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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF
ebruary marks the beginning of Chinese New Year which happens to be the Year of the Pig, which represents good fortune with a realistic perspective. With this in mind, we chose the beautiful and talented Award winning television journalist, author and native New Yorker, Maria Bartiromo for our cover story. With over 25 years in the business Maria was not only a pioneer in financial broadcast journalism as the first reporter to stream live from the floor of the NYSE, but she has also interviewed some of the most powerful people on the planet. From top CEOs to royalty, heads of state, policy makers, and presidents, she has had first hand access to the movers and shakers who have shaped the last quarter of the century. She has been eye witness to the rise and fall of economies around the world, been on the frontlines of global changes, the dot com rise and fall, and objectively reported on the biggest economic cycles affecting the planet. From moderating presidential debates to hosting the World Economic Forum at Davos, Maria Bartiromo is one of the most seasoned TV journalists in the business. Besides her accomplishments and strong work ethic, she also maintains a strong sense of self and humility which resonates so well with her viewers. Though her persona has been influenced by the leaders she has interviewed, she always remembers where she came from, with strong family ties to her Italian American roots. Beautiful inside and out, this month Maria speaks about her illustrious career, where she sees
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THE AWARDS SEASON Oscar, Winter Show, Young Collectors, Prince of Chintz, Celebrity Chef Birthright, Circle of Spoons, Sleepover at the Museum & Viennese Opera Ball By R. Couri Hay with Photos by Patrick Mcmullan The Winners It’s Oscar time and I’m betting on The Favourite, a riveting period piece (1665 -1714) about a threeway lesbian love story centering on Queen Anne of England, which is up for 10 awards including Best Picture. Olivia Colman, who plays the complicated Queen, is head-to-head with Glenn Close who stars in The Wife for the Best Actress crown. Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, each scored a Best Supporting nomination. Stone said, “Superbad was the raunchiest movie I’ve been in but this is a close second.” Weisz, who is married to Daniel Craig, aka James Bond, confessed “I’m not comfortable with the thought of envy, which some people thrive on.” ……My second choice is the controversial Green Book, a funny and insightful bromance about a gay, black, pianist (Mahershala Ali) and his Italian, blue collar, driver played by Viggo Mortensen who said of the movies critics “I’ve seen the same people accuse the movie of being both a ‘white savior movie’ and a ‘magical negro movie.’ It’s like, make up your mind. What is it? It’s neither.”….. The Spanish language film Roma is my third choice, beautiful as it is, the English subtitles are a distraction….. Vice starring the brilliant Christian Bale as VP Dick Cheney
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is dead last on my list. Bale confided “If everyone really knew what a jerk I am in real life, I wouldn’t be so adored.” ….Tune in on February 24th and see if Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper take home any gold for A Star is Born, or if Rami Malek wins for his tour de force as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Will director Spike Lee be recognized for BlacKkKlansman and what about the blockbuster Black Panther? The enveMahershala Ali and lope please. Viggo
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Sapphire Jubilee Presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor, along with the former mayor’s decorator Jamie Drake, lead the old guard past nearly 70 booths brimming with top tier art, antiques
lamps at Lillian Nassau, Adelson Galleries and fine antique English furniture at Ronald Phillips and Philip Colleck. Others in the pack of billionaires and millionaires pursuing the unique collectibles were Leonard Lauder, Peter and Jamee Gregory, Laurie Tisch, Cece Black, Arie Kopelman and designers Geoffrey Bradfield and Victoria Hagan who was a co-chair
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celebrated the life of their friend and interior decorator Mario Buatta along with 400 of his pals at the Park Avenue Amory during The Winter Show. Buatta was the Chairman of this benefit for 14 years so the venue was the perfect place to reminisce about the designer and his endless
SOCIAL SAFARI practical jokes. Wilbur recalled, “At my daughter Amanda’s Birthday he began to hand her a large Tiffany bag but dropped it on the floor with a clatter of breaking glass. It later turned out there really was no present. The bag was filled with shards of already broken window glass. A real present showed up the next morning.” “Oh hahaha!” as Mario’s buddy Aileen Mehle aka Suzy, the much missed, ne plus ultra of high society columnists used to say. Mario, whose clients included Mariah Carey, Barbara Walters and Malcom Forbes, was dubbed the “Prince of Chintz” by the media. Ross said, “I once introduced Mario to an acquaintance as the Prince of Chintz.” My friend said, “I don’t know that country. Where is it?” Mario responded, “It’s in the English Channel.” When my friend went on to ask, “How did Sam Dangremond, you become the Lucinda May prince?” Buatta’s and Sarah Bray answer was, “I @ The Winter Show was too young to become the king.” Mario is survived by his pet cockroach Harold who he used to take to grand dinner parties and quietly place on plates and then suddenly “discover the vermin” and make a huge scene to the horror of the other guests before confessing Harold was his and made of plastic. Among those receiving a mini Harold were speakers Anne Ei-
greeted Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Indre Rockefeller, Isaac Mizrahi, Theodora Richards, Kimberly Drew, Ana Kras, Jessica Joffe and others of that ilk and stripe. Wendy Goodman led the Interior Design Committee that included Richard Mishaan, Constance Cocroft, Roric Tobin, Charlotte Barnes, Phillip Thomas and Jamie Bush.
chaired by Jean Shafiroff. vienneseoperaball.com Karen Lefrak’s Sleepover Composer and children’s author Karen LeFrak, who also sits on the board of the New York Philharmonic celebrated the publication of her book, Sleepover at the Museum, at, where else, The Museum of Natural History. Guests including Sex in the City writer Candace Bushnell, David
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Celebrity Chef Birthright Top Chef’ judge Gail Simmons and Chopped stars Amanda Freitag and Viennese Opera Ball Foster, Katharine McPhee Marc Murphy were among the 12 Dina Merrill’s granddaughand concert pianist Micah Culinary stars on the first “Celebrity ter Siena Rumbough Chef Birthright” trip to Israel. The McLaurin clinked glasses road trip to experience the made her debut at The under the whale in the vibrant Israeli food scene Viennese Opera Museum’s Hall of Ocean was organized by marketer Ball at Cipriani. Life, where the book’s Jean Shafiroff and chef guru Herb Siena’s great grandadventures take place. @ Vicky Tiel book signing Karlitz. America’s top mother Marjorie Karen whispered she chefs flew out on El Al Merrihas been asked to write and stayed at the King weather Post, a musical score of the adDavid Hotel in Jerusalem the Cereal heiress, venture, which will be performed Patti Grabel and The Dan Hotel in Tel built Mar-ain Miami this @ Bloomingdale’s Aviv while they whipped up Lago, Trump’s winter, Napa in July, and benefit dinners for the Sheba at the New Medical Center and Start-Up York PhilNation Central. Additional culinary harmonic names joining the tour included next year. chef and restaurateur Jonathan Brava! Waxman whose restaurants include Winter Karen LeFrak and Candice White Bushnell @ Museum of House Natural History Kiera in Palm Rumbough, Beach, Cole Rumbough and her and Debutante great Seina grandfaRumbough ther was Marc Murphy, financier Gail Simmons, Amanda Freitag E.F. Hutkaand Herb Karlitz @ King David Hotel ton. At renlefrak.com 64 years Lick the old, the ball Spoon Jams and Barbuto, Leah Cohen is the oldest white tie celebration Artist Patti Grabel unveiled her from Pig & Khao, Ruth Riechl, the in New York and benefits the former food critic of The New York “Circle of Spoons” at Bloomingdamusic therapy program at MemoTimes, Top Chef Canada’s Eden le’s. The installation was comprised rial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Grinshpan, Jenn Louis from Linof a trio of enormous, iconic perwith support from Denise Rich’s coln, Naama Shefi the Founder of fume bottles with the central one Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for The Jewish Food Society, and LA’s featuring a chain of metal spoons Cancer Research. In the mix were Nancy Silverton from the Mozza signifying nourishing one’s family Siena’s sister Kiera and brother Restaurant Group. and community and self. A second karlitz.com bottle had a top adorned in faux Cole Rumbough. The night was thewintershow.org
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access to doctors, who take the time to get to know you as a person as well as look at all aspects of your life when talking about your health concerns and problems, designing your care plan specifically by your health concerns that are monitored and checked by your care team. Forward members also get unlimited access to a full range of men’s and women’s health services, including cancer screenings, heart health analysis, biometric body scans, genetic testing, wellness counseling, nutrition optimization, sleep management and vaccines. Plus, no more “come next week for your results”; the membership features real-time blood testing in 12 minutes. Lines are also not a problem with Forward; simply download the app and skip the waiting room.
getting proper healthcare. Patients are welcome to make appointments on both coasts. Forward has locations in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and New York. Recently, the company expanded its East Coast presence with the opening of a stateof-the-art location in the heart of New York City. The newest clinic is located at 555 Madison Avenue and is designed to enhance the doctor’s office experience. The multi-leveled, state-of-the-art facility is 4,900 square feet with eight exam rooms equipped with interactive, personalized displays that ensure every visit is both efficient and comprehensive.
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enée Willett spent her 23rd birthday working, on the set of the movie “The Yellow Birds,” shooting scenes with Jennifer Aniston. “She came over to my trailer after shooting wrapped to wish me a happy birthday and talk one on one. It was a very sweet gesture,” says Renée, who is an actress, comedienne, producer, influencer, philanthropist and MBA student.
Now 26, she has since wrapped movies featuring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Molly Ringwald. Renée worked with Daniel Radcliffe on the film “Beast of Burden,” and there was a lot of down time during which the two hung out. “Finding out he is also a die-hard New York Giants fan like myself was a surprise! We ended up having a lot to talk about.”
This was only the second film she had ever done. “It was inspirational getting to work alongside her on my second film. Learning from her methods was an unparalleled experience.”
She got her start in acting in 2015, in “Sharknado 3,” soon after graduating from USC with degrees in economics, Spanish and theater. Renée obtained that first role through sheer persistence. “I met the producer at an event and got his email and basically emailed him until he had no other option but to introduce me to his casting director and let me audition.”
It was a “pretty cool start” to her career, the classically trained New York actress notes. Her next film, “The Comedian,” starred Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Edie Falco and Danny DeVito. “It was really exciting,” she says.
Rising Star Award – NYC Intl. Film Fest On March 1, Renée is thrilled to be receiving the
Rising Star Award at The NYC International Film Festival. “It is truly humbling to receive recognition for all of my hard work and dedication in this industry,” she says. “The Sopranos” star Vincent Pastore, will accept a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony. A Talent for Comedy While acting and auditioning for roles and working on her master’s degree, Renée also somehow found time to take classes at UCB and the Groundlings. She realized she wanted to do more comedic roles and started writing her own material. About a year ago, she reluctantly began doing standup comedy, and found that she loved it. Serendipity struck at a party in the Hamptons when she told a woman she was a comic but hadn’t actually done any. It turned out the woman produced shows for clubs like Gotham, and she asked, “Do
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you want to do one tomorrow night in Manhattan?” Willett demurred, but the woman persisted, and she agreed to appear the following night at Comic Strip Live, where Jerry Seinfeld did his first show. “It went great and I haven’t stopped since.” She now performs regularly, mainly in New York and Tel Aviv. A lot of her jokes are about the differences in dating between NYC and L.A., and dating men of different ethnicities and of all ages. “My comedic idols are Will Farrell (if you haven’t seen my social media, I call myself ‘Will Ferrell with [bigger] boobies’), Judd Apatow (we went to the same elementary school, middle school, high school and college), and Ben Stiller (who is my wallpaper on my phone. Crazy I know, but you know, osmosis ha ha). I dream of working with any of these geniuses one day.” Renée has already enlisted Andrew Dice Clay as a mentor. Prior to shooting a film with the comedian, she went to see him perform in Huntington, NY, and they met after the show. “I did some of my bits for him; he loved it,” she says. They and others continued the evening in Manhattan, making silly videos on their phones and spit-balling ideas over 2:00 am pizza. “He may even have me open for him soon!” Renée says. What’s Next Next up is her biggest role yet, opposite Val Kilmer and Dylan McDermott in the crime drama “Cutman,” from the same producing and directing team behind “Blind,” in which Renée also appeared. “They wanted to work with me again on their next film! It was an honor getting my first offer without having to audition for the role.” McDermott was also in
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“Blind,” and Renée is looking forward to working with him again. Some of her other upcoming projects include a modern-day spin on the classic Romeo and Juliet story in which she plays a news anchor who narrates the entire film. “That one will be shooting in Europe, which I am thrilled about.” In another film, “Juveniles,” about two delinquent young girls who form a friendship in a juvenile detention center, she’ll play a tough guard who ends up having a sweet spot for one of the girls. “I suggested to the director that I do my hair in cornrows,” Renée explains. “This is very opposite of my personality, you probably won’t even recognize me, so I’m very excited to play this role. It’s very special to me; it’s based on a true story and the writer, director, and leads of this film, are all female.” This summer, Renée is shooting a film with Famke Janssen and Cary Elwes in Montauk, not far from her family’s Hamptons house, so she’ll get to sleep at home while filming. It’s too early to reveal details, but Renée is currently writing her first TV pilot. Social Media Influencer With over 500,000 followers on her Instagram account, Instagram.com/reneewillett, Renée works with brands, including hotels like Park Hyatt and Restaurants like Nobu & Matsuhisa. “My Instagram has been called an ‘Upscale lifestyle for a down-to-earth girl.’ I document my exciting travels as well as funny life experiences. I care about making my followers laugh at the smallest anecdotal moments of my day.”
