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This Week’s Issues: Moving To NYC And Mototcycling To The Hamptons

Originally Posted: July 31, 2008

Jill Zarin

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Bethenny Frankel, Sarah Ehrlich, Jill Zarin, and the members of Boom Samba at the Help For Orphans International benefit at Nova's Ark in Bridgehampton. Photo by Rob Rich

This past weekend I co-chaired the Help For Orphans International benefit at Nova's Ark Project in Bridgehampton. Though rain was predicted at the beginning of the week, we had the most glorious weather of the summer! All my co-stars from "The Real Housewives of New York City" came to support me and I am truly grateful for their support. In fact, Alex McCord and her husband Simon Van Kempen signed up to support two orphans at the school for one year.

We had more people than expected, about 250 throughout the evening. I met many fans who came from as far away as Pennsylvania and enjoyed delicious food from my favorite caterer, Howie from Creative Cuisine of New Hyde Park. We could not have done it without him. He donated all his food and staff at below cost and I am truly grateful for his support. Our sponsors included Christiana Vodka, Hamptons.com, Smartpak, Zarin Fabrics, and Dr. Lefkowitz. I think we had one of the best gift bags this summer!

We had amazing auction items including a donation from Hunt Slonem and other world famous artists. Next year we hope it will be bigger and better. This fall, I am planning an arthritis event in NYC. If you have any auction items or gift bag items, please email me at askjill@hamptons.com.

Hello Jill,

I am going to NYC to visit my hometown with my husband. The kids are staying back in Miami, Florida so Frank (my husband) and I decided to rent a motorcycle and ride a Harley. We did the Pacific Coast highway about two years ago and fell in love with the ride. The Hamptons has always been a romantic destination spot in my mind, I was wondering if maybe you have tips as to the rules, if any, concerning motorcycles and how early should I book a fab restaurant to surprise my husband. We will be in town Oct. 3-6, 2008. Hope to hear from you! Oh, by the way, LOVED your Main Street Series appearance on Hamptons.com.

The Makeup Artist,
Claudia Farrat

Dear Claudia,

First, thank you so much for the watching the show! Though motorcycles on the road scare me to death, I can appreciate the feeling. I was on a friend's boat last night and love the feeling of the wind in my hair. But doesn't your tushie hurt after a while? October is a little risky regarding the weather. It might be an Indian Summer or an early winter so dress for both! I don't think you will have problems with restaurants but you should make reservations the week before. I like Trata for Greek food and I had the best meal last night at Tutto Il Giorno in Sag Harbor. It's the one Donna Karen's daughter Gabby opened and they have the most delicious flat bread with sea salt and herbs to die for! It is NOT on the menu but order it! Take a drive out to Montauk too - there is a lobster shack on the way that is very cool. Have a great summer!

Hi Jill,

Thank you for providing a communicative route for someone like me to speak with you, someone not in your social circle. I'm an artist of many realms, and I've been passionately pursuing advancement in my career for some time now (10 years). The entire process has ushered me a slue of ups and downs from the letting go's of relationships that were meaningful to me to the gaining of life wisdom that have proved worth the many sacrifices I've staked - ultimately, I see myself as a classy, distinguished, and distinct style of human being (credit to my mom and dad) with aspirations to touch, aid, and rock the planet with my art.

Yet, I don't currently see too much class and integrity in the entertainment industry. So I feel like I'm, in a way, consistently praying for a miracle. The miracle being that I'll either meet people of integrity, honesty, and class in the entertainment industry who will understand and embrace my vision or I'll lead and create them which will still mean I'll meet the "right" people. Is it too far fetched to believe that I'll realistically see my artistic related desires come into fruition? Or should I just be normal and do the 9-5 gig like most people?

I figured that since you are the (people) "connecter," publicly upstanding, and honest that you'd provide an answer that would successfully fall in line with the desired direction of my life.

An artist and human being of truth,

Dear Azrel,

Thank you for reaching out. I always encourage people to pursue their dreams "realistically". I think a 9-5 job will give you financial and emotional security and use the weekends and evenings to work on your passion. You won't meet anyone sitting at home so go out as often as possible and network. Use the Internet to show your work and keep believing in yourself! Good Luck!

