion that have been combined as one residential unit. NoMad, short for North of Madison Square Park, is a great location because of its proximity to other great Manhattan neighborhoods such as Union Square, Gramercy Park, Midtown, and Park Avenue South. This residence puts you at the heart of a quasi-Little India community with an excess of Indian cuisine at your doorsteps, including Kalustyan’s, the famed landmark for fine specialty foods. However, every cuisine you can desire is within walking distance of the building including Blue Smoke & Jazz Standard, Sarabeth’s, Eataly, Penelope, and the famous Pete’s Tavern in Gramercy Park.

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The beauty of 88 & 90 Lexington is that they pair the old and the new as one development. The building at 88 Lexington is classic pre-war architecture built in 1927 and 90 Lexington, though it was built in 1958, has been completely stripped down to the steel beams and its façade rebuilt in modern glass and stone. Though the actual buildings have history and age, the interiors are completely cutting edge and modern. All new mechanical systems, elevators, plumbing, centralized airconditioning, and state of the art electrical and IT wiring make 88 & 90 Lexington 21st century modern. Wi-Fi thermostat control that can be monitored by your smartphone or computer shows how modern 88 & 90 Lexington has been built. The residences at 88 Lexington offer pre-war room planning style while 90 Lexington has gallery like layouts with wonderfully large one room kitchen/dining/den layouts. Both buildings offer ceilings to nearly eleven feet. 88 Lexington has large windows throughout and 90 Lexington offers near-the-floor to ceiling windows. Both buildings have great natural light and outstanding views to match. About the views: In all directions you’ll have grand views. And you need not worry about a high-rise going up across the street blocking any of those beautiful views. With structures like the New York Life Insurance Building and the 69th Regiment Armory surrounding 88 & 90 Lexington, you are sure to have these views protected as you watch the ever-changing landscape of New York City from your window. The designers have done an impressive job. First, the layouts are great. In the units, all have open kitchens with the dining areas and dens nearby. Always a great design for the family oriented who know that the kitchen is the heart of the home. One design detail worth noting is the way the designers extended the marble slab backsplash from the countertop to the ceiling. You don’t see this too often and centering a stainless steel ventilation hood within that space completes the space. But this is just a foreshadowing of this design aesthetic that the designers knock out of the park in the master bathrooms. 48 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016


The master bathrooms are gorgeous. The three marble custom cut out shelves in the stand-up shower define craftsmanship and luxury. And similar to the kitchen the master bathrooms have a feature wall of travertine stone slab that is aligned with the vanity cabinet and extends into a recessed ceiling. This frames out the vanity and draws your eyes to the details of the lighting, chrome fixtures, and countertop. The vanity and soaking tub are made by WETMAR BiOTM, an eco-friendly thermo-insulating material made from a mix of natural ingredients. WETSTYLE has pioneered a recipe that uses soy and vegetable extracts to replace the petrochemical-based resins in use by the industry. Another notable about 88 & 90 Lexington is the penthouses. The penthouses are still under construction, but I can tell you this. These are going to be some of the most spectacular apartments in all of Manhattan. The square footage of these penthouses are immense, and the outdoor patio space is equally grand. Combine the outdoor patio space with the unobstructed views of the city as mentioned before and you have a penthouse like no other. This residence has great amenities like other luxury residences including a 24-hour concierge, gym with a yoga studio, resident lounge, children’s playroom, bike room and more. There’s even the personal cinema room with HD and surround sound system and a pool with a U-shaped design. As a value property, 88 & 90 Lexington offers desirable price points for all that it provides. As you see the luxury market starting to fracture, you should see buildings like this continue to show strong sales. The $2-$4 million price range in the luxury market is a sweet spot. You get great value for your investment and in 88 & 90 Lexington you get a whole lot more. • MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 49


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By Anthony Rapacciuolo

t’s safe to say that most kids enjoy cookies, but 11-year-old Cory Nieves, Mr. Cory as he prefers to be called, has taken that love of confectionary treats and turned it into a business that’s garnered national acclaim. How, you may ask? When Cory was five years-old he asked his mother Lisa Howard, who now works for Mr. Cory’s Cookies as the company’s Chief Operating Officer, why he had to take the bus to school each day. When Lisa told him it was because she couldn’t afford a car, that sparked an entrepreneurial fire inside little Cory that’s resulted in his being a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (which ended up giving his mother a car), a contestant on FOX 5’s MasterChef Junior, and landed him in the Cake Boss, Buddy Valestro’s, bakery where he currently runs his cookie operation while seeking a permanent location of his own.

Before all the attention, however, he and his mom initially began selling hot cocoa, as well as lemonade and cookies outside of a friend’s business on the weekends, and later in front of their apartment building. Word spread quickly about the well-spoken and fashion-forward little boy and his delicious treats. After selling multiple items for a while, Mr. Cory realized that cookies were by far the best sellers, and he decided to focus exclusively on them. After hundreds of batches and taste tests, he finally came up with the perfect chocolate chip recipe, and most recently even created a sugar-free oatmeal raisin cookie for his health-conscious clients. His cookies are made with all-natural and mostly organic ingredients, but most importantly “with love”. New York Lifestyles Magazine had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Cory, who by the way is quite possibly the most eloquent 11 yearold on the planet, and his mom Lisa about how a dream six years ago has today become the reality of a successful business. MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 51


Mr. Cory, give us a little background on the business, how did you start and what was your inspiration? I started doing this so that I could save enough money to buy my mom a car, and also so that I could start saving money for college. My mom is my role model and my inspiration. She always told me to never give up, keep your eye on the dream, and dream impossible things before you wake up in the morning—and that’s what I do. Lisa, tell us what it’s like to not only be your son’s inspiration, but business partner? I never thought my son would look up to me like he does, it’s an amazing thing. Kids tend to look up to celebrities and famous people and forget about their parents. What I will say is 52 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016

that I never imagined that I would be working for my son, but he manages it very well. We started doing this together on the weekends when he was five years old, and the best part about being in business together is the bond that we have. Most parents are out there working and don’t have time be with their children as much, but now we are together all the time. Mr. Cory, let’s fast forward a little bit and talk about the experience of being on MasterChef Junior? It was a little crazy, but a lot of fun. I learned all kinds of new techniques and got to use a lot of equipment for the first time, some of which I’d never even heard of. Chef Ramsey taught me not to mess up my food or else it’s not going to be good.


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and me are close. I think you should dress the way you want people to treat you, and that’s why I’ve always had a thing for fashion. What’s in store for the future? A cookbook, perhaps a clothing line? That’s G-14 Classified information! What I can tell you, is that we are working very hard and taking it one step at a time to be able to deliver our cookies nationwide, and we’re spreading love. I’d also like to thank all the fans on social media for continuing to support me.

You’ve accomplished so much, but you’re still only 11 years old, what do you enjoy when you’re not working? I don’t always work, sometimes I have fun. I like to read books and golf, and I also really like Taekwondo. I’m also into fashion, fashion

Mr. Cory’s Cookies are currently available at several local markets and bakeries in New York and New Jersey; and local customers, as well as corporate clients can place orders through his website mrcoryscookies.com. He is also using his website to raise money through an Indigogo campaign, which will allow him to sell and ship his cookies and cookie dough nationwide. Don’t forget to follow him on Facebook at mrcoryscookies, Twitter @MrCorys, and Instagram @MrCorysCookies. • MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 53


Historic Campbell Castle

ne of the few remaining historical turn of the century mansions in Wichita, Kansas, Campbell Castle was designed and built by wellknown architect Alfred Gould of Boston. The 10,457 SF Castle and nearby 3,000 SF Carriage House on 2 acres have a total of 17 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms and 3 half baths. The first floor of the Castle includes a formal dining room, sitting room, library, breakfast room, solarium, turret room and commercial kitchen equipped with a Wolf 12 burner/double gas oven commercial stove, 2 double commercial refrigerators and 1 double commercial freezer along with an adjoining butler’s pantry. The floors in the Castle are mainly inlaid parquet with different designs in each room created from various hardwoods; antique stained glass windows from Germany adorn the entrance foyer along with a 680 year old Grecian fireplace and a 280 year old staircase imported from London.

The roof on the Castle is constructed from hand cut Vermont slate with stone for the outside walls also brought in from Vermont. The roof can be accessed by traversing stairways through 2 turret rooms, both would lend themselves to cozy sitting areas with lovely views through their windows. The Castle was built by a Kansas cattle baron in 1886 to model a Richardsonian Romanesque Scottish Castle. In 1973 the building was entered on the United States National Register of Historic Places as “a building of architectural significance.” 6 of the 17 bedrooms have Jacuzzis, twelve of the bedrooms have antique fireplaces. The Castle has been used as a private residence, B&B and wedding venue, however, the property would lend itself to a magnificent corporate headquarters, office complex or a spa. $3,500,000

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White Oaks Manor: A Luxury Kentucky English Style Estate By Bruklund Jack hite Oaks Manor is Kentucky’s most affluent single-family house barring a handful of multimillion dollar horse farms. Built in an English estate style, the 18,911 square feet English manor boasts a total of 53 rooms, with six bedrooms. The manor, which took three years to build, is located on 34.5 acres in the water lands area of western Kentucky in Marshall County. Some may say you are in the middle of nowhere when actually you are in the middle of everything if you are a sportsman.