Her biggest ongoing partnership is with the Four Seasons. While in Thailand shooting a TV show recently, Renée decided to venture to Chiang Mai on a weekend off. The hotel arranged a Muay Thai personal training lesson, and sent her for a planting session in the rice paddys. “You want to see something funny, find my Instagram post at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai of me on a farm.” Last summer she traveled to Argentina with her brother for snowboarding in a partnership with the Four Seasons, and to Rio and the Iguazu Falls in Brazil (over the winter/New Year’s) for a partnership with Belmond. Upcoming are trips to Tokyo, Kyoto and Hong Kong for partnerships with the Park Hyatt, Four Seasons, and the Ritz-Carlton, respectively. With her outsize personality and lots to say, Renée created a second, comedic Instagram account, Tits and Chocolate Chips. Instagram.com/ titsandchoclatechips I love chocolate chip cookies, so I post cookies all over the world. It’s like a travel cookie blog with low-cut shirts.” It grew organically; people send her photos of cookies from all over, so she decided to create a separate account. “I have now become the database for all things cookie, like the best cookie locations in NYC and LA. I call it my fun alter ego.” Despite the title, the feed is PGrated. “If anything, it’s funny-sexy; there’s nothing on there my grandma can’t see.” Thailand TV Show An exciting experience for Renée was working on a Thai television show that stars Praya Lundberg, a close friend and one of that country’s most famous actresses. “It was really cool; it wasn’t an American production in Thailand, it was an Asian production.” Renée teamed up with L’Oreal Asia and Maybelline
for the project, “they treated me a like a princess.” It aired on the LINE app, which is very popular in Thailand, Japan and throughout all of Southeast Asia. Renée played an American barista. “I have never made coffee in my life, so they had to have an official barista trainer, who didn’t speak a word of English, show me all the steps. You can just imagine, learning something I know nothing about in a language I don’t understand, it was hilarious.” She had to learn Muay Thai for the role, and now has incorporated that into her workout routine. There were scenes taped in a famous Bangkok boxing venue in which women are not allowed in the ring. “When I first entered the ring I had to say a prayer, as is custom. Between that and seeing the chanting and spiritual nature of true Muay Thai preparation, I feel a spiritual connection to the sport and will forever hold the experience of shooting that episode in my heart.” Some later episodes were set in New York. “It was in many ways a culture shock to work with the same people, many of whom I met in Thailand, in my hometown of NYC three months later. It was like we brought Thailand to New York.” MBA Classes Renée is now earning an MBA at USC’s Marshall School of Business, focusing on film finance and the business of entertainment. Most of her classes are in the evenings, so they don’t conflict with her career. “I truly love school and am secretly a complete nerd at heart.” This semester, she threw herself a curveball, taking an advanced-level video games entrepreneurship course, where the final project consists of creating a video game and pitching it to developers. “I’ve never played a video game in my life, so this will be interesting,” she laughs.
Philanthropic Work Renée lends her time and energy to quite a few charitable causes, including UJA-Federation, Robin Hood, The China Institute, The Jewish Museum of New York and The Yiddish Theatre, and Shalva Children’s Center. She is one of the only females to play in the charity Pro-am tennis matches for The Michael Milken Prostate Cancer Foundation. “My partner is a 6’9” top Swedish player, so you can only imagine how funny we look together on the court, in contrast to my peanut height of 5’4.” Her comedy work has had an unexpected benefit: Renée has become sought after to host charity events for the many organizations she supports. She writes different, less racy material for this type of charity gala, “so my grandma can hear it.” She emceed the United Hatzalah gala in New York, helping to raise $1 million, all from young adults, and the organization recognized her in its “30 Under 30” list of young leaders giving back in a meaningful and impactful way to save lives in Israel. “When the founder told me the ceremony will be held in New York on my birthday to ensure I would be home to attend, I was truly touched.” At the next gala in LA she will again be telling her appropriate-for-grandma Jewish jokes and presenting the Humanitarian award to Jay Leno. “What an honor to have that job for the night, sharing the stage with a man I look up to so much.” Renée is active in the Shoah Foundation, which she holds close to her heart. The digital database of holocaust survivor testimonials, founded by Steven Spielberg. That database has now expanded to encompass nine genocides, including Rwanda, Nanjing, Cambodia, Guatemala, Yazidi, Rohingya and Armenian.
One moment at the organization’s recent annual gala in Beverly Hills touched her profoundly. The survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting attended and spoke about the horrific moments they experienced. “One major aspect I did not know until listening to these speeches, was that the students were all watching The Shoah Foundation testimonials when the shooter entered the classroom. I find it tragic that while learning of the horrors of humankind, so that we may never repeat them, the very purpose of the Shoah Foundation itself in its preservation of such memories, these students experienced another great historic horror.” The Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program team, “The Jack,” is named for Renée’s grandfather, Jack Shapiro, who was an educator and phenomenal tennis player. “This foundation is special because we find inner city kids who have exceptional tennis skills and provide them with tutors and tennis coaches to help them earn scholarships for college.” Extreme Sports As a once professional junior tennis player, Renée is now a confirmed extreme sports junkie, indulging in activities like skydiving, paragliding and zip lining, in addition to less daring forms of exertion like spinning and boxing. Willett doesn’t just love tennis but is a dedicated football, basketball, baseball, and hockey fan of her favorite New York teams. She loves the idea of combining her passions for sports and cinema whenever possible. She recently produced a tennis-themed short called “Love” with Peter Gallagher’s son, James, starring Susan Sarandon and Boris McGiver. “I hope to one day star in a sports drama, like one of my favorite movies of all time ‘Remember The Titans.’” imdb.com/love
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MARIA BARTIROMO Life at the Top with Maria Bartiromo By Hillary Latos Transcribed by simon gusev Produced By Hillary Latos Photographed By UDO SPREITZENBARTH Photography Assistants | Joey Wang Wardrobe styling | Adrienne Kalligeros Hair Artist | Nikki Ray Makeup Artist | Tania Guerra for Angelo David Salon - Chanel US
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n the heels of her fifth anniversary with the Fox Business Network, Maria Bartiromo is one of the most popular and hardest working financial anchors in the business. As the anchor of the daily morning show, Mornings with Maria, and Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street on the Fox Business Network, and Sunday Morning Futures on Fox News Channel, Maria anchors 16.5 hours of live programming six days a week. This past year, Mornings with Maria has taken over Squawk Box in overall viewership. Since she began her
career 25 years ago as the first TV journalist on the floor show of the New York Stock Exchange, she has been a pioneer shaping the landscape of financial news reporting. Not only has Maria interviewed some of the most powerful players in politics, business, and government asking the questions the public wants to know over the span of her career, she has also been in the front lines of the biggest world economic cycles over the last quarter of a century. But what makes her so popular and wildly successful is how she remains true to herself
with a sense of humility that resonates so well with her viewers. This month, Resident Magazine had the privilege to speak with the “Money Honey” about her impressive career and the biggest moments that have shaped her life and the world in general. Of all your interviews, who have you been most impressed by? I’ve been on the air for 25 years and have interviewed so many different people, whether its CEOs or heads of state, so it’s difficult to narrow it down to
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just one person, but I would say there are a number of people I’ve been impressed with who possess certain characteristics. Examples would be Jamie Dimon, who is a straight talker and will tell it the way it is. Toby Cosgrove, the CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, is so smart in terms of healthcare and wellness, or Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters, whom I’ve always been impressed with because they are incredible pioneers. Also, heads of state such as President Clinton or President Trump, who have their own intuitive nuances that make them incredible leaders. President Obama also had a certain sense of confidence when he spoke about what he wanted and where he was going with things. When you look at the wide group of people I’ve been able to interview, what stands out to me is incredible leadership yet also humility. Having the kind of statute, strength and power that some of these leaders possess but also remembering where you came from with a sense of humbleness is very impressive to me. You also wrote the book Secrets to Success. What are the characteristics you see in successful people and what are their secrets? The book was about the 10 laws of enduring success. When I wrote this book, I was trying to narrow down the answers to this question. What is it that creates leadership, and how do you become a great leader? I think some things I mentioned in that book are things like adaptability. You have to be flexible enough in your life to be able to change and identify areas that are not working and to be
able to adapt to different circumstances. You must recognize humility to understand what you don’t know and to work harder to overcome that area. Resilience, together with all these things, is really important in terms of leadership. Jack Welch was one of my mentors throughout my career at CNBC, and he taught me so much in terms of knowing what I am good at and what I am not good at and what I need to work on. At the end of the day, we are all just humans, we all make mistakes and we need to recognize that no one person is better than the other. It is so important to have that humility to understand you are not the most important person in the world and there are other things and other people in the world that matter a lot more than you. What do you feel was your greatest journalistic achievement in your career? I helped build CNBC, which was very small when I first started, and it is now a global network. I also helped build the Fox business network. I anchored three presidential debates, which I am very proud of, and we had an enormous viewership. The Fox business debate had thirteen million viewers, and the second debate had eleven million viewers. I asked the questions the American people wanted answers for and also presented in a way that was accessible to our viewers while putting the candidates on the spot. While at Fox business, we just beat CNBC, and we have the best guests every morning who are the most informed people in business and politics.
What was the most moving segment you’ve done? I reported on the ground from September 11th, and it was incredibly moving and one of the most important days of my life and always will be. It was also my birthday. I was at the stock exchange and my boss called me and told me to go outside. I was on the street corner when the second plane went into the second building. I ran for my life because the building started to collapse and the whole area shook. There was crazy stuff flying out of the buildings, not to mention people. It was the saddest yet the most incredible moving day for me, and I’ll never forget the comradery. I was outside on the street covered in ashes, and I ran for cover in the exchange. I stayed there that day until 10 pm. When things quieted down, I went upstairs to talk to Richard Grasso, the chairman of the NYSE, and I said, “What now?” The next time I reported on the exchange was the following Monday, the 17th. The people who rang the bell were the first respondersthe firefighters, NYPD, the governor, the mayor, and the senator who were all on the podium. When I interviewed them, I never felt such strength and resilience until that day because we were all in mourning and feeling so hurt, but we also knew we would rise again. We knew we would get through it together, and even though we were beaten down, we would be strong and come back from this. September 17, 2001, was the most inspirational day and one of the most important days of my life and my career.
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Have you ever reported on cycles and been completely skeptical? David Faber and I used to have a segment on CNBC, “Annoying Little Comparisons,” of companies that just didn’t make sense. We would pick one a day. For instance, one was that pets.com had a larger market valuation than GM. Pets.com doesn’t sell anything, and it had no revenue last year while GM revenue was over a hundred million dollars. No one cared; you were on the doorstep of a new revolution and viewers just wanted in because they thought
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What were some of the economic cycles you’ve experienced throughout your career? I started on the air in 1993, and I have been able to watch the economy cycles over a 30-year period. In 1989, I was a production assistant at CNN Business News. I started as an intern and had a background in economics from NYU. I knew this was a new moment in television when I saw correspondents reporting live on the ground during the Gulf War. At 26, I was watching Bernard Shaw reporting under the bed in Baghdad while bombs were going off, and CNN was the only one reporting live. At that time, all the major networks would wait until 6:30 to report during their evening news. For the first time, I learned how to report on a story as it was actually happening, which brought me incredible intelligence. Many years later, when I became the first person to broadcast on the floor of New York Stock Exchange, I was reporting on a story as it was actually happening. 1993 was the individual investment revolution when individuals thought they could just arm themselves with information and make their own investment decisions, and that stirred a whole new industry. Then we reached the tech boom where people ignored fundamentals with no revenue or earnings, which led to the dot com bust when so many people lost money. After that, there was the crisis in Europe where Europeans were piling on so much debt until things busted, and you saw bankruptcies across Europe. From there, you had this huge housing boom in 2006, betting that housing prices were going to go up without any rationale until they didn’t anymore, which led to this incredible bust and the worst financial crisis in the generation. I’ve covered cycle after cycle of economic changes in the world, and I had a front row seat. It’s been an incredible 25 years, and I am so proud of the work I’ve been able to do.
