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t’s hard to believe that 2019 is nearly halfway through, as these months have literally flown by. With flowers coming into full bloom, this month marks the unofficial beginning of summer, with Memorial Day kicking off the summer season. As we head into the thick of the political campaigning season, we were thrilled to have Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski and producer Daniela Pierre-Bravo as our cover stars to celebrate the launch of their new book, Earn It! The straight-talking guide bestows valuable career lessons for millennials. With a larger-than-life personality, Mika has a strong mantra of empowering women and mentoring the next generation. As a best-selling author of three books, her main political agenda is about wage equality for women and knowing your worth. Outspoken, assertive, direct, and compassionate, Mika is the perfect embodiment of today’s modern and successful careerdriven woman, while Daniela Pierre-Bravo, a DREAMer, represents the next wave of female millennials in the workforce. In this month’s issue, they discuss, politics, knowing your value, and how to truly get what you want. From Wall Street to Washington, on the other end of the political spectrum, we feature New York power couple Anthony and Dierdre Scaramucci. Wildly successful on the financial front, their very public lives have been fodder for the media. As a couple, they possess different political views, but the two have proven that opposites attract and stay together. Never ones to shy from the camera or the spotlight, they now have a popular podcast called The Mooch & The Mrs., and there is a reality TV stint in the works. These two share their secrets on how love can last in a high-profile relationship and how to put everything into perspective as they ride the wild rollercoaster of life together. “Be bold, be bright” is the theme for spring 2019 fashion trends. Bold 90s-inspired patterns and electric neons were the inspiration for our Electric Dreams fashion editorial and Double Trouble. The kick-off to the Hamptons season is around the corner, when the city’s social scene moves beachside out east and summer travel is underway. This month, we feature the relaxed golf destination of Streamsong, Florida, a NYC staycation, and the exotic landscapes of Thailand and Koh Samui. Whatever your political inclinations are, there will never be a dull moment leading up to the 2020 presidential race. Follow me on my adventures @hillarylatos

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THE STARS SPRINT INTO SPRING The Tony Awards , Mick Jagger, YGAP, The Library, Hudson Yards, Kaws, Kips Bay, Friar Club and NY Academy of Art By R. Couri Hay with Photos by Patrick Mcmullan BROADWAY SHOWS TO SEE Burn This Adam Driver, who will star in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Keri Russell, who sizzles as a Russian spy in FX’s The Americans, have hooked up on stage in Broadway’s hottest revival; Burn This by Lanford Wilson. Nick Jonas’ wife Priyanka Chopra, Annette Bening, and Zachary Quinto were among those cheering the military veteran, who explodes on stage in a what I see as a Tony-worthy performance. The brooding star confessed, “If I’m not working, I literally sit in a room and think; I Keri Russell & won’t go Adam Driver in Burn This

outside for days.” Russell, who is just discovering her stage voice and legs, is making her Broadway debut. She joked, “I’m an ingenue in her mid-40s!” See this! Tootsie If you saw and liked ㅑ, the crossdressing movie starring Dustin Hoffman, sign up for the Broad-

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Dancers included ABT’s ethereal Skylar Brandt and Herman Cornejo. Another show-stopper was composer Karen LeFrak’s stunning piece Nothing Left set to choreography by Juliano Nunes. This sexy world premiere of love and loss starred Boston Ballet’s Derek Dunn and Nunes. The Bolshoi Ballet’s Olga Smirnova brought down the house in the Dying Swan while accompanied by brilliant young concert pianist Micah McLaurin. Guests included Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen, Cicely Tyson, prima ballerina Irina Grand Prix Dvorovenko, Libbie Mugrabi, Yaz and Valentine Hernandez, Barbara Youth America Brandt and YAGP Founder and DiGrand Prix rector Larissa Saveliev. The benefit, Mick Jagger weldubbed “Stars of Today Meet the comed guests to the 20th AnTo Kill a Mockingbird Stars of Tomorrow” Gala, showniversary of the Youth The American classic, To Kill a America Grand Prix cased young finalists of YAGP’s Mockingbird by Harper let international ballet competitions. Lee, is not a comedy and (YAGP) BalThe organization has given out parts of this play, by more than four million in the insightful Aaron scholarships and 450 Sorkin, are hard to YAGP YAGP alumni are watch but watch you Founder Larissa now dancing with 80 must! This story of Sveliev and top comparacism in the Melanie Hamrick nies around South @ Youth Hostess Jean Actress America Shafiroff & the world. continAnthoula Grand Prix pianist Micah Katsimatides The ues to McLaurin and Susan J. @ Mission night teach Barron Society @ Broadway honored us and Cares arts patron Gala at Lincoln Center. The lead our Karen LeFrak & Juliano Nunes Marcella society to a more evening featured the premiere @ Youth America Guarino enlightened future. An en- of Porte Rouge; an exhilarating Grand Prix Hymowitz. gaging Jeff Daniels who was nominat- collaboration between Jagger and choreographer, Melanie Hamrick, ed for a Tony, stars as Atticus Finch with music by The Rolling Stones. and reveals the character’s darker way version starring Crazy ExGirlfriend’s Santino Fontana. Wait out the first 15-minutes and it’s a joy ride from the minute Santino puts on a dress and goes from playing an unemployable actor to the star Dorothy Michaels. Fontana, who’s character takes off when he dons a bra, uses two distinct voices for the double role win a Tony for his work. Costume Designer William Ivey Long who was nominated for two Tony’s this year for Tootsie and Beetlejuice. Debra Messing, 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski, Tyra Banks, Rose Byrne and Bryan Cranston led the applause for the Tony-nominated musical.

side. Daniels said, “I never read the book. It wasn’t on our high school curriculum. We had Lord of the Flies; we read that.” Read them both and if you can handle a thought-provoking night see Mockingbird. Hugh Jackman, Jessica Chastain, Spike Lee, Jon Hamm, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen have all raved about @ Youth this play. America

SOCIAL SAFARI Kaws @ The NY Academy of Art When art collector and philanthropist Roni Willett congratulated the artist Kaws on his recent $15-million sale at the New York Academy of Art’s Tribeca Ball she added, “It would be a dream come true to own Kaws & Roni an original Willett @ Tribeca work of yours Ball one day.” With that, Kaws took out a piece of paper and did a drawing for her. The Ball is one of the spring’s top interactive events. The guests are all invited to visit three floors of on-site studios David Kratz of the students who are and Naomi Watts all happy to talk about @ Tribeca their work. Surrealist Ball painter René Magritte was the theme of this year’s photo booth. It was festooned with umbrellas, bowler hats and green apples for the attendees to pose with. Among the stars sipping Bollinger and Taittinger champagne were Ray Donavan’s Liev Schreiber, Brooke Shields, Naomi Watts, Art Miami’s Nick Korniloff and Pamela Cohen and the organization’s President David Kratz. Hudson Yards & Tony Ingrao Anne Hathaway, Karlie Kloss, Martha Stewart and Katie Holmes were in the mix at the opening Tony Ingrao, Martha Stewart & Randy of HudKemper did Hudson Yards son Yards. “I grew up across the street,” said Whoopi

Goldberg. The interiors of the new luxury condominiums at 35 Hudson Alexandra Yards were created Milicevic & Dr. Kenneth by AD100 designers Mark Tony Ingrao and @Hudson Yards Randy Kemper who have also designed the homes of Howard Stern, Kim Catrall and Jack Welch. “Hudson Yards is integrated into a spectacular urban setting while being connected to the High Line park with water views. With a combination of innovative architecture, impeccable quality finishes and amenities, including an outdoor pool, spa, athletic facilities, restaurants, shops and services, Hudson Yards is a totally integrated luxury experience for mind, body and soul.” Said Ingrao.

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was raised to support the Library’s mission to inspire lifelong learning and strengthen communities.

The Friars Club & Arthur The Library Lunch Aidala SNL’s Joe Piscopo dedicated his Jackie Kennedy’s rendition of “New York, New York” daughter and to supermodel Carol Alt during her granddaughter, induction to the Friars Club. Also Caroline Kenperforming was SNL’s head writer nedy and Tatiana Alan Zweibel, who revealed he was Schlossberg, channeled the former first discovered at the Friars by Lorne Michaels selling jokes for $7 a piece. lady’s love of books Margaret Russell & Michaels told him he was the worst at The New York Peter Marino @ Kips Bay comedian he’d ever seen before Public Library’s hiring him to be Gilda Ratner’s literary luncheon SNL writing partner. Leading the under the glass applause was fellow Friar attorney dome of the Celeste Bartos Forum, one of the city’s most Arthur Aidala, who also welcomed Yankees great Bernie Williams to iconic spaces. During her career as the club during a raucous evenan editor, Jackie shepherded over 200 books into publication, many of ing that saw the comedians telling naughty, behind-the-scenes stories which can be found on the library’s about Bill Murray and John Belushi. shelves. Library President Tony Marx opened up the discussion on historical fiction by quipping, “Shh… It’s a library.” The New Lil Jon Scores in AC Yorker’s David Remnick moderated the talk with Pulitzer Prize win- Cardi B, Steve Carrell and Lil Jon ning author Jennifer Egan, Min Jin are still getting kudos from their fans Caroline for their fun Super Bowl commercial Lee, who penned Pachinko, and Kennedy Colm Tóibín, who wrote the book everywhere they go. Recently, Lil Jon @ Library Lunch Brooklyn which was turned into an performed at the Ultra Music Festival Kips Bay Boys & in Miami and ended up at Scores Oscar-nominated film. Candice BerGirls Club in the Hard Rock Hotel at gen, Fran Lebowitz and Susan Architect Peter Ma2am to see DJ Skribble. Cheever were among the guests rino was honored The popular gentleman’s taking home what was the best by The Kips Bay Boys and Girls club, which stays open gift of the season, a sterling Club at its annual President’s Dinuntil 4am, is where evener. The organization provides edu- silver book mark with a ryone ends up when purple tassel from British cational programs for people ages everything else luxury brand Aspery, 5-18. The award was presented closes inAtlantic who celebrated its tenth by former AD editor MargaCity. Among the year of sponsoring this ret Russell. The benefit Attorneys Arthur Aidala stars and DJ’s spotlively lunch. Co-chairs was chaired by interior & Marianne ted at the club are 50 designers Bunny Williams included Louise GrunBertuna @ Friars Club Cent, Quest Love, James wald, Daisy Prince, and Jamie Drake, who Harden and Meek Mill. Abigail Baratta, Zibby is Michael Bloomberg’s Owens, Mahnaz Bartos, longtime decorator. Deborah Royce and Colum Noted interior designers McCann. A record amount Alexa Hampton, Campion Platt, | 17


2019 AFTER-PARTIES Standing Up, Falling Down hosted by Nespresso at The Ainsworth Chel- SHOWTIME’s Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men hosted by Status sea – 4.25.19 Sparkling Wines at Ascent – 4.25.19 • Photo Credit: Ben Gabbe, Getty Images • Photo Credit: Rob Kim, Getty Images

Peter Hoare, Ben Schwartz, Matt Ratner, Billy Crystal, Eloise Mumford

Party for Come To Daddy at Common Ground – 4.25.19 • Photo Credit: Astrid Stawiarz, Getty Images

Elijah Wood, Ant Timpson


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Danielle Krudy

Queen Collective hosted by P&G at Spring Place – 4.26.19 • Photo Credit: Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Haley Elizabeth, Marc S. Pritchard, B. Monet

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HAMPTONS SOCIAL 2019 By Elizabeth Elston


t may be just ninety minutes from New York City, but when you visit the Hamptons, you enter an entirely different and refreshing part of New York. The serene seaside villages that make up the Hamptons are best known for their white, sandy beaches, fabulous homes, and of course, some of the most exciting social events. Here is a guide to the events, benefits, and galas everyone will be talking about this season. 21st Annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic (Thursday, June 20, 2019) The 21st Annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic, benefiting cancer research, care and prevention, takes place on Thursday, June 20, at the exclusive Westhampton Country Club in Westhampton, NY. This popular, annual charity tourney in The Hamptons, is hosted by Ann Liguori, nationally-renown sports radio and tv talk personality, golf correspondent for WFAN-NY & CBS Sports Radio Network, author and Founder

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of Ann Liguori Foundation and Ann Liguori Productions.

The 2019 Get Wild Benefit will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019.

Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center’s 13th Annual GET WILD Benefit (Saturday, June 29, 2019) The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons will celebrate the Hamptons summer season with its 13th annual GET WILD Benefit hosted by Joan and Bernard Carl. Notable attendees from last year’s event included: Virginia Frati, Shelley Berkoski, Joan and Bernard Carl, Jay Schneiderman, Susan McGraw Keber, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Hilary Geary, Nicky Hilton, Don Lemon, Ellen and Chuck Scarborough, Henry Buhl, Leslie Alexander, Laura Carlock, Zab Judah, Linda and Benjamin Lambert, and Beth Stern.

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation 15th Annual Hamptons Happening (Saturday, July 13, 2019) The 15th Annual Hamptons Happening to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will honor Lidia Bastianich, Nicole Miller, Ian Duke and Antonella Bertello. This year, they are reinventing one of the East End’s most anticipated summer fundraisers to bring you the flavors of the world - without leaving the Hamptons - for one delicious and exciting evening. This “Tour de Cuisine” event will feature food, wine and liquor tastings that will transport you to some of your most favorite culinary destinations in Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean, Spain and Latin America, and the Middle East.

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s 15th Annual The Hamptons Happening will take place on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

Hamptons Happening ©Rob Rich/ A Private Brunch with Ferrari & Maserati (Saturday, July 20, 2019) RAND Luxury is proud to produce a Private Charity Brunch and luxury showcase at a private estate in Water Mill, NY in association with Ferrari Maserati of Long Island. On display will be the latest models from Ferrari & Maserati and the opportunity to experience a ride in these fine marques. Invited guests shall enjoy fine cuisine, champagne & spirits at an elegant private estate in the Hamptons. There will also be a luxury showcase of home electronics & decor, private aviation, tourism opportunities, fashion and more… The private event is by invitation only.

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Southampton Animal Shelter’s 10th Annual Unconditional Love Gala (Saturday, July 20, 2019) The 10th Annual “Unconditional Love” Gala to benefit the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation will be held under the tents at Wickapogue and Old Town Roads in Southampton. The signature event for the animal lover community will kick off with cocktails, followed by dinner catered by Stone Creek Inn. Guests will experience an evening of music by Nation. The gala will also hold a Live and Silent auction. Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff will chair the event. Prostate Cancer Foundation’s (PCF) Annual Gala and Tennis Tournament (Saturday, August 24, 2019) Firmly committed to curing prostate cancer, the Prostate Cancer Foundation is the leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating research globally. Prostate Cancer Foundation will host its annual gala in support of the 14th Annual Charles Evans PCF ProAm Tennis Tournament. The gala is a celebration featuring cocktails, dining and special performances. 100 percent of the funds raised throughout the evening will go to supporting groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research. Last year’s event had a special performance by John Fogerty. The gala raised over $4 million.

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MEERA GANDHI Resident Magazine April Cover Story Photographed By Snaps India, Jaffer


en years ago, social entrepreneur Meera Gandhi founded The Giving Back Foundation as a catalyst to uplift and empower women and girls. True to its mission, The Giving Back Foundation has grown its reach to currently support the all-girls St Michael’s School in New Delhi, providing room, board and education free for all students. The Foundation also provides scholarships to students through the Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard. Additionally, The Giving Back Foundation also supports the arts through charities like the Elton John Aids Foundation, Marc Anthony’s Maestro Cares Foundation and the Woodstock Film Festival. Meera has been instrumental in leading the Foundation to establish global visibility for its projects, and it’s because of this work that Meera has been featured on the April cover of Manhattan’s premier magazine, Resident with an 8-page inside interview and photoshoot.

