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EDITOR’S NOTE Since our last issue was released the world has been turned upside down and I sincerely hope this note finds you well. While New York has suffered unimaginable hardships due to the unprecedented pandemic, we will remain resilient and work together to come out stronger. During these trying times, we have witnessed New Yorkers doing what they do best – helping and supporting one another. Things might look different right now, from how we travel and dine to how we interact, but we hope to bring you well, hope, as well as some of our favorite travel destinations, restaurants and other spots that have recently reopened while following strict safety procedures. If you’re still staying in more than usual, not to worry, we also have our favorite home spa routines, cozy lounge attire picks and coffee machines that make your favorite espresso that’s as good, or even better, than your local café. This month we are proud to feature some of our healthcare heroes from Mount Sinai Health Partners. This revolutionary healthcare center located in the heart of Hudson Yards, overlooking the Hudson River, offers 24/7 care in the comfort of your home, through virtually scheduled visits or in their state-of-the-art office. The center, which is an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Health Systems remains focused on providing personalized and patient-driven care during these pandemic times. Drs. Tina Sindwani and Louis DePalo, the newest premier concierge physicians, as well as the entire center, are leading the way with their extensive research practices and innovative initiatives. Members have direct access to top specialists throughout the New York City area. The original empress of chocolate, Maribel Lieberman, is celebrating two decades of deliciousness with MarieBelle, her gourmet chocolate empire. With unique and tasty treats, Maribel tells us how MarieBelle New York Chocolates started out as a pipe dream as well as how she is still coming out on top despite the pandemic. With shops around the world, including her Soho flagship and a newly expanded website, her handmade ganache is the perfect gift for your family and friends, or for yourself! If you’re thinking of moving to the Sunshine State, top mother-daughter real estate dreamtime duo Kim Martin-Fisher and Jennifer Martin Faulkner can find your perfect home in the posh Ponte Vedra area. Find out about the latest developments and how the area is becoming hotter than ever. From our favorite pandemic proof finds and wellness trends to fall fashion and beauty staples, you’ll find something to fall in love with this season. Stay healthy and safe!

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By R.Couri Hay with Photos by Patrick McMullan WHAT TO WATCH Perry Mason Matthew Rhys has struck gold again with his new HBO legal drama Perry Mason. This is a re-invention of the classic TV show from the 50s starring Raymond Burr. Perry Mason begins as a private investigator, working a sensational infant-kidnapping and murder case, before transitioning into the lawyer of the accused murderess. Rhys confessed, “In my head, I think I’d make a perfect spy, but in reality, I don’t think I’d fare very well.” Tatiana Maslany, known for her role in The Hunger Games, plays Sister Alice McKeegan, a controversial evangelist who says she can raise the baby from the dead; she said, “What excites me is the darker sides of people. The things that they don’t want to admit about themselves.” Juliet Rylance shines as Mason’s secretary Della Street. Absentia Amazon’s TV thriller Absentia is a sleeper hit and you can binge all three seasons over a weekend. Stana Stana Katic

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Katic assays the role of hardcore FBI Agent Emily Byrne, who was kidnapped, tortured, and presumed dead — until she escaped her captors after six years. She now seeks revenge. Katic, who plays the strong female lead says, “I don’t believe in weak women; I believe women are powerful beings.” Tatiana Maslany, Hunky Patrick Matthew Rhys, Juliet Rylance Heusinger costars as Katic’s FBI agent husband, who remarried in her absence, thus creating a twisted love-triangle. Heusinger said, “There are a lot of sociopaths in the world, and they don’t always necessarily kill people; instead, they can walk into a room and make everyone think they’re the kindest, coolest, smartest, most interesting person in the room.” ART WORLD HAPPENINGS Hamptons Virtual Art Fair Rick Friedman opened the Hamptons Virtual Art Fair (HVAF) over Labor Day weekend and has

extended it through October 13. This 3-D virtual event features over 75 booths from exhibitors around the world, including New Orleans’ M.S. Rau, who is showing works by Monet, Renoir, Magritte, and Rockwell. Other participating galleries are London’s Quantum Contemporary, Santa Fe’s Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, NYC’s Hollis Taggart Galleries, and the Peter Fetterman Gallery. Among the most interesting of the featured artists are Robert Cenedella ( and 28-year-old Chinese-American painter and master calligrapher Linjie Deng, whose work has been supported by the United Nations. Deng is showing 25 diverse works, including social justice-inspired pieces, calligraphy, and abstract paintings. His pandemic-influenced art sales benefit New YorkPresbyterian Hospital’s frontline healthcare workers. The paintings carry slogans saying, “Wash Your Hands” and “Stay Home, Save Lives.” Isabelle Bscher: Galerie Gmurzynska Acclaimed Austrian artist Arnulf Rainer, whose work is featured at MoMA, was honored at a dinner hosted

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by glamorous gallerist Isabelle Bscher, before the vernissage of his exhibition at Galerie Gmurzynska. The show titled ARNULF RAINER: PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS, AND BOOKS will run through November 30. In response to the pandemic, Bscher, a third-generation gallerist, pivoted to virtual exhibitions to make her galleries’ artwork accessible to collectors and art lovers around the world. Her recent exhibitions included Andy Warhol’s Toy Paintings and new watercolors by Fernando Botero. Her three galleries in Switzerland are open, and her NYC Galerie Gmurzynska, at 43 East 78th Street, is showing works by Robert Indiana virtually or by appointment. Chanel Iman, Isabelle Bscher

SOCIAL SAFARI SAFARI ROUNDUP Hope Parfum Suzanne Somers & Alan Hamel Suzanne Somers: A Grey’s Anatomy star New Way to Age Eric Dane and Audrey Oprah Winfrey Gruss, the founder is a fan of of the Hope for Suzanne Depression Research Somers, and Foundation (HDRF), said “Suzanne lead a Virtual Race of Somers might Hope in Southampton just be a to raise mental health pioneer.” Suzanne’s awareness. This month, new book, A New Way to Audrey debuts her new Age — now out in paperback Eaux de parfum, Hope — gives wellness advice from Night, at Bergdorf cutting-edge doctors on how Goodman, with all to remain youthful and healthy. proceeds going The Three’s Company legend to HDRF. Audrey celebrated the birthday of recently hosted a Audrey her husband, Alan Hamel, by PBS Town Hall on Gruss inviting all their fans to his depression and gave virtual birthday party at Big $30 million to fund Al’s Bar, which is on their property. HDRF’s research Suzanne donned a sexy gown and at top universities cooked a dinner featuring produce around the world. from their organic vegetable garden and her famous carrot cake — with a candle on top! Suzanne toasted Alan with their favorite Friars Club Casa Dragones tequila, turned up Larry King, the dean of the the music, and danced around the Friars Club, partnered with terrace before bidding goodnight his attorney pal Arthur to their online guests. Suzanne also Aidala, the club’s Vice has a large line of organic beauty Prior, to feed the staff products available on her website. at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. Aidala arranged for the feast to be picked up from the Peter Thomas Roth legendary L&B Spumoni Skin-care mogul Peter Thomas Gardens. King grew up in Roth is releasing a plethora of new the Jewish neighborhood and products this fall. These include wanted to support the local the Potent-C Power Scrub, to help hospital, as did Aidala, who also recharge your skin after a grow up in Brooklyn and summer in the sun, as well lives there with as the must-have Hydrahis wife, Marianne Gel Eye Patches and Bertuna, and an essential Water their two Drench Collection young sons, that you shouldn’t Luca and live without. Arthur Aidala III.

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Clodugh, the renowned interior designer, created the space that boasts a two-story living wall. Peckham said, “We have reimagined our brand, but what has remained consistent is our commitment to the wellbeing of our clients. We have created the highest quality and purest products to meet the needs of our customers.”

Command Education Pods Christopher Rim, the 25-year old Yale graduate who founded the tutoring company Command Education, is opening up exclusive education pods in the Hamptons and NYC to augment Christopher Rim students’ private school education. The cost of a student within a pod of four is $3,500 a week, or $70,000 a year. Dr. Shawn Sadri NYC dentist Dr. Shawn Sadri’s clients include CEOs, athletes, DJs, and TV personalities: Yankees’ superstar Miguel Andujar, NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning, ABC Anchor Ryan Field, Hip-Hop’s Method Man, Elijah McGuire of the Kansas City Chiefs, and speed skater Apolo Ohno. His office at 18 E 50th St offers everything from cleanings to veneers, and fillings to implants. Arthur Aidala & Marianna Bertuna

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When Honesty and Integrity Count Most in Choosing a Plastic Surgeon By Lauren Bens


f you want to make it in Miami – or at least look like you have - you will want to call Dr. Adam J. Rubinstein, a Board Certified and awardwinning plastic surgeon who is just as passionate about keeping his patients safe as he is about giving them the perfect shape. Dr. Rubinstein, a New York native who grew up in Brooklyn and attended Brooklyn College, has now been in practice for 18 years in South Florida. This dedicated doctor, who attracts patients from all over the world, specializes in surgical and cosmetic procedures for all parts of the face and body. He might be able to expertly hide away fat with a tummy tuck, but Dr. Rubinstein is a staunch patient advocate, devoted to bringing unethical plastic practices out into the open.

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“There is a lot of information out there, and especially with digital media, people can portray themselves however they like. While you can get a lot of useful information on the internet and certain social media platforms, it’s not always so reliable. It’s hard for people to know how to protect themselves and ask the right questions. I try my best to bring honesty to this business.” In order to remain as transparent as possible, Dr. Rubinstein frequently films procedures on his practice’s Instagram page, and has made it his mission to educate others on what to look for when searching for the right surgeon. Whether it’s on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok or Snapchat, this scrupulous surgeon helps people understand what they should be wary of and even shows the less pretty side of plastics.

“We show live surgeries on our stories everyday so people can follow along. It’s easy to glamorize a perfect tummy and getting a pre-baby body back, but you don’t know how it really happens.” According to this surgical superstar, before getting your next breast augmentation, you will want to make sure that your plastic surgeon is Board Certified. Getting Board Certified might be a long and arduous process, but it helps to ensure that patients are being treated by the most qualified surgeons. “First you have to do both a general surgery and then a plastic surgery residency, which is not easy, and then you have to take written boards demonstrating that you have core knowledge,” explains Dr. Rubinstein. “You also have to collect cases over many months and submit that list of cases over a period of time

until board examiners eventually give you a short list of cases which you then have to put into presentation books. This includes everything from consultations to procedures to billing practices. The reason for this level of certification is to keep the public safe. Many people are also not aware that it’s not enough to simply be Board Certified, which is why it’s important to ask if your prospective surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, as that is the only board that certifies plastic surgeons. Otherwise, it is legal for any kind of doctor to perform procedures they are not properly trained in, including plastic surgery. Scarily enough, this happens way more often than you think. There is also a site called, which will tell you if a doctor is certified in a certain field. It’s easy to be fooled if they are certified in another field.” Dr. Rubinstein, who uses his platforms to dispense indispensable information surrounding plastic surgeons and their procedures, is now developing a new website that will allow the public to search for a doctor by name and subsequently get a free report. This will tell you not only if they are indeed Board Certified, but if so, by who, as well as if they are a member of any aesthetic societies, or if they have ever been sued or disciplined by a state medical board. This easy-to-use site provides all the information you need in one place. Another page of theirs, the @plasticsurgerytruths Instagram account, is based entirely on answering questions and giving people the critical information that they’re seeking. “I never give opinions,” explains Dr. Rubinstein. “I share public information that is already available. I regularly make videos to answer people’s questions, including my Exposed Series, where I uncover doctors who I think are being intentionally deceptive. I show the truth in these videos because I deeply believe that we need to shepherd our own profession by not allowing doctors to fool people and hide truths from patients. I don’t advise anyone whether or not go to a particular doctor, I simply tell them the truth and then they can decide for themselves.” This high-profile patient advocate is known just as much for his fabulous facelifts as he is for his fierce fights against deceitful doctors. When he became aware of a local high-volume, low-cost surgery clinic which had faced a string of serious complications, as well as multiple deaths, Dr. Rubinstein came to the rescue and started writing blog articles analyzing their death rate, which was many times higher than what is deemed acceptable. The practice even wound up suing him for the popularity of his post which

would pop up when the name of the center was typed into a search engine. Another consequence of trying to inform the public about scary surgeons? Being threatened by a celebrity doctor most known for his Kim Kardashian endorsement. “Dr. Simon Ourion paints himself as a cosmetic dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, but all he has is some training in internal medicine and anesthesia. He never completed either residency program and has no residency training in dermatology nor plastic surgery. Despite having his Beverly Hills practice sanctioned by the State of California about ten years ago due to two dozen counts of improper behavior, including letting a non-doctor perform a facelift, he was able to resume his normal operations after serving five years of probation. At the time my video about his conduct was released, he already had 30 lawsuits against his clinic, and additionally, nine which were against him personally. Right after I posted my videos about Dr. Ourian I began receiving fake negative reviews online. Being sued and having my reputation threatened with fake posts on my social media accounts and review sites is a necessary evil if I want to continue being the guy who stands up and does what’s right. Doctors should feel comfortable telling the truth.”

If you’re thinking of taking the plastic surgery plunge, make sure to visit Dr. Rubinstein’s Miami office or be your own advocate by visiting his social channels including his Instagram accounts, @drrubinstein and @plasticsurgerytruths, SnapChat @drrubinstein, and Facebook page @MiamiPlasticSurgeon and his website

When it comes to advising patients on selecting procedures, Dr. Rubinstein does what he does best – transparency! Whether it’s talking people out of certain procedures or steering them in a different direction, he gives his most honest and professional opinion. “It’s common for a new mom to self-diagnose and say she wants to get liposuction to lose the baby weight when in fact she really needs a tummy tuck,” says Dr. Rubinstein.” Dr. Rubinstein’s practice also implements the latest technologies and procedures, including CoolSculpting and Emsculpt, which reduces fat while building muscle in the abdomen and butt – the best part? It’s pain free and non-invasive. Another modern technique they use is Ellevate, which allows for doing a neck lift without leaving scars. It’s all about getting better results with less recovery time! | 17


NASALGUARD® AIRBORNE PARTICLE BLOCKER Breathe Easier and Don’t Take Another Breath Without It! By Julie Sagoskin


f you are looking for new and effective ways to stay healthy these days,NasalGuard Airborne Particle Blocker can help protect you from even pandemic-sized particles. This innovative topical gel blocks particles before they enter your nose, making it a gigantic gamechanger in the preventative space.

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Originally invented by Ashok Wahi as a way to help one of his daughters deal with her debilitating allergies, NasalGuard, which is safe and drugfree, filters out harmful particles. “Think of it as a Brita for your nose,” explains Kanika Wahi, Mr. Wahi’s daughter, who now works for her father’s company at their headquarters in Somerville, NJ and holds a biomedical engineering degree. “Just

like when you apply sunscreen before going to the beach, NasalGuard is all about being preventive.” Though NasalGuard has been a popular particle blocker for many years, they are now working at warp speed to bring new products to the market in the wake of the pandemic. In an effort to fill the re-energized need for people wanting to

sized particles tend to be negatively charged. NasalGuard, a positively charged gel, creates a safe electrostatic field around the nasal passages, trapping the negatively charged particles and repelling the positive ones. “All you have to do is just apply a pin size drop around your nostrils and upper lip before heading out,” says Kanika. “Just like sunscreen, you want to make sure you apply it before going where you might be exposed. Plus, when you’re not inhaling all those pesky particles, it reduces your chances of experiencing symptoms as well. Each tube gives you about 150 applications when used as directed.” When it comes time to best gearing up for battle against virus-sized particles, NasalGuard is one of the safest and most scientifically proven measures you can arm yourself with. It is now possible to feel more secure on airplanes, as well as in homes, offices, hospitals and when taking public transportation. Each drop prevents the inhalation of so many different spectrums of particles, from virus sized particles to the more prevalent ones like dust and pollen floating all around us. Whether you choose the unscented or menthol variety, this drug-free find is safe for children of all ages as well as pregnant women.

In an effort to help healthcare workers fighting on the front lines, those working at NasalGuard began sending their products to area hospitals, and thus the Breathe Easier Donation Program was born. “We were receiving inquiries from nurses and aides asking to receive samples or to buy extra product. We eventually decided to make free donations for those making sacrifices and doing so much for us. This program is for anyone who wants to request samples for themselves and their team, they just have to show proof of profession and hospital and whoever they’re affiliated with.” So far, NasalGuard Airborne Particle Blocker has donated thousands of product to staff at RWJ Barnabas Health, Lenox Hill, Hackensack Meridian Health, Saint Barnabas Medical Center and University Radiology Group. The program now expands to support FireFighters and Families in Northern California due to the raging fires that leave toxic smoke in the air. Stay safe and stock up on NasalGuard!

keep themselves and their families healthy, the non-toxic NasalGuard is currently filing patents on new extensions of the same technology. This booming brand, which was cleared by the FDA years ago - even though they are categorized as a non-invasive general-purpose item, making them exempt from needing FDA registration going forward– is forging ahead faster than ever before in the fight against virulent viruses. Their scientists and engineers are currently doing more and more testing to stay on track. It’s time to unmask the truth about NasalGuard this easy-to-apply gel enhances the effectiveness of wearing a mask when applied first and lasts for up to seven hours. So how does just a small drop work to diminish your chances of breathing in dangerous particles? Well, most airborne particles like dust, pollen, pollution and virus- | 19


MY DARLING IVY Get Post-Lockdown Locks By Lauren Bens


f quarantine stress has had your hair looking like a nightmare, Chelsea’s hottest new salon, My Darling Ivy, will have your locks looking even better than your pre-lockdown days. With knowledgeable and stylish stylists, as well as the industry’s best products, this trendy spot has your tresses covered. After opening in December, My Darling Ivy was forced to close in March much like the rest of New York City during the mandatory pandemic shutdowns. Though these have been turbulent and trying times, co-owner Manny Rolon, a native New Yorker who comes from a long line of hairdressers spanning three generations, remained committed to ensuring that his new salon would survive. With new safety guidelines in place to ensure both staff and customers stay safe, Manny and his team are now back to treating your hair – and your sanity! With deep roots in the hairdressing business, master stylist Manny will make sure your roots are well taken care of. “I have personally been in the industry for a little over two decades. A passion and curiosity

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for men’s grooming got me working behind the chair in my early teens. Since then, I have acquired a particular affinity for understanding movement and having hair comply via texture. This has allowed me to create a very unique approach as to how to deal with the interior components of a haircut. Thanks to my unique haircutting abilities, I have kind of gained a reputation for being the guy who can transform your hair. My approach has garnered the attention of various brands who have used me to both globally educate and to create their educational curriculum. Most recently, I have become a proud new member of the oribe team and a brand ambassador for hair u-wear.” You will definitely feel the passion and personalized service when you get styled in this equally stylish spot – think industrial chic meets a natural, outdoorsy feel – with a roster of experienced celebrity stylists. Let’s just say that my stylist, Konnor, turned a head of overgrown roots and split ends into some glossy and gorgeously colored strands. From highlights to lightening treatments, plus cuts, styles, blowouts, keratin and more, My Darling Ivy and its talented

team have the expertise and products to keep you looking like your posh self. Manny and his partners, who have worked in some of the tri-state area’s top salons, also have a spot called Silver Vine Room in Summit, New Jersey. After achieving much success, Manny helps to give back to those in the beauty industry. “hu•mane beauty for change is a non-profit which I started with a few friends. Our mission is to transform underserved sectors of communities with the power of education in the beauty field. We have visited the Philippines, Paraguay, India, Nicaragua and Uganda, sharing, educating and helping those in need. hu•mane is now planning to open up its own cosmetology school. Luck has very little to do with it, I am willing to put in the work.” Whether you just want a much overdo touch-up or are ready to change up your overall look, you can trust My Darling Ivy to have you looking and feeling dashing.






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ANDREW DRAZAN Forging a Future in Addiction Treatment By Julie Sagoskin


ndrew Drazan represents the many Americans who are the adult children of an alcoholic. It’s that legacy that has driven his search for a better treatment for addiction, and to found Wellbridge, a new state-of-the-art addiction treatment and research center just outside of New York on the North Shore of Eastern Long Island near Riverhead, where he is CEO and co-founder.

eight years, but his tenacity and relentless focus kept the project moving forward. After a nine year journey, Wellbridge Addiction Treatment and Research officially opened May 18, 2020. And as Drazan likes to say, “now the real hard work begins.” “With the opioid epidemic ravaging the country, along with the rise in substance use and mental

“We are thrilled to be able to bring this kind of information and data that will allow Wellbridge to define what quality care is, and give both patients and their families the confidence they’re receiving the highest level of care with a clearly defined set of interventions and outcomes,” adds Drazan.

Drazan experienced the effects of addiction at a young age. One of three children, Drazan’s parents divorced when he was young, and his mother turned to alcohol and abused prescription medication to cope. She passed away at just 35 years of age, when Drazan was only nine, which left an emotional impact on her son that, like many, he did not confront for years.

Having witnessed how substance abuse affects the whole family, Drazan knows that it is truly a family disease. Along with an extensive family program to help everyone affected by addiction, Wellbridge offers a community education program to help reduce stigma and educate people about substance abuse and how it impacts our society. In addition to supporting the treatment and recovery of patients, a 200-seat auditorium, creative arts center, and music center will also be utilized for programming that supports the community at large.

It wasn’t until about 10 years ago, that Drazan, a successful businessman, husband, and father, started thinking back to his childhood, what it was like, and what had happened to his family. He wondered about the help his mother had received, the medications she had been prescribed, and if she would still be alive if the situation had been handled differently. These reflections led him ultimately to co-found Wellbridge – to help people in need, and their families, towards a more sustained path to recovery. Drazan’s journey began with learning everything he could about addiction – the causes and current treatments, policies, and the barriers that make getting help so difficult. He met with experts, clinicians, and researchers, as well as with academic institutions to learn about the latest addiction treatments. With his friends, Jan Burman and Steve Krieger of Engel Burman, the NY-based real estate company that provided the ideal location close to New York City, Drazan began planning the addiction center he knew was so desperately needed. As a proponent of evidence-based treatment, Drazan’s questions about the best clinical approach ultimately led him to a unique partnership with Northwell Health, the tri-state’s largest health care provider. Permits, approvals, and planning took more than

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Historically, the addiction field has not been evidence or science-based. Wellbridge’s Center for Addiction Research is unique as it is working to bridge that gap between science and clinical practice in the addiction field, to assess patients during treatment, measure their progress, adjust their care according to quantitative and scientific measures.

