|Looking west across Central Park from Fifth Avenue and 73rd Street. 10:40 PM. Photo: JH.|
|January 22, 2010. Beautiful day, yesterday in New York; sunny and mild.
The talk down at Michael’s was about Scott Brown in Massachusetts. My luncheon partner was impressed by his “story” of wayward youth in multiple marriage homes. I think Michael Wolff on his newser.com got it right: It was about the Kennedys.
The little town where I grew up in Western Massachusetts was a good example of the social/political divide that existed in that commonwealth (it is not a “state”) when the Kennedys were emerging politically. The Protestants vs. the Catholics. The Irish Catholics particularly were socially aggressive in raising themselves up from their immigrant bootstraps. And they were tough and crude compared to the milk-skinned Brahmins. That was not necessarily true, even absurd, but that was the general perception.
The legacy of Rose Kennedy’s father Honey-Fitz Fitzgerald was remembered as that of a saloon keeper and a politician in 19th century Boston. Backroom politics. His legacy, however, was all over the state (excuse me, Commonwealth) by the mid-20th century, and his daughter was well on her way to becoming a social dowager of the first order. Despite this, the Irish RCs (or mackeral-snappers, as some of the smart aleck WASPs liked to call them) often had a chip also.
|In my hometown the WASPs, the Mayflower set (every good town had one) were the establishment. It was a small mainly middle-class working-class town with the wealth in the hands of the bankers, the lawyers, the businessmen. The judge when I was growing up was Irish Catholic. A very successful lawyer, a supporter of Jack Kennedy, lawyer for the local papers (later purchased by Newhouse) and a mafia lawyer too. Big Nose Sam, Ice Pick Louie. They were clients. The judge who always had an almost finished cigar in the side of his mouth wherever he went, drove a very nice late model grey Cadillac sedan too. This made a very good impression on everyone. A Caddy was the ultimate and fairly rare. The judge was also an elegant, well-read man who like any good Irishman liked a tipple or two. Or three. And a good conversation.
The local establishment, those Mayflower ancestors, didn’t think so much of the judge (who had replaced a recently deceased member of their crowd with a good old New England name like Parker or Putnam). But they allowed him his: they respected him. He had power and money also. Very respectable no matter what town you’re in.
The Kennedys were New Yorkers, despite their Massachusetts residences. They were worldly, educated, witty. They kept their Bay State connections for political reasons, like a lot of politicians in this country. That aside, they lived a big life in Hyannisport, Bronxville and New York. This was not generally known to the Massachusetts citizenry, the voters. They knew the Kennedys through the old man’s bank and the grandfather’s backroom politics days. To New Englanders, New York was like a foreign land where kings and hucksters and sharpies met and meted. The New York air was good for the Kennedys. Their self-confidence, elan, was alluring. Although there were many who suspected them also. Of anything and everything.
The emergence of Jack Kennedy as a national figure, however, was a decisive moment in the image of Irish Roman Catholic heritage, up from nowhere-mobility. The Kennedys wore their wealth like rich American aristocrats. This was very impressive to everyone. The new wife Jackie Kennedy was a beauty, like a movie star in her bearing. Or a princess. This was also very impressive to everyone.
That impression gilded their power in Massachusetts. Their wit and ambition infused it. That was a hard act to follow for any politician. Say what you will about Teddy Kennedy, he cut a wide swath of international proportions. That is important in the world of human relations. They were beloved. The martyred President and the martyred Senator’s little brother was the standard bearer. It lasted 65 years for many good reasons. A very hard act to follow in politics, national or local.
Brown’s accession is historic for that reason alone, if no other. It’s the world moving on to its destiny.
|The opening night of The 56th Annual Winter Antiques Show.|
|Last night was the benefit preview of the annual Winter Antiques Show at the armory on 67th and Park. This is the 56th annual, benefiting the East Side House Settlement in the South Bronx. The East Side House Settlement benefits from the net proceeds of all preview parties and all general admission receipts from the show.
