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Earlier this year, COVID dealt a major
blow to Miami—but also served as a reminder of just how strong the city is. Here, we look at the growing strength of a city as defined by its most prosperous and resilient neighborhoods.
TAMPA, EMERGING AND EXCITING
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CHOOSE BETTER. MOVE BETTER. How you move is why we’re here. We’ve been U.S. #1 in Orthopedics for 11 years in a row. Here are a few of the reasons why: More successful surgeries on joints and spines than any other hospital The highest expertise in nursing pre- and post-care The lowest readmission rate in orthopedics The fewest orthopedic post-op complications To learn more about our in-person and virtual appointment options, visit HSS.edu
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How our great city has been faring—and improvising. by DaviD PatriCk Columbia
Our columnist captures the Beatles making a splash in South Beach.
Juliette Gréco’s passing brings back some melodramatic memories. A meal at the famous Joe’s Stone Crab yields delight.
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Peter Anton sculpts something sweet to help bring joy into our lives. by lauren G. muziniCH Temps drop, but the fashion index rises. by alex travers anD elizabetH meiGHer Fortune International Group’s Jade Signature is a hotspot for luxury buyers.
Quest’s top brokers tell us how the market is currently evolving.
Our guide to the best virtual galas and social engagements for the month. Virtual front-row seats and a scary movie night.
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at a torrid pace. What was it that Will Rogers quipped: “Don’t wait to buy real estate; buy real estate and wait.” On pages 94–101, Senior Editor Brooke Kelly interviews eight top property agents—all leaders in their respective markets—who specifically articulate the challenges of buying and selling homes (and rearranging lifestyles) during this unprecedented period of disruption and opportunity, a tough balance to strike even in the most normal of times. Which these certainly are not. As we approach Thanksgiving, a uniquely American tradition that even the skeptics among us hold dear, we send you our deep appreciation for your steadfast support and encouragement. As I’ve said before, our lives are no longer ordinary and we bear the added burden, and joy, of looking out for each other. Let’s remember that in the end, caring counts; it’s the things of the spirit that prevail. Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers one and all! u
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GREETINGS LOYAL and much appreciated readers, and welcome to November—the penultimate issue of a year like none other. I write to you from Quest’s offices in midtown Manhattan, the emerging metropolis that remains masked, smartly distanced, and comfortably safe... so far. Our stalwart staff is now operating on a hybrid work schedule of 3 days in-person and 3 days remotely (“weekends are for sissies” once said The New Yorker’s legendary founder Harold Ross). We’re genuinely delighted to be back in each other’s good company and physical presence, and we’re rapidly regaining our “ground games” despite the unknown circumstances of a re-spiking virus and its anxiously awaited vaccine. As we hymned this past Sunday at the indomitable St James’ Church on Madison Avenue—70 parishioners, well separated but strong: “...we blossom and flourish like leaves on the tree.” As is Quest tradition, November’s number is about residential real estate, which is literally exploding throughout the prosperous and exceedingly well managed State of Florida. Through the keen eyes of our Managing Editor Alex Travers, a onetime Sunshine State resident, we revisit the evolving culture of Miami, perhaps the most cosmopolitan city in North America. Alex also takes us on a visit to Tampa, the fastest growing region in the state (!) and to Naples, the sophisticated queen of Florida’s quieter coast. Teamed up with our savvy and gifted Art Director Tykischa “TJ” Jacobs (see above) this talented duo has penned and designed an authentic look at these Florida communities, capturing the energy, natural beauty and unrestrained growth of a young state still coming into its own. Even in a Covid-plagued season, Miami remains an epicenter of art fairs and expositions (and cultural food!) ... Tampa is evolving into a vertical business hub with lifestyle amenities on—and off—its rugged Gulf shores ... and neighboring Naples fights to maintain and protect its pristine beaches, casual chic and village-like soul. Needless to say, Quest has always embraced real estate, and the “quest” for residential living space throughout Florida continues
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NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY BACK IN THE CITY. Changes. For a while there, many New Yorkers were lamenting and predicting the pandemic meant it was “all over” for New York. The past six months have been a major challenge not only for many New Yorkers but for many Americans and many countries
across the world. However, the challenges have lightened up noticeably since September, and people are getting back to work. Although new problems to solve have emerged. Personally, I am not surprised that the city has already come back. It was the restaurants that cinched it—for all
New Yorkers. Getting out amongst the neighbors (we still have neighbors); seeing people, watching people is very good for our mental health. It is also one of the all time favorite pastimes of many New Yorkers down through the ages. The forces that are isolating us from each other
are definitely regressive in the long run. Another one of the phenomena of this year has been the flood of political requests for campaign donations from candidates of both parties. All made possible by the internet. For the past three months, especially, we’ve been besieged
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by members running for office of both parties, from all over the country. I get at least a dozen individual requests everyday from candidates from states and cities I’ve never even been to—in the West, the South, the North and of course the East. They’re running for Congress, Senate, not to mention the daily barrage of solicitations from Presidential candidates asking for any sum from a dollar to hundreds. This never happened before. The solicitations—again from both parties—also often inquire as to who you’re voting for. That used to be a private matter that 30 QUEST
no one questioned, believe it or not. The thought that often crosses my mind, as I delete all requests, is that they must be taking in enormous sums whether they win or lose. The other phenomenon for us New Yorkers, aside from the political party fundraising activities, has been the road traffic. April, May, and June, during the “lockdown,” the city traffic almost disappeared. The roads, the highways, the avenues, the side streets were mainly empty 24/7, even in the middle of the day. Buses were still available (fewer of them of course) but almost always empty, save for a couple of
passengers here and there. On the roadways there is also the growing constrictions for all four-wheel traffic, which began with the Bloomberg administrations. The idea was to discourage individual vehicles and encourage use of public transportation. The result has been road chaos a good deal of the time. There are now bus-lanes (painted a reddish color), one less lane for cars and trucks. You can get a ticket for driving on them even for a block (in heavy, double and triple-parked vehicles along the way. We’ve now also lost driving and parking lanes to the
many restaurants who’ve temporarily had to move out into the streets so they could stay in business (and keep people employed). Add to this the bike lanes that closed off another lane on every major thoroughfare. The two-wheelers, many now motorized, use them when the user feels like it. Otherwise, along with the scooters (now mainly motorized), these users travel here, there and everywhere, darting in and out of the vehicular traffic, increasing surprise encounters for both pedestrians and traffic. Automotive social life. Beginning with the end
D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A of Summer, and businesses beginning to open up again, traffic is now greater than ever. Many people coming into Manhattan from the outer boroughs to work, are not using buses and subways to avoid getting infected by COVID. So…happy trails, as they used to say. Social life as we have known it in past autumns in the big town has not returned yet. That is not to say it’s over. Social life in New York has always been in transition over the past century, or even since the beginning of the Republic. October through December, however, have long been major fund-raising times. The fund-raising dinners, luncheons, and galas have been a multi-billion dollar annual
business. Everything from fashion, transportation, design, security, and rental space has been affected, employing thousands of New Yorkers involved in every aspect of service. It is one of the better aspects of what now represents “Society” in New York and America. It is always related to those who have. They are ultimately the leaders in any community. Communities change, attitudes and habits change, but all communities have leaders and all leaders have power; with money being the ultimate power. There is a big movement underway by the banks to digitalize mon-
ey—giving it a more Aquarian feel. But it is also giving money the potential of all kinds of natural accidents (like power losses). Money, the kind you keep in your wallet is the ultimate communications device, however. It talks, as you know. There’s been a lot of talk of people moving out of the city what with the pandemic. And I hear from my real estate broker friends of a lot of selling (and buying out of town). But moving vans are a common sight in the city and always have been. New York is a city of mobility, and of people coming and going. It’s the city of creativity and ambition.
It’s still the city where dreams are made to come true. And dreams don’t die (or leave town). One night recently, I had dinner at Sette Mezzo with Michael’s owner and founder Michael McCarty and his General Manager and Host Steve Millington. Michael, whose main residence is Los Angeles, was back in New York for the first time since March 14th. He also has a restaurant in Santa Monica. Michael grew up in Briarcliff, New York, son of an advertising man who worked in Manhattan. His introduction to food was the weekend dinners with family friends and neighbors, all chipping in. The pleasure of that company and their contributions was his
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all the time; and his interest flourished. He later spent some time in Paris studying and working for an American caterer who did a big business there. But that was long ago and Michael McCarty’s vast knowledge about the business and most especially about the food and the customer, as still “cookin’” today. Since it was a nice night weather-wise, Michael, who keeps an apartment in the West 50s, walked up to the East 70s to Sette. He loved seeing all the restaurants on the streets. It was a turn-on. “They make the city more interesting and more attractive.”
He was impressed that they were all doing business. When you dine with Michael, you see him at work (and at pleasure). He tries another restaurant’s menu out of curiosity and love of eating. It was Michael who inaugurated California Cuisine in his restaurant out there in 1979. Ten years later he opened here in New York. With times a’changin’, I learned that restaurants change too. People’s eating habits change over generations. Millington told me that their original Michael’s menu has a set 26 selections. Now their menu has 41 items—because the customer likes the variety (and the smaller por-
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her initials RBG enormously alighted at the top of the Bloomberg building 10 blocks to the southeast on Lexington Avenue. The apartment—impeccable, classic and chic—frames the view perfectly into a wonder. The interior greys and whites have always been his signature with Geoffrey’s own homes. But in this case that view of midtown Manhattan is awesome. It arouses your imagination You can’t stop looking at it. The sight of it always takes me back to when I first saw New York as a boy of six or seven, when my
mother first brought me to the big town. It is indeed The Big Town, and it fits perfectly into your child’s most vivid imagination. We had cocktails and delicious Scotch smoked salmon hors d’oeurves, most of which I consumed since the girls stuck to their Champagne. At 8:30 p.m., we adjourned to a waiting Bentley limousine to take us down to Restaurant Daniel on 65th Street and Park Avenue. It turned out that Geoffrey’s original reservation at Majorelle was canceled at 4:30 in the afternoon because of the
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raising support for Versailles, as well as the Giverny Claude Monet Museum and Gardens, through her foundation. The topics of conversation were always the people—often or not, of legend—that we’ve observed, known, or even just seen; people who live, or once lived, in the great big world of what is now history. There’s a lot of amusement that accompanies these vivid characters in their times of ours. About 10:30 p.m., having finished our dinner, the conversation continuing over cocktails and coffee, suddenly the rain arrived in a downpour. We were protected from it but there was a slight mist that
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dy’s invitation first stated that it was to be held Monday in the Park. Then weather forecasters stepped in and predicted rain. The change turned out to be perfect. I’ve been to the Park thousands of times like millions of others in and around New York. Each time it’s new. This year, because of social distancing, the “picnic” was held in various locations. My invitation called for attendance at the Bethesda Fountain terrace on the edge of the lake. On arrival, walking down the steps toward the tables
(there were three: two of eight and one of six) at the left hand corner of the plaza. I studied the view. On the right hand side of the terrace, there was what looked like a wedding party with photographers. This is a not-uncommon scene in the Park, which is a beautiful location for the occasion. Although in this case, I realized later when leaving, that the bride, who was very pretty, was also leaving with a photographer and an associate—it was a professional occasion that we’ll probably see someday in a magazine.
