Thursday, November 5, 2015

Autumnal glory

The table centerpieces designed by Dejuan Stroud at the Central Park Conservancy's annual Autumn in Central Park. 9:45 PM. Photo: JH.
Thursday, November 5, 2015. Fair weather here in New York for early November. Yesterday midday, the temps were in the low 70s, dipping to the high 50s at night. Beautiful day, beautiful night. Traffic a nightmare.

Yesterday late morning I went down to the Chinese Porcelain Company on 232 East 59th Street (between 2nd and 3rd) to meet Brooke Hayward who’d come in from Connecticut for lunch, and Pierre Durand the owner of the firm. This is their new location and they share the space with R. Louis Bofferding Fine & Decorative Arts.
Pierre Durand and R. Louis Bofferding.
We were all meeting there because neither Brooke nor I had seen the new space of both men who are friends. Louis used to be on Lex in the 70s and the Chinese Porcelain on the corner of 58th and Park. Now they are in the heart of the decorative