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Reflections: Night - New York. Alfred Stieglitz.

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All We Need Is Love. Photographed by NATALIE AMROSSI \ @MISSHATTAN.

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A celebration of the people and moments that define our town CEO & Founder Publisher Andrew Heiberger Executive Creative Director David Lipman General Manager Jared Cohen Director of Communications Lori Levin Director of Operations Jacqueline Pestana In-House Counsel Kristin Luciano Production Assistant Sarah Mallis Production Assistant Serie Yoon Production Assistant Doris Wong Production Assistant Derek Zahedi Event Coordinator Amy Dadi Videographer Mishka Sarajinsky My Town is a TOWN Residential LLC publication. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. Requests for reprints must be submitted in writing to: Town Residential, 730 Fifth Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10019. Edited by The Daily Front Row Editorial Director Brandusa Niro

New Yorkers love to share. Old and young, newcomers and natives, the amazingly accomplished and the eager up-and-comers: We all enjoy sharing our favorite things about the city, from restaurants and neighborhoods to artists and athletes, and everything in between. And when we do, boundaries are challenged, bars are raised, and creativity climbs. As we approach our fifth anniversary at TOWN, a bold moment only seemed fitting. Our inaugural issue of My Town is the culmination of a refined vision and perfectly executed business plan. It is a milestone that cements TOWN Residential as a true lifestyle brand. It is our foundation, our DNA, and an authentic expression of our ethos. Throughout these pages we celebrate the artistry, lifestyle, landscape, and skyline that can only be found in New York. For our cover—an homage to Bob Gruen’s famous 1974 image of John Lennon—the legendary Brooklyn-born photographer Sante D’Orazio shot supermodel and philanthropist Candice Swanepoel, who traded her native South Africa for Manhattan as a teenager. D’Orazio’s images inside the issue will leave you breathless, as will the incredibly talented David Lipman’s photos of Laverne Cox, taken inside the Meatpacking District’s legendary Hogs & Heifers. In our revealing feature story, the award-winning actress and LGBT advocate discusses defying expectations and living authentically. Elsewhere in the issue we celebrate artists of all kinds: culinary royalty like Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Maguy Le Coze, who have changed the way we think of food; athletes like Sean Avery and Cristie Kerr, who are breaking records and expectations; designer and style icon Donna Karan, whose philanthropic efforts are as stylish as her clothing; street artist Mr. Brainwash, who makes our world more colorful; heirs to the real-estate-development throne, who are putting their stamp on the city; and the next generation of talent, photographed by Sebastian Faena. Each of these people makes the city what it is—and what it will become. Within My Town, you will also meet 39 TOWN Representatives who share their personal inspirations, proudest accomplishments, and New York stories. They are tastemakers and influencers, they are ambassadors of our town, and we are introducing a much-deserved professional change in the perception of their role as agents. To be among the visionaries and leaders of this shift and witness the high standards our Representatives stand for brings me true joy. An amazingly talented team put their hearts into this inaugural issue: David Lipman, Lottie Oakley, the staff at The Daily Front Row, Jared Cohen, and so many others. Their hard work made this unprecedented collaboration a reality—and something for all of us to share. I am humbled to welcome you to My Town.

Andrew Heiberger

Executive Editor Ashley Baker Creative Consultant Guillaume Bruneau Managing Editor Tangie Silva Senior Editor Ellen Carpenter Art Director Nathan Taylor Contributing Photo Director Jessica Athanasiou-Piork Contributing Copy Editors Catherine Lowe, Anne Rohaiem Production Director Amy Taylor Publishing Services Lottie Oakley, Haralux LLC

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TOWN would like to extend a sincere thank you to Joseph J. Sitt of THOR Equities for his contribution to My Town magazine. Special thanks to: Aleks Andreski, Bert Dweck, Brandon Sweet, Breanne Turner, Christina Nguyen, Elanna Jochimek, Jamie Reimer, Jason Binn, Kim Santoriello, Lisa Heiberger, Lisa Meyer, Michelle Schneider, Monica Lecusay, R. Couri Hay, Sarah Frieberg, Tomel Lucas, Wendy Maitland, Itzy Garay, and Shlomi Reuveni.

On the cover: Candice Swanepoel in Mother Denim shorts, David Yurman jewelry, and stylist's own tee. Photographed by Sante D'Orazio.

Town Residential LLC (“Town”) is a licensed real estate broker and a partnership of Buttonwood Residential Brokerage LLC and Thor Equities, LLC. This publication is not an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy to residents of any state or jurisdiction in which registration requirements have not been fulfilled. The statements of facts and opinions in bylined articles are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the officers, membership or staff of Town, nor the employers of the authors. All information presented herein is intended for information purposes only, while this information is believed to be correct, it is represented subject to errors, omissions, changes or withdrawal without notice. All property information, including but not limited to square footage, room count, and number of bedrooms are from sources deemed reliable, but should be verified by your own attorney, architect, engineer or zoning expert. This publication does not suggest that the broker has a listing or has done a transaction in all of the properties contained herein. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. “I’ve been living in Tribeca for nine years now. I have five children – they all go to the neighborhood schools. I coach baseball here, I coach soccer here – there’s fields, there’s playgrounds, there’s the most incredible

waterfront. I sell Tribeca, I live Tribeca, I am Tribeca. When I sell a home, I am not just selling an apartment; I am making a friend and neighbor for life. What more could I possibly say? I love Tribeca, Tribeca is home.”

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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. Wendy Maitland, New York City Power Broker “Inspiration, passion and motivation - for the city, its culture, and its people - are essential to succeed in any endeavor in New York City. In the sphere of real estate, the provenance of our great city warrants

nothing less. People from all corners of the globe still flock to its shores, as they have for nearly 400 years. I care about the people who entrust us to guide them in making life-changing decisions, and I have never been more passionate about our mission.”


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Itzy Garay, New York City Power Broker “New York City has an energy that you cannot put into words. It is a feeling you get, it is something magical. With Andrew’s vision, we had the opportunity to build something from scratch and make it not just about the real estate but about the people, about delivering a higher level of service, about an incorporation and celebration of neighborhoods. It is special, different, has raised the bar - we built something that did not exist. This is our town.”

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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. Shlomi Reuveni, TOWN New Development “New York City is my town. I simply cannot see myself living anywhere else; it is the most dynamic and creative city in the world. Einstein said ‘creativity is intelligence having fun.’ I believe that

what we are doing today in terms of smart projects, architecture and design will positively impact NYC’s skyline and its communities, and will be something that future generations will feel just as proud of as we do today.”


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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. Michael Ettelson & Mordy Werde, New York City Power Brokers “Our families have deep roots in Brooklyn. Our parents grew up here, it is where we have grown, and where we are raising our children. We are passionate about the roles we play. We

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are selling someone a property that they will transform into a home. It may be where they begin their lives, or where they begin their next chapter. We are members of something special – a community. Brooklyn is our town.”


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Kelly Elivo, New York City Power Broker “I had many passions growing up. I went on a two year trek through South America which opened my eyes to a whole new set of possibilities. I knew I could not be confined to an office. I was introduced to TOWN by a trusted friend and fell in love. Real estate has taught me to take a step back, to see the big picture. I’m passionate about finding the perfect property for my customers and the experience of being a real estate advisor.”

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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. Steven Gold, New York City Power Broker “Home is an extension of you, it is your personality, it is who you are. When I’m invited back to a client’s home a year later to see what they have done with the space and how their vision has

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come to life, it is beyond gratifying. To help a person find a space that becomes part of them is a humbling experience. It is hard to put into words but it makes you want to come back and do it more, do it better. New York City is my canvas.”


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Valerie Jean Garduno, New York City Power Broker “My favorite neighborhood is Gramercy Park. I have lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and I know it like the back of my hand. I love it – absolutely everything about it. I love that it is centrally located. From here, you can jump on the L and go to Brooklyn; or venture uptown, downtown, east, west. But really, everything is right here in my neighborhood. There is a buzz, a movement, a vibrancy unlike no other.”

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Jimmy Brett, New York City Power Broker “New York City is a feast of everything there is to love in life. There’s a never ending list of places to go, parks to enjoy, shows to entertain, and restaurants to delight. Always with total honesty and transparency, it is my job to educate. Our market changes on a constant basis – I help my clients understand the differences in available properties, the pricing trends, and neighborhood nuances so that they can make the best decision and experience the town that I adore.”

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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. Jesse Bertomen, New York City Power Broker “My favorite neighborhood is Chelsea. I grew up in a small town in Upstate New York and always loved coming into the City. I can vividly remember my mother telling us to ‘lock the doors’ every time we’d

turn onto 14th St from the West Side Highway – it was the only place she’d say that. Things have changed quite a bit. Now at $2500/sf, it is a whole different neighborhood – but like so many others, maintains the flavor and pays homage to its past.”


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Peter Wei, New York City Power Broker “New York City is a fantastic fusion of architecture, people and experiences. The real estate landscape changes every day with new towers being built among admired landmarks, trendy restaurants opening right next door

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to old guard favorites. It is amazing how in New York the old and the new blend together so seamlessly. I moved to New York City from China almost 20 years ago, and while I consider myself a New Yorker, I still love the excitement of experiencing the new.”


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Sofia Falleroni, New York City Power Broker “It is essential that I have an insider’s view of any neighborhood where I am selling an apartment. Working with a lot of foreign buyers, I have the pleasure of introducing them to Manhattan. I love to show them new restaurants, museums, boutiques and all they will need to make the city feel like home. My role is not only a real estate broker, but an ambassador as well. Manhattan welcomed me from Italy, and it is a privilege to help my clients feel the same way.”

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How New York Are You,Anyway?

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John Lennon in New York, 1974.

New York is more than a city—it’s a state of mind. How fully are you living it? Photograph by Bob Gruen

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How do you feel when you land at LaGuardia Airport? A. Sad. Vacation, c’est fini. B. Anxious. So much work to do! c. Concerned. Traffic on the LIE looks terrible! D. Overjoyed. There’s no place like home. Speaking of traffic, how do you deal? A. I try to be patient. B. I live by Waze. C. Uber. D. What traffic? I know more shortcuts and back alleys than the most seasoned taxi drivers. Are you obsessed by real estate?

A. Not really, but it would be nice to own at some point. B. If you mean do I obsessively read Curbed, The New York

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Times’ Real Estate section, and the Observer, then yes. C. I’ve flipped three apartments in the city, and I’m still under 35. D. It’s about time for me to invest in commercial properties, don’t you think? What’s your sports team? A. The Rangers. B. The Giants. C. The Mets. D. The Yankees. Where do you shop? A. Mostly online. B. Century 21. C. Specialty stores in the West Village. D. Huh? My guy at Barneys deals with all that. How much do you spend at restaurants? A. I try to keep it to less than $100 a week. B. It used to be lots, but I’m learning to cook and spending more on bars.

C. According to my AmEx year-end report, it’s about 49 percent of my total expenditures. D. Who cares? I expense every meal. What are your most essential reads?

A. USA Today. B. The Daily News. C. The Times. D. The Post, the Times, and New York magazine. When you need a break from New York, where do you vacation? A. My parents’ place in Delaware. B. Turks & Caicos. Have you been to Parrot Cay? C. The Hamptons. It’s so far removed! D. I check into The Standard for a few nights. Total relaxation! What are your thoughts on healthy living? A. I’m trying to exercise more. B. I’ve recently gone vegan. C. I’m a certified yoga and Pilates instructor. D. I work out six days a week and eat entirely Paleo, but I’m still a hypochondriac. Who buys your toilet paper? A. My mom does a big shop at Costco and brings it when she comes to visit. B. I get some from the bodega whenever I run out. C. My housekeeper, bless her. D. I do—I set up Amazon to deliver it monthly. Who has time to think about toilet paper? Your relationship with local politicians can best be described as... A. Nonexistent. B. Courteous. C. Contentious. D. Complicated.tentious

MOSTLY As: YOU ARE...NEW YORK BY GEHRY You’re no native, but you’re learning the ropes nicely. Give it time! MOSTLY Bs: YOU ARE…THE PLAZA RESIDENCES Nicely renovated, if a bit touristy. Spend some time in the outer boroughs, and report back. MOSTLY Cs: YOU ARE…THE BERESFORD An old-world icon, you’re eternally magical. But don’t forget to push your boundaries. MOSTLY Ds: YOU ARE…15 CENTRAL PARK WEST Full of innovation, yet still a classic. We salute you! n


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MOM ENTS Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a lifelong citizen, the city leaves an indelible impression, and it becomes a character in the story of your life.


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Bob Dylan, New York, February 10, 1965. Photograph by RICHARD AVEDON.


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James Dean walking the streets of New York. Photograph by DENNIS STOCK.


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Street style. Photograph by JERRY SCHATZBERG.


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Yves Saint Laurent on Fifth Avenue. Photographs by ROXANNE LOWIT.


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Peretti in a Playboy bunny costume designed by Halston, New York, 1975. Photograph by HELMUT NEWTON.


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Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick. Photograph by DAVID MCCABE.


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Diane von Furstenberg atop her Meatpacking District apartment. Photograph by FRANร‡OIS HALARD.


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The city skyline. Photograph by WILLIAM KLEIN.


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Grace Jones on a New York City rooftop. Photograph by Adrian Boot.


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Halston and Liza Minnelli. Photograph by HARRY BENSON.


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Susan Green, New York City Power Broker “I have lived in the West Village for 27 years. It was certainly not what it is today - Bleeker Street was a bunch of mom and pop shops, the Meat Packing District was truly a meat packing district. Even though it has

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changed dramatically, the quaintness of the neighborhood has been protected and there is a feel that is like none other. I know every nook and cranny; have been to every park, café, and shop. I love walking down the street and seeing familiar faces.”


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John Carapella, New York City Power Broker “New York City is my town. I was born and raised in New York. A broker needs to know the City inside and out when selling a home to genuinely connect with the people, properties and energy of that neighborhood. My perfect day is to take my wife and kids to Central Park, visit the zoo, and then stroll without a destination enjoying the City for what it is. There’s an excitement and a curiosity that does not exist anywhere else like it does in my town.”

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s the culinary architect behind 10 of New York City’s most-discussed restaurants, Jean-Georges Vongerichten is one of the busiest chefs in the business. Born in Strasbourg, he trained in his native France, Bangkok, Singapore, and Hong Kong before arriving in New York in 1986 to work at Lafayette restaurant, located in the Drake Swissôtel. “[New York Times restaurant critic] Bryan Miller gave me my first three-star review that same year,” he recalls. “I got a four-star review in ’88. At the time, I was 29 years old, which made me the youngest chef to get a four-star review in the Times.” The next day, Vongerichten found himself on CNN. “It helped me stay in New York,” he says of the press. “I was only supposed to be here for three years and then move on. But I couldn’t leave after that; I felt like I’d conquered the city, so I established my name here.” He opened his first restaurant, Jojo, on a quaint block on the Upper East Side in 1991. Six years later, he opened the famed Jean-Georges at the Trump Hotel Central Park on Central Park West, with a seasonal, market-driven menu that has made it one of the city’s preeminent dining destinations ever since. In 1998, Vongerichten headed downtown to SoHo to open The Mercer Kitchen, a Christian Liaigre–designed canteen for celebrities, fashion industry types, and socialites. “The business is very fragile,” he says of his trade. “Margins are small. You have to do multiples if you want to make a good living. For me, it’s not about the money. Once you’ve got two or three restaurants, you’ve got to find great sous chefs.… I like pushing young talent ahead—and my chefs stay with me for a long time.” His latest hits include The Mark, located in the hotel and residential tower by the same name, and ABC Kitchen in Union Square. “New Yorkers want food to be delicious and simple—they want to trace where their food comes from,” he explains. “ABC Kitchen’s success shows that.” After more than 40 years in the kitchen, he retains his signature enthusiasm for the trade. “I’m still as passionate and committed as when I started,” he says. “Every day, I observe the restaurant to make sure everyone looks happy and the water glasses are filled. I tell my staff to do the same. Otherwise a customer will write us a letter. I’m in this business to please people!” n


