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The secret is to have a sense of yourself, your real self, your unique self. And not just once in a while, or once a day, but all through the day, the week and life. s you all know, I love quotations. They are my passion and I enjoy sharing them with you. Recently, I came across a book that is filled with pages of diverse quotes from philosophers, social activists, poets, presidents, artists and rappers. The colorful collection was put together by Kathryn & Ross Petras titled, Motivation for Dreamers and Doers. On page 147, there’s an interesting line from actor and comedian Bill Murray. “The secret is to have a sense of yourself, your real self, your unique self. And not just once in a while, or once a day, but all through the day, the week and life.” Well said my friend. I have always believed that the best gift we can receive as a child is a good feeling of self-esteem. No matter what life sends our way, this is what really stays with us. Self-esteem is strength, confidence and inner peace. I hope you have it and use the opportunity to pass it along to those you care about. It’s a good thing!
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Saratoga Performing Arts Center, nestled in the heart of the stunning 2,400 acre Saratoga Spa State Park, presents an annual summer festival of extraordinary classical music and dance, jazz and contemporary programming. Experienced against the backdrop of its beautiful woodland setting, a visit to SPAC is about more than a performance; it is an opportunity to make memories that last a lifetime.
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Taste of Queens Hall of Science, Corona thequeenstaste.com
Downtown Urban Arts Festival Various venues duafnyc.com Taste of the Lower East Side Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street) tasteofles.com
LC Kids Spring Fling Lincoln Center lincolncenter.org/events
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29th Annual New York Fleet Week Various locations militarynews.com
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Ninth Avenue International Food Festival Ninth Avenue (between 42nd and 57th Streets) ninthavenuefoodfestival.com
Billy Joel In Concert Madison Square Garden Arena thegarden.com
By Pat Collins
e salute all women who worked either behind the scenes or on stage during the 2016- 2017 season. Here, nine women, all of them recipients of the coveted Tony award.
If I think I am right for the role, I will go for it whatever way I can. I refuse to say no to myself.”
Audra holds the record as the first to win six Tony Awards, replacing Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris who each received five awards. She also enters the record books as the first to win a Tony in all four performance categories: Lead Actress in A Play: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Lead Actress in A Musical: The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Featured (Supporting) Actress in A Musical: Ragtime and Carousel. Featured Actress in A Play: A Raisin in The Sun and Master Class. At age 28 she had collected three of the awards mentioned above. Audra also made history in director Nicholas Hytner’s 1996 production of Carousel and Lonny Price’s 2007 revival of 110 in The Shade as the first black actress to appear in roles written for a white performer. In a New York Times interview, Audra said “I refuse to be stereotyped. If I think I am right for the role, I will go for it whatever way I can. I refuse to say no to myself.” Her prodigious talents were evident at a young age as a graduate of the Roosevelt School of The Arts in Fresno, California and later as an undergraduate at the Julliard School in New York. Her theater credits also include The Secret Garden, Henry IV and Twelfth Night. Audra is known to TV viewers for playing Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s Private Practice and the host of PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center. MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 13
Glenn, while a student at William & Mary, decided to pursue an acting career while watching her idol Katherine Hepburn being interviewed...
Her return to the Great White Way is to theater-goers what a Solar Eclipse is to astronomers. The Divine Miss M is rarely seen on Broadway. Her Clams on The Half Shell Revue which ran from 1975 to 1978 was hugely successful. She returned more than 30 years later to play an influential real life Hollywood talent agent in I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers. Her return to the Great According to the Tony rules, Glenn is ineligible for a Tony nomination White Way is to theater-goers what a Solar Eclipse is to for her brilliant performance in Sunset Boulevard because according to astronomers. Of all the genuine superstars her career path the rules actors cannot be nominated for roles they previously played. is one of the most unusual. After her Broadway debut in She won the prestigious award in 1995 as Norma Desmond adding a Fiddler on The Roof as Tzeitel, a role she played for three third Best Actress Tony to her list of extraordinary achievements in years, Bette re-launched her solo singing career in 1970 theater, television, and film. She was Oscar nominated for leading roles at the Continental Baths frequented by gay men who in Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons and, Albert Nobbs. Supporting became her devoted fans. She rightly was proud of the roles in The World According to Garp, The Big Chill and The Natural earned role she played in the gay liberation movement. her three more nominations. Considered one of the most respected actors of her generation, Glenn while a student at William & Mary, decided to Her 1972 debut album, co-produced by Barry Manilow, pursue an acting career while watching her idol Katherine Hepburn being was the first of many platinum records to come. interviewed by Dick Cavett. She made her Broadway debut in 1974 in Love Bette by The Numbers: 14 studio albums released/35 for Love, directed by Hal Prince. Six years later her performance in Barnum million records sold worldwide, four Gold records, earned Glenn her first Tony nomination. three Platinum and three Multi-Platinum, three Grammys, four Golden Globes, three Emmys and Her other Tony wins are for The Real Thing directed by Mike Nichols, and one special Tony. The Rose which brought her an Death and The Maiden. Glenn has proved she can immerse herself in a wide Oscar nomination was followed by Down and Out variety of roles on stage and screen from the ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes in in Beverly Hills, Beaches and For the Boys in 1991. Damages to the regal Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter to Harrison The next year she was offered the starring role in Ford’s vice president in Air Force One. In an interview Glenn reflected on how the musical comedy Sister Act but turned it down. her childhood affected her acting. “I have no doubt that the days I spent running The part went to Whoopi Goldberg. Now that she, free in the evocative Connecticut countryside with an unfettered imagination at last, has returned to Broadway is it “great to playing whatever character our games demanded is one of the reasons that acting have her back where she belongs”? You bet. has always been so natural to me.” 14 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
Cynthia’s career began early when she was cast to play a ‘tween in an ABC Afterschool Special. © Joan Marcus
Laura is one of the most sought-after actresses of her generation and also one of the most versatile.
Cynthia is one award away from achieving EGOT status which is conferred on those who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony. The elite group includes Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno, and Mel Brooks. Cynthia has an Emmy for Sex and The City, a Grammy for the spoken word version of An Inconvenient Truth and a Tony for Rabbit Hole. As further proof of her range as an actress, Cynthia played two distinctly different First Ladies: Eleanor Roosevelt in Warm Springs and Nancy Reagan in Killing Reagan. She is also credited with being the first performer to appear in two Broadway productions at the same time. During her first year at Barnard College, she ran from the stage door of the theater where Mike Nichol’s The Real Thing was being performed to another The three-time Oscar nominee, three-time Tony Award theater to join the cast of Hurlyburly. Cynthia’s career began early nominee and recipient of four Emmys majored in theater at when she was cast to play a tween who is romantically pursued by her alma mater Brown University and subsequently earned a the class rich kid in an ABC Afterschool Special. After appearing in graduate degree in drama at Juilliard in 1990. That same year some programs for young audiences, Cynthia was offered a role in Laura was cast as an understudy in John Guare’s Six Degrees of NBC’s The Murder of Mary Separation and two years later her performance in Sight Unseen Phagan st ar r ing Jack impressed critics and audience members alike. Thirteen years L e m mon and Ke v in later she received a Tony nomination for her performance in the Spacey. In her personal play’s revival. Laura is one of the most sought-after actresses of life, she raises money for her generation and also one of the most versatile. Here are a few and awareness of breast examples. Films: The Truman Show, You Can Count on Me (Oscar cancer as an Ambassador nominee), Mystic River, Kinsey (Oscar nominee), The Savages for The Susan G. Komen (Oscar nominee) and, Love Actually. Television: Armistead For The Cure not for Maupin’s Tales of The City, Running Mates, Wild Iris (Emmy profit organization. Award), Frasier (Emmy Award), John Adams (Emmy Award for Cynthia was diagnosed the role of Abigail Adams) and The Big C. Theater: The Crucible with breast cancer 11 (Tony nomination), Sight Unseen (2004 Tony nomination) and, years ago. Cynthia is Stands Still (Tony nomination). back on Broadway this season in a not-to-beMore awards are likely to follow for this new production of Little missed revival of Little Foxes in which Laura and Cynthia play alternate roles. At the Foxes co-starring Laura performance I attended Cynthia played the ruthless Regina and Linney and directed by Laura had the role of the alcoholic and seemingly naïve sister-in-law Daniel Sullivan. Birdie. MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 15
For Patti Lupone, it’s all been well-earned: Two Tony Awards (Evita and Gypsy), two Olivier Awards (Les Misérables and The Cradle Will Rock), two Grammys (Best Classical and Best Opera recordings for The Rise and Fall of The City of Mahagonny) and enough other honors to paper a wall. In a career spanning 45 years, Patti starred in more than 40 Broadway productions in addition to appearing on innumerable concert stages and in a variety of TV shows. She was Emmynominated for her guest role on Frasier. There are several “firsts” in her bio. She, Kevin Kline and David Ogden Stiers were among those who were in the first graduating class of Julliard’s Drama Division. When John Houseman founded The Acting Company Patti enrolled and was in the first graduating class. She was the first to play Eva Peron in the 1979 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s Evita. Known for her candor, Patti publicly expressed her displeasure with the production declaring “Evita was the worst experience of my life.” Nonetheless, she reunited with Lloyd Webber for the original Sunset Boulevard, but the truce did not last long, and he To the best of our knowledge, Christine is the only replaced her with Glenn Close. Despite those and other behind the scenes woman on our list to have co-anchored Saturday Night contretemps, Patti remained an in-demand Broadway baby. She went on to Live’s Weekend Update. She memorably impersonated star in Sweeney Todd, Master Class, a revival of Noises Off and most recently Princess Diana, model Cheryl Tiegs, Mary Travers of as cosmetic Helena Rubenstein, in War Paint. Peter, Paul and Mary fame and other celebrated women of the early 80’s. Her work on SNL was one example of Christine’s ability to easily slip into character, a skill She was the first to play Eva Peron in which has served her well during a remarkable career on Broadway. Ado Annie (Oklahoma), Elvira (Blithe Spirit) the 1979 production of Andrew Lloyd Millicent Jordan (Dinner at Eight) and Dorothy Brock (42nd Street) are among her most notable roles. The later Webber’s and Tim Rice’s Evita. role brought Christine her first Tony award. The second was earned playing the dual roles of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (Big Edie) and Edith Bouvier Beale (Little Edie) in Grey Gardens. Her performance remains one of the decades most remembered and celebrated. In addition to the Tony Christine has a Drama Desk Award and an Obie for the OffBroadway production of Talking Heads. This season she and Patti LuPone received glowing reviews for the musical War Paint. Christine, swathed in pink and wearing significant bling, as Elizabeth Arden and Patti, in the role of Miss Arden’s fierce competitor Helene Rubenstein as the two female titans of the cosmetic industry.
Her work on SNL was one example of Christine’s ability to easily slip into character.
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In the second grade, she spent after-school hours at a dance and performing arts center in suburban Denver.”
Acting is in her DNA. Jessie’s parents, Jill and Roger are actors as are her two brothers Andrew and Matt and older sister Abby. Four years ago Beautiful was in tryouts in San Francisco with a young actress playing one of her idols, Carole King. She was not yet a star, but Jessie was more than well prepared to take on the role of the legendary singer/songwriter. Her resume includes She Loves There are those who at an early age choose a career Me, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood path, and Annaleigh is one of them. In the second for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Those accolades grade, she spent after-school hours at a dance and were followed by a Tony Award for Beautiful, the musical that overnight performing arts center in suburban Denver and made established Jesse as Broadway’s newest leading lady and as it turns out one her stage debut at age 9 in Ruthless, an all-female musical of the most popular. which spoofs musicals. She sped through Marymount College and graduated with a degree in theater at 19. Teenage girls, their mothers and grandmothers alike helped make her most The hit musical Wicked factored in the early stages recent musical Waitress a success. Critics myself included gave her glowing of her career. An understudy for the role of Glinda in reviews for her portrayal of Jenna a small town waitress with a talent the show’s 2005 national tour preceded her playing the for baking extraordinary pies and a tendency to make wrong decisions good witch. Also to her credit the Great White Way, and about the men in her life. Two years ago Jesse received the coveted Sarah the musical version of Legally Blonde. Succeeding roles Siddons Society Award which previously was given to Bette Davis, in revivals of Hair and Rent, led to her being cast in the Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Julie Andrews and other equally Chicago previews for Kinky Boots, the Harvey Fiersteinextraordinary women in the theater. Cyndi Lauper musical which transferred to Broadway, and earned Annaleigh a much-deserved Tony nomination.
Acting is in her DNA. Jessie’s parents, two brothers, and older sister are all actors themselves.
Three years later she won Broadway’s most prestigious award for her supporting role as Essie Carmichael in a revival of You Can’t Take It With You in which she co-starred with Rose Byrne, Elizabeth Ashley, and the legendary James Earl Jones. In between shows she provided the voice of the troll in the Oscar-winning Disney film Frozen and originated the role of a young prostitute in Showtime’s Masters of Sex. Back on Broadway Annaleigh and Jake Gyllenhaal delivered superb performances in a revival of Sunday in The Park With George. Months ago she and her husband celebrated the birth of their first child—a son named Jack. •
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BRIDAL FASHION WEEK SPRING 2017 By Miki Makrillos
ridal Fashion Week ushered in breathtakingly beautiful bridal gowns that captured feelings of love, and romance with a surreal fantasy. On April 20th designer Randy Fenoli debuted his 2017 Bridal Collection on the runway at Kleinfeld’s Bridal Salon in NYC. The premiere collection of 25 gowns embraced the designer’s attention to detail with sumptuous fabrics, alluring laces, and elaborate embroideries.
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All Dresses are By Randy Fenoli and are available exclusively at Kleinfeldâ€™s Bridal Salon. All Photos Courtesy of Randy Fenoli except where noted.
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t was a pleasant experience viewing the spectacular creations of a unique and talented designer such as Randy Fenoli. It was a delight to hear his thoughts and motivations behind his new line. According to Randy, a bride should have her own unique style that should express who she is as an individual. Randy’s current Collection embraces every bride’s dream. He states “women look beautiful when they feel confident. Confidence equals beauty.” Attention to detail in fabric, lace, and fit is everything in this collection.
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All Dresses are By Randy Fenoli and are available exclusively at Kleinfeld’s Bridal Salon. All Photos Courtesy of Randy Fenoli except where noted. •
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NYC’S BEST BEAUTY SPOTS By Gigi Stone Woods
t’s been a long cold winter of hibernating and hiding under wooly layers and hats. But now that your pasty skin and dried- out hair are going to be exposed to the public, you might be wondering where to start. Whether you’re facing a high school reunion, a wedding where you’ll run into that ex-boyfriend who dumped you for his receptionist, or just a new season full of promise, we’ve got your back. Like dating, the search for the perfect salon can be exhausting, but when you find your match, we swear: it’ll be worth it. Boys come and go, but a hairdresser—that’s a relationship that can last. (Some surveys, albeit sketchy ones, have even found that women stay with their hairstylists, on average, longer than they do with their husbands.). Whatever you’re looking for, here are New York City’s top salons.
OSCAR BLANDI Well-heeled Upper East side ladies don’t just flock to the immaculate and majestic Oscar Blandi for the precision, for the talent, for the jewel-box environment. They do it for the experience. The Mediterranean-style salon is always buzzing with at least a dozen blow-dryers and the very best gossip. Colorist Kyle White is world-renowned for his unparalleled, natural-looking color technique. And given Blandi’s Italian origins, styling is in his blood. He got his start as a teenager, lending a hand in his father’s salon to meet girls. Now, he works with everyone from Julianne Moore to Naomi Watts to Julia Louis-Dreyfus. When finished, the results are less runway edge, more polished flair. Walk in with a mid-length cut and walk out like an Italian goddess. Oscar Blandi, 545 Madison Avenue (212-421-9800; oscarblandi.com)
MARIE ROBINSON SALON
Serge Normant’s salon is an elaborate threefloor townhouse in Chelsea, decked out with chandeliers and multiple fireplaces. Normant is responsible for cutting the most jawdropping tresses out there. Everyone: from Julia Roberts to Gisele to Sarah Jessica Parker has put their hair in his hands. If they’ve done it, trust that you can do the same.
Eliut Rivera was the assistant to the mythical Oribe for seven years before the apprentice decided to open his own salon. He’s since worked on the sexiest hair out there: Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz, and Sheryl Crow—all have sat in his chair. And now that he’s moved to a bigger location, he’s got even more space to make the magic happen.
These stylists are known far and wide for their palette for hair color: every hair color. Robinson’s perfected innovative techniques that will make you look like you were born that way: from platinum to inky black. Heck, she can even make a deep purple look natural. Everyone from Anne Hathaway to Natalie Portman has recognized her genius.
Serge Normant, 336 West 23rd Street (212-879-1000; sergenormant.com)
Eliut Salon, 30 East 60th Street, Ste. 1207 (212-472-3440; eliutsalon.com)
Marie Robinson Salon, 40 West 25th Street (212-358-7780; marierobinsonsalon.com)
NUNZIO SAVIANO SALON This beautiful, intimate salon in a classic brownstone offers full hair care and cutting services under Nunzio’s detail-oriented eye. For Nunzio and his team, there is no “signature cut” because the signature should be your own—a custom-style that makes you look and feel good. That philosophy has served him well; he’s developed a loyal following and recently opened a second namesake salon at The RitzCarlton Westchester to accommodate his flock. Luckily, the man delivers. To create highly-personalized looks for his clientele, Nunzio draws inspiration from his native Italy. He mashes up current runway trends and timeless classics, analyzes the facial structure, hair texture, and lifestyle (read: how much time you can spend with a blow dryer on weekdays), and delivers a cut that’s at once bespoke and approachable. Is it any surprise, then, that Nunzio Saviano Salon was voted as the “Best Only Slightly Elitist Haircut” in New York Magazine? Nunzio Saviano, 130 East 65th Street (212-988-0880; nunziosaviano.com) 22 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
BEST AT-HOME HAIR & MAKEUP
MAUREEN PEDALA MAKEUP ARTISTRY Here’s a one-sentence endorsement: This is the most attractive you will ever look, no matter how old you are and how much SPF you wore in your youth. Need I say more? BLUSHINGTON MAKEUP & BEAUTY LOUNGE You won’t find better than this premier makeup service and retail destination that boasts locations in Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York City. Blushington is on a mission to bring expert makeup artists into the lives of everyday women and men of all ages in a beautiful, welcoming environment while keeping the experience affordable and accessible. Known for natural, sexy makeup, Blushington’s highly trained artists can doll you up for a date or special events and photo shoots. Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge, several locations throughout NYC and the U.S. (blushington.com) BRONZE BOUTIQUE & SPA You don’t need me to tell you that applying self-tanner at home is a risk. We’ve all seen the orange OompaLoompas, the streaked faux-glow, the muddy palms, and feet. So when it’s time for a special occasion, leave it to the professionals. Owner Heike Muschik will give you a gorgeous glow that lasts for a week and makes you look like you just got back from the Caribbean. Looking for a cheaper option? Dip into their Versa Spa Spray Tanning Booth—quicker and more affordable than a custom job, yet, surprisingly even. Bronze Boutique & Spa, 330 East 65th Street (212-319-5805; bronzeboutiquenyc.com) BLINK BROW BAR This luxurious eyebrow and lash service bar, it’s located in both New York City Saks Fifth Avenue outposts. The pintsized salon ushers the ancient Indian technique of threading into the 21st century with “drop-in” locations for efficient, precise results. Show up for eyebrow threading, lash, and eyebrow tinting, and lash and eyebrow extensions. Wide-eyed at the prospect? I was too— until I tried it myself. Blink Brow Bar, located at both Saks Fifth Avenue (blinkbrowbar.com)
BUMBLE & BUMBLE It’s fast, efficient, and gets the job well done. The staff is friendly, impeccably trained and always reliable. Beyond cut and color, Bumble offers naturallooking extensions and artistic up-dos, plus it boasts a vast salon network of like-minded stylists. And if you can’t squeeze in an appointment, recreate the salon experience at home with its muchlauded, eponymous line of products that can be found at various retailers, including Sephora (sephora.com). Bumble & bumble, several locations throughout NYC (bumbleandbumble.com)
Maureen Pedala Makeup Artistry, serving all of NYC (917-847-9494; email@example.com) MERRELL DALY If what you’re looking for is pure, unadulterated va-va-voom, Merrell’s your girl. I mean, woman. Merrell Daly, serving all of NYC (917434-8113; merrelldaly.com) GLAM SQUAD It’s the Uber of the beauty world, a quick, on-demand way to have a highly trained stylist at your fingertips. Pick your service (hair and makeup!), and wait for a trusted professional to show up at your house or office—anytime, anywhere, and with precision and a full toolkit. Gamechanger.
