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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Julie Sagoskin LIFESTYLE EDITOR Norah Bradford CULTURE EDITOR R. Couri Hay SOCIAL COLUMNIST Clara Morgan EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Simon Gusev FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS Peter Elston, Binah Ellison, Lauren Bens, Harry Brads, Betty Taylor, Lillian Langtry, Elizabeth Darwen, Cecille Langtry, Linda Alexander, Esti Lowenbein

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pring has finally sprung, and while it’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since the start of the global pandemic, New York has remained strong through all of the challenges and uncertainties. A new season means new adventures await! Whether you want to stay local or are ready to travel abroad to open destinations, you can explore some of our most exciting getaway finds. Speaking of travel, you will want to read all about Covac Global, a revolutionary new way to ensure you are insured in the case of contracting Covid-19 – no hospitalization required. You will also find our favorite skincare secrets and fashion brands, including Casa Zeta-Jones, from none other than actress, mother and frequent traveler, Catherine Zeta-Jones. This fashionista, who loves wearing flats and put together casual wear almost as much as her couture gowns, is bringing her red carpet aesthetic to her effortless and versatile collection. This month we spoke with three people who are always trying to answer your most burning questions – the co-anchors of GMA3: What You Need to Know. Catch Amy Robach, T.J. Holmes and Dr. Jennifer Ashton who continue to bring up-to-the-minute information, insight and most importantly, comfort, to their millions of viewers around the country. If these three seem to have a natural on-air chemistry, it’s because they do! Amy, T.J. and Dr. Ashton knew each other for years before being cast together on the third hour of Good Morning America. From interviews with the nation’s most prominent leaders to their Faith Friday segments, they

are always aiming to bring inspiration through stories of hope and resilience. They are also finding silver linings in a changed city – for Amy, it has to do with scoring hard to get restaurant reservations and less traffic on her commute! Through it all, these anchors are always there for their viewers – and each other. Their own fitness and nutrition habits have also rubbed off on each other. Let’s just say that T.J. might have influenced Dr. Ashton’s plantbased eating habits. Things have certainly been different these days – including the fact that I conducted our cover story interview with all three of them over Zoom - but we have all adjusted to a new normal, just as another new normal is on the horizon. What does that mean for us? Tune in to GMA3: What You Need to Know to find out! From cutting-edge masks and sanitizing products with BioFoam, brought to you by the man who has been at more natural disaster areas than anyone on the planet, to virtual cooking classes, taking care of ourselves and our families, while staying connected to each other, is more important now than ever. Stay safe!

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SPRINGING INTO THE SEASON Marquis Who’s Who, Star Jones, Erica Lee, Isabelle Bscher, Andy Warhol, Linjie Deng, City Harvest, CS Dak, Chef Wheaton, Sous Vide Day, Race of Hope, American Humane

By R. Couri Hay with Photo Contributions by Patrick McMullan Promising Young Woman This intriguing thriller/ comedy starring Carey Mulligan gets off to a slow start, but picks up quickly. The movie has received four Golden Globe Isabelle Bscher & nominations Wifredo Lam’s “Le including “Best Repos du Modèle” Motion Picture Drama.” Carey stars as Cassie, a wicked woman who lives a secret life by night. Carey confessed of her time on the red carpet, “Posing feels like you’re selling something that has nothing to do with you.” The film is in movie theaters and on Amazon Prime. Carey Mulligan in NYC

Warrior Bruce Lee’s writings inspired HBO’s addictive crime drama Warrior, which follows a late 19th century martial arts prodigy as he becomes a hit man for Chinatown’s most powerful crime family. Andrew Koji, who plays the lead, said “Bruce Lee, this legend, this icon of a person turned my life around from beyond the grave. He wrote eight pages on a piece of paper, and those eight pages changed my life. There will never be another Bruce Lee.” Bruce Lee in San Francisco

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Galerie Gmurzynska Glamorous gallerist Isabelle Bscher, the third-generation owner of Galerie Gmurzynska, presented Drawing Inspiration: A Century of Works on Paper at 43 East 78th St., the gallery’s Andy Warhol in NYC flagship location. The show spans over 100 years of art, featuring Picasso, Miró, and Marcel Duchamp among many others. The gallery’s past shows, including Andy Warhol’s Toy Paintings, Robert Indiana’s Love Is in the Air, and works by Arnulf Rainer, are also available to be viewed online. If you are in Europe, be sure to visit its galleries in Zurich, Switzerland. Carlton Fine Arts Chinese-American multi-media artist Linjie Deng, who last showed at the Hamptons Virtual Art Fair, is presenting his new collection at Carlton Fine Arts at 543 Madison Avenue, alongside works by art world icons Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Marc Chagall, and

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Mr. Brainwash. Deng’s “Empty Hearts” series, COVID-19 inspired art, and figurative paintings, including the critically acclaimed “Moon Catcher” and “News” will be on display through March. The UN- sponsored artist and master calligrapher will donate proceeds from the pandemicinspired art to the NewYork Presbyterian Hospital’s frontline healthcare workers. “As an artist, I thought ‘why not create a strong image with a strong message for the public; art is about bringing change, for myself and others,’” said Deng. Linjie Deng & his works “No Touching” & “Make America United Again

Marquis Who’s Who Erica Lee, the CEO of Marquis Who’s Who (MWW), the world’s leading biographical publisher, announced the annual list of America’s Most Influential People of 2020. Lee said, “Marquis Who’s Who wanted to celebrate those who have been leading figures who sought and fought to make a difference. Who’s Who lists, issued several times a year, seek to highlight and amplify the voices of these significant players across many different genres, helping to continue to forge our path as the foremost global biographical source for journalists, researchers and search firms around the world.” The honorees included Dr. Anthony Fauci, chefs Guy Fieri and José Andrés, TikTok phenomenon Doja Cat, Hope for Depression Research Foundation Founder Audrey Gruss, VP Kamala Harris, Grubhub’s Matt Maloney, actor Elliot Page (formerly Ellen Page of Juno fame), 2020

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presidential candidate and bitcoin billionaire Brock Pierce, and Somos Community Care Founder Dr. Ramon Tallaj, who is testing and vaccinating the most underserved New Yorkers. Black History Month Star Jones has been named the Executive Editor of African American Catalysts for Change 2021, the Marquis Who’s Who list that celebrates Black History Month. Notable names include Moderna vaccine scientist Kizzmekia Corbett, National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, television producer Shonda Rhimes, Serena Williams and Megan Thee Stallion. Virtual Race of Hope Philanthropist Audrey Gruss held her Virtual Race of Hope/Walk to Defeat Depression to benefit the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) in Palm Beach. The committee included Hilary Geary, Scott Snyder, Pauline Pitt, Sharon Bush and Bob Murray, Felicia

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Taylor, Laura Lofaro & James Freeman, and Frances Scaife. Gruss said, “We had such great success with our virtual race in Southampton last summer, that we knew we wanted to do it in Palm Beach as well. It’s so rewarding to see supporters from all over the globe join in to continue the fight against depression.” There was a live and interactive race day broadcast, connecting participants around the country. Thousands tuned in to get their steps in and raise mental health awareness. The first 1,000 participants received bright and beautiful yellow gear, including a vest, mask, race bib, and finisher medal. CS Dak Cuisine Solutions, Inc. (CUSI) the global leader in sous vide cooking techniques, opened the world’s first chefdriven, deliveryonly Dark Assembly Kitchen featuring sous vide dishes, CS Dak, in NYC. The kitchen offers patrons the choice of five different concepts: Cocina Oscura, Mediterranean, Poultry in Motion, Bodega, and The Cutting Edge. Dak’s Executive Chef Sean Wheaton said, “We are excited to bring Michelin-quality creative dishes to New Yorkers. We look forward to educating people

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about this time-honored application that truly preserves the quality of each ingredient.” https:// International Sous Vide Day In conjunction with their opening, CUSI honored International Sous Vide Day with a virtual program that is available online through March 26. The event gives guests an inside look at the history and artistry of the cutting-edge cooking process, and celebrates the birthday of sous vide master Dr. Bruno Goussault, who has trained 80% of three- Michelin Chef Sean starred chefs Wheaton @ CS Dak in the world. Featured chefs include legendary NYC restauranter Daniel Boulud, Nicolas Adamopulos of France, Ian Kittichai of Thailand, Eka Mochamad of Dubai, and Katie Button of North Carolina. All programs are free at Restaurant Week CS DAK hit the ground running, and is already giving back to their community through City Harvest. CUSI CEO Felipe Hasselmann arranged to donate one hot meal for every one CS Dak sold during Restaurant Week. A thousand meals were provided to needy New Yorkers through the organization.

Judge Leventhal: Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins Judge Leventhal, who is a tireless advocate from victims of domestic and elder abuse, announced his retirement from the Appellate Division Second Department. He will now bring over 40 years of legal experience to his new role as a partner at Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins. Founding partner Arthur Aidala commented, “We are all flattered and honored that Judge Leventhal has chosen our firm to continue his outstanding legal career. He will greatly enhance the depths of our criminal and civil litigation and, of course, will add all his appellate talents to the firm.” American Humane Jean Shafiroff, author and animal advocate teamed up with Christine Schott, Editor of Palm Beach Social Diary, to host a socially-distant luncheon for American Humane. The event, honoring the country’s organization first to serve animals in need, took place at Swifty’s Pool at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. Dr. Robin Ganzert, CEO of nonprofit, spoke about the challenges the charity has overcome this past year, and gave all the guests a copy of her book Metamorphosis: Leadership for a Humane World. Celebrity caterer and cookbook author Peter Callahan created fun-sized margaritas in mini patron bottles. Guests included Kimberly Guilfoyle, Pamela O’Connor, and Georges Ledes.

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ROSE BOX NYC Long-Lasting Enchantment By Binah Ellison


ver since a particular store opened up in Tribeca last fall, things have been coming up roses – literally. Rose Box NYC, known for their specially preserved rose arrangements which last for a whole year, have made their sweet smelling spot on Franklin Street their first flagship.

sion, retain their longevity through a unique preserving process. All of their roses are hand-picked and preserved at an exclusive rose farm in Ecuador, where only the highest quality roses are produced. These roses not only help create memories, but ensure your special moments are extra long-lasting.

With a variety of colors and designs – their alphabetical initial boxes are a bestseller – plus in-store customization and creation, you will find the perfect arrangement for anyone and any occasion. They also offer luxury jewelry and an extensive selection of beauty and lifestyle products. The design of their sleek and sprawling new space, which features loft-style windows, is reminiscent of their downtown location. With white-painted brick walls, neutral wood finishes, and of course, their signature scent and touch of greenery, you will be transported to a whimsical world of floral enchantment.

This revolutionary rose company stays connected to their loyal flower fan followers through social media, as well as their mailing list and socially distanced events. Online orders can be picked up at their downtown location, while same day Manhattan deliveries are always available, making for the perfect last-minute gift. They even ship internationally, so you can celebrate a birthday, anniversary or holiday even if you can’t travel far.