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Two well-attended parties were held in honor of her cover, the first at the Anita Dongre Flagship in Manhattan, catered by Chef Sujan Sarkar of Baar Baar restaurant, and the second in Williamsburg at the trendy Passatempo restaurant. Guests included notable supporters of The Giving Back Foundation including Suhel Sethi, Jaswant Lalwani, Barbara Ellsworth Robinson, Hadley Bressman, Yash and Binaisha Dongre, Chef Floyd Cardoz, Caroline Leiberman, Roni Majumder, Jimmy Rizvi, Zenobia Shroff and more. Two artists performed at the events, 3x grammy-winning artist Kimberly Thompson who played her latest track “Kiss” and Brooklynfavorite Home State featuring vocalist Alex Friedlander, drummer David Berliner, and guitarist Matt Gralla who played their new summer anthem, “Find My Own Way.” Both artists are available on Spotify. Publisher of Resident Magazine, Christopher Pape says, “We were very happy to have Meera on our

April cover, Not only is she an outstanding New Yorker, but her charitable work has helped uplift many people’s lives.” Meera adds, “I am truly honored to have myself and The Giving Back Foundation featured in Resident magazine. We are only to the Universe what we give back to it, and through The Giving Back Foundation, I have made it my life’s purpose to spread joy through giving.” The Giving Back Foundation is celebrating its 10year mark with events in Delhi, New York and London throughout 2019. The Foundation raises money through the sale of the Giving Back book, documentary, candle and perfume. Future projects include a new book and television show to highlight the continuing work already committed to by the foundation and new opportunities to empower women, children and the arts. | 23


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THE GRAND SALON The Great Frontier of Culinary Masterpieces By simon gusev The history of glass making goes back further than the memory of our known ancestors. The history of the most notable works of crystal making undoubtedly dates back to the establishment of the Baccarat factory. For over than 250 years, by burning the furnace non-stop at 1,400 degrees, award-winning artisans transform raw materials into beautiful objects of the interior, just like fresh and organic ingredients now reincarnate in delicious plates at Grand Salon in Baccarat Hotel NYC. Located in the heart of Midtown, The Grand Salon is a masterpiece of the upscale interior. Boasting with marble surfaces, silk-covered walls, premium parquet floors and plush, high-backed banquettes, the spacious space is crowned by a majestic chandelier that radiates with the luxuriant vibe. In the kitchen, behind the chic scene of the elite interior, is Chef Gabriel Kreuther. The Grand Salon’s culinary team strives to create a posh yet cozy dining experience. “We are here to bring happiness to people,” says Kreuther. “Make them feel welcome and share a good moment!” Born and raised on his family’s farm, Gabriel Kreuther was always surrounded by the fresh seasonal ingredients of his native Alsace. That is why the menu at the Grand Salon breathes with sophisticated classical French culinary options in a contemporary execution created from organic ingredients. Indulge in a unique fine dining adventure with The Grand Salon and Chef Gabriel Kreuther. Start by sampling tartlet with scallop tartare seasoned with fresh black truffle and light celeriac puree on the bottom. Proceed with wild mushroom soup with crispy mustard green ravioli and a touch of onion. Polish your meal with foie gras terrine breaded with toasted pistachio and served with smoked date jam, Strega and fennel. Or try out incredible petit pâté feuilleté baccarat, handmade savory pastry pies stuffed with veal, duck, guinea hen and foie gras, with a green salad on the side to emphasize the lightness of the plate. Don’t forget about the extensive beverage list, where you can find the best wine pairings for your meal. Besides the amazing all-day menu, the Grand Salon offers the majestic afternoon tea in partnership with Mariage Frères. Immerse in the unique experience with specialty blends of tea brewed by the restaurant’s tea sommelier. The afternoon tea course consists of the choice of your favorite beverage paired with chefselected canapés and petit fours. Currently, the restaurant has four courses such as King Louis XV as a French Tea at Versailles, Prince of Wales as an English tea at Windsor, Sultan Abdülaziz as a Turkish tea at Dolmabahçe Palace and Tsar Nicholas II as a caviar tea at Tsarskoye Selo. The history of The Grand Salon is just started, but it is already glowing with luxurious highlights of its noble chandelier and smells with fragrances of delicious plates served by Two Michelin-starred Gabriel Kreuther.

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DRS. RAMTIN & SHEILA KASSIR Plastic Surgery’s Power Couple By Julie Sagoskin Photographed By JAIME PAVON


hen it comes to the perfect marriage and making their patients look picture perfect, Dr. Sheila Kassir and her husband, Dr. Ramtin Kassir, make it all look perfectly easy! With multiple offices and a new medical aesthetic spa called INSIDE BEAUTY on Park Avenue, this plastic surgery power couple is using the latest technologies as well as their own skin care products to build a global beauty brand. Dr. Sheila Kassir, who is already making a big impression in the plastic surgery field, also made a lasting impression on her well-known husband who she first met at an international conference – it was love at first facelift lecture! “I went to medical school and did my Plastic Surgery residency in Germany, where I’m from. Two years before I met my husband, I was working in Switzerland in the department of plastic-reconstructive-and hand surgery. Then I attended an international scientific meeting about facial plastic surgery in Tehran in order to learn more about facial aesthetics.

The keynote speaker was lecturing about facelifts and I was in the audience. I asked him a question afterwards and that’s how we first met. A little over a year later we were married!” The multi-talented and masterful Dr. Ramtin Kassir, who was born in Iran and grew up in Texas, has been focused on facelifts and other plastic procedures, including his most common and trademarked surgery, the Designer Rhinoplasty®, for over two decades. Many of Dr. Kassir’s family members are also in the medical field, including his father, who was a pediatrician. He explained that having his life partner also be his partner in the practice is pretty perfect because “she’s been trained in body and microvascular surgery and hand surgery, so she’s added a lot of specialties.” “Many patients ask us how it feels to work together as a couple and I just have to say that we really enjoy it,” added Dr. Sheila Kassir. “Every patient is really like a piece of art or project that we can

work on together and that makes it so special for both of us.” The couple is also expanding and recently set up INSIDE BEAUTY – a world class medical spa dedicated to nonsurgical facial and body rejuvenation for those patients who are not quite ready for surgery. Here is where beauty meets science and patient needs meet cutting edge technology, all without surgery. A team of beauty, medical and wellness professionals are ready to transform your appearance with advanced technologies and attentive, personalized care. With their energy devices devised to provide full face and body rejuvenation, you can realize your full beauty potential without the pain! Their one of a kind practice features EMSculpt, the brand new technology which gives you the so-called steel body treatment – the six pack in twenty minutes. | 33


“I mean 20,000 sit ups in 30 minutes, when can you do that? Never! We also have the Exilis, the non-surgical facelift, and it’s the only machine that combines ultrasound with radio frequency, that’s why it’s so efficient. We have a holistic approach to everything which is why we also offer pre and post surgical treatments to enhance and maintain your results. These range from scar creams, LED light, medical grade skin care, microneedling and microblading to IV infusions of vitamins, hormone replacement and oxygen therapy.” This aesthetically pleasing center for all things pertaining to aesthetics features non-invasive procedures which will have you looking and feeling like a whole new person – no recovery time required! Dr. Ramtin Kassir, who continues to lecture and instruct others on how to refine their surgical techniques, is ready to have his patients take these new technologies for a test drive, especially the EMSella: “Everything is there including the high-end technology which is electromagnetic waves that are used on muscle to tighten and build muscle all over your body. That same technology, called EMSella, is used on the pelvis for incontinence and vaginal rejuvenation. It’s been called the “Kegel Throne”! You simply sit on the chair and the treatment is started without even taking off your clothes. Like with EMSculpt, there is no down time, no pain, and no recovery.” When it comes to making sure her patients put their best and most beautiful face forward, the dedicated Dr. Sheila Kassir explained that “I’m different because I’m very honest. I tell my patients what I think is manageable and what I wouldn’t recommend, and they really appreciate that candor.” Dr. Kassir, who has become a global beauty guru – she travels around the world lecturing at scientific meetings and talking about what real beauty is and how beauty standards have changed globally. Social media plays a big role. It causes many new trends but also helps give an understanding of different beauty standards in different cultures. “When you’re looking at Asian role models on social media, they want to look very slim with no curves, plus they like to have pale skin and red lips. In the US, contrary to Asian role models, the ultimate role model is very curvy but has a slim waist. How can you do this without any help?” “When I’m here, people ask me about the European trends of beauty, and when I’m in Europe, people ask me about the newest technology and trends in the US, so we decided to open INSIDE BEAUTY and kind of merge all the global trends and offer the best procedures of different parts of the world. Her husband has also noticed how specialty and niche surgeries are growing exceedingly common due to online platforms, as well as how patients come in knowing exactly what they want after doing their own research. Dr. Kassir explained that “social media in the last five years has really popularized a lot of plastic surgeries and Instagram is a megaphone. They follow your page and request very specific things and that didn’t happen 23 years ago when I started my practice.” Dr. Sheila Kassir, who grew up in Germany to Persian parents, compared how clients in her native country perceive procedures versus those in

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America and said that “in general, people here are very well informed about plastic surgery procedures. In Germany, I see more patients who come in and ask for my opinion on what I think they should do to look fresher and younger, while in the US people come in and say I want my lips done, I want a slimmer waist and I want a D cup.” With two young children and two practices in New Jersey located in Ridgewood and Wayne, as well as their Upper East Side surgical center and spa and another space opening soon in Munich so that they can have a European base, this couple has grown their family as fast as their famed plastic surgery practice. “We were engaged after two months and married after nine months, and nine months later we had my daughter and then a boy, he’s almost 2 and she’s 3. It’s the best adventure of my life. My mom is here and she’s the best help, I can’t imagine leaving them with anybody else but my mom when I’m at work.” Though he always loved to draw, Dr. Kassir’s main artistic hobby aside from plastic surgery was clay sculpting, and you can even see some of his pieces in the office! Though he might expertly sculpt faces and clay, he explained that “my best work is going to be my kids, they are my masterpieces.” These doctors do indeed keep it all in the family – a tremendously talented and tight family. Their posh Upper East Side clientele, which includes many celebrities and actresses looking to this dynamo doctor duo to make their features appear as flawless as possible, get everything from PRP to non-surgical rhinoplasties, one of the most common procedures at the practice, according to Dr. Sheila Kassir. “It’s a painless ten minute procedure pioneered by my husband in 2006 – and you walk out with a new nose.”

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This family practice is also composed of Dr. Kassir’s brother, a dermatologist who frequently comes in from Texas, plus staff who have become like family, including an OB-GYN working in female rejuvenation, as well as a nutritionist. They are also known in the city for the bridal packages that they offer - a feature which was inspired by Dr. Kassir’s own experience of trying to find the best places to prep for her big day. Aside from being a dermatologist, Dr. Kassir’s brother also has his own laser school with students from all over, so they are hoping to establish something in the New York center as well. Dr. Ramtin Kassir explained that “we have lasers but want to make it more didactic. Inside Beauty will have the latest in lasers to serve all needs, from facial rejuvenation to body rejuvenation.” Dr. Sheila Kassir, her husband and her brother-inlaw, recently re-launched their wildly successful skincare line together which they sell worldwide, including in their online store. Dr. Sheila Kassir says she’s always been obsessed with skincare and trying to find the perfect formula. The newest addition to their skincare line is the “Body Retinol.” “Retinol is the only scientifically proven anti-aging ingredient, but it only existed for the face, it never existed for the body and the hands. You want your skin to match the results of the surgical or nonsurgical body treatments that we offer, that’s why we developed “Body Retinol,” which became our top seller. “We’re trying to navigate that and be able to distribute that because we have such high demand. With patients from 130 countries, they want skincare products that they can trust, especially products that they can also use along with surgical or nonsurgical procedures to maintain their results,” added her husband.

When it comes to the future of looking fabulous, Dr. Ramtin Kassir explained that research is currently centered around things like breaking down nanofat into single fat cells, as well as stromal fat cells and stem cells and injecting them into parts of the body you’re trying to improve. “In 15 to 20 years it’s going to be all about robots and how robots have changed medicine, including plastic surgery. Fifty years from now someone is going to wake up and say I’m going to use some nanobots today,” he said. Regardless of new beauty breakthroughs, Dr. Ramtin Kassir is also certain that the driving force behind the determination to stay beautiful will never change. After all, he believes that it’s all about “morphological freedom” and the desire to feel in control, especially as you get older and start losing your looks. Dr. Sheila Kassir also enjoys giving back while learning about other cultures and is very involved with Interplast, a nonprofit organization which sends doctors to different countries, including Iran. While in Iran, Dr. Kassir worked on burns and cleft lips. When they’re not beautifying the world, Dr. Sheila Kassir and her husband find a way to make time for quality family time. From visiting the Museum of Natural History on the weekends with their kids to traveling across Europe, this plastic surgery power couple is more empowered than ever. KASSIR PLASTIC SURGERY 799 Park Ave. 212-288-3000 INSIDE BEAUTY 799 Park Ave. 888-503-6668 Follow them on Instagram @drkassir @sheila_malek @insidebeautyspa

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JEAN SHAFIROFF Philanthropist and Style Icon By Tripp Whetsell Photographed By MICHEAL PANICCIA

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hen it comes to giving back, philanthropist, humanitarian and author Jean Shafiroff stands out as a powerful leader—and one to watch closely in the future. Serving on the boards of seven different non-profit organizations and chairing and hosting numerous charity events each year, no one knows the meaning of hard work better than Jean. Named “the First Lady of Philanthropy” of New York by both Hello and !Hola! magazines, she is

one of the most successful and visible volunteer fundraisers and donors on behalf of countless charities throughout Manhattan, Long Island’s East End and now internationally. Dividing her time between homes on the Upper East Side and Southampton, Jean is well known for hosting elegant and memorable A-list galas, luncheons, brunches and lectures for a myriad of diverse causes she believes in, just some of which include helping the underprivileged, universal healthcare, women’s rights and animal welfare. Over the years, she has

served as the chair and host of galas for New York Women’s Foundation, Southampton Hospital, NYC Mission Society, American Heart Association, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, French Heritage Society, Couture Council, JBFCS, American Cancer Society, Ellen Hermanson Foundation, UNCF, Southampton Bath and Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation and the Viennese Opera Ball. All of this exemplifies her unwavering commitment and dedication to serving community and giving back. | 47


Green gown with embroidered gold equin flowers by Oscar de la Renta All jewelry by Chopard

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And when it comes to her indomitable spirit and passion, 2019 is no exception. In fact, for the elegantly turned out, two-time Columbia University graduate – who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and an MBA from Columbia Business School -- her year of giving is in full swing. So far, she has hosted and/or chaired events for the Viennese Opera Ball, Southampton Bath and Tennis Charitable Foundation, Tri-County Animal Rescue (Southern Florida) and NYC Mission Society. Later this Spring, she will host two cocktail parties in her private residences: one for Surgeons of Hope and the other for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. In June, she will serve as co-chair of the New York City Mission Society Gala. Moving into July, she

will chair the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Gala and then the Ellen Hermanson Foundation Gala. In addition, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital will honor her and her husband in August at their 61th Annual Summer Party. Also in July, she will officially join the board of the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Foundation, making this her eighth board appointment. When the Fall begins, Jean will continue hosting and chairing events for several different charities including Surgeons of Hope and the French Heritage Society. Jean has been honored by countless different charities for her philanthropy and dedication. Some of these include the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, NYC Mission Society, JBFCS, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, Youth Counselling League, the Hadassah

, the NY Dominicans Women’s Foundation, NYC Film Festival and Surgeons of Hope. Aiming to inspire others to become more philanthropic by showing them how to take a similar path, Jean has also written a book – Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give – which has been called “the ultimate guidebook on giving.” “We have an obligation to see the need in the world and address that demand,” Jean says. Besides her impeccable academic credentials and philanthropic prowess, Jean is equally well known as one of the best-dressed hosts-- and one of America’s top party givers. She has graced many best-dressed lists for her style and for her extensive ball gown collection. Most recently, in 2018 she was listed as | 49


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one of 12 the best dressed women of the world by The Daily Fashion Report. In January 2019, she was listed by as one of 2019’s top100 American party givers. When asked about her passion for fashion and style, Jean explains: “Style is an expression of oneself. When I am well dressed, I feel good. Fashion is a highly creative form of art. I am in awe of the incredible vision of so many of our of present-day fashion designers. My involvement on the board of the Couture Council of the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology has expanded my knowledge and love of the world of fashion. To wear and own the creations of some of our great fashion designers is a great privilege. For the past several years, I have also been collecting ball gowns. Most are the creations of American designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen, Zang Toi, Carolina

