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Aquebogue, Aquebogue, NY –NY North – North ForkFork Waterfront Waterfront

Centre Centre Island, Island, NY –NY “Milagros” – “Milagros”

Expansive, Expansive, private private waterfront waterfront property property with great with great room,room, den, master den, master en suite en with suiteseparate with separate guestguest wing, wing, heated heated saltwater saltwater pool with poolgranite with granite outside outside kitchen kitchen and spacious and spacious patio patio for entertaining. for entertaining. Closest Closest hamlet hamlet to theto the city. Near city. wineries Near wineries and alland north all north fork has forktohas offer. to SD offer. #2. SD MLS# #2. MLS# 3022386. 3022386. $2,450,000. $2,450,000. Stephanie Stephanie Hunter, Hunter, 516.678.1510, 516.678.1510, c.516.610.6975 c.516.610.6975

This French This French Country Country style home style home is set is onset 3+on waterfront 3+ waterfront acres acres with views with views of of Oyster Oyster Bay. Dramatic Bay. Dramatic double double heightheight reception reception hall flows hall flows to theto entertaining the entertaining rooms. rooms. LargeLarge pool with poolbrick with surround brick surround and a and charming a charming waterside waterside guestguest househouse completes completes this magical this magical home.home. SD #6. SD MLS# #6. MLS# 3038393. 3038393. $4,750,000. $4,750,000. Bonnie Bonnie L. Devendorf, L. Devendorf, 516.759.4800 516.759.4800 ext.111, ext.111, c.516.509.6229 c.516.509.6229 Lawrence Lawrence C. Schmidlapp, C. Schmidlapp, 516.759.4800, 516.759.4800, c.516.375.3036 c.516.375.3036

Centre Centre Island, Island, NY NY

ColdCold Spring Spring Harbor, Harbor, NY –NY Renovated – Renovated Country Country Residence Residence

Desirable Desirable 4.94 acres 4.94 acres with 225 withft.225 of direct ft. of direct waterfront waterfront on Oyster on Oyster Bay Bay Harbor. Harbor. A renovated A renovated 4-bedroom 4-bedroom Gatehouse Gatehouse and 3-bedroom and 3-bedroom guestguest househouse currently currently exist with existpool withand poolHar-Tru and Har-Tru tennistennis court.court. SD #6. SD MLS# #6. MLS# 3033883. 3033883. $4,200,000. $4,200,000. Kathryn Kathryn (Cottie) (Cottie) Maxwell Maxwell Pournaras, Pournaras, 516.759.4800 516.759.4800 ext.131 ext.131 c.516.857.3011 c.516.857.3011

Recently Recently enlarged enlarged and restored and restored 4-bedroom, 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath 3.5-bath Colonial Colonial on 2.55 onacres, 2.55 acres, with secret with secret garden, garden, stonestone walls and wallsterrace. and terrace. Custom Custom quality quality throughout, throughout, attached attached barn/garage, barn/garage, separate separate Cottage Cottage with kitchen with kitchen and bath. and bath. Eagle Eagle Dock Dock beachbeach (dues(dues req). CSH req).SD CSH #2. SD MLS# #2. MLS# 3024366. 3024366. $1,485,000. $1,485,000. MargyMargy Hargraves, Hargraves, 631.692.6770 631.692.6770 ext.227, ext.227, c.516.384.4011 c.516.384.4011 PeggyPeggy Moriarty, Moriarty, 631.692.6770 631.692.6770 ext.224, ext.224, c.516.769.2843 c.516.769.2843

Lattingtown, Lattingtown, NY –NY “La– Bastide” “La Bastide”

Manhasset, Manhasset, NY –NY Plandome – Plandome Manor Manor

An entertainer’s An entertainer’s delight, delight, this stunning this stunning French French chateau-style chateau-style home,home, features featuresCaptivating Captivating viewsviews from this fromfully thisrenovated fully renovated homehome with pool. with Impeccably pool. Impeccably elegant elegant moldings, moldings, paneling paneling and polished and polished oak floors. oak floors. LowerLower level includes level includes designed designed for modern for modern living,living, this home this home features features luxurious luxurious appointments appointments a movie a movie theater theater and children’s and children’s fantasy fantasy playroom. playroom. The grounds The grounds feature feature a a such as such designer as designer kitchen, kitchen, wide plank wide plank floors,floors, gas fireplace, gas fireplace, and a and beautifully a beautifully heated heated saltwater saltwater pool and poola and state-of-the-art a state-of-the-art pool house. pool house. A Masterpiece A Masterpiece remodeled remodeled master master suite overlooking suite overlooking the Long the Island Long Island Sound. Sound. SD #6. SD #6. Collection Collection Listing. Listing. SD #3. SD MLS# #3. MLS# 3009714. 3009714. $2,995,000. $2,995,000. MLS#MLS# 3024116. 3024116. $2,999,000. $2,999,000. Suzi Chase, Suzi Chase, 516.759.4800 516.759.4800 ext.107, ext.107, c.516.606.5151 c.516.606.5151 Dana Dana Forbes, Forbes, 516.627.4440, 516.627.4440, c.917.620.3971 c.917.620.3971 Yvonne Yvonne J. (Bonnie) J. (Bonnie) Doran, Doran, 516.627.4440, 516.627.4440, c.516.729.5663 c.516.729.5663

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Mill Mill Neck,Neck, NY NY

Northport, Northport, NY –NY Waterfront – Waterfront NewNew Construction Construction

Superbly Superbly crafted crafted 6-bedroom, 6-bedroom, 5.55-bath 5.55-bath Stucco Stucco waterfront waterfront EstateEstate with with PrimePrime location location on Northport on Northport Harbor. Harbor. 6,0006,000 sq. ft.sq. house ft. house to be built to beon built flaton flat beautiful beautiful waterwater viewsviews from every from every room room in thisinhome. this home. Situated Situated on on ¾-acre ¾-acre property. property. 5 bedrooms, 5 bedrooms, master master suite and suitejunior and junior suite. suite. New bulkhead New bulkhead 5+ Mill5+Neck Mill Neck acres acres of direct of direct waterfront waterfront with mooring with mooring rightsrights for boating for boating and and installed. installed. No flood No flood insurance insurance needed. needed. Time Time to customize. to customize. SD #4. SD #4. swimming. swimming. This house This house was built wasin built 2004 in 2004 by theby current the current owners owners who enjoy who enjoy MLS#MLS# 3040557. 3040557. $2,650,000. $2,650,000. gracious gracious entertaining entertaining insideinside and out. andSD out. #3. SD MLS# #3. MLS# 2966458. 2966458. $6,495,000. $6,495,000. Lorraine Lorraine “Dee”“Dee” Donovan, Donovan, 631.754.340 631.754.340 ext.210, ext.210, c.516.527.9070 c.516.527.9070 Christina Christina F. (Christy) F. (Christy) Porter, Porter, 516.759.4800 516.759.4800 ext.142, ext.142, c.516.835.5512 c.516.835.5512

Oyster Oyster Bay Cove, Bay Cove, NY –NY New – New Construction Construction

PortPort Washington, Washington, NY NY

Custom Custom open open floor plan floornew planconstruction new construction featuring featuring 11 ft. ceilings, 11 ft. ceilings, white white oak oakPrivate Private dock and dockpanoramic and panoramic Manhasset Manhasset Bay waterfront, Bay waterfront, 35 minutes 35 minutes to to flooring, flooring, arched arched doorways doorways and fieldstone and fieldstone fireplace. fireplace. Main floor Main master floor master with with Manhattan. Manhattan. Dream Dream location location with sunset with sunset and sailboat and sailboat views.views. SD #4. SD #4. 4 additional 4 additional bedrooms. bedrooms. HERSHERS rated.rated. GreatGreat commute. commute. SD #6. SD #6. MLS#MLS# 3027762. 3027762. $4,350,000. $4,350,000. MLS#MLS# 3025033. 3025033. $2,595,000. $2,595,000. Jane Walsh, Jane Walsh, 516.883.2900, 516.883.2900, c.917.306.2342 c.917.306.2342 Kathryn Kathryn (Cottie) (Cottie) Maxwell Maxwell Pournaras, Pournaras, 516.759.4800 516.759.4800 ext.131 ext.131 c.516.857.3011 c.516.857.3011

Upper Upper Brookville, Brookville, NY NY

Westhampton Westhampton Beach, Beach, NY –NY Between – Between the Bridges the Bridges

Breathtaking Breathtaking viewsviews of gently of gently swaying swaying lawnslawns embrace embrace this gracious this gracious Center Center An extraordinary, An extraordinary, custom custom built home built home on 1.07 onacres 1.07 acres with 75 with ft. of 75 ft. of Hall Colonial Hall Colonial that isthat classically is classically styled,styled, with delectable with delectable country country accents accents and and jetty-protected jetty-protected oceanfront. oceanfront. The finest The finest detailsdetails throughout throughout the 5 en thesuite 5 en suite sun drenched sun drenched and gracious and gracious roomsrooms throughout. throughout. SD #1.SD MLS# #1. MLS# 3037852. 3037852. bedrooms, bedrooms, gourmet gourmet kitchen, kitchen, Beadcrete Beadcrete Oceanside Oceanside pool, and pool,large and large $1,749,000. $1,749,000. mahogany mahogany deck with deckbuilt-in with built-in BBQ. BBQ. SD #2. SD MLS# #2. MLS# 2967896. 2967896. $7,975,000. $7,975,000. SandiSandi Lefkowitz, Lefkowitz, 516.674.2000, 516.674.2000, c.516.816.3461 c.516.816.3461 Elyse Elyse Weissman, Weissman, 631.288.1050, 631.288.1050, c.516.381.0917 c.516.381.0917

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SHOSHANNA AND HER FAMILY IN SAG HARBOR

Join the fashion designer

and her children at their waterfront home in the Hamptons. elIzabeTh meIgher,

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Spending long, hot days with figures from

QUEST ENDLESS SUMMER

yesteryear, like Princess Diana and Arnold Palmer.

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BEACHSIDE BUYS

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A living history of yacht racing, leading

S ally a nne SanToS

The best shops in chic summer destinations, from ann loynd burTon

brooke kelly

Rhode Island to the East End.

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FOR THE LOVE OF THE CRAFT

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Nick Voulgaris III charts the history of Chris-Craft boats.

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ROUGHING IT IN ROMANCE

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danIel cappello

The Point, originally a Rockefeller Great Camp,

reopens to guests in the Adirondacks after a renovation. by danIel cappello

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HAMPTONS HAPPENINGS

From Southampton to Montauk, we compare five

Hamptons towns and their hottest spots, both new and old.

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SOCIAL DIARY

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REAL ESTATE

Handsome Properties shows off some of its charming homes down South.

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REAL ESTATE

Insights into the summer rental markets from our top brokers.

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SNAPSHOT

From celebrating our furry friends to a love for books.

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Looking back on a Fourth of July vacation with Robert F. Kennedy and family in 1966.

Summer is here, and today’s overexposed culture is at its peak. Getting dressed for Independence Day.

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Remembering Philip Van Rensselaer, the “Last Patroon,” and his family’s legacy in New York.

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The hottest events of the season, from Newport and Nantucket to the Hamptons. The first-ever Save the Children Young Patrons gala, and more. by brooke kelly

From Coney Island to city streets, Nathan’s Famous hot dogs are a summer treat. by danIel cappello


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THE SUMMER ISSUE

photographed by Cristina Macaya in Sag Harbor for this month’s cover story; we take a look at a favorite New York summer ritual, Nathan’s hot dogs , which had their start in Coney Island; sailing off Newport, another tradition of the season; summer hydrangeas on Nantucket; the cover of our Summer Issue from July 2012, featuring Patricia Lansing.

PATRICIA LANSING IN LOCUST VALLEY WEARING CAROLINA HERRERA

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most about the season, from sailing off Newport to shopping in Nantucket, from taking a Chris-Craft for a cruise to escaping to an Adirondack retreat. Wherever your summer travels may take you, we hope it’s to your happy place. And we hope you’ll bring this issue along with you. u

ON THE COVER: Shoshanna Gruss smiles while sitting on the steps of her back porch in Sag Harbor, N.Y. She wears her namesake label’s gingham Gilroy dress and holds J.McLaughlin’s Erin hat in off-white raffia. Part of our cover feature story, photographed by Cristina Macaya.

