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

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.

Gradisca Ristorante: An Italian Delight

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By Jeanine Zelkas

Evidence of a former incarnation is written all over the walls of Gradisca, with old framed posters advertising the various jazz and cabaret acts that once performed at the 70‘s nightclub known as Reno Sweeney.  Soft jazz music playing in the background, rustic highlights, candlelit tables, low ceilings, and a combination of warm red-painted and brick walls additionally lend themselves to the jazzy ambiance of what is now a fabulous refined Italian restaurant.  Entering its thirteenth year in business, Gradisca’s menu maintains high standards for quality cuisine that is largely inspired by the owner’s beloved “Mamma” who regularly handcrafts much of the pasta on-site.

Teaching Dog Safety

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By Victoria Stilwell

According to the Humane Society of the United States, 50 percent of children will be bitten by a dog before their 12th birthday. Children under the age of 5 are most likely to be bitten, and most of these bites come from a dog that the child knows, such as the family dog or that of a relative or friend.