For Drazan, Wellbridge’s role is to meet the needs of the people and families they serve. This sense of purpose keeps him focused on the mission of Wellbridge and raising awareness that there is hope and help out there.

health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the need for addiction treatment and care is greater than ever,” says Drazan. “Additionally, there is a lack of new research needed for clinicians to apply the most effective treatments, so we have built the first addiction research center to be co-located on-site with the residential treatment program and partnered with a major health network.”

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lthough the path to normality is still ahead of us, we can at least get some relaxation following these last months of restless lockdown. That’s because Rescue Spa will indeed rescue you from these unpredictable and stressful times. Indulge in long-awaited and exquisite treatments in this serene sanctuary where strict safety measures are currently in place. They are even offering live video consultations with their highly trained estheticians so that you can get expert advice and product recommendations tailored to fit your needs without leaving the comfort of your own home.

ambiance of an “urban wellness retreat,” you will find inner and outer peace in a posh setting. Explore the latest products such as perfumes, cosmetics and specialty items from high-end brands in their exclusive boutique, including Biologique Recherche, Valmont, Panim Paris, Forelle’d and other great goodies for both men and women. As you enter the downstairs spa area, you will be enveloped in warmth and candlelight to get you into the right Rescue frame of mind for your relaxing Body Lift which will have you toned, re-shaped and feeling like you have silky skin, Detox Wrap, Bio Gel Manicure or facial.

Rescue Spa’s New York City location is conveniently nestled in the Flatiron Dstrict at 29 East 19th Street, where historical buildings radiate with modern flair and black-framed glass boutique windows emanate with urban chic allure. Upon entering the spacious salon space featuring sleek yet fun interior décor, wood floors and elegant bouquets of flowers carefully placed to supplement the overall tranquil

Founded by Danuta Mieloch, Rescue Spa, which also has a location in Philadelphia, is committed to providing non-invasive and breakthrough treatments. Danuta’s famed ethos is “beautiful skin is a matter of choice, not chance,” and that is exactly what you will get here! The Polish Danuta, who is also a trained esthetician, studied in Paris before honing her skills at the most renowned spas in New

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York. She now brings her beauty techniques and trends to the Big Apple! Get pampered with relaxing massages, hair care and other serene services. Making the health of their clients and employees a priority, this salon and spa has updated its services to ensure everyone’s safety. Sit back, relax and enjoy traditional eye treatments, personalized hair removal, manicures and pedicures, as well as bodywork and massage services. Their latest service is a skin treatment that allows targeted procedures on eyes, forehead, neck, chest, hand, and arm areas. You may also add one of their advanced options such as IPL, LED, BioLift, or RF for more intensive results. After completing this new skin treatment, you will receive a complimentary skincare consultation from one of the spa’s skincare experts. Get ready to look and feel refreshed and radiant at Rescue Spa!

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Since 1985, Valmont, the luxurious cosmetics brand has been helping women and men master the visible signs of aging, by perpetuating the expertise of Swiss cellular cosmetics with treatments that offer long-lasting results of unparalleled quality as well as infusing art with beauty through the four brand pillars: Valmont skincare, L’Elixir des Glaciers skincare, Storie Veneziane fragrances and Fondation Valmont.

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HOLLY DANIELS CHRISTENSEN Celebrating a Decade as Founder and CEO of Dune Jewelry By Julie Sagoskin


hen it comes to turning her jewelry design dreams into a successful reality, Holly Daniels Christensen knows how to get to the top of the mountain, and if not a mountain, definitely a sand dune! Christensen, is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of her woman empowered empire, Dune Jewelry, which is known for its beautiful designs featuring natural elements from as far away as Indonesia. What started as a hobby for Holly, who always enjoyed creating handcrafted pieces from her home, has become a hugely popular jewelry line with loyal customers from all over the globe. Dune Jewelry creates tangible reminders of life’s most precious moments and connects people to places and experiences in a unique, meaningful way by handcrafting each design using sand or natural elements from thousands of memorable and iconic locations around the world. Holly, who had always hoped to build her own business, worked as a real estate agent during the first few years of Dune’s existence to finance her real dreams of owning and operating a company. She also made it her mission to reach out to her customer base on Facebook in an authentic and personal manner.

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“This was when Facebook was purely organic which really allowed me to have constant contact with the people who were most important to the brand. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, I was creating brand loyalty while building small focus groups to explore what designs and travel locations would be most successful for us. Having that knowledge is integral to having a successful business. I truly believe that our customers are what has led to Dune’s success. I listen to them; I ask questions and I deliver on the promises that I make which in turn has created a beautiful community of people who love capturing their experiences in tangible reminders that they can carry with them always.” The hardworking Holly, who puts her heart into each handcrafted piece, started making beach sand jewelry at her kitchen table back in 2007. Her beloved Cape Cod beaches, where she grew up, sparked her desire to create personalized designs that hold special meaning and memories. Though she started making these unique necklaces, rings and bracelets for close friends and family, it wasn’t long before her designs started gaining popularity amongst admirers who wanted their own custom designs

made up of sand or elements from their upcoming trips. Holly soon embarked on jewelry making classes and the rest is, well, very haute jewelry history. Dune Jewelry was officially launched in 2010 and will be celebrating their 10th year anniversary in September 2020. Today, Dune has over 4,500 elements in their Sandbank to choose from, and customers continue to send in their own memories for bespoke designs. “Most recently, we’ve received soil from the Appalachian Trail, crushed granite from the Rocky Mountains, wedding flowers, funeral flowers, sand from the Hollywood Trail, infield dirt from Fenway Park, sand from the Pebble Beach golf bunker, and my personal favorite, crushed shells from the Big Island of Hawaii!” exclaimed Holly. These unique pieces, which come in various price points and metals, remain extraordinarily sentimental. Whether it’s sand from your local beach or your dream destination, you can showcase your most precious experiences in a lasting and wearable way. According to Holly, while the world becomes more digital, with most of our photos catalogued in our phones, Dune captures your memories in a unique way. “We began as the original beach sand jewelry

company and have evolved into the one and only experiential jewelry brand in the world. We capture experiences in every piece that leaves our studio and we offer a lifetime warranty and happiness guarantee knowing that customer satisfaction comes first.” While these unprecedented times have been hard on businesses of all sizes, Holly is determined to successfully take Dune into another decade. “Creating Dune has been the greatest adventure of my life, so while we’ve had many challenges over the years and especially now, my passion, creativity and vision remain the same, and I believe our journey is just getting started. This pandemic is the worst it’s ever going to get, so if we can make it through this, we can make it through anything. I continue to tell my team daily that this is an endurance game. We need to have mental and emotional strength and stamina to weather the storm. One of the most useful things that I’ve learned during this time is that I need to leave my maternal senses at the door when hiring new team members. It’s all about hiring for skillset, mindset and cultural fit. As we celebrate this 10year milestone, we’ll be launching a brand refresh and I’m excited about the prospect of adding more of the right people to our team. If there is anyone who can bounce back, it’s this boss babe! From awards to television appearances, Holly has taken Dune to another dimension. Dune won Small Business of the Year in 2016, landed on the Inc 5000 list in 2018, and was just recently named one of the ‘Top Ten Destination Jewelry Brands in

the World’ by “Global Traveler Magazine.” Holly has even appeared on EXTRA with Mario Lopez twice and she has a longstanding collaboration with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl, Camille Kostek and has co-designed a collection with sports talk show host and golf correspondent Ann Liguori on Dune’s Hamptons Rope Collection and Dune Golf. Between balancing a staff of 22 full-time team members and two young daughters who are currently being home schooled, you must be wondering what Holly’s secret is when it comes to doing it all? Well, there is none. That’s because according to Holly, while balance is important, it’s not always possible, and that’s okay. “It’s an incredibly difficult time for working mothers right now and the most important thing is to give yourself grace and know that things don’t always need to be perfect.” What are some of this fierce boss lady’s favorite finds from her line? “I’m a sucker for the classics like our Wave Collection, but I also haven’t taken off my Delicate Destinations Sunburst Necklace and my Five Element Cocktail Ring since they launched. Also, we’ve been putting out some amazing home accents including our new picture frame and a variety of really pretty wine stoppers. My go-to hostess gift is a wine stopper filled with the recipient’s favorite beach or natural elements that are special to them - like flowers from their wedding - alongside a gorgeous bottle of wine. So special! And soon we’ll be launching our experiential candle collection with scents from Bermuda, Cape Cod, Italy and

Hawaii, to name a few. Our new candles are going to transport you to your favorite locale without ever leaving home. While home accents are a new category for us, it feels like a very natural progression.” Let’s just say that not even a pandemic can stop this powerhouse! In fact, starting September 2020, Dune Jewelry is debuting their first ever brand refresh, including a new color palette and logo design. They will also be adding “& Co.” to their name to encompass all the new experiential products they’re introducing in 2021. Your favorite experiential jewelry brand also prides itself on giving back. That’s right, Dune Jewelry donates a portion of all profits to various coastal preservation programs around the world, including the Association to Preserve Cape Cod and Dune has donated over $110,000 to charity over the past few years. “People often ask me where I see myself in 10 years and the ultimate goal is the same as it was in the very beginning. I want to continue creating art and capturing memories and experiences for our customer in a tangible way. I’d also love to forge new relationships and collaborations with likeminded, adventurous men and women so Andy Cohen, give me a call… we’re expanding on our men’s line!” Instagram | @dunejewelry, @sandy__hands Facebook | /dunejewelry Twitter | @Dunejewelry | 29



Comfortable, Chic and Consciously Crafted By Julie Sagoskin


ut your best foot forward in stylish – and sustainable - designer shoes from Italeau, one of the world’s trendiest and most timeless brands. Get the season’s most luxurious line of flats and boots, all made with soft, supple leather. Each luxurious pair will have your feet feeling like they’re in handcrafted and highly comfortable heaven. With Italeau, it’s not just about looks. With these shoes, inner support and durability are just as important. Crafted consciously and with traditions passed down by Italian artisans, these wearable and waterproof shoes will be your favorite new find!

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chain accents. The opaque pressed glass Czech center beads, available in gold or silver finish, will add the perfect pop to any look. Isabelle Grace designs are meant reflect your style and personality. You are sure to find a piece – or 20 – that you know was made just for you!

These detailed designs are perfect for any outfit or occasion – or even just to add some sparkle to your lounge attire. The rock candy crystal hoops, with various crystal color choices, will complement any look, from office wear to By Lauren Bens evening attire. They might appear oversized, but these haute hoops are super lightweight and easy to wear. You’ll definitely rock your rock candy crystal hoops, which are available in sterling silver or 14K gold fill. Gorgeous gemstone or colorful, playful and high-quality jewelry which make for some sparkly and stylish fall accents to fall in love with, discover Isabelle Grace Jewelry, teardrop hoops, with rondelle semi-precious gems and light gold pyrite a fun line of unique and handcrafted pieces. Some of their most popular accents, are set on a gold plated lever back ear wire and are also meant to be pieces include personalized bracelets and mini diamond initial necklaces. You super gentle on the ear. might even catch some of your favorite celebrities wearing Isabelle Grace’s latest collection – after all, Alyson Hannigan, Roselyn Sanchez, Christina Milian, From shells to beads to beyond, Isabelle Grace has just the enchanting ring or necklace you’ve been envisioning! It’s time to bring your wardrobe into the Katherine Heigl, Lindsay Price and Courtney Lopez are all fans. fashionable fall season with a few personalized pieces from Isabelle Grace! Each whimsical locket and delicate ring tells a story – your story! Some fun, seasonal styles include the spring fling earrings, with tiny leaf charms and

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NORIE SHOE CO. Platform Heels for Power Women By Lauren Bens


he might have traded in her combat boots for chic sneakers, sandals, flats and heels, but when it comes to comfort, Natasha Norie Standard, who had a long and illustrious military career, doesn’t mess around. This luxury footwear brand prides itself on crafting shoes that are equally stylish and wearable, which is why they are becoming a fast favorite amongst working women and those who want to stay on their feet without killing their feet. Norie will take your shoe to the next level, will luxurious pieces that allow a woman to “stand on her power,” as Natasha likes to say. After all, the company motto is stand your power with Norie Shoes – Norie Shoes are wearable, walkable and breathable! Natasha, who is a woman warrior herself – she served in the United States Army, and most recently retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in charge of VIP missions, Special Operations and airfield logistics – names every collection after powerful women from around the world. Her latest collection is named after the women from Game of Thrones, and her most popular ankle bootie is named after Aria, which also happens to be her grandmother’s name. “The inspiration behind my brand is this celebration of powerful women around the world. My niche in the market is that we take a common sense approach to footwear design. Emphasizing comfort, not forgetting style. There are five elements that we focus on for comfort: Heel Height and Width – All our styles are no higher than 3.7 inches - it’s our philosophy you don’t need a higher heel to be and feel sexy. Shoe Weight and Width, because lighter shoes are easier to wear. Premium interior ingredients – 100% of our shoe structures and materials are made by the top Italian artisans. Insole Characteristics – Our insoles have long

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lasting qualities for comfort. Premium Outsoles – outsoles are the shoes protection of the foot, and must be made with superior materials to protect the foot from the outside plus supports the foot from the inside.” While still in her 20s, Natasha lived in New York City, where she worked as a fashion assistant to an American Vogue Editor Laurie Schechter, in addition to other publications including The Rob Report and Elite Traveler. “I left NYC for personal reasons. “I attended Parson Paris Summer Course, and I have a Master’s of Fine Art from Savannah College of Art and Design. I also attended Arsutoria Shoe School in Milan, Italy for one year, where I learned footwear pattern making and design. After shoe school, I learned how shoes are made and how women’s footwear is marketed to the luxury market. I saw that there is a niche in luxury shoe market - all shoes that are considered comfortable are not attractive. I want to make shoes that are comfortable, yet something that women love to wear.” What can we expect from Norie this season? “The spring collection is sneaker heavy. I have strappy sandals, ballerina flats and one high heel. The colors are light with apple greens, rose tones, metallics and the classic black. The most unique feature of the collection is the Japanese inspired geometric bow, that is interesting, unique and distinctive. It’s available in styles, Joan and Zeno. Zeno is our best seller.”

When it comes to making shoes, Natasha designs for professional women, especially those who are required to wear professional footwear as a job requirement, as well as women who wear luxury footwear that is both unique and fashion forward.

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PARK ACCESSORIES Luxury Sporting Goods Never Looked so Good By Lauren Bens


f you want to be seen carrying the chicest leather accessories on Park Avenue this season, check out the fashionable and fine goods from PARK Accessories. This stylishly sporty brand features both timeless and trendy pieces, from clutches to bucket bags and beyond. Made with high-quality craftsmanship and materials from leading ateliers around the world, from coated canvas to vachetta leather, your posh PARK Accessories bag will last a lifetime. Their products also feature water-resistant finishes and durable linings, as well as metal accents and touches of Scottish plaid. Their brand new all leather handbag and small leather goods collection are all made with European leathers and are crafted in America. This chic new collection includes the Woodlands Lux Tote, a practical, compact tote with plenty of space, the Tiffany Clutch, made with pebble grain leather, plus the Madison Crossbody, perfect for day or evening wear and the Lux Nappa leather Genevieve Bucket Bag.

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PARK Accessories was inspired by the sporty lifestyle of founder Anne-Marie Olson, a natural-born athlete from Canada who grew up competing in swimming, skiing and triathletes. Anne-Marie still partakes in outdoor sports, from kayaking to sailing, so she knows just what today’s athlete is looking for when it comes to something functional and fashionforward. Meanwhile, the stylishly sleek designs reflect the Scandinavian aesthetics of her grandparents. After attending design school, Anne-Marie began designing accessories for Ralph Lauren and Kenneth Cole in New York City and two decades later, PARK was born. Travel effortlessly with their briefcases, gym bags, weekender bags, all with weather treated Italian coated canvas. Show off your style at the country club or sporting event with one of their handmade gear bags. Fit your shoes into the Dominion Golf Shoe Bag or carry their one of a kind Temagami Racquet cover, with its detachable thick cotton strap

and leather shoulder pad. This Audry Hepburn worthy style also features exterior zip cell phone pocket, luggage tag and their signature interior multi-pocket detail. Choose your color and get on the court! Golf head covers, equestrian boot bag, golf bag, boot bag, snowboard bag and even Norther Lights ski bag are perfect for the active lifestyle, wherever it might take you. With a plaid and leather flask and folding chairs constructed by craftsmen who specialize in refurbishing Chris Crafts in Saranac Lake, New York, this all-weather chair is made for watching your favorite sport from the sidelines or lounging on your patio. You can also get cozy with preppy chic blankets and pillows. It’s no wonder they partner with world-class athletes and organizations. Ramp up your style with luxury sporting goods reimagined.


LADAIRE Looks to Live In By Lauren Bens


or the stylish woman on the go, whether it’s at the office or after hours, Ladaire, founded by Lili Madanyan, is a fast-growing brand with fall’s most fashion forward looks. From mini dresses to paisley blouses, Ladaire is known for its ultimate cool girl and effortlessly chic styles, as well as unique designs. Founded in 2017, the philosophy behind Ladaire is to create modern, feminine, classy, and unique pieces with high quality material at affordable price points. Bringing trendy yet timeless pieces to life was in her blood. That’s because according to Lili, she was born into it. “My grandmother was a designer of women’s apparel her entire life and my father has been a shoe designer since the 70’s, so I grew up watching them make dresses and shoes. When I was old enough to work I started my career in retail at the age of 15 while I went to school and

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eventually decided to go to FIDM to get a degree in fashion design. In 2002 I got my first corporate job at bebe stores in the fabric department and held various roles within the industry at some of the greatest companies such as, Juicy Couture, BCBG, Robert Rodriguez and Joie.” This beloved brand might have started as a wholesale brand with more basic silhouettes, but they have come a long way since then. “Over the last year it has evolved into a direct to consumer brand focused on introducing unique capsule collections, feminine and unique silhouettes focused on customer needs and satisfaction,” explained Lili. Lili, who designs for today’s modern woman who understands fashion, appreciates quality, and shows confidence and style through her outfits. That’s why her latest collection, which launched

in August, is fun and fresh. “It touches on all the elements that women want while offering effortless styling from day to night. Each piece is versatile, wearable and made with natural fibers that are great for the skin and environment. My inspiration comes from everywhere, places I go, art, women in my life, vintage inspirations and of course the Ladaire clients.” Since opening a pop-up shop at the Americana at Brand in Glendale, California, Ladaire has become recognized as one of the best contemporary stores and go-to boutiques for unique, high-quality apparel at affordable price points by women in the Los Angeles area as well as tourist who happen to stop by the store. You can also shop Ladaire looks online.


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Live,Work and Play in Stylish Sleepwear By Lauren Bens


t’s okay to stay sleepy all day – as long as you wear a stylish set of Sleepy Jones pajamas or lounge attire. The goal of the brand’s creator, Andy Spade, was to create a luxury sleepwear brand that would be ideal for creatives to come up with new ideas in these comfortable and chic designs. After all, whether you’re working from home or lounging around, their pajama shirts, bottoms, coordinated sets, robes and accessories will keep you cozy all day and night long.

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Say “I can’t believe I woke up this unbelievably stylish” with their End Pale Pink, Breton Stripe, Liberty of London Katie & Millie or Pin Stripe Flannel print sets or silk separates. Each gingham, striped, and polka dot design will definitely keep you looking and feeling comfortable both in and out of the house this fall. Sleepy Jones, which has both classic and fashion forward cozy clothes for men and women, will bring out your best brainstorming ideas, just as the founders had intended. Surely Picasso, Wadsworth and other artists stayed most

productive in their most comfortable lounge attire! These high-quality fabrics are breathable and ideal for all seasons. This American label, which believes that true style is about being yourself, is all about creating the most relaxed fit. Take time to sit back, relax and reconnect with yourself. You will also find flirty nightshirts and undergarments for all shapes and sizes.


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CONCIERGE DOCTORS Where Hospitality Meets Health Care: The Premier Experience at The Health Center at Hudson Yards By Julie Sagoskin Photographed By Fumihiko Sugino

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n the wake of the unprecedented global COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most pivotal lessons many of us have learned is just how pertinent it is to have a trusting and valued relationship with your primary care provider. As March began and the first COVID-19 patient was confirmed in New York City, many people were asking themselves, how do I find a good physician? Can they guide me on what to do? If I leave the city, are they still accessible? What happens if my loved ones or I get COVID-19? Tina Sindwani, MD and Louis DePalo, MD, FACCP are the Premier concierge physicians at The Health Center at Hudson Yards, a new venture by the Mount Sinai Health System, one of the largest health systems in New York City and a leader in the research and innovation to fight the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19.

While the world was grappling with the gravity of this unknown virus, Drs. Sindwani and DePalo, along with the entire Mount Sinai Health System, had already begun tracking the global virus and meeting regularly with colleagues to understand the characteristics of the virus and how to best care for and communicate with their patients as it could spread quickly. Together, Drs. Sindwani and DePalo have an impressive and diverse medical portfolio. Dr. Sindwani previously developed the concierge medical program at UCSF. Dr. DePalo is a pulmonologist and previous clinical director of the Mount Sinai - National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute. These powerhouse physicians have now joined forces to lead Mount Sinai’s Premier concierge health care experience in New York City, along with a team of specialists, to create a top-ofthe-line, personalized health care service that redefines the way members engage in their health. | 43


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“I have always been fascinated by evidence-based integrative medicine and caring for the whole body. Health is extremely personal, and I enjoy building lasting relationships with my patients and working together to tailor treatments and recommendations that work for each individual,” explains Dr. Sindwani, Premier Director and internist at The Health Center at Hudson Yards.

longer reserved for only when you fall ill,” says Dr. DePalo, Medical Director, internist, and pulmonologist at The Health Center at Hudson Yards. “Dr. Sindwani, myself, and all of the providers at our practice are integrating health care practices into our members’ lifestyles. Concierge medicine affords me the time to know what my patients enjoy and what role I can play in advising them on health and creating the most fulfilling and long-lasting life for them.”

intentionally lacks a waiting room because appointments start on time; however, they built in a private executive lounge for when a member desires additional privacy. The space is also outfitted with more than 30 original art pieces curated by Kevin Barry Fine Art, including commissioned works by artist Tracie Cheng.

