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help or donate go to. Angelina is The Mistress of Evil The ever-stunning Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and Michele Pfeiffer star in director Joachim Ronning’s entertaining Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Angelina, who still looks like a goddess from Greek mythology confessed, “There have been times in my life where I have felt misunderstood, like Maleficent, and not accepted. Early in my career, I did feel small and like an outcast.” Pfeiffer said, “I’m a perfectionist, so I can drive myself mad - and other people, too.” When I asked Ronning how he inspired the devilish sides of Angelina and Michele to come out Courtesy of BFA John Dempsey and Winnie he joked “With AnHarlow gie, it’s not that hard @ God’s Love We Deliver because she knows this character so well; Maleficent is her. Ronning delivers a delightful Disney movie that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

SOCIAL SAFARI NY Philharmonic’s 178th Opening Night The New York Philharmonic seized the crown this year as the glamorous gala that signaled the beginning of the new social season. Bradley Cooper, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, composer Karen LeFrak and her husband Richard, model and beauty influencer Sofia Symonds and others of that ilk and stripe were among the music lovers at the opening of the Philharmonic’s Lang Lang and Maggie Ueng 178th season. The Tsai @ NY Philharmonic heavenly concert featured Lang Lang, who is arguably the top pianist on the planet, playing a breathtaking Piano Concerto No. 2 during the all-Beethoven program. The Phil, as the orchestra is charmingly known by its closest friends, played the composer’s iconic masterwork, Symphony No. 5, under the brilliant baton of Jaap Van Zweden. You can never hear this ground-breaking, celestial work enough. After writing the first four instantly recognizable notes to the piece, Beethoven reportedly said, “Thus, Destiny knocks at the door.” The night raised $3.7 million and honored outgoing Chairman Oscar S. Schafer and his wife, Didi, for being the most generous donors in the Phil’s history. On December 11th the orchestra’s beloved movie night will play the film score of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while showing the film. There will also be a matinée on December 14th, which makes it a perfect occasion to bring young children and introduce them to “Uncle” Phil.

Safari Roundup Roberto Matta at FIAC Designer Hedi Slimane was among the VIP collectors spotted at FIAC, the art fair in Paris. Larry Gagsian’s the most exciting show was at Isabelle Bscher’s

ceived the Most Influential Artist of The Year Award. Domingo gave the keynote speech and talked about creating the illustrations for The Lonely Princess by Marie Ferraro. The tome from Lightswitch Learning publishing house is about the power of friendship and respect for the differences between people. Zapata will also be taking a series of sculptures to be displayed throughout out Miami during Art Basel.

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Sharyn Lewin & The Lewin fund In honor of Breast Oncologist Dr. Sharyn Lewin Cancer Awareness month, oncologist Dr. Sharyn Lewin arranged for The Lewin Fund to pay for transportation for all underserved cancer patients to Mount Sinai Hospital for their cancer treatments throughout the coming year.

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Sal Strazzulo & Ben-Bay Kiwanis Club Attorney Sal Strazzullo announced a donation to buy toys and blankets for the undeserved kids in the pediatric unit at Cornell Hospital in the name of his new son, Emilio at the Ben-Bay Kiwanis Club dinner at El Caribe. | 15




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Get Your Golf Clubs Out at this Unparalleled Private Club By julie sagoskin


hether you’re a seasoned golfer, new to the game or diving deeper in retirement, Golf & Body NYC is the perfect private club for the New York golf fanatic. Located in the heart of Midtown, the club is a 25,000 square golfers oasis with unparalleled offerings. Since opening in 2013, G&BNYC has been home to some of the most influential and powerful people the city has to offer. G&BNYC offers their members a tour pro like experience of golf professionals, fitness coaches and sports medicine, along with state-of-the-art technology, a Golf Digest Top 100 Club Fitter and some of the finest cuisine in the neighborhood. The facility offers the ability to work on your game all-year long without having to leave the city. G&BNYC is truly the number one place to up your golf game while escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.

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There are multiple membership categories that cover all lifestyles. All of their categories offer access to wellness consultations, nutritional reviews, complementary club fittings, top of the line hitting bays and three putting greens for individual practice, full use of the fitness center, priority use of space for events and bag storage for one set of clubs. Their fully equipped fitness center, with top-ofthe-line equipment, allows members to stay shape whether working out alone or with a trainer. From chiropractic appointments to massages, members receive advanced treatment – after all, you are always treated right at G&BNYC! “While we treat members to help them get back into playing shape our main specialty is injury prevention,” explained Bradley A. Borne, D.C., Director of Sports Medicine and Wellness at the club. “We have full-time therapists, acupuncture, cupping, yoga and pilates, as well as a 10,000 square foot gym. We are constantly looking

to provide our members with the best possible options to maintain their health and build strength. We have recently added a ski ergometer and assault airbike which not only check the cardio boxes but build strength and help to rehab from injury. Our members are busy people, so we give them the most beneficial things to do during that hour of free time every week. We try to customize each program based on our members’ goals and time frame.” When it comes to how members can best utilize their time at the club, Head Professional Ron McDougal, named one of the best 25 instructors in the state, demonstrated the benefits of some of our equipment and programming not only as it relates to the golf swing but also using the services to build an allaround better lifestyle. “Many of our members spend 40-60 hours a week at their desks, in boardrooms or on planes and they need a beneficial routine for both on and off the course.”

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With personalized attention from performance coaches to an in-house chef who can make everything from cauliflower crust pizza to chicken wings, this is one unparalleled private club. The intimate nature of the club also makes it the perfect place to socialize with other members, whether they are CEOs or professional golfers. Each member, who is made to feel like an A-lister, receives an extensive assessment. The golf evaluation is a major component of their membership experience and creates a series of baseline numbers for every aspect of your game, including power, control, and accuracy. According to General Manager Danielle Kindelmann, “there are other places in the city to hit balls indoors, but G&BNYC strives to help members build a golf swing that will translate to the golf course. In recent years we have built relationships with green grass clubs to give our members the opportunity to take their performance team with them on the course. As far as the member who is more of the leisure type golfer, the club also provides a quiet escape from the noisy bars and restaurants of NYC where members and their guests can enjoy a meal and grab a drink our bar while playing 18 holes!” Head Professional Ron McDougal highlighted the importance of the member experience when talking about one of the true gems G&BNYC has to offer when it comes to their fitting bay. “A few years back we partnered with Pete’s Golf who has been known as the name in club fitting amongst Long Island golfers for four decades. They offer a brand agnostic club fitting experience that I have never seen match in 30 plus years I have been in the business. It has been great to add to our member experience but not only offering a Top 100 fitting experience but really incorporate it as part of building the members game when the golf pro is able to take part in the club fitting by adding feedback on golfer tendencies, an experience that isn’t offered in many places!” Although Golf & Body is a members only club, non-members do have access to club fitting with Pete’s Golf. A few of the other ways to access the club as a non-member would be through hosting a private event which can range anywhere from 10-200 people or through our newly added PT clinic, COAST Rehab of Manasquan, NJ. With endless entertainment options and a sophisticated bar area that can be transformed into a runway show or team-building retreat, you can go from golf to a grand event without leaving GBNYC!

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BROTH BY DESIGN Recreating a Superfood By w. a. muller


one broth is one of the most ancient superfoods present in most of cultures. For Dr. Luiza Petre and Irina Peterson, broth has been a staple of their lifestyles since childhood. Both originally from Romania, which has a strong “broth culture,” Dr. Petre and Peterson sought to create a delicious and nutritious option that replicated the traditional version of “Grandma’s cooking,” which they remember fondly. While Dr. Petre and Peterson only met five years ago, the connection they felt seemed like they had known each other since childhood! Not only did they share mutual friends and connections from Romania, but their love of their culture consolidated their friendship. As the popularity of bone broth soups began to flourish in the U.S. in the past few years, the trend piqued their interest. As a certified Cardiologist and nutrition expert who manages weight loss clinics, Dr. Petre has always been on the lookout for alternative protein sources to whey-based products. She likes how bone broth is more easily tolerated, as well as that it has high collagen content and other benefits towards a healthy gut. Her health and nutritional expertise combined

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rom playing the Assistant Director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division on the hit NBC show The Blacklist to pursuing his own passion projects, Harry Lennix is loving life and lifting up others along the way. He might have starred in mega blockbusters including The Matrix series and Batman V Superman, but Harry still remembers growing up on the South Side of Chicago, where he attended a high school seminary before becoming a public school music teacher.

“I’m the son of a guy from Louisiana who died before I was two. I was the youngest of four and my mom put us all through school. I had a great fascination with the Catholic church and mass and the rituals of it. In some way the rites and the rituals got me in touch with presentation and eventually acting and producing. I went to a high school seminary in ’79, and we were the first seminarians in America to be visited by a pope in Chicago. It was Pope John Paul II and it was a huge deal. I was really interested in activism and service. After graduating from Northwestern University, I became a teacher to keep the lights on and pay the rent – it

kept me from becoming a waiter. I was also a professional actor and did a number of plays. I would rehearse at night after teaching school, so I would have 18 to 20 hour days. After getting work in movies in Chicago and Los Angeles, I took a leave of absence before coming back to teach school. After a long period of learning my craft and strengths and applying it in stages throughout the US, primarily in Chicago, I got a call from a former classmate asking what I was doing. I told her I was teaching and she said come to New York and I’ll be your representative, and I did.” | 37

This ambitious actor, who started getting jobs in movies and tv shows, eventually landed a role in a movie called The Five Heartbeats. This film put Harry on the map in Hollywood – and convinced him to keep following his heart, which led to additional projects. Harry, who has appeared in a long list of films, including Justice League: Throne of Atlantic, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Ray and Across the Universe, is now in the longest running show he’s ever been in, The Blacklist. Lennix, who has been playing Assistant FBI Director Harold Cooper for seven years, is enjoying his longevity in the business. Harry also appears on Showtime’s popular show Billions. “I really do love being a part of The Blacklist, it’s great when you can have fun at work, especially since I shoot ten months out of the year. I like challenging parts, whether it’s playing character parts or the lead. It’s like running a hundred-yard dash instead of a marathon, you just use different muscles. As long as the story is good, I’ll usually enjoy the part.” Lennix is now building his own legacy in Chicago, where he just announced that he’s going to be developing a performing arts center on the South Side. The stateof-the art facility will allow the community to enjoy high caliber live performances every night. According to Harry, patrons will be able to “see something culturally significant and artistically fulfilling and relevant that speaks to an experience that is underserved. I want to make Chicago the capital of black America, and the South Side is the epicenter of that. It’s long overdue, and I’m privileged and honored that I get to be a part of it. There’s no real central place for the arts in Chicago, or a center where multidisciplinary forms can be presented, and there’s certainly not that for black people in the whole country. Taron Patton who was at one point the executive director of Congo Square Theater, said let’s build a home and I said yes, we should do it.” | 39


While you might be able to catch him on stage one day at his performance center which is slated to open within the next couple of years, Harry is currently focusing on this fulfilling stage of his life. After living in Los Angeles for a bit, Harry, who had lived in New York in the 90s, moved back seven years with his wife, Djena Nichole Graves, who is in private equity, and now considers Manhattan home. From listening to live jazz and eating by Lincoln Center or at Smoke in Harlem, Harry, who lives in Midtown West, near his favorite restaurant, Tuscany Steakhouse, has truly embraced the city lifestyle – he even roots for the Rangers! “The best thing about filming The Blacklist is that we are able to travel to all five boroughs, as well as the Hudson River Valley and Tarrytown. New York in my opinion is the greatest city in the world.” The always energetic Harry is also involved in other endeavors which hold deep meaning for him, including his production company called Black Faith Entertainment. “My real purpose with

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this is to capture the religious experience of black people in an artistic form. I don’t think there’s anything like that or enough of it. People without spiritual artistic imagination are bound or doomed to some extent to always look outside of themselves for salvation. I have a film called Revival, a musical version of the Gospel of John that merges Broadway and cinema styles in a way that hasn’t been seen before. The movie is about to come out in December on Sony Revival streaming and features people of all colors.” This successful self-starter who started getting into distribution about ten years ago, came out with his first movie called Trouble Waters starring Tatum O’Neal, Robert Patrick from Terminator and himself. He is about to release H4, an interpretation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV shot in the streets of LA with an all-black cast which is the first black Shakespeare film about King Henry IV. “I’m putting to use what I’ve learned, but it needs to be made relevant for the benefit of everyone, not just black people. What proof do they have to show that

Shakespeare is universal? My career is probably closer to winding down than to getting started, so I want to pass the ball on to provide opportunities for other people. I don’t have any intention of hanging up my spurs or anything, it’s just about this next generation.” Lennix is also on the board of Reading Rescue, a professional development program and a oneon-one research-based literacy intervention geared towards struggling first graders. The program is currently in over a hundred schools throughout New York, especially in challenged neighborhoods. Harry is also the spokesman for The Prostate Cancer Foundation’s “Know the Numbers,” a campaign to raise awareness about how prostate cancer disproportionately affects African American men. From his longstanding show to his work on building a legacy, Harry is at the height of his career and can’t wait to show you what he has coming up next! | 41

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The Osprey Bite into delectable delicacies at The Osprey, an upscale farm-to-table spot at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Chef Miranda brings his vision to the mouthwatering menu, which features Octopus Adobo (Purple Potato, Black Garlic, Klamansi, Chicharron), Nantucket Scallops (Chorizo, Smoked Corn Mousse, Sofrito, Heirloom Baby Popcorn), Dry Aged Tomahawk (28 oz. CenterCut, Crushed Potatoes, Beef Jus) and much more! Sip on craft cocktails in the uplifting ambiance with wall to wall glass doors or sit outside when the weather permits. According to Chef Denevin, “the inspiration behind a lot of our dishes comes from our surroundings; the natural beauty that has been preserved in pockets and parks around our concrete jungle, as well as the melting pot of cultures that make this city so alive and unique. Our version of ‘New American Cuisine’ represents all the different immigrant experiences that defines the flavors we see in our kitchens today. We believe that many immigrants that came to these shores and settled in these neighborhoods are some of the true pioneers of the farm-to-table movement. Dig into deliciousness at this delectable Brooklyn hot spot! 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, 60 Furman St. Brooklyn, NY 11201 347.696.2505

