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ennifer Lawrence claims she is getting too much attention with her newest installment of The Hunger Games franchise Mockingjay: “I get photographers hiding in my bushes. We’re way past autographs. We’re into being stalked and followed.” Her co-star Josh Hutcherson reveals, “I like girls who can go out and play sports with me and throw the football around, but you don’t want a girl who’s too much tougher than you.” Julianne Moore confesses, “You never have sex the way people do in the movies. If anybody ever ripped my clothes, I’d kill them.”…. Jake Gyllenhaal, who’s in the edgy thriller Nightcrawler about the underbelly of local TV news, said, “Being a star doesn’t last. That’s not what life should be about. It’s a complete illusion that really has nothing to do with you.” His older on screen love interest Rene Russo muses, “Maybe it’s that I’m naive, but I don’t think of myself as an age.”…. Hoteliers Brandon and Hank Freid unveiled an exotic Moroccan Haven Oasis atop The Sanctuary Hotel on West 47th Street. Fans of the hotel include Jenny McCarthy, Donnie Wahlberg and Carmen Electra. Haven Rooftop’s new décor reflects the vibrant colors and lively ambiance the father and son team experienced on their travels to Morocco. Among the revelers were Altaneve prosecco’s David Noto, Merchant Solutions Group’s Billy Morrissey and Brittany Brown and Nicole DiCocco. havenrooftop.com …. The cast of Birdman reveals their inner selves. Michael Keaton: “You don’t have to be especially weak to become extremely self-involved in this business.” Bombshell Emma Stone: “It’s a scary thing for a

Dale Noelle & Tashina Zamlowski @ Fashioned in America

Camila Alves McConaughey & Matthew McConaughey @ Interstellar premiere


woman to put yourself out there and look like an idiot. Look at Lucille Ball. She said, ‘I’m not funny. What I am is brave.” Zach Galifianakis: “Being popular is poison. My mom and dad are like, ‘You’re not enjoying any of this.’ I say, ‘It’s your fault for not raising me up to be superficial.’… Dale Noelle’s TRUE Model Management hosted the “Fashioned in America” style event in Phoenix featuring U.S.A.-made fashions. Designers showing their lines included Oscar de la Renta, J. Mendel, Wes Gordon, Monique Lhuillier, Anna Sui, Ralph Rucci and Nanette Lepore as well as pieces by up-and-coming designers, including a Rosie Assoulin gown worn by Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery at this year’s Emmy Awards. truemodel.net Matthew McConaughey and the stars of the blockbuster sci-fi film Interstellar talked about themselves: “I’m a loner and proud of it. I can be the world’s most sociable guy but being alone is where it’s mostly at for me.” Jessica Chastain: “I don’t talk about my dating life. But in this business it’s very tough to maintain a relationship because we’re like gypsies - always on the move.” Anne Hathaway: “I look my best after an entire hair and makeup team has spent hours perfecting me. When do I feel my best? When I haven’t looked in a mirror for days, and I’m doing things that make me happy.” … Animal Advocate Michele Riggi kicked off her Adopt Don’t Shop campaign for the holidays at her home in Saratoga to draw attention to all our four-legged friends who need a loving home. The party that drew over 5,000 guests to her front door was done in conjunction with Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist (H.O.P.E), The Saratoga County Shelter and The Saratoga YMCA. hopeanimalrescue.org … The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones: “I think the main trap not to fall into as an actress is not to play the love interest too much.”… Artist and etiquette expert Michelle-Marie Heinemann toasted fashion designer Victor de Souza at the Pierre Hotel after he named her his new muse. Guests included Barbara Regna, Bettina Bennett, Alessandra Emanuel, Donna Soloway, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Nicole Noonan, Tina Storper, Boo Grace, Aimee Marcoux Spurlock and Robin Cofer. … Fabolous celebrated his birthday at Liberty Theater at 236 West 42nd Street where Swizz Beats jumped on the mic with him. Among the 500 guests cheering them on were DJ Khaled, Raekwon, Mace, Lil’ Mama, Teyana Taylor and actor Dennis L.A. White. libertytheaterny.com

Jessica Chastain @ Interstellar premiere

Anne Hathaway @ Interstellar premiere

Fabolous celebrates his birthday @ Liberty Theater

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Angela Bernhard Thomas & Prabal Gurung @ the Rubin Museum

Nicole DiCocco & Alex Donner @ Animal Zone International

Leesa Rowland @ Animal Zone International

Ansel Elgort @ RPM’s Pier of Fear

Naomi Watts @ St. Vincent premiere

Billy Morrissey & Brittany Brown @ Sanctuary Hotel

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St. Vincent’s Naomi Watts: “There’s a lot of skeletons in my closet, but I know what they’re wearing. I’m not gonna act all ashamed of it.” Bill Murray: “The truth is, anybody that becomes famous is an ass for a year and a half. I give everybody a year or two to pull it together” … The Rubin Museum of Art hosted a screening of Thomas Morgan’s Waiting for Mamu: The Story of Pushpa Basnet. Following the film, a conversation was held with Founder of the Early Childhood Development Center, Pushpa Basnet, designer Prabal Gurung and the film’s Executive Producer Morgan Spurlock. Susan Sarandon was among the film’s supporters. Leading the applause were the Director of the Rubin Museum Tim McHenry, filmmaker Angela Bernhard Thomas, Dianne Bernhard, Franck Raharinosy, Hillary Weldon, Jonathan Bricklin and Susan Duffy. waitingformamu.com/film …. Filmmaker Richard Ledes and Dr. Paola Mieli hosted Animal Zone International’s Fall Benefit at Thalassa Restaurant. The reception, honoring Jean Shafiroff, raised money to aid the cats, dogs, goats and other animals on the Greek island of Amorgos. Benefit Committee members included Kick Kennedy, Cornelia Guest, Christine Schott Ledes, George Ledes, Morgan O’Connor, Leesa Rowland, Lorenzo Borghese, Lisa Anastos and Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin. animal-zone.org ….. The Fault in Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort, Adventure Club and Nicky Romero took turns spinning for New York’s biggest dance party at Pier 94 hosted by RPM and Eddie Dean, the owner of NYC mega club Pacha. pachanyc.com …. Veteran event marketer Herb Karlitz, the CEO of Karlitz & Company, produced The MICHELIN Guide Star Galas in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. The galas celebrated the success of each city’s culinary elite and the release of this coming year’s The MICHELIN Guides. NYC winners of the coveted star included America’s most expensive restaurant Masa, Aquavit, Alex Raij’s La Vara, Carlo Mirachi’s Blanca and Anna Hieronimus and Elise Kornack’s Take Root. karlitz.com

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thought to myself as I strolled to the R train one night, after devouring the most fabulous meal at Papa Nello Balan’s eponymous name-sake restaurant, Nello and thanking God for great friends and great food institutions, where no matter what hour (mostly) or day of the week you are assured the comfort of great, delicious food and genuine warmth and camaraderie of the folk at these iconic New York restaurant institutions. That much could be said for two other iconic eateries that come to mind, and everyone would have to agree that Jean Marc Houmard’s Indochine on Lafayette Street is in the Downtown New York Restaurant Hall of Fame like Balthazar down the street and Odeon in Tribeca. Negril - which happens to my hometown all-time favorite restaurant, is also one of these venerated spots. Negril right there on West 3rd, right there one could rightly say, in the middle of the New York University campus off LaGuardia Place and a four second walk past the chic firehouse that Anderson Cooper calls home, which looks right into the class rooms of the NYU Law School. Negril is GW’s favorite Manhattan restaurant precisely because it provides the best island Jamaican and Trinidadian food anywhere in this necropolis. I am at Negril almost every other day of the week because I cannot do without my intake of oxtail and jerk chicken

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and the most delicious rum punch ever. Negril is only 10 years old, unlike Indochine, which is 30 years old and as one would expect the legendary impresario Jean Marc turned it out for what had to be the most fabulous Downtown bacchanal of the Autumn 2014. So many legendary habitués of what we like to call Downtown - such as the iconic fine arts fashion photographerRoxane Lowit, and the fashion plate artist Anh Duong who told me over the nonstop flow of champagne and food all night, that the first time she ever set

foot in Indochine was with the French couturier Christian LaCroix at the height of his fame and euphoria, in the mid 1980’s. Were you wearing one of LaCroix’s famous pouf skirts on that first night here? ‘’Yes, I was,” she laughed! ‘’In fact I still own it. It’s still in my closet,’’ she said, as she jostled for a banquette to perch and survey the throng of Manhattan’s bon chic bon genre. Cool fun folk like the shoe designer Jean Michel Cazabat, or the hair mogul Ric Pipino hitting on every gamine Indochine waitress he could find, and model mogul Sean Patterson, and the legendary Bethann Hardison who I swear did not stop dancing for at least the three hours I was there. She was a dance machine! Others jostling for the best angles include the Estee Lauder Daddy big bucks Jon Demsey, who every starving artist in Downtown wants to be best friends with. Jon Demsey is a master of the zeitgeist and for any starving and emerging artist, drag queen, stylist - holds one major gateway to fame and fortune. Just ask Rupaul. After a night like that you can find GW at his home base, when he is not uptown at Nello, at Negril in the West Village. And I am telling you uptown socials and society doyennes like Jean Shafiroff, GW’s all time uptown doyenne of the season. She is the Mercedes


Kellogg. Some evening Jean should throw on her skinny, skinny pair of Tom Ford jeans and a cashmere turtleneck and a sleeveless fur top and her Giambatista Villa black suede

ankle boots and grab a gaggle of her girlfriends and talk a walk on the truly fearless and cool side and spend an evening at Negril over rum punch and the signature house special Chef’s Tasting which is the heartiest and most delicious comfort food inNew York City.

of the nicest, nicest, warmest people I have ever met, the daughter of California hippies who grew up loving and honing her expertise in Mexican fare. She brings a special and unique touch to her classic menu. So go in for a Taco Tour (just tell that to the staff there and they will know exactly what you mean).

And there I can regale one of my best friends Ria Ramkissoon, who happens to run the best house for Marva & TK, the owners of Negril. Over a carafe of rum punch the divine Jean and her gaggle of uptown BFF’s could enjoy the sounds of the solo dread-locked musician tapping on his steel drum on a trip downtown on any Monday night this season and order the range of classic appetizers such as the delicious jerk chicken or classic Red Snapper pan fired whole fish simmered in fresh herbs and spices and steamed okra and simply divine!

Dos Caminis is perfect before or after nibbles before or after a night at the boites, and clubs that abound in the Meat Packing. The fiftyyear-old Scorpio has just published her second book all about her taco recipes and secrets and as the reigning Executive Chef for twelve years and counting. Chef Ivy Stark is also well on her way to establishing herself as yet another New York City institution. Like GW!!! And I will be in touch.

Over in the Meat Packing I will also tell you that I still love a margarita and the iconic tacos that legendary Manhattan chef Ivy Stark has concocted for the also can’t miss Dos Caminos chain of restaurants. The taco trend in the foodie world is a having a major moment and you don’t get better in New York City that at my favorite Dos Caminos in the chic MePa district. And Chef Ivy is one

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Galas Galore

Every month, Resident Editor Isaiah Negron will take you to the city’s top galas and benefits. Please email your suggestions to Galas@Resident.com.

Co-Chairs CeCe Black & Ann Van Ness

Marcella Martin and Billy Lerner

Zoe Kravitz

French Heritage Society Gala at the Pierre Hotel honored Hermès International and Timothy Corrigan - frenchheritagesociety.org

WallStreet Rocks Concert benefitted ReserveAid at the Highline Ballroom - wallstreetrocks.org

The Guggenheim International Gala Made Possible by Dior - guggenheim.org

Dainne Benrahrd, Emilia Kabakov & Angela Bernhard Thomas The National Arts Club Medal of Honor Awards honored Emilia and Ilya Kabakov

Nina Griscom The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering 26th Annual Preview Party for The International Fine Art & Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory

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Co-Chairs Christine Mack, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Lisa Evans Heidi Klum The K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Gala at the American Museum of Natural History honored Heidi Klum

Julie and Billy Macklowe Park Avenue Armory Masquerade Gala honored Director Peter Sellars

The 15th Annual New Yorkers For Children Gala at Cipriani - newyorkersforchildren.org

Michael Kors & Halle Berry The 8th Annual Golden Heart Awards at Spring Studios honored Anna Wintour - glwd.org


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Every month, Resident Magazine either hosts or atends the most fabulous parties in New York City, if you would like Resident to attend your event or you would like us to help you throw your own, contact us at: michaelt@resident.com Isabelle Cajfinger of CASHMERETOUCH held a premiere private viewing on Nov 14th at The Palm Too for her 2015 exclusive line of designer pieces including: “Cashmere from Kashmir” shawls, throws, blankets as well as hand embroidered wool rugs and tapestries to benefit City of Hope.

Resident Magazine celebrated its October Cover Launch Party featuring the cast of The Gossip Table at Midtown’s hottest new location, Texas de Brazil.

Resident Magazine celebrated its NovemberCover Launch Party featuring Howard M. Lorber Chairman of Douglas Elliman at the stunning 11 Beach Sales Gallery in Tribeca

Publishers of Resident Magazine Don Winter & Michael Travin Jane Pontarelli, Howard M. Lorber Chairman of Douglas Elliman, Tivia Kramer Isabelle Cajfinger of CASHMERETOUCH

Lizabeth B. Macoretta, Isabelle Cajfinger, Christopher A. Pape & Beverly Diamond

A scene from The Palm Too

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Co-star of The Gossip Table Rob Shuter & Rhony star Sonja Morgan

Resident Magazine Sale Director Lisa Bernstein & singing sensation Lizzie Blasquez

Co-star of The Gossip Table Noah Levy & Editor-in-Chief Christopher A. Pape

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hilanthropist Jean Shafiroff continues to spread her angel wings all over New York City. In the short span of two evenings, Shafiroff, wearing evening gowns by the late Oscar de la Renta, co-chaired one benefit and was honored by a separate charity. Along with Cathy Black, Shafiroff was the co-chair for the French Heritage Society Gala at the Pierre Hotel. She is also a board member. The French Heritage Society is dedicated to protecting the French architectural legacy both in France and the U.S. with particular emphasis on raising funds for preservation and education. Two nights later, Shafiroff was honored at the Animal Zone International’s Third Annual Argos Fall Benefit at Thalassa Restaurant. This year the international nonprofit, which is dedicated to the protection of animals and the environment, honored the generous philanthropist for her work on behalf of rescue...

By Flo Anthony

Former Hal Jackson Miss Talented Teen Arizona, CeCe Peniston, breezed into the Big Apple to perform at Hal’s widow, Debi Jackson’s tribute to the late radio icon’s 100th birthday at BB King in Times Square. Former “View” co-host Sherri Shepherd was also in the house. In fact, Shepherd, has moved on

Joi Brown and Charlene Dance

from her estranged husband, Lamar Salley. Recently appearing on Broadway in “Cinderella,” Sherri waltzed into BB King holding hands with her new boyfriend, who introduced himself as “AB.” The coosome twosome canoodled and snuggled up throughout the evening. Next up for Sherri is a 10 episode recurring role on TV Land’s “Soul Man”...

The term “ladies night” has been redefined, thanks to a new group of high-powered female influencers who gathered on October 22 for an exclusive evening of conversation, ideation and fun. The Stakeholders Conversation with Female Influencers series held its first meeting at an elegant penthouse in SoHo where nearly 100 women of substance gathered for the exciting launch hosted by Joi Brown, senior VP of marketing/brand partnership for Atlantic Records. Event sponsors included Atlantic records, Strength of Nature Global, Rosa Royale sparkling wine and Girls With Gifts. Among the luminaries in attendance were Charlene Dance, global marketing director for Strength of Nature, makers of Elasta QP and other leading hair care brands, Mona Scott-Young and Cheonoa Maxwell...

According to Radar Online.com, “Real Housewives of New York’s” Ramona Singer’s estranged husband, Mario’s mistress, Kasey Dexter, has fled NYC for Florida. Now, Radar is revealing that the 60 year-old Mario has rebounded with Ramona’s fellow Bravo reality star Chantelle Fraser, who will join the upcoming season of “Blood Sweat and Heels.” During a recent date, Mario and the British born beauty were tossed out of a posh Big Apple nightclub after a very public make-out session, according to sources...

“American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez is reportedly buying a mini-mansion-like duplex penthouse in a swanky four-unit boutique building across the street from Madison Square Park. According to Variety, the penthouse was once listed for $25 million but was last on the market for $22.5 million. Other residents in the building include former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky, who, in July 2013 paid $9.25 million for their nearly 5,000 square-foot spread and NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon...

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Padma Laksmi Padma Laksmi was one of the chicsters who recently joined Jennifer Hudson at W Hotels Turn It Up For Change Ball at W Union Square, The vogueing ball, which kicked off with a performance by Hudson, featured fabulous transsexuals, drag queens and more, and was the official kick-off of Turn It Up For Change, a new fundraising and awareness initiative by W Hotels Worldwide, HRC, and Jennifer Hudson for the fight for nationwide LGBT equality...

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Three Unique New York Experiences to Ring in 2015 By Clara Morgan

Supernova at Novotel New York Times Square Third Annual New Year’s Eve Party Supernova at the Novotel Hotel New York Times Square is the most spectacular place to witness the 2015 midnight Ball Drop – with an expansive outdoor, heated terrace overlooking all the action. The highly anticipated New Year’s Eve Party kicks off from 9:00pm, and includes music from top DJs, aerial acrobatics performers and a sixhour open bar. In past years the New Year’s Eve party has been a sell-out event, with guests travelling from over 15 countries to be a part of the magic. Guests can enjoy VIP tables and tasty hors d’Oeuvres from the Supernova restaurant headed by Chef Khaled Tablet, there’s an extensive cocktail list to enjoy, plus complimentary champagne for the essential midnight toast.

1 OAK’s New Year’s Eve Party This New Year’s Eve, saunter through the tightly kept doors of New York City’s locale 1 OAK, where you’ll find the worldliest of partygoers. Located at the crossroads of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, 1 OAK is the center of sophistication, embodying an artistic spirit, one that’s amicable, avant-garde and unpredictable. Born of the namesake catch phrase, “1 OfA-Kind,” 1 OAK has outlasted the rise and fall of countless nightlife trends, a testament of being a true New York City niche in nightlife.

