The High Line: Changing the Old into the New


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.

Luis D. Ortiz: A Newfound Love


By Anna Ryan

Co-starring in the Bravo television series, Million Dollar Listing, 26-year-old Luis D. Ortiz truly climbed the ladder of success when he got into the business of real estate. While real estate may not have been his first passion, Luis demonstrates that there may be something better out there to fall in love with.

The Spa at Trump Soho


By Anna Ryan

The people of New York City are always in a hurry. It’s a never ending cycle of waking up early, going to work, attending meetings, eating dinner then going to bed. The hustle and bustle of the city never dies, and by the end of the day, everyone is exhausted.  What is one to do to take a break from the hectic work cycle?  Pamper yourself at The Spa at Trump!

83 1/2


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.

Guilt-Free Comfort Food?


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


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.