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A cial distancing when not seated. Masks may be removed when seated at your table. The guests at my table felt compelled to wear their masks. Just this side of being invisible. Something Mr. Strong with his great foresight, could not have foreseen about us New Yorkers. By mid-month, people were also dining inside although there are less tables (social distancing), as well as many who remain afraid they’ll “catch-it” inside. Nevertheless they all love being out and about and in the presence of others. Social life changes naturally also with the generations. Social behavior has changed dramatically in the past half cen-
tury. The cell phone has had a profound effect on our entire society. On the calendar Social Life, Zoom has emerged as an alternative to the gala. The difference is that it’s all on the computer screen. I’m referring to the “virtual” fund-raising events that are occurring in place of the “galas.” In a way it is a natural evolution, eventswise, what with our teched up lives with the iPhone and the computer screen, and the onset of Zoom accessible by the keyboard. All of the zoom events have changed content. They are no longer social get-togethers, dining and seeing friends. Now that they are video pro-
ductions. It is a far different experience as each fundraiser has its own emotional attractions. So it is a visual challenge that the managers of these events must meet. When they are gatherings of supporters, whatever the charity, they are stimulated by the people they attract, and each is very different in content as well as structure. The Zoom-event is not social. It’s a TV show, a demonstration of principles and information about the philanthropy or the subject—such as book parties. Right now it’s a novelty and some of it is very interesting. On a Monday night, for example, the Frick Collection held its annual autumn event,
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The Beatles in Miami Beach, February 1964.
IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY AFTER THEIR success on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in New York on February 9, 1964, the Beatles were booked for a second appearance on the show the following week, to be broadcast from Miami. We took the train during a blizzard to Washington, D.C., for a party at the British Embassy— then flew to Miami the next day. When we stepped off the plane, we thought we were in paradise—the sun was shining, the weather was perfect, and the Beatles and I were happy. After we checked into the Deauville Hotel on Miami Beach, the Beatles changed into bathing suits and the same white terrycloth jackets (gifts from a fan) and headed for the beach. Immediately, they were surrounded: girls were trying to kiss them—slight hysteria ensued—and they were having fun. Later, I took them to the meet Cassius Clay at the 5th Street Gym…the five most-photographed people in the world. Clay ran circles around them, but it was all in fun. The Beatles were in the process of changing the world… and it all seems just like yesterday. u 7 2 Q U E S T
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From left: Juliette Gréco in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in 1947;
JULIETTE GRÉCO’S recent death in her 90s brought back some melodramatic memories. Back in 1957 Gréco was one of France’s premier chanteuses of torch songs, a very sexy young woman all dressed in black with auburn hair and very white skin, who sang of doomed love and romantic longing. Darryl F. Zanuck, the legendary ex-head of 20th Century Fox, had fallen rather hard when he saw her perform in a Parisian Left Bank bistro and decided to make her a film 74 Q U E S T
star. While casting The Roots of Heaven, the movie that would be her introduction, Zanuck and La Gréco had moved to the French Riviera, where Zanuck gambled very large sums at the chemmy table every night at the Cannes summer casino. Juliette sat next to him and played every hand he did but in much smaller sums. Rather far away from the French Riviera, a 20-year-old me was a struggling tennis player on the circuit, and in August of 1957, after a heartbreaking loss in
Deauville, I had had enough. I decided to go to the Riviera where my best friend Yanni Zographos held court at the Hotel du Cap every summer. Yanni was the nephew and inheritor of the man who did break the bank in Monte Carlo, having figured out the odds in the game of baccarat. Nico Zographos took over the bank in various casinos during the ’20s and left a large fortune to his nephews and nieces, never having married. Yanni reserved a room for me at the
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TA K I Carlton in Cannes, room 303, without a sea view and looking into the large courtyard. It was to be for two days and then I would move to more salubrious surroundings at the Hotel du Cap. I arrived at the fabled land of Fitzgerald having first visited there five years before with my parents, but this time I was determined to make it count. The trouble was, I had a high fever as a result of a bad cold. As Yanni and I arrived at the casino on my first night on the town, the temperature and the nonstop drinks were a bad mix as I watched Juliette and Darryl gambling. Perhaps it was the combination of both that made me imagine that she
the lovemaking. Shutters banged open and lights were turned on as her screams echoed inside the courtyard. Things quieted down rather soon after that—I was, after all, not yet 21—and she dressed quickly, kissed me goodnight, and left in the dark. “What a way to start my stay on the French Riviera,” was my only thought as I went to sleep. Discretion is not the strongest asset of youth, and in the morning I told Zographos, who had a sly smile on his face when he asked me how my evening had gone. He congratulated me, as did the fabled concierge of the Carlton, Julien, who controlled everything and
love shrieks had a neighbor announce, “Ça recommence.” She followed the same procedure and left after a brief wordless kiss in the dark. The next morning, packed for the move to Antibes, I told Yanni over the telephone that as Zanuck had a cabana next to his I would bring things to a head where Juliette was concerned. “I’ve had it with this bullshit, if I’m good enough to sleep with…” Yanni didn’t say a word. While paying my small bill, Julien took me aside. Looking like a wise uncle, he informed me not to make a fuss because Zanuck was a very jealous man. “And, after all, it wasn’t Mademoiselle Juliette Gréco who visited
From left: Film producer Darryl Zanuck; Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.
had looked at me and smiled, and I informed Yanni of the fact. Later on, feeling very out of sorts, I was dropped off at my hotel and fell asleep as soon as I hit the pillow. Then suddenly I was awake as my door opened and a woman came in. “It’s me, Juliette, do not turn on the light,” she whispered. She quickly undressed and slithered naked under the sheets. Everything I’d ever read or imagined about the South of France went racing through my befogged mind, and suddenly it had all come true. What I didn’t expect were the howls and screams that Juliette let out as we began
was the most important person to know on the Riviera. That evening, feeling better but still with a fever, I returned to the casino with Yanni after a sumptuous dinner and lots of champagne on the terrace of the Carlton. Darryl and Juliette were at their usual table punting away. I caught her eye and gave her a big smile, but she did not respond. I figured it was the cynical sexual reality of the Riviera, a baptism of fire, so to speak. Unbelievably, around 4.30 a.m. my door opened yet again and Juliette Gréco silently came in, undressed, and got into bed with me. This time her
you these last two nights but a popular streetwalker known as the screamer. It was Monsieur Zographos’ idea, I just chose the lady of the night. She looks like Gréco, n’est-ce pas?” As far as jokes go, this one was brilliant. I fell for it and then some. The irony of my initiation to the razzle-dazzle of the Riviera set was that every time I saw Juliette on screen after that I felt cheated somehow. And often wondered whether I would have told her what really transpired if I ever actually met her. u For more Taki, visit takimag.com. NOVEMBER 2020 75
NOT TOO CRABBY BY ALEX TRAVERS
MY FILET, cooked a perfect medium-rare, was served with a heaping side of lobster creamed corn. My date’s colossal pile of stone crabs came with a rich, world-famous mustard sauce. Our baked potato was as large as a football, decorated with sour cream, bacon, cheese, and scallions. She looked at the presentation, then at me. “What a decadent meal.” Decadence is exactly what Joe’s Stone Crab, a 450-seat restaurant located on the southern tip of South Beach, brings to mind. Even Ian Fleming’s James Bond, who was treated to a feast at Joe’s (dubbed “Bill’s on the Beach”) in the 1959 novel Goldfinger, called it the best meal he’d eaten in his life. Fiction and fantasy aside, the restaurant has many primitive pleasures, 76 QUEST
satisfying both tourists and locals who itch for a one-of-a-kind experience and fresh seafood. The famed Miami restaurant has been in business since 1913, first located in front of a bungalow on Biscayne Street, where it was referred to as the “original Joe’s restaurant,” and now on Washington Avenue, where it can serve up to 2,000 pounds of shellfish on a busy night. It has always been thought of as the signature restaurant of Miami Beach. As one friend and Florida native said of the place, “You can’t go to Miami without going to Joe’s.” When you walk into the restaurant, you’ll be greeted by a maître d’ who wears a crab pin on his jacket lapel. He will
Clockwise, from above: The famous mural that hang at Joe’s Stone Crab in South Beach; the sign outside Washington Avenue in Miami; the waits at Joe’s are long (but worth it) so enjoy a drink at the bar before you settle in to the dining rom. Opposite page, from left: Joe’s Stone Crab is located at 11 Washington Avenue in Miami; a selection of stone crabs, Joe’s most famous dish.
inform you how long you’ll have to wait (Joe’s has never taken reservations). Once you hear your name called over the loudspeaker, you’ll be led through the main dining room and seated a roomy table. For such a massive space, the noise level is actually quite bearable—my only complaint being that you can clearly hear when you’re being rushed out. As we all know, stone crabs are the raison d’être, and they come in four order sizes: jumbo (usually 2 or 3 claws), large (5 claws), select (6 claws), and medium (7 claws), all accompanied with mustard sauce and drawn butter. The select and jumbo are the best choices since the larger claws can often be a bit tough, a drawback to their photogenic allure. With the select order, the meat is plump, a bit firm, and wonderfully succulent. The flavors, briny and slightly sweet. One additional appeal is that the crabs can only be eaten seasonally, a six-month stretch which lasts from mid-October through Mother’s Day. The fact that they are caught a few miles away heightens the action, too. If it’s another style of crab you crave, try the jumbo lump 78 QUEST
crab cakes, although these can sometimes taste more like bread than crab meat. For sides, fried oysters—often better than the raw ones here—arrive hot. The grilled tomatoes, served with spinach stuffing and melted cheese, are tasty, the hash browns as good as any as you’ll find. Allow me to also suggest trying “Joe’s Famous Half-Fried Chicken,” crispy on the outside and preternaturally juicy under the skin. Still, the seafood preparations are more successful than those with meat—more logical, as well. Yet to me, after about a dozen visits, cracked stone crabs and key lime pie do not define the place. The experience does. Service is pleasant and plentiful, especially if you decide to eat after 10 p.m. The waiters, who seem all-knowing, are helpful, informed, and quick. Many have been working there for over a decade, a select few for their entire careers. Even with waits that can last up to a grueling two and a half hours, Joe’s takes good care of you. And it will continue doing so for the next 100 years. u
From above: Next door to the main restaurant, Joe’s Take Out offers fast service with the same great stone crabs; a go-to meal at Joe’s is the “select” stone crabs with homemade sauce, spinach, and hash browns. Opposite page, from left: A shrimp appetizer; the famous painting that hangs in the restaurant’s main lounge.
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summer as the resort reopened with new guidelines like social distancing, temperature checks, and frequent sanitizing to assure the safety of all visitors and employees. On December 5th, Casa de Campo’s Christmas program will kick off with its annual tree lighting ceremony in the amphitheater at Altos de Chavón, the resort’s 16th century Mediterranean village replica. A concert featuring a chamber orchestra by Juan Pablo Polanco will be livestreamed during the lighting for all to enjoy. Christmas Eve dinner specials will be offered at all of the
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From above: Drive-in movie nights at Casa de Campo; Santa Claus on Teeth of the Dog; the marina. Opposite page: Altos de Chavรณn decorated for the holidays.