Glam Squad, serves Miami, Washington DC, It may be a less expensive option than Los Angeles, and NYC (glamsquad.com) the big name salons, but regulars swear this place doesn’t skimp. Instead, the salon combines American and Japanese HALE ORGANIC SALON techniques, including the Liscio Super Straight treatment—a hair relaxer that An option for those looking for a chemicalshines up even the frizziest locks. free, organic experience, Hale offers Hairmates, several locations throughout ammonia-free hair color, a buffet of organic products, no hairspray fumes, and NYC (hairmates-ny.com) tremendous customer satisfaction—just check its stellar Yelp! reviews.
Men need hair love, too. Thankfully, the barbershop revival is here to stay. This popular bi-coastal chain has transformed haircuts and straight-razored shaves into the luxe experiences that even your supposedly no-frills dude will love. Sam Buffa debuted his original location in the back of a hip retailer on New York’s Lower East Side. Over a decade later, his salons are a religion. They’re so good, we’ve observed some women think the same. Plus, the paraben- and sulfate-free line of shaving products has given their worshippers a daily ritual. Pick some up for someone special. And while you’re at it, book Angie Elizalde for his next appointment at the SoHo outpost. Fellow Barber, several locations throughout NYC and San Francisco, CA (fellowbarber.com).
Hale Organic Salon, 91 Franklin Street (212-966-5656; halesalon.com) • Gigi Stone Woods is an award-winning, national TV on-air host, anchor, correspondent and producer from ABC News, CBS News, NBC News and Bloomberg TV. She is currently a rotating anchor and producer of various national news shows including “Early Today” on NBC and MSNBC and appears regularly as a business expert on Fox5 NY. She also works as an on-air media trainer, media message writer and TV consultant through her company, Stone Woods Media. Stone Woods received her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She is a native New Yorker.
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Check your cares at the front desk and explore the oceanfront Pan American Hotel where our professional crew stands ready to meet your every need. Lovely first class rooms feature private balconies providing sweeping aerial views of the ocean. On the Beach at Crocus Road • 5901 Ocean Avenue, Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260 609.522.6936 • Visit us at www.PanAmericanHotel.com
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THE A-LIST By Patricia Canole
otels and resorts offer all kinds of luxury amenities, from bath butlers to sophisticated bedside lighting systems. But the most valuable amenity travelers crave—discreet accommodations, whether they’re cottages, cabins, villas, or bungalows. Welcome to our list of top hideaways in the U.S. and Canada which spell luxury.
HAWAII One mistake that a lot of visitors to Maui make is to drive the long, winding, gorgeous road to Hana, wonder what all the fuss is about, and drive back. That’s because there’s no town to speak of (but be sure to stop for roadside coconut bread). Exploring the waterfalls,natural pools, and beaches takes time and expert local guidance. All the more reason to stay a few days, for the setting is truly magnificent and entirely different from the manicured luxury of Wailea. (A good plan is to divide the trip.) Travaasa Hana (travaasa.com) offers exceptional end-of-the-world beauty, tranquility, and coveted Sea Ranch Cottages which feature an outdoor Jacuzzi and are intended to foster seclusion. Be sure to take advantage of activities such as throw-net fishing, lomilomi massage, a fruittasting tour, and horseback riding across the wilds of Hana. You can stay at the resort a la carte, or opt for the meal plan.
CALIFORNIA Set in Napa Valley, Solage (solage.aubergeresorts.com) is one of the esteemed Auberge chains that includes the other Napa Valley resorts Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch. Like those properties, Solage offers a luxury experience where the entrance to your room is discreet, and the design feels more residential than hotel-like. In keeping with the healing waters reputation of Calistoga, the spa offers a range of mud and mineral water therapies. And you’ll want to test the waters of what is surely the resort’s focal point, a stunning lap pool bordered by Canary Island palms. MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 25
ARIZONA There are two Sedona’s: the earthy, dry red rock country and lush, shady Oak Creek. Enjoy them both at this gorgeous, unpretentious resort, where summer is high season, and you can even take a dip in the creek. Though no one could fault the rustic-luxurious lodge rooms at L’Auberge de Sedona (lauberge.com), it’s the private cottages that distinguish this property. The Creekside Cottages are closest to the water, and they boast unique touches like wood burning fireplaces, ample terraces, and outdoor cedar showers. Vista Cottages, which feature gas fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs for two, are positioned to maximize views of favorite red rock formations such as Snoopy Rock, Giants Thumb, and Elephant Rock. Dining on the stone terrace beside the picturesque creek is one of the most pleasurable things you can do in Sedona. Savor a specialty dish like Arizona Pine Smoked Venison.
FLORIDA A former fishing lodge, once favored by Harry S Truman, has grown far beyond its humble beginnings. A launch speeds you from Lower Torch Key to Little Palm Island Resort & Spa (littlepalmisland.com), a five-acre isle, lush with greenery. Settle into one of the luxurious suites, housed in thatched-roof bungalows connected by winding paths. Décor is simple but plush: a separate living room filled with wicker and rattan, a slate tile bathroom with outdoor shower—and no noisy intrusions like TV or alarm clocks. The magic is in the details: your last name spelled out in blocks on a board outside your cottage, a pair of binocs and a bird-watching guide (it won’t take you long to identify that big bird fishing in the shallows). Not too far away are plenty of hammocks, kayaks at the ready, and a captain waiting to take you on a sail. After an exhaustive day of exploring every nook and cranny, soothe the body and soul at Little Palm’s award-winning spa. 26 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
VERMONT The all-season 120-acre Topnotch Resort (topnotchresort.com) set on the edge of one of Vermont’s most charming towns welcomes guests with a woodsy, open, modernist style. The great thing about the accommodations is that, in addition to the comfortable rooms, there are resort homes of different sizes and configurations to afford you optimal privacy (love the sunken living rooms with fireplaces). Active couples will get the most out of the resort, as summer offers swims in the beautiful pool (there’s also an indoor pool), horseback riding, and bike rides on a paved, bucolic recreational trail that leads right into Stowe, with its cute boutiques and cafes. Topnotch boasts one of the country’s best tennis programs, with personalized lessons on four indoor and six outdoor courts. And all the physical activity begs for the pampering available in the 35,000-square-foot spa. Of the 100 treatments, signature experiences include the Sugar Maple Body Scrub—this is Vermont, after all, and the maple isn’t just for your pancakes!
CANADA Set within the majestic scenery of Lake Louise and the Canadian Rockies, The Post Hotel & Spa (posthouse.com) has an impeccable pedigree. It dates from 1942, and for the last 25-plus years, Swiss hoteliers—brothers André and George Schwarz—have provided arguably the highest quality hospitality in the area. In this type of setting, be sure to opt for a freestanding cottage set thrillingly by the rushing river. As befitting a property with the Relais & Chateaux designation, the Post Hotel offers memorable dining, with its 25,000-bottle wine cellar and kitchen under the command of European-trained chefs. The Temple Mountain Spa offers a Roman-style saltwater pool and excellent treatments. • MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 27
Everything under the sun... 8501 Atlantic Ave (by Diamond Beach) Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260 l Coronado Resort is Wildwood Crest’s premier BEACHFRONT full-service FAMILY hotel. By Diamond Beach, we are just minutes from fine restaurants, downtown Wildwood’s historic nightlife & world-famous BOARDWALK and just a short drive to Victorian Cape May or Atlantic City’s dazzling casinos. With a variety of AAA-rated accommodations (from single guest rooms to spacious 1, 2 & 3 bedroom suites), El Coronado can meet the needs of the most discerning traveler. Our three indoor elevators will whisk you to one of 18 smoke-free unit-styles of your oceanfront or
in BEACHFRONT resort perfection!
oceanview room with private bath, efficiency or full kitchens & private balcony. All rooms come equipped with microwave, coffee maker, DVD player & refrigerators. Other on-site amenities include 24-hour Front Desk, ATM, in-house Café (with patio dining serving 4-Star breakfast & lunch), FREE in-unit WiFi, a wellequipped Exercise Room, Game Room, Gift Shop and 2 in-house guest laundries. FREE poolside movies, hot dog cookouts and LIVE entertainment are featured on our Pool Deck twice weekly in-season to pamper our guests. High-season also provides our own Children’s Activity Director on staff hosting 2 interactive events daily for the kiddies (M-F). By the way, our spacious pool, kiddie
pool and hot tub are heated for your comfort. Looking for a party venue during your vacation? El Coronado’s Fiesta Room can accommodate parties large or small (rental fees apply). So whether a romantic rendezvous for two, a family reunion or a vacation getaway for “your clan”, El Coronado Resort has the comfortable accommodations you’ll need to create magical vacation memories for you and your family! See you at the beach! For more informtion, call or visit: 1.800.227.5302 www.elcoronado.com
Your premiere Oceanfront Destination... on the corner of Syracuse Avenue and the Beach...
POSTCARD FROM ANGUILLA By Patricia Canole
here do stressed-out celebs go when they need a break from the glamour grind? Anguilla, of course. Blissful beaches, gourmet cuisine, and total seclusion. Those seeking relaxed luxury won’t find a more perfect setting.
LUXURIATE IN EXCLUSIVITY Celebs flock to tiny Anguilla more for what it doesn’t have than what it does. There are no high-rise resorts, casinos, boutiques or even historical sites, which means the 16-mile-long island doesn’t have crowds, either. Sure, the scenery isn’t as lush as other Caribbean islands, but you will find lovely beaches (such as Shoal and Mead’s Bay), as well as exclusive beachfront resorts. And while there is limited nightlife, there are rustic reggae bars where the boldfaced names can let their hair down, away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi. And with more than 30 beaches, it’s never hard to find a cove to get away from it all!
CELESTIAL RESORTS With its tall archways, Malliouhana Hotel & Spa, an Auberge Resort (malliouhana.aubergeresorts.com), embodies the romance and beauty of a faraway land. Peace and tranquility are pervasive here, and so is the desire to be pampered! Understated island luxe characterizes the décor, with treasures from all over the world beautifully capturing your imagination. You’ll no doubt spend plenty of time on your private terrace, designed for outdoor living and complete privacy. For dining with a view, you can’t surpass Malliouhana’s garden, where bright-coral bougainvillea frames views of the turquoise sea. International bold-faced names have stayed in the whitewashed domed-and-turreted villas at Cap Juluca (capjuluca.com). Strung along 179 acres of breathtaking Maundays Bay, these villas are a favorite, thanks to the caring staff, excellent sports facilities, and plenty of privacy and comfort. The atmosphere makes this resort famous for romantic escapes or destination weddings. Amenities include a fitness center and a water-sports pavilion. Spa services can be provided in the privacy of your villa. Daily activities including beach fitness and nature walks may even tempt you to leave your beach chair. Enjoy the complimentary afternoon tea which is served under the dome.
Malliouhana Hotel & Spa, an Auberge Resort Cap Juluca
Not too far away is Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa (cuisinartresort. com) which offers an excellent family-friendly full-service resort: miles of stunning beach, world-class golf, a gorgeous spa, and health club, top dining, and sports galore. Roomy guest rooms have flatscreen TVs. A daily continental buffet breakfast is included in all rates. Guests return here because of its casual atmosphere, extensive facilities, and the concierge crew who will grant every wish: They’ll get you nannies, and hard-to-get reservations. Cuisinart offers great packages for the Greg Norman Golf Course. There are five restaurants, a hydroponic farm providing organic produce, and tours of the greenhouse. Cooking classes and demonstrations are conducted in the teaching kitchen and enjoyed at the Chef ’s Table twice weekly. Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla (fourseasons.com/anguilla) truly wows sophisticates. Go ahead and book one of the spacious two- to five-bedroom villas, complete with private pools and hot tubs, indoor/outdoor showers, gourmet kitchens, not to mention your very own house manager. The five on-site restaurants satisfy with beach barbecue to fine dining and cocktails are a must at the Sunset Bar. You’ll find a fully equipped spa, gym, yoga center and even a camp-like kid’s program. Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa
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Four Seasons Resort & Private Residences Anguilla
DINE AROUND THE ISLAND Dining in-villa with your own personal chef, or out at one of the surprisingly numerous top-notch restaurants, is one of the island’s most popular pastimes. For the haughty gourmet, not to mention a fab sunset view, try Blanchards. But for a truly spectacular night, book a torch-lit table in the sand at Cap Juluca, where white Moorish archways rise behind you, and the chef serves up a fantasia of fresh seafood and tapas. Famous pairs have been known to enjoy the casual vibe at Straw Hat. This seafood restaurant’s whimsical décor (think straw-hat light fixtures) complements the stunning sea views. Be sure to try the red snapper ceviche and grilled crayfish with ginger vinaigrette. Next day, head down to Scilly Cay for a truly memorable lunch. Scilly Cay, a private island can be reached by water taxi from Island Harbour. Go on a Sunday, and sit under the thatched roof, sipping rum punch and dining on grilled local lobster while a calypso band keeps things lively. Dancing barefoot is encouraged. Chocolat Catamaran
Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa
Cap Juluca veranda dining
DO NOTHING (AND DON’T FEEL GUILTY) There’s not much to see or do around Anguilla. No mountains to scale, no extreme sports. Not even good shopping. And that’s precisely the point. Mornings are spent lingering in bed over fresh-squeezed juice and croissants; afternoons are best enjoyed on the beach or by your private plunge pool. For seafarers, book a full-day cruise aboard the Chocolat Catamaran (sailinganguilla.com), and spend the afternoon visiting deserted beaches and prime snorkeling spots. Back on land, why not soothe the body and soul at one of Anguilla’s top spas: At Malliouhana Hotel & Spa, you may want to try all of their treatments. Equally decadent is Cap Juluca’s Lulur Royal Ritual, a turmeric yogurt scrub, flower-petal bath and exotic oil massage delivered on your private veranda. Nightlife is limited with Johno’s Beach Stop being a favorite of all who visit. It is known for its great music and dancing under the stars. For more information on Anguilla, go to visitanguilla.com. •
Welcome to Harborside resort montauk
The Harborside Resort Montauk offers a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. On-premise pool and tennis, attractive rooms, studios, suites and efficiencies - each offering many amenities. Montauk is one of the beautiful resort destinations on the East Coast. Miles of breathtaking coastline, nature trails and preserves, varied watersports from famed surfing to water-skiing to whale watching.
World renowned fishing is found here, too as Montauk is well recognized as one of the top fishing capitals of the world. For beach lovers, we provide our guests’ access to Montauk’s finest ocean and sound beaches. And, golfers, bring your clubs and golf at the magnificent Robert Trent Jones designed Montauk Downs State Park located just one mile from the Harborside. You can enjoy the pleasure of
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nearby horseback riding, being pampered at a marinotherapeutic spa, great shopping and a trip to our treasured beacon - the Montauk Point Lighthouse. Sample the gourmet delights of the finest restaurants, just a short walk or drive away. You will never be at a loss of things to do in Montauk - where a great vacation begins!
TELLING THE STORIES OF ENGLAND By Clint Brownfield
n 1845 Robert Browning wrote Home Thoughts from Abroad, which begins with the well-known line: Oh, to be in England now that April’s there… And that’s just where we were this spring via a tour conducted by newly formed travel provider UK Countryside Tours (UKCT), which is the creation of Jim Dixon, UK travel expert and noted columnist for the Times of London. Many of us have been to London down through the years, with maybe an occasional foray into the rest of England. What UKCT provides is an insight into England and the UK—Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Their tours are led by expert guides and feature incredible access to attractions that would be virtually impossible for individual travelers to pull off on their own. This year NYC’s spring was nipped in the bud by a snowstorm named Stella. So, a trip into the English countryside was a perfect way to get away from the havoc Jack Frost had wrought. Our group of six would spend parts of five days traveling the 180 miles from Cambridge, up through Nottinghamshire with a final stop in Manchester.
ACROSS THE POND Spring was really springing! With daffodils and snowy white blackthorn trees blooming as far as the eye could see. Newly born lambs cavorted on fresh green meadows, and a sense of renewal that only spring can provide was most welcome. UKCT offers tours with themes such as literary, country houses, culinary, gardens and even England’s contributions to computer science. Want to fly fish for trout in the rivers and streams made famous by Izaak Walton in his 1653 masterpiece The Complete Angler? That can be arranged. Want to see the landscapes featured in Emily Brontë’s only novel Wuthering Heights? No problem. We would visit a sampling of these themes during out five-day visit. Cambridge, about 50 miles north of London was our first stop, which is home to the famed University, with 31 individual colleges under its umbrella. Here, licensed guides such as Ian Melvin, who led our group, offer expert insight into this magnificent town that’s divided by the River Cam. Its population according to the last census was 123,867, including 24,488 students. A possible rule of thumb is: Cambridge produces the scientists and Oxford produces the politicians. Strolling through the various colleges and attractions along the way is an excellent way to learn more about some of the bold-faced names who have studied at Cambridge such as Charles Darwin, whose collections from his travels, form much of the holdings of The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. You can have a pint or a meal at The Eagle Pub, which provides views of one of the colleges where D-Day was planned. You’ll also see plenty of apple trees that once aided Sir Isaac Newton in his discovery of gravity. Spend as much time as you can in Cambridge. 32 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
Kings College, Camberide Photo courtesy of Visit Britain
THE FOREST & BEYOND Up the road in Nottinghamshire is Sherwood Forest, where we were greeted by none other than Robin Hood himself—as portrayed by actor Ezekial Bone, who leads visitors through the ancient oak forest and tells the tales of this beloved hero of England fiction—or is it fact? Nottinghamshire is also home to one of the truly great remaining English treasure houses Chatsworth House. The spectacular grounds leading up to the 126-room house are open free to the public and dogs(on leashes) are welcome to do some exploring and sniffing around. Jim Dixon joined our group on our visit, where we were greeted by current Chatsworth House resident, Peregrine Andrew Morny Cavendish (his friends call him Stoker), 12th Duke of Devonshire. Noteworthy reason to visit the house through October 22nd is House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth a truly spectacular show of items worn by members of the Cavendish family down through the centuries.
Major Oak Sherwood Forest Photo courtesy of Visit Nottinghamshire
That day was Mother’s Day in England, and we were treated to Sunday dinner at The Peacock at Rowsley, Derbyshire. On the menu were roast beef, Yorkshire pudding and a generous array of vegetables. You can’t get much more English than that. That afternoon, Sue Allen, expert guide, and author, greeted us at All Saints Church in North Nottinghamshire. Her simple outfit was made out of plain black and white cloth. As we sat in the beautiful church, she described a group who secretly began to meet at this very spot in the early 1600s. They would call themselves Separatists and/or Puritans. The ruler of England then was also the Keeper of the Faith, and at any moment the reigning monarch could decide whether the entire country would be Protestant or Catholic. The Puritans wanted to worship in a way that would be more reflective of what was actually in the Bible. After a while, they moved to Holland for a few years, bought a boat and sailed to what is now Plymouth, MA. The boat was, of course, The Mayflower. The year 2020 will be the 400th anniversary of that landing. Mark your calendars. After that sobering experience, we pulled up to nearby Haddon Hall and were greeted by Lady Edward Manners who, along with our guide, showed us through the house that dates back to the Middle Ages and has been in the continuous ownership of the same family since the early 1100s. It’s described as one of the most romantic houses in England and was the setting for movies such as The Princess Bride, Sense and Sensibility and several versions of Jane Eyre. You can easily spend a day here, touring the house and Elizabethan gardens and dining in the on-site restaurant.
