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pringtime begins this March. The days are getting longer, flowers are beginning to bloom, and NYC is coming alive with a new energy. To celebrate the wonders of this season, we traveled to Guangzhou this month to experience “The Flower City” and partake in welcoming the Year of the Pig during China’s Spring Festival. This cultural exchange was an enriching sojourn to celebrate with the locals and to experience ancient traditions in a historic city where old and new China sit side by side. This month, we are featuring the talented British sensation Estelle, who just released her new album, Lovers Rock. Based on the long arc of her parent’s love life and personal experiences, producing this album was a cathartic process for her. Estelle reveals a lot of herself in this album, and she showed us that everyone deserves love, and sometimes you have to come full circle to realize you are exactly where you were always meant to be. A highlight of February is New York Fashion Week, and this month, we highlighted top trends for fall that we are eagerly anticipating. There are plenty of opulent options to look forward to from showstopping embellishments to bright jewel tones and exotics. For our futuristic spring fashion editorial, we traveled to Paris to showcase the modern monochrome athleisure trends that are hitting the streetwear scene. Spring getaways were on our minds, so we highlighted the warm destinations of Los Cabos, Sicily and South Beach. It’s never too early to start planning your next exotic escape. Living in NYC, there is always something to look forward to, and we welcome the spring’s new beginnings with open arms.

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IPs, friends and supporters braved the snow to celebrate with Maria Bartiromo for her exclusive cover party at Pomona NYC restaurant. Media personalities such as Rita Cosby, Bill Hemmer, Monica Crowley mingled with fashion cognoscenti such as Karen Roberts and luminaries from the finance world including Lucas Asher from Tower

Equity, Sol Global Investments CEO Brady Cobb and Chairman Andy DeFrancesco, and Evi Angelakis from Golden Key Realty. Guests enjoyed libations from Taittinger Champagne, Vivanco Wines and American Salute Vodka while admiring jewelry from Lusso by Fabio Angri.


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o celebrate the bounties of winter, Resident held its first winter food, spirits and wine festival at Slate. Guests were treated to exquisite delicacies from La Goulue, Wagamama, Ortzi, and Clinton Hall with tasty treats from LoveLove Edibles, Mariebelle, Jessie’s Nutty cups and Nutsola. To fuel the party, specialty winter

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THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE NYC, Hollywood & Palm Beach

The Oscars, Karl Lagerfeld, Melanie & Mick, Carnegie Hall, Race of Hope, & Capital with A Conscience By R. Couri Hay with Photos by Patrick Mcmullan and Rob Rich The 91st Academy Awards The big mystery this year wasn’t who was going to win, it was where were the stars? In the glory days you’d see Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Michael Jackson, Mae West, Orson Welles, Sir Rami Malek Laurence Olivier @ Oscars and more just like them. Where were Brad Pitt, Clint Eastward, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Jack Nicholson, Liam Nielson, Liza Minnelli, Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus, Cher, George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones? This year’s red

carpet was boring. Why don’t the super stars of today and the legends of yesteryear support Hollywood’s biggest night. Ok, Bette Midler, Bradly Cooper, Lady Gaga, and the other nominees showed up but it’s not enough! Barbra Streisand gave the night retro star power, although I wish she’d sing instead of giving her standard stump speech. The idea that you need to be nominated to go is just a lazy excuse not to pull yourself together for the fans. The

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Golden Globes is much more fun! As to the awards everyone won that should have won but poor Glenn Close. Thankfully, the Academy spread the gold around to keep everyone happy. Green Book, Black Panther, The Favorite, Roma, Spike Lee, and Rami Melek won. Freddie’s pal and Queen documentarian, Rudi Dolezal, said there’s going to be a sequel to Bohemian Rhapsody covering the 14 years the singer lived before dying of AIDS. Even Gaga, who won the Oscar she deserved, shared the stage with Bradley Cooper who showed class and shrewdness by singing “Shallow” with Gaga to remind Hollywood just who cast her and directed A Star Is Born. I hope these two Jennifer dazzling stars have Lopez @ Oscars the friendship with benefits some people say they have, of course some people will say anything, N’est-ce pas. The most exciting things that happened was that both Rami Malek and Glenn Close fell on the floor, Rami on his way off the stage with his Oscar and Glenn while dancing at the Vanity Fair party without an Oscar.

Hollywood For Science Gala Before the Oscars Barbra Streisand and Gisele Bündchen were honored at the

glamorous Hollywood for Science Gala, which benefitted the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sus-

included Madonna, Jenifer Aniston, Orlando Bloom, Gerard Butler, Goldie Hawn, Bobby Kennedy Jr., Norman Lear, Eva Longoria, Adriana Lima, Meg Ryan, and Galerie

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tainability. Bündchen, with her hunky hubby Tom Brady

by her side said, “Our planet needs our care now more than ever. We need to listen to the signs Mother Nature has been giving us!” Brady gushed, “You are a warrior for the environment and your family loves you so much; te amo Gisele.” The committee

Karl Lagerfeld Gallerist Isabelle Bscher jumped on a plane after tinsel town’s big night and opened a 30 year retrospective of her friend Karl Lagerfeld’s photography at her gallery In Zurich, Switzerland before flying to NYC to open a another homage to Lagerfeld at Lily Rose Depp her and Karl Lagerfeld @ Chanel

SOCIAL SAFARI Galerie Gmurzynska at 39 E 78th Street. The NYC show will run through April 27th. Bscher, who represented the designer’s photography for over 25 years said, “Since our first exhibition in 1996, Karl has continuously and fearlessly explored the avant-garde of photographic processes; combining his compositional eye with his keen interest in the lost histories of the medium. His deep knowledge of art history has always been clearly illustrated in fresh ways throughout his oeuvre, while creating his own unique processes that will continue their influence on photography and art in general. In homage to one of the great Renaissance people of our time and in remembrance of our collaboration over more than 25 years, we mounted these spontaneous photography retrospectives of Karl’s photographs.” Both exhibitions, feature over 50 pieces, they are comprehensive, and present the full range of Lagerfeld’s output, from his celebrity portraits—whether of Nicole Kidman sprawled across a pink canopy bed or Arnold Schwarzenegger atop a motorcycle—to his street photography. The exhibition will be accompanied by a gallery publication of his work. Karl once said, “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” Melanie Hamrick Creates Porte Rouge Ballerina and choreographer Melanie Hamrick and Mick Jagger revealed the name of their Rolling Stones ballet to be ‘Porte Rouge’ (Red Door) at two receptions in NYC, culminating in a drop-dead chic dinner hosted by Marcella Guarino Hymowitz and NET-A-PORTER at THE POOL.

Glamorous guests, whose names were written on the mirrored table top, included Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen, ABT artistic director Kevin McKenzie and choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, Vogue’s Hamish Bowles, skin care mogul Peter Thomas Roth, designer Rebecca Cohen, Donnie Deutsch and Rachel Feinstein. Hamrick

confided the ballet’s name was inspired by the Stone’s hit

Larissa Saveliev commissioned the piece from Hamrick. Ballet dancers at the reception at the Top of the MOXY hotel, included Herman Cornejo, Calvin Royal, April Giangeruso, and Brittany DeGrofft.

Hostess Marcella Guarino Hymowitz, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen @ YAGP Cocktail

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instagram. com/melhamrick Safari Roundup Carnegie Hall presented dazzling pianist Yuja Wang

in a classical comedy concert with Igudesman & Joo. The pair of classiScott Synder song cal clowns opened and Audrey “Paint It a box on stage to Gruss Melanie @ Race of Black,” reveal a mechaniHamrick Hope and Mick and cal doll that, you Jagger @ YAGP that she guessed it, was the Dinner is also sexy Wang in a short collaborat- gold dress and sixinch Louboutin’s. The ing with trio bounced between the band’s naughty jokes to brilliant lighting and classical music played on costume two Steinways that had the designer on crowd roaring. Among those the piece. in the room were concert When Mick was asked pianist Micah McLaurin who their 2-yearold son Deveraux most resembled, Mick and Emmanuel Ax who quipped, “It’s too early to tell.” The was dragged on stage for ballet will have its world premiere an amusing vaudeville bit at The Mariinsky Theatre in St. involving him Petersburg, Russia on March 24th bumping and its American debut on April into walls 18th at Youth America Grand but sadly Prix’s ‘Stars of Today Meet the not playing a Stars of Tomorrow’s 20th note. It’s easy to Anniversary Gala’ at the see why Wang is David H. Koch Theater in considered one of Yuja Wang Lincoln Center. The comthe world’s top clasplays Carnegie pany’s glamorous founder sical musicians and why Hall

Igudesman & Joo’s hilarious theatrical concerts have received more than 45 million hits on YouTube. Check it out if you want to see a fun send up of classical music. … Carole Crist, the former first lady of Florida, hosted a tech conference called “Capital with a Conscience” at the Yale Club and followed up with a cocktail reception at Charlie Palmer Steak in Washington D.C.… Audrey Gruss, the founder of Hope for Depression Research Foundation, and interior design Scott Synder hosted a 5k Race of Hope in Palm Beach and raised $275,000 for depression research. Gruss’ perfume, the elegant Hope fragrance, gives all it profits back to the Foundation for research. hopefragrances…The New York Philharmonic held its annual Lunar concert to celebrate the Chinese New Carole Crist @ Yale Club Year of the Angela Chen Pig. The in@ New York Philharmonic spired concert featured conductor Kahchun Wong, violinist Bomsori and divine soprano So Young Park. The evening raised 1.6 million with the help of such esteemed guests as Steve Martin, composer Karen LeFrak and cochair Angela Chen. | 21


Spring’s Best

New Beauty Launches By ann lawlor & Hillary Latos As we emerge from the winter doldroms, hit the reset button with Spring’s best new beauty launches that will have you glowing from head to toe, inside and out.


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eet the millennial mogul who is taking the beauty industry by storm and empowering women along the way. Brandi Leifso is the founder and Chief Executive of Evio Beauty, a brand that is as ethically conscious as it is aesthetically beautiful. Founded with a purpose of social impact, this brand, spearheaded by Brandi, is on a mission to break down stigmas, promote female entrepreneurship, and eradicate animal cruelty and testing within the beauty space. Sounds like a tall order but for Brandi, it’s essential with her mission of “Creating a conscious future.” In what is absolutely a remarkable achievement, Brandi was recently chosen to speak at the Forbes Under 30 Global Women’s Summit being held on March 31-April 4, 2019 in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Selection for this event aligns her with the most powerful business leaders and inspiring minds around the world who are recognized for the change they create throughout society and in their own communities. At 28 years old, this is nothing short of impressive, but that’s not to say her rapid success came without prior hardships. At the age of 21, Brandi was living in a women’s shelter and had been out of the school system since she was 14. During her time at the shelter, her love of cosmetics and her passion for social change

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collided and the concept of “Evio Beauty” was born. Since then, she has been on the fast track to success and there has been no turning back. Among her many entrepreneurial successes Brandi has established lasting relationships with over 50 coveted retailers including QVC, Credo, and Aillea as well as a direct to consumer model. She has secured a highly coveted spot as a 2018 alumni member of the esteemed Sephora Accelerate program (the only Canadian company to do so), and she has even raised more than $1.4m in pre-seed funding through her many strategic alliances and strong relationships. Her most recent alliance gained national acclaim when it was announced she had secured a partnership with one of the world’s largest cannabis companies, Aurora Cannabis. The partnership between Evio Beauty and Aurora is aimed at creating a new line of approved hemp seed oil based product formulations, as well as approved CBD based products and the brain-child of the partnership is launching in short order. Two new product lines respectively called Evio Skin and Evio Beauty will utilize the healing and rejuvenating properties of the hemp and cannabis plants. As the burgeoning cannabis and hemp industries are met with skepticism and appreciation, Brandi

is full steam ahead with her endeavor. She views any uncertainty as yet another stigma she can help break down. With this new business venture, Evio Beauty will continue to maintain its ethical standards by ensuring that their products are vegan, cruelty free, and gluten free. Implementing hemp has even improved their ability to be ethically conscious. They’ve eliminated animal by-products, increased ingredient transparency, and reduced overall the use of plastic. Brandi doesn’t just talk the talk of women’s empowerment, she walks the walk day in and day out. As a Toronto native, she jumped at the chance to support the Canadian Women’s Foundation and even partnered with them to donate $1 from every sale to the foundation. When you buy a new lipgloss or mascara from Evio Beauty, your money is championing the cause of the foundation that helps women in Canada move out of violence and poverty, and move into roles of confidence and leadership. As the world continues to evolve and millennials continue to advance into positions of power, keep your eye on Brandi Leifso. The mark she will leave on the beauty industry will be indelible, and the impact she will have on the next generation of women who hope to be in her shoes one day will be profound.




