Sunday, March 4, 2007

Kicking off the week

Sunday in the West Village
We’re in the midst here at NYSD of launching a re-designed web site.  What does that mean? It means making the site more efficient and user-friendly, making it easier to upload, to see and to find either what you’re looking for or what you haven’t had a chance to see yet.  This project started out innocently last summer with the thought of launching last October. By then, the launch date was pushed back another month and then another month, and then another. Last week we thought we’d see it up online by today. But as things go in cyber-land there are still “t’s” to be crossed and “I’s” to be dotted, and so we’re looking at a launch date next Monday, March 12th. 

Those readers who’ve responded to our news about a new Classified Ads section will see their ads on that launch date. In the meantime anyone who would like to post a classified ad, follow the instructions at the bottom of this Diary.

Maastricht 2006. David Leiber and John Enzo Sperone of Sperone Westwater in front of a Julian Schnabel.
Tonight JH and I leave for the Netherlands and TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) at Maastricht. Maastricht, which we first visited last year (some readers will recall) is an amazing art fair, maybe the biggest in the world, drawing crowds from all over Europe, Asia and the United States.

I am always a reluctant traveler because I don’t like leaving home and the dawgs for more than a few hours and also because there’s enough to do right here in little ole Manhattan.

Meanwhile this is shaping up to be a very busy week on the New York social calendar. Tonight at the New-York Historical Society over on 77th Street and Central Park West, they are holding the American Musicals Projects’ annual benefit gala, featuring George Gershwin’s Song-Book, directed by Scott Alan Evans and starring Broadway veteran Victoria Clark with pianist Linda Hall, assistant conductor of the Metropolitan Opera.

For you Gershwin lovers out there, the performance will feature Gershwin’s own arrangements for 18 of his favorite songs, unavailable since he played them on his famous 1934 concert tour, after which he handed the arrangements over to Simon and Schuster. Tickets are $75-$500 each. For tickets, please call 212-873-3400, extension 305.

Just down the road, over at Lincoln Center, they’re holding Lincoln Center Theater’s Annual Benefit -- a reading of Wendy Wasserstein’s "The Sisters Rosensweig." It’s a benefit chaired by Brooke and Daniel Neidich, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, with Honorary Benefit Chairman Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. The evening will be featuring Tony Award winners Christine Baranski and Stockard Channing, Edie Falco, Ari Graynor, John Michael Higgins, Simon Jones, original cast member Robert Klein, Aaron Krohn and Peter Scanavino and directed by the play’s original director Daniel Sullivan. Wow.

And for the foodies and gourmands out there, tonight will see the 5th Annual "Taste of Greenwich House” hosted by the Greenwich House Advisory Board -- an evening of delicious food and drink from some of New York City’s finest restaurants to benefit the Children’s Services of Greenwich House, including a preschool for low-income families and the Child Safety Project, a child abuse treatment and prevention program. The VIP Reception will be held from 6-7 pm with exclusive access to the following restaurants: Butter, One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Pó, Tasca and Wolfgang's Tribeca. A Demoiselles Champagne Toast from Vranken America and special wine tasting arranged through Appellation Wines Cheese course courtesy of Artisanal Premium Cheese. 

All of this plus entertainment by the Rob Perle Jazz Trio. Plus, a special gift! General Admission is 6:30-9:30pm with even more restaurants and entertainment. The "Taste" event will be held at the The Westside Loft 336 W. 37th Street, 6th Floor (Between 8th & 9th Avenues). VIP ticket: $175, VIP Gourmet ticket: $250 (with Name listing in the program), General admission: $90 per person in advance, $100 at the door. Please call: Jessica St. Clair at (212) 242-4140, ext. 276 or email

In the meantime, we’ll be filing tomorrow from Maastricht, the oldest town in Holland, first settled by the Romans.