By Greta Cuyler 

Illustrations by Jorge Naranjo 

In July opened the doors to its new warehouse and fulfillment center inRobbinsville, bringing hundreds of jobs to Mercer County and millions to state and local coffers.

Amazon is a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, Washington, offering an online marketplace where customers can browse and buy millions of new and used items, including books, movies, electronics, toys, clothes, jewelry, sporting goods, home and garden and much more. more

By Linda Arntzenius 

Photography by Andrew Wilkinson

“Music for a while, shall all your care’s beguile.” – Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

If the life story of accomplished musicians Carmen and Cezar Mateiescu was presented as an opera it would surely be styled as an Elizabethan romance, complete with cruel tyrant, divided and re-united lovers, and a long sojourn in the Holy Land, where he works as a carpenter against a backdrop of monasteries and rose gardens, and she gives birth to their first son in Nazareth. Far-fetched? Not one bit. more

By Linda Arntzenius

Illustrations by Jorge Naranjo

“You won’t succeed on Broadway if you don’t have any Jews,” Eric Idle’s clever quip from Monty Python’s Spamalot never fails to elicit laughter from a Broadway audience. It’s long been taken for granted that the Broadway musical is a particularly Jewish success story. Idle’s observation was expressed decades earlier by none other than Cole Porter, the exemplar of Broadway song composers. Porter, who was not Jewish, was once asked how he would go about writing “American” music. “I’ll write good Jewish tunes,” he said.

Michael Kantor’s recent documentary, The Broadway Musical—A Jewish Legacy, celebrates the Jewish roots of this distinctly American form with a loving look at Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Kurt Weill, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, and Jule Styne, among many other giants of the Broadway stage. more

Photography by Benoit Cortet

Lindsay Newman, Main Street Bistro

Rose Petal Martini

3 oz. Hendricks Gin
1 oz. St. Germaine
1/2 oz. pear puree
1/2 oz. litchi juice
2 drops rosewater
Served up in a martini glass
Garnish with litchi more

10. Chocolate from Thomas Sweet: Princeton’s own chocolate-maker at 29 Palmer Square West always has small holiday-themed chocolates that can fit snugly in a stocking or hang on the tree.

9. “I Love Princeton” military style dog tags designed by Andrew Wilkinson available at A Store by Princeton Magazine,

8. Macaroons from Olives, 22 Witherspoon Street: Lots of stores in town sell macaroons, but our sources tell us that these sweet little gems are the best around. more

By Linda Arntzenius

The holiday season draws visitors to art museums in Princeton and beyond and Princeton Magazine here presents a round-up of exhibitions in town and further afield. Beginning close to home, art lovers who recently enjoyed the Arts Council of Princeton’s singular show marking the 25th anniversary of the Princeton Artists Alliance, will be able to see more work by this group as well as other contemporary New Jersey artists in America, Through Artists’ Eyes, an inspired new exhibition at the New Jersey State Museum.

Founded by local artist Charles McVicker, the Princeton Artists Alliance (PAA) includes some of Princeton’s most talented painters, sculptors and photographers. America, Through Artists’ Eyes began as the brainchild of one of them, Nancy Lee Kern. Kern passed away in the spring of this year and the show stands as a memorial to her. more

By Stuart Mitchner

“Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.” – Henri Matisse

In my dissheveled outsider’s view, the fashion world is best approached when it relates to art or cinema or literature, or, as I’ve just learned, when it’s embodied by designers who live up to Matisse’s definition of creative people. After scanning some new fashion-oriented publications appropriate to the holiday season, I’ve found the virtues of curiosity, persistance, independence, a spirit of adventure and a love of play in people like fashion legend Loulou de la Falaise (1948-2011) and Alber Elbaz, the creative director of Lanvin. more

By Anne Levin

Illustrations by Jorge Naranjo

Lanky and energetic with an engaging smile, Rodney Hargis exudes confidence. The pony-tailed North Carolina native is an analyst with MercerOnline at his alma mater, Mercer County Community College. At his graduation in 2009, he delivered the commencement speech. In his free time, he sings and plays guitar, mostly at gigs with his wife, a drummer and bass player, at a Grovers Mill coffeehouse. Life is good. But a decade ago, it was a different story. Hargis was addicted to drugs and alcohol. “I had been in and out of jail and had really reached bottom,” he says. “I was on the streets. I had a beat-up guitar and the clothes on my back, and that was it.” Now 43, Hargis is sitting in an office at The Rescue Mission in Trenton, the place he credits with saving his life. Between 2004 and 2006, he lived at the brick complex on gritty Carroll Street, getting himself clean and learning how to make the most of his young life. “I came here looking for a roof over my head,” he recalls. “I’d given up everything to my addiction. They took me in, and I lived in the shelter. I did work therapy—computer stuff, scheduling the trucks, taking calls, whatever they needed—and that gave me the foundation to move ahead.” more

By Taylor Smith

Patients have different reasons for traveling for healthcare. Some may be in search of the latest technology while others are seeking out particular specialists. No matter the reason, traveling out of state gives patients treatment options beyond their local medical center.

Clinical studies show that the best outcomes for patients with life-threatening illnesses occur at hospitals with the most experienced surgeons and staff. While there are many excellent surgeons in the United States, the greatest expertise can be found at facilities handling large numbers of patients with the same illness. By choosing to have treatment at these facilities, you are increasing your chances for the best result. more

By Taylor Smith 

There is more to Aspen/Snowmass, Vail, and Beaver Creek than just world class skiing. These Colorado resorts deliver it all – fine dining, distinctive nightlife, shopping, and cosmopolitan base villages. Sunny days are frequent and the snow is deep. Add to that the dramatic mountain vistas and western attitude, and it’s no wonder that these resorts are considered to be some of the best in North America.


Heaven for advanced skiers, Vail is steep and snow covered. The main two centers are Vail Village and Lionshead. Golden Peak is near Vail Village and offers access to the mountain, a beginner ski school, and lift area. Transportation within the town of Vail is also convenient. Town of Vail buses are free and run regularly from the eastern end of Vail Village to the western end of Lions Head. ECO Transit operates a bus service between Vail, Beaver Creek, and throughout Eagle County. more

By Jordan Hiller 

Today, it’s not uncommon for a female musician to be the sole talent driving a performance. Many female artists have achieved stardom without the support of back-up singers or traveling bands. In Cynthia Gooding’s time, however, a woman on stage with only her guitar for company, was an anomaly.

Gooding, who lived in Princeton and Kingston from 1964 until her death in 1988, grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. In the 1930s, at the start of her teenage years, this midwestern girl moved to Mexico City, where her love of music came to fruition. more

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