The elegant, newly-redesigned venue offers unmatched ambiance and energy. As the clock nears midnight, all guests can experience the magic of the 5,700 square foot outdoor lounge and terrace, which wraps around the seventh floor of the Novotel’s glass tower, offering an oasis in Times Square. Supernova’s heated outdoor patio provides one of the best spots to count down the final seconds of the year and take in the panoramic views of the iconic Waterford Crystal ball descending on the sea of revelers below. Tickets start at $499. To make your reservation please visit: supernovaballdrop.com

toast at midnight. The flickering light of a roaring fire against metallic gold curtains make bottles of Dom Pérignon sparkle, and the outdoor smoking patio is partially enclosed by beautiful mirrored walls. Tickets start at $149. To make your reservation please visit: 1oaknyc.com

On New Year’s Eve at 1 OAK, there is a premium open bar, and sashay to the sounds of a live DJ performance, amplified by a state of the art sound system, right through to the live DJ countdown and champagne

Cipriani Wall Street Black and White New Year’s Eve Party 2015 Celebrate New Year’s at Cipriani Wall Street, a grand and luxurious events venue. This year, Club 55 at Cipriani Wall Street is hosting a Black and White-themed cocktail reception with Bellini and Prosecco. A fourcourse dinner will follow in the 700-seat dining room. There will be a $195.00 set menu with Lobster Salad, Homemade Egg Ravioli, a choice of entrée and alternating desserts. Guests will transfer to the dance floor for live DJ and dancing. Take in the splendors of this New York landmark on one of the world’s most famous streets. Cipriani Wall Street once served as the home of the New York Merchants Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange, 34 • Resident December 2014

the United States Customs House, and the headquarters of the National City Bank. Club 55 at Cipriani evokes this same sense of elegance – the dining room lined with leather-bound books and sparkling chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. To make your reservation please call 646-300-8168 or email wallstreet@ cipriani.com


This December, ring in the holidays with the East Midtown Partnership, as we present two weeks of special holiday music programming.These performers will bring holiday cheer to the community from December 2 through December 16, and recapture the true meaning of the holiday season. Times and Locations Subject to Change; Visit www.EastMidtown.org/SoundsOfTheSeason for updates Tuesday, December 2, 11:30 AM Jia-Yi He World Class Harmonica Virtuoso from Turtle Bay Music School 919 Third Avenue (at East. 56th St)

Thursday, December 4, 1:15 PM

Trio Lafayette – The Goldberg Variations St. Bart’s Church, 325 Park Avenue (at East 51st St) Presented by St. Bart’s Church & Gotham Early Music Scene

Friday, December 5, 12:30 Noon

Turtle Bay Music School Staff & Faculty Carolers and Stein Senior Center Chorus 919 Third Avenue (at East 56th St)

Saturday, December 6, 2:00 PM

DJ Mark of Plum Radio The Harman Store, 527 Madison Avenue (at East 54th St)

Saturday, December 6, 3:00 PM

Wednesday, December 10 Lighthouse Guild Vocal Ensemble from the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School the nation’s only music school dedicated to helping people pursue their interest in music while overcoming the challenges of vision loss 11:30 AM at 150 East 58th Street(between Lexington Ave and Third Ave) 12:30 PM at 450 Park Avenue (at East 57th St) Presented by Jones Lang LaSalle

Wednesday, December 10, 7:00 PM

Messiah Sing-In and Play-In at Turtle Bay Music School 244 East 52nd Street (between Second Ave and Third Ave) Presented by Turtle Bay Music School

Thursday, December 11, 1:15 PM

Jörg-Michael Schwarz & Dongsok Shin – Trios for Two: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord of J.S. Bach St. Bart’s Church, 325 Park Avenue (at East 51st St) Presented by St. Bart’s Church & Gotham Early Music Scene

The Unforgettables Chorus the first chorus of its kind for people with dementia and their family members and friends St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave. (at East 54th St) Presented by St. Peter’s Church and The Unforgettables Chorus

Adam James of Plum Radio The Harman Store, 527 Madison Avenue (at East 54th St)

Monday, December 8, 11:45 AM

Tuesday, December 16, 12:00 Noon

Hewitt School Bell Choir 919 Third Avenue (at East. 56th St)

Saturday, December 13, 2:00 PM

PS 59 Chorus from Beekman Hill International School PS 59 919 Third Avenue (at East 56th St)


The Investors Corner: Castles in the sky T

By Larry Greenfield

are panicked about your stock investments or for that matter any of your investments I would suggest that you should reevaluate your allocation to any such investment.

rading and Investing is a mental game and mimics the game of life. Though most people will claim to think about the future in reality most of us live in the moment. My name is Larry Greenfield and I have been a professional trader for a Hedge Fund. My first career ran for some seventeen years though as a private investor my trading career has been even longer. Like everyone, I have made many mistakes but thankfully my Triumphs have outnumbered my less happier moments – as Napoleon was quoted, “he only wanted Generals who were above all lucky”. Napoleon’s subsequent career should be analyzed by all personal investors as clearly despite conquering near all Europe his own ‘stock’ picking skills eluded him sufficiently that he met his Waterloo. I have learned many things about myself from trading stocks day to day and many of them have influenced my long term investment decisions. For many, including some in the finance community the view of the trader is made by Hollywood – think of movies such as Wall Street, The Boiler Room or the more recent Martin Scorsese trip back to the 1980s - The Wolf of Wall Street. While all these movies have an element of truth or build from a moment in time, Trading is a short term game full of excitement but for those of us who made a living doing it being a professional and knowing yourself is the critical differ-

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Know yourself is the basis for any investor. I learned early on that my conservative personality was holding me back in my trading career. While I still err on the side of caution in selecting my wardrobe I embraced this part of me and in turn was able to tailor it to become a profitable trader. There are super successful aggressive traders who fear nothing and believe in themselves and in some cases become the most profitable traders. There are so many types of traders though in my personal experience have never met one who was successful without demonstrating some degree of risk taking.

ence between success and failure. Trading is cold, it plays no favorites and for those who have tasted some success there is no better satisfaction than mastering the craft. Let us for a moment look beyond the news headlines and consider the stock market meltdown of 2008. Were you personally too heavily invested in stocks? If you were or

Today, in my personal investments I maintain a very conservative approach. I do not like huge moves down in my portfolio though of course the consequence is that it limits my upside. The number one benefit of this approach is that it makes me sleep better at night and smile more effortlessly when socializing. For other investors the feeling of missing out creates anxiety and a more aggressive portfolio is the way to go. Between these extremes there are many shades of gray – of the investment rather than the literary kind. To paraphrase the ancient Greeks “Know thyself” is the key.


Premium, if you owe more than 80% on your house). Most calculators online tell you that you can put up to 30% of your income into your house payment, but remember; you may have other bills and debts. Look at your house payment, monthly expense to run the house, your car and consider any credit card debt or other significant expenses that you may have regarding your kids or your personal spending. For example, if you love to travel, then you may want to keep your house payment down so that you have that discretionary number. Many times, 30% is still too high, so talk to your professional CPA or other advisor to be sure that you are including everything. It’s very sad when people overextend on a house, only to find out that maintaining a larger house costs more than they anticipated and they get in over their head very quickly. It’s Ok to have MIP. Yes, I said it! It’s not the worst thing in the world if you are in a payment plan you can afford. It’s much better to have MIP, than to put too much down on a house and not have any savings. Never, under any circumstances, put a significant amount of money on the house if you do not have at least 2-3 times more than that in savings. Again, if you have not overextended yourself on your monthly payment then you are better off putting that money in the bank. If you are afraid you might lose your job or go through a difficult time, the money will still be there to use as your monthly payment. On the other hand, if you put too much money down, which a lot of people do to save on MIP, then if something does happen to your job you won’t have a back-up plan. And by the way, no one will refi your house if you are out of a job!

Ask Holly!

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By Holly Nicholas Signorelli

n over twenty years as a CPA I have seen the same trends over and over again when it comes to mortgages. When the markets are booming, people tend to overextend themselves on their house, hence the phrase “house poor.” The problem is that when the markets tank, there are foreclosures and bankruptcies that truly could have been avoided by following a few very simple things. I call this the “Flip

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Flop” theory because it’s based on emotion and fear. It’s a reaction of one extreme to the other, and the key that is missing is balance. Here are five things you need to know: First of all, take a solid look at your budget and decide how much you can afford and absolutely do not overextend or budge on that number. That number, by the way, should include your tax and MIP (Mortgage Insurance

Please do not under any circumstances pay for your house in full, unless your retirement plan is fully intact. This is a very bad decision that is based on the fear of someone taking your house away. It ultimately results in you having to refi your house and pay fees to get your own money back. If you are set on retirement, then by all means, pay for your house in full. If not, then take advantage of the record breaking low interest rates combined with your tax deduction and keep the money in your savings. I do notice that the majority of people that overextend on a house, have just come off of a banner year. My theory on this this is that they do not think they will have another big year, so that want to “lock in” the house. Even if you do have one banner year, and you do not believe you will have another (which usually is not the case), you still need to cover your bills, taxes and put money aside, before you use the rest on your house. The theme here is #balanceyourspending so that you can have it all, and when you prioritize your bills, taxes, and savings, then whatever is left, feel free to play!


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Holiday Travel Essentials By Hillary Latos

Whether hitting the slopes or the shore, holiday travel is one of the highlights to celebrating the end of a glorious 2014. Here are some highlights of travel essentials from tech to beauty to packable accessories to ensure smooth sailing while on the go.

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Liliya Chernova – The Skin Care Expert behind “The Perfect Facial” By Clara Morgan adison Avenue is New York City’s most fashionable address for skin beautification. It’s also home to one of New York’s most renowned skin care and beauty specialists - Liliya Chernova – of The Perfect Facial, Inc. With more than 20 years’ experience in skin care at the most exclusive beauty companies in Manhattan, Liliya is passionate about helping her clients achieve more radiant, healthy, and youthful skin.

works in conjunction with other therapeutic techniques to alleviate physical, emotional, and mental stress while promoting recovery.

Using techniques from around the world, Liliya specializes in deep pore cleansing facials, anti-aging facials to facials, which accentuate the work of plastic surgeons. Clients of all ages, celebrity clientele, women and men with different skin conditions, come to her from all over the world - including Australia, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, and UK.

Also trained in paramedical aesthetics, Liliya keeps up-to-date with the latest scientific discoveries in skin treatments. One of her specialties are her paramedical pre- and post- surgical facials which dramatically enhance the results of any doctor’s procedures and medical aesthetician’s treatments. If you are considering facial surgery, Botox, fillers, lasers, or medical facials, you should also consider a facial with Liliya to enhance the final result. Liliya’s facials are a based on the philosophy of taking care of the skin utilizing her remarkable healing hands as the main part of her facial. At the same time she is unique in combining hands-on facials with advanced machine techniques.

A graduate of the famous French Bruno Chikly School, Liliya offers advanced Lymph Drainage techniques to treat problem areas such as wrinkles, eye lids, face lifts as well as acne, spots, scars and broken capillaries. Her work can also help to reduce healing time for pre- and post-surgical and laser patients by detoxifying skin tissue. Building on her previous work in the skin care field, Liliya deepened her focus when she studied Reiki healing energy. Reiki is a form of non-physical natural healing energy that

In 2009 she was in Ireland to complete the “Rising Star Healing System” where she trained at the hands of world-renowned spiritual teacher, psychotherapist, healer and instrument of Divine energy - Derek O’Neill. His teachings widened Liliya’s perspective on the mind-body-spirit connection in effective skin care. “It is not just about your face. It is about how you feel,” she says. “Your skin must reflect and awaken your inner beauty for optimal results to blossom”.

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Liliya is also passionate about the importance of exercising and massaging facial muscles to look younger and more attractive. “Perhaps fifty percent of the appearance of aging in the face is a result of tension,” she says. “The more tension – the more wrinkles on our face. If we don’t exercise and massage our face, facial muscles become weak, tense and flabby, facial skin becomes dull and sagging.” She says facial muscles need to “work” – to lift, expand, contract and receive lifegiving oxygen in order to stay healthy, fit and beautiful. Liliya recommends following facial yoga exercises from the book, “The Yoga Face” by Annelise Hagen, who teaches her popular program at the New York Health and Racquet Club. By merging the science of skin therapy with the art of healing energy, Liliya ensures every patient leaving her surgery looks good and feels great. Discover why she one of the most sought-after beauty therapists in New York. New clients receive a 15 minute complimentary face-lift massage. The Perfect Facial 635 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor New York, NY 10022 646.733.8106 liliyachernova.com


Bentley Meeker Let There Be Light By Isaiah Negron

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rt critics call him a visionary. With shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art and edgy downtown galleries like Gallery nine5, lighting artist Bentley Meeker has garnered wide acclaim for his unparalleled ability to use light as a means to convert physical spaces into illuminating works of art. “Light is the most powerful tool we have to create any feeling,” says Meeker. His latest project, The “H” in Harlem in the culturally rich neighborhood of West Harlem, has had a major impact on the city’s arts scene. Over the past five years, the area has seen a rapid expansion of art, design and business. A Harlem resident himself, Meeker witnessed the transformation firsthand and was approached by community leaders seeking his involvement to help celebrate the vitality and cultural strength of the area and honor its legacy. From these requests was born the idea to create a large-scale, public art installation titled The “H” in Harlem, the largest artistic structure ever to grace the iconic neighborhood. Meeker’s project illuminated the area from June into the Fall with a giant letter “H” surrounded by an oval, aluminium truss and suspended from the viaduct at 12th Avenue and 125th Street. The oval was comprised of 30 white LED lights while the “H” itself was lit by white full spectrum plasma lighting fixtures. “The ‘H’ in Harlem provided a bold creative statement that became a city-wide beacon for everything that makes West Harlem, and Harlem at large, great,”

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says Meeker. “But most importantly, it brought attention to a community that is eager to embrace economic growth and positive social change while still celebrating its cultural heritage, diversity and strength. The gift that it was intended to be was the gift it was received as.” Growing up between the United States, the Bahamas and Canada, Meeker was exposed to various forms of luminosity from around the world. He was 14 when he moved to Manhattan and his passion for light was born. This love affair with light eventually led him to establish his own company, Bentley Meeker Lighting and Staging, Inc., which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2015. Meeker has built the company into one of the leading lighting firms in the world. He and his team have lent their talents to some of the city’s most distinguished venues including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Lincoln Center. Be it the weddings of Robert De Niro to Grace Hightower or Catherine Zeta Jones to Michael Douglas, New York Fashion Week runway shows, movie premieres or gala benefits for the American Ballet Theater and the New York Philharmonic, Meeker creates unforgettable lighting through creative design to the production of a brilliant event. He explains, “Light creates the environment, and the environment creates the mood, and the mood creates the experience.” For more information: bentleymeeker.com


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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and John Hopkins University, Sargent has always answered, first and foremost, to her own voice of integrity. Born in Montreal, she married Irwin Leopold with whom she built a successful real estate business in Canada. Together they bought Ruby Foo’s, a restaurant that seated 1,300 and became an instant hit in Montreal. Sargent also developed Ruby Foo’s motor hotel that had an underground tunnel connected to the restaurant, which she designed with architect Max Roth. After a time, she opened a boutique in the hotel, which featured Gloria Vanderbilt’s glasswear and other unique collectibles. Not long after, Sargent moved to New York and got her stockbrokers license, entering the male-dominated world of Wall Street while simultaneously raising two sons. She met Daniel I. Sargent, a manager and partner at Saloman Brothers, and they married. Sargent continued to grow her client roster, becoming a respected broker and maintaining a vibrant career with top investment firms like L.F. Rothschild. “It was not easy. I worked 18-hour days and was also raising a family while managing four households at the same time,” she remembers. “But I had perseverance and a feeling that I was going to prove to Wall Street that a woman is capable of being as competent as any man.” Her hard work and persistence carried her through more than four decades on Wall Street, but it was her eye for trends in the market that really set her apart.

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laine Sargent isn’t easily pegged into a single category. She has spent the better part of her life shattering notions of what society-at-large expects from her as a

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woman on Wall Street, a wife, mother, philathropist and now a grandmother. Whether it’s her work for Republicans for Choice or supporting medical research programs at the

When Sargent wasn’t busy breaking down barriers on Wall Street or buying and selling real estate, she began investing in her love of the theatre, which fulfilled the artistic side of her personality . Sargent has proved to be a steadfast patron of the arts including the Metroplotian Opera, the Roundabout Theatre, Lincoln Center and the New York Theatre Workshop. “I often go to the same show two or three times,” says Sargent “I love how the plays change in the time between the previews and the opening night. Performances on stage are spontaneous and there are mistakes. It’s very human in that way, and it’s the human element that I like.” Although Sargent still runs her own money, she has left Wall Street behind and is devoted to her philanthropic passions, actively supporting organizations like the American Cancer Society and the ASPCA. She continues to stand up for the issues that are important to her including marriage equality and the right for same sex couples to adopt . Sargent says,“The things that have carried me through are things I picked up from my time on Wall Street: determination, followthrough and thoroughness.”


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onald McDonald House New York is nonprofit organization that provides a temporary “home away from home” for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The House located on East 73rd Street in Manhattan, is a supportive and caring environment, which encourages and nurtures the development of child-to-child and parent-toparent support systems. The work accomplished by Ronald McDonald House New York would not be possible if it were not for the hard work and dedication set forth by our volunteer corps. In 2014 approximately 250 weekly volunteers and over 150 corporate partners collectively worked over 30,000 hours to sustain the mission of Hope set forth by the board of directors and

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staff who run the House. They planned bowling trips at Chelsea Piers, visits to the Central Park Zoo, NYC Bus Tours, playtime with therapy dogs, as well as lunches and dinners. They also listen with open ears, provide a shoulder to cry on, or even act as challenging pingpong opponent. 2015 marks a special year for Ronald McDonald House New York as we plan to bring the wonderful programs offered a the 73rd Street House to the pediatric floors at private and public hospitals located in all 5 Boroughs of New York City. In 2015, RMH-NY is beginning its Happy Wheels Coffee Cart Program at the Hospital for Special Surgery, as well as the construction of Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms at NYU Langone Medical Center in lower Manhattan and Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. The Happy Wheels Coffee Cart is equipped with coffee, healthy drinks and snacks, toys, and other entities to make patients and their caregivers more comfortable during treatment. These carts are designed to circulate the pediatric wards for three-hour time increments. Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms func-

tion as miniature Ronald McDonald Houses that each family may utilize while they are at the hospital receiving treatment. Ronald McDonald House has served more than 30,000 families from all over the world for 36 years and plans to increase this number indefinitely.