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t depends on whom you ask, of course, but for New York’s seafood cognoscenti, there’s no place better than Le Bernardin. It originally opened on a whim in 1986 and was largely the brainchild of brother and sister Gilbert and Maguy Le Coze. At the time, they were operating a Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris. “After a couple of years, out of the blue I said we should open a restaurant in New York,” she says. “Why? Don’t ask me. I have no idea. I had only been to New York once in my life, for one week! Gilbert said no at first, because there were no good products, no herbs, no nothing here in 1980. But I still pursued it, and after several years I met with someone from the building we’re located in to this day. We were a huge success right away. Two months later, we got four stars in The New York Times from Bryan Miller, who was a young food critic at the time. After that, we were absolutely overwhelmed—we had five or six reservationists, because the answering machines were not as sophisticated back then.” Gilbert passed away unexpectedly in 1994, and Maguy found herself looking for a chef. Enter Eric Ripert, a young upstart who had been working under Gilbert in the restaurant. “Right away we decided to become partners,” recalls Le Coze. “He was 29 years old when we got his first four-star review—and our third—from  Ruth Reichl.”  Under Ripert, Le Bernardin’s influence has grown exponentially, and it remains under the watchful eye of Le Coze, who holds court in the front room most days. “I live across the street, in an apartment which we bought right after opening the restaurant,” she says. “It’s two apartments combined. I immediately made one of the living rooms into a big closet, because I needed the room. I never throw anything away.” Over the years, the opera and music fan has become an advocate of Midtown living. “It’s wonderful,” she says. “I walk to the opera generally seven or eight or 10 times a season, and I go to Carnegie Hall five or six times a season as well.” When she’s not dining at her restaurant, Le Coze can be found at Bar Boulud, The Modern, and Dovetail, but like Le Bernardin itself, Le Coze has become a Midtown institution. “Our restaurant is unique because we’re the only one not to have other restaurants,” she says. “We want to keep it like that.” n

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The celebrated hockey star came of age in Canada and played for Detroit, Los Angeles, and Dallas before making his mark as a New York Ranger. Now a successful residential developer, Avery explains his singular trajectory to EDDIE ROCHE. PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID LIPMAN

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hat brought you to New York in the first place? I was traded from the Los Angeles Kings to the New York Rangers. I had been to the city twice before and fallen in love with it. I got lucky and ended up here. That was nine years ago. Your cell phone number still starts with 323. Will you ever switch to a 917? Good question. It’s probably time, because for the past six years I’ve received several calls from creditors for a gentleman by the name of Armando, whom I’ve never met but who obviously had this phone number at one point. What has kept you in New York? When I got here, I said, “I’m never leaving the city. I’m going to live here for the rest of my life.” Obviously, as you get older, things change. I’m definitely spending a lot more time in Southampton now, but I still need to come back for a few days a week to feel the energy. Having the freedom to go back and forth is the best of both worlds. What’s your favorite thing about this town? It’s a bunch of crazy people living on an island who somehow figure out how to respect each other. It’s very interesting. Do you consider yourself among the crazies? On certain days, definitely. Unlike many New Yorkers, you moved here with a good job. What was your apartment like? I had no idea about neighborhoods, so I moved into a corporate apartment above the M&M’s store in Times Square. I lived there for four months, and even with my blinds closed it was like a light show every night. I was pickpocketed the first weekend I lived here. It was awesome and ridiculous. I think I was paying around $9,000 a month for a furnished onebedroom! But I wouldn’t do it differently, because I was in the center of everything. Are you able to enjoy M&M’s at all? My fiancée [Hilary Rhoda] is actually addicted to peanut butter M&M’s, but I don’t go anywhere near them. She eats enough for the both of us. Where are you living now? We just moved into a duplex. We have two floors, and having our bedroom separated from our kitchen and living room not by doors but by an actual staircase is amazing. It would be tough to go back to a single-level floor plan. You have two dogs. Where do you walk them? You’ll see me in Washington Square Park walking two Chihuahuas. I look ridiculous. I’m from Canada, and Canadians think it’s crazy to walk dogs around. Do you prefer new apartment buildings or older ones? Having a balance of both is ideal. When I lived in an older building in SoHo, the furnishings were very modern. It can be tough to pull off aesthetically, but I don’t think there’s anything better.


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I can’t believe they haven’t made a movie out of me [interning at Vogue] yet! It would make The Devil Wears Prada look like a joke.”


hat’s your favorite neighborhood? SoHo. It’s super busy during the day, and then it becomes a ghost town around 6:30. That relationship is really cool, especially in the winter. What makes someone a true New Yorker? When you can walk down the street without noticing people screaming at one another. When did you first feel like a true New Yorker? When I could finally take the subway without having to ask someone for directions. Who’s your favorite New Yorker? John McEnroe. He’s sort of been-there, done-that on every level. Now he’s grown into an iconic figure. Even with his ups and downs, nothing really fazes him. He’s definitely a people person, for sure. What’s your favorite restaurant? Hilary has become quite the cook, so I avoid going to restaurants as much as I can. Any favorite bars? If I do go out, it’s to the lounge Provocateur. It’s really the only reason I go to the Meatpacking District these days. What’s your favorite museum? The American Museum of Natural History. Which classic New York spot haven’t you visited yet? The petting zoo in Central Park. You famously interned at Vogue. What did you make of the experience? I can’t believe they haven’t made a TV show or movie out of me yet! It would make The Devil Wears Prada look like a joke. At the time, I was a star athlete who probably made 40 times as much as the people who were asking me to get them coffee. I don’t think anybody really understands how bizarre that was. Why was marriage equality such an important issue for you? It was part of being a New Yorker. Sexuality, race, language—we live among all sorts of people, and the fight for equality of all kinds is important. The Rangers allowed me to do a PSA in my jersey, and if anyone asks me to speak out in favor of it again, I will do it. Equality had to happen. It wasn’t about me—it was about other people and their rights. When the Supreme Court decision was handed down, how did you celebrate? I sat back and smiled. I knew it was going to happen; the fight wasn’t going to last. It was over the moment New York won! You’re now building and designing homes in the Hamptons. What inspired that project? I did a remodel on my and Hilary’s home in Southampton about a year and a half ago, and I really enjoyed it. I saw how much value it brought to the home, and I liked working at my own pace and being as artistic as I wanted to be. Anyone I’ve met in New York who is extremely wealthy and powerful generally has a really heavy real estate portfolio. But although it sounds corny, I wanted to create things. It feels really good to give somebody something they will enjoy while getting something back in return. Your interests are so diverse. Is this your endgame, career-wise? I’m planning for a long run with this, because every single time you do a project, you do better than you did on the previous one. There’s so much individuality to each project, and there’s so much more I can do with them. What is your favorite image of Hilary? I’m Canadian, and I love all things American, so the Abercrombie and Ralph Lauren campaigns from early in her career are my favorites. In one photo, she plays field hockey next to Ralph Lauren while wearing a little kilt...the entire thing is amazing. You and Hilary will be married soon. How has she changed you? When I finally figured out that I was going to be a husband, it put everything into perspective as far as responsibilities go. That happens even more once you have your first kid! n

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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. Fabienne Terwinghe, New York City Power Broker “New York City excites and inspires me. Every time I step outside, it is an adventure. Having lived in the West Village for the past 25 years, I have been in so many buildings – whether visiting friends,

on playdates with my children, or with a customer. Not only do I know the restaurants, the parks, the streets and their history, I know my Village from the inside out. This perspective gives me a sense of familiarity that is both refreshing and comforting.”


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New York City might not seem like a natural home for a professional golfer—what with the lack of greens—but it suits LPGA superstar Cristie Kerr just fine. Photograph by Hannah K. Epstein

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olf pro and Olympic hopeful Cristie Kerr and her husband, Erik Stevens, spend half the year in the West Village, where (depending on traffic) she’s just a 15-minute drive from Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey. When she’s not teeing off, Kerr spends her downtime exploring playgrounds with her son, Mason, or hitting the city’s best restaurants, many of which serve Curvature, the wine she developed with Napa’s Pride Mountain Vineyards, which donates all proceeds to breast cancer research.

How long have you been here? I was born and raised in Miami, but I’ve been living in and out of New York part-time since 2004. My husband is from New York, and I have a lot of family here as well. I think last year we spent 80 days in New York. We lived in the Upper East Side for a long time. Now we live in the West Village. I prefer the Village: the tree-lined streets, cobblestones, more parks. It’s very family-oriented and it’s really quiet. What do you love about the city? Nobody really knows who I am, in a sense. Being a professional athlete you get recognized a lot, and it’s fun to just be another one of the city-goers. Where’s your favorite place to watch golf in Manhattan? My house. We have an 80-inch TV and we overlook the Hudson River, so it’s kind of hard to beat that. What are your favorite pastimes? We’re foodies. And you name it, Manhattan’s got it. We love Avra on 48th Street, Rosa Mexicana, Mr. Chow, Spotted Pig, Per Se.... Our wine, Curvature, is featured at Per Se and The French Laundry in Napa, and also Il Mulino in the Village. Strip House is probably my favorite steak house in New York, and they serve our wines by the glass. We also love cooking and going to Citarella to pick up fresh seafood, and to Chelsea Market to get meat, bread, and fresh pasta. Eataly is one of my favorite places to go and meander and shop for Italian fare, and you can also grab a bite and get a glass of wine. Mario Batali is one of my food idols. I got a chance to meet him a couple weeks ago, and that was surreal. Any favorite bars?

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There’s a great wine bar called the Upholstery Store in between the West Village and Meatpacking District. They’ve got great German and Austrian wines that you aren’t going to see a lot of places. We also like Bar Veloce and Blue Ribbon Bar. Where do you exercise? We have a gym in our building at 1 Morton Square, but if we want to venture out, sometimes we’ll go to SoulCycle or Equinox. What are your favorite public spaces? We take our son to the park just south of Chelsea Piers, and in the opposite direction we can go to Hudson River Park. They all have water parks and the kids just go nuts running through them. And our building has a private playroom for residents, which is great. There are a lot of celebrities and high-profile people in our building, so they have it all very secure. Which golf courses do you frequent? Right outside the Holland Tunnel is Liberty National Golf Club, and I practice there. Paul Fireman owns it—he’s the founder of Reebok—and it’s a superb golf course and practice facility. They’re going to have a Presidents Cup next year, which is a huge competition, and they’ve got a great relationship with the PGA Tour. Being close to home is super convenient, too—there’s even a boat that goes back and forth from Chelsea Piers and Pier 25, so if there’s terrible traffic I can just walk 10 minutes and jump on a boat. I’m pretty spoiled. Which philanthropic organizations do you work with? At Liberty National Golf Club, we just did our 11th annual Birdies for Breast Cancer event on June 15th. Twenty LGPA players plus Mike Piazza, Kristy Swanson, and Larry Fitzgerald from the Arizona Cardinals came, and a ton of Liberty National members and guests, and great sponsors, too. We’ve raised over $3.5 million for breast cancer research, and we have a dedicated hospital center and the Jersey City Medical Center very close to the golf course. We’ve been open for over four years now, and we’ve done over 50,000 exams for women and men who don’t have insurance or the means. We treat them regardless of their ability to pay. It’s a pretty special thing and we’ve got great roots in the community. How do you spend your free time? Free time in off weeks is really about trying to recover and get away from golf, and I think that’s why I love living in Manhattan. When I’m in the city, I feel like my mind gets a real rest. In Arizona we live on a golf course, and I kind of guilt myself into not taking a day off. So it’s nice to have the change of scenery of the city because it’s everything but golf. There are, like, 200 famous courses 50 miles in any direction from Manhattan, but the city itself kind of sucks you in. n

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When Donna Karan announced her departure from the eponymous brand she founded in 1984, the reverberations were felt far beyond the fashion world. Karan, with her visionary approach to the working woman’s wardrobe and its iconic “Seven Easy Pieces,” has been a reliable resource for the city’s strongest and most stylish power players for the past three decades. With the launch of DKNY in 1989, Karan introduced a sporty, accessible, and quintessentially New York look to young women around the globe. As she enters the next phase of her storied career, Karan is focusing on philanthropy as well as fashion and home wares through Urban Zen. As what Karan calls “a philosophy of living,” Urban Zen is part retail operation (with stores in New York City, Sag Harbor, and Aspen) as well as philanthropic organization. “Urban Zen has always been about creating a community of consciousness and change,” says Karan. “Every


day we meet like-minded people that we collaborate with for social change in the areas of preservation of culture, well-being, and education of children.” Karan has focused serious efforts on Haiti, where the Haiti Artisan Project uses job creation and vocational education to foster economic development. “Working with the artisans of Haiti and helping them expand their creativity has been one of my proudest moments,” says Karan of one of her preservation-of-culture initiatives. Urban Zen’s fashion offerings are infused with the easy-to-wear, carefree spirit that appeals to globe-trotters and homebodies alike. Consisting of loose, breathable knits, draped skirts and dresses, relaxed pants, and versatile outerwear, the neutral-hued collection is decidedly fuss-free and modern—ideal for the modern woman at her most relaxed. As for where Karan feels most Zen? “At home,” she says. “I practice yoga to begin my day.” n

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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. Karen Stone, New York City Power Broker “My favorite neighborhood is the Upper East Side where I live and work. I love the mixture of brownstones and super high rise buildings, charming destinations and grand cultural landmarks. The neighborhood is home to my

favorite place, Central Park. I can get lost there – you are within a huge City and are suddenly surrounded by trees, ponds, bridges and large open spaces. Exploring the Park with camera in-hand and seeing the city from a different perspective always inspires me.”


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From illustrators to bakers, meet six artists who are making their mark on the city they love. BY PETER DAVIS

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Eduardo Kobra’s renditions of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat on a building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Curtis Kulig’s iconic “Love Me” manifesto appears not only on the streets of New York, Paris, Berlin, Istanbul, and beyond but also on canvas and in metal sculptures and neon lights. Kulig’s scripted graffiti-esque missive has led to collaborations with DKNY, HBO, and Smashbox Cosmetics. Why New York? This is a rhetorical question, right? It’s the world’s capital. It’s the best. Favorite feature: I like the light in New York. It makes you feel like you’re in a movie when you ride your bike through the streets. There’s something that happens between the dust, the buildings, the noise, and the people that makes it cinematic all the time.  Main motivator: New York pushes me. It forces me to get uncomfortable, to never be satisfied, to go further. This city is the best coach anyone can ever have.  Haute hangouts: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Café Sarbarsky, Unis, SoHo Arts, and The Strand. Zip code: SoHo. It’s home. New York icons: Serge Becker, Ian Schrager, Julian Schnabel, Robert De Niro, Robert Longo, Michael Halsband, and Ryan McGinley, because they all built their own empires in a place that is the ultimate test.  Fan favorite: People love New York’s energy, its possibilities. It’s too many people in a very small space who all bet on themselves and live in a city where those bets can actually pay off. 

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Dubbed “the Andy Warhol of Instagram,” creative director and father of five Donald Robertson’s illustrations and paintings of famous fashion faces recently filled every window of Bergdorf Goodman. His chic client list includes Colette in Paris, Violet Grey in Los Angeles, and many others.

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Oh, Canada: I came to New York from Toronto with the founders of MAC Cosmetics. Sex and the city: New York and sex have a lot in common. When you are a New York City virgin and you hear about it, you are super curious, read everything about it, and know you’ll be losing it soon because living here, if you are creative, is just a fact of life.  Positive energy: The city’s hustle and bustle  inspires me. Feast for the eyes: I see stuff on the streets of New York City I could never imagine. Eyes wide open!  Unusual haunts: I love the secret staff cafeteria at Bergdorf Goodman. I’ve been hanging out there a lot selling my art, so I get in there. I love this store called STORY on Tenth Ave., too. It changes every month. I love the street art and Jeff Koons’ Play-Doh sculpture out front of the Seagram Building. I love Sant Ambroeus in SoHo, but only because of the host, Ali. I love Union Square Farmers Market,  and I think the new Whitney Museum is genius.  Favorite spot: Central Park.  Ones to watch: I like the self re-inventors: the freaks and geeks who moved here, got their acts together, and now call all the shots.  Magnetic attraction: New York  is stuffed with PR people. It was inevitable. People also love anything with the word “new” in it.

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Former fashion designer Richard Haines’ popular blog What I Saw Today is an illustrated chronicle of style, on the runway and off. Haines’ drawings are both fine art and fast-paced sketches and have appeared in The New York Times and at Envoy Enterprises, where he had a solo show.

Making moves: I wanted to move to New York all my life. I remember reading The New York Times with my grandfather when I was about 10, looking at the full-page ads for Bergdorf Goodman and Bonwit Teller and being so captivated by the sophistication. There was never a question that I would live anywhere else. City slicker: New York has always represented a higher lever of everything—culture, trends, the arts—and I always wanted to be in the middle of that. On a subconscious level, as a gay kid in the suburbs, I wanted to be with my “tribe.” I wanted to live in a place where I could move easily as a gay man and still have the anonymity that the city offers. Empire state: I love how quickly things happen here and how high our expectations are for everything. I remember reading a story about New York City in the 1850s, about how New York was

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the first place to get fashion from Europe because it was such a port city. In a sense, it still has that vibe. I also love the diversity—it’s like a huge cultural experiment that works. Artistic inspo: In other cities it’s difficult to approach people to draw them, but everyone comes here to be “discovered” and is waiting for their 15 minutes. Few wallflowers here... Habitual haunts: I gravitate to downtown and Brooklyn. I love The Smile on Bond Street, Navy restaurant, and Marlow & Sons in Williamsburg. I was at some galleries in Ridgewood, Queens, the other day and loved them—the art scene is expanding even further.  Community ties: I still love Bushwick even though it’s changed more in the past six months than in the past six years. I love living around artists, and the vibe is still there.  

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Painter Liz Markus’ dreamy colorful portraits of famous socialites, rock star girlfriends, and fashion plates have been shown in galleries around the globe and at the Whitney Museum.

