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Photographer: Ryan Orange Stylist: Adeel Khan

Editor’s Note

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Resident on the Digital Screen

22 Behind the Scenes

BUZZ 24 Public Eye

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c-cap spring benefit

28 Behind the Velvet Rope

ICONS & INFLUENCERS 32 DR. ROBI LUDWIG

34 ARTHUR AIDALA

STYLE & FASHION 36 INSPIRED BY THE SEA

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A JET SET Getaway

46 Black Gold

BEAUTY & WELLNESS 50

Healing Plants of the World

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Summer Shape Up

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Primp & Pamper

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CINDY BARSHOP

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A 21st Century Remedy

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COVER Harry Hamlin


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QUITO: A JOURNEY TO THE MIDDLE EARTH

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Dining Out

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Mundo: Globally Inspired Cuisine

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ESCAPES 92

Checking In: A Luxury Family Affair

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Lust List: Travel

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The Beverly Hilton

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Los Angeles Guide

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Toronto

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NEVER NOT BROKEN

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See and be Scene

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LAST WORD

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SPRING IS IN THE AIR!

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ith a mild winter and only 1 major snowstorm, we rejoiced in the fact that it’s finally spring and winter is behind us. The beautiful weather made us think of luxury escapes and spring travel. Our spring fashion and beauty themes were inspired by the Jetset lifestyle. From shooting on a Challenger 850 with Jetsmarter’s practical approach to flying private to accessories inspired by the sea and Manhattan skyline. As plants are starting to bloom in the wake of spring we looked at the multi benefits of natural plant based beauty and how to harness the power of nature. We also showcased ways to shed the effects of winter with some much needed pampering. This was also our first photo shoot in the sunny climes of Los Angeles where we were able to meet the iconic Harry Hamlin. Hamlin’s life story and road to fame is just as colorful as the roles he has played. With a career spanning over 40 years, the universe had a plan for Harry whose talents are only matched by his debonair looks which earned him People’s Sexiest Man in the late 80s. Vacation was on our minds this month as we highlighted exciting destinations and luxurious getaways such as Los Angeles, Mexico and the Caribbean, as well exotic Quito. Meanwhile at home in New York City the culinary scene is brimming with new restaurants, star chefs and new spring menus that celebrate the glorious choice eats at our doorstep. I hope this issue inspires you to try something new, break out of your routine, explore a new destination, enjoy the warm weather and experience the great outdoors.

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Robert De Niro on the set of The Comedian

Keanu Reeves on the set of John Wick: Chapter Two

Kate Winslet and Ed Norton on the set of Collateral Beauty

K.K. Gkick and Jill Kargman on the set of Odd Mom Out


BUZZ

C-CAP

Careers Through

CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM Spring Benefit

Photos by Steve Sands, Annie Watt, Kathryn Cooper.

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ne of the premiere spring benefit events in NYC is the annual Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) that honored acclaimed chef, restaurateur and author Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad held at Pier 60. This gala raised funds to support the national not-for-profit’s mission of providing culinary career opportunities, education and scholarships to disadvantaged youth. Guests were also treated to a grand tasting featuring over 40 of NYC’s top chefs as they moved from table to table to try dishes like Sweet Potato Crémeux with hazelnut financier and bourbon by Markus Glocker of Bâtard; Chantrelle, Sencha, and Dashi by Bryce Shuman of Betony; Verjus marinated Diver Scallops, Fresno Chili, Daikon and Buddha Hand by Gabriel Kreuther of Gabriel Kreuther; Peekytoe Crab Dumpling with Gae Jang sauce by Cedric Vongerichten of Perry Street; and Warm Poached Egg with Black Truffle by Abram Bissell of The Modern. Cooking alongside these all-star chefs were more than 60 New York City C-CAP high school culinary students and alumni, all aspiring to work with the best, and be the best in the culinary world. “The benefit this year was the most successful in C-CAP’s history, bringing in over $1,200,000, the most we’ve ever raised in a single night,” said Susan Robbins, C-CAP’s President. “Having Marcus Samuelsson and Mark Weiss, as Co-Chairs of of our Board, building upon the work of our Founder Richard Grausman has been a winning combination for C-CAP this year. Chef Samuelsson truly understands

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the importance of culinary education and the demand for skilled talent in the industry today. He has been a great mentor and leader to C-CAP students and graduates, and we look forward to C-CAP’s continued growth.” Mark Weiss brings the business acumen and experience to give the students the building blocks to succeed as restaurateurs. Weiss states, “What’s great now is that you’ve seen graduates from our program move up the ranks to become incredibly successful chefs over the years and they realize they could not have achieved their success without the support of C-CAP. It’s fabulous to see these children grow into such fabulous chefs and people, and C-CAP has been there for their high school and adult lives and these students come back as adults to mentor the next generation. One of the reasons why chefs love to be involved is that the C-CAP graduates are so well trained and make for excellent hires in their kitchens. It’s not just about what we’ve done but what we will be doing for future generations.”

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Behind the Velvet Rope

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New Movies For You

Ben Affleck and Amy Adams @ Batman vs. Superman

Gerard Butler @ London Has Fallen

Mary Elizabeth Winstead @ 10 Cloverfield Lane

Penelope Cruz @ Zoolander

These are the movies you want to see this month. If you like action I recommend Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice staring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. This movie is all Pow and Bang . Co-star Jesse Eisenberg said, “ The take away is how interesting the movie looks and how wonderful it is.” Agreed. Want more action; try London Has Fallen, which is ripped from future headlines. It stars Aaron Eckhart and Gerard Butler who said “ There is nothing better than sitting in a cinema being excited, being scared, with your adrenaline going. This movie is a fantastic roller coaster ride that has you on the edge of your seat.” I’ll second that. 10 Cloverfield Lane is a sci-fi thriller with a surprise ending I don’t want to spoil. John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher, Jr. create palatable tension from the beginning to the end. If you like the super natural check out the The Witch which is based on American folk tales. The film features Anya Taylor-Joy as the Devil’s convert who opined “The witch is a plastic Halloween decoration now, but actually the witch was a very frightening thing that had huge repercussions on our history. We should remember that there was that fear.” After all this you’ll need a good laugh and If you’re a fashionista you’ll get all the inside jokes in Zoolander2 with Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson and a hilarious Penelope Cruz. There are also campy cameos by Ariana Grande, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs , and Valentino. Owen nailed it when he said “ Zoolander didn’t do that well but over the years it’s developed a cult following.” This is the new Rocky Horror Picture Show for millennials; theaters will be screening it at midnight with fans dressing up as Derek , Hansel and Valentina and repeating the dialogue for decades. The 15th New York Turkish Film Festival featured eight films including Limonata, Sivas and the Oscar nominated Mustang by director Deniz Gamze Erguven. The provocative series was presented by the American Turkish Society. Americanturkishsociety.org

She Loves Me

Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iúsücan, GnesüÊNeziheÊSüensoy, Ilayda Akdogùan, and Dogùa Zeynep @ Mustang premiere

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The Roundabout Theatre celebrated its 50th season at the opening of She Loves Me. This classic musical, starring a glorious Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski, Zachary Levi and a remarkable Gavin Creel will be in the running for Best Revival at this year’s Tony Awards. Neal Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane and Tina Fey lead the applause. David Rockwell, who designed the show’s clever and sumptuous sets attended the pre- show party that was catered by the Sweet Hospitality Group (SHG). roundabouttheatre.org.


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BUZZ

Behind the Velvet Rope

Rocío Molina stared in the Flamenco Festival at City Center. Mikhail Baryshnikov, once came to her dressing room and fell to his knees in tribute to her. Molina said, “It should have been me kneeling to him.” The Festival was an interactive experience with Flamenco classes and Spanish cuisine provided by SHG owner Julie Rose. sweethospitalitygroup.com

A Perfect World

Zachary Levi, Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski, and Gavin Creel @ She Loves Me

Producer Jacob Langfelder, Teresa Giudice, and Ben Rimalower @ 42 West

Animal activist and actress Leesa Rowland, filmed the first episode of her show, A Perfect World, based on her efforts to rescue homeless pets and animals on death row at NYC animal shelters. Rowland was actively involved in helping save the cow that made headlines after it escaped onto the streets from a slaughter house in Queens. The show kicked off with an event for Rowland’s non-profit Animal Ashram at Serafina. Among the TV characters are former Miss USA Julie Hayek, architect Steven Sepaugh and Patrick McMullan. Others in the scene were event planner Sofia Crokos, longevity doctor Christopher Calapai and poker queen Beth Shak. Animalashram.com

Short Subjects Jill Zarin hosted a Vegas weekend to celebrate her husband Bobby’s birthday. Jill arranged an outing at The Gun Store where the guys shot machine guns at Osama Bin Laden, the girls used pink and purple pistols. The gift bags included a hangover kit and a candle from Zarin Fabrics warehouse. Zarinfabrics. com. Artists Suzanne LaFleur and Frances Middendorf helped open the 117th Artist Members Exhibition at the National Arts Club. In the mix were celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, real estate investor Steven Vornea, Margaret Butler, Sheila Rosenblum and Xiomi Frans-Cuber. nationalartsclub.org. Jean Shafiroff launched her book, “Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give.” With a party at Carrie-Me Couture in Palm Beach. jeanshafiroff.com

Jill and Bobby Zarin @ Win Gala

Leesa Rowland and Beth Shak @ Animal Ashram

Robert Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Co. was inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame at the Museum of Natural History while being flanked by Star Wars storm troopers. The Chosen Few photographer Frank Ammaccapane captured the action. Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, Erika Jayne sang her song “One Hot Pleasure” at the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus’ benfit. Anthony Taccetta Event Design sponsored the entertainment. Anthonytaccetta.com Jean Shafiroff and Pamela O’Connor @ Carrie-Me Couture

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DR. ROBI LUDWIG By Haiting Tan

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n established psychotherapist and a topnotch reporter, Dr. Robi Ludwig can now add writer to her already prolific resume. “Your Best Age Is Now” is a book complied of Dr. Ludwig’s scientific research and interviews that are aimed to bust the myths that society has of midlife.

It is understandable that women have a phobia of hitting midlife because they believe that they would stop being relevant and start running out of options in terms of their work and personal lives. Dr. Ludwig admits that she too felt uncomfortable when people asked about her age because she felt that it was an obstacle when it comes to running for job positions. She started to question if there were going to be any more opportunities. Middle-aged women have been brainwashed by our culture to assume that youth is the only place where women get noticed. However, Dr. Ludwig’s opinion took a 180 degree turn when she kept seeing women in midlife looking so young, fit and fabulous, nothing like what she had envisioned. She was inspired to write a book about midlife; she believed that this perception that midlife is the beginning of the end was wrong because there no longer has to be a midlife crisis. Dr. Ludwig discovered that men in midlife are open to the idea of dating middle aged women because they believe that these women are confident, realistic in their expectations of what they want in a relationship, and have a similar mindset. This however, is not the image that society is accustomed to. When we think of a stereotypical businessman, he usually has his arm around a young eye candy. It was contradictions like these that motivated Dr. Ludwig to write her highly acclaimed book. Despite midlife ranging from the ages of 45 to 60, it should be treated as a second adulthood. Middle aged women should reject the notion that midlife is a time of limitations instead they should start rebelling and acting like teenagers. It is crucial to “like yourself and own yourself” because it provides you with the “feeling like you can pursue and do what you need to do in your life.” says Dr. Ludwig. Similar to adolescents, middle aged women should have role models, to live life like how their midlife mentors live life. In the book, Dr. Ludwig shares about her midlife mentor for spirituality, Kathy Lee Griffith. If you want to start taking charge of your personal and work life, Dr. Ludwig’s book is available for sale from April 5th. Drrobiludwig.com

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Icons & Influencers

Arthur Aidala

By Bennett Marcus

Arthur Aidala

FOX NEWS LEGAL EAGLE & CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY

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ou’ve seen attorney Arthur Aidala on television for years, as a longtime legal commentator analyzing complex cases for Fox News, as well as on Court TV, MSNBC, Fox 5, and New York 1. He also appears regularly on The Kelly File with his friend Megyn Kelly. What you may not know is that the man you see on TV is one of New York City’s top criminal defense lawyers, taking on some of the high-profile cases making headlines in recent years. He successfully defended NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, who was falsely accused of sexual misconduct. Another famous case that he won despite long odds was that of Brigitte Harris, who killed her father after he abused her for years, and yet another was the crane operator in the fatal 2008 collapse in Midtown Manhattan. aidalalaw.com

Brooklyn Bar Association Aidala is currently the 100th president of the Brooklyn Bar Association, which has over 2,000 members in every field of law. “I take it very seriously,” says Aidala. He points out that Brooklyn, where he grew up and still lives, has changed tremendously. “I have seen first-hand the renaissance that Brooklyn is experiencing, and the way that Brooklyn has become a shining star in the city. I want the bar association to be a shining star in the citywide legal community.” Under Aidala’s leadership, the association has broken records for fundraising, including some for renovations to the 125-year-old headquarters building. The main boardroom, which hadn’t been touched since 1968, is undergoing a gut renovation, and on April 6, at the association’s annual judges’ night, U.S. Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito will cut the ribbon. Aidala also serves as an officer of the King’s County Criminal Bar Association. brooklynbar.org

Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins In addition to criminal cases, Aidala also works on corporate business deals, putting together, as he describes it, “the guy who sells the tires with the 34 • Resident • April 2016

Arthur Aidala ESQ, FOX News Megyn Kelly

guy who sells the cars.” Partners and associates in his firm, Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, are expert in a wide array of legal specialties, including personal injury law, real estate, civil litigation and matrimonial law. The newest addition to the firm, former Supreme Court Judge Barry Kamins, specializes in appellate and attorney disciplinary work, representing lawyers and judges who get into trouble with the bar. “It’s a full-service law firm,” Aidala says.

Diverse practice, helping people Aidala doesn’t take on high-profile cases for the notoriety. “I became a lawyer to help people,” Aidala says. In the Brigitte Harris case, he was so moved by her situation, that he not only worked pro bono, but also convinced all the experts who testified to do so unpaid, because she did not have the funds. “The facts of that case were so horrific, and obviously it was very gratifying when we achieved such positive results for her,” Aidala says. “With the exception of time with my family, nothing really

is equivalent to that feeling of gratification I get when I help a fellow human being in their most desperate time of need.”