While the House is equipped with volunteer help at the main location on 73rd Street, volunteers are greatly needed to help bring this outreach programs to life. President and CEO, William T. Sullivan encourages volunteer participation to help run these innovative ventures, “your help is a crucial component in the fight for the health and welfare of these underprivileged sick children and their caregivers.” Please join Ronald McDonald House New York’s unified and diversified volunteer corps by volunteering for one of our outreach programs. For more information: kmorahan@rmh-newyork.org


In Bed with Pop By Rory Winston

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s the mellifluous voice of Ariana DiLorenzo nonchalantly scampers across the unmistakably jagged line “Just because I’m in your bed doesn’t mean I’m yours”, one suspects that the identity of the culprit being addressed could as easily have been all of pop music as the lover alluded to in the song. After all, although Ariana may have seduced the fickle genre with catchy hooks, her moody chord progressions clearly demonstrate that she won’t be owned by it. Although the affair between her and a mainstream audiences is looking ever more steamy, her indieedged arrangements and her unique juxtaposition of rambunctious phrasing with a melancholic undertone make a good case for her relationship with pop being no more than opposites attracting. As sultry meets sophisticated and earnest meets impish, one gets the definite sense that the fashion savvy 24 year old Tisch-graduate behind Ariana and the Rose will be having a myriad of flings with different music styles before settling down in a comfortable popfriendly bed. Since the native New Yorker was on a brief break from her recent Gay Pride Tour, I took the opportunity to conduct an informal tête-à-tête. Ariana’s demeanor is the type that immediately puts one at ease - albeit in that disquieting sort of way that humility by highly attractive artists has a way of doing. She possesses a quiescent form of intensity – one that makes me wonder whether it was the result of having studied journalism herself or simply empathy and grace – along with humility, rare commodities in the music industry. If you’ve ever seen Ariana perform you can imagine what it’s like consorting with her - alert blue eyes hur

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tling towards you like roving twin planets; while her otherwise beatific face appears as though it were on loan from J. W. Waterhouse’s study of Dante’s Beatrice. Her unrehearsed responses are, likewise, an oddly entertaining composite of grace, inventiveness, rhapsodic asides and sheer whimsy. Like Janelle Monae and Azealia Banks who had both attended drama and musical academies, Ariana is conscious of the influence that theater exerts over her work: “Certainly, my studies have had an effect on my approach – It’s not just about the stage presence but about the creative vision behind it. My familiarity with different arts helps when doing both music videos and shows. I get to think in conceptual terms rather than doing a straightforward visual rendering of the lyrics. It gives me the vocabulary for collaboration. Whether that means working with the director on a storyboard, or coming up with a treatment, I remain an integral part of the creative process rather than just a performer.” It was this profound understanding of other arts that had landed Ariana’s music on a runway show with renowned Londonbased designer Ashley Isham. That Isham’s admiration for Ariana’s music was recip-

rocated when she chose his dress for her own video attests to the ongoing give and take between seemingly disparate fields. But whether she is the catalyst or the one being catalyzed by her encounters, Ariana admits to the serendipitous nature of her partnerships: “we simply decided- hey, you know what - let’s do something really fun together… After which, more often than not, you tend to blend the aesthetics.” While themes are important to Ariana, she, nevertheless, eschews superimposing a contrived theme-based structure onto her albums. “Don’t get me wrong,” explains Ariana,”I absolutely love Janelle Monae’s concept album about the alien girl. I mean she has incredibly accessible songs like Tightrope and still manages to get that big cinematic idea out. And while I envision doing something of the sort in the future, for now I’m primarily focused on the subject matter. In each song, I ask myself: ‘What is it that you’re really trying to say’. Well, what I’ve discovered is that I keep circling back to the same questions that I’ve struggled with myself: finding out who I am, how to love and how to give and receive, how to get back up when I fall; and mostly, finding some middle ground without feeling like I’ve compromised my values. So, yes, my material is highly personal but it’s also general enough for most young people to identify with. It’s similar to the issues in the hit series Girls, similar to issues bubbling in social media, and - from a slightly more academic perspective – it’s the very same stuff that even the New Yorker is writing about. Like I learned as a journalist, you write about what you know and if you do it well enough there’ll be an audience out there for it.” When asked what that audience is, and whether she feels an urge to dumb down her material in order to hit this ‘golden middle’, she unequivocally responds: “No. I come from the simple belief that pop music and pop culture doesn’t have to be dumbed down. My natural inclination is to be accessible without diluting the message. So far I haven’t had to hold anything back. .American audiences – and especially British ones – crave reality: Adelle, Florence and the Machine, Lorde… A song like Royals got through precisely because Ella (Lorde) sang it exactly how she meant it and it spoke to people. No one would have thought ‘ooh this is a perfect pop formula’; but when it came

out, suddenly it was. We need to start giving the audience more credit. People want real in other walks of life. What would make anyone assume they don’t want it in their music”. Her dream team…? With irrepressible enthusiasm, she names the much lauded grey eminence Rick Rubin and the compositional genius, Sia – both of whom had, incidentally, been part of Benny Blanco’s recent line-up. Launching into a paean, Ariana

wants to make sure I am familiar with all those from whom she has gleaned insight: David Kahne (Regina Spektor’s producer) is a “singer’s producer – meticulous with arrangements and phrasing”, Charlie Arme – Ariana’s very proactive A&R - has not only managed Elle Eyre (of Waiting All Night) but has also set co-writing sessions for Ariana with the highly talented Martin Sjøle in Norway, and those like Oliver Nelson have remixed her work, allowing Ariana to see her songs in a new light. In response to what direction she’s headed in and what genres she hopes to incorporate, Ariana answers as if from a reverie: “Ethereal, sweeping soundscapes”, she proclaims, “Something along the lines of what Imogen Heap does; but bringing that vibe into the more structured playing field of pop.” Was this the next genre fated to crawl into Ariana’s pop-loving embrace? Of course – as every fan knows by now – regardless what genre ends up in Ariana’s bed for the night, the single lady (and singular artist) would always remain an entity very much its own.

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RESIDENT’S MOST INSPIRING YOUNG PHILANTHROPISTS By W.A. Muller

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A new generation of New York’s most innovative and talented young philanthropists has arrived! Each bearing fresh takes and new perspectives on their respective field, our list of Philanthropists Under 30 has achieved much in local history preservation, animal care or fine art education. Here they share their inspiring stories and visions for the organizations they care most about.

LEXANDER N. HAMER is 26 yearold. He grew up in Cheshire, England and lived there until he was 15. He then moved to Greenwich, CT, and traveled back and forth between the two places. He attended school until he was 20 due to his passion for equestrian sport. School and horses were obviously conflicting. He has since moved to Manhattan and maintains a home in Bedford where there is a large equestrian com-

NICOLE HANLEY MELLON is the co-founder of HANLEY MELLON - a luxury lifestyle brand she created with her husband, Matthew Mellon. The mother of two, Nicole serves on the Museum of the City of New York’s Director’s Council. The Museum celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.

munity. His passion for horses, riding and animals led him there. He has served on the Board of Trustees for The Friends of John Jay Homestead, and The Board of Directors for The Bedford Riding Lanes Association for more than six years. He joined the Bedford Historical Society Board in 2010. After living in a historic town like Bedford, he recognized how important the preservation of history and conservation of open space is to the town. He wants to help make sure it stays that way. Not only is his knowledge of Bedford history now fairly vast, he is also able to bring a young and energetic vibe to these organizations which are often run by older members of the prominent families who have lived in the community for generations. Also a supporter of the Humane Society, the ASPCA and numerous horse rescue groups, Hamer has two dogs; Lilly (6) from the ASPCA and William (2) from Danny and Ron’s Rescue. For more information: johnjayhomestead.org

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DAVID COLGATE “COLE” RUMBOUGH is the 22-year-old grandson of actress and socialite Dina Merrill. He is the fourth generation in his family to support the New York City Mission Society. The oldest charitable organization in New York, the NYC Mission Society helps children, youth, and families in New York City’s poorest neighborhoods transcend the ills of poverty and create a cycle of success for generations to come. When Dina Merrill was first married to Stanley Rumbough, her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Colgate, introduced her to the Mission Society saying “Every bride needs a charity.” She has been involved ever since as has her son, Stanley Hutton Rumbough, and now grandson, Cole. By the way, Dina Merrill wasn’t the only talent in the family; you can now hear Cole Rumbough sing jazz at the Le Cirque Cafe. For more information: nycmissionsociety.org

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lthough young, the accolades for the talented Kick Kennedy are many and growing. As granddaughter of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and daughter of environmental activist, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the urge to contribute positively to society is strong. As you will come to find out in our interview with her, the legacy of the Kennedys’ – to give back and fight for the underdog – is well represented in the latest generation, of which Kick is a major figure. Known as “Kick,” Kathleen Kennedy is named after her great aunt, Kathleen Agnes Kennedy Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington, a sister of both Robert F. Kennedy and the late President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Born in 1920, she was presented to Queen Elizabeth while her father, Joseph P. Kennedy, served as Ambassador to the Court of St. James and married a British aristocrat. She tragically died in a plane crash in 1948. Like the Marchioness, Kick was presented at the Bal de Debutantes in Paris in 2006. One of six children of RFK, Jr., Kick and her brother, Bobby Kennedy III, were born during his first marriage to Emily Black. The four others, Conor -who famously dated Taylor Swift, Kyra, Aiden and Finn were born during his second marriage to Mary Richardson Kennedy, who tragically died in 2012. Kennedy recently married actress Cheryl Hines, who has a daughter from a previous marriage as well. As Kick was growing up, one of the areas that her father instilled was a love for animals and the environment. A graduate of Harvard and the University of Virginia Law School, RFK, Jr. serves as chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper —a membersupported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. The organization has served as the model for the growing Waterkeeper movement that includes nearly 200 “keeper” programs across the country and around the globe. In 2008, Kick and her father made an IMAX 3-D film, called “Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk” which featured the two embarking on a whitewater rafting adventure down the Colorado River in hopes of raising awareness of the world water crisis. Kick, in her own right, is a graduate of Stanford University. Currently pursuing a career in acting, she has also studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute and appeared in such television shows as “Gossip Girl,” an Aaron Sorkin HBO pilot called “More as this Story Develops,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” in which, of course, her step-mother stars.

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We recently caught up with Kick co-hosting an event for Animal Zone International with pals including pop singer Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Ralph Lauren model Morgan O’Connor, and vegan designer Cornelia Guest, where philanthropist Jean Shafiroff was honored. Here’s what she had to say… Resident: With all your support of animal charities over the year, you clearly have a love for our furry friends. What kinds of animals did you have growing up with? What was your first pet? Are any of your pets rescue animals? Do you have a pet now? What is it? Which animal charities do you support? Kick: We were lucky to have to so many animals at our home growing up. We had dogs and cats and chickens and alligators. We had a snapping turtle swimming around in the swimming pool. That was a bit scary. Of course, we had falcons too as my dad is a master falconer. We did that every weekend in the woods around our home in the falls and winters. I thought it was pretty normal to run around the woods building forts with my crow that was trained to say “Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy” or have an alligator wound, etcetera. My classmates were quick to correct me. I think they were a little off-put. Resident: We hear your dad is a master falconer? What does that entail? Is it true he once gave Anne Hearst an emu? Kick: Yes-- his name is Elvis. We have one, too, called Toby. He looks like a dinosaur and comes and nips at you sometimes while you’re sleeping. He is friends with our Gordon Setter, Ronan. Resident: Tell us about the film you made with your dad about the world water crisis...why was this so important to you? Kick: I’ve been really connected to water issues since I can remember, as my father made it his passion. We knew what PCPs were before we knew how to tie our shoes. I’ve also spent so much time on the water, whether it’s sailing with friends and family or doing a river cleanup on the Hudson. Being on the water (or in it-- capsizing happens...) is where I’m the happiest. Resident: You are also an actor...Where did you study? What have you appeared in? What are you working on? Kick: I studied at school and continued my studies-- both comedic and dramatic-in New York and LA. I played the lead role in the Storm Theatre’s production of “Antigone” which really gave me the bug for live theatre and I hope to do more of that in the future, but for now I’m just loving living in New York. Resident: What do you love about living in New York? Kick: Just being able to anonymously walk into a bar with a bunch of friends and shoot a round of pool. For more information: riverkeeper.org

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s one of China’s largest cities, Guangzhou is also one of the most important cities in the world. Located in Guangdong province, this is the region where an astounding 70% of the world’s consumer goods are produced with a GDP of $250 billion. Though it hasn’t received the recognition as a tourist destination like Hong Kong, Shanghai or Beijing, it’s been long regarded as a major hub for business travelers and fashion designers who frequent the region’s multitude of factories and markets to build their collections, grow their business and amass great fortunes. Considered to be one of the wealthiest cities in China, Guangzhou represents the promised land where wealth sees no boundaries and a destination for workers to migrate from the countryside to fulfill their hopes and dreams for a better life. But far beneath the gleaming sky scrapers and business centers lies an ancient city steeped in history dating back thousands of years, which also served as a battleground and turning point to victory in overthrowing Imperialism and shaping what modern China is today. Now it’s never been easier to explore this fascinating city with China Southern Airlines’ direct flight from JFK to Guangzhou shaving off hours of travel time through alternate connections to Asia. Bask in the hospitality of China’s most luxurious national airline, China Southern Airlines, which is the largest airline in China and third largest in the world. For business and first class passengers the moment you enter the lounge at JFK to the time you land every detail is attended to. Relax and rejuvenate in your own private oasis at the luxuriously appointed Sky Pearl VIP Lounge. The largest and most luxurious in China, the lounge spans over 15,000 square feet which offers comfortable loungers, massage rooms and showers to refresh before a flight, as well as an array of delicious Cantonese cuisine and delicacies.

The JFK to Guangzhou flight uses a brand new 777-300 ER Boeing jet with 4 classes of service. The 16 hour flight will literally fly by in the 4 luxurious skybeds in First Class designed in a cocoon shape offering the utmost in privacy and comfort. The 34 Business Class seats extend 180 degrees to a fully flat bed with plenty of room to catch some much needed rest. One of the exclusive offerings of China Southern Airlines is their popular premium economy class that offers an elevated experience from Economy with an enlarged seating pitch to 38” with 6 inches of additional legroom for a relaxing flight. All cabins are equipped with the world’s most advanced TopSeries AVANT fourth-generation android touch screen entertainment system featuring audio and video-on-demand, games, 3D maps, books, transit information, in-flight duty-free sales and other services. One of the areas China Southern Airlines prides itself in is its cuisine, working meticulously with Western and Cantonese Master chefs to produce exclusive seasonal dishes that change every three months and ensure an unparalleled dining experience. In First or Business Class the dishes are elegantly presented and are on par with some of Guangzhou’s finest restaurants. Select from delectable Cantonese specialties such as lobster with a ginger onion sauce, braised abalone and sea cucumber in oyster sauce, steamed cod with XO sauce or hot clay pot with black bean ribs or braised lotus root red date pork ribs soup all created without MSG. Western gour-

met specialties range from a foie gras terrine with port wine jelly, pistachio crusted chicken breast with a mushroom risotto, seared lamb chops with lamb jus or beef filet medallions with a red wine sauce. WHAT TO SEE AND DO There is a plethora of activities in Guangzhou, whether finding bargains in the bustling markets, strolling along the electrifying Pearl River, engaging in the vibrant nightlife or enjoying a traditional Cantonese feast at one of their fine dining establishments, this is truly a city that never sleeps. The Pearl River is to Guangzhou what the River Seine is to Paris, a beautiful waterway that cuts through the city connecting the historical sites with the modern with over 10 bridges spanning the length. The waterway comes to life at night with its vibrant neon lit buildings and is best viewed by an evening cruise. With the beautiful waterside views this is naturally the home to Guangzhou’s most luxurious hotels like the W and the Ritz Carlton as well as its thriving nightlife scene with exclusive nightclubs and lounges filled with wealthy factory owners, models and ex pats. For a quiet respite in this bustling city, visit Yuexiu Park in the middle of downtown that occupies 212 acres landscaped with artificial lakes and seven rolling hills creating a peaceful and zen atmosphere. Experience traditional Chinese architecture and landscaping that features pagodas, sweeping trees, and pavilions as a backdrop to the historical relics of the city. The most culturally significant sculptures are housed here including the emblem of Guangzhou- the stone sculpture of the Five Rams, Zhenhai Tower, the site of the Ming Dynasty City Wall and Square Cannon Site as well as the historical and art museums. Explore the historic Shamian Island in the Liwan district that resembles a European city with carefully preserved Gothic, Baroque and

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Neoclassical mansions and buildings that are living testament of the strategic importance of Guangzhou in the colonial period. Now home to foreign consulates and expats, the best preserved example of this period is the White Swan Hotel originally erected in the 18th century. If anything, Guangzhou is a shopper’s paradise. The colorful and lively Beijing Road is a favorite amongst locals and tourists. Similar to Times Square or Herald Square, it’s filled with neon lit stores and shopping centers selling everything from fast fashion to Asian antiques, along with an array of tasty yet inexpensive and fine dining eateries to experience true Cantonese cuisine. For those looking for bargains, Guangzhou can be quite overwhelming offering a number of massive wholesale and retail markets scattered throughout the city that spans several city blocks per category. Whether you are looking for electronics, cosmetics, watches, hand-

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bags/ leather goods, clothing, shoes, tea, lighting, eye glasses, jade, fabric, toys or something esoteric, there is a particular market for it with a mind boggling selection to choose from. For most Westerners, the preferred area to stay is in the Tianhe district – the modern and futuristic commercial hub of the city. Home to the majority of new five-star luxury hotels such as the Westin, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons, Sheraton and Sofitel hotels- everything in this area embodies the dynamic pace and extreme wealth of the city with sleek skyscrapers, high end shopping malls, and a variety of upscale restaurants serving Cantonese and Western cuisines. Whether travelling for business or pleasure Guangzhou offers a window to China’s modern culture and the China of tomorrow. Whether a destination or a stop to travelling to Asia, this dynamic metropolis has historic spots coexisting amongst modern development where ancient traditions meld with Western ideals, and the spirit of Guangzhou will always remain with you luring you back with plenty of reasons to return.


With the multitude of materials, creative energy, and production facilities, leading fashion and accessory designers have been travelling or living in Guangzhou to design and produce realize their collections. Here we speak to two designers about what they love about Guangzhou and where they find inspiration. First up, Rem D. Koolhaas, Creative Director and Co-Founder United Nude What are some of your favorite things about Guangzhou and what do you look forward to most? Guangzhou is a very vibrant and a real 24 hour city. Because of the warm climate there is a busy street life even at night. People are not at home watching TV, but are out and about eating, drinking, playing games, etc. The city itself looks a bit messy, but getting from one place to another

is highly efficient as many of the roads are stacked on top of each other so for instance going around by car at night feels like flying: very Blade Runner-ish. What places do you visit to put together your collection and what is your process in designing a full collection? Nowadays we bring in more people from outside to join us with our collections. At the beginning of the current (Fall 15) season we actually organized a 2-week workshop where we had 5 extra designers from all over the world brought in to work with us. I travel a lot

too, so ideas can come from anywhere really. Where do you find inspiration for your collection? This time we designed the collection more than before with the thought of what we would like to wear ourselves, also because we had more people involved than before. We also had new full-time designers join and some others leave, so it was a very fresh and positive moment for us. We ended up making a more focused collection than before. If there were doubts about a product, for instance about if it was cool enough, it simply wouldn’t make it. Do you prefer to fly into Guangzhou or Hong Kong? The easiest thing to say here would be Hong Kong, but this wouldn’t be fair toGuangzhou. Guangzhou is rough and dirty, but at the same time it is many time more affordable so for space, opportunity and creativity Guangzhou beats Hong Kong easily. Guangzhou is also much bigger than Hong Kong and has twice as many people.

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We then spoke with Kara Lusardi, Creative Director for Bobi What do you like about travelling on China Southern Airlines? I love their premium economy class, because business is so expensive, but the premium economy is really in between the 2 classes and is only $500 extra each way and I wish they would expand this section. It makes such a big difference and it’s easier on me. What are the benefits of flying directly into Guangzhou vs. Hong Kong? The direct Guangzhou flight is why I always fly on China Southern Airlines, it literally shaves off 10-12 hours from my trip. If I took Cathay Pacific, I would have to fly into Hong Kong then take Dragon Air to Guangzhou, so coming back I would have to check in 3 hours before, and because it’s a short flight it’s always delayed, and the last time they had a 2 hour delay and then an 8 hour layover in Hong Kong, and in that time I could’ve nearly been home already if I took China Southern. It takes double the time to go through Hong Kong. Also the pilots on China Southern Airlines are some of the best in the world and very educated. My family members are pilots and when I fly with them I feel well taken care of and it’s just so much more convenient to fly direct. Also the Guangzhou airport is very chic and built up.

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What are some of your favorite things to do in Guangzhou? A lot of Chinese women don’t go out to bars or clubs, it’s really a man’s town. I do have very lengthy dinners with my coworkers. I usually only eat Cantonese food when I’m there as a vegetarian I can find plenty of options. The hotel restaurants usually serve the best food. I’ve been going for so many years and I actually crave some of the dishes there that I can’t find in the States. Also they have an incredible variety of beautiful fresh fruits that I can only find there from street vendors, in the same way NY has pretzel vendors. What do you look forward to the most in Guangzhou? As a designer the main reason besides visiting the factory, I love the fabric market in Guangzhou, it’s humongous. It’s better than the fabric market in Hong Kong or Shanghai. I find everything there, and it’s what I look forward to most because that’s how I develop my line. I usually first go to NY to shop for the best heavyweight garments that I feel will still be relevant next fall. Then I bring all of these fabrics with me with a plan to source one fabric at a time by showing it to different vendors in the market. You have to go in with a reference to find something comparable. Are there any misconceptions about Guangzhou?

I don’t think most Americans even know Guangzhou exists. They think of China being Shanghai, Macau or Hong Kong. You’d be amazed about the size of the population yet it’s not a household name. Every building is the height of the World Trade Center. The amount of wealth in Guangzhou is also shocking, because China is still a poor country. I’ve never seen so many Maseratis, Porsches, Bentleys and I live in Beverly Hills.


