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s summer starts fading to fall, it’s time to retreat back to reality, but there are now new festivities to look forward to, such as the biggest event of the season, Fall Fashion Week. There are also plenty of posh places to escape to during this enchanting time of the year, including the historic HOTEL DU PONT in Delaware where you will find many timeless treasures. For a more tropical getaway as temperatures start dropping, get your glam on at Grand Pelican Resort in Miami Beach, where things are always heating up. This month we spoke with MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle, who is bringing her own rules to her upcoming and soon-to-be wildly popular podcast, Modern Ruhles. This career woman and mom of three opens up about how she balances her busy work and home life, as well as how much she loves living in New York City. Through her podcast, Ruhle is trying to change perspectives and is ready to tackle today’s biggest issues. Beginning September 5th, you will also be able to get a different perspective when you visit the fall exhibit at the Georges Bergès Gallery, featuring the works of German-born artist Jean Schmiedel. Georges Bergès talks to us about the meaning behind the exhibit, called Kontakt, which is Schmiedel’s first solo exhibit in the United States, as well as his own expanding artistic empire. All-star sports broadcaster, businesswoman, author and philanthropist Ann Liguori, shares her personal and professional stories from her time both on air and behind the scenes. She might have already accomplished so much during the course of her career, but Ann continues to aim high, and is still taking her best swing on the golf course and beyond. The end of summer also marks the beginning of the US Open. As the biggest names in the sport descend on Arthur Ashe Stadium, tennis aficionados know that the best place to watch each high stakes match is in the Emirates Box, which is truly unmatched for its people watching and palatable plates. Within our pages you will also find our favorite spots in Chile as well as Egypt, where you can cruise along the Nile River like never before. From sporting events to runway shows, there are so many great things to fall in love with this fall. Wishing you a happy and healthy Labor Day! IG @allthefamenoneofthefortune

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SUMMER IN THE CITY Mayor Pete, God’s Love We Deliver, Domingo Zapata, Watermill Center, Victoria Secret, TM & The Dog Store By R. Couri Hay with Photos by Patrick Mcmullan Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood Have you missed Quentin Tarantino, who brought us Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Bastards? Well, he’s back! His ninth blockbuster is inspired by the killing of Sharon Tate by Charles Manson in 1969. The evocative film paints Sam a perfect picture of Levinson, Zendaya & the era and co-stars Hunter @ Euphoria Brad Pitt, who goes top-

less on a roof and Brad Pitt, conMargot Robbie& fessed: Leonardo “I’m one DiCaprio @ Once Upon of those A Time In Hollywood people you hate because of genetics.” His co-star Leonardo DiCaprio said: “Everywhere I go, somebody is staring at me, I don’t know if people are staring because they recognize me or because they think I’m a weirdo.” Margot Robbie, the female lead, explained “If I have to get into a bikini, then I eat carrot sticks for three days.” The flick also features Dakota Fanning, and Al Pacino. Place your Oscar bets on Tarantino & company. 16 |

Euphoria HBO’s new TV show Euphoria has more sex, drugs, and nudity than any issue of Playboy or Playgirl magazines. The dark drama stars Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi and Zendaya who mysteriously says. “We just want it to be a reflection, in a beautiful way, of storytelling that allows people to think and connect and feel however they choose to feel about it.” Ok! Domingo Zapata If you see a man dangling from scaffolding 15 stories above the sidewalk at One Times Square, where the New Year’s Eve ball drop, don’t panic, the artist Domingo Zapata is painting his mantra , “Life is a Dream” amidst flowers, flamingos and polo ponies, across a 15-story canvas that wraps around the iconic building. “For me it is an honor to be part of the story by creating Life Is a Dream, the largest mural in New York. I want to convey this message to Domingo Zapata people from @ One Times all over the Square world who

visit Times Square and who can enjoy and get to know my art.”

Baker, who’s made the tasty treats for over 28 years. The always fun night, raised $300,000. The Watermill Center Gala Avant-garde director Robert Wilson greeted guests at Tabula Rasa: The 26th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction. The not ever to be missed Happening featured over 25 art installations and performances by nearly100 artists form 30 countries. Past attendees include Lady Gaga and Robert Downey Jr. his year’s theme Tabula Rasa: was inspired by John Locke’s theory of the mind as a blank slate, which defends the idea that knowledge is not inherited but developed through personal experience and sensory perception of the world. The gala honored Lady Gaga & philanRobert Wilson thropist @ Watermill Center KathChasten Buttgieg, arine Pete Rayner, and artist Carrie Buttigieg and Ellen Mae Weems. Wilson said “Carrie DeGeneres in New is radical and elegant- an unparYork alleled image maker who stands resolutely for social justice. In her pictures, she questions the contradictions between past and present, between theater and tious meals for people with documentation, and between HIV/AIDS and other severe illnesses. At the end of the party history and memory. Artists whose guests left with “Chuck’s Famous work was featured included Gillian Walsh, LEIMAY, and the Brownies,” baked by Chuck the

God’s Love We Deliver’s Golden Heart Awards God’s Love We Deliver will honor Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Estée Lauder’s John Dempsey at the 13th annual Golden Heart Awards on October 21st. For tickets go to In the Hamptons the organization celebrated the 19th Anniversary of their Hampton’s fanny basher “Midsummer Night Drinks” at the Samuel Parrish House, in Southampton. The benefit is held at a different private home each year, one of the most notable was at Calvin Klein’s ocean front home. In the mix this year were Fern Mallis, Vicente Wolf, Margaret Russell, and David Ludwigsen. God’s Love prepares nutri-

SOCIAL SAFARI Daxophone Consort with Daniel Fishkin, CleekSchrey and Ron Shalom. Funds raised support the Center’s Education and Artist Residency Programs, which provide the time and space for a global community of artists, thinkers, and students to live and work throughout the year. The night was presented Maison Van Cleef & Arpels.

raked in a cool million dollars. Bravo!

Transcendental Meditation Katie Couric, divorce attorney Nancy Chemtob, and UBS’s Mark Axelowitz hosted the fifteenth anniversary of The David Lynch Foundation at the Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club. Katy Perry, Tom Hanks, Russell Brand, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Oprah have all taken classes Parrish’s Midsumwith the Foundation’s founder mer Party Roberta Mastromichele Bob Roth. The event kicked off Matt Dillon was & Matt Dillon the organizations goal to bring the star attraction @ Parrish Art Museum the stress-reducing technique to at the Parrish Art Muover one million veterans seum’s Midsummer who suffer from postParty honoring Louise traumatic stress disorand Leonard Riggio der (PTSD). Axelowand artist Maya Lin. itz told the crowd, The Museum’s “More than 21 popular diThe DOG Store’s veterans take rector Terry Edward Alava Sultan wel- their own lives every day because of combatcomed related PTSD, research has shown the that TM is a highly effective technights nique to help veterans heal their hontrauma from within.” Guests orary included interior designers to the co-chairs rich and richer Tony Ingrao and Debbie BanRandy Kemper, Billions TV show croft R.Couri Hay, who creator Brian Kopelman, and starred in CNN’s Magnolia Bakery’s Steve Halston film & crypto-pioneer Abrams, Alan PatriBrock Pierce @ Parrish Art Museum cof, Orin Snyder, Joanna Plafsky, Cindy Feinberg, Preston Shirley Silver, Phillips, lateZeil & Helene night host Nancy Chemtob & Mark Axelwitz @ The David Lynch Foundation Feldman, Larry Milstein, and Heather Benjamin Hartnett, who all chuckled at coDoller, Lisa Dennison, Jean Shafimedian Mike Birbiglia jokes. The roff, Carole Crist, the former evening ended with a memorable first lady of Florida, art collector mediation on the beach and a Libbie Mugrabi and crypto piobonfire, sadly no s’mores. neer Brock Pierce. The Museum’s exciting current exhibitions cludes Refuge by Thomas Joshua Cooper; The Space Between The Dog Store NYC Memory and Expectation, by ReEdward Alava, the owner of the nate Aller; and, A Matter of Place luxury pet boutique The Dog by Jean-Luc Mylayne. The night

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Emma Stone, Store, in NYC and the Hamptons Selena Gomez, pampers the pooches of Beyoncé, Rita Ora and Vera Wang, Diana Ross, and SiVIPS from NYC who mon Cowell. Alva has formed an alliance with the Maidstone Hotel travel to California in East Hampton. Guests can now for business. Dr. Ali’s expertise have their very own pet friendly ranges from wellsuite this fall when attending the ness and health Hamptons Film Festival or checkto beauty and ing out the pumpkin patches and the vampire the corn stands. Additionally, faguests staying at the Maidstone can have Edward Victoria Secret come in and groom their Angels Josephine dog, “We come to the Skriver and Maidstone or your Jasmine Tookes house in the Hamptons and set up all our grooming and special services, like cial. massage and Jeff Lima and Janel Tanna @ Easthampton TV, Art & Film Festival acupuncture,” beverlyhillsprisaid Edward who can even arrange a doggie birthday Victoria’s Secret Angel: Andrea party or supervised Correale play dates and beach walks. The When Victoria’s Secret Angels, puppy master started The Dog Josephine Skriver and Jasmine Store 20 years ago and today runs Tookes needed a healthy bite in one of the most successful puppy the Hamptons they turned to boutiques on the East Coast. Edward caters his services to your celebrity caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs, who has been pets needs and your lifestyle. The Dog Store delivers the best canine feeding the stars on the East End for more than twenty years. This concierge services in NY, which summer, Andrea and her chefs includes training for boat and jet also cooked for Alec Baldwin, travel, boarding, and every other Debra Messing, Adam Sandler, pampering and medical service Roger Federer and even Chef you can think of for your fourBobby Flay when he needed a legged best friend. night off form behind a hot stove. For Candace Bushnell’s new book 170 E 61st St. Is There Still Sex and The City; New York, NY 10065 Andrea served up an aphrodisiac 212.317.5987 inspired menu. 917.535.0239 The Beverly Hills Concierge Dr. Ehsan Ali Lana Del Rey helped Beverly Hills’ Concierge Dr. Ehsan Ali, celebrate his 40th birthday in Hollywood. The good doctors’ clients include Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Liam Hemsworth,

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1640 SOCIETY Resident Cover Party with Sandro Salsano

at Yale Fishman’s New Southampton Estate at 485 David Whites Lane By HILLARY LATOS


esident Magazine along with co-host Stan Bharti of Forbes & Manhattan celebrated their August cover party for billionaire Sandro Salsano, the “Warren Buffet of Latin America.” The event was held the evening before the 1640 Society Family Office Wealth Conference, which is considered to be the Davos of the Hamptons. Guests who attended this annual mogul fest at 485 David Whites Lane in Southampton included Michael Loeb, Tim Draper, Edgar Bronfman Jr, Andrea Castimatidis, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Simon de Pury, “House of Versailles couple” David and Jackie Siegel, members of the Bush and Kennedy clans, Russian oligarchs, Kent Swig, and the royal families of Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.

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Guests enjoyed delicacies created by Barbados top chefs Damian Leach and Franco Parisi along with specialty Barbadian cocktails prepared by mixologist Alex da Vinci and Shamar Bishop. Gin cocktails were provided by Rutte Gin while guests also enjoyed whiskey tastings by Balcones Distillery. Il Borro Rose wine, G.H. Mumm Champagne, Hertelendy Chardonnay, Vesica Vodka, and Perricone Hydrogen Water also provided drinks for the stylish soiree. The fashionable audience also had a chance to shop the latest chic Pop bags collection, which are sure to be your favorite new seasonal accessory. A special thanks to Designs by Masone who provided the beautiful floral arrangements, Tourneau, Compass Realty, Hamptons Employment Agency, and Hamptons Luxury Estates.


Fall Beauty Finds

By Julie Sagoskin & Hillary Latos

Fall in love with these must-have products which will keep your hair, skin and nails looking and feeling fresh all fall long!




Our Quick Curls® crème was formulated as a fast-acting, no fuss, lightweight styler that gives you the results you want fast.




Inspired by and Bringing Hawaii to You By w. a. muller


hen the LA-based designer Tiffany Lerman, daughter of the late bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, was looking for her next venture, she turned to what she knew – and one of her favorite places – to create a new wellness bath and body brand. An entrepreneur with a passion for nature and love of color and design, Lerman has launched many brands, including Tiny Tillia - a whimsical collection of ecoconscious, paraben-free children’s bath and beauty products, which was acquired by Avon in 2011. In 2018, Lerman launched Laki Naturals – a brand of high-quality bath and body products. Truly reflecting the “Essence of the Islands,” as Hawaii is one of her favorite places to visit, Laki is the Hawaiian word for “lucky.”Lerman wanted to bring the spirit of “aloha” to life with Laki Naturals, so she created a product that could allow consumers to experience a piece of the island lifestyle at home versus physically be there. In addition, the brand also honors Lerman’s late mother, alluding to the Jackie Collins’ well-known character, Lucky Santangelo, who Lerman describes as her mother’s alter ego and a female heroine who inspires women to be strong and independent. Like her mother, Lerman believes that being a strong woman is important to helping women achieve a peaceful, meaningful, and empowered state of mind. As bathing is now an essential routine in a woman’s everyday self-care regimen, to unwind and detoxify at home, Laki Naturals allows consumers to have that therapeutic experience at home to cleanse the body and calm the mind, body, and soul. To bring Laki Natural’s mission to life, of turning a daily beauty and wellness regimen

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into a detoxifying and restorative ritual, the products provide a unique combination of sea salts and magnesium. The bath soaks are infused with pure Hawaiian sea salts, which are sourced from the Hawaiian island of Molokai, filtered to remove impurities, and harvested with solar seal evaporators, to provide an end product of pure Hawaiian sea salts containing natural minerals and electrolytes. Laki Naturals bath soaks are made with magnesium chloride, which is highly absorbable through the skin and contributes to various vital functions in our bodies. The flakes are sourced from the ancient Zechstein Seabed, which stretches across Northern Europe. In addition, the products are non-GMO, vegan, and have no petrochemicals, parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, or artificial dyes. The Laki Naturals product line includes bath soaks and shower fizzies that are carefully curated with natural fragrances, essential oils and premium materials from around the world. The bath soaks, which are formulated with the genuine Zechstein magnesium chloride, can help decrease stress and anxiety, relieve achy muscles and joints, promote healthy sleep, improve skin hydration, decrease inflammation and improve skin conditions. They are available in a variety of scents, including Aloha Rose, Charcoal Lava, Coconut Milk, Eucalyptus Peppermint, Lavender, and Neroli, as well as unscented for those who want the benefits of the salts minus any fragrance. The Laki Naturals Shower Fizzy can transform your bathroom and transport you to a tranquil place as the steam releases aromas to add a sensual experience to your daily shower. The Shower Fizzies also come in a variety of scents, including Aloha Rose, Eucalyptus Peppermint, Lavender, and Neroli.

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HAIR DETOX® The Hair Revival Supplement By Ann Grenier


he effects of a stressful lifestyle, nutritional deficiencies, environmental aggressors, and hormonal imbalances can lead to fine, thinning hair and even hair loss. Hair Detox® is the first lifestyle supplement to address many of these issues by helping detoxify from the inside out and by supporting the body’s natural ability to promote healthy hair, skin and nails. The ingredients in Hair Detox® are based on a specially developed pyramid that includes the ingredients most often associated with healthy hair, skin and nails, as well as two Matrix Blends that are exclusive to Hair Detox®. The Pyramid to Fuller, Thicker Hair: • Hair, Skin and Nails Matrix: Positions Biotin and Vitamin D at the top because they are recognized as key in the development of healthy hair, skin and nails. Additionally, Hydrolyzed Keratin is placed at the top because it is crucial structural material in hair, nails and the outer layer of the skin. Also included at the top are Horsetail & Bamboo Shoot Extract, sources of silica, which is essential for the production and maintenance of collagen. • Detox Matrix: Denotes ingredients that may help detoxify in the middle. The Detox Matrix Blend that includes: Milk Thistle Seed Extract, Grape Seed

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Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Powder, Dandelion Root Powder, Cranberry Fruit Extract, Resveratrol (from Japanese Knotweed Root Extract), Fennel Seed Powder, Citrus Peel Bioflavonoids Complex and Stinging Nettle Root Extract. These nutrients and herbs were specifically selected for their traditional and scientifically supported abilities to help combat nutritional deficiencies, environmental aggressors, hormonal imbalances, inflammation of the body and more.* • Stress Relief Matrix: Shows the Hair Detox® ingredients that are intended to relieve stress at the base. The Stress Relief Matrix Blend includes mixed Phytosterols, Ashwagandha Root Extract, L-Theanine, Holy Basil Leaf Powder, Astragalus Root Powder, Gotu Kola Herb Powder and Saw Palmetto Berry Extract. Hair Detox® is the first lifestyle dietary supplement to include ingredients that were specifically selected to help minimize the effects of stress.* While Hair Detox® was formulated to provide multiple benefits to anyone seeking healthy hair, vibrant skin and strong nails, it comes in customized formulations for men and women to meet their specific needs. Hair Detox® for Women nourishes hair, skin and nails with Biotin and Hydrolyzed Keratin and helps combat hormonal imbalances.