The Health Center has purposefully designed a new While concierge medicine is not a new concept kind of luxury health care experience that is the when it comes to providing personalized gold standard in care and tailor-made for care, The Health Center at Hudson Yards busy New Yorkers. Whether within the I have always been fascinated by evidencehas created a unique and unparalleled based integrative medicine and caring for the whole medical practice or extended to the hospital, premium experience. Premier memberships, the team at The Health Center will ensure body. Health is extremely personal, and I enjoy which are limited in availability due to their a VIP experience for their Premier members. building lasting relationships with my patients and high-touch patient-provider relationships, working together to tailor treatments and have a personal physician in either Dr. That has been especially true during the recommendations that work for each individual. Sindwani or Dr. DePalo. Members can receive extraordinary time of COVID-19. For Premier 24/7 care either within the private practice, members, The Health Center has called on virtually through video visits, or within the comfort The Health Center at Hudson Yards is Mount Sinai’s their network to assist in providing in-home COVID-19 of their home or office. In addition to an expanded flagship membership-based, concierge medical diagnostic and antibody testing with the most accurate team of primary care providers, the Health Center practice. Located within 55 Hudson Yards and tests available. Additionally, with many New Yorkers boasts a resident psychologist, dermatologist, overlooking the Hudson River, this practice is not travelling east in the summer and more recently, nutritionist, physical therapist, gynecologist, your typical medical facility. The building was newly to escape the pandemic, The Health Center has cardiologist, and X-ray technician on-site. Meanwhile, constructed in 2019 and officially opened its doors extended their care services to the Hamptons. the Concierge Health Navigators are able to promptly in July of the same year. The Health Center team schedule Premier members with top specialists partnered with NBBJ to architect a smart medical Tina S. Sindwani, MD throughout the greater New York City area, such suite that was technology-enabled with privacy and Dr. Sindwani is one of the pioneers of concierge ease in mind. Members enter the space through a health, having worked at one of the first concierge as oncologists, neurologists, and more. dedicated elevator and are escorted to the appropriate primary care practices in an academic setting at “Medicine and the act of visiting the doctor is no room for their physician visit. The Health Center the University of California San Francisco. Over the


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course of 10 years, her role evolved from Associate Medical Director to Medical Director and the practice grew from 150 to 1,100 patients. She was integral in creating a future-forward lifestyle management program including preventive genomic testing. She relocated to New York to lead the Premier concierge experience at The Health Center at Hudson Yards and is additionally an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Louis R. DePalo, MD, FACCP Dr. DePalo, who is routinely listed among the top doctors in America and the New York metro area, most recently served as the System and Site Clinical Director of the Mount Sinai - National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute, and Professor of Pulmonary,

Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Infectious Disease, Icahn School of Medicine. DePalo serves as Medical Director of the Health Center at


Concierge medicine affords me the time to know what my patients enjoy and what role I can play in advising them on health and creating the most fulfilling and long-lasting life for them.


Hudson Yards. He is a UNOS-certified physician with clinical interest in advanced lung diseases including ILD, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, vasculitis, sarcoidosis,

bronchiectasis, refractory asthma, and lung cancer. Dr. DePalo also served as primary care provider for complex patients coordinating multidisciplinary care teams to provide optimum care. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and New York Medical College and has a graduate degree in Human Physiology. He has extensive research experience in cell and molecular biology. In his free time, Dr. DePalo enjoys exploring culture through cuisine (especially cooking), riding his motorcycle, and indulging in a good book. He is also an avid drone photographer. 646.819.5100, ext 1 | 49



DINING OUT By julie sagoskin Murray’s Cheese Bar LIC They might be marking their 80th year in Greenwich Village, but Murray’s Cheese Bar is excited to be have finally a location in the heart of Long Island City, where they have operated cheese caves as well as their main office for many years. Now locals, visitors and cult followers of this cherished cheese company can enjoy outdoor dining, takeout and delivery. Their seasonal lunch and dinner menus feature fresh salads, soups and sandwiches. From a bento-box style cheese board to Murray’s Melt, with a signature blend of three cheeses, and an innovative sandwich of the week, Chef de Cuisine Clare Malfitano showcases a selection of popular cheeses with seasonal

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produce, carefully sourced meat and dairy products. Enter their wide world of wonderful cheeses – 400 kinds of them - smoked fish, fresh baguettes, coffees, prepared foods and more at their adjacent shop. From their cozy dining space to their cheese wheels, Murray’s will have your head, and more importantly, your taste buds spinning! They are currently shpping nationwide and offering virtual cheese tasting classes. 28-30 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY 1101 347.990.2130

Pulkies Can’t decide between barbeque or your favorite Jewish delicacies? With Pulkies expertly prepared smoked meats featuring a Manischewitz twist, you don’t have to decide! A Yiddish word meaning “poultry leg” or “drumstick,” Pulkies is the Jewish-style BBQ restaurant that brings you the flavors of real American barbecue alongside the traditional tastes of Ashkenazi cuisine that remind Chef/Partner Harris Mayer-Selinger of his roots. Enjoy take-out or delivery from their kitchen in Chelsea Market which uses only locally sourced meats and ingredients from New York farms. Start off with appetizing appetizers such as their Mini Matzoh Balls in 8-hour broth, Kale and

Pulkies Photo Credit - Noah Fecks Green Apple “Charoset” Style salad and plenty of schmears. The Chopped Liver with schmaltz and Manischewitz jelly is a must-try. For innovative and authentic smoked plates your Bubby would approve of, Pulkies has just what the doctor of delicious prescribed! Known for their signature slow-cooked BBQ Pulled Turkey, whole or handsliced Pastrami Turkey Breast, you can choose from pints, quarts or 1 ½ pound sizes. Their BBQ Chopped Beef, consisting of crispy burnt ends, and lean or marbled hand-sliced brisket will have all of your serious barbecue cravings covered. Love leftovers? Pulkies has a Sandwich Kit for 2 so you can eat your brisket slices for lunch the next day on potato buns with house made pickle spears and creamy red horseradish dressing. Vegans can rejoice with resplendent options including Sweet &. Sour Stuffed Cabbage with mushrooms, tomato sauce and kasha, or a vegan Sloppy Joe featuring BBQ Cauliflower and chickpea hash. Noodle Kugel “Mac and Cheese”, Honey Butter Cornbread, Braised Kale and Vegan BBQ Beans will remind you of real homestyle cooking that you can bring home for the whole family. Indulge in decadent desserts with their Cinnamon Babka Bread Pudding, made ith chocolate chips, bourbon toffee sauce or Coconut Cream Pie, featuring a macaroon crust and a cherry on top. Make it a memorable at-home experience with their very own Manischewitz Spritz, composed of vodka, seltzer and red wine float, or specialty sodas. In addition to offering holiday menus, Pulkies is now delivering deliciousness to the Hamptons and Long Island. Orders must be placed by 8PM on Wednesdays for Friday delivery between 8AM-12PM. $100 order minimum and $50 delivery fee apply. 428 W 16th St. New York, NY 10011 646.410.2040 Casa Barillo Bite into indulgent Italian fare from the fastcasual pasta concept brought to you by Barilla brand. You might recognize the name from their pasta boxes and other products available in stores, but ever since reopening their Midtwon location, guests can enjoy dining, takout, curbside pickup and delivery all day long. Aside from keeping up with strict safety guidelines, Casa Barilla is offering a 25% off discount to all emergency responders. Choose from new pasta bites that are good for on the go, made with a Barilla protein and pasta, including Chicken Pesto, Carbonara and even a Veggie option.

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From their Spaghetti Alla Carbonara, featuring a cream egg sauce tossed with guanciale, pecorino romano, grana Padano and coarse ground black pepper, to Penne Al Tartufo, a earthy truffle and porcini cream sauce mixed with Signorina mushrooms and 16-month Italian Grana Padano, plus Lasagna, classic Fettuccine Alfredo and more, palatable pasta plates await! Enjoy apertivos, such as Braised Meatballs and Burrata Pesto, classic and creative pizzas, including the Pesto and Cotta, a tasty combination of mozzarella topped with prosciutoo cotto, cherry tomoatoes with homemade walnut pesto and lemon dressing and fresh seasonal salads. For a fun pick me up, pick up one of their Picnic Basket Meals. Complete with your choice of pasta, side salad, pasta chips and beverage, you can order this travel friendly package for one or two. Enjoy savory dishes with an extra wide smile with their happy hour selections, including Italian wines, beer, shaken Italian cocktails and more. It’s time to ciao down! 1290 6th Ave New York, NY 10019

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(646) 559-2206 Berimbau Bask in the glory of colorful Brazilian flavor and flare without leaving Greenwich Village. Serving a variety of homemade and innovative Brazilian dishes, Berimbau Do Brasil is a charming Carmine Street spot where you will find many Brazilian natives, live outdoor entertainment and many flavors of Caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil, served from New York City’s first ever Caipirinha Bar. The owners of this bustling spot have been delighted to serve up their favorite traditional plates with a creative spin. Start off your authentic Brazilian adventure with the Pao de Queijo, a classic Brazilian Cheese Bread featuring tapioca, parmesan and farmer’s cheese. You can also try their fresh salads, Sopa da Galinha, a chicken and rice soup, or Coxinha, a chicken croquette with side of catupiry cheese. Their Pasteis, or Brazilian Empanadas, are highly recommended. Choose from shrimp, beef, cheese, spinach and ricotta or hearts of palm. Berimbau’s real standout plates,

however, are centered around seafood. Immerse yourself in the Brazilian food culture when you dig into the mouthwatering Moqueca Baiana, a succulent seafood stew featuring halibut, shrimp, calamari, mussels, coconut milk, dende oil and rice, or the Bobo de Camarao, made with shrimp, coconut milk, onion, bell peppers, cassava, dende oil and rice. The salmon, with mussels, tomato, vinaigrette, wild rice, pea puree and cashews, as well as the Fraldinha Saltada, skirt steak with toamtoes red onion, yuca fries and cilantro are also delectable dishes. Top off your sweet dining experience with their homemade Brigadeiro, Brazilian Chocolate Fudge Balls, or Pudim de Leite, Caramel Flan. 43 Carmine Street New York, NY 10014 212.401.0021 The Stand Known for the funniest stand-up comics in the city, as well as their fine fare, The Stand stands

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head and shoulders above all the other comedy clubs out there. Named as the best comedy venue in Manhattan, this fun – and funny – spot, serves up Rustic American cuisine. Check out their trendy location on the border of Gramercy Park and Union Square, where you can chow down on their delicious dishes and New York classics, such as their Chopped Cheese Sandwich featuring grass fed beef, American cheese, smoked gouda, lettuce, tomato, special sauce and waffle fries, as well as specialty brick-oven pizzas. This fun and flavorful spot is now offering outdoor dining service for 50 guests while adhering to all social distancing and safety guidelines. Their jazzy new jazz brunch, which is being served on Sunday’s from 12pm-3pm, features a Red Velvet Waffle, Duck Hash and Avocado Benny, allows you to sit back, relax, and enjoy sweet plates – and sounds! Named as the best comedy venue in New York City, this special spot which puts just as much emphasis on its food and beverage program as its comedy – and that’s no joke! The Stand is the brainchild of brother Cris Italia, Paul Italia and Patrick Milligan who also operate a management

and production company. Their eye for talent led them to become standup comedy bookers for The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. 116 E 16th St. New York, NY 10003 (212) 677-2600 New York Biltong Bite into custom-cut, South African-style beef products at New York Biltong, a recently opened spot in the West Village. Enjoy enticing South African sausages, homemade meat pies and sausage rolls. This authentic spot serves up the city’s most delectable and authentic delicacies, including rusks, teas, chutney and chocolates. From Steak and Kidney Pie, to Lamb Curry Pie, this palatable place will be the new apple of your eye! This savory shop was also a pioneer when it came to serving South African craft beer and hard cider. New York Biltong is proud of its culture, which can be seen with their décor and artwork featuring beadwork, rugby and other national

icons. Choose from grass-fed, traditional or aged biltong, either lean or traditional, in wet or dry styles. From whole slabs to cubed chunks to prosciutto-style thin slices, you can enjoy their biltong your way! Pick up from their shop or dine at their café. Their premium products are American-made and use traditional and flavorful spice recipes, as well as curing techniques. With air-drying methods that ensure the meat maintains its freshness and natural flavor, you will enjoy the tastiest and most traditional biltong treats in the Northeast. In fact, they are the only storefront in the region serving these allnatural and USDA approved meats. Let’s just say that this is beef jerky’s healthier and higher-end counterpart. This biltong is also perfect for those looking for items to add to their high-protein diets. 22 Greenwich Ave. New York, NY 10011 917.261.6104 | 53



A Frozen Delicious Treat That Will Enhance Your Dog’s Life By Lauren Bens


or a tasty treat that dogs will not only love but that will increase their longevity, Buddy Custard has to be seen – or rather tasted – to be believed! Founder Robert Schlien was inspired to improve the health and well-being of our canine companions after being diagnosed with cancer over a decade ago. Schlien credits his recovery to a progressive protocol which has been reengineered to revitalize the health and energy levels of dogs. While Buddy Custard does not claim to cure, treat or mitigate any disease it is based on proven protocol that enhances the life of dogs helps to prevent against diabetes, cancer and other serious chronic diseases that plague our pets. With original and peanut butter flavors, Buddy Custard is the “pet-ra-ceutical,” or nutraceutical, you need to know about to ensure your pet is on the right wellness regime. Buddy Custard is an offshoot of a product developed for humans and stands shoulders, or paws, above other pet foods on the market. According to Robert, the pet industry continues moving towards all-natural and alternative solutions for canine problems, and it doesn’t get any better than Buddy Custard. “The technology and methodology behind this frozen treat is not new, it’s based upon a 60-yearold proven formula called The Budwig Protocol” says Robert. “Buddy Custard is revolutionary because

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it provides critical nutrition for both healthy and ill dogs and is especially beneficial for those dogs diagnosed with cancer. It is recommended for dogs of all ages and becomes even more crucial after the age of ten. That’s because it’s around this age when three out of four dogs become more prone to getting canine cancer. We developed this product because it’s effective and easy-to-use. You simply add the recommended amount to your pets’ food per day based on your dogs’ size.” With only four all-natural, human-grade ingredients, this pet-friendly product is safe enough for all sizes and breeds. They even ship each package directly to your door, so all you have to do is keep it in your freezer until you’re ready to feed it to Fido. Made with high quality and organic flaxseed oil, cottage cheese, the all-natural stevia herb and natural peanut butter powder in their flavored variety, you can rest assured that your pet will be reenergized without any repercussions. Whether you have a younger pup who is still teething or an older dog suffering from gum issues, the cheesecake flavor and custard-like texture of Buddy Custard makes it a fan favorite amongst all four-legged companions. Robert’s own beloved dog, a 12-year-old Havanese named Boo Boo, never had to undergo conventional treatment after being diagnosed with mammary cancer. “She stuck to a strict Buddy Custard diet and is now going on four years of being cancer free. She still plays and acts like a puppy!”

exclaims Robert. “Even other dogs who have undergone treatments have recovered faster when Buddy Custard has been added to their regimen.” After being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2005, Robert turned to a formula created by Dr. Johanna Budwig, a German quantum physicist who was the foremost cancer expert in the world back in the 1950s. Dr. Budwig became an expert on understanding the importance of fats in the human diet, and how the wrong fats can lead to chronic diseases, including arthritis, diabetes and cancer. She went on to develop a methodology to get polyunsaturated, or “good fats,” into the human diet. The importance of this is that she was able to figure out how the body could successfully absorb Omega-3 oils, also known to be anti inflammatories. Buddy Custard blends together high-quality flaxseed oil and cottage cheese following Dr. Budwig’s methods. This combination becomes a conduit to get flaxseed into the cells of the body which in turn helps to rebuild mutated cells. This unique method of delivering flaxseed, which is also a natural blood thinner, helps to prevent against diabetes and other “other serious chronic diseases that plague our pets. Upon trying the combination, himself, Robert was surprised by the great taste and even more satisfied with the results. Robert is now cancer free and has

continued to eat this ice-cream type treat twice a day. “I could feel the throbbing from my tumors dissipating and knew I was on the right course. I started teaching people about this protocol that had helped me and started to spread it to pets. Dog owners frequently comment that their pets are more energized, that their coats look healthier and that their odors have disappeared. We reengineered the same technology that Dr. Budwig developed to adapt to the taste buds of dogs. It’s our own proprietary formula that affects all cells in the body.” Since founding the budding Buddy Custard brand, the robust Robert has found himself on a spiritual journey. As an animal lover and activist, who had previously founded a non-profit animal rescue, Robert is excited to have found a way to give back by helping other people and their pets with his allnatural products. He is even continuing to develop new flavors and products – let’s just say that the future is feline! That’s because Buddy Custard will soon be introducing a salmon krill kind for cat companions, as well as Buddy Custard Probiotic, which will replace billions of bad bacteria with good bacteria due to the naturally occurring probiotic found in cottage cheese. Every time a dog has diarrhea; they lose these good bacteria during their movements. Other future flavors to look out for include vanilla and honey. They have also completed testing on a hemp oil infused Buddy Custard which can be given to dogs stricken with severe arthritis. With the unprecedented pandemic wreaking havoc on our immune systems, staying focused on the health and well-being of ourselves and our entire families, including the four-legged members, has become more pertinent than ever before. Each 20oz, easy-to-use container of Buddy Custard is recommended for young, healthy dogs, so that they can remain healthy for the rest of their ball catching, licking lives! With USDA and FDA approved facilities in Palm Beach County and Fort Lauderdale, you are guaranteed the highest-grade product. Since Robert wants you to experience how much greater your dog’s life can be with Buddy Custard, he is offering a Buddy Custard Canine Covid-19 Special with 40 percent off from now until the end of October. “You have to be proactive when it comes to your own health and wellness and that of your dog. We suggest not to wait until your dog gets ill, it’s all about prevention. Our Covid-19 rate makes it super affordable to give us a try – it’s much cheaper than vet bills! The one good thing that has come out of this pandemic is that many people have been adopting dogs, and we just want to help them stay healthy. Whether they eat it alone or mixed with other foods, this is the freshest and most flavorful dog food out there. Even our cottage cheese is all-natural low fat.” Be the hero your dog thinks you are and buy a container – or twenty - of Buddy Custard. | 55


VEGGIES MADE GREAT Get Hooked on Healthy By Julie Sagoskin


ith a variety of frozen, yet super-freshtasting items, Veggies Made Great is the healthy food brand you either have or will want to have in your freezer right now. After starting with a line of veggie-packed healthy kugels, as well as a line of veggie-packed indulgent kugels intended for a very select niche market, the brand realized their appetizing products were actually appealing to a much larger audience base. “Mainstream consumers started really enjoying the product as way to get veggies. The items were allergy friendly (gluten free, soy free, peanut and tree nut free), clean and simple and a great way for consumers,

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who didn’t have fresh veggies on hand or didn’t know how to prepare veggies, to get their intake of daily vegetables. Realizing there was really something to that, Veggies Made Great was started: a brand whose mission is to inspire people to love eating veggies by creating the highest quality, remarkably delicious and nutritionally smart, veggie-rich foods that are ready to eat and available everywhere. There weren’t a bunch of veggie-based frozen foods on the market. There were so many trends in the marketplace, but only one health message that every consumer knew to be true: eat your vegetables. Vegetables are their number one ingredient.” Since launching in 2008 with an initiative based on

the popularity of frozen yet healthy oriented products, their muffins, veggie cakes and frittatas have become a household favorite. You might say this brand has become a best seller because while they are always made with a mix of veggies, you only taste tastiness! After all, according to Christine Luongo, brand manager for Veggies Made Great, “It’s not a trend, it’s a lifestyle. Making veggie-rich foods more accessible and delicious is what the success of the brand has always been about.” Their three main and super mouthwatering product lines include sweet muffins, veggie cakes and frittatas. Each package, which come in a variety

of pack sizes, contains two oz individually wrapped sweet muffins, in flavors ranging from Banana Chocolate Chip to Blueberry Oat to Apple Cinnamon to Double Chocolate. No matter which flavor you choose, one thing’s for sure: veggies are still the first ingredient. From zucchinis, which keep the muffins stay moist, to fresh carrots, you won’t believe your eyes, or more importantly, your taste buds. According to Christine, “Our Double Chocolate muffin tastes like a brownie. Formulated for everyone, it makes getting even the pickiest eaters to try them easy. Nearly 30% vegetable, gluten free and only 120 calories, they’re completely guilt free. Health conscious moms can feed them to their kids for breakfast, dessert or as a snack on-the-go and feel good about what they are feeding their family.” If you want to savor their number one selling item, dig into their Super Food Veggie Cake from their veggie cake line. But beware: you’re going to get hooked on this healthy item. Made with seven different veggies, plus brown rice and eggs – no nuts or gluten and only 90 calories – this super food veggie cake, which is frozen and individually wrapped and tastes like a quiche, is food fit for Superman or Superwoman. The brand recently launched two new varieties within the last year, including Broccoli Cheddar and Butternut Squash. Their latest launch is a line of flavorful frittatas, which came out in August of 2018. “Our Spinach Egg White Frittatas have been flying off the shelves. With five grams of protein, and made with a delicious blend of, spinach, red pepper, tomato and egg whites, they keep you full and are low in calories. We also have a Veggie Bacon & Potato Frittata. It’s our first time dabbling in the meat alternative space. Being that our plant is soy free, and sticking with our mission of creating nutritionally smart products, we knew we had to find a meat alternative that stayed within these guardrails. The Veggie Bacon in our Veggie Bacon & Potato Frittata is made out of smoked pinto beans and tastes like bacon bits; you won’t know the difference. Made with cauliflower as the first ingredient, this product also has 5 grams of protein, keeping you fuller for longer. After the success of these two flavors, we most recently launched Mushroom & 3 Cheese Egg White Frittata, loved by everyone, even those who aren’t mushroom fans! This number one selling healthy food company has indeed made it their mission to make veggierich, nutritionally smart prepared foods available to everyone. Veggies Made Great are remarkably delicious, prepared foods, not just veggies in a bag. “Our Muffins, Veggie Cakes and Frittatas are made

with only clean, simple ingredients. It’s a worn-out phrase, but you can pronounce everything in our ingredient statement. While there are a lot of other natural and organic or gluten-free food brands out there, no one else is claiming to have veggies as their first and primary ingredient in every product. In fact, we are so proud of the ingredients that make up our products, including the amount of veggies in them, that we include a picture of the amount of veggies in each item on retail boxes. We are proud to say veggies are our # 1 ingredient, and I think we have the consumer loyalty we do because of it. With such tremendous brand loyalty, Veggies Made Great decided to launch an ambassador community just within the last six months due to the overwhelming loyalty of their customers. After all, with so many fans falling in love with their full line of flavors and sharing their feelings through social media, word was spreading fast. Through this loyal consumer community, customers can take part in the missions as well as offers and surveys in order to get access to free samples, health expert information and to share stories with like-minded consumers. This beloved brand, which also partners with health experts on a monthly basis, features easy-to-store items that are perfect for enjoying any time – even in quarantine times. With real veggies in every bite, this enticingly healthy brand has grown exponentially over the last five years. “We have really seen some nice growth in the last 5 years or so. We have been able to introduce new flavors in an already established product line (muffins), as well as launching brand new product lines (frittatas) all within the last 12 months. We have also had a lot of growth expanding to other retailers and distribution centers. Our brand sees best-in category dollar velocity. But we still have a ways to go; our core items (muffins, veggie cakes and frittatas), which have dollar velocity in the top 20% nationally, are in less than 40% ACV.” You can also find this scrumptious snack at D’Agostino, Costco, Fairway, Morton Williams and all the health markets such as Health Nut in Manhattan, plus Target, Kroeger, Publix and ShopRite. After all, it’s never too late to start on your resolution to eat healthier, and you won’t even know it since each Veggies Made Great variety is so delicious! To purchase on line go to www.thehealthfoodstore. com , ; and or online at your favorite on line shopping service or retailer. | 57