White Oaks Manor is 5-7 minutes from Kentucky Lake, with Lake Barkley not much farther. The entire area is a sportsman’s paradise. Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley connect to make the largest body of manmade water east of the Mississippi River. These lakes are a popular destination for water sports, full-service marinas, and pro-fishing tournaments. The land between the lakes is a national recreation area on 170,000 acres and 300 miles of shoreline. The vast amount of wildlife, outdoor recreation, lakes, and marinas give the area the name The Heartland’s Outdoor Playground. You are five minutes from everything the area offers including the marina where fishing, hunting, and boating abounds. MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 55


Inside of the estate is equally as gorgeous as the surrounding area. White Oaks Manor was completed in 2002. James Dunn of Vintage millworks of Nashville, TN is responsible for the abundance of walnut woodwork in the home, including wide plank flooring, oversized balustrades, carved mantel, true recessed paneled walls, burled panels, English gothic arches, 8-10 piece crown molding, and 8-panel solid interior doors. Mr. Dunn strictly designed all the walnut detail to the true Old English design and details. Along with Mr. Dunn, the dream team who collaborated on this project were builder David Smith of Paducah, KY; interior designer Mark Simmons, of Nashville, TN; and landscape architect Ben Page, also from Nashville. You can see with all of the rich detail, attention to 56 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016

craftsmanship, and quality of materials used that no expense was spared in the construction of this luxury estate. The staircase in the foyer is a testament to the quality of custom design and construction that went into this home. The home also contains many other custom features, such as antique French terra-cotta tiled floors, as well as massive amounts of marble and limestone flooring, showers, counters and other surfaces, fresco style textured walls, custom and antique chandeliers and sconces, and some radiant heated floors. The master shower has a steam shower with multiple body jets and a rain showerhead in addition to two other showerheads. The entry hall chandelier has an electric lift.


A Breakdown of the Rooms and Fireplaces 12 rooms on the main floor 12 rooms on the second floor 3 rooms on the third floor 9 rooms in the basement 6 bedrooms 8 full baths 3 half baths 7 wood burning fireplaces The exteriors have been given the same luxury treatment. The exterior is wood molded exterior brick with limestone trims including a few reclaimed stone antique carvings inserted into the exterior of the home. The home has a slate roof, while the garage and pool house have standing seam copper roofing, granite curbing throughout the inside of the courtyard, gas fixtures, copper gutters, leaded and stained glass windows and hand-forged iron railings. The porte-cochere has electric custom wooden gates. With all of these amenities and custom details it is no wonder why White Oaks Estate is the most expensive single-family home listing in the state of Kentucky.

The technology in this home is impressive. A Lutron system to control light settings and programmable lighting scenes can be adjusted house wide from multiple rooms or turned on while away from the home, this includes landscape lighting. It also has a new sound system, which plays throughout the home. A large generator will automatically control the home in the event of a power failure. The house also has electric draperies, electric pool cover, an elevator, and invisible fence—not only outside, but also inside under the tile and wood flooring, which can contain a pet within a designated area.

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The craftsmanship is top notch, the level of detail of both the interiors and exteriors is amazing, and the technology is 21st century. What else can be said about this beautiful estate? Why, the amenities, of course or all the added fun extras: a basketball gym with true gym flooring and an authentic scoreboard; an extremely large sewing/craft room; a tri-level theatre with a 112” X 64” screen; pool table; fitness room; two porches with outdoor fireplaces; a fire pit; a treehouse playroom with a loft and slidedown fire pole; oversized heated pool with electric pool cover; and a pool house containing a small kitchen, an entertaining room with fireplace, changing room, and bathroom with a shower. The White Oaks Manor is truly a luxury residence set in a very charming and easily accessible area of Kentucky. With all of the details, craftsmanship, and amenities on this 33 acre estate it is not 58 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016

hard to realize why this is Kentucky’s most expensive listing. Marilyn Hoffman is currently the listing agent of this property. Marilyn Hoffman is an international real estate broker and founder of Hoffman International Properties, Inc. She has brokered some of the most expensive real estate transactions in many states throughout the country. That is why she is currently listing Kentucky’s most expensive house. You can obtain more information about this listing at www.WhiteOaksManor.com and MarilynHoffmanRealtor.com. • Contacts: Marilyn Hoffman - 214-698-1736 | MarilynHoffman@sbcglobal.net Patricia Hoffmaster - 512-970-8601


The River Road Estate

n opportunity to own and live in a historical landmark estate, only 8 miles from Downtown Louisville and Churchill Downs, making this the perfect setting for your Derby Party. This 158 acre estate has 4 houses on the property. The main house is 16,000 sq. ft., built in 1905 and lovingly restored by one of the country’s foremost developers for his own personal home. There is a 3,500 sq. ft. carriage house, 2- 900 sq. ft. caretaker houses and an indoor pool. The historical barn has 20,000 sq. ft. with 24 stalls and

an apartment. There is a large outdoor arena. The most unique feature is the front driveway, which is about 1 mile long and was designed by the Olmsted Brothers around the time they did the parks system in Louisville and Central Park in NYC.  This estate offers the utmost in privacy and seclusion with great potential for development.

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$16,000,000

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Facial Essential at Dermalogica Spa

By Christal Young

ife moves fast in New York City, and it’s easy to forget about the little things that make a big difference. Facials can easily fit into that category. When it comes to our skin, most of us have a routine; and a facial is often that little something more that may fall by the wayside. But nothing ventured, nothing gained. Making the extra effort can leave your skin so amazingly changed that you’ll wonder what took you so long. I’d always heard about the Dermalogica beauty brand and spa, but never tried its products or services; and was excited to finally give them a try. I walked into their brightly lit Soho location and instantly felt that I’d leave with my skin refreshed. I tried the new 60 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016

“IonActive Facial.” Initially I had lots of questions: What exactly is an ion? Why is it active? How long will this take? And will it leave my skin red or sensitive? My skin therapist was soft spoken and knowledgeable. She assured me that my face would rejoice after the 45-minute treatment. Well, who can’t use a little more joy in their life? It was described as an action-packed treatment, which I thought sounded a little like a movie, but I was game for being pampered. The process began with face mapping, a specific analysis of my skin to determine exactly what I needed. The skin therapist carefully looked at my face with a special light. “Beautiful skin,” she exclaimed. “But a little dehydrated.” She told me my facial would include lots of moisture; then handed me information to read about it.


It said: “The IonActive facial combines thermal activity with the latest treatment room technology to optimize product penetration for rapid results.” I removed my jewelry, covered my fresh blowout with a plastic cap, and relaxed to the sound of crashing waves. The facial was soothing and included several steps. The most memorable was a cream applied with gentle massage, followed by 15 minutes under a blue light. Using light therapy in skincare is fairly common and can help a variety of conditions. Blue light can help banish acne, erase sun damage, and is even used to zap precancerous skin cells. I was given goggles to protect my eyes under the intense light. I thought I’d be a little uncomfortable, but I was wrong. In fact, I was so relaxed I almost dozed off. When my facial was over, my skin was baby soft and glowing. There was no redness, just a pretty sheen. The follow up included a diagram of a face highlighting my “areas of concern.” It also included Dermalogica product recommendations, but there was no hard sell encouraging me to buy them (which was nice). Here’s what was suggested for me. For proper exfoliation, the Multi-vitamin Thermafoliant ($56). Skin experts agree, no matter what products you put on your face, they’re going to be more effective when you exfoliate first and remove dead skin cells. This is described as a skin polisher that uses physical and chemical exfoliants to refine the skin. Also recommended for my skin was the Antioxidant HydraMist ($42); a peptide toner that creates a hydrating shield. I love that this product can be used under or over makeup. Finally, the Skin Hydrating Booster ($56)—called a ‘must-have’ addition to any skin care routine—which includes algae extract and Hyalauronic acid was suggested. Hyalauronic acid is a rock star in the skincare world. Its magic lies in its ability to retain moisture. One gram of Hyalauronic acid is able to hold up to six liters of water. The reviews of the Hydrating Booster seem to suggest that it’s as amazing as it sounds. One person raved, “I love it, my skin is hydrated, but not oily.” Another commented, “It has completely changed my skin’s texture for the better.” For anyone looking to pamper their skin, here’s a breakdown of a few of Dermalogica’s services. I got The IonActive facial, which costs $150, or $375 for a series of three. That means you buy two and get the third for half off. According to Dermalogica, it’s their most talked about new treatment, and I can see why. I didn’t think it was possible to see such a visible difference in my skin in 45 minutes, but now I’m a new disciple. Dermalogica’s most popular service is their signature, customized 60-minute facial ($120). It includes professional double cleansing, exfoliation, high frequency (or Galvanic) modalities, extractions, masque, toner, and skin protection. No time? No problem. If all you’ve got is a New York minute, a MicroZone treatment may be more up your alley. It’s

the power nap of facials. For $45, it targets your top skin concern in just 20 minutes. Another popular treatment is the BioActive Peel. It takes 45-60 minutes and costs $150. It’s a high-intensity professional chemical peel that you design with a Dermalogica skin therapist. It promises big results with minimal recovery time. Dermalogica’s approach to skincare isn’t one size fits all. The company’s story began back in 1986. Jane Wurwand a UKtrained skin therapist new to the U.S. was surprised by the lack of continuing skin and body therapy education. Wurwand put her knowledge into action, opening a small classroom in Marina Del Rey, California. She called it the International Dermal Institute (IDI). Today, there are 37 locations worldwide. While teaching at IDI, Wurwand realized she couldn’t find a product line that addressed skin health as opposed to beauty, so she created one. And in 1986 Dermalogica was born. The vision was simple, address skin needs without the addition of irritants like mineral oil, lanolin, and fragrance. Now Dermalogica is in more than 80 countries and my radiant skin is proof they’re doing something right. •

