Vol. 6 #8 | November/December 2020
LIEBERMAN A C O N V E R S AT I O N WITH THE ARTIST
LIFE & STYLE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
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12 From The Publisher 15 Jacques Lieberman: A Conversation With The Artist 21 Ottomanelli & Sons: A Cut Above The Rest
STYLE 27 Life & Style: Holiday Gift Guide 2020 34 Angelo David Salon: Revolutionizes The Beauty Business 36 Tech Talk: Snowsports Go High-Tech
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HEALTH & WELLNESS 56 Winter Wellness Myths: Separating Fact From Fiction 58 Wisdom For The Ages: A New Alternative For Midlifers 60 Dr. Roy Davidovitch: From The Hip
FOOD & DRINK 62 63 64 66 68
Restaurant Review: The Yacht Club Great Bites: A Holiday Adventure For The Palate MarieBelle Chocolates: A Taste Of Luxury & Elegance Holiday Celebrations: Wines For Your Holiday Table Fine Spirits And Their Animal Connection
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On Stage: BroadwayHD For The Holidays! On The Small Screen Omnium: A Bold New Circus Elizabeth Chan: The Magic Of Christmas In Song
PETS 78 80 82 85 88
Spoiling Your Holiday Hounds Gifts For The Dog Lover On Your List A Catalicious Holiday Penguins In Peril Bonne Et Filou: Discover The Sweetest Treats
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OUR CONTRIBUTORS LISA B. LEWIS Lisa began her career with Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. She earned a master’s degree in Clown/ Circus History from NYU. During the same period, she co-founded the Super Scientific Circus, a STEAMbased series of six shows which tour the country using Circus Skills to make science accessible for all learning styles.
Vol. 6 #8 | November/December 2020 President / Publisher BILL MASON
Lisa performed with the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit and inspired by the efforts to serve new audiences, she became project coordinator for Circus of the Senses, a performance adapted for blind, visually impaired, Deaf, hard of hearing and those with cognitive challenges. The former Big Apple Circus engaged her as Director of Community Programs. Lisa expanded both offerings and audiences, created an inclusive training program. Community programs became the pinnacle of the brand. With global pandemic comes essential change. Now it’s for Omnium: Bold New Circus. TINA MULQUEEN Ti na is t he fou nd e r of Ki nd re d PR , an aw ard winning communications agency representing clients i n te ch nol o g y, me d i a, and entertainment. She writes and speaks about sustainable marketing and entrepreneurship practices and founded a non-profit, Cause Influence, to expand the reach of important social causes. She has been named one of the top young communications professionals by INC Magazine and one of FOLIO: Magazine’s Top Women in Media for 2020. Her writing has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post and Thrive Global and her work has been referenced in Adweek, Entrepreneur and Grit Daily, among others. When she’s not running her company, she enjoys traveling in pursuit of the world’s best wines. STACEY ZABLE Stacey Zable is an awardw i n ning ve te r an e d itor i a l professional with experience writing for both print and online publications. She has held senior staff positions at the industry’s top travel trade publications, and has freelanced for some of the most popular consumer travel magazines. Stacey has written about most destinations around the world, with a focus on cruises, luxury travel, spas, and family travel. Visit her website at staceyzable.com.
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ith the holidays fast approaching and pivoting being the new norm, I’ll let you in on a conversation I had the other day with a close friend who is also my art director. He stressed not to get caught up in a doom and gloom letter about how the pandemic’s effects will put a damper on this holiday’s atmosphere because there’s so much of that out there already. I’m taking his good advice and acting upon it. So, to all the media covering stories like Santa is skipping Macy’s for the first time in 159 years or there will be no Miracle on 34th Street this year, I’m going a different route by way of the North Pole to show that the Christmas Spirit is not only alive and kicking but more evident and stronger than ever. Let’s always remember NYC is hands down the absolute best magical place to be during the holidays. Some of the easiest and traditional thoughts that instinctively come to mind are the twinkling of lights and one-of-a-kind displays in the department store windows, the seasonal smell of roasted chestnuts on every street corner, or even a romantic horse and carriage ride under a warm winter blanket with your loved one on a crisp winter night through the famous paths of Central Park. And surprisingly enough, the Winter Village in Bryant Park is open for ice skating while jamming to some holiday tunes. Afterward, grab a cup of hot chocolate and do some shopping throughout the village for that perfect impulse buy you didn’t realize you needed. This year, some of us will be taking a less traditional path to enjoy the Holiday Spirit. Sharing in ways that will have a huge impact on someone else’s life will make a difference. Volunteer your time. It’s a perfect opportunity to share your extra time off with fellow New Yorkers in need. Some organizations like City Harvest and Meals on Wheels are looking to ramp up on additional food rescue operators. Another direct way is through donating, and I’m not speaking about money. I’m talking about simple things that could have a huge impact on an adult or child such as a coat you haven’t worn for years that is just hanging in a closet and could be donated to the 2020 Coat Drive. Maybe even an extra blanket you don’t use which will keep someone else warm. This act of kindness is in each of us and what Christmas Spirit is all about. When all of that’s done, here’s a hint on how to relax and enjoy the warmth of the season you feel. Go to On Demand on your cable box, search the words “Yule Log,” and you will find hours of holiday music playing as your TV screen transforms into a crackling fireplace. Then sit back, put your feet up, and grab a cup of hot chocolate, or even a glass of scotch and relax. I’m telling you from experience. It’s perfect. I look forward to next year and sharing new ideas and topics with you in the pages of New York Lifestyles and Pet Lifestyles magazines. Have a Healthy and Happy Holiday. P.S: I just want to wish my wonderful wife a Happy Anniversary and say thanks for a great 18 years and many more.
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JACQUES LEIBERMAN A CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTIST By Patricia Canole Photography by Neil Tandy | Hair & Makeup by John Edington for Angelo David Salon
acques Liebermanâ€™s brilliantly hued artworks are unique and have won him a huge and appreciative audience from the artistic world. However, it was not the easy journey for this incredible talent. A Jewish refugee from Antwerp, Belgium, Jacques escaped to several countries before landing in Brooklyn in 1959, where he enrolled in school to study architecture. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 15
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He later moved to Manhattan and continued his painting. His works were well-received. With this success he quit his job to become a full-time artist and gallery manager. Then, in 1988, the revolutionary Adobe Photoshop was introduced. Jacques quickly realized he could use the same color palettes and geometric design capabilities to create colorful art in a fraction of the time it took him to create a painting. His prints caught the attention of many art lovers. In fact, Jacques is one of the first artists to usher in the digital age of art. Today, Jacques Lieberman enjoys his career successes with his wife Maribel (of MarieBelle Chocolates) and his daughter Angelina. New York Lifestyles sat down with the artist to learn more about his fascinating life and what he sees for the future. Tell us about your childhood years in war-torn Europe and your move to Israel. I was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and quickly became a young Jewish refugee of the Second World War. My parents fled to Puisserguier, France, in 1940. Soon after, when the Nazis invaded, my parents decided to send me away with an underground network of French people hiding and protecting Jewish refugees throughout the country. At the age of six, I kissed my family goodbye. It was the last time I would ever see them. I spent the war years with a French Protestant family who hid me. After the war ended, I moved to Switzerland, where I reunited with cousins and other relatives from France. After four years, I moved to a Kibbutz in Israel. Yet another move. This time to New York City, where you call home. What were your first impressions when you first arrived? After ten years in Israel, I came to New York to study architecture and design at Pratt Institute. My interest in art grew, and I heard that many artists established their studios in Soho; therefore, I wanted to see what it was all about. Soho was where I opened my first gallery and has been my home ever since. I still believe that Soho is one of the most artistic neighborhoods in New York City. What were your earliest memories and your exposure to the arts? When I was hiding in France, my family, who adopted me, gifted me a box of colored pencils. Gifts were not common in the household, so I was static about this gift. Every day I would sketch drawings that expressed the fear I felt. The drawings were my only outlet; my parents were gone, I was alone, hiding, wishing I could live a normal life. Art was the one thing I could hold onto after everything was taken away from me. Everywhere I went, I held my box of colored pencils. When my daughter turned five years old, I gifted her a box of the same colored pencils, passing on my passion for art.
Was there one person who influenced you the most? Victor Vasarely was my biggest influence. He taught me that art did not have to be representational but rather abstract and contemporary. His use of geometric shapes was fascinating and impacted the Op Art movement. I identified with his art, and I would do anything to go back in time and thank him for inspiring me into the artist I am today. When is your favorite time to create art? When I first began painting, I would wake up at 5 am and start creating colorful shapes on huge canvases. It was the best way to start my morning. When Apple introduced the Macintosh, I was one of the first artists to use that computer with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Painter to create art. I was addicted to it; I would work 18 hours a day, starting at 2 am. Once I even worked for 24 hours straight. Art is the best way to start the morning. How would you describe your art? My art doesn’t represent anything other than itself. I can’t even describe my art or replicate it. Every piece is unique. That’s why I love it. Today, artists are going down other avenues to showcase their works— including exhibiting at hotels, restaurants, and other venues. Have you ever considered this? What’s interesting is until now, I have never promoted my art. Art is my passion and creating always came before selling. The fact that people want to see my art is incredibly heartwarming because I create art for people to love and be happy when they see it. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 17
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I am fascinated with geometric shapes, and painting allows me to create shapes of all sizes and colors. Tell us more about today’s art scene in NYC? Most art galleries moved from Soho to Chelsea; many young artists are extremely talented and make me excited for the next generation of artists in New York City. Although many galleries have moved, I still believe Soho is as artistic as it was in the ‘80s and ‘90s. What are your inspirations/reference points for creating art? I adore shapes of all colors and sizes. With my background in architecture, I have learned about lines and how specific shapes complement each other. I love creating abstract art that doesn’t have a deeper meaning. Have you ever considered working in different media? Architecture has always been a passion of mine. I would love to work with sculpting and create abstract work. What is it that draws you personally to painting? I am fascinated with geometric shapes, and painting allows me to create shapes of all sizes and colors. If I make a mistake, I can paint over it and create a new shape. The possibilities are endless! What is your ideal studio setup? Is it small and confined? Or an airy loft-like situation? My ideal studio setup is a large New York City loft, with huge windows—there needs to be light. All I need is a desk and a computer, no furniture, I need a space where ideas can flow.
JACQUES UPCLOSE You don’t leave home without… My pug, Willow. Favorite Museum? The Cooper Hewitt Museum. Drink of Choice? MarieBelle Dark Hot Chocolate. Favorite way to relax? Create art. Favorite getaway? East Hampton. What book are you reading now? Presently I’m writing my own biography.
What projects are you presently working on? I am working on my own collection of silk and wool rugs handmade by village artists in Katmandu. The collection will depict my works of art. I am excited about this project. Not only am I using a different medium but it is a team effort with artists from Katmandu who have made the thread from scratch dye to fabricate the rug. I am also doing a collaboration of my art with MarieBelle Chocolates. My art will not only look beautiful on chocolate, but one will be able to taste it! Your wife, Maribel, of MarieBelle Chocolates is the famed chocolatier with her signature artistic designs. Does your daughter, Angelina, show any artistic endeavors? Art is an extremely important trait in our household. My daughter Angelina is an incredibly talented and dedicated pianist with over 11 years of experience. It is a family tradition to paint together once a week. It connects our family, especially in these uncertain times. I am blessed to have a wife and daughter who are both extremely talented and love the arts. For more information on Jacques Lieberman and his art, visit Jleditions.com. • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 19
OTTOMANELLI & SONS A CUT ABOVE THE REST
By Patricia Canole Photography by Neil Tandy | Hair & Makeup by John Edington for Angelo David Salon
hen knowing New Yorkers think of Ottomanelli meats, their first thought after that is quality. As one of the last professional butchers in the city, it is how they sell steaks, lamb and wild game that sets Ottomanelli apart from other meat purveyors. “Old school to the bone,” is how third-generation owner Frank Ottomanelli describes the business, when the first Ottomanelli began selling cured meats from a pushcart at the turn of the last century.
Tatiana Ottomanelli (daughter), Frank Ottomanelli
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Tatiana Ottomanelli (daughter), Frank Ottomanelli, Mary Ottomanelli (mother), Francine Kunkel (sister)
The year was 1900 when Gennaro Ottomanelli arrived in America from Bari, Italy, and soon began selling cured meats from a pushcart in the West Village. At a time when pushcarts lined the streets and were typical sources for New Yorkers to obtain food, Gennaro’s hard work paid off. With the success of his growing business, Gennaro and his family often went back to his birthplace to visit. On one of those trips from Italy to New York, Onofrio Ottomanelli was born in 1917. When he was three, his parents traveled back to Italy, where he grew to learn skills that would remain with him for the rest of his life. “It was my grandmother who taught him the skills needed to butcher,” Frank told us. With his honed skills and determination in hand, Onofrio returned to New York in 1937, taking a job at his uncle’s butcher shop in Yorkville. In the 1940s Onofrio opened O. Ottomanelli & Sons at 238 Bleecker Street. That location was perfect; twenty years later, he relocated a few doors down to the store’s present-day address. Eventually, a Yorkville store would take on the Ottomanelli name and go by Ottomanelli Brothers. Then came S. Ottomanelli & Sons Prime Meats in Woodside, Queens. While “all in the family,” the businesses remain amicably separate. Onofrio distinguished himself from other local butchers and along with his brothers, provided both quality meats and game as well as superior personal service. One of those brothers, a young Salvatore, often delivered orders regularly to customers throughout Manhattan. One such delivery was to playwright Arthur Miller, who at the time was living on 57th Street. One day, a gorgeous blonde appeared at the door. Salvatore later found out it was Marilyn Monroe. Onofrio and his wife had eight children, with four of the sons later working at the Bleecker Street store until his death twenty years ago. Like any good father, he taught his sons well. Frank remembers how his father, Salvatore, would instruct “how to scrape meat from the bones.” But it was not easy. He was young, and Frank remembers his father trying to encourage his son to learn the trade. To accomplish this, Salvatore persuaded his young son with a stop at the donut shop to sweeten the deal. It worked!
The Ottomanelli name has survived as they have sliced and diced their way through lean times, eras of excess, the rise and fall of dietary whims… THE TRADITION CONTINUES
Frank credits Onofrio with being ahead of his time in many respects. The market was the first to offer fresh game. At the time when his grandfather introduced buffalo meat to New Yorkers, some fifty years ago, the New York Daily News reported on this new food sensation. Today, Ottomanelli’s offers not only wild game, but exotic meats, including alligator, kangaroo, elk, and even python. “One day, a loyal customer came in looking for rattlesnake for his Thanksgiving dinner table,” Frank recalled. No request is ever too much, he added. The customer placed his order and left happy. Like his father, Frank only buys hanging meat—never boxed. A typical day starts early in the early morning—4:30 am is not unheard of—to fulfill orders and visit wholesale meat markets in Brooklyn and the Bronx. “I’m dealing with some of the same vendors that my father dealt with in the 1940s,” said Frank. “We’ve been doing it so long and have relationships going back four and five generations. That means that we get to select the best quality.”
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Not surprisingly, S. Ottomanelli & Sons Prime Meats—as with all Ottomanelli markets—is a great place to get advice on which cuts to buy and how to cook them. For example, if burgers are on your menu, they will suggest a blend of meats for you, and will grind it on the spot. If you are planning a stew, they’ll suggest the perfect meat to purchase. The Ottomanelli name has survived as they have sliced and diced their way through lean times, eras of excess, the rise and fall of dietary whims like the soy-loving ’70s and present-day Keto diets. All things are taken in stride with unflustered, steady hands. Frank said his partnerships with small farmers result in a customer who can choose from a conscientious delight of lamb, veal, and pork, as well as free-range birds. In essence, it’s an art that bridges the wide gap between the animal in the field and the kitchen. Today, a fourth-generation is blooming. Earlier this year, Frank suffered a bout with COVID-19 and was unable to work. Faced with this dilemma and the possibility of laying off his employees during the pandemic, his 21-year-old daughter, Tatiana, stepped up and saved the day. “She was amazing at the way she coordinated and managed the market to remain open so effortlessly,” said Frank. That included the market continuing to service many New Yorkers who have been waiting the pandemic out on the East End of Long Island, with delivery all the way to Montauk. “It’s good to know the Ottomanelli tradition will continue.”
Frank says that his grandfather was ahead of his time in many respects. The market was the first to offer fresh game when no one else did. THE DIGITAL AGE
“Right now, people are thinking about their health. They want premium quality all-natural meats that are antibiotic-free, steroid-free, and growthhormone free,” said Frank. “I am making it easy for New Yorkers who are concerned about going into a shop right now to access that. “Go online and order a prime-aged porterhouse steak—or any specialty item—and you’ll always receive Ottomanelli’s signature custom service right up to delivery to your door. Your meat will be fresh cut and delivered same day by an Ottomanelli driver. That’s why when you buy an Ottomanelli steak, you’re buying a taste of New York history.” For more information on S. Ottomanelli & Sons Prime Meats, visit ottomanelli.com. •
Joe Alvich, Frank Ottomanelli, Andrew Clarke
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Coco Reef Resort – Bermuda’s Premiere Destination
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LIFE & STYLE
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2020 By Griffin Miller
he season of good cheer is finally is upon us and I can’t help but feel the song “We Need a Little Christmas” (from the musical Mame) is all kinds of 2020 poignant, especially the lyrics, “And We Need a Little Snappy/Happy Ever After/Need a Little Christmas Now.” So grab some eggnog and join me as I run holiday amok, starting with Hanukkah on December 10th. Christmas (I think you know this one by heart), and Kwanzaa on the 26th. And while we’re on the subject of partridges in pear trees and dreidels spinning their way to chocolate coins, let’s remember to binge on favorite holiday flicks, embrace the warmth of family and good friends, shop for amazing presents (just turn the page to get started), and ring in a most Happy Ever After New Year! NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 27
FOR HER SCENT FROM ITALY Jasmine Leather, Eau D’Italie’s latest fragrance arrives on the holiday scene accompanied by a fascinating history dating back to the Florentine Renaissance. Evidently, back then it was customary to scent gloves, vests, and other leather items. Topping the list of essences was Jasmine, found to pair bewitchingly with leather. Today, notes of elemi, saffron, patchouli and cedar ensure Jasmine Leather will be one of the season’s most coveted new fragrances! Info: beautyfrontier.com.
STYLE WISE Bangs with their own frizz agenda set me on the path to find a flat iron that would keep them from going rogue, but when I let my hair grow I wanted a tool that could also curl. NuMe’s Megastar Hair Straightener has lived up to its multi-thumbs up reputation on both counts, as well with such added tame-and-shine goodies as infrared heat and an ion booster. That said, all that’s left is to ask yourself: “Who wouldn’t want stellar hair?” Selfie time is now! Info: numehair.com.
When I was growing up, every Christmas a new pair of slippers would be waiting for me under the tree. Having let tradition slip through the cracks, I’ve decided to share the slipper convention with my favorite people this year vis a vis Nauseni, a socially savvy company known for its wool felt slippers handcrafted in Nepal exclusively by female artisans. High-quality and cozy, Nauseni’s slippers also reflect Nepal’s cultural heritage. Info: nauseni.org.
Sometimes only the crème de la crème will do, and following an informal poll of my besties, the consensus is that makeup brushes should come with a flawless guarantee. Veil Cosmetics Pro-OnThe-Go Brush Set—an assemblage of five indispensable tools—is spot on. The quintet of buffer, foundation, cheek, concealer, and lip brushes, with cruelty-free, faux-mink bristles (mega-soft!), not only do their job impeccably, they have “the look” aka trendyclassic! Info: veilcosmetics.com.