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Herrera, B. Michael and Victor dE Souza . Many are couture pieces. One day I plan to donate my collection to a museum. I look forward to that day. In the meantime, I am enjoying the experience of wearing them.” Jean’s two daughters and her husband Martin are also very involved in philanthropy. A few years ago, her youngest daughter co-founded her own charity called Global Strays, which strives to promote and improve animal welfare in countries that don’t have the proper resources to do it on their own. Jean is an active board member of Global Strays which currently funds animal rescue groups in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Columbia. Recognizing the need to promote philanthropy through multiple platforms, Jean views social media as yet another important vehicle for garnering support

of various charities and encouraging others to donate their resources and volunteer their time. Towards that end, she currently has over 120,000 followers on Instagram alone. Besides supporting her favorite causes though social media, another passion of Jean’s is helping to promote up-and-coming designers in her social media posts. Jean’s humanitarian philosophy is apparent in everything she does. “I believe we are not just put on this earth just to consume and to just provide for ourselves and our immediate families,” she states. “We have an obligation to help those that have less than we do. When we share our resources, we come closer to understanding the true meaning of life.” To learn more about Jean, her favorite charities, and her philanthropic activities this summer, follow her on Instagram @jeanshafiroff

Yellow gold silk cocktail dress by Oscar de la Renta All jewelry by Chopard


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CAD & THE DANDY Savile Row’s Largest Tailoring Brand By w. a. muller


ritish tailoring is known for craftmanship and being classic throughout generations and this is something Cad & The Dandy strive to maintain. Cad & The Dandy are Savile Row’s largest tailoring brand, who have expanded far beyond the UK with houses now in Stockholm and New York. In NYC the brand resides in the famous artist lofts of W57th Street, former home to Woody Allen, Ray Charles and the Stones. On entering Cad & The Dandy’s showroom, expect more of a private members club treatment than a traditional shop; with the latest cool British indie music playing and an array of fine gins and whiskeys flowing, the team sure do know how to host. They have an assortment of the finest British and Italian fabrics to choose from, it’s easy to see why Cad & The Dandy are the chosen tailors to Royals and celebrities alike – we could easily spend all day here. The uniqueness of Cad & The Dandy is that they retain the intricacies of traditional English

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handwork, but have been blended with a sleek fusion of modern style, slimmer shoulder padding and more pronounced waist, creating a look that is both contemporary and unique. The bespoke suiting process takes 8-10 weeks, with the consultations happening in New York, and hand crafted on the legendary Saville Row. What are the essentials that every man should have in his wardrobe? A perfect fitting navy suit that can work well for work, interviews, graduations, weddings etc A go to sportscoat, preferably in navy with a soft touch fabric like cashmere which will be perfect for business casual and the weekend. A classic black tux, because you never know when you need one.

What is the ultimate work to evening dinner and cocktails look? A classic navy suit, it just works for all occasions. But do take off the tie for the cocktails. It’s wedding season - What should grooms be looking for in terms of trends, fabric, cloth for the groom and groomsmen? Always dress classically for weddings, we all have seen the flared suit our father wore during the 70’s, all of which dated badly. We suggest a light weight classic navy suit which wil always look smart and can be worn for years to come. Cad & The Dandy are open 9am – 7pm Monday – Friday, 10am to 5pm Saturday. For appointments email or book an appointment on our website


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TOM DAVIES The Knight of Luxurious Order By simon gusev


eeking for a pair of new glasses? Look no further than premium bespoke eyewear by Tom Davies, the brand that truly deserves to be bestowed with the knighthood of luxury. The principles behind the product are to fit, form and function in the best way possible. Established in 2002, Tom Davies Bespoke Opticians has been revolutionizing the eyewear market for years with its couture-inspired vision. Tom Davies focuses entirely on the needs and desires of its customers and creates perfectly fitting and unique eyewear for no less unique personalities. The brand is all about high-quality materials such as Silver 925, pure titanium, natural horn and exceptional acetate, making its services undoubtedly one of a kind. To ensure the highest degree of comfort, the best look and a completely personalized experience, the brand holds bespoke design consultations, during which the members of the staff get to know customers. After the session, the design consultant takes a series of measurements along with photographs to make sure the frames will fit. The data is then sent to the design studio

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where it is processed and submitted to Tom Davies’ newly opened London factory. All the frames are handmade by artisans under rigorous supervision to become luxurious eyewear, the artistic masterpiece of craftsmanship. The name of the customers is then engraved discreetly on the inside of the temple arm. Tom’s commitment to perfection and ageless customized frames have conquered him a remarkable fanbase from high profile A-list figures like Ed Sheeran, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Rita Ora and Heston Blumenthal to sophisticated private clients. Filled with arcade game machines, spacious bar space and a massage room, the Tom Davies bespoke eyewear factory seems like an optical version of Silicon Valley. A couple of years ago, the brand transferred its factory from China to London, England. The reason for moving was to bring excellence to the native doorstep, creating jobs for local artisans while maintaining and maybe even improving the quality of eyewear. Tom is doing a lot of training personally with his UK staff at his new factory in West London that

will entirely manufacture the latest sunglasses collection. There are currently five Tom Davies Bespoke Opticians in London and none in the U.S., but with rapid expansion undergoing worldwide this year, the brand expects to be bringing over 10,000 pairs of frames per month from the British site to your doorstep. Nobody knows what to expect from the upcoming collection, but judging by past majestic eyewear models such as 18-carat gold sunglasses with goldplated lenses and salmon skin baked over buffalo horns, the brand will surely surprise its customers. Behold the knight of luxurious order, Tom Davies, creating new pairs of splendid glasses with the most personal touch you can get. There are 400 independent opticians in the US offering a simpler Tom Davies Bespoke service called Custom. This can be done with any Tom Davies ready to wear collection and then having the frames re-made to fit the customers’ features. All stockists are on our website.


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ANTHONY & DEIDRE SCARAMUCCI Making the Most out of Your Life and Marriage with Mooch and The Mrs. By Julie Sagoskin Photographed By UDO SPREITZENBARTH Photo Assistant - Ceres (Diaja)


rom Wall Street to Washington, Anthony Scaramucci has had both successes and short lived stints in the spotlight, and now he and his wife, Deidre, are letting you into their lives, literally, with their wildly popular podcast, Mooch and the Mrs., which streams on They might have almost gotten a divorce and still deal with differing political views, but the power couple has come out stronger than ever, and are using their experiences to ensure others have a fighting chance when it comes to love and living their best life.

Anthony, who grew up on Long Island, founded investment firm SkyBridge Capital, served as host of Wall Street Week, and became White House Communications Director in 2017. He has written multiple best-selling books and is the chairman of the SkyBridge Alternatives SALT Conference which is celebrating its ten year anniversary this year. Salt is a leadership forum devoted to unlocking growth opportunities in the fields of finance, economics, entrepreneurship, public policy, technology and philanthropy and brings together thousands of people from all political spectrums. This year’s speakers will include Nikki Haley, US Ambassador

to the United Nations, Donald Trump Jr., and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor, The Obama Foundation. With a total of five children between them including two young sons, Anthony and Deidre are determined to dive head first into a future filled with love and personal and professional success – and they’re taking you along for the ride with their podcast, where they keep it real, relatable and ridiculously funny. Get ready to strap on your seatbelt and get schooled Scaramucci style! | 65


How did you get the idea for your podcast, Mooch and the Mrs., which gives listeners an inside glimpse into your personal life and marriage? Why do you think it’s been so successful? Anthony: I was invited on a talk radio show at the Entercom affiliate in Los Angeles, KNX, and Ken Charles is the director there. I walked in with my wife and Ken looked at me and said wait at minute, I thought you guys got divorced. I said that’s on page one of the tabloids, but you’ll read on page 99 that we reconciled. He said, would your wife mind coming on the show and we’ll interview the both of you, so we did a 15 minute interview together about our relationship, about politics, about things that have gotten us into trouble domestically and about how tense things are in society right now politically. When we got done, the radio directors there said listen, we can turn this into a podcast and something bigger than that down the road. Six weeks later, after Labor Day, we were at 345 Hudson Street in New York City and we’re going to be doing our 30th podcast today. We have picked up advertisers and it’s getting a high frequency of downloads. We pick different topics – political, professional, domestic, and husband and wife bickering! Deidre: There’s a little bit of a comedic twist to it. I tease Anthony a little bit which most people don’t do, so I think that’s one of the appeals. We are on

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the show just like how we are in real life. There is nothing we don’t know about each other. It’s fun for people to listen to us in our element and hear Anthony in real life, it’s a window into our real personalities. Labor Day will be a year since we started, and we have been able to do a lot of fun things around it. Anthony’s always been in the spotlight, I was always more in the background. I’m not as into political stuff as Anthony, I go roped into politics. I pay more attention to lifestyle things and being a mom. Part of what people enjoy most is our different opinions while not being completely insane to one another. We can have political discourse in a funny way and keep it light. I can insert myself into his little world – he’s so expressive and so it’s a nice way for me to weigh in on things. We can go to therapy without going to therapy! How have people responded to your unique style? What do you hope to convey? Deidre: There are lots of followers who say thanks for doing this, and I feel good about it. If I can be married to someone who has different views on life and politics, than we should be able to have conversations on life at dinner. I think everyone should be able to speak to everyone in a kind and civil manner. They also say it’s nice to see people

take their relationship seriously rather than just disposing of it. Just in general, people are quick to separate, so it gives people hope. Anthony: A listener, Marita, who I don’t know but she found my email, said ‘I listen to your podcast and I love it, absolutely love it, it’s so real, so raw and so engaging. I can tell you love each other and you have differences but you work them out every day. It’s been great for me and my husband.’ I do think there is a vacuum of what I would call normalcy which is some levels of dysfunction, rationality, and a little bit of confusion and love and all of that comes together. Deidre: When you open yourself up there are also a lot of social media trolls. Anthony posted a picture of me and this person was like you’re wife needs to get it together, her nails are chipped. I have kids, I don’t have time to get my nails done every day! How has it been adjusting to life in the spotlight with your family? Deidre: We have a combination of five kids. The older ones are well on their way so it was tougher on them having their dad in the spotlight, it’s taken more of a toll on them. We’re back to whatever normal is and our two little guys have no clue what’s been going on, we’re just like regular people.


How did you make it through your very public personal drama? Anthony: It’s important to understand you can be “tabloided” in the Post and still love each other, you just have to drop your pride and your ego and say let’s see if we can fix those mistakes. I was being photographed in divorce court and I saw my wife’s aunt and uncle and I love them, I wanted to talk to them, but I knew I had to wait. I would tell people any time I put my pride and ego in something, my emotions are high and my intelligence is very low. I think that resonated in our first interview on the radio, that I love Deirdre and I want it to work out. A lot of couples have a hard time, everybody has something. Deidre: I think people can be quick to discard a relationship or take the easy way out by walking away. We showed people that it’s possible to work through things. How do you reflect on your time at the White House? Anthony: It happened very quickly, the president asked me for a specific job. I obviously made a series of mistakes but learned about eating humble pie and the redefinition of what’s really important in life. In hindsight, there were a lot of valuable things that happened to me - I worked in the West Wing, flew on Air Force One – growing up in a blue collar family, that would be an atypical thing to have happened, but as painful as my departure was, I look on it with fondness and it helped me recapture the things in life that are important to me. Do you think President Trump will win in 2020? What do you think about the current political climate? Deidre: I think he has a shot at winning. I think he has a strong base, he appeals to people on many levels. I think we’ve taken it to a whole new level with the division, and people on the right are super on the right and people on the left are very on the left, we’re on a very slippery slope. As they say, the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t. I think Democrats are becoming so extreme that it’s working against them to some degree. We’ll see how it plays out. Things are driven by the

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economy, people want jobs and to be able to support their family, so at end of the day, if you can support your loved ones you’re probably going to put the person responsible for that in office – he has that on his side. Anthony: I would add that it’s hard to beat an incumbent, and despite the rhetoric and the nonsense of the media and the president’s roughness in the media as well, I think he’s still very popular. I think people have a tough time admitting that they’re going to vote for him but they’re going to vote for him. He has a huge support base. I can’t tell you the number of people at the Golden Globes and in Hollywood who come up to me quietly and say I want you to know that I support the administration. What has made SALT such a successful gathering? Any surprises people can expect this year for the ten year anniversary? Anthony: We do the conference every year at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, if you go to you will see all the content we have out there. It’s a big event and we’re proud to put it on. It’s very bipartisan

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and Diedre helps us curate the event to make sure it has a good balance and cross section of ideas. We have people who have worked for the Trump administration and the Obama administration and Hollywood liberals and conservative talk show hosts. It’s very well blended and people can hear opposing points of view but in a civilized way. We are in a coarser society and so our goal is to make the discourse less coarse. We’re going to try to tie it into the Woodstock revival of 1969, so we’re bringing John Fogerty of the band Creedence Clearwater Revival, and he’s going to sing from his 1969 playlist to tie things back to ’69 and our anniversary. Deidre: The demographic of the conference is about 55 so they’ll appreciate it – it will be fun to bring him back! Any new projects coming up? Anthony: The paperback edition of my new book, Trump, The Blue-Collar President, just came out and I will most likely start writing my fifth book

mid to late summer. It will be more economically related about how to think like an investor in an environment like this. Deidre: I would love to do more things together and apart. It has brought us some other opportunities, I’m sure more things will come up. Do you miss being on television as the host of Wall Street Week? Anthony: I’ve actually gotten more television exposure after being in the White House and now can do multiple appearances a week. What are your favorite things to do as a family? Anthony: We like camping. Our version of camping is The Four Seasons or The Ritz Carlton! Favorite places to travel? Any trips planned? Anthony: We’re spring breaking at Disney, we’ve been on a few Disney cruises. Our favorite destination is Hawaii, we go about once a year.


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MARIA BARTIROMO Life at the Top with Maria Bartiromo By Hillary Latos Transcribed by simon gusev Produced By Hillary Latos Photographed By UDO SPREITZENBARTH Photography Assistants | Joey Wang Wardrobe styling | Adrienne Kalligeros Hair Artist | Nikki Ray Makeup Artist | Tania Guerra for Angelo David Salon - Chanel US


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n the heels of her fifth anniversary with the Fox Business Network, Maria Bartiromo is one of the most popular and hardest working financial anchors in the business. As the anchor of the daily morning show, Mornings with Maria, and Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street on the Fox Business Network, and Sunday Morning Futures on Fox News Channel, Maria anchors 16.5 hours of live programming six days a week. This past year, Mornings with Maria has taken over Squawk Box in overall viewership. Since she began her

career 25 years ago as the first TV journalist on the floor show of the New York Stock Exchange, she has been a pioneer shaping the landscape of financial news reporting. Not only has Maria interviewed some of the most powerful players in politics, business, and government asking the questions the public wants to know over the span of her career, she has also been in the front lines of the biggest world economic cycles over the last quarter of a century. But what makes her so popular and wildly successful is how she remains true to herself

with a sense of humility that resonates so well with her viewers. This month, Resident Magazine had the privilege to speak with the “Money Honey” about her impressive career and the biggest moments that have shaped her life and the world in general. Of all your interviews, who have you been most impressed by? I’ve been on the air for 25 years and have interviewed so many different people, whether its CEOs or heads of state, so it’s difficult to narrow it down to | 73

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just one person, but I would say there are a number of people I’ve been impressed with who possess certain characteristics. Examples would be Jamie Dimon, who is a straight talker and will tell it the way it is. Toby Cosgrove, the CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, is so smart in terms of healthcare and wellness, or Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters, whom I’ve always been impressed with because they are incredible pioneers. Also, heads of state such as President Clinton or President Trump, who have their own intuitive nuances that make them incredible leaders. President Obama also had a certain sense of confidence when he spoke about what he wanted and where he was going with things. When you look at the wide group of people I’ve been able to interview, what stands out to me is incredible leadership yet also humility. Having the kind of statute, strength and power that some of these leaders possess but also remembering where you came from with a sense of humbleness is very impressive to me. You also wrote the book Secrets to Success. What are the characteristics you see in successful people and what are their secrets? The book was about the 10 laws of enduring success. When I wrote this book, I was trying to narrow down the answers to this question. What is it that creates leadership, and how do you become a great leader? I think some things I mentioned in that book are things like adaptability. You have to be flexible enough in your life to be able to change and identify areas that are not working and to be

able to adapt to different circumstances. You must recognize humility to understand what you don’t know and to work harder to overcome that area. Resilience, together with all these things, is really important in terms of leadership. Jack Welch was one of my mentors throughout my career at CNBC, and he taught me so much in terms of knowing what I am good at and what I am not good at and what I need to work on. At the end of the day, we are all just humans, we all make mistakes and we need to recognize that no one person is better than the other. It is so important to have that humility to understand you are not the most important person in the world and there are other things and other people in the world that matter a lot more than you. What do you feel was your greatest journalistic achievement in your career? I helped build CNBC, which was very small when I first started, and it is now a global network. I also helped build the Fox business network. I anchored three presidential debates, which I am very proud of, and we had an enormous viewership. The Fox business debate had thirteen million viewers, and the second debate had eleven million viewers. I asked the questions the American people wanted answers for and also presented in a way that was accessible to our viewers while putting the candidates on the spot. While at Fox business, we just beat CNBC, and we have the best guests every morning who are the most informed people in business and politics.

