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Exquisite 5 Bedroom. East 72nd. This wonderful 9 room apt has a spacious MBR suite & 3-4 additional bedrooms. The elegant double living room & sophisticated library both have wood-burning fireplaces & formal dining room is perfect for larger scale entertaining. $5.9M. Web #1166068. K.Henckels 212-452-4402/P.Ward 585-4534

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Coveted Trump World Tower. This desirable corner condo hovers over East River & United Nations. On the 32nd floor, this mint apartment consists of 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths plus powder room & formal dining room. 10 ft ceilings. Acclaimed staff, security & services. Garage, gym & pool. Co-excl. $4.9M. Web #1179993. V.Ghilaga 212-452-4392

New 4BR - Space, Charm & Sunshine. 1105 Park Avenue. Corner apartment in lovely prewar cooperative has Park Avenue views through oversized windows west & pretty tree-top views south. Large eat-in kitchen (plus maid’s rm). Great entertaining space, pretty details. Pristine estate. $4.5M. Web #1176732. Alexa Lambert 452-4408

45 East 72nd. Located between Park & Madison, this 7 room southfacing home offers the perfect UES location for discerning buyer. Public space features a gracious living rm, generous formal dining rm & windowed eat-in kitchen. 3 MBRs each with ensuite baths & maid’s/study with full bath. $2.825M. Web #1180938. I.Wade 212-452-4439

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165 East 72nd Street. Beautifully renovated, spacious and bright 2 bedroom, 2 bath home in a desirable location, luxury amenities and low maintenance! Full service building where residents enjoy a gym, storage facilities and garage. $1.395M. $1746 maintenance. Web #1081799. Judith Durham 917-860-5486

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Beautifully Decorated 1155 Square Foot 1 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath at the Plaza. Central Park South. 11 foot ceilings, moldings and custom built-ins. Living room has floor-to-ceiling French doors and Juliette Balcony facing over lovely planted Plaza gardens. $2.85M. Web #1159476. Plaza Sales Office 212-588-8000

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Home for the Holidays. CPW/W 72nd. Grand 3BR, 3 bath at the Majestic. Elegant step-down living room & huge dining room. Renovated sunny south kitchen adjoins the large family room plus bath. 2 room guest suite available. Top staff, Art Deco building. Low maint. $4.25M. Web #1180661. R.Arons 212-452-4360/C.Taub 212-452-4387

American Thread Beauty. West Broadway. Serene & spacious, this elegant 2 bedroom/2 bath home boasts generously proportioned rooms, sweeping open living room/dining room & south exposures. Building with 24-hour doorman, live-in super, porter, roof garden, gym & storage. $2.195M. Web #1175612. M.Cashman 646-613-2616 25760 Quest June10.indd 4 QT0610_StriblingRev.indd 3

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Have It All. This breathtaking penthouse sits atop a beautiful landmarked building in Chelsea. 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. 6000 square feet on 3 levels with abundant sunlight and splendid views. Surrounded by 7000 square feet of terrace offering incomparable al fresco luxury. $8.955M. Web #618108. Gigi Mankoff 212-570-4015


Serene River Views. Riverside Boulevard. Triple mint 2BR/2.5 bath condo with views from every room. High ceilings, eat-in kitch, mahogany hardwood flrs thru-out. Grand living rm/dining rm, large MBR with walkin closet & marble bth, all with river views. Second bedroom with walk-in closet. Exclusive. $2.33M. Web #1175605. B.Horn 917-855-9660

1856 Seminary Block Landmark Townhouse. West 21st. Lovely single-family, front and rear gardens, 5 floors, exceptionally light, airy space, high ceilings, 6 fireplaces and original detail. Investment quality with great potential on a prime block. $4.995M. Web #1165699. Alessandra Devine 212-452-4452

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West Village Beauty. Built 1850, 25 ft wide Federal single-family townhse with 5+BRs, 4.5 bths, guest apt/office, 5 wood-burning fplcs, renovated with highest-end finishes, custom millwork, all new systems/ HVAC. Landscaped garden and roofdeck with a spa. $12.95M. Web #1177618. R.McCain 917-363-3272/K.Wallison 646-613-2658

Water View Penthouse Perfection. Far W.Village 5725 sf prop enjoys water & city views thru lrg picture windows. Pvt elevator landing & 12 gracious rms complete this mint 5BR, 4.5 bth w/libr, laundry rm & large EIK. Premiere FS bldg w/gar, 3000 sf gym, playrm, 24-hour drmn & concierge. Co-excl. $8.45M. Web #926920. C.Van Doren 585-4521

One-Fifth Acre on Mercer. 9423 gross sf, stretching two-thirds of the length of a football field from Mercer to Broadway, a full 200 feet. Widths from 35-70 feet. Brilliant light from east, west & south. 12 foot ceilings. Two units combined, can be sold separately. $10.25M. Web #1175049. S.Hanja 917-743-6786/C.Stimpson 917-991-9549

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222 Park Avenue South. Sun-filled and spacious with massive windows, this 2 bedroom, 2 bath features 11 foot beamed ceilings, large open living and dining room, master bedroom with ensuite bath, hardwood floors and lots of closets. Great location and building. Pet friendly. $1.295M. Web #1172001. Lee Ann Jaffee 917-626-2497

Long-Term Value. Battery Park City. 2097 sf, 3BR/3.5 bath with balcony, water views. $2.295M. Web #1152330. 2385 sf, 4BR/4.5 bath with street & school views. $2.3M. Web #1152331. Elegant full service building with naturally-lit exercise & playroom. Valet parking service. Pets ok. J.Stockwell 646-613-2615/R.Faust 646-613-2618

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The Genius is in the Details. West 25th Street. Beautiful and bright south-facing loft. 12 foot ceilings, custom floor-to-ceiling walnut closets throughout. Home office features sliding glass door. Private storage included. Approximately 900 square feet. Full service condominium. $975K. Web #1175208. Bruce L. Ehrmann 646-613-2602


Expansive Triple Mint. Prime Soho 2,948 square foot home with 31x30 living room, original columns & restored beams, 11 foot ceilings, wood-burning fireplace, mahogany windows. 700+square foot master bedroom suite defies all expectations. Gourmet 13x17 eat-in kitchen. $3.95M. Web #1156836. M.Chapman 646-613-2613

Magnificent Live/Work 15,000 Square Foot Corner Building in the Heart of Williamsburg. 3 story brick building converted into an art gallery and 5000 square foot home with 3 exposures and 2 car garage. $4.955M. Web #1129116. Pamela D’Arc 212452-4377/Toni Kousoulas 212-242-3184

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CONTENTS T he G reenwich Issue 90

country road

A legendary photographer takes us back in time with

archival shots of notable New Yorkers relaxing at their peaceful

Connecticut retreats.


Harry Benson

little museum, big mission


A look inside the Bruce Museum,

a gem of Greenwich’s art world. by Michel Witmer



shopping the avenue

Greenwich native Nicole Hanley strolls

up and down Greenwich Avenue (and Putnam, too) to take in the finest

shopping destinations Connecticut has to offer.


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Austin Branson and Peter Carter Smathers have teamed

up to create some of the niftiest needlepoint wares we’ve seen. Check out

the duo’s latest dog collars, key fobs, and more.


at home on the farm


Elizabeth Brown

Terry and Libby Fitzgerald started out with just ten

Black Angus cows—and ended up with the renowned rural Connecticut farm

that supplies beef to Swifty’s and Monkey Bar.


Georgina Schaeffer


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Inscribed above the players’ entrance to Centre Court is the biggest “If” in all of sports. Few will ever earn the right to see Kipling’s words there. But those who do will know they’re not about winning or losing. They’re about the greatness that comes from honoring the game. When walking on to the grass of Centre Court, one senses honor is the name of the game. That and an unbreakable will to win.

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The latest charity work of Meera Gandhi.

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Our guide to the month’s best benefits, balls, and more.

Our favorite fashions.

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Partying with the junior set. By Elizabeth Brown

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its support system, has adapted to the standards and expectation of the twenty-first century exurban. Michel Witmer profiles the Bruce, which has always been regarded as a “small museum,” but with a much larger mission. And along with the cultural expansion, Greenwich shopping is metropolitan, despite its “country” leitmotif. The best of Manhattan long ago made its way onto the town’s streets. The list of customer needs is a little different with the suburban sensibility, but the he or she must still dress for the city, for the gala benefits, the Mediterranean yachting trips, as well as school vacations in Hobe The waterside façade of the Delamar, with views of Greenwich Harbor. Sound and Palm Beach. In this Since the 1920s, Greenwich has been a destination for the issue, Greenwich native Nicole Hanley shops the town. Also, Elizabeth Brown interviews Smatherson and Branson, American rich and even famous as a getaway from Manhattan. Throughout the twentieth century it has been Hollywood’s ver- the founders of a new needlepoint company. Georgina Schaeffer sion of “Connecticut,” of American suburbia. And all this bal- visits Greyledge Farm and its owners the Fitzgeralds. Plus lyhoo was with good reason: movie stars lived there when they there’s a special Polo Journal, unique to this issue. I lived in Connecticut in the 1970s, one town to the north exiled themselves from Hollywood, so did television stars who needed to be near studios in the city, plus baseball stars, Wall of Greenwich, North Stamford. Residents in that part got to Street tycoons, millionaire playboys, and even Rockefellers and Greenwich either by the Merritt Parkway or the two-lane blacktop that ran through what was called Back Country. It was a land Vanderbilts. They all have—or had—estates in Greenwich. The allure is easy to understand: sweeping hills and dales of of ancient stone walls marking farm and field, acres of woods verdant acreage, all just a few miles up the road from the Big and pasture and stables. It is always a welcome respite for the Town. It’s by the sea (the Long Island Sound) if you’ve got a New Yorker who needs relief from the clamoring crowds. One of my clearest sense memories is the astonishment I felt everyboat to moor or anchor. In the lore of American society, it’s right up there with Grosse time I drove up from the city at this time of the year, when I’d Pointe, Beverly Hills, Hillsborough, River Oaks, and Sewickley. open the car door, and be embraced by the scent and smell of In more recent years—the last twenty-five or so—it’s become God’s green acres, and for more than a moment, it’s paradise. I hope you see a little inkling of that herein... u a financial mecca, home to some of the world’s biggest hedge funds and subsequently even greater per capita wealth (not to mention the architectural epidemic of McMansions). Most of the big estates from the days of yore have been divided up into David Patrick Columbia smaller estates and, to a lot of New Yorkers, Greenwich remains a more convenient alternative to the Hamptons or Locust Valley. It’s a family place. And it’s green. In this month’s Quest, the prolific eye of Harry Benson brings on the cover: us “Country Road,” a photography portfolio of some of the Argentine polo player better known Connecticut residents, such as Oscar and Annette Nacho Figueras swings de la Renta, Martha Stewart, Diane von Furstenberg, and many his daughter, Aurora, on more just like them, living the good life, Connecticut version. his mallet during the start As you’ve probably concluded by now, the theme of this issue of polo season. Figueras, is to celebrate summertime for New Yorkers. Southern and the face of Ralph Lauren’s west-central Connecticut are New York-centric communities Polo Fragrances and Men’s now more than ever. They serve as an escape from the city and, Black Label, is pictured in of course, the city does not escape from them—the level of metan iconic short-sleeve Big ropolitan and cultural sophistication spreads thusly. Pony polo. Photo by Bruce For example: The Bruce Museum in Greenwich. The Bruce Weber. has been around for many decades and, today, the Bruce, like 18 QUEST

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NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY It’s only late spring on

the calendar and it feels like summer already. Beyond his means. The Memorial Day weekend dish wafting inland from the beaches and the hills was about Ken Starr, the “accountant/business adviser to the stars,” who was arrested

and held without bail for using his clients’ personal funds for his own use. Starr is not to be confused with Kenneth W. Starr, the Washington lawyer who spent $50 million checking up on President Clinton’s sex life. One of this Starr’s clients, Rachel Lambert Mellon, was

quoted by her lawyer Alex Forger in the New York Times as being “shocked” that Starr, whom she had known for many years, would use more than $4 million of her money to buy himself and his new wife a very fancy condo. Mellon is famous for being rich, and for her brilliance

in the decorative arts and horticulture. She is also famous for living well (the best revenge), and far under the radar of the media. Although she’s now 99, she has remained quite active, pursuing her myriad interests, most of which have to do with the creation and acknowledgement of

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Russ and Debbie Reynolds

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beauty. Her life is about order and industry. The number of staff in her houses and in her interests are said to run in the hundreds. Although she has successfully avoided publicity most of her life, at this late date, it appears that her biography is beginning to take form. Mellon is a woman who has a soft spot for people she likes. Her fondness for Jackie Onassis, dating back to her White House years, was said to be expressed very thoughtfully and very generously. She obviously also has a soft spot for creative younger men and, it would seem, the slicker the better. This inclination of 22 QUEST

fate has been unfortunate for her in the past year in three different cases. Before his sudden death last July, party planner and designer Robert Isabell, about thirty-five years her junior, was an intensely close friend. There was even speculation they might marry. Then, her relationship with Senator John Edwards and her involvement in his financing is well documented. Now, the focus is on her relationship with Ken Starr, a long one—more than a quarter century (he began as her accountant). Unlike either Isabell or Edwards, the four-times married Ken Starr has very

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Marcia Mishaan, Sarah Robertson, Gillian Miniter, Noreen Buckfire and Anne Harrison

little of the swain in his presence and bearing. It was assumed his magic with Mellon had to do with his business acumen. Mellon, it should be said, is very used to having professionals (curators, pilots, decorators, landscape designers, couturiers, staff, etc.) in her employ. She is a perfectionist and does not have a reputation for keeping on staff or retainer those who don’t measure up. Starr must have measured up—or so she thought. From that single client in the early 1980s, doors opened for Starr, including that of Arthur Stanton, who with his brother brought the Volkswagen to