64 Class act: I first moved to New York when I was 17 to go to undergrad at School of Visual Arts. Culture club: It was the mid-’80s, and New York felt the place to be as an artist. It wasn’t even the booming art scene, it was just how exciting the city was back then—full of artists and intellectuals, and a sense that here, things are real. Main attraction: New York really does have an energy that can’t be found anywhere else. At times it drives me insane, but at the end of the day, it keeps pushing me to go further.  Metro muses: In New York, I feel a close connection to the women I paint—both the socialites and the It girls. After all, most of them lived here too at some point.  Haute spots: I love Ballato. Yes, it may be an ’80s throwback—not that I was hanging out there as an art student—but it has a wonderful atmosphere that is cozy and quiet. And it has perhaps the best Bolognese in the city. Every so often I just need to go to Barneys and Viand across the street to split a turkey club with my husband and

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to see great fashion up close. It’s a big part of what inspires my paintings. My favorite galleries are Anton Kern, Salon 94, and Greene Naftali. Between the three of them, they show some of the best painters on earth. Uptown girl: It may sound strange for an artist to say this, but I love the Upper East Side. I love the stately homes—obviously, I paint them and their inhabitants—Central Park, and, of course, the Met. Creative influence: I’m probably most inspired by my fellow artists. They’re here walking the same path as I am, and it feels like we’re in it together.  In a different way, I’m very inspired by New Yorkers with great style. Love-hate relationship: New York is like a drug.  It’s positively addictive. Even when I’m completely sick of it, which I think is part of being a New Yorker, I still can’t think of any other place that makes sense. Even while being a world capital, there is always some place that feels like a small town—even if it’s your neighborhood deli.

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It girl and style icon Amirah Kassem’s Flour Shop bakery is the go-to sweet spot for the fashion world. She’s a modern-day Willy Wonka whose edible candy creations were most recently on display at the Brooklyn Museum.


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A movable feast: I moved to New York for the pizza! Child’s play: New York is a playground I hadn’t played in before.  Culture club: All the characters in New York inspire me—everyone I speak to comes from a different part of the world. It’s so unique!  Creative spark: The city’s colors, the neon signs, the dancers on the subway—something about New York just collects creatives, and I love being surrounded by them.  Stomping grounds: Sundaes and Cones and Mesa Coyoacán. Perfect place: Central Park—I love the idea of a giant park in the middle of a crazy city. Number-one New Yorkers: Why, Eloise, of course! She lives in the Plaza Hotel and her adventures and her messy cuteness inspire me on a daily basis. Henry Hargreaves—his creative outlet speaks my language. Cleo Wade roams the city with a free spirit and love on her mind. Magic kingdom: I’m not sure what makes New York so great, since there’s no Disneyland, but it’s pretty magical on its own—maybe there’s pixie dust in the pollen! 

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Visual stimulation: The fashion here is appealing to look at, and it’s always changing. There are so many different social classes, from people spending a lot of money to look good to people barely spending any money and still looking good. Local loves: Sant Ambroeus in SoHo. I recently became a member at the MoMA but haven’t had much time to visit. I like 45rpm—it’s pricey but good. Bergdorf Goodman for fashion and food— the Gotham Salad without beets is my wife’s favorite. New York’s finest: Glenn O’Brien, because he knows what’s happening; if the future or the past, Glenn knows. I like Jack Walls. Chloë. Humberto [Leon]. Spike [Jonze]. Those people have got their thing going on. n

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Pro skateboarder Mark “The Gonz” Gonzales is a multitalented artist, poet, director, and author who has collaborated with Jason Schwartzman and Chloë Sevigny. Gonzales has been making art as long as he has been pioneering modern street skateboarding. His work hangs on the walls of prominent collectors and on T-shirts for the seminal skate brand Supreme.

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Endowed with unforgettable restaurants, superlative shops, and, above all, gorgeous new places to call home, these nabes-of-the-moment are making New York an even more attractive place to live.




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The High Line’s expansion northward in Chelsea spurred a construction boom like no other, drawing in starchitects from all over the globe. Now with the Whitney on Gansevoort, living on the far west side (with neighbors like Carmelo Anthony and Nicole Kidman) has never been better.


520 West 28th Street Pritzker Prize–winning architect Zaha Hadid’s curvaceous, chevron-facaded condo is her first building in New York. The 39 unique residences will boast up to 4,500 square feet and cantilevered balconies overlooking the High Line.


Santina 820 Washington Street The latest hit from the team behind Carbone and Parm offers up Italian coastal cuisine in a sleek, glassed-in space designed by Renzo Piano. Blue-crab spaghetti and lobster Catalan are paired with tiki drinks that go down easy. Untitled Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street Gramercy Tavern chef Michael Anthony is at the helm of the Whitney’s new appropriately titled, seasonally driven restaurant, which sits just below the museum’s dramatic cantilevered entrance. Porchlight Bar 271 Eleventh Avenue This Southern-accented bar from restaurateur Danny Meyer offers small plates like fried frog legs and avocado and crab toast alongside juleps and sazeracs. To really capture the good ol’ boy vibe, sit in one of the rocking chairs on the indoor porch. The Half King 505 West 23rd Street Arguably one of Manhattan’s best pubs,


the Half King is co-owned by war correspondents Sebastian Junger and Scott Anderson and director Nanette Burstein. Burgers and shepherd’s pie are paired with literary readings and photo series. Toro 85 Tenth Avenue Rows of cured Spanish hams hang over the bar of this cavernous, party-ready tapas restaurant. The vast menu is filled with winners like sea urchin sandwiches, garlic shrimp, and salt cod fritters, all to be washed down with sangrias and sherries.


Diane von Furstenberg 874 Washington St. Diane von Furstenberg’s flagship helped make the Meatpacking District a shopping mecca when it opened in 2007. Discerning shoppers still flock there for her signature wrap dresses and striking prints. Scoop 861 and 873 Washington St. With its women’s and men’s boutiques, Scoop offers a carefully curated collection of trendy ready-to-wear fashion and must-have accessories by Alexander Wang, Alice + Olivia, Thakoon, and more. Lululemon 408 West 14th Street Buy some of their iconic yoga pants… and then stay for a free yoga class. Christian Louboutin Men’s 808 Washington Street

Christian Louboutin’s first men’s-only boutique in the U.S. offers a cornucopia of brightly colored oxfords, loafers, and boots for guys who don’t mind a little attention.


The Whitney Museum of American Art 99 Gansevoort Street The splashy new Renzo Piano–designed museum opened this spring to much fanfare, offering six floors of galleries for its extensive permanent collection of 20th century and contemporary works by American artists, along with four open-air terraces and spaces for performances and screenings. David Zwirner Gallery 535 West 19th Street David Zwirner has long been a leader in the New York gallery scene, showcasing works by progressive international artists. This fall the gallery will host shows by painter Oscar Murillo, light artist Dan Flavin, photographer Isa Genzken, and more. 303 Gallery 507 West 24th Street Owner Lisa Spellman has cultivated the careers of major stars like Robert Gober, Doug Aitken, and Mary Heilmann, who will show new paintings this fall. Highline Ballroom 431 West 16th Street This midsize venue books an eclectic lineup of bands, DJs, burlesque shows, and comedians. A column-free floor and a wraparound balcony mean everyone has a view.

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Lofts and light-filled condos abound in this 10-block Tribeca enclave, home to New York’s favorite transplant, Taylor Swift. What this area—anchored by the Franklin Street subway station—lacks in green space, it more than makes up for in buzzy restaurants and fashion-forward boutiques.


Distilled 211 West Broadway This roomy bar and restaurant bills itself as an American public house, but it’s much more inventive, frying up duck and waffles instead of chicken, and marinating the wings in gochujang.

15 Leonard Street Four full-floor residences, a town house, and a triplex penthouse make up this ninestory family-friendly development. The building boasts private on-site parking, and each apartment has outdoor space and a smokeless limestone-wrapped fireplace.

American Cut 363 Greenwich Street Iron Chef Marc Forgione’s steak house checks all the boxes: glittery chandeliers, deep leather chairs, Caesar salad chopped tableside, big-ticket Barolos, Tomahawk ribeye chops as big as your head. The order here? Go big or go home.

11 North Moore Street This stately full-block condo building has just 18 oversize residences, including a 7,061-square-foot penthouse with a private rooftop pool. Amenities include a library, courtyard garden, and fitness center.

11 Beach Street Designer Thomas Juul-Hansen pulled out all the stops for this elegant condo conversion, featuring three- and four-bedroom loft residences, two duplex penthouses, and three triplex townhouses, which each have a 50-foot lap pool and spa.


Bâtard 239 West Broadway The latest in restaurateur Drew Nieporent’s portfolio, this elegant yet unassuming nouveau European spot won the 2015 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. Chef Markus Glocker delivers artfully composed plates on his three surprisingly well-priced prix-fixe menus. Locanda Verde 377 Greenwich Street Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel houses this Italian taverna, which is as hot now as it was when it opened in 2009: Celebrity sightings are served with every meal.


Paul’s Cocktail Lounge 2 Avenue of the Americas Entry to this intimate and flamboyantly appointed bar at the Tribeca Grand Hotel is at the doorman’s discretion—meaning it’s very likely you won’t get in. “Paul” is nightlife impresario Paul Sevigny, brother to Chloë.


Patron of the New 151 Franklin Street This airy, cooler-than-thou boutique offers Reinhard Plank hats, Hood By Air tees, and Moschino skirts that you will set you apart from the stylish masses. Edon Manor 391 Greenwich Street Downtown style mavens flock to this high-end accessories shop, where Aquazzura pumps, Lanvin bags, and The Row sunglasses are displayed like fine art.

Playing Mantis 32 North Moore Street Parents trying to limit their kids’ screen time will love this classic toy shop, stocked with handmade puzzles, wooden dollhouses and trucks, fairy-tale costumes, and picture books that promote creativity and imagination. Espasso 38 North Moore Street The premier supplier of Brazilian furniture in New York, Espasso offers modern and contemporary pieces as well as covetable accessories and art.


The Flea Theater 41 White Street This celebrated off-off-Broadway theater company’s mission is “raising a joyful hell in a small space.” Each year the resident company presents 10 to 12 new productions that are much riskier and unexpected than what you’ll find uptown. Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art 35 North Moore Street This ground-floor gallery exhibits abstract and contemporary works by emerging and established artists. This September will feature mixed-media pieces by North Carolina artist Jason Craighead. Soho Photo 15 White Street This cooperative gallery was founded in 1971 by a group of New York Times photographers. This September the space will highlight five artists, including New York–based photographer Ruben Natal-San Miguel, who spent the past 12 years documenting the city’s vibrant street life.

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Now that 1 World Trade is open, FiDi is booming again—and much of the action is on Wall Street, where condos and rental conversions are rising up like there’s no tomorrow. Movies would have us believe it’s all pinstripe suits and three-martini lunches, but the neighborhood keeps getting younger—and cooler—by the minute.

LIVE 63 Wall Street Built in 1928, this stately former office building has been transformed into stylish rentals with oversize windows and high ceilings. The sundeck and 10,000-squarefoot lounge—with billiards, card tables, and a grand piano—are like having a social club built right in. 67 Wall Street This distinguished office-rental conversion perfectly balances its historical elegance (terra-cotta roofing, intricate metalwork from 1921) with thoroughly modern amenities (chef ’s kitchens with stainless steel appliances, Italian marble baths). Busy New Yorkers will love the concierge service and valet laundry. 20 Exchange Place This Art Deco landmark is one of the most prominent buildings on the city’s skyline. These luxury rentals—studios, one- and two-bedrooms—offer breathtaking views, stainless steel appliances, and custom European cabinetry, as well as a lounge and wet bar and a rooftop sundeck.

EAT Bluestone Lane 30 Broad Street This Australian mini-chain helped usher in the flat white coffee craze here. Small bites like oat scones and jaffles (Aussie pressed sandwiches) are also served in this small but well-appointed space.


Cedar Local 25 Cedar Street Discerning financiers do happy hour at this quaint spot, where the cocktail menu is divided into “new money” and “old money” libations. Harry’s Cafe and Steak 1 Hanover Square This reboot of the former New York institution fills the basement of the historic India Club with a café and chophouse, perfect for power dinners and after-work whiskeys alike. Adrienne’s Pizza Bar 54 Stone Street Grab a square slice for a quick lunch or linger over a Neapolitan pie at this family-friendly Italian spot. Snag an outdoor seat on a warm night and enjoy your antipasti as the sun sets. Delmonico’s 56 Beaver Street Deemed “the country’s first restaurant,” this classic steak house opened its doors in 1837 and now caters to Lobster Newburg lovers with big expense accounts.

SHOP Century 21 22 Cortland Street Tourists and locals alike flock to this discount mecca, where designer duds by Marc Jacobs, Chloé, and Gucci are marked down to bargain prices. Go early

to avoid the rush. Brookfield Place 230 Vesey Street Downtown’s answer to the Time Warner Center, this new shopping and dining complex houses everything from a Bonobos guide shop and a Posman Books to a Babesta boutique for the city’s most stylish tots. Opening soon: Saks Fifth Avenue’s second Manhattan location.

CULTURE Museum of American Finance 48 Wall Street Those troubled by the country’s current economic state might benefit from a trip to this museum, which documents the history and practice of finance in the U.S. Not the sexiest way to spend the day, but no doubt a smart one. Federal Hall 26 Wall St. Fun fact: George Washington was sworn in on Wall Street, and the first Congress convened here in Federal Hall. Now it’s a museum and memorial featuring free guided tours every hour. World Trade Gallery 120 Broadway A neighborhood institution since 1981, this is part gallery—showing everything from Jay Fine’s photos of lower Manhattan to Laurent Dareau’s realistic paintings and portraits—and part frame studio, serving museums and collectors alike.

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Only five blocks long, Greene Street is arguably SoHo’s most iconic street, paved in cobblestone and lined with cast iron artists’ lofts. The artists moved on, of course, to be replaced by artists of a different sort: Stella McCartney, Chloé, and Louis Vuitton. But the lofts are still there, and they’re better than ever.

11 Greene Street Gene Kaufman’s brand-new six-story mixed-use development will command a prime corner at Greene and Canal and feature 31 luxury lofts free of live-work restrictions.

EAT Dominique Ansel Bakery 189 Spring Street Yes, cronuts put Dominique Ansel on the map, but they shouldn’t overshadow the rest of his equally delicious and creative bites, like the frozen s’mores and the roast pork club sandwich. Hot tip: A back garden features ample outdoor seating, a SoHo rarity.


Comodo 58 Macdougal St. Husband-and-wife duo Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe honed their restaurateur skills hosting a weekly dinner for groups of strangers in their Tribeca apartment for two years. Now they serve cilantro soup and chipotle-rubbed cod at this romantic Latin American eatery for happy, paying customers. Café Select 212 Lafayette St. Whether you want somewhere to linger over a cappuccino and croissant or meet a friend for rosé and oysters, Café Select is always the right choice—the type of laid-back, consistently good bistro every neighborhood needs.

The Dutch 131 Sullivan Street Andrew Carmellini’s upscale comfort-food spot is still a tough res to get four years after splashing into SoHo. Why? Hot fried chicken, cornmeal-crusted trout, and mile-high berry pies are three of the many delicious reasons. Jack’s Wife Freda 224 Lafayette Street Dress well when you hit this neighborhood charmer: It’s the official lunch spot for all of SoHo’s fashion mavens and models off duty. Grain bowls and avocado toasts keep the health-minded happy, while matzo ball soup and Portuguese steak sandwiches cater to hungrier diners.

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SHOP Warby Parker 121 Greene Street The eyewear pioneer’s flagship boutique is designed to look like a classic library, with old books stacked alongside the brand’s hip plastic frames. Model your picks in the photo booth to see which work best.

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Isabel Marant 469 Broome Street Isabel Marant has carefree Parisian cool on lock, and so do the willowy brunettes milling about her U.S. flagship at the corner of Greene and Prince. This fall, go for the high-waisted jeans, leather obi belts, and blanket coats that wowed in her ready-to-wear runway collection. Stella McCartney 112 Greene Street McCartney’s only stand-alone store in New York is airy and welcoming, with a lower level featuring a playful kids’ area (a bunny couch!) alongside her jacquard dresses and brocade booties.

NYC NEIGHBORHOODS_APPROVED.REV3.indd 79 Louis Vuitton 116 Greene Street Louis Vuitton’s stately downtown flagship houses the brand’s only North American atelier, where craftsmen will hand-paint your initials onto their signature leather trunks and bags. Acne Studios 33 Greene Street This hip Swedish sportswear brand straddles the line between simple and avant-garde, catering to its young, selfaware customers with boxy sweatshirts, oversize tunic dresses, and smiley-facepatched sneakers.