AMERICAN BRASS Mouthwatering Music to Food Lover’s Eats By Simon Gusev


or high-quality and innovative American brasserie style plates with an equally palatable view, head to American Brass in the fashionable hub of Long Island City. Located across from the historically preserved Long Island City Gantries, American Brass, which remains committed to sustainability, serves up scrumptious and locally sourced ingredients. They are currently offering outdoor dining, delivery and takeout. Although the summer’s warmth is behind us, American Brass still offers guests outdoor waterfront seating with superb views of the Manhattan skyline framed by Gantry State Park’s majestic fall color scheme. The contemporary and airy décor of American Brass was imagined by renowned interior designer Molly Elizabeth. With sleek yet cozy vibes, the space showcases custom brass light fixtures, considerable mosaic tilework, leather banquettes, antique mirrors, wood bistro tables, and a U-shaped stone bar. With a dining room that can seat up to 150 guests plus additional outdoors seating for 100, American Brass

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is one of the most expansive and enticing eateries in the area. The restaurant is currently following all safety guidelines and social distancing protocols. With meats sourced from New York State farms to local Long Island City craft beers, their mouthwatering menu shows off their New York pride, which can be felt – and tasted – in every plate. No matter which coast you prefer, you can enjoy both salt and briny East Coast Oysters or sweet and plump West Coast Oysters. Their other raw bar delicacies include Marinated Octopus with barley miso, daikon radish and crispy ginger, as well as Red Snapper Ceviche made with fresno pepper, crispy quinoa, avocado and mango. Savor some succulent seafood platters, featuring fresh lobster, prawns, seafood salad, crab legs and other fresh from the sea finds. Divine dinner dishes include Branzino with roasted fingerlings, confit tomatoes, smoked eggplant and salsa verde, as well as their classic American Brass Burger, complete with bacon jam, mild cheddar and housemade pickles. Other favorites are the Berkshire Pork Chop

made with coco beans, smoked bacon, tuscan kale and garlic butter, a perfectly cooked New York Strip Steak, Half Amish Chicken and pasta plates. Do brunch better with their sweet, savory and healthy options. We recommend their Avocado Toast, Smoked Salmon Benedict and Wild Mushroom Hash, with red bliss potatoes, smoked paprika and fried. Enjoy an extensive wine menu and a craft beer menu which is focused exclusively on local breweries. Unique brunch cocktails include the Shrimp Mary – you heard that right, this creative cocktail has tequila, sherry, tomato and clam juice! Your group can have even more fall dining fun with their fruity and sparkling Peach Spritz, which serves four to six guests. Lounge out in Long Island City’s trendiest and tastiest new space where you will find local, tasty and innovative eats with a view.

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Mouthwatering Middle Eastern Fare By Simon Gusev


et ready to find love at first bite at Au Za’atar, a Lebanese/Middle Eastern bistro led by the Lebanese-born Tarik Fallous. With authentic yet innovative plates, you will taste flavorful traditions in each delectable dish. You will definitely eat your heart out at this East Village favorite! Located at 188 Avenue A, Au Za’atar is ready to welcome you with homemade dishes and friendly hospitality. Whether you want an intimate dining experience or are ready to sample family style platters with all your friends, you can sit back and relax with their outdoor area featuring a handful of wooden tables. Au Za’atar’s mouthwatering menu is comprised of diverse delicacies with recipes from across the Middle East. As soon as you take a seat, you are greeted with a tray of freshly baked pitas doused with spice za’atar, a combination of sesame seeds, sumac and Levantine herbs. Served with labne, a mixture of thickened yogurt and green olive oil, your taste buds will definitely be taken on a very creative and inspired culinary adventure. Make it a mezze meal with Kibbeh Kras, the national dish of Lebanon, featuring a mixture of ground beef, diced onions and almonds. You can also enjoy

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their hummus options and Makanek, a classic Lebanese dish composed of beef spiced sausages flambéed with fresh lemon juice. Their Mezze Mix Tray includes Tabouli Salad, Arnabeet Bi Tarator, Foul Medamas, Batata Harra, Mudardara and Bemieh Bzeit. The Grilled Halloum Salad, made with grilled halloum, roasted beets and cucumbers with walnuts over greens, is a fresh and flavorful fall dish. Keep the tasty times coming with their Kebabs or Baked Flat Breads, often referred to as Lebanese Open Face Sandwiches, including the popular Za’atar Manouche made with sundried thyme, sesame seeds, sumac and olive oil, as well as the Jebne Manouche, consisting of a blend of five cheeses. Their freshly made Falafel Pizza features your two favorite things in one baked flat bread with cheese, tomatoes, bell peppers, red onions and diced falafel. Try the Mediterranean cheese selections such as Halloum, a Cypriot cheese served grilled over tomatoes and cucumbers, plus Labne, a classic Levantine cream cheese and extra virgin olive oil. Make sure to mix things up with their Mixed Grill Plates, the best way to explore the rich flavors of the region with chicken, filet mignon, chicken kafta and beef kafta kebab. Their palatable family style

platters feature a combination of a braised lamb shoulder, braised lamb shank and grilled lamb chops, served with spiced rice plus minced beef. For some succulent seafood, the Samak Platter features an array of marinated sea bass, grouper fillet, salmon and grilled shrimp in a seafood broth. Soak up the sun – and some authentic plates – with tableside Shawarma which serves 3-4 people. Make sure to pair each plate with the perfect Lebanese beer or wine. Their delectable deserts include Baklawa and Riz Bi Haleeb, a Lebanese rice pudding topped with almonds, nuts, ground pistachio and orange blossom syrup. You can even wake up to a scrumptious serving of their Middle Eastern Breakfast of labne, chopped salad, sunny side up eggs and za’atar pita, in addition to other brunch favoites including Vegetarian Falafel Benedict. This authentic restaurant, which serves up hearty portions of homemade delicacies, also has a big heart and has been donating some of their proceeds to the relief funds in Lebanon following the devastating attacks.

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nternational travel might be at a standstill for now, but you can still enjoy authentic and mouthwatering Mediterranean flavors right in Midtown at Nerai. With plenty of outdoor space as well as takeout and delivery options, experience the enticing flavors of the Greek Islands. With an expansive and serene outdoor dining space, you can sip on savory cocktails and dig into succulent seafood in their private garden space. The restaurant is following strict safety guidelines so you can rest – and eat - assured that you will enjoy a delicious and worry-free lunch or dinner. The friendly staff is always ready to show off their Greek hospitality in the generous spirit of philoxenia. Executive Chef Moshe Grundman highlights the beauty and simplicity of Mediterranean plates by using fresh ingredients and bold flavors. With sustainability in mind, Chef Grundman’s ingredients come from all over the world. You will definitely taste his Mediterranean twist on traditional Greek dishes. Their creative cocktails include the Chios Mojito, with roots mastiha, basil,

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By Simon Gusev lemon and soda. Elevate your evening out with the Persephone, a combination of sparkling wine, st. germain and pomegranate. Start your Greek culinary adventure with an array of spreads, including tzatziki, hummus, and spicy feta. Other memorable and mouthwatering appetizers include the Grilled Octopus, made with Santorini fava and caramelized onions, Shrimp Mikrolimano, tiger shrimp in a tomato ragu with feta cheese, and Cretan Meatballs, with crumbled manouri cheese. Their fresh Fig and Halloumi Salad, which features grilled halloumi cheese and figs over a shaved fennel with toasted hazelnuts and a balsamic glaze, is another speciality. Next up you can try a palatable Greek pasta plate, also known as Zymarika. Star standouts include Seafood Orzotto, composed of grilled octopus, shrimp, mussels and calamari. The Lobster Pasta, made with poached Maine lobster over squid ink linguine in metaxa bisque will have you falling in love at first bite. See seafood in a whole new – and tasty – light with their popular Hokaido Scallops, served with ouzo

honey glazed pork belly, sunchoke corn and peas. The Lavraki, a whole grilled loup de mer, fileted and serve with sauteed spinach, will have your taste buds saying opa! Meat some unique flavors with their 8oz Filet Mignon served with feta mashed potatoes, mushrooms and a marvellous mavrodaphne jus. The Baby Lamb Chops, with honey glazed carrots, onion soubise dolma and oregano jus is another pick of ours. Finish off your delectable dining experience with their Saragli. Made from hand-rolled baklava, this tasty treat is comprised of an appealing combination of tahini parfait, and gelato. Their Greek Yogurt Trio is served with thyme honey & pecans, quince spoon sweet, and sour cherry sweet, while Karidopita, a walnut cake, comes with milk and honey glaze with gelato. Don’t forget to pair your meal with one of their latest or older vintages from an impressive 500-label wine list overseen by sommelier Michael Coll. Raise your glass of Greek or international wine and toast to a tasty and unforgettable meal!

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Every great destination has one iconic hotel. hidden away on more than 110 acres in the berkshires, one of the most idyllic locations to enjoy New England’s seasons, stands a Tudor-style estate evocative of a 19th century Scottish stone manor. Elegant and distinguished, steeped in history and charm where experiences are infused with lasting traditions, unwavering attention to detail and unparalleled personal service. Recently reimagined after a multi-million dollar renovation, Blantyre offers pampered pleasures from exquisite cuisine paired with a Wine Spectator Grand Award wine list, a world-class collection of art and an array of complimentary resort and cultural activities.




EXTRA VIRGIN For an Extra Tasty Time By Lauren Bens


or fun yet fine fare, Extra Virgin’s lunch, dinner and drink menus are certainly great for when you’re feeling extra and want an outdoor dining experience in the trendy West Village. After all, this small spot, which has been a neighborhood favorite for 16 years, showcases different olive oils from around the world each and every night. In addition to their charming outdoor space in one of New York’s quaintest areas, Extra Virgin is also offering takeout and delivery options. This little gastronomic gem is brought to you by Queens natives Michele Gaton and Joey Fortunato. While Michele is always welcoming customers to experience Extra Virgin the way she intended, Joey, who studied in Paris, serves up scrumptious dishes with a tasty twist. In order to expand outdoor dining capacity for both themselves and other neighborhood restaurants, Extra Virgin is appealing to customers to sign a petition which would close West 4th Street between Charles and Perry to traffic. They are also asking loyal fans to support their staff relief fund. During these tough and trying times, Michele and Joey have remained committed to helping to feed the frontlines by providing meals to essential workers in and around the New York area.

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If you missed their mouthwatering Mediterranean inspired dishes, you can now dig into everything from brunch items to salads, pastas, seafood, meat and more. Brighten your day with Banana French Toast, Mediterranean Toast and Eggs, made with poached eggs, black olive, cucumber, red onion, tomato and marmalade, Eggs Benedict with smoked bacon, plus omelets and healthy vegetarian options. Soak in summer and kiss your Quarantine Fifteen goodbye with some healthy salads that will make your hips happy. Try the Roasted Artichoke Parmesan with poached egg, pancetta and hollandaise, the Chopped Summer Salad with Watermelon and Feta or classic Extra Virgin with the season’s freshest ingredients. Start with some enticing starters, such as the Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Chile lime aioli, pineapple, salsa, avocado, jicama slaw, pico de gallo and pickled jalapeno. The Fritto Misto, which is bursting with seafood, and Ahi Tuna Tartar are also some of their most popular and palatable plates. Enjoy a light lunch with their Oregano Roasted Chicken Sandwich or indulge in a hearty and homemade Rigatoni Bolognese or Lobster Ravioli with slow roasted

tomato sauce, sautéed spinach, basil puree and asparagus. For the main attraction, fall in love with every bite of the Simply Grilled Branzino, made with fresh herbs, tomato carpaccio, arugula and of course, extra virgin olive oil. Make your dinner companions try the Lemon Crusted Iceland Codfish, with crispy artichokes, salsa verde and fennel potato puree, Mushroom Crusted Virgin Chicken with truffle broth and sweet pea risotto or Hanger Steak Au Poivre so you can sneak in a bite – or two! Just make sure to pair each plate with one of Extra Virgin’s extensive list of not so virgin cocktails, including margaritas, sangria, aperol spritz, negroni and the Dark and Stormy, with dark rum and ginger beer. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Strawberry Cheesecake, Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake or Warm Apple tart with Jack Daniel’s caramel sauce – you deserve a little something extra these days!



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Where Mouthwatering Flavors Meat You By Simon Gusev


ndulge in innovative Italian cuisine at Prime 1024, a culinary cathedral on Long Island. The posh Prime 1024, which you will find at the prime location of 1024 Northern Boulevard in Roslyn, is a dazzling new addition to the area’s upscale dining scene. This sleek spot features an excitingly eclectic menu, high ceilings, a grand chandelier and marble columns. Let’s just say that the décor is just as decadent as their delectable dishes. Aside from fine fare, this family friendly spot boats a spacious lounge area with expertly crafted cocktails, rounded cozy booths, fireside dining and even an opulent private dining room, perfect for today’s intimate occasions. They have really made their mouthwatering mark with an extensive and international wine menu, featuring award-winning bottles from Italy, France, Spain, California and Oregon.

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In an effort to keep everyone safe and their stomachs satisfied, 1024 Prime has a beautiful outdoor space as well as family style platters available for curbside pickup or delivery. From a raw bar to pastas, pizza, fresh salads, steaks and more, there is something to please every palate. Led by Chef Greg Yarrow, Prime 1024 serves ItalianAmerican plates and savory steakhouse favorites. For starters, we recommend trying the Blue Point Oysters, slowly cooked veal meatballs, sashimi quality octopus with peppers, onions and capers and lightly fried calamari which is sure to take your taste buds on a tantalizing culinary adventure. The Tuna Tartare, made with yellowfin tuna, shallot, jalapeño, avocado and sea salt, as well as the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake are also delightful delicacies. If you are on a mission to try some

mouthwatering meats, you’ll want to sample the star of this succulent show – the New York Sirloin – or any of their prime cuts, including Filet Mignon, Ribeye on the Bone, French Cut Lamb Chops and Prime Tomahawk Steak. For fresh and flavorful favorites, the Grilled Swordfish, served with pepperonata and salsa verde, Whole Grilled Branzino and Chicken Parmigiana will complete your dining adventure. The Spaghetti Carbonara, comprised of guanciale, egg and pecorino Romano cheese, and the seafood filled Frutti Di Mare will awaken your soul’s inner senses. Choose a perfect wine pairing with each course – they have plenty to choose from! It’s time to enjoy the most indulgent dishes of Italy at Prime 1024, where flavors meat you.

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Delivered: Asian Farm-To-Table By Hailey O’Connor OUR KITCHEN Paulo Wei, the creator and owner of the East Village Asian eatery Our Kitchen, is debuting a new farm-to-table delivery service from his Upstate New York farm that will transport you to the other side of the planet. Jumping on an international flight or skipping down to Hong Kong for a taste of the world’s best Asian food may not be too easy — but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have an intimate and eye-opening experience with food culture during the coronavirus pandemic. Our Kitchen, “It’s like an Asian Blue Hill Farm,” says Wei, a 25-yearold Columbia University sophomore, hailing from São Paulo and raised between Hong Kong and Beijing. “We have our 14th Street restaurant and now we have a working farm Upstate, which is all about the process of planting the seed, growing the food, and delivering it to the table. That is how you make really authentic Chinese food.” DUMPLINGS, BUNS, & TOFU Wei’s 43-acre farm situated alongside the Neversink River outside Port Jervis will supply Our Kitchen with just-picked seasonal Asian ingredients, for both fresh and frozen prepared foods. Better still, the farm will ship flash-frozen delicacies to the city — or even deliver them to the Hamptons. Think of items like beef and farm-grown carrot dump- lings, organic vegetable buns, and home-made tofu transported to your doorstep. Wei has also opened an on-site farm stand where Our Kitchen Farm devotees can shop for fresh ingredients. Guests can take free private tours of the farm’s extensive gardens or, by appointment, order a catered farm-to-table lunch. “Our Kitchen Farm is all about chillax vibes for city people,” says Wei, whose fully staffed farm will eventually see its 80 horse stables transformed into a boutique hotel with Japanese-style tatami floors. THE CHINESE TOON TREE On a tour of the gardens, guests can experience firsthand how farmers cultivate products using traditional and con-temporary techniques. For instance, calming music is piped throughout the farm to aid the growing process. Crops include everything from eggplants, chives, scallions, and radishes to more exotic ingredients like the onion-flavored young leaves of the Chinese Toon tree. The real foodie focus at Our Kitchen is dumplings, both meat and vegetarian. “The idea started with my grandmother,” says Wei. “We had always said, ‘One day let’s open a restaurant that serves the food we eat, homemade Chinese food.’ Dumplings are a symbol of family in China.” ECO-RETREAT Wei didn’t create his dream eco-retreat overnight. After his mother purchased the farm, he recognized its potential to become something special. It boasted two large houses, and an Olympic-sized horse arena. It had good soil and water views. Piece by piece, Wei began building a one-of-kind farm and eco-destination. He may have had some restaurant experience, but he also had help. He tapped the expertise of his friends — some of the best Asian restaurateurs and chefs in NYC. “Now we have a serious food brand, great service, and incredible products.” However, Wei says the core of his mission is to educate. “Americans are only exposed to commercial Chinese food,” says Wei. “But real Chinese food culture is aligned with the movement of the universe, the flow of energy, the rotation of the earth, and seasonal changes.”