America and made a fortune. Stanton too had high standards and evidently Starr measured up: When Stanton died in the late 1980s and left his wife, Joan Alexander Stanton, about $60 million, she automatically went to Starr. Two years ago, the 92-yearold Joan Stanton discovered she was very short of funds. In fact, she had to take a mortgage on her East Hampton house to pay her taxes that year. This was very shocking to a woman of her age, who had long lived very comfortably, but not extravagantly. Even worse, she completely trusted Starr with everything in her life. She considered him a very close

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A friend, and he knew this. When the lawsuit hit the papers in April of 2008, other stories emerged of clients’ disenchantment with Starr. One story reported to me had to do with another client, an especially wealthy individual. It was said that private meetings were taken at major banks on this individual’s behalf to request making a loan. The amount of the request mentioned was $100 million. It was said at the time that the individual’s assets (collateral) were worth well over a half billion. Whether or not the funds were finally procured is unknown to me, although more than one major bank was presented with the

deal. At least one declined. Joan Stanton died last year, before the case went to court. In the meantime, her heirs are said to have made an unspecified settlement with Starr, which presumably let him off that hook. (Ironically, it would seem judging from Mellon’s quote in the Times, the Joan Stanton matter did not discourage her from continuing with Starr.) The media have named a number of high-profile individuals who are or have been clients of Ken Starr, including Caroline Kennedy, who remained close to Mellon after Jackie’s death, Henry Kissinger, Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer,

Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes—the last four of whom are said to have left him quite some time ago. There are other clients, also wealthy but not high-profile, who came to Starr for his services because of Mellon. The thinking is simple and shared by most of us: If he’s trusted by one of the richest women in America, what could be a better recommendation? All of his clients were also made aware of his activity with Joan Stanton’s money and that she accused him of mishandling and losing tens of millions. Since that case was settled, Starr’s spending—like the $4.5 million condo—has become more obvious. Wife

number four, repeatedly described in the tabloids as a former “pole dancer” at Scores, the lap-dancing joint under the 59th Street bridge, has a reported fondness (that word again) for diamonds. And a besotted husband who wanted only to please. Some have dated Starr’s “changes” back to when he first started dating the Scores star, as if to imply the she-devil made him do it. However, the new Starr was a mere child when he met Mellon and Stanton. Unlike his predecessor, Bernie Madoff, Starr liked getting out and about, prospecting for new business and rich widows. Then, on a Thursday in late

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A May, while he was reportedly hiding in a closet, the police were told he wasn’t home. But they did a search of the place anyway and found him—they could see his feet under the door. Can’t you just see the detective, down on his hands and knees, his flashlight beaming under the closet door on some very suspicious looking toes. Like in a movie, no? (Starr was interested in investing in films, as it happens). So then they open the closet door and lo and behold, there’s their man, speaking volumes in his silence as he stands there. Guilty? Uh … Planning on flying the coop? Not this time folks. They’re calling the case a “miniMadoff.” Others say we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg, so it may turn out to be not to mini. Starr was in the business of networking with relationships on relationships on relationships, and more

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Among the guests: Lauren and John Veronis, Aileen Mehle, Pepe and Emilia Fanjul, Helene and Ramon Martinez, Leonard and Allison Stern, Diane Dorran Saeks, Blaine Trump, Jimmy Finkelstein and Pamela Gross, Dixon and Arriana Boardman, Antonia and Spiros Milonas, Georgette Mosbacher, Lita and George Livanos, Hilary Geary and Wilbur Ross, Maria Eugenia Maury Arria, Karen and Richard LeFrak, Peter and Dr. Karen Goulandris. The superb menu: Les Ravioles de Homard a l’Estragon (Lobster and Tarragon Ravioli), Le Filet de Boeuf Roti aux “Pommes Boulangere” (Grass-Fed Roasted Filet of Beef with 28 QUEST

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Baked Potatoes), and La Bombe Glaceé Grenouille, Café, Thes Tisanes. Also, on the same night just three blocks to the south, there was a new world record set for the most expensive artwork sold at auction: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale earned a total of $335,548,000. The evening was highlighted by the runaway success of Pablo Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves and Bust. All this from the Collection of the late Mrs. Sidney F. Brody of Los Angeles, which sold for a record $106,482,500, breaking the previous world record for any work of art sold at auction.  Among the sculptures

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from the Brody collection: two Giacometti bronzes, Le chat, fetched $20,802,500 and Grand tete mince—the most highly prized of the artist’s busts, realized $53,282,500. A new world auction record was also set for Braque with the sale of La treille, which went for $10,162,500 (est. $3 to $5 million) and Edouard Vuillard’s early self-portrait, painted just after 1890, for $2,658,500. The Evening Sale portion of the Brody collection also became the highest total for a single-owner sale offered at Christie’s New York, surpassing the landmark sale of the Collection of Victor and Sally Ganz sale in 1997. The twenty-seven lots from the

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Brody collection achieved $224,177,500.  Overall, thirty lots sold above the $1 million mark and nine lots sold above the $10 million mark. The following perfect spring day was the biggest social event of the season in New York: the annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon in the Conservatory Garden of Central Park at 105th Street and Fifth Avenue. This luncheon, also known as the “Central Park Conservancy Luncheon,” or more frequently these days as the Hat Luncheon, was the biggest in its now long history—1,236 guests, and from them $2.45 million, possibly a record. Thanks to the generosity of individuals,

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corporations, foundations, and the city, the Conservancy has invested more than $530 million since its founding in the park. Today the Conservancy provides 85% of Central Park’s annual $26 million operating budget, and it is responsible for all basic care of the park. The Hat Luncheon was not a “hat” luncheon when it was first begun. The Women’s Committee was founded by four women, Mrs. Howard L. Clark, Mrs. Richard Purnell, Mrs. Charles Dana Jr., and Phyllis Cerf Wagner. The first luncheons were also not large. By the mid-1990s these women, along with 30 QUEST

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their committee members and volunteers, lifted those numbers into the hundreds. They also used their influence and connections to bring in funding from individuals and corporations for special projects to refurbish and clean up the park. They also created a tradition. And this year they were sold out before invitations even went out. Guests start arriving at the Vanderbilt gates a little after 11 a.m. A reception line organizes briefly on the steps leading down to the garden. By noon, they are trying to herd the hundreds into the big tent. The fashion parade runs the gamut from couture to

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vintage, to milliner’s creations to homemade. There were women wearing veritable gardens on their heads and there were even women wearing major jewels so large and spectacular they were easily taken for costume. By 12:30, the tables in the tent filled up and everyone was settled in for the Abigail Kirsch-catered menu beginning with Chilled Cucumber Soup with Dill Goat Cheese Panna Cotta. This was followed by a main course of Porcini-Dusted Chicken Salad on an Enoki Soft Herb Nest Truffled Black Quinoa and Barley. And, finally, Triple Chocolate Mousse Box,

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Raspberry Lemon Granita with Almond Nougatine. Teensy, if you’re wondering how big the “triple” was, although the Raspberry Lemon Granita (which was also teensy) was really good. The wine: Primavera Placido Pinot Grigio. The favors: a little zipup makeup case with an Esteé Lauder “Brasil Dream” lip and eye color palette. At about 1:15, Gillian Miniter, the president of the Women’s Committee (this is her first year of a two-year term) took the podium and announced the year’s totals. She introduced Tom Glocer, the CEO of Thomson Reuters, who was corporate chairman

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A of the Benefit Committee and responsible for raising many great contributions. Glocer has been coming to the park since he was a kid living just a few blocks away. Gillian then made two presentations of the Frederick Law Olmsted Award: the first to Betsy Messerschmitt, the outgoing president of the Women’s Committee. Under her leadership, the committee raised more than $13 million for the park. The second award was presented to Patsy and Jeff Tarr, also longtime supporters of the CPC. They have given generously to the Women’s Committee through the Tree Trust, Adopt-aBench, and Playground

Partners programs. Most recently, the Tarrs funded the renovation of the West 100th Street playground, now named the Tarr Family Playground. The success of this “new” playground has impressed them so much that, considering their several grandchildren, they have committed to fund another playground renovation. Patsy is also a member of the Board of Trustees. Luncheon co-chairmen were Noreen Buckfire, Anne Harrison, Marcia Mishaan, and Sarah Harrison. Also hosting besides Miniter and Glocer were Adrian Benepe, commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks &

Recreation, Thomas Kempner, Jr., chairman of the Central Park Conservancy’s Board of Trustees, and Douglas Blonsky, president of the Central Park Conservancy and Central Park Administrator. Moving right along. The following evening, down at MoMA, there was a book launch for Citizen You, by Jonathan Tisch, Loew’s co-chairman of the board and a member of the office of the president of Loew’s Corporation. Tisch is also chairman and CEO of its subsidiary, Loews Hotels, and the author of two books. In Citizen You, he reveals how “active citizens” use their professional skills to alleviate

social problems. The guest list was brimming with bold-facers although, without question, the major bearer of the light was The Prez, William Jefferson Clinton. Clinton is, by virtue of his charisma, usually the center of attention. It’s amusing just to observe because he clearly revels in the energy, and he returns it like the perfect volley. He was in good company: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Michael Douglas, Charlie Rose, Graydon Carter, Gayle King, Amy Fine Collins, Mickey Drexler, Chuck Scarborough, Arthur and Linda Carter, former NYPD Commissioner and LAPD

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Chief William Bratton, Agnes Gund, Marie Rafferty, Doug Band, Tory Burch, Frédéric Fekkai, Marie-Josée Kravis, Lisa and Phil Falcone, Harold Ford, Nicolas Berggruen, Alexandra Lebenthal, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Rosanna Scotto, Jerry Speyer, Bettina Zilkha, Alice, Tom, Billie and Laurie Tisch. The Tisch family is a major philanthropic and business force in New York. Two brothers, Larry and Preston Robert (Bob) Tisch, started out as very young men in the 1950s in the hospitality business, when it was known as the hotel business, with a hotel on the Jersey shore. 34 QUEST

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In the 1960s, these two men created, first through a series of mergers and acquisitions, a conglomerate of profitable companies from financial to consumer goods, to hotels and what is now Loew’s Corporation. As their businesses grew, so did the families of both men. Today, many of their heirs are active as a unit and as individuals in many New York projects and institutions. What is remarkable now is that the children of Larry and Bob Tisch have carried on their fathers’ legacies. Jonathan Tisch is a good example of what the Tisch name means in the city today. And last night’s

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guests were witness to it. The following week, on a partly cloudy, slightly chilly evening down at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, Literacy Partners held its twenty-sixth annual Gala Evening of Readings. This is a black-tie affair and the program is set but the changes within it are always a wonderful surprise. Liz Smith, who cofounded Literacy Partners about twenty-seven years ago with Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd, opened the evening. Onstage with her was Bob Hardwick on the Steinway grand (to play a musical introduction here

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and there), plus the evening’s readers who, this year, were Sara Gruen, David Finkel, Mary Karr, and Norris Church Mailer. They opened with Sara Gruen, author of the awardwinning Water For Elephants. Gruen was born and raised in Canada and now lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, her sons, and a menagerie of rescued animals, which includes two horses, four cats, two dogs, and a goat. She read a selection from Ape House, her latest novel. She was followed by Mary Karr, who wrote the bestselling memoir The Liars’ Club, which brought her fame

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A and fortune fifteen years ago. This was her second time reading for Literacy Partners; she is one of the few who’s been invited back for a second reading. This time she read from Lit: A Memoir, which was published last November, a selection about her wedding day to a rich WASPy New Englander. I was laughing so hard that Lesley Stahl, who was sitting in front of me turned around to see who the nutcase was with the uncontrollable laughter. Karr was followed by David Finkel, the Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist from the Washington Post who read from The Good Soldiers, published last year. His selection was

about a young soldier who was shot in the back of the head by a sniper in Iraq but lived and was brought back to Bethesda where his young wife was with him almost every minute to care for him. This was a profoundly sad and deeply frustrating story, as sorrowful as Karr’s was funny, and there were certainly few dry eyes in the auditorium when Finkel finished. Finally, Norris Church Mailer read from her recently published memoir, A Ticket to the Circus. Norris is, as most people know, the widow of Norman Mailer, married to him for twenty-seven years, and the mother and stepmother to his many children.

She has had quite a life and, at this point, has proved herself also to be a great writer. Raised in Arkansas as Barbara Jean Davis, she met Norman by chance when he visited for a reading engagement. She was excited and delighted to meet the great American novelist but never imagined that he would one day be her husband. At that time she was divorced and had a small child. After the brief encounter blossomed into a relationship, she came to New York to continue what was at first an affair, and had no plans for marriage. In her early days here she worked as a model and a soap-opera actress and lived

independently—financially and otherwise. Her memories are disarmingly frank and candid—and often very funny. She read a section about her first winter in New York, still financially independent from Norman but discovering that she wasn’t always able to meet her needs. For example, coming from Arkansas, she didn’t have a warm enough coat for the harsh New York winter of ’76-’77, nor the money to buy one. This led to a fantasy she had about owning a fur, particularly a fox. This coat finally did come her way, and her story about how it did was as funny as Karr’s story about her wedding day.

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His life took many hard turns before, with the moral support of his sister, he found his way to Literacy’s classes and developed a commitment to learning to read and finishing his education. Velazquez, who grew up in the Bronx and is not only a mother but, amazingly, a grandmother, left school in the eighth grade when she fell behind because she was embarrassed by her lack of ability. As she read what she wrote about herself, she told us how she now reads to her grandchildren and helps them form the habit too. Honorees for the evening were Barbara Taylor Bradford and Robert Bradford.

