Waxman Cancer Research celebrates 10th “A Hamptons happening”

New York City tastemakers gathered for the tenth annual “A Hamptons Happening” fundraiser on July 26, staged at the scenic Bridgehampton estate of Maria and Kenneth Fishel.

The event raised an estimated $400,000 to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF).

Celebrity chef David Burke was honored, along with iconic fashion designer Betsey Johnson, and Paul Ridley, co-founder of Row For Hope, to support the SWCRF’s funded research programs to reprogram cancer cells and develop less toxic treatments for patients.

Approximately 400 guests, including former stars of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City” Jill Zarin and Allyson Shapiro, and Christine Silverstein, a contestant on the current season of FOX’s Master Chef and contributor to The Savory.com, enjoyed cuisine presented by the top chefs, restaurants and food and spirits brands in New York City and the Hamptons.

The evening included an awards presentation and live auction presided over by WCBS-TV Channel 2 News anchor Chris Wragge, “A Hamptons Happening” founding co-chair Laurie Schaffran and SWCRF founder and CEO Samuel Waxman, M.D., who announced a $25,000 grant for brain cancer research established by the Fishel family in memory of Avi Concool. Wragge galvanized the audience by holding an impromptu auction to match the Fishel’s donation.

To find out more about the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research foundation, click here.

Dr. Samuel Waxman, Christine Silverstein, contestant in FOX’s Master Chef, and Jordan Silverstein (Photo: Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman)


The participating chefs at A Hamptons Happening (Photo: Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman)


Marion Waxman, David Burke and Dr. Samuel Waxman (Photo: Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman)


Betsey Johnson (Photo: Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman)

Music festival vibe comes to the Hamptons courtesy of VH1

On Friday, July 25, 2014, the Hamptons came alive with a music festival vibe at the VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s exclusive event, raising money for music education programs in public schools.

The event was the first of its kind for the nonprofit organization which helps to restore music-education programs in the nation’s public schools.

Held in at a glamorous private residence, the summer celebration honored individuals who personify the spirit of music in their respective fields. Honorees included Charlie Walk, Executive Vice President of Republic Records, Linda Perry, Singer/ Songwriter/ Producer, Bozoma Saint John, SVP, Head of Global Marketing at Beats Music and Nathan Cohen, Grace A. Dunn Middle School Music Teacher.

Rosanna Scotto, John Skyes, Charlie Walk and Julie Macklowe ©BFA

Rosanna Scotto, John Skyes, Charlie Walk and Julie Macklowe ©BFA

The evening combined high-energy musical performances with a twist of laid-back, casual luxury – brought to life through the evening’s unique décor, sponsored experiences and live music.

Performances throughout the night included Grace A. Dunn Middle School, a 2012 grant recipient from Trenton, NJ, DJ Theory, Singer-Songwriter James Bay and VH1 Save The Music Alumni Ambassador, Ingrid Michaelson.

Guests explored, interacted and enjoyed a variety of experiences from sponsors including Avnet, William Hill Estate Wines, Marimekko, Raymond Weil, Alex and Ani, vbeauté, Tequila Don Julio, Corona Extra/Corona Light, Henri Bendel, Hamptons Magazine and VOSS Artesian Water from Norway.

For more information about VH1 Save The Music Foundation, please click here.

Bella Magazine hosts White Party at the Southampton Inn

Bella Magazine hosted a White Party last Saturday, July 26 at the Southampton Inn, celebrating the summer 2014 Hamptons magazine issue.

The memorable event was hosted by Laura Prepon, star of Netflix’s smash-hit series; Orange is the New Black who was wearing Isabelle Armstrong Couture.

The night was made possible by sponsors including MedSpa44, an elegant, full-service spa offering a wide array of luxurious face and body services.

Champagne and cocktails were served alongside the most delectable of culinary delights. Guests enjoyed music, dancing, a gifting suite and live entertainment by electric violinist Lorenzo Laroc.

BELLA Magazine joined with Sweet Dreams mini donuts, 16 Handles, Eliza Gwendalyn, Isabelle Armstrong Couture, Zip Aviation, Juno Lucia,VIP Travel Experience, Jarlsberg USA, Arizona Iced Tea, Century 21 Stores, Yuwei Designs, Bling Guard, BEX NYC, Cuzins Duzin, Jane Basch Jewelry, Lila Body Contouring and MedSpa44 to offer the best of the Hamptons.

Guests included:  Countess Luann De Lesseps (Real Housewives of NYC), Actress Lois Robbins, Jackie Miranne (VH1), Cindy Vero (Host of 103.5 KTU), red carpet host Marcus Stewart, Lynn Diamante (BRAVO’s Game of Crowns) and Karen Koeningsberg (Socialite/Philanthropist).