What do you like most about working in China? I’ve been working with Chinese companies for over 20 years and I’ve seen so much change over the years. Guangzhou’s economy has increased and grown so much over the last 2 years and even their minimum wage has gone up, China is definitely rising and everyone is making more money there.

Where do you find inspiration? Being a fashion designer is a very stressful career. The hours and competitiveness make it difficult. When I go to Guangzhou I can get a month’s worth of work done in a week because I’m working directly with the factory and can make corrections and then design all night in my hotel room. I love Chinese people and love working there. I find the people

to be so peaceful and such good people that it restores my balance. Every time I’m there I have a rebirth. They are humble, they may be poor but they are happy. I calm down a lot there and can restore my sense of love for my job and can create and focus. For more information: csair.com

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Ultimate in West Coast Glamour By Norah Bradford

he Four Seasons Los Angeles, known as the epicenter of West Coast glamour and luxury, is the perfect place to stay in Southern California for business and leisure travelers alike. Recently renovated, this fivestar luxury hotel is nestled in a vibrant and leafy residential enclave between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. During the early year awards season and later in the year for The Emmy TV Awards the Hotel transforms into a focal point for celebrity guests and media. The hotel is ideally positioned for convenient exploration of LA’s attractions. In close proximity is one of the world-famous trend-setting shopping destinations Rodeo Drive, the Pacific Ocean, major business centers, and cultural attractions such as the J. Paul Getty museum and the Santa Monica Pier, the hotel is perfectly situated to please all visitors. With all this in mind the hotel has a exceptionally resourceful, multilingual Concierge team on hand to assist guests with making the very most of Los Angeles and to ensure that every stay is memorable. The glamorous hotel’s two hundred eighty-five guest rooms and luxury suites are decorated in warm hues inspired by

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the sunshine of Southern California and all feature French doors to a step-out balcony with breathtaking views of the gardens, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, or the Hollywood Hills. Each room or suite also features a lavish marble bathroom. Outstanding dining opportunities abound at the Four Seasons Los Angeles - two restaurants plus a lounge offer sumptuous fare. At Cabana Restaurant, guests can enjoy MediterraneanCalifornia cuisine in an intimate casual dining setting adjacent to the hotel’s rooftop pool. Culina, Modern Italian - feted as one of the

nation’s best new restaurants by Esquire magazine - features LA’s only crudo bar, an expansive patio, two lounges, a contemporary dining room and two private rooms for entertaining. A stunning indoor-outdoor restaurant design blends simplicity with elegance. As an alternative, Windows Lounge features a newly spacious outdoor patio and live entertainment three days a week. A menu offering delectable appetizers from around the globe, specialty martinis, in addition to an extensive wine list is complemented by the lounge’s plush atmosphere. Once you have rested in the room and tried the range of dining choices perhaps it is time to explore the hotel’s amenities. The hotel’s outdoor pool is brand new and offers gorgeous elevated city views. Six poolside cabanas are available for spa treatments or a shady poolside respite. Furthermore, a number of complimentary services and amenities are provided free of charge to every guest. These include inroom wireless or wired internet access, luxury car transportation within a twomile radius of the hotel. For more information: fourseasons.com


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By Hillary Latos

ust steps from the white sandy beach and action of Ocean Drive, is a serene beachy hideaway, Sense Beach House in the chic SoFi (south of fifth) district. Taking inspiration from the beach, the design aesthetic is more like a multi million dollar Montauk cottage than the retro minimalist look of South Beach, with plenty of shabby chic and understated touches for an exceptionally relaxing stay.

pointed oversized rooms each have an individual balcony and are so chic and well appointed you may never want to leave. Every detail has been addressed to ensure comfort and tranquility from the soothing striped walls, plush memory foam mattress, Egyptian cotton sheets, tufted pillows, 46” flat screen TV, to the Molton Brown toiletries and modern granite bathroom with a rain shower head.

Sitting in the lobby, aptly named the parlor, is like being in a wealthy friend’s Hamptons home with a welcoming staff that makes you feel at home. Decorated in a soft seaside palette, sink into their natural linen down filled couches on seagrass carpet and admire the ocean themed décor or sip one of their refreshing cocktails. Or if you are more inclined for beachside fun, Senses has a number of complementary beach chairs for guests on the adjacent strip of Miami Beach. If its rest and relaxation you seek, escape to the rooftop pool and terrace named “The Oasis” which has sumptuous chaise loungers with beautiful views of the beach and city as a backdrop. Calming beach tones of sand or sea set the palette for the rooms. The luxuriously ap-

Dining at their signature restaurant, The Local House is a true treat for the senses. Unlike the tourist traps besieging Ocean Drive, The Local House is a popular dining destination

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amongst locals who come for the relaxed atmosphere for and vibrant and uncomplicated contemporary American fare with a Latin twist. A specialty of the house is the fresh South Floridian seafood ranging from an extensive raw bar, corvina ceviche, grouper sliders, blackened mahi mahi tacos, seared scallops and pan seared branzino. Be sure to try their signature cocktails that pair perfectly with the delectable and light cuisine. Potent concoctions such as Down the Rabbit Hole with bourbon, raspberries, mint, lime and ginger ale or Beyond Good and Evil with rum, triple sec, jalapeno and passion fruit are all suitably named with an equally bold personality. The best cure for a hard night of SoBe partying, is their renowned brunch. Indulge in a brunch classic with a twist like a crab cake benedict, caramelized banana pancakes, brioche French toast or a sizzling braised beef brisket with creamy polenta, all of which are as delicious as they sound. Senses Beach House 400 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach 305 538 5529 From $299 per night. For more information: sensebeachhouse.com


Experiencing the Epiphany in Palo Alto By Norah Bradford

alo Alto may be less well known to many travellers located some 25 mins south of San Francisco’s airport SFO and about 45 mins in traffic from the City itself. Better well known perhaps is the University of Stanford and the Technology companies which were born in the town including Google and Facebook to name but two. The leafy low rise town exemplifies low-key and at a passing glance you would not figure that the town is amongst the most expensive with the best educated citizens in the United States of America. Not only for business travellers, but also for those seeking a home from home to explore South of the Bay area the Hotel Epiphany is a natural choice. Technology tourism is also catered for as the Hotel is next door to one of the first offices ever used by technology giants Google and Facebook. Given this lineage the Hotel Epiphany established by JDV

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Hotels fills the void in the town for a boutique luxury hotel experience which blends in with the town and its hunger for technological entrepreneurialism. The rooms are well appointed with frette

sheets on the beds and excellent toiletries selection from Malin & Geotz. Rounding off the feel are large screen LCD televisions and a Lily espresso maker not to mention the Revo SuperConnect radio which blends cutting edge technology with old school looks. Venturing out from your room, the hotel has a restaurant which, for breakfast, serves one of the best café latte’s you could hope to taste. Lure + Till managed by Chef Patrick Kelly partners with local farmers, fishermen and foragers to create a genuinely fresh dining experience. After taking in the ambience of the hotel and the town you will probably feel like wanting to start your own technology enterprise. Fortunately The Epiphany Hotel is ready to help you with the Tinderbox Boardroom, Accelerator business suite and conference rooms. For more information: jdvhotels.com


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Tre Soldi Brings Rome to Chicago By W. A. Muller

ack Weiss solidified his love affair with Italian cuisine and established his business further by opening Tre Soldi in the summer of 2013. Tre Soldi is also located in Streeterville, but distinguishes itself as a pizzeria and trattoria, focused on the Lazio region of Italy. Tre Soldi (meaning three coins) garners inspiration from the Trevi Fountain, made famous in the 1954 movie Three Coins in the Fountain. Murals of the iconic fountain and the rooftops of Rome bring a warm ambiance to the casual, contemporary atmosphere. Glass tiled pillars, an open kitchen and large windows that open to the neighborhood create a lively surrounding that’s perfect for gathering with friends. With over 20 Italian wines available by the glass, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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Tre Soldi’s Roman pizza is a continent away from Chicago-style pizza. It is hand tossed, with a thin, crisp crust and tender edges. They pizzas are topped with various Italian cheeses, homemade sausage, fresh tomato sauce, and herbs, amongst other

seasonal ingredients. Tre Soldi caters to the casual wine drinker as well as the sophisticated connoisseur with their valuedriven wine list. The diversity of their wines allows diners to match wines to courses. The cocktail menu plays on the classics such as the Manhattan, Spritz and Negroni. Two of Tre Soldi’s signature cocktails are the Blush Negroni and the Roman Spritz. Spritzes are light and refreshing in summer, very big in Italy and are often ordered after work and before dinner. The beer menu reflects the micro-brew scene that is heating up in Italy including the popular large format pours. The staff is happy to recommend the best choices to pair with each menu item or to make suggestions based on your price point. For more information: tresoldichicago.com


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quintessential English hospitality in New Orleans By Norah Bradford

short walk from the famed French quarter, home to Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana is a hotel which to paraphrase war poet Rupert Brooke “is a corner… That is for ever England”. Celebrating its 30th Anniversary this establishment began as the vision of New Orleans entrepreneur and Anglophile James J. Coleman, Jr. who thought a location just north of the French Quarter was the very place to build a grand hotel inspired by England’s Windsor Castle, complete with classic art and high tea. Over the years the Hotel has enjoyed a discrete following by visiting Royalty as well as notable persons – Her Royal Highness Princess Anne greeted the attendees of the Hotel’s 1984 opening. Ginger Rogers danced in La Chinoiserie and comedian George Burns smoked the first cigar ever lit in the Polo Club Lounge. Some 80% of the 316 Hotel rooms are spacious suites and the recent completion of a refurbishment in excess of $20 million has helped ensue that the charm of the hotel is complemented by modern amenities. The efforts of the staff and investment in the establishment is reflected in its four star Forbes and AAA Four Diamond status. The spa at Windsor Court offers a pool, spa and fitness centre. The spa offers a wide range of services including

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signature treatments such as the Triple Crown and The Monarch. The Triple Crown begins with warm stones to ground and relax the body before cleansing of hands and feet with warm scented towels. The use of pressure point massage on scalp and head, moves to hands and finishes with the feet. The Monarch is a detoxification wrap treatment and probably the ideal cure for too much fun in the Big Easy. Dry body brushing is followed by a sedating massage using aromatherapy oils. You are cocooned in layers to assist the body in eliminating unwanted toxins, as you enjoy a lavish head and scalp massage. The Polo Club Lounge and Cocktail Bar offer guests an ideal place to meet, begin or conclude a great night out in New Orleans. The Polo Club lounge has all the feel of a private Club in England with décor, art and

objet d’art alongside a very well-stocked bar and knowledgeable staff. The Cocktail Bar located on the ground floor to the right of the main entrance offers an experience focused on the cocktail with a seasonal menu created by Mixologist Kent Westmoreland and supplemented with small plates from Chef de Cuisine Daniel Causgrove. There are two dining options within the Windsor Court, the Grill Room and Le Salon. The Grill Room serves an impressive contemporary American menu for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and is the recipient of numerous accolades and awards including One of New Orleans’ only four-star/ four-diamond restaurant—2014 Forbes (formerly Mobil) Four Star dining award, AAA Four Diamond dining award winner and Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. Le Salon is focused upon the proper service of Afternoon Tea. Accompanied by music from a pianist or harpist, Le Salon offers a selection of some twentysix varieties of tea alongside sandwiches and pastries. Afternoon is a classic experience and opportunity to break during the heat of day and rest ahead of the evening ahead in New Orleans. For more information: windsorcourthotel.com


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Miami Beach’s Ultimate Getaway By Norah Bradford

ophisticated and chic, classic yet contemporary, the Riviera South Beach offers stylish apartment-like accommodations which will be your base when exploring Miami. Walk into your suite and you will find a gourmet kitchen and separate living and dining areas. Hollywood Regency touches meet bold, modern décor for a look and ambiance that is all the Riviera’s own. Sleek espresso hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling silk draperies, rain shower heads, one hundred percent organic cotton pillow-top beds are sure to delight. Personal grocery delivery service and personal chef and catering service are available as well. Step outside the hotel doors and you will find an intimate courtyard pool oasis, surrounded by private cabanas, cushiony beach chairs, and potted plants and palms that lend the space an exotic air. Expert concierge service is on hand to provide an insider’s knowledge of the city’s attractions and nightlife. The Riviera South Beach is also known for offering unique and impeccably stylish accommodations at reasonable prices. A boutique hideaway for jetsetters and trendsetters alike, it is located only steps away from the famous Collins avenue, the beach, the convention center, trendy high-

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end boutiques, sophisticated restaurants, and exciting nightlife. Just one block away from the convention center that hosts the annual contemporary art exhibition of Art Basel Miami Beach, the Riviera South Beach has long been a cult favorite of art world cognoscenti. In December 2013 Ally Hilfiger debuted her new art collection to an excited audience. The perfect venue for everything from Bachelorette parties to business gatherings, the Riviera South Beach offers a range of unique amenities. A courtyard pool with cabanas provides a chic, fun place to relax

Miami-style, and all guests are invited to attend a nightly complimentary cocktail hour at the Catalina Hotel & Beach Club. The Riviera South Beach’s outdoor grill & bar is a fantastic place for light food and cocktails. Beach chairs at the beach club located opposite the Catalina Hotel are complimentaryto Riviera guests. As a Suite guest at the hotel, you can also enjoy a daily complimentary continental breakfast poolside. Other amenities include WiFi access and round-trip airport shuttle service to and from Miami International Airport. Craving a unique bite to eat or signature cocktail? Step into Moreno’s Cuba, the Riviera South Beach’s resident restaurant and café. Latin Grammy Award winner Jorge Moreno and South Beach hotelier Nathan Lieberman have collaborated to open this gem, and the results are both delectable and chic. Dine in the courtyard to soak up old school Cuban café ambiance, or check out the stunning rooftop pool and deck. Moreno’s Cuba opens its doors nightly for dinner under the stars, and also hosts nightly live entertainment including everything from jazz to classical to Latin music. There’s even an occasional live performance by Jorge Moreno himself! For more information: rivierahotelsouthbeach.com


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Cherry Tide Greets Mandarin Oriental D.C. D

.C. saw a lot of bulldozers coming in the 1970s, with most of the Southwestern area razed to create space in a huge urban renewal effort. While old facades went down in flames, a new generation of architecture and modern infrastructure blossomed, which in turn gave the area an impressive new skyline. Among the influx of modernity came Mandarin Oriental D.C., whose 2004 completion caused quite a stir for its marvelous waterfront location, its impeccable and luxurious amenities, and the consistent, top-grade Mandarin Oriental service. Delivering first class service among the nation’s elites, Mandarin Oriental D.C. is the perfect destination for travel, leisure and definitely Capital elegance. Before even setting foot on Mandarin Oriental D.C.’s impressive, nearly 40,000 square foot property, guests are greeted by the nation’s most cherished monuments thanks to the hotel’s marvelous location. Sitting on Maryland Avenue, the hotel is situated in the center of D.C., and is within walking distance from some of the most famous Capital attractions. The hotel boasts

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the convenience its location provides, as the White House is only a twelve-minute walk, while a breezy twelve-minute car ride takes guests straight to Ronald Reagan National Airport. The convenience in location is only part of the excellence that is offered at Mandarin Oriental D.C.. The beautiful hotel features a classic Mansard roof that’s punctuated by rounded or arched windows. The forrest green roof color is paired with subtle, light tan bricks, and welcomes guests against a backdrop consisting of the capital’s iconic fixtures. Walking into M.O.D.C., the first thing guests notice is the opulence in the vast marbled lobby. The circular entrance offers a beautiful view of the waterfront, and greets guests with warm lighting. The same luxury continues at the sophisticated hotel in its 347 gorgeously adorned rooms and 53 spacious suits, all of which are accompanied by spectacular views over either the city, or the elegant waterfront. From the Premier Water View room to the Mandarin suite, all rooms are equipped with modern amenities. The


rooms are decorated in a beautiful array of cream, white and taupe color palette, and flooded with warm, welcoming light. Interior design in these luxurious rooms also boasts the bridging of Asian design concepts and Western design traditions, which result in exquisite touches of Asian accents visible in each room. Bathrooms are furnished in beautiful marble, reminiscent of the gorgeous lobby, and give guests an almost spa like feeling with its large size. While some rooms feature a view that encompasses both the Washington and Jefferson Monuments, as well as the waterfront Tidal Basin, others, like the Deluxe City View room, feature a stunning view over the nation’s capital. Many suites within the hotel also offer access to Tai Pan Club, named after the Cantonese term for high-powered executives

and entrepreneurs of 19th century Hong Kong and China. The premium club offers a private environment for guests to mingle and relax in, as the club consists of a gorgeous lounge, as well as a cozy library. Guests are offered excellent beverages at the Tai Pan bar, together with the gorgeous and dramatic view of the Washington Monument seen through the outdoor terrace. Tai Pan Club’s excellent standards and exacting details are also seen at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Muze. Crafted by Chef de Cuisine Mark McDonnell, the chic restaurant offers a menu that uses quality local produce combined with a South-East Asian twist, and dazzles with a selection of hand-crafted cocktails and deep wine list. Mandarin Oriental’s signature spa service is also offered at M.O.D.C., and features a zen-like ambience. With attentively designed space and serene color tones, the spa is indeed, as Mandarin Oriental puts it, an oasis of holistic therapy for the body, mind and spirit. Boasting in premium location, lavish amenities and elite service, Mandarin Oriental is much more than a stop on your journey. It is a destination for elegant relaxation, and fine-tuned, luxurious indulgence, and is without a doubt worthy of your next stay. For more information: mandarinoriental.com/washington/

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Elegant Parisian Getaway At the Hotel de Vendome By Norah Bradford

hough Paris is home to many fabulous hotels, Hotel de Vendome’s charming and convenient location make it a standout choice for visitors to the City of Lights. This exclusive boutique hotel perfectly embodies the notion of Parisian chic. Located in the heart of Paris’s most fashionable district at 1 Place Vendome, this elegant five-star luxury hotel features attentive service, fine cuisine, and a discreet atmosphere around the corner from the Ritz Hotel, which will open in 2014. Hotel de Vendome has a rich and fascinating history. In 1723, the private mansion that houses the hotel today was built as a private residence for the Vendome Family. It is from this residence that Place Vendome derives its name. The building that houses Hotel de Vendome then became the Texan embassy from 1842 through 1907, a period during which France was the only nation that recognized Texas as an independent country. In 1907, the property was converted into a hotel. Place Vendome is situated at the start of the Rue de la Paix. The Hotel de Vendome is notable for its luxury and beauty. It features twenty-nine lavishly appointed guest rooms and suites. Ten suites and nineteen guest rooms comprise the

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accommodations at the hotel. Each of the suites and rooms is uniquely decorated with antique furniture, beautiful woods, and the finest French-crafted upholstery. Each bathroom showcases rare and beautiful marble. The hotel’s revolving door entryway leads guests into an elegant reception area that feels cozy and intimate, yet luxurious and highly professional. Hotel de Vendome is extremely convenient to Paris’s most celebrated attractions. Just steps away from the hotel’s doors are the Tuileries gardens, Musee de Louvre, National Opera, and the fashionable Rue Saint-Honore. The Rue Saint-Honore is home to the city’s premier designer retail locations. The Place Vendome boasts some

of the world’s finest jewelers, and the Opera Garnier and Jeu de Paume Gallery are both located very close to the hotel. The dining options available to Hotel de Vendome guests are exceptional. Inside the hotel is the exquisite One Place Vendome Restaurant, which features a seasonallyfocused menu by Chef Josselin Marie, and also the One Place Vendome Bar, a perfect place to unwind at the end of a busy day packed with sightseeing, shopping, and exploring. Both the restaurant’s and bar’s interiors were designed by the acclaimed Italian interior designer Michele Bonan. Michele chose a couture-style theme for the spaces, and the result is pure elegance. Silver-studded black and white hound’s tooth patterned chairs, inviting silk velvet sofas, silver silk satin curtains, and pink satin cushions decorated with black and white ribbed motifs adorn the area. All in all, there is no more magical place to stay while in Paris than Hotel de Vendome. This charming boutique hotel is the perfect choice for visitors the City of Lights who seek a distinctive, chic, timeless yet modern experience. Sure to surprise and delight, Hotel de Vendome is a gem. For more information: jdvhotels.com


