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12 Neighborhood Buzz
The best eats and shopping
on the Upper West Side.
16 Food Resident food expert
Eva Karagiorgas explores the
gastronomical pleasures
of the neighborhood.
18 Opera Soprano Marina
Poplavskaya sounds of on
La Traviata.
21 Jazz Wynton Marsalis,
the man behind Jazz at
Lincoln Center.
26Cover Meet Benjamin
Millepied, the man who
stole Natalie’s heart.
32 Food Per Se chef Thomas
Keller shares his secrets.
34Art An insider’s view
on the Contemporary
Chinese Art market.
39Artist Profiles Get
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at New York Arts Week.
40Art The Armory Show
highlights Latin America.
42Art Events Catch these
under-the-radar art shows
during arts week.
44Art It’s all about quality
at the ADAA Art Show.
51 Fashion Street style in
the neighborhood has never
looked better.
52 Fashion Our style expert’s
best Upper West Side picks.
56Interior Design John
Willey transforms a classic
15 Central Park West apartment.
62 Interior Design Gary Paul
designs a residence around a
unique art collection.
64Architecture Lucien
Lagrange, architect of 535 West
End Ave., speaks out on recent
troubles.
68Real Estate The experts
analyze the Upper West Side’s
market.
74 Exhibits Curator of the
American Museum of Natural
History’s Brain shares his
creative process.
76 Events See the
best parties, galas and
events this season.
78 Philanthropy
How one man left
his life as a club
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clean water to
struggling nations.
92Wine The
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UWS neighborhood bUzz
For nearly 30 years Café Luxembourg
has been the quintessential bistro on the Upper
West Side. They boast a vivacious full-service
bar and a wine list that’ll make your sommelier
giddy with joy. Cafe Luxembourg ofers plenty of
variety, from their savory Luxemburger to their
sweet assortments of homemade ice creams and
sorbets. (200 West 70th Street, 212-873-7411)
Avventura (463 Amsterdam Ave., 212-
769-2510) has established itself as an Upper
West Side fxture. But don’t let its unassuming
storefront fool you—this store-gallery hybrid
contains a vast collection of Murano and other
artisan glassware and tableware. Inside, you will
fnd an exquisite and interesting collection of
Murano pieces by artists like Carlo Moretti and
Seguso, as well other glasswork by various eso-
teric craftsman you’ve never even heard of—and
let’s be honest, we all want to get that one-of-a
kind piece from an artist who has yet to make
his mark. For those with more mainstream
tastes, Avventura sells a nice selection of Deruta
of Italy and Majolica. Prices range from $50 to
$1,400.
Darryl’s Boutique is an Upper West Side
staple when it comes to women’s clothing. The
store, with its inviting interior and varied stylish,
versatile and afordable brands, is a must-stop
shopping destination. Owner, stylist and some-
times impromptu psychiatrist Darryl Gamble
ensures that the women who enter his shop
leave with perfectly ftted ensembles, both for
their bodies and personal style. (492 Amster-
dam Avenue, 212- 874-6677)
This is no Victoria’s Secret. Town Shop is
the place to go for intimates, ofering high-end
brands like Anita & Rosa Faia and La Perla. With
more than 100 years of bra-ftting experience,
Town Shop guarantees every woman will fnd
their perfect bra. (2273 Broadway, 212-787-
2762)
Harry’s Shoes is sort of a neighborhood
relic when it comes to your family’s shoe needs.
Ofering an expansive selection of American and
European shoes, this neighborhood fxture has
been in the business of selling shoes since the
1930s. Now that’s street cred. (2299 Broadway,
1-866-442-7797)
If Harry’s Shoes doesn’t do it for you, try Tip
Top Shoes, a fourth-generation, family-owned
retailer of afordable, comfortable kicks—a must
in this city. (155 West 72nd Street, 212-787-
4960)
Älskling—“darling” in Swedish—is a darling
of a shop tucked away on Columbus Avenue
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Side experts searched
far and wide to bring
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by Christine Liu, Alexis Thoman Rudisill
and Josephine Cusumano.
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UWS neighborhood bUzz
From California to the Upper West Side, Trader
Joe’s has taken the grocery world by storm. It’s
the chain that boasts gluten-free foods sharing
shelf space with fat-free goods. It’s where vegan
and vegetarian wares mingle with kosher and
tasty microwaveable meals.
New Yorkers frst became enamored with
the brand in 2006, when Manhattan’s frst store
opened in Union Square. Another location in
Chelsea popped up in 2010. Three months later,
Trader Joe’s expanded its holdings to include
the Upper West Side, opening a store at 2075
Broadway in a 48,000-square-foot retail space.
And just like that, TJ’s established itself as a
ferce competitor against beloved neighborhood
icons Fairway Market and Zabar’s.
Fairway and Zabar’s now compete with
Trader Joe’s low prices, organic and unique
products and even Trader Joe’s own brand,
which makes up 80 percent of the store’s
inventory.
When it was announced in June of last year
that Trader Joe’s was moving in, Fairway chief
executive Howard Glickberg told The New York
Times that closing the Upper West Side staple
grocery store “wasn’t written in stone yet” and
the store was still “exploring all the possibilities.”
For now, Fairway remains open. And Upper
West Siders are torn between mobilizing to
save their beloved Upper West Side fxture and
singing Trader Joe’s praises.
“I love [Trader Joe’s] products, and it’s also
an added bonus that you never leave feeling
like you’re getting ripped of,” said Kaitlin
Tambuscio, 22. “I usually can’t believe how far
$25 goes at Trader Joe’s.”
The Financial District’s most coveted
shopping destinations will open another
branch on the Upper West Side, in the
61,000-square-foot building at 1972
Broadway that previously housed Barnes
& Noble, a relic in its own right.
“Century 21 presented the landlord
with the unique opportunity to replace
one New York icon with another New
York icon,” said Cushman & Wakefeld’s
Gene Spiegelman, who brokered the deal.
And it seems Century 21 is in it for the
long haul—they signed a 20-year lease
for the space and moved in last month.
A seven-month renovation will follow
before the store’s opening.
A family business, Century 21 has
been working its way into the hearts of
native and non–New Yorkers alike since
it opened its fagship store on Cortlandt
Street more than 20 years ago. And New
Yorkers are quick to list just why this
discount chain store is so beloved.
“I’m all about the bargain hunt, and
Century 21 fulflls the adrenaline rush of
‘the fnd,’” said Chinatown resident Jodie
Love.
“This move represented a rare
opportunity for Century 21 to beneft
from a prime retail location that will
provide added convenience to many
of our customers,” said COO Raymond
Gindi. “We believe 1972 Broadway is
already a destination for our clients and
we are very excited to bring our brand of
retailing to the Upper West Side.”
(228 Columbus Ave., 212-787-7066). Owned
by Swede Vivienne Tvilling and located on the
UWS for 15 years, the store ofers wares ranging
from antique lace slips and camisoles to whimsi-
cal Swedish-designed frocks in vintage-inspired
styles and prints. But far and away Älskling’s
best sellers are the white baby onesies with “dar-
ling” printed on them—in your choice among
30 languages. A charming gift for the darling
Japanese, Romanian or Ethiopian baby in your
life. Prices from $19.
Get your hands dirty while embracing your
inner Picasso at Make Meaning. Express
yourself through soaps, candles, ceramics, glass,
jewelry and paper crafts—a great place for an
afternoon of crafts to keep the kids busy. (329
Columbus Ave., 212. 362.0350)
Jay-Z is blasting over the speakers as the hip
clientele of West (147 West 72nd St., 212.-787-
8595) browse the shelves. With walls covered
in framed photos of legendary locals Run DMC
and the Beastie Boys, West has become the Up-
per West Side’s urban Mecca. The Upper West–
only location sells sportswear, accessories and
unique sneakers like Quickstrikes, the limited-
edition Nike and Adidas kicks that are sold only
to small retailers. Selling covetous sneakers that
are nearly impossible to get elsewhere, West has
really carved out a place for itself in the market.
Put it this way—when Kanye West released his
exclusive Nike sneaker, Air Yeezy, the store was
only one of fve retailers in the city to get it. Nike
even collaborated with West, the store version,
on its own Quickstrike—the Lunar Glide, a sweet
cobalt, fuchsia and black shoe that you’ll have a
tough time one-upping with any run-of-the-mill
department shoe selection. Prices from $75.
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FOOD
Once known by the masses as a restaurant
wasteland, the Upper West Side has since
churned out restaurant after restaurant,
birthing seconds to other neighborhood’s
frsts—Fatty Crab, Ditch Plains, Sushi of Gari,
Accademia de Vino, A Voce and Blue Ribbon
have adopted the Upper West Side as their
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But being inundated with stepchildren was
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What most gloss over is the neighborhood’s
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history of the Upper West Side. Gastronomes
tend to forget that the true New York cuisine,
that of the smoked fsh at Barney Greengrass,
the lox at Zabar’s, the ropa vieja at La Caridad
78 and the eponymous bagels at H&H Bagels,
originated on the Upper West Side.
For a quick tour of the West Side, chow
through these:
1. Fairway Market
Act out a real-life videogame dodging carts,
narrow aisles, shoppers, falling produce and
cheese mongers at this temple of formidable
foodstufs, otherwise known as Fairway
Market. Head to the cafe upstairs for New
York City’s least-talked about best burger.
(2127 Broadway at 76th St., 212-595-1888)
2. Jean-Georges
Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s eponymous
Upper West Side debut, Jean-Georges was
one of the frst’s to redefne the culinary
landscape of the Upper West Side. Jean-
Georges presents new French fare unlike any
other chef’s to this day. (1 Central Park West
at 60th Street, 212-299-3900)
3. Zabar’s
An Upper West Side staple and a New
Yorker’s cure-all destination for smoked fsh,
cheese, cofee, bread and most everything in
between. For the past 70 years, Zabar’s has
been the pearly gateway into any foodie’s soul
and the crux of what it means to grocery-shop
in New York City. (2245 Broadway at 80th St.,
212-787-2000)
4. Barney Greengrass
Lying at the altar of the New York City lox
experience, the centurion Barney Greengrass
ofers a New Yorker’s New York deli—no-
nonsense service and some of the best hot
pastrami, knishes, whitefsh salad, eggs and
smoked fsh. (541 Amsterdam Ave. between
86th and 87th St., 212-724-4707)
5. La Caridad 78
A true international syndicate, La Caridad 78
has provided Cantonese and Cuban dishes
like pork chops with garlic, chicharonnes and
arroz con pollo to the Upper West Side since
the ’60s. Not to be confused with fusion food,
this authentic cartel has separate Cuban and
Cantonese menus to satisfy any heart-healthy
craving. (2199 Broadway at 78th St., 212-874-
2780)
6. Gray’s Papaya
Still iconic after all these years, Gray’s Papaya
lies in the gray area between fast-food chain
and street vendor. Famously open for 24
hours and even more famously loved by
Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali, Gray’s
ofers up snappy hot dogs and a dubious
papaya drink. (2090 Broadway at 72nd St.,
212-799-0243)
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Food columnist Eva
Karagiorgas, the restaurant
curator for Gilt City New
York, takes us on a tour
of some of the best eats of
the Upper West Side. Fair
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The enigmatic soprano Marina Poplavskaya sounds
of on New York, La Traviata and bad press by Rachel Morgan
I interviewed Marina Poplavskaya in
the press ofce of the Metropolitan Opera,
where everything is either covered in red
velvet carpet—even the walls and banisters—
or adorned with some sort of chintzy chrome
fxture.
Poplavskaya was dressed all in black, save
for a simple silver chain around her neck. Her
hair, that infamous curtain of thick blond, was
twisted back from her face in a simple braid.
She didn’t seem to want attention, unexpected
for the woman I have read to be a “diva,” an
unbelievably talented Russian soprano with a
personality that flls up a room, a woman who
as a 9-year-old traveled alone to audition for the
Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
Poplavskaya played the title role in the Met
Opera’s modernist production of La Traviata,
which ran earlier this year and was directed by
Willey Decker. This was her second consecutive
Verdi headliner for the Met Opera, as she played
Elisabeth in Don Carlo in November.
Onstage, Poplavskaya became Violetta, a
fallen woman on the brink of death but on the
cusp of true love. She wore a vibrant red dress
and matching Stuart Weitzman heels onstage.
“Love, sacrifce—those are the main themes,”
Poplavskaya said. “It’s a theme of eternal, soul-
searing love. It strikes you in an embrace until
the end.”
And she is right—onstage, Poplavskaya truly
was Violetta, and there was neither a doubt nor a
crack in her perfect armor.
She describes opening night as if she weren’t
the seasoned performer she is.
“Petrifying, absolutely petrifying,” she said of
the opera’s New Year’s Eve debut. “I understand
I cannot always fulfll all these people’s expecta-
tions. People want to get something from you
that will stay with them.”
And does she quench an expectant audience’s
need for fulfllment?
“I can never allow myself to disappoint,” she
said simply.
But today, it seems Marina isn’t commanding
attention like her onstage persona. She doesn’t
articulate every thought and whim without a
second thought.
Perhaps she has learned her lesson.
In the December 6 issue of The New Yorker,
in Gay Talese’s essay “Travels With a Diva,”
Poplavskaya was painted as a very nearly insuf-
ferable diva, difcult and unyielding, someone
who complained about hotels, food, fies and just
about everything else.
“You have to understand that I felt a great
friendship with Gay and his wife. He’s an ex-
traordinary man,” she said.
And then, the truth.
“Sometimes you give an interview and you tell
the story of your life, and it doesn’t ft the page
and they chop it. Then it becomes a completely
diferent story.”
Poplavskaya seems perfectly aware of the
impression the article left.
“I think [he] left very strong points,” she said.
“He wrote everything, that’s the sad part. He
wrote in his article everything was my private
sharing as a friend with him, with the part of
him being the writer. I think it’s just very strange
it happened to me—when a very famous and
brilliant writer like Gay Talese lives next door
and goes to rehearsals with you, and just writes
every bit.”
As for the title, the primly printed “diva,”
a four-letter word to some, Poplavskaya isn’t
ofended.
“People understand the word ‘diva’ in the
most opposite ways,” she said. “Diva comes from
divine; a diva is a god, something that is beyond
human understanding, something which is
extraordinary.”
And on that note, I’ll have to agree with Mr.
Talese.
As for her thoughts on New York, Poplavs-
kaya slipped easily into the role of a native. She
frequents eateries like Café Fiorello, Milo’s and