Medspa44 is conveniently located a half block from Grand Central. For more information and bookings visit their website.










Restaurant Villagio on the Park swings for a home run at Mickey Mantle’s old digs

Villagio On The Park is looking to hit one out of the park after moving into the former home of Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant And Bar and giving it a radical Italian makeover, complete with an exotic new name, a modern new image and exciting new fare.

And, in what can only be seen as a fitting tribute to the Yankee legend, owners Alex Kalas and Thomas Billante have opened their elegant new Italian restaurant by the popular demand of a legion of  New Yorkers who have become avid fans of their many other restaurants, most of them in Miami.

“The many New Yorkers who have been to our restaurants in Miami have had wonderful dining experiences,” says Alex. “Now they can be on their home turf and enjoy our authentic, fresh taste of Italy in one of New York City’s finest neighborhoods.

Alex and Thomas have transformed the site of Mickey’s famous old establishment on Central Park South into a refined space that features al fresco dining with direct views of Central Park.

Villagio On the Park was designed by Jeffrey Beers International, which also designed the New York restaurants db Moderne, Villard Michel Richard and Towne.

It boasts a modern aesthetic built on marble and wood, with rustic pizza paddles lining the walls. And the dazzling lighting designed by Brian Atter consists of hundreds of illuminated crystals that hang from the ceiling and reflect off one another to cast a ubiquitous glow.

Under the helm of Executive Chef Paul Johnston, Villagio On the Park makes its own pastas and imports many of the essential ingredients from overseas, such as Portuguese octopus and calamari from Europe.

Signature dishes include a gondoletta stuffed with spinach and ricotta in a truffle mushroom cream sauce, and zucchini flowers, which are harvested in Palm Beach, and filled with smoked mozzarella and prosciutto.

Pizzas are baked in the wood-burning oven, and gluten-free options are on the menu.  And all desserts, such as apple pie al la mode, tiramisu, panna cotta, chocolate soufflé and crème brulee, are created on the premises.

Visit Villagio on the Park at 40 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019. 




Travel Beauty partners with Hamptons’ hotels to provide beauty concierge service

Now that summer is officially upon us, many are dreaming of heading out to Long Island’s East End to relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches.

To ensure you’re packing the very best beauty and grooming products, Travel Beauty – an online destination dedicated to offering the best in travel-friendly beauty and grooming products from around the globe – has partnered with two of the Hamptons’ most luxurious hotels to offer an exclusive service to its guests.

When you place your reservation with the breathtaking Panoramic View Resort & Residences in Montauk or the gorgeous Ocean Dunes Resort & Residences in Amagansett, you can enhance your stay with a custom-curated Travel Beauty travel kit, filled with your favorite luxury travel-size toiletries.

Simply visit TravelBeauty.com to create your own travel kit. Fill your kit with exactly the products you’ll want and need during your stay at these spectacular ocean-side hotels.

Guests can opt to have their kits delivered directly to the hotel so that it is waiting for them upon arrival.

Now you can enjoy the serene waterfront landscape of the Hamptons with all the beauty and grooming products you’ll need without the fuss.

For more information, please click here.




Manhattan’s first modular residential building hits the rental market

The Stack, New York City’s first modular multi-story housing development, has opened its doors to renters.

Developed by Jeffrey Brown and Kimberly Frank and designed by GLUCK+, the Stack is located at 4857 Broadway in Manhattan’s neighborhood of Inwood.

The seven-story prefabricated steel and concrete development consists of 28 studios, one, two-and three-bedroom homes.

“Inwood remains one of the last undiscovered neighborhoods in Manhattan – a hidden gem,” said Clifford Finn, Executive Vice President at Douglas Elliman Development Marketing.

“The Stack is modern in its modular approach and speaks to an audience that appreciates its innovative design. We expect to have tremendous interest among renters with this property.”

According to Brown and Frank, the developers, “this project exemplifies the opportunity to create an exciting design for living while enjoying the benefits and efficiencies of controlled, offsite fabrication.  As builders and developers, we are intrigued with this methodology and its application on a multitude of new projects. And, while the construction is innovative, the completed building provides a well-designed, efficiently built, modern structure incorporating 28 beautiful, comfortable, light-filled homes.”

The approximately 38,000-square foot building was fabricated off-site in Pennsylvania by DeLuxe Building Systems before being shipped to New York City as 56 separate modules. The foundations and the concrete first floor were built traditionally at the site. Additional work included erecting the building and completing the mechanical system connections, creating a seamless interior finish and, as a final step, installing the exterior façade.