These long-lasting, beautiful blossoms don’t just look good, but are part of the brand’s mission to make roses a more permanent part of your life. They believe that roses not only add a touch of fashionable flair to your home décor, but also encourage positive energy to flow in the spaces they surround. Roses, the ultimate symbol of sensuous allure and pas-

Rose Box offers a wide range of colors, shapes and sizes, so you can curate the A-list arrangement you’ve always wanted. The best part? These roses require no daily watering or maintenance. All you have to do is enjoy your fragrant and finely arranged flowers which already have famous fans including Cardi B and Gigi Hadid. u | 17


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Finding Balance With The Fluidity Collection By Betty Taylor


nown for handcrafted and dreamy designs, India’s luxury handbag brand Aranyani just debuted its latest Fluidity collection. The collection’s color palette, prints and whimsical motifs will have you daydreaming about romantic sprees through city streets or kissing in the rain.

brought together,” says Haresh of the collection. While Aranyani’s popular Kesuda and Stone Drop collections showcase the brands stylistic efforts with exotic flowers and semi-precious stones, Fluidity introduces The Fragrant Trails Collection. These brand new bags, which are both decadent and delicate, are also meaningful – the ancient gold leafing techniques create a motif that is meant to represent one of the most well-known flowers in India which possess a special spirituality and are even used for worship. This gold leaf painting, an ancient Indian craft, adds a level of artistry and sophistication to this highly coveted handbag brand.

Fluidity aims to depict - in beautifully designed fashion – the balance between being in the state of tranquility and the state of creativity. The feeling of tranquility is represented with a unique blue hue, while the orange tone is intended to show the living creativity that surrounds us all. Each delicate piece reflects who we are and what we are capable of. These handmade handbags might look trendy, but they are truly timeless.

Aranyani’s skilled craftsmen lend their devotion to these detailed pieces which are inspired by the natural beauty of India. “Artistry and craftsmanship provide a foundation for all we do. The beauty of India is the inspiration for all Aranyani bags. Using stones, embroidery or hand painting, our artists imbue each bag with its own exquisite piece of India,” says Haresh.

“Fluidity is by definition a dichotomy. It can mean to flow easily or the state of being unsettled. We have experienced both throughout the last year. This is why fluidity was the inspiration for the collection. Through the imposed tranquility of quarantine, being unsettled in our daily routine, and subtle bursts of inspiration and creativity, we have all been

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While the past year has been filled with unprecedented challenges and stories of both heartbreak and strength, Aryanyani’s founder and creative director, Haresh Mirpuri, also realized that this was a time for reflection and reinvention.

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Helping New York Make a Clothing Comeback By Lauren Bens


ith uniquely inspired pieces and a popular collection of luxury loungewear looks, AYSHA NY is not just a clothing line, but a lifestyle. Fans of the brand are part of a movement dedicated to women’s empowerment. During the pandemic, Aysha has remained committed to manufacturing her clothing in New York and giving back to the city which has allowed her to fulfill her fashion dreams. LB: How did you get your start in designing? What was the inspiration behind the brand? A: At 12 years old, I moved from Lahore, Pakistan, to a small town in New Jersey and strug-

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gled trying to fit into American culture. So, in my quest to fit in and feel good, I turned to fashion to help me. I used my sense of style to set me apart and I soon learned that fashion is not just a piece of clothing, it is part of our identity. At such a young age, I realized that my choices in what I wore could control and create a perception of how others treated me. I lived by this mindset while I worked in the financial sector of New York City, and although I thrived, I was unfulfilled. I quit my lucrative job and moved to Europe. To gain entry into this new world, I launched a fashion consultancy specializing in sourcing fabric and hand embroidery from India and Pakistan. I spent the next five years in Milan and Paris, where after much

ado, I got the privilege to work with high-end luxury fashion houses, including Dior and Dolce Gabbana, among others. This led me to want to start my own brand in NYC. LB: Have you always been dedicated to making all of your clothes in NYC? A: Being in New York City was always a dream for me, like so many other people around the world. I started out with partially producing our collections in New York City and the rest was outsourced from overseas. However, during COVID, New York was hit hard and so many small family-owned businesses were closing left and right. At that moment, I personally made a pledge in wanting to play an

The Blousette (blouse-sett-e), coined by Aysha Saeed, comes in 7 prints and is a hybrid of a blouse and light weight jacket. A style meant for women of all ages and sizes. It can be worn effortlessly with a pair of jeans or athleisure pants, worn over a cocktail dress, not to mention it is perfect resort wear on your next vacation.

CEO and Creative Director Aysha Saeed in the Chiffon Kite Blouse. Photo Credit: Jan Goldstoff

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active role in rebuilding New York’s Garment Center. At the height of COVID, I had the choice to move and re-start our brand outside of New York City as a less expensive option, but I chose to stay. In addition to staying in the Garment District, I doubled downed on our values and committed to manufacturing 100% of our garments in NYC. I also made similar commitments to other suppliers around us. Our widely popular capsule collection, Dressing for the Now, was our COVID pivot; a biz loungewear collection that employed 12 different NYC businesses to produce. I want AYSHA NY to be part of New York City’s comeback story. In fact, I was just tapped by Mayor De Blasio’s office to be part of Small Business Mentors NYC program to mentor existing storefront business owners seeking to pivot and grow their businesses, especially those who are underrepresented business owners. LB: Tell us about your Dressing for the Now collection – was this inspired by the pan-

demic or did you always want to branch out into luxury loungewear? A: In the summer of 2020, I had to change direction to meet women’s current needs, which is why our luxury biz loungewear collection is called Dressing for the Now. It speaks to the lifestyle we are all living in...casual and relaxed looks. However, we stayed true to our brand aesthetic and made this capsule collection luxe and chic, yet extremely comfortable. The Only Pant, which sold out within months, is our bestselling style from the collection and is made from Italian crushed velvet in seven rich jewel tone colors and locally sourced dead fabric. Other styles in the collection include matching Puff T-shirts, Drape Tops and Sports Jackets. LB: You have a loyal following (it’s not hard to see why!) how do you connect with your community? A: I created a movement that allows like-minded women to connect with one another, especially with the launching of Aysha’s Table, an

in-person dinner series for Disrupters, Leader & Givers. These dinners became THE networking event for women in NYC and we had women on a waiting list because each event got filled up so quickly. We even had requests to take Aysha’s Table nationwide, which we started doing early 2020, right before COVID came to town. Most recently, we launched a super engaging and highly produced virtual event series. LB: Do you design for women of all ages & shapes? A: I design for all women who want to elevate their wardrobe - regardless of their age group. Designing for every BODY is also important to us. Our Only Pants goes from XS to XL. When you wear AYSHA NY, you are telling the world you are confident, a leader, a strategist, and someone bold who thinks outside the box, regardless of age or shape. u | 31



Hip, Handcrafted and High-Quality Jewelry Designs By Betty Taylor


hen it comes to hip and high-quality jewelry designs, Helen Ficalora has just the personalized charm or whimsical ring for you. Known for her alphabet charms, plus other handcrafted pieces with various motifs, you can create your own collection of silver, gold and diamond encrusted designs. Helen Ficalora, who now has multiple boutiques including those in Soho, Palm Beach, Beverly Hills and Dallas, started out studying jewelry making in high school, where she fell in love with the craft. “I was inspired by my love of jewelry making as an art form,” explains Ficalora. “I always loved making things and loved working in metal. I wanted to have the most beautiful wedding band so that when I was old, I would still love it - my grandmother had a lovely platinum band that she always wore - the design was worn but it was so special. I wanted to make simply elegant, meaningful jewelry that was timeless in design. Once I started and I got such

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a great response to my work, I was so happy to continue on my journey.” With everything from peace signs to pizza charms, Helen Ficalora creates signature designs that inspire beauty, peace and love. Helen’s brand philosophy is to create signature jewelry which is of an heirloom quality and timeless design. Helen has worked hard to turn her jewelry design dreams into a reality, and has since gone from making her creations at the kitchen table to numerous storefronts, plus a large online presence. “I spent most of my waking hours working. I still do. I love my work - both creating the jewelry and creating a business. I read a lot of business books focused on entrepreneurship and used grassroot reach out and gorilla marketing to get things started on my kitchen table budget.” This inspiring entrepreneur, who designs jewelry for women of all ages, encourages other women to know

what they want to accomplish. “Often times you can be told it is not possible to do something you envision - try to do it anyway, that is what makes a visionary!” We might still be in the midst of a pandemic, but Helen has been busier than ever with a large number of online orders from all over the country. The brand has also had some exciting new launches. “We have a new line of engravable pieces that I am obsessed with. I also have new alphabet necklaces, earrings and rings, and my new fragrance, Montauk Bloom.” According to Helen, the personalized pieces, which is how the whole collection works together, “remain very popular, while newly added engraving options makes the collection even more personalized. I love making jewelry that makes people happy and allows the milestones and special occasions in their lives to be celebrated with beautiful treasures.” u

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Luxe Loungewear Looks By Betty Taylor


nown for their luxurious loungewear and sleep attire, from satin robs to silk gowns and kaftans, Natori, founded by Josie Natori, is the number one brand for bras and all things cozy chic. Their elegant yet edgy prints, inspired by the mantra “where life meets art,” are made for all ages and lifestyles. Josie, who grew up in the Philippines, was inspired by the strong women figures in her family, and always knew that she wanted to be a businesswoman and entrepreneur. Though she started out in finance working at Merrill Lynch where she became the first woman VP of investment banking, this strong – and stylish – woman knew that she wanted to pursue other passions. After brainstorming a few potential business ideas with her husband, Josie realized that her heart belonged to her homeland. She soon decided to bring the artistry of her culture to her adopted country. Josie brought a traditional peasant blouse from the Philippines to a buyer at Bloomingdale’s who thought that the piece would make for great sleepwear, and the Natori company was born. According to Josie, who remains hands on with her beloved brand which also includes accessories, jewelry, ready-to-wear clothing and home décor, says Natori is inspired by her love and appreciation for women. “The brand is about creating products that enhance a woman’s life and make her feel good. The design aesthetics are inspired by my upbringing in Asia, hence the East meets West DNA of Natori.” Since the start of the pandemic, this luxe lifestyle company has experienced tremendous growth. “Our latest collection since the pandemic is grounded in the feeling of comfort, feel good, relaxed clothing, yet still remains feminine and glamorous,” explains Josie. “The Natori concept of dressing is resonating with today’s customer in a stronger way. Comfort dressing with a distinct point of view is a distinctive hallmark for Natori. We have seen a huge spike in loungewear and at home dressing with the WFH trend!” With everything from elaborate dragon motifs to traditional patterns with a twist, Natori has the high-quality comfort you can wear at home and beyond. u

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“I’m the girl from Wales. I want customers to look at my products and say this is good quality and not crazy expensive, but it looks like it is.”

S She might represent Old Hollywood glamour on the red carpet, but Oscar, Tony and BAFTA winning actress Catherine-Zeta Jones also loves elevated, everyday casual looks. With the new launch of her women’s ready-to-wear collection for spring by Casa Zeta-Jones, there is something relaxed and regal for any woman of any size and style. Catherine is not just another A-lister lending her name to a brand. Rather, this famous actress has been involved in her fashion making designs since she was a child. “Growing up, my mother would make all my clothes, and I would sew a lot of the clothes myself. I was brought up using sewing machines and even have designs I did when I was pregnant with my son – he’s 20 years old now! It just took a while to get a business plan and a business partner. It’s great to look at a real woman. People see me on red carpets and in couture and I love it, I’ve been dressed by some of the best talent in the world, but then there is also the Catherine that wants to look chic and effortless but pulled together. This collection is contained. It has mix and match pieces that can go from day to night, or from casual to pulled together. The whole process was so fun.”