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they were going to get rich overnight. Things don’t make sense but we believe them anyway. So, it’s really important as a viewer to come away from these things and remember the most basic principle of all: when it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Things don’t go on forever when they don’t make sense. What are your outlooks for 2019? I am very positive about where we are right now, and the economy is doing very well. Yes, we are experiencing a little bit of a slowdown, but when you look at the fact that the last jobs number showed 312,000 jobs created, we are talking about several million jobs created just in the last two years. People are feeling better; they’ve got more money in their pockets. The stock market has been reacting to a whole host of different things, and I think people will continue to react to uncertainties. I have great access to the congress and the administration to get firsthand knowledge about new policies, which I am able to communicate to viewers. I think people understand things have changed and new policies will impact them. The uncertainty of not knowing what might happen with the government shutdown, the tax cut plan or health care keeps people frozen and creates a slowdown. Companies sit on cash, investors sit on their money, and consumers don’t go shopping because they are not sure about what’s
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next. Europe is a bit of a mess, and China is experiencing a slowdown. I don’t think you want to time the market like a trader. You want to invest for the long-term in something you believe is sound and wise, and you want to invest in growth stories. I think the growth is in the marriage of technology and healthcare. Everyone is living longer as a result of technology and having more knowledge than we had 20 years ago. I remember covering the human genome, and just 20 years ago, we figured out what causes disease, and now we are getting in front of disease and we can change our habits. Now they have mobile stroke units to get to patients in a shorter time and robotic surgeries and cancer screenings. Also, fintech is changing our lives. There are so many areas of growth right now, and that’s something I focus on during my shows each day. I am also focused on how new policy impacts American families and what’s happening in the world over the long-term. Policy plays a large part in growth and investments. What are you expecting to hear at Davos this year? I am looking forward to hearing how trade will affect our relationships in the Eurozone as well as in Asia and about nationalism in the United States and what it has meant to the rest of the world. It’s also interesting to see how the new Brazilian president will affect our relationship with them. There is a
lot to be gained when you have all those policy makers within one place, and I am like the kid in a candy store because I’ve got the best interviews right there, and I can really get a sense of how world policy changes will impact the United States. I am hosting the opening panel, which is about growth and where we are today in terms of markets and the economy, with the Minister of China, Chairman of Bridgewater, and the CEO of Goldman Sachs. You are very into wellness and you work 6 days a week. How do you stay grounded? Where do you like to travel? My husband and I have a home in the Hamptons, and I go there on weekends and bike along the ocean road. I also do yoga, which definitely helps me rest and rejuvenate. Over Christmas, my husband and I went to Marrakesh, and it was amazing. We spent a night in the Sahara Desert, and I rode a camel. Every December/January, we like to go on hiking trips to set the tone of the year in terms of getting in shape and eating healthy. I loved the souk where I bought so many cool Moroccan textiles and caftans. It was an experience, and I am really glad we did it. That sounds incredible. What’s next on the horizon? One my greatest assets is that I have great access to the corporate suite in terms of CEOs as well as
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the congressional suite and the administration to get firsthand information about what’s going on. Being able to give this kind of access to our viewers has been a great thing, which is the reason for the show’s popularity. We have the highest income viewers of all cable programming, which is pretty extraordinary. My viewers are informed, educated, with money and are engaged. We cover trade, investing and my number one question is, where is the growth? I’ve also been really active on social media, on Twitter and I love Instagram. I’ve always been a photographer and I have always had my camera since I was a kid, which is also a great way to promote the show and also show aspects of my own life. I am sure the viewers want to see the personal side of you. I think that they do, and I think that’s the good point. My viewers think they know who I am, and I think that’s why the show resonates because they feel like we are friends. I am really a girl’s girl. I always help my assistants get on the air. When I first started on the New York Stock Exchange, there were a lot of people who didn’t want me there, and I had to hold my ground. I think because of that, women relate to me, and that’s why we have a big female viewership.
What do you love most about being a native New Yorker? I grew up in Brooklyn, and I love New York because of its diversity. You can be in the city and be anonymous yet also visit the greatest landmarks on the planet. I am also Italian and my grandfather Carmine Bartiromo came to this country in 1919 during the war. In Italy, he was a bricklayer, and he and his brother built a restaurant in Brooklyn and named it Rex Manor, after a ship that transported people from Italy to America. My first job was in the coat check there, and I watched my entire family work hard to build this business. This is really who I am. I love working hard, and that’s all I know. I am very proud of my upbringing, my Italian heritage, and who my parents are today. My mother is still my best friend. My mother, sister, and I are like three amigos, and we speak every day. What has been the best advice you’ve received, and what has been the best advice you think you’ve bestowed on others? When I talk to people in my industry, young women want to try to follow my footsteps, and I give three pieces of advice. 1. Work hard. There are no shortcuts. It doesn’t matter who you know and who you don’t know. It’s about you and your performance, so work incredibly hard.
You may very well be in the right place at the right time, because it does require a little luck sometimes. 2. Do the right thing. Don’t just try to do the right thing. We all know when we are faced with a dilemma what’s right and what’s wrong. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in. The only thing you have is your reputation. That is it; all you have is your name, and you have to protect it and cherish it. 3. Be who you are, and be true to yourself. In my journey, there have been many people who wanted to be me and do what I do. Sometimes, in this business, there is some jealousy. The mistake they always made when they were trying to be me is not being their own person. You have to love yourself and be who you are, and I think that’s so important to excelling. Make sure you know what you are good at, do what you love, and do what you’re good at. If you love what you do, you won’t mind working hard at it. I love what I do, and after thirty years, I can honestly say I am working the hardest I have ever worked before. Nothing is guaranteed. One of the most important things that people have to recognize is that you have to keep up your end of the bargain. I am grateful for the life that I’ve had as well as the ability to work hard.
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DINING OUT: NYC By Simon Gusev & Elizabeth Schulke
BALEENKITCHEN A beloved Miami destination returns to Sunny Isles Beach in South Florida on August 8, 2018. Worth the decade-long wait, BALEENkitchen is back to reintroduce itself to the city of Miami as the globally-inspired, locally-sourced dining outpost at Sole on the Ocean, a Noble House Resort.
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BALEENkitchen at the beautiful Sole on the Ocean in Sunny Isles, is the third iteration of the Noble House restaurant brand; a brand known for serving up eclectic menus within impactful interiors inspired by an international sense of adventure. This journey through global cuisines was inspired by its namesake, the Baleen whale, known as the planetâ€™s ever-moving, majestic mi-
grator who travels through international waters feasting throughout the arctic, the tropics, and everywhere in between. BALEENkitchen brings this nomadic lifestyle to the table with a menu that celebrates the flavors of the world and design reflecting the same. Chef Adam Votaw, celebrated for his experience
at iconic restaurants, including The Dining Room at Little Palm Island, has crafted an inventive, layered menu boasting his passion for all things new. Fresh takes on dishes highlighting the land and nearby-sea are fused with exotic flavors and local produce. Menu items include lobster sliders, spicy tuna tacos, calamari fritto, Caribbean conch chowder, miso-glazed mahi mahi, blue cheese crusted filet of beef, and Key West pink shrimp to name a few. These culinary delights are further paired with a robust list of craft cocktails and eclectic takes on the classic Moscow Mule. Guests are invited to get swept away in enchanting interiors and ocean views, via floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor dining terraces looking upon Sunny Isles’ stretching beaches. Global from the ground up, interior design firm Dupoux Design pulled inspiration from the nearby Caribbean islands’ elegant European identity and layered in hints of maritime influence and neo-Victorian architecture typically found dotting the eastern coastline. With indoor and outdoor oceanfront seating, which is unique to the area, the 4,200-sq. ft. restaurant can seat up to 165 guests and serves as an ideal space for private events. The restaurant at Sole on the Ocean also has a seasoned in-house catering team that can accommodate special occasions of all sizes, weddings, rehearsal dinners and local food festivals. BALEENkitchen is located at 17315 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast from 7 am-11 am, lunch from 11 am-4 pm and dinner from 6 pm-10 pm. A happy hour and brunch are slated to launch later this year. Valet is complimentary for all BaleenKitchen patrons. 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 786.923.9305 soleontheocean.com/baleen-kitchen.aspx Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde, a Victorian style pub located at 45 W 27th St, will roll with “Love Conquers All” theme. The pub will offer a few specials. Seafood lovers may enjoy a fantastic Seafood Tower for Two with chilled shrimp, oysters, crab salad, mussels and clams for $69. Maple Leaf Farms Duck Confit with squash purée and sautéed crimini mushrooms will be available for $32. And deliOscar Wilde
dining cious Chocolate Bomb for dessert which is a chocolate ganache with Nutella and raspberry lacquer will cost you $15. Also, don’t miss out on a new Oscar Wilde’s two specialty cocktails. One of the cocktails includes beet-infused vodka, crème de cacao, house-made hibiscus syrup, and amaretto lime foam, while the other one features mezcal, green chartreuse, Luxardo cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, and edible orchid. They are priced at $20 and $14 respectively.
Another Lillie’s Victorian Establishment located in Union Square has decided to treat couples with recently introduced delightful specials to indulge this winter. New signature milkshakes will shine bright in the restaurant’s menu from 4th to 28th of February. A perfect sweet treat for two, Strawberry Decadence milkshake, available at $15, will feature vanilla ice cream, pound cake, strawberry syrup and whipped cream topped with strawberries.
Nai Tapas When the temperature drops to freezing cold, you seek ways to stay warm. Light the fire with Nai Tapas, a spirit of passionate Spanish culture in New York. A combination of the cozy atmosphere and ultra-tasty food makes this place a gem to keep to yourself. Choose between traditional and modern plates, or dive into a magnificent dining experience with their signature tasting menu as you listen to the resonant sounds of a flamenco dancing show.
At Lillie’s Victorian Establishment in Times Square, Valentine’s Day Dinner Special will feature a Saffron Maine Lobster Risotto with wilted Portobello mushrooms, tomato cauliflower crème, herbs de Provence and Parmesan cheese.
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TAO DOWNTOWN Asian Fusion With An Incredible Decor By Peter Blackman
AO Downtown offers a distinct sense of arrival and discovery and is the first TAO venue where guests descend into a multi-level space. Designed by Rockwell Group, the subterranean restaurant, located in the heart of Chelsea, is intended to look and feel as if it has been there for decades and only unearthed recently to reveal the artifacts within. Upon arrival, guests immediately encounter a long corridor with a dragon scale patterned screen and Chinese calligraphy murals mounted on weathered brick walls. The Quan Yin statue, replete with 24 hands, sits atop a koi pond, acting as the anchor of the main dining room. A floor-to-ceiling patterned screen frames the Quan Yin and accentuates the statueâ€™s hands, which represent her ability
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to render assistance. Through 3D projection mapping technology which utilizes animation to create visuals such as flowing waterfalls and growing moss, the Quan Yin is brought to life right before your eyes. Specially-crafted banquettes are tucked within the grand staircase, offering prime seating amongst a diverse array of intriguing statues and sculptures sourced abroad. Custom-made, beaded-tassel light fixtures and oversized lantern-like pendants provide warm lighting within the high-ceilinged restaurant. Playing off the aged, vintage aesthetic, UK street artist HUSH, renowned for his artful Eastern images of feminine beauty and sensuality, has hand-painted original mixed media murals throughout the cavernous space.