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Barbara Taylor Bradford, whose books have sold more than 80 million copies in forty languages pointed out that, in the United States, there are 92 million people who either cannot read or have reading skills no greater than the fifthgrade level. She also said that this fact—which accounts for almost one-third of the entire population of this country— “is not tragedy, but a death sentence.” For all of us. After the readings, about 300 people went to the promenade for dinner and dancing with Bob Hardwick and his orchestra. It was also Barbara Bradford’s birthday, so there was a song (it was

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Harvest’s annual On Your Plate fund-raising lunch. They honored Silda Wall Spitzer, founding chair of Children for Children. As last year’s honoree, I was selected to introduce Silda, after which she spoke and then gathered a panel of school kids from New York City who have been involved with City Harvest. If there is such a thing as a favorite charity, or at least a charity that resonates, City Harvest does it for me. They collect more than 26 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry and deliver it free of charge to almost six hundred community food programs. Using a fleet of trucks, bikes, and volunteers on foot, each week they help more than 260,000 hungry New Yorkers find their next meal. None of us are all that far 40 QUEST

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from the possibility of going hungry—not the same as “being” hungry, which is the state a lot of us fortunate ones live in. Going hungry is an assault on the body and a blow to our inner strength. Once going hungry, a person is on dangerous path and knows it. Keeping us fed and nourished is an embrace and nurtures and provides the strength to hope. City Harvest does all this. Silda Wall Spitzer has a full time job as the managing director of business development and strategic positioning at Metropolitan Capital Advisors. She is also involved with Children for Children, which is now part of the Points of Light Institute/Hands On Network, which engages youth from all backgrounds in service and service learning. As the wife of former Governor Elliot Spitzer, she

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is a familiar figure to many New Yorkers. But few have had the opportunity to see her speak and share her interests. She’s disarming on first meeting because she is a lovely young woman with an interesting combination of a gentle demeanor and certainty of purpose. She asked this day’s panel of kids, from public and private schools across the city, about their involvement with City Harvest and how they felt about service to their community. Their responses were impressive and an eyeopener to the audience of hundreds. This was Silda’s way of demonstrating the value of her organization’s objective: to give young people the opportunity to help others, empower them, and help them develop a strong sense of responsibility. Plus, as we

learned on yesterday’s panel, these kids were doing many other things—like tutoring younger students—as well as mentoring and engaging others in service work. What concerns all of us with the present state of the economy is that more and more people will be in need. This has already happened to all the food pantries and suppliers, as well as City Harvest. Hunger is the danger zone for all of us under stressful circumstances. Now is the time to give, to volunteer, to help. This is a way for us to help ourselves. It’s a small world, New York. Leaving the luncheon, I walked a few blocks up Madison because vacant cabs were hard to come by. On 65th, one came around the corner from the west and I hailed it. When I got in, the driver told me that he had picked me up a few times

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A before, in the morning at my house and taken me to 57th Street and Fifth (on my way to Michael’s). I was amazed by the coincidence and that he recognized me in a city of 17 million. The work of a cab driver is a rough one in New York. They are often the brunt of abuse and criticism, not to mention the matter-of-fact nonsense that often comes with a fare that barks like a dog and quacks like a duck. There are not a few of those around. Think about it. And then the drivers are often stiffed when it comes to the tip. Furthermore, the new system of credit cards in the taxis is a costly device for them, too. Not to mention the TV monitor scam that all

New Yorkers loathe (except the installers and licensers, and presumably the Taxi Commission). I often use a cab running from one place to another over the course of a day or night. Rarely have I had a bad experience or an unpleasant driver. Frequently, they’re not big personalities or charmers or even talkers. Not infrequently, they barely acknowledge you or are on the phone (I ask them to put it away). Like anyone else you know these days? However, then there are the cheerful ones, like my driver on this ride, Nawaz. These are the people who have some kind of relationship with the city. Many are immigrants, often these days

from the Middle Eastern, Asian, or African countries. Sometimes the Caribbean and South America. I often ask them how long they’ve lived here and if they’ve lived anywhere else in the U.S. They are often longtime residents— ten, twenty, thirty years. And they love New York, even with all the hardships it places on the working stiff. More good works: On another fair spring day, I went to the annual Women & Science lecture and luncheon. This one featured two Rockefeller University scientists, Jan L. Breslow, M.D., and Barry S. Coller, M.D. It was hosted and moderated by Sir Paul Nurse, the president of Rockefeller University who himself is a

Nobel Laureate. The subject was“The Latest Word on Heart Disease and Stroke: Research, Prevention, and Treatment. Here are the scare-you-half-to-death facts: Cardiovascular disease— including heart attack and stroke—has long been the leading cause of death in the U.S. among both men and women. Until the middle of the 1990s, however, the subject regarding women was paid insufficient attention. The situation has improved. When you hear what people like Drs. Breslow and Coller are doing in their field, you can be both amazed and thankful. Not surprisingly, this event gets a big turnout of prominent New York women.

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A More than 450 attended, and more than $1 million was raised for research. The chairs were Katerina AlevizakiDracopoulos, Judy Berkowitz, Samantha Boardman Rosen, Patricia Rosenwald, and Lulu Wang. The founding chairs are Lydia Forbes, Isabel Furlaud, Nancy Kissinger, and Sydney Shuman. Among those attending: Claude Wasserstein, Blair Husain, Amy Falls Rogers, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Deeda Blair, Serena Boardman, Renee Rockefeller, Eliza Bolen, Amanda Cutter Brooks, Judith Carson, Celia Chou, Ide Dangoor, Edith de Montebello, Robin Chandler Duke, Shirin Fekkai, Olivia Flatto, Charlotte Ford, Lee White Galvis, Sally Gordon, Lorna de Wangen Graev, Corinne Greenberg, Shoshanna Gruss, Duane Hampton, Caroline Zapf, Ellen

Katz, Nancy Kissinger, Henry Kissinger, Pat Klingenstein, Alexandra Lebenthal, Gigi Mortimer, Robin Chemers Neustein, Pauline Pitt, Fernanda Niven, Ulla Parker, Shafi Roepers, Alexia Hamm, Ryan Jacqueline Sackler, Emilia SaintAmand Krimendahl, Daisy Soros, Denie Weil, Cynthia Matethews Whitehead, Caryn Zucker, Katherine Farley, Debbie Bancroft, Frances Hill Barlow, Jenna Lyons, Princess Firyal of Jordan, Marjorie Gubelmann, Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Liz Manocha, Alexandra Wernink, Danielle Ganek, and Kate Betts. On a rainy spring day at noon I went down to the Plaza where the National Audubon Society was holding its Women in Conservation 2010 Rachel Carson Awards. The honorees were: Suzanne Lewis, the superintendent

of Yellowstone National Park; Isabella Rossellini, actress, director, writer, and environmental activist; Dr. Beth Stevens, senior vice president of environmental affairs at Disney Worldwide Services; and Fernanda M. Kellogg, president of the Tiffany & Company Foundation. The emcee was Anne Thompson, NBC News’ chief environmental affairs correspondent. Allison Rockefeller is the founding chair of the Rachel Carson Awards Council, and is very active in Audubon’s Women in Conservation. I’ve known her for a number of years on a casual how-jado basis, but I got to know her better a few years ago as I learned of her interest in conservation. Conservation, to me, means saving what we have, preserving to continue to

support life, to support ourselves on the planet. Once upon a time, for most of us, those words were the stuff of poetry and song. Today they are nitty gritty words—more nitty gritty than most of us are aware of care to face. One night, I was looking at a photograph of the oil slick in the Gulf as it flowed into the grassy wetlands on the coast of Louisiana, covering everything with its black gunk and I recognized the grasses as grasses and the oil as oil. Everything, however, even the bubbles on the surface, was gunk. The message is clear: The End. The Rachel Carson Awards luncheon, which was heavily subscribed, is a very gentle reminder of very grim, harsh facts. One thing that is a point for optimism: there are a lot of women and men out there who are working to turn things

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around (including the way we view life), even turn things up— stabilize the facts and foibles of man’s importunity on his environment. It is quite possible, as many people believe, that we are now on the other side of the story, the downside, and heading even further downward. Most people I know still are unaware of the scope of the Matter of Oil Spewing into the Gulf. They somehow see it as something that will eventually go away. The conservationists aren’t among that group, that much I can tell you. The conservationists have been following man’s foibles and fractious activities in the environment for a long time. Rachel Carson represents that. Allison Rockefeller represents that. Bette Midler (who was there) represents that. So do the honorees. 46 QUEST

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Proceeds from the Women in Conservation luncheon (more than $1 million) go to support Audubon’s Long Island Sound Campaign. Ten percent of our nation’s population lives near, has access to, and has relationships with the Long Island Sound, which is one of the most polluted and neglected bodies of water in North America, with unprecedented pollution, habitat loss, and ecosystem disruption. That night, at the Pierre, The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center held its third annual Spring Ball, sponsored by David Yurman jewelers. Mary J. Blige agreed to provide the entertainment. It was such a hot ticket that they sold out and had a waiting list. The SMSKCC is, like the Women In Conservation group

of the Audubon Society, like the Women & Science group, a prestigious organization, activist and dynamic, focusing on assisting change and transformation. They raise money for Memorial SloanKettering for its research and for many other matters related to the hospital. Because of their work and their membership, this is one of the most soughtafter and alluring charitable organizations in the city. I use the word “alluring” measuredly because, although their membership is open to anyone, their requirements are challenging to anyone who wishes to serve. They are serious. Much is expected of their volunteers, and much is garnered. Furthermore, as charitable events go, their annual do is a sparkling, glamorous affair.

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After all, this is New York, and their patrons are often from a wealthy and dynamic group. The ballroom of the Pierre was decorated by Bronson van Wyck of Van Wyck and Van Wyck (son, daughter, mother), known for their ingenuity, creativity, and their environmental design and event production. Bronson and his partners possess the ability to amaze and astonish, and last night they did. That stuff you see floating mid-air in the pictures are butterflies (not real butterflies, don’t worry). Heather Leeds, president of SMSKCC opened the evening, welcoming everybody and acknowledging co-chairs Tory Burch, Shelley Carr, Dee Dee Ricks, and Jamie Tisch. It was Burch, through her friend, music executive Lyor Cohen, who was able to interest Mary J. Blige in performing. This

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A was a coup. There were 450 guests and I’ve never seen the Pierre ballroom so packed. The honorary chairs for the evening were Constance Casey and Dr. Harold Varmus (Mr. and Mrs. in real life) and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Warner, III. The honoree was Dr. Charles L Sawyers, chair of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at MSKCC. Dr. Varmus, who has worked with Dr. Sawyers for quite some time, described the honoree as a scholar from a farm boy background whose research in the subject of leukemia had made enormous strides in the development of drugs to cause remission of the disease. Dr. Sawyers has the reputation for being a modest fellow who has made gigantic achievements in his field.

Indeed, when he accepted his award, he reported to the audience that, on this same day, his wife Susan had just completed her Master’s at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, of which he was most proud. The subject of the doctors was Human Genome Sequencing, something pioneered by Dr. James Watson, discoverer of the Double Helix/DNA. When Human Genome Sequencing was first made possible, the cost of an individual sequencing was $1 million. Today, only a few years later, that number is down to $30 – 50,000. After the presentations came Blige’s performance, the icing on the cake. She opened with Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” This was followed by three more

songs, lifting the audience to its feet. They moved to the dance floor, which soon was crowded to capacity, and the evening rocked on afterwards to the tunes of DJ Cassidy. What a night. Among those in the crowd: Heather and Tom Leeds, Muffie and Dr. Sherrell Aston, Chappy and Melissa Morris, Michael and Eleanora Kennedy, Debbie Bancroft, Giney Burke, Lesly Smith, Michel Witmer, Derek and Nicole Limbocker, Chris and Sherman Meloni, Tara and Michael Rockefeller, Alexandra Kotur, Sara and Charles Ayres, Elizabeth Fekkai, Kirk Henckels and Fernanda Kellogg, Anne Keating, Dana and Richard Kirshenbaum, Leonard and Evelyn Lauder, Lee Niven, Marjorie Gubelmann, Peter and Jamee Gregory, Karen

and Richard LeFrak, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Marty and Jean Shafiroff, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Tory Burch and Lyor Cohen, Jamie Tisch, Mario Grauso, Gigi and Avi Mortimer, Renee Rockefeller, Caryn and Jeff Zucker, Ashley and Jeff McDermott, Julia and David Koch, Phil Geier, Arie and Coco Kopelman, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Jay and Tracy Snyder, Helene and Roman Martinez, Ruth Fleischmann, Bettina Zilkha, Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond, Couri Hay, Yaz and Valentin Hernandez, Jim Brodsky, Roberto and Joanne de Guardiola, Jennifer Creel, Betty Ann Gwathmey, Dee Dee Ricks, Hilary Dick, Richard and Marcia Mishaan, Alison Minton, and on and on into the glorious night—a great night for all. u

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Juliet Trasher, Julia Dunn and Holt Thrasher

Gray and Lauren Hampton with Sabrina Forsythe and Norma Bartol

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Dutchess County $1,300,000 This authentic Georgian Colonial was originally constructed circa 1770, with additions made in the 1800s and 1975, and renovated in 1982. Fireplaces warm the drawing room, library, lower level family room and formal dining room. Original wide-board floors, large country kitchen, 5 bedrooms. The almost 9 acre property is partially wooded and offers a barn with garaging for 2 vehicles, a beautiful inground pool, screened porch and brick patio for warm weather relaxation. This beautiful country home is ready to wrap you in its embrace and transport you to another era.


Dutchess County $2,495,000 Wiccopee House. Circa 1894, this beautiful estate sited on 17.6 acres, includes the 7000 square foot Georgian-style main house featuring 6 bedrooms, gleaming wood floors, multiple fireplaces, period details and a gourmet kitchen. The well-proportioned rooms and classic styling invite a gracious country lifestyle. Additional features include a 100’ x 30’ barn with a 2 bedroom apartment, paddock, pool and tennis court.

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On June 10, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s annual spring benefit, “Flights of Fancy,” will take place at the Central Park Zoo. The event will include cocktails by the sea lion pool and dinner near the penguins and the polar bears. For more information, call 873.233.1150.


hit a high note

Nicola Bulgari will host the Carnegie Hall Notable Occasion at the Weill Recital Hall at 8 p.m. For more information, call 212.903.9734.