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Nutraceuticals: The New Way to Anti-Aging By Doris Day, MD f increased stress, a less than optimal diet, and lack of exercise describes you at least some of the time, the result could be an increased toll on your skin and how you age. It’s also true that for most people having the proper skin care routine and diet alone may not be enough to manage all the underlying factors that are aging your skin. Over the years, the links between diet and overall health have become increasingly evident. It’s now considered an undisputable fact that the right diet can have positive effects on your appearance and enhance the benefits of what you use on your skin. Today, the market for beauty-boosting foods, drinks, and supplements, beyond just healthy foods, has blossomed; and the benefits, which they can deliver has meant that the line between diet and beauty has never been more blurred. It has also led to the advancement of functional foods. More and more, ingestible products claiming to have a positive effect on appearance have become available. Increasingly, formulations have claimed to address particular problems related to not only the skin, but also hair and nails. These ingestible beauty products (also known as nutricosmetics) are nutraceuticals (or foods offering medicinal benefits) specifically targeted to the skin and your overall appearance and are split into the below three sub-categories: Oral Beauty Supplements These are vitamins, minerals, and supplements that claim to improve personal appearance. They are the most “medicinal” part of the market and appeal to those who want to adopt a daily dosing approach to their beauty treatment. Beauty Foods Berries and Acai bowls are now readily available at most health food stores and bodegas. Beauty Drinks Green drinks and smoothies packed with antioxidant mixtures of every color found in nature. Thinking you might need a nutraceutical to help turn back the clock? The best way to start is with the basics. We know that eating a healthy balanced diet is great for your skin, with study after study showing that a Mediterranean diet high in olive oil, almonds, walnuts, fish, and vegetables lowers your risk of skin cancer and skin aging from exposure to the sun. We also know that exercise is great for every organ, including your skin; it improves circulation and even helps with mood. Finally, we know that nothing replaces the need for sleep. There’s no pill or food that will make up for the damage done from lack of sleep and the effects on your skin. If you look tired because you are tired, give yourself a sleep makeover and feel the joy of rejuvenation after a solid night’s sleep. Now you know the basics, plus the reminder to use sunscreen every

day all year round. The next step is finding the right nutraceutical to assist your body in the aging process. It’s important to understand that nutricosmetics are meant to enhance your regular beauty and health routine—not replace it. While I’m always doing research to find the best products, here are my picks on favorites for hair and skin. HAIR Nutrafol contains standardized botanicals that work to rebalance the stress and androgen (male) hormones naturally, neutralize free radicals, and combat inflammatory molecules that are making your hair age and thin out. By targeting stress and other triggers implicated in thinning, it works to return hair growth cycles back to a balanced state. • Most people see a reduction of hair loss within 90 days and signs of improvement in hair quality and new hair growth within 3-to-6 months. • Warning: If you’re taking anticoagulant medications consult your doctor, as several herbs within the formulation naturally thin the blood such as curcumin (turmeric), tocotrienols, and saw palmetto. • There are also other beneficial ingredients including vitamin D and marine extracts known to have beneficial effects on growing hair. There are versions for both men and women with slightly different ingredients targeting the different needs and causes of hair loss for each. SKIN GliSODin is a professional nutricosmetics line developed to deliver targeted skin benefits and also maximize the benefits of cosmetic procedures. • It consists of patented technology that contains a bioactive form of superoxide dismutase (SOD) derived from the French melon cucumis melo. • It works to activate internal antioxidant defenses; each SOD neutralizes one million free radicals, fighting oxidative stress and inflammation. The result is that it promotes the production of the body’s natural antioxidants, supports skin health against UV damage, and helps maintain cellular health and protect against damage caused by oxidative stress. Each of these product manufacturers have clinical data to back their claims and are continuing to do clinical trials in support of their products. As a scientist and physician, it’s important to me to review evidence-based data in considering any product. Here’s to beautiful, healthy skin from inside and out! • Dr. Day, a dermatologist, is affiliated with NYU Langone Hospital. MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 63


Our Picks for Getting Into Summer Shape

By Sandra Mardenfeld

tarting—and keeping—an exercise regimen often seems challenging. After all, most people forego their New Year’s resolutions for a healthier, more physical lifestyle by the third week in. But the latest fitness trends almost make the pursuit of sculpted abs and a healthy heart—dare we say it?—fun. So, if you’re bored with your usual treadmill-squat-stretch routine, how about a spin from the comfort of your home, an hour of rowing, engaging in a bout of kickboxing, a ballet class, or, even, a go at aerial yoga. The Spin Cycle Going to the gym becomes tiresome day after day. So don’t do it. Instead, try Peloton, a special bike that allows you to access up to 12 live classes a day and thousands of on-demand selections. The cycle contains a 22-inch waterproof tablet, so you can access classes with a swipe of your hand. Over time, the live instructors even get to know you—just as if you attended a spin session at the local Y. If you miss the camaraderie of a class, you can coordinate and exercise with other at-home riders from all over the country. Currently, Peloton has 11 retail showrooms (including one in Chelsea) where you can check out this exercise option or you can just visit pelotoncycle.com. Even without a Peloton bike you can become an indoor cycling enthusiast with Peloton Anywhere. This iPhone app offers on-demand classes—well, everywhere, providing you’re on a stationary bike, that is. There are several plans, including a 14-day free trial, one-week pass ($5.99), and a monthly membership ($12.99 per month).  Peloton bike owners receive a free year of usage.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat Want a workout that gives you biceps Michelle Obama will envy? The latest fitness craze gives new popularity to the gym’s once-scorned rowing machine. CityRow offers a quick, 50-minute routine that combines rowing intervals with strength training on their cool WaterRower machines, which mimic the feeling of actually being on a river. Forget that robotic back-and-forth pace of your daddy’s oldfashioned model—this apparatus is fun to use. Plus, the low-impact exercise provides maximum results without taxing your body. Some classes even throw vinyasa yoga into the mix, allowing you to break a sweat and calm your mind. Even if you’ve never done this type of workout, there is no reason to feel intimidated; especially since CityRow’s fundamentals class tutors you in the form while you burn those calories. Check out a list of their locations at cityrow.com. 64 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016


Kick It Up a Notch Want to burn up to 800 calories in an hour—and, um, who doesn’t? iLoveKickboxing offers a full-body workout (cardio and resistance training) that combines martial arts, boxing and aerobics. Think of it as sweat with fun. You’ll do your toughest work at the class’ beginning before your energy and spirits lag. During the workout, you’ll strap on gloves, hit a punching bag, and generally kick, jump and dance around like a prizefighter. As an extra benefit, these movements will make you more flexible, improve balance and agility, and will make those anger management classes unnecessary. iLoveKickboxing works for both fitness buffs and newbies. You can stand in the back and copy the movements until you’re comfortable—but, don’t fret, it’s not a Zumba class. You’ll catch on quickly. Just keep moving. Go to Ilovekickboxing.com for locations.

At the Ballet Get beautiful... Ballet Beautiful, that is, with a method created by Mary Helen Bowers, a former ballerina who trained actress Natalie Portman for her Academy-Award-winning scenes in Black Swan. Ballet Beautiful combines extensive stretching and barre and mat routines to produce a lissome, graceful and strong body. If ballet keeps stars such as Portman, Alexa Chung, and Gigi Hadid fit, why not you? So, if you’ve missed those childhood dance classes, Bowers offers you another chance to plié through private and group sessions. She

also has DVDs, a $40 monthly subscription service that includes more than 100 workouts (they add two new ones every month) and live one-on-one lessons for those who want that sylphlike dancer’s body without the commute to barre class. Their custom workout program will create an exercise schedule using the company’s material—it’s like having a virtual personal trainer. If you’re not ready to opt for that big commitment, though, start small. You can just stream individual downloads, such as the ultimate supermodel workout to your computer, iPhone, or iPad for $8. Find more details, go to balletbeautiful.com.

Namaste from the Sky Forget Bikram, join celeb healthy living devotees, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, in working out several inches off the ground by practicing the very hot (in popularity, not temperature) aerial yoga. This gentle form of obtaining nirvana dangles participants as they pose inside a silk cocoon suspended from the ceiling. Some aerial yoga classes, such as Unnata Yoga in Brooklyn, even combine on-the-ground and air work. You’ll see that downward dog takes on a whole different meaning. The form focuses on recalibrating your mind while healing the body using therapeutic movements and inversions within the silk. Doing asanas while encased in cloth supports the body against gravity and makes yoga more accessible to those with wrist problems. It also encourages better alignment and lengthens your spine. Remember when singer Pink combined acrobatics with song during the 2010 Grammys? The silk she used was an AntiGravity hammock, created by gymnast and acrobat Christopher Harrison in 1996. But don’t worry if don’t have the singer’s abs and you’re currently hiding last year’s skinny jeans; Harrison’s equipment holds up to 1000 pounds and is accessible to anyone who’s reasonably healthy and can do three consecutive sit-ups. Visit antigravityfitness.com and aerialyoga. com for class locations. • MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 65


