Resident Magazine - VOL 36 | ISSUE 7 | Winter 2023 - David Martin

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Editor’s Note

THE HOME AND HOLIDAY ISSUE As the festive season twinkles on the horizon, we are delighted to unveil the Holiday Edition of our beloved publication, glittering with the warmth and splendor of the season with the theme of HOME. Gracing our cover is the distinguished David Martin, the CEO of Terra Group, whose name has become synonymous with Miami's transformative skyline. Under his astute leadership, Terra Group has redefined luxury and sustainability, sculpting the cityscape into a work of art that echoes the vibrant pulse of Miami itself. David's profound understanding of architectural innovation and community impact paints every project with a stroke of genius, turning buildings into landmarks and residences into sanctuaries. In the whirlwind of glamour, our fashion editorial is a front-row ticket to the pulsating heart of Milan Fashion Week, masterfully captured through the lens of the talented Charles Barnes. The pages that follow are a sartorial journey, tracing the contours of emerging trends and timeless elegance. With the holidays upon us, indulgence becomes a ritual, and to aid you in lavishing your loved ones, we've curated an exquisite selection of luxurious gifts. Each item is a token of affection, designed to create lasting memories for both him and her. For those feeling winter wanderlust, our pages transport you to the sundrenched opulence of Santorini and Sicily. These destinations are more than mere escapes; they are the canvases for your winter stories. And for the urbanites, we explore NYC’s chic Meatpacking District, before and highlight Miami’s hotspots to immerse yourself in during the whirlwind of Art Basel Miami. As we head into the holiday season just take the time to feel gratitude towards everything that you have from loved ones, friends, health, intelligence, and all the gifts we’ve been bestowed that money can’t buy.

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A FAMILY'S MASTERY IN SHAPING MIAMI'S SKYLINE Eduardo and Luciene Cofresi: Co-Founders In the dynamic landscape of South Florida's real estate, few names resonate as profoundly as The Cofresi Group. Co-founded by the power couple Eduardo and Luciene Cofresi, this family-run enterprise has emerged as a cornerstone in transforming Miami's skyline. With an illustrious sales portfolio of over three billion dollars and a legacy built on unparalleled success, The Cofresi Group's story is one of ambition, multicultural collaboration, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Eduardo and Luciene Cofresi embody the synergy of excellence, strategy, and cultural fluency, marking them as a formidable team in the real estate industry. Since joining Fortune International in 2021, the Cofresi Group has soared to new heights, becoming a beacon of success in branded development sales. Eduardo, a visionary leader, brings his entrepreneurial spirit and strategic insight to the forefront. Luciene is the group's pillar of strength. Her Brazilian heritage adds a unique cultural depth to the team, and his proficiency in English, Spanish, and Portuguese is a crucial asset in the cosmopolitan Miami market, enhancing the group's engagement with a diverse international clientele. Together, their leadership has been paramount in securing The Cofresi Group's status as a top-selling team, consistently delivering excellence in their involvement in prestigious projects like St. Regis Residences and Baccarat Residences Brickell.

Giuliano Cofresi: The Artistic Innovator Giuliano Cofresi, the couple's son, brings a fresh and artistic approach to the family business. His background in Visual Arts and Industrial Design offers a unique perspective, blending aesthetics with practicality in real estate projects. Giuliano's role in general residential sales and his involvement in top Miami developments like the Residences by Armani Casa and Porsche Design Tower demonstrates his ability to connect with clients and his perceptive understanding of the market. Isabella Cofresi: The Global Strategist Isabella Cofresi, the daughter, is a young prodigy, amalgamating her international exposure and academic excellence in her approach to real estate. Her diverse experiences, from working at the Cannes Film Festival to being featured in Elle Magazine UK, add a distinct flair to her professional persona. Representing ORA by Casa Tua, Isabella is poised to leave a significant mark in the industry, bolstered by her global perspective and commitment to excellence.

The Cofresi Group: A Legacy Beyond Real Estate The Cofresi Group, under this formidable family's stewardship, is more than a real estate enterprise. It is a symbol of resilience, innovation, and excellence. Their expansive network, both international and domestic, has been key to their sustained success. The group's story is not just about selling properties; it's about crafting experiences, shaping communities, and redefining luxury living. As they continue to represent some of the most prestigious developments in South Florida, The Cofresi

Group's influence extends far beyond sales figures and accolades. It is about a family's unwavering commitment to excellence and their indelible impact on Miami's real estate landscape. In their journey, they exemplify the power of vision, family unity, and cultural diversity, setting a benchmark of distinction. In the ever-evolving tapestry of South Florida's real estate, The Cofresi Group remains a beacon of innovation and excellence, driven by a family's shared dream and a relentless pursuit of greatness.

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5 big trend takeaways from

MILAN FASHION WEEK SPRING SUMMER 2024 A quick recap of trends from some of the biggest names By Beasley Nester

Photographed by

Charles Barnes As LA Fashion Week rolls in, we’re still reeling over Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2024 collections. From bold colors to futuristic fabrics, here is a wrap-up of some top trends straight from the runway.


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BOLD COLORS Runways dazzled in vibrant shades of oranges, blues, and yellows. Designs embodied warmer seasons and climates in the form of bright bags, mini dresses, and summery beach wear. Benetton kept colors fresh and retro, while Missoni used intricate patterns to capture the eye and turn heads. Each design shaded the runway in a kaleidoscope of colors.

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ART-INSPIRED With details resembling the stroke of a paintbrush, abstract patterns and prints filled the runaways. Loora Pwd by designer and owner Loora Wang made its Milan debut this year and decorated models with pieces that struck with femininity. Philip Plein felt fresh with the combination of streetwear and abstract design.

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OVERSIZED SILHOUETTES Oversized clothing continues to steer the course and evolve. Exaggerated lengths mixed with loose silhouettes to the frame create a balance of structure and comfort. Oversized jackets on maxi skirts and large T-shirts were sent down many runways this season, though each carried a different aura.

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FUTURISTIC LOOK AND FEEL Oversized clothing continues to steer the course and evolve. Exaggerated lengths mixed with loose silhouettes to the frame create a balance of structure and comfort. Oversized jackets on maxi skirts and large T-shirts were sent down many runways this season, though each carried a different aura. Missoni

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SHEER FABRICS Translucent blouses and dresses created feminine allure throughout several collections. Philosophy stunned viewers with floral and romantic fabrics while Calcaterra kept with the baggy-chic feel. These looks encaptured what it means to make a statement while maintaining a sense of sleek elegance.


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BUILDING THE FUTURE OF MIAMI A Conversation with David Martin of Terra By Brandon Travin

Resident Magazine: We are delighted to have you with us, David, to chat with today about not only you but also your business, the Terra. With an impressive portfolio boasting 5 million square feet across Miami and a valuation of 8 billion dollars in both commercial and residential sectors, it’s a pleasure to have you here. Why don’t we start with you sharing with us some of your journey and the story of Terra? David Martin: I’m a Miami native, and my relationship with this city is a long-standing one. After completing my education, I ventured into entrepreneurship by founding Terra in a modest executive suite back in 2001. Over the last two decades, as Miami has blossomed from a vibrant young city to a bustling international hub, our firm has paralleled this growth. Initially, we were heavily focused on residential projects, but we’ve since expanded into a multifaceted portfolio that includes industrial, hospitality, office, retail, and more while keeping our core focus on South Florida, specifically Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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RM: I’m sure being a native has not only inspired but also nurtured your passion and pursuit for success. Could you elaborate on what draws you to invest so much of your energy and resources into the residential scene here? DM: Miami is a unique blend of youthful energy and international allure, which I find utterly captivating. It's a melting pot of cultures and is something I became fascinated with during my college days when I started a coffee shop. Witnessing the hub of activity and positive energy there was exhilarating. This experience propelled me to focus on creating environments that enhance people’s lives. Miami is home — I'm raising my family here with my two children, Colette and David — and there’s a profound satisfaction in contributing to the community that surrounds my own family. At Terra, we emphasize neighborhood strategies, developing multiple projects within key areas like Miami Beach and Coconut Grove. It's about more than just construction; it’s about crafting legacies and fostering community growth in a tangible, positive way. | 37

COVER | RESIDENT RM: Connecting your personal growth with that of the city, it seems natural that way of thinking would bleed into Terra. With one of your projects, Five Park, can you share the progress and your personal sentiments regarding this development? DM: Five Park is a unique project as community engagement plays a significant role. We transformed an underutilized property, a previously an abandoned hospital, into a vibrant area. Our approach involved engaging with the local community, proposing a beneficial trade-off: more height for more public amenities. The result was overwhelming support and unanimous commission backing. We've dedicated five out of seven acres to public amenities, creating what we believe will be a model for future park design with sustainability at its core. We’ve integrated features like a water cleaning system with wells for the South Beach basin and Biscayne Bay's preservation. The bridge aspect of Five Park also exemplifies our innovative approach, bridging a crucial gap in Miami Beach's walkways, which is symbolic of our broader aim to connect and enhance community spaces. RM: It’s clear that your roots in Miami play a role in your vision for its development. How do you engage with the community to understand and integrate their feedback into your projects? DM: Our approach is one of deep, sustained community interaction. We hold numerous meetings, whether on our properties, at city commission hearings, or within neighborhood association gatherings. Miami Beach is a community that is vocal and engaged in its future, and we strive to align the interests of the government, residents, and businesses to effect positive, transformative changes. It's a collaborative effort, ensuring that every project we undertake is not just a development for its own sake but a beneficial addition to the fabric of the community. RM: Leadership often requires managing a range of elements and a large team. When it comes to leadership or operations of a team, what style resonates with you, and do you have any tips or insights that have served you well in guiding your team?