TAO Downtown offers a menu of signature dishes that include offerings from sea, sky and land, such as Crispy Snapper in the Sand, Peking Duck, and Wagyu Rib-Eye Teppanyaki. Guests can also anticipate an updated selection of sharable plates, ranging from house-made Dim Sum and traditional Yakitori skewers to an assortment of Barbeque, Tempura and small plates. Desserts include a Giant Fortune Cookie with white and dark chocolate mousse, and Lemongrass CrĂ¨me Brulee. 92 9th Ave. New York, NY 10011 212.888.2724 taodowntown.com
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CELEBRATED PAIRINGS By Mosaka Williamson
lthough the holidays may be filled with tinsel, presents and good cheer, they are notoriously stressful. To make your holiday celebration spectacular, you need to put together a perfect wine and food pairing. Wine pairings are often viewed as complex. However, the basics are simple to grasp Here are a few favorites: 1 Wine: Gary Farrell Winery 2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley “Gary Farrell helped to put Russian River Valley Pinot Noir on the world stage. Benchmarks of the region, our Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs offer richly textured, elegant expressions of their vineyard sites. These wines nail the sweet spot of the varietal’s broad ripeness spectrum, displaying bright red fruit aromas, vibrant black cherry and berry flavors, and plush sandalwood and Asian spice tones.” Food: Perhaps one of the most versatile red wines to pair with food, Pinot Noir is a well-suited wine to pair with a wide variety of food due to its complexity, refreshing acidity, and rich fruit traits. This wine is fantastic when eating meat, fish, or vegetables 2
Wine: Clos Pegase 2017 Chardonnay, Mitsuko’s Vineyard, Carneros “Clear lemon yellow in the glass. Upfront aromas of peach, melon, cut straw, and bak-
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er’s spice. A smooth delivery on the palate displays flavors of stone fruit, cantaloupe, and pears with subtle notes of brioche and toasted coconut. The acid is bright and maintains a pleasant balance in the wine.” Food: Chardonnay’s subtle nature is easily overwhelmed by pungent foods. This wine compliments light and delicate food including cold raw foods, cooked shellfish, steamed or grilled fish, pâtés, spring vegetables, freshly made pasta, and creamy dishes. 3 Wine: Swanson Vineyards, 2015 Merlot, Napa Valley “2015 provided an excellent growing season for our Merlot vines. Naturally low yields from a cool period of weather during fruit set gave us concentrated grapes. Warm to moderate temperatures throughout the year helped preserve acidity whilst rapidly generating sugars.” Food: Intense aromas of plums and oregano lead to violet floral tones and a mouth-filling palate of blackcurrants, tea, and spice. The full-bodied nature of Merlot compliments brined turkey, cranberry sauce, or roasted butternut squash. 4 Wine:
Gehricke Wines 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley “A fragrant nose of pepper, spice, and blackberry jumps from the glass, inviting a first sip that is rich and complex – the perfect
balance of fruit and spice. This bold wine is ideal for the red wine lover who favors a classic herb-roasted turkey with Italian sausage stuffing and a side of au gratin potatoes. It is an equally good pairing with candied yams, truffled mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts with Balsamic vinegar.” Food: Cabernets pair well with a nice fillet mignon. The buttery texture, tenderness, and absence of fat stands up to high tannins found in Cabernet Sauvignon, making the two a great pair. The meat’s bold flavor matches the big, fruity flavor of the wine. 5 Wine: Mumm Napa Brut Rosé, Napa Valley “Pinot Noir is responsible for the wine’s soft texture and forward fruitiness, while the Chardonnay contributes structure and elegance. A beautiful pink coral color and fresh, vivid aromas of black cherries, red berries and citrus introduce soft red fruit flavors that are rich and mouth-filling. Brut Rosé grapes are harvested by hand during the cool morning hours to ensure they arrive at the winery in pristine condition. Brut Prestige features fine bright citrus, red apple, stone fruit, and creamy vanilla aromas, with hints of toast, honey, and gingerbread spice.” Food: This versatile and balanced sparkling wine is perfect for hors-d’oeuvres, light seafood, poultry, and vegetarian dishes.
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SRI LANKA By jennifer pelaez
ecently named Lonely Planetâ€™s Top Destination for 2019, Sri Lanka, once a mysterious unexplored hidden gem, has recently found itself in the spotlight and recognized as a dynamic and up-and-coming destination that appeals to adventure travelers and history buffs alike. Boasting 2000-plus years of culture and history, this small island nation, formerly known as Ceylon, off the southeast tip of India, also features pristine beaches, lush highlands and tea plantations, jungle-clad mountains, wildlife reserves with amazing safari opportunities, and historical towns filled with timeless temples. From the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lankaâ€™s historic heartland to its photogenic palm-fringed coves and sun-kissed beaches in the south, Sri Lanka offers something for everyone. Known for its hospitable people, delectable cuisine, and diverse landscapes and geography, Sri Lanka is an all-encompassing destination requiring some planning to ensure you will be able to experience it all. The best way to do this is to seek out a tailor-made itinerary with a professional and reliable
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tour operator who can take care of the logistics of getting from place to place while arranging all your tours and needs based on your interests. Ceylon Escapes is one such highly-rated company that promises a customized and stress-free journey of exploration and boasts an excellent reputation with raving reviews. From day tours to complete itineraries, Ceylon Escapes provides knowledgeable and well-trained chauffeur guides who are not only drivers but qualified guides who understand the history and culture of each region and have insight and in-depth knowledge of Sri Lanka. They are also flexible and attentive to client requests and go above and beyond. Whether it is finding a particular restaurant you read about or that picture-perfect lookout point, to recommending the best times to visit particular sites, the Ceylon Escapes team presents a truly personal and customized experience. They also pride themselves on safety and comfort and ensure their cars are clean, stocked with water, and some even feature Wi-Fi and other amenities. Most importantly however is the responsiveness and reliability of Ceylon Escapes, which begins from the moment a
request is sent. While itinerary planning can be overwhelming, Ceylon Escapes makes this process a pleasant one with their advice and attention to detail. You can trust they will coordinate all aspects of your trip for a seamless and unforgettable time. www.ceylonescapes.com COLOMBO - Residence by Uga Escapes The starting point to your Sri Lankan adventure, the vibrant capital city of Colombo, is a fusion of urban contemporary combined with remnants of its Portuguese, Dutch, and British past, which are reflected in the architecture of its colonial buildings and ruins. Wander past these colonial treasures and magnificent temples while you make your way over to one of the most up-and-coming areas, home to the Residence by Uga Escapes, a charming boutique hotel that is centrally located yet feels like a quiet haven. The perfect base to explore the city, the Residence is surrounded by charming gourmet shops, cobble-lined streets, and close to must-see attractions like the lakeside Buddhist shrine of Gangarama.
Built in the 19th century by a wealthy barrister, Sheikh Salehboy Moosajee, the halls and ballrooms of this grand Victorian townhouse once welcomed British governors, Indian maharajas, and European nobility. This becomes apparent as you enter the property and take in the authentic furnishings and décor, which feel luxe yet welcoming. A blend of classic Sri Lanka and contemporary design make for a wonderful ambiance. Its layout, along with spacious and luxurious rooms, ensures you will feel like you are at your home away from home. The 11 suites are perfectly designed and furnished in an opulent yet inviting manner with warm lighting, ornate furnishings and Belgian rugs. A private outdoor courtyard and impressive en-suite bathrooms make spending some time in your accommodations quite enjoyable. Later, laze by the delightful swimming pool, which is perfectly situated in the center of the property, or lounge at the adjacent Residence Bar for a fabulous cocktail before heading over to one of the finest restaurants in Colombo. Rare, the Residence’s in-house restaurant,
serves up exquisite dishes which blend traditional Sri Lankan flavors with modern international cooking styles. The menu is truly creative and impressive with a unique gastronomic flair, each item thoughtfully prepared and plated, using only the freshest ingredients straight from their own organic garden. Overlooking the swimming pool and courtyard, Rare can seat up to 100 guests either indoors or al fresco. Regardless of your seating preference, you will have an unforgettable stay and dining experience. ugaescapes.com/residence KANDY - Theva Residency After unwinding in Colombo from the long journey to Sri Lanka, it is time to explore the other amazing parts of this stunning country. The most highly- recommended itinerary would be to head up north to the Cultural Triangle, or if you prefer a shorter drive, spend some time in the hills of Kandy. Known for its verdant tea plantations and often referred to as the cultural capital, Kandy is home to the spectacular Temple of
the Sacred Tooth Relic – the country’s most important Buddhist relic. Here, in the elevated and misty hills of Kandy, you can find many charming boutique hotels and guesthouses. One of the most spectacular properties in this area is Theva Residency, which is perched high up in Hill Country overlooking Kandy and the mountains beyond. Upon arrival, you will immediately feel the tranquility and fresh mountain air, and the mesmerizing panoramic views will allow you to disconnect and recharge. A true haven, this family-run business understands attention to detail and provides excellent service and hospitality. The layout and design of Theva Residency is welcoming and modern with all the luxurious amenities you would expect. With just fifteen rooms and suites, this truly feels like a boutique hotel. It is decorated in muted tones contrasted by bright colors and fabrics, further juxtaposed by all the glass and high ceilings, which allow you to take in the sweeping views. Touches of local wood and hand-woven murals add an element of warmth while the public spaces feel more
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modern with light colors and clean lines. The impressive Penthouse Suite is a photographer’s dream with a glass lounge area to further enjoy the landscape below. Luxurious and state-of-the-art, all the suites at Theva Residency are unique and designed beautifully, with Jacuzzis and privacy, which also make for a romantic getaway. Even the Superior and Deluxe Rooms are chic and modern with glass windows that make the most of the views. Be sure to wake up for a magical sunrise over the beautiful infinity pool, which has been featured on many Instagram posts, and for good reason. The Theva Cuisine restaurant is designed with an east-meets-west fusion menu that combines the best bits of local and international cuisine. The restaurant also has huge floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor area where guests can dine while taking in the scenery below. Dreamy and stylish, Theva
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Residency offers a peaceful retreat above the hustle and bustle of Kandy and makes for a perfect spot to decompress before continuing onto your next destination. thevaresidency.com Further exploration of Hill Country is a must, with several options depending on your allotted vacation time. Ella is a great stop, even if just for the day to hike Little Adam’s Peak and to see the famous trains pass over Nine Arch Bridge. For the best tea plantation visits, a drive to Nuwara Eliya offers the best vistas of lush green countryside dotted with tea plantations for which Sri Lanka is so well known. One of the most unique hotels, Heritance Tea Factory, was actually the first tea factory to have been converted into a hotel, earning a UNESCO Merit Award for its restoration. This hotel offers the ambiance of colonial times while providing a luxurious and
authentic experience. Discover the tea-making process with a Heritance Mini Factory Tour and learn first-hand how to pluck your own tea leaves, or opt to simply sample all the varieties with a tea tasting. You will discover why Sri Lanka is famed for producing some of best quality tea in the world. heritancehotels.com/teafactory YALA - Chena Huts by Uga Escapes Continuing even further southeast, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s most popular wildlife destination, is a stark contrast to the lush highlands of Hill Country. Here, the landscape is a flat and arid expanse of bleached-white trees dotted with watering holes, interesting rock formations, and patches of green jungle (depending on the season). It has become the most popular wildlife destination in Sri Lanka because of the high chance of ani-
mal encounters and variety, particularly the elusive Sri Lankan leopard. One of the best ways to maximize your safari experience is to stay at a resort located near the park. Surrounded by virgin wilderness, Chena Huts is one of the premier resorts that rests on this jungle landscape on the boundary of Yala National Park. Just a several minute drive to the entrance gate and you are moments away from a memorable game drive. Feel at one with nature as you drive up to Chena Huts by Uga Escapes where the design and decor are perfectly executed to embrace its surroundings while showcasing the unique location, which combines safari, tropical jungle, and beachfront experiences. This five-star exclusive property has a rustic motif yet it offers ultra-modern comfort and convenience, as well as luxe amenities and top service.
The â€œhutsâ€? are in fact luxurious detached, dome-shaped, palm-thatched private cabins that are elevated above ground and linked by boardwalks so nature can move around them. These 14 spaciously arranged huts are spread out amidst seven acres so you will always feel like you have enough privacy. Each hut is climate-controlled, high-tech, and contains a living area, bedroom, en-suite bathroom and shaded outdoor deck with its own private plunge pool from which you can observe the great outdoors from the comfort of your own paradise. If you venture out for a stroll, you may even spot some elephants, wild boars and water buffalo, especially by the watering hole located directly in front of two of the huts. If all the game drives and jungle air have opened up your appetite, the Basses Restaurant situated on the seafront will not disappoint. Taking its name from the nearby reefs and lighthouse, the Basses Restaurant is dec-
orated to an appropriately nautical theme and features fine-dining and delectable dishes. With the emphasis on bespoke and private experiences, guests can dine in their pavilions or have a private table set up under the stars for a truly unforgettable evening. Room rates include all meals and morning and evening game drives to Yala National Park, but for those looking to venture out and explore, guided cultural visits to Katharagama, Kirivehera and Kirinda temples can be arranged. The rangers are highly informative and knowledgeable and truly love what they do. The entire staff at Chenu Huts offer amazing service to make each guest feel right at home. Whether enjoying the jungle pool area, spa, game drives or lounging in your private hut, Chena Huts provides an allaround adventure-filled experience. ugaescapes.com/chenahuts
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PARADISE REDISCOVERED Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle By Hillary Latos
eality will surpass your wildest dreams upon arrival at the luxurious five-star Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle where each guest is welcomed with a private Sri Lankan ceremony. One of the first luxury hotels to establish themselves in Tangalle, it is located in a former coconut plantation alongside a secluded coastline with a craggy cliff that offers dramatic vistas over the ocean. Located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, the relatively undeveloped city of Tangalle offers unspoiled natural tropical beauty amongst coconut trees, weeping palms, golden sand beaches, and aquamarine waters.
