Sunday, March 13, 2016

Preserving and protecting

Dancing in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History's annual Winter Dance.
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.
Greg Kwiat's band "Come Together"
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.
Winter Dance 2016 Chairmen: Jonathan and Jessica Right, Michael and Elizabeth Reiss, Melissa and Carney Hawks, Alexandra and Gregory Kwiat, Alexandra Milstein, and Ginger and Keith Wallach
Joyce Kwok and Alex Leung
Yvette Schmitter
Chairmen Gregory and Alexandra Kwiat
Chairmen Keith and Ginger Wallach
Junior Council Chairmen Andrew and Elizabeth Yanev, George Jovanoski, Sarah Belz, and Kyle Haug
Chairmen Elizabeth and Michael Reiss
Chairman Alexandra Milstein
Chairmen Jessica and Jonathan Right
Junior Council Chairmen Andrew Yanev, George Jovanoski, and Kyle Haug
Chairman Alexandra Milstein and Michael Feldstein
Chairmen Carney and Melissa Hawks
Nicole Pepperman, Maya Jesselson, Chairman Alexandra Milstein, Susy Schieffelin, Jackie Nowikovsky, Jackie Wittlinger, and Kathryn Kremnitzer
Marianna Strongin, Niso and Jamie Bahar, and Alexandra Kwiat
Katherine Kung and friend
Zach Weiss, Yvette Schmitter, and Jack Broad
Vice Chairman Natasha Avanessians (third from left) and friends
Dinner in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals
Harley Viera-Newton
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.
Georgia Fowler
Jenny Mollen and Jason Biggs
Alison Chemla and Sasha Bikoff
Carlos Mota
Barron Hilton
Carole Radziwill and Adam Kenworthy
Cooper Cox and Serena Altschul
Edie Falco
Jared Seligman, Amanda Hearst, and Brett Wolfe
Julia Fehrenbach and Breanna Schultz
Katie Sturino with Toast
Louisa Burch, Pookie Burch, Jared Seligman, Fabiola Beracasa, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, and Amanda Hearst
Stacey Bendet
Mika Ito, Kendra Mara, and Tiffany Lacey
Kevin Maloney and Arthur Becker
Yale Breslin, Ashley Olsen, and Jared Seligman
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.
Cindy Sherman, Stephen Petronio, Narciso Rodriguez, and Teresita Fernandez
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.
"Glacial Decoy"/ Stephen Petronio Company
"MiddleSexGorge"/ Stephen Petronio Company
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.
Alison Mazzola, Christina Flynn, and Sylvia Mazzola
Cori Kresge and Josh Wolchak
Jill Brienza
Kirk Radke and Liz Gerring Radke
Stephen Petronio and Jean-Marc Flack
Diane Madden and Celeste Madden
Harold Koda and Wendy Goodman
Gino Grenek, Joshua Tuason, Emily Stone, Cori Kresge, Jaqlin Medlock, Nick Sciscione, Dava Fearon, Tess Montoya, Kyle Filley, and Alex Giroux
Nancy Ng and Jean Stone
Sarah Silver and Dean Sheremet
Richard Feldman
Rose McGowan and Mandie Erickson
Alex Papachristidis, Janna Bullock, and R. Couri Hay
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).
Lloyd Zuckerberg and Christopher Peak
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.
Christopher Peak, Mort Zuckerman, and Pat O'Brien
Sarah Carroll, Peg Breen, and Meenakshi Srinivasan
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
Samuel G. White and Debora Barros
August Ceradini, Tim Halpern, and Donald Tober
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.
Greg Kalikow, David Schonbraun, Michael Schonbraun, Alfonso Kimche, Brian Lichter, and Micah Goodman
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.
Lloyd Goldman and Michael Schonbraun
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.
Jonathan Resnick, Andy Singer, and Micah Goodman
William Friedland and Alfonso Kimche
Michael Schonbraun and Jeff Schoenfeld
Adam Haber, Noah Bilenker, and Matthew Snyder
Michael Vickers, Dina Silberstein, and Scott Harris
Dan Braff, Blair Lichter, and Mark Kaplan
Michele Mahl, Debra Caplan, Emily Schonbraun, and Deborah Ginsberg
Jason Semmel, David Schonbraun, and Peter Weiss
Carly Weinreb, David Shalom, Ariel Tambor, Adam Pogoda, and Michael Pogoda
Josh Simon, Jeff Moroch, Laura Hirschman, Tim Oberweger, and Dan Temel
David Yaeli, Andrew Nitkin, and David Levy
Solomon Kinraich, Jonas Katzoff, and Zachary Bennett
Bess Castagnello, Melody Malekan
Jonas Katzoff, Brian Cohen, Jason Merker, and Gabe Wasserman
Cindy Feinberg and Maria Wilpon
Photographs by BFA (Petronio & Animal Haven); R. Mickens (AMNH)