DJ Alex Cecil: Clawing His Way To The Top

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By Isaiah Negron

Hot DJ Alex Cecil is a prime example of taking a leap of faith and following your passions in life. While growing up on the Upper East Side in New York City, he explored his artistic side, taking up the cello in the 2nd grade. “I was talented at it, but it wasn’t the right medium for me,” remembers Cecil, who was also very good with numbers and received a perfect score on his math SAT’s. At Georgetown University he majored in finance and minored in art, to challenge and expand his mind. After graduating, he worked for Citibank for five years until one day he decided to do something very different.

Rockin’ Wellness: Mike Wall & Seth Luker

By Isaiah Negron

"Health is Cool” is the mantra of Seth Luker and Mike Wall the co-founders of Rockin’ Wellness Whole Body Nutrition Shake.  Starting from a small commercial kitchen in Bellmore, Long Island this dynamic duo created a nutritious blend for their shake from the world’s finest super foods. If you like chocolate this drink is for you and it tastes as awesome as the benefits it provides. It’s perfect for breakfast, a mid-day energy boost or a meal replacement. The unique mix, which is made in strictly controlled quantities, is made from Cacao, Goji berry, hulled hemp seed, flaxseed, chia seeds, maca root, acidophilus and yerba mate. The shake contains nothing artificial and has no preservatives. Rockin’ Wellness aids in weight maintenance, focus, improved mood and optimal cell re-generation. Mike and Seth encourage you to make the drink your own so I blend in bananas, strawberries, blueberries, soy milk and ice for a yummy treat that makes me forget the heat wave and gives me the energy to perform at my peak all day long. And because it has only 90 calories a scoop, I’ve already seen the benefits on my waistline.

Jessica Lichtenstein’s Peep Show

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By Joe Alexander

Looking at the art of Jessica Lichtenstein, one is transported into an imaginary world of childlike hedonism.  The colors bombard you with a familiar sense of happiness, the thick acrylic glimmers back at you like a diamond on display, and the girls well…they smile at you, seducing you from behind an optical lens as you voyeuristically “peep” into their candy colored landscapes.  But as always, there is more behind that lens than meets the eye.

Fahad Ghaffar: Financier Re-envisions Trump Property In Puerto Rico

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By Isaiah Negron

Entrepreneur and finance wunderkind Fahad Ghaffar is reaching new heights by creating an empire of private yet affordable luxury properties. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2005 with a degree in finance, Ghaffar took a job in investment banking. As he built solid relationships with important players in the financial world he also learned the ins and outs of the real estate market. He discovered a new niche market and started buying neglected off-market properties directly from banks, lenders and private equity investors and transformed them into thriving residential complexes. “It made financial sense,” said Ghaffar. “We can create a quality product while simultaneously protecting buyers from volatile markets.”

Michelle-Marie Heinemann: A Family Story

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By Anna Ryan

As a mother in New York City, life can be hectic, but Michelle-Marie Heinemann has it under control. Not only is she a wife and mother of two, but she’s also an expressionist painter, involved with multiple charities and an avid equestrian. But it doesn’t stop there, she’s also opening a high-end children’s boutique this fall. Yet with all her success, Michelle-Marie makes it a priority to always spend quality time with her family.

Paige Davis: A New Yorker Gives Back To Her Beloved City

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By Gunjan J. Sewhani

Resident sat down with Paige Davis, a transplanted New Yorker who has turned her passion for one of the most quintessential New York phenomena, Broadway, into a means for helping the city’s children in need. And what great timing it was: our August issue is all about the “back-to-school” season. Paige has worked extensively with Operation Backpack—providing brand-new backpacks and school supplies for kids in our city’s homeless shelters.

Nantucket

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By Kitty Pilgrim

There are normal beach communities, and then there is Nantucket.

Of course there are common joys to all seaside places—a pleasurable day spent riding the surf, the “ahhh” of that first stretch-out on the hot sand, a dripping ice cream cone in the afternoon sun, and the lovely taste of seafood in a lively restaurant, while nursing tender shoulders, pink with sunburn.

The Hamptons in the City

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Christopher Fischer Cashmere is all about being innovative and setting new trends. His pieces below are great transition pieces for the Upper Eastside customer who may have spent their summer in the Hamptons or elsewhere on a beach. They are stylish and sophisticated, but also have a penchant for luxurious comfort.  These are recommendations directly from Christopher Fischer for a Hamptons lifestyle in the city. Enjoy! •

La Dolce Vita in Wildwood N.J.

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By W. A. Muller

Give the La Dolce Vita lifestyle at Little Italy in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey.  If you’re ever in the mood for mouthwatering Italian delicacies then look no further than this beloved establishment. Owned and operated by Chef Giovanni Sanzone and his wife Sandy, the restaurant has been serving customers for over two decades. Little Italy is the next best thing to actually being in Italia.