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Last week the Historic Districts Council released a statement opposing the proposed Frick expansion, saying among other things that “HDC finds the proposal in its current form to be a myopic solution for expansion, and one that would compromise the museum’s setting and genteel atmosphere. One cannot truly compare The Frick to any other museum in the city; it is unique and stands apart, in nature and in space. That deliberate quality is an invaluable asset to its surrounding neighborhood and is a gift to our city. Any necessary expansion must be achieved with equal individuality rather than giving in to the mania for mindless growth that has afflicted so many other New York institutions.”
Their position was then picked-up by Robin Pogrebin at the New York Times.
To learn more and voice your opinion, visit Unite to Save the Frick.
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Fine lines, wrinkles, and excess skin in the face and neck are the most common signs of aging among men and women. A surgical facelift will address all these concerns, but if you’re not ready for surgery, you may be searching for other options. Dr. Gerstman is among the first to offer Ultherapy®, a nonsurgical treatment that lifts and tightens the skin. Ultherapy® provides results similar to a facelift without using any needles or knives and without requiring downtime.What does Ultherapy® treat?
Ultherapy® is FDA approved to improve fine lines and wrinkles on the following areas:
- Brow - Chin - Neck - DécolletageBenefit 1: Improves the Skin Naturally
A major benefit to this method of nonsurgical skin rejuvenation is that it improves the skin naturally. Ultherapy® rejuvenates the skin by encouraging the body’s natural ability to produce collagen. The handheld device is applied to the skin and specifically targets damaged skin cells to encourage new, healthy cells to form. The collagen will continue to develop as the skin heals over the next several weeks. You can watch as the texture of your skin improves and your wrinkles continue to fade.Benefit 2: No Downtime
No incisions are made and no anesthesia is used, so no downtime is necessary. With the traditional ultrasound imaging used with this procedure, Dr. Gerstman is able to see the layers of tissue she is treating in order to enhance the areas that need the most correction. Since the ultrasound waves safely penetrate the outer layer of skin, there is no need for invasive cutting or pulling. After treatment, you can resume your normal activities immediately.Benefit 3: Effective
Since Ultherapy® is very effective, most patients only need one 30 to 60 minute treatment session to achieve the desired results. Some patients who have very lax skin may benefit from a second treatment or may wish to have touch-up treatments to keep up with the natural aging process.Benefit 4: Safe
Ultherapy® is FDA cleared for wrinkle treatment and has been used safely in over 250,000 treatments worldwide. The ultrasound technology it employs has been used in the medical field for over 50 years. Dr. Gerstman has extensive experience with this device and has delivered a wrinkle-free, youthful glow to numerous patients in New York City.
If you are interested in Ultherapy® to combat the signs of aging, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Leslie Gerstman by calling (212) 966-3991 today. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.
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We've seen this story countless times . A dysfunctional family drama focusing on parent/sibling conflict only to be resolved at the end through some mutual crisis. There is some saving grace however in this predictable new film watching the sparks fly between it's two stars, Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. Mr. Downey Jr. plays Hank Palmer, a high powered attorney who returns to his Indiana home for his mother's funeral. Mr. Duvall is his father, Judge Palmer and of course the two hate each other and haven't spoken in years. Both actors can play these roles in their sleep and really don't bring anything new to an already worn down theme. It is fun to watch them verbally sparring but that too gets old in a film that runs well over two hours. Vera Farmiga co-stars as the "girl he left behind" and the rest of the cast includes Vincent D'Onofrio and Jeremy Strong as the other Palmer sons (both with their own issues), Billy Bob Thorton as a prosecutor, Dax Shepard as an inept lawyer and Emma Tremblay as Mr. Downey Jr's daughter. It's no spoiler when I tell you Hank finds himself defending his father when he is accused of murder (it's the central plot of the film). Subplots include a quick tornado scare, a question of paternity, guilt over a family tragedy, and a secret illness. Screenwriter Bill Dubuque piles on the drama in an attempt to hide the fact we've seen this all before. The outcome is inevitable and my verdict is disappointing but don't take my word for it, judge for yourself.
