|On March 3rd, the American Museum of Natural History held its annual Winter Dance. As New York City's longest-running junior benefit, the Winter Dance brings together influential young philanthropists to celebrate and to raise essential funds for the Museum's scientific and educational programs. This year, the theme of the evening was Winter Dance Underwater with an intimate dinner, followed by dancing (to Harley Viera-Newton), and demonstrations by magician/mentalist Ryan Oakes, all beneath the blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.
Melissa and Carney Hawks, Alexandra and Gregory Kwiat, Alexandra Milstein, Elizabeth and Michael Reiss, Jessica and Jonathan Right, Ginger and Keith Wallach served as Chairmen.
|Guests included Sarah M. Belz, Kyle Haug, George Jovanoski, Elizabeth and Andrew Yanev, Natasha Avanessians, Ben Black, Katherine Kung, Julia and Jamal Nusseibeh, Ryan and Janna Raskopf, Andrew Right, Alexandra Steel Scott and James Michael Scott, Lauren Tobe and Russell Sacks, Stephanie Belz, Blakeslee Johnson, Martin Okner, Yvette Schmitter, Zach Weiss, and Julia Zamorska.|
|Jared Seligman, Nicky Rothschild Hilton, Fabiola Beracasa Beckman, Alexandra and Louisa Burch and Amanda Hearst hosted an intimate dinner in the never-before-seen duplex penthouse at Property Markets Group's 10 Sullivan to raise money and awareness for Animal Haven and their new shelter opening on Centre Street. The 360-degree views from the penthouse offered the perfect backdrop for a guest list that included Edie Falco, Ashley Olsen, Jenny and Jason Biggs, Stacey Bendet, Serena Altschul, Ashley Avignone, Arthur Becker, Sasha Bikoff, Yale Breslin, Sara Burke, Alison Chemla, Carole Radziwill, Georgia Fowler, Meredith Melling, Curtis Kulig, Barron Hilton, Property Markets Group Founder Kevin Maloney and Managing Director Brett Wolfe, Sara Moonves, Carlos Mota, Brandon Stanton, Jayme Wisneski, Katherine Holmes, Diana Hsu, Candace Jarkow, Andres Von Der Gultz, Robert Stilin, Jordan and Breanna Schultz, Katie Sturino and a very special guest of honor, @Toastmeetsworld.
A curated playlist of music by Harley Viera-Newton set the mood for the chic set. Tom Ford generously donated exclusive gift bags with Tom Ford fragrances for each guest in support of Animal Haven.
|On March 9th, dance enthusiasts experienced the provocative sexual anthem MIDDLESEXGORGE (1990), Stephen Petronio's signature piece created during the height of the AIDS epidemic, at their highly anticipated 2016 Benefit Gala. The company also performed post-modernist and radical American choreographer Trisha Brown's landmark GLACIAL DECOY (1979), her first dance for the proscenium stage; while also witnessing the world premiere performance of BIG DADDY (DELUXE), also by Petronio.
The evening was co-chaired by Alison Mazzola and Lisa Resling Halpern and honored Richard E. Feldman, President of the SHS Foundation, for his stalwart support of dance, and Diane Madden, Associate Artistic Director of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, for her unflagging dedication to Brown's work.
|At the reception, Petronio was surprised with a fabulous cake and applause for his 60th birthday.
Petronio is widely regarded as one of the leading dance-makers of his generation, having built a body of work with some of the most renowned and talented artists in the world. Over the span of his astounding career, he has collaborated with Rufus Wainwright, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono and The Beastie Boys. Petronio has also previously joined forces with visual artist Cindy Sherman, and composer Son Lux (Ryan Lott) who both attended the gala. Petronio's latest work, conceived and performed with artists Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin, will premiere at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, in April.
|Wednesday night's event drew a diverse group of creative and arts industry names, including actresses Rose McGowan and Malin Yhr, fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez, fashion scholar Harold Koda with Alan Kornberg and Wendy Goodman, interior decorator Alex Papachristidis and Scott Nelson, Sylvia Mazzola, R. Couri Hay, Janna Bullock, Dorothy Lichtenstein, artists Teresita Fernández and Ann Hamilton, photographer Sarah Silver, Maria Caso and musician Stan Harrison. Also dining in the Dream Downtown Gallery were Joa Baldinger and Heiner Friedrich, Jill Brienza, Karen Erickson, Claire Flack, Jean-Marc Flack, lighting designer Ken Tabachnick, Joyce Theater Executive Director Linda Shelton, BAM President Katy Clark and Liz Gerring Radke.
