Another week passes us by
Harriette Rose Katz's table, "A Time For romance," at last night's Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Preview of The Spring International Art & Antique Show. 8:20 PM. Photo: JH.

Beautiful day in New York; perfect temperatures. The doors and windows were open at Swifty’s and the smart set and the uber-chic were lunching practically al fresco.

Some of the guests who lunched at Swifty's with Stephen Attoe and Robert Caravaggi on April 27th:
• Peter Bacanovic
• Barbara Bancroft
• Edgar Batista
• Nancy Biddle
• Pat Buckley
• Caroline Chase
• Lynn Chase
• David and Louise Davis
• Sally Debenham
• Mr. and Mrs. Esteve
• Somers Farkas
• Eileen Finletter
• April Gow

• Lorna Graev
• Kitty Carlyle Hart
• Mary McFadden
• Chris Meigher
• Armene Milliken
• Jim Mitchell
• Helen O'Hagan
• Pat Patterson
• Pauline Pitt
• Anne Slater
• Mr. and Mrs. St. Damian
• Taki
• Florence Van der Kemp

Down at Michael’s Sandy Fisher uber-grand opera supporter was lunching with me to talk about the Met Opera Guild and the “Master Class” special benefit they’re doing at the Broadhurst Theatre on a Monday night in late June with stars and stars and stars alternating in the teacher’s role and Audra MacDonald coming into play the Student.

Sandy Fisher and Joe Torre

As we were talking about the fascinating world of Opera and the Met, who should walk by but Joe Torre, manager of the New York Yankees. Sandy stopped everything, exclaiming (to me, not to him): “Joe Torre!!!  I love the Yankees.  I grew on the Grand Concourse and 165th Street just down the block from Yankee Stadium!  I’d LOVE a picture of me and Joe Torre!”

I just happened to have my little Digital, and so when Mr. Torre came back by our table, I spoke up: “Mr. Torre, my friend here Mr. Fisher is a big fan of the Yankees and so I wonder if I could take a picture of you and him.”

Mr. Torre didn’t seem thrilled but he didn’t see annoyed either. “Sure, why not,” he says. So Sandy Fisher jumped up from the table, and so did I.  The result, the lifelong fan and the Man.

The traffic in the city was horrendous after lunch. My cab driver was griping and groaning, “It’s this way all over the city today!”  We took the shortcut through Central Park from 59th and Central Park South, wending our way pass the horses and carriages and runners and cyclists (and motorists) up to 72nd and Fifth Avenue where it was a wait just to get out of the Park. So I put down the window and set my little Digital to work to have a look at the beautiful pastoral/city scenes.

The pastoral scene in the Central Park at 3:00 PM.

Last night at the Seventh Regiment Armory on 67th and Park, was the opening of the 2006 Spring International Art & Antiques, produced by Wendy Management, with a special preview and dinner benefiting the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. The evening’s theme was “The Time Machine” and it was underwritten by Rolex Watch USA, with honorary chair Sydney Shuman and Benefit co-chairs Audrey Gruss and Diana Quasha. The thirty-four dinner tables were specially designed by 34 of the town’s top designers and firms. 

JH and the Digital was there to take in all of the beautiful set out tables.  The glittering turnout raised $800,000 for the good works of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, but more about all of that on Monday ...
Diane and Meg Wendy
George Farias and Hilary Geary Ross

Sydney Shuman, Diana Quasha, and Audrey Gruss

Alison Minton at her table, "Escaping Time"
Clo and Charles Cohen


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April 28, 2006, Volume VI, Number 73
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