Quest Magazine July 2024

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7,000 acres, 5 decades,

Endless adventures for all ages,

1 perfect moment.



Striking architecture, impeccable interiors, and phenomenal views are just the beginning. Now Forté showcases the ne art of everyday living - the onsite art walk, created with the City of West Palm Beach providing a peaceful oasis where residents can enjoy distinctive sculptures.

“The Right Broker Makes a

“The Right Broker Makes a Difference”

“The Right Broker Makes a Difference”


“Duck Pond” | 424 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY

“Duck Pond” | 424 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY

“Duck Pond” | 424 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY

6 Bedrooms | 7 Full Baths | 2 Half Baths | 3.86 Acres

6 Bedrooms | 7 Full Baths | 2 Half Baths | 3.86 Acres

6 Bedrooms | 7 Full Baths | 2 Half Baths | 3.86 Acres

A timeless residence that has been completely modernized to today’s lifestyle.This 6-bedroom, 7.55-bath Colonial is tucked away at the end of a private road in Matinecock. Interiors boast architectural interest and ceiling heights over 10 feet plus an impressive double height entry hall. Every room features captivating views of the lush grounds uniting the landscape with the home.A great floor plan allows for ease of entertaining in the grandly proportioned rooms plus areas for work including the home office and comfortable library.The gourmet kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances, granite counters, large center island and a spacious breakfast room.Adjacent is the oversized family room with stone fireplace. State-of-the-art systems and a stunning pool with pool house complete this one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the 3.8-acre arboretum-quality property, perfect for relaxation or grand gatherings. Inside, soaring ceilings and captivating views create a sense of spacious elegance, while top-of-the-line amenities ensure unparalleled comfort. A Masterpiece Collection Listing. MLS# 3554091. $5,500,000.

A timeless residence that has been completely modernized to today’s lifestyle. This 6-bedroom, 7.55-bath Colonial is tucked away at the end of a private road in Matinecock. Interiors boast architectural interest and ceiling heights over 10 feet plus an impressive double height entry hall. Every room features captivating views of the lush grounds uniting the landscape with the home. A great floor plan allows for ease of entertaining in the grandly proportioned rooms plus areas for work including the home office and comfortable library. The gourmet kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances, granite counters, large center island and a spacious breakfast room. Adjacent is the oversized family room with stone fireplace. State-of-the-art systems and a stunning pool with pool house complete this one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the 3.8-acre arboretum-quality property, perfect for relaxation or grand gatherings. Inside, soaring ceilings and captivating views create a sense of spacious elegance, while top-of-the-line amenities ensure unparalleled comfort. A Masterpiece Collection Listing. MLS# 3554091. $5,500,000.

A timeless residence that has been completely modernized to today’s lifestyle.This 6-bedroom, 7.55-bath Colonial is tucked away at the end of a private road in Matinecock. Interiors boast architectural interest and ceiling heights over 10 feet plus an impressive double height entry hall. Every room features captivating views of the lush grounds uniting the landscape with the home.A great floor plan allows for ease of entertaining in the grandly proportioned rooms plus areas for work including the home office and comfortable library.The gourmet kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances, granite counters, large center island and a spacious breakfast room.Adjacent is the oversized family room with stone fireplace. State-of-the-art systems and a stunning pool with pool house complete this one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the 3.8-acre arboretum-quality property, perfect for relaxation or grand gatherings. Inside, soaring ceilings and captivating views create a sense of spacious elegance, while top-of-the-line amenities ensure unparalleled comfort. A Masterpiece Collection Listing. MLS# 3554091. $5,500,000.

Locust Valley Office | 1 Buckram Road, Locust Valley, NY | 516.759.4800 |

| 516.759.4800 |


Homestead” | 1

“Young Homestead” | 1 Cove Neck


6 Bedrooms | 5 Full Baths | 2 Half Baths | 4.20 Acres

6 Bedrooms | 5 Full Baths | 2 Half Baths | 4.20 Acres

6 Bedrooms | 5 Full Baths | 2 Half Baths | 4.20 Acres

Cove Neck, NY | PENDING “Piping Rock” | 66 Piping Rock, Matinecock, NY | SOLD

Cove Neck Road, Cove Neck, NY | PENDING

Steeped in history, “Young Homestead” is a waterfront shingled farmhouse with panoramic views of Oyster Bay Harbor. This meticulously renovated 6-bedroom Estate boasts state-of-the-art amenities while preserving its colonial charm. Lush lawns roll down to the water’s edge, while covered porches and a dining pergola provide idyllic spots for outdoor entertaining. Inside, the thoughtfully designed layout seamlessly blends modern comforts with breathtaking water views from nearly every room. A Masterpiece Collection Listing. MLS# 3547457. $5,500,000.

Steeped in history, “Young Homestead” is a waterfront shingled farmhouse with panoramic views of Oyster Bay Harbor. This meticulously renovated 6-bedroom Estate boasts state-of-the-art amenities while preserving its colonial charm. Lush lawns roll down to the water’s edge, while covered porches and a dining pergola provide idyllic spots for outdoor entertaining. Inside, the thoughtfully designed layout seamlessly blends modern comforts with breathtaking water views from nearly every room. A Masterpiece Collection Listing. MLS# 3547457. $5,500,000.

Steeped in history, “Young Homestead” is a waterfront shingled farmhouse with panoramic views of Oyster Bay Harbor. This meticulously renovated 6-bedroom Estate boasts state-of-the-art amenities while preserving its colonial charm. Lush lawns roll down to the water’s edge, while covered porches and a dining pergola provide idyllic spots for outdoor entertaining. Inside, the thoughtfully designed layout seamlessly blends modern comforts with breathtaking water views from nearly every room. A Masterpiece Collection Listing. MLS# 3547457. $5,500,000.

“Piping Rock” | 66 Piping Rock, Matinecock, NY | SOLD

4 Bedrooms | 5 Full Baths | 3 Half Baths | 2.46 Acres

4 Bedrooms | 5 Full Baths | 3 Half Baths | 2.46 Acres

4 Bedrooms | 5 Full Baths | 3 Half Baths | 2.46 Acres

Located in the incorporated Village of Matinecock, this modern Colonial residence on 2 sprawling acres boasts 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, gourmet kitchen, inviting living areas and a private first-floor primary suite. 3 additional bedrooms with en suites grace the second floor, while a finished basement and a 2-level garage studio offer endless possibilities. A Masterpiece Collection Listing. MLS# 3518917. $3,531,000.

Located in the incorporated Village of Matinecock, this modern Colonial residence on 2 sprawling acres boasts 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, gourmet kitchen, inviting living areas and a private first-floor primary suite. 3 additional bedrooms with en suites grace the second floor, while a finished basement and a 2-level garage studio offer endless possibilities. A Masterpiece Collection Listing. MLS# 3518917. $3,531,000.

Located in the incorporated Village of Matinecock, this modern Colonial residence on 2 sprawling acres boasts 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, gourmet kitchen, inviting living areas and a private first-floor primary suite. 3 additional bedrooms with en suites grace the second floor, while a finished basement and a 2-level garage studio offer endless possibilities. A Masterpiece Collection Listing. MLS# 3518917. $3,531,000.

Alexis McAndrew | Real Estate Salesperson Gold Circle of Excellence | Luxury Market Specialist c.917.750.8939 | “Young Homestead” | 1 Cove Neck Road, Cove Neck, NY | PENDING

Alexis McAndrew | Real Estate Salesperson Gold Circle of Excellence | Luxury Market Specialist c.917.750.8939 |

Alexis McAndrew | Real Estate Salesperson

Gold Circle of Excellence | Luxury Market Specialist c.917.750.8939 |


84 NEWPORT STATE OF MIND For our summer photoshoot, we journeyed to Newport’s notable institutions and captured the remarkable people behind them. Written by Elizabeth Meigher, Produced by Brooke Kelly Murray, Photographed by Julie Skarratt

94 QUEST ’S SUMMER HAUNTS The must-visit communities and institutions during your next roadtrip this season.

100 NEWPORT’S BYGONE SUMMERS The Redwood Library & Athenaeum’s upcoming exhibition will feature 75 New England images captured by acclaimed photographer Slim Aarons. by Brooke Kelly Murray

106 BOSTWICK Remembering Jimmy and Pete Bostwick, perhaps the greatest, most versatile amateur athletes of the 20th century. by James Zug

110 QUEST ENDLESS SUMMER Looking back on fashionable summers of the past. by Elizabeth Meigher




















































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Peter Simon

pub is still in Manhattan, absorbing the Solstice heat of a stunning Summer (the HOT came early this year!!) but soon heading back to the “woods” to celebrate the Glorious 4th, surrounded by four generations of family and their respective broods ... yet another chance to remind each of them how blessed we are for the Red, White and Blue. And to suggest that inherent patriotism must be embraced and never ridiculed. As I’ve droned on before: what protects this still nascent republic is our stubborn Americanism - that unfathomable strength that fuels the imperfect union we proudly call our Nation. Our civic pendulum continues to move, back to a more reasonable center, stripping away the veneer of self interests and restoring our collective soul (and maybe a proud statue, or two!)

The Summer issue you’re holding bears a compass course toward Newport, an authentically patriotic port that’s enjoying a renaissance via a fresh generation of young sporting enthusiasts, several of whom hold the surnames and lineage of New England gentry who preceded them to this storied port. Managing Editor Brooke Murray forged our passage up the rocky coast, bolstered by photogenius Julie Skarratt, and steadfastly lead by Editorial Director Elizabeth Meigher. They chose vintage background settings that included the verdant lawns of the Tennis Hall of Fame (thus our net-jumping Cover), Ava Vanderbilt’s gilded age Marble House, Howard Cushing’s new Gardiner House hotel, the salty planks of David “Ahab” Ray’s venerable Bannister’s Wharf, which houses his fabled Clarke Cooke House and the Cullen family’s Black Pearl restaurant ... plus The Redwood Library & Athenaeum, America’s oldest library in continuous use, having opened its doors in 1747. The pre-Revolutionary and neoclassical Redwood will soon host an exhibition by our late but still beloved contributor, Slim Aarons (he penned his Once Upon a Time column for nine years in Quest’s pages). Library president Janet Pell and Executive Director Benedict Leca have cleverly spearheaded this ingenious photographic retrospective, which will remain on exhibit at the Redwood through January 5, 2025.

Near this issue’s end, we dolefully reprise contributor Jim Zug’s inspired peek into the lives of Jimmy and Pete Bostwick - perhaps the most talented amateur athletes of this past Century. The Bostwick brothers exuded the Corinthian credo of understated accomplishment (they both abhorred the limelight) whilst dominating their foes on the golf course, the squash, tennis and court tennis courts, and on the ice rinks - from pond hockey to Madison Square Garden. Their natural abilities were peerless, but it was their genuine modesty and sportsmanship that will endure - a lesson for all young athletes to reflect upon and emulate.

In that vein, our search for national leadership persists - with a temperament and virtue that embrace Kipling’s couplet: “If they can meet Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same.” Leaders who can lift the mood of our Country, and remind us of our honor and duty - a duty of determination, amplifying the selection of inspired governance without demeaning the democratic process. On our Nation’s 248th birthday, dear readers, may God bless America, and indeed each of you and your loving families. ◆


Callum McLaughlin and Alexa Brazilian McLaughlin at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. Photographed by Julie Skarratt.

Clockwise from bottom left: Grateful Pub with Slim Aarons; David Ray aboard his launch “Ahab” in Newport Harbor; Whitecap approaching Crown Island; Pete Bostwick (left) and Jimmy Bostwick receive their trophies from Bob Hope after winning the “Ike;” Montauk Point Lighthouse; the Redwood Library & Athenaeum in Newport; Miss Marie M. McKim and Mrs. Ogden Phipps in box seats at Saratoga Race Track; Tigress, a 1927 catboat in Edgartown Harbor, Martha’s Vineyard.
Chris Meigher

David Patrick Columbia NEW YORK SO CIAL DIARY

JULY 2024. Summertime some summertime. I’m inclined to think that if this July weatherwise can match last month’s, it will be an extraordinary, beautiful season for us all – at least here in the East.