Detective Rafael Ramos Foundation In December, Aidala represented Maritza Ramos, the widow of slain Detective Rafael Ramos, as she launched The Detective Rafael Ramos Foundation, which he says was a dream come true. “It was an opportunity to help a family who just had the ultimate tragedy do something good for the community,” he says. Aidala used his local news contacts to help get the word out, and the foundation recently held its first fundraising event with Mariano Rivera as a guest. The organization aims to raise awareness of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers and to better connect officers with the community, and to support families who have lost loved ones working in that profession. detectiverafaelramos.org


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BEAUTY & WELLNESS 50 • Resident • April 2016

By Jennifer Pelaez | Contributions by Hillary Latos

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efore modern technology, ancient civilizations from Asia to Africa used plants to heal their ailments. Although there is no exact formula to perfectly radiant skin and overall wellness, harnessing the power of plant-based ingredients, from diet, nutritional supplementation and a nutrient-rich skin care routine can make all the difference for the look and feel of beauty from within. Products rooted in nature are not only as effective as synthetic ones but if sourced from pure and exceptional quality ingredients, with modern extraction methods, they can deliver a powerful punch. Many companies have made huge strides in finding more plant-based ways of penetrating the skin without the use of harsh chemicals which can have a toxic effect on the body. Dr. Mark Menolascino, MD, internal medicine specialist, and key medical opinion leader at Lycored, states that most people are nutrient deficient even if following a proper diet and believes that targeted nutraceuticals and the use of synergistic combinations - for example, Lycopene and Lutein, as found in Lycored formulations, are important for youth optimization and balanced wellness. The vitamins and nutrients from plants can not only be nourishing, but also healing, protecting and anti-inflammatory. Whether we want to address concerns like pigmentation changes, redness or first signs of aging, botanical-powered products can help us keep our complexion and hair looking its best. Here is a look at some plant-based ingredients to feed your skin and body - the beautifying all-stars:


APPLE STEM CELLS LYCOPENE A unique carotenoid, this powerful antioxidant has the ability to minimize the effect of free radicals that cause damage to cells. Benefits: Can naturally increase the natural sun protection in your skin and applied topically assists in metabolic functions related to growth and repair. Also has gentle lightening and anti-aging benefits. Found in: Lyc-O-Derm Nutrient Complex $60, Lycored.com

ARTICHOKE This member of the sunflower family of vegetables is actually a perennial thistle with some very potent leaves. Artichoke leaf extract has been shown to help prevent photoaging by inhibiting free-radical formation as well as UVB-induced inflammation in skin cells. It also reduces the appearance of pores by boosting the cell’s inner density.

As apples are known for their exceptionally long shelf life apple stem cells have been proven to preserve and protect human skin cells and reverse the effects of aging and wrinkles. Found in: Luxury skin care company Retrouve uses a powerful combination of apple stem cells, White tea, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and squalane in their Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer. $445, Retrouve.com

TREMELLA MUSHROOM Tremella mushroom is a wood ear fungus found in Asia known to fight infection in cells, fights inflammation and stimulates hyaluronic acid production. Found in: Colbert MD Retensify Firming cream uses Tremella mushroom along with goji berry to strengthen the skin’s lipid balance, Vitamin C to brighten skin tone, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to reduce trans dermal water loss. $210, Colbertmd.com

Found in: Boscia No Pores No Shine T-Zone Treatment $36, Boscia.com

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GINSENG Ginseng is a perennial plant that has been used for thousands of years by herbalists and Chinese medical practitioners for its healing and balancing properties.

BAOBAB Known as the tree of life in Africa, the Baobab super fruit has been used for centuries to restore life in the harshest conditions with six times more Vitamin C than oranges, more potassium than bananas, more antioxidants than blueberries, twice the amount of iron as spinach and more than twice the calcium level of milk. Colorproof has created a line using the Baobab Power Complex, that radically repairs damaged hair. Found in: Baobab Heal & Repair Leave in Treatment Amazon.com

KAKADU PLUM This Aussie superfood, harvested in some of the most inaccessible areas of north-western Australia is one of the richest natural sources of Vitamin C with about 55 times more vitamin C than an orange. Benefits: Its potent antioxidant properties moisturize and protect skin against free radical damage to boost the complexion and brighten skin tone. Found in: DEMAdoctor Kakadu C Serum $95, Sephora.com YURRKU Kakadu Day Cream $48, Yurrku.com

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Benefits: Its high content of phytonutrients stimulate and activate the skin’s metabolism while also combating wrinkles by boosting skin-firming collagen. It also improves blood circulation resulting in a healthier and brighter complexion. Korean skincare line Amorepacific takes a holistic and scientific approach combining Korean red ginseng, matsutake mushro and bamboo sap as a powerful antioxidant combination with hydrating properties. Found in: Amore Pacific Resort Collection Sun Protection Mist SPF 30 $75, us.amorepacific.com Grande Lash has been proven to increase lash growth and uses a powerful combination of peptides, vitamins and amino acids including Ginseng. $65, grandelashmd.com


VITAMIN C A natural antioxidant, Vitamin C is a vital molecule for skin health that promotes collagen synthesis and prevents and treats UV induced photodamage and fades dark spots. Exuviance combines Vitamin C with AminoFil to promote collagen and restore firmness along with NeoGlucosamine to exfoliate and stimulate cell turnover to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Found in: Exuviance Age Reverse Total Correct + Sculpt Serum $79, exuviance.com Sonage A Plus Longevity Complex $52, Sonage.com Perricone MD OVM $170, Perriconemd.com

KELP & SPIRULINA Kelp, a brown seaweed, and spirulina, a blue-green algae are marine plants replete with a wide array of nutrients including minerals, vitamins, and proteins. Spirulina has been touted to help provide the body with energy, as well as ward off free radicals and eliminate toxins from the skin. This increases skin metabolism, thus faster skin cell turnover and skin healing. Seaweed provides anti-acne properties and can also help with skin lightening. Found in: iS Clinical White Lightening Complex $130, dermstore.com

RESVERATROL An antioxidant of the group known as polyphenols, resveratrol is an antimicrobial substance produced by plants in response to stressors, and plentiful in the skins and peels of grapes and some berries. It not only helps neutralize damaging oxidative stress which causes signs of aging, but resveratrol’s anti-inflammatory properties calm and heal the skin while also helping to maintain collagen and moisture levels. Found in: Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Firming Serum $82, us.Caudalie.com SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E $152, Skinceuticals.com Reserveage Nutrition Resveratrol Supplements 250mg $41.99, Reserveage.com Veneffect Anti Aging Intensive Moisturizer has the same potency of resveratrol as 1,000 glasses of wine. $185, Veneffect.com

Erno Laszlo Firmarine Moisturizer SPF 30 $195, ernolaszlo.com

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BEAUTY & WELLNESS BY Crystal Fenton

Healthy Hair

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SUMMER SHAPE UP Healthy Hair Starts NOW!

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unny days are on the way and your hair’s wellness is at stake. Here, 4 ways to check dream hair off your packed to-do list.

Meet NYC’s healthy hair guru: Ryan Darius. This hair whiz creates customized plans to meet the unique needs of each client. Utilizing products, education on proper care, holistic advice, supplements and/or hair extensions, his expertise makes it possible for all women to achieve envy-inducing (and healthy) hair. He’s sure to find the perfect look for each and every client, from celebrity to the girl next door. Now located at Vidov Salon in the West Village, Darius is backed by an impressive résumé. His editorial work includes Allure, Elle, Glamour, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, Celebrity Hairstyles, Short Hair, Hairstyle, Short Styles, Hairstyle Showcase and Nylon magazines. Additionally, he appeared on the Today show with Kathy Lee & Hoda, NBCLA, Better TV, Fox News-NY and won awards in Time Out New York and AM New York.

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Lackluster locks are a common concern after a long winter in the urban jungle; dry air and cool temps can lead to breakage and straw-like texture. Combat winter woes by applying a nourishing hair mask at least once a week. If you’re looking for a natural solution, whip up a DIY recipe including egg, avocado or flax oil to treat hair with healthy fats that restore shine, strength and moisture.

For those clients seeking extra length, fullness or simply a healthy option to grow out their hair, extensions may be the perfect fit. Brands like Platinum Seamless and Invis-tab utilize medical grade adhesive to safely and effectively attach to natural hair, adding instant length and volume. Plus, they won’t snarl or damage hair when removed. Extensions are the perfect way to grow out last season’s cut without sacrificing style.

Take Your Vitamins By now, you know that supplements are great for boosting the immune system and overall health--this extends to hair as well! Protein-rich and healthy fats will help maintain natural luster, strengthen and nourish the scalp and hair shaft. Or, try clinicallytested Viviscal hair care supplements, which work to increase hair health from within, increasing thickness, strengthening and improving hair growth. Viviscal.com 54 • Resident • April 2016

Get Your Beauty Sleep Sleep is crucial for optimum health; a well-rested body is a happy, healthy one. Your hair can also improve as you snooze by sleeping on a silk pillowcase. One to try: Slipsilk, which prevents bed head and also protects the delicate facial skin. The luxe fibers may help prevent breakage which ultimately leads to thinning hair.


BEAUTY & WELLNESS BY Jennifer Pelaez

Beauty Treatments & Salons

PRIMP & PAMPER

Shed the effects of winter and slip into spring with these treatments that restore balance while enhancing your overall well being.

Spa Week Though we shouldn’t need a reminder to pamper and rejuvenate ourselves, one of our favorite weeks of the year has to be Spa Week. From April 11- 17, hundreds of top tier spa, wellness, and fitness facilities will be offering premium full-service treatments (that usually cost $100-500) at a discounted price of only $50 per signature treatment. Many of the offered treatments are designed to alleviate technology related ailments such as back and neck pain, poor posture, muscle fatigue, carpal tunnel syndrome, facial sagging, vision loss and other 21st century issues. One of the exclusive treatments offered by The Red Door Salons during Spa Week is the De Stress Body Treatment, as New Yorkers are used to harboring daily stress. Start with an exfoliation to remove impurities and dead winter skin followed by an aromatherapeutic body wrap and a relaxing scalp massage to melt stress away and rebalance your spirit. To book one of these specially priced treatments register on spaweek.com to find a complete list of participating spas. Spaweek.com

Sphatika This Upper East Side crystal sanctuary, Sphatika, which translates into quartz crystal in Sanskrit, transports you to a tranquil and pure environment allowing you to absorb the positive energy and Sphatika philosophy which permeates the spa the moment you walk through the door. Their philosophy is to tap into your body’s innate ability to repair, renew, and rejuvenate itself which results in radiance from within. Through their carefully thought out menu and innovative treatments using their in-house skincare line featuring high-quality minerals and natural ingredients, the results are a natural glow and sense of overall well being. From their 30 minute Instant Oxygen Revitalizing Facial to the more complete and luxurious two hour Goddess Ambrosia Facial, Sphatika offers interesting and effective facial options for men and women. They also offer a wide array of body treatments like the Royal Sphatika Gold & Platinum Crystal Singing Bowls Experience which is a treatment to not be missed. Afterwards, enjoy the Far Infrared sauna which gently yet deeply penetrates muscles and bones, helping to ease stress and detoxify the body. Sphatika takes a holistic, sensory approach and places special emphasis on not just treating your skin and body, but mind and soul as well. Sphatika.com

Maris Dusan Spa This tranquil Park Avenue retreat has been attracting beauty aficionados and celebrity clientele for years. Maris Dusan Spa is a skin care sanctuary combining the best therapeutic treatments in a luxuriously zen environment. Maris Dusan Spa offers a wide range of treatments - from more medical treatments like the Rejuvapen Facial, to hair removal and herbal hydrotherapy baths, the end results are alike - a feeling and look of radiance and revitalization. With more than 25 years of experience as a clinical aesthetician, founder, Lidia Tivichi, combines her unparalleled expertise with natural and effective products for spectacular results. Her mantra that maintenance is prevention also rings true to her loyal followers who swear by her spectacular signature Eminence facials, as well as an oxygen blasts (serum enriched with pure blue oxygen) which can be added to any service. Another recommendation is the cryodermabrasion facial which helps boost the skin’s natural collagen supply through microdermabrasion and a special blend of hand-picked antioxidants. will leave you with a brighter and more glowing complexion. Marisdusan.com

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Beauty Treatments & Salons

SHEVA THAI SPA Pamper yourself from head to toe with Sheva Thai treatments from this Asian-inspired spa in the heart of Midtown. With a full array of services ranging from foot treatments and pedicures, manicures, facials and full body massages, spa owner, Naomi Hurvitz successfully transformed this urban space into an oasis of relaxation brimming with the fragrant aroma of jasmine and lemongrass, complemented by the soft Thai music playing throughout. Authentic and serene, one is immediately greeted by the warmth and hospitality for which the Thai culture is so well known for. Details such as the customized lounge chairs in the main spa floor are adorned with high-tech massage equipped pillows designed just for Sheva Thai. Guests are also offered an I-pod shuffle and eye mask to immerse into a state of Zen. Upgrade your treatment to the “royal” category for the ultimate luxurious experience or book a therapeutic and more healing service like the Thai Herbal Massage which blends ancient rituals with concoctions of fresh local herbs that have been passed down through the generations and touted for their medicinal properties. For those seeking to achieve proper mind-body balance and incorporate relaxation and healthy living into their daily routines, Sheva Thai offers Monthly Memberships that entitle you to unlimited foot massages and spa manicures - a must for busy New Yorkers. Shevaspany.com

CLARINS SKIN SPA at Bloomingdales Tucked away inside the iconic Bloomingdale’s, this cozy jewel-box space is the perfect respite from the bustling main floor. Convenient and easily accessible, the candle-lit treatment pod exudes an air of tranquility, yet also modern in its décor, and decadent in its attention to detail - the plush heated lounge chair and soft linens envelop you as you drift away into a peaceful state. Known for their results-oriented facials and the power of the Clarins Touch, a specialized massage emphasizing lymphatic drainage and detoxification, Clarins continues to successfully fuse traditional hand-based techniques with innovative new products. Their Clarins PRO line is made from the purest plant extracts and aromatic essential oils for the ultimate integration of results and pampering. All products used for facials are matched according to your skin’s needs which are first carefully analyzed by the skilled aestheticians. The customization and simplicity of the treatment menu allow for focus on each client’s concerns and are tailored to every possible preference. From 30 and 50 minute facials, to a full 80 minutes Clarins treatment, you will leave with a natural glow and smooth, rejuvenated skin. Clarinsusa.com

Sothys Spa Slip into hydration serenity with Sothy’s revolutionary and intensive Hydra 3HA Treatment that replenishes facial hydration by up to 70%. This luxurious and relaxing 75 minute experience includes 6 phases that use a combination of Boletus mushroom extract and 2 types of hyaluronic acid that are massaged into your skin leaving it deeply hydrated and luminous. Start with a relaxation back and neck massage to loosen muscles. Next the topical skin is cleansed and exfoliated with an enzymatic scrub gel. After the skin is prepped, a restructuring serum is massaged into the face followed by the high hydration gel mask, modeling mask to contour the face, and a plumping peel off mask that reduces fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment is finished off with the smoothing serum that leaves skin soft and looking decades younger. Sothyspa.com

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CINDY BARSHOP Knows What a Woman Wants

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isted as one of the “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” by Goldman Sachs in 2012, and also a former star on “The Real Housewives of New York City,” Cindy Barshop’s days as a reality star are behind her. Leaving the reality television show after one season, she turned to focus on Completely Bare, a waxing and laser hair removal salon established by Barshop almost 20 years ago. The salon has now relaunched as Spruce & Bond while Barshop has moved on to a bigger project, VSPOT.

emphasized that she is passionate about transforming the perceptions of people, she wants them to be acceptive of issues that people are embarrassed about. VSPOT was inspired when Barshop met with a president of a laser company who talked about a new technology to change women’s sexual health. The fractional CO2 laser offers a solution to vaginal looseness, post menopausal dryness and incontinence. Its process is fast, pain-free and patients would not have to endure side effects or take pills during or after the treatment.