What was the most moving segment you’ve done? I reported on the ground from September 11th, and it was incredibly moving and one of the most important days of my life and always will be. It was also my birthday. I was at the stock exchange and my boss called me and told me to go outside. I was on the street corner when the second plane went into the second building. I ran for my life because the building started to collapse and the whole area shook. There was crazy stuff flying out of the buildings, not to mention people. It was the saddest yet the most incredible moving day for me, and I’ll never forget the comradery. I was outside on the street covered in ashes, and I ran for cover in the exchange. I stayed there that day until 10 pm. When things quieted down, I went upstairs to talk to Richard Grasso, the chairman of the NYSE, and I said, “What now?” The next time I reported on the exchange was the following Monday, the 17th. The people who rang the bell were the first respondersthe firefighters, NYPD, the governor, the mayor, and the senator who were all on the podium. When I interviewed them, I never felt such strength and resilience until that day because we were all in mourning and feeling so hurt, but we also knew we would rise again. We knew we would get through it together, and even though we were beaten down, we would be strong and come back from this. September 17, 2001, was the most inspirational day and one of the most important days of my life and my career. | 75

Have you ever reported on cycles and been completely skeptical? David Faber and I used to have a segment on CNBC, “Annoying Little Comparisons,” of companies that just didn’t make sense. We would pick one a day. For instance, one was that had a larger market valuation than GM. doesn’t sell anything, and it had no revenue last year while GM revenue was over a hundred million dollars. No one cared; you were on the doorstep of a new revolution and viewers just wanted in because they thought

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What were some of the economic cycles you’ve experienced throughout your career? I started on the air in 1993, and I have been able to watch the economy cycles over a 30-year period. In 1989, I was a production assistant at CNN Business News. I started as an intern and had a background in economics from NYU. I knew this was a new moment in television when I saw correspondents reporting live on the ground during the Gulf War. At 26, I was watching Bernard Shaw reporting under the bed in Baghdad while bombs were going off, and CNN was the only one reporting live. At that time, all the major networks would wait until 6:30 to report during their evening news. For the first time, I learned how to report on a story as it was actually happening, which brought me incredible intelligence. Many years later, when I became the first person to broadcast on the floor of New York Stock Exchange, I was reporting on a story as it was actually happening. 1993 was the individual investment revolution when individuals thought they could just arm themselves with information and make their own investment decisions, and that stirred a whole new industry. Then we reached the tech boom where people ignored fundamentals with no revenue or earnings, which led to the dot com bust when so many people lost money. After that, there was the crisis in Europe where Europeans were piling on so much debt until things busted, and you saw bankruptcies across Europe. From there, you had this huge housing boom in 2006, betting that housing prices were going to go up without any rationale until they didn’t anymore, which led to this incredible bust and the worst financial crisis in the generation. I’ve covered cycle after cycle of economic changes in the world, and I had a front row seat. It’s been an incredible 25 years, and I am so proud of the work I’ve been able to do.

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they were going to get rich overnight. Things don’t make sense but we believe them anyway. So, it’s really important as a viewer to come away from these things and remember the most basic principle of all: when it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Things don’t go on forever when they don’t make sense. What are your outlooks for 2019? I am very positive about where we are right now, and the economy is doing very well. Yes, we are experiencing a little bit of a slowdown, but when you look at the fact that the last jobs number showed 312,000 jobs created, we are talking about several million jobs created just in the last two years. People are feeling better; they’ve got more money in their pockets. The stock market has been reacting to a whole host of different things, and I think people will continue to react to uncertainties. I have great access to the congress and the administration to get firsthand knowledge about new policies, which I am able to communicate to viewers. I think people understand things have changed and new policies will impact them. The uncertainty of not knowing what might happen with the government shutdown, the tax cut plan or health care keeps people frozen and creates a slowdown. Companies sit on cash, investors sit on their money, and consumers don’t go shopping because they are not sure about what’s

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next. Europe is a bit of a mess, and China is experiencing a slowdown. I don’t think you want to time the market like a trader. You want to invest for the long-term in something you believe is sound and wise, and you want to invest in growth stories. I think the growth is in the marriage of technology and healthcare. Everyone is living longer as a result of technology and having more knowledge than we had 20 years ago. I remember covering the human genome, and just 20 years ago, we figured out what causes disease, and now we are getting in front of disease and we can change our habits. Now they have mobile stroke units to get to patients in a shorter time and robotic surgeries and cancer screenings. Also, fintech is changing our lives. There are so many areas of growth right now, and that’s something I focus on during my shows each day. I am also focused on how new policy impacts American families and what’s happening in the world over the long-term. Policy plays a large part in growth and investments. What are you expecting to hear at Davos this year? I am looking forward to hearing how trade will affect our relationships in the Eurozone as well as in Asia and about nationalism in the United States and what it has meant to the rest of the world. It’s also interesting to see how the new Brazilian president will affect our relationship with them. There is a

lot to be gained when you have all those policy makers within one place, and I am like the kid in a candy store because I’ve got the best interviews right there, and I can really get a sense of how world policy changes will impact the United States. I am hosting the opening panel, which is about growth and where we are today in terms of markets and the economy, with the Minister of China, Chairman of Bridgewater, and the CEO of Goldman Sachs. You are very into wellness and you work 6 days a week. How do you stay grounded? Where do you like to travel? My husband and I have a home in the Hamptons, and I go there on weekends and bike along the ocean road. I also do yoga, which definitely helps me rest and rejuvenate. Over Christmas, my husband and I went to Marrakesh, and it was amazing. We spent a night in the Sahara Desert, and I rode a camel. Every December/January, we like to go on hiking trips to set the tone of the year in terms of getting in shape and eating healthy. I loved the souk where I bought so many cool Moroccan textiles and caftans. It was an experience, and I am really glad we did it. That sounds incredible. What’s next on the horizon? One my greatest assets is that I have great access to the corporate suite in terms of CEOs as well as

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the congressional suite and the administration to get firsthand information about what’s going on. Being able to give this kind of access to our viewers has been a great thing, which is the reason for the show’s popularity. We have the highest income viewers of all cable programming, which is pretty extraordinary. My viewers are informed, educated, with money and are engaged. We cover trade, investing and my number one question is, where is the growth? I’ve also been really active on social media, on Twitter and I love Instagram. I’ve always been a photographer and I have always had my camera since I was a kid, which is also a great way to promote the show and also show aspects of my own life. I am sure the viewers want to see the personal side of you. I think that they do, and I think that’s the good point. My viewers think they know who I am, and I think that’s why the show resonates because they feel like we are friends. I am really a girl’s girl. I always help my assistants get on the air. When I first started on the New York Stock Exchange, there were a lot of people who didn’t want me there, and I had to hold my ground. I think because of that, women relate to me, and that’s why we have a big female viewership.

What do you love most about being a native New Yorker? I grew up in Brooklyn, and I love New York because of its diversity. You can be in the city and be anonymous yet also visit the greatest landmarks on the planet. I am also Italian and my grandfather Carmine Bartiromo came to this country in 1919 during the war. In Italy, he was a bricklayer, and he and his brother built a restaurant in Brooklyn and named it Rex Manor, after a ship that transported people from Italy to America. My first job was in the coat check there, and I watched my entire family work hard to build this business. This is really who I am. I love working hard, and that’s all I know. I am very proud of my upbringing, my Italian heritage, and who my parents are today. My mother is still my best friend. My mother, sister, and I are like three amigos, and we speak every day. What has been the best advice you’ve received, and what has been the best advice you think you’ve bestowed on others? When I talk to people in my industry, young women want to try to follow my footsteps, and I give three pieces of advice. 1. Work hard. There are no shortcuts. It doesn’t matter who you know and who you don’t know. It’s about you and your performance, so work incredibly hard.

You may very well be in the right place at the right time, because it does require a little luck sometimes. 2. Do the right thing. Don’t just try to do the right thing. We all know when we are faced with a dilemma what’s right and what’s wrong. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in. The only thing you have is your reputation. That is it; all you have is your name, and you have to protect it and cherish it. 3. Be who you are, and be true to yourself. In my journey, there have been many people who wanted to be me and do what I do. Sometimes, in this business, there is some jealousy. The mistake they always made when they were trying to be me is not being their own person. You have to love yourself and be who you are, and I think that’s so important to excelling. Make sure you know what you are good at, do what you love, and do what you’re good at. If you love what you do, you won’t mind working hard at it. I love what I do, and after thirty years, I can honestly say I am working the hardest I have ever worked before. Nothing is guaranteed. One of the most important things that people have to recognize is that you have to keep up your end of the bargain. I am grateful for the life that I’ve had as well as the ability to work hard. | 81

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ARISTOTLE HATZIGEORGIOU The Philosopher of Hospitality By w. a. muller Photographed By neil Tandy


ristotle “Telly” Hatzigeorgiou is a nightlife impresario. He has spent over two decades creating and growing some of NYC’s most notable establishments, building brands that have grown and grown rapidly. The Lure Group CEO’s nightlife portfolio includes Clinton Hall, which has five locations across three boroughs and Slate, which will celebrate its 20th Anniversary next year. And Spring will bring even more growth to Hatzigeorgiou’s thriving hospitality empire with the opening of The Lookup at the Metro Hotel, the Clinton Hall Gigawatt Garden at the POD 51 Hotel, Clinton Hall Rooftop at the POD BK Hotel and a new Slate pop-up in Williamsburg.

What did you do before opening your business? I graduated from NYU with a degree in Economics and Finance and went on to work for Chase Manhattan Bank in Global Securities, I met some great people. I was responsible for investing pension funds for large corporations. After 4 years I realized I was drawn to hospitality. What brought you to the world of hospitality? During my time in finance, I always knew that I wanted to build my own business. My aha moment came after watching the movie “Color of Money,” which revolves around a pair of cool pool hustlers. As the credits rolled, I knew then and there that I

wanted to open up pool halls. In 1992 I opened the doors to my first location called Bayside Billiards Cafe in Bayside, Queens. Following soon after were Millennium in Flushing and The Billiard Company in Forest Hills. Back in the early 90’s it was prohibited to serve alcohol in venues with two or more pool tables. Despite that, we were very busy and successful but of course, everyone wanted a beer. I realized sales would skyrocket even more if it was legal to serve alcohol. And so, I embarked on a tireless battle with SLA to have the laws changed. I learned the ropes of the nightlife business over the course of my first 8 years. That experience led to me opening Slate in 2000. | 83



What makes you different from your competitors? The unique experience you get at Slate and Clinton Hall makes us different from our competitors. For me it’s all about having fun, bringing people together and pulling them away from their desks to socialize over great beers and great food. The spaces I own are casual cool. You don’t have to dress up to have a great night, you can loosen your tie, let your hair down and enjoy the moment. How did you conceptualize Slate and how has it evolved over the years? Slate was always my dream place. I thought to myself, if I were the richest man in the world, what would my basement look like? It would have everything Slate has starting with pool and ping pong tables, a DJ booth at the foot of a massive dance floor where over 1,000 of my closest friends could come and hang out at a grand, industrial chic 16,000 square foot space. We recently added a 20 foot stainless steel and glass slide, a mini 3 lane bowling alley adjacent to the secret karaoke room. Additionally, one can also enjoy skee-ball, pinball and an 8-player foosball table. If you are thirsty, you can Be Your Own Bartender (BYOB) at our new pouring station with over a dozen adult beverages on tap. Your Clinton Hall brand is a juggernaut with 5 locations across 3 boroughs. How did you come up with it and what sets it apart? It all started with Beekman Beer Garden Beach

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Club in 2011. The venue was wildly successful. It had a 4,000 person capacity, our beer sales were as high as the likes of Yankee Stadium. It introduced me to the world of craft beer and I must say it’s a fascinating business. That led me to opening my first Clinton Hall in 2013. The Bronx followed not too long after and to say it was well-received would be an understatement. The three pillars of Clinton Hall, AKA our DNA, are Supercraft beer, mouthwatering food and an abundant choice of nostalgic games. I decided to trademark the word Supercraft since we feature twenty rotating draft beers on tap, that are served precisely to each Brew Masters specs thanks to our on-site Flux Capacitor. We like to joke that if you’ve heard of the beer, we don’t sell it. We encourage our guests to try something new. The family style signature dishes are a spin on traditional beer hall cuisine such as our famous Doughnut Grilled Cheese, Fondue Burger and W.T.F Waffles. Our featured games are giant Jenga, Connect 4, Chess in addition to many board and card games.

Are there any achievements you are especially proud of ? Yes, I am very proud of my family and my two boys. When it comes to business accomplishments, I am most gratified to see how the brands I built have stood the test of time. I am fortunate to witness our customers having a joyful time while loving our food and drinks. Clinton Hall’s Double Smashed Burger was the winner of Burger Bash 2018 People’s Choice Award at the New York City Wine and Food Festival. That was a tremendous achievement. I am proud that we have expanded Clinton Hall from one to five locations with a seasonal rooftop opening this summer and that Slate is gearing up for its 20th anniversary in 2020. It makes me very happy to know that we enable people to create lifelong memories at Slate and Clinton Hall. Whether it’s by meeting a spouse during a night out or by sharing milestones at events like bar/bat mitzvahs. I love the relationships we have built over the years, not just with our customers, but also our bartenders, cooks, builders, and servers. Seeing the familiar faces when you walk through the door is priceless.

What is special about Clinton Hall’s new Gigawatt IPA can with Bronx Brewery? Our new Gigawatt IPA took months and months to create. It was a collaboration between our entire team and Bronx Brewery. It is a true labor of love. We brewed the first batch ourselves and are very proud to be the first independently run restaurant in New York City serving our very own canned beer.

Where do you see the company in 5 years? I am working on expanding both brands. I would love to see Slate and Clinton Hall in Boston, Miami and L.A.


