and it sure been a cold, cold winter and the wind ain’t been blowin’ from the south it’s sure been a cold, cold winter… and I hope it’s gonna be a long, hot summer*
In this edition we expand our domains department, as we do every april, to embrace the warming real estate market, transitions in décor themes and spring being the perfect time to catch up on stalled projects. Features like extraordinary estates return to showcase some of the most exquisite listings on the market. veteran pulse writer caroline wilkes takes us to a new dimension in the fifth element, a focus on ceiling design and extending the ambiance of a room overhead. we have a quick take on the hot commodities hitting the gardening market. debbie gildersleeve, owner of renee’s of mattituck, offers her tips on how to embrace an “indoors out” concept for lawn and patio furniture and our max fischer explores what it takes to build a home from the ground up.
this issue also marks the debut of two segments for pulse. long island’s top realtors seeks out the industry’s key players. this exciting new franchise is driven by a peer-review process in which realtors from nassau and suffolk nominated standouts in areas like sales, showmanship and closing deals. some of them may also wind up in marketplace, a reader’s delight of new listings. these homes are ready to sell and right at your fingertips starting on page 98.
even though spring is a time to jump ahead, we have two historic portrayals in our culture pages this month. the inimitable carlos santana checks in with our mike block to talk about john coltrane in a pulse exclusive. (the long island icon’s dix hills home is opening to the public and santana is a steward.) last year we were saddened to lose one of our contributors and we help honor his memory in this issue. illustrator jeff fisher was a long island legend, designing art for the pages of this magazine as well as the smithsonian and other institutions. talking walls columnist drew moss reviewed a retrospective of jeff’s work mounted by setauket’s gallery north for viewing this month.
the section is rounded out by new art exhibits in our showtime column and music releases in our before they were cool and playlist segments. and because it is a good time to get out and see what’s happening in the restaurant scene, our usual arrangement of restaurant reviews, foodie gossip and an interview with a master mixologist will give you plenty to hunger (and thirst) for. those interested in the action a little westward should enjoy associate editor chris connolly’s look at the bronx.
at time of printing there was enough snow still on the ground to remind us it’s been a brutal winter. i may be the last person in north america who’s secretly wishing for one more snowstorm as a grand finale, but even i will pull a julie andrews “the hills are alive” once spring really arrives. the winter kept everyone at home and our friends in the retail and restaurant sectors, many of them advertising on these pages, tell us they’ve noticed it firsthand. now that the roads are no longer treacherous i mean to get out and find out what they’ve been up to. i hope you do too.
and a lotta love will be burnin’ bright,
* “winter,” the rolling stones