Marea. She stays with a friend in her Upper
West Side apartment and is friendly with the
neighbors.
“It feels like Moscow, it feels like all the other
intelligent cities—very busy,” she said. “I fnd
people extremely sensitive, although they are so
busy with their lives and pushing their business
forward. I think it counts as one of the best times
that I’ve had.”
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Jazz at Lincoln Center’s reigning king of
swing at home on the Upper West Side
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frst set foot in Wynton Marsalis’
Upper West Side apartment on a chilly
November night in 2009. He sat at his
kitchen counter, a pencil in his left hand,
working on the composition of Blues
Symphony, which would premiere in
Atlanta as part of an annual homage to
Martin Luther King Jr.
Marsalis was in his Green Bay Packers T-shirt
and jeans, wearing narrow-rimmed glasses. Ellis
Marsalis, Winton’s father, softly played the piano in
the background. Like his son, Ellis is also an accom-
plished musician, as are Wynton’s brothers, Bran-
ford, Delfeayo and Jason.
Barely one hour earlier, at the Cultural Services
of the French Embassy on Fifth Avenue, Ambassa-
dor Pierre Vimont delivered a speech that sounded
less like a diplomatic eulogy than a cultural theory.
Marsalis wowed guests with a performance by his
quintet after receiving Ordre National de la Lé-
gion d’honneur—the National Order of the Legion
of Honor—the highest award given by the French
government. Champagne fowed freely at the party,
hosted by the publisher of Elle magazine and the
chairman of Alcatel-Lucent, Philippe Camus, and
his wife, Betty, with guests such as Le Bernadin’s
chef, Eric Ripert; president of the French Institute,
Marie-Monique Steckel; and many jazz musicians
and Marsalis’ friends from New Orleans.
But here in this house, on this night, Wynton was
quietly working away. “My kitchen counter is my
ofce,” he would later tell me.
Our interview for NYO Magazine was the day be-
fore Christmas Eve. Four days earlier, Marsalis and
the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra had completed
a weeklong performance schedule with the Alvin
Ailey American Dance Theater.
A simply decorated Christmas tree protruded
from a sea of wrapped gifts. The kitchen counter was
serving its real function this time—Marsalis’ child-
hood friend Maurice was preparing a classic dish
from New Orleans. The fragrant waves of scallion,
shrimp, okra and rice flled the kitchen.
Marsalis was, literally, at home. His adopted home,
that is.
At 17, Marsalis relocated from his native New
Orleans to New York. It was 1978 and Marsalis was
attending the Juilliard School.
“I felt I was from a diferent culture,” he said. “I
was an Afro. I had never been around that kind of
wealthy people. It was a cultural shock.”
In his book To a Young Jazz Musician, Marsalis
wrote about that frst year in New York, being known
as the “cat from New Orleans that can play.” He
wrote, “I’m hungry. I’m up here to straighten all this
shit out.”
And he did. Marsalis would go on to co-found Jazz
at Lincoln Center. In 1996, he was named the artistic
director of JALC, a title he still holds. He has sold
millions of copies of his recordings, has written fve
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books and won nine Grammy Awards. Success, it
seems, was always in the cards for Marsalis.
On Marsalis’ 43rd birthday, the new $128 million
home of Jazz at Lincoln Center on Columbus Circle
opened with an inaugural program, Let Freedom
Swing.
Sitting among the audience, I was inundated with
the dramatic poetry and music, delivered with such
gravitas but rhythmically punctuated with Marsalis’
humorous touches. It seems the title of the piece, Let
Freedom Swing, was no accident.
“I come from a group of people with a tradition of
[experiencing] slavery, so freedom is always impor-
tant,” Marsalis later said.
While we’re on the topic, I asked Marsalis a hard
question. Has he ever been concerned that the rec-
ognition of his accomplishments would be viewed as
simply a “token success” in an era of social equality?
“Equality is not about a person being success-
ful, but about everybody being successful,” he said.
“Equality is about average means.”
Interesting, coming from a relative child prodigy
whose frst job was cutting grass, until he was invited
to play with the New Orleans Philharmonic at the
tender age of 14.
Marsalis has played with such greats as Herbie
Hancock, Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie. He
seems to have a frm grip on the value of the history
of the genre.
“I think this is such a time of deep ignorance that
you have to preserve and innovate at the same time,”
he said. “That’s what I try to do. Try to come up
with new things, but also with old things that would
remind people of who we are—because without those
things, you can forget.”
When Marsalis frst came to New York, he had a
signifcant amount of experience playing music, but
didn’t realize just how closely bound together the dif-
ferent genres were. By the time he composed pieces
like “Blood on the Fields” and “All Rise,” he knew a
lot more—from federal music to Anglo-American
hymns to spirituals to ragtime; jazz to orchestra
music; the relationship of John Philip Sousa to Scott
Joplin to Duke Ellington to Art Taylor to Thelonious
Monk.
And while Marsalis openly acknowledges his
indebtedness to his musical predecessors, he seems
less overwhelmed by the “anxiety of infuence” than
many postmodernist artists.
“I always felt that I was original,” he said. “Nobody
can make me feel [that I lack] originality because I can
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always come up with so many new ideas all the time.”
Marsalis’ home reads like an intellectual history of
the mankind—books everywhere, some lying around as
if they were just read fve minutes ago. His library em-
bodies his wide-ranging curiosities—Proust’s Remem-
brance of Things Past (in four volumes), Octavia Paz,
Richard Wilbur, D.H. Lawrence, Robert Farris Thomp-
son’s Flash of the Spirit: African & Afro-American Art &
Philosophy, books about Nelson Mandela, a biography
of Mozart, transcripts of Beethoven, even books about
baseball, New Zealand and tango. And then there are
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe’s Faust and Christopher
Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus. Fitting, since the Germanic
mythic-folklore fgure of Faust has become a metaphor
for the insatiable desire for knowledge.
Marsalis is an active participant in the literary world,
having penned fve of his own titles. In his book To a
Young Jazz Musician, Marsalis touches on his move
from New Orleans to New York and his mercurial rise
to fame. He also addresses his critics, who have accused
him of decreeing what it means to be a jazz musician
from atop his post at Lincoln Center.
Despite these criticisms, Marsalis maintains that he
still learns every day what it takes to be a good musician.
“I always discover things about myself, like I just
discovered the other day that I should become more
sophisticated in how I address harmonic progres-
sion when I am playing [trumpet],” he said. “I always
notice new things about my playing—things that I can
improve.”
Not surprisingly, Marsalis shares similar pieces of
advice on how to be a better musician, to the “young jazz
musicians” for whom his book was intended.
After meeting with Marsalis I came away knowing two
things for sure—he has an unwavering belief in the power
of art, especially jazz, to better life. It is comforting in a
world that expects very little from art’s ability to address, let
alone answer, our ethical dilemma or human conditions.
And two, Marsalis is single-mindedly dedicated to his
art—a dedication that makes me wonder if music usurps
his own life.
“That is my life; I don’t really have a life outside of
that,” he said. “Nothing for me is outside of that, but I
have tried to use that to put my life in context.” It seems
a perfect answer from one of the city’s most notable
musicians—I can just imagine Marsalis living his life to
the soundtrack of his own songs, the ebb and fow of the
trumpet notes guiding him through his missteps, his
successes, his experiences.
While Marsalis is not a native New Yorker, he has
very nearly earned the title. “Home might not be where
you grew up,” he wrote in Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of
Life. “It might be where you’re going, because some-
times it takes a lifetime to fgure out what you know.”
And where is Marsalis’ home? After hearing my ques-
tion, he replies without thinking, as only a New Yorker
would.
“New York.”
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BENJAMIN
All About
A
year ago, no one outside the ballet world
was talking about Benjamin Millepied.
Since Black Swan’s release in December,
Millepied has garnered a flurry of atten-
tion from devout tabloid followers, the press and
ballet enthusiasts alike. The public fascination with
Millepied, New York City Ballet’s resident star, cho-
reographer of Black Swan and newly minted fiancé
to one of America’s most beloved film stars, has only
increased as the film continues to sweep the awards
circuit.
Since his impending fatherhood and engagement
to Oscar-nominee Natalie Portman, Millepied has
seen his world tipped upside down. The press, the pa-
parazzi, suddenly everyone wants to know everything
about the dancer who won the affections of one of the
world’s most beautiful movie stars.
Although Millepied refuses to be drawn into the
subject of his future wife and mother of his child,
he says that when he thinks about fatherhood, he
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becomes “very, very excited.”
“It’s life-changing,” he said. “I can’t wait.
I dream about it at night.”
But it is in the field of choreography that
he’d like to make his mark. As fate would
have it, it’s also his choreography that
brought him to Portman.
The pair was first introduced after
Millepied was contacted by a producer of
Black Swan. The film’s producers needed
a choreographer and had seen a ballet
Millepied was working on at the time. They
liked what they saw and invited him to
read the script in one sitting—he was not
allowed to leave the room with it. Millepied
liked what he read, and the next step was to
meet Natalie.
And therein began a match made in
tabloid heaven.
While Millepied stays relatively tight-
lipped on his betrothed, he has nothing
but praise for the film’s director, Darren
Aronofsky.
“What impressed me most about Darren
was just how clear his vision for the film
was,” Millepied said. “He had such a spe-
cific vision for each scene; he described the
whole ending to me,” Millepied said.
Despite its dark undertones, Millepied
believes Black Swan has done well for the
world of ballet.
“It will present
ballet to people who
would never have
gone to the ballet,” he said. “It’s stirred up
controversy, but that’s good. Ultimately, we
are all talking about ballet.”
Speaking of controversy, Millepied is
censorious about the recent comment New
York Times’ ballet critic Alastair Macaulay
made about sugarplum fairy Jennifer Ring-
er, saying that she looked like a sugarplum
fairy who had eaten one plum too many.
“He’s said more than once that I’m out
of shape, and he was right,” Millepied said.
“But really, I think we are past the point of
calling someone fat in the newspaper. It’s
humiliating.”
Millepied himself claims not to care
what the critics think of his dancing or
choreography, a good thing since he has
a plethora of work opening in the coming
months.
He’s choreographing The Bartered Bride
for the Metropolitan Opera—for which The
New York Times gave a solid review and
Millepied in one of
the practice studios
at NYCB.
‘I can’t wait. I dream
about it at night.’
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Benjamin millepied
singled out his choreography—and also
is working on an unnamed ballet for the
American Ballet Theatre next month.
Despite his instant stardom, Millepied
remains grounded, even modest.
The day after our interview at the cover
shoot for NYO Magazine, he couldn’t have
been more polite or gracious. He was
kind to everyone, from the groomer—who
gave him an impromptu haircut—to the
photographer’s assistants. No matter how
many poses he was asked to do or jumps
he was required to execute without a
warm-up—which could have been danger-
ous as he was due to go onstage later that
night—he performed them with unfail-
ing grace. The only time he refused to do
anything was when he was asked to wear
a leather jacket, due in part to his semi-
vegetarian ways.
Later that evening, Millepied was
due to perform in Concerto DSCH,
choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky of
the American Ballet Theatre and also
Millepied’s close friend. The segment that
Millepied danced was choreographed with
him in mind.
“We met frst at one of the sessions of New
York Choreographic Institute,” Ratman-
sky said of Millepied. “I didn’t think much
of the piece he did then. The next time I
saw his choreography [for NYCB] was a
few years later. I was really amazed by the
progress he’d made.”
But now, Ratmansky has only praise
for his friend.
“Two things I admire in his works: his
masterful and inventive use of the big
groups—the corps—and his desire and
ability to be modern,” Ratmansky said. “As
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a dancer, he is always inspiring. DSCH was
done for him.”
NYO Magazine was allowed backstage
before the performance that night, and as
we looked on, a group of female ballerinas
trooped by in full stage makeup, looking in-
congruous against the backdrop of pulleys,
wires and lighting. The ballerinas looked
more like greyhounds at the track, their
bodies so tightly sculpted that you could
see every muscle tightening as they lightly
fexed their shoulders.
When Millepied walked in, he seemed
less laid-back than he was at the morning
shoot. After a few gentle leg stretches at
the barre, he headed to his dressing room,
and we followed him there. He was much
less chatty, his mood focused and tense.
Later, just before the curtain call, an-
other reason emerged as to why Millepied
might have been a little keyed up. A slight
figure wearing a black sparkly top slipped
into the audience. Natalie Portman was
back in New York, fresh from her triumph
at the Golden Globes, just in time to
watch her fiancé strut his stuff.
Millepied seems born to play the ro-
mantic lead. Concerto DSCH is a brilliant
score with everything from elements of
Tchaikovsky to the British sailing ditty
“Drunken Sailor.” It is not your rigorous
George Balanchine classic. The choreog-
raphy veers from Broadway show tunes to
elements of jazz to more classic poses.
Millepied stands out as its star not
merely because of his ability as a dancer
but because he can act onstage. He con-
veys with complete sincerity a deep love
and feeling for Wendy Whelan, who plays
his partner in this complex and moving
piece.
After the ballet finished, we hoped to
get a quick after-show rundown of the
evening from Millepied’s perspective,
but alas, he and his pregnant fiancée had
already slipped out into the night. G
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What’s Cooking
Behind the Blue Door?
Perhaps most well known for Upper West
Side eatery Per Se, Thomas Keller is the only
American chef to have two restaurants with
three Michelin Stars each: the French Laun-
dry in Yountville, Calif., and, not surprisingly,
Per Se. He is due to open his latest venture,
Bouchon Bakery in Rockefeller Center, at the
end of March.