This actress, entrepreneur, wife and mother, who is also a trendy traveler, wanted consumers to be able to wear these looks on the go. She also wanted to make sure to incorporate affordable pricing into her luxuriously looking and high-quality line. This personal collection, which includes everything from cotton to cashmere to animal prints to flowy skirts, was born out of a partnership with creative director Fred Tutino. “Before I met Catherine, I knew she had exceptional

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personal style, but as we spoke more, I began to realize Catherine really understands design, color, finishing, proportion and fabric, “ says Tutino. “We would start talking about one idea and then as the conversation progressed, we would come up with twenty more. It is a very fluid partnership.” Part of this business savvy bombshell’s obsession with Old Hollywood has to do with the elaborate fabrics and her love of lace, which is why one of her favorite pieces in the collection is the detailed lace Chloe blouse. The best part? It’s for anyone at any age! “My daughter is young and fresh and mixes everything – she’s obsessed with my vintage collection now – and when she looked in my closet she said mom, I love this blouse! She didn’t even know it was from the collection. If it’s classic, it’s ageless and timeless and can work with all sizes. I’m a curvy woman. I’ve got boobs and hips and I’m 51 but I don’t want to walk around in sweatpants or athletic wear all day long. I at least want to wear leggings and mix and match. All of our pieces can be intermixed. I just love that they’re easy maintenance, especially for washing. Nothing needs to be dry cleaned, it can all go on a delicate in the machine. You can buy the whole collection or just one piece that you can put with a pair of pants you’ve had for 20 years.” This mega star might look stylish in front of the cameras, but she hasn’t forgotten her Welsh roots. “I’m the girl from Wales. I want customers to look at my products and say this is good quality and not crazy expensive, but it looks like it is.” These days she is mostly out walking her dog in jeans or flying to see her kids perform somewhere, which is why

Catherine also teamed up with Butterfly Twists to create cute but comfortable vegan ballet shoes. Some of her favorite pieces that you can shop now include a functional but flirty knit sweater that’s not too chunky and goes perfectly with a flowy skirty and a great day dress in an aqua Mediterranean inspired blue. She also uses light, fresh greys, as well as classic black and bright colors. Catherine has been very hands on with her burgeoning brand and is very involved in identifying colors and fabrics to ensure that her ultimate vision is realized. “It’s been a grassroots effort since setting up the company. I’ve been surrounding myself with women business partners, getting them excited about this and then slowly putting together this lifestyle brand. I trust them and I adore working with them. We go over what’s trending color wise and how pieces can transition into a customer’s current wardrobe. We’re being very specific. I’m hoping to find my customer early on who knows what they’re getting, whether it’s my cruelty free makeup, vegan shoes, or ready to wear collection.” According to Catherine, she was “wearing mascara since coming out of my mother’s womb,” so it’s no surprise that she also launched a line of eyeliner and mascara. “I go into the lab and work on the formulas. This is what I love to do.” When it comes to creating an accessible lifestyle brand with good value, Catherine can’t be stopped. “I love design interiors, and this is just the beginning of the dream I have envisioned.” u

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rom whimsical camel prints to fierce leopard patterns, PrintFresh has the most stylish and sustainable sets, robes and accessories that are meant to be good for both you and the environment. Founder Amy Voloshin has been working in fashion and print design for the last 15 years selling prints to big fashion companies. Recently, however, she started to think about what it might look like if she had her own line representing her own unique vision. “I’ve always loved print and pattern and we started small, playing around with a stationery collection of fabric journals that eventually evolved into a line of printed pajamas,” explains Voloshin. “Our patterns are always whimsical, and often feature plants and animals.” From their just launched Camel’s Courtyard to the Tiger Queen, there is a playful or fierce find for everyone. “The decorative palm trees and flowers. According to Amy, “camels are resilient creatures and are able to travel long distances, moving forward despite challenging external conditions. We feel like this pattern is a great reminder that we all have the ability to persist even during challenging times. We also recently introduced our fierce Tiger Queen pattern which is covered with beautiful motifs that were hand painted. The tigers are strong, protective, and embody a graceful femininity. We also have some lemon-inspired patterns coming up that we are incredibly excited about!” At PrintFresh, the patterns, fabrics, and manufacturing processes are all very thoughtful and sustainability focused and most importantly, inclusive. “The sizing of our line ranges from XXS6X. It’s so wonderful to see our customers, their friends and their family members all being able to find their size within our line.” In addition to being style, they are also sustainable. “We knew from the start that we wanted to be as positive for the environment as possible, but that takes a tremendous amount of thought and experimentation, and honestly, it’s work that is never complete,” says Amy. The brand currently works with an SEDEX certified factory, where a third party audits the facilities to ensure ethical and responsible business practices are followed. They also produce in small quantities to avoid overproduction and design only two main collections each year.

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As a busy working entrepreneur-mom, Amy also makes sure to take time for herself. That’s why you will also find a collection of guided journals, notebooks and candles. “Defining what selfcare is for you is so incredibly important. I like to get up early before everyone wanders downstairs so I can quietly have my coffee and journal every morning!” u

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GMA3 Waking Up to A Brave New World With GMA3 Co-Anchors Amy Robach, T.J. Holmes and Dr. Jennifer Ashton By Julie Sagoskin I Photographed By ABC/Heidi Gutman


hey might be the constant smiling faces trying to help you start your day off right, but the hosts of “GMA3: What You Need to Know”, which airs at 1pm ET as the third hour of Good Morning America, are also there for you when things get a bit more complicated. Amy Robach, T.J. Holmes and Dr. Jennifer Ashton are a co-anchor match made in heaven. These three had known each other for years before being cast as the face of America’s fastest growing daytime program. From covering inaugurations and Super Bowls with T.J. to holding Dr. Ashton’s hand as she went in for a mammogram which ultimately wound up saving her life, Amy felt close to her co-hosts way before they all wound up working together on the third hour of GMA. “We were connected by covering stories and being a part of stories together and always saying to each other how great it would be to work with each other every day, and this feels like it all happened magically,” says Robach. According to T.J., the show came about naturally on its own. “I had done segments over the years with Dr. Ashton who I would

always seek out to ask for her expertise. We were collaborating almost every day before being on tv together. Robach and I have similar backgrounds and a respect for each other’s journeys. We really have an appreciation for where we are with this show. We could have plotted and planned for a possible show, but this one just happened, and it happened organically.” “The three of us have been working and collaborating together on random segments for a while now,” explains Dr. Ashton. “When Amy would anchor GMA, we had a joke between us – we would just always say we felt like we were in a tennis match or doing a dance, and that we wish we could do it all the time. I can’t overstate the amount of respect and admiration I have for these guys and what they do on the air, especially when it comes to their range. It’s like watching the G.O.A.T. of athletes everyday do their thing. I learn so much from them.” Before entertaining and enlightening America on the world’s most pressing issues, Amy and T.J. both started in local news. Amy, who graduated from the University of Georgia, wound up | 45


working in Charleston and D.C. She eventually found herself at MSNBC and NBC before joining the ABC family. T.J. similarly got his degree from the University of Arkansas and worked at CNN prior to joining ABC. Unlike Amy and T.J., Dr. Ashton, the Chief Medical Correspondent of ABC News who regularly appears on GMA, never planned on going into broadcast journalism or medical media. Instead, she says it just kind of fell on her when she started at Fox News Channel and then CBS. “I really discovered by a fluke, or serendipity, that I loved communication,” says this devoted doctor. “I realized that I love communicating medical information. I love medicine and talking about it. I just found it to be so rewarding and challenging and gratifying. I love that I get to learn or relearn something from medical school that I normally wouldn’t be dealing with on a daily basis. I feel that my role as a medical correspondent, which has since become the biggest part of my career, has made me a better practicing physician. At the same time, seeing patients about ten hours a week at my private practice has also made me better on the air.” If you ask these three co-anchors what has made their show a success, they will have two words for you: trust and chemistry. “Trusting each other

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allows you to be your authentic and true self,” says T.J. “They will watch your back and won’t try to make you look bad or stupid. Even if you get poked, it’s not coming from a bad place. The show is easy. It’s an easy show to do when you can be that kind of comfortable. You can’t teach, coach or consultant it, it’s just there. We’re blessed and we know it.” Their daytime show, ‘GMA3: What You Need to Know’, which launched a year ago, was taken to a whole new – and insightful level – with the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. These three do more than report on the facts, but also bring a sense of compassion and comfort to their millions of viewers across the country. It also gave them a chance to come up with meaningful segments that they felt would resonate with the resounding fears, hopes and even triumphs throughout this turbulent year. “Dr. Jen was there to guide everyone about what we knew or didn’t know and what we were all desperate to know,” explains Amy. “Our friends, family and viewers were all asking the same questions. It was a heavy, amazing and incredible responsibility. I felt like for the first time in my life, I was the journalist I always thought I was going to be. Now I actually give people lifesaving information. There was a real fear and anxiety

and feeling of helplessness that everyone was going through. We were trying to come up with segments on how everyone was feeling and how we could help people or be inspired by others of all ages and faiths. We eventually came up with our ‘Faith Friday’ segment, and it really lifted and buoyed me up personally. Listening to these incredible words of wisdom from faith leaders we might not have had access to before, and hearing their thoughtful advice, is something we have carried through to present day, and it’s our favorite thing that we do. The inspiration that we have been able to provide on our show about being better and doing better enables us to give people back some of that power and hope and control. We might not be able to control what’s happening around us, but we can control how we treat others and react to it. It’s a big source of pride for me that we not only inform people, but inspire and help them to be better and feel better.” “We have covered so much on the pandemic in such a deep way, and it all goes back to mutual trust and the respect that we have for each other, as well as the fact that Amy and T.J. have such a legitimate passion for medicine and the science of this pandemic,” says Dr. Jen. “Amy and I have been doing stuff on nutrition and fitness and cancer for ten years. T.J. would always reach


out to me to help him understand how to best deliver the facts on the air. Both T.J. and Amy ask real questions, they’re not interested in a soundbite. I give real answers which I would give to my patients while also keeping my finger on the pulse of what’s coming out of the CDC, medical journals, etc. This is really the sweet spot. We’re dealing with such an evolving and complex question – you have to be practical but give real guidelines, and we’ve tried to do just that.” Dr. Jen’s favorite parts of the show, her two segments that she does with Amy and T.J., are also the show’s best kept secrets – her co-anchors never know what she’s going to talk about live on the air until just seconds beforehand. “This is literally unheard of in the world of live television, but Amy and T.J. don’t know what I’m going to talk about until I actually start talking on camera! Amy and T.J., however, are just so real, smart, appropriate and authentic that they like the challenge. I believe this actually comes across even better to our viewers when they’re not prepped. Instead, they become like everyone else. This just reflects the trust that they and the producers have in me and the respect that they have for our viewers in that they want a real conversation. There is no such thing as a

bad question. We’re a year into the pandemic and there has never been a bad question or bad comment. The fact that they are hearing topics for the first time just as our viewers hear them is unheard of. That’s just the way their brains work. I think it’s just so unique and it’s resonating with our viewers who we clearly admire and the trust they have in us to deliver information like that.” Let’s just say that T.J. can repeat Dr. Jen’s lines by heart at this point! “What do variants do? They mutate for a living!” he says. Their personal and professional lives are so deeply intertwined that even their nutrition and wellness habits rub off on each other. Amy, an avid runner who has publicly battled cancer – she is currently training for the Berlin Marathon which is tentatively scheduled to take place later this year – got T.J. to run a 5K while he was on assignment on her 7-year cancer free anniversary. In case you were wondering, Amy was running a half marathon that day herself. According to Amy, who works out six days a week and is super into floor routines and low-carb keto diets, Dr. Jen has muscles like you wouldn’t believe. They are also all selfproclaimed intermittent fasters. T.J. is even behind Dr. Jen’s latest healthy eating habit. “Amy and I would always talk about fitness and nutrition. I was a big proponent for keto eat-