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5 Food Trends to Jump on this Season By Kristen Carlucci, RD imilar to fashion, every season a new crop of elite food and health trends begin to emerge. Some are fads that won’t stick around, while others are here to stay. Don’t waste time trying to figure out what foods to try and what to pass. We’ve done the work for you and compiled a list of the top five trends that will keep you looking younger, healthier, leaner, and more energized this season and all year long. 1. Drinkable Beauty. Forget face masks and Botox to look years younger, the new trend is ingesting your skincare regimen. The celebrity nutrient being focused on is collagen, one of the richest proteins in the body and in charge of keeping our skin tight and smooth and hair strong and shiny. As we age, our body’s natural ability to produce collagen slows down, plus factors such as stress, sleep, and diet can interrupt this essential function. One study by the University of Kiel in Germany found that a group taking supplemental collagen had significantly higher 68 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016

content of  procollagen type  I (65%) and  elastin  (18%) than the placebo volunteers after just eight weeks proving that beauty does works from the inside out. Trend How-To: Add a scoop of collagen powder to your smoothies, morning coffee, or oatmeal. Or make your own homemade, collagen-rich drinkable broth by simmering 3-4lbs chicken or beef bones in 16 cups of water and 2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a pot or slow cooker for 10 hours. Strain into a glass and skim the fat off the top before drinking. Don’t forget to incorporate collagen-boasting foods, such as salmon, dark leafy greens, berries, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and berries into your diet. 2. Fermented foods. Our intestinal health is interconnected with so many other functions in our body, including digestion, hormonal balance, immunity, nervous system, mood, and skin. Eating fermented foods—whole foods combined with salt or other natural microorganisms that change its composition—help keep our intestines healthy by helping our bodies digest and absorb


nutrients better, increase the number of digestive enzymes, and rebuild a healthy gut environment. Trend How-To: Incorporate fermented foods gradually into your diet with sauerkraut, pickled vegetables, kimchi, miso, tempeh, kombucha, cottage cheese, and yogurt (look for yogurts that list “active cultures”). You can make your own sauerkraut at home by combining cabbage, salt, and caraway seeds in a mason jar and letting it ferment for three to ten days. 3. Grass-fed meats: While most health organizations tell us to limit our intake of red meat, popular diets such as Paleo and Whole30 say it’s okay as long as it is the highest quality available. Enter Grassfed meats. Animals who are fed a diet of grass, not grains, have a noticeable surge of anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids as compared to conventional meats and a much lower level of the inflammatory Omega-6’s. Grass-fed animals are also raised antibiotic and hormone-free and contain more vitamins A, B, and E, calcium, magnesium, and potassium than their grain-fed counterparts. An extra bonus: when you purchase this kind of meat, you are usually buying from smaller farms and supporting local agriculture. Trend How-To: If you do eat red meat in your diet, always try to buy grass-fed beef, lamb, or bison and keep your portion to 4-6oz. Grill up a grass-fed bison burger with avocado, red onion, lettuce, and tomato on a whole grain bun or check out one of the many New York City restaurants now using grass-fed meats in their menu, such as Bareburger, Brgr, and Tallgrass Burger. 4. Real Food: Gone are the days of consumers wanting to buy only “fat free” and “sugar free” foods. Instead, what we want is more natural foods and less processed ingredients – and major food companies and fast food restaurants are starting to listen. Kraft, General Mills, Taco Bell, and Panera are some of the leaders now committed to removing artificial preservatives, flavors, colors, and sweeteners from their foods in an effort to improve the quality and boost sales. It’s a win-win situation: good for their wallets and good for our waistlines. Let’s hope even more companies will follow suit in this real foods movement. Trend How-To: Always check the ingredients list on any packaged foods. If it has more than 5-10 ingredients, or ingredients you have never heard of or can’t pronounce ditch it. Don’t be fooled by front-of-package

labels like “all-natural” or “made with whole grains” as these claims can be deceiving. Instead, do the research yourself by checking out what is actually in the food you’re eating. When you cut out processed foods, you will be amazed at how much better you feel. 5. Veggie-centric meals: A recent report from The World Health Organization (WHO) ranked cured and processed meats alongside smoking as one of the top causes of cancer. According to the report, eating as little as one slice of ham or three slices of bacon (50g of processed meats) a day could in fact increase your chances of developing colorectal cancer by close to 20%. With many people trying to reduce their intake of processed meat, vegetables are becoming the new superstar on the plate. Trend How-To: You don’t need to become a full-time vegetarian, but try to incorporate at least one meal a day or one full day a week that is plantbased. Find fun ways to incorporate more vegetables, such as roasting them in a little olive oil, topping them with herbs and spices, dipping them in hummus, or sneaking them into your favorite meals. Your Meatless Monday dish could be as simple as having a vegetable omelet or avocado toast for breakfast, 3-bean chili for lunch, and homemade veggie pizza for dinner. Make an effort to include vegetables at every lunch and dinner, so your meals are packed with nutrients and will keep you full and satisfied. •

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Bateaux New York: The Big Apple’s Love Boat By Daniel J. Bollinger

or those looking to enjoy the Manhattan skyline up close and personal, set sail on the Bateaux New York, the city’s premier dining cruise. Bateaux (French for a boat) is European-inspired and designed by Gerard Ronzani. The vessel features glass ceilings and walls to offer unparalleled views of Manhattan and its sights. There are two dining rooms, a centrally located hardwood dance floor, and a fullservice bar.

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Bateaux New York departs from Chelsea Pier 61 and offers a variety of cruises including brunch, lunch, dinner, and cocktail. However, for an unforgettable romantic night, we recommend the dinner cruise. Sip wine and signature cocktails from the bar, savor creative cuisine from the dinner menu and enjoy attentive service throughout the evening. Live music is provided playing an incredible mix of jazz favorites, classic hits, and soulful sounds. Requests are always welcome! By the way, as diners begin to step on the dance floor, don’t be surprised to see someone appear on one knee. Marriage proposals are a common occurrence on Bateaux. It’s also a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasions. Guests can pre-order flowers and have them waiting at your table. With New York City as the backdrop, romantic music to set the mood, all you need is love! The prix-fixe sumptuous dinner menu will please even the most discerning palate. All food is prepared daily on board with choices that includes a variety of chicken, beef, vegetarian, and fish options. The list of options changes annually and has in the past introduced such specialties as Blue Stone Crab dusted with Blue Cornmeal with Cilantro Corn Salad, Amish Chicken with Herbs de Provence, as well as Ginger-Seared Mahi-Mahi with Roasted Pineapple and Mango Chutney. There are special seasonal Chef ’s selections as well. A gluten-free menu is available and guests with certain food allergies are encouraged to make special requests when making reservations. The culinary team is happy to accommodate. 72 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016


Remember to leave room for dessert. The Signature Warm Butter Cake is outstanding and would remind you of a warm waffle served with vanilla ice cream and blackberry sauce. Throughout the cruise, you’ll glide along the waters of the Hudson and East Rivers sailing under the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges. Diners enjoy New York City’s iconic skyline and marvel at the grandeur of the Statue of Liberty. Cruises also include fabulous views of Brooklyn and first-hand looks of some neighborhoods including Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, and the hip and trendy DUMBO. A Bateaux Cruise is a good excuse to dress up. For dinner, cocktail wear is recommended for all. Brunch, lunch, and moonlight cruises require dressy-casual. Although dark-colored jeans are acceptable, it is advised not to wear casual jeans, T-shirts, shorts, or athletic shoes. Bateaux New York brings an unmatched level of sophistication to New York sightseeing that can only be experienced from this unique perspective. It’s a cruise even die-hard landlubbers will love. Bateaux New York departs Pier 61, off the West Side Highway. And since you’ll already be in Chelsea, you can make a day of it. If you enjoy art, there is a plethora of art galleries one block away between 10th and 11th Avenues, from 20th to 27th Streets. You can also tour the Highline Park, which is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th St. You can access it from one of the many entrances on either 20th or 23rd Street. Spend the afternoon in the neighborhood enjoying all its culture, and then enjoy a cruise around Manhattan on the Bateaux New York in the evening. For more information on available cruises, visit: bateauxnewyork.com • MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 73


Fine Dining at Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse

By Daniel J. Bollinger

ocated in the Waldorf Astoria, one of New York City’s most iconic hotels, is Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse. Occupying the bustling corner of Lexington Avenue and East 49th Street, this restaurant can be easy to miss but once inside you’ll be pleased you found this tucked away spot, which makes you feel as if you’ve been transported to another time and place.

With a history that dates back to the 1930s, it’s little wonder that this is one of New York City’s favorite bars for travelers and locals alike. Cited as one of the top three in the world, this legendary four-sided mahogany bar is a true sight to behold. Combine this with the restaurant’s Art Deco elements and you’ve got sumptuous décor with a welcoming atmosphere.

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THE GREEN THEME Bull & Bear is a leader in the organic revolution because their host hotel is the only one with a beehive and garden rooftop, which is evident in the restaurant’s cuisine. They take pride in their menu made up of dishes using locally grown and organic ingredients wherever possible. To reduce their footprint, all of their food and beverages are purchased in bulk and they work with other hotels to purchase from one centralized location; plus you can’t get more local than your rooftop beehive and garden. TO START Try their East Coast oysters, which they source from Long Island’s south bay, as well as The Blue Oyster Company. These tender and sweet oysters are complimented by a perfectly tangy cocktail sauce. You might also want to try the Yellow Fin Ahi Tuna Tartare with Soy Sesame, which is diced and placed on seaweed that is pickled in house. Their homemade honey is drizzled on the side, so that you can add a bit of sweetness to play off of the sourness of the seaweed. The chef created a five-spice lavash for this dish with ingredients from the hotel’s rooftop garden, so the flavor is unique and unlike any other five-spice lavash you may experience elsewhere in the city. I highly recommended the Sizzling Thick-Cut House Bacon appetizer, which is cured for 12 days with honey from the hotel’s rooftop beehive. This starter dish is more like a small slow-roasted pork tenderloin—a half-inch thick with a crispy outside and tender and moist center. 76 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016


