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APRIL 2014 Around the Town 14 Events that Matter 18 Big Apple Buzz 136 Beauty & Travel Essentials 20 A Day at Pierre Michel 24
The New Era of Facial Rejuvenation Tristan Harper: New York States of Mind Lisa Jackson Tony Cointreau
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Luxury Penthouses Madison Equities Tribeca Upper East Side Townhouse Treasure Making an Apartment Yours You’re my Wonderwall Paper One Riverside Park The Modern 53 Greene Street The Chic Cast Iron House Living in Disney Old Palm Beach Gardens
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EDITOR’S NOTE EDITOR’S NOTE in the world does the Resident fashion,” I“What am happy to report that we’ve really had know such about a tremendously has been the common manyFashion here on our staff. When positive response torefrain last from month’s Edition that I we told my companions that weatwill be doing our firstmonth. fashion edition decided to try our hand another themed And this in March, nearly everyone laughed. “Stick the to travel, estate, time it’s real estate! We’ve got only most real fascinating, culture and dining but for God’s sakes -”. Well, I’m happy to luxurious and modern developments, listings, buildings and report that impulse prevailed; the rest is for our readers to decide. locations for you to feast on. Because we wanted to drive home this fashion theme we chose to do two fashion-forward covers! This month features both Megan Boone from NBC’s new hit series, The Blacklist and Morgan We are proud present cover story,Polo. Tristan Harper. He’s O’Connor, the to new face ofour Ralph Lauren’s These two sexy inNew theYorkers Top 50 brokersthe (indirection terms ofthesales) at Douglas exemplify magazine is headedElliman and and his love of Manhattan Estateboth shines through.and With we think that you will find theirReal interviews enlightening close to 20Weyears experience, heour haspages. lived through the best engaging. thankofthem for gracing
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Around The Town With Columnist Joe Alexander & Photographer Patrick McMullan
onja Morgan and Ramona Singer hosted The Real Housewives of New York City Premiere Party at Tokya. LJ Cross Designer Lisa Jackson presented Sonja with a stunning pair of platinum and diamond crosses for her charitable work on behalf of the LGBT community. DJ Alex Cecil found time to swoop Sonja off her feet in a sexy dance move during his banging set. Among those on hand were, celebrity chef guru Herb Karlitz, Jane Pontarelli, Merchant Solutions’ Billy Morrissey, event planner Andrea Correale, The Dog Store’s Edward Alava and the restaurant and lounge’s owners Danny Omari and Roee Nahmani…. Divergent star Kate Winslet on her weight: “I’d much rather be known as curvy Kate than as some skinny stick. Honestly, among my acquaintances there is no woman wearing extra small. I love it when a character requires me to look less than my red-carpet best. “ Her costar Shailene Woodley spoke about getting her first major role: “I think there is a point in every
teenager’s life where they are forced to come into themselves.” … Emma Watson on being famous at age 11: “My friends are all really nice about my fame, they’re just curious, they ask lots of questions.” Blood Ties’ Mila Kunis, who’s engaged to Ashton Kutcher, says, “I’m not boring to be around. Something will always happen.” I’ll bet. Zoe Saldana, “I love wearing men’s clothing and underwear. Growing up, my dolls were doctors and on secret missions. I had Barbie Goes Rambo.” Ok. Kathy and Lou DiCocco hosted The H.O.P.E. Foundation’s Wine Tasting at the St. Patrick’s Parish Center in Palm Beach Gardens. Joe Greco, Jack Daniels and Wayne and Victoria Arute were among the guests who sampled vintages chosen by sommelier Virginia Philip. The evening benefited Coach Frank D. B. DiCocco’s Memorial Scholarship fund for at risk youth. HOPEFoundation.us Noah’s Russell Crowe says, “People accuse me of being arrogant all the time. I’m not arrogant; I’m focused.” Sure.
Emma Watson @ Noah premiere Patrick McMullan & Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin @ BPM
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Bravo’s Housewives of NY Kristen Taekman, Heather Thomson, Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, Aviva Drescher and LuAnn de Lesseps @ Tokya
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Elaine Sargent & Somers Farkas @ St. Regis Hotel
David Noto & Mica Hughes @ Tokya
BUZZ Theo James & Shailene Woodley @ Divergent premiere Eva Green @ 300 premiere
DJ Alex Cecil with Thomas, Cory and Jay G. from Real World Explosion @ Pacha
Michelle Gerber Klein, Michel Piranesi & Cassandra Seidenfeld @ St. Patrick’s Day Party
“I wear those five-finger weird toe shoes.”
The H.O.P.E. Foundation’s Lou & Kathy DiCocco @ St. Patrick’s Parish in Palm Beach Gardens
Kate Winslet @ Divergent
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Jean Shafiroff & Alex Donner @ St. Patrick’s Day Party
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Patrick McMullan’s 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza at BPM on West 42nd St. featured a sizzling performance by pop star Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin of her hit “Here We Go.” Ralph Lauren model Morgan O’Connor, Sharon Bush and Geoffrey Bradfield led the applause. Pango’s Neil Edwards lauded iPark’s William Lerner for having his staff dig out cars that had been buried in snow during the blizzard. The evening climaxed with a massive Leprechaun & Pot of Gold cake by Cake Boss Buddy Valastro while DJ Liam McMullan played into the wee hours. … Although she dies in the end, Eva Green’s evil queen rules over the men of 300: Rise of an Empire. When asked about the movie’s hard-bodied eye candy she reveals, “You have to pinch yourself because it’s amazing. “ On whether she ever scares herself Eva confessed, “In the mornings when I look at myself in the mirror.” Sullivan Stapleton on his sex scene with Eva: “It was a half-naked fight, really.”… Angela Lansbury steals every scene she graces in the wonderful The Grand Budapest Hotel. When quizzed about going back to Broadway she said, “When you’re on the side of buses and New York loves you, you love to go out every night. It’s like a race. Curtain opens, out you go, and New York is yours,” adding, “I have only a few more years to kick up my heels!” Her co-star Bill Murray on watching Saturday Night Live: “I did that show. I like my Saturday nights. I don’t want to go work.”… Nymphomaniac’s Shia LaBeouf, “To be an actor, a true actor, you have to be brokenhearted.” Awww! ... Jenni Pulos, who is featured on Bravo’s Flipping Out has written a fun and inspirational book with Laura Morton titled “Grin and Bear It: How to be Happy No Matter What Reality Throws Your Way.” The party at Loi Restaurant brought out the glitterati including Ron and Michele Riggi.
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events that Matter events that matter By W.A. Muller
DIVAGALS DAILY HOSTS BEVERLY JOHNSON THE COLOR OF BEAUTY AWARDS HONOREE AT LATITUDE BAR & GRILL
A SECRET VALENTINE’S THE COLOR OF BEAUTY Awards honoree SHOPPING EVENT Beverly Johnson spent the evening dining at Latitude Bar & Grill in New York City’s Hell’s
Margo Manhattan welcomed guests to her district.Valentine’s The iconic supermodel storeKitchen for a Secret Shoppingwill Event celebrateby40Altaneve, years of being the first black model to sponsored a popular Prosecco the cover of in Vogue magazine enjoyed this August. winegrace brand. Those attendance champagne, chocolates and the opportunity Latitude’s dining area on the to preview herprivate jewelry collections onsecond Monday, February floor was prepped10, for 2014. Ms. Johnson’s arrival.
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Scotto and Modern Luxury President ABOUT AVIVA DRESCHER Michael Dickey. Aviva Othertells notable attendees With true courage, her story in included her memoir,James Leggy Aguiar, Blonde, National including Fashion how Director, Modern Luxury; A.J.atCalloway, she lost her foot in a barn accident the age TV; Michael Dickey, President, ofHost, six andExtra the numerous-sometimes bizarreModern Luxury; Andrea Greeven Douzet, attempts to reattach it. After a tripLuxury; to India New York Publisher, Modern toDouglas be “cured” by a famous mystic, young Hannant, Fashion Designer; Sasha Aviva learned to useRick fashion and style to Lazard, Singer; Passarelli, Owner, draw attention from her prosthesis. She Bobby Van’s;away Carlos Ruiz, Photographer; fled to ParisScotto, in her early twenties, she York; Rosanna Host, Good where Day New Jean Shafiroff, Philanthropist and Devra transformed herself into a wild club chick and Miller,onDesigner ofthe Miamica. danced tables with crème de la crème of the big-hair supermodel era.
entertainment has established a ABOUT Margospace Manhattan: Bold, dynamic following of loyal while continually and sexy define theclientele Margo Manhattan drawing awhich steadycelebrates supply of Margo’s new faces. boutique philosophy of enhancing beauty from the http://www.latitudebarnyc.com/ inside out. Margo aims to create a variety ofANGELO looks through mixing andHOSTED matching DAVID PISACRETA different types of chains, leather, pendants With her business partner (in love and life, REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK AVIVA Celebrity guests in attendance included and necklaces which combine to display she Miller says) Brian Maillian by her side, Ms. Nicole (fashion designer), Ramona DRESCHER’S NEW MEMOIR LEGGY BLONDE her signature styling. “The piece finds the Johnson enjoyed Jean a lightShafiroff beverage, dinner and Singer (RHONY), person,” says Margo, who immediately Celebrity couture hair extension expert conversations with several VIP guests, including (philanthropist), Lucia Hwong Gordon focuses on each client’s unique features. She Established in 1969, Bobby Van’s Angeloevery Davidindividual’s Pisacreta hosted RHONY fellow THE OF BEAUTY AWARDS reflects (socialite), and COLOR Christopher Pape, (Editor-inbeauty by custom Steakhouses have become a staple of New Aviva Drescher’s launch party for her it new honorees Kimmie Smith (HSN and founder a series of tumultuous Chief of Resident Magazine), among others. tailoring a look and design, whether is for Through York City dining. Built withrelationships, a dedication memoir, wear LeggyorBlonde, at a private party of Shoe Week), Karen Mitchell (founder, Tru Aviva had fourcustomer children by two husbands, everyday for a wedding, engagement to superior service and quality While guests enjoyed their Valentine’sAngelo Davidevent. Salon on Wednesday, Indian Hair), and Siamanda Chege (founder, changed religions, got maintains a law degreethe andsame high oratother special food, Bobby Van’s themed watched footage Delaina standards over four decades March 12, 2014. Notable guests included Bebegoodies Ravi), asthey well as awards presenter became an entrepreneur. All the later. while,With from Margo Manhattan’s most recent For more Maxwell, information, visitShaw and Tiffany she five locations Manhattan, the Chenoa Bershan Dixon of VH1’s Gossip Table.designer wrestled withthroughout chronic panic attacks collaboration with The famed fashion margomanhattan.com. West 50th(it’s Street Grill features a menu Jones, OWN’s new reality show, Love in and phobias not easy being terrified of Nicole Miller. of traditional American fare, classic the City; Ashlee White, Bravo’s Princesses: Created to honor of Black History Month and elevators in Manhattan), andgrill a few savage Law cutscivil andcourtroom wood-fired pizza. The The NY twoFashion designers paired forBEAUTY Long Island; Rachel Truehart, ABC’s The Week, THE together COLOR OF &steakhouse Order–worthy dramas. restaurants’ friendly staff, warm décor and Nicole Miller’s her Fall of 2014 Bachelor,MAGAZINE Jeffrey Hayzlett, Host of C-Suite recognizes andshowing supports of trendsetters color and BEACH COVER PARTY Thanks to her loving husband, Reidmake Drescher, wide variety of dining options this collection on Friday, February 7, 2014 with Jeffrey Hayzlett; Delaina Dixon, Host honors the contributions of people of color to Aviva cameideal to terms with her mother’s location for those looking forearly a premier BEACH magazine, Modern Luxury’s during New York Fashion Week. Nicole of VH1’s The Gossip Table, Diva Gals the style and cultural communities. Founded by death, a grip on her anxieties and found Newgot York Steakhouse experience, with all Hamptons publication, held a special Miller’s fall 2014 collection evoked a tribal Daily; Jackie Miranne, On Air Host, Style Maureen Martin and Delaina Dixon of Amanne the strength to show the world who she really the comforts of home. cocktail soiree at Bobby Van’s Grill to yet luxurious feeling through a mixture of Expert, Blogger andHilaria Model,Baldwin. Lenay Dunn, Mediatextures Group, THE OF BEAUTY has celebrate Aviva is currently on Bravo’s sixth season cover star Editor- is.For different and COLOR textile patterns. Margo information, MTV Host and David Noto, Owner of launched as an annual featured platform tochunky, connect with of Themore Real Housewives of bobbyvans.com. New York City, in-Chief Cristina Cuomo hosted notable Manhattan’s collection Altaneve Prosecco. Guests enjoyed cocktails, the multicultural consumer. which premiered on March 11, 2014. guests including Hilaria’s husband actor Alec dangly black earrings and long, layered
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The New Era of Facial Rejuvenation By Dr. Zeena Al-Dujaili
ermal filler injections have literally changed the face of aging and have given us the ability to reverse the visible effects of time instantly. In recent years we have developed a better understanding of the aging process. In addition to changes in the skin, significant changes occur in the subcutaneous fat and craniofacial skeleton. This has led to a paradigm shift in our therapeutic approach to facial rejuvenation. Remarkably sophisticated and refined results can now be achieved by using these non-invasive techniques. As a dermatologist with a keen interest in the aesthetics of the aging face I gravitated to the idea of rejuvenating the face by replacing the lost volume. It’s logical that by restoring the lost volume you can create a more youthful appearance. Loss of volume in the cheeks leads to sagging skin and an aged, hollow appearance. Superficial and deep volume loss can also lead to the manifestation of wrinkles, folds, and lines on the surface of the aging face. Fillers aimed at restoring the lost volume both superficially and deep slow the impeding facial aging process. Ten years ago, dermal fillers would be injected to bring a line or wrinkle up to the level of the surrounding skin. However, this ignored other aspects of the complex aging process such as undereye hollows and sunken cheeks, a softer jawline, narrower lips and a flatter bridge on the nose — all caused by shrinking bones, shrinking fat pads and thinning collagen. As we age, our skin laxity increases because we’ve lost the volume over which to drape it. Adding a filler to replace the loss volume creates a more rounded and full appearance, which equates with youthfulness. The new generation of volumizing fillers allow us to recontour the face more efficiently than ever before. Volumizing fillers have been called “liquid facelifts” because they offer a lunchtime solution without the downtime of surgery. For example, judicious use of a thin filler underneath a flattened brow bone will result in a brow lift. And injecting a thicker filler along a sunken cheekbone will not only round out the cheeks but lift up the nose-to-mouth lines too. Volumizing the aging face achieves a more natural youthful appearance. Multiple injectable soft tissue fillers and biostimulators are currently available to provide facial volume such as hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid. The FDA recently approved Voluma, a hyaluronic acid, to temporarily correct age-related volume loss in the cheek area. It is the first and only filler approved to enhance cheek volume. All of these fillers work to reverse the signs of aging, however there are subtle differences between each of them. Set up a consultation with one of our knowledgeable dermatologists to find out which one is right for you.
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A Day Well Spent at Pierre Michel Salon & Spa F
or many years, my hair as always had been an issue. From the time I was young I knew that hair was an important part of a woman’s look. Straight shiny well- behaved hair was always been a desired look. Considering my hair has always been frizzy, thin and unmanageable, I decide to try a color and cut at the salon, Pierre Michel, which has been owned and operated for 20 years by childhood friends Pierre Ouaknine and Michel Obadia. I had heard about Pierre Michel’s great reputation. The Salon is discretely located in an office building at 57th and Lexington Ave on the 3th Floor. It expands about 11,000 square feet. The atmosphere was beautiful, private and comforting; I felt like I had the whole salon to myself.
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By Lisa Bernstein My colorist, Joanna Pinto, recommended a one-process hair color that was less damaging and really covered my gray hairs and would compliment my skin tones. My Stylist, Mia Moore, had trained in Europe with the great Bruno Pittini, Jaques Dessange and Vidal Sassoon. Mia gave me a precision cut that was so fabulous , not only did it looked modern and fresh, but it continued to keep its shape and was very easy for me to maintain. This is very important when you have difficult hair. The Salon has over 75 Stylists, Colorists, Makeup artists, and estheticians and manicurists who are the most experienced and well trained in their field. The staff really made an effort to make me feel like I was a celebrity, even though I’m not. I
also recommend using Pierre Michel’s REPHAIR hair products. REPAIR has four products that contain natural and organic ingredients such as AC-11. The hair care system works on the scalp and also helps restore weakened and damaged hair due to salon environmental factors. These products will help in preserving your hair color, as well as keeping your hair healthy and shiny. So if you have troubled hair and you are in the mood for a new doo, try out Pierre Michel… You will not be disappointed. 135 E 57th St., 3rd Floor New York, NY 10022 (212) 750-3660 www.pierremichelbeauty.com
Five Cars to Survive New York
By JP Bradford
raffic signals in New York are just rough guidelines,” quipped late night TV host David Letterman. His quote is a perfect starting point for a discussion of what actually constitutes the ideal car for handling New York City. Here we have potholes, people (of whom Russell Baker once said, “New York was the only place you can get deliberately run down on the sidewalk by a pedestrian”), apparently crazed taxi drivers and then the weather – intense heat and humidity in summer, desperate cold, snow and ice in winter. In between these extremes the odd hurricane passes through en route to adjacent Long Island – which the Red Cross places in the top 10 most dangerous hurricane zones in the United States. Just to round out the apocalyptic perspective on driving in New York the City is literally home to Hell’s Kitchen and movies such as Independence Day, Escape from New York, World War Z and I am Legend have firmly identified New York as the logical place to be the beachhead for an alien invasion, maximum security doomsday prison or Zombie apocalypse – it is a lot to consider when standing in a New York car showroom. Whilst there is no automotive equivalent of the everything bagel there are many great marques out there – plus, as a New Yorker – why would you compromise yourself and have only one vehicle at your disposal? For 2014 here are our candidates for the ideal car to meet the wishes of the particular New Yorker. Lets not constrain yourself by price or performance statistics, let alone fuel consumption – New York City is about the vibe, and all of these vehicles deliver their own version in spades.