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TO HAVE AND TO HOLD
While evening bags are sized for credit card, lipstick and phone, day bags are way bigger. Make that, were. Due to shorter jaunts and more at home time, “less is more” is now key. Still, we have stuff. Marcher’s Pia and customizable Petite Pia clutches to the en vogue rescue! Exquisite lines, European leather, posh linings, and space+ for essentials make Pia a knockout must-have. Do not hesitate to gift and/or treasure—truly a five-star find! Info: marcherstudio.com.
Looking for an ingenious way to dazzle Mom or your BFF? Consider the limited-edition Spa Girl Spritzer Set featuring a 750ML bottle of Spa Girl Cocktails Vodka, a 375ML bottle of StGermain Elderflower Liqueur, and a 1-liter crystal carafe. As for the cocktail itself, this mixologist dream drink—crisply decadent, bubbles included—is free from excessive sugar, carbs, and calories. Even the presentation is beguiling—all in all, the whole package. Cheers! Info: spagirlcocktails.com.
DESIGNED WITH PRIDE
To steal from Monty Python: “And now for something completely different…” Moonglow Jewelry’s belief that every moment has a moon. The site even helps you find the moon phase that matches a special date corresponding to several stunning pieces. My wedding anniversary led me to Lovers in the Locket necklace (two Swarovski crystals wrapped in a circle of rose gold). In short, expect to find a piece that unlocks a meaningful memory. Info: moonglow.com.
Even though Piccolina’s Trailblazer Tees were originally created “For Little Ones Who Dream Big,” their inspirational artistry now comes in adult sizes and if your nice list includes a mom, grandma, teacher, etc., you’ll so want to explore this wearable portrait collection celebrating historic female visionaries like Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jane Goodall, Maya Angelou and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Extra points if you go for mommy & me tees! Info: piccolinakids.com.
The Buzz: The Ricoh Theta SC2 360-degree camera is pegged to be a white-hot seller this holiday season. The Reasons: It’s user-friendly (not just for pros and perfectionists), highperformance, high-res and adaptable. Also, it’s sharable, with rapid wireless transfer. All this in a lithe, hand-held body with multi-functional display. The tech info is well laid out on the website and I urge you to check out Face Mode, Night View, and Lens-by-Lens Exposure. Info: theta360.com.
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FOR HIM ON POINT The nostalgic thrill that comes from stepping away from the keyboard and picking up a classic writing instrument is both palpable and powerful—totally the case when I penned my way across a crisp sheet of paper with a fountain pen from FaberCastell’s Hexo Collection (named for his hexagonal aluminum shaft and cap). Also in ballpoint and rollerball, these pens are, well, inspired! Info:fabercastell.com
WRITE AWAY Once you’re ready to gift a posh pen, might I suggest partnering it with an equally posh journal? Hadron Epoch Light Steel Grid Journal is my personal choice with its linen stock, contemporary grid format, back pocket and timeless cover. Its enticing bullet format—for quick notations, ideas, and planning—also shines when composing the first paragraph of the novel you’ve been noodling with for ages. Info: hadronepoch.com.
Unique becomes a rather flimsy adjective when attached to Taft’s Rome Boots, each pair boasting a seminal design, the leather enhanced by four staggeringly different coats of paint and stain. Made in Spain or Portugal, the boots are given life by “generational shoemakers” who clearly pride themselves on perfection. As for style, think casual, formal, you name it. Info: taftclothing.com.
Man cave ready or family friendly, welcome to Amazon’s All New Fire TV Stick. With Alexa Voice Remote, this new device amps up your apps and TV volume as it serves up half-a-million films and TV episodes. This latest edition (upping the ante 50% from its previous incarnation), is billed as “Struggle-free, tinker-free and stress-free”—I concur, and that’s saying something coming from stress central! Info: amazon.com/amazon-devices.
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When it comes to shaving, it appears the 1800s were well ahead of the 2000s. To wit, instead of clunky, eco-dubious aerosol cans, savvy retro dudes simply lathered up a shave bar (by hand or brush) and zingo! It’s razor time. Unwrapped Life Shave Bars have brought back this compact cost-saving item (1 bar equals 3 canisters) and the end result is an amazing combo of close, clean shave, and hydrated skin. Two thumbs up! Info: uwrappedlife.com
Patio Chef Update: Cuisinart’s Deluxe 20-Piece Grill Set gives pros and wannabes the wherewithal to razzle-dazzle guests with steaks, hot dogs, vegan burgers, corn-on-the-cob, or any other sizzling idea/recipe on the menu. Smartly organized with stateof-the-barbecue panache, the sleek storage case boasts stainless steel tongs, spatula, skewers and more, including a show-stopping digital fork with LED light for dining when the sun goes down. Info: cuisinart.com.
DRY AND MIGHTY Since rain, wind, and snow seem to retain their forecast status every winter, an umbrella that’s wind-resistant and keeps both downpours and snowflakes at bay is imperative. Should it come backpack-size, all the better. The Weatherman Travel Umbrella checks off every box and even provides the techno-fab Weatherman Droplet, an optional Bluetooth tracker with in-app maps to track strays. Lost umbrellas? Fugetaboutit. Info: weathermanumbrella.com.
ALL IN GOOD TIME Wristwatch fanatics are a restless bunch, scouring shops and the Internet for vintage and cutting edge. My latest find, the Thomas Felice Modern Art Collection, marks a singular melding of the artistic and practical. A gallery of interchangeable bands adds colorful panache to a quartet of watch faces named “Art,” “Craft,” “Abstract,” and “Picasso”. Said to be inspired by New York City, these timepieces absolutely capture the city’s vibe! Info: thomasfelice.com.
TWO MUCH OF A GOOD THING If your laptop isn’t multitasking, you totally need SideTrak. Seriously, how did we manage to survive without this staggeringly awesome portable monitor technology that turns a measly onescreen matrix into a two-screen power force that doubles workspace and kicks excessive document overlap to the curb. Sleek and lightweight, SideTrak now comes in a Swivel version that allows it to rotate horizontally or vertically. Wish list complete. Info: sidetrak.com.
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PAWS FOR STORYTIME
The Menagerie of all menageries stands out even with Melissa and Doug’s spectacular world of interactive playtime and toys. Huge, stuffed and staggeringly realistic, these hugalicious companions can be domestic, wild, or fantastical, Good luck picking just one. Info: melissaanddoug.com.
A Very Lappy Christmas by Carolina Henrich is equal parts adventure, teamwork, and love. Starring family of Finnish Lapphunds, recruited to save Christmas when several reindeer go missing, the book is full of heart and sure to become an annual family tradition. Info: happylappies.com.
HOW TO BUILD A BETTER TOY TRAP
What toddler wouldn’t want to build a toy airplane, race car, or even a city? Skipping the dicey sharp edges and tools, Stick-OCity makes it possible with a variety of shapes fitted with rotating magnets that magically take hands-on creativity to new levels! Info: magformers.com.
Winter at Hogwarts is, of course, magical. Which no doubt inspired the wizards and witches at Funko to create Mystery Minis: Harry Potter Snow Globes, an adorable bunch of tiny favorite characters, encased in glass and utterly collectible. Best. Stocking stuffer ever! Info: funko.com.
Tidy kids who enjoy putting toys away— maybe three on the planet, and certainly none that I know. But in the, “OMG, I can actually give the gift of neatness,” corner is Rice by Rice Raffia Toy Baskets, colorful, themed and kids actually love— and use—them! Info: ricebyrice.us. •
FOR KIDS SOUND EFFECTS C olor f u l, fol d abl e, and c ushi ony, LilGadgets Headphones are what kids really, really want, and, since they reduce outside noise and raising the volume, parents are good with them, too. The included SharePort smartly allows kids to share a device but not headphones! Info: lilgadgets.com.
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INCLUSION • DIVERSITY • EXCELLENCE • ACCEPTANCE • LEADERSHIP
The IDEAL Difference
Was your remote learning experience less than IDEAL? An IDEAL option does exist! At The IDEAL School of Manhattan, New York’s only K-12 independent inclusion school, our 2020-21 students have the opportunity to attend in-person at our Upper West Side Campus or online via our exceptional distance learning program. If you are not satisfied with your child’s current school option, we encourage you to consider IDEAL’s unique mission and learning model.
Sign up for a Virtual Open House to learn more about IDEAL’s rigorous and differentiated program, innovative social justice curriculum, and uniquely inclusive community. VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSES LOWER SCHOOL 314 West 91st Street Thursday, November 5, 6 PM Thursday, April 8, 2021, 9 AM UPPER SCHOOL 270 West 89th Street Tuesday November 17, 6 PM Thursday, April 15, 2021, 9 AM KINDERGARTEN Friday, November 13, 10 AM Friday, April 23, 10 AM
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ANGELO DAVID SALON REVOLUTIONIZES THE BEAUTY BUSINESS By Ann Grenier
hen people come to Angelo David Salon, they can expect to leave with hair they never thought possible. As owner and creative director of Angelo David Salon and one of New York City’s leading authorities on fine and thinning hair, Angelo David Pisacreta is not just a hair illusionist; he is the Vera Wang of couture hair. In 2000, David launched Angelo David Couture Hair Additions™, the world’s finest customized hair solutions that include wigs, hairpieces, extensions, volumizing toppers, clip-on bangs, and ponytails. This, in combination with his specialized hair care products and supplements, is a game-changer in the hair industry—and for women and men who are dealing with hair loss and thinning hair. Treating fine and thinning hair has now become the standard in the hair salon and hair care industry. There are many reasons why hair may begin to thin or fall out, and through 25 years of hands-on experience with people from all walks of life, Angelo has seen it all. Angelo and his team create personalized wigs, toppers, extensions, and fillers that help his clients regain their confidence by giving them the hair they used to have or the hair that they’ve always wanted. Upon arrival, clients a provided a private consultation to understand their concerns and situation. Once a plan is set, a sample of the client’s hair is taken. The 100 percent human hair additions are then designed and tailored to match the clients’ own hair texture, color, shape, and responsiveness. This way, the hair reacts the same way as their natural hair would, from how it naturally dries when wet to how it responds to heat and styling. When clients see themselves in the mirror for the first time with their new hair, the reaction is often emotional. “It’s the main reason why I do what I do,” says Angelo, “We don’t just change people’s hair here. We change people’s lives.”
BEAUTY FROM WITHIN Angelo’s experience with hair loss and hair thinning led him to develop Angelo created Hair Detox® Hair Revival Supplement, a hair and lifestyle supplement that addresses stress and inflammation of the body—two things that trigger hair loss or thinning hair. Hair Detox® is based on the latest science and research on the nutrients and herbs such as keratin, biotin, vitamin B6 and selenium that address these contributors to thinning hair and hair loss. Hair Detox ® gently detoxifies the body, helps minimize nutritional deficiencies, addresses hormonal imbalances, and supports healthy hair growth from within to reveal fuller, thicker hair. Many of Angelo’s clients swear by Hair Detox® because it works from the inside out to address the root cause of their thinning hair problem.
Angelo David Pisacreta in the Salon ©Jaime Pavon
Angelo David Pisacreta ©Jaime Pavon
Angelo is also the creator of The Flex Brush™— the ultimate detangling brush for wet and dry hair that safely detangles hair, massages the scalp, and promotes health and hair growth. The brush’s versatility combined with its flex technology—as recently featured in Good Housekeeping’s Best Beauty Awards 2019 Top-Tested Stylers—make it the most forgiving hairbrush on the market. The Flex Brush™ bends to follow the contours of your head, massaging your scalp and stimulating the production of natural oils. The brush has vents that allow heat to pass through it so that blow drying won’t damage the brush. Located on Madison Avenue, Angelo David Salon boasts a team of highly trained staff members dedicated to making each client feel welcome and appreciated. The full-service salon offers—in addition to thinning hair solutions—the best in cut, color, color correction, and styling. Angelo’s vast experience with hair, hair health, and hair growth led him to realize that hair health issues often begin inside the body, not on the surface. For more information on Angelo David Salon, visit angelodavid.com. •
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SNOWSPORTS GO HIGH-TECH By Will Reed
kiing and snowboarding are expensive undertakings. There is the travel, the clothing, lift tickets, and the obligatory ski-school lessons. Given the cost incurred, there is a natural desire to master the sport, perform well and look good instead of gingerly moving about or being extracted from a snow mound. Thankfully, technology can enhance our precious time on the slopes. Here are a few essentials to really get the most out of your ski/snowboarding this winter. PHOOZY SLOPES OAKLEY Cell Phone Protection You’ve finally nailed a ski weekend and you want to send that selfie, or a group photo— only to find your cell phone has been drained of battery life by the cold. The Phoozy pouch is designed using NASA spacesuit technology and has a unique thermal barrier that protects the cell phone from extreme cold or heat— without affecting its cellular, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi functionality. Phoozy comes in a range of sizes for major phone makers and tablet versions. Info: phoozy.com.
Location Is Everything Get a major boost to your ski and snowboard experience by downloading the Slopes app for iOS and Android cell phones. Once Slopes knows where you are, you press record and get out there; it will tell where you are and detects ski lifts and runs. The premium version adds more stats and 3-D maps to replay your experience. Info: getslopes.com.
Seeing Is Believing Beyond it being too bright on occasion requiring eye protection, that is the only use for eyewear. Wrong. Oakley Prizm Eyewear is a proprietary lens technology specially designed to enhance both color and contrast to provide the wearer with more detail. On the snowboard and ski slopes, this means that these lenses can help you make out the conditions a little more easily and make better decisions as to the route to take. Try the Oakley Flight Deck Goggles with Prizm Persimmon for a high definition visual skiing experience. Info: oakley.com.
Safety First The latest technological development for your head’s safety in the event of a collision is the MIPS liner. Designed to twist with your head inside the helmet in the event of accident versus older helmets, which do not give in on impact, making this a critical safety consideration. The Smith Vantage helmet also keeps your head cool with some 21 vents and their special honeycomb aerocore construction, aiming to improve energy absorption in the event of an impact. Info: smithoptics.com.
Your Own Digital Instructor Ski lessons are expensive. Private lessons, even more so, and the feedback can be very qualitative in nature. Try Carv— sole inserts for your ski boots and a sensor tracker placed outside of each boot to measure how you distribute your weight with 96 pressure points and your movement with accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer—in short, a lot of data! Combine that with a state-of-theart phone app, and you start getting direct feedback on your performance in realtime. Time to learn and ski like a pro. Info: getcarv.com.
Your Own Private Network Is cell reception poor on the slopes? Too many others trying to reach one another and overwhelming a remote cell tower? Here’s Beartooth, which consists of a pack of two transmitters that you sync with your phone to create a private network for you and other Beartooth users—even in the absence of a cell phone network. Not only can you speak with one another, but you can also text, share maps, and location. Very handy in the backcountry. Info: beartooth.com. •
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THIS YEAR-ROUND RESORT OFFERS A QUIET WINTER RESPITE By Stacey Zable
stay at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa in Montauk, N.Y. is a relaxing one any time of year. Spread across 20 acres with a 2,000-foot private beach, the 146-room property is its own luxury getaway located literally at the end of Long Island. A four-season resort, Gurney’s may be the perfect drive-to getaway this holiday season for New Yorkers seeking a change of view. The resort and the town itself are quieter during its off-peak season, enabling guests to unplug. The highlight of Gurney’s Montauk’s seasonal offerings is its Igloo pop-ups available Oct. 15, 2020 through March 31, 2021, on the property’s East Deck. The heated igloos overlook the ocean and boast custom décor, music, specialty cocktails, and menu items based on a theme. This year’s igloo themes include “Haunted Igloos of Hither Hills” available through November. This spooky theme focuses on a couple that checked into Gurney’s over one hundred years ago but never checked out. “The Big Chill ‘80s Igloos,” available December through March, take guests back to the famed era. Guests are encouraged to wear their scrunchies, leg warmers, and neon puffer jackets to get in the ‘80s vibe. The igloos can be reserved for up to four people (they normally hold eight) for two-hour increments. Reservations are staggered to allow for a disinfection process between each reservation in which the igloos are disinfected with M.I.S.T Fogger & Disinfecting Solution. There is a $25 per adult charitable donation fee that supports East Hampton Meals on Wheels, The Retreat, Project Most, and Concerned Citizens of Montauk.
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DINING UNDER THE STARS A few of the igloos will also be dedicated to Scarpetta on the Beach dining. A meal at the famed Italian restaurant, whether in the igloo or in reduced capacity indoors available at press time, is an event. Menu choices include the seared scallop appetizer and handmade melt-in-your-mouth pasta dishes like the short rib & bone marrow agnolotti. End your meal with the hazelnut or caramel gelato on their own or paired with the Valrhona chocolate cake. Breakfast is currently being offered at Scarpetta and excites with its own selection of delicious choices, including an abundant fresh fruit platter, omelets, and a crab cake eggs benedict that will keep you so full you might skip lunch. For a casual take on a meal that rewards with a water view, Gurney’s Fire Pit outdoor lounge overlooking the Atlantic Ocean offers cocktails and a light bite and seasonal favorite menu. The hotel is also offering in-room dining choices where guests can enjoy their meals on their private outdoor patio or in-room table and chairs (both available in the majority of rooms). Guest room types include standard, deluxe, and superior one- or two-bedroom Ocean View Rooms and Suites, Oceanfront Rooms and Suites and one, two, three, and deluxe bedroom cottages. There are no elevators on the property, with most rooms and beach access via stairs. Guests who book one of Gurney’s cottages or private residences can enjoy a Gurney’s Thanksgiving dinner prepared by a chef and served in the private accommodations. The menu will feature a whole roasted turkey carved tableside with stuffing and other seasonal favorites such as cranberries, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie. The hotel will also be offering the service for Christmas dinners.
WELLNESS COMES FIRST On-property activities beyond dining include long walks on the wide, white-sand beach. Guests can start their days with daily complimentary wellness classes on the beach (unless there is inclement weather) such as yoga, Pilates, beach bootcamp, and stretching classes. The town of Montauk is just a little over two miles away. (See sidebar.) Looking ahead to spring 2021, Gurney’s Seawater Spa, currently being completely renovated, is slated to reopen. Its healing treatments and ocean-fed seawater pool, which the resort says is the only pool of its kind in North America. For more information on Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, visit gurneysresortslcom/montauk. •
EXPLORING MONTAUK During the off-season in Montauk, the typical summer crowds are gone, but the town’s infrastructure and natural beauty remain to be explored. The Atlantic Ocean and the wide, white-sand beach that goes on for miles welcomes all those who visit. Stores and many restaurants are open for business. Another way to take in the beach year-round is as part of a private or group guided horseback beach ride available from Deep Hollow Ranch, said to be the oldest cattle ranch in the U.S. Info: deephollowranch.com. A must-see local attraction is the Montauk Lighthouse National Historic Landmark, located at the furthest tip of Long Island and the oldest lighthouse in New York State, dating back to 1796. The iconic attraction’s museum, located in the 1860 Keepers’ house, will be open through Thanksgiving weekend. The museum displays historical documents, photographs, and an exhibit of whaling industry artifacts from the 19th century. The museum’s gift shop for holiday presents and the grounds will remain open on a limited schedule, weather permitting through Christmas. Unfortunately, according to a spokesman at the lighthouse, the lighthouse will not be holding its annual festive lighting due to COVID-19 this holiday season. The 110-foot, 6 inch-Lighthouse Tower also remains closed. Info: montauklighthouse.com.