Judd Foundation 101 Spring Street Minimalist sculptor Donald Judd’s fivestory cast-iron SoHo home was transformed into a museum in 2013, keeping all of his vast art collection—with works by Dan Flavin, Claes Oldenburg, John Chamberlain, Frank Stella, and Larry Bell—exactly where it was when he died in 1994. Buy a ticket to one of the eight-person guided tours and prepare to be inspired.


Spencer Brownstone Gallery 3 Wooster Street This contemporary gallery focuses on emerging talents from Europe and the U.S., like paper artist Jane South and installation artist Fred Eerdekens.

The New York Earth Room 141 Wooster Street The name says it all. This is, simply, a room filled with 250 cubic yards of earth. But Walter De Maria’s living sculpture of sorts, commissioned by the Dia Art Foundation in 1980, is something that needs to be seen—and smelled.

Artists Space 38 Greene Street One of SoHo’s oldest alternative art spaces, it helped launch the careers of stars like Cindy Sherman and Laurie Simmons. Upand-coming talent still find plenty of room to display here, in solo shows or group exhibitions.

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MADISON SQUARE PARK Bordered by NoMad, Chelsea, and Flatiron, the seven-acre Madison Square Park serves as this neighborhood’s front yard, offering residents amazing public art (currently on display: Teresita Fernández’s shimmering mirrored sculptures) along with their lush lawn and Shake Shack burgers. With Gisele and Tom bunking up at the glossy One Madison and J.Lo resting her head at boutique condo The Whitman, this is quickly becoming celebrity central and the toniest and priciest park-front real estate in the city.

LIVE 212 Fifth Avenue Overlooking Madison Square Park, this 24-story property was originally built in 1912 as one of New York City’s first skyscrapers. Constructed in a Neo-Medieval style, it has been painstakingly renovated to offer 48 condominiums ranging from two-bedrooms to a triplex penthouse. With interiors from Pembrooke & Ives, it will welcome its first residents in the spring of 2016.

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EAT Eleven Madison Park 11 Madison Avenue Set in a soaring Art Deco room across from the park, the city’s best restaurant charges $225 for its multiple-course tasting menu—and anyone who’s ever eaten Daniel Humm’s foie gras or roasted squash fondue will say it’s worth every penny. The NoMad Restaurant 1170 Broadway Those who don’t have the time and money for 12-plus courses at Eleven Madison Park should head to the NoMad, where Daniel Humm reimagines his tasting menu recipes as more approachable, à la carte options. The roast chicken for two—stuffed with foie gras and brioche and truffles—is the signature dish for a reason. Order it. Upland 345 Park Avenue South Classic California cuisine is the game


here, with puffy-crusted pizzas topped with peaches and stracciatella, and tender pork chops crowned with persimmon and peppers. Jars of preserved lemons line the walls in lieu of art, and the extensive— and affordable—wine list could keep you lingering long after you’ve cleaned your plates. Tacombi Café El Presidente 30 West 24th Street This massive Mexico City–style café churns out delicious tacos—crispy fish, al pastor, corn and poblano—on freshly made tortillas all day and all night. Add a margarita and a big bowl of guac, and you’re set. Shake Shack Madison Square Park The original Shake Shack is still the most popular, commanding lines 75-people deep every day and churning out addictive diner-style cheeseburgers, wavy fries, and thick custard milkshakes.

SHOP Eataly 200 Fifth Avenue Find everything you need for the ultimate Italian feast—imported cheeses, meats, pastas, olive oils, wine—at this massive emporium. If shopping makes you hungry, stop in one of the myriad eateries for some pizza or gelato. Marimekko NYC 200 Fifth Avenue This fun shop goes far beyond Marimekko’s boldly printed fabrics, offering home goods, apparel, and jewelry all just as

vivid and striking. The LEGO Store 200 Fifth Avenue From the Lego dragon swooping down from the ceiling to the pristine re-creation of the Flatiron District, it’s hard to imagine a more imaginative store for kids. Shoppers can buy the latest Star Wars sets or fill a bag with loose Legos for their own creations. In the Lego Lounge, future master builders can put their skills to work.

CULTURE Museum of Math 11 East 26th Street The name might put some people off, but this fun and interactive museum is one of the best in the city for families. Ride a square-wheeled bike, design 3-D images, do puzzles at the Tessellation Station— and learn a lot about math while you do it. People’s Improv Theater 123 E. 24th Street At this longtime improv theater, the shows are cheap, the drinks cheaper, and you’re guaranteed to laugh—a lot. Budding comedians can also enroll in sketch comedy classes and improv workshops. Porter Contemporary 16 West 23rd Street The goal of this by-appointment gallery is to introduce art collecting to a wider audience. This fall, Aussie pop artist Johnny Romeo brings his vivid superhero-inspired paintings to the space.

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No other neighborhood has changed more—and more rapidly—than Williamsburg. Glass condos and tasting menus are now the norm, replacing the row houses and Polish delis of yesteryear. North Sixth Street is one of the neighborhood’s most exciting stretches, packed with cute boutiques and romantic dinner-date spots, all within a few minutes of the Bedford L stop.


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629 Grand Street This new five-story condo conversion houses seven one- and two-bedroom apartments featuring Bluetooth sound systems with in-ceiling speakers, radiant-heated bathroom floors, 10-foot ceilings, and large casement windows. Fittingly, the ground floor will be home to a vintage clothing shop.

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Sweet Chick 154 Bedford Avenue Soul food by way of Williamsburg means bacon-wrapped oysters, chicken and waffles…and duck confit with foie gras sauce and kale BLT salad. Whatever you order, wash it down with a Sweet Chick Julep. Delaware and Hudson 135 North Fifth Street Named in honor of chef Patti Jackson’s grandfather, who worked on the Delaware and Hudson rail line, this charming restaurant focuses on mid-Atlantic cuisine, old-time recipes, and local ingredients: rabbit terrine, lamb chops with eggplant and mint, green tomato pie. The menu changes weekly…so go often. Zenkichi 77 North Sixth Street The eight-course omikase tasting menu at this Japanese bistro—sashimi, black cod, duck, chocolate-black sesame mousse—is one of the best deals in Williamsburg at $65. And with its dark booths separated by privacy screens, the restaurant is also one of the most romantic. El Almacen 557 Driggs Avenue This cozy Argentine spot thinks beyond empanadas and huge plates of meat, offering avocado fries, Hamachi ceviche, pulled-chicken enchiladas, and cojitadoused grilled corn in a cozy, dimly lit


room. Oddfellows Ice Cream 175 Kent Avenue Oddfellows takes ice cream so seriously that they pasteurize their own milk (additive- and hormone-free, of course). Twelve flavors—from the beautifully basic (strawberry) to the deliciously bizarre (tobacco, smoked chili and huckleberry)—are available each day, along with banana splits, shakes, and sundaes topped with Mast Brothers hot fudge.


Catbird 219 Bedford Avenue This mini boutique has a cult following thanks to owner Rony Vardi’s great taste in jewelry, gifts, and accessories. Everyone from Olivia Wilde to Liv Tyler loves the dainty bracelets and earrings, and indie couples shop for wedding rings here rather than Tiffany’s. Artists & Fleas 70 North Seventh Street Creative types flock to this weekend market to find unique clothes, jewelry, home goods, and more made by local artists and designers. Gentry 108 North Seventh Street Williamsburg’s most stylish guys get outfitted at this well-stocked shop, which carries coveted brands like Engineered Garments, Visvim, and Stone Island. Bedford Cheese Shop 229 Bedford Avenue Besides scrumptious manchegos, triplecream bries, and aged goudas, this neighborhood mainstay provides fruity olive oils, artisan popcorn, small-batch chocolate, and more. Whisk 231 Bedford Avenue From Le Creuset crockpots to, yes,

whisks, this everything-but-the-kitchensink kitchen store appeals to the novice home cook and the future Chopped contestant alike.


Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North Sixth Street One of New York’s best midsize clubs, Music Hall books great up-and-comers like Bully as well as established acts like Low. Three levels, each with its own bar, offer plenty of good spots to watch and dance. Southfirst 60 North Sixth Street Founded in 2000, Southfirst is an independent exhibition space for experimental art. This fall sees a series from photographer Jared Bark, who used a photo booth to capture images of himself as well as strangers he met on his cross-country journeys. The Journal Gallery 106 North First Street The Journal began as a zine documenting underground art and culture, and founders Julia Dippelhofer and Michael Nevin ultimately brought their pages to life with their own gallery. Besides showcasing emerging artists like Joe Bradley and Agathe Snow, The Journal has also hosted performances by Thurston Moore and Chairlift. This fall, Brooklyn artist Graham Collins brings his sculpture and paintings to the hip space. Pierogi Gallery 177 North Ninth Street The grandfather of the Williamsburg gallery scene, Pierogi was established in 1994 as a meeting place for artists, and it’s still one of the most important art spaces in Brooklyn. New shows go up monthly; next up, Aldo Tambellini brings his intermedia works to the space. The Boiler, a second Pierogi location a few blocks away, showcases larger exhibits.

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With condos going for $100 million (seriously), it’s no surprise that this stretch of 57th Street has been dubbed Billionaire’s Row. Add in the high-end shopping—Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Harry Winston—and the ladies-who-lunch dining options, and the name seems apropos.


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LIVE One57 Pritzker Prize–winning architect Christian de Portzamparc’s rippling glass tower rises 90 stories overlooking Central Park and Manhattan—and commands prices just as staggering. The Park Hyatt’s New York flagship hotel takes up the first 25 floors, and residents can enjoy room service and spa privileges. 432 Park Avenue This silver sliver is the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere, and the square 10 x 10 windows will afford each resident views like no others. They’ll also enjoy the highest rooftop terrace in all of NYC, plus a pool, lounge, gym, and restaurant. But really, who cares about all that when you’re living in the clouds.

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EAT Polo Bar 1 East 55th Street It’s not the juicy burgers or the real polo mallets lining the walls that have attracted press about Ralph Lauren’s restaurant. It’s the prohibitive door policy—entry, even for a drink at the bar, requires a reservation. In order to dine on popovers and cheeseburgers alongside the likes of Tom Hanks and Woody Allen, call two months in advance. Betony 41 West 57th Street Esquire named this New American spot the best restaurant of the year when it opened in 2013, saying it was “a signal that fine dining can thrive without pretense or ridiculous prices.” Todd English Food Hall The Plaza, Fifth Avenue at Central Park The basement of the Plaza Hotel might seem like an odd place for a food court, but this isn’t your average smorgasbord. From lobster rolls and fig-prosciutto pizzas to martinis and sangria, there’s plenty to fill up hungry tourists and locals alike. Má Pêche 15 West 56th Street At David Chang’s uptown restaurant in the Chambers Hotel, food is offered à la carte—


literally. The waiter wheels over a trolley laden with shrimp balls, habanero fried chicken, and kimchi radish stew, and diners pick and choose what makes up their meal. Burger Joint Le Parker Meridien, 119 West 56th Street The city’s best dive-y burger is served, amazingly, behind a giant velvet curtain in one of the city’s poshest hotels, Le Parker Meridien. Snag a booth (there aren’t many) and treat yourself to the cheeseburger with everything, fries, and a pint of Sam Adams.

SHOP Bergdorf Goodman Fifth Avenue and 58th Street A favorite of Carrie Bradshaw’s and Serena van der Woodsen’s, Bergdorf Goodman has been outfitting the fashion elite since 1901. Find everything from Tom Ford evening gowns to Nancy Gonzalez crocodile clutches, stop for tea at the BG Restaurant, and then pop up to John Barrett for a cut. Niketown 6 East 57th Street This massive five-floor store is like a theme park, filled with eager participants who are happy to wait their turn to try on any swoop-emblazoned high-top or T-shirt. Organized by sport, it’s still a destination for sneakerheads more than 15 years after opening. Tiffany & Co. According to Holly Golightly, Tiffany’s is “the best place in the world, where nothing bad can take place.” Other than having your credit card declined, she might be right. Sure, there are other Tiffany & Co. stores now, but this is the original, in all its limestone and granite Art Deco glory. Burberry 9 East 57th Street The luxe British fashion house’s New York flagship showcases the Burberry Prorsum and Burberry London collections in a grand six-story space. While the trademark plaid is played down inside, it’s evident outside on the building’s asymmetric stone and glass facade, with its alternating stone panels. Serendipity 3 225 E. 60th St. Kids and doting parents have flocked to this east side institution for bowls of frozen hot chocolate since 1954. The adorable “general store” seems airlifted from a quaint upstate town and offers candy, cookbooks, and even Serendipity’s own Serendipitous perfume.

CULTURE Museum of Arts and Design 2 Columbus Circle Artists, designers, and artisans all get their due at this spacious museum overlooking Central Park. Currently on view: New York designer Ralph Pucci’s “The Art of the Mannequin,” and “Pathmakers,” an exhibit highlighting women’s artistic contributions to the modernist movement. MAD is the only museum to offer open artist studios. Simply stop by to watch and talk to artists in residence as they work. Mary Boone Gallery 745 Fifth Avenue In its 40 years, this eminent gallery has nurtured the careers of Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barbara Kruger, and many more. This fall will see a new exhibit of Ralph Gibson’s surreal, highcontrast black-and-white images. David Findlay Jr. Gallery 724 Fifth Avenue, #8 This distinguished gallery specializes in American 19th and 20th century paintings and sculpture. The mural-size Pointillist paintings by the late Jack Cushing Wright will be on display this fall. Tibor de Nagy Gallery 724 Fifth Avenue, #12 One of the first modern art galleries in New York, it focuses on contemporary painting, photography, and sculpture and served as a home for many Abstract Expressionist artists in the 1950s. John O’Reilly’s photographic collages and Susan Jane Walp’s paintings and works on paper will be celebrated this fall.

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Montague Street, Brooklyn Heights Montague is the most desirable street in Brooklyn’s most desirable neighborhood—and for good reason. The beautiful Brooklyn Promenade, offering unparalleled NYC views, is located at the base of Montague, and Brooklyn Bridge Park, with its magical playgrounds, brand-new ball fields, and Ample Hills ice cream stand, is just a short walk away. New developments are popping up next to perfectly preserved brownstones, ushering in a new generation of residents.

LIVE 172 Montague Street This brand-new 19-story rental tower has something most Brooklyn Heights apartments don’t: views. There’s also a rooftop deck, a fitness center, and an in-home Nest system.


EAT Gallito’s Kitchen 140 Montague Street Traditional Mexican recipes and local ingredients collide at this tasty spot offering chicken tamales, fish tacos, carne asada, and more. Stop by at lunch for a massive Mexican torta with all the fixings. Henry’s End 44 Henry Street Carnivores delight at this laid-back neighborhood bistro, where the menu is divided by meats: fish, chicken, duck, veal, lamb, and beef, offering plenty of options for each. Iris Café Store #9 20 Columbia Place Iris Café began as a breakfast spot serving sticky buns and cappuccinos, but it graduated to the neighborhood’s most inventive and comforting dinner spot over the last couple of years. The menu changes frequently, depending on what’s fresh, but you can trust the New American fare will always be delicious.


Teresa’s 80 Montague Street The best Polish food outside Greenpoint can be found at this neighborhood institution, where the farmer’s cheesefilled blintzes are heavenly, the onion and mushroom pierogis just this side of decadent, and the kielbasas delicious with a side of sauerkraut. Noodle Pudding 38 Henry Street The unfortunate name aside, this spot serves up the best Italian food in Brooklyn Heights—and at the best prices. Go for the homemade pastas, pillowy gnocchi, and prime rib.

SHOP HomeStories 148 Montague Street Chic and simple European collections of furniture, lighting, and home accessories are available at this serene home goods shop, owned by husband-and-wife designers Paul and Sophie Yanacopoulos-Gross. Brooklyn Women’s Exchange 55 Pierrepont Street This not-for-profit, volunteer-run shop was founded in 1854 for women to “exchange” their handcrafted goods. Now the shop offers jewelry, home décor, note cards, and baby’s and children’s items made by artists and craftswomen from

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CULTURE BRIC Arts Media 647 Fulton Street Best known for running the Celebrate Brooklyn! summer music series, BRIC also offers art exhibitions, readings, theatrical performances, and classes at the aptly named BRIC House. Brooklyn Historical Society 128 Pierrepont Street The society’s mission is to preserve and encourage study of the borough’s rich history. And that’s something it does through public programs and exhibitions like the current “Personal Correspondents: Photography and Letter Writing in Civil War Brooklyn.” New York Transit Museum Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street  The country’s largest museum dedicated to urban public transportation is also the most kid-friendly museum in New York. Transit-loving tots (and adults) can drive vintage buses and sit in 1930s subway cars (complete with periodcorrect advertisements). Older visitors will enjoy the interactive exhibits about the subway’s history and future.

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Obama lived there in the ’80s, Seinfeld made it famous in the ’90s, and now this neighborhood, with its ever-evolving and now northward-expanding boundaries, is attracting buyers in droves. And for good reason. It has the rare amenity of access to three of the city’s lushest parks —Central, Morningside, and Riverside—which makes this corner of town active and very kid-friendly.