Aston Martin: If it is good enough for 007? Watching the opening scenes of Daniel Craig’s second 007 outing in Quantum of Solace could leave you in a sweat, triggering memories of the summer drives back and forth along the i-495 and around the Hamptons. It is a solid reminder of the need for the ability to maneuver quickly when necessary and have a car which has appropriate presence even though its natural habitat is more likely crouching outside a Hamptons Mansion ready to pounce into action, avoid the bad guys and get first to the Golden Pear for a flavored coffee. Bond girl essential, though not supplied by the manufacturer. Most interesting accessory – the Sports Pack – for those for whom Orbis non sufficit or “The world is not enough.”
The 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Price: $300,000 and up www.astonmartin.com
Fiat 500: Small, Quirky, If the face fits… Pitched as an Italian Urban utility vehicle it is clearly the British (now BMW owned) Mini with a touch of Gucci and Italian La Dolca Vita. This vehicle is definitely fun, small and easy to park in the City and most likely the vehicle you would (financially at least) lose least sleep over leaving parked on the street outside. Most interesting accessory – body decals.
The 2014 FIAT 500 Price: $18,500 www.fiatusa.com
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If a new series of Downton Abbey were set in contemporary times and the fictitious family’s wealth had not waned two things would be certain. First the Earl of Grantham (adroitly played by Hugh Bonneville) would own a Rolls Royce and second he would probably drive it himself rather than be chauffeured. In the event the 2014 Earl decided to relocate to New York his car of choice would likely be the Rolls – all 21st century luxury with discerningly careful nod to the art deco of his ancestors. Remember the British royal family has its roots in Germany. For those devotees of the German equivalent, the Maybach, which ceased production in 2012, the Rolls-Royce offers a reassuring replacement into which the wine cooler can handle a bottle of Cristal with ease. Coolest accessories – the Drivers Assistance System, a Head’s Up Display and personalized cushions.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith Price: $300,000 and upwards http://www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/wraith/
Tesla: Socially connected Love social media? Love the planet? Love to drive? The Tesla probably ticks all these boxes. Whilst one day we may have a fond smile on hearing its name in 2014 the cockpit of the Tesla feels like you are in Star Trek re-boot movie. The level of quiet inside the cabin, acceleration and that gorgeous control panel which is akin to a horizontal LED TV screen all screams modernity at the inhabitants. In the City there will be few worries about refueling options. Most interesting feature – the Falcon gullwing doors for passengers in the upcoming Tesla model X crossover SUV – very retro sci-fi.
The 2013 Model S Tesla Price: $69,900 and upwards www.teslamotors.com
Range Rover: Ride out the apocalypse The marque has come a long way since being the villain’s vehicle of choice in Die Hard 2 with Bruce Willis. The portage of choice of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and most recently probable stealth PR coup of 2013 having the Duke of Cambridge collect his wife and newborn baby from hospital in Land Rover’s now new baby. The next (or fourth) generation Range Rover, which launched with the 2013 model has gone through a top-to-bottom revamp or perhaps has seen itself be sent to the automotive equivalent of a health farm followed by the cosmetic surgeon. Most interesting accessory – The loadspace security box – Securely store your Euros, Yen or copy of the New Yorker.
2014 Range Rover Price: $84,195 and up www.landrover.com
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Rolls-Royce Wraith: Downton Abbey on wheels
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by Rory Winston Photos by Takako Ida
ou want to know what it takes to sell real estate? It takes brass balls…” proclaimed a swaggering Alec Baldwin in the 1992 movie version of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. That this image of a broker should remain fixed in collective consciousness is in no small part thanks to cosmopolitan buccaneers who have steadfastly dressed a mogul’s worth of riches in ragtag mannerisms while having pimped raggedy properties till they smacked of gold. With TV shows like Million Dollar Listing, building on the ideal that success comes to those whose “weight” is calculated in dollars and nonsense, it becomes hard to imagine real estate business without a dose of ruthlessness, flamboyance and well-coiffed ‘always-be-closing’ madness. Entering this often-calculated arena comes one Tristan Harper, a man whose genteel European air and transparency belie his professional acumen and savvy instincts. With finely chiseled features and deep-set eyes forever combing the space around him, Tristan sits waiting for me in a chic Midtown French restaurant as though an urban planning committee placed him there. His
demeanor has architectural integrity: restrained gestures, elongated posture, forthright greeting and a friendly handshake – each element attesting to a man who is in perfect harmony with his elegant surroundings. Tristan is in possession of a charming European accent in which he responds to my question of how his being European impacts his work: “Europe is in my genes, as is real estate.” This answer comes as no surprise from someone having been born, raised, educated and worked in such places as former Yugoslavia, France, Switzerland and England before obtaining a Canadian citizenship ahead of moving to New York City. His ancestors were landowners since the “old Venetian times,” when his family was bestowed an aristocratic title. Tristan explains: “Despite taking a different path in my studies, which earned me advanced degrees in business administrations for the arts, and my earlier careers in theater production, diplomacy and international business, when I eventually settled in New York, my family legacy impelled me to reconsider.” Resident April 2014 • 29
New York States of Mind
When asked about how he got started in the world of New York City’s real estate, Tristan gives way to a self-effacing smile. “Let’s put it this way,” Tristan admits, “certain clichés are profoundly true and when you come from the outside, it’s not what you know but whom you know. In my case whom I knew were the contacts I still had overseas – some of whom, luckily, were looking to buy properties in New York. To this day they constitute a good part of my business.”
business are competitive and thrusting for a sale or the right lead. With me, that’s true to a much lesser degree. I don’t believe in the pressure sell or an enormous effort in making the deal happen. In my opinion, as is the case with many things in life, sales come with understanding, and not by desperation or by
As an Associate Real Estate Broker at the prestigious Douglas Elliman, Tristan has, repeatedly, broken record expectations earning the firm’s 2013 Pinnacle Award, 10 consecutive annual Chairman Awards and a 2008 Legend Award, for consistently producing in the top two percentile of agents, nationwide. However, his ability to take his work seriously without taking himself too seriously is evident in his recipe for success. “Over 90 percent of my business grew by word of mouth. After a couple of beginner’s sales, one thing led to another.” Today, Tristan Harper is a broker of choice for the elite crop of buyers and investors from Wall Street to Hollywood.
from the crowd because of the right
The business, Tristan explains, is as much about understanding the client as it is about finding the right “matches.” “There is a lot of hand-holding involved. For instance -foreigners don’t always know much about the city; they have some vague idea as to locations, but you have to be in for the full run. Choices abound, as do the limitations. Much to consider and more to reconsider.” The job gets no easier with local buyers: “the wife wants one thing, the husband another, the parents the third… It is, truly, a question of finding the right balance,” says Harper. “It may sound cheesy, but it is pretty satisfying when people come to recognize, by themselves, what they actually want in real estate, and when you see that sparkle in their eyes that says: yes, this is it.”
It also conveys a successful
Tristan concedes that there are occasional frustrating moments: “People don’t always listen in time. I can say, ‘this is a great deal, it works for your needs, you clearly love it, so jump on it’. But, often they waffle, a form of hesitation sets in and by the time they eventually say ‘yes,’ the property is gone. Apartments in New York move fast. It is just the way it is. This city seems to have limitless cash rolling in, but the inventory is extremely limited.” A poet once wrote, “When we pass we pass, so if we meet we meet.” The idea of doing your best and then leaving things to fate is an ideal Mr. Harper abides by. “Many in this
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Tristan remains one of a small number of brokers who stand out combination of market knowledge, creativity in making a deal work, integrity, and perseverance. Ed Adler Attorney and Developer Koeppel Companies It all revolves around what I call “The Harper Factor.” A charismatic, suave, outgoing, sunny disposition which exudes sophistication and confidence. outcome for his clients. Isabel Bau Madden Author His continued success, is attributed to his strong interpersonal skills, focus, creativity and his attention to detail. Maria Torresy Associate Broker Brown Harris Stevens Tristan Harper has it all. Joan Greenberg Real Estate Attorney
forcing them. My grandparents once told me: ‘good things come to good people.’ Now, this may appear idealistic to some, but, essentially, it is what I believe in. No matter what the score, if I do something good for you, you will be back. If not next year, then in five. Or, you may send someone else my way before you return. This is the foundation of my business.
Even my self-interest demands that I do only what I believe serves my client’s interest.” In a way, Tristan Harper’s is the glorified, 21st century version of an early 20th century success story – the one where the immigrant lands on Ellis Island and retains his identity and beats all odds in a single act that alters not only his own destiny but that of his new home. Tristan’s highly publicized moment came just weeks after the 9/11 tragedy, as the city’s real estate hit a downward spiral that promised to be a standstill. It was then that Tristan Harper brokered the sale of an unfinished duplex on Park Avenue for over $18 Million. It was the highest-priced transaction of the year. “I felt humbled, not merely for the sale, but for the vindicating fact that there was someone out there who believed what I tried to communicate – there is only one New York, the eternal New York.” When asked what he sees and the best type of property or area in the city for investing, Tristan exclaims: “Manhattan properties are often considered like ‘cash in the bank’ no matter where they are. People have and will always be coming to this island for one reason or the other. And, because it is an island, it is finite. Every property in New York is – given time – a good one.” Tristan continues: “At the beginning of my real estate career, in the late 90’s, there was an apartment my purchaser was interested in – on Park Avenue in the 90s. A few of my oldtimer colleagues told me: ‘who the hell would live there?’ Well, less than 15 years later, who the hell wouldn’t?” Today, further uptown, Harlem, both East and West, is slowly becoming one of the hottest new investment areas in the city,” concludes Tristan Harper, Manhattan’s broker extraordinaire. Recently, I came across a quote that said, “when we first see a city about which we had earlier read, we don’t really see it. Instead, we see only what we had always imagined it to be. Then slowly, sorrow sets in and we feel it is less spacious than our imagination. Finally, we relinquish this sorrow and are able to see the city for all its beauty in a way those born there could not.” As Tristan walked away from our lunch meeting, I understood that the New York he sees daily is one that many of us are still in the process of building; one whose structures and spaces are made of more than concrete, one whose perspective demand several states of mind. And, back to Glengarry Glen Ross, its character Ricky Roma seemed to be right about the true value of real estate when he said: “I have these properties I would like for you to see... What does it mean? What do you want it to mean?”
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LIFE ON TOP By W.A. Muller
t came as no surprise that, back in the 1960s, the notorious publisher Bob Guccione named his new urban-lifestyle men’s magazine Penthouse, and immediately started using the trademark phrase “Life on Top” to associate with the publication. He simply applied to his glossy journal the common perception of the highest level of luxury living “on top” of the high-rise apartment buildings. Like the residential penthouses, Guccione’s magazine aimed (and succeeded) to be differentiated from others by its many luxury features. However, in architectural vocabulary, the term ‘penthouse’ originally had a much humbler beginnings. It referred to a separate, smaller “house” that was constructed on the roof of an apartment building. Such “small houses” were often used as the unit owners housekeeping staff ’s modest quarters, or as a storage areas for the building’s maintenance supplies. Then, in “the Roaring Twenties,” the economic growth led to a construction boom in New York City, and the idea of a luxury penthouse apartment was born. The high demand by the new wealth led to the creation of lavish terraced apartments on top floor (or floors) of many posh buildings.
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REAL ESTATE To this date, the large, often “wrap-around” terraces continue to adorn penthouse apartments. Therefore, such outdoor expanses remain to be the main “wow effect” of penthouse homes. Such terraces are often lushly planted and furnished as extensions of the apartment’s living spaces. They offer room for al-fresco dining, sunbathing, working out, swimming, even golfing (in small putting green areas)… Because the penthouses are, by definition, located on the highest floor(s) of apartment buildings, they typically come with spectacular views of the city skyline, landmark buildings, parks and rivers. In Manhattan real estate terminology, the “million dollar view” from a terraced penthouse has long become, literary, a “MULTI million dollar view.” This is how much the views may add to the value of a home. And, this may well be yet another reason why Mr. Guccione picked a word ‘Penthouse’ as the name for his “picture-rich” magazine.
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A Lifetime of Development By Peter Elston Madison Equities is a real estate development company highly respected for its creativity and commitment to innovation through design and forward thinking. Having built its reputation over fifty creative years, the company is well versed in developing several million square feet of high quality office, retail, residential, hotel and mixed-use buildings throughout Manhattan. The company is currently developing its next and most recent project, 10 Sullivan â€“ a high end luxury 19-unit condominium with four adjacent townhouses on a triangular site in SoHo, New York in partnership with Property Markets Group. Here is the team behind Madison Equities.
Robert Gladstone EO Robert Gladstone has been Madison Equitiesâ€™ leader and provided its vision for 30 years, making Madison Equities one of the top tier Manhattan development companies and carrying on the tradition of high quality development started by his parents in the mid-1960s. At the age of 16, Robert began his career in the field working for the family construction company and continued to cultivate his knowledge while obtaining his degree at New York University. His 40 years of hands-on experience in construction and real estate has provided him with expertise in all phases of development, including site assemblage, design, financing, construction, marketing and management.
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Anthony V. Labozzetta nthony V. Labozzetta joined Madison Equities in January 2010 as President and is responsible for overseeing the day to day activities of the firm. Mr. Labozzetta was the founding Principal, President and CEO of Wall Street Realty Capital and directed all of their real estate investment banking activities from 1998 through December 2009 including financings for Madison Equities. In 1990, he formed and managed Cantor Fitzgerald’s Institutional Property Group which was the predecessor to Wall Street Realty Capital. Prior to joining Cantor Fitzgerald, Mr. Labozzetta practiced real estate and securities law in New York City for 15 years. Mr. Labozzetta holds a BS in Mathematics and a JD from St. John’s University and is a member of the New York State Bar. From 1969-1971, Mr. Labozzetta served with the United States Army in Korea.
SVP OF DESIGN
Andrew Harris ndrew Harris has been with Madison Equities for over 15 years. He brings to Madison over two decades of hotel experience, affording him a diverse background in all aspects of hotel development, from conception and design, to operations and marketing. Currently he is responsible for managing the design process for residential and hotel projects, coordinating architects, interior designers, construction team and hotel operations. He played an integral design role in the development of 1567 Broadway (W Hotel) Marriott Courtyard 92nd St, Chelsea Modern and 57 Irving Place. Prior to joining Madison Equities Harris had a celebrated career in the development of some of England’s most prestigious boutique hotels, playing a central role in the development of red star properties for Gordon Campbell Grey Hotels including The Draycott, and The Whipper Inn. Additionally, Harris held the position of General Manager at The Envoy Club in New York, The Leonard and The Draycott hotels in London, and The Grange Hotel in York.
SVP OF Construction
Michael Holloway ichael R. Holloway is the head of construction for Madison Equities. Mike has 35 plus years of high level experience in construction projects for the major firms in New York including Lehrer McGovern, Bovis Lend Lease, Gotham and Plaza. He has led highend construction firm operations and multiple large-scale projects involving over 700 people and over 30 projects. He has managed all project design/build, pre-construction planning, and construction from conceptual stages, approvals and permitting through commissioning, turnover and project closeout; and drove all value engineering processes, permitting, estimating, bid evaluations, contract negotiations, schedules, quality control and reviews. Mr. Holloway has attended the Columbia University Engineering Program and the Financial Management Institute – Charlotte, North Carolina - Leadership Development Program.
105 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10016 (212) 557-7330 madisonequities.com
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TriBeCa By Linette Semino
riBeCa is one of the most sought-after and expensive neighborhoods in Manhattan. The name is an acronym for the Triangle Below Canal, bounded on the north by Canal Street, on the south by Chambers Street, on the west by the Hudson River and on the east by Church Street. Throughout the years, TriBeCa’s borders have unofficially extended to the Hudson River to the west, Broadway to the East, and Financial District to the south. Its Western location offers a level of privacy and exclusivity rarely found in bustling Downtown neighborhoods like SoHo or The Meatpacking District. Privacy is not the only factor attracting New York’s most affluent to TriBeCa. New York Magazine describes TriBeCa as follows; “By many criteria, TriBeCa could be considered the best place to live in the city. It enjoys minuscule crime levels, great schools, tons of transit, well-planned waterfront access, and light-filled loft-type apartments in painstakingly rehabbed industrial buildings.” Since the 1970’s, TriBeCa has become a popular home for New Yorkers. Here are some of my favorite buildings – whether new or converted – you won’t go wrong by choosing one of these beautiful buildings.
56 Leonard: The first tower ever designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron in New York City. Comprised of 145 residences, each with a unique floor plan and private outdoor space. There is also 45,000 s/f feet of private outdoor space in the building, and the design is such that no balcony blocks the light of another.
The Juilliard Building at 18 Leonard Street: Originally built in 1874 for a member of the prominent Augustus D. Juilliard Dry-Goods firm. In 1881, it became a complex of five textile showrooms and assembly buildings. In 2001, these structures were converted to residential lofts. There are three seven-story and two six-story loft buildings offering 30 individually-designed residential units, including two-story penthouses. Residences range in size from two to three bedroom layouts of 1,860 up to 6,391 square foot. Distinctive features of the residences include oversized living spaces and many windows throughout. No sales have been recorded since 2012.