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MARIBEL LIEBERMAN Celebrating Two Decades of Deliciousness By Julie Sagoskin Photographed By nEil tandy Hair And Makeup By John Edington for Angelo David Salon


t might have started as a pipe dream and a pop-up shop for Maribel Lieberman, but MarieBelle New York is now an international chocolate brand. From her flagship Soho location on Broome Street to her stores in Japan, Maribel has been satisfying her customers’ sweet tooth for 20 years – let’s just say that not even a lockdown can keep her down. While Maribel had initially planned on releasing a special commemorative chocolate collection in honor of her anniversary year, she instead found herself reinventing her brand in the wake of the worldwide pandemic. With so many people stuck at home, MarieBelle has been making an even bigger

name for itself on the internet. Between major online marketing campaigns and plans to reopen the Soho space in September, this pioneer of the luxury chocolate frontier is bracing for a big comeback which you can both see and taste. Expanding their online presence has also allowed them to reach an even wider and more diverse audience who are looking for something delicious in these downtrodden times. Whether it’s gifting some of their famed ganache – many of their European clients have been sending goodies and birthday packages to their children and friends abroad in New York– or buying for yourself, a distinctive blue MarieBelle box is always sure to

brighten the mood. In honor of her decades long love affair with New York City, Maribel introduced a special New York Collection, a tasty and timeless tribute to some of Manhattan’s most iconic sites. This collection comprised of her signature ganache has quickly become a bestseller. Her brand might be known worldwide but Maribel has deep roots in her New York neighborhood, which is why she has made it her mission to give back. Most recently, Maribel has been helping to raise the morale of local healthcare workers by sending them her prized chocolatey pieces. With every purchase of their latest collaboration with Citymeals on Wheels, MarieBelle is donating 15 percent of sales to the organization which helps to feed the elderly. | 71


In addition to reopening their flagship store in the fall, Maribel and her team are also busy preparing some palatable treats for the upcoming holiday season. After all, what could be better than receiving some of Maribel’s signature sweets? The holidays are always Maribel’s favorite time of the year for creating intricate handcrafted chocolates. Her Nutcracker and other themed boxes are also a continuous holiday hit. From pick-me-ups to grand gift sets and birthday treats, MarieBelle will make your day a bit more delicious. With her own factory and brand partnerships with big companies, Maribel has indeed made her mark on the chocolate market. From the moment you enter MarieBelle, Soho’s most mouthwatering spot, you are transported to the tasty world of world-class chocolates, but Maribel herself cannot believe her unique flavors have taken her this far! After five years of cooking with her popular catering company, Maribel opened up her first store in Nolita called Lunettes et Chocolat. The store, which she opened with a friend, featured designer chocolates and glasses. She then wound up opening a pop-up shop in Soho just after September 11th 2001 – this spot,

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which was only supposed to be open for a few months during the holiday season, has now been there for almost two delicious decades. Maribel, the empress of her own edible empire, is also passionate about women’s empowerment issues. Since 2015, Maribel has been traveling to Honduras to educate women farmers. She has done so much to help promote products from her homeland, that Maribel was recognized by the government for her contributions and is now a brand ambassador representing Honduras. She might have started out borrowing furniture for her Soho space, but after years of slowly acquiring new pieces, MarieBelle is now just as elegant as Maribel, the queen of cacao! “The store has really evolved,” explained Maribel. “The way it looks now was always my original vision.” The enchanting store also features a café, a former art gallery, where you can indulge in Maribel’s famous hot chocolate, as well as soups, sandwiches, brunch and of course, tea time. The café, which is now a popular place for bridal and baby showers, used to be small space with just a few tables where Maribel would give out

samples of her hot chocolate. “When I created my hot chocolate, it was expensive, so for people to realize that this was not just a regular hot cocoa, I needed to give them samples. I made a section with chocolate and hot chocolate along with a few tables and had them sit here. They knew they’d buy, so it was called paid sampling. I became really known for my hot chocolate and started getting lines to sit, so I decided to extend it. The café adds a lifestyle to the brand. A lot of other stores have recently started adding cafés.” Maribel has five locations in Japan – all of which are currently reopened- including both MarieBelle and the more casual Cacao Markets, which offer a children’s style approach to chocolate with dispensers, as well as a new store on 38th and Park Avenue. Maribel is super hands-on when it comes to making her homemade chocolates and running the business, and the Broome Street store is definitely this boss babe’s baby. “I live close by so I go to the factory in Greenpoint, Brooklyn every morning and in the afternoon I come to the store.” | 73


Her brand, which keeps getting better with every bite, is also internationally known due to being sold in famed department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue, some of her original accounts. Maribel, a master chocolatier and mother, makes personalized chocolates for high-end brands including American Airlines and Tiffany’s and Citibank. From her original pin-up girl chocolate bar collections to her signature chocolate filled boxes – a favorite during the holidays – and even pink boxes with garters around them, MarieBelle does things deliciously differently! Maribel also enjoys creating new, seasonal flavors. While the holidays are her biggest inspiration when it comes to creating new things, you can also expect some unique flavors this fall. “We have rose petals and more things with lavender and mint. Our new bars feature a combination of different chocolates like strawberry with white chocolate and hibiscus. I try to bring some new things in for the season, especially in the summertime when people like fresh flavors after coming out of the winter.” Maribel has definitely achieved sweet success, something which she credits to the attention she pays to detail. “I always wanted to open a store but not necessarily one that just sold chocolates. I started with chocolate because it was less expensive – I was originally planning on adding other items but when I made the chocolates and paid all this attention to detail, it really caught on and people really loved it. I can’t believe time has gone by so fast. I still remember my first employees. I always say if you’re going to do something, do it today, don’t push it off. It’s good to say that 20 years ago I did this, otherwise I would have been saying I should have done it and would have probably been unhappy. I can’t believe it but when I go to Japan there are lines of people waiting for me to sign their blue boxes. I ask if they want it dedicated to someone and they say no, I just want your signature! I never dreamed it would come to this, it’s amazing. I thought that when I opened Nolita it would be a little store, and now I’m selling to the world. I remember that when I first did my chocolates, I wanted to do a design, so I put my husband’s artwork on them. I just did two

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sizes because it was expensive, but since the beginning I had my blue and brown box. I think that this attention to detail, especially in the beginning, is really crucial to starting a brand. You can do your own personalized thing and be different than any other brand. I used to call it MarieBelle Fine Treats and Chocolate, and then the following year I said treats sounds like for a dog, so I changed it to MarieBelle New York. Some people were concerned that nobody would realize that it’s chocolate, but I knew that it would become known that MarieBelle is a chocolate company. I also thought this was easier to remember.” Maribel, who incorporates her artist husband’s abstract paintings on her chocolates – she will soon be showcasing his latest works in a new collection – hopes her daughter follows in her flavorful footsteps! “My daughter is in boarding school in Massachusetts. She’s learning time management and being disciplined for college is very important. In the past she wasn’t interested in the business, but now she says that maybe she’ll take over – I would love that! She’s also doing a summer program at Brown. It’s going to be an introduction to entrepreneurial endeavors. I don’t want to push her because everybody is entitled to do whatever they want and what makes you successful is how happy you are at the end of the day.” Maribel, who is definitely living her best – and sweetest – life, is always mixing things up, and you are sure to enjoy every morsel! “I’m always changing things but the artwork that goes on the chocolate is complicated to make. We make all the silk screening in France and Belgium, so to do a collection every year is expensive, but we do our holiday designs and then bring one to two new designs every year depending on the theme, such as if I want more of a Christmas in New York theme. My favorite thing is creating new gifts, new boxes, new flavors. I wish I could do that but now I have to run the company! We’ll also be introducing a new line of pralines – pistachio, hazelnut, dark milk cardamom and cinnamon.” | 75


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The always moving Maribel is still inspired to keep going, and she does it all with five cups of tea and a lot of chocolate each and every day! “I’m thinking of going into franchising, the same way I did in Japan. You have to take care of a retail store like a baby. If you’re not there, everything will fall apart. I want to get licensing to open in other states and have someone else do it under my direction.” “I have a new movie called “Chocolate Road” launching this year. It’s a documentary and I’m so impressed with the quality of it. The film features three chefs and really shows what it takes to get the product to you. One of the chocolatiers from Denmark goes to Nicaragua and deals with farmers there and

another one in Japan deals in Peru. They talk to the local people about what they do with the cacao and it’s just amazing. Right now they’re sending it to film festivals to be featured next year. They’re also trying to sell it to Netflix or Amazon. If it came out in October or November, before the holiday season, that would be the best. This is really showcasing women empowerment by going out to the countryside and seeing the reality of what everyone goes through for you to have a piece of chocolate in your mouth.” Soho has truly become home sweet home for Maribel. “Soho is my neighborhood. When I met my husband he was already living here and I wasn’t familiar with it, but I have now been here for 30 years.

I loved the area when I moved. There were tons of art galleries, it wasn’t as fashionable as it is today. It doesn’t feel like you’re living in a big city, but rather a small village. I know the dry cleaning, the garage people, so I don’t think I would move, I’m so used to it. My family is still in Honduras so I do go visit them and they come visit me.” As she reflects on 20 years since launching her brand, Maribel realizes that she is leaving an indelible – and very edible – legacy. These might be trying times but she is already coming back better with each and every bite. | 77



San Juan’s Most Stylish and Storied Hotel By Thomas Lau


ake in the tropics less than four hours away from New York City when you travel to Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. With great views, a plethora of family-friendly amenities and spacious suites, get ready to cheers to a much-needed getaway with one of the hotel’s classic piña coladas. With

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Hilton CleanStay procedures in place, the resort is committed to keeping guests and staff safe with additional disinfecting practices and limited services. Guests can still enjoy the beauty of the property and surrounding spots with these extra safety measures in place.

Opened in 1949, Caribe Hotel is located on the edge of Puerta de Tierra neighborhood, overseeing the shore and seaside. Fun fact: it was the Hilton’s first hotel outside of the continental US. When the government of Puerto Rico put out an open bid to hoteliers for the site, founder Conrad Hilton was the only one who responded

families or groups looking for privacy and extra posh surroundings. This relaxing resort takes its amenities to the A-list level with facilities that cater to families and those of all ages. Even the youngest guests can enjoy their stay with a kid’s pools, a game room and readily available children’s menus. Parents can also enjoy a quiet evening or explore the city with an adults only night out – after all, Caribe Hilton offers babysitting services. All guests have access to the resort’s tennis court, state-of-the-art fitness center and a private beach overlooking the pier where you can peer out at clear, ocean waves. As one of the first international hotels to break ground on the island, Caribe Hilton fully embraces the culture of Puerto Rico, allowing you to become immersed in the fun loving and flavorful flare of this slice of paradise. Their legendary past includes stories of the famed

disco club Julianna’s, where tourists and locals alike would dance the night away with some of the industry’s biggest performers. Another special creation from Caribe Hilton? The piña colada! That’s right, this iconic drink was first introduced at the hotel’s Caribar back in 1954, when bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero, made it his mission to create a memorable welcome cocktail for guests. He mixed together rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice and voila – the piña colada was born! Monchito served his creation himself for 35 years at the hotel, and in 1978, the piña colada was declared as the official drink of Puerto Rico. You can still visit Caribar today. Recharging your inner self has never been more crucial, so get ready to sit back and relax at this historic yet sleek destination vacation.

in Spanish, and the rest is, well, haute hotel history. Over the last seven decades, this stylish spot has attracted famous guests including Liz Taylor, Sophia Loren and Barack Obama among others. Caribe Hilton has a total of 652 accommodations, all of which feature a private balcony looking out at either the garden of the resort of the scenic sites of San Juan. Suites in the hotel offer especially breathtaking and colorful views of San Juan and are furnished in minimalist décor. With a dining space and kitchenette, the 850 square foot Garden Wing King One Bedroom Suite serves as the perfect home away from home for | 79


EMERSON RESORT & SPA Our Favorite Getaway to Get Away From It All By Julie Sagoskin


t might be just two hours from Manhattan, but Emerson Resort and Spa is a charming oasis where you can experience enchanting getaway guides. While I opted to stay in The Inn, which is located in the same part of the resort as the spa, restaurant and shops, Emerson also offers accommodations in the Lodge – forget worlds away, this rustic chic space feels like galaxies away! Surrounded by nature, this 20-acre boutique property, located in the town of Mount Tremper in the Catskill Mountains, allows you to just enjoy your scenic surroundings with new safety guidelines, part of their “stay safe pledge” since reopening in July. The resort is currently closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays until further notice to allow for weekly deep cleanings and sanitizing throughout the entire property. Despite extra safety procedures, you can still enjoy guided hikes arranged by the resort to bike rides along their picturesque paths, their spacious suites and spa amenities with modifications. “For nearly 25 years, we have been honored to host family vacations, weekend getaways, girlfriend retreats, reunions, weddings and special events at

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the Emerson Resort & Spa,” said Naomi Umhey, CEO of the Emerson Resort & Spa. “It has always been our mission from the start, and our pleasure, to provide our guests with exceptional customer service and clean, safe accommodations. During our temporary closure since mid-March due to COVID-19, we have been continuously monitoring guidelines in real time from the CDC and health and elected officials in order to plan and implement a detailed system of protocols designed to keep our staff, guests and local community safe upon reopening, while simultaneously providing our warm and welcoming hospitality.” Emerson Spa, which is currently operating at a reduced capacity from Thursday to Monday, now offers almost all treatments, including their famed facials, providing a much-needed respite to recharge. The door of the spa, which used to be part of a temple, awaits your arrival – legend has it that once you step over the threshold, all negativity leaves and positive energy takes over. With services ranging from massages to body scrubs to their Biotec Skincare System, a series of anti-aging and energizing facials, you can keep

the positive vibes going all vacation long! Other popular treatments include vegan nail care and hot and cold stone treatments – don’t forget to try a body scrub with their divine seasonal oil. You can also still enjoy specialties at their signature Woodnotes Grille, now offering outdoor table service, as well as takeout and room delivery, so you can dig into delectable dishes including local smoked salmon, fresh fish and brunch favorites. Coffee, pastries and sandwiches from Ralph’s Café will also be available for takeaway. From the moment you enter The Inn, you are transported to a world of quiet tranquility. The personalized attention and helpfulness of the staff also add to the country charm of the property – don’t be surprised if they know your name by the end of your stay. The enchanting Emerson mixes rustic chic with modern comforts, especially after undergoing a $6 million renovation, which is reflected in their public areas, 6,193-square-foot spa and 53 spacious cozy rooms and suites. With an arched entryway, dining room table, living room area with a sofa and

electric fireplace, hardwood floors, a private deck and oversized bathroom featuring a whirlpool tub and double sinks, my Royal Suite made for one very relaxing retreat! The room even looked out onto Esopus Creek and the wooded surroundings. For a more rustic yet equally relaxing stay, check into their Adirondack-style lodge, just steps away from The Inn. With detailed décor ranging from antler chandeliers to unique wood carvings, you will definitely feel some stylish ski resort vibes. The Lodge is also ideal for large groups and families traveling together. Named after the famed poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose love of nature is captured in his many poems, the Emerson pays tribute to Mr. Emerson with framed poems, classic books and trays with his most inspiring words which can be found throughout the resort as well as in the rooms. After all, the Emerson is a place where Emerson himself would have been inspired! The area itself has much history dating back to the 1800s, and is now one of the best kept secrets amongst Manhattanites looking for an unpretentious yet upscale getaway. With two conference rooms, your employees can enjoy a relaxing retreat where they can get business done as usual – or rather unusual – with yoga, massages and gourmet dining options. You can also say I do to the most romantic day of your life amidst the natural beauty of the Catskills. Their event spaces range from the Waterside Pavilion, offering views of Mt. Tremper and Esopus Creek, to the more intimate Great Room, intended for 60 guests or less, where you will find an imposing chandelier and fireplace. The charming Catamount is the perfect place for stunning indoor events year-round. View Upstate New York – and the rest of your surroundings – like never before. While it’s currently closed, Emerson, located just a short drive from Woodstock, is home to the world’s biggest kaleidoscope. You can also explore The Shops at Emerson, where various stores carry seasonal items as well as unique gifts, including goods from local artists, clothing and artisanal food products, all located within a converted 18th century barn. Small children and even dogs are also welcome – enjoy the Emerson Pupgrade option which includes a welcome basket featuring a dog toy, bowl, placemat and treats. With summer and winter sporting activities, a worldclass spa and stunning scenery right outside your room, Emerson Resort and Spa is going to be your favorite year-round get away from it all getaway! | 81



Where You Are Sure to Make Memorable Memories By Thomas Lau


ake your next fall or winter getaway a memorable one at The Mount Snow Resort in Southern Vermont, which is currently reopened. Book now for the upcoming snowy season, so you can enjoy the resort’s full ski trip experience, including winter activities, spacious accommodations and even a spa at Grand Summit Resort Hotel. Mount Snow, part of a collection of hotels owned and operated by Vail Resorts, has also rolled out an extensive operating plan in the face of the pandemic. Mount Snow and the other properties in this impressive portfolio are currently allowing guests to enjoy mountain access and scenic lift

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rides at a limited capacity to ensure everyone’s safety. This scenic and spacious resort offers a wide range of winter activities, including almost 60 trails, at all experience levels. Stake out the slopes by yourself or partake in private classes catering to various age groups and skill sets. For more adventurous options, Mount Snow has guided snowmobile tours in the Green Mountain National Forest, running through a variety of terrain, from wide open snow stretches to dense wooded pines. You can even take your family tubing – that’s right, Mount Snow has eight lanes open for tons of tubing hill fun. If you want to sit back and relax, dog sledding will allow

you to do just that as you’re pulled by a team of Siberian huskies on a two-hour sled ride through Vermont’s scenic winter landscape. It is truly a unique and unforgettable experience to see true working sled dogs in action! You can always take a break in between activities to warm up indoors with bowling or movies before retreating to your private apartment style accommodations. Find the best pass plan to meet your family’s high standards when it comes to fun in this winter wonderland: NORTHEAST VALUE PASS: priced at $599 for adults and $419 for college students offers the most affordable way to ski and ride the Epic Resorts in The East.

NORTHEAST MIDWEEK PASS: priced at $449 for adults and $339 for seniors (ages 65+) so you can hit the slopes midweek for the best price. EPIC MOUNTAIN REWARDS: passholders receive a discount off food and beverage, lodging, group ski and ride school lessons, equipment rentals and more at the Company’s North American owned and operated resorts. BUDDY PASSES & SKI WITH A FRIEND TICKETS: Those who purchase the Epic Pass or Epic Local Pass will receive ten Buddy Tickets and six Ski With a Friend Tickets. For additional convenience and flexibility, Buddy Tickets and Ski With a Friend Tickets can now be redeemed online, making it easier than ever to enjoy the mountains with family and friends. EPIC LOCAL PASS: Priced at $729 for adults and $659 for college students, don’t pass on this pass which offers an incredible value and includes

additional access to all of the Company’s owned and operated North American resorts. EPIC PASS: Priced at $979 for adults, $499 for children (ages five to 12) and free for children four and younger who sign-up ahead of the season. The Epic Pass provides the best value with unlimited, unrestricted access to all 37 of the Company’s owned and operated resorts plus additional partner access at Telluride, Snowbasin, Sun Valley, Courchevel, Fernie, Kicking Horse, Hakuba Valley, Japan and more. EPIC DAY PASS: Back for its second season, the Epic Day Pass is a customizable pass for skiers and riders who may not need the unlimited access offered by a traditional season pass. For as low as $93 for a day of skiing or riding at world-class destinations like Vail, Whistler Blackcomb, Park City and Breckenridge, guests can create their own pass by selecting the number of days they plan to ski or ride – from one day to seven days.

Located within the Mount Snow Resort, Grand Summit Resort Hotel has all of the home away from home comforts you will need. All studios and suites in the hotel come with fully equipped kitchens including dishwashers, stoves, ovens, and refrigerators, making them great for families to prepare homecooked meals while savoring their peaceful, rustic surroundings. You will also find a gym, sauna, hot tub, pool, Harriman’s Farm-to-Table Restaurant and quaint pub within the property. Most importantly, The Naturespa, also located in the Grand Summit Resort Hotel, provides a plethora of relaxing services after a full day of active adventures. If you are planning on getting away this winter, Mount Snow is ready to take you to new ski slope heights while keeping you safe. | 83


OCEAN EDGE RESORT A Cape Cod Jewel By w. a. muller


ummer getaways during COVID has forced most of us stay close to home. On a recent excursion to Cape Cod, our stay at the “Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club” (, in the town of Brewster, provided the perfect respite from the oppressive

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summer-in-the-city heat. And, now with a brandnew promotion, it’s the best time to check out this sprawling luxury resort. Just named “Best Hotel, Cape Cod 2020” by Boston Magazine, the resort has offered a special “Book

Three Nights, Get Fourth Night Free” promotion valid between September 7th and Columbus Day 2020, (, making now the perfect time to head to the Cape.

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT: The Ocean Club Edge Resort and Golf Club is a luxury AAA Four Diamond-rated property, taking all the necessary precautions during these stressful times of traveling, making it a bit less stressful. From a grocery-delivery service, beach yoga, contactless golf-cart pickup and outdoor-only dining, you’ll have peace of mind while experiencing the best Cape Cod has to offer. Comprised of two properties, the Mansion and the Villages, the resort caters to everyone, from couples and singles to multi-generational family reunions. The Mansion is an elegant historic 1912 Nickerson Mansion, located on a perfectly manicured green lawn and a beautiful private beach. The mansion offers a variety of rooms from 2 queen-bed guestrooms to two-bedroom, or three-bedroom units. The resort’s sister property, The Villages, which just welcomed a $5 million renovation to their one-bedroom Britterige Villas, is located across the street, and are perfect for vacationing families (please note that guests at the Villages do not have access to the private beach but can enjoy the Villages pool). The property has an 18-hole Nickalus designed golf course, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, spa and a multitude of dining options. The Ocean Terrace restaurant, with panoramic views of Cape Cod Bay, offers magnificent sunsets (don’t miss their crab cakes!). The golf course that has its own Clubhouse, Golf Pro Shop, and casual Linx Tavern and Bar offering lobster rolls, fish and chips, and many more delicious options for a relaxed and spacious spot for an afternoon meal. Their new and inviting “The Front Lawn at Ocean Edge” casual dining option features a wood-burning oven serving pizzas and lite bites, including the best “wood-fired” chicken wings you’ll ever have. This whimsical venue offers live music, cold beer, cocktails, fire pits and children’s games…it’s the perfect evening activity for the entire family. Special Offer Details: Offer Details: Book Three Nights, Get Fourth Night Free! To redeem, use promo code “BOB20” at checkout. Unable to commit to four nights? No worries, use promo code “CAPE20” for 15% off your stay. | 85


SLS BRICKELL HOTEL & RESIDENCES Bring on the Fun By Simon Gusev


f you’re planning on visiting the Sunshine State this season, the SLS Brickell Hotel & Residences offers a sleek and stylish stay where you can eat, shop and play! Surrounded by high-rise towers as well as nearby chic cafes and hip eateries, SLS Brickell is a dazzling place to dwell in when you visit the Miami area. From delicious dining options to rooftop venues, plus a thriving arts and shopping scene, you can do it all when you hop on the MetroMover at the Financial District stop. Visit the annual Flamenco Festival at

