you can crush the flowers
but you can’t stop the spring…
so you can put the clouds up in your own little way
but the sun is gonna come up the very next day*
thematically, “design, décor and extraordinary estates” is the touchstone for this issue but, as has been the case every may since we started publishing in 2005, spring steals the show in all her warming, glowing fever. it’s not just that we’re all grateful winter has ebbed (some of us still love the snow), it’s that spring brings an ease to our minds, probably because of the general ease it brings to moving about. and then there’s the promise that summer is just a few weeks away.
to get a jump on the season we chose palm beach as the site of our cover story. spring glow, anchored by the photographic stylings of helena palazzi, captures the vibrancy and lightness of being the exclusive escape is known for. our trendspotting pages are also filled with the bespoke trappings of another balmy destination, palm springs, as well as the latest offerings in men’s style.
our culture pages capture the zeitgeist in both familiar and surprising ways. two artistic icons, j. m. w. turner and georgia o’keeffe, are being exhibited this month. turner gained notoriety in the mid-19th century for uniquely pulling light out of his canvases. by painting sometimes ethereal, sometimes tumultuous, but always sublime land and seascapes, he stunned audiences and developed a new vernacular for naturist artists. half a century later o’keeffe entered the art world, quickly developing her own style and earning a place in the “shock and awe” realm of trailblazers. but the exhibit looks past the panels she’s known for and casts a light on the energy and wit that rendered her an icon. some lesser known works, the garments o’keeffe designed and other personal effects have been staged to tell the story of her rebellious spirit.
chef kent monkan is no stranger to our pages (i have a somewhat unholy obsession with his scotch eggs). we have been tracking his career from his early days when he launched heirloom tavern in locust valley, sold it, repurchased it as brass rail, opened heirloom in glen head and now also the wild goose in port washington. we have watched, eaten and applauded monkan (repeat: scotch eggs) and the honesty he brings to the kitchen and this month he is again the focus of our who’s cooking.
of course, our homes and the juggernaut of the real estate markets are top of mind this month. pulse’s annual power brokers franchise returns with great anticipation. the online voting began on a monday and by the following weekend, thousands of votes were cast to name the top players in eight of long island’s micro-markets. the numbers alone are staggering—the culmination of this group’s sales outpaces some countries’ GDPs—but it’s the way they navigate deals that sets them apart. we also look at the factors that make for listings of the fierce and fabulous to determine what it takes to sell a property successfully. and extraordinary estates celebrates homes on the market that elicit both the dream and the goal of most homeowners. these residences typify their unique communities—southampton looks a lot different than upper brookville—by chronicling our most vaulted architectural expressions.
it’s gonna be so bright it’s gonna blow you away*
* “can’t stop the spring,” the flaming lips