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DM: At Terra, our nearly 100-strong team operates on a foundation of core principles and values. We prioritize integrity, generosity, ingenuity, and artistry. These aren’t just words to us, as they are the cornerstones of every project we undertake. In South Florida alone, the neighborhoods we engage with have diverse needs. We're not just talking about the broad strokes like stormwater management or the necessity for more green spaces. There's also the critical aspect of education and addressing underserved areas. Our approach involves a thorough assessment of these community needs. A notable aspect of our work, particularly in Miami Beach, is the focus on historic preservation. This isn't just about safeguarding the city's architectural legacy. It's a strategic effort to conserve affordable housing and protect the community against the impacts of gentrification. We strongly believe in the value of mixed-income communities so those of all walks of life can interact, share spaces, and benefit from one another's cultures and experiences. The role of a developer involves envisioning and shaping the future of our cities. My incredible team embodies humility, competitiveness, and an unyielding work ethic. They are not just workers; they're problem solvers who are keenly aware of the industry's challenges and constraints and are always ready to mitigate and tackle issues proactively. RM: So, it's an ongoing process that starts with identification and then requires a strong team for implementation and constant adjustment, you’d say? DM: Our projects are crafted with discipline, and tried-and-tested parameters guide them. But confidence in our approach doesn't negate the need for adaptability. We're constantly adjusting to environmental concerns, economic fluctuations, and shifting interest rates. Adaptation and evolution are essential, and I strive to foster an organizational culture that evolves alongside the industry's demands. Since 2001, our company's growth and transformation have been a testament to this adaptive ethos. RM: It seems like a never-ending learning cycle for entrepreneurs. Speaking of collaboration, you have several exciting part-

nerships, especially in the food and beverage sector for your buildings. Can you tell us more about those? DM: We've cultivated relationships with landowners, capital partners, and culinary artists. Each brings unique contributions to our projects. Understanding and valuing each partner's perspective is crucial for any successful collaboration. People today crave a certain lifestyle, and our partners — like the Cipriani family, Major Food Group, and chefs like Michael Schwartz — help us to create an exceptional living experience within our buildings. As people spend more time at home, the integration of these services becomes a distinctive advantage, enhancing the building's appeal and residents' satisfaction RM: Terra has formed valuable and established partnerships with renowned names like Mr. C and Michael Schwartz. How did these partnerships come about? DM: The Ciprianis not only excel in food and beverage but also in hospitality with their Mr. C brand. This synergy led to a joint residential project in Coconut Grove, complete with a market cafe set to launch in the near future. The insight from these partnerships is invaluable. For instance, we observed a trend where empty nesters prefer to move from larger homes to more compact yet luxurious residential buildings. This shift away from the grandeur of sprawling estates to the convenience and community found in our projects like Park Grove and the Grand Bay has been quite revealing. Food and beverage professionals interact with their clientele daily and must continually exceed expectations. Applying that same customer-centric discipline to the residential experience has proven to be incredibly beneficial, enhancing the lives of our residents and, consequently, attracting discerning buyers to our projects. RM: Certainly, it's incredible. With the level of customer service required in restaurants, it seems they must collaborate closely with you daily. Finding that common ground and really making a difference is commendable. And it's exciting to hear about your involvement in Brickell with the Underline project. | 39


DM: Indeed, the Underline is quite a transformative project. Its inception began in Brickell as a 10-mile stretch designed to enhance connectivity. Transportation in South Florida doesn't quite measure up to what you'd find in other major cities. A large part of that is due to Miami's unique growth pattern and timing. During the ’80s and ’90s, Miami-Dade County made a significant investment in the metro rail system — an above-ground commuter network to alleviate this issue. So, the underline is an example of a public amenity that I think will attract more and more people to want to live close to transit. An essential aspect of sustainable urban development is encouraging residents to live closer to transit hubs, considering both housing and transportation costs. Our executive director, Meg Daly, had a personal incident biking under the metro rail, which spurred the creation of the Underline. She envisioned a green infrastructure initiative that would not only enhance but revitalize both urban and suburban landscapes in South Florida.

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We celebrated a milestone with the groundbreaking of our final phase about two weeks ago. The Underline exemplifies a public amenity that draws more people to live near transit areas despite the common perception in Miami that proximity to transit is undesirable. Our recent project, Grove Central at the Coconut Grove metro station, encapsulates this philosophy. We constructed around 400 apartments and 170,000 square feet of retail space with notable tenants such as Target and Sprouts. This is more than a transit-oriented development; it's about creating transit-oriented communities. The goal is to integrate the surrounding urban fabric with the metro stations, making transit a more appealing choice for residents. Both the county and city authorities are focused on increasing density and promoting workforce housing near transit to provide accessible living options that fit within people's budgets. By contributing to the Underline, we're advocating for this approach — building communities that embrace transit, reduce living costs, and enhance quality of life.

RM: That sounds like a pivotal project for Miami, both economically and in factors of sustainability. Integrating the city through transit and changing the mindset towards public transportation would be quite the feat. DM: Our work isn't confined to Miami alone, as we're engaged in projects across West Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade County. We have both urban and suburban strategies tailored to the region's diverse cities — over 30 in MiamiDade County alone. We’re active in many of these municipalities, and while we've been approached with opportunities in New York, Dallas, Atlanta, Orlando, and Tampa, our primary focus is local. We invest elsewhere, but our development and construction efforts are deeply rooted here. This regional focus stems from our desire to make well-informed, locally-sensitive decisions. New markets can hold unseen challenges that we're more equipped to address in our familiar territory. South Florida has a robust

pipeline of projects, and our in-depth expertise here negates the need to expand elsewhere at this point. RM: That’s a deep commitment to Miami, a city you've known all your life. Given this focus, what’s your perspective on the Miami market? Is it a good time for people to invest in real estate here? DM: The timing for investing in Miami depends on the asset class. In residential real estate, there's a scarcity of listings, indicating that demand outstrips supply. Construction costs are rising, and Miami is just beginning to unfold its potential — I would say we're in the "second inning." I've always been advised to think in 20-year real estate cycles. We are long-term bullish on Miami and encourage those who can adopt a long-term strategy to invest in our city. What distinguishes Miami and South Florida is their welcoming nature towards foreigners, allowing them to feel at home. This open-

mindedness is one of our city's most endearing and inviting traits. RM: The inclusivity one finds in Miami is palpable — inviting, even. Do you believe that the various scenes, such as the art, music, and overall culture, are part of its everdeveloping allure? DM: The cultural tapestry of Miami is rich and ever-evolving. Today alone, I met with a food and beverage operator from Detroit. Miami attracts entrepreneurs and creatives from across the country — Chicago, Boston and New York. They’re all eager to contribute to our vibrant community. This influx is creating a unique blend of commerce, lifestyle and tourism experiences that are unparalleled. Entertainment and culture here are why there's so much excitement about Miami's future.

line. As a steward of urban development, Martin is not just constructing spaces; he’s curating experiences that meld community needs with sustainable progress. His dedication to engaging with the local community, fostering longterm partnerships, and emphasizing adaptability and innovation solidifies Terra’s role in crafting a vibrant, inclusive Miami. The city’s dynamic evolution inspires entrepreneurs and creatives like Martin, who are driven to contribute to its tapestry of cultures, lifestyles, and opportunities. With Terra’s finger firmly on the pulse of the community's heartbeat, Miami’s development’s future is bright, connected, and brimming with potential. To experience the live interview with David Martin and Brandon Travin, scan here

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A Conversation with Grant Cardone on 'The Wealth Creation Formula' and Beyond By Michael Travin

Today, we're excited to catch up and dive deeper into your recent experiences, especially considering the release of your latest book, The Wealth Creation Formula. Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable insights with us once again. We're eager to explore how your journey has evolved and how your mission to empower individuals in their pursuit of financial success continues to inspire. Without further ado, let's get started. Resident Magazine: Grant, it's great to catch up since our last interview in February 2023. Can you share what you've been up to personally and professionally since then? Grant: Personally, I have been spending a lot of time making sure I am in the best spiritual and emotional shape of my life to handle the upcoming struggles the world will face. My business continues to defy all the troubles in the world somehow, and we have added about $200M in real estate holdings. Just since the last time we talked, the world seems to accelerate from one worldwide crisis to the next: COVID-19, Ukraine, inflation, the Fed raising rates 11 times, and now Israel and the Gaza Strip, and the world is getting increasingly fragile. RM: In your latest book, "The Wealth Creation Formula," you discuss the three phases of wealth building. How have these phases

evolved in your own life, especially considering your recent experiences? Grant: Phase 1: Earned Income. The first phase in professional life is when you start to take care of yourself and get a job. Earned income encompasses most of the population in America, whereby people trade time for money and attempt to unsuccessfully keep their expenses below what they earned. This is a failed experiment called the middle class that makes up not just the lower middle class but even the upper middle class. Not because people spend too much, but because the cost of living and especially taxes on earned income rob the middle class of their ability to ever truly get ahead and build real wealth. Phase 2: Investment Income. The next level of income is where wealth starts to be created independent from earned income for the investment but whereby the individual, for the first time, invests money in assets that will provide passive income independent from time invested. This is the lowest taxed income and is vital for wealth creation. Most people improve the quality of their living standards when they get promotions, bonuses or commissions rather than investing. In contrast, those who seek to create wealth will not momentarily improve the quality of living but rather the quality of their investments to one day use passive income to improve their quality of living. Earned income is taxed as high as 39% on the federal level,

and passive income will pay tax on dividends at under 20% and from real estate, it could be zero due to some of the benefits of investing in income producing real estate. Phase 3: Wealth Scaling. The wealth scaling is where the individual now waits for the investments in their assets to compound over long periods of time—waiting for time to pass rather than trading time for earned income. Wealth investment scaling is only created by making investments, holding for long periods and avoiding tax implications, which is the GREATEST thief of wealth creation. RM: You've emphasized the importance of passive income. Could you provide an example from your recent endeavors of how passive income has played a significant role in your financial success? Grant: While I work very hard in my 11 companies, I only take a small salary from one. I do not desire earned income. That being said, the companies need to earn income to pay salaries to over 1,000 employees and partners who work with us so they can pay their bills, improve their quality of life, but most importantly, heed my advice and invest to create long term wealth for themselves. The easiest way to do that is to either buy a stock that provides a dividend or invest in a specific type of real estate that offers dependable and recurring passive income. My goal is to earn more passive income than | 43


earned income because 1) it works when I don’t or can’t, and 2) it is taxed at much lower rates. RM: Given your intense focus on building generational wealth, how have you incorporated this concept into your family's financial education and planning? Grant: I never believed in “get rich quick” because of my upbringing. It was hard. I experienced struggle and a lack of good fortune (luck). There was never a possibility of being born into it or having the right connections, so I knew I had to go the long route. Get rich for sure, not get rich quick. Seeking to build not just income or a big savings account, I sought ways to build wealth that would outlive my time here. That means you have to work on more than just your talents, products, and services but invest beyond your skill set and wait for those things to take care of you when your talents or services are no longer valuable to the world. RM: The pursuit of financial freedom is a common goal. Can you share any recent insights or strategies from your book that have personally impacted your financial freedom journey?