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Barano Brooklyn Named after Barano D’Ischia, the township in Southern Italy where chef and owner Albert Di Meglio’s beloved Nonna, Giuseppina, was born - restaurant Barano Brooklyn stays true to Chef Albert’s roots by bringing traditional Southern Italian cooking to South Williamsburg. House made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and three kinds of house-made mozzarella are just some of the mouth-watering and delicious dishes that come out of Barano Brooklyn’s bustling open kitchen. Decorated with faux-rusticated flare (think oakwood floors, sun-bleached tiles and cozy banquettes), this South Side Brooklyn spot, situated near the waterfront, serves as a perfect setting for those looking for that dreamy Italian-holiday romance, without having to leave New York! They also perfectly pair their plates with hard-to-find spirits from nearby the nearby Spirit Animal. 26 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249 347.987.4500 Oxalis Celebrated Chef Nico Russell’s new Prospect Heights restaurant Oxalis serves simple, yet highly impressive fare. Enjoy creative fare in their cozy dining room. Their ever-changing four to six-course tasting menu, which is revealed only when you sit down for dinner, of-

fers diners the chance to try the freshest and most innovative fare Oxalis has to offer. The restaurant even boats a carefully tended herb garden out back, and a small bar serving cocktails fixed with house-brewed bitters esoteric fruit juices. After all, Oxalis is a sorrel-like herb! They also offer savory bar food, such as Ceviche of Cucumber and Cherry, and Fluke with Unripe Strawberry and Fermented Chili. You will definitely be saying oh my to the modern and flavorful food at Oxalis! 791 Washington Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11238 347.627.8298 Chola Since 1998, Chola has been at the forefront of innovative Indian cuisine in New York City. Chola gives New Yorkers an authentic taste of India’s coastal flavors, and does so with their uniquely regional approach to menu selection. In fact, their menu changes seasonally. This fall, Chola’s menu, which incorporates the freshest ingredients, will take you on a tour of India’s coastline, moving along the shores of the western states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala, to the eastern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Bengal. Experience Chola’s unique focus on flavors derived from the 8,000 miles of Indian coastline with traditional dishes such as Jhinga Koliwada (a shrimp fry from

the fishermen of the Koli tribe) or Melugu Kozhi Chettinad (pepper chicken curry dish from the house of Chettiyars) presented in a modern, finedining context. Cheers to authentic fare at Chola!

Barano BK 232 E 58th St New York, NY 10022 212.688.4619 Mifune Mifune New York is an ambitious Japanese restaurant and sushi bar located at the base of a midtown high-rise in Midtown East. Named after Toshiro Mifune, a Japanese actor praised for his portrayal of disciplined samurai warriors, the restaurant’s roster of high-powered chefs display a level of control and finesse that would make the famed actor proud! With chefs hailing from Tokyo and Paris, Mifune’s assemblage of global culinary talent provides New York with a new and thoughtful take on Japanese cuisine. The restaurant boasts an elegant main dining room upstairs, with a menu drafted by Japanese chef Hiroki Yoshitake, of Michelinstarred restaurant Sola in Paris. Artistic dishes such as broiled shrimp with caviar, miso cod with parmesan foam and roasted wagyu with wasabi soy sauce, are some of the restaurant’s must-try innovative dishes. Downstairs is the omakase sushi bar, where chef Shion Uino puts together a spectacular omakase (a meal consisting of dishes selected by the chef) behind an intimate eight-seat counter. Both menus showcase Japanese recipes inventively reimagined to feature local ingredients.

Mifune 245 E 44th St. New York, NY 10017 212.986.2800 Red Peony This newly opened spot conveniently located in Midtown offers both traditional and creative Chinese cuisine. Enjoy Shanghainese to Dim Sum specialties, as well as their palatable Peking Duck. Other must-try plates include the Scallion Pancake, Chicken Steamed Soup Buns, Shanghai Spring Rolls, Shrimp with Broccoli and General Tso’s Chicken, all of which are very generously portioned. You’ll definitely be dazzled by their richly decorated interior featuring red décor – the Red Peony is the real deal when it comes to flavorful Chinese fare. 24 West 56th St. New York, NY 10019 212.380.8883

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Fine French Dining By julie sagoskin


heck out the recently opened contemporary French restaurant Frevo, where you are sure to find your new favorite dish! This West Village hot spot serves up delectable dishes in a charming and decorous dining room which was inspired by the vibrancy of New York City. In fact, the name Frevo is derived from the Portuguese word ferver, or “boil,” in order to explain the excitement and energy of this fast-paced and food centric city. Experience an intimate evening at this quaint restaurant which seats a total of 18 guests at the chef’s counter as well as another six diners at a private chef’s table, so you can really see what kind of creative cuisine is cooking! Enjoy their mouthwatering menu in a modern yet cozy space that offers palatable plates without the pretentiousness of other upscale establishments. Find yourself transported to a world of tastiness and fine dining when you enter Frevo, located behind a real art gallery. You’ll definitely be ready to wind down with some of their hand selected wines at this trendy restaurant which is right next to Jimmy Hendrix’s

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legendary Electric Lady Studios – it doesn’t get cooler than that! Created by Chef Franco Sampogna along with his business partner and General Manager Bernardo Silva, their innovative dishes change seasonally and are made with the freshest ingredients. Dig into the perfect combination of flavors when you experience their five-course menu, consisting of two appetizers, meat and fish – just make sure to save room for dessert! Savor their unique and upscale cuisine including Ricotta Gnocchi, Foie Gras “Torchon,” Halibut with Fennel, Duck served with Cabbage and Mustard and Maine Lobster with Kaluga Caviar, all of which emphasize simplicity and seasonality. The brilliant Brazilian-born Chef Sampogna spent eight years working alongside some of France’s most acclaimed chefs, including Alain Ducasse at the Hotel Plaza Athénée’s restaurant. This talented chef, who is responsible for Frevo’s tasty recipes, even beat out thousands of contents to win second

place at the international San Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 competition when he was just 24 years old. Enjoy these scrumptious dishes paired with the perfect glass of wine – after all, their very own sommelier, Quentin Vauleon, was named the Best Young Sommelier in France. At Frevo, you can sip on wines from around the world, and choose between the $85 wine pairing or a $180 premium wine pairing. With each delicious morsel you bite into, you will realize just why Frevo has already made its mouthwatering mark on the New York City dining scene! The restaurant is open from 6pm—11pm from Tuesday to Saturday, for dinner only. 48 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011 646.455.0804


THE BOTANIST Wild. Foraged. Distilled. By w. a. muller THE BOTANIST The Botanist Gin is the first and only dry style gin from the Scottish island of Islay. What makes The Botanist Gin unique is its versatility that is derived from the 22 locally hand – foraged botanicals, which makes for a beautifully balanced gin that serves as the ideal foundation to complement the local & seasonal ingredients that suits your personal taste. VIVA TEQUILA Award winning and handcrafted in the city of Tequila, Mexico, VIVA XXXII is meant to sip and savor – on the rocks, neat, or as part of an exceptional cocktail. VIVA provides more than just a memorable happy hour by donating 10% of net proceeds toward animal abuse prevention. Because we know you care about our four-legged friends just as much as we do. COINTREAU Cointreau, the crystal-clear orange liqueur, founded in Angers France remains one of the world’s most distinguished spirit with over 160 years of history. Today, Cointreau still captures and concentrates the best essences nature can offer, through the art

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of selection, the art of distillation, and the art of balance and composition.

Tea by day, Two E Bar transforms into a hidden Art Deco gem by night.

Here are a few places where you can taste these amazing spirits in hand crafted cocktails from some noteworthy restaurants in New York City.

Cocktail to Taste: Sugarplum Fairy 2e’s – The Botanist Gin, Homemade Rose Syrup, lemon juice, and egg white

Sette by Scarpetta Comfortable yet aspirational, and modern yet grounded with a love for old world hospitality, Sette follows this core ethos of our Scarpetta identity.

American Cut American Cut Steakhouse pays homage to the best original and aspirational New York dining experience, the steakhouse.

Cocktail to Taste: Margarita Italiana - VIVA Joven Tequila, Aperol, Mandarine Napoleon and lime

Cocktail to Taste: Passion & Pain – VIVA Joven Tequila, Cointreau, jalapeno, passion fruit, lime and agave

Sugar Monk At Sugar Monk, art, mixology and alchemy combine to transcend the senses and elate the most discriminating palates.

Gotham Bar & Grill In 1984 when the restaurant first opened its doors it sought to break from convention. At a time when dinning existed only at the poles, the owners set out to create something for those in the middle.

Cocktail to Taste: Dido’s Lament - The Botanist Gin, Cardamaro, Eucalyptus, Pistachio Orgeat, Lime, Aquafaba and smoked with Red Cedar needles The Pierre New York A Neo-Classical lounge serving traditional Afternoon

Cocktail to Taste: White Negroni – The Botanist Gin, Cap Corse Blanc and Italicus

INTRODUCING KETO POPS Long Lasting Guiltless Indulgence! • 0g Sugar • 0g Net-Carb • Only 25 Calories • PALEO, ATKINS, KETO & LOW-CARB FRIENDLY

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MIRABEAU A Passion for Wine By w. a. muller The Mirabeau story is one of following a dream and the pursuit of a deeply held passion for wine. In 2009, after years of dreaming and scheming, Jeany and Stephen Cronk made the decision to leave the leafy suburbs of South London behind in exchange for the blue skies and sunshine of Provence. With three young children in tow, they held hands and leapt into the unknown. Armed with big ambitions to make a world-class rosé wine, and willing to challenge established wisdom, they founded Mirabeau. They embarked upon the ultimate family adventure and created one of the world’s most loved brands of rosé. In order to produce a quality and style that is consistently excellent year after year, Mirabeau’s winemaking philosophy has been to search out and work with some of the best vineyards in Provence. Their rosé wines have been crafted from some of the finest sun-drenched vineyards in the region. The focus is on making delectable, dry pink wines that are a perfect partner to a vast assortment of foods and are diverse enough to be served at any occasion. • Mirabeau Classic is where the story began back in 2010. It is a fruit-forward wine with lovely aromas of strawberries and pairs beautifully with aromatic foods. • Pure is their flagship rosé that was inspired by long, languid days on the Côte d’Azur. A delicious balance of dry, fresh acidity with citrus aromas and lovely minerality. • Étoile is a stunning lychee coloured rosé with crystalline nuances, almost celestially sublime. A gastronomic rosé for moments of unadulterated enjoyment, Étoile is the perfect accompaniment to fine food, where its defined structure thoroughly shines. Mirabeau is driven by passion and desire to create products that people love, which has led to innovations such as their La Folie, a delicately effervescent sparkling Rosé. They also have Prêt-a-Porter, a high-quality rosé in a beautiful and environmentally friendly aluminium can, as well as Forever Summer, their lower alcohol and vegan rosé wine. 10 years after moving to Provence, Stephen and Jeany are delighted to have achieved another goal - the purchase of a beautiful domaine in the commune du Golfe de Saint-Tropez, about 5km from historic La Garde-Freinet. The domaine is a little over an hour from Nice airport and an hour-and-a-quarter from Marseille, and is therefore ideally situated for international travel but also providing many local activities and typical Provençal destinations. Mirabeau wines have been recognised with a multitude of awards from the industry’s most respected competitions, and enjoy a wealth of positive reviews from critics such as the Wine Advocate: ‘As good as Provençal rosé gets’ and Matthew Jukes: ‘Effortlessly classy, heart-achingly beautiful rosé’. ‘What really makes us happiest is that our wines have become an integral part of people’s lives and are synonymous with friends and family having a great time together.’

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Authentic Russian Cuisine • Cocktails • Brunch Live Music • Live Interactive Theatre 256 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 212-757-0168 • russiansamovarrestaurantandpianobar


MUMM NAPA Bottled Sunshine By Simon Gusev


e might be facing cold and dreary winter days, but you you’ll instantly feel the warmth of summer with every sip of Mumm Napa, which tastes like Californian sunshine in a bottle. With so many delicious varieties, Mumm Napa has become one of the most popular brands when it comes to choosing a high-quality sparkling or still wine. The vines responsible for Mumm Napa’s excellence trace back to the 1970s, and the company still follows the same traditional winemaking techniques of its French heritage, resulting in beauteous, handcrafted wines. After all, their winemakers carefully select each and every cluster of grapes, transport them in small baskets and then gently press them using only the first and most pure pressing in order ensure a flawless foundation for their sparkling wines. As a result of this unparalleled passion for wine, Mumm Napa has received numerous awards and is one of the world’s most beloved wine brands. In addition to their tested techniques, Mumm Napa’s collaboration with more than fifty growers at each harvest, plus rich soil, strong vines and distinct grape varietals, allows for a complexity of

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flavor, making for some very fine wine! In fact, Mumm Napa has been sourcing grapes from the Devaux Ranch Vineyard in the Carneros Region of Napa Valley for over two decades. Named after the company’s founding winemaker, Guy Devaux, their winery is known as much for its scenic beauty as it is for its smooth product. The 110 acres of their vineyard, located on the southern tip of Napa in the Carneros AVA, is planted with the same three varietals that make French Champagne, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – we’ll cheers to that! Devaux, who perfected the Méthode Traditionnelle, is responsible for making Mumm Napa the soughtafter brand it is today. In fact, their current winemaker now crafts his own sensational sparkling wines using this same method. Mumm Napa offers an impressive arsenal of wines for any occasion – it’s time to stock up for your next holiday party! For celebrating life’s most memorable moments, you’ll want to try their upscale series of DVX Cuvées, Mumm Napa’s finest signature sparkling wine. From the 2004 Blanc de Blancs Oak Reserve

to the 2012 DVX Rose, each sip is more luxuriousness than the next. Their Santana Series, featuring limitedrelease wines from a collaboration with Carlos Santana, pairs perfectly with shellfish, lean fish and aperitifs. For a traditional and timeless wine, you’ll want to toast with a Brut Prestige from their Classic Collection. Although Mumm Napa mainly focuses on sparkling products, their still wines are also utterly delicious, with each bottle having its own distinctly rich flavor and smooth finish. If you haven’t pick out your holiday gifts yet, check out the latest Mumm Napa Drinks & Co online shopping experience, where they offer premium offerings from their family of global wineries. Their perfect symphony of time-tested techniques, lush grapes, dedicated winemakers and hardworking growers have made Mumm Napa one of the world’s most recognized and highscoring wine companies.