Referring to the Showtime television program, “The Affair,” Barshop touches on the character Margaret Butler. While Butler is a 62-year old grandmother living in the Hamptons, Barshop insists that such perceptions of older women being grandmothers at such an early age is no longer relevant as there are many 50-year old women with young children.

Known as the Femilift laser, it delivers precise laser energy into the tissues of the vagina and redirects blood flow to the area and causes the tissues to regenerate, resulting in younger and tighter tissues. Even after one treatment, the effects are immediate. Patrons are required to sit through at least three brief treatments once every four to six weeks for lasting results.

The VSPOT owner goes on to say that while women can take care of their outside by doing their hair, makeup, applying cream to their skin, there is no way of taking care of their vagina. This was when the former housewife saw a white space in the market, she along with her team of female gynecologists believed that women needed this. With the one and only FDA approved pill to enhance desire for women, Barshop foresaw an opportunity to change offerings for women’s sexual health. When Barshop first found Completely Bare in 1998, hair removal was a taboo subject. The businesswoman

While the treatment might not necessarily prevent cervical cancer, VSPOT has paired up with United Breast Cancer Foundation in hopes of rebuilding the lives and sexual health of breast cancer survivors. VSPOT has certainly found success in assisting women to regain their sex lives and rebuilding intimacy with their husbands or maybe even younger boyfriends. As Barshop says, “It’s the fountain of youth for your vagina.” VSPOTmedispa.com

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magine driving on a road trip and you have to pull over to go to the bathroom every hour, disrupting your ride. When nature calls you have to go, we’ve all been there at one point or another. For some people, unfortunately, going ALL the time has become a normal way of life. But what Dr. David Shusterman, founder of NYUrology. com, wants them to know is that there is actually a quick fix. Dr Shusterman’s 21st century solution is acupuncture for the bladder. It helps people that suffer from incontinence – an important bladder issue just made more public recently by actress Kate Winslet. Though urination abnormalities is a taboo subject, it’s a common issue that more than half of the population of women suffer from. If you drink two liters of fluid a day you’re supposed to relieve yourself every three hours. Dr. Shusterman

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says the best thing to do is to keep a diary to know. “Unless you keep a diary, most doctors dismiss you saying you go to the bathroom a lot because it doesn’t really do a lot of harm to you… but when I speak to my patients it’s a huge quality of life issue for them.” Though you won’t die from going to the bathroom too much, your daily life is severely affected. The even better news is that this painless treatment is only 20 minutes with an 80% efficacy rate with no complications and is usually covered by insurance. “The same needles are used with regular acupuncture,” Dr. Shusterman says, “but instead of stabbing the nerve we are stimulating around the nerve and not damaging it.” The majority of patients notice a significant difference after one procedure, but sometimes people may need a few more treatments. “Doctors don’t want to talk about this treatment

because it decreases their surgery numbers, so a lot a lot of people get surgery for bladder related issues and it’s not necessary,” Shusterman says. But he is seeing more younger people coming in because they ‘google’ the issue and see that there is a way to fix it, and that they don’t have to accept living with the inconvenience of constantly seeking a bathroom. Though the older generation attributes this issue to age, they are less likely to be aware of this simple remedy. Nyurology.com


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or over three decades Harry Hamlin has been gracing the stage to the screen with his talent. Destined to be an actor, Hamlin knew at an early age this was his calling in life, and though he set out to be a stage actor the universe had a way of steering him in the direction of becoming a film and television star, and the rest is history. Over the years his talent has shone through and though he was probably recognized for his sex appeal garnering the title of People Magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ he also starred in the cult classics Clash of the Titans, and LA Law. Most recently he received an Emmy nomination for Mad Men and will appear in the Epix series Graves this Fall with Nick Nolte, and stars in the thriller Rebirth premiering this April at the Tribeca Film Festival, and stars as the lead in Penn Jillette’s Director’s Cut which opened Slamdance and has a part in Sundance’s New Frontiers virtual reality feature, Defrost. Here Resident Magazine catches up with Hamlin in Los Angeles as he discusses his journey to stardom and life as a dad. Q: You’ve had an incredible career over the years spanning from Broadway to TV and film. What is your favorite aspect accumulated over the years?

Q: Do you feel that there’s a difference in the way your son grew up without you being there on a regular basis as compared to your girls? Hamlin: Absolutely, it’s night and day. He’s European and he grew up with a European sensibility with his mother. I feel as though I have missed out a lot on not being able to be with him to put him into bed every night and help him with his homework or go to his sporting events and see his plays, none of which I can see because he was there and I was here. One thing I wasn’t able to do was to move over to Italy for 15 years and give up my career. But having this rich experience with these kids I’m hoping that at some point my son and I will get together and maybe spend a lot of time as adults together which we haven’t done yet but I’m hopeful we will. Q: Lets go to your career from the beginning and how did you get started? You went to Yale, what was your driving force to get into acting?

Hamlin: My favorite aspect accumulated throughout the years is that I’ve done exactly what I wanted to do and I have been lucky enough to have moved between theatre, television and film to writing as well. At the same time, I have a really multidimensional family and my kids are my main focus. To have a career where you’re able to work and support your family and also be there 98 percent of nights while my kids were growing up to put them to bed and tell them a bedtime story was the biggest gift of all.

Hamlin: It’s odd but I always knew I wanted to get into acting but my parents were very much against anything in the arts. They were real pragmatists and they wanted me to be an architect and I even majored in architecture in college. I still love architecture and I’ve built a few things including a house. One thing led to another, and eventually I was pushed into the direction of my passion which was acting and I wasn’t really willing to acknowledge that to anybody and remained my secret for many years. I started with my first two years at Berkeley where I ended up doing show after show and eventually transferred to Yale after my sophomore year.

Q: Tell us a little about your family.

Q: Is anybody in your family involved in acting?

Hamlin: I wish I was able to spend more time with my son as he grew up in Rome and I’m grateful now that I can spend every day with my girls. I’ve traveled with them, raised them and helped them with their homework with while I did not get the chance to do that with my son at all.

Hamlin: No. My father was a scientist and an Aerohawk engineer, a rocket scientist I guess, though he would never admit it. And my mother was a housewife. But there never had been anybody in the acting profession in the history of my family. Finally I told them after Yale about the plays that I was doing at college. They always thought that I was on this

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trajectory to be a businessman or an architect. And then out of the blue I was granted a scholarship by William Wall at ACT upon matriculation from Yale and then I told my parents that I was going to do that. They had arranged a job for me in New York in WNET as an associate producer and thought I would work in the corporate side of entertainment. When I told them that I was not going to take that job and was planning to drive to San Francisco to enroll in the American Conservatory Theatre training program, I packed up my car and I said I am leaving tomorrow. The next morning I turned the ignition and my car wouldn’t start. During the night, they had taken the distributor head out of my car, which is the heart of the car, and hid it and so my car was dead. I had to go that day and enroll in the training program and all I took was a guitar and suitcase spent my last 20 bucks on a cab to the airport and it was the only time in my life I have ever deliberately bounced a check which was to Pacific Southwest Airlines for my flight to San Francisco. I knew I had no money in my account but I had my checkbook. I depended on the kindness of strangers for the next couple of months and stayed in many different people’s apartments and I got a stipend for my scholarship so I was able to survive. We had food stamps. Q: So what was your first big break? Hamlin: My first big break was in the end of my second year of a three year classical intensive training program which was similar to the graduate programs at Yale or Carnegie. Peter Scheffer’s award winning play, Equus that had hit the London stage and had just opened in New York and was winning all the Tonys after winning multiple awards in London. It was about a psychiatrist who was trying to take care of a young boy who had stabbed the eyes out of a stable-full of horses. The director Bill Ball who was also the director of the theatre asked me to be the boy in the play because I was the right age, had the right sort of look and I was trained. That was the good news, the bad news was the last 25 minutes of the play the boy has to be completely naked on stage in front of 2000 people every night. So I trepidaciously signed on to do that play, which


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was my big break. I could enter the union that way. I got on stage and took my clothes off in front of people for two seasons. Q: Were there any kids that were given the opportunity before you? Hamlin: Yeah there was a kid who was doing it at the theatre before me but we at that time we were the sister theatre to the Moscow Art Theatre. It was 1976, they were talking about the cold war which was still 15 years from actually ending. Brezhnev was President of Russia, Carter was President of US, we were sharing plays back and forth between Moscow and San Francisco, he went off to Moscow to do a play and I was asked to fill in for him and that kid ended up not coming back. Q: What happened after the play? Hamlin: While I was in my third year of the training program, I was in the second season of Equus, but I was still a student. One day I met a girl who was filling out some forms for a scholarship to study abroad for the Fullbright scholarship and offered me an extra form. I thought about it for a minute where would I want to and figured since our play is in Moscow I would want to travel to the Moscow Art Theatre and study with the guy named Efimov who was a very famous actor at that time. A couple of months later I was accepted into the Fullbright program and left the ACT for Moscow. Q: How are your parents doing at this stage? Hamlin: They came and saw me naked on stage in “Equus.” The play got standing ovations every night and I was on the front of all the papers and magazines and became really famous in San Francisco for doing that play so I guess that they kind of thought that maybe I had something, and it wasn’t such a bad idea after all. I’m not sure how proud they were of seeing their son naked on stage but they did come to see the play. That was the only time I really spent any time with them during the three years I was at ACT. They liked the fact that I got a Fullbright scholarship, that they felt was pretty cool. Carter and Brezhnev got into a big fight and I left ACT so I didn’t have a job anymore. I went to LA to pack my bags to go to Moscow, and then I got a letter from the Fullbright people saying that they had to pull my visa because detente had disintegrated between the US and

Russia. You can’t go anywhere in Russia. They said we’ll send you to London, we don’t want you to study there but you can meet Olivier, we’ll arrange meetings with different people and then you’ll spend eight months writing your paper and you’ll be done with your Fullbright. In the meantime a casting director from Warner Brothers who had seen me in “Equus,” invited me to come over. I said I’m sorry I never want to do movies, I’m only going to be a theatre actor for the rest of my life, movies are selling out. I refused to go and see her but I kept getting needled by people so I finally went to Warner Brothers and met with this casting director. She said look your reviews are great from all the plays you’ve done, you’ve got the right look and we at Warner Brothers are interested in you. She said as a matter of fact there’s a mini series that’s casting right down the hall right now right this very moment. Why don’t you go read the leading role, you’d be perfect for it. It’s a young kid with two brothers, a Western that’s going to be amazing. I said no, I don’t want to do television, I’m a theatre actor. She said oh come on it’ll just be fun. Just go on and do it and handed me the papers. I went down the hall and there was this handsome blonde kid sitting on the bench, who said his father was the producer and he would be reading with me. So we worked

on it for five minutes, went in I read it for the guy, by the time I walked back to the casting director’s office, a guy calls up and says you got the part. So within half an hour of me being in the film business, which I wasn’t really in, I got this leading role in this mini series. Q: What was the mini series? Hamlin: It was called “Awakening Land.” The blonde kid was Corbin Bernsen. His father was producing it. He wasn’t in it, he was just reading the actor. Ten years later, I ended up working with Corbin on “LA Law,” which is an odd story. But I said no, I turned it down, I said I’m sorry I’m not going to do that, that’s not what I’m here for, I’m going to London. I’m going to study Shakespeare in London. By turning that down, it got everybody really interested. I was serious I wanted to go to London and work with Laurence Olivier on Shakespeare. I was being completely honest with them. All of a sudden, offers started coming in. I was leaving the following week to London. It became like if you can’t get this fish on the deck, I’m going to keep trying. So this casting director’s secretary called me up and said there’s this director who’s coming in from New York who is doing this big movie, a comedy, and is flying in a couple of actresses from New York. He is doing a screen testing for these actresses and he needs a good actor to throw the lines at the girls. You won’t be on camera or anything but we need you. I said No, I’m going to London, I’m not in the film business. She said I might be able to get you $250 for two days and I thought I needed the 35mm camera. I said well look if you can get me enough money to get a camera, I’ll consider it. I’ll come in and meet with the director and so I did. I sat down with the director and read through the whole script. I had no idea who he was. I hadn’t made any inquiries about anything, I just read the script. I had no desire to do the movie, I was just doing a favor for this girl to get the money. Well it turned out to be Stanley Donen, who directed “Singin’ in the Rain,” I didn’t know who he was. After the second day, he called me up and said would you stay in town next week? Could you delay your trip for a week because I want to put you on film. He said you’ve got to cut your hair though, would you mind cutting your hair? If you do, I’ll put you in costume so when you come back from London you’ll have a real film. I said no. I had no interest in that. He said well just do

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it for me please. We’ll fill in another $250. So I sold out. Q: What movie did it end up being? Hamlin: Well it was “Movie Movie,” with George C. Scott. He called me after the next day and he said I’m going to give you a lead role in the movie. I said no, I turned it down. I said I’m not auditioning for movies.

of a character actor than I am a leading man because that’s the way I was trained. So it makes for a lot of time in between jobs but when you get the jobs, the right ones, it’s really fun, it’s really interesting jobs to do. So I don’t play the same guy every time. I guess the “LA Law” character is probably closest to who I really am. I mean I had a character there, I played a character in him, he had a different rhythm and sense of humor than I do but he was closer than most of the characters I play. Like the guy in “Mad Men” is like nothing like who I am.