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Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts or enjoy a variety of international cuisines and exotic music at Bayside Marketplace. Just a stone’s throw from The Port of Miami and Miami International Airport, you can get away for a convenient getaway as SLS Brickell. Aside from a prime location, SLS Brickell boasts a majestic glass tower and contemporary art collection, carefully curated by Jorge Pérez, as well as eclectic interiors by the renowned French designer Philippe Starck. With an artsy, boutique setting, where you will find

artwork installations sliding across screens on their digitized ceiling, get immersed in their creativity and sense of community. Enjoy exclusive access to the sbe Collection and global concierge, as well as a luxurious Lincoln house car that can take you to your favorite nearby destination. With chic décor, five-star dining and a relaxing spa, SLS Brickell is a favorite amongst worldclass travelers. Strolling through the hotel premises, guests will also find a touch of playfulness, reminiscent of the SLS brand,

including hidden monkeys and a large duck sculpture. Their 124 modern rooms are finished in white, pale pink and slate tones with metallic accents. Each luxurious accommodation, from the Premier Balcony Double to the Presidential Suite, also boasts a private terrace balcony with sweeping views, oversized mirrors, contemporary work desks, and even a lounge space. Their fun fixtures and pillows, as well as pink accent walls, add some whimsicality to your wonderous stay. The bathrooms featuring a relaxing rainfall shower head, crisp white tiles and chrome fixtures, allow you to relax after a long day running around this fast-paced city. This posh property also offers a swanky rooftop pool deck with tremendous views of Biscayne Bay’s deep blue waters and stunning Miami’s skyline. Aside from unparalleled panoramas, you can enjoy one of their three swimming pools with lounge chairs and cabanas. We definitely recommend checking out Ciel Spa, where you can find serenity with their signature treatments and packages, including Renew Recovery Facials and Marine Flora Wraps. You also have access to the Altitude Pool Deck as well as their steam rooms and Relaxation Lounge. This versatile space even offers a private screening room and state-ofthe-art fitness center with spin bikes and cardio equipment. Let SLS Brickell accommodate all of your swanky special occasions and business meeting needs with 58,000 square feet of Philippe Starck-designed indoor and outdoor event space. With the latest technology, you can let your wildest dreams guide you to the most wondrous event you can imagine. While their dining venues are following strict COVID-19 safety guidelines and are currently operating at 50 percent capacity, you can still enjoy their signature and savory plates. Bite into all-day deliciousness poolside at Altitude Brickell. Another gastronomical exploration awaits you at Fi’lia – a warm Italian den that serves excellent pizza, pasta, salads and sandwiches. Sample rustic prawn pizza with braised leeks and fontina or their savory lemon ricotta pancakes. Have sweet dreams in your suite at SLS Brickell, Miami’s hottest spot under the sun with fine dining, amenities, event space, award-winning spa and more. | 87


CLASSIC HARBOR LINE Sail Away in Style By Lauren Bens


ail away from these uncertain times without leaving the city when you board a Classic Harbor Line yacht or sailboat. With reduced capacity and mandatory masks required on all outings, you can feel safe as you set sail. Whether you are a New York native or visiting the island for the first time, Classic Harbor Line will show you the best of the Big Apple on one of their relaxing cruises. With five classic yachts, including the Schooner Adirondack, Luxury Yacht Manhattan, Yacht Manhattan II, the Yacht Kingston, and their Schooner America 2.0 will let you sightsee you around in style. Their friendly and experienced captains and crew make each excursion extra enjoyable. Looking for a unique way to host an intimate event these days? Classic Harbor Line’s motor yachts and sailing boats are all available for private charter for up to 20 guests ranging in price from $900 to $3,000. With idyllic settings, these boat buyouts are ideal for proposals, small weddings and group outings. You can host an unforgettable affair as you pass by some of the city’s most iconic sites. Make your special day as memorable as possible when you say ‘I do’ under the Brooklyn Bridge or beside the Statue of Liberty. Once you depart Pier 62 in Chelsea, you will embark upon an exciting adventure. Enjoy live jazz or see the city lights with your closest friends. They also have an option to remain dockside. Their most popular options include the Yacht Kingston or the Yacht Full Moon, while the smaller Schooner Adirondack is spacious enough for 2 to 24 guests. Forget outdoor dining, take date night to a new level with a romantic sunset sail

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or explore the breathtaking buildings around New York on their AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture tours. With comfortable, cushioned sections, a large openable exterior window and plexiglass dividers, you can stretch out at one of their large, oversized tables. You will definitely see the city in a whole new light on their 1920s inspired Manhattan or Manhattan 11 yachts. Each of these exciting and educational cruises is narrated by a member of the American Institute of Architects. With private charters, sunset sailings, double-masted sailboats and motorized yachts, you will be surrounded by the stunning New York City skyline. From group trips to customized tours, their beautiful boats and helpful crew will ensure a perfect outing for any occasion. Their enchanting fall foliage cruises will have you falling in love with New York all over again. Whether you want to enjoy the view from the climate-controlled glass observatory or feel the wind in your hair on the deck as you jet through the waterway, you are guaranteed to have a good time. Cruise along Governor’s Island, Yankee Stadium and even Brooklyn and the Bronx, enjoy a specialty tour around New York Harbor or ride up to the Hudson for a full day excursion. Classic Harbor Line’s classic boats, ranging from motorboats to elegant motor yachts to the Schooner America 2.0, their largest and most elegant sailing vessel, allow you to explore New York like never before. | 89


GOVERNORS ISLAND Camping Creatively Reimagined By Simon Gusev


n these times of social distancing, outdoor spaces have become even more of a sacred oasis. Now you can find your new bliss at Collective Governors Island, which is just a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan and a five-minute ride from Brooklyn Bridge Park. Located along the Western promenade of Governors Island, this retreat provides a much-needed respite in these turbulent times.

en-suite bathroom. Wake up to the wonders of nature – and an in-tent continental breakfast – when you choose from the following tent and shelter options:

With access to private boat tours, bike rentals, lawn games, cultural events and even yoga and meditation sessions, all in a clean, car-free atmosphere, Collective Governors Island is the perfect place to chill out while partaking in a plethora of fun activities. They even offer complimentary water taxi services with reservations.

Journey Tents (Starting at $209) are 200 sq.ft. guest rooms with high-end amenities, featuring an outdoor living space with lounge chairs and centrally located, full-service restrooms.

It’s time to camp out under the stars with your choice of stylish accommodations including Summit Tents, Journey Tents and four Outlook Shelters. Each space is inspired by minimalistic Scandinavian design as well as the nautical history of the Island. With all the comforts of home, including an in-tent French Press coffee bar, electricity, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and plush bedding, you can embark on one very chic and comfortable camping adventure. Some of these decked out tents even feature a private deck and

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Summit Tents (Starting at $499) are equipped with high-end amenities, including 1,500 thread count sheets, private en-suite bathrooms, private decks, and more.

Outlook Shelters (Starting at $509) are sanctuaries of outdoor architecture with a front row view of NYC, equipped with spa-like en-suite bathroom, private deck, and more. Indulge in a fine dining experience with views of the New York City skyline from one of their four open-air sitting areas or private pods. Guests can enjoy tantalizing artisan dishes at Three Peaks Lodge while sipping on savory cocktails from The Sunset Terrace which offers stunning views of the Statue of Liberty. The contemporary menu, with many succulent seafood dishes, is essentially inspired by the Island’s unique marine landscape

and focuses on wood flame grilling fare, perfect for al fresco dining. While guests can enjoy an up close and personal experience at The Private Grill – while remaining socially distanced from their private deck or at a dining pod - you can also choose to enjoy a mouthwatering multicourse meal made up of local ingredients at Farm & Fisherman’s Dinner. With a wood fired grill station and rotisserie, the Outdoor Exhibition Kitchen has tasty plates and even gives diners the chance to partake in the culinary preparations. Wind down afterwards with an authentic and tasty camping approved tradition - s’mores with vanilla marshmallows, milk chocolate, and graham crackers on a six-foot roasting stick. If you’re planning your special day in these socially distanced times, The Collective Pavilion offers a chic setting with great skyline views, perfect for weddings, corporate retreats and other events for up to 50 guests. Three Peaks Lodge and Collective Club House are also available options. They even have their own wedding and events expert. With Collective Retreats you can relax in five-star luxury accommodations coupled with the natural beauty of the outdoors.

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THE WESTIN ANNAPOLIS Where All of Your Style and Safety Needs are Met By Simon Gusev


f you’re planning on exploring the East Coast for your next getaway, delve into the Athens of America – Annapolis, where culture and history reside side by side. Just a short drive from New York City, enjoy history, entertainment and wondrous accommodations at The Westin Annapolis. At this posh property you will rest comfortably – and can rest assured that they are committed to providing a clean and safe environment for all guests. Their Marriot Cleanliness Council has the highest standards when it comes to food safety as well as hygiene and infection prevention throughout the hotel. Aside from hospital-grade disinfectants being used in all rooms, they are using the latest technologies including electrostatic sprayers to sanitize surfaces around the hotel. Nestled a few blocks away from the historic district, The Westin Annapolis, where you will be treated like an A-lister, neighbors 18th-century brick houses, Romanesque churches and the majestic domed 1700s Maryland State House. Take in the quaint shops of Main Street or sip a savory cocktail in one of the area’s local bars and taverns. Located near popular attractions including the United States Naval Academy, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and Chesapeake Bay, this is

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the perfect place to take in some patriotic sites and picture-perfect spots. You will also be awed by all that Annapolis has to offer when you stroll along the historic Annapolis Waterfront and admire the sailboats going by just before sunset. You can even enjoy a sailing experience with Schooner Woodwind Cruises or stop for a scoop at Annapolis Ice Cream Company, a local favorite.

way. The Westin also makes it easier to wander around with a shuttle bus that will take you to the historic district and waterfront area for $2 per adult and free for kids ages five and under. If you’d like to rest after your sightseeing and mouthwatering marathon – there are plenty of tasty restaurants to enjoy - dip into the hotel’s indoor swimming pool or relax on one of the sunbeds nearby.

Stretch out in style after exploring the city when you return to your spacious accommodations. Each and every room is dedicated to your pleasure and provides a much-needed drop of tranquillity amidst the buzzing Annapolis streets. As the largest hotel in the city, this Westin property, which is also pet-friendly, offers a wide variety of rooms, including the grand deluxe guestrooms and suites. Drift off to sleep with some extra sweet dreams on their signature Heavenly Beds. Every chic and cozy room also features a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access, making it the ultimate choice for either business or leisure – or both.

Wake up and smell your favorite coffee with an on-site Starbucks coffee shop. You will also find fine yet casual plates in the sophisticated ambiance of Azure Restaurant, where traditional American fare meets luxurious flare. Set among calming hues of blue and European inspired design, the restaurant serves excellent breakfast bites including savory frittatas and freshly baked pastries to complement your caffeine fix on the outdoor patio. Azure is also the to-go place for their famous Maryland crab cakes, making it perfect for lunch and dinner as well.

Whether you want to get fit at their fitness center filled with state-of-the-art equipment or use the Westin’s free bike service that will allow you to cruise the historic streets, you can stay in shape your own

Explore the wonders of Annapolis at this whimsical Westin, where you will find all the style and safety measures you need for your trip.

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KIM MARTIN-FISHER & JENNIFER MARTIN FAULKNER Helping Home Buyers Find Paradise Amidst the Pandemic By W.A. Muller Photographed By Sky Realty Productions


ccording to Florida economists, more than 906 people a day are moving to Florida. That means our population is increasing by 330,690 new residents a year. It’s no wonder why. Ponte Vedra Beach offers an ideal waterfront

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resort lifestyle for everyone, from retirees to young families to second-home owners, with golfing, boating, and outdoor activities at your doorstep. And it’s becoming discovered by folks fleeing tax heavy states. Florida has no state income tax, and

on average only a 7% sales tax. People are discovering they don’t have to commute an hour to work anymore. All it takes is a cell phone, a fast, secure internet connection, and their office can be almost anywhere.



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If the idea of living in the sunshine is appealing to you, then you should consider Ponte Vedra Beach and the Jacksonville Beaches. Finding your dream home is easy if you enlist the aid of Kim MartinFisher and Jennifer Martin Faulkner. They are the number one rated Realtors in Northeast Florida. “This is a primary residence area,” said Jennifer of the beaches communities along the Northeast Florida Coast. “If you had asked me that ten years ago, I would have had a different answer for you. We have many residents who enjoy the 24/7 vacationing lifestyle, most of those came to stay the weekend and decided this is home. Besides the beach resorts, most of which are private clubs, it’s about boating, golfing, tennis, and lifestyle.” According to Kim, “Many visitors wind up getting a little sand in their shoes, and never go home.” According to state statistics, more families are moving to the area than ever before. Many, if not most of them are from the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut), as well as Chicago and California. “The inventory of luxury properties in and around Ponte Vedra is dwindling every day,” says Kim Martin-Fisher. “It’s no wonder. The word is out. Our economy is strong; the public school system is the best in the state. Our luxury properties are more than reasonable when compared to prices in the Northeast and Midwest.” The average luxury home price begins at a million. It goes up from there. Jennifer points out, “We are an affluent community. A lot of New Yorkers discovered us years ago. In fact, prior to the Corona Virus, many of those who have an office in the City hopped on an airplane and came home to sunshine and blue skies every weekend.” Kim points out that Ponte Vedra is paradise nearly 365 days a year. We do have a few cold days that drop down to the fifties, but that gives us enough of the taste of winter to be grateful we live in Florida. It’s easy to get to work, “The daily commute to the office could be just as simple as walking across the house to your home office,” according to Kim, “Snowstorms are something we watch on television. Our closets are heavy on flip flops, shorts, and bathing suits. We are becoming a metropolitan area with a home town feel.” | 97


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MORE ABOUT THE AREA The Ponte Vedra area is a destination for golf enthusiasts. That should come as no surprise. The PGA’s world headquarters is located in Ponte Vedra Beach, and we count several top ranked professional golfers as our neighbors. For those of us who are not quite up to the championship level, there are dozens of top-rated courses, including the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, and Sawgrass Country Club. Tennis is taken seriously here as well. The Association of Tennis Professionals calls Ponte Vedra home. Its U.S. headquarters are here. The ATP is an integral part of the community. “We have dozens of tennis courts available throughout the area,” and there is a healthy rivalry between clubs in nearby Jacksonville, the Beaches and Ponte Vedra,” says Kim. Jennifer is quick to point out the Jacksonville Jaguars

are just 20 minutes away, and you can get to the stadium by car or boat. “As you might expect, boating is a big part of the lifestyle. We have the Intracoastal Waterway that runs from Key West to Maine, the ocean, as well as the St. Johns River. If a nautical lifestyle is what you want… it’s here.” Jacksonville, it’s beaches, and Ponte Vedra is where history began in America. Ponce De Leon landed near St. Augustine, which is just a few miles down the road. St. Augustine, in addition to being a top tourist destination, features trendy upscale dining, boutique shopping and is also home to a number of best selling authors. Health care is a significant attraction. The Mayo Clinic has one of it’s three medical campuses in Jacksonville. People travel from throughout the world to be seen and treated by Mayo’s top physicians.

Kim and Jennifer have built an enviable reputation. Kim and Jennifer are recognized for their knowledge and “get it done” attitude. Most of all they are respected for their negotiating skills. Jennifer is a relocation specialist, which is a real advantage if you are moving to the area from a different part of the country. Kim’s reputation as a top Realtor is well deserved. She has the vision, the experience, and the enthusiasm to help you open your new world to a Ponte Vedra Beach lifestyle. She has a love and a healthy respect for the Northeast. “My husband and I love New York City, before Covid we used to travel there several times a year to network. We look forward to returning soon. After all, a little cold weather is exhilarating, but in the end, we can’t wait to come home to paradise”, says Kim. For more information call: Kim Martin-Fisher: 904.699.9993 Jennifer Martin Faulkner: 904.524.6000 | 101


FLEECYWATERS Through a gated entry, over a private bridge sits a meticulously restored mid-century modern stone and glass home. Situated up high, this magnificent property takes in the view of a meandering stream and woodlands beyond.This iconic home sits on 9-acres and has undergone a complete renovation. Separate garage off courtyard. This property has septic in place to accommodate additional bedrooms and/or a guest cottage/studio. Unwind, de-stress with the sound of the stream flowing by in this easy to maintain property. $3,150,000

BRAMINGHAM HALL Bramingham Hall is a magnificent stone Country Estate sited on 11 Solebury acres. The long private drive delivers you to a circular drive with the stone Manor house and a covered walkway that connects you to the equally impressive stone guest house. The main home, consists of 2-3 bedrooms, but has all of the appointments of a proper stone Manor. $1,975,000

HILLSIDE MANOR This custom Bucks County estate home located on one of the premiere roads in Solebury Township is a winner of the Pinnacle Award for Custom Homes over $2 million. This home and is beautifully appointed featuring a series of covered porches, decks and balconies on every side taking advantage of the spectacular wooded and seasonal views of the rolling hillsides of New Jersey. Margo Busund 215.801.2977 or Art Mazzei 610.428.4885. $2,295,000

For more property information contact Art Mazzei direct at 610.428.4885

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DOYLESTOWN, BUCKS COUNTY | Absolutely stunning! Bucks County's unprecedented active 55+ community is just moments from the edge of Doylestown Borough. New fully custom construction and superior craftsmanship. Last unit left in this community, Town’s Edge. $925,000

DOYLESTOWN BOROUGH, ASHLAND WALK | An extraordinary community of ten town homes—only 6 remaining for sale. Open floor plans with 3800 SF of finished living space. Gourmet kitchens, 9 foot ceilings on all 3 levels, 2 car garage with ample parking for guests, spacious deck and elevator option. By County Builders. $895,000

NEW BRITIAN, BUCKS COUNTY | Completely restored and renovated quintessential Bucks County stone farmhouse retains the original 1801 character and charm while incorporating today's sought-after amenities. $890,000

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54 W. State St. | Doylestown, PA 18901 T. 215.348.4848


• Furnished 3 BR, 5 BA + Den, 3 Car Garage • Waterfall Swimming Pool & Spa • Beautifully Appointed w/Stunning Features • Prime Location in The Moorings $3,900,000 MLS 220041189 Dodona & Ornela, The Roboci Team 239.776.8123


• Corner Unit, 20th Floor Sky Home • Professionally Decorated, Furnished • Sunset Views of Estero Bay • 24-Hour Concierge, Gorgeous Amenities $2,499,000 MLS 220031700 Anne Juliano 239.285.2741



• Beautiful 3 BR, 2 BA, 2,594 S.F. • Huge Pool/Spa & Lanai • Short Walk to Beach, Lush Landscaping • Rental Income or Vacation Retreat $2,589,000 MLS 220043591 McMurray & Members 239.850.7888


• 4 Bedrooms 4.5 Baths, 3 Car Garage • Pool/Spa, Waterfall, Summer Kitchen • Fully Equipped to Entertain, Furnished • Country Club Living at Its Finest $1,990,000 MLS 547502 Linda Doyle 352.361.0424



844.854.1693 Florida Locations: Bonita Springs/Estero, Cape Coral, Captiva Island, Fort Myers, Naples/Marco Island, Ocala and Sanibel Island

• Soaring Glass Architecture • Captures Panoramic Bay & Gulf Views • Updated Coastal Décor, 3 BR, 3 BA, 2 CG • 5 Golf Courses, Marina, Trails, Fitness, Dining $1,300,000 MLS 220015972 Mike & Lauren Taranto 239.572.0066


• Southern Exposure, Lakefront, Pool • Remodeled 3 BR, 3 BA, Vaulted Ceilings • SS Appliances, Granite Counters • Elevator, Outdoor Kitchen, Near Beach $1,095,000 MLS 220047723 Jason Lomano, Lomano-Nicholson Team 239.470.8628


North Carolina Locations: Cashiers, Highlands and Sapphire Valley/Lake Toxaway

• Elegant Home w/Direct Gulf Access • Move-In Ready, Pool, Cul-De-Sac • Custom Wood Cabinetry • Gas Stove & Fireplace $944,475 MLS 220016896 Ross & Jill Winchel, Koffman Group 239.898.1214 104 |

• Arthur Rutenberg Estate, 4 BR, 4 BA • Impact Windows/Doors, Outdoor Kitchen • Heated Saltwater Pool/Spa, S. Exposure • Gated Community w/Golf, Tennis & Trails $900,000 MLS 220031923 Stacey Glenn, Team Stacey 239.823.1343


Work and school can be virtually anywhere.

Working from home while the kids are attending virtual school? You don’t have to actually be anywhere, so why not go somewhere? Pack up the family and head to sunny Florida. Stay in a luxurious vacation home or condo where the lanai or pool deck doubles as your virtual office and classroom with a view. Take a break with a dip in the pool, walk on the beach, trail ride on horseback, or even a quick nine holes. That’s a change of scenery #RoyalShellStyle.