It contains L-cysteine, an amino acid needed for strong hair, and cranberry extract to help protect cells. Hair Detox® for Men recognizes that thinning hair and hair loss are often related to DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which plays a key role in male pattern baldness. It contains saw palmetto, which may reduce the risk of male-pattern baldness; MSM, which may help reduce inflammation; and Grape Seed Extract to support cardiovascular health. Created by Angelo David Pisacreta, founder and creative director of the Angelo David Salon in NYC, Hair Detox® is based on his 25-plus years of experience working with consumers who have fine and/or thinning hair. Physician approved and made in a USA-based GMP-certified manufacturing environment, Hair Detox® relies on the latest scientific research and globally sourced ingredients that are selected for their purity and potency. Recently, Hair Detox® was featured in Modern Salon magazine. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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OH, I FEEL PRETTY Photographer: Jaime Pavon @pavonphoto Styling: Nata Stylist - Models: Jade Williams @jadenikaylah x Scott McCullom @chic_sports Makeup: Dimitry Kukushkin @makeupbydmitry Hair Stylist: Diego Larez - Nail Artist: Victoria Wreen @nailsbyvictoriawreenbah Photo Assistant: Gabriel Saltos Retoucher: Karla Cevallos @lolaretouch —— Pink top by Vivetta, gloves by Cornelia James

OH, Pink Hoodie by Camouflaged | Sunglasses by Celine | Basquiat by J’amemme

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POP BAG X HEKTAD A Collection That Pops By Simon Gusev Photographed by Margaret Pattillo


f you’re looking for a new accessory that will really pop, Pop Bag USA will make you stand out all season long! Pop Bag USA, made with quality leather, allows you to design your own one-of-a-kind custom bag. The posh bag might have originated in Italy, but this fun and fashionable brand recently opened their first US store in The Shops at Columbus Circle, where you can now shop all the latest bags, including their new limited-edition collection with legendary street artist Hektad. This cool new collection showcases original, hand painted artwork by Hektad, featuring his mini colored hearts or his inspiring “love” tags on select eye-popping Pop Mini Bags and Pop Bag panels. Hektad, one of the most influential pioneers of New York City street art, will take your style to new heights. He might be a huge hit on Instagram and social media, but Hektad is also known for his impactful installations, including the installations taking place at Tiffany’s on 5th Avenue, as well as those at The Baccarat Hotel and even The World Trade Center. You can also admire his murals at the Oculus, Pietro Nolita, and more importantly, on your very own bag! From the mini bags to the backpack style and large totes, you can choose your color and design, though you’ll definitely want them all! Hektad, a Bronx native, attempts to convey his message of love through his work, and now his passionate paintings will come alive on your Pop Bag. When you purchase one of these exclusive pieces, you are also helping to give back, as part of the collections’ proceeds will go to support Bottomless Closet. Bottomless Closet is a non-profit organization that helps empower New York City women in need, who want to enter the workforce and achieve success. Pop Bags, which are produced in Florence, might have fashion forward designs, but each piece incorporates the centuries-old tradition of producing only the highest-quality leather bags. Their masterful local craftsmen ensure that each product is not only beautiful, but beautifully made. This limited-edition bag will certainly shine, whether it’s in the streets or in the first row of Fall Fashion Week! The only left to do is pick your own hand painted piece from the Pop Bag USA limited edition Hektad collection! @popbagusa


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Chef Owner, Chef Partner, Executive Chef & Brand Ambassador From Italy to USA By w. a. muller


orld-renowned restauranteur Fabrizio Facchini, who has brought his authentic Italian cuisine and innovative cooking techniques to the US is on fire, and with multiple hotspots, he’s only getting hotter! Facchini might have gotten his start in the hospitality industry in Italy, but he has already made his mark on New York’s international food scene. With a new restaurant set to open soon in the city, there will be even more of Facchini’s modern and mouthwatering dishes for you to savor – now that’s amore!

his edible empire, one trendy restaurant at a time. Dr. Scheer might be a doctor by day, but he transforms into a devoted restauranteur by night, and is helping to transform the New York dining experience.

in Belgium, my wife and I decided to go back to Italy where we restored an old 13th century country house and turned it into a small boutique hotel and restaurant.

How did you get into the restaurant/hospitality business? I’ve been cooking since I was since little, it’s always been a passion of mine. I used to watch my grandmother cook and play with the food. My parents didn’t want me to work in a kitchen, so they sent me to school to study business and marketing.

Along with his partner, Dr. Alexandre Scheer, MD of Scheer Medical Wellness, Chef Facchini is expanding

I might not have attended culinary school, but I always cooked for family and friends. After living

What made you move to the US? How would you describe the New York restaurant scene? While running our boutique hotel and restaurant, we had many guests who were from the United States. Many of these guests, who became close friends, were huge fans of my food and convinced us that we would be successful if we moved to the US. I had lived in the US for a year during in the 90s with a student program and always loved it there. We also

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with work, but I always try to make time for my family. I created my very first hospitality business with my wife and so my kids were born into the hospitality industry, they know a lot about it. Where do you live? Favorite things to do in New York, hobbies, etc. I live in Saratoga Springs, although i stay in the city four to six days a week and hope to relocate closer to the city soon. When i have time, i love to just walk around New York City, try different food and get inspired. I also do many events for non-profit organizations. What made you decide to open in Saratoga? I met a couple of partners who wanted to develop a restaurant and bring authentic Italian cuisine and a wood-fired oven to Saratoga, so I decided to go in with them. Favorite travel spots? Do you go back to Italy often? I love to travel all over the world. South America is one of my favorite places. There are also so many great places to see within the US. We try to go to Italy as often as possible but things have been so busy we haven’t been back for any big holidays in a couple of years.

What can you tell us about your soon-to-be new restaurant? When is it opening? “Cotto” which means cooked in Italian, will feature dishes with fresh and authentic flavors, but we plan on showcasing them in a more modern and creative way. We are also developing a great mixology list, as well as extensive wine, liquor, tea and coffee menus. We are going to be located in the new Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Chelsea, so we plan to offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and delivery 24/7. What is most rewarding about the charities/organizations you are involved with? I am involved in different charities and organizations both directly and indirectly. I’m the President of Slow Food Chefs Alliance USA, as well as Advisor for the Ass. Italian Chefs of NY. I have also done many events for foundations including Natures Kids in Costa Rica, No Kids Hungry, The Food Bank NY with NYCWFF of Food Network, Noah Home in San Diego, and others. I believe that we all need to help, it’s so rewarding. @cheffacchini

thought it would be a great opportunity for our kids. The New York restaurant scene is comprised of food from all over the world in the center of the world. What is the secret sauce to your success? Did you ever imagine you would become such a big name in the industry? There’s no secret really, just a lot of passion, creativity, learning, evolution and work. I’m doing well, but I’m very ambitious and have more goals I want to accomplish. I never could have imagined I’d get to where I am now, but now that I’m here, I have to keep going. How do you bring the authenticity of Italian cooking to your restaurants here? I try to reproduce the flavors of what I used to eat growing up, which includes using traditional recipes and techniques and sourcing the best ingredients, both imported and domestic. Everything is made with love and passion. How do you balance work and family life? How involved are you in the restaurants? My wife and my kids are very involved in what I do. We try to decide everything together. I’m very busy

Dr. Alexandre Scheer, MD

dining Photo credit: Alex Staniloff


Unbeatable Classic and Contemporary Cuisine By Lauren Bens


or palatable and well-prepared plates which blend the best of contemporary Italian cooking and classic French technique, Benno is one unbeatable dining destination. Benno is the brainchild of esteemed Chef Jonathan Benno, who has been running some of the world’s most famed and well-respected restaurants over

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the past three decades. While he has been everywhere from Per Se to Lincoln Ristorante, Benno really showcases the best of Chef Benno’s cooking skills. Each dish is more divine than the next at this stunning and scrumptious spot, which is located at the landmarked hotel The Evelyn, which dates back to 1905. Benno is now the first high-end dining establishment in the historic space, joining his more casual restaurant and bakery Leonelli Taberna

and Leonelli Focacceria e Pasticceria, also located in the hotel. Your taste buds will go on a trip with their signature dishes which focus on the regions of Liguria and Provence, the crossroads of Northern Italy and Southern France, and feature flavors from the Mediterranean. Dine on three, four or five course menus, including both sweet and

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savory creations like Monterey Bay Red Abalone with abalone mushroom, plum, purslane, lemon and brown butter, or Rabbit and Foie Gras Ballotine with peach-ginger marmalade and black pepper brioche. Pastas such as the Ravioli Bigusto with chanterelles, zucchini, brown butter and rusticapra, and the Corzetti with shrimp, cerignola olives and Benno garden tomato sauce, will please the senses. Other notable dishes which leave guests on a high note include the Cacciucco with Maine lobster, littleneck clams, cuttlefish, scallop and a tomato-saffron broth, as well as the Sirloin of Dry Aged Beef made with bone marrow, spigarello, pomme purée and sauce bordelaise. Satisfy your sweet toothe with the Crème Caramel, comprised of buttermilk,

white sesame, lime and blackberry sorbet. An à la carte menu is offered at the Benno bar, featuring some of Chef Benno’s “top hits.” The beverage program also highlights unique and distinct spirits from the same regions as the fare. Guest have the option to add wine pairings expertly selected by Benno’s sommelier complement each course. The space features custom furniture with marble and brass accents, as well as a rich color palette and Art Deco-feel. A gorgeous 14’ domed skylight adorns the ceiling above the main dining room. While their glamourous main dining room is the

perfect place to enjoy Maine lobster, their posh private dining room offers an intimate setting for any occasion. With original wood paneling, crown molding and a secret liquor display cabinet that was once a fireplace, you can enjoy the luxurious yet modern surroundings as much as your fine Mediterranean fare. Benno is Where interior designers and foodies come to swoon. bon appetit like never before at Benno! 7 E 27th St. New York, NY 10016 212.451.9557 | 37


T-BAR SOUTHAMPTON An Upper East Side Favorite Arrives In Southampton By Peter Elston


he team from T-Bar Steak and Lounge have made their return to Southampton. Just like its sister restaurant on New York’s Upper East Side, T-Bar Southampton offers guests outstanding cuisine in a casual yet elegant space, and the outdoor terrace and garden make it the quintessential location for evening cocktails on those warm summer evenings. Under the watchful eye of restaurateur Tony Fortuna, partner Derek Axelrod, Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, previously of the Four Seasons, Aureole and Petrossian, and Executive Chef Segundo Pelaez, T-Bar Southampton builds on the well-earned reputation of its New York City namesake. The menu features a wide range of dishes, ranging from well-cooked renditions of classics, to refined and inventive plates, providing the ultimate dining experience.

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Diners can begin their meal at T-Bar Southampton with the Zucchini Carpaccio made with goat cheese, capers, basil, and mint; or enjoy the classic Guacamole to split with the table. The restaurant also redefines the classic Kale Salad by adding seasonal apples and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, drizzled in a tangy chili-lime vinaigrette. Also available on its delectable appetizer menu are the popular Seared Spanish Octopus, Yellowfin Tuna Tartar and Vietnamese Shrimp Roll. A meal at T-Bar Southampton would not be complete without ordering a favorite from The Steak Bar, which features an impressive range of superblycooked certified Black Angus cuts of beef including its Black Angus Porterhouse for two served with your choice of Steak Sauce, Béarnaise Sauce or

Poivre Sauce. The menu also boasts numerous other American classics including the signature Crusted Tuna served with soy, wasabi rémoulade and seaweed salad and the Chicken Milanese made with chopped Salad and lemon. Cap the evening off with irresistible desserts like the must-try Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles with coconut and caramel sauce or the decadent Strawberry Sundae served with shortcake, meringue, brandy, and cream.

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Your New Favorite Gluten-Free Find By Julie Sagoskin Photographed by Daniel Andreas


hen it comes to a choosing a smooth and satisfying drink, Vesica Vodka is indeed a very good choice! Vesica Vodka, a brand new brand in the gluten-free alcoholic beverage industry, was founded by Adam Bak. Bak a big name in the business, was one of the first exporters of Polish vodka to the US. This vodka visionary is responsible for the success of Ultimat Vodka, one of the most high-end vodka products, which was ultimately sold to tequila company Patron.

of wheat, rye and potato, Vesica is made with just potato, ensuring a smooth finish – you are sure to be a fan of this new organic vodka! Adam’s success story isn’t over yet, as he is now selling his creation in 21 markets at the moment, including Florida, Texas, Ohio, Maine, Mississippi and Upstate New York, with plans to further expand in the near future. With different flavors such as coconut and apple, everyone will be able to enjoy Vesica their way. Let’s just say it makes for one great apple martini!

Adam, who is originally from Poland, started importing food products from his native country, which is a powerhouse in the production of fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and cherries. When he was presented with the opportunity to import alcoholic beverages, he decided to give it a try, and is now a superstar in the spirits business! This bold businessman who lives in Brooklyn is one of the most significant importers in the United States. His warehouse, Adamba Imports International, Inc., is still located in Greenpoint.

“Because of the package and quality and concept, as well as the experience we have, we have had a lot of successes in our portfolio,” explained Adam. “We had built another brand as well but were only exporting. We had a contract for 15 years and took it from 0 to 200,000 cases. When our contract expired, since they owned distribution, we lost it, but this gave us an opportunity to come up with Vesica. We’re still building it and hopefully with much help we will become a successful brand.”

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At the time that Adam got involved with Ultimat Vodka, there were 138 similar brands on the market. With

hundreds of brands popping up every year, many of which wind up failing, it’s important to have a product that as Adam puts it, “tastes good!” The taste factor is why Vesica, which is connected to the word and meaning of vesical, has been able to sustain itself on the shelves without any major marketing influencer behind it. “Vesical is a mathematical shape, it’s very spiritual as well,” explained Adam. This experienced producer knows a thing or two about beautiful bottles. After all, Ultimat Vodka was the first crystal product, and became a fast favorite amongst celebrities including Diane von Furstenberg and Governor Cuomo, who insisted on having the unique bottles at his wedding. Adam was also the first one to import the super unique Bison Grass Vodka, which has a cult-following in the United States and is a best-seller in Russia and Poland. The grass really is greener at Adam’s warehouse in Greenpoint! He has also had a 20year relationship with Glo Creative, a Miami-based advertising agency, who has been a part of Ultimat, Bison and now Vesica success.


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hether you’re out on the town or enjoying an intimate evening, as long as you have a cocktail made with Rutte Gin & Genever, you will definitely have something to rejoice! In fact, a number of your favorite classic cocktails are made with gin or genever. These spirits, which originated in Holland, are guaranteed to put you in good spirits. Their incredible flavors showcase the most dynamic aspects of their Dutch distillery. A leading Dutch expert in Botanical distilling since 1872, Rutte Gin & Genever is located in the historic town of Dordrecht, near Rotterdam. Made in one of the smallest distilleries, Rutte Gin & Genever is a small batch production where each and every bottle is uniquely handcrafted, utilizing only natural ingredients. Currently, Rutte Gin & Genever produces nine types of the renowned spirit. The following spirits are undoubtedly the highlights of the company’s arsenal: Rutte Old Simon Genever is a premium genever made using the 19th century recipe of founder Simon Rutte that includes juniper, herbs, roasted nuts, notes of berry and rich malt flavour. The drink has a light, nutty, velvet finish.

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Rutte Celery Gin is a unique dry gin that features celery among other classic botanicals like juniper, coriander, orange peels, cardamom and angelica. This gin carries slight notes of mint, parsley, celery and aniseed, which creates a spicy-fresh finish.

Rutte Bloody Celery 1 oz. Rutte Celery Gin | 3 oz. fresh premium tomato juice ¼ oz. fresh lemon juice | 1 celery stick Combine all ingredients and stir. Garnish with a celery stick

Rutte Dry Gin is a classy dry gin with fennel, being one of its main ingredients, juniper, coriander, orange peels and angelica. It is characterized by slight notes of citrus and grapefruit with a hint of fennel and juniper balancing mild angelica.

Martinez 1 oz. Rutte Old Simon Genever | 1 oz. Italian Vermouth 1/6 oz. Maraschino | 1 dash orange bitters Add all ingredients into a mixing glass and stir with ice until cold and diluted. Strain into a chilled coupette glass and garnish with orange zest.