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With an industrial aesthetic featuring Art Deco elements, this 14-story building was built in 1929 and converted to commercial and residential condominiums in 2000. Only the top four floors are residential and offer 19 expansive residences know as Skylofts. These spectacular lofts feature oversized steel casement windows which allow abundant natural light and panoramic views. The top of the building has new construction duplex penthouses with price tags of up to $44 million. This year, a 4,120 sq. ft. four bedroom loft-style condo sold for $10 million. Currently, there are three lofts on the market averaging $2,824 per square foot.
The Ice House at 27 North Moore Street:
riBeCa is the home to New York’s biggest film festival, The TriBeca Film Festival which was founded in 2002 by long-time residents Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff. This thriving community also offers attractive retail stores, excellent schools, mega-supermarkets, gourmet food stores, luxury hotels, parks, and reputable eateries with names like Bouley, The Odeon and Locande Verde.
The Ice House was part of a compound of refrigeration buildings used by the dairy business in association with the nearby Washington Market. Its brick and terra cotta facade features six large arched windows topping its six vertical bays at the 9th floor. It was built in 1905 and converted to 58 residential lofts and 3 stores in 1999. This 10-story historic building has two to three bedroom layouts of 1,200 up to 3,880 sq. ft. These elegant residences feature vaulted beamed ceilings, oversized windows, and sophisticated finishes. Last summer, a two bedroom Penthouse of 1,369 sq. ft. sold for $2,950,000.
The Upper East Side is home to the Park Avenue Armory. Part palace, part industrial shed, Park Avenue Armory fills a critical void in the cultural ecology of New York by enabling artists to create — and audiences to experience — unconventional work that cannot be mounted in traditional performance halls and museums. With its soaring 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall – reminiscent of 19th-century European train stationsand array of exuberant period rooms, the Armory offers a new platform for creativity across all art forms. “One of the great joys of TriBeCa is just wandering and admiring the streetscapes-wooden water towers, cobblestones, street art, loading docks, metal awnings, all of it.” writes tribecacitizen.com. TriBeCa’s famous industrial aura has significantly contributed to its supreme real estate dominance.
For more information on TriBeCa contact the author, Associate Broker, Linette Semino. Linette.email@example.com
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Skylofts at 145 Hudson Street:
Upper East Side By W.A. Muller
he Upper East Side has long been the bastion of the wealthy and famous. With its bespoke buildings, access to the finest shops in the world, privacy galore and exquisite taste, it is the location favored by old money and those that wish to emulate them. With Central Park in close proximity and dining destinations that don’t disappoint it is an area that will ever go out of style. It also happens to be the area that Resident calls home.
155 East 79th Street This an exquisitely designed 14-story condominium offering buyers seven finely crafted full-floor residences, including a three-level penthouse and duplex maisonette. Developed by Anbau and exclusively represented by Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, 155 East 79th Street features gracious homes that offer the privacy and space of a townhouse, but the full-service offerings of a high-end condominium. 155 East 79th Street is designed by a highly experienced and acclaimed team, with stunning interiors by tastemaker Andrew Sheinman of Pembrooke & Ives. The property offers five duplex homes with 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths and private balconies. Additionally, the penthouse includes 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and private landscaped terrace, while the maisonette offers 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and private garden. All homes feature direct elevator entry, wood-burning fireplaces, grand foyers with custom marble flooring and exceptional lighting design that creates a luminous quality in areas such as the dining room, kitchen and powder room. Prices range from approximately $8.95 to $18 million. www.155east79.com.
The Carlton House Located at 21 East 61st Street alongside the Upper East Side’s most exclusive and chic shopping, dining and cultural destinations, The Carlton House is the neighborhood’s most elegant new residence. Residents at The Carlton House have access to a 24/7 doorman and concierge as well as a VIP partnership with Barneys New York that allows for in-home tailoring, special event access and delivery from Fred’s, the store’s famed restaurants. The building is over 60% sold, but still has some incredible residences available, including a $65M duplex penthouse with incredible terraces overlooking Central Park, as well as a 35-foot wide townhouse that is completely customizable, also listed for $65M. TheCarltonHouse.com.
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Sixty East Eighty Sixth
The address is a distinctive new condominium offering 15 exquisite fullfloor residences designed by the internationally renowned Thomas JuulHansen. Presented by the principals of Glenwood, Sixty East Eighty Sixth is one of the very few new construction offerings on the Upper East Side and brings a fresh, sophisticated design to the market. Each of the full floor residences embodies pure luxury with an emphasis on clean lines, grand proportions and an abundance of light. The property features three and four bedroom residences, including three unique multi-level homes: the triplex townhouse, tenth floor
duplex and triplex penthouse. Residences feature ceilings heights of approximately 10 feet, direct elevator entry and oversized casementstyle windows, with many homes offering eat-in kitchens. Select residences feature wood-burning fireplaces with gas starter, doubleheight living rooms of up to approximately 20 feet, Juliet balconies and windowed architectural stairs. Pricing starts at approximately $7.05 million for a three-bedroom home, up to approximately $20 million for the triplex penthouse.
737 Park Avenue Located along Manhattan’s premier residential corridor, 737 Park Avenue offers contemporary luxury living on Park Avenue. Built in 1940 by notable architect Sylvan Bien, 737 Park Avenue features an Art Deco motif and sits on the northeast corner of 71st Street. The building has been transformed into a modern luxury condominium that offers approximately 60 gracious private residences, many with private elevator landings and separate service entrances. Legacy apartments within 737 Park Avenue are designed with graceful layouts that range from 3,000 to 6,000 square feet, with each residence offering nine to thirteen well-proportioned rooms. In addition to their grand size, residences are designed for today’s contemporary living standards and feature large living and dining rooms, spacious eat-in kitchens, solid oak flooring and new casement windows throughout. The building has begun to welcome residents and currently has various residences available for sale ranging from $4.95M to $27M. www.737parkavenuenyc.com.
he Upper East Side is home to the Park Avenue Armory. Part palace, part industrial shed, Park Avenue Armory fills a critical void in the cultural ecology of New York by enabling artists to create — and audiences to experience — unconventional work that cannot be mounted in traditional performance halls and museums. With its soaring 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall reminiscent of 19th-century European train stations—and array of exuberant period rooms, the Armory offers a new platform for creativity across all art forms.
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n the heart of Manhattan’s bustling Midtown East, between the coveted Kips Bay neighborhood and the elegant Sutton Place area stands 241 East 52nd Street. This understated yet handsome four-story single family home is currently offered for sale for the first time in decades. And, it comes with a piece of its own history. Its past may not be as significant for world’s affairs as are many events convened in the nearby United Nations headquarters, just a few city blocks south. However, this home brings a different kind of prominence – the popculture’s distinction ‘par excellence.’ Not a long time ago, this was the home where the legendary musician, writer and 11-time Grammy winner Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, once lived, composed and produced his award winning music. Babyface wrote number-one songs such as “I’m Your Baby Tonight” for Whitney Houston and “Take a Bow” for Madonna. His collection of awards includes the “Album of the Year” for the original soundtrack of the 1994 movie hit The Bodyguard, starring Kevin Kostner and Whitney Houston. A number of his own famous billboard hits were recorded in the sound studio he constructed in the lower level of this house. Since, the recording space was converted into a wine cellar holding over 300 bottles of wine. Today, only a 5-inch thick soundproof door remains, as does the extensive music system throughout the home.
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By W.A. Muller
REAL ESTATE 241 East 52nd Street is a 3650 SF residence with a gated and fenced front yard and a serene back garden. The property features a classic New York townhouse layout with a chef ’s country-style kitchen and a dining/family room on the entrance level. There is a floor-through living room with two Juliet balconies, 11foot ceilings and a fireplace as well as a library with a terrace overlooking the garden on the parlor level. The third floor is, in its entirety, the master suite with an oversized dressing room and a windowed en-suite bath, including a steam shower and a fireplace. The top floor has two bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom. The home is fully wired for sound (needless to say), and comes with a state-of-the art security system. This lovingly restored home features the highestend finishes. It is unlike any townhouse on the market today. “It is one of those rarely available, beautifully proportioned properties that are just perfect – in its size, condition, features and location,“ says Tristan Harper, a broker with Douglas Elliman Real Estate who is marketing the property. The house at 241 East 52nd Street is also a serene urban oasis in the midst of a dynamic metropolis. It is truly a place to call – home.
For more information about this property or to get in touch with Tristan Harper, please call: 917697.7845 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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New Digs | Fresh Start Photos by Max Gordon
ollow these easy steps to make that apartment yours – before you even start really living in it!
PROPER PRIOR PLANNING Before moving into the apartment, carefully map out the floor plan. In this project, it was evident that the old sofa wasn’t going to fit without overwhelming the space. A new, sleeker & smaller sofa was selected prior to the move, and the old one sold on Craig’s List. Lead-time for sofas is typically 8-14 weeks. If your lease starts in 2 months+, start shopping now. Otherwise, buy a sofa “in stock,” but be willing to compromise. The stocked color might be a shade off from the fabric you really want, deal with it... the longer you search to find “the perfect sofa,” the longer it will take to arrive. When move in day comes (which we all dread), you will be happy you planned in advance. THE ART OF CAMOUFLAGE There is going to be something about the apartment that isn’t great, but hey, “it’s in the best neighborhood!”... “and who actually spends time at home anyways?” Well, at some point you will go home, and there will be something that annoys you every time you see it. In this case, it could have been the TV. There was only one place for it to go, so we had to devise a diversion: a dark wall. The dark grey paint helped the black TV blend in without making it a focal point in the room. If you know something is going to drive you crazy about the apartment, camo it immediately. We live in a city where we are constantly bothered, why let it happen in your own home?
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By Kate Bidinger
HOME SIMPLICITY Every wall and every corner of your space does not have to be “decorated.” Less is usually more. Artwork was placed thoughtfully: one gallery wall, layered art on lucite shelves, and individual pieces placed atop the bookshelf and mantle. The art is allowed to shine since it isn’t scattered on every wall. Furthermore, plain white sheets and duvet with 2 sleeping pillows and 1 decorative pillows adorns the bed. Have we learned nothing from Ben Stiller & Jennifer Aniston in Along Came Polly? Reduce your decorative pillows and you can save up to 2 days per year. LET THERE BE LIGHT (OR NOT) We like our lighting to change. Working on a creative project: bright light. After dinner drinks: not so bright light. Ask your landlord to install a dimmer. For maximum impact, install a ceiling light fixture. Everyone will notice it, whether it’s bright or dim, and who doesn’t enjoy getting compliments from friends on the rare occasion they actually come over? COORDINATION Think about the materials in the space and how they can relate to each other. For example, the floor lamp and the ceiling chandelier are different metals, but both have exposed edison style bulbs. The bed frame, side and coffee table are all dark wood. The colors on the gallery wall and the artwork is also in throw pillows, books, and accessories. BE YOU Display your collections, travels and inspiration. It’s your home and a reflection of you and your aspired self. Be proud of your apartment from the first day you move in. You wouldn’t show up to work looking like a mess, so don’t let your home do it to you!
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YOU’RE MY WONDERWALL (PAPER)
Paint is over people! Well, not really, but Wallpaper is hot in design and there are so many stylish options available. Why is paper so popular all of the sudden? We are bored...we need to break up all of the grey and beige in which we have saturated our spaces. We want our homes to be warm, inviting, and reflective of our cool selves. Here’s a round-up of the chicest wallcoverings out there…
By Kate Bidinger
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Rorschach From the Flavor Paper x Andy Warhol Collection, inspired by Warhol’s 1984 ink blot paintings.
Inspired by NASA photography of moonscapes and uninhabited space
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troveline.com Alcyone Floral yet moody, a large scale print that make a soft and mysterious impression.
Anthropologie anthropologie.com Lear Gaukur
Combining nature and color, this richly illustrated fantastical artwork makes a vibrant wall covering by Kristjana S. Williams
1. Don’t toss the scraps after installation. Use as drawer liners, bookcase backing, book covers, envelopes, and gift wrap. 2. Call a professional installer. This is not the time to risk ruining expensive papers, ending up with a botch job, because you watched an HGTV episode where it looked easy. 3. Use a wallpaper calculator to figure out how much you will need, then double check with your installer or interior designer. 4. Request a sample from the maker. Put the paper on the wall for a few days to make sure you can live with it and that you don’t tire of the print immediately. 5. Entryways and guest bathrooms are the best place to use a big bold pattern or color. You will get endless compliments and props for your decorating risk-taking abilities!
Painterly trees, by Chicago-based designer No l Ashby, take root in a modern forest where metallic gold branches grow.
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Selections by Dapper Homme’s founder Kate Bidinger. Dapper Homme is an interior design and concierge service for busy professionals. Accessible tiered packages for customized living solutions. email@example.com
The Elegant One Riverside Park
xtell Development Company, one of New York City’s most active developers, brings a new level of refinement to waterfront living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with its last and crowning achievement in luxury condominium development in Riverside South, One Riverside Park. Located at 50 Riverside Boulevard, the 34-story glass tower launched sales in November of 2013 for its 219 spacious residences. Today the condominium is already more than 50 percent sold. Overlooking the Hudson River and boasting expansive views of Riverside Park and the New York City skyline, the building was meticulously designed by award-winning architecture firm Goldstein Hill & West Architects. The building’s exterior, which is constructed primarily from glass and limestone, was designed to complement the modern aesthetic of the Riverside South neighborhood. Residences range from one to seven bedrooms, including five full-floor penthouse residences, each featuring six bedrooms and more than 6,000 square feet of living space. There are also three unique homes that offer a 29’ by 12’ private pool. Prices range from $1 million to $25 million and occupancy is slated for 2015. The building’s residences feature interiors curated by the visionary interior designer Shamir Shah. Known for his work on private residences and developments in Midtown and Downtown at 150 Nassau Street and 130 West 30th Street, this is Shah’s first development on the
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two design inspirations, modernism and natural/organic design elements, to create custom residences that are warm, earthy and modern. While Shamir credits no single inspiration for the project, he did draw heavily from nature because of the building’s close proximity to the Hudson River. He also strived to create a balanced and neutral palette for the building, as he wanted residents to be surrounded by natural elements to differentiate the building’s interiors from the City’s somewhat artificial/ unnatural landscape.
Upper West Side. The quality of craftsmanship and regard for detail is apparent immediately as you enter the building’s lobby, which includes the lavish use of natural materials such as travertine, accented with decorative metal work and a custom hand-blown glass chandelier. Shah retraces his routes from Kenya, where he was born and raised, to meticulously blend
One Riverside Park is situated in the new and vibrant Riverside South neighborhood, coupled with unrivaled amenities and services, including one of the city’s largest private residential athletic clubs, LA PALESTRA. The club includes a 75-foot swimming pool, 38-foot rockclimbing wall, full-size basketball and squash courts, two-lane bowling alley and lounge, and a golf simulator. The amenity package also includes a game room with billiards and ping pong, indoor playground designed by Kidville, function room with full catering kitchen, private screening room, residents lounge and landscaped garden courtyard. 25 Freedom Place South at 62nd Street. For additional information or to schedule a private appointment, please contact Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group at 212.663.7873 or visit www.OneRiversidePark.com.
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53 Greene Street features five expansive full-floor residences, replete with private elevator access, oversized windows, soaring ceilings up to 13 feet, walnut flooring throughout, gas fireplaces and a buildingwide water filtration system. The magnificent 3,510 square feet penthouse offers three bedrooms and four bathrooms, and features a private 2,067 square foot rooftop lounge accessed through massive sliding glass doors that frame the home’s kitchen and dining area with fireplace. The four full-floor residences include 2-bedrooms and 3-bathrooms across approximately 2,771 square feet.
ocated in the heart of New York’s highly desirable SoHo Cast Iron Historic District neighborhood, the well situated 53 Greene is a stunning landmarked property steeped with timeless architectural splendor. The classic landmarked Beaux-Arts exterior of the sixstory property faces a picturesque street, and retains the neighborhood’s unique charms with one of the few original granite cobblestone surfaces in the city. Originally built in 1867 as store and storehouse, 53 Greene Street first housed both Hess & Goldsmith Company, the country’s leading manufacturer of silk goods for its time, and then a plumbing manufacturing company. When Manhattan-based developers AORE purchased 53 Greene, they enlisted the design help of N+ Architecture and RSVP Architecture Studio to completely renovate the property to offer buyers the authentic sensibility of SoHo’s cast iron lofts combined with such modern elements as premium finishes, top-of-theline technology and a timeless contemporary design. The exterior of the 35-foot property has been fully returned to its original beauty with columns, capitals and cornices restored to match historical standards in the neighborhood, a classic façade of Tuckahoe marble, and a refurbished cast iron sidewalk vault lights with bullet glass. “The extensive renovation of 53 Greene was truly a passion project as our philosophy hinges on
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creating homes that present the highest quality through and through, while also adding value to a streetscape. Early buyer response has been overwhelmingly positive, and it’s fulfilling to see this property find new life,” said Yan Ouaknine, cofounder of AORE. The recent unveiling of the magnificent penthouse, available for $14.05 million, marked the official launch of sales at 53 Greene Street, with residences starting at $6.34 million. With exclusive sales and marketing by Brown Harris Stevens SELECT, three homes are already in contract following a limited pre-opening phase.