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THE PEACOCK INN By Jeff & Stephanie Sylva
ombining a history dating back to the early days of this nation together with a dedication to providing modern, luxurious accommodations and upscale fine dining, The Peacock Inn has established itself as an iconic landmark in downtown Princeton, NJ. The only luxury boutique hotel and fine dining restaurant in this university town, The Peacock Inn, has garnered a long list of accolades and an impressive guest list that includes members of the Continental Congress, Albert Einstein, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
HOTEL HISTORY The inn’s history begins in the 1770s when Jonathan Deare purchased the property from Thomas Stockton and offered fellow members of the Continental Congress rooms with fireplaces and breakfast, tea, and dinner. In 1911 the peacock, a symbol of royalty, good food, and good luck, was adopted as the hotel’s emblem. It is believed that the basement of the Inn, also known as “Peacock Alley,” served as a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Evidence of such was discovered in 2006 during a 3-year renovation when original drawings by jazz age artist John Held, Jr. were found. These drawings, etched on the basement’s cement walls, are now framed and hanging on the dining room walls. The 16-room inn is part of the Ascend Hotel Collection and has earned the AAA Four-Diamond Award four years in a row, including the AAA Inspector’s Best of 2020. The entire inn has been completely updated with a clean, contemporary design. The rooms are bright with abundant natural light and decorated with a pleasing mix of neutral and muted earth tones. In addition to high-end bedding and luxury amenities, the bathrooms feature a glass-enclosed rain shower and radiant-heated floors. 40 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020
EXQUISITE DINING Following a four-month closure due to the pandemic, the Inn’s fine dining restaurant reopened with a reimagined concept. Ownership empowered new Executive Chef Alex Van Dyke to change the restaurant’s approach from its traditional Classic French menu to one inspired by Chef Van Dyke’s personal touch. His first move was to rename the restaurant The Perch at Peacock Inn. Although reluctant to pigeonhole his style, the unassuming chef referred to his cuisine as New-Age American. The chef ’s creative use of fresh produce and thoughtfullysourced ingredients, acquired from personal relationships with local farmers—people he greatly admires for their resistance to industrialized farming—revealed tastes to us, unlike anything we have experienced. You might begin your dining experience with the Little Gem Salad of Romaine leaves with smoked Gouda, Tomato Jam, Rye Crumble, and a light touch of Buttermilk dressing. Or select the newly-added Lancaster Valley Beef Tartare with foraged Wild Ramps, Oakwood Shiitake Mushrooms, and Embered Tallow Aioli. Next, we suggest one of the chef ’s signature dishes. We loved the New Jersey Line-Caught Black Bass with Eckerton Hill Sungold Tomato, Grilled Cucumber, Escaillo Peppers, Bronze Fennel, and Toasted Hemp Seeds. Or perhaps go for the Heritage Pork Loin with Hakurei Turnips, Crunchy Brown Butter Groats, Apple Blossom, and Bee Pollen Mustard. Indoor dining takes place in one of three dining rooms or the downstairs Peacock Alley for special occasions. Weather permitting, outdoor dining is available on the front porch and patio or in the serene back yard, all of which are beautifully landscaped. The cocktail bar is chic and comfortable and offers a tempting list of classic and signature cocktails. The crafting of the Smoked Old Fashioned is an event, and the Blossom Fleck, made with top-quality gin, St. Germaine, and Champagne, with a float of edible flowers, is intriguing. The Peacock Inn also presents a full-service Afternoon Tea (currently just on weekends), featuring a wide array of sweets, savories, fine teas, and an optional Champagne flight. You might also consider the inn’s Dine and Stay Package, available for November and December. Details can be found on the website.
EXPLORING PRINCETON Be sure to take the time to explore the town of Princeton. Palmer Square is a just short walk from the Inn and features an assortment of high-end retail stores, boutiques, specialty shops, and dining venues. Info: palmersquare.com. Across the street from the Square is Princeton University. There are historic/ significant buildings such as Nassau Hall, University Chapel, University Art Museum, Cleveland Tower, and the Fitz Randolph Observatory and the beautiful grounds and architecture. History buffs may be interested in the Morven Museum and Garden, a former governor’s mansion, and historic site. Or explore Princeton Battlefield State Park, a pretty park featuring walking trails, the Clark House, and a few monuments dedicated to Princeton›s Battle, where George Washington engaged the British. When you build up an appetite from walking the town, stop in at the casual dining venue, Proof, serving specialty pizzas, salads, and veggies made with fresh seasonal ingredients and high-quality meats. Try the Salad Pie—a White Pizza with ricotta, arugula, tomato, red pepper, basil, shaved grana, and 20-year-old balsamic or the Soppressata & Roasted Onion Pie with Castelvetrano olives. Info: proofpizzeria.com. Treat yourself to a specialty coffee and French pastry at Chez Alice Patisserie, a longtime staple in Princeton. The café serves breakfast and lunch items, but it is their custom cakes, decadent individual pastries, and colorful macarons that will catch your eye. Info: chezalicecafe.com.
Fried Soft Shell Crab
The Peacock Inn is about a 1.5-hour drive from Manhattan or can be reached by NJ Transit train from Penn Station. For more information on The Peacock Inn, visit peacockinn.com. • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 41
THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY ESCAPE
TURKS AND CAICOS WELCOMES AMERICANS By Jenny Peters
fter over half a year of staying home during the coronavirus crisis, it may just finally be time for you and yours to grab your masks, pack up the sanitizing wipes and take the plunge with a much-needed escape during the 2020 holiday season. Ushering out this strange year will be a relief for all of us and doing it in the sublime Caribbean country of Turks and Caicos will make it that much sweeter. This multiple-island paradise has been open to U.S. visitors since July, with COVID-19 precautions firmly in place. To plan a winter getaway, you’ll need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within five days before traveling (kids under 10 are exempt from this) and complete a travel pre-authorization form online. On arrival at Providenciales International Airport (PLS), expect a health screening with temperature checks.
WHY TURKS AND CAICOS?
Taking what may be the first trip since the pandemic began is a big decision, which is why Turks and Caicos—and specifically the country’s main island of Providenciales—should be your top choice of sun-drenched escapes. Grace Bay Beach is the justifiably world-renowned centerpiece of the country, a crescent of powdery white sand that leads to the clearest, blue-green waters you’ve ever seen. Mix in the incredibly friendly “Belongers,” as the native people of Turks and Caicos are known, a colorful local scene filled with arts and crafts, music, seafood (especially every Thursday at the Island Fish Fry), and every water adventure known to man, and the result is a wonderful blend of island life. With nonstop flights from JFK and Newark airports to PLS, the trip should be stress-free; Turks and Caicos is located about 500 miles southeast of Miami and 300 miles north of the island of Hispaniola, in a pristine area of the Caribbean Sea. Known for its stunning scuba diving, snorkeling, and world-class deep-sea fishing, the waters around this heavenly place are filled with undersea wonders.
Beaches Turks & Caicos Italian Village
WHERE TO STAY As avid divers, on our most recent visit to Providenciales, we chose the all-inclusive, family-friendly Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort located on a long stretch of Grace Bay for one good reason. Unlike many other resorts in well-known scuba diving destinations that charge hefty fees for diving, certified divers at Beaches find everything included. Tanks, diving equipment, stateof-the-art boats, and incredibly knowledgeable dive masters are all a part of the one-price policy here. That the Beaches dive team is one of PADI’s top five dive operations in the Western Hemisphere is no surprise, as their organization is impressive. Novice divers can learn to “get wet” via a resort course or with actual PADI certification (do your course work at home and then complete your certification with open-water dives once you arrive); beginners go out on separate boats from certified divers, allowing thedive instructors to focus on each diver’s level of skill.
Beaches Turks & Caicos Pirates Island Waterpark
The warm water, incredibly clear visibility, and a wide range of dive sites—including the Hole in the Wall, a breathtaking deep dive that features a singleperson swim through a narrow hole in the coral that exits to a massive wall where reef sharks glide sleekly past—are incredible. All the dives in the waters near Beaches offer up sea turtles, schools of barracuda, eagle rays, lobsters, and other fascinating denizens of the deep. If you’re lucky, a school of playful dolphins will surround your boat, happily racing alongside and laughing as they surface. We were obsessed with spending every day under the sea with oxygen tanks on our backs, but we discovered that the Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort had almost too much to do when not in the water. Kids have a riotous time here, with the on-site Pirates Island Waterpark, complete with huge waterslides, lazy river rides, andswim-up soda bars, or at the Beaches Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street, filled with full days of fun with Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Rosita, The Count, and more.
Beaches Turks & Caicos Key West Beachfront Butler Villa
Adults who aren’t diving all day find a cornucopia of things to do, ranging from sipping frozen drinks while lounging on a beach chair or indulging in soothing spa treatments all the way to paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, playing beach volleyball, tennis, or even croquet. Golfing is an off-property possibility, as is shopping, casino gambling, deep-sea fishing, and sightseeing tours. Beaches has 21 international restaurants that reflect the different villages that make up the resort—Italian, French, Caribbean, Seaside, and Key West—and drinks are included. It’s truly a self-contained home away from home. Beaches has implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 hygiene practice, giving cleaning and sanitation even more emphasis than ordinarily. The resort follows a strict cleanliness protocol to ensure personal safety from rooms to pools to sports equipment. The resort reopens on November 18, 2020, just in time to join them in kicking 2020 right to the curb. For more information on Turks and Caicos, visit turksandcaicos.com; for Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort, visit beaches.com. •
Beaches Turks & Caicos Italian Oceanview Penthouse 2 Bedroom Butler Family Suite
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World Class Turks and Caicos Luxury Hotels, Spas, and Restaurants await, as do our famous stretches of uncrowded beaches and vibrant coral reefs. On land or below the water, you’ll relax in the unique serenity, hospitality, and beauty of our islands. World Class Turks and Caicos Luxury Hotels, Spas, and Restaurants await, as do our famous stretches of uncrowded beaches and vibrant coral reefs. On land or below the water, you’ll relax in the unique serenity, hospitality, and beauty of our islands.
REAL ESTATE & YOUR HOME
VIEWS FROM CENTRAL PARK SOUTH By Lisa Maysonet
t is a glittering boulevard slicing elegantly through the heart and history of New York. Central Park South. The name alone evokes Manhattan, the speed and sophistication that has launched a thousand movies. It begins at one of the Earth’s most storied buildings: The Plaza Hotel, a limestone landmark whose guest list of names includes Jacqueline Onassis and John Lennon, Greta Garbo, and Elizabeth Taylor. To stroll along its sidewalk is to gaze on classic apartment buildings and hotels that define pre-war splendor. Admire the Renaissance Revival New York Athletic Club, legendary home to both Olympic athletes and the city’s elite. And finally, as horses and buggies clamor by, you reach the end at the historic intersection called Columbus Circle. The traffic circle, located at Eighth Avenue and Central Park West, Broadway, and 59th Street and Central Park South, was designed as part of Frederick Law Olmsted’s 1857 vision for Central Park, including a rotary on the southwest corner of the park. It abuts the Merchant’s Gate, one of the park’s eighteen major gates.
Columbus Circle NYC
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But as the name suggests, Central Park South is the magnificent border of Central Park itself, New York’s vast forest. With ancient trees and even more ancient rock formations, and a landscape of lakes and gardens, paths and bridges that stretch as far as the imagination. It has been called “the granddaddy of America’s naturally landscaped parks,” according to the AIA Guide to New York City. Thus, Central Park South is as much a thoroughfare of dreams as a street. Charm meets exquisite taste. The exhilaration of an international destination meets the pulse of a never-ending city. At sidewalk cafes and sumptuous restaurants, in opulent stores and the waters of the Plaza Fountain, and where F. Scott Fitzgerald and wife Zelda drank Champagne and laughed during the roaring twenties. People watch people on what may be the most cosmopolitan street in the world’s most cosmopolitan city.
120 CENTRAL PARK SOUTH Located directly across from the Central Park, this north facing apartment with unobstructed park views is a perfect light-filled gracious home on the tenth floor of Berkeley House. The property is a full-service, pre-war cooperative that offers residents the highest level of attention with an intimate feel. The building has an on-site resident manager, full-time doorman, concierge, and maintenance staff, private storage room and bike room and convenient on-site laundry facilities. Unit 10A is an exquisite apartment featuring extraordinary city views from over-sized picture windows. This picture-perfect 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment is a one-of-a-kind hi-end renovated residence with thoughtfully designed open living space, warmly elegant interiors featuring high ceilings, generous closets, wideplank oak floors, and custom mill-work. This apartment has it all—luxury and comfort. The open kitchen is equipped with Viking appliances, gorgeous marble countertops, and extensive custom-made Italian cabinetry. The living room features an electric fireplace, and the adjacent dining area is the invitation to easy entertaining. Two quiet and serene bedrooms are situated in the apartment’s rear, away from the common living areas. Top-of-the-list neighbors are Carnegie Hall, MOMA, Lincoln Center, The Plaza, Time Warner Center, and Columbus Circle. Some of the world’s best museums, shopping and restaurants are within blocks of where you could be living! Asking price: $2.85 million. With 40 years of success selling Manhattan’s top properties, go-to luxury real estate expert Lisa Maysonet makes waves in the red-hot Hamptons market. To better serve her longstanding New York clients, Maysonet—the tour-de-force behind Group Maysonet at Sotheby’s International Realty—is now marketing the East End’s most exclusive residences and new developments. Presented by Lisa Maysonet + Esther Muller of Sotheby’s International. Visit sothebyshomes. com/nyc/agents/lisa.maysonet. • 48 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020
Vero Beach, Florida The Hamptons of Florida
MOORINGS • $2,249,000
INDIAN TRAILS • $1,688,000
ORCHID ISLAND • $1,850,000
4BR, 4BA Riverfront with deep water dock. Beach access.
Wow factor! 3BR+den+office. Gourmet kitchen. Private.
Luxury oceanfront first floor residence. 3BR+den, 3.5BA
BERMUDA BAY • $1,050,000
RIVER CLUB • $997,000
SOMERSET BAY • $749,900
Private, high ceilings, open floor plan, Saltwater pool.
Spacious 3BR+den, 4BA pool home with lake view.
3BR, 3BA Riverfront condo. Light/bright, impact glass.
3377 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963
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REAL ESTATE & YOUR HOME
A PERFECT COUNTRY HAVEN By AP Connolly
n impressive country retreat with a modern rustic flair set on nearly five acres, 358 Lukes Wood Road in New Canaan, Connecticut is nothing short of stunning. The luxurious estate features a seven-bedroom, 14,000-square-foot colonial home along with a guest cottage, detached barn with an indoor basketball court, gunite pool, pool pavilion and tennis court. Understated elegance defines the approach to this circa-1941 home recently restored by the nationally acclaimed architecture firm of Shope Reno Wharton, with interior design by Marsha Russell of Satinwood, Ltd. and landscape by Hollander Design. “As you enter the magnificent estate, you are quickly aware of the high level of design,” said Wendy Brainard, one of the listing brokers from William Raveis Real Estate. “From the French-imported reclaimed oak floors, to the handcrafted steel windows and doors, to the layers and textures of unexpected materials, every room is a moment, punctuated by dramatic lighting and unbelievable views of the expansive grounds.” “It is a perfect country haven where privacy abounds in a bespoke setting that enchants every sense,” adds Heidi Poisella, co-listing broker. “Buyers are looking for retreats today, and this home delivers on multiple levels.”
The heart and soul of any home, the kitchen and breakfast room are an eye-catching mix of elegant natural stone and distinctive wood accents. Double is the trend here with double islands, double ovens and double dishwashers to meet every entertaining need. For wine lovers and serious collectors, there is a 500-bottle, climate-controlled wine cellar ready for stocking.
In an effort to bring the outdoors in, the current owner added a glass-walled sun room, complemented by a rough stone floor. It is the perfect spot to sneak away for a quiet moment and bask in natural light and views, or enjoy a favorite show on a television that rises out of a hiding space when not in use.
One of the top priorities for homebuyers today is the reimagined home office and this estate offers several options. There is a multi-purpose room that doubles as a home office and a second computer office with easy access between the kitchen and mudroom. On the second floor, the Master Suite immediately draws you in with a stunning stone fireplace as the focal point, along with a vaulted ceiling, a sitting area saturated with light and views of the magnificent property with French doors opening up to an expansive outdoor hardwood deck. It also boasts hisand-hers bathrooms with spa showers and a soaking tub. Both bathrooms feature iron-framed windows and doors with natural wood vanities for the special feel of a rustic and luxurious home-spa retreat.
Within the exquisite landscape, this home offers the coveted outdoor lifestyle so many people are seeking today. This is truly resort-like living at its best with a premium gunite pool and spa surrounded by a hardwood deck and elevated pavilion, along with a stunning tennis court and an indoor basketball court. “While luxurious and spacious, this home also exudes warmth without being cavernous,” says Brainard. “It truly exceeds the usual trends of residential design and finishings while complementing the long history of innovative design seen throughout New Canaan.” Located 40 miles from midtown Manhattan, New Canaan, Conn. is an idyllic, leafy suburb with award-winning schools, beautiful architecture and a bustling downtown with a neighborhood vibe. A family-oriented community with more than 20,000 residents, New Canaan has seen its real estate market soar in 2020, specifically due to an influx of city dwellers seeking more space and all the unique features of a suburban lifestyle. For more information on this property and William Raveis Real Estate, visit raveis.com. •
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WESTPORT, CT I $10,900,000 I MLS#170337394 Michelle&Company, 203.454.4663
BOCA RATON, FL I $6,225,000 I MLS#RX-10593608 Terri Berman, 561.445.2929
SOUTHPORT, CT I $5,600,000 I MLS#170297701 Edie Anderson, 203.858.4668
NEW CANAAN, CT I $3,750,000 I MLS#170334311 Laura Danforth, 203.801.8001
FAIRFIELD, CT I $3,600,000 I MLS#170261757 Al Filippone Associates, 203.258.1595
NEW CANAAN, CT I $3,595,000 I MLS#170334949 Melissa, 917.670.5053 & Kristen, 203.858.4823
WESTPORT, CT I $2,150,000 I MLS#170333018 Edie Anderson, 203.858.4668
EAST LYME, CT I $2,100,000 I MLS#170333239 Vicky Welch, 203.215.4990
CHAPPAQUA, NY I $1,699,000 I MLS#H6047646 Sena Baron, 914.602.8199
BRIDGEWATER, CT I $1,450,000 I MLS#170290387 Chris Egan, 203.650.3615
NAPLES, FL I $1,395,000 I MLS#220046236 Bruce Miller, 239.206.0868
EAST LYME, CT I $1,300,000 I MLS#170315075 Jennifer Gurnell, 860.227.1212
ROXBURY, CT I $1,295,000 I MLS#170306375 The Matthews Group, 860.868.0511
SIMSBURY, CT I $1,100,000 I MLS#170336702 Kelly Conway, 860.836.0402
STRATTON MOUNTAIN, VT I $949,000 MLS#4762715 I Pat Glabach, 802.345.3752
REAL ESTATE & YOUR HOME
IN A CLASS BY ITSELF LUXE LIVING IN CONNECTICUT By Harry Brads
he sprawling 152-acre country escape comes courtesy of David Wildenstein, whose family controls the Wildenstein Institute, the world’s foremost art organization and Lucrezia Buccellati, the scion and co-creative director of the renowned Buccellati jewelry brand. A marriage of rustic American tranquility and Italian luxury, the property is located just 80 minutes from Manhattan at 1 Glenn Brook Farm Road in Sherman, a quiet town in Fairfield County, where neighbors include boldfaced names Diane Von Furstenberg, Bob Iger, Jeffrey Toobin, and Rob Zombie.