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Grant: The people who seek financial freedom, not just money and lifestyle, tend to find it without exception. Unfortunately, most people think the car, a watch and $1,000 shoes are the life, but they are NOT. True financial freedom is about buying choices and is NOT sold at stores. The ability to fire a customer, get rid of a situation, fight back against unscrupulous lawyers, and have a free voice, knowing someone may attempt to cancel you or hurt your business, are things you cannot buy and only come with true financial freedom. That being said, I know some very wealthy people who, despite their fortunes, still fear being canceled, as they are not willing to risk any of their wealth. Financial freedom offers many opportunities the wealthy never talk about in public. Being able to fly the world with my family and grow my business, homeschooling my kids and sharing real life experiences as we travel the world with our kids gives my wife and me experiences we would not have if our kids were still in the school system. Being able to hire great people. Let’s face it: money doesn’t buy everything, but it sure as hell is what super talented people expect in order to work with you. But mostly the freedom of not worrying every time you spend money. The freedom and quality of life that

comes from NOT having to worry about every purchase is real to me because I grew up where our family worried about every dollar we spent. The Job Hate Trap - First off, let me say that I believe a job is one of the greatest things a person is offered in life. A job is where you can express yourself, become creative, solve problems and work with others. A job gives you some small or large purpose daily to accomplish something. Unfortunately, most people look at a job as a bad thing and never get great at it, so they will never be promoted or paid extra to do the work they do. Everyone is seemingly trying to get out of a job and then traps themselves into hating the job they have to simply pay bills. The job hate trap suggests you hate the job you have cause you have to have the job you have. Get great at those things you hate, and you will not only be promoted, but you may end up owning the entire industry. The Piggy Bank Trap - Saving money for a rainy day will only get you a rainy day. Saving money is an indication of those who have no idea what to do with their money, and by the way, you aren’t saving it; you are destroying it. Only banks and Wall Street benefit from YOU saving money. Your money is being devalued,

earning almost nothing and the very places where you “save it” don’t even leave it at their banks and instead lend the money out. The Misinformation Trap - What you believe to be true and is NOT- is keeping you from your wealth. These I refer to as "House Rules,” “Indoctrination,” or “Money Myths.” There are many, and most of us have been indoctrinated by these myths: buy a house, save your money, don’t use debt, diversify your investments, get a college degree, prepare for retirement.” NONE of these things are what wealthy people do to create their wealth. And no matter how many times Warren Buffett says he would invest in EFT or index funds, he NEVER has. The White Picket Fence "The American Dream" Trap - You think that house is going to make you happy, but it will not, and it is likely

NOT to make you money. It is certain to cost you money to take care of it, furnish it, paint and roof it, trap you in one location longer than you want, and cost you double in mortgage payments than it would cost. And don’t kid yourself. You never actually own it; try not paying your property taxes, and you will find out the state owns your home. RM: In our last interview, you mentioned your daughters are learning about money and passive income. Can you share more about the specific financial education you provide them to ensure they are well-prepared for the future? Grant: Our kids work for us, and we pay them a salary. Only the IRS knows how much. They have performance contracts they must fulfill. They are NOT given allowances. I take the

money they are paid each year and invest in our real estate at Cardone Capital, where they then get monthly distributions, and that is what they can spend each month. They learn how to manage money by doing so. By the way, the kids qualify as “write-offs,” and the investments they make each year will grow over time, and they are only spending from passive income, not their earned income. RM: With your busy schedule, how do you maintain a balance between your family life and your numerous business ventures? Grant: The way I balance my life is I don’t seek to balance life, but instead, I create a life that works for us. I am never more than 5 minutes from my work, no matter where my offices are. That way, I am not spending time on the road. I only get involved with businesses that allow | 45

PROFILE | RESIDENT me to move from one business to the other easily, and in fact, improving one company should actually improve the other eleven. I also don’t work with people I don’t like, and my family rolls with me 90% of the time. This is where the financial freedom kicks in. Knowing passive income is coming in and I can depend on and trust it is coming is very freeing and allows us to move more easily through life. RM: You've mentioned that your daughters have investments in CARDONE Capital, your real estate portfolio. Can you elaborate on how real estate can be a reliable source of passive income and wealth building for individuals, especially those starting with limited capital? Grant: Despite the handful of times in history where the banking industry and debt markets get disturbed, real estate that cash flows and is NOT over encumbered always works. Right now, we are going through that, and while values will be negatively impacted, the income should still be there. Those, however, who take on too much debt and are not disciplined in the properties they buy will pay a price. RM: Given your daughters' involvement in financial matters, what advice do you have for parents who aspire to help their children achieve financial independence at a young age? Grant: Do NOT pay your kids an allowance; get them away from other kids, especially the entitled ones, get them working before they are out of school, and allow them to contribute to your household and start today. Lastly, if you can figure out how to remove them from the public and private schools and instead homeschool them, you will thank me later. RM: We all face challenges on our journey to success. What keeps you and your family personally motivated and focused on your financial goals? Grant: What keeps me motivated is the target. I lay out very specific targets I want to reach and then do everything possible, including meeting the right people, learning the right skills, and investing the necessary resources to achieve the target. And all the targets are precise and

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very large while substantially improving the lives of those I love and our partners, investors and customers. Keeping all that in mind, I am super grateful for where I am right now, but I am not satisfied and will not be satisfied until I make a bigger impact on improving conditions for many. RM: You touched on how the younger generation views money and success differently. Can you share your perspective on how the evolving economic landscape, including technology and digital assets, is influencing the way young people approach wealth building? Grant: Everything is about to change, and at the same time, nothing will change. Most people, unfortunately, will never have money because they won’t wake up to the fact of their indoctrination. It is popular today to hate money and wealth and possessions, as though those things can somehow make people unhappy. The truth is you can’t buy happiness if you’re rich, and you can’t rent it either. Neither money nor poverty has a claim to happiness. Today, technology changes with AI and the blockchain could disrupt currency exchanges, but people will still depend on people, and whoever has the greatest people skills will have an advantage. RM: You mentioned that your businesses have given you more time off and a different set of problems. How do you and your family strike a balance between pursuing your passion and ensuring financial success in your ventures? Grant: I only do things I am passionate about, and I never get involved in a business that cannot be profitable. There is virtually nothing I do in my life that I don’t become passionate about and nothing where I don’t think someone can profit—even our non-profit,, profits inner city kids who need direction, mentoring and financial skills. RM: Can you recommend specific books or resources that have had a significant impact on your own journey towards financial success, especially any recent ones?

Grant: I am just finishing Common Stock and Common Profits and the Psychology of Money. RM: You suggested that "The 10x Rule" could be a valuable read, especially in challenging economic times. How can individuals apply the principles from this book to navigate economic downturns and still strive for wealth creation? Grant: With the upcoming recession that is sure to shake Americans to their core, you better learn how to think in multipliers. Not just in money but in effort. The 10X Rule suggests if you think it is going to take X to accomplish something, multiply by 10, and you may be close. RM: Lastly, you've mentioned that your latest book stems from three decades of studying the wealthy and their strategies. Can you share a pivotal moment or realization from your recent experiences that inspired you to write this book and share these insights with others? Grant:The wealth creation formula is a very specific step-by-step validated process used by me for 40 years and the wealth for hundreds. Earn income > invest in assets > reinvest in assets > only improve the quality of life from passive income > wait for assets to increase in value > borrow against assets without ever selling > and avoid taxes at all costs. Thank you, Grant, for taking the time to share your deep insights and experiences with us today. Your perspective on wealth creation and financial freedom is invaluable, especially given the complex and rapidly evolving landscape we find ourselves navigating. We appreciate your candid discussions about the three phases of wealth building, the importance of passive income, and the practical steps you're taking to ensure your daughters are financially savvy from a young age. We wish you immense success with your new book, "The Wealth Creation Formula," and are excited to see how it will further empower individuals on their journey to financial mastery. | 47


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THE MAN BEHIND AVI & CO.'S FIRST PRIVATE-LABEL WATCHES Opens New Store in the Miami Design District By Brandon Travin

You may know the inspiring tale of Avi, the entrepreneur who moved from Israel to New York City at the age of 14, fueled by dreams that most would deem larger than life. At just 16, he already aspired to own his own business. But what do we really know about the man who has been reshaping the luxury timepiece market? With his family-owned venture, Avi sells rare luxury timepieces from the heart of two iconic locations: New York City's Diamond District and Miami’s Design District. Recently, he launched his own line of Avi & Co. Limited Edition timepieces, with high-end, GIA-certified diamond jewelry coming soon. But aside from being a trailblazer in the industry, Avi is a proud husband, son, and father of five. In an exclusive interview for Resident Magazine, Brandon Travin delves into the life of a visionary who has turned timekeeping into an art form. From the bustling streets of New York City's Diamond District to the chic quarters of Miami's Design District, Avi has carved a niche in the luxury timepiece market. Here, he shares his story, his inspiration, and a sneak peek into the future of Avi & Co.

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PROFILE | RESIDENT RM: Avi, thank you for inviting us to your new Miami store. It's a testament to your brand’s success. To start, could you share what has been the cornerstone of your motivation since your teenage years? Avi: Absolutely. For me, it was about crafting a legacy. At 14, moving to New York, I was captivated by the dream of building something that would stand the test of time, much like the timepieces I admired. RM: Speaking of timepieces, launching your own line of Avi & Co. Limited Edition watches must be exhilarating. What sparked this ambitious venture? Avi: After years in the market, I noticed a craving among connoisseurs for unique, personalized timepieces. This inspired our Limited Edition line – a blend of luxury and exclusivity. RM: Moving from the iconic New York City's Diamond District to Miami’s Design District must have been a significant shift. How does the Miami business atmosphere compare to New York? Avi: It’s a refreshing change. New York was about the back-office work, while Miami is where I can engage directly with clients. It’s a more relational environment here, focusing on building lasting connections. RM: That emphasis on relationships seems to be a core part of your business philosophy. How do you cultivate these business relationships and partnerships? Avi: They’re cultivated with care over time. I see my clients as friends, which transcends the usual business dynamic. This approach has been key to building trust and loyalty throughout my 20-plus years in the industry. RM: And when it comes to your clientele, how do you ensure they leave with a watch that's right for them? Avi: I hand-select each piece, considering its future value and appeal. It’s a tailored process where understanding a client’s lifestyle and preferences is as important as the watch itself.