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UN PLAZA GRILL & DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL Meet the Team that Brings You Diamonds and Dessert By julie sagoskin Photographed By neil tandy Produced By Julie Sagoskin Mary Hubbard for Angelo David | The Flex Brush | Gamma+


iamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but girls know the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. As the owner of Diamonds International and the UN Plaza Grill, Albert Gad has found the ultimate combination that makes his A-list clientele happy. Knowing that a strong leader in business has to stay ahead of the curve, Albert is often the first to spot opportunities in a market and finds ways to not just fill the void but to create unlimited potential for others. From a small store in St Thomas to 130 stores throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and Alaska;

Albert has guided his team to create a sustainable and scalable business that has become the number one jewelry and fine watch luxury retailer in the tax- and duty-free shopping world. This is no easy feat for any retailer but Diamonds International is so much more than a jewelry retailer. As a vertically integrated business, Diamonds International handles every step of a diamonds journey after mining – something very unique in the diamond world.

the jewelry and put our own diamonds into the jewelry. We opened our first store in St. Thomas in 1987. A lot of our business comes from the cruise ship industry and people staying on different islands on vacation. When you go shopping for diamonds or jewelry or watches and you enter one of our stores, you’ll see that we have something for everyone!” He makes it sound simple, but everyone knows – simple doesn’t mean it’s easy!

Albert explains his massive company in a succinct way “We are a vertically integrated company. We manufacture rough diamonds ourselves, design

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looks for the right person for a role, even if they don’t know it at the time. The jewelry world has historically been a very male dominated workplace, but Albert recognized the need to include women in key roles and to create opportunity paths to help break through the glass ceiling. Identifying strong women and giving them the experience, they need to grow in this challenging business has been one of the most noted characteristics of Diamonds International among its peers and competitors. One sterling example of this is Tatiana Conte, Director of Strategic Business Development. After joining Diamonds International fresh from the Gemological Institute of America, Albert has mentored Tatiana from her entry level gemologist role. “I was eager to learn and grow within the company and Albert saw that and recognized it. He quickly moved me around through various departments, from design to production to marketing and branding. He also allowed me to explore different aspects of business development within the company. To see a young woman be a part of top-level decision making at such a large company is not common, but that never mattered to Albert. I am so appreciative to work for a company and CEO like this one. Albert gave me the opportunity and the platform to grow, and it was up to me to execute everything and make it happen. For that, I am forever grateful.” In pursuit of innovation, Albert not only invested early on into the concept of branding diamonds but wanted a diamond like no other. And he found in the Crown of Light diamond – a diamond like no other. You hear the pride in his voice when the conversation shifts to the Crown of Light “The Crown of Light is a round diamond featuring 90 facets with a domed top that stands out from other traditional round diamonds. It sparkles more than any other cut out there and our customers love it. In only 10 years, Crown of Light became the number one selling diamond brand in any of our markets. “ Supplying the demand for Crown of Light is only achievable by the fact that Diamonds International is a De Beers sightholder, one of eighty companies in the world who are eligible to purchase rough diamonds directly from De Beers. This demand keeps their Director of Gemology, Cheryl Cook, very busy but she uses this energy to keep her motivated. She feels “empowered and inspired to work with so many women that are passionate about what they do.” From polishing the diamonds in factories in Namibia, Ukraine and Canada, designing jewelry, setting the diamonds and selling them in the stores, each stage

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dining of a diamonds journey is meticulously handled by the Diamonds International team. Whether you fall in love with the stackable rings or find the engagement diamond that seals the deal, there are many options that entrance the shoppers. In the rare moment that you don’t find a piece that suits you, you can create custom Crown of Light pieces that are unparalleled in sparkle and style. With the focus on the final product and helping people celebrate life with diamonds, Albert’s team at Diamonds International work hard to achieve these moments of delight. “Working in DI is like finding a second family,” explained Carrie Lindsay, who does marketing and education for the company. “Each day brings new and very unique challenges, but the teamwork and collaboration help us overcome them. You never feel like it’s just you against the world. Whether you are in New York, Miami or the ports in the islands, there is always someone who is happy to learn from you and who you can learn something from as well.” When it comes to her boss, Carrie said that Albert always has his team’s best interests at heart and genuinely listens to their ideas. “He doesn’t say ‘no” right away but instead asks questions to get more information. If the proposal you suggested isn’t ideal, he helps you find a different way to look at it.”

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Albert’s vision doesn’t stop with the jewelry world. When he saw a shuttered restaurant space near the United Nations Plaza combined with a lack of quality kosher restaurants nearby, he conceptualized a space where people could gather over the unifying power of great food. The UN Plaza Grill, with its dramatic décor and delectable dishes, has become a favorite spot amongst locals, celebrities and visiting politicians from prime ministers to presidents. Some prefer the glamour of the main dining room with a mural of hand painted tigers and luminous lightshade installations, some prefer the intimate booths in quieter rooms, but many have enjoyed the ability to rent private spaces throughout the restaurant for anniversary, birthday and company parties. The restaurant is also popular for hosting Sheva Brachot, Jewish post-wedding celebrations. Albert acknowledges that the restaurant business can be tough, especially with an adherence and respect to Jewish holidays and Shabbat, which means they remain closed some Fridays and Saturdays. But just like with diamonds, Albert knows luxury is the key to his success with quality food and elegant ambience. “We’re very highend,” explained Albert. “We wanted to create something that gives the kosher community a place to go. We’re continuously cater to our clientele. The food is top notch. Even people who don’t necessarily eat kosher come and are blown away,

they can’t believe it’s kosher. Our award-winning chef used to work for Prime Grill. Diners can even take a peek at some dazzling diamonds from Diamonds International in between courses – after all, who doesn’t want some diamonds with their dessert!” And what desserts they are, all created by the award-winning pastry chef, Felencia Darius. From mentoring his employees to making a difference in the world, Albert always finds time for others. Chanie Chriqui, the office director at the New York corporate office of Diamonds International, said that “Mr. Albert Gad has given me a great amount of experience and many opportunities. Just a few weeks ago we were raising money to help the Bahamian children after Hurricane Dorian struck. It was amazing to see how people contributed whatever they could to help our DI family across the seas. Being able to do these small acts of kindness is what really makes me feel empowered and proud to be part of this company.” With a team like this and more for both his diamonds and desserts, Albert has learned the recipe to living the sweet life!,

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THE LODGE AT GLENDORN Cabins, Home-Cooked Meals and Campfi res By marianne Belmonte


scape to the enchanting Lodge at Glendorn for your next getaway, where you can cozy up by the fire or go fly fishing. You’ll definitely become part of the family during your stay at this elegant estate which was originally purchased as a retreat for the Dorn family in 1927. The current owner, who is committed to keeping the history alive in this comfortable yet chic property, has invested in extensive renovations to ensure the highest quality of customer care. From a romantic stay to family-friendly excursions, Glendorn, part of the Relais & Châteaux collection, is one of Northwest Pennsylvania’s most unique properties. Have some fun fly-fishing on three trout ponds – their chef will even prepare any fresh catches you catch for lunch or dinner! At Glendorn, you can get your paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing on! The whole family can also partake in hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, outdoor campfires, yard games and even skiing in the winter. Situated on more than 1,500 acres there are plenty of outdoor options for everyone, and all nonguided activities are included in your stay. However, they can also arrange private adventures and custom programs for you or your group. Relax in one of their rustic yet elegantly appointed cabins with all the comforts of home – only chicer! With four bedrooms and four baths, plus a spacious living room and even a sleeping swing so you can enjoy views of the stunning Skipper Lake, John’s Cabin, is perfect for the whole family! For the ultimate relaxing retreat, book The Roost, which is accessed by an arched-stone footbridge over the Fuller Brook stream, guaranteeing an intimate and idyllic getaway. For a family reunion or large group trips, the renovated Richard’s Cabin, comprised of outdoor beds, wicker furniture, a screened porch, wet bar, kitchenette and additional bedrooms with private baths, has enough space for everyone to sprawl out in style. If you really want to get away from it all, the Forest Hideout, located at the top of one of Glendorn’s hills in the middle of hardwood forests, is the perfect hideaway. If you want to sleep in a space steeped in history, the log-and-plank sided Miller Cabin, which dates back to 1927, allows you to sit back and relax on their screened porch with Old Hickory furniture. The cabin also offers a daybed and living area where you can lounge out after a full day of exciting expeditions.

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You’ll be overjoyed when you book the Overlook, which provides more modern amenities, including a private bath with jetted tub. Live the luxe life at the Loft, a four-bedroom cabin with en-suite private bathrooms, and even a billiard table and game area, so you can let loose after a long but fun day at this remote retreat. Other great options for a historic feeling home away from home include Jill’s Cabin, with a chestnut paneled king-size bedroom, as well as Clayt’s Cabin, and The Hutch, where you will find yourself surrounded by ancient Hemlock trees. Get your glamping on at the Guesthouse, where

you can ready your rod on Skipper Lake right outside your door. Their Main Lodge accommodations feature four distinct rooms and suites, including the Dorn Suite, the Green Suite, the Redwood Room and the Balcony Room, all of which feature fashionable new furnishings and detailed décor, from redwood paneling to George Edwards lithographs, and even a wood-burning fireplace adorned with 18th century Dutch tiles. Savor delectable dishes in a charming setting at this luxurious lodge. Executive Chef Katelyn

Bergevin serves up farm-to-table meals while utilizing classic French techniques. If you get hungry between fishing and hiking, the staff will even prepare a homemade picnic lunch with the season’s freshest ingredients. In addition to their a la carte menu, they also offer a four-course prix-fixe dinner menu which will take your taste buds on a culinary adventure. After all, their chefs incorporate a variety of herbs, flowers and dozens of varieties of vegetables – you’ve never had fine food this fresh before! With over 350 signature selections in their wine cellar, including special vintages | 59


from Pennsylvania, you can cheers to a great trip! You can even start your enchanting evening with cocktails on their terrace or in the Billiard Room. The lodge also offers a varied selection of choice handmade cigars. Take in the scenery – and hopefully some fish – aboard heir 18’ Starcarft Jet Boat. With three miles of privately managed trout angling, both advanced fly fishers and novices alike will have fun! You’ll feel free as a bird while birdwatching on the Clarion and Allegheny Rivers on one of their Clakacraft Drift Boats. With a variety of upland bird hunting programs, you can choose from pheasant, wild turkey and woodcock. You can even enjoy the fruits of your labor with a feast prepared by their Executive Chef who will cook up your bird in the comfort of your own cabin.

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The tranquil landscape of Glendorn has made them a popular spot for trap, skeet and compact sporting clays shooting. Their trap house even has a restroom, built-in grill, fireplace, redwood gun racks and gun cleaning station. They also offer lessons using Beretta shotguns. With the winter months approaching, you can take advantage of their winter sports, including cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Their swimming pool, which dates back to the 1920s, was the first outdoor heated swimming pool in the state of Pennsylvania. You can also play a game Bocce Ball, or relax with a private yoga session before your next adventure! Find inner peace and tranquility at The Forest Spa, where their services are meant to promote wellness and relaxation. This serene spa utilizes seasonally foraged ingredients from their own

forest – you can even forage for yourself! From organic facials to body treatments, massages and other signature services, you can sit back and relax amidst a wood-burning fireplace and private rain showers. Say “I do” to hosting your wedding at the charming yet glamorous Glendorn! Choose between the Big House, Bondieu Lake, the historic Roost Courtyard or the large terrace at Hideout. Spend the most memorable moment of your life on their Sun Porch - your party can even enjoy s’mores and champagne on Skipper Lake post-reception! From a family retreat to a business meeting, Glendorn brings on the fun!


KIMPTON SURFCOMBER HOTEL Surfin’ South Beach Style By Simon Gusev


e all try to escape from the cold gray concrete jungles whenever we get a chance, and Florida’s Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel will definitely keep you coming back for more! Whether you want to lounge out or let loose, this haute hotel has it all. Situated in the heart of the Art Deco Historic District in South Beach, the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel boasts close proximity to world-class museums and shopping malls. For those interested in cultural entertainment, check out the Jackie Gleason Theatre of The Performing

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Arts, the Bass Museum of Art or the Holocaust Memorial, all of which are less than ten minutes away from the property. After lounging out at the beach, shop till you drop at Lincoln Road Mall, a ten-block mecca of shopping that is always buzzing with crowds of locals and tourists. To the north, you can find many popular, upscale nightclubs, while to the south, you can set your sights on the famed Ocean Drive. With its busy boardwalk, outdoor bars and cozy cafes, you are sure to find your own favorite Florida spot. Located right on South Beach, the hotel provides rental services for chairs, umbrellas and paddleboards, along

with food and drink service. Located just 20 minutes away from Miami International Airport, this posh property is perfect for a romantic stay or girlfriends’ getaway – and yes, you can bring Fido as they’re even pet friendly! With 186 luxurious rooms and suites, Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel is truly a relaxing retreat. The interior, a fusion of surfing style and bohemian ambiance, is undoubtedly a focal point of this stylish space. Each and every room is equipped with fully stocked minibars, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and iHome docking stations and luxurious

Play poolside and live the high life as you indulge in classic craft cocktails from High Tide Bar, which offers specialties including White Sangria, Spiced Rum Punch, Margaritas, Frozen Cappuccinos. The bar serves small plates such as wings, hummus, fresh salads, sandwiches and fish tacos, all of which can be accompanied by tasty beverages, live music and occasional movie screenings on their massive projection screen. This hotel even has private cabanas called Jasmine, Trumpet and Ivy, each with their own exclusive features, that will really make you feel like you’re in paradise! During select weekends, the hotel hosts pool parties with DJs and exotic cocktails. You may also visit an artificial beach area, which provides additional space for relaxation and fun activities in the sun curated by the property’s DAYLIFE team. Free suntan lotion and fruit-infused water are available upon request. The Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel also features an on-site 24/7 fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and yoga classes.