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LIMELIGHT Restore the Underground By Lauren Bens


ooking to discover new tracks or for an organic way to reach local audiences with your own music? Well, now there’s an app for that! Athina Vandame and Bilal Khalid recently introduced Limelight, the first location-based music discovery platform! “The simplest way to explain it is—it’s basically Tinder for music,” explained Vandame. “You can like or dislike tracks that come up on your feed from artists around you. When a listener engages positively to a track, we increase its outreach and more people will be exposed to it locally.” The app was built to be ergonomic; listener outreach is readjusted in real-time. “We allow artists to expand their reach,” added Khalid. “They start within their own city, and we rely on user engagement. It’s like

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an infrastructure for talent-based growth. You post your music and it works for you. It goes beyond just posting on your social media or any swiping features out there.” Limelight functions like a democracy; the listener is in the driver’s seat. This allows for organic growth as opposed to exposure gained via marketing and promotion. It gives users an initial number of how many people they expose their track to and then calculates an outreach radius based on the concentration of the population. Whether you’re in a small town or major city, you have an equal opportunity to ensure your music is heard equitably. But how did Limelight come to life? Let’s just say it took a lot of sleepless nights, and maybe even a little –or a lot– of much needed insanity:

“I became obsessed with this idea and making it real,” explained Bilal. “I knew something like this would blow up because you’re creating competitive zones everywhere in the world. The first person who becomes a Limelight user somewhere, starts their own ecosystem, and then new artists can compete to become the best artist in that area and go from there. I had never attempted a whole music platform, not even when I first started it. I spent all summer, every single weekend, just sitting down and programming. I was even working on my birthday, because to me it just didn’t even feel like work.” Shortly after its launch, over 20,000 users had signed up for the app. Limelight had quickly jumped to number nine in the App Store charts. Through passion and ingenuity, Khalid was able to lay a

foundation for Limelight, and in turn the perfect base for himself and Vandame to build off of. “Within two months I had a recurring revenue of over $2,000 a month,” said Bilal. “It was crazy because the platform was incomplete and that started stressing me out. I started asking myself, how do I manage all of these people? I wanted someone who was just as passionate about it as I was, and as soon as Athina sent me a message, I knew that she was the right person. She told me my website was pretty terrible, and I love that kind of stuff.” “There were a lot of bugs,” explained Athina, who had gone to school for programming. “But people just wanted it so badly that they were still willing to sign up and pay for it. That was just confirmation that a platform like that was in high demand. I wanted to help turn it into a real marketable product.” After meeting up in New York, they decided that they needed to restart the app from scratch. It wasn’t long before they started redesigning everything: from the branding and the logo, to making the whole user experience as appealing as possible for both artists and listeners.

orming a sense of community is what really comes first for these two entrepreneurs who are both passionate about music. After all, Athina and Bilal want to help those around them get ahead based on their talent. “To me, this is a solution for a huge problem in the music industry that hasn’t been solved yet,” explained Bilal. Aside from helping artists, Limelight is just as exciting for listeners. “I love discovering new music all the time,” said Athina. “And I especially like supporting underground artists. This new platform is the easiest way to find emerging talent. On Apple Music or Spotify, I’ll only find music that’s already mainstream and I’m not interested in that.” Having just launched in March, the impact of Limelight is already being felt. “Even during beta I knew this platform was going to work,” explained Bilal. “There was this artist named Ozy who went to my high school who had never gotten more than 400 streams on a track. He uploaded his music on Limelight and the next thing you know, he starts topping the charts. He ended the year with 100,000 streams on his most streamed

track on Spotify. Artists can link this to other platforms as well so that they can make money. We don’t pay artists —yet—but we plan to eventually. Right now, it’s for exposure. We want this to be an essential tool for artists.” “Coming from Toronto, there are so many talented artists who don’t get the exposure they deserve. This gives us a chance to make a real impact,” explained Athina. In addition to having a profile to add to the social feel of the app, A&R Value was recently introduced in order to add a gaming component for listeners. This new feature allows listeners to get a score based on how accurately they’ve predicted a track’s success over time and compete with each other to see who has a better eye –or ear– for the next big talent. An Android version of the app is in the works and is expected to be released soon. Download Limelight in the App Store now and help restore the underground. | 107



Pairing Technology with Design to Provide Ease of Mind and Safekeeping By Lauren Bens


he world and everyday life has rapidly changed over the past few weeks. Looking ahead, we don’t know when we will return to what we used to refer to as “normal.” In light of such uncertain times though, MyCube safes provide a sense of relief. We spoke with MyCube founders Lois Krasilovsky and her son, Scott Annan, to learn more about the company and what it offers in terms of protection and safekeeping of our most valuable items. MyCube is the first safe company to combine technology with style – what was the process in the innovation behind combining the two? SA: At MyCube, our goal is to make products with high quality security that make people feel safe – and there’s no reason a safe can’t look great too! Our process in developing our products is to have compassion for the customer and ask the right questions. How can we make it simple and intuitive, make the entire customer experience as seamless as possible, and at the same time make a safe that looks good? The easier and more personalized you

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can make a product, the more reason you give a customer to use it. And with a safe, the more you use it, the greater ability you have to protect your vital belongings. What makes MyCube unique from other safes and safekeeping devices on the market? LK: MyCube’s chic design, hi-gloss colors, and interior features, such as an internal light and soft suede pad, are unique features of the safes. We have 3 different models, MyCube Classic, MyCube Mini, and MyCube fire safe, which is rated at 1200 degrees for 1 hour. We offer a variety of accessories as well, including four different style trays for storing jewelry, cash, watches, and other personal items. The safe is also very easy to use as it is a 4-digit LED digital keypad with one-button push locking. We also have a lifetime guarantee and free installation in NYC. What types of items of value do you recommend MyCube for safekeeping? LK: Anything of value, such as cash, passports, jewelry, watches, prescription medications, and any important documents.

While many things in our home have set places to keep them (i.e. clothes, food etc.), why don’t people think of having a set and secure place for items of value? SA: The safe industry is antiquated and not forward thinking. There is a lack of public awareness. From our experience, people start thinking about purchasing a safe after they have been burglarized or cannot find jewelry and other valuables that they have hidden. We work diligently to educate and support our customers about the importance of knowing where and how to store and secure their vital belongings. Once they understand the value that they actually have in their possession, how disorganized their personal items often are, and learn more about our products, they do not hesitate to purchase one. You are a mother and son team – how is working together in a family business? LK: We love working together! We have different skill sets which complement one another, but we share and uphold our family values of honesty, integrity, and kindness. We deliver a consistent message and always put our customers first. With

all that it takes to start a business, who better to trust than one another! Your family has been making safes and working to protect for over 100 years. What role did the family business play in the decision to create MyCube? LK: My father’s (Scott’s grandfather) cousins started a safe business in NYC in 1904. My father bought that business in 1957. I grew up working in his business during school holidays and summers; Scott worked with my brother in the business for several years. As a result of personal experiences, we saw a need for a small home safe, which is where our inspiration came from to create a contemporary design for something often viewed as utilitarian. How do you ensure your customers feel safe and that they have peace of mind in times of need with MyCube? SA: Our product is high-quality and works. It’s extremely secure and keeps your valuables in your possession. LK: We have 24/7 customer support where customers speak with a MyCube team member directly, and not a call center. All calls are answered immediately or returned within the hour. We work to answer questions efficiently and go above and beyond to answer to their needs. Given how our lives have changed drastically in the time we spend at home due to COVID-19, why do you think MyCube and safekeeping are more important than ever for families and individuals? SA: Anytime we go through a dramatic health or economic event, our alert level around staying safe and security goes up. We are in one of those times now. People are looking to secure cash, jewelry, and other valuables in a place they know is safe and where they can get immediate access. It’s critical that we give ourselves as much certainty as possible, and one of the ways to do that is to have a personal safe place that only you can access. LK: MyCube is also all about organization, and the more we have on our minds, the more important it is to keep the most important items in our lives organized so we know where they are and how to access them. Please share any upcoming news and/or new innovations planned for MyCube in 2020 with our readers. SA: At MyCube, we are all about innovation. We will be launching a new brand identity this summer, which will continue to position MyCube at the forefront of design within our industry. | 109


ALEKSANDRA KARDWELL Helping You Find the Right Help By Lauren Bens How do you perfectly match professional domestic help with the right client/family? The key to creating great domestic matches that last is to truly listen to the individual needs and preferences of the household employers and candidates who work with us. At Hamptons Employment Agency, Inc., the award-winning domestic staffing firm that I founded in 2011, we’ve always been concerned with creating excellent matches that last. Our success has, to a large degree, come from striving to make sure that we place great employees with great employers.

domestic employers send their staff to our professional trainer, who has been a Professor of Culinary Arts for over 30 years. The training can also be done at an employer’s residence. The program covers topics such as serving-ware needed, place settings, pre-meail setup, order of service, and beverage service. Tell us about your book you published last year. In spring of 2019, I published my book, How to Find, Hire, and Keep The Right Domestic Professionals: The Household Employer’s Guide to Hiring Great Employees

What inspired you to start this business? Any additional background info would be great as well! Prior to founding Hamptons Employment Agency in 2011, I worked in household environments in various roles. As I gained more experience, I began to pair domestic professionals with employers. This ultimately blossomed into my business, which is now in its ninth year. My residential work experience has been a great advantage. The knowledge and skills I acquired have given me the perspective required to be able to make great matches that last. What are the most popular requests you receive? We receive requests for the full range of domestic positions. Right now, the jobs that we are seeing clients looking to fill most frequently include chef, couple, housekeeper, nanny, and tutor positions. In this time of COVID-19, many household employers are seeking staff members who will be live-in in order to limit everyone’s exposure to the Coronavirus. Household employers also are asking new employees to get tested for the Coronavirus, and some employers are doing random testing after employees start work. You have numerous offices around the country - how did you become so popular/what sets you apart? I think what really sets Hamptons Employment Agency apart from other firms is that we truly want to create great matches that last. We put clients and domestic professionals first, and strive to make sure that everyone is happy when we make a match. Fit is so very important in this field, and it’s critical for both clients and candidates to see their working relationship as a good one. Because of our strong reputation, we have managed to grow substantially by word of mouth. What are your clients looking for when they hire domestic help? While each client has their own unique needs and preferences, there are a number of things that virtually all discriminating household employers are looking for. First, clients like to see domestic professionals who have a track record of working in long-term residential positions. This fact in itself speaks a lot about a domestic professional’s ability to excel in a household. Personal characteristics are very important as well – trustworthiness, conscientiousness, flexibility, and a positive attitude are all key. Do you train those looking to be hired? We currently offer one training program, our intensive Formal Dinner Service Training Program, which typically runs four hours. With this program,

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Who Will Stay for Years. I would describe the book as a comprehensive guide that principals and their representatives can use to make great domestic hires that last. The book covers a range of topics, including screening resumes and interviewing, making the job offers, onboarding new employees, and keeping great staff members.

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Leading Charge to Meet New Emission Standards Years Ahead of Deadline By Peter Elston


ew York commercial landlords are seizing a unique opportunity to make a difference.

By 2024, most buildings larger than 25,000 square feet – some 50,000 buildings across the city -- will need to drastically cut emissions to comply with NYC’s building emissions law, Local Law 97 of 2019. By 2050, those caps on carbon emissions will force building owners to reduce emissions by 80. That’s a tall order, especially during a global pandemic that has been felt acutely by commercial building owners. But with most workers having yet to return to the office, some landlords are using this unprecedented moment to start working on their buildings, with the goal of meeting these stringent new standards years ahead of schedule. In Noho, Renaissance Properties is leading the charge. “The question is how do we get people to invest now, in the middle of a crisis, in sustainable practices,” said Bradley Fishel, Vice President of Renaissance Properties and Chairman of the Board Noho Business Improvement District. “The new climate act for New York City means that building owners are going to have to meet sustainability standards in the coming years anyway. So, we are pressuring

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buildings owners in the Noho BID to meet those 2024 standards before any other neighborhood in Manhattan.” Renaissance Properties – whose portfolio includes 632 Broadway, 627 Broadway, and 264 West 40th Street – has already made the city’s recommended changes as of two years ago, Fishel said. Another of their buildings, 62 West 45th Street, is currently being transitioned to the Climate Act’s requirements. For instance, at 632 Broadway -- a landmarked Classical Revival mercantile building designed by Robert Maynicke and built in 1897 – the family company led by President Kenneth Fishel replaced all lights with LEDS, switched to solar energy utility credits, installed touchless faucets and touchless light switches, updated all HVAC units to VRF systems, replaced all windows and converted the buildings from heating oil to natural gas. They also added the Merv 13 air filtration to the building in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Building owners stand to save a ton of money by making these changes now,” said Fishel. “Not only because of vacancies and the fact that you are bothering less people when you make these retrofits, but because it is cheaper. We are seeing up to 30

percent discounts because of COVID. If you wait, those prices are going to go up.” While the Noho BID cannot force building owners to get onboard with their sustainability campaign, Bradley said that it can apply pressure, recommend solutions and educate. “Once you get someone’s attention and show them the information, the numbers speak for themselves,” he explained. “If you are a long-term owner like we are, these changes pay dividends. You are saving money and the earth. About Renaissance Properties: With an eye towards distressed assets, Renaissance specializes in value-add investments with a focus on Prewar Prime Properties. From commercial & retail building ownership, to leasing, management and construction, Renaissance has built its reputation on the superior capabilities and efficiency of its people, its most important resource. With an emphasis on quality and attention to detail, Renaissance brings a high level of comfort and modern technology, including the most elegant build-outs and the fastest services to all of its treasured tenants.

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The Art World’s Abstract A-lister By Julie Sagoskin


e might be an abstract sculptor, but Nick Moran’s resolve to be an artist has always been very concrete. With his unique style and inspirations, this UK-born creative has been keeping busy and always finds the silver – or cobalt blue - lining, even in these unprecedented times.

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Moran, an artistic mover and shaker, moved studios last year from London’s industrial heartland to a studio that he built at the back of his house in North London. “This has been the best thing for me as I can really spend more time with the work, so work and life have more time to converge,” explains Moran. “Lately, I have

been focused on making smaller, more intimate sculptures.” This superstar sculptor takes a piece of each place he visits with him, which is why traveling has always served as a major source of inspiration for his most precious and personal pieces:

“Travel remains a central element to my work, whether to motivate new work or for reflection. It will always play a big part in what I do. I spent some time in my dad’s hometown of Sligo, Ireland last year, where he grew up with eight siblings. I felt a strong pull to go there after he died. Breathing the same air and walking the streets of my Irish ancestors, as well as getting to spend time talking to locals who extended such a warm welcome that I felt I was being welcomed home just blew me away. I don’t tend to over analyze how life events end up in the work, but they are definitely there.”

Nick especially enjoys working with symmetry, weight and balance, which is why they have remained a strong theme in his one-of-a-kind works. What you might not expect from him is a striking new color choice. “I have had a longtime obsession with cadmium red, but I have just begun an obsession with cobalt blue! Let’s just say that there will be lots of blue sculptures on my website in the near future.” Although all of the shows he was scheduled to partake in earlier this year were canceled due to the unpredictable Covid-19 pandemic, Nick was able to make more sales directly through his

website as well as social media platforms, such as Instagram. “It’s been such a joy for me to have direct contact with the buyers. Often times they even send a picture of where the artwork has been placed, which I just find to be so lovely.” This hands-on artist, who enjoys making masterpieces for his international client base, continues to use his own experiences to create contemporary and awardwinning abstract sculptures. | 115



NYC’s Most Interesting Multi-Media Artist By Hailey O’Connor Chinese Ink & Multi-Media Artist Art’s influence on Linjie Deng began at a young age when his parents, who owned a fireworks store in China, would put him in an empty box as a method of keeping him safe. Linjie would involuntarily bother his parents during business hours — until they came up with an idea. They gave him a piece of paper and ink, telling him to “do whatever you want.” Linjie did not limit himself to this paper. “I would draw on the walls and on the bed. My mom got pissed off and sent me to calligraphy class” — a skill that Deng would later use to ease tension at home. This class inspired him to paint on a door broken during a family argument with the character of good luck and fortune: “Fu”. Through this, he realized the power of art. Soon after, he learned Chinese ink and paintings. At university in Beijing, he took on multimedia and design art, honing his craft within a more technological route. He states, “As I progressed, my medium changed. I began with paintbrushes, ink, and rice paper, then used computer software and incorporated western culture more later on.” He goes on to say, “I think art saved my life. If I didn’t have art, I wouldn’t know

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how to express myself during that troubling time in my home.” UN Global Callout Linjie, like most New Yorkers, didn’t think coronavirus would wound the city as deeply as it did. “I thought I’d stay at home and see what would happen, but every day it got worse,” With all of his calligraphy paraphernalia in his studio, Linjie instead went to his computer and created three works inspired by his time in isolation. “As an artist, I thought ‘why not create a strong image with a strong message for the public; art is about bringing change, for myself and others.’” The posters, designed for the UN Global Callout to Creatives, feature vibrant colors and texts, such as a woman at home with her pets with the words “Stay Home, Save Lives” above her, and a medical worker with arms around the city, urging New Yorkers to stay strong. He recently finished a canvas painting entitled “Password”, where he continues to spread the life-saving message. His new work “Teeth Falling Out” explores his relationship to basic elements that he had taken for granted before COVID:

water, sun, leaves, soil, and air. The sales of his pandemic-influenced art will benefit New York Presbyterian Hospital’s frontline healthcare workers. Museum Chinese in America The critically acclaimed Chinese-American painter and master calligrapher’s work has been shown in both China and at the Museum of Chinese in America. Most recently, his work was presented right alongside classic masterpieces of Renoir, Monet, and Picasso at the Hampton’s Virtual Art Fair. His collection at the 3-D fair comprised of 25 works, including the aforementioned social justice-inspired pieces, calligraphy works, and abstract paintings. To close out 2020, the young art maestro seeks to complete a series of ten works that encompass everything he’s learned during his ten years of life in Beijing and the United States. “I want to illustrate what I’ve seen, what I’ve learned, and what’s changed,” he says, “I want to show people my journey.”



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Announcing Winners for AD ART SHOW 2020 By Ann Grenier


vVO ART, creator of AD ART SHOW, announced that freelance Art Director and Graphic Designer, Anton Pitkänen took Top Honors at AD ART SHOW 2020 receiving a specialty Clio award for excellence in contemporary art and a Creative Immersion Day at NBCUniversal— AD ART SHOW’s presenting sponsor.

on paper and mixed media artists—came from around the world. The artworks were displayed on the monumental screens inside the Oculus at the Westfield World Trade Center in New York and are on sale online on the Artsy gallery platform via

“I’m getting close to my first decade as an artist and I’ve been filled with joy for the strength and trust I feel toward my artistic voice and how it’s naturally evolving within the process.” Mr. Pitkänen said of his work that can be described as serene and poetic in nature.

“We are making history! We are bridging the gap between the art and advertising world by championing the next generation of artists from advertising, following in the footsteps of famous artists like Andy Warhol, Rene Magritte, Mark Rothko and countless other now-famous artists who came from the advertising world” Maria van Vlodrop, MvVO ART- AD ART SHOW, CEO and Founder commented.

Jessica Alazraki and David Straange were also AD ART SHOW 2020 Winning Artists, selected by a jury of contemporary art collectors chaired by Laura Skoler, member of the Board of Directors, New Museum, New York. The three winning artists will receive professional art critique sessions to help further their art careers. AD ART SHOW celebrates creativity and the talented artists from advertising. This diverse group of artists—painters, sculptors, photographers, works

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visual language using mixed media to achieve freehanging, cloth-like pieces of art that evoke a meditative aura. He was in the top three of Basware International Art Competition in 2019. Instagram | @antonpitkanen

The three finalists were chosen from the seven finalists that were selected out of 135 participating artists. Here is a list of the three winners: MvVO AD ART SHOW 2020 Finalists & Winners: Anton Pitkänen Top Honors including Clio Award A freelance designer and art director in Helsinki, Finland, Anton Pitkänen has developed an exceptional

Jessica Alazraki Winning Artist Originally from Mexico City, Ms. Alazraki is a graduate of Universidad Anáhuac and Parsons, in New York, where she has worked at various advertising agencies. She also studied at The New York Academy of Art. Her figurative portraits explore the narratives in familiar scenes of Latino family life. Instagram | @jessicaalazraki1 David Straange Winning Artist From Charlotte, North Carolina, based in New York, Mr. Straange explores various styles from NeoMinimalist to Neo-geo. His work conveys the chaotic energy of city life—the primal, the civil and everything in-between. Instagram | davidstraange

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FRIEDA GOLDSTEIN Immigration in the Age of Corona By W.A. Muller


n the dark days following 9/11, there was speculation, especially at the Department of Justice, that immigration might be impacted as a result of the terrorist attacks on our country. However, folks seeking to immigrate for various reasons kept coming. The Department of Homeland Security was born in the aftermath of the attacks and legacy Immigration and Nationality Service (“INS”) was put to rest. The agency was split into several bureaus, separating immigration benefit services from enforcement and removal operations. The following months brought about changes in immigration laws, including a required registration period for nationals of certain Islamic and more recently “bans” on citizens of certain nations deemed to be a threat to national security, from entering the country. Similarly, the Covid-19 Pandemic has brought about recent changes in immigration laws and policies. On April 23, the President issued a proclamation specifically addressing those changes to clarify some of the confusion and misinformation that was previously disseminated. It pertains to anyone seeking to enter the country as an immigrant who does not have a valid immigrant visa or official travel document. Those exempted include; lawful permanent residents (green card holders), individuals seeking a special immigrant visa to perform medical research or work, such as healthcare workers or law enforcement personnel, individuals applying for a visa under the EB-5, or immigrant investor visa program, spouses or children of United States citizens, and individuals whose entry would be classified as “national interest” as determined by the Secretaries of State or DHS.

It is important to note that the President’s proclamation does not preclude individuals who are present in the country from applying for asylum, refugee status, lawful permanent residence, or naturalization. These petitions are still viable, however, although the applications are being processed, no interviews are being scheduled at this time. The travel restrictions imposed do not pertain to green card holders but currently do affect those who have been present in most countries in Europe, China, and Iran. Presently, all U.S. consulates abroad have canceled routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. The consulates have declared they will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time due to the uncertainty of the Pandemic. Some have provided target dates for when they hope to reopen but this is country specific and subject to change. Most consulate websites claim they are open for emergency appointments, but these seem to be reserved mostly for U.S. citizens dealing with lost or expired passports abroad. The Department of State has not yet defined what constitutes an emergency (assuming emergency appointments are available to non-U.S. citizens) most likely this would include the severe illness or death of a family member. The plight of foreign employees in specialty occupations, or H1-B employees, who have been laid off because of Covid-19 is another volatile area. Many in this situation are in a difficult predicament and might consider filing for a change of status to B1/B2, visitor’s visa. Another issue is whether non-U.S. citizens may

apply for unemployment benefits. Currently, the receipt of unemployment benefits is not considered by USCIS in a “public charge” determination. However, when seeking lawful permanent residence, being “unemployed” will still be considered under the totality of the circumstances analysis and may affect a public charge determination. Visitors in the country under the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) or Visa Waiver Program are given a finite number of days they may remain in the United States without having to obtain a visitor’s visas and this specific date is reflected in their I-94 form. Due to the Pandemic, people under these programs are able to contact the Customs and Border Patrol Office nearest them and request “Satisfactory Departure” which is basically permission to stay in the country for an additional 30 days beyond their I-94 date. Having worked in the field of immigration through four different White House administrations it is easy to see how immigration policies change, shifting from left to right, depending on the politics of the administration at the time. Currently, with Covid-19 in the mix, it remains to be seen how policies being imposed during the Pandemic will be implemented in 2021 and the years beyond. As for this great nation of immigrants, we remain a mecca, a beacon of shining hope for those seeking a better life and we hope it will always remain that way. Frieda Montanti Goldstein, is a former U.S. Immigration Prosecutor. She is the managing partner for the NY office her firm located in midtown Manhattan. | 121



The Leading Practice in Affordable Cosmetic Surgery and Impeccable Results By Tyrice jOHNSON OF THE BELVEDERE AGENCY


oals Plastic Surgery, a premiere clinic in body aesthetics, is offering competitive pricing not just to New Yorkers but to people worldwide to reclaim their confidence. The founder of Goals Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sergey Voskin, a renowned doctor with a keen eye for art, beauty and cosmetic medicine developed a practice with exceptional safety standards and extraordinary values. Since a young age, Dr. Voksin had an inclination towards patient care and cosmetic surgery. The culmination of Dr. Voskin’s love for aesthetics, medicine and helping people feel their best created a clinic -Golas Plastic surgery with skilled doctors who have an artistic eye,

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medical knowledge, extensive training and impeccable bedside manners. “Initially, I saw a gap in the market in New York City for affordable body contouring procedures. There was lack of knowledge and competitive pricing, but the demand from patients was prevalent which led them to travel to countries like the Domenican Republic to explore procedures and undergo potentially dangerous surgeries,” says Dr. Voskin. This led Dr. Voskin to establish Goals Plastic Surgery, a practice with premier doctors who can deliver elective surgery services with utmost care, precision, affordability and incomparable results!