Vive la france

The Young Patrons Circle of American Friends of the Louvre will host the “Soirée au Louvre 2010” at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy at 9 p.m. For more information, call 212.367.2645.

dance the night away

Parsons Dance will host the “Summer Intensive Showcase” at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, beginning at 7 p.m. For more informaton, call 212.869.9275


garden party

The Centennial Gala will take

place at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 212.254.6677. Excellent evening

Carnegie Hall will hold its Medal of Excellence gala at the Waldorf=Astoria, starting at 6:30 p.m., to benefit its arts and education programs. For more information, call 212.903.9679.

K.I.D.S. will celebrate its twentyfifth anniversary with the annual luncheon at The Pierre at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 845.758.6403.

The School of American Ballet will host its Workshop Performance Benefit at Lincoln Center at 7 p.m., followed by a dinner at 9 p.m. For more information, call 212.769.6609. all the world’s a stage

The Martha Graham Dance Company will hold its Political Dance Project at the Joyce Theater at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 212.907.6408.

power to you

Solar One will host “Revelry by the River” at 6 p.m. to raise awareness for the Solar 2 Green Energy Arts and Education Center. For more information, call 973.507.9303.


special supper


ballet benefit


child’s play

The New York Philharmonic will hold a post-concert supper featuring a menu created by Daniel Boulud at Arpeggio Food and Wine at 8 p.m. For more information, call 212.875.5656.



fly away

On June 9, Solar One will raise awareness for the Solar 2 Green Energy Arts and Education Center with “Revelry by the River.” For more information, call 973.507.9303.

The Wildlife Conservation Society will hold ”Flights of Fancy” at the Central Park Zoo with cocktails at 6:30 p.m and dinner and dancing


at 8 p.m. For more information, call 873.233.1150. scent of a woman

The Fragrance Foundation will host the annual FiFi Awards in recognition of the fragrance industry at the Downtown Armory at 5:45 p.m. The event’s Hall of Fame recipient will be Michael Kors and Male Celebrity of the Year will be Usher. For more information, call 212.647.1828.


take a tour

The Parrish Art Museum will hold its annual two-day horticulture event starting at 9 a.m., with private garden tours to follow. For more information, call 631.283.2118.


On June 4, Parsons Dance will showcase the fruits of its Summer Intensive Workshop at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. The program will be held through June 5 under the direction of David Parsons in New York City. For more information, call 212.629.0386.

make a salute

The Boys and Girls Harbor will host its eithteenth annual Salute to Achievement at the Mandarin Oriental at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 646.981.2682. very appealing

The Federation of New York’s Mental Health Professionals Division of the United Jewish Appeal will hold its annual reception honoring Jeffrey Lieberman at its Conference Center at 7 p.m. For more information, call 212.836.1320.


plaza party

WNET.ORG will host its seventeenth annual gala salute at The Plaza at 6 p.m. For more information, call 212.627.1000. be a superstar

The Police Athletic League will host its thirty-eighth annual Superstar Dinner to honor Peter G. Peterson at The Pierre at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 212.477.9450.

eigteenth annual corporate dinner at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 212.769.5932.


bridgehampton benefit

God’s Love We Deliver will host its fifth annual Midsummer Night Drinks to benefit people living with HIV/AIDS at Chad A. Leat’s Bridgehampton home, “The Barnyard,” at 6 p.m. For more information, call 212.294.8162.


what a tribute

The Hospital for Special Surgery

will host its twenty-seventh annual tribute dinner in honor of Anne M. Mulcahy and Stephen A. Paget at the Waldorf=Astoria at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 212.774.2666.


summer soirÉe

The East End Hospice will host its annual summer gala, “Casablanca Nights,” with cocktails, dinner, dancing to the Sean Fleming Band, and a silent auction at the Sandacres Estate in Quogue at 7 p.m. For more information, call 631.288.7080.

On June 2, the Carnegie Hall Notable Occasion, a musical evening hosted and underwritten by Nicola Bulgari, will take place at the Weill Recital Hall. For more information, call 212.903.9734.


hole in one

The Old Westbury Gardens will host its third annual golf tournament at Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset. For more information, call 516.333.0048.


full boathouse

The Skin Cancer Foundation will host an evening fund-raiser of cocktails, music, and poker at The Boathouse at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 212.725.5176.


night in newport

The Newport Hospital will host its 2010 summer gala, “A Passage to India,” at the Marble House at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 401.845.1619.



A.C.E. Programs for the Homeless will honor its founder with a birthday party for Henry Buhl at the Edison Ballroom at 7 p.m. For more information, call 212.672.0509.

The International Yacht Restoration School will host its thirteenth annual summer gala in Newport at 6 p.m. For more information, call 401.848.5777.

happy birthday


midsummer night how distinguished

The American Museum of Natural History will present its Distinguished Service to Science and Education Award to William Green at its

The Parrish Art Museum will host its annual Midsummer Party in Southampton, beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, call 631.283.2118. J U N E 2 0 1 0 63

Mary Tyler Moore and her husband, Dr. Robert Levine, at their Connecticut home in 1990.


IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY Mary Tyler Moore and Dr. Robert Levine had been married for seven years when I photographed them together in 1990. Although they seemed right at home sitting in the grass in their sprawling backyard, I was surprised that their home was in Connecticut, as I envisioned them living in Brentwood or Bel Air. What I find interesting about the photo is the western saddles on the thoroughbred horses—horses you assume would have English saddles. I liked that about her. Western is the only way I can stay on a horse, as I found out riding in Texas with my wife. It’s safe to say that Mary Tyler Moore has influenced at least two generations of women with “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She was unforgettable with her signature squeaky voice, her oversized smile with perfect teeth, and the flip hairdo as Dick Van Dyke’s wife on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Along with Lucille Ball and, later, Marlo Thomas, Moore was one of the first and most successful women to have her own show. Moore works tirelessly for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. She has lived with Type-1 diabetes for most of her life and never gives up hope that a breakthrough in research will bring new ways to treat the disease. Also a great animal lover, she co-founded Broadway Barks, an annual event to promote adopting animal-shelter dogs. Once, when she came to my studio, she surprised me by asking if I would do her a big favor and take her passport photo. That was a first, and I was happy to oblige. u JUNE 2010 65

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questioning the intelligence quotient Okay, chaps, this is it. The $64 million question. Are you ready? Is there a race difference in intelligence, or are we all God’s children, black, brown and white, all alike? About five years ago, I had dinner at Swifty’s as a guest of Bill Heseltine, and sat one seat away from the Nobel Prize winner James Watson, one of the two scientists who discovered DNA. I obviously, and for the first and last time, kept my mouth shut and listened to what the great man had to say. He was extremely modest and kind, and actually asked me about Princess Di, what she was like and all that, but all I wished to talk about was intelligence and race. The good Dr. Watson had recently gotten into a spot of bother by saying that blacks had a lower I.Q. than whites, and had eaten the humble pie as a result once the ghastly New York Times had accused him of being racist. Naturally, he evaded the subject, and pointed out that he had apologized and never meant to say what he had actually said. Good manners and my host’s appalled looks stopped me in my tracks. The dinner went on pleasantly and we all went home in good humor. Still, the question remains: If I.Q. is not only largely heritable, but differently distributed among distinguishable groups, then our modern cults of internationalism, multiculturalism, Albert Einstein was a genius long before he was influenced by environmental factors, like money. 66 QUEST

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and egalitarianism are based on stupendous self-delusion, political posturing and good old propaganda that tells us we are all the same where I.Q. is concerned. It is asserted by some that the concept of I.Q. is dependent on European cultural assumptions for which there are no direct parallels in non-European cultures. In other words, there is cultural a bias and the I.Q. of economically advanced nations has increased over time and is alterable through improvements in nutrition and tuition. The more you have to eat the better you think, or something to that effect. I ain’t so sure. Einstein was Einstein before he became rich and famous. Jews are smarter than WASPs, and WASPs are smarter than blacks, or are they? In any case, I.Q. is obviously not the sole guarantor of cultural preeminence. For example, East Asians have the highest average I.Q.s of all peoples, yet their societies lagged behind those of Europe until the second half of the twentieth century. Other factors are obviously at play. It is also claimed that high median I.Q.s are the product of millennia of adaptation to harsh and challenging cold climates. Yet sub-Saharan Africans, who score badly on I.Q. tests, also live in harsh climates. Let’s face it. The reason hereditarians meet resistance is simply that most people do not think in statistical terms. They think in terms of individuals rather than groups, and we all know someone who is an exception: Thomas Sowell, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Barack Obama, and so on. American academics, scared to death of being accused of racism, have been trying to prove that the blackwhite I.Q. difference is determined

Nobel Prize winner James Watson, who was one of two scientists to discover DNA, has apologized for saying that blacks are intrinsically less intelligent than whites.

wholly by environmental factors. There is a huge amount of evidence favoring a genetic basis, but you wouldn’t know that if you listen to Harvard profs, New York Times hacks, and other assorted race hustlers. One thing is for certain. Seeking to suppress politically inconvenient or morally unnerving opinions is a disservice not just to science, but also to humanity. In their 1994 book The Bell

Curve, Charles Murray and the late Richard Hernstein showed that the I.Q. differences between whites and blacks in America were due to single mothers and those on welfare. Were the causes genetic, environmental, or both? There was such an outrage by the usual suspects that we never actually found out. Although the environment of American blacks has improved greatly in the last fifty years—better health care, integrated schooling, civil rights, and affirmative action, the gap between black and white in I.Q. remains the same. So why has the gap not been reduced? I dare not say it, and certainly don’t dare write it, and unlike Dr. Watson I will not apologize, but I will leave you, dear readers, to make up your own minds. u JUNE 2010 67


Fresh Finds by da n i e l c a p p e l lo AND e l i z a b e t h m e i g h e r

JUNE MARKS the true beginning of summer, the month when we celebrate our fathers, and also, this year, Quest’s first Connecticut issue. With that in mind, we’ve paid special attention to what’s available for our Connecticut readers by heading to Greenwich and shopping the Avenue for some fresh finds. You’ll also see that we’ve found some perfect gifts for Father’s Day, as well as a thing or two to keep you cool this summer. Happy shopping!

Can’t decide? Get both. Asprey’s five-row micro-pavé ring in 18-kt. gold comes with either pink or blue sapphires. $2,750. Asprey: 853 Madison Avenue, 212.688.1811.

Keep time close at heart with the Full Moon by KIM pendant watch in 18-kt. rose gold with guilloché dial. $6,665. Wempe: 700 Fifth Avenue, 212.397.9000, or

Scoop up this “Fresh Catch of the Day” Murfee scarf by Lilly Pulitzer. $118. Lilly Pulitzer: 92 Greenwich Avenue or 203.661.3136.

Let Michael Kors dress you for summer in mini shorts and the Wisteria Mélange Crinkle Cashmere Faux Sweatshirt ($995) with matching scarf ($395). Michael Kors: 279 Greenwich Avenue or 203.618.1200.


The Abundance bracelet by Jill

The Hunter Boot Large Canvas

Heller comes with a scrolled

Tote, in cotton canvas and

mantra inside, bridging fashion

leather, is sturdy enough for the

with feel-good energy. $80

country and chic enough for

to $2,100 (available in gold or

the city. $225. Hunter Boot:

silver in three sizes). Jill Heller

Available at The


Limelight, New York City, 212.359.5507.

The 20.43-ct. “Blitz Diamond” comes with GIA-certified D color and VS1 clarity, an impeccable Cartier pedigree, and a wartime love story of equal weight. Price upon request. Betteridge: 203.869.0124 or

Grace your home with the White with Small Floral Design and Scatter Silver Foil on beige ultrasuede pillows. $198 to $260. Gracious Home: 800.338.7809, 212.517.6300, or

A go-to gift for dad is warm-weather favorite Grey Goose L’Orange, perfect for mixed drinks or served on the rocks with an orange twist. $39 (1 liter). Park Avenue

Go from strolling Greenwich Avenue to a glam night out in the Geoff sandal in olive by Tory Burch. $325. Tory Burch: 255 Greenwich Avenue or 203.622.5023.

Liquor Shop: 292 Madison Avenue.

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Fresh Finds No dad can resist the Men’s French Calfskin Cooper Bag by Ralph Lauren, perfect for Father’s Day. $3,400. Ralph Lauren: 265 Greenwich Avenue, 203.869.2054,

Simon Pearce’s


Barre lamp, handcrafted in Vermont, sets the bar high when it comes to lighting your home. $285. Simon Pearce: 325 Greenwich Avenue or 203.861.0780.

Go for a swim or lounge poolside in J. McLaughlin’s Eddie swim trunks. $78. J. McLaughlin: 1311 Madison Avenue

Keep sum-


mer time with

218 Hicks Street,


(Brooklyn Heights), or

TimeWalker Automatic,

with a 42-mm. stainless-steel case, mat silver-colored dial, and brown alligator-skin strap. $2,680. Montblanc: 598 Madison Avenue or 212.223.8888.

Remember dad in June (and every other month) with J. Crew’s newly

To celebrate the

launched Shirt

2010 World Cup,

of the Month Club, with selections picked by in-house

of flip flops representing

stylist Jack

seventeen global teams.

O’Connor. $695. J. Crew: 866.739.5944. 00 QUEST

Havaianas introduces a limited-edition series

$24. Havaianas: Available at Barneys New York or

A perfect shade for summer: the Shade bag by TOD’S, in white python, is also the perfect shape and size. $3,025. TOD’S: 650 Madison Avenue or 212.644.5945.

Feel good about looking good: a child in need gets a pair of shoes for every pair of TOMS you purchase. Try the Earle, Khaki Harbour Cordones, or Blue Tangier this summer. $54 to $69. TOMS Shoes:

It’s all about the print and hem lines on Rebecca Taylor’s Blue Spring Blossoms corset dress ($395) and navy Ponte blazer ($325). Rebecca Taylor: 260 Mott Street or 212-966-0406. Parmigiani’s Bugatti Flyback Chronograph shown in 18-kt. rose gold for men ($59,500) and 18-kt. white gold for ladies ($67,100). Manfredi: 121 Greenwich Avenue or 203.622.1414.

