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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Upper East Side Theater - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 15:13
          The title says it all, this is basically a two hour plus battle for "The Lonely Mountain". If you have no idea what I'm referring to, you have no business going to see this film. Otherwise, Peter Jackson has made pretty damn sure you are committed to seeing the climactic third film in "The Hobbit" film trilogy. The original story was a single book but Mr. Jackson has stretched the story into three films to appease the studio gods, reaping in the gold like Smaug basking in his treasure filled vaults.             The "big" names in the cast, including Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily, Hugo Weaving and Christopher Lee are all back in smaller but still significant roles. Also returning are Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Richard Armitage, all the fine actors playing the band of dwarves and of course, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, the heart and soul of the film.            The earlier films have firmly established these characters so for this final outing, much of the character development has been sacrificed for the action. The two standouts, besides Mr. Freeman, are Luke Evans and Richard Armitage.  Mr. Evans gets a good amount of screen time as the heroic "Bard the Bowman" and is quite the dashing figure. But it is Mr. Armitage that steals the film with a wonderfully layered performance as Prince Thorin.              The fight sequences themselves are once again wonderfully rendered in CGI by Mr. Jackson and his team but our heroes cut through the "powerful" orcs like a hot knife through butter and there is never any sense of danger in the large battle scenes. The small, more intimate fight scenes are more exciting and have a sense of dread that the outcome can go either way.              The story picks up directly from the end of the previous one with Smaug destroying Lake Town. It's a terrific opening sequence that sets the stage for what's to come. The film itself is bloated and has its flaws but its still a thrill ride and a satisfying close to the story.
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Top 4 Nonsurgical Antiaging Procedures

Dr. Leslie Gerstman's Blog - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 20:20

wrinkle treatmentsWith age comes wisdom, grace, and, unfortunately, wrinkles. The good news is that a variety of wrinkle treatments are available. Here is a breakdown of the different types of wrinkle treatments that Dr. Gerstman offers and recommends in her office:


Botox is a hot name in Hollywood, but you don’t need to be a celebrity to get this treatment. Botox is an injectable treatment that targets specific areas that are prone to wrinkles such as between your eye brows, on your forehead, and around your eyes. Botox injections can eliminate current wrinkles and prevent future ones from forming. Results generally form within 5-10 days after the procedure, and full results are usually visible within 2 weeks. These results usually last around 3-4 months with proper maintenance. Opting out of maintenance appointments will cause the muscles to regain their full strength, meaning that your wrinkles will come back. Botox is generally recommended for patients aged 18-65 who want to reduce and minimize the appearance of severe wrinkles. Because it is a prescription strength injection, you should have this procedure performed by a licensed Botox physician like Dr. Gerstman.

Chemical Peels

VI Peel is a less intensive procedure than Botox because it does not include any injections. It is a chemical peel that offers your face a fresh beginning by replacing dead skin cells with newer, healthier cells. The peel can be used on younger skin to prevent future damage. With proper skin care and protection (i.e. moisturizing, following a thorough sunscreen routine, etc.), and routine maintenance visits to a licensed skin clinic (about 3-4 per year), the skin peel‘s affects can be long lasting. This treatment is optimal for women who are looking for a way to make their skin younger and healthier without injections or invasive treatments.


DermaPen is a micro-needling device that works better than a laser to stimulate collagen production in target areas. This collagen production fills in fine lines and acne scars, tightens loose skin, and minimizes enlarged pores. Because of its small size, the DermaPen is ideal for upper lip wrinkles and crow’s feet. Dr. Gerstman recommends the DermaPen over a laser treatment since laser treatment uses high heat that can damage healthy tissue, causing pain and more downtime than theDermaPen. Women who undergo DermaPen treatment will receive a mild topical anesthetic to minimize discomfort.DermaPen is recommended for women with moderate to severe aging wrinkles, and women see results within 6-8 weeks of treatment. The skin will continue to improve over time since the procedure stimulates natural collagen and elastinproduction.