How did you get into the restaurant
business?
Growing up, my mother ran restaurants.
I started by washing dishes, which was a
wonderful way to begin in the restaurant
business. It taught me about myself, and I
learned about some basic qualities about
being a cook. It can become very chaotic in a
restaurant, but you become a part of the team
with a common goal and a common vision.

That’s the greatest advertisement for
being a dishwasher I’ve ever heard—you
must have been a precocious teenager.
[laughs] Of course, at 13 or 14, I wasn’t think-
ing these things. But learning to do things
over and over liberated me from the task
at hand. When you are a chef, you need to
be able to clean a salmon as well as observe
whatever else is going on around you to make
sure that the restaurant is run properly.

You started out in the 1980s in New
York—what was the food scene like at
that time?
Nouvelle cuisine had just taken of, and the
great chefs were all coming to New York.
The Department of Labor had just classifed
‘chef’ as a profession, as opposed to just being
thought of as ‘help.’ I started the Polo Lounge,
moved to Raoul’s in Soho and then moved to
Paris.

Tell me about living and working in Paris.
I was there a year and a half, living in the
15th Arrondissement and completed eight
diferent stages (culinary internships). There
weren’t too many diferences between the
American and French systems. I loved the
phenomenal street markets full of steaming
beets, seasonal apples and peaches. Being a
chef is a profession for which the French have
a lot of respect.

After living in California, you came back
to New York and opened Per Se to
enormous acclaim. What was it like to
receive three Michelin stars?
It’s never about one person—I have an
exemplary team. The morning of the Mi-
chelin announcement, I was in Paris and
would have been midflight back to New
York when the call was due to come, so I
decided to stay in Paris. I was with Laura
[his fiancée], and we found out at about
4 p.m. It was a wonderful time; we had a
leisurely walk through Paris, and that night
we asked for a table at Taillevent restau-
rant, telling them that we’d just received
the highest ranking from Michelin. Not
only did they give us a table, but the chef
himself came out and sat down with us.

How did you come to chose Columbus
Circle for Per Se’s location?
It is an iconic location. I always loved the
Upper West Side, lived there for 10 years
and used to go to Maurice’s for our sturgeon,
Zabar’s and Fairway. I loved Shakespeare
[& Co.] Bookstore. We had an inauspicious
beginning at Per Se; a fre broke out in the
kitchen a week after it opened. All my Asian
friends congratulated me, saying that it was a
good sign.
Thomas Keller sits down with NYO Magazine to talk
about his start as a dishwasher, his newest venture
and what it’s really like to receive the rating of three
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East meets West
A New Yorker’s Encounter with Chinese art
by Chiu-Ti Jansen
Any New Yorker who wants to understand
what’s happening in China must frst encounter
its contemporary art. Contemporary Chinese
art embodies all of the exploding promises and
brilliant contradictions in Chinese society—a
society full of raw energy but unsure about its
materialistic transformation, haphazard with
rough edges but tremendously fascinating.
Contemporary Chinese art is leading the
lifestyle-industry revolution in China—ahead of
fashion, design, architecture, music, dance and
literature, all of which are attempting to replicate
the contemporary art’s Cinderella rise from
obscurity and marginalization to the central
stage. Each of these felds is wrestling with the
same transition—from “Made in China” to
“Created in China.”
What does the rise of contemporary Chinese
art mean to New York? Look at the Art Dealers
Association of America Art Show, at which the
Pace Gallery is dedicating its entire booth to 12
new ash paintings by Shanghai-based Zhang
Huan. At the Armory Show, Carolina Nitsch and
Galerie Urs Meile are among others to show New
York veteran Ai Weiwei’s iconoclastic, conceptual
works, Marble Chair and Sunfower Seeds.
Ai Weiwei, who lived in the West Village
in the early ’90s, seems to be constantly in
the spotligh—from the “Bird’s Nest” Olympic
Stadium in Beijing, which he co-designed, to
his politically charged blogs to his recent house
arrest. He studied and lived in the United States,
mostly in New York, from 1981 to 1993, where he
found inspiration from Duchamp’s conceptual
art based on altered ready-made objects. In
October 2010, he carpeted the Turbine Hall at
the Tate Modern in London with 100 million
porcelain “seeds,” each individually sculpted and
hand-painted in the town of Jingdezhen in China
by 1,600 Chinese artisans. The miniature version
of Sunfower Seeds shown at Carolina Nitsch
consists of a handful of seeds contained in an air-
sealed, wire-bail glass jar that is more commonly
seen in the United States than in China. It is as if
the work is trying to demonstrate how content
can be repackaged and re-contained in a foreign
context; the sunfower seeds are the mundane
objects re-manufactured through traditional
Chinese craftsmanship in an ancient city rich in
imperial patronage of its porcelain production.
By playing with the concept of “Made in China,”
the artwork is where “Made in China” and “Cre-
ated in China” converge.
Outside the art fairs, downtown’s Chambers Fine
Art, a gallery focusing solely on contemporary Chi-
nese art, is showing in its New York gallery recent
paintings and an installation by Xiaoze Xie. “Wang
Qingsong: When Worlds Collide,” currently on view
at the International Center of Photography in mid-
town Manhattan, showcases photographic works
by Qingsong that capture monumental staged
cinematic settings, often embedded in grotesque
allusions to classical artworks.
Surprisingly, only one of the 272 galleries at
the Armory Show is an indigenous Chinese gal-
lery. Chinese dealers are staying home, probably
because while many Chinese power players in
various felds have entered into the art business,
the industry is not mature enough for these new-
comers to venture outside China.
Last year while attending a reception, I met a
hedge fund manager who mentioned a few minutes
into our conversation that he had collected a few
pieces of contemporary Chinese art. He must have
thought that it was terribly sexy to mention that he
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collected contemporary Chinese art.
Yes, contemporary Chinese art is sexy.
After all, in our society, anything that is close
to money and its attendant power can be
considered so. According to the Artprice survey,
prior to the most recent fnancial crisis set
of by the Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy, 11
Chinese artists accounted for the world’s top
20 best-selling contemporary artists based on
results from 2,900 auctions. Although Chinese
art was not immune to the downturn of the art
markets, at least the works by certain Chinese
artists actively traded in the auction-driven
secondary market have recovered handsome-
ly—they have routinely surpassed the highest
estimate as well as the highest price achieved
by the same artist prior to the fnancial crisis.
In the 12 months ending in June 2010, 15 of
the top-selling 50 contemporary artists in the
world were Chinese.
As contemporary Chinese art has gained
currency in China, the prices of contemporary
artworks are no longer quoted in U.S. dollars or
euros but in renminbi (RMB). This clearly re-
fects a gradual shift of the buyer base from the
non-Chinese to the Chinese. March 2011 marks
the ffth anniversary of Sotheby’s seminal sale
of contemporary Chinese art in New York, the
frst of its kind to focus solely on contemporary
Chinese art. But since the fall of 2009, when the
art market seemed to be in a free fall following
the fnancial crisis, major international auc-
tion houses have shifted their contemporary
Chinese art auctions to Hong Kong—where
the mainland Chinese buyers are the drivers
behind the revival of certain segments of the
auction markets.
It doesn’t take an economist to fgure out
the math—the rise of the Chinese economy, in
full swing following China’s entrance into the
World Trade Organization in 2001, means that
the purchasing power of the emerging wealth
in China will dictate the shift of tastes in certain
cultural consumption.
Since “Inside Out: New Chinese Art” opened
at the Asia Society in 1998, contemporary Chi-
nese art has come a long way in New York City.
In the past, we have witnessed group shows
where artists of disparate styles were lumped
together under a China label with little or no
emphasis on individual artists’ idiosyncrasies.
By the time Zhang Huan had his solo show
“Altered States” at the Asia Society in 2007,
Yue Minjun his solo show “Yue Minjun and the
Symbolic Smile” at the Queens Museum of Art
in 2007 or Yin Xiuzhen his “Collective Subcon-
scious” at MoMA in 2010, these exhibits were
more than a ride on the China brand. They were
viewed as individual artists, each with their
own visual language and artistic vision. In 2010,
MoMA published Contemporary Chinese Art:
Primary Documents, which injected scholarly
rigor into the feld of studies of the contempo-
rary Chinese art.
I am an art collector myself, and one of the
frst assumptions about my art collection is that
I collect only Chinese art. I often thought to
myself, “Collecting only the art, especially only
that produced from one’s own country —how
boring is that?”
Having spent an equal amount of time in
American and Chinese culture, I often wonder
what is so compelling about contemporary
Chinese art. For me, it’s refreshing that, unlike a
debate that plagued the intellectual discourse in
early-20th-century China, many post–Cultural
Revolution artists are no longer obsessed with
the binary opposition between the Western and
Eastern mediums.
Chinese artists are still trying to make sense
of the spectacular historical changes that are
happening to their lives and society. China is
happening, and so is its art scene. And it is still
happening. I’d like to think that there is more
than an economic force behind New York’s
fascination with the Chinese
art scene. Beyond the simple
economic motivations and
blind trend-chasing, there is
also a fundamental human
desire to be part of the next
big thing—and New Yorkers
would naturally not want
to be left out of the next big
thing that is New China.
Chiu-Ti Jansen is the founder
of CHINA HAPPENINGS, a
multimedia and advisory platform
that focuses on the lifestyle and
cultural industries in China.
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1. Chinese Contemporary
Art: 7 Things You Should
Know, by Melissa Chiu, 2008
2. New China, New Art, by
Richard Vine, 2008
3. Mahjong: Contemporary
Chinese Art From The Sigg
Collection, by Feng Boyi et
al., 2005
4. Young Chinese Artists:
The Next Generation, by
Christoph Noe et al., 2010
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Pat Steir refuses to limit herself in
terms of the mediums she utilizes.
The New Jersey native is known
just as much for her installation
pieces as for her paintings and
prints.
Tell me about the print for the
ADAA show.
It’s a collaboration between me,
Dick Solomon at Pace Editions and
Adam Shefer at Cheim & Reid.
It’s a series of monoprints as well
as an edition. Each monoprint is
diferent and has a lot of handwork
on it, and some of them will also be
made into editions. There will be
eight of them available at the art
show. They’re printed by silkscreen
in Brooklyn by Jo Watanabe Press,
which is part of Pace Prints.
I’ve heard you have an unusual
method of painting.
I pour the paint—sometimes from
brushes, sometimes from the can.
It evolved slowly over a really long
time. I began to get involved with
the ideas of chance and control,
nature and culture. We see nature
as chance. I have some control, but
I don’t have a specifc system. My
system is just pouring. So it’s up to
chance and gravity. I want to make
a painting that makes itself.
What do you hope your art
communicates to its audience?
Whatever they need to fnd.
ARTIST PROFILES
Iván Navarro:LightinguptheArmoryShow
Iván Navarro, a Santiago, Chile, native, now lives and
works in Brooklyn, but the political climate of his
home country continues to infuence his work.
Tell me about the installation piece you’re ex-
hibiting at the Armory Show.
It’s made out of neon lights, and it’s in the shape of a
fence. The piece will be installed in the perimeter of
the booth. It will be enclosing the booth and people
won’t be able to enter, so it will work as a real, actual
fence.
Why do you work so much with Minimalism?
Minimalism in New York is very well respected as
a historical movement, but I think it’s something
that should be criticized for the purity it involves,
the lack of relationship to social content. In Chile
the social content is so strong in art that working as
a Minimalist artist doesn’t really make any sense.
It’s almost like you’re forgetting about all the social
issues.
Do you want people to have that type of physical
interaction with your work?
I do, yes. It’s important to have unexpected interac-
tions between the public and from your pieces. That
makes it anti-Minimalism because Minimalism
doesn’t allow anything like that. For me, that’s what
happens; you take your pieces to the outside world
after making it in the studio.
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Jessica Stockholder
Jessica Stockholder is well known for her site-specifc
pieces that take infuence from their physical contexts.
Tell me about your pieces at the ADAA Art Show.
There’s a chandelier and some smaller sculptures mak-
ing their world premiere. They are all separate pieces.
They are related to one another in that I made them as
a group and, moving from one to another, they inform
each other, but they are single, autonomous pieces.
Where do you get the materials to use in your
pieces?
My studio is full of things that I can use, and sometimes
my work is generated by what things happen to be
there. People give me stuf or I get it from Goodwill, TJ
Maxx, Home Depot. I stumble upon things. This body
of work emerged from stuf I have here at the studio.
Are you trying to communicate something spe-
cifc to your audience?
I don’t make my works with the hope to communicate
something particular to somebody else. The work is an
endeavor to uncover, discover or shift a way of looking
at things and to share that with people. It’s a dynamic
and layered process of experiencing and understand-
ing that I’m engaged in for myself, and then my hope is
to share that with other people.
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ART
Truly an international art fair, the Armory Art
Show spotlights Latin America with galleries
hailing from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia,
Mexico, Peru and Venezuela by Chiu-Ti Jansen
In the past few decades, art fairs have
proliferated throughout the world. They
have morphed from trade shows into cultural
spectacles and tourist destinations, complete
with one-of-a-kind installations, late-
night parties and even fashion shows. The
Armory Show is no exception.
Despite its name, the Armory Show is
not located in the Park Avenue Armory or
the Downtown Armory. The name traces
back to its roots—the show began at the
Gramercy International Art Fair, organized
by four dealers in 1993 to drum up sales in
the midst of a recession. The fair became
the Armory Show in 1999, when it was held
at the 69th Regiment Armory, the same site
of the legendary Armory Show of 1913 that
introduced modern art to America.
The proliferation of contemporary art
fairs globally means that there is an added
pressure to distinguish oneself from com-
petitors.
“We distinguish ourselves by being sup-
ported by the most vibrant contemporary art
environment,” said Katelijne De Backer, exec-
utive director of the Armory Show. “Galleries
and museums in New York City are second to
none in the world, and they all come together
to provide concurrent exhibition oferings.”
But it would be a mistake to classify the
Armory Show as simply a “local art fair.” Af-
ter all, the art business is now by definition
global. To counteract this classification, the
Armory Show has increased and maintained
the presence of international participants
over the years.
For example, in 2010, the Armory Show
spotlighted Berlin as part of its geographi-
cal focus on a vibrant art community out-
side New York. This year, “Armory Focus:
Latin America” will feature a selection of
21 galleries from Argentina, Brazil, Chile,
Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.
These are in addition to approximately 10
Latin American galleries that are already
part of the main contemporary and Modern
sections. According to De Backer, these pro-
grams are effective tools to cultivate new
exhibitors for the fair. Many of the galler-
ies showcased in last year’s “Armory Focus:
Berlin” will join the main fair the first time
this year. To complete the Latin America
theme and continue a tradition started in
2002, the Armory Show has also commis-
sioned Mexican-born, Belgium-based artist
Gabriel Kuri to create the visual identity for
the 2011 fair.
As a result of such efforts, out of the 272
participating galleries in the 2011 edition,
just about 40 percent are from the United
States, with the remainder hailing from all
over the world. According to the Armory
Show’s own statistics, last year the fair at-
tracted 60,000 visitors, of which 56 percent
were from outside New York City and more
than a third came from outside the United
States.
De Backer said that many galleries,
encouraged by the sales results at London’s
Frieze Art Fair and the Art Basel Miami
Beach last year, have opted to increase the
size of their booths. As a result, the number
of participating galleries is smaller this
year—272 compared with 289 last year—to
Armory Show 2011,
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accommodate the increased space require-
ments of these exhibitors. Although the
scale may not measure up to its peak four
years ago, De Backer maintained that there
is a steady uptick in activity.
For a gallery to participate in the Armory
Show, it has to go through a managed peer-
review process. The selection committee is
typically reconstituted immediately after
the close of the Armory Show, with some
continuing members interacting with the
new ones. The current six-member com-
mittee consists of art dealers and galler-
ies representing different geographical
regions: New York, Los Angeles, Neth-
erlands, London, Paris and Dubai. Based
on the applications received through the
early summer, the selection committee will
determine the exhibitors by the end of Au-
gust. Then the production of the show will
be in full swing—charting a floor plan and
creating bespoke booth layouts and various
other preparatory activities.
How does a visitor navigate the sprawling
art fairs? De Backer has her own set of tips.
“Do your homework,” she said. “Come
prepared. Check out the information on
our Web site.” Also, visitors should take
advantage of the readily available gallery
representatives to ask questions and learn
about the artists and artworks in an other-
wise overwhelming environment, she said.
Observing how the fair has evolved in the
10 years since she started getting involved,
the “decorating three walls” approach is
now passé, De Backer said. In fact, many
of the exhibitors view the Armory Show as
an opportunity to emulate the quality of a
curated museum exhibition. What’s more,
many galleries are opting for spotlighting
one single artist or one major installation
with a view to creating an indelible impres-
sion on the collectors and visitors, even at
the risk of compromising financial returns.
In the end, all the preparation is done
with the hope that this would be an art fair
to remember.
The Armory Show is open from noon to 8
p.m., March 3-5, and noon to 7 p.m. March
6. The show hosts a professional preview
on March 2 and is open to the public March
3-6. Contemporary art by living artists is
located on Pier 94 and a Modern section
focusing on secondary market is on Pier 92.
With a single $30 admission ticket, visitors
will have access to upward of 300 Modern
and contemporary dealers (Student tickets
are $10, group sales are $15, four-day passes
are $60.)
1. Untitled by Brazilian
artist AnnaMaria
Maiolino at Vivian
Horan Fine Art booth
on Pier 92
2. GabrieleBasilico’s
piece Contact, 1984
at the Oliva Arauna
Gallery
3. IvánNavarro’s new
optical “wall hole”
Pause at Galerie
Daniel Templon
4. Wave Bias, 2010,
by CordyRyman at
DCKT Contemporary.
All photos courtesy of
the artists