BLOODLINES is an initiative to honor an incomparable lineage of American postmodern dance masters. Stephen Petronio Company will perform iconic choreography from a family tree that straddles the 20th and 21st centuries alongside new creations by Petronio. Stephen Petronio Company is the first contemporary American company to perform these works outside of the original choreographers' companies. Through this initiative, Petronio aims to pay homage to the masters before by embracing the works that have been a source of inspiration.
|On March 9th, The New York Landmarks Conservancy held its 2016 Chairman's Award Luncheon at The Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. The Chairman's Award recognizes exceptional individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated their dedication to protecting New York's rich architectural legacy. The Landmarks Conservancy presented its 2016 Chairman's Award to Apple Inc., and the award was accepted by Christopher Peak, Senior Director Head of Retail Design & Direct Sourcing for Real Estate and Development.
Apple was honored for their contribution to preserving, restoring, and repurposing notable historic structures in New York City. The company has placed four stores in historic buildings – marrying high tech and distinguished architecture in Grand Central Terminal (an individual New York City landmark), 103 Prince Street (SoHo Historic District), 401 W. 14th Street (Gansevoort Market Historic District), and 940 Madison Avenue (Upper East Side Historic District).
|Joe Mizzi and Frank Sciame of Sciame Construction and Development, and Mort Zuckerman of Boston Properties served as Honorary Co-Chairs for The Chairman's Award Luncheon. Dick Anderson, New York Building Congress; Karl Backus, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Jay Badame, Tishman Construction; Hon. Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President; Victoria A. Dengel, The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen; Mick Doyle, Acheson Doyle Partners Architects; Alexa Hampton, Mark Hampton LLC; John J. Kerr, Jr., Esq.; Hon. Carolyn Maloney, U.S. House of Representatives; Milo Riverso, STV; Hon. Charles Schumer, U.S. Senate; Stuart Siegel, Engel & Völkers; Richard Southwick, Beyer Blinder Belle, and Cas Stachelberg, Higgins Quasebarth & Partners comprised the Leadership Committee.
|The New York Landmarks Conservancy has led the effort to preserve and protect New York City's architectural legacy for over 40 years. Since its founding, the Conservancy has loaned and granted more than $40 million, which has leveraged more than $1 billion in 1,550 restoration projects throughout New York, revitalizing communities, providing economic stimulus, and supporting local jobs. The Conservancy has also offered countless hours of pro bono technical advice to building owners, both nonprofit organizations and individuals. The Conservancy's work has saved more than a thousand buildings across the City and State, protecting New York's distinctive architectural heritage for residents and visitors alike today, and for future generations. For more information, visit www.nylandmarks.org.|
|UJA-Federation of New York's Real Estate Division honored Michael Schonbraun, managing director of Square Mile Capital Management LLC, with the Larry A. Silverstein REX Award at its annual Real Estate Executives (REX) Gala on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt New York.
|Nearly 500 guests gathered to support Schonbraun, including Lloyd Goldman, president and founder of BLDG Management Co., Inc., who presented the award; REX Gala chairs Gregory J. Kalikow, vice president of The Kalikow Group, and David Schonbraun, co-chief investment officer of SL Green Realty Corp.; REX division chair Brian S. Lichter, partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, and vice chair Micah Goodman, managing director of Benefit Street Partners; and UJA-Federation's Real Estate Division chair, Richard Mack, CEO and co-founder of Mack Real Estate Group.
The Larry A. Silverstein REX Award was created to honor Silverstein's legendary professional and philanthropic achievements, and to recognize an exceptional young real estate professional who emulates Silverstein's commitment to the real estate community and to improving the lives of others.
|REX attracts young leaders from real estate, design and construction, hospitality, and allied trades industries, including developers, owners, financiers, attorneys, hoteliers, architects, and investment strategists, who come together to help people in need, build strong relationships with colleagues in the field, and explore issues that delve beyond the New York real estate community. The REX division has raised more than $900,000 to date during UJA-Federation's 2016 fiscal year, running July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. Funds raised go to UJA-Federation's annual campaign to sustain its network of nearly 100 nonprofits that touches the lives of 4.5 million people annually.|
|Photographs by BFA (Petronio & Animal Haven); R. Mickens (AMNH)|