THE MAIN EVENT I found the Jumbo Shrimp Scampi superb. It’s not overly garlicky like many similar dishes I’ve had. Here, you can taste the shrimp in a nice creamy sauce made with herbs sourced from their rooftop garden. The star of the evening, however, is the Prime Rib Chop. General Manager Damien Collins claims it to be the best in the city and I totally agree with him. The restaurant ages their prime rib for 35 days and slow roasts it for nine hours. This exclusive dish is only available on the weekends, so I recommend you make a reservation to dine on a Friday or Saturday. Usually a prime rib is fairly uniform throughout, but Bull & Bear’s rendition offers different layers of flavors. After the savory bark, you get to the center of the meat that is tender and juicy. This dish is served with horseradish and béarnaise sauces, but it’s not the sauces that complement the prime rib, it’s the prime rib that helps balance the sauces. In fact, you don’t even need sauce for this prime rib, as it stands on its own in terms of texture and flavor. I would be hard pressed to find any restaurant in the city that can compare to the brilliance of Bull & Bears’ Prime Rib Chop. THE RIGHT STUFF Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse is an ultimate luxury experience. During its long history, it has perfected a stellar menu, service, and all around ambiance. The attentive staff and managers Damien Collins and Justin Sugarman visit dining guests to ask if everything is to their satisfaction making me give Bull & Bear five stars on service. The fresh ingredients from its rooftop garden and beehive ensure you’ll enjoy the exceptional flavors in each dish. For more information visit bullandbear.com • MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 77


The Met Moves Into the 21st Century

By Denise Mattia

he opening of the Met Breuer Museum on East 74th Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan ushers in another exciting dimension of The Metropolitan Museum of Art with the exhibit “Unfinished, Thoughts Left Visible” and a retrospective of the works of Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi. “Unfinished” is a show waiting to happen,” said one enthusiastic New Yorker and frequent visitor to The Met. Forty percent of the 200-plus works that fill the Third and Fourth floors of Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer’s iconic building are from The Met’s unparalleled collection, many never before seen. The balance of the works are on loan from major national and international collections. In “Unfinished, Thoughts Left Visible,” the curators examine the process of the world’s great artists from the early Renaissance to the present, and ask the question “When did they deem their work finished”? What are the dialectics behind why works were left “unfinished?” Were they by accident, necessity, or intent? The emotional intensity of Titian’s masterpiece confronts us as we exit the elevator on the Third floor. Color in The Flaying of Marsyas (c.1570) is restrained. People move freely around the canvas, with some areas intentionally raw and sketchily executed. The wall label suggests that the painting may be “unfinished,” or “more likely that the artist deliberately used the non-finito technique to best convey the tragic story.” For whatever reason, the original method would be carried through for generations. Soon after Titian’s death, his student, Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti) 78 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016

adopted the non-finito technique. Criticized for his haste because he accepted low prices for his work, the oil and canvas Doge Alvise Mocenigo (1507-1577) bears the unmistakable sketchy quality that remained in his body of work throughout his life. A student of Rembrandt van Rijn described the master’s style as an “unusual abbreviated technique.” Rembrandt was searching for the essence of humanity by probing intensely into the psychology of his subjects – or perhaps his personal difficulties (in 1654 Rembrandt was forced to surrender his possessions to creditors). Light touches of thick paint achieve the luminous light qualities and rich, warm surfaces of the face and hand in his St. Bartholomew (1657) while the figure recedes into the dark brown background. Considered a leader of the avant-garde painters by 1865, Manet painted typical Impressionist subjects, focusing on light and movement and reducing forms to spots and patches of tone. Of the three unfinished paintings of his wife, Suzanne Leenhoff, the Dutch pianist, one shows her face carefully painted. Manet, however, was discontented with it, repainted it twice and finally abandoned it. The five seascapes of Joseph Mallord William Turner displayed in its gallery sum up his affinity with tumultuous, gale-swept seas and his occupation with light. His works appear ethereal dissolving into luminous color. The wall label of Margate (?) from the Sea 1835-40 notes, “Turner used brushes, a cloth, a palette knife, and possibly his hands to achieve the varied surfaces of this work, which was never exhibited by the artist and is presumed to be unfinished.” As the power of the unfinished self-portrait by Edvard Munch, Alice Neel’s James Hunter Black Draftee, 1965 is a stark metaphor for a life cut off. Although only the Hunter’s face and hand are


Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906) Gardanne 1885–1886 Oil on canvas 31 1/2 x 25 1/4 in. (80 x 64.1 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Franz H. Hirschland, 1957 painted, Neel considered the work complete after he failed to return for his second sitting. Whether or not Hunter was killed in Viet Nam is unknown. The exhibition continues on the Fourth floor with striking canvasses by Pablo Picasso that are typically pieced, un- or underpainted. Visible compositional changes to The Charnel House, 1944-45, reveal Picasso’s reaction to all brutal, inhuman acts of violence. Rubbed out expressions of the figures are incomplete, yet Picasso considered it finished sufficiently to donate, take back and finally sell. The wall text indicated that the painting is based either on the Fascist bombing of the Spanish Civil War or the Nazi concentration camps. The oversized canvas of Untitled (Still Life), 2002 by Luc Tuymans is in tribute to a Cézanne Still Life. Tymans furtive, sparse coloration depicts the process of the master’s oeuvres, several of which are located opposite the Tuymans’ wall. Unlike the impressionists who strove to capture momentary visual sensations, Paul Cézanne studied the relationship between objects and subjects, constructing radiant paintings in thin, almost transparent washes. His aesthetic embraced the unresolved non-finito – intentionally unfinished style. According to the wall label, Cézanne shunned “long-standing conventions as to when a work was complete.” In the gallery behind the Cy Twomby Untitled (Green Paintings I - ), which have a bigness of character, ten small works assembled on the platform follow a diagram, which challenges the most art-knowledgeable viewer. With Untitled (No.2), 1996, Louise Bourgeois’ pink marble sculpture of hands gives us insight into their creation. Influenced by Michelangelo and Rodin, who carved body parts as studies, Bourgeois’ finished work possesses a delicate sensuality that is highly personal.

Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo da Ponte), (Italian, ca. 1510–1592) The Baptism of Christ ca. 1590 Oil on canvas 75 1/2 x 63 1/8 in. (191.8 x 160.3 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Partial and Promised Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fisch, 2012 Alina Szapocznikow’s fragmented sculpture of her body parts is depicted in the 1971 work, Tumors Personified. After surviving Nazi concentration camps, she began her artistic studies in the early 1950s, responding to many of the Surrealist, Nouveau Réalisme, and Pop Art developments of her time. Diagnosed with tuberculosis and later breast cancer, she began her “tumor” sculptures in 1968. An important contemporary painter, Maria Lassnig explores her inner world. In her present oeuvre, You or Me, 2005 (one gun pointing to her head, the other at the observer), Lassnig portrays herself in a moody physical state as she comes into contact with the world. In addition to painting, the prolific artist’s body of work encompasses animated film and sculpture. A new, light-based installation by Tatsuo Miyajima, created especially for “Unfinished,” will be on view in the Tony and Amie James Gallery in the lobby of The Met Breuer through mid-October. The Met mined its rich collections and scholarly resources to present the inaugural exhibition in space a visitor deemed “more intimate”. The innumerable problems and possibilities artists encountered in their creative explorations were as endless as the Met will confront as it moves into an airy, fresh, contemporary art world. • Upcoming exhibitions include a presentation of Diane Arbus’s rarely seen early photographic works (July 12–November 27, 2016) and the first museum retrospective dedicated to Kerry James Marshall (October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017). Free exhibition tours are given every Thursday and Sunday at 12:30 pm and Friday at 6:30 pm to the first 25 people. MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 79


On the Big Screen this Month By Pat Collins

JUNGLE BOOK Rated PG Visually dazzling in IMAX 3D, Jungle Book is an eye-popping adventure with a stellar voice cast. Under Jon Favreau’s direction, the film, inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s popular stories, will delight children and grown-ups alike who are eager to experience a world inhabited by creatures large and small and cuddly and deadly. Mowgli (Neel Sethi), the man-cub raised by wolves (Lupita Nyong’o and Giancarlo Esposito) learns the jungle’s survival-of-the-fittest law at age 10. During the course of his adventures, which may frighten children under 6, Mowgli is befriended by Bagheera, a black panther (Ben Kingsley); nearly killed by a gigantic snake named Kaa (Scarlett Johansson); threatened by a ferocious Siberian tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba); and rescued by Baloo, a gigantic lazy bear (Bill Murray). All the furry costars are CGI animals. Favreau’s decision not only won PETA’ s seal of approval, but the computer-generated four-legged stars and that slimy reptile are dazzling to behold on the big screen. There are innumerable memorable scenes and one of them is Baloo singing “The Bare Necessities.” I predict Jungle Book will be among the Oscar-nominated animated feature films next year.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Rated PG-13 “Sometimes I just want to punch you in your perfect teeth,” says Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). The issue is dividing the two men, whose alter egos are Iron Man and Captain America, concerns government oversight of superhero activity. Politicians and the public alike are demanding accountability after a recent mission went terribly wrong. Their rift forces the Avengers to choose sides. War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are among those remaining loyal to Stark. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) are on team Cap. Political pundits may be tempted to draw comparisons between the divided superhero universe and the American electorate, but moviegoers are counting on Marvel’s popular characters to provide a muchneeded escape from the real world. Directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo have a few surprises in store for the Comic Com crowd and everyone else. It’s not a spoiler to mention Spiderman’s appearance. The web-slinger is briefly seen in the movie trailer. MONEY MONSTER Rated R Lee Gates (George Clooney), whose on-air personality resembles that of CNBC’s Jim Cramer, anchors a financial advice show produced and directed by Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) The live broadcast is violently interrupted when Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell), an investor of modest means, kidnaps Gates demanding payback. With millions of viewers watching, Gates attempts to explain to his increasingly agitated captor the intricacies of the global markets while wearing a bomb attached to his chest. Director Jodie Foster coincidentally benefits from perfect timing. Her film opens during a presidential race, which has forced candidates to debate Wall Street’s power and income inequality. 80 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016


LOVE & FRIENDSHIP Of all the films and mini-series based on Jane Austen’s novels, none can be described as an uproariously funny romantic comedy. Set in the English countryside of 1790, director Whit Stillman’s film combines romantic rivalry and duplicity as much as not more than love and friendship. The newly widowed Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale) leaves London for the countryside to escape its well-bred gossips who have many reasons to shun a beautiful, conniving flirt. Lady Susan soon directs her attention to a wealthy young man and sets her sights on an eligible older aristocrat as a potential mate for her flighty 18-yearold daughter. Mr. Stillman deftly makes his point about women’s social and financial status in another century. To quote Lady Susan: “We are who we marry”. In addition to Ms. Beckinsale’s sublime performance, there are two others—Chloe Sevigny as Lady Susan’s American best friend and Tom Bennett playing the amiable nitwit. In the trivia department, Ms. Beckinsale and Ms. Sevigny costarred in Whit Stillman’s Last Days of Disco in 1998.