J A N E E LL SWO RT H ; B E N F I N K S H A PI RO ( Q U E S T COV E R )

Daniel Cappello C R I S T I N A M AC AYA ; L I B R A RY O F CO N G R E S S ; S A LLYA N N E S A N TO S ;

SUMMERY FACES in summery places. That’s what July is all about at Quest. For our annual Summer Issue, we like to photograph subjects away from the bustle of the city. These always make for some of the best photo shoots because everyone is able to relax and be themselves in their happy place—their summer home. One of my favorite shoots will always be the day I got to spend several years back with Allison Aston in Locust Valley, on the North Shore of Long Island, where her family keeps a country home. Allison, along with her friends in the community, showed us around town, where doors were opened and we were invited inside. Every portrait was candid, carefree, and spontaneous. Our cover shot even happened by accident. Patricia Lansing had been sitting on a fence in the backyard for her more “formal” portrait when she jumped off and knelt in the grass to put her shoes back on. Our photographer, Ben Fink Shapiro, ran in for a close-up and snapped her in the grass. It’s still just as fresh and honest as it was when we took it. This month’s cover shoot is marked by that same sense of natural summer beauty. Elizabeth Meigher heads to Sag Harbor with photographer Cristina Macaya to capture a day in the life of fashion phenom Shoshanna Gruss, who’s celebrating her brand’s 20th anniversary. It’s the perfect lead-in to a Summer Issue packed with the things we love

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NEW YORK SO CIAL DIARY IN THE WEEKS leading up to

first day of summer, the gala committees were working overtime. And, in many cases, pulling major donations. On a Tuesday night earlier last month, a gala dinner at the Whitney Museum of American Art raised $4.8 million. The evening also marked the

third anniversary of the museum’s move to its downtown home in the Meatpacking District, and distance certainly didn’t keep away the uptown crowds. They honored artist Lorna Simpson and longtime trustees Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and Beth Rudin DeWoody.

This year’s sponsor was Audi, and the following Studio Party was sponsored by Audi and Michael Kors. Elizabeth Alexander, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, paid tribute to Lorna Simpson, one of the leading artists of her generation known for her photo-

graphic and film works, which examine racial and gender identity. “Genius! Genius! Genius!” is how she summed up her consideration of the artist’s talent. The Whitney’s director, Adam Weinberg, paid tribute to two personal friends, who are both members of the Whit-

M A D I S O N E Q U I T I E S , S O T H E B Y ’ S R E A LT Y A N D Q U E S T TO A S T T H E P E N T H O U S E AT 2 1 2 F I F T H

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Jenna DiMartini

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ney’s board of trustees, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and Beth Rudin DeWoody. The two have been invaluable to the Whitney since the mid 1980s, which is when they met. Both with many friends, together they share a close bond developed over the years of mutual interest in the arts, as well as a harmonious connection of personalities. Weinberg is one of the few public speakers (of course he was speaking to the fans) who runs over any time limit unnoticed because he’s so interesting. I think it must be the teacher and the writer in him. So, by the time the two women went up to the stage with Ms. Simpson, the whole room 18 QUEST

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must have thought of them as personal friends too. This evening also had a major turnout of artists attending which adds to that interest: it’s a celebration, a getting-together, and a private passion. Among them were: Nina Chanel Abney, Tony Bechara, Zoe Buckman, Ian Cheng, Petah Coyne, Liz Craft, Gregory Crewdson, E.V. Day, Raúl de Nieves, Michele Oka Doner, Torkwase Dyson, Mike Eckhaus, Mark Fox, Cy Gavin, Oto Gillen, Ivy Haldeman, Hilary Harkness, Loie Hollowell, Jacqueline Humphries, Elizabeth Jaeger, Rashid Johnson, Zoe Leonard, Glenn Ligon, Robert Longo, Nancy Lo-

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rapher and MacArthur Foundation Fellow; and excerpts from Harlequinade by Alexei Ratmansky, a recreation of Petipa’s commedia dell’arte masterpiece from 1900. Proceeds from the gala support American Ballet Theatre’s dancers and mission to create, to present, to preserve, and to extend the great repertoire of classical dancing. It is America’s National Ballet Company because they are dedicated to preserving and extending the great legacy of classical dancing. Going to the dogs. And cats. On a lovely late spring weekday afternoon in New York, the Animal Medical Center held its 10th Annual

Living Legends Luncheon to honor companion animals— Mack and Callie—who survived seemingly insurmountable health challenges because of their owners’ love and commitment, along with the exceptional care and treatment they received from the specialty veterinarians at AMC’s Integrative and Rehabilitation Medicine, Neurology, and Surgery Services. Kathy Rayner, Robert Liberman, Lisa Schiff, Emilia Krimendahl, Donna Acquavella, and Ellen Marcus were among the nearly 200 guests. All of them have animals. Kathy Rayner, who rescues, has five or six, last I heard. She can’t resist. I totally

understand. Shih-tzus among them, but not all. Lisa and David Schiff have always had dogs, and more than one, and so has Emilia, although she has only one right now. Dogs are good for children. Children know this. You can see it in the interest on their faces when they pass by the dogs on the sidewalk. Dogs keep everyone grounded, even if it’s only for the time they’re with them. Cats, too, incidentally. City life, any life, can distract us from that groundedness. They’re the antidote. It all adds up. The AMC luncheon was co-chaired by Dorothy Goldstein, Alison Minton, Kane

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A fabulous guitarist-vocalist, Roberta Fabiano. There were introductory remarks by former Senator George J. Mitchell, who reminded us that two of the most important things in one’s life are Self-Respect and Respect for others. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend introduced Ambassador Vanden Heuvel, whom she has known since she was a young girl and he worked for her father, Senator Robert Kennedy. The Four Freedoms speech, which was technically President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s State of the Union address, delivered on January 6, 1941, proposed four fundamental freedoms that people “every-

where in the world” should be able to enjoy. They are: 1. Freedom of speech 2. Freedom of worship 3. Freedom from want 4. Freedom from fear Mr. Mitchell’s “Respect for others” is not in any way bi-partisan, although we are now living in an environment where that truth is often (loudly) ignored. Because so many at the Sunset Garden party were of the Democratic persuasion (including this writer), an outsider could have had the impression that those who voted for the opposition were not welcome. However, this is a great public park and all are equally welcome, just as Mr. Roosevelt

intended the Four Freedoms for All. Even his opposition. Books and Lectures. On a Wednesday noontime, I was invited to hear a lecture by David Nelson Wren on his book, Ardrossan, which was a labor of love and scholarship about the Main Line estate of the Montgomery and Scott families in what is now Radnor Township, Pennsylvania. It is a story about some land, about a house—50 rooms, 33,000 square feet— designed by Horace Trumbauer and completed in 1912. But any story about any house is always a story about a family, or at least the house’s creator. Ardrossan, given the name of a village the family descends

from in northern Scotland, was built by Robert Montgomery, a partner in a very successful Philadelphia brokerage company. The house was located on 600 acres of land in an area then known simply as the Main Line (specifically where the Philadelphia rich lived at their country houses). Ardrosson was one of the most magnificent, and is the only one standing that is still occupied by a member of Mr. Montgomery’s immediate descendants. So fascinating in its heyday, the family, specifically the daughter Hope—born Helen Hope Montgomery—was the inspiration for Philip Barry’s play and film, The Philadel-

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A area and world that I was introduced to through a woman named Gloria Braggiotti Etting, who connected me with, among others, Hope Scott. Gloria was born in Florence, Italy, the youngest of eight children of an American mother and an Italian father who was an Italian tenor. Her mother died when Gloria was only 12 and the father moved his family to Boston to be near her mother’s relatives. Gloria was a creative child and pursued modern dance under Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. Her social connections reached back to those childhood years, and included the Cushing sisters, daughters of Dr. Harvey Cushing, Amer-

ica’s premier neurosurgeon, all of whom became famous socially for their marriages to rich men: Mary (Minnie) Cushing Astor Fosburgh, Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney, and Barbara (Babe) Cushing Mortimer Paley. During the Franklin Roosevelt presidency in the 1930s, when Betsey was married to James Roosevelt, the president’s eldest son, Gloria was often a guest at the president’s estate in Hyde Park, photographing her friends and their families. She moved to New York when she was 22 and pursued an acting and dancing career briefly. Her brother Mario was a concert pianist, famous in

Europe and a friend of George Gershwin. It was the height of the Jazz Age and Café Society. Mario and Gloria moved into it quickly and comfortably. Her own life blossomed out of it, and she became a writer/society reporter. Along the way, she met Lucius Beebe, a prominent society columnist who introduced her to the world of glamour and celebrity. When she was 29, she married a young Philadelphian named Emlen Etting, and they moved to Philadelphia, where his mother and aunt were very social figures. Gloria’s life was multi-faceted, enterprising, social, and artistic. She was naturally ambitious to make something

of her life. After giving up on modern dance and loving the social life she was introduced to in New York, she took up the camera. By her early 30s, it was her natural accessory when socializing or traveling or entertaining. With almost 50 years of reporting, writing, and photography behind her, in 1993 she published a beautiful little book of some of her archives called By The Way. The archives are vast, and when she died in her 94th year (in 2003), they were left to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her approach both socially and professionally was modest in manner, but curious, gentle, and friendly. She wasn’t shy. There was a warm and

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tribute to his connoisseurship in antique and fine art collecting. He was also the last owner of Glenveagh Castle in County Donegal, Ireland, where he hosted royalty, society, and entertained royally. It was the last of an era when Society had already changed, if not transformed, and its allure was eclectic. By The Way is a modest presentation of Gloria’s photographing the passing parade of the six decades between 1925 and 1985. She was in her mid80s when it first came out. The selection included some of her travels to Italy as well as New York and California (where she was a friend and guest of the Walter Annenberg at their Palm Springs estate, Sunny-

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knowledgeable thanks to her unerring research of everything ever written down or painted about these lives, including thousands of personal letters (people made copies and saved them in those days in those hôtels particuliers). Women in those days, and even at that level of the social scale, had no rights. They had the rights of children. None. They were the Little Woman. There were talented ones who gained access via their skill or physical attributes. They could be alluring (to the “right” man) if they came from families of grand and/or ancient titles. But they were not free nor even considered worthy. They were there to produce an heir

(it was hoped). These three main characters in Caroline’s brilliant biography were some of the few exceptions. They found a way to put themselves “out there” to become salonnieres who entertained the swells and the world of authors and artists of prominence. They were, in essence, women on the road to liberation, another aspect of the feminist revolution that was just beginning in our modern culture. Their stories are told by this author who has the intimate touch of the personal in writing to her reader. She also has the knowledge of an expert, and the talent of a very good grade school teacher and grad-

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read closely and pondered fully.” Reading that last sentence, my thoughts returned to the vaguely recalled drama of the author’s mother’s life, and how beyond her professional awards, she produced three daughters of personal achievement, including her namesake who found answers to the larger questions that matter in all our lives. Post-books. On a Thursday midmonth, I had lunch at Michael’s with Donald Light, who lives in Los Angeles where, for the last 25 years of her life, he was assistant/major domo/message taker/ driver and protector of the late, beloved Debbie Reynolds. Many readers may be aware that 30 years ago I wrote a memoir for Debbie. A hundred hours of interviews, followed by transcribing her every sentence of recollection and storytelling, it is as close to her having written it herself (she spoke it instead). I loved her in the movies when I was a kid. I was indifferent to her as a performer when I was a young adult, and I came to love, admire, and respect her forever as her collaborator. In summation, she had one of the longest, most successful careers

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in the history of film as well as live entertainment performances—seven decades from 1947 to 2013. Debbie was one of those people whose persona was always in her presence. In other words, she was real on-camera/on-stage and off. Hers was a sweet, gentle but energetic, dynamic personality who loved to entertain. Once, back in the mid-1960s when she had been nominated for an Oscar (for The Unsinkable Molly Brown) someone asked her father, Ray Reynolds, whom she adored, what he thought of the film. It turned out he hadn’t seen it, nor had he seen any of her films, ever! Asked why, he replied, “I see her in the kitchen.” As a veteran showman, she was also very witty and loved the fellowship of show business life. The walls of the hallway leading to her bedroom in her North Hollywood house were covered, floor-toceiling, with autographed photos of the many stars she admired and/or worked with. On the skirted table next to her bed in the all white-and-mirrors bedroom were signed photographs to her from Jack Lemmon (“To Debbie—Who loves you….