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This sprawling and tranquil sanctuary is set amongst acres of lush tropical landscaping with Sri Lankan inspired architecture and dĂŠcor. Choose from 152 rooms or villas, depending on your preference. The spacious hotel rooms feature ocean views with private balconies or terraces with beach access. For the ultimate in privacy and space, book a 1000-square-foot luxury villa with a private pool ranging from one to two bedrooms with either garden or ocean views or beachfront access. Contemporary Sri Lankan dĂŠcor adds to the charm of these large and luxuriously appointed villas. Bedrooms feature a king-sized bed with a sitting area, a full dressing room, along with indoor and outdoor
showers and a soaking tub. Awaken to the sounds of tropical birds singing, peacocks dancing in your front lawn, or mischievous monkeys playing in the coconut trees. Take in the sun either on their secluded beach or by the 25-meter infinity edge swimming pool with breathtaking views of the ocean. For casual daytime dining, grab lunch at the poolside bar and grill, which serves light bistro fare and refreshing cocktails. Relax and rejuvenate in their soothing Zenlike spa with plenty of relaxation rooms to completely unwind. Melt away all the stress from the outside world with a 90-minute signature massage that uses a combination of
oils and movements to promote deep relaxation while restoring energy. Other treatments include a chakra crystal balancing that detoxes the body through a massage, singing bowls and crystals, as well as a marma abhyanga massage to rebalance the marmas- areas where the blood, lymph vessels, muscles, bone tissue and nerves meet. Taste the flavors of the world in spectacular settings. For all-day dining, venture to Journeys. For breakfast, they feature a generous international buffet that serves Asian, Western and Sri Lankan specialties to please everyoneâ€™s palette. For lunch and dinner, the menu reflects the journey of the spice trade route with all-day a la carte dining featuring a range of classic Thai dishes, Indian specialties, Sri Lankan curries, and western fare consisting of pastas, and BBQ grilled meats and seafood. Villa guests have the option to enjoy an exclusive breakfast at the beautiful Verala restaurant, which offers alfresco dining in a dramatic beachside setting. At night, it transforms into a Japanese-themed restaurant with a Sri Lankan flare, featuring an optional teppanyaki table for those who wish to witness Japanese culinary masters at work. Hallmarks of this exceptional fine dining experience include the Tom Yum Goong soup, spiced crab cakes, and succulent, slow-baked jumbo lagoon prawns made with garlic butter, ginger and spicy soy sauce. Enjoy exceptional Italian cuisine at Il Mare, which offers moonlit dining atop a cliff with dramatic views over the Indian Ocean coastline. For the ultimate in culinary romance, book the dining-by-design experience. Indulge in an exquisite private candlelit private dinner on the beach or cliffside with a personalized menu ranging from Surf and Turf to Sri Lankan, Italian, or seafood menus with a personal butler on hand to serve you. Close to the Udawalawe National Park and the ancient 2000-year-old Buddhist Mulkirigala Rock temple carved into the side of a mountain, there are plenty of attractions to visit in this relatively undeveloped area of Tangalle. While driving in the area, itâ€™s not uncommon to see giant elephants grazing by the side of the road in the nearby national park. Once you visit Tangalle, you will experience a special and tranquil energy that will forever change you and remain with you long after you leave. anantara.com
SANDERLING RESORT That Southern Escape By Camille Daniels
here’s a special place one can go when needing luxury with a southern flare. The place is Sanderling Resort in Duck, North Carolina. It may possibly be the one luxurious place that manages to find a balance between exclusivity and inclusivity. This is emphasized by how lodging is laid out. Like the terminology in poker here at this unique resort there are “four of kind” when it comes to accommodations. For those looking for a cozy family getaway the North Inn will be the best to request as it not only most preferred by families and it also offers a resort pool specifically designed with families in mind that can be seen from the king and queen sized rooms. North Inn is also one of two lodgings that provides elevator access for its
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guests. The three remaining options for lodging are suites Beach House, South Inn, and Home Rentals. Each of these residing spaces is a favorite for various reasons. For the couple they may find The South Inn to be just for them. Those who appreciate architecture may find the Beach House to their liking as it is known for its décor fireplaces and its views of the ocean but does not offer elevator access. The South Inn however does offer elevator access along with its own unique views of the ocean and adult designed pool known for its tranquility.
16 and the smallest at eight. The homes even have their own names such as Caffey and Evans. Each home has its own perks be it the view of the ocean, the individual décor or that one home offers its own elevator. The one thing that does tie each home together is that there is an outdoor shower and one house specifically has one designed for sand. Kitchens are stocked with china and utensils and living rooms and bedrooms throughout are filled with the most of modern technology. Spending time together as a group will be done in a relaxing way.
If it is about being able to accommodate both family and friends than the Home Rentals and its four options is the kind to request. Its privacy allows everyone in attendance to feel as if they are the only ones there on the island providing that sense of luxury. The occupancy at the highest is
Four of kind is not exclusively for the accommodations. It expands to the dining as well. The Sandbar deck and the AAA Four Diamond Kimball’s Kitchen are just two of the four restaurants that can be found at the resort. However all four restaurants are not open at
the same time. During the winter season locally sourced food can be discovered at Lifesaving. The three meal a day restaurant with a laid back atmosphere, Lifesaving Station is open year round seven days a week, to provide a delicious meal along with a fine glass of wine. It is also the place to go to for breakfast. The Beach House Bar is the place to go to for an evening drink and is open now until Columbus Day. For the business meeting or a romantic night out Kimball’s Kitchen will be the place for that with its tables adorned with white table cloths. Each restaurant providing the best in southern cuisine leaving no one hungry rather hungry for more and a breathtaking view of the Currituck Sound. Beyond the resort there is so much to do and it begins when the Wright brothers defied the odds and took to the skies. This year marks 115
years since the Birthplace of Flight. Guests are welcomed to learn about this achievement and historical time by visiting the Kitty Hawks Kites at the Kitty Hawk Kites’ Hang Gliding Training Center which has been in operation since 1974 in the Outer Banks. There visitors can experience the first flight through the replica of the Wright brothers’ 1902 Glider designed by the Wright Experience. At the Outer Banks guests can stop by the Wright Brother’s National Memorial Visitor Center and the National Historic Landmark. To put it simply there are up to nine ways to spend time while vacationing. If it is swimming that’s covered from the beach to the various pools throughout the resort. For the traditional fitness lover there is a gym located at the Northern Inn
to break a sweat. There’s the Sanderling Spa for those needed a reprieve from life’s stresses. There is kayaking or wakeboarding to name some of the water activities. If dry land is your speed there is golf, and yoga and horseback riding to pick from. Whether it’s your wedding or that important meeting the resort has the ability to cater to your event. Support is there via a wedding planner or the right room to give that presentation be it large party of nearly 200 people or less it will be an event to remember. For those wanting to savor the moment with a photo Brooke Mayo photography can help with that be it on land or underwater. An island escape on a trip down south is an opportunity with endless memories to be made. sanderling-resort.com
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L’AUBERGE DE SEDONA The Grande Dame of the Southwest By w. a. muller
hen planning a vacation, the question will always be the same: are we there to relax or explore? Arizona is one of the few places where you can easily do both. Staying in Sedona offers the best of both worlds: adventure in the desert and warm, dry temperature, making it easy to relax by the pool
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after a full day of fun. I stayed at L’Auberge de Sedona, which is only a 90-minute drive from the Phoenix airport, making it very easy to travel to from New York. Once we reached the beautiful town of Sedona, we were at the hotel within minutes, located in the most prime location.
L’Auberge de Sedona, from the moment we drove into the driveway, was a place of pure natural beauty, bliss, and ultimate serenity. The hotel is located on the banks of Oak Creek in the Red Rock region of Sedona. It has 62 luxury cottages, 21 traditional lodge-style guest rooms, and five stand-alone creek houses. My creek house was
L’Apothecary Spa had an extensive menu: Feet in the Creek and Quiet Mind treatments have been designed to relax, balance, connect and awaken the senses. There is also an array of body or facial treatments in a private outdoor cabana or inside the cottage. L’Auberge also offers wellness-focused activities like daily yoga, forest bathing, and full-moon meditation. Additionally, there are morning duck feedings, geology lectures, and stargazing. The hotel truly has special and unique activities for everyone and their passions. L’Auberge de Sedona recently had a multimillion-dollar renewal, completing the resort’s two creek side dining destinations: Cress on Oak Creek and Etch Kitchen & Bar. Creek on Oak Creek was the ultimate luxury dining
experience with tables inches away from Oak Creek. The fine-dining experience consists of an ever-changing prix fixe dinner menu, and you can choose to do a wine pairing with each course. Etch Kitchen & Bar is a great option for a more casual breakfast and lunch option serving phenomenal, fresh food. Overall, L’Auberge de Sedona offers an incredible experience. The hotel is quiet, rustic, and really fit into the Sedona vibe. The grounds are beautiful and well kept, the rooms are serene, the food is delicious, and lastly, the location is perfect. We loved being so close to town and to hiking, and an easy drive from Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and the Scottsdale/Phoenix Airport. I highly recommend this for your next vacation in the New Year!
Creekside, which was gorgeous and rustic, with a patio to drink a glass of wine overlooking Oak Creek and featuring an outdoor shower. These houses were inspired by tranquil Oak Creek, and they are perfect for a romantic getaway. The recently updated guestrooms have king beds and a private patio or balcony while the vista suites and cottages have panoramic views of the Red Rocks. All of the different variations between the cottages and guestrooms make the hotel a perfect fit for couples, friends, or families. After a long day of hiking, nothing sounded more enjoyable than time at a world-renowned spa. The
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MONDRIAN LOS ANGELES West Hollywood By Simon Gusev
rozen and stressed in a concrete jungle? Warm up and relax in style with Mondrian Los Angeles. Located in the heart of the Sunset Strip, a mythical caravan route between modern holy places of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, Mondrian Los Angeles offers 236 marvelous rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and glamorous atmosphere of prestige.
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The luxury boutique hotel is less than a mile from the renowned Melrose Avenue, where you can dive in unique shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Los Angeles is a city of nonstop entertainment. Located in West Hollywood, the hotel is an excellent choice for those who are interested in nightlife, shopping and food. It’s super close to Fox Studios and Paramount Pictures, Staples Center and Dodgers
Stadium, Hollywood Hills and Santa Monica, Rodeo Drive and, finally, Getty Museum, home to one of the world’s largest arts organizations. Plus, it’s only half an hour or less from almost any airport in the city. Explore L.A.’s dream-like landscape from one of the fable suites that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding areas, from the skyline of Los
Angeles to the glittering Hollywood hills. The hotel features some of the city’s most uniquely designed rooms beginning at 325 square feet. The exterior of the hotel striking its guests with massive painting by internationally acclaimed designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz. When you enter Mondrian through its signature, enormous mahogany doors, you inevitably find yourself in the recently expanded lobby, finished in a royal palette of deep purple and supplemented with custom-designed furniture. The lobby also features a Lucite indoor swing that add chill notes to the upscale atmosphere and a mushroominspired concierge desk, the gem of the interior. Geared toward socializing, the hotel offers an outdoor pool with underwater music, a place
to relax under the Californian sunshine by day and a nightlife spot with world-class DJs by night. Overlooking the heart of LA, the fitness center is available 24/7 for those guests who like to burn some calories in a meantime. A business center with fax and photocopying services is also available. Don’t let any doubts stop you from grabbing flawlessly fresh cocktails at Skybar. Located at the top of Mondrian, the iconic space celebrates the very essence of L.A’s nightlife with best DJs in the city spinning on any night of the week. Exclusive to hotel guests until 1 p.m., Skybar turns into a massive pool party where people really do jump in after a few amazing cocktails.