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he might like her American boys, but the latest album from Grammy winning recording artist Estelle was inspired by her British roots and is composed of a romantic British reggae subgenre – with soul and R & B vibes of course! Lovers Rock is the fifth record for the British singer, songwriter, actress and humanitarian, and not only features deeply personal lyrics, but is also deeply personal for this multi-talented performer as it is the first album she has released on her own established 1980 label since partnering with VP Records.

This triple – make that quadruple threat – kicked off the first leg of her tour in Brooklyn and is going to be on the road again in April. When she’s not performing, representing new talent on her label, and expanding her empire, Estelle is active in her All of Me Foundation which provides partial scholarships to college students facing financial hardships. The foundation partners with local organizations that are empowering young people to ignite change in their communities and abroad by providing real life work experiences, internships,

and mentoring opportunities for high school and college aged students. The singer, who still refers to New York as her home base, based her album on the relationship between her Senegalese mother and Grenadian father who broke up only to get married two decades later, and how this shaped her and her own attitude towards life and love. Just take a listen for yourself, including the hit track Better, and you’ll see that Estelle just keeps getting, well, better! | 47


What was your vision for your most recent tour? For this tour, I wanted to do it small and make it feel like I was in my living room in my mom’s house and have people come into my world, and I think that’s what we’ve done. It’s amazing to have my latest record up and ready to go and performing it and having people responding to it the way they are. American Boy took a full year before it clicked with people and became a hit so I anticipate that, but this album has been an experience. How does the magic of Estelle come together in the recording studio? All of my records are personal. It’s always been a matter of just sitting there and letting it be exactly what it needs to be and come up with three lines

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here or there and when I get into the studio and hear an awesome beat, it all comes together with a melody I can turn into a song. It’s personal in the scariest way because I’m sitting there and it’s just me and I’m asking people if it is great or not. This record is on my label which I love, so it means four times more to me. I’m producing and working on my own records and work with songwriters so it’s never one person’s point of view. I’m involved in every ounce of the process from the beginning to the end. What was the inspiration behind Lovers Rock? This record was written about my parents and their relationship. They were together and had kids and then got back together twenty years later. I felt like

I was reliving my life and as I started writing this I wanted to learn a lesson and graduate per se. I realized I was living out what I had seen with my mom. When I first started recording it, it sounded like a repeat so I spoke to my mom and her advice was telling me the real stories behind the versions of what I was told as a kid and growing up. My mom and I have a great relationship so she told me what really happened and what was really going on. I looked at everything from an empathetic standpoint and started thinking about what I was supposed to be doing versus what I was doing, and about not making the same mistakes. I love the point of their love story – you can love who you love when you love them and sometimes the person you thought was for you isn’t and that’s okay too. | 49


How cathartic was it for you to make this album? I had multiple aha moments in the process! I got a new perspective, it was like therapy. The universe knows who guides who and when I see an issue I like to move on, I don’t like to dwell or go back and forth. What is the vibe of Lovers Rock? Who did you make it for? It’s a mixture of R & B and soul, it’s warm, loving energy. If thinking of power with love makes you feel empowered, this is for you. If you’ve been trying to figure out life and love, this is for you. This is a no judgment album for everyone, it’s a great vibe, it’s personal, it’s real. Which coast is the best coast? I’m based in LA now – I like the sunshine – but I lived in New York for almost ten years and lived in both states for a while and have been back and forth. New York is my home base because that’s where I first moved, where I was first embraced. It almost feels like I never left when I’m there working and hanging with my friends. Do you still touch down in London town? My family is still in London so I go back and forth a lot, I miss my nieces and nephews, but I don’t miss London. Moving to Brooklyn felt like South London to me!

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What are you go to spots in the city that are cool enough for any American boy…or girl? I love going to real New York places like Café Habana on Prince and Elizabeth and Miss Lily’s, and just walking around Soho and the Lower East Side and the West Village. I have some friends who live in Harlem and Brooklyn and there are some little spots where we can kick it and don’t have to bother about being dressed up, I can just hang out and they know me. What inspired you to start your own label? I started the label because someone helped me along and gave me a hand when I needed a hand. I didn’t have anyone in the beginning to push or promote me so I started with that mentality. I have some artists on my label who are amazing and

brilliant themselves, they are great musicians and performers. People on the LA scene know them really well so now it’s just about getting them to that next level. Who have been your favorite collaborators? I had so much fun working with everybody on my album. I want to work with everyone. I’m a fan of reggae music and everyone I asked came on board to do a record with me with super ease. Tarrus Riley is like a walking book of music so he came up with melodies and every melody was brilliant. You run into people every so often who you want to stay close to cause you can always learn from them. What’s next for you?

I think of myself as a mogul in the making, or in the process. I look at it as this is no different than what Jay-Z and Puffy have been doing but women don’t get that title per se. We’re building our own empires. I’m also moving into acting and TV and film as well as developing the label and doing more behind the scenes music. I love music, I’ll never stop doing it. I just co-directed, wrote and scripted a three-part video coming out on YouTube called The Mike and Deen story. I’m also going to be doing some more directorial projects for some of my other friends and artists as well as developing different things and I’m just excited about everything. I just finished the first part of the tour and the second one is coming in April. | 53


WORLD OF MCINTOSH TOWNHOUSE A Dinner Series Which Never Sounded So Good By Julie Sagoskin


ant to have dinner where Heidi Klum and Seal used to call home? The exclusive dinner series at McIntosh Townhouse let’s you do just that, as the supermodel and singer’s former pad turned sound space is the ultimate spot to sip and swoon! These dinner party partnerships held in the McIntosh’s five-story 12,000 square foot townhouse sound pretty amazing – literally – because McIntosh is known for their unparalleled sound systems. After all, McIntosh Group has been the creator of high end audio systems and industry trailblazers for 70 years. They’re even behind some of the most iconic moments in music history, including the inaugural Woodstock Music Festival in 1969 followed by the complete production of the Grateful Dead’s Wall of Sound tour in 1974. When you step into the World of McIntosh Townhouse, which is located behind a discreet door in Soho, you never know who, or what you might find! The

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décor for each dining event at this audio centric space is just as unique as the playlist – where else you will be able to experience world class food while enjoying a DJ spinning beats in an ultra trendy space which served as a backdrop for season 2 of Mr. Robot and music videos for John Mayer and Beyonce? With fun and eclectic items throughout, including a piece of furniture from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this place takes you to another plateau – a very sexy and intriguing plateau. The World of McIntosh team offers exclusive artist performances, tasting menus with cocktail pairings, synchronized swimmers performing in their indoor pool, a rooftop terrace and even a post-dinner listening room experience. The dinner series in this luxury townhouse serves up an audio, visual and culinary feast like you’ve never seen or heard before. Each dining event is taken up a few notches, or rather decibels, with their ultimate audio experience, so you can enjoy

your meal with music blaring out of world class speakers. After all, World of McIntosh is a one of a kind space which serves the world’s most internationally renowned companies and industry titans with a one of a kind experience. Before becoming a celebrity home – James Franco also lived in the space – the building, which features high ceilings, an indoor pool with exposed brick walls and a whimsical rooftop, is not your average space! The industrial chic townhouse was originally an energy hub substation in the 1920s, powering the lower Manhattan area for over 50 years before being converted into a warehouse that served as an art gallery for the artist community that dominated SoHo in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The building evolved once again when a filmmaker purchased the property and had it transformed into a unique high-end residence. In 2015 the McIntosh Group took over and created the World of McIntosh, and you’re sure to feel like you’ve entered another world when you enter their world!

The immersive space showcases their state-of-the art McIntosh brand products including Sonus faber, Sumiko and Pro-ject Audio Systems, and has multiple private listening areas all in beautifully designed spaces where they intertwine audio, art, design and food – you’ve never seen, or especially heard anything like this before. Their most recent partnership took place with Tokyo Record Bar when they held a luxe listening and dining experience on Thursday, February 21st . The underground listening room of Tokyo Record Bar came to life on the world’s best sound systems as guests chose a tune from a vinyl playlist, just like in the restaurant! Guests were able to drink their champagne while feeling ready do dance to the music in this intimate dining experience which was curated entirely by the team from Tokyo Record Bar, featuring their signature 7-course menu, plus a champagne bar and even a sake sommelier on site! The team prepared each course in the McIntosh kitchen, which means they were cooking in the same spot where Heidi (or her chef) made meals fit for a model. The space was transformed into what felt like a Hollywood wedding with a canopy of pink flowers for the intimate dinner which featured music pumping in the background from a system costing over a quarter of a million dollars - an experience which heightens each and every sense. Guests even took home their own vinyl record as a memento, though it might not sound the same without McIntosh equipment! Since opening their doors in 2017, Tokyo Record Bar has been known for their dedication to quality and obsession with music, food and booze, making their partnership with McIntosh a perfect match. To continue their relationship, the entire restaurant will feature the finest audio gear when the two brands team up, turning Tokyo Record Bar into a year-round extension of the World of McIntosh Townhouse Experience. While they play host to fashion events, photo shoots and music video filming, this private dinner series is the ultimate way for McIntosh to partner with brands and restaurants which fit their vision and allow them to use their sound systems as a way to elevate each and every sense – and even make you realize new ones. 214 Lafayette St. New York, NY 10012 212.364.0219 | 55


ROBERT’SNaked STEAKHOUSE Steaks By Simon Gusev


ould you like a lap steak? Meet Robert’s Steakhouse, where strippers are also on the menu.

Darkly lighted, finished in red-and-purple palette, the two-storied area of the Penthouse club, named for the magazine, is famous for beautiful women, that charge you $20 a song for their company, and, recently, according to food critics at The New York Times and Vogue, for its flavourful aged steaks. Moderately loud rock soundtracks with a share of humor like Sympathy for the Devil or Love Is a Battlefield spices up the space, where personnel is always attentive to the customers yet not annoying. Girls visit guests to say hello, to have dinner, to chat, or to agree on table-side dances later in the evening. All waiters are men, hence, you will not get into an awkward lap-dance arrangement situation. Listed among Michelin-starred list of most expensive restaurants in the U.S., Robert’s is led by a

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seasoned chef Mr. Lang, whose resume includes Guy Savoy in Paris and Daniel on the Upper East Side. Created by Lang, the menu include classic dishes like caesar salad, shrimp cocktail, creamed spinach and the chief’s personal experiments that you should definitely try. Eager for a delicious dinner? For an appetizer, we recommend you sample a seafood salad and a tuna tartare, served with bonito flakes, nori, sesame seeds and sriracha, a Thai chili paste. Your entree MUST include at least one of the steaks or lamb chops, which tempting presentation and marvelous taste that promise to turn any vegetarian to inveterate meat lover. But if you are not ready to sacrifice your ideology for a piece of forbidden steak, take a look at brussels sprouts or onion rings, which are not necessarily a healthier choice. And don’t exclude a dessert option, a buttery nipple. This extraordinary desert involves a women spreading your laps like moveable bridges, providing clearance for pouring a combination

of Baileys Irish Cream, butterscotch schnapps, and Reddi-wip into your mouth. Be prepared to spend. The average check runs up to $516 and it is not the food, a New York strip steak at the restaurant is priced at $53, but drinks that cost you a pretty penny. The wine list is formal and limited with choices, but you will definitely find majestic reds, ranging from $65 to $1,000, for your steaks. Between $200 to $750 for a regular bottle, Champagne may be a wonderful addition to any occasion. A bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac will cost you $3,200. To indulge in a fine dining experience with improperly yet pleasingly dressed women and tremendous steaks, call at least a week ahead. 603 W 45th St. New York, NY 10036 212.245.0002

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ATLAS KITCHEN The Atlas of Chinese Cuisine By Simon Gusev


ho doesn’t enjoy a classic Chinese takeaway night? With Atlas Kitchen, located at 258 West 109th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam, you might choose to dine in so you can spend time in the wonderful, bright space with artistic ambience while enjoying your favorite dishes.