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• Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
will be presenting a massive painting by the
artist RodneyMcMillian. The painting is 27
feet long and made from hand-sewn vinyl.
• Vera Lutter is presenting her most recent
works, which were taken on her trip to
Egypt last year and were made in a custom
fabricated suitcase/camera obscura at the
Carolina Nitsch booth.
• Ivan Navarro is creating a site-specifc
installation in the Paul Kasmin Gallery
booth, titled Armory Fence, made of neon
lights with a parameter of 82 feet.
• New York gallery Lehman Maupin is pre-
senting a solo exhibition of never-before-
seen Urethra Postcard Pictures by Gilbert
&George.
• RonaldFeldmanGallery is presenting a
solo presentation by Sam Van Aken that
will transform the booth into an orchard of
live trees, with unusual genetically altered
properties. As designed by the artist, the
trunks and leader branches identify the
trees as being fve diferent types: peach,
plum, cherry, nectarine and apricot. But
each tree has the capacity to
simultaneously grow all fve fruits.
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ART shows
Ofering a deep exploration of a selected body
of work, VOLTA NY showcases the works of
exclusively solo artists, from Aaron Johnson
to Natasha Kissell to Robert Kunec, among
many others. Featuring stand-alone artist
exhibitions in exploration of difering ideas
of contemporary art, this one is a must-see.
(March 3-6, 7W at 7 West 34
th
St., $15)
Fountain Art Fair returns for its sixth year
in New York City, boasting a wide array of ec-
centric artists and Brooklyn-based perform-
ers and galleries. More than 20 projects will
be featured at this envelope-pushing art fair,
which features exhibits by Christina Ray
Gallery, Greg Haberny and McCaig-Welles,
among others. (Pier 66 Maritime, 26th St. and
12th Ave., March 3-6, $10)
The award-winning temporary exhibition fo-
rum INDEPENDENT is back for its second
edition. The free show hosts 40 artists show-
casing their work in an atypical style of the
art fair. (March 3-6, 548 West 22nd St., free)
The 2011 PULSE Contemporary Art Fair,
New York will be held in the newly built
venue Metropolitan Pavilion in the Flatiron
district. The fair, dedicated solely to contem-
porary art, has a brand new contemporary
venue to match. International galleries will
present works by leading contemporary art-
ists alongside up-and-coming artists. (March
3-6, 125 West 18th St., $20)
The Red Dot Art Fair features art from
galleries such as Art Gotham, Nine Gallery,
Gallery Edel and FAN Fine Art, among oth-
ers. The show is partnering with the Korean
Art Show, organized by the Galleries As-
sociation of Korea; 30 Korean Art Show
galleries will share the space with Red Dot’s
exhibitors. All funds garnered from the art
show will fund a breathtaking installation
by Patrick Singh, projected on the Manhat-
tan Bridge during the fair. (March 3-6, 82
Mercer St., free)
A 60,000-square-foot hall at 320 West
Street across from Pier 40 on the West Side
Highway is the venue of choice for Scope Art
Show. The New York Edition of the Scope
Art Show will showcase 50 international gal-
leries from four continents and 16 countries
extending from China to Canada. (March 3-6,
$20)
A stage for groundbreaking and exciting art,
Verge Art Fair serves to push the boundaries
in which art is appraised and presented to the
public. The show focuses primarily on emerg-
ing art and all that entails. (March 3-6, Dylan
Hotel, 52 East 41st St., $10)
Moving Image: An Art Fair of Contempo-
rary Art showcases contemporary instal-
lations of video, single-channel video, even
video sculpture. (March 3-6, Waterfront New
York Tunnel, 261 11th Ave., free)
PooL Art Fair is dedicated to providing a
platform for underrepresented artists and
originates from the 1863 Courbet’s Salon des
Independents. (March 4-6, Gershwin Hotel, 7
East 27th St.)
New York Arts Week
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Niki de Saint Phalle
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ART
ADAA Show:
Quality, not Quantity
Currently the country’s
longest-running art show,
the ADAA show continues
to showcase a unique
and eclectic mix of artist
exhibitions. This year is
no exception.
by Natalie Howard
The Art Dealers Association of
America Art Show is back for its 23rd
year, proving once again that it’s a show with
staying power.
“If there’s one thing we want, it’s interest-
ing, quality material,” said Linda Blumberg,
ADAA’s executive director. “Without a
doubt, I think we have a reputation for
showing really first-rate art, and that’s what
draws people year after year.”
The ADAA Art Show maintains that high
level of quality with a stringent application
process for exhibition hopefuls. The ADAA
sends out a request for applications and
also send out requests for proposals. Then
the ADAA members vote on which propos-
als to accept. The committee also selects
five additional artists that will appear at
the show, Blumberg said, to ensure that all
their bases are covered—American paint-
ing, Modernism, contemporary photogra-
phy, print.
Artists who will display work at the 2011
show include abstract painter David Reed;
Robert Motherwell, a former member
of the New York School and colleague
of Jackson Pollock; Dutch sculptor and
installation artist Mark Manders; installa-
tion artist and Yale University’s director of
graduate studies of sculpture Jessica Stock-
holder; and photographer and filmmaker
William Klein.
The placement of the 70 artists’ booths is
carefully considered.
“We want the exhibits to be mixed,” Blum-
berg said. “We’re very careful about trying
to place booths so that they’re interestingly
juxtaposed to each other. It’s not random.”
The ADAA Art Show’s main event is,
predictably, the art show, but there are sev-
eral other events for visitors to enjoy. Gary
Tinterow, Engelhard curator of European
paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of
Art, will host a collectors’ forum focusing on
Picasso March 5.
“There’s always pressure to make sure it’s
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fresh and interesting and not rest on your
laurels,” Blumberg said. “Every year we
make a conscious effort to make it better
and as interesting as we can.”
The show entices visitors and art collec-
tors with an intricate balance of excitement
and intimacy. While the ADAA’s show is
smaller like many other similar national art
fairs, garnering only 10,000 to 12,000 visi-
tors a year, Blumberg sees this as an asset
rather than a fault.
“We are a small show compared to some,
but that makes it so much easier to navigate
and actually talk with the dealers,” Blum-
berg said. “It’s a more intimate showcase.”
Entrance fees to the show directly ben-
efit the Henry Street Settlement, a social
service agency based in the Lower East
Side. Henry Street Settlement has been the
beneficiary of the show since its inception
23 years ago.
“Henry Street has been there from the
beginning,” Blumberg said. “Everybody
who buys a ticket, all of that entrance fee
goes to the benefit of Henry Street com-
pletely, 100 percent.”
To raise additional funds for Henry
Street, the ADAA Art Show also commis-
sions an artist to create a unique print
specifically for sale during the show.
“This year, Pat Steir is doing the print,”
Blumberg said. “It’s a collaboration be-
tween Pace Prints Gallery and Cheim &
Read Gallery.”
Pace Prints and Cheim & Read aren’t the
only galleries teaming up this year. For the
first time in the ADAA Art Show’s history,
two galleries are joining forces to show the
works of one artist—Richard Grey Gallery
and Galerie Lelong will both exhibit the art
of Jaume Plensa, a Spanish sculptor and
mixed-media artist best known for creating
the Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millen-
nium Park.
While the show garners tremendous pub-
licity for the ADAA, it is the artwork that
really takes center stage.
“We’re very sensitive to doing what is
best for the work being presented,” Blum-
berg said. “We ask, what makes the art look
best? How can we best present them so that
people can see them in the best light?”
And Blumberg is confident that the 23
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year will be yet another successful one.
“We have proven ourselves over the years
to be a premier showcase for first-rate gal-
leries from around the country,” Blumberg
said. “We’re very proud of it, and we hope
people can come and enjoy it.”
The Art Show, held at the Park Avenue
Armory at 67th Street, runs from March 2-6
with a special preview on March 1. Admis-
sion to the show is $20 per day, which is open
from noon to 8 p.m. on March 2-5 and from
noon to 6 p.m. on March 6.
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Early Geometric (Abstraction), 1933. Oil on canvas 27 x 41 inches. Menconi & Schoelkopf Fine Art. 5. Repas Frugal by Pablo Picasso at David Tunick Inc.
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Streetbeat
FASHI ON
We wandered the streets on one of the coldest days in February to
see how these Upper West Siders bundled up in style By Coco Mellors
1. Ariel
Engebretson
Favorite thing
you’re wearing?
My Maxfeld Parrish
jacket
Best thing about
the Upper West
Side?
The beautiful
brownstone buildings
2. Chi
Favorite thing
you’re wearing?
The keys to my store
Best thing about
UWS?
Great people
watching
3. Irakli
Bukrashvili
Favorite thing
you’re wearing?
My new Hugo Boss
coat
Best thing about
UWS?
The amazing location
4. Ruth Muinde
Favorite thing
you’re wearing?
My Cole Haan
boots—they’re
keeping my feet
warm!
Best thing about
UWS?
You’re free to be
yourself here
5. Rodney
Ingram
Favorite thing
you’re wearing?
My sneakers from
Urban Outftters
Best thing about
UWS?
The awesome
buildings and
churches
6. Britannie
Bond
Favorite thing
you’re wearing?
My hat
Best thing about
UWS?
Magnolia Bakery!
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Fashion
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Our resident style expert trolled the streets to fnd unique pieces that
you can only get on the Upper West Side
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1. Ssemienne
for Think Closet
polka dot dress
with rufes, $139
2. Jennifer George
concho belt, $1,800
Photos by Ivylise Simones
Model: Michele Molina; Photo Assistant: E.F. Angel
Styled by Kathryn Typaldos
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3. Urban Behavior
for Shi Shi military
jacket in olive, $98
Paige Braided
Silverlake short, $143
Pookie & Sebastian
Megan sheer one
pocket top, $38
4. Creatures of Comfort
for Steven Alan striped
maxi, $238
Patricia Underwood
for Malia Mills Ladies
Who Lunch hat, $355
5. Malia Mills Coral
Casino Romper in
Noir, $345
(for jewelry, see 6)
6. Jennifer George jewelry;
Lorne Michael’s Mortgage
Full necklace, $1800;
Drink Milk Bolo necklace,
$795; Tallahassee Laveliere
necklace, $595
7. Pookie and
Sebastian
Whitney grommet
shoulder dress in
poppy, $138
Marley Moretti
for Shi Shi
turquoise, sterling
silver and pyrite
ring, $89
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Steven Alan Outpost, 465 Amsterdam Ave., 212-595-8451 Think Closet, 324 Columbus Ave., 212-877-9777 Jennifer George, www.jennifergeorgenyc.com, 917-657-2267
Paige Premium Denim, 245 Columbus Ave., 212-769-1503
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John Berggruen Gallery
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Peter Blum Gallery
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Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Valerie Carberry Gallery
Cheim & Read
James Cohan Gallery
CRG Gallery
D’Amelio Terras
Maxwell Davidson Gallery
Tibor de Nagy Gallery
Richard L. Feigen & Co.
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts
Debra Force Fine Art
Fraenkel Gallery
Peter Freeman
Galerie St. Etienne
James Goodman Gallery
Marian Goodman Gallery
Richard Gray Gallery
Greenberg Van Doren Gallery
Howard Greenberg Gallery
Hirschl & Adler Galleries
Paul Kasmin Gallery
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery
Knoedler & Company
Michael Kohn Gallery
Barbara Krakow Gallery
Hans P. Kraus Jr.
L&M Arts
Margo Leavin Gallery
Galerie Lelong
Jeffrey H. Loria & Co.
Luhring Augustine
Lawrence Markey
Barbara Mathes Gallery
McKee Gallery
Anthony Meier Fine Arts
Menconi & Schoelkopf Fine Art
Robert Miller Gallery
Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Moeller Fine Art
Donald Morris Gallery
Jill Newhouse
David Nolan Gallery
Odyssia
The Pace Gallery
Pace/MacGill Gallery
Pace Prints & Pace Primitive
Friedrich Petzel Gallery
Regen Projects
James Reinish & Associates
Susan Sheehan Gallery
Manny Silverman Gallery
Skarstedt Gallery
Sperone Westwater
Allan Stone Gallery
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks+Projects
David Tunick
Michael Werner
Worthington Gallery
Donald Young Gallery
Zabriskie Gallery
Pavel Zoubok Gallery
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interior design
1. dramaticfurnishings
arejuxtaposedwith
morehumbleaccents.
2. turningthespace
intoa“modernVer-
sailles,”Willeytrans-
formedthegalleryof
theresidence.
3. takingadvantage
oftheapartment’s
unparalleledviewsof
CentralPark,Willy
openedupthedining
andlivingroomsto
createanopenliving
area.
T
he fve-bedroom, 3,600-
square-foot residence at 15
Central Park West is a blank
canvas any interior designer
would love to get their hands
on. John Willey, owner and
founder of Willey Design, LLC was the man
who got to make it happen.
“The apartment has a lot of dramatic
furnishings and color, but I wanted to
combine all of the elements into a space
that wasn’t fussy and lends to entertaining
or movies at home with the family,” said
Willey. “For instance, if I used a vintage
high-gloss dresser, I paired it against a
more humble element, like woven rope
beds, or luxurious velvet against grass cloth
wallpaper. It takes the seriousness out of
the equation, but still keeps it sophisticated
and polished.”
Completed over the course of a year, the
renovation included opening up the dining
and living room to make one cohesive
living space, taking full advantage of the
property’s park views and replacing the
wooden floors with a traditional European
custom gray limestone mosaic in the
gallery. It also included turning the existing
library into an additional bedroom to
accommodate the large family’s needs and
transforming a formerly “wasted space”
into a replacement library, a hidden
reading room.
“A dedicated space for books is vital, and a
home must have books to give it life,” Willey
said. “The corridor leading to the bedrooms
was dark and tunnel-like, so I ripped out
three unnecessary closets and created a
reading area with a 14-foot sofa against black
lacquered bookcases and inset antique mir-
rors. Instead of a pass-through, it’s now a
place that brings a pleasant surprise and lets
one can curl up with a book.”
The overhaul also included an asymmetri-
cal gallery space that was divided into two
separate spaces, one with a custom plaster
made to resemble terra cotta pots and the
other with framed inset mirrors.
“It’s my little homage to the Galerie des
Glaces, but done in a modern way,” Willey
said of the mirrored portion of the gallery.
Willey has his own unique creative process
when it comes to redesigns like this one.
“Every project is a true collaboration
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with my clients,” he said. “First, I walk
through the space with them, listening to
their practical needs, and I also try to read
between the lines to decipher what they
may not be able to express. Once I have a
design theme, it’s a fairly quick and easy
process coming up with the design direc-
tion and palette, but then the real work
begins by implementing the ideas into
reality.”
One of the clients’ needs was bedroom
space for each child in the large family.
“A unique and pleasant request from my
client was that instead of designing bedrooms
for each specifc child, they preferred for each
child to pick a room when they’re in New
York,” Willey said. “That allowed me to create
a more grown-up and gender-neutral design
for all the rooms, so that if an adult relative
were staying over, they didn’t feel like they
were camping out in a child’s room.”
Another unique feature of the apartment
Willey took into account were the breathtak-
ing views of Central Park throughout the
entire apartment.
“The residence overlooks Central Park,
including all the bedrooms, but I especially
wanted to take advantage of the views in the
main areas by opening up the dining and
living rooms to create an open living area,”
he said.
Mirrors were another key element in the
design scheme.
“I brought in mirrored or refective items
to expand the existing light and park views
throughout, like a faceted mirrored screen
which then becomes a sculptural element in
the space,” he said.
We couldn’t think of a better addition to a
property that is very much a “modern Ver-
sailles,” right here in New York.
A dedicated
space for books
is vital. a home
must have books
to give it life.
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interior design
Artsy apartment
has an eclectic taste
Designing the interior of an apartment
around an art collection isn’t something
interior designers face every day, but Gary
Paul, owner of GP Incorporated Design
Consulting, was up for the challenge.
“It is important to me to not dictate style to
my clients, but to fnd the style elements that
they respond to, that defne them and bring
the style elements to a place that both sur-
prises and excites them but still allows them
to feel at home,” Paul said.
The apartment, located on the iconic Upper
West Side location that is West End Avenue,
was designed from 2002–08 and fully refects
the clients’ busy lifestyle—and eclectic art
collection.
“The substantial parts of the alterations
were woven into the existing apartment but
conceived with an updated new spirit, even
when the design appears to be more tradition-
ally conceived,” Paul said. “The choices were
indeed selected with the artwork in mind—we
moved pieces around to highlight each piece
specifcally and pulled colors that were found
in the paintings.”
The den and the living room were de-
signed with two specific pieces in mind—in
the living room, a piece by Shirley Kaneda,
a Japanese-born, New York City–educated
artist; and in the den, a piece conceived by
Victor Matthews.
But the renovation was also a product of
simply a new chapter in life.
“After years of parties, raising children
and an increasingly active lifestyle, it was
time to redesign the kitchen, bathrooms and
refurbish the spaces in between,” Paul said.
“My clients are both accomplished, work in
fnance—largely in the public sector, fnding
niches in the industry that give back. They
travel, have large extended families.”
The renovation, which included the kitch-
en, the breakfast room, the living room, the
master bedroom, an additional bedroom, the
den and three baths, needed to refect that.
But sometimes renovations involve keeping
what works, as Paul learned.
“The Chinese Deco carpet in the living
room was a purchase I advised on for [the
client’s] frst apartment, before she had a
husband, a child and a dog,” he said. “And it
became the centerpiece of the colorful living
room 20 years later.”
While the apartment may seem rather
bright to some, that was Paul’s intention.
“Color unites the rooms of this apartment,”
he said.
Interior designer Gary Paul creates a lively apartment with a bold palette
inspired by a unique art collection and a few statement pieces in a sought-after
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Nearly every day Lucien Lagrange walks
past 65 East Goethe near his home in the River
North neighborhood of Chicago, admiring
the gentle curves of its facade, the French
Renaissance–inspired, old-world charm of the
eight-story stone building. They simply don’t
make them like this anymore.
Except they do. Lagrange is an architect,
arguably Chicago’s most well known. In fact,
Lucien Lagrange Architects designed 65 East
Goethe, along with more than 16 other high-
end buildings in Chicago since the frm opened
its doors, in 1985.
But he’s not just big in Chicago.
In 2008, Lucien Lagrange Architects, at
which Lagrange is one of four principals, made
the leap from the Midwest to the Northeast to
build the luxurious, 20-story prewar building
that is 535 West End Ave.
Nestled in New York’s historic Upper West
Side, the Extell-developed building meshes
seamlessly with the block and boasts features
such as full-foor units, kitchens designed by
England’s Smallbone of Devizes, custom baths,
an indoor pool, saunas and even a kosher
kitchen.
“It’s contextual,” Lagrange said of the build-
ing. “We curved the corner in a very gentle
way, which isn’t normally done in New York.
It’s very soft as you turn. We used brick, then
limestone to give it some accent. One thing we
did diferently is we did larger windows, more
light coming in, so it’s a more modern building
in a way. At the top, we changed the window
proportions with the arches, acknowledg-
ing the fact that we are reaching the sky and
there’s an end to the building.”
According to Lagrange, designing high-end
residential housing is all about understanding
the clients wants and needs.
“You have to understand the culture, the
lifestyle,” he said. “Diferent societal groups
will have a diferent lifestyle. The blue-collar
guy goes home and watches TV and drinks
beer. The fancy, rich lawyer has diferent
needs.”
Despite initial trouble selling the luxury
apartments in the prewar building and some
units selling for just a fraction of their asking
prices, sales are being made nonetheless. Even
Matt Damon was rumored to have been apart-
ment shopping in the building.
But for Lagrange, 70, it seems to be the end
of an era. His frm fled for Chapter 11 protec-
tion in July 2010 and will close its doors some-
time in 2011, he said. The frm, once boasting
as many as 75 employees, has now dwindled.
“We used to be at 75 [employees] at one
point, then 40, then 25,” he said. Now Lucien
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Lagrange himself is in the midst of retire-
ment and divorce.
“I’m getting divorced and that’s taking a lot
of energy,” he said, sounding a tad tired. “A lot
of life changes, going through a bad recession,
closing the ofce, getting divorced—that’s a lot
of stress for a 70-year old man.”
But he still remains committed to the craft,
on his way to fnishing his frm’s last two proj-
ects, the Ritz-Carlton Residences and Lincoln
Park 2520, both in the windy city. Lagrange
estimates that both will be completed in two
years’ time.
Despite his impending retirement, he still
talks about his French Renaissance architec-
ture with the passion of a young man, espe-
cially that of the Upper West Side’s 535 West
End Avenue.
“It’s a very simple building, but extremely
well done,” Lagrange said, not so modestly.
“I’ve been there several times, and the door-
men will tell me that every day someone
will stop by and talk to them and say this is a
beautiful building. It’s amazing how people
will notice, especially in New York.”
The building was met with some contro-
versy among its Upper West neighbors, who
are slow to accept new buildings along their
historic, tree-lined blocks.
But in Lagrange’s eyes, it is a work of art.
Lagrange designs mostly prewar buildings,
with a strong French Renaissance inspiration
paired with modern luxuries that have become
staples for high-end development.
“When you do high-end housing, you re-
ally have to understand the lifestyle,” he said.
“When you do cheaper buildings, you just
want the highest return. You don’t have to pay
that much attention to the layout; it’s pretty
standard. When you do the larger apartments,
you really have to understand the lifestyle.
I fnd it more challenging, interesting and
rewarding.”
Some of the most notable creations of the
frm with Lucien at the helm include the Park
Tower hotel-condo at 800 North Michigan
Avenue, Elysian Hotel and Residences at 11
East Walton Street and a condo building at 840
North Lake Shore Drive.
But Park Tower is perhaps Lagrange’s most
well-known creation, with the frst 20 foors
a hotel and the top—a whooping 47 foors—
made up entirely of high-luxury condimini-
ums.
Lagrange comes alive when recalling the
Park Tower, completed in 2000 after nearly a
10-year lull in high-rise residential develop-
ment in Chicago.
“The opportunity to do a high-end build-
ing there was incredible,” he said. “We were
allowed only 120 feet of frontage, but we found
a way to do 16 rooms per foor, a 2,500-square-
foot ballroom, 200-car parking, 15,000 square
feet of retail, a 208-room hotel, a restaurant
and 450,000 square feet of condos—838,000
square feet of space used.”
He rattles of the numbers from memory,
and it becomes strikingly obvious that he
played a vital role in the creation of Park
Tower, the building that more or less got Luc-
ien Lagrange Architects noticed.
“Everybody had a view of the lake, that gave
value to the building,” he said. “It was quite a
task, very challenging, complex; the building
ended up being so tall we had to design a (pen-
dulum) on the roof to stabilize the building,”
he said, pausing.
“There’s only a few in the world.”
The French-born Lagrange started of as an
intern at Chicago frm Skidmore Owings and
Merrill LLP in 1968.
“It was really important because I was on a
small team, three people working on a high-
rise,” he said of his internship. “It really proved
it was right to go into architecture.”
Lagrange graduated from McGill University
in Montreal in 1972 and worked at various
other frms before starting at Skidmore, Ow-
ings & Merrill LLP as a full-time employee.
But it didn’t take long for him to venture of on
his own, starting Lucien Lagrange Architects
in 1985.
But it seems Lagrange isn’t only about
creating new buildings—restoring old, oth-
erwise obsolete
gems was also a
priority for the
frm, like the
Hard Rock Hotel,
the Insurance
Exchange Build-
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J.W. Marriott
Hotel, currently
under construc-
tion.
“It is a chal-
lenge,” he said of the Hard Rock restoration.
“What we did is we took a building that was
really obsolete, in its last years of life. We took
a huge building that no one knew what to do
with and we gave it new life. It’s bringing new
life to buildings.”
As for the next step in Lagrange’s life, per-
haps that question is a bit premature.
“First I have to close, then the divorce,
then see what I can do—what I want to do,” he
said. “I have to take it easy, relax. Then move
forward.”
For now, Lagrange still makes it a point to
walk past 65 East Goethe.
“It makes me feel good to walk by the build-
ing,” he said. “I’ve done something good. I’m
leaving something behind of value and in 50
years from now, it’s going to be there, the qual-
ity is going to stay, the beauty is going to stay.”
Perhaps that’s something that a Chapter 11
fling can’t take away.
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The Upper West Side:
History meets new luxury