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A Jack”) and Cary Grant (“For Debbie, Love Cary”). That’s not to be confused with Show Business itself. Like any great pro, she knew her audience and what they came for. As she matured, as did her fans, she grew bolder in her nightclub performing, and the audience loved it as much as they loved the teenage (she was 17) “Abba-Dabba Dabba Honeymoon” girl from the early ’50s. She’d grown up in the great big world of movies and retained her “kid from Burbank” values. This visit yesterday was the first time I’d met Donald. It was a pleasure to talk about Debbie with another who knew her well and knew

her family and family history. Although Debbie and I worked closely together, and I was exposed to her private life in a way that much became familiar to me, we saw very little of each other after the book was published (Debbie—My Life, William Morrow publishers) and I’d moved to New York. From Donald, I learned that as she grew older, she had serious health issues that required close attention and changed her living habits. He lived with her during those last years, in the house on Coldwater Canyon at the foot of Carrie Fisher’s driveway. Carrie and Debbie became very much closer in these

last years. Their houses were only footsteps away. In those later years, Donald told me, once a week she’d have him drive her up to Elizabeth Taylor’s in Bel Air, where the two women would get together to watch films and talk. Only a month and a half difference in age, they had been the last two kids in the MGM Schoolhouse 60 years before. Of course, they also had a marital connection—a marriage to Eddie Fisher. (Coincidentally, Carrie’s house once belonged to the costume designer, Edith Head, who had a wing always ready for her “daughter” Elizabeth when she was between husbands.)

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staff-employer, but Show Business is a very democratic business, and the most successful performers know their audience because they come from it. Donald Light came at the perfect time in Debbie’s life, as her personal needs (care and the comfort of companionship) were escalating with age. For Donald, Debbie was a unique education on life in the fame-lane, movie stars and devoted friendship. It is the stuff of novels (and adapted by film). The world now knows that on Tuesday June 5th, Kate Spade, the fashion designer, committed suicide by hanging in her Park Avenue apartment. She was 55 and is survived by a 13-year-old

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IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY FOURTH OF JULY weekend in 1966: I flew to Boise, Idaho, to photograph Bobby Kennedy’s family vacation on the Snake River, called the River of New Return. Life magazine had been given the precise location of the Kennedy campsite, and, lucky for me, the Life photographer Enrico Sarsini and I were on the same plane to Boise. He was a jovial sort and told me to come along with him. I have to admit that after working on London’s extremely competitive Fleet Street I would not have been so generous and would have kept the campsite location to myself. Bobby seemed not to care that there was one more photographer along as he and his family went about their holiday. Very relaxed and seemingly not structured at all, the entire Kennedy family, along with astronaut John Glenn and Jim Whittaker, the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest, rode the rapids, swam in the cool water of the Snake River, pitched their tents, and brought out the sleeping bags. Bobby, Jr., fearlessly caught a baby rattlesnake, which caused great excitement among the other children. In the photograph here taken on that family holiday, Bobby is wearing his brother JFK’s bomber jacket. While writing the text for my book R.F.K.: A Photographer’s Journal, I went back to my handwritten diaries from 1966 to ’68 for specific details, and it brought back vivid memories of my time with RFK during his presidential campaign—and of that tragic night in Los Angeles at the Ambassador Hotel, which ended a life and shattered a dream for so many. I liked Bobby; he was easy to photograph, always amiable, and happy to oblige. It saddens me to think he did not live to see his children and grandchildren grow up and to see their many accomplishments, continuing his legacy of speaking truth to power with equality and compassion for all. To me, that is the greatest tragedy of all. ◆ 54 QUEST


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SUMMER’S FINALLY HERE, and as the Ancient Greeks in their infinite wisdom insisted, when it’s hot it’s better to be naked than overdressed. In GrecoRoman art, nudity symbolized divinity, and as man was made in God’s image, his corporeal splendor was the measure of all things. Therefore, in portraying man at his idealized best, Greek and Roman artists always depicted him in the nude. Nudity also represented one’s physical and mental condition—heroism, strength, and vitality. In Greek society, athletes routinely trained naked in public, although, as far as I know, there were no hurdle events back then. Women, however, were deprived of such freedoms for the most part, and 56 QUEST

had to cover themselves when out in public. (And rightly so, we wouldn’t like to see sweet young things being harassed by the Harveys and Charlies and Matts of that time, would we now?) Nevertheless, Greek artists were no male chauvinist pigs. They often portrayed young females as males, at times even as female semi-nudes, and as goddesses, particularly Artemis and Aphrodite, resplendently naked. My direct ancestor, Takis, the great philosopher and contemporary of Plato and Socrates, knew a thing or two about hygiene and how important it was to wash. He didn’t strip as often as Harvey or Charlie or Matt did, but while researching this, I found in our family archives a note from Takis to


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Opposite page: Mykonos beaches; a photo of the Apollo Belvedere statue, an example of nudity as divinity in GrecoRoman art (inset). This page, clockwise from above: Greek philosopher Plato; John Lennon, who appeared naked in a racey album cover; the ancient Greek Temple of Parthenon.

Plato chastising the latter for being overdressed in the agora. Yes, my ancestors are often credited with creating the original Cult of the Nude, revered by Renaissance artists and deplored by those very repressed Victorians. (The latter were a smelly lot.) During the Romantic period, women did expose their breasts as often as possible, and for a while managed to free themselves from restrictive clothing, until the mid-19th century when Old Etonians and other Victorian public school boys decided Englishmen might start liking women and decreed that all women be imprisoned in whalebone stays and crinolines. Having said this, let me confess that although I agree with my ancestor and with what I’ve written so far, I certainly don’t go along with it in practice. My first shock-horror trauma took place early, when someone showed me a naked John Lennon and Yoko Ono on their album cover. Alas, modern man and woman do not resemble ancient

Greeks, but do resemble Lennon and Ono. So I have very reluctantly fallen out with my ancestor’s ideas, and have concluded that the human body is far more aesthetic when clothed. Which does not contradict what I wrote previously: in Ancient Greece and Rome, the good lookers went naked, the ugly were dressed. Then came the sixties (yes, the 1960s) and the cult of ugliness took over and the uglies went without clothes and vice versa. Just try and think when was the last time you saw a truly beautiful girl, or a good looking man, naked on a beach? All I’ve seen in Mykonos is a bunch of old women and men with rolls of fat and an excess of body hair lying on their backs with their legs spread apart. In today’s overexposed culture, where we tell total strangers things our parents wouldn’t dare tell their shrinks, where our very souls have been overexposed to therapists and psychoanalysts, we must

keep something in reserve for those precious moments when we wish to surprise one another. And another thing: The real reason I have had a falling out with my ancestor (he has tried twice to contact me from Olympus but I have refused his calls)—the reason I object to nudity is because of the pretension and the arrogance of those who strip themselves and parade before us. By experience I have found they are the very people who take themselves seriously as, say, movie and TV stars, or New York Times pundits. So, when on your favorite Greek island or on some billionaire Russian crook’s mega yacht this summer, remember the less you show, the more the fat crook will want to see. Keep him guessing and don’t do a Kardashian and strip right away. Except if your backside is like that of that Kardashian woman and you’re on an Arab’s boat, then show it. u For more Taki, visit takimag.com. J U LY 2 0 1 8 5 7


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WE’RE USHERING IN July with a patriotic feel, just in time for Independence Day—and Ralph Lauren has you covered in the best of red, white, and blue. Of course, we haven’t forgotten the softer shades of pink summer sunsets or breezy fashions for the guys, so we’ve included something for just about everyone on your summer shopping list.

Just the right fit for a Turn to the quintessential American designer—Ralph Lauren—for the perfect look for Independence Day. Ralph Lauren Collection: 888 Madison Ave., 212.434.8000.

July 4th barbecue: Tory Burch’s Metal-Trim Round Sunglasses. $200 at Tory Burch boutiques and toryburch.com.

Fabio Angri’s American Dream ring in 18-kt. white gold, sapphires, and diamonds. $5,900 through Lusso by Fabio Angri: 908.400.0969 or lussobyfabioangri.com.

Just in time for summer, Peroni Nastro Azzurro—Italy’s premium beer—rolls out its first-ever collaboration with coveted fashion bike brand Martone Cycling Co. Ride off in this “Martone for Peroni” bike for $895: martonecycling.com.


These English Floral Placemats ($145 for set of 4) with baked melamine coating are heat-proof to 320 degrees Fahrenheit, so can be used as trivets as well. Available exclusively at Scully & Scully, along with matching English Floral Coasters ($65 for set of 4): scullyandscully.com.

Verdura’s South Sea cultured pearl, ruby, emerald, diamond, and gold Byzantine Bead Necklace. $26,000. Verdura: 745 Fifth Ave., Suite 1205, 212.758.3388, or verdura.com.

Be bold—especially in Carolina Herrera’s vibrant long-sleeve suede top ($2,990) and suede wide-leg pant ($3,290). Carolina Herrera: 954 Madison Ave., 212.249.6552.

Summer getaways are always picture-pefect on the shores at Ocean House, Rhode Island’s AAA FiveDiamond and Forbes Five-Star resort. To reserve, call 888.552.2588.

Take long strides of high summer style in Stuart Weitzman’s LEIGH pump in café crystal. $398. Stuart Weitzman: 625 Madison Ave., 212.750.2555.

Betteridge of Greenwich has something to sing about: Buccellati’s yellow gold and mother of pearl “Opera” ring. $3,100. Betteridge: 239 Greenwich Ave., 203.869.0124.

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Fresh Finds Simply the best: Håndværk’s knit polo in light gray is a timeless classic reinvented with the finest flamed-mercerized Peruvian Pima cotton yarn coupled with soft tailoring. $175 at handvaerk.com.

Billy Baker Co.’s Arroyo bracelet is handmade in Dallas from Bronzite beads, a Southwest porcelain accent, and sterling silver logo (sizes S–XL). $80 at billy-baker.myshopify.com.

Savor the superior flavor of Hess Collection’s 2016 Estate Grown Napa Valley Chardonnay, fermented in both stainless steel and oak with a focus on the aromatic and delicate musqué clone. $22 at hesscollection.com.

Make the summer commute a breeze with Bottega Veneta’s Hi-Tech Canvas Sassolungo Backpack in Dark Barolo. $2,250 at bottegaveneta.com.

Our hunt for the perfect summer jacket is over now that we’ve found Brunello Cucinelli’s lightweight, waterresistant cotton safari jacket. Brunello Cucinelli: 136 Greene St., New York City.

Book an “Elite Suite” experience at Four Seasons Resort Maui and enjoy wine hand-picked by “sommelier to the stars” Christian Navarro—with bonus in-suite perks and even an exclusive pass to wineries around the world. For details and to reserve, visit fourseasons.com/maui.

Your feet will appreciate the cool look and feel of linen this summer, especially in the form of Belgian Shoes’ Mr. Casual, which comes in a variety of linen colorways. $465 at belgianshoes.com.

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out in the black Pollock slipper. Stubbs & Wootton: 944 Madison Ave., 212.249.5200.

From Chopard’s Red Carpet Collection, this Secret Watch in 18-kt. white gold and titanium features a 72-ct. black opal set in a variety of stones, with a tanzanite-bead bracelet. For more, visit chopard.com.

Surrounded by 40 acres of olive trees, this WIMCO Villa in Puglia offers five en-suite bedrooms and a tennis court. To book Villa HII MSP or other Italian villas, contact info@wimco.com, 888.966.8426, or visit wimco.com.

HW Logo rings by Harry Winston feature diamonds set in 18-kt. yellow, white, and rose gold. Price upon request. For more information, contact Harry Winston at 800.988.4110. J.McLaughlin’s Sanibel Beach Tote in raffia is perfect for the beach, ready for errands, and easy to pair with your favorite sundress. $138 at jmclaughlin.com. Slow-cooked for 12 hours for maximum digestive absorption, GG Scandinavian Bran Crispbread crackers are low in carbs yet high in fiber. Discover for yourself why they’re loved by celebs and recommended by top dietitians. Available at ggbrancrispbread.com.

Top off any summer look with Charlotte Kellogg’s handblock-printed quilted jacket, made in India from 100% cotton. $250 at charlottekellogg.com.