Although gin and genever can already be found in many classic cocktails, Rutte Master Distiller Myriam Hendrickx says that there is always room for exploration. “For the use of gin and genever in cocktails there is still a lot to discover. Gin is super versatile and a staple product all bars have, which makes it perfect to play around with and create new concoctions. Genever, even more versatile and complex, lends itself very well to recreate classics and also to reinvent for example Whisky cocktails.’” Here are some classy cocktails that may be crafted using Rutte products:

Rutte Ruby Spritz 2 oz. Rutte Dry Gin | 1 oz. Twisted Alchemy Grapefruit Juice | ½ oz Simple Syrup Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Double strain neat into a coupe glass and top with club soda. Garnish with grapefruit twist. When it comes to creating a creative and satisfying cocktail, you will definitely want to choose Rutte! @rutte_distillery

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Luthun Restaurant For a five-course feast, Luthun, the East Village’s latest hotspot, serves up unique plates which features an array of spices, so you can explore both regional and international flavors and textures. Their two-hour $68 tasting menu will take you one tasty and adventurous culinary tour. You can also enjoy the Chef’s Pass, which offers additional dishes, as well as a vegetarian menu. Chefs Arjuna Bull and Nahid Ahmed, who have worked at some of the world’s most famed restaurants, including Café Gray, El Bulli and Lespinasse, now use their own unique techniques and flavor profile, which they call “Modern Global Fare.” Their creative cuisine, which is comprised of locally sourced ingredients, ensure a mouthwatering and memorable dining experience. Many of their dishes are inspired by methods from around the world. Sample menus include Fushka with panipuri, sprouts

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and tamarind, as well as Mackerel made with fermented pineapple, nigella and grenada chile. You can also try their tomato course with salted plum, rose and onion, as well as Beef with aromatic jus, cream of shiitake and long bean. Their refreshing and flavorful Frozen Yogurt features semi-dried berries and sansho pepper granita. 432 E 13th St. New York, NY 10009 646.454.9484 Bar Shun Step into a bygone era of Art Deco elegance at Bar Shun. Evoking a genteel time reminiscent of the Great Gatsby, this intimate cocktail lounge is located on the second floor of the gleaming new tower at 53rd and Lexington adjacent to

Shun Restaurant. High ceilings, dim rose colored lights, sumptuous banquettes, smoked mirrors add to the allure and romance of a glamorous new aerie in Midtown. The cocktail and bar menus are inspired by French and Japanese influences that blend seamlessly together. Try a bespoke cocktail that melds East and West such as the Zen Garden Martini made with gin, and a Nori and cilantro infused sake, or a take on a Manhattan with Suntory whiskey, Mancino Sakura Vermouth, and Campari. Tasty delights from their bar snack menu include shrimp gaufrette flavored with curry, a croque monsieur, and codfish brandade croquette. 610 Lexington Ave. New York, New York10022 212.451.9228

Round Table Room at The Algonquin Hotel Round Table Room at The Algonquin Hotel Dine on fine fare like a famous writer at the Algonquin Hotel’s revered Round Table Room, where the likes of Dorothy Parker and George Kaufman used to chow down. The cozy spot located in the lobby of the hotel serves us scrumptious bites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With everything from their Pulled Duck Confit Quesadilla to their Braised Short Rib with colorful root vegetables and cauliflower puree, you can enjoy delectable dishes surrounded by the hotel’s historic artifacts and even their own resident cat! The 16oz Dry Aged Bone-in Ribeye served with rustic Yukon mash and vegetable du jour with a merlot jus and Marinated Miso Striped Bass with pencil asparagus and butternut squash puree highlight their tasty take on American fare. You’ll definitely feel like you’re going back in time as you try their tasty dishes which are inspired by the culinary creations of the early 1920s, with an innovative twist, of course. After all, Chef Henderson Catlyn puts her own spin on traditional classics. They have also introduced three signature cocktails, each named in honor of one of the members of The Round Table. The drinks are served in limited-edition coupe glasses etched with The Round Table insignia that guests can even take home with them – a memento of your mouthwatering experience! The “Dorothy Parker” incorporates specialty blend of Dorothy Parker New York Gin Round Table Reserve, which was made exclusively for the hotel to celebrate The Round Table Centennial. Only one barrel of the gin, which rested in a vermouth barrel from the Lustau family in Spain, is available. 59 W 44th St. New York, NY 10036 212.840.6800 Roasted Masala Raise a glass to great food at Roasted Masala, a family-owned and operated restaurant that brings the unique flavors of Indian cuisine to life! Indulge in incredible Indian cuisine with carefully crafted dishes that are always cooked up with love and care. Try their authentic classics including the baadshah platter, lamb cafreal, XecXec crab curry and other complex dishes from centuries-old recipes. Their Chicken Malai Kabab and Recheado Shrimp, made with curry leaves, goan chili and vinegar, as well as their savory samosas, will have you saying more please all meal long! Their palatable plates, made with natural ingredients and fresh spices and aromatic herbs from India, will heighten your senses. They might not have alcoholic beverages, but their Mango Lassi will make any dish even more delicious. Manager and co-founder Samson Severes comes from a family of restauran-

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teurs in India, and will make you feel like family from the moment you enter Roasted Masala. This comfortable and intimate dining spot even has a Head Tandoor chef – get ready for your taste buds to be tantalized! 914 Columbus Ave. New York, NY 10025 917.388.3586 Noreetuh Experience modern Hawaiian cuisine like never before at East Village restaurant Noreetuh. Their mouthwatering menu features scrumptious musubi selections, including sweet summer corn musubi with chipotle mayo, spicy spam musubi with pickled jalapeno and soy mayo, and the popular miyazaki a5 wagyu musubi, made with spicy peppers and peppercorn sauce. Other specialties include their pineapple braised pork belly with fresh corn polenta and pickled mushrooms, as well as chow noodles made with spiced tofu, morels, snap peas and jalapeno. Dig into their delicious desserts, especially the pineapple upside down cake with coconut and pineapple ice

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cream. You can dine like an A-lister at this stylish spot, especially with their award-winning wine list by General Manager and Co-Owner Jin Ahn. Try one of their 200 selections, as well as specialty sake. Relax in their comfortable atmosphere, where you can enjoy artfully crafted fair and unparalleled wine pairings with no pretension! Noreetuh, which means playground in Korean, also offers a semi-private dining area for your special occasion. 128 1st Ave. New York, NY 10009 646.892.3050 David Burke Tavern Famed chef and restauranteur David Burke heads up this cozy yet chic bi-level space on the tony Upper East Side. Enjoy classic American favorites such as and an extensive wine list. Situated on the first two stories of a stately townhouse, you can enjoy a lively bar scene and tasty dishes at this tavern which also boasts two dining rooms and several private spaces, including a chef’s studio and Himalayan salt booth, making it the perfect

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place for any occasion. Stop by for lunch, brunch, dinner, happy hour, or their famous five-course wine dinners. Try an array of creative creations paired with wines from the evening’s featured winery. Their last wine dinner, which was held in Chef Burke’s chef studio, featured dishes prepared by both Chef Burke and Chef Carmine DiGiovanni. The studio, featuring some of Burke’s favorite pieces of art plus a cozy fireplace, was the perfect setting for the wine dinner, which featured wines from Jean Edwards Cellar, with owners John and Karen Troisi walking diners through each pairing. Courses included a Pastrami and Salmon Layer Cake with Pickled Mustard Seeds, Preserved Lemon, Everything Dosa and Whipped Mascarpone with a 2017 Gold Coast Vineyard Chardonnay. The Striped Bass, served with Heirloom Tomatoes, Zucchini Chips and Eggplant was as much of a standout as the 2015 Malbec it paired with. 135 E 62nd St. New York, NY 10065 212.988.9021

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STEPHANIE RUHLE Championing a new set of “Modern Ruhles” By julie sagoskin Photographed By Neil Tandy Produced by Hillary Latos Hair: Erica Raddi


he might anchor two hours a day, five times a week on MSNBC with her shows “MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle” (M-F 9 a.m. ET) and “MSNBC Live with Velshi & Ruhle” (M-F 1 p.m. ET) but more importantly, Stephanie Ruhle realizes the importance of remaining focused on family and relating to her audience on a personal level. This personable television news anchor, who covers everything from the latest headlines on MSNBC to

breaking down the day’s business headlines and covering health and wellness for NBC News Digital, has indeed won over her viewers, and is now releasing her first podcast, Modern Ruhles, this month. Though she is a Jersey girl at heart, Ruhle always loved New York City, and has indeed made it big in the Big Apple. After moving to the city after college, Ruhle, launched into her first career in

investment banking, an experience she says is not so far off from her current role: “The things I loved in banking are the things I love about media. They’re both about relationships. In banking it was about building trust and relationships with my clients, and in TV it’s the same. In 2019 you can get information from anywhere. It’s about having a trusted relationship with my viewers. While it may seem like we’ve never been more divided, I think there are three things | 49


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every American wants: to be financially secure, physically safe and socially free. These are the tenets that guide our show each day, and hopefully help to make our viewer a little bit better and smarter.”

the kids. I get this question constantly. I struggle with this even today, but am committed to changing the culture in my own life and for those around me.”

It was Ruhle’s participation in the White House Project - a non-profit organization that worked to increase female representation in American businesses and government - that launched her career in media.

This successful media maven also has another fulltime job: motherhood. With three children - two boys and a girl - Ruhle and her husband, Andy, always make time for family…but it’s not always easy. “Working moms like me carry a lot of guilt: when I’m at work, I’m constantly worried about what am I missing at home. When I’m at home, I’m concerned about what I’m missing at work. I think working moms blame themselves for coming up short in both places. No one ever asks my husband when he’s on a business trip about who is watching

Ruhle has always been passionate about the advancement of women and girls. The 43-year-old anchor explained that it’s important for women to stick together to rise through the ranks in their careers. While she was still in banking, Ruhle founded the Corporate Investment Bank Women’s Network where she encouraged girls to study math and economics, urged undergraduate women to pursue careers in finance and helped her female colleagues already in the industry climb the ladder.

Ruhle was introduced to Andy Lack, the chairman and CEO of Bloomberg Media at the time and current NBC News & MSNBC Chairman, at an event run through the organization. While Ruhle was proud of all she had accomplished on Wall Street, she was ready for a new challenge; one that put her in a place she wasn’t so familiar with: the bottom. Her new career goal? An on air job in media. How to get there? Ruhle had not a clue. “I didn’t have a background in television, but Andy said to me, in the new world of media, there will be no more TV | 51


presenters. We need people who know the content and love the content.” The good news for Ruhle? That was her. She knew joining Bloomberg with no prior experience was certainly a risk, but one that would paid off immensely. She went on to become an anchor and managing editor for Bloomberg Television and editor-at-large for Bloomberg News, where she co-hosted Bloomberg <GO>, Bloomberg TV’s flagship morning show prior to joining NBC News and MSNBC in 2016. Now, Ruhle delivers the latest breaking news and live coverage of the day’s important stories for NBC News and MSNBC, as well as NBC News Digital, where she weighs in on lifestyle, wellness and

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trending topics in leadership. “The unique thing about NBC News and MSNBC is that on any given day, I could be reporting on a business story for “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” providing the “TODAY” audience with tips to get back into the workforce and tackling the latest news of the day on my MSNBC shows.” Today, this busy broadcaster is taking her talents to a new medium: podcasting. Her new series, Modern Ruhles, compelling conversations in culturally complicated times, produced in collaboration iHeartMedia, focuses on introducing dialogue and open mindedness. “We’re living in a time when our instinct has become shutting those who don’t agree with us down, instead of listening to one another. We have more platforms

and outlets than ever – but dialogue has died. The line of what one can or cannot say has never been more blurry, yet we’ve never been more woke. I felt like it was important to talk about some of today’s hot button topics without fighting.” Ruhle was inspired to start these conversations while on vacation in Upstate New York. A waitress at a local restaurant explained to the anchor why she was a self-proclaimed “deplorable.” After a long conversation about the woman’s life and loyalty to President Trump, Ruhle realized this woman was looking for change. This inspired Ruhle to open the dialogue about the issues confronting us on a day-to-day basis to try to see past stereotypes and hear alternative


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points of view. “If we could understand other people’s perspectives, it would help us progress. Politics or culture shouldn’t divide us. Suddenly there’s a growing list of topics that we can’t discuss with our own families or friends without fear of being labeled ignorant or out of touch. We might talk about them privately but wouldn’t feel comfortable saying them publicly.” Each episode of the podcast focuses on a specific issue – ranging from privilege to political correctness – and aims to deliver compelling conversations in culturally complicated times. Ruhle is creating a platform that gets at the truth of who we are and where we’re going. Throughout the podcast, Ruhle sits down with some of her favorite voices of influence to discuss these hot button issues. Actress and writer Amber Tamblyn joins to discuss the significance of the Me Too movement; athlete, comedian and actor Terry Crews delves into the origins of toxic masculinity; and Ruhle has a hard and heartfelt conversation with her mother about her definition of feminism. This former downtown girl turned Upper East Sider has come to love her neighborhood, which she describes as a great place to raise kids. “It’s amazing to me that the Guggenheim is my kids’ local museum and their Little League is in Central Park. Right now, we’re undertaking the challenge of trying every pizzeria on the East Side, my kids do the reviews.” On calling New York City home, the news anchor says she still can’t believe she lives here. “It’s the greatest city in the world. Every time I go over the bridge, I take a picture of it. People think of New York as being so impersonal, but I think it’s just the opposite. New York has become my family.” Between her popular news programs and her upcoming podcast, Modern Ruhles, Ruhle is driven by smart content that both informs viewers and fosters an environment to welcome all perspectives. Tune in to NBC News, MSNBC or wherever you get your podcasts as she looks to her most trusted colleagues, friends and family to start a new conversation on the day’s latest topics. | 55


OBEROI ZAHRA LUXURY NILE CRUISER The Most Exciting Way to Explore Egypt By Julie Sagoskin


or an exclusive Egyptian getaway, you will want to board the Oberoi Zahra Luxury Nile Cruiser, where you are guaranteed to never get bored! Explore Egypt like never before as you sail down the Nile on this number one rated cruiser. Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, a highend hospitality group, has been offering top-of the-line experiences with their Nile cruises for countless of savvy travelers. Your luxurious adventure will take you between Luxor and Aswan, where you will be awe-struck by ancient monuments, temples and other artifacts of Egyptian culture. Travel past priceless

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treasures which will take you back in time – 5,000 years back in time to be exact! Both the Oberoi Philae and the Oberoi Zahra Luxury Nile River Cruisers offer trips ranging from four to sevennights and set sail year-round except for June. Live the sweet life on these intimate vessels in one of their Luxury Suites or Luxury Cabins. With 27 rooms on the Oberoi Zahra, this is one cozy yet chic cruiser. Take in the views from your private terrace or get ready for things to heat up with your heated Whirlpool, both of which can found in their two suites which also feature extralarge living areas. You might be surrounded by

centuries-old relics, but each of their spacious and stylish cabins and suites feature high-speed Wi-Fi and all of the latest technologies, so you can stay connected all cruise long. With highlytrained staff, you will live the high life on your Oberoi cruise, which is committed to personal and professional service. All carefully curated cabins feature either a king-sized or twin pillow-topped mattress and decorative dĂŠcor which includes leather, wood and silk details. Sleep in style surrounded by a tranquil color palette and be blown away by the breathtaking views which you can enjoy from

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each and every room. With marble and mosaic bathrooms, plus a walk-in-closet and blackout blinds with remote control, you will be able to enjoy all the comforts of home – only chicer! With upscale amenities including high-end toiletries, evening turndown service, plus a fullystocked mini bar, electronic safe, work desk, iPod docking station, LED television and laundry service, you can rest assured that all of your needs will be not only met but most definitely surpassed on this river cruise. There is even a boutique shop on board. Your incredible all-inclusive rate includes all mouthwatering meals and gratuities - the Nile has never looked or tasted so good! Enjoy creative and international cuisine, with Continental, Indian, Asian and Middle Eastern fare. With three delicious a la carte dining options available daily, there’s always something cooking on these cruises! Sit back, relax and sip on specialty drinks poolside, or lounge by the Cigar Lounge, where you will find light bites and beverages. Afternoon tea is also served as you sail around the Nile.