Goals is focused on making high quality cosmetic surgery procedures affordable and accessible to people in the United States. In addition to surgery, Goals also offers postoperative care in-house, as well as an extensive list of the newest technologies for aesthetic medicine. Goals views plastic and cosmetic surgery as a medium of artistic expression that displays itself in a practical application of scientific knowledge, the production of what is beautiful, a perfection of workmanship, a perpetual quest for improvement in technique, and a skill attained through clinical experience, and above all making people feel happy about what they see in the mirror.

“We mostly see women of different ages and ethnic groups- including mothers, social elites and celebrities. Not one procedure fits all. Our doctors curtail body contouring procedures according to the patient’s body structure, health, and of course, their own vision of beauty. Our doctors aim to create confident and better versions of our patients, without changing their identity and uniqueness,” says Dr. Voskin. The most sought after procedure at Goals is the Liposuction 360 and Brazillian Butt Lift. This procedure is performed by our accredited doctors who have a keen eye for beauty and surgical skills to use state of the art technology to deliver the most outstanding results with a speedy recovery. A Brazillian Butt lift is accomplished with liposuction of the back or abdomen, or both. The fatty tissue is then transferred to the buttock region and in most cases, the hips, to create a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing silhouette. Goals Plastic Surgery facilities are luxurious

looking inside, with each corner tastefully designed, and each room technologically equipped to facilitate post operative care and beauty treatments. Goals Plastic Surgery boasts of clientele traveling not just from across the country, but from all over the worldincluding Europe and Africa. Social media plays a significant role in demand for body contouring procedures. With celebrities and influencers flaunting their physique, followers are often searching for ways to attain those results. “At Goals, we strongly advise against the use of silicone injections and overly aggressive liposuction. This is why we formed a practice with doctors who abide by safety standards and values. At our practice, we believe that plastic surgery performed in harmony with art and natural beauty gives the best results,” says Dr. Voskin. “Right now, amidst COVID-19, we are seeing a drastic increase in demand for cosmetic surgery. Many patients are working from home and using the opportunity to recover without

having to take much time off. Also, people are apprehensive to travel, and they are instead investing in making themselves look and feel their best,” says Dr. Voskin. Goals provides the largest selection of the most innovative aesthetic services at the most affordable prices to people around the United States. “We offer pricing that draws in people of all social classes and procedures that are curtailed to various body types,” says Dr. Voskin. The Company is on track to become a household name in the aesthetic industry, as they opened up an additional office in Atlanta this year. 718.676.2565 | 123


GERALDO RIVERA Celebrating 50 Years on Television By Elizabeth Darwen


his past Labor Day, 2020 marked Geraldo Rivera’s 50th Anniversary in television. One of America’s most enduring public figures, the Emmy and Peabody-award winning correspondent shares stories of his wild life and high times in a hugely entertaining series available right now on Fox Nation, the Fox News Channels’ digital platform. Titled “I Am Geraldo, 50 years,” the series chronicled Geraldo’s amazing half-century in broadcasting, beginning with his epic expose on the conditions of the “Willowbrook State School.” In that riveting crusade to close down America’s grim institutions for the developmentally disabled, Geraldo made history. His work is literally still being taught in every school of social work in the nation, forever changing attitudes about the care and treatment of the mentally challenged. On a personal level, the impact of the series propelled the little-known New York reporter to international

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stardom. The arc of his unique career and vivid personal life took Geraldo from gritty street reporter to jet set playboy to host of saucy late night and raucous daytime television programs. Probably the last of the Rock and Roll newsmen, Geraldo went everywhere from the killing fields of Iraq and Afghanistan, Central America, Africa and around the globe, including America’s inner cities. He’s interviewed everyone from Yasir Arafat to Fidel Castro, Muhammad Ali to Charles Manson to Donald Trump. Sometimes, the line between news and entertainment blurred in his unplanned, improvisational travel through the ever-changing pop culture landscape, 1970-2020. The Fox Nation series re-airs his infamous, ratings record busting “Al Capones Vault,” as well as his classic interviews with Mick Jagger, Barbra Streisand and Paul McCartney. It also airs Geraldo’s confrontation with violent skinheads, the best studio brawl ever caught on tape. The series culminates with Geraldo returning to reporting. After losing

friends and neighbors on 9/11 the series shows how Geraldo left a high profile, highly rated hosting gig at CNBC, taking a huge pay cut to become a War Correspondent for the Fox News Channel. Now FNC’s Correspondent-at-Large, Geraldo relives history as he shares a treasure trove of amazing footage like the Zapruder film of the assassination of the young and gracious 35th President JFK, and includes interviews with the totally unconventional 45th president, their decades long friendship, their rendezvous on Celebrity Apprentice, and the odds President Trump will be re-elected. In addition to the four hours on Fox Nation, on Labor Day, Geraldo’s actual 50th anniversary, the Fox News Channel aired a One-Hour Geraldo Special on their broadcast channel. Instagram | @GeraldoRivera

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Getting to Know the Man Entrepreneur Who is Reshaping the Lives of Women By Lauren Bens

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f you want to balance your metabolism, lose weight, and more importantly, readjust your mindset, Balance 3H Plus has just the individualized program to bring out the best version of yourself. Mitch Suss, founder and CEO of Balance 3H Plus Medical Weight Loss and Spa Center, Inc., has indeed helped many young, middle-age and older women take their hormonal destiny into their own hands with his company’s proprietary weight loss program Balance 3H Plus, which is predicated on their exclusive blood panel Health 365, designed just for women. By identifying the specific hormones contributing to weight gain, creating medically supervised customized weight loss programs, and reducing chronic inflammation, it becomes easier to manage the hormones that have a huge impact on belly fat and increase your risk for every chronic disease including diabetes, thyroid disease, heart disease, and certain cancers-just beware-you might also wind up with less stress and levels of feeling your sexiest and most confident self. You can also keep your body ready for battle with the B3H Plus IV Weight loss and immunity boosting drips to help ensure you stay strong and lean during these uncertain times.

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Of the thousands of businesses that entrepreneurs launch every year, Balance 3H Plus stands out as the best for well, improving the quality of life and health of women. This revolutionary regimen transforms the lives of women from clinically depressed, sick and obese to happy, healthy and lean- if this sounds like changing (it is!) then that makes Mitch Suss deserving of the honor of entrepreneur of the year, hands down. If you are ready to get fit and healthy, you will want to hear all about the history of the brand and the man. Balance 3H Plus is reinventing the lives of women in their 20’s, 30’s, 40s, 50s, and beyond who are struggling with hormonal related weight gain and chronic health issues. Balance 3H Plus Medical Center & Spa incorporates technology, consulting, cutting edge-research, and innovative anti-aging and cosmetic solutions for the female demographics, creating a happy home, happy family, and happy self-existence that nurtures and promotes a happy life. Mitch has spend years fostering leading research collaborations with world-renowned medical institutions, scientists, and wellness thought leaders to introduce wellness standards, nutritionally based hormone balancing programs and solutions

into the current diet environment that is still rooted in the ‘calorie in, calorie out’, eat less, exercise more’ paradigm. For example; Nutrition researcher and New York Times bestselling author, Neal Barnard, M.D., demonstrates how food affects our hormones-and our health. Dr Bernard shares the science behind how common conditions-like infertility, weight gain, menopausal systems, breast cancer, thyroid problems and acneare fueled by hormones that are hidden in or influenced by the foods we eat. Imagine experiencing years of unexplained infertility until a simple diet change sets things right. Or suffering from unexplained weight gain or obesity, endometriosis, debilitating menstrual cramps, polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes, or even acne without ever realizing that the solution could be as simple as the food on your plate. Incredibly, most women who will benefit from this very subtle switch of diet, do not even realize that a hormone imbalance maybe contributing to or even causing their health problem. At Balance 3H Plus, women in their 20’s, 30,s 40,s 50,s and beyond share stories of how they overcame their medical conditions by simply changing their diets.

“Its time to bring the science of weight loss out of the dark ages and apply a new understanding of how hormones impact weight loss and metabolism,” explains Mitch. “Everyone who is part of this movement believes fully in this healthy new paradigm shift. From physicians and nutritionists to medical professionals, from sustainability advocates to health and wellness thought leaders, it was evident to most how critical this concept is to the millions of women stuck in unsuccessful antiquated weight loss programs. We have been fortunate to attract many influential and powerful women who are very supportive of our efforts to improve both the mind and body using targeted nutritional principles backed by the most recent scientific research in the biology and physiology of women, as they recognize the great implication and importance of what we are accomplishing-which is to passively deliver a safe and effective medical solution to the millions of women suffering needlessly from hormonal imbalances.” Mitch, also explained that he is “proud of the global reach we have achieved in just a short few years”. We strive to form strong strategic relationships with leading medical institutions at the intersection and crossways of health, fitness and psychology. Success to me, and to the balance 3H Plus team, is largely focused on how many women we can have a positive impact on. Everyday I translate the fact that we are influencing health outcomes for thousands of women already, and are only growing. Through our hard work, dedication and zest, we have a unique opportunity to advance the health and well-being of women at scale.” About The Man After caring for his ill mother who was suffering from cancer, Mitch made it his life’s mission to find a better way for women to fulfill their health goals in a natural and holistic way. As his mother’s primary caretaker, Mitch watched her teeter back and forth between moments of pain, frustration, and sadness, as well as moments of optimism and spiritual strength. This time with his mother taught Mitch how delicate and fleeting life can be. It opened up his heart to explore, authentic connections with other women whom he would come to love and care for. It also gave him a deep and profound perspective that all women desire emotional understandings and open communications in relationships, but often struggle to find it. This experience gave Mitch an incredible resolve and profound understanding to go out into the business world and try to help as many people he can from the ravishes, pain and suffering illness brings to so many.

Balance 3H Plus has 3 Unique components that guarantee your success: 1. WE TEST, WE DONT GUESS - A women’s hormone levels. This is the most overlooked and unappreciated by the mainstream diet industry. Many women may experience symptoms which may be related to a variety of metabolic dysfunctions or an imbalance between certain hormones. Of course decreased energy and weight gain could also be related to a hunger or stress hormone imbalance, sluggish thyroid, poor lifestyle and diet, even food intolerances and sensitivities. Without valid testing, we can never know which are out of balance. We first decode these deficiencies and take appropriate measures to correct these imbalances. 2. A NUTRITION PLAN - designed specifically for the unique dietary needs of women experiencing the hormonal imbalances and debilitating symptoms that are wreaking havoc on their bodies. 3. BALANCE 3H PLUS ALL-natural supplement protocol to restore hormone balance, alleviate symptoms and help women lose fat and gain muscle. When we treat these imbalances and metabolic dysfunctions, our patients get back the energy and vitality they once had. And many lose up to 25 pounds during the initial 8-week program.

but Mitch has both the personality, resolve and perseverance to come out on top. Though he might be known as an energetic and resolute entrepreneur, as well as radio show creator, producer and authoryou’ll definitely want to read his book entitled “It’s not your fault, it’s your hormones,” -Mitch has navigated through both personal and professional hardships only to be considered by his peers to be one of the next rising stars in the health and wellness industry. The great news is there are a lot of things women can do to take back control of their emotional health and life. There are answers for every women at every stage. Women no longer have to feel victimized by haywire hormones and conventional diets that make you fat and do not work. And for many the answer lies in foods that are fortified with nutrients to keep you healthy and hormonally balanced! For a growing number of ladies, B3H Plus is the next, most logical step for them to take in order to help care for themselves, their health and their bodies. I know one thing for sure, Mitch Suss has my vote for entrepreneur of the year.

According to Mitch, honing in on specific hormones without the use of drugs, is essential for managing your health and lifestyle, as well as reducing stress and anxiety. “When you Balance a women’s naturally occurring hormones in a certain stage of life, they feel younger, energized, sexy, and more confident with their new body. Our two week metabolic cleanse, which should be done at least twice a year, revitalizes your energy levels, clears up your skin, and weans you off alcohol, tobacco and sugar, which is vital for long term weight success. We rid the body of toxins and the difference can really be seen and felt within a short time. One added (and very big) benefit, is that many spouses and significant others often call up the center and thank us for reigniting the passion, fervor and intimacy that disappeared In their relationships many years ago. This makes myself and staff members very proud!” These might be trying times, | 127


NIKKI WALTER-NEMICKAS Fitness is Life for Model & Lifestyle Coach By Lillian Langtry | Photographed by Bobby Black


itness model, sponsored athlete, and Lifestyle Coach Nikki Walter-Nemickas has a strong passion for health and wellness. Nikki is a sponsored athlete, Motivational Speaker, Fitness Model, who travels the country with her daughter Addison, to help change people’s lives through speaking engagements, workshops, their online education efforts, and their company, F…It Companies LLC. (Family, Faith, Fitness, Food, Friends and Fun… All of the F’s rolled into one).

help and love of her family and dear friends, every challenge she faced only served her to become stronger. Following the loss of her husband, and after years of working for the Chamber of Commerce, Nikki finally decided to pursue her goals and compete in fitness competitions. Since then, Nikki has become

Growing up in a small town in South Dakota, Nikki first started on her journey in healthy living when she discovered her love for running during junior high school. She later became a cheerleader while also attending ballet classes. During this time Nikki learned the importance of strength and conditioning; and knew her goal one day was to compete in and win fitness competitions.

After graduating, Nikki moved to Minneapolis Minnesota to work for Medtronic Wellness Centers, but declined a job offer to get married back in South Dakota. Her second major hardship was the loss of her 35-year- old husband to leukemia, when their daughter Addison was just five years old. With the

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Nikki’s passion and knowledge has been recognized with her being published and featured in publications including Oxygen Magazine, TRAIN For Her Magazine, FHM Magazine, Natural Muscle Magazine, The Today Show, Talking Live with Dr. Robi Ludwig Times Square, What Women Want with Judy Goss Radio Talk Show. Nikki is also a Health and Wellness columnist who has been featured,,,,,, thriveglobal. com,, theinsider. com, and the to name a few. Description automatically generatedNikki’s daughter Addison is also very much involved in the Health and Wellness lifestyle. Following in the mother’s footsteps, Addison has her own mission: Her passion to inform others to eat healthy and help fight childhood obesity. Addison wants to educate kids as well as parents on living a health lifestyle with her “Kids Kitchen with Addie” clips on Instagram and YouTube.

Nikki Walter’s life has not been short on hardships. The first came at the end of Nikki’s junior year in March of 1997 when her father tragically lost his life in a car accident. Nikki decided to pursue a degree at a state college and delay her goal to be in the Airforce to stay close to her two younger sisters and mother. She later pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business & Health Management at Northern State University. During that time Nikki started teaching group fitness classes, and co-founded The Northern Highlights Dance team, which took time to grow, offering all students including international students an opportunity to dance on the team.

com. She has appeared at The Arnold Classic and Mr. Olympia as a spokesmodel for Bodybuilding. com. In 2015, Nikki was featured on the site as Bodyspace Member of the Month and in 2019 modeled new products for

a six -time NPC first-place finisher, and competed at the Mr. Olympia in the Flex Bikini Model Search, has qualified to compete for the NPC Masters Nationals in 2018. She was selected as one of the Top 10 finalists in the U.S. for Spokesmodel in 2014, earning her a photoshoot with Ironman Magazine and a spot on the International TEAM Bodybuilding.

Now that Addison is in High School, she still works with her mom on passion projects and works with Kids. Besides traveling to speak at events, educate people in healthy living, the mother/daughter duo has started a health movement called #ruralfit. #ruralfit is also an opportunity to raise money for a family or community project in need. Instagram | @_nikkiwalter, @gofit_fitness Addison Walter ‘s Instagram | @kidskitchenwithaddie

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DEVON LÉVESQUE Health Expert & Fitness Entrepreneur By Hailey O’Connor


ntrepreneur Devon Lévesque is one of the world’s foremost wellness and fitness experts, Partner of ultra-exclusive gym Performix House, and investor in other wellness brands such as Thr33 Active, Super Coffee, Powered App, and a new cutting-edge at-home gym: Arena. He works with influential figures such as Jets star Braxton Berrio, influencer @brothernature, and real estate mogul Barry Sternlicht. Arena: The At-Home Workout Solution Arena, by definition, means “a scene of activity”— and this dynamic 37-lb black platform offers the same multi-faceted workout you could have in any public gym. Arena is “a complete gym solution that’s the size of a suitcase,” explained Lévesque. Forget the cable machine, dumbbell rack or hex bar — Arena can become all of these with the touch of a phone. The Bluetooth platform’s resistance is determined by a sliding scale on the user’s smartphone app; instantaneously, resistance can go from 0–200lbs. While that alone would be impressive, Lévesque then elaborated on Arena’s versatility: “Anyone that’s just trying to better their lives through fitness and are on a budget, this is their solution.” While the small gadget can provide resistance more than 5x its own weight, its value is not restricted to strength training— putting on the ankle straps allows for the elasticity of a Pilates reformer, creating softer cord-tension supports physical therapy and sitting on the ground imitates an ergometer, as

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Lévesque demonstrated. And all things are made a bit more fun with competition — Arena is no different; the app’s programs and workouts are sent to a cloud, where friends and family can have activity level competitions. A Fitness Lifestyle Lévesque is quite used to fitness being a family endeavor, as his father and grandfather were professional weight lifters, and his mother a professional arm wrestler. Lévesque himself became a dual-sport college athlete and eventually turned his passion for fitness into full-time job. He only partners with brands authentic to himself, testing all products for a 6-month minimum before agreeing to an investment or partnership. The companies Lévesque is involved in reflects his daily life: throwing on Gymshark clothes and drinking a Super Coffee to start the day, heading into Performix House for a guided cardio session on the Powered App, and following-up this cardio with some strength training on Arena. Post-workout, he applies THR33 Active Cream to soothe any soreness. All the while, Lévesque tracks his activity with his Whoop strap. Giving Back To raise mental health awareness and support the FitOps Foundation, Devon Lévesque will perform the first ever bear crawl marathon around NYC.

The FitOps Foundation is a nonprofit powered by Performix® that trains and certifies veterans as elite personal trainers. For this marathon, Lévesque has been training alongside a team of doctors and coaches at Performix House, and following a weekly 20-hour program that balances training and recovery. Expected to take 24 hours to complete, Lévesque will be attempting the impossible on October 30th at 5pm with a goal of raising $500,000 to donate to FitOps. Upcoming: Performix House LA When all gyms are finally open, we can expect another illustrious milestone from Lévesque and Performix House — Performix House LA. Twin to NYC’s most exclusive, high-end, and well-kept gym, this all-encompassing wellness wonderland hosts LA’s top trainers, doctors and management team. While the NYC location just re-opened in early September, only 16 people are allowed inside at a time, per social distancing — 8 trainers and 8 members. This intimate gym experience is hardly a change; pre-pandemic, only 24 people could be present: once again, half trainers, half members. With only a few coveted spots available in Performix House LA, west coast fitness fanatics eagerly wait for coronavirus to be curbed in California — if only to attain a membership at 9200 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, which also happens to be the home of Soho House West Hollywood.

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Creating a Healthy Lifestyle and Real Estate Wealth By Lauren Bens


eal estate markets in certain regions of America are booming. It can take a lot to balance the needs of clients as they sort through shifting living and business needs throughout the pandemic. Life Coach Larry White is helping those in the business stay on top of markets, while helping keep balance in day-to-day existence. He is the ultimate guide to make your body and mind equally robust. Even during one of the most trying times in the history of mankind you can succeed with him leading the way. “I manifested my own destiny and so can you,” states the man who is proclaimed to be the one and only Catalyst & Creator of Opportunities. His business leadership helps build outstanding portfolios with genuine recommendations for making every hour of your business day a power hour. While at the same time focus is given equally to the body and how to maintain healthy living. Larry has positioned himself with forward thinking companies and groundbreaking individuals throughout the years. He passionately uses their drive and directs it to make clients topnotch humans. The

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Houston-based coach trains some of the best real estate professionals in the country with consultations on how to further build success, while combining efforts to make them the healthiest they have ever been. Getting your life in shape is a full out momentous occasion when it comes to working with Larry. His one-on-one consultations vary from weekly talks on how to climb up financial ladders to daily motivating steps discussing the power of yoga and meditation. As a genuine fitness enthusiast who is ranked in the top 5 percent of Crossfit Athletes in the world he certainly knows a thing or two about fitness as financial portfolios. “Fail to plan and you plan to fail. It’s time to take control of your life and live your best life ever,” proudly proclaims the coach. The entrepreneur community he has built from coast to coast admires his capabilities as they turn to him to make improvements, especially with his latest methods involving holistic therapies. His approach is unique in structure when it comes to giving a client a sense of having it all. For as much

as he stresses growth he also knows people who work with him need to have a sense of stability, which is why he combines techniques. Taking in a workout and turning around and shifting the energy to the family then the office stabilizes balance to him. And the moment you have that sense of being grounded the world of business opens up to limitless possibilities. “If you don’t come at your highest level daily then how do you grow? It’s not just about my plan. It’s why I have an issue with other coaches who just talk about following their plan that is just their personal routine,” says White. “It’s about us working together to create the best opportunity. So many people just become jack of all trades and master of none. Doing that you just become dead inside. It’s not about me. It’s about you. It’s what so many people get wrong. If you don’t have the right tools then everything else is irrelevant.” With Larry White anything is possible in the world of real estate.

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