Edward Alava – The DOG Store

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By Isaiah Negron

New York City’s premier dog groomer Edward Alava has redefined what it means to have your dog cared for and pampered, whether you’re a proud “parent” or a celebrity like Blake Lively who brings her beloved Maltipoo Penny. From the age of 16 in his native San Francisco, Alava would drive to San Diego and back picking up rescue dogs to find good homes for them. “I was always dog crazy,” he laughs. In 2009, his passion became his livelihood when he opened up The DOG Store on New York’s Upper East Side. “I had no choice,” Alava says. “I always knew this is what I wanted to do.”

Sara Mearns – Dancing Outside the Box

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By Phil Chan • Produced By Joe Alexander

New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Sara Mearns joined the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, to perform “A Dancers Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky.”  The avant-garde work blended music with ballet, live animation, video, puppetry, and circus arts. Born in South Carolina, Mearns began training at age three and by thirteen she was being coached by former NY City Ballet prima ballerina Patricia McBride who danced under George Balanchine. An early test for her as a young dancer came was when she competed at Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition. “It was very challenging.

On Fashion & Frugality

By Miriam Silverberg As a comfortably middle-class Baby Boomer with a passion for fashion, I do have to exercise some frugality. Fortunately, this comes naturally to me since I was raised by parents who were children of the Depression and passed on their values to me. This column is a continuing commentary on my efforts…

83 1/2

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By Nalini Leilani

Chef Will Foden and Wine Director Jean-Luc Le Du recently re-crafted the menu at 83 ½, the farm-to-table Italian gem on the Upper East Side. Owner Vincenzo Mangiafridda’s previous culinary treasure served as the muse for his newest. The idea behind 83 ½ began to ferment in his mind while developing Gino’s Pizzeria, a 20-year-old beloved neighborhood spot, and in between trips to the family farm in Caccamo, Sicily. 83 1/2 restaurant

George Hirsch’s Inside Tips on Hosting a Fabulous Hamptons Party

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By George Hirsch

Summer in the Hamptons is all about outdoor entertaining. Hamptons Chef and TV Personality George Hirsch offers great tips on how to create the best outdoor party Hamptons Style!  Hirsch, a certified Executive Chef, has authored five cookbooks in addition to producing and hosting his own TV series, George Hirsch Living it UP!, which was nationally syndicated for 12 years. Hirsch will unveil his newest TV series this fall on PBS titled George Hirsch Lifestyle.

Guilt-Free Comfort Food?

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By Gunjan J. Sewhani

Evidence of the health food revolution in New York City is apparent on every block. Organic, vegan, and raw food restaurants are popping up around Manhattan to cater to svelte females clad in Lululemon and male fitness warriors alike. The restaurants boast an alternative lifestyle dedicated to cruelty-free, pesticide-free, antibiotic-free diets; the list of toxins eliminated is endless.  Raw food devotees consume their vegetable and lentil concoctions (not consumed a degree above 118 Fahrenheit) in zen-like atmospheres throughout Manhattan.

Giovanni Rana: A True Taste of Italy

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By Anna Ryan

Italy, best known for its impeccable pasta dishes, has made its way to New York City.  With fresh, hand-made pasta, Giovanni Rana gives you a true taste of Italy. Not only does the menu capture the essence of Italy, the hand-picked artifacts transported from Italy enhance the Italian experience.  Among these artifacts are Giovanni’s first tools for making his hand-made pasta, 200 graters from Italian flea markets, and Giovanni’s red motorbike, on which he delivered his hand-made pastas, hangs next to an exposed brick wall by the bar.

STORIES TO BE SPUN

By Rory Winston Mariinsky Ballet Scheherazade Spinning a yarn as though one’s life depended on it is the subtext of “Scheherazade.” It is also the essence of the Kirov Ballet, the historically-renowned company of tale-spinners, leapers, and contortionists that have put their respective cabrioles, triple tours and jetés entrelacés at the service of this ballet…

Jean Shafiroff: Commitment to Community

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By Christopher A. Pape

Jean Shafiroff is a philanthropic leader and active volunteer for multiple Southampton and New York City charitable organizations. Her managerial skills, compassion, generosity and enthusiastic dedication are among her strongest traits.  She possesses a unique ability to connect different charitable groups with interested people and resources. In her philanthropic career, Shafiroff serves as a board member, chairwoman, underwriter and hostess of a long list of charity events. Every year, Shafiroff is actively engaged in chairing several large benefits. In 2010 and 2011, she served as the chairwoman of the Southampton Hospital’s Annual Summer party, which she looks forward to chairing again this summer on August 3rd. Her honorary co-chair is Audrey Gruss, who along with her husband, recently gave a five million dollar gift to create the Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center at the Southampton Hospital. Her current board memberships include the New York Women’s Foundation, the French Heritage Society, the Couture Council, the Lighthouse International Advisory Board, Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation and JBFCS. She is also an Honorary Board  Member of the Southampton Animal Shelter and will serve as one of the Honorary co-chairs of its gala on July 20th. Shafiroff holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and a BS in physical therapy from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has worked both in public finance and private partnerships on Wall Street. Married to Martin D. Shafiroff, an investment advisor, the Shafiroffs have two daughters, Jacqueline and Elizabeth, who share their parent’s interest in charitable causes. They have residences in Manhattan and Southampton. Shafiroff’s other interests include writing, travel, style and fashion.