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From Rich Was Better (Wynwood Press, 1990): Philip Van Rensselaer at his party for Duchess D’Uzes (left); Van Rensselaer was dropped from the Social Register

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law, villages, and a church. Tenant farmers were allowed to work on the land, but had to pay rent to the owners, and had no rights to property. In addition, the Rensselaers harvested timber from the property. The patroonship was maintained intact by Rensselaer descendants for more than two centuries. It was split up after the death of its last patroon, Stephen Van Rensselaer III in 1839. His mother was a Livingston, his wife a Schuyler, and his brother-in-law was Alexander Hamilton, now the celebrated idol of the Broadway stage. At the time of Stephen’s birth in 1764,

the manor was predominantly uninhabited wilderness; by 1840, it was estimated that there were approximately 50,000 residents, many of whom had migrated west from New England. Like his predecessors, Stephen rarely sold land outright; instead, tenants were granted lifetime leases. This rent system, known as leases-in-perpetuity, was widely criticized as feudalistic by a burgeoning Republican movement that, as historian Gordon Wood wrote, “struck directly at the ties of blood, kinship, and dependency that lay at the heart of a monarchical society.” Many Republicans saw this rent system as the embodiment

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est American in history. At his death, the manor was split between Stephen III’s sons, Stephen IV, and William. Tenant farmers began protesting, and their anti-rent movement was eventually successful. Stephen IV and William sold off most of their land, ending the patroonship in the 1840s. However, the family persisted, if in greatly reduced circumstances, and, in the 20th century, among the most colorful members was the handsome and charming Philip Van Rensselaer.

had acquired in the woods surrounding the Hun School in New Jersey, so that he and his chums could surreptitiously drive into the delights of midtown Manhattan on a Saturday night. A supernaturally handsome man, he was attractive to people of all ages and inclinations. At one point, he became engaged to the troubled heiress Barbara Hutton, but in later years was described by Dominick Dunne as “the best B--- Job in New York.” Finally, after a scandal in which he, increasingly befuddled by sub-

This page, left to right: Grandma Van Rensselaer wtih Charles and Philip at Piping Rock Club Horse Show, 1935; Philip with Tina Onassis at a dinner party with Reinaldo Herrera, 1960; playboy Fred Beckman in Monte Carlo, 1940—all featured in Rich Was Better (Wynwood Press, 1990), by Philip Van Rensselaer.

many tenants to pay their rents partially or not at all. Stephen Van Rensselaer III had many civic titles and responsibilities, but perhaps his most lasting achievement was to found the Rensselaer School, which developed into the present-day Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Stephen III lived to be 75, dying in 1839. “The Good Patroon” is also remembered as “the Last Patroon” because he was legally the last patroon of Rensselaerswyck. At the time of his death, Stephen III was worth about $10 million (about $95 billion in today’s dollars) and is noted as being the 10th-rich-

Philip’s mother, Adele, was a glamorous Brearley graduate and beauty whose marriage to her impecunious husband, Charles Van Rensselaer, ended early. She found consolation in the company of Frederick Lewisohn, the so-called “Copper King,” who summered in the South of France, but whom Society scorned so much for his Judaism and his and Adele’s unmarried state that he was once denied entry in the 1930s to the Maidstone Club in East Hampton. Given this confusing childhood, it was perhaps understandable that Philip grew up undisciplined, and in one of his many school escapades, hid a Rolls-Royce he

stance abuse, stole jewelry from Venetian friends, Philip Van Renssalaer was diagnosed as bi-polar, reformed himself, joined AA, pursued a modestly successful career dealing antiques, and devoted himself to working with the homeless. His highly readable memoir, published in 1990, is titled Rich Was Better (Wynwood Press), after the great Copacabana comedian Joe E. Louis’ famous line, “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor, and, let me tell you, rich was a helluva lot better!” Philip Van Rensselaer died in Los Angeles in 2008, at the age of 86, truly the Last Patroon. u JUNE 2018 63


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CHARLESTON, KNOWN FOR ITS cobblestone streets, complex history, and well-preserved antebellum architecture, has become one of the most desired winter escapes in all the south. Whether you are looking for a beach getaway, a Civil War history lesson, or a world-class culinary experience, Charleston is bound to have something for you. Navigating the Charleston real estate market, however, can be daunting. Luckily, there is a new player in the property management and leasing business to help get you there. Handsome Homes, a sister company of the renowned Handsome Properties, is a new venture led by Debbie Fisher, a 25-plus year veteran of the industry. If you are in search of a new home, a second home, or an investment property, Handsome Homes will provide you with leasing, management, and marketing services to remove the stressful aspects of the real estate process. In the words of Kara Coville, director of property management, “Handsome Homes represents a different rental experience for both homeowners and prospective tenants alike. When you list a property with Handsome Homes, you will receive personalized service from marketing and digital professionals, ensur-

This page, above to below: The Sword Gate, a nine-bedroom home located at 32 Legare Street in historic downtown Charleston, is one of the most impressive and historically significant homes on Peninsular Charleston and spans over 17,000 square feet; located just steps from the Battery and Charleston’s best shopping and dining, 47 South Battery offers an open floor plan with gorgeous views of the water. Opposite page: Located on Rainbow Row in the South of Broad neighborhood downtown, 91 and 91.5 East Bay Street includes two beautifully restored homes (one main house and a carriage house) with spacious gardens.


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This page, above to below: Located on Charleston’s iconic waterfront, 104 Murray Boulevard offers deep porches and large windows with direct views of the water and passing boats; 19 Gadsden Street, a Thomas Hamlin House (ca. 1828) located in the heart of the desirable Harleston Village neighborhood of downtown Charleston, is a fully renovated, four-bedroom home. Opposite page, above to below: 165 Flyway Drive is a newly renovated home on Kiawah Island with a large pool, stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, a guest cottage, and a private boardwalk with direct access to the beach; 128 1/2 Bull Street in Charleston is a charming, fully outfitted two-bedroom condo that features an extraordinary original brick fireplace, exposed beams and heart pine floors, an updated kitchen, a very spacious open-concept master bedroom and a full bath.

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ing that your home is featured at its best. We are also here to handle management agreements and work with tenants, so that you are worry-free. We essentially take the emotion out of it for you.” Through their extensive network of tenants and owners, Handsome Homes is unmatched in its ability to efficiently find you a home or to market your existing home. “I believe our approach in connecting renters with homeowners is exceptional,” says Kara. “Of course, we work with the Charleston Multiple Listing Service and the standard rental websites, but we also have an extensive referral network stemming from our sister company, Handsome Properties. Because of our relationship with Handsome Properties, we have access to homeowners who normally wouldn’t advertise their homes publicly, as well as tenants looking to build or buy.”

Further differentiating Handsome Homes is the talented staff who will guide you on your journey to Charleston. Taking after the charming properties for which they provide services, the team is built on a foundation of ethics and approachability, and is always available to provide expert knowledge on the market. With headquarters located at 285 Meeting Street in the heart of downtown Charleston, these professionals are accessible and ingrained in the Charleston market. On these pages is a small sample of some of Handsome Homes’ featured listings for lease, as well as Handsome Properties’ listings for purchase. From historic downtown homes to waterfront properties in the Lowcountry or on Kiawah Island, Handsome Homes will provide you with the full range of leasing, property management, and marketing services to make it a reality. u


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EACH YEAR, the summer season brings warm weather, high spirits, and, for real estate, increased activity in both buying and renting. With school out (and many looking to settle in by September), interested buyers have more time and motivation to visit potential homes. Homeowners are also able to take advantage of the thriving rental markets of Long Island, both in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and Manhattan, which is seeing a busy summer season due to an influx of foreign purchasers. Throughout these pages, our experts guide us through these destinations and advise on how to maximize these opportunities. 68 QUEST


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Sotheby’s International Realty: Southampton / 516.527.7712 / harald.grant@sothebyshomes.com

Q: Tell me more about the summer rental market that our readers may want to take into account when considering renting their homes. A: For buyers interested in properties that they can rent, and by rent, I mean for the Hamptons summer season, there are a handful of essential items that need to be included. Potential tenants look at properties and households that will meet their needs right now. The first thing I tell owners is to install as many flat screen TVs as possible, especially in bedrooms. Within bedrooms, beds should come with two complete sets of linens, sometimes more. Make sure there are plenty of towels and beach towels. I also think it’s a good idea for beds to have headboards, and to cover floors with rugs. Also, it is important to have solid outdoor furniture and good barbeque grills, and plenty of sturdy outdoor glasses, cups, dishes, etc. Q: How would you characterize the crowd drawn to the Hamptons as compared to other summer destinations like Newport or Nantucket? A: I cannot comment on New England destinations, but our buyers generally come from New York and the greater New York metropolitan area. We are about a two-hour

drive from New York City, and given how naturally beautiful the Hamptons is—from the oceans to the farm lands to the bays—it’s considered an easy trip to get here. For us, buyers come out all year long, although activity always upticks in the warmer months. Q: What are the most popular areas and types of developments in the Hamptons right now? A: I’ve said it before and I believe it still: All parts of the Hamptons are popular, whether someone prefers ocean beach activities, golf, horseback riding, or sailing. Buyers seem interested in quality modern new-builds, or in the “transitional” style home that blends traditional elements with up-market modern interiors and built-in systems.

1050 Meadow Lane in Southampton, New York; listed for $54,750,000.

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Q: How would you characterize the Manhattan market during the summer months as compared to other seasons? A: The Manhattan market is always evolving and just as the seasonal weather patterns are not the same as they used to be, neither are the real estate seasons. Summer months were known to be notoriously quiet but as we are more and more a global marketplace, there is quite a bit of activity. There is an influx of foreign buyers in what used to be our “off seasons,” such as in the summer and winter holiday season. Young families, and others, needing to move are also coming in from their country homes, having done their initial search online and knowing which properties they are ready to visit.

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Q: Which neighborhoods do you find attractive right now? A: The beauty of the City is its ever-changing topography. There is a neighborhood for every lifestyle and demographic and people generally tend to gravitate to the one that fits them best. The typical buyer these days is very well informed. They have done their homework and know the values. That’s why appropriately priced apartments have multiple bids or immediately accepted offers. The days of waiting for that one buyer (who doesn’t use a computer) who will overpay are pretty much history with the exception of the truly unique. Q: Any listings that should be on our radar? A: 154 East 74th Street. It’s a renovated four-story townhouse with exciting amenities and a sumptuous planted garden.

154 East 74th Street in New York City; listed for $9,749,000.

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Q: How did you land at Sotheby’s International Realty? A: Two established brokers from Sotheby’s International Realty recommended that Ellie Johnson, the general manager at the time, call me. It’s all about timing. It was the fall of ’08 and the timing was right! I owned Andrew Emmet & Co., a boutique real estate firm with an excellent reputation for nearly 25 years. I felt I needed to be re-energized and Sotheby’s International Realty was the perfect place! I had and have a vast international clientele and the Sotheby’s brand and its global network was very alluring.


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RITCHEY HOWE Sotheby’s International Realty: Southampton / 917.670.7495 / ritchey.howe@sothebyshomes.com

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Q: I’d love to hear about your experience with Sotheby’s International Realty. A: I began my real estate career at Sotheby’s in Southampton and knew that it would be the perfect fit. I knew my colleagues would be the smartest and most experienced, but they have also been extremely generous and supportive. We are a close knit collaborative team. Q: Tell me more about the summer rental market that our readers may want to take into account when considering potential investment properties. A: Location remains, above all other aspects, the most important. For rental purposes, it is important that all of the amenities, such as a swimming pool, nice outdoor space, and, if possible, a tennis court are included on the property. Properties with greater number of bedrooms are generally easier to rent. Q: How would you characterize the crowd drawn to Southampton as compared to other areas in the Hamptons? A: The crowd drawn to Southampton is definitely a mix, which makes it so appealing. It pulls from the financial and artistic communities but also from different parts of

370 Great Plains Road in Southampton, New York; $9,950,000.

the world. It is still a great place for families and we are seeing many younger families coming into the area. Q: What are the most popular areas/types of developments in Southampton right now? A: There is no question that the Village and in particular, the area south of Hill Street is, and always will be, the most desired location. New construction continues to be in high demand as well. Q: Any current listings that should be on our radar? A: 370 Great Plains Road. It is an updated five-bedroom house in the Estate Section on 1.8 beautiful acres.

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is picking up. The present buyers are varied. We are seeing young people moving to the suburbs from Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, but we also have buyers moving up to their next home or moving down to a smaller home. There is some urgency right now with buyers looking to move in time for school in September. Q: What are the most popular areas you represent? A: We are representing the marketing and sales of new development projects in varied locations and price points throughout Long Island and in Queens. One successful project is The Ritz-Carlton Residences, North Hills. Some of our other projects are in Whitestone, Queens, Roslyn Village, Glen Cove, Freeport, and Woodbury.

Q: Tell us about the rental opportunities in Long Island. A: There is no reason to look any further than Long Island in the summer. We have some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world, as well as great waterways for fishing and boating, established wineries and great golf courses, to list just a few things. Many choose to rent for the season, a month or a couple of weeks throughout. Q: What kind of buyers are you seeing this summer? A: The first quarter was a little slower than we anticipated because homes were slower to come on the market. The severe winter may have contributed to this delay. Now that we have homes coming on the market, momentum

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24A North Drive in Great Neck, New York; listed for $3,599,000.