ing, and we’ve done numerous segments on the science behind it, but T.J. is to blame for getting me completely plant based. I had always said no way would I do that! I have a lot of nut allergies and was scared that I would gain weight because of the carbs. T.J. had me watch documentaries and we conducted a little experiment. Now that I’m on it, my cholesterol has gone down and I’ve lost ten pounds.” T.J. might have helped Dr. Jen get healthier, but he also credits his relationship with his coanchors for his own fitness and food routines. “Robach has me running with purpose and I’m always talking to Dr. Ashton about nutrition. We are bringing something different to each other’s lives. I’m in better shape and better health because we’re having these constant conversations. One day we’ll release our commercial break talk!” Amy’s devastating breast cancer diagnosis radically altered her fitness routine, as well as her overall outlook on life. “I always took for granted my health, but I ate horribly before cancer. I always worked out but not at the level that I do now. I’m a different person. I’m not just in better physical shape, but also in better spiritual and mental health as well. I think they all feed off of each other. In addition to the running, I have a group of friends who I have corralled | 49


into a fitness group. I even have run dates with my producer. I have a big hiking crew, too. I’m always looking for another mountain to climb. When you lose trust in your body or your body failed you, building back that trust and realizing how much stronger you are makes you feel like you’re in fight mode and ready to take on anything. The fear of reoccurrence always lives with you. Knowing that I am doing everything I can to live not just as long but as great as I can, is my main boost of motivation. I just feel blessed to be so strong.” How does she balance work and family life? Well, according to Amy, her kids are teenagers now, so they don’t want to spend so much time with her these days anyway! Amy’s friends and family are just relieved that she is still with them. “Amy is so strong and energetic,” says T.J. “Things could have really gone the other way. We are sitting next to a little miracle every day. She lives her life in such a way that makes her an example for me and all of us to live by. If you need a hug, however, don’t call Robach! But, if you need a kick in the ass or to be picked up, she’ll give you a speech and get you back up again. She’ll say ‘why are you in a corner, T.J., get up!’ it’s just her personality. I get to witness that every day.” Aside from her reporting for GMA, anchoring

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GMA3 as well as ABC’s News Magazine 20/20, and running marathons, when it comes to movies you should be watching, Amy has you covered. She somehow finds time to watch almost every show on every streaming platform and is always giving her co-anchors recommendations on what to watch next. Right now, she is adamant that you must watch “Your Honor” with Bryan Cranston. If you like the horror genre, “The Host” is at the top of her list. Filmed during the pandemic and focused on a Zoom call gone wrong, this one is certainly timely, even if T.J. has been too busy watching March Madness to check it out yet! If you’ve ever wondered if they coordinate outfits, well, kind of. “T.J. will leave sticky notes on my mirror asking what are you wearing,” shares Amy. We do try to coordinate or not conflict with one another. Sometimes me and Jen see what each other are wearing on tv earlier and helps it a lot so that we don’t clash at all.” These three dedicated anchors are there for you with the facts, while also being your friend. “It doesn’t matter how horrific or how big the news story is, you still can be a human being when you’re telling that story,” explains T.J. “We have case numbers going up every day, but you can say it in a certain way that conveys to the audience I’m sorry, but here is

the news now, bring it in for a hug, and we’ll get through this together. That’s the tone of the show, and it’s not something you train for, it’s just who you are. I hope that’s something the audience feels.” While we are all grappling with a new kind of New York at the moment, these daytime show sweethearts are always finding silver linings. For Amy, getting a reservation at hard to book restaurants has been her favorite part of a recovering city. She also isn’t complaining about the lack of traffic. “I can get to work in six minutes and there are clear running paths. I’m having a private experience with New York in a way I never could have imagined.” “The pandemic made us all slow down a little bit. You look around and appreciate things you didn’t stop to appreciate before,” adds T.J. One thing they don’t agree on? Sports! While Dr. Jen is a hockey lover and Amy is a football fan, T.J. can’t get them to watch March Madness. That’s all right, he’s still mad about his co-anchors, something which you can see for yourself every weekday on GMA3: What You Need To Know! “GMA3: What You Need to Know” airs weekdays at 1pm ET on ABC. u


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JEN & JAMEY’S VIRTUAL COOKING CLASSES Cooking Up Fine Fare And Fun By Lauren Bens


hen the pandemic began and interrupted the successful events and catering company of Jen and her husband Jamey, they turned lemons into a lucrative virtual cooking class – you’ll even learn to cook with lemongrass! Like many other businesses, Chef’s Garden Catering & Events in the South was forced to reinvent itself – let’s just say that an idea born out of desperation has led to some very delectable dishes which you can learn to cook at home. With a variety of classes, from New Orleans Gumbo to Sushi Rolling, you can enjoy scrumptious plates over the screen. While this might be a diversion from catering in-person events, serves up the same personalized service and of course, palatable plates, just a bit more homemade this time. “When this happened almost a year ago, we were gearing up for our busiest spring season to date,” explains Jen. “We’re a fully off premises event and catering firm and had just done a 300-person gala with multiple courses and dozens of staff members. Our notion as a company was that we served great food and beverage but with a shared space. Then Covid hit and we watched over a million dollars in business disappear in a short period of time. We were scared like everyone else around the country, the world and our industry. I was scrolling on Facebook and in a moment of panic said we’ll just take a deep breath. That’s when I saw somebody saying something about hosting a happy hour and I said to myself, we don’t need physical space to make this happen. We can connect with people online with a

cocktail party vibe. I reached out to ten friends to get feedback and sent them ingredients on St. Patrick’s Day with Irish ingredients to make it fun. Things grew organically from there.” Before long, Jen and Jamey’s had a law firm out of New York asking if they could ship ingredients to all of their summer interns since they normally host in-person events. According to Jen, this is where they learned the world of perishable shipping. “The first thing we shipped was paella. My family probably ate paella kits for a long time while we were figuring everything out!” While Jen takes care of the hosting and connecting elements in the class, the culinary direction is spearheaded by Chef Jamey who runs the step-by-step instructions to ensure everyone ends up enjoying an edible (delicious) dish. The idea for a virtual cooking class was cooked up to do more than just teach people how to cook. According to Jen, what really makes the classes so special is how they allow people to discover the joy of cooking, and to make it more accessible. “Cooking can be intimidating, so we’re trying to bring in an approachability aspect. None of our meals require fancy appliances or devices – you can use what you already have in the kitchen. We’ll even show you how to make sushi using a pot and a stovetop, no rice cooker needed! Everything is delivered right to your doorstep, so you don’t have to hunt and gather your ingredients. It’s super easy and interactive. People are very engaged and even show us what their dishes look like. It really feels like they have a support system. When we make it fun, people are likely to do

it again. Our goal is to get America cooking.” Chef’s Garden Catering & Events, which was started by Jen’s mom in 2001, became a palatable passion for both Jen and her husband. When she joined the family business for what was supposed to be a short-lived internship before starting a research position, Jen soon realized that she really enjoyed connecting people with food. Her husband, meanwhile, was studying finance in college when he also fell in love with the business. They now bring that same dynamic balance to their virtual classes. While the company is slowly getting back to in-person events after losing millions of dollars of revenue (they didn’t lay off their employees, the virtual cooking classes were one of the ways in which they were able to keep their team intact) the virtual world isn’t going anywhere any time soon.” The success of this newly launched virtual venture, which has grown mostly through word of mouth, has been a savory silver lining. From public classes to corporate team building events, you can cook creatively in the comfort of your own home. They have already coordinated classes for companies across the United States and Canada, with clients including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Pinterest and TikTok. From date night to private classes, plus cultural and classic cuisine, you can enjoy high-quality plates without leaving your house. Just sign up at and get cooking today! u | 53


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FROM THE UPPER EAST SIDE TO THE HAMPTONS T-Bar Steak & Lounge Serves Contemporary Classic Dishes


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pper East Side hotspot T-Bar Steak & Lounge, is noted for its perfect execution of classic dishes, and has been warmly embraced by New Yorkers since it first opened its doors in 2007. The restaurant’s Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, previously of the Four Seasons, Aureole and Petrossian, makes T-Bar’s classic steakhouse fare relevant and exciting, while also putting his unique twist onto other classic dishes. Following CDC guidelines, T-Bar is open for both indoor and outdoor dining, as well as delivery. T-Bar is a well-loved mainstay, still buzzing with its loyal following night after night. Fortuna says there is no magic formula to achieve this sort of long-running success. “I think guests trust our kitchen and love our relaxed but vibrant atmosphere.” Diners are able to begin a meal at T-Bar with its unique spin on Thin Crust Pizza, or enjoy its classic take on Guacamole to split with the table. T-Bar also redefines the classic Kale Salad by including apple and sesame into it while drizzling it in a

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sumptuous chili-lime vinaigrette. Also available on its delectable appetizer menu are the popular Tiger Shrimp Cocktail, Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, and Vietnamese Shrimp Roll. A meal at T-Bar Steak & Lounge would not be complete without ordering a favorite from The Steak Bar, which features an impressive range of superbly-cooked Certified Black Angus Cuts of beef including its Black Angus Porterhouse for two served with your choice of Steak Sauce, Béarnaise Sauce or Poivre Sauce. T-Bar offers wealth of additional American classics including its signature Crusted Tuna served with Soy, Herb Grilled Branzino or its Roasted Free Range Chicken. After a successful 2019 Summer season, the team from T-Bar Steak and Lounge made their return to Southampton. Just like its sister restaurant on New York’s Upper East Side, T-Bar Southampton offers guests outstanding cuisine in a casual yet elegant space, and the outdoor terrace and garden make it the quintessential location for evening cocktails.

The COVID-19 pandemic created new challenges for restaurants, but T-Bar Southampton is ready to serve the best classic cuisines with a modern twist. T-Bar Southampton is following the strict CDC and Health department guidelines. To comply with these guidelines, T-Bar Southampton’s outside patio dining is adequately spaced to maintain social distancing, and for those still nervous going out to eat, T-Bar Southampton is also offering takeout options. T-Bar Southampton builds on the well-earned reputation of its New York City namesake. The menu features a wide range of dishes, ranging from well-cooked renditions of classics, to refined and inventive plates, providing the ultimate dining experience. The menu also boasts numerous other American classics including the signature Crusted Tuna served with soy, wasabi rémoulade and seaweed salad and the Chicken Milanese made with chopped Salad and lemon. While T-Bar Southampton serves plenty of the favorite dishes found at the Upper East Side flagship location, it also has tantalizing salad dishes such as the Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese, Tomatoes, and Balsamic Vinaigrette. Cap the evening off with irresistible desserts like the must-try Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles with coconut and caramel sauce or the decadent Strawberry Sundae served with shortcake, meringue, brandy, and cream. u

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or a truly enchanting and edible escape without leaving New York, VERSA Rooftop & Restaurant, which will be reopening this spring, has just the vibe you’ve been looking for. Located within the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel in the Garment District on West 35th Street high above the noisy streets of the city, VERSA, which boasts New York’s largest retractable rooftop, has an array of stylish seating spaces, from bar stools to a laidback lounge, main dining room and even chic outdoor area. With heat lamps and some stunning, unobstructed views – catch a glimpse of the Empire State Building and Hudson Yards – you can enjoy their sleek outdoor space featuring banquet seating, decorative décor and plenty of greenery, so you truly feel like you have made a much-needed escape from the urban jungle. From dinner to late night bites, Versa offers more than just a pretty plate – their eclectic menu, reflective of the diversity of New York – is also very palatable! Their dishes, which are full of fresh, seasonal and delicious flavors are more reminiscent of a five-star restaurant than a rooftop bar.

