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Ulthera, A Safe and Non-Invasive Alternative

Dr. Leslie Gerstman's Blog - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 20:53

The holidays are upon us, and you know what that means; everybody’s bringing out their cameras. Whether it’s the family professional with a complete 35mm set-up and her own developing studio, or if it’s a sea of camera phones, everybody wants pictures. While we can’t stop the march of Father Time (oh, look, there’s another man driving us crazy!), we can make it look like he barely noticed us. If you’re concerned about how you look on a camera, or if you just want to feel good about yourself, Ulthera can help you out.


Ulthera is a non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatment that lifts the skin and stimulates collagen production.

Ulthera is not a surgical facelift. It’s a skin rejuvenation treatment. Instead of scalpels and other invasive methods, Ulthera uses ultrasound to lift, firm, and tighten the skin. The conditions it’s most often used to treat include a loss of volume, sagging skin, and the loss of elasticity around the face.

Ulthera lifts the skin and then stimulates collagen production. Many patients report seeing immediate results with steady improvement as the collagen continues to reproduce.


  • As Ulthera is non-invasive, the recovery period is minimal. Many patients are back to their usual routines immediately, only having taken time off from work to have the procedure done.
  • With FDA approval in 2009, Ulthera is safe for those between 35-64 years of age with mild to moderate skin sagging.
  • By using ultrasonic therapy, Ulthera penetrates deeper than radio frequency and infrared waves used in alternatives.
  • Ulthera is safe to use with other treatments such as laser treatment and injections.
  • Ulthera is safe for all skin types and tones.


Ulthera has only been around a few years, so long-term data is not available. For the short-term, however, some patients have experienced reddening, bruising, swelling, and some tenderness around the procedure areas. This generally goes away after a couple of days.

How Long Does It Last?

Though Ulthera hasn’t been around long enough for long-term studies, initial reports show that the effects of treatment can last for as long as a year.

In Conclusion

It’s time to get ready for the holiday season and the endless sound of cameras clicking. Contact us and let us help make you the timeless belle of the ball!

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Upper East Side Theater - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 18:25
         A complex film that at its core is a simple story of a washed up Hollywood actor looking for redemption, "Birdman" questions life imitating art, imitating life.  When Riggan Thompson walked away from the superhero film "Birdman 4", his career seemed over. Now he has a chance to create "real art" by writing, directing and starring in a Broadway drama based on a Raymond Carver story. However, things are never a s simple as they seem.         Michael Keaton stars as Riggan and he is absolutely astounding. He is joined by a wonderful cast as well. Naomi Watts as his leading lady, Andrea Riseborough as his lover and co-star, Edward Norton as his temperamental co-star, Zack Galifiankas as his manager and Emma Stone as his daughter. Mr. Galifiankas plays it straight as the manager and its refreshing to see him this way. Ms. Stone, usually highly overrated, has found the perfect role as the disconnected daughter trying to find the connection with her father. However, as good as the whole cast is, the film completely belongs to Mr. Keaton. He is in almost every scene and is brutally raw and honest. He puts everything he has on screen and is completely fearless.            There is a mystical element to the film that you either accept or not and the throbbing percussion heavy score may not be for everyone but either way, director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu has crafted a truly original film that stands out in a crowded Hollywood field.  The film takes place mostly in and around the St. James Theater in New York but never feels confined in anyway. The camerawork is flawless. The film appears to be shot in one long continuous take with no editing.               You can't help thinking about the parallel between Mr. Keaton walking away from a Batman sequel, dropping off the Hollywood radar for sometime and then finding the role of a lifetime that will surely garner him an Oscar nomination. 
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Exilis Elite in NYC for Skin Tightening and Fat Reduction

Dr. Leslie Gerstman's Blog - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:10



If you have excess fat or loose skin, treatment with the Exilis Elite device may be the perfect option for you. The Exilis Elite™ is a handheld device FDA approved for tightening the skin of the face, neck, and body. It uses radio frequency technology to heat the deep layers of the skin, causing fat cells to shrink while simultaneously stimulating collagen production. Since Exilis can melt fat and tighten loose skin at the same time, it provides the optimal results for an overall firm and youthful appearance. Treatment is safe for all skin types and requires no surgery or downtime.

Dr. Gerstman is one of the first physicians to offers the Exilis Elite in NYC.

The Benefits of Exilis: -No Surgery -No Downtime -No Pain -Low Cost


Areas Exilis Treats: -Arms

Improve the appearance of “bat wings” and slip into sleeveless tops with confidence after just one treatment. As loose upper arm skin is tightened and fatty deposits are reduced, sexier, more sculpted arms emerge.


Pregnancy or weight loss can lead to sagging skin and excess fat in the abdomen, which are no match for the Exilis device. Relax as Dr. Gerstman applies the advanced fat-reducing, skin-tightening technology, and enjoy the outcome of a flat, toned tummy.


“Bra fat” and “love handles” are not only annoying and uncomfortable, but they also create unsightly lumps and bumps in clothing. Exchange bulges of back fat for a firm, streamlined physique.


If the skin above your knees appears “crepey” or your thighs and calves need to be firmed, Exilis will eliminate fatty deposits and tighten the skin in the legs. Eliminate chafing, wear shorter skirts, and feel confident both in and out of clothing immediately after treatment.