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The Oberoi Spa, with marble and oak wood interiors, as well as natural light, is the perfect place to get pampered. Find your Zen surrounded by incense sticks and aromatic oils as you get ready to relax on the Nile River with exclusive Oberoi beauty treatments, featuring holistic, all-natural therapies and massages incorporating ancient Ayurvedic principles, as well as Aromatherapy and Western techniques and methods. Spend some time in your own spa suite, which includes a private bath, treatment and relaxation area, plus en suite steam shower and washroom. The cruiser even offers full-service unisex salon so you can get styled in style. Soak up your sailing adventure on the Upper Sun Deck - all 700,000 square feet of it! This decked out deck also features a temperature-controlled 36-foot swimming pool surrounded by jacuzzi sets with lounge chairs and umbrellas. If you want to stay fit after dining on their delectable dishes all day, you can find yourself in their 24hour fitness center with state-of-the-art Star Trac equipment. With a dance floor, movie theatre and

bar, you can chill out in their Cigar Lounge which also features a library, games and meeting room. Your excursion will also turn educational with their Egyptologist scholar who will enlighten guests about the true wonders and history of this resplendent region. During your exciting exploration, you will visit the Temple of Edfu, The Twin Temple of Komombo, Philae Temple and High Dam, Nubian Museum, West Bank Valley of Kings, Luxor and Karank temples, Luxor Museum, Temple of Abydos and much more! You’ll experience many highlights during your trip and might even learn some hieroglyphics along the way! With one-of-a-kind accommodations and awardwinning service, you will explore the most enchanting parts of Egypt. Your adventure awaits – just climb aboard your five-star cruise and sail along ancient and awe-inspiring sites! | 57


ESCAPE TO GRENADA The Island of Spice By Hillary Latos

From the moment you step off the plane, you are greeted by the warm wafts of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger in the air, and you know you are on the idyllic island of Grenada. It is known as the Isle of Spice, because there are more spices per square mile here than any other place in the world. It was first discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498 and was under rule by the French and British until it became independent in 1974. Yet, its rich colonial history has remained and influenced the culture and cuisine without the onset of overdevelopment. Unlike some of the developed neighboring islands, there are no hotels higher than a palm tree and the island is free of any large hotel chains or fast-food franchises, and life remains the same as it has been for years. There are plenty of activities for the whole family to indulge in. For nature lovers, the Grand Etang National Park is situated in a rainforest with a multitude of waterfalls and white-water rafting areas, some of which are accessible by car and others can be accessed by experienced hikers. The highlight is the Grand Etang Lake in the center and also Lake Antoine, which was formed in the crater of an extinct volcano. For naturalists, make sure to visit Laura’s Herb & Spice Gardens located in St. David’s, which grows every herb that can be found on the island to cure just about every ailment known to man; even cancer can be combatted with the local Soursop juice, or diabetes can be reversed with cinnamon. For historians, step back in time to the 1800s at the River Antoine distillery, the oldest functioning water-propelled distillery in the Caribbean that still makes rum in the same fashion as they did over 200 years ago. One of the best things about Grenada is the 40 secluded white sand beaches throughout the island that are all open to the public. Grand Anse has the widest and calmest stretch of beach and is home to some of the top hotels on the island. Sail the high seas of the Caribbean and dip into the cool waters during a romantic sunset or take a snorkeling cruise around the Grenadine island with Savvy’s Sailing Adventures. As founder and captain, Danny is a wealth of knowledge on the high seas, and he also makes a killer rum punch made with fresh-squeezed tropical juices. Explore the mysterious and fascinating Mollinaire Underwater Sculpture Park as you swim alongside colorful tropical fish.

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Where to Stay For quiet luxury, visit the boutique Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club. Enjoy spectacular views from the hillside setting of these contemporary duplex villas complete with living rooms and kitchens that are decorated in different color palettes that represent the Caribbean, featuring local artwork from West Indies artists. To enjoy watersports, there is a private beach club available to guests and a beautiful pool. For more cozy accommodations, book a Cinnamon Suite with expansive views of the cerulean blue bay to St. Georges. The cheerful rooms reflect the colors of sand and sea awash in blues and beiges. These 500-square-foot luxuriously appointed aeries feature a couch and sitting area, a king bed and private balconies to enjoy the balmy island trade winds.

Gastronomy Grenada’s cuisine is like a melting pot of the different cultures that have at some point ruled this tiny country with a heavy influence in seafood and stews that layer different spices. Experience fine Grenadian cuisine at the onsite restaurant Savvy’s, which serves a mix of traditional West Indian and Caribbean cuisine with local seafood specialties and locally sourced ingredients from their own gardens or nearby farms. Enjoy beautiful views of the bay and twinkling lights of the city. For a romantic evening, book a private dinner under the stars on the beach as you dip your toes in the sand with the gentle lull of the bay and watch the sun set into the deep blue ocean. Dine and “lime” (a popular Grenadian term that refers to hanging out or lounging) on the bay with the locals every Wednesday at the Dodgy Dock

when you can choose the catch of the day from the local fisherman and have it cooked in front of you. Linger a bit for some local beer or rum cocktails and jive to the live music in Grenada’s “city that doesn’t sleep,” where the festivities last until the wee hours of the morning. How to Get There The best way to travel to the Island of Spice is on a daily nonstop flight from JFK on JetBlue Airlines that will whisk you away to paradise. | 59


L’HOTEL DU COLLECTIONNEUR A Posh Parisian Getaway By Lauren Bens


will want to stay and relax here all trip long. Their state-of-the-art fitness room also provides personalized training sessions by the hotel’s very own sports coaches.

After exploring the city, stop by the hotel’s Mosaic Spa, where you will be able to nourish your mind, body and soul. With a variety of Decléor products and a soothing environment, this intimate setting is perfect for a pampering session. The serene space, complete with soft-toned mosaic tiled floors, will ensure you are able to enjoy a unique sensory experience. From their Hydra Facial treatment to their signature services, you

From the Executive King room to the Terrace Suite, you will be able to stay and play in true Parisian style. Escape from the busy streets of Paris to your elegant and Art Deco style Deluxe King Room, where you can relax in your own private retreat which also features a marble bathroom and all of the updated amenities you need for a posh Parisian stay. All of the Deluxe rooms offer picturesque views of the Patio Andalou, a tropical garden in the heart of the world’s most beloved city. These stylish and spacious rooms located on the highest floor of the hotel are perfect whether you are traveling for business or pleasure – though you’re stay here will be pleasurable no matter the reason for your stay! With unlimited access to their Executive Lounge, which offers many VIP perks, you will be able to work, eat or just lounge

aris is always a good idea, but it can turn into a great idea when you stay at L’Hotel Du Collectionneur! With six suite style options and eight different rooms to choose from, your fun in Paris begins when you check into this posh hotel. With amenities including a smartphone in each room so that you can have unlimited local and international calls, along with high-speed internet, free films, and video games – although with a view from the Eiffel Tower right from your room, you probably won’t even notice all of the entertainment options!

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around. After all, this exclusive lounge features a relaxation area with a large television screen and terrace. For a great view without leaving your room, you will want to stretch out in one of their Executive with Balcony rooms. If you want the ultimate iconic experience in the City of Lights, the Luxury Eiffel Executive Rooms will make you feel like you have your own piece of Paris in the palm of your hand. For a superb stay, their Superior Double rooms, which are designed in true Art Deco fashion, are part of what makes the hotel extra special. Choose from attic style rooms or those which can be connected to the Deluxe rooms. Their delightful and gorgeously decorated Double Executive Rooms, ideal for families, provide all the comforts of home and high-end touches. Curl up in one of their elegantly appointed Classical Suites – this is definitely the suite life!

Inspired by the artists of the 1930s, the Deluxe Suites, which feature a king bed and large bathroom, also provide easy access to the spa and fitness center. Take in all of the beauteous sites of the city on your own personal balcony from one of their Terrace Suites, which also feature a luxurious living room and chic décor. With a spacious living room and kitchenette, as well as a private terrace overlooking their Andalusian garden, the Ambassador Suite is definitely for A-listers. For a super stately stay, check into the Presidential Suite, where you will find two bedrooms, a separate lounge with a charming balcony and two bathrooms plus a jacuzzi. Get treated like a king or queen in their Royal Suite, which has its own regal reception room, kitchenette and lounge. Whichever room you choose, you are sure to find deluxe and comfortable furnishings. This haute hotel’s relaxed and beautifully decorated lounges and reception areas make for a memorable event of any size. With numerous packages pertaining to business meetings, you can brainstorm in style in one of their salons or lounges, where you will find state-of-the art equipment, plus the hotel’s own audiovisual service provider. Say ‘I do’ to this chic yet cozy spot when host your special day in this very special city. There’s no better place to be hungry than in the city of lights! Sip on signature cocktails and a selection of different wines alongside the creative redefined courses offered at Le Collectionneur Restaurant and Bar. With entrees ranging from Le Taki, made with Wagyu beef tataki, sweet potato, and candied Kumquat, to the Le Poulet, free range chicken breast in a homemade red curry, this chic spot offers the best innovative cuisine from around the world. For lighter fare, stop by A tartar Bar in the Patio, in partnership with M de Minuty. With healthy and fruity options available, one can allow themselves to be tempted with tasty delights on their sunny patio. Let loose and allow yourself to indulge in the unique concoctions prepared by their Barman Chef Ivo Correia Rocha at The Bar. Their private terraces are always a great place to enjoy gourmet plates by Chefs Joel Veyssiere and Nicolas Amelin. Make sure to try their What’s in the Box, made with Rum of Haiti, Pineapple, Sauvignon wine, citrus and green tea. Their impeccable service, luxurious lounges and stylish décor make this the perfect place for a getaway, meeting or special event. With direct booking advantages such as their best rate guarantee, which offers complimentary breakfast and free access to the spa, it’s time to start packing your bags.


andBEYOND VIRA VIRA Beyond Anything You’ve Ever Experienced By Julie Sagoskin

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f you want to check out the best of Chile, check in to andBeyond Vira Vira, where they go above and beyond to ensure you have a personalized and stylish stay. Admire the striking scenery of your surroundings – you are, after all, in the heart of Arauncania, which is nestled in Chile’s Lake District. With charming villages, such as Pucon, glacial lakes, volcanoes and national parks with plenty of natural beauty, this region is the perfect place to partake in outdoor adventures. The area, which is also the home of the Mapuche people who have their own rich heritage, offers many cultural activities as well.

farm, organic vegetable garden and even a cheese factory within the grounds of the estate.

Visit the Villarrica Lake, located near the active Villarrica Volcano, as well as the Araucaria, or monkey puzzle trees, during your time in this lush landscape. Located on 54 acres, andBeyond Vira Vira features a luxurious lodge and hacienda with stylish suites and villas which are just as stunning as the scenery. Aside from the modern amenities in your room, you will also find a modern working

Be entranced by the enchanting hacienda which is decorated with local artwork, decorative décor, private outdoor hot tub and four bedrooms, three with en suite bathrooms. This regal residence also features a large living room, dining room, family room, a garden terrace, and covered balcony with veranda.

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With spacious suites, villas and a five-bedroom hacienda, you can savor the sweet life in this scenic spot. Each of the six suites, appointed with carefully curated objects, offer stunning views of the lagoon, park or Liucura River, which you can enjoy from your private terrace. Looking for a space with chic yet comfortable furnishings, as well as a fire place and outdoor bathtub? Voila! Their villas are the perfect place to sit back, relax and take in the sensational views from along the Liucura River.

With the freshest farm to table ingredients – after

all, most of their products come from their own farm– your taste buds will go on a tantalizing culinary adventure. Their French-trained executive chef, Damian Fernandez, prepares palatable plates inspired by each season, making for some super scrumptious meals. Savor the flavor of Southern Chile with their 3-course lunches and 4-course meals. With solar panels which produce most of their hot water, plus lodge parts that are lined with recycled and certified wood, this stylish property is also completely sustainable! All of the energy used on site is also tracked on a monthly basis. Their natural landscape is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, groups and romantic getaways. The extraordinary landscape also makes for some incredible and unique expeditions. From horseback riding in the cordilleras to helicopter rides, plus snowboarding, skiing and snowmobiling, your adventure awaits.

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Experience exciting excursions accompanied by one of their experienced guides who will create the perfect adventure in paradise. Take in the breathtaking beauty of your surroundings by a variety of trekking excursions as you wander along national parks, hot springs, waterfalls, and volcanoes with snow-capped peaks. Hiking in the Huerquehue National Park is fun for the whole family, as each hike is graded for varying levels of ability. For some of the best views, the ‘Five Waterfalls’ hike is a must if you want to get the most out of your surroundings in Villarrica National Park. You might have a few fun hiking options, but this awe-inspiring adventure is just getting started. Tackle the terrain by mountain biking around volcanic slopes and native forests. From half-day to full-day excursions, you can explore rugged landscapes as you cycle around Villarrica Lake. Whether you choose smooth flowing single tracks

or more extreme downhill tracks, you can enjoy unparalleled views at your pace. You can also ride into your unforgettable vacation on horseback! After a short drive, you will arrive at Huepil Malal, a riding center which borders the Cañi Natural Reserve, where you will get ready to go on a scenic tour through open prairies and forests. Create unforgettable memories as you climb the Villarrica Volcano which features a cone shape with an open lava pool crater at the top. Take in the stunning scenery of Lake Tinquilco in the Huerquehue National Park with their kayaking or canoeing excursions. Pucón and Villarrica boast a variety of lakes so you can test your kayaking skills while being surrounded by volcanoes. Find your inner peace with their floating raft excursions. Set off on the Liucura River and relax within the tranquility of nature before enjoying

a picnic – it doesn’t get better than that – unless of course you prefer paddle boarding on the pristine waters all around you! You’ll be flying high as you enjoy fly-fishing or spinner fishing with a guide who will take you to the most sought after for exciting encounters. You can also enjoy some of the region’s best whitewater rafting or race through the rapids, including the Lioness, the Wall and the Footbridge. Whether you ski, snowboard or go snowshoeing down the Vlilarrica Volcano, one thing is for sure – you will be surrounded by the majestic scenery of untouched landscapes. IIf you want to take your trip to new heights, set your sights on a scenic helicopter ride over lakes, mountains and forests. For a romantic adventure, fly over during sunset hours and enjoy a glass of champagne to toast to your once in a lifetime vacation. | 63



Traditional and Timeless By Sarah Tantawy


fter staying at HOTEL DU PONT, Delaware will become your new dream destination. This deluxe hotel located in downtown Wilmington guarantees a stylish and delicious stay. Considered to be the social epicenter of Wilmington, the historic “Grand Dame,” HOTEL DU PONT, is dedicated to delivering timeless luxury. During your special stay at this unique property, experience the breathtaking Brandywine Valley which surrounds you. You will also be able to explore incredible botanical gardens, a local craft brewery located inside a restored tobacco mill, take a first-look at the new DECO (Delaware Collective) modern food hall within the duPont Building, and pay homage to American history at the Winerthur Museum. This 12-story Italian Renaissance landmark, which originally debuted in 1913, features 217 guestrooms and comfortable suites, as well as an opulent lobby ceiling and glamorous gold ballroom. This unique property has hosted everyone from world leaders to Hollywood stars, including Eleanor

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Roosevelt and Reese Witherspoon, and now you can experience all they have to offer as well. From the Classic King to the Luxury Suite, each room has upscale amenities and charming décor. With plush terry robes, internet access, a minibar, in-room safes, 24-hour room service, a coffee maker, nightly turndown service, everything will be up to superb standards. You can also enjoy a spacious bathroom with separate shower and deep-soaking tub. Guests also have access to the 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center, concierge and HOTEL DU PONT house car, so you can explore the surrounding sights in style.

stunning design elements and enticing eats, The Green Room ‘brings the elegance and grandeur of the Gilded Age into the 21st century.’ Their service and surroundings make for the perfect backdrop to their award-winning, French-inspired cuisine. Enjoy dinner entrees such as wild caught salmon and lunch options ranging from a crispy duck leg and thigh confit to a classic reuben sandwich. The café also offers many options that you will be craving long after your trip! To satisfy your sweet tooth, stop by the HOTEL DU PONT Bake Shop for custom cakes and gourmet desserts. The Spark*d Creative pastry has some creative cookies and other sweets.