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Q: Do you have any exciting news to share? A: Daniel Gale is extremely excited to be under construction on a new office in Great Neck. With all the transactions we have done in this important market, we have always wanted to have a physical presence in Great Neck, but never had the right team of agents and management to do so with confidence. We now have a terrific group of experienced and successful agents, a dedicated, enthusiastic manager and a great location.


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Q: What has your experience with Saunders & Associates been like? A: Real Estate agencies are mostly alike in that the work is what it is. The differences between agencies is evident in mission and leadership. Andrew Saunders created a broker-centric firm. He recruited many of the top agents and provided us with us with a large, well-trained support staff and an exceptionally talented in-house marketing team. As a result, the agents can do what they do best. Our culture is friendly, supportive, and open. New ideas are embraced and, as such, our approach and marketing has remained ahead of the competition. Q: Tell me about the rental market opportunities. A: When I started in this business (1988), the rental term was nearly always Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends. Tenant selection began in January and was 90-percent complete by Presidents Day weekend. In those days, it was pretty safe to expect that a home purchased for $300,000 would rent for $30,000 for the season. Fast forward to 2018. With some exceptions, rentals are short-term, often arranged via websites with and without agents, and continue all through the season.

Many municipalities require permits that limit the terms and amounts of rentals, and many rentals are as short as a weekend. Readers looking for investment properties have many more options than they did in the past but also have more competition and more hands-on work. Those who opt for short-term tenants can realize greater income but it requires more effort. Q: What kind of buyers are you seeing as we transition into summer months? A: This may just be me, but I don’t see much of a difference in the buyers. The majority have always been from New York Metropolitan area, others from Florida and California and a smaller number from overseas. u

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On July 26, Newport Shipyard and Bannister’s Wharf will host and organize the 2018 Candy Store Cup Superyacht Regatta, which will take place through July 28 in Newport. For more information, visit candystorecup.com.

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The 21st Annual IYRS Summer Gala, title-sponsored by State Street and featuring entertainment from KC and the Sunshine Band, will take place on the campus at 6 p.m. The gala raises about 40-percent of the school’s annual operating costs. For more information, visit iyrsgala.com. HALSEY HOUSE GALA

This neighborly lawn party will take place at Southampton’s oldest home, the Thomas Halsey Homestead (established in 1648 by one of the founding families). Attendees of the 2018 Summer of Love fundraiser will enjoy sunset cocktails amid a colonial landscape and a newly restored herb garden, a silent auction, and dancing. For more information, visit southamptonhistory.org.

tion required. For more information, email publicprograms@morrisjumel.org or call 212-923-8008.

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science for a cancer cure to benefit the research programs of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. For more information, visit waxmancancer.org.

support of the Parrish. This year’s event will take place at the museum at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit parrishart.org.

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The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will hold its 14th Annual Hamptons Happening event at a private residence in Bridgehampton from 6 to 10 p.m. The evening will celebrate culinary excellence, philanthropy, and

The highlight of the Hamptons summer social season, the Parrish Art Museum’s Annual Midsummer Party brings together over 500 artists, philanthropists, business leaders, and art world guests in

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Newport Art Museum will hold its Artists’ Ball at the museum at 6:30 p.m.—an evening of art, fashion, dining, and dancing in support of the museum’s arts programming, collections, and historic buildings. For more information, visit newportartmuseum.org.

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The Hampton Designer Showhouse will host a gala preview cocktail party in Bridgehampton at 6 p.m. to showcase America’s premier talent. Proceeds will benefit Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. For more information and for tickets, visit hamptondesignershowhouse.com.

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The Morris-Jumel Mansion will host a historically inspired, multi-course dinner, featuring 18th-century dishes. The event commemorates George Washington’s cabinet dinner held at what was then known as Mt. Morris, on July 10, 1790. Advanced registra74 Q U E S T

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On August 8, the Nantucket Garden Club will host its Annual House and Garden Tour. The event will benefit conservation projects, scholarships, and programs. For more information, visit nantucketgardenclub.com.

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importantly, the event is a major source of support for the Hospital’s Saratoga Community Health Center. For more information, visit saratogahospital.org.

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Lake George Land Conservancy will mark its 30th anniversary and celebrate three decades of preserving the land that protects the lake with a benefit at the Inn at Erlowest at 5:30 p.m. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres on the patio overlooking the lake, an open bar, a seated dinner, live music and dancing, and a silent auction. For more information, visit lglc.org.

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From August 7, Casa de Campo Resort & Villas will hold its fourth annual Latin America Pro Am through August 11. For more information, visit casadecampo.com.do. 100th anniversary of the births of both Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein with an elegant fête. For more information, visit spac.com.

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Newport Shipyard and Bannister’s Wharf will host and organize the 2018 Candy Store Cup Superyacht Regatta, which will take place through July 28 in Newport. This regatta carries forward the tradition of the Newport Bucket. For more information, visit candystorecup.com.

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The Quogue Junior Theater Troupe will hold its Annual Summer Benefit with a performance at the Quogue Community Theater at 7 p.m., followed by a cocktail buffet at the Quogue Field Club at 8 p.m. The Quogue Junior Theater Troupe is an amateur group with professional direction, production, and staging. The Troupe provides an educational and recreational theater experience and fosters personal development for the young people of Quogue. For more information, visit qjttonline.org.

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The 25th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit and Auction will

take place at the center at 6 p.m. Described as an enchanted forest and performance art extravaganza, the event unites the worlds of art, performance, theatre, music, design, architecture, and fashion. All funds raised support the establishment’s year-round Artist Residency and Education Programs that provide an environment for young artists to explore new work. For more information, visit watermillcenter.org.

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Saratoga Hospital will host its Annual Summer Gala, “Havana Nights,” at the Polo Meadow at Saratoga Casino Hotel from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening is one of the Capital Region’s most successful charitable auctions. Most

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, home to the Caribbean’s premier luxury golf experiences, will hold its fourth-annual Latin America Pro Am through August 11. For more information, visit casadecampo.com.do.

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The Nantucket Garden Club will host its Annual House and Garden Tour. The event will benefit conservation projects, local scholarships, and club educational programs. For more information, visit nantucketgardenclub.com.

NEWPORT ANTIQUES

The Newport Antiques Show will again be held at the St. George’s School Ice Rink through July 29. Door will open both days at 10 a.m., and the weekend kicks off with a gala preview on July 27. For more information, visit thenewportshow.com.

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The Farrell Building Company has teamed with Farrell Home, an interior lifestyle design firm, and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, the luxury home furnishing brand, to launch an exclusive two-week show home that will run through August 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (VIP preview begins July 26). Ticket sales will benefit the Sustainable Furniture Council and local charity Kate Kares. For more information, visit hamptonsshowhome.com.

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Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss and her teenage daughter, Sienna (both wearing Shoshanna throughout), and two young twins, Angelica and Colby, spend a beautiful day at their house in Sag Harbor. This page: Shoshanna, Angelica, Sienna, and Colby, all dressed in looks by Shoshanna, walk along Sag Harbor’s shoreline. Opposite page: Shoshanna smiles on the steps of her back porch, dressed in her gingham Gilroy dress, holding J.McLaughlin’s Erin hat in off-white raffia.

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SHOSHANNA GRUSS IS the founder and creative director of Shoshanna, her namesake fashion line that debuted in stores in November 1998. Gruss revolutionized dress departments nationwide with the launch of her first collection, dedicated to fitting and flattering the female body. In 2001, Gruss transformed the swimwear market by becoming the first designer to offer bra-cup sizing and sell tops and bottoms separately. In 2015, sensing a void in the eveningwear industry, Gruss launched Shoshanna Midnight, an evening line with all pieces retailing for under $800. In 2016, Shoshanna received the “Made in NY” mark of distinction, certifying that over 75 percent of her collection is made in New York City. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Shoshanna’s eponymous label. From playful cover-ups and swimwear, to sophisticated dresses and evening attire, Shoshanna offers something for everyone to wear yearround. Gruss’s continued success is a testament to her passion for both women and the fashion industry at large. Elizabeth Meigher: Congratulations! You have come so far and accomplished so much with Shoshanna! Twenty years is quite a milestone. Does it really feel like it’s been that long? Shoshanna Gruss: Thank you! Honestly, it has gone by in a flash. I have designed over 100 collections in the past 20 years, and it


Shoshanna, Colby, and Angelica search for shells (inset). Shoshanna is dressed in the Valery dress from her namesake label, while Angelica and Colby sport gingham looks from the Shoshanna Baby Girl collection. Angelica and Colby run in the sand while playing with colorful beach balls (this photo).

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Shoshanna takes in the beautiful ocean views from her house while wearing the Rosita dress from her Shoshanna Midnight collection (inset), paired with blue de GRISOGONO earrings and a gold Cartier Love bracelet. Shosanna greets Pixie (this photo), her friendly King Charles Spaniel, while holding J.McLaughlin’s Mora Sun Hat.


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This page, clockwise from top left: Shoshanna carries a horseshoe crab as Pixie and Colby trail behind—she wears the Valery dress, while Colby sports Classic Navy Gingham Boy Shorts from Shoshanna Baby Girl; Shoshanna and Sienna sitting at the bottom of their long stairway leading to the beach; Colby impresses everyone with his strong pitching skills, wearing Jacadi; Shoshanna carries Angelica as Colby leads the way down the steps; Shoshanna, dressed in the Traina gown from her Shoshanna Midnight collection, Vhernier’s 18-kt. rose gold Pan di Zucchero bracelet, a gold Cartier Love bracelet, and pink de GRISOGONO Boule earrings, seated with Sienna, dressed in the Lora dress and a June Nineteen ring; Colby fishes for minnows. Opposite page: Sienna sports the Ellen gingham dress with J.McLaughlin’s circular Victoria tote, and Vhernier’s 18-kt. rose gold Abbraccio ring and 18-kt. rose gold Pan di Zucchero bracelet.


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Together, Shoshanna and Colby cast a wide net in the hopes of catching exciting treasures from the sea. Shoshanna wears the Valery dress, while Colby dons Classic Navy Gingham Boy Shorts from Shoshanna Baby Girl.


still feels exciting, fresh, and new. The industry has definitely changed over time with rise of e-commerce and the digital era, but in an exciting way that has kept me on my toes. EM: What was your goal with the launch of Shoshanna in 1998? SG: Growing up, I was bustier at a young age and there was nothing in the market that fit me. I hoped to solve that problem with the creation of a line that would embrace and celebrate women of all sizes. Shortly after graduating from college, I moved to New York, where I initially worked in a shared showroom. By happenstance, Bloomingdale’s was viewing another line in that same showroom, and when they saw my dresses they wrote an order on the spot. Bloomingdale’s sold 68 dresses the first day they hit the floor, and I have been pretty much non-stop ever since. In 2001, I decided to dive into the swimwear world. It was baffling to me that women were forced to buy bathing suit tops and bottoms together. We aren’t forced to do that with bras, so why did swimwear have to be any different? I worked closely with my team to design suits that offered the same support found in a bra. We revolutionized the swimwear field by developing bra-cup sizing for swimwear, which provided women with the opportunity to shop for their accurate size, in the same way they would when shopping for a bra. EM: Have your goals changed since your initial launch? SG: My end goal has always stayed the same: to design pieces that will make women feel beautiful, confident, and celebrated. I try on every style before it goes out the door to ensure it fits to perfection and will make women feel great. EM: What’s been your greatest accomplishment with the brand Shoshanna? SG: Celebrating 20 years is up there! I’ve watched so many brands and designers close their doors over the last two decades. That we’ve continued to grow is a feat in and of itself, and my proudest accomplishment to date. EM: Any regrets? Anything you would have changed or done differently? SG: No, I’ve always believed in “no regrets.” “Mistakes” are just lessons that teach you to be better…As long as you don’t make the same mistake twice! EM: You seem to have done it ALL, but is there anything left on the horizon? Anything you would still like to do with/for your namesake label? SG: Of course! I am always 10 steps ahead and on to my next idea before we have even finished the latest project. I can’t help myself, I love staying busy and finding new ways to grow and expand. Stay tuned! u 86 QUEST


Shoshanna strolls through the scenic landscape behind her house wearing the Shoshanna Midnight blush-colored Preuss High-Low gown, de GRISOGONO pink Boule earrings, and Stuart Weitzman nude sandals.