Make sure to indulge in hotel’s signature dining experience at Ivory On Sunset. A combination of a modern outlook on market-driven ingredients in share plates format with incredible views of Los Angeles makes Ivory On Sunset a local sightseeing. The owner of the restaurant, Brian Malarkey, has beautifully composed a menu, where you don’t want to miss out on veal and pork meatballs, hamachi crudos and bowls of pork belly. A mix of Hollywood’s golden age and luxurious modernity, Mondrian West Hollywood is a glorious ode to Californian lifestyle. morganshotelgroup.com/mondrian/mondrian-losangeles
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WEST HOLLYWOOD COOL The Andaz West Hollywood By HILLARY LATOS
ith award season in full swing, we decided to head to Los Angeles. What better embodies the glamorous LA lifestyle than West Hollywood and Beverly Hills? At the heart of West Hollywood is the sleek and stylish Andaz West Hollywood. Andaz means “personal style” in Hindi, which is reflected in the design that was overseen by the architectural interior design firm Janson Goldstein. They wanted to evoke local culture and a style that pays homage to the past but is reimagined for today. As the first hotel on the Sunset Strip, Andaz West Hollywood has attracted rock ‘n’ rollers since the 1960s. Their native modern aesthetic is inspired by both the Bahamian culture and lifestyle with rotating art displays by local artists and rock ‘n’ roll relics significant to that period of time. Their 239 stunning and contemporary rooms are bedecked with chic comforts such as velvet chaise lounges facing floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the twinkling lights of Hollywood
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and the Sunset Strip. No expense has been spared in the recent renovation with luxurious bath fittings, state-of-the-art 65” flat screen TVs and plush pillow-topped beds with Pacific down comforters for a restful slumber. Open, white marble bathrooms feature a slate gray vanity with double sinks, shower, bathtub, and Jonathan Adler toiletries. What truly sets the Andaz apart from other luxury hotels in the neighborhood is the pet-friendly policy coupled with unsurpassed hospitality and an array of complementary amenities. These include a fitness room, in-room Wi-Fi and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks from the minibar as well as pastries and coffee in the morning and premium wines served from 6-7 pm to set the tone for an exciting night to come.
House, featuring seasonal Southern California cuisine with an eclectic cocktail menu and an extensive wine list focusing on boutique wineries from France and California. Or enjoy one of LA’s favorite pastime of celeb spotting at the uber hot Riot House Bar that pays homage to their past as a hangout for rockers in the 70s.
Relax and soak up the Southern California rays on their rooftop pool with forever views stretching from downtown Hollywood to the beaches with the Hollywood Hills as a backdrop. Grab a healthy bite at their farm-to-table signature restaurant, Riot
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Going back to their musical roots, this February, their Salon Art program will display Norman Seeff’s iconic rock ‘n’ roll photographs featuring Joni Mitchell through mid-March. This is in partnership with the GRAMMY museum that will display the entire exhibit at LA Live during the GRAMMY Awards, which are going to be held in Los Angeles.
Love is All You Need Special February 1st-February 28th 2019 Minimum 5 Night Stay February is upon us which means love is in the air! Come and celebrate the month of love with us at Sunrise Beach Villas. Any guest that books a minimum of five nights at our hotel will receive: A Complimentary Bottle of Wine A Complimentary 1/2 Hour Couples Massage A Daily Special Breakfast Menu Option Priced at $15 for Two Persons We want our guests to know how much we love and appreciate them. Call or email us directly and mention this ad in order to receive this special offer. Remember all you need is love and that’s exactly what we have to offer here at Sunrise Beach Villas.
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MR.Modern C BEVERLY HILLS European Luxury in Beverly Hills By Hillary Latos
uropean chic meets Old Hollywood glam at Mr. C in Beverly Hills. As a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the atmosphere evokes a sense of stylish Milanese elegance and comfort with sumptuous midcentury furnishings in the living room against polished wood walls and Murano hand-blown glass lighting fixtures. The exceptional service will be recognized throughout your stay and begins at check-in where each guest is greeted with a complimentary signature Mr. C Bellini. The brainchild of Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani, fourth-generation members of the famed Cipriani family who were ensconced in the world of hospitality as young children. This was the basis for Mr. C as they launched this first property in Beverly Hills, which evoked a relaxed ambiance in an elegant setting that seamlessly blends a timeless sophisticated design with Old World simplicity and European glamour. Each of the 138 rooms range from 365-1,165 square feet and are glamorously bedecked with private balconies featuring panoramic views of Beverly
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Hills and Los Angeles. The dĂŠcor feels like a chic pied a terre with all of the comforts of home. Premium or deluxe rooms feature hardwood floors with ivory leather furnishings, plush beds, and marble bathrooms. Studios feature a loft-style layout encompassing 460 square feet with dark oak floors and twin balconies. For longer stays, the apartment style suites are ideal with a separate living room, 1-2 bedrooms, Jacuzzi soaking tubs, 2 balconies, and a library with a private bar. The artwork adorning the walls features vintage black and white photos of Old Hollywood stars and movies filmed in Europe. As an added convenience for guests, a complementary house car is available to take guests around a three-mile radius. In warmer weather, relax or dine alfresco by the pool on the ground level with sumptuous lounge chairs or book a fully furnished cabana. The signature restaurant also serves some of Ciprianiâ€™s most beloved authentic Italian dishes with a contemporary twist. From house-made pastas to artisan pizzas, carpaccio, and fresh salads, every dish reflects an air of timeless Old European refinement.
If you are looking to host a private event, the spacious 12th floor Starlight Ballroom has a wraparound terrace, floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views from the downtown to the Hollywood Hills and West Los Angeles in a spectacular setting. The latest additions to Mr. C are the stunning residences. Designed by renowned architect Ray Kappe and designer Marcello Pozzi, they embody the Southern California lifestyle with a contemporary Italian flair. Glass-window walls bring the light inside with airy interiors against a light grey palette with an elegant modern design. These four-story homes feature multiple terraces, a gourmet kitchen, spa-style baths, home automation, and refined finishes with teak floors, redwood ceilings, and glass-enclosed staircases. Experience the best of European traditions, elegance and graceful hospitality in the chic enclave of Beverly Hills at Mr. C. mrcbeverlyhills.com
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A GEM ON THE BEACH Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach By Udo Spreitzenbarth
verlooking the gulf of Mexico, this stylish and beautifully designed hotel sits right on the best beach in Florida, according to USA Today. The curved design of the hotels exterior provides all 230 guestrooms and suites with the most panoramic views of this iconic coast line. Within months after its opening in spring 2016, the hotel was named the AAA Four-Diamond property. Conveniently located, the hotel is only a 30 minute drive from Tampa international airport and from Saint Petersburg Clearwater airport with many direct flights across the US. With their central location on Gulfview Boulevard, there are many things to do and explore within walking distance. Fun activities for all ages are basically at your doorstep. You definitely should not miss a sunset walk on Pier 60 and see the sun disappear into the Gulf of Mexico. Children’s
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adventure playgrounds, great restaurants and nightlife are all a short stroll away from the resort. The guestrooms offer spectacular views. Large windows and beautiful terraces let you enjoy the view of the azure waters of the gulf spilling onto white sandy beaches. For ultimate relaxation be sure to visit the luxurious Opal Spa. There are a myriad of treatments to choose from. The signature treatment is suitably called Perfect Massage, and the name says it all. A massage can’t really get much more perfect than at the Opal Spa. The resort also offers several amazing food and dining options. Located with direct access to the beach, the Sandbar is the more casual and lighter option. The views are beautiful and there are live music performances on certain nights.
Chef Todd Holender is leading the culinary team at the fine dining restaurant Sea-Guini. Like the name states already, it is a beautiful merger between the freshest seafood and fine Italian cuisine. The interior and the atmosphere live up to the very high quality of the food along with an extensive cocktail menu. For art lovers, a trip to the Salvador Dali Museum is close to St. Petersburg and is a must see attraction. This incredible art hub amazes with the largest collection of Dali’s work outside of Europe. With all of these things to do and to experience at the Opal Sands resort, this is definitely a gem on this historic and iconic stretch of Florida beach, making it a perfect cultural and culinary weekend getaway for some much needed sun in the dead of winter. opalsands.com
HOTEL BOULDERADO A Century of Hospitality By Simon Gusev
ravelers who want to experience the essence of the snow and clear skies state, Colorado, can indulge themselves in luxurious historical adventure with Hotel Boulderado. Opened on New Year’s Day 1909 in the heart of historic Boulder, “The Athens in the West,” the hotel offers 160 rooms and suites equipped with all the 21st century amenities yet still preserving the charm of the era. Located in downtown Boulder, that has been named the happiest place in the U.S., the hotel is surrounded by the city’s year-round outdoor activities, talented chefs, breweries, and vibrant atmosphere. Even an hour drive from the Denver International Airport seems as a necessary time sacrifice to see the majestic landscapes of American Frontier through the large windows of Hotel Boulderado. A 5-minute walk to Pearl Street Mall, a four block pedestrian hub for dining, arts, and shopping, ranked among Food & Wine’s 10 Best Foodie Streets in America, and a 10-minute drive to amazing Flatirons, massive slabs of sandstone that form Boulder’s backdrop, makes out of the hotel a perfect introduction into the local scene. Walking in the hotel’s lobby, guests inevitably pass the fascinating area decorated with antique furniture, stained glass ceiling canopy, and splendid stairs of cherry wood. Whether you decide to settle in the historic section of the hotel, where each room is uniquely appointed in the décor and style of Victorian times, or move in into one of the guest rooms in northern wing, decorated with a modern mountain style, you will have access to premium HD cable, complimentary WiFi, high-end bedding, Boca bathrobes and
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100% cotton bath linens. By special request, the hotel offers select rooms that feature views of the Rocky Mountain foothills. For parties of up to 15 who wish to stay together in a stand-alone home, the Hotel Boulderado offers the Carriage House, which is located across the street where you can enjoy all the hotel’s amenities. Let’s not forget that Boulder was named America’s Foodiest Town by Bon Appétit. And Hotel Boulderado offers a truly Boulder dining experience. Spruce Farm & Fish, guided by Executive Chef John Payne, is a step into a culinary world that upholds seasonality, local and responsible sourcing, and masterful culinary creativity in the same space. Perfect for a casual brunch and dinner, seafood is central to the menu, but don’t miss out on certified angus beef house smoked prime rib, a meaty gem of dinner specials. No need to leave the hotel if you need a good drink, as The Corner Bar, a casual pub and Boulder’s favorite local watering hole with a wide variety of local craft beers, including a rotating tap, as well as an exclusive selection of local spirits, and License No. 1, a classy bar with the swank ambience of a 1920s speakeasy that tantalizes cocktails made from an array of top-shelf liquors, as well as wines and local craft beers, are located just below your room. If you need a freshly brewed coffee, try Boxcar Coffee Bar located in the lobby. It serves local Boxcar coffee, juices, teas and treats for sweet tooth. A bastion of history and hospitality, Hotel Boulderado seeks to truly embody the spirit of this delightfully unconventional town by providing its guests with impeccable service for over a hundred years.
CACHETAnBOUTIQUE HOTEL Oasis amongst the Noise By Camille Daniels
ew York City is known for many things, including its style and its many ways to relax and escape. When visiting, smart travelers add Cachet Boutique Hotel New York to their list as a must-stay destination. Located in the Hudson Yard neighborhood of Manhattan, the flagship Cachet Boutique Hotel New York sits near the Theater District and some of the best restaurants New York City has to offer. While the hotel has over 100 rooms available, the one that deserves all the admiration and will lead to a relaxing stay is the Presidential Suite. Upon entering, guests are treated to marble floors in the living room and modern furniture. The view of the street and surrounding area can be captured through the large window in the living room,
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allowing viewers to appreciate the location of the suite as the views provide a perfect conversational starter. To freshen up, the Jay Godfrey designed bathroom will transform anyone in it with its rosegold amenities and distinctive shower system. In need of a rest regardless of the time of day, the bedroom lives up to that desire with its soft-tone lighting, and the plushness of the bed will be what the body needs when seeking rest. If deciding to stay in for dining purposes, Treadwell Park is the exclusive restaurant to explore. Here, patrons are treated to the best in American dining with burgers and pulled pork amongst the options. Guests will also be able to dine on the best of the Caribbean, such as Jerk chicken.
For the business professional needing a place to host an event, there are event spaces within the hotel that can do that. Either event space, Blackbox or Retreat, can cater to oneâ€™s request to entertain and to give that presentation properly. During the winter months, it may not seem ideal to travel, especially when dealing with snow. However, the Cachet Boutique Hotel New York offers incentives to change any travelerâ€™s mind with its winter suite offer. This deal is for stays during January and February. It is hard to say no to such an appealing offer along with Broadway shows within walking distance, delicious food within reach and fantastic views of the city all around you. Like an open secret, it is discreet with its offers and treats for an unforgettable experience.