JUNGSIK O Tempora o Cibi! By Simon Gusev


orean cuisine, which has been passed through generations, is mainly based on rice, vegetables, and meats. But why focus only on traditional plates when you can bring innovations to your culinary routine? Zingy and luxurious to the right degree, Jungsik New York

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offers the unique landmark Seoul experience paired with impeccable service to deliver contemporary Korean wonders to the table. Located at 2 Harrison, Tribeca, Jungsik was awarded by Michelin with a string of stars for a reason. In

its three tiny rooms with lovely lighting, which is just bright enough to see your food clearly, Chef Yim and his team conjure up new luscious masterpieces, bringing the pioneer influences of French cuisine and new Spanish movements into the Korean domain while staying true to familiar flavors of Korea. The

state-of-the-art interior invests in a cozy yet upscale atmosphere of fine dining. The interior, filled with rich browns and chic ivory furnishings, has two long walls of creamy banquettes and alabaster table linens, screaming with modern elegance. The chairs are deep, and tables are well spaced to create a sense of Korean feng shui. Dark pottery and white porcelain also contribute to the symphony of the restaurant’s harmonic refinement. Most of the dishes on the tasting menu are offered in miniature portions to emphasize the uniqueness of each bite. Despite the presence of modernly inspired plates, the best dishes on the list have roots in classic Korean homestyle cooking that boasts bold flavors and playful odors. In the seasonal menu, we recommend sampling marvelous black cod with red pepper soy and shishito pepper, scallops with brown butter dashima and sancho jangajji and crispy fried rice cakes shaped like peanuts. To reach the apogee of your dining experience with Jungsik, try the sea urchin rice bowl with a light soy sauce, a touch of sesame oil that has been slightly refashioned, with a hint of toasted quinoa. For a dessert, taste french-inspired yet Korean apple tatin with coconut sorbet. To the delight of its customers, the restaurant offers the extensive 48-page wine list that includes all shades of Dom Perignon and even “RomanéeConti” Grand Cru Monopole, one of the most exclusive wines you can find. Wine pairing is available for each tasting menu to gain a deeper insight into the restaurant’s culinary creativity. Indulge in the ultimate signature nine-course tasting menu with premium wine pairing featuring amazing wines like Domaine Leflaive, Opus One and Château d’Yquem. Experience the paramount milestone in the history of contemporary Korean dining and let Jungsik’s pleasures play on the tip of your tongue with its flavorful fireworks of culinary eroticism. 2 Harrison St. New York, NY 10013 212.219.0900

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DINING OUT: NYC By simon Gusev

The Woo Who doesn’t like to dig into a Korean barbecue with friends or beloved ones from time to time? Only those who have never tried it before. Whether you are seasoned in Korean cuisine or a first-timer, The Woo is the culinary shrine that will surely baptize your taste buds with unique flavors. The restaurant, led by the third generation of Choi women, artfully recreates the refined Korean restaurant Woo Lae Oak that used to serve amazing experiences to its patrons long before the grill-it-yourself experience became mainstream. Start with Korean-style sharing plates, kimbap, sushi rolls filled with vegetables and lobster, beef, or shrimp. Then proceed to the centerpiece of the dining experience: the barbecue. The Woo offers an extensive list of grilled options from duck to yellowfin tuna. A few former favorites like Ke Sal Mari, a crab and leek dish wrapped in spinach

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crepes, will also be found on the menu. Visit and see for yourself the reincarnation of long gone yet still relevant, original Korean barbecue. 206 Spring St. New York, NY 10012 212.925.2364 800 Degrees Initially founded in Los Angeles, Woodfired Kitchen is now in New York. 800° Woodfired Kitchen, managed by Mario Zaniou with NBA superstar Dwyane Wade serving as the global partner of the brand, boasts a unique and innovative approach to the art of cooking with fire, the purest ingredients from renowned vendors and gourmet woodfired smokey dishes, creating an affordable fine dining experience. The space is designed in

an upscale yet cozy style that makes it perfect for any occasion. Don’t miss out on the lunch-only Power Bowls served with quinoa tabbouleh, kale, cucumber, avocado, cherry tomatoes and corn and lemon-tahini sauce with your choice of protein. If you can’t make it to lunch, you will still have a chance to enjoy delicious food! Sample Creekstone Farms Prime Rib with horseradish cream, a Black Tie Pizza with Pata Negra Iberico Jamon and black truffle burrata. In a city that eats, sleeps and breathes vapors of freshly baked pizza, 800° Woodfired Kitchen should be on your list of must-visit restaurants. 1 E 33rd St. New York, NY 10016 212.660.6419


Leyla Tired of ordinary dining experiences? A fusion of European, Asian and the Oriental cuisines, Turkish cuisine is the third richest cuisine after the French and the Chinese gastronomy. Located on the ground level of a townhouse at 108 West 74th Street, Leyla is a new Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant, where all plates are meant to be shared. Leyla comes from several partners, including Huseyin Ozer, one of the most respectable ambassadors of Turkish cuisine in New York City. The space is filled with Turkish adornments, paintings and tapestries. The dining highlights include a variety of flatbread dishes, a slow-cooked lamb shank with porcini orzo risotto, a beetroot carpaccio salad, and eggplant caviar with charred onion, bell pepper and garlic that comes with housemade toasted sourdough bread. Don’t forget about the dessert menu, and sample a tahini or honey flatbread topped with toasted walnuts. Don’t hesitate to visit this Turkish culinary fairytale called Leyla. 108 W 74th St. New York, NY 10023 347.334.7939 BLT Prime What defines an enjoyable steakhouse? Superior meat, of course, and the BLT Prime menu has plenty. Located in the heart of midtown, the restaurant fuses an upscale bistro design, enhanced by Madagascar ebony tables and cute suede booths, with steakhouse fare. Over the years, the BLT-brand has created a formula for perfect meaty dishes, using inspiring ingredients and incorporating modern accents. It successfully expanded its international presence to more than 15 restaurants in major cities such as Hong Kong, Aruba, Las Vegas and others. The restaurant’s popularity makes sense when you take a bite of Certified Black Angus or USDA Prime steak seasoned with a wide selection of sauces, ranging from salsa verde to green peppercorn. Besides a generous selection of meat, the restaurant serves seasonal fresh seafood, salads and a weekly-changing Blackboard Menu offering seasonal dishes that highlight local ingredients. The extensive wine list features both New and Old World wines alongside hand-crafted signature cocktails. This May, indulge in fine meaty dining with BLT Prime. 1032 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10021 212.995.8500

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dining Ichiran

Ichiran Craving for a big bowl with tasty broth? Head to Midtown. Located between Sixth and Seventh Avenues on 132 West 31st, Ichiran, which has over 70 locations in Asia, undeniably dominates the ramen scene in New York. The restaurant serves fantastic ramen with pork-rich tonkotsu broths in eclectic solo dining booths. Why eat alone? The original idea behind this unusual way of dining lies in Manabu Yoshitomi’s, founder of the cult-popular Japanese chain, unique culinary skills. The legend says Yoshitomi’s ramen is so tasty that people shouldn’t be distracted from having a meal. That said, the experience at Ichiran, with all its dings, beeps and lights, reminds more of a ramen-based video game rather than implementing solitude. Ordering the classic tonkotsu ramen, you get to choose the richness, saltiness, and noodle texture by filling out a piece of paper before passing it to a server, who stands behind the booth remaining faceless. Eventually, the

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bowl filled with delicious broth slides back to the client, enveloping a person with warm, flavorful steam. Ichiran is undoubtedly the most must-visit ramen spot in NYC. 132 W 31st St. New York, NY 10001 212.465.0701 Bustan The Mediterranean region is one of the richest on cuisine. Taste the quintessential Mediterranean plates in a contemporary, vibrant setting at Bustan NYC. Located in New York City’s Upper West Side, the restaurant serves a broad range of cuisine including Italian, Greek, Spanish, and Israeli. Offering takeout for its customers’ convenience, Bustan is also available for catering offsite events. For starters, dig into one of the restaurant’s delicious appetizers, such as the tzatziki or the hum-


mus. Are you coming with friends? Get a plate of roasted heirloom cauliflower or burrata to share. Continue to large plates with the Moroccan vegetable terracotta or the taboon baked whole branzino. Don’t miss out on the restaurant’s weekend brunch options that include traditional shakshouka with taboon baked eggs in spiced north African tomato sauce and Bustan Benedict made with challah bread, kale, roasted tomato, avocado and mint yogurt. Celebrate your dining experience with Rose Water Pannacotta that contains Earl Gray sauce, roasted coconut, peanuts and mixed berries. In the season of new beginnings, dive into the freshness of Mediterranean flavors with Bustan NYC. 487 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10024 212.595.5050


NEUMAN’S KITCHEN Dining at First Sight By simon gusev


hat is the most significant event in human life? Is it when you look into another person’s eyes, wearing a fascinating outfit in the place you both want to be, thinking this moment should last forever and vows should never vanish? If the answer is yes, then you are probably looking at your eternal love, a person to whom you are about to dedicate both body and soul. Whether you are securing your choice with the sacred bond, official papers or both, planning the wedding can be stressful and exhausting. We are pretty sure you might have more than enough nuances to consider. Neuman’s Kitchen NYC, like the good days, is here to stay and help you out with one of the most essential things: dining. The recipient of many industry awards, Neuman’s Kitchen has been around for over 30 years and has made a name for itself through its cuisine, which is designed to make an emotional connection with its consumers. The catering house’s mission is to create an artistic fine dining experience for you

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and your guests, using the freshest ingredients and its rich culinary experience. The company is also proud of its sustainabilityinspired approach to doing business, always seeking solutions to reduce waste to ensure beautiful ingredients are able to be grown years from now. That is why the color green is central to the company’s philosophy of being a responsible and sustainable community member. Imagine the Insta-moment when your guests see Chef Floyd Cardoz—the very chef who won the third season of Top Chef Masters and was named among “Top 50 Most Influential Global Indians” by GQ magazine. For your delight, Neuman’s Kitchen has announced an exclusive catering partnership with Chef Floyd. “Our goal with this collaboration,” says Paul Newman, the owner of Neuman’s Kitchen, “is to offer our clients Floyd’s highly personal approach and unique interpretations of international food for their catered events.”

The Cardoz menu is now available and focuses on bridal and life cycle events as well as destination weddings. Although Neuman’s Kitchen is based in New York and Philadelphia, the company will collaborate with caterers around North America to make sure every state as access to perfect wedding dining. If you still doubt the opportunity to trust your catering to Neuman’s Kitchen, consider the fact that just last year, the company successfully catered over 1800 bridal, corporate and private events. Make your special day even more special with excellent dining from celebrity Chef Floyd Cardoz and Neuman’s Kitchen, the collaboration that will surely become a delicious ode to your everlasting love. 35-02 48th Ave, Long Island City NY 11101 212.228.2444

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ORTZI A Flavorful Fiesta By simon gusev


ew York is undoubtedly a substantial culinary hub that celebrates world cuisine with the abundance of great restaurants and talented chefs. At least once in a while, we have the craving to try something new, unusual and maybe even weird for our taste buds. Have you heard about Basque country, an autonomous community in northern Spain possessing wellpreserved cultural traditions and, as a matter of fact, astonishing cuisine? Influenced by the abundant Mediterranean’s abundant resources on one side and a fertile valley on the other, Basque cuisine is a beautiful mix of seafood, meat and vegetables. The renowned vineyards in Ebro Valley add a charming accent to any meal. If you are having trouble finding the best spot for a fantastic Basque place, we are happy to help. Hidden in LUMA Hotel Times Square, Ortzi is a spacious, sleek restaurant with amazing Basque country-inspired dishes led by Chef Jose Garces

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and Chef de Cuisine Michael Han, who create both original and spectacular plates. Opened for three meals daily, and perfect for tapas and a few drinks, the restaurant is undoubtedly one of the most creative and exciting new Spanish openings in NYC. For a full dining experience, get one of the forty-five seats at the latest, contemporary, bright dining space built around an open kitchen. If you are craving for something more casual, land in the lobby of LUMA hotel with its first-come/first-serve bar and lounge with an upscale wood-paneled bar, offering the same menu as the dining room. Patrons are welcome to indulge in the chic dining experience with Ortzi’s four-course traditional Basque tapas experience with exclusive wine pairings, or simply order by the menu. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. Using only fresh ingredients for their dishes, the restaurant offers a wide variety of must-sample seafood plates such as the everfavorite roasted branzino complemented with bean

stew, spiced cauliflower, hazelnut sofrito and piquillo. Start your culinary journey to Basque with Queso Mixto or Jamon Iberico and proceed with Pan con Pantacas or roasted foie gras. Don’t leave the restaurant without trying out a traditional Spanish dessert, Copa Caramel, made with milk chocolate cream, caramel foam, wine, orange zest and sea salt. Besides fantastic food, the restaurant offers an extensive beverage menu, centering around the wines and spirits of Northern Spain and Atlantic France. See, taste, smell and hear the very essence of flavorful traditions in a creative setting with Ortzi, the Basque gem inside the urban culinary treasure of New York City. 120 W 41st St. New York, NY 10036 212.730.8900


PONI ROOM An Ode to Fish By simon gusev


ith temperatures rising and sunrays gently caressing lightly dressed bodies, spring is everywhere you look. Just in time for floral blossoms, the new seafood and rosé-focused restaurant has arrived at NoHo. Cozy yet pretentious and chic, The Poni Room, where water and wine are served from fish jugs, gives out the perfect spring vibe we’ve all been craving.

fabric and velvet and deconstructed archaic horse blankets on the walls. The “Beverage Room,” filled to the ceiling with rose bottles, is a little landmark of the restaurant. Although guests can order drinks from their tables, indecisive ones can visit the Beverage Room to see the bottles for themselves, have a bartender make recommendations on the choice of drink and even Instagram the experience.

lobster bake, and Guinness spice braised short ribs. For sophisticated patrons, the restaurant offers an izakaya tasting menu. Despite 20 different rosés by the bottle, pitcher, or on tap, the all-purpose list includes soju, sake, beer, red and sparkling wines. Don’t forget to sample the rotating boozy slushie and a signature cocktail Poni 50/50, crafted with gin, vermouth, and cucumber bitters.

Located on 316 Bowery, the latest project from AvroKO Design and AvroKO Hospitality Group, The Poni Room is below Saxon + Parole. Enter through Saxon + Parole restaurant and let one of the staff members know you are looking for The Poni Room to enter a hidden seated bar and restaurant, with a separate menu from the upstairs establishment. The Poni Room resides in a 36-seat space, the former S+P’s wine cellar, with a blend of high tables and banquettes. The interior is finished in “New Yorkian izakaya” style, featuring Japanese room dividers made from coral

The Poni Room’s menu whirls around petite seafood pan-Asian plates. It is led by talented chefs from Saxon + Parole. Among the tastiest dishes are unitopped English muffins, coconut laksa, barbecued oysters with shrimp-chili paste, lobster with pickled mango and lettuce leaves for wrapping. The restaurant also offers tuna, scallops, octopus and prawn skewers accompanied by green-tea noodles and Thai chili dipping sauce. For those who like sharing their joy, large shareable platters feature a salt crusted whole boneless dorade, whole crispy twice-cooked chicken,

Counting time from spring to spring, we find it more cheerful to reckon the year by blossoms than by withering. With such a grand collection of rose wines, The Poni Room is an ever-spring space, and its dining experience promises to provoke blossoms daily for years to come.

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316 Bowery New York, NY 10012 212.254.0350

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D’USSE The Culture of Spirits By W. A. Muller Cognac is a major staple in the culture of spirits. Originating back in the 16th century, from French connoisseurs all the way to the top hip-hop artists, cognac will never go out of style. One of cognac’s finest, D’USSÉ, is a new bold expression that dares the palate like never before. Born in the cellars of the Chateau de Cognac – a home with a 200-year legacy of creating some of the world’s finest Cognacs – D’USSÉ VSOP is the perfectly balanced blend of selected Cognacs aged at least 4 ½ years in French oak barrels in the Chateau’s unique dry and humid cellars. These natural aging environments are a key factor in delivering the distinctive bold, full-bodied and pleasantly smooth taste of D’USSÉ. The humid cellars give D’USSÉ its distinguished smoothness and roundness, while the dry cellars deliver intense aromas and spicy and woody notes. On the nose, D’USSÉ VSOP starts with a bouquet of powerful aromas rich in woody notes that are then backed by touches of cinnamon and floral notes. On the palate, D’USSÉ VSOP gives a pleasantly intense “bite”, with hints of spices, almond and cinnamon. Then, unexpectedly, a distinctively smooth finish takes over, delivering subtle accents of honey and dried fruits. With rich flavor notes of ripe blackberry and apricot, layered with hints of dark chocolate and walnut, D’USSÉ XO is in a lane of its own. On the rocks or straight up, D’USSÉ XO is known for its unparalleled aromas and complex taste. Being a distinctive spirit and a cultural icon, D’USSÉ XO has garnered the appeal of esteemed tastemakers worldwide. D’USSÉ XO is a masterful blend by the world’s most senior Maître de Chai, Michel Casavecchia. At a royal castle that dates back to the tenth century, the Chateau is also home to some long-established cognacs, but what makes D’USSÉ so different from the competition is its versatility. The exceptional design of both the D’USSÉ VSOP and XO Cognac bottles is inspired by the liquid it contains. It is classic, modern and a statement wherever it rests. Embodying luxury, sophistication and taste, D’USSÉ is crafted to ensure the utmost complexity and depth. The bottle has heritage-minded origins that cognac enthusiasts and new supporters of the brand would enjoy. On the bottle, a visceral representation of the source known simply by the double-barred cross, Le Croix de Lorraine (The Cross of Lorraine). This crest historically signifies French patriotism and the Free French Forces during World War II. This cross particularly conveys a theme of “courage, honor, and perseverance”—a fitting trifecta given the story behind the liquid. The finest of cognacs come with time. There must be time to age the eau-de-vie long enough to achieve complexity, and also time to let them mature together once the final blend is made. D’USSÉ’s goal with its Cognac is to deliver rich flavor culminating in an exceptionally balanced finish. Made from meticulously hand-selected eau-de-vie, D’USSÉ has earned its place as the pinnacle of the ultra-premium spirits category. Prices vary depending on the region, but D’USSÉ VSOP is valued between $49.99 $54.99 and D’USSÉ XO is $199 - $229.