Zylie’s adventures take her around the globe, as played out for children through a series of self-published books and interactive online features. $75. Zylie the Bear: JUNE 2010 71

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giving back across the globe “We are to the universe only as much as we can give

back to it,” says Meera Gandhi, sharing the motto by which she lives. A well-known humanitarian, philanthropist, and social activist who divides her time among New York, London, and Hong Kong, Gandhi is in the ambitious process of releasing a documentary, a CD, and a coffee-table book—all entitled Giving Back. Gandhi is the CEO of the Giving Back Foundation, established in 2009. She was born in Mumbai, to an Irish mother and an Indian father, and then raised between India and the U.K. In 1989, she received her MBA from Boston University and then, a decade later, purchased the Park Avenue townhouse once belonging to Eleanor Roosevelt. 72 QUEST

Her life has centered around charity work ever since. Giving Back pays homage to the philanthropic endeavors of her prominent and not-so-prominent friends alike, demonstrating how they have made an impact throughout the world. Included are Kerry Kennedy, Cherie Blair, Patricia Velasquez, Kristi Yamaguchi, Steven Rockefeller, Francine LeFrak, Clodagh, Ronan Tynan, Deborah Norville, and Narciso Rodriguez. Giving Back, the documentary, opens with the words of Eleanor Roosevelt: “When we cease to give, we begin to die.” The viewer journeys with Gandhi across four continents as she explores different people “giving back” in different ways. The book illustrates the works of many of the philanthropic endeavors that she has been involved with over the last quarter century, while the uplift-

Co u rte s y o f M e e r a G a n d h i

By Oliver Ames

This page, above: As the CEO of the Giving Back Foundation, Meera Gandhi consistently works hard to help others. Left: With three kids of her own, Gandhi is especially devoted to helping abused and hungry children. Opposite: Gandhi is committed to philanthropic endeavors, both domestically and internationally.

ing CD features musical artists from all over the world, including New York-based Lucia Hwong Gordon and Marco Figueira. Gandhi has devoted her life to charity. She has focused on helping abused and hungry children, widows, the sick, the deaf, and the blind, with a particular interest in providing educational opportunities to the underprivileged. The collection is being introduced in eight cities in 2010: New York, London, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Delhi, Dublin, Palm Beach, and Istanbul. All of the proceeds from Giving Back will be donated to charity. u For more information on the release of Giving Back or the Giving Back Foundation, visit JUNE 2010 73


harbor comfort Just steps from Greenwich Avenue, the Delamar has long been a trusted getaway. This season, the opening of a sister property brings the same world-class hospitality to Southport.

By daniel cappello

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the delamar, greenwich’s gracious go-to getaway, is well known and trusted for its finer touches—the Italian linens on plush, down-lined guest beds; the spacious balconies that overlook the romantic Greenwich Harbor; the hand-painted armoires that house flat-screen televisions; the spacious bathrooms with coral marble vanities, deep cast-iron tubs, hand-painted framed mirrors, and hand-embroidered linen shower curtains. Long a respite for Manhattan weekenders taking shopping trips to Greenwich Avenue or cultural trips to the nearby Bruce Museum, the Delamar is also a safe harbor for business travelers, meeting executive-level needs and offering a professional conference room with state-ofthe-art audio-visual equipment. For the leisure and business guest alike, the Delamar offers fine choices for dining and relaxation. The continental L’Escale Restaurant and Bar, situated alongside the Greenwich waterfront, transports guests to France’s Côte d’Azur. The restaurant serves an inventive Provençal menu that focuses on seafood, fresh herbs, and the distinctive

flavors of the Mediterranean. If walking Greenwich Avenue isn’t a workout enough, guests can exercise in the Delamar’s fully equipped fitness suite, which includes free weights and cardiovascular equipment. The more indulgent can delight in The Spa at the Delamar—the perfect relaxing backdrop for facials, massage and body-work therapies, purifying and refining body treatments, and nail care. For those arriving by boat, the Delamar offers mooring on its private 600-foot dock, which can accomodate yachts up to 160 feet. If coming by a more modest mode of transportation, valet car parking is available, of course. This spring, the Delamar brand expanded with a sister hotel that is now open in Southport, at 275 Old Post Road. If reputation has anything to do with it, Southport is in for a treat. u This page, clockwise from top left: Finer touches include gold-wrapped chocolates; dining at L’Escale Restaurant; spacious guest rooms; and the stately Library. Opposite: the harborfront façade. The Delamar Greenwich Harbor (203.661.9800) and the Delamar Southport (203.259.2800).


lasting Luxury By elizabeth brown

Diahann Cochran and Isabella Kron bring a lasting friendship, and complementary careers, to their luxury handbag line. Westward Mason specializes in designs for the woman who understands that a luxury needn’t scream, “Louis Vuitton!” Cochran says, “We cater to a very chic, very sophisticated woman. A woman who knows what she wants.” Kron’s career includes tenures at Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, and Gucci. At Gucci, she served as design director in the 76 QUEST

mid-’90s, when Tom Ford reestablished the brand. Because of her experience with these international houses, Kron cultivated relationships with factories throughout Italy—factories that are now willing to support Westward Mason. “They don’t work for just anybody. They are very proud of what they make,” Kron says. “They already produce for Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, and other clients. But they believe in us.” Kron connected with Cochran in Palm Beach, where they live

with their families. Having gained significant experience as a designer and stylist, Cochran developed an appreciation for integrating classic and modern sensibilities—a skill further bolstered by a background in art history. Together, the pair creates something truly special. In 2008, they founded Westward Mason. The company boasts a line of day and evening bags with materials sourced from European tanneries and handcrafted, of course, in Italy—where else? u

Top row, from left: “The Offspring” in crocodile; “The Metropolitan” in ostrich with nickel; “The Westbury” in crocodile. Bottom: “The Teepee” in suede with nappa handles; “The Fortune Cookie,” extra large, in python with brass; “The Bianca” in ostrich with brass. Opposite: “The Caroline” in python with nickel ($3,500); “The Paramont” in ostrich ($7,300).

For more information on Westward Mason, call 561.833.7505 or visit J U NE 2 0 1 0 7 7

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stribling & associates announced this month its new association with Savills, a leading global real-estate provider based in London. “We are seeing more buyers than ever before attracted to New York from around the world, particularly the U.K.,” said Elizabeth Stribling, president of Stribling & Associates, a privately held firm in Manhattan’s luxury property market with a team of more than two hundred agents. “This association is an essential move to guarantee that our clients’ homes reach the widest possible market. We are now working in a global real-estate community with buyers not only crossing state boundaries, but international boundaries as well.” Jeremy Helsby, CEO of Savills, seconded Stribling’s sentiments: “We are delighted to announce this residential association with Stribling. There is terrific synergy between our two residential client bases and business sectors, and we firmly believe that this relationship will offer buyers and sellers of residential property on each side of the Atlantic a level of advice and service that is second to none.” Some of the properties from the new Savills-Stribling association. This page: a view of Hong Kong. Opposite, clockwise from top left:

Savills, established in the U.K. in 1855, is a London Stock Exchange listed company with a rich heritage. It has a network of more than two hundred global offices in forty-eight countries, with associates providing property owners a global audience. Responsible for almost a quarter of all luxury sales, more than £5 million in the central London market, Savills recently opened an office in Mayfair, a prime area for U.S. buyers. Geographically, Savills’ representation of fine properties extends from its London base to include English country estates, elegant homes in Paris, vineyards in South Africa, panoramic residences overlooking Sydney Harbor and Hong Kong’s Repulse Bay, and palatial apartments in the most fashionable neighborhoods of Singapore. This new partnership will be independent from the existing Savills New York Commercial office, which offers services in investment sales, debt and equity placement, recovery and advisory work in the U.S. commercial real estate market. Stribling added: “Our company is known for service, expertise, and discretion for its clients. With this association, I am delighted to say we are opening an international doorway for our clients to reach affluent buyers around the globe.” u

Harbor views in Sydney; a traditional English estate; elegant residences in Paris; Corseaux, Switzerland; vineyards in South Africa. 7 8 Q U EST

For more information, contact Elizabeth Stribling, 212.452.4400.

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industry insiders Diane Ramirez, president of Halstead Property.

How about compared to the markets six months ago? Six months ago, the market activity was definitely showing signs of improvement, but we are excited to be seeing our much anticipated spring market activity. What advantages do prospective buyers have in today’s market in Connecticut? Prices have declined around 20 to 30%, depending on the market, and it is a great opportunity for buyers to find value. Although slightly lower than last year, inventory levels still remain robust, offering a number of homes for buyers when they are out looking. With the decline in home prices, this is a great opportunity for first-time home buyers to purchase a “starter home.” It is also an ideal opportunity to “trade up” and take advantage of the price decline on the higher end.

Diane Ramirez, president of Halstead

Property, shares her insight into the world of Connecticut real estate. How is the Connecticut market different from the New York market? The price point in New York City is much higher and there is a different type of product. Connecticut has fabulous single-family homes with lawns while New York has a great number of stunning apartments, such as co-ops and condos. It’s not an easy comparison, but what we are seeing is a lot of people moving out to Connecticut for more space and people buying piedà-terres in the city, or downsizing to the city. How do the locations compare today compared to a year ago? I believe that last year, people were stuck


on pause when it came to the real estate market. We are now seeing a substantial improvement in market activity this year compared to a year ago. Both average and median home prices are rising. The market is in a period of stabilization.

What advice do you have for anyone selling in Connecticut right now? I have always given this advice to any seller: seek the advice of a qualified and reputable real-estate agent and company—and in today’s market, price your home aggressively. What should someone look for in a broker or brokerage firm in Connecticut? There are a number of different factors

In Belle Haven, Greenwich, this shingle-style home offers stunning details and a fabulous layout.

This stunning property, in the coveted neighborhood of Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, is on the market with Halstead for $2.125 million.

to consider. Look for a firm with a strong regional, as well as national, presence. The majority of home searches now start online, so it is crucial that the firm have an online presence. A print presence is also really important in the Connecticut market, so look for a firm or broker that advertises in local, regional, and national outlets. Ask about the firm’s affiliations and exposure. At Halstead, we are extremely proud of our marketing, IT, research, and communications divisions. They truly help us stand out from our competition. Is this a good time to be investing in renovations or updates? It is definitely a good time to be investing in renovations or updates. Right now, buyers are looking for homes in move-in condition, but if a buyer really wants a value-priced property, definitely look at a home that needs some work. Alternatively, for homeowners who are not looking to move, it is a good time to obtain competitive bids. At the end of the day, it is your home and if it takes a renovation to really make it your own, now is the perfect time. As always, try to think of re-sale value when making updates.

What areas are performing best in today’s market? We are seeing strong activity in Darien, New Canaan, and Greenwich. Other towns are also starting to see a pick up in interest from both buyers and sellers. What do you see happening in Connecticut over the next six months? I see continued consistent market activ-

ity with stabilized prices. Are you currently involved in any big sales? Halstead recently listed a stunning one-ofa-kind property in Darien that boasts 4.85 waterfront acres and is on the market for $16.75 million. It has had a considerable amount of traffic as it offers a rare opportunity to own something that is remarkable—and it has been with one family for more than a hundred years. In addition, we are about to add a few multi-milliondollar listings in Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, and Westport. Do you have any other reflections? Halstead is celebrating our one-year anniversary in Connecticut this summer. We are the only New York-based firm to have a presence in Fairfield County and we are offering unique marketing tools to buyers and sellers. Our tools are making a difference and we are gaining market share in the community. I could not be more excited for our agents, our firm, and our executives. It has been an exciting year and we look forward to the future. u

This Soho home boasts 4,200 square feet inside and 3,800 of outdoor space. $6.5 million.

For more information, visit

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LOCATED IN THE VILLAGE of Cold Spring, New York, Robert A. McCaffrey Realty services Cold Spring and Garrison, as well as Kent, Putnam Valley, and parts of Westchester and Dutchess counties. McCaffrey’s entire staff resides in the area, and each sales associate is involved in the community and lends support to its many civic and cultural events and activities. They can also relate to the area’s history and potential future developments.

Location: Cold Spring, New York Standing sentinel above the Hudson River and overlooking the Hudson Highlands, this architect-designed contemporary home offers approximately 4,500 square feet of luxury space on two levels. Sited on a private four-plus-acre peninsula, with riparian rights, this home soaks up a 180-degree river vista. A five-hundredfoot pier extends into the Hudson River, with a one hundred foot bulkhead that can accommodate a large yacht.