After a productive workout, head to spa cabanas, which offer a variety of services from massage to essential oil mixology classes. Indulge in an exceptional dining experience at The Social Club, an excellent spot for American inspired cuisine located right at your doorstep. The elegant design and open-air terrace will take your breath away with its unique ambiance. The restaurant is led by Chef Jeff Williams, whose mastery of culinary execution brings delightful flavors to the table. Choose from creatively presented sharing plates, large plates and desserts, which pair perfectly with their handcrafted cocktails, microbrews and curated wines. Take your next getaway to new heights at this Kimpton Hotel, one of Miami’s most magical spots.

bath products from European designer Etro. Aside from their standard yet beautifully appointed rooms, the hotel has four spacious suites which are sure to make your stay even sweeter. Their Oceanview Balcony Luxury Suites and Oceanfront Balcony King Premier Rooms, which possess outstanding 100-square-foot balconies with lounge chairs, offer picture perfect views and glamorous décor. You might not want to leave the comfort or your ultra-comfortable accommodations, but you will definitely want to check out the rest of this chic Kimpton property. Start your day in style with complimentary morning coffee, tea and newspapers available in the hotel lobby. With two elevated decks on both sides, the spacious pool area features a heated pool, free wi-fi and plenty of chairs and tables under tents, so you can enjoy some tranquility before tearing up the town. | 63


BUNGALOWS KEY LARGO Low Key Luxury By jax cohen


fter much excitement and anticipation, the celebrated adults-only Florida Keys resort, Bungalows Key Largo, will officially reopen its teal-hued doors for eager visitors on December 19th – just in time for the holiday season! The beautiful secluded landscape of this luxury, 21 and over resort will provide much needed adult time for those with kids, or simply a glorious escape from the nonstop hustle of our busy lives. As the only all-inclusive resort in The Florida Keys, Bungalows Key Largo serves as the epicenter of relaxation of America’s Caribbean Islands. If you’ve ever driven down Florida’s breathtaking Overseas Highway, you’ve seen the dreamy views of the Florida Keys. Located on the Key’s Northernmost island, just 63 miles south of Miami, the boutique waterfront property boasts

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towering palm trees, bright coral reefs, and striking 360-degree water views – get ready to get pampered in paradise! The tranquil beauty of the surrounding Gulf of Mexico invites guests to kick off their shoes and set all worries aside. Thanks to the resort’s breathtaking backdrop, guests can slow down, and reconnect with nature and each other. Bungalows Key Largo’s renovations will showcase a complete replication of the original resort amenities. The goal of the reopening is to fully restore the two-story Beach House under thatch roofing – home to the Living Room common area, two restaurants, Fish Tales and Bogie & Bacall’s, as well as the Hemingway bar, the main pool area and the Zen Garden Spa. “Bungalows Key Largo opened to a bevy of buzz and incredible interest from guests throughout

the U.S. and beyond,” says founder and owner Jerry Johnson. “We have worked tirelessly to restore the resort to its original grandeur, and we are confident the finished product is worthy of the hotel’s opening fanfare. We look forward to welcoming new guests as well as loyal guests back for a truly immersive Florida Keys experience.” Johnson - the former owner of Cheeca Lodge & Spa down the road in Islamorada and the current owner of the Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole, the Lodge at Jackson Hole, and the Capitol Reef Resort in Utah - created this upscale, adultsonly all-inclusive with different homages to his favorite places around the world. The original 2017 opening of the Bungalows Key Largo came from Johnson’s vision to fill a void he saw in the U.S. hotel industry. There is just one other allinclusive hotel in Florida, and it is located on the St. Lucie River, about an hour north of West Palm Beach.

Steeped in timeless island elegance, Bungalows Key Largo will continue to rewrite the rulebook on the all-inclusive experience, providing the perfect place to celebrate big life moments. Located at mile marker 99 bayside, this expansive adults-only oasis features 135 private bungalows, spanning the property’s 12 acres, each outfitted with its own bougainvillea-laden veranda complete with oversized, alfresco soaking tub and garden shower.

with the vibrant flavors of Mexico, and the Mediterranean inspired restaurant Fish Tales. Overlooking the ocean and pool area, you will have a very tasty tale to tell about your experience with their fresh ingredients and Italian flare. For a quick bite, try Larry Largo’s food truck, or sit poolside at the Sunset Tiki Bar. You can even hop on one of the two floating tiki boats aptly named the S.S. Rum Runner and S.S. Margarita which are now BYOB.

Other upscale amenities include delectable dining experiences at any of the resort’s lively eateries and bars. If you’re looking to feast like royalty, have dig into delicious bites at Bogie & Bacall’s, where you can enjoy an unforgettable six-course fine dining experience complimented with perfect wine pairings and craft cocktails from Hemmingway Bar. More casual but equally indulgent dining options include the beachside restaurant Sea Señor, which serves local seafood

For those looking to completely unwind, the resort touts two pools and two jacuzzi tubs, 1,000-feet of shoreline decked out with countless beach cabanas, and a full-service Zen Garden Spa featuring a Himalayan salt room. Feel the serenity of your surroundings with their eucalyptus steam room among other restorative-wellness offerings and beauty services. Fitness focused travelers will be excited to find two Huffy cruiser bicycles provided for island-exploration, as

well as a Fitness Tiki Hut furnished with Peloton equipment, daily morning yoga classes and an array of aquatic activities such as snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding. Bungalows Key Largo also offers the adventure seeking guest a full fleet of boats – from electric Duffy boats and catamarans to watersport and sailing boats. All-inclusive rates include around-the-clock golf cart pickup and drop-off service, lodging, food and premium beverages, resort amenities, water toys, beach cruisers, activities such as morning yoga, cooking and mixology classes, sunset happy hours, fish fries, pig roasts, and more. With its official reopening announcement on December 19th, 2019, they are now accepting reservations for late December and beyond! | 65

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PAUL OAKENFOLD From World Class DJ to World Hospitality Award Recipient By Hillary Latos Photographed By Scott Ramsey


ith a fan base ranging from 18 years old to 50, Paul Oakenfold has been a pioneer in shaping the evolution of EDM (Electronic Dance Music). Considered to be one of the greatest DJs in the world, Oakenfold has provided over 100 remixes for over 100 artists including U2, Moby, Madonna, Britney Spears, Massive Attack, The Cure, New Order, The Rolling Stones and The Stone Roses. But not only is Oakenfold a music legend, he also devotes his time to major charitable initiatives as well. As no good deed goes unnoticed, Oakenfold’s philanthropic achievements are recognized this year as the recipient of this year’s World Hospitality Award at the annual American Group Travel Awards this December. Resident speaks to the legendary Paul Oakenfold about his latest projects and charitable work and also to CEO Tim Hentschel on what it means to win this prestigious award, and the rapid international expansion of the empire. Paul Oakenfold RM: Tell us about your latest charitable endeavors. PO: I’ve been working on SoccerAid in conjunction with UNICEF in the UK where we raise awareness

through soccer. It’s the biggest fundraising event for UNICEF in Britain where celebrities and soccer players come together. Last year we raised over six million pounds and I wrote the music and DJd a performance in front of the guests. One of the experiences was performed at the base camp of Mount Everest which was the highest show on earth. I hiked and climbed which was pretty difficult and we didn’t even know if the music would play at that level. We raised money for two charities out of the UK for children and music, and one local charity that raised funds for schools that were damaged by the earthquakes in Nepal. My demographic is 18 to 50 and when you play in clubs it’s a younger demographic but many of my older fans have grown up listening to my music. I also do a lot of charity work to preserve the English heritage sites where we bring awareness to some of the great sites around the UK to raise money for their preservation. I’ve DJ’d at Stonehenge which is 4,500 years old and one of the wonders of the world and no one has ever been allowed to perform there before. I recorded that performance which was called Sunset at Stonehenge which did very well. We’re looking at doing a few others in different locations.

RM: What does it mean to you to be the recipient of the World Hospitality Award this year? PO: I’m very supportive of what Tim Hentschel does and I love his work at and his charitable initiatives. I am happy to help him bring awareness to the causes that shine brightly for him. I think we are all in a stage in our lives where we are in a position to help support less fortunate people, and that’s what we like to do. It’s important to see his passion and belief in what he does. RM: What was the most memorable place that you have performed at? PO: I think it was the Great Wall of China. Recently I also performed at a really strange venue as well near Area 51 in the desert outside of Vegas. I was very curious and it was at a research center about 20 miles outside of the base for 1000 guests that were dressed as aliens. I hope it will be a yearly event. I never felt that electronic music had to only live in nightclubs, you hear it on TV shows, movies, it’s everywhere, so why not go to these wonderful locations and share music. | 67


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RM: If you could play in any location in the world, where would it be? PO: Any location that would shed light on the right causes wherever that may be. If we are raising awareness for climate change or if we’re making money for children in various charities I’ll go there. Put me in a rocket and I’ll go to the moon. RM: Which artists have been the most inspiring to you? PO: I think Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, and Grandmaster Flash who were all pioneers and strangely enough all from New York. They were a generation before me and I certainly looked up to them. My favorite DJ is Argentinian, Hernan Catteneo out of Buenos Aires who’s been doing it for many years but also a great storyteller. RM: What projects are you working on now? PO: I’m finishing up on my new artist album now which will be done in the first quarter next year. I have some wonderful collaborations. My first single will be with Aloe Blacc. I’ve also been working with an orchestra for a TV show on Biohacking which is airing on Showtime. I’m actually traveling to my favorite US city- Austin and I go around 4 times a year, then San Francisco and Miami then it rounds up the year. CEO of, Tim Hentschel RM: Tell us about the background of the American Group Travel Awards?

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TH: It started in London where we held the Group Travel Awards over the last 40 years put on by Premiere Travel Media and Group Travel Organizer. When I was living in London I got to know the founder and he wanted to launch the awards ceremony in the US. We expanded into Europe and it celebrates the best in group travel. RM: How do you choose the recipient of the World Hospitality Award? TH: It’s based on two factors- one is bringing people together for a cause and the other component is their charitable work and influence by being a ‘lead by example’ good person. Paul Oakenfold has been in the music world for 30 years and at the top of it. He has longevity in a competitive industry and also collaborates with a lot of young artists to help the next generation while he exemplifies the values of our industry. Paul will also make the event memorable. RM: What can we expect this year? TH: It will have a different vibe as we will be in Miami thanks to you! This was actually your idea when we were speaking about this last year! Our executive team is based in Palm Beach and they went wild for it. This made sense since we used to fly everyone up from Palm Beach to New York in late November early December when everyone preferred to be in South Florida since it’s the best time of the year. Phantom of the Opera is also a sponsor and we kept all of the best of what New York had such as Broadway and celebrities, and

brought it to Miami. We are also capitalizing on the excitement of Art Basel Miami and South Beach in the height of the season. We are just going to gain momentum from the base we built over the last five years in New York. We will have Cairo Gold and The Wavies performing this year. RM: What are some of your new initiatives over the next year? TH: We just opened an office in Singapore and moved from Hong Kong and we have many new ventures. We just bought a company called that brings venues and event planners together and we are also partnering with a Singapore company that specializes in “green” sustainable hospitality called greenview. sg. We just sponsored a Singaporean sports network channel that is like a martial arts version of the UFC called One Championship. What I noticed about living in Singapore is their toxic haze that comes from the burning of the palm tree plantations in Malaysia to produce palm oil. When all of the forests are burned at the same time it is very destructive and causes a lot of carbon and pollution in the air. I am also launching a green meetings initiative too as we are buying forests in Indonesia to offset the carbon footprint from any one that purchases group travel from us and this will also help this situation. | 71

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AIDALA, BERTUNA & KAMINS By Bennett Marcus Photographed By Neil Tandy

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“Yesterday I was at the Manhattan office and I had Alan Dershowitz on one phone line, I had Harvey Weinstein in the conference room, I had lawyers working on the rapper 50 Cent’s case, you know, all this high-profile, high-octane stuff in the public eye,” said attorney Arthur Aidala recently. “And I made sure to run out of there at four o’clock to get to my Brooklyn office at five o’clock to meet with an elderly man and some members of his family to try to figure out how to get them out of a financial mess.” Aidala, founder of the law firm Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, known for taking on the highest-profile cases, has built a diverse practice, handling matters in corporate law, personal injury, real estate, civil litigation, appellate work and criminal law. The elderly Brooklynite’s business had fallen apart, and he and his wife were about to be put out on the street. “It’s not really something anyone in my firm does, so I took $10,000 out of my own pocket and hired another lawyer to help me on the case because I felt so bad for this guy and I’ve been very blessed to be fortunate enough to be in that position,” says Aidala. Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins is the firm that lawyers like Dershowitz turn to when facing legal problems,

but Aidala has made sure that it remains a place where locals go for routine legal services like will preparation and closings on home purchases. Aidala describes it as a boutique law firm with origins in Brooklyn but now concentrated in Manhattan that is big enough to handle the majority of legal matters that exist but small enough where a client would never get lost in the shuffle. “We really do the best we can for each and every client no matter who they are.” Right now, Aidala is representing a college student who got caught with a fake ID. “It’s basically you get written up for a ticket, but for him and his mom, who’s a 9/11 widow, it’s as big and as broad as the Harvey Weinstein case is for Harvey Weinstein.” The legal team thrives in this environment, and they all work together on cases, large or small. The environment within the law firm is family oriented. “Literally up until a year ago my father sat on one side of me and his best friend from high school sat on the other side of me, with my wife, Marianne Bertuna, as my law partner,” says Aidala. Staff members attend each other’s birthday parties, weddings and family celebrations. After working at home for a few days on a highly complex motion,

attorney Diana Fabi Samson said she missed coming to the office and couldn’t wait to get back and be around her colleagues. For Aidala, that was music to his ears. “That’s the biggest compliment she could give me.” Diversifying the practice to incorporate more than just criminal cases made economic sense. “It’s worked out because sometimes the phone is not ringing for the criminal cases but it’s ringing for the personal injury cases or the real estate cases,” says Aidala. But he also regretted that it limited the ways in which he could serve clients who had other legal needs. “I didn’t want to turn them away, so we learned how to do it.” And despite being a star trial lawyer, Aidala loves helping people, no matter their circumstances. “I really enjoy helping elderly old people or helping a young couple purchase their first home as much as standing in the well and having four courtroom artists sketch my picture as I represent [NFL player] Lawrence Taylor or any of these high profile-people,” he says. “Of course, everyone is a human being. Everyone has their own problems and their own issues, and I really enjoy it and take pride in representing all of them in various matters.” | 73



ARTHUR AIDALA ESQ. By Bennett Marcus Photographed By Neil Tandy


ou may recognize attorney Arthur Aidala from his many television appearances, most prominently as a longtime legal commentator analyzing complex cases for Fox News, as well as on MSNBC, Fox 5, and New York 1. What you may not know is that the man you’ve seen on TV is one of New York City’s top trial lawyers, taking on some of the highest-profile cases making headlines in recent years. High profile cases His firm, Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, is currently handling Harvey Weinstein’s criminal and civil cases and Alan Dershowitz’s federal defamation case and rapper 50 Cent’s civil litigation case. Aidala also successfully defended NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, who was accused sexual misconduct. Another famous case that he won despite long odds was that of Brigitte Harris, who killed her father after he had abused her for years, and yet another was the crane operator in the fatal 2008 collapse in Midtown Manhattan. And he doesn’t take on high-profile cases for the notoriety. “I became a lawyer to help people,” Aidala says. In the Brigitte Harris case, he was so moved by her situation, that he not only worked pro bono, but also convinced all the experts who testified to

do the same, because she did not have the funds. “The facts of that case were so horrific, and it was very gratifying when we achieved such positive results for her,” Aidala says. “With the exception of time with my family, nothing really is equivalent to that feeling of gratification I get when I help a fellow human being in their most desperate time of need.” Wanted to be an actor Despite his spectacular career that started at the Brooklyn D.A.’s office, Aidala did not originally want to enter the legal profession. He really wanted to be an actor and studied theater in college at SUNY Purchase. However, Aidala ultimately decided to go to law school and follow in the footsteps of his father, a former Manhattan assistant district attorney. “Shortly after joining the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, I got to fulfill my theatrical dreams by writing, producing, directing and starring in my summations at the end of trials,” Aidala laughs. “When you’re on a trial and you’re in front of twelve jurors, one of the challenges is to hold their attention. And a lot of the theater skills that I learned about bodypositioning and voice intonations and using your arms and your hands and your voice have definitely helped me in front of jurors and judges throughout the years.”