St Wilfrid's Church Scrooby Photo courtesy of Visit Nottinghamshire
FEELING ROYAL After our idyllic tour of the English countryside, it was a bit of a jolt to enter the major city of Manchester. But, we soon felt right at home after checking into the city’s trophy hotel—The Midland—where Rolls-Royce was founded, and royalty stayed. The Beatles were famously denied entry back in the day because they were “improperly dressed.” On our last day, we had a truly memorable English breakfast in the café at the Whitworth Art Gallery at the University of Manchester. UKCT then arranged for our group to meet curator Uthra Rajgopal who showed us selections from the museum’s extensive textiles collection, which is second only to the Victoria & Albert in London. Of course, none of these stops would have been possible without UKCT’s access and ability to make our trip flow like seamless magic. Oh to be in England—April, or any other time of the year! For more information on United Kingdom Countryside Tours, visit ukcountrysidetours.com. •
Whitworth Art Gallery Photo by Clint Brownfield
Clint Brownfield is a travel, food and beverage writer and has reported from all seven continents, more than 100 countries and 45 states. He is based in New York City—his favorite destination in the world. MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 33
Two ways to stay and play.
Private sandy beach • Heated indoor/outdoor pools • BBQ grills • Fitness center • Water’s edge dining at the famed Boathouse Restaurant
OAK TREE LODGE A P R I VAT E R E S I D E N C E C L U B
Gorgeous Adirondack lodges with breathtaking lake views. Two bedrooms and two full baths with fully applianced kitchens. Accommodations for up to 6 people, large great rooms with queen sized pull out sofa beds, covered front porches, whilrpools and gas fireplaces.
Luxurious 1,500 sq. ft., Two bedroom, Two full bathroom lodges. (One bedroom and hotel room options available). Lodge amenities include king beds in both bedrooms, a steam shower, 2 person jacuzzi tub, large flat screen TVs, garage parking, turn down service and access to game room. Indoor spa pool to be completed in the fall of 2017.
lakegeorgelodges.com • 800-853-1632 3210 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George, NY • Rt. 9N 1 mile north of Lake George Village
BY GEORGE…IT’S LAKE GEORGE! By Patricia Canole
ocated at the base of the Adirondack Mountains, Lake George is the epitome of a jet-set escape. Since the late 19thcentury, the spot has been a favorite retreat for summer sports enthusiasts, millionaires (John D. Rockefeller), and artists (Georgia O’Keefe). And although the region is open year-round, it’s the months during spring and summer that beckon the outdoor enthusiasts. During this time, visitors come to camp, hike, birdwatch, fish, golf, and raft the rapids, too. And for the less active, there are superb resorts along with food and wine festivals and plenty of art museums to satisfy. Just a 3.5 hour drive from New York City, Lake George - better known as the “Queen of American Lakes” - sits on a 32-mile jewel of a lake ringed by mountains and dotted with dozens of state-owned islands. The area can also be reached by Amtrak train departing from Penn Station- NYC - for info visit amtrak.com. So pack your gear and get ready for some thrilling adventures in Lake George, where Mother Nature reigns supreme.
BEACHES Lake George’s beaches offer great space 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. The swimming is ideal for kids of all ages with calm waters. You’ll find restrooms, showers, a volleyball area, snack stands, and picnic tables (there are grills, too!).
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 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 includes the luxuries of home. If you prefer, Adirondack Safari will set up a custom canvas tent on any site of your choice and will even arrange outdoor activities, too.
LARAC JUNE ARTS FESTIVAL One of the premier summer events in the Southern Adirondack Region, LARAC draws crowds of twenty thousand plus! The festival features 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-for-profit booths, art demonstrations, kid’s activities, food concessions and lots of live entertainment by local musicians.
ADIRONDACK WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL Take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey as you are introduced to over 80 New York State wineries, craft beverage producers, artisanal food vendors and so much more—all with the beauty of Lake George in the background. Starting June 24th, this annual weekend of fun will include a commemorative tasting glass and unlimited samples of local Adirondack wines and specialties the region has to offer.
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 there are displays of antiques and period furniture as well as educational programs.
PURE FUN Kids love re-creating 35th Regiment at Fort William Henry, on the site of the original fort from 1755 to 1757 (when it was burned down by French troops). Each youngster is issued enlistment papers, a wooden shilling, a waistcoat, three-cornered hat and musket, and then marched around the center of the Fort to fire his/her musket. Learning history was never so much fun! MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 35
THE LODGES AT CRESTHAVEN
The Lodges at Cresthaven
The Lodges at Cresthaven is a destination in itself which offers beautiful family-sized lodges featuring two-bedrooms, a full sized kitchen, and a living area. Each lodge has a covered porch with view of the beautiful lake. The large indoor/outdoor pool complex is open from April until November and is heated to a balmy 85 degrees. There’s also a kiddy pool with a water fountain for the small children in your party. For sun worshippers there’s the 300-foot private, sandy beach with lounge chairs and umbrellas to relax. Also on hand is a protected swimming area with floating lily pads for relaxing on or for fun for the kids! The newest addition is The Oak Tree Lodges which afford vacationers two Master bedroom suites. Families and friends will enjoy a large dining and living area with a large flat screen TV, gas fireplace and beautiful panoramic views of Lake George. The Oak Tree lodges sleep up to 6 people total as a 2 bedroom unit. The Oak Tree Lodge units can also be rented as either one bedroom or hotel room style units in the winter, spring and fall. For your enjoyment, there is also a private game room featuring foosball, air hockey, card table and ping pong. Coming soon will be a private indoor spa pool for Oak Tree Lodge guests to enjoy! A stay at The Lodges of Cresthaven means you don’t have to go far for a waterfront restaurant to meet, dine and drink. Stop in at The Boathouse Restaurant (lakegeorgeboathouse. com) where Chef Paul Kuntz (celebrating 12 years!) enjoys using his expertise in creating dishes and specials. Reserve a table on the outdoor terrace and choose from menu selections which include succulent fresh seafood, juicy steaks and burgers, pasta, creative nightly specials and a wide variety of drinks. Live entertainment during the summer months make for a special evening. For more information on The Lodges at Cresthaven visit lakegeorgelodges.com. Cresthaven offers affordable ownership options, nightly, and weekly vacation options as well as great off season specials.
THE SAGAMORE RESORT Occupying its own island on Lake George, The Sagamore is an escape to a bygone era. Accommodations in the 1883 colonial-revival main house have views of the lake or gardens. The decor, including marble bathrooms and handsome wood furniture, is elegant but not formal, while accommodations in the newer lodge buildings are country-chic. Lodge rooms have garden views; suites have gas fireplaces and a terrace with a lake view. The separate condo units have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a living room, a dining area, and two lake-view terraces. Leather couches, Adirondack-style furniture, and wood-burning fireplaces contribute to the lodge feel here. Notable facilities include an 18 hole Donald Ross golf course,a sailing school and a full-service spa. Dining options are abundant and include Sagamore signature restaurant La Bella Vita. The classic Italian eatery celebrates Italian cuisine with centuries-old recipes. Savor a delicious meal al fresco on the outdoor deck with the Adirondack Mountains as your backdrop. For more information on The Sagamore Resort, visit sagamore.com. For more information on Lake George, visit them at visitlakegeorge.com. • 36 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
HOWE CAVERNS: A PLACE TO DISCOVER (AGAIN) By Thomas Joseph
owe Caverns has been keeping adventure and exploration alive for 175 years. According to history, it was discovered May 22, 1842 by farmer, adventurer and entrepreneur Lester Howe, or was it?
Howe had heard reports dating back to the 1700s of a mysterious “Blowing Rock” in the area—a strange rocky ledge from which a cool breeze of air emanated, but the location of the cave entrance had been lost to history. On many hot summer days Howe noticed his cows pastured in this same spot, not on his land, but land owned by neighbor and friend, Henry Wetsel. When Howe approached his herd, he began to notice the temperature getting cooler. Howe had found the mysterious “Blowing Rock” and gave credit, in particular, to a cow named “Millicent” for helping with the discovery. Howe then entered the cave with his neighbor and the pair discovered the living, limestone cavern, carved by an underground river over the course of millions of years, 15 stories below the earth’s surface. In the 19th century Howe Caverns was described as one of the most “remarkable curiosities” in the U.S. It is now the second most visited natural attraction in New York, just behind Niagara Falls. It continues to enthrall visitors of all ages with cave tour adventures, the HC Mining Company and Howe High Adventure Park. For more information on Howe Caverns, visit howecaverns.com. •
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THE PIERRE HOTEL By Gretchen Kelly
he old days of the “Grand Hotel” seem to be fading. The Plaza has been gutted of its Oak Bar, and most of its rooms and The Waldorf-Astoria is morphing into a mixed-use condominium/much-changed hotel, leaving few examples of the Titanic model of luxury, and that hushed-footfall-on lush-carpet feel of yesteryear. There is, however, The Pierre. The Taj Group hotel punctuates the Grand Army Plaza on 59th Street at the Upper East Side corner—once a member of an exclusive club: The Plaza and The Sherry Netherland being the others (The Sherry Netherland is still a hotel, but a sliver of its former self ). But a stay at The Pierre still feels like something “Grand” in the tradition of the Grand Hotel. I recently had the decadent pleasure of a Cinderella-stay at The Pierre—a night on the town for a native New Yorker with a clear window into a world of exclusivity and élan in which few of us get to revel. My introduction to this august world of privilege was drinks in the newly-redesigned Rotunda Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge with The Pierre’s new General Manager, Francois-Olivier Luiggi. Luiggi (or Francois, as he insists you call him) is a charming Corsican with the look of a young and more robust Yves St. Laurent (a one-time occupant of the hotel).
Charles Pierre Suite Detail
MURALS TELL A TALE
Tata Suite Living Room
Luiggi points out the trompe l’oiel murals that festoon the walls in this confection of a room and tells us that it was painted in the swinging sixties. Hence, the fairytale characters that look like Jackie O and Lee Radziwill and other jet-setters (in an apparent nod to discretion, Onassis himself was painted out of the Jackie panel). You can imagine Truman Capote swooning. “Yes, this is a historic mural,” Luiggi says with a tres charmant French accent. “But I do not believe it being a historical hotel and all of the past occupants who stayed here. Everyone who stays at the hotel is making his or her history—his or her own story. That’s what I’m focused on.” 40 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
Park Suite Bedroom
A STEP BACK IN TIME On October 1, 1930, The Pierre hotel opened for business with 700 rooms and the mission to create the ambiance of a private club. Two weeks later a gala dinner hosted by the president and managing director, Charles Pierre Casalasco himself, marked the official grand opening. All of New York was impressed, and society turned out to taste the menu prepared by 85-year-old August Escoffier—the “father of French cuisine.” He served as a guest chef at The Pierre in its early days. The Pierre flourished and became the toast of the town, with a 1930s guide describing the hotel as a monument of beauty. Through the years The Pierre has hosted celebrities, politicians, royalty—and those who can afford the best in the way of luxury. –The Editors
Pierre - 61st Street Entrance - early 1930s
NEW YORK-STYLE DINING We are currently focused on the elegant tray of spirits in cut glass bottles which is wheeled to our table. As the barman mixes a series of concoctions with ginger, rum, vodka, bourbon and a variety of tea and mint flavors you smell the aromatics as delicate perfume and drink it as smoothly as the best cocktails. After drinks, my dinner companion (a food-savvy New York novelist) and I head to Perrine, the hotel’s sumptuous but stylishly restrained modern-esque restaurant, for dinner. I opt for a charcuterie board for my appetizer while The Novelist, satiated with cocktail tastings, slathers expensive butter over good bread and wonders if a $28 hamburger is something palate-changing. I go for the lobster in a butter and crème sauce because The Pierre seems the kind of hotel in which to have lobster and because at this point, I’m feeling a lot like Rose in The Titanic (minus the iceberg, thankfully!). It’s piquant, perfectly prepared and well-portioned (not too spare but not all over the plate, either). An elegant Lebanese white wine partners well with my meal, and leaves me with room for a dessert. My friend, however, has indeed ordered the platinum card version of a burger, which he is reveling in and affirming, that yes, it most likely is worth the price of admission. Dessert is a cheese plate to pair with the rest of the wine after which I repair en seule to my suite on a floor graced with a portrait of a one-time resident, Yves St. Laurent.
THE LUXURIOUS SUITE
Pierre Lobby with Bell Captain Louis Rabone 1970's
The dimensions of the room that has windows overlooking the iconic square green space of Central Park is intimate but semi-majestic. The bathroom, with its Etro amenities, is the first thing you see on entering. Yes, it’s grand and marble and has its own window on the park, thank you. A slim vase accommodates a Georgia O’Keefe canvas-like calla lily. The bedroom, which opens after a narrow corridor is lit with the city lights from the park and Madison Avenue below and features a huge, firm bed with high thread count sheets befitting the Vogue models that were seen that afternoon, leaving the Presidential Suite. Even if you’re not staying in the Presidential Suite, a stay in this large and luxurious room make you feel like you’re a super model or a foreign diplomat checking in on the QT.
Andy Warhol - Yellow Bird Room 1981
In the morning, I admit I could not tear myself away from the park view and the comfy bed and called for room service which was prompt and friendly. A hot cup of strong coffee and poached eggs are eaten in one’s plush bathrobe. Could this be a dream? Upon check-out, the front desk attendant gave me a parting gift—a plant-ready forget-me-not seeds that will sprout beautiful blooms. It seems a bit unnecessary; no one who stays at The Pierre is bound to forget. •
Escoffier with Opening Team
Gretchen Kelly writes on travel and hotels for The New York Post, TravelwithVal.com, Frommers.com, and many other websites and publications. She has appeared on Fox5’s Good Day New York, BBC Worldwide News and Bloomberg News. She's been to over 80 countries and is an expert on "set-jetting" or traveling to places connected with movies and TV. MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 41
GIFTS JUST FOR MOM By Daryn Mayer
hen it comes to choosing the perfect gift for that special mom, it’s important to focus on her personality, favorite activities, and lifestyle. To make this May 14th simple, here’s a list of perfect gifts that not only celebrate Mom but also enhance her lifestyle and well-being, inside and out.
THE JET-SETTER MOM Give your mom the gift of youth on the go with DefenAge®. This innovative and proven skin care system visibly corrects up to 16 signs of aging in just six weeks. The DefenAge® Fly Kit is packaged in an attractive cosmetic bag that fits into any purse or carry on and includes TSA-friendly sizes of their gentle resurfacing 2-Minute Reveal Masque, intensive 24/7 Hydrating Barrier Balance Cream, and advanced smart formula ultra-luxe 8-in-1 BioSerum. This revolutionary skin care system will help mom diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as firm, tighten, and tone sagging skin on the face, neck, and décolletage; and all of this is accomplished without needles or surgery. DefenAge® Fly Kit—a fountain of youth—contains two weeks’ worth of products and is available at defenage.com and select aesthetic professionals. Price: $127
THE FRAGRANT MOM Dynamic, alluring, and adventurous best describes the Jimmy Choo L’EAU fragrance. It also defines the woman who wears this new scent. Composed by perfumer Juliette Karagueuzoglou, Jimmy Choo’s L’EAU evokes a radiant femininity because the fragrance combines a symphony of floral, fresh and musky notes. Top notes of hibiscus flower and bergamot are blended with the sweet nectarine and floral peony that are at the heart of the scent. The fruity and floral notes are grounded by the fragrant base notes of heady cedar wood and musk that embody the sensual yet sweet contrasts that are at the heart of this Jimmy Choo fragrance.
THE STYLISH MOM From Palm Beach to Southampton and beyond, these Disco Ball Earrings by Jennifer Miller are sure to turn heads. Mom can wear them with jeans, a jumpsuit, or her favorite dress—whether she’s off to a luncheon, cocktail party or a dinner soirée. Disco Ball Earring by Jennifer Miller available in eight colors at jennifermiller.com. Price: $95
THE WELL-READ MOM You Don’t Look Your Age (and Other Fairy Tales) by Sheila Nevins. This author has seen it all. As a television producer and President of HBO Documentary Films, she has created over one thousand documentary films and is one of the most influential people in documentary filmmaking. In You Don’t Look Your Age (and Other Fairy Tales), which will be published by Flatiron Books this month, Sheila takes you from adultery and dieting to watching your face sag (and lifting it back up again); from infidelity and flirting your way through life (at any age) to what being a feminist actually means. She takes readers through the painful realities of losing friends, loved ones, and even children while covering the challenges and injustices of misogyny. You Don’t Look Your Age (and Other Fairy Tales) available at barnesandnoble.com. Price: $16
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Edition 02—Shiso Fragrance The Goop lifestyle brand is growing their fragrance collection with the launch of Edition 02—Shiso, which is a spring scent of cool air, pale sun, and new life unfurling on the forest floor. This fragrance is composed entirely of rare, all-natural elements, which are imbued with the power to entrance, heal, and transform. It’s pure, alive—the real thing.
Extreme You: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat. by Sarah Robb O’Hagan. This is a must-read for every mother and woman. Sarah Robb O’Hagan is the CEO of Flywheel Sports and is the former president of Gatorade and Equinox. She draws original insights and kick ass lessons from her personal and professional experiences, which includes getting fired twice in her twenties on her way to turning around a fivebillion dollar sports drink business. The book shows that the route to success is far different from what we’re told typically. The Extreme You approach is to develop yourself to the max continuously, warts and all, in order to tap your true potential and find your greatness along the way. So many of us feel overwhelmed in choosing the direction we’re destined for. We may think we aren’t skillful enough to succeed or fear that our goals are unreachable. Sarah Robb O’Hagan shows that success is open to anyone willing to nurture and develop an extreme version of themselves. Inspiring, laugh-out loud funny, and fiercely practical, Extreme You is a brilliant training program for becoming an even better version of yourself.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Edition 02—Shiso Fragrance available online at goop.com. Price: $165
Extreme You: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat. available at barnesandnoble.com. Price: $21
Jimmy Choo L’EAU EDT Vaporisateur (3.0 fl. oz.) Natural Spray. Available in-store and online at Macy’s (macys.com) and Nordstrom (nordstrom.com). Price: $98
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THE FLORAL MOM Every mom loves fresh flowers, and this Garden Bouquet—a “Bouquet in a Box”—makes for a sweet and memorable Mother’s Day gift. This bouquet is a unique take on a classic gift and arrives in a glass vase with setup and care instructions. Their arrangements are extralarge and fresh for a long-lasting and uniquely beautiful experience. Garden Bouquet available at bouquetinabox.com. Price: $49.95
THE FIT MOM
THE CONNOISSEUR MOM
The Dagne Dover’s Landon Carry-All Bag is the perfect antidote to the office-togym dilemma by providing any mom with ample room for her gym gear. It includes a padded laptop sleeve with shoe duster, an air mesh pouch, and a protective water bottle pocket. The carry-all has two sizes in one and can be transformed from one to the other with a simple snap. It has a detachable cross-body strap and includes a stretch key leash. Dagne Dover’s Landon Carry-All Bag available at bandier.com. Price: $155. The Fit Reserve Gift Card will help your Mom to shape up her special day. Fit Reserve is a premiere fitness membership that will allow her to mix and match classes from a curated selection of hundreds of top studios and thousands of classes in NYC. It offers boxing, barre, boot camp, yoga, indoor cycling, Pilates, and so much more. Fit Reserve is the perfect gift for the fitness aficionado interested in trying out new fitness classes and studios for the first time. Fit Reserve Gift Card available at fitreserve.com. Price: $100
THE GENEROUS MOM For the mom who is always giving, why not give her a gift that gives back and makes her feel like a queen every time she wears it? Say hello to the Queen Cuff Bracelet from Same Sky. The bracelet is hand-woven on a loom using plated glass seed beads with needle and threaded into gold chain. Each bracelet is manufactured in Rwanda by one of Same Sky’s female artisans, and 100 percent of the net proceeds will be re-invested into their artisan program. Same Sky was founded with a vision to provide a second chance to all women under the same sky. Worn by celebrities including Meryl Streep and Halle Berry, the true value of Same Sky jewelry is empowerment. Queen Cuff Bracelet available at samesky.com. Price: $150
Let your mom enjoy a glass of wine and be catered upon daily with the Plum Super Automatic Wine Appliance. It’s the first super-automatic wine appliance that allows wine drinkers to have a premium wine-by-the-glass experience, just as the winemaker intended. A stylish, high-design innovation in wine consumption, the Plum is a device for the luxury-minded Mom who enjoys a glass of wine but wants flexibility in how much of the varietal she consumes. Plum is designed to make it easy to have the perfect drink every night. It’s the only needle-based system that holds multiple bottles of wine. It offers integrated refrigeration to varietal-specific serving temperatures, a touchscreen that provides information about the wine, and a refillable argon canister that preserves more than 200 bottles of wine. Plum Super Automatic Wine Appliance available for pre-order at plum.wine. Price: $1,499 Daryn Mayer is a producer, marketing savant, journalist who has been a trendsetter in the lifestyle industry for many years. She has collaborated with outstanding media brands including Fox TV, Telepictures, NewsCorp, American Express Publishing, Hearst Media and many others. Founder of You Fortified™ (youfortified.com), Daryn provides a go-to destination and resource for the best of accessible and luxuriant lifestyle products and solution for living a fortifying lifestyle. If you would like Daryn to review your fitness class or studio for future consideration, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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3RD ANNUAL SPRING BENEFIT - SPOONS ACROSS AMERICA
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10TH ANNUAL A CELEBRATION OF SCOTLAND’S TREASURES’ GALA
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A CHANCE IN LIFEâ€™S ANNUAL NY GALA
DOUBLES CLUB HOSTS PETER COTTONTAIL
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Contessina Francesca Brasch, Gabriele Delmonaco
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KAMIE LIGHTBURN HOSTS THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY LUNCHEON AT THE VHERNIER BOUTIQUE
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LOOT 2017 OPENING BENEFIT MAD ABOUT JEWELRY
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NYC MISSION SOCIETY HONORS DIANAH CAROL
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PERLMAN MUSIC PROGRAMâ€™S GALLERY NIGHT AT NEUE GALERIE NEW YORK
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SO MANY HEROES By Joan Hornig
love the month of May. The weather tends to be delightful. The parks are filled with spring green, flowers and the wonderful sound of children playing. I think everyone is grateful to have said “goodbye” to winter and feels optimistic. But May is also, special because of two holidays that ask us to reflect on what others have selflessly done for us—Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.
