The AVENUE A-List: The Most Influential New Yorkers of 2012

One of the most impressive things about New York is our continued effect on the world at large. Not only are we a city of movers and shakers, but we do it on a global scale. So boiling down all the members of this great metropolis into a “short list” is not easy—but we’re never ones to shy away from a challenge. We chose 212 as the number to represent this year’s list, as the area code is inextricably linked with Manhattan’s elite. We have selected a variety of personalities, all of whom make a major splash in New York, and whose reach extends well beyond the five boroughs. From the perennials to the new arrivals; developers to designers; authors, actors, anchors and far beyond, these people are the ones on top. Meet this year’s influencers… A Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of The New York Times William Acquavella, Owner of Acquavella Galleries Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, Designer and Creative Ambassador at Large for Barney’s Waris Ahluwalia, Jewelry Designer Roger Ailes, President of Fox News Channel and Chairman of Fox Television Studios Richie Akiva and Scott Sartiano, Nightlife Entrepreneurs Woody Allen, Director, Writer, Producer and Actor Tom Allon, Candidate in the 2013 Mayoral Election Iris Apfel, Interior Designer Dr. Sherrell J. Aston, Plastic Surgeon Brian Atwood, Shoe and Accessory Designer B Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar André Balazs, Hotelier Alec Baldwin, Actor Magen Banwart, Nutrition Guru Mario Batali, Food Network Star, Chef, Restauranteur Nate Berkus, Interior Designer and Television Host Mark Bittman, New York Times Columnist Sara Blakely, Founder and CEO of Spanx Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City and Founder of Bloomberg LP April Bloomfield, Chef and Restauranteur Samantha Boardman and Aby Rosen, Psychiatrist and Real Estate Developer Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda, Curators of the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Mary Boone, Owner of the Mary Boone Gallery Daniel Boulud, Chef and Restauranteur Anthony Bourdain, Author and Host of the Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Hamish Bowles, International Editor-at-Large for Vogue Hannah Bronfman, Entrepreneur and DJ David Brooks, New York Times Journalist Gavin Brown, Gallery Owner Mario Buatta, Interior Designer Gisele Bundchen, Super Model Chris Burch, Venture Capitalist Tory Burch, Fashion Designer Amanda Burden and Charlie Rose, Director of the NYC City Planning and Television Host C Louis C.K., Comedian Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Geoffrey Canada, Social Activist Graydon and Ann Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair and Socialite David Chang, Chef and Restauranteur Georgina Chapman, Fashion Designer, Marchesa Aline Cho, CNN’s New York Bureau General Assignment Correspondent Chelsea Clinton, Special Correspondent for NBC News Andy Cohen, Executive Vice-President of Development and Talent at BRAVO!, Host of Watch What Happens Live Lyor Cohen, CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group Dr. David Colbert, Dermatologist and Author Stephen Colbert, Comedian and Host of The Colbert Report Chase Coleman, Hedge Fund Manager James Costos and Michael S. Smith, HBO Executive and Interior Designer Katie Couric, Television Personality Kenneth and Maria Cuomo Cole, Fashion Designer and Documentarian Tom Colicchio, Chef and Restauranteur Anderson Cooper, Television Host Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, Actor and Actress Jim Cramer, Host of CNBC’s Mad Money Andrew Cuomo, 56th and Current Governor of New York Celerie Curry, Interior Decorator, Furniture Designer Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice, SoulCycle Founders D Annette and Oscar de la Renta, Fashion Designer John DeLucie, Chef and Restauranteur Lisa Dennison, Sotheby’s Auction House Executive Nick Denton, Founder of Gawker Media Beth Rudin DeWoody, Real Estate Executive and Philanthropist Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Author Joan Didion, Author and Journalist Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg, Real Estate Developer and Fashion Designer Timothy Dolan, American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church Alain Ducasse, Chef and Restauranteur Lena Dunham, Actress, Writer and Producer E David Einhorn, Founder and President of Greenlight Capital Morgan Entrekin, President and Publisher of Grove/Atlantic Inc. Books F Linda Fargo, Senior Vice President of Bergdorf Goodman Katherine Farley, Chairwoman of Lincoln Center Frédéric Fekkai, Celebrity Hairstylist Tina Fey, Comedian, Actress, Writer and Producer Bobby Flay, Chef, Restauranteur and Food Network Star Kate Foley, Buyer for Opening Ceremony Nicola Formichetti, Fashion Designer and Fashion Stylist G Jonathan Galassi, President and Publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux Larry Gagosian, Owner of Gagosian Galleries Nina Garcia, Fashion Editor and Critic Philip Glass, Composer H Anne Hathaway, Actress Carolina Herrera, Fashion Designer Sally Hershberger, Celebrity Hairstylist Cathy Horyn, Fashion Reporter for the New York