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resort’s restaurants, including candlelit Italian spot La Piazzetta, Chilango Taqueria, Pubbelly Sushi, La Caña, which offers local Dominican fare off the hotel’s main lobby, and Minitas Beach Club, where Mediterranean cuisine is served adjacent to the crystal blue Caribbean Sea. Throughout the month of December, the resort will also host a number of safe, socially distanced family friendly events, including a Mexican Mariachi Evening, a rum and tobacco pairing event, a Flamenco show at the Marina, as well as a handful of sports competitions, drive-in movie nights, and Bossa Nova sunset evenings at Minitas Beach. The series will culminate with a spectacular fireworks show at Altos de Chavón on New Year’s Eve. For those working remotely, Casa de Campo offers a selection of private villas perfect for extended stays to truly take advantage of these special celebrations. The villas, which range from oceanfront to garden views, are all 82 QUEST
equipped with a private pool, maid service, a chef that will prepare breakfast daily, and more. Whether it is for a quick vacation or month-long getaway, families that decide to experience the magic of Casa de Campo during the holidays can rest assured that the experience will be as safe as it is enjoyable. Beyond the Casa Cares program and associated health protocols, Casa de Campo itself is a haven with 7,000 gated acres of paradise and unmatched security. In addition to its gourmet restaurants, the resort boasts four Pete Dye-designed golf courses (including Teeth of the Dog), polo fields, equestrian rings, a spa, tennis courts, white sand beaches, a shooting center, pools, and more, leaving guests no reason to venture beyond its gates. It’s the perfect place for families to settle in for December, where the holidays will go on! u For more information about Casa de Campo or for bookings, visit casadecampo.com.do or call 855.580.4814.
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BY LAUREN G. MUZINICH ARTIST PETER ANTON is obsessed with the power of food. For him, food goes beyond necessity; it is a gateway to memory and emotion. His oversized, hyperrealistic sculptures immediately surprise and delight, conjuring up childhood memories of ice-cream sandwiches enjoyed under the summer sun and chalky candy hearts received on Valentine’s Day. With meticulously replicated textures and exacting, far-out proportions, Peter Anton’s food art is whimsical, uplifting and fun—all characteristics we crave to embrace during a turbulent 2020. Said differently, it is difficult not to smile, if not salivate, when 8 4 Q U E S T
confronted with a perfectly rendered 3-foot-wide glazed donut, or a 6-by-6 foot box of exquisite, assorted chocolates. “I strongly feel that different foods activate passions and emotions in people and profoundly connect to an individual’s memories and personal history,” asserts artist Peter Anton. He continues, “I am excited by the opportunity for my art to be inspired by the culinary creativity of one of the world’s greatest chefs.” Chef Daniel Boulud’s prominence in the culinary world is well known. From his Michelin-starred flagship, DANIEL, to his properties across the globe, Chef Boulud’s signature remains the
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Clockwise from top left: American artist and sculptor Peter Anton and the article’s author, Lauren Muzinich, stand beside one of Anton’s larger-thanlife boxes of chocolates, for which Anton has become most well known. It is no coincidence Anton is sometimes fondly referred to as, “Candy Warhol”; Chocolate Dipped Orange Peels, 30 x 18 x 5 inches, mixed media, 2020; Sugar Trophy Fish, 12 x 23 x 3 inches, mixed media, 2020. Opposite page: Super Donuts, 26 x 37 x 6 inches, mixed media, 2020.
vidual sensory memory and shared cultural identity. His exaggerated scale and exacting detail tease our senses and encourage exploration of our ideas about appetite, consumption, pleasure, overindulgence and even addiction. Chef Boulud has spoken of creating “a lasting impression after a first taste.” Artist Peter Anton strives to capture and embue his sculptures with the same permanent energy and magic. He is meticulous in his research and preparation. His sculptures are crafted from carefully selected, manipulated materials, including resin, metal, wood, clay, acrylic and oil paints. The results look delicious enough to eat. Anton’s most recent exhibit, “Sweet Dreams: Confectionery Sculpture by Peter Anton,” was featured at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in Connecticut during the summer and fall of 2020. His exhibit drew rave reviews but, more importantly to the artist, viewers ranged from young to old and included a preponderance of families. Good food art, like good food, seems to have universal appeal. About Citymeals on Wheels As one of the largest meals on wheels programs in the United States, Citymeals on Wheels delivers over 2 million meals to more than 18,000 homebound elderly New Yorkers annually. Since 1981, Citymeals on Wheels has ensured our most vulnerable neighbors across the five boroughs receive a lifeline of nourishment and warm human companionship. www.citymeals.org Every March, Chef Daniel Boulud hosts Citymeals on Wheels’ annual Sunday Supper at his eponymous restaurant DANIEL. Last year’s event raised $1 million - enough to prepare and deliver 125,000 meals. Since its inception, Sunday Supper has raised over $13 million for homebound elderly New Yorkers. u
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contemporary appeal he brings to soulful dishes rooted in the French tradition. Chef Daniel Boulud is an active supporter of Citymeals on Wheels, a charity that provides nutritious meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers. Every March, Chef Boulud, Co-President of Citymeals’ Board of Directors, hosts the annual Sunday Supper fundraiser at his eponymous restaurant DANIEL. Since its inception, Sunday Supper has raised over $13 million in support of NYC’s homebound elderly. Who better than Chef Daniel Boulud to bridge the worlds of food and food art to benefit a food-focused charity. Artist Peter Anton joins this relationship during a year when food has taken on new relevance. For some, a glimmer of a silver lining during the pandemic has been an opportunity for families in quarantine to spend more time together. This is no more true than during meals, when zoom-schooling children and newly minted work-from-home parents break bread more often. The pandemic has also magnified the challenges already faced by many members of our community, particularly NYC’s homebound elderly. Citymeals on Wheels’ mission is now more important than ever. Artist Peter Anton and Chef Daniel Boulud will collaborate to create a piece of DANIEL-inspired art that will be auctioned during Citymeals on Wheels’ Sunday Supper on March 7, 2021. 100% of the proceeds will support Citymeals on Wheels. Artist Peter Anton’s support for Citymeals on Wheels is timely. His art reminds us that food can be sustenance for the soul as much as for the body; food not only creates momentary excitement, it also forms lasting bonds between people. Like Chef Boulud’s cooking, Peter Anton’s art connects us at once to indi-
Clockwise from top left: Lauren Muzinich with her daughters at â€œSweet Dreams: Confectionary Sculpture by Peter Antonâ€? exhibition at the Lyman Art Museum; Tropical Ice Bar, 22 x 9 x 4 inches, mixed media, 2020; Assorted Cupcakes, 56 x 33 x 33 inches each, mixed media, 2020; Heavenly Assortment, 48 x 48 x 5 inches mixed media, 2020. Opposite page, left to right: The artist painting sprinkles on Super Donuts. Every last detail is done to perfection- you can almost taste the sugary sweet-
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ness!; Macaron Tower, 19 x 9 x 9 inches, mixed media, 2020.
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AS THE HOLIDAYS APPROACH, it’s time to break out some sparkle and shine. Think festive! We’ve rounded up some glimmering gift-appropriate picks (and we’ll have lots more on that front next month—stay tuned), suitable for giving to yourself, and have also included our favorite chocolate snacks and games and gadgets to get you ready for a long, cozy winter.
As leaves fall, layer up in Brunello Cucinelli— known for its elegant simplicity and finely done tailoring. Brunello Cucinelli: 638 Madison Ave., 212.813-0900 or shop.brunellocucinelli.com.
Lafonn’s smart and versatile Birthstone Halo Pendant necklace in amethyst. $145 at nordstrom.com.
Asprey’s Colour Chaos Ring in 18-ct. rose gold and amethyst and kunzite purple. $4,075. Asprey: 853 Madison Ave., or asprey.com.
This Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 features a bezel set with 46 brilliant-cut diamonds and an aubergine, sunray-finish dial adorned with a diamond-set Roman VI. Shop Rolex at Wempe: 700 Fifth Avenue. 88 QUEST
A soft blend of wool and cashmere defines this handsome Barbour scarf, patterned in broad checks. $75 at barbour.com. Ralph Lauren presents the latest in on-demand manufacturing with its new custom packable jacket, where you get to be the designer. Visit ralphlauren.com to create your own.
Waterford, the king of Irish crystal, introduces an Art Deco spin on barware with its Lismore square lead crystal decanter and tumbler glasses. $355 at waterford.com.
J.McLaughlin’s Dorset bomber is named after the charming town of Dorset, Vermont, where it’s easy to picture wearing this jacket on a crisp autumn weekend. $198 at jmclaughlin.com.
This unique Dunhill roller lighter is a classic gentlemen’s accessory, a must-have for the discerning man. Dunhill: 20 Hudson Yards or dunhill.com.
Show off your one-of-a-kind style with Vhernier’s Calla bracelet in titanium and diamonds. $12,450.
Need more energy for your shopping spree? Try these delicious chocolate truffles
Vhernier Lounge: 22 E 65th St., 646.343.9551.
by La Maison du Chocolat. La Maison du Chocolat: 1018 Madison Ave., 212.744.7117.
Get swept away in this Christian Dior Fall 2020 look. Christian Dior: 21 E 57th St., 212.931.2950. or dior.com. AERIN’s Shagreen chess set give a new, sleek look to a classic game. $3,250 at aerin.com.
Delicate stitches create a diamond pattern and cable stripes on these Signature goldtone horsebit hardware hearkens back to Gucci’s equestrian roots on a classic loafer updated in a sleek, slip-on mule silhouette. $790. Gucci: 725 Fifth Ave., 212.826.2600 or gucci.com.
comfy cotton-bled crew socks by BP. $15 at nordstrom.com.
Sure, the iPhone takes great photos these days, but nothing quite beats the Leica D-Lux 7 compact digital camera for capturing the perfect moment. Visit leica.com for information.
Inspired by classic automotive images, these deerskin leather gloves by Red Wing are sure to impress this season. $135 at redwingshoes.com.
Bally’s lastest collection is setting the standard for refined fall dressing. Bally: 689 Madison Ave., or visit bally.com.
It’s hard to resist the utterly masculine scent of Creed’s Aventus, now out with a special 10 Year Anniversary bottle. Creed: 794 Madison Ave., 877.273.3344.
Holiday travel is upon us, and Tumi’s hard-side case is crafted from aluminum formulated for lightweight ease and maneuverability. $1,195 at tumi.com.