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The living room and master bedroom are warmed by fireplaces, while the stylish NEFF kitchen is equipped to cater to any occasion. The master suite, with a luxurious bath, enjoys fabulous views, as do all the rooms in the house. The lower level offers a large family room plus two bedrooms, each with en suite bath. Outdoor living is optimized with multilevel terraces, a hot tub, and infinity pool. A state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen makes entertaining a breeze. Two additional buildings on the site provide for guest or caretaker accommodations. Location: Garrison, New York “Whippoorwill Farm,� nestled between open meadows and two ponds, sits in its own secluded valley. This remarkable private setting is ideal for the beautifully-

restored former Vanderbilt Webb country house, which boasts antique wood floors, all new systems and generator, nine fireplaces, six bedrooms (four en suite), a large kitchen, a formal dining room, a solarium, a study, and a laundry room. The luxurious master suite offers a private bath with steam shower, a sauna, and separate dressing rooms. A separate guest house has four bedrooms, a large country kitchen, a library, an antique Idaho pinepaneled living room, and four fireplaces. A caretaker cottage, other out-buildings, a tennis court, a pool, gardens, and miles of stone walls complete the picture. u This page: Whippoorwill Farm in Garrison, New York. Opposite: a home in Cold Spring. For more information, please call 845.265.4113 or visit

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NORT H WAY “Petit Trianon Deux” Greenwich


t first glance, one instantly recognizes the Petit Trianon from the gardens of Versailles. After receiving permission from the French government to replicate one of France’s national treasures, Laura Robinson, heiress to the Diamond Match and Goodrich Rubber fortunes, hired New York architects, J. Edwin R. Carpenter and Walter D. Blair, and a fantasy became a reality. Constructed between 1910 and 1913, it is now on the market for the first time in over 40 years. Petit Trianon Deux is a scaled down, though nearly identical copy of the original. Positioned on over 18 beautifully private manicured acres in mid-country Greenwich, this meticulously maintained 12,000 square foot residence is complemented by a charming two bedroom guest house, separate garages, stables complete with staff quarters, potting shed, greenhouse, elegant pool and tennis court. A magnificent estate. Please visit for additional photos. Shown exclusively by Brad Hvolbeck, cell 203.940.0015. 123 Mason Street Greenwich, Connecticut 06830


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ou enter through gated stone pillars up a long drive past the apple orchard to a formal courtyard. This stone Georgian is set at the top of a hill overlooking 25 private acres with amazing 1100 foot views over gardens and pastures. Designed by Boris Baranovich, this home possesses the intricate architectural details, superbly crafted millwork, exceptional high ceilings and magnificent exterior appointments rivaling “The Great Estates of Greenwich” from the early Twentieth Century. A columned center hall with sweeping staircase and French doors opens to the expansive terrace with magnificent views. The large step-down living room with pine paneling and ionic column framed fireplace is reminiscent of an Eighteenth Century drawing room. The media/billiard room with fireplace and herring-bone-pattern brick f loors also has a wet bar and French doors. There is a large elegant dining room with antique English fireplace mantle and intimate dining alcove. The spacious, well-appointed professional pear and mahogany paneled gourmet kitchen has a bright and comfortable breakfast area overlooking perennial gardens and opening to the covered outside dining veranda. A light-filled two and a half story family room with fireplace and second f loor gallery is adjacent to the kitchen and outside dining veranda. The second level offers an extraordinary master suite including oak paneled sitting room with fireplace, sleeping chamber with fireplace, large exercise room with vaulted ceiling, office, two large well appointed dressing rooms and two custom crafted master baths. Five double en suite bedrooms in addition to a study/computer room complete this f loor. The lower level has a 4,000 bottle cherry paneled wine cellar, significant art gallery, huge storage area, laundry and mechanicals. Completing this special property is a fifty-five foot pool with spa, stone pool house featuring kitchen, bath and glass conservatory plus a par-3 golf hole. Please call Brad Hvolbeck – Cell 203.940.0015. 123 Mason Street Greenwich, Connecticut 06830


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rarE iN-toWN EstatE New Canaan Unusual opportunity. 5-acre compound within a mile of the heart of town. Features a 10,000+ SF main house, separate 3 bedroom guest cottage, tennis court, pool with spa & blooming gardens. $6.495M. Web#98461370 Lisa Hawley 203.966.7800



Greenwich Elegant stone 6BR Colonial. Grand foyer, cherry-paneled library, gourmet kitchen, terrace with lake views, master with gorgeous sitting room, cedar wine cellar and more. $5.85M. Web#98456110 Christopher Finlay 203.856.9037


Rowayton Stunning waterfront w/220’ of frontage on Five Mile River - a quiet, tranquil paradise. Water views from every major rm & all BR suites. Secret garden, waterfront gazebo & special kayak area. $3.595M. Web#98454314 Joanne Shakley 203.656.6559


Westport Spectacular 5BR home on a level acre culde-sac. 2-story entry, elegant LR & formal DR, both w/ custom fpls. Charming MBR suite w/tray clg, fpl & lux bth + exercise/sitting rm. Lovely gardens + rm for pool. $2.189M. Web#98460127 Pearl Baer 203.221.0666 x315

GRAND, GRACIOUS, UNCOMPROMISING Darien Expansive 2-story entry w/sweeping staircase welcomes you to this 7BR home, designed for today’s active lifestyle. Something special around every corner. $5.488M. Web#98462111 Kristine Johnson 203.656.6535


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Wilton Nestled on a cul-de-sac close to all, this 4BR colonial features quality craftsmanship. Updated gourmet kit opens to deck w/outdoor fpl, spacious LR w/fpl, formal DR & luxurious MBR w/fpl. $1.375M. Web#98462445 Anne Oliver 203.762.8118


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Norwalk Fabulous estate on nearly 6 acres w/2 one-acre building lots. Exceptional updated 1930s colonial w/4 ensuite BRs, libr, sunroom, office & 6 fplcs. Delightful two-story cottage/studio. $2.285M. Web#98458913 Janet Olmsted 203.656.6542 Chris Merritt 203.656.6510


Stamford Exquisitely renovated with 5BRs, 4 full + 2 half baths, 2 Mstr suites & an office suite. Finely crafted mldngs, 5 fpls, 2 entertainment rms, huge dck & new hydro-air heating & cooling syst. $1.349M. Web#98447295 Nan Feldman 203.329.8801

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country road The great state of Connecticut has long been a refuge of choice for news-making New Yorkers. Over the years, photographer Harry Benson has ventured into the wild to capture these individuals in their natural habitats. BY HARRY BENSON

Oscar de la Renta Kent, Connecticut, 1974 Oscar was having great fun when he saddled his favorite horse for a ride around the grounds of his sixty-acre Connecticut estate. The designer has always been easygoing and delightful to work with.

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Arthur Miller and Agnes Barley Roxbury, Connecticut, 2003 When I arrived at Arthur Miller’s Connecticut home, his companion, the painter Agnes Barley, answered the door and I mistook her for his secretary. “No,” she said, “I am Arthur’s friend, not an employee.” When this photograph of the Pulitzer-winning playwright was taken he was 88 years old—and still writing.

Martha Stewart Westport, Connecticut, 1990

Alexander Liberman and Tatiana du Plessix

Martha Stewart has influenced American women for

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several decades with her multi-empire magazine,

I will always remember Liberman, the former editorial

television show, and home furnishings line. When I

director of CondĂŠ Nast, sauntering down the halls of the

photographed her, however, the exuberant Stewart seemed

Graybar Building in his signature bespoke suit. Yet, he had

pleased to be in the country, away from the hustle

a relaxed side that became apparent as he worked on his

and bustle and in the company of her beloved dogs.

sculptures at his country home with wife Tatiana at his side.

William F. Buckley, Jr. New York, New York, 1988 I met the Connecticut local and Yale graduate two years before he ended his editorship of the National Review. When we talked about our dogs, I discovered that he loved his King Charles spaniels as much as I love my Dachshund.

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Diane von Furstenberg New Milford, Connecticut, 1991 Photographing Diane has always been fun. The Brussels-born fashion designer was showing me around the grounds of her home when I asked her to stop at a small dam spanning the river that runs through the property. That’s where we took this beautiful shot.

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Bruce Museum is a small gem of a museum with a big mission. With 85,000 visitors per year, the Bruce is integral to the cultural life of Fairfield County. Museums ten times its size cannot boast the roster of famous artists whose works it has exhibited over the years—Vermeer, Rubens, Matisse, Picasso. The Wall Street Journal called the Bruce “plucky” while the New York Times said, “The Bruce is punching above its weight class.” It offers more than a dozen top-notch exhibitions annually, along with its significant educational mission. In 1908, textile magnate Robert Moffat Bruce deeded his property to the Town of Greenwich, stipulating that it be used as “a natural history, historical, and art museum for the use and benefit of the public.” The Bruce’s first exhibition took place in 1912. It featured works by local artists, several of whom were members of the Cos Cob Art Colony that included Childe Hassam and John Twachtman, among others. Named after the charming waterfront village located in the heart of

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Greenwich, the Cos Cob School is now highly respected and forms the core of the Bruce’s holdings of paintings. In the 1920s, Greenwich became America’s richest town per capita. Its gorgeous waterfront properties on the Long Island Sound and its short commute to Manhattan made the town a desirable spot for those who demanded the best. Dynastic families like Rockefeller and Vanderbilt built stately homes and sent their offspring to local schools. In recent years, celebrities and hedge-fund gurus have settled in Greenwich in search of anonymity in the bucolic “Back Country” setting. Their estates commonly contain blue-chip art collections, with treasures lent frequently to the Bruce Museum. The driving force behind numerous recent successes at This page, above: The entrance to the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. Right: founder of the museum, Robert Moffat Bruce (1822 –1909), 1882 by M. D. Holt. Opposite: Faun and Bacchante (1860), by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, which is part of the Bruce Museum’s permanent collection.

the Bruce is the Susan E. Lynch executive director Dr. Peter Sutton, whose title is named after the donor who supported the hiring of a leading director. After successful stints at the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and others, the Bruce managed to hire the esteemed Dr. Sutton. With Sutton’s intelligence, a dedicated board (currently chaired by Nathaniel Day and Tamara Holliday), and Greenwich’s rich art collections, the tiny Bruce launched itself into a place of respect in the rarefied art world. An Honorary Board of Trustees comprised of Greenwich residents, including Alexandra and Steven Cohen, Ambassador John Loeb, Jennifer and David Stockman, and others, proved helpful in culling loans of masterpieces from local residents. Many of the Bruce Museum’s top exhibitions come from its own backyard. “For a town of 60,000 inhabitants, Greenwich has the highest concentration of private collectors of any town on the planet,” Sutton says. Polo player and local collector Peter Brant lent a colorful Keith Haring painting. Olga Hirschorn lent all of the art from her famous “Mouse House.” The exhibition of spectacular Dutch old-master paintings from the collection of Suzanne and the late Norman Hascoe was of a caliber that rivals major museums. The most important paintings by David Hockney were lent from another local residence for temporary exhibition. The works read like a who’s who of art history, where Rembrandts, Duchamps,

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and Brancusis are on display from Greenwich homes. The list of local loans of art to the Bruce is long, impressive, and often anonymous. After all, it’s a town that values privacy and understated elegance. The Cohens gave the Bruce Faun and Bacchante, a superb painting by nineteenth-century master William-Adolphe Bouguereau. The painting can be used to teach students about classical subjects in art history, like the nineteenth-century Salon System and its eventual path to the most influential movement in art history, French Impressionism. Gifts like this are vital to the Bruce’s educational mission, and the museum hopes more locals will donate art. While the Bruce’s facts and figures validate its extraordinary accomplishments, the mission remains education. The Bruce has mastered the positive, cultural, and educational influence that art has on its students. Thousands of grade-school children are taught about cultural heritage there annually. At the Bruce, it doesn’t matter if they’re children from rich This page, clockwise from top left: a nineteenth-century painting by Francis A. Silva; co-chairs of the museum Nat Day, left, and Tamara Holliday; Carmiña Roth, far left, Tiffany Burnette, Keri Stroemer, and Linda Jenkins enjoy the recent opening of “Exotic Encounters: Art, Travel, and Modernity in the Collection of the Bruce Museum”; Peter Sutton, Bruce Museum executive director and CEO. Opposite page, left: a sculpture by Frederick William MacMonnies; another view of the Bruce Museum.

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Greenwich or from impoverished neighborhoods across the border. The Bruce’s director of education, Robin Garr, attributes much of its success to its Neighborhood Coalition. “The main goal of the Neighborhood Coalition is to get children to feel comfortable in the museum,” Garr says. “We draw from a thirty-mile radius, from Yonkers to Bridgeport, and sometimes farther.” School districts like Poughkeepsie have sent children on caravans of buses to discover the Bruce’s educational programs. “The wider area is diverse, so our student population is representative of the general population in Fairfield and Westchester counties,” Garr says. These diverse student groups can be seen on any given day in the galleries. According to Sutton, the Bruce is a “small, regional museum, in some ways better known in Europe than the U.S.,” a fact he attributes to the Bruce’s systematic sharing of exhibitions. The Bruce has originated popular exhibitions, and sent them on to larger venues. Referred to in its mission statement as a “world-class, community-based museum,” the museum’s sphere of influence is as global as it is local. “The Bruce has been highly successful at being creative, thinking up ideas and exporting them to others,” Sutton says. For example, the exhibition of Dutch master Jan van der Heyden’s paintings originated at the Bruce Museum before being sent to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where 304,000 visitors came to see it. The art collection of Jacques Goudstikker, an art dealer who fled the Nazis in 1939, was organized at the Bruce, then toured the Jewish Museum, the Norton Museum, and others. Despite all of the recent economic woes, the Bruce has handled tough financial times remarkably well. According to Sutton, “We had a balanced budget last year, when nobody had a balanced budget.” The Bruce sliced nearly $1 million from its budget in one year, including voluntary pay cuts from its devoted staff, and cutbacks on the most expensive loan exhibitions. A new network of support was recently established with “The New Collectors Circle.” It caught on quickly, and continues to grow. Sutton says, “The success of the New Collectors Circle shows that we are being adopted by the next generation.” u __________________________________________________ Michel Witmer is an art historian and collector. He serves on the board of Maastricht’s European Fine Art Fair. JUNE 2010 101

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shopping the avenue By Nicole hanley My goodness, how Greenwich has changed

in the past thirty years! The old Woolworths is now a Saks. The old fountain-soda Greenwich Drug Store is now a J. Crew, and the other drug store, Finch’s, is a Starbucks. Over the years, we locals faced these many changes with nostalgia and lament. (Though I must admit, I have grown to appreciate some of the new additions—especially my Starbucks.) Greenwich now boasts its own Apple Store, a

Scoop—even a Zara. Then there are those other stores that are particular to Greenwich. There are many that are new and others that have withstood the test of time. In these pages, discover the best shopping destinations Greenwich Avenue (and Putnam!) has to offer. Above: Greenwich is always changing. This old Woolworths, shown here in the 1950s, is now a Saks. Left: The writer, Greenwich native Nicole Hanley.