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RM: I imagine that approach ties into the investment side of Avi & Co. Can you elaborate on that? Avi: Absolutely. It’s about mutual safety in the value of the investment. By setting fair prices and providing honest information, I’ve fostered a clientele that returns and refers, which is invaluable. RM: Your stores are strategically placed in two of the most vibrant districts known for luxury. What led you to these locations? Avi: They’re the epitome of luxury and culture. These districts resonate with the Avi & Co. brand and are the ideal backdrop for our clientele. RM: As you talk about your business, it's clear family is central to your life. How do you balance the demands of Avi & Co. with your role as a husband and father? Avi: My family is my foundation. Balancing isn't easy, but it's about time management and setting priorities that reflect my commitment to them. RM: With a full house of five children, what are the values you're keen to pass down?

Avi: The essence of hard work and integrity. I want them to learn that nothing worth having comes easy and that doing things the right way always pays off. RM: In a market brimming with competition, what sets Avi & Co. apart? Avi: Our edge lies in rarity and quality. We don’t just sell watches; we provide pieces that are hard to find and easy to covet. RM: As we wrap up, our readers would love a glimpse into the future of Avi & Co. Any insights you can share? Avi: We’re branching into GIA-certified diamond jewelry, which is something our customers can look forward to with great anticipation. RM: Your journey is an inspiration. Before we conclude, what advice would you give to our aspiring entrepreneur readers? Avi: Hard work and dedication are irreplaceable. They are the cornerstones of any success story, including mine.

entrepreneurs and his dedication to his family and clients provide a multifaceted insight into the makings of a successful luxury brand. For more on Avi & Co. and their exquisite offerings, reach out through their channels or visit in person or their storefronts online. Locations: Miami 53 NE 40th Street Miami, FL 33137-3509 New York City 15 West 47th Street 2nd Floor, Suite 200 New York, NY 10036 Web: Instagram: @aviandco To experience the live interview with Avi at the new Avi & Co Maimi Design District location, scan here

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DEUNA HOLDINGS Bringing Sustainable Luxury Homes to The Hamptons By MICHAEL TRAVIN

An In-Depth Conversation with Hezi Mena and Stefano Braganti Can spec homes be beautiful, architecturally significant, luxurious, and sustainable? A visionary development company in The Hamptons, spearheaded by co-founders Hezi Mena and Stefano Braganti, says yes, they can. Their firm, DeUna Holdings, is revolutionizing luxury housing in The Hamptons, where historically, sustainability has not been the driving ethos for most builders or their clients. Operating under the mission statement, "where luxury meets sustainability," DeUna has set its sights on transforming the future of home design and build on the tony East End. By leveraging cutting-edge technology and materials, the company offers high-end, net-zero homes without sacrificing comfort or luxury. Mena and Braganti are committed to more than just financial returns; they aim to make a significant, measurable social impact. With a focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ideals, their work leaves a positive mark on the communities they touch. Their three Hamptons homes currently in development, with one nearing completion, promise a luxurious lifestyle with low environmental impact. And the initial collection is just the beginning for this forward-thinking company; future plans call for additional spec and custom homes in this coveted market.

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Hezi Mena brings over two decades of comprehensive experience in real estate, including business development, marketing, financial analysis, and design engineering. His prowess in seamlessly synchronizing design and construction elements has been instrumental in successfully executing large-scale projects for various clients, ranging from architects to institutions and developers.

Stefano Braganti, an entrepreneur at the intersection of real estate and technology, marries his engineering expertise with a passion for sustainable development. With over ten years of experience in the industry, Stefano has been involved in a myriad of projects, from luxurious single-family homes to large multi-family apartment buildings. His knack for problemsolving continuously propels him to explore and launch innovative solutions that positively impact both businesses and individual lives.

Michael: Let's start by getting to know you a little bit. Tell us about how DeUna Holdings started. How did your partnership begin?

responsibly in the 21st century. For us, "where luxury meets sustainability" isn't just a tagline—it's a philosophy that guides every decision we make. For a long time, these two ideals have been treated as mutually exclusive; we're proving that they can coexist. Why should a home that is beautiful and luxurious not also be self-sustainable and environmentally responsible? In our upcoming collection in the Hamptons, we are bringing this vision to life.

Stefano: Our official partnership has been in place for a couple of years now, but our relationship extends far beyond that—around 12 to 13 years, to be precise. Interestingly, I began working under Hezi’s mentorship in my first job, and from there, our professional relationship became a friendship and eventually grew into this partnership. Your company, DeUna Holdings, operates under the ethos, "where luxury meets sustainability." Tell us more about this vision. Hezi: We are not just building homes; we're showing what it means to live luxuriously and

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Tell us more about the first collection of homes in the Hamptons and what sets them apart! Stefano: We’ve embarked on building three exquisite properties in the Hamptons, two in East and one in Sag Harbor. We're striving for consistency in design—each home spans

approximately 7,000 to 11,500 square feet, and sits on a one- to 1.8-acre lot. All homes feature seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms. We have focused on incorporating wellness and quality of living with an array of upscale amenities such as wellness centers and gyms, infinity swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms, wine cellars, and home theaters. Each home is a masterpiece of modern design. Hezi: From a materials standpoint, these homes are dramatically different than most, if not all, of the Hamptons inventory, due to their unique use of concrete as the homes’ primary structure. Concrete offers unmatched structural performance in a residential setting, yet is rarely used in American single-family builds, though it is overseas. Our concrete homes offer unparalleled strength and durability while significantly reducing energy consumption, further underscoring our commitment to sustainability. Further in the vein of sustainability, the houses are powered by solar panels and supported by storage batteries, offering homeowners the luxury of almost non-existent electricity bills. We're connected to the grid, but not reliant on it. Instead, we see it as a backup, a safety net for the rare instances when the solar panels and storage batteries might not suffice. Each home is also equipped with a full suite of energy-efficient appliances from Miele. You mentioned consistency in design programs. Is there a difference in the aesthetic design? Hezi: Absolutely! Each home was designed by a different locally-known architect and varied in aesthetic design to harmonize with their specific locales. This is how we will also build going forward. For instance, our East Hampton properties lean towards a more contemporary aesthetic, while the Sag Harbor residence resembles a modern farmhouse. We're sensitive to the existing architectural norms of the areas we build in, ensuring our homes complement their land and surroundings. | 57


There is an intentional balance that is struck by maintaining core structural elements that are constant—such as square footage, amenities, and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms— while allowing the exterior and interior designs to be molded by the specific environment. This offers a unique yet cohesive portfolio of homes. The first home in the collection, located at 8 Barnes Avenue in East Hampton, is just about complete— congrats! Tell us more about it! Stefano: 8 Barnes Avenue is a 7-bed, 9-bath contemporary estate, sitting on over an acre of land and spanning nearly 11,000 square feet. It boasts beautiful white European Oak floors throughout and is filled with luxury amenities such as an EFFE sauna and steam room, filtered shower heads, a home theater, a wine cellar, an infinity pool, a jacuzzi and a sundeck, just to mention a few. The main living area is accentuated with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that allow light and air to flow through the

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home, complemented by column-free interior spaces that create seamless transitions from room-to-room.

ury amenities and eco-friendly design features we have mentioned and are only a few months behind 8 Barnes.

My favorite part of the home is the monumental 22-foot fireplace in the main living area, featuring supersize slabs of Premium Grigio Argento Marble hand-picked by the architect, Enrico Tognoni, and imported from the Italian quarries of Carrara. It’s on the market with Nest Seekers for $7,500,000. We are set to finish construction in February 2024. Anyone interested in learning more about 8 Barnes Avenue can visit the listing on the Nest Seekers website.

Shifting gears a bit, how is the current market affecting your business, and what kind of buyers are showing interest?

What are your plans for the other two homes? Hezi: The two other homes in the collection are located at 1694 Millstone Road in Sag Harbor and 9 Blue Jay Way in East Hampton. They are designed by OEE Studio and DXA Studio, respectively. Both include all of the lux-

Hezi: The market remains strong in our price range, and is not significantly affected by rising interest rates. We're seeing a diverse pool of interest, including from international buyers, but one thing they all share is a passion for sustainability and architecturally significant design. Are you looking for additional investors? What can you tell us about that? Stefano: Yes, we are currently raising capital for additional development throughout The Hamptons. We have already identified sites and opportunities for development. If anyone is interested in learning more about DeUna, they can visit

On a business note, as entrepreneurs in the luxury real estate sector, what advice would you give to others looking to break into the industry? Hezi: Entrepreneurship is a challenging journey, but one that can be rewarding through meticulous planning and understanding of the inherent risks of building spec homes. I’d advise other builders to know their market inside and out; though we were initially drawn to the Hamptons by its natural beauty, by doing our research, we realized that the environmental ethos was not really at play in this market, and identified the opportunity to do something different there that truly helped push us over the hump. Finally, on a more personal note, I am always interested in finding the best food in the best restaurants here and abroad. As someone with roots in New York and Italy, please share some of your favorite restaurant recommendations. Stefano: Of course. In NYC, my go-to place is Piccola Cucina Uptown. It is hard to beat for authenticity, quality and ambiance. If you find yourself in Italy, especially Sicily, make sure to try the unique treat of granita served inside a croissant for breakfast. You will not be disappointed! Hezi: Stefano and I disagree about the best Italian in the City! For me, Il Buco can do no wrong! And they recently opened an outpost in the Hamptons, called Il Buco Al Mar, in Amagansett. Each Labor Day, they kick off the summer with a barbeque where you sample all their signature dishes. For a Hamptons foodie, this one-day-only event is not to be missed. As our conversation with Hezi Mena and Stefano Braganti comes to an end, one thing is abundantly clear: DeUna Holdings is not merely constructing houses—they are engineering lifestyles of the future. Mena and Braganti's synergistic blend of experience, innovation, and passion makes them pioneers in marrying luxury and sustainability. In an era where both are deemed crucial yet often seen as mutually exclusive, DeUna's mission speaks to a brighter, greener future for real estate. We look forward to the ripple effect this visionary duo will undoubtedly create throughout the second home market. | 59



Meet Cecilia Hinojosa Your Premier South Florida Real Estate Expert! With 25+ years of experience, Cecilia has excelled in a wide array of real estate transactions, from new construction sales to residential land, resale properties and real estate investments. Her deep local market insights and unwavering client dedication have transformed dreams into realities for over 500 families. Cecilia's passion for design and architecture, coupled with her bachelor’s degrees from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), helps provide her with a keen eye for detail in every transaction. Based in Brickell since 2008, she serves clients in premier South Florida areas of Brickell, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, South Miami, Pinecrest, South Beach, Miami Beach, and Wellington. Her equestrian background adds a unique understanding of the Wellington housing market. Recognized for record-breaking sales and consecutive industry awards in 2020, 2021, and 2022, Cecilia is a highly skilled real estate expert. Her commitment to clients, expertise and sharp market knowledge make her a top choice for buyers and sellers in South Florida.