Q: Did you fall in love with anybody on the set? Q: So who are you? What do you like to drive? Hamlin: I had a crush on Kathleen Beller who played my sister. The girl who played my girlfriend was George C. Scott’s recent wife, Trish Van Devere. She was 10 years older than I and she was supposed to play my girlfriend. She muscled her way into the movie, she insisted that George put her in the movie. George ended up going to Stanley and said if you don’t put my wife in the movie, I’m not going to do the movie. It was just totally wrong. Q: So you’re learning an awful lot about the way it works? Hamlin: Well I’m 25 years old. Here’s this 37-year old woman that’s supposed to be my girlfriend. It was obvious that there was a disconnect there right? George said well my wife wants to be a movie star. The only place we could put her in was as Harry’s girlfriend. I had a little crush on Kathleen Beller. But I ended up doing a relic with my mother and sister, she said don’t do the Fullbright give the money back, you’ve got too many credits anyway. Q: So now your mom is really into this? Hamlin: My mom really wanted me to do it. She convinced me to do it. Within two years, I was paying their bills for them, so then they’re really happy. I was doing movie after movie, I was on every list, up for every movie that was being made and meeting Steven Spielberg. Q: Do you have a favorite role? Hamlin: Well I don’t know they always say your first one is your favorite one. Well I guess the movie “Movie Movie,” was pretty fun. But every role you kind of cherish everyone, and obviously every one is a brand new experience. I can’t say it was a favorite. Q: What about recently like your “Shameless” which is a fun show and “Mad Men”? Hamlin: I like to do different stuff, and I am more

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Hamlin: I drive a Toyota but I also have a Tesla. It depends on if I’m feeling Tesla or Toyota. I’m an outdoor person, a mountain climber. I would go alone every year for five days into the High Sea area and that’s when I set out time, my meditation time. Q: So what other hobbies do you have? Hamlin: I’m a guitar player, that’s probably my main hobby. Other than that, I’m a scuba diver, and have been doing that since 1963. I’d say that I look forward most to mountain climbing if I’m thinking about something all year long, I’m thinking about that five days that I get to spend solo in the High Seas area. Q: That’s where you go every single year? Hamlin: Yeah because it’s very diverse there, you can get really high into the mountains. You can get really far out into the wilderness there really quickly. It only takes about a day to get into the complete unknown. Once there, it’s totally wild and absolute wilderness. There aren’t that many places that you can do that. Perhaps the Rocky Mountains or Glacier National Park, or even the cascades but that would take days to get there. I don’t have days, I take six days in September and say these are my six days. Q: In terms of dress, do you have a favorite type of designers that you use for your jeans or your shirts or jackets? Hamlin: What you’re seeing is what I wear every day, it’s easy. I guess Seven would be the jeans that I wear more than anything else. Varvatos is probably closest when it comes to getting gussied up. If I wear a fancy suit it’s Tom Ford, all my suits are Tom Ford or Varvatos. I’ve been doing Tom Ford since he was at Gucci and have his suits that I’ve kept since the 80s since I first discovered him with a couple of Prada years in between.


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Michel Abboud

By Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio

Exclusive Q&A

Up Close with the NYC Starchitect Behind

DUBAI’S MOST EXPENSIVE PENTHOUSE

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ith global markets going crazy, foreign investors are rushing to New York’s luxury developments, a safe choice for wealthy investors seeking long-term solace for their capital. Sure enough, the NYC market has seen its fair share of blockbuster deals last year, including a $100 million record-breaking condo sale at One57 on W 57th St. But as the stakes grow higher, developers and architects face the challenge of creating residences that justify the record-breaking price points. And developers are looking elsewhere like the Middle East. In the past year, NYC starchitect Michel Abboud has produced his fair share of stunning projects, including Tribeca’s 45 Park, a Downtown mosque conversion, and, most recently, a $74 million penthouse. In this exclusive interview, Resident gets the breakdown on NYC’s luxury market, building abroad vs. New York and what we can expect next.

Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio: What’s it like to design in NYC compared to somewhere in the Middle East? Abboud: It’s more complicated to build in Dubai due to the approval process, but at the end of the day it’s faster because developers are able to sell up to 50% of their project in the early stages, before the permit is even out. This lets them make ballsier moves. 72 • Resident • April 2016

EDD: What’s the scoop on 45 Park? Abboud: It’s a 667-foot tower with stupendous views of Midtown and Upper Manhattan, with all of TriBeCa like a carpet under you. We have four full-floor apartments, which is a very rare, loft-type feature, in new developments and towers.

EDD: Do you think that it’s going to change the look of TriBeCa? Abboud: It’s definitely going to be a milestone in the redevelopment of that area. The area is shifting into a more lively, mixed-use neighborhood. Originally, it was only office buildings and now residential buildings are coming in. Lower Manhattan’s character is evolving and changing.

EDD: Your project The One at Palm in Dubai is marketed as the most expensive property in the Middle East ever. What was the inspiration behind that? Abboud: The client wanted to do something very abnormal—to provide almost an equal amount of outdoor space as indoor space for each of the 90 units. The penthouse is unique because it’s massive—we’re talking about 20k SF of indoor area and another 20k SF of outdoor area. Additionally, it’s completely detached from the structure of the building. It’s literally hovering on top of the building and does not share any common walls or floors with the rest of the units. Plus, it has panoramic views all around and 18-foot ceilings.


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The Oakman

By George Cahn

VILLA AT THE OAKMAN

Lavish Full-Floor Residence Features a Private Split-Level Terrace with a Pool

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one-of-a-kind Villa residence atop The Oakman in downtown Jersey City has hit the market with an unrivaled offering of indoor/outdoor living and entertaining space including a private split-level terrace and heated pool. The full-floor, four-bedroom, 4 ½-bath residence also features panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and is served by the boutique condominium building’s full suite of amenities and services. “We’re delighted to unveil the Villa at The Oakman which is ushering in a new era of luxury and design in Jersey City,” said Eyal Shuster, Owner of The Shuster Group, which developed The Oakman in the city’s historic downtown Powerhouse Arts District. “The residence presents a unique opportunity for a discerning buyer who appreciates great design, enjoys entertaining and aspires to live an extraordinary urban lifestyle.” A keyed elevator ascends to the Villa’s impressive living space that stretches across 3,369 square feet. Impeccably designed by acclaimed architects, Fogerty Finger, and meticulously crafted of the finest materials, the home features European oak floors with radiant heating and custom Italian-made finishes and appointments. The expansive entertaining area extends outdoors, where more than 2,200 square

feet of private terrace and rooftop space with a pool, fireplace and seating area awaits -- all set against the spectacular backdrop of the New York City skyline. Bathed in natural light though full-height windows, the Villa’s open floor plan features a gracious living room, kitchen and dining area that opens out onto the outdoor terrace. The chef’s kitchen is furnished with custom-designed cabinetry and a marble island, countertop and backsplash. Stainless steel Miele appliances include a whole bean coffee system, dual convention ovens, a 24” speed oven, flushmounted cooktop, dual warming drawers, and a wine storage system. The Villa’s four bedroom suites each offer a full en suite bathroom with European granite and marble, custom-designed vanities and Lefroy Brooks fixtures. The lavish master bath boasts a dual sink, free standing tub and five-fixture shower. A laundry room with washer and dryer hookups and a powder room are also available. Offering the latest “smart home” technology, the Villa is built with a sophisticated Crestron system that can be operated both inside and outside the home via a touch panel, computer or smart phone. The release of the Villa residence follows a successful period of sales activity at The Oakman, which offers 159 luxury condominium residences. The Oakman’s 14-story, industrial-inspired design respects the fabric of the Powerhouse Arts District while providing a decidedly more intimate, boutique setting when compared with the monolithic towers that dot the city’s landscape. The full-service building provides a 24-hour concierge, fully-equipped fitness center, residents’ lounge,

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library, business center, sky lit children’s playroom and an onsite parking garage with electric vehicle charging station. The Oakman is located at 160 First Street amidst the artist-inspired neighborhood’s boutiques, galleries, restaurants and convenient public transportation to Manhattan. The building is situated minutes from downtown Manhattan via PATH trains and NY Waterway ferries. The Hudson Bergen Light Rail system offers rail service up and down the waterfront and into bordering neighborhoods. For more information, call (201)-860-9800 or visit www.theoakmanJC.com.


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70 Columbus

By George Cahn

70 COLUMBUS

IN DOWNTOWN JERSEY CITY LEASING AT A RECORD PACE

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0 Columbus has burst onto the downtown Jersey City residential scene, setting a new benchmark for leasing velocity with 60% of the 545 rental residences leased in the first four months. The new 50-story tower developed by Ironstate Development Company and Panepinto Properties adjacent to the Grove Street PATH Station has successfully attracted residents from both sides of the Hudson River and beyond with a combination of modern residences, incredible social spaces and commuter convenience. The fast-paced leasing activity, managed by exclusive leasing and marketing agent, The Marketing Directors, also reflects the rise of Jersey City as one of the region’s hottest residential destinations. “Jersey City has become far more than just a value alternative to Manhattan and Brooklyn, and today is flourishing with new restaurants, culture and street life that foster a vibrant, urban lifestyle experience,” said Michael Barry, President of Ironstate Holdings. “Our location at the entrance of the Grove Street PATH Station offers an opportunity to create something modern, innovative and design-driven that would resonate with the growing resident base and become an asset to the City. It’s great to see that vision become a reality.”

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The development team tapped Gwathmey, Siegel, Kaufman Architects (GSKA) to design 70 Columbus as an iconic addition to the neighborhood. The tower’s contemporary design, including dramatic window-bay columns that project from the building, is visually striking from all angles while maximizing unobstructed views of the Hudson River, downtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Common areas and indoor social spaces by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance embody the famed Parisian designer’s unique aesthetic which is deeply rooted in his embrace of nature, color and shapes. These include a full-time attended signature lobby with fireplace lounge, a chic resident lounge and a children’s playroom, all of which are served by complimentary Wi-Fi. Residents also enjoy a 60,000 square-foot landscaped roof deck complete with a pool and private daybeds, sport court, grilling stations, a children’s playground and a dog run. 70 Columbus’ street-level retail space comprises a 30,000 squarefoot Base Gym and a soon-to-open market that will offer natural and organic foods. Onsite parking is available. “70 Columbus has proven to be the most soughtafter residential property in Jersey City,” said Jacqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors. “It has significantly elevated this vibrant neighborhood

to a new standard while providing a fresh and creative new lifestyle choice for residents.” A collection of studios, one- and two-bedroom residences was designed for 70 Columbus to help enhance residents’ lifestyles. Airy, light-filled interiors feature oak wood floors, sleek kitchens with stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and porcelain tile floors; oversized windows that frame the New York City skyline views while bathing the homes in natural light, and washer and vented dryer included in each home. Monthly rents currently start at $2,410 for studios, $2,850 for one-bedroom apartments and $3,950 for two-bedroom residences. Located at 70 Christopher Columbus Drive in the heart of the Grove Street neighborhood of downtown Jersey City, 70 Columbus offers residents easy access to Manhattan via the adjacent Grove Street PATH Station. The building is just steps from an eclectic array of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops, including Newark Avenue where a portion of the bordering street has been transformed into a pedestrian-only thoroughfare with a number of new hot spots. For more information, call 201-433-7004, or visit www.70Columbus.com.


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Real Estate Profiles

By Michael Travin

The

Ones to Watch in Real Estate

As the ever hot real estate market is constantly changing, here are a few notables in the industry who are making an impact on the scene.

Jody Kriss is the principal and co-founder of East River Partners, a New York City-focused private equity investment and real estate development firm. Jody has been focused on the development and financing of New York City real estate in NYC for nearly 20 years. He has developed multiple residential projects in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and has expertise with landmarks, re-zonings, assemblages, Board of Standard and Appeals cases and many other aspects of adding value to properties.

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Kori Covrigaru is the CEO and co-founder of PlanOmatic, a full-service real estate marketing firm that was created to help agents and brokerages with interactive floor plans, professional photography and full-service virtual home tours for brokers nationwide. They are now operating in more than 20 states and was named on the Inc. 5000 list as one of America’s fastest growing companies as they recently celebrated 10 years in business.

Aimee Fink is a New Yorker that never forgets about her community and giving back. Before joining Douglas Elliman, Aimee had multiple successful business and even opened a non-profit to benefit seniors. Through her weekly volunteer work at the NYU Hospital benefiting the charity of “Portable Playhouse” she was recognized by NY1 as New Yorker of the Week. And with every closed transaction she donates a portion of her proceeds to a charity of her client’s choice.

Tamara Marotta has been known to be the Harlem specialist serving the community for over 14 years as well as other parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. At one time, she even owned her own brokerage in Harlem. As a Douglas Elliman broker, Tamara is closing on a property in Hamilton Heights for just under $5M, setting the record for the most expensive townhouse sold in the neighborhood. The next highest comparable is a home that Neil Patrick Harris purchased in 2013 for just under $4M.


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Spring Cleaning

THE POWER OF LETTING GO Spring Cleaning Tips for Organizing Your Home for Changing Seasons

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s we move into spring, there is life changing and gratifying process to decluttering your home and life. Here are some helpful tips to organize and clean your home for the change of seasons.

Hire help Don’t be afraid to hire a company to come in and help you tackle your spring cleaning. A company like Roadway Moving offers a White Glove service that includes everything from unpacking and repacking boxes to cleaning and carpentry services to any other special requests you might need help with. They pay extra attention to detail, and offer a high level of care, service and handling that can be completely trusted. Roadwaymoving.com

Out with the old When switching out your summer wardrobe for your winter wardrobe (and vice versa) take some extra time to go through each item and see if you should still keep it. If you haven’t worn those shorts all summer, chances are you probably won’t wear them next summer either. Save yourself the extra clutter and rid your closet of anything you haven’t worn that season.

Clean every season The term “spring cleaning” has been around for a while, but no one seems to pay attention to the cleaning your home needs during the summer, fall and winter as well. Make sure you set aside some time right at the start of each changing season to give your home a head to toe revamp. Keep allergies at bay with the Dyson Air Humidifier that kills 99.9% of bacteria in the water and produces hygienic humidified air quickly and quietly. With warmer weather pets tend to shed around the home. An easy way to groom long haired dogs is with Dyson’s groom tool that attaches to the powerful Dyson Small Ball vacuum. Dyson.com Keep your house clean with the miraculous power of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. Clear your drains of blockages with a few sprinkles and hot water. Tile floors will sparkle with a solution of ½ cup Baking Soda in a bucket of warm water that even buffs out scuffs. Freshen carpets by sprinkling baking soda sit for a few minutes, then vacuum it all up and breathe in the freshness. Remove odors from your laundry and give a natural fresh scent by adding ½ cup of Baking Soda to the rinse cycle.

Use see through bins This can apply for any part of your home. Whether for your storage in the basement or in your kitchen. Being able to see what’s inside will save you time and frustration when moving your belongings around at the change of season. Snapware home storage is a modular system that keeps everything neat, organized and stackable. Snapware.com

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Addison Wolfe Real Estate A BOUTIQUE REAL ESTATE FIRM WITH GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

BUCKS COUNTY, PA

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JOHN VAN DYKE HOMESTEAD Sited in a meadow with 8 plus acres and approached by The property has gone through a total renovation that

a long drive, the home is located just outside of Springtown in Upper Bucks County.The interior of the home offers magnificent millwork and black walnut flooring.Two dramatic fireplaces...one located within a richly paneled library wall.This sprawling 5,500 plus square foot home has 4 bedrooms and 4½ baths.The grounds are private and the "ruins" of the outdoor fireplace will be a gathering place where memories will be made. $1,549,000

includes 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Each room exudes the sensibility of a colonial homestead with modern amenities. There's a large kitchen with breakfast area, formal dining, library/study anda spectacular living room with fireplace and walls of French doors that lead out to a Wisteria draped patio.The guest cottage has building versatility. Additional acreage available. Includes an in$1,195,000 ground pool and tennis court.