Times I Carl Ichan, Chairman of Ichan Enterprises J Nadine Johnson, Founder and Owner of Nadine Johnson and Assoc., Inc. Woody and Suzanne Johnson, Owner of the New York Jets and NFL Women’s Apparel Ambassador/Spokeswoman K Donna Karan, Fashion Designer Thomas Keller, Chef and Restauranteur Raymond Kelly, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department Nur Khan, Nightlife Developer Sidney Kimmel, Film Producer and Philanthropist Henry Kissinger, Diplomat Calvin Klein, Fashion Designer David Koch, Co-Owner and Vice President of Koch Industries Steven Kolb, CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America Michael Kors, Fashion Designer Marie Josee Kravis, Philanthropist L James LaForce and Leslie Stevens, Founders and Principals of LaForce + Stevens Jane Lauder, Beauty Executive Derek Lam, Fashion Designer The Lauder Family, Estee Lauder Company Matt Lauer, Host of The Today Show David and Lauren Bush Lauren, Senior Vice-President of Advertising, Marketing and Corporate Communications for Polo Ralph Lauren and Philanthropist Dylan Lauren, Entrepreneurs, Dylan’s Candy Bar Reynol Levy, President of Fox News Channel Dr. Frank Lipman, Founder of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Actress and Actor Howard Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald M Julie Macklowe, Beauty Entrepreneur Sean MacPherson, Hotelier Rachel Maddow, Host of The Rachel Maddow Show Madonna, Pop Icon Fern Mallis, Executive Director of the CFDA Wynton Marsalis, Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Peter Martins, Artistic Leader of the New York City Ballet Jay McInerney, Author Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre Keith McNally, Restauranteur Danny Meyer, Restauranteur Lorne Michaels, TV Producer, Writer and Comedian Richard Mishaan, Interior Designer Nicole Miller, Fashion Designer Wendi Murdoch, Media N The Nederlander Family, The Nederlander Organization Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentaries, Television Producer Lorry Newhouse, Fashion Designer O Soledad O’Brien, Anchor of CNN’s Starting Point Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Fashion Designers Dr. Mehmet Oz, Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Television Personality P Sarah Jessica Parker, Actress and Producer Sean Parker, Tech Investor and Board Member of Spotify Ronald Perelman, Owner of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc. Jorge Perez and Stephen Ross, Chairmen and CEOs of The Related Group Lisa and Richard Perry, Fashion Designer and Retail Investor Natalie Portman, Actress Dina Habib Powell, President of Goldman Sachs Foundation, Global Head of Goldman Sachs Corporate Engagement Q Carlos Quiarte, Night-life Developer Christine C. Quinn, New York City Council Woman, Candidate for the 2013 Mayoral Election R Bruce Ratner, Real Estate Developer Abbe Raven, President and CEO of A&E Television Kelly Ripa, Host of Live! With Kelly and Michael and Television Producer Eric Ripert, Chef and Restauranteur Mark Ronson, Music Producer and DJ Jane Rosenthal, Film Producer Cynthia Rowley, Fashion Designer S Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation Andrew Saffir, Founder of the Cinema Society Marcus Samuelsson, Chef and Restauranteur Alejandro Santo Domingo, Financier Lauren Santo Domingo, Co-Founder of Moda Operandi Andre Saraiva, Nightlife Entrepreneur, Hotelier Diane Sawyer, ABC World News Anchor Tom Scherer, General Counsel for Chartis Insurance Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld, Comedian and Author John Sexton, President of New York University Neal Shapiro and Juju Chang, President of PBS/WNET New York City and Journalist for ABC News Amanda Sharp, Director of Frieze Art Fair Cindy Sherman, Artist Peggy Siegal, Founder of Peggy Siegal Company Jim Simons, President of Euclidean Capital Emily Smith, Editor Page Six Patti Smith, Singer, Songwriter and Author Orin Snyder, Trial Lawyer Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times Financial Columnist and Co-Anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box George Soros, Chairman of Soros Fund Management Jon Stewart, Comedian and Host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Joseph Stiglitz, Economist Scott Stringer, Candidate for the 2013 Mayoral Election Veronica Swanson Bear, Fashion Designer T Olivier Theyskens, Fashion Designer Christopher Tierney, Owner of Apothoke V Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Chef and Restauranteur Harley Viera Newton, DJ W Alexander Wang, Fashion Designer Vera Wang, Fashion Designer Sigourney Weaver, Actress and Philanthropist Harvey Weinstein, Film Producer and Movie Studio Chairman Allison Williams, Actress Brian Williams, Anchor and Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News Bunny Williams, Interior Designer Wendy Williams, TV Personality Phil Winser and Ben Towill, Chef and Event Planner Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Founder of SWW Creative Fashion Agency Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Robert Wolf, President and COO of UBS Investment Bank Tom Wolfe, Author Y David Yurman, Jewelry Designer Z Robert Zimmerman, Political Commentator and Democratic National Committeeman