In my experience of the past four decades of social life in New York, these past several weeks were

memorable for the social activities out of town. Like the Hamptons.

It’s an escape, to the other reality, basically for the privileged-those who get time off from “work” as well as those who always have the time. It’s a good thing to consider in our world full of the blemishes of human activity.

The thing about living in the city, no matter where, no matter how, you are confronted with Mother Nature, Real Life, Fantasies and Fables, Truth, False, Rich, Poor; Brilliant, Stupid, Sweet, Kind; Brazen and Burly. All at once, all the time; if you keep your eyes and ears open. Which you better,

for safety’s sake.

Living out of city is a kinder life if for no other reason than it provides more space. And Nature’s Beauty is often more apparent (when it is). Although Mother Nature’s beauty at this time of year is fantastic in New York itself. But because the energy of the city is basical -

Hee Jung Moon, Michelle Trulaske and Kristen Swenson
Karen Thornwell May and Jenny Price
Tom Kempner, Jill Lafer and Corey Johnson
Esme Fox and Tracy Pollan
Baily Kempner and Melanie McLennan
Gillian Hearst
James and Margo Nederlander



ly compelling in a something-for-everyone way, I was reminded of this “reality” when we were putting together some reports on local “activities.”

But this year there was an enormous amount activities in the last weeks before Summer. There was the School of the Arts Spring Gala This was held on a beautiful evening under the spectacular dome of Low Library at Columbia University. 250 guests gathered for the event; Alumni, artists, and art lovers et al came together to celebrate the school and recognize the stellar accomplishments of the night’s three honorees.

A little more than a week later, more than 100 members and guests of the Saint Andrew’s Society

of the State of New York gathered to salute National Tartan Day, a North American celebration of Scottish heritage and the focus of week-long festivities in New York City.

Shortly thereafter, Literacy Partners hosted its annual Evening of Readings & Gala Dinner at Pier Sixty. They were celebrating the organization’s 50th anniversary and the power of literacy. The evening raised over $1 million to support innovative literacy education, advocacy and programming in New York City.  Hosted by former NBC News correspondent Cyn -

thia McFadden , the evening honored recipients across multiple categories and organizations, including:

-The Literacy Leadership Award, which recognized HarperCollins’ 200year legacy of promoting literary excellence. HarperCollins has also partnered with Literacy Partners for over 30 years.

-The Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledged former Simon & Schuster Editor and author Michael Korda ’s indelible mark on the publishing world and commitment to advancing literacy.

-The Spirit of Literacy

Award signified Deborah Roberts and Al Roker ’s dedication to literacy, as award-winning authors and journalists, inspiring countless individuals for decades.

-The prestigious LIZZIE Award paid tribute to Elizabeth Peabody , who was a close friend of Literacy Partners’ patron saint, the great Liz Smith , and someone who embodies Lizzie’s tireless devotion to promoting literacy.

-The Champion of Literacy Award honored four extraordinary literary powerhouses: Julia Alvarez , a pioneering and widely-recognized Dominican-American author whose 50-year career has amplified the voices of Latina authors; Viola Davis , Academy Award-win -

Elizabeth Peabody and Liz Smith
Helena Martinez and Roman Martinez IV
Sherrell Aston and Muffie Potter Aston with Gabrielle Rubin Deveaux and Scarlett Johansson
Austen Cruz and Travis Acquavella
Alex Roepers and Stacey Bronfman
Audrey Keller, Ben Chuchla and Adèle Bernhard
Kara Ross and Mark Gilbertson
Janice and Selwyn Vickers

ning actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, and founder of JVL Media, which gives voice to underrepresented authors; Ethan Hawke , four-time Academy Award-nominated artist and one of Hollywood’s most multi-faceted stars: actor, screenwriter, director, producer, and best-selling novels; and Anthony Tassi , Literacy Partners CEO, whose visionary leadership over the past 11 years has profoundly impacted the organization’s mission.

Guests enjoyed a special performance by Rare_Vintage and music composed by JB Bontemps. Funds raised supports Literacy Partners’ mission of helping adults transform their lives and create a brighter future for their children by Learning to Read. Programming focuses on


parents of young children with evidence-based practices and innovative partnerships to create a two-generation impact through Literacy Partners’ free classes, community workshops, and educational media.


there was the Schwarzman Animal Medical Center hosting its 16th annual Living Legends event – a fundraising luncheon. The AMC is the world’s largest veterinary teaching hospital; and also a Level 1 Veterinary Trauma Center. These animal-care fundraisers are attended by those of us who possess or have possessed these creatures as pets. All who do

know about the very real affectionate attachments to their pets. The affection they inspire is life saving for many of us. Many have had these caring and emotional relationships with their pets all their lives, and so they know the value. The emotional reward is as profound as what one often feels about offspring as well as family members.

There were more than 100 guests at this luncheon. It’s a good bet that the majority were or are owners (residing partners) of mainly dogs and cats – although some of the “wild” breeds have taken up residence too.

I have had cats and dogs all my life, in varying numbers, of course. All adopted from animal care centers. For example, a number of years ago when I moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles, I took a dog (Rex) and five cats with me.

Animal lives are generally shorter than human lives, and so after 15 years there, when I returned to New York, I was accompanied by three dogs (a Jack Russell and two Shih Tzus), all adopted, and all of whom eventually left for Dog Heaven. Currently I am in residence with three dogs (all mixes with Shih Tzu strains – but mutts). They are my family, their presence evoking and provoking care and companionship as if they were-sort of are-my children. They all know how

AMC Trustees
Donna Acquavella and Emilia Saint Amand Krimendahl
Aima Raza and Beth Redmond
David Parsons, Rick Friedman and Linda Stocknoff
Lawrence Klayman and Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin
Joey Wölffer
Lynn Scotti and Angie Mar
Mary Snow BFA



we “feel” (about ourselves) and they care. (Very important presence.)

Each year, the Living Legends honorees are some of its most remarkable stories. Also, many of their cases (a.k.a patients) are the results of wildlife conservation efforts. They come to the AMC through its partnership with local zoos, plus the rescue animals who would otherwise not have a chance for survival; and beloved individual pets who’ve recovered from life-threatening illnesses.

Aside from the pleasure and amusement that their current presence provided to the guests, their survival was heart warming and a reminder of the possibilities available, thanks to human care.

The year’s four Living Legends awards went to Professor Pantalones, treated by Daniel Spector, DVM, DACVS-SA, Director of Zoological Relations and Specialist in Surgery; Wednesday, treated by Django Martel, DVM, DAVDC, a Specialist in Dentistry; Mingming, a Shih Tsu who was treated by Mariel Covo, VMD , Resident Veterinarian in Internal Medicine; Tammi Terrell, treated by Douglas Palma, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), Department Head of Internal Medicine and Dr. Richa Dheendsa, DVM, Resident Veterinarian in Internal Medicine.

The Schwarzman Animal Medical Center is currently undergoing a $125 million transformational expansion. Later this year,

the Animal Medical Center will see the opening of the newly expanded Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit and Medical-Surgical Unit, with expected project completion in 2025.

The details of the awardees' stories: Professor Pantalones , a Great Hornbill at the Bronx Zoo. Originally from Southeast Asia, the professor underwent groundbreaking surgeries to affix a custom, 3D-printed prosthetic casque. The casque, a distinctive concave protrusion above the beak, plays an important role in social structure and behavior, as well as in sound magnification.

When Professor Pantalones started to develop early changes to his beak, the Bronx Zoo staff

brought him to AMC for a CT scan, which showed an abnormal area that was likely cancerous or precancerous. AMC’s Dr. Daniel Spector , in collaboration with his AMC and Bronx Zoo colleagues, decided to remove the tumor to enhance his quality of life.

The team at AMC performed a CT scan, obtained CT-guided biopsies, and created a custom prosthesis and surgical cutting guide to assist Dr. Spector in the surgery, with assistance from colleagues at the University of South Florida and Northwell Health.

The Professor underwent three surgeries (one at AMC and two at the Bronx Zoo) to remove the tumor and affix the 3D-printed prothesis. He

Nicole Patrick, Helene Remmel and Hannah Rutherfoord
Nancy Scully with Brad and Liz Cook
Madeline and Barbara McLaughlin
Philip Gorrivan
Maureen Leness and Melissa Cook
Andrew Werner and Caroline Schlobohm
Victoria Anstead and Anki Leeds

is now disease free and back at the Bronx Zoo living happily with his new casquee.

Then there was Wednesday , a Rescue Cat funded by The Emma and Georgina Bloomberg AMC to the Rescue Fund. Wednesday was found on the street by AdvoCat Rescue having suffered an unknown trauma.

Her jaw had been broken and healed in such a way that the jawbone fused to her cheekbone, preventing her from opening her mouth.

AdvoCat Rescue found a foster home for Wednesday, where she was able to get enough nutrition by lapping up bits of food with her tongue. AdvoCat applied for and received a grant from the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg AMC to the Res-


cue Fund to cover the cost of oral surgery. One of many charitable funds at AMC, AMC to the Rescue subsidizes specialty care to rescue animals whose health is an obstacle to their adoption. Dr. Django Martel operated successfully, surgically detaching the fused bone and allowing Wednesday to open and close her mouth normally. She is now happily enjoying life in her forever home.

ence in our lives.

That kind of enrichment is good for everybody. You are reminded of what we human creatures can do for other living creatures (and even for ourselves if when we possess the same caring for each other).

Catching up. The Women’s Division of Albert Einstein College of Medicine held its 70th Spirit of Achievement Awards Luncheon at the Rainbow Room.

changes the course of human health.

Ah, so you see, to any animal lover, these stories are a relief, and no doubt the luncheon guests left with a sense of something very positive about life itself, and a relief for those of us who are enriched by their pres -

This annual “Women Funding Science” event recognizes notable achievements in the arts, philanthropy, and medicine to raise funds for comprehensive health care through cutting-edge research that

This year’s honorees included Carol Einiger , a Trustee of Albert Einstein College of Medicine for the Leadership Award; Betsy Herold, MD , Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Pediatrics, Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and Director of the Translational Prevention Research Center for the Award for Scientific Advancement; and American Contemporary Artist Deborah Kass for the Trailblazer Award.

History: This amazing awards event began as a mother-daughter luncheon honoring Marlene Dietrich and her daughter Maria Riva in 1954.

Marlene Dietrich with her daughter Maria Riva
Adrienne Vittadini and Marco Pecori
Zoe and Ted Chapin
Ann Ziff and Dominique Laffont
Veronica Bulgari, James Gandre, Noemi Neidorff and Stephan Haimo
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lorraine Gallard and Richard Levy



It was the very first “benefit luncheon” in Manhattan. It is now considered a power-house luncheon for women in all fields, from the arts, theatre, fashion and music to journalism and medicine.

The dedicated members of the Women’s Division of Albert Einstein College of Medicine are a driving force in aiding medical research and education for the development of innovative treatments and cures for life-threatening conditions.

This year’s event was attended by nearly 250 supporters and hosted by Co-Presidents of the Women’s Division, Terri Goldberg and Trudy Schlachter , and Luncheon Chairs Carol Roaman and Andrea Stark

Since its inception, the

Women’s Division has raised more than $100 million and has established: a Wing for Prenatal Studies and Research in Birth Defects, a Clinical Research Institute for Child Development, and funded major research in immunodiagnosis and immunotherapy in cancer.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine is one of the nation’s premier centers for research, medical education, and clinical investigation.