LUXE + CHIC “Wildenstein and Buccellati are associated with fine art and the most exquisite jewelry, things that are beautiful, ultra-luxurious and chic,” says lifestyle and realty expert Loy Carlos, Co-founder and Creative Director of Classiques Modernes. “David and Lucrezia are also true nature lovers who wanted to create a forward-looking agricultural estate for production of eco-friendly, renewable crops like hemp and medicinal plants. It’s a different kind of luxury lifestyle that is both mindful and principled, and very much aligned with who they are.” “Lucrezia and I wanted to build a home where we could enjoy the serenity of the woods, a return to quiet nature,” says Wildenstein. “She loves horses, and I enjoy farming. We were growing hemp, for example, to explore its use as a viable alternative for wood to use in construction, to help combat global warming. We are very much into organic farming as well. Sherman feels like a countryside within five minutes of suburban amenities and recreational facilities that are also essential to a growing family like ours.” The estate is one of just five properties in the area boasting more than 50 acres. Built with easy expansion in mind, the 7000-square-foot, open loftstyle mansion features vaulted cathedral ceilings, six bedrooms, and seven marble baths. Indoor amenities include a recreation room, home theater, double-height living room, gourmet kitchen with custom walnut millwork, Miele appliances, and a Grand Terrace, overlooking the bucolic grounds. For the owners, the terrace was an important consideration. “Lucrezia very much wanted the house to feel open and the outdoors to be a part of our everyday living. It is something we enjoy whenever we are in Italy and the type of lifestyle she is accustomed to,” explains Wildenstein.
A BUCOLIC SETTING “You appreciate the owners’ sophisticated tastes,” says Kenneth J. Moore, President of Classiques Modernes International Realty, representing the listing. “Walking through the house, you get a sense that each part was carefully crafted. Each window perfectly frames the mountain views, trees, and fields, like living portraits.” Moore notes that the owners have plans for an indoor and outdoor pool which will also be available to prospective purchasers. Carlos concludes, “Rustic materials like wood, stone, and steel plus gigantic pivoting glass doors that open onto the upper and lower terraces result in a successful melding of the great American country lodge with a clean, modern European aesthetic.” Surrounded by land trusts on three sides, the land is comprised of 25 acres of fields and 127 acres of woods, an 11-horse barn, as well as two scenic ponds and staff quarters. Because there are no conservation easements, the estate is ideal for agricultural and equine use, or even as a serene corporate retreat. “This is the first-time prospective buyers have been able to come and walk through this stunning country getaway,” says Moore. “It’s a one-of-a-kind property, which can no longer be found in other luxury markets, offered at a truly unbeatable price.” Asking price: $7.9 million. For more information, contact Kenneth J. Moore at 646580-4243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; visit classiquesmodernes.com/properties. •
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Landscape That Inspired World Renowned Artist Andrew Wyeth
Gorgeous French Chateau Surrounded by Conservancy 1063 Wylie Terrace Road, West Chester, PA 19382 - $1,3oo,ooo
Fabulous French Country Chateau in Chadds Ford with vistas that inspired Andrew Wyeth, who painted only a mile away, surrounded by over a hundred acres of the Brandywine Conservancy that will protect and preserve the landscape in perpetuity. A meandering stream leading to Brandywine Creek and stand of majestic trees in this rolling landscape is enhanced by the homeâ€™s perfectly manicured landscaping and gardens, recently renovated deck, and a beautiful pool and spa. Situated on over 2 acres in this breathtaking countryside, the home will forever enjoy the views and stately magnificence of the conservancy. This home lives up to its setting.
Cheryl Newton rs306671 Realtor 431 W. Lancaster Ave. Devon, PA 19333 610-564-1144 email@example.com
REAL ESTATE & YOUR HOME
REAL ESTATE INVESTING LEARNING FROM THE BEST By Esther Reizes-Lowenbein
recently had the privilege of talking to two mega real estate investors. It was enlightening to hear about their motives for taking on real estate investing, their journey, and present-day status. Rod Khlief and Brian Burke are two of the top investors in today’s market, both brilliantminded and kind, generous souls. ROD KHLEIF Rod began investing in single-family homes at the age of 18. Years passed, and after acquiring 500 rental homes he lost them, and approximately 70 percent of his portfolio, adding up to 50 million dollars in the 2009 crash. He reemerged to realize that multi-family investments were safer, more stable, and cash-flowing assets. Rod attained a luxurious living and while relaxing one day just two months after moving into his magnificent mansion, realized he was depressed. He soon discovered that true happiness emanates from giving to others less fortunate. Rod explained that focusing on what he wanted and envisioned got him through difficult times. He believes that one can flow through any crisis with the proper mindset. As a follower of Tony Robbins, Rod lives with a sense of gratefulness, a strong focus on his goals, with a room adorned with positive affirmations. Today, with well over two thousand multi-family units, managed by a third party, under his belt, Rod gives back to the community by teaching what he knows to the next person; he runs a large Facebook group, hosts meet-ups, and teaches in his online classes. Rod also attributes his success to his outgoing personality, coupled with his CPA partner and the ability to figure out systems. His success is evident in his office room decorated with thank you notes from so many that have been fortunate to learn from Rod.
BRIAN BURKE Brian is a veteran real estate investor with over 30 years of experience. He has dealt with every class asset, including self-storage, single-family housing, hospitality, etc. He cannot imagine doing anything else, as this is his niche. In 1989, he began acquiring foreclosed homes until 2004. He laid low and decreased his purchases. The 2009 crash was the greatest blessing for Brian, as he had not invested too much. Brian started without a dime but with much determination and hard work to succeed. He encountered many setbacks along the way. It is only recently that he has seen his hard work pay off, and people are reaching out to him instead of him reaching out to others. This is a credit to his good track record and the great relationships he has built. He now has over 50 employees and property managers and has raised over $100 million from investors. Brain relates that he was in law enforcement for many years while investing in real estate on the side. One day he announced to his law enforcement buddies that he would be presenting a talk about investing in a space he had rented out. He had spoken about creating a pool fund for single-family homes with a split of 50-50. At the end of the night, he had walked out with $500,000 from 28 investors. Some of those investors are still with him today. He usually gains investors through word of mouth and speaking engagements. His book The Hands-Off Investor explains who to invest with, how to invest, and how to protect oneself. Navigating real estate investing is like a sea that meanders through a meadow; one ought to follow the current and successfully navigate the market cycles. Brian Burke
Brian enjoys traveling, especially to Hawaii, going to concerts and flying his private plane. •
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ADIRONDACK MOUNTAINS SKI LODGE ON THE HUDSON RIVER WARRENSBURG, NEW YORK
1525 River Road
Log Cabin Family Ski Lodge on the Hudson River just minutes from Gore Ski Mountain. Features plenty of room for family and friends - setup to sleep 20. Enjoy nearby outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, white water rafting and kayaking. Property includes a finished entertaining barn, under construction artist/office studio building, outdoor yoga platform, seasonal guest cottage and 2.1 acres on the Hudson River. A total of 3 separate lots are being sold together. The compound can rent for over $1,200 per night based on it's solid rental history. Ideal to use as a family compound or getaway. Offered at $925,000.
718.249.5141 EstyReizes@gmail.com RocklandRE.com Residential Realtor in Rockland County Commercial Realtor Investment Manager
John Gollhofer Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Cell: 518 586-2578 firstname.lastname@example.org McDonald Real Estate Professionals Inc 4956 Lake Shore Drive Bolton Landing, NY 12814
HEALTH & WELLNESS
WINTER WELLNESS MYTHS SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION By Melanie Carden
inter wellness. It’s more than embracing your great-grandmother’s fervent wisdom. In the age of information-access and self-advocacy, you are empowered to elevate your wintertime well-being. Staying active is always a priority—even when there’s a chill in the air. But you also want to avoid the colds and flu the season is notorious for and enjoy the delights—snowy nights, cozy frocks, and warming cocktails. But are those cocktails actually “warming” you up? There is an endless list of winter-isms we often swear by—but which are myth versus scientific certainties?
COLD AIR MAKES YOU SICK We all know the scene in the movie A Christmas Story. The mom bundles up the little boy in an absurd ensemble of anti-shiver attire—so thick the poor kid can’t bend his scrawny, bird-like arms. Though it’s certainly important to stay warm, cold air—on its own—does not make you sick. In fact, the cells that fend off infection are more active in cold weather, according to Dr. Rachel C. Vreeman, coauthor of several health-myths themed books. Many in the medical community suggest the cause of those pesky winter colds is not the frosty air itself but the reduced humidity, which compromises the mucus membranes. Other scientists propose an even simpler explanation: we’re indoors more and in closer proximity to one another, which hastens the virus’s spread. So, bundle up, get outside for your winter walks to boost those infection-fighting cells, and…wash your hands often.
BODY HEAT IS LOST THROUGH YOUR HEAD An old wives’ tale? Nope, we can credit a 1950 military study for this evergreen advice. The accuracy of these findings has since been called into question. The study sent volunteers to the Arctic— dressed in top-of-the-line survival gear…everything except for hats. No hats, folks. The heat had nowhere to go—but up and out. Similarly, if you head outside in frigid winter conditions dressed head to toe in warm clothes—except gloves—well, you’ll lose most of your body heat through your hands. A poorly designed study that has become the cold weather rally cry of our loving mothers and grandmas is not without merit, though. We don’t need a military smarty-pants or a chicken soup-making matriarch to embrace common sense: if you want to be warm this winter—dress appropriately.
DRINKING ALCOHOL WARMS YOU UP Hot buttered rum, mulled wine, and whirls of whiskey in our coffee! Yes! to warming winter cocktails, right? But alas, alcohol is up to its old tricks again. It certainly makes you feel all warm and toasty, but only because it makes the blood rush to the skin’s surface—and away from the vital organs. Your core body temperature drops as a result. What’s more, the tasty trickster prevents you from shivering—so you perceive this as “being warmer.” Unfortunately, shivering is your body’s way of generating additional heat—ultimately making you scientifically colder. You might be able to sip-away your shivers, but for genuine warmth, stick to sweaters and scarves! 56 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020
YOU CAN GET THE FLU FROM THE VACCINE Among the winter myths, this one is the easiest to debunk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are quite clear: you cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine. According to the CDC, some people may experience common side effects from flu shots, including soreness, redness, tenderness, or swelling where the shot was given; some may suffer a lowgrade fever, headache, and muscle aches. Because these side effects overlap with flu symptoms, people sometimes interpret these reactions as actual influenza. It’s imperative to remember, though, according to the CDC, that the flu is a serious health risk. Though mild reactions occur from time to time, it’s important to get the vaccine each year because flu viruses are constantly changing, so the vaccine composition is updated. Kickstart your winter wellness with the flu vaccine and protect yourself from the unforeseen!
LESS SUNSHINE CAUSES WINTER DEPRESSION Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that has been in the spotlight the last few years—deservedly so. According to Harvard University, “Experts don’t fully understand the cause of SAD, but leading theories place the blame on an out-of-sync body clock or improper levels of either the hormone melatonin or the neurotransmitter serotonin.” The disorder rears its ugly head in autumn or winter—when the daylight hours dwindle. The good news is that SAD impacts only about 1 to 2 percent of the population, and so if you’re feeling a bit in a funk, it could be due to other seasonal challenges. Ask yourself if you’ve been active enough, are you stressed about the cost of holiday shopping, or exhausted from festive obligations? Diet can also play a role—cheesy casseroles and heavy comfort foods can leave us feeling lethargic. And those warming winter cocktails? Well, a measure of moderation may help to keep the winter woes at arm’s length. But if you’re feeling blue and wonder if you are experiencing SAD—chat with your doctor. The mainstay of SAD treatment, as outlined by Harvard, is light therapy, also called phototherapy, which can be readily incorporated into your winter routine!
VITAMIN C PREVENTS COLDS We end on a myth that is still largely debated! In the early 1960s, Noble Prize Winner Linus Pauling, a chemist, began touting the immune benefits of large doses of vitamin C. The idea took off like wildfire (again, we love you, mom! We love you granny!), but megadoses have since come into question. Dr. Marvin Lipman (Endocrinologist and Consumers Union’s Chief Medical Advisor) asserts that there’s very little evidence available showing that vitamin C in megadoses is beneficial. In fact, he and famed professor and cookbook author Dr. Andrew Weil agree with more recent research that indicates tissues of the human body “can’t use more than 200 milligrams a day.” It is generally suggested that RDA (recommended dietary allowance) be set to 75 milligrams for women and 90 milligrams for men. Both Lipman and Weil agree we could benefit from an increase to 200 milligrams each day—but this is a far cry from the 1,000+ milligram megadoses we often read about to prevent or “cure” a cold or flu. So, is vitamin C crucial to your immune and overall health? Absolutely. But the idea of megadosing has come under scrutiny. But guess what? If you want to take a high-dose vitamin C supplement when you feel a cold coming on, you’re not alone. Dr. Weil says he does it too! In the end, when you feel the sniffles and want to “C” your way clear of a cold—take Weil’s advice and do what works best for you! • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 57
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WISDOM FOR THE AGES A NEW ALTERNATIVE DESIGNED JUST FOR MIDLIFERS By Bailey Beckett
K, boomer.” It’s a phrase that makes the Modern Midlifer scream. Though a gentle insult—coined by a millennial, no less—it’s a not-so-subtle reminder that the pecking order has changed. Youth is in, age and experience are out. And marketers continue to chase the elusive younger demographic, who are increasingly marginalized as tired, old, and ready to call it a day. Just not today or anytime soon if Denis Keane and Tom Lamb have anything to say. The long-time friends, Modern Midlifers themselves had no intention of slowing down, and they bet people in their same age group didn’t either. They are living longer, healthier, and enjoying their lives like never before. They still work, keep busy social schedules, travel, and represent 70 percent of U.S. spending power. This makes them the perfect target for a new brand Keane and Lamb envisioned for the age group. Wisdom Essentials, derived from the “wisdom” the founders have amassed in their lives, is a line of CBD-based products focused on the mind, body, and spirit. The brand includes three oils, a balm, and gumdrops infused with nutraceuticals, nootropics, and other elements, which provide a natural alternative to prescriptions and other dubious remedies. They are also creating a virtual community, including website, blog, and Podcast for their audience. “Our intention is to use natural and plant-based ingredients to create supplements that help our customers feel their best in the pursuit of what’s next,” says Lamb. New York Lifestyles talked to the two Modern Midlife’s to get the scoop on their new brand. Why do Modern Midlifers need Wisdom Essentials? Denis: We’re a special group in our society who are actively pursuing our next opportunities. Whether it’s continued learning, starting a new business, or starting a new career, we are curious, have an open mind, are active and social, and pursuing the purpose in what’s next. We’ve decided we are not stopping or simply falling into the old trope of sedentary “retirement.” What was the inspiration for starting this? Denis: We were motivated by a couple of strong inspirations. We both looked at how the medical community looked to prescribe opioids and other pharma products and thought there was another way to feel better naturally without the effects and dangers of potentially addictive drugs. We saw our good friend die way too early from drug and alcohol addiction and hoped we could find another way. Tom: Denis’s cholesterol was through the roof and was motivated to find another treatment beyond the statins he was taking. His doctor recommended he get off this poison. 58 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020
What kind of products are you introducing? Denis: We are starting with five physician-formulated products with CBD enhanced with nutraceuticals, nootropics, and other natural elements to help overall well-being for the whole person: Mind, Body, and Spirit. They include three oils, balm, and gumdrops. Do you find there is a stigma attached to CBD products? Tom: There is a lot of confusion and uncertainty in the market, although CBD’s adoption is steadily rising. Among the key issues are the difference between CBD and THC; psychoactivity; FDA rulings on CBD; vague government direction; and bad actors making unfounded claims and selling low-quality products. We intend to be transparent in communication, educate our customers, provide the highest possible quality products, and be a market leader. Why have people migrated to CBD in the last few years? Denis: The literature about CBD effectiveness continues to grow. More people are looking for natural, non-psychoactive options to feel better. CBD is effective. Tom: Although more research and clinical trials are needed, Modern Midlifers are starting to see the opportunity that CBD and other nutraceuticals and nootropics can do for them.
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How did you come up with the name? Denis: We looked at ourselves and our market of Modern Midlifers, and the name came right to us. What do we have in common from a lifetime of raising our families, running our businesses, learning, successes—and yes, failures and scares? Wisdom. Tom: What better way to celebrate and support Modern Midlifers but to acknowledge the wisdom they have acquired and the wisdom they now get to share by giving back? What are people looking for in health/wellness products? Tom: More and more, from our own experience and talking with people, people are looking for ways to feel better naturally without the bad effects and possible addiction to prescription drugs. There is also a realization that big pharma is a business, and their job is to get us on their drugs. People are becoming aware that plant-based medicine is a viable, if not better alternative. In fact, we continually heard that people just felt plain lousy and stopped taking their medications and dealing with pain and discomfort. Denis Keane and Tom Lamb
Denis: The trend to plant-based in everything is a direct outcome of people looking for natural, less obtrusive ways to feel better, eat better, and be better.
Do you think this year with COVID-19/economy/election has affected people’s health? Denis: Well, the news is clearly stating that anxiety and mental health are a key issue this year. We are not psychologists, but we support people getting the help they need both mentally and physically. Many people find that CBD may help them feel calmer and less anxious, which is needed now more than ever.