Ethics Aidala did not become a lawyer to gain wealth. “Anyone that becomes an assistant district attorney, does not do that for wealth or fame or fortune, and that was one of my initial forays in the profession and I loved it and I had tremendous role models there regarding ethics and morals and values.” His own father, with whom Aidala worked after starting his own firm, and late Supreme Court Justice Scalia, are among those who inspired his passion for service. Hopes to return to TV Aidala has considered running for public office, and been approached about applying for a federal judgeship, but realized he’s not ready to give up the practice that he’s built, his “little piece of nirvana,” as he calls it. After his Fox News contract ended, Aidala threw all of his considerable energy into building and broadening the scope of his law firm. Now that things are in place, he’s thinking about getting back on TV in some aspect. “I did enjoy very much that I was able to break down complex legal issues in a manner that was understandable and entertaining to a lay person, and I would like to do that again in some fashion.” | 75


MARIANNE BERTUNA ESQ. By Bennett Marcus Photographed By Neil Tandy


arianne Bertuna has been a lawyer for 17 years, and has worked alongside Arthur Aidala Aidala for 20 years, starting as an intern during her first year of law school and joining the firm as an attorney, three years later. Today, as a partner at Aidala Bertuna & Kamins, she specializes in a variety of cases, including, real estate, estates, and criminal defense, where she concentrates on DWI cases. And while Bertuna does work on the firm’s high-profile cases like those of Harvey Weinstein, Lawrence Taylor and Abe Hirschfeld, she is quick to say that they also represent many people who do not necessarily end up on the front page of a newspaper, including those who have been arrested for the first time and more often than not the only time, often younger people who are on their way to college or in college and going to graduate school and facing legal issues. “If you get arrested and end up with a criminal record it can impact your continuing to work or getting hired at all,” says Bertuna. The firm is known for dealing with those cases where someone wants to be an accountant or a lawyer or even a judge, or wants to go to law school or medical school, or to be a firefighter or teacher,

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and they get into legal trouble. “I’m known for helping them get back on track and working out dispositions that don’t affect their career choices,” she says. “That is the part of my job I enjoy the most, because you’re able to help someone continue to be a productive member of society.” Start The first attorney in her family, Bertuna got the bug to pursue a legal career early, when she played the role of the defense attorney in The Scarlet Letter in a mock trial while attending Poly Prep high school. “Ever since I played that role in a mock trial in AP English I just knew I wanted to be a lawyer.” She studied business and French at Georgetown University, and worked in finance a bit while in college, but always knew she would go straight to law school after graduation. She interned with Arthur Aidala after her first year of law school, doing three trials back-to-back, and later interned at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office where she got more courtroom experience, yet knew she wanted to be a defense attorney. “ It is one of those things where it’s inside of you; like a light bulb goes off and you have a passion for it. It’s knowing how to handle someone’s very sensitive

issues and be compassionate, empathetic and understanding, and that’s not for everybody.” Bertuna was drawn to working with Aidala because of his criminal defense work. There, she also had the opportunity to handle all of the real estate matters for the firm and she also created a niche in surrogate court work. After graduation, she became an associate, and eventually became a partner. Along the way, she and Aidala married, and now have a young son. Talking shop at home Yes, she admits with a laugh, they do talk about work at home. “But it’s okay. We really enjoy what we do, it’s not a job, it is our calling. So yes, of course we get home from work and we’re still speaking about our cases. but I am certainly not complaining.” Law associations Bertuna is a past president of the Columbian Lawyers Association, a member of the Brooklyn Bar Association, and a member of the New York State Attorney Grievance Committee, which is appointed by the judges of the appellate division. | 77


BARRY KAMINS ESQ. By Bennett Marcus Photographed By Neil Tandy


on. Barry Kamins joined Adela, Bertuna & Kamins in 2015 after a retiring from the bench as a New York State Supreme Court judge. At the firm, Judge Kamins focuses on criminal law, and specializes in complex issues and cases involving complicated appeals, motions and other complex issues. Another area of Kamins’ expertise is professional responsibility; that is, representing lawyers who get into difficulty with the Bar Association or face disbarment due to the filing of complaints. He also represents law school graduates who have problems getting admitted to the bar. “It’s a sort of subset; it deals with professional responsibility issues, both people who have issues with the grievance committee and people who have issues getting admitted,” Kamins says. Career – State Supreme Court Justice During his tenure on the state Supreme Court, Kamins filled several important roles, including Administrative Judge of the New York City Criminal Court, one of the busiest courts in the country dealing with hundreds of thousands of cases every year. Kamins was also in charge of policy and planning for the New York State Courts. “In that capacity I

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was in charge of developing a number of what they call “problem solving” courts,” Kamins says. These are courts around the state that deal with drug problems and mental health issues, an area of the court system that’s developed in the last 20 years. “With so many people with drug problems and mental health problems coming through the court system, the courts had to develop a new strategy for addressing these problems. “So, these courts were developed to provide treatment for these individuals.” The hope was that once they completed these programs they wouldn’t return to the system in the future. “They have been very successful.” Joining Aidala’s firm Kamins had known Arthur Aidala for years, through Aidala’s work at the Brooklyn D.A.’s office, the Bar Association, and through mutual friends. “He knew that I was retiring from the bench, and he called and said I’d like to talk to you about joining the firm. I thought it was a great idea. We met and that was it; I said I’d love to join the firm, so I started in January of 2015.” Teaches law, author For twenty years, Kamins has taught New York criminal procedure at Brooklyn Law School. “I love

teaching because you get to work with young people, their minds are engaged, they’re interested, and they have a lot of questions.” It keeps him on his toes, lest students ask questions to which he doesn’t know the answer. “It’s great. I really look forward each week to teaching.” Another thing Kamins loves is writing the book “New York Search and Seizure,” which he has been updating annually for the past 25 years. A treatise on fourth amendment law for New York, it’s used a great deal by lawyers and judges when issues come up involving search and seizure, search warrants, arrests, car stops, and the like. “It’s got about 10,000 cases in it now. It’s a lot of work but it’s very enjoyable.” He also lectures other judges on search and seizure. Studied under RBG As a student at Columbia, Kamins wanted to be an English professor, but soon decided to pursue a career in law, and attended Rutgers Law School where one of his professors was Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It was her first teaching job. “I thought she was fantastic, and I said to myself I’m sure she’s going to go places. I never dreamed where she was going to go. She was terrific. She was smart and engaging.” | 79


JOHN ESPOSITO ESQ. By Bennett Marcus Photographed By Neil Tandy


ohn Esposito, a highly experienced attorney, joined Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins two years ago, specializing in civil and commercial litigation, appellate law, and all types of criminal defense matters, including white-collar crime. Prior to joining the firm, Esposito was a highly sought-after criminal defense attorney with his own private practice. Now, along with the broader services offered by Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, he is also lending his expertise in the civil realm. “My own experience has been that people who’ve done a lot of criminal cases are able to do litigation of all types,” he says. He has also worked in tech, having been counsel to a technology company involved in asset protection and disposition.

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Started at Manhattan D.A.’s office, (Supervised Aidala) Esposito began his career at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, prosecuting misdemeanors at first and working his way up over seven years to work on homicide and other serious criminal investigations. “It was a very difficult position to get,” he says. “It’s considered probably the top local prosecutor’s office in the United States and I was very excited about the opportunity.”

“We’ve always stayed close personally as well as professionally, and I think as Arthur’s firm was growing, it posed an opportunity for me to finally join up as partners, and that’s what we did.”

As a Criminal Court Supervisor in the Manhattan D.A.’s office about 30 years ago, a brash young man named Arthur Aidala was assigned to Esposito’s unit as a summer intern. Esposito became his supervisor, and they remained close friends ever since, and have worked together through the years, even after Esposito started his solo practice.

Racetrack aficionado In his spare time, Esposito loves to follow horseracing. “It’s my little pastime to get away from everything,” he says. He is currently working on projects involving the ever expanding legalization of sports betting.

Special Counsel to the New York State Court Officers Union Esposito is special counsel to the New York State Court Officers Union, representing union members faced with criminal charges or disciplinary matters.


By Bennett Marcus Photographed By Neil Tandy


ichael Jaccarino joined Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins in 2013, working with founder Arthur Aidala in defending individuals charged with high stakes criminal cases - including white collar crimes such as securities fraud, identity theft, money laundering and commercial bribery, as well as all kinds of violent and narcotics related offenses, including shootings, robberies, firearms possession, murder, and racketeering. He is a distinguished defender and trial lawyer. Over the last several years, he has secured a string of acquittals for clients in various types of cases and jury trials all over the city. Jaccarino started his career as a prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. “That job prepared me for any possible courtroom situation,” he says. “It helped me to become a successful trial lawyer. I’m comfortable in any courtroom on any kind of case. Whether it is in front of a judge or jury, my courtroom advocacy has helped client after client achieve unparalleled results. Beginning my career as a prosecutor allowed me to hone my craft in the courtroom, and I now use those skills as a criminal defense attorney.” This courtroom trial background, Jaccarino adds, is what makes Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins special. “Everyone at our firm is the real deal. Our attorneys are well known thorougout the state, and they command respect in every courtroom. They are known as some of the best lawyers in the field. This confidence, combined with the skills

to back it up, allows us to get those who we defend out of difficult situations.” Jaccarino functions as Arthur Aidala’s righthand on every case, working behind the scenes while Aidala is often the public face. “I’m the one in the trenches, in the criminal courthouses of this city every day of the week, figuring out how we are going to be successful with each one of our cases and how we are going to help each one of our clients.” Jaccarino’s philosophy stems from his strong belief that everyone deserves a second chance, and that “most people should not necessarily have to suffer for the rest of their life for one mistake.” He embraces the philosophy that a defense attorney’s job is to zealously defend – at all costs. “If I don’t do that, I’m not doing my job,” he says. 18b Panel attorney Jaccarino has been assigned by the city of New York to the 18b Panel, a group of private lawyers who defend certain people who cannot afford an attorney but are unable to use a public defender for various reasons. “I often get a called by judges to take difficult cases to trial.” New baby, music lover Jaccarino loves music and has recently taken up drumming, saying that he has no musical background and is loving the challenge of learning a discipline that is completely different from the law. However, at the moment, all of his spare time is being devoted to his 7-month-old daughter. | 81


IMRAN ANSARI ESQ. By Bennett Marcus Photographed By Neil Tandy


artner Imran Ansari leads the civil practice at Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins. Like others in the firm he is a former prosecutor, but he now specializes in civil litigation, including personal injury cases, commercial and contract litigation, and employment and civil rights litigation - both on the plaintiff and defense side. Ansari is currently representing renowned attorney Alan Dershowitz in a defamation case, rapper 50 Cent in a civil dispute, and Harvey Weinstein in civil matters, among other high profile cases. “We have a great civil practice which is growing exponentially,” says Ansari. “When I joined the firm in 2015, we were already very well-established in criminal law, and the goal was to build a civil practice with the same stellar reputation - in just four years it’s already there.”

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A TV background Ansari studied broadcast journalism and began his career as a television producer at Court TV working on a live legal commentary show and then a show covering the legal side of the entertainment industry. He left New York to work on major film productions in Europe, and while working in Iceland, he applied to law school with the intent of becoming an entertainment lawyer. While in law school, an internship at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office totally changed the course of his career. He fell in love with criminal law and what he calls the “theater of the courtroom”, finding that a lot of the skills he’d developed as a TV producer translated well into the courtroom. “I realized that the entertainment background actually complemented my skills as a trial attorney in the courtroom in many ways, particularly in my delivery to the jury.”

He served as an Assistant District Attorney from 2008 to 2014, and joined the firm shortly thereafter. Work-Life Balance With a newborn and a 3-year-old at home, Ansari juggles a busy schedule handling high profile cases, trials in court, and being an active board member on a bar association with finding time to be with family. “My son happened to be born at a time when some major things were happening on some big cases, as the civil partner, I had to be there to handle them. Needless to say, I’m not getting much sleep these days!”