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Serving up Scenic and Savory Vibes By Lauren Bens Brought to you by Backal Hospitality Group, VERSA, which spans 12,000 square feet, offers multiple unique seating areas, making it the perfect place for your next special and intimate event. With personalized menus, you can create a memorable and mouthwatering affair. Their stylish and spacious spaces include Patio East, Patio West, Canopy, Main Dining Room, Thread Library and Thread Lounge. You will definitely receive a warm – and tasty - welcome at this unique space that is operating under all safety guidelines. Start with some appetizing appetizers, perfect for sharing – although you might not want to after you try them! Fall in love at first bite with their Burrata, made with grilled eggplant, tomato puree, kalamata streusel and baguette. Other

favorites include Roasted Beets with brown butter, goat cheese and crispy quinoa, Birrie Style Beef Tacos, a corn tortilla filled with mozzarella, pico de gallo and spiced jus, Crispy Calamari and buffalo style or salt and vinegar Chicken Bites. Dinner plates including Halibut with charred broccoli and leek butter, thick Bucatini noodles and Bone-In Short Rib made with creamy polenta, baby carrots and natural jus make this the most gourmet and gorgeous rooftop in Manhattan. You can still enjoy a Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich or Bacon and Cheddar Burger with a variety of fries, from salt and vinegar to mozzarella and jalapeno, if you are craving bar food. Pair your plates with an equally tasty cocktail or glass of wine from their extensive menu. Enjoy a Spicy Cucumber Margarita, craft beer from the Bronx, and a fantastic wine selection, including a Sauvignon Blac from the Loire Valley in France that will help you wind down the right way. Dig into delightful views and even more delicious plates at VERSA this season! u



Taking The Turbulence Out Of Pandemic Travel By Lauren Bens


hen it comes to traveling in today’s turbulent times, COVAC GLOBAL wants to make sure you are protected from unforeseen circumstances during this unprecedented pandemic. COVAC GLOBAL founder Ross Thompson, who comes from a foreign intelligence background and has been involved in crisis management on the commercial side, saw that a new crisis was arising when it came to international trav-

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el. Thompson wanted to ensure that people wanting to travel the globe during the global Covid-19 pandemic could return home on their terms rather than being forced to quarantine or check into a hospital or government facility. Thompson, a native New Yorker who grew up on the Upper East Side and currently lives in South Florida while also spending half of his

time in Mexico City, was worried about what would happen if he came down with Covid-19 while abroad. “I called all of the insurance companies and asked if I sign up with your program what happens if I get sick, and they all said that they don’t cover contagious diseases, epidemics or pandemics, it’s all excluded. It was then that we used our background and expertise in crisis

response, as well as our relationship with the London underwriting marketing, to start COVAC GLOBAL.” Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure COVAC GLOBAL is the first fully indemnified response solution. From New York to Nairobi, this revolutionary company will fully pay for repatriation back to your home should you contract Covid at least 300 miles from your home. They have already seen tremendous success, and just a few months ago decided to launch a new domestic aspect of their program. COVAC GLOBAL is a membership program for individuals, families, government agencies and companies. What makes them truly different is that they don’t require you to be hospitalized if you test positive while abroad. International hotels currently require you to take a test, so when a recent client and her daughter were traveling to the Maldives and her daughter began suffering from a headache and fatigue and tested positive for Covid, CO-

VAC GLOBAL got into action! They paid over $200,000 to bring them back home to New Jersey. “We took them via speedboat from their villa where we had a Hawker waiting for them,” explains Ross. “They didn’t have to go to a doctor or a hospital. We triggered the repatriation because of the positive test result and the fact that the daughter was symptomatic.” No matter where you go and what you encounter, COVAC GLOBAL membership has you completely covered. This cutting-edge concept is set up financially to continue covering pandemics and any other contagious diseases that might arise. “People want to know that if something goes wrong, wherever they are, that they have the option to just get home without having to jump through a million hoops for their policies or membership benefits to be triggered. You no longer have to fear flying to your favorite destination, including five-star hotels. That’s because you can purchase membership

to COVAC GLOBAL at ritzy resorts including Esperanza in Cabo, Round Hill in Jamaica, Hermitage Bay in Anguilla, The Tyrall Club and dozens of additional hotels that offer a specific blend of their product. If you test positive, they will fly you right home so that you don’t have to stay for 14 days. This is especially essential in the Caribbean, where you are currently made to go to a government facility. How does it work? They operate on a travel day basis, with 15, 30, 60 or 90-day membership plans. You can even split up your days over the course of 12 months. Anyone is eligible, meaning there are no exclusions for age or pre-existing conditions. They already have thousands of members and are growing every day as demand continues to rise for this company which does things differently. So far, they have made a couple dozen evacuations form the Peruvian Andes to Stockholm, the Bahamas and Mexico. One thing is for sure – they stay true to their motto: “Get sick. Get home.” u | 59



Celebrate Every Season with Idyllic Hamptons Escapes By Lillian Langtry


very day of the year holds a captivating reason to appreciate the joys in life at the Southampton Inn. The idyllic property in the heart of the Hamptons offers year-round enchanting moments.

At the resort every season on the calendar year serves up full availability of elegant accommodations that feature 90 guest rooms all with slightly different décor. In every room there is individual temperature control, sparkling tiled bathrooms, refrigerators, and complimentary Wi-Fi. There are even a few designated pet-friendly guest quarters. The beautiful grounds consist of several acres of manicured lawns and gardens. Fantastic amenities on the property include a 50-foot heated outdoor pool, all-weather tennis court, a game room for all ages, croquet space, and volleyball nets. The Tudor-style property provides the perfect centrally located spot for a variety of vacation needs. From an engaging cultural retreat with your significant other to a fitness weekend with your sports club, there is something for everyone in this special area of the Hamptons. Guests can even experience invigorating nature hikes or relaxing beach picnics. Out east there are simply no limitations on adventures. Even food lovers can find a special reason to be at the Southampton Inn. Guests can find a perfect meal at Claude’s on the premises. The restaurant features an award-winning breakfast daily, as well as brunch on weekends. Dining can be enjoyed in the indoor café or at the outdoors

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courtyard. Claude’s is also available for intimate dinner parties, corporate events, and micro weddings for groups with fewer than 50 attendees. Another great aspect of the resort is the wonderful housekeeping staff. They proudly abide by CDC cleaning protocols. Southampton Inn workers even go above normal cleaning standards as they use Sterile-Bright™ UVC sanitizing lights in each guest room, as well as for restaurant disinfecting. The Southampton Inn is located in the heart of the historic Southampton Village. Guests can enjoy nearby shops, theaters, art galleries, and historical sites. Restaurants in the neighborhood offer their local fare with outdoor dining, take-out, or socially distanced indoor dining in line with current government protocols. In addition, the legendary beaches of the Hamptons are just a short drive away. For more information on how to book a fun and comfortable getaway at Southampton Inn please visit or call 631-2836500. Additionally, email for restaurant reservations. u The housekeeping staff uses CDC cleaning protocols, they have Sterile-Bright® UVC lights for guest room and restaurant sanitizing. Masks are required indoors in all public areas. *per night +tax and fees.

Enjoy the barefoot luxury of Saint Lucia’s Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort. Treat your palate by dining in any of our 5 restaurants. Balancing culture, entertainment, romance, and adventure, Windjammer Landing provides guests with everything they need to create an unparalleled vacation experience that is uniquely Saint Lucia.

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njoy the grandeur of the 1930’s and 40’s at Ocean City’s most historic and prestigious all suites boardwalk location, “The Flanders Hotel, Banquet & Conference Center”. This 90-year hotel has been part of the shore’s landscape since it opened in 1923,. It’s resilience is remarkable, after surviving the fire of 1927, the crash of 1929, a world war, and several hurricanes. The Flanders Hotel has taken on a new life as a Luxury All-Suites Hotel, with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, exclusive onsite dining at Emily’s Restaurant, shopping at the Shoppes at The Flanders Hotel. Enjoy the charming ambience of the newly renovated lobby, with metal pan ceilings, elegant chandlers, and a collection of museum quality pieces that will keep guests fascinated for hours. The hotel combines the elegance and hospitality of yesteryear with today’s finest luxuries. The newly appointed suites all boast of ocean or bay views, while the luxurious penthouse and promenade suites provide discriminating guests the islands finest accommodations. First class amenities and beachfront locale make this your perfect vacation destination, whether a romantic rendezvous or family escapes, we’ll make lasting memories for young and young at heart. Days can be spent dining in our onsite, exclusive Emily’s Restaurant, swimming in the seasonal outdoor heated pool, exercising in the state-of-the-art fitness center, pampering one’s self at the Spa and Salon, shopping at the hotel’s 3 unique specialty stores [featuring clothing, gifts, jewelry, unique antiques] or exploring all Ocean City, New Jersey has to offer. Our Banquet and Conference offers one of New Jersey’s most historic and elegant meeting and celebration venues. The ornate sophistication of their meeting space and ballrooms is reminiscent of the grandeur of the early 1900’s, with all of the modern amenities of present day. Plan your vacation or next getaway now at this year-round “Nationally Registered Historic Hotel” located in the town known as America’s Greatest Family Resort, and experience the “best-keptsecret at the South Jersey Shore.”

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DR.TODD BERTMAN Designing Your Dream Smile By Lauren Bens


hen it comes to addressing all of your dental needs in one place, Advanced Dental Arts NYC, founded, by Dr. Todd Bertman, has just what it takes to get you the perfect smile – and that is sure to make you smile.

tal school before relocating to New York City. He then did his residency at Kings County Hospital and moved back to Manhattan where he has been making mouth miracles happen for over two decades.

Dr. Bertman, who grew up on Long Island, went to school in Pittsburgh where he stayed for den-

Advanced Dental Arts NYC, a multi-specialty practice which includes oral surgeons, ortho-

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dontists, periodontists, endodontists and general dentists, is designed to give you the most convenient dental experience. “I developed the office so that you can come in and be seen by different dental specialists instead of traveling around,” says Dr. Bertman. “You can come in for a simple cleaning or anything else that might need to be done can be managed right here. New Yorkers

expect convenience and great care, of course.”

for many years by cutting the gums open, cleaning out the bacteria, and then sewing you back up. Not only is this extremely painful, but the results don’t compare to what we see with a laser. By using a laser, we are able to naturally allow the body to heal and grow bone in the jaw. The best part is no scalpels or sutures. We recently treated a 41-year-old patient whose teeth were loose. Instead of pulling her teeth, we were able to use the LANAP protocol to save them. This procedure leads to new bone growth in the jaw allowing her loose teeth to tighten up. We were then able to use Invisalign to finish her smile. This type of stuff just isn’t taught in dental school.”