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BANGKOK Tasting and Treasuring the Best of Siam’s Capital By Julie Sagoskin


o fully explore the best of Bangkok, climb aboard a restored 100-year-old rice barge and set sail along some spectacular sights. Prepare to be amazed as you pass the Grand Palace and Temple of Dawn on the Chao Phraya River. You will be on your way to some wondrous wonders in the old capital of Ayutthaya on your three-day/two-night voyage on a Manohra cruise. You and up to four guests can take charge of this two-bedroom stately river cruise for a relaxing and regal experience where you will be wined and dined all day and night long with fine feasts, tasty tea times and classic cocktails. You can even learn about the local culture by creating Thai dishes with the help of your onboard chef and impress everyone back home when you’re

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able to tell them about Thailand’s unique fourflavor combinations.

heritage sites including the National Museum of Royal Barges.

With a kitchen and chef on board, separate crew quarters, ensuite bathrooms and upper decks, you’ll have sweet dreams of your spectacular vacation in your stately suite aboard the Manohra Dream. With detailed décor, such as mahogany and teak finishes, antiques, woven Thai silks and fresh flowers, the cruise evokes the splendor of Old Siam. From a Bronze Buddha to a 700-yearold temple, you’ll go back in time – a time of grandeur – as you explore the sacred sites, which also include Wat Arun, Ayutthaya’s Grand Palace, a neo-gothic temple, the ruins of Wat Mahathat, the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum, and

Depart the Antara Riverside Bangkok Resort and delve into a world of Old World wonders, starting with the Wat Kanlayanamit, which was built in the 1800s during the reign of King Rama III. This temple will seem relatively new after the rest of the slightly older sites you’ll see! You’ll feed fish at Wat Pathum Khong Ka, enjoy the sunset at Wat Samakkiyaram and pass the manmade island of Koh Kret in Nonthaburi Province, which is populated by one of Thailand’s minority groups, the Mon people, who use the river’s fine clay to create earthenware pots.

No trip would be complete without a stop at Wat Bote where you can meet monks and explore the temple before touring Wat Panancherng, an old monastery that houses Thailand’s largest ancient Buddha image. You’ll be treated like royalty with a limousine transfer to Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, one of the 16 districts of Ayutthaya. You’ll also trek to Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, one of the area’s most intriguing Buddhist temples, and mingle at the local marketplace. The resort also offers daily dinner cruises if you want to take a slightly shorter tour on the water before heading back to sleep on steady ground. For an unforgettable evening, embark on a magical journey on the River of Kings where you can take in iconic landmarks and delicious Thai dishes. Dine on Tom Yum Goong and Massamun, or design your own menu for a private party. This will be an adventure to remember – and a tasty one! Set on the west bank of the Chao Phraya and surrounded by acres of lush greenery and ancient treasures, Antanara Riverside Bangkok and its

cruise options offer romantic getaways you will treasure forever.

David Herve Oysters, Salmon Sashimi and other seafood specialties.

To experience the most scrumptious side of Bangkok, visit Banyon Tree’s Vertigo, where you’ll feel on top of the world on their rooftop terrace overlooking the lights of the city. Their grill and bar offers an authentic and delicious Asian dining experience. You’ll be sure to have stars in your eyes as you sit under the stars high in the sky and sip on signature cocktails in Moon Bar’s seductive yet laidback setting. Just beware: you might get vertigo from their Vertigo Sunset, composed of pineapple, cranberry and lime juices blended with Malibu. It’s likely this will be the best cocktail you’ve ever had!

Spice things up with their Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Caramelized Fillet Red Snapper served with potato gratin, chives, mussels, baby spinach and apple or chomp on the butcher’s cut prime beef and Kurobuta Pork Chops, which will have you licking your chops. Vegetarian options and sweet treats such as Chocolate Pave with Caramelized Bananas and Vertigo Lemon Verbena Crème Brûlée will ensure you have a super sweet time in this Bangkok hot spot.

From Beef Cheek to Australian Barramundi, your taste buds will hit the roof at this rooftop bar that features menu items you’ll want to savor as much as the spectacular setting! Bite into the Fisherman’s Bar where you can try their Imperial Caviar, Alaskan King Crab, Shucked

Set your eyes on their set feasts and choose from the Vertigo set, vegetarian set or Vertigo chef’s table where you can select three to seven perfectly paired courses. From Sugar Cured Australian Beef Romp to Poached Eggs on Onion Tart, there is something palatable for every palate. This rooftop is more than just a pretty space - they offer seriously satisfying eats that make for a very satisfying stay! | 103


SOFITEL BANGKOK Experience Sophistication and Serenity By Julie Sagoskin


et ready to be beguiled by SO Sofitel Bangkok, a modern yet luxurious hotel with detailed decor and unparalleled panoramic views. You’ll be sure to have sweet dreams in one of the 237 rooms and suites, which were inspired by the Five Elements. That’s right, this will be the most serene and spiritual stay you’ve ever experienced, as the hotel, which is an embodiment of Thai culture and French elegance, was created with the essence of the Five Elements in mind, including Water, Earth, Wood,

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Metal and Fire. Each room, which incorporates one of the Elements, also features Zafiro inroom entertainment solutions. This 30-story top Thailand hotel will have you feeling Zen – it’s definitely a perfect ten! Thailand’s most distinguished designers, along with top fashion designer Christian Lacroix, transformed the space into a sophisticated and stylish oasis that is both elegant and enchanting. From the urban design to the soothing elements,

Sofitel Bangkok is bringing edge and harmony to the area. In addition to breathtaking views of Lumpini Park and the scenic skyline, each room, from SO Lofty to SO VIP Duplex Suite, features hardwood floors and unique touches. Each themed space combines not only the Elements, but also the best elements of art and design so you can slumber in your sleek space. You’ll want to stay till infinity in this haute yet harmonious hotel, which even

need – yes, you’ll need another drink in this spectacular setting! Chow down on delectable dishes at Park Society where the ambiance is as appetizing as the food! Most recently, the famed restaurant hosted a Michelin star chef and is always bringing the latest foodie trends combined with fresh ingredients to their discerning diners. You can also feast on market style food at Red Oven, which features live cooking stations and savory selections. Indulge your dark side with dark chocolate at Chocolab or mix things up at MIXO where you can dive into the world of molecular mixology. For light refreshments and cocktails, their outdoor poolside bar holds the well-known SO Pool Party on every last Saturday of the month. Their creative and sleek spaces are perfect for private events and inspiring meetings. With the latest technologies and a chef catering to you and your colleagues, plus a meeting concierge, it is sure to be the most meaningful meeting you’ve ever experienced. They can even arrange a bartending lesson or cooking demonstration in between slideshows and PowerPoint presentations! Social Club is

comprised of four meeting rooms as well as a dining room for a more informal space to meet, mix and mingle, while the loft-like Solution Center is for more serious gettingdown-to-business business! You’ll be thinking outside the box in The Box, a glass-enclosed room intended for more cozy yet extra-edgy gatherings. After all, at Sofitel, it’s all about adding sophistication and serenity to your day. The hotel’s grand ballroom, which balances Old World opulence with modern touches, is the perfect place for any affair. They also offer The Solarium, a sun-kissed outdoor spot where you can take your first kiss as husband and wife in an extra enchanting setting! The starlit space is also ideal for garden parties or other private functions. Their well-connected concierge can connect you with all the VIP experiences Bangkok has to offer – just make sure you get glammed up with their shopping consultant first! From dining to design, SO Sofitel offers a 5-star experience while practicing sustainable practices, so treat yourself to a tropical and tasty getaway!

has an infinity pool overlooking the city. With all the comforts of home, chic décor and rich colors, you can retreat to Sofitel Bangkok, the perfect retreat for those looking for a fashionable and fundamentally soothing stay. Get high on life at HI-SO, the hotel’s rooftop bar, where they serve up specialty cocktails high in the sky. Sip your champagne under the stars in one of the space’s cabanas where in addition to great bar bites, you also get a butler to attend to your every | 105


STREAMSONG RESORT A Luxury Golf Resort Like No Other By Mosaka Williamson


riving up to Streamsong you will surely be taken back by this massive secluded modern edifice nestled in Bowling Green Florida. A unique and picturesque landscape, a luxury remote golf paradise, a land with inherent beauty that creates an unparalleled luxury resort; are some of the ways the Streamsong Resort has been described. Expert architects Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw of Coore & Crenshaw, and Gil Hanse of Hanse Golf Course Design collectively created what are considered to be three of the top 200 golf courses in 2019, Streamsong Red (#14), Streamsong Black (#15) and Streamsong Blue (#19) by Golfweek. And, Streamsong has become a hot course for celebrity bros, father and son outings, and many women a demographic that is growing in the golf community. Whatever you are looking for there are numerous existing and customizable packages. When you are golfing at Streamsong you literally feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, and the nature surrounding the resort makes you feel like you are anywhere but Florida. A lot of the resort’s uniqueness is attributed to the fact that Streamsong is the former site of a phosphate mine. The Mosaic Company, the company

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who brought Streamsong to life, touts itself as the world’s leading producer and marketer of phosphate-based crop nutrients—and is founded on a commitment to its surrounding resources. The Lodge features 216 guestrooms, a state of the art fitness center, superb restaurants, a pool, and a rooftop lounge with stunning sunset views. Additionally, Streamsong offers sporting clay shooting, bass fishing, archery, hiking, and bird watching. The spa is a destination all on its own, you are greeted by friendly and professional therapists who walk you into a room with several grottos of heated water and a cold plunge. The spa menu is extensive and, a relaxation treatment is necessary for both men and woman. Especially, after a day of intense physical activity. I had a chance to sit down with Jim Bullock, the Director of Sales & Marketing to learn more about the golf resort: How did the developers decide that this former mining site would be a great location for a golf course? The visionary behind the project grew up around golf, playing many elite courses, and upon surveying the land for potential reclamation, realized the topography and sand

base were unique and unexpected. The sense of tranquility and isolation available at the site was the inspiration to create the destination golf experience at Streamsong. It was thoughtfully and intentionally created to preserve the story of the land and honor the natural surroundings. What was the land used to create Streamsong like before the project was started? Very similar to what you see today – this is intentional. What contributed to Streamsong’s success? Far from the concrete, crowds, and chaos that cover much of central Florida, Streamsong’s success is linked to a variety of interrelated attributes all of which have one thing in common –authenticity and originality. From the one-of-akind modern architecture of the lakeside lodge and custom accents throughout, to the rich and rare confluence of amenities facilities and services not found together anywhere else in Florida — including a grotto-style spa, sporting clays, guided bass fishing, archery, four fine and casual restaurants and, of course, three internationally acclaimed golf courses that envelop the resort where the tradition of the game is honored by walking with caddies.

What differentiates Streamsong from other golf courses in Florida? Simply put, everything — there is nowhere else in Florida like Streamsong Resort. It is the only place in the world to experience four world-renowned golf course architects’ three internationally acclaimed links-style courses. A true bucket list golf experience, Streamsong Blue, Streamsong Red, and Streamsong Black celebrate the legacy of traditional Scottish links. Undulating fairways navigating through wild grasses and deep-water ponds, huge bunkers rolling from towering sand dunes and deep greenside pot bunkers define the unexpected experience of playing golf at Streamsong. Streamsong is home to Florida’s highest rated golf collection. Last year the PGA launched a campaign to attract more women to golf, how is Streamsong reaching this demographic? Streamsong Resort has seen an increase in female golfers and guests visiting the resort and are confident the trend will continue. All travelers, but even more women, are seeking authenticity, intention, and enrichment; Streamsong encourages guests to explore and experience in an awe-inspiring, distraction-free setting, with packages that incorporate all the resort has to offer both on and off the courses. Most of our golfers - male and female - choose to relax post-round at the grotto-style spa or infinity pool with cabanas. Multiple restaurants offer casual to fine dining options without ever needing to leave the resort grounds, including a rooftop bar with striking 360-degree views. And for the more outdoorsy traveler or curious adventurer, they can choose to experience our guided bass fishing, archery, and sporting clays. Are there any plans to grow Streamsong? Streamsong resides on 16,000 acres and at this time only 1/3 of the land is being used. While there are no expansion plans currently being discussed, our significant success in just six short years leaves the door open for future growth opportunities. Streamsong’s owners have an admiration and respect for the classic golf courses and the “Golden Age of Architecture” which is what makes the resort what it is. The sweeping hills, dramatic dunes, lovely lakes, hidden but very present wildlife, and vast greenery make the resort one of many golfers’ must go to courses in the world. One thing is certain Streamsong offers a golfing experience like none other.


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t the rise of urbanization, town and city-based folklore became a vital part of contemporary popular culture. No wonder the legends prosper in the age of mass communications, striving on “it happened to a friend of a friend” clause. But most of these stories are fictional due to lack of substantial evidence to prove them. Recently, we discovered the newest addition to the folklore scene of New York City. AC Hotel New York Downtown is the luxurious urban legend boating excellent service and excellent amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center and an uplift educational room. There are upscale accommodations, in which you can actually reside, relishing all delights the hub of the universe has to offer. Located in the Seaport, one of the warmest and friendliest neighborhoods in Manhattan, AC Hotel New York Downtown is the ideal place for any contingent and the perfect lush outpost to skip and jump anywhere in the city. The hotel is a 10-minute walk to SoHo and Tribeca

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with Wall Street, Battery Park, Waterfront and Stone Street, the nightlife gem, at your doorstep. Both shopping and historical impressions are just 5 minutes away from the accommodations, awaiting guests at the World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial respectively. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a glance at the majestic concrete jungles laying at your feet at One World Observatory located at the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The nearest airport, LaGuardia Airport, is 11 miles from the property. In case you need any information about local attractions, ask any member of the attentive staff. AC Hotel New York Downtown boasts spacious rooms, which are rare enough in the NYC hospitality scene. The combination of timeless European design with the NY metropolitan style creates a satisfyingly simplistic style. Local artworks, awe-inspiring floor-to-ceiling window views and signature “between the woods” scented candles bring a luxurious accent to the

interior. Designed both for leisure and business travelers in mind, rooms feature a considerable desk, a flat-screen smart TV streaming Netflix, complimentary Wi-Fi, a smart fridge, a full bathroom suite, telephone, hairdryer and airconditioning. Exult, foodies! The highlight of the stay is undoubtedly the European inspired breakfast at AC Kitchen, featuring assorted cheeses, freshly baked croissants, a wide selection of yogurts and cereals, tarts, seasonal fruits and the focal point of the buffet: fresh prosciutto. Two options of delightful omelets are available upon request. Enjoy European inspired small plates, snacks and handcrafted cocktails in the AC Lounge, where a friendly bartender will be happy to suggest the best nightlife spots to visit in the downtown area. The fictional legends come and go for good, but the real ones stay. Embrace the living legend, AC Hotel New York Downtown, on your next trip to the Big Apple.

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BUILDING’S SPRING MARKET 2019 Design Confidential Presented by Vanguards & Visionaries By Harry Brads


he iconic Decoration & Design Building (DDB) in New York City biannually hosts the top editorial voices, dozens of design influencers leading industry trade organizations plus thousands of attendees to blaze new and established trails in design. This year’s Spring Market, open to the design trade only, will delve into the theme Design Confidential presented by Vanguards & Visionaries and will be take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. From tips on mastering the ever-evolving business of design to lessons learned, secrets of success, and FAQs, designers – whether emerging or seasoned – have an insatiable appetite for knowledge and best practices. Members from all corners of the design Trade crave the insightful information from the pioneers that came before them, carefully honed and perfected through years of innovation, along

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with a few “learning experiences” along the way. Spring Market 2019 will be comprised of three Keynote presentations, 15 Showroom Programs, 19 Experiential Events, four Cocktail Receptions, and 68 Open Houses. Renowned industry leaders will pull back the curtain to reveal exclusive intelligence in a constant effort to elevate and enrich the design conversation.

the globe, this celebrated group will share their stories about the challenges they face, their ultimate rewards, and of course, their secrets on creating impactful design and long-lasting relationships with their clients. Next up, Whitney Robinson, Genevieve Gorder and Jeff Andrews will reveal details, plus some snippets from behind the scenes, on their newly launched Bravo TV show about inspired design.