Last spring FRIENDS visited Four Freedoms Park at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, now join us for the northern route! The island’s history is as varied as its many names – Minnehanonck, Varkens Eylandt (Hog Island), Blackwell’s Island, Welfare Island. On this tour we will visit individually-designated landmarks like the Octagon, a former Lunatic Asylum designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in 1839, and Blackwell House, built in 1706 (the sixth oldest house in New York City!). We will also learn about more modern development on Main Street, with a master plan designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, including the unusual pneumatic garbage removal system!
Sunday, October 19th 1:00 p.m.
Meeting location will be provided upon ticket purchase and registration.
$15 members, $20 non-members
Click HERE to purchase tickets.
"The Equalizer" was a TV show in the late '80's about a retired secret agent, Robert McCall, who helped people in trouble. McCall was played by a older British actor who used his gun sparingly and relied on a small group of associates to help him vanquish the bad guys. The film is very loosely based on the T.V. show. Denzel Washington plays Robert McCall and we first meet him working in Home Mart (Home Depot wisely choose to not to be involved). We know nothing of his past and he seems to live a quiet life. Having trouble sleeping, he spends his late nights at a diner reading and eventually befriends a young prostitute that comes into the dinner every night. When the girl, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, is beaten by her Russian pimp, Mr. Washington goes after those responsible for putting her in the hospital. This is a plot we have seen many times before. "Retired" agent living a quiet life is drawn back into his old ways for a variety of reasons. Mr. Washington plays McCall with very little emotion and when the killing starts, he turns into a terminator type killing machine. He easily over-matches his adversaries and even when the Russian mob send a very capable opponent, played by Marton Czonkas, their climatic fight is disappointing as it's staged giving Mr. Washington all the advantage. The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua, who made "Training Day" with Mr. Washington. That was a terrific first film. Here, he gets lazy, depicting much of the violence off screen and using techniques we have seen before used to better effect. The scenes that are violent, are very violent, done to appease the obvious audience for an action film but they are far and few between. The movie is really fairly boring between the bloodshed. The end sets up what looks like the start of a franchise character. I can only hope the eventual sequels are more exciting and interesting.
FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts has carefully reviewed the proposal presented for expansion of the Frick Collection to our Board Members on July 17, 2014. The Henry Clay Frick House is a National Historic Landmark, an individually-designated New York City landmark, and located within the Upper East Side Historic District. Our comments encompass not only issues of appropriateness that may eventually be the concern of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, but also question the management of space throughout the site and offer alternatives to this scheme.
A JEWEL BOX The Frick is a extraordinary building on the Upper East Side, and indeed, the city. This richly-appointed mansion is as much a masterpiece as any of the objects inside. The renderings of the proposal institutionalize the residence — counter to the very mission of the museum: “to offer a singular and memorable experience for the visiting public, providing an engaging view of life in the Gilded Age.”
THE BULK In an effort to avoid adding to the building piece-meal, the project team has established two parameters: continue the street wall at East 70th Street and continue the massing of the Reference Library towards the south. The result is enormous, and ultimately more square footage than is required based upon the proposed floor plans.
And yet, at the same time the net increase in gallery or exhibition space would be a mere 3,600 square feet. Thus, a large proportion of the square footage of the new building would be built almost entirely for “backstage” functions. Although this project is meant to further the museum’s mission, we were left to wonder how so much ancillary space could achieve this goal.
Furthermore, the Reference Library extension creates an unusual condition for the mid-block – one with the scale of an apartment building that cuts through the doughnut of the rear yard in an unprecedented manner. Viewed from Fifth Avenue or Central Park, the new addition will thoroughly overwhelm the original building, as well as one’s understanding of both its history and design. Without renderings of the new building from Madison Avenue, one can only assume how disruptive such a mass is to the entire block.