550 Union Square New Hope, PA 18938 215-862-5500 www.AddisonWolfe.com Art Mazzei direct 610-428-4885

HERON BEACH Rare and exciting new contemporary construction with walls of glass looking out at the Delaware River. Spectacular Great Room, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and a private boat launch. Heron Beach captures, through unique architectural design, the beauty of the Historic Delaware River. Minutes to Frenchtown, NJ. and I-78 to NYC. $969,000

For more information contact Art Mazzei direct at 610-428-4885

MAISON DU RIVIERA

Spectacular hand crafted and designed estate on the Delaware River in the charming Borough of New Hope! Custom and luxury details throughout;custom hardwood floors,millwork,the very best plumbing fixtures,Unique smart house technology and cutting-edge mechanical. The home was built above flood elevation and has an extended rear Riverwall! $3,850,000 To get more information, watch the virtual & aerial tour, visit: www.MaisonduRiviera.com

For more information contact Jay Spaziano at 215-860-2800 - www.JaySpaziano.com


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MEET THE TASTEMAKER By: Hillary Latos

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or Brett Berish, developing liquor brands runs in the genes. His father was the former Chairman at Jim Beam and his brother managed the marketing budgets for high profile liquor brands. So it was a natural progression for the father and sons to launch Sovereign Brands- a family run business that has successfully created, launched and built some of the world’s most luxurious boutique brands such as Armand de Brignac and D’USSE which have since been acquired. The company has continued to innovate with unique brands, including Luc Belaire, a family of French sparkling wines and Bumbu, the Original Craft Rum which takes the approach of wine making to crafting an aged rum. Here we speak to Brett Berish, a force behind the creation. For Brett, first and foremost it’s the liquid but it has to work together with the packaging. He combs the world in search of a family partner who can produce a truly exceptional product. Their next step is to design everything in house from the name to the packaging. Each week they sit with their 60 employees to taste new concoctions and brainstorm over everything from name generation to the label and packaging design and brainstorm over what resonates with their consumer. He feels that bouncing ideas around friends and family first is a more organic approach to creating a successful brand rather than overthinking it like some of the bigger companies. Though they have a proven track record of developing brands that are later acquired by larger companies, Berish asserts that they never gone into this thinking we are going to sell it. ‘We have no hobbies, we love what we do, it’s about building great brands. To me when we’re approached to sell a brand it’s just a testament to what we are doing. I treat everything like a little baby, and at some point maybe someone can do something else with it. What makes their collection so unique? ‘We believe what we have is better than anyone else and customers can taste it. That’s where we win. Everything we do is very organic. We want to feel like I’ve found something special and consumers feel like they’ve discovered it and they want to talk about it.’ For his latest project, Bumbu rum, Berish applied their wine knowledge and to the rum category, just like grapes are to wine, Bumbu rum is culled from sugar cane from 8 countries each which have a unique flavor to each country. It’s all word of mouth and demand driven. We’re just touching the surface on where we can go. Sovereignbrands.com


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Dining Out | April 2016

By Haiting Tan

DINING OUT

April 2016

As we transition out of winter, chefs have introduced new offerings to reflect the bounties of springcreating new dishes that infuse seasonal herbs and vegetables into their classic menus. We’ve had a chance to explore New York’s culinary scene from haute Japanese to contemporary Italian, classic seafood and steakhouse fare to elevated comfort food. In NYC there is truly something to satiate every gastronomic craving.

Sushi Seki A testament to the popularity of Sushi Seki’s fine cuisine, their third outpost has just opened in Hell’s Kitchen in the heart of the theater district. Significantly bigger than the Upper East Side boite, the West 46 street location exudes the same minimalist Zen aesthetic that spans 2 floors with the sushi bar upstairs and main dining area downstairs replete with tatami rooms, a communal table and 12 ‘Chef’s table’ seats overlooking the kitchen. Chef Edward Wijaya and Chef Seki showcase their extraordinary talents in their delicate and artful kaiseki menu that takes the diner on an otherworldly culinary journey through haute Japanese cuisine. This is only matched by the exquisite sakes selected by the sake sommelier Yasuyuki Suzuki. Seki’s creativity might have placed the restaurant on the map but their cocktails are taking them to new heights. Sushiseki.com

City Lobster & Steak Stepping into the 4,700 square foot brasserie style restaurant, you would be greeted not just by the cheerful hostess but with a gigantic tank of live North Atlantic lobsters. Given its ideal location between Rockefeller Center and the Theater district, this seafood centric steakhouse is aimed at attracting theatregoers with their fresh seafood and high quality steak as well as a pre theater menu. Though they are famous for their bounty of fresh lobsters, King Crab Legs and crispy golden Maryland Lump Crab Cake, City Lobster & Steak also serves a range of prime dry aged steaks. Their happy hour is also popular with the after work crowd that comes for their bargain priced specials such as a 1/2 dozen oysters and a pint of beer for only $12 and 99 cents oysters that are served at the bar. Citylobster.com

Frankie & Johnnie’s With a history that began during the days of Prohibition, Frankie & Johnnies was once THE after hours speakeasy and hangout for the who’s who in the Broadway world. Frankie was the secret password to enter and Johnny was the confirmation- hence the moniker. To keep the strong heritage of its theater heritage, it was only befitting that they open their new location in the heart of the theater district on 46th between 8th and 9th Avenues. Since the end of prohibition, the restaurant transformed to a steakhouse institution known for its steaks and chops which are cooked to perfection. Other noteworthy dishes include the tuna tartare with white soy and ginger, oysters Rockefeller, smoked Applewood bacon, and housemade burrata and tomatoes all of which will reassert their position as one of top steakhouses in the city. Frankieandjohnnies.com

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Louie & Chan Located on the Lower East Side, the restaurant reflects the confluence of Little Italy and Chinatown, with contemporary Italian cuisine served upstairs and Asian inspired cocktails in the club below. One of the specialties of the house is their wood fired thin crust pizzas with creative toppings such as spicy blue crab and artichoke puree or wild mushrooms and truffle oil. It is no wonder patrons keep coming back for unique dishes such as the tagliatelle served with sea urchin, caviar, and spicy cucumber. Situated beneath the bustling restaurant is 303 Club which is designed like a speakeasy with a separate entrance and different DJs setting the vibe. Every Tuesday step back in time to their weekly Roaring Twenties parties with flappers, live music and burlesque, and patrons are anachronistically dressed to the nines. Louieandchan.com

Da Claudio NYC Ristorante e Salumeria When Barbarini Alimentari & Mercato was destroyed by Super Storm Sandy, co-owners Claudio and Linda Marini conceived their newest brainchild, Da Claudio on the historic Ann Street in the Financial District. Having the feel of a contemporary Italian trattoria with modern Italian furnishings, high ceilings, banquettes and a salumeria upfront, Claudio Marini stuck to his Italian roots to curate a selection of authentic cured meats and cheeses imported from Italy. He also oversees the kitchen to ensure that every dish is made in the same fashion as it would be in Northern Italy. Be sure to try some of the specials of the day including a housemade tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms and truffle, lasagna with wagyu beef and béchamel, and squid ink linguine with prawns and a spicy tomato sauce. Leave room for the rich desserts such as tiramisu or house made gelato. Daclaudionyc.com

Avenida Cantina What was formerly New York’s most famous after hours underground club in the 80s and early 90s, Save the Robots, has been completely transformed into a colorful Tex Mex joint that still retains a sliver of the original brick wall from its former life. The owner, a famous rapper from Austin, was craving true Tex Mex, which ironically is an American bastardization of Mexican food, and created a menu filled with plenty of crave worthy comfort food options. Reasonably priced and generously proportioned elevated comfort food are served into the wee hours of the night. The downstairs club has been remodeled into The Mockingbird Bar that features live music, potent margaritas, mezcal elixirs, and turns into a party scene Tuesday through Sunday until 3 am. Avenida Cantina has been warmly received by its neighbors. Avenidacantina.com

Bounce Sporting Club As brunches have become a weekend institution amongst New Yorkers, Bounce Sporting Club has launched a series, Not Your Basic Brunch, every Saturday that lives up to its name. Executive Chef Sean Olnowich serves decadent brunch favorites that are designed to cure even the worst hangovers. Calorific renditions of classic brunch fare include cornflake crusted rum soaked French toast, beer braised short rib hash, and the Notorious B.R.G. made with 3 La Frieda patties with banana Jameson soaked buns, maple pork belly, cheddar cheese, truffled hash browns and Hollandaise sauce. If that weren’t enough of a cure, wash it down with a potent brunch cocktail designed by mixologist Spencer Elliott. Bounceny.com

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Mundo

By Haiting Tan

Globally Inspired Cuisine

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wners Guillermo “Willie” Lucerofabbi and Canalp “Jon” Caner were hunting for their favorite dining spots across the city when they concocted the genius concept of Mundo. The posh restaurant previously located in Astoria where it was a local favorite, reopened in Paper Factory Hotel back in 2014 after a twoyear hiatus. Mundo, established in 2005, is famed for its effortless blend of global influences. With a dash of Mediterranean influence and a pinch of Latin efficacy, Mundo presents their sumptuous and

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palatable international homemade dishes. The Latin-Mediterranean fusion joint believes their restaurant should not be defined by a specific cuisine because there is nothing wrong with blending the exotic cuisines and cultures together. With easy recipes, meshed with top of the crop ingredients, along with the finest execution of their chefs, it is no wonder their guests constantly return craving for more. Their tapas such as the famous Red Sonja and cheese rolls clearly reflects their core concept.

Mundo now boasts a fancy two-level space with decor that includes a tower of vintage books, a state-of-the-art printing machine and a mind blowing light collection with pieces from all around the globe. Within the walls of this industrial-chic area, the classy restaurant can transform to a booming night spot with a snap of the fingers. The trendy crowd can shake their hips to the latests DJs at Mundo Underground after enjoying a tantalizing dinner. Mundonewyork.com


BEACHFRONT, BAREFOOT LUXURY, IN A TROPICAL OASIS OF

Belizean TRANQUILITY Eco-friendly Xanadu Island Resort lies nestled in the natural vegetation, on the beach overlooking the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world and the Caribbean Sea. Located a mile south of San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye off the coast of Belize, Xanadu is close enough to enjoy the activities of the town yet far enough away to be peaceful and quiet.

Call toll free: 1.866.351.4752 | Visit us at www.xanaduislandresort.com to view all of our upcoming seasonal packages, promotions, in-seasonal activities/events, onsite amenities, and our idyllic beachfront locale.


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Andrea Correale

By Bennett Marcus

ANDREA CORREALE Elegant Affairs: Celebrity Caterer

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f you’ve attended Mariah Carey’s and Nick Cannon’s Hamptons wedding celebration, Billy Joel’s Fourth of July party, P. Diddy’s white fete, or events hosted by, Ivanka Trump Jewelry, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany or Google, you’ve seen Elegant Affairs in action from NYC to Montauk. You’ve also probably seen proprietor Andrea Correale share her food and entertaining tips on CBS, NBC, Fox, HGTV and multiple Bravo TV shows. But even if you don’t rub shoulders with celebrities, CEOs and fashion designers, the catering and events planning firm also helps design flawless weddings, bar mitzvahs, and all types of parties for the rest of us.

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Coast. One of her signature trademarks is her elegant presentation. She bought the most beautiful equipment and serving pieces she could find. “Not the typical catering things, like chafing dishes, or anything ordinary,” she says. “When I went into somebody’s home, I would be looking at the chandelier or the drapes in the dining room, or wherever we were putting the food, and everything would be beautiful. It looked as if they had cooked it themselves and that a lot of thought was put into matching the current décor or feeling of the home. And it was a niche that I had, so I gained a good reputation.” The Glen Cove, L.I. based company operates out of a state-of-the-art, 8,000-square foot facility with a staff of 30, including 12 full time chefs, plus 200-part time employees. Elegant Affairs handles everything from catering to full service event planning, including venue selection, wait staff, sound, lighting, flowers, music, and rentals, like tents and electrical generators for outdoor parties. Despite her success, she never rests on her laurels. “I’m always looking for the

next thing. Where do we need to improve?” explained Andrea.

Foods to Go Elegant Affairs also has a Foods To Go service, which provides catering without the staff, for clients throwing smaller parties. “In this situation, they’re just getting the Elegant Affairs cuisine with no frills,” Correale says. But the advantage is that they provide foods, like fine small passed hors d’oeuvres, that you can’t normally find in gourmet stores. She says. Clients are looking for local and farm-stand products to serve at their parties. “People are concerned about where their chicken and beef is coming from, so we are putting grass-fed beef, organic free-range chicken, and organic vegetables on menus,” Correale says. “It’s much more about the quality of the ingredients, and the freshness, than it is about overabundance.” elegantaffairscaterers.com • (212) 991-0078


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CHECKING IN A Luxury Family Affair

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he Grand Velas, set along Mexico’s Pacific coast in the beautiful state of Nayarit has become my favorite all-inclusive resort. Their spacious all-suite accommodations range from 1,000 square feet to an indulgent 4,700-foot Presidential Suite, all with contemporary and well-appointed furnishings, balconies and upscale bath amenities. Every room faces the beautiful Banderas Bay with the scenic Sierra Madre mountain chain located in the distance. It’s a luxury resort (Grand Velas is a AAA Five Diamond property) that accepts children of all ages, yet still manages to keep the vibe sophisticated and serene. It’s great for families, singles and honeymoon couples, and perhaps the only place I have visited where all types of vacationers can harmoniously coexist. There’s a 3-tied infinity pool, each with a different water temperature, 4 gourmet restaurants, a kid’s club, a new teenage lounge (more on that later), and a beautiful spa with 20 treatment rooms and a menu offering an array of holistic treatments. The resort has a boutique feel with 267 rooms, the beach is pristine and the waters offer frequent sightings of migrating whales, schools of dolphin, and sea turtles. Their four signature restaurants (French, Mexican, Italian and International) have all been applauded for their high-end gourmet dining and the all-inclusive wine list is more extensive than guests might anticipate. The newest addition to the resort is a high-tech $300,000 Teen Center. A lounge that would make any adult jealous, this spacious lounge features air hockey, foosball, ping pong and pool tables, video game systems Xbox and PS3, seats with built in speakers and individual cubicles with a 40” LED TV. In the evening hours there’s a disco dance floor with surround sound and karaoke machine. Truth be told, I visited this gem of a “playroom” a few times as thunderstorms and torrential rains swept through the region for two days. The teen center welcomed all adults and the space became a fun-filled center for everyone. Offsite, the region of Nayarit offers activities from whale watching to zip lining, great for all ages. To some it up, there is nothing more magical than a stay at the Grand Velas where the margaritas are endless, the crowd is sophisticated and accommodations luxurious. For more information: vallarta.grandvelas.com

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Lust List: Travel

LUST LIST From the most luxurious getaways and aspirational experiences that money can buy to travel essentials that will prepare you for anything- here are our picks for the savvy traveler.