Einstein is home to 711 medical and graduate students and more than 1900 faculty members. Over its six decades the College of

Medicine has conferred nearly 8,500 M.D. and 1,700 Ph.D. degrees. A lookback on history: Reading my emails. The bulk of them during the days of lockdown were hawking contributions for political races all the way from Prez down to Congress, gubernatorial to mayor and councilman. Everyday I must get at least a dozen of these requests from candidates all over the country. So many I don’t count ’em. They all want ANYTHING you can spare, even a couple of bucks. Sound familiar? I get it and I respect their

requests, but this is NOT a political website and I don’t presume that my readers should agree with my own political opinions. Back in the ’60s and the ’70s, I volunteered in seven different campaigns, the first being for Carter Burden when he ran for City Council in 1969 from what was referred to as the Silk Stocking District. Carter Burden himself was a Vanderbilt heir who came from and lived the life of a rich man. However, he had the consciousness to understand the needs of those of us who were not rich. These were his people, and he had a beautiful young wife (first wife), Amanda Mortimer , the daughter of Stanley Mortimer and Babe Paley After Harvard and Law School, he went to work

Susan and Carter Burden
Andrea Stark
Philip Ozuah and Karen Mandelbaum
Dorian Goldman, Yaron Tomer, Gitit Tomer, Carol Einiger and Amy Wechsler
Ruth Gottesman
Terri Goldberg and Trudy Schlachter
Melissa Ceriale, Yaron Tomer and Stacey Lane

for Senator Robert Kennedy who clearly was an inspiration for him. Just the year before – 1968 – it looked like Bobby Kennedy was going to the White House.

It was this same neighborhood I’m living in now. The Burden campaign headquarters were in an abandoned supermarket on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 79th Street. (It’s now a 35-story luxury apartment building.)

For Carter, we volunteers knocked on doors. I found it informative to “talk to the people” – the citizens expressing their needs. Our job as volunteers was to tell them about Carter but also to


find out what their issues were, and-in the end, of course-to get them to vote for Carter.

That was the old style politics. Ideally the volunteers were gathering information for the candidates. Nowadays it’s more about the politicians and what they want to do if elected.

In those days, much of the Upper East Side east of Third Avenue were the neighborhoods of Yorkville. They were real working class neighbor -

hoods, people who went to work every day to earn the money to pay the rent and put food on the table for their families, in fourand five-story brick, walkup apartment buildings. Often referred to as Germantown, when earlier in the century many were elders in first and second generation families who had emigrated from mainly Europe, and still living in the neighborhood.

The volunteer’s assignment was canvassing the neighborhoods — going door-to-door, usually two

of us, starting in the early evening after office hours. Our job was to tell them about Carter but also: find out what their issues were; and in the end, get them to vote for Carter.

Among the volunteers making those rounds of the neighborhood were Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Christina Onassis , both of whom were longtime family friends of the candidate.

The result of this for me, however, was the rich and memorable experience of meeting the neighbors and promoting a good cause (Burden) for those of us in need. That, to me, is the wealth of politics when it is practiced

Cayce Beam, Madeline McDonough, Elizabeth Griffin and Leah Cann
Fleur and William Rueckert
Sophia Egan
Gary Jobson
Alessandra Dall'Agnese
Nicholas Lydon and Sally Luke
Jay and Jennifer Bradner
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

Expanding the voices represented in the Museum's permanent collection, OUT of the Jewelry Box considers the importance of queer perspectives in the world of studio and contemporary art jewelry. The exhibition showcases nearly 80 works given by gay collectors or made by queer artists, dating from the 1950s to the present.

Felieke van der Leest, Rainbow Moose (sculpture with necklace) (edition of 3), 2005.
© 2024 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / BONO, Oslo.
Photo: Bruce M. White.

Laid-Back Luxury

Hamptons style interior design combines the comfort and casualty of coastal living with the timeless elegance of traditional elements, creating an aura of laid-back luxury. This design style is known for its welcoming and cozy feel, but what elements are important in successfully capturing the Hamptons style?

Hello, outdoors. Hamptons style design emphasizes a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living, both aesthetically and practically. This means as many large windows and glass doors as possible - open in the months when it is comfortable and closed but exposed when it is not. Natural light makes this style of home shine.

Neutral, White, & Blue. As a nod and complement to everyone’s favorite backyard design element in the Hamptons - the oceanshades of blue are the favorite color palette in Hamptons style design. Whites and neutrals are paired with blues to create that light, inviting, “endless-vacation” feel.

All natural. When it comes to furnishings, think natural textures: sisal rugs, linen fabrics, and wood, rattan, and cane furniture. Incorporating natural textures into the design is another way to bring the outdoor elements in.

Just like with any design style, Hamptons style design is all about evoking emotions. In this case, the emotions being evoked are ones of welcome and fun. If you’re thinking of incorporating Hamptons style elements into your home, let these emotions guide your design and you are sure to succeed.



with honor toward all, which is a major challenge for many if not most of us humanoids.

I never knew Carter. I was drawn to him, learned of him because he was a famous socialite with that background. He was also a member of my much younger generation. That was my curiosity working.

The result was the rich and memorable experience of meeting the neighbors and promoting a good cause (Burden) for those of us in need. That, to me, is the wealth of politics when it is practiced with honor toward mankind. That, however is a major challenge for many if not most of us humanoids.

Robert Kennedy’s murder had changed everything for Carter Burden who had worked for, and admired

him. With Kennedy he had developed the consciousness to understand the needs of those of us who were not rich. He took Kennedy’s work (for the people) as inspiration. He won the election that year and served two terms on the City Council. But at some point he decided it was not for him. His first marriage ended also in 1972 after eight years.

A person who had worked closely with him told me years later that Carter was personally disillusioned by the process and how it neglected the voters’ needs. Before he left, however, he created something in the neighborhood to assist the needs of his constituents (many of whom were seniors).

In the beginning, his creation, the Carter Burden Center for the Aging,

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was a little one-room office in the upper East Eighties. Today, a half century later, it is a leading neighborhood proponent of helping thy neighbor, still under the guidance and direction of Carter’s dynamic and devoted wife and widow  Susan Burden

In those years, I was a registered Democrat by whatever voting requirements. All of the candidates I worked for were Democrats. I also volunteered for Ed Koch ’s Congressional campaign (also for the Silk Stocking district) where he’d be campaigning, greeting commuters at subway entranc -


es during morning rush hours introducing himself as people entered: “Hello, I’m Ed Koch; how’m I doin’?”

But I also admired John Lindsay , who happened to be a Republican. And I admired him even more after he left office, not rich and highly “rewarded” for his public service, but a kind man and a gentleman who clearly understood the needs of the people.

Politics and Poker. In the early ’70s, I had a retail business in Greenwich, Connecticut and Pound Ridge, New York. In Greenwich, I had a young woman working for me, a

Cuban girl whose family had emigrated to Greenwich during Castro’s Cuban Revolution.

The family was obviously wealthy, living in a large mansion on Round Hill Road. A very nice, sophisticated family, they had obviously been prominent in pre-Castro Cuba. On election day of the 1972 Presidential election, I off-handedly asked her whom she was going to vote for. She responded: “President Nixon.”

When I asked, truly just curious, why President Nixon, she responded matter-of-factly: “Because he and my father planned

the Bay of Pigs invasion in our living room in Havana.” Period.

I did know that her father had been important in the battle because he was specifically captured by Castro’s forces during the Bay of Pigs battle, and imprisoned. The family paid a six-figure ransom to free him and allow him to come to America.

Castro’s takeover killed business for many American interests, especially hotels and casinos. The plans of Nixon and the anti-Castro Cuban failed entirely. The results, however, led fantastically to Las Vegas. ◆

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Dina Merrill wrapped in the American flag in 1992 to celebrate the 4th of July.
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HARD TO FIND the words to describe Dina Merrill. Her incredible beauty took your breath away, and she was privileged on both sides of her family. Yet she was completely down-to-earth and so accessible that you immediately felt at ease upon meeting her for the first time.

Over the years, Gigi and I saw her from time to time in Palm Beach as she was full of fun, and of course she was invited everywhere. It didn’t seem to faze her that she no longer lived at Mar-a-Lago, her home growing up. In 1973, her mother donated the incredible 128-room-estate to the U.S. government to be used as the “Winter White House,”

but you already knew that.

Like most people, whether they admit it or not, she dreamed of becoming an actress and a movie star. And that she did, appearing in countless films and television shows over the years.

In 1992, when photographing Dina Merrill to celebrate the 4th of July, she was amused by my suggestion and happily wrapped herself in an American flag. Thirty two years have passed since that photograph was taken. So much has changed.

That day, we both knew the result was meant to invoke “Happy 4th of July” and it still is. u



AT THE END OF World War II, the victorious Allies were convinced that Prussian militarism had played an important part in Hitler’s war in Europe. Herbert Marcuse, an overrated theorist of the Frankfurt School working for Uncle Sam, submitted a secret report that put all the blame for Nazism on capitalism. Marcuse was a phony who later became a hero to the anti-Vietnam war protesters but got it right on Prussia and Hitler. As I am in the midst of nonstop reading about the Congress of Vienna and the Napoleonic Wars, I sidestepped a bit and read how it was AustriaHungary, not Prussia, that for centuries

was the most aggressive and domineering power in the German-speaking world. I’ve been married to an Austrian for ages, as is my daughter—the Führer of Takimag— married to an Austrian, and I have two Austrian grandchildren. But even if I didn’t have the Austrian connection that I do, I’d still declare that being strong is better than being weak, and it was military strength that halted the uncivilized Ottoman hordes at the gates of Vienna in 1683.

Voltaire was among the first to get it wrong about Prussia. He called it an army with a state rather than a state with an army. His play on words was

clever but hardly true. After World War II, with Uncle Sam suddenly on the German side against the Russian Bear, so-called thinkers had to come up with something in order to excuse the good Uncle and the bad Führer being on the same side. History had to be rewritten, and it was. German militarism began and was encapsulated by the great Otto von Bismarck’s 1862 statement “that the great questions of the day would be decided by iron and blood.”

Bismarck is the father of modern Germany, a great statesman and leader, and his above statement is used by wee-

Clockwise from left: Otto von Bismarck; Uncle Sam; vintage map of Austria-Hungary.

nies to denigrate strength and leadership. Linking Bismarck to Hitler is like associating Mozart to a rapper, impossible and ridiculous. The Nazi regime was a historical aberration detached from the Prussian past. A Prussian saved Wellington’s bacon in Waterloo, when the 73-year-old Blucher arrived just in time to swing the battle against the gal-

doms, and tiny baronies. Further to the east, the Habsburgs ruled vast territories including Hungary and engaged in nonstop wars in order to keep them. One of the last monarchs to lead his troops personally in battle was Frederick the Great—a Prussian, naturally—whereas the Habsburgs left the fighting to the General Staff. War was a constant phenomenon, and the life of a soldier was a grim one. Death rates were high, mostly from disease, bubonic plague, typhus, and syphilis. Prussia got a bad rap as warlike following the Napoleonic Wars and during the German wars of unifica-

the United States did not help. Yet no one fought more gallantly than the German soldier, or suffered more deaths in combat. What their sacrifices have produced is a nation that would rather kiss than fight, a country as likely to go to war as is Monte Carlo. The Austrians, typically, came up trumps. They announced themselves the first victims of Nazism, and so they were declared.

The myth of German genius for war persists to this day, but I have yet to understand it. It seems to me that Americans are constantly mixing in other countries’ business, yet it’s the Germans who

lant last charge of the Imperial Guard, Blucher having been unhorsed three times already and thought dead by anxious aides. Blucher spoke no English, and Wellington not a word of German, and the only exchange was “Quelle affair,” by Prince Blucher.