The ultimate place for authentic Hunan (and other dishes from across 7 regions) cuisine, Atlas Kitchen strives to present the Chinese dining experience in a new, high-end light. Atlas Kitchen is a mustvisit, must-see, and must-overeat place for oriental tasty food.

Atlas Kitchen collaborated with artist Qiu Anxiong to design the modern space from scratch. Created with a comforting and contemporary aura in mind, the restaurant boasts a copper map of mountains and seas hanging on the wall. The private dining area is filled with sea blue murals that act as a backdrop to the gray seating, reinforcing the contrast along with the cultural meaning. Unique design is not the only feature that distinguishes Atlas Kitchen from other Chinese restaurants in Manhattan. China is one huge, melting pot with centuries of culinary history and influences. The country didn’t open up until the 1980s, now it shares authentic Chinese food with the rest of the world. In many eateries throughout the U.S., the dishes are frequently Americanized, and that’s what makes Atlas Kitchen special - authenticity of cuisine. Seasoned with a 20-plus-year work experience and recognized as a first tier chef in his home country, Kaiyuan Li challenges the very notion of food Americanization by providing customers with a unquiely Chinese dining adventure. However, you may still find Americanized options on the menu, which makes the restaurant a more inclusive space for all types of foodies. To truly indulge in the colorful palette of authentic flavor profiles, we recommend you start with deliciously crunchy chicken feet with two choices of spices, soft-shelled turtle with safflower or sautéed eggplant—a customer favorite. The combination of eggplant and egg yolk creates a flawless heavenly flavor that subsides only hours later. Then, proceed either with sauteed chicken with ginger, which is simply divine, or choose any sea option, prepared with fresh ingredients from local markets. For those who crave spicy food, Atlas Kitchen will definitely spice up their dining experience with white radish lamb and spicy pork feet. For dessert, sample gourmet Italian gelato. The dessert offers an unconventional combination of earl grey and lychee flavors. Worth mentioning, Atlas serves warm lemonade water, which constitutes an integral part of many Chinese people’s eating habits.

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258 W 109th St. New York, NY 10025 646.928.0522


RUSSIAN SAMOVAR Russian Cuisine Rich In History & Entertainment By Peter Elston


ussia Samovar, the elegant, 100-seat eatery in the heart of the theater district, has been distinguishing itself as one of New York’s premier nightspots for over three decades. Founded in 1986 and previously coowned by ballet legend, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Nobel Prize winner for poetry, Joseph Brodsky, its 19th-century feel, complete with Russian folk prints and green and red shades, has become an epicurean epicenter for discerning patrons from every walk of life, along with many famous Russian poets and writers who keep coming back for an exceptional dining experience second to none. Russian Samovar is well-known for its 25 flavored vodkas, including ginger, horseradish, lemon, and cranberry along with mouthwatering appetizers. Selections range from Beluga and Ostera caviar, Blini (crepes) filled with salmon or caviar, the Assorted Fish Platter (in-house cured Salmon Gravlax with dill, Smoked Atlantic Salmon and Smoked Butterfish), Vol-au-Vent (a wild mushroom

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puff pastry), traditional Borscht, and Pelmeni Stroganoff (veal and chicken dumplings with sirloin tips in a creamy mushroom sauce). The restaurant also serves a theater pre-fixe menu, available Monday through Friday until 7pm. The ideal spot before or after a show, you can get a 10% discount on all food items simply by presenting your ticket from any Broadway show. These include appetizers like Olivier Salad, and Eggplant Caviar; entrées such as Roasted Duck, and Beef Stroganoff, and a choice of Smetannik Cake or Ice Cream for dessert. You can also enjoy an expertly prepared predinner cocktail at the bar such as the Russian Beauty, featuring raspberry puree and crisp Prosecco or a martini made with any flavor of Russian Samovar’s house-infused vodkas. Currently owned by Roman Kaplan and managed by his daughter Vlada Von Shats and her two sons, another major draw of Russian Samovar’s 256 West 52nd Street location is its deeply

entrenched show business roots. Besides currently being a mecca for Russian writers and poets, it was also the former site of Jilly’s—the eponymous celebrity watering hole once owned by Frank Sinatra’s friend and former bodyguard, Jilly Rizzo. In fact, the Chairman of the Board held many personal concerts there, along with spending time with the Rat Pack and playing countless games of baccarat. These days, this tradition continues thanks to singers like Liza Minnelli and Cyndi Lauper who still occasionally drop in for an impromptu performance. Since Russian Samovar also attracts many musicians, actors and writers from Russia and all over the world, a classically trained pianist performs nightly and poetry readings held throughout the year. 256 W 52nd St. New York, NY 10019 212.757.0168







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DINING OUT: NYC By Simon Gusev

Uskudar Centuries ago, Turkey was the place of epic Iliadic battles; now it is home to mouth-watering, delicious food, and it has appeared in the backyard of NYC. Turkish cuisine’s mysterious tastes await you at Uskudar, an Upper East Side small restaurant named for a neighborhood in Istanbul. Indulge your taste buds in traditional, easy-on-thewallet flavors made with love by Chef Ibrahim Ozdemir. Make sure to sample Hunkar Begendi, lamb chunks simmered in homemade tomato sauce and fresh herbs that are served on pureed eggplant. Don’t let the bare-bones nature of the exterior design fool you. Uskudar is a must-try.

Sauce Pizzeria What can be better than a classic cheesy pizza? Only a thin-crust-style pie with a side of Grandmother’s gravy. Available at the Sauce Pizzeria, the newest counter-service spot from Adam Elzer, pie options include Classic Cheese, Biellese Pepperoni, Upside-Down Cheese Pie, Heritage Sausage Pie, and Vodka Pie. The thin-crust pizzeria, decorated with an unconventional mix of images of the Virgin Mary, Elzer’s ancestors and New York City hip-hop, seats up to 22 people. We personally tasted the menu and guarantee you’ll be surprised how juicy pizza crust can be. What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, right?

Senso Unico Many think Italian cuisine became too basic to impress because pizza and pasta infiltrated our diet to the extent of mediocrity. Vincenzo and Raula Garofalo, the owners of a small Italian restaurant in the heart of Sunnyside, aim to prove us wrong. Senso Unico, which means “one way” in Italian, focuses on modern Neapolitan cuisine with an American accent. The interior design implies a cozy, warm ambience suitable for any occasion. The restaurant boasts an extensive wine list and exquisite cocktails. Don’t miss out on the Heineken-flavored tiramisu and meat carpaccio with tomatoes and herbs. At Senso Unico, Italian cuisine is great again.

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GUANGZHOU The Flower City By Hillary Latos


s the third largest city in China, and as the capital of the thriving industrial province of Guangdong, Guangzhou, also known as Canton, is the birthplace of Cantonese culture and language. With a history spanning over 2000 years, this city embodies the evolution of China from what it was to what modern China represents today. Historic and cultural landmarks coexist with the glittering new China with luxury retail outlets, architectural marvels, and fivestar hotels, which are symbols of the financial prowess of China and their outlook to the future. Resident had a chance to visit this vibrant city during Chinese New Year to celebrate the cultural wonders of this rich city.

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Though Guangzhou is largely a business destination, there are many cultural attractions within this bustling metropolis. The temperate Southern China weather and strategic position along the Pearl River provide a tropical climate to sustain lushly-landscaped parks and water activities to enjoy when outdoors.

ine. One day, five immortals, each wearing a different-colored robe, played music and came riding on five rams that held rice stalks in their mouths. The immortals gave blessings to the city and left. The rams turned into stone and the city became a rich and populous place, known as the City of Rams.

Parks and Recreation Yuexiu Park is the largest park in downtown Guangzhou, encompassing 212.5 acres and holding the towering Five Ram Sculpture, which has come to symbolize Guangzhou. Legend has it that more than 2,000 years ago, the city was a barren land with people who, despite hard work, were suffering from fam-

Yuntai Garden is China’s largest landscaped botanical garden, covering 120,000 square feet and located at the southern foot of the Baiyun Mountain. For Chinese New Year, the garden was transformed into a rainbow-hued playground that resembled scenes from the Wizard of Oz with glorious technicolor displays of exotic flowers and plants.

To the north of the city is the quiet oasis of the Shennong Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbal Garden and Museum, which shows the history of traditional Chinese medicine and the cultivation of Chinese medical herbs and their healing properties.

Along Beijing Road, you can savor delicious Cantonese dim sum, which Guangzhou is known for. The Chinese equivalent to tapas, dim sum plates consist of small delicacies that are served on carts and washed down with tea.

wood carvings, brick and stone carvings along with clay sculptures and Shiwan pottery. Inside the museum, visitors can learn about the history and fine art of Cantonese Opera with costumes, clips, and tributes to famous performers.

Days prior to Chinese New Year, the famous shopping street of Beijing Road is transformed into the Flower Fair and filled with dangling red lanterns, with vendors selling flowers, tangerines, and kumquat trees; this has come to represent the Spring Festival. Along this road, there is a glass archeological display showing the original road from the Song Dynasty dating back over 1000 years to 960 AD.

Cultural Guangzhou Located in the historic Liwan District, the birthplace of Cantonese opera, is the Cantonese Opera Art Museum. Outdoor performances are held within a beautiful and traditionally landscaped Lingnan-style Garden with a Gungfu stage. The architecture and grounds replicate the art of Cantonese opera with traditional Cantonese and Chanzhou

Chen Clan Academy was formerly a private villa built in 1894 during the Qing Dynasty, and it now houses Cantonese folk art masterpieces. This stately building is an excellent example of typical Lingnan architecture with richly-decorated embellishments and a perfect feng shui layout. During the 19th century, Shamian Island in | 65


the Liwan District was divided into two concessions by the Qing government and given to France and the United Kingdom. Today, this charming sandbank island gives the feeling of being in Paris with its historic colonial buildings flanking pedestrian tree-lined streets, attracting visitors who enjoy leisurely afternoons in their outdoor cafes. In the heart of the old town is in Yongqing Fang, which is also home to Bruce Lee’s birthplace. Characterized by winding alleyways and cobblestone streets, this neighborhood was once the center of commerce but fell to disrepair. However, the neighborhood has been revitalized recently to become the hipster hub of Guangzhou, attracting young

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creatives, galleries and cafes to this charming area. Guangzhou’s Future Opened in 2010, the posh pedestrian zone of Huacheng Square, or Flower City, sits on the axis of the Zhujiang New Town. It has become the new epicenter for Guangzhou’s financial and cultural hubs. Surrounding this massive square are gleaming skyscrapers housing office spaces, five-star hotels and luxury residences. It is also a commercial and cultural center with a sprawling underground shopping megaplex, and important public buildings, including the Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou Library, and Guangzhou Opera House designed by Zaha Hadid, which are lit to splendor at night.

Experience the Pearl River dinner cruise where you can witness an electrifying light show along the coastline. Rainbow-hued sparkling lights dazzle the senses as you sail past skyscrapers glowing with dancing LED colors on land and glide under twinkling bridges alongside other colorfully lit boats. Across the Pearl River is the highest TV tower in China—the iconic Canton Tower that stands at 1,982 feet and glows with animated colors at night. From the top observatory deck, you can get a 360-degree panoramic view over Guangzhou to see the old town that coexists with the modern city of today—a testament to the rapid economic growth of this dynamic city.