Keynote sessions of the day include Inspiring Designers: An In-Depth Look At Their Obstacles and Rewards (10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Cowtan & Tout, Suite 1022). ELLE DECOR Editor in Chief, Whitney Robinson will host leading interior designers Robert Stilin, Genevieve Gorder and Jeff Andrews for a lively discussion about their accomplished careers and exceptional designs. Known for crafting elegant and awe-inspiring interiors from around

The second keynote will be Interiors International: Captivating a Global Clientele (1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Michael Taylor| Jim Thompson, Suite 1640). For the first time in the U.S., UK-based The World of Interiors’ Executive Editor, Sophia Salaman and global grand dame of design, Mary Fox Linton will peel back the layers of her storied career in an intimate conversation about international interiors. Listing the European aristocracy amongst her friends

and clientele, Fox Linton is known for inventing the concept of boutique hotels and infusing historic estates with her signature style. Discover the unique process of designing and conducting high-profile projects across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, revealing the secrets of applying diplomacy to design and adapting to meet the needs of a wide array of cultures. Founder of the quintessentially British luxury home furnishings brand Fox Linton, the adept businesswoman will also share insight into the business of design from a European perspective. The third and final keynote of the day will be Design Royalty (4:00 PM to 5:15 PM | Osborne & Little, Suite 520). Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, who grew up at Blenheim Palace, one of the UK’s most famous stately homes, Nina Campbell, a peerless design icon and David Harber, a sculptor of regal proportions, gather to discuss how the English conquer design with British House & Garden Editor in Chief, Hatta Byng. Drawing inspiration from centuries-old traditional English design, this illustrious trio will share a peek at how they adapt and honor their heritage while designing for modern English life. Discover the nuances that are unique to their UK-based global practices, including how they tend to their star-studded clientele. The 15 Showroom Programs, four Cocktail Receptions and 19 Experiential Events will further enhance the occasion, covering topics such as behind-the-scenes disasters, inclusivity, and mastering the business of design. For the full schedule of programing, visit the new dedicated DDB Market website, insideRESOURCE at ddbspringmarket2019. This year, DDB along with Style Library, invite all Market participants and guests to celebrate women in design by wearing white to Market on May 22, 2019. Show your support for the female pioneers and innovators that comprise the design industry. Located in midtown Manhattan’s Design District, the Decoration & Design Building (DDB) is an invaluable resource to industry professionals who seek to design and decorate luxurious residential and commercial installations. The DDB is open exclusively to the Trade and welcomes design industry professionals from around the world, who can find inspiration in anything from the bespoke furnishings, ornamental wallcoverings and luxurious fabrics to unique decorative accessories and dramatic lighting, featuring styles ranging from the richly ornate to the sleek and modern. Celebrating 50+ years, the DDB is known nationally and internationally as the world’s most prestigious collection of over 130 showrooms, and represents over 3,000 leading manufacturers dedicated to the very best in residential and business interior furnishings, and resource information. The DDB is home to many global heritage brands rooted in a rich history from countries like France, Italy and the UK, to name a few.


JOE LEE Yankee Driver By John Meyer & Rick Marks


n life one is either a spectator or a participant. Joe Lee would never be characterized as the former primarily because he lives life with a passion. Certainly sports accounts for a lot of that relish. Joe loves athletes – the two-legged ones and those with four legs.

for the team to bring their batboys to an away game. He recalls faxing his homework assignments to Fordham Prep from Fulton county stadium.

Because of his dad, Joe was always a Yankee fan. But unlike most Yankee fans who get their fix on TV or going to occasional games, Joe took it a step further using some of his connections to become a batboy for the Bronx Bombers twenty-four years ago and hauling lumber for the likes of Mattingly, Jeter and Posada. He did this while also attending school, doing his homework. Unlike most kids his age rather than bagging groceries after school Mr. Lee commuted from Yonkers to Yankee Stadium nights and weekends.

That started him to a career as a clubhouse assistant for the New York Yankees for the past two decades. “Baseball is such a long season,” Joe reflected, “and to be a part of something that the 25 players work so hard for is amazing and never gets old. It’s a thrill to know that you helped them as much as you could off the field so that they can take care of their business on the road and in the Stadium.” While Joe has worked for the Yankees, something was missing. He never played for the Yankees. He was chomping at the bit to participate athletically. Thanks to his dad’s interest in harness racing both as a champion of the sport and an owner in some of the horses, Joe found his calling.

Joe had the honor of being the batboy and the field when the Yankees reclaimed the world title over the Braves in Atlanta. It was unusual and special

He wanted to be a harness driver. He found a mentor, Buzzy Sholty, a leading trainer who comes from a family whose life has been spent with the

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breed including Hall of Fame driver George Sholty. Joe made a winning decision. He is a leading amateur harness driver in these parts (Meadowlands in New Jersey, Yonkers Raceway at Empire City and the venerable Monticello Raceway in the Catskills) having chalked up many wins in the past half-decade with the past two years among his best. In 2017, Joe was named National Amateur Driver of the Year by the United States Harness Writers Association. He considers himself a patient driver who models himself after top North American driver Brian Sears. Brian drives one and knows how to keep the bit in their mouth. He can keep them going forward and has them positioned well in the race. His life’s philosophy comes from a Yankee ethos that has served him well both on the track and in the dugout, “Stay humble and always remember there is someone behind you that can take your place.”

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CARLATheMCDONALD Salonniere By Bennett Marcus


ven in our information-packed world, Carla McDonald found a niche and filled it with Salonniere, her online magazine dedicated to the world of parties and celebrating those who do it best. Her annual “Salonniere 100” list is a who’s who of America’s top hosts – the 100 people who host parties with grace, style and purpose. “We always talk about parties with a purpose, and that’s what matters to us, that these are people who are leveraging the power of parties to do good in their communities,” McDonald says. A salonniere is a party host, a term coined in France for people who gathered the leading thinkers of the day for “salons.” “I was inspired by The Salonnieres of the 17th and 18th Century in France when they did this so well and they exerted tremendous influence in their communities,” says McDonald, citing the birth of the French Revolution as one example of the fruit of exchanging ideas in such a way. The Salonniere 100 The Salonniere is online, but it celebrates what is decidedly offline. McDonald would see conversations taking place on Facebook, and realize they ought

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to be happening in person. “I thought: is there a danger of losing that sort of connection by falling back on social media for this?” Her instinct was correct; she started the site in 2013, and it has been very successful in terms of connecting people. The Salonniere 100 was devised to honor people who create great parties that connect interesting personalities. “These are people who I felt were doing an important service in their communities, but their stories weren’t being told, the hard work, generosity of time and treasure that they were giving to bring people together in their community to advance ideas.” Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball The site’s content varies, you’ll find anything from features on party ideas and seasonal cocktails to interviews with experts to profiles of famous parties in history, like Truman Capote’s legendary Black and White Ball. The reason for this is not just to explore the history of these important events, McDonald notes, but to inspire parties today. “People love to do black-and-white themed parties,” she says. The key to parties is the guests you are bringing together. “That is what people

remember, not the food you serve or if your soufflé falls flat.” George Clooney to President Obama McDonald spent 15 years in marketing and public relations in New York, then joined a tech startup in Dallas, and later formed her own successful branding firm in Austin, where she currently resides with her husband and two daughters. Her PR background involved hosting major events, from product launches to VIP cocktail parties. “I’d seen firsthand the power of parties to connect people, advance ideas, promote an agenda, whatever it might be that the host is looking to do,” she says, and The Salonniere was born. While going to parties for work, McDonald has met George Clooney, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Graham Nash and the late operatic legend Luciano Pavarotti over the years. “It’s amazing to me that I’ve met Madeline Albright, and I’ve met President Obama and Michelle Obama. It’s such a gift to have had the chance to have a real conversation with all of them.”

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LEESA ROWLAND Actress, Philanthropist, Animal Rights Activist and Author By Lillian Langtry


ost acclaimed actors have interesting backgrounds, but few are as unique and wide-ranging as cult film star and philanthropist Leesa Rowland. The daughter of an artist and college professor, Leesa grew up in Austin, Texas where she studied broadcast journalism and later became a classically trained actress at the world-renowned Steller Adler Studio in Los Angeles. Shortly after graduation, she quickly gained a following after being cast as Victoria in Troma Entertainment’s 1992 cult film classic, Class of Nuke ‘Em High Parts 2 and 3 and appearing in the sequel Return To Nuke ‘Em High, which aired on The Starz Network in 2013. In 1994 she acted in Troma’s television USA Network series Troma’s Edge along with Lloyd Kaufman and Debbie Rochon. Then, in 2012, she co-starred in Travis Campbell’s Slaughter Daughter as Phyllis Adjani, an eccentric mother who drives her daughter

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to insanity. Not only did the film win the award for best feature at Orlando’s 7th Annual Freak Show Film Festival that same year, it led to a co-starring role in the critically acclaimed web series Two City Girls opposite fellow Troma actress Lisa Gaye, as well as appearances on the Oxygen reality series Jersey Couture in 2012. Beyond her extensive career and credits as a film and television actress, Leesa is the author of the best-selling self-help/motivational book Discovering the It Factor within You: Developing Your Charismatic Personality, which was published in 2015. She is also well-known for her work as a philanthropist and animal rights activist. A vegan dedicated to healthy eating, she has been active with the national non-profit organization Last Chance for Animals since 1989 and is the president of the New York non-profit group Animal Ashram, which she founded in 2013.

As she continues to develop her work as a philanthropist and involvement with these and other charities while exploring new dramatic roles and writing an as-yet titled sequel to Discovering the It Factor, Leesa recently began adding something else exciting to her sizzle reel: comedienne. A lifelong sitcom fan, she has been taking comedy classes with Richard Kline—the actor best known as Larry on the late1970s classic Three’s Company co-starring John Ritter, Suzanne Sommers and Don Knotts, which originally ran on ABC from 1977 to 1984—in Los Angeles. She has also been studying improv and sketch comedy in New York at the famed Upright Citizen’s Brigade whose alumni include Amy Poehler, Horatio Sands, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh and Ian McKay.


DOMINGO ZAPATA Artist & Philanthropist By Bennett Marcus Charity, public works Domingo Zapata, the Spanish-born artist who has studios in NYC and the Hamptons wants to share more of his art with the world. “The storm has passed, and now I can concentrate and create monumental works for more people to enjoy, not only the rich and famous. I want to do more murals, public works, sculptures and a lot of charity work. I want to give back through this gift that I have, and be able to help others,” he says. In addition to his work with Pope Francis’ arts education charity Scholas Occurrentes, Zapata supports the Global Gift Foundation, PETA, ASCPA, and Make a Wish Foundation. One notable public work is his mural in the lobby of One World Trade Center. Doing murals, he says, allows him to travel to different places; he just completed one of blue horses in Bahrain for the royal family, and next heads to the UK to work on another. “It keeps me in a different place for a while and I can experience different cultures and that’s always inspiring and important to me.” Collaborations with fashion world Zapata has also found a home in the fashion world. The designer Stacey Bendet of label Alice + Olivia tapped him for a capsule collection to benefit the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA.) “It was inspired by my paintings and we had a lot of fun.” After that came a line of shoes with Italian brand Superga, and then the CFDA offered to put him on the official calendar for New York Fashion Week, so he jumped at the chance, creating installations. The pieces are not for sale, these are art shows in the form of a fashion show. For the first one, he painted garments and the models’ bodies with “express yourself” messages. It was inspired by his 11-year-old daughter, who is transgender. “She’s a beautiful girl, and I always

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supported her to be whoever she wants to be,” he says. “I think it’s a shame when you see that people have not been able to do this, through repression.” Political science in London Zapata has always painted, but took a more pragmatic route when starting out, studying political science in London and at American University, in D.C., followed by a marketing job on Wall Street. It was

Pope Francis Domingo Zapata was nervous when he first met Pope Francis, who recently appointed him an ambassador for Scholas Occurrentes, an organization that promotes arts education. “Relax, now I’ll paint on you,” the Pontiff told him after the swearing in, and proceeded to paint a cross, a bird, and his signature on Zapata’s blue suit. Pope Francis repeated the cross and bird motif on a canvas on which Zapata and fellow artist Mr. Brainwash also worked. The painting, with a theme of immigration, will be auctioned off to benefit Scholas Occurrentes. Zapata had painted in the Pope’s presence once before, when he created a work that sold for $500,000 to benefit the organization. Francis was thankful – and enjoyed the experience – and invited him back to the Vatican for the joint art session. “I think it’s beautiful we have a Pope that promotes art in education,” he said. “It’s extremely important, and I am proud to be an ambassador of this and to be able to help.” Zapata also donated other works to help raise funds for the organization.

there that an influential friend saw some of Zapata’s paintings in his office, and arranged for some collectors to see his work, changing his life. “I never thought I would have a chance at becoming an artist,” he says. “One day I had an opportunity to be able to do what I wanted to do with my life, and I took it and I never looked back.”

This type of charitable collaboration is typical of Zapata’s work at this point in his career of more than 20 years. Inspired by things around him during different phases of his life – the colors and flora of his childhood home, Mallorca; downtown New York’s modern art and graffiti; modern technology; the women portrayed in Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, which he has tattooed on his arm, and the opulence that goes with fame – are just a few influences on his work as his star has risen over the years.

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY 14th Annual Taste of Hope By Elizabeth Darwen


he American Cancer Society hosts the 14th Annual Taste of Hope on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York. This years’ Volunteer Host Committee includes Alysia Reiner, Danny Burstein, Harry Carson, David Alan Basche, Rebecca Luker, and Clarke Thorell. Event Co-Chairs Mark D. Friedman and Jamie Koff volunteered for 9 months to produce this signature culinary, wine, and spirits event that provides the 700+ guests the opportunity to enjoy bites from New York City’s top restaurants and philanthropic chefs, and sips from leading winemakers and spirit brands. This year’s celebration recognizes Culinary Honorees, Chefs Michael Lomonaco, Chef & Partner of Porter House Bar and Grill, and Ralph Scamardella, Chef & Partner of TAO Group Restaurants; Otto Cedeno, Founder of Otto’s Tacos as the Corporate Honoree, and Dana Cowin, former Editor-in-chief of Food & Wine Magazine, as the Survivor Honoree. CBS News’ Chris Wragge is back to Emcee. Taste of Hope is the American Cancer Society’s signature culinary, wine, and spirits event, featuring some of New York’s most popular restaurants and beverage vendors. Guests enjoy a walk-around tasting where they can sample signature dishes, premier wines and spirits, and inventive cocktails. Now in its 14th year, the event is hosted annually by the Taste of Hope volunteer committee and has raised over $1.8 Million to support the American Cancer Society’s mission and goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem. More than 70 restaurants are scheduled to participate including: A Little Brittle Heaven, Allie’s GF Goodies, Baby Brasa, Ben & Jacks Steakhouse, Benjamin Prime, Bonsai Kakigori, Boulud Sud, Butterfly Bake Shop, Calle Ocho, Clarkson Avenue Crumb Cake Company, Drunken Fruit, Frito Con Cito, FrutaPOP, Hunt & Fish Club, Insomnia Cookies, Java Melts, Jing Fong, Jora, L’angolo Tribeca, L’adresse, LAVO, Loi Estiatorio, LTH, Magnolia Bakery, Melt Bakery, Meska Sweets, Motel Morris, Mr. Crabby’s Craft Kitchen + Bar, Nick’s Lobster House, Nobu Fifty Seven, Ortzi NYC, Otto’s Tacos, Parkway Bakery & Tavern, Patina Restaurant Group, Patrizias of 2nd Ave, Sarabeth’s, Serendipity 3, STK Steakhouse, Surfish Bistro, Sweet Rae’s Cookies, Sweetcatch Poke, Talty Bar, TAO, The Algonquin Hotel, The Kati Roll Company, The Sea Fire Grill, The Smith, The Vegantry, Toloache Restaurant, Tommy Bahama, and Treat House. Attendees also will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction prizes donated from leading organizations including: Ark Restaurants, Tory Burch, Intersect by Lexus, Levain Bakery, Wine Spectator, Nautilus Hotel, New York Health and Racquet Club, and Rebecca Minkoff. Corporate support for this year’s event has been received from the following: Murray River Salt – All Access Lounge Sponsor, Eurostruct – Silver Sponsor, Olshan – Silver Sponsor, Glassman Walters Associate – Merrill – Silver Sponsor, UHY Advisors – Silver Sponsor, Citi Quiet – Silver Sponsor, American Freedom

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LADIES WHO LUNCH FOR A CURE Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation By Elizabeth Elston


he Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) will host its sixth annual “Collaborating for a Cure Ladies Luncheon” at the private Upper East Side residence in New York City. The event will feature an exciting fashion show from Fashion Icon Dennis Basso and will be emcee’d by Don Lemon of CNN tonight. On his involvement with the event, fashion icon Dennis Basso said, “As cancer has touched all of our lives, whether our family, friends or colleagues, research to find a cure is of upmost importance. What the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is doing is really an incredible job as they try to reach this cure. It’s such an honor to be associated.” With regard to the success of the luncheon, SWCRF

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Founder and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Samuel Waxman said, “We are thrilled to collaborate with Mr. Basso for this event to support groundbreaking cancer research. Mr. Basso joins a charitable cadre of fashion-industry designers and leaders who have helped the SWCRF fund more than $100 million in research. We are grateful for his generous support of this event. Also, we thank the Collaborating for a Cure event chairs, committee and hostess Mrs. Gutfreund for the generosity of their time and support.” Event Chairs include Lauren Lawrence, Pamela Morgan, and Marion N. Waxman with Co-Chair Erica Linden-Fineberg. The Organizing Committee for the event includes Karen Amster-Young, Chris Arlotta, Sharon Bush, Maria Elena Christiansen, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Michelle Greenberg, Susan Gutfreund, Nurit Kahane Haase, Michelle Marie Hienemann, Yaz Hernandez,

Patricia Kluge, Jeanne Lawrence, Vanessa Noel, Patty Raynes, Nicole Salmasi and Barbara Tober. Catering for the event will be performed by City Chefs Catering and Wine will be supplied by Palm Bay. The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $100 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe.