You may have heard Juvederm referred to as the “Liquid Face Lift” by celebrities, and that is in some ways just what it is.Juvederm is an injectable filler that is used to diminish wrinkles and smile lines as well as thin lips, flattened cheeks, and under eye hollows. Juvederm is a fast treatment that simply fills the problem areas. The great benefit of Juvederm is that results are often instantaneous and can last up to 12 months from just one treatment! Depending on your preference and treatment you may need to schedule an additional treatment after your first one. There is generally no downtime required, and you can return to your normal routine less than 24 hours after the treatment. Juvederm is recommended for women of all ages and skin tones, including dark skin tones. Juvederm doesn’t present any risk of hyperpigmentation, making it the first filler suitable for patients with dark toned complexions.

We know you want to look your best, and reducing your facial wrinkles through safe, non-invasive treatments is a great way to do that. For more information on which procedure listed above will work best for you, contact us today!

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The Imitation Game

Upper East Side Theater - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:58
       Based on a true story but taking cinematic license with some of the facts, "The Imitation Game" is still an absorbing untold story of World War Two. And while it is wartime, the story takes place entirely in England and is the story of Alan Turing, the man credited with breaking the German "Enigma" code.        Enigma was the secret code used by Germany for all radio transmissions and was deemed unbreakable by all the allied forces. The British Secret Service recruited a small team of code breakers including Turing, who eventually did manage to break the code and turn the tide of war against Germany. How they break the code is the central plot but what really holds the audience enthralled is Turing himself. He was a brilliant mathematician with no social skills and a secret of his own. Bringing him to life is the remarkable performance of Benedict Cumberbatch.         Mr. Cumberbatch's acting is flawless and easily the best role of his career to date. He is surrounded by a strong supporting cast including Kiera Knightly, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode, and Mark Strong. Allen Leetch and Rory Kinnear also co-star in small but significant roles.           Screenwriter Graham Moore and director Morten Tyldum keep things interesting by moving around in multiple timelines, starting in the '50's when there is a break-in at Turing's house. When the detective in charge begins to probe deeper into Turning's life, things begin to unravel. We also see Turing at school as a awkward young man, on a path that will change his life forever. At the center is the team racing the clock to solve the Enigma puzzle.               The film is smart, exciting, dramatic, clever and heartbreaking as well. It may well be about breaking Enigma, but it's heart and soul is the story of a complicated man that deserved to be called a hero and instead ended up vilified by the very nation he helped save.
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Upper East Side Theater - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 19:32
  Based on the best selling true story of Cheryl Strayed, the film stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl, a self destructive woman who takes a 1000 mile walk of self discovery.   The film moves back and forth between Cheryl's walk along the Pacific Coast Trail and flashbacks of her life and the events that led to her decision. Ms. Witherspoon is also the producer of the film and you can tell it's a labor of love. She easily does some of her best acting here as she painstakingly recreates Ms. Strayed's original walk.     Seen in flashbacks, Laura Dern plays her mother, Gabby Hoffman, her best friend and Thomas Sadoski, her ex-husband. These scenes are very emotional and effective since they have a direct link to Cheryl's self destructive path. Once on the trail, Ms. Witherspoon is alone for most of the time but does have a variety of interactions with people both friendly and threatening.      The cinematography beautifully captures the natural landscapes of California and Oregon. While an interesting story and well acted, it does tend to get repetitive at times. Credit Ms. Witherspoon's strong acting in driving the story forward, keeping the audience rooting for her to complete her journey, both physically and spiritually.
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The Babadook