Where to Stay The Dong Fang Hotel is centrally located to all Guangzhou’s attractions in the Yuexiu District. Perfect for business travelers and tourists, the spacious hotel has 699 rooms, each equipped with a flat screen TV, complementary high-speed WiFi, and luxurious bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs. Relax after a day of touring in their landscaped garden featuring an outdoor pool and sauna. Choose from an extensive selection of Western and Asian specialties at their breakfast buffet served in their alfresco indoor and outdoor garden restaurant. Cantonese specialties are also available from their other three dining establishments. How to Get There Getting to Guangzhou has never been easier with direct flights from JFK on China Southern Airlines, the largest airline in China and the third largest in the world. Business and first-class passengers can relax and rejuvenate at their luxuriously appointed Sky Pearl VIP Lounge, which spans over 15,000 square feet with comfortable loungers and showers as well as an array of delicious Cantonese cuisine and delicacies. The JFK to Guangzhou flight uses a Boeing 777-300ER jet with 4 classes of service. To truly fly in comfort, their business-class seats extend 180 degrees to a fully flat bed with plenty of room to catch some much needed rest. One of the exclusive offerings of China Southern Airlines is their popular premium economy class that offers an elevated experience from economy with an enlarged seating pitch to 38” with 6 inches of additional legroom for a relaxing flight. All cabins are equipped with the world’s most advanced TopSeries AVANT fourth generation android touch screen—an entertainment system featuring audio and video on demand, games, 3D maps, books, transit information, and other services. For meals in the business and first-class cabins, China Southern has collaborated with some of the best Cantonese chefs to prepare authentic meals that showcase the delicate flavors of their classic dishes to create an unrivaled experience in the sky.


THAI LUXURY The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel By Simon Gusev


lanning a luxury getaway to the heart of Thailand? Bangkok is a sprawling, humid metropolis of more than 10 million souls. Boasting over 370 guestrooms and suites, the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel, an elegant sand and emerald tone high-rise, will make your exotic experience unforgettably unique. This five-star hotel radiates eastern charm, casting a spell on you with its manifold of amenities and its exceptional quality of service. Located in tropical gardens on the western side of the Chao Phraya River, Peninsula Bangkok is in range of 3 miles from the main historic sites of the “City of Angels.” Explore the Royal Palace, Emerald Buddha, or Temple of Dawn—all within close proximity to your cozy, yet glamorous chamber. The location is perfect for those who want luxuriant tranquility because the hotel is a

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little further from the city’s downtown shopping and nightlife meccas. Take the Peninsula shuttle boat across the river to access the Skytrain and metro to connect to the rest of Bangkok, or ride the short shuttle to the newly-minted Icon Siam—Bangkok’s latest gleaming luxury shopping complex. Take in the historical sites on a leisurely sunset cruise offered by the Peninsula along the Chao Praya River as you sip on cocktails; eat tasty appetizers as you watch the sun set behind these majestic landmarks. Upon arrival through the spacious entrance to the hotel’s lobby, guests are greeted by a horizon of unobtrusive smiles, dressed in branded uniforms, and they are gifted a Phuang malai, a charming floral garland, as a sign of welcome and respect, and as a souvenir for good luck. Guests may choose from one of 370 rooms and suites, each and

every one of which, without exception, features a panoramic view of the soaring skyline across the river, free WiFi access, LCD TVs with cable and premium channels, free bottled water, and coffee/ tea makers. Although the hotel’s interior decor reflects local elements, such as Thai teak floors, the wall coverings and sensuous silk furnishings complement the Asian artwork to bring a Far East cultural edge to both rooms and suites. Standard deluxe suites are decent in size and command majestic views through the floor-toceiling angled windows. Featuring a living area with a dining table for four, and a separate guest powder room, the deluxe suites offer guests the ultimate in sophisticated luxury. Packed to capacity with signature Peninsula Oscar de la Renta amenities, lush marble bathrooms, separate walk-in closets and dressing areas highlight the luxurious ambience.

The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel offers a wide range of amenities including the fitness center with a sauna attached, offering free wellness sessions. Filled with the latest in state-of the-art equipment, the fitness center almost begs guests to spend time doing cardio on treadmills, ellipticals, bicycles and stair-climbing machines or gaining strength with a wide range of weights. The hotel also boasts an impressive, nearly 300-feet long outside pool, an oasis overlooking the Chao Phraya River in the highly humid air of the megapolis. But be careful, the solar activity in Thailand is so high that almost any time of the year you can get a serious sunburn, even during cloudy weather. Hide from fierce sunrays with benefit inside the Peninsula Hotel, which provides a series of experiences to its guests ranging from Muay Thai lessons to cooking classes. Mellow out on the massage table after a tiring day. Located on the garden level in a three-story Thai colonial-style building by the river, the Peninsula Spa will become a highlight of your trip. Besides providing an abundance of massage and facial treatments performed by highly-trained therapists with traditional methods from European, Oriental and Ayurvedic philosophies, the pompous spa offers mind-healing sessions using Tibetan prayer bowls. Guests have several dining options located on the doorstep of their rooms. Thiptara Bangkok, a restaurant with a traditional Thai menu, is set in the lush gardens of the hotel. The restaurant commands top-notch service and is a perfect place for a romantic dinner. This year, the restaurant was listed in a Michelin guide, which recommends sampling the following specialties in particular: Gaeng Phet Pet Yang, red duck curry; and Pla-Hi-Ma Sam Rot, deepfried snow fish with a sweet and sour sauce. Another close dining option is the Cantonese restaurant Mei Jiang. Also listed in the 2019 Michelin guide, the restaurant is led by a seasoned chef from Hong Kong, who has gathered a team of consummate professionals to daily prepare classic Chinese delights. Try out dim sum, the “Health� set menu, which may satisfy both your stomach and soul, and a specialty of the chef. The pricing in both restaurants is in reasonable proportion to the quality of ingredients and the overall presentation. As historical and recreational as it is warm, Bangkok is a perfect place to hide from the cold and slushy winter season. Escape in style with Peninsula Bangkok Hotel, and fall in love with luxury and comfort.


SICILY,Boutique OH DEAR SICILY Resort Donna Carmela By simon gusev


hen thinking of an exciting getaway, you might picture exotic jungles or a desolate island in Polynesia. Located in the Mangano province of Sicily, Boutique Resort Donna Carmela aims to challenge the very notion of this stereotype. The exuberance and warmth of the Italian island is mirrored by the hotel’s exceptional service, interior design solutions, and fine dining experience, welcoming you to sample the passion of Sicily in a luxurious setting. Surrounded by ever-green Mediterranean gardens, the hotel is a 15-minute drive from Acireale, a town at the foot of the notorious stratovolcano Etna, and a half-hour from Taormina, home to the ancient Greco-Roman theater Teatro Antico di Taormina. During a journey from the Catania Fontanarossa Airport, located 35 minutes from the property, you may contemplate the colorful Sicilian coastline. Upon arrival, the guests will meet face to face with the superior villa-like space where each room is a different experience. Whether bewitched by a spell of creativity or inspired with meditative ambience, you will experience a truly unique stay based on the room

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or suite you choose. With bamboo stick wind chimes hanging from the ceiling, the “Fantastic Forest” room provides an elegant connection with Mediterranean nature. The “Romantic Lodge” speaks for itself. As any couple’s essential choice, the room defines the meaning of privacy and discreetness by offering a marvelous views. The personal pool allows romance to bloom at any time of the day without having to leave your romantic hideaway. Seeking glam and relaxation? The “Classic Rooms” are what you need. Worthy of a feature in a glamorous architecture magazine, these rooms overlook the peaceful landscape of Etna Mountain and the Ionian Sea. Travelers looking for a relaxing time in an environmental setting, should choose the “Nature Lodges.” Specifically designed for nature lovers in mind, each space offer the chance to behold the charm of a woodland getaway. The room is painted in a nude palette of colors and decorated with minimum accents, allowing guests to sense the enchantment of this Mediterranean region. Warm, relaxed, intimate, and sophisticated, the on-site restaurant offers various cuisine options for those looking to fully indulge in a fine dining

experience. The traditional menu breathes with Sicilian warmth and Arabic spices, and the gourmet menu offers some international options to choose from with dishes that can be accompanied by an extensive selection of local wines. Customers can choose from Pietradolce Archineri to Etna Rosso Vigna Barbagalli, the best wines of Sicily and Etna. For a starter, we suggest trying the eggplant-based dish Parmigiana di Melanzane and then moving on to pasta Paccheri Freschi Alla Norma for a first course. For the second course, beef lovers may consider sampling the Tagliata di Manzo con Verdure Arrosto. To lighten things up after the second course, have a Insalata Mista. Finish with a sweet touch of a Crostatina con Crema a Limone e Frutta. This resort may be best described as a secret—the kind of place to escape in style. Here, quietness is in abundance and so is one’s privacy. Let the comfort and luxury of Boutique Resort Donna Carmela and its views of the Mediterranean coastline guide you to ultimate relaxation.

Zash & Zash Tired of your daily routine? Up for treasure hunting? Being at the crossroads and crucible of Mediterranean culture, Sicily is a treasury to be discovered. If you need a cozy yet luxurious outpost for culinary and sightseeing delights, consider Zash Country Boutique Hotel & Spa. Located on the beautiful Lemon Riviera between Taormina and Mount Etna, and built with the message of relaxation in mind, the hotel is a collection of small country houses that are geared toward making its guests experience a home-like feeling. Entering the estate, you will be amused by the calm ambience and the quality of living spaces. Guests have three options of quarters to choose from: The House, the Wine Cellar and The Green. The three-storied House encompasses two suites, each providing a different experience with a united goal to make your stay memorable. For those looking to reside in one of the suites, there is so much offered. Located on the first floor of The House, the Grand Suite consists of two large rooms, each with its own private bathroom, overlooking both the Ionian Sea and the Gulf of Taormina. Every detail, including high ceilings, volcanic-stoned accents on the fireplace and décor, is placed to make the space stand out. For an ultimate naturalistic experience, Suite, located

also in The House, is the reasonable choice. In this suite, the views of Mount Etna seem closer than from any other room due to the multiple mirrors placed throughout. Themes of both elegance and serenity may be traced within its glass interiors. In Zash Country Boutique Hotel & Spa, wine cellars are not just for wine, but for guests to stay. Transformed into a modern space for relaxation, Wine Cellar, previously the rusty wine-vault, is adjacent to The House and includes a threeroom lodging space. Another option is the Green Room, where you can practically extend your hand from the window or massive glass doors and pick a fresh orange from the garden. Implying the feeling of relaxation with every detail of its interior design, the three-room minimalistic space is entirely painted in grey. Indulge in a delicious dining experience with the hotel’s signature restaurant. Hypnotizing its guests with its rustic appearance, the restaurant is in what was previously known as the wine chamber. The restaurant’s interior design, finished in an intimate palette of colors and shapes, inevitably sparks romance. Talented Chef Giuseppe Raciti and his team have made the restaurant known for its ability to slow things down and to take the entire experience in. A moment here is never wasted; rather, it is a chance to not only ignite something

new but also to simply reflect on being there. At the spacious Spa, located close to The House, guests can relax on a massage table, leaving all their worries behind. The combination of nature and the wine cellar ambience, where the spa is also located, is a wonderful combination for your comfort. Along with the sauna available for guests at the Spa, hammam has the orange bloom scent for complete relaxation. Not interested in a massage or indoor heat? On a great sunny day, nothing is sweeter than to take a swim in the resort’s outside pool. Designed with volcanic stones and a wooden deck on its edges, the hotel’s pool has Mountain Etna’s touch. Along with sunbeds and chaise-lounges available for your comfort, the rectangular pool is surrounded with shrubs that provide shade and privacy. A bar by the pool serves traditional and modern drinks with a twist, providing a refreshing experience as well as shelter from the burning sunrays. For night owls, the pool is available 24 hours and is illuminated with floor spotlights, providing a lovely glow for your aqueous night out. Zash Country Boutique Hotel & Spa is a marvelous place to visit, both for business and leisure. Located in the Sicilian countryside, the hotel presents a great opportunity to take a break from your daily routine in style.


CABO Auberge Resorts By W. A. Muller



hen traveling to Los Cabos, look no further than the Esperanza and Chileno Bay resorts. Both resorts are part of the Auberge network, which is comprised of only the most luxurious hotels that one could dream of. Upon entry into the Chileno Bay resorts, your mind quickly becomes at ease. The modern architecture, pristine designs, and vibrant white buildings provide for an unforgettable experience. Chileno Bay resorts boasts an incredibly long infinity pool overlooking the ocean. With chairs both inside and outside of the pool, you and your guests can have the most relaxing days. During the day, you can power up at TnT, a restaurant right next to the pool. Be sure to get all the different tacos on the menu, as well as their delicious guac! You will not be disappointed. Also, at night, dining at Comal is the pinnacle of mexican fusion cuisine.