How is Wisdom Essentials different than other brands? Tom: We are not simply another CBD company—our products are natural and are enhanced with natural elements, terpene blends, nutraceuticals, and nootropic. As we see it, we are the only (or one of the only) brands that are looking to help Modern Midlifers specifically. Beyond our products, we are intent on developing a network of other support: social, physical, financial to treat the whole person: Mind, Body, and Spirit. For more infor mation on Wi s d om E s s enti a l s , visit wisdomessentials.com. •
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DR. ROY DAVIDOVITCH THIS ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON HAS PUT NYU LANGONE’S HIP CENTER ON THE MAP By Bailey Beckett
r. Roy Davidovitch would rather talk about his work, his patients, and his research projects than himself. Modest and carefully spoken, he is among the top orthopedic surgeons in New York, specializing in all things hip… literally. But as the founder of NYU Langone’s Hip Center and now as the director of the New York Hip Institute in Midtown Manhattan staying under the radar is not exactly feasible. Davidovitch treats patients from around the country, including professional athletes and dancers—young and old—and is known to innovate new methods and technologies, even a customized operating table, that helps people get back on their feet and live pain free lives. In fact, the surgeon sees and does just about everything involving the hips, from sports injuries to salvaging hips that are affected by pediatric conditions such as hip dysplasia (shallow hip sockets), as well as replacing hips that are crippled by arthritis. Using minimally invasive techniques for hip replacement, his patients are often able to leave the hospital the same day. A graduate of University of Chicago, where he received his MD, Davidovitch did his residency at NYU’s Hospital for Joint Diseases (now the Langone Orthopedic Hospital) and further training at Harvard’s Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship before returning to NYU Langone to establish his nationally renowned hip practice. New York Lifestyles sat down with Davidovitch to learn more about the field, advances in OR, preventive measures and why the COVID shut down brought more people into his operating room. What would you say is your niche/specialty? Is there something you do no one else does? I am one of a few surgeons nationally who deals exclusively with conditions that affect the hip. I look at my practice as a continuum of care from hip preservation to hip replacement. From a procedure perspective, my niche is anterior approach total hip replacement and over the last five years, outpatient anterior approach total hip replacements. I have done more outpatient total hip replacements of this kind then most surgeons in the Northeast and have been fortunate enough to further innovate the procedure along the way. How prevalent is hip surgery today? It’s growing more prevalent and projected to increase even further due to demographic shifts and the fact that hip replacement surgery is now accessible to younger patients with arthritis, who in the past would hold off on surgery. Since hip implants are more durable and can last upwards of 20 years (in the past longevity of implants was closer to 10 years) and since minimally invasive procedures mean less downtime for patients who are still part of the workforce, younger patients that suffered from hip dysplasia or hip impingement which caused their hips to break down are opting for total hip replacements. What are preventative measures people can take? I encourage patients to maintain core strength through Pilates based workouts, swimming, and cycling. I discourage high impact sports such as running once they have been diagnosed with hip arthritis or labrum tears. 60 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020
What advances have made this kind of surgery less invasive? Specialized instruments, surgical computer navigation technology, as well as durable implants along with better understanding of patient demands have pushed the innovation of less invasive techniques such as the anterior approach. What are you most excited about in terms of technology/advancement? I am most excited about the shift from inpatient hospital stays to outpatient setting for total hip replacement. With the advent of techniques such as the anterior approach to total hip replacement and with an increasing understanding of alternatives to opiates in pain management, patients are experiencing less pain and greater function immediately post op. This allows me to send about 80 percent of my patients’ home on the same day as their hip replacements. The shift of hip replacements to the outpatient center is a paradigm shift in the field. How did the COVID lock down influence/effect people needing/asking for this procedure? I have seen this go both ways. Some people became more sedentary and their hip pain decreased. However, they have noticed that their hip has become stiffer due to decreased inactivity. Once quarantine ended and they returned to more activity, patients reports spikes in pain. Other patients reported that they had minimal hip pain prior to quarantine but had now found time to exercise or spend more time outdoors and this has caused their hip pain to get worse. Interestingly, now that patients are working from home, they are interested in having total hip replacement and other such procedures especially if this can be on an outpatient basis where COVID exposure is minimized. •
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THE YACHT CLUB
CITY VIEWS & AMAZING SEAFOOD ON THE WATERFRONT By Anne Raso
oliday rush got you frazzled? With all the craziness going on this year, nothing could be more welcoming than a calm culinary escape out of town! The Yacht Club, which recently took over Joe’s Crab Shack space (541 River Road in Edgewater, NJ), will make you feel like you have entered a more relaxing world. You will be amazed at the seafood (especially the Lobster Roll which rivals any served in New England), and classic American landlubber fare like the tender Marinated Skirt Steak. You will love the open-air feeling thanks to The Yacht Club’s extra-large windows overlooking the Hudson and the NYC skyline. The Yacht Club’s fare is priced reasonably, most notably the 1-1/4 lb. Lobster, which at $35 includes two sides; portions are large enough to share. There’s also the 3 lb. lobster for those seafood lovers who want the wow factor. Other stellar seafood dishes include Whole Grilled Branzino with Fresh Herbs, Flash Fried Whiting, Fried Shrimp, Grilled Faroe Islands Salmon with Quinoa Salad, Linguine with Clam Sauce, Flash Fried Sea Scallops, and a Fisherman’s Platter that includes Flash Fried Shrimp, Scallops, Filet of Sole and Calamari. The Famous Lobster Roll is arguably the most popular item on The Yacht Club’s menu.
COCKTAILS & BITES Still, others come for the remarkable specialty cocktails and to share the generous appetizers like Popcorn Shrimp, Maryland Crab Cakes, Florida Stone Crab Claws, Fried Calamari, and Mussels. Diners also love to share items from the Taco & Burgers section of the menu. Needless to say, Shrimp Tacos (with Herb Aioli) and Snapper Tacos (with Radishes, Shredded Purple Cabbage, and Chipotle) are huge hits. The waterfront resto’s sides are the ultimate comfort foods and include Corn On The Cob, Sea Salt Fries, Lobster Mac And Cheese, Homemade Coleslaw, and Sweet Potato Fries. Desserts like Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Lava Cake, New York Strawberry Cheesecake please every sweet tooth. We caught up with Executive Chef Gregory Zapantis to ask about his eatery’s clientele. “It’s locals and visitors from the city who come to the waterfront to enjoy great food and the Manhattan skyline,” he told us.
FRESH IS BEST What does the highly independent and creative Zapantis—who also helms the kitchen at the nearby Mediterranean seafood eatery Molos in Weehawken— do to stay current on new trends? “I follow my own rules. Our fresh seafood is sourced as locally as possible. As an example, we travel twice a week to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to get the best tomatoes money can buy—and I always follow my customers’ advice.” As mentioned before, the skirt steak (which comes with a heaping portion of golden fries) is amazing. We just had to get the chef ’s secrets on how he makes a skirt steak more tender than a filet mignon. “We buy Omaha grassfed beef, and there is a process. One is a 24-hour marinade and one 48, but the ingredients are a secret,” he told us. “The potatoes are high quality, and they’re extremely fresh. One secret I can reveal is that we fry our potatoes in super fresh canola oil that gets changed daily.” Even if you are one of those New Yorkers who rarely leaves the city, you’ll find yourself returning to The Yacht Club time and time again. Besides having reliable food in large portions and a Manhattan view that is second to none (especially at night), service is impeccable and speedy. You’ll find that the homey olive green and white walls, pendant lighting, wood paneling, sailboat artwork, and overall airy dining room will help you relax. Be sure to check out their $39 Sunday Lobster Feast—you get a 1¼ lb. lobster, Corn on the Cob, Potatoes, and your choice of Key Lime Pie or Crème Brulee for dessert. For more info on The Yacht Club, visit yachtclubnj.com. Reservations are recommended but not necessary. Take the NJ Transit Bus 158 at Port Authority to the River Road/Archer Street stop directly across the street from the Edgewater Commons Shopping Center; you will be a two-minute walk away from the restaurant. There is a NY Waterway ferry that goes from West 39th Street directly to an Edgewater dock from Mondays through Fridays (schedule is at nywaterway.com). •
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A HOLIDAY ADVENTURE FOR THE PALATE By Sean-Patrick M. Hillman
y favorite time of year has always been the holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there are so many opportunities to entertain, celebrate, and spend time with the people you love. Now, you are going to have to pardon me while I fanboy for a moment. One of the reasons why I love food so much is attributed to a legend in the kitchen, The Godfather of American Cuisine, Chef Larry Forgione. My mother handled Larry’s publicity for most of my formative years, helping him to achieve the notoriety he deserved. As such, I spent a lot of time at Larry’s An American Place, often watching him and his team in the kitchen. I was always enamored by the way Larry combined flavors and ingredients to create an adventure for the palate and in what I can only describe as a symphony in the kitchen. Every Christmas, Mom would make Larry’s incredible chocolate pudding. And I have continued that tradition throughout my life. I also find myself using Larry’s pudding in other recipes that I have made. This holiday season, I wanted to share one of my new favorites that uses this recipe. When I called Larry to ask him for permission to use his pudding recipe in this new dessert, he could not have been more gracious. He even gave me some tips, just like when I was a kid, to make my new recipe work well! Thank you, Larry, for the culinary adventures throughout my upbringing and the inspiration to keep cooking throughout my life! Have a Merry Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate during this incredibly delicious season! Here’s to a Happy and COVID-free 2021! Bon appetit!
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CREAM PIE Peanut Butter and chocolate are two ingredients that just scream to be together. Throw in some graham crackers and you get close to a S’mores-type dessert. However, the warm flavor from the graham cracker combined with the depth of the chocolate along the airiness of the peanut butter buttercream in this recipe makes it a great way to end a holiday meal. Enjoy! Graham Cracker Crust Ingredients 1 ½ cups of graham cracker crumbs 1/3 cup of sugar 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Preparation Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a medium bowl. Add melted butter, continuing to mix well. You want the graham cracker crumbs to appear moist. Press mix into a 9-inch pie pan. Bake until browned, 25 – 30 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. Chef Larry Forgione’s Double Chocolate Pudding (bottom layer) Ingredients 2 ¼ cups milk ½ cup sugar 1 large egg 2 large egg yolks 3 tablespoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted ¼ teaspoon salt 3 ½ ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 1 ½ teaspoons dark rum 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract Preparation Combine 2 cups of the milk and ¼ cup of the sugar in a large saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until scalded. Remove from the heat and set aside.
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Place the egg and egg yolks in a medium bowl and whisk until blended. Add the remaining ¼ cup milk, ¼ cup sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and salt, and whisk until well blended. Whisk the cocoa mixture into the scalded milk. Set over low heat and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 4 to 6 minutes, until the mixture thickens and comes to a low boil, causing large bubbles to form. Immediately remove from the heat, add the chopped chocolate, butter, rum, and vanilla, and stir until the butter and chocolate are completely melted (the pudding will continue to thicken as it cools). Let pudding sit in pan for 15 minutes to cool. (Reprinted with permission from An American Place cookbook by author) Peanut Butter Buttercream Layer (top layer) Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup peanut butter (best to use Peanut Butter & Co. Old Fashioned Smooth or Smooth Operator) 4 cups confectioner’s sugar ¼ cup whole milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Preparation I use a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer for this recipe, but you can also use a hand mixer. In a large bowl, vigorously beat butter, peanut butter, and confectioner’s sugar until light and fluffy. Then add milk and vanilla and mix until smooth. Building The Pie After Double Chocolate Pudding mixture has cooled, pour into pie crust (about ½ to 2/3 high). Place pie pan in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Using a spatula, spread Peanut Butter Buttercream across the top of the pie, careful to not apply too much pressure to avoid mixing the chocolate and buttercream. Top with whipped cream and a dusting of espresso or chocolate powder. •
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MARIEBELLE CHOCOLATES A TASTE OF PURE LUXURY & ELEGANCE By Patricia Canole
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aribel Lieberman’s passion for confections started when she was eight years old when she made candies and sold them to neighborhood children in her native Honduras. Years passed with a relocation to New York City where she enrolled in the prestigious Parsons School of Design. Here her love for fashion and design would take her on a journey in the fashion industry. But it was the creating foods that remained at her core. Maribel soon found herself running her own elegant catering business—Maribel’s Gourmet Cuisine which paved the way for her lifelong passion—chocolate. Maribel’s first foray into the world of chocolate was a New York City storefront, Lunettes et Chocolat. The shop focused on designer chocolates and glasses. Following this, Maribel’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to open her pride and joy, MarieBelle Chocolates in Soho. Her newest store can be found in The Kitano Hotel, NY. New York Lifestyles recently had the pleasure of meeting Maribel to find out what makes this incredibly talented woman create beautiful signature confections. Tell us more about how you transitioned from Lunettes et Chocolat to MarieBelle? September 11th happened but we continued with Lunettes et Chocolat. The area was horrible and certainly not a place to shop. That Christmas, I decided to take a new space, as a pop-up chocolate shop. It was an art gallery. I repainted it blue and called it MarieBelle. We opened on December 15, 2001. We’re still here. Tell us how MarieBelle distinguishes itself from other companies? I like to present all the products beautifully. Perhaps someone who likes modern design might not be comfortable here in my shop. But I think it attracts customers who feel the same way. Do you think your Honduran heritage has influenced your success? I grew up in the countryside, where cacao trees grew in the backyard. We drank cacao in hot water with sugar. When I read up on cacao’s history, I thought to myself—I need to bring back what America gave to the world. That became my passion.
What has inspired you to add beautiful designs to the ganache? Because I come from fashion. Chocolate has three colors: white, milk, and dark. But I give it an extra twist. Although it doesn’t look like chocolate, you follow your senses—which makes me smile. Every design has a story.
MARIBEL UPCLOSE Do you think all the latest healthier eating trends have impacted the luxury chocolate industry? I continue to use everything natural. It’s not just about what you eat; it’s about how much you eat. It’s the reason I serve my hot chocolate in a tiny cup. And that’s why I serve a ganache that is just 50 calories. My hot chocolate doesn’t have a lot of sugar; it has a lot of chocolate. What is the best advice to give any aspiring entrepreneur? Ultimately what’s going to sell is if you have a passion for the product you really love. It’s a passion that’s going to get you there. There are many working hours. You might not get a salary for a long time. But persevere. It’s key. You’ve got to love what you’re doing. •
What is something we don’t know about you? I love classical music. Describe your personal style? I like elegance and classic, not necessarily trendy. What is the motto you live by? “Go for it!”
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HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS THESE WINES DESERVE A PLACE AT YOUR TABLE By Tina Mulqueen
his is the place where the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are grown in the New World,” enthuses Chris Hermann from my laptop’s Zoom window, followed by a sip of his winery’s “VGW,” an abbreviation for Very Good White.
Hermann is the founder of award-winning 00 Wines located in Carlton, Oregon. While Napa owns the spotlight on most domestic wine lists, Oregon wineries like 00, one of several hundred in the region, are attracting both domestic and international attention for a good reason. The cooler climates in the Willamette Valley make it ideal for growing fickle Pinot Noir grapes and Chardonnay—so much so that even Burgundian winemakers are purchasing property and cultivating grapes in its foothills. Moreover, while climate change has pushed Napa and Sonoma to higher temperatures with marked impacts on the region’s famous wines’ alcohol content and character, Oregon wines have benefited from the recent climate impact. To get a better sense of what the region has to offer, I’ve selflessly tasted my way through Oregon wine country. If you’re looking to embellish your holiday menu with exceptional domestic wines, start here.
00 WINES VGW I had the pleasure of tasting 00’s VGW, the winery’s award-winning Chardonnay blend. Floral notes and vibrant stone fruit on the nose lead to a delicate but complex honey-citrus interplay and a synchronous texture full of nuance and silky minerality. In short, it’s true to its name—Very Good. While this wine would make a fantastic pairing with an appetizer like crab cakes, it’s so good that it can stand on its own. What makes 00 Wines so special is their Burgundian production method and their meticulous attention to detail. “For years, my father and I talked about having a winery,” recounts Hermann. “We wanted to experience our environment through food and wine and to introduce people to that. It culminated in wanting to build on something exciting in the Willamette Valley, but because we spent so much time in Europe, we thought about things differently.” The family hired a French winemaker, Pierre Millemann, to combine the best of the Old and New Worlds. Millemann produces wines for the label in Burgundy and consults with the winery’s second-generation Willamette Valley winemaker, Wynne Peterson-Nedry. They use a traditional Burgundian method to tease the flavors and textures out of the skins. “We knew that the grapes that are grown are at the highest quality-level worldwide, and we wondered: what can we do with those grapes if we practice typical Burgundian winemaking techniques?” Courtesy of 00 Wines
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The result is an incredible portfolio of wines. Info: 00wines.com.
DOMAINE SERENE “We’re big on pushing people’s boundaries,” says Ryan Harris, President of Domaine Serene. Harris credits the higher latitudes and cooler climates for drawing proprietors Grace and Ken Evenstad to make a prescient purchase of 42-acres in the Dundee Hills of Oregon back in 1989. Like Hermann, the Evenstad’s brought with them an affinity for Burgundy that influences their wines.
Harris introduced me to three award-winning wines that are worthwhile additions to the season. ‘r’ Rosé Domaine Serene’s multi-vintage ‘r’ Rosé is a great pre-food menu addition since it’s light and cleansing. It’s also a wonderful option for brunch and can fill in the gaps in foods that don’t pair well with other wines. The care that goes into producing this bottle makes it an anomaly among rosé wines, in that it can be aged and enjoyed for a handful of years or consumed young. Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay “Usually people that dislike Chardonnay haven’t had great Chardonnay,” says Harris. With clear Burgundian influences, Domaine Serene’s Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay is floral on the nose and derives its bright acidity from the volcanic Dundee soils, high elevation slopes and Dijon clone vines. It made waves in 2016 as Oregon’s first Chardonnay to take #1 white wine in the world, let alone break the top 10, in Wine Spectator’s coveted Top 100 Wines of the Year list.
SOTER VINEYARDS “Having experienced 45 vintages, I am a bit like the proverbial polar bear bearing witness to ice melt” explains Tony Soter who, alongside his late wife Michelle, founded Soter Vineyards after relocating from California’s wine country. “[Oregon has gone] from a marginal climate with uneven performance historically to an unprecedented string of successful vintages this last decade.”
Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir The Evenstad’s Reserve is Domaine Serene’s flagship Pinot Noir, and one of the most consistently-awarded Pinot Noir in Brut Rosé America. Berry and cherry aromas on the nose foreshadow an In 1997, Soter’s Brut Rosé, made in the traditional Champagne method, array of dark fruit flavors on the palate. was their first wine produced in Oregon. Michelle Ross, Soter’s Trade Specialist, describes this wine as “fresh strawberries over baked bread.” Pinot Noir is a versatile wine when it comes to food, but Harris With delicate bubbles and baking spices on the finish, this wine makes emphasizes pairing based on texture. “People match flavors a great accompaniment to spiced ham or stuffing. with food and wine pairings all the time. They don’t often match textures,” he says, “pork and duck are a match made in heaven, Savannah Ridge Pinot Noir or even a prime rib or a great rib eye.” Info: domaineserene.com. The ancient marine sediment in Mineral Springs gives this wine a rich earthy flavor. This 2017 wine is composed of four out of five of the label’s clonal Pinot Noir grapes and was only produced in one Soter Vineyards other vintage, 2015, due to a surplus in production. In addition to the expected cherry and spices typical of Pinot Noir, the Savannah Ridge shows green pepper nuance on the palate.
Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir Soter’s Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir expresses all five of the vineyard’s clonal Pinot Noir grapes, giving it a good deal of character. We tasted the 2016 and 2017 vintages. Both showcased vanilla on the nose, hinting at a modest amount of new oak used in production. The slightly older 2016 is easy to drink with well-integrated tannins. The younger vintage became surprisingly refined over the course of a few days. Ross describes these wines as great for the “Pinot-curious” because they’re a bit fuller than a typical Pinot Noir and might appeal to drinkers of Cabernet Sauvignon. They’d pair well with herbs and roasted meats. These wines are available on the companies’ websites, but you can also find Soter’s “Planet Oregon” label more widely distributed in health food stores like Whole Foods. Info: sotervineyards.com. All three of these winemakers pointed to the terroir’s uniqueness, climate, and culture as culminating in creating truly phenomenal wines. “We have found some of the best places on earth to grow these wines,” says Soter. “And I, for one, will happily spend the rest of my time on the planet creating delicious evidence in defense of that proposition.” • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 67
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SPIRITS AND THEIR ANIMAL CONNECTION By Lori Simmons Zelenko
pirit animals guide us through the journey of life, they bond with us to reveal how to leverage our personal best as we move forward day by day and, yes, cocktail by cocktail. Protective forces that relate to our inner character, spirit animals may have originated with Native Americans, but their acceptance transcends faiths and cultures. Each spirit brand we’ve shared here intuitively reveals the characteristic traits of spirit animals—yours, mine, and ours. Each creature resonates, transcending the bottle to embrace us all as we imbibe. No doubt a few sips of Mezcal empowers, so what better spirit animal to share than the wolf? War and sun combined in a keystone figure, a predator yet a valuable environmental catalyst. Bourbon and Kentucky, the land of racehorses bred to perfection, are inextricable. So, it’s only natural that thoroughbreds would be exalted on stellar vintages. Some wink at the concept of spirits’ animals, wittily remarking on an animal connection that speeds us virtually to destinations and desires. Others have a heritage with symbols speaking to history and mythology, from fire-eating dragons to rapacious raptors, each bottle we’ve selected has a tale to tell. What’s your story? Who’s your spirit animal? What spirits’ animal do you gravitate to? Read on to find a force that’s ready to be with you.
PINHOOK BOHEMIAN BOURBON
HUMBOLDT ORGANIC VODKA
With a personality as unique as the thoroughbred on the label, this high proof Bourbon is an instant collectible. Pinhook’s 2020 vintages are the first whiskeys to come out of the distillery (Castle & Key) in 50 years. Proofed at 95 and meticulously blended, this champion spirit has aromas of orange peel, candied pecans, clove, and wet stone. Bet on this winner! Info: pinhookbourbon.com.
