Author: Photographs by Emily Andrews

It’s a long way from Down Under to downtown New York—literally and figuratively—but for New Zealand–born fashion designer Rebecca Taylor, the trip has really paid off. After studying her craft at a polytechnic university in the Kiwi capital of Wellington, she decamped for Manhattan in 1992 and never looked back.

Decorator Todd Black completely renovates Sandra Ballentine's Murray Hill apartment into the penthouse of her dreams. With a proper kitchen and quaint terrace space, Black creates the perfect home for Ballentine to entertain and quietly work on her writing.

Decorator Todd Black completely renovates Sandra Ballentine's Murray Hill apartment into the penthouse of her dreams. With a proper kitchen and quaint terrace space, Black creates the perfect home for Ballentine to entertain and quietly work on her writing.

With their daughters grown, Karen and Aaron Diamond had toyed for years with the idea of moving. “We’d been here for almost 35 years,” Karen Diamond says of their three-bedroom apartment in a 1927 building on Riverside Drive. “But we’ve always loved the Upper West Side, and why leave something we loved? So we stayed.”