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DEVELOPED BY by Fortune International Group and created by Herzog & de Meuron, Jade Signature—a contemporary 57-story awardwinning skyscraper located at 16901 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida—has been a hot-spot for luxury buyers since opening in 2018. Named by Dezeen magazine as one of the “Top 10 Skyscrapers of 2018,” Jade Signature reflects the top talents of a trio of the industry’s greatest collaborators: world-renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, visionaries behind the Tate Modern in London, 1111 Lincoln Road, and the Peréz Art Museum Miami; Parisian interior design firm PYR, led by Pierre Yves-Rochon, who has gained international prestige for elegant interiors in top luxury residences, spas and hotels, including the Four Seasons George V in Paris, The Savoy in London, and the in-progress renovation of the Waldorf Astoria in New York; and celebrated Miami landscape architectural firm Raymond Jungles Inc. Jade Signature’s most intricate details demonstrate a focus on ultraluxe living. From the porte cochère to its unmistakable silhouette, each architectural aspect is mindful of residents and their day-to-day experience within the space, as well as the property’s adjacency to the natural environment. Resort-style features are hallmarks of the building, including a stunning beachfront deck with an organic, zero entry free-form swimming pool, secluded cabanas, a heated spa surrounded by nature, and a 25-meter lap pool. Private beach amenities include chaise lounges, towel service, umbrellas, and an exclusive oceanfront restaurant for pool, beach, and in-residence dining. Jade Signature also has a full-service spa for residents and guests, complete with a sauna, steam room, hammam, relaxation zone, and treatment rooms. Additional property amenities and services include a state-of-the-art fitness center, library and reading lounge, wine bar, clubroom, entertainment and game lounge, business center, playroom and tech lounge for children and teens, full-service concierge, private elevator entrances, and smart technology throughout. The property’s most luxurious units, known as “The Collection,” offer a portfolio of two-story Sky Villas and Upper Penthouse, ranging from $11.9 million to $29.5 million. The Sky Villas offer stunning features, such as flow-through views, expansive terraces, private elevators, smart technology, service quarters and PYR-designed bathroom cabinetry. The full-floor penthouse boasts all of these world-class features as well as a private pool, gym and 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Water and the Miami skyline. Additional offerings include the final developer owned residence, which is a move-in ready, fully furnished five-bedroom, 4,953 square-foot unit available for $6.99 million. u For more information on Jade Signature and to schedule tours, call 305.521.1598 or visit jadesignaturecollection.com. 0902 QQUUEESSTT
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Clockwise from top left: Jade Signatureâ€™s North Sky Villa double-height living room; an hourglass column in one of the private terraces; the oceanfront pool and restaurant; the Upper Penthouse with private pool. Opposite page: A view of Jade Signature from the Atlantic Ocean.
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JAY PHILLIP PARKER Chief Executive Officer of Florida Brokerage at Douglas Elliman / 305.733.8387 / email@example.com
my advice would be that now is the time to do it. With the low supply of inventory for single-family homes, coupled with the astronomical demand of buyers looking to purchase in South Florida, sellers should take advantage of the market. For anyone seeking to make Miami or South Florida home, call one of our agents, we’ve become the best in class in this effort. Q: Anything else you’d like to share? A: The decision to move to a new market takes expertise, understanding, patience, and a talent in diagnosing the client’s needs. Buyers should take the time to identify the agent that understands their specific needs, wants and expectations so that they can better identify the best product for their needs.
Q: Why is Miami real estate booming post COVID? A: Miami represents many of the elements of lifestyle that have been directly impacted by COVID. Lower density, space to enjoy the benefit of outdoor living, great weather, dining, and entertainment. While Miami has been realizing the best in class for some time, COVID has turbo boosted many of the draws to our market and has allowed many to find a safer haven in these challenging times. Q: What advice do you have for buyers and sellers in the area? A: If sellers have been waiting to list their properties,
1429 North Venetian Way in Miami, Florida; listed for $34,000,000 by Bill Hernandez and Bryan Sereny of Douglas Elliman.
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Q: Tell us about the different areas of Miami that you represent. A: Since 2013, we have successfully grown Douglas Elliman’s presence in Florida to include all major markets, from Coral Gables to Vero Beach and St. Petersburg on the West Coast with a total of 19 offices and more than 1,200 agents. Similarly, Douglas Elliman Development Marketing represents many of the most distinguished developers and products in the same territories.
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THE AMM TEAM Merrill Curtis, Amanda Goldworm, Megan Scott, and Brooke Kennan at Sotheby’s International Realty 212.606.4129 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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renewed protocols. While the timing is unclear, we are confident that New York City is a dynamic and resilient town that will fully recover from a very challenging 2020.
Q: How has the New York market evolved recently? A: As the summer has wound down and fall gets under way, the New York Real Estate market has begun to percolate. Despite the uncertainty brought on by the pandemic, we are seeing apartment sales transacting, albeit on a case by case basis. The market has not yet found the momentum or efficiency of the pre-Covid days but in the past six weeks, our team has had multiple buyers sign contracts for Upper East Side cooperatives and we have a signed contract on our duplex listing. Additionally, we closed on the sale of an off-market Park Avenue listing where we represented the sellers. The closing price was 7% above the asking price. The common denominator among all of the transactions occurring is that they are priced to reflect current market conditions. Q: How long do you expect this buyers’ market to persist? A: A crystal ball would be helpful! In all seriousness though, we do expect the buyers’ market will continue for some time. Exactly how long is hard to gauge given it depends on a number of factors, including the Presidential election and whether there is a second wave of the virus that requires
Q: What advice do you have for sellers? A: The key component for selling under the current market conditions is pricing. A realistic and attractive asking price that gets buyers’ attention is a must. The market as a whole has had an increase in activity this fall and that is yielding signed contracts; proving that buyers are present and interested. That said, they are taking their time and are keenly focused on price and value. More than ever, it is critical to price correctly from the beginning of a listing, rather than reduce along the way. As a seller, this strategy puts you in a stronger position to negotiate, having spent fewer days on the market and ideally without several price reductions.
1148 Fifth Avenue, #10C in New York, New York; $4,700,000.
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Q: Tell me about this unique time in Palm Beach. A: To be honest, it doesn’t feel that much different since most of our lifestyle is outside. There are more people here than normal at this time of the year. Yes, restaurants are at a diminished capacity but people are still living their lives (with masks on).
A: They’re choosing Palm Beach because they’re thinking the Northeast may not remain open throughout the fall. Parents are worried about another lockdown and need their children to stay in school. Palm beach also has the best outdoor lifestyle—we have the ocean and Intracoastal, top restaurants and shopping, and lots of open areas where people aren’t on top of each other overall. Q: What advice can you offer sellers? A: If they want to stay in the market, they need to make sure they have a place picked out before they want to sell. This market could easily get away from you and you may not be able to afford to get back in.
Q: As people anticipate another potential lockdown, how long do you expect the busy market to continue? A: If there’s another lockdown, I think we’ll be even busier. There are only 2,500 homes on Palm Beach and millions of people trying to flee the Northeast. Q: Why are people choosing Palm Beach as their escape over suburban areas in the Northeast?
La Solana at 172 S Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach; $49,500,000.
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Q: How has the pandemic affected your work routine? A: During the initial stages of the pandemic, my wife went into labor with our son which ironically was good timing because I got to stay home. Now that things have started to open up, I’ve actually never been busier than in all my 18 years due to people moving to Florida to escape the Northeast and surprisingly California.
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ALEXIS MCANDREW Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty / 917.750.8939 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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Q: Why is Locust Valley real estate doing particularly well during the pandemic? A: Locust Valley real estate is doing very well. We have a large number of buyers looking and a small amount of inventory. More and more contracts are being signed each week. The number of contracts signed jumped by 130% in September for under $1M and by 156% for $1M +. Now we are spending more and more time in our homes. The definition of home has changed and buyers needs are also changing—they now want more space with a more traditional floorplan instead of the open floorplan that was in fashion a few years ago. Q: What makes you different than other brokers? A: I have been working in real estate since 2004. I started in Manhattan working for top producers before going out on my own. I am hardworking, resourceful, and dedicated to providing the best customer service to my buyers and sellers. I am tech-savvy, and always provide my sellers with photos, floorplans and videos. When we were not allowed to physically show during COVID-19, I was so thankful to have the tools to continue to provide quality service to my sellers. Social Media is a critical tool that I use every day to provide important lifestyle and listing information to my current and
prospective clients. I do weekly social media posts and am dedicated to paid advertisements on social media. Q: What advice do you have for buyers? A: I tell buyers to be prepared to move quickly and to have all their ducks in a row. If they are planning on getting a mortgage, then they need a pre-approval letter on hand to avoid waiting for paperwork. Buyers should also bid in odd numbers and not the usual 25, 50, 75 increments. Q: What kind of homes have been most popular? A: The homes that are selling quickly at the asking price or above are homes that are in move-in condition. Buyers are willing to pay more to do less post-closing. Recently renovated homes with a new kitchen and baths will do very well.
12 Mansion Drive in Glen Cove, New York; $929,000.
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CHRISTINE MILLER MARTIN & DEANNA LLOYD Compass / 917.453.5152 or 757.572.0107 / email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How long do you expect this buyersâ€™ market to persist? A: We expect the market to start improving in the first quarter of 2020, but forecast that the market will continue to favor buyers for the next two years based on the large amount of inventory and the possibility of increased taxes.
40 East 84th Street #5D in New York, New York; $3,500,000.
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Q: Tell us about the New York market right now. A: On the sell side, activity in the $2 million and under market is very strong. The market above $5 million, which was already slow pre-Covid, has slowed further still resulting in tremendous buying opportunities. We are encouraging our buyers to take advantage of lower prices due to an increase in inventory, record-low mortgage rates, and the uncertainty surrounding a potential second wave of COVID-19. Overall, negotiability has varied 10 to 15 percent from pre-COVID prices depending on the neighborhood, price point, and condition, with steeper discounts for properties in need of work. Properties with private outdoor space are in great demand and often command a premium. Renovated townhouses, particularly in Brooklyn, are seeing a flood of new interest as buyers seek more space and privacy. Finally, the ability to walk to work, schools, and parks are at the top of buyersâ€™ wish lists.
Q: Where are the best investment properties? A: There are some particularly great values in Chelsea, NoMad, and Tribeca, where there is a tremendous supply of new construction condos. The Upper East Side also has beautiful listings close to Central Park and the best schools, like the spacious three-bedroom below, which uniquely offers a prewar layout in an established postwar building.
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JAMIE CHILDS William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty / 860.501.2110 / email@example.com
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Q: Why is Connecticut real estate doing particularly well? A: There is a new craving for suburban and country living as a result of the pandemic. The majority of the buyers we are seeing here on the Connecticut Shoreline are coming from Manhattan and Brooklyn. Residents can easily get within commuting reach of New York by train or car under two hours. The state isn’t giving up trying to revitalize its own cities such as Stamford, Hartford, and New Haven, which will remain important in the post-pandemic world. You can’t beat the quality of life here.
ask friends and family for recommendations. Once you’ve narrowed down a few potential agents, you can start the interviewing process. Before you list or put down an offer, it’s important to do your research and familiarize yourself with current market trends. A home that is priced at a fair market value will attract serious buyers and multiple offers. Q: What kind of homes have been most popular? A: Homes with land have been the most popular. We are seeing that buyers want space, especially if they are coming from Manhattan. Water oriented properties have been a huge draw over the summer and into the fall.