Hotel Guests Never Want to LEAVE By Norah Bradford

rivate courtyard (check), afternoon tea (check), ideal location (check). DUKES Hotel, located in central London’s St. James promises that any jetsetter will be treated like royalty in this palace, neighboring some of London’s most prestigious restaurants, high-end stores, exquisite galleries and magnificent theatres. First visit to London? Not a problem. DUKES’ more than capable staff is delighted to be of assistance. With information on places to see and things to do in London, they will help guests map out their route and even assist in making restaurant recommendations and reservations, arrange ticket purchases for theatre performances, set up tours of historic castles and country homes, and arrange airport transportation and car rentals. Nonetheless, the real treat for travelers are the accommodating services inside DUKES Hotel. DUKES Hotel has 90 rooms, 11 suites and an exclusive Penthouse Suite, complete with its own terrace and private dining area. With some rooms boasting remarkable views of Green Park, each space is given that special touch with accommodations including

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individually controlled air conditioning, wireless broadband internet connection, DVD player (available upon request), two line telephones and voicemail, iPod speakers (available upon request), private bar, safety deposit box, satellite channels, flat screen TV, hairdryer and bathrobe, organic toiletries, express and overnight laundry service, one-hour pressing, sameday dry cleaning, shoe shine, valet and valet parking, 24 hour room service, full

concierge service and Health Club. The palette-pleasing dining room menu is sure to satisfy even the most discerning of tastes. With classic British dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea or midday snacks, smoothies, fresh juices and delicious sandwiches, guests can dine there every night! DUKES’ bar is also considered to be home to the world’s best dry martinis, while their wine selection is unique in hosting “Old World” and “New World” reds. Lastly, guests can enjoy a meal at DUKES’ drawing room and conservatory which overlooks the Courtyard Garden. After 8:00 p.m., the garden opens as the Cognac and Cigar Garden for post-evening drinks and cigars. Guest can reserve a stay online or by phoning DUKES Hotel. Each room rate includes complimentary features such as gym and steam room use, newspaper and magazine delivery, slippers and delicious, handmade DUKES chocolate! For more information: dukeshotel.com


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scar Wilde, who wrote The Portrait of Dorian Grey, said, “I can resist everything except temptation,” which would include his love for the iconic Café Royal in London. In 1891, this witty bon vivant had a life-altering encounter at The Café Royal. It was here that the renowned writer embarked on his notorious affair with Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas. This legendary love story landed Wilde in jail and then exile when he sued “Boise’s” father the Marquis of Queensberry, who wrote the Queensbury rules for boxing, for calling him a “sodomite” and lost. Only at Café Royal, which was then the epicenter of London’s nightlife, on the border of the bohemia of Soho and the aristocracy of Mayfair, could a poet meet a Lord and make history. Today Café Royal, which has been turned into a 5-star hotel nonpareil with an array of exclusive restaurants and bars that still includes the glittering Grill Room where Oscar met Bosie, is once again the meeting place of the

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international elite. Located at 68 Regent Street, Café Royal is one of world’s poshest addresses. This establishment was originally conceived and created in 1865 by Nicholas Thévenon, a French wine merchant. He had his doubts about opening Café Royal at this location, originally an oilcloth warehouse, as there was little passing trade and there was already a lot of competition in the area. Nevertheless, the gambler and opportunist in him took charge and he brought his vision to life.

By the 1890’s, it had become the place to see and be seen. Virginia Woolf, Princess Diana of Wales and, before they were kings, Edward VIII and George VI often dined here. A waiters’ guidebook contained the note: “Prince of Wales, Duke of York lunch frequently. Always plain food and no fuss.” Other patrons included Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant and Muhammad Ali, who often watched live boxing matches in one of the elegant meeting rooms. In 1973, David Bowie retired his alter ego Ziggy Stardust at Café Royal and the famous kiss between Bowie and Lou Reed also took place here. In 2012, Mick Jagger returned to the Grill Room to celebrate his late lover L’Wren Scott’s last fashion collection with Ronnie Wood, Zaha Hadid, Bobbi Brown and other members of the glitterati and fashion elite. The hotel has been carved out of three existing landmarked buildings, a firehouse, a bank and the original


The Café Royal Hotel in London Café Royal. It now has 159 rooms and six historic suites. The award winning architect David Chipperfield has successfully married architectural heritage with modern design by deftly reworking the DNA of the buildings to create a grand hotel and public spaces that are contemporary in conception whilst simultaneously evocative of the style and glamour of the past. The high design is reflected in every room and detail; each surface is an artistic vignette made up of object de arte and cutting edge floral arrangements. The marble lobby is a wonder of period detailing with the N of Napoleon, replete with the French Imperial Crown in the stained glass window above the entryway. Old school elevators updated to run efficiently whisked us to our spacious corner suite. There are six Historic suites in the Café Royal; each of them is unique and echoes the grandeur of the hotel’s gilded Grill Room. The hotel’s crown jewel is the Dome Suite. It was originally the Club Room of the County Fire Office and sits on the top corner of the building. The two large terraces boast views that stretch down Regent Street on one side and out to Big Ben and Parliament from the other, providing a birds-eye view of London’s most recognizable sites including Westminster Abby and the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus. The suite is cleverly broken up with dark leather screens because the interior, along with the rest in the hotel’s

other historic suites, is protected by the Landmarks Commission. Reflecting the curve of this circular drawing room is an enormous lavender, crescent-shaped sofa, which provides the perfect place to watch the cinema style TV screen with surround sound. A mirrored disco ball with a state of the art LED lighting system hangs alongside a DJ booth with concert speakers, allowing for a seamless transition from a serene escape environment to a party-ready room. There is a foyer with a bar as you enter and the Carrera marble master bathroom has a massive minggreen marble bathtub as its centerpiece. The suite’s second bathroom is also marble and ideal for couples getting ready for the theater or a night on the town. A pair of affable young butlers unpacked us before lunch in the Ten Room. Here we meet the critically acclaimed Executive Chef,

Andrew Turner, who takes us on a tour of the kitchens that include a Chocolate Room and a room devoted to oranges. There is even an Orange Sommelier who tests the fresh fruit imported every day to create the perfect blend so that the flavor is always consistent. On the culinary front, London is now a serious place to eat. Dinner in the hotel’s Grill Room, exquisitely restored to its original Louis XVI detailing, is now the place to enjoy champagne, custom cocktails and their small plate menu, which is a trend in London. Small plates allow you to try several different selections and desserts at the same time. The delectable dishes came stacked on silver tea trays and ranged from crab salad in its shell to smoked salmon and a mini Caesar salad with chicken. Order a bottle of Bollinger champagne and relax as the piano and the bass play. At 11, the DJ starts to spin and this spectacular mirrored room turns into a lounge with dancing. The Grill Room is where great minds came and now come together again to change the world. Winston Churchill’s table, where he heard that he had become prime minister, is by the door. This is the same table where Oscar Wilde once hallucinated on Absinthe and mistook a waiter stacking chairs for a maiden plucking tulips. The hotel’s downstairs bar has brought back Absinthe in honor of Oscar and is serving it the traditional French way from an Absinthe Fountain. For more information: hotelcaferoyal.com

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In the Lap of Luxury S

ince 1950 the Jamaica Inn, located in Ocho Rios, continually receives a truly sophisticated crowd, a clientele that appreciates barefoot elegance and understated luxury in a small boutique hotel setting. It’s no wonder Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Mill honeymooned here, as this place is all about quiet and romance. The resort has an old colonial Jamaica feel where verandas and white louvered windows blend beautifully within the green manicured croquet lawn and the ocean’s blue waters. If you’re looking for a party, this will not fit the bill. If you’re looking to experience Jamaica at it’s finest where the staff remembers your name and welcomes you with open arms, this is the place. That said, it’s definitely not your typical stuffy crowd; this is Jamaica after all where the Rum Punch reigns supreme and is continuously served throughout the day at their beach bar, manned by the Inn’s long time veteran bartender, Teddy. While I visited, the crowd was a mix of young couples, honeymooners and guests who have been vacationing at the Jamaica Inn for many, years. Families here are few and far between as the resort does not

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allow children under the age of 12. The only mischievous “child” I could find was in the form of a beautiful Black Labrador Retriever puppy named Shadow IV, who is their Black Lab in residence. It seems many “Shadows” have been gracing the property

of the Jamaica Inn for years, and it seems fitting since the entire place feels like a warm and inviting home. There are 52 rooms and cottages on property located on a secluded stretch of beach

which I would imagine is not easy to come by on an island filled with large, all-inclusive resorts. The Jamaica Inn has just two floors; the ground floor rooms offer large verandas for easy access directly to the beach. All accommodations have ocean views so you can’t go wrong with ground or second floor rooms, which have small terraces. There are seven cottages just past the main building with one and two bedrooms. Cottage number 7 is the largest offering a two-story one-bedroom slice of heaven with a sprawling living room, luxurious bathroom, outdoor shower and private plunge pool with direct access down into the ocean below, perfect for a honeymoon couple. There are no TV’s in the rooms but I highly doubt anyone will miss them. The dining at the resort is as special as the property itself. Breakfast is served on a terrace overlooking the ocean and dinner is a formal, al fresco experience with a menu of fresh fish, pastas and steaks infused with an island twist. Non-guests often arrive for dinner as well leading me to the conclusion that it must be one of the best fine dining experiences in town. A three-piece band will serenade you while you dine with chilled-out versions of Reggae tunes we’re

all familiar with, a la Bob Marley, and the candlelit ambiance completes the entire romantic experience. Off property, and just a few minutes down the road, there is a wonderful local restaurant, Miss T’s Kitchen, allowing you to get your island fix of Jerk Chicken and Oxtail. The resort is roughly a 90-minute drive from the Montego Bay Airport. I cannot recommend the Jamaica Inn enough for a quick getaway or romantic holiday. To put it all in perspective, during my visit I was under the weather and almost daily was checked on by the staff. The few nights I did not make it to dinner I was brought a big bowl of homemade soup. What more can I say? When you’re there, you are treated like family. For more information: jamaicainn.com

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A Peaceful Retreat on Italy’s Amalfi Coast F

rom the patio of the Hotel Monastero Santa Rosa in Conca dei Marini, Italy, I watch the sun set over steep terraced hillsides that trip down to the sea; land canopied by bright green leaves of lemon groves, their tart yellow fruit the size of ostrich eggs, adorning the Gulf of Salerno along the Amalfi Coast. As I gaze at the water, the color of the sky reminds me of something my husband once learned as a pilot: When the air temperature and the dew point are within five degrees of one another, fog forms; and even the most seasoned navigator can lose his way. I remember this because, in this moment when the sunset reaches its denouement and light leaves the coastal sky, its colors become

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fluid, mercurial, and soon the sky and the sea come within a few slight degrees of color gradation of each another. In that instant, it becomes impossible to distinguish where the heavens end and the sea begins, and I am utterly lost, in a fog, unable to navigate this glad “geography of bliss.” In the shadow of Amalfi’s Lattari Mountains, the water and sky continue to commingle until at last they merge as a single ebony expanse. It is October, and while it’s still warm here, already the coastline has begun shuttering itself in preparation for the end of the season. In a week, cruise ships will leave the coastline and local taxi drivers and old men will return to the cafes. The hotel, once a 17th-century monastery complete with a bell tower and arched walls the color of parchment, clings to the high cliff 984 feet above the sea, and the multi-level structure offers views of water and lemon groves and colorful Italian villages precariously perched above the water on the hills. A slender road hugs the moun-

tain, so narrow that I pray each time a bus passes a car.

By day, the hotel seems to bake in the sun like a white loaf of bread. When seen from a boat on the sea, arches in the rock-face of the cliff below the hotel look like oversized pizza ovens. I notice this when I pass on a ferry boat to the nearby village of Positano. After dark, the hotel landscape lights come on, washing the building’s ancient face in cool linen white like a welcome lighthouse.


I wonder if I would still adore the Amalfi Coast as much, with all its little pastel-colored buildings cobbled into the cliff face, its huddled masses hugging the craggy Mediterranean coastline, if I weren’t staying in such a luxurious hotel. I like to think I would. But I am a vagabond and homebody in equal measure, and when I am on the road, I appreciate clean comfortable lodging. I enjoy a quiet respite from the bustle and noise of the streets after a long dusty day of bartering in marketplaces and walking more miles than I ever would at home.

arias that greet guests on TV stereos as they enter their rooms after a long day of rambling up and down skinny streets and steeps steps leading to sunny piazzas.

eggplants in our hands and shove our noses into bouquets of fresh basil as he tells me of the handmade pumpkin and sage ravioli he has in mind for my supper.

At Monastero Santa Rosa, as I walk the arched hallway back to my room, I sense that I am being cocooned in the myriad prayers of all the nuns who centuries before had lived here. I think of how these rooms had once been their austere cells, and I imagine for a moment that I can hear their lonely petitions to a merciful God. Still, I don’t feel lonely at all.

Upon arrival at the five-star Hotel Monastero, the staff greets me with smiles, tea with lemon and lavender, and cool washcloths for my face and hands. I have been traveling for weeks, and immediately the hotel feels like a long-lost friend.

There is a luxury in solitude, in quiet spaces with cool stone walls and views of water. There is extravagance in the scent of lemons on the wind. There is rest in sea and sun and breezes and rooms with king-sized beds and freshly ironed linens. There is comfort in heated, putty-colored terrazzo bathroom floors; plush robes and slippers; and deep tubs with salts for soaking. There is rejuvenation in strong shower pressure. There is joy in Italian

The hotel was carved from the good bones of an original 1681 structure whose restoration and rebirth as a boutique hotel took 7+ years of work, permits and patience on the part of its owner, American Bianca Sharma— no small feat considering the Amalfi Coast is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. The elegant inn features 20 sea-view rooms, a world-class restaurant under the direction of Chef Christoph Bob, a full-service spa, a bar and wine cellar and an infinity edge pool that seems to melt into the Mediterranean. The hotel is tasteful, understated and quiet. Before the shuttle takes me down the road to the little village of Amalfi where I hope to take a boat to Capri, I take a walk with Chef Bob through his hillside garden overlooking the hotel and the sea. We eat raspberries and tiny strawberries from the vines, hold ripe purple

The season is coming to a close on the Coast, says Chef. We stand in the garden, sensing this in the now-misty wind. Down in the village of Amalfi, my ferry to Capri is cancelled due to choppy waters. Very soon Monastero Santa Rosa and most shops and restaurants along the Coast will close until spring. I am lucky to have been one of its last guests this year. Chef says any fruit he doesn’t use this week will be left on the vines for the winter, perhaps first feeding little foxes and birds, and then feeding the earth. A day, a night, a season will pass. The earth, sea, wind and sky will conspire once more. And again I am lost in a little fog of joy. For more information: monasterosantarosa.com

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Enchanting Ischia S

et on the enchanting volcanic island of Ischia, the largest of the Parthenopean islands in the Gulf of Naples, L’Albergo della Regina Isabella sits on a serene and picturesque bay, surrounded by rocky shores on the outskirts of the delightful fishing village of Lacco Ameno. Framed by magnificent landscapes, luscious Mediterranean vegetation, therapeutic hot springs, and pristine turquoise sea water, it should come as no surprise that this five-star luxury hotel has been a well kept secret amongst the rich and famous since the 1960’s, encapsulating the bygone age of Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy. Originally built in 1956 by the illustrious publisher and film director Angelo Rizzoli, L’Albergo Della Regina was the happening hangout for the likes of royals and stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard

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Burton, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, and Sophia Loren. This authentic old-world Italian charm, history, and elegance continues to permeate throughout this island hideaway while also embracing the present, catering to today’s jet setters and global power players.

Perfectly combining classic Italian glamour and Mediterranean panache, the Regina Isabella’s vibe is refined yet also warm and welcoming. Upon arriving at the main entrance, which faces the picturesque square of Santa Restituta, a feeling of tranquility emanates from the grand marble foyer. The interior décor is a bit reminiscent of typical fifties luxury and classically Italian with lavish furnishings, antique pieces, and Mediterranean style accents, all complemented by works of contemporary artists and some more modern design elements like chic white sofas. This style carries over into the rooms, which have all been recently renovated, yet have maintained their unique and exquisite hand-painted Maiolica floor tiles. All 128 rooms and suites


are well-appointed providing the ultimate in comfort and technology, and adorned with Murano glass light fixtures, fine paintings and other artistic décor. The ‘Royal Sporting’ wing boasts private terraces with your choice of thermal or sea water plunge-pools. After lounging in the beautiful accommodations, plan to explore the ancient island which dates back 2700 years. The hotel is conveniently situated near several Ischia island attractions including the Archaeological Museum and characteristic antique shops and boutiques. A full day discovering Ischia’s rich history and culture will leave you ready to unwind at the Regina Isabella’s charming terrace where you can sit back on sun loungers around the pool and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the sea and rolling mountains in the distance. Or make your way down to the private sunbathing platform to soak up the sun and warm Mediterranean water. For sea lovers and the nautically inclined or those looking to simply relax in style, the Regina Isabella provides guests with a magnificent Magnum 53,

whether planning to dive at Punta Imperatore or discover the blue waters at San Pancrazio. After all the exploration and oceangoing, the well-known Regina Isabella Thermal Baths must not be missed. Rebalance and regenerate in the world famous thermal waters and volcanic mud which are said to balance body, mind and spirit. On offer is an extensive menu of both medical and beauty treatments, ranging from traditional volcanic mud wraps to advanced massages and relaxation therapies. An expert professional team of mas-

sage therapists and beauticians are at hand to create a tailor-made program to pamper and cater to your every need. L’Albergo della Regina Isabella also features savory and fresh gourmet creations at three restaurants, all offering stunning sea views and numerous delectable traditional Mediterranean dishes that are born from local recipes and health conscious, accompanied by the finest wines. The main dining room for breakfast and dinner is decadently decorated and lit during the day by huge panoramic windows looking out across the bay. Food connoisseurs must reserve at Michelin-star restaurant, Indaco, which presents modern and creative cuisine from renowned chef, Pasquale Palamaro. Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap at the Piano bar or at Caffetteria, where your evening will pleasantly conclude with the lovely sounds of entertainment from local artists which is a perfect ending to a fun-filled day of wellness, Italian delights, and elegant relaxation. For more information: reginaisabella.com

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Tuscan Glamour B

eyond the beloved and familiar capital and surrounding interior towns of Tuscany, lies the Maremma, a less frequented but equally exquisite stretch of rugged coastal region marked by pristine beaches fringed with umbrellashaped pines and olivedotted hillsides. Here, in the province of Grosseto, overlooking the sapphireblue Mediterranean sea, lies the elegant Hotel Cala del Porto, a tranquil retreat in the charming marina village of Punta Ala. At Hotel Cala del Porto, panoramic vistas of the seaside perfectly collide with the luscious rolling hills and small mountains, which are home to an array of local flora and fauna, resulting in the perfect location to immerse yourself in nature while also luxuriating in Tuscan glamour.