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Rated PG Don’t be late for a very important date, which is May 27th when the highly-anticipated sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 blockbuster arrives in all its 3D splendor. The titular character played by Mia Wasikowska escapes from a mental hospital and returns to a visually amazing Wonderland to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). Helena Bonham Carter and Ann Hathaway return as the Red Queen and The White Queen respectively. Michael Sheen bounces back in the White Rabbit role, and Stephen Fry recreates the Cheshire Cat’s grin. Mr. Burton handed the directorial duties to James Bobin but remained involved as the film’s producer. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Rated PG-13 The immortal mutant of the title (Oscar Issacs) awakens from a thousand-year nap and vows to destroy the world. The looming end of days catastrophe propels the X-Men into action in the franchise’s ninth installment, which features Jennifer Lawrence (Raven/ Mystique), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lensherr/Magneto), and James McAvoy (Charles Xavier/Professor X) to name a few. Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine character makes a brief appearance, as does X-Men’s co-creator Stan Lee. Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert), the CIA agent who is new to the X-Men universe, uncovers the clock is ticking doomsday plot. About Pat Collins Pat Collins is a three-time Emmy award-winning film, theater and entertainment critic/reporter. Her outstanding media credits include WCBS-TV, Good Morning America and WWOR-TV. She is a contributor to CUNY-TV’s Arts and The City program and the host of several Broadway specials including Kinky Boots On Broadway, Fiddler On The Roof: Back On Broadway, and The Road To The Tonys. MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 81


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May Broadway Reviews with Pat Collins FULLY COMMITTED Lyceum Theater Jesse Tyler Ferguson brings his considerable star power and boundless energy to the oneman show Fully Committed. He is Sam Callahan, an actor who has yet to land a part in a hit show and depends on his job taking reservations at an impossible to get into Manhattan restaurant to pay the bills. But Sam is not Mr. Ferguson’s only role in playwright Becky Mode’s comedy. He also plays all the restaurant patrons from mobsters to supermodels on the other end of the call. Mr. Ferguson’s Broadway career began when he was cast in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in 2005. He also appeared in a number of Shakespeare In The Park productions including A Midsummer’s Night Dream and The Merchant of Venice. Fully Committed’s limited run ends July 24th. The 5-time Emmy nominee returns to L.A. for the 7th season of Modern Family. TUCK EVERLASTING Broadhurst Theater If you could choose to live forever, would you decide to do so? That is the question posed in Tuck Everlasting, which is based on Natalie Babbitts’ bestseller and not on Disney’s saccharine 2002 movie. A chance meeting in the woods between the unhappy 11-year-old Winnie Foster (Sarah Charles Lewis) and the forever 17-year-old Jesse Tuck (Andrew Keenan-Bolger) will profoundly affect Winnie’s relationship with her family and her future. Tuck is not an ordinary teenager; he is immortal. So are his parents (Carolee Carmello and Michael Park), who like their son will live forever by drinking water from a magical spring. Eventually, Winnie must decide between spending eternity with Tuck or choose to remain mortal. There are 15 songs in Chris Miller’s and Nathan Tysen’s score. Claudia Shear and Tim Federle wrote the book. Director Casey Nicholaw has four shows running simultaneously on Broadway. In addition to Tuck, his other productions are Aladdin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and the Tony-winning Book Of Mormon. Ticket Info: A limited amount of $32 tickets are available at the box office on the day of performance. Tickets are limited to two persons. Cash only and subject to availability. AMERICAN PSYCHO Gerald Schoenfeld Theater When American Psycho was published in 1991, Tammy Bruce the president of NOW (National Organization Of Women) described the book as a “how-to manual on the torture and dismemberment of women.” Gloria Steinem was another vocal opponent of Brett Easton Ellis’ novel, and the 2000 film starring Christian Bale brought more controversy. Will the Broadway musical starring Benjamin Walker as the sadistic/serial killer/Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman provoke a similar reaction? Mr. Walker expressed his concerns during an interview with Alexis Soloski of the New York Times and described the first 40 pages of the book as “unsettling.” However, compared to the book and the excessively bloody film, the stage adaptation can be described as “Psycho Lite.” There is less gore and of course a score that combines top 40 favorites, such as   “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” with new music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik. They are not as memorable as the vintage 80’s hits energetically performed by a top-notch cast; but from first scene to the last, Mr. Walker owns every moment he’s on stage as the charming, vain, and impeccably-dressed party-going slasher.  American Psycho on stage does not shock and repulse us as the film did,  and it fails to  provide  new insights  into the  cocaine  snorting, club-hopping morally bankrupt, and materialistic creatures  who dominated Manhattan night life in  the  late 80’s. Mr. Walker’s extraordinary performance is the only reason to see American Psycho. The London production of American Psycho, which starred Matt Smith of Doctor Who fame, received mixed reviews. 84 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016


THE CRUCIBLE Walter Kerr Theater You probably read Arthur Miller’s play in high school—or at least the Cliff Notes—and saw the 1996 film with Daniel Day-Lewis, Joan Allen, and Winona Ryder. Director Ivo Van Hove’s production provides an entirely different experience. The setting is a large, drab classroom. Abigail Williams (Saoirse Ronan) and her teenage classmates are dressed in plaid school uniforms. The adults wear nondescript clothes that were not in fashion in 17th-century Salem, Massachusettes. The play, which features an original score by Philip Glass and does not resemble previous productions, will appeal to a young audience and the revival also provides an exceptional theatrical experience for older theatergoers well acquainted with Mr. Miller’s celebrated play. Ms. Ronan, whose starring role in Brooklyn earned her an Oscar nomination, delivers a magnificent performance as the jealous, manipulative, vengeful teenager whose affair with the married John Proctor (Ben Whishaw) brought about the Salem witch trials and the subsequent hanging of innocent women. Mr. Miller wrote his play in response to Senator Joe McCarthy’s and HUAC’s 1950’s witch hunt. Every time The Crucible is revived it proves to be as timely as it was all those decades ago. In addition to Ms. Ronan, the other standouts in the cast are Mr. Whishaw, Ciaran Hinds, and the glorious Sophie Okonedo as Elizabeth Proctor. Put The Crucible on your must-see list.

INSIDE BROADWAY

WICKED’S BIG NUMBER The road to Oz is paved in green. The hugely popular musical, which opened in 2003, recently reached the $1 billion mark. Only two other shows have achieved that number—The Lion King and Phantom of the Opera. Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel were the original stars. Ms. Menzel won the Tony for best actress in a musical, but in a major upset, Wicked did not win the Tony for best musical. Avenue Q did.

TONY AWARDS Congratulations to all the 2016 Tony nominees. Awards will be handed out on June 12, 2016. CBS will broadcast the ceremony hosted by James Corden at 8:00 PM.

TIMES SQUARE VISITOR INFO The costumed characters including Elmo, Spider-Man, and Minnie Mouse are not associated with Sesame Street, Marvel Comics or Disney. They are street performers, and most of them are rude and aggressive. Under the law, they have the legal right to be there, but a new law that goes into effect in early summer prevents them from blocking pedestrian pathways, which is where they usually pressure tourists and New Yorkers alike into giving them money in exchange for posing for photographs. Parents with young children should avoid contact with these costumed solicitors.