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This page: Shoshanna sits by the sea wearing the Traina gown from Shoshanna Midnight, paired with Vhernier’s 18-kt. rose gold Pan di Zucchero bracelet and de GRISOGONO’s pink Boule earrings. Opposite page: Sienna sports Shoshanna’s Isla Floral Smocked Dress, Stubbs & Wootton’s Carrie Heels in Luggage Panama Straw, Etnia Barcelona sunglasses, June Nineteen’s Serious Serpent necklace, and Zöe Chicco turquoise earrings. Shoshanna wears her namesake label’s embroidered Chambray Smocked Waist Dress, J.McLaughlin Paisley Wedge Sandals in Saddle, Vhernier’s Pan di Zucchero bracelet in 18-kt. rose gold and white mother of pearl, Vhernier’s Vague ring in 18-kt. rose gold and kogolong, and a gold Cartier Love bracelet.


ENDLESS SUMMER

BY ELIZABETH MEIGHER

“Warm Summer Sun” By Mark Twain

Warm summer sun, Shine kindly here, Warm southern wind, Blow softly here.

Green sod above, Lie light, lie light. Good night, dear heart,

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This page, clockwise from top left: Margaret “Mardie” Frost and Fifi Schiff (Fifi Fell at the time) having a laugh; Jeanne Murray Vanderbilt pauses with her bicycle by the entrance of the Southampton Bathing Corporation, Southampton, N.Y., 1940s; the Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, site of the first U.S. National Championships in 1881, was founded by tennis innovator James Van Alen in 1954; Wimbledon Tennis in August of 1967 included, from left, Andrés Gimeno, Rod Laver, Fred Stolle, Butch Buchholz, Dennis Ralston, Pancho Gonzales, and Ken Rosewall. Opposite page, top to bottom: Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass., 1906; Shelter Island Yacht Club Open Optimist Area A Invitational, July, 2015.

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This page, clockwise from top left: Arnold Palmer, 1965; guests lying on a trampoline while attending a party at hot new nightclub “The Gymnasium” in New York City, 1967; Mr. and Mrs. J. Vernon Bouvier III view the fifth-annual East Hampton Riding Club show from the comfort of their vintage car in 1929; young members of resident Pandy McDonough’s family play outside of her home, Beachmound, in Newport, R.I., photographed by Nick Mele. Opposite page, clockwise from top: Jacqueline Bouvier, Eunice Kennedy, and Jean Kennedy chat with a friend while on vacation at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., June 1953; 12-Metre yacht Courageous competing in the 1987 America’s Cup in Fremantle, Australia, during the Golden Age of America’s Cup racing; actress Florinda Bolkan in Paris, France,

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1968; Steve McQueen and Neile Adams, his first wife, in the California desert.

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This page, clockwise from top left: Princess Diana, joined by a young Prince William, presenting former Army Major James Hewitt (her reported former lover), with a polo cup in 1989; Jane Fonda sunbathing in a swimming pool, 1960s; multicolored cabanas align Chappaquiddick “Chappy” Beach Club in Martha’s Vineyard, Edgartown, Mass.; Claudia Schiffer at a party celebrating Valentino’s 30 years of career, 1991; Holidaymakers in Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil, 1983. Opposite page, top to bottom: 12-Metre sailboats American Eagle (left) and Weatherly sailing in Narragansett Bay, Newport, R.I.; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, playing cricket in July of 1947; Opened in 1863, Saratoga Race Course is a thoroughbred horse racing track in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and the fourth-oldest racetrack in the U.S. (after third-oldest Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack,

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second oldest Fair Grounds Race Course, and the oldest, Freehold Raceway).

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12 METRE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: A LIVING HISTORY OF YACHT RACING S A LLYA N N E S A N TO S

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ON A WEEKEND in early June, 21 yachts on both sides of the Atlantic pulled at dock lines and tugged on moorings in anticipation of regattas comprising the Road to the Worlds Waypoints series, the run-up to the 2019 12 Metre World Championship. A nine-boat fleet was set to race on Rhode Island Sound at the New York Yacht Club’s 164th Annual Regatta. It included four America’s Cup winners—Columbia, Courageous, Freedom, and Weatherly as well as American Eagle, Nefertiti, Challenge XII, Defender, and New Zealand. In Glücksburg, Germany, at the Robbe & Berking Sterling Cup, Anita, Anitra, Chancegger, Flica II, Heti, Kiwi Magic, Sphinx, Thea, Trivia, Vanity V, Vim, and Wings were ready to face-off in the Flensborg Fjord. Three-quarters of a century separated the oldest and youngest competing yachts: Kiwi Magic, New Zealand’s “plastic fantastic” 1987 America’s Cup Challenger, and Heti, a graceful 1912 gaff-rigger. But wait…a gaff-rigged 12 Metre? Yes, the “First Rule” Twelve Metre yachts competed at the Olympic Games from

Emilia, Trivia, Vantiy V, Ikra and Wings competing at the 2014 12mR World Championship held in Barcelona, Spain.


1908 to 1920. Unlike the United States’ fleet, dating primarily from Newport’s America’s Cup years (1958 to 1983), the European fleet twelves are considerably older and the age spread is much wider. Vintage division (pre-WWII) yachts were built from 1918 to 1939, and while some have been updated (within limits) with mod cons and materials, these gleaming wooden yachts are truly an inspiring sight to behold under sail. Next summer, from July 7 to 13, approximately 30 of these uniquely beautiful and historic yachts will converge at Newport, Rhode Island, to compete in the 2019 12 Metre World Championship. Although the projected list of participants reads like a Who’s Who of yachting history, this gathering will not be a stately parade of antiques. Rather, it’s shaping up to be a keen competition of interest to seasoned skippers, rail riders, history buffs, and land lovers alike. In June 2019, 12 Metre yachts from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, and Norway will converge in Narragansett Bay joining the U.S. fleet for a season of racing to include two Road to the Worlds Waypoints and pre98 QUEST


This page, clockwise from top: A close start at the 2014 World Championship; sailing upwind onboard Seven Seas; Cintra (left) and Heti (right)—two of the oldest existing 12mR yachts—regularly race in Europe, and they may compete in Newport 2019. Opposite page, clockwise from top: Each year, during the North American Championship, Newport’s 12 Metre fleet docks together at Bannister’s Wharf, just as they did when the America’s Cup was held in the City-by-the-Sea from 1958 to 1983; Intrepid’s foredeck crew douses their chute

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pushed their designs to the very limits of innovation. The resulting boats represented the pinnacle of yacht development for the highest levels of international sailing competition: the Olympic Games and the America’s Cup. The competition began last summer with the first of a series of Road to the Worlds Waypoints regattas held in the United States, Northern Europe, and Southern Europe. The winner of the Road to the Worlds series will claim the premier Waypoints Trophy and international bragging rights as the 12 Metre with the best three-year cumulative racing performance. In 2017, Baltic-based Vintage yachts won the top five spots of the tightly packed leaderboard with two-time America’s Cup winner Courageous in sixth place overall, but ranked first among the Modern division. “Even though the regatta is one year away, the excitement surrounding one of the largest gatherings of the fabled 12 Metre Class is electric,” notes America’s Fleet Captain and 2019 12 Metre World Championship event chairman Peter Gerard. “The thought of 30 of the world’s most beautiful yachts racing on the waters that hosted the America’s Cup for much of its history can only make classic yacht sailors smile.” u For more information about the 2019 12 Metre World Championship in Newport, R.I., please visit 12mrworlds.com.

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Worlds regattas, the 12 Metre World Championship (hosted by the Ida Lewis Yacht Club), and a 12 Metre Jubilee at the New York Yacht Club’s 175th anniversary celebration. Perhaps you are wondering how these disparate boats, varying in age by as many as 77, years compete among themselves fairly without handicaps? This is due to the ingenuity of The International Rule—a developmental formula for yacht design that, put very simply, enables experimentation along certain lines as long as “the numbers add up to 12.” The world’s foremost naval architects—Olin Stephens, Clinton Crane, William Fife III, Philip Rhodes, Johan Anker, Ben Lexcen, and others


Patrizio Bertelli’s beautifully restored Nyala captured the 2014 12mR World Champion title in Barcelona, Spain (this photo); Vanity V flying her iconic pin-up girl spinnaker leads Seven Seas downwind (opposite page, above); Vanity V’s crew hikes out hard while sailing to weather (opposite page, below).


BEACHSIDE BUYS B Y A N N L O Y N D B U R T O N A N D B R O O K E K E L LY

Whether you’re weekending in the Hamptons, summering in Newport, or spending an afternoon on the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, there’s no returning home empty-handed. Thankfully, all of these tony destinations feature bustling retail outposts with signature shops that will lend a little vacation to your home and wardrobe, whenever you return. This page: Shops along Nantucket’s harbor. Insets, clockwise from top left: Memorial Wharf on Edgartown Harbor, Martha’s Vineyard; a surfer catches a wave on Montauk beach; Montauk Lighthouse.


{ H A M P T O N S } RALPH LAUREN 33 Main Street / East Hampton 631.324.1222 One of the most charming shops in East Hampton is Ralph Lauren’s boutique, which perfectly captures his cultured and sophisticated style. The patios are beautifully decorated with lush, budding greenery, accompanied by cozy furniture that is particularly inviting after your long day of shopping. Once you take a step inside, it only gets better. Immediately, you find yourself surrounded by an abundance of summer clothes suitable for almost every occasion. And, for all the dog lovers in the Hamptons: don’t forget to take a look at the cable-knit cashmere sweaters made for your furry friends—a canine version of a Ralph Lauren classic.

THE MONOGRAM SHOP 19 Newtown Lane / East Hampton 631.329.3379 Looking for something authentic, affordable, and high-quality? Do you long for specialty-made items with a personal touch? Do you wish to add a unique addition to your home, or are you simply looking for an exceptional gift for friends and family? Since 1997, the Monogram Shop has never failed to provide all of the above. With endless choices, this family business accommodates everyone’s needs with the highest quality monograms, equivalent to your grandmother’s work of needlepoint. Whether you want it on your linens, bags, or glass wear, they’ll have you covered for any need or occasion.

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18 Hampton Road / Southampton 631.287.2900 Ranging from name brand and generic healthcare products to over-the-counter and prescription drugs, this quality pharmacy and wellness shop, situated in the heart of East Hampton, will have you feeling your very best—from head to toe. Aside from the expansive collection of healthcare supplies, the shop offers the finest assortment of beauty products some of the most luxurious brands in the world, including La Mer, L’Occitane, Tom Ford, Living Proof, Molton Brown, Oribe, and LAFCO, whose beautiful diffusers and unique fragrances can be seen in the adjacent image. J U LY 2 0 1 8 1 0 3


{ N E W P O R T } NEWPORT MANSIONS STORE 1 Bannister’s Wharf 401.849.9900 If you’re spending time in Newport, chances are you’re dropping into a historic mansion or two. Located on Bannister’s Wharf, the Newport Mansions Store features memorabilia including mansion souvenirs to nautical accessories, gifts for children, entertaining pieces, and Rhode Island favorites like Del’s lemonade mix. Or, live like it’s the gilded age with reproduction china, trays, lamps, and artwork. The store is operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County, which aims to protect and present the best of the region’s architecture while offering the public a glimpse into each property’s architecture, interiors, landscapes, and social history.

J.MCLAUGHLIN 180 Bellevue Avenue 401.619.5240 A testament to the staying power of American classics, J.McLaughlin has been serving up cheeky style since it opened its first boutique on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 1977. Located on the beautiful Bellevue Avenue, the Newport shop pays homage to two great periods in the town’s history—the Victorian Era and the Colonial Period—fusing classic historical styles with contemporary sensibility. Shop summer dresses for women, cozy cashmere for brisk New England evenings, and classic polos for men. Kids find preppy basics in punchy colors, and you’re sure to find options for everyone with the brand’s famous sea turtle or flamingo. J.McLaughlin describes the line best as “innovatively nostalgic.”

MANDARINE 16 Bannister’s Wharf 401.848.9360 Originally established in St. Barths in 1995, the second Mandarine outpost boasts a beautiful seaside location Bannister’s Wharf in downtown Newport. Off the beaten tourist’s path, fashionistas will never be disappointed at this hidden gem. The store’s local retail team offers hands-on styling and knowledge about current trends, which are always represented among the store’s designer lines (like Camilla, pictured), fine jewelry, and footwear ready for a sail or day at the beach. Bright patterns feel summer-ready without being overstated for Newport or wherever you call home. Be careful, you might just leave with a whole new summer wardrobe. 104 QUEST

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JACK WILLS 1 S. Water Street / Edgartown 508.939.4371 Bringing British-inspired style Stateside for more than 18 years, Jack Wills lends carefree, heritage items to the Vineyard in the form of dresses and rompers for her and swim shorts and chinos for him, as well as its soft cotton T-shirts and polos loved by all. Step into the white seaside cottage for beach necessities as well, from colorful flip flops to sunglasses and oversized towels and find out what it means to be British, irreverent, and carefree. Not to mention, you’ll always feel good about your purchase knowing Jack Wills is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, an alliance of companies that promotes workers’ rights around the globe.