Upper East Side Theater - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 11:33
      Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent has made one of the best films of the year that you probably won't want to see. It is an old fashioned horror thriller that will scare the daylights out of you without excessive blood and gore. In fact, there is very little blood at all but the suspense factor is first rate.      Amelia is a widow trying to raise her troubled young son on her own. The boy is fearful of almost everything and clings to his mother obsessively. While she loves her son dearly, Samuel often drives her close to a breaking point by his actions. At night she reads to him before bed to calm him down and on one particular night, he pulls "Mister Babadook" off the bookshelf.       The book is a pop up book filled with progressively horrible images and Amelia quickly closes it and finds something else to read. However, the boy becomes obsessed with the Babadook and thinks its coming to kill them both. It is here that the slow build of terror starts to snowball.         Essie Davis stars as Amelia and it is a powerhouse performance. Is the Babadook real and has he possessed her or is she just losing her mind? Ms. Kent tosses us small tasty morsels of dread that get bigger and scarier as the film goes on. The horror of the Babadook starts slow with only a glimpse of what's to come.  As Samuel loses control, so does Amelia but the smart script never makes it clear if the Babadook is real or imagined. Either way, the danger is real and the audience is filled with unease and panic at every dark turn.          The camerawork, music and the wonderful acting by both mother and son (Noah Wiseman is fantastic and I only hope the film has not scarred him for life) all combine to completely unnerve us by the film's climax. The ending is a little too neat but what leads up to it is a brilliantly scary thriller.
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Why Your Acne Is Worse In The Winter and What Treatments May Help

Dr. Leslie Gerstman's Blog - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:01

acne treatmentYou’re an adult woman. You shouldn’t have to deal with acne breakouts anymore. You take good care of your complexion. Why is it that whenever the cold air starts moving in and the holidays are just around the corner, your skin decides it’s time for a massive breakout?

Winter Dryness Causes the Skin to Produce More Oil

As the temperature drops and cold weather grips the nation, there is actually less moisture in the air. Your skin starts to dry out from the lack of moisture which causes your sebaceous oil glands to kick into overdrive. The oil is meant to help moisturize the skin and restore its natural balance. However, sometimes as the sebaceous oils move from the glands to the surface, they collect dead skins cells which become trapped in the follicular ducts. The result is the formation of pimples and the inevitable acne breakout.

Steps You Can Take At Home to Help

There are some simple steps at home you can take to help improve your skin in the winter. First, always use a moisturizer on your skin. In addition, change your pillowcase every 2-3 days. As you sleep, oils from your hair and face are transferred to your pillowcase, which in turn transfer back to your skin. Finally, take an oral vitamin everyday such as Omega-3 Fatty Acids or Flax Seed Oil to help level out your skin’s oil production. These vitamins help give your complexion positive oils.  

Seek Professional Help

For many women, the dry stale air of winter simply proves too much for their skin. Despite following a daily moisturizing regimen and carefully caring for their skin, they still find themselves suffering from breakouts. Many women tend to isolate themselves and become extremely unhappy with their appearance during a breakout. There is no reason to needlessly suffer. A doctor or dermatologist can offer many acne treatments to help restore your smooth, radiant skin.

Dr. Leslie Gerstman, is a highly trained professional whose affiliations include the American Holistic Medical Association, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the International Medical Spa Association, the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology, and the MedSpa Society. Dr. Gerstman recommends such services as a SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, a chemical peel, or microdermabrasion.

To view some of her proven results, visit her before and after page which features pictures of actual women who have undergone treatment. Her caring and compassionate approach to skin care will have you out and about ready to enjoy the holiday season in not time.

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Murray Moss on Georg Jensen

Friends of the Upper East Side - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:27

Those who braved the inclement weather and joined us at Scandinavia House were treated to a great presentation on Georg Jensen by the incomparable Murray Moss…




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LPC Reverses Decision on Potential Landmarks!!

Friends of the Upper East Side - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 17:31

Nearly 100 Sites Saved from the Chopping Block!


412 East 85th Street,1925.


412 East 85th Street, 2009.

As we announced earlier this week, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) was poised to “de-calendar” nearly 100 buildings under consideration for  landmark status in one fell swoop on Tuesday, December 9th.

One of the properties on their list  is an 1861, wooden house on East 85th Street that students in our Yorkville  Immigration program visit on their neighborhood walking tour. It has been lovingly restored by its owners, who welcome the prospect of landmark status and the protection it offers. Council Member Ben Kallos has also lent his support for the designation. With such an outstanding example in our own neighborhood, it was indeed troubling to think about what other sites could be candidates for removal from consideration.

After significant lobbying on the part of preservation groups and elected officials from all over the city, including FRIENDS, the LPC has decided to abandon this ill-conceived plan. 