Considered to be one of Wilmington’s premier dining destinations, The Green Room Restaurant has been recognized with the AAA Four-Diamond Award and Forbes Four-Star Award. With

If you’re ever in town for The Delaware Shakespeare Summer Festival, make sure to book a room here before they sell out! This famed festival, inspired by Shakespeare’s

creative vision and the broad societal mix of audiences of his era, brings the community together for vibrant theatre and learning experiences. For a royally resplendent stay, the Winterthur Costuming The Crown package will make you feel like a king or queen. Enjoy admission to the exhibit, breakfast and valet parking. From Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, the exhibit ‘Costuming the Crown’ will feature 40 award winning costumes from the Emmy award-winning series ‘The Crown’. They also have a romantic romance package which makes for one very intimate and secluded escape. Indulge in afternoon tea every Wednesday and

Saturday, or for dinner and a show, check out one of their theatre dining performances! Whether you are enjoying a performance at the Grand Opera House or taking in a show at the Playhouse on Rodney Square, located in the HOTEL DU PONT, the Green Room and the Café offer pretheatre dining options. You too can have a royal wedding and live out your dream of being a queen or king! With personalized wedding packages available, The HOTEL DU PONT will make all of your wedding wishes come alive. With experienced wedding planners and worldclass designers and chefs, your wedding will be the talk of the town – or castle! The deluxe HOTEL DU PONT is also the go-to destination for exclusive corporate events. With four different hotel conference options, you

can get business done anywhere and anytime. This downtown Wilmington hotel hosts numerous functions which are reminiscent of its legendary history and traditions. With over 30,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities, as well as a separate conference center and executive conference center, 11 private dining rooms, the Federal-style du Barry Room and the lavish Louis XVI French Neoclassical Gold Ballroom, you can host a trendy soiree or go back in time. From charming spaces to scenic surroundings, Hotel Dupont is one posh and picturesque property! | 65




onveniently located on the Jersey Shore with many boardwalk activities, Atlantic City has long been a popular tourist and vacation destination for families and friends alike. Over the past year, especially, Atlantic City area has undergone a revitalization with the addition of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino as well the neighboring Oceans Resort. Having just recently celebrated their one-year anniversary, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City is still going strong. In their first year, the Hard Rock hosted 450,000 concert attendees, welcomed1.2 million hotel guests, and raised over 320 million dollars in gaming revenue. The property has even been voted Best Casino and Best Concert Venue by locals. Their one-year anniversary event included fireworks and the Hard Rock Atlantic City Anniversary Parade with participants including

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Miss New Jersey, Miss Teen New Jersey, the Atlantic City Blackjacks cheerleaders and many more. The festivities really kicked off, however, when award-winning country superstar Tim McGraw took the stage at Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena, which is a great place to rock out to some of the biggest rock stars in the world, all year round. During their summer-long promotion, one lucky winner, who will be announced on September 1st, will go home with a million dollars. Participants can enter by playing their slots or table games, with both online and in-house options. Considered to be Atlantic City’s “go-to destination”, the Hard Rock boasts an array of amenities, from in-house entertainment to a variety of different dining experiences. With an expansive casino featuring 2,200 slots, 120 table games, and now a sportsbook lounge, everyone’s got a shot at winning.

After rocking out to your favorite band at the Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena, make sure to check out their other nightlife options, including Daer Nightclub, with elevated bottle service and the world’s most talented and well-known DJs. You can also sip on summer cocktails, at Balcony Bar, the Lobby Bar, Whammy Bar and Beach Bar. Each of the suites in this hot new Hard Rock, where you can find iconic outfits, instruments and even motorcycles from some of the most legendary musicians, is designed in a cool, contemporary style. Aside from stylish furnishings, you can also enjoy high-speed Wi-Fi, 24-hour in-room dining, towel and chair service at Hard Rock Beach or at the indoor pool, and 24-hour access to Body Rock® Fitness Center. With two types of rooms, including the Standard and Ocean Deluxe, as well as the ultra-luxurious Celebrity and Apollo suites, your stay is sure to be relaxing.

Looking to live like a celebrity for a night or two? You’ll definitely want to book the 1,000 square foot Celebrity Suite. With surroundings fit for a star, this room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows featuring breathtaking views of the Atlantic. This suite promises VIP amenities including sleeplike-a-rock bedding and their signature Rock Spa bath products. With a separate living space, a 65inch HDTV, dining area and wet bar, everything is up to Hard Rock’s Rockstar standards. If you consider yourself a rock and roll junkie, you’ll love the rad complimentary features such as the Hard Rock signature The Sound of Your Stay, where guests have the option of setting the mood with vinyl records or just jamming out on a guitar in the privacy of their own room. With over 20 exceptional cuisines and all-day dining options, there’s bound to be something for everyone. Fancy a fish feast? Look no further than Council Oak Fish, where guests have the option of dining on locally sourced fare, as well as a local raw bar and nine dry-aged prime cuts. The focal point of the Hard Rock dining experience, however, is the Hard Rock Cafe. This casual cafe features two stages with tremendous acoustics and direct beach access. For a more laidback meal, the iconic Jersey Shore White House Sub Shop serves some of the best and most famous hoagies in the area. With decadent desserts, the Sugar Factory is definitely a sweet spot to celebrate a birthday or bachelorette party. It is Atlantic City, after all! Is a relaxed, Zen-vibe more your style? With 31 newly designed treatment rooms, which include amenities such as 20 dedicated massage rooms, four facial rooms, and a full-service salon that provides manicures and pedicures along with hair and makeup services, guests have a variety of options, each promising a relaxing experience. If you can’t be away from the gym for more than a day, or you’ve just eaten too much at the Sugar Factory, the 24/7 Body Rock fitness Center, featuring state-of-the-art Technogym cardio and circuit training equipment, will be your new favorite place. With Fitness on Demand, you will also get instant access to over 200 premium fitness classes, so fitness happens on your schedule and at your pace. From various dining options to year-long concerts, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which is conveniently located 30 minutes from Atlantic City’s international airport, is one hotel experience you won’t want to miss.


PELICAN GRAND BEACH RESORT Laidback Luxury By Sarah Tantawy


in a quiet, relaxed setting. With complimentary chairs and umbrellas, you can lay back and watch the tides change while you spend your time in this palm-tree filled paradise.

With its picturesque stretch of beach, The Pelican Grand Beach resort offers fun for everyone. Between their 500-foot picturesque stretch of beach, as well as their Lazy River and Zero Entry pool, you can enjoy endless entertaining activities

With three distinct dining options, there are plenty of palatable plates for everyone to choose from! Stop by OCEAN2000’s stunning dining room and veranda for their redefined menu with a hint of Latin spice. Serving every meal of the day, this dining experience is nothing short of noteworthy. Start off with some yogurt parfait for breakfast or, for a heartier option, try the

or some well-deserved fun under the sun, experience all that Florida has to offer at Ford Lauderdale’s premiere Pelican Grand Beach Resort, where there are countless ways to relax! Their helpful staff always ensure a comfortable, worry-free stay - stress is a word that doesn’t exist here.

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Huevos Rancheros, a chef’s special. For dinner, dine on options such as Roasted Organic Chicken or, a Creamy Tomato burrata salad. For some lighter fare overlooking the scenic, tropical pool and Atlantic Ocean, stop by the O2K lounge. Try some of their Tapas such as spicy tuna tacos or tropical nachos. They also have some creative cocktails – you’ll definitely want to sip on a Dragon Berry Mojito or a Cherry Blossom Fizz. You can even mix and mingle with the locals during happy hour! Does your sweet tooth need some satisfying? Stop by The Emporium, which will definitely have you screaming for ice cream

sleeper sofa and beautiful bathroom, as well as by breathtaking Atlantic views. If you want to lounge in ultra-luxury surroundings, book the Sky Suite. This 12th floor luxury penthouse is aptly named for its location at the top of the resort. Boasting the very best views and the largest outdoor space on the water in Fort Lauderdale, this suite is a private paradise. Enjoy fabulous views from your own exclusive oasis, which features a private lift, your own 1,100 square foot balcony with dining and living area, secluded rooftop outdoor shower and rooftop micro-silk tub with Croma-therapy and light therapy. This suite is extra in every way! With an expansive open plan living area, a luxe bath with state-of-the-art marble steam shower, private dining room with wet bar, plush pillowtop bed, complimentary Nespresso, soft drinks & juices, and an Eco-contemporary design, you are sure to feel on top of the world during your stay here! Rooms at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort are guaranteed to ensure that each and every guest feels as comfortable as can be. For a heavenly experience, stop by Pure Spa, their intimate and serene spot. From a traditional Swedish Massage to an exotic Papaya Body Polish, you will find natural products by Maria Akerberg, their exclusive partner. In fact, their carefully selected and highly-skilled team is instructed by Maria Akerberg herself. With so many amenities dining options and a prime beach location, Pelican Grand Hotel in the perfect play to say and play in paradise! and many more mouthwatering treats! This oldfashioned ice cream shop offers an array of coffee selections, gourmet bakery items and some of the most unique gift items in the area. For rest and relaxation after a long day lounging out on the beach, retreat to your room at this laid-back resort. With four different guestroom options, everyone is sure to find comfort at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort. Wake up to sunrise views of the Atlantic azure waters from your recently renovated Ocean View King room, which features a pillow-top bed and spacious sitting area. With amenities such as stunning panoramic ocean views, a luxe bath with rainfall shower and dual vanity, a Keurig coffee maker and minirefrigerator, you can unwind in true Florida style. For a suite style option, go with the Seaside Suite Two Queens, perfect for an extended getaway. This luxurious option features a private furnished balcony, master bedroom, living room with


BEAU-RIVAGE GENÈVE Luxury at its Finest in the Heart of Geneva By Norah Bradford


eau-Rivage Genève is a rare luxury travel experience that boasts beautiful views of Lake Geneva and the famous Jet d’Eau. Founded by Jean-Jacques Mayer in 1865 and still family-owned in its fifth generation of stewardship, the hotel is renowned for its incredible lakeside location, sense of home, its history of diplomacy, and proximity to the stunning Swiss Alps. The fivestar hotel is conveniently located just 20 minutes away from the Geneva International Airport by either train or taxi. Beau-Rivage Genève is also home to many well-known celebrity visitors such as Angelina Jolie, Karl Lagerfeld, and even Eleanor Roosevelt. Beau-Rivage Genève is one of Geneva’s landmark luxury hotels, and its 72 rooms and 23 suites with their remarkable style ensure that you have a unique experience in the heart of this special city. Behind its grand façade the hotel’s meticulously-restored design blends the modern day with magical echoes of the past: from the Mayer family’s own original furnishings, stained glass and objets d’art collected by the family scattered throughout, to suites named after notable guests who have left their mark on history. Overlooking Geneva’s historic Jet d’Eau and Old

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Town on one side and the modern city on the other, Beau-Rivage Genève’s setting along the leafy Quai du Mont Blanc lakeside promenade is within easy walking distance of Geneva’s best shopping, dining and sightseeing and ensures picturesque views throughout each of the hotel’s rooms, suites and terraces.

Dominique Gauthier. The voluminous Wine Cellar at Beau-Rivage Genève features a multitude of handpicked bottles from around the world but with a focus on impeccable Swiss wines, including many rare and valuable vintages. An intimate dinner for two can be arranged in the cellar with a menu of exquisite dishes uniquely paired to wines chosen.

Beau-Rivage Genève’s timeless design reflects the Mayer family’s exquisite taste, attention to detail and desire for guests to feel as though they are being welcomed into a private home. Each room and suite is individually decorated with art and antiques from the family’s private collection as well as pieces that have resided in the hotel for generations, seamlessly blended with modern technology such as in-room iPads, hidden TVs that double as mirrors, hammam showers and Jacuzzi bath tubs.

Launched this past summer, Beau-Rivage Genève’s new Bellefontaine Suite de Beauté offers a range of specialized massages and facials in a contemporary and elegant setting dedicated to beauty and wellbeing using Swiss Bellefontaine products, including caviar and anti-ageing treatments. Based entirely on natural and precious ingredients from the Alps, Bellefontaine uses pure glacier water and the most recent developments in biotechnology to deliver a powerful spa experience.

In 1967 Beau-Rivage Genève opened Le Chat-Botté, the first public hotel restaurant. Several names in fine dining have led the kitchen’s helm: Michelinstar chefs Lucien Leheu and Louis Outhier, followed by Richard Cressac who passed on the controls in 2001 to Dominique Gauthier, who has been a part of the fine-dining establishment since 1996. In the Summer, enjoy al fresco dining at La Terrasse by

Geneva is not only home to the European headquarters of the United Nations, the International Red Cross museum and many international luxury brands, watch companies and global banks, but is a melting pot of nature, sports, culture and gastronomy. During summer and winter Geneva is an ideal stop-off en route to the Swiss mountains.


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2020 BUICK ENCLAVE Ride in Style By Simon Gusev


trolling along the busy streets of New York City, you will most likely find yourself dreaming of wide-open spaces. Well, you can make your fall escape fantasies a reality with the new 2020 Buick Enclave! The first Buick Enclave crossover was released in 2008. The first-generation Buick Enclave became the brand’s flagship model, and the second-generation model arrived in 2018. The newest 2020 Buick Enclave Essence is a sophisticated, elegant, modern-age SUV made for individuals and families who value comfort, state-of-the-art technologies and extra elbow room. With seating for seven, the new car is an updated version of last year’s model that offers an improved experience for everyone. Here are some stylish and safe new features that will find in this new sleek ride: QuietTuning Tired of constant unwanted noise while driving? Then QuietTuning is here to help! The newest system utilizes triple door sealing, acoustic laminated glass, specific suspension tuning and other technologies to reduce, block and absorb unpleasant external sounds.

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Air Ionizer If you care about your health and can’t stand awful odors, you will want to buy the 2020 Buick as soon as it hits the market. The newest model features air ionizers that provide higher air quality and eliminate any smells and pollutants. How does this magic happen? Air ionizers create negative ions using electricity, discharging them into the air. The negative ions then affix to positively charged particles in the room like dust, bacteria, pollen, smoke, and other allergens, getting rid of them for your added comfort. Surround Vision and Rear Camera Mirror No need to keep turning your head to see your surroundings. Rear camera mirror allows the rear view mirror to function as a traditional mirror or a camera, eliminating obstructions such as heads and headrests while expanding the rear field of vision by...wait for it...300 percent! Moreover, Surround Vision now provides an overhead, 360-degree view around the vehicle while maneuvering at low speeds. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Use your phone to browse apps and functions via the vehicle‘s infotainment system touchscreen or voice commands at any time as the newest function

of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto enable phone users to display certain apps and functionality from their phone on the vehicle‘s infotainment display. 4G LTE WiFi & Connectivity You and your passengers will never lose connection with the outside ever world ever again. The 2020 Buick features a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capable of pairing up to seven devices, as well as improved access to existing OnStar safety and security services. Six USB ports will provide enough power to keep all phones charged and ready for action all road trip long. Sport Touring 2020 Buick Enclave has also added a new Sport Touring trim that features a unique Sport grille with body color and 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels with contrasting Satin Graphite pockets, an ideal trim to bright up your new car’s appearance and functionality. With safety updates and fun new features, you’ll want to find yourself in the driver’s seat of the newest 2020 Buick Enclave!


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EMIRATES LUXURY SUITE AT THE US OPEN Enjoy the Suite Life By Julie Sagoskin


f you want to watch the US Open in style, the Emirates Luxury Suite is the place to see and be seen! This glamorous invitation-only box is perfect for people watching – you’ll most likely catch a sports star or A-lister stopping by. Even if your favorite pro doesn’t win, this stylish suite can’t be beat! Whether you’re a tennis fan or just fond of the finer things in life, the Emirates Luxury Suite at Arthur Ashe Stadium definitely embodies the Emirates style flair. Forget grandstand seating, this is glam seating at its best! With celebrity sightings over the years including everyone from Olivia Wilde to Jason Sudeikis, plus tennis legends such as Michael Chang, Rod Laver, Mats Wilander and Billie Jean King, you will definitely have a sweet time in this suite! Beginning August 24th, Emirates’ sponsorship will bring tennis fans the award-winning service that has fueled the airline’s expansion to twelve U.S. gateways and over 158 destinations across the globe. From the Emirates hospitality suite to the Emirates

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Booth, Net Generation Kids Zone and Emirates Sports Café, you will be enchanted all Open long. When you step into the suite you will find a map showcasing Emirates’ tennis sponsorships from around the globe, including the Australian Open, Rogers Cup and Mutua Madrid Open. Guests are also provided with iPads throughout the booth to learn more about Emirates’ flight opportunities and premium services and offerings. The most desired suite at the most well-known sporting event is known for its great views overlooking the court and gourmet food. With premium dishes including tuna tartar, seared salmon, sushi platters and fresh salads, you will stay satisfied in this super stylish spot. Emirates is also celebrating its longstanding relationship with Dom Pérignon by featuring their vintage wine collection in private champagne tastings paired with canapes to showcase the sparkling offerings in Emirates premium airport lounges and onboard its flights so you can cheers to your

unparalleled US Open experience! Whichever match you watch from this elegant Emirates suite, your experience is sure to be unmatched! With a prime view in posh surroundings, the redesigned and renovated space can now hold even more VIP guests. You’ll be welcomed by the Emirates flight attendants in the suite which feels just like one of their ultra-luxurious plane cabins. Emirates’ tennis sponsorship portfolio also includes the Rogers Cup, BNP Paribas Open, Dubai Tennis Championships, Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Barcelona Open, Roland Garros and the ATP World Tour. Emirates is also the official airline of the French Open, Australian Open and 60 tournaments across the ATP Tour. The oh so chic spot is ideal for enjoying fine fare, champagne tastings, and maybe even a little tennis watching! Sit back, relax and enjoy the suite life!