He might have been practicing dentistry for over 20 years, but this dedicated dentist, whose practice has over 15,000 patients, could not have anticipated the perils brought on by the pandemic. “We were closed for two and a half months during which time we had no patients and no income. I was forced to let go of some of our original 27 staff members which included nine doctors while we waited to get back into tour routine. We kept about six or seven people on salary. At the time people were quarantining and navigating through phone and Zoom calls, but its incredibly difficult to treat patients over the phone. We’re not a work from home type of business!” Since reopening in July, most of his patients have been coming back into the office. According to Dr. Bertman, the dental field as a whole was more mentally and physically prepared for going back to work than other industries because they were already accustomed to wearing masks and gloves and constantly sanitizing to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. “Even prior to the pandemic, we were always taking Universal Pre-cautions. This is an approach to infection control whereby we treat all human blood and body fluids as if they were known to be infectious.” Additional measures they have taken to minimize the spread of the virus include limiting the number of patients they see at one time. They have also incorporated air filtration systems like HEPA in each operatory room, and continue to make sure the operatories remain sealed off. A professional cleaning crew is in twice a week using hospital grade disinfectant. Their typical dental cleanings aren’t typical...instead of using a cavitron or ultrasonic cleaning devices, they use diode lasers so

that it minimizes aerosols. The cavitron vibrates and spits water, creating an aerosol. Aerosols are tiny drops of water that linger in the air for hours. This can cause cross contamination. By using the laser instead, it minimizes aerosols. “Dental offices are regarded as one of the highest at-risk places for coronavirus, so we were always looking for the best ways to address the issues at hand and make things as safe as possible.” Dr. Bertman’s pioneering practice, which he originally opened in Greenwich Village before relocating to Midtown, has now been back downtown forten years. Currently located on 9th and University, Dr. Bertman and his team are getting people’s gums back to their gloriousness with a laser procedure called the LANAP protocol. “For the past several years I’ve been treating severe gum disease using a laser. That’s super important because we are now able to treat gum disease more effectively with way better results. Over half of all adults suffer from severe periodontal disease. The dental industry has been treating this disease all wrong

Additionally, a celebrity chef presented with loose teeth and the fear of the inability to chew his meals, confidently. After LANAP, his natural teeth tightened up and once again enjoyed every bite. The anecdotes are endless. From correcting dental disease to implementing cosmetic procedures, this downtown practice offers a one stop solution for all your dental needs! Including options for metal-free implants or a smile re-designed through custom porcelain veneers. So why aren’t other dental practitioners as innovative? Lasers are costly and it’s not taught in dental school. When it comes to addressing your appearance, this laser can also erase common growths or lesions of the tongue and lips. Recently, a young bride-to-be needed a growth on her lip removed just days prior to her wedding. The growth was removed in under five minutes and she was confidently photo-ready! “I strongly believe the dental profession has the opportunity and the obligation to improve the quality of people’s lives.” Dr. Bertman is bringing back smiles by changing people’s lives. u | 65

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Bringing New York Back By Lauren bens

Smith has been serious about sustainability since before sustainability was a “thing,” and even owned a company that focused on environmentally friendly biodegradable foams back in the late 90s. His biodegradable, and of course, sustainable foams used in applications from footwear to football helmets, along with other unique properties caught the attention of the US Military who in the late 1990’s reached out to him about making what’s called an Open-Cell foam. Currently, Scott has pivoted and created a collaborative partnership with THROW NYC, which offers hundreds of jobs to women in the garment industry. More fashion designers work in New York City than anywhere else in the country and a lot is at stake for the thousands of people who are either furloughed or laid off. Both Scott Smith of BioFoam and Anthony Lilore of THROW NYC, two US Companies, have partnered together to create BioShield™ and give an opportunity to many

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women in NYC to get back to work in the garment industry. Fashionable. Sustainable. Safe. That is the best way to describe the BioShield which is one mask that is equal to 20 cloth masks! The sustainable Open-Cell foam which has been adapted for COVID-19, has been proven and used by the US Military since 2002, mitigates the risk of infection from airborne pathogens and the risk of you infecting others. The BioShield™ Mask provides 22 square feet of surface area while the typical cloth shield provides .58 square feet of surface area. Here are some Facts! At 20x the surface area of cloth masks, the BioShield™ mask significantly increases the probability that airborne pathogens will be blocked and/or trapped in the high surface area Open-Cell capillary network versus a cloth shield or wearing 20 cloth masks! As cited in recent research by National Center for Biotechnology Information, Inhalation risks of micro (nano) plastic debris from masks, respirators, and face coverings” “…there is already a growing body of evidence on

the inhalation of micro(nano)plastics and their adverse effects in humans and animals..” “Respirable hazards such as micro(nano)plastics present in these may escalate from once an occupational hazard to a public health issue. As a quickly expanding research domain, researchers studying the inhalation of micro (nano) plastics through atmospheric or anthropogenic sources are now facing the reality that there is a piece of plastic garment on top of the mouth and nose for millions of people every day.” All you need to know is that Open-Cell Foam equals the ultimate obstacle course, thereby maximizing the probability that viral particles don’t make it into your nose, throat, lungs or those around you! Plus, BioShield does not pose the risk of inhalation of microplastic debris like the masks made from nanotechnology or nanofiber. In order to make surfaces safer when you’re on the go, Scott is currently in the process of producing a travel kit with sanitizing wipes. Where will you find Scott next? Wherever he is needed the most! Reference Link: PMC7537728/

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cott Smith, CEO and Founder of BioFoam, has never been afraid to get dirty in natural disaster areas including major oil spills, and now, Smith is helping to combat the contagious coronavirus and other viruses and pathogens on the frontlines and in family homes everywhere.

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DR. JOHN MESA Plastic Surgery’s Social Media Star By Lauren Bens


f you want to put your best face forward, plastic surgeon Dr. John Mesa, who specializes in face and neck procedures, will find a way to make you the best version of yourself. This Harvard-trained doctor, who has offices in New York, New Jersey, and Miami, pays attention to all the revealing details and is primarily known for his popular Buccal Fat Removal procedure. Dr. Mesa, a triple fellowship-trained surgeon, who hails from Latin America, worked hard to achieve his plastic surgery ambitions. After going to medical school in his home country of Colombia, he knew that he had to emigrate to the US to pursue his dream of becoming a plastic surgeon. Dr. Mesa initially trained at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Then he trained at Penn State University. He further subspecialized in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Michigan respectively. While he might be a well-known social media star now from posting during his surgeries and making his clients look like stars themselves, as a kid, Dr. Mesa was just interested in taking something basic and transforming it into something beautiful. He would use his Lego-like toys to turn a small house into a mansion, and eventually, a castle. Dr. Mesa’s practices, which are known for their personalized attention and care, are located at 903 Park Avenue in Manhattan in New York City, Livingston, New Jersey, and a satellite office in Miami which he visits the first weekend of every month. The Miami office only offers one surgical procedure: Buccal Fat Removal. The offices might have

been shut down once lockdown started, but Dr. Mesa is now seeing a massive surplus of patients who are looking to look good on Zoom and other virtual platforms. According to Dr. Mesa, injectables went down, but the desire for surgeries has gone up. “I think the reason is that everybody has a mask on, so people are not as interested in improving the lip or smile lines as much. With so many people working from home and doing zoom calls, etc., patients can do a call without the camera on, so there is proper downtime to recover. The recovery process is usually up to two weeks for most things, so this is the perfect time to do it. The other side of that is with so many video calls, neck procedures are becoming exceedingly common – due to the camera angle, a lot of people are looking for under chin liposuction. If you want to enhance your look with a chiseled face, Buccal Fat Removal, Dr. Mesa’s most popular procedure, will do just that. According to Dr. Mesa, patients typically opt for this non-invasive surgery to look like the celebrities that they see all over social media with perfectly chiseled cheekbones. Dr. Mesa, who was always highly fascinated with face and neck procedures, started researching Buccal Fat Removal and went on to study it during one of his fellowships. He even started doing the procedure on kids to help repair cleft palates by using the fat to seal the palate. With social media becoming so prevalent, Buccal Fat Removal, once a Hollywood secret, is a secret no more – and Dr. Mesa is the master! He routinely performs the procedure on everyone, from teens to those in their 60s and above. Dr. Mesa uses Buccal Fat Removal to accentuate the cheekbones. However, if you don’t have high

cheekbones, you will look aged or gaunt unless you do something about that. “I will only perform Buccal Fat Removal surgery if the patient has high cheekbones or if they enhance their non-highcheekbones with injectable fillers before surgery. This has become more well-known because of the dramatic change with models. Bella Hadid, for example, is super chiseled. Based on my experience, it is very suggestive she used Buccal Fat Removal to achieve these results.” You can achieve your star lookalike facial surgery without sedation or general anesthesia with Dr. Mesa. In fact, Dr. Mesa does all procedures using only straight local anesthesia without any pain., Dr. Mesa can talk to his patients during surgery. He even posts many of the procedures on his Instagram stories. “My patients undergoing procedures from the clavicles up are all wide awake,” says Dr. Mesa. This pioneering plastic surgeon prides himself on his very professional standards. “Patients commonly say they want a chiseled face, but they don’t have chubby cheeks, so I tell them they don’t need the surgery. I only recommend what is necessary.” Additionally, when choosing the right plastic surgeon, Dr. Mesa says finding someone who specializes in something or who commonly does one procedure is usually the best choice. While most people come in for a consultation, Dr. Mesa’s office is also offering virtual visits. He brings his friendly Latin American culture and specialized training to his practice and his procedures – and that makes for some very content – and chiseled clients. u | 69

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agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Regency and all of its assets including hundreds of billboards in key locations throughout Southern California, and numerous strategic properties and buildings. Kennedy will continue to operate the business under the Regency brand name, owning and operating more than 300 billboards and wallscapes in prime locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, including the Sunset Strip.

REGENCY OUTDOOR ADVERTISING Make an Impact in the Entertainment Capital of the World By Peter Elston


aking your voice heard in a world full of oversaturated technology and social media is not so easy. But, in the Entertainment Capital of the World the message is loud and clear with Regency Outdoor Advertising. With Southern California businesses more than ever wanting to achieve financial success, there is a tremendous shift back to the tried and true method of outdoor billboards to positively share a company’s message. Regency Outdoor Advertising is leading the industry trend with their incredible craftsmanship and keen sensibilities of the business. Making fashionable visuals in the skyline of the Entertainment Capital of the World is a task they fulfill with pride. Regency’s structures, or “spectaculars,” are strategically placed for optimal exposure. Regency’s Billboards are as iconic as the brands that appear on their signs. Americans are at a fast rate growing tired of Instagram and Tik Tok postings full of frequently deceptive accolades and it is truly showing. All the

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scrolling on phone screens and tablets is leading to little consumer spending, as well as often shallow and forgetful messages. Smart advertisers are now turning back to companies like Regency due to a stellar reputation to do just what they are intended – get the word out to consumers who are listening and spending. In a real-time world, billboards are the first and original form of advertising with their likable presence laid out across the skyline in both static and digital formats. Captivating billboards from the Sunset Strip to Studio City and Inland Empire are driving sales for customers and spreading communications by businesses looking for improvement in revenue. And, it is all done artistically in a way that makes people positively spread word-of-mouth information after seeing boards placed in ideal locations that are carefully curated with business owners. And, now Regency is taking even bigger measurements to keep this incredible conversation flowing. Brian Kennedy, Founder and long-time CEO of Regency Outdoor Advertising Inc., has entered into an

“I am pleased to continue to provide some of the best billboard space in Southern California,” he said. “I look forward to continuing our long and successful relationships with our valuable outdoor advertising customers.” Kennedy credits Regency’s COO, Philip Berardi, for structuring the successful transaction, as well as running Regency day-to-day operations. Berardi will be elevated to President of the continuing Regency business, with Kennedy remaining as CEO. Founded in 1974, Regency Outdoor Advertising is Southern California’s foremost authority on billboard placement. Careful location selection and strategic planning has yielded years of unprecedented advertising exposure for customers. The loyalty of returning clients is extensive and proof of a proven quality of service that is unrivaled. The commitment to excellence and the national agencies they serve helps to deliver inspiring and impactful campaigns that drive results. Over 40 years of experience help Fortune 200 companies as equally as local Southern California businesses reach their advertising campaign goals. And, the future looks bright as billboards created by Regency continue to be noteworthy. Never has a time stood out when consumers want to feel a direct message coming to them from a business that cares. The immediate connection that is felt when a billboard is noticed reflects positively on gained revenue. The ultimate goal is to provide brands with the very best opportunity to engage with their consumers, which is precisely what Kennedy and his team splendidly achieve. u


SINDHI FOUNDATION The Long Walk for Freedom, Nature, and Love Across the East Coast By Lillian Langtry


he Sindhi Foundation is organizing a 350-mile march across the East Coast of America next month to support their on-going mission supporting the fight against human rights violations, climate crisis and environmental injustices. The Long Walk for Freedom, Nature, and Love will begin at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on April 7th and will end in Washington D.C. on April 29th, 2021. Standing in solidarity, a mass number of volunteer delegates will gather at various stops as they cross through five states by foot: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Along the route participants will meet with community members, human rights groups, and political leaders who back the fundamental cause. Motivated to bring forth global change the foundation states that the time is now to understand that, “too many human beings around the world face the appalling realities of enforced disappearances, torture, extrajudicial killings, and forced conversions. Amidst it all, those with the power to act stand by as global temperatures rise beyond the point of no return, sparking unprecedented fires, droughts, and massive storms.”