The crab on the bottle of this 100 percent organic vodka is a nod to Northern California’s Humboldt County and the community’s tradition of crabbing and fishing. Slow carbon-filtered at sea level, this crisp, clean vodka is distilled from organic sugarcane. The crab makes a statement here, reminding us of how important it is to preserve the pristine waters that flow through an untouched True California. Genuinely the spirit of California! Info: humboldtdistillery.com.
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PAPA SEAL SINGLE BARREL BERMUDA RUM Considered the “Father of all Rums,” Papa Seal 2020 is a complex and beautiful sipping nightcap with hints of caramel, spice, vanilla, and dried fruit. Distilled from molasses this 83-proof blend is aged in once-used bourbon barrels exposed to Bermuda’s humid, salty sea air. The little, barrel juggling “Black Seal” evolved from the nickname for the black sealing wax used to close the rum bottles around 1914. Ahoy mate, sail away with this Bermuda bliss! Info: goslingsrum.com.
FIREBALL CINNAMON WHISKY MONTELOBOS MEZCAL “Tastes like heaven, burns like hell,” so this natural, cinnamon-spiked 66 proof Canadian whiskey promises. Swill it or sip it, it’s an invitation to stand face-to-face with a fire-breathing dragon who just ate a whisky barrel full of spicy cinnamon. Some drinkers say it tastes like Atomic Fireball candies or Big Red gum but at 20 percent less alcohol than the average whiskey this sweet-spicy combo goes down easy. Heaven sent or hell bent, drinking games prevail with this sassy spirit. Info: fireballwhisky.com.
D ubb e d “a mos aic of b a l ance and complex it y,” Montelob os Me z c a l is artisanal, organic, and sustainable not to mention flavorful, citrusy with a lingering charred mesquite taste, at once sweet and smokey. Montelobos is named for the “Mountain of the Wolves” that overlooks Palenque in Santiago Matalán, Oaxaco where this mezcal is crafted. We’re howling with gratitude for Montelobos’ support for the Mexican gray wolf, aka the lobo, through their partnership with The Wolf Conservation Center. Bravo lobos! Info: montelobos.com.
LYRE’S DRY LONDON
TOD & VIXEN’S DRY GIN 1651
A winking, monocled penguin winks at the true Brit essence of a classic Gin with flavors that are distinct and contemporary. Non-Alcoholic Spirit doesn’t just mimic, it’s distinctive, with juniper and citrus powered by earthy notes. The zing of pepperberry adds warmth and assures a generous, dry finish. One sip of Lyre’s N/A Gin and you’re off on a virtual trip to Trafalgar Square. London’s calling! Info: lyres.com.
Ultra-premium Tod & Vixen’s Dry Gin 1651 sports a whimsically charming bottle with a vintage pair of foxes expressing, as the brand puts it, “one lively mix of British Sensibility and American Mischief.” Male foxes are known as Tods, females are known as Vixens hence the name of this most delicious 100 percent wheat neutral spirit crafted from juniper, coriander, angelica root, red rooibos tea and fresh orange peel. Foxy ladies - and gents—cocktail perfection awaits! Info: thevalefox.com.
Twenty-seven herbs from all five continents including myrrh, saffron, chamomile and gentian compose the top-secret recipe for Fernet-Branca, a traditional Italian digestivo. From Buenos Aires to Milan, Fernet-Branca is enjoyed with ice and a twist of lemon though for some, add expresso and it’s a cure for hangovers. With a cult following worldwide, the eagle atop a globe could not be a more appropriate symbol for this cult status liqueur. Don’t cry Argentina, truly this spirit is yours now and forever! Info: fernetbranca.com. •
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
BroadwayHD FOR THE HOLIDAYS! By Sara Wiesenfeld
f you’re like us, there’s nothing you love more than snuggling with a loved one, drinking some hot cocoa, and watching some holiday fare in the wintertime. Lucky for you, BroadwayHD (broadwayhd.com) has you covered with holiday entertainment for the whole family. HOLIDAY INN Jim leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut. But life isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. With your favorite Irving Berlin tunes and starring High School Musical’s Corbin Bleu, this is one the whole family will love.
SHE LOVES ME She Loves Me follows Amalia and Georg, two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love blossom once their identities are finally revealed? With an all-star cast featuring Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski, and Laura Benanti, She Loves Me is one you won’t want to miss.
THE NUTCRACKER T h e R o y a l B a l l e t ’s T h e Nutcracker is the quintessential Christmas ballet. When her nutcracker toy comes to life, young Clara is transported by the magician Drosselmeyer to a magical world of excitement and delight. Join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince and a cast of magical characters in this exquisite production. With sumptuous period designs, spellbinding stage effects, and of course, Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, The Nutcracker continues to enchant audiences of all ages. 70 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020
THE MESHUGANUTCRACKER! The MeshugaNutcracker! is a full-length musical comedy that features Chelm’s folklore’s wonderfully silly sensibilities unders cored by an invigorating, Klezmer-ized orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, now with original lyrics that celebrate Chanukah. Add in dancing dreidels, singing sufganiyot, and surprise guest stars, and you have the perfect recipe for a holiday gathering.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock classic Jesus Christ Superstar returns to its roots with this sensational performance filmed in the UK during the Live Arena Tour. An incredible cast, including Tim Minchin, Melanie Chisholm, and Ben Forster as Jesus Christ, perform hit songs including “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Everything’s Alright,” and “Superstar” in an exciting and contemporary interpretation.
Ebenezer Scrooge, a London businessman, is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his dead business partner Marley, who warns him that three more ghosts will appear during the night trying to show Scrooge the error of his ways. Starring Michael Hordern & John Le Mesurier.
THE GOES WRONG SHOW
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
From the company that brought you The Play That Goes Wrong, comes a series of brand new, hand-crafted, half hours of theatrical catastrophe as The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society undertake more (overly) ambitious endeavors. You will love all 6 episodes of the hilarious hijinks, including our favorite: The Spirit of Christmas.
Celebrating 70 years of The Royal Ballet’s landmark production of Petipa’s classic ballet, enter an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers, and magical spells, to glorious music by Tchaikovsky. The masterful score takes ballet music to a height of passion, sophistication, and intensity that arguably has never been surpassed. •
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ON THE SMALL SCREEN By Jenny Peters
ecause of the pandemic, many A-list, Oscar-contending movies are either sitting out 2020 completely or (in many cases) heading directly to streaming. So, you’ll notice that many of our small-screen choices for the last two months of this dismal year are films, rather than ongoing TV series. BIG STARS ON YOUR SMALL SCREENS BRIDGERTON Netflix Shonda Rhimes made a huge deal to bring Shondaland, her TV production company, to Netflix; this is their first foray into that deal. Bridgerton comes from Chris Van Dusen, known for his work on Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, and is adapted from the novels by Julia Quinn. This comic drama takes place in high society during the Regency period in England (think the 1800s) and features a diverse cast that includes Julie Andrews. COME AWAY Relativity Films/On Demand Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo lead the cast in this fanciful tale that mixes Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Their children (Keira Chansa and Reece Yates) love letting their imaginations run wild in this very English 18th-century tale of adventure, magic and much more. Michael Caine and Derek Jacobi also costar, giving this PG-rated flick quite a pedigree. HILLBILLY ELEGY Netflix Amy Adams and Glenn Close star in director Ron Howard’s adaptation of J. D. Vance’s best-selling memoir of his family’s Appalachian roots. Between them, those two powerhouse actors have 13 Oscar nominations and not one win; the buzz in Hollywood is that both are leading contenders yet again for their work in this R-rated emotional drama. Gabriel Basso stars as J. D. and is all grown up from his role as one of the kids in Super 8. MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM Netflix Oscar winner Viola Davis stars as blues legend Ma Rainey in this music-filled adaptation of August Wilson’s play. Set in 1920s Chicago, the dynamo supporting cast is led by Chadwick Boseman, in his last screen role before his untimely death. That bittersweet fact makes the blues that imbue this R-rated film hit just a bit closer to the heart than usual. THE MIDNIGHT SKY Netflix George Clooney produced, directed and stars in this cautionary post-apocalyptic story of survival, both on earth and in space. He’s one of the earth’s sole survivors, a scientist bent on stopping a space exploration team from returning to a battered planet. Felicity Jones co-stars as the astronaut he must convince to change course in this gripping PG-13-rated futuristic thriller. 72 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020
THE PROM Netflix The cast of this wacky musical comedy helmed by Ryan Murphy reads like a who’s who of Hollywood. Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman lead the pack of madcap players in this PG-13-rated farce and are joined by James Corden, Kerry Washington, Tracey Ullman, KeeganMichael Key and Mary Kay Place. They’re all in for a prom night that no one will ever forget. SOUL Disney+ Two-time Oscar winner Pete Docter once again takes the reins as the writer-director of Pixar’s latest animated adventure, Soul. Having given the world Monsters, Inc., Up, and Inside Out, it seems pretty certain that this tale of Joe, a musician who’s lost his mojo, is going to make both adults and kids fall in love with him (as voiced by Oscar winner Jamie Foxx). Also starring Tina Fey, Angela Bassett, Quest Love, and Phylicia Rashad. THE STAND CBS All Access One epic nine-episode mini-series arrives to the small screen in December, as Stephen King’s classic post-pandemic story returns in an all-new take to the novel published in 1978. Painfully timely, this time out Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg leads the cast, which also features James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgaard, and Amber Heard.
HOLIDAY MUSICAL DELIGHTS DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE Netflix Christmas in 2020 may be very different than other years for many of us, but Dolly Parton wants to make sure that everyone has a holly jolly holiday experience. She’s written 14 original songs for this brand-new Christmas tale, and she also co-stars, along with Christine Baranski, Jenifer Lewis, and Treat Williams. Debbie Allen directed and choreographed this musical journey, too. JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY Netflix Combine the acting talents of Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose, Grammy winner Ricky Martin, and Emmy winner KeeganMichael Key with all-new original songs from EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner) phenom John Legend and the result is Jingle Jangle. Set in a timeless town and following the trials and tribulations of a famed toymaker, this musical fantasy flick is a must-see for the entire family. • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 73
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A BOLD NEW CIRCUS
Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson
By Lisa B. Lewis, Founder & Artistic/Executive Director
mnium is a unique, visionary project that is breaking new ground in the world of circus entertainment. It will be the first fully diverse and inclusive circus company in the country. Our mission is to enrich empathy among people of all races, colors, ethnicities, and abilities creating opportunities and building healthier communities through shared positive experiences among the millions of people of all ages who enjoy the circus. Our artists are all experienced and gifted circus performers. We are Black, Hispanic, Asian, Caucasian, LGBTQ. We are young and old, highly trained, talented, and multi-skilled. We use a wheelchair, are Deaf, or blind. We grew up in different countries, have different families, and speak different languages. We have come together through different journeys, collaborating to create a jaw-dropping audience experience. Diversity is our strength! One in four people in this country has a disability. Full access and inclusion are provided for our audience at every single performance, both online and live, including American Sign Language (ASL), Audio Description, Closed Captioning and Simple Language. Once we go live after the pandemic, we will add reduced sensory seating, tactile experiences, and an additional calming area. The circus is an artform fabulous in its independence of language, thereby inclusive of non-English speakers. 74 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020
Aerialist Jen Bricker-Bauer ©Daisy Seilern Photography
A CIRCUS FOR ALL One of my earliest memories from a career in the circus was experiencing a group of Deaf teens whose joyful faces lit up the entire arena when a clown performing for them used ASL. I knew at that moment that the circus can reach the heart of all people. This became my lifelong personal quest.
Before the current pandemic, I was the Director of Community Programs and sales for the Big Apple Circus. For many years, I had the honor to witness the joy of families who were able to share a rare positive bonding experience together and not have to leave any member home. The smiles from kids who rarely smiled and the unified laughter peeling from thousands of different souls, as beautiful as this was, it was never enough. Joy should be accessible all the time to all people, not only on certain days. Children of all ages deserve to be inspired by someone in whom they can see themselves reflected. As the pandemic hit and larger companies folded their tent flaps, there arose an opportunity to create. Omnium is a team of incredibly dedicated professionals whose mission is to take that first step on our journey to make the world a better place through the universal icon of the circus. T h r o u g h e x t r a o r d i n a r y, comprehensively diverse, and inclusive entertainment, we create a space where people from different walks of life can experience wonder, laughter, and joy together and celebrate that which unites us in humanity. Laughter is for everyone. Hand balancing artists, Alan Pagnota and Rafael Ferreira. ©Ana Paula Marchini
RAISE THE TENT We are so excited to offer Omnium’s Virtual Showcase: A Bold New Circus on December 12, 2020, at 5 pm. Tickets are available through our website OmniumCircus.org. If you are able and so moved, please join us in our “raise the tent” campaign. With your support, we hope to transition from virtual to post-pandemic and welcome you all live into our state of the art, climate-controlled tent. Join us in unlocking a visionary world of opportunity for all audiences, artists, staff, vendors, and mostly— children of all ages! See you all on December 12th for some well-deserved holiday joy! •
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THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS IN SONG By Bailey Beckett
here is good reason Elizabeth Chan, America’s most successful Christmas singer/songwriter/ composer, has been called the “Queen of Christmas.” With the release of her ninth album, Celebrate Me Home, the artist is sharing unusual circumstances that led her to record music in a make-shift studio, quarantined from friends and family, and pregnant with her second child. Chan’s new album, which debuted last month, is her most personal yet, filled with reflections about 2020 while still delivering the soulful holiday cheer that has become her trademark. “Many of my family members got sick from COVID-19,” Chan says. “I lost relatives to the disease. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do a record because my mind wasn’t in the optimistic place it usually is during this time of year when I’m normally writing Christmas songs. It was hard for me to make sense of anything during this time and keep my family together.” That’s putting it mildly. Chan began 2020 on a high note, having released eight topselling albums and even meeting with Hollywood studios, eager to turn her life story into a major motion picture. And then, the pandemic hit. The world froze.
A REFLECTION OF THE TIMES Chan’s plans to record her ninth album, Celebrate Me Home, were suddenly in flux for the Christmas season. With recording studios closed, she was forced to create her own studio in an office, learning how to produce and engineer tracks on the album from colleagues remotely. In one corner, Chan looked after her two-yearold daughter, Noelle, who was being home-schooled. And in another, Chan wrote, performed, and recorded songs on the new album, which took a personal tone that reflected the times. “It was very empowering,” says Chan. Further complicating the year, Chan learned she was pregnant and was then forced to quarantine her family from her loved ones. The circumstances had a profound effect on Chan’s music, as she witnessed family members get sick, artist friends lose work, and the world as she knew it changed virtually overnight. Bringing a new life into the world also weighed heavily on her mind. Suddenly, recording Christmas music had a purpose beyond spreading holiday cheer. “I needed to do this record for my friends and family as much as for myself,” she said.
DEEPLY PERSONAL Chan began writing deeply personal lyrics about life, love, and loss, including a message for her unborn child. A common thread throughout all the music is the journey home. “We’ve all lost so much this year, including the ability to celebrate with family in person,” says Chan. “I revel in celebration. Christmas is not about spending money on presents but spending time and in the presence of the people you love.” Though Celebrate Me Home found inspiration in 2020; the album also includes Chan’s infectious holiday spirit. Her versatile voice, capable of high and low pitches bring any song to life, providing the perfect soundtrack for Christmas or any time, as she learned. “I’m proud of Celebrate Me Home because the message extends beyond the calendar. We›ve been reminded how precious life is, and it’s helped us remember what’s most important, year-round. But Christmas will always be the perfect day to celebrate.” Chan’s never-ending belief in the magic of the holidays has made her into one of Christmas Music’s brightest stars, listened to by millions around the globe. Hailed as “America’s most successful, and perhaps only, full-time Christmas singer/composer,” by the New Yorker, the artist debuted her first album, Everyday Holidays, in 2011 by launching a Kickstarted campaign that helped fund the recording. Since then, her yearly Christmas albums have become an eagerly awaited part of the holiday season, spawning many Billboard Top 10 singles. For more information on Elizabeth Chan, visit lizchanchristmas.com. • 76 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020
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SPOILING YOUR HOLIDAY HOUNDS By Melanie Carden
he winter holidays are a great excuse to spoil your favorite family member. Whether it’s new winter gear or a plush reindeer, here are some suggestions for practical needs and luxe, indeed. With so many families with new “COVID canines,” these goodies are perfect for the caring and sharing themes of the winter celebrations. SNOWY NIGHT SELFIES SEEING DOUBLE LUXE AND LOVELY Winter holiday check list: red plaid, cozy vibes, and family time. These matching family flannel PJs from Lanz of Salzburg are perfect for a snowy night—hunker down for some snuggles and family-selfies. Info: eileenwest.com.
COVID-19 is like that annoying relative that just doesn’t know when to leave the party. Let’s make the most of it with these awesome twin mask and bandana sets from Sam and Nala! With lush, breathable fabric and gorgeous patterns, it’s an easy and practical gift that will steal the show this season. Info: samandnala.com.
Luxurious, indulgent macarons for the poshest of pooches from Bonne et Filou. In flavors such as strawberry, lavender, and mint, these gorgeous bites are free of artificial coloring or preservatives, cornfree, and wheat-free. Sourced from local suppliers? Yup! Only the best for our fourlegged royals. Info: bonneetfilou.com.
MERRY WOOFMAS TOYS
PAMPER THE PUP
What’s the jingle, jangle we hear? Is it Santa? No, it’s Django—delivering the highest-quality dog gifts. Known for their incredible leash and harness sets, they also make raincoats for those icky, mushy days in between magical snowfalls. Info: djangobrand.com.
Being good all year can be “ruff,” so reward your furry friend this Christmas with the toy set they deserve! The P.L.A.Y. Merry Woofmas Plush Toy Collection features five cheerful toys in the shape of a hang-able stocking, tasty plate of cookies, ornamentfilled Christmas tree, tug-able elf, and a silly Santa. Your furry friend will be howling with joy once they see these delights waiting for them under the tree! Info: petplay.com.
We all pamper and primp a bit around the holidays—even Fido has some precelebration bubble bath time. Soap Cauldron is a must-have for home and gifting. This hand-crafted, cruelty-free line of grooming products offers coat-specific bath soaps, Pad Balm and Soaks, as well as Sleek & Shine Coat Tamer. With gift sets galore, your shopping is simplified. Info: soupcauldron.com.
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Add a bit of heart—and Nordic flair—to your pup’s winterwear. Up Country’s ribbon collars are as gorgeous as they are practical. Stain and fray resistant; these fetching collars are designed to last a lifetime and their buckles are Coast Guard approved for high weight hold. With an extraordinary selection of patterns and sizes from XS to XXL—there’s a collar for every whim and holiday wish! Info: upcountryinc.com
Your dog has been so good this year, not only is your pooch on the nice list but gets to sleep in Santa’s sleigh! Your best friend will be dreaming of stockings filled with treats and toys when he falls asleep on Christmas Eve in his very own sleigh bed. Who needs sugar plums and figs when you’ve got these cool sleepin’ digs! Info: Petco.com.
Make mealtime memories with these super adorable, raised Fun Time Feeders. Crafted with water resistant and durable material, these raised feeders are great for healthy digestion. Sure, you’re feasting on turkey and holiday roasts—don’t leave out your favorite elf. Bring the holiday magic to Fido’s meals too! Info: funtimefeeders.com.