DIANA FABI SAMSON ESQ. By Bennett Marcus Photographed By Neil Tandy


iana Fabi Samson’s experience in a range of legal areas have been put to good use at Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, where she concentrates on civil and criminal litigation, commercial and appellate law, and probate and estate administration. “I’ve definitely worked on a lot of different types of cases just in the past year, since joining the firm,” Samson says. Right now, she’s been working on two large criminal defense cases, including the Weinstein case, and civil antitrust litigation, so she’s been flexing those muscles a lot recently. “I don’t know how it’s going to pan out after these two big cases are completed; I may well be doing more civil litigation.” The firm is well known for its criminal defense practice, so Samson thinks Aidala likes the fact that she enjoys working on the civil side, as well. Start: Manhattan DA’s office Like most of the attorneys at the firm, Samson started her career as a prosecutor, at the Manhattan

D.A.’s office. “It was a great experience. I started in the appeals bureau, and I had the opportunity to work on some big cases while I was there, which was exciting, and I learned a lot.” She worked on a white-collar criminal investigation that was an offshoot of the BCCI investigation, and also on the prosecution of El Sayyid Nosair, accused of assassinating Meir Kahane. Adjunct professor at the University of Toledo Law School; stay-at-home mom Samson left the D.A.’s office when her husband had to relocate for work, and among several moves, one was to Toledo, Ohio, where she taught at the University of Toledo Law School. More moves followed, and with four children, she decided to spend some time as a stay-at-home mom, raising her family.

of cases, from employment disputes to foreclosure actions, and also doing the legal work for a venturebacked company of her husband’s. As part of the Connecticut probate panel, she was appointed to represent people in all kinds of situations, which got her back into the courtroom again. Practicing on her own, she felt limited in the kinds of cases she could take on, wanting to have an affiliation with a firm to garner more sophisticated work. One of Samson’s sisters had worked with Arthur Aidala at the Brooklyn D.A.’s office and introduced them. “It’s been a great fit for me. I love everybody there, and we do a lot of interesting, fantastic work. It’s exactly what I was looking for.”

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e is the Bill Gates of the Middle East and a household name among the Syrian diaspora. His philosophy is to make millions and give millions away. Meet Mohamed Moutaz Al-Khayat, the Syrian-Qatari businessman, turning his business and philanthropic sights to the West – and the face of the new generation of contractors. From building mega malls and five-star medical facilities, to supporting war-displaced refugees and training construction tradespeople and unskilled laborers to support workers, Moutaz has fast emerged as one the wealthiest and most philanthropic players on the planet. At just 36, he is now a Partner and Chairman, and Group President to Power International Holding, while also making his mark as the co-founder and CEO of Urbacon Trading & Contracting” (UCC), one of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s leading,

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grade one licensed building and contracting companies in Qatar. Then there is Assets Real Estate Development (ASSETS), his privately-owned company dedicated to building value through the development, investment, management, and financing of real assets. And Baladna Food Industries, Qatar’s flagship milk, and dairy the brand established in March 2014, which has grown to be Qatar’s largest locally owned food and dairy producer. Across the peninsular Arab country, Moutaz is known as something of a self-made entrepreneur and businessman striving to explore new business frontiers with economies of scope strategy not only to sustain businesses but to provide clients with cutting edge and total solutions. He currently owns and manages more than twentyfive companies in multiple fields spanning design management for resorts, hotels, malls, and residential

and commercial buildings, electromechanical, and plumbing services. His industrial project portfolio encompasses everything from retail and real estate development to medical, food, and beverages and beyond. Under Moutaz’s tutelage, UCC has ascended in recent years with the creation of more than 40 affiliated companies that bolster the company’s core business in the Qatari market and numerous other touchstones on the globe. UCC now operates not only in Qatar but also in Morocco, Oman, United Kingdom, France, and the Maldives – with plans of expansion. And although his jet-setting life in business leadership is a world away from his homeland, which for the past eight years has been ripped apart by war and bloodletting, he still brings the Syria he profoundly loves to the diaspora and curious palettes. Nostalgic for the tastes, textures, décor, and enchanting

music of his native land, he brought to life the Orient Pearl in the heart of Doha, a dazzling 1500seat restaurant now considered to be the most authentic Syrian delights outside the once serene nation girdled by the Mediterranean Sea.

Facilities spanning 70 soccer fields became peppered with cattle – there are now more than Twenty thousand bovines – to produce Qatar’s finest sheep milk and meat. Shipping, in Moutaz’s mind, would have taken too long.

in-kind support to nonprofit organizations and charities that share in his goal of helping and empowering disadvantaged populations and underserved communities in Canada and the US as well as around the world.

Moutaz’s successes not only stem from his handson approach to business and quick-thinking attitude, but from an artistic and innovative mind that can’t be taught.

But beyond his ever-expanding empire of hotels, restaurants, architecture, and resorts – all of which are frequented by Hollywood heartthrob’s and powerful political figures – the cause closest to Moutaz’s heart is his Alkhayyat Foundation.

The primary focus of the foundation’s work is to partner with organizations that provide critical services to vulnerable individuals and families in Canada and the United States of America. Purely for humanitarian aid, Moutaz has crafted his philanthropic endeavors to concentrate on education and health care, and is working very closely with the United Nation’s children’s fund, UNICEF.

Take the “cows on a plane.” Or rather, cows on lots of planes. In 2017, the business mogul hit global headlines when he, as chairman of Power International Holding, airlifted 4,000 Holstein dairy cows across the Gulf – on more than 60 commercial jets – to quickly alleviate any potential shortages of fresh milk in Qatar induced by blockades installed by neighboring nations.

In 2014, he worked closely with the Institute of International Education and the United States of America State Department to set up an emergency support fund to assist more than 40 struggling Syrian students in the universities and colleges across the USA. Today, the Alkhayyat Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation based in Canada and the United States of America. The foundation provides financial and

Moutaz’s foundation remains devoted to serving and uplifting those in need through providing access, education, and opportunity – the work of not only the new generation of the contractor, but the new generation of entrepreneur who gives hand-ups instead of just handouts. | 85


THE DIGITAL FUTURE SUMMIT Bitcoin, Blockchain & Disruptive Tech By w. a. muller


he future of Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency, is looking bright. This decentralized digital currency can be sent user to user on a peerto-peer network without intermediaries such as a single administrator or central bank. In its evolution, it has been criticized for its price volatility, high electricity consumption and possibility for illegal transactions. However, Bitcoin’s market growth thus far has been tremendous, with an all-time high market cap close to $230 billion. While Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies may be more well-known, the technology behind it – Blockchain – is the real revolutionary innovation. The bitcoin blockchain is a public ledger that records bitcoin transactions. On Blockchain’s secure ledger, a network of nodes, digital events are shared between all parties who participate in a business transaction with the parties’ identities protected by cryptographic encryption. On November 12th, CLC Global Advisors will host notable industry experts and prominent members of the investment community at The Digital Future Summit at The Yale Club in New York City. The event will explore the impact and future of bitcoin,

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blockchain and essentially what’s next in disruptive tech, as the United States transforms from a largely industrial economy into a radically new digital economy. Dan Mapes, Founder of Verses, a leading technology company transforming logistics and digital supply chain says, “Blockchain, AI and Fintech technologies are rapidly changing the global commercial landscape. Even President Xi has just endorsed Blockchain technology as accelerating breakthrough applications. All this is creating vast new market opportunities. As a speaker at CLC’s inaugural summit in Feb 2019, I was impressed with the gathering of experts from the frontlines of technology and business discussing these issues and what they mean for us today. CLC and the team have truly brought together a great group of experts and leaders. The future is exciting, and I cannot wait for round two of this important dialogue.” The Digital Future Summit will delve into the areas of exponential technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Fintech, Cryptocurrency and Fintech, as decentralized finance and

cryptocurrencies are starting to impact financial institutions. With the disruptive power of exponential technologies and automation in every industry. a new model for building massively scalable and profitable applications is emerging. Digital assets are projected to be a multi-trillion dollar market and its time to tap into this tremendous opportunity in the US and around the globe. Carole Crist is creating a critical platform through CLC Global Advisors for investors to plug into and participate directly in shaping our collective future. The upcoming Digital Summit is going to be stellar on that front.” “As the US economy changes, our relationships with other countries like China are also changing,” says Carole Crist, the CEO of CLC Global Advisors, and the former First Lady of Florida. “It is critical to foster meaningful conversation between the private and public sectors to best prepare for these profound changes to come.” jordan thomson at 541.999.5344








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ANGEL ONUOHA BLK Capital Management By Daniel Metz Edited by Carlos Lacayo


ast month, BLK Capital Management hosted its 2019 Conference in New York City. Members from across the country gathered for networking seminars, keynote speeches from sponsors, and diversity panels, as well as a stock pitch competition. The all-black, non-profit hedge fund’s CEO, Angel Onuoha, 20, called the conference one of the “marquee events of the year” for the fledgling fund, founded in 2017. Not bad for a kid who isn’t old enough to celebrate the event with a glass of champagne.

Harvard University For Onuoha, projects like BLK Capital Management are vital for more than just the experience. “(Homogenous financial teams) just don’t perform as well in terms of actual outcomes and output,” he says, “it doesn’t really make sense to have one aspect of the community managing the money for an entire diverse population.”

Student-run Hedge Fund Onuoha first conceived of BLK Capital Management during his freshman year at Harvard, following a summer internship at a smaller investment bank. He didn’t see many people who looked like himself--young, black men--during his internship. When he reached out to two of his friends, they told him that they’d had the same experience. Their impressions weren’t surprising. A recent study by the Government Accountability Office showed that African-Americans are massively under-represented in the financial services industry, with a growing gap in the last decade. In other words, Onuoha and his finance-focused friends were outliers. Together, they set out to change that. They founded BLK Capital Management, an all-black, non-profit, student-run hedge fund to teach financial tools and literacy to black college students across the US. 70 Schools Across the Country Today--with Onuoha as the CEO--BLK Capital Management manages $100,000 with the help of 175 students from more than 70 schools across the country. Onuoha shares leadership with a 10-member board of directors, all students who have gone through the program and have shown interest in the position. Students go through an education program with assignments and readings to learn investment and then buy and sell real stocks with real money. “The strategy that we play is the long/short hedge fund strategy,” says Onuoha, “where we typically look to buy from smaller companies so we feel like we can have a little bit more of an advantage.” Onuoha’s path wasn’t always certain. Before college, his mother wanted him to become a doctor. He was considering a chemistry major, but his heart wasn’t in it. Instead, he went into finance. “What I liked about finance particularly was the quantitative aspects of it,” he says, “I always loved math, and I’ve been raised into solving big problems, and I thought finance was a great way to do it.” As he grew, his understanding shifted, and so did his major, to economics and computer science. “I didn’t feel like working in a large finance firm was the best use of my talent,” he said, “I’m always very passionate about having a large impact in whatever I do. When you’re working in a big corporation, it takes a long time before you get to start calling the shots.”

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With BLK Capital Management up and running, Onuoha took a break between his junior and senior years at Harvard to work on a side-project, a start-up which he is currently keeping under wraps. He still runs the hedge fund and plans to return to college for his senior year as soon as his new project comes to fruition.



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CHRISTOPHER RIM Command Education By Bennett Marcus


ommand Education is one of the country’s leading education and college consultants, with a 96% success rate of getting their pupils into at least one of their top three school choices, and a 100% success rate in their students being accepted into college. The service is unique in that many of its counselors are recent Ivy League graduates and those who haven’t can still boast prestigious universities, so they have all recently succeeded in the college admissions process and truly understand the current landscape. Being closer in age to the students they advise, Command Education’s highly trained “near-peer” counselors are also able to serve as a bridge between parent and child. Their aim is not just to help the student get into the best college, but to help them to identify the schools that are the right fit, in which they will thrive. They help students to focus their energy on what they are truly passionate and excited about. Not the best student but got into Yale Christopher Rim founded the company in 2015 and graduated from Yale in 2017. That’s not a typo; he started the firm while a college student. He is now 23. His own admissions experience is a case study. A good but not great student at public schools in New

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Jersey, his guidance counselor told him he would never get into Yale. “I didn’t listen to him,” says Christopher. “I said what’s the worst that can happen, I lose the $70 application fee? If I didn’t try, I would regret it. So, I tried my best on the essay, I talked about what I was passionate about, what I was interested in, and that, I think, resonated with the admissions officers at Yale.” He was the only student from his class to get in.

but those are often things they are forced to do rather than what they are passionate about. “I realized, let’s start a little earlier, help the students experience different summer internships, different projects.”

After that, others in his high school reached out, asking him to review their applications and essays. Once at Yale, he and two other students started a pro-bono program to help low-income New Haven residents with the college application process.

One example: a student whose only interest was video games, according to his parents. Christopher talked to the student over time, and the kid realized he liked the design aspect. “I helped him get a volunteer opportunity with this non-profit looking for a graphic designer, and he started learning how to do that and use the software. And he realized he truly loves design, and we kind of got to that through video games.”

“I firmly believe that education should be open and accessible to everyone,” says Christopher. Many succeeded, getting into schools like Johns Hopkins and Stanford. “Through that experience I realized I’m actually pretty good at working with students and motivating them and inspiring them through this process.”

Small pool, customized program and mentors The company only has around 24 clients at any time, although their fees are reasonable compared with many other firms in the field. “We try to keep it at 24 only because it’s really the quality, and there is no standard plan for everyone. Everyone’s path is customized.”

Start early The majority of students start with Command Education in 9th grade. He found that many were writing essays about their piano and violin lessons because they thought colleges wanted to see that,

Counselors have a variety of backgrounds depending on the student’s interests, from athletics to science, medicine, literary analysis and public service.

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ACTRESS CANDICE BERGEN KEYNOTE PRESENTATION The Decoration & Design Building’s Fall Market “DESIGN 2020 By Elizabeth Darwen


he Decoration & Design Building (DDB) hosted its Fall Market, DESIGN 2020, at the iconic headquarters of all things design in New York. The two-day market blended a retrospective glance at design by the decades and an examination of how the 2010s completely changed the design industry, with a peek forward at what to expect in the next decade of design. Owner, Charles S. Cohen opened the two-day trade-only event with his perspective of the future of design resulting from the design headquarters’ carefully curated programming and discussion. One of the highlights was the keynote presentation IF WALLS COULD TALK: Historic House, Modern Family Restoring Landmark Properties at Stark Carpet, Suite 1102 with celebrated actor, author and activist Candice Bergen. Ms. Bergen, recipient of this year’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal from the Municipal Art Society, and two-time Kips Bay Decorator Show House designer Scott Sanders held a lively conversation moderated by designer and author Steven Stolman. Topics covered were: Ms. Bergen’s several landmarked homes, her passion

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for preservation (and more!) and a sneak peek at a spectacular landmarked Palm Beach estate that Mr. Sanders has just restored and enlivened for a young family. Following the presentation, there was a prosecco reception. The Fall Market included six star-studded Keynotes and one Special Program, 20 In-Showroom Programs, four Cocktail Receptions, 11 Experiential Events, and over 100 Open Houses. Teasing out the pillar principles that will continue to define the design conversation - technology, sustainability, social responsibility, innovation, and collaboration among them - the all-access two-day event provided captivating insight, practical intelligence, and actionable advice as we collectively braced for the profound impact these topics created in the years to come.