MAY IS SPECIAL Some would say that Mother’s Day should be recognized every day. The Mom job description is not for the weak—cleaning up messes of all kinds 24/7, 365 days of the year, no time off when ill, managing responsibility for the safety and care of others not to mention also holding down her day job! Another highly committed group is also recognized in May—our military service women and men. Like Moms, their crucially important work often goes unheralded. How many of us know that in 1999, May was proclaimed National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) by Congress? May includes five national observances designed to help us honor the current and former members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guards and their families.
Che 'Rhymefest' Smith, Kenneth Cole and Noah Galloway
Of course, we are all familiar with Memorial Day. But how many of us even consider Loyalty Day (May 1st) meant to reaffirm our loyalty to the US and reflect upon our proud heritage of freedom. Then there’s V-E Day (May 8th) commemorating the day the Germans unconditionally surrendered to WWII Allies, Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 12th) to honor military spouses, and Armed Forces Day (May 20th) for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their service?
Caroline Hirsch, Bob Woodruff and Lee Woodruff All these military recognition days in May make me think of three New York women I admire because they epitomize giving back with their efforts on behalf of our veterans—Maria Cuomo Cole, Lee Woodruff, and Caroline Hirsch. None of them served in the military or have spouses or children in the service. But each used her passion, intelligence, and creativity to put important programs into place under the auspices of effective nonprofit organizations. Case in point is HELP USA (helpusa.org), founded by Governor Cuomo 30 years ago and run for the past 25 year by his daughter, Maria, and The Bob Woodruff Foundation (bobwoodrufffoundation.org)—founded by Lee and her husband Bob and powerfully supported by Caroline.
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Some years ago, I was honored by HELP USA in recognition of my charitable business model of donating 100 percent of Joan Hornig Jewelry sales to the charity of the purchaser’s choice. Before this, I had limited knowledge of the scope of services it provides or the magnitude of the problems it addresses.
HELPING VETERANS In fact, HELP USA is our largest national provider of transitional homes and services to people in need. From its NYC beginnings, HELP USA’s services extend to helping homeless in Buffalo, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Westchester, Newark, Philadelphia and Las Vegas. HELP USA is also developing innovative Veteran housing in Washington, D.C. on what was the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center facility. Not surprisingly, with nearly 65 thousand veterans homeless on any given night in the United States and another 1.4 million at risk of becoming homeless, veterans are among those who most need HELP USA’s housing and homelessness prevention programs. HELP USA leverages the resources of the Veterans Administration, foundations, corporations, other non-profits and generous individuals.
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It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference in a homeless person’s life. For example, HELP USA suggests donating clothing for job interviews. So, in keeping with another May theme—spring cleaning—when going through your closets, make it a priority to find something interview-appropriate to donate to help others get back to work and rediscover space in your closets! Having learned about the needs of our veterans, I was thrilled to meet Lee Woodruff. Her transition to activist occurred after her husband, Bob, was nearly killed by a roadside bomb in 2006 while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces for ABC’s World News Tonight. Though Bob returned to work after 13 months of rehabilitation from his traumatic brain injury, his career trajectory was altered. Spearheaded by Lee, together they created a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that post-9/11 injured service members, veterans, and their families would receive the help they need after returning home. Over the past ten years, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested more than $38 million dollars in veteran aid programs, made over 300 grants and reached 2.5 million in need. They review more than 46,000 nonprofits to find, fund and shape innovative programs in communities where veterans, their families, and caregivers live and work. And, there are a lot of people who need help. Approximately 2.8 million U.S. service members have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since September 11, 2001. Nearly 53,000 service members have been physically wounded, including nearly 1,700 amputations. It is estimated that more than 350,000 have likely sustained traumatic brain injuries and 1-in-5 suffer from hidden wounds like post-traumatic stress and depression.
Jon Stewart, Bob Woodruff, Lee Woodruff, Jerry Seinfeld, Caroline Hirsch and Louis C.K.
STAR POWER Early on, Lee and Bob enlisted the help of Caroline Hirsch, who with her partner, Andrew Fox, created the most moving and funny evening of the year, Stand Up for Heroes, which kicks off Comedy Week. Caroline is a leading entrepreneur and innovator in the entertainment industry, yet remains a humble and understated philanthropist. She leverages her star power to support fundraising events across a broad spectrum of needs—health, education, the arts and more. But Stand Up for Heroes remains her crowning philanthropic innovation. Along with some of the greatest entertainers—Bruce Springsteen, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Louis C.K. and many others who donate time as well as money—almost $40 million has been raised for the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Which reminds me of another important challenge for all of us: Finding creative ways to raise money for nonprofits. Need an idea: Google “creative ideas for fundraising, ” and you will get 1,780,000 results in under a second. This May you too can be a hero by helping veterans while showing your Mom you were listening when she taught you to be generous and share with others. When you go out and celebrate this Mother’s Day think about donating in her honor. I’m sure if you asked her whether it makes sense to recognize her and our veterans at the same time, she would be pleased by the comparison and that you learned one of her most valuable life lessons: it is better to give than to receive. •
Joan Hornig is a New York-based Jewelry Designer, Social Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist. She left a Wall Street career 15 years ago to create a jewelry line at Bergdorf Goodman, where 100 percent of her profit is donated to the charity of the purchaser’s choice. MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 49
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NOTES FROM DB By Daniel J. Bollinger
uyer Brokerage has been in the news lately since StreetEasy has implemented a new service on their website called Premier Agent that gives consumers the chance to contact a buyer broker on a listing instead of the listing broker. It has caused quite a stir within the real estate industry with The Real Estate Board of NY asking New York State regulators to investigate whether Premier Agent violates state advertising laws, which the state has confirmed it does not. I am not here to take any position for or against StreetEasys’ new Premier Agent service. I will tell you why hiring a buyer broker in a transaction benefits the consumer. In a transaction, the listing broker represents the seller. A listing brokers’ fiduciary responsibility is to the seller (as is all parties involved in the transaction). The listing broker, therefore, knows what the pricing strategy for the property you are interested in is, and what the seller wants and ‘will take’ for such said property, which he or she is not disclosing to anyone, especially a potential buyer. If you decide to transact a purchase yourself, the listing broker will have you sign a “dual agency” disclosure which states that the broker will treat both parties equitably and justly. Many transactions occur this way in real estate, and I’m sure they are fair and equitable, but there does seem to be a conflict of interest when the listing broker’s fiduciary duty is to the seller in the transaction.
ENTER BUYER BROKERAGE If you are in the market to purchase a home and you would like someone whose fiduciary responsibility is to you, then I would recommend hiring a buyer broker. This is the only way you will have someone in the transaction who is on your side. You will be asked to sign a buyer agency disclosure (which is not a legal contract). Hiring a buyer broker is the only way to have someone who is looking out for your best interests. I do agree with Ryan Serhant of Million Dollar Listing New York who said, “There is no vetting process for agents who pay to get into the premier agent program other than a credit card number.” He is right; you should hire an agent that knows the New York City market and that has experience with the home buying process. If you are in the market for a brownstone look for someone, who knows brownstones.
If you are interested in new development look for an agent that knows new development. You are under no obligation when hiring a buyer agent. If at any time they don’t serve your needs adequately you can hire another buyer agent to complete your transaction. A buyer broker should not charge you (buyer) a fee for services. The listing agent should split the agreed upon commission with the buyer broker. So, if you want someone in your corner when buying a property which won’t cost you a thing, hire a buyer broker. Daniel Bollinger Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Halstead Real Estate DanielJBollinger@Yahoo.com Luxury NYC Real Estate Expert MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 51
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THE NOMA By Daniel J. Bollinger
he NOMA is a 55 unit, 24 story neo-Bauhaus tower comprised mostly of two bedrooms but has some three bedroom penthouses. There is some smart, functional design here and something unique about this building. The setback that rises above the commercial portion of the building is angled so that residents have more unique exposures than traditional NYC buildings. The facade of this setback is also offset at the shared apartment walls, so residents’ exposures are not blocked by the apartment wall next to it. Very smart and unique design by developer Alchemy Properties and architects FXFOWLE. Located in a great part of NOMAD at 50 West 30th Street it is near Chelsea, Union Square and the Flatiron District. Gramercy Park and Madison Square Park are just some of the parks within walking distance. NOMAD continues to become a desirable neighborhood with the highly anticipated arrival of the Virgin Hotel among other hotels, restaurants, and destinations in this thriving location.
DESIGN PERFECTION The residences have large open layouts with the nearly floor to ceiling windows allowing plenty of natural light into these homes. The black casement-like windows are consistent with the Bauhaus design thread and harken to Nomad’s industrial and artistic past. Many residences have balconies, and others have oversized box-style bay windows. The kitchens are very impressive; generous proportions with integrated cabinetry. The central island is the perfect workspace for a chef and can also serve as a dining table with seating. There are exceptional Miele six-burner ranges in all homes—kitchens in the two and three bedroom homes feature Marvel wine coolers. The master baths are also special, featuring oversized wet rooms draped in marble complete with marble oval inlays outlined in black that make a statement. One unit line has windowed bathrooms. The black casement-like windows accented by the black outline in the inlaid marble floors complimented by the gunmetal fixtures is very impressive. There is a great nouveau classic aesthetic here. And with a great ‘niche factor’, Robern medicine cabinets, radiant heated floors, and a rain shower head NOMA’s master baths exhibit great style and class.
LOTS OF EXTRAS All units feature a Bosch washer/dryer. There are lots of pocket doors made of solid wood throughout the residences. Both penthouses have fireplaces and large balconies. Another interesting architectural detail about the building is there are two floors of commercial and retail followed by two floors of apartments and the fifth story setback is where you will find the buildings’ amenities. There is a very wide (125 feet), expansive outdoor residents’ terrace with landscaping, multiple seating areas, barbecue, and a dining table which leads to the building’s interior amenities including a library/lounge and a fitness center. There are some great design details within the lounge including the use of a lot of reclaimed wood. The use of reclaimed wood with much leather in the library/lounge (with wet bar) makes for a warm, relaxing room. Alchemy and FXFOWLE have once again teamed up to make a great addition to our city skyline. The exterior façade of this building is striking with bold contemporary architecture. I give many accolades to the angled setback with split façade providing different and additional exposures compared with a typical NYC building. Nomad is becoming an “it” area in our city with all of the restaurants, cultural attractions, and center proximity of the city. The price points here are reasonable, and there is exceptional value at The NOMA. For more information on The NOMA, visit thenoma.com. • MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 53
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50 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA By Daniel J. Bollinger
ising high above the sky across from the United Nations is a shimmering modern glass tower—50 United Nations Plaza. It is an 88-unit development comprised of one-to-seven bedroom residences designed for New Yorkers seeking privacy, luxury, and the finest amenities. Citizens of the world including diplomats and heads of state feel at home here as well. The property features lower floors with only four apartments per floor, mid-floors with two apartments per floor, and from floors 35 to 43 there are seven full-floor penthouses and one breathtaking duplex penthouse.
A GLOBAL EXPERIENCE Zeckendorf Development again partnered with Eyal Ofer’s Global Holdings (15 CPW) and here with renowned architecture firm Foster + Partners to bring this one-of-a-kind development. If I had only two words to describe these units they would be bay windows which provide incredible views. Bay windows in every apartment provide for panoramic views of the East River, the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, UN Secretariat Building, as well as all five boroughs. Externally they are a defining characteristic of the beautiful glass façade of the building, and a distinctive element of the Foster + Partners design. The units are thoughtfully and expertly designed. There are giant 11-foot plus ceilings throughout. One unique design detail present in the three bedrooms and larger apartments are Notch windows situated at the end of a hall Gallery. The Galleries are wider than standard hallways, and the windows have been strategically located to allow natural light and views into even most interior portions of the residences. Kitchens have integrated cabinetry outfitted with Miele and Sub-Zero appliances. Master bedrooms are oversized with large walk-in closets and a bay window. The powder rooms have a custom Corian knife edge sink, and the cabinetry is a standout design element. The master baths highlight Foster + Partners design acumen, featuring an open layout with a bay window providing an airy feel with panoramic views. Custom-rounded cabinetry and a large mirror complement the ample space. A bidet in the personal closet and a deep soaking tub with shelf space speak of ultra-luxury. The design finishes in the wet rooms include a recessed Dornbracht rain shower head, a great niche factor, and three body sprays with a handheld shower. The glass curtain wall of the wet room is curved to match the curved bay windows of the building façade. You can also see this matching curve detail in the custom cabinetry. This master bath certainly outshines most others on the NYC market. It would be the defining design of this building, if not for the penthouses in this development, which are beyond compare. 54 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
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GRAND SPACES There are eight penthouses, seven full floor penthouses, and one duplex penthouse. The full-floor penthouses feature a 75-foot-long living room with three full bay windows, five bedrooms, two staff rooms, a laundry room, and a steam shower. The kitchens are grand and fitted with dual appliances: two sinks, refrigerators, ovens, etc. The flow of the full-floor penthouses is exceptional, and with the 75-foot living room, there are extraordinary views and an abundance of natural light. A double-height wall of glass provides an elegant backdrop to the sculpted stainless steel staircase that links to the duplex penthouse on the 42nd and 43rd floors. The residence also has a 75-foot main living room with a spacious terrace and 13-foot ceilings. The duplex master bath has an elongated 30-foot wide bay window featuring unobstructed city views. This duplex penthouse has an outdoor 35-foot long heated infinity pool flanked on both sides by a master lounge and grand entertainment room complete with a gas fireplace. The outdoor deck is made of Ipe Brazilian wood. For added convenience, there is an interior elevator and an entertainment room with full catering kitchen. Any resident who owns this duplex is not only going to be the talk of the town but the envy of the world. What would a development such as this be without additional building amenities? A large gym, sauna/steam, and massage therapy rooms with lockers are available for residents along with wine storage, childrenâ€™s playroom and more. Another distinct amenity available for residents is the 75-foot Olympic size pool encased with marble walls, exuding pure elegance. The building has a gated entrance with a 10,000 square-foot landscaped motor court. In additional to valet parking, residents can purchase a parking space. Vacant at present and also available for purchase is a three-bedroom turnkey apartment. Designed by Bennet Leifer , this fully furnished unit is move-in ready with extras including robes, slippers, and luxurious bath products. One can purchase this unit and subsequently host guests only hours later. This ultra-luxury development is for those who demand the very best. Zeckendorf Development, Global Holdings, and Foster + Partners have collaborated on designing a New York City icon quite worthy of being located across the street from the United Nations. For more information on 50 United Nations Plaza, visit 50unp.com. â€˘ MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 55
THE TWENTY1 By Daniel J. Bollinger
he Twenty1, located in the heart of Chelsea (at 117 West 21st Street), is a boutique 12-story project with nine apartments developed by The Amirian Group. All units are four bedrooms, with two penthouses and a maisonette. Located on 21st Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, in the heart of one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the city, this location cannot be beaten. David Amirian has done an excellent job with the development regarding location, building, and interior architecture and design. A beautiful façade composed of mocha cream limestone and bronze anodized aluminum windows blends in with the area’s classic architecture and stands out with subtle elegance. The floor-to-ceiling windows not only provide for a beautiful façade from the outside but allow for plenty of natural light to penetrate each unit.
INCREDIBLY SPACIOUS All of these units are laid out gallery style. The large open layout of the kitchen, living and dining rooms is very generously proportioned at 28.5 feet by 17.5 feet. The kitchen can also be closed off with solid wooden pocket doors on the main entrance and hidden cabinet doors on the other entrance. The kitchen package is top-notch with two Sub-Zero fridges and accompanying Miele package. The kitchen range vents out as does the standard Bosch washer/dryer. The design theme running through these units is “the bevel.” All cabinet pulls are flush bevels and even the trim and baseboard all match this beveled theme. The kitchen has integrated oak cabinetry with black painted glass upper cabinets equally balanced and framed out with warm oak. This creates a clean kitchen design. An ample kitchen island with ¾” thick quartzite countertop centers the kitchen with light champagne bronze hardware. The master baths continue this beveled theme with a custom medicine cabinet made of polished gunmetal in a beveled design containing lighting with a shelf placed perfectly in the center. I give this master bath a very high ‘niche factor’ for its double niche in the wet room. Dornbracht fixtures throughout match the floor to ceiling silver travertine walls and floors. In addition, there’s radiant floor heating throughout every room with white oak flooring, and all units are prewired with your choice of either the Savant or Creston system. The penthouses are both duplexes. The maisonette is three levels with an enormous outdoor patio with an outdoor countertop running the full length of the patio and owner’s choice of a barbecue grille. 56 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
THINK GLOBAL This boutique building is designed for privacy. The two most important amenities that are offered are the most valuable for any development. The first is parking. Underground self-parking in the heart of Chelsea in your own building. The second is a personalized concierge for each family unit. In the Know Experiences is a concierge service with a global reach in luxury travel and lifestyle. Worldwide lodging, travel, hospitality, and customized itineraries are just some of their specialties. They also have access to ticketed events and exclusive experiences. It certainly is an appropriate amenity for this offering. Make sure you tune in to watch Million Dollar Listing NYC with Ryan Serhant because not only is he one of the brokers representing these units, but he is also going to feature this development in an upcoming show. For more information on The Twenty1, visit the21nyc.com. â€˘ MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 57
180 EAST 88TH STREET By Daniel J. Bollinger | Photography by March Made for DDG
DG has done it again with a beautiful new development at 180 East 88th Street. Rising high above the Upper East Side in Carnegie Hill this luxury condo offers 48 units from studios to four bedrooms including three duplexes. Located directly across the street from a Whole Foods and close to Central Park, The Met, The Guggenheim, and many private/ public schools, DDG couldn’t have a picked a better location. The layouts and designs of the residences are fantastic.