THE GREEN SPACE The project team rightly mentioned the “pavilion” aspect of the mansion, free-standing on its Fifth Avenue garden. The fact that it floats in a garden on both the west and southern edges reinforces this identity. The National Historic Landmark Nomination Form for The Frick Collection and the Frick Art Reference Library Building states, “The setting of the [Frick] enhanced its monumentality, giving the structure an elegant distance from the street and adjacent houses.” (p. 18)
Likewise, the Henry Clay Frick House and the Andrew Carnegie House were “the only two of the Fifth Avenue residences that incorporated major gardens and landscaping, a conspicuously expensive use of Manhattan land that in most cases merely translated into large footprints for houses.”(National Historic Landmark Nomination Form: “The Frick Collection and the Frick Art Reference Library Building,” p. 18). Thus the green space flanking the museum is a significant, historic condition that distinguishes this former residence from its urban surroundings and is essential to its preservation.
THE GARDEN The Russell Page Garden at the Frick Collection – the only design by this famed landscape architect in New York City – should be preserved as a great addition to the museum and an amenity to the neighborhood. Although it is inaccessible to the public, it is a delight to see and experience from the street. Like the White House lawn, it can be fully-appreciated, in all its majesty, without stepping foot inside the gate.
The garden is a tranquil respite from the cityscape, existing in harmony with the museum, the street, and the Upper East Side. Over its 37 years, it has become a historically-significant and integral part of the Frick Collection, one that deserves preservation.
THE EVOLUTION OF A LANDMARK Often new information or evaluation emerges over time, enhancing our understanding of a structure’s history and value. For example, although the John Russell Pope scheme is not original to the Henry Clay Frick residence, it is an integral part of the landmark site. “[The Frick's] transition from a private house museum to a publicly accessible institution whose core mission was retention of the character established by Frick, required an expansion program so expertly conceived by John Russell Pope, that the earlier and later portions read as a seamless whole.” (National Historic Landmark Nomination Form: “The Frick Collection and the Frick Art Reference Library Building,” p. 4)
The argument that the Russell Page Garden should be denied preservation because it was installed after the original Carrere & Hastings design, and subsequent Pope reconfiguration, is an insufficient rationalization for demolition. In the nearly half-century since the creation of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, many buildings in New York City have undergone historically-significant alterations and accretions that themselves have been deemed worthy of protection — and even celebration. In fact, there are many instances where the later changes have become even more important, extending the period of significance beyond the original.
The Russell Page Garden is by now a venerable addition, and as it was completed in 1977 it is old enough to be a landmark on its own. Additionally, the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s designation amendment makes it clear that plans for the one-story addition and the garden were reviewed and awarded a Certificate of Appropriateness.
ALTERNATIVES The Upper East Side is home to an internationally-renowned group of art institutions - the Magnificent Mile – all of which have seen growth of their collections, as well as attendance. Responding to this, some institutions have thoughtfully reassessed their existing interiors, finding efficiencies and new space for both public use and administrative needs. Since this project includes rearranging much of the existing interior spaces, that reallocation process is worth a second look whereby the museum’s goals could be achieved without a large-scale new addition.
Meanwhile, many other institutions along Museum Mile have expanded into other buildings. Fortunately, the Frick has an option right next door which should satisfy many space requirements. The ground-floor, two-story condominium unit located at 11 East 70th Street (contiguous to the garden and presently housing the Berry-Hill Gallery) could be purchased. The museum could excavate the garden (rebuilding it to match the present design) and connect to the Berry-Hill space. Such a scheme would increase the museum’s size by 10,000 square feet, including the neighboring gallery and excavated lower level below the restored garden.
CONCLUSION In sum, FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts is opposed to this project as presented. The Frick Collection is a unique mansion in an urban setting, and any alterations should be respectful of its history as a residence. The proposed project is far too large and ungainly, overwhelming the museum, as well as the streetscape. The green space flanking the Frick contributes to the sense that it is an important free-standing structure. The Russell Page Garden is significant in its own right, and is further protected as part of the landmark site. Finally, there are many other options for expansion that have yet to be pursued.