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With fire pits, and heated lamps available when needed, you can spend your entire night enjoying drinks and food while overlooking the ocean and conversing with family and friends. Moreover, the Tom Fazio designed golf course has ocean view on every single hole. This golf course is not only in impeccable condition, but every few holes, there are little houses with a plethora of snacks, food, alcoholic drinks, and basically anything else you could ever need. Definitely make sure to take part in the tequila tradition on the first hole, where you take a shot in a frozen ice cube, which you then try to throw into a hanging bucket about 30 yards away! Chileno Bay has everything you could imagine, and more, when thinking about a luxurious vacation filled with amazing memories and experiences. The Esperanza may be the most unique resort the mind can dream of. With only 57 guestrooms,

the Esperanza is the pinnacle of both paradise and privacy, making it perfect for both family vacations and romantic couple getaways. The Esperanza is the only private beach resort in all of Los Cabos. While staying here, guests can relax during the day by one of the 2 incredible pools in the resort. The pool areas are perfect for lounging in the sun during the day, but maybe even more incredible is the view at night. The nighttime lighting of the resort, and especially surrounding the pools, can only be described by one word: breathtaking. The casitas at Esperanza provide guests with an exceptional sanctuary to cool down after a long day of relaxation. The casitas all have ocean views, and giant balconies to hang on to watch the sunset. Moreover, there are also a few villas, most of which have personal pools, making it possible to relax with your family without even leaving the comfort of the home. The Esperanza staff is professional and exceptional, always there



to help make your stay even more amazing. In conclusion, the property of the Esperanza is to die for. With cliffside dining at Cocina Del Mar, to beachside infinity pool and hottub access, the Esperanza makes you feel like royalty, from check in to check out. Once you come once, you are hooked for life Hacienda Beach Club & Residences Cabo is an excellent destination for couples and families, easy to get to with nonstop flights from many major cities and perfect weather any month of the year. These things truly make it the perfect choice for a beach getaway. Hacienda Beach Club & Residences is a great 5-star hotel on a private stretch of Medano Beach in the heart of Los Cabos – close to restaurants and shops. The hotel has stunning views of Land’s End and the Sea of Cortez, where you can take a private boat tour on the water and even see some animals. Hacienda

is also near the Puerto Paraiso Shopping Mall and Cabo del Sol Ocean Golf Course for days off from the beach. Another perk of the Hacienda is that many restaurants are within walking distance like The Office, Cabo Wabo Cantina, and Bar Esquina, making the hotel perfectly situated. Hacienda offers family-friendly villas and suites ranging from 1-bedrooms to 4-bedrooms that are steps away from the beach. Each villa has indoor and outdoor spaces, including full kitchens, living room, and bedrooms. These villas are spacious, beachy and luxurious and can comfortably fit an entire family better than a small hotel room. These villas make Cabo feel like home. Hacienda has a gorgeous infinity pool and hot tub that overlooks Medano Beach. The hotel restaurant Hacienda Cocina y Cantina is conveniently located next to the pool and

overlooking the beach. The Cocina y Cantina restaurant serves Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with options like chips and guacamole, fish tacos, and margaritas making it a perfect spot for all hours of the day. After a long day of swimming, tanning, and boating nothing feels better than going to the spa. The Hacienda spa offers a plethora of different services like massages, body therapies, facials, manicures and pedicures. The facility also features a steam room, sauna, and fitness center with complimentary yoga and fitness classes. Overall, my stay at Hacienda Beach Club & Residences was an excellent experience for a fivestar hotel in a very prime location in Los Cabos. | 73

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pring is the ideal time to visit many of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Before the peak summer crowds roll in, travelers can often find pleasant temperatures, fewer tourists and wonderful accommodations. Here eight must-see destinations for 2019. YO1 Wellness Center Pronounced, “Yovan” from the Sanskrit word for “youthful”, YO1 is a recently opened holistic wellness center located approximately 2 hours from New York on a 1,300 acre estate in the Catskills Mountains. YO1 offers a range of Ayurvedic and yogic therapies coupled with naturopathy and acupuncture which aim to open and strengthen the link between mind and body. A specially designed menu plan is in place to help detoxify and nourish the body at the same time to reinforce the therapies and exercises. 420 Anawana Lake Rd. Monticello, NY 12701 The Point Built by the Rockefellers as a woodland retreat, during the heyday of the Adirondack Great Camps, The Point is a marvelous union of

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rustic simplicity and extraordinary luxury. The magnificent guest rooms are housed in four log buildings on the peaceful wooded shore of Upper Saranac Lake. The Point offers a little a bit of everything: exceptional meals, blazing campfires at the edge of the lake, artworks and antiques, snowshoes and skis for exploring the magical white forest. Enjoy gourmet picnic excursions, journeys through the rippling waters in gleaming mahogany boats, and a staff that organizes each day according to the pleasure of the guests. 222 Beaverwood Rd. Saranac Lake, NY 12983 Fogo Island Inn Hotel The decidedly 21st-century and design-minded Fogo Island Inn is found in a most unexpected setting: a remote 18th-century fishing village off of Newfoundland’s northern coast that almost seems removed from the modern world. A contemporary, all-inclusive hotel amidst a setting, the Inn has a seasonal program which encompasses skating, storm watching, caribou tracking and snowshoeing. 210 Main Rd.

Joe Batt’s Arm, NL A0G 2X0, Canada Cedar Ridge Ranch Escape the daily hustle at Cedar Ridge Ranch, where you can tuck in for the night on a private ranch beneath Mt. Sopris and gaze at the Milky Way. With sweeping views of the Elk Mountain range, Instagram travel bloggers aren’t hard to find here. Cedar Ridge Ranch is a 67 acre family owned ranch offering “Glamping” in a yurt, two safari tents, and a cabin. With their high end amenities, they epitomize what it means to go “Glamping”. After harvesting eggs for breakfast, take a farm tour or do outdoor yoga alongside the ranch’s alpacas. You can indulge with specialty massages followed by alfresco picnics and farm to table dinners (reservations only). There are horses to ride and old-style games for kids and quite evenings to relax by the campfires. Cedar Ridge Ranch provides asylum from life’s daily technology overload. Close to Aspen and minutes from Carbondale, the ranch can be as near to or as far away from real life as you are willing to make it. 3059 County Road 103, Carbondale CO 81623

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The Home Ranch Savor Colorado’s timeless American West at The Home Ranch, an all-inclusive guest ranch set in the grandeur of the Elk River Valley, near Steamboat Springs. Distinguished by its stunning Rocky Mountain setting amid a million-acre wilderness, the ranch is an equestrian, fly fishing and hiking paradise in the summer and fall, a nordic and downhill skiing nirvana in the winter, and a family vacation dream all year long. Renowned for its Western horseback riding program, the rustic elegance of its lodging, and the beauty of its setting, the guest experience is crowned by the celebrated Haute Mountain Cuisine of the chef, prepared with fruits, vegetables, and meats from its own natural farm. 54880 Co Rd 129, Clark, CO 80428 The Ranch at Rock Creek Nestled in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers year-round unique vacations on an authentic 19th century homestead. We balance Western adventure with lavish all-inclusive amenities. Experience aweinspiring views from The Top of the World on

horseback and drift off in a bespoke glamping tent under the Big Sky. The 29 one-of-a-kind accommodations can host up to 125 guests during the summer season, are thoughtfully woven into the The Ranch’s landscape. Ranging in size from one-bedroom suites to five-bedroom homes, the distinct styles of lodging are: Granite Lodge suites, a converted Historic Barn, Luxury Homes and Canvas Cabins for glamping. 79 Carriage House Lane, Philipsburg, MT 59858 Pikaia Lodge Galapagos Islands Eco-friendly Pikaia Lodge provides guests with the unique opportunity to explore the fascinating natural heritage of the Galapagos Islands while staying in sheer comfort. The hotel operates daily land and sea tours on their private yacht, has its own giant tortoise reserve as well as a beautiful pool, a gourmet restaurant, a bar and a relaxing spa. The rooms and villas at Pikaia Lodge are nestled on top of the small plateau of the main crate, provide one of the most spectacular views on the Galapagos incorporating mountains, forests, volcanoes and the sea. Lie on a daybed by the pool and absorb the scenery. Then further

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unwind with a purifying body massage in the spa. relax in the EVOLUTION restaurant and enjoy the sophisticated menu inspired by a unique fusion of Peruvian and Ecuadorian cuisine. Sector El Camote a 100 m del Cerro Mesa, Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador 200105, Ecuador Norwegian Cruises, Caribbean The calypso music rings free when taking a cruise to The Caribbean with Norwegian Cruises. Choose from twelve ships, including Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Escape, and their newest ship Norwegian Bliss, seven convenient departure ports, and itineraries that offer island time in paradise for Southern, Eastern and Western Caribbean Cruises. Climb a waterfall in Ocho Rios, ride horseback along the pristine coastline in Aruba, or just grab a mojito with friends at Sugarcane Mojito Bar. Whether you thirst for natural beauty, fascinating history, or just Caribbean rum, there’s something for everybody on Norwegian Cruises. | 75


AMARI VANG VIENG The Hidden Laotian Gem By Simon GuSEv


from Vientiane (Wattay) Airport or Luang Prabang Airport seems like a reasonable price one should pay to see the magnificent attractions of this adventure paradise.

Located in the heart of the village, Amari Vang Vieng is a stone’s throw from Tham Chang, an ideal cavern to cool off in the hot weather; Vat Si Suman, an ancient temple that dates back the 16th and 17th centuries; and Tham Phu Kham, a bright blue water lagoon inside the cave. Even a 2-4 hour drive

Guests have a total of seven room types to choose from. We recommend staying at Grand Deluxe River View. With 50 square meters of space, a living area and a large window with views of the Nam Song River, the spacious studio-style room is ideal for an extended stay in Vang Vieng. If you are not into adventure in the great outdoors, relax and pamper yourself at the magnificent spa. For those who are trying to stay in shape, the hotel offers a fitness center and a free-form swimming pool with a unique natural landscape as your backdrop. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless internet access and concierge services. For your convenience, the Amari Vang Vieng offers a roundtrip

scape to another world thousands of miles away on a Southeast Asian adventure. One of the most picturesque villages in Laos surrounded by virginal nature and stunning views of the mountains is Vang Vieng, offering adrenaline-fueled activities or a rejuvenating sojourn to nature. Nestled along the banks of the Nam Song River on Song River Road, the riverfront Amari Vang Vieng is the best living option you can possibly find. The hotel features 160 locally inspired yet modernly designed rooms and suites along with great amenities, wonderful service, and panoramic views.

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airport shuttle, available at an additional cost. Experience fresh ingredients and indescribably bright flavors at Essence Restaurant. Located steps from your room, the restaurant offers Thai, Lao or international dishes throughout the day with a view of the majestic Karst mountains. For a quick bite, relax amongst the lively setting of Cascade, the hotel’s coffee shop, with light snacks and refreshing beverages. Don’t have time for a full dining experience? Use the room service option, which is available from 6:30 am to 11:30 pm. Breakfast is available for an extra fee. Exchange the boredom for an exciting adventure, turn stress into relaxation, and explore the undiscovered Lao culture with Amari Vang Vieng.