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AN EPITOME OF COASTAL ELEGANCE The $26 Million Oceanfront Residence in Miami Beach's Altos Del Mar A Celebration of Architectural Brilliance and Unsurpassed Luxury

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INTRODUCING AN EXTRAORDINARY SLICE OF COASTAL PARADISE If opulence could be captured in walls and windows, it would manifest as this stunning $26 million oceanfront estate located at 7833 Atlantic Way, Miami Beach, Florida, 33141. Back on the market and available for both sale and rent, this residence is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that promises an unprecedented blend of luxury and tranquility. LOCATION: A GEM AMIDST THE CITY'S HUSTLE Situated in the heart of Miami Beach, this property offers the ultimate luxury—privacy. Nestled within Altos Del Mar, the only private gated community in the city, you're not just buying a home; you're acquiring a lifestyle characterized by exclusivity and serenity. | 63


ARCHITECTURAL SPLENDOR: DESIGNED FOR LIFE Spanning an impressive 6,500 square feet on a 16,000 square-foot lot, this tri-level architectural marvel is nothing short of a masterpiece. Featuring seven bedrooms and nine full bathrooms, along with an additional half-bath, the home is a blend of modern elegance and functional design. With Italian porcelain floors running across each level, the interiors exhibit a warm sophistication that feels both inviting and grand.

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CULINARY DELIGHTS: A GOURMET'S DREAM COME TRUE For the culinary connoisseur, this estate features not one but three fully equipped, custom kitchens stocked with high-end appliances. Whether you're entertaining a lavish party or savoring an intimate dinner, the kitchens provide ample space and the right atmosphere for every occasion. In addition, a 300-bottle wine room is thoughtfully designed to keep your fine wine collection at the perfect temperature and humidity. | 65


UNSURPASSED AMENITIES: LUXURY THAT KNOWS NO BOUNDS Private Elevator: The estate comes with a private elevator that connects all three levels, making accessibility a breeze. Rooftop Terrace: One of the home's standout features is the expansive rooftop terrace. Offering unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean and the mesmerizing Miami sunsets, it is the quintessential setting for al-fresco dinners and cocktail parties. Master Suite: An opulent retreat, the master suite features his & her custom-built closets and private bathrooms, along with a private terrace that offers awe-inspiring views of the ocean. Summer Kitchen and Pool: Step outside, and you're greeted by a lavish summer kitchen and a breathtaking infinity pool with a jacuzzi. The pool area provides direct access to the private beach, creating the ultimate Miami Beach experience.

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AN EXCLUSIVE INVITATION: WITNESS THE GRANDEUR Words and pictures can only convey so much. To truly immerse yourself in the splendor of this extraordinary property, we cordially invite you to contact us for a private viewing today. Don't let this unparalleled opportunity pass you by. Be the privileged owner of a residence that redefines coastal luxury living, and experience what it truly means to live life on your terms, surrounded by beauty and comfort in every corner. For more information, please contact Jelena Khurana The Corcoran Group 1688 Meridian Ave, Ste 400 Miami Beach, FL 33139 Cell: 305.322.7089 E: Photos By: Luxury production studios @luxuryprostudios | 67


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Utilize a broad variety of colors and textures to elevate and diversify your home this season. Adding pops of subtle and bold color to any room is the perfect way to add sophisticated personalization. Using a multitude of natural materials creates dimension and upgrades a space immediately. Choose a variety of textures within the same color palette to create a more layered look while adhering to monochromatic cohesiveness like a neutral color palette. Below we’ve chosen some of our favorite trending looks by color palatte to elevate your home interior design and style timelessly. | 69

REAL ESTATE | RESIDENT BLUSH Blush is the ultimate neutral with a gentle pink hue. The subtlety in color makes it ideal for incorporating into an otherwise neutral color scheme. Blush has a pale, yet powerful effect of warming space through its softness. Popularly used as a shade of pink in little girls’ rooms, blush has broadened into a sophisticated choice in any room of a home including accent colors in living rooms, primary bedrooms, children’s rooms, and bathrooms alike. The rise in popularity of this color can thus be attributed to its versatility. Blush can be seen here utilized in different shades- a more neutral undertone in the throw pillow and blanket, wallcovering, accents on the bed, and vanity chair upholstery. This Hamptons home bedroom highlights the maturity of the color blush, merely adding a touch of warmth to an otherwise beige and white space. It subtly adds warmth and femininity without making too bold of a bubblegum pink statement. Blush can be seen here utilized in different shades- a more neutral undertone in the throw pillow and blanket, wallcovering, accents on the bed, and vanity chair upholstery. This Hamptons home bedroom highlights the maturity of the color blush, merely adding a touch of warmth to an otherwise beige and white space. It subtly adds warmth and femininity without making too bold of a bubblegum pink statement.

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Layering a variance of neutral tones and textures creates a voluminous and luxurious three-dimensional room. Adding such depth cultivates a sense of detail and allure to any room in the home. This bedroom uses a primarily neutral color palette of beige, taupe, gray, and white. The diversity of materials used in the room, however, makes it anything but muted and boring. The natural textured wallpaper beautifully juxtaposes the mother-of-pearl side table and the delicate layers of the bed draw extensive interest to the eye. The cotton bedding is layered with silk pillowcases and a billowing silk throw, creating a sleek and silky voluminous bed. The horizontal accent pillow boasts two more materials- linen and a textured jewel embroidery- all while maintaining the neutral color palette but with different raw textiles.

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Decorative pillows on accent chairs and sofas are a great way to add dimension to a space. It can enhance a monochromatic or diverse color palette. The sisal lumbar pillow dramatically contrasts the textured cotton accent pillows, giving the sofa plush layers. Incorporating greenery through a home in the form of fake and real plants, flowers, and branches adds life to an otherwise lifeless space. Adding real plants as greenery has multiple benefits including color, boosted energy levels, and air quality in your home. A cold room can be elevated by adding a vase of greenery in small nooks and crannies, or used as a bold statement piece in a kitchen or living room. The bright lively green colors have the ability to act as the sole bright color in an otherwise neutral room due to the power of the color green. Greenery adds the perfect pop of pigment, to dramatize a space or create a zen ambiance. Flowers and moss in eating areas such as kitchens and dining room tables enable a more polished look. It is the ideal way to liven a dull room. | 73


DAVID MARTIN The Developer with a Knack for Design By Dani Apple We had the pleasure of sitting down with Terra developer David Martin to discuss his interior design approach to new developments and his own personal style. Martin is dominating the Miami development game with his exquisite taste and efforts to make each building far more than just a place to call home for the residents but rather a community. Martin’s involvement in the design process largely contributes to his overarching success. His team aims to develop a thesis for the projects and looks to cater to the customers likely to reside in that landscape. Martin is primarily involved in choosing the interior designers to bring his visions to life but also allows their expertise to dominate the decisionmaking processes. He has always opted to work with innovative designers and considers the designing process a think tank comprised of exceptional individuals.

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When Martin initially sits down to develop a project, he addresses the interior design vision from the start. “The most successful projects are those that not only strategically contemplate construction, structural integrity, and architecture from the beginning but interior design as well.” Martin has learned from past mistakes in choosing the interior design too late in the process, which hindered the project’s ultimate success. A central goal for Terra is building a cohesive yet diverse design team that shares mutual respect. In doing so, they are able to cultivate one cohesive and innovative development. Since large developments are most successful with the collaboration of different designers, Martin claims it essential that “All designers are singing the same song and riding in the same direction for ultimate success.” The location of each development impacts the intended design style of each Terra project, yet similar modern, transitional tendencies culminate in an overarching cohesive design. Martin tries to make each unique with its own defining features and personality, which makes the execution more complicated.“It is of utmost importance that the design and architecture of a property complement the external environment. Each neighborhood offers its own personality and landscape, which opens up the opportunity to both fit in and stand out.” Martin boasts about the extraordinary people he has had the opportunity to work with within this industry and the lifelong bonds he has formed. He seeks to redefine living and attract top thinkers in each field of the development process, including interior design. Martin claims it has taken the duration of his career to understand what makes good design, which goes well beyond pure decoration. Being surrounded by such inspirational designers has led to this process. He envisions himself habituating each of his properties to understand best how a human being will utilize and enjoy the space. He also makes it a point to prioritize the property’s geographical surroundings; if it’s waterfront, the design will feature oceanic elements, whereas a more central location would embody its own urban personality. Martin defines his interior design style as diverse. He appreciates design of all styles yet classifies himself as a modern/ transitional enthusiast. He appreciates simplicity and minimalism but avoids personal impact in the design process of his projects. He prioritizes the customers Terra caters to when approaching each individual endeavor. Terra aims to differentiate itself from the other inventory in the market and be unique. Quoting Martin, “You shouldn't have to explain design; you should be able to see it and therefore understand it.” If he feels something unique to his property when he steps inside, he will consider it a job well done. “It takes a village to cultivate.” | 75


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TIMELESS ELEGANCE Unveiling the Luxuries of Greece and Italy By Michael and Debbie Travin

When we think of luxury travel destinations, Greece and Italy often top the list with their unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. And let’s not forget about the food—fresh, flavorful, and always best enjoyed with a view. For those who dream of soaking up the Mediterranean sun while savoring world-class service, I present a curated list of iconic hotels that redefine opulence. | 77


ATLANTIS BAY TAORMINA: A HIDDEN GEM ALONG THE SICILIAN COAST Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Baia Delle Sirene, Atlantis Bay Taormina personifies the epitome of Sicilian coastal luxury. From the moment you arrive, the gracious hospitality sets this resort apart; guests are welcomed with local sparkling wine, ensuring that your vacation starts on a high note. A Room with A View Every room at Atlantis Bay comes with its personal terrace overlooking the azure waters. It’s like living on the edge of the world, where each sunrise and sunset becomes an intimate affair.