A LOOK TO THE PAST DDG is quickly becoming a leader in NYC development. They are an integrated national real estate firm that takes their design aesthetic and follows it throughout the whole project tastefully and eloquently. For this project, DDG wanted to stay faithful to the pre-war designs in NYC. Some of the characteristics of pre-war residences include brick buildings, high ceilings, herringbone patterns, spacious foyers, arched doorways, and solid wood doors with brass fixtures. DDG has given respect to the past but with a contemporary spin and on a much grander level. As Joe McMillan, DDG chairman and CEO states, “All of our projects have unique attributes to them, such as craft, the unique quality of the materials, or handmade qualities. These attributes are a thread throughout our portfolio.” 58 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
The façade is built of handmade Kolumba Danish brick by Peterson Tegl. Each brick is made by hand, and one of the attractive characteristics of these bricks is you can see the thumbprints in each block made by the artisans when pushing the bricks out of the mold. The entryway is a private gated entrance surrounded by natural plantings and a sculptural bronze marquee. The lobby has vaulted plaster ceilings with architectural concrete walls and silver travertine floors inlaid with Austrian white oak which create movement and direction. There is a warm and inviting fireplace with a custom handsculpted plaster wall by German artist Jan Hooss. “The city is a very busy place, so we wanted to create an environment where people decompress as soon as they walk in,” says McMillan, and DDG has designed a relaxing oasis with the high arched ceilings and fireplace.
MAGNIFICENT SPACES The ceiling heights in these residences are enormous. The majority of NYC ceiling heights are between 9 and 11 feet. A maximum limit height above 11 feet is rare and desirable. DDG has designed its upper residences with up to 14-foot 2-inch ceiling heights in primary living areas, and the duplexes have 28 foot plus ceilings. This is what sets this building apart. Combine this with the 9-foot windows in the great rooms and DDG delivers magnificent spaces with unbelievable light and views. These great rooms also have hand sculpted picture railings, arched plaster ceilings, and 18-inch baseboards which are all details popular in pre-war design. The foyers of the residences have an elliptical entry gallery with a domed ceiling and a matching herringboned oval floor. It is a unique design that nods to pre-war building foyers history with a modern interpretation. The kitchens and baths are everything we have come to expect in a DDG development. All Gaggenau appliances, custom integrated cabinetry by Molteni&C Dada, with Statuario Marble slab countertops and backsplashes. The custom decorative brass hood enclosure above the range is gorgeous. Brass was a favorite material in the pre-war era, and DDG pays homage by designing the hood out of it but also has accents of brass in the marble island countertop and employs Fantini faucets in natural brass. They curved one side of the marble countertop to help define the ‘flow’ in the kitchen. I also love the oversized stainless steel sink. The master baths feature a spa-like open wet room design. This opens up the bathroom space. With silver travertine slabs and mosaic tile accented walls and floors, it is truly elegant. Their niche factor is high with a tub length horizontal niche and an equal length vertical niche in the wet room. Once again they employ brass using all Fantini fixtures in natural brass. The property has seven floors of amenities including a half-court basketball court, soccer pitch, lounge room, and a 2,000 square foot gym with yoga room. Three catering kitchens can be found within all of these amenity floors. DDG has done it again with their fantastic design by harkening the pre-war style in their designs and building a 21st-century iconic building. Investing in a DDG development is buying into this new era of NYC architectural history. With protected views from the 8th floor and up North, South, and East, unparalleled 360-degree views from the penthouse, and all of the finest materials and design you cannot go wrong with a DDG project. As McMillan sums up: “From duplex penthouses with 28-foot 8-inch ceilings in the living room, full floor units with 360-degree views and amazing outdoor spaces, we’ve created something that isn’t currently seen in new construction in Manhattan. If you look at the amenities, the quality, the craft, and the materials, it’s something special.” For more information on 180 East 88th Street, visit 180e88.com. • MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 59
REAL ESTATE SPOTLIGHT By Daniel J. Bollinger
eet Poonam Mathis, owner, and operator of StealthForce, which enables real estate investors to scale talent according to deal flow, freeing them from the burden of bloated payrolls and the risk of imperfect expertise in the process. They connect employers with project based real estate consultants for everything from financial modeling to market studies, appraisals, due diligence, investment analysis and more. Recently, I got to know Poonam Mathis, a real estate tech entrepreneur, real estate investment world veteran, and longtime New Yorker. We discussed her latest venture, the entrepreneurial path, and the energy of New York. Why did you start your business? StealthForce is the real estate investment world’s answer to the gig economy, but I have a principal investment background. I spent about ten years in real estate development and private equity, and in my last role before StealthForce spent half my time traveling, handling global real estate asset management for a private equity group. While I had known most developers operated in the absence of the analytical rigor more staff could provide, I was surprised to learn that the big global firms faced talent gaps too—just different ones. Whether it was targeted talent in new markets or senior professionals for short projects, all real estate investors were lacking in human capital. I watched the rise of the gig economy but was again surprised to find that nobody was providing a scalable talent solution for real estate. So I decided to build it myself. Having been an early employee at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) before business school, I understood the power of experts, and I knew that nobody was approaching real estate experts in the way that I had in mind.
with a former Acquisitions Director in that region, familiar with the property type, to work with them on a project basis.
Who can benefit from your service? Anyone looking to scale real estate talent to match their deal flow can get help from our network. Clients include developers, REITs, family offices, lenders, multinational investors, corporate real estate teams and more. StealthForce is an on-demand real estate consulting network, matching clients with curated, project-based consultants, and earning a percentage of each consulting contract.
How did you know this was your big idea? I’ve dreamed of being an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember, and I come from a family of them. In fact, back in college, I authored a book on the topic aimed at the then new trend of younger entrepreneurs, back in 1999. But I’ve always thought that it’s best not to start a business just because you think it should exist; you should launch the business that for some reason you are specially positioned to be the one to win. For me, this was it. And it’s the simplest ideas that gain the most traction. Ideas like the Post-it note, where everyone who heard of it thought ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ StealthForce is my Post-it note.
A simple example would be a small real estate developer reviewing three deals at once, who could use an Associate with an MBA and a few years of real estate investment experience (to help with due diligence and run financial models) but doesn’t want to hire that person full-time. He would describe the ideal consultant to us, and we would match him with someone perhaps who’s working at a top global fund right now but can complete non-conflicting consulting projects in their free time. Another example would be a REIT looking to evaluate a new market; we can connect them 60 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
The other side of the equation is talent; people’s career paths are more fluid than ever before, and they’re working longer. Real estate professionals who are in-between roles, semi-retired, or independent and open to occasional consulting opportunities can expand their network and tap into temporary gigs this way. How broad is your offering? Our focus is on everything other than full-time placements in real estate; we’re a complement to headhunters. Our consultants range from analyst level through the C-suite, as well as appraisers, attorneys, architects and other licensed real estate professionals. While the core of our network is in the US, we have global reach. Our consultants are available by the day, by the project, for temporary on-site assignments, for test-drives before permanent hires, and also for board placements.
Best and worst thing about working for yourself? Best thing: Every single thing that I say and do comes from within because I’m my own boss; there’s no script. I think they call that authentic living. Worst thing: My boss can be pretty impatient. For more information on StealthForce, visit steaalthforce.com. •
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The Penthouse at Oyster Bay is the premier unit at the Lighthouse at Oyster Bay Beach Resort. The unit features 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths and each with its own balcony. Each balcony slider folds completely into the wall, the screens retract fully as does the drapery making the opening to the room about 12 feet. The layout of the entire unit affords a vista from every room and you will love the quiet and privacy of this special location. Natasha Laurent | CIPS Sales Associate/Rental Specialist RE/MAX Island properties Cell: 721 524 0640 Office: 721 544 4580
INVESTMENT CORNER By Daniel J. Bollinger
all it investment at the click of the mouse. Roofstock.com is a website where you can invest in real estate online. CEO and co-founder Gary Beasley has a diverse background which includes being a CFO of an internet brokerage house, and a mergers and acquisitions institution. He has also run a boutique hotel company and taken a REIT public on the NYSE.He’s now breaking down geographic borders and making investing in real estate as easy as a mouse click. Closing in on its second anniversary, Roofstock already has 50 employees. The concept is simple. Roofstock allows investors a way to directly access the three trillion dollars of single-family homes nationally while reducing costs and friction along the way. Some of the features include: Units can be bought or sold with tenant and management in place. Tenants, sellers, and properties are all screened and certified. Investors can purchase assets without a significant infrastructure in place. These investments have immediate cash flow, and it is much easier than searching each state’s MLS for opportunities.
A GREAT TOOL The website even allows you to manage assumptions, aka, “play with the numbers.” You can change figures like monthly rent, operating expenses, financing, and loan interest rates on a particular property and Roofstock will recalculate gross yield, net yield, IRR, and cash flow projections based on your new assumptions. It is a great tool to help you manage risk and understand your investment more. It is an investment made simple. Gary tells a great story about how easy it is, “On a flight to NYC I was speaking with a man sitting next to me. He was so impressed with Roofstock that before the plane had landed at Kennedy, he purchased property.” It’s that easy.
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INVESTING MADE EASY Some important information: You are taking the title. Closings are streamlined by using Docusign. You can finance up to 80 percent. All financial information on opportunities is available, so the transaction is 100 percent transparent. It is an excellent tool for 1031 exchanges. Roofstock even offers a 30-day money back guarantee. Gary says right now most investors are NYC and San Francisco residents, but he hopes more people will take advantage of this great investment tool to invest in markets where they don’t live. Only 7 percent of his clients so far are investing within 200 miles of where they live. Contrast that with the fact that nationally about 70 percent of investment homes are located within an hour of where the owner lives. Real estate salespeople can even refer investors to Roofstock and earn a referral fee. For more information on Roofstock, visit roofstock.com. • 62 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
COPING WITH STRESS By Dr. Peter Kalellis
hat causes stress? The potential causes of stress are numberless. Anything that might deprive us of peace and joy and eventually compromise our health might be considered a cause of stress. Daily life stressors and major life stressors include the following: One major stressor that most of us experience, consciously or unconsciously, is the knowledge of death. We repress the fear of death because it drives us to feel pressed for time. The word deadline certainly carries the message. We have many deadlines, those imposed by work and other people, and those imposed on ourselves. We rush here and there, doing this and that, trying to get it all done “in time.” Often we are so stressed by the squeeze of time that we take action just to finish what we are doing, to be able to say to ourselves, “At least that is out of the way.” Then it is on to the next thing that needs doing as we press through our days. In his book Stress Less, Dr. Don Colbert places stress into four general categories: physical stress, emotional and mental stress, chemical stress, and thermal stress. Let’s take a brief look at each one.
PHYSICAL STRESS Physical stress often arises from a lack of sleep, overworking, physical injury or trauma such as a car accident, surgery, infection, and chronic pain. The more severe the infection, the more stress the body experiences. Major diseases and conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and asthma generally stimulate a chronic stress response in the body. Certain physiological changes can add to a person’s stress burden—for example, hormonal imbalance, inadequate nutrition, insomnia, menopause, and various factors associated with aging. Not all conditions or environments produce physical stress to the same degree in each person. For example, excessive exercise may not produce physical stress for one person, yet produces significant stress for another.
EMOTIONAL & MENTAL STRESS This area of stress is also known as psychological stress. Various emotions, such as anxiety, boredom, conflict, emptiness, depression, anger, hostility, guilt, worry, and fear, can create chronic emotional stress. Many people living in difficult personal relationships, dealing with family issues, raising troubled children, struggling with financial problems, or feeling overwhelmed or trapped with no way out experience chronic stress. Perfectionists who continually strive to do more and more, feeling no real satisfaction for whatever they accomplish, are especially prone to mental stress. At times, two people may view the same situation and come up with very different conclusions based upon their perceptions. One person’s stress may be another person’s pleasure. Family fights, pressing deadlines, too many commitments, and a too busy lifestyle can all result in mental and emotional stress. MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 63
CHEMICAL STRESS Chemical stress is a result of excessive use of various substances such as sugar, caffeine, stimulants, alcohol, nicotine, and food additives. Chemical stress is also related to substances to which a person may be exposed in the environment: mold, dust, allergens, and toxic chemicals such as diesel exhaust, secondhand cigarette smoke, and pesticides. Marijuana is a major chemical stressor to the adrenal glands. People who smoke marijuana just one time a week for several months are much more prone to signs of significant adrenal fatigue.
THERMAL STRESS The final category of stress is related to being exposed to extreme temperatures, either hot or cold, for prolonged periods of time. Individuals who suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and hypothermia experience severe thermal stress. Thermal stress is actually rare in our culture today, since the vast majority of people have heating and air-conditioning systems in their homes and cars, but occasionally an athlete suffers from thermal stress by exercising too much in extreme heat. Hikers, mountain climbers, or boaters may also suffer from hypothermia after getting lost and having inadequate shelter or clothing in extremely cold conditions. In view of all the ramifications of stress, we can understand that not all stress is bad. In fact, the right degree of stress helps to spice up a person’s life. Life would be boring without a little stress. Some events in life are a mixed bag—a little stressful, but fulfilling and exciting as well. A wedding, buying a new home and moving into it, looking to buy a new car, starting a new job—any new beginning in anything can be stressful—but it can also be personally rewarding or beneficial to a person’s life. Other events, such as having to face a son’s or a daughter’s involvement with the wrong crowd, are just sheer stress. The secret of finding the right degree of stress is similar to tuning the strings of a violin—too tight and the strings snap; too loose and the sound is terrible. We are all aware that a stress-free life is impossible, that the very process of being alive means that there will be wear and tear associated with the need to adapt to a changing outer and inner environment. The question that concerns most of us is, how much wear and tear does there have to be? We may find it comforting to know that our bodies have very robust and resilient built-in mechanisms for maintaining stability and vitality in the face of constant stress. The biological resilience and stability are major allies when it comes to facing stress and possible change in our lives. It helps us to remember that we have every reason to trust our bodies and to work in harmony with them and not against them. 64 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER • The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide the problems that you are facing are your own. You don’t have to blame them on your mother or father or God or the president of your country. You must realize that you are in charge of your destiny. You are the ultimate authority of your life. God is the absolute authority. Being in charge of significant portions of your life is often the first step to reducing your stress. • You can transform your thoughts by changing the way you think. You can redirect the thought process in your own mind and adopt new thought patterns. You can alter your perceptions and reactions so that you are able to move forward with any stressful situation. • Most people can choose where and how they will live—the schedules they will keep, the projects they will undertake, the commitments they will make, the housing and neighborhoods in which they will live, and the people with whom they will associate. You have a choice to do the same. You can choose how you will respond to what others around you say or do. • If you sense persistent stress, try to reexamine your perceptions—what you perceive, interpret, or believe to be an extremely stressful situation becomes one. Another person may not consider the same situation to be an extremely stressful situation before it becomes one. • Dr. Peter M. Kalellis is a psychotherapist, marriage and family therapist, lecturer, and writer. He has a doctorate in clinical psychology and is the author of many books. He maintains his practice in Westfield, New Jersey.
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SPA SCENE By Griffin Miller
all it the first-class indulgence or the ultimate in upkeep, but in the end, nothing says “Happy Mother’s Day” like a fabulous spa experience. Whether a planned day of personalized treatments or a generous gift certificate, the payoff comes when Mom becomes hooked on “me” time and—of course—looking and feeling phenomenal. And because this is New York, you can find the perfect spa gift at nearly any price point. Here, our recommendations for some platinum pampering for metro moms!
SKIN SPA NEW YORK Created to make spa treatments “affordable for everyone,” Manhattan’s myriad of Skin Spa locations—seven to date—dot the online map like so many tiny beacons, beckoning you to a variety of neighborhoods, each offering top-flight services that won’t break the bank. Casting its net over a wide demographic (parents bring kids in for their first facial), every location—while featuring the same extensive menu and product lines—has its own personality. “While the basic design of the spas is the same (dark gray flooring, taupe and cream-colored walls with the spa’s Love Your Skin motto etched in gold), each is unique in the clientele it attracts and the décor in its reception area,” explained Spa Manager Courtney Koontz. As for the menu, the variety is almost overwhelming, running the gamut from waxing, massages, facials to body polishing, laser hair removal and InMode Aesthetic Solution’s cutting edge (without the cutting) technology for tightening, sculpting and cellulite reduction. Skin Spa
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Always in search of the unique, I decided to try the Himalayan Salt Hot Stone. A lover of traditional black stone massages, I wanted to see how the smooth, pink Himalayan stones compared—especially since Skin Spa is one of the few places in New York to offer this special indulgence. Described as a treatment aimed at detoxification, rejuvenation, and relaxation, the Himalayan massage provides immediate gratification as the stones are placed on key areas of your back – sometimes directly on your skin, sometimes atop a light fabric. Since the stones can be quite warm, the therapist consults you as to comfort level and adjusts the heat accordingly. The 60-minute service also involves a meticulous shoulder-to-foot Swedish massage. Plus, you get the benefit of the salt itself, which is wonderfully therapeutic. Notably, the only product used throughout is coconut oil. My therapist, Devin, explained that the coconut oil—known for its outstanding hydrating qualities—is used because Himalayan stones (unlike black stones) are more sensitive to lotions and oils and will disintegrate over time. Coconut oil is the only one that can be rinsed off to preserve the pink stones’ integrity. Finally, it’s worth noting that Skin Spa’s “affordable for everyone” mantra is evident in its $60 a month membership that comes with numerous perks including a treatment. “And it’s no commitment as long as you cancel by the end of the month,” said Koontz adding that specials and packages are ongoing as well. Check them out for Mother’s Day! For more information on Skin Spa, visit skinspanewyork.com. 66 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
KIMARA AHNERT NEW YORK Several years ago I made my first visit to Kimara Ahnert New York on the Upper East Side and was instantly smitten. Everything from the “elegant French townhouse ambiance,” to the “multi-mirrored studio” where Kimara and her handpicked staff work their magic, to the “a small winding staircase” amazed as I ascended for a heavenly facial. Sadly, I let too much time pass before my recent return. I swear I will not let this happen again. I am, you see, hooked on the Oxygen Facial and the woman who created a world of facial options and delights: Kimara Ahnert. On my initial visit, I didn’t meet Kimara, but now, after a long chat in her studio/salon, I understand why she’s so in demand as a skincare phenom: her warmth, generosity, and ability to relate one-on-one to clients—skills that she has shared with her staff. Also, she’s totally on top of all aspects of the cosmetic and skincare industry. Kimara Ahnert
“With Instagram, Snapchat, and “selfies” being a way of life, women are more tuned into how they look throughout their day,” she said, adding, “Today, products are more advanced and offer greater benefits if used correctly. Trends come and go but confidence in knowing you look beautiful is what we offer our clients” some of whom include models and celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Christine Ricci, Kevin Kline and Bette Midler. And non-celebrities like me, who tried Kimara’s most popular skin service: the 60-minute Oxygen Facial. Does it live up to its hype? Let’s just say a week and a half post-treatment I was still getting compliments from friends who never noticed or commented on my skin. (Those wishing to up the stakes, even more, can go for the 75-minute Double Oxygen Facial—or, if you just want a quick jolt of fabulous, you can pop in for an “Oxygen Blast.”) As for my transformation, it began with my aesthetician, Aneta, and a discussion of any skin issues followed by a skin analysis that would guide her as she customized my facial. From there it was a cleansing followed by exfoliation both accompanied by the softest of massages, so soothing that I think I drifted off a bit during the masque application. Then came gentle extractions that prefaced the main event: a highly concentrated molecular blast of oxygen. And we’re not talking a short blast, but several minute’s worth (or so it seemed). A sweep of breeze with a hint of fine mist is the only way I can describe it. And addictive. Definitely addictive. As I said, I’m hooked. Thankfully Kimara’s line of products and services are priced within reason—with a little splurge on the side. Perfect for Mom. For more information on Kimara Ahnert, visit kimara.com. • Griffin Miller specializes in spa travel and New York theater. Her resume includes writing for The New York Times, For the Bride and Hotels. She also creates promotional materials for the Metropolitan Opera, BAM, and Guggenheim Museum. A member of The New York Travel Writers’ Association, she is a playwright and award-winning collage artist. MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 67
THE NEW AESTHETICS FOR 2017 By Dr. Doris Day
e all want to look our best at every age. This doesn’t mean you have to do expensive procedures or go under the knife, but it does mean you have to make an effort to ensure you at the very least don’t accelerate the aging process. There are, of course, the rare few of us who won the genetic lottery and who can drink, smoke, stress, eat lots of sugar, be in the sun all day long and still age beautifully. But for the rest of us, unless you’ve lived in a dark room all your life without any emotions your entire life, chances are the exposure to ultraviolet rays, stress and other lifestyle choices are aging you beyond your years.