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Completing the journey in Washington, D.C., participants will hold an event between Long Walk affiliates and congressional members of the United States Congress. Political officials have already shared words of encouragement for the upcoming Long Walk including Congressman Adam Schiff, who has become a strong ally for the Sindhi people since joining the Congressional Sindh Caucus in 2010. Additional backing has also been listed from Congressman Jamie Raskin, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congressman Brad Sherman, and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney who stated, “Now more than ever the need to fight for the rights of all people. It is especially important as the current pandemic has worsened the living conditions of many groups like Sindhi people in Pakistan... I strongly urge other human rights activists, defenders, and student organizers to support the Long Walk for Freedom, Nature, and Love.” Further endorsements and allies include: Sunrise Movement (Philly Hub), Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, Ambazonia Recognition Collaborative Council (ARRC), International Campaign for Tibet, American Kurdish Information Network, Hindu American Foundation, Center for Victims of Torture, Psycholo-

gists for Social Responsibility, Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council (USA), International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances (ICAED), International Interfaith Service Initiative, Armenian Council of America, political activist Noam Chomsky, María Adela Antokoletz, Latin American Federation of Associations of Relatives of Disappeared, independent human rights activist Richard Benkin, Catholic nun and torture survivor Sister Dianna Ortiz, artist Mahirwan Mamtani, Noam Chomsky’s Gatekeeper Bev Stohl, filmmaker and activist Sapna Bhavnani, Sindhi traveller and writer Emily Hauze, Quaker John Salzberg, photographer Jonathan Banks, Reverend Charles Hoffacker, civil litigation attorney Maria Leonard Olsen, actor Brian Thompson, Professor Emeritus at University of Maryland Laveen Kanal, professor and CEO of Embedor Technologies Gul Agha, and musician and actor Monica Dogra. The Sindhi Foundation and its partners are hopeful that this Long Walk will give voice to the otherwise voiceless, and provide a platform for widespread human rights abuses in Sindh, Pakistan and throughout the world-who for too long have suffered unheard.u



vVO ART, creator of AD ART SHOW, announced that AD ART SHOW 2021 will return to the monumental screens inside the Oculus at the Westfield World Trade Center in New York (May 1 to 30, 2021) with Chad Smith—Red Hot Chili Peppers, Grammy Award-winning drummer and fine artist—as the featured guest artist and host of the show’s virtual opening on May 3, 2021 at 4pm EST during Frieze week. RSVP details will be posted on MvVO ART Instagram (@mvvoart) and website ( two weeks prior. Artworks by Chad Smith will be exhibited on the monumental screens of the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center the final weekend of the show (May 29 & 30, 2021). The unique AD ART SHOW experience brings ART directly to people—transforming an advertising platform into a gallery space in the middle of a major NYC transit hub, iconic architectural achievement (the Oculus by Santiago Calatrava) and shopping destination, all while revolutionizing the route that leads artists from underground buzz to recognition. The show launched in 2018 at Sotheby’s New York and moved to the all-digital platform at the Oculus in 2019. Now in its fourth year, AD ART SHOW continues to innovate and expand opportunities for artists.

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THE AD ART SHOW Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers to be featured guest artist and host of the groundbreaking show’s virtual opening at The Occulus at the Westfield World Trade Center

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By Elizabeth Darwen

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The artists of AD ART SHOW have a background in advertising/design and related fields. They are following in the footsteps of famous artists like Andy Warhol, Rene Magritte, Keith Haring who also had a commercial practice. Historically some artists have made the leap, but the barriers persist; and AD ART SHOW throws the doors open for these talented artists with direct connections to the art world. Additionally, AD ART SHOW provides organizations with an Art platform to discover and celebrate their artists. MvVO ART’s —selection committee ( who’s who of contemporary art experts and globally recognized creative pioneers—vets all the artists included in the show. A jury of well-known Art collectors selects the show winners, with top honors including a Specialty Clio Award for Contemporary Art and a Creative Immersion Day at NBCUniversal. While most of New York’s famous arts institutions are reopening with limited capacity and timed ticketing, AD ART SHOW at the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center offers art lovers a spacious and FREE art destination, open Mon – Sat, 11am – 7pm, and Sunday, 12am – 6pm. During the month of May, visitors of AD ART SHOW are offered a free sweet and a coffee from show partner, Eataly (located on the third floor). Growing list of partners and Sponsors include: NBCUniversal (returning presenting sponsor), Westfield World Trade Center, The Clio Awards, Eataly, SVA (The School for Visual Arts), WPP, Artsy (e-gallery partner), The One Club For Creativity, The Alliance for Downtown New York, NYCxDESIGN, GroupM, Lawlor Media Group, Six Hundred & Rising, Team Michael Daly at Douglas Elliman, Corea Creative and Gameday Creative. Proud supporters of Franklin Furnace and Artistic Dreams International. u


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Society6 is proud to support women artists including: Ariel Sinha / Illustrator / Chicago, IL “I think that the place of art in society today is where it has always been: in the hearts, eyes and minds of both the makers and the receivers. Physical art, like all art forms, is uniquely capable of conveying both quick and clear meanings as well as the elusive, just out of reach meanings of creation, perception and imagination. Great art can take us by the hand and lead us to new places we didn’t even know were there.”


Supporting Home-Accessories Artists

Niki Dionne (aka Actual Footage of Me) / Illustrator / Dallas, TX “Typically, in my work you will see an illustrated woman caught in a moment of time... I really [want] to emphasize that Black women are not a monolith. We take many forms, come from many different backgrounds, and yet, I can’t help but feel, are all still connected through our different paths.”

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or designs that truly stand out, Society6, an artists-driven online marketplace that offers everything from accessories to apparel and home décor, is a unique platform where you can support hundreds of thousands of independent artists worldwide. Each and every purchase directly pays an artist. Whether it’s a credenza or a comforter, the items are all made-to-order. They also have wall tapestries, throw pillows, yoga mats and more one-of-akind showpieces for any space. “Empowering artists has always been at the core of the Society6 brand mission,” says Julie Matrat, SVP and GM of Society6. “We are proud to champion the works of creatives all over the world and

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provide a platform for them to sell their designs. Over the past 12 years, we have paid our artist community more than $76 million and have supported the work of thousands of artists, many of them independent women artists. Our artist relations team is particularly focused on highlighting the work of our self-identifying women artists and finding ways to promote their works in our featured collections, such as our International Women’s Day collection or 2021 Planners, newsletters and social media campaigns. Spotlighting these artists can make a significant impact on their careers and creates a deeper connection between our artists and customers.” u

Ana Leovy / Painter / Mexico City, Mexico “What I love the most about art is how it can speak so differently to everyone, so even though I wish to send messages of self-love, equality, friendship and women empowerment, I am just happy when people feel the good vibes and enjoy seeing my work as much as I enjoy doing it.”


of his death, Hershman inherited his estate, including his vast collection of photography and art. “During our 17 years together Victor steadfastly guided and molded me, and after his sudden death in 2001 I became solidly dedicated to my art, his presence more powerful than ever - a driving force to create something that is no longer a choice for me, but a necessity,” says Hershman, who is also an accomplished podiatric surgeon by day. “Today, I’m an active part of the art community in San Francisco, a patron of ART SPAN and mission artists.” In 2020 one of Hershman’s paintings won a jury selection at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. “This show at the Salomon Gallery brings mine and Victor’s work full circle with 20 new selected paintings from 2019 to 2021, along with a carefully curated selection of 38 photographs, taken between 1972 and 2001, four of which I interpreted into my own paintings, called the D & V Series.”

DONALD AND VICTOR: UNDER THE INFLUENCE New Exhibition by Artist Don Hershman Pays Retrospective Tribute to Victor Arimondi By Cecille Langtry


rtist Don Hershman is set to exhibit his latest collection of original pieces, as part of a retrospective series inspired by the late Victor Arimondi. In the spring show, Donald and Victor: Under The Influence, the inventive artist will embody his visceral need to pursue interests and creative expressions as he pays loving tribute to his former partner who succumbed to AIDS in 2001. Hershman’s paintings will recognize the unique attributes of Arimondi’s work, featuring a display that is compassionate and reflective of our modern times, as we emerge from

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yet another pandemic. An opening reception will take place at Salomon Arts Gallery in Tribeca on May 13, 2021 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Space is limited, and the event will be carried out in strict adherence to all NY State COVID protocols. The exhibit runs through May 14 - June 3, 2021, viewing on Wednesdays through Saturdays 2pm – 6pm or by appointment. Arimondi was a famed Italian American model and art photographer whose unique eye and sensuous style captivated the world. At the time

The upcoming exhibit will serve as a love letter to a luminary who graced the pages of fashion magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire, and appeared on the runway for many top designers, predominantly Valentino and Cerruti. Arimondi’s determination to turn the camera lens from his face onto the world he saw before him led to famously shooting the likes of Grace Jones, Liv Ullman, and Norman Mailer as well as several portraits of male nudes captured during the pre-AIDS culture of the early 1980s. He also notably focused imagery of the plight of the homeless of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood suffering during the height of the AIDS epidemic. In his words, “Since I posed in front of the camera for so many years, my experience with talented photographers made me realize a way to express my inner world.” In addition, on May 22, 2021 at 4 pm – 6pm, there will be an Art Talk with guest speaker Adam Stoltman, a former New York Times and Time, Inc., photography editor, will be in conversation with Hershman and share remarks on the legacy of Arimondi’s work. u

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Hortulus Farm, as featured in House and Garden, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Veranda, Town & Country, and The New York Times, is arguably one of the most spectacular private gardens on the American East Coast. Comprising 100 acres down a 1/4 mile long, tree-lined drive, this 18th C. Bucks County farmstead boasts absolute privacy, 5 ponds, a waterfall, and 30 acres of “world-class” gardens, including lavish perennial and summer borders, a woodland walk, a birch alee, French and Mediterranean gardens, and vegetable and herb gardens. The main stone farmhouse, circa 1793, and looks out across Fire Creek and the largest pond, a happy home to swan, ducks, geese, and a fanciful, floating Victorian gazebo. One of the two huge 19th C. dairy barns on the property separate 2 bedroom apartment and spectacular library/office space, the other storage for farm equipment and stalls for the farm’s animals. As well, there’s a separate 2 bedroom caretaker’s home, and a vintage corncrib, milk barn, aviary and chicken house. A massive circular swimming pool, the focal point and the end of the perennial borders, rivals most pools/fountains found in public parks. The overall property, which is in Conservancy, also allows for yet another residence with separate driveway. Hortulus Farm is an extremely rare listing that can evolve in myriad directions, The current stewards spent 40 years creating this masterpiece and now it awaits a new owner to add their own chapter to this truly one-ofa-kind piece of history and horticultural splendor. $5,650,000