Hi Jill,

Bethany was in one of your party photos, wearing a white shorts outfit and beautiful cardigan. Would you be able to find out where she got it? Thanks.

I asked Bethenny, and she said she picked up the outfit at Alice and Olivia!

HI Jill,

Love the show and you look great and look like you lost weight, do you want to share your secrets? Lately I started to gain 10-15 pounds and want to lose it but I am very busy working. Like you I am busy working with my husband in real estate and developing business mostly in Eastern Europe. We are from Russia (Ukraine) originally but I have lived in the U.S. for almost 20 years. Getting in shape is not really easy and I am almost ready to get liposuction but afraid that fat can come back to other places. Anyway if this is not a secret, share. Can't wait next season.

San Francisco

Hi Regina,

I am so happy you wrote me. DO NOT DO LIPO! It does come back in all the wrong places. If you are very hippy or have fat deposits you want to remove then do it for that. But never to lose weight! The easiest way for me to lose weight is to eat a huge lunch and small dinner. Do not eat after 6 p.m. if you can. Drink lots of water and exercise! Good Luck!

Hi Jill,

My name is Paige and I am from Covington, Georgia. I just moved here with my family from South Florida. I am really in a bind. I am 17 just starting my last year of high school. I really want to move to NY when I graduate. I have no family that lives there or friends. I just love the atmosphere, the city life, and the people. I have an idea of what I want to study in college, but how do I get my life started in such a big city. Being scared to even go alone, NY is the one place that will chomp you up and spit you out. I just need some advice from a New Yorker who has actually made something of herself there. I would also like to know the best parts to live, that are somewhat affordable. Thank you so much. I am a big fan. Can't wait for Season 2!


Hi Paige,

Congratulations on your last year of High School! Ally has two more years to go. First, are you planning to attend college? If not, why not? I am a strong supporter of continuing your education at any level you can. Even if you did not do well in High School, there are options. In fact, many young people thrive in college even if they did not in High School. As you get older you will understand and I guarantee you will regret it one day if you don't. Since I don't know your reasons for coming to NYC it is hard to answer the question. Though NYC might seem intimidating, like any new city, it is a little scary at first. But as soon as you sign a lease and move in, it becomes YOUR neighborhood and gets smaller in time. NYC is fairly easy to navigate (versus Boston which has a complicated road system). Avenues go North and South and streets East and West. It is a grid and the subway system is quite good and makes it easier to get around. It is more convenient to live on the West side if you want to rely on public transportation. Economically, NYC is quite expensive so many students live in dorms associated with their university which I highly recommend. You will be assigned a roommate and like every other freshman, you will not know anyone. Day one, you will meet so many new people you will have a common bond. I hope you love NYC as much as we do and please keep me posted on your decisions! Good Luck!

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Guest (Dawn) from Richfield, Mn says::
First I want to say you are the classiest lady on tv. With all you give of yourself helping people you have still make a beautiful home for your family and what a lovely family you have. Oh and Gloria I cant say enough about her. what a wise loving woman. My question is at 58 not to tech smart and finally found a place to write. I suffer from RA so was interested in making a donation but dont have address can I do it online? My heart crys 4 her. Thanks.
Jun 26, 2009 6:47 am

Guest (5 towns girl) from Hewlett - East Rockaway, New York says::
Hi Jill - I am a huge fan, because you are yourself in all situations, still maintaining your sense of humor and class, no matter what you do. I'm going to be in South Hampton from tomorrow through Thursday evening before driving with my son back to school. I hope I get to run into you. I would love to meet you. My son saw you and 2 of the other "Housewives" at the Art for Life event in July at RS in East Hampton. He was texting me like crazy, because he said whenever the cameras were on, everyone was sweet and nice, and as soon as the cameras were off, he said Ramona was the BIGGEST BITCH to everyone, and people were talking. She made a huge fool out of herself just like on the show. Does she not understand she is a nobody? Anyway, you have a lot of class, and OMG, PERFECT skin! What is your secret?
Aug 16, 2008 1:12 pm

Guest (EJ.) from Montclair,VA. says::
Dear Jill, Great Job with this year's benefit, I know next year will be even better.Glad to see all the housewives support you and Sarah with this charity,and the new Diva Ms.Kelly also,YOU LOOK GREAT,Keep up the good work.
Jul 31, 2008 2:25 pm


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