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ANN LIGUORI All-Star Sports Broadcaster By julie sagoskin Photographed By Neil Tandy Location provided by Ann & Keith Barish | Southampton, NY


he might have grown up playing sports in a boy’s world, but with an all-star attitude, Ann Liguori always comes out swinging, whether it’s on the golf course or in her career. Ann, a trailblazer and dynamo in sports broadcasting, owns her own content, is a sports talk show host, correspondent, Executive Producer, author, business owner and philanthropist. She’s overcome tremendous obstacles in the male-dominated world of sports broadcasting and thrives in her field of choice. She’s always had high aspirations, has achieved them all and is still going strong.

much sports meant to me and my Mom and Dad would drive us to all our practices and games, every day of the week.”

As a naturally gifted athlete, Ann could outrun the boys in her neighborhood, and she was often the first one picked to join any team. Upon entering junior high school, there were no sports for girls to compete in at the time at her school, except to join the cheerleading squad, so she and a friend put together a track team to compete in AAU meets. In high school, after Title IX was passed, Ann competed in volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and doubled in track and field and tennis in the spring, earning 16 Varsity letters. Her high school at the time didn’t have a girl’s tennis team, so she played on the boy’s team and played #1 singles her senior year. Ann, who has always been an anomaly, enjoyed the challenge and won most of her matches.

They might not have awarded many athletic scholarships to girls at the time where she grew up in Brecksville, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, but Ann was able to get an academic scholarship to the University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida, where she walked on to the women’s tennis team. Between her sports skills and smarts, Ann was well on her way to breaking into the broadcasting business. After being one of only 25 student graduates across the country to earn a fellowship with the International Radio and Television Society, Ann was able to follow her ambitions in the Big Apple. She started out at CBS Sports where she was an assistant and worked on The NFL Today Show and became a freelance statistician at Wimbledon and the US Open for HBO. Ann eventually became a freelance writer for the sports pages of USA Today in addition to working as a freelance producer for the ABC Sports Radio Network, where she made quite a memorable impression early on.

“Sports is so important for girls and boys to learn and play,” explained Ann. “It teaches skills that young people can use for the rest of their lives. I learned so much from being an athlete and competing in sports — how to win and lose, sportsmanship, how to deal with pressure and adversity. Plus, it’s important to be physically fit! My parents were athletic, and my father was the Manager of my brother’s Little League teams and encouraged us to pursue the sports we loved. They realized how

Despite her talents playing a variety of sports, Ann never wanted to be a professional athlete. Rather, she had big dreams of becoming a sports broadcaster and talk show host. “When I was a little girl, I watched a woman named Ruth Lyons host a TV show in Cincinnati, where I was born. She was a trailblazer in the talk show genre, and she made a big impression on me at such an early age.”

“I worked with the legendary sports commentator Howard Cosell during my stint at ABC Sports Radio Network. And during my first week there, much to the dismay of the studio engineer, I called Howard at home to advise him that he had made a mistake

in his commentary and asked if he could re-do that one line, and we’d edit it. The piece had aired before my shift and was going to be repeated and sent out to all the ABC radio affiliates later that afternoon. The engineer tried to talk me out of my calling Howard at home and asking Howard to re-do something! And then when Howard actually answered the phone, the engineer almost fell out of his chair! I introduced myself and politely asked him to re-do the one line in his commentary. There was a long pause at the other end of the phone line and then I heard his iconic voice. He said to me, ‘Do you know who I am young lady? This is Howard Cosell, I don’t make mistakes.’ Well, how do I respond to that, I thought?! I quickly replied, ‘Mr. Cosell, I realize you normally are flawless. If you re-do this one line, I can edit it and it WILL be perfect.’ He sounded annoyed as he grunted a few times, but he ended up redoing the line and that was that! I was 24 years old at the time and after hearing Howard’s initial response, thoughts that my career would be over quickly if I couldn’t get him to work with me raced through my head. There I was, calling one of the biggest names in sports broadcasting at home, a few days after I started working there. He was a very intimidating person; people shook in their shoes when Howard walked down the hallways at ABC. After that call, he never forgot my name and he always took the time to talk with me when I saw him in-person.” That nail-biting moment was one of many that have contributed to her success as Ann continued to blaze her own path in sports broadcasting. | 77

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Ann’s first on-air break was reporting on tennis at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles for ABC Radio Sports Network. “I was hired as a producer at those Olympic Games and they needed someone to cover tennis, which was a demonstration sport back then. They knew I played tennis and was knowledgeable about the sport, so they sent me! After that, I became a ‘stringer’ for the Radio Network, covering every professional team in New York, interviewing the players, sending audio clips to the Network, reporting at the games. It was so much fun and a great way to meet a lot of people in the sports world.” In addition, Ann’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and she put together a weekly sports commentary called ‘Ann Liguori in the Line-Up’ and brought in her own sponsor, Miller Lite, and her commentary was syndicated on radio stations throughout New England. “I enjoyed creating these commentaries and shows and connecting with sponsors to make it all happen. Plus, it helped pay the rent!” In 1987, WFAN was launched, the first all-sports radio station in the country. Ann was asked to host a weekly show and ‘Hey Liguori, What’s the Story’ was born. She became the first woman to host her own call-in sport’s show there, which aired every weekend for over 25 years. Ann continues to work for the station as their golf and tennis correspondent and during golf season, hosts a ‘Talkin’ Golf’ Show. She has covered 21 consecutive Masters, US Open Golf Championships, PGA Championships, every Ryder Cup since Brookline in 1999 and 37 straight US Open Tennis Championships! Ann has also been a talk show host and correspondent at six Olympic Games, covering a variety of sports including men’s and women’s alpine, figure skating, hockey, track and field, basketball and gymnastics. “I have so many stories from covering the Olympics, from interviewing both Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan as the entire world watched them compete against each other at the 1994 Winter Olympics just months after Harding’s ex-husband orchestrated an attack on Kerrigan; doing play-by-play of skiers like Alberto Tomba, Herman Maier (the Hermanator) and his amazing comeback in winning an Olympic Gold Medal after his horrific wipeout in 1998 at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, that I called, ‘live,’ on the air; to Lindsay Vonn, Bode Miller; being a color commentator during the USA women’s basketball final in the 1998 Summer Olympics, which set the stage for the creation of the WNBA.” This trailblazer, who created many of her own opportunities in sports broadcasting, has seen more opportunities openup for women through the years. “But real progress will

be made when more women run sports networks and companies and emerge in decision-making capacities.” Though it wasn’t easy, Ann transitioned into the television sphere. A programming executive at MSG Network told her she loved her work and could offer her a weekly time slot for a show but couldn’t pay her. Ann saw a window of opportunity and grabbed it. Ann soon made her mark creating, hosting, producing, selling and distributing her own weekly show, ‘Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori.’ She put her own production company together and Sports Innerview featured Ann interviewing an ‘A List’ of sports legends from Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Wilt Chamberlain and Jim Brown, Bart Starr and Gordie Howe, to Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe, Annika Sorenstam, Wayne Gretzky, Jimmy Connors and Brett Favre. Ann interviewed over 400 legends for this show alone. ‘Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori’ first aired on MSG Network and then Ann started clearing and distributing the show on regional sports cable networks throughout the country. Ann pounded down doors on Madison Avenue, got meetings with top advertising executives and despite much resistance, was able to get sponsors for the show including Volvo, Dunkin’ Donuts, Federal Express and long-time support from Sharp Electronics who came in as the show’s title sponsor and Tourism Ireland and Travelers, who continue to sponsor Ann’s radio shows. “The Sports Innerview show is my legacy,” says Liguori. “To put this award-winning weekly cable show together from A to Z: hosting, producing, acquiring the sponsors, distributing, syndicating, researching, booking the guests and maintaining the rights to the content; it aired for 17 years and required intense focus, commitment and a skill set that I didn’t know I had! It was immensely challenging but incredibly rewarding to create this treasure chest of content.” “Many of the advertising executives I was able to meet with, looked at me as if I had three heads! They couldn’t understand the concept of a woman hosting or getting sponsors for my own show back then. For every sponsor who said ‘yes,’ I had 20 other doors slammed in my face, but it all worked out beautifully through the years as I learned how to maneuver around the obstacles and stayed positive.” The ‘Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori’ cable show aired during the years that Ann was also hosting her weekly ‘Hey Liguori, What’s the Story’ show on WFAN-NY. “It was an incredibly hectic time in my career but so exhilarating!” And on top of those two shows, another opportunity came | 79


her way. Ann became one of the ‘original’ hosts on The Golf Channel with her own prime-time show, Conversations with Ann Liguori. Ann interviewed a long A-list of celebrities, including Sylvester Stallone, Celine Dion, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Costner, Joe Pesci, Smokey Robinson, Charles Schulz of Peanuts fame, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, to name a few, while golfing with them. In many cases, the backstory was just as entertaining as the story that aired on her show. “I would golf with a different celebrity every episode. I would be on a golf course with Kevin Costner and the next week it was Johnny Bench, or Jim Brown or Joe Pesce. I booked guests from the worlds of Hollywood, music, business, sports. I really enjoyed using golf as a vehicle to get to know these personalities. My first show for The Golf Channel was with Sylvester Stallone, and I had to convince him that it was going to be about golf, not about his personal life. The Golf Channel wasn’t on the air yet and I was shooting several shows to put them in the can, as we say, before the network launched. Jim McLean, well-known golf instructor and a friend, who had heard I was going to be hosting this show, called me on a Sunday to ask if I wanted to fly down to the Doral Hotel in Miami, where he was the head of the Learning Center there, as he was going to be giving Stallone a golf lesson the very next day. I quickly grabbed a suitcase and while rushing to JFK in a taxi to catch a flight to Miami, I called and hired a production crew based in Miami, got in touch with my stylist and put the shoot together in a matter of minutes. Early Monday morning my production crew set up in a gorgeous room at the spa at the Doral. As soon as we were ready, Jim McLean called me from the Pro Shop. ‘I have good news and bad news,’ he said. ‘The good news is Sylvester Stallone is here. The bad news is he doesn’t want to do the interview because he doesn’t know what The Golf Channel is.’

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I didn’t panic although I had invested the money to hire the crew and I knew there had to be a way to make it happen so I jumped in a golf cart and raced from the Spa to the driving range where Stallone had gotten out of his limo to hit balls. I approached Stallone on the range, and introduced myself and explained what The Golf Channel was all about, that it was going to go on the air in less than a week and that the interview would be about his passion for golf and what he brings from his career to the game. He never hesitated in saying, ‘Okay, let’s do it!’ But at that point my crew had broken down all their equipment and followed me to the range. Always the perfectionist, I wanted it to be set up back in the beautiful spa with perfect lighting, not on the range where I was convincing Stallone to do the show. So, I asked my stylist to stall him for a bit while my crew went back to the Spa to set up again. Once we were about to start, Stallone’s agent was pacing behind the cameras and told me I only had five minutes! I explained to the agent that the show was a halfhour long and that I needed at least 30 minutes for the interview and then we would follow Stallone around on the golf course and get footage of him playing and having some fun. The agent finally agreed. I knew my first question had to be one that would make Stallone and his agent relax. So, I said, ‘Sylvester, you’re a movie man extraordinaire, you collect art, you write novels, you play polo and now golf. You’re such a Renaissance Man…” You could see him immediately relax. His body language changed. He smiled and off we went on an interview adventure. He was wonderful! Very engaging. Very bright! And he loved talking about golf and his success story. He enjoyed the interview just as much as I did, apparently. After we finished, he told me, he was ready for his sequel!” Another memorable moment on the golf course occurred when Ann played with Celine Dion and her late husband, Rene Angelil. The power couple, who had purchased a public golf course and turned it into their own private retreat, opened-up about how they used golf as a way to spend quality time

together. “The show is more about using golf as a vehicle to get to know people,” explained Ann. “A guy I worked with when I was a freelance statistician for HBO at the US Open and Wimbledon, Michael Whelan, had been following my career and called me to ask if I’d be interested in creating and hosting a show for them on this new ‘Golf Channel’ network. With no hesitation, I came up with the idea of the show, over the phone, in about five minutes. I knew it would be fascinating. I’m grateful to Michael that he believed in me and reached out. “Conversations with Ann Liguori’ aired for the first six years of The Golf Channel’s inception and all these years later, I still have people tell me how much they enjoyed the show!” In her book titled A Passion for Golf: Celebrity Musings about the Game, Ann shares many stories and the interviews from this show and poignant behind-the-scenes stories with the many stars she connected with. Throughout her career, Ann has spoken with great storytellers in the sports world, including Wilt Chamberlain, who claimed in his book that he had slept with 20,000 women, as well as famed football player Jim Brown, who had become incensed when a caller on Ann’s show on WFAN, asked about allegations that he had thrown his girlfriend off of a balcony at his home in the Hollywood Hills. From Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams to Smokey Robinson, Pete Rose, Brett Favre and Gordie Howe, Ann has many interviews under her belt in which her guests open-up and reveal sides of themselves, seldom seen or talked about. The next step for Ann is to host and produce a documentary about her career and the many legends she has interviewed, and tell the many ‘stories behind the stories’ about her own storied career, and the careers of the many legends she has, and still, connects with. Ann is also working on another book to “preserve these timeless stories and interviews” so that many people, both young and old, can enjoy them and learn from this treasure chest of history.

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Ann splits her time between her homes in the Orlando area and Westhampton. She is as passionate about her philanthropic efforts as she is about her production company. Ann lost her father to stomach cancer while she was still in college before tragedy struck again just a year and a half later when her brother, Jim, passed away from leukemia. She was asked to host a charity golf tournament for the American Cancer Society 21 years ago and 11 years ago, The Ann Liguori Foundation was founded, raising money for a variety of not-for-profits that focus on cancer research and prevention. Just this past June, she hosted the 21st Annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic at Westhampton Country Club. Every year, the charity golf tournament is held at a prestigious golf course in The Hamptons. Friar’s Head, Maidstone, Atlantic, Sebonack Golf Club, The Bridge, are some of the courses that have hosted Ann’s popular golf outing. The Ann Liguori Foundation also created the Ann Liguori Foundation Sports Media Scholarship that NY-Women and Communications (WICI) administer every year for college students hoping to pursue a career in sports media and the Ann Liguori Foundation supports the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM) Champions Mentorship Program. After living in New York City for 25 years and enjoying The Hamptons on the weekends, Ann moved to The Hamptons full-time, where she shares a home with her significant-other of 15 years, Scott Vallary, her best friend and golf partner, and their 14-year-old golden retriever, Skye. “I love the beauty and tranquility of the Hamptons and using my office here as my home base and studio works out nicely. I enjoy heading into Manhattan for meetings and events, but I prefer living on the East End.” Ann shares in the care of her 93-year-old mother, Cecilia, with her two siblings, Jean and Dan. Ann describes her Mom as “my biggest inspiration and strength” and knows that “family is the most important thing in life. My family, including my sister Jean and brother-in-law Steve, my brother Dan, my niece Madison, nephew Christian and

