Story by Ilene Dube

Portrait Photography by Andrew Wilkinson

Architectural Photography by Pete Weigley

It would be fun to play hide-and-seek at 200 Mercer Street—its many staircases, landings, mudroom and even cherrypaneled elevator make ideal hiding spots. But rather than let their guests get lost, owners Melanie and John Clarke open up those spaces for musicales and galas to benefit Princeton arts and cultural organizations.

“There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for Princeton Symphony Orchestra,” says Melanie Clarke, its executive director. “Having this house enables us to execute our dreams of taking care of family and the family of not-for-profits we’re interested in.” more

By Ilene Dube

Photography by Andrew Wilkinson

If you’re seeking the golden russet and brown stripes of bubinga, the dark mellow grain of wenge, the bright stripes of zebrawood or the dark sheen of ebony in central New Jersey, Willard Brothers Woodcutters is where you’ll find it. Whether for a table, a cabinet, a bar, or maybe even a guitar, Willard Brothers specializes in both exotic woods and domestics, such as oak, black walnut, maple, poplar or cherry. more

By Anne Levin

Princeton University hired celebrated architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh to design its football stadium just over a century ago. During the process, a decision was made to build it out of reinforced concrete instead of costlier masonry. The result was horse shoe shaped Palmer Stadium, which seated 45,725 and had an end zone with an unobstructed view of Carnegie Lake. A mix of Collegiate Gothic ornamentation with a classical Greek plan, it cost $300,000 to build and was completed almost a full month ahead of schedule—well in time for the Tigers to defeat Dartmouth 16-12 in the first official game at the venue on October 24, 1914. more

By Linda Arntzenius

Photography by Tom Grimes

As recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, have made clear, open lines of communication between the police and the people they serve are a vital part of modern policing. It’s been almost two years since the Princeton Police Department was formed as a result of the consolidation of Princeton Borough and Princeton Township into a single municipality. more

By Anne Levin

“It’s all about learning to limit exposure and making choices to at least cut down exposure in a way that’s reasonable, and creates awareness and empowerment. It’s about looking forward, not back.”

After graduating from medical school, Aly Cohen got a job with a rheumatology practice in Monroe Township, New Jersey. It was a conventional office, where patients got about 15 minutes of face time with physicians, who prescribed the usual drugs for their problems with arthritis and immune system disorders. more

By Anne Levin

Kathy Kowalewski had just stopped breast-feeding her toddler son when she noticed her right breast felt different from her left. With no family history of breast cancer, and at 38 still too young to have begun annual mammograms, the Hunterdon County mother of two wasn’t particularly concerned. But she consulted her doctor, who recommended a screening. Seeing the results, the doctor urged Kowalewski to have a biopsy of both breasts right away. more

Interview by Taylor Smith 

Donald J. Parker is the CEO of Carrier Clinic, located in Belle Mead, NJ, at the foot of the Sourland Mountains. In this rural setting, patients are treated for mental illness, behavioral disorders, and addiction. They also maintain a state-approved special education school called the East Mountain School for students in grades 7 through 12. more

By Linda Arntzenius

Photos by Kris Giacobbe/Locust and Honey Photography

Many of us turn to massage when injury or the stresses and strains of daily life result in the myriad manifestations of pain—backache, computer neck, carpel tunnel, and those knotted muscles that only deep tissue massage can undo. But while massage soothes and satisfies, its effects are short lived, especially when most of us go right back on doing the activities that caused our problems in the first place. What if there was something that had a more fundamental and long lasting effect? There is. It’s called Structural Integration. more

By Ellen Gilbert

* “The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.” – Aldous Huxely

The very funny journalist Joyce Wadler defines “old age” as the time when the number of items in your medicine cabinet exceeds the number of hair-care products you use. Most people are familiar with the litany of ills that befall us as we age; if they don’t already, it is almost certain that, eventually, they will. more

By Taylor Smith

Princeton residents take in pride in their health and many are avid gym members, cross-fitters, and weight lifters. If you are new to the workout scene, Princeton Magazine has gathered together a list of our favorite local spots. Time to sweat!

Princeton YMCA ( is community oriented. You will see people of all ages taking swim classes, dance classes, and other group activities. The basketball court is great fun for pick-up games when the weather turns cold. There is also a brand-new health and wellness facility known as The Jim & Nancye Fitzpatrick Wellness Center. A full-facility membership allows for access to all of these separate amenities. more

By Ilene Dube

Several years ago, a New Yorker cartoon pictured a ponytailed young woman and man in sunglasses cruising past a palm tree in a convertible. “I have no idea what gluten is, either, but I’m avoiding it, just to be safe,” read the caption.