FRIENDS welcomes continued discussion with the Frick. We look forward to seeing a revised proposal, taking our comments into account.
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Meticulously directed by David Fincher and adapted for the screen by author Gillian Flynn, this is a very faithful version of the best-selling novel and will surely satisfy fans of the book. Having read the book and hated the ending, I found the film's end much more tolerable. It's still not to my liking but it does have a certain logic that works better on screen. The film, for those few who never read the book, examines the marriage of Nick and Amy Dunne and starts out when Amy vanishes on their fifth anniversary. We learn through Nick's behavior, flashbacks and Amy's voice-overs, how they met and how their love for each other is repeatedly tested. There are multiple twists and turns (the same ones that made the book so much fun) and the film unfolds as "Scenes From A Marriage" as if it was written and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The casting could not be any better. Ben Affleck and Roseamund Pike make the perfect Nick and Amy. Both of them possess a cool detachment that works brilliantly in their favor. Their co-stars, Carrie Coon and Kim Dickens are both terrific and Tyler Perry is surprisingly good as Nick's lawyer. Even Neal Patrick Harris in a small but pivotal role is very well cast. David Fincher's style is perfect for this story. His direction enhances the same icy atmosphere created by his stars. The overall mood is hard, cold, and slick as ice. While the setting is completely different, you can almost imagine these characters inhabiting the world of Mr. Fincher's version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo". The story line is meticulously straight which make the plot twists that much more jarring. "Gone Girl" is a nasty piece of business that actually makes a great date night movie. It's a story that can be debated long after it ends.
Ever wonder what’s going on along the Queens waterfront when you look across the East River? Join FRIENDS for an afternoon exploring the Socrates Sculpture Park and find out. Founded in 1986, the four-acre sculpture park sits on a rehabilitated landfill and is New York City’s largest space dedicated to the display of monumental works of art. As part of their Emerging Artist Program, 15 artists have been working all summer in the Socrates outdoor studio to create original public art to go on view this Fall. We will be joined by Socrates staff for a guided tour of this exciting exhibition.
Sunday, October 5th 1:00 p.m.
Meeting location will be provided upon ticket purchase and registration.
$15 members, $20 non-members
Click HERE to purchase tickets.
Guess what? Tomorrow, Thursday 10/2 from 1pm - 5pm, we're doing a tasting of Tate's of South Hampton's blondies and brownies! Why? Because this week only, they're on special for 50% OFF...YUM!
Nothing says fall like winter squash, and acorn is one of the best. It happens to be a relative of zucchini and yellow squash, what we consider summer varietals, but it screams of autumn and is much heartier, lasting months in cool places. It's also a mere 54 calories per cup, with only the tiniest trace of fat and 1 gram of protein. Baked, microwaved, sautéed, puréed or stuffed ~ even roasted. There are countless ways to enjoy it. In soups, chopped and roasted with other wintry vegetables like pumpkin, carrots, turnips, rutabaga, sun chokes and parsnip, or baked and tossed into a potato hash. So many possibilities! Here are 6 soon-to-be roasted ideas. Stop into Butterfield Market and see what you come up with!
Dr. Gerstman is please to offer clients the state-of-the-art Max7 LED Phototherapy. The Max7 can be a stand alone treatment or combined with any of our high tech facial treatments. The innovative MAX7 unites the latest technologies in the Light Emitting Diode (LED) and robotic technologies to bring a new intelligence to today’s most exiting aesthetics field – cellular re-juvenation. MAX7 is the first LED device programmed to offer specific skin treatments to all skin types, using multiple wavelengths within the visible light spectrum to counteract specific skin conditions and combat the effect of ageing in a non-invasive way.What is Max 7?