Scott’s family, all try to get together as much as we can. Family is everything! I cherish the time we all spend together.” As a businesswoman, Ann is also a Brand Ambassador for Dune Jewelry, as well as Peakvision Sunglasses, which she described as “the best lens of any sunglasses I’ve ever worn. It’s like seeing in high definition. They are great for golf or any sport. I wear them all the time.” Ann collaborated with Dune Jewelry CEO and Designer Holly Daniels Christensen on a sophisticated jewelry collection they named the ‘Hamptons Rope Collection,’ which includes a necklace, earrings, a bracelet, ring and cufflinks. With each piece, you can select sand from your favorite beach or golf course which are incorporated into the hand-crafted jewelry pieces. Customers can either choose sand from the thousands of beaches on their web site from all over the world or send in their own element. Here is the link to view and order the collection: “When we started this collection, Holly, who’s an incredibly talented designer and dynamo business woman, asked me what my tastes were in jewelry and we came up with a gorgeous line that reflects the elegance and style of The Hamptons. Each piece has a nautical feel to it with roping around the perimeter of the designs. “It’s amazing how different and how beautiful the sand is from each location. Some of the sand that I wear in the pieces include sand from Doonbeg Golf Club, a club I’ve been a member of since they opened, in southwest Ireland; sand from Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland where they hosted the Open Championship this past July; sand from the Abaco Club in the Bahamas; sand from Westhampton Beach near where I live; and sand from the pink beaches in Bermuda. I’m also involved in in which they make ball markers, divot tools, wine stoppers, key chains and many other pieces with sand from a golf course on one side and the club’s logo on the other. Ann enjoys playing golf around the world and accepts invites to play in celebrity, charity

tournaments and pro-ams. Ann was one of a few female celebrities to play in the Bob Hope Classic, a PGA Tour event held in LaQuinta, California, when she competed in 2011. She’s a regular competitor in the Scotty Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational, the Steve Azar Delta Soul, the Team Gamaz Foundation Charity Golf Classic, the Marty Lyons Foundation Golf Tourney, the Ed Lucas Foundation Golf Classic, to name a few, and in 2020, Ann will also play in the BMW Charity ProAm. Ann is an Ambassador for Tourism Ireland and this past July, after covering the Open Championship held at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, Ann was part of a golf media trip where they played stunning links and parkland courses in Donegal, Sligo and outside of Dublin. A few years ago, Ann visited South Africa with Pro Golf Africa Safaris where she played 7 courses, went on 5 safaris and visited a number of wineries in Stellenbosch. Ann co-hosted with Chip Beck, a Premier Golf - Viking River Cruise after the 2018 Ryder Cup, from Paris to Normandy. “Chip is one of golf’s greatest Ambassadors and it was an honor to be on this river cruise with Chip and his wife, Karen.” Ann is also involved in helping to grow the game of golf. The United States Adaptive Golf Alliance (USAGA) and their member-organizations connect people with disabilities to golf instruction and tournaments. “Individuals who overcome a disability to learn the game are so inspiring and to see the joy on their faces when they play, is heart-warming.” How has Ann sustained such a successful and longstanding career? “Having a passion for what you do is the key,” says Ann. “Having an unlimited imagination helps as well as drive, determination, an intense work ethic and a positive attitude. You know the saying, ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going.’ That’s so true in our competitive world. Everyone’s journey includes up and downs. Don’t let the ‘downs’ defeat you. Pick yourself up and reach for the sky.” The sky is indeed the limit for this star sports broadcaster, who has interviewed some of the world’s biggest athletes and entertainers and who has become quite the legend in her own right. | 83


MEL ROBBINS’ ROCKET SHIP Beginning Her Rise to Popularity By Tammy Mark

“5-4-3-2-1” That’s Mel Robbins’ mantra, and the motivational message that launched her out of bed and onto the CBS soundstage. An international best-selling author and most sought out female speaker in the world, Robbins began her rise to popularity after introducing her sciencebacked “5 Second Rule” during a TEDx Talk, which has over 20 million views to date. Her work has been translated into 36 languages. Robbins receives emails from fans around the world, while others wait hours in line to talk to her. With three #1 audiobooks on Audible, numerous YouTube videos and daily snippets of wisdom on Instagram, Robbins reaches almost two million people a day online. Her messages clearly resonate with many, and will soon reach so many more as her new daytime talk show, The Mel Robbins Show, blasts off in September. With all of her success Robbins still considers herself a work-in-progress. Prior to her speaking career, Robbins worked as a criminal defense attorney and a legal analyst for CNN. The Ivy-educated married mother of three is smart and spirited, yet very willing to share her very human moments with her followers. We sat down with Robbins to talk about the new show, her personal struggles, and how we can all implement her lessons to launch our own lives and soar to greatness. Can you tell me a little about your upbringing? I grew up in the Midwest, mostly in Michigan in a tiny little town called North Muskegon. I went East for college and law school and met my husband out East -- and my parents are still upset about that! But we see them all the time and have a super tight-knit family. Sounds like you had a good support system growing up? Incredible! My grandparents were cattle farmers in upstate New York, and my dad is the son of Austrian immigrants who came to the United States and opened a bakery in New Jersey. My dad went on to medical school and had his own practice and my mom had a retail store, so I was raised by small business owners and the kind of family where we wait to eat dinner until mom and dad are home.

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You’ve become a tremendous hit because of your message, but also because of your relatability, yet you have this amazing upbringing and so much past success. What would you say to somebody who may not have had the best circumstances, or had normal circumstances and then lost their way? That’s what this show is about. Sometimes the hand that you’ve been dealt in life isn’t great and the secret is realizing that it’s not about the cards you’ve been dealt, it’s about how you play them. Is there privilege in this world? Of course. Are there people that are born into circumstances

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that put them ahead of you in some way? That’s always going to be true, but, when you recognize the fact that you always have a choice about what you’re going to think and do in response to where you are, that’s where the power is. What’s your vision for the show? What I want to do is create a show that is a daily destination that is empowering, that’s entertaining, that’s tactical and that shows you how you can makes changes to the way that you think, to the way that you look at yourself, and that has a meaningful impact on the type of future that you create for yourself. I am on an absolute mission to make an impact in people’s mental wellness and an impact on people’s ability to take control over their lives. You’ve had some of your own trip-ups along the way? Absolutely! Life tested me in a major way. 2008, a pretty lousy year for a lot of people, was a very lousy year for my husband and me. He had gone into the restaurant business, it was going under, we had secured that business with our entire life savings, I had lost my job, we were $800,000 in debt. I was reaching for alcohol, I was snapping at my kids, I was angry at my husband…I was spiraling. I was spending all my time complaining, worrying, hating myself, allowing depression and anxiety to consume me. I was struggling to get out of bed.

Is that when you created the 5 Second Rule? My life changed with one decision. One morning when the alarm went off, instead of lying there and letting that bed swallow me whole, and letting all of the problems that felt so overwhelming fill my mind, I decided that I would launch myself out of bed like a rocket, so fast that I would beat that window in which all of the self-doubt, fear and anxiety come in. So I went 5,4,3,2,1 like NASA, and I stood up; it was the moment my life changed. It took about five days. I would insert a thought that was positive and more exciting than the fears that were dominating. My entire mindset changed, I went off medication and haven’t had a panic attack or a bout of anxiety since. Did you have these struggles during law school and throughout your career? Of course. Most of us are very good at putting up a front on the outside, and a lot of us are very good at being busy and doing things, but it’s the inner world that matters. You could drink all the kale smoothies on the planet and still be wildly dangerously unhealthy if your mindset is unhealthy. You could have millions of dollars in the bank but you can be bankrupt mentally if you hate yourself. I was losing that inner battle for years. People could look at me on the outside and say well she seems to have it all, but the truth is, I struggled with anxiety

for 30 years. I had tremendous post-partum depression. Even though I could get a job and do things that looked impressive on the outside, I really hated myself on the inside. Can you use the 5 second rule to change other habits? The 5 Second Rule can be used to either push yourself forward when normally you shrink or edit yourself, or to pull yourself away from things that are destructive. So, 5,4,3,2,1 walk away from the alcohol, if you’re impulsive and it gets you in trouble, 5,4,3,2,1 will silence you. Any other great catchphrases? I like the phrase “Do It Anyway”, because it acknowledges that you have an excuse or a fear. So acknowledge that you don’t feel like going to the gym or that you don’t want to make that cold call – okay, do it anyway. Too many of us spend way too much time thinking about what we need to do instead of doing what we need to do. Are you excited about filming in New York? I think New York City is the greatest city on the planet and we’ve told all three of our children that you need to spend at least some part of your life living here. I’m absolutely thrilled to be back here and taping at CBS Broadcast Center – it’s the greatest most vibrant energizing city in the world. | 85


ALEKSANDRA KARDWELL How to Find, Hire and Keep the Right Domestic Professionals By w. a. muller What is the most common hiring mistake people make? One of the main hiring mistakes I see is the failure to properly define what and who is needed for the job at hand. This is probably the main cause of frustration, unnecessary expense, and failed employeremployee matches. Considering household culture is a big part of this. You want to hire someone who has not only strong experience and skills, but also a personality and worldview that fits well with the culture at your residence. If you could give only one piece of advice to household employers what would it be? My top advice would be to be clear on your position’s requirements and the type of person you want. By thinking through what and who you need, you’ll massively increase your chances of finding a great employee who will stay with you for years into the future. What are some things that you like to see on a resume? In addition to the core skills required of a given job, I also like to see a logical work progression and tenures of at least a few years at each position listed. A track record of long-term positions in the same

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area provides strong evidence that the person is committed to their field and can provide good, consistent service to employers. What are some tips for conducting successful interviews? To conduct successful interviews, it’s important to remember that your goal is not simply to get to know the candidate. It’s to find out information about the applicant and to educate them about the position you have available. One useful tip is to have your job description handy when you do the interview to make sure you address all the key parts of the job. Also, be careful not to let “gut feelings” guide your decision. It’s well established that interviewers’ first impressions are often incorrect. Is it okay to rely on reference letters alone for reference checks? Reference letters provide a great way to get important information about candidates. However, it’s best to verify the letters. And while I don’t recall ever receiving a reference letter that I found to be fake, I still believe it’s important to call references to verify letters. If you cannot reach a reference by phone, then trying to obtain a reference by email is a good way to go.

Tell us a bit about the importance of running background checks on applicants. Background checks offer one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to reduce avoidable risks in the hiring process. Many studies show it’s very common for job applicants to be less than totally truthful with information they write on their resumes and provide in interviews. By running background checks for, say, $35 per applicant, employers can make sure that applicants’ histories are without problems. Since domestic professionals work in the home and so closely with family members, background checks are a must. Give us a few examples of what people can do to keep their household staff for the long-term. Some of the key things you can do to keep great employees are providing market-competitive compensation, which includes annual salary increases; maintaining a healthy household culture; and showing appreciation for work well done. Frequent “thank yous” and small gifts such as birthday cards offer great, low-cost ways to keep your domestic staff happy.

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CAITLIN MEISTER Top NYC Tutor By w. a. muller HEAD OF HER CLASS: Top NYC Tutor Caitlin Meister Gaining National Profile and Prominent Clientele for her Inventive Methods and Colorful Coworkers Caitlin Meister had a dilemma: Pursue her life-long love of teaching children or continue her burgeoning career as a voiceover artist. She didn’t think she could do both. But like all things in her life, Caitlin refused to compromise. She found a way. Today, Caitlin is a recognized voiceover artist who has voiced characters for film, television, video games, radio, and audiobooks (you’ll know her when you hear her), and the founder of The Greer Meister Group, a prominent private tutoring and educational consulting practice based in New York. The skills that allow her to balance both careers successfully – and a home life with her husband and two children – have made The Greer Meister Group a success: focus, perseverance, problem solving, creativity, and the power of yet.

tutoring has to look one certain way is stuck inside a comfort zone that serves the adult first rather than serving the child first. “ Caitlin founded The Greer Meister Group in 2008 after tutoring independently. “All of my early jobs involved teaching,” she says. “I taught theater to kids and teenagers, I taught in a preschool, and I mentored and tutored. When I graduated from college, I pursued an acting career and found success in voiceovers – audiobooks, radio and television commercials, and animation. The work is artistically fulfilling, and I absolutely love it and would never give it up.” She found tutoring was a way she could do both. “Tutoring is most in demand in the evenings and on weekends, and I could determine my own schedule,” she says. “And within the first year I had a full schedule.”

“I never say that I can’t,” says Caitlin. “I say that I can’t yet. It’s the same mindset that I teach my students.” “I am tremendously grateful to have found success in voiceovers early in my career, but at the same time, I really missed working with children,” Caitlin, who spent years teaching throughout high school and college, continues. “Tutoring was a way that I could follow both of my callings.” Has she ever! As the founder of The Greer Meister Group, Caitlin oversees a group of the most highly-qualified, accomplished, engaging, and creative tutors in the tri-state area. “We are private tutoring and educational consulting practice with a focus on academic independence and perseverance,” says Meister. “We give students the tools that they need to achieve their goals. We believe that tutoring should teach content and strategies that students can replicate to be successful independently – not only with a tutor by their side. If we’ve done our job well, we’ve put ourselves out of a job! She dedicates herself to finding the brightest minds to teach the most precious minds. Every tutor is meticulously recruited, screened, and trained to assure the highest standards. “Our tutors have interests and passions that go beyond just one discipline, which helps students free themselves from the limitation of thinking that someone has to be only a ‘math person’ or only ‘an artist’ to the exclusion of other fields,” she says. Among her group are Ivy League graduates, published authors, internationallyrenowned performers, learning specialists, and more. They work with children from age five to 25 on content mastery, cognitive flexibility, resilience, and academic independence and perseverance. It is the last piece that truly sets them apart. In short: “Tutoring, when done well, is never a burden and never a crutch. Kid learn best when they’re having fun. Anyone who tells you that

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Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, she decided to start The Greer Meister Group, which has thrived in the 10 years she has been running it. Since then, Caitlin has achieved industry recognition for the success of her practice and her role as an education advocate. “Every child deserves to be an explorer, innovator, and flexible thinker,” Caitlin affirms. “I consider my work successful if we have given parents peace of mind and provided children with confidence to go into the classroom feeling supported and resilient, not inflexible and overwhelmed,” Caitlin says. “Yes, I want my students to know the material, and I want more. I want my students to know that they have the tools to figure out anything new or unfamiliar.

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MANNERS THAT MATTER MOST Successful Etiquette Guide By Ann Grenier


he highly successful book, Manners That Matter Most – The Easy Guide to Etiquette at Home and in the World – published by Hatherleigh Press, researched and written by June Eding, with a special foreword by Norah Lawlor – is now in its third printing and available in paperback for the first time. Etiquette is one of the most valuable assets a person can possess: knowing how best to present yourself, and how to deal with others in a direct, effective manner, is paramount in all personal, professional, and social relationships. Featured in The New York Times, Manners That Matter Most is a part of the “Little Book, Big Ideas” series, which was created to provide everyday people with useful wisdom to improve their lives, seeking to resurrect the custom of good manners and graceful style; all while updating and applying them to the modern age.

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“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” - Emily Post Covering topics from introductions, greetings and thank-you’s, to the etiquette of modern technology (including the appropriate places and times to call and text message), Manners That Matter Most is a valuable resource and much-needed guide for our fast-paced world. Suitable for readers in every social situation, Manners That Matter Most contains both the information and the support you need to gain and give more consideration in your social encounters. With an emphasis on graciousness and chivalry that lends the book its authoritative tone, Manners That Matter Most is the essential companion for anyone looking to put their best foot forward.

The book also includes inspirational quotes on the importance of courtesy, respect and dignity; 25 essential lessons everyone should learn to cultivate better manners; and tips for more effective interaction with family, friends and co-workers. Taking an old subject and presenting it in a fresh and accessible way, Manners That Matter Most reminds us why good practice in etiquette not only makes the practitioner look good, but enhances society as a whole. Manners That Matter Most features a special foreword by Norah Lawlor, the founder and principal of Lawlor Media Group Inc. (www.lawlormediagroup. com), a New York-based boutique PR firm focused on a luxury lifestyle clientele. Manners That Matter Most is sold in stores including Barnes & Noble, Amazon and independent bookstores everywhere.


HERB KARLITZ Celebrity Chef Golf By Daniela Gentile


group of America’s top chefs including Daniel Bouloud, David Burke, Todd English, Michael Symon, Ming Tsai, Dino Gatt, and Alfred Portale, as well as iconic hockey player Rod Gilbert, have partnered with legendary pro golfer Sir Nick Faldo, Geoffrey Zakarian, and chef marketer Herb Karlitz to host the first annual Celebrity Chefs & Friends Golf Tournament at the Alpine Country Club on October 7th. The event will benefit City Harvest, NYC’s largest food rescue organization, which has helped feed 1.2 million New Yorkers who are unable to provide meals for themselves since 1982. Karlitz and his agency have

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supported City Harvest for over a decade through fundraising events. The Alpine Country Club The Alpine Country Club boasts a magnificent 18hole championship golf course built by the esteemed A.W.Tillinghast in 1928. Ticket prices are $3,500, for single players and $ 12,500 for a foursome. The day will start with breakfast and end with a dinearound reception. There will also be mixology and culinary stations on-the-course that will feature celebrity chef menu items.