LOOKING YOUNG & NATURAL Fortunately, there are ways to reverse at least some of the damage while still looking natural. If you’ve been thinking about trying a rejuvenation treatment but don’t want to go under the knife, this could be your year as there are now outstanding non-surgical approaches that incorporate a philosophy of aging that is natural and holistic as it utilizes the best of the treatments available for you to age successfully. There is an immense difference between surgical and non-surgical approaches, and in the past, there was very little to be done without surgery. This meant reaching a certain age or amount of sinking, sagging or wrinkling and then have an operation to lift, re-drape and tighten. This made people look smoother and less wrinkled; it often didn’t make them look younger because what was still missing was volume. Fat transfer helped but was not always reliable or lasting and ultimately looked, well, fat. Surgery is sometimes still the best option to improve heavy eyelids or jowls and when done well looks natural and beautiful, but the non-surgical approach is gaining momentum and in some cases is helping to avoid the need for surgery altogether. The fact is we’re barely in the teenage years of non-surgical aesthetics. In the U.S. Botox Cosmetic was FDA approved in 2002, and while animal-based collagen was approved in 1981, the first, longer-lasting and more natural hyaluronic acid filler was only approved in 2003. With the advent of the newer aesthetic non-surgical tools, dermatologists more and more became the go-to experts in rejuvenation and began to reset the pathway of enhancing and maintaining beauty. It’s been a rocky road at times and one where we have had to learn to both assess and reassess the physical process of aging, as well the best ways to apply the ever-expanding palette of rejuvenation tools to reach those goals without looking unnatural or that dreaded word “done.” The growth has been exponential year after year, and the results are more and more beautiful. Here’s what we’ve learned: Skin Care From as young as possible, get yourself into the habit of a great skin care routine of cleansing, exfoliating on a regular basis, hydration and sunscreen every day all year round. As you reach your 20’s consider adding in antioxidants like retinol, vitamin C, niacin-amide, peptides and others. As you reach your 40’s you may need to pay more attention to moisturizing as your skin gets drier with age, and you may need to ramp up the antioxidants. Of course, the necessity of sunscreen is essential at every age, and it’s never too early, or too late to start using it on a regular basis.
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Start Young The idea here is to not fall behind so you won’t need to have to catch up. This doesn’t mean doing Botox at 15 or 20; it means seeing your dermatologist for a great skin care regimen and to learn about options to take small steps over time to always look your very best and to age successfully. We now often use a combination of devices as well as neuromodulators and fillers to achieve these results. In your 20’s it may be chemical peels, microdermabrasion or the Clear and Brilliant laser. During your 30’s you may graduate to a fractional laser. While in your 40’s or 50’s and beyond, you may need a fractional CO2 laser along with fillers and neuromodulators or tightening devices such as ones using ultrasound energy or radiofrequency with or without micro needling. The beauty of these treatments is they are subtly dramatic, and they give beautiful results over time.
SUBTLE & DRAMATIC The new paradigm is to do smaller procedures as appropriate at a younger age to avoid falling behind rather than having to catch up once a threshold of signs of aging is crossed. The results are beautiful and natural and every decade becomes your best. Of course, with time we all look older, but older is no longer synonymous with less beautiful. Older now means 50 is the new 50, and 80 is the new 80! In a life well lived and our bodies well cared for every age becomes our best and most beautiful because beauty is ultimately a feeling and projection as much as it is anything we see on the surface. Doing nothing is doing something: For those who say they want to age gracefully I would only point out that there’s a difference between aging gracefully and aging helplessly. Science has come a long way, and the art and science of rejuvenation aim to restore not distort a naturally younger you. Only about 10 percent of how your skin ages are genetics, so most of what you see is a matter not of natural aging but a reflection of years—even decades of excess sun exposure, along with other toxins such as smoking, stress, pollution and more. Many of the treatments, especially the fractional resurfacing lasers restore the skin and reverse at least some of the damage. They make the skin look younger and better because they make the skin healthier and this has the bonus of also reducing the risk of skin cancer. The artistic eye and skill of the aesthetic physician who no longer chases lines and wrinkles, understands your unique beauty and how to celebrate and enhance it. It often means starting younger and doing just a little at a time--and it’s as far removed as possible from the early and sadly too often still present days of pushing each to its limit. Think frozen look, big lips, big cheeks, where each product or device is used with little understanding, coordination or thought of the actual final aesthetics. The modern age of non-surgical aesthetics is a study of both science and art: the science of aging and each product and device used, and the art of the treatment starting with understanding each person as a unique individual and creating balance and harmony and making sure you always look like the best. That’s the art of the science, and it’s a precise definition of the modern facelift. • Dr. Day, a dermatologist, is affiliated with NYU Langone Hospital.
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GET FIT WITH MOTHER NATURE By Daryn Mayer
he sun is shining, and spring is in the air. It’s the perfect time to take a break from the gym and workout with Mother Nature. According to fitness trainer and outdoor workout specialist, Joseph Sinagoga, “exercising outdoors has many physical and psychological benefits that you just can’t get in a gym or an exercise class.” Sinagoga continues, “Unlike a stationary piece of gym equipment, there is no repetition outdoors, and its constantly changing surface can help strengthen your connective tissue. Instead of staring at a screen, you can see the beauty that nature has to offer.” Sinagoga emphasizes that the out-of-doors can help you become more fit. “Headwinds and uneven surfaces make your body work harder, which helps you to burn more calories.” Finally, exercising outdoors in groups can increase motivation and enjoyment. Here, some of the top outdoor workout classes that will get you in shape the way Mother Nature intended.
RUNNING Every Thursday you can literally hit the road and run outdoors with the Mile High Run Club (MHRC) at the East River Track located on East 6th Street and the FDR. You can train with John Henwood, the Olympic runner and a world record holder in the master’s mile distance run for those age forty plus. Students meet at Mile High’s NoHo location at 28 East 4th Street. Whether you are just out for a run and fun or training for the Brooklyn Half, MHRC offers one-on-one training, personalized coaching, a unique eight- week half-marathon training program, as well as running events.Running in an outdoor group setting provides additional motivation, accountability, and socialization. Locker rooms with showers are available. Prices range from $22 for a single group run to $399 for an 8-week training program. For more information on Mile High Run Club, visit milehighrunclub.com.
YOGA With its private rooftop, complete with twinkle lights, Yo Yoga! hosts regular outdoor classes which recently began as temperatures reached 70 degrees. Practicing yoga outdoors can benefit both the mind and body. Breathing in fresh air (which is a relative term in NYC!) after sitting in an office all day can help us flush the toxins out of our lungs and connect to that steady, deep yoga breath. Being outdoors also makes us feel more expansive and open, encouraging us to move more freely. Additionally, the outdoor space is slightly uneven, so it helps to increase our focus on balance, which assists with muscle building. Single classes start at $22. New students can purchase an unlimited series for $65. For more information on Yo Yoga!, visit yoyoganyc.com 70 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
FITNESS Specializing in outdoor fitness all year round BODIESYNERGY—the no-equipment-necessary boot camp—challenges participants at every level. Each class keeps you on the move through Brooklyn’s beautiful Prospect Park. BODIESYNERGY fitness provides a compelling and challenging opportunity to achieve your fitness goals in a serene and natural environment. Classes are held daily Monday through Saturday. A single class is only $20, and they offer a special price for Spring: $75 for five workout sessions. For more information on BODIESYNERGY, visit bodiesynergy.com.
CYCLING Founded in 1936, the New York Cycle Club (NYCC) is the largest in the city. It offers its 2,000+ members rides at all pace levels, which are classified according to skill level and cruising speed: • A-Fast, with pace line skills required • B-Moderate • C-Gentle (an excellent introduction to the club) The NYCC provides riders with a test so they can assess their fitness level, which helps keep the rides safe and fun for everyone. In addition to riding in the city, the NYCC offers friendly group rides every weekend and some weekdays to suburban destinations throughout the metropolitan area.
For more information on New York Cycle Club, visit nycc.org.
The Central Park Tennis Center (located on Central Park Drive at 96th Street) features 30 newly reconditioned courts. The season at this iconic location begins in April and runs through November. Adult and junior programs are available, and each is led by a certified instructor. Their landmark Tennis House features a Pro-Shop with on-site racquet stringing, a snack bar with a spacious outdoor veranda, and locker rooms. Central Park Tennis offers private and semi-private lessons for players of all ages and levels. Their adult group clinics and cardio tennis programs are especially fun and challenging. Whether you’re a seasoned player, new to the sport, or want to get back to the game you love, their certified instructors will take you to the next level. Program durations are either one or two hours, and prices for six-week programs range from $225 to $840. For more information on Central Park Tennis Center, visit centralparktennis.com.
GOLF Is there a better way to enjoy Mother Nature than by walking outside with a mashie, a niblick, and a spoon in your bag? Golf NYC operates five of the finest golf courses in New York City: • Douglaston Golf Course, located in Queens, offers a country club experience at a fraction of the cost. • Forest Park Golf Course, is also located in Queens, and features a beautiful tree-lined course that was judged to be the best golf course in New York City by Golf Guides USA. • Flushing Meadows Golf Center has a beautiful 18-hole “Pitch & Putt “ course that caters to golfers of all levels, and has the distinction of being the only fully-lighted course in NYC. • Kissena Golf Course features a lovely Pro Shop and snack bar and beautiful surroundings. • Van Cortlandt Golf Course is America’s oldest public course. It has been redesigned recently by Stephen Kay, one of the finest golf course architects in the Northeast. It specializes in full-service golf outings and catered events. Green fees range from $18 to $51 for eighteen holes, and groups and private classes are available. For more information on Golf NYC, visit golfnyc.com. • MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 71
DINING OUT By Patricia Canole
rom the moment you step into The Anthony, you are transported into the glamour, grit, and surprise of Greenwich Village during the 1950s. From the meaning behind the venue’s name to the intriguing mural on the wall, The Anthony is more than a restaurant or lounge. It’s an experience that pays homage to the history of its geography, and to its namesake, Anthony Lispenard Bleeker, the prominent 18th-century entrepreneur who bought property throughout the Village and after whom Bleecker Street is named. The newly opened restaurant boasts a high ceiling held up on both sides by large sweeping walls—one of which features a mural from the book Greenwich Village Girl. In one corner, you can spot a pinup version of the novel’s lead character, “Suzy,” after which one of their most favorite cocktails Suzy’s Secret is named. The opposite wall is coated in ebony black and forest green crackle paint and bedecked with black and white photos of original icons from 1950s Greenwich Village.
AMAZING FARE The menu revolves around elevated comfort pub fare with global flavors, from Executive Chef Max Renny. Begin with standout appetizers of Mini Banh Mi’s with a smear of chicken liver mousse topped with Char Siu Pork Belly with pickled vegetables, and fresh cilantro. The Crispy Duck and Waffles pair duck confit with a buttermilk waffle, glazed with a smoked duck fat maple sauce. Entrees include Wild Scottish Salmon in a miso beurre blanc sauce of ginger, miso, dashi and white wine. Another good option is the signature Tony Prime Burger with Pat LaFrieda’s Best Ground Blend, topped with house-made creamed spinach, cheese, and steak sauce. Other standouts are the Maine Lobster Fondre, an uber-creamy version of lobster mac and cheese, with an entire half-lobster portion. Don’t forget the popular sides which include Cacio e Pepe Fries topped with shaved pecorino and fresh cracked black pepper, served with parmesan-pepper aioli. To top off the meal, enjoy desserts with signature strokes of playful creativity from Michelin-starred pastry chef Ashton Warren, like the Caramel Corn Cheesecake, popcorn-flavored cheesecake with whipped salted caramel on a peanut butter crust, topped with house-made caramel corn. The Fruity Pebbles Citrus Meringue Pie with a crust delectably reminiscent of the fruity cereal (without featuring any of it as an ingredient), topped with fluffy meringue surrounding fresh lemon curd is another winner. The curated list of cocktails is mixed by Anthony Nelson, a former model with an engineering degree and pilot’s license, who flies helicopters by day and mixes cocktails as the bar manager by night. The cocktail list involves fresh and trendy flavors, each double-strained for a smooth texture, with options to suit anyone’s palate. The Suzy’s Secret is a refreshing blend of Double Cross vodka with fresh muddled raspberries and cucumber, topped with Champagne. Also recommended is The Matador offering a spicy and smoky blend of mezcal, habañero-infused honey, crushed cilantro, lime juice, and bitters. 72 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
THE LIVING ROOM AT THE ANTHONY After having the chance to sup on the tasty fare, the magic begins, as the venue morphs into a vibrant nightlife scene, including a surprise spattering of invisible ink graffiti across the walls that can only be viewed with a black light, which pulses from the lamps as their glow turns from yellow to purple. The transition and element of surprise are part of the allure and intrigue. Old-time movies are projected onto the balcony wall of the upstairs Living Room at The Anthony, a sultry lounge replete with red and midnight blue plush velour seats, flocked red velvet wallpaper and timeless Tiffany-style lamps. The space is equipped with a DJ booth and crystal-clear, high-fidelity sound system. It is here where resident and guest DJs spin a curated list of tunes for the creative, well-heeled guests invited upstairs, who can enjoy table service from the full menu. Guests have the option to reserve tables or the entire Living Room, and VIPs can reach the upstairs via a separate entrance through the back of the restaurant. Upstairs guests can enjoy the luxe space that offers intrigue from below in a distinct but connected experience at The Anthony. For more information on The Anthony, visit theanthonynyc.com. â€˘ MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 73
A NEW WAY TO HEALTHY By Daniel J. Bollinger
eet Stephanie Levine, owner, and operator of Tohi Wellness, a lifestyle company for those who want to live the healthiest lifestyle possible. It is comprised of several services including Holistic Health Coaching and her organic food line Tohi Organics Vegan Meals. (Tohi is Cherokee for health and peace.) As the official Health Coach at one of NYC’s premier boutique natural markets, The Westerly—located near Columbus Circle— Levine saw the need for organic vegan, healthy meals for take-out. Her idea was to prepare ready-to-eat meals for those who couldn’t cook healthy organic all the time and needed a real food, whole food meal alternative that would also expose them to new foods at the same time.
AN INSPIRING STORY The innovator was drawn to healthy lifestyle living when her father unexpectedly got lymphoma. Helping her father is what inspired her in pursuing organic choices in the lifestyle she chose to live. She studied macrobiotics and other organic health solutions that helped her father last an additional two years longer than expected. She went on to receive training in health and nutrition from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and SUNY Purchase College. She is now a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, an organization that certifies health professionals who do not work with pharmaceuticals. Levine’s work as a Lifestyle Advocate and her work with Island Outpost with Chris Blackwell, President of Island Records and Island Outpost, a premier worldwide lifestyle company have prepared her to be an innovative tastemaker for the 21st century. In fact, some of her past and present clients include Daniel Lubetzsky owner of The KIND Company. Stephanie is a speaker who leads both corporate and private health and wellness workshops. Her mission as a health practitioner and owner of Tohi Organics is to help clients develop an integrative nutrition program, to become passionate about healthy eating, fearless living and helping people achieve their ideal balanced, vibrant life by working with clients emotionally, physically and spiritually. Levine says, “The goal is to get and stay healthy.” She works from the perspective that each person has their nutritional needs. As a food and wellness enthusiast and health advocate, she believes in real food, sustainably—locally grown food, nutrient dense, vibrant, delicious food. Through specific recommendations, rather than following trends or fads, and by advocating eating “real” food, her program ensures great success. This is a lifestyle change says Levine. “It’s not easy to fall in love with your life and live free from guilt and denial.” Change occurs as together you explore your relationships, your career, your fitness routine, your spirituality, your self-care and your fun! All these aspects of your life impact your health as much as the food you eat. 74 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
Here, some of Levine’s services: Holistic Health Coaching Stephanie offers this assistance which includes getting a complete inspection of your kitchen and throwing out all unhealthy foods, looking at your pots and pans and making sure they are non-toxic, and getting cooking lessons from her on how to prepare the healthiest dishes. You will receive nutritional meals and lifestyle planning, and if weight loss is your goal, Stephanie can tailor a program to suit that. You will also get health food shopping tours and guidance, so you know what to buy when grocery shopping, and custom cooking lessons, so you learn how to properly prepare delicious home cooked meals. Tohi Organics Vegan Meals If your schedule doesn’t allow for such an intensive program, then you can still maintain a healthy diet with her new Tohi Organics Vegan Meals which consist of 100 percent organic vegan meals. The first meal, which three years later is still the biggest seller is Forbidden Rice BabyBok Choy Medley. “This is our unique signature dish. Garam masala is infused with the black rice and cremini mushrooms. Add to that daikon, baby bok choy, cannellini beans and lots of fresh ginger and garlic— all sautéed with coconut oil. Our customers simply love this dish,” says Levine. “It flies off our shelves!” Levine says all the other meals are designed for diversity in food choices and exposure for optimal health within the food line. Another bestseller is Rockin’ Quinoa—Fast, Fresh & Greens which consists of quinoa, fresh beets, collard greens, parsnips, black beans and tahini. All of her creations are carried by a number of supermarkets throughout the city including her flagship location The Westerly Natural Market on 8th Avenue and 54th Street, Sunac Natural Market with a number of locations in Manhattan and in Williamsburg Brooklyn by Gary Null. Levine wants to see the expansion of Tohi Organics to be available across the country and hopes to be in some NYC Whole Food Stores soon, along with local stores throughout the city. Levine says her “ultimate goal is to license the Tohi Brand” and be available across the country! Tohi Organics is distributed by Natural Market Alchemy (naturalmarketalchemy.com). A vegan diet has many health benefits including reducing your saturated fats, high fiber intake, and providing many important vitamins including vitamins C, E, and B. A vegan diet helps lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, blood pressure, and many cancers. It also helps with your body mass index, weight loss, increased energy, and healthier skin. A vegan diet can be a much healthier way to eat. You can combine a vegan diet with other ways of eating for an even healthier lifestyle. Her knowledge encompasses over forty dietary approaches to diet including both Eastern and Western medicine. She has studied with several of the world’s foremost authorities on wellness, nutrition and coaching including Deepak Chopra, Barry Sears, and David Wolfe. For more information on Tohi Organics, visit tohiwellness.org. • MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 75
CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY By Patricia Canole
othing says “I love you” like a little bit of extravagance. Maybe it’s time to go all out this year. Make it brunch or dinner with an after-dinner drink—all options to make this day extra special. There are plenty of ways to spoil the most important lady you know, so use our guide to making mom smile.
LE COUCOU Le Coucou is the spot of the moment. And if you want to impress, snag a post-dinner table at The Blond, the bar/lounge located at the end of a spiral staircase that morphs into a nightclub. The menu showcases French food that’s as top notch as the scene. The décor doesn’t disappoint either, which should come as little surprise with Stephen Starr, the restaurateur of Buddakan fame, behind the eatery. As for the food, expect dishes like Terrine de Veau (veal terrine, pickled milkweed), Huitre Tiedes, Beurre Aux Algues (oysters warmed with seaweed butter) and Canard et Cerises (duck, cherries, black olives). Don’t forget dessert. We recommend the Mousse Au Chocolate. For more information on Le Coucou, visit lecoucou.com.
LA SIRENA If you’re the kind of person, who likes sprawling restaurants, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s newest spot on the plaza level of The Maritime Hotel is for you. This Italian hot spot is splashy, centrally located in the Meatpacking District, always packed and it’s not surprising that the dress code is very nightclub. The sprawling eatery boasts indoor and outdoor seating along with a 38-foot bar. If you’re looking for privacy, there are a few tables in nooks, which you can request. Being a Batali spot, just remember the food is not exactly diet-friendly. What are tops on the brunch menu? Try the Amaretti Mascarpone Pancakes with maple syrup. Or Hazelnut French Toast. Either one will not disappoint. For more information on La Sirena, visit lasirena-nyc.com.