These days, with entire supermarket aisles dedicated to gluten-free products, and asterisked menu items at restaurants denoting gluten-free, most of us know that gluten refers to proteins occurring in wheat, rye and barley and can cause serious health effects in people with celiac disease, gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity. more

By Taylor Smith 

Peloton Cycle is bringing the boutique indoor cycling experience into the comfort of your own home. For the cost of the bike ($1,995) and a monthly subscription ($39), users are able to stream an unlimited number of live classes to their living room. These classes are filmed and broadcast from Peloton’s New York studio in Chelsea. From the seat of your bike, you will see the instructor, hear the music, and pedal along to the rhythm of your fellow classmates. And don’t worry about timing; you can live stream any of the classes catalogued on the Peloton server (past and present) at anytime of day. more

10) Theater Intime, Princeton University campus: It’s been a while since any members of the audience or staff has seen the ghost of Hamilton Murray, for whom the theater in which this company of student actors performs was named, but those who claim to have encountered the spirit say he used to appear stage left during performances. Princeton graduate Murray died, along with his sister, in a shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean in 1873.

9) Nassau Inn: More than one guest at the Palmer Square hostelry has reported seeing a Revolutionary War type on one of the floors. He’s not angry, they say, but has a curious expression. Also seen from time to time, some say, is a woman going upstairs from the lobby to the second floor private meeting rooms. more

By Linda Arntzenius

In addition to mounting exhibitions that originate elsewhere, the curatorial staff and volunteers of Morven Museum and Garden come up with one original exhibition each year. In the past they have presented visitors to this historic mansion, once the official residence of the governor of New Jersey, with gorgeous scenes of the New Jersey Pinelands in the photographs of Richard Speedy, a groundbreaking exhibition on the artists of the New Jersey shore, and another on the itinerant New Jersey portrait painter, Micah Williams. With the oddly titled Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860, they have pulled off one more coup. more

By Stuart Mitchner

Joyce Carol Oates had been living in Princeton for 25 years when she published The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art (Ecco 2003), one of two works she named when asked to mention books that were “close to her heart.” The author, who will be teaching her last class at Princeton University in the spring semester of 2015, also cited High Lonesome: New & Selected Stories 1966-2006 (Ecco 2006), which contains “my favorite stories of my own up to that time.” more

Interview by Stuart Mitchner

Recently asked to name his favorite living novelist by the New York Times Book Review, Larry McMurtry replied, “Joyce Carol Oates…a natural-born writer.” As John Updike once said of her, “If the phrase ‘woman of letters’ existed,” she would be “the person most entitled to it.” It’s good to know that the National Book Award-winner, who has been teaching at the University since 1978, will continue to make Princeton her home after her official retirement next summer. At the time of the interview, she was looking forward to Emily Mann’s “sure-to-be-controversial” McCarter production of Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatramore

Tuesday, October 14

7:30PM Opening night for The Understudy, a comedic play written by Theresa Rebeck, creator and producer of the NBC hit Smash, at McCarter Theatre (runs through November 2). www.

Sunday, October 19

3PM The Richardson Chamber Players perform an evening of “Russian Treasures” with works by Rachmaninoff. more

By Taylor Smith 

Directly north of New York City lies the Hudson River Valley, an incredibly unique place that has inspired generations of artists and creative types. The art and history museums are numerous and could easily occupy a traveler for weeks, but there are also several dozen “can’t miss” Hudson River Estates, many of which are open to the public. Large mansions overlooking the lush, loamy farmland and seductive landscape of the Hudson Valley, these sites were once home to the rich, famous, and downright eccentric. more

Interview by Lynn Adams Smith 

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman will be retiring from Princeton University in 2015 to join the faculty of the Graduate Center, City University of New York, as professor in the Ph.D. Program in Economics, where he will become a Distinguished Scholar at the Graduate Center’s Luxembourg Income Study Center (LIS). He will continue writing his column and blog for The New York Timesmore

By Ellen Gilbert

It’s just a few years since MOOCs (massive open online courses) appeared on the scene. In 2011, Google research director Peter Norvig and computer scientist Sebastian Thrun taught the first MOOC (/mu:k/), a class on artificial intelligence, under the auspices of Stanford University. More than 160,000 students enrolled. Thus was born what Uncharted authors Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel describe as “a revolution in higher education.” more