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THE JETSETTERS CALENDAR Travel Bucket List for ㄹF/W 2019 By Norah Bradford
JULY: SOUTHAMPTON, NY
Summer is when New York society decamps from Manhattan some 90 miles East along Long Island to a cluster of seaside towns known collectively as the Hamptons. Weekends in July are action-packed with a vast range of arts, charity and sporting events – not to mention more than a few summer parties for the 4th July! The ideal gateway to the Hamptons is the perfectly manicured and situated Southampton Inn offering some 90 charming guest rooms. For dining, experience authentic Mexican cuisine at nearby Union Cantina and their new Union Burger Bar. southamptoninn.com unioncantina.net
One of North America’s most modern cities Toronto, Canada celebrates the movie industry with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) each September which previews many of the likely award winning films to be celebrated early in the new year. One of the unique elements of TIFF is that both members and the public can purchase tickets. An ideal hotel experience for this Festival Bisha Hotel Toronto to relax in Five-Star serenity. tiff.net bishahoteltoronto.com
Mahali Mzuri (meaning ‘beautiful place’ in Swahili) is a luxury 12 tent safari camp located close to the renowned Maasai Mara National Reserve to the West of Nairobi created by Sir Richard Bran-son. The camp itself sits within some 13,500 hectares of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy and of-fers an ideal base from which to observe the outstanding natural beauty of the area. The tents are well appointed with a private deck and ensuite bathroom and can accommodate a total of 24 guests at a time guaranteeing an exclusive safari camp experience in the African bush. The cuisine at Mahali Mzuri is African inspired using locally sourced products and spices.
Once a year is probably a good time to try something different. Why not experience fivestar luxury at sea with Silversea on a cruise. Offering one of the most prestigious restaurants on the high seas, La Dame, top quality service and facilities – all while travelling to new destinations. Some particularly exciting cruise experiences are to Alaska and the Mediterranean, the latter on board the latest addition to the Fleet, the Silver Muse.
The Fall is regarded as an ideal time to experience Tuscany at its finest, explore the wine harvest and hunt for truffles. To complete the experience, stay at Villa Mangiacane’s winery & spa. Situated amongst 600 acres of award-winning vineyards and olive groves, this magnificent 15th century property was originally built for the Machiavelli family and bears the unmistakable hand of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo. Each room is uniquely and beautifully appointed and some even have panoramic views of nearby Florence which is just 7 miles away.
Round out your travel calendar with a relaxing beach vacation on the most exclusive island in the Caribbean. Necker Island is some 74 acres in size with roughly a 3-mile perimeter. A luxury hotel created to enjoy the perfect beach vacation by Bon Vivant Richard Branson, creator of the Virgin brand. There are of course legendary partied including UV night – where guests where white to show off the neon colors and a Moroccan themed night in homage to the sister property Kasbah Tamadot.
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FRIEDA GOLDSTEIN Fights For Immigration Rights By Julie Sagoskin Photographed By duke wiin
hen it comes to immigration, Frieda Goldstein fights for her clients as if they are her friends, and in many cases, they become just that – and it’s not hard to see why. She might be a fierce fighter for those seeking asylum and other immigration services, but she is also a family oriented attorney who brings compassion to each of her cases. As the child of immigrant parents with a mother
from Poland and a father from Italy, Frieda was attracted to the field of immigration when she first entered law school. Her passion and persistence paid off, and she worked for an immigration clerk in New York and later on in Miami, while attending school full time. Growing up in Weehawken, New Jersey, just outside of New York City, Frieda the immigration fighter was exposed to various cultures and all the people who make the city what it is. She now has her own clients from all over the
world and said “I meet people from everywhere and learn something new every day!” Once she had found her purpose, Frieda wasted no time putting her talents to good use. She served as a volunteer at American Friends Service Committee, a non-profit in Miami working to help people from Central America with asylum cases. After law school, Frieda was offered a job as a trial attorney and thought that “being a prosecutor would be
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beneficial as I would get to work on the other side. I wound up staying a lot longer than I imagined, and worked in both courts as a law clerk and as a trial attorney in New York and Miami.” After 14 years, she left the government and began working with her husband, also a former prosecutor, at his firm, Pozo Goldstein, in the Miami office, and is now the managing partner of the New York office where she brings her passion and patience, both in and out of the courtroom. You could say that immigration law is part of the fabric of the Goldstein family – Frieda and her husband, who met in law school, were married by an immigration judge! Frieda brings her passion from her days as an immigration prosecutor to her current role as an attorney, and said it “keeps her on her toes!” She explained that “people are concerned that there are less options available, but the same immigration laws still stand. While laws have stayed the same, however, policies and stances on DACA and other bills continue to change. I keep my eyes on the news at all times to be up on every possible policy change swinging from one way to another. The current waiting time for a citizenship application is up to two years from the time you file to the time you go into the exam, so that is a longer process than we’ve seen in a while.” Frieda was one of the few selected by United States Attorney General Janet Reno to a Trial Attorney position with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service as part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program. She was also a prosecutor for the Office
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of Chief Counsel, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and is a Founding Member of the Department of Homeland Security. “Every attorney who was on staff as a prosecutor for the federal government under the Department of Justice was transferred to the Department of Homeland Security after 9/11.”
can anticipate what the government is expecting or cover it before it becomes an issue. You have to file for asylum within a year of entering a country or else have to prove extraordinary circumstances or a change in country, which is harder to prove. I once had a client who had been in the country for maybe 20 years but could prove he had cognitive issues and he was able to stay.”
Frieda’s favorite and most rewarding cases are asylum cases, which she frequently worked on from the side of a prosecutor. She explained that “if someone comes to the U.S. fleeing from their country, there are five reasons which allow for someone to apply for asylum including race, religion, nationality, particular social group or political opinion. We
As a former immigration prosecutor, Frieda has a distinct edge when it comes to knowing what to expect and explains her role as an immigration attorney as a “natural progression. I work a lot harder and have people calling me 24 hours a day, but it’s so fulfilling. Helping people navigate their needs is the most satisfying for me. Every day is a
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challenge but also a chance to help another family.” This efficient and easily accessible attorney explained that “my husband and I both worked on the other side of the law, which definitely gives you the leg up when preparing an application or litigating in court. We can anticipate the questions – we like to ask the court the question before the prosecutor!” From talking clients through encounters with the FBI or receiving calls from someone whose husband is detained at the airport, fighting for those who need her most is what really fires up the fierce Frieda! In addition to helping employers or people applying for their family members, she also represents those with extraordinary abilities, including many ballet dancers. Frieda is more than an attorney,
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she’s also an advocate for clients, and gives each and every person personalized service – they know she’s there whenever they call, literally, as she gives out her personal number. It's also important to emphasise that the firm handles any and all immigration matters including, but not limited to, H1B visas, investment and business visas. They also represent employers seeking to hire foreign nationals. One aspect of immigration law that they are most proud, is that the firm provides deportation defense for people who are in remvoal proceedings in immigration court. “We’re trying to uphold the law, but we’re also passionate about what we do,” explained Frieda, who has many clients who have become family friends. “I have a client who applied for a green card for her and her husband but the judge didn’t believe they were married and were denied. I gave them a marriage interview and the case had a great outcome, and now our children are friends. I even
helped a young girl who works in a restaurant in my neighborhood apply for asylum and now she’s petitioning for her parents.” As she is always fighting for her clients, Frieda gets frustrated by those immigration judges who have a 95 percent denial rate. She explained that “these rates, which are publicly posted by a college, are fundamentally unfair. These judges are appointed for life, so when you see one swing one way or another it’s troublesome, especially when some only believe five percent of cases merited asylum. You’d think it would be more along the lines of 50/50. A lot of times we also see people posing as immigration attorneys, meaning they do paperwork without accreditation and therefore apply for what the client isn’t eligible for, resulting in malpractice. It’s really important to specialize in your field, which is why we only focus on immigration.” This devoted and diligent attorney has also had many successful sexual orientation asylums and
marriage based cases recently. She explained that “immigration has done a great job of getting these cases processed more quickly. I even had a transgender client who wanted to petition for her wife – they had been married while he was still a man so had to apply again – and was so proud when we were able to process the case.” When she’s not fighting for her clients - or friends – Frieda enjoys spending time with her family and partaking in all of the cultural experiences the city has to offer, from Ballet to Broadway, which might even include a cast member who has become yet another success story thanks to Frieda. She continues to ensure New York remains the diverse melting pot she is proud to call home! Pozo Goldstein, LLP | Immigration Law 800 Third Avenue, 28th Floor New York, New York 10017 212.201.9031 pozogoldsteinny.com
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DOTTIE HERMAN CEO of Douglas Elliman By Bennett Marcus “Eye on Real Estate” Dottie Herman is the CEO of Douglas Elliman and a radio host. Her popular longtime show, “Eye on Real Estate,” in which she, legal, mortgage and various experts give advice, is available at the App store. Her show broadcasts is on AM 970 every Saturday at 10am.
SoulCycle aficionado Herman is a longtime SoulCycle aficionado. “My first spin was at Sag Harbor 20 years ago, when no one even heard of it.” And she loves the ocean. “There’s something about the ocean, it moves me, it’s got a personality of its own.”
Herman is self-made, starting as a broker on Long Island and later building Prudential into a powerhouse in the region. Once established in the Hamptons, Herman realized that all the competing firms were local. “ We opened in Manhattan, and I was the first company that had an agency that ran from Manhattan to Montauk,” Herman says.
Collects shoe art Another passion is shoes, but Herman goes beyond the closetful of designer footwear. She collects actual shoes and miniature versions, and displays
Philanthropy Herman is active in a number of charitable causes, including those supporting research in heart disease and breast cancer. She has long been affiliated with the Breast Cancer Research Fund, founded by the late Evelyn Lauder. She is also involved in Stony Brook Hospital’s pediatric oncology program. Last year, she was one of the recipients of an Ellis Island Medal of Honor - fellow 2018 honorees were Prince Albert of Monaco and Rita Moreno. “It was very patriotic, and I was very proud to be an American.” Herman says. Honored at the UN In 2017, Herman was honored at the UN, receiving the Pioneer Award for Business at the organization’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Day event. Instead of a trophy, needy African children participating in an art therapy program gave her a painting they’d made themselves. “They got a picture of me, and they painted themselves and me in the picture. “ she says. “They were little kids, and they painted an award for me, and it was so touching that I will treasure it for the rest of my life.” Mentoring Even as a top executive of a large company, Herman takes the time to mentor others. “At the end of the day, I think when you’re a leader, whether you’re male or female, people look up to you and respect you, and really my biggest passion is being able to give back and make a difference in people’s lives.” She feels that everybody needs a little reassurance at times. “I get a lot of joy out of doing that, being there and helping people, and showing them that you can grow to wherever you want if you really want to do it.” Advocate for women Herman also advocates for women over 50 in the workplace. “I really think that you can almost become invisible, and I work on awareness, on giving those women confidence. You have to really feel confidence in yourself and what you do and who you are.”
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them as artwork. “My collection includes shoes from different eras, from the 1800s to the ‘60s and ‘70s, when the wedges were in,” she says. “Well, they’re back in again.” dottieherman.com
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BEAU BAXTER From Los Angeles to New York By Bennett Marcus
eau Baxter has had a thriving career as an actor, with roles in 30 Rock, The Deuce, Blue Bloods Murphy Brown, the HBO movie Too Big to Fail, the Broadway play Hand to God, and even an iconic “Got Milk” commercial. He’s had recurring roles on The Drew Carey Show and the Late Show with David Letterman, and starred in the Onion Sports Network web series. Atypical route to acting Baxter came to acting via a somewhat atypical and serendipitous route. After college, he worked in sales, but a film literature class he’d taken had sparked his interest. He spent a couple of years watching critically-acclaimed movies from the 1960s and 70s by legends like Scorsese, Coppola and Lucas. “I was giving myself a little self-taught master’s in film,” says Baxter. “I’d always felt like there was some kind of artist in me, and along the way a little bell went off; I thought maybe acting was my calling.” He surreptitiously signed up for an acting class in his native Atlanta, and that was it. He quit his job, backpacked around Europe for three months, and then packed up and moved to Los Angeles.
