the green light flashes, the flags go up.
churning and burning, they yearn for the cup.
they deftly maneuver and muscle for rank…
reckless and wild, they pour through the turns.
their prowess is potent and secretly stern.*
the concept of home can be a surprisingly subjective one. downright abstract, at times. you can wind up somewhere you’ve never been, yet discover an inexplicable, visceral sense of belonging. it could be that the place happens to convey something familiar or some nuances that stoke your sense of self. or the rhythm is in step with something you experienced previously (or in a previous life, if you roll that way). you could claim feeling grounded or calm or connected, and that’s really what home is, isn’t it? a feeling, not a place.
everything is where you left it and how you like it. there’s nothing to apologize about and there’s nothing to strive for. it’s an embrace of simplicity. diane mcinerney is our cover story for this, our annual home design issue, because she has a handle on this ideal balance. as a correspondent on inside edition she has witnessed some of the most memorable moments in history. she’s covered a royal wedding and global tragedies. but every day, she checks it at the doorstep of her home on the north shore. despite all the glamour surrounding her professional life, the irish girl from queens takes her greatest pleasure in being home with her husband and two daughters.
our other features also focus on home, albeit in a more concrete way. we caught up with the leading experts of the domains, décor and real estate industries to capture some of their best tricks for you to capitalize on now that the entertaining season is upon us.
behind the scenes, pulse has been experiencing the expansion of our home. when i started this magazine in 2005, we planted our headquarters in patchogue village. i was instantly taken by this quaint south shore town—and was also acutely aware of a vibration occurring here. patchogue is still relatively quiet, for all its old-time sweetness, but it is very much alive with art, music and culinary delights pouring into the streets every night. this town, in a very real way, will always be our HQ because its vital, thriving, tenacious DNA matches our own. but we have another side and we’re reaching out to embrace it.
we have expanded to claim our long-standing connection with the gold coast. this month, pulse announces the opening of our office in roslyn estates. our new space is every bit as modern and glamorous and exciting as the communities around us—and synonymous with the sophistication you find in every issue of this magazine.
pulse embraces the edgy and the sexy of our two counties every month—the two faces that made me fall in love with long island and start this magazine in the first place. and we’ve enjoyed a consistently equal split between the two in our distribution, our advertisers, our readership and our editorial. over the years, director of advertising lilien perito and her team have made many valuable connections and successfully developed programs for advertisers across the region. this new office is a homecoming for us—it’s a place for lilie, me and a good part of our team to hang our hats (and charge our devices) in an area where we’re spending a lot of our time.
we’ll now have a brick-and-mortar connection to both of long island’s best sides: north shore and south shore, nassau and suffolk, stunning and daring. and we’re looking forward to all the connections and experiences bound to come our way in both our homes.
*cause he’s racing and pacing and plotting the course,
“the distance,” by cake