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Beyond the Resort Don’t miss the Atlantis Bay Godfather Vintage tour—an artful blend of pop culture and Sicilian charm, where you traverse local routes in the iconic vintage Fiat 500. Culinary Delights at Nui Restaurant From modern takes on classic Sicilian dishes to a well-thought-out vegan menu, Nui Restaurant is a gastronomic revelation. The bay view only adds to the experience, making it an unforgettable culinary destination.

MAZZARO SEA PALACE: THE ESSENCE OF MEDITERRANEAN GRANDEUR Location Quick boat rides to Isola Bella and cable car trips to the renowned Greek Theatre make Mazzaro a central point for culture and nature explorations in Sicily. Exceptional Dining at Blum Restaurant With Mount Etna looming in the distance and the tranquil Mediterranean Sea underfoot, Blum Restaurant is an experience for all the senses. Chef Riccardo Fazio’s culinary masterpieces, such as pasta laden with rare Tuma Persa cheese, are as creative as they are delicious. | 79


CANAVES OIA SUITES: WHERE SANTORINI DREAMS COME ALIVE Modern Sophistication Meets Traditional Charm Each suite is a vision of modern minimalist architecture punctuated by private plunge pools and spectacular views of the Caldera and Aegean Sea. A Well-rounded Wellness Experience The spa at Canaves Oia offers a tailored wellness experience, while their personal trainers are on hand to keep your fitness regimen intact—even on vacation. Culinary Excellence at Elements Restaurant With a curated menu that unites European and Greek flavors, Elements is a fine dining spectacle. The sun setting over the Caldera, paired with excellent wine, makes for an incomparable experience.

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PAROCKS HOTEL: THE ALLURING TRANQUILITY OF PAROS Parocks Hotel, the ultimate five-star Paros destination, offers a less commercial and touristy Greek island experience. A Room to Breathe The Cycladic architecture marries perfectly with modern amenities, and the rooms feature private dining areas overlooking the Aegean Sea. Opt for a Comfort or Superior room if you’re looking for that heated jacuzzi experience. Farm to Table Dining Local sourcing is the cornerstone of the dining experience at Parocks. Expert mixologists craft perfect cocktails that are as eccentric as they are delicious, providing the perfect accompaniment to your meal.

FINAL THOUGHTS In a world where the definition of luxury is constantly evolving, these hotels in Greece and Italy have managed to blend traditional elegance with modern conveniences, offering a timeless yet contemporary experience. And trust me, whether it’s the fine dining, the awe-inspiring views, or the first-class service, these destinations need to be seen to be believed. As you plan your next luxury vacation, remember that sometimes the most priceless memories are born from the perfect blend of location, comfort, and of course, impeccable service. And these Mediterranean gems offer just that. From the heart of Sicily to the breathtaking islands of Greece, luxury knows no bounds. So, what are you waiting for? Your Mediterranean dream awaits. | 81


Where to Stay and Dine for the Holidays in NYC's


As the holiday season approaches, experience the magic of NYC without the crowds in Midtown and explore the charming and luxuriously chic Meatpacking District. Begin your stay at the iconic Gansevoort Hotel. Nestled at the corner of Ninth Avenue and 13th Street, this legendary 186-room hotel has been a beloved fixture in the city since 2004, offering an unparalleled blend of luxury, style, and urban charm. Upon stepping into Gansevoort Meatpacking, you'll instantly be enveloped in an atmosphere that's as inviting as it is invigorating. This isn't just a hotel; it's an experience that sets the stage for an unforgettable stay in the heart of the city that never sleeps.

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One of the hotel's standout features is its yearround rooftop bar and restaurant, a true gem high above Manhattan's bustling streets. From this vantage point, you can savor not only a panoramic view of the city but also a captivating ambiance that's perfect for unwinding with friends or enjoying a romantic evening under the stars. The pièce de résistance of the rooftop is undoubtedly the 45-foot heated outdoor pool, a rare oasis in the heart of the city. Whether you're taking a refreshing dip in the summer sun or enjoying the crisp air of autumn, the pool deck offers a coveted sanctuary with the magnificent Manhattan skyline as your backdrop.

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What sets Gansevoort Meatpacking apart is its location, nestled in the vibrant Meatpacking District. Once an industrial hub, this district has evolved into a cultural epicenter, drawing fashion enthusiasts, artists, food connoisseurs, and design aficionados alike. The hotel is conveniently located near the Hudson River, the High Line, Little Island, premium shopping destinations, and renowned dining establishments like Chelsea Market. Culture enthusiasts can explore the nearby Whitney Museum of American Art, adding an extra layer of allure to the neighborhood.

tion, touching every floor, accommodation, and public space. This commitment to continuous improvement ensures that every guest experiences the pinnacle of luxury and modernity with luxurious touches and state of the art wellness features such as the lululemon Studio Mirror in every room which includes 23 stylish suites and one Poliform penthouse suite for those who want to splurge.

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EXPERIENCE SAISHIN: A CULINARY JOURNEY ON THE GANSEVOORT ROOFTOP Nestled atop the Gansevoort Hotel Rooftop is Saishin Omakase Restaurant, an extraordinary dining experience that promises to take your taste buds on a captivating journey. The name "Saishin" means "something new" in Japanese, setting the stage for an innovative and immersive culinary adventure. As you step into Saishin, you'll be greeted by the breathtaking backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. This rooftop gem reimagines traditional Japanese cuisine through a modern lens, blending omakase and Kaiseki traditions with a commitment to mindful sourcing, seasonality, and exceptional quality. Saishin encourages communal dining, inviting both groups and individuals to share and savor the artistry of Japanese cuisine. Chef Frankie, a master of his craft, guides each guest through an interactive, personalized experience. Choose from a menu of 12 or 15 piece nigiri omakase to fully immerse yourself in his culinary expertise.

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Whether you prefer the intimate ambiance of the indoor space or the open-air terrace with panoramic views, Saishin offers both indoor and outdoor dining options. As you savor each dish, the iconic Empire State Building and the majestic One World Trade Center serve as your backdrop, adding to the enchantment of the evening. What sets Saishin apart is its unwavering commitment to tradition and innovation. The menu harmoniously blends classic Japanese flavors with innovative twists, each dish a testament to Chef Frankie's dedication to culinary perfection. Come and experience "something new" in the heart of the Meatpacking District, where tradition meets innovation, and every meal is a work of art.

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THE STANDARD GRILL WELCOMES BACK CHEF DAN SILVERMAN: A RETURN TO CULINARY EXCELLENCE In the heart of the ever-evolving Meatpacking District, where innovation and style converge, The Standard Grill has always held a special place. And now, it's set to embark on a new chapter with the return of the culinary visionary, Executive Chef Dan Silverman.

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Chef Dan Silverman's illustrious career has seen him collaborate with some of New York City's greatest restaurateurs, including luminaries like Keith McNally and Stephen Starr. During his tenure, he played pivotal roles in opening, running, and reinvigorating some of the city's most notable dining establishments, such as Minetta Tavern, Pastis, and Balthazar. For those who fondly remember the culinary delights of The Standard Grill's early years, Chef Silverman's return promises to bring back beloved staples that have become synonymous with the restaurant's legacy. The Million Dollar Roast Chicken, the classic Standard Burger, and the opulent seafood tower, adorned with fresh oysters, clams, a half lobster, and extra flourishes of crudo, will all make a triumphant comeback. But the excitement doesn't stop there. Chef Silverman is set to debut a host of new dishes

that will tantalize the taste buds of both loyal patrons and newcomers alike. Look forward to indulging in the pan-roasted Long Island Duck Breast, served on a bed of Swiss Chard and roasted cherries, or savoring the Calamarata Lobster Pasta, tossed with sweet peas, cherry tomatoes, and garnished with mint. Each dish promises to be a symphony of flavors, a testament to Chef Silverman's culinary prowess. The Standard Grill invites diners to experience impeccable service and a buzzing atmosphere once more. Whether you come for a boozy brunch, a power lunch, a refined evening, or a debauched late night, the menu celebrates New American cuisine at its most inventive. With a daily raw bar, dry-aged steaks, and the legendary Standard Burger with fries, the "classic New York steakhouse" experience has never been more iconic. As you explore the Meatpacking District during the holidays, The Standard Grill welcomes you to rediscover the flavors and experiences that have made it an iconic destination. It's a journey of culinary excellence and urban vitality that you won't want to miss. | 87


A NIGHT OF STARS: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE'S FALL GALA ILLUMINATES NEW YORK CITY By Hillary Latos As autumn leaves gracefully descended upon the city, the glamour of ballet took flight inside the renowned David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) hosted its much-anticipated Fall Gala, marking it as a one-night-only performance where brilliance took center stage, both in ballet and high fashion. The evening was nothing short of theatrical magnificence. The stage was set ablaze with ABT's stellar principal dancers, mesmerizing the audience with classics from dance maestros like Harald Lander, Kenneth MacMillan, and Antony Tudor. But the pièce de résistance was undeniably the World Premiere pas de deux choreographed by ABT's own luminary, Principal Dancer James Whiteside. It was a testament to ballet's enduring charm and the innovation that keeps it contemporary. Offstage, the fashion was just as mesmerizing. An assemblage of glittering guests in sumptuous gowns and sharp tuxedos took to the Promenade for a black-tie dinner that oozed elegance. The star studded guest list included powerhouses from the arts, fashion and entertainment world such as Katie Couric, Annette Bening, Mick Jagger and Melanie Hamrick, Amy Astley, fashion dynamo Brandon Maxwell, Molly Ringwald, Morena Baccarin, designer extraordinaire, Zac Posen, Harrison Ball, Anh Duong, Brynn Whitfield, Candace Bushnell, Carly Cushnie, Crystal Kung Minkoff, Ivy Getty, Jessel Tank, Jonathan Cohen, Jordan Roth, Pritika Swarup, Sutton Stracke, Tommy Dorfman, and RHONY Ubah Hassan. They all came together to celebrate not just the art of dance, but also the unwavering support that fosters it. Central to the evening's tributes was Katie Couric, lauded not just for her journalistic acumen but for the boundless love and support she has showered upon ABT over the years. Additionally, The Shubert Foundation was celebrated for its commendable commitment to nurturing performing arts in the US.