CAST CHANGES Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson departed The Color Purple earlier this month. Heather Headley is the new Shug Avery, the flamboyant blues singer who befriends Celia, brilliantly played by Cynthia Erivo in her Broadway debut. Ms. Headley, who created the role of Nala in the long-running The Lion King, won a Tony for Aida. • MAY 2016 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 85


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DIRTY GRANDPA Rated R How bad is this movie? The so-called comedy received 103 negative reviews from critics across the country. That score is even worse than the one for Robert DeNiro’s Grudge Match. The newlywidowed Dick Kelly (Robert De Niro) pressures his soon to be married grandson, Jason (Zac Effron) into taking a road trip to Boca Raton, Florida. But at a diner en route the younger Kelly runs into a former classmate (Zoey Deutch) who persuades the men to join her and her friends in Daytona Beach for the annual bacchanal known as Spring Break. The sex-deprived grandfather is on a mission and with the assistance of a college student (Aubrey Plaza) that mission is accomplished in a scene that will not be in the video montage of his best work when Mr. De Niro receives another career achievement award. Effron’s preppy character swaps his J. Crew clothes for a G-string, smokes crack and lands in jail. Dirty Grandpa is not to be confused with Johnny Knoxville’s Bad Grandpa, which qualifies as a comedy classic compared to Mr. DeNiro’s most recent flop.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES Rated PG-13 Jane Austen’s much-adored 1813 classic inspired the 2009 parody novel on which this ridiculous movie is based. In a teashop in literary heaven, Miss Austen no doubt passed out on a Chippendale love seat when she received news of her wealthy and dashing hero Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) and his equally well-bred friends battling an army of invading zombies. Those undead creatures have the temerity to interrupt a high stakes poker game and worse invade an elegant dinner party in scenes which pretty much resemble the humanzombie confrontations in countless other horror movies. The film’s one redeeming scene features Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) and her sister Jane (Bella Heathcote) battling battalions of zombies as the undead march into London. THE FINEST HOURS Rated PG-13 Chris Pine, who is best known for commanding the USS Enterprise in the rebooted Star Trek series, embarks on a dangerous mission to rescue the crew on board a sinking oil tanker during a ferocious nor’easter off the coast of Chatham, Massachusetts. Chief warrant officer Bernie Webber (Pine) has orders to pilot a lifeboat with a three-man crew. His biggest challenge is navigating the dangerous Chatham Bars and those tension-filled 20 minutes rank as the movie’s best. Moviegoers who experienced seasickness watching Titanic are advised to close their eyes until Webber and crew reach the split-in-two ship. Oddly the Boston-born and raised Casey Affleck (Ray Sybert) is the only cast member who does not speak with a Cape Coder accent. The first rather dull 30 minutes are devoted to introducing Webber’s plucky fiancée—an excellent Holliday Grainger and other key characters including Eric Bana as the Coast Guard station’s commanding officer. The film is based on a heroic true story (pictured below) that was headline news in 1952. The Finest Hours, however, is not in the same league as The Perfect Storm, which co-starred George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and John C Reilly.

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JOY Rated PG-13 Joy Mangano may not be a household name, but millions of women who manage a home own one of her indispensable inventions—the Miracle Mop. Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Mangano, earned her third Oscar nomination portraying the divorced, stressed, unemployed mother of three whose resourcefulness and keen business sense made her a millionaire. Director David O. Russell’s part fact-part fictional account of Joy’s success focuses as much on her eccentric family as it does her rocky path to success. The relatives include a divorced dad (Robert De Niro) whose fourth wealthy wife (Isabella Rossalli) loans Joy the money to make and market her invention. Jennifer reunites on screen for the third time with Bradley Cooper as the QVC executive who turns Joy into a home shopping superstar. A less than memorable screenplay and an overabundance of quirky characters are two reasons why Mr. Russell’s most recent film is not in the same league as American Hustle and his Oscar-nominated film Silver Linings Playbook. Ms. Lawrence, however, adds another extraordinary performance to her list of impressive credits, which includes an Academy Award for Silver Linings Playbook and Oscar nominations for Winter’s Bone, American Hustle, and Joy. WHERE TO INVADE NEXT Rated R In this documentary, Michael Moore and his camera crew visit Italy, Portugal, France, and a number of other countries to learn how they better provide for their citizens than the US does. In Italy, new mothers have 5-months paid maternity leave, and factory workers enjoy 30 paid vacation days. French public school children are fed healthy lunches of grilled fish and fresh veggies. Finnish kids are among the best educated in the world despite being assigned only one hour of daily homework. Slovenia provides free college tuition for qualified students, but Mr. Moore fails to mention that Slovenia’s population totals 2,061,085 as compared to America’s 321,605,012. Invade is both entertaining and informative despite Mr. Moore’s often unnecessary commentary. DEADPOOL Rated R Digital HD, DVD, and Blu-Ray With a global box office tally of $756 million and counting, Deadpool exceeded the expectations of Marvel executives, film critics, and its creators. The film owes its success to director Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds in the dual role of Special Forces operative Wade Wilson and the sarcastic masked antihero Deadpool. His exceptional performance should obliterate all memory of the disastrous Green Lantern. The film, which contains violence, sex, and vulgar language is not appropriate for children. Deadpool suffers from a surplus of bad guys, but not one of them is a memorable villain. Despite its flaws, Mr. Ryan’s movie makes the dreadful Batman v Superman look like a cinematic classic.

SCANDAL ABC’s political thriller starring Kerry Washington marked its fourth anniversary in April. Season 2, which focuses on President Fitzgerald Grant’s re-election, arrives on DVD May 15th. A day later, Season 3 will be released.

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Season 3 of Netflix’s Emmy-winning series is available on DVD and Blu-Ray May 17th. •

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he clock is ticking, and you’re still searching for that perfect gift for mom, your favorite aunt, or just about any woman who has a special place in your heart. Lisa’s on Second is the place to be! This beautiful shop is brimming with gift ideas from corner to corner. Unique giftware, clothing, cards and wrapping make it an all-in-one stop. We met up with owner Lisa Dragonetti to see why this has become a popular shop for all kinds of gifts. New York Lifestyles Magazine: Tell us about your store’s new location Lisa Dragonetti: Lisa’s on Second is now based at 1751 Second Avenue at East 91st Street (212-4230100). The Upper East Side is easily one of the most charming neighborhoods in the city. The area has evolved into a diverse community comprised of young working families with children as well as veteran long-time residents. NYLM: What made you open Lisa’s on Second?

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LD: We have always been a staple in the neighborhood and wanted to stay in the area. Because we are the only Hallmark store in the area, we wanted our new store to offer a wider selection for the ever-changing neighborhood. The vision for our store evolved as we anticipate Second Avenue becoming a great shopping destination. NYLM: Tell us about the look of the store? What inspired you to feature an eclectic mix of cards, jewelry, toys, and clothing? LD: We created a lifestyle store because we saw a need for that in this area. We have a huge selection of Hallmark cards and gifts. Also, we have now expanded our toy department to feature infant toys, toddler, teens, and tweens. While looking for the perfect gift, you can also shop our jewelry and accessory department that is trendy, fashionable and most importantly affordable. NYLM: Who is your typical client? What types of products are they shopping for? LD: Typically, they are residents, many who are loyal repeat customers looking for something a little different.


Sorial Gramercy tote, $98 NYLM: With an ever-changing market, what trends do you see in gifts? LD: Customers are always looking for unique gifts at an affordable price. Basics are the go-to items whether it’s a simple frame, candle, or home accessory. The beauty of our shop is we help our clients with curated suggestions. NYLM: What brands and types of products do you carry? LD: The toy department consists of Fisher Price, Mattel, Melissa and Doug, Creativity for Kids, and Learning Journey. Our top selling item is the “it” toy of the moment, Shopkins. The gift department consists of home fragrance lines from Aquiesse, Thymes, and Yankee Candle. For accessories, we feature statement jewelry from many local designers as well as our top-selling handbags from Sorial. NYLM: Which items are your favorites? LD: I look for fashion forward pieces that can transition from day to night. The Sorial handbags we carry come in versatile silhouettes that combine street chic design with everyday functionality. NYLM: Any tips for finding the perfect gift? LD: Finding the perfect gift is easy if you know your customer. Here at Lisa’s we believe that the best gift is a well thought out one. We take the time to get to know our clients’ style and suggest items that would be the best fit. NYLM: What are your thoughts on finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift? When to go practical or personal? LD: While it depends on the customer, we believe you can enhance any useful gift with something personal. NYLM: What are some of your favorite gifts for mothers? LD: You can never go wrong with a beautiful piece of jewelry! This season it is all about pops of color and the MGEMs collection uses natural gemstones to convey a relaxed yet elegant style. •

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Is the “Designer Dog” the New Pedigree? By Dr. Heather Loenser ew York is the quintessential melting pot; not just for us, but for our pets, too. From pit bulls to Pomeranians and bulldogs to boxers, virtually every breed calls New York home.  We’re talking pure breeds, mixed breeds, and the evergrowing population of “designer dogs”.   As a veterinarian, I see more and more of these hybrids visiting my practice, from the itty bitty teacup “Cheeks” (Chihuahua/Pekingese mix) to the largerthan-life Great Pyredane (Great Dane/Great Pyrenees mix). So, what’s up with these designer dogs and why are they so desirable?   Ask any owner of a designer dog, and you’ll get an answer something like this: “We wanted a cocker spaniel, but it sheds.  So we got a cockapoo and that solved the problem.”  And that, in fact, is exactly why the designer dog was created: to fill a need. Take, for example, the Labradoodle. In the 1980s, Wally Conron, the breeding manager for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia, was inundated with requests for hypoallergenic guide 92 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016

dogs. He thought the standard poodle would be perfect because it doesn’t shed and is very intelligent.  However, after working with them for a few years, he discovered that they didn’t have what it takes to be great guide dogs. He then had a brainstorm: Why not cross the poodle with a Labrador retriever, a breed already established as a reliable guide dog?   And the Labradoodle was born.   Unfortunately, the hybrid didn’t work either because not all of Wally’s Labradoodles came out the same; some were not hypoallergenic.  Only when you mix two pure breeds over a long period of time will you get predictable offspring.  This is true for the cockapoo (cocker spaniel/poodle), the goldendoodle (golden retriever/poodle), the Maltipoo (Maltese/poodle), the Schnoodle (Schnauzer/poodle) and a myriad of other designer dogs. Take the case of upper westsider Rosemary who fell in love with a friend’s very small, well-behaved goldendoodle.   She made it her mission to adopt one just like it and found the perfect pup in Florida.  After multiple conversations with the breeder, the doodle was flown to JFK into Rosemary’s waiting arms. But the pup was