THE BOOD & THE SNOOD
Bark Box helps you fill your dog’s stocking with joy. Whether it’s a monthly Bark Box subscription or a Dreidel stuffie— there’s something for every dog and all the wonderful winter holidays! Does your big dog feel uninspired by normal-size plush? Check out these Big Boi holiday toys— oversized to make a big impression. Info: barkbox.com.
You and the puppers plan on dressing up for the holidays? Christmas trees, bows, candy canes, elves, and Santa sets—Pet Costume Center has matching sweater sets for every style! Grab a cup of party punch and be prepared to bow-wow-wow your family with these laid-back, festive designs. Order early and snap a great photo to use as your Christmas card! Info: petcostumecenter.com.
Ruffina designs offers dog separates for optimal winter wardrobe options! The bood is the coat and the snood is the super cozy funnel neck. Spoil your pup with this ultrasoft holiday coat and scarf collection. Mix and match colors include pink, orange, grey, black, pea green and holiday red, of course! Info: ruffian.nyc.
NAUGHTY OR NICE?
Ho-Ho-Hope your dog is on the nice list! No mantle is complete without these adorable Christmas musthaves. Be sure Fido leaves extra cookies for Santa because these stockings were made for lots of treats. Personalize your pup’s stocking for an added touch—and get ready to celebrate in style! Info: thecompanystore.com.
If your dog drank a martini, it would be shaken and bone-dry. Of course, any doggie loves the finer things in life, and expects you to acquire these necessities— including a Pendleton bed. Impeccably balanced quality and style—this dog bed is equally at home in a city loft or mountainside chalet. Your dog will definitely sleep through Santa’s visit on this baby! Info: carolinapetcompany. com/Pendleton. • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 79
GIFTS FOR THE DOG LOVER ON YOUR LIST By Melanie Carden
he only thing more fun than holiday shopping for our dogs, is shopping for our pet-loving friends and family. Whether you use the classic “one for me, one for them” shopping strategy or just gift-your-hearts-out—here are some goodies to make this season merry! Spoil the dog people in your life with trinkets and treasures that make them laugh, smile, and beguile. Here we go, holiday elves—bust out the gift wrap, bows, and tags. This shopping season is in the bag! TOTE-ALLY LOVE THE GRINCH 365 DAYS OF PUPPY LOVE SKI SEASON We tote-ally agree! Sam & Nala created this use-for-everything tote bag, and we’re buying it in bulk for holiday gifting. For the tough-to-shop-for dog owner or for yourself—this bag is a winter holiday win. Info: samandnala.com.
The folks at Workman always have the perfect calendar for literally everyone. A classic holiday gift—these calendars are the benchmark for crave-worthy artistic calendars. Themes include Dog Trivia, Dogs that Heal, and 365 Days of Puppies. Also worth checking out The Secret Lives of Squirrels, and their nearly forty other animal themes! Info: workman.com.
A dog skiing? And wearing a cozy red scarf! Refined yet whimsical art is just a few mouse-clicks away. Offering more than half a dozen sizes, this chic artwork makes luxe within reach for most gifting budgets. With a neutral color scheme and cool winter tones, this piece is perfect for all the doglovers on Santa’s nice list! Black Dog Ski Season framed graphic art print by Clicart. Info: perigold.com.
TEA FOR A PAWS CAUSE
DOGS LOVE CHRISTMAS!
Uncommon Goods delivers on its promise—always unique and sure to create holiday memories. These custom dogowner cartoon mugs are serving up some major cuteness. Cue the hot cocoa and holiday cheer. These on-trend mugs are totally hip and perfect for warm winter sips—get ready to trend on Instagram! Info: uncommomgoods.com.
Steep with intention—the tagline for philanthroTEA is also a great approach to the holidays. Give the gift of giving back! Every purchase of their organic peach mango blend benefits animal welfare organizations. And who can resist its gorgeous packaging and adorable name—pawsativiTEA! We give it four paws up! Info: philanthrotea.com.
Wufers is delivering the only advent calendar anyone needs—the Doggie Advent! No tasteless gimmicks here. This daily treat dispensing calendar is filled with their pup-pleasing mini cookies. Packaged in a beautiful, magnetic-closure display box with gold foil design, it’s a seasonal showstopper! Info: wufers.com.
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A truly special gift. With a vibrant makersmarket and fast customization at our fingertips, Stellar Villa art is a standout. Communicate directly with the artistic two-person team to create personalized, high-end cartoon renderings of someone’s favorite pet. Or opt for their Peekaboo Pet Paintings! Heartfelt holiday gifting at its finest—with options for every budget. Info: stellarvilla.com.
It’s winter. Coziness is mandatory and The Company Store offers it in abundance with this down alternative throw. These pups are looking smart and they offer winter wisdom: hunker down and get snuggly. It’s time for fireside naps, leisurely winter reading, and Netflix marathons! Winter woes got you craving warm and cuddly? The Company Store’s got you covered! Info: thecompanystore.com.
For the dog-loving bibliophile! Stuff those holiday stockings with trinkets and richly detailed bowser-books! A collection of writing and poetry devoted to the joys and folly of our special relationship with dogs. This is a gorgeous gift, with an introduction by Tracey Ullman, and magnificent illustrations, and dog photographs by acclaimed reportage and portrait photographer Rhian Ap Gruffydd. Dear Santa, more dog prose, please! Info: nyrb. com and all booksellers.
NAUGHTY OR NICE
A TOAST TO YOU
From haute clothing line Staud comes stunning customized leisurewear featuring your posh pooch. The ultimate in luxury wear for the most discerning pet owners. Bring the magic to the holiday season with your extraordinary taste. Sorry, Santa—the elves can’t compete with this elegant gift! Info: staud.clothing.
Looking for a grab bag or hostess gift that will get a super paw-sitive reaction? Look no further! These sassy, elegant guest towels are perfect for any dog-lover on your list. These seasonal linen guest towels add a festive touch to the powder room or kitchen table for the holidays. Info: thecompanystore.com
These pint-sized tumblers capture the ups, downs, and humor of dog-training. Whether filled with milk, beer, or other cheer—these tumblers are sure to be a favorite. The dog moms and pops will laugh out loud as they share stories of training faux-paws! Info: uncommongoods.com. •
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A CATALICIOUS HOLIDAY! By Monie Schulling
abulous gifts for your favorite feline and you that last the whole year through! This year we quarantined with our fur children, bonded with them, and they are going to be expecting some gifts and treats as a reward for us not leaving home as much! What can you get for your meowvelously spoiled feline who has everything? We found purrfect gifts, both big and small, that will delight both you and your kitty and will make your holidays bright! HATBOX BLACK CAT PURSE YEOWWW CATNIP TOYS Show off your love of cats in a super stylish purse; perfect for day or night. Made from vegan-friendly materials and great construction that features a handle on the top, inner pocket and silver hardware. It’s water-resistant and easy to wipe clean. Featuring an exclusive mod black & white dot logo pattern. The bag measures 8.5” tall by 9.5” wide by 3.5” thick, just the right size for carrying all your essentials and some cat treats! Info: hauspanther.com.
The catnip is aptly named Yeowww after the reaction your kitties give to this amazing catnip! Cats enjoy Catnip by sniffing, licking, rolling around, and cheek rubbing. Rub some loose catnip on scratchers, and your cats will stay away from your couch! Catnip is organically grown in the USA with only the best leaves and flowertops. All Yeowww Catnip Toys are hand-stuffed and made in the USA with 100% catnip. The original favorite is the yellow banana that cats covet. Yeowww toys are the perfect holiday fun for your fur babies! Info: duckyworld.com.
LICKIMAT FELIX & CASPER
BOO BOOS BEST NATURAL CAT TREATS
Make every meal as satisfying as feeding on wild-caught food. Award-winning LickiMat Felix & Casper enriches feeding time for cats promoting greater activity similar to what they would experience in the wild. Felix & Casper stop “whisker stress” and allow cats to be fed in a crouching position with a full view of their surroundings, reducing stress and anxiety. The pockets are designed to promote licking action to extract food, slow down eating, and make meals or treats last long. Perfect for wet, raw, dry, and liquid foods. Info: available at amazon.com/lickimat and all good pet stores.
Why should dogs have all the fun? Cats love treats, too, especially these delicious, all-natural, treats which are full of healthy, vibrant superfoods like pumpkin, blueberries, turmeric, and ginger. Lightly smoky, these chewy bite-size nuggets are perfect for letting your feline friends know how much you love them. With humanely-raised duck or turkey, or wild-caught salmon or whitefish, plus catnip, no kitty can resist! Made in the USA. Info: booboosbest.com.
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JAYCATS CUSTOM KITTY STOCKINGS
PET CUBE PLAY 2
We love supporting small retailers, and Jaycats Custom Kitty Toys and Stockings are beautifully made with love for cats. Even kitties need a Christmas stocking, and this one is purrfect for your feline family member or cat lover! Stockings are available in black, silver, or gold. This hand-sewn, sturdy canvas stocking measures roughly 14 inches tall by 6 inches wide. It features a cat silhouette wearing your choice of either a Christmas bow with a bell or a sweet little bowtie. A glossy red ribbon is woven around the top, with glittering or matte Christmas ornaments tied on the ends. Personalization included. Info: jaycatdesigns.com.
A smart HD pet camera with laser toy is the coolest way to monitor your kitties while you are away! Watch your favorite felines with live 1080p HD video, night vision, and 4x digital zoom. You can also get full room coverage with a 160-degree view. Best of all is the two-way audio and interactive laser toy so you can interact with your cat, so they don’t have separation anxiety! Set Laser to auto-play mode to keep pets engaged when you’re busy. Pet Cube’s newest feature is its app, where you can interact with a vet and your fur child in real-time. Info: petcube.com.
HAPPYSTACK CAT TOWER
CATVIAR CAT CONDO
Your kitties will love these innovative and cool-looking Happystack Cat Towers for climbing, hiding, resting, and scratching that will satisfy your cat’s wellbeing and engagement. The sturdy triangular design is perfect for your living spaces and comes in four colors. The carpet allows cats to scratch and climb with ease. Happystack cat towers can be easily disassembled for storage or stack the three nesting levels inside each other. Happystack cat towers are 100 percent made in the USA! Info: wisewhisker.com.
The CATVIAR Condo is a meowlossol caviar tin with four entrances so your kitty can hide and escape. The Condo has two interior shelves for your fur baby to snooze and dream of caviar, and a bed on top so your kitty can be the top Cat in your home! Also included is a tin of Caviar for you! Best of all, Square Paws donates 10% of net profits to agencies dedicated to animal rescue and refuge. Designed by Architect Mario Arbore, Square Paws believes that your cat’s towers and condos should be part of your home design. This is the perfect intermingling of art and functionality. Each tower is produced by special order, made in the USA, and artesian-crafted. Info: squarepaws.com. •
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PENGUINS IN PERIL By Michael LaChance
hey’re sports mascots and cartoon characters, holiday decorations, and stuffed toys. No doubt about it, the power of this black-and-white creature rules. Penguins are a hit with their quirky charm. But it’s going to take more than a pop-culture obsession for these sleek, entertaining, and endearing birds to survive. Penguins are flightless birds that breed in colonies, have Happy Feet, and are sometimes called Chilly Willy—there’s also no denying that they’re extremely cute (and well-dressed: hello tuxedo coats!) creatures. These Southern Hemisphere birds live and breed in colonies, and like most wildlife, need our help. Luckily, many organizations are working to fight climate change, disturbance to habitat, and other things that put these picture-perfect birds at risk. We spoke to leaders in this avian rescue community to see what’s affecting penguins and how we can help.
CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT It’s no longer possible to ignore the effects of climate change. As Pablo Garcia Borboroglu from the Global Penguin Society explains, “The earth’s current climate change is no longer a prediction. It is unequivocal and when combined with other threats, there’s a direct impact on the iconic penguin species. Some Antarctic regions are warming much faster than the average rate of the earth’s overall warming. Alterations in the patterns of ice formation and melting, together with increasing rain and snow precipitations, have changed breeding and feeding habitat quality and availability.” Rosalie Goldsworthy, from Penguin Rescue NZ, tells us disease is an issue, too. “Climate change is affecting the distribution of mosquitoes and adding to the prevalence of avian malaria,” she says, adding, “Coastal erosion is reducing access to nest sites for penguins, and Little Penguins are adversely affected by storm events at sea.” Pablo tells us temperate species (outside Antarctic regions) are also altered by climate variation. And, since they don’t fly and travel for food, climate change can hinder their survival. Dr. Katta Ludynia from Southern African Foundation For The Conservation Of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) tells us about the shifts in fish distribution and changes in African penguins’ most important prey: sardine and anchovy. “The lack of fish has dramatic effects on many of South Africa’s seabirds, especially the African penguin. Climate change also negatively affects their breeding as extreme weather events (heat waves, cold spells and storms) lead to nest abandonment,” she says. This affects the Little Penguin species too. Roland Pick from the Penguin Foundation says, “they feed on pilchards, anchovies, squid and sea jellies from the ocean’s pelagic layer.” In ideal circumstances, this remains at a fairly constant temperature.” However, he says, “as ocean’s temperatures rise, the penguins preferred food source may move deeper into the ocean to avoid increasing water temperatures, into areas deeper than penguins can dive.”
Emperor and Chick ©J. Weller
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HUMAN INTERFERENCE For penguin colonies, human activities pose some of the most damaging threats. There are fisheries, fishing nets that entangle penguins, oil spills, and pollution. And don’t forget about plastic! As Pablo says, “Oil spills killed thousands of penguins in four continents, and now plastic pollution is also affecting them—we found penguins entangled, with plastic bottles around their necks or plastic bags strangling them. Penguins also eat small pieces of plastic that harm—and can kill—them too.” Dr. Ludynia tells us about habitat destruction among African penguin colonies, saying, “St Croix Island, the world’s largest African penguin colony, is located close to the Port of Ngqura, the deep-water port on the east coast of South Africa. Population numbers have declined since port expansion, and activities like ship-to-ship bunkering and increased shipping traffic have begun to eradicate the South African penguins.” Roland says that an imbalance of the ocean’s biodiversity and food web can result from overfishing. “Marine debris is also a risk, and sometimes it’s the little things we do or change, that make a difference. One of the prime offenders is helium balloons. Eventually, they come back down and deflate in the ocean. A deflated balloon can look like a sea jelly, which is part of the penguins’ diet,” he explains. In New Zealand, the extinction of yellow-eyed penguins (which Rosalie Goldsworthy tells us is predicted to happen within 10 years on Mainland NZ) is caused by anthropomorphic effects. “Between our desire to get into their spaces, our pets, and our commercial greed, we are destroying an iconic species that has survived for 60 million years,” she says. “We need to be mindful of disposing rubbish (especially plastic) appropriately. It ends up in our waterways, which drain into our oceans, so the onus is on us to do the right thing,” Roland adds.
©Bjorn Krietsch Resident African penguins at SANCCOB
SAVE THE PENGUINS
Rosalie Goldsworthy believes the first step, especially in NZ, is to advocate for dogs to be on leads or muzzled at the beach. As she explains, “When a penguin is struggling, it will come ashore to rest and recover. If a dog gets it at this point, it will die. If you come across a penguin on the beach, in the daytime, something is wrong. Call authorities.
Even without human interference, penguins can face issues in the wild. Rosalie tells us that her organization works primarily for yellow-eyed penguins “through optimizing habitat, maximizing survival and breeding, minimizing disturbance, enhancing management through science, advocating for penguin conservation, and managing the risk of disease.” She also says the loss of habitat occurs “as more coastal areas are given over to farming, predation, disease, human disturbance, and starvation. The mainland predator is dogs.”
She reminds us, “Saving penguins is skilled work, but we can’t do it if we don’t find them. New Zealand wildlife is adapted for aerial predators who will freeze when disturbed. This does not mean that they like you; it means they are terrified. Let’s co-exist with our iconic species by giving them the space they need to live.” Pablo tells us, “Because of cultural evolutions, the way we live has moved us away from nature. We ignore how much we need the environment to keep us mentally and physically healthy. This is unsustainable. We need to increase awareness and educate communities about sustainability.” Even though climate change may be difficult to grasp for some people, small changes like avoiding single-use plastics at home can help. Education is also important—organizations like the Global Penguin Society give out educational material (check out the books, Sea Messengers, and Penguins: Natural History and Conservation) to create awareness. Volunteering can also help foundations like this continue their work. SANCCOB explains that as non-profits, they rely on donations. “Veterinary care, medication, rehabilitation, and fish for feeding are all covered by fundraising,” they explain. 86 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020
Pablo explains that over half of the 18 species of penguins are on the list of threatened species (per the International Union for the Conservation of Nature). The people at SANCCOB tell us that for the African penguin, lack of fish and breeding habitat, and predators like Kelp gulls are at risk as marine pollution and tourist disturbances. Little penguins are vulnerable on land, and Roland explains, “their biggest threat on Australia’s Phillip Island comes from above. Birds of prey such as Whitebellied sea eagles, Swamp Harriers, and Pacific gulls. Foxes are also considered a threat; however, after years of hard work—in 2017, we declared the island fox-free.” There’s also the need to control feral cats, and out at sea, certain species of seals may prey on penguins.
SUCCESS STORIES Looking for some success stories to brighten your day? Remember, research and rescue have already done a world of good. The Global Penguin Society combines scientific problem identification with approaching governments to establish protected areas and helping to put it all in place. However, as Pablo says, “Often in the countries in which we operate, Governments are unstable, and Administrations change all the time so, by involving communities we have higher stability and continuity.” They’ve helped protect 32 million acres of habitat for penguins, benefiting 2.4 million penguins worldwide. And then there’s Australia’s Penguin Foundation’s Summerland Peninsula story from 1985. With research as the cornerstone of the Phillip Island Nature Parks operations, it’s no surprise that this helped save the day here. After a scientific staff paper predicted that the world’s most famous colony of Little Penguins at the Penguin Parade could be extinct here by 2000, something had to be done. Roland explains, “This was the last of the original 10 penguin colonies on Phillip Island before European settlement, and the findings set off alarm bells across the community and Government.” Luckily, with the help of a paper that included measures to protect the Little Penguins and their habitat, a new program helped the colony rebuild from just 12,000 to 30,000 breeding birds. Seeing that this is possible, all we need to do is spend more time, energy, and resources protecting precious wildlife like the penguins. As Rosalie so aptly puts it, “Adults share their time and resources with others. We need to share the planet too!” •
Magellanic penguin (P.G. Borboroglu)
GET INVOLVED You can learn more about the organizations we’ve mentioned. Remember, following foundations on social media, donating, and volunteering is a great way to spread awareness. Here’s a jumping-off point: Penguin Rescue Sign up to help the penguins at Penguin Rescue NZ. For an associate membership fee, you get a calendar and weekly penguin updates by email. Info: penguins.org.nz. The Global Penguin Society This international organization that fosters the conservation of penguin species and their associated ecosystems are engaged in much research and habitat protection in the ocean and on land. They also have local and global education programs. Help support their efforts donating on through their website! Info: globalpenguinsociety.org. Southern African Foundation For The Conservation Of Coastal Birds SANCCOB is internationally recognized, helps with the response, rehabilitation, chick-rearing, and contributes to research and training programs. It has an Adoption Program where you can adopt an egg or an African penguin to contribute to the incubation, hand-rearing, and rehabilitation. You can donate online as well. Info: sanccob.co.za.
The Penguin Foundation From performing penguin rescues during oil spills to training people, they focus on rescue and rehab and are always looking for donations. They also have a volunteer program that always needs people willing to help. Info: penguinfoundation.org.au.