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Hotel Cala del Porto is a sight on its own with an architecture that is modern and stylish yet

also warm and inviting. The hotel prides itself in making guests feel at home, in true Italian fashion, where every wish is your command. The gardens are perfectly manicured brimming with colorful flowers that complement the rich landscape of the Maremma. With just 41 rooms, including six junior suites, careful attention was placed on designing each one and strategically designed to take advantage of the views. The preferred rooms have balconies and look out over the Tyrrhenian sea towards the eye-catching island of Elba, while others open directly onto the gardens or the pool deck. Each room is decorated in a palette of warm and breezy hues with marble fixtures, elegant furnishings, authentic Tuscan tiles, and soft linen sheets.


Being in the heart of Maremma has its perks - one being the entire Tuscany region is at your doorstep. Whether you are looking to play a round of golf at Punta Ala Golf Club’s 18-hole course or visit the Tuscan archipelago in a yacht, there are plenty of options for every possible preference. If you are interested in discovering the ancient traditions of the region and immersing yourself in the well preserved Tuscan culture, there are many historic and archeological sites nearby like the ancient villages of Castiglione della Pescaia and Massa Marittima, and the Etruscan ruins of Vetulonia. Farther trips to Lucca, Pisa, Sienna and Florence are within driving distance. Wine connoisseurs can imbibe some of the best wines in the region with excursions to Bolgheri, the cradle of Italy’s finest wines, which is just a short drive away. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the natural wonders of the Maremma while shopaholics can revel nearby in Punta Ala, where the modern designer boutiques and exclusive shops offer

the latest fashions off the Milan catwalk. For a day of total relaxation, laze by the pool which is perched on a terrace that has a perfect vantage point to watch the yachts come and go in the harbor below. Or bask in the sun at the hotel’s private Bagno Alleluja beach club, complete with pagoda-shaped cabanas. Although it is a mile away, it’s cer-

tainly worth the short ride on the complimentary shuttle service. When it comes to savory five- star quality dining for which Tuscany is so well known for, the dining options at Cala del Porto do not disappoint. Choose between the chic and upscale indoor Belvedere Restaurant or the casual beach-side café La Spiaggia, and you are guaranteed an enjoyable fresh Mediterranean culinary experience. From fried calamari and pasta specialties to fish grilled on the barbecue, all dishes are flavored with fresh herbs grown in the hotel’s own garden. These delicious flavors pair perfectly with the impressive list of local wines, a constant reminder you are in one of the world’s most notable wine regions. For more information: baglionihotels.com

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Living La Dolce Vita

aving the unique distinction of once being the home to Queen Margherita of Savoy, the Regina Hotel Baglioni is situated on the famous Via Veneto, described as a meeting place for artists, writers and actors most notably during the Dolce Vita period. The hotel is within a short walking distance to the Galleria Borghese Museum, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, just to name a few iconic landmarks, and has played host to such famous guests as Isabella Rossellini, Liza Minelli and Enrique Iglesias. Its central location is only one of the hotel’s

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remarkable characteristics that make it an extremely desirable destination. Its distinctive

atmosphere allows one to feel the warmth and welcoming Italian hospitality while surrounded by breathtaking art and history. The 125 guestrooms here are filled with lush furnishings accented with Art Deco accents pieces and even silk wallpaper. Most of the deluxe rooms have balconies overlooking the Via Veneto, although some just offer a non descript view. The marble tiled bathrooms have showers, tubs and more than one would expect from a European hotel. The lobby of this grand hotel has floor-to-ceiling marble gleams and gilded mirrors as well Murano chandeliers that showcase the grand


entrance. The hotel also boasts fine stuccos and eighteenth century works of art, along with more classic, warm tones at their Caffe Baglioni. In the summer months the hotel’s rooftop lounge hosts wine and champagne tastings led by a sommelier. Regina Hotel Baglioni Rome is perfect for the leisure traveler, the sophisticated business traveler and can handle business meetings, conferences and special events. The hotel has 3 elegant meeting rooms with a total capacity of 150 people theatre style. It’s estimated that the building where the hotel is housed was constructed somewhere between 1892 and 1894 and a major renovation was completed in 2009 during which the total number of rooms was reduced to enlarge some of the rooms and create the Regina Suite. The Baglioni SPA by Caschera SPA is considered a metropolitan oasis dedicated to all

who want to experience authentic luxury, clam and well-being. The spa features two massage rooms, a beauty room, fitness centre, sauna, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi and changing rooms. Breakfast is served at Caffe Baglioni between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., and lunch is available in the cafe between Noon and 3 p.m. Din-

ner is served Monday through Saturday at the Brunello Restaurant. The Brunello Lounge & Restaurant is one of the trendiest addresses in Rome where visitors and locals meet nightly turning the lounge into a true workshop of creativity. The restaurant offers inventive dishes with classic Mediterranean flavors using only the highest quality ingredients. The lounge also caters to the beautiful people of Rome (which is almost everyone) and filled with an artistic vibe. It’s the place you want to be on any given night to enjoy one of their imaginative cocktails or a fine dining experience. As the old saying goes “when in Rome…” to which I would offer to add “when in Rome, stay at the Regina Hotel Baglioni.” For more information: baglionihotels.com

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Dry White Hills of Red R

By Rory Winston

Rising from the sandy beaches that hang like a wreath along the Adriatic’s turquoise sea, the chalk white world of Puglia with its limestone hills, stone towers, and row upon row of olive trees and grapevines. Here, 3000 years of wine making tradition – from ancient Greek to Roman to Turkish, French and Spanish - collude to create some the best wines in the world, many of which are still known only by connoisseurs. Relying on grapes like the earthy licorice toned Aglianico and the velvety ruby colored Negroamaro and the spicy but fruity Nero di Troia, the region is responsible for phenomenal reds; while its Fiano – a white with apple and pear overtones – and Moscato Bianca - a highly aromatic light bodied wine whose use is said to date as far back as ancient Greece – lend authority to many of its whites. Although Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon may be the most commonly known of the locally produced wines, there is no getting around the fact that anyone genuinely hungry for the best in local wines should make it a point to become familiar with Aglianico, Fiano, Moscato di Trani and Nero di Troia. Nowhere are these brilliant assortments more pronounced and plentiful than in Bocca di Lupo – an estate set in the hills of the Murgia region. A farmhouse of all white stone sits atop the chalky soil of vineyards still touched by Vulture, the volcanic region to its south. The temperatures at the Bocca di Lupo Estate are varied. With 90 degree summers and winter frosts, the delicate aromas of the grapes are maximally enhanced. Utilizing Moscato di Trani DOC, the estate also creates a special afterdinner wine known as Kaloro which many believe to have (like Moscato Bianca) its roots in Ancient Greece. The cool sera breezes and abundant sunshine creates an atmosphere that is not only conducive to the creation of fantastic wines but is also a joy for those who wish to visit. Apulia teams with exciting places to visit and it is precisely in this area where the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II built the wondrous octagonal Castel del Monte, considering the region the finest in the entire realm. This is no small claim coming from an Emperor who was not only in charge of a vast territory but one who was known to be very open minded and worldly. Of course, if ancient text is anything to go by, wine in the region has held it charms earlier than 400 BC, the period

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in which the Greek historian, Thucydides, announced “The people of the Mediterranean region began to emerge from barbarism when they learnt how to cultivate the olive and the vine”. That cultivation - having started thousands of years ago - continues unimpeded in places like Bocca di Lupo. Here, the timeless art sits perched on hills that are bathed by the sea’s humidity and dried by the mineral rich soil below. For more information: tormaresca.it/en/home/


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The red carpet race track from Cannes to the Academy Awards Who is leading the Race for the 2015 Awards Season? By Norah Bradford peculation surrounding who will take home the coveted statues during the 2015 Awards Season starts as early as the Festival du Cannes located in the South of France in May, and from there takes many unpredictable twists and turns during the festivals as film producers and companies seek to attract the eye of the Awards Season voters. With the Academy Awards still months away, the Awards Season itself started unofficially this year with the 18th

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giving fans their first glimpse at who may win big next year. The early awards-buzz kicks off with the Festival du Cannes , held in the Cote D’Azur, which sets the tone for others to follow (including notably La Biennale de Venice, Telluride Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)), making it a target for early award campaigners. Cannes is a magnet for the “Oscar bloggers” eager to get an early pulse on the Awards Season contenders. This year’s 67th Cannes Film Festival, held from May 14th-25th, 2014 saw the prestigious Palme d’Or from Jane Campion’s jury awarded to Turkish film “Winter Sleep”, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Bennett Miller won the best director award for “Foxcatcher,” (Sony Pictures Classics) a crime-drama starring Steve Carell as eccentric billionaire John Du Pont, plus Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum as Olympic champions. Then the next stop before Awards Season is the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), held in September, which has also gained a reputation for being a key indicator of Oscar success. Previous winners of its audience award have gone on to win Best Picture, including last year’s “12 Years a Slave”, and in previous years,

“Slumdog Millionaire” and “The King’s Speech”. A large number of Award-friendly films featured at this year’s TIFF, including “The Imitation Game”, which won People’s Choice Award; and Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything,” (Focus Features) starring Eddie Redmayne as the celebrated physicist. “St. Vincent” (The Weinstein Company) was also featured, with a post-screening Q-and-A session with lead-actor Bill Murray. “Wild”, which premiered at Telluride and received its Canadian premiere at TIFF, moves Reese Witherspoon solidly into Oscar race in the best actress category. “Wild” is an adaptation of Cheryl Strayad’s memoir about her 1,000-mile hike is scripted by Nick Hornby and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (“Dallas Buyer’s Club”).


Then of course, there are the films who are not premiered at major festivals, but on paper look sure to impress. “Unbroken,” the survival story of Olympic and World War II hero Louis Zamperini, directed by Angelina Jolie, is set for release in the U.S. on Christmas Day, priming it for Oscar contention along with a few other requisite ingredients like a script that credits the Cohen brothers. David Ayer’s well-executed World War II film “Fury,” starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf, also missed the festival circuit but is scoring well with critics and audiences. At the Hollywood Film Awards (HFA), Ben Affleck accepted the biggest honor – the best movie of the year - for the David Fincher-directed thriller, “Gone Girl” (20th Century Fox), and “The Imitation Game” (The Weinstein Company) – a biopic of homosexual mathematics prodigy Alan Turing, played by much-adored “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch – took home four awards. Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic “Interstellar” (Paramount Pictures) was shut out of every award, losing out on cinematography to “Birdman,” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) starring acting contenders Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone who are all in top form. Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age story, “Boyhood,” (IFC Films) which arguably has lost awards momentum since its release in July, also didn’t receive a single award, but is still largely tipped for a Best Picture nomination next February. Ava DuVernay’s civil rights film “Selma”

(Paramount Pictures) became an instant Oscar contender after its premiere at the American Film Institute (AFI) Fest, held on November 6th to 13th, 2014. “Selma”, which features David Oyelowo playing Martin Luther King, Jr. and follows him through the tactics and truths of a historical civil rights protest march he led from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery in 1965. “American Sniper,” (Warner Bros.) helmed by Clint Eastwood, also burst onto the scene as a strong contender in across-the-board Oscar categories after its AFI Fest premiere. Starring Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” will be released on Christmas Day. The

festival also showcased some contenders that had premiered at other fests, including “The Homesman,” “Inherent Vice,” “Mr. Turner” and “Still Alice.” The major Awards Season kicks off with the 72nd Golden Globes on January 11, 2015, followed by the 87th Academy Awards airs on February 22, 2015. So which films look likely to be Oscar frontrunners at this stage in the race? My top five picks: “The Theory of Everything”; “Boyhood”; “Foxcatcher”; “The Imitation Game”; and “Selma”.

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Les Miserable Hits All the Right Notes By Jane Meyer T he Broadway revival of Les Miserable has hit the Imperial Theater on Broadway. For those of you who may have missed the original, have no fear for you haven’t missed a thing! There are musicals and then there are MUSICALS and Les Miz is most assuredly in the latter category. After enjoying many Broadway productions over the years this is the first time I feel as though I have actually experienced a Broadway show.

Les Miz transports the audience back to 18th century France and the growing unrest and ensuing riots which are now considered an epoch of French Revolutionary history. Victor Hugo’s tale is a familiar one to most by now, (in no small part due to the movie version starring Anne Hathaway). It opens with the story of Jean Valjean who is has been given an inhumane prison sentence of five years hard labor for stealing bread to feed his niece. After several escape attempts his sentence is extended each time and he is finally released 19 years later. While technically released- he is not truly free because he is required to present a yellow ticket everywhere he goes which identifies him as an untrustworthy criminal. Following a parallel path is the lovely Fantine who was seduced and left penniless with a baby and shunned, like Valjean, by her fellow factory workers. Her baby Cosette is her yellow ticket which prohibits rather than allows entry. Through a series of events, by the time Valjean and Fantine’s paths eventually cross, Valjean has become a wealthy and well-respected citizen successfully conceal-

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ing his past. As Fantine lays dying Valjean vows to raise her daughter Cosette just as his past starts to catch up with him in the form of the relentless police inspector, Javert. The Iranian- born, Canadian-raised Ramin Karimloo makes his Broadway debut as Valjean. His stellar leading man performance of the unfortunate Valjean laced with vulnerability is sung to perfection in Bring Him Home. The high octaves Karimloo reaches so tenderly in this song showcase his talent

as not just someone who can belt them out, (which he can also do), but as a performer with control over his instrument. He is quiet and perfect at just the right moments. In fact the original, and well-loved, Valjean, Colm Wilkinson, has given Karimloo his blessings. Look for their outstanding duet of Bring Him Home on YouTube. Fantine, who is played by the very talented Caissie Levy also hits all the marks. Her version of I Dreamed a Dream is richly sung with just the right amount of grit for the subject matter while remaining Broadway worthy. Valjean’s archenemy Javert played by the impressive Will Swenson makes a great “bad guy” with impressive vocals and acting ability. Samantha Hill is reprising her role as Cosette she played in Toronto. Hill is no stranger to Broadway having played the coveted role of Christine in Phantom of the Opera. Here again her operatic voice and her petite stature make her perfect for the part. The entire cast of this Broadway production of Les Miz is a treasure! Known for its gut wrenching lyrics and swelling numbers, the longest running musical in the world, doesn’t disappoint. By the time the final and climactic One Day More number the audience couldn’t wait to get to their feet applauding and yahooing more fitting behavior, it might seem, for a rock concert but we all knew how magical the night had been. Les Miz is not to be missed!

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n the main-stage of fine dining, clam seems to never escape the fate of the opening act. While it dances and excites in forms of either chilled, succulent raw platter, or savory clam chowder, the spotlight shines on the headliners still. Fortunately, for those who applaud this oceanic delicacy, newly opened shellfish-heavy fixture, The Clam, offers Manhattanites something they didn’t know they wanted. With a cleverly calibrated atmosphere and impeccable taste, The Clam serves up contemporary American seafood that oozes excellence and lets New Yorkers fall in love with clam all over again. Located at 420 Hudson Street, The Clam is the newest creation from chef-restaurateur duo Mike Price and Joey Campanaro, who brings the same, if not more refined, elegance and quality in their other inventions to this West Village spot. The 50-seat restaurant dons a gentle atmosphere that’s accompanied by welcoming service and executes sophisticated simplicity in its interior decor.

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Sleek, black leather chairs and banquettes line the dining room furnished in dark wood floor, while minimalistic art pieces hang against a quaint brick-wall backdrop. With large windows embracing the restaurant, guests are greeted with not only the calm ambience, but also the twinkling and dancing lights of the village from within.

The decor here isn’t the real star, however, as the clam-inspired menu features a generous variety of clam dishes. Though some dishes are more innovative and fresh than others, Chef and Co-Owner Mike Price maintains the consistency with mastery and the menu he has crafted celebrates seasonal and market-driven ingredients, with a focus on the Atlantic seaboard.

The menu is cleverly divided into five sections, of which the house specialty features most of the clam-inspired dishes that bridge both the large and small plates. On the appetizer side, Diver Scallop Crudo wins guests over with its incredibly refreshing taste, and is prepared with red blush pear, hazelnuts, chives and lime. The Steamed Littlenecks also charms for its delectable broth and the flavorful bread served on the side, perfect for dipping. The quality is kept consistent and is carried over in also its iced shellfish, meat and local seafood entrées. Offering genuine hospitality and excellent cuisine, The Clam has easily established itself as a precious neighborhood joint. The gorgeous restaurant’s deserving reputation assures both loyal patrons and new guests exceptional dining experience as the Clam continues to deliver shellfish-heavy dishes. 420 Hudson Street NY, NY 10014 212.242.7420

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The menu changes seasonally and offers a contemporary interpretation connecting the lineage of Louisiana country cooking to its predecessors in the Canadian Maritimes and France. The plates are designed to take ageold dishes, classics really, and infuse them with a modern twist to satisfy today’s palate. For instance, the Salt Pork Confit Lobster is paired with Grits; the Poutine Rapee with Lamb Necks, Turnips and Partridgeberry preserves offers both sweet and savory. The 60-seat restaurant is designed to resemble a modern farmhouse giving the guests a feeling of the country in the hectic city, com-

plete with a view of the restaurant’s backyard garden. In a city where Cajun cuisine is somewhat commonplace, King Bee offers an unexpected twist and while this restaurant may not appeal to everyone, it certainly fits the bill to satisfy even the most finicky of foodies and anyone looking for a unique dining experience in New York City. King Bee 424 East 9th St, New York, NY 10009 646.755.8088

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hether you go for the drinks, the food or the people watching, Employees Only will never disappoint. As one of the pioneers of the NYC speakeasy craze, the restaurant can be quite crowded all night long, on any given night. But then again, when a restaurant serves dinner from 6:00pm to Midnight and late night snacks until 3:00am what would one expect? Needless to say, this is not a great date-night place

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but more of a trendy “see and be seen” type of establishment. The decor, beyond the sea of the artsy clientele, is a railroad style bar with antique bottles lining the shelves in the elevated dining room where atmospheric terraced lighting gives everyone a sexy afterglow. The concept behind the name “Employees Only” was to evoke a feeling of the 1920’s during Prohibition when speakeasy bars popped up everywhere allowing merriment to ensue with patrons defiantly raising their glasses in protest of the alcohol ban. It also plays on the idea that the staff has more fun than the customers, although the clientele here seems to enjoy the “behind the scenes” feel of the restaurant. The handlebar mustache bartenders are a throwback to the roaring 20’s as well, taking their cocktail making skills quite seriously. And as you suspect, the cocktail menu reflects the theme of the place with such classics as a potent Ginger Smash, Pimm’s Cup and Manhattan Cocktail. There are also inventive twists on modern day standards like the Hemingway Daiquiri with Rum, Lime Juice and Maraschino Liqueur or a Pisco Sour topped with Egg Whites. When it comes to the cuisine, the menu is as inventive as drinks. Some noteworthy favorites

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are the hand-cut Steak Tartare (a must try), Bone Marrow Poppers and Bacon Wrapped Lamb Chop, all of which are starters. For the entrees, the Whole Rainbow Trout and Roasted Chicken are always winners although the Orecchiette with Spicy Pork was a clear front running in the pasta category. The vibe here is trendy so come dressed in your hippest gear and enter with an air of cocktail snobbery; you’ll fit right in with the employees of one of the finest bars in New York City. Employees Only 510 Hudson Street NY, NY 10014 212.242.3021

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s Williamsburg is becoming a foodie destination luring Manhattanites across the bridge, one place that put the scene on the map is Roman import Antica Pesa . The restaurant has already gained a loyal following of celebrities, A listers and moguls.