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. About the Decoration & Design Building (DDB) Located in midtown Manhattan’s Design District, the Decoration & Design Building (DDB) is an Facebook: DandDBuilding Instagram: @danddbuilding Twitter: @DandDBuilding

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SOFIA SYMONDS Model & Beauty Influencer By Bennett Marcus 350k Instagram Followers Sofia Symonds is a model and beauty influencer with over 350,000 Instagram followers. The New York-based Moroccan-born influencer began posting about fashion, makeup and skincare just for fun. “It was something that I always liked to do, even when I was a teenager in Morocco, I was always giving people advice on what they should use for their skin. So it was something that I naturally loved.” With her audience growing, Sofia is now taking it more seriously and concentrating on building her brand. How Sofia Did It Her large Instagram following grew organically, even though, busy with work and life, her postings were sometimes irregular, depending on her class and work schedules. “I was just posting, and I noticed that people started to follow me. They asked me where I got this dress, what do I use on my skin, what do I use on my hair,” Sofia says. “Back then I would just take a random picture; I wasn’t really paying attention. Now it’s not random. I will think about it. I will think about the outfit, my hair, makeup. I’m more self-conscious about what I am posting.” Morocco, Miami, L.A. & NYC Sofia originally moved to Miami, where she spent three years, working and modeling. Her next step was L.A., where she took acting classes, and also blogged and posted on social media. She had some success with fashion sponsorships, and now, in New York, she is working to build on that momentum. Sofia has had partnerships with beauty brands including Sugarbear, which she describes as like gummies for hair; Refa, which are rollers to tone the skin on face and body; and RevitaLash, a serum for lashes, among others. Many brands reach out to her, but Sofia only works with brands that she actually uses and believes in. “I only recommend things that I really like, and my followers see me using every day.” Maxim, L’Officiel & Grazia Morocco Sofia will appear on the cover of an upcoming issue of Grazia Morocco. Another cover, this one for a major European magazine, will be out in coming months, but she could not yet reveal the title as of press time. She has also been featured in Maxim, and in the French fashion magazine L’Officiel. Homemade Beauty Products: Sofia makes all-natural homemade beauty products with knowledge she gained by researching ingredients. “I know, for example, bananas and avocados make hair shiny. ” So, while she does buy a lot of beauty products, she also makes scrubs, masks and creams herself. “It’s about ingredients that I feel has really worked in my own experience,” she says. “I give them to all my friends, and they love it. They always call me to make it for them.” YouTube & Makeup Line Sofia is going to start a YouTube channel this year where she can post more structured makeup tutorials, with more detailed explanations than is possible on Instagram. The next logical step will be to develop her own line of makeup. “In time, I want to launch my own line when I have created a strong base of supporters who will want to buy it. ” Her new goal is one million followers

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Five of the best entries to this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival By Norah Bradford


he Hamptons International Film Festival (or HIFF) is one of the great movie festivals of the year. Whilst the Festival des Cannes often represents one end of the spectrum before the summer lull and Toronto’s TIFF represents the other - industry players getting into gear ahead of the screening and campaigning efforts to secure a Golden Globe, BAFTA or Academy Award early in the new year. HIFF fills an important niche, bringing the New York influencers to a more-relaxed Hamptons to show film and catch up. Amongst the field of highquality entries, five caught our eye as movies to view and people to watch going into the 2020 Awards season; The Human Factor A must-see documentary by Dror Moreh charting the challenge of seeking a peaceful mediation of the long-standing conflict in the Middle East for Israel and its neighbors through a series of unique interviews with American negotiators in the run-up

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to the failed Camp David meetings in 2000 between Israel and the Palestinians. (108 mins).

cave in Chiang Rai province as well as employing actual rescue workers in the cast. (104 mins).

The Song of Names Clive Owen and Tim Roth star in a drama encompassing the intertwined lives of a Polish violin prodigy brought to England at the start of the Second World War and his life being inexorably changed by the Holocaust and his encounter with the Song of Names – an oral song capturing the names of all those lost. (1hr 53 mins).

Human Capital A tale of two families whose lives become caught up after a sudden financial investment. Actors Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard alongside Marisa Tomei, Maya Hawke and Alex Wolff provide food for thought on relationships and finance. (1hr 35mins).

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life In the months prior to his being stricken down with a rare cancer, celebrated neurologist Oliver Sacks sat with an interviewer and provided his own story which formed the basis for this documentary. (111 mins).

The Cave A drama re-telling the fascinating true story concerning the rescue of a young boys soccer team trapped in a cave system in Thailand requiring an international rescue effort to save them. The moviemakers sought to create as authentic a film as possible, both using the actual location at the Tham Luang Nang Non


ISABELLA DEL FRATE RAYBURN Collector & Art Advisor By Bennett Marcus Rome & New York Isabella del Frate Rayburn is an art consultant and collector who has had an extraordinary career in the art world, both in New York and in Italy. She got her start serendipitously as a young Roman, while looking for a job. A friend’s husband ran a publishing house specializing in art books, and had just opened a gallery. “So, why not? I was young, I was just beginning,” she explained from her home in Rome.

Celant and Rayburn decided to republish the book now because Italian art is again very much in demand in the U.S., and they’d received many requests to reprint it. Celant suggested also writing the story of Isabella’s foundation, about her life and collection. This book became volume II. Together, the books provide comprehensive history of Italian art in the US 1948-2018. “It’s extremely interesting for anybody who wants to look into what’s been happening this last 50 years regarding Italian art.”

Working at the gallery, Isabella became friendly with the leading Italian artists of the 1960s and 70s Burri, Afro, Paolini, Accardi. “I started to learn and to love art through their eyes,” she says. “Through their eyes and their teaching, they really showed me my way, my career, and it was very exciting.”

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo, NY University On October 24, the book was presented at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome. On November 21, the books will be presented at the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo, of NYU, with a panel including Celant, Emily Braun – art historian and curator of the 2015 Burri retrospective, Laura Mattioli of CIMA, and Giorgio Spanu, who recently opened Magazzino Italian Art Foundation, a museum to house his collection of art in Cold Spring, NY.

Warhol, Basquiat, Burri, Twombly, & Motherwell Eventually, after six years, Isabella went out on her own, starting a small art consultancy in Rome, working with artists and collectors. In the mid 70s, she went to New York, to negotiate an important art deal for the Vatican Museum. After that, she made twice-yearly trips and became more involved in the New York art world befriending dealers: Castelli, Gladstone, Nosei, Sonnabend and Angela Westweater. Eventually she moved to the U.S., and married her late husband, Murray Rayburn, in 1982. Meanwhile, she’d been building her own collection since the 1970s, and made wise investments early in the careers of renowned artists like Twombly, Warhol, Basquiat, Motherwell and many other blue-chip artists. She and her husband founded the Murray and Isabella Rayburn Foundation, which had originally funded cancer medical research, and added a cultural arm dedicated to promoting Italian and European artists in the U.S. After Murray’s death in 1985, Isabella continued with the Foundation opening exhibition space in the Fuller Building in 1988 where for the next five years she organized exhibitions of Italian artists: Fontana, di Dominicis, Burri, Afro and Novelli, culminating in 1993 with exhibition “Roma New York 1948-1964” curated by Germano Celant, who is today the artistic director of the Prada Foundation in Milan. The Rayburn Foundation also sponsored numerous exhibitions of Italian art including the “The Italian Metamorphosis” at the Guggenheim in 1994, and Morandi exhibition at the Tate in London. New Book: Before/the Murray and Isabella Rayburn Foundation/After Now Isabella has just published a two-volume book set called “Roma - New York” and “Before /Murray and Isabella Rayburn Foundation / After” both written and edited by Celant. The first volume is a reprint of a book published in 1993 to accompany the exhibition “Roma-New York 1948-1964” curated by Celant at the Foundation. This important exhibit explored the relation between Italian and American art in the 1950s and 60s, when there was a great exchange between the two countries. Americans like Rauschenberg, Twombly and Kline were traveling to Rome at the time, while Italians like Burri, Afro and Scialoja were in New York.

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Advising Collectors These days, Isabella sells and buys, adding to her extensive collection of Italian as well as American artists including an impressive number of female artists (Amer, Wangechi Muttu, Teresita Fernandez, Rina Banerjee, Mickalene Thomas, Paola Pivi, Hayv Kahraman). She also advises collectors through her own advisory company IDF Art Consultants. “I have a very good eye,” she says. “I really bought very well all my life; I bought very early paintings that became important. So collectors trust my eye and they trust my taste and come to me for advice.”


LIFELINE ANNUAL BENEFIT LUNCHEON At The Metropolitan Club By Bennett Marcus


ifeline organized, and Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine Of Serbia hosted the Annual Benefit Luncheon 2019 at the Metropolitan Club at 1 East 60th Street in New York City In aid of children’s hospitals in Serbia. Lifeline Humanitarian Organization is an international effort founded in 1993 as an urgent response to the tragic situation in the former Yugoslavia, which was afflicted by conflict and sanctions. The goal of Lifeline is to reduce and relieve the suffering of physically and mentally disabled children, orphans, the elderly as well as to improve medical facilities in the country Guests at the luncheon were welcomed by New York Vice President and Co-Chairman Cheri Kaufman. The attendees enjoy the music and the performance of multifaceted, lyric soprano Barbara Grizer and an award recipient of American- Israel Cultural Foundation Dror Baitel. Thanks to a donation of Vineyard Brands, guests also had a chance to try red wines Côte du Rhône Blanc and Rouge from Famille Perrin. HRH Crown Prince Alexander addressed the guests at the luncheon and then HRH Crown Princess Katherine thanked her husband, and everyone involved with the Lifeline Foundation, “My humanitarian efforts for Serbia started 26 years ago by providing medical equipment for the University Children Hospital in Belgrade. Children, their health and their well-being are in the very core of all my humanitarian activities, as well as the activities of my foundation in Belgrade and all Lifeline humanitarian organizations whose patron I am. There is a very difficult situation with children’s hospitals in Serbia and they need to be equipped properly, much better than now, in order for our doctors and nurses to provide appropriate care for our sick children.”

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HRH Crown Princess Katherine then invited Dr. Harvey Karp, famous pediatrician and the author of parenting book The Happiest Baby on the Block, to join her on the stage and continue the talk about the importance of helping children in Serbia. Humanitarian auction items were donated such as handmade clothing and footwear, paintings and portraits. Notable attendees included: Patron HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia and Crown Prince Alexander, HE Ms. Olgica Vlacic, Consul at the Consulate of the General Republic of Serbia in New York and Mrs. Nevena Toaso, Team Leader of Communications, Innovation and Partnerships at the United Nations. Their Royal Highnesses were graced by the presence of His Grace the Right Reverend Irinej Bishop of Eastern America the Serbian Orthodox Church. Rushka Bergman, an artist, film director and contributing fashion editor for Vogue Italia, Katarina Radivojevic, famous Serbian actress, Tijana Ibrahimovic, TV personality, Kiki Kennedy, Katherine LeFrak and Harrison LeFrak, as well as the Lifeline New York Board members: Mr. David Hryck, Chairman, Mrs. Susan Gutfreund, Vice President, Mrs. Cheri Kaufman, Vice President, Mr. Slobodan Bekvalac, Mrs. Dragana Djuknic, Mr. Anthony Hayes, Mrs. Ann Conry, Mrs. Bojana Jankovic Weatherly, Mr. Peter Pizzino and representatives of Mr. Kyle Wool, Maria Fishel, and Sharon Bush. Lifeline’s Board of Directors includes David Hryck (President), Cheri Kaufman (Vice President), Slobodan Bekvalac, Dragana Djuknic, Susan Gutfreund, Kyle Wool, Bojana Jankovic Weatherly, Anthony Hayes, and Ann Conry. Instagram: @Lifelinenewyork Twitter: @LifelineNYorg

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hen it comes to finding the perfect property, Monica Webster of Douglas Elliman will turn your real estate dreams into reality. She has worked in the industry for nearly two decades, and currently focuses her business on New York City, Westchester and Connecticut. Before taking on real estate, Monica worked as a magazine editor focused on home décor. Her passion for design and architecture led her to real estate, where she now represents new developments in Manhattan and historical homes north of the city. After living in New York for eighteen years, Monica explains that “now is the time to buy, as inventory is high and interest rates are low.” In fact, in the third quarter, Westchester has seen increased sales in the $700,000 to $900,000 price range – average for the area. Additionally, there has been a drop in mortgage rates due to SALT, causing more activity throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties. Whether it’s a young family looking to transition to a home with more space in the suburbs, or empty nesters ready to downsize, Monica navigates the market with ease for her clients. Douglas Elliman provides her a competitive

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When she’s not mastering the market, Monica is a proud mother, and can be found visiting her daughter, who is blind and lives in DC, where she is employed by Deloitte, with her not for profit efforts as the President of National Association of Blind Students. She is also a proud fan of the University of Virginia, where her son once played lacrosse.

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JON FISHER Living his Best Financial and Family Life By julie sagoskin


-- his latest venture, CrowdOptic, is known for its augmented-reality technology. But Jon, who is living his best life, is already living the dream – no virtual reality needed!

After cofounding and becoming CEO of three startups -- all owned by leading Fortune 500 companies

Aside from embarking on successful entrepreneurial endeavors, Jon is deeply dedicated to ensuring that he does all he can to make this world a better place for his 9-year-old daughter and future generations and is even on the Biden for President Finance Committee.

e might be known for building successful companies, but more importantly, Jon Fisher knows how to build and maintain strong family bonds. After all, according to Jon, the amount of quality time he is able to spend with his wife and young daughter is the true measure of his success.

Let’s just say that Fisher has found his way in Silicon Valley and wants to spread his message that it is indeed possible to achieve financial success without sacrificing family values. “I live in a small seaside town, and I’ll take this level of success and level of consciousness within my network, whereas so many millennials are conditioned to be great even if it means jeopardizing everything for your build. If this message can help some guy who is more talented to be more of a human being, I’m happy,” explained Jon. | 109

“If this message can help some guy who is more talented to be more of a human being, I’m happy.”