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DISCOVER THE SWEETEST TREAT FOR DOGS BONNE ET FILOU DOG MACARONS By Pamela Smythe Woods
ogs turned into fur babies and dog owners turned into pet parents. And with this lifestyle shift, what happened? Dog products became humanized. No longer must we hide the ugly dog bed in the closet when guests visit. Beds–and many other pet accessories–are now so beautiful, they’ve become a part of our living space, a reflection of a lifestyle that says, “we are proud to be pet parents.” The sophistication of everything from dog accessories to dog food makes us humans not only enjoy our dogs more. but places more emphasis on sharing what’s right for our fur children.
Founders + Filou
Meet Bonne et Filou, a French-inspired dog treat company that is lovingly compared by customers to Ladurée (the posh–human –French macaron brand with a global following and a flagship in NYC). Bonne and Filou, Founder & CEO, Nicolas Nemeth and his wife, Linzi, wanted to find a way to treat their dog to their favorite French pastry. Always fascinated with the lavish lifestyles of the dogs of Louis XIV, King of France, they set out to make a treat inspired by his royal dogs, Bonne and Filou, who lived in the Palace of Versailles. They slept in satin sheets, wore diamond collars, and even had their own personal chef (Shhh- don’t let Fido get any ideas here). Nemeth says his goal with Bonne et Filou was to make a treat so exquisite and delicious that even pet parents could hardly keep their paws off it. “The biggest compliment I can get is when a new customer tells me they thought our dog macarons were for humans, until they tried to take a bite out of them,” Nemeth reveals lovingly. “While our macarons are indeed safe for human consumption and our dogs love them, they aren’t the sugary French treat humans are used to. We designed these vet-approved dog macarons carefully. Nutritionists worked closely with us, specifically to assure this hard, chewable treat for dogs could be enjoyed for an extended period of time.” Bonne et Filou uses all-natural ingredients to handmake their macarons in small batches in the USA. Each dog macaron is made with human-grade ingredients including oat flour, honey, coconut oil and an all-natural yogurt filling. Unlike the macarons from brands destined for human consumption like Ladurée, they have a 12+ months shelf life. No refrigeration is required. And there are no artificial ingredients or preservatives. With five delicious flavors to choose from strawberry, mint, lavender, vanilla, and rose, Fido’s going to have a great time picking a favorite. “It goes without saying that dogs are the new children. So naturally, dog parents want to give their four-legged besties more than just a treat. They want to build an experience around treatgiving. Bonne et Filou fulfills this need most beautifully,” Nemeth is proud to report. Each box of Bonne et Filou has six dog macarons inside (priced at $23.99). A combo pack of three boxes (18 dog macarons) is $64.99. These delicious and lovely macarons are available at www.BonneEtFilou.com as well as over 330 retail stores including department stores and pet boutiques. A perfect dayto-day treat for all of us who love to spoil our dogs, these tasty delights are also a unique gift. • 88 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020
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ROBIN LATHROP OF BYROBIN, LUXURY EVENT PRODUCER By Ann Grenier
uring these unprecedented times, you may well have participated in or discussed the joys of virtual events with your phone or computer screen divided up into boxes with a cacophony of noise. With the recent boom in virtual event planning, ByRobin brings professional broadcast skills and technology to the game to create strongly produced and delectable events. ByRobin founder and CEO Robin Lathrop is the powerhouse behind one-of-a-kind events. When she founded the company 25 years ago, her dream was to change the industry standard, fuse her passion for art and fashion. Her eye for design aesthetics combined with her formal business education creates a flawless and unforgettable experience for each client. This unique blend of artistry and efficiency has set ByRobin apart as an unparalleled force within the industry. Robin personally produces and puts her all into every detail of her work, which has created wonderful, dedicated, and long-term client relationships. She feels blessed by the opportunity to be part of the most important milestones and is personally committed to every level. As a comprehensive design and management company, ByRobin’s wide range of works span from corporate and nonprofit events to destination weddings, large scale commencements, corporate conferences, and social events. In fact, Robin has seen a huge growth in fundraising efforts with her loyal nonprofit clients and feels it is important to make a positive difference and give back.
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Robin Lathrop fuses her passion for art and fashion with project management expertise to deliver the ideal day. New York Lifestyles sat down with Robin Lathrop to discuss her career, her event planning company Robin Lathrop, and what the event producing industry has done to adapt to the “new normal.” Are you a native New Yorker? Yes! I was born in New York City and raised in Hudson Valley. I love everything about the city. So much so, I moved back in 1985. How did you get into event producing? I attended SUNY Albany, where I graduated with my business and theater degrees. I believe that the best events are planned and produced like a show, with the guests being the audience, and it is all about perfect planning/timing/ability to pivot seamlessly in a moment. How and when did you start your own event company? I worked for an event company at The Plaza Hotel for 8 years. After feeling that I had outgrown my position’s capacity, I left and started my own company. I believe that everything is possible—and I have never looked back!
Working on Virtual Commencement
Our team will manage everything from site selection, décor, food and beverage design…and much more! Tell us more about ByRobin and what it offers. ByRobin is an all-encompassing production company. We offer virtual, hybrid, and live event services. Our team will manage everything from site selection, registration, décor, food and beverage design, talent acquisition, technical support, and much more! What is the most memorable event you have created? One of my most memorable events was a 60th birthday party at Lincoln Center for an immensely powerful man. The event took place on the only dark day of the theatre. Our entire team pulled out all the stops, working around the clock for 48 hours to pull off a once in a lifetime event! With the COVID-19 pandemic changing the event producing industry, how did you transition from live events to virtual? The pandemic struck right before our 2020 commencement for The New School. We immediately pivoted and created a unique, interactive, live virtual commencement experience for 12,000 people. What does the future hold for event producing? I think that hybrid model events will play a key role in event producing. With the holiday season coming up, what are some hints for someone planning a festive event or party? Be prepared to plan your event in a shorter amount of time and add in some virtual elements. Robin Lathrop ©ByRobin
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GERALDO RIVERA CELEBRATES 50 YEARS IN TV By Peter Elston
ustachioed reporter extraordinaire Geraldo Rivera celebrated his 50th Anniversary in television with I Am Geraldo, 50 years. The docuseries which takes you behind one of the scenes of one of journalism’s most storied careers is available to view now on Fox Nation, the Fox News digital platform. Born in Brooklyn, his family moved to Long Island where he attended West Babylon High School. From there, he enrolled in the State University of New York Maritime College (1961-1963), where he became a member of the rowing team, and later transferred to the University of Arizona and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration. After returning to New York in 1966, the young Rivera enrolled in Brooklyn Law School and subsequently held internships with the New York District Attorney’s office under legendary crime-fighter Frank Hogan, before receiving his J.D. in 1969. He was admitted to the New York State Bar later that year. “In the words of Jerry Garcia, it’s been a long, strange ride,” said Rivera, who has never made an appearance without his trademark mustache over five decades. “I’m like an old friend to so many people now. It’s more than credibility, it’s familiarity, and I honor that, I treasure that. It’s my most important resource and my most valuable asset.”
BROADCAST SUCCESS The four-part series follows Rivera’s career from littleknown New York reporter for Eyewitness News back in the 1970s, into international stardom—and the bumps along the way, including his infamous live coverage of the opening of gangster Al Capone’s vault. In it the Emmy and Peabody-award winning correspondent reflects on his most high-profile investigations, beginning with his epic expose on the conditions of the Willowbrook State School. In 1972, the 28-year old reporter for WABC-TV snuck into the institution on Staten Island and found proof of a dangerously overcrowded, filthy. and poorly maintained facility. Scenes from inside Willowbrook were beyond comprehension, and the local news story was watched by millions. In that riveting crusade to close America’s grim institutions for the developmentally disabled, Rivera made history. His reporting at Willowbrook is still being taught today in every school of social work in the nation, forever changing attitudes about the care and treatment of the mentally challenged. “I know I would have been famous, I would have been, you know, a New York celebrity,” he said. “I won my first Columbia DuPont award in 1971, a few months before Willowbrook. But Willowbrook kind of supercharged all that.”
Geraldo Rivera ©Fox News
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A METEORIC RISE On a personal level, the impact of the series propelled the little-known New York reporter to international stardom. No longer just a rebel with a cause, Rivera mingled with everyone from Andy Warhol to Frank Sinatra, his career saw a meteoric rise. The arc of his unique career and vivid personal life took Rivera from gritty street reporter to jet-set playboy to host of saucy late night and raucous daytime television programs. Following his departure from ABC for his story on John F. Kennedy’s relationship with Marylin Monroe, and the live coverage of the opening of gangster Al Capone’s vault, Rivera was offered his own talk show with salacious and intriguing stories, making even more of a household name.
Geraldo Rivera in Tora Bora, Afghanistan ©Fox News
I’m like an old friend to so many people now… It’s familiarity, and I honor that, I treasure that. Geraldo Rivera with his wife Erica Rivera and their daughter Sol Rivera ©Little Bobos, Cleveland
In the fourth and final part of the series, due to the tragic events of 9/11, the broadcaster no longer sought the big money contracts with the networks. After taking a pay cut from NBC, Rivera reinvented himself and revigorated his career when he joined Fox News as their Chief War Correspondent, covering the ugliness and heroism of the war on terror, One of the last of the rock and roll newsmen, Rivera went everywhere from the killing fields of Iraq and Afghanistan, Central America, Africa and around the globe, inter viewing boldface n a m e s f r o m Ya s i r Arafat to Fidel Castro, Muhammad A l i to C harles Manson to Donald Trump. For more information on Geraldo Rivera, visit Fox News at foxnews.com/ person/r.geraldo-rivera. html. •
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THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
15TH ANNUAL TASTE OF HOPE GOES VIRTUAL By Elizabeth Darwen
he American Cancer Society (ACS) will host the 15th Annual Taste of Hope virtual celebration on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. The event will celebrate New York City’s iconic restaurant industry and raise critical funds for cancer research and ACS’s local patient service programs. This year’s Taste of Hope will recognize James Beard Award-winning culinary honorees, Chef Michael White (Marea) and Chef Joseph ‘JJ’ Johnson (Fieldtrip). Mark D. Friedman and Jamie Koff return as event co-chairs, and CBS News anchor Chris Wragge returns as emcee. The event will feature special appearances and performances by Sting, Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian, Breaking Bad), Mario Cantone (Sex and the City), Chef Jean Georges (The Fulton), Chef Todd English (Figs), Chef Aaron Sanchez (MasterChef), former football player Harry Carson (NY Giants), Amy Ryan (The Office), Peter Onorati (This Is Us), Harry Lennix (Blacklist), Alysia Reiner (OITNB), David Alan Basche, Bobby Cannavale, and more. Event guests will hear firsthand how cancer continues during the pandemic and the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on life-saving programs and services from a two-time cancer survivor, communicator, coach, and author of Make Room for Joy, Vanessa Joy Walker.
A TOP CULINARY EVENT
Chef Michael White
Taste of Hope is the American Cancer Society’s signature culinary, wine, and spirits’ event. In a normal year, Taste of Hope provides 700+ guests the opportunity to enjoy bites from New York City’s top restaurants and philanthropic chefs and sips from leading winemakers and spirit brands. This year’s event will be a reimagined virtual party, celebrating the work of local chefs and New York City’s culinary community, and honoring cancer survivors and loved ones lost to cancer due to safety precautions. A pre-show featuring cocktail demos from mixologists at Golden Grove Global and Pepsi Co will air at 6:45 pm. An after-party hosted by DJ Spin Diesel with live-streamed performances will immediately follow the main event. “The American Cancer Society, like so many of New York City’s restaurants, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. But cancer hasn’t stopped, so neither will we,” says Chloe Lipman, executive director for the American Cancer Society of Greater New York City. “On November 10th, I want everyone to do two things: order dinner from your favorite local restaurant, and join us online as we fight cancer and celebrate the spirit of New York’s indomitable culinary industry at the first-ever virtual Taste of Hope.” Chef JJ Johnson ©Christina Chi Craig
SUPPORT THE CAUSE In its 15th year, Taste of Hope has raised over $1.8 Million to support the American Cancer Society’s mission and goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem. There is no cost to attend this year’s virtual event, but a donation is requested. Attendees also will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction prizes donated from leading organizations, including a coveted table at Rao’s, 1-1 Private Virtual Cooking Demo with David Burke, Dinner for 10 guests at their home with Chef Michael White, and more. This year’s Taste of Hope executive committee includes Drew Blumenthal, Jennifer Cayetano, Gail Eissenstat, Nicole Filingeri, Juan Goulbourne, Rachel Halperin, Lizziee Jerez, Lauren Kaufman, Wayne Margolin, Melanie McManus, Sari Pollack, Kim Poulos, Meredith Rinn, Susan Santoro, Linda Shapiro, Scott Sheehy, Melissa Siegel, Brittany Stevenson, Jennifer Valentine, Vanessa Walker, and Chelsea Whitney. Taste of Hope sponsors includes Arbill, Eurostruct Inc, KGI Design Group, Leumi Bank, McIntosh & Moon Strategies, Merrill Lynch Walters Bailey Associates, Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP. For more information on Taste of Hope and to register, visit tasteofhopenyc.org. •
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NEW YORK, NY
A NEW YORK RANT By Sean-Patrick M. Hillman
A MUCH-NEEDED REBELLION One of this country’s greatest Statesmen, and a Founding Father of our great nation, Thomas Jefferson, once wrote, “A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.” Little did he know, as he penned a letter to James Madison from Paris, that this quote would be even more relevant some 233 years later. Yes, my fellow New Yorkers, a little rebellion is certainly needed right now in New York. With both Mayor Bill deBlasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo, we have been “ruled” by a deluded, self-aggrandizing, woefully corrupt totalitarian regime for far too long. What was promised by Cuomo as transparent and fair governance in Albany has been anything but while DeBlasio continues to believe his own lies. By now, you are asking, “why is he saying, deluded?” Well, if you read the Governor’s new book, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic, you would know exactly how delusional this phony would-be Emperor is. Cuomo places the blame for the over 11,000 senior deaths squarely at the feet of both the New York Post and President Trump. Um, how is that even remotely possible? Cuomo made the decisions for New York State during the lockdown, not the NY Post or POTUS. Yet, people will believe this malarky. Why is the Governor doing everything he can to block an investigation into the senior and nursing home scandal? Had enough? Yet another controversy hit Albany in the form of the Governor’s failed rent relief program where hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are still suffering and will likely be evicted from their homes—all while the would-be Dictator was on LIVE With Kelly & Ryan promoting his tome. Yeah, because Cuomo cares about the people. Sure. As to Mayor deBlasio, my fellow Gothamites are all too familiar with my feelings for this lowlife. However, that may be too kind a description for the man who is solely responsible for the rabid crime rate, homeless epidemic, and utter failure the school system is experiencing in “re-opening.” Frankly, I imagine a trip to McDonald’s would involve less heartburn than what this fool has caused. Bear in mind this is not the first time New York has been faced with this level of inadequacy or politicization, lest we forget names like Robert Moses, John Lindsay, et al. It took New York City 25 years to recover from the failed “progressive” policies of the late ’60s through the ’70s that led to historically high crime rates. So, I say it is time to rebel against the two administrations whose decisions have destroyed the progress and growth our great state and city have experienced over the last three decades. It is time to rise and say Enough Is Enough! Or, in the spirit of the Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, I say “off with their heads!”
MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, HAPPY KWANZA Happy Holidays. What’s that? Yes, I am that guy. I am sick to death of the politically correct nonsense that makes no sense whatsoever. How is it insulting to wish someone a Merry Christmas? How is it wrong to say Happy Hanukkah? It isn’t! But the progressives and politically correct would have you believe otherwise. Judeo-Christian values promote inclusion, understanding, and love. As well the real Koran (not the bastardization of this holy book that would-be Islamist terrorists use to divide and destroy). So how does it make sense that wishing someone glad tidings in their own faith’s way is offensive? Truth: It doesn’t! I stopped saying Happy Holidays years ago. Why? Because I was PO’d by the obnoxious, self-righteous ass-hats, who try to tell everyone what to say and how to act. Enough already. I am not insulted when someone says, “Happy Hanukkah” or “Happy Kwanza.” I am honored that they think enough of me to wish me well in their own faith’s way during a high holy season. That is being an adult. That is being an American. That is being a real New Yorker. Don’t be fooled, kids, the politically correct are out to ruin Christmas, Hanukkah, and every other celebration that brings people together. It’s time we stop the nonsense and remember that the holidays are meant to be a time of unity and love, not politics and division. So, I say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! Thank you for an incredible start to A New York Rant in New York Lifestyles magazine. Here’s to hoping for a brighter 2021! • Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of New York Lifestyles. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 95
NEW YORK, NY
TIME OUT WITH… ANN LIGUORI By Harry Brads
nn Liguori is an expert sports radio and television commentator, inter viewer, author, and businesswoman. She is a leader and visionary in the world of sports media, distinguishing herself in her business as both on-air talent and the owner of sports radio and television properties. Ann covered her 38th straight US Open Tennis Championship marking 33 years reporting for top sports radio station, WFAN-NY. Ann recently broadcast US Open golf updates which took place at Winged Foot in Westchester and Ann will provide hourly updates on The Masters in November.
AN ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER
Ann was the first woman to host a call-in sports show on WFAN-New York, where she hosted a weekly sports talk show for over 20 years and continues as the station’s golf and tennis correspondent and is host of Talking Golf with Ann Liguori, which airs on WFAN during summer months. Ann was also an original on The Golf Channel, hosting the weekly prime-time Conversations with Ann Liguori show which featured Ann playing golf with and interviewing an A-list of celebrities including Matthew McConaughey, Celine Dion, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Costner, Joe Pesci, Smoky Robinson and Alice Cooper, to name a few. Ann can also be heard Saturday mornings on Sports Innerview on WLIW.org. The sportscaster’s insightful interviews shed light on current headlines in the news such as sexual abuse scandals, and money management for athletes to name a few important topics of the day. “Loving what you do is key to a happy life I believe. Having a passion for what I pursue, day to day, gives me joy and a non-stop fascination with creating new opportunities. I’ve had a trailblazing, fulfilling career that’s still going strong. Yet, I believe my best years are ahead of me,” said Ann.
Ann Liguori 22nd ALF Golf Tournament ©Neil Tandy
Ann’s sportscasting is only the tip of the iceberg. Founder and president of the Ann Liguori Foundation (ALF) also is a big part of her schedule raising money and awareness for cancer research, care, and prevention in addition to mentoring young people hoping to pursue a career in sports media. Her 22nd Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic took place this past October at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton. For over twenty years, Ann has helped raise over $2 million for various charities focusing on cancer prevention, research, and awareness for organizations such as St Jude’s, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, and Kids Need More. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done with organizing one charity golf tourney every year for the past 22 years. I lost my Dad to cancer when I was in college and my 22-year-old brother from leukemia a year later. It was devastating for me and my Mom, younger sister, and brother. Everyone is affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly. Being proactive, raising money and awareness for cancer research in their memory, helps in dealing with these tragedies,” said Ann. Ann also established the Ann Liguori Foundation Sports Media Scholarship administered by NY Women in Communications (NYWICI) and the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM) Champions Mentorship program. Ann has collaborated with Holly Daniels Christensen, Founder & CEO of Dune Jewelry (dunejewelry.com), with her jewelry line known as the Hamptons Rope Collection. The custom-made pieces incorporate sand from one’s favorite beach or golf course in sophisticated, timeless pieces for women and men. It’s never too early to begin your Holiday shopping! Savor the memories from your favorite beach or golf experience with the Hamptons Rope Collection. Ann has a simple belief. “Love what you do and who you are. Be a role model to all and lead by example. Let goodness prevail.” For more information on Ann Liguori, visit annliguori.com. • 96 | OUR CITY, YOUR LIFE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020
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