Baseball Player Rusty Staub This event is close to Karlitz’s heart as it follows in the footsteps of a tournament, he created with the late fabled baseball player, Rusty Staub. Karlitz said, “I wanted to continue the tournament in Rusty’s memory and build on the momentum and successes we had achieved.” His co-hosts Zakarian and Faldo shared this vision which is a perfect combination for golf and food enthusiasts. For more information, contact Brittany Love, from Karlitz & Company at

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GEORGES BERGÈS & JEAN SCHMIEDEL Aiming to Elevate the Art World, One Artist at a Time By julie sagoskin Photographed By Heinz Hammer


side from selecting masterpieces to hang in his gallery, Georges Bergès, the founder of Georges Bergès Gallery, has made it his mission to mentor his artists and help them grow their careers in the cut-throat art industry. According to this art aficionado and businessman, his artists “don’t just get a gallery, they get an ally. A lot of my artists become friends with each other. It’s like joining a family. The only reason I opened a gallery was because I wanted to help the artists and represent them in a better way. There was only so much I could do without a gallery.” While he currently represents artists from all over the world, he is bringing the Bergès touch to Berlin so that he can introduce his artists to the European market. “I love the city, it’s the feature of Europe, there’s so much energy and so many artists there from all over the world. It reminds me of New York from the 80s. I said I want to have a presence there

not just to sell to Europe and Germany, but to have the ability to create a feeling of artists and gallery and give them a global platform. I’m going to cities that I feel are young, dynamic, and that intuitively make me feel that this is the future. I felt that in Berlin, and Copenhagen as well.” This art dealer, who remains deeply devoted to his artists, might never have foresaw himself owning his own gallery, but is now growing faster than ever and is even hoping to expand into Mexico City and Asia after launching his new European base in Berlin. While he had worked with artists all his life, it wasn’t until he met an artist who he said “changed my life” that inspired him to turn a hobby into an all-consuming career in the art world. Georges has indeed cultivated a career in this creative and sometimes – or most times - crazy industry, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. With a

successful gallery and young daughter, his life looks like a very pretty picture! Georges’ gallery, which is comprised of works from artists who have become more like family, is also his greatest passion. “I don’t have a job. I haven’t had a job in many years, and it’s because I do what I love. The minute I don’t like an artist or start doing what I don’t like, it’s a job, and nothing is worth that. Every piece has to speak to me. I run my gallery spiritually and intuitively, and it’s a part of me.” This mentor and art dealer, who is an avid art collector himself, doesn’t just hang his artists’ works on his gallery walls, he helps them get onto museum walls. From getting them press to showcasing their work to the right clients, he views his artists’ success as his own success. Let’s just say you want Bergès to have your back, and artists know it, which is why he receives hundreds of submissions every week, or sometimes every day. | 97


Georges, who has to be touched by a particular piece in order to put it in his gallery, travels all over the world in order to gain a unique perspective on art and the way artists work from a global perspective. “It allows me to see a commonality between artists from all over. Carl Jung referred to the collective unconscious when he explained how when we look at certain art, it touches on the universality of the experience. When I look at different studios, I develop a sense of where the artist has transcended something. Picasso’s work transcended his own culture.” Upon visiting Berlin just a couple of weeks ago in order to meet with an artist whose work he will be showcasing in the fall, Bergès’ presence brought an unprecedented amount of media attention. Jean Schmiedel might be a well-known expressionist painter in his small town, but the fact that a New York gallery was coming to see him really upped his artistic ante! This also put Bergès on the German art world map just as he is preparing to make his mark on the international market. Kontakt, which will be Gallery’s fall opening show, will be showcasing the unique work of Germanborn figurative artist Jean Schmiedel in what will be his first solo exhibition in the United States. Kontakt, or ‘contact’ in English, will allow visitors to get up close and personal with Schmiedel’s work, which speaks to who we are and how we interact with each other and our surroundings. His pieces are meant to show how living creatures develop trust through eye contact and learn about attachment through physical contact. According to Schmiedel, “Contact can be wonderful and sustaining but, depending on each individual’s development and experiences, it also has the power to frighten and disturb.” This passionate painter always presents earnest portrayals of relatable characters and uncommon features. By using a variety of textures, colors and natural materials, Schmiedel’s style always shines through. By commonly using images of dogs and birds, this artist, who is often referred to as an “outsider’, is able to express a range of emotion. His dark animals are symbolic of the carnal energy which is part of Schmiedel’s artistic process and what he hopes others will see within themselves.

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Schmiedel intends to move his using uneven paint application, Schmiedel makes artwork which he hopes will move his audience by using uneven paint application and guick gestures. You will definitely want to make contact with this Kontakt exhibit. In other breaking brushstroke news, Georges will be unveiling a prominent piece painted by close friends Nick Carone and Jackson Pollock. In addition to revealing this work, at the exhibition entitled, Three Mile Harbor Road, which is named after the street in the Hamptons where these artists lived in the 1950s, Georges explained that his artists will also benefit by seeing the relationship between different artists and how their collaboration became a legacy to their friendship. This personable art dealer who has personal relationships with his artists, is also trying to make the process of buying and selling art less pretentious: “Most galleries have become very transactional, so artists have gotten used to this strange world. They’re finding a non-responsive gallery world where they’re very aloof or just so small they can’t provide much, so I’m trying to fill that gap. A lot of galleries are acting like museums and museums are acting like galleries. Today galleries are very quiet and intimidating, artists are no longer welcome. Warhol and Basquiat hung out in places where they interacted and that forged a relationship, and galleries got better. I run my gallery very instinctually, it’s a reflection of me. I’m the type of dealer who is also a collector. I love the art. Sometimes it’s hard to sell it!” From displaying the works of emerging artists to those whose work can be found in the Guggenheim, Georges’ process of picking paintings is personal. Whether it’s abstract or impressionist, he knows which one is the one when he sees it – and which one might be the one for you. Georges, who is definitely an anomaly in the art world, is following in the footsteps of his idol, Leo Castelli, an art dealer from the 60s, who had his own unique philosophy on how to approach art. “He’s the main reason I run my gallery the way I run it. He founded Andy Warhol. What he was trying to do was say I don’t sell art, I place art. The fundamental

drive behind that is to stay authentic. What he says is yeah, you have money, but it’s not for you. It creates an authenticity, and more money will pour in when you’re authentic within yourself. Selling art should be different than selling a car or anything else. The minute we forget that, we lose sight of why we’re in it. A lot of people and galleries have forgotten that.” Aside from visiting his current artists, this dealer also travels to various destinations to discover new talent. When a friend suggested he should travel to meet a Syrian refugee artist living in Vienna, Georges flew there overnight, and after realizing his potential, decided to represent him. “This story really touches on migration, and it touches on the immigrant population in Europe and it captures how I work. We had a great connection and now he’s hanging in my gallery. I deal very honestly with my artists and this forces me to be authentic within myself. My committee of advisors are all in my head. It’s my artistic mentality.” After living in Alaska and Europe, this adventurous art dealer, who has an apartment in Soho as well as on the West Side, found his way back to New York: “New York is a challenge, it’s tough. You love to hate it, but you love it. It brings out the best and the worst in people. It gives you a lot of options in life, good and bad, and you have to have a very strong center to navigate that because you can easily get lost in the vices. I like to go to go to Woodstock a lot and get away from the city. At my core I’m very much a country person, but when I get away and leave the city for a week, I miss it! California feels like home to me, but I realized I can’t live there. I have a seven-year-old daughter and she’s born and raised in New York and my gallery is here. It’s given me so much. I’ve laid roots here very deeply.” He might be California born and bred, but New York has brought out the best in Bergès, who has been living in the city for 20 years now and refers to himself as a real New Yorker. Georges is definitely doing what he loves in the city that he loves - it doesn’t get much better than that! | 101


ERIN McGEAN Painting and Pasting with Passion By Julie Sagoskin


hile she is best known for her original digital collages, Canadian artist Erin McGean was originally drawn to drawing and painting as a child, something she thinks has to do with her trying to find ways to entertain herself as an only child for most of her childhood. Erin, who is endlessly talented, started out painting

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traditional themes, such as Canadian landscapes, and has since reinvented herself as an artist in the age of Instagram. “I joined Instagram in 2011, and I saw all this amazing digitally created art and photo editing. I downloaded Instagram by accident while looking for an editing

app and posted something when I didn’t even know what a post was. When I went back on the Instagram app, I had multiple photo likes and thus began my social media identity. I really got inspired and did more photography, then digital collage with my own photos of my kids or of nature—my recurring theme. The digital collage really consumed me for

five years, and then I realized I had missed the messiness and the studio environment and the tactile nature of creating traditional art. I started doing cut and paste, old school style analogue collage. I now combine the two. I might start a piece as cut and paste, then add more to the piece digitally. People really communicated in the early days of Instagram and it really broadened my audience.” In addition to having her work appear in group exhibits in Canada, New York, and most recently, Colorado, Erin, who puts all of her energy into her artistic endeavors, has also been commissioned

by Elle Magazine Canada, where she just made a full-page digital collage on the importance of a celebrity stylist. She has also made her mark with a massive mural, which you can find at the downtown Toronto hotspot Pastiche. This ever-evolving artist was even featured in this year’s Fashion Art Toronto Festival, which combines art and design. If you’d like to see some of her handmade collages in person, Erin also recently contributed to the Brooklyn Sketchbook Library in New York, with two recent sketchbook projects featuring Erin’s women and nature-inspired collages.

Since following her creative calling, Erin has never looked back, and she is already looking towards featuring her work in new exhibits. She even has a new series of collages that focus on women’s relationship to nature as well as how women are compared to nature. Her collages use traditional collage techniques along with digital technology to repurpose found imagery. Erin’s artistic drive, derived from her connection to nature and being a strong woman and mother, has resulted in some very thought-provoking and profound works. | 103


MARCUS JANSEN Painter & Veteran By Bennett Marcus

Museum Collections Marcus Jansen began his art career 20 years ago, and his work is now in collections worldwide, including those of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), The New Britain Museum of American Art, The PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, the Housatonic Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. Julian Schnabel, Early Collector Like other artists in those days, he started out selling his paintings at the corner of Prince Street and Broadway in Soho. One of his first customers was the actor John Ortiz, who has appeared in movies like Carlito’s Way, who happened to be in the neighborhood shooting a film with Julian Schnabel. “He bought one of my first paintings when I set up on the street down there,” Jansen says. Art World Star That may sound like a typical New York story, but Jansen took an unlikely path to prominence in the highly competitive art world. Growing up in the Bronx and Queens, his family later moved to the town of Mönchengladbach, Germany, his father’s hometown, where he spent his teens. He often visited

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relatives in New York, and on a 1986 trip there, Jansen met the pioneering graffiti artist West One, who had a profound impact on the course of his life. “He was the one who really inspired me to not only paint but to really become more artistically involved.” Military Service That’s when Jansen enlisted in the military, spending a decade serving overseas, including the Desert Shield and Desert Storm campaigns. Discharged in 1997, Jansen didn’t have much luck with art galleries in Germany and decided New York was the place to be. He stayed with his grandparents in the Bronx and worked Long Island catering jobs on weekends so that he could paint and sell his work in Soho. Robert Rauschenberg Marcus married, spent two years in Atlanta, had a son and moved to Fort Myers, Florida, where his parents were living. “The little one was born so we figured he needed familyA bit of kismet, it turned out that Robert Rauschenberg, who Jansen had long admired, was living in the area. He got to meet his idol, and they even showed together in local exhibitions. “It was ironic because I was a big admirer of Rauschenberg since I was a kid of 14, and here I was now living close to him and getting to know him. It was quite an honor for me.”

Ford Motors & Absolut Vodka Jansen’s work started getting noticed. In 2003, Ford Motors commissioned him to do paintings celebrating the company’s 100th anniversary. Commissions for Warner Bros. and Absolut Vodka followed, and he gained an international following. Guild Hall Emmy-winning filmmaker John Scoular, a friend of Jansen’s, decided to do a documentary about him; shooting began in Florida and the project grew to include footage in London and New York. The film, “Marcus Jansen: Examine and Report,” had its New York premiere at the East Hampton TV, Art & Film Festival. Philanthropy Jansen is active in the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, which helps support a variety of local causes, including veterans with PTSD, low-income children, housing and environmental issues. Paris Show Up next is an exhibition in Paris in October, and a traveling museum show that will launch at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Florida and then travel to different university museums around the country.

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Sited in the midst of 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. This refreshingly designed home lends itself to both a traditional decor and a mid-century sensibility. The nucleus of this stunning property is the natural water falls that cascade directly in the front of the home creating both visual and auditory stimuli. Contiguous to the home is an elevated area that is designated as the pool location. The designation was defined by “Nature’s hand” as it is boarded by a wall of natural boulders. The large lap pool is both stylish and practical in its design and location. The pool house, with bath, is ideal for large scale entertaining or a convenient respite for lunch on a rainy day. This pool area is minimal, yet, sophisticated and timeless. WaterStone Cottage is a home that is more of a rare and unique “discovery” that diminishes the aesthetics of everything else in the area. $1,250,000

550 Union Square, New Hope, PA 18938 215.862.5500 •

Laurie Madaus, REALTOR® Licensed in PA & NJ Cell: 203.948.5157



Comprising 100 acres, the property offers, within the 100 acres, a separate, fully operational nursery.The nursery has 60,000 sq. ft. of greenhouse space, an indoor facility and architecturally designed pergolas.The private area of Hortulus is filled with imposing specimen trees and shrubbery, 200,000 daffodils, internationally themed gardens, Birch and Pine allées and other varieties too vast to list.The main stone farm house is circa 1700’s and looks out across a stream and a lake filled with black swans and other water fowl.The floating gazebo creates a living canvas of Georges Seurat’s “Sunday afternoon on the Island of Grandes Jatte.” The property contains a 2 bedroom and 2.5 bath converted barn plus a larger barn that serves as the property’s office and garden museum.The caretaker’s home is a separate 2 bedroom and 1 bath ranch.The large utilitarian bank barn houses the property’s animals and farm equipment. A massive circular pool rivals most pools and fountains found in public parks. Hortulus Farm is an extremely rare property that can evolve toward a myriad of directions. Call Art Mazzei for more information 610.428.4885. $5,650,000

PAXSON RIDGE Set on one of Solebury’s most desirable roads sits this totally renovated quintessential Bucks County stone farmhouse. Entering the extensive family room, you’ll find this space is large enough for several seating areas and warmed by a stone fireplace with raised hearth. Connect with nature by exiting through the French doors out to the generous blue stone patio and heated gunite, salt water pool. The family room effortlessly flows into an expansive, open-concept kitchen and dining area perfect for both intimate and grand family gatherings. The spacious chef’s kitchen is equipped with a suite of Bosch appliances, designer lighting and an expansive Carrara marble island outfitted with a five burner gas cooktop and downdraft. Leathered granite countertops compliment additional custom cabinets surrounding the island. Step through the wide threshold of the dining area to a welcoming light filled living room complete with stone fireplace and built-ins. A spacious powder room completes the main level. An attractive staircase leads to the second floor landing. There you will find a master suite with vaulted, beamed ceiling, an exquisite Carrara marble bathroom with a luxurious soaking tub, an oversized, glass-enclosed stall shower, and a large deck overlooking the pool and property. Three additional guest rooms with generous closet space, Carrara marble bathroom with custom glass shower and a separate laundry room complete this level. This lovely property offers propane heat, circular driveway and 3 car garage with carriage doors. Great location! Call Laurie Madaus for more information 203.948.5157. $1,250,000

For property information contact Art Mazzei at 610.428.4885, or Laurie Madaus at 203.948.5157 550 Union Square, New Hope, PA 18938 • • 215.862.5500



Northwell Health’s first Summer Hamptons Evening (SHE) produced by Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events with a musical performance by Alexa Ray Joel, Water Mill, NY

Edmiston Yachts and polo icon Nacho Figueras hosted the first annual Edmiston Charity Chukka benefitting the Stonybrook Southampton Hospital, Water Mill, NY ©BFA

Rosanna Scotto, event emcee with event host Victoria Moran-Furman and lead sponsors Saul and Iris Katz and Larry Scott ©Ellen Wolff Photography

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LOCATED ON COVETED GOLF COURSE ROAD, A SHORT GOLF CART RIDE to the Copake Lake Country Club and Greens Restaurant. Entering the gracious foyer you can soak in dramatic views of the lake through a wall of windows. This three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home has a cozy fireplace, dining area and the chefs kitchen has granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Spacious master has two walk-in closets and private access to deck, the master bathroom features a marble, double-sink vanity, and tiled glassed-in steam shower. Each bedroom has its own access to waterfront. The large media room and bar area have a sliding door leading to the hot tub area and dock. There’s a full bath and a bonus room that could be used as office or extra space for guests. A quintessential lake home for the way live today! COPAKE LAKE, NY $1,290,000

CALL RUSS STEIN AT 917 886 9652



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Southampton Social Club hosted a star-studded Summer Soirée. Ann Liguori’s Dune Jewelry Collection was on display as well other luxury products

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