ISLAND COMPANY 17 N. Water Street / Edgartown 508.627.4411 Started as a part-time hobby making bikinis, Island Company has grown into a lifestyle brand o f tropical travel apparel found in beachy outposts around the world. Upon walking into the palm tree–adorned store, you might mistake the Vineyard for the tropics, but the selection is fit for this island as well. Island Company carries a full collection of kitschy beach accessories, men’s and women’s linen and cotton clothing, classic women’s swimwear, and men’s swim trunks and boardshorts along with original lines of suncare and vintage sunglasses. After a visit, you might be inspired to follow the store’s motto (found on T-shirts, beach towels, luggage tags, and more) and “Quit your job, buy a ticket, get a tan, fall in love, never return.”

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BLACK DOG GENERAL STORE

Now with locations spanning up and down the East Coast, Martha’s Vineyard is where Black Dog began, originated by Captain Robert Douglas in the form of a tavern known for its perfect chowder and roaring fireplace in 1971, both of which can still be enjoyed there today. Additionally, the Black Dog is fullfledged lifestyle brand with clothing and accessories for men, women, and children. So after you’re all full of chowder, mosey down the road to the Black Dog General Store and shop gifts and other accessories like wine tumblers, beach bags, and home decor as well as (fittingly) collars, treats, and clothing for the canines in our lives.


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MURDICK’S FUDGE 21 North Water Street / Edgartown 508.627.8047 It doesn’t take long to overhear visitors raving about Murdick’s Fudge on the Vineyard. For more than 35 years, the confectionery has had people chasing its delicious scent across the island. Everyone from year-round residents to summer vacationers visit this small mom-and-pop shop when they are craving a sweet treat. The shop boasts unique flavors of fudge, including Butter Pecan, S’mores, and Chocolate Mint Chip. If you’re not a chocolate hound, Murdick’s also offers peanut brittle and the classic combination of Caramel Chip. Be sure to stock up for the ferry ride home.

ISLAND OUTFITTERS 29 Main Street / Edgartown 508.627.7201 Put a little pep (and prep) in your step at Island outfitters, where you can find the newest lines of brands like Smathers & Branson, Maji Gold, Southern Tide, Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, and johnnie-O. With bright dresses, flip flops, and graphic tanks aplenty, it’s easy to go overboard summer shopping for colorful apparel. For accessories, Island Outfitters offers a variety of sea-inspired jewelry—think starfish earrings and coral necklaces that really stand out against your hard-earned tan—as well as summery baseball caps, visors, and bucket hats that offer just enough shade. After shopping here, you will be sure you are always putting your best foot forward, with a color-coordinated sweater right behind it.

VINEYARD VINES

Now known as a preppy staple from Connecticut to Washington, D.C. and across the country, Vineyard Vines comes from humble beginnings right here on the Vineyard. It was founded as a small tie company, inspired by a few summers spent on the island. A few years after, that tie company expanded into a widely renowned clothing brand—its pink whale logo is now ubiquitous. When in Newport, a visit to the original Oak Bluffs store is a must, especially this summer as the brand celebrates its 20-year anniversary. Browse through its selection of colorful basics, beach necessities, and of course, ties. Be sure to indulge a little and buy a pair of the salmon shorts, or maybe that needlepoint belt. Or hey, why not both? Treat yourself! 106 QUEST

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56 Narragansett Avenue / Oak Bluffs 508.687.9841


{ N A N T U C K E T } SERENELLA 9B South Beach Street 508.228.3400 If you are looking for the perfect mix of city chic and beach boho style, you have found your heaven at Serenella. Here, the bright clothes pop against the white minimalist store. At this unique boutique, it’s all high fashion, which can often be hard to find in New England. Along its many racks, you will discover the latest items from Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabana, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney, and Versace. This shopaholic’s paradise has been named one of the top 50 boutiques in America for a reason. Don’t let the summer pass by before visiting this fashion emporium.

MURRAY’S TOGGERY SHOP 62 Main Street 508.228.0437 Since the 1960s, Murray’s Toggery Shop has been the hub of the quintessential Nantucket red pants and shorts. The store has since expanded the fabric to be featured on bowties, sun hats, and an array of other accessories—they have become very creative, and it’s always fun to see what they do. Other brands have adopted the recognizable faded red color, but it all started at Murray’s Toggery. If you want authentic, it’s here. In addition to its vast selection of Nantucket red items, the store also carries shirts, ties, and pocket squares of every color. For those of you who know a lot of people with summer birthdays, needlepoint flasks or key fobs make the perfect gift!

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23 Old South Wharf 508.901.5870 The Skinny Dip shop was founded to showcase New York– based fashion brands Beau & Ro Bag Company and Ellsworth and Ivey, with a Nantucket spin. The summer capsule collection features a well-curated mix of men’s, women’s, and lifestyle brands, and Nantucket-inspired items such as the popular ‘ACK’ Aviate hats, beach permit bags, and Nantucket-themed jewelry. Best of all, the seasonal shop is ideally located in White Elephant Village, allowing you to enjoy Nantucket’s timeless surroundings after shopping with the option to stop at the nearby restaurants like the Brant Point Grill.


FOR THE LOVE OF THE CRAFT SINCE ITS BEGINNINGS in 1874 in Algonac, Michigan, Chris-Craft has built boats of timeless beauty that evoke a certain passion in those who see them. The varnished mahogany runabouts of yesteryear and their modern sisterships share the same design ethos: gorgeous lines, high quality, and undeniable style. As probably the most recognizable boating brand in the world, the mere mention of the name Chris-Craft conjures images of classic wooden boats, American flags waving in the wind, and memories being made on the water. Immortalized on the big screen in such movies as On Golden Pond and Mission Impossible, the legacy and romance of Chris-Craft shines anew in the recently published Chris-Craft: An American Classic (Rizzoli), a glossy new volume by Nick Voulgaris III that features more than 175 photographs of the glamorous boating life, from never-before-published historical images to gorgeous contemporary images of collector and new boats, as well as ephemera from Chris-Craft’s own archives. Voulgaris makes for a natural captain to steer us through Chris-Craft history and lore. An entrepreneur, writer, and avid sailor who is passionate about yacht restoration, he has

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Three modern classics off the coast of Florida, from left to right: a Silver Bullet 20, a Corsair 27, and a Corsair 34. Opposite page, inset: Christopher Columbus Smith, or Chris Smith, founder of what would become Chris-Craft Boats. Smith built his first wooden boat in 1874 at the age of 13.

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owned and restored dozens of boats, including two vintage Chris-Crafts. The book, Voulgaris explains, is the culmination of a lifelong love affair with Chris-Craft, which began as a boy growing up on his family’s sailboats and the Chris-Craft boats of family friends. “I was mesmerized by the gleaming varnished mahogany decks, which had thin white striping applied between each plank,” he recalls in the book’s introduction. “I remember being able to see my reflection in the shiny windshields and polished chrome air vents that were designed to look like small inverted dinghies.” It’s these details—and the meticulous attention to craftsmanship that is the hallmark of the brand— that we are treated to throughout the book, from the chapters on Chris-Craft’s early history and its reign as “America’s boatbuilder,” to its sinking-ship days under the hold of a large conglomerate, Outboard Marine Company, then to its rescue and resurrection in the 2000s by heritage enthusiasts (and savvy businessmen) Stephen Julius and Steve Heese. From the wooden days of yore to the lush leather details of today, Chris-Craft illustrates the inner workings and outward fantasies that are inextricable in the story of these treasured boats.

This page, clockwise from top left: A detail of the boat Saga; a Chris-Craft hull; Saga, a 1930 38-foot Commuter yacht, in her home waters of Lake Tahoe; after the Great Depression, Chris-Craft built models with affordable price tags to keep the business in operation. Opposite page: The original Chris-Craft plant in Algonac, Michigan, during the late 1920s, when the company was building not only boats but its own engines as well; the cover of Chris-Craft: An American Classic by Nick Voulgaris III, published by Rizzoli and available at rizzoliusa.com.

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Chris-Craft is one of those rare brands that’s so American, even the flag itself seems burnished on its image, whenever conjured. And the same could be said of Ralph Lauren, the global American fashion and lifestyle brand started by Mr. Lauren himself a half-century ago. It’s no surprise, then, that Lauren contributes the foreword to the book, which, in its final sentences, captures the essence of our ongoing intrigue with these singular, vintage-feeling vessels: “For 50 years I have been celebrating the heritage of America and the way we live. Many of my advertising campaigns have been situated along the rugged coasts of this land from New England and California to the cold, wide lakes of the Adirondacks. They were always about the stories of families enjoying life, pursuing different pleasures. One I recall in particular shared the beauty of a woman and her young son at the wheel of a vintage mahogany vessel. She steered the boat with amazing confidence, turning it through the waves, creating a wake of whitecaps behind her. It was a very romantic moment, but the boat was as much the heroine as the woman was. Its sleek, dark wood and polished brass with an American flag blowing off the back was breathtaking and authentic. The boat was, of course, a Chris-Craft.” u


This page: West Winds, a 1947 25-foot Sportsmans on Lake Tahoe, is a comfortable runabout that can easily accommodate seven people. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Baby Skip, a 1953 19-foot Racing Runabout powered by a 240-horsepower Ford engine; 007, a very rare 1955 21-foot Cobra; the original Chris-Craft plant in Algonac, Michigan, during the late 1920s, when the company was building not only boats but its own engines as well; sharp and classic styling aboard a Capri 21 with custom hull paint.


ROUGHING IT IN ROMANCE Following a multi-million-dollar renovation, The Point—the former Great Camp of William Avery Rockefeller—is reopened to guests with a refreshed air of rustic elegance. BY DANIEL CAPPELLO


The Great Hall serves as The Point’s central gathering space, complete with round tables for dining at every meal; the private, gated entrance to the Relais & Châteaux property, which has earned the coveted Forbes Five-Star rating for

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This page, above: Guests enjoying Champagne at the docks of The Boathouse. Opposite page, above: The open and airy Boathouse is a 950-square-foot suite above the boats and water with a wrap-around deck and bathroom with a soaking tub for two and a rock-walled shower (inset). Newly renovated and winterized, The Boathouse offers panoramic views of Upper Saranac Lake to the mountains beyond and is The Point’s largest

IMAGINE FALLING to sleep with slowly fading embers of a fire

crackling softly into its own slumber at the foot of your bed, the sound of a loon’s tremolo still echoing in your ear. Then picture morning’s call in the form of sunlight dancing through the windows of your cabin, a warm breakfast tray waiting at your door. This is no ordinary morning, but, then again, this is no ordinary vacation. When you’re staying at The Point—the intimate, all-inclusive, adults-only private Adirondack estate nestled on a secluded 75-acre peninsula stretching into Upper Saranac Lake—you are staying in another time and place, one created by a man of consummate vision and taste. The Point, built between 1930 and 1933 by William G. Distin as one of the Great Camps of the Great North Woods, was conceived by William Avery Rockefeller as his family’s private home. It is a grand yet understated romantic log mansion of the Gilded Age, tucked along the rugged lakeshores of upstate New York. Today The Point is a resort like few others, a magnificent retreat full of fine art and antiques where guests have access to a seemingly boundless Eden of the great outdoors, where the days unfold at leisure and the staff anticipates one’s every need. Each meal is an event, each day an adventure, each night a celebration. When you arrive, you pass through the private gate and are meant to feel as if you’re being welcomed back home, from the chilled glasses of Champagne that greet you to the personal walk-through of the grounds (during which time your bags will be unpacked in your room, with all items neatly 116 QUEST

arranged). There are no front reception desks, no papers to review, no credit cards to be swiped (that’s all been handled prior to your arrival). Room rates are all-inclusive, with carte-blanche use of the equipment and facilities as well as three meals per day, afternoon tea, and unlimited wine, liquor, and liqueurs from the help-yourself bars that are open 24 hours a day. The Point’s 11 distinctive guest rooms are spread among the property’s original four log buildings. Each has a broad lake view, custom-made beds, sumptuous private baths, and wood-burning stone fireplaces. Walls of native pine, spruce, and fir have been hand-waxed to a glowing, honeyed hue. Though you’re encouraged to partake in any of the warm- or cold-weather sports on offer—from water-skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, and tennis to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating, curling, and ice-fishing—a book is all you ever really need, no matter what the season. Take that good book, along with your room’s crackling fire, a glass of wine, and the surrounding views of the lake and woods, and serenity never felt so fine. This year, thanks to a multi-million-dollar renovation that was completed in late spring, The Point is offering a refreshed and even more luxurious atmosphere of rustic elegance. The renovation was overseen by new owners Laurie and Pierre Lapeyre, longtime regulars who purchased the property in June 2016. Along with the Lake Placid–based architecture firm Andrew Chary Architect and Connecticut-based Westport Interiors, the Lapeyres have elevated The Point’s rustic grandeur

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and most requested room. Opposite page, below: Adirondack chairs overlooking Upper Saranac Lake at The Point.