The East Side House Settlement is located in one of the poorest congressional districts in the United States, the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. East Side House provides educational services, computer technology training, counseling and other forms of assistance.
|Peter Brant, the well known art collector, was Honorary Chairman of the evening. Arie Kopelman is Chairman of the Winter Antiques Show Committee and Sallie Krawcheck, President, Global Wealthy & Investment Management of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, was Opening Night Party Chair.
|Hyde Park Antiques. New York, NY.|
|Elliott & Grace Snyder. South Egremont, MA.||Macklowe Gallery. New York, NY.|
|Conru Primitive Art. Brussels, Belgium • Devon, England.|
|Barbara Israel Garden Antiques. New York, NY.|
|Keshishian. London, England.|
|Cohen & Cohen. London, England.||Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc. New York, NY.|
|Georgian Manor Antiques. Fairhaven, MA.|
|Carolle Thibault-Pomerantz. New York, NY • Paris, France.|
|Old Hope Antiques, Inc. New Hope, PA.|
|Frank & Barbara Pollack. Highland Park, Illinois.||Safani Gallery, Inc. New York, NY.|
|Liz O'Brien. New York, NY. Claude Lalanne for Winterthur.|
|David A. Schorsch • Eileen M. Smiles American Antiques. Woodbury, CT.|
|Michel Beiny, Inc. New York, NY.|
|Schwarz Gallery. Philadelphia, PA.|
|Dillingham & Co. Springfield Center, NY.|
|L'Antiquaire & The Connoisseur, Inc. New York, NY.|
|Peter Petrou. London, England.||Arader Galleries. New York, NY. • Philadelphia, PA.|
|Philip Colleck, Ltd. New York, NY.|
|Foster • Gwin, Inc. San Francisco, CA.|
|Giampietro. New Haven, CT.||Associated Artists, LLC. Southport, CT.|
|Taylor B. Williams Antiques. Chicago, IL.|
|Alexander Gallery. New York, NY.|
|Clinton Howell Antiques. New York, NY.|
|At Roger Keverne of 16 Clifford St, London, Mr. Keverne and associates enjoying the
|They were successful; it was a big crowd. The doors opened before 6 and at 9 the aisles were still jammed. It’s always a beautiful show, and this year the aisles seemed more vibrant and the stalls more intriguing. Beautiful, fascinating stuff.
The show is open until Sunday the 31st.
|Reed and Delphine Krakoff.||Mario Buatta.||Mary's wearing a New York cockroach earring that Mario gave her. Lovely.|
|Chris Martin, Jim McGuigan, Ryan McGuigan, Ann Rapp, and Jean Shafiroff.||Ken Rendell, Tom Savage and friend.|
|Kathy Steinberg on right.||Nancy and Jimmy Glaser.||Cheri Kaufman and Bill Sclight.|
|Tom Gates and Martha Glass.||Gates' vintage tie.||Egan Seward and Tom Jayne.|
|Mark Maresca, Lauren and Kathryn Maresca, and Jamieson Clair.||Jayne Michaels.|
|Polly Onet and Bronson van Wyck.||Chris Leasure, Alison Minton, and Michel Witmer.||Michael Henry Adams taking a picture of DPC taking a picture of Michael Henry Adams.|
|The future as past, the Warhol Factory 21st century later, Brigid Berlin (of Chelsea Girls) and Andy's Diarist, Pat Hackett with DPC at Patrick McMullan's dinner at the East Side Social Club last night after the antiques show, along with Nicole Miller, Polly Onet, Sam Bolton and Charlie Scheips.|
|Brigid Berlin, DPC, and Pat Hackett.|
|The East Side Social Club opened around Thanksgiving at 230 East 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. This was my first time there, and I knew in a minute it wouldn't be the last. Homey, cozy but hip and sophisticated, laid back with a great bar area. A classic. Loud, lotta talk, mixed crowd age-wise; and casual.|