Q: Tell us about the Lyme lifestyle. A: There is something here for everyone. There are the arts, plenty of opportunities for those that want to volunteer or be involved in various non profits. The outdoors in the area offer opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, fishing, sailing, hunting, golf, tennis and paddle tennis. The farming and food scene is plentiful here as well. Many work together across region from growing organic meats, produce, fruits and vegetables to the local communities and restaurants. Q: What advice do you have for buyers and sellers? A: When looking for a real estate agent, it’s common to
278 Old Black Point Road in East Lyme, Connecticut; $2,350,000.
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JILL ROOSEVELT Brown Harris Stevens / 212.906.9340 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How long do you expect this buyers’ market to persist? A: The buyers’ market will last well into 2021, if not longer. There are over 10,000 apartments for sale in Manhattan right now, which represents over a 15-month supply at the current pace of sales. Even with sales picking up, it will be tough to absorb the excess inventory, especially with more units slated to come on in the spring. Being in a buyers’ market is not the end of the world as it creates opportunities for people looking to purchase here. A lot will depend on when there is medical solution to COVID and how a highly contentious Presidential election paired with economic uncertainty play out.
Q: Where are the best investment properties? A: There are some great opportunities east of Second Avenue but all types of properties are heavily discounted right now, so investors can get a great deal on their purchase. The concern would be if you are buying a property with rental units, or a condo to rent out, as that market is unbelievably weak right now. Rents are being slashed by major landlords who have way too many vacancies. You will be competing with landlords that can offer much greater incentives and concessions than you may be willing to give. The best advice I can give to investors is to think long term. You are buying at the perfect time, but it may take longer than you think to see good returns.
4 East 72nd Street #4A in New York, New York; $11,700,000.
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Q: How has the New York market evolved since in-person showings returned/NYC schools reopened? A: Even though all the focus has been on people leaving New York, activity has been way up since Labor Day as families have returned to the city to start school and go back to work. As many businesses, restaurants and offices continue to re-open we have been very busy showing houses and apartments and sales are taking place at discounted prices.
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Q: Why is the Palm Beach market doing particularly well? A: With families working from home, buyers are looking to relocate to areas that provide a lifestyle that can be enjoyed year round. Palm Beach has become a destination for a wide range of people because the area offers a sanctuary of beauty and a multitude of outside activities that can be enjoyed in a quiet and safe environment. During the 3rd quarter, there was a strong demand for single family homes and condominiums, which drove the number of sales up by 200% year over year.
New construction has been a trend for a number of years, and with the desire for buyers to relocate quickly...“move-in ready” homes and condos sold the fastest. Currently we are seeing buyers relocating from the northeast, midwest, and, most notably, California. Q: Anything else you would like to share? A: As people are making Palm Beach their primary residence, a whole array of new businesses—including well known New York restaurants (La Goulue, Bilboquet), hotels (The White Elephant from Nantucket with its signature restaurant Lola 41)—are opening. Sotheby’s auction house is opening here in the Royal Poinciana Plaza where our brokerage is located. u
Q: What advice do you have for buyers? A: As the pandemic put a pause on traveling, we’ve been conducting virtual showings to interested buyers that have proven great success resulting in sales “sight unseen.” I recommend working with a proven real estate professional to guide a buyer through the process of finding the right home that meets their criteria and in many cases the realtor will know of properties that are in the pipeline to be listed. Q: What kind of properties have been most popular? A: After the onset of COVID-19, motivated buyers focused on single family homes to provide space for their families.
100 Sunrise Avenue #502 in Palm Beach, Florida; $4,995,000.
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Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor museum located in New York’s Hudson Valley, where visitors experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open sky. The art center nurtures a vibrant bond between art, nature, and people.
The Read Alliance 20th Anniversary Gala will take place virtually at 7 p.m. While the world around us has shifted, Read Alliance continues to deliver on its dual mission to improve literacy of young children while empowering teens as their individual reading tutors in New York City’s under-resourced neighborhoods. Even with schools closed and no summer school for K, 1st and 2nd graders, READ provides virtual reading assistance for children by employing teens as their individual reading tutors. Elementary school students benefit from critical reading intervention, and teen leaders are meaningfully employed as tutors, mentors, and role models. The READ gala raises critical funds to ensure our important work can continue uninterrupted. For more information, visit readalliance.org.
The Children’s Tumor Foundation National Gala is one of the largest fundraisers of the year. And this year, the event is going virtual! Please save the date for the
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Children’s Tumor Foundation Virtual Benefit Concert to END NF on November 16.CTF passionately pursues and take pride in its vision to end NF while maintaining the highest standards For more information, go to ctf.org/benefit research.
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The Films for Democracy Panel, a conversation with the filmmakers of some of the powerful community-focused movies from 2020, will take place online at noon. For more information, visit eventbrite.com. 102 QUEST
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With the health and safety of MAD Museum’s visitors, the international roster of Mad About Jewelry artists, and its staff top priority, the Museum’s annual curated show and sale is taking place entirely online in 2020. In its new virtual format, MAD About Jewelry will be an ongoing celebration of more than 40 international contemporary jewelry artists. Every two weeks a select set from the MAD About Jewelry 2020 roster of artists will present their latest designs for a limited purchase period on MAD’s website. MAD About Jewelry 2020 will culminate in mid-November with a presentation of work from all of this year’s artists! Many of this year’s artists will be participating in virtual events from their homes and studios around the world. The artists will introduce themselves, chat with you, and answer questions about their work. For more information, visit madmuseum.org. A CHIC SOIRÉE
The Museum of Art and Design’s Mad About Jewelry show will take place online this year, celebrating more than 40 international contemporary artists. For more information, visit madmuseum.org.
This fall, the French Institute Alliance Française will presents its first Le Petit Gala — A Soirée Outside the Box, celebrating its artistic
voice. This Soirée invites a limited number of guests—in accordance with government regulations—to join us for an evening of eclectic and creative performances at Florence Gould Hall and an exquisite dinner in FIAF’s top-floor Skyroom to follow. The performances will also be livestreamed and can be accompanied by festive dinner boxes delivered to your home to be enjoyed with friends and family. All attendees will be able to participate an auction, as well as a prize drawing featuring splendid items. More information is available by contacting Carine Malaussena at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the sun sets, Miami comes to light in the spirit of the Chinese Lantern Festival. Be transported to a lush jungle illuminated with breath-taking displays that are larger than life. Traverse through hundreds of artistic lanterns highlighting the spirit of Miami with an ambiance and vibe found nowhere else in the world. For tickets and more information, visit jungleisland.com.
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2020 marks the premiere of OVR: Miami Beach, a new iteration of Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms that will feature galleries accepted to the 2020 edition of the show. OVR: Miami Beach will be accompanied by a program of online events, including talks and gallery Walk-throughs.
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The Fresh Air Fund 2020 Virtual Gala—virtual this year—will take place on November 19 at 6 p.m. Join to celebrate how The Fresh Air Fund gave children the magic of a “Fresh Air” summer both virtually and in person! When COVID-19 shut down the city, the organization adapted and created engaging new programs, and now is the time to sparkle and shine together! For more information, please contact Lori Seader at 212-897-8893.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the 94th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade is still scheduled to air on Thanksgiving, just not in its usual form. “It will not be the same parade we’re used to; it will be a different kind of event,” de Blasio said. “They are reinvent-
8 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that the 94th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade is still scheduled to air on Thanksgiving, just not in its usual form. Visit macys.com for more information. ing the event for this moment in history.” “This year the celebration will shift to a television-only special presentation,” Macy’s confirmed in a statement, “showcasing the Macy’s Parade’s signature mix of giant character helium balloons, fantastic floats, street performers, clowns, and heralding the arrival
of the holiday season with the oneand-only Santa Claus.” XMAS TIME IN THE CITY
Coming this holiday season, the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be displayed on The Plaza. Stay tuned for more details at rockefellercenter.com.
The Rubell Museum is re-opening, with social distancing required. But the museum, which moved to a larger space in 2019, is now offering advanced tickets so visitors can see the latest exhibitions and the museum’s permanent collection, one of the most impressive in Miami. (The Rubells created their vast collection by looking at art, talking with artists, and trusting their instincts.) For more information, visit rubellmuseum.org.
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BRICKELL NOW MORE THAN ever, there’s a real quality of life in Miami that attracts young people and young energy. In addition to the city’s exploding cultural scene, there’s a steady rise of infrastructure and opportunity, along with creative neighborhoods to match. One major draw attracting aspiring young professionals is a neighborhood that is all but transformed: Brickell—the onetime downtown financial district that’s emerged as a leader in shopping, eating, and, well, good living. One building you simply can’t miss is the Brickell City Center, a $1.05-billion shopping and mixed-use project spanning up to five blocks to the west of Brickell Avenue and to the south of the Miami River. With the influx of dining and entertainment options now available, the shopping and entertainment complex of Brickell City Centre only adds to the diversity of this bayfront neighborhood. Brickell is perfectly situated for residents and visitors to enjoy the city’s latest developments. From above: Like Wynwood, painted murals align Brickell, livening up its walls; Brickell City Center, the $1.05-billion shopping and mixed-use project; an ariel view of Brickell; the district is perfectly situated for residents and visitors to enjoy Miami’s latest developments. Opposite page: A cityscape of downtown Miami.
DESIGN DISTRICT Coming from a place of solid footing, it’s easy to hit your stride and thrive. But rising from decades of urban decay to become a transformative neighborhood in an evolving city gives a whole new meaning to the idea of thriving, and that is just what the Miami Design District is doing. This area, in the northern stretches of the city, is a creative neighborhood (especially this year) and shopping destination dedicated to innovative fashion, design, art, and architecture, and serves as home to a wide range of dining and entertainment options, with enough public art installations and shopping boutiques to satisfy the likes of just about any local or tourist. Over 15 years ago, entrepreneur and Miami native Craig Robins recognized the potential here, and started acquiring and redefining properties in the area. Through careful stewardship, today the 18-square-block neighborhood serve as home to art galleries, luxury boutiques, restaurants, bars, showrooms, architecture firms, and antiques dealers. Counterclockwise, from top right: The Louis Vuitton store in Miami’s chic Design District; a painted mural; the heart of the Design District, home to art galleries, luxury boutiques, restaurants, showrooms, and architecture firms; a sign welcoming visitors to the Design District; a work by famous graffiti artist André Saraiva; watch and jewelry boutiques in Miami’s Design District; another commissioned mural, depicting the artistic flair of South Florida.
Counterclockwise, from top left: Colorful lifeguard chairs decorate the white sand beaches of Miami’s South Beach; the famous Art Deco style on Ocean Drive; an appetizer at Joe’s Stone Crab; The Villa at Casa Casuarina, once Gianni Versace’s home; an outdoor dining space at Gianni’s, the restaurant at The Villa at Casa Casuarina.