Above: The Boathouse at sunset. Lower left: The newly renovated Weatherwatch guest room. Opposite page: Outdoor dining “à deux” on the docks at The Point (below); guests at The Boathouse (inset). The Point: Approximately five and a half hours by car from New York City; two and a half hours by car from Burlington, Vt., or Albany, N.Y., airports; 20 minutes from the Adirondack Regional Airport. For more information or to reserve, visit thepointresort.com.

courages guests to experience the natural splendor of the Adirondacks. And it works. This feels like one of the few places left in the world where you can truly disconnect and relax. “So many times,” Karger tells me, “I have guests come up and say, ‘This is the first time I’ve had a real vacation in a long time.’ And it feels good to be able to offer that to people.” Karger and his highly skilled team, including executive chef Loic Leperlier, go the extra mile to indulge guests. Meals are momentous, from casual breakfasts and picnics to the more elaborate evenings in the Great Hall. Dinner attire is worn every night, and the tradition of elegant Great Camp dining is kept alive with black tie on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Fine wines are served from the private cellars, and don’t be surprised if you’re treated to perks like cocktails on the house Elco, the glass-enclosed electric boat, or a private dîner à deux on the docks. Indeed, if you’re ever going to crack open that copy of Walden that’s been sitting on your bookshelf—or just want to stop and smell the rugged yet refined roses—make it a point to do so with a vacation at The Point. u

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to the pinnacle of Great Camp style. “It’s a blessing to have the Lapeyres as owners,” general manager Cameron Karger tells me. “They’ve invested an enormous amount of time, energy, and money into this renovation, but never wanted to change the style or feel of The Point. Instead, we’ve rolled it back to what you might have found when the Rockefellers originally owned it.” In addition to upgrading the rooms, bathrooms, and the Great Hall, they’ve also winterized The Boathouse—the largest and most requested guest room that’s more of an open, airy hall above the boats and water, where a lofty, beamed ceiling vaults over a central canopied bed—making it available year-round. There’s no TV and no Wi-Fi at The Point. “If you don’t have it, you can’t use it,” Karger says, noting how the property en-


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WITH SUMMER NOW HERE, Hamptons season is at its peak and New York’s elite are flocking to their preferred beach getaway each weekend. While the Hamptons is collectively beautiful and desirable, made up of magnificent beaches, charming boutiques, and world-class restaurants, it is also defined by the individual areas on the island. Here we profile five iconic towns and share the latest fads in each—from where to eat and sleep to the hottest exercise classes and activities. From the stately town of Southampton, characterized by traditional homes and golf clubs, to glitzy East Hampton, where you will find high-end shopping set against a backdrop of private jets and Blade helicopters, these enclaves reflect the quirks of those they attract. u

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This page, clockwise from top left: Nacho Figueras at the Hamptons Cup by Cartier in Bridgehampton, 2017; vintage bikes on a Montauk beach; Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa offers beachside fitness classes; Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton; the Surf Lodge in Montauk; EMP Summer House in East Hampton is a pop-up restaurant presented by American Express; a photo of the Sunset Beach restaurant and bar. Opposite page: Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor Hotel features 67 charming village- and harbor-facing rooms and suites with plush bedding.


Southampton

Bridgehampton

The Traditional Hampton

The Rustic Hampton

Arriving in town via:

‹ Mercedes G-Class

Range Rover ›

For sweet lovers:

The Fudge Company

‹ The Candy Kitchen

Plan your stay at:

A friend’s house

‹ Topping Rose House

Iconic institution:

‹ Tate’s Bake Shop

Ranking:

Best night (or day) out:

‹ Southampton Social Club

Notable residents:

Brooke Shields and Tory Burch

Restaurant must:

Event of the summer:

Leisurely activity:

Accessorize with:

Wölffer Estate Vineyard (pictured above) Friday and Saturday Sunsets at Wölffer Wine Stand › ‹ Jennifer Lopez and Christie Brinkley

Tutto Il Giorno or

Jean-Georges at Topping Rose

Sant Ambroeus

or Elaia Estiatorio

U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills and Southampton Hospital's Annual Benefit ‹ Golf ‹ T. Anthony luggage and Stubbs & Wootton Slippers

Hamptons Cup by Cartier and Parrish Art Museum Gala

Horseback riding or watching polo

‹ Straw sun hat

Pit stop at:

Citarella

Round Swamp

Sipping on:

A Southside

Wölffer’s Summer in a Bottle Rosé ›

‹ Barry’s Bootcamp

‹ Soul Cycle at the BARN

Current exercise obsession:

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East Hampton

Sag Harbor

Montauk

The Flashy Hampton

The Aquatic Hampton

The Party Hampton

Private jet or Blade (pictured above) ‹ Scoop du Jour or Dylan’s Candy Bar

Hedges Inn or the Maidstone Hotel Longhouse Reserve

‹ Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett)

Jerry Seinfeld and P. Diddy ›

EMP Summer House ›

‹ Hampton Jitney

‹ Montauk Sky

BuddhaBerry (froyo) or Big Olaf’s (ice cream)

Ralph’s Italian Ices ›

Baron’s Cove ›

Gurney’s Montauk Yacht Club

Bay Street Theater

Montauk Point Lighthouse

Sunset Beach in Shelter Island

Weekly concert series at

(just don’t miss the last ferry back)

the Surf Lodge

Tracy Anderson and Jimmy Buffett

The Beacon or Le Bilboquet

‹ Ralph Lauren and Robert De Niro

‹ Scarpetta Beach or Gig Shack (casual vibes)

Guild Hall Annual Gala

Bay Street Theater’s Annual Benefit

Lounging at the Maidstone

Kayaking or sailing ›

Surfing or fishing ›

‹ Oversized designer sunglasses

Swims

Flat Brims and polarized sunglasses

Goldberg’s

Provisions

Veuve Clicquot Rosé ›

Sea Breeze

‹ Tracy Anderson Method

Norma Jean Pilates or Punch Fitness ›

Millennial Pink Party

Gosman’s Retail Fish Market

Montauk Ale ›

Bari Studio at the Surf Lodge or Pilates at Gurney’s Resort & Seawater Spa

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Hayden Arnot, Cecily Waud,

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John Bailey, and Remi Evarts.


Clockwise from top left: Elizabeth Harris and Caroline Volz; executive committee members William Hayden, and Lily Baker join Hayden Arnot in giving a speech to guests; Matias GonzalezBunster; Thatcher Shultz, Daniela Bensadoun, and Jack Mulqueen; Brandon Cox, Zoe L’Esperance, Steven Sachs, and Annie Blau at the Central Park Zoo.

SAVE THE CHILDREN YOUNG PATRONS GALA AT THE CENTRAL PARK ZOO THE FIRST EVER Save the Children Young Patrons Gala took place on May 18 at the Central Park Zoo, and attracted over 650 young professionals from the Tri-State area. Hayden Arnot, who initiated the event and served on the executive committee, expressed that planning the event has been one of the “most gratifying initiatives [he] has been part of.” He noted that the Millennial generation is in an extraordinary position, having the education to help others in need. He added that by partnering with these “amazing organizations like Save the Children, which

has the connections on the ground and a deep understanding of the humanitarian landscape, [we can] make the world a better, safer place for children.” The Young Patrons Gala was certainly a step toward this goal, having raised over $100,000 for the organization’s new Return to Learning Fund—ensuring no refugee child misses out on learning for more than 30 days. In addition to Arnot, the executive committee included John Bailey, Bobby Arnot, Lily Baker, Lion Creel, Remi Evarts, Will Hayden, Cameron Ross, Janie Warnock, Cecily Waud, and Esme Yozell. J U LY 2 0 1 8 1 2 5


of Summer event featured music by DJ Chelsea Leyland; Anna Harrison and Katie Harrison at Bethesda Terrace; in addition to bites from New York’s top restaurants, the event included cocktails, dancing, and a silent auction.

▲ A TASTE OF SUMMER AT CENTRAL PARK

▼ CINEMA SOCIETY’S PREMIERE FOR IMPULSE

TO KICK OFF THE SEASON, the Central Park Conservancy

LAST MONTH, the Cinema Society hosted a screening for

hosted its annual A Taste of Summer event at the Bethesda Terrace, which raised $900,00 to support its mission to restore and maintain Central Park. Over 800 guests enjoyed cocktails, dancing, a silent auction, and, best of all, delicious treats from New York’s best restaurants and vendors. Participants included The Plaza’s Taste Café, Loi Estiatorio, Rotisserie Georgette, Sauvage, Serendipity 3, Shake Shack, the Stanton Social, and more. As put by Elizabeth W. Smith, CPC’s president, “terrific food in an iconic location is a hard combination to beat!”

Impulse, a YouTube Original Series, at the Roxy Cinema in Tribeca. The show is a genre-bending thriller that tells the life story of a teenage girl named Henry, played by Maddie Hasson. Because she has always perceived herself as different from others, Henry has longed to escape her seemingly quaint town. After being assaulted by a football player later on, we (and she) learned that Henry has the unique ability to teleport. The after-party also took place at the Roxy Hotel, and was attended by Hasson and the executive producer, Doug Liman.

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Clockwise from top left: Chiara Digiallorenzo and guest at the launch party for Mykonos Muse at Souvlaki GR in the Lower East Side; Kay Rozynski, Lauren Murphy, and Kate Roling; Sophie and Charlotte Bickley holding Assouline’s latest book; Larry Milstein, Alex Assouline, and Sydney Sadick at an outdoor table overlooking the cobblestone streets; two stylish Pomeranians in sunglasses and booties made an appearance toward the end of the party.

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ASSOULINE TOASTS MYKONOS MUSE ON JUNE 6, Assouline celebrated its latest tome, Mykonos Muse, with a launch party at Souvlaki GR in the Lower East Side. Upon entering, the restaurant’s white wash walls, flowers, and surrounding cobble stone streets gave the feeling of stepping onto the island of Mykonos—a very fitting setting that echoed the book’s theme and the magical island. Throughout the restaurant, copies of the book were perched on tabletops for the elite influencers to take home as they departed. Mykonos Muse chronicles the culture and society that defines the island,

touching on its days as a hideout for elites like Le Corbusier and Antonis Benakis, its moments as a sanctuary for the LGBT community, and also its renowned party scene (all while highlighting the hotspots and celebrities who frequent the town). During the gathering, lite bites and craft cocktails were served with Mykonos–infused details. Guests that evening included Alex Assouline, Peter Brant, Andrew Warren, Anastasia Saf, Marina Testino, Michaela Vybohova, Joey Zauzig, and Logan Horne. u J U LY 2 0 1 8 1 2 7


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In 1916, the Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker, armed with a $300 loan from two friends and his wife’s secret spice recipe, started a nickel hot-dog stand on Coney Island. Today, Nathan’s is arguably the most famous hot dog in the world, with restaurants in every reach of the country, products in supermarket aisles everywhere, and millions of fans across the globe. And yes, the original Coney Island restaurant is still there—at the corner of Surf and Stillwell—where, come July 4, the annual Hot Dog Eating Contest will heat up once again. The contest doesn’t end after its short 10-minute Independence Day run; curious consumers of the dog and the race for its record-breaking consumption can follow “Chasing the Mustard Belt,” a video series Nathan’s puts out that follows major storylines of some of the winners as they crunch hot dog numbers on the road. Of course, while a jaunt to Coney Island remains one of the coolest and most quintessential of New York summer experiences, there’s also another city summer ritual: the Nathan’s cart. When the heat is on and you’re craving, say, that Deluxe Nacho Dog, that California Dreamin’ Dog, that Ultimate Chili Dog, or that classic Empire New York Dog, chances are there’s a Nathan’s cart around the corner from your office to satisfy the urge. We happen to have a fondness for this one here, situated squarely at the steps to the shaded green seats at midtown’s Bryant Park. —Daniel Cappello 128 QUEST

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