Three descendant Blucher paratrooper brothers were killed in April 1941 when their aircraft was shot down over Crete, an unheard-of act of stupidity by the Luftwaffe putting all three young men into the same airplane. But let’s return to Prussian militarism as compared with that of the Austrians. War was a constant phenomenon in early modern Europe, and what is today’s Germany contained tens if not hundreds of kingdoms, duke-

tion: Denmark 1864, Austria 1866, and finally France 1870. Bismarck demanded a parade down the Champs-Élysées and then brought the boys home. The Frogs are still smarting over that one, but the Germans could have stayed but instead chose not to.

Peace reigned throughout Europe until the tragedy of World War I, a conflict that set the old continent back forever and led to Uncle Sam becoming top banana ever since. After the disgrace of Versailles, the second conflict was inevitable. Once again, the German military elite remained fixated on a quick victory and showed little interest in long-term strategic planning. Hitler’s madness in attacking the Soviet Union and then declaring war on

are being called the Spartans of their day. I’m half Spartan and rather proud of it, but it’s Uncle Sam who is the warmonger, not Uncle Fritz. There is nothing romantic about war, but people no longer read Erich Maria Remarque, but watch dumb movies that glorify it. The people who make these movies would lose their you-know-what if they were ever close to a battlefield; the noise alone would have them tossing their lunch. Once the bombing began, the rest of the contents of their stomach would surface. Such are the joys of those who make our movies today. War is hell, and Uncle Sam is the greatest war-maker today. u For

Clockwise from bottom left: Focke-Wulf Fw 190 of the Luftwaffe; Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher; Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington; Frederick the Great.

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NEWPORT IS A city where history lives and breathes, steadfast in preserving its past and wary of the new. It’s not often that a hotel debuts here, let alone one that captures the town’s heart. Yet, Gardiner House, which opened in late 2023, has done just that. This boutique waterfront hotel, featuring 21 guest rooms and suites, had the perfect lineage for instant success. The proprietors, Howard Cushing and Wirt Blaffer, bring more than just hospitality expertise; they deliver a piece of Newport’s soul with their deep connections to the community. Cushing hails from an old Newport family, residing in their historic estate nearby, “The Ledges,” for generations. The grand “country cottage” was built by his great-grandfather Howard Gardiner Cushing in 1867, epitomizing the charm Newport is famous for. Much of Gardiner House’s interior design draws inspiration from Cushing’s heritage, including a stunning two-story wallpaper mural in the lobby, a recreation of a piece painted by his great-grandfather in 1905.

The city holds a special place in Blaffer’s heart as well. His grandfather was stationed in Newport during World War II, and Blaffer himself spent many childhood summers here. The duo’s local ties and shared passion for Newport shine through in every detail of Gardiner House. “We created a place where we would want to go,” explained Blaffer. “Less corporate, and a more personal experience. When we envision Gardiner House, we think about what makes Newport unique, its histo-

ry, and how we can incorporate that into the guest experience. At its heart, we built it for friends, family, and for everyone in Newport to enjoy.” Adding to their impressive portfolio, Cushing and Blaffer also recently purchased the nearby Francis Malbone House, an award-winning, historic inn that perfectly represents the classic accommodations in the area.

Gardiner House is situated in a newly built structure that complements the area’s Gilded Age homes. Its prime location in a former shipyard overlooking Newport Harbor and Fort Adams places it just steps away from Thames Street. This ideal spot allows guests to easily explore Newport’s iconic attractions. It’s next door to the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS), and just a short walk to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the famed Clarke Cooke House restaurant on Bannister’s Wharf, and the church where John F. Kennedy and Jackie Onassis exchanged vows. Expect plenty of enjoyable shopping along the way.

Inside Gardiner House, the interiors blend the grandeur of a bygone era with contemporary elegance. Inspiration derived from travels and the team’s favorite spaces from around the world that all have their own unique vibe but work together under the same roof—which is very Newport. “The art is pulled from all over but somehow comes together so well, from a London aesthetic to old French satire art in the bar - the aesthetic needed to feel elevated but relaxed and playful at the same time,”

Howard Cushing and Wirt Blaffer. Opposite page: Enjoying drinks in Studio Bar.

said Cushing. Upon entry, guests are welcomed by a grand staircase and a Murano chandelier, evoking the lavishness of those Gilded Age cottages. The common areas include a stately ballroom and a tranquil Sun Room, both offering sweeping views of the water. One of the hotel’s main attractions is the Studio Bar, a warm yet chic lounge off the lobby perfect for pre- or post-dinner drinks. Adorned with a wood-burning fireplace, rich green walls, and striking artwork, the bar serves a menu of exceptional cocktails and delectable small bites (the sandwich special with homemade focaccia is a must-try). In the coming weeks, the highly anticipated Flora restaurant will open, offering both indoor and outdoor dining. Until then, guests can enjoy a continental breakfast buffet or head over to the nearby Francis Malbone House for a complimentary breakfast featuring special home-cooked meals. For those seeking an alternative to the scenic Cliff Walks or outdoor runs, the hotel has partnered with Fitness 500 Club, providing guests with access to a top-notch gym. The guest rooms at Gardiner House are spacious and airy, designed with bamboo cane furnishings, custom upholstered headboards, and luxurious amenities such as Matouk linens, clothing steamers, Smart TVs, and Ortigia shampoo and conditioner.

Gardiner House isn’t just a place to stay; it’s an experience that immerses you in the charm and vibrant community of Newport. “It’s a house filled with places to socialize, entertain or duck away to serene sunlit rooms and outdoor spaces with dramatic water views. You know you are in the center of the action with a great mix of ingrained locals and explorative travelers,” said Cushing. u

Clockwise from bottom left: The hotel’s foyer and recreation of artwork by Cushing’s great-grandfather; the hotel’s view of Newport Harbor; Gardiner Ballroom; an IYRS suite. Opposite page: Studio Bar.


THE NOEL SHOW MUSEUM is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated summer pop-up exhibition, running from July 1st to August 11th on Nantucket. This exhibition pays homage to New England’s significant role in America’s shoe manufacturing history.

As the first and only shoe museum in the United States, the Noel Shoe Museum celebrates the creativity and imagination of footwear, with a strong focus on design, designers, and history. Founded by Vanessa Noel, a long-time summer resident of Nantucket and a renowned shoe designer for over four decades, the museum aims to create a legacy for the great icons of the footwear industry.

The exhibition will showcase the museum’s mission to explore the culture of mankind through the evolution of shoes. Visitors can look forward to a curated selection from the museum’s

extensive permanent collection, featuring over 4,000 shoes from the 10th century to the present. This exhibition offers a deeper understanding of the profound impact that shoes have had on human civilization worldwide.

Additionally, the space will highlight the museum’s exciting Icon Collection, featuring shoes from inspiring individuals and their incredible stories told through their footwear.

“This is not just a display of shoes,” Noel explained, “it’s a celebration of human creativity, resilience, and imagination.” She added, “Shoes are not an accessory; they are a necessity. You can’t go anywhere without wearing a pair of shoes. For centuries, you could tell a person’s status by their shoes. Today, an underprivileged child and a multi-billionaire can happily wear the same pair of sneakers.”

Noel is excited to be building one of the most exciting new 501(c) (3) non-profit institutions in the United States. Plans are underway for additional exhibition locations and collaborations with other arts organizations until a permanent home for the museum is established.

The museum’s first fundraising gala was held at Doubles Club in New York City. Last year, for the second annual gala at the Metropolitan Club, Fern Mallis, former Executive Director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, was the keynote speaker. Italian artist Johannes Stoetter also performed, creating “living shoes” painted on two models. This year, the museum’s third annual fundraising gala will be held on October 24th at the glorious St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City.

Noel has garnered an extraordinary following of Stiletto Ambassadors, an invitation-only group of supporters celebrating the museum. The impressive board of supporters includes Billie Bailkin, Michael Dean, Rachelle Friedman, Susan Gutfreund, Carolina Herrera, Hon. Carolyn Maloney, H.R.H Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Joe Pacetti, Marc Rosen, and Jackie Tucker. u

from top left: The Noel Shoe Museum pop-up will be located at The Seven Seas gallery in Nantucket; Permanent Collection Sioux Beaded Leggings and Moccasin, 1890; living shoe on display at the 2023 Noel Shoe Museum gala; Chris Franklin of Harlem Globetrotters speaks during the 2023 Noel Shoe Museum gala. Opposite page, from above: Vanessa Noel; Permanent Collection I. Miller Blue Buckle shoes, circa 1910s.



DURING THE PANDEMIC, Cara Polites Ferro, who lived in Greece as a child, found herself yearning for the joy of travel. Inspired by the beautiful handmade products she saw in the workshops throughout the Greek Islands and Italian coastal villages, she decided to bring a piece of that world to the United States. This longing led to the birth of Via Coquina, a boutique with locations in the picturesque seaside communities of Palm Beach and Sag Harbor, as well as an e-commerce platform. Via Coquina showcases the finest artisan treasures from around the globe, with a special focus on Mediterranean craftsmanship. “I wanted Via Coquina’s shops to evoke the charm of an old-world European atelier,” Ferro explained. Her passion for craftsmanship runs deep; back in the 1940s, her husband’s grandfather emigrated from Italy and started a successful jewelry business in the States, instilling in her a profound appreciation for fine artisanship. This legacy is evident in every item at Via Coquina. Via Coquina’s curated collection spans home décor, tabletop, jewelry, fashion, and apothecary. Stepping into one of the shops is like entering a treasure trove of unique finds. Picture a turquoise fish necklace with hand-carved stones by twin sisters and jewelry designers Grazia & Marica Vozza, who have run a small gallery in Capri since 1999—it brings to mind the crystal-clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Or consider the “Lunch in Tangier” tablecloth by Made in Tangier, handwoven in Morocco, for your next dinner party in Palm Beach. And if you’re in need of a hostess gift, look no further than Ortigia Sicilia’s stunning candles, with fragrances distilled from the flowers of Sicily by master perfumer, Lorenzo Villoresi.

Each day, Ferro works closely with her teams in Palm Beach and Sag Harbor, as well as with the artisans, to discuss new designs, collaborations, and the latest creations. “I search for products that are handmade and have soul—items you want to keep and use year after year, not just trendy or fashionable pieces,” Ferro said. “Timeless leather sandals, colorful jewelry from Capri—everything I select for the shop brings me joy and is something I would love to have in my own home.”

This summer, Via Coquina is expanding its Palm Beach store on Via Mizner, with a grand opening planned for the fall. Ferro is also scouting locations for a third store and is particularly excited about the summer in the Hamptons. “For the season in Sag Harbor, we’ve just introduced some incredible new finds—handcarved lacquer boxes from artisanal communities in Mexico that have carried down ancestral techniques, Cuba Lab leather and straw bags from Italy—a marriage of the sophistication of Tod’s with a social mission—and an expanded selection of paintings from our favorite artist from the Côte d’Azur,” Ferro shared.

Through Labor Day, Via Coquina’s Sag Harbor store is hosting a pop-up on its second floor for Sean McNanney, the Brooklynbased artist and founder of SAVED NY—featuring not only their incredible hand-made cashmere blankets and clothing, but a collection of art and antiques curated by McNanney himself.

With Via Coquina, Cara Polites Ferro created more than just a boutique; she has crafted a gateway to the timeless elegance and artisanal spirit of the Mediterranean, right here in the United States. u

From above: Via Coquina’s Sag Harbor boutique; the Palm Beach storefront and founder Cara Polites Ferro.