New York Times reporter and neighborhood
expert Richard Shepard once described the
Upper West Side as “a complex character, one
fashioned of a multiplicity of ethnic shadings,
of buildings that range from ramshackle
tenements to fne apartment houses, of
age spans that embrace energetic young
upwardly mobiles and quiescent elderly
residents.”
These “ramshackle tenements” have
since been replaced with luxury high-rises
like Trump West, the Rushmore, 535 West
End Avenue, the Aldyn, the Ashley, 10 West
End Avenue, 845 West End Avenue, 200
West 72nd Street, 808 Columbus,
801 Amsterdam, 775 Columbus, 795
Columbus and 455 Central Park West,
the Laureate, and Ariel West and East,
just to name a few.
Add to the mix highly desirable
historic buildings like the Apthorp, a
Renaissance Revival luxury building
complex that takes up an entire
block at Broadway and 79th Street,
or major commercial developments
like Columbus Square and Riverside
Center, the Upper West Side seems
to have it all.
“The West Side is truly a diverse
market,” said Beth Fisher, a senior
managing director at Corcoran Sun-
shine. “You are literally surrounded
by millions of dollars in investment.”
Corcoran senior vice president
Lawrence Schier has defnitely seen
an uptick in the interest in proper-
ties on the Upper West Side, but
that is paired with a more realistic
view on how much they’re willing to
spend.
“I see the UWS market as ex-
tremely active,” he said. “My open
houses were packed this weekend
and I am busy day and night with
showings. I see more properties re-
ducing prices as sellers become more
realistic about their pricing.”
“UWS is booming with activity,”
said Howard Margolis, executive
vice president at Prudential Doug-
las Elliman. “We have seen an increase in
activity and Web inquiries to book appoint-
ments at the properties over the past couple
month. Spring is in the air and people are
coming out of hibernation to see what the
real estate market is ofering.”
Corcoran senior vice president Sherry
Matays said that price is really the tipping
point when it comes to buyer movement in
the neighborhood.
“When priced right, properties are hot,
hot, hot,” she said. “[We are seeing] a big
pool of buyers are still conscious of price
but very much want to buy. Many properties
are selling at or close to asking, so whereas
the asking prices might look similar to six
months ago, the agreed-upon prices appear to
be strong.”
The area’s beautiful setting is another
draw.
“The Upper West side is just very bucolic,”
said Clif Finn, Citi Habitats managing direc-
tor of new development marketing. “It’s a
beautiful, tranquil setting. There are a lot of
open spaces, a lot of green space, it feels very
residential now and didn’t always feel that
way.”
Luxury residential buildings have become
a new trend for renters and buyers in
the area.
“Not just on the Upper West Side, but
everywhere, I would say, the higher lux-
ury rentals are doing extremely well,”
Finn said. “People have a lot of money;
some of them can aford to purchase
and are electing instead to rent for
numerous reasons. They want similar
or the same standards they would have
if they were buying. Buildings like the
Aldyn or the Ashley speak to that.”
Many of these new developments,
like the Aldyn, are part rentals, part
condominiums, and come with the stan-
dard luxury amenities—a gym, condo
fnishes, even a pool.
“The amenities all over New York
City are crazy, the Upper West Side
included,” James Brettholz, senior vice
president at Citi Habitats. “The Ashley
and the Aldyn are prime examples of
this—they share a 40,000-square-foot
amenities level that includes a bowling
alley, rock climbing wall, indoor pool
and regulation basketball court.”
When it comes to renters and buyers,
the distinction is clear.
According to Schier, there are more
renters in neighborhood – but they ex-
pect the same amenities as they would
fnd when buying.
“Part of this is because some people
who have sold their apartments and
want to be liquid while they wait to see
how the market is progressing,” he said.
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now – it didn’t always
feel that way.
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“Others are not sure where their next move
will be and prefer not to buy at this time so
they are renting in the meantime.”
The exception to that rule comes with
townhouse buyers, said Brown Harris
Stevens senior vice president and managing
director Wolf Jakubowski.
“Townhouse renters are the exception,” he
said. “Most people who want townhouse liv-
ing buy one. Because I have half a dozen for-
sale signs posted on townhouses on the UWS
at any time; I have a pretty good pulse on the
buyers looking. My inquiry rate is back to
normal (contrasted with early 2009 when it
was virtually zero), and the number of serious
buyers with the resources to buy is high.
Jakubowski said he expects to see 40 town-
house sales on the Upper West Side alone in
2011.
The only drawback of the area may be its
limited inventory.
“It’s a fresh, casual and friendly place to
live with a diverse housing stock, though right
now very limited inventory,” said Stribling &
Associates executive vice president and as-
sociate broker Cathy Taub.
But luxury high-rise living quarters are just
the beginning. Massive, all-encompassing
developments like Columbus Square and
Riverside Center have begun to move into the
Upper West Side, as well.
In December 2010, the plans for Extell’s
Riverside Center was approved by New York
City Council. While this development is still
in the early stages, it certainly is another
indicator that the area is still changing.
Columbus Square is another major de-
velopment in the area—perhaps the Upper
West Side’s biggest project in years. The 3.1
million–square–foot, juggernaut retail and
condo complex is a mini-neighborhood in
itself, spanning from 97th Street to 100th
Street.
“Our project, Columbus Square, is leading
the way in reenergizing the Upper West Side,”
said the director of development at Columbus
Square Management, Jefrey Brett Davis.
“We built a vibrant new residential commu-
nity and a bustling retail corridor that draws
thousands of shoppers daily.”
Columbus Square’s fve buildings contain
a Whole Foods, a TJ Maxx, a Petco, gardens,
two private schools and fve-high rise rental
buildings—808 Columbus, 801 Amsterdam,
both of which are fully leased; 775 Columbus,
which opened in January and was 45 percent
leased as of press time; 795 Columbus, which
opens this month; and 805 Columbus, which
opens in April. The project’s developers
are Stellar Management Co. and Chetrit
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The table below presents recorded sales data of condos, co-ops and townhouses in
Manhattan and within the Upper West Side market. Data is from December 2008, 2009
and 2010. Overall, the volume of transactions in Manhattan this December has dropped
16.9 percent since the year prior but is up 19 percent since December 2008. Median price
increased 14.1 percent since the year prior and is relatively level since 2008 in overall
Manhattan. In the entire Upper West Side market, prices are down 13 percent since the
year prior and up by 5.1 percent since December 2008. PROVIDED BY STREETEASY

