December 2011

INSIDE THE DECEMBER ISSUE… AVENUEinsiderKELLY’S NEW REALITY Kelly Bensimon may have gotten fired from The Real Housewives of New York City, but this mom of two is hardly slowing down—she has much more to check off of her bucket list. And getting back into the grove of a “real” New York life is her top priority. By Carson Griffith Photographs By Juan Algarin MOST TALKED ABOUT . . . 2011 A round up of New York City’s biggest headlines—and headliners—of 2011: Jessica Chastain, Anderson Cooper, Steve Jobs, Jenna Lyons, Rupert Murdoch, Anthony Weiner and Kanye West, to name just a few. By Debbie Bancroft, Maria Bartiromo, Peter Davis, Adam Lisberg, Jasmine Lombardi, Martin Marks, Alexandria Symonds Illustrated By Matt Collins CHRONICLES It was a night of glitz and glam (for a good cause!) at the Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala. By Debbie Bancroft BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG PARTY Carson Griffith recaps the late nights where friends, girlfriends and boyfriends, husbands and wives, moms and dads, sisters and brothers reaped the benefits of their famous counterparts. By Carson Griffith CRICKET’S CRUSH Major mittens that will keep you warm all winter long. By Cricket Burns SCANDAL SHEET One of Salvador Dalí ‘s trips to Manhattan ends with trouble at Bonwit Teller. WORLD ACCORDING TO . . . Founder of the National Jewelry Institute (and AVENUE), Judy Price, talks about curating exhibits all over the world and about the city she built this very magazine around.