IN 1985, A SEMINAL event occurred at the confluence of digital technology and the visual arts, marking a pivotal moment in the evolution of digital art. This event was precipitated by Commodore International’s strategic initiative to launch the Amiga computer, aimed at challenging the burgeoning dominance of Apple in the personal computing landscape. A critical element of Commodore’s strategy was the commissioning of Andy Warhol, a preeminent figure in the pop art movement, to demonstrate the Amiga’s capabilities for artistic creation. The resulting digital portrait of Deborah Harry and the Amiga World magazine works that followed would catalyze into a potent reflection of a critical shift in the discourse of digital art—the digital files themselves an indelible artifact. Long presumed lost, the floppy disk

storing these crucial works has since been rediscovered, not only illuminating and preserving iconic work unseen for decades but also providing a rarely told firsthand account of how this historic chapter almost never came to be.

The inception of the collaboration originated from Commodore’s urgent need for a successful launch of the Amiga 1000 computer amidst menacing financial turmoil. On June 14, 1985, Warhol arrived at Commodore’s headquarters in the Seagram Building, where Donald Greenbaum, the chief financial officer, introduced him to the prototype machine and the beta version of the Graphicraft software. Warhol was captivated by the machine, agreeing to participate in what he considered a daunting performance. In the leadup to the decadent launch event, Com-

From above: Jeff Bruette stands behind Andy Warhol as he creates artwork on the Commodore Amiga, 1985; two of the ten newly discovered digital artworks by Andy Warhol, Deborah Harry (1985) and Self-Portrait (1985) displayed on a Commodore Amiga computer. Opposite page: Chris Stein captures Deborah Harry posing for Andy Warhol, 1980.

modore urgently reassigned Bruette, who had been working on the development of Graphicraft, to prepare Warhol for a live demonstration of the machine’s graphics capabilities. Although Steve Jobs had once shown him how to draw a circle on the Apple Macintosh in 1984, Warhol’s familiarity with digital tools remained rudimentary. With Bruette’s direct instruction, Warhol gained an intimate familiarity and comfort with the technological process, instantly seeing the potential to integrate the computer into his Factory process.

Before the official launch event, a full dress rehearsal was executed with both Warhol and Harry in attendance. Press footage from the ABC News archives chronicles the rehearsal in unprecedented detail, depicting Warhol running through the entire performance, finishing with the now iconic digital portrait of Debbie Harry. After the rehearsal, Warhol would sign and gift the floppy disk to Bruette, appreciative for his assistance in learning how to use the machine. However, when the live demonstration started, things did not proceed as planned.

The lighting conditions from during rehearsal changed drastically come the live event, sabotaging Warhol’s attempt to create a work to his standards. When producing the promotional launch event video, Bruette instructed the editors to superimpose the rehearsal image onto the live event computer screen footage, as he also mimicked the on-screen navigation to match the narrative describing the portrait creation. His quick thinking transformed what could have been a public relations debacle into a celebrated artistic milestone, forever changing the course of art history. In the months following the launch, Warhol would continue working with the computer, as excruciatingly documented in the January edition of 1986’s Amiga World. Bruette would be present to assist Warhol during the interview, with the resulting digital works published alongside his interview.

The 1980s represented a critical juncture for digital art, characterized by a tension between its burgeoning potential and widespread skepticism. Digital art, then largely perceived as the domain of technical experts, was prohibitively expensive for most and far too technical for others. Warhol’s collaboration with Commodore reflected a reversal of these limitations, inviting the masses to participate in an artistic medium previously reserved for a select few. Warhol’s digital works, Self-Portrait and Deborah , would play a pivotal role in conveying this dynamic, as evidenced by their inclusion in the landmark “Computers and Art” exhibition, which toured prominent venues such as the Everson Museum of Art and the IBM Gallery of Science and Art from 1987 to 1988. These exhibitions were instrumental in validating digital art within the broader art community, attracting over 150,000 visitors across several states. As Cynthia Goodman, exhibition curator, remarked, “When you see a Warhol, a Pearlstein, a Kenneth Noland, and realize it doesn’t take enormous programming skills or money to make computers available to them, then comes a willingness on the part of the community to re-evaluate the computer.”

The recently discovered digital works created by Warhol, stewarded by Jeff Bruette, include one of the original prints of the Deborah Harry portrait, of which only three exist, along with 10 digital artworks, including that of Deborah Harry, preserved on one of two original Amiga 3½-inch diskettes. These

digital pieces, encompassing iconic motifs and experimental works, vividly illustrate Warhol’s innovative spirit and have be come central to his digital legacy. Other artworks include those published in Amiga World and a piece showcased on Warhol’s MTV segment, further underscoring Warhol’s impact on both popular culture and the digital art movement. The resurgence of Warhol’s Amiga works not only enriches our understanding of his artistic legacy but also serves as a poignant reminder of the intricate intersections between art and technology. As dig ital art continues to evolve, Warhol’s early experiments stand as a testament to the boundless possibilities that arise when creativity meets innovation.

Spearheaded by accomplished art dealer Kenneth Mitchell along with Stephen Lamm, the journey to bring these historically significant works to market has been a remarkable adventure. From the initial discovery of the lost floppy disks to the meticulous research and authentication process, the project involved extensive travel across the country and countless hours of dedicated effort, ultimately revealing the true history behind one of the most pivotal cultural moments in art history. These digital artworks, now shared with the world, stand as enduring symbols of innovation and artistic exploration. ◆

For more details and to experience the excitement surrounding these extraordinary works, please contact Kenneth Mitchell at or 310.508.3770, or Stephen Lamm at

above: Jeffrey Bruette and Ken Mitchell in front of the Deborah Harry print, one of three in existence; poster for IBM Gallery of Art and Science’s 1988 exhibition of ‘Computers and Art,’ which attracted over 100,000 visitors. Opposite page, from above: Andy Warhol poses with the Commodore Amiga for the ‘Self-Portrait’ (1985) reference photo; Absolut Vodka (1985) by Andy Warhol, one of the 10 newly discovered works created by Warhol on the Commodore Amiga in 1985.



PINK SAND BEACHES, the adorable swimming pigs, sunset sailing excursions, and fresh island fare—what more could you ask for? Harbour Island offers all this and more, but its exclusivity can make finding the perfect place to stay a delightful challenge.

Perched gracefully atop a hill with sweeping views of the bayside and just steps from Dunmore Town, The Rock House Hotel seamlessly blends historic charm with modern luxury. Under the warm stewardship of locals Henry and Teynarae Rolle, this boutique haven has been meticulously renovated. The property features 10 elegantly appointed guest rooms and a renowned restaurant. The latest addition, the four-bedroom Bayview Villa, offers guests unparalleled privacy and breathtaking vistas.

Since its grand reopening in 2021, The Rock House has rekindled its vibrant spirit with weekly live music events and an enticing tapas menu in The Courtyard, offering an immersive cultural experience. This fusion of the historic legacy of the late Wallace Tutt, who founded the hotel 80 years ago, with contemporary hospitality ensures that every

stay is memorable and unique.

The hotel’s serene outdoor pool, nestled among lush palms and private cabanas, provides a secluded paradise for relaxation. Attendants cater to your every need, offering umbrellas, chairs, towels, and snorkeling gear to ensure a flawless beachside experience.

Culinary delights await at The Rock House’s acclaimed restaurant. Whether enjoying a casual poolside lunch or a romantic dinner on the bayfront terrace, guests are treated to refreshing cocktails, an extensive wine list, and delectable dishes crafted by the talented Bahamian Executive Chef. The restaurant’s exquisite cuisine is perfectly complemented by stunning ocean views, making every meal an occasion.

For those seeking wellness, outdoor yoga sessions provide a serene start to the day, blending the tranquility of nature with invigorating exercise. The in-house gift shop offers a curated selection of local artwork, stylish apparel, and Bahamian-inspired decor, perfect for taking a piece of your experience home. u

Clockwise from top left: Island decor; a suite’s living area; ocean views; a guestroom. Opposite page, from left: Al fresco dining; swimming pool; The Rock House entrance.


JEWELRY DESIGNER Tamara Comolli established her eponymous brand in 1992, revolutionizing the way fine jewelry is worn. Embracing the concept of “effortless luxury,” TAMARA COMOLLI is renowned for its rare, vibrant gemstones and for crafting playful yet elegant and feminine designs. The brand’s acclaimed MIKADO collection, known for its distinctive acorn-shaped gemstones, exemplifies this unique approach. TAMARA COMOLLI’s MIKADO collection is renowned not only for its vibrant hues but also for the intriguing backstory that has evolved over 30 years, creating one of the most iconic designs in the world of jewelry.

The journey of MIKADO began with the namesake childhood game, inspiring the collection’s first manifestation, MIKADO “Sticks.” With her childhood memories of playing this game in mind, Tamara crafted the inaugural MIKADO piece in 1993. Showcasing a unique and stunning design, the bracelet, made of 18 karat gold and platinum rods, each tipped with sparkling diamonds, became a testament to the company founder’s incomparable sense of style and daring approach to new shapes.

Five years later came the release of the redesigned bracelet, the MIKADO “Classic,” which is still available today. With its distinct and wildly popular cone-shaped gemstones nestled together for the first time, it marked a new chapter in Tamara Comolli’s design journey, influenced by the natural beauty and life near water that has always inspired her. The MIKADO Classic bracelet also gave birth to the ingenious idea of the Color Story. To keep her designs fresh and contemporary, Tamara Comolli began releasing a meticulously curated color palette of exquisite gemstones every year, ranging from the elegantly subdued tones of “Blush” or “Cashmere” to the playful “Candy” and her latest release, the boldly vibrant “Lagoon.”

With the beloved MIKADO “Classic” bracelet still in demand today, the collection cemented its status as one of the most recognizable icons in the world of jewelry with the birth of the MIKADO Flamenco bracelet. Drawing on memories of her childhood in Spain, such as dancing on the beach in a flowing Flamenco dress, Tamara created a bracelet that captures the special joy and freedom of Flamenco. With 51 gemstones in each bracelet, the Flamenco design showcases each new Color Story in full and abundant beauty, eagerly awaited by the brand’s loyal fans all over the world.

Over the years, the MIKADO collection has expanded to include various forms, ranging from the casual, beach-ready MyMIKADO fabric bracelets with a petite precious cone-shaped pendant to awe-inducing MIKADO Flamenco bracelets entirely adorned with diamond pavé or even with ultra-rare Paraiba tourmalines. MIKADO has become a world of its own, with offerings to appeal to any true jewelry connoisseur. No matter the form, the MIKADO collection remains the essence of TAMARA COMOLLI’s unique style—an effortless elegance that invites the wearer to play and showcase their purely individual style. u

From above: Bracelet MIKADO Flamenco in ‘Candy’ Candy in 18k yellow gold ($59,400); Tamara Comolli at five years old; playing the MIKADO game. Opposite page: MIKADO Charm Bracelet and MIKADO pendants.


NESTLED IN THE heart of West Palm Beach, The Bristolan iconic 25-story waterfront condominium complex-represents modern elegance. This premier building is renowned for its stunning architecture, world-class amenities, and prime location, presenting its residents with a unique blend of comfort, exclusivity, and breathtaking views.

Luxury finds a new definition at Unit 2203. This residence offers an unmatched attention to detail that reflects the discerning taste of its interior-designer owner. Every aspect of the unit-from the custom floor plan to the elegant wallcoverings, top-quality light fixtures, and honed Italian marble floors-exudes sophistication. Even the closets are leather-lined beauties from Ornare.

Perched on the 22nd floor, Unit 2203 boasts unrivaled views that stretch across Palm Beach Island. To the east, the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean create a serene backdrop, while the Intracoastal Waterway extends to the south. As the day fades, the west-facing windows frame stunning Kodachrome-ready sunsets.

Spanning 7,100 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, this residence wraps around the entire south end of the build-

ing. The layout is thoughtfully designed, featuring a primary suite complete with his-and-her baths and closets, and a versatile sitting room that can double as an office.

