bet you didn’t think i knew how to rock ‘n’ roll
oh, i got the boogie-woogie right down in my very soul
there ain’t no need for me to be a wallflower
’cause now i’m livin’ on blues power…
i’m gonna keep on rockin’ no matter if it’s fast or slow
ain’t gonna stop until the 25th hour*
power is what you make of it. some people have it and don’t know it, yet others covet it like some hard and fixed thing to keep in a pocket and wield on a whim. history teaches time and again that in fact power is among the most corruptive traits. the more you hold onto it, the quicker it takes you the way of waxed wings. still, as henry kissinger put bluntly, power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
this march edition is dedicated to power as in years passed, but this time we take a slightly more metaphorical perspective. it’s full of the people, places and things that are powerful but also connote power in less obvious ways. a cache of personal treasures is assembled in our annual luxe list, bespoke watch wear that are more than just timekeepers and the technical knockout that is the new mclaren 720S cover our things. and the wilds of the mara triangle is the place into africa where the awesome elements conspire with mighty creatures of all sizes.
closer to home, we look at those who are having an effect on our daily lives, power players challenging the visual landscapes of our communities as well as our attitudes towards them. real estate development is long island’s weather, it is the barometer by which all other sectors are measured. properties are commoditized to such a degree that certain real estate agents are practically day traders on those listings, even when markets everywhere else in the country are struggling. still our relationship with real estate, particularly the development of real estate, is something like that of a prom queen with a checkered past: she’s the girl we love to hate.
our legislative processes remain clogged and our attitudes are so nimby rich, they’re an olympic sport. but it’s hard to deny that things have gotten better over time. the region is becoming more accepting of smart growth and higher density projects, realizing that, as in all things, there’s virtue in a balanced approach. our driving forces feature profiles a few of the personalities steering these efforts.
mitch pally worked with the activists who originally wrote the ground-breaking pine barrens act 25 years ago. preserving our most precious resource is part of what guides him in leading the long island builders institute. pally’s a bridge between legislation and development. he works with community groups, government leaders and developers like sean mclean at renaissance downtowns. mclean and his partner ryan porter are mining diamond in the rough communities throughout nassau and suffolk.
as are the coughlan brothers who grace our cover. bob and jim’s new village in the heart of patchogue ushered in the concept of walkable, amenity-rich communities that has become the gold standard for revitalization projects around the country. and they recently broke ground on their ronkonkoma hub, which will take a sallow, unused area surrounding the train station and bring it to life. it’s one of the many projects the brothers and their tritec development firm have created to effectuate change and it is surely not their last.
it takes power to pull these things off and not just the kind that pulls levers behind curtains—the power that comes from within. the stuff of imagination and vision. and the conviction needed to take something from idea to fruition. in that spirit, we hope this issue inspires you.
’cause now i’m livin’ on blues power,
* “blues power,” eric clapton