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PUNTACANA Hard Rock Hotel & Casino By Kenza Salahdine


ooking to escape from the freezing New York City to a warm and sunny luxury getaway? We got the perfect destination for you to have it all! Punta Cana is considered as one of the safest destination in the Caribbean and, let’s face it, Caribbeans are always a good idea! The peak seasons to travel to Punta Cana, conveniently warm all year long, are late winter and early spring. If you are looking for higher temperatures and clear skies, your best shots are during June and July. The selection of the hotel will always remain the most important element of the trip. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is the perfect place for the sun-seeking vacationers who enjoy all-inclusive resorts with luxury services. Including 5 star accomodations, 24/7 in-room service, daily activities, shopping boutiques of all kinds, the hotel is a luxurious version of heaven. Entertainment offered by Kids Club provides fun to children and much needed vacation time for their parents. By selecting the presidential suite, you will

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have the privilege to have your personal assistant. Available to answer your needs any day of the week from 7am to 11pm, the assistant will take care of your on and off property activities, ironing service, the express luggage delivery and other VIP features. The resort has a massive and unspeakably crystal clear beachfront with a beautiful white sand. You will have plenty of options to choice from regarding of where to have a nice sunbath with your family, friends or beloved one. You can reserve one or several private beach beds for the day that will be marked with your name. If you are up to exploration, we recommend you engage in some on and off property activities. Booking a catamaran tour may also be fun! Departing from the Punta Cana Marina and sailing on the Punta Cana coast line, you reach natural reef where you may snorkel and swim in warm waters of caribbean sea. And don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy Playa Blanca, the famous natural pool, and be touched by its beauty. Polish your wonderful day with a royal treatment, adopted to your needs, at the Spa center. We suggest you arrive an hour

prior your treatment to enjoy relaxing hydrotherapy. The hotel also offers a wide range of exceptional dining experiences. Needless to say, you won’t be bored by conventional daily buffets. Nine on-property restaurants, each with unique atmosphere, present you an opportunity to experience a new cuisine every single day of your stay, literally, without getting out of your bed. Guests also have access to delectable snacks available in lounges, bars, snack bars and with a convenient poolside service. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana offers marvelous gambling experience. Considered the hottest of the Caribbean, Casino Punta Cana is a 45,000 square foot space that features 40 unique tables and more than 400 slots including poker, blackjack, roulette, baccarat and so much more. Enjoy wonderful handcrafted cocktails at resort nightclubs, where you may also show off your moves as we all know our readers are skilled dancers. With Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, there will be always an excuse to have fun!


THE POWER TO INSPIRE Marriott Stanton South and Creativity Explored By simon gusev

with developmental disabilities an opportunity to create visual art. “Creativity Explored is honored to partner with Marriott Stanton South Beach to connect the vibrant arts community of South Beach, Miami, to artists in our program,” said Linda Johnson, Executive Director of Creativity Explored. “We’re proud to bring a slice of San Francisco culture to Miami during Art Basel with a groundbreaking exhibition showcasing the accomplished artwork of diverse women with developmental disabilities working in our studios. The collection is a vibrant example of the important contributions of our artists to the wider arts community that is sure to delight the hotel’s art-savvy visitors.” The event is just a grain of sand in the Sahara of Marriott Stanton South Beach contributions to Marriott’s Serve 360 initiative, a non-profit project committed to creating a positive and sustainable impact within each community a Marriott resides, in hopes of making the earth a better place for every one of us. Boasting 224 renovated rooms, a new spa, fitness center, Michelin-Star concept restaurant and direct beach access, the hotel is the perfect environment to truly empower women with luxurious ambience. Although the promotion of awareness remains the biggest goal of the program, this collaboration is also set to support the overall concept and mission of Creativity Explored, while putting focus on female artists specifically through a female-driven exhibition, featuring a curated collection of artwork by Christina Marie Fong, Camille Holvoet,Selene Perez, Evelyn Reyes, Kate Thompson, and Marilyn Wong among others.


he noble era of equality and empowerment works through our hearts and souls in mysterious ways. The latest collaboration of Marriott Stanton South Beach, the recently renovated luxurious boutique hotel featuring Miami skyline views and unobstructed oceanfront, and Creativity Explored, a San Francisco non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people in their quest to become working artists, aim to support and bring awareness to the contributions of female artists with developmental disabilities in the creative arts

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in alignment with Marriott’s Serve 360 initiative. In anticipation of the annual Art Basel show in Miami Beach, the organizations will host a notfor-profit art exhibition called “Six Women: Female Voices from Creativity Explored,” that will be available for public at Marriott Stanton South Beach space from November 30 through December 9. Over three decades ago, Creativity Explored was founded in San Francisco by Florence Ludins-Katz and Elias Katz to provide adults

“Our goal with this collaboration is to show our support for these accomplished artists and their dynamic and thought-provoking work,” said Mike Manzari, General Manager at Marriott Stanton South Beach. “We are ecstatic to not just give back to this organization but to promote their important contribution to the contemporary art within our community.” The exhibition will run daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.


GABBIANO AZZURRO Break Free of Frozen Chains By Kenza Salahdine


he fresh, cool flows of air are filled with sounds of tweeting birds. The sunrays pierce the crystally blue, cloudless sky... This is what the wonderful season of spring feels like in the aftermath of roaring blizzards that have left slush and dirt on your newly-acquired leather shoes. Unfortunately, we cannot change the weather or buy you a new pair of shoes, but we know just the right place to find “real” spring. Located in one of the most picturesque places in northeast Sardinia, the scenic gulf town of Golfo Aranci, Hotel Gabbiano Azzurro is the ultimate savior for your spring expectations. The hotel boasts 80 rooms and suites, which overlook glorious Mediterranean landscapes, and provides exceptional service along with wonderful amenities. Up to relaxing under the Italian sun? Offering a direct access to a white sandy beach, Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites is located on the seafront of Sardinia’s famous Emerald Coast. Leisurely stroll along the cozy fisherman village, a 5-minute walk from the hotel property offering an entertaining shopping experience called La Dolce Vita Golfo Aranci. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from Olbia Airport and within a stone’s throw of the most stunning beaches of the Golfo Aranci that can be reached in just a few minutes. Keep in mind, Sardinia is an island that strikes its visitors with a wild and pure nature. Explore Sardinia by visiting the Maddalena National Park that encompasses Maddalena Archipelago and its “seven sister,” with its lively seabeds that provide an incredible scuba-diving experience. Fortunately, you can

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easily access the BonAriA sailing yacht excursion to the famous Archipelago of La Maddalena with a visit of the Maddalena Village straight from the hotel. We also recommend you visit Archeologic Park of Arzachena, where you can follow the steps of the ancient past of Sardinia’s Nuraghe, the main type of ancient megalithic edifice found on the island, and Tombs of the Giants, a gallery grave built during the Bronze Age by the ancient Nuragic civilization. And, finally, don’t miss out on wine tasting at one of the local wineries. Guests are welcome to choose from the wide range of rooms with amazing views of the Mediterranean and Tavolara Island that seems like a massive limestone is springing out of the sea. Boasting furnished balconies or patios, rooms and suites are as charming and come with 4-star superior amenities such as flat-screen TVs with international satellite channels, WIFI access, and minibars. The interior design may look too old-fashioned, but, remember, Sardinia is a gemstone of Italian traditions. Radiating a romantic vibe, the property is ideal for couples. Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites offers not one, but two 24/7 pools with attached whirlpools and poolside bar service, allowing guests to enjoy a glass of excellent wine, such as Vermentino di Gallura or Cannonau, without leaving the pleasant water. Don’t forget to rent beach loungers and umbrellas to enjoy the warm weather without having to burn to a crisp.

Flavorful cuisine will surely satisfy the most demanding palates with fresh natural ingredients and delicious recipes, brought to life with local products. Mediterranean and Sardinian cuisine traditions are mixed together by Chef Daniele Sechi to create a signature menu for the on-property eatery, Blù Restaurant. The majestic, fairy location, only three meters above the Sardinian sea, is a prologue to an unforgettable symphony of the Italian gourmet experience. The menu always changes, but one indispensable dish is always available for customers. You cannot leave the island without tasting La Fregula Nera, a unique Sardinian pasta plate at Blù Restaurant. Managed also by Chef Daniele Sechi, the White Restaurant offers daily a la carte with a focus on well-balanced cuisine of Italian, mediterranean and vegetarian traditions, especially Sardinian specialties. We recommend you book tables in advance to overlook the 180 degrees of stunning panoramic views from the restaurant’s large windows. With its tremendous cuisine, ancient historical sights, and almost scenic views, Sardinia is a must visit, especially in spring when the the island pampers travelers with warm temperatures and caressing rays of the sun. Embrace the season of new beginnings without heavy coats and wool scarfs but with Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites, a blooming opportunity in the firmament of the New York City brumal fairytale.

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CAMERON COLVIN All Around All Star By Julie Sagoskin


rom the NFL to successful businessman, Cameron Colvin is an all star both on and off the field! The former high-school star athlete, who later played for the San Francisco 49ers, is now the chairman of Las Vegas based Camco Commercial Inc., a multimillion-dollar international business and real estate development company, in addition to being an author and a philanthropist. Colvin, who is based in Las Vegas and Scottsdale, Arizona, also founded Rise Above Enterprises and Rise Above Creative Solutions; the latter is the marketing and advertising arm of

helping clients maximize their business potential. CamCo Commercial is currently developing a $150 million theme park in Scottsdale, Arizona and Colvin is even in partnership with Entrepreneur Venture Capital, part of Entrepreneur Media Inc., which landed him a gig as an angel investor on season two of “Elevator Pitch,” a show streamed on Whether it’s on a football field or in a conference room, Cameron has displayed true sportsmanship and a commitment to all of his endeavors, including his philanthropic efforts – everything he touches turns into a touchdown!

the company with an office in Hong Kong where they help businesses enter the global marketplace. Their core mission is to create a platform to empower the future leaders of the world by creating a network of opportunities that will give independent business owners the proper guidance to fulfill their dreams as entrepreneurs. Rise Above Enterprises strives to provide consumers with lifestyle experiences through shopping, dining and elite entertainment events from all genres that serve all ages. As the newest sector of Rise Above Enterprises, RACS is a full service marketing agency that specializes in

What inspired you to realize your entrepreneurial potential? It’s been a long journey, growing up both my parents passed away early on, so life started off challenging. I had to grow up really fast. My mother who was my rock and very involved in everything I did, passed away when I was 15 so I had a new mentality on life, I had to become responsible and make decisions early on. My motivation was making my parents and people around me proud and I was always open to new people and new surroundings and I think that’s what helped me build my entrepreneurial career. I learned to become very self-sufficient as well as how to rely on other people,

build trust and become an individual of your word. My big break was purchasing real estate in San Francisco in 2007/2008 when the market crashed and it returned for me very well a hundred times over my investment. When I saw those types of things could happen in the real estate world, it changed my existence as an athlete. What made you start thinking of a future beyond football? As an athlete, you think that’s where your income will come from, but the bulk of your income will probably come from off the field. I was intrigued with marketing and advertising contracts with the teams and stadiums and naming rights and starting doing my own homework and mentally transitioned into a businessman. I had a couple of endorsements at the time and realized I wanted to turn myself into a business, so I hired a couple people who could help me when Twitter was just getting off the ground and social media wasn’t what it is now. I had worked with executives at Nike and it changed my mind set by showing me what the business world is like and how multi-billion dollar businesses are run. I was intrigued by how guys like Robert Kraft and other people get to run major sports organizations. I started my marketing company | 89