The modern kitchens create sleek focal points for each residence with 11-foot high lacquered Alaskan white and ballistic grey cabinets and premium stainless steel appliances, including Gaggenau double ovens, gas cooktops, teppanyaki grills, wine coolers and dishwasher, as well as Miele refrigerators and freezers. Luxury is infused into the spacious master bathrooms which include a selection of rich materials such as slabs of Pietra Cardozo and Calacatta Michael Angelo marble on the walls, accented by Calacatta Michael Angelo marble slab flooring and stone countertops. For more information: 212.396.5801 www.53greene.com
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Custom designed lakefront luxury home in a natures lover’s paradise. No detail was overlooked in building this amazing home. Every room is finished with the finest materials possible, and there is over $150,000 in upgrades. The kitchen features a Miele cooktop with downdraft ventilation, double ovens and warming drawer, Jen Aire refrigerator, wine cooler, granite counters, custom cabinets, non scratch sink and built in office. Every bathroom has custom cabinets and tile work. The master bath has a tub and shower you have to see to believe. The lanai, pool and spa were designed for luxury as well as privacy. The dining and living room have lighting fixtures from Murano, Italy, and there are tasteful touches of Venetian plaster and faux paint throughout the home where appropriate.
Offered at $559,900.
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54 OLD POST ROAD OLD SAYBROOK, CT Stunning water views from every room with this Oyster River waterfront home. The deep water dock and easy access to Long Island Sound makes this a boaters paradise. New kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Family room with walls of glass. Master bedroom with luxurious en-suite marble bath and breakfast balcony are just some of the amenities of this 5 bedroom 4 bath home. Watch the Osprey from your deck and feel as if youâ€™re on vacation without leaving home. Offered at: $998,000
23 TALCOTT FARMS ROAD OLD LYME, CT Distinctive interior architectural elements herald this 5 year old custom designed, Nantucket shingle style home. 6124 square feet includes 5 bedrooms with 4 and 1/2 baths in pristine condition is perfectly sited to capture water views from nearly every room. An outdoor resort like atmosphere with swimming pool with waterfall,full outdoor Summer kitchen, gas fireplace and a huge granite patio all overlooking the lieutenant river! Association dock for kayaking and a tennis court are just steps away. Offered at: $2,100,000
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The Unique Cast Iron House
ocated in the highly sought after residential neighborhood of Tribeca, a landmark building is currently being reimagined by worldrenowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. The 1882 structure, now known as Cast Iron House, sits at 67 Franklin Street and offers 13 duplex residences custom designed by the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner.
houses that appear to float above the landmarked structure. Each three- to five-bedroom home opens into expansive kitchen, dining and living spaces, while an upper level offers ultimate privacy with bedrooms located away from the home’s main living spaces.
The building stands as a quintessential example of cast iron architecture and features an ornate façade that has been meticulously recast and restored during the building’s conversion process. While its exterior references late 19th century architecture, Cast Iron House’s residential interiors feature a modern design with both thoughtful and fluid layouts. Developed by Tribeca-based Knightsbridge Properties, Cast Iron House marks Shigeru Ban’s first and only execution of a historical conversion. “Cast Iron House will simultaneously provide world-class architecture and unrivaled craftsmanship to one of Manhattan’s most notable residential areas,” said Jourdan Krauss, president and founder of Knightsbridge Properties. “Shigeru Ban has created contemporary duplexes within this landmark structure, which presents buyers with a rare opportunity to purchase a one of a kind residence by the award-winning architect.” Cast Iron House consists of 11 interior duplex residences, and 2 newly constructed duplex pent-
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The building’s penthouses, which were designed to integrate with the existing structure, include a two-story addition that was achieved through the use of a steel cantilevered Vierendeel truss. Through the use of the truss, the penthouse additions appear as a single storied structure when seen from street level. In additional to offering open layouts, both penthouses have telescoping glass walls that allow for a continuous expanse from interior space to outdoor space. Cast Iron House’s curated amenities include an exercise room, dance and yoga room, residents’ lounge, game room, children’s room, hydrotherapy spa with sauna, steam room and specialty water features, and a private treatment room. Private storage is also allotted to purchasers within the building.
Ranging in height from approximately 17 to 25 feet, living room spaces exhibit cathedral-style double-height ceilings that offer dramatic light and large walls perfect for displaying artwork. Additionally distinctive, residential kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms have custom designed cabinetry by Shigeru Ban in a matte finished white lacquer.
Residences within this architecturally significant building range from $5 million to $15 million, and from 2,850 square-foot, threebedroom interior duplexes to a 4,890 squarefoot five-bedroom penthouse with 1,430 square feet of private outdoor space. For more information: Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group 212-577-0067 www.castironhouse.com.
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Living in Disney By Karen Loftus
Disney’s Golden Oak Resort Makes Living with Mickey More Than a Possibility – It’s a Smart Investment.
any see Disney as a once in lifetime vacation. Others see Mickey as a member of the family and Disney as an extension of their residence.
would almost miss it, if not looking. When ownership is official, new owners are given a Mickey map of their property so they can find their hidden Mickey’s.
Disney has long listened to the wants of their customers and continues to cater to their needs. Their more affluent audience has expressed a continued interest in setting up real roots in The Magic Kingdom, by living in Disney. Real Estate is not new to Disney as it has toyed with it in the past. Yet, it just recently made realty, a reality.
Owners choose one of the seven locally approved Disney builders to design their home. They are done in a number of architectural styles including; Tuscan, Spanish Revival, Venetian, Italianate, Dutch Colonial, Island Colonial and French Country. Irreverent owners need to apply as true to the Disney brand, one can’t venture too far off the grid.
In 2013 several residents moved in to The Golden Oak, a Walt Disney World Resort. The difference between this exclusive resort and other Disney properties is that those staying at The Golden Oak, own it.
Each owner is given a list of restrictions they must adhere to, so there is consistency in the quality on all from gutters to shutters. On top of aesthetic restrictions, homeowners also have to pay additional fees, including property taxes and annual fees as high as $12,000 to cover benefits.
The Golden Oak is named after Walt’s Studio in California where many classic TV shows were shot, including Mash and The Mickey Mouse Club. The ranch was initially named after an oak tree on property where gold was believed to be found, in the height of California’s gold rush. Nods to Walt and to all things Disney are ever-present throughout the individual properties and within the gated community.
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Residents can opt in or out of the “Hidden Disney,” where small Mickeys are subtly placed throughout their property. They can be seen everywhere from the mosaic tiles to light fixtures and within the wallpaper. You
There are 980 acres and 450 lots slated for Golden Oak. There are 100 homes completed; built and sold. Over 40 + homeowners are already in residence, the only private homes within resort borders. Some overzealous owners, otherwise known as Disneyphiles have scooped up side by side lots to create family compounds. One
REAL ESTATE resident has a Minnie as in Minnie Mouse designed, Mini Cooper that she uses to tool around the resort. For Disneyphiles and said investors, this is usually a 3rd, 4th or 5th property. It’s a nostalgic add on to an already robust real estate portfolio. This group typically visits Disney annually, several times a year. It makes personal and professional sense to them to have for colleagues and for generations to gather for several years to come. The price varies considerably and is based on the size of the lot and the property. Homes start at 1.7 million and have sold for as high as 7 million with lots ranging from a quarter to three quarters of an acre. The soon to be 450 homes will be spread out amongst four different neighborhoods.
European styled homes in Kimball Trace range between 3,000 and 5,000 square feet while Carolwood’s sprawling estates start at 6,500 and can be as large as 12,000 square feet. Size aside, the luxury is seen in the many amenities. Golden Oak comes with a private club, The Summerhouse. The Tuscan styled farmhouse is effortlessly elegant with a seamless mix of country club cool and contemporary resort. The design showcases the outside as many head to Southern Florida to escape winter weather. There is a concierge on site to handle special requests. Residents are privy to the heated outdoor pool, the impressive state of the art fitness facility, a private car service in and out of the park, VIP passes and after-hours access in to the park, dining at Summerhouse’s
Markham Restaurant and Tyler Lounge and access to the Tom Fazio designed golf course. The course is a part of the soon to be opened Four Seasons Resort, which is within Golden Oak. The $377 million, 444 room resort is Four Seasons biggest property to date. Four Seasons aside, a big draw to investors and residents is the hobnobbing amongst neighbors at The Summerhouse Club. Noted chef Christian Rumpler adheres to farm to table, seasonable and local sensibility, sourcing Disney grown herbs and vegetables from Epcot. Regardless of where they are from or what they do, they are one of the few that can say they live at Disney. To them it’s a small world after all.
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• Unique Contemporary Design w/ European Flair • Impressive Home w/ a Technology Brain • Paradise Never Looked So Good! • Built to Impress...A MUST SEE! • $9,975,000 MLS 213504028 Loretta Young’s Team Lavita 239.450.5022
• 6+BD/7 Full & 4 Half Baths • 6+ Garages • Chef’s Kitchens & Butler’s Pantry • Theater Room & 800-Bottle Wine Room • $7,995,000 MLS 212017879 Coastal Collection 239.784.0693
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• Spectacular River Views w/ Pool & Spa • 6BD/6.5BA • 10,926 S.F. of Living Space • Expansive Lanai w/ Outdoor Kitchen & Fireplace • $6,375,000 MLS 213022860 Patti Testa 239.770.5445
• Canal Front Residence, Minutes to Open Waters • 6BD/9BA Featuring Every Detail of Your Dreams! • Everything is Custom Built, Designed & State-of-Art • Theater, 2,200-Bottle Wine Cellar & Big Outdoor Area • $5,495,000 MLS 214014817 McMurray & Nette 239.850.7888
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• 4BD/4.5BA • Gorgeous Views of Bay • Boat Lift, Dock & Gulf Access • Stunning Craftsmanship • $3,395,000 MLS 2131313 Burns Family Team 239.464.2984
• 4BD/6.5BA + Den • Views of Lake & 10th Hole on North Golf Course • Over 5,500 S.F. of Grand Living Space • Western Exposure • $2,999,000 MLS 212026860 Milton Collins, Martinovich & Nulf 239.565.2139
• Elegant & Spacious Home w/ Golf Course Views • Well-Appointed Master Suite & 2 Add. Bedrooms • Outdoor Living Area w/ Kitchen, Pool & Spa • Rec. Area, Home Theatre & 4 Guest Retreats • $1,650,000 MLS 213509624 Dotti Fagan, The Fagan Team 239.272.4946
• Custom, Lovely 3BD + Den Villa Home w/ Cabana • Beautiful View, Volume Ceilings, Open Floor Plan • Spacious & Updated Courtyard w/ Pool & Spa • Wonderful Home & Outdoor Spaces for Entertaining • $995,000 MLS 214011531 Connie Lummis, The Lummis Team 239.273.3722
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On the water near Chesapeake Bay... Pristine waterfront acreage with over 1500 private feet of shoreline to include pier, covered boathouse, water-side gazebo and a charming Virginia country home with absolutely grand water views, privacy, deep water, Sunken Great Room, Family Room with ‘library stacks’, Dutch door, workshop and garage space for 5 automobiles. $969,500
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alm Beach Gardens is known as one of the most exclusive communities in Florida and one might argue, the United States. With its access to prime beachfront, array of fine dining establishments and premier golfing options, the destination is a playground for the rich and influential. Yet there is one development that stands headand-shoulders above the rest. The name, of course, is Old Palm Golf Club. Here, in the home of the PGA of America and the Honda Classic, is a sophisticated community with fine dining, cultural attractions and nearby world-class shopping. Members of Old Palm, enjoy all the elegance, glamour and amenities of Worth Avenue. Old Palm is only six miles from the Atlantic, where one can enjoy the beach, great diving, snorkeling, boating and rowing. There are several opportunities for outdoor family fun. In nearby Jupiter Beach, there is an area where dogs are allowed to romp around in the sand and waves. With light traffic, beautiful homes, theater, worldclass museums and art galleries, plus fine schools and convenient access to major arteries and West Old Palm Beach International Airport and the North County General Aviation Airport, Palm Golf Club is an ideal place for a life well lived. With a range of ultra-luxurious custom estate homes from the elegantly simple to the simply elegant, Old Palm Golf Club offers gracious new homes in harmony with their surround-
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ings, all with exceptional amenities and offering views of the golf course, water features or preserves. One of these luxury estates is sure to suit your needs. According to Connie McGinnis, Director of Sales for the development, the community is “one of the finest, low-density neighborhoods in all of South Florida. The developers owned one square mile – 651 acres – and they only developed that into 360 homes. We have some of the largest lots in the area; typically a developer would have squeezed over 1000 homes onto the same amount of land.” One of the biggest advantages – and one that has lured many buyers – is the no tee-time policy for their exclusive golf course. And in addition to that, the level of service for each homeowner is extraordinary. We would be remiss if we didn’t offer a word on the developer – Clarion Partners. They have been a leading U.S. real estate investment manager for almost 30 years. Headquartered in New York the firm has offices in major markets throughout the U.S. as well as a presence in Mexico and Brazil. Homes start at 3400 square feet at $1.3 million and range to over 15,000 square feet at over $12 million. 11889 Old Palm Drive Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418 888.985.0023 oldpalmgolfclub.com
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Take a drive out to Killingworth – located off Route 95, exit 63 – and see how wonderful our little community is!
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with commercial features, including dumb waiter and full bath. The floating staircase is the highlight of a 60-foot three-story atrium, and leads to an entry parlor with inlaid wood flooring, a huge master suite with fireplace and Cherry wood inlaid floors, and all marble his and her baths. There are two guest suites, both with fireplaces, studies, and sitting rooms. The third floor features four guest suites, each with full baths and sitting rooms. Other amenities include elevator to all four floors, intricate moldings, central vacuum, imported gold and crystal chandeliers and approximately 20,000 square feet under roof and 16,000 square feet of living area. This ranch offers a rare opportunity to purchase one of the landmark ranches in Texas.
With vast open spaces and lavish appointments, this 238-acre showplace ranch is one of the great architectural masterpieces â€“ an imposing four-story, 34-room Antebellum-style mansion. Double electronic entry gates and an arched stone entry open to an illuminated one-mile, tree-lined drive leading to the main compound that is complimented by three fabulous fountains. Designed for outdoor entertaining, the grounds will accommodate seating for 2,500 with a lavish shell stone pool area containing professional cooking facilities. This world-famous ranch is only 45 minutes from an international airport, making this ranch perfect for a corporate retreat or family compound. Lush, emerald green rolling pastures, with a 10-acre trophy bass and catfish lake, managerâ€™s home, and a show barn/auction facility with theatre seating for 325. The main home, in a private, gated, walled compound, is a four-level columned mansion with four sides of columned verandas. The main level foyer features marble flooring and a grand double staircase, a dining room with fireplace, music room, library, and an office with marble fireplaces, living room with fireplace, gourmet kitchen Offered at only $7,500,000
Bella Riva «La Rotunda» A rare opportunity to live in a work of art, this Grand Italian Palazzo on Lake Travis was fashioned after Andrea Palladio’s famous “Villa Rotunda” in Vicenza, Italy. This romantic palazzo has 9,760 sq. ft. of museum quality construction and showcases classic Italian architecture with rich mahogany, imported Italian tile and Carrara marble throughout. Resting on a private, 16-acre waterfront, hill-top peninsula overlooking Lake Travis, the first view of this palatial estate is captured from an awe-inspiring stone-and-grass drive lined with ivy-covered walls. Looking down from the hillcrest drive, the villa’s bold silhouette stands out magnificently against the calm, blue waters of the lake. With 8 bedrooms, 9 baths, and 8 living areas, and staying true to Palladio’s original “Villa Rotunda” concept, which was laid out in a symmetrical axis with archways leading to complimentary wings and loggias. The action is down at the lakeside where a colossal boat dock/ party deck, large enough to hold a fleet of water toys and a full-sized yacht, rests on a just a small portion of the 1,200 linear feet of waterfront. The lake offers great fishing; sailing and water skiing, and all the popular Lake Travis restaurants and attractions are just a quick, dock-to-dock boat ride away. Coming home to this amazing Italian villa would beis like visiting Italy every day.
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s a travel writer who has circled the globe and seen many fascinating locales, it’s a rare treasure when I find a place that touches my heart and soul. Cambodia is one such place. I came to see the dazzling 12th–century temples. What I found was a beautiful country with vibrant, friendly optimistic locals determined to forge forward, healing from their turbulent past – and the inspiring people who champion them.
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Seeing the lost city of Angkor, twice the size of Manhattan with over 100 temples was staggering. The most famous temple, Angkor Wat, is literally heaven on earth. This masterpiece of ancient Khmer architecture represents Mt Meru, the Mt Olympus of the Hindu faith and the abode of the gods, with more than 3000 apsaras (supernatural nymphs) devatas (deities) and extensive basreliefs carved into its walls and the magnificent Hall of the Thousand Buddhas. Seven hundred feet high, covering hundreds of acres and surrounded by a giant moat, it is a sight to behold. Watching the sunrise on the western gate as the central tower came into view was mystical. In the afternoon I visited Angkor Thom with its wondrous Bayon Temple with 37 towers and countless sculptural adornments, which received cinematic fame as a setting in Angelina Jolie’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.” Next, a water blessing from a monk in the countryside, followed by a private sunset boat ride on an ancient waterway with gin and tonic in hand.
It’s not surprising that Siem Reap is on everyone’s hot list of places to go in 2014. As the gateway to the famed Angkor Wat, with old French shophouses, tree lined streets, a river and a wave of chic restaurants, cafes and bars, it has become a coveted destination in itself. Stroll the charming town teaming with art galleries, boutiques, open-air markets and shops selling all varieties of local wares. Snag Khmer silk lovelies at Artisans d’Angkor, handmade by local villagers. Dreamy photographs of Angkor Wat at Mc Dermott Gallery make great souvenirs. Visit the fashionable shops and galleries in the stylish FCC complex, then have a drink on their terrace overlooking the river. Try the tasty local cuisine, like delectable fish amok in coconut curry at Sugar Palm Restaurant, in a lovely wooden Khmer House. Savor an after dinner cocktail at the very cool Shanghai 1920’s looking ‘Miss Wong’s Bar.’