Just like its sister property in Italy, this Brooklyn outpost pays homage to Italy’s top culinary traditions and has brought over young native Italian chefs to ensure an authentic experience with a fresh approach. In a city known for its plethora of famous old school Italian restaurants, Antica Pesa elevates traditional dishes to new culinary heights with a contemporary and modern flair. Though their famous Cacio e Pepe pasta still remains one of the best in the city, autumnal additions to reflect the season’s bounty with heartier fare have been added to enhance the dining experience. With the cozy faux fireplace, plush leather sofas, reclaimed wood walls and soft lit pendant lamps this moody setting is an

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ideal place to curl up on a chilly winter night. To truly enjoy the range of flavors order family style and come with a group. Start with the crispy sweetbreads and fried artichokes or the tender octopus with lightly spiced lentils. For pastas, try the robust chestnut flour gnocchi with lamb ragu and bitter greens or the chittara alla carbonara with guanciale, egg, parmagiano and pepper. The guancetta- braised beef cheek with whipped carrot and thyme puree virtually melts in your mouth as well as the fall themed wild boar stew with creamy polenta. For seafood, the catch of the day has a crunchy and unexpected burst of flavor with the sunflower and pumpkin seed crust and the baccala alla romana- salted cod is a Roman classic with tomatoes and caramelized onions with a carrot almond cream. Dessert is divine with seasonal touches such as the winter spiced panna cotta with cranberry

jam and the chocoholic centric chocolate cigar with smoked cocoa and hazelnut praline. Of course no Williamsburg hotspot would be complete without a bespoke cocktail program with creative versions of classics from the past. The Sazerac features whiskey, chai tea and absinthe and other tasty concoctions are the Pina’s Habit with Galliano, Frangelico, pineapple juice and vanilla, or the Antica Pesa with Campari and vermouth. Even if you can’t escape to Rome this winter, relive La Dolce Vita and Roman hospitality on the other side of the river at Antica Pesa. Antica Pesa 115 Berry Street Brooklyn, NY 11249 347.763.2635

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From the Mediterranean to Madison Avenue By W. A. Muller

conic Upper East Side restaurant Amaranth continues to thrive – even after 15 years in the business. Owners Paola Pedrignani and Francois Marchand, who recently marked the Mediterranean Bistro’s Anniversary with a glamorous celebration for over 500 of their most loyal customers, attribute its long-running success to “staying true to their Mediterranean roots and never compromising on quality.” Located just off Madison Avenue on 62nd Street, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, Amaranth offers a fusion of original Italian food and French food, with a large portion of specialty items imported directly from Italy and France. “We’re renowned for our classics, like our famous Focaccia Robiola, baked in our brick oven and served with Robiola cheese – there would be an outcry if we took this off the menu! But we also constantly evolve,” says owner Francois Marchand. Other fixtures on the menu include the Steak Tartare, which is prepared in front of customers to ensure freshness and the right balance of spices, and the Octopus Carpaccio – fresh, quality seafood from the Mediterranean served on a bed of greens. There are also a number of healthy, light choices served with the highest quality ingredients – like the Whole Maine Lobster Salad, served with radicchio, endive,

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arugula, cremini mushrooms and citrus vinaigrette. The Pan Seared Nantucket Sea Scallops with mushrooms, braised leeks and lemon white wine sauce always impresses. Amaranth’s pastas are homemade and are available whole wheat and gluten free. The dessert menu is hard to resist – from the Mille Feuille Napolean with mixed berries and crème anglaise to the Cantucci al Vin Santo – a homemade biscotti served with Vin Santo Wine for dipping.

Amaranth is named after the deep redrose colored flowers of the Amaranth plant, owner Paola Pedrignani says. “The deep, wine red color is warm and welcoming – we thought it represents the way our restaurant feels brilliantly.” Customers come to Amaranth for the full dining experience –

excellent service, elegant décor, and the casual, home-away-from-home feel. The restaurant’s charm has attracted a dedicated fan base of New Yorkers, Europeans, and celebrity clientele including the late Joan Rivers, Miranda Kerr, Orlando Bloom, former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy, and many more. Regular visitors, Kevin O’Sullivan and partner Jim, who held the first New York State same-sex marriage at Amaranth on October 6, 2011, say they hold Amaranth in very high regard for “terrific service and wonderful food”. “It holds a very special place in our hearts – our wedding was one of the happiest days of our lives and the restaurant always reminds of that day,” says O’Sullivan. Amaranth is the perfect place to hold private parties and special celebrations. The team can organize private sit-down dinners and cocktail parties, with a special menu personalized by the chef. Amaranth staff love celebrating birthdays with customers. With sparkler candles and delicious Valhona Chocolate Cake, a birthday celebration at Amaranth will always be an unforgettable one. Amaranth Restaurant 21 E 62nd St #1 New York, NY 10065 212.980.6700 amaranthrestaurant.com


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tep back in time to the turn of the century at the historic Church Street Tavern where Old World ambience meets the modern flair of Tribeca. With a nod to the past, the space features exposed brick, black subway tiles, plush leather banquettes, exposed brass piping and hanging pendant lamps that set an alluring ambiance for this new American classic. Chef de Cuisine Ryan Skeen and chef consultant Paul Gerard have designed a contemporary American menu with timeless comfort food favorites along with an extensive and sumptuous raw bar. Steakhouse classics such as lamb chops, dry-aged steak Forestiere with a port jus, crispy fried rock hen with a tangy sherry reduction, grilled branzino and truf-

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fle cauliflower gratin are all delectable and satisfying. Other highlights on the menu are the house made creamy burrata, fried oysters topped with truffle, pumpkin bisque, and foie gras torchon with roasted figs and kaffir lime. To complement the contemporary American menu, their signature cocktails have a fresh and original flair. The Vernanzza features vodka with muddled basil, peach and a sparkling rose, while the Fig and Pine is well balanced with rum, pineapple, lemon, and fig preserves. For a spicy take on the margarita, try the Senorita Margarita with tequila, spicy berry puree, lemon and combier d’orange. While the upstairs bar exudes a sleek yet chill vibe that’s perfect for a first date or post work drinks, their basement speakeasy lounge is

touted as Tribeca’s next hotspot complete with the requisite membership cards and velvet ropes that New Yorkers seem to crave. Hidden behind an unmarked door, “members” i.e. VIPs, and industry tastemakers are given a code to enter through a door that leads to the Bandit’s Roost named after the iconic 1888 Jacob Riis photograph of a gangster ridden alleyway in NYC’s historical Five Points neighborhood. Reflecting the vintage decor of the Prohibition Era, the mirrored entryway with red felt walls and large prints of Jacob Riis’ iconic photographs depict the dangerous time period of New York. Offering a modern cocktail menu with rotating DJs, this intimate venue coupled with its intriguing concept is a welcome addition to downtown New York’s vibrant nightlife. Church Street Tavern 313 Church Street NY, NY 10013 212 804 7766

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elicatessen first appeared in the English language almost a century ago. The German loanword, spelled delikatessen originally, signifies rather a more sophisticated store for fine, prepared food; though it could be argued that the deli’s of New York, in essence, provides the same delicatessen service, but the significance is in the quality difference. Delicatessen in Lower Manhattan, with its impressive menu and sexy, modern decor, brings international comfort food to the equally international SoHo in the same spirit as a century ago, and strives to create the best dining experience.

Though much truth is held in the saying that one should never judge a book by its cover, much can be said by one quick look at the facade. In Delicatessen’s case, the restaurant’s

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gorgeous; glass garage doors give an alluring peak into the equally modern and elegant restaurant. The bi-level space consists of the upstairs dining room, the downstairs lounge and bar, all furnished in quaint, wooden planks. Black leather banquettes lined the wall in the dining room while simplistic booths and chairs fill the space. In the downstairs lounge and bar area, modern glass ceilings let in rays of sunlight or, at night, the quiet twinkles from stars above, completing the look and inking the minimalistic, Delicatessen Signature. Crafted by Executive Chef Michael Ferraro, the menu presents an exciting array of “international comfort food,” as Delicatessen puts it. The sizzling and savory Truffle Spinach & Artichoke Dip, prepared with Parmigiano Reggiano and served with crispy tortilla chips is the perfect appetizer to share a catty chatter over; while Tuna Tartare, a Chef’s specialty, is prepared with wasabi tobiko and taro chips is charming with its refreshing flavors and gorgeous texture. The Duck, Duck Goose Dumplings, made with smoked duck breast, foie gras, cherry chutney and almonds have also earned itself a following as the dish dazzles guests with its layers of complementing flavors and its gorgeous richness.

share the throne. Entrees do not disappoint either with star items like the Diver Sea Scallops or the Steak Frites.

There’s also the Macbar Style section that gives the spotlight to the ultimate comfort food — mac & cheese, but with clever and surprisingly delicious twists. While the Classic reigns on top, innovative macs such as the Mac Reuben or the Mac ‘Shroom that features Fontina and roasted mushrooms, mascarpone, also

Delicatessen 54 Prince Sreet New York, NY 10012 212.226.0211

Whether it’s the ingredients or the origin of the dish, or even the interior design, Delicatessen’s chic, international energy is tangibly present in every element. With quality food and welcoming service, Delicatessen in SoHo is the deserving spot for the elegant Manhattanites.

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Swifty’s - Society Central Celebrates 15 Years By W. A. Muller

wifty’s restaurant, located on the east side of Lexington between 72nd and 73rd, has been a favorite Upper East Side haunt for over 15 years, despite an everchanging dining scene. Renowned restaurateurs Chef Stephen Attoe and Robert Caravaggi, former chef and maître d’ respectively of legendary Upper East Side boîte, Mortimer’s, created Swifty’s in 1999, and set about bringing the ultimate dining scene to life. By combining classic, straight-forward American and European cuisine with impeccable service and warm ambiance, Swifty’s does just that. The glamor and sophistication of Swifty’s emanates from the elegant clientele who have graced its tables since the day it was born. Catering to the upper echelons of New York society, whilst maintaining a low-key, friendly feeling, Swifty’s is the rare kind of classy neighborhood club where all are welcome to enjoy the fun society atmosphere. Celebrity clientele through the years and recently include: Owen Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tory Burch, Ricky Gervais, Valentino Garavani, Sopranos creator David Chase, Tony Bennett, Roger Waters, Jude Law, Anjelica Huston, Jane Fonda, Fernando Botero and more. Society names include Blaine Trump, Jamee Gregory, Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera, Debbie Bancroft, Wendy Vanderbilt, Emelia Fanjul, 130 • Resident December 2014

Serena Boardman, Mark Gilbertson, Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, Dan Lufkin, Emelia St Amand, and Aerin Lauder. Decorated in a traditional style by famed decorators Mario Buatta and Anne Eisenhower – with décor reminiscent of a well-appointed English country house – the wooden paneling, patterned wallpaper, leather seats and mirrored walls are shown off to most romantic effect by dimly-lit lamps in the evening. The intimate dining room, with rustic wooden floors and enhanced with seasonal flowers, presents the perfect place for a catch up with friends or a romantic dinner. Swifty’s showcases a selection of rotating artists in the front and back rooms of the restaurant - New York artists Tim Snell and Mary Lou Schempf are currently exhibiting their exquisite paintings on the walls of the restaurant, and recently photographer Harry Benson’s famous Beatles photo was showcased. The adjoining dining room at the back of the restaurant, which can hold up to 44 guests, can be rented for private parties and special events. Swifty’s specializes in indulgent comfort food. Dinner menu fixtures include the Corn Fritters with Alaskan Salmon Roe, Jumbo Lump Crabmeat served with lemon and grilled asparagus, Gruyere Cheese Soufflé, Peconic Bay Scallops, and the Sashimi

Grade Tuna Carpaccio. The brunch menu includes a range of creative salads, organic free range eggs, Blueberry and Buckweat Pancakes, plus steaks and burgers from the grill. House made dessert highlights include the Chocolate Soufflés, Ginger Pudding, and the irresistible Vanilla Meringue Cake. The wine list features an excellent range of whites and reds from America, Europe, Australia and South America. If you can’t make it to the restaurant, you are still likely to taste a selections of Swifty’s well-known fare at New York’s cultural and social events, galas and luncheons with the popular catering service. From dinners at the Frick Collection, to in-store receptions at Bergdorf Goodman, Swifty’s Events Catering always reflects the personality and style of every event. Recently, Chef Attoe created an elegant menu of hors d’oeuvres bursting with flavors and textures at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s fundraising event, part of prestigious International Fine Art & Antiques Show. Swifty’s is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Swifty’s Restaurant 1007 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10021 212.535.6000 swiftysnyc.com


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erched in the sky above Columbus Circle with a 180-degree view of Billionaires Row, Central Park and Fifth Avenue, Asiate is one of Manhattan’s best-kept secrets on the 35th floor of the five-star Mandarin Oriental.

Though the million dollar views in a breathtaking setting are enough of a reason to dine here, the food clearly stands on its own. Attracting a steady mix of locals and tourists alike, Asiate tapped the “Queen of Comfort Food” Chef Amy Thompson to create their renowned weekend brunch. Hailing from Michigan, Chef Thompson brings her signature creative flair tempered by a Midwestern sensibility to the sophisticated palette of fine dining. Much like the décor of this gleaming yet beautifully appointed space, the menu is a creative presentation of seasonal flavors that are plated like pieces of contemporary artwork. Start the day with a tasting of sparkling cocktails mixed with exotic flavors such as lychee and St. Ger-

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main- pear puree, rum and thyme, or hibiscus syrup and lime. The best way to describe the satiating threecourse brunch is elevated comfort food; where familiar flavors are accented with surprising touches to create an exciting new take on brunch classics. Start with a “rooted” first course such as a warm corn shooter with zucchini crab salad and cornbread crouton or the beef Carpaccio with shitake and horseradish crème fraiche. The main courses dabble between decadently sweet options such as the cinnamon French toast with pecan toffee syrup, and caramelized bananas or exquisite savory dishes like the smoked salmon pastrami Benedict. Other scrumptious options are the rich braised short rib, BBQ duck tostada and grilled shrimp and grits or lighter fare such as the tuna nicoise. Save room for the sweet ending that changes weekly and uses seasonal ingredients.

Asiate’s dining room reflects the subtle refinement and modern flair that the Mandarin Oriental is known for; melding artistic touches with the contemporary and using the panoramic view as its inspiration. From the radiant orchid shade that accents the seating and table tops to the visually stunning silver tree branch centerpiece, this same experience of unexpected surprises with inventive cuisine translates to the unforgettable dining experience to be had at Asiate. Asiate 80 Columbus Circle NY, NY 10023 212.805.8800

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ew York is filled with its share of bar and grill joints, but there’s nothing more satisfying than finding a great watering hole that happens to also have amazing food. That’s just what I found when I stepped into the West End Bar and Grill on the corner of 49th street and 8th Avenue. I entered around 7:00 pm to find the very familiar scene of an after-work crowd drinking, laughing and probably commiserating about the trials and tribulations of their nine-to-five. It had the perfect vibe of a bustling bar scene but without the annoying sensory overload. Even more enjoyable are the quiet tables in the back that you’ll find as you make your way along the very sleek and modern looking mahogany bar.

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Beyond the happy hour patrons the West End Grill caters to the business lunch crowd and out-of-towners looking for a pre-theater meal. The location is perhaps one of the best for pre-theater dinning as it’s away from the hectic Times Square scene but still within walking distance to all the Broadway shows. And with its location in Hell’s Kitchen it’s also a local hangout offering a great hospitality experience with friendly faces. The dishes here are seasonal with fresh ingredients, and the cocktail menu is filled with handcrafted potent potables, along with a variety of wine and artisanal beers. The inventive menu begins with starters that include a short rib spring roll, which were my particular favorite, pastrami sliders and lobster tacos. For the main I enjoyed the Bourbon Marinated Steak (cooked precisely as I ordered) with a side of delicious Sweet Potato Mash and my dining partner had the Pumpkin Ravioli with a Brown Butter Sauce, also incredibly delicious. In the never-ending sea of fine dining restaurants where you’ll often spend

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a fortune for mediocre food, the West End Bar and Grill was, in m book, comparable if not better than some I have visited. This midtown gem of restaurant has everything you’ll need for a good dining experience with friends or colleagues. West End Bar and Grill 813 8TH Avenue New York, NY 10019 212.707.8986

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s the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder, the only relief in sight is good American comfort food that you can sink your teeth into. Save the salads and sushi for summer, nothing speaks to Winter more than a juicy burger, a succulent steak, fried chicken, or an overstuffed Reuben. Here we rounded up some of our favorite comfort food stops around the city that will warm the soul and satisfy the comfort food cravings.

The Lodge Club

35 West 8 Street NY, NY 10011 212 253 2999 thelodge.club

Though Greenwich Village’s West Eight Street was formerly known for their plethora of footwear boutiques, it has recently been getting a makeover as a dining destination thanks to new hotspots like the Lodge Club. Designed by George Garrity, the interior combines an English countryside comforts with a Colorado ski lodge vibe, with dark plank wood floors, an antique bar, and a cozy stone fireplace with diffused chandelier lighting. Created by NYC nightlife veteran Terry Casey, he tapped Executive Chef Sean Olnowich who designed a menu fusing traditional American gastropub fare with Asian influences creating unique and lingering flavors. Delectable small plates include caramelized pork belly skewers with pomegranate glaze, roasted bone marrow with salsa verde, Montauk tilefish in a red miso broth and pickled vegetables, and the signature Lodge Burger made with chuck, hanger steak and short rib topped with grafton. Bespoke cocktails were created by William Rhodes with potent and original concoctions like the pisco mule with lime and ginger and the lodge fashioned with spiced rum, cherries, and bitters. Paired with world class DJs, this is destined to be the next Village hotspot. 417 Lafayette Street NY, NY 10003 212 777 8443 colorsrestaurantnyc.com

Colors Originally founded in 2006 by displaced workers from the Windows on the World, the philosophy behind Colors has always been sustainability making it the feel good restaurant of NYC. From its delicious 100% gluten free menu to promoting sustainable wages and working conditions for its workers, Colors is owned by the non profit agency ROC-United to hire the graduates from the workplace development program CHOW- Colors Hospitality & Opportunities for Workers. After a brief hiatus, this October Colors relaunched their gluten free upscale comfort food menu with an array of vibrant dishes that were created by some of the city’s most renowned chefs. Highlights from the menu include the incredible buttermilk fried chicken that uses a blend of 6 gluten free flours, a flaky and tender roasted branzino, and the creamy and delicately spiced sweet corn risotto with manchego cheese and jalapeno. The starters have fresh and bold flavors like the roasted pear and bleu cheese salad, tuna crudo with wasabi and avocado and the crispy pork belly with harissa honey. End the night guilt and gluten free with a rich chocolate cupcake or light angel food cake decked with caramelized apples and lime Chantilly.

Ribalta Though there has been a long-standing rivalry between the Rome and Naples over their local cuisine, Ribalta stays true to its Neapolitan roots producing some of the best Neapolitan style pizza in the city. For Italian chefs it’s not just about replicating the same style of making pizza in Naples but rather recreating an atmosphere that reflects the rich and vibrant culture of Italy. Neapolitan chefs Rosario Procino, and Pasquale Cozzolino are so passionate about their techniques that they even offer a cooking school for students to learn this special art. With an ambitious selection of 25 different pizzas, there are enough combinations and flavors to please everyone and if not, you can build your own choosing from the simple- hot dogs, spicy salami to the gourmandshaved black, truffle sauce, speck, and parma ham. Equally as delicious are the pastas like the paccheri Genovese with onion and veal ragu or the penne Napoletano with a rich pork and beef tomato sauce. Highlights from the starters include the homemade creamy burrata with truffle, octopus carpaccio, and brussel sprouts with pancetta. As abbondanza, abundance, is a mantra for Italians, Ribalta is a perfect example of the Italian way of life- an abundance of great food and wine to be enjoyed with close friends and family.