Live like royalty in this 17th century baronial castle on the Masciarelli Estate in Abruzzo with panoramic views of the region’s Central Apennines mountains to the sea. CastellodiSemivicoli.com

The Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach offers a $90K package including arrival via private jet. Accommodations are in the Presidential Suite outfitted with a bottle of Dom Pérignon and diamond/emerald cufflinks and earrings. Thebraziliancourt.com

Flight 001 is a one stop shop for traveling in style with a curated selection of chic and practical luggage and travel accessories designed for those on the go. Flight001.com

If money is no limit, the luxurious Challenger 850 can be had for a mere $32 Million or you can fly on one via JetSmarter’s JetShuttle route, an app that offers members an unlimited seat on a shared ride for a monthly membership fee. Jetsmarter.com

Sail the high seas in pure luxury with the elegantly appointed 116’ Azimut yacht available for $22k/ day. sailo.com

Take to the road in luxury and style

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with one of the 2016 Land Rovers and Range Rovers from Jaguar Land Rover Manhattan. landrovermanhattan.com


Never lose your umbrella again with the world’s first Bluetooth umbrella by BLUNT. Redesigned with a super tight tensioned canopy that is sturdy and resilient to the wind, this is probably the only umbrella you will ever need. Bluntusa.com

Marrying style and technology, Maroo crystal GEM headphones have a customized fit with 5 different ear tip sizes offering comfort and a superior sound experience with the look of chic jewelry. Maroo.com

Designed by Anchor Bobby Thomas, this fold-out palette boasts 13 essentials including eyeshadows, contours, perfectors, blushers, shimmer and blenders for looks ranging from daytime to sultry evenings. Hsn.com

Communication barriers are now eliminated with Skype Translator that translates voice and video calls in 7 languages in real time. Using it on a Microsoft Surface can be a godsend when traveling internationally. skype.com | Microsoft.com

For those with a smaller budget, OneGo is a subscription app that allows unlimited domestic flying on commercial airlines starting at just $1500 per month Onego.com

Eliminate the burden of carrying luggage with luggage to ship that picks up your luggage from your home and delivers safely to your destination. Luggagetoship.com

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The Beverly Hilton

By Norah Bradford

THE BEVERLY HILTON A Hollywood Classic

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he Beverly Hilton is a perfect blend of the excitement of Hollywood coupled with the exclusivity and prestige of Beverly Hills. Opened in 1955 by the famed hotelier Conrad Hilton, the hotel is nestled in a location both instantly convenient and iconic at the crossroads of the Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards. The Beverly Hilton features 569 guest rooms, including 101 suites with panoramic city views and comfortable, stylish indoor-outdoor living spaces, as well as nine Penthouse Collection luxury suites. Accommodation options include Penthouse Collection luxury suites, Wilshire Tower executive suites, Cabana Rooms and Oasis Rooms. The hotel’s celebrated Aqua Star Pool- Beverly Hills’ largest pool- is sure to be a glamorous, relaxing and fun part of your stay. The adjacent Aqua Star BABOR Beauty Spa is the perfect place to get red-carpet ready or simply unwind and rejuvenate. The hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness center, featuring Precor equipment, is the ideal place to maintain your fitness regimen and keep up with the West Coast’s emphasis on the ‘body beautiful’. For guests needing additional motivation one-on-one personal training sessions are available. Tempting dining options abound at The Beverly Hilton. At the Circa 55 restaurant, you can dine poolside on locally-sourced cuisine. Named for the year in which the hotel was founded, the sweeping glass walls and chic décor lend the restaurant a glamour that perfectly complements its cuisine. The menu features reinterpretations of California classics and emphasizes locally sourced ingredients. Trader Vic’s Lounge, a longtime Hollywood staple, offers a buzzing nightlife scene with a Polynesian theme. Island-themed appetizers and an eclectic beverage menu including over seventy-five exotic drinks have made Trader Vic’s a Beverly Hills must-visit. Trader Vic himself invented the Mai Tai, and there’s no better place to enjoy one than at this bar and lounge.

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The hotel could be mistaken as being the headquarters of the Entertainment industry’s annual award season: The International Ballroom hosts the annual Golden Globe Awards Show, which has been held at The Beverly Hilton for over fifty years in early January. The headline industry act in February at The Beverly Hilton is Clive Davis’s annual Pre-Grammy Awards Gala which bringing together the best talent in the music world to perform privately for a select audience.

Sam Mendes, Orlando Bloom, Amy Schumer, and Harrison Ford. The Academy Award Nominees Luncheon and the Hollywood Awards are both held at The Beverly Hilton.

Ahead of the March Academy Awards, the Oscar Nominee Luncheon, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors, is a further annual fixture at The Beverly Hilton. The event celebrating this year’s noms for the 88th Oscars drew about 150 nominees. Among the attendees were most Best Actor and Best Actress noms (minus Michael Fassbender and Cate Blanchett), all the Best Director noms including just-minted DGA winner Alejandro González Iñárritu and almost all the nominated producers. In addition, the BATFA LA Britannia Awards in November each year. At the 2015 BAFTA LA Britannia Awards, celebrity guests included the likes of Meryl Streep, James Corden,

For more information, please visit www.beverlyhilton.com

As part of the centenary of Beverly Hills, The Beverly Hilton is one of five local hotels participating in the ‘Suite 100’ initiative where properties redesign a suite to represent a decade from the last century.


So many options for your next vacation.


Escapes

LA City Guide

By Melissa Curtin of lalascoop.com

LOS ANGELES GUIDE

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os Angeles has always been a haven where the rest of the country looks to for fresh and new. This creative city is constantly in motion with hip and happening new hotspots. Many chefs have upped the ante with new twists to make sure your taste buds never get bored. With an ever growing diverse food scene and a city that boasts fresh California produce, it is hard to stay on top of the culinary prowess of Los Angeles, a megalopolis with such talent and ethnic diversity, and here is a roundup of some of our favorite spots.

JetBlue’s Mint Class One of the best airlines to fly cross country from JFK to LAX is with JetBlue’s Mint class. The hours will literally fly by in luxurious comfort. An unprecedented two-one-two seat arrangement means each Mint passenger can stretch their legs out to a fully flat without bothering the person in front of them. Enjoy hit movies from large 15-inch TVs and several gourmet meals from NYC’s downtown hotspot Saxon & Parole. As JetBlue has always thought outside of the box, the Mint class is truly a game changer. jetblue.com

Belvedere at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills Classy and elegant, like the 90210 should be, the newly updated Belvedere with its airy charm and sunlight makes quite the special celebratory location. Sample their new menu featuring Mediterraneaninspired dishes with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and wild-caught seafood under the direction of Executive Chef David Codney. Feel like royalty with top notch service, with beautifully presented meals and seasonal cocktails. Chef Codney stated, “I don’t want the food to be something that took 15 hours to cook. It’s meant to be rustic and identifiable- it’s not food that’s been broken down so much that you don’t know what it is.” beverlyhills.peninsula.com

Hinoki and the Bird in Century City Travel inspired dishes will keep you on your toes as this powerhouse lunch spot feeds the suit crowd with Fun Bites like a lobster roll with green curry and Thai basil on a charcoal roll, chili crab toast, rich lobster ramen, or ridiculously good crispy marinated chicken. Each Wednesday the chefs buy the best ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market to create a five-course tasting menu for around $95. Hinokiandthebird.com

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Viviane at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills Inside the Avalon Hotel, Designer Kelly Wearstler has transformed an indoor outdoor pool space to reflect a haute-vintage feel. Celebrated Chef Michael Hung brings California’s locally sourced seasonal produce straight to you by reviving continental classics. Our favorite dinner start was the yellowfin tuna tartar with horseradish and buratta mousse. Savor the Fuyu Persimmon and Corn Salad, seared Duck Breast, and whatever new option that pops up on their changing menu. Dine in a cozy romantic cabana hugging the pool or eat inside in the dimly lit space with a buzzing Angeleno crowd. vivianerestaurant.com/

Blind Dragon in West Hollywood Attached to Roku Sunset, Blind Dragon’s dark sexy vibe brings glam karaoke to Hollywood. Get wild with your pals in a private karaoke room with sake and sing-alongs. Sip the Shanghai Mule while you admire the scantily clad staff that blends into the Asian-inspired décor. Celebs abound! blinddragonla.com

Petit Trois in Hollywood The French have taken things down a notch, and we don’t mean the food, just the low key atmosphere where you can watch famed Chef Ludo Lefebvre and his highly trained staff prepare a meal you will never forget right behind the casual bar countertop. This intimate space offers the best French California cuisine outside of Paris. Order the buttery omelet with Boursin cheese and herbs. Try the escargot, chicken leg and brioche sauce, and make sure to end with the exquisite Napoleon. Don’t be surprised that this hidden gem lies in a dumpy parking lot off of Melrose and Highland right next to Trois Mec, Chef Ludo’s other secret arena where one must obtain a reservation online for this highly coveted multi course experience. petittrois.com

Nice Guy in West Hollywood Come for the comfort food but stay for the exquisitely crafted cocktails, and nightlife. This intimate lounge filled with only the gorgeous turns into the hottest place to mingle with live music and many celebs dancing next to you while some take to the mic to show off their skills. Our last time included Kate Hudson, Derek Hough, and friends eating nearby. theniceguyla.com

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Loreto

By Hillary Latos

BAJA CALIFORNIA DREAMING Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto

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l Camino Real, aka the Royal Road, is the historic 600 mile road that begins in Loreto and connects Baja California to San Francisco connecting 21 missions, 4 presidios and 3 pueblos and served as Kerouac’s inspiration for On the Road. Though Loreto was founded in 1697, little has changed in this charming colonial town where kids play in the street, local craftsman sell their handmade pottery and handicrafts, and fisherman prepare some of the best fish tacos in the world. Just 25 minutes south of Loreto is the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto located in a quiet cove protected by the rugged Sierra de la Gigante Mountains with a direct view of Danzante Island in the majestic Sea of Cortez. Lovingly dubbed as the “Aquarium of the World” by Jacques Cousteau the UNESCO sanctioned Sea of Cortez is the world’s second largest National Marine Park and home to over 5000 different forms of sea life. Embark on an aquatic adventure sailing past majestic humpback whales or a pod of playful dolphins or explore the mystery of underwater life with a diving expedition. Reflect on the power of Mother Nature within the unique landscape combination of untouched desert, mountains and sea as you sail around the five islands of Loreto – Coronado, Danzante, Santa Catalina, Monserrat, and Del Carmen. Snorkel off one of these deserted islands in this exotic Baja California aquarium filled with exotic creatures like the animated puffer fish and other colorful sea life. At the peaceful Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa you can experience peace and solitude from sunrise to sunset. The spacious and luxuriously appointed rooms have all of the amenities of a home with living rooms, a gourmet kitchen, washer/dryers, large soaking tubs and expansive verandas overlooking vistas of the ocean and mountains. Indulge in authentic and gourmet Mexican cuisine in one of their three restaurants on site- the Market Restaurant, Danzante, or Vista del Mar Terrace. Submit to total relaxation in their expansive 39,000 square foot Sabila Spa that features an array of services. Pre or post treatment follow the detoxifying hydrotherapy session at your leisure which includes a sauna, hot and warm jacuzzis, various plunge pools, a steam room, and an aloe or salt bath. Here you can relish in unsurpassed luxury while enjoying the quiet sanctities of nature by day and the millions of stars illuminating the sky by night. Villadelpalmarloreto.com

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Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach

By Judy Koutsky

MEXICAN PARADISE for Parents & Kids Boasting one of the top kids clubs in Latin America, Grand Fiesta resort offers a plethora of experiences for everyone in the family.

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ooking for a place where mom and dad can soak up some highend luxury while the kids are being entertained in state-of-the-art Mayan activities? Welcome to Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun Resort and Spa (coralbeachcancunresort.com). Sitting on the banks of a beautiful white-sand beach, the property has 602 all-suite ocean front accommodations, each with a private terrace facing the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and lagoon-like pool. For those seasoned travelers with discerning taste, stay at the Grand Club level, the top two floors of the property, which provides lavish services and above-andbeyond amenities—like private culinary dining experiences--both pool and beachside, as well as a dedicated lounge and a 24-hour concierge service. For mom and dad, be sure to relax at the 40,000 square foot Coral Beach Gem Spa, which offers creative treatments inspired by gemstone therapy. For the ultimate in relaxation, try the 90-minute 10-step Hydrotherapy Ritual. It will not only leave you completely relaxed, but your sore muscles will thank you. While the parents are relaxing in the spa, send the kids to the brand new, $2 million, 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art Coral KidZ Club. It’s considered one of the top children’s programs in Latin America. The high-tech club has more than 40 indoor and outdoor activities—enough to keep even the highest-energy child entertained for hours. Outdoor zones feature a Mayan themed playground, Explorer Ship that includes a “Sprayground,” as well as a rock climbing wall, basketball court and traditional Mexican sidewalk games. Indoor activities include a kids cooking class, taught by the executive chef of the resort, as well as Xbox and Wii play-systems and Mayan games that teach the kids about the culture through interactive play. When your appetite kicks in, be sure to dine at Le Basilic, one of only a few restaurants in Mexico to hold the AAA Five Diamond distinction, it serves up a French-Mediterranean menu, utilizing local, fresh products. For traditional Mexican food, try Joya where a 10-piece Mariachi band creates an authentic experience. For great views, try Isla Contoy which offers a yummy seafood dinner beachside. Vina del Mar, which overlooks the water, offers the most stunning views. So whether you’re looking for great food, top-notch entertainment for your kids, or a spa that will blow you away, Fiesta Americana fits the bill.

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Tiamo Resort

By Wilfried BY James Clark Vincent

Tiamo Resort, the Secret Place in the Heart of the Bahamas

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elcome to Tiamo Resort, unique resort Member of Small Luxury Hotels Of The World, an exclusive slice of paradise in the heart of the Caribbean only Three hours flight From NYC to Nassau. Situated on South Andros Island in the Out Islands of the Bahamas, 15 mn flight From Nassau, a visit to Tiamo is unlike any other experience. Tiamo Resort has only 11 villas, all on our private beach with Sun-Set View. Each villa allows you to indulge in tropical surroundings with lush green palm trees with direct access to the pristine beach with its clearest turquoise waters. Most villas also have a private veranda and pool and the beachside cottages are the epitome of elegance and allow you to bask in the best of the Bahamas, right on your doorstep. At the center of the resort is the Great Room, with fabulous sea views, which provides a chance to enjoy meals, a relaxing drink or socialize. Once you step out of your beach villa in the morning, you will find everything you need to enjoy your vacation in comfort and style, right on the water. Start your day by heading to the Great Room for a healthy breakfast before spending your time relaxing

on the resort’s veranda or in a hammock. Then head to one of the Caribbean’s best beaches for a gentle swim, take one of Tiamo Resort’s fleet of boats and enjoy a leisurely sail around the calm, sheltered South Bite waters, or try some snorkeling at The Crack, a crevice in the limestone seabed with numerous sea creatures. There are also guided nature tours to see iguanas, sea birds and wild orchids. Should you wish, you can even take a launch to Tiamo’s private cove, further along the coast. Here you can relax in complete seclusion in the day or the evening. Have a picnic lunch or dinner and enjoy the feeling of being truly alone and at one with nature. When you’re ready to return to the resort, simply call up the launch and we’ll be right there to collect you. This is sheer barefoot luxury and a must for honeymooners. If you spend your day at the beach, you will find a classic Caribbean beach – the Bahamas at its best. The white of Tiamo’s long private expanse of sand sits in beautiful contrast to the surrounding shades of tropical green palms and vivid Caribbean blue. Nature is a big part of the attraction of Tiamo and as such we have made every effort to ensure our

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resort is a part of nature too. At Tiamo, we combine luxury living with responsible environmental design. Our 11 villas blend tastefully into their natural surroundings, taking advantage of the indigenous tropical vegetation to provide each one with a very private setting. The properties are all built from sustainable pine wood and are elevated on stilts to benefit from natural cooling and ventilation. Roofing is made from thatch that helps to insulate buildings and keep temperatures pleasant. Any external ingredients we bring in, wherever possible, are locally sourced and organic and we operate in harmony with the residents of South Andros too. All of this combines to give you a luxury Caribbean experience while leaving a minimal footprint. Tiamo also offers some fantastic diving thanks to the on-site PADI Dive Centre. The reef runs parallel to the coast of Andros for 225km and access to its edge is only a 10-minute boat ride from our resort. You can explore all of this under the careful guidance of our fully qualified PADI dive master, who will help you get the most out of your time in the amazing underwater world of the Bahamas. To view our slice of paradise, seasonal escape packages, idyllic locale, exclusive onsite amenities, visit www.tiamoresorts.com.