SOUTH BEACH Perhaps the most well-known area of Miami, South Beach has been a popular destination for decades. Its white sand beaches with brightly colored lifeguard chairs and Art Deco resorts have been featured in films and music videos, and the neon-light culture of the area continues to shine. When the sun goes day after a long day at the beach, one of the most exciting places to visit is the Versace mansion, now called The Villa at Casa Casuarina. The Villa was originally built in 1930 by the architect, author, and philanthropist Alden Freeman, once the heir to the Standard Oil fortune. In 1992, The Villa was purchased by Gianni Versace, and today operates as a luxury boutique hotel, restaurant, and event venue. Dinner by the pool at Gianni’s (the Villa’s restaurant) is a must-try experience. Not only is the scenery absolutely stunning, but the food is equally as delectable. And don’t forget to take a trip to Joe’s Stone Crab—their crab season has just begun and tables are filling up fast.
CORAL GABLES Home to the University of Miami (Go Canes!) and the worldrenowned Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables offers a more suburban feel than other districts of Miami. Here you’ll find tree-lined lakes, grottos, and even a tropical rainforest. Coral Gables is also very pedestrian-friendly (now with more than 27 miles of new or improved bikeways, sidewalks, and crosswalks), especially in Coconut Grove, with its relaxed sidewalk cafes and chic shops in and around the CocoWalk mall. The area’s several green spaces include bay-front Barnacle Historic State Park, home to a mangrove forest, and the iconic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, centered on a lavish Italianstyle villa (see our story on Florida art institutions in this issue). Sailing clubs and marinas dot the district’s waterfront. And be sure to check out Coral Gables City Hall too; the building—designed in 1927 in the Mediterranean Revival style by local architect Phineas Paist and artistic advisor Denman Fink—is stunning! From above: The opulent pool at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables; an outdoor concert held at the Biltmore Hotel; an art festival at Coconut Grove, one of Coral Gables’ main attractions; Coral Gables City Hall, designed in 1927 by Phineas Paist and artistic advisor Denman Fink.
WYNWOOD It was the strong sense of community in Wynwood that attracted Steven Haigh to the area long before he opened his now “it”-scene eatery in the area, KYU. “I was in Miami for a good few years and watched the development and growth of Wynwood,” says Haigh, the British native who’s famous to most locals as the former general manager of the popular Miami restaurant Zuma. “It was vibrant—I loved it—and everyone knows each other, supports each other here.” That’s what convinced Haigh and his business partner and executive chef Michael Lewis to open KYU, their wood-fired Asian-inspired restaurant featuring a diverse menu. “Mixed media” might come to mind faster than “fusion food” when mentioning Wynwood, but KYU is evidence that this area is about so much more than its iconic Wynwood Walls. Adjacent to Edgewater, the neighborhood overflows with vibrant artwork, yes, but also restaurants, breweries, clothing stores, and dance and club venues. Formerly an industrial district, it is now highlighted by colorful murals that cover the walls of many of the buildings. And the community is going strong. Even through hurricanes and a global pandemic, neighbors were looking out for each other. In other words, it was an unambiguous sense of community that made this area what it is today—and keeps sustaining it. u Counterclockwise from top right: Painting the walls of Wynwood; there are many great (and safe) outdoor dining options in Wynwood; visitors and locals can also shop and see several art exhibitions in the district; locals enjoying drinks at KUSH, the go-to “experience” eatery for craft beers and exclusive small-production wines; the decorated warehouse walls of Wynwood.
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TAMPA, EMERGING AND EXCITING BY ALEX TRAVERS FLORIDA HAS always attracted Northerners, but in recent years it seems as if Tampa—often overshadowed by Miami and Palm Beach—has been the most popular spot to visit in the state. If you’ve been to Tampa in the last few years, you probably think it has become a great restaurant city, even more so than Orlando. Perhaps you are right. These days, especially as the weather gets cooler up in New York, restaurant food mainly consists of pickup or delivery, two sad and usually-less-social ways to eat a meal. But in Tampa, with its beautiful bay views and warm climate, a boom in new openings—Datz, Nash’s Hot Chicken, and Book + Bottle—has actually allowed restaurants to safely serve eager visitors, even during a global pandemic. This spread: Every January, the city of Tampa hosts its Gasparilla Pirate Festival, featuring a large parade (see “The Jose Gasparilla” boat pictured here) and a host of community events; The Salvatore Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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It has also been a fortunate year for Tampa sports fans. The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup. Tom Brady joined the Buccaneers football franchise, which currently has a 5–2 record, leading the NFC South division. And the Rays are battling the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. Plus, Raymond James Stadium, where the Buccaneers play, is now allowing fans at limited capacity (about 25 percent). 112 QUEST
A friend of mine recently attended a conference game where he filled out a “Screening Gameday” form that kept ticket holders from entering the stadium if they’d been in contact with anyone with the coronavirus over the past 14 days. Once approved, you presented the clearance email confirmation at the front gate to gain entry. He said that the event at 25% capacity was a fun and comforting experience, reflecting Tampa’s use of caution while allowing fans to experience a favorite pastime. In fact, it’s easy—and highly enjoyable—to discover all that Tampa has to offer. You can hop on a bike and explore its historic neighborhoods and experience nature and wildlife within the city limits. (I have spotted dolphins, manatees, and Bald Eagles.) If you like architecture, there are many history tours, which point out the haunted houses and tell wild stories of bootlegging in Ybor (pronounced “EEbor”) City. Plus, Tampa and St. Pete are filled with great
Clockwise, from above: The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a classic “old Florida” resort located on Gasparilla Island on the Gulf of Mexico; one of Tampa’s greatest museums, The Henry B. Plant Museum is housed in the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel; a mural in Ybor City. Opposite page: Located just south of Tampa is Useppa Island, one of Florida’s best-kept secrets; the Useppa Island Botanical Trail (inset).
From above: The 250,000-square-foot Florida Aquarium is a non-for-profit organization, publicly operated institution located in the heart of Tampa; the city of St. Petersburg celebrates the Tampa Bay Lightningâ€™s 2020 Stanley Cup victory; a roller-coaster ride at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, a 335acre African-themed animal theme park. Opposite page: Downtown Tampa Bay; the Tampa Bay Rays get ready for a baseball game at Tropicana Field.
museums, including the beautiful Salvador Dalí Museum. This architectural gem actually houses the largest collection of Dalí’s works outside Europe, located on the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront by 5th Avenue Southeast. A short trip south opens up new places and islands to discover. Boca Grande, for instance, is a quiet residential community on Gasparilla Island with stunning scenery, clear water, and great shopping. Here you’ll find a quaint, Old Florida culture and a casually elegant lifestyle; there are no traffic lights, and most people get around by walking or golf cart. And more good news: The famous Gasparilla Inn & Club has recently reopened, a treat for locals and visitors who enjoy both golf and delicious dining. It’s a must-visit. u NOVEMBER 2020 115
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Clockwise from above: Naples offers some the best golf in Florida; a puppy shopping spree in Old Naples; dolphins play in the wake off Cape Coral; welcoming visitors to Naples, Florida. Opposite page: A shopping and dining district in the heart of Cape Coral, Florida.
NAPLES, FLORIDA, and its surrounding communities—like Cape Coral and Ft. Myers—are great destinations for those who love to be outdoors. For golfers, it’s paradise. Players of all levels can try out their games at courses like Naples Grande, Colliers Reserve, or the famous Old Corkscrew Golf Club. And families can enjoy the sunnier days out on the water—where bottlenose dolphins enjoy playing in the wakes of boats that cruise past Sanibel or Captiva Island, known to generate some of the world’s most beautiful shells on their beaches. Beyond the outdoor activities, Naples also is known for its sophistication and glamour— especially when it comes to shopping and dining. NOVEMBER 2020 117
The terrace at D’Amico’s The Continental, a national awardwinning restaurant. Opposite page, clockwise from above: One of several fountains and courtyards on Third Street South; cooling off after some shopping; pelicans; designer Michael Volbracht created this Third Street South logo, modeled here.
Third Street South, the downtown area in the heart of Old Naples, began at the turn of the 19th century as a sporting destination. After World War II, a wealthy heir to a major American fortune brought several high-end shops that suited his family and friends to Third Street South; successive generations of his family have continued to uphold the highest standards. Today, Third Street South is a destination in the tradition of Worth Avenue, Jobs Lane, and Nantucket’s cobblestone Main Street. Enhanced by carefully tended landscaping, plazas, and fountains, part of the pleasure of Third Street South is its pet-friendly point of view. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are even welcomed and wanted at the nationally recognized Third Street South Farmer’s Market every Saturday. 118 QUEST
Shoppers can explore boutiques like Marissa, a store known nationally for its designer clothes, superb shoe collection, and irresistible accessories. Or John Craig, cited by Esquire as one of the country’s leading men’s shops, which specializes in bespoke suits, Peter Millar sportswear, and accessories to please any gentleman. Gattles has supplied loyal clients from across the country with the finest linen brand, Porthault included, for well over three-quarters of a century. And Gretchen Scott has her own brightly colorful eponymous designs for women, with interesting antiques and accessories sprinkled throughout the store, while Sara Campbell’s attractive clothes flatter and enhance. And if you don’t plan to cook your own farm-to-table
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meal, there are seven excellent and varied restaurants, some nationally recognized. Campiello is superbly Tuscan; Sea Salt offers innovative Venetian-inspired food; The Continental specializes in the best of meats; and Ridgwayâ€™s has been well known for its mouth-watering French American food for decades. Janeâ€™s provides the best breakfasts for miles around and is a highly popular and desirable spot for lunch. And The Old Naples Pub, with its cozy old Florida wood-paneled bar, has been pleasing customers for over three decades. Naples has it all: natural beauty, Southern culture, excellent service, unique shopping, and culinary delights. What are you (and your puppy) waiting for? u
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THE BASS 2100 Collins Ave. / 305.673.7530 The Bass is Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, creating connections between art and the museum’s diverse audiences. A current exhibition on display is called “Open Storage” and it presents over 70 works from the museum’s collection and works on loan, comprising recent contemporary acquisitions, objects on view for the first time in a decade, as well as works historical works from the museum’s founding collection. The works explore themes pervasive throughout art history into the present day, including portraiture and the construction of identity, maternity and the divine feminine, and depictions connecting spiritual and everyday life. NOVEMBER 2020 121
From above: Inside Findlay Galleries Palm Beach; Gaston Sébire’s Apres Midi Ensoleille, an oil on canvas currently on view at Findlay Galleries.
Right now, at Findlay Galleries’ Palm Beach location, there is an impressive exhibition highlighting a collection of multiples and master prints from modern masters. Expertly curated, the collection celebrates a select few of Findlay’s acclaimed artist such as Tadashi Asoma, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Noe Canjura, Salvador Dali, Robert Indiana, Lee Krasner, Juan Miró, Henri Matisse, Henri Maik, Zvonimir Mihanovic, Pablo Picasso, Le Pho, James Rosenquist, Gaston Sébire, and Frank Stella. Be sure to visit. 122 QUEST
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From above: Pérez Art Museum Miami at dusk; the museum’s hanging gardens; a lobby at PAMM, located at 1103 Biscayne Bay Blvd.