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T-45 Diner at the Hyatt Times Square New York 135 West 45 Street NY, NY 10036 646.364.1234 timessquare.hyatt.com

T-45 Diner A pleasant respite from the frenzy of Times Square the hip Jetson-esque T-45 Diner is the flagship restaurant at the Hyatt Times Square. Serving comfort food with a modern twist from breakfast to dinner, the cuisine is as vibrant as the colorful and cheery décor and friendly staff. Catering to an eclectic clientele hailing from all over the US and the world, T 45 offers a plethora of choices to suit various tastes. For breakfast choose from a range of an Americana styles from Low Country- fried chicken with biscuits to a juicy burger topped with an egg to a hangover special- cheese polenta with eggs, sausage and spicy onions to a New York smoked salmon bagel along with vegan and gluten free options. Dinner spans from dressed up burgers to fall specialties like butternut squash salad, seared scallops with red wine braised cauliflower, or a steak and sticky rice bowl with pickled vegetables and soy vinaigrette created by Executive Chef Nick Pelliccione. Whether its lunch, dinner or post theatre, it’s always a good time for dessert. Their divinely decadent brown butter cheesecake is simply heavenly and worth every calorie.

Bar 54

Bar 54 at the Hyatt Times Square New York 135 West 45 Street NY, NY 10036 646.364.1234 timessquare.hyatt.com

Perched 54 stories in the sky atop the Hyatt Times Square, Bar 54 is the highest outdoor lounge in the city and offers an unparalleled 180-degree view over Midtown from the East river to the Hudson. For warmer months, the expansive terrace provides is one of the best places to catch the sunset while the warm and sleek interior with plush seating is an intimate and inviting spot for colder months to unwind after work or end the night with an autumnal nightcap. Enjoy cozy winter drinks like hot buttered rum, warm gloog- a spiced concoction of red wine, cognac and port or a cinnamon southern comfort bourbon. Other cocktails have a unique twist on NYC classics like the Tree House with whiskey, rum, macadamia nut syrup and bitters or the aptly named Rockefeller with dark rum, applejack & pimento bitters, which is who you will feel like as you admire the glittering skyline of Gotham.

53 Bond Street NY, NY 10012 212.529.2990 mileenddeli.com

Mile End Deli The Montreal version of a Jewish deli, Mile End Delicatessan serves old world Jewish comfort food with a modern sensibility and aesthetic. What began in a tiny garage in Brooklyn grew to a family run local business with a plant in Red Hook and an additional outpost in NoHo. Choose from traditional Jewish nonna favorites like matzoh ball and chicken soup, corned beef reuben or sandwich stuffed with whitefish or smoked brisket. Another specialty is their Middle Eastern cuisine that is one of the best deals in town. Feast on their generously sized five course Middle Eastern dinner menu for $40 that starts with crisp chickpeas and an assortment of pickled vegetables with homemade pita and hummus. This is followed by indulgent mains including fried sweet potatoes with spicy zhug, seared cauliflower with oranges and honey-harissa tahini dressing, grilled lamb merguez sausage with a grated carrot salad, and schwarma-spiced chicken with hearts of palm and preserved lemon. Be sure to order one of Canada’s most famous exportspoutine, aka disco fries smothered in rich roasted chicken gravy with a healthy dosage of cheese curds that are a perfect foundation for a long night out.

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ennifer Roberts and Randi Fisher of J/R Luxe (jr-luxe.com), Manhattan’s premier brokerage team, answer our burning questions about working with foreign investors and the international real estate market. Resident: What do you think foreign investors are looking for in new developments now?

Jennifer Roberts: The majority of foreign investors – not the ones who make headlines buying the most expensive apartments at One57 or 432 Park, for example – are incredibly savvy so they’re looking for a great deal. Investors are looking for units in quality buildings by reputable developers that they’ll be able to either lease out or sell in a couple of years. They want to know they’ll be able to make a healthy profit off the deal. The majority of buyers we’ve worked with are not looking for trophy properties on Park Avenue, although that does happen. Resident: Do you think developers are taking note of where the foreign money is going?

Randi Fisher: Absolutely. You can see that

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By W.A. Muller some developers now are building smaller units with more efficient layouts because they know that local and foreign investors, alike, want a practical investment. There continues to be a great demand for new condo product throughout the city, which you can see through all the rental-to-condo conversions happening now. Developers like HFZ Capital Group, which currently has 10 such conversions in the works, are being incredibly smart because they’re sparing no expense regarding finishes and amenities. These buildings are going to be top-of-the-line once complete. Resident: Are the foreign investors you’re working with looking at real estate in other cities, such as London or Shanghai?

Jennifer Roberts: Some are looking at their real estate options in other cities internationally, mostly London and Monaco but also San Francisco and Miami. But many do eventually end up buying in Manhattan just because the returns here are so much in their favor. Residential real estate returns have climbed steadily even despite the recession, which is unbelievable, so it’s really in foreign investors’ favor to invest here. Also, luxury real estate is much more inexpensive in Manhattan than in

cities like Hong Kong, London and Monaco. The world’s most expensive listing is in Monaco at the Tour Odeon for $391 million! That’s crazy, even by Manhattan standards. Resident: What experience do you both have working with foreign buyers and sellers?

Randi Fisher: First of all, no brokerage comes close to matching Coldwell Banker’s international reach – J/R Luxe’s listings are instantly seen by those eager to own their own piece of New York City. We are Coldwell Banker Previews International Property Specialists with Coldwell Banker Previews International, which has offices in 52 countries. Because of this, we have become trusted advisors to a wide range of international clientele. Jennifer Roberts: We provide value to our clients. J/R Luxe prides itself on treating everyone that walks through our door with a truly personal real estate experience. We evaluate each and every one of our customer’s unique needs in order to pair the perfect buyer and seller with their ideal home. For more information: jr-luxe.com


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IVY MANOR: One of the more remarkable properties on the market currently. The 10,000 plus square foot house was constructed with sensitive thought to detail and a sharp eye for aesthetics. When you enter the gates-the manor home sits majestically within its well manicured grounds. Offers 6-7 bedrooms and 8 car garage. The five acres lushly planted with lawns, specimen trees and flowering beds include tennis court, gazebo, loggia, and sparkling reflecting ponds. $2,695,000

FRENCH COUNTRY HOME: A long sinuous drive, past mature woodlands, brings you up to the home on 4 plus acres.This French inspired country home offers the three traditional steep gabled roof lines. The lead glass front door opens to a welcoming foyer with barrel ceiling, symmetrical dining room and formal living room. First floor master bed chamber. Includes a separate 2 bedroom apartment. $899,000

THE BENNETT BARN: Renowned Architect Ward Bennett converted the barn back in the 1960's. This could be arguably one of the most unique homes in the Upper Bucks area. The grounds are lushly planted with Bamboo and various rare specimen trees and shrubs. A detached garage, a Casita and a naturalized inground pool. $745,000

CHATEAU BLEU: This German built stone home, circa 1813, sits majestically within 8 acres of verdant meadows and beautiful vistas. Cooks Creek, one of the premiereTrout streams in Bucks County, meanders lazily through the property.The kitchen, filled with high end appliances, including a professional Bertazzoni stove, and counters of stone, looks down to the huge Great Room all surrounded by walls of glass that add a mid-century vibe to the entire room. $975,000

STONEY MEADE BARN: The Barn,once part of WHISPERING CEDARS:

the neighboring homestead, has been lovingly converted into a family home over the years.The stone and timber barn offers a magnificent first floor arrangement.The open floor plan moves graciously from the dining area that looks into the kitchen and then into the family room.The exposed beams and timbers add a rustic influence within the elegance. The property has a two-car garage and the storage needed for all of those family "treasures. $679,000

Located in a quiet corner of Tinicum Township, Bucks County.A long cedar line drive delivers you to this very private 11 plus acre parcel. The home was designed to resemble a Bucks County barn and the architect did not disappoint. The interior offers an open floor plan that is perfect for entertaining or supplies an easy way of living. Wood beams and other indigenous mill work create the feel of a barnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior. Beautiful cabinetry $1,395,000 and high end appliances in kitchen.

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PEACOCK FARM: This amazing proper Bucks

County stone farmhouse is sited on 10 desirable acres on prestigious Pidcock Creek Road. The home has a large, inviting kitchen. Radiating from the kitchen is a spacious family room with walls of glass and vaulted ceilings. There are 4 bedrooms and 3½ baths. The 10 acre site offers a large frame barn,a separate guest house,garage,in-ground pool, peacock house, a large pond and beautiful vistas. $2,150,000

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Branding Manhattan’s Luxury Buildings from the Inside Out

tephen Alton knew from a young age he wanted to be an architect. In high school, Alton – the founder of Stephen Alton Architect, a New York City-based interior architecture and design firm – began work at a family-owned architecture firm taking photographs of nearby Vanderbilt University, a longtime client of theirs, in Alton’s hometown of Nashville, Tenn. Alton has come a long way since. His eponymous architecture firm is hard at work on the interiors for luxury developments around Manhattan including 400 Park Avenue South. SAA is responsible for myriad successes at residential buildings such as The Touraine at 132 East 65th Street, The Clement Clarke at 140 West 22nd Street, The Atlas at 66 West 38th Street and New Gotham at 520 West 43rd Street. These triumphs, among others, have made SAA the go-to for a slew of bigname developers including Gotham Organization, Toll Brothers City Living and AvalonBay Communities. “Architecture counts,” Alton said. “The interior of a building should strengthen the archi-

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tectural concept. That’s how I define my group in terms of what we do.” After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Alton started his own firm and believes that each building should be uniquely designed to build upon its brand. He explained that interior architecture is a key part of a development because, when properly done, the little details in a luxury development can make all the difference when selling multi-milliondollar units. “Branding is critical. It’s what sets your project apart from your neighbors’ and gives a unique quality to your building. For example, we like to do the front door handles of the building first, because it’s one of the first things a person comes in contact with,” Alton said. “There are unique details or components that create a memory or interest in an apartment and that is going to separate you from your competition and make people want to rent or buy your unit — a countertop that has a specific type of carving on it, a backsplash that might meet the countertop. Sales people call it whistles and bells.”

New developments, even ones that now sell for upwards of $3,000 per square foot, can be very genetic, and there’s often very little a developer can do that hasn’t been done before to make it unique, Alton said. He uses design techniques that, although pricey, can attract the sophisticated luxury buyer. His most recent project to hit the market, 400 Park Avenue South, is already making waves for its hand-crafted design and aesthetic. Stephen teamed up with longtime collaborator Toll Brothers City Living on the project for whom Alton has designed Northside Piers II and The Touraine. “It’s extremely exciting because Christian [de Portzamparc] is the designing architect,” Alton said. “It’s so unique, not only in terms of buildings in Manhattan, but in the world. It’s a very different concept of a building. We really get to do something exciting and interesting with the design to look carefully at what the building represents and the context of the building.”


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anhattan’s Financial District, a long-time home to some of Wall Street’s largest companies, is quickly transforming with new residential and hospitality developments. The Compass Lofts is a newly renovated, 10-story adaptive reuse residential and commercial building was previously the showroom and office of Keuffel & Esser, a famous manufacturer of architecture and engineering drafting materials and instruments. The building’s developers, Elie Pariente and Josh Rahmani of EMP Capital Group, tapped architecture firm Colkitt&Co, interior design studio Tamara Eaton Design, Zaskorski & Notaro Architects, New York Design Architects, and others to transform the space into luxury residences. The restored landmark offers seven loft suites that combine historic architecture with modern conveniences. The team strived to restore the landmarked building’s historic integrity, having been built in 1893, while carefully recreating architectural details on the exterior. The facade features ornate, traditional engravings, including some of the original Keuffel & Esser signage. The two-story lobby, designed by Tamara Eaton Design in collaboration with Colkitt&Co, was inspired by a vintage manufacturing theme that nods to the building’s history with touches of romantic

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decor. Above the lobby are seven, full floor luxury units - six of which are two-bedroom lofts - offering open floorplans that optimize the space and are accented by distinctive half-moon windows on both the north and south sides of the building. The seventh unit is a duplex penthouse, a new addition to the building, with 1,028 exterior squarefeet spanning two private rooftop decks. Added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 12, 1985, the building is bookended by two streets with the exclusive residence entrance located at 42 Ann Street, and the commercial entrance at 127 Fulton Street. The residences have sweeping views of the Freedom Tower, especially from the

3,444 interior square-foot penthouse suite. Throughout the residential transformation, the building’s rich architectural details such as barrel vaulted ceilings and window engravings are juxtaposed with high-end finishes including energy-efficient Viking and Liebherr appliances, high-gloss kitchen cabinets, hardwood flooring and porcelain countertops. The building also contains a private storage space available to every homeowner, a private keyed elevator, a virtual doorman, humidification systems and radiant heated flooring. Colkitt&Co’s motto, Drawn Together™ gets its meaning from the process rooted in collaboration between people, brands, agencies and communities. Nathan Lee Colkitt and his team at Colkitt&Co worked with Tamara Eaton Design on interior layout modifications in the residential units, and duplex penthouse, as well as worked through code issues to obtain the building’s certificate of occupancy. Colkitt&Co also completed a design and renderings for the duplex penthouse, a unit which will remain unfinished until the space is sold and the new owner decides on custom finishes and furnishings. For more information: upspringpr.com


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here design meets nature, Hudson Woods is the ultimate forest getaway in the Hudson River Valley-Catskill region. Meticulously crafted from locally sourced, sustainable materials, Hudson Woods promotes a quiet, healthful lifestyle and presents the ideal second-home opportunity. The environmentally friendly community will have 26 custom homes generously spread over 131 acres of land. Designed and developed by Manhattan-based architecture firm Lang Architecture, Hudson Woods promotes a sustainable lifestyle without compromising on design or amenities. Homeowners can personalize their lifestyle at Hudson Woods with a plethora of upgrades and amenities including an architect-designed treehouse, children’s playhouse, pool, pool house with sauna, guest house, green house, fruit grove and vegetable garden, which can be managed by Hudson Woods’ onsite property manager and master gardener. The 2,800-square-foot base home includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Upgrades to the base home include an additional floor, bedroom and kitchen island.

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By W.A. Muller

Built to be environmentally sustainable, all materials at Hudson Woods are either locally sourced or obtained from crafters and manufacturers that share Lang Architecture’s commitment to preserving the environment. For instance, all of the wood -- from the oak flooring, paneling, cabinetry and handcrafted stairs -- is sourced from Hickman Lumber/Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Floor, a family-owned mill in Pennsylvania. The Hudson Woods teams of subcontractors -- from the onsite sawyer and forester to the property manager and master gardener – have a connection to the Hudson River Valley area

to ensure that the property’s environment is undisturbed. The local excavation team, led by Hudson River Valley residents who live within blocks of Hudson Woods, are mining a combination of granite schist, shale and bluestone minerals onsite in order to build the driveways and gravel roads without using outside resources. Surrounded by an array of activities, the Hudson River Valley region has a rich history of attracting city dwellers seeking everything from outdoor adventures to the pleasures of quaint upstate towns. Hudson Woods is filled with opportunities for family-friendly outdoor activities such as skiing, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, golfing and biking with Hunter Mountain Ski Resort, Minnewaska State Park and Mohonk Preserve all within 40 miles of the community. The lively towns of Rhinebeck, Woodstock, New Paltz and Stoneridge surround Hudson Woods and present unique culinary opportunities, such as the annual Hudson Valley Food & Wine Fest and Ulster County Fair. For more information: hudsonwoods.com


Introducing Exquisite Full-Floor Design to the UES

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ocated in the heart of the Upper East Side, 155 East 79th Street delivers a stunning 14-story boutique condominium replete with classic architectural grandeur to the storied neighborhood. Complementing the neighborhood’s refined architecture with a limestone base and marble brick on the upper floors, the property is outfitted with a distinct façade accented with oversized windows, French-inspired ornamental metal work and Juliet balconies.

With the privacy and space of a townhouse and the full-service offerings of a high-end condominium, the exquisitely designed property injects modern luxury into timeless Upper East Side design. The grand residences by Andrew Sheinman, of Pembrooke & Ives, merge traditional elements with modern aesthetics to create unique spaces featuring wood and plaster crown moldings, imported Chesney’s marble mantels and hearths, and artisanal glass pocket doors. The classic enfilade design allows each townhouse to have a flawless transition between space and an abundance of natural light through the length of the home. Responding to the demand for fivebedroom residences on the Upper East Side, Anbau, a leading developer of luxury residential properties in New York City, developed 155 East 79th Street, which offers buyers seven finely crafted full-floor residences, including a three-

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By W.A. Muller

level penthouse and duplex maisonette. “Growing up right next door to 155 East 79th Street, and spending most of my adult life on the Upper East Side, this project truly offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present buyers with homes that, we feel, convey the best characteristics of this iconic neighborhood through and through,” said Barbara van Beuren, partner of Anbau. “For 155 East 79th Street, we sought to seamlessly blend classic old world elegance and the necessities of modern urban living with contemporary detailing, an infusion of rich materials and timeless layouts that maximize on natural light and private outdoor space.”

155 East 79th Street offers five duplex homes with five bedrooms, five baths, one powder room and private balconies. Additionally, the penthouse includes five bedrooms, five bathrooms, one powder room and private landscaped terrace, while the maisonette offers four bedrooms, four bathrooms, one powder room and private garden. All homes feature direct elevator entry, wood-burning fireplaces, grand foyers with custom marble flooring and exceptional lighting design that create a luminous quality in areas such as the dining room, kitchen and powder room. Amenities at 155 East 79th Street provide residents services and conveniences thoughtfully selected to help simplify the demands of urban living. The property offers 24hour doorman, a fitness center, individual storage, as well as bicycle storage. 155 East 79th also features a gracious lobby that merges the inviting elements of an old-world library with the modern touches of a chic gallery to include personally curated art works, contemporary furnishings, floor-to-ceiling wood paneling and polished marble flooring. Exclusively represented by Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, prices range from approximately $8.95 to $18 million. For more information: 155east79.com


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iving on Lake Norman, North Carolina is a frame of mind....it’s like being on vacation 365 days a year! Conveniently located just north of Charlotte, North Carolina this lake offers over 560 miles of shoreline. Lake Norman offers quick access to Charlotte and the international airport. It also offers lots of shopping, wonderful schools, and plenty of restaurants making this area a prime destina-

By Nadine Deason

tion for a primary home or vacation home. Your dream home awaits on Lake Norman with this newly listed waterfront beauty! Just imagine coming home to your own private resort. This fabulous waterfront estate features panoramic views with 500+ ft of pristine shoreline. This unique property features a masterfully constructed two-story log home

with a finished walkout basement and a detached four car garage with an apartment above. The unique custom details of this Alpine log home direct from Montana, features massive log beams throughout that give this home give it a warmth in character like none other with breath taking lakefront panoramic views from every room. There are four stone fireplaces that are uniquely crafted as a work of art. With over 6500 ft.² this home features a master bedroom on the main floor and a total of four bedrooms. The dynamic open floor plan offers A feeling of spaciousness with a two-story vaulted ceiling in the great room. Guests will love their private accommodations above the four car garage, which also feature dynamic waterfront views. This property features a deep water, private covered pier with a lift and is located across from the state park to ensure complete privacy and relaxation. Don’t miss our mini movie of this fabulous the state at:youtube.com/ watch?v=dIRhoCmzCdo Whether for your own personal enjoyment or family reunion, your dream waterfront awaits at Lake Norman, North Carolina. For more information: ALakeHome.com

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