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Ocean Two, Barbados

By Dominic DeFreitas

BARBADOS BEACH RESORT Introduces Private Residence Club

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s the high-end Barbados real estate market heats up, one luxurious resort is now offering an unprecedented opportunity to own a piece of stunning oceanfront Island-Paradise.

Ocean Two has introduced a Private Residence Club with an affordable vacation ownership program. Club memberships are available in as small as one-week intervals starting from $13k USD. Purchasers also gain membership to Interval International, the luxury vacation exchange network. Other benefits include special resort privileges that are only available to club members and condo owners such as discounts on dining at Ocean Two and free golf passes. The 70-unit beachfront resort features luxurious one and two bedroom suites that are appointed with fully equipped kitchens and large terraces overlooking Dover Beach and the Caribbean Sea. Resort amenities include two swimming pools, a restaurant, lobby bar and gym. Ocean Two occupies a lovely stretch of Dover Beach on the tranquil south coast of Barbados. The award-winning hotel also offers whole ownership of one and two bedroom condos, with the opportunity to participate in a resort rental program. Ownership starts from $400k USD. Ocean Two was recently voted one of the Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. It has also been awarded four diamonds by AAA and Hotel of the Year – A Class in 2014 from the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association. Carol Stone explains to us her thoughts on why she decided to own a piece of paradise:

Was the purchase decision based on it being a residence, holiday or investment? Both Holiday and investment.

Has it lived up to your expectations? We are thrilled with Ocean Two. From the moment we walked in to officially stay at our “own “ apartment we just loved it. The staff are amazing and anytime we have had any little problem or request it has been dealt with promptly. We went this year to stay there and go again twice this year so that should say something too. For more information on Ocean Two Resort, call +1246 428 9441, email at Sales@oceanhotels.bb, or visit www.ownatoceantwo.com

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The Ritz Carlton, Aruba

By Mosaka Williamson

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he Ritz-Carlton is a luxury oasis on the white sands of Palm Beach, Aruba. Upon arrival to the Ritz, you are taken by the magnificent sweeping views of the ocean from the lobby. The property sits on an incline lending itself to multiple vantage points unprecedented by any other hotel in Aruba.

and an adult-only area separated by a charming Divi Tree. Contrary to the resort’s overall grandeur, the two pools are on the more intimate side. However, guests can rent cabanas, relax on padded lounge chairs, and the staff provides unlimited towels, sunscreen, and service via Segways on the beach.

As you enter the hotel, the friendly staff welcomes guests with a warm “Bon Bini”, the local Papiamento greeting, which enhances the authentic island experience. The deluxe resort features 320 spacious rooms which are certainly some of the nicest you will find in Aruba. Room amenities include state of the art bathrooms, ultra modern 46 inch Samsung TV’s, mini L couches, signature snug Ritz-Carlton featherbeds, plush bathrobes, Nespresso coffee machines, a full bath and shower, a daily cheese and grape platter to snack on, and private balconies with spectacular views of the Caribbean sea.

If you are looking for something to do there are a plethora of activities including a small 24-hour casino, a variety of upscale shops for vacationers to enjoy, a kid’s club, fitness center, and 13-treatment-room spa with a unique oxygen bar treatment. If you are looking to partake in watersports, the resort provides access to all ocean activities like tubing and jet skiing; paddle boarding is complimentary for all guests. Also, the beach at the Ritz has a strong Caribbean breeze, and is the location for an annual windsurfer tournament.

For those looking to kick back, the Ritz-Carlton Aruba features two pools with a family section

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The dining at the Ritz-Carlton Aruba is exceptional. Two restaurants you must visit are BLT Steak and Solanio. The menu at BLT

is similar to that of the one in the United States, which gives an at-home type dining experience; the popovers are to die for, the filet is superb, and the burrata is perfection. Solanio boasts typical Italian cuisine for dinner and a buffet style like breakfast. I recommend the lobster ravioli. Casual dining options include the Divi Bar located in the main lobby of the hotel, which serves drinks, sushi, and appetizers. Or opt for the poolside grill for lunch at the Madero Latin Grill, with many different options. Overall the Ritz-Carlton Aruba is a remarkable destination close to popular destinations and local nightlife. In addition to the beautifully appointed luxury rooms and suites, a healthy mix of activities, and upscale dining, the resort will create an unforgettable stay. With its pristine beaches and beautiful landscape, guests will revel in a new standard of luxury and elegance that characterizes one of the finest Aruba 5 star hotels. Ritzcarlton.com


PARADISE ISLAND Beach Club PARADISE ISLAND Enjoy a premiere Island villa at the cost of a Hotel Beach ClubRoom Enjoy a premiere Island villa at the cost of a Hotel Room

Paradise Island Beach Club is a Boutique Beach Front resort located directly on the world famous Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island, The Bahamas. Each thoughtfully designed, spacious 2 bedroom / 2 bath unit offers over 1,000 sq ft of living space, equipped to meet your every need. Each Villa entails private Paradise Island Beach Club is a Boutique Beach Front resort located directly on the patio, formal living and dining rooms, fully equipped kitchens, accommodating world famous Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island, The Bahamas. up to 6 guests. Seasonal activities include, but not limited to, golf, sailing, scuba diving, historical sites and the excitement of Nassau. We’re close to everything, yet Each thoughtfully designed, spacious 2 bedroom / 2 bath unit offers over 1,000 so neatly and privately tucked away from it all. sq ft of living space, equipped to meet your every need. Each Villa entails private patio, formal living and dining rooms, kitchens, accommodating And for those fully who equipped enjoy a night out, the Casinos of Atlantis are less than a 10 minute stroll down the up to 6 guests. Seasonal beach, activitieswith include, but not limited to, golf, sailing, scuba gaming, bars and nightlife. Our valued clientele also receive 50%-off Atlantis water theme diving, historical sites and the excitement of Nassau. We’re close to everything, park, and access to golf course or enjoy a game of yet golf, on Paradise Island’s only golf course. Life at so neatly and privately tucked awayIsland from itBeach all. Club allows one to do as much, or as little as your please. Paradise And for those who enjoy a night out, the Casinos of Atlantis are less than a 10 minute stroll down the BEST OF ALL, you can vacation for a week, and stay for a LIFETIME, as time share opportunities are also beach, with gaming, bars and nightlife. Our valued clientele also receive 50%-off Atlantis water theme available, simply inquire about a owning you own little piece of Paradise. park, and access to golf course or enjoy a game of golf, on Paradise Island’s only golf course. Life at Paradise Island Beach Club allows one to do as much, or as little as your please. BEST OF ALL, you can vacation for a week, and stay for a LIFETIME, as time share opportunities are also available, simply inquire about a owning you own little piece of Paradise.

www.gopibc.com or call us 1-800 310 5148 reservations@pibcresort.com


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Quito

By Mosaka Williamson

QUITO

A JOURNEY TO THE MIDDLE EARTH

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uito is the variable and fascinating capital of Ecuador perched on the foothills of the South American Andes mountain range. Lying perpendicular to the sun directly on the Earth’s equator, there are no changes in seasons, and the weather can be quite sporadic and change very quickly depending on the altitude you are on. Up to 1K meters above sea level you will experience warm summer-like weather while altitudes between 1K- 2K meters above sea level deliver springtime 110 • Resident • April 2016

weather, if you venture 2K- 3K meters above sea level expect the breezy fall like weather, and when you go above 3K meters the climate mimics that of winter. Aside from the often unpredictable weather, Quito is quite charming. Picture a town of colorful houses that sit on multiple peaks and valleys with the beautiful and scenic backdrop of the Andes Mountains and cloud forests. Declared one of the first World

Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1978, the city is home to various museums, picturesque plazas and impressive architecture. Start your walking tour in the old town where you will find the majority of the historical sites, official government buildings, grand baroque gold encrusted cathedrals, traditional eateries, and craft shopping. At the center of the old town in Quito is La Ronda which is a preserved cobblestone pedestrian street


The city’s New Town features modern architecture, Quito’s financial district, and high-end designer shopping. One of the most popular destinations in the new town is the splashy Quicentro Sur shopping mall. Outside of the city center, there are numerous things to do, and due to Quito’s ever changing altitudes, each destination is vastly different. Twenty minutes or so outside of the city center is a monument that marks the middle of the earth or the equator where the latitude is exactly 0 0’ 0”. On the equator, you can easily balance an egg on a nail, and due to the gravitational pull on the equator you weigh less. To explore the Andes in style embark on the Tren Crucero, a luxury train with a colonial old world style. In true historic fashion, the train’s four coaches are pulled by steam and diesel locomotives. As you head into the picturesque Andes mountains, take in the fresh air from the train’s open air terrace. One thing to note is that you are traveling over seven miles above sea level so adjusting to the altitude may be a challenge for some. Another dreamy excursion from Quito is the beautiful cloud forest which is surrounded by thick clouds that almost resemble a fog that is three hours away. Stay at the ethereal Mashpi eco lodge, named as one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World. Located in the Equatorial Chocó BioRegion, the lodge’s floor to ceiling windows seamlessly

frequented by locals and tourists. During the day, you may stumble upon storefront workshops of hand-weaved Panama hats (a fashion staple amongst the locals) and craftsmen creating everything from hand carved wooden toys to indigenous golden trinkets. You will also be able to take in the local street games, and even try it for yourself. At night, La Ronda comes alive and becomes one of the most bustling areas of the city.

meld the outside world of nature indoors with their minimalist and contemporary décor in warm earth tone hues. Activities include, bird watching, hiking, waterfall excursions, butterfly farm visits, a single bike that allows you to pedal across a zip line rope over the forest, or indulge in a spa treatment as you take in your natural surroundings. Whether you are looking for a getaway to the city, a journey to the middle of the earth, or seeking a retreat into a natural forest- you can experience it in Quito. Now getting to the region is much easier thanks to JetBlue which offers direct flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Quito, Ecuador (UIO). The airliner has been garnering accolades from customers thanks to their outstanding array of complementary amenities including unlimited snacks and soft drinks, first-run Hollywood movies, and free wifi service that includes partnerships with Amazon, Harpercollins, and The Wall Street Journal. JetBlue also offers the most legroom in coach based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines. Dave Clark, vice president network planning at JetBlue stated “Quito is one of the fastest growing destinations in Latin America and a world-class tourism destination. We are thrilled to bring our award-winning service and low fares to this underserved market.” Whatever you are looking for Quito is undoubtedly something to behold. Jetblue.com

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Ontario Wine Trail

By Mosaka Williamson

THE ONTARIO WINE TRAIL

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ith spring in full bloom and a favorable exchange rate to the dollar, a trip along the Canadian wine trail makes for a perfect weekend getaway. Though Canada is best known for their Ice Wine and festivals around this sweet nectar, the Ontario region also produces a wide mix of vintages including Chardonnays, Rieslings, Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Francs and more. Ontario is home to nearly 100 wineries, a region comprised of three primary grape-growing regions including Lake Erie North Shore, Niagara Peninsula, and Prince Edward County, all of which have something unique to offer. One of the universal reasons for visiting Ontario wine country is to “Relax.” Here you can enjoy a tasting at a local farmer’s market, cycle to vineyards and wineries as you get lost on off the beaten path trails, partake in one of Niagara’s internationally acclaimed grape and wine industry festivals, or marvel at one of the wonders of the world- Niagara Falls which has a better vantage point from the 112 • Resident • April 2016

Canadian side. A central location to call home base is in the quaint 19th century town of Niagara on the Lake- often referred to as the prettiest village in Ontario. Stay at the charming 124 Queen Hotel & Spa that exudes understated luxury and is conveniently located on Queen Street with all of the main attractions within walking distance. If you are a foodie, the region is undergoing a culinary movement. Skilled chefs are connecting with farmers, artisan bakers, cheese makers, honey producers, specialty butchers to deliver farm-to-table experiences. Many vineyards now feature on-site restaurants where tasting menus reflect the distinctive flavors particular to each appellation such as the Kitchen 76 located in the breathtaking Tuscan Style Two Sisters Vineyard at Niagara on the Lake. Another noteworthy stop is at the Peller Estates Winery where visitors can experience the chill of ice wine making. Slip into a down parka and step into the 10 Below Peller Ice Wine Lounge where temperatures are a chilly 10 degrees C below all year round. Sip

some of their finest ice wines produced in this igloo like lounge constructed of 29,000 pounds of ice complete with an ice lounge bench and ice chandelier. Planning a wine route is best done utilizing the tools on Wine County Ontario’s website, as there are many intricacies involved in crafting a wine trail that suits your taste. The website is an excellent resource for selecting wineries to visit, learning how winery tours usually operate, and tips on choosing wine to sample. Although you can visit wine country by train, bike, bus or helicopter, the reality is that most visitors travel around wine country by car. Local vineyards also offer walking tours of their grapevines and facilities, where you can learn the history of the winery and witness their production of this year’s vintages first hand, and of course sample an array of their finest wines! Winecountryontario.ca


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Toronto

By Hillary BY James Clark Latos

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ike any metropolis, you are defined by the neighborhood you live in. For Torontonians, neighborhood pride is a way of life, with emerging neighborhoods such as The Junction garnering the spotlight at the moment as the coolest hood to live or just party in. Anchored by the intersections of Dundas street West and Keele Street, The Junction was largely overlooked due to its ‘dry’ status and alcohol ban lasting from 1904 to 2000 and lack of close public transportation. Ironically it is now one of the most popular destinations for nightlife, craft beer, and live music. Fast forward to the present, over 200 local independent businesses have set up shop here and it’s considered one of Toronto’s premier art and design destinations, with plenty of cool shops to find one of a kind treasures, with shades of hipster. Here are some spots to get your groove on. Thejunctionbia.com

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Mjolk Melding the minimalist and intellectual design aesthetics of Scandanavia and Japan, Mjolk is both a gallery and a lifestyle store that showcases products and works by artists and artisans from these respective regions- that “look to everyday life to find inspiration.” Mjolk believes that when you can derive beauty from the uttermost simplistic tools, then you have something special. store.mjolk.ca

