|On Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014, Park Avenue Armory hosted its annual family fundraising event, the Snowflake Lounge, at 643 Park Avenue. Now in its fourth year, the Snowflake Lounge has become one of the most noteworthy family holiday parties in Manhattan. This magical event invites families to explore the castle-like setting of the Armory, transformed into a winter wonderland complete with workshops, crafts and games for children of all ages, holiday carolers, sweet treats and hot chocolate (and champagne for the "young at heart".)
|This year's event featured the adventures of Bentley the snowman in a story told through shadow puppets and artistic workshops, a dance party with 10-year-old DJ Kai Song, and of course a special visit by Santa. The event co-chairs were Helene Comfort, Heidi McWilliams and Mary Kathryn Navab and the event raised funds for the Armory's unconventional arts and education programming.|
|Miracles on Madison Avenue happened in spite of the rain! Madison Avenue between 57th and 86th Streets was teaming with shoppers eager to give back and spread holiday goodwill. Miracle on Madison Avenue has been one of New York City’s most beloved philanthropic holiday shopping traditions for 28 years, This year, over 90 of the world’s most prestigious brands and retailers welcomed shoppers and donated 20% of the sales between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (with a maximum contribution of $15,000 per retailer). This will be the third year that Miracle on Madison Avenue has raised funds targeted to the pediatric initiatives of The Society of MSKCC, a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of adult and pediatric patients, supporting cancer research, and providing public education on the early prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer.|
|The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Miracle on Madison Avenue Host Committee members, Courtney Arnot, Muffie Potter Aston, Nina Carbone, Robyn Joseph, Martha O’Brien Lamphere, Amanda Meigher, Sarah Powers, Annie Taube, MSKCC President Martha Glass, and Eleanor Ylvisaker, Chairman, MSKCC Associates Committee were joined by Stellene Volandes Style Director of Town & Country, Jennifer Levine Bruno, Publisher/Chief Revenue Officer of Town and Town & Country magazine editors, to greet shoppers in over 90 of the world’s most prestigious participating boutiques including: Alexis Bittar, Bally, David Yurman, de Grisogono, Elaine Turner, Georg Jensen, Graff Diamonds, Gucci, Ippolita, Lalique, Leggiadro, Longchamp, Nespresso, Stuart Weitzman and Tory Burch.
|Up and down the Avenue, holiday choirs were singing the holiday favorites, tempting refreshments were served and the warm glow of goodwill will was shared by all. Miracle on Madison Avenue was organized by the Madison Avenue BID and Town&Country magazine returns this year as the media sponsor. Holiday shoppers can learn more about the festivities during Miracle on Madison Avenue at:
www.miracleonmadisonavenue.com or www.madisonavenuebid.org
|The Museum of the City of New York hosted its annual Children's Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 9th. The event is a beloved New York City tradition that provides essential support for the City Museum's Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center, which serves over 42,000 students and teachers, most of them from New York City's under-resourced public schools.
Children, ages three to eight, and their parents attended and participated in activities for the whole family, including a visit with Santa Claus, cookie decorating, a Museum scavenger hunt, face painting and much more.
|All proceeds benefited the Frederick A.O Schwarz Children's Center, which offers innovative education programs that help children learn about New York City's history and their place in it. The Center brings history to life in programs for school groups, grades pre-K through 12, including field trips, out–of-school time programs, and professional development workshops for teachers.
The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. For more information, visit www.mcny.org.
|On December 3rd at The Highline Hotel, The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art held its Second Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception to announce the winners of the 2014 Stanford White Awards for Excellence in Classical and Traditional Design.
These awards recognize achievement in individual projects in architecture, interiors, landscape, urbanism, and building craftsmanship & artisanship throughout New York, New Jersey, and Fairfield County, Connecticut. The awards program is named in honor of Stanford White (1853-1906), of the distinguished New York firm McKim, Mead & White, whose legacy of design excellence and creativity in architecture and the related arts continues to serve as a source of inspiration and delight.
|The Stanford White Awards winners are as follows: David. D. Harlan Architects LLC, Ike Kligerman Barkley, Hamady Architects LLC, Peter Pennoyer Architects, John B. Murray Architect LLC, Atelier & Co., Jayne Design Studio, Bunny Williams Inc & G.P. Schafer Architect PLLC, Doyle Herman Design Associates, Sawyer | Berson Architecture & Landscape Architecture, Andre Tchelistcheff Architects, David Scott Parker Architects, Leonard Porter Studio, Ha Min Joo.|
|Photographs by Cutty McGill (Snowflake); Mia McDonald (Stanford White Awards); Patrick McMullan (MCNY)|