The High Line: Changing the Old into the New

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By Linette Semino

Since the High Line opened in 2009, many real estate buyers have focused their hunt on “West Chelsea,” which is bounded by West 14th Street to West 30th and Ninth Avenue to the Hudson River. In a city desperate for more open spaces, nature loving New Yorkers are thankful to have this beautiful urban garden in their community and proud that a structure slated to be torn down is now an exemplary park. The High Line is changing a once decrepit structure and old neighborhood into a brand-spanking new park and vibrant community. Since 1980, the elevated freight tracks of the High Line sat unused and were scheduled to be demolished. Luckily, in 1999, residents Joshua David and Robert Hammond formed Friends of the High Line to save the historic structure. The organization, with its celebrity-studded group of supporters, now raises funds to maintain and operate the park. According to the New York Times, 4.4 million people visited the High Line in 2012, and that number is expected to increase significantly this year. A wave of trendy hotels, restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and nightlife venues have arrived in the wake of the High Line’s rebirth. Today, the High Line’s popularity has driven real estate prices sky high with new condos in West Chelsea commanding prices of $2,500 to $3,500 a square foot.

Reader’s Reprimand

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Alexa Ray Joel, Notice Her

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By Christopher A. Pape  |  Photography by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Styling by Caitlin Monahan
Location: Bolton & Watt
Hair by Angelo David Pisacreta for Angelo David Salon
Makeup by Laura Mitchell for Angelo David Salon | DIOR Beauty
Jewelery by Margo Manhattan, Virgins, Saints & Angels, Brooklyn Heavy Metal & SCHO Jewelry

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The daughter of two legendary New Yorkers, she’s fast becoming a musical icon for her generation. Gracious, well-spoken and not to mention, extraordinarily beautiful, Alexa Ray Joel is the new IT girl of the city’s music scene.

The only child of award-winning musician Billy Joel and supermodel, Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray is thriving as both a musician and as an arbitrator of taste. And it isn’t luck that has propelled her this far – it’s hard work, talent and perseverance. It shouldn’t be surprising then that her career is destined to explode and turns her into a household name – one as big as her parents.

Queen Mary 2 – Holidays on the High Seas

After decades of spending Thanksgiving in America, I decided it was time to create a memorable moment for my family and have our turkey on the high seas. The Empire State Building was lit red to commemorate the occasion when three majestic ocean liners, Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2, gathered in New York harbor before sailing past the Statute of Liberty under a dazzling fireworks display.

Like Your Beautiful Sister

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By Christopher A. Pape

As many of you know, I go out to restaurants quite frequently. On these excursions, I meet people from all walks of life. Inevitably, once they find out I write about restaurants, they ask for recommendations. This isn’t so much of a problem for French, Japanese and even Indian cuisines.  But when it comes to Italian, it’s a more difficult proposition. Firstly, there are too many choices and as an Italian I can see the positives and negatives of each establishment, in a way that I can’t do with the others.

The Russians Have It

Up and coming model, Pavel Zaretsky, wears the latest designs by Olga Plenkina. Both are natives of Russia and are making a splash on the international scene. With grace and polish Ogla presents works that are sensual and sleek for the modern man and woman. Ogla’s collections can be found at: ogla-plenkina.com Photographer: Dmitry Basharov…

Deck the Halls: Lenox, Where Entertaining is @

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By Isaiah Negron

Christmas is a time for family, friends, fun and food. While the idea of planning a holiday party may seem daunting at first, a festive Christmas table can actually be assembled with great ease.  Lenox, America’s foremost tabletop and giftware brand, along with their entertaining expert Andrea Correale, have teamed up to create a dazzling holiday arrangement, sure to make your season brighter. Here, Andrea and Lenox, “Where Entertaining is @” have presented their top new ideas to celebrate this timeless tradition.