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1103 Biscayne Blvd. / 305.375.3000 Hanging green gardens, an expertly curated selection of modern and contemporary art, and stunning views of Biscayne Bay: Welcome to the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the city’s most-treasured art destination. In beauty, significance, and even controversy— the museum once lost some funding for a show featuring artists still living in Cuba— PAMM is unrivaled. Its exhibitions are original and visionary. (Be sure to see get tickers for the re-opening on November 5–7.) Plus, PAMM’s obsession with South Florida traditions is bold and wide-ranging, not limited to art. It encompasses many elements of the city’s unique culture, including books, furnishings, and the waterfront restaurant, Verde. We’re happy to see the doors re-open.
From above: A shark swims at the aquarium at Frost Science; discovering some of the many spices of the sea; outside views of the top level of the Frost Science aquarium. Opposite page: Interiors and exteriors of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.
FROST MUSEUM OF SCIENCE From Gulf Stream sharks to the tiny organisms within coral, the Aquarium at Frost Science is a trip through the beautiful watery worlds of South Florida. The building works on three levels, beginning on the top Royal Caribbean Vista level where you travel the vibrant surface of habitats such as the Gulf Stream, Mangrove Forests, and the Everglades. Descend to the lower Dive and Deep levels for stunning underwater views and interactive learning stations. Through face-to-face encounters with working scientists and dynamic live animals, experience a connection to these rich ecological systems, and the science behind them.
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3251 S. Miami Ave. / 305.250.9133 No matter where you stand on maximalist design—whether, in your estimation, it is garish, situation-appropriate, or sublime—let’s all agree that Miami is the perfect backdrop for the style. At Vizcaya, a place that has been described as “the finest private house ever built in America,” opulence rules. It is lavish, excessive, and wonderful. And the serenity of its gardens offers harmony to the grand style of the main house. If the Palace of Versailles had never been existed, James Deering (the industrialist who once inhabited Vizcaya) would have crafted the next-best thing without ever leaving America. u
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The marina at Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami. Opposite page: The
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MIAMI: A CITY OF SEA, SUN, AND SIN B Y B R O O K E K E L LY “THERE IS NO PLACE like Miami to have fun. It’s hip, mod, and contemporary. And a great place to spend as a family.” Tommy Hilfiger’s words perfectly encapsulate the city’s thriving real estate market, rich diversity, booming arts and culture scene, hip and fine dining restaurants, world-class shopping, renowned nightlife, and sunny weather year-round. While the undeniably sexy city continues to evolve, it has maintained its longstanding identity that makes it uniquely NOVEMBER 2020 127
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Miami. In Assouline’s new book, Miami Beach, editor Horacio Silva guides us through the metropolis and the pivotal points in its history. Modern and iconic establishments like the popular Surf Club and Casa Tua do not overshadow the classics like The Raleigh hotel or Joe’s Stone Crab—the series of “booms and busts [have only helped] Miami emerge as a bona fide city of the future, a beaming metropolis and poster child for globalization,” noted Silva. Above all, the people of Miami— always out and about—can be credited
The greenery of Lummus Park. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: The indigenous Brown Pelican welcomes visitors to Miami; a brightly colored lifeguard tower in Miami; art on display at a variety of Miamiâ€™s fairs, including Art Basel Miami Beach, Design Miami and Art Miami; the historic Leslie Hotel;
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for keeping the city as lively as it is today. A diverse population, Miami is a global melting pot with a heavy blend of Caribbean, Latin American, and Southern American cultures, and the influences can be seen all over the city. Twenty-three million tourists flock from around the world each year seeking the excitement of the city at night and the relaxation offered during the day. “Is Miami America? Is it a state? Is it the South?... I love Miami for the same reason I love the places I love most around the world…it’s the mix here, this big, messy, dysfunctional hell-broth of people from all over the world that make it so awesome and make it a place I want to keep coming back to. Also the food’s good,” said renowned chef Anthony Bourdain. Designer Gianni Versace, who was fascinated himself by the area, purchased an oceanfront mansion, Casa Casuarina, in 1992 before his assassination, and spent a $33 million on renovations to create his dream palace. And soon thereafter, Versace’s idealized image of Miami was plastered all over mainstream media outlets, intriguing travelers all over. The mansion still stands on Ocean Avenue today as a boutique hotel. Beyond the boutique hotels and restaurants that line Collins Avenue on South Beach, and the luxury resorts in Surfside and Mid-Beach, people are drawn to Miami’s
sophisticated art and shopping. Each year, Art Basel alone attracts more than 80,000 travelers. There is also a wealth of museums like Vizcaya and The Bass, as well as Wynwood, the hipster neighborhood filled with graffiti art and wall murals. High-end shopping can be found in the Brickell and the Design District, as well as Bal Harbour, which is host to a large outdoor mall. It’s no wonder Miami remains one of the most attractive destinations for residents and tourists alike. Its unique people, rich history, and colorful architecture and art scene blend together to make Miami a city truly unlike any other. In the words of longtime resident Jessica Goldman Strebnick, CEO of Goldman Properties, Miami “is a city of beauty, a city of inclusiveness, a city of culture, flavor, creativity and playfulness. It is gloriously global and warmly welcoming.” u A 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible at an antique car show in Miami. Opposite page, clockwise from above: Relaxing oceanside in Miami; Joe’s Stone Crab has been a staple in Miami for over a century; South Beach is quintessential Miami—it has everything from beaches and nightclubs to historic art deco buildings; art on display at a variety of Miami’s fairs, including Art Basel Miami Beach, Design Miami, and Art Miami. NOVEMBER 2020 131
THE BEST SHOPPING IN MIAMI, PALM BEACH, BOCA GRANDE, & NAPLES From the quiet island of Boca Grande to Miami’s booming Bal Harbour and Lincoln Road, we guide you through the hottest boutiques—both old and new—in Florida’s most exciting shopping destinations.
RALPH LAUREN 9700 Collins Avenue (Bal Harbour Shops) 305.861.2059 / ralphlauren.com The new Bal Harbour is taking shape, heading toward the goal of adding 340,387 square feet of retail to the outdoor shopping mecca, but that doesn’t mean your tried-and-true destinations are going anywhere, like the mainstay Ralph Lauren. Having recently celebrated its 50th year in business, Ralph Lauren is returning to its roots of classic essentials—from cableknit sweaters to polos and rugby shirts and every type of denim. The Bal Harbour boutique offers the brand’s many labels for men and women, including Made to Measure, Lauren Women, accessories, and footwear.
CHANEL FRAGRANCE AND BEAUTÉ BOUTIQUE 701 S Miami Avenue (Brickell City Centre) 786.673.4077 / chanel.com Late last September, Brickell City Centre introduced the new Chanel Fragrance and Beauté Boutique, offering the brand’s coveted makeup, fragrances, and skincare products as well as a selection of Chanel Eyewear. Situated in the center of the boutique, the “Espace Parfum” station, Chanel’s first of its kind in the U.S., also serves as a unique digital interactive experience that invites customers to experience the its fragrances like Les Exclusifs, Les Extraits, and Les Eaux de Chanel in unexpected ways. Those seeking guidance in making their beauty selections can also participate in a Master Classes in this chic space, and book makeup application appointments or skincare consultations.
BALMAIN 9700 Collins Avenue (Bal Harbour Shops) 305.397.8152 / balmain.com Since Pierre Balmain founded his eponymous label in 1945, the house of Balmain has been known for flattering the female figure and decking women around the world in Parisian opulence. From his nipped-waist dresses of the ’40s and ’50s to today’s famous bandage dress, the line celebrates those hourglass curves. In its flagship boutique in the Bal Harbour Shops, find an array of those coveted Balmain mini dresses along with a selection of ready-to-wear, shoes, and accessories. For the men, shop this season’s biker jacket, sweaters, and printed cotton T-shirts. NOVEMBER 2020 133
DSQUARED2 9700 Collins Avenue (Bal Harbour Shops) 305.866.7880 / dsquared2.com Dsquared2 designers Dean and Dan Caten (they are identical twin brothers) have a knack for punchedup design. The duo’s Italian flair is right at home in Miami, where showing off skin is encouraged. So are bold, bright colors and sexy silhouettes. And who better than Dsquared2 to provide you with those kind of outfits? At the Bal Harbour boutique, you’ll find the latest in men’s and women’s fashion, perfect for the beach or a night out. Its stylish sneakers turn track shoes into dress shoes with their clean lines, high-end materials, and colorful construction. You’ll be living your best life in the brand’s staples.
KIEHL’S 540 Lincoln Road 305.531.0404 / kiehls.com Founded in 1851 in New York, Kiehl’s began as an apothecary. But when it was taken over by Aaron Morse, a World War II pilot, just over 100 years later, the brand began expanding and became popular for its skincare lines. Today, Kiehl’s still uses nature and science to create one-of-a-kind products. For example, the brand’s latest anti-aging face mask—infused with avocado fruit extract, avocado oil and evening primrose oil—helps smooth and hydrate skin while preventing water loss by sealing in moisture. A quick stop into the Kiehl’s Lincoln Road store can refresh your whole routine, with options for face, hair, and body as well as a full line for men.
GUCCI 139 NE 41st Street (Design District) 786.915.8710 / gucci.com Gucci’s Alessandro Michele has been credited by many for waking up a tired fashion cycle of designers who were afraid to take risks. As lead risk-taker, Gucci’s designs range from eclectic to contemporary to romantic— and often all at once. Perfectly at home in Miami’s Design District, shop this season’s opulent introductions or find Gucci’s treasured staples, from the coveted logo belt to expertly crafted leather goods for men and women, highlighted by that instantaneously recognizable red-and-green stripe.
VHERNIER 140 NE 39th Street (Design District) 786.615.2722 / vhernier.com Originally opened as a goldsmith’s workshop in 1984, Vhernier has always had a passion for gold and a fascination with gemstones. Today, the Italian designer aims to create jewelry that is contemporary and unconventional. Building upon its icons, like the Calla necklace, the Pirouette ring, the Palloncino brooch, and the Vague earrings, each year the brand’s collections offer sophisticated, nature-inspired silhouettes, which boast a singular movement that separates each piece from the crowded market of high jewelry. Each unique item is crafted by hand by highly skilled artisans in the workshops located in Valenza, Italy.
TOD’S 139 NE 39th Street (Design District) 305.576.8132 / tods.com A leader in creating luxury leather goods and shoes for men and women, Tod’s opened a boutique in 2017 in Miami’s bustling Design District that houses its iconic handcrafted accessories as well as apparel from its runway collections. Designed by Bonetti & Kozerski, the space perfectly aligns with the strong appreciation for craftsmanship and the arts that the brand has shown since its founding: a marble runway, polished floors, contemporary furniture, artwok curated by the Tod’s team, Italian décor, and moveable leather-clad walls that can be used to transform the area into a gallery occupy the area. Coupled with the wide selection of luxurious pieces—from the iconic loafers to Double T bags—the shop’s interior will impress from the moment you step inside.