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After an evocative performance and a delectable dinner, the night was far from over. The festivities continued as guests and the ABT principals let their hair down, reveling in the post-dinner party, cherishing the artistry they had witnessed and the camaraderie that bound them all. The ABT's Fall Gala was a celebration of art, fashion, dedication, and unity. A night where every twirl, every note, and every applause echoed the city's unwavering love for ballet and its luminaries on a glamorous Tuesday night. | 89



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Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research commemorated a landmark achievement with its 25th Annual Angel Ball, successfully amassing over $2.8 million. This illustrious event was spearheaded by co-founders: songwriter Denise Rich and her daughters, Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter. The glitzy evening, set against a backdrop of opulence and purpose, was hosted by the magnetic Tamron Hall, a two-time Emmy Award-winning TV Host. And while the stars shone brightly outside, inside they dazzled even more. The event celebrated not just the spirit of philanthropy but also the human connections and memories created in its fold. Among the celebrated attendees, Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter, the foundation's co-founders, were visibly proud and overwhelmed. Their passion was evident as they mingled, laughed, and shared stories of the foundation's journey over the past two and a half decades. The evening was not just about numbers or funds raised; it was about honoring those who, with their deeds, exemplified the foundation’s mission. Richie Akiva, the hospitality tycoon; Monique Rodriguez, the visionary behind Mielle Organics; and philanthropic powerhouse

Elizabeth Elting, all received honors. As Richie accepted his award from close friend Robin Thicke, there was a touching moment when Thicke reminisced, "Richie, I’ve had some of the best times of my life with you and through you, I found the love of my life, Ms. April Geary." And what's a gala without a little (or a lot) of entertainment? The stellar lineup featured the queen of R&B, Mary J. Blige, who took guests on a nostalgic journey with hits like “Real Life” and “No Drama.” Robin Thicke’s rendition of “Blurred Lines” ensured there wasn't a single seated soul, while Miri Ben-Ari's hip-hop violin performance was, in one word, mesmerizing. The dance floor resonated with energy, especially when Grammy-winner Jermaine Dupri took over the music. It was not just a dance; it was a celebration - of hope, life, and relentless pursuit. The luminous guest list read like a who's who of the entertainment and social world. The likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Bobby Shmurda, Can-

dace Bushnell (mentioned twice, because why not?), Clive Davis, Dennis Basso, Dylan Penn, Eric Bergen, G-Eazy, Emilia Fazzalari, Gretta Monahan, Julia Chatterley, Keni Silva, Lexi Wood, Luann de Lesseps, Michael Bolton & Heather Kerzner, Mayor Eric Adams, Monte Lippman, Nicole Miller, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Montego Glover, Myles Frost, Dee & Tommy Hilfiger, Tina Knowles, Tobey Maquire, Tyrod Taylor, and Ubah Hassan graced the event, adding to its allure. Amid the glamour, the core purpose remained central. The live and silent auctions were not just about the luxurious stays or the Lorraine Schwartz jewelry; they were about the promises and hope they represented. And with online auctions still ongoing, the foundation continues its mission, unfazed and unyielding. As the night wrapped up and guests departed, they carried with them memories, experiences, and perhaps, a renewed commitment to a cause that binds us all. For, in the end, the Angel Ball is not just an event; it's a movement, a legacy, and a beacon of hope. | 91



This past weekend, New York City became the epicenter of gastronomy and hospitality as 47,000 food enthusiasts gathered to participate in the 16th annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF), presented by Capital One. From October 12-15, the city was abuzz with more than 80 sensational events, including tastings, exclusive dinners, and late-night parties. The festival not only honored the diversity of New York’s culinary scene but also supported a heartfelt cause—raising awareness for God’s Love We Deliver, a vital organization delivering medically tailored meals to New Yorkers in need. Lee Brian Schrager, Festival Founder & Director, expressed gratitude to all attendees for embracing the diverse offerings and for helping highlight the importance of access to nourishing meals. David Ludwigson, President & CEO of God’s Love We Deliver, also remarked on the impact of the festival's support for their mission to provide specialized meals and nutrition education.

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The festival was filled with standout moments, including the Peroni’s Taste of Italy where L’Antica Pizzeria de Michele was awarded for their innovative Italian dish. The Blue Moon Burger Bash saw CitiField snagging the NYCWFF Burger Bash® Champion title, while Mel’s Butcher Box was a double winner with the People’s Choice Award and the Powered by Plants Award. Special appearances by celebrities like Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston at the Tacos & Tequila event, along with unique experiences like a cruise with Sunset Sips at Sea, added to the festival's allure. A spectrum of intimate dinners hosted by top chefs, including Daniel Boulud and Martha Stewart, delighted diners across the city. The festival concluded with a vibrant celebration of hip-hop's 50th anniversary, echoing the beats and flavors of the genre's rich culture. NYCWFF 2023 was more than a feast for the senses—it was a platform for philanthropy, culture, and culinary innovation, marking yet another successful year for this much-anticipated annual foodie delight. | 93



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On October 10, 2023, the Perez Arts Museum Miami (PAMM) was transformed into a hub of luxury and compassion as it hosted the 9th Edition of Catwalk for Charity. This prestigious event, celebrated annually, was particularly remarkable this year with luxury fashion designer Balmain Paris as the featured designer. The charity show, running from 5:30 to 10:30 PM, was not just a display of high fashion but also a heartfelt effort to benefit children from Miami's underserved communities, as well as those living in poverty in Haiti and other developing nations. Angels for Humanity, an organization dedicated to transforming the lives of underprivileged children globally, curated this event. Founded in 2006 by Judith Joseph, a woman described as a “Woman on a Mission”, Angels for Humanity has consistently been a force of change, driven by Judith's passion for making a significant difference in the lives of children. The theme of the night, "Where Fashion Meets Philanthropy," encapsulated the essence of the event. Balmain Paris, a name synonymous with luxury and elegance in the global fashion scene, unveiled its latest

collection, adding an extra layer of glamour to Miami's vibrant fashion landscape. The event also recognized the contributions of individuals and organizations toward philanthropy. Tatiana and Camila Guiribitey were celebrated as Distinguished Humanitarians for their exceptional community contributions. The Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez Esq Family Foundation was honored as the Philanthropists of the Year, acknowledging their dedicated efforts in philanthropy. Additionally, Regina Lynch Moskow was awarded the Angels of Compassion Award for her exemplary service and compassion. The event was hosted by Terri Seymour and Louis Aguirre, notable figures in entertainment and philanthropy, and featured special guest Nadia Ferreira, renowned artist Marc Anthony's wife. This night was not just a celebration of fashion but a testament to the power of community and the spirit of giving back, aligning with Angels for Humanity's mission to uplift underprivileged children through education and healthcare initiatives. Photos by Bridgett Ezzard @bephoto | 95



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During Sexual Violence Awareness month the Cura Collective and its Coalition partners held a press conference at Foley Square, New York City to highlight that under the current law in New York, rape of a person who became intoxicated willingly is not considered rape. Unfortunately, New York statute requires that mental incapacitation results from a person being under the influence without their agreement. This creates what is today called the Voluntary Intoxication Loophole i.e. if the victim has themselves voluntarily become intoxicated, the rape statute does not apply. This prevents many victims from having their case investigated much less tried and thereby achieving some semblance of justice. Together, this loophole can be closed by passing new legislation. In New York, there are two

bills to close this loophole, one in the State Assembly and one in the State Senate. To pass, this bill must leave committee in both chambers, and then be voted on the floor of both the Assembly and the Senate. Only upon ratification by both chambers can the bill then move to Governor Hochul's for New York to finally catch up with other states like Arkansas and North Carolina who have already closed this loophole. Those present included: Lizzie Asher (President & Co-founder, Cura Collective), Casey Kohlberg, Laura Day Webb, Rachelle Di Stasio (Miss NY USA), Assemblyman Dinowitz, Assemblyman Hesevi, Former U.S. Congresswoman Maloney, Stefan Turkheimer (VP of public policy, RAINN), Chris Lake (Exec Director, Community for a Cause), Erica Vladimer, (Founder, Sexual Harrassement Working

Group). Jimmy Meagher (Policy Director, Safe Horizon). Emily Miles (Executive Director, NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault), Cura Collective, Community for a Cause, New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, Safe Horizon, Sign 4 ERA, Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, Violence Intervention Program, Sexual Harassment Working Group, Joyful Heart Foundation, National Women's Defense League, NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault, Crime Victims Treatment Center of NY. For more details, please visit: Photos by Dasha Brook | 97


REHEARSALS FOR THE 38TH ANNUAL ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME GET BACK TO ITS ROOT WITH DR. CHRISTINA RAHM AT THE GBK BRAND BAR 'BACKSTAGE ARTIST LOUNGE' By Lillian Langtry GBK Brand Bar hosted a three-day luxury gifting and charitable experience to celebrate music's highest honor. This year's 'Backstage Artist Lounge' included over $70,000 in luxury vacations, goods and more for the 2023 Inductees: Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, The Spinners, DJ Kool Herc, Link Wray, Chaka Khan, Al Kooper, Bernie Taupin, Don Cornelius and Special Guests: Adam Blackstone, Stevie Nicks, Olivia Rodrigo, Queen Latifah, New Edition, LL Cool J, Sia, Adam Levine, Dave Matthews, Common, H.E.R., Carrie Underwood, Elton John, Chris Stapleton, St. Vincent, Ice-T & Coco, Miguel, Laura Dern, Flavor Flav, Jazmine Sullivan and many more! There were lots of lavish gifts for this year's artists including: a groundbreaking collaboration between Action Takers Publishing to transform their legendary journeys into published books, a patent-approved formulations created by Dr. Christina Rahm of The ROOT Brands gave away – Restore, Zero-in, and their Rahm Roast coffee brand. Just as a great farmer will choose a crop based on the geography, climate, and season to have his plants grow deep ROOTs, The ROOT Brands was founded by DRC Ventures with the intent to address the needs of humanity. Specifically, to create greatness for those who want to get back to their ROOTs and live their best life. As our universe expands minute by minute, the ROOTiverse broadens its influ98 |

ence across the globe to create health and greatness for its community every day. Restore has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and are targeted to assist the body and its natural ability to support the immune system. Zero-In is an all-natural nootropic (as we like to call it) blend of five adaptogens and two catalysts. Zero-In triggers the gut to produce dopamine and serotonin neurotransmitters. Rahm Roast comprises single-sourced organic beans from Guatemala detox and roasted in small batches by an award-winning master roaster. Dr. Rahm’s all-natural formula guarantees the cleanest, purest, cup of coffee. During the backstage rehearsals, artists signed a Vespa Sprint 50cc in all-white, a Foo Fighters Pro Stern pinball machine and a custom mixed media painting by Jennifer Contini to be auctioned off for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. In the spirit of giving back, GBK Brand Bar auctioned off a backstage experience for three lucky guests to be treated like a celebrity for the day to benefit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. For more, please visit: Photos by Ray Yau @rayyyau | 99



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Actress, Philanthropist, and Author Leesa Rowland and Larry Wohl held her “Old Hollywood Glamour – A Halloween Soiree” at The Venue in the Hard Rock Hotel Times Square New York – an affair bringing out silver screen style and good grace with a special tribute to the stars of the screen. This light-hearted party was a throwback to the times when the movie studios created the stars and starlets who dominated our lives. Guests wore their best classic red carpet looks while enjoying cocktails, and dancing to live music. The Reception was held in the one-and-only The Venue at the Hard Rock Hotel Times Square New York. Event Décor, Cocktails and dinner were created by Hank Stampfl’s Revel Rouge with many personal touches from Leesa Rowland. Fashion Designer Marc Bouwer designed Leesa’s Costume and with Pedro Oberto created a special video with Leesa to open the Soiree.

