Country to Country

By Rory Winston

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Hair/Makeup: Bella on Demand Beauty Alexander Acosta


It’s not enough to be American. You always have to be something else, Irish-American, German-American, and you’d wonder how they’d get along if someone hadn’t invented the hyphen,” wrote the late great Frank McCourt, in Tis: a memoir. Another Irish-American who’d undoubtedly agree with the author is the Joseph M. Murphy, Chairman of Country Bank, who could not only justify the Irish-American hyphenation but could as easily make a case for hyphenating community with bank, intimate with corporation, and relationship with institution; the last hyphen, of course, being his evolution from the son of a teamster from Dunworley, County Cork, Ireland to President of a large real estate investment banking corporation; to being an initial investor and Director of the ever-burgeoning enterprise, Country Bank.

Dressed to the Teeth and Beyond

By Rory Winston

Photos by
Michael Loccisano​/Getty Images
Bella on Demand Beauty
Angel Morales

Didn’t even need therapy to rehabilitate my smile,” croons Regina Spektor in her song Rejazz. Lucky her. Unlike the Russian born singer-songwriter most people need help with their teeth and occlusion. It’s almost easy to imagine Spektor’s phrase being answered by a chorus of disapproval, a chorus made up entirely of beaming dental patients who sing how they needed therapy to resurrect their smiles. As poetic justice demands, such billboard smiles owe their success to yet another talented woman of Russian origin. The second generation New Yorker, and third generation dentist I’m referring to is the highly acclaimed Dr. Irene Grafman – someone who is, for lack of better definition - a dental artist working within a genre of her own making.KDV_8430_001a_small-600x902

Back to the Future

By Rory Winston

Photos by
Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images
Bella on Demand Beauty
Angel Morales


Shortly after Ballet Russe’s Parisian debut of Scheherazade in 1910, couturier Paul Poiret ran from the theater as though seized by a revelation. For the next few months he immersed himself in studying everything from harems to geishas to Chinese ceramics. Integrating Orientalism into European design, he harmonized exotic motifs with his own period’s aesthetics. While his sensibility remained incontrovertibly French, the themes strayed as Far East as the zeitgeist would allow. Paradigm shifts in art and design have always been more about infusing an existent tradition with nuance than about abandoning the conventions entirely. The ability to revisit our world with fresh eyes and imbue familiar forms with unfamiliar perspectives was as true for Elsa Schiaparelli (who used inspiration by surrealists like Dali) as it was for Claire McCardell who saw the movements of sports through an artistic filter in much the same way Nijinsky had seen it while choreographing Jeux years earlier. A similar notion of incorporation and cultural cross-pollination holds for the highly gifted contemporary couple that makes up the prestigious brand, Hanley Mellon –HM (not to be confused with H&M)

Media’s Heir Apparent

By Rory Winston “One day all this will be yours’ begins the hackneyed phrase. As for what ordinarily follows: ‘A tract of land,’ ‘a house,’ or ‘a list of inconsequential chattel.’ What we don’t expect is a gun used by Bonnie and Clyde, an amusement park, a valley’s worth of dolls; that is unless we’re…

The Brothers Kassir

By Rory Winston 

Photos by Andrew Walker/Getty Images
Hair/Makeup: Bella on Demand Beauty
Alexander Acosta and Michael Hodgins​

In 1783, the Montgolfier Brothers launched the world’s first hot air balloon. In 1903, the Wright Brothers invented the first fully powered airplane – a feat that would revolutionize warfare, commerce, travel, technology and society as a whole. More recently, another set of talented siblings, the Kassir Brothers, joined forces to create one of the most all-encompassing approaches to rejuvenation and quality in living - their comprehensive practice employing everything from plastic and cosmetic surgery to dermatology to a full range of laser treatments. With a myriad of state-of-the-art procedures, the Kassirs are qualified to undertake everything from the most complex surgical reconstructions to Ultherapy. Most importantly, because of their scope and range, patients are ensured receiving unbiased advice as regards task-appropriate procedures.i-tPsNC96_001

As triple board certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Ramtin Kassir explains, “we are just as adept at non-invasive procedures as we are with complex surgeries. Patients should feel comfortable with any plan from the onset.”

Jean Shafiroff: Giving Back in Style

Jean Shafiroff is actively involved as a volunteer leader and fundraiser of several New York City and Southampton charitable causes. Her managerial skills, compassion, generosity and enthusiastic dedication are among her strongest traits. She possesses a remarkable ability to connect different charitable groups with interested people and resources. Jean’s particular interests include charities related to women, health care, animals…

The Quintessential Hostess

By Hillary Latos

Photos by Michael Loccisano​/Getty Images
Hair/Makeup: Bella on Demand Beauty-Angel Morales, stylist
Thank you to The Warwick Hotel for the use of their space


Even if you’re not a huge fan of reality tv shows, The Real Housewives of NY is as addictive as it is fun to watch and vicariously peer into the social whirlwind of parties, shopping and lofty living of New York City’s moneyed yet opinionated denizens. One of our personal favorites has always been the arbiter of class and style, Countess Luann de Lesseps who will be back on Season 7. Here Resident catches up with the timelessly elegant Countess who dishes about her role on the show as well as new projects she has in the works when she’s not filming- a best selling book, a newly launched clothing and jewelry line- The Countess Collection and a partnership with The Warwick.

Kick Kennedy: Fights For The Animals

By Christopher A. Pape

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Although young, the accolades for the talented Kick Kennedy are many and growing. As granddaughter of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and daughter of environmental activist, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the urge to contribute positively to society is strong. As you will come to find out in our interview with her, the legacy of the Kennedys’ – to give back and fight for the underdog – is well represented in the latest generation, of which Kick is a major figure.

Known as “Kick,” Kathleen Kennedy is named after her great aunt, Kathleen Agnes Kennedy Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington, a sister of both Robert F. Kennedy and the late President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Born in 1920, she was presented to Queen Elizabeth while her father, Joseph P. Kennedy, served as Ambassador to the Court of St. James and married a British aristocrat. She tragically died in a plane crash in 1948. Like the Marchioness, Kick was presented at the Bal de Debutantes in Paris in 2006.

Howard M. Lorber: At the Top of his Game

By Christopher A. Pape

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Story Photos by Brad Barket/Getty Images

712 Fifth Avenue, Fl. 52 New York, New York 10019.  portraits of Howard Lorber on Oct. 29, 2014. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

“To the victor belongs the spoils,” or so the old adage goes. For Howard M. Lorber, chairman of Douglas Elliman, the largest residential real estate brokerage in the New York metropolitan area and the third largest real estate company in the United States, with more than 70 offices and 4,000 real estate agents, the saying might be better worded this way: “To the successful investor belongs the best real estate.” For on this small island of ours, perhaps no one better symbolizes the dynamic, red-hot property market of New York than Lorber.

From his sky-high office overlooking Central Park, and from his posh soon-to-be-completed apartment at 432 Park Avenue, Lorber has a literally unobstructed view of all the trends of the New York real estate market. Further, it doesn’t hurt that he has also acquired a lifetime’s mastery of the art of discerning the desires of the buyer and seller, whether they be local or international clients.

As editor of Resident, I recently had a rare opportunity to sit down with Lorber in his office aerie for an intimate interview and photo shoot. To date, this was the most technically inclined interview I have had the pleasure of conducting. As I quickly learned, and as our readers will too, there was much to be learned from Lorber, one of today’s top titans of real estate.