All residences feature high-performance aluminum windows and tenant-controlled heat and air conditioning. Highly stylized kitchens boast solid surface countertops with under-mount stainless steel sinks, maple kitchen cabinets and GE stainless steel appliances. Mosaic bathroom tiles, contemporary bathroom vanities and WaterSense fixtures grace each bathroom. Residents will have a choice of integrally colored concrete floors or a more traditional, yet also environmentally friendly, wood flooring design.  Select units offer private outdoor space and washer/dryers.

Additional amenities include a virtual doorman, private tenant storage, bicycle storage, an on-site laundry room and a common outdoor landscaped terrace. The Stack is a completely smoke-free property.

Leasing will begin this month, with an expected date of occupancy in June. Rental prices will begin around $1,750.

For more information please contact Douglas Elliman Development Marketing at (212) 303-5301or visit The Stack website.




Vaneese Thomas performs at soul music festival in Italy

Singer and songwriter Vaneese Thomas recently performed at Porretta Soul Festival, an annual Italian music festival that took place this year from July 17 – 20, 2014.

The festival, known as the world’s premier festival for vintage soul music, is held in the center of Porretta Terme, a picturesque village in Northern Italy. The outdoor amphitheater where it takes place is named after Vaneese’s late father Rufus Thomas, who was the venue’s honored guest and featured performer for many years.

The Porretta Soul Festival acknowledges the importance of Memphis’ contributions to Soul Music, particularly during the 1960s and 70s. Remarkably, half a century after the height of soul music in Memphis, and thousands of miles away, that sound is still celebrated in this tiny Italian town.

Since it started in 1987, the Porretta Soul Festival has featured mostly Memphis artists such as The Bar-Kays, the Bo-Keys, Rufus and Carla Thomas, and musician Marvell Thomas. This year, Vaneese Thomas will play alongside Memphis and Mid-South artists such as Toni Green and Denise Lasalle.

Vaneese’s latest album, “Blues For My Father”, is dedicated to her legendary father as an R n’ B pioneer whose work will never be forgotten. What better place to hear her sing the amazing tracks on the album than at Rufus Thomas Park!





New development The Stack in SoHo featured in the WSJ

The Stack, New York City’s first modular multi-story housing development, was recently praised by the Wall Street Journal and Associated Press.

The article discusses modular design and how it can affect the construction process.

“The Stack […] shows that while stackable apartments can save builders time and money, modular doesn’t have to mean monotonous. Its chunky front embraces its building-block roots, but the apartments’ interiors defy their boxing components with varied floor plans and stylish fixtures and finishes.”

Read the article here.

Jean Shafiroff hosts Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation gala

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff chaired the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s (SASF) 5th Annual Unconditional Love Gala on Saturday, July 19th, 2014, at a stunning waterfront home in Southampton.

Adorable kittens and puppies, including baby Chihuahuas, were up for option and proceeds raised from the event will help SASF to care for over 1,200 homeless animals per year.

Shafiroff hosted the James Bond themed event, alongside Board President Jonathan McCann and Chairwoman Emeritus Susan Allen, which honored animal advocate Georgina Bloomberg.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, came out to support Georgina and the Shelter, as did Southampton Mayor Mark Epley, and Mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis and his wife, Margo. Shafiroff’s daughters Jackie and Elizabeth and her husband Martin also came along to support the cause.

Emcee Rachel Grant welcomed over 300 guests before introducing Jean Shafiroff, who thanked everyone involved in organizing the excellent event.

To find out more about The Southampton Animal Shelter, click here.

Georgina Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Jean Shafiroff (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Georgina Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Jean Shafiroff (Photo: Patrick McMullan)


Georgina Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Jean Shafiroff (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

What’s in Real Housewives of New York City’s Aviva Drescher’s handbag?

Real Housewives of New York City’s Aviva Drescher has shared some favorite things from inside her handbag with PurseBlog.com, and three of Angelo David Salon’s amazing products have made the list.

Angelo David’s popular small boar paddle brush ($35), which was also chosen as Shecky’s best brush in 2011, has 100% natural, soft conditioning, boar bristles for smoothing, styling and protecting fine or thinning hair.

The brushes use flexible padding to adjust to the contours of the scalp and have a balanced handle for excellent grip and control when brushing or styling.

Aviva also loves Angelo David’s VOL Volumizing spray ($18.50), part of his new three-step volumizing regime, and Angelo David’s Frizz Control smoothing cream.

To see more of Aviva Drescher’s must-have items, click here.

To shop Angelo David products online or find out more information visit Angelo David Salon or www.angelodavid.com.


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