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early, landed big Stan Lee of Marvel Comics. I became a liason for him and also for organizations inspired by amazing entrepreneurs and from there began testing the market in different things and got involved in venture capital. As a rookie in the NFL, I had good people around me and financial investors who helped me see the different side of business. How were you able to transition from a successful NFL career to an equally successful venture in the business world? Growing up playing sports you think about what you want your life to be, but when you really start to get a feel for life you begin to understand things a little better, so I laid my foundation but my brain was always taking me different places. I always knew I wanted to own a business so I was just open to a different side of life. I think I’ve transitioned well. Business and sports are equal when it comes to being productive in your everyday life – it’s all about being dependable, and how well you can you lead and direct. What is the best advice you ever got and what do you tell other athletes? I was told once, you can be Cameron the football player for another 5 or 6 years, or you can be Cameron the CEO for the next 50 or 60 years. Entrepreneurialism is starting to be the next big things for athletes. I talk to a lot of my colleagues who don’t pay attention to transitioning to life after the game. I get questions about how are you doing that, how did you get into that, and I always explain

that you shouldn’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone as an athlete – more than an athlete is the mantra of the moment. How do you foresee combining your love of sports and businessman acumen? Any kind of sports franchise, whether it be the NFL or soccer or NBA is in my 15-20 year future, but I know I have to start making that decision now. What are your current projects? We’ve been working on a theme park project for the past three and a half years. In terms of conceptual design, it’s a very exciting themed project coming to the Arizona area and most importantly, it’s based on my core principles which are fitness, family and fun – I want to be able to get people out of the house together as a family. It’s not just about enjoying the park, it’s about being able to be outdoors with mother nature and adding value to the city and other cities it will eventually come to. We also have a venture capital fund that we will be expanding throughout quarter 1 and quarter 2 of 2019 – we will be focusing on celebrity based investments. A lot of times as an athlete it’s hard to find trustworthy people, and you often hear about athletes being scammed out of their money, so as a former athlete with quality capital partners, we wanted to focus on celebrities and consumer sectors to where if athletes need extra capital for their projects, we would work hand in hand and introduce

them to our fund and other funds and help them do well in a bigger or even international market. I have always been inspired to help my fellow athletes no matter what sport they played or what gender they are. We want to be a liaison into the venture capital world – their agents don’t always have the correct advice and people don’t necessarily know how to approach a sports star. The real wealth is in the knowledge of how we can pass that along and also help with start ups. We also have numerous ongoing programs in my organization which help kids get interested in venture capital; we can draw these kids in with sportsmanship. Were you surprised when you heard that The Game Stands Tall, a book based on your former teammate and best friend’s murder was being made into a movie? Peter Guber, the owner of the Golden State Warriors who was involved in Sony Pictures, found the book (of the same name which came out in 2003) in his locker and said hey, we should make this movie. They called me in 2009 and said they wanted to tell my story so I started working with some of the writers and the author who is a great mentor as well. We were able to motivate a lot of people through the personal story of my best friend who was killed and the movie gave us another platform to reach more kids – Cameron’s best friend, and De La Salle team mate, Terrance Kelly, was murdered two days before they were both to report to Oregon for football practice and enter college. | 91


RALLYE AICHA DES GAZELLES DU MAROC A Unique Adventure for the Modern and Courageous Woman By Elizabeth Darwen


ear after year, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc has been a pioneer, never ceasing to grow, constantly developing and evolving with the times, always faithful to its founding values: courage, the desire to push one’s limits, loyalty, solidarity and social commitment. The 29th annual event will take place between March 15-30, 2019 among the rolling dunes of the stunning Moroccan desert.

Gazelles, the rally also respects its scenic host country and its people. Coeur de Gazelles works on projects that meet the needs of Morocco’s remote populations: medical care, education, the environment and sustainable development, job training for women, improving living conditions, and a desire to spread joy by distributing donations.

A unique concept with thoughtful and impeccable execution, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc is the first international off-road rally race of its kind exclusively for women. Since 1990, it has brought together women between the ages of 18 and 71 from more than 30 different countries, who will embark on an adventure of a lifetime from Nice in the South of France on March 15th, 2019 and onward to the beginning of a nine-day rally competition in the Moroccan desert.

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A COMPASS AND SOME COMMON SENSE Every morning the Gazelles receive a «Road Book». This document contains only the geographic coordinates or headings and distances of the day’s initial checkpoints. Forget about GPS, phones and other modern communication tools: using a compass, a navigational plotter and maps, they plot their route and plan their itinerary. TO WIN THE COMPETITION The rankings are determined by calculating the extra kilometers driven (distance driven between check points minus crow flies distance) and penalty kilometers for any check points not reached. The winning team is the one that finds the greatest number of checkpoints while driving the least number of kilometers.

Each vehicle is equipped with satellite tracking system, powerful enough to provide minute by minute tracking, so even without seeing a vehicle for hours, the women are never alone. By the end of the experience, participants—known as “Gazelles”—have created adventure-filled new memories, deepened their bonds with their teammates, and pushed themselves further than they ever thought they could. The rally also features an electric vehicle “E-Gazelle Vinci Immobilier” category, with participants called “E-Gazelle.” The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc boasts an ISO 14001 Environment Management System (EMS) certification, an internationally recognized environmental management standard taking into consideration the immediate and long term environmental impacts of an organization’s products, services, and processes.

have the choice of driving around a mountain or crossing over it, driving through the dunes or avoiding them...

THE FREEDOM AND PLEASURE OF CHOOSING YOUR OWN PATH The Gazelles’ goal is to drive the shortest possible distance to reach a series of predefined checkpoints. Free to choose their own route, they face a challenge each day: to study the map and the day’s geographical coordinates, analyze the risks and difficulties of the terrain and choose the shortest path. They

EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF AFRICA Morocco, host country of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles since its inception. Gazelles in search of challenging terrain and the great outdoors will be seduced by the magnificent and varied landscapes of Morocco, with its sand dunes, rocky mountains, green valleys, fertile plains, arid plateaus and lush oases. The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc takes place under the High Patronage of His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, who has authorized the use of the Royal Coat of Arms on the Gazelles’ vests. This is the only event that has ever been granted this honour. Many Moroccans come out to welcome and assist the competition at every step of the way, from the dunes of Merzouga to Essaouira.

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BENTLEY MEEKER Lighting Artist By Bennett Marcus Museum Shows Lighting artist Bentley Meeker has two exhibitions opening almost simultaneously in two different countries. “Exploring Light” opens March 6 at 517 W. 37th Street with Garvey|Simon gallery in New York City to coincide with Armory Week, and “Immaculate Refraction,” a museum exhibition, launches March 23 at Penticton Art Gallery in British Columbia. The two shows are similar in size, each with 40 illuminated sculptural works consisting of one large installation along with smaller pieces. But the timing is coincidental. Meeker had planned the Canadian exhibition for May, but the Penticton Art Gallery organizers convinced him that the March through May period is the museum’s bestattended of the year. Meeker had previously participated in a group show there called #Grassland and now they’ve invited him back for a solo exhibit encompassing the entire museum.

Exploration of Light The world is moving more and more towards LED, and Meeker believes that people don’t have

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an understanding of it. “These works, generally speaking, juxtapose different color temperatures of LED against one another so that we can have an exploration into what the light that we’re absolutely putting into our lives en masse really is,” he explains. This new body of work is a commentary on the state of light in today’s society, and where the it’s headed in the future. “It’s not an opinionated, judgmental commentary, but simply an exploratory commentary.” Indeed, after more than 20 years as one of the top lighting designers in the U.S., with clients like Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim Museum and Robert De Niro, Meeker still feels he has much to say about light and its properties. “Light right now is probably at the greatest inflection point that it’s been in in our lifetime and it’s shifting,” he says. “From the beginning of time, light had only ever been created by something burning, and now, for the first time ever, it’s not.” LED lighting, which is created through the mixing of chemical compounds and had until recently been relegated to commercial settings, like offices and stores, is now being used in the home.

“There’s something fascinating about the exploration of light that’s now not burning, and what it actually is, what we can do with it, how we can look at it, how we can use it. What a phenomenal opportunity for a lighting artist to be working in the world of light right now.” The White House and Burning Man While Meeker’s commercial work has been extensive, he feels that his exploration into light is just starting. Creating artwork was the natural extension for exploring the medium further without constraints. In addition to his projects for private clients, Meeker’s public work projects have included “The “H” in Harlem,” a large-scale public art installation suspended under the 125th St and 12th Ave viaduct in Harlem, and a 2012 light installation at the Whitney Museum’s former uptown location. He was the also first artist to have a piece in the Whitney’s new downtown location. In addition, Meeker has been a multi-year featured artist at the Burning Man festival in Nevada, and in 2016, he was directly commissioned by Michelle Obama to create a light sculpture for the Nordic state dinner at The White House.


THE PLAYBOY CLUB Backgammon, Bunnies and Bars, Oh My! By Julie Sagoskin


ince opening its doors in September, the Playboy Club is bringing sexy back to the world’s sexiest city, as well as some of their iconic events and even Hugh Hefner’s favorite pastime, backgammon. That’s right, you can now play backgammon with the bunnies and a special VIP host every Tuesday in the restaurant and lounge as you enjoy live jazz music while sipping on some jazzy cocktails. Cooper Hefner, who has taken the reins of Playboy Enterprises in an effort to keep his late father’s legacy alive, hosted the club’s latest legendary backgammon night. Guests included model Rain Dove, Playboy Club President Richie Hosein, and of course, those beloved bunnies! Cooper, the only Hefner left in the family empire which has been around for over six decades, is making the creative decisions behind the brand’s clubs – including the one in London which even boasts a casino – as well as their cable channels, merchandise and mag, which he is attempting to make relevant for a whole new generation by reminding people that Playboy was originally intended for the worldly sophisticate. The brand has always believed in free speech, personal liberties, and of course sex appeal, and there is no certainly shortage of that in the club.

only to select VIP members. A secret leather-tufted door slides open to a hidden walkway surrounded by alternating walls of pearl-covered gold and black beveled glass, leading to three subterranean levels that provide the ideal backdrop for the ultimate elite entertaining. From intimate cocktail gatherings and private dinners to fashion events, photo shoots and large-scale corporate gatherings, the club can be transformed into anything – if you can dream it, they can do it! Their Black Box, an industrial like event space, is the largest and most flexible venue which can host up to 600 guests. Equipped with a state-of-the-art audio system, intelligent lighting, and a flexible stage, the space can be reconfigured for concerts, weddings, and fashion shows. Playboy is all about pursing one’s pleasures, so it’s no surprise you’ll find vintage photos on the walls of quintessential Playmates throughout the year, as well as an oversized fish tank and a library of books inspired

While anyone can hop on over any time to mingle with the bunnies, grab a cocktail and partake in backgammon games, becoming a private member of the Playboy Club gives you exclusive access to customized and curated experiences, as well as the ultimate VIP treatment including luxury concierge services. Club membership, which is divided into four tiers ranging from $5,000 to $100,000, gives you the Grotto, Mansion or Royal treatment, as well as coveted invitations to members-only events, including those parties which were previously held at the Playboy Mansion, such as Playboy Masquerade Night, Midsummer Night’s Dream – yes, you’ve seen pics of Leonardo Dicaprio there over the years - and Hef’s Haunted House. These once elusive experiences can now be experienced right in Midtown Manhattan. The magic of the mansion can be felt throughout the club, with starstudded bashes and super private spaces, perfect for celebrities and those who want to feel like a celebrity. The club itself features four distinct environments – you never know who, or what you might find as you access the passages within this sexy space. The only thing you can be sure of is that the iconic Playboy Bunnies will remain at the center of every moment, serving artisanal cocktails and world-class culinary creations. Get ready to be transported to a world of sensuality and decadence when you enter the club where you’ll find an ornate gilded bar and lounge area with a sexy DJ booth. If you’re seeking ultimate exclusivity, you’ll have to go deep down the rabbit hole - literally! The farther down you go, the more you go up in the world, at least in the Playboy world. The Rabbit Hole, a highly exclusive speakeasy lounge, is accessible

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by the brand. You might even start feeling like you’re in a speakeasy when you find yourself being serenaded by a bunny turned jazz singer! Your visual and culinary senses will be delighted as you can enjoy everything from bar bites to Waygu New York Strip Steak, Australian lamb and Dry Aged Hudson Valley Duck, plus a sushi menu created by Tabitha Yeh and of course, a great libations menu for any playboy – or playgirl! From their bar area with gold bunny logos on the walls to a chocolate gold bar on their dessert menu, The Playboy Club is New York’s newest nighttime playground – a very decadent playground which is both sexy and sophisticated and brings together fascinating people of various industries. Cooper and his club are definitely ensuring the world’s most famous bunny brand keeps on hopping on!