Where to find your designer dog Adopt from a shelter. A number of shelters team up with online adoption sites. PetFinder.com and AdoptaPet.com showcase every iteration of “designer dog”, As I write this, there are nearly 200 poodle mixes available for adoption in the New York City area. By adopting from a shelter, you’re often saving a pet’s life. Adopt from a breed rescue organization A little-known fact is that there are rescue organizations for most breeds including designer dogs. If you Google “Maltipoo rescue”, you’ll see what I mean. What’s invaluable is that many of these rescue groups have go-to foster families who care for the dogs until their forever homes are found. This affords the foster parents opportunities to screen the dogs for stress or aggression as they interact with family pets and kids. The foster families get to know the dogs well, which is very helpful to prospective pet parents who are eager to learn everything they can about their new dog. Ultimately, foster parents can act as matchmakers, helping you decide if the pet is the perfect fit for your family. Purchase from a Reputable Breeder Not only can the characteristics of designer dogs vary wildly, the dedication of the people who breed them can, too. Some care about money above all else, while others are dedicated to providing families with healthy, happy dogs. What you don’t want to do is accidentally support  “puppy mills”, which house the breeding dogs in cages and remove their puppies at a very young age.  These pups are then sold to pet stores or through online brokers. To avoid this, visit the breeder to meet your puppy and his parents. Make sure the dogs have enough space to play, engage with people, and receive regular veterinary care.

not like her friend’s at all: he was larger, much more rambunctious and, horror of all horrors, he shed all over the place! Yes, he was a goldendoodle, but apparently he had way more “golden” than “doodle.” After investing in a new vacuum cleaner and a few obedience classes, the new dog settled in beautifully. Thankfully, no one in the family had allergies, or Rosemary would have had a big problem. The lesson here? Before you say “yes” to the pet, meet him in person. Since the characteristics of designer dogs vary, it’s important to spend time with the dog and to ask pertinent questions to whoever’s caring for him.  Rosemary would have benefited from asking the breeder the following questions: Which of the two breeds presents itself more? Knowing he was more “golden” would have alerted her to the fact that he might be a shedder.   Sometimes the quality you want to eliminate in the mix will still be prevalent if the dog is more of one breed than the other.  For example, a puggle (pug/beagle) might still be a howler if he’s more beagle than pug. How big will he be?   Had Rosemary asked how many pounds the dog’s parents were, she would have been able to gauge her dog’s adult weight. Many pet owners have watched in amazement as their so-called “mini” labradoodles rocket to 50 pounds. What is his activity level? Because Rosemary’s dog was large and much more energetic than she anticipated, he was like a bull in a china shop in her small apartment. Had she asked about his energy level, she might have chosen a different dog.

And finally, as soon as you bring your new dog home, make an appointment with a veterinarian. This visit is crucial because it will ensure he’s received vaccines tailored to his new lifestyle with you. The vet will screen for common congenital and infectious diseases and make sure he is free of fleas, ticks, and other pests. Choose a practice accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). These are hospitals evaluated regularly on nearly 900 standards of veterinary care. Locate one near you by going to AAHA.org and keying in your zip code in the AAHA Hospital Locator. On a final note, I ask you this: If you can get the “perfect dog” by mixing just two breeds, imagine what you’ll get in a dog mixed with lots of breeds?  Those are the dogs that need you most, and they’re waiting for you at your local shelter.  Why not pay them a visit? • About the Author For almost a decade, Dr. Heather Loenser has comforted pets in their time of crisis as an emergency veterinarian. Outside the hospital, she supports her profession with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) as the staff Veterinary Advisor in Professional and Public Affairs. A sought-after guest on TV and radio, she shares her expertise on the Today Show, Fox News, Dr. Oz and local television in the New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. area. She loves nothing more than hanging out with her rescued dog, Calvin.

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My New York Story By Dennis M. Walcott

ew York Lifestyles Magazine is excited to introduce our new column, “My New York Story” to you, our readers. This series will share personal stories from interesting New Yorkers on their work and experiences in the city. Enjoy ! One of my favorite slices of New York life is riding the subway, especially the #7 train. I notice the diversity of the people speaking so many different languages. I observe the changing neighborhoods, and watch who gets on and off. Are they students? Healthcareproviders heading to hospital shifts? Exhausted construction workers going home? They are lost in their own thoughts and their own lives, but everybody is going in the same direction. It is New York at its best. I love it. For much the same reason, I love watching the interactions in the public library. There is no place that demonstrates how the sum of the parts adds up to more than the whole quite like a public library. On the surface: shelves of books, computers, a handful of staff... but it is so much more. 94 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016

In my new position as President and CEO of the Queens Library, I chose to locate my desk on the main public service floor. It gives me an opportunity to observe the “street life” of the library. Library customers regularly engage me in conversation. They are not shy—this is New York! I try to gently probe, to gain a greater understanding of what they want and need from us. As the saying goes: there are eight million stories and they take their questions, wants, needs, and dreams to the public library. And no matter what, the library staff rises to the occasion. They are unflappable. During my very first week, a man recognized me and introduced himself. He had just been released from prison after a very long time. He did not mention why, but had done hard time. Now, he needed to find a job and gain the skills to keep it. He had come to the library for help with his resume and to sign up for computer workshops. I met a woman who told me she had recently earned an online doctoral degree using the library’s computers and resources, since she does not have a computer or broadband at home. I met a roomful of Korean-American parents with their babies who had come to the library for bilingual toddler story time. They know the importance of early literacy activities in developing good readers. I


met a man in his mid-90s who usually receives Mail-A-Book service to his home, but who took advantage of mild weather to come to the mobile library, so he could update his reading preferences and give the staff his very strong viewpoint on the upcoming presidential elections. I met a group of seniors who come to the library every day to read the Greek-language newspapers. They can get the papers at home, but who wants to sit home all day alone, reading the newspaper? I met a woman who credits the library for her business success and for allowing her to write and publish a book. I have met adult learners who credit the library with helping them write simple sentences in English. I have also had the privilege of meeting many of the hard-working and dedicated library staff, who come to work every day ready for anything. New immigrants with questions about their immigration status are referred to free legal assistance. Students with research projects (already overdue), are directed to age-appropriate reference materials with a good dose of advice about not leaving things until the last minute. Girls from difficult circumstances are discreetly slipped packets of personal hygiene supplies. People who are new to the neighborhood want to find a doctor who will accept their insurance and who speaks Pashto or Italian or any of the dozens of other languages. Red-faced teens whisper questions about their reproductive health. Too many people, in dire need of social services, just need help, every kind of help. All of this happens in parallel with a book discussion on a popular novel, a flamenco performance and a workshop on using social media to promote a home business.

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The Queens Library staff is as diverse as the customers. They speak dozens of languages and have many interests and skill sets. How can they possibly serve the broad range of informational needs of a place like Queens? They are also New York at its best and I love it. •

Dennis M. Walcott, president and CEO of Queens Library, is a lifelong resident of Queens and has spent his entire career in public service and education. His positions held include state-appointed monitor of the East Ramapo School District, chancellor of the NYC Department of Education, and Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development. He has served on the Board of Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, Board Chair of NYC’s Fund for Public Education, Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Commission for Construction Opportunity, and president and CEO of the New York Urban League. He began his career as a kindergarten teacher.

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15 Minutes with Laura Benanti

By Ivette Manners

t’s said that when an actor or singer makes it to the Broadway stage, they’ve really made it big in their career. So what do you say about an actress who launched her career on Broadway, then soon after hits the silver screen and moves seamlessly between the two? I’d say she’s a real star. Tony award-winning Laura Benanti is one such blazing comet. The charming New Yorker who recently won over viewers as the rising songbird in ABC’s Nashville, is back on Broadway starring in the new hit, She Loves Me at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Here, Benanti takes some time out of her busy schedule to chat with us. NYLM: Tell us about working on She Loves Me and your Broadway career. LB: She Loves Me is a dream role for me. I listened to the original cast recording starring Barbara Cook (my idol) as a very young girl and dreamed of playing this role. My first role on Broadway was I when I was 18 years old. I starred as Maria opposite Richard Chamberlain in The Sound of Music. From there, I’ve gone on to do eight more Broadway shows, as well as many television shows.    NYLM: Did you take a break from theater to be on television? Are you happy to be back on Broadway?   LB: I chose to focus on television, the way I focused on theater for so long. I’m thrilled to be back.  NYLM: Is singing more your passion?  LB: Singing and acting are equally my passions. But singing is an exhilarating experience and a gift for which I’m very grateful.  NYLM: Tell us a little about your role in Nashville. Did you love it because you also got to sing, as opposed to just act, such as on Supergirl?  96 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2016

LB: It’s always nice to show the full range of your talents. I got to do that in The Sound of Music Live! for NBC and Nashville; and that was fantastic. However, I also loved being on Supergirl (on CBS). NYLM: What do you love about both theater and television? LB: They’re each different disciplines and I like working the muscles they both require. I appreciate that television work is preserved forever, and I love the ephemeral quality of the theater.  NYLM: What are you obsessed with right now? LB: It’s hard to be obsessed with anything when you’re performing eight shows a week. Right now I’m obsessed with sleep. I’m also obsessed with spring in Central Park.  NYLM: What is or was your favorite New York moment? LB: Getting my wedding photos taken outside of Riverside Church [last November] with drivers going by honking and cheering; and people walking by and wishing my husband and I well. New Yorkers are great.  NYLM: What important current event or issue interests you right now? LB: The election, for sure.  NYLM: What’s your favorite spot in New York? LB: I love the West Village. I love the history there. But, I also really love Harlem (our new neighborhood). My best friend Sarah Saltzberg has a real estate company called Bohemia Realty Group, and my brother-in-law Nick Brown works for her. That firm does so much for the community. It’s such a fantastic and community and family-oriented place to live. Lido is our favorite restaurant up there. It’s fantastic. •


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