Thanks to our fellow advocates, elected officials, and concerned citizens who rallied together on this important issue!! Thanks also to the LPC for listening!


Read more about it in the New York Times:

Landmarks Panel Drops Proposal to Trim List By MATT A.V. CHABAN DEC. 4, 2014

Facing opposition from local politicians and advocacy groups, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has withdrawn its proposal to remove more than 100 buildings and structures from its oversight.

On the eve of Thanksgiving, the commission released a list of 94 individual properties and two historic districts scattered across the city that it would remove from its calendar.

“Calendaring” a property is the first step in the process to designate landmarks, through which the commission deems a property worthy of consideration. This is followed by research, hearings and a vote. But a calendared property cannot be altered without the commission’s approval.

All of the properties had been on the calendar at least five years without any action, and 80 had been there for at least two decades. The action was meant to clear the commission’s backlog so it could focus on new priorities. The development community had been lobbying for this for some time. The commission had planned a formal vote on the proposal on Tuesday.

But preservationists denounced the proposal to remove the properties as hurried and lacking transparency. Among the properties that would have been affected were the Pepsi sign in Long Island City, Queens; Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn; the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan; and five Broadway theaters. Part of the justification for removing many of the properties is that they already have other forms of protection, said Meenakshi Srinivasan, the commission’s chairwoman.

In withdrawing the proposal, she said she wanted to provide more time for people to speak up for certain properties while making clear all would be dealt with sooner rather than later.

“We remain committed to making the Landmarks Commission more effective and responsive in its work, and clearing a backlog of items,” Ms. Srinivasan said in a statement.

Preservationists were relieved by her decision.

“This is the rare case of a public agency listening to the public,” Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the Historic Districts Council, said.


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Give Yourself the Gift of Botox before the Holiday Parties

Dr. Leslie Gerstman's Blog - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:40

Is that woman looking back at you in the mirror frowning? Are coworkers hesitant to approach you because you look, well, a little angry? Have those crinkly little lines around your eyes that used to be cute, suddenly become not so cute? If so, then maybe what you need is a little Botox to soften those lines and wrinkles that are getting in the way of your beautiful reflection. And what better time than now, before the parties and family gatherings, to give yourself a gift that makes you look and feel great! After all, you do so much for everyone else.

botoxBotox is used to relax the muscles that over time, contribute to the formation of wrinkles. When used by a professional, Botox is an excellent treatment for wrinkles.

Now I know what you are thinking, does it hurt? If you are anxious about the injection of Botox, your skin care professional can apply a topical cream that will numb your skin making the procedure very comfortable. A well trained clinician will skillfully perform the injections and quickly have you out the door.

Botox is particularly effective in the treatment of the following areas of the face:

  • Frown lines between the eyes
  • Forehead lines
  • To give the eyelids a lift
  • Platysmal bands of the neck
  • Crow’s feet
  • Nasalis lines or bunny lines around the nose

Now comes the fun part! In about 72 hours, you will begin to see the results as the muscles begin to relax right along with those nasty wrinkles. Over the next two weeks, you will see more and more improvement. These results will last for 3 to 4 months.

That means, if you get right in for a Botox treatment, you will see results before the holiday parties and family gatherings and right into the New Year!

And oh, don’t worry; no one will guess that you had a Botox treatment because the results are subtle. They will just notice that you look rested, refreshed, and happy, even during the hectic holiday season. So what are you waiting for?

To talk more about Botox, or anything else, please contact us. Thanks.

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Butterfield Spotlight: Winter Squash