The Venue is a one-of-a-kind showstopping bi-level venue in Manhattan is designed to impress and inspire. At over 6,000 sq. ft. the space features capabilities for a stage, live performance, or DJ with state-ofthe-art audio-visual components. The Venue has cabaret style seating with leather banquettes, solid wood cocktail tables, high top tables, and a built-in bar located on each level ensuring the constant flow of liquid libations. You can treat your guests like rock stars with a dedicated street-level entrance, pre-function space on both floors (ideal for step & repeats or red carpets), green room for talent, and a dedicated elevator bank with a private entrance. The daughter of an artist and college professor, Leesa Rowland grew up in Austin, Texas where she studied broadcast journalism and later became a classically trained actress at the world-renowned Stella Adler Studio in Los Angeles. Beyond her extensive career and credits as a film and television actress, she is also well-known for her work as a philanthropist and animal rights activist. A vegan dedicated to healthy eating, she has been active with the national non-profit organization Last Chance for Animals since 1989 and is the president of the New York non-profit group Animal Ashram, which she founded in 2013. As she continues to develop her work as a philanthropist and involvement with these and other charities while exploring new dramatic roles, Leesa recently began adding something else exciting to her sizzle reel: comedienne. A lifelong sitcom fan, she has been taking comedy classes with Richard Kline - the actor best known as Larry on the late1970s classic Three’s Company - in Los Angeles. She has also been studying improv and sketch comedy in New York at the famed Upright Citizen’s Brigade whose alumni include Amy Poehler, Horatio Sands, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh and Ian McKay. Notable Attendees included: Leesa Rowland, Larry Wohl, Marc Bouwer, Pedro Oberto, Ramona Singer, Carmen D’Alessio, Tina Radziwill, Debbie Dickinson, Wendy and Bob Federman, Dottie Herman, Pamela Morgan, Stewart F Lane and Bonnie Comley, Liliana Cavendish, Paul Margolin, Sergio Zapata, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Cindy Guyer, Nicole Noonan and Steve Knobel, Sharon Bush, Hank Stampfl, Lady Betty Grafstein and Jose Castelo Branco, Bill Sclight and Cheri Kaufman. Leesa’s new book, The Charisma Factor: Unlock the Secrets of Magnetic Charm and Personal Influence in Your Life, which is available in bookstores and online. For more information, visit Photos by BFA / Sabrina Steck | 101



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The New York Women's Foundation (NYWF) held their annual Radical Generosity Dinner in New York City celebrates the work of the Foundation and honors visionary women who are advancing justice at the intersection of art, activism, and philanthropy.

economic security, safety, and health of the most underserved women. The Foundation has distributed more than $114 million in its 36-year existence to over 500 organizations, impacting millions of women and girls across New York City and beyond.

The 2023 honorees were Bisa Butler, an award-winning African American textile artist; Molly Gochman, award-winning artist, activist and founder of Stardust; and Lorelei Williams, an award-winning writer and catalyst of justice and equity for African and Afro-descendent communities across the globe.

Notable attendees included: Ana L. Oliveira, Bisa Butler, Molly Gochman, Lorelei Williams, Richard Brown, Donna Wilson, Susan Taylor, Yvonne Moore, Susan Sawyers, Anne E. Delaney, Jean Shafiroff, Anastasia Somoza, Tia Hodges, Adrienne Becker, Michelle Coffey, Rebecca Seawright, Jay Hershenson, Lilliam Barrios Paoli, Karen Ford, Benita Miller, Jeanne Mullgrav, Nadja Sayej, Daniel Finch. Event chairs for the 2023 Dinner included; Helene Banks and Michael Cioffi, Karen Choi, Anne E. Delaney, Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller, Lawanna Kimbro, Yvonne Moore, Martin and Jean Shafiroff, Lola C. West and Donna Wilson and Richard Brown.

The Radical Generosity Dinner celebrated individuals who have made significant contributions to their fields while supporting gender equity and social justice. This year's event highlighted honorees who use their artistic talents to help shape our world in alignment with the vision of gender, racial, and economic justice through various mediums, including textiles, writing, and storytelling. The New York Women's Foundation is a voice for women and gender-expansive people and a force for change. The Foundation's mission is to create an equitable and just future for women and families. It achieves this goal by uniting cross-cultural and community alliances that ignite action. The Foundation invests in women-led, innovative, and bold community-based solutions that promote the

“We are privileged to recognize the important work of these honorees who are activating the power of art to create social change,” said Ana L. Oliveira, President and CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation. “Through their artistic mediums, they are able to shift our consciousness toward justice and equity, which is essential to bring about the progress that our city so desperately needs.” Photos by PMC / Dave Kotinsky | 103



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The Teens for Food Justice (TFFJ) 2023 Gala was held at the Lighthouse at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers in New York City, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the organization and support its ongoing efforts to make fresh food more accessible and improve nutritional health within New York City and Denver’s low-income communities through school-based, youth-led hydroponic farming. Teens for Food Justice (TFFJ) operates highcapacity hydroponic farms on six school campuses across four New York City boroughs and in Denver, Colorado. TFFJ students use real-world 21st-century science and technology to grow up to 10,000 pounds (per school) of hydroponic produce annually. Through the program, TFFJ’s young farmers develop a meaningful solution to food insecurity, transform their relationship with the food they eat, and develop cutting-edge STEM skills needed in a new green sector economy.

The Gala featured artist and Emcee Ariana DeBose and celebrity chef Melba Wilson. The Honorees at the 2023 Gala were Randy Stern (Teens for Food Justice Champion) and Alyssa Gardner-Vazquez (Distinguished TFFJ Alumna). The auction and fundraising was conducted by C K Swett. Students construct the hydroponic farms and grow the crops as part of their STEM classes. Each farm can produce up to 10,000lbs of fresh produce per year. As one TFFJ farmer puts it, “Healthy eating should be a right”. TFFJ’s target by the end of 2024 is to operate 10 farms involving 26 schools and feeding some 13,000 students. The 2023 Gala raised almost $950,000 and counting. Notable attendees included: Ariana DeBose, Melba Wilson, Randy Stern, Alyssa GardnerVazquez, Katherine Soll, Tara Swibel, Erich Bergen, Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, Alisha For more information, please visit Photos by PMC / Paul Bruinooge | 105


WINTER READS By Jane Ubell- Meyer, Founder, Bedside Reading

Tis the season! These are not the ghosts from "A Christmas Carol" but books that go arm-in-arm with sitting by a warm fire while sipping cups of hot chocolate! Lose yourself in these winter reads.

RUBY FALLS by Deborah Goodrich Royce A young soap opera actress with a mysterious past is fired from her job. She flees to Europe and trying to make a fresh start, she marries a glamorous stranger named Orlando Montague and keeps her past closely hidden. Together, they move to LA where she is cast in a dream role - the lead in a remake of Rebecca. As she immerses herself in that eerie Gothic tale, Orlando’s personality changes and ghosts of her past reemerge. In this thrilling and twisty homage to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, the story ricochets through the streets of Los Angeles, a dangerous marriage to an exotic stranger, and the mind of a young woman whose past may not release her. (A classic, read this one twice!)

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GHOST HOUSE By Sara Connell Ghost House by Sara Connell is a short story collection where the madwomen are out of the attic and roaming the streets of Chicago, New York City, and Prague. This series of "modern feminist ghost stories" explores the line between magic and reality and all the ways women can be haunted, and redeemed.

THE GHOST ILLUSION By Kat Martin In this spine-tingling tale the New York Times bestselling author melds psychological thriller and ghost story as one woman’s daring search for the truth behind a historic British tragedy tests the dividing line between life and death.

WITCH: DIVINE ALIGNMENTS WITH THE PRIMORDIAL ENERGIES OF MAGICK AND CYCLES OF NATURE By Valerie Love The witch is an ancient archetype, alive and thriving in the deep unconscious of all. She is the phoenix, proof that what was once burned was never lost, only reborn from the ashes. Join Christian Witch Valerie Love as she unveils the magic of the witch. Unearth the witch's apothecary, delve into the witch's code, attain knowledge of an array of witchcraft traditions, and explore the sphere of spirits a witch operates within.

HER LITTLE FLOWERS by Shannon Morgan Gothic Fiction. Readers of Eve Chase, Kate Morton, and Anita Frank will devour this bewitchingly atmospheric, melancholy modern ghost story set in the lush hills of England’s Lake District. There, a solitary woman’s quiet life spent in her crumbling ancestral manor house with the company of a child’s ghost is dramatically interrupted when her estranged sister returns to share a horrific story of cruelty and desperation from decades earlier…

GHOSTED BY SARAH READY Jillian Nejat is the only dating and relationship expert on the planet who is incapable of speaking to men. If they're living, if they're breathing, it's game over. With her bank account at zero, her career a dumpster fire, and her dating life in a ten-year slump, she moves into a tiny, dirt-cheap NYC apartment. Unfortunately, the apartment is already occupied. Daniel (no-last-name) is a sexy, shirtless, six-pack wielding heartthrob who is also... dead. He isn't living. He isn't breathing. He's a ghost. He's also the only man on the planet that Jillian can talk to. Soon, Daniel's convinced that it's his afterlife mission to resurrect Jillian's love life. He knows, if he helps her fall in love then he can move on. Jillian agrees. The last thing she needs is a Lothario ghost haunting her living room. But then, one practice date leads to another, one confession leads to more, and suddenly Jillian fears she's falling for the one man she can never love. Win all of these books Here: | 107

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