To beat the huge crowds, navigate the immense temple complex and see the true gems, you need an expert like Andy Booth, Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Cambodia Specialist for 2013. A retired London banker, Andy was so enchanted with this beautiful land and its people that he moved here and established ABOUTAsia Travel believing that luxury travel can change lives in a country struggling to rebuild itself after the Khmer Rouge. 100% of the profits go to the educational charity ABOUTAsia Schools. Andy’s company creates custom itineraries to Cambodia’s most incredible places with top guides like mine, the fantastic ‘Bon’. www.aboutasiatravel.com
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LUXURY LODGING Amansara, a former royal retreat for King Sihanouk turned resort is a serene oasis of luxury and tranquility, just minutes from town but a world away from the hustle and bustle. Stunning suites, exquisitely decorated, feel like private villas with scenic floor to ceiling windows, private courtyard with plunge pools and bath drawn at dusk with floating lotus flowers. I received one of the best massages ever at their superb spa. The service is impeccable and amenities include local guides for guests. The ever charming and beautiful general manager, Sally Baughen is always around taking care of each and every guest like you’re family. She is also at the helm of Amansara’s philanthropic arm, which supports the performing arts (I saw a wonderful local dance troupe there), children and women’s health, higher education, mine clearance, cultural heritage and wildlife preservation. A hotel guest mentioned that during his last stay, Angelina Jolie and her family, including her
adopted Cambodian son, Maddox, were in residence. The famed actress who was awarded Cambodian citizenship in 2005 for her work with community development and conservation in the country, visits the Kingdom several times a year. www.amanresorts.com/amansara/home.aspx Back in town, the newly renovated uber-posh Park Hyatt Siem Reap, now an exemplar of high design is ideally located on the main road within walking distance of the Night Market and the Old Market. In addition to fostering and empowering young adults with educational and vocational training, the hotel supports a sewing school where young women can learn professional skills. www.parkhyatt.com. Also in town, Shinta Mani Club, located in the midst of the French Quarter is a glamorous boutique hotel with a dramatic, stunning templeinspired design by the acclaimed Bill Bensley. The Shinta Mani Foundation provides free hospitality training and outreach to members of the Siem Reap community. Personable general manager Christian De Boer works closely with his very sweet, professional staff, providing them with weekly English lessons, helping them open bank
accounts and encouraging their dreams. Many of the .staff work there while attending college. A percentage of guests’ daily room rate is given to the foundation. Again, just by staying there, a visitor can change someone’s life. www.shintamani.com SONG SAA PRIVATE ISLAND Imagine you’re on a secluded idyllic tropi. cal paradise surrounded by sapphire waters, waking to birdsong, just you and nature. That’s the magic of Song Saa Private Luxury Island set in a glorious seascape in the Koh Rong Archipelago just 35 minutes by boat from the port of Sihanoukville. 27 luxurious villas stylishly decorated using sustainable material and local artwork offer the utmost in relaxation, comfort and intimacy. Spacious decks boast private plunge pools, your own small sand beach, outdoor shower and daybeds for lounging, sunning and listening to the waves. It’s an untouched paradise with white beaches, verdant gardens, palm trees, a lovely spa with beautiful treatment rooms and an over-water lounge/restaurant with panoramic ocean views.
Owners Rory and Melita Hunter developed Song Saa with the environment and the people in mind. They established Cambodia’s first marine reserve, employ and train locals and initiate projects to return jungle and mangrove forests to deforested portions of the Archipelago. On a visit to nearby village Prek Svay, I saw how their foundation fosters sustainable fishing and other environmental programs with the community. Their ‘Boat of Hope’ involves transforming an old Cambodian fishing boat into the region’s first floating education and sustainability centre. www.songsaa.com
As I was leaving this remarkable country I thought about a quote I saw at the Amansara Resort. “Many small people, in many small places, do many small things that change the face of the world.” HOW TO GO: With no direct flights to Cambodia, Cathay Pacific flies non-stop from JFK to Hong Kong, connecting to their intraAsia airline Dragonair. Guests enjoy great service, easy connections and top amenities. www.cathaypacific.com/us
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t’s a magical place, an exciting world of luxurious hotels, superb dining, premier attractions and so much more! No, I am not talking about Disneyland but this unique place called: MACAU! Macau... even its name is full of mysteries and touched by certain magic. A place like no others where its vibrant Portuguese heritage is combined with ancient Chinese roots. We invite you on this incredible journey to the heart of Asia, nestled on the Pearl River Delta. Since the Portuguese arrived and Western civilization entered China, Macau nurtured this cultural exchange for hundreds of years, which created its unique identity and an amazing architecture. An eclectic assemblage of buildings as different as Taoist temples from the Ming Dynasty, baroque churches from the 18th century, fortresses, classic Chinese shop houses, colonial palaces and Chinese courtyards makes Macau an interesting mixture in which East and West bond harmoniously. But Macau is also very much into the present. It’s expanding extremely fast and history
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faces modernity. Macau became synonym of excitement, fun, gambling; it’s a place where visitors enjoy amazing hotels and unforgettable entertainment, world renowned international Chefs and duty-free shopping. Some come for adventure, the thrill of walking on the outer perimeter that encircles the Macau Tower, in the wide open, without handrail, 764 feet high! Some others come for the annual Macau Grand Prix while Golf lovers play at the Macau Golf & Country Club which appears as one of the most beautiful golf courses in Asia. Macau, it is also a family-friendly destination, which provides many activities for the family. And for the corporations that wish to find the perfect location for their next meetings, Macau has it all to accommodate your needs, small or BIG!
By Sibylle Eschapasse Square and much more. www.smallworldexperience.com Tour the Modern Macau City and visit the Grand Prix Museum and the Wine Museum in which the delights of Portuguese wine are presented and ends with a wine tasting: a happy ending for all! “Saude” (to your health in Portuguese) or “Gom bui” (meaning dry the cup! in Cantonese).
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Don’t miss the House of Dancing Water! Having grown up in Paris and living now in New York, I have been blessed with some very nice performances but the House of Dancing Water totally blew me away. This $ 250 million spectacular production, created by the Italian-Belgian Franco Dragone, is amazing in any possible way and I cannot wait to go back see it in Macau. Or in the US, if dear Franco, you kindly bring it over here, one day! www.thehouseofdancingwater.com
Take the iPAD Discovery Tour to discover, interactively, the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the jesuits ruins of St. Paul Church, the Mount Fortress, the A-Ma temple, the Senado
Going on top of the Macau Tower for a breathtaking panoramic view of Macau is a must. For the adventurous, take a challenge of AJ Hackett: the Skywalk X, the Tower Climb, and for the mavericks, the SkyJump or the ultimate
My choice is the Sheraton Macao Hotel, the world’s largest Sheraton and Macau’s largest hotel with its amazing service and staff, and direct access to all of Cotai’s exciting attractions with more than 100 world-class retail stores, two ritziest casinos and so much more. Since its opening in September 2012, it already welcomed its two millionth guest! It offers spacious guestrooms and Suites including the popular familydesigned Suites featuring thematic decorated children rooms with living area for their playtime, child-size furniture and anything your child could dream of. Not to mention the possibility to attend the Shrekfast with the DreamWorks Gang, a fun breakfast in which children and grown-ups can interact with DreamWorks characters. For the body and soul, the amazing Shine Spa which treatments are customized based on the Five Element of Feng Shui. After responding to a questionnaire, my element was found to be the Fire, which symbolizes warmth, and I got a relaxing candle massage melting into a warm coconut oil and shea butter, very soothing, that melted away any tension and nourished my skin. Bungy jump! I chose the Skywalk X. Lots of fun! www.ajhackett.com Going to Macau, it’s also the symbiosis of the Portuguese and Chinese cuisines and experiencing the Macanese cuisine. And for those who want something else, you can basically have it all in Macau with all the world’s finest international cuisine available.
and cook ourselves our own hotpot from a range of signature Asian soup bases in which we add ingredients as seafood, meat or vegetables. It’s a feast offering many Asian, Portuguese and Macanese specialties. The amazing cheese and dessert buffets including the famous Macanese egg tarts: a real abundance of visual treats and tastes which is literally a “Feast” for the senses. Bene is a beautiful Italian trattoria for the entire family to enjoy.
Experience a nice lunch in the charming Albergue 1601. My favorite dish happened to be THE most famous specialty of Macau i.e. the African Chicken. I absolutely love that barbecued and coated chicken in spicy piri-piri. Yummy! www.ALBERGUE1601.com
For more dining options, check the Tasting Kitchen’s website or pick up the upscale magazine featuring the finest restaurants in the area. Mark Hammons and Jean Alberti, from Les Saisons, surely do a wonderful job with it. www.tastingkitchen.com
An other lovely restaurant is Porto de Macau, which offers an authentic Portuguese meal that made me feel being transported into Portugal, and brought me back some nice memories. The Chef also offers a fun culinary class in which you learn to cook an entire Portuguese meal.
Going to Hong Kong will end fantastically your journey to Macau. An hour ferry ride separates Macau to HKG or a short 16 minutes helicopter flight! Enjoy the beautiful Victoria Bay and stop at the classical Peninsula Hong Kong Hotel that just celebrated its 85th anniversary. On a weekend, try the lovely Champagne brunch in the timeless elegance of its iconic lobby. www.peninsula.com.
The Sheraton Macao Hotel also offers sumptuous restaurants. I enjoyed Xin where we design
HOW TO GET THERE? An easy route from the US with Eva Air in the Elite Class. If you are extra lucky, you can even board one of their fully decorated Hello Kitty Jets.
FOR MORE INFO: Macau Government Tourist Office: www.macautourism.gov.mo Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute: www.ipim.gov.mo Sheraton Macao Hotel: www.sheratonmacao.com Eva Air: evaair.com/en-us/promotion
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‘Made in Hong Kong’ Redefined N
by Rory Winston
o, this was not that Hong Kong – not the one ‘made in Hong Kong’ and stuck ignominiously on the back of a trinket; not the one dreamt of by a child who watched Enter the Dragon and mistakenly believed he could intimidate the school bully by pretending to be Bruce Lee. This was another Hong Kong – the one made partially comprehensible by Wong Karwai, the one extolled for haut cuisine, the one I was not fated to see until a recent excursion landed me in the lobby of the renowned Mandarin Oriental. I write ‘renowned’ because the Hong Kong Mandarin Oriental is not just one in the line of five star luxury hotels but the paradigm on which the iconic MO brand had been built.
British Empire) once stood - is emblematic of the hotel’s poignancy.
Like a modernist interpretation of a Yuntai temple crossed with a Ming dynasty tower, the elegant but stern façade of the hotel is a gateway between Victoria Harbour and the city. That this 430 roomed property should be positioned between China and the island, the island and the West while simultaneously occupying the very grounds on which the Queen’s Building (a symbol of the
But this was no Dickensian Tale of Two – or even three - Cities. This was a Bildungsroman for hedonists, one that measured several cultures in length and many centuries in breath. The varied dining venues told an important part of the story. Overlooking the historic Statue Square and Chater Garden, stood the Mandarin Bar and Grill’.
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With walnut paneling, lavish drapes and king sized beds boasting duck feather pillows, the rooms – along with their travertine stone and black forest Chinese marble bathrooms (each with both bath and walk-in shower) - are a haven from the outside world as much as they are a place from which to view change. Putting on my complimentary silk kimono, I looked out over the bustling city – a manageable series of neatly placed skyscrapers discretely elbowing their way between the sea and the mountainous terrain looming in the distance.
Its dominant theme: a white lily floral on the central banquette that echoes the outer world like an idealized version of the same. Overseen by Chef Uwe Opocensky, the Michelin star establishment put the finest organic ingredients and seasonal produce in the service of reinterpreted grill classics. With Welsh Mallard Duck and fresh Sea Bass, the restaurant is a well-orchestrated culinary rhapsody while its menu reads like a libretto in molecular gastronomy. Of course, when it came to true culinary wizardry, little compares with the two Michelin starred Pierre, situated on the 25th floor. Here Pierre Gagnaire elicits the best in French cuisine within a seductively regal environment. Like the charcoal, cherry and blue fabrics playing off the silver and crystal motifs, the dishes evoke both drama and simplicity in equal measure. From the Oscietra caviar quenelle to the Corolla of scallops with cuttlefish and sea urchin, there is a growing sense of excitement throughout the courses. By the time of the doe with juniper berries arrive
TRAVEL for the crescendo, one can easily understand that Hong Kong has always been an arena for competing civilizations. Still, the different possibilities in dining hardly end here. Man Wah, a Michelin starred Cantonese restaurant headed by Chef Man-Sing Lee, educates patrons on regional specialties. With cinematic flair, truly succulent dim sum is juxtaposed with a tantalizing backdrop of original silk paintings and birdcages for ceiling lamps. The result: a restaurant that is clearly as much for the eyes as it is for the palate.
pool, sauna and, of course, the ever present tea lounge, MO’s range of options would have satisfied even the great Emperor Ying Zheng. With special treatments – like Imperial Jade ritual, Aromatherapy, Bamboo Massages – dating back through the Qin Dynasty, the formula is bound to keep blood flowing to skin and brain alike. So what was the M.O. for MO? Simple: ‘the best in ancient tradition meets the best in
contemporary luxury.’ As cultural reevaluations are concerned, the Mandarin Oriental had done a job on me. From here on in, the phrase ‘made in Hong Kong’ is more likely to conjure images of French bubbly than baubles. 5 Connaught Road, Central Hong Kong +852 2522 0111 http://www.mandarinoriental.com/ hongkong/
If you ever wanted to watch a world class culinary performer from backstage, there’s always the Krug Room where patrons see Opocensky create brilliant meals in an intimate train carriage environment. The venue possesses the largest Krug selection of champagnes outside France proper. But whether one goes to Café Causette, the long established local haunt Clipper Lounge or the more sequestered The Chinnery, the experience is one that is bound to make even the most discerning Westerner understand that ‘Hong Kong’ and ‘authenticity’ are far from conflicting terms. With a state of the art spa and fitness centre, Jacuzzi, ice fountain, Chinese herbal steam room, indoor swimming pool, hydrotherapy
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The Mandarin Oriental Landmark Hotel T
By Bob & Sandy Nesoff
he city of Hong Kong is arguably the business center of the Far East. With the cost of doing business there far less expensive than in the United States, Hong Kong’s economy is booming. That means business people from the U.S. have no choice but to either telecommute or fly from New York City to Hong Kong. The distance is 8,067 miles and takes an average of 16 hours and 38 minutes. By the time you arrive you need comfort. The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel is there to provide what a weary, stressed and stiff guest needs after stepping off a flight of that duration. The boutique hotel is located centrally to the business district right in the heart of Hong Kong. Many guests consider it a chic retreat whose contemporary design and peaceful ambiance are just what the doctor ordered after the marathon flight or a day of business meetings. Conveniently located adjacent to the Central MTR station and a short walk from the airport express terminal it is also only about five minutes on foot from Hong Kong’s booming night life and entertainment district. A complimentary airport greeting service is offered for guests staying in certain room categories The Oriental Mandarin Landmark offers 113 guest rooms and an award-winning spa. The rooms and suites are considered to be amongst
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Guest comfort is the landmark of the Landmark Hotel. The two-story state-of-the-art spa and wellness center has 15 treatment rooms and a VIP Suite for couples. Treatments include authentic Turkish Hamman, Moroccan Rasul and Roman Laconium. There is an 18-meter indoor pool and yoga and pilates are offered in the fitness center. But the Landmark is not just for business. The hotel is welcoming to social events and family groups as well. On request the Landmark will provide rollaways for children in family rooms. The young ones will also receive coloring books, crayons, toys, books and use of baby equipment such as bottle warmers, high chairs and strollers.
the largest in the city with 101 guest rooms, 12 suites and a Presidential Suite offering some of the most advanced in-room technology.
While mom and dad are having a romantic dinner The Landmark has a “Little Foxes” menu designed especially for the younger set and will email it in advance upon request. The Concierge will assist in planning activities for both children and adults and will help to book trips around Hong Kong for the once in a lifetime trip.
The Landmark’s Amber Restaurant is under the direct supervision of Chef Richard Ekkebus, know for his contemporary French dishes. For lighter fare or just some down time the MO Bar offers cocktails and organic dining.
15 Queens Road Central Hong Kong +852 2132 0188 www.MandarinOriental.com/ Landmark/Hotel
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The Excelsior Hotel
ong Kong has long been one of the top destinations for travelers seeking luxury. But what they see isn’t always what they get…unless, that is, they know where to go. Experienced travelers to this former British colony head for the Excelsior Hotel, a member of the Mandarin Oriental Group. The Excelsior is considered one of the more famous hotels in the city.
After a long flight to Hong Kong The Excelsior offers a Jet Lag Treatment” in its spa to help adjust to the new environment, designed to get the guest back on track and banish that sluggish feeling. There are three event spaces, four smaller meeting rooms, catering for up to 600 with special requests met with cheerfulness. Social events receive the same friendly and professional assistance as business guests. There are dedicated wedding and event organizers to help manage every detail.