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LIVE 285 West 110th Street Situated on the northwest corner of Central Park, this 11-story, 38-residence condominium will feature a curved glass facade designed by renowned architects FXFOWLE, mimicking the roundabout on which its located. Residences will range in size from one to five bedrooms, and floorto-ceiling windows will offer unprecedented park views during all seasons. Amenities will include an anticipated 421-A tax abatement, rooftop terrace, underground parking, landscaped terrace, private storage, resident lounge, kids’ playroom, fitness center, and 24hour doorman.

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EAT Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too 366 W. 110th St. Norma Jean Darden lures neighbors and celebs (Bill Clinton, Mike Tyson, and Angela Bassett, to name a few) to a taste of home with sumptuous Southern comfort food inspired by family recipes. Pull up a chair at this 1950s-style kitchen and get ready for a feast like none other. Fried chicken is a must. And be sure to ask for extra napkins—you’ll need them with the short ribs. The Hungarian Pastry Shop 1030 Amsterdam Ave. Satisfying the sweet tooth for over 50 years, this cozy pastry shop is a neighborhood staple. With cream puffs, mousse cakes, and cherry strudel, many have been known to skip dinner and go straight for dessert. Whether enjoying The New York Times at an outdoor table or a strolling through a neighborhood park, grab any one of their specialty coffees, like the rich Hungarian blend.


Bistro Ten18 1018 Amsterdam Ave. With views as divine as the food, this chic family-owned bistro serves up fresh and flavorful seasonal dishes that showcase local products. Whether you are enjoying a plate of cheese and charcuterie or a bucket of mussels, they are perfectly paired and not to be outdone by the vast wine list. Community Food & Juice 2893 Broadway The New York Times called it “the most welcoming restaurant to appear on the Upper West Side in years,” and we couldn’t agree more. The founders of downtown’s Clinton St. Baking Co., DeDe Lahman and Neil Kleinberg, offer up a seasonally inspired menu filled with local ingredients. While it’s not solely a vegetarian restaurant, herbivores will delight in the Bowl O’Beets, zucchini scallion pancakes, and truffled spring pea ravioli. The reclaimed-wood tables are packed nightly and every weekend for brunch.

SHOP Down to Earth Farmers Market Corner of Morningside Park at 110th Street and Manhattan Avenue Every Saturday from Memorial Day to late fall, this farmers market brings together two kinds of vendors: local farmers and area food makers who source locally. Shoppers will delight in a cornucopia of seasonal ingredients that are sure to make dining in a culinary treat. Larry’s Free Wheeling 301 Cathedral Parkway With something for everyone—from the most experienced cyclist to the weekend rider—this bike shop offers sales and rentals plus on-the-spot service and repairs. This is the neighborhood go-to if you want to take

advantage of the parks and paths nearby. Don’t forget your helmet. Mugi Pottery 993 Amsterdam Ave. The pottery studio and gallery invites you to inspire your inner artist. Classes are available for all ages, and special datenight events make for a creative evening out. If you’re looking for a gift, the gallery displays an ever-changing selection of handmade pottery for cooking, serving, or simply displaying.

CULTURE The Cathedral of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Ave. The world’s largest cathedral is filled with fun artifacts. Sign up for a guided tour and learn about its rich history and artwork, like the Great Rose Window, which is made of more than 10,000 pieces of glass. During services, the cathedral hosts 4,500 attendees, but know this: Tickets go fast for the annual blessing of the animals during the feast of St. Francis, the New York Philharmonic Memorial Day concert, and the New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace. Central Park Entrance at 110th Street and Central Park West The 110th Street Passage has the largest park right in its backyard. Although it has over 843 acres to explore, we recommend the attractions of the north side: The Harlem Meer is one of the park’s most pristine lakes and lies just north of the Conservatory Garden, another not-to-bemissed attraction. With the wrought-iron Vanderbilt Gates, it is home to some of the most massive displays of flora and fauna in the city. During wintertime, it’s just a walk to Lasker Rink, where you can test your Olympic ice skating skills.

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When Peggy Olsen was shopping for an apartment in season six of Mad Men, a perky real estate agent gave her this gem of a sales pitch: “Believe me, when they finish the Second Avenue subway, this apartment will quadruple in value.” Fifty years later, that elusive subway line is finally nearing completion. The MTA estimates the first chunk—from 96th Street to 63rd Street—will be rolling in December 2016, and the market is responding accordingly. Luxe apartments are popping up east of Second Avenue, and the restaurants, shops, and children’s play spaces will follow accordingly.

LIVE The Charles 1355 First Avenue Full-floor four-bedroom residences and two penthouse condos make up this record-breaking posh tower between 72nd and 73rd streets. A thoroughly modern addition to the brownstone-filled Upper East Side, this new home to the elite boasts a floor-to-ceiling windows wall system, filling each home with light.

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EAT Yefsi Estiatorio 1481 York Avenue Small plates are the thing at this fareast Greek favorite. Go with friends and be prepared to share the addictive Yefsi chips, a tasting of dips (taramosalata, melitzanosalata, spicy feta, tzatziki), the sautéed shrimp, grilled sausage, and black-eyed peas—and then graduate to a rich moussaka or whole roasted fish. 2nd Avenue Deli 1442 First Avenue This New York classic moved an avenue east and 65 blocks north after the old location closed in 2006. But despite the geographical differences, the menu is the same: piles of pastrami, pillow-soft matzo balls, and noodle kugel better than your bubbe could ever make. JG Melon 1291 Third Avenue This local landmark has been grilling up


some of the city’s best burgers since 1972, and because of that, the green-and-whitecheckered cloth-topped tables are packed every night. Be sure to stop at an ATM beforehand—it’s cash only. Vegan Divas 1437 First Avenue Toasted coconut donuts, chocolate chip cookies, macaroons, red velvet cupcakes, and more are all on the menu at this indulgent vegan bakery. Sit in the warm, exposed-brick space for a coffee and treat yourself, or pick up a cake for your next big fete. Seamstress 339 East 75th Street At this creative new cocktail bar, patrons can get exactly what they want—by mixing their own drinks. The “Tailor Made” menu option supplies you with complex mixers, bottles of spirits, a jigger, ice, and garnishes. Don’t want to play bartender? Order one of the dozen-plus drinks on the menu, like the Tabletop, with reposado, celery soda, and thyme.

SHOP Sprout San Francisco 1375 Third Avenue This natural and organic children’s boutique features toys, clothes, and baby furniture from trusted brands like Oeuf, OXO, and Winter Water Factory. A play area keeps tots busy while parents shop, plus there are weekly music classes. Pachute 1582 First Avenue Pachute means “simple” in Hebrew, and this adorably cozy women’s boutique offers a carefully curated collection of indie designer clothes and accessories. Otte 1232 Third Avenue The UES outpost of this hip women’s store brings downtown style uptown, with gorgeous pieces from Carven, Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, and more.

CULTURE Americas Society 680 Park Avenue The gallery at the Americas Society—an organization that fosters understanding of the political and economic issues of North, South, and Central America— may be small, but it packs a mighty punch. Catch the thought-provoking “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self,” courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery. Godel & Co. Fine Art 506 East 74th Street Major collectors and museums are patrons of this gallery, which has an extensive collection of 19th and early 20th century art, including pieces from the Hudson Bay School, Winslow Homer, and E. Irving Couse. n

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Mary Anne Dinan, New York City Power Broker “Being a real estate professional in New York allows me to explore the inner corners of this remarkable city. Vibrating with history, Gramercy Park is my favorite neighborhood. Always guided by honesty and loyalty, it is an honor to help someone find the space that will be so integral to their happiness. The initial moment of walking into a property, seeing the glimmer in someone’s eye, and the rush of possibilities is a sense of satisfaction that I have truly never felt before.”

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STEPHANY GLADSTONE Stephany Gladstone, 27, represents the third generation of her family in real estate and joined Madison Equities to work with her father, Robert Gladstone, in 2012. The company is responsible for the development of more than 20 properties and over 25 million square feet of new construction in its history, including its newest project, the 48 elegant condominium residences at 212 Fifth Avenue. Along with Madison, Gladstone is completing 10 Sullivan Street and starting preliminary work on two new sites. In her downtime, she can be found at Wild in the West Village, Pil Pil on the Upper East Side, and at the new Whitney Museum.

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WILLIAM KAMFAR Eight-year-old William Kamfar represents the next generation of Bluerock Real Estate, which has retail, commercial, and residential developments all over the country. Although he’s in elementary school, his ambitions are clear: “When I grow up, I would like to work at Bluerock and build apartment buildings,” he says. “Sometimes I visit my dad’s projects when they are being built so I can learn about them from the beginning.” A skier, swimmer, and tennis player, Kamfar lives on the Upper East Side, and his first solo construction project was a rendition of the Empire State Building—made out of Legos. His professional goals? “I want to build buildings—taller ones than my father’s,” he says. We’ll be watching.

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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. Ginger Brokaw, New York City Power Broker “I define my neighborhood as the Upper East Side, where I live and represent a great majority of my business. It is really difficult to pick just one neighborhood as my favorite because there are so many that I get to experience on a day-to-

day basis. I cannot think of another city in the world that has the same energy. Each neighborhood has a different vibe and brings its own uniqueness to New York City. It is the collection of these neighborhoods and the people within them that make this town. New York City is my town.”


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JACK SITT As the founder of Colt Equities, 24-year-old Jack Sitt is busy developing properties in SoHo and Brooklyn. “Among the properties Colt Equities owns are 93 North Ninth Street in Williamsburg; a 10,000-squarefoot retail building; a two-level retail condominium at 158 Franklin Street in Tribeca; and 11 Greene Street in SoHo, the site of a planned mixed-use project featuring luxury residences and more than 16,000 square feet of prime retail space,” he explains. Real estate is in Sitt’s DNA—his father, Joseph Sitt, is the founder of Thor Equities. In his downtime, the SoHo resident enjoys surfing and snowboarding. “It gives me a great excuse to travel to some exotic places and take it easy,” he says. As for his professional goals? “I’d really like to make the Forbes 30 under 30 list,” he says. We’d say his chances are good.

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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. Tom Brady, New York City Power Broker “Before boarding a flight I picked up Trump’s ‘The Art of the Deal.’ By the time I landed, I finished the book and my mind was made up – New York City real estate was for me. I love my job and look

forward to each day in a city with unparalleled energy. When I introduce a tenant to a retail space that meets all of their needs, the Landlord is appreciative. TOWN’s pledge of best in class service is so much more than just words, it’s the only way.”


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AMANDA GLUCK A resident of Chelsea, Amanda Gluck wears many hats in her role at Stellar Management, the real estate development firm founded by her father, Laurence Gluck, that’s known for Independence Plaza, Embassy House, and Park West Village. Currently she’s working on marketing for One SoHo Square and managing the renovations of the Clinton Hotel in Miami. “I really love exploring and learning about new places,” she says. “Traveling is something my family does together, and I value and cherish those experiences.” When she’s not exploring Cuba, Southeast Asia, Brazil, and South Africa, she spends weekends in Water Mill. “I’m proud to be associated with Stellar Management,” she says. “I feel honored and excited to continue to grow the brand I know today while exploring new opportunities to expand and evolve.”

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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. Cristina Cote, New York City Power Broker “New York City has an indescribable magic and energy--it’s a microcosm of the world, a magnet for fascinating people. I’m a born and raised Manhattanite but still love exploring. My favorite neighborhoods? The West Village

with its creative vibe, cobble stone streets, charm. The Upper East Side with its classic elegance, it is old New York. The Carlyle, The Mark, Central Park; the world’s most amazing museums at my doorstep. Living in New York feels like I stepped into a Woody Allen film.


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Noah Blaichman Noah Blaichman’s goal is to “build buildings that change the way people feel and think when they are inside them or viewing them from the street”—and he’s doing just that at CB Developers, the family-run company started by his father, Charles. CB is most famous for its design-emphasized projects, like Philip Johnson and Annabelle Selldorf ’s Urban Glass House on Spring Street. Now Blaichman, who lives in Alphabet City, is busy with a handful of new projects, including a modularly constructed hotel at 626 Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg. When he’s not working, Blaichman likes to explore the outer boroughs, which he loves for their “distinct old-school neighborhood feel.” n styled by Lisa Nyugen Groomed by Ingeborg Photographed at CBC Studio / The Charles / Madison Equities

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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. Roberto Cabrera, New York City Power Broker “Sinatra said it best, ‘This town is a make-you town or a break-you town.’ My job isn’t about the easiest deal, or the simplest way to get something done. Success is a healthy dose of fatigue after running with

customers, scaling townhouses, coordinating showings, and finalizing board packages. I may not have completed my day’s to-do list, but I’m thrilled to pick-up where I left off and help the next person tomorrow. We’re all here to make it, you can feel it.”


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From coding courses and rock climbing clubs to voice-over sessions and DJ seminars, kids’ classes in New York are anything but basic—much like your little one. Here are our favorites for every age group. MY_TOWN_KidsEdition_APPROVED.REV2.indd 104

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Anderson Cooper and his little brother Carter lounge with their mom, Gloria Vanderbilt, 1972.

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Ages 1–4 WeBOP at Jazz at Lincoln Center Future hepcats can swing, scat, and shake maracas during this three-semester parent-child class at Lincoln Center. A teacher and pianist break down the basics each week—turning nursery rhymes into jazz tunes, extolling the virtues of Coltrane and Coleman, helping kids feel the rhythm—and professional jazz players stop by twice a term for full-on jam sessions. Turtlenecks and black berets optional.

Eric and Ivanka join dad Donald Trump at Yankee Stadium, 1992.

Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance at TADA! Youth Theater Start your kids’ Sondheim obsession early with this weekly musical theater class at the Drama Desk Award–winning TADA! Youth Theater. Three- and 4-year-olds belt out popular Broadway tunes, dance up a storm, and play drama games that will get their imaginations churning. Keep up the classes each year and maybe they’ll win a spot in the elite Resident Youth Ensemble, whose alums include Kerry Washington and Jordan Peele.

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Manhattan Mandarin Kids For kids, learning a second language is as easy as learning a first. So give your kid a leg up and begin Mandarin—the most widely spoken language in the world—when she’s just a year old. Manhattan Mandarin’s Mommy and Me class introduces tots to the seemingly difficult language through song and dance, making it approachable and fun. This goes far beyond ni hao—before you know it they’ll be counting to 100, with no help from Elmo.


Ages 4–7 Little Chefs at Freshmade NYC Whether you’re grooming the next Mario Batali or simply want your toddler to eat broccoli, this hour-long weekly class is a delicious option. Kids don aprons and toques (photo op!) and chop, mix, and cook their way to a healthful attitude about food. Some recipes come straight out of storybooks (Stone Soup, anyone?), while others are dictated by what’s fresh at the farmers’ market. Bonus: You don’t have to worry about bringing an after-class snack.

Hip-Hop at Broadway Dance Pop and lock…or just boogie down at this no-tuturequired class at the storied Midtown dance center. This is perfect for B-boys and girls who are athletic but not necessarily into team sports. They’ll get their adrenaline pumping and learn basic moves and performance skills—and get a free music history lesson while they’re at it.

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Play the Instrument at Diller-Quaile School of Music You shouldn’t rush into picking an instrument: That’s the opinion of Diller-Quaile, the elite Carnegie Hill music school. Every six weeks, 4- and 5-year-olds tackle a new instrument—percussion, piano, violin, cello, and recorder—and study dynamics, timbre, and music terminology before deciding which one is right for them. Once they do, prepare yourself for 13 more years of lessons.

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Ages 7–10 Brooklyn Boulders Kids Academy Instead of vegging out in front of the TV after school, kids can scale the walls at the city’s only dedicated rock climbing gym. The belayer staff supervises as budding Spider-Mans gain confidence and strength and learn problem-solving skills. Who says you can’t defy gravity?

Brooke Shields and her New Lincoln School classmates on the Upper East Side, 1978.

Graphic Novel: Children’s Museum of the Arts Turn your kid’s manga obsession into a skill with this creative after-school class. Young artists will study drawing techniques, character design, and storyboarding as they create their own comic book, putting pen and ink to paper and then editing the whole thing in PhotoShop. Next up: an internship at Marvel.

Kids DJ/Producer Program at Dubspot In these Spotify’d times, teaching a youngster real-deal DJ skills could earn them immeasurable street cred. In this (literally) hands-on class, kids handle, play, and mix records (yes, they still exist) and learn production techniques so they can break down a song’s structure and work with melodies and beats. Their next birthday party is going to rock.

Ages 10–13 Voice-Over Class at A Class Act Kids with stage presence who don’t necessarily want to be onstage can hone their skills in this voice-over class that focuses on animation and commercial VO acting. An experienced VO actor will teach them proper technique, and at the end of the four weeks, agents and casting directors will come to hear their final presentation to give feedback and, fingers crossed, scout new talent.

Programming Possibilities at The Techno Team Need a new website for your company? Have an app idea that could fund your retirement? Have your kid build it. In these fifteen 90-minute sessions, tech-savvy youngsters will learn programming and coding skills that will baffle you but ensure them a career right out of high school.