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An Assortment of Winter Squashes
Butterfield sells squash! Butternut, acorn, carnival, spaghetti...you can buy it fresh and do something clever with it yourself, or you can buy some of their prepared foods with this hearty, healthy wintery bit of produce.Soups are so perfect in wintertime, and if you pick up a butternut and acorn squash there, in addition to fresh sage, raw agave nectar, kosher salt and (I use vegan) butter, you're set! I created this recipe tonight and was told it was my best winter squash soup ever.You will need:1 acorn squash, cut down the middle, seeds removed1 butternut squash, cut vertically in half, seeds removed4 TBSP (vegan) butter1/2 cup agave nectar2 cups organic vegetable broth2-3 fresh sage leaves, rinsed and choppedKosher salt to tastePreheat your oven to roast at 450 degrees.Put the squash in a baking dish skin side down.Put a tablespoon of butter in each spot where seeds have been removed, and drizzle the agave nectar over all 4 pieces.Bake 40-45 minutes until you can easily slice, a lightly smash the squash.Remove from the oven, and while hot, turn each piece upside down and carefully remove the skin.  Spoons help for this! Take the meat of the squash and transfer it to a pot. Much of the butter will spill into the pan, but the flavor will linger.Into the pot add the vegetable stock and cook on a high heat, covered, until very tender.Using an immersion blender, or a Vitamix, puree until thick but smooth. Add diced sage and salt to taste, and serve!Written by Guest Blogger: Yonni Wattenmakerwww.thetrendyvegan.comOn Facebook? "Like" The Trendy VeganOn Twitter? Follow @vegandthecity
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Exilis Elite Double Chin Treatment Provides a Slim, Toned Appearance for the Jawline and Upper Neck Area

Dr. Leslie Gerstman's Blog - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 16:08

imageDo you cringe when you look in the mirror and see an extra chin? It used to be that the only way to get rid of a double chin was to lose a lot of weight and hope that the extra fat left that area of the body. Unfortunately, this method is far from effective. Either the chin fat obstinately refuses to budge, or an even worse thing happens: It goes away, and leaves the skin hanging as turkey wattles. Who wants to look in the mirror and see a turkey looking back? With a possibility like this, it’s no wonder if you’ve felt hopeless about a double chin. Luckily, there is now a good cosmetic treatment that will not only eliminate that extra fat, but ensure that your skin will remain tight and youthful-looking after it’s gone.

A good double chin treatment doesn’t just remove fat and leave your skin hanging. It also firms the skin, so you can go out on the town with confidence! We prefer to use the Exilis Elite device for this procedure because it will do both things without the need for invasive surgery. It works by heating the fat cells until the fat melts away. Collagen production is stimulated at the same time, so the skin pulls up tight. Now isn’t that the best way to “melt away fat” you’ve ever heard of?

Even better, Exilis Elite is painless and there is no downtime. This makes it great for anyone who has shied away from cosmetic treatments in the past due to fears that they would hurt or cause too much missed work time. Getting a treatment is as easy as getting a facial at the spa, only with much more lasting results.

Non-invasive treatments using devices like the Exilis Elite produce excellent results, but it is important to remember that no cosmetic procedure is magic. Double chin treatment is great for getting rid of fat that is reluctant to leave even with a proper diet, but alas, it can’t answer your third wish on that lamp you rubbed: It won’t replace the need for dieting. This just means that you need to come in after you’re done with your diet. That way, the results will stick and you’ll have the look you’ve always dreamed of.

To learn more about Exilis Elite and other options for getting rid of that double chin, just contact us. We’ll be glad to discuss treatment methods that will send reluctant fat cells packing!

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Tis the Season For Parties, But Your Rosacea Is Ruining the Fun

Dr. Leslie Gerstman's Blog - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 16:02

imageThe first snowflakes of the season are falling, Santa has made his appearance at the local mall, and Christmas lights are starting to light up the night. The holidays are just around the corner. That means holiday work functions, ugly Christmas sweater parties with friends, and family get-togethers. You’ve always loved the holidays, but this year it just isn’t the same. Lately, you’ve been avoiding pictures and dreading crowds. Red might be the color of the season, but you’re sure it’s not supposed to be on your face. The veiny red lines on your nose and rough red bumps on your cheeks are embarrassing, but nothing you do seems to help.

Don’t let your rosacea spoil your holiday spirit. PhotoFacial rosacea treatments can ease your symptoms and have you looking picture perfect in no time.

PhotoFacial is a revolutionary treatment procedure that uses gently pulses of light to create youthfully toned, colored, and textured skin. The procedure helps to smooth fine wrinkles, lessens pore size, and fades pink and brown spots. It has been shown to successfully treat dilated blood vessels and redness caused by rosacea without damaging the healthy surrounding skin. In addition, it helps to reduce episodes of flushing with long term effectiveness.