The unit is equipped with a custom Crestron security system, along with sophisticated audio and lighting controls. The dining room is sheathed in custom velvet fabric, backed in foam to absorb sound, creating an intimate and quiet dining experience. The chef’s kitchen is a culinary dream, featuring Gaggenau double ovens, a gas cooktop, multiple fridge drawers, and a wine refrigerator. Parking is never an issue, with space for three cars, including two valet spots.

The Bristol’s amenities elevate the living experience to extraordinary heights. Residents enjoy a spectacular fitness center, a lap pool, his-and-hers spas, and the convenience of a concierge service. A private elevator foyer ensures exclusive access, while a 5’x8’ storage locker in the basement provides additional space. u

For more information, contact John and Lisa Cregan of The Cregan Team at Sotheby’s International Realty at 847.651.7210 (call or text) or john.cregan@Sothebys.Realty.

Inside Unit 2203 at The Bristol in West Palm Beach. Clockwise from above: Living area; open kitchen and sitting room; waterfront views. Opposite page: Exterior


Compass / 203.550.8508 /

Q: How has the Greenwich market performed this season compared to previous summers?

A: The Greenwich market has experienced historically low inventory for the last 18 months (the lowest we have seen in over 10 years). We are now at an inventory level where we have 170 properties on the market which, although, still extremely low, is above the inventory level YOY. The sales volume over $1.5M is up from this time last year. We have seen sales volume below $1.5M sharply drop due to lack of inventory at this level. The market in general is very healthy up to the $5M range. The inventory level of $10M, which is uber luxury in Greenwich, has seen a drop in sales YOY as the inventory level has increased. There are some good opportunities at this price level.

Q: What are the most sought-after features or amenities in Greenwich homes?

A: The amenities that many Greenwich homeowners have

added to their homes has remained similar to what we experienced during COVID. Gyms have always been attractive but in todays market, this amenity is not just for the mansion sized house. People are utilizing creative designs, which include use of the garage area or even a bedroom as a private gym space. The focus on health has led to the addition of red-light therapy spaces and cold-plunge tubs in these gyms. Typical alarm systems have been upgraded with monitoring systems and property cameras. The luxe kitchen has been transformed with true cooking stations as many homeowners are growing their own organic vegetables and choosing to cook healthy meals if they do in fact cook. Pool companies are backed up with new installations, from full size 20 x 40 pools to smaller dipping pools. The outdoor lifestyle is so desirable today that gardens are becoming a focal point.

Q: Any predictions for fall activity?

A: The healthy market will continue throughout the year. The amenities available in Greenwich make this community one of the most desirable places to live.

From above: 20 Edgar Road in Greenwich, Connecticut, listed for $5,625,000; Shelly Tretter Lynch.


Sotheby’s International Realty / 646.457.8919 / Kevin.Condon@Sothebys.Realty or Cristina.Condon@Sothebys.Realty

Q: What does the Palm Beach real estate market look like as we officially enter the off-season?

A: The Palm Beach market finished the season strong with a number of high profile properties entering contract and several closing. Currently, inventory still remains limited across the board. We are seeing homes remain on the market for a longer period of time. As we head into the summer, activity will slow down as buyers and families travel and migrate to their summer homes.

Q: Are there any notable trends or shifts in what luxury buyers are looking for in their properties?

A: There has been a shift in buyers appetite away from homes that require work and significant updating to those that are move-in ready. We are seeing buyers become more selective, gravitating towards properties in excellent condition and to new construction.

Q: What opportunities do you see for both buyers and sellers in this summer’s market?

A: Buyers have more negotiability especially with properties that have acquired days on the market. There is continued activity in all price points, so sellers still have an opportunity to release an asset before next season goes into full swing.

Q: Any openings on the island to look forward to next season?

A: In spring 2025, we’ll see the openings of two exciting additions to our town. One is the much anticipated Thomas Keller revamp of storied Worth Avenue restaurant Ta-boo. In addition, the new playhouse at The Royal Poinciana Plaza which will be called The Innovate, and is expected to become Palm Beach’s premier waterfront arts and cultural center.

Q: Tell us about a notable listing.

A: Built in 1960 and situated on 1.24 acres, 143 E Inlet Drive - on the island - is an oceanfront home with its own private beach and sweeping ocean views from the main primary rooms. This residence presents a rare opportunity to enjoy a tranquil setting.

The house has six bedrooms, seven baths, and one half bath, as well as an outdoor pool, security system, hardwood flooring, and a parking garage.

From above: 143 E Inlet Drive in Palm Beach, Florida, listed for $45,000,000; Cris Condon and Kevin Condon.


Sotheby’s International Realty / 917.670.7495 / Ritchey.Howe@Sothebys.Realty

Q: How has the real estate market in Southampton evolved this season?

A: We began the season with very low sales inventory but as summer approached, a few more listings came on the market. In addition to more supply, we also began to see some aggressive prices drop a little, with sellers recognizing the days of buying frenzy are over. Activity picked up and the result was more transactions. Prices are higher than 2022, but no longer soaring.

Q: With the influx of buyers and renters looking for summer properties, what trends are you seeing in terms of property preferences and demands?

A: In sales, location is still the number one driver as it is finite. The better the location, the more it appreciates. It’s the triangle theory and one can always improve the property to make it best for you, but obviously houses already done, attract the most buyers. In rentals, while location is important-near town and/or near beach-decor is also a major factor and then the amenities are icing on the cake.

For many tenants, having a tennis court is important, for others it is a beautiful landscaping, pool and spa or all!! Ease of indoor/ outdoor living is what everyone seeks, and increasingly renters are liking and finding outdoor kitchens, etc.

Q: What guidance can you share with buyers and sellers?

A: The best strategy for sellers is to price your property right—from the outset. There are buyers out there and they will jump in if the price is right and they may even compete with other buyers. For buyers—the best strategy is to know the market and be ready. I have a number of clients who want to buy now, but they just cant find what they want - at near the right price. So they are waiting. They don’t have to buy so they either hold on to the house they own, or continue to rent. But they are ready to act when the right property comes on to the market.

Q: What’s new and notable in town?

A: In Southampton, new restaurants El Verano and Enchanté are very popular as is Shippy’s, newly renovated. Just opening are BuddhaBerry and Blue Water Spa with advanced facials and body contouring.

From above: 1025 Flying Point Road in Water Mill, New York, listed for $4,595,000; Ritchey Howe.


Sotheby’s International Realty / 212.606.7669 / Nikki.Field@Sothebys.Realty /

Q: How is the Manhattan market performing as of late? What are you predictions for the fall and winter?

A: At Sotheby’s International Realty, the Field Team’s focus is on Luxury Residential Real Estate, the sector that continues to out perform the market. While the average sales price for luxury properties declined by almost 13% at the end of 2023, new contracts rose by more than 14% year over year after December when the Fed conveyed probable rate cuts in 2024. Even with the higher interest rates, and economic volatilities, the rich are proactively back in the market searching and securing the Best in Class and most expensive homes on and off market. Deals have been accelerated by the welcome return of the International Buyer who is primarily buying for investment purposes. These savvy investors often concentrate on New Development in prime locations that are move-in ready with a variety of amenities. On-site private restaurants and clubs are the current top amenity of choice. Add a luxury branded residence with hotel services and sales are intense.

The current question is how will the Presidential election ef-

fect Real Estate? In data analyzed going back to 1990, a federal election year creates no meaningful impact to price trends, but it does slow sales more than usual from the July 4th holiday through the November election, but quickly overcompensates over the following several months. There is no apparent impact from the party or candidate that wins.

Overall the opportunity plays & deepest discounts are found at listings languishing on the market. Now is the time to take advantage of the waning buyers’ market, especially on those properties, as we are anticipating pent up demand and a pivot to a sellers’ market in 2025.

Q: Tell us about a listing.

A: The new Penthouse54 at 277 Fifth Avenue in NoMad boasts panoramic Manhattan skyline views from four exposures, coupled with floor-to-ceiling windows, a colossal Great Room, soaring ceilings, expansive loggias, and superior finishes. From One World Trade to the waterways of the Hudson and East Rivers, from Madison Square Park to Central Park, from the bridges of the East River, to world-famous landmark buildings including the most astonishing view of the Empire State Building, there is no better viewpoint to see the Manhattan skyline come to life from sunrise to sunset. ◆

From above: 277 Fifth Avenue, PH54 in New York, New York, listed by Nikki Field and Mara Flash Blum for $20,000,000 (; Nikki Field.


On July 13th, the 27th Annual IYRS Summer Gala in Newport will take place at 6 p.m. For more information, visit



Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s Hamptons Happening will be held at the Bridgehampton Estate of Kenneth and Maria Fishel. Attendees will enjoy a night of delicious tastings from dozens of chefs, restaurants, and beverage companies, all while raising critical funds for cancer research. For more information, visit



The Redwood Library and Athenaeum will host an Opening Reception for Slim Aarons: Newport Days at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit


The 4th annual Lecture & Luncheon, benefiting the East Hampton Emergency Department, will take place at Maidstone

Club at 11 a.m. Presented by the Southampton Hospital Foundation, this year will feature a talk with iconic makeup artist Bobbi Brown. Beauty industry titan Bobbi Brown

is a legendary makeup artist, best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and the founder and chief creative officer of Jones Road Beauty. BookHampton owner

From July 15th through July 18th, Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) will host its annual Nantucket by Design event. For more information, visit

Carolyn Brody will moderate. For more information, visit southampton.



Arrive “Covered in Color” at Newport Art Museum’s highly anticipated Summer Art Ball. This spectacular occasion not only pays homage to the museum’s century-long legacy, but also signifies the grand unveiling of the summer exhibition, showcasing the internationally acclaimed artists Christo and JeanneClaude. For more information, visit


The Southampton Fresh Air Home will celebrate the season with its 37th Annual Picnic with Fireworks by Grucci at 7 p.m. The event will take place for the last time at 1030 Meadow Lane in Southampton. Highlights include a delicious picnic buffet, live music, a silent disco,

On August 2nd, the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga will induct the 2024 Hall of Fame class at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit

carts filled with popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream and other tasty treats, arts and crafts, and carnival booths with games and prizes. For more information, visit


Parrish Art Museum will host a series of events for its annual Midsummer Weekend through July 13th in Water Mill. All funds raised during Midsummer Weekend support the Parrish’s education initiatives, exhibitions, and public programs that energize the creative legacy of Long Island’s East End and beyond. For more information, visit



The 27th Annual IYRS Summer Gala in Newport will take place at 6 p.m. There will be a performance by Grammy-nominated New Orleans icon Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. For more information,



The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) will hold its annual Nantucket by Design event through July 18th. NHA preserves, interprets, and shares the diverse stories of Nantucket with all audiences through its collections, properties,

programs, and research. For more information, visit



The International Tennis Hall of Fame will kick off its Hall of Fame Weekend and celebrate the Class of 2024

at Rosecliff in Newport. For more information, visit



Ken and Maria Fishel will host Polo Hamptons at their Bridgehampton estate (and on July 27th). For more

information, visit


The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation will hold its annual Unconditional Love Gala. For more information, visit



The Southampton African American Museum (SAAM) will host its summer gala at 6 p.m. SAAM is the East End’s destination for preserving and promoting African American culture. For more information, visit




The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center will hold its annual Get Wild benefit in Southampton at 5:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


The National Museum of Racing in Saratoga will induct the 2024 Hall of Fame class at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit

On July 12th, Parrish Art Museum will kick off its Midsummer Weekend in Water Mill. For more information, visit

Located in the heart of Newport at 30 Bannister’s Wharf, The Black Pearl is a New England institution. Matthew Cullen, co-owner along with his three brothers—David, Tyler, and Keith—looks out from The Pearl’s Dutch doors with his wife, Maura. In addition to celebrating 50 years of Cullen ownership, Matthew and Maura will soon welcome a new member of the family. Opposite, from above: Matthew enjoys the view from the Patio; a look inside The Black Pearl; The Pearl’s iconic sign and weathervane; outdoor diners enjoying the Pati o.