Max 7 LED Phototherapy is the new, non-invasive light therapy taking the beauty world by storm. Light Therapy has been used in Europe for over 30 years and has been the subject of over 2,500 scientific papers published world wide. This technology was originally developed by NASA to improve wound healing and tissue growth in space. It assisted with tired and fatigued astronauts upon their return. The potential of this technology was uncovered and introduced into the medical and beauty markets.
There are no reported side effects to the treatments, which are relaxing, non-toxic and compliment many other treatments, such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, IPL, lasers, injectables, pre and post cosmetic surgery. MAX7 is the first LED device programmed to offer specific skin treatments to all skin types, using multiple wavelengths within the visible light spectrum to counteract specific skin conditions and combat the effect of ageing in a non-invasive way.What are the benefits of Max 7?
Treats all skin types with a single device, and provides the following benefits…
Max 7 can treat a vast number of skin conditions successfully and has been proven to restore youth to aging skin, rejuvenate skin cells, calm red capillaries and purify blemishes, even out skin tone, increase collagen production, control excessive oil flow.Why LED?
When different elements are thrown out of balance, through unhealthy living habits aging or outside forces, we often notice a dull complexion, blotchy tired skin, fine lines, wrinkles and photo aging. All these are direct results of unbalanced cells.
The MAX7 device uses the seven colors from the visible light spectrum to promote balance and healing. Each color has its own frequency and vibration. Through extensive research, we know that color and light bring physical, mental, spiritual and emotional systems to balance.
Each of the seven colored lights (wavelengths) that Max produces is associated with specific properties….
For best results Max 7 should be used as a course of 7-12 treatments. It compliments many other treatments such as Facials, Microdermabrasion, IPL laser, Injectables, Photo Dynamic Therapy (sun spots), pre and post Cosmetic Surgery.
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What is CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® is a nonsurgical way to get rid of unwanted fat in troublesome areas. It uses advanced cooling technology to literally freeze your fat away without any pain, surgery, or anesthesia. For those who would rather not go under the knife with liposuction, CoolSculpting® is the perfect, quick alternative.Is CoolSculpting® right for me?
If you can “pinch (at least) an inch” of fat in a particular area, you are most likely a candidate for CoolSculpting®. Most patients choose to treat the most stubborn areas like the “love handles,” lower abdomen, and thighs. CoolSculpting® is not a weight loss procedure and will not rid the body of significant amounts of fat. It is best for those who have tried through diet and exercise to reduce fat in these areas but have been unsuccessful.How does CoolSculpting® work?
The handheld CoolSculpting® device is placed on areas where there is enough fat for the device to lightly grab onto. The fat bulge is sandwiched between two cooling panels that literally freeze fat cells. The surrounding skin, nerves, and other tissues are not harmed because fat cells freeze more quickly than other cells. Over the next several months, the fat cells will continue to die and exit the body naturally through the lymphatic system. The entire process is painless.Is CoolSculpting® safe?
CoolSculpting® received FDA approval in 2010. Side-effects are limited to temporary bruising and numbness. Some patients may experience a tingling or tightening sensation during treatment or after treatment, which will subside. No serious long-term risks or complications are associated with the procedure.Is CoolSculpting® effective?
Most patients experience between 20 and 25 percent fat reduction in the treated area, with the final result apparent after about four months. The results are long-lasting and can be maintained with a healthy diet and exercise. If you gain a significant amount of weight after treatment, the weight will be evenly distributed among fat cells in the body. Since CoolSculpting® completely removes fat cells, weight gained in areas treated with CoolSculpting® will be less apparent than it would have been without treatment.Is CoolSculpting® affordable?
The cost of CoolSculpting® can range from $750 and up per area. In comparison, liposuction costs about $2,000 to $3,500 per treatment area, excluding other fees and the cost of anesthesia.
If you have stubborn fat deposits and are considering treatment with CoolSculpting® in New York City, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Gerstman today by calling (212) 966-3991 or by filling out our online contact form.
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