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Set among the lush rolling topography of Upper Bucks County, is Birdwell. The home, a shy 7000 square feet, boasts a tiled solarium front room, Chefs kitchen with secondary prep kitchen, Caretakers/Au pair suite and two other guest bedrooms. This amazing estate property is a commercially built home that exudes the style, sophistication and sensibility of the Hamptons. $998,000

Comprising 100 acres down a 1/4 mile long, tree-lined drive, this classic 18th C. Bucks County farmstead boasts absolute privacy, 5 ponds, a waterfall, and 30 acres of “world-class” gardens. The property features a main stone farmhouse circa 1793 and two huge 19th C. dairy barns. The overall property, which is in Conservancy, also allows for yet another residence with separate driveway. $5,650,000




This property can be turnkey with a quick close. Walk to the center of town and don’t worry about parking. Includes high-end kitchen including Wolf appliances, custom closet built-ins, storage, custom cabinetry, private electronic elevator, custom window treatments, stone patios with a water feature, and a full house gas generator. $1,695,000

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

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consider myself a real estate sleuth!” opined Randy Lombard, the highly regarded Sotheby’s International Realty broker best known for her Gold Coast conquests. “Not even a pandemic has stopped me from investigating the City’s newest condominium developments and listings on behalf of my clients. My passion for architecture, exploration, and new experiences are what inspire me to traverse the city and see the many changing neighborhoods, whether in Carnegie Hill, Hudson Square, Hamilton Heights, Soho or DUMBO, I am always on an exciting quest.”

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During the challenges of 2020 and into 2021, due to the pandemic, Randy made it her mission to personally visit the for-sale residences meeting clients’ criteria. She often began the search virtually, but unlike so many of her colleagues, this intrepid broker physically inspected dozens of listings before recommending them -- and always mindful of maintaining safety protocols.

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With an auspicious background spanning more than two decades, her commitment to her clients is one of the many reasons why Randy continues to successfully market and sell multi-million

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former client’s son, a young man whom she had known most of his life, buy his first cooperative apartment. His dream was to move to the Village after law school and after an extensive search, she was able to find an ideal location for him close to the Strand and on his favorite block. “This is one of those circumstances that felt as if I were working with my extended professional family. Moving forward, I expect he will eventually have his own family and need larger space. At that time, I will be delighted to help him find the next stage and in the Village or whatever neighborhood he chooses.” In addition to helping sellers and buyers with whom she has long-established relationships, she has a well-developed referral network through reputation. It is not unusual for Randy to work with international investors, helping them identify the best properties for their real estate portfolios. Her highly diverse client roster includes art collectors, doctors, members of the financial services community, and prominent academics attracted to her unimpeachable work ethic and dedication to accomplishing their goals.

dollar cooperative and condominium residences throughout Manhattan and beyond. “I am always seeking the best opportunities for my clients. Interestingly, that has included an international group of pied-a-terre buyers, along with several long-time friends moving back to the city and seeking substantial footprints, including outdoor space.” Randy’s client relationships often become long-lasting friendships. The result has been a history of working with multiple generations during her exceptional tenure. Recently, she helped a

A former art history major with a graduate degree in art therapy, Randy’s career after returning to New York from Paris with her husband and son, not surprisingly focused on interior architecture. Prior to real estate, she developed an expertise in workplace design, ultimately selling high-end furniture to architects and designers, and such clients as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Christie’s, The New Yorker, Fisher Brothers, and Cartier, among others. Being a dedicated real estate sleuth, Randy makes it a point to carefully listen to clients’ wishes, and the details that are most important to them. She tactfully encourages them to describe their wish lists, including first choices for locations, building types, square footage, light and views, outdoor space, amenities, etc. As a broker whose experience includes familiarity with cooperative boards all over New York, but especially along the Gold Coast and in Carnegie Hill, she has been able to guide clients interested only in a coopera-

tive purchase. Concurrently, when representing sellers in cooperative buildings, she understands the financial standards required by a board, as well as the type of offer that will be accepted. To expedite a recent sale for an exclusive listing at 1025 Fifth Avenue – a building in which she has sold multiple apartments -- she worked with prominent architect Gary Paul to provide the buyer’s broker with schematics depicting possible layouts for the space. Within two months, there was an accepted offer and within a few weeks, a signed contract. It is this same savvy that enabled Randy to sell the remarkable Pumpkin House a couple years ago. Randy and her partner on the listing, Renee Junewicz, were the fourth brokerage team to market the landmark-status, circa 1925 Hudson Heights home. A dramatic structure cantilevering over a cliff in upper Manhattan, it had been languishing on the market for years in need of repairs and mispriced by over-ambitious brokers. Randy’s love of architecture and art history background gave her an advantage in terms of marketing. In addition, her no nonsense, realistic acumen convinced the seller on the correct asking price. When it sold, she was practically hailed a hero – or a savant – in several publications! Randy’s adventurous spirit and sophistication are equally supported by her appreciation of the culture of New York City and beyond. She is a long-time member of Art Table, The Art Deco Society of New York, Rubin Museum of Art, The Museum of the City of New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Fotografiska New York. Less well known is that Randy is an accomplished hostess lauded for her beautiful table presentations and exceptional culinary skills, not surprisingly often focused on French cuisine. As a quintessential New Yorker, Randy Lombard brings style, dedication, and integrity to her profession. But what also makes her stand out from so many of her peers is her earnest sense of collegiality and fairness, and love of the urban adventure! u | 85

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property to successfully coordinate the deferment process. Michael Brady is an Executive VP at Madison Exchange, a leading national Qualified Intermediary for 1031 exchanges. Michael educates investors, tax and legal advisors about 1031 exchanges. He stresses the importance of contacting a qualified intermediary as early as possible, given the rigid deadlines and complexities that may arise. Depreciation accounts for a decrease in value over the expected life, 27.5 years for residential structures and 39 years for commercial properties. To hasten the “write-offs” the IRS allows for deductions of personal property within the building, such as furniture, flooring, and fixtures, at 5 years and “land improvements” outside the building, such as signing, fencing, and landscaping, at 15 years.

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This enables investors to depreciate property at an accelerated rate and save an enormous amount of taxes soon after purchasing the property. Generally, 15-35% of the property value can be pre-classified through cost segregation. And one can lower their tax liability to zero.

Cost Segregation By esti lowenbein


istorically, commercial real estate has been proven to be a stable and tangible return on investment, and less volatile compared to the stock market. CRE also boasts the ability to leverage the borrower’s capital and the ability for the investor to quickly scale their portfolio. Several real estate tax advantages offer enticing returns such as capital gains deferrals, tax-deferred retirement accounts and tax write-offs referred to as deductions. To defer taxes and “swap” a property, one can perform a 1031 exchange. One can also accelerate their depreciation through a process the IRS calls Cost Segregation. A 1031 exchange allows an investor to defer capital gain taxes when they sell investment real property by exchanging it for other like-kind investment real property. If done in compliance with Internal Revenue Code and the accompanying Treasury Regulations, the capital gains are essentially transferred into a new purchased real property. If the individual follows section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, they will pay

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little to no taxes at the time of the exchange. There is no limit to the number of times one can defer the taxes, so long as the newly sought asset in the exchange is of equal or greater value, and all the proceeds from the sale are spent to acquire the new real property. Taxes will only need to be paid once the final asset is sold and the person pockets their profits. Additional benefits of performing a 1031 exchange include the ability to scale and diversify one’s portfolio. Leveraging equity from the initial asset, consolidating properties, and prioritizing and optimizing investments are beneficial. Qualified intermediaries should be contacted prior to the purchase of the new

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This requires a team of competent engineers trained in tax codes and tax experts wellversed in the IRS techniques and methods, who carefully work together to conduct a cost segregation study. This is a carefully documented study that most CPA’s are not qualified to conduct. Yonah Weiss, known as the “Cost Seg King”, a business director at Madison Specs, recommends Cost segregation for people who own an investment or business property, generally priced at $500,000, purchased within the last 5 years and who plan to hold their property for minimum one year. Yonah offers recommendations for choosing a cost segregation firm. The must have extensive experience, in-house teamwork, maintain E & O insurance, provide audit defense, and have their engineers conduct onsite inspection. It is beneficial that the team collaborate with the investor’s accountant.u

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Aside from fun segments, informative discussions and celebrity interviews – recent celebrity guests have included Bridget Moynahan, Elizabeth Perkins, Joan Lunden, Marilu Henner, Carson Kressley, Josie Natori and many others. They are also super excited to highlight the plight of restaurants during the pandemic with their “Bringing New York Restaurants Back!” segment in which they showcase well-known restaurateurs and Food Network personalities such as Donatella Arpaia in order to encourage diners to support their favorite local spots – even if it’s just for pickup or delivery.


Introduces “Ladies, What The F! Fashion. Food. Fitness & Fun!” By Lauren Bens


ave you been asking yourself “what the F is going on” lately? So have cohosts Julie Sagokin (our very own Editor-in-Chief!) fitness guru Lisa Avellino, and renowned nutritionist Jacqui Justice - that is why they are announcing a rebrand of their hit 3-4 pm Sunday show on TALKRADIO 77 WABC. “Ladies, It’s Not Our Fault, It’s Our Hormones and High Heels!” which has officially changed its name to “Ladies, What the F!” Fashion. Food. Fitness & Fun! answering the question of ‘What the F is going on lately?” “Along with my two exceptional co-hosts Lisa and Jacqui, we are super excited about our newest recurring segments focused on the voices we don’t

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hear from enough, says Sagoskin. We are also spotlighting different artists, celebrities and leading health experts who are using their own voices to respond to what is going on in the world. The best part? We’re always bringing it back to Food, Fashion, Fitness and Fun!” The executive decision to include this groundbreaking show in their lineup is 77 WABC’s initiative to empower women and advance their commitment to provide a larger platform for women’s voices during these uncertain times. The pioneer show ‘What the F is going on lately?’ merges fashion and wellness and is a strong example of the stations overall movement toward creating stronger female programming.

These three dynamic personalities are also the co-founders of The Skinny Line, an all-natural line of spritzes, creams and supplements that are scientifically backed and made with safe FDA compliant carcinogen free ingredients. The program is designed to help you lose weight, build your immune system, and stay healthy. The Skinny Line aims to create a community of like-minded women has recently partnered with one very funny and famous woman who is on the same mission to educate and inspire women on how to prevent cancer and other diseases. Along with Fran Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer foundation, these two organizations are helping to spread awareness on how women can protect themselves and stay strong, slim and safe. The Skinny Line even gives 33 percent of all proceeds to Fran’s organization. “My team and I at TALKRADIO 77 WABC are excited to welcome the ladies of this inspiring, edgy, and informative show to our lineup,” says Red Apple Media and 77 WABC President Chad Lopez. “It is important that WABC radio continues to highlight and support issues facing women today and this show is a great addition to that initiative.” Make sure to tune into “Ladies, What The F! Fashion. Food. Fitness & Fun!” every Sunday at 3pm on TALKRADIO 77 WABC and subscribe to the podcast for more behind the scenes scoop and celebrity interviews. u



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