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JANEL TANNA Actress & Maxim Cover Girl of the Year By Bennett Marcus


anel Tanna is an actress, producer and screenwriter who, in just four years, has appeared in more than twenty projects. She has won 14 acting awards at film festivals around the world plus two writing awards. She has also received an additional nine acting nominations. Not bad for someone who almost never went down that “what if” path. Tanna went to New York City for interviews in another field but it was always her dream to take a class at the Lee Strasberg Institute, so she put in an application. “I got accepted to Strasberg the day after I went in for an interview,” she says. Sign from Above She boarded a plane to return home, and the airline wouldn’t let her miniature husky, Hershey Smore, into the cabin; insisting he go in cargo. Tanna refused, and after many hours, the airline finally gave the go-ahead, and Janel and her pet boarded another flight that ended up never taking off due to an engine malfunction. She took that as a sign and started what she initially thought would be a few months of acting training. Shortly after her Strasberg classes began, Janel auditioned for an indie film and got the role, and the director and team were very supportive. “They really allowed me to discover the truth in my role and believed in me. I ended up getting nominated

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for Best Supporting Actress at a film festival for Savior; my very first role.” Modeling Around the World While acting was a “what if” that seemed as though it would never come into fruition, modeling is something that just happened . “I have met some amazing people in fashion,” she says. During New York Fashion Week she walked in several runway shows with more to come. This started when Janel’s friend, a top U.K. makeup artist, encouraged her to model. She went on a few auditions and quickly booked a L’Oréal hair job. After that she started doing more runway shows, including three seasons of Couture Fashion week, Couture in Paris, France, and again this season with Couture, EPN and New York Fashion Week. “I like to set goals and plan ahead but at the same time I live day to day,” she says. Janel entered the 2019 Maxim Cover Girl modeling competition – winning over 30,000 other applicants and taking home a $25,000 prize, which she’ll use to help finance her next film project. Famed photographer Gilles Bensimon shot the 2019 Jan/Feb magazine cover. Sienna’s Choice The first film she created, produced and was the lead actress, Sienna’s Choice, which looked at end-of-life care and decision-making. Sienna’s Choice garnered rave reviews and won over thirty awards

and nominations at film festivals around the globe. In her recent short, Intervention, just shot in California by director Linda Palmer, she plays an addict going through withdrawal. She joins lead producer/actress Julia Silverman as a co-producer as well. The film touches on the opioid crisis. She explains as an actress “I prefer to be a chameleon. It really gives me satisfaction when I feel the truth deep when each of these personas come to life. When it comes to writing or producing films, I tend to focus on things with a social message that will touch people or is an ethical debate.” Sci-Fi series, Cozmo’s Coming up, she plays an Eastern European femme fatale in “Cozmo’s,” a sci-fi series that will run on streaming network Atomic TV this Spring. She said “ I had an amazing time working with this cast and crew for a second time, they really are gifted and hard working.” Alpha Omega Alpha Prior to training in acting, she earned a medical degree (MD) summa cum laude from the University at Buffalo. Janel was also elected as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society.

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WYNFIELD HALL Wynfield Hall is an exceptional example of old world craftsmanship and details not found in comparably priced homes today. This Zaveta masterpiece was built with the concept of “green” construction and sophistication as a fusion of the best of both worlds. Sited on 3.8 Solebury acres, Wynfield Hall is over 7,000 square feet of luxurious living space that offers 4 bedrooms and 4.2 baths. The nucleus of the home is the Artisan crafted staircase that leads to the rotunda and sleeping quarters. The infrastructure is concrete and steel wrapped in the finest of millwork and designer finishes. The walnut library is the perfect respite to find solitude, and yet, just a few feet from the family quarters. The well equipped kitchen was designed for a master chef and the caterer’s prep area contains a commercial grade “walk in” refrigerator for the ultimate entertaining. The owners specified 5 zones and 23 thermostat controls so that the precise energy efficient heat and central air can be evenly distributed. Wynfield Hall not only offers the design aesthetic of a discerning buyer, but the coveted classicism of a bygone era. $2,049,000

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Luxurious Safe Space By Simon GuSEv


he majority of people consider bathrooms to be one of the most important parts of the house. Offering a momentary space of solitude as well as a great place to unwind from the stresses of the day with a hot shower or relaxing bath, the bathroom is much more than just another room in the house; it is a safe space. TOTO too believes a high-quality bathroom is an experience and an everyday luxury people value and appreciate. Recently, TOTO, the recognized leader in innovation, technology, performance, and design, with products that enhance the

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luxury bathroom experience, introduced new IoT-connected smart products for your safe space. The latest additions to the company’s inventory include the sublime Flotation Tub and a new sensor-operated auto-flush feature for toilet models. Many dreamed at least once about becoming an astronaut and being in outer space in a state of levitation while contemplating trillions of stars and planets. By offering you a weightless experience that eliminates the mechanical load on your joints,

TOTO’s Flotation Tub is a nostalgic ode to your childhood dreams of the space program. After 10 years of research on the relaxing effect of bathing, biomechanics, neuroscience, and ergonomics, TOTO discovered the unique body posture where reclining stabilizes the body’s posture as the hips, knees, and ankles are flexed, simulating zero gravity. This bathing posture deeply relaxes the mind and body. According to TOTO, cerebral blood flow studies showed reduced brain activity while using the tub. Now, bathers may immerse in a truly meditative moment of relaxation enhanced

by a special massage that produces a therapeutic flow of warm air bubbles enveloping the entire body. The height-adjustable Neck Spa provides a flow of warm water circulating around your neck and shoulders whilst massage jets mimic real hands massaging your lower back. The wonderful invention is under your command with all functions easily operated with the control panel on the inside of the tub. Ever wanted to have a hands-free experience with your toilet? For its popular line of WASHLET+ Toilets, TOTO Introduced the latest high-tech flushing technology. Aimes, Legato, Nexus, and Connelly toilets now feature TORNADO flushing technology, which maximizes cleaning and uses water more effectively. Extremely important for water conservation, WASHLET+ Aquia IV Dual

Flush models were upgraded to offer DYNAMAX TORNADO, enabling users to select the level of water used each time the toilet is flushed. Speaking of a clean and fresh bowl, the overwhelmingly smooth CEFIONTECT nanotechnology glaze prevents particulate matter from adhering to the bowl’s surfaces. TOTO’s PreMist function sprays CEFIONTECT glaze with tap water prior to use, reducing waste by 80% and keeping grime from sticking. After each flush, EWATER+ mists the bowl with electrolyzed water, keeping the bowl cleaner longer with fewer chemicals emitted into the environment. Every toilet needs a bidet seat to feel less lonely. Nearly 40 years ago, TOTO introduced WASHLET, a luxurious bidet seat that provides consumers with an effective and comfortable

personal cleansing. Since then, TOTO has been selling over 1 million WASHLETS each year worldwide. Building on its original concept, TOTO presented the newest invention. Featuring warm, aerated water for cleaning, along with a warm air dryer, heated seat, auto open and close, in-bowl catalytic deodorizer, and energyand water-saving functions, WASHLET S550e is TOTO’s new auto-flush bidet seat. Did you know the average person spends one and a half years of their life in the bathroom? We suggest you spend your time in comfort and luxury with TOTO, the winner of numerous awards and the provider of the ultimate bathing experience. | 103


LANDMARK 17 By W. A. Muller


n Stuyvesant Square in Gramercy lays the stunning 1800s Victorian Gothic building most commonly known as Landmark 17. The property underwent a complete renovation and repositioning which was done in order to transform unique gothic architecture back to its original splendor. Through rigorous architectural and landmark research, the original details of the facade and interiors were permanently restored. The buildings main attraction is Houston-based interior designer Lucinda Loya and her husband Javier’s pied-a-terre. The 4000 square foot, three bedroom, three bathroom apartment previously housed an Episcopal Chruch, the Salvation Army, and Smith College. The space was once also home to the Hazelton Rehabilitation Center where it earned the name “Clapton Hall” after famed musician Eric Clapton gifted money towards its renovation. When Loya discovered the former chapel turned residential property, she knew found the perfect

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space for her family. For her, it was important to maintain the history of the building and the era in which it was created. She let the restored ceiling, in black and gilt glory, be her guide. After debating which route to take the interiors, Loya decided to go with white and gold to enhance the apartments existing beauty. After settling on the color scheme, Loya’s structural renovations were minor. She changed the oak cabinets in the open Poggenpohl kitchen to white and put in black and white checked bathroom floors. The renovation took seven months. Once inside, guests lounge on a three-seat sofa, chairs, and ottomans all by Marcel Wanders upholstered in white and gold damask. Sit in replica French canopy chairs which were whitewashed and added marigold-colored velvet. A beaded, brocaded gold-and-white bullfighting suit from Pamplona, Spain hangs on a stand and a gold-left chair in the shape of a cupped hand by Pedro Friedeberg adds a whimsical touch.

Once so committed to the white and gold colorscheme, Loya did not welcome anything red into the home. This all changed when she came across the Zhang Peng artwork of a red-clad girl tied up in a pink shag armchair. The piece now hangs over the desk. Loya also wanted to bring her love of fashion into the interiors. The master bedroom features a custom bed frame upholstered in Chanellike quilting with homages to Hermes, Gucci and Goyard found throughout. Dressers in the children’s room were made from plastic panels that once were part of Fendi’s window display. Near the entryway, Loya displays framed tear sheets design by Ruben Toledo for the Nordstrom catalogs. As a finishing touch, Loya painted the message “I Love U” on the back of the front door in gold. The Loya’s lived in the apartment full time whilst their Houston home underwent renovation. Now, they visit the pied-a-terre multiple times throughout the year.

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n today’s digital age, technology can be found on every corner. From your local convenience stores to shopping centers and street vendors, technology makes the world as we know it today. Most of us own smartphones and laptops in our households. Why not get a new addition to your digital arsenal this spring? Fortunately, we happen to have a few technological suggestions for you:

mutes calls when you remove them and restarts them again when you are ready. From now on, you don’t need to run around in agony, trying to find a place to charge your headphones. Listen to your favorite music or podcasts nonstop throughout your day with up to 15 hours of battery life.

You may agree or disagree, but music and its rhythms are all around us. Science says music may relax muscles, improve mood, and even moderately reduce blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety. You probably enjoy music while wearing your headphones or earbuds. Treat yourself with the newest Surface Headphones, Microsoft’s first premium headphones provide a truly unique auditory experience due to the custom free-edge drivers that guarantee crisp sound. Designed with comfort in mind, the headphones have memory foam that make them easy to wear for a full day of travel or knocking out a big project at the office. Head detection automatically pauses the music or

If you are considering a pair of headphones to get this spring, don’t miss out on the amazing MB660 Series Wireless Headset by Sennheiser. Offering an innovative adaptive approach to noise cancellation, MB 660 allows you to concentrate on your work and stay productive while staying tuned at all times. Whether you are listening to music or watching cute cat and dog videos on YouTube, you can choose from various sound effect modes to personalize sound. Stereo audio and CD-quality streaming with aptX® will enhance your ultimate listening experience.

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The time when people used to write long articles by hand and send mail with pigeons is long gone. Celebrate the digital age with Surface Pro 6, a device that gives you the performance of a premium laptop and versatility of a tablet. Weighing only 1.7 pounds and having the versatility of the 165-degree kickstand with 2.3” PixelSense™ display, Surface Pro 6 offers you an opportunity to work on the newest designs in photoshop or watch TV shows anywhere you want. Power your ideas throughout the day with Office 365 and 13.5 hours of battery life. The laptops are available in different colors including platinum and black. Embrace technology with us by using these indispensable devices.

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The IDEAL Difference

On any given day at The IDEAL School of Manhattan, students may give a presentation on a civil rights leader; participate in a musical; enjoy Riverside Park; program a robot; or visit the Met. IDEAL is New York’s only K-12 independent inclusion school, where we celebrate the tremendous social, emotional, and academic growth born in a diverse and nurturing educational community.

#SchoolCanBeIDEAL Sign up for a Tuesday Talk and Tour or an Open House to learn more about IDEAL’s rigorous and differentiated program, innovative social justice curriculum, and uniquely inclusive community.



Wednesday, April 10 at 9 AM

Wednesday, April 17 at 9 AM

Grades K-5

314 West 91st Street New York, NY 10024

Grades 6-12

270 West 89th Street New York, NY 10024

IDEAL has openings in select grade levels for qualified candidates. For further information, contact us at or 212-769-1699.


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Spa menu: www. / By Appointment / 845.469.1939

Hotel reservations: 845.469.1900 Glenmere Mansion / 634 Pine Hill Road / Chester, New York 10918 (10 minutes west of Woodbury Commons Outlet Mall/ Hudson Valley)

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