THE CITY BY THE SEA. Anyone who understands Newport knows that Newport is a unique and special place. The Colonial Era port city—a summer playground for America’s captains of industry during the Gilded Age—is a destination like none other; a diverse and loyal coastal community wrought from surf and soul, formed by the ocean and raised by eclectic and outspoken rebels nearly 400 nearly ago. It is a place of sound values, where local baristas, teachers and librarians are as valued and respected as the storied family names and captains of industry who inhabit its rugged cliffs and windswept meadows. Whether you chose to make your way to this seaside locale by car, train, plane, or boat—once you hit the Pell Bridge leading over Narragansett Bay, big city hassles fade into the rear as a sense of tranquility sets in with the sight of sailboats gently aligning the shore. The tang of clean, sea salty air hits your lips and suddenly something feels freshly awake and alive—that’s when you know you’ve made it to Newport. There’s no perfect way to describe it other than to say, you have to experience it.

A trip to Newport would not be complete without a visit to one of Newport’s most legendary and cherished staples, The Black Pearl. Tom Cullen purchased “The Pearl” from Barclay Warburton III, a passionate yachtsman, when he moved to Newport with his family in 1973. The restaurant was originally born from a 1920s sail loft shop. The Cullen family has remained dedicated to protecting its historic traditions of community and hospitality ever since, transforming The Black Pearl into one of the most celebrated restaurants along the East Coast. In Tom Cullen’s wake, The Pearl is now owned by his four sons: David, Tyler, Keith and Matthew. This summer Matthew (pictured) and his wife, Maura, will welcome a new member of the Cullen family.

And in more exciting news, this year The Black Pearl celebrates 50 years of ownership under the Cullens! Newport is known for being the sailing capital of the world, and The Black Pearl embraces that spirit as diners from far and wide flock to the Waterside Patio to taste The Pearl’s famous clam chowder—along with its raw bar, fresh seafood dishes and savory sandwiches. The Tavern and Commodore’s Room offer a more traditional sit-down dinner, with favorites like fresh lobster tails paired with jumbo lump crabmeat, and chicken pot pie served in a flaky buttered pastry. Top it off with vanilla crème brûlée, and you will be singing like a sailor as you await your next visit. Here’s to another 50 years of The Pearl! u

The International Tennis Hall of Fame is set in The Newport Casino, a National Historic Landmark built in 1879. Callum McLaughlin and Alexa Brazilian McLaughlin are well-known Hall of Fame players. Alexa is excited to co-host the benefit on July 19 celebrating the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s new inductees to the Tennis Hall of Fame and the Hall of Fame Open (July 14-July 21)—the latter of which has been an annual tradition since 1976!

From above: Alexa and Callum look out from behind one of the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s iconic keyhole windows; Anna Vietor McLaughlin (married to Callum’s brother, Andrew) watches from the sidelines as Alexa and Callum duke it out on the courts.

Last year, Howard Cushing and his partner, Wirt Blaffer, opened Gardiner House, a boutique hotel on Lee’s Wharf overlooking Newport Harbor. The hotel is named after Howard’s great-grandfather, Howard Gardiner Cushing, the famed American impressionist painter who built The Ledges—the Cushing family’s original summer home overlooking Bailey’s Beach. Much of Gardiner House’s interior design is inspired by The Ledges. For example, Howard senior painted the entryway of The Ledges in a whimsical mural that has been reproduced in the foyer of Gardiner House. Howard’s wife, Lucia Cushing, hails from Spain and lends a fresh and European perspective to the hotel’s décor.

This page: Lucia and Howard seated in Gardiner House’s ballroom; the exterior of the hotel, photographed by Nick Mele (inset). Opposite page: A view of Newport Harbor, from Gardiner House’s sunroom, photographed by Nick Mele; Lucia and Howard in Gardiner House’s lobby (inset).

William Kissam Vanderbilt commissioned renowned architect Richard Morris Hunt to build Marble House in 1888 as a 39th birthday present for his wife, Alva. Composed of 500,000 cubic feet of marble, the 50room marvel was a social and architectural milestone that marked Newport’s subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to a legendary resort of magnificent Gilded Age mansions. Alva added the Tea House, a jewel-like Beaux-Arts tribute to the Ming Dynasty, in 1919. Less than a year before her death in 1932, Alva sold the house to Frederick H. Prince. For more than 30 years, the Prince family thoughtfully inhabited the house, taking special efforts to keep the original interior intact. The Preservation Society of Newport County purchased Marble House from the Prince Trust in 1963, with help from Harold Stirling Vanderbilt, the youngest son of Alva and William K. Upon the sale, the Prince family donated much of the house’s original furniture to the Preservation Society. In 2006, Marble House was designated a National Historic Landmark. Katy and Elijah DuckworthSchachter enjoy the day at Marble House.

From above: Octavius and Mary Katherine Prince happily stroll the garden of their summer home in Newport; getting ready for a spin with their beloved black lab, Jackson.

The Redwood is the work of Peter Harrison, America’s first professionally trained architect. Crafted of wood “rusticated” to look like stone, it was modeled after a Roman Doric temple with portico and wings—in keeping with then-fashionable English Palladian taste. Dan and Dory Hamilton Benson spend an afternoon enjoying its grounds.


The must-visit communities and institutions during your next roadtrip this season.


STRETCHING FROM Quogue to Montauk on the East End of Long Island, with iconic enclaves like Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, and Sag Harbor in between, the collective Hamptons is famous for its proximity to New York City, beautiful beaches, and trendy boutiques and restaurants. From designer shops to new dining options like Enchanté in Southampton, to party destinations like Stephen Talkhouse or the Surf Lodge, there is something for everyone.

Each town in the Hamptons has a unique history that makes it distinguishable: Quogue, the “non-Hampton,” with its understated, almost nonexistent town; the quiet homes of Southampton tucked behind pristine landscaping; the nautical nature of Sag Harbor; the bucolic farmlands and vineyards in and around Bridgehampton; the tony shops of East Hampton; and the surfer scene in Montauk.

Whether visiting for a weekend or an entire summer, spectacular inns and motels have you covered. The Hamptons combines vintage seaside charm with a modern economy, making it the perfect escape for city dwellers.

Montauk Point Lighthouse in Montauk; Southampton’s Main Street (inset).


BANNISTER’S WHARF, a deep-water dock space situated in downtown Newport, has become a cornerstone for socialization with its plethora of shops and restaurants. Since its construction in 1742, the Wharf has been figuratively and literally the bridge between the active harbor and the bustling town. With guest rooms available for overnight stays, visitors can stroll through town and soak in the marina’s charm.

The food scene in Newport, particularly dining at the Clarke Cooke House, is an integral experience. Each level of this iconic restaurant offers a unique ambiance, from the lively Bistro & Candy Store on the main floor to the upscale Skybar on the top level, which provides a romantic setting with water views.

Each year, Bannister’s Wharf sponsors the Newport Polo Ponies. In an exciting tradition, the Dominican Republic Polo Team celebrated its arrival for the Newport International Polo Series with a parade on America’s Cup Boulevard on June 14th, marching from Gateway Center to Bannister’s Wharf and ending at Clarke Cooke House. On the 4th of July, Bannister’s Wharf will host its 51st annual singalong celebration outside Clarke Cooke House. The event will feature appearances from Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam, and a 21-gun cannon salute. The festivities will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display over the harbor.

From above: Bannister’s Wharf Marina; Newport Polo Ponies parade, 2024; Clarke Cooke House.


THE ADIRONDACK PARK, which is larger in land mass than the state of Massachusetts, was officially formed in 1892, and its eccentric and excessive character began long before that. Over half of its 6+ million acres remain in private hands, mostly as summer “camps”-the rustic masterpieces that blur the lines between civilization and wilderness”-still owned by family trusts that bear the names of Morgan, Vanderbilt, Bixby, Depew, and Rockefeller. Their cottages were most often constructed with bark-covered logs and twig trimmings, yet inside you might easily find gold plated faucets, sterling settings, and Tiffany lamps. The spirit of these camps remains stubbornly traditional and low key, and their most coveted quality is privacy.

Adirondack camps are often passed down through four or five

generations, complete with the beaten-up Victorian furniture, hardbacked Stickley chairs, and long-standing friendships between neighboring families. And the mishmash of a camp’s outbuildings, boathouses, and acreage create a natural setting for legendary family gatherings and house parties. But the height of this North Country paradise is its great out-of-doors, where the hunting and fishing, climbing and canoeing, skating and snowshoeing, sailing and swimming (and late-night skinny dipping) releases the inner soul of even the most uptight urban swell. Maybe its spell lies in the water, or in the crisp mountain air, but for the most authentic Adirondackers (Mohican Indian for “barkeaters”), their attachment to these mountains is based on the same two themes: “history and family... all that money cannot buy.”

Clockwise from top left: Vintage picnic baskets line the hallway of Sunset Hill, where the Cheney/Learned clan has spent their summers for six generations; Margaret Vanderbilt used to say she liked every game in the world, as evidenced by the 1901 playroom at Camp Sagamore; five generations of Korffs have warmed themselves before the fire at Freiheit Schloss, built in 1884; Whitecap approaching Crown Island.


FEW PROPERTIES successfully balance the natural beauty of the sea and a sense of community quite like Ocean House. As the last of the grand Victorian-era hotels in Watch Hill, Ocean House offers a step back in time to an era of refined elegance, paying homage to New England’s golden age. Perched high on the bluffs with its iconic yellow facade overlooking the Atlantic, the hotel has maintained the character and charm of its storied past while being completely updated with modern amenities. Since the early 19th century, the resort has remained one of only 14 triple Five-Star hotels in the world. Accommodations range from guest rooms to suites to residences, and the property features restaurants that serve local cuisine and the five-star Oh! Spa. The private beach, where guests can enjoy paddle boarding, fishing, and sunset lobster boils, makes Ocean House ideal for summer getaways.

Particularly popular in the summer months, its Cottage Collection underwent a major expansion last year, resulting in a dozen newly renovated homes. While some have been traditionally restored, like the School House, which can host five guests, the 10,400-square-foot Oceanic was completely restored and can accommodate up to 18 guests per stay. These residences offer the privacy of a home with the luxury of a five-star resort.

The hotel recently kicked off its “Mediterranean Night Markets” at Théa at Dune Cottage with a lavish spread of Mediterraneaninspired cuisine by five-time James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov. This buffet-style event will continue every Wednesday through August 28, starting at $110 per adult.

Clockwise from left: Aerial view of Ocean House at sunset; championship croquet lawn overlooking the Atlantic Ocean; the hotel’s yacht.


THIS HISTORIC New England island on the Atlantic Ocean is renowned for its whaling culture, fishing, sprawling harbor, and hotspots like the Chicken Box and Cisco Brewers. Comprised of localities each with their own unique qualities—such as Sconset, Cisco, Polpis, Madaket, and Wauwinet—the island exudes an all-American charm with shingle-style homes, blooming hydrangeas, and picturesque lighthouses. Nantucket’s iconic resorts—the White Elephant, the Wauwinet, Jared Coffin House, and the Cottages at the Boat Basin (which just reopened after a full-scale renovation!)—are ready to welcome visitors for peak season.

Clockwise from above: A view of the White Elephant resort from the harbor; Nantucket’s Old Mill; Cisco Brewers; Brant Point Lighthouse.


ORIGINALLY CONSTRUCTED in 1864, The Charlotte Inn in Edgartown, Massachusetts, was once a whaling merchant’s private home before becoming an inn in the 1920s. In 1972, Gery and Paula Conover acquired the property and transformed it into a magnificent boutique hotel. Five decades later, all of its charm and history remain, making the Inn an internationally renowned destination on Martha’s Vineyard.