Only minutes from Hong Kong’s busy Central District, the hotel offers guests 34 floors of magnificent accommodations with many rooms and suites overlooking beautiful Victoria Harbour. Hong Kong’s active business district is a scant 10 minutes away as is the entertainment district and nightlife. Many guests fully sample The Excelsior’s dining options even before venturing into the city itself. The hotel has alfresco dining and live entertainment in both ToTT’s and the Roof Terrace. The Terrace is a magnificent spot to dine while watching the city’s lights twinkle around you.nYee Tung Heen offers both Cantonese dishes as well as dim sum. There are also Italian, contemporary British gastro pub cuisine, and a venue for light eating and coffee in EXpresso. The Excelsior offers guests a variety of choices designed to fit most any wallet or expense account. There are 863 rooms and 21 suites,
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The Executive Floor on the 31st floor is luxurious with many complimentary benefits. Guests on that floor receive express check in and check out, breakfast, afternoon tea, snacks and cocktails, complimentary inroom internet access and for that clean and crisp look there is free pressing of one suit or dress per day. most overlooking the harbor. On the Excelsior’s fourth floor is a state-of-the-art workout and wellness center with equipment to match ever level of experience and need. There is also a team of therapists and steam and sauna rooms for guests. You can choose form a selection of massage and beauty treatments or take on an individual program.
It’s an easy choice then to choose The Excelsior Hotel. From its many amenities to its beautiful views the hotel will thrill and delight the worldweary traveller. 281 Gloucester Road Causeway Bay, Hong Kong +852 2894 8888 https://www.mandarinoriental.com/ excelsior/hotel-information/
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Malta and All of Its Wonders Story by Manos and Barbara Angelakis Photography by Manos Angelakis
alta is a rather atypical Mediterranean island located South of Sicily in a small archipelago of 3 islands, with a very, very ancient history.
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For everyday living, the Maltese people are fully engaged in the 21st century; culturally, they are in the 19th to early 20th century British Empire; architecturally it’s a mixed bag! The preponderance of structural forms date to the 17th and 18th century, with many going back to the architecture of the Order of the Knights of St. John Hospitallers, the Renaissance, and even further, to the Moors of Southern Spain and North Africa.
Mdina (from the Arabic al-madīnah meaning the old town) is the old capital of Malta. Built defensively at the high point of a hill, it has a blend of medieval and baroque buildings in a maze of winding, narrow streets constructed from the honey-colored limestone that most buildings are built in Malta. The city is surrounded by bastions with crenellated parapets and is located at the cultural heart of the island. From behind the parapets, one can see the modern section of the city of Valletta (current capital), and the entrance to the Grand Harbor, which is protected by an artillery row below the parapet.
Even the language is curious. Alongside the Queen’s English, Maltese is spoken as a co-official language. This language has Roman/Arabic roots and it was a variety spoken on Sicily, between the beginning of the tenth century and the end of the twelfth. The modern Maltese cultural mosaic is extremely rich for having integrated the diverse influences from cultures such as the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals and Goths, Arabs and Castilians, to the Knights of St John, the French, and finally the British. All have left their mark with monuments and monumental edifices; works of art and religious beliefs; language; agriculture and cuisine.
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But this is only a very small part of Maltese history.
As guests of the Malta Tourism Authority and the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa, we arrived to Malta’s airport on a Lufthansa flight and were driven like royalty to the hotel in a classic Rolls Royce Silver Wraith circa 1951. The Corinthia Palace Hotel is located across the street from the Presidential Palace that features the famous San Anton Gardens, which are open to the public.
6,500 years ago, a Neolithic civilization flourished here leaving behind megalithic structures considered by researchers as temples dedicated to the Goddess of Fertility. Curiously, they are vastly dissimilar to the structures built in Sicily within the same time period, even though historians consider the early Maltese as Sicilians that migrated to Malta over 7,000 years ago. They are also very dissimilar to the Neolithic Nuraghi structures
. Also not to be missed is the mysterious “temple” site of Hagar Qim that was built on the crest of a ridge overlooking the sea on the island of Malta. It is situated in a defensive position, more suitable for a settlement than solely for a temple. So why would a relatively small population expend so much effort to build such an extensive temple complex? The mystery deepens because not more then 500 meters down the hill to the west is another “temple complex” called Mnajdra. Excavated decorative clay vessels with intricate designs, flint tools, and a representation of a human head fashioned in clay have been unearthed at this site, but so far there is no evidence of habitation leading to the supposition that both were ceremonial sites. These above-earth structures pale when compared to the underground world of a subterranean structure dating to 3000-2500 BC. The
built on nearby Sardinia. Located on Gozo, the second island in the archipelago, you will . find Ggantija – a local fable alleges a female giant built it – dating from 3,800 BC. It is the oldest megalithic temple site so far discovered and well worth visiting via a short boat trip, which in the calm deep blue waters surrounding Malta is a must-do. You can hire a sailboat or take the ferry; either way not to be missed.
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Hal Saflieni Hypogeum of Paola is a prehistoric necropolis and the remains of more than 7,000 individuals have been found deposited there. It is the only known prehistoric underground temple in the world. Bones have been unearthed as well as votive figurines of the Fertility Goddess, but the evidence is that the bones were unceremoniously heaped there, after tissue decomposition was complete, compounding the mystery. It was closed to visitors between 1992 and 1996 for restoration; since it reopened, only 80 people per day (10 individuals per hour) are allowed entry to protect the subterranean structure from the humidity exuded by the visitor’s breath. Malta provides a wealth of rare and outstanding sightseeing opportunities from the aforementioned Mdina, to the Neolithic temples, to the residences and hospital of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem (also known as the Order of the Knights of Malta, one of the few Orders created in the Middle Ages that are still active today). Outstanding is the St. John’s Co-Cathedral, a high Baroque church used by the Knights of Malta, replete with intricately carved gilded designs, frescoed vaulted ceilings and side chapels with scenes from the life of St. John. Since the Knights were members of Europe’s leading aristocratic families, each family had to commit a third of their annual income to the Order; and all of the Knight’s property to the church upon his death. It has eight chapels, each belonging to one of the eight national groups, which made up the Order. The Cathedral houses Europe’s most exquisite collection of Caravaggio’s paintings, the most important being the “Beheading of John the Baptist”. The Knights of Malta were warriors and medical monks, originally formed to care for
injured crusaders and pilgrims in Palestine. After they were defeated and expelled from the Holly Land by Salāh ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb (better known in the Western world as Saladin), who was the first Sultan of Syria, the Knights established residence in Cyprus (the site now known as Kolossi Castle) and then Rhodes. In 1530, Emperor Charles V, King of Spain, granted the Maltese Islands to the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem in perpetual fief, in exchange for an annual tribute, to indicate the acceptance of the suzerainty of the Holy Roman Emperor. Contrary to Sydney Greenstreet’s assertions in the 1941 Warner Bros. film “The Maltese Falcon” that the falcon was a jewel encrusted gold bird, the Grand Master of the Order had to actually pay on All Saints day an annual tribute to the Holy Roman Emperor and his mother Queen Joanna of Castile, one live falcon. The order and grand master paid the annual falcon until 1798 when the French Republic expelled the Order from the Maltese islands. Today, Malta has numerous five-star hotels and resorts – the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa being a remarkable one – numerous outstanding restaurants where we had exceptional meals, and unrivaled beaches. The antiquities are unequaled, the history astonishing. It is a great place to visit when looking for something off the beaten track. Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa De Paule Avenue San Anton BZN9023 Malta Tel: +356 21 440301 corinthia.com/hotels/malta/palacehotel-and-spa dent April 2014 • 85
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hen searching for a destination that has it all – headline live music, exquisite food, one-of-a-kind art exhibits, table games, renown comedy acts, breathtaking wine tours, wonderful family activities – does Lehigh Valley, Pa., the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton come to mind? Well, it should.
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Any trip wouldn’t be complete without visiting scenic Coca-Cola Park to cheer on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Ranked highest in attendance out of all minor league baseball teams during the past two seasons, they reside in one of the most well designed minor league parks in the country. During the regular season, tickets are available for under $10 and delicious food varieties are available at various locations within the stadium.
Home to the Sands® Bethlehem, this state-of-the-art property features slots, live table games, a luxurious hotel, premium outlet shopping, an event center featuring headliners of all sorts, plus eight restaurants, three by chef Emeril Lagasse, and numerous fun lounges full of nightlife. About a mile from the Sands®, you’ll find ArtsQuest™ Center at SteelStacks™. This innovative, 65,000 square-foot performing arts and cultural center hosts more than 200 performances a year. Built on the former site of Bethlehem Steel, this venue is not to be missed. Looking to create new vacation memories with your family? Start with the thrilling rides at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom,
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If you are looking to relax, recharge, or renew, discover Lehigh Valley, Pa. Conveniently located just 90 minutes west of NYC you can spend less time in the car and more time discovering all that Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton offers. So what are you waiting for? For more information please visit: DiscoverLehighValley.com
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rom the moment you step under our antique wrought-iron canopy and enter the lobby, the Boardwalk Plaza’s staff stands ready to offer you exceptional service. Whether you choose a suite with a private balcony, a deluxe accommodation that adds a whirlpool bathtub-for-two, or something in between, you’ll find an artful combination of freshly updated, Victorian-reproduction furnishings and can’t-do-without amenities like free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs.
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rom heavenly bedding to downy-soft bath towels and robes to remarkable room service with a smile, we do everything possible—and then some—to make you feel truly pampered. For adults traveling without children, our keyed-access concierge level offers accommodations enhanced with genteel extras like evening turndown service, the daily newspaper, morning coffee in the garden (depending on the season), a later checkout time, and use of the private rooftop sundeck and spa.
ur on-site restaurant, Victoria’s, offers fine dining in a charming setting. Drink in the view of the Atlantic from every table, and enjoy outdoor dining on the boardwalk patio during the warmer months. Beyond breakfast, lunch and dinner, we serve a traditional Victorian afternoon tea. The Plaza Pub, an oceanfront lounge
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robably the world’s most famous hotel, Raffles Singapore is an oasis of colonial style, calm and charm in the heart of modern Singapore – exclusive, historic and one of a kind. First opened in 1887, Raffles Singapore epitomizes the romance of the Far East, an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and colonial ambiance that no other hotel can match. Immortalized by writers including Somerset Maugham, Rudyard Kipling, Ernest Hemingway and Alfred Hitchcock, Raffles is the perfect place from which to explore Singapore. Liveried Sikh doormen usher guests through an ornate wrought-iron portico into a lobby that seems unaltered from the turn of the century. Stroll the polished teak verandas past tropical gardens to suites with an elegant parlor, period furnishings, a bedroom that leads to a dressing room and en suite bathroom. Luxuriate in the history, in the scent of frangipani in the evening, in the Raffles Spa, or order room service from the legendary Raffles butlers. Fifteen restaurants and bars wait. From the famous Long Bar, home of the Singapore
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Sling, to the Bar & Billiard Room, Raffles is alive with history, infused with atmosphere, and open to the moment. Raffles is conveniently close to Singapore’s financial hub, making business a pleasure, and any visit an indelible memory.
The 14-foot ceilings and generous proportions of the suites create a sense of calm and space. The Presidential and Grand Hotel suites are within the main building while courtyards house further suites, close to the lush flora of the hotel. All have unmatched ambience.
TRAVEL The two largest suites in the Main Building are known as the Presidential Suites. They are distinguished by their premier location in the hotel, their spaciousness, elegant appointments and the quality of the antiques and artwork displayed. The Sarkies and Sir Stamford Raffles Suites each have a parlor, dining room, two bedrooms, pantry and private balcony with elegant period furnishings including Oriental carpets and teakwood flooring. The five Grand Hotel Suites in the main building feature a parlor, two bedrooms, pantry and a private balcony, elegant period furnishings including antiques, artwork, Oriental carpets, teakwood flooring and a large working desk. Spacious marble bathrooms have separate walk in showers and bathtubs and twin washbasins. The Palm Court Suites border one side of the hotel’s main building. With walkways of crushed pebbles and rows of tall palm trees lining the sides of the garden, the Palm Court’s large expanse of greenery sets the mood for all of the hotel’s facilities. The Courtyard and Palm Court onebedroom suites have a parlor and dining area, dressing area and en-suite bathroom. Twelve of the 103 one-bedroom suites at Raffles Singapore have been named after personalities who were associated with the hotel in its glorious past. The Personality Suites are named after Andre Malraux, Ava Gardner, Charlie Chaplin, Gavin Young,
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Combining the best of the local culture and cuisine with dishes from around the world, each of the restaurants and bars at Raffles Singapore has its own unique atmosphere and setting:
Bar & Billiard Room – a European buffet is served for lunch from Thursday to Saturday, while a special seafood night awaits guests for dinner from Thursday to Saturdays. A lavish Carving Champagne Brunch is offered on Sundays. Raffles Grill – capturing the true essence of fine dining with a blend of classical and contemporary French cuisine. Tiffin Room – the curry buffet is a hot favorite with tourists and Singapore residents alike. Long Bar Steakhouse – grilled prime cuts of Australian and US beef, quality seafood and a tantalizing selection of cold and hot appetizers. Raffles Courtyard – An unforgettable experience amidst swaying palms and lush tropical gardens, savor alfresco dining at its best. Long Bar – home of the Singapore Sling. In addition to almost every alcoholic and
non-alcoholic concoction imaginable, the bar also serves traditional pub favorites that are available as a meal or snacks. Writers Bar – in the lobby of the hotel, this bar is a tribute to the writers who have stayed at the hotel or have written about it. Martini Bar – located in the Bar & Billiard Room, the Martini Bar features over 50 types of martinis. Ah Teng’s Bakery – This cozy café features delicious pastries, biscuits and cakes, as well as steaming hot dim sum. They say, “While at Raffles, why not visit Singapore?” and if you manage to pull yourself away from this palatial oasis, you may just see the city, as well. 1 Beach Rd. Singapore 189673 +65.6337.1886
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ooking at Larissa Savveleiev glued to her cell phone while sipping fresh juice at Fabio Cucina Italiana in midtown, you would not guess that she has revolutionized the way dance schools and companies all over the world discover young talent. Fifteen years ago, two immigrants from Russia, former dancers with the Bolshoi Ballet, Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev found themselves in New York. They had escaped the seemingly glamorous world of the Bolshoi Ballet because, as Larissa explains, “things were really stagnant at that time – both in the country and at the Bolshoi Theater. We wanted to dance, we wanted to grow and develop, and we wanted to
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create a future for ourselves and for our child.” Gennadi got a job dancing with the American Ballet Theatre, and Larissa started teaching. “I found it exciting to help young dancers grow into serious artists and I wanted to grow as a teacher. So I started looking for a place where I could compare my students to others and learn from other teachers – but I didn’t find one! So I decided to create my own.” This was the birth of Youth America Grand Prix. Remembering the ballet competitions of their youth – where schools, teachers and students from all over the Soviet Union gathered annually to showcase young
talent, the Savelievs decided to start a ballet competition in America. But, after talking to teachers and school directors, Larissa realized the concept of a student ballet competition was completely new to this country. “Our biggest challenge was to change the American attitude towards competitions, to break through the wall of prejudice against competitions among serious ballet schools,” Larissa recalls. “In 1999, there were only jazz competitions – and, for serious ballet dancers, it was the antithesis of artistry or the serious study of ballet. “ Larissa explained how she managed to change the negative attitude towards ballet competitions in the US. “We promised as
CULTURE many talented students as we could find that they will be seen by the top dance professionals in the world; we promised directors of the top ballet schools that they will see some of the most talented students in the U.S. – and they believed us. Then we delivered both.” In the first year, YAGP held semi-finals in three cities in the U.S. and managed to convince 8 American schools to present scholarships at the Finals in New York. Fifteen years later, it boasts a jury panel representing 30 of the world’s leading dance academies, including Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet School, Canada’s National Ballet School, La Scala Ballet Academy, and Stuttgart Ballet’s John Cranko School. They annually award over $300,000 in scholarships to their schools – and, aided by these scholarships, more than 300 of YAGP alumni now dance with 80 companies around the world. Larissa pauses as she considers what it took to make such an incredible journey. “A lot of work and an amazing team of people
who believed in YAGP from the start including our great Board. And – just the fact that this was the right idea at the right time. The world was ready for this. ” As YAGP grew the Savelievs recognized that it is not enough to prepare just the future dancers; it is also important to educate future dance audiences. With that in mind, they have created their annual Gala in New York City – “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow ” – featuring international ballet stars alongside the finalists of the competition. This year’s Gala at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater on April 10th will bring to NYC the hottest star of the Bolshoi Ballet, Olga Smirnova, international ballet diva Lucia Lacarra, American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland and YAGP Alumana Skylar Brandt as well as stars of the Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet, internationally renowned ballroom dancers – and the exciting young dance talent the Saveliev’s have handpicked from
30 countries around the world. There will be a second program on April 11th. Larissa concudes “All this is great, last year we had Woody Allen, Donald Trump, and David Koch himself come to the Gala! But the real reason we continue to do what we do are the kids. It is the boy from the Brazilian favelas who is now dancing with Stuttgart Ballet, it is the boy from Columbia who is now a member of English National Ballet, it is the Japanese girl who last year joined the American Ballet Theatre. All these kids might never have had the chance to be seen and discovered for the true talents that they are. But, thanks to YAGP, they were. And that makes it all worth it.” For more information visit www.yagp.org. The YAGP 15th Anniversary Galas will take place at the David H. Koch Theater of Lincoln Center. Tickets at 212.496.0600 or www.davidhkochtheater.com.
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s spring is beginning to emerge ending one of the longest winters in the history of NYC, it’s time to shake the blues and come out of hibernation to experience the myriad of flavors that NYC has to offer. From American comfort food to the elegant and classic Mediterranean cuisine, to the vibrant flavors of Korea, Thailand, and India to the exotic fiery flavors of Mexico & South America, the foodie scene is alive and well in NYC, and we have scoured the city and beyond to give you our favorites this month.