Manhattan sales of condos, co-ops or houses (as of 02/15/2011):

Manhattan Closed On Closing Count Median Price AveragePrice
Dec. 2008 933 895,000 1,540,426
Dec. 2009 1,336 782,026 1,457,980
Dec. 2010 1,110 892,500 1,622,814
Dec. 2010 v. Dec. 2009 -16.9 percent 14.1 percent 11.3 percent
Dec. 2008 19.0 percent -0.3 percent 5.3 percent

All UWS Closed On Closing Count Median Price AveragePrice
Dec. 2008 132 940,940 1,768,508
Dec. 2009 310 875,000 1,480,287
Dec. 2010 244 988,851 1,943,118
Dec. 2010 v. Dec. 2009 -21.3 percent 13.0 percent 31.3 percent
Dec. 2008 84.8 percent 5.1 percent 9.9 percent

Lincoln Square Closed On Closing Count Median Price AveragePrice
Dec. 2008 61 1,125,000 2,284,638
Dec. 2009 153 865,000 1,736,562
Dec. 2010 91 1,020,000 2,474,403
Dec. 2010 v. Dec. 2009 -40.5 percent 17.9 percent 42.5 percent
Dec. 2008 49.2 percent -9.3 percent 8.3 percent

Manhattan Valley Closed On Closing Count Median Price AveragePrice
Dec. 2008 22 502,500 993,845
Dec. 2009 12 600,000 688,608
Dec. 2010 15 617,500 829,133
Dec. 2010 v. Dec. 2009 25.0 percent 2.9 percent 20.4 percent
Dec. 2008 -31.8 percent 22.9 percent -16.6 percent

