Manhattan 360




Restaurants Galore  1960’s – 2018
From Childhood Business Trips with Daddy Joe to Today


76th & Central Park West  1980 – 1981

Moved to NYC with sister Cindy. One night we went to Central Park on a whim. Tosca was being performed al fresco. Walked by throngs on blankets when a voice yelled, Candy! It was former college roommate Jane Levy. She introduced us to her friend Jane G. We sat with them and chatted a while. Jane G. mentioned that her Greenwich Village friend and neighbor was single and in the market. Would I be interested in talking to him. He’s a handsome pediatrician, but doesn’t commit so just for dating and fun. I said, okay. A few days later, Dr. Gary Levine called. We talked on the phone a few times, then met downtown at his place in the Village. A truly blind date. July 15, 1981. And. The rest is history.


Republic National Bank of New York  1980 – 1982

French Chateau on 40th & Fifth. 7th Floor. Two rows of ornate mahogany desks. Mine in the back with a huge window looking up Fifth. Shelly the receptionist in front by the elevator. A quintessential BBQ, she swiggled in her tight skirt up and down the aisle. Michael, a NY Jew watched every sway. Roly a Filipino Catholic in desk behind wasn’t blind either. Then George, a Syrian Muslim, and Rouby a Lebanese Catholic. Then me, Executive Assistant to CW, a Dutch Jew born in Ecuador who ran the Far East Group. I replaced Betsy B. a WASPy blonde from Connecticut. Saudi Princes and Marcos’ alike visited our floor or the Penthouse on 9th with Edmond Safra, a Lebanese Brasilian Jew who owned the Bank. Ralph, a Lebanese Muslim sat in front of CW’s enclosed corner office. Next to CW, Richard a Dutch Protestant headed the European Group. His Assistant Ileana, Latina Catholic. In front of her Carrie, American Muslim then Annette Italian-American Catholic from Yonkers, then Albert, French Catholic finally Deborah E., French Jew whose father headed up Trade Development Bank in Geneva. Back to sashaying Shelly. Quite the Ecumenical Banking Crew. All great people.


Greenwich Avenue West Village  1981 – 1982

Impressed Gary one day with a bank-owned stretch limo which picked him up to meet me for lunch at Le Relais on Madison & 63rd. After that and a few weekends in the Springs in the Hamptons with home-cooked Colitti Spaghetti, Gary asked me to move down to his loft on Greenwich Avenue. In the Spring of 1982, we traveled to China. My sister Cathy moved to New York for a month to take over my desk at Republic as CW’s assistant. You’ll have to ask them how that went.  Soon after…



June 20, 1982
76th & Park

Missy’s Apartment
Generous Friend & Hostess

With Joey & Joe





With Dad & Mom
Joe & Carole

With Gary’s Dad & Mom
Ellis & Betsey
(yes she did) 


Gary with his new family




Gary’s cousin Marilyn with Aunt Vera 






Grandma Birdie Strahl (Betsey’s mom) charming Uncle Billy Russell
Grandpa Phil Levine (Ellis’ dad)







Carol’s colleagues from Republic Safra Bank
Danny Betsy&John Annette Hope Rouby Deborah

Friends of Gary
Jane&Willie  Cindy&Howie  Andy&Vi  Stanley&Susan  Peter&Joy

Matchmaker Jane Levy


Family partied after Wedding Eve dinner
Grotta Azzura Little Italy
We  didn’t
We smart

Deb  Joey  Uncle Billy  Marty Williams  Uncle Don  Cathy  Cindy  Auntie Vera  Mom  Dad  Dennis 


Aw Love







June 20, 1982
Carlyle Hotel
76th & Madison

Photo from our suite – San Remo towers across the Park
Who knew we’d live next door in a few decades

Married Life Began with a Cross-Country Road Trip to Fog City

Pacific Heights, San Francisco  1982 – 1994

Then Carol Gary & Ben Moved to Paradise City

Northampton, Massachusetts  1994 – 2016

But always visiting NYC …




March 2001
88th & Second Avenue

Friends & family from Coast-to-Coast
Gathered at the
Excelsior Hotel
Limo’d crosstown to celebrate

Gary  Cathy&Dennis  Joe&Alison  Deb&Craig  Cindy&Bob  Lucy  Lydia  Eileen&Bob  Nancy  Robert&Rosemary  Mike&Kim  Anne&Peter















2005 Central Park

Stayed frequently at the
Excelsior Hotel across from
Brother Joe & Alison at
Frank Stella Men’s Store

San Remo towers in the background
Who knew it’d become our future backyard




May 2011
New York University

Proudest and a most dear memory

ben grad

On stage at the Javits Center stands Ben with 3 other honored undergrads behind faculty illuminati during NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences graduation. 1,800 classmates cheer him on from the floor as he is introduced recipient of the Borgman-Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Most Outstanding Undergraduate Honors Thesis:

Functional Data Analysis of Economic Bubbles: Creating a Coherent Shape of Inflationary Phenomena’.

As Ben crosses the stage with his diploma in Economics (highest honors) and Journalism (magna cum laude), President John Sexton reaches for a heartfelt hug. Ben says, ‘Thank you, John’. John replies, ‘Thank you, Ben’.  Kleenex please.

ben and sexton


Ogilvy Career
2011 –


ogilvy associates

As a freshman at NYU, Ben took an honors seminar. Carla Hendra came to talk to the students about her work as an Executive at Ogilvy & Mather. After thatBen became interested in advertising as a potential career. As soon as he graduated, he applied to get into the extremely competitive Associates program at Ogilvy. And he did.

During the Mad Men television era I dubbed him mAdBen as he began the Associates program in September 2011. By 2017 he was an Account Director & on the Executive Leadership Team as Lead, for Global Partnerships.

Selected a Young Lion in 2014, at Cannes Lions in France with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

ben and neil



2007 – 2014
At NYU & River Place

Hotel Giraffe – Madison Park
26th & Park Avenue South






2014 – 2016
Upper West 80’s






March 9, 2016

Photo at dawn from Excelsior Hotel when looking for an apartment
Found one next to those San Remo towers



Spring 2016

74th & Central Park West
Full Circle Here We Are








Christmas Day 2016

Central Park

xmas central park


Thanksgiving 2017

Carlyle view from our window

first balloon

Snowy April 2 2018

Carlyle always in the distance


Father’s Day eve al fresco at Tavern on the Green 2018

daddy & ben