Banish wrinkles and unwanted facial fat deposits without the downtime of a surgical facelift. Treatment with Exilis will lift, tighten, and rejuvenate the facial skin to serve as the perfect nonsurgical alternative.


You’ll no longer need to hide behind a scarf or turtleneck. Exilis Elite™ safely firms the loose skin of a “turkey wattle” and reduces the excess fat of a “double chin” to create beautifully youthful neck contours.


To find out if the Exilis Elite is right for you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Gerstman today.

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Photos from our Roosevelt Island Walking Tour!

Friends of the Upper East Side - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:19


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Upper East Side Theater - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 17:33
    Truly exhilarating and easily one of the best films of the year, "Whiplash" takes familiar territory and  gives it a new and exciting twist.  We've all seen the war or sports movie where the insanely tough coach or drill Sargent turns the underachiever into a winner.  Set in the world of music, "Whiplash" is a war of wills between a percussion professor "from hell" versus a talented young drummer.     Andy, played by Miles Teller is a freshman at a Julliard type music academy learning to master the drums. Fletcher, play by J.K. Simmons is his perfectionist tormentor of a professor. One, an obsessive drummer striving to be the best at all costs, and the other pushing him past his limits with verbal and even physical abuse. Make no mistake, this is a literally bloody war played out in a rehearsal space and eventually on stage.       Miles Teller must have practiced non-stop to become the drummer he plays in the film. He is astounding and his acting is as every bit as good as his music. J.K. Simmons is channeling his "Shillinger" character from the HBO series, "OZ", every bit as scary but without the tattoos. One minute he is telling his band to "have fun out there" and the next second, he is abusing them without mercy. Paul Reiser co-stars as Andy's father who can't understand his son's obsession but loves him just the same. Their scenes together are tender and genuine.         Writer and director Damian Chazelle knows exactly when to pull his punches and when to let things fly. He creates a tension between Andy and Fletcher that becomes unbearable. During the musical sequences, his camera whirls around the musicians with a variety of closeups on their faces and their instruments creating a vortex that takes the music to another level.         "Whiplash" will leave you breathless.
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Our Thanksgiving Menu is Now Available!

Our Thanksgiving 2014 Menu is now available online!The deadline for all orders is Friday November 21st before 5pm. Please call our catering office at 212-772-8782, press 3, to place your order, or if you have questions. You can also fax your completed menu to: 212-772-2506You can also stop by Butterfield Market or Butterfield Kitchen, and pick up a copy of the menu as well. We look forward to serving you! 
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We're making our own syrups!

New at Butterfield Express, we are are using homemade syrups in our caramel, chocolate, and vanilla lattes--made with Irving Farm Coffee! They are rich and delicious, and made from scratch. We have discontinued use of our "purchased" wholesale syrups in favor of these homemade ones, and we think that you'll notice the difference. Stop by today, and give one of our caramel, chocolate, and vanilla lattes a try!
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Butterfield Spotlight: Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts, though often associated with a tasty snack people enjoy in Hawaii, are actually native to Australia.  "Mauna Loa macadmia - the sunny island treat" is a Hershey jingle for that Hawaiian snack brand (and once you hear it, you can't get it out of your head!) Regardless of where your snack stems from, they do have some health benefits - like they are high in fiber, calcium and magnesium, and are naturally free of gluten - but they are also high in calorie.  At least it is the natural, unprocessed kind!
Macadamia Nuts on Tree
There are so many ways to enjoy this nut.  I made a little snack mix with the nuts I bought at Butterfield - macadamia, almonds, walnuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips.  My family and friends did a good job on that last night!Macadamia nuts also pair well with chocolate like when in a toasted biscotti or in a warm white chocolate and macadamia nut cookie.  You could also crush them up into a crunchy cobbler topping.
Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts are also great to toss into a salad.  Especially one with tropical fruit like mango and cabbage with a light soy or sesame dressing, or in a fruit salad with kiwi and grapes and some nice, citrusy fruits. Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Cambria;} However you choose to enjoy yours, Butterfield has some waiting for you.Written by Guest Blogger: Yonni Wattenmakerwww.thetrendyvegan.comOn Facebook? "Like" The Trendy VeganOn Twitter? Follow @vegandthecity
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Recent opposition to the Frick expansion from HDC and the New York Times

Friends of the Upper East Side - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 09:36

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.

Click here to the read HDC’s full statement.

Click here to read the article in the NYT.

To learn more and voice your opinion, visit Unite to Save the Frick. _______________________________________________________

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The Many Benefits of Ultherapy® for Nonsurgical Skin Rejuvenation

Dr. Leslie Gerstman's Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:30

woman smiling

The Many Benefits of Ultherapy

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 - Décolletage

Benefit 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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The Judge

Upper East Side Theater - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 18:29
        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.
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Roosevelt Island, A Walking Tour

Friends of the Upper East Side - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:25

Octagon Pic

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.


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The Equalizer

Upper East Side Theater - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:01
             "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.
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Photos from Ambassador to the Upper East Side Award Dinner!

Friends of the Upper East Side - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 13:03


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FRIENDS Announces Opposition to the Frick Expansion

Friends of the Upper East Side - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:57

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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Gone Girl

Upper East Side Theater - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 23:20
          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.
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Socrates Sculpture Park, A Day Out With FRIENDS

Friends of the Upper East Side - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:49

Socrates Park Pic

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.


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