The Conovers have meticulously maintained the historical details, from exterior restorations to antique furnishings. Inside, the Front and Back Living Rooms are adorned with period oil paintings and working fireplaces, while the Library, filled with shelves of literature and art, invites hours of exploration. The Outside Garden, with its spectacular perennial gardens and lush wickered sanctuaries, offers plenty of natural light.

The Charlotte Inn features 17 rooms across four period buildings, all furnished with fine linens. The Carriage House suites include fireplaces and French doors that open to private patios. Guests can enjoy classic French fine dining at The Terrace, where a seasonal menu highlights the freshest ingredients.

Located on South Summer Street, The Charlotte Inn offers a tranquil escape with easy access to the water and downtown. Whether curling up by the fireplace surrounded by oil paintings and period treasures or petting one of the property’s golden retrievers, the Inn provides a majestic place to unwind and step back into an Edwardian-era rich with antiquity. ◆


The Redwood Library & Athenaeum’s upcoming exhibition will feature 75 New England images captured by acclaimed photographer Slim Aarons.

From above: Michael Canfield and Jackie Kennedy at the Casino for Newport Tennis Week, 1953; Nora and Howard Cushing, Jr. with Howard III and James on the lawn at The Ledges, 1987.

Aarons’ journey as a photographer began in stark contrast to his later work; he started as a photographer on assignment in Europe during World War II, earning a Purple Heart. This experience led him to seek the opposite of violence, focusing instead on the beauty and elegance of elite social life. In 1997, Mark Getty, co-founder of Getty Images, visited Aarons’ home and was so impressed by his work that he purchased Aarons’ entire archive, cementing an enduring relationship between the photographer and Getty Images.

The upcoming exhibition at the Redwood, running from July 11th through December 15th, will showcase 75 of Aarons’ images from the archive held by Getty Images in London. The exhibition will primarily highlight the 1950s, ’60s, and ’80s, featuring Newport’s most notable figures and iconic locations, from Bailey’s Beach to the grand summer “cottages” of the Pell, Cushing, Buchanan, and Firestone families.

A reception on July 11th at 5:30 p.m. will celebrate the exhibition, inviting guests to reminisce about the stylish summer days of Newport’s storied past, captured by Aarons’ lens. u

From above: Janet Pell, Betsy Ray, Shari Grace, Elizabeth McMillan, Jacalyn Egan, Maura Smith Cullen, Elizabeth Leatherman, and Benedict Leca at the Redwood’s Summer Party, 2023; Mrs. Peter Vought and Mrs. Howard Cushing at Bailey’s Beach, 1965; Minnie Cushing at Bailey’s Beach in 1965, featured on the cover of Quest ’s July 2016 Issue.


ONE OF THE GREATEST, most versatile amateur athletes of the 20th century, James “Jimmy” F.C. Bostwick died in May at the age of 87. He grew up in Old Westbury, New York, and in Aiken, South Carolina, and lived most of his life in Brookville, New York and Northeast Harbor, Maine.

Avuncular, unconventional, and fun-loving away from his games, Jimmy Bostwick was a champion for the ages. He excelled in golf, winning many regional and national events. He captured the 1964 French Amateur, winning 8 & 7 in the 36-hole final. He qualified for the 1968 U.S. Open at Oak Hill, but after two rounds missed the cut. He won the golf club championship at Piping Rock Club in six different decades. He was veryå good at racquets, tennis (winning the Piping Rock doubles title), and squash (he informally coached at Piping for years and often mentored younger players). He swam regularly in Long Island Sound or off Northeast Harbor. Ice hockey was a great love. He played for the New York St. Nick’s Hockey Club for many years, scoring a famous goal in 1962 that clinched a win over Harvard. For years he coached hockey at Green Vale School.

Bostwick’s most visible accomplishments were in the obscure but exciting world of court tennis.

Clockwise from above: The Green Vale School in Long Island; Jimmy Bostwick on the court, 1975; Long Island Sound; Jimmy Bostwick, Pete Bostwick, and Pierre Etchebaster. Opposite page, from left: Jimmy Bostwick was adept at racquet sports; Four World Champions (Wayne Davies, Jimmy Bostwick, George H. Bostwick, Jr., and Northrup R. Knox).

He won the world championship twice, in 1972 and 1974. Both victories were remarkable. Bostwick was arguably past his prime in the 1970s (he had burst onto the court tennis scene a dozen years earlier; in 1959, after only a year of training, he had beaten the current world champion in the finals of the U.S. Amateur). In 1972 he was able to overcome his older brother, Pete Bostwick, in the challenge match. Two years later he defended his title at the Racquet & Tennis Club in New York in heart-stopping fashion. In the best of 13 set format, Bostwick saw a 6-2 set lead slip away as he lost three straight sets to his challenger, Howard Angus. Showing incredible resilience, Bostwick righted the ship. In a brilliant 12th set, he overcame Angus by just the thinnest of margins to win the overall match 7-5.

In court tennis he won the U.S. Open in singles seven times and the doubles three times (with his older brother Pete Bostwick). He was the first person to win the Gold Racquets in racquets and court tennis at Tuxedo in the same weekend. Bostwick was a leading light in an era of amateur domination of court tennis that ended in the early 1980s. In 1994, he was inducted in the inaugural class into the International Court Tennis Hall of Fame.

Bostwick overcame an alcohol problem at an early age and was proudly sober for the last half century of his life. He was a renowned storyteller, friend to hundreds around the country, coach to thousands, beloved husband to Diana for 62 years, brother to six siblings, father to three, and grandfather to eight. ◆

From above: Pete Bostwick (left) and Jimmy Bostwick receive their trophies from Bob Hope after the Bostwick brothers won the “Ike,” a combined-score amateur golf tournament sponsored by the New York Daily News that was named after President Dwight D. Eisenhower and held at the Wheatley Hills Club in Long Island, circa 1970; three sets of victorious brothers (the Van Alens, the Knoxes, and Pete and Jimmy Bostwick. Opposite page: The International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport.


“All in all, it was a never to be forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”

Counterclockwise from top right: Miss Marie M. McKim and Mrs. Ogden Phipps in box seats at Saratoga Race Track, Saratoga, New York; teenagers on Nantucket, 1957; two of Newport’s beauties, Minnie Cushing and Topsy Taylor, water-skiing out near Gooseberry Island—in tow behind their boat is weekend visitor Dick Cowell, a former water-ski champion, Newport, Rhode Island, 1962; sunbathers seaside in Capri, 1959; John Carney, Jr. and Mrs. John Heart courtside at a private club in Southampton, 1955. Opposite page: Paul Mellon sits between his wife, Bunny, and their daughter, Eliza, on the grounds of Oak Spring Farm in Upperville, Virginia, 1963.

Clockwise from top left: Elizabeth Blair takes a break from a round of golf dressed in pressed white linens and lace-up golf shoes, 1934; Collier women wash their feet by the sea in Florida, 1944; a yachting trip to Mount Desert Island, Maine, 1958; Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill reads The Financial Times while lounging in a pool in Jamaica, 1966; Gloria Vanderbilt enjoys a picnic with her husband, Wyatt Cooper, and two sons by her first marriage to Leopold Stokowski—Chris, 12, and Stan, 13. Opposite page, clockwise from top: A beach scene in Southampton, New York, 1955; Penny Chenery raises her arms in victory upon Secretariat winning the Triple Crown, 1973; Nantucket tennis players enjoy a time out, 1957; Mrs. Lucile Carhart, Southampton, 1955; Howard G. Cushing, Jr. plays a round of golf in Newport, 1962.


Clockwise from top left: Harold Stirling Vanderbilt watches the HarvardYale Crew Race from aboard his 90-foot yacht, Versatile in New London, Connecticut, 1960; Mrs. John H. G. Pell seated at the Park Avenue Tennis Club, 1933; Sportswoman Gertrude “Gertie” Legendre with her prized Springer Spaniels, 1958; Lili Livi reclining in a boat on Lake Como, Italy, 1955; Tigress, a 1927 catboat featuring a giant American flag, Edgartown Harbor, Martha’s Vineyard; George Plimpton and Sam Snead on a golf outing in Palm Beach, Florida, 1959. Opposite page, clockwise from top: A view from the spectator seats at a private club in Southampton, 1955; Peter Lawford and Reginald Boardman at the Theatre in Palm Beach, circa 1950; Lyford Cay, Nassau, 1960; “Tennis in the Hamptons, Long Island’s chic play spot”, photographed by Toni Frissell for Sports Illustrated, 1955; breakfast at Saratoga Race Track, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1960.


Eric Rutherford, Tina Leung, Peter Som, and Marcus Teo.


LAST MONTH, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) hosted its annual Conservatory Ball to celebrate the summer exhibition, Wonderland: Curious Nature , a garden display inspired by the classic story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , open through October 27th. The black-tie affair began with a lively cocktail hour in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, adorned with Victorian floral displays. This was followed by a seated dinner and dancing to music by DJ Runna

The whimsical evening raised nearly $2 million for the NYBG.

Clockwise from top left: Charlotte Chilton, Hope Chilton, and Axel Getz; Sophie Sumner; Sophie Elgort; Jessel Taank, Sai De Silva, and Lizzi Bickford; garden display.


IN MID-JUNE, Save Venice board member Dayssi Kanavos hosted a cocktail party at Nubeluz at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Nomad, to honor the commitment of the organization’s next generation of leaders dedicated to preserving the artistic legacy of Venice, Italy. The event also celebrated the success of the landmark restoration campaign for the Church of San Sebastiano, ongoing since 2007.

Spencer Wolfe, Mercedes de Guardiola, and Natalie Dougherty
Alexis Crews and Lizzie Asher
Casey Kohlberg and Sophia Kanavos
Serena and Audrey McDermott


THE WILDLIFE Conservation Society (WCS) recently hosted its annual gala at the Central Park Zoo, marking a special celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Bronx Zoo. The event honored Jim Breheny, the director of the Bronx Zoo and creator of Animal Planet’s popular docuseries, The Zoo. Breheny emphasized the shared mission of New Yorkers and WCS colleagues worldwide: “All of us here in New York and our colleagues in the field are united in the common goal of having people respect and care for nature; in protecting species and the places where they live. Through our combined work we provide hope and preserve options for ourselves and future generations.”

Meghan Klopp and Elizabeth Kurpis
Sea lion during cocktail hour
Alejandro Santo Domingo
Jim Breheny and Lucy Liu
Gillian Hearst

Clockwise from bottom left: View of the Eiffel Tower in Paris; everything about Florence Griffith-Joyner is long-her painted nails, her strides, her flowing hair, and the string of opponents in her wake; Eric Liddell is celebrated for his gold medal in the 400 meters at the 1924 Paris games; a man pole-vaulting, chronophotography by Étienne-Jules Marey, 1884; the cover of The Last Heroes


LATER THIS MONTH, the world will turn its eyes to Paris as the city hosts the 2024 Olympics from July 26th through August 11th. This grand event will attract 10,500 athletes participating in 329 events across 32 sports, transforming the French capital into the epicenter of global competition. Paris, with its unparalleled blend of elegance and history, promises an unforgettable spectacle that only the City of Light can provide. It’s the first time since 1924 that Paris has hosted the Olympics, when the event featured just 22 sports.

To toast this occasion, Assouline has released The Last Heroes: 100 Moments of Olympics Legend, authored by French journalists

Olivier Margot and Étienne Bonamy. The timely publication captures the essence of the Olympics as a unifying tribute to athletic excellence, bridging cultures, languages, and borders in the pursuit of gold. Filled with stunning photography, The Last Heroes depicts 100 significant moments from Summer Olympics history—from the first-ever opening ceremony to the moment Jesse Owens crossed the finish line to receive his fourth gold medal at the Berlin 1936 Games. As the world prepares for another chapter, this book celebrates the enduring legacy of the Games and the extraordinary athletes who have defined them. u

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