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John F. Kennedy Jr. and his nanny walking the family’s cocker spaniel, 1970.

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Middle School Workshops at FIT Future fashionistas get a well-rounded education in these Saturday afternoon sessions, studying everything from life drawing and fashion history to trend forecasting and celebrity styling. Don’t be surprised when they ask to borrow your credit card for “research” at Opening Ceremony. n

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As the New York Yankees enter a new era, CRAIG LOWELL reflects on the team’s iconic leader of the past 20 seasons.

On September 25, 2014, Yankee fans were treated to an experience they had enjoyed so often it had almost become routine. With the game against the Baltimore Orioles tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the omnipresent Derek Jeter strode to the plate with a runner in scoring position and a chance to send the Bronx faithful home happy.

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nly this time, every single person in the stadium and watching on television around the country knew the stakes: Regardless of the outcome of the at-bat, this was almost certain to be the final time that The Captain stepped into the batter’s box in Yankee Stadium. Jeter had been on his own version of a farewell tour, having announced that after 20 seasons, five World Series titles, and countless memories for fans and opponents alike, 2014 would be his last season in the major leagues. Although his on-field play had dropped off considerably since his heyday as a perennial MVP candidate, Jeter was still the heart and soul of the team, the undisputed leader in the clubhouse, and the player that both fans and teammates wanted to see at the dish more than anyone else in pressure situations like this one. As the haunting voice of the late Bob Sheppard boomed from the stadium’s PA system to announce the batter (Jeter had asked the iconic announcer to record his at-bat introductions prior to Sheppard’s retirement in 2009), even the most ardent Yankee-haters got goose bumps. It was the kind of moment that comes along only once every decade or so: a surefire Hall of Famer and face of a franchise getting a chance to give fans one last perfect memory. It was the kind of situation so packed with drama and emotion that any other player might have succumbed to the pressure and failed to deliver. But Jeter, of course, was never just any other player; he thrived on pressure and relished every opportunity he had to deliver in the clutch. That, more than anything else, is why he’s been the most beloved Yankee since a guy named Mantle was patrolling center field. So naturally, with 50,000 Yankee fans on their feet, Jeter rose to the occasion. Not wasting any time against right-hander Evan Meek, he laced the first pitch into right field. The rest was more or less preordained. Antoan Richardson sped around third and headed for home, and right fielder Nick Markakis’ throw was too late to catch him. Standing between first and second base, Jeter raised both arms skyward as he waited for his overjoyed teammates to mob him, while those 50,000 fans screamed their heads off and more than a few grown men wept tears of joy. Jeter would go on to play in

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New York’s final two games that season in Fenway Park, but with the team out of the playoff chase, that final at-bat against the Orioles was, for all intents and purposes, the conclusion of his legendary career as a New York Yankee. Fans, of course, have had a difficult time coping without Jeter this season. “Derek Jeter was a constant in my life as a baseball fan,” says Matt Provenzano, staff writer at the popular Yankees site Pinstripe Alley. “So up until the day he retired, the idea of a Yankees team without Jeter was not only unfathomable, it just wasn’t something within the realm of understanding. Seeing him go was extremely unsettling, especially because that was the definitive close to an era of Yankees baseball that featured one of the greatest dynasties in modern sports.” Former Donna Karan CEO Mark Weber agrees. “Jeter was one of those players that transcended the sport, like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, or Tom Brady,” he says. The Yanks, though, are learning to manage without him. Didi Gregorius, given the impossible task of following a legend, is quickly becoming a legitimate major league shortstop and giving the front office hope that they found another mainstay at the position. “I don’t think Didi goes as far to replace Jeter’s postseason performance, but I don’t think many can,” says Provenzano. “Jeter was, like in his regular season career, consistent in the postseason.” Meanwhile, the middle of the lineup has seemingly found the fountain of youth, with Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Brian McCann all mashing the ball the way they did throughout much of the 2000s. That type of veteran production has helped put the Yanks in a great position to earn their first playoff berth since 2012. Yet even if the Bronx sees meaningful October baseball, there’s undoubtedly going to be something peculiar about watching them play postseason baseball without The Captain leading them for the first time since 1995. “Even with all the different players stepping up, there’s no perfect replacement for Jeter,” says Weber. As a rookie in 1996 on a veteran-laden team that won it all, there was clearly something special about Jeter that made more experienced players gravitate toward him. The way he carried himself both on and off the field—always steady, always saying the right things, rarely opening himself up to criticism—made him the perfect player to handle the harsh spotlight of his position. “What Derek Jeter did with his class, we always respected him,” says creative director David Lipman. “He was the ultimate modern baseball player. Who could be a better role model than Derek Jeter? We miss his leadership, but my son will grow up to be a better man because of him.” Winning in New York is one thing. Winning time and time again while garnering praise from fans as both a player and a person is something entirely different. That’s why even if the Yankees raise another World Series trophy this fall, it’s simply not going to be same as it was when The Captain was steering the ship. n

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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. Ian Peters, New York City Power Broker “New York City suits my hustle – it’s fast, ambitious, authentic; the people, the pace. A favorite neighborhood? Harlem for the culture, music and electricity; SoHo and Chelsea for the art; Lower East Side

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Brandon Trentham, New York City Power Broker “I was drawn to the energy and possibilities of New York. Whether construction or selling, my family was always in real estate; it’s second nature to me. ‘There is never a substitute for hard work’ is a value my family instilled in me. My career allows me to contribute to our ever growing city one property at a time. TOWN is now an extension of my family – never taking our responsibilities lightly and always proud of the way we do business.”

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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. Elkin Serna, New York City Power Broker “Growing up in Queens, I would see the Manhattan skyline from the 7 train window and wonder what it would be like to live there. I have since realized that dream. I began my career in Finance, and dabbled

in real estate – it was always what I wanted to do. Like I did, with support and guidance, I encourage my clients to trust their instincts and focus on the place they love without compromise. I feel so fortunate helping others realize their dreams.”


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A NATIVE OF SOUTH AFRICA, CANDICE SWANEPOEL began modeling at age 15, and ever since she arrived in new york, she’s been turning heads. PHOTOGRAPHy BY SANTE D’ORAZIO

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Vince tank; David Yurman jewelry.

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“ Candice’s New York When did you first come to New York City? I came when I was 15 with my agent at the time to see agencies and a few important go-sees. I was in awe. I moved to NYC about two years later. What did you imagine the city to be like? I expected it to look like all the movies I’d seen as a little girl growing up in South Africa—and it was exactly how you would expect and more. Sometimes when I’m driving around or in a cab, it still feels like I’m in one of those films.  What are your favorite movies shot in New York City? 9½ Weeks, Belly, and Meet Joe Black. What do you love most about the city? The constant energy of people with a purpose, and all the cultures mixed together in a great big melting pot. NYC has so much diversity, and even though I’ve been living here for so many years, it gives me a constant renewal of energy. New York is definitely the place where if you’re persistent enough, you can make your dreams come true. It can be tough at times, but it always has its way of inspiring me.  What drives you nuts about it? Taxi drivers with bad attitudes and the traffic. And no nature—that’s the thing I crave most when I’m in the city for too long. What was your first apartment here like? Once I’d made enough money to move out of the model apartment I was in, I moved to a tiny apartment on 14th Street. And when I say “tiny,” it was literally a box. The bed was a loft bed and so close to the ceiling I couldn’t sit up. That said, I was just so happy and proud to finally have a place to call my own.  Who are your favorite New Yorkers? Robert De Niro and Notorious B.I.G.

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put all my eggs in one basket when I left South Africa. I put my head down and worked my ass off. And look where it got me.”

What’s your favorite neighborhood? The East Village. What neighborhood would you love to live in someday? The Upper East Side, so I can take my dogs to Central Park. What do you love most about Central Park? The fresh air and the African drummers near the great lawn. Are you an Uber or a yellow-cab girl? Uber.  What’s your favorite department store? Barneys. What street do you love walking down? Bleecker or West Broadway.  What’s your favorite restaurant? Nobu.  What’s your favorite hotel? The Carlyle.  What’s the last Broadway show you saw? The Lion King. It made me quite emotional.  What iconic tourist spot have you never visited? The Statue of Liberty. What should every tourist do when they’re in town? Try as many restaurants as they possibly can, and explore the city by bicycle. Also visit Williamsburg on the weekends—it has a very laid-back vibe.  Do you spend much time in Brooklyn? We go often in the summer. My fiancé [Brazilian model Hermann Nicoli] and I love to ride over the Williamsburg Bridge on our motorcycle to visit friends and explore new restaurants and markets.  Where will we find you on a Saturday night in the city? At home, at my Chinese massage spot, or having dinner with friends. n

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Gieves & Hawkes coat; David Yurman jewelry.

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Christian Louboutin shoes.

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Prada blouse; David Yurman jewelry; Tom Ford shoes.

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Theory sweater; David Yurman jewelry; Converse sneakers.

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David Yurman jewelry; stylist’s own jacket.

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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. Dana Power, New York City Power Broker “I have lived in New York City for fifteen years. I remember feeling like I was on the outside looking in and could not wait to be a part of the City. Then, as you wake up and live every day, the people you meet become familiar –

from the guy you buy your coffee from in the morning to the people passing by the sidewalk café. You suddenly realize that you have become a part of the neighborhood, part of the community. I am inspired by the excitement, the energy. I am a New Yorker.”


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Artist and filmmaker Mr. Brainwash—born Thierry Guetta—is a figure of speculation, and not only because of his thought-provoking works. JARED COHEN discusses his philosophy, mission, and the eternal question: Is he Banksy?

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ou were born in Paris and you live in L.A., but you opened a gallery in New York. What attracted you to this city? New York is like nowhere else—it’s the city of the world. It’s the city that never sleeps. It’s the city where everything happens. Walking down the street, you can meet someone to give you a new direction in life. In the city, anything can happen at any moment. There are many different visions here—I see art everywhere. What are your favorite neighborhoods in the city? It’s all beautiful to me. There are so many areas I want to discover, so I can’t judge them. I feel like New York is like Paris in a way—little by little, every area becomes great. People move from one neighborhood to another, and they create an artistic energy all around them. You can meet so many different people from so many different countries here—it’s like a platform where everybody stops, and some of them leave for a little bit, then come back. But some people can’t go anywhere else. New York is not always easy.

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It’s 2 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Where will we find you? In a taxi, going somewhere. That’s the magic of New York—you never stop; you’re always going somewhere else. You never know where you’re going to end up, and you’re going to enjoy it. Midnight, 2 a.m., 3 a.m., 4 a.m., it doesn’t matter—time doesn’t count anymore. I’m not someone who sleeps a lot. The city can babysit me when I don’t want to sleep. Art is transforming so many public spaces in New York. Does that impact communities? For sure. When you have art outside and you have to go to work every day and see it, it’s part of the view, and it touches you in your heart because you live with it. Little by little, it’s brainwashing your mind, and little by little, it’s becoming a part of you— something you remember. It’s a literal artistic expression that is there for you and for everyone, and I think that it’s beautiful. It’s not enough—we should have even more. That’s why I’m coming to New York—I want to give more, do more, and fight to share some art. Last year I created a huge mural in commemoration of 9/11. I’m doing it again this year. I’m covering the entire front of Century 21’s building, 65 feet tall by 225 feet long, with artwork

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I’m trying to bring joy to people’s hearts—that’s all I fight for. Positivity will make you win. Everyone can make it happen, and I’m proof of that.”

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sic, videos, records…every cover was different. How could I get a pair of your limited-edition Nike sneakers, preferably in a size 9 and a half? Oh I don’t know, you have to rob somebody’s house. [Laughs] No, we’ll at least go and look for you. A key part of me wants to make everyone happy. That’s what I’m trying to do with my art. People first saw me when I came out in 2008, but I feel like I haven’t even started yet—I’m just warming up. The beast hasn’t come out yet! What are your plans for Art Basel? I never know, but when it’s time, I fly to Miami, I look around, I get propositions, I choose something, and I make it happen. That’s what happened last year—I did a collaboration with a woman who has the biggest house in Miami, and we had a party with Hublot, Ferrari, Dom Perignon, and Mr. Brainwash. I put all of this together. I’m always doing something—it’s been four or five years that I’ve been going there, and I feel that Art Basel in Miami is just where you have to be during that time of the year. It’s where it’s all happening. I stay at the W Hotel and watch the people, and it’s always getting more popular. It’s just incredible. I really enjoy the moment. Your process seems very organic. All my life is organic, all my life is in the moment. I live one day at a time and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Life is a gift, and when you wake up you have the whole day to try and become a better person and do something good. I’m trying to bring joy to people’s hearts—that’s all I fight for. A week and a half ago, I decided that I’m going to do a TED Talk. Positivity will make you win, and love is the answer. Behind every negative is a bigger positive. It kills me when I hear that people kill themselves. It shouldn’t happen. Everyone has talent, everybody is a diamond. Everyone can make it happen, and I’m proof of that. I am a simple, normal person who doesn’t give up and makes it happen. If you dream enough, it’s always possible. You have to believe in yourself, and that’s why I promote, everywhere, that life is beautiful. Everyone is an artist. We need them,

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for New Yorkers. It's titled "New York is Beautiful." How did you end up with the name Mr. Brainwash? We are all brainwashed. What you see in the city is in your brain, even if you don’t accept it. It’s what the world is. The whole world is about being brainwashed—something led you to that magazine, that TV station, that food. You’ve been called a brilliant marketer due to your collaborations with Burger King, Nike, MercedesBenz, and Coca-Cola. How do you balance commercialism and art? It’s a balance. It’s a pleasure to be able to work with companies you want to work with. They have a world of their own, and both of us are trying to bring something new, fresh, different, and artistic—a moment that stops in time. I’m trying to bring a message of positivity, collaboration, and expression, and sometimes these companies are a great platform to share it with millions of people. Are there other brands you’re dying to work with? I don’t die to work with anybody. I’m very patient, and things come to me when it’s the right time and the right person. I work with people I like. It’s more about humans than companies. Coca-Cola is like a family to me. Little by little, we work together more and more. Whatever you want in life, you can do and have. It’s just about directing yourself if you want to work with Apple—you find an idea, bring it to them, and make it happen. I just started to do more collaborations in 2015—before that, it was just Coca-Cola—and now I’ve done Harry Winston, Nike, Burger King, Mercedes-Benz, and many others. What was it like to create album art for Madonna? Really, really good. She knows what she wants and she’s very on top of everything. I worked day and night trying to please her, and in the end I did 13 covers—mu-

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all of them. We need to help them and talk to them—we need them to be happy. You think you see from your eyes, but it’s not true—your heart is your true eyes. Your heart is always real, because your heart doesn’t lie. What is your personal mantra? Accepting the fact that we can be gone any moment and we have to make the best out of every day. When you become better, you

make others better, and bringing good won’t hurt anyone. Life is so simple—people make it complicated. You need to share and open your heart. It’s one world, and we are together as one— that’s what makes it beautiful. Your identity has been a source of of urban legend and theories, and the speculation has been fun to watch. What do you think of it, and how do you handle it? I’m just a little boy with a dream of having everybody happy. People judge and ask questions, and I let them. Time will give them the answer. With Marcel Duchamp, they said, “What is this? You’re not an artist! What are you?” But in the end, he was one of the biggest contemporary artists in the world. I will never know anything. The only thing I know is when the sun goes up and down. Which five items are you unable to live without? Nature, water, an American Express card, a passport, and paint. If you could dine with anyone in history, who would it be? Bill Gates, because he just went from nothing to being able to do good things in this world. I feel like he’s a good-hearted person, and it would be great to have a conversation and learn from him. re you Banksy? Am I Banksy? I don’t know. If I tell you yes, you’re going to tell me no. If I tell you no, you’re going to tell me yes. And I say no. In the end, it’s a question that always comes by. I give up. Like I say, time will tell. n


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Debra Stotts, New York City Power Broker “I was born and raised here and love New York City. My favorite neighborhood? All of them – each is glorious. 22 years ago, we taped listings to the wall. There were no computers, we made deals from pay-phones. Technology has changed everything – and for the good. There is so much information out there. I get such satisfaction translating that into the feeling when someone walks into a property, and you just know that was where they were meant to live.”

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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. Jason Karadus, New York City Power Broker “You can never get bored in New York City real estate. I am always working with new clients, in new micro-neighborhoods, in apartments that I have never seen. I love that the architecture is as diverse as the people

who live here. The spontaneity of the city and its everchanging real estate market fit my personality. Finding a client a home is like making the perfect match. The feeling of accomplishment and pride when I hand someone their keys is why I do what I do.”