BETTERIDGE 117 Greenwich Avenue / 203.869.0124 In 1897, A.E. Betteridge told his employees, “If you sell the best and do what’s best for customers, people will want to buy jewelry from you.” My grandmother bought me my first bracelet at Betteridge: a gold bangle with set rubies. I still have it. Betteridge has been the jeweler of choice for many of my family’s most important gifts. The store has been a Greenwich Avenue institution since 1950, when Bert Betteridge purchased the old W.D. Webb Jewelers shop and moved his headquarters there from New York. It has since been the jeweler of choice for many generations of Greenwich families, given the premium it places on product quality, personalized service, integrity, and value. It has also grown to new heights, with outposts in Vail, Beaver Creek, and Palm Beach.

Lilly pulitzer 92 Greenwich Avenue / 203.661.3136 Lilly Pulitzer is the personification of Palm Beach style, and where better to anchor the brand’s New England representation than in Greenwich, Connecticut? A Lilly print is as iconic as a Pucci one, yet transcending the print itself is Lilly’s shift style, which has become a staple on women young and old. I can still remember my first favorite Lilly piece, a yellow koala print, which I actually wore during my first photo shoot for this magazine at the Meighers’ house in Palm Beach. Without a doubt Lilly Pulitzer’s Greenwich is ready to provide a splash of Florida color that is sure to give you a vitamin D boost no matter what the weather is like in the Northeast!


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265 Greenwich Avenue / 203.869.2054 Holly might breakfast at Tiffany’s (which is also in Greenwich), but I would move into Ralph Lauren! Greenwich has been waiting nearly fifteen years for Ralph Lauren to find his perfect shop and re-open on the Avenue. And that’s exactly what he has done with this store, a testament to the brand’s impeccable and beautiful manner. The décor perfectly appropriates the architecture and setting: marble floors, exquisite details and moldings, great chandeliers, and custom wallpaper. Women can shop for apparel and accessories on the first floor and home goods on the second, while there is a haven for men on the side with its own entrance. A very welcome back, Ralph! JUNE 2010 103

J. CREW 126 Greenwich Avenue / 203.661.5181 When I was in sixth grade, receiving the J. Crew catalogue felt like Christmas in the mail. I would spend hours carefully selecting a few must-haves and then I would structure a thoughtfully researched proposition to my parents. Needless to say, at that age, everything was enormous on me, but no matter, it was J. Crew. Today, J.Crew can be found everywhere—not just in your mailbox. Under the guidance of Millard “Mickey” Drexler, the brand has grown tremendously, but without losing its niche and soul. All that being said, what I love most is the way the brand styles their looks. J. Crew always makes its classic pieces look better than just wardrobe building-blocks—it always makes them look stylish.

J. MCLAUGHLIN 45 E. Putnam Avenue / 203.862.9777 Just when everyone thought to turn Hermès scarves into halter tops, J.McLaughlin took it one step further and designed tops that looked like scarves—it was brilliant! J. McLaughlin is not only affordable, but has managed to make very preppy look very chic! Clearly that is a winning combination: brothers Kevin and Jay McLaughlin have expanded from a single store on 74th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan into shops across the United States, including this playful, colorful location in Greenwich. Each shop has its own distinct storefront, designed in partnership with Doug Larson of Larson and Paul Architects, in order to harness the unique sensibility of each town and each building’s individual design.

J. POCKER & SON 175 West Putnam Avenue / 203.629.0811 As a child, I remember schlepping out to White Plains with my mother because there was only one store she trusted with framing anything (including the artistic masterpieces owned by my sister Merrill and me!). Looking back, her loyalty is not surprising, considering J. Pocker & Son’s more than eighty-year reputation as an extremely knowledgable family-owned business. All of its framing is of conservation quality, from eight-ply mats to museum-quality conservation glass. So, you can imagine how thrilled we were when the Pocker’s finally opened in Greenwich (not to mention how much time we saved!).

MANFREDI 121 Greenwich Avenue / 203.622.1414 Manfredi has served the greater Greenwich area and its discerning clientele for more than twenty years. Their exclusive collections offer some of the world’s most sought-after watch brands, as well as jewelry designs, in gold, platinum, and diamonds, with a variety of precious gemstones. The in-house watchmakers are authorized to repair more than twenty-five Swiss watch brands, while Manfredi’s goldsmith is happy to cater to your every repair or restoration need, or to customize an original piece to your exact liking. If you should require any assistance, Manfredi’s knowledgeable staff will provide the answers and advice you need in a comfortable and spacious environment.

dighton rhode 5 Lewis Street / 203.622.4600 While Dighton Rhode is a newer addition to Greenwich’s shopping scene (the store opened in 2006), it is a necessary one. No longer do Greenwich women have to make a special trip to New York City just to find the designers we love. Dighton Rhode is a sophisticated boutique that carries some of the world’s most fashion-forward designers, such as shoes from Balenciaga and apparel from Lanvin. The collection is very au courant, but it is edited perfectly, by Rhode Island native Jennafer Loporchio, for the modern Greenwich woman. The incredibly helpful sales team will spend all the time with you that you need—with the attention of a personal stylist—to ensure that you find a perfectly pulled together ensemble, from head to toe, for your every occasion.

ST. MORITZ 383 Greenwich Avenue / 203.869.2818 This family-owned pastry shop has been on the Avenue since 1939, and I can’t think of a single rival anywhere. Everything is baked on premises using only fresh and natural ingredients, such as butter, real cream, and imported European chocolate. Plus, they’re very “Greenwich,” often participating in fund-raising and celebratory events for local organizations, institutions, and businesses, such as the Bruce Museum, Greenwich public and private schools, and many others. Oh, and we can’t go without mentioning their famous “Sarah Bernhardt” macaroons because if you have never tried one, you must. Just go! u JUNE 2010 105

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The idea for Smathers & Branson began when Austin Branson’s girlfriend (and Greenwich native!), Maisie, gifted him a needlepoint belt for his twenty-first birthday. Upon returning to Bowdoin College for his senior year, Austin and his roommate, Peter Smathers Carter, founded a company devoted to offering quality needlepoint wares. “It was the sort of product that had been handmade by women for the men in their lives for so long, but there had never been a company that focused on making it and distributing it to all the right places,” Austin says. After graduating in 2004—an occasion marked by a needlepoint cummerbund from Maisie—Austin and Peter set up production. Within a year, their product was being sold at Murray’s Toggery Shop on Nantucket, with availability at Richard’s of Greenwich and Darien Sport Shop soon to follow. “We knew 106 QUEST

the hotbeds,” Austin says. “And used those as test cases.” Five years later, the company has expanded magnificently. In addition to belts, Smathers & Branson now offers needlepoint dog collars, flasks, key fobs, and other items at more than five-hundred locations. In Manhattan, Bergdorf Goodman, J. Press, and Scully & Scully carry the line. “I remember walking into these stores five years ago thinking that we could never sell at them,” Peter says. “There’s this saying, ‘The harder you work, the luckier you get.’” “I really admire their determination, since the beginning of the business,” says Maisie, who is now married to Austin. “Now, I see people wearing their products on the street everywhere, from Florida to D.C. to Connecticut.” Be it hard work, luck, or some combination thereof, these entrepreneurs have launched a truly successful company with an ever-growing following. u

Smathers & Branson offers customization for individuals or groups, such as schools and wedding parties. This page: Block Monogrammed Flask ($100); Bonefish Needlepoint Key Fob ($25). Opposite: Co-founders Austin Branson and Peter Smathers Carter; Maisie and Austin Branson.

at home on The farm What began with the purchase of ten Black Angus cows from a liquidation sale in Pennsylvania has become a fully operational farm in the hills of rural Connecticut. Built in 1939, on a ridge running between Bridgewater and Roxbury, Greyledge Farm has been owned by Terry and Libby Fitzgerald since 1993. With an interest in agriculture and preserving Connecticut’s agrarian past—combined with a passion for the “locavore” food movement—the Fitzgeralds’ first cows arrived ten years ago. Today, Greyledge has 350 cows and, three years ago, a solar-powered barn was built on their property. This page, above: Terry and Libby Fitzgerald with their three sons, now aged 16, 14, and 7, at Greyledge Farm. Left: The products from their farm make up the Monkey Bar hamburger and Swifty’s pork chops. Opposite, above: their pool house in Litchfield County. Below: a Black Angus cow and her calf graze on fresh grass. 108 QUEST

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because he was local to the area and, at the time, he was actually looking for locally sourced beef,” Libby says. Most recently, they began providing their Black Angus beef and pork from their heirloom pigs to Swifty’s. The Fitzgeralds are also active in land preservation. “It is important to us to help keep the land open and underdeveloped. Where we are is really quite rural and we have developed unique relationships with several Connecticut land trusts to graze our animals on land or hay, since our cows are grass-fed year round.” Greyledge leases land from both the Roxbury Land Trust and the Weantinoge Land Trust. For Libby, instilling her family with a strong work ethic was another, personal impetus behind the farm. “We have three boys and we thought it was important for them to understand the value of hard work. They have all contributed to the farm every summer—working with the animals or the farm stand or picking up sticks and weed-wacking,” she says. “Since they grew up in the city we felt they needed to understand the lessons of hard work, the humane treatment of animals, healthy eating, land preservation and sound environmental practices.” With obvious passion and enthusiasm for her work, she adds: “I could talk forever about the farm.” u For more information on Greyledge Farm, call 860.350.3203 or visit

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The Fitzgeralds added heritage hogs and free-range chickens to their operations, but every animal is hand-selected and pastureraised. Today, Greyledge is a unique farm business that keeps the humane treatment of animals and environmental stewardship at its heart. “People often ask what drove Terry and I into the beef business since neither of us had any experience,” says Libby, who lives in New York with her husband and three children. Her first priority was to produce healthy, high-quality food for her family and friends. “It began very much with people that we know and word of mouth, and it spread from there. Most of our customers are local to Litchfield or New York City.” It was Litchfield neighbor Graydon Carter who brought Greyledge to Manhattan at his fabled Monkey Bar. “We approached him

This page, clockwise from top: beef tartar; the mudroom; the pine paneling in the bedroom is original to the eighteenth-century house. Opposite, top: the Fitzgeralds strive to keep the dĂŠcor as close to its original period style as possible, as seen in the dining room; another beef patty from the herd of local Black Angus cows, which are born, raised, and grass-fed on Greyledge pastures.

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Clockwise from top left: Luke Tomlinson in action; an army polo player, 1912; Gustavo Yanez in Argentina; Captain Cheape, 1911; charge for the ball; an army polo team, 1912. Opposite: American and English polo teams in 1913.

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Haviland Hollow Farm, a year-round polo club located in Putnam County, features two tournament polo fields, two half-mile sand exercise tracks, an indoor polo arena, and a stick-and-ball field, as well as impressive equestrian facilities, including first-rate stabling, paddocks, and cross-country trails—all within an hour of New York City. Founded by Sam Ramirez, Jr., a two-goal player, Haviland Hollow Farm offers polo for every level player. From two USPA tournaments to a coaching clinic and private lessons, the farm begins with 4-goal and continues to 14-goal polo. In addition to the two USPA tournaments, Haviland will host league play all summer. Practices and games will be offered on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Season two will start with a three-day rules clinic, hosted

Above, clockwise from top left: Spectators stomp divots at half time; polo action from the CBSBB Polo Charity Event; Sam, Diane, and Trey Ramirez with Sam Ramirez, Jr.; the trophies table; the Ramirez Financial Polo Team: Oliver Butterworth, Sam Ramirez, Jr., Gregorio Simiones, and Ade Adedeji·

by PTF/USPA Umpire Bob Stuerzebecher which will provide excellent training for a newcomer to the sport and offer a refresher course for the more experienced player. Haviland Hollow Farm prides itself on its family-oriented and private membership. “I created a year-round polo facility within an hour of New York City. It’s a great club for both beginners and experienced players,” Ramirez says. To learn more about Haviland Hollow Farm, visit  

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THE FAcE OF POLO Polo players have a special allure: devilishly handsome, dangerously athletic on the field, and disarmingly charming off it. Dubbed the “Brad Pitt of polo,” Igancio “Nacho” Figueras has brought special attention to the sport of polo in the United States over the last few years. Figueras and Ralph Lauren have built a partnership, not only with Figueras as the official face of Ralph Lauren’s Polo Fragrances, but also because Ralph Lauren is the official sponsor and outfitter for Figueras’s team, Black Watch. To the casual observer, polo is captured in the iconic Ralph Lauren advertising campaigns, but Nacho Figueras is the real thing in the sport of polo. Born in Argentina in 1977, Nacho had developed a love of horses and the game of polo by the age of nine. By the time he was seventeen, he had begun his career as a professional polo

The face of Ralph Lauren’s Polo Fragrances, Nacho Figueras, here with his daughter, Aurora, is the real thing when it comes to the sport of polo.

player. Today, his name is so synonymous with the sport that the American Museum of Natural History looked to Figueras to donate his equipment for their exhibit last year “The Horse.” Dividing his time between the United States and Argentina, Figueras is married to Delfina Blaquier and has three children, Hilario, 10, Aurora, 5, and Artemio, 7 months. “I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue my life’s passion, which is playing and advancing the game of polo, and I am truly honored to be the new face of the World of Polo,” says Figueras. “My relationship with the Ralph Lauren brand is precious to me ... it is a dream come true.” u

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polo challenge The Mashomack Polo Club hosts its thirteenth annual International Polo Challenge

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On Saturday, June 26, Hunter Boot will sponsor the Mashomack International Polo Challenge in Pine Plains, New York. The Mashomack Polo Club, part of the Mashomack Preserve Club, features five tournament-class fields, a practice field, stick-and-ball areas, and a regulation outdoor arena. Throughout the summer, the club hosts 4- to 12goal tournaments, including the USPA Edudaro Moore (8-goal), the USPA Governors Cup (4- to 8-goal), the USPA Officer’s Cup (4- to 8-goal), and the

USPA Constitution Cup (2- to 4-goal). No tournament, however, is more anticipated than the International Polo Challenge (12-goal). “The event begins at noon with a champagne reception and field-side luncheon,” says Bruce Colley, co-chairman for the event. “The day continues with exciting roundrobin matches between teams from the United States, Britain, Italy, and Singapore.” Attracting more than seven hundred guests, the event marks the start of the summer social season in Mill-

brook. “Participating in and sponsoring equine events is the perfect fit for a brand with our unique heritage and lifestyle,” says Wendy Svarre, CEO for Hunter Boot USA. “Like the community of Millbrook, where field sport and high fashion is a way of life, Hunter offers both functionality and fashion sensibility.” Hunter Boots will also sponsor the September FIP event, as well as the Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials in July. u For more information, call 845.677.5855.