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130 NE 40th Street (Design District) 305.576.4466 / robertocoin.com Constantly experimenting with light, texture, color, and pattern, Roberto Coin’s style has been ever-evolving since 1977. Fusing thoughtful elegance and creativity, Coin’s designs all contain his signature ruby for peace, prosperity, and happiness. The Design District boutique features some of the iconic collections from Roberto Coin, such as Pois Moi, Haute Couture, Black Jade, Roberto Coin, and Cento Collection. This season, Roberto Coin is offering designs based on your favorite Disney characters, such as the Cinderella Diamond Tiara Ring and the Cinderella Mouse Necklace with Diamond Accent, among other new collections. NOVEMBER 2020 135
STUBBS & WOOTTON 340 Worth Avenue / 561.655.6857 Purveyors of the handmade slipper— which can be spotted both day and night, on men and women alike—Stubbs & Wootton is a favorite among locals (or anyone looking for an authentic touch of Palm Beach style). The brand’s iconic designs embody everything you want on this island: fine quality and fashion sense mixed with wit, humor, and flair. Whether in velvet or needlepoint, prepare to turn heads when stepping out in your Stubbs. Stroll into the handsome store at 340 Worth Avenue, and you’ll find a perfect match.
JENNIFER GARRIGUES 308 Peruvian Avenue / 561.659.7085 Interior designer Jennifer Garrigues began her career as a fashion model with Christian Dior. It’s no surprise that she has a trained and talented eye for sumptuous things. Known for her creative taste that blends style and comfort, Garrigues offers design services for residential, commercial, and hospitality projects. She has designed locally for the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club and in New York for The Carlyle. Her showroom is a treasure trove of unexpected discoveries. From luxurious textiles and pillows to one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and decorative objects (which make great hostess gifts), there’s something for every type of living space at Jennifer Garrigues.
It’s the reliable destination for tropical colors in linen, silk, and cotton. Tucked away in a corner of the Amore Courtyard, Charlotte Kellogg’s fanciful boutique offers casual clothing designed for the lifestyle of South Florida and other bright-hued resort communities. Her cheerful and breathable designs have been making a colorful splash on the Palm Beach scene since the boutique opened in 1998. Now, the store has become a true Palm Beach tradition for fashionable pieces that will suit every occasion, from sportswear to eveningwear. 136 QUEST
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ASPREY 340 Royal Poinciana Way 561.440.5441 / asprey.com Exciting news: Asprey—London’s luxury lifestyle brand known for its silverware, home goods, timepieces, and high-end jewelry—is opening an “ephemeral” store at the Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach starting November 1. Asprey is famous for being the British royal family’s jewelry supplier since Queen Victoria. But the brand also has a lighthearted, quirky side, especially when it comes to its accessories. Animal heads sit on top of colored crystal decanters. There are even cufflinks and cocktail shakers shaped like rockets. (It’s easy to get distracted browsing their website.)
ALA VON AUERSPERG 312 Worth Avenue 561.429.4987 / alavonauersperg.com Ala Von Auersperg didn’t come from the fashion world, but her mother, Sunny Crawford von Bülow, and grandmother, Annie Laurie Aitken, had innate style. They valued beautiful craftsmanship, knew what looked good on them, and understood that you can be comfortable and still look fabulous. These early lessons trained AvA’s eye and helped inspire her line, which makes clothes that are effortless, elegant and versatile: you can wear a garment to the beach, make it fancier if you go out, then add another layer to make it even dressier for a special occasion. AvA’s goal is to help all women realize that they can be glamorous, no matter their size or age. AvA is about enjoying life as you are and being the best version of yourself.
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5505 S. Dixie Highway Suite, #2 West Palm Beach / 561.932.0631 Renowned interior designer Gil Walsh’s namesake firm is ideally situated on Palm Beach’s antique row, in close proximity to top design shops like Mecox Gardens. Officially founded in 2008, Gil Walsh Interiors is a full-service design firm specializing in the seamless integration of style and function. Since its establishment, the company quickly gained exceptional recognition—especially in Palm Beach, where the industry is flourishing. Walsh, an interior design master herself, is perhaps best known for her expertise in color and shading.
J.MCLAUGHLIN 360 Park Avenue (Boca Grande) 941.855.9163 / jmclaughlin.com The first J.McLaughlin store, located in an Ivy League–riddled enclave on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, was a small place with a welcoming, faded-paint feel. It was preppy. It was rustic. People loved it. Today, with bricks-and-mortar retail locations in communities across the country—not to mention a flourishing e-commerce business—J.McLaughlin celebrates its continued success as a classic American clothier and one of the country’s last great first-name-basis retailers. Their clothes are simple and smart (the J.McLaughlin website describes them as “innovatively nostalgic”). And that means they’re a perfect match for Palm Beach style.
AQUA 421 Park Avenue (Boca Grande) 941.964.2209 / aquaboutique.net Aqua is a small—but plentiful—boutique on the tiny island of Boca Grande, Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico. They mostly cater to the modern, classic woman—whether she’s in school, a mother, or a grandmother. Their collections cross “island bohemian” and “sophisticated chic.” As the owners say, “We like things plain and simple but not without a twist. We strive to be classic but different.” Recently, Aqua has been offering private shopping experiences, and they now have a website where you can browse and shop the latest in store. And be sure to check out all the costume jewelry and charms they have both in-store and online. Browsing is a blast.
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Come to this beautiful little island boutique in the Gulf of Mexico where Lilly Pulitzer is more than just fashion—it’s is a way of life! These cheery store owners, like many of the locals, wear their wonderful, bright, and colorful “Lillys” all year. So if you’re looking for something to wear to the beach or the Pink Elephant, Palm On Park—really, a Lilly Pulitzer super store—has you covered. You can check out their Instagram or Facebook page to see when new shipments come in (they are always getting great accessories), and if you see something you like they are always happy to ship it directly to you. 00 QUEST
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444 4th St East (Boca Grande) 941.964.4448
LOUIS VUITTON 5415 Tamiami Trail North (Naples) 239.254.0456 / louisvuitton.com In 1837, a 16-year-old Louis Vuitton arrived in Paris and started apprenticing for a man named Monsieur Maréchal, a successful box-maker. At the time, horsedrawn carriages, boats, and trains were the main modes of transportation. Baggage was handled roughly. Travelers called upon craftsmen to pack and protect their individual objects. Vuitton quickly became a valued craftsman at Maréchal’s atelier. These were the roots of his highly specialized trade, the beginning of his career in an industry that called upon skills to design boxes and, later, trunks according to clients’ wishes. Today, Louis Vuitton still upholds the same high standards of craftsmanship for all its products.
JUDITH LIEGEOIS DESIGNS 363 12th Avenue South (Naples) 239.430.6811 Judith Liegeois Designs offers design consulting services including space planning, lighting, color study, fabrics, upholstery, home styling and furniture design. Inspired by extensive travel abroad and throughout the States, Judith exudes creativity and collaborative spirit. Her unique sense of color, style, and placement, her keen eye for detail, and superb staff enhance every design project she is privileged to take on. Judith and her team approach each new project with fresh enthusiasm. They encourage the involvement of clients in all aspects of the design process to ensure the attainment of their vision. This roundtable approach offers an exciting arena for creative ideas, unrestricted by rules and addressed with open-mindedness.
BOB BAKER SHOES
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720 5th Avenue South (Naples) 239.262.6358 Naples locals know that Bob Baker Shoes have the best in store when it comes to fun, playful footwear. Many, in fact, call it the “finest shoe store in Naples.” Locally owned for nearly 50 years, this mom-and-pop boutique has friendly, knowledgeable employees who care about your comfort. They even have a rewards program for loyal customers and offer great prices on brandname shoes. Bob Baker Shoes also carry a nice selection of cute and comfy children’s sandals, so it’s a great place for the whole family. If you find yourself on Fifth Avenue South, be sure to stop in and do some shopping. ◆ NNOOVVEEMMBBEERR2 20 02 20 0 1 0 39 0
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THE YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST BY BROOKE KELLY Balmainâ€™s virtual front row during its SS21 Show in Paris.
Clockwise from top left: Jon Kortajarena; models walking the runway during the Balmain SS21 presentation in Paris; Camille Razat; Olivier Rousteing during the show’s finale; models walking the runway.
BALMAIN’S RUNWAY SHOW IN PARIS AFTER MONTHS OF Zoom conferences, Balmain’s leadership decided that fashion is best experienced live. And through the expertise of its tech savvy partners, the brand found a way to safely provide such an experience for its SS21 presentation. Balmain kicked off its Instagram Live streaming of the show by transporting viewers
backstage with creative director Olivier Rousteing. For the presentation, LG installed oversized screens in the first three rows of the evening’s seating to include notable guests who were unable to travel to Paris. The virtual front row featured VIPs like Anna Wintour, Jennifer Lopez, Cindy Crawford, and Kris Jenner. NOVEMBER 2020 141
SPOOKY MOVIE NIGHT AT THE ROCKAWAY HOTEL IN QUEENS IN EARLY OCTOBER, the Rockaway Hotel kicked off its Spooky Movie Night Series with a family screening of Hotel Transylvania hosted by Sarah Hoover. The outdoor movie nights, which took place every Friday evening throughout October, benefited God’s Love We Deliver, and featured popcorn, blood-sucking lollipops, bento boxes, and Halloween-themed cocktails.
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The entrance of Spooky Movie Night Pat Towersey and Evan Mock 1 4 2 Q U E S T
CINEMA SOCIETY’S PREMIERE OF THE UNDOING IN WATER MILL AS MANY PEOPLE remained in the Hamptons after Labor Day to ride out the pandemic, the Cinema Society hosted a drive-in premiere of HBO’s The Undoing in mid-October at Jill Rappaport’s estate in Water Mill. Food and drinks were served car-side throughout the screening, which concluded with a honking ovation from impressed guests. u
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Christie Brinkley, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, and Jack Brinkley-Cook
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A STROLL DOWN MIAMI’S MEMORY LANE THE PARTIES, the packed pools, the beaches, the famous images burned in our heads. It’s hard to think of Miami without picturing Frank Sinatra lounging at the Fontainebleau, playing neo-noir detective Tony Rome, with Jill St. John standing over him wearing a blue bikini. And it’s hard not to yearn for all those electrifying senses that come with being at a legendary party, like the ones The Surf Club used to host. The Hawaiian Gala, for instance. I wasn’t alive in 1950 but looking at those images of Frank and Dean and everyone else at that party certainly makes me wish I had a time-traveling machine. It seemed as if there was always something fabulous taking place at The Surf Club: 144 QUEST
a poolside fashion show, a debutante gala, a black-tie boxing match. It all looked so carefree, too. Flirting at a crowded pool and big bashes may be many months away, but we can look at these pictures and know these times will come again—and hopefully they’ll be even better. —Alex Travers Clockwise, from left: Terry O’Neil captured Frank Sinatra with his entourage (including his stand-in, dressed in an identical suit) while filming The Lady In Cement in 1968 at the Fontainebleau; the Hawaiian Gala at the Surf Club held last century, with guests dressed for the theme; flying high above the pool at The Surf Club.
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Like the scion of a once-great dynasty, Quest is the last magazine devoted to Society with a capital S, covering the socially prominent in N...
Published on Nov 1, 2020
Like the scion of a once-great dynasty, Quest is the last magazine devoted to Society with a capital S, covering the socially prominent in N...