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GIRL ON FIRE Actress and activist LAVERNE COX has emerged as a New York icon. She reminisces about her salad days in the city with EDDIE ROCHE. photography by david lipman


ave you spent a lot of time at Hogs & Heifers? I’d heard of it, but I had never been here before today, which feels bizarre. What first brought you to New York? I came here for college back in the day. I don’t like to say what year that was. I still adore this city, and I don’t think I’d ever want to live anywhere else. At

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least not in the United States! Where did you first live? For a semester, in a dorm at Marymount College on the Upper East Side. Then I moved into an apartment with another student. That roommate experience was challenging, so I moved back to student housing. I eventually found an apartment on the Upper West Side, and in that apartment, when I stretched out my arms, I could touch both walls. The bathroom was in the hall.

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What i love about this city is that we know how to leave each other alone. it’s great to be neighborly, but you can also be anonymous and disappear.

It wasn’t about spending a thousand dollars—it was about how creative you were. As exclusive as Bungalow 8 was, I always got in. Which restaurants do you frequent? I’ve been going to Soho House a lot because there are no photos allowed, which is great. Why is that important? Whenever the camera is on, I’m working. Even if I take selfies with fans, I understand that it’s work. Nobody wants to work all the time. What’s your favorite place to get fries in the city? I’m not eating French fries right now, but my favorite are from L’Express on 20th and Park. I die for them. How are you surviving life without French fries? I’m healthier. French fries aren’t good for you, as delicious as they are. I’m also surviving without ice cream and Snickers bars. Diabetes runs in my family, so I’m trying to be healthier. I decided to see what life was like without sugar. What has that brought you? I have more energy and clarity. I had a ritual of getting a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, microwaving it for 90 seconds and eating the whole pint. I got into a sugar coma. My life has changed so much in the past couple of years that I need to be present for it. What’s your favorite street in the city? How much did you pay in rent? I used to live on 75th between Columbus and AmThat probably dates me, too! I was paying weekly, a sterdam, just a couple of blocks from Central Park. A little over $100 a week. The landlord knew it was a lot happened for me on that street, including a lot of great deal and told me I had to move into a different growing up. apartment so he could renovate and raise the rent. So Fave New Yorker? I finally got my own bathroom, but my rent doubled. Donald Trump. Kidding! [Laughs] Fran Lebowitz. She At the time I was working at Coffee Shop in Union has such an acerbic wit. She feels like New York to me. Square, and every dime I made went to rent. Now I’m So does Sylvia Miles. And Pat Field is New York! living in the NoMad-slash-Flatiron area. I love my Thoughts on Times Square? neighborhood—it has changed a lot. It’s interesting It’s a remarkable place. People say it’s like Disney or a seeing New York change and which businesses survive. strip mall, but there’s something charming about it. It’s Very few do. So much of New York is about the resso big and commercial, but it’s America. taurants and the convenience stores. I love a 24-hour What’s next for you, work-wise? deli. There’s a salon in my neighborhood that’s open Grandma, my film with Lily Tomlin, will be out in 24 hours where you can get your nails done and a theaters. Working with the legendary Lily Tomlin blowout. Sometimes at two in the morning, you need was a delight. She should win the Oscar for her a manicure! performance! You’ve done it? Of course! What’s the most New York thing about you? That’s one of the things I love about New York. I love What I love about this city is that we know how to the energy. And it’s a walking town. I don’t have a leave each other alone. It’s great to be neighborly, driver’s license, so I love that you don’t need a car here. but you can be anonymous and disappear. I love the When I first moved here, you could go to nightclubs anonymity, even if I’m not able to be anonymous with the rich and famous…and then there would be a anymore. I fight for it in my New York life now. Space black trans woman in thrift store clothes at Lot 61. is at such a premium here that real New Yorkers know Which clubs do you miss most? how to leave each other alone, but we’re also friendly. Bungalow 8. Decadent things would happen that I I’ve given tourists directions so many times. I also walk can’t talk about, but it was just wonderful. I was a really fast. I hate being behind slow walkers. I hate it! nobody, but I had style, and that was my currency. That’s a very New York thing. n

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Adam Lynch, New York City Power Broker “The energy in New York makes this my town. My favorite neighborhood is the East Village. The area has transformed considerably with new developments bringing a modern sensibility, but the foundation that attracted

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me fifteen years ago has remained the same. New York City is a place that is full of character. Regardless of the neighborhood, walking down the street, I always feel a magnetic energy that draws me in and inspires me. It is a place where I really feel alive.”


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Mitchell Cashwell, New York City Power Broker “My greatest moment in real estate was my first

sale. The client had interviewed fifteen different brokers – I told him that I was a rookie and this

would be my first sale. I promised my all. Appreciating the honesty, he chose me. I can clearly

remember the smile on his face when I handed him the keys to his new home. Fast forward

twelve years and I have had the honor of seeing that result, that smile, time and time again.”

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Meet the next generation of artists, musicians, and tastemakers who are ensuring New York’s future as the ultimate arbiter of culture.


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s Salomon Faye 21, musician

“I make raw, real hip-hop music. And I just wrapped a new VH1 hip-hop movie. I won’t say too much, but my character, King Salomon, is dope.”

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Melena Lipman 20, student

“I use Instagram the most as my media diet. I follow a variety of celebrities, designers, stores, bloggers, and magazines: Vice, Christopher Kane, Solange, and many more.�


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Zuri Lyric Marley 20, performer

“I feel like an ongoing project. I’m always writing songs, but lately I’ve been channeling my skills into writing socially aware essays that I want to publish on a new site I’m launching.”

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Nell Diamond

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Leta Sobierajski

26, art director and designer “I’m trying to read every book by Anthony Bourdain. I’m obsessed with food culture and travel, and Bourdain is such an acerbically funny writer whose stories are both personal and unpredictable.”


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Camilla Deterre 24, designer and actress

“I’m opening my first restaurant, a small Frenchstyle spot called Mimi, this fall on Sullivan Street. Come eat! Also, put me in your movie.”


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Grayson Vaughan

23, photographer and photo assistant “Most of the news I read comes from the Internet, but The New York Times is nice to get on occasion. I like newspapers.”


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Lexie Smith 26, baker and artist

“I’m a huge sucker for all things printed, and the New York Art Book Fair is one of the events I most look forward to. Hopefully in this lifetime, but maybe in another, I’ll be making books.”


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Marcos Fecchino 27, producer

“My favorite spot in New York? My bike!”

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Paige Reifler 19, model

“I’m curating an art show featuring the works of my friends and me.”


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Ana Kraš

31, artist and furniture designer “I like and work in the Lower East Side and Chinatown, but I can usually be found near the East River, looking at the bridges.”


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Zoë Hoetzel

20, filmmaker and musician “I try not to bombard my brain with too much media. I feel like a lot of sites that were once reputable have become cesspools of arbitrary stories.”


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Legendary photographer SANTE D’ORAZIO has never met a beauty he didn’t like. GLENN O’BRIEN gets to the heart of the matter.


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’ve known Sante D’Orazio for a long time. I liked him to begin with, when he was a bon vivant fashion photographer with the heaviest posse of beauties on the planet. But that wasn’t really a factor in my liking him. He was just a cool guy, a mensch. And as time has passed he’s become a great friend whom I respect as an artist and a man. One might suspect a handsome and charming guy loved by famous beauties of being a cad on some level, but Sante is the opposite—cool, fun, unpretentious, and, strangely, pure. If you look at his books you get an understanding of why the high life didn’t go to his head. Sante is in love with beauty. His pictures capture beauty on the fly and in the moment, but something eternal shines through. He’s a true romantic, an exemplary member of a rare endangered breed. He’s pure Italian stock, but he’s a Renaissance man. He’s not an artist because it’s cool, or a good business, but because he had no choice.

Almost everybody I know came to New York from somewhere else. You’re a native. What was it like growing up in New York? I grew up in what’s now called Flatbush. I went to Erasmus High School and Brooklyn College.

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What did your father do? My father was a barber. His father was a barber, his father before that was a barber.... My mother was in an arranged marriage with him, and they knew each other since they were children from the same town—a little town called Valenzano in Puglia. My father won the Mr. Rome Beauty Contest when he was 18 and a cyclist. He knew nothing about the arts, and he didn’t care. My mom came from an artistic family. She was an opera singer. My father was already working at 10 years old. The combination was not right! But my mom was still

unwed at 30 years old, because the family didn’t like the person she wanted to marry, so she devoted herself to the church, she sang opera, she sang at the Coliseum in Verona, the Roman Coliseum, La Scala. My father had three kids and his wife died so she was sent here to marry him and my mom raised them. I was going to drawing classes at the Brooklyn Museum when I was 15. My dad passed away when I was 16. So she backed me up on art. Around the corner from me lived Lou Bernstein, who had a camera with him all the time. He was part of the New York Photo League. [Edward] Steichen included him in the Family of Man show in 1960—that whole street photography movement from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. He saw me going to school one day with my big portfolio and he asked me if I wanted to learn photography.

Did he have a studio? No. He lived in an attic apartment, and he worked at Willoughby-Peerless and he was one of those guys who didn’t want to touch commercial photography. He was a purist. So for three or four years, he taught me photography up in his attic apartment with two or three other students. It was just about aesthetics. It was all philosophical, almost Eastern in approach—the balance of opposites. My first negatives were black. I said, “Lou, what do I do?” He says, “You read the book; I’m going to teach you how to see.” So on weekends we’d go to Coney Island, to the New York Aquarium, to Central Park, the Bronx Zoo—wherever people were getting together.

Did you have a camera? He gave me a camera. Actually, I bought it from him for 100 bucks. He would have given it to me, but he thought it was important that I pay for it. It was a Pentax. So that’s how I started. And to this day, I only use one camera with a normal lens. So it was about street photography. It was about learning how to find a picture, not create it. The approach was, anytime you pre-conceive you’re going to basically make something contrived, you’ll miss the moment. So it was always about finding your instincts, about anticipating moments and seeing the things that are about to happen. That’s how I approached it professionally. Clients would freak out all the time, saying, “What are you going to do next?” “I don’t know.” I always loved using natural light. I never knew what the light was going to do until the subject walked out. By the time hair and makeup was done, the light changed drastically. The only thing preconceived is the location. So everything Lou taught me I stuck by, still to this day.

You went to art school? The Brooklyn Museum Art School. They had everything…life drawing classes and painting. When I started with Lou I was still serious about painting, so I


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Anytime you preconceive you’re going to basically make something contrived, you’ll miss the moment.”

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found Philip Pearlstein, who was teaching at Brooklyn College. What I learned by going to Italy for so many years was that Renaissance painters went from being students to masters by assisting. Philip, obviously, was a figurative painter. In my first year, I became his assistant. I assisted him for almost three years. I’d go to his studio and set up his paints, his easels, his canvases, and I worked with him at Brooklyn College. I was also studying with Lou, who was more or less about the narrative. Philip, even though he was doing the figure, was more about abstraction. I was more into abstraction, even though I forced myself to paint the figure. I thought you had to know that before you got anywhere.

Did Pearlstein ever talk about Andy [Warhol]? Yeah, about their time at Carnegie Tech together, and coming to New York and being roommates. Philip told me that he introduced Andy to the people at Bonwit Teller. When Andy got his first job, he was so nervous that Philip had to start the first drawing for him. Andy really took off with those shoe illustrations. After a year, Philip married Dorothy Cantor. Actually, there’s a show right now at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh with Pearlstein, Warhol and Cantor. Dorothy was a painter, too.

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I remember the invitation—a photograph of the three of them together.


Sitting on the lawn. It’s a great picture. I have that pinned to my studio wall. Philip was a sweetheart. Really undervalued. But he’ll have his day. Great painter. They became like family to me. When I first started out professionally, I got to meet Andy through Kate Harrington, who was a stylist at Interview, and I was one of those cute kids he took out at night. When I told him I’d worked for Philip, his answer was, like, “Oh, gee.” That was sweet. Tama Janowitz, Paige Powell and Andy would hook each other up with blind dates...

Oh, I remember that! I went out on a couple of those. I remember we went to SOB’s, for some reason I remember that very well, and The Playboy Club, on 58th Street. Remember that?

Yeah. Debbie Harry was a bunny there. Kate Harrington tried to have a blind date with me, but it turns out I was married. [Laughs] She took me to Area for the first time. Andy was sitting in one of the vitrines when you walked in, watching TV behind glass. You remember that?

Yeah. He started out as a window dresser and wound up as a dummy. What was


your first job as a photographer? My friend Jeff Peterson was an assistant to Patrice Casanova, one of the French guys who came over with Patrick Demarchelier and that crew. Jeff was going out with Kim Alexis, who had nine out of 12 covers of Vogue that year, and he got to shoot Kim all the time, and Nancy Donohue and Kelly Emberg.... He had a portfolio of French Vogue covers at 23 years old. I said, “Jeff, my friend is an art director at Linnea Italiano...and he wants to work with you.” “OK, good. We’ll go to Italy.” I said, “I speak Italian, and I’ll go assist you.” I saved $1,500—I was making $75 a week—quit my job, and got a ticket. And the night before he decides he’s not going. I’m like, “Oh fuck, what do I do now?” I had a portfolio of whales from the aquarium, some life drawings, and 10 pictures that looked like 10 different photographers took them. But I said, “Fuck it, man. I’ll go see what I can.” I landed in Switzerland, because it was the cheaper ticket, took the train down to Milan. I didn’t even know where the hotels were. I went to two or three different hotels, and I ended up in the Arena. It was by Piazza Castello, in an alleyway with a neon sign and I had the room over the neon sign. It was like out of a film noir. I went to the corner bar. I ordered a pitcher of beer and got smashed. And who walks by but this guy I had assisted doing catalogs in New York. I wouldn’t let him go. I put my arms around his neck, and I was like, “Help.” He said, “I’m going to Portofino tomorrow with my girlfriend; why don’t you come?” When I came back, he put me in his hotel 13 Piazza Castello. It was apparently a haunted hotel where all the models were. I got a room. The clerk said because I was Italian, he was going to give me a good deal, a top floor with a skylight for $15 a night. It turned out to be one of those bubbles that you push up with a stick, and the bathroom was down the hall. Vogue was at number 27 Piazza Castello. I said, “I’m going to go to Vogue, and when they say no, I’m going to go down south and visit my family—fuck it.” So I go there, and the art director lets me sit around. I’m looking at pictures just coming in by Helmut Newton, David Bailey. I was blown away. He said, “Hang out; I want somebody else to meet you.” I said, “OK.” Three hours later, the beauty editor shows up, and because I had my drawings she said, “Maybe you can do some nudes.” I got my first job for Italian Vogue, two double pages of beauty. But I had to wait for a month. I ended up eating once a day and hanging out. Then I went home for about another six months until I earned money to go back. I went back to the same hotel. I went back to Italian Vogue, and they didn’t give me any work, but Cosmo did, then I got an Italian Bazaar shoot. It was a great magazine at the time—Patrick Demarchelier, Albert Watson, Eric Bowman. My first assignment was

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10 pages of fashion. And it just went from there, more and more and more. The only drawback was that I had to shoot all the girls that the owner of the magazine slept with, which was fine. But they would give me 10 to 14 pages at a time to shoot every week. Then it started to become every day. Then I was doing the collections in Rome. Then the collections in Paris. And then Italian Vogue called back.

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So how did you break into New York? So I did Italy for two years, and I came back with a major portfolio. Jimmy Moore, God bless him, set me up with his agent, Bob, an old-school, film noir type guy. Heavyset with a little cigar, white socks with a suit. He started getting me catalogs and I started making money. I had a girlfriend and we rented down in SoHo for a summer, and the next summer I found a place on Crosby Street to rent with an option to buy. That year, I went from not being able to pay the rent to buying it. That’s where I still live. I did all the collections for Italian Vogue for a couple of years.... The ’80s were all about French Vogue, Italian Vogue, then British Vogue, German Vogue... They gave me my first cover. They called and said, “We want you to shoot a cover for us. Hanna Schygulla.” I was like, “Great! Far-out!” When I hung up, I was like, “Who the fuck is Hanna Schygulla.” I had no idea. That was 1984. So then it was covers of British Vogue, French Vogue, German Vogue. It took off quick. Then in the early ’90s, I did Allure’s first cover, and for the next five years I did at least seven out 12 covers.


What about American Vogue? I did one job for American Vogue while Alexander Liberman was still there. I was of that school of European editorial. When Italian Vogue gave me 12 shots, I handed in 12 prints. Nobody said anything, so that was the norm. When I came here, they wanted all the film. I was like, “I can’t give you all the film; I’ve got to edit.” I gave them, like, at least 10 frames of each shot. They insisted on more. I wouldn’t give it. Then I finally threw it all out, so I wouldn’t give it to them. That was my first and last time shooting for American Vogue.

Do they do that with everybody? Yeah. I remember Paolo Roversi did the same thing, except that when they wanted all the film, he sent them a Vivaldi tape, a cassette. He said, “Enjoy this, because you’re not getting the film.” I don’t know why it was Vivaldi, but that’s what he did. So he never really worked for them either much after that. I wouldn’t dare hand in all of my film. When I shoot, I shoot a lot of film because I work around the flaws. I can’t say, “Don’t look at me from that angle because it’s a bad angle.” I shoot it, and I shoot through it. If people edited my film, they’d pick the shit stuff. If I did 10 shots, and there was one weak one, they would always pick the weak one, guaranteed.