UWS Closed On Closing Count Median Price AveragePrice
Dec. 2008 49 940,000 1,473,787
Dec. 2009 145 929,000 1,275,391
Dec. 2010 138 990,380 1,713,864
Dec. 2010 v. Dec. 2009 -4.8 percent 6.6 percent 34.4 percent
Dec. 2008 181.6 percent 5.4 percent 16.3 percent
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fully designed lobbies and lounge space but
state-of-the-art ftness centers, a 70-foot salt-
water swimming pool, children’s play rooms
and lusciously landscaped decks,” Davis said.
“Our amenities are more in line with what
you’ll fnd in some of the most-sought-after
condo buildings in Manhattan.”
Winick Realty associate director Kelly Gedin-
sky believes Columbus Square has already done
much to change the neighborhood.
“Columbus Square exemplifes the future,”
Gedinsky said. “We have created a market in
a section of the Upper West Side that did not
exist.”
The Upper West Side, once known for its
quiet residential streets and boutiques, has
undergone a systematic transformation when it
comes to commercial development as well. It’s
a stark departure from the 1970s, when Verdi
Square, the iconic triangle on the West 72nd
Street subway stop at which Broadway and Am-
sterdam diverge, was commonly referred to as
“needle park” due to the high volume of heroin
users who openly did drug deals there.
Upward of 40 years later, this area is a nexus
of a diferent kind—that of inventory, consumer-
ism and development.
“It’s been a destination market,” said James
Gricar, executive vice president at Brown Harris
Stevens, West Side division. The neighborhood’s
diversity also lends itself to the new develop-
ments, he said.
In January, the 66th Street Barnes & Noble
moved out because of the high rents—and in its
place will be discount fashion retailer Century
21, to open later this year.
Century 21 is joined by a new Upper West
Side neighbor, the gourmet chain grocery store
Trader Joe’s, which moved in a few months
before, driving a wedge between shoppers at the
Fairway, an Upper West Side staple.
And just why has the development in the area
been so successful?
Fisher attributes it to the Upper West Side
having the “best of both worlds.”
“We’re visual creatures,” she said. “The Upper
West Side provides every kind of input a city-
dweller seeks.”
Jakubowski agrees.
“It is a cultural and food haven,” he said.
“The buyers who come to me know this
already and know which they want to be close
to—Zabars, Citarella, Fairway, Trader Joes;
Lincoln Center, Central Park, Museum of
Natural History, Children’s Museum.”
Convenience is also a big seller, said Abby
Plitt Gellert, executive director of West Side
Sales for Halstead Property, LLC.
“The neighborhood has facilities that appeal
to all aspects of buyers—it’s all here within a few
blocks and convenient to get around,” she said.
And who can argue with that? The Upper
West’s quiet, residential streets combined with
top-of-the-line retail and luxury living quarters
seems to be something of a trifecta in terms of
city living.
And when asked what the future of the area
may hold, Fisher maintains that the area is
already a pinnacle of development.
“Over the last ten years,” she said, “there’s
been a signifcant investment made to the West
Side that has catapulted it to the pantheon level
in New York City.”
Finn sees a continuation of current growth
for the area.
“I see a lot more building, a lot more retail,” he
said. “A fnished Riverfront park. It looks fantas-
tic there. You’re talking to someone who grew up
here. I know what that used to look like.”
Lisa Lippman, senior vice president and
director of Brown Harris Stevens/Christie’s
Great Estates, thinks things can only go up
from here.
“I see it just getting better,” she said. “The
Upper West Side has many great schools, both
public and private, great parks, museums, and
architecture. We even have great restaurants
now.”
Despite the always-changing, dynamic real
estate market of the city, there are few things
that remain constant on the Upper West Side,
Schier said.
“Some things don’t change —everybody
would love to own a piece of Manhattan.”
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Rob DeSalle, brain behind ‘Brain’
As the Museum of Natural History unveils ‘Brain: The
Inside Story, we fnd out what inspired the curator
and what he has against dinosaurs’ by Rachel Morgan
Not everyone at the American Museum of
Natural History is a fan of dinosaurs.
“I hate dinosaurs,” said Rob DeSalle, curator
of the museum’s new exhibit “Brain: The Inside
Story.” “They get all the glory and somebody like
me who works on genes and genomes [is] just
sitting around waiting for a good topic to come
up.”
DeSalle, also curator at the museum’s Sackler
Institute for Comparative Genomics and co-
director of its molecular laboratories, knows
that when it comes to exhibits, some subjects
are simply more marketable than others.
And it’s hard to beat the museum’s showstop-
per—a giant Tyrannosaurus rex fossil on the
fourth foor. But “Brain” may give this dino a run
for his money.
The interactive and technologically advanced
exhibit starts with a bang, or more accurately, a
crackle. Visitors walk through the entry exhibit
by Spanish artist Daniel Canogar, a demonstra-
tion of the 100 billion neurons in the brain
and its more than 100 trillion connections, or
synapses. In the exhibit, these connections are
represented by actual recordings of synapses
“fring”—half-disgusting, half-intriguing.
“Brain” is interactive, flled with fashing
lights, gargantuan models and games for visitors
to play—all while subconsciously picking up
the neuroscience and genetic lingo. “Brain” is a
21st-century exhibit, replete with 21st-century
technology to match, visually thrilling aspects
and touch sensor games. You don’t just see
“Brain.” You experience it.
The exhibit itself is divided into fve sections—
your sensing brain, your emotional brain, your
thinking brain, your changing brain and your
21st-century brain. Its purpose was simple—
explaining the brain in terms of neurobiology to
the public in a way they could understand.
“Brain” was the brainchild of DeSalle, Co-
lumbia University’s Joy Hirsch and Rockefeller
University’s Maggie Zellner, both scientifc co-
curators of the exhibition. AMNH Department
of Exhibitions VP David Harvey and Lauri Hal-
derman, director of Exhibition Interpretation,
transformed DeSalle’s very scientifc version of
“Brain” into something the public could absorb.
A high point within the exhibit is the mas-
sive model of the brain that accompanies a
video about a young dancer. While the dancer
undergoes the stress of a tough audition and the
excitement of gained acceptance into Juilliard,
diferent parts of her brain light up according
to her emotional and physiological responses—
motor cortex, auditory cortex, basal ganglia,
hippocampus, amygdala, prefrontal cortex are
some of the foreign sounding regions of the
brain that are detailed.
While it seems elementary, it works.
Also intriguing was an art piece by Devorah
Sperber. It’s a wall of brightly colored spools of
thread that don’t look like anything in particu-
lar at frst glance. But look at the wall through
a small glass ball, and the image becomes the
Mona Lisa. It’s a very much like what happens
in our brain when we see—our brain combines
images our eye detects and arranges them into
something recognizable. Well played, AMNH,
well played.
All in all, “Brain” seems to have accomplished
its goal—becoming one of the must-see exhibits
of the season, no easy feat in a city ripe with
museums.
DeSalle takes it all in stride, still beginning
his day with an early-morning stroll through
the massive, empty halls of the museum before
it opens.
“I come in and walk through the empty halls
downstairs,” he said. “No one else is there, and
it’s just the coolest part of the day.”
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april 19–May 1
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gaetano Donizetti
The elixir of love
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“Terrifically involving and entertaining …
a riveting story for the stage.” —Variety
The composer of hit show Wicked creates a
new psychological thriller starring
Lauren Flanigan as an ambitious psychic who
orchestrates an elaborate kidnapping scheme
to win the fame she so desperately craves.
“An irresistible opera: silly and
sweet and bubbling over with
whistle-able tunes.”
—The New York Times
Donizetti’s beloved bel canto classic
receives a modern update in Jonathan Miller’s
inventive production. Stefania Dovhan stars
as the heart’s desire of the underdog suitor,
sung by rising Mexican tenor David Lomeli
in his City Opera debut.
Music, visual art, design, and dance collide
in a triple bill of one-act operas by some of
the greatest composers of the 20th century.
Directed by theater visionary Michael Counts
and choreographed by Ken Roht, this
compelling dreamscape incorporates video
by Jennifer Steinkamp and designs inspired
by laser art pioneer Hiro Yamagata.
Tickets start at $12
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Plus captivating concerts including John Zorn’s Masada Marathon,
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The Armory Show 2011 Preview and
Party
WEDNESDAY, MArch 2, NooN–11:30 p.M.
Be one of the first to see the show
everyone’s talking about this spring at this
exclusive preview and party. The preview
of the show starts at noon (Piers 92 and 94,
12th Ave. at 57th St.) and the party, with a
performance by Kate Nash, gets started at
8:30 p.m. at the Museum of Modern Art.
Additional support for the event provided
by Pernod Absinthe. Ticket packages range
from $10,000 (Lead Benefactor) to $5,000
(Benefactor) to $750 (Patron ticket) to just
$100 (Friend ticket). For more information,
call 212-708-9680.
Mahler’s Fourth Symphony
ThurSDAY, MArch 3. 7:30 p.M.
The New York Philharmonic is celebrating
its former conductor Gutstav Mahler this
year, marking the 100th anniversary of the
famed conductor and musician’s death with
Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with Lisa Milne
and Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1
with Glenn Dicterow, conducted by Daniel
Harding. (Avery Fisher Hall; also showing
Friday, March 4, at 2 p.m. and Saturday,
March 5, at 8 p.m.)
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
with Wynton Marsalis: The Music of
Kurt Weill
ThurSDAY, MArch 3, 8 p.M.
Jazz fans will delight in this production focusing
entirely on the music of German composer
Kurt Weill—performed by the always excellent
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton
Marsalis. (Rose Theatre; other performances
Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., $30-$120)
Lucia di Lammermoor
FrIDAY, MArch 4, 8 p.M.
Catch Gaetano Donizetti’s tragic, three-act
opera put on by the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Natalie Dessay returns as the heroine of this
nearly four-hour production and is joined by
Joseph Calleja. (Other performances on March
8, 12, 16, 19)
Kodo One Earth Tour
SuNDAY, MArch 20, 7 p.M.
Take in the rhythmic, pulsating sound of
the Japanese taiko drum at the Kodo One
Earth Tour. Kodo, in existence since 1981, is a
performance group that prides itself on teaching
its audience to accept one another and embrace
diversity, especially on this rapidly shrinking
planet (Avery Fisher Hall, $40-$75)
Met Gala Premiere:
Le Comte Ory
ThurSDAY, MArch 24,
6 p.m. cocktail reception; 6:30 p.m. black-tie
dinner; 8 p.m. performance
Celebrate the premiere of the scarcely
performed masterpiece Le Comte Ory, starring
Juan Diego Flórez, Diana Damrau and Joyce
DiDonato, with Tony Award–winning director
Bartlett Sher. Maurizio Benini conducts. Prior
to dinner, enjoy cocktails and drinks, and during
intermission, enjoy Champagne and dessert
with your fellow opera-goers on the Mercedes T.
Bass Grand Tier. Gala beneft is a gift of the Sybil
B. Harrington Endowment Fund; underwriting
for event by Yves Saint Laurent.
Lecture: Capriccio: The Persuasive
Charm of Music
MoNDAY, MArch 28, 6 p.M.
Unlock the secrets of Richard Strauss’ fnal
opera at this provocative lecture put on by
the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Led by Dr.
W. Anthony Sheppard, the lecture debates
the opera’s central question—which is more
important, words or music? (Metropolitan
Opera Guild Opera Learning Center, sixth foor
of the Samuel B. and David Rose building at
Lincoln Center, $16)
Hot tickets on the UWS
From ballet and opera to jazz and gala dinners, here is our defnitive guide to the
Upper West Side’s lively art and entertainment scene by Rachel Morgan
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Friday, april 1, 5 p.m.
The second installment of Metropolitan Opera’s
epic production of Richard Wagner’s Das
Rheingold, directed by Robert Lepage, garnered
plenty of media attention when it first hit the stage.
After all, anytime an opera requires that the stage
be reinforced with steel to prevent collapse, it’s
bound to attract attention. Now, hear what the cast
and artistic team of this epic performance has to
say. Peter Gelb hosts. (Metropolitan Opera House)
Lincoln Center’s Atrium Gala
honoring Roy Furman
Saturday, april 4, 2011
6 p.m. cocktails; 7 p.m. dinner; 8:45 p.m. award
presentation and performance.
This fete supports Lincoln Center’s brand-new
public facility, the David Rubenstein Atrium.
With a performance by Broadway great Laura
Benanti, this gala is a must-attend event.
Another reason to attend? David Rubenstein
Atrium provides discount tickets. (Tickets,
$1,500, $2,500, Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at
Lincoln Center, performance in the Allen Room,
60th St. and Broadway)
Capriccio
tHurSday, april 7, 8 p.m.
Perennial favorite Renée Fleming performs
composer Richard Strauss’ opera Capriccio, as
the countess, a nod to her earlier performance
on opening night of the Met Opera 2008–09
season at which she sang just the fnal scene.
Andrew Davis conducts the two-hour-and-15-
minute opera. (Other performances on March
28, April 1, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23).
Symphony Space’s Spring
Gala 2011
Saturday, april 16, 7 p.m.
Presented by Valentina Kozlova’s Dance
Conservatory, this spring gala showcases
the talents of young dancers performing
both contemporary ballets and classics like
La Bayadère. (Peter Jay Sharp Theater, $30;
seniors, children, $20)
American Museum of Natural
History Museum Dance
monday, april 28
7-9 p.m. cocktails and dinner; 9 p.m.–midnight
dessert and dancing.
New York City’s longest-running junior beneft
is back for another year. The beneft, frequented
by philanthropic young professionals, benefts
the AMNH’s scientifc and educational program.
Dinner tables start at $5,000; dinner tickets
start at $500; and dancing tickets start at $200.
To purchase, call 212-313-7161.
Lincoln Center’s Spring Gala
WedneSday, may 4
5 p.m. cocktails; 6 p.m. dinner; 7:30 p.m.
performances.
This annual beneft honoring JPMorgan
supports the Lincoln Center—and as a bonus,
attendees can go to any performance held on
the Lincoln Center Campus the same night.
(Tickets $1,500, $2,500, the Tent at Lincoln
Center in Damrosch Park)
Apollo
tHurSday, may 5, 8 p.m.
New York City Ballet presents the
lasting classic Apollo, the frst collaboration
between Balanchine and Stravinsky that
tells the story of the god Apollo and his
inspiration by three muses—mime, dance and
poetry. (Other performance dates: May 7, 2 p.m.,
May 18, 7:30 p.m., June 12, 3 p.m., $20-$135)
New York City Ballet Spring Gala
WedneSday, may 11, 7 p.m.
The New York City Ballet’s Spring Gala
promises to be one of the must-see events of
the season. The gala includes a world premiere
of The Seven Deadly Sins, choreographed by
Lynn Taylor-Corbett,and George Balanchine’s
Vienna Waltzes ($130).

