December 2013

INSIDE THE DECEMBER ISSUE…

SOLID AS A ROCK With a burgeoning fashion line and her own philanthropic ties, Ariana Rockefeller is a down-to-earth oil scion who’s upholding the legacy of her family’s name. By Suzanne Weinstock Klein, Photographs by Carlos Ruiz THE INDUSTRIAL STANDARD We pore over Standard Oil titan (and the world’s first billionaire) John D. Rockefeller’s insurmountable legacy. By Kat Huang TOTING THE PRIVILEGED LOAD For those who are “to the manor born,” the financial freedom of inordinate wealth can come with a hefty price tag of responsibility. By Alina Tugend WHO’S LEAVING A LEGACY THIS YEAR? We bid farewell to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and said hello to the royal baby—here’s a look back on which people left their mark on 2013. By Haley Friedlich SOCIAL SABOTEURS We’ve singled out the party-going perpetrators destined to make waves at your next holiday soirée. MIAMI’S FINEST A discussion with South Florida’s real estate movers and shakers. Moderated by Len Dugow CHRONICLES Toasting TV milestones and new tomes set forth by the city’s social set. By Debbie Bancroft LAST-MINUTE GIFT GUIDE Our foolproof guide, which will make those holiday shopping forays a breeze—instead of a mad dash. By Haley Friedlich COCKTAIL ON THE AVENUE A drink at the Algonquin with biographer Amanda Foreman. By Daisy Prince UNREAL ESTATE Listed for a record-breaking $130 million, the 83-year old River House mansion is making a modern-day splash. By Michael Gross POSTCARDS FROM . . . It’s off to Italy with the luxury leather goods purveyors of Fairchild Baldwin. By Haley Friedlich SOCIAL SAFARI Fall benefits have been in full swing, from the New York Women’s Foundation, to the Rita Hayworth Gala. By R. Couri Hay WORLD ACCORDING TO . . . Kate Baldwin of Broadway’s Big Fish shares her lifestyle in and around the Theater District. Introduction by Charlotte Ross ON THE AVENUE The best parties of the month, from events at the NYPL, the American Ballet Theatre and beyond. ARTS CALENDAR A look at what’s on view at museums, galleries and auction houses.