Editing film is not like being a graphic designer. Only half the shot is taking it. The other half is editing. I remember

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Linda Wells saying, “I don’t know what it is with him; he takes all his pictures so personally.” That’s my work. What else have I got? Take it personally? Of course I do. So anyway, in the ’80s and ’90s, everything just took off, but it was weird. I went to Europe to do editorial, and take pictures, make images, only to come back to the States to do shit work. It was a drag! Your work is being edited by journalists, not visual people. I just care too much. Most artists feel that way. It’s a tough one.

Which magazine did you like working for most? I loved Allure in the beginning, because of Polly Mellen. I always wanted to work with her. They would have an editorial; the theme would be red. I could do whatever the hell I wanted as long as something red was in the picture. That’s where I’m at my best. The opposite of that is a commercial job where the art director says, “Sante, we want you to do something really original,” and there’s a “mood board” of everybody else’s pictures on the wall that they want me to copy. This is how you want me to be original? At least put my pictures on the wall.

Did you have a team that you liked to work with?

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Peter Lindbergh travels around with the same group, and that’s great, but he’s a guy who worked every day, 300 days a year, and he could afford to do that. I couldn’t do that. And creatively, I like the different flavors that people offer me. I never liked being in the same place all the


time. If you have the same team, it’s easier to fall into the trap of comfort. I don’t like to be comfortable. For me it’s deadly in terms of being creative.

Because you don’t want to start repeating yourself. Yeah. Which unfortunately, due to circumstances in my life, I found myself doing at one point. It was a deadly period. I had to pay bills. I had to take care of people. I was forced to take jobs that were unstimulating and not creative, and then you start repeating yourself. You get caught up when that other shit is on your mind more than your creative work, you’re trying to save yourself and everybody else around you, and you think you can get away with a formula—but you can’t.

Ironically, it seems like your association with the notorious supermodels became a burden. Yeah. I knew them when they were really young and, obviously, before they were supermodels. Before there was such a thing. Christie [Turlington] I’d met when I was doing the collections in Rome for Italian Vogue and she was working with Hiro and we were in the same hotel. She was like 15, and I ran into her in the hallway and we became friendly. Back in New York, we met up again with a group of friends for drinks. She was staying at Eileen Ford’s, and Eileen, like a year or so later, would only let her out with a few people, and one of them was me. I think it was a big mistake! We’d go to places like the Palladium or the World on the Lower East Side, and I’d be with another friend.... My friend Marlon is like, “Where’s Christie?” “I don’t know; I thought she was with you.” “No, but she was with you.” “Fuck, we’ve got to go find her”—because she’s underage. We go looking all over the place, and there she’d be on top of the speakers, dancing. I remember one time she was just dancing crazy, and then she just turned to her left and threw up, and then turned around and kept on dancing. I was like, “Oh, gosh.” Anyway, we became good friends and we all hung out. Cindy [Crawford] was doing Bonwit Teller catalogs with me. I also met Naomi [Campbell] when she was like 15. I met Linda Evangelista in Milan when she first started out, back in the ’80s, when I was living in Milan. Linda used to come over to my house, and my mother would cook for us. Because Linda’s Italian. She’s from Canada, but from the same father-making-wine-in-the-basement type of shit. We were very familiar. I’d have card games at the house, and she’d come over, play cards. When she lost, she’d ask for her money back. Like, forget it! You’re making more money than everybody at the table. She was a sore loser. But she was great. So these girls were all my friends. Stephanie Seymour I knew when she was 14. But we’d all hang out. Later on, when they were already pretty much in demand, the group would come over

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on a Friday night in the winter and leave on Monday morning. I’d go out with them at night, and they’d all be getting dressed at the house. I was the only guy. I’d be there, like, because I knew what I was in for.… They’d be getting dressed all hot and sexy, and I’m like, “You’re not wearing that, are you?” Because I know what I had to deal with. Because every guy who would hit on them or harass them, I had to deal with that. “This means I’ve got to bring a baseball bat with me tonight.”

For a couple of years, I stopped shooting...I stopped doing my diaries...but I just pulled out my old film cameras.”

I think that's how I met you the first time. At Da Silvano. You were there with like Christy, Christie goes to the bathroom, and Giammetti pulls her Naomi, Kara [Young], a whole lot of them... over and introduces her to everybody at the table. They



take pictures with Valentino. She comes back later. Then eventually Kara goes—it’s the same thing. Eventually I have to go to the bathroom, so I have to pass their table, and Giammetti says, “D’Orazio, viene, come here.” I go over and I’m standing there, he doesn’t introduce me to anybody. I feel like a moron. He says, “Do me a favor,” and he takes out his little Instamatic, “Go take some pictures at the table for me of your friends.” “Really?” I said, “OK.” I took his camera, I went to the bathroom, and I took six frames of my dick. I went back to the table, and I had the same camera, so I take mine out, and I’m taking pictures of De Niro and Hopper and the girls, and he’s all happy, I can see he’s laughing. Later I give him the camera. A week later, Roy Lebenthal, who owns the place, says, “You know, Giammetti called me up. He says, ‘You know what that son of a bitch did? He took pictures of his dick. And you tell him it’s not pretty!’” That was the beauty of having film instead of digital.

What about now? For a couple of years, I stopped shooting.... I stopped doing my diaries.… But I just pulled out my old film cameras and I shot film yesterday, and I can’t wait to see the results. But there’s a big difference in shooting professionally in the digital world. I saw a video recently of a well-known guy shooting, with a very famous editor.... French. He’s taking pictures and, obviously, the editor and the crew are sitting by the screen. Every third frame, the guy is turning around, “Is that OK? Is that OK?” “Yeah-yeah-yeah,” he’s taking more pictures. Three, four frames later, “Is that OK?” I’m thinking, “What the fuck? What a wuss!” If you look at fashion magazines today, which I do less and less, they’re so boring and dumb. Yeah. I remember in the early ’80s, when I was starting out, looking at the magazines and Italian Vogue was like, wow, cream of the crop. You had David Bailey, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, and Avedon in the same issue! I still have those issues in storage. When you’re young and starting out, it’s OK to copy. I mean, Helmut once said to me, “I don’t mind when a 20-year-old is copying my

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I was like the keeper of the gate. Somebody I remember once came over to me and goes, “Wow, man, you are a lucky man.” I said, “You should only know.” The shit I had to deal with. But those were great days. I went everywhere with my camera. The funny thing is, everything changed for me when digital happened. You know what I realize about digital? When you had film, you didn’t know what you got, and because of that, it kept you going in a spontaneous mode. When you take a picture and you’re able to look at it, and then go back, you’ve lost that moment. I have a good supermodel film story. I did the collections a few times for Valentino in Rome. So these guys knew me. But they would never say fuckin' hello. They were such snobs. Giammetti especially. And I like these guys now. So I had a birthday party for Kara at Café Taba. I brought all the girls all the time. So I had Christie, I had Stephanie, Kara obviously, I had De Niro and Naomi, and Dennis Hopper. So these fuckers came in and all of a suddenly they look at me from the next table and wave, like, “Hello.” I’m like, “Fuck you.” Hell, these guys never say hello to me. At one point,

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Now, everybody wants to be first to be second.”

This page: CHRISTY TURLINGTON at the Panoramic View Hotel (1993); KEITH RICHARDS for Rolling Stone (2003).

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Opposite page: STEPHANIE SEYMOUR for Playboy (1992).

work. I get pissed off when a 40-year-old is doing it.” Especially because that 40-year-old is making money and Helmut’s not. What people don’t know is that in 1990—you probably remember—Helmut couldn’t get a job to save his life at one point. He was working for Amica, which was printed on toilet paper at the time, and Der Spiegel in Germany. Interview had people copying Helmut and Helmut was not working. That would piss me off. Helmut was at that stage where people liked to say he was passé. I couldn’t believe it. Then Anna gave him a break in American Vogue a couple of years later, and once one magazine gives you a shot, then everybody wants you. Now, everybody wants to be first to be second.

game, but I don’t like myself if I’m not taking chances. The time I was copying myself was when I got divorced, had a child, I had serious alimony, I had my mom in Brooklyn—I had to take care of everybody. I lost a lot of what I owned. I had to take jobs that I would not have taken, and I started hating myself. Lately, I’ve taken major risks because I believe in what I’m doing. I use Helmut as an example. I knew him, and I have a lot of respect for him, and I love his work.

I look at magazines, and I see the better guys are doing a variation of really good Helmut Newton pictures again. And then you find yourself saying, “I guess this is good because it’s better than the crap.” There’s a small handful of people that are doing original work—but it’s really less than a handful. If I keep on talking about it, I’m going to sound like I’m an old fart griping about it.... Was it Andy saying, “Let’s give them what they don’t know they want yet.” Or maybe that was Diana Vreeland. But very few people are giving them what they don’t know they want yet. Playing it safe is everybody’s


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First to be second! That’s the best description of this business I ever heard! I still have old magazines, but I don’t really look at them. It’s depressing because they had good writing.

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But he had to have a heart attack in his life, at 50 years old, to finally say, “Fuck it, I’m going to do what I want to do.” I went through a death scare myself and I learned that life is so fragile, and I’ve got to do what I have to do. I did what I had to do for my family, now I’m doing what I have to do artistically.

You’ve been making art that doesn’t look like anything else. Once you stop taking chances as an artist, you’re doomed. I don’t know what will come of it. But I believe in the work that I’ve been doing. More than believe. But the hardest thing is to get someone to look at the work. We live also in a society where everything needs to be pre-defined. I think of Julian Schnabel. Once he started doing films, his painting prices crashed— as if you can’t do both. It’s like telling Michelangelo, “No, you can’t paint the ceiling; you’re a sculptor. No, you can’t design the dome; you’re not an architect, you’re a painter.” Now it’s all about the marketing.

Over the span of our careers, things got more corporate, and it became harder and harder to do something original. You’re associated with the supermodel era. Why don’t we have supermodels anymore? Are girls less beautiful now? No. It’s because they want less personality. The girls aren’t the stars. The photographer But even for major market-venerated artists, isn’t a star. The brand is the star. And change is discouraged. Dealers hate it. half the brands are dead designers. Oh, totally. Damien [Hirst] should do spot paintings. Ed Absolutely. The industry wanted to get rid of the supermodels. Those girls commanded a lot of power. So they made the fashion more important than the girls but that took away the glamour.

Yes. But now we’re one step away from having The Real Housewives of Atlanta on the cover of Vogue.

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And maybe the cover of GQ the same month!

“ They will.

But if you’re a photographer, people assume that you’re somebody for hire. I think now to be a great photographer you have to be perceived as an artist. In the end you have to perceive yourself as an artist. If you believe in what you’re doing, somehow it will prevail. I believe that for myself. I never stopped loving taking pictures. I had to get away from it for a while because of circumstances. I couldn’t do it. But I haven’t stopped. I just want the right people to work with and let my work speak for itself. “So then, what are you? Are you a fashion photographer, or are you a painter, or... what are you?” Do I really need to answer that? No. Just look for yourself. n

Playing it safe is everybody's game, but I don't like myself if I'm not taking chances.”

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We already have had that on the cover . When you get reality people taking over the covers, you know you’re doomed! I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Caitlin [Jenner] on the runway soon. Think of the numbers! Think about that. Think of the numbers if Vogue put Caitlin on the cover.

Ruscha can only paint words.

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Town Residential LLC (“Town”) is a licensed real estate broker and a partnership of Buttonwood Residential Brokerage LLC and Thor Equities, LLC. O: 212.398.9800. Mary Anne Fusco is a licensed associate real estate broker with TOWN Fifth Avenue LLC. TOWN Fifth Avenue LLC is a licensed real estate broker and a subsidiary of TOWN. O: 212.242.9900. Wendy Jodel is a licensed associate real estate broker with TOWN 79th Street, LLC. TOWN 79th Street, LLC is a licensed real estate broker and a subsidiary of TOWN. O: 212.929.1400

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Our Neighborhood. Your Home. Wendy Jodel, New York City Power Broker “I live life with passion. TOWN has provided me with a platform to do what I love. With support, compassion and generosity, ideas are exchanged and knowledge is shared. The spirit of my office transcends to

my relationships with my clients. Whether they are new to the City or a lifelong New Yorker, there are little nuances like the buzzing hotspot or oasis in the park – being able to share my insights with them helps make a neighborhood feel like their home, their town.”


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The new class of condos my Town


The New York Times called 2015 the “year of the condo”—and for good reason. Twice as many are set to hit the market this year AS in 2014, and many of them are so luxe it hurts. Here are the best to ogle—and snatch up— around town. 212 Fifth Avenue The 411: You’d be hard-pressed to find a more perfect New York address than 212 Fifth. Built in 1912, the landmark neo-Medieval building sits at the northwest corner of Madison Square Park and will house 48 lavish units, including a triplex penthouse with postcard views that will no doubt make across-the-park neighbors Gisele and Tom jealous. The one-of-a-kind interiors are being designed by Pembrooke & Ives. Amenity Overload: Details are under wraps, but rumor has it the building will have every-


thing you could possibly want—and more. The Cherry on Top: The renovation will restore the 300-foot tower to its turn-of-thecentury grandeur, and the interiors will be as sleek and modern as a new building—practically unheard of in today’s market. Artistic rendering. The complete terms are in an Offering Plan available from the Sponsor – file number CD 150006. Sponsor: 212 Fifth Avenue Venture, LLC, c/o Madison Equities, LLC. 105 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016.

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52 Wooster The 411: Inspired by the timeless chic and stylish downtown cool of the iconic SoHo Historic Cast-Iron District neighborhood it calls home, 52 Wooster is an intimate boutique building offering an exquisite collection of three- and four-bedroom luxury loft-like residences with a classic SoHo aesthetic: sophisticated, timeless and modern. Design Overload: With architecture by Arpad Baksa and interiors by Grade, each residence has a graceful, flowing layout filled with the luxurious finishes in a refined neutral palette and coveted outdoor space. These true three-bedroom residences, each receiving ample natural light, are a rarity in SoHo. The Cherry on Top: A dramatic, four-bedroom duplex penthouse crowns the building, with separate floors for entertainment spaces and private living quarters, two terraces, and a private roof deck. Artistic rendering. The complete terms are in an Offering Plan available from the Sponsor – file number CD 140183. Sponsor: 52 Wooster Holdings, LLC. 641 Lexington Avenue, 24th floor, New York, New York 10022.


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285 West 110th Street The 411: 38 new condos on the Northwest corner of Central Park will soon be hitting the market. Renowned architects FXFOWLE has designed the 11-story curved glass facade building featuring one- to five-bedroom residences. Sit back and watch the seasons change from the glorious floor-to-ceiling windows.  Amenity Overload: With a children's playroom, entertaining lounge that extends onto an outdoor terrace, study and tween room, and rooftop oasis perched above Central Park, the building offers divine spaces both inside and out. Plus, there is private storage, a fitness center, and underground parking to keep your car toasty all winter long.  Cherry On Top: You are steps away from three of Manhattan's lushest parks - Central, Morningside, and Riverside - need we say more?  Getty Images. Photograph does not depict actual veiws. The complete terms are in an Offering Plan available from the Sponsor – file number CD 150033. Sponsor: Crescent 110 Equities, LLC. 316 West 118th Street, New York, New York 10026.


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1355 First Avenue The 411: This Upper East Side glass tower broke ground in 2012 with private, full floor-only layouts that set a new standard in luxury design. Architect Ismael Levya and designer David Collins Studio pulled out all the stops to create this airy, contemporary take on old world, gracious living. The homes offer four bedrooms and four bathrooms with sweeping multi-directional views from floor-to-ceiling windows, providing quite the dramatic backdrop. With private elevator landings in every residence and ultra-quiet design, living at The Charles is like living in a private, luxury townhouse, high above the city. Amenity Overload: High-touch 24/7 white glove service, lounge, technogym, game room, and breathtaking in-home features including an enviable eat in (or host-in) kitchen, spa-like marble baths, closets galore, a lovely, master dressing area, and so much more. The Cherry on Top: The cherry is literally at the top with a $37.94M four story penthouse that shattered records East of Third Avenue. Its original layout offered 12 bedrooms, 12 ½ baths and enormous wrap-around terraces. The owners have the plans for their new palatial pad under wraps, but we know that they are putting in their own elevator. The complete terms are in an Offering Plan available from the Sponsor – file number CD 070661. Sponsor: The Charles Condominium, LLC. 712 Fifth Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, New York 10019. Town New Development Sales & Marketing LLC, is the exclusive sales and marketing real estate brokerage for 52 Wooster, 212 Fifth Avenue, 1355 First Avenue and 285 West 110th Street. n


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Under the Williamsburg Bridge. Photographed by gABRIELA COLLETTA/@GABOLLETTA.

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The Flatiron Building. Photograph by edward steichen. The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

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