American Museum of Natural
History Junior Council Event
tHurSday, June 23, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
The AMNH’s season ends on a high note, with
this annual event that’s kicked of with a panel
discussion and followed by a cocktail reception
and live jazz music on the museum’s Arthur
Ross Terrace. This event benefts the AMNH’s
scientifc and educational programming.
(Tickets to each event are $80 in advance or $100
at the door; for reservations call 212-769-5256)
1. Daniel Harding conducts
the New York Philharmonic
2 . Natalie Dessay in Lucia di
Lammermoor
3. Kodo at Avery Fisher Hall
4. At last year’s AMNH Dance
(from lef) Blair Husain;
Elizabeth Grimaldi; Dana
Wallach Jones, Tinsley Mercer
Mortimer, Andrew and Zibby
Right; and Nina Patterson
5. Juan Diego Flórez in Le
Comte Ory
6. Apollo
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Scott Harrison is the founder and presi-
dent of charity: water, a nonproft organi-
zation that brings clean drinking water to
developing nations. But for Harrison, the
path to service was a circuitous one. After
10 years of working as a nightclub promoter
in New York City, Harrison took a trip to
Uruguay that changed his life. He returned
to New York with a new focus—water. Since
its inception fve years ago, charity: water has
raised upward of $32 million and has 3,800
water projects in 17 countries.
How did you get started as a nightclub
promoter in New York City?
At 18, I grew my hair long and moved to New
York City to play in a band. We immediately
broke up, and the guy who booked us was my
foray into nightlife. That ended at 28, after
a decade of flling up nightclubs with people
that would pay $16 for a cocktail or $500 for a
bottle of Champagne.
Tell me about the trip that changed your
life.
On a trip to Uruguay, I came face to face with
what a scumbag I was and what a selfsh mess
I had made of my life. I wanted to fnd a way to
serve God and serve the poor, two things that I
hadn’t done for a decade. I started applying to
humanitarian organizations, and one, Mercy
Ships, decided to take a chance on me. They had
a position open as a volunteer photojournalist. I
asked them if I would be paid to go on this mis-
sion, but it turned out I had to pay them $500. I
can fully appreciate the irony.

Why did you decide to focus on water spe-
cifcally?
I remember being so shocked and angered
that people were drinking out of scum-flled
ponds, water that I wouldn’t walk in, water
that I couldn’t even imagine letting an animal
drink from—and this was the community’s
only source of drinking water. One billion
people on the planet didn’t have access to
something I’d taken for granted my entire
life—clean water. In that moment, charity:
water was born.

What do you think sets charity: water
apart from other nonproft organiza-
tions?
I wanted to reinvent charity, so the 100 per-
cent model was really important. We started
of with two bank accounts—one where 100
percent of the public money would always go,
and one to pay our staf. We also prove where
the money goes. For every water project
that we fund, we require our implementing
partners in the country to give us photos and
GPS, and then we make all of that informa-
tion public on Google Earth. We also created
a brand. Right after Mercy Ships, I traveled
around Africa meeting with local NGOs that
were bringing clean-water solutions into
these villages, but they were terrible at telling
their story. If we were going to bring clean
water to a billion people, we would need an
epic brand to do that.
With the 100 percent model, is it hard to
keep things going?
It’s difcult, but we’ve had some angel inves-
tors. We launched a donor program called
the Well. There’s more than 65 people in that
program, from Ed Norton and Adrian Grenier
to Blake Mycoskie of Toms Shoes to Steve
Sadove, CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue, to John
Tisch.

What are your goals for the future of
charity: water?
Our water projects have provided clean water
to 1.7 million people, which sounds like a
lot, but it’s really just a drop in the bucket
towards the billion. We’re aggressively trying
to reach a goal we’ve put out there of trying to
serve 100 million people with access to clean
water, and we’d love to do that by 2020.
For more information on charity: water and
how to get involved, visit www.charitywater.org.
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How one New Yorker abandoned a career in the
nightlife business to bring clean water to struggling
nations around the world by Natalie Howard
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208 West 96’s contemporary
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845 West End Avenue is a grand
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ACA Galleries, est. 1932,
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The Aldyn is Extell Development
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Algin Management is a family-
owned company that manages,
builds and owns some of
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properties, including the West
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Sessanta’s apartments are unusually large and
ofer breathtaking views. What sets Sessanta apart
is the attention to detail concerning amenities, one
being the desirable lighted outdoor tennis court.
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garden, Sessanta is where you want to live. For
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For over a century, The Apthorp
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light flled, no two alike — have been newly
renovated and meticulously restored. Here is a
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Two to fve bedroom condominiums priced from
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ALSKLINGS, a Columbus Avenue
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languages, this is the place to turn for unusual and
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of sizes. 239 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10023,
212-496-5649, Hours: 11AM – 7 PM Daily
Lisa Lippman, Senior Vice
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years of experience selling real
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townhomes. As is clear from her record, even in
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Jimmy Brett, Senior Vice President,
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Columbus Square, a collection of
fve unique rental buildings and
over 500,000 square feet of prime
retail and community space rising
from 97th to 100th Streets between
Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue, has
become one of NYC’s most sought-after residences.
Each apartment is smartly designed with nine-foot
ceilings, piece-laid white oak strip fooring, foor-to-ceiling
windows, and solar shades. Residents are surprised by
the elegant touches that are generally reserved for
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roof decks, and a 70-foot salt water swimming pool.
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Sherry Matays, Senior Vice
President, Associate Broker, has
distinguished herself as a top
producer at The Corcoran Group
since the late 1980s, named
Corcoran’s #1 West Side Broker of
the Year for the last 11 years running and one of
Corcoran’s Top 25 Brokers, year in and year out.
Ranked as one of “Real Estate Top 400” nationwide
by The Wall Street Journal, Sherry garners attention
by consistently breaking records and is known
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information, please visit www.corcoran.com/sam.
Showcasing the prestigious
Hunter Douglas Gallery,
a variety of hard and soft
window coverings, glass, mirrors and shower
doors, Crosstown Custom Shade & Glass has
delivered the highest level of customer service
and product knowledge for over twenty-fve
years. For every step of design you can visit any
of their two convenient locations: Upper West
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and Broadway. Greenwich Village Location, 115
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Georgia’s Café and Bakery
is a true European café in the
Upper West Side. The friendly
staf and warm ambiance of Georgia’s will keep you
coming back for more. The bakery provides an array
of artistic French pastries, decadent cakes, and a
full service barista. Full service dining (AM and PM),
delivery orders, carryout orders, special cake orders,
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Broadway at 89th Street, New York, NY. Tel: (212)
362-2000. www.georgiascafeandbakery.com
Welcome to Grimaldi & Associates
where Insurance and Financial
planning isn’t complicated. Since
1990 we have provided our clients
with a no hassle approach to doing
business. We pride ourselves in our
knowledge and taking time to understand your
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Our fully licensed and knowledgeable staf is always
there to assist and looks forward to serving you
with the same care and personal attention you’ve
come to expect. Protecting the Present, Future
and Beyond. Barbara A. Grimaldi, 227 E 56th St /
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H.H. Hill Realty Services Inc.
Founded almost 20 years ago by
life-long resident, Harry Hill, Hill
Realty is located in the heart of
Rhinebeck Village. Hill’s family has lived in Rhinebeck
for over 200 years, which gives him a unique
perspective on the development and evolution
of Dutchess and Columbia counties. Hill Realty
has listed and sold some of the fnest properties
in the Hudson River Valley—farms, estates, river
properties, town and country residences, and
unimproved land. The ofce is open seven days
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a week -- stafed with experienced brokers and
sales associates. For both buyers and sellers, Hill
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philosophy is that the acquisition of real estate is as
much about buying “life style” as it is about buying
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Established in 1938, Jaguar
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Country. Our experience has
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Le Fanion brings you dazzling
colored crystal fruit chandeliers
inspired by the tradition of the
French kings. Each chandelier is
unique in design and combination
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these gems and it will transform your house. The
store is open 7 days a week and is located at the
charming corner of West 4th and Bank Streets
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The Lower East Side invites you
to discover some of the best art
in New York City during Third
Thursdays, a night to explore
the diverse art oferings of the
area. Area galleries stay open late from 6 p.m. to
9 p.m. on the following Thursdays in 2011: March 17,
April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, September 15 and
October 20. Visit www.lowereastsideny.com for a
list of participating galleries.
Metropolitan Window Fashions
has been serving the metro
area for over 75 years—
specializing in custom window
fashions, Hunter Douglas shades, bedding and
reupholstery. Honored as the National Retailer
of the Year, by Draperies and Window Coverings
Magazine, Metropolitan is proud to be family
owned since 1934. Stop by our two convenient
locations 469 Amsterdam Ave. (bet. 81st and
82nd), 189 E. 79th Street (corner of 3rd Avenue)
or our fabric warehouse in New Jersey. Visit
windowfashions.com or call 212-501-8282 for a
FREE in-home decorating consultation.
Nancy’s Wines For 20
years, Nancy’s has served
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Nikki Field, Senior Vice President,
Associate Broker, has been a
dynamic presence with Sotheby’s
International Realty since 1998,
consistently ranking among the
global agency’s top fve producers
and accomplishing sales of over one billion dollars.
America’s Top 400 Real Estate Professionals,
an annual ranking sponsored by The Wall Street
Journal, ranked Nikki in the top 100 agents in America
and in the top 10 in New York City for Sales Volume.
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real estate industry. With more than 3,500 agents
and over 60 ofces from Manhattan to Montauk, the
company’s reach is unsurpassed. Prudential Douglas
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contact 1.800.ELLIMAN or visit elliman.com
The Shefeld Steps from
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Sotheby’s The East Side
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estate, which includes some of the city’s most
elegant historic and prewar homes. Our brokerage
staf ofers unsurpassed service to our clients.
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Did you know Stribling sells the
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The Mobile Shop- Fix your
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For cracked screens, broken charging ports, mic/
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WINE Q&A
How did you get started importing wines?
I opened a wine shop in Berkeley, Califor-
nia, in 1972 and slowly realized that I was
most taken with the wine cultures of Italy
and France. I went looking for good wines
where no one else was looking, and there
were plenty of them. I decided to apply for an
import permit so I could drink and sell what
I was fnding. I was 30, trying to make it as a
rock ’n’ roll and blues musician without much
success.

So wine wasn’t your frst love.
No. It was a hobby. So I opened a wine shop
12 hours a week as a hobby while I tried to
replace yet another drug-infested musician.
The end of the 1960s, you know. The business
took of and took me with it.

Would you say you’re a man of many
talents?
You can judge the talent for yourself. Maybe
a man of many interests. I have returned to
music, and my third CD, Kitty Fur (Dualtone
Records), will be released March 29. I sing,
I write, I interpret songs that mean a lot to
me. Somebody told me that the aesthetic of
my music is the same as for wines. When I
record, I play live with my band to get that
feeling of spontaneity and improvisation. The
Nashville players I record with tell me that
such sessions are rare these days. Now they
go alone into a booth and aren’t even playing
with other musicians as they record.
How is that like wine?
Roots music, I guess. I like wines that show
where they come from, the terroir, place of
origin. My music is the same. I do diferent
genres like country, rock ’n’ roll, rhythm and
blues, and I try to respect the roots while
creating a coherent whole.

So you like your wines natural, just like
your music?
I don’t like the technological when it comes
to wine. It screws them up, adding chemicals,
color, acidity or tannin, sterile flters, etc. I try
to convince my winemakers to stop fltering
entirely, to stop stripping their lovely wines
before they go into bottle. Think of a person
full of silicon and Botox. I like natural. But I
didn’t go that route because I am a true be-
liever. I could tell by tasting. The real thing was
better than the pumped-up, phonied-up ver-
sion. Roots wine, roots music. Well, let’s throw
in roots women for good measure [laughs].

How old were you when you took your
frst sip of wine?
I got into the habit of enjoying wine with
meals the year I graduated from high school.
That was in San Luis Obispo, California, and
a couple of UC Berkeley grads moved in next
door. They drank wine with meals, jug wines
bought in Berkeley from a Polish immigrant
who bought bulk wine in the Napa and
Sonoma valleys, blended them and bottled
them himself.

What’s your favorite?
I drink a lot of white burgundy, but aside from
my own domaine, Les Pallières in Gigondas,
the wine that I reach for more often than any
other is probably from Bandol in Provence.
The reds and rosés go with the kind of food
we cook at home.
Why do you think your book, Adventures
on the Wine Route, has been so popular?
Maybe because it is anecdotal, full of colorful
winemakers, instead of a guide or tasting
notes. You learn about wine down in the cel-
lars, where I learned.
Are you the French wine expert?
Am I the wine expert? I’m not sure about that,
but I have been accused of being a pioneer,
introducing a lot of French country wines and
keeping them as natural as possible. Before
I started, about the only French wines im-
ported were the famous Bordeaux châteaux
and Burgundy from negociants. I buy directly
from the vigneron.

Where is the best place to shop for wine
on the Upper West Side?
I have visited New York City quite a few
times in the past fve years, but I’m more of a
tourist, not a guide. As for my selections and
blends, try 67 Wine (179 Columbus Ave. at
68th St.,) Whole Foods (wine store at 808 Co-
lumbus Ave.) and Pour Wines (321 Amster-
dam Ave. at 75th St.). Sometimes you have
to turn the bottle around to see that I am the
importer. I hope it is worth the trouble.
Does wine have to be expensive to be
quality?
To be blunt, NOT AT ALL. Price is due to fad
and wine critics and marketing, for the most
part. To fnd a bargain, though, it is easy—
just look where no one else is looking. Oaky
gigantic Chardonnays, for example, are no
bargain—but Muscadet can be if you fnd the
right winemaker. Look for my blend, Côtes
du Rhône, at around ffteen bucks for a good,
low-priced red.
Getting back to the roots
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