Smash This 4,300 square foot showroom is a den of curiosities where one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and the front window is a stage for performance art. Owner Paul Mercer’s background in antiques, art, and salvage allowing him to see the value in other people’s junk and combs estate sales and junkyards to repurpose vintage antiquities. smashsalvage.com

Indie Ale House Known for their creative craft beers, Indie Ale House creates their own IPAs in house to pair with seasonal dishes. Reflecting the creative spirit of the Junction, brews have been dubbed names such as Broken Hipster, Zombie Eclipse, and Don’t Judge Me- that reflect the character of the flavor profile. Indiealehouse.com

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Where to Stay

At first paying $45 CAD for a drink may seem steep, but at Barcraft, the art of mixology is brought to a visceral level that uses molecular gastronomy to create imaginative cocktail experiences that challenge what is possible with flavor, smell, and texture. One of the Modernist concoctions exemplifies this vision- The Mezcal, White Chocolate and Eucalyptus that features balsam fir and white chocolate dipped rosemary that melts with Eucalyptus ice. To enhance the experience each ingredient is encapsulated in tasting dots to give a different flavor with each sip at this trendy Queen Street West hotspot. Barchef.com

Le Germain Hotel at Maple Leaf Square is conveniently located adjacent to the stadium in downtown Toronto in the heart of the entertainment district. The chic rooms are filled with natural light and feature a modern décor with contemporary artwork that pay homage to the Toronto Maples. An urban oasis of comfort, rooms are generously proportioned with pillow top beds topped with down filled comforters and plenty of sumptuous modern furnishings to sink into while the bathrooms feature a glass wall to allow natural light to fill the airy space. Legermainhotels.com


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THE 14TH FACTORY By Nathalie Barclay

“How can I use my life positively to impact others? How can I contribute? How can I interconnect? How can I do something good with my life?” For Simon Birch, these are driving questions that have come to shape his artistic career over the years. Originally from Brighton, England, Birch moved to Hong Kong in 1997 in the aftermath of the death of one of his closest friends. Starting as a construction worker, he eventually worked his way up through sheer perseverance to becoming an artist. “When no one would give a break, I just kept going and created opportunities myself, and then eventually had some success.” Birch’s success is most notable within the Hong Kong artistic scene. He credits this with the belief that he has “developed as a sort of big fish in a small pond is this tiny little city.” Many of his works are inspired by the people and culture of Hong Kong, especially his daring series of paintings of the Chinese mafia. They are also often characterized by his representation of the captivating movement and acute sense of pain of his subjects. Constantly playing with different mediums and techniques, these recurring themes evolve and change with every piece, whether it be an oil painting, a film or an installation. “It is an organic procession, from year to year, project to project.” However, while it may be true that he has known the most success in Hong Kong, his work has transcended boundaries and is now internationally recognized. Coming to New York, Birch will be introducing his newest project in April: located in a massive old building on Wall Street, it consists of fourteen installations in procession and is over 150,000 square feet. Though filled with excitement over the big revelation of his new project, he describes the nervewracking process of integrating himself in New York: “Here, I’m completely unknown, so there is a huge dynamic shift from how I relate to Hong Kong and how I relate to New York. In New York, I’m just some dude who’s kind of just turned up.” Despite his apprehension, Birch is eager to share his largest project to date, “The 14th Factory,” which he hopes will be an intensely interactive and immersive art experience. “New York said: ‘Well, if you’re prepared to work hard a little bit, we’ll let you do your project.’ And we worked hard and here we are.” Following an auction at the close of the exhibit, Birch will be donating 100% of the proceeds to NGO’s supporting disadvantaged children and innercity youth.

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Dating Apps

BY Jane Morgan

THE POWER SWIPE The Ins and Outs of Finding Love in the City of the

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s our cell phones now handle everything in our lives from the utilitarian to the hedonistic, everything that we need to get by throughout the day can be conveniently taken care of with the right apps and a few simple swipes. New Yorkers are notoriously impatient with a penchant for immediate gratification, and today’s dating apps fill that insatiable need for the BBD- bigger, better deal, and have become the norm for finding love in the Big Apple. Like anything in life, some are better than others depending on what you are looking for and here we weigh in on the good, the bad, and the blatant truth behind the swipe from New York’s most popular dating apps:

Happn - Happen upon a one night stand or a chance at love. Remember the commercial where two attractive people spot each other for the first time on the subway. But the doors close as the gazes linger as two lovestruck strangers rely on fate to cross paths in the future. But what if you could easily pull up each other’s profile instead, Happn, is your answer to find all the single users that you have ever crossed paths with but were too shy to talk to. With 13M+ users globally, New York City is Happn’s largest U.S. market. Grand Central Terminal, Herald Square and Union Square are among the top locations where Happn users cross paths. www.happn.com

Bumble -

Men take the easy way out. Again.

On this app, women have to make the first move, and men have to do virtually nothing. Unless you want to start a relationship off where the man is responsible for absolutely zilch, then this app is for you! “I just put my picture up and the girls contact me if they’re interested. It’s a sure thing I’m getting laid.” said Brian, an avid, happy Bumble user. Don’t be surprised if they expect you to pay on the first date. In other words, to the left, to the left! www.bumble.com

OKCupid - If you play your cards right, you’ll be engaged by Valentine’s Day.

Ladies, if you’re looking for a relationship then this is the app for you. This app has the most attractive men, and they’re not your common gigolo player. It works through an algorithm matching formula

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based on your preferences and boasts a successful match rate between 60-90%. Most of the men filtered to me are in Finance, Tech or IT guys with advanced degrees. Definitely dating material on this site! www.okcupid.com

Match - When you’ve run out of options. Though Match.com is the most popular online dating site in the U.S., it does live up to its guarantee to “make love happen.” It has the largest paid user base of any other dating site but tends to skew towards “desperate old people” as one millennial explained. Though the reach is broad everyone can find a match but then no one matches. www.match.com

Tinder - Best looking men and MBA’s Hands down the best looking men and MBA’s (Married But Availables) online. You will find the most attractive men here but the majority are players

or have another life somewhere on the other side of the river. So tread lightly! Since Tinder is purely based on looks,Tinder is a great app to find a hot casual date with a compatible stranger. Chances of a serious relationship: 2% Chances of a lay anytime: 98%. www.gotinder.com

Eharmony - Born Again Virgins Need Apply Unless you’re Mormon, born again, or into significant others with mental problems, steer clear of eHarmony. Be prepared to fill out pages and pages of questions only to find out your perfect match is 50 miles away? You can’t filter within less than 30 miles. Do you really want to start your formidable dating as long distance? Besides the confusing layout and religious focus, you’re stuck as a member for months whether you like it or not. You will not be able to delete your profile for at least 6 months. Now that is saying something! www.eharmony.com


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The Second Act

By Kristen Oliveri

THE SECOND ACT Fun Home & Beautiful Soar to New Heights

Fun Home

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powerful portrayal continues in this Tony-award winning play, as a new cast takes the stage to display the evolution of storytelling. Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel’s bestselling graphic memoir, is showcasing key new cast members including Michael Cerveris, Jim Stanek, Lauren Patten, Gabriella Pizzolo, Roberta Colindrez, Zell Steele Morrow, Joel Perez and Oscar Williams. Veterans Judy Kuhn and Beth Malone preserve in their respective roles. The impact of this heart-wrenching theatrical experience performed at the Circle in the Square Theater, has only matured after winning the Tony. In keeping with its no-holds-barred boundary pushing mantra, the show recently welcomed a group of UN ambassadors representing countries globally in an effort to further LGBT issues worldwide, culminating with a powerful discussion with activist and actor, Cynthia Nixon. The show is told from the perspective of Alison during three stages of her life: childhood, college and middle age. Beth Malone, who originated the role of adult Alison, delivers a powerful performance as the glue that holds it altogether, poignantly touching upon those painful memories of adolescence, how she struggled with her own sexuality and how she eventually felt after her father’s suicide and the revelation that he, too, was gay. The theater becomes home itself and brings the story to life as every member of the audience is immersed in this family’s world. We live through all of their joy and their pain, to ultimately come to the sad realization that words unspoken can be ever more dangerous than ones shouted out loud.

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical You go to the show for the songs, but you stay for the story, or that’s at least how I felt about the thoughtful production of Beautiful, directed by Marc Bruni and staged at the Stephen Sondheim Theater. One might think it would be a wildly arduous task to take on the iconic role of living legend Carole King in any shape or form, particularly following Jessie Mueller who won a Tony for the same role, but Chilina Kennedy, singersongwriter in her own right, makes it look easy. This score is one so powerful that you can’t help but choke back tears as the audience relives the music of husband and wife songwriter duo Gerry Goffin and Carole King and their fiercest competitors and eventually best friends, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Arguably, the two most poignant moments of the play were delivered by Kennedy and signified the changes in King’s life. Firstly when she reprises “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” during the beginning of the end of her marriage to Goffin, and secondally when she learns to find her own voice with “It’s Too Late Baby”. There’s a reason why Beautiful has broken box office records; it’s a narrative we can all relate to. The fact that we can identify with it amidst a score of songs that defined a generation, makes it even more poignant.


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New Broadway Shows

By Barry Bassis

Top Left: Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed, Sarah Steele, Cassie Beck in a scene from The Humans. (Photo by Brigitte Lacombe.) Middle: Kate Arrington, Greg Keller, Linda Lavin, and John Procaccino in Our Mother’s Breif Affair. Bottom Left: Frank Wood and Forest Whitaker in Hughie. (Photo by Marc Brenner.)

NEW BROADWAY PLAYS The Humans, Our Mother’s Brief Affair, & Hughie

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laywright Stephen Karam has been winning accolades and his new work, The Humans, makes clear what the fuss is about. This is a comedy-drama that achieves both sides of the equation in a production skillfully directed by Joe Mantello. Brigid (Sarah Steele), and her boyfriend, Rich (Arian Moayed), have just moved into a duplex apartment in a tenement building in Chinatown. Her parents, Erik (Reed Birney) and Deirdre (Jayne Houdyshell) come from Scranton, Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving dinner, with their other daughter (a lesbian lawyer with colitis, facing problems on the job as well as a failed romance), played by Cassie Beck and Erik’s mother (who is in a wheelchair and suffers from dementia) (played by Lauren Klein). The play is suffused with humor and sadness even if the ending is a bit of a letdown. For those who want to see a compelling new American play, this should be on your shortlist. Richard Greenberg has written brilliant plays (such as Take Me Out), enjoyable ones (e.g., The Assembled Parties) but sometimes he strikes out. Our Mother’s Brief Affair starts out pleasantly enough but then takes a desperately wrong turn. 122 • Resident • April 2016

To put it bluntly, this is a memory play you might not want to remember. The play’s greatest asset is its star, Linda Lavin as the mother in question. She plays a Long Island housewife named Anna, who has two adult children: the twins Seth and Abby.

She is on her deathbed and reveals a love affair she had many years earlier and the scenes between her and her lover are reenacted on stage. It’s when the man’s identity is revealed that a real life incident from the Cold War is thrown into the mix, fodder for some cheap jokes.

Greenberg has not forgotten how to write witty dialogue but, in this instance, he has failed to work it into a coherent play. Lavin is delightful but neither she nor director Lynne Meadow can save Our Mother’s Brief Affair. Hughie is a revival of a minor work by Eugene O’Neill. A two character play, running about one hour without intermission, it’s mostly a monologue. The title character (a hotel clerk) has died before the action begins. In a decaying Manhattan hotel (a wonderful set by Christopher Oram), a broken down gambler named Erie Mills speaks to Hughie’s replacement about the deceased. When the play begins, Mills is returning from a five-day drinking binge he went on when his friend died. Hughie was a family man and Mills is an outsider, a braggart who spins tales about his exploits with women and his occasional good luck at the track. He was attracted to Hughie because he was able to pass himself off as a success to the gullible fellow. In Mills’ words, “[I]f every guy along Broadway who kids himself was to drop dead there wouldn’t be nobody left.” Forest Whitaker makes his long awaited Broadway debut as Mills and the always excellent Frank Wood is the hotel clerk who is a good listener. The estimable Michael Grandage directed, but the play somehow feels less haunted than the set. Hopefully, Whitaker will return in a work that is better geared to his talents.


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’ve avoided writing for weeks because I am shattered - emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Writing will help, though I feel no good can come from a mind and heart this broken. Enter Hindu mythological figure Akhilandeshvari, the goddess of “never not broken,” meaning that when we’re lying on our bedroom floor, crying and screaming into that pile of dirty laundry, we are at our most powerful. Did I mention she rides a crocodile? The double negative of “never not broken” when translated from Sanskrit has Akhilanda “broken” down to her very name. Perhaps wholeness or complete integration is overrated, or simply unattainable? Does the power for transformation, for recreating ourselves, come from those scattered shards on the floor? We are constantly in a state of change, as is the universe around us, and thus limitless in our potential to be and to become. My sister died suddenly under mysterious circumstances ten months ago; the grieving process haunted by the taunting spectre of questions that remain, and will likely stay, unanswered. Eight weeks ago my relationship with a primary partner ended in trauma, distortion, and misunderstanding. Last week, my other primary partner abruptly aborted our, until that moment, increasingly evolving and loving relationship. Though my sister died ten months ago, these recent romantic whip lashings tore the fresh scabs of grief from my recovering spirit. I meditate, exercise, and have a spiritual life. I consult a therapist who’s raised me into authentic adulthood. I have friends, love, support, a career – a life worth living and being grateful for. But,

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I am broken, and what will grow from this brokenness is unknown. Yet even from the vantage point of a dropped mirror, I realize two things: 1) my cleaning woman does a remarkable job on my hardwood floors, and 2) I’ll get through this and not only survive, but thrive and become whatever it is I’m becoming. As yogi and spiritual writer Julie Peters points out in her own musings about our crocodile riding goddess of broken, the choice of a crocodile is fascinating in that it represents our reptilian brain, which is directly connected to fear. We hide, deny, and even combat our fears, but our girl rides on her fears. She rides right in the face of myths about “holding it together” or “appearing strong.” I have fear writing this. We’re taught not to share our feelings – certainly not this deeply (or publicly). We New Yorkers have lifted appearing “always together” to an art form. Additionally, psychotherapists aren’t supposed to talk about their personal lives. I’m sure a patient or colleague will read this. Life is risk. Let it be, David. I am no longer on the floor. The sun is incandescent and Spring has sprung delightfully early in Manhattan. Before I tackle that laundry, I cheer you for embracing your brokenness and talking about it. Isolation and self-criticism can be poison. Cherish life’s inherent imperfections and keep on riding that crocodile!

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Kiera Knightley on the set of Collateral Beauty


As spring temperatures can swing drastically in NYC where warm days are met with chilly nights we love the chic and effortless layering that fashion icon Kiera Knightley and Parker Posey chose to brave the elements.

Parker Posey on the set of Woody Allen’s untitled project


Resident Magazine April 2016 Issue  

This month features actor Harry Hamlin as well as different destinations for our "Jet Set" issue.

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