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This page, clockwise from top left: action on the field during the Mashomack International Polo Challenge; player Parker Thorne fastens her helmet; ponies await their field time; the Carlyle champions raising champagne; racing for the ball; player Sara Rotman takes a break; the trophies. Opposite: John and Karen Klopp talk between chuckers.

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This summer’s matches promise to be some of the most exciting in the sport. The greatest athletes will compete for one of polo’s most treasured prizes. Returning will be members of the East End’s high-profile and influential audience—V.I.P.s, celebrities, and media. Teams that will compete this season include: Certified, Cinque, Terre/Heathcote, Equueleus, WBF, Great Oaks, and Black Watch. Season partners include: Mercedes-Benz, Piaget, and Blue Star Jets. Polo Ralph Lauren will return this summer as the exclusive apparel retailer with an on-site shop. The 2010 season will begin on Saturday, July 17, and continue for six consecutive Saturdays, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Consisting of three playing fields, one practice field, and the largest string of polo ponies under a single brand, Casa de Campo’s facilities in the Dominican Republic are among the best in the world. Equipment, group instruction, and personalized training are available for beginners and medium-goal players. Guests can hire ponies for stick-and-ball tournaments and families can compete against each other in matches held each week. Regular polo matches are played throughout the week during the season, which begins in early November and ends in April. Domestic cups and international tournaments are organized during the season and all rated teams are encouraged to enter.

For more information, visit

For more information, visit




Nestled in the beautiful backcountry of Greenwich, Connecticut, and internationally recognized for its rosters of legendary teams and players, Greenwich Polo Club hosts public USPA high-goal polo matches on Sundays in June, July, and September. White Birch is its home team, which was established in 1981. One of the most successful polo teams in history, White Birch captured its first U.S. Open Polo Championship in 2005. It was its thirty-first title at the 26-goal level or higher. The White Birch Polo Team has won more high goal polo tournaments than any other single team in the past twenty-five years.

Located in Wellington, the heart of South Florida’s legendary horse country, the International Polo Club Palm Beach is a world-class club designed by and for polo players to showcase the finest the sport has to offer. Thousands of fans from around the world celebrated the 2010 Winter Polo Season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The season features a series of six renowned polo tournaments, and is home to the only high-goal season in the U.S. The 2010 lineup includes such prestigious high-goal competitions as the Joe Barry Memorial, Ylvisaker Cup, C.V Whitney, and Gold Cup, culminating with the playing of the coveted U.S. Open Polo Championship.

For more information, visit

For information, visit

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THE YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST From the Hudson Hotel and the Society of MSKCC’s Spring Ball to Prada and GoldBar, Elizabeth Brown chronicles fast-paced living in the city that never sleeps. by Elizabeth Brown

VV Brown sang on the runway at Eyebeam Studios. Inset: Polaroids of guests celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of Express.

“tIa Models posed backstage at the Express fashion show and VV Brown with DJ Frank Delour performance.

AnnaLynne McCord blew a kiss before the Express fashion show.

A model wore a colorful Express dress in front of hosts Chanel Iman, Caroline Trentini, Elettra Weidemann and Ed Westwick.

The runway showcased a variety of looks, all

A cause 4 celebration / Elizabeth brown / patrick mcmullan

styled by Vogue using pieces from Express.

Ed Westwick posed with Vogue’s Anne Vincent, who

Juliet Izon and Michael Lewin, who is on A

pulled off an amazing fashion show with Express.

Cause 4 Celebration’s board of directors.

“finis origine pendet,” or “The end depends upon the beginning,” serves as a motto for Phillips Exeter Academy. As I revisited the New Hampshire campus for my five-year high school reunion, I considered my formative years of bridge jumping into the river, illegal visitations in boys’ dorms, the “Harkness” method, and writing for the school newspaper— all equally integral, I think, to the development of my becoming a columnist. Upon returning to Manhattan after the weekend, I experienced many new beginnings: inaugural benefits, website launches ... first dates. Everywhere, the enthusiasm was really quite inspiring. So, cheers to your being young, being on the guest list, and penning your own endings. The Inaugural Junior Spring Benefit for The Lincoln Cen-

ter Institute was at the opening of the Private Park at the Hudson Hotel on May 10. The outdoor space was absolutely abuzz with excited guests, including the lovely Serena Merriman and Neel Shah from Page Six. Sipping sangria garnished with blackberries, I listened to Alexis Theodoracopulos rival the smooth ambiance set by a jazz ensemble with several dirty jokes. On May 13, the second annual “Rock 4 the Cause” was held in Chelsea by A Cause 4 Celebration, a growing organization dedicated to helping children with cancer. There, I danced awesomely with my friend Juliet Izon from Life & Style Weekly to the ’80s cover band Mr. Greengenes. Don’t judge. The next week, I arrived at The Pierre for the Society of JUNE 2010 123


Prada mannequins at the New Yorkers for

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Spring Ball. Over cocktails, Blair Husain looked radiant in red ruffled Valentino and Jamie Tisch glowed in white a J. Mendel with tulle detailing. A Tory Burch make-up bag later, I was at nearby Serafina enjoying buffallo mozzarella and tomato with my friend Patricia Poekel, soon to be playing Skee-Ball at Brother Jimmy’s. Seriously! What else is one to do when in formal-wear? The following Thursday was mostly a marathon. The evening started at Prada with a reception for the New Yorkers For Children Fall Gala. When I arrived, my friend Amanda Steren from New Yorkers For Children welcomed me, sharing that Tommy Rowles, a bartender at Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel, was serving whiskey cocktails. Rowles, having once poured bourbon for Harry Truman, is certainly not young. However, his Old-Fashioned was very worthy of everyone on the guest list that night. Then it was off to Eyebeam Studios where Vogue was celebrating thirty years of fashion from Express. Just before the lights dimmed for the show, I hugged Daniel Cappello who was chatting with Meredith Melling Burke and Christian Langbein by the runway. Later, VV Brown performed, soulfully singing “Shark in the Water” and sporting green lipstick.

Left: Stephanie LaCava supported New Yorkers For Children. Right: Amy McFarland and Zac Posen at Prada.


When the waitstaff began serving water, the masses spilled onto West 21st Street. And I departed with Oliver Ames, Essie Gavrilov, and Elizabeth Meigher—all from Quest—amid a sweet, and self-imposed, cloud of Infusion de Tubereuse and Infusion de Vetiver. Thanks, Prada! We arrived shortly at Brinkley’s where we were joined by my friends Anne Moody and Lauren Ruddy from Elle. After poaching a couple spoonfuls of my dinner partner’s homemade mac and cheese, we all practically teleported across Broome Street. At GoldBar, my cousin, David Appleton, was deejaying with DJ Wreckineyez and Asher Roth at a party for the launch of Thank goodness Red Bull was sponsoring because, at this leg of the “race,” I desperately needed a pick-me-up! All in all, the party that night was awfully crazy. I wish we’d taped it. Phew! Memorial Day comes as a welcome respite—unless some gorgeous young social shows up to Figawi in Yves Saint Laurent or something (not likely). I look forward to mimosas and leisurely dinners with my girlfriends. Crossing my fingers for a very tanned entrance at next month’s Wildlife Conservation Society’s annual Spring Gala, “Flights of Fancy” on June 10! u

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Children reception.

Chessy Wilson and Grace Cha raised their glasses to the Lincoln Center Institute, an organization that brings art curriculum into schools, at the Hudson Hotel. Anastasia Rogers, Serena Merriman and Melanie Berliet support the Lincoln Center Institute.

Byrdie Bell at the opening of the Private Park at Hudson.

DJ Wreckineyez spun with Asher Roth, who launched his new website,, with a party sponsored by Red Bull.

Hannah Bronfman and David Appleton at Asher Roth’s web launch at GoldBar.

Whitney Port attended a Valentino-sponsored event

Tory Burch with Mary J. Blige, who per-

that took place at the Hudson Hotel.

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sailing into summer by hilary geary

Oh my. Spring Break has sadly ended in

Palm Beach and the town is no longer buzzing with children of all ages, all over the place! The sun was shining so all the adorable bambinis could head to the beaches and have fun in the sun. Restaurants were packed, as were the golf courses and tennis courts. Plus, there were baby carriages, strollers, bikes, rollerbladers, and surfers everywhere! Immediately after Easter, most of the kids left and the days seemed a little quieter— but then they started renovating Worth Avenue. It has literally been torn up, which sure makes it a bit challenging to get a parking space. But hopefully it will be completed sooner rather than later. The rest of the action slowed down too, but not entirely, as there’s always plenty going on (hey, doll, this is PB—the town rocks 24/7). In between the tennis and golf, Wilbur and I were thrilled to go to the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation luncheon to applaud the architect Tom Kirchoff and decorator Mario Buatta as they received the Elizabeth L. and John H. Schuler award for the best new traditional house (yippee, it was ours!). The following Saturday we headed to dinner at Carol and Earle Mack’s dazzling waterfront house. Earle was Pat Wood and Ed Ney on their wedding day, with Rev. Ralph R. Warren. 126 QUEST

From left to right: Susie Elson, Mai Harrison, Sam Michaels and Ed Elson; John Loring and Jessie Araskog.

our former ambassador to Finland and, before that, CEO and chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts, for which he now serves as chairman emeritus. I have to say, driving up to this lovely house kind of takes your breath away: it has views of both the ocean and the Intracoastal. After being greeted by our beautiful hostess, Carol, dressed in a short teal blue dress, we stepped into the pale blue and white living room for a little chitchat and champagne while being serenaded by a quartet. We then headed outside to their loggia, which has soft green walls and shell-encrusted details, to find two long tables covered in a pink and green cotton print, set with lush flowers, china in a chinoiserie pattern with wicker chargers. Dinner was scrumptious: ravioli, fish, and an irresistible dessert accompanied by excellent vintage wine. We had such a good time that most of us stayed past midnight, which is very late in PB. Among the group were Eva O’Neal, Barbara Black, Tommy Quick, Chris and Grace Meigher, Christine and Steve Schwarzman, Wilbur Ross, Lars Bolander and Nadine Kalachnikoff, Brett Price, and more. The next night we had a tiny cozy dinner for Sunny and Lily Marlborough, a.k.a. Duke and Duchess. They were just back from the Dominican Republic for the

Fanjuls’ “Sugar” golf tournament, which Sunny won, along with Prince Michel de Bourbon. The following weekend Jessie and Rand Araskog opened the doors to their spectacular waterfront house decorated by the brilliant Scott Snyder. Rand was CEO of ITT Corporation for more than seventeen years and also the author of The ITT Wars: An Insider’s View of Hostile Takeovers. The very talented Scott also decorated their heavenly oceanfront house in Southampton and both have been featured in Architectural Digest. The PB house is truly a showplace, wonderfully comfortable, sun-flooded, and filled with treasures. It also is brilliantly situated with a big wide southern exposure right smack on the water. After watching the sunset and sipping icy champagne by the pool, we headed into the hand-painted dining room while our “better halves” dined at a table in the “orchid room.” This divine evening was perfection, with a flawless menu made up of everything I love to eat: a salad with avocados, cheese, and grapefruit to start, Dover sole, and an irresistible dessert, plus chocolate-covered palm tree cookies! Among the lucky guests were Kate Ford and Frank Chopin, John Loring, Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola, Ambassador Mary Ourisman (looking ever-so-chic in Valentino), Darcy and George Gould,

Sam Michaels, Pat Cook and Bob Nederlander, Ed and Suzie Elson, Mai Harrison, and more. The next weekend, Julia Koch toasted her husband David’s birthday at a fabulous dinner dance with a “Wizard of Oz” theme. It was the party of the season, hands down. There was nonstop dancing to the one-and-only Lionel Ritchie! Friends flew in from all over to celebrate David’s birthday—and celebrate we did.     Speaking of celebrations, the following weekend Wilbur and I hosted a wedding reception for my beautiful mother, Pat Wood, and Ed Ney, formerly the United States ambassador to Canada and chairman and chief executive of Young & Rubicam. The Rev. Ralph R. Warren, affectionately called “Hap,” tied the knot (right before the Kentucky Derby (we’re all racing fans, aren’t you?). The bride was lovely in Oscar de la Renta, as was the flower girl, her great granddaughter, Eloise Geary, in Oscar too! The debonair groom was very dapper in a dark blue suit. Mike Carney serenaded the duo with a lively trio while we all smiled to see them so happy. The very next day they whisked off to London for a honeymoon, after which they will reside in that fabled Southampton-Palm BeachNew York City triangle. Ahh, romance, romance! u JUNE 2010 127


“We regard the past as having much to teach the present, but we also recognize that the past is long indeed and we must be selective and relevant in our selectivity,” said Katherine Zierleyn, head of school at Greenwich Academy in Connecticut from 1955 to 1975. Today, the independent day school for girls and young women continues to benefit from its formative years under Zierleyn. Over those twenty years, Greenwich Academy moved to its current location at 200 North Maple Avenue, experienced a more than thirty-seven percent increase in its student body, and, by 1970, had coordinated with the 128 QUEST

Brunswick School, the neighboring boys’ school. Plus, popular traditions such as mother-daughter luncheons, Charter Day, and annual “Green Leaf” dances were introduced. Throughout her tenure, Zierleyn’s dog was another fixture on campus. Originally named by students for the French word, “Timbre”—in honor of his bark—he soon became known as Timber. Students spent many recesses walking the grounds with Zierleyn and, of course, Timber. —Elizabeth Brown Former head of school Katherine Zierleyn strolling the Greenwich Academy grounds with students and her dog, Timber.

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