The Kindness of Strangers

Photography by Grant Delvin

The Kindness of Strangers

by Jo Piazza | Manhattan magazine | October 27, 2011

Along the paths, fields and lakes that help make up Central Park are some 9,000 benches where locals and visitors from around the world can rest their feet and take in the sights and sounds of Frederick Law Olmsted’s and Calvert Vaux’s visionary gift to the people of this city. Today, the Central Park Conservancy, which was established in 1980 with the help of former mayor Ed Koch and various civic leaders, runs the 843 acres. In addition to managing day-to-day operations, the Conservancy is tasked with raising 85 percent of the park’s $42 million annual budget.

Members Only

Members Only

by Victoria Campbell-Renard | Manhattan magazine | October 27, 2011

Manhattan is home to the greatest concentration of legendary private clubs in the country. There are university-affiliated places catering to the alumni of Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Penn and Cornell; women-only clubs like the Colony and the Cosmopolitan; the prestigious University Club; and many others that people are welcome to join without much fanfare. The gorgeous New York Yacht Club caters to “yachties,” and the New York Athletic Club is all about sports.

Occupy 81st Street

Photography by Evan Sung

Occupy 81st Street

by Adeena Sussman | Manhattan magazine | October 27, 2011

Chefs frequently grace national magazine covers these days. But when it comes to the hyper-regional New York restaurant scene, cross streets define culinary identities—and high-profile border-hopping can generate headlines. When Daniel Boulud launched DBGB, he went from uptown Michelin Man to part-time Bowery boy with the serving of his first beer-and-bratwurst combo. Then there’s Marcus Samuelsson.

The Smart Set

Photography by Greg Powers

The Smart Set

by Brittney Dunkins | DC magazine | October 27, 2011

High-tech isn’t confined to West Coast cool. The rising tide of the top 11 up-and-coming DC digiphiles proves that in 2011 Washington is plugged in and ready for prime time.

Ah, Shucks!

Photography by Greg Powers

Ah, Shucks!

by Mary Beth Albright | DC magazine | October 27, 2011

There are plenty of fish in the sea, but when I want the best, I turn to chef Jeff Black. Each December, you’ll find me on line with dozens of other Washingtonians at BlackSalt Fish Market, his Palisades retail post, procuring pounds of impeccable seafood for my annual Feast of the Seven Fishes. Like a seafaring Saint Nick, Black always surprises and delights. My centerpiece is authentic Dover sole meunière, and I trust that Black’s fish swam the English Channel just 24 hours prior.

Ghost Hunters

Illustration by Donovan Foote

Ghost Hunters

by Kelly Skinner | The Atlantan magazine | October 26, 2011

If you’ve skulked around the Alliance Theatre lately and think you may have seen someone who looked just like… (nah, couldn’t be... ) Stephen King or John Mellencamp, it’s not your eyes playing tricks on you. As of late, the duo has teamed up with legendary musician and producer T-Bone Burnett (the 12-time Grammy winner behind the scores of O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Walk the Line) and Alliance Theatre’s Artistic Director Susan V. Booth for a one-of-a-kind rock-horror musical titled The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.

Gone Country

Photography by Zach Arias

Gone Country

by Dana Hazels Seith | The Atlantan magazine | October 26, 2011

In person, HLN’s Robin Meade is just as smart, personable, driven and pretty as she comes across during her six-hour anchoring block each weekday on Morning Express. And while reporting the national news is career enough, she’s added something else to her already impressive resume: country music singer.

A Beautiful Mind

Photography by Sarah Dorio

A Beautiful Mind

by Candice Dyer | The Atlantan magazine | October 26, 2011

Interior designer Michael Habachy favors simple, uncluttered lines and sleek, “tone-on-tone” monochrome designs that make his one or two bold features that much more eye-popping. In recent projects, such as Midtown haute spot Vanquish, it is a mural of tattooed, postmillennial odalisques surrounded by exotic animals—talk about an elephant in the room. “Minimalism with maximum impact is what I strive for,” he says.

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