After delivering a commencement speech at the University of San Francisco, the video of Jon speaking went viral and has since been viewed by over one million people. In fact, Jon’s impactful message keeps on resonating and gaining an even broader reach. According to Jon: “Everybody wants to be Elon Musk, but you can still get to a high level of success without getting to that level. In this world we’re living in, I’m trying to project a bit of a refreshing message out there. It’s something that I’ve practiced for a long time. I’m just trying to be a person in Silicon Valley. You can change the world and live under the radar and still feel like what you’re doing is super rewarding. My wife and I recently celebrated 17 years of marriage and I volunteer dozens of hours a week at my daughter’s school. The reason I joined the Biden for President Finance Committee is because he strikes me as a very good human being. I just want others to know that they too can be happy both in their career and in their family life. This is the first time that I’ve jumped into something politically like that, I just feel that we’ve reached the point of no return. If we can create an army of people doing this in the Valley and in Hollywood and in professional sports, we can turn things around, or at least slow the onslaught.” Jon keeps stepping up his startup game and has gained the attention of many influential investors along the way, including the former president of Oracle, who was one of Jon’s earliest investors. At one point, John Elway even invested in Jon’s technology and put it in Bronco Stadium. “I say my companies look just like a Seth Rogen movie,” explained Jon. “He doesn’t build blockbusters or go crazy with budget. He makes content with few resources -- like the way I build startups with few resources.” By creating patents and jobs, Jon is indeed doing his part to make this planet a better place. In fact, you can find Fisher named on over a hundred patents! CrowdOptic, which is already a crowd pleaser, is helping to revolutionize the athletic and medical fields. With CrowdOptic’s technology, | 111

surgeons are able to train for medical procedures without having to be in the field. “I love the inventing part. Our software allows medical professionals and salespeople to work on things remotely rather than flying around. Whether it be in hospitals or teaching physicians, you are selling billions of dollars in medical devices and you must install these devices as a function of compliance and train others. When it comes to building a startup, I make sure not to waste time and resources. A lot of people fail trying to raise too much money and being too aggressive.” Jon explained that the reason why he is able to remain successful while staying committed to his family is because “we are a long-standing and cohesive team. I’ve invented and founded these companies with the same core engineering team, and same co-workers. The joke around here that is we consider ourselves a less good-looking, legal, married-with-children version of the Oceans 11 team. We’re building good companies and selling them to other companies. Running a company is a lot like exercise -- it’s discipline. Thinking of something in your head and then seeing it practiced is super special. It’s the path of least resistance when it comes to making a contribution to the

world. We’re building software that’s going around the world. If you work this way you can put family first, even in a cut-throat industry like this. I have a lot of free time because we have different satellite offices and don’t really have to commute. We’ve been together for so long that we automatically know what we have to do.” This mentality of maintaining a flourishing and functioning family life while being financially stable is all part of the Fisher family philosophy: “I think I got it from my dad. He’s a particle physicist at Stanford and PhD there. He came into my room when I was 12 or 13 and was honest about appreciating talent and greatness. He instilled in me the belief that you can self-actualize a lot of your happiness and see where you fit in in the world. He passed on to me that you can avoid the traditional pitfalls of disdain by this self-actualization process.” The forward-thinking Fisher, who has authored Strategic Entrepreneurialism -- now required reading at a number of top MBA programs -- also explained that “operationalizing companies is a great way to create a successful company without being overfinanced. Just look at WeWork as an example of what can happen. People refuse to be

students of history. There were 500 photo sharing companies at one time but only a few have made it. It’s really this herd mentality and it’s a shame to see the mistakes we’ve all gone through happening over and over again. I think we’ll see a shift from the whole founder aura to more scale managers coming in. These bigger companies that come in with so much money really exacerbate all that’s wrong with the Valley. It really is a message that more entrepreneurs and inventors need to learn about and understand. It’s a statistical impossibility that everyone is going to succeed.” Jon truly practices what he preaches in the hopes of showing others how to progress both personally and professionally. This dedicated dad even bikes with his daughter to school every day. “We use electric bikes and look at all the traffic passing by. It’s really a metaphor that if she can think creatively, she can bypass certain things in her life. We all have to do a bit more than what we’re doing. In California you pay ten times as much for a house in the Hills and people can’t get power. That’s a spooky thing. This climate thing might be at people’s door already.”

CrowdOptic’s patented triangulation algorithms tracking individuals/athletes using multiple cameras. The core patent is U.S. 8,527,340 112 |

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SANTINO FONTANA Star of TOOTSIE: The Musical By Tamsen Fadal


ased on the 1982 film starring Dustin Hoffman, but with some updates for 2019, TOOTSIE: The Musical has been on Broadway for eight months and it’s still going strong. Stepping into those high heels and red sequins every night is Santino Fontana, the TONY-Award winning star of the smash hit TOOTSIE: The Musical. I had a chance to interview this new dad for Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal. I got to see the show a few months ago, it’s one of those laugh out loud shows. It’s really rare to be in a show where the audience erupts in laughter like that. There are several moments in the show where the show is stopped because people are laughing. Does that let you know that something’s going right up there on stage - does that give you more momentum or what does that do to you? It’s a great reminder that although it’s not new to

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us there are people out there who are able to laugh at it because they have not heard it before and they are able to enjoy the way we did when we first read it. Talk about the changes that had to be done after you first read it because everyone’s familiar with the movie, but this is different it’s not a soap opera first of all – it’s a Broadway show. A lot has changed since 1982 so Robert Horn, the book writer who won a TONY this year for best book, adapted the script to bring it up-to-date to today and I think he’s done a great job of capturing (we‘ve all done a great job, I think, of capturing the spirit of the movie) and also of telling it in a new and different way. So that people will see a show and feel like ‘Oh yes, I remember the story’ and yet it’s a completely new fresh take on it. You are not watching a movie on stage – you are watching a musical that belongs on Broadway.

So, what’s it like to dress like a woman? Well – you know! (joking) You know better than me now. Why do you own shoes that are 5 inches tall? I don’t know, I ask myself… Stop it. I’ve always respected women but my respect for women after doing this show has gone through the roof! Is it the nails, the waxing, the heels, what is it? Well -- let’s talk about the waxing. I mean “what”? The pain is one thing I can deal with the pain. My question is: you have to let it grow out awkwardly for 3 weeks? Yes, you have to ‘look bad’ for a little while and then you fix it. Why don’t you just shave it?



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We just hope you don’t notice… No, it’s not for us it’s for you. So, the answer is I’m shaving, not waxing Talk about your changes backstage. There are eight people backstage I run off stage and it’s like a pit crew. One’s on my hand doing my fingernails, we’ve taken press-on nails and Angelina Avellone who is the makeup designer came up with this idea that we use top stick on them so I’m able to put them on and take them off really quickly. How many changes do you go through? Twenty-seven. They’re very fast. There is one I don’t even know how you did it in the gown. Yeah, I’m in an old-timey nurse’s outfit and then I spin around and then I’m in a 50’s dress tight fit with shading for cleavage (another trick)…and

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that doesn’t come off because it’s alcohol based so I constantly have this darkness on my chest that looks like I’ve been beaten up – in fact it’s there right now.

I read about Bernadette Peters helping you to find a hairstyle? My grandmother had red hair and I was in HELLO DOLLY for a brief stint last year and I kept staring at Bernadette all the time. And when we were going through wigs I was like “I think I should be What’s it like being a lead playing two characters? I think this is what actors dream of to play a red” and Paul Huntley the wig designer and William PLAYBILL.COM complicated part where you’re playing multiple Ivey Long our Costume designer asked “Well, what people that are completely contrasting and the do u want to look like” and I said I think I want to challenge of figuring out how to sing more like a look like Bernadette 100% - she looks amazing! woman is a huge challenge And, now Dorothy Michaels looks amazing too. You Favorite celebrity backstage visit so far? can see Tony winner Santino Fontana and the rest of Carol Burnett - easy. Then, Michael Keaton and the cast of Tootsie: The Musical eight times a week at Billy Crystal came on the same night that was the Marquis Theater at 210 W. 46th Street NY, NY 10036 pretty great. Broadway Profiles is executive produced by John Gore, Tamsen Fadal, Matthew Hege and produced Dustin Hoffman? Not that I know of. It must be strange for him. I by Keith Hurd was in ‘Frozen’. I don’t go to ‘Frozen’ and hang out. Like, it’s weird. | 115


PAGANINI HONORS PAGANINI Tribute Concert at Carnegie Hall By Lillian Langtry


aría Elena Paganini hosted and presented, “Paganini Honors Paganini”, a tribute to her ancestor Niccolò Paganini, famous virtuoso violinist who received the nickname “the violinist of the devil”. The historic concert event took place at the elegant, intimate, and timeless Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York City. Niccolò Paganini’s compositions of diverse works, including violin concertos, sonatas for violin or guitar and violin, and the 24 caprices were performed by five highly accomplished violinists accompanied by the piano. For the first time a relative of this great violinist performed a tribute in his honor.

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Performers for the event were: Music Director/ Violinist Edmond Fokker van Crayestein, Violinist Elly Suh, Violinist Stefan Milenkovich, Violinist Kevin Zhu, Violinist Sabrina Vivian Höpcker, and Pianist Jochem Geene. The difficulty of the compositions presented a significant challenge to these artists, although being professionals, were able to project the emotion and the internal fire that Paganini transmitted. Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin started the evening with a special introduction. The tribute concert was the first stage of a tour that foresees visiting cities on different continents in the year 2020 under the name “Paganini Honors Paganini.”

About Niccolò Paganini: Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840) was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1 are among the best known of his compositions, and have served as an inspiration for many prominent composers. Facebook: mariaelena.paganini Instagram: @maria.elena.paganini Twitter: @MEPaganini

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NEW YORK DESIGN SCENE By Clara Morgan The Decoration & Design Building (DDB) hosted its Fall Market, DESIGN 2020, at the iconic headquarters of all things design in New York. The two-day market blended a retrospective glance at design by the decades and an examination of how the 2010s completely changed the industry, with a peek forward at what to expect in the next decade of design ŠKitty Dadi

Charles S. Cohen

Scott Sanders, Candice Bergen, Steven Stolman

Laurence Carr, Erika Heet, Norma Kamali, Adam Rolston

Hatta Byng, Stephen Elrod, Robert Couturier

Klaus Baer, Rush Jenkins, Tina Ramchandani, Kendall Wilkinson, Brittany Chevalier McIntyre

Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, Lori Weitzner, Arianne Biton, Sabine Rothman

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Sited in the midst of 6 plus Riverfront acres sits Wolf Hall. This magnificent stone and timber structure is reminiscent to an English or Scottish country home. The first floor also houses a full bath, spacious office, indoor hot tub and Resistance swimming pool. There is also a large in-ground pool, new deck, pool house, green house and above the garage is the perfect in-law apartment or caretaker’s residence. $2,200,000

Located on 6.45 lushly landscaped acres, sits WaterStone Cottage. The home offers an open floor plan with a chef’s kitchen. The kitchen has high-end appliances and is flooded with natural light.The dining room is intimate and the adjacent living room looks out at the amazing grounds. The nucleus of this stunning property is the natural water falls that cascade directly in the front of the home.There is also a large lap pool and pool house with bath. Call Laurie Madaus 203.948.5157. $1,250,000

THE DUANE HOMESTEAD BOXWOOD STUDIO The Duane Homestead is sited, majestically, at an elevated location amidst 67 fertile farmland acres. The Bedminster countryside moves in all directions and the open land provides ample opportunity for agrarian pursuits and/or a serious equestrian facility. The stone farmhouse is perfect for those individuals whose architectural sensibility lies in the “purist” realm. The Duane Homestead comes as close as possible to untouched “period” details. There is also $1,795,000 a large barn and in-ground pool

An iconic stone Riverfront home located in a highly desirable and prestigious area of New Hope Borough. The spectacular sprawling 6600+ sq ft home offers 6 bedrooms and 5 full baths. There is a first floor bedroom with full bath ideal for in-laws, au pair or a guest room. Boxwood Studio is one of the most sophisticated and stunning properties in all of Bucks County. It is truly a home that can provide decades of family enjoyment and a lifetime of memories. $3,895,000

For more property information contact Art Mazzei direct at 610.428.4885

550 Union Square, New Hope, PA 18938 • 215.862.5500


NEW YORKV SOCIAL SCENE By Clara Morgan Lifeline organized, and Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia hosted the Annual Benefit Luncheon 2019, Metropolitan Club, NYC ©Patrick McMullan

Event Producer Larry Scott Of Lawrence Scott Events produced Global Lyme Alliance Fifth Annual New York City Gala

Yolanda Hadid, Larry Scott ©Johnny Nunez Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia, Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia

Rosanna Scotto ©Getty Images David Hryck, Peter Pizzino

Maria Fishel, Sharon Bush

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The Viennese Opera Ball celebrated the official opening of the debutante and escort application process for the their upcoming 65th Gala ©Nathalie Schueller

Julia Puaschunder, Silvia Frieser

NEW YORKV SOCIAL SCENE By Clara Morgan Santa Margherita held “Follow The Vine” complimentary wine tasting event within a grapevine maze, Grand Central Terminal - Vanderbilt Hall, NYC ©Santa Margherita

Jazmin Grace Grimaldi’s “Fearless” music video launch party at Spring Place in New York City, ©Getty Images

Leesa Rowland

Jazmin Grace Grimaldi

SohoMuse celebrated its official launch in a star filled New York gala at the showroom of British luxury furniture designer, Christopher Guy, at the New York Design Center ©Patrick McMullan

Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, RHONY Ramona Singer

Nicole Miller, Sean Young, Montgomery Frazier

Tambaran Gallery hosted a party for New York’s Women of Style with Philanthropist and author Jean Shafiroff, NYC ©Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff

Delaina Dixon, Pamela Morgan, Ramona Singer, Jean Shafiroff, Lizzie Asher, Leesa Rowland, Maria Fishel and Maureen Zarember | 121


NEW YORK CHARITY SCENE By Clara Morgan Rescue Dogs Rock NYC hosted their 2nd annual gala co-chaired by Georgina Bloomberg and Lara Trump, raised funds and awareness to help animals in need, NYC ©Patrick McMullan

Georgina Bloomberg, Stacey Silverstein, Lara Trump, Eric Trump and Jackie O’Sullivan ©Patrick McMullan

Lara Trump and Georgina Bloomberg

Sean Young

Lizzie Asher

Jean Shafiroff

Pamela Morgan

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