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“I suppose it was a little crazy,” he says. Some of his friends were skeptical, although his parents weren’t too shocked because he’d always been a ham and a show-off growing up. He spent four years training at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, got an agent, started booking commercials, and eventually got work in TV and film. New York, The Onion New York had always been in his mind. “I just thought it was the most alluring, fascinating, energized place.” In 2006, Baxter had a role in a film shooting in the Big Apple, and after twelve years in L.A., it was the perfect time to make the move. Not long after, he landed a dream job; playing NFL insider Reggie Greengrass on the Onion Sports Network, lampooning ESPN-style overly earnest, hyper-focused sports analysts. “When I read the material, I thought, this is just genius! My dad and I used to make fun of all the super-serious, self-important sports announcers, you know, like they’re talking about peace in the Middle East. It was just so well written, so clever.” The show won a Peabody Award and was adapted for
television by Comedy Central. Baxter’s character was the only one to transcend the jump from the Internet to TV. Daughter Although he came to New York on a lark, it is home now, in no small part due to becoming a father. “I have a beautiful, amazing 11-year-old daughter, and she’s the main reason I stayed here.” When she was born, Baxter was new in the city and still finding his way. “I remember walking around the Upper East Side one night, and I thought, you know what, it’s all going to work out; it has to. I’ve never looked back.” Now, he loves riding his bike around the city, and plays in a darts league at the Gael Pub on the Upper East Side. thegaelpubnyc.com. Baxter has become a Yankees fan, and even bought a 15-game ticket package, to the chagrin of his Southern friends. “They can’t believe it.” imdb.com/beaubaxter
88GLAM The Rise of Hip-Hop’s Hottest New Act By Peter Blackman
anadian Hip-Hop Duo, 88Glam are in the middle of their whirlwind 2019 Canadian concert tour that featured twelve performances in an eighteen-day period this January. 88Glam will also be performing on the first day of the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Founders Derek Wise and 88 Camino debuted the name in November 2017 when they premiered their first music video “12” featuring a cameo from The Weeknd and the first track on their April 2018 album, 88Glam Reloaded. Their Second album, 88Glam2 released in November 2018 by XO Records and Republic Records includes collaboration with Gunna (Track #10 “Racks”) and Nav (Track 6 “It’s a Flex”). Both albums are available on iTunes. Derek Wise began rapping at the age of 10 years old. Listening to an array of musical creatives spanning several genres helped him develop a sound that is natural in every setting; along with his command of rhythm and cadence, this is his greatest gift. Derek’s unstable upbringing and his mother playing the role of both parents taught Derek how to be independent and the ability to rise above any circumstance, which presently is a common theme in much of Derek’s music. His unique perspective is a result of his interests in classic mob movies and taste for culture. 88 Camino began rapping at the age of 17 years old. Listening to an array of musical creatives spanning several genres helped him develop a sound that has a lot of replay value. When 88 Camino was 9 years old, his mother moved away to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for school and brought him with her for a new journey. Eight years later, 88 returned to Toronto, Canada and had a mission to pursue music on a high level. After releasing a ton of previous music numerous years ago, 88 Camino has taken more than a year off to perfect his craft and he is ready for the world to hear his euphoric timeless sound. His unique perspective is a result of his interests in real life observations. Facebook: 88Glam | Instagram: 88glamxo | YouTube: 88Glam | Spotify: 88Glam 88ㅎglam.com
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THE BIG BREAK ㅍPremieres on VICE By Elizabeth Elston
he Big Break, a new movie satirizing the entertainment industry starring David Arquette (Scream) and directed by Gil Freston (Paladar), recently premiered on vice.com. The over-the-top yet delightful parody was shown at private screenings in both New York City and Los Angeles before the online global release. The 20 minute “minimovie” applies a blockbuster films production quality to an intense storyline paying homage to 1990s classic films which inspired the production including The Player, Heat and True Romance – in its look/ cinematography (Derek McKane), special effects (Lucien Harriet, Josh Hackasian), wardrobe (Annie & Hannah) and stunt teams from Lethal Weapon (Ryan Gray) and Blade Runner 2049 (Adam Hart) contributing to the production of the film, working in tandem with Action Director, Loren Herbert. The film screened as an official selection at the 22nd Annual LA Shorts International Film Festival 2018. The cast joining David Arquette (who plays Lieutenant Ramirez in the film) includes David
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Shabtai (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as Jon Lieberman, Gil Freston as Will Kavanaugh, Michael Vlamis (CW’s Roswell) as Michael Glazer, Isabelle McNally (A&E’s Bates Motel, Frances Ha) as Grace Barnett, Thomas Cocquerel
(Billionaire Boys Club, Table 19, In Like Flynn) as Officer Eckhart, Brittany Furlan (social media star appearing in Netflix’s American Meme) as Fable Rae, Ammar Kandil & Thomas Brag aka
YES Theory (Social Media Stars) Jude B. Lanston (Magic Funhouse) as Sergeant Bates, Elizabeth Turner (Social Media Star) as Kate Davenport, stunt performer Eddie Davenport (Logan) as Matty, Alexis Beckley (Room for Improvement) as Chloe Perkins, Richard Kohnke (The Billionaire Boys Club) as Brooks Weaver the Waiter, Aaron Jay-Smith (You) as Writer, Frank Mercuri as LAPD Officer, Deina Torres as LAPD Officer, Angelique Yalda as LAPD Officer and Al Burke as LAPD Sergeant. The film is Produced by Gil Freston, Jack Heston, Matthew Brag, and Loren Herbert alongside Executive Producers Will Meldman, Taylor Vandegrift and David Shabtai. Gil Freston has written and directed numerous commercials and branded short-form. After graduating from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Freston directed his first independent feature film, PALADAR, a documentary about his friends’ underground restaurant run out of their college apartment which premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival in 2013. Freston is currently developing a show with FX Networks and is entering preproduction on his next feature film EDGE OF FEAR, a psycho/ thriller horror feature film to be shot in international locations commencing in May 2019.ㅍ vice.com
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AD ART SHOW 2019
ㅌMvVO ART is Bringing Contemporary Art to LinkNYC During Frieze New York By Ann Grenier
vVO ART, creator of AD ART SHOW, is turning the streets of New York’s most art-centric neighborhoods into a revolutionary Art Show, digitally exhibiting the work of artists from advertising on the LinkNYC network on select streets during Frieze New York— May 1 to 4, 2019. AD ART SHOW is a juried and curated selling exhibition. The selection committee is made up of contemporary art experts and influential collectors. For more information, submission deadline or to submit work to the show, visit the MvVO ART site www.mvvoart.com. AD ART SHOW celebrates the ART created by artists currently working in advertising, or with roots in the advertising/design/commercial arts industries, as they follow in the footsteps of Warhol, Magritte, Haring, Dali and the many other world-renowned artists who worked in advertising. The inaugural AD ART SHOW 2018 was a phenomenal success, bringing the Art, Media and Advertising
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world together for a four-day show at Sotheby’s with 92 artists from advertising from around the world. This year, AD ART SHOW 2019 transforms the LinkNYC network into an outdoor art show during Frieze New York Art week. “The sky is the limit in this celebration of creativity!! We’re looking for new ways to bring Art to people and bringing AD ART SHOW to LinkNYC will change the way people see—and buy—art, catching people on the move, where they live and work. If they like what they see they can check out the MvVO ART e-gallery on Artsy where the works will be viewed by prominent collectors across the globe. This is the next step in the ever-changing contemporary art scene” said Maria van Vlodrop, Founder and CEO of MvVO. Maria van Vlodrop has built businesses and brands in the US and Europe. She blends blue-chip marketing expertise with cutting-edge technology experience and entrepreneurial flair and has a successful track record of working with world-class creative talent to create campaigns for Pepsi, Haagen-Dazs, Finlandia
Vodka, L’Oréal, Toyota among others. Maria received her Master’s degree from the London School of Economics. She founded MvVO ART to build bridges between ART and Commerce and to open doors for contemporary artists and specifically artists from advertising with AD ART SHOW, a selling exhibition, now it its second year. MvVO ART is located at the center of business & art – New York. MvVO ART is an innovative art venture bringing ART and Commerce together, by creating new opportunities for artists and businesses. AD ART SHOW is a selling exhibition. MvVO ART is a New York based innovative art venture comprised of a team of advertising, art & technology professionals, dedicated to creating new opportunities for artists, art lovers & brands to discover each other and form powerful partnerships. MvVO ART is poised to reimagine & redefine the relationship between Art & Commerce. mvvoart.com
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135 WEST 52ND STREET, 37A By w. a. mULLER
ocated at 135 West 52nd Street in residence 37A, this stunning, floor-through residence has oak flooring throughout and completed with an open living room layout. Custom lighting designed by world-renowned lighting designer, Thierry Dreyfus, illuminates this three bedroom, three and a half bathroom residence. The fully functioning eat-in kitchen has custom glossy Moltini cabinets, Calcatta Vision white marble countertops, and a Miele state of the art appliance package which includes two ovens, dishwasher, large refrigerator, a built-in coffee machine and a Gaggenau wine climate cabinet, assuring you that any size dinner party is guaranteed to be a hit. Not to mention, there is a
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wet bar located in the east wing accompanied by a gas-burning fireplace. The secluded, light-filled, master bedroom opens up to a 153 square foot private terrace, showcasing quintessential city views. A lavish walk-in closet provides plentiful space for two and the master bath is truly a work of art, outfitted with Fantini Venezia and Watermark custom fixtures, and complete with heated flooring, an expansive walk-in shower, two custom vanities, and a free-standing Kaldewei soaking tub. Each of the bedrooms welcomes you with en-suite bathrooms, marble flooring, and white Italian marble tiling. Private office space can be found on the east wing, providing a secluded and quiet environment.
Residents have 12,000 square feet of amenities at their disposal: private lounge, outdoor terrace, private pool, fitness center, spa room, and child’s playroom. Take a bike ride through Central Park, see a Broadway spectacular, or a concert at Carnegie Hall. Afterwards treat yourself to dinner at Serafina, Carmine’s, Gallagher’s Steakhouse, Ocean Prime that’s located right down stairs, or one of the many countless other famous restaurants located right outside your door. 135 West 52nd St, 37A New York, New York 10019 Douglas Elliman Agents: Jacky Teplitzky, Adrian Radomski and Julio Izquierdo $8,495,000
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75 KENMARE By w. a. mULLER
n the heart of one of New York’s most sought after neighborhoods comes a 38-unit condo comprised of one-to four-bedroom homes ranging in price from approximately $1.7 million to over $12 million designed by Lenny Kravitz’s namesake firm Kravitz Design. Knit into the contextual fabric of NoLita, with its richly textured façade and artful interiors, 75 Kenmare embodies the casual sophistication and celebrated lifestyle of downtown Manhattan. NoLita is a neighborhood consumed with taste and creativity, full of trendy restaurants and shops and apartments inhabited by avid trendsetters, designers, artists and singers. For those who prefer a comfortable relaxed elegance, 75 Kenmare becomes the ideal location for, as Kravitz explains, “People full of life and energy, and of eclectic temperament. People who feel young regardless of age.” Andre Kikoski, renowned architect and winner of the AIA Institute Honor Award for his work at the Guggenheim Museum, is the executive
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architect and is leading exterior design of the project. Kikoski’s exterior, comprised of oversize precast concrete panels punctuated by elegantly proportioned wide windows, and presents a strong personality that both blends in and stands out in an historic neighborhood of predominantly brick buildings. The façade’s unique metal window framing and textured vertical panels make it an instant candidate to become one of NoLita’s iconic buildings. And the same happens in the interior, in which Kravitz Design conceived of the interiors as a luxe and layered living space that resulted in a harmonic blend of eccentric downtown vibes and uptown elegance. “Music and design are very similar,” says Lenny Kravitz. “You’re making something out of nothing, building on layers. In the end, you have something that makes you feel differently than before you experienced the space. This should feel natural and comfortable, and be a home that is your refuge, where you build a life and create memories.”
For Kravitz, this project is close to home, where just a block away, on Broome Street, the New Yorker moved into his first loft back in 1988. “Nolita has a style, rhythm and culture all its own, and we’re creating an environment that feels contemporary and refined, but also warm and inviting,” says the rock musician and master designer. The building represents a celebration of classical elements used in innovative ways. Rich materials, including vibrant natural stones, textured metals and rich oak are juxtaposed carefully throughout the building. Kitchens feature custom, matte-white lacquer cabinetry. Bathrooms offer a multisensory experience with walls and floors dressed in Titanium Travertine and French Vanilla marble and Graff satin nickel fixtures. Amenities include a 24-hour concierge, automated parking garage, fully equipped gym, rooftop terrace and private meditation garden. 75ㅏkenmare.com
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NEW YORK SOCIETY SCENE By Clara Morgan
Jean Shafiroff hosted a book signing at her Park Avenue home for Fashion Designer & Author Vicky Tiel’s book The Absolute Woman: It’s Aㅁll About Feminine Power, NYC ©Patrick McMullan
The NYC premiere of THE BIG BREAK, a 15-minute high octane mini-movie satire on the Hollywood industry presented by VICE Media, Metrograph, NYC ©David Willems/Getty Images
Jean Shafiroff, Vicky Tiel, Rita Cosby
Producer Jack Heston, director/actor Gil Freston
Janna Bullock, Nicole Salmasi, CeCe Black, Lee Black
Actor David Shabtai
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The annual BAFTA Tea Party, was hosted at the Four Seasons Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA
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