PENTHOUSE B AT 242 BROOME By w. a. muller


he residence is a spacious 2,478 square foot three-bedroom, 3.5 bath penthouse with soaring 10’4” ceilings, 7” wide-plank white oak floors, custom gas fireplace with Nero Marquina honed marble, walnut cabinetry, polished Calacatta marble countertops, backsplash and kitchen island. The master bath was designed to be a spalike sanctuary with heated marble floors, freestanding bathtub. The home is asking $7.35 million STANDOUT FEATURE: A private, 1,282 square foot terrace with spectacular city views of the Downtown and Midtown Skylines, East River and

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beyond. The terrace comes furnished with lounge furniture as well as a gas grill for an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. THE BUILDING. Designed by renowned SHoP Architects with interiors by DXA studio, the 14-story tower offers interiors with a subtle palette of rich materials, including white oak, grey-veined marble and warm-toned millwork. The kitchens feature Gaggenau appliances housed in custom-designed walnut cabinetry, complemented by polished Calacatta marble countertops, backsplashes and islands. Clad in honed marble, each master bath is adorned with

polished Dornbracht fixtures and custom-built walnut vanities with deep drawers. 242 Broome Street offers a curated collection of amenities that are available to residents, including an expansive, private fitness center and an entertainment lounge with a catering kitchen, regulation size pool table and formal dining area to host a party of 10. The space is also complemented by an adjoining children’s playroom. A spectacular landscaped and furnished terrace includes an outdoor kitchen with grills for entertaining amid striking views of the New York skyline.


LEANDRO ANTOLÍ Spain’s Modern Marvel

By w. a. muller Photography by Manuel Bonilla

Tell us how you got into art. I introduced myself to art at an early age in my adolescence and in a self-taught way. Each of us enters into it in a different way and in my case it was not through painting but by other artistic disciplines: writing, especially reading poetry, specifically the twentieth-century Spanish poetry of Lorca, Miguel Hernández, Claudio Rodríguez, Ángel González ... all this at the age of 15 years. Then I became interested in another type of poetry, Anglo-Saxon, of the mid-nineteenth century ... all this then led me to explore other types of art; movies, novels, music .... until I found my niche in the visual arts. My attraction to this art form was encouraged by my continuous visits to exhibitions, and my interest in the life and work of the great artists of the past (Caravaggio, Leonardo ...) and the 20th. century (Modigliani, Kandinsky, Picasso, Warhol ...).

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Where did you study? I began studying art at home between the ages of 12 to 16, teaching myself to draw by copying master works, first pencil, then oil, working on the street or in museums. Later I studied for 5 years at the School of Architecture of Madrid and later at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Complutense University of Madrid where I graduated from. It is there where I learned all the artistic techniques and entered the field of art galleries and exhibitions for the first time. Later I did many workshops together with Pablo Palazuelo, Genovés, Carmen Calvo ... and workshops on topics related to the art of the 21st century, such as those related to ecology, Cyborgs, bioart and interventions in urban spaces.

Between 1995 and 2005 I began working in the art form of engraving; it was during this time that I created a magazine called “Engraving and Edition”. In addition, my position as professor of drawing, painting and watercolor at the House of Culture of my town, San Lorenzo del Escorial inspired me to continue to move forward with my students in the discovery and development of my artistic pursuits today. What are your inspirations? My main inspiration comes from two sources: nature and poetry. Nature offers me a world full of shapes, colors and images in the daily walks that for years I have systematically made in the mountains of Guadarrama

In some of my works, as I flee from concrete motives, I attempt to suggest certain places of the soul, certain thoughts through paint stains, shapes, volumn, which can then be transmitted to the one who contemplates the work. Who are your clients? Have you done many art shows? I have had one-man shows every one or two years in different galleries and in diferent art spaces. I have also participated in group exhibitions two or three times a year in galleries in Madrid such as one called Jacomart, or Inés Barrenechea, and in different exhibition rooms of the Community of Madrid. My clients are potentially those who have been presenting and acquiring my work through the different exhibitions, and I have a certain fixed clientel. On the other hand, they are collectors of the galleries themselves, where I exhibit in both on-site galleries and galleries on the web. What is your next series? Which series are you the most proud of ? The series I am continuing on at the moment is called “The Walls”, based on a previous work that I did called “Tear Off”, in which I extracted paint directly from the walls of old buildings, those that had accumulated layers of paint

throughout the years. I then made an engraving, and after this engraving, I did what is called in restoration a “strip off”, which then I presented on a frame. Today what I do is related to this process; I make the wall on paper or canvas, using acrylics and / or watercolors, dyes .... I seek to create that same feeling that was created from the work on the walls of the old buildings. Which artists inspire you the most? The artists who have inspired me are not only painters but musicians, poets, dancers. In the visual arts, I have been inspired by Bill Viola, who works on video installations, also by Gerhard Richter, Marina Abramovic, Frank Stella ... who, even though they are artists with different ways of working, all agree on a lyrical and social vision of art. Not all of them are of my style, but all of them have been, for one reason or another, accompanying me during my own artistic process.

that surround my town; a world that arises through keeping my mind open, letting ideas and inner images develop. From these walks suggestive ideas for possible infinite themes in my work have arisen. There are other sources of inspiration for me, but one in particular remains with me since I was young; the reading of poetry, even the writing of poetry that I do together with my daily painting. What form of painting would you say your art is? In recent times, my work has evolved towards abstraction, which in Spain is called “lyrical abstraction”. In my work figurative elements have been disappearing first, and then they have remained as small symbolic graphics. | 131


MARISU SOLÍS Spain’s Shining Star

By w. a. muller Photography by Manuel Bonilla

Tell us how you got into art. From a very early age I loved to draw and was always supported in this. My mother’s mother was an artist in Cuba and at home we had many art books that I perused hungrily.

In 1977 I entered the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Fernando where I completed my studies in painting in 1982 and my graduate work with the Catedrático de Paisaje Martínez Díaz in 1983. In 1984 I finished my doctorate there.

So, with my love of drawing and my interest in nature and art it was a foregone conclusion that I would study Fine Arts.

What are your inspirations? I am deeply touched by the countryside, by nature, with its seasons and perfumes, but also the city, with its vertigo, bold colors, its people, all different and unique. And, of course, travel, the diversity of places, landscapes, people.

Later, in Madrid, I became part of a circle of artist friends, shared workshop space with them, so my studies flowed easily into a vocation to pursue a life as an artist. Where did you study? In my last years at school in Aviles I took drawing classes with a respected professor, Victor Santarua. On finishing high school, I went to Madrid to prepare for the entrance exam to the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. I took classes in both the Academy of Amadeo Roca and Francisco Merallo and the Cátedra de Pintura Libre de la Escuela de BBAA, from 1975 to 1977.

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As well as the exterior world I constantly try to remain in touch with my inner world, searching for new ways of expression that are uniquely personal. In my painting and sculpture there is a certain amount of serendipity, images that spring into being conceptually and concretely without passing through a thinking process or tentative sketches, a process of improvisation weaving lines and symbols, layers of color and textures of wood and oxidized metals.

What form of painting and sculpture would you say your art is? In my painting I see clear signs of an expressionist tension where mere description loses importance in the overall balance of the painting, limited to figurative traces in a predominately informal context. The piece then exists somewhere in the flux between recognizable images and abstractions. I try not to focus on what I am doing, or want to do, allowing myself to flow, through color, shape, sensory experiences and visual impressions. My sculptures, as you can see from the titles of my last two shows, Encounters: Another Look, and Intersections: Wood, Iron, Shapes, are small minimalist works stressing intimate poetic content. Each piece is the result of the meeting of material, place and moment. Creative chance is crucial to this process: a piece of wood takes on a shape, a piece of wire moves in a certain way... Who are your clients? Have you done many art shows? Most of my clients are private collectors, although I have some corporate and civic clients like the Banco de España and the Bienal Ciudad de Oviedo. I have done both group and individual shows in

private galleries like EGAM in Madrid, MAR in Alicante and Nogal and CAICOYA in Oviedo, and community galleries like Casas de Cultura of San Lorenzo del Escorial, Luanco and the Centro Cultural Valley in Asturias. I also sell directly from my studio and online galleries like saatchiart. com,,, or artmajeur. com. What is your next series? Which series are you the most proud of ? I am working on a series titled “Hojarasca” (Fallen leaves) in which shape and form relegate color to a secondary place, working with acrylic paints both on linen canvas and paper. In the pieces on paper the blocks of color are substituted by colored tissue paper which gives a greater plasticity. For me what most stands out are the series of landscapes and my sculptures. Before showing them I called my sculptures Toys. They are made from driftwood, found objects, and bits of oxidized metal found in the rural countryside. The places of discovery where I find these objects are very special to me, as is the order in which they are found. It’s a minimalist, lyrical, playful process where luck and optimism are always present. The different landscape series have evolved from a very naturalistic style to almost complete abstraction. In the balance between representational and abstract, over a base of painting very thought out and elaborated, arise elements of simple landscapes but with great strength and ability to evoke fields, fences, houses and trees that are a part of the environment that inspires the pieces. Which artist inspire you the most? When I was young and interested in pure colors, I discovered the FAUVES, like Jawlensky and Matisse, among others. During my career my sense of color has alternated between pure colors and colors tempered predominately with the range of grays. In Madrid I had easy, constant access to great museums and wonderful temporary expositions of great painters like Cezanne, Modigliani, Bonnard and Kansinsky. Years later, more interested in abstract art, I was impressed by Esteban Vicente and should mention Alechinsky. Lastly, the American expressionists: Joan Mitchell, De Kooning, Motherwell, Kline… Julio Gonzalez and Chillida were important influences on my sculpture.



Leading Young Friends of Save Venice into a new era of charitable giving, philanthropist and activist Lizzie da Trindade-Asher chaired Artista e Musa at Jimmy at The James Hotel, New York City ©BFA

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Daniel Kibblesmith, Jennifer Wright, Delia Folk, Laura Day Webb, Kathryn Kerns, Casey Kohlberg

Pamela Morgan of Flirting with Flavors One-Woman Cabaret show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York City ©Rob Rich/

Ramona Singer, Pamela Morgan

Leesa Rowland

George Wayne celebrated his book, ANYONE WHO’S ANYONE, with a dinner party at famed restaurant, Russian Samovar, New York City

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Vlada Von Shats ©Lisa Zari/capturedcolornyc


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. $2,049,000


Armitage House has sat proudly on its six acres since 1750. The home is in remarkable condition and the main floor offers a separate kitchen with dining and an aesthetically pleasing fireplace. This lovely beamed room with floor reflecting a rich patina is anchored by a fireplace offering museum quality Mercer Tiles. French doors lead to an adjacent sunroom/office. The second level provides a comfortable master bedroom with a sitting room/office addition.There are a total of 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. One of the most stunning features on this property is the half moon in-ground pool. The property contains a stone garden house, stone storage building, garage and stone Spring House. Recent upgrades include a new septic system and upgraded electrical service. $1,749,000

LONG SHADOW This circa 1920’s cottage has been expanded over the generations, and, yet, still maintains the charm and aesthetics of the proverbial fishing cottage.The home provides four bedrooms and two and a half baths and an updated eat-in kitchen. The large, vaulted Great Room is filled with natural light from the walls of glass. An adjacent Solarium is ideal for an office or breakfast room. The library contains a fireplace and built-in book cases. The grounds meander along the river for, seemingly, endless views and the steps down to the water’s edge. LongShadow is a property whose soul calls to you and invites you to find your way home. $1,875,000

TOWER VIEW MANOR This 14,000 sq. ft. stone manor home offers 4 bedrooms and six full baths and two powder rooms.The foyer leads into a Great Room with fireplace. Adjacent to the right of the foyer, is a dining room and a formal, cherry paneled living room to the left.An additional cherry wood library neighbors the dining room. The kitchen offers state-ofthe art appliances, cherry cabinetry and a massive granite counter space. The house has an easy flow from the interior to the al fresco kitchen, in-ground pool, pool house and tennis court.The oversized master suite offers a large office/study, opulent bath and a private beauty salon. One of the more remarkable aspects of this home is the interior sports court/batting cage and changing room.The lower level offers an exercise room, wet bar/ kitchenette and game room. The third floor contains a home theater. This home is less than 10 minutes from downtown New Hope. $2,695,000

For more property information contact Art Mazzei direct at 610.428.4885

550 Union Square, New Hope, PA 18938 • 215.862.5500


NEW YORK SOCIAL SCENE By Clara Morgan A private cocktail celebration held at Omar at Vaucluse, New York City ©Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff

Maria Fishel, Lauren Day Roberts

Actress Kate Walsh was honored with Visionary Award at “For Her Future” Gala benefitting 5 Under 40 Foundation ©Sarah Merians

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Photographer Rob Rich had a birthday celebration at the Playboy club, New York City ©Rob Rich/

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Susan and Stephen O’connell, Alan Lawlor, Mandy Lawlor, Norah Lawlor, Jeffrey Bradford


Paxson Ridge

Set on one of Solebury’s most desirable roads sits this totally renovated quintessential Bucks County stone farmhouse. Entering the extensive family room, you’ll find this space is large enough for several seating areas and warmed by a stone fireplace with raised hearth. Connect with nature by exiting through the French doors out to the generous blue stone patio and heated gunite, salt water pool. The family room effortlessly flows into an expansive, open-concept kitchen and dining area perfect for both intimate and grand family gatherings. The spacious chef’s kitchen is equipped with a suite of Bosch appliances, designer lighting and an expansive Carrara marble island outfitted with a five burner gas cooktop and downdraft. Leathered granite countertops compliment additional custom cabinets surrounding the island. Step through the wide threshold of the dining area to a welcoming light filled living room complete with stone fireplace and built-ins. A spacious powder room completes the main level. An attractive staircase leads to the second floor landing. There you will find a master suite with vaulted, beamed ceiling, an exquisite Carrara marble bathroom with a luxurious soaking tub, an oversized, glass-enclosed stall shower, and a large deck overlooking the pool and property. Three additional guest rooms with generous closet space, Carrara marble bathroom with custom glass shower and a separate laundry room complete this level. This lovely property offers propane heat, circular driveway and 3 car garage with carriage doors. Great location! $1,250,000

550 Union Square, New Hope, PA 18938 215.862.5500 •

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