Amaranth Set in the heart of NYC’s most exclusive shopping district on Madison and 62nd Amaranth is a Mediterranean neighborhood hotspot frequented by the area’s well-heeled denizens. In a sea of expensive clichéd Madison Ave restaurants, Amaranth is an inviting space serving authentic Italian and French Riviera favorites that regulars - consisting of billionaires, Russian beauties and ladies who lunch have become accustomed to when stateside. Indulge in the brick oven baked Foccacia Robiola- a Portofino favorite, the near transparent thinly sliced octopus carpaccio, pan seared sea scallops, or dine like a lady who lunches on their hearty lobster salad. The fresh pasta dishes taste like you are in Rome with classics such as Spaghetti with pancetta and peas and risotto with wild mushroom. To ensure authenticity in their ingredients, the Parma ham is actually from Parma and the buffalo mozzarella is flown in weekly from Naples. Masq Restaurant and Lounge, 306 East 49 St. NY, NY 212.644.8294 www.masqbar.com
Amaranth 21 East 62 St. NY, NY 212.980.6700 www.amaranthrestaurant.com
Masq Restaurant and Lounge Though Mardi Gras only comes once a year, relive the excitement at Midtown East’s latest Mardi Gras themed eatery, Masq which is adorned with Mardi Gras beads and masquerade masks to get you in the mood. Even if you can’t make it to New Orleans for some Cajun cooking, Masq whips up the Big Easy’s specialties such as Shrimp Etoufee, spicy Jambalaya, authentic Maryland crab cakes, Muffalatas, overstuffed Po Boys with fried catfish or shrimp, as well as artisanal flatbreads with toppings like fig and prosciutto and grilled vegetables. Leave room for dessert, sinful treats include the freshly baked chocolate cookie ice cream sandwiches or the chef ’s rendition of a bananas foster with goat cheese stuffed wontons drizzled with brandy laced caramel and bananas. Day or night, it’s always Fat Tuesday here as the lively happy hour features live music in the back lounge playing the best of Zydeco, blues, rock, country, and jazz.
Zengo As Top Chef Richard Sandoval scours the globe searching for to pair tastes and cultures from Latin America and Asia, his latest test kitchen combination is Japan to Mexico which is one of his most scrumptious collaborations to date. Though both countries are just an ocean apart, Chef Sandoval seamlessly weaves flavors and techniques from the street foods of these vastly different cuisines. New to the menu are the Achiote Shrimp Tempura Roll with crunchy achiote jicama and chile toreado aioli, and an Octopus aguachile toradito in a ginger green chili broth with soy, Asian pair, avocado and Nori. Meat dishes include teriyaki pork belly sliders with Oaxaca cheese, guacamole, and caramelized pineapple, and a kabayaki glazed lamb shank barbacoa enhanced with ginger, chilies, tamarind, and pickled vegetables. With the hints of spice, nothing pairs better with the spicy and robust flavors than the test kitchen cocktails. Wash it down with a shiro margarita or a calamansi Old fashioned with Japanese whiskey, calamansi juice and bitters. Don’t wait too long as the Test Kitchen menu changes every few months.
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Zengo 622 Third Avenue NY, NY 212 808 8110 www.richardsandoval.com/zengony/
Triomphe Tucked away inside the historic Iroquois Hotel in Midtown is Triomphe, a modern French formal restaurant with a menu created by Swiss native, Executive chef Florian Wehrli. True to the French cuisine many of his signature dishes are infused with champagne or fine wines in inventive and elegant ways. The fresh East coast oysters are adorned with champagne pearls as its mignonette, as well as the seared foie gras and duck confit napoleon that is drizzled with a port reduction sauce. To whet the palette try the velvety harlequin cauliflower soup accented with black truffle. Chef Florian displays his ambitious talents with his main courses that take French haute cuisine to a new level. Crema de bleu stuffed beef tenderloin is paired with an onion marmalade, monk fish osso bucco has a pinot noir sauce, and Maine lobster is poached in butter sauce making for a rich finish. While everything is sourced locally, the menu changes seasonally to reflect the farm to table experience and surprise our palette with new flavors.
Park Kitchen As one of Midtown West’s favorite hotels, the Park Central Hotel recently underwent an extensive multi million dollar renovation and has been reimagined by award winning designer Jeffrey Beers who created a new look inspired by the iconic landmarks around the neighborhood. At the heart of the lobby is the signature restaurant, Park Kitchen, headed by Executive Chef Nathaniel Eckhaus who has previously worked at Eleven Madison Park and South Gate restaurant bringing his flair for using local provisions to create contemporary American dishes. Comfort food has been tweaked with gourmand touches with small plates such as PB&J- braised pork belly & pepper jam sandwiches, fried chicken with pickled egg and house made sweet hot sauce, and Brooklyn lager battered fish & chips. Indulgent sweets include a rich chocolatey Mississippi mud pie and New York cheese cake. As the ‘NYCentric’ themed menu pays homage to its hometown- the drink menu also reflects the same kind of inspiration with locally sourced craft liquors. The Staten Island Frappe features Bacard, Oakheart rum, pineapple juice and sasparilla bitters, and the Manahatta features NY state corn whisky, Martini bianco, peach bitters and sweet pickled baby corn all created by NY Native mixologist, Nick Mautone. Whether it’s a quick bite, a casual drink or a pre/post theatre meal, the inviting Park Kitchen is a compelling dining destination near Central Park. Triomphe 49 West 44 St. NY, NY 212.453.4233
Comodo 58 Bleecker St. NY, NY 646.340.4477 www.comodonyc.com
Comodo What started as a weekly supper party two years ago has blossomed into Comodo. Translating to comfort, Chef Felipe Donnelly cooked and his wife Tamy Rofe played hostess and blogged about their weekly dinner parties where they invited complete strangers to their apartment until they were shut down by the health department. With Columbian roots, Donnelly is heavily inspired by the comfort cuisine of his native country with influences of his experiences in Spain, Brazil & Mexico. A true testament to their love of food, Comodo evokes an inviting yet romantic vibe with exposed brick walls, conversation over shared dishes lit by soft ambient lighting in West Soho. The improvisational feel of the dishes infuses every dish with fresh flavors and textures like the mezcal cooked octopus over apple cider braised kale, a fresh daily ceviche in lime celery juice and corn nuts, chipotle rubbed cod, Columbian ajiaco soup with 3 different potatoes, guascas, chicken, avocado, corn and capers, and Brazilian braised leg of lamb stewed with coconut milk and tomatoes. Dessert is simple yet rich with the coconut cake aptly named 7 pounds, classic churros & cocoa, and the Brigadeiro chocolate cake with saffron sauce. Not to be missed is their Sakerinha which is a Japanese influenced caipirinha made with sake and their house made sangria which comes from a secret recipe and is amongst the best in the city.
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Park Kitchen 870 Seventh Avenue NY, NY 212,797.550 www.parkkitchen.com
Anchor Marked by just an anchor over the front door, don’t be fooled by the simple façade of this West Soho bar and lounge. Open from 10-4 on Thursday to Saturday, the crowd peaks around midnight and becomes packed wall to wall with “the beautiful people.” Reminiscent of the nightlife crowd frequenting the Hamptons but without the hassle and pretension or mandatory minimum bottle service, the energetic crowd is comprised of junior associate bankers, girls in Herve Leger-esque minis, and parties celebrating their 25th birthdays who are all out to have a good time and shimmy to some of the top celebrity DJs in the city like Mark Ronson, Mel Debarge, Mos, Q Tip or Alexandra Richards to name a few. Or perhaps what gets the crowd going is the punch bowl sized potent elixirs crafted with 5 types of liquor that are dangerously smooth.
Anchor Bar 310 Spring St. NY, NY 212.463.7406 www.theanchornyc.com
Artichoke Pizza 114 10th Avenue NY, NY 212.792.9200 www.artichokepizza.com
Ken & Cook While Nolita hotspot Ken & Cook has been known for their trendy scene, the menu got a revamp thanks to newly appointed Chef Hido Holli who changed the offerings from American comfort food to a Provencal Mediterranean menu. While their famous seafood raw bar tower remains along with their imported charcuterie and cheese plates, main courses tend to be more seafood centric with an Alsatian flair. Chef Hido excels in classic French bistro fare like a seafood bouillabaisse is chock full of shellfish and branzino in a rich seafood tomato broth, whole branzino with herbes de provence, olives and pequillo peppers, salmon avocado tartare as well as meat classics like, braised lamb shank, cote de boeuf, and aged strip steak and frites. On Sundays enjoy 50% off all bottles of wine with any entrée as well as live jazz that fills up this hotspot.
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Ken & Cook 19 Kenmare St. NY, NY 212 966 3058 www.kenandcook.com
Artichoke While NYC has its fair share of pizza joints, Artichoke Pizza stands out from the crowd. Self declared Pizzaiolos, cousins Francis Garcia and Sal Basille grew up in the pizza making business at their family’s restaurant Basille’s in Staten Island. Since 2008, they have expanded their operations to 4 locations throughout NYC. Dedicated loyalists swear by the filling artichoke pizza which uses artichoke hearts, spinach, cream sauce, mozzarella and pecorino cheese or the stuffed artichoke brimming with garlicky goodness. Other favorites are the vodka Sicilian dripping with a rich tomato vodka sauce and mix of Italian cheeses, and the classic margherita pizza with a robust marinara sauce, cheesy top, and thick crust. With its close proximity to the heart of NYC’s nightlife, expect to see celebs and club kids stop in to fuel up for a long night of late night revelry.
NGAM A native from Thailand, Chef Hong Thaimee was first an international fashion model and TV personality before she decided to pursue her love of Thai cuisine. Trained under the most famous chef in Thailand, she has also worked in some of the most famous Thai restaurants in the city including Spice Market and Kittichai and competed on Iron Chef America. Bringing a modern approach to Thai comfort food she uses traditional Thai flavors with local ingredients and even teaches cooking classes so you can take the flavor of Thailand home. While everything on the menu is outstanding, mouthwatering favorites include the sticky tamarind chili sauce hot wings, Thai taco with pork belly, Tom Klong- a crispy pork belly wrapped shrimp in a tamarind and Thai basil broth, lobster dumplings in soy curry and pickled mustard, the Dark Knight with squid ink noodles, fried calamari and black pepper sauce. and of course the crispy roasted Long Island duck accented with lychees, curry and a Thai basil sauce. As Thailand is known as the “Land of Smiles,” love is in the air at this feel good restaurant with a large lit red Love sign hanging on the exposed brick wall which reminds its patrons that every dish is delicious because it’s made with love. Vetro 164-49 Crossbay Blvd. Howard Beach NY, NY 718.843.8387 www.vetronyc.com
Bleecker Kitchen Comfort food comes to Noho with Bleecker Kitchen & Co. Soho shoppers and NYU students will delight in the regional East Coast American fare spanning from the South to the Northeast that our palettes adore. Low country favorites like fried chicken and waffles with maple syrup, shrimp and grits, root beer braised short ribs are as authentic as what you’d find in the good ol’ South. For dedicated Northeasterners the Maine lobster roll is made the same way as a seafood shack in Kennebunkport and the NY Strip steaks is actually sourced from a NY state farm. The warm ambiance has a retro feel with white tile and exposed brick walls, wooden plank floors, and a mural constructed from a vintage basketball court. Whether it’s a NY State craft beer or a bespoke cocktail, Bleecker Kitchen takes their drinks seriously, which is a refreshing change in a city that sometimes takes itself to seriously. Modern twists on classic drinks like their Manhattan with additions like cynar amaro and cacao as well as the concord mule with vodka, meyer lemon, concord grape, ginger, and thyme make it a perfect spot to experiment with craft cocktails. NGAM 99 Third Ave NY, NY 212.777.8424 www.ngamnyc.com
Vetro Though super storm Sandy did a number on Howard Beach establishments, Vetro’s Restaurant and Lounge is back and better than ever. Situated on the harbor of Howard Beach, this expansive multi level fine Italian restaurant is the sister restaurant to the famous Russo’s on the Bay and is decorated in an ornate Mediterranean style with breathtaking sunset views from its rooftop lounge. Chef Michael DeGeorgio creates classic fine Italian dishes, making it one of the best Italian restaurants outside of Manhattan. Exquisite renditions of old school favorites include clams oreganata, fresh lobster ravioli, shrimp stuffed with crab in a béchamel sauce, pork osso buco that falls off the bone, and veal scallopini with a marasala demi glace. The dishes are only enhanced by wines from their extensive collection that includes rare bottles and limited distribution vineyards. To keep the party going, the heated rooftop lounge features DJs and dancing from Thursdays to Saturdays from 8pm til the wee hours of the night.
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Bleecker Kitchen 643 Broadway NY, NY 212.253.7467 www.bleeckerkitchen.com
Reinventing French I
’ve always loved French food, but I sometimes get the feeling that while the cuisines of other cultures have evolved and adapted to our changing world, most French restaurants are still running along the lines of Disney’s Ratatouille. The Elm in Brooklyn changes all that. A collaboration between the famed Paul Liebrant-you may have seen A Matter of Taste: Serving up Paul Liebrandt on HBO-and Mazen Mustafa-recently at Momofuku Ko, The Elm offers a new take on French and European cuisine. Instead of a traditional cassoulet, for example, The Elm has a version made with lobster, filled with fresh ingredients and delicate flavors. And underpinning the whole experience are a range of Asian influences, subtly blended into dishes prepared to the highest standards of classically trained chefs. My companion and I began with the steak tartare, one of my favorite dishes and something more people should be willing to try. At its worst, steak tartare can be bland and heavy. Here at The Elm it is as it should be: light and delicately spiced. I particularly liked the addition of olives, while the
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cornichons delivered a pleasing crunchiness that contrasted nicely with the texture of steak. We sampled three more dishes from the main dinner menu. The “Fish and
Chips” deserved the quotes they give it on the menu. This was not your ordinary fish and chips. Instead, it comes accompanied by crisp vegetable fries and a tangy Indian lime pickle that manages not to overwhelm the dish. Next, the cauliflower for two made me forget how much I used to hate the vegetable as a kid. We then shared the pork belly, one of the three dishes on the menu intended for two people. I loved the way
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that the chef used cabbage and apple, giving the dish a lightness and freshness that left us eager to order a second helping. Tempting though this was, I am glad we restrained ourselves. The dessert menu is eclectic but enticing. I went for the roasted white chocolate, and my friend raved about the buttermilk pannacota. Overall, this was a great meal, the sort of original food that you can talk about for weeks afterwards. In fact, it was so good, I almost forgot to mention the great modern interior-every inch Williamsburg chic-and the attentive and efficient service. Yes, it’s not exactly cheap and not the sort of place to go to carbo-load before the marathon. But the Elm is a gem that is worth every penny, and a dining experience you won’t easily forget.
160 N 12th St. Brooklyn, NY 11249 718.218.7500 theelmnyc.com
Open for Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour & Dinner Handmade pasta, perfectly cooked steaks and fresh seafood expertly prepared using the ﬁnest ingredients. 451 LEXINGTON AVENUE | NEW YORK, NY 10017 | 212.661.4810
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A French Opera in 4 Acts L
incoln Center may have lost the New York City Opera by late 2013, but luckily, it managed to keep the prestigious FrancoMediterranean repertory, Picholine. With six consecutive shows a week, Picholine is the longest running opera in the area – one composed and orchestrated by the grand maestro, Chef Terrance Brennan. Like the best French works, Picholine mixes frivolity and drama in equal measure while sporting a repertoire that lends itself to cheese without ever being cheesy. The overture: service is a go, suggestions are made, aromas dash to and fro; a cheese cellar is discerned from a distance as a cart angles towards an audience member in close proximity. But no time for that now; our curtain is rising. The first aria strikes one’s eyes as much as it does one’s palate: a lyrical smoked sturgeon panna cota mounts the alabaster stage accompanied by a flirtatious beet carpaccio and the wild American Caviar on a rye crisp. Soon, a blue hubbard squash bisque with chestnuts, pear butter and quatre épice Meringue appears. We let the warm glow wash over us. Without warning the dark tone of a Black Truffle is discernible among the chorus of wild mushroom risotto and butternut squash.
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By Rory Winston
discerned upon entering the theater. Rapture. Fromager Verna Valencia sure knows how to handpick cheeses. Majorero Pimenton, Pena Blanca, Monte Enebro – divas all… the Sopranos and heroic tenors of the Cheese world celebrated on a single stage.
Act 2 opens with a Grilled Escolar a la Basquaise with sumptuous squid ink cavatelli and a spicy little number of Paella Broth. My partner, who is not in the mood for the Carmen-like fervor of this piquant dish, opts for a less dramatic but equally renowned piece, the Maine Diver Scallop. Like Nadir’s aria from the Pearl Fisher, there is a delicacy that touches one to the core. With Pumpkin, trumpet royale and vanilla-cranberry vinaigrette, the dish remains a timeless classic. Though this opera is usually performed in 3 acts, 5 acts or 8 acts, our crowd of two opted for something in between and so we ordered the Thomas Farm Squab – a lush pastoral of Pot en Feu, root vegetables and Spiced Foie Gras. The end of Act 3 saw the reappearance of the Cheese Cart, the very same symbol we had first
The epilogue: Moments before breaking into applause, we were treated to a chorus of Caramel Mousse, Apple variations, and Gunawan Cinnamon Ice Cream. I couldn’t stop my partner in time, as she bellowed Encore moments before a Guanaja Choclate Marquise with Fennel.-Yuzu sorbet, Nicoise olives and Blood Orange came barreling out. This is one performance where it can be lifethreatening to keep shouting ‘encore.’ After a few well-spaced bravissimos, we got up, thanked our host and departed confident in the notion that the unaffected little Picholine may just be New York’s culinary answer to Palais Garnier.