AVRA MADISON An offshoot of the popular Avra Estiatorio in Midtown, Avra Madison now occupies the 17,000-square-foot space once housing Rouge Tomate. Well-heeled Upper East Siders have been flocking here to dine on traditional Greek food with an emphasis on fresh seafood. In addition to grilled fish dishes, sashimi options are also on the menu. The open white-washed space, designed by the Rockwell Group, has comfortable seating, a reflecting pool, lush greenery, lots of white oak and a market-style seafood and produce displayed in the back to highlight the kitchen’s fresh fish and raw vegetables. For more information on Avra Madison, visit avrany.com. • 76 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
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GOOD-FOR-YOU COCKTAILS By Daryn Mayer
ith the Springtime in full swing, thoughts of outdoor dining are not far behind. Garden party brunches, family barbecues, celebrations, graduations, and weddings mean lots of delicious foods and drinks that make a gettogether a festive event. Of course, we’ve heard the saying “We are what we drink and eat.” So, how does one toast to good health and imbibe our way to radiant skin? Easily. Take a look at gluten-free vodka which has many health benefits. Research shows that consuming vodka in moderation can help reduce stress, which can be beneficial to your mind, body, and skin. Vodka’s medicinal properties have also been shown to reduce your risk of developing heart disease and could reduce your risk of ischemic stroke (when the arteries to your brain become narrowed or blocked) and your risk of diabetes. Also, unlike vodkas which are made from wheat and grain, consuming gluten-free vodka may help prevent bloating, upset stomach, and abdominal pain for those with Celiac disease or sensitive digestion. So as we celebrate Spring, here are some luscious libations that, when consumed in moderation, have a myriad of healthful benefits.
TOMATO OYSTER COCKTAIL 1 Small tomato (equals about 4 oz.) 2 Kale leaves 1 tsp. Cayenne 1 oz. Lime juice 2 oz. Gluten-free, corn-based vodka Dash Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp. Fresh ginger 1 tsp. Turmeric 1 tsp. Sea salt 3 Shucked raw oysters Ice Blend tomatoes, oysters and kale together. Pour into mixing cup add ice to the top. Fill with the rest of the ingredients. Shake ingredients well and pour into mason jar or glass of choice. Healthful Benefits • Tomatoes contain large amounts of lycopene, an antioxidant that is highly effective in foraging cancer-causing free radicals. • Kale boosts the health of your skin because of its vitamin C content, which helps you make the collagen needed for skin strength. • Lime juice helps to promote healthy skin and improved digestion. • Cayenne pepper helps to stimulate your metabolism. It’s rich in vitamins C and E, as well as several antioxidants, all of which help to reduce the appearance of acne and promote flawless skin. • Ginger is antioxidant rich which increases blood circulation and helps cut down the toxins by fighting off free radicals to promote youthful looking skin. • Oysters contain unique nutrients and minerals, which help boost metabolic activity, enhance the rejuvenation and growth for tissue, aid in the healing of wounds, and promote healthy growth.
A STEP IN THYME 2 oz. Crushed pomegranate seeds 2 Thyme sprigs ½ oz. Lime juice ½ oz. Agave 1/2 Orange wedge 2 oz. Gluten-free, corn-based vodka 1 Egg white Ice Salt (optional) In a cocktail shaker muddle the pomegranate with the orange wedge. Add all the ingredients, but hold the ice. Give the mixture a few hard shakes. Fill with ice to the top and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass; rim with salt if you choose. Healthful Benefits • Pomegranate seeds are rich in vitamins C and K, which help to promote collagen and elastin production for youthful skin. They also contribute to protecting against diseases including cancer. • Thyme is rich in vitamins C and A which helps to boost your immunity. • Egg whites are loaded with protein, which can be good for muscle building and fat burning. • Orange peels contain flavonoids, which have been proven to de-accelerate the growth of cancer cells. • Lime juice contains limonoids, which may protect against cancers of the skin, breast, mouth, lung, colon, and stomach. MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 79
CHOCOLATE ALMOND HIGHBALL 2oz. Almond milk 1/2 Orange wedge crushed 1½ oz. Gluten-free, cornbased vodka 1½ oz. Shaved dark chocolate Combine all the ingredients in the cocktail glass. Strain into a highball glass on the rocks and garnish with shaved dark chocolate. Healthful Benefits • Almond milk contains vitamin E, an antioxidant known to protect the skin from harmful free radicals and help make the skin healthier and younger looking. It’s also high in vitamin B2 (known as riboflavin) and B3 (niacin). Riboflavin helps to oxygenate the skin tissue; niacin helps hydrate the skin by trapping moisture in cells. • Dark chocolate contains powerful antioxidants that help protect your skin from free radical damage; keeping it soft, supple, and youthful. It also provides excellent sun protection properties that help shield your skin from harmful UV rays and helps in the prevention of skin cancer. 80 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
GARDEN MARTINI 4 oz. Gluten-free, corn-based vodka 1 Lime squeezed 6 Slices of seedless cucumber muddled or pureed 3 Sprigs mint Ice Place all ingredients in a shaker and add one cup of ice. Shake for 1 minute. Strain and pour into martini glass, garnish with one cucumber slice and lime. Healthful Benefits • Cucumbers are a natural detoxifier which helps eliminate toxins from your body. They also contain the skin-friendly nutrients of magnesium, potassium, and silicon. Magnesium helps to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Studies have shown that potassium can have a positive impact on tissue regeneration, cell growth, and an overall balanced metabolism. Silicon prevents the skin from becoming flabby and restores the natural glow of the skin. • In addition to containing limonoids, the vitamin C, and flavonoids in lime juice help to rejuvenate the skin, keep it shining. • Mint leaves act as a natural digestive aid. When your body processes food easily, it’s able to rid itself of the toxins that can have an impact on your skin and well-being. So here’s to a healthful Spring! Just remember to drink responsibly and include healthful ingredients that not only taste great but will help to fortify you inside and out. • Recipes developed by Manhattan-based Mixologist, Blanca Yungaicela, for you fortified™.
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BIG SCREEN PREVIEWS By Pat Collins BAYWATCH Rated R “Our job is to restore the Baywatch brand” declares the team’s boss, Captain Thorpe (Rob Huebel)—to Mitch Buchanan (Dwayne Johnson). Thorpe’s directive could also describe Baywatch director Seth Gordon’s assignment to reboot the dormant franchise. When a body is found on the beach, Mitch who is intent on the search for the killer is told to butt out of the investigation by the LAPD. “Your job is to make sure swim happy white people don’t drown” orders police captain Garner Ellerbee (Yahya Abdul-Manteen). New to the Baywatch team is Matt Brady (Zac Effron), a brash and cocky Olympic gold medal winner. The team, of course, ignores the police and plunges into the murky waters of drug trafficking to find the murderer. Box office prospects look favorable for yet another TV series inspired movie. Its chief asset is Mr. Johnson who has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most popular stars. His box office successes include San Andreas, The Tooth Fairy, five films in the Fast And The Furious series and he supplied the voice of the shape-shifting god Maui in the enchanting Oscar-nominated Moana. Baywatch is set in LA but was shot in Florida. The TV series which was canceled by NBC after one season was rescued by its star David Hasselhoff who invested a sizeable amount of his own money in the syndicated Baywatch series which ran for seven years. PIRATES OF CARIBBEAN—DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Rated PG-13 The combined global box office gross of the four previous movies put $3.73 billion in Disney’s pirate chest, so there was some anxiety at the mouse house when the fifth installment ran aground allegedly due in large part to budget and script issues. With those problems seemingly resolved Johnny Depp signed on to reprise the role of Jack Sparrow, the eccentric pirate with too much eyeliner and not enough courage. The presence of two other stars raises the wanna see factor for fans of the franchise and critics alike. Orlando Bloom who created the role of the immortal Will Turner in the first film is on board again. Javier Bardem as the villainous Armando Salazar is another casting coup. Bardem, in my opinion, ranks as the best of the Bond villains—Raoul Silva in Skyfall. Geoffrey Rush’s Hector Barbossa, Sparrow’s onetime rival is now an ally. Astronomer Kaya Scodelario (Carina Smyth) like all the movie’s principal characters is obsessed with finding the Trident Of The Poseidon. Paul McCartney is another famous cast member. Directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg assure one and all that Dead Men has the feel of the first movie. SNATCHED Not Yet Rated No, it is not another Taken sequel but an action comedy with two celebrated comedic talents. The abducted victims are the party hardy Emily (Amy Schumer) and her excessively cautious mother (Goldie Hawn). Ms. Schumer who once described her idol Ms. Hawn as “one of my complete heroes,” persuaded the Oscar winner to go back to work. She co-starred with Susan Sarandon in The Banger Sisters fifteen years ago. After being unexpectedly dumped by her musician boyfriend an emotionally distraught Emily returns home and convinces Mom to join her for a South American getaway. Too many tequila shots later a tipsy Emily and a panicky Mom are kidnapped from their posh resort and driven to a remote village where happy hours with mimosas are not on the schedule. While their captors make ransom demands the women hatch an escape plan which gives Ms. Hawn the opportunity to remind moviegoers she is as physically adept as ever. The supporting cast in director Jonathan Levine’s movie features Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack, and Christopher Meloni. Ms. Schumer’s next project is the dramedy: She Came To Me, with Steve Carrel and Nicole Kidman. 82 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
ALIEN: COVENANT Rated R Michael Fassbender plays David/Walter, two physically identical but otherwise different androids in director Ridley Scott’s sequel to his 2012 Prometheus. Walter joins the Covenant crew comprised of five couples who were selected to colonize a habitable planet before Earth reaches its expiration date. David, displaying many human traits is the mastermind behind a plan to eliminate those involved in the mission who are attacked by an army of xenomorphs the powerful four-legged creatures first seen in the 1979 film and later in various Alien sequels. Mr. Fassbender during an interview with journalists visiting the set in Australia said he thought of Leonard Nimoy’s Spock when playing the logical, unemotional and loyal Walter. The first Alien movie was deemed “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant” by the Library Of Congress. Some of the sequels including this one may not qualify for the same distinction, but with few exceptions, they are expertly made science fiction thrillers which have captured the imagination of those who wonder what or who share our universe. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL Rated PG Do your summer plans include a road trip with your kids or grandchildren? If so the fourth movie in the popular series serves as a cautionary tale— albeit an exaggerated one—about leaving the comforts of home only to endure unexpected mishaps hundreds of miles away. None of the original cast members appear in this installment directed by David Bowers who helmed two of the sequels. Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott take over the parental roles previously played by Rachel Harris and Steve Zahn. The new Greg, 11-year-old Jason Drucker, persuades his parents to celebrate grandmother’s 90th birthday by driving to her home in the Midwest. He has an ulterior motive which is to attend a gamer convention en route. A series of calamitous events ensue when the Heffley family hits the road. The pig Greg’s younger brother Manny (Dylan Walters) wins at a county fair consumes the contents of a minibar. A motorboat lands in a pool and a car crash results in a busted radiator. In another scene reminiscent of The Birds a flock of attacking seagulls fly through the open sunroof. The Long Haul, based on Wimpy Kid creator Jeff Kenney’s ninth book, also features Owen Asztalos as Greg’s best friend, Rowley Jefferson. The family friendly movie should appeal to kids whose most frequently asked questions include “are we there yet?” THE LOVERS Rated R Michael, the cheating husband, played by Tracy Letts is on the verge of divorcing his spouse Mary (Debra Winger) and moving in with another woman. Mary has a secret as well. She is sleeping with a younger man who urges her to leave hubby and home. Mary and Michael who continue to sleep in the same bed despite their frosty relationship suddenly rediscover their passion for each other and face the same problem. What do you tell your lover? Ms. Winger, who received Oscar nominations for An Officer and A Gentleman, Terms of Endearment and Shadowlands was last seen on screen in 2008’s Rachel Getting Married. Mr. Letts, a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for writing August: Osage County, won a Tony award for playing George in the 2012-2013 production of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf. He is known to television viewers as Senator Andrew Lockhart in Homeland (seasons 3 and 4). The Lovers director Azazel Jacobs made an inspired choice when he cast two exceptionally gifted pros. 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 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 83
PAT COLLINS’ PICKS OF HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES GET OUT Rated R “Do they know I’m black? That is the question Chris (British actor Daniel Kaluuya) asks his preppy blonde girlfriend Rose (Girl co-star Allison Williams) as they drive to her parents’ home in the leafy countryside to spend the weekend with her wealthy parents Missy and Dean Armitage. Mom (Catherine Keeler) is a hypnotherapist and Dad (Bradley Whitford) a neurosurgeon. Their respective professions factor in the plot of this edge of your seat thriller from director Jordan Peele who up until recently was best known as one-half of the famous comedy team. Key and Peele. Soon after introductions are made Dean is quick to mention his late father’s connection to Jesse Owens, the first African-American Olympian. Missy bustles about as an overly hospitable hostess. The Armitage’s black housekeeper (Betty Gabriel) with a frozen smile and Walter (Marcus Henderson) the amiable handyman look like escapees from a zombie wax museum. But Chris does not sense something is seriously amiss until one of the Armitage’s neighbors—the only black neighbor—warns Chris to “get out.” Of course, he fails to heed the warning and consequently faces the same fate of the victims who preceded him in the Armitage’s torture chamber. The gory showdown is not for the squeamish. Mr. Peele’s satirical scare fest is not only one of the all-time best spine chilling movies it is also an incisive commentary on race and class in post-Obama America. In the supporting cast comedian, Lil Rel Howery has a small but important role as a TSA officer and Chris’ quick thinking buddy. I for one cannot wait for Mr. Peele’s sequel.
BROADWAY SHOWS ON DVD
XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE Rated PG-13 Last month Vin Diesel and his Fate of The Furious cast mates exceeded the speed limit again in the eighth installment in the series. In January Mr. Diesel returned, in another of his three franchises as the so-called superspy. His team’s mission is retrieving Pandora’s box from four skillful enemies. This device controls every US military satellite. Mr. Diesel’s xXx once again is constantly in harm’s way. In one scene he jumps from a moving airplane, and in another, he is surfing on a motorcycle in pursuit of another generic villain. Donnie Yen, a co-star of the blockbuster Rogue One, reprises the role of Xiang who may or may not be a traitor. Samuel L. Jackson as NSA agent Augusta Gibbons enlivens the proceedings as he does in every movie in which he appears. No one delivers a line better than Mr. Jackson who orders Xander to “kick some ass, get the girl, and try to look dope while you’re doing it.” The cast is a miniUN: Toni Collette (Australia), soccer star Neymar (Brazil) and singer Kris Wu (China). Despite mixed to negative reviews and a low (43 percent) audience approval score this xXx installment grossed $346 million at the global box office. Credit its success to Vin’s star power and male tickets buyers 13 to 35. 84 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
BROADWAY SHOWS ON DVD If you are planning your own mini-film festival of Tony winning shows which went from stage to screen. Here, a few movies available on home video to put on your list. Amadeus Bye Bye Birdie Company The Elephant Man Evita Equus Fiddler on The Roof Hairspray The Producers Rent The Sound of Music Torch Song Trilogy
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THE SALESMAN Rated PG-13 The Iranian film won the Academy Award in 2017 for Best Foreign Language film making it the second win in that category for director Asghar Farhadi. The Separation brought him his first Oscar in 2012. The salesman of the title refers to Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. An amateur theater production of the play translated into Persian features a 30-something married couple Emad (Shahab Hosseini) as Willy Loman and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) as Loman’s wife, Linda. Their lives are upended by a series of events ranging from inconvenient to harrowing. With their building in Tehran on the verge of collapsing, they are forced to move into another apartment previously occupied by a prostitute. Rana is home alone when she is brutally attacked by a stranger. A vengeful Emad vows to find and punish her attacker. Mr. Farhadi’s film which also won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival earned a 97 percent audience approval rating when it opened in theaters. Mr. Farhadi boycotted the Oscars to protest Donald Trump’s travel ban barring citizens of seven Muslim countries from entering the United States. Before the ceremony, he released this statement “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country.”
QUEEN SUGAR Season 1 Ava DuVernay, an Oscar nominee for her gripping documentary The 13th created, directs and executive produces the dramatic series based on the novel about three siblings who quarrel over an inheritance left by their deceased father. Oprah Winfrey is the show’s executive producer.
CALL THE MIDWIFE Season 6 A pregnant wife physically abused by her husband, Barbara’s decision to buy herself an engagement ring and the arrival of a replacement for the demoted Sister Julienne are among the storylines in the BBC’s show set in London in the 50’s and early 60’s when women had little to no control over their lives. A DOG’S PURPOSE Rated PG Cats have nine lives according to the well-known myth, but a dog named Bailey has several as well in director Lasse Hallstrom’s movie adaptation of W. Bruce Cameron’s bestselling novel. Bailey, an unusual Golden Retriever, and his eight-year-old owner Ethan (Bryce Gheisar) are inseparable until the dog passes away. Perhaps all good dogs do go to heaven for a permanent stay, but Bailey’s soul comes back to earth in the form of Elle, a lifesaving German Shepherd in the K-9 division of the Chicago Police. After dying in the line of duty the heroic dog again returns as Tino a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and after several other reincarnations the story comes full circle when Bailey and Ethan reunite. Parent Alert: Bailey’s many demises may upset and/or confuse young children. Explaining reincarnation is another challenge. Josh Gad who co-starred in the Tony-winning musical The Book Of Mormon supplied all the dog voices. A controversy arose when TMZ posted a video of one of the animal’s handlers allegedly mistreating a German Shepherd on the set. The movie’s producers denied the allegations but canceled the film’s premiere. Critics were unimpressed with this doggie tale, but it grossed $ 181.1 million at the global box office. •
SUITS Season 6 Set in a fictional NYC law firm, which resembles most other TV law offices, the series’ central characters include a college drop-out who lands a job as a law associate despite the fact that he does not have a law degree.
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THE TONYS CELEBRATE 71 YEARS By Pat Collins
ith 71 years of recognizing excellence in theater, I asked Heather Hitchins, President of the American Theater Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League, about how their organizations’ respective missions changed over time. How the ceremony has evolved over the last seven decades, and how the producers decided what changes to make in the aftermath of last year’s tragic events in Orlando which happened the night before the Tony Awards. Pat Collins: How have your respective organizations evolved since their beginnings? Specifically, how have their commitments to theater evolved? Heather Hitchens: The American Theatre Wing began as a War Relief effort spearheaded and staffed by women of the stage who used celebrity and philanthropy as a way to advance their activist cause. After the end of the Second World War, the Wing’s cause became the advancement of theater itself, and ever since we have been investing in strong work, supporting creative growth, and celebrating excellence. From sending the most promising British student victims of the war to study theatre in the U.S. in 1941, to our newest Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholars who will begin studies at Universities across the country this fall. What has not changed is the Wing’s fierce belief that the theater can be a powerful force for social good. In fact, six years before Truman integrated the Armed Forces, the American Theatre Wing’s Stage Door Canteen committee instituted an interracial policy to provide equal support for all soldiers—regardless of who protested. Today, our commitment to supporting theater as a mechanism for progress remains at the core of our mission, and our goal is to bring diverse stories to our national culture through theater. 86 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
Charlotte St. Martin
PC: How has the Tony Awards ceremony evolved from a banquet at the Waldorf to a brilliantly produced televised award show? CM: What started as an intimate banquet hall presentation for just a room full of theater professionals has, over the past 71 years, grown to be a truly international celebration of the best of Broadway. The show you see on television each year, with its full-scale production, A-List hosts and presenters, and dozens of live musical numbers, bears little resemblance to what you would have seen at the Waldorf all those years ago. But what hasn’t changed is the sense of community. The community has gotten much larger, and now spans continents, but the Tony Awards still have the feeling of a group of like-minded, passionate theater-lovers celebrating their favorite art form.
