Looking west across 14th Street. 7:55 PM. Photo: JH.
Bright sunny day, warm in the evening. We went down to Gotham Hall, once the Greenwich Savings Bank in all its fiduciary glory, where Channel 13, WNET New York and Channel 21, WLIW were holding their 13th annual Gala Salute honoring Tony Bennett, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Michael Sovern, and William Harrison. The indefatigable Beverly Sills lent her sunshine to the party by emceeing. There were 425 guests and they raised $2.7 million!
JH was there with the Digital during the cocktail hour. Charlie Rose was there, recovered from his heart surgery and looking very fit. Also: Bill and Judith Moyers who are back on PBS; former Governor and Mrs. Cuomo, Jack and Susan Rudin, Kitty Carlisle Hart with Dina Merrill, Henry Louis Gates, Ann Tenenbaum, Maureen White and Steve Rattner, Bill Reilly, Judith and Burt Resnick, Bob and Irene Schwartz, Patricia and Michael Sovern, Rosalind P. Walter, Meryl and James Tisch, Natasha and Dirk Ziff, Betsy and Andrew Lack, Donna and Robin MacNeil, Thelma Golden, Lisa Caputo, and Ric Burns were just some of the distinguished guests who made this fund-raiser a record. For a very good cause, as you may have noticed.
Rosalind P. Walter and Charlie Rose
Thelma Golden and Ann Tenenbaum
DPC and Susan Rudin
Joyce Cowan, Martin Rabinowitz, Michael Sovern, Anna Rabinowitz, and Judith Moyers
Tony Bennett and Kitty Carlisle Hart
Bill Moyers, Charlie Rose, Mathilda Cuomo, and Grace Lyu-Volckhausen
Kitty Carlisle Hart and Dina Merrill
The table settings
The crowd during the cocktail reception
Frederick Hill with Mrs. and Dr. Bill Baker
Jack Rudin and Brother O'Connor with Kitty Carlisle Hart and Dina Merrill
Clockwise from above: Henry Louis Gates and Charlie Rose; Bill Reilly; William O'Shaughnessy; Dinner in Gotham Hall.
After the shoot, when the crowd went in to dinner, JH and I headed down to 14th Street (between 7th and 8th) and a little Italian restaurant called Crispo for a brief business conference and some quick din before back to work.
We sat in the open air garden in the rear of the restaurant. The blazing sun was just hitting the horizon, and so it was very light out. This was a second time visit in the past couple of weeks since we were in the neighborhood. Crispo is very casual, mainly younger clientele winding down the day. It has a very hardy and tasty menu.
I had a salad of arugula, asparagus tips, tomatoes and parmesan shavings followed by Spaghetti Carbonara. JH had the hanger steak. Plus two Peroni beers, some sparkling water. Total: $67 plus tip.
NYSD has entered that time of the year when the events are not beckoning by the wagon-load. Sometimes there’s even Nothing on the calendar (for us anyway). It comes as a relief, a chance for a respite, and the somewhat confounding unNew York experience of having some time to think and look around.