Picholine 35 W 64th St. New York, NY 10023 212.724.8585 www.picholinenyc.com
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The Newest LES Hotspot B
rannon’s brings new life and new beginnings to the heart of the lower east side. Restaurateur and visionary owner Ron Brannon, creates a warm and welcoming ambience that beautifully encompasses all the essentials necessary to bring you back home. His American eatery serves new, savory comfort dishes carefully designed to please the palate and discover the nostalgia within us all.
a blend of Cachaca, tangerines, limes, and maple sugar, “Bianco Cobbler” made with Dolin Blanc, blackberries, sage leaves, and fresh lemon juice, “Where There’s Smoke”, a mix of Puebla Viejo Tequila Blanco, fresh lime and pomegranate juices, orange Curacao, jalapeno, mezcal and Hellfire Habanero Bitters and the “Tartan Changshan”, a scotch-based signature cocktail whose star ingredient is the King’s Ginger liqueur, sourced from 300-year-old London wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd.
From the beautiful barn wood-paneled walls to the eclectic Edison bulb lighting and chandelier fixtures, every detail of the rustic, intimate décor has been carefully designed to complement Brannon’s imaginative, seasonally focused cuisine and outstanding selection of craft cocktails and beverages that are ideal for any occasion.
Brannon’s Amazing Fried Chicken, the B’ Burger and the Molten Chocolate Cake.
Brannon’s emphasizes quality, comfort and value and delivers a great and well-balanced menu selection that’s comprised of its signature assortment of appetizers, salads, entrees and not to mention the irresistible homemade desserts. There are many glutenfree options to choose from as well. The signature items include the BLT Bruschetta, Kale & Mustard Salad, the Shrimp ‘N’ Grits,
The restaurant also offers its unique line of delicious tasting craft signature and classic cocktails, locally sourced craft beers, and a balanced selection of sparkling, red and white wines. Some of the most popular drinks include the “Electric Islander” comprised of Eldorado 3 yr. aged Demerara Rum, fresh carrot, lime and ginger juices, Siropde Canne, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, Star Anise, “Winter in Brazil”,
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Brannon’s is a venue where people can feel that they are not only welcome, but have a sense of comfort in the midst of NYC’s hectic environment. It’s family-friendly and available to host private events. Brannon’s makes memorable experiences happen by making people feel invited, acknowledged and, in some way, find a sense of home and familiarity. 119 Essex St.
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The Counting Room I
n a neighborhood characterized by perennially ironic hipsters, The Counting Room is like an unpretentious breath of fresh air that has quickly become a neighborhood favorite. Reclaimed wood benches and tables, exposed brick walls and vintage glass pendant lamps, create a stylish ambiance with plenty of shared seating and communal tables that are perfect for conversation or meeting new strangers. To complement the extensive selection of craft beers, the casual small plates menu has many tempting options for bar food ranging from snacks like Brooklyn brined pickles, assorted sausages, mini meatballs as well as varieties of deviled eggs and gourmet pressed paninis. Sandwiches are stuffed with creative ingredients to give a unique flair on classics such as the Pork al pastor with pulled pork accented with pineapple and cilantro, the Cubano - roasted pork, ham, cheese, whiskey sour pickles and garlic aioli, or the decadent truffled fontina grilled cheese. Leave room for the White Trash crème brulee, which is a caramelized, take on the classic banana cream pie with Nilla wafers, or the somewhat healthy apple and blueberry crisp.
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Gotham reviving the seductive entertainment of yesteryear. On Mondays join mixologist Max Pazuniak for his experimental cocktail series, “Something Like This,” where you can sample over the top drinks that play on themes from the literal to the abstract that are matched to a curated playlist.
Don’t expect to find any mainstream American beers here, everything served is craft, imported, or otherwise hard to find from the rare Belgian Trappist Ales, to craft ales and hard ciders hailing from New York, Vermont, Maine and California. If cocktails are your vice, their bespoke signature drinks will keep the revelry going at the lounge and dance floor downstairs. Each night there’s something new going on- every Thursday the lounge downstairs gets a little risqué with their ‘Burlesque in the Basement’ series, with performers sporting cheeky names such as Legs Malone, Rosie Cheeks, and Grace
Potent concoctions such as “My Veins Pumped Battery Acid” consisting of rum cynar, honey, salt and soda or “Space is only Noise if You Can See” made with scotch, rum, bonal, dolin blanc, and tiki bitters, are reminders that you are after all still in Williamsburg. For lighter libations try the pale flower with chamomile and white tea infused tequila with crème de cacao and yuzu salt or the la vie de Boehme with gin, lemon, prosecco, and orange fennel syrup.
The Counting Room 44 Berry St. Williamsburg, NY 718.599.1860 www.countingroom.com
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Tarallucci e Vino T
he literal translation of Tarallucci e vino is savory biscuits and wine, but as Italians love to associate proverbial meanings with food – it refers to resolving a dispute by pretending there was no dispute to begin with- or the more familiar American expressionwe agree to disagree so let’s break the bread over some wine. To evoke the Italian culture of conviviality and lively banter over great food came the birth of Tarallucci e Vino, which was founded by transplanted Italians living in NY who wanted to bring the casual elegance of Italian café culture to Union Square. A modern yet rustic and cozy European atmosphere is achieved through exposed brick walls, tufted banquettes, fresh flowers and soft ambient lighting. By tapping Chef Andrew Welch who comes from Esca and Essex House, he brings a light touch to contemporary and artisanal Italian specialties by using seasonal ingredients from Union Square’s Green Market and items from his family’s organic farm. To whet the appetite start with the homemade bufala burrata- a creamy homemade mozzarella made with fresh goat milk and tomatoes that are as authentic as dining on a Tuscan farm and also get the fresh Bluepoint Oysters with mignonette, which are especially sweet in the Winter. While Italians love the
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A true Italian in the Flatiron
One of Chef Welch’s hallmark dishes is the strozzapreti featuring fresh pasta rolls with crab and sea urchin finished with a hint of licorice. Perfect for a cold winters night, the rich lobster and mascarpone risotto is full bodied and satisfying while the Fregnacce is a hearty pasta topped with pulled duck ragu and parmesan. For the main course choose from shellfish, the catch of the day or meat dishes that change nightly. The day boat scallops with cockles and cauliflower are mouthwatering with a unique twist of tangerine essence. Also recommended is the crispy pan seared black bass with arugula and lemon. For a succulent cut of meat try the classic tagliata which is a thinly sliced beef striploin grilled to perfection and finished with truffle and trumpet mushrooms. As Italians love la dolce vita, save room for their delectable desserts- classics like salt accented Gianduja- a dark chocolate with hazelnut, light as a feather tiramisu, and cheesecake torta in a variety of flavors are all paired with distinctive dessert wines and will make you feel like you are in a café facing the Spanish Steps of Rome. spirit of abundanza, dishes are meant to be shared family style with a selection of anti pasti and pasta specialties. The tender octopus with cannellini beans is sliced thin and served carpaccio style, while the baby squid and olive salad is tempered with a bit of calabrian chili to add tingle to the palette.
Taralucci e Vino 15 East 18th Street NY, NY 10003 www.taralluccievino.net
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Veritable Veritas at In Vino “A
ll due respect professor, but if you’re telling me it’s impossible to explain a layman the area of physics you’re specialized in then you obviously have a very poor understanding of your field.” The older professor gaped, tuned a bit crimson and walked off, while my friend who made the comment, shrugged and went on to complete his studies in science and get a lucrative position at CERN. As for me, I would always remember if a certain concept seemed too difficult to explain – at least on a basic level – then ‘the fault, dear Brutus, was not in our stars’ but in our overestimation of our own expertise. Being a sommelier is demanding; but the criteria for being a good one is simple. Your choice of words are there to help explain the quality of a wine rather than obfuscate it with erudite terminology. Though New York is rife with self-proclaimed connoisseurs who merrily toss around adjectives such as ‘buttery, toasty, foxy, and round”, it does not take long to discover the dissonance between the imaginary vintage whose bouquet is being described and the bottle of glorified vinegar being paraded in a flask. That this ‘swirl, sniff and sneer social set’ exists at all attests to the fact that in today’s
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world of ‘Vino’ there is, unfortunately, very little left in the way of ‘Veritas’. That is, of course, unless you’ve stumbled into In Vino, one of the least pretentious but most discerning Italian restaurant-cum-wine bars in all of the city. Entering In Vino, one gets the overwhelming sensation of having wondered into a cavern in Castelcivita that has been converted into a wine cellar/eatery. The concave walls, romantic lighting, intimate tables and woody feel raise expectations that the 13th century poet, Cavalcanti, will appear from the corner
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Dessert in a Glass – the Superb Passito Wines of the Aeolian Islands Story and photography by Manos Angelakis
n Italy, the volcanic Aeolian Islands are planted, almost exclusively, with Malvasia grapes; a grape that has its roots in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean. Mycenaean traders cultivated grapes in the Aeolian Islands as early as 2,000 BC. The Venetians, who controlled parts of the Peloponnese and Crete during the Renaissance, liked the sweet wine of Monemvasia so much they not only imported and traded that wine but also took vine cuttings and introduced them to Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Sicily, and Sardinia, where the grape found a compatible climate and terroir. Malvasia is primarily a white grape, but it has a number of clones, including a red one called Malvasia Nera. Actually, the clone Malvasia delle Lipari is supposed to be the original Malvasia, named after the Peloponnesian fortified island and town of Monemvasia. Presently, most varieties of Malvasia are closely related to the Italian Malvasia Bianca that grows widely throughout the world in places like central and southern Italy, the San Joaquin Valley of California, the Greek Islands of Rhodes, Paros and Syros, the Canary Islands, Rioja, and Croatia to name but a few major producing areas. In central Italy, Malvasia is often blended with Trebbiano to add texture to the resulting wine and in Rioja it is blended with Macabeo to achieve the same result. The Malvasia delle Lipari that is planted in the Aeolian Islands produces golden, perfumed, flavorful wines with aromatic notes of apricots, musk, and almonds and flavors of honey and ripe Bosc pears. We tasted samples from a number of producers and they run the gamut from lightweight to full-bodied, off-dry to exceedingly sweet, and low to high alcohol. Most were rich and wonderfully aromatic Passito wines i.e. after picking, the very ripe grapes are dried on reed mats in the shade to increase the concentration and aromatics. Even though the varietal is called Malvasia delle Lipari (Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands), the wines I liked the most were produced on Salina Island, the second largest
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island in the Aeolian archipelago, where Malvasia thrives on the rich volcanic soil. If you like sweet and aromatic wines, you will love these Passitos. They are a wonderful alternative to a French Sauternes. I liked the 2008 Passito from the Azienta Agricola Salvatore d’ Amico, a blend of 95% Malvasia and 5% Corinto Nero – a red grape introduced by ancient colonists from the city of Corinth. Unfortunately, this wine is not available outside Italy. But my favorite Passito was the Capofaro Malvasia di Salina. Intense gold in color with aromas of honeysuckle, fresh almonds, apricots and raisins, it is produced in Tenuta Capofaro, a vineyard surrounding the 5-star hotel and resort Capofaro.
Before fermentation, the grapes are dried on the flat roofs of the traditional looking farmhouses on the property that are now the hotel suites. The resort belongs to the famous Tasca d’ Almerita and winemaker Laura Orsi is responsible for this exceptional wine. This spectacular wine is now brought to the United States by a New York-based importer. It would pair beautifully with a terrine of foie gras or a fresh farmhouse Stilton. If you are a wine lover, you owe it to yourself to try this Passito. À santé!
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Lisa Jackson LJ Cross By: Isaiah Negron
ith an eye for edgy design and the drive to make her visions come to life, designer Lisa Jackson is no stranger to success. Beginning her career as a private Art and Antiques Consultant, she traveled the globe in search of exceptional art and rare antiques. Having a knack for aesthetics and creating beauty, she took the next step and entered the world of interior design, working for clients including Vera Wang, Renee Zellweger, Michael J. Fox and Tory Burch. “It started when I was randomly asked if I could design an apartment. I always had a creative side so I said, ‘Sure!’ and, honestly, the guy was too cute to refuse!” she remembers. “It was this serendipitous moment in time and now I’ve been a residential interior designer for 15 years.” Jackson capitalized on her taste and comprehensive knowledge on topics ranging from the finest bed linens to the latest in home technology and established a luxury design firm that provides the highest level of service in the demanding world of interior design. She also owns Lucca and Co. at 306 East 61st Street, which offers an incredible, curated design experience. luccany.com This year Jackson took a step in a new direction and launched LJ Cross, a fashion-forward line of crosses featuring innovative designs and gemstones. “I had the urge to do something else creative,” Jackson says. “This has been buzzing around in my head for a while and I decided to jump in headfirst. Now I’m in overdrive!” Alongside Design Director Ward Kelvin, who has worked with both Tiffany & Co. and David Yurman, Jackson utilized her signature minimalist style and eclectic design sense to create bold statements and unique looks for each piece. Using the highest quality gemstones, each piece reflects a keen sense of modernity while embracing timeless spirituality. Jackson began designing crosses as a tribute to her late brother Steven, who consistently wore
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multiple crosses. “For me, the cross is a spiritual symbol. It has nothing to do with religion,” she explains. “I made the line to be feminine, chic, dramatic and a must-have item.” As a native New Yorker, Jackson owes much of her inspiration to city living. “I’m a minimalist at heart and growing up in Manhattan exposed me to all kinds of architecture and design,” Jackson explains.
“I’ve always been drawn to simplicity and feel very comfortable in my point of view.” Her visual talent has allowed her to branch out in many ways, but Jackson says she is nowhere near finished, wanting to build LJ Cross into a broad luxury lifestyle brand. “We’re not in a hurry, as we want to build a solid foundation, but the momentum is insane and I’m so thrilled.” LJ Cross is sold exclusively at Phoenix Roze on 944 Madison Avenue. ljcrossny.com
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Tony Cointreau Mother Teresa, Ethel Merman and Me By: Isaiah Negron
he life of Tony Cointreau, the singer and scion of the French liqueur family, is not the typical story of a child born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He overcame an abusive childhood by finding friendship with three famous women, Mother Teresa, the Broadway star Ethel Merman and Lee Lehman, the glamorous wife of Robert Lehman, the head of Lehman Brothers. These maternal figures helped Cointreau heal the scars caused by his emotionally absent mother and sadistic grandmother. Tony recalls, “I was told as a child I was too sensitive. That may have been, but I also had a lot of courage. I found, as I got older, they go very well together. They could hurt me, but never break me.” His first “adopted mother” was Lee Lehman, considered one of the ten most beautiful women in the world, alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner. At 13, he was invited to a Halloween party the Lehmans were giving. “When I walked into the Lehman’s apartment for the first time, Lee looked at her daughter, pointed at me and said, ‘He’s ours.’ And I was,” Tony says. “Lee gave me unconditional love. It was beautiful.” Soon after, Tony spent the majority of his free time with the Lehmans, traveling the world and was treated as a member of their family. Tony met his second “mother” at 18, the legendary Broadway diva Ethel Merman.
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They wert introduced backstage in her dressing room by her daughter, also named Ethel, while she was starring in “Gypsy.” Tony, again, became an instant part of their family. “After we watched the play, ‘Mom’ took us out afterwards where I met all of the people in show business. Ethel and I had the same instant connection that Lee and I had,” he says. “These connections went on for years and years, throughout their lifetimes.”
At 21, Tony began performing from Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas. Tony’s international reputation skyrocketed when he met Pierre Cardin in 1984. “He heard me sing in New York and wanted to launch my career in Europe,” he explains. “Six weeks later, I was on stage at Maxim’s in Paris with everybody in the world there, everybody.” Tony spent the next ten years recording and performing concerts across Europe. One of his biggest fans was Ethel Merman. “She sat through dozens and dozens of my shows and would introduce me saying, ‘This is Tony Cointreau and he’s a great singer!’,” he laughs. “One day after
a show she came to me and said, ‘That was great. Now you know what you’re doing.’ It was her way of expressing the greatest accolade she could give.” Despite his musical success and several years on the Cointreau board of directors, he felt something was missing in his life. He felt a passion to distribute the love that he had so freely been given to him by his “mothers. “I had seen a picture of a volunteer carrying a dying man in his arms in Calcutta and thought, ‘I have to do this.’” In 1989, he traveled to Calcutta, exposing himself to the harsh realities of extreme poverty for the first time. Following the example of Mother Teresa’s work in India, Tony returned to New York and volunteered his time at Gift of Love, Mother Theresa’s home for men dying of AIDS. “No one knew yet how it was transmitted, but I had no fear. Even my doctor told me not to go there, that it was too dangerous,” he recalls. “I told him if we couldn’t do this for each other as human beings, there is no hope.” Tony spent his days there mopping floors and comforting the residents whose lives were slowly fading away. He said “As I cared for these young men in their last days, I would sing softly to them and it would just renew them. I would see the fear leave them. It was magical.” He discovered the same instant rapport with mother Teresa he had with Lehman and Merman. “I didn’t know she was going to be in New York. I never thought of meeting her, yet there she was,” he said. “I treated her like an ordinary extraordinary woman. We would just talk and talk. And she had such great humor! That’s what I loved about Mother.” He traveled to Calcutta multiple times, at her request, accompanying her in her work with the poorest of the poor. “Sometimes after working we would be sitting out on the terrace talking and she would often ask me to sing for her.” In 1997, Tony and his partner of 48 years Jim Russo, returned to India to be with Mother Teresa for the last Easter of her life.
Jim Russo, Ethel Merman and Tony Cointreau
This year, Tony’s book, Ethel Merman, Mother Teresa… and Me, published by Prospecta Press, delves deeper into the life of this remarkable human being who, above all, overcame adversity and discovered multiple examples of true unconditional love. “There is no award or accolade that can compare to the love I’ve had in my life. None.” tonycointreau.com facebook.com/TonyCointreau
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