It’s hard not to smile when you meet Betsey Johnson. Maybe it’s the tiara-like cat ears she’s sporting. Or the bejeweled hi-tops and leggings you’d expect to see on someone a quarter the age of the 70-year-old fashion icon. But it’s exactly this kind of unconventional approach to haute couture that’s allowed her to thrive for four-plus decades, accruing a devoted following that’s enthralled by all those items carrying the Betsey Johnson moniker—clothes, jewelry, shoes and other accessories. No further proof was needed than the throngs of Betsey zealots lined up outside the women’s shoe department at Macy’s Roosevelt Field on a recent Saturday afternoon.
“I hope it’s like the other appearances and people show up,” she said, sipping champagne. “It’s a party and I always so appreciate people who show up for these appearances.”
Ready for a break from the usual restaurant experience? Want something that gets you involved in much more than just eating? Try The Melting Pot in Farmingdale.
The big clue that this is something very different is the table setting, which puts a sharp utensil in front of you. Next comes the food. It arrives uncooked, in tiny morsels.
Yes, it’s time for fondue. And, says Manager Christina Costanzo, it’s the ambience and unique experience that keep people coming back.
It may seem a little early to start making summer reservations, but when you have 163-year-old lighthouse, you tend to take the long view.
Four years ago, a non-profit group that my girlfriend/lawyer Linell Lukesh and I formed took title to Execution Rocks Lighthouse, which sits in Long Island Sound, about 1,400 feet offshore and a 20-minute boat ride from the Port Washington Town Dock.
“The hurricane hit us on Oct. 29, and we got [the money] in December, which is pretty quick,” Louca said. “It was very quick because I think they wanted us to have something for the holidays, which was nice of them.”
When Superstorm Sandy struck the area, 11-year-old Courtney Murdaugh, a student at Westbury Middle School, felt she had to do “something.”
“I wanted to help the people affected by Sandy and help them feel better and let them know that people want to help them and make sure they’re safe,” she said.
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