The entire process is performed as an outpatient procedure. There is no downtime or recovery involved and the treatment may last as little as 15-30 minutes. You can return to work or your holiday shopping as soon as the appointment is over. You can even reapply your makeup immediately. On rare occasions, some patients have reported additional redness that can last up to 24 hours before clearer skin begins to emerge.

Depending on the look you wish to achieve, you may choose to have the procedure performed multiple times. For maximum benefit, it’s recommended to have three to five treatments performed over a several week period. One treatment should be performed every three weeks.

Reclaim your youthful appearance and look your best this holiday season. For more information about treating your rosacea with PhotoFacial, contact us today.

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Diminish Fine Lines and Wrinkles Before The Holidays With Juvederm

Dr. Leslie Gerstman's Blog - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:54

dermal fillersAs the holidays approach and you prepare for the annual family gatherings, office parties and other festive engagements, you want to look your best. You shopped until you found the perfect holiday wardrobe and you’ve bought some amazing jewelry and accessories. When you try on the entire ensemble at home and look in the mirror, everything looks perfect. Except for the fine lines and wrinkles on your face that are glaring back at you. Your holiday cheer has just vanished in the blink of an eye.

Don’t let your facial lines and wrinkles turn you into the Grinch. You still have plenty of time before you attend your holiday parties to diminish your wrinkles with Juvederm.

What Is Juvederm?

Juvederm is a dermal filler that softens fine lines and wrinkles so they’re less noticeable. This product is approved by the FDA, so you don’t have to worry about its safety. Juvederm is made from hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance that’s found in the skin. When it’s injected into your skin, it spreads evenly and looks natural due to its special texture.

What Is The Juvederm Treatment Process?

Before the treatment, a topical anesthetic is applied to your skin and a tiny amount of lidocaine is added to the Juvederm. This ensures that the treatment is as pain free and comfortable for you as possible.

The entire treatment process takes less than one hour and it can be done in as little as 15 minutes, depending on your specific treatment. Since this is a non-surgical procedure, you’ll be able to proceed with your normal activities in less than one day. If you have extremely sensitive skin, you may experience mild side effects, such as redness or swelling, for a couple of days after the treatment.

The results of Juvederm are immediate and you may not need another treatment until your holiday party next year, depending on the outcome you wish to achieve.

For more information about Juvederm and how you can reduce fine lines and wrinkles contact us.

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Ulthera, A Safe and Non-Invasive Alternative

Dr. Leslie Gerstman's Blog - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:08

imageThe 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 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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LPC Action Could Endanger Potential Landmarks!!

Friends of the Upper East Side - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 14:25
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412 East 85th Street, an 1861 wood-frame house, is slated to be “de-calendared” by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. (Graphic created by Kathryn Gardner for Columbia University Historic Preservation Studio I – Fall 2013)

On Tuesday, December 9th, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will vote on an administrative action to “de-calendar” nearly 100 buildings under consideration for  landmark status. As an administrative action, there will be no opportunity for public comment and thus no public notification requirement. This announcement was made only seven business days in advance of the scheduled meeting, during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Any action of this magnitude deserves public comment and adequate notification. Send a letter or email requesting a proper public hearing to:

Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Municipal Building 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor New York, NY 10007

For more information read:


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Upper East Side Theater - Sun, 11/30/2014 - 13:09
   The disturbing story of John E. DuPont's relationship with the wrestlers Mark and David Schultz is played out with precision acting by Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo.         With the help of a terrific makeup job, Mr. Carell physically transforms himself into Mr. DuPont, capturing his speech patterns and body language perfectly. It is unlike anything he has done before and he is mesmerizing. Not to be overlooked is Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz, the Olympic wrestler who comes to train with Mr. DuPont. While he may seem a simple jock, Mr. Tatum is actually doing the finest acting of his career, capturing all the emotions hidden beneath his musclebound exterior. Initially he sees Mr. DuPont as the father figure he never had but the nature of their relationship takes a drastic turn as the story progresses.           Mr. Ruffalo, as older brother David Schultz, may not have as much screen time as his co-stars but he makes the most of it. David is crucial to the story and Mr. Ruffalo plays him brilliantly. Sienna Miller has a small supporting role as David's wife as does Vanessa Redgrave as DuPont's elderly mother. The film itself is fascinating in a tabloid sense. It grows darker and more disturbing as goes and since it is based on the true story, you may already know the outcome.             The music is sparse but there is a haunting theme played repeatedly  and the cinematography is outstanding with beautiful Pennsylvania landscapes. The entertainment value here is not in the plot but rather watching three actors at the top of their game. They are the reason to see this film. There will be nominations all around during awards season.
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Achieving Natural Looking Results with a Non-Surgical Facelift