Left to right:William Ivy Long immediate past chair of the Wing, James Earl Jones, and Heather Hitchins President of The American Theater Wing James Corden
PC: In the wake of the Orlando tragedy last year, what do you remember about the Tony Awards from that day and what message do you hope the Awards bring this year? CM: The tragedy that occurred in Orlando on the morning of June 12th was unfathomable. There was a moment during that morning’s dress rehearsal when we considered canceling the telecast, but it very quickly became clear that we could use the ceremony to broadcast our message of love and inclusion. It was an opportunity to stand together, pay tribute to the lives that were lost, provide a little diversion for a nation in mourning, and hopefully inspire young theater lovers in the process. Almost every single person working in the theater today can talk about a moment when they were young, at home, watching the Tony Awards, and how that moment inspired them to pursue their craft. The message we continue to share is that theater inspires us all in different ways, and we invite everyone to join us in being inspired through Broadway at the Tony Awards. Kevin Spacey who won a Tony for Lost In Yonkers will host the June 11th Tony Awards on CBS. • MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 87
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The Suffers © Greg Noire
ALL THAT JAZZ By Thomas Joseph
et ready jazz lovers! Next month, the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, one of the most renowned and longestrunning jazz festivals in North America, marks its 40th anniversary. A jewel in Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s summer season, the two-day, two-stage festival is beloved by audiences for its dynamic line-up of international jazz talent and its spectacular setting amid the towering pines, hiking trails and mineral springs of the idyllic Saratoga Spa State Park. This year’s festival is Saturday, June 24th, and Sunday, June 25th; music begins at noon each day and continues into the evening. The milestone 2017 festival features an extraordinary lineup of musicians, ranging from emerging artists making their festival debuts, to the return of two legendary musicians who performed at the inaugural 1978 festival, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jean Luc-Ponty. Headlining the weekend are Chaka Khan, “The Queen of Funk,” and the Gipsy Kings, who bring their irresistible rhythms to the festival for the first time. Also, three boundary-breaking young musicians from the United Kingdom—Jacob Collier, Jack Broadbent, and Shabaka Hutchings—will showcase their innovative approaches to jazz performance. Also, Jazz 100, led by Danilo Pérez, will pay homage to iconic musicians Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria, and Thelonious Monk in celebration of the 100th anniversary of their shared birth year.
The Gipsy Kings © Marie Claire Margossian Fotor
Jack Broadbent © Jon Ciotti Photo
The festival originally titled the Newport Jazz Festival – Saratoga, was founded in 1978 by jazz impresario George Wein, the creator of the renowned Newport Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and several other nationally recognized music events. In his 2002 memoir, Myself Among Others: A Life in Music, Wein credits his decision to start the Saratoga festival as “one of the smartest moves I ever made.” In the book, Wein notes that the Festival was a huge success, right from the start and “most importantly, it captured the spirit of old Newport.” Today, the festival is produced by Wein protégé Danny Melnick, president of Absolutely Live Productions.
Chaka Khan © Tim Fielding
Jacob Collier © Retts Wood
For more information on this year’s Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, visit spac.com. Tickets to the festival start at $65 for adults; children 15 and under are admitted free to the lawn. New this year is a $20 jazz ticket for students and children over 15. • MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 89
PLAY BALL! By Bill Spadea
ew York is a great town. Everything from nightlife to casual dining to neighborhood coffee. But one thing often overlooked by visitors and even residents is the rich baseball history that goes back more than one hundred years. Baseball season brings a lot of excitement to New York. Last month marked the beginning of a new season as it has every year since the New York Highlanders played their first game at Hilltop Park in 1903. The ballpark was an all-wooden structure taking its name from being located on one of the highest spots in Manhattan on 168th street and Broadway. The fledgling American League Franchise that eventually became the New York Yankees has certainly come a long way over 115 seasons in the Big Apple. I’ve been a baseball fan since I was a little kid. Growing up outside of Philadelphia as a Phillies fan, I got to know the intensity of baseball fans. Then I married a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan from Rhode Island, and now I’ve got a marital obligation to pull for the Red Sox. In fact, a few years ago, as a Mother’s Day gift for my wife and mother-in-law, I bought tickets for two great seats at Yankee Stadium for a much anticipated weekend series with the Red Sox. Growing up attending Phillies games at the old Veterans Stadium in South Philly, I know just how crazy die-hard fans can get and how they treat rival fans. This is New York City, and the Boston Red Sox are about as reviled as any team who visits the Bronx. My ticket gift came with simple instructions: Tone down the cheering, blend in, no reason to be decked out in all red. One of the reasons my wife Jodi and I have been married for more than 22 years is that she’s smart and capable and has a good sense knowing when it’s appropriate to ignore my advice. This was one of those times. I drove them into the city that day from our home on the Jersey side. My mother-in-law Maureen and her noticeable New England accent (you know it—“car” is “caah) led the fanfare with a Red Sox hat, jacket, T-shirt—and even red socks. Oh boy. All I’m hoping for is that the Yankees win and my Bosox fans go unnoticed. I dropped them at the gate and headed into midtown to visit the USS Intrepid and grab lunch with my son and father-in-law. Driving through Manhattan is another of my favorite activities, but that’s for a later article.
FANS WITH HEART Nomar Garciaparra was the Red Sox shortstop and although injured at the time, a real fan favorite. I don’t remember whether he was out of rehab and played that game or even what the final score was but when I returned a few hours later to pick up my Bosox fans, the story was not what I expected. Polite, knowledgeable, respectful--true baseball fans who love the game! All words used by Jodi to describe the fans in surrounding seats, the vending staff, the ushers. They knew the extent and prognosis of Nomar’s injuries, his stats and the stats of every hitter approaching the plate. I was relieved, to say the least. But in my years of working in and around New York City, I should say I was not surprised. Baseball fans are an unusual breed for sure. Feeling the anxiety and stress of each pitch, every out, every pitcher’s glance to first and every stolen 90 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
base. All of that stress goes to the next level when a serious rivalry is involved. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees rivalry is one of the best and most well known in any sport between any two franchises. But regardless of the tension created when the teams play, Yankees fans step up in a way that residents of other cities may not expect when visiting. They love the game and respect the opposing fans. What they don’t respect are the neutrals! For us or against us, take a stand and defend your position. Had my wife and mother-in-law been sheepish and tried to blend in the plan may have backfired. A couple of Sox fans caught cheering for a Big Papi home run could’ve resulted in ridicule from Yankees fans...“You’re here from Boston and didn’t have the courage to show the flag?... Shame.” Thanks to some diehard Yankees fans, a valuable lesson was learned. First, Yankees fans are classy and represent some of the best of our American pastime. Second, if you’re going to take a stand, make one. As they say “go big or go home.” And third, if you’re my wife, definitely grab my advice with a grain of salt.
1903 New York Highlanders
THE THUNDER ROLLS
New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox
As we enter one of my favorite seasons of the year, I’m hoping to take in a few games. But there’s another option for serious Yankees fans wanting to get the ballpark experience for a bit less money than a typical game in the Bronx. This is on my particular list this season. This littleknown option is about an hour down the turnpike on the Jersey side in Trenton. The Trenton Thunder are the official New York Yankees Double-A club, and they’ve had greats like Jeter and A-Rod take the field while going through rehab before rejoining the club in the Bronx. My friend Jeff Hurley is the General Manager of the team. Together with my Chasing News colleague, Jessica Nutt, we’ve thrown out first pitches, participated in “Pork Roll” eating contests (yes, I took on world famous eating champion Joey Chestnut, and that’s quite a story for another day) and received pitching ‘lessons’ from the pitching staff. It’s an easy trip from the Turnpike to Route 195 which almost leads right to the ballpark. Easy parking, inexpensive tickets and future and current New York Yankees stars all within earshot of your seat in one of the league’s nicest and most fan-friendly minor league parks. We’ll be back this year at the park to enjoy another great season of baseball. When you get to the park, ask for Jeff and tell him you heard about the “Thunder Dog” from me. It’s a ballpark specialty that really should make its way to Yankee Stadium. Oversized hot dog on a sub roll, melted cheese, and slices of Trenton’s own fried pork roll. It’s delicious and filling. And in Trenton, it won’t break the bank. Of course, you don’t ever have to leave the Big Apple to enjoy a great season of baseball, but the AA affiliates can provide you with a great afternoon getaway. Then you’re back on the turnpike to the comfort of the greatest city in the world. •
Bill Spadea is the top-rated morning drive host in New Jersey on NJ 101.5 FM as well as the Ringleader/Host on Chasing News which airs weeknights on FOX 5 and My9 in New York. Before he got into TV and radio, he was a successful real estate executive, political strategist and served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Spadea graduated Boston University and has been married to his wife Jodi for 22 years. They have two kids and live in Princeton, NJ. MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 91
ENTREPRENEUR’S CORNER By Lori Simmons Zelenko
or York Street Studio it’s always about perfect proportions, a graceful balance of style that integrates modern flair with classic lines whether space is a library made luxurious with leather walls or a kitchen updated with new cabinetry and decorative hardware. YSS offers design solutions both luxe and practical. Steering the aesthetic of YSS’s interiors with perfect vision, Linda Zelenko, owner of this exceptional design studio, began her career as a shoe designer, one of the few genuinely understanding the properties of leather, working with Charles Jourdan in France to learn the actual value of artistry. Green leather tile
Painter ridge livingroom
QUALITY ALL THE WAY York Street Studio collaborates with a host of decorators and architects from top tier firms like New York City-based S.R. Gambrel, Inc. to Richard Beard Architects in San Francisco and Tichenor & Thorp in Los Angeles—as well as up and coming designers here and around the world. York Street’s bespoke craftsmanship appears in the commercial sphere as well: their craftsmanship enhances the Smythson leather goods store on Madison Avenue and also at the World Trade Center location. Founded originally in the late 1980s by Stephen Piscuskas, Linda Zelenko’s late husband, whose design sensibility and exceptionally skilled craftsmanship were a vital force in shaping the studio, YSS began with a focus on furniture, cabinetry and woodworking with an unusual eye for scale and proportion. Under Linda Zelenko’s guidance, the firm has evolved into an atelier fueled by artisan talent, rare in this technological age. When custom furniture is designed and an interior collaboration begun, the architectural detail of the space is considered: The flow of the apartment, the lifestyle of the client. Also taken into consideration is how they utilize the space. All these factors carry weight in deciding whether how York Street Studio grasps and designs what is just right for the client’s environment. Is the client entertaining a great deal or seeking a quiet library as a sanctuary? For the socially-focused customer, a “gorgeous” formal dining room table would be the right fit vs. a leather-paneled library for the client seeking solitude or quiet, intimate gatherings. There is no detail overlooked in creating what Linda Zelenko refers to as an “integrated interface” the ways York Street can enliven a space with user-friendly design as well as exquisitely crafted accessories. Whether it be contrasting textures and materials rendered in lighting, hardware or leather trays, York Street Studio’s way of creating an overall aesthetic simply feels great. What could add more artisan allure to even the most classic of spaces than the way the studio uses the rich texture of leather for walls, kitchen backsplashes, powder rooms, entire environments as well as just the luxe touch of cabinet drawer faces? 92 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
Stainless steel kitchen
Leather bedrooms paneling
SAVVY TIPS For a new or renovating homeowner, York Street Studio offers a few helpful tips: • Assure comfort in every space, every detail. Don’t opt for a piece of furniture or a design element that may look good but isn’t going to put you at ease. • Consider your lifestyle when you work with a designer or an architect. Share the way you like to live with them. Love their vision but make sure that your design partners have a clear understanding of how you live your life. • Determine a realistic budget for your interior with professional input and try to stick to it. Overspending may not always be necessary, but under-budgeting is also problematic. • Realize that little things can make a big difference. Maybe retrofitting a kitchen with a paint job, a leather backsplash and new drawer pulls or door knobs, i.e. decorative hardware, is the way to go instead of a complete renovation. But whether you’re starting from scratch, or upgrading what’s already there, be aware that there is no detail too small to overlook. • Avoid delays. Get started when you have paperwork cleared. A project can derail if what’s proposed may look great but not meet appropriate approvals. Time usually equals money.
MADE IN AMERICA
The York Street Studio distinctive signature: Alternating textures, combining leather with unusual wood or an unexpected metal finish, adds the YSS “stamp” to furniture and interiors. Every element of York Street’s work is Made in America. Each project Linda Zelenko sees from a 360 perspective: “We consider lifestyle, budget, and the personal aesthetic of the client. Is their focus antiques and traditional style? Or are they concerned with modern materials like glass or metal and want to go for a very contemporary look?” Linda explains. “Not every architect is deeply involved with how people live so we find often York Street Studio becomes a bridge, suggesting a perspective or direction that’s highly personalized, synchronized with the daily routine of the client’s life as well as their design sensibility.” She adds, “We work closely with the architect or designer, able to share valuable insights. Our role is to enhance the interior design with the goal of maximizing the potential of the space.”
Orange Storage Box
Seeking to be as innovative as possible, York Street Studio is as Linda Zelenko likes to say a “pragmatic” expression of her one of a kind aesthetic merging modern with traditional, classic with edgy, balancing artisan-crafted furnishings and an eye for a design statement that’s like no other. Dedicated to being the best of the best, YSS stays true to creating and manufacturing the most exceptional products— furniture, hardware, lighting, sophisticated lifestyle accessories—that just make life a little more comfortable, beautiful, unique. What York Street offers is a necessary luxury, never strictly utilitarian. For more information on York Street Studio, visit yorkstreet.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. • Lori Simmons Zelenko is the founder of LSZ COMMUNICATIONS. To drive sales and buzz, visit lzelenko.wixsite.com/lsz-communications or call 917-693-8602. ©2017 Lori Zelenko, All Rights Reserved. (Photo credit for portrait of Lori Zelenko: Leonardo de Vega) MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 93
MY NEW YORK STORY By Sharon Volpe
orn in New York City (and raised in Westchester), was perfect for someone like me. And because I loved the creative arts, it provided the backdrop to dance, theater, music, and art galleries. I was also fortunate to have a family who supported whatever artistic medium suited me at the time. Whether it was art shows, watching me dance in productions, or paying for my drawing training, they knew New York City was always calling out to me. I studied Graphic Design at The School of Visual Arts on 23rd Street and then went on to obtain an MFA in Illustration from Fashion Institute of Technology. All the while, my personal projects, were aimed to combine my love of dance, sports movement, and design. In the end, my love of people and showing them in an artistic way through many varied mediums.
EXPRESS YOURSELF Last June, I showcased a new series titled Bodies in Motion at the FIT gallery which encompassed a compilation of work that included a large mural, smaller art prints, products and a clothing line representing every type of movement. Take away the sticks, balls or the stage, and whatâ€™s left is each figure is doing what they do bestâ€”using their body as a tool to express themselves. A year later, Bodies in Motion has been featured and promoted by renowned dancers and choreographers, including Melissa Ramos of the Brooklynettes Dance Team. Bodies in Motion was a very long, thought-out project that required I spend a lot of time drawing figures in action with matte India ink and not allowing myself the privilege of erasing. This is where New York City was so beneficial to my work. I often sat in front of the window of classes going on at Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey, and Steps on Broadway. Many of the choreographers took an interest in my project and allowed me to film. In fact, one excellent choreographer at Broadway Dance Center, Carlos Neto, took to the idea and gave me a lot of access to his classes. He even modeled my first samples and promoted the work to his students. I also have studied other artists who are known for figurative work such as Henri Matisse, Jean Jullien, and Jamie Lee Reardin. Coincidentally, it happened that Lincoln Center was showcasing the art of Jamie Lee Reardin for the Spring 2016 New York City Ballet Season through its posters and social media platforms; it was so great having so much to inspire me right here in New York City. 94 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | MAY 2017
POP-UP OPPORTUNITIES Of course, I also love to paint portraits, and I take advantage of the many pop-up art shows. It provides artists a chance to demonstrate their work and get feedback—mostly positive—to get a sense of encouragement they need to continue their craft. It’s challenging being an artist; sometimes, there are long droughts before someone may buy your work. Getting involved in pop-up shows has encouraged me to make my work better. Two pop-ups that have been instrumental to me are Fantasy in Color, run by Rob Ayala, which offers artists a chance to hang their art bi-monthly in Harlem and Mad Gallery which is seasonal and the artists must be selected. Nevertheless, whether juried or open, meeting other artists and people who frequently come to these shows will often make me feel like I belong to a community. I try to get involved in events as much as possible where I can showcase my diverse talent of painting and creating wearable art and products. I recently was a featured artist and vendor at an art event titled ANTILEMONADE, dedicated to all things Beyoncé and Rihanna. My portrait of Beyoncé was used to highlight the event in The Village Voice!
Besides making my own art, I teach studio art at Queens Vocational and Technical High School in Long Island City. Art is mandatory in high school, so I do my best to weave in themes that my students will find engaging all while learning new techniques such as perspective, inking, hatching and color theory. My student’s work has been featured in many shows supported by Arts Connection and The New York City Department of Education. Recently two of the thirteen artists featured at a gallery show at Price Waterhouse Coopers were from my classes. When I am not painting, or teaching, I love to dance at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. I also enjoy New York’s professional sports and attend as many games as I can. Now with baseball season in high gear, I can quickly jump on the No. 7 to Citi Field to see my beloved Mets! Let’s Go Mets! • Sharon Volpe’s work can be viewed on Instagram @ sharonvolpeartwork or purchased at Sharon Volpe Artwork (shopsharonvolpeartwork.com). This site also lists accomplishments, various projects, and links to artwork and products currently on sale. MAY 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 95
15 MINUTES WITH MARK DRENDEL By Baruch Shemtov
an’s best friend has accompanied us on adventures for eternity, but now Fido is getting a chance at being just as stylish as we are. A growing marketplace of dog clothing and accessories offers endless options when it comes to putting together a doggy wardrobe, head to paw. In New York, Canine Styles has been outfitting dogs since 1959, and have expanded to three locations around the city. With some of the luckiest canines arriving daily “to be dressed up,” owner Mark Drendel has developed a philosophy for pampering dogs and keeping them happy. Do dogs have a sense of style? Most definitely. Do not underestimate the power of a dog’s sense of style. If the dog doesn’t want to wear it, the dog will let you know. What are the components of the perfect canine wardrobe? Collar and harness or lead aside, it’s the same as yours: A balance of style and substance. The perfect raincoat, sweaters, and coats in a variety of weights that reflect your look, and some nonutilitarian pieces just for the sheer glamor value. Not all dogs may wear boots or cashmere, but every dog needs something if only the perfect collar. How does Canine Styles approach doggy fashion? First and foremost, the style can never impede function. If the dog is unhappy, off it comes. We trend classic, understated fashions for dogs rather than the bling. All dogs have a look, and their breed or mix dictates a lot of what is appropriate. You just have to be sensitive to their reactions. What is the most extravagant item you’ve ever created for a dog? Very likely a fantastic ostrich skin dog carrier with brass fittings and cashmere interior. We’ve also created many luxurious carriers, collars and leads in all sorts of exotic materials. As canine fashion becomes more popular, what are the biggest trends that you’re noticing? The strongest trend at the moment is taking its cue from sportswear: stretch, breathable materials, water and heat resistance, active wear with flair. At Canine Styles we lean toward reinterpreting the classics, cable knits, and traditional plaids. But we never stop exploring in our two collections annually. For more information on Canine Styles, visit caninestyles.com. •
MARK DRENDEL’S FAVORITES A doggy treat? Dr. Becker’s. A dog gift? A Canine Styles custom gift basket. Dinner for your dog? People change their dogs’ food too often: pick a high-quality vet recommended brand and stick with it. A celebration of your dog? Your dog should be celebrated every day. Does your dog not greet you with the same, ecstatic unconditional love every time they see you? We should at least aspire to a level of reciprocity that we will never meet. That is why we love our dogs. Baruch Shemtov is a New York-based television reporter. A graduate of Harvard College, Baruch has interviewed a long list of leaders and stars including Senator John McCain, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Tom Cruise, Ryan Seacrest, Yo-Yo Ma, and many more. Baruch grew up in the City and is passionate about everything the Big Apple has to offer. Visit Baruch Shemtov at baruch.tv.
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