Dr. Leslie Gerstman's Blog - Sun, 11/30/2014 - 00:32

We’ve all seen pictures of celebrities who’ve gone a little too far with a face lift and are now unrecognizable, even to their most devoted fans! Having lost their “brand recognition”, their careers falter and they become fodder for the gossip magazines!

Fortunately, with a non-surgical facelift is possible to achieve natural looking results that will turn back the clock while maintaining the beauty that is uniquely yours! Performed by an expert, a non-surgical Facelift is safe and effective, economical, in comparison to more invasive procedures and requires little to no “down time”. Perhaps most importantly, if you don’t tell, no one will know!

Only a professional can recommend the best alternatives for you, but these are a few of the options available.

  • Botox, when used for very specific areas of the face, is safe and effective in reducing the appearance of lines and preventing the movements that create and intensify wrinkles.
  • Dermal fillers, like Juvederm, Belotero, and Radiesse, add volume and lift to the face and also, fill in lines, particularly around the mouth, and promote the production of collagen for longer lasting results even after the filler is gone.
  • IPL (intense pulsed light) can be used to remove skin discolorations like brown spots, rosacea, broken capillaries, and acne scars.
  • Ulthera, uses safe and effective ultrasound technology to firm and tighten the skin, and is particularly potent on the areas under the brow, chin, jowls, and neck, giving the face and neck a more youthful appearance.

A non-surgical Facelift makes it possible to achieve excellent results which look so natural that no one will ever guess you had “work done”. The satisfaction of a more youthful reflection while maintaining your identity will increase your confidence and reflect your inner beauty, and that is a winning combination!

For more information or better yet, a consultation for your non-surgical Facelift, contact us.

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Your Gift to FRIENDS Will Help Stop Two Outrageous Proposals

Friends of the Upper East Side - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 17:04

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Dear friends,

In recent months, building proposals for two exceptionally important sites on the Upper East Side burst into the news: an enormous addition proposed for the FRICK COLLECTION and a new apartment tower next to the PARK AVENUE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.

These two proposals remind us how important landmark protections are to our neighborhood, and how astonishingly insensitive development proposals can be. Despite 50 years of experience since our Landmarks Law was passed, and despite the spectacular success of historic districts like ours, naysayers still challenge the values and even the legitimacy of preservation.

That’s where FRIENDS comes in. From the micro – the examination of alterations to your favorite storefront – to the macro, an owner’s challenge to the constitutionality of the Landmarks Law itself, FRIENDS speaks up and speaks for YOU.

Happily, our work at FRIENDS is not always so defensive. We are also intensely proactive, completing this year a photographic survey of all the buildings between Lexington Avenue and the East River, from 59th Street to 96th Street, nearly 200 blocks and thousands of structures. We undertook the survey in anticipation of the many changes that are likely to come with the completion of the Second Avenue Subway, and in recognition of the threat posed by the outrageous “supertowers” cropping up in Midtown.

And, we have our very popular education program for children, whom our founder, Halina Rosenthal, called “low-rise people.” Indeed! We proudly teach over 1,200 children from East 57th Street to East Harlem every year.

Your financial support is critical to all these efforts, providing about 20% of our modest annual budget. We depend on concerned citizens like YOU so that we can be an effective advocate, and are very grateful for your support.

If you believe in the livability and sense of place of the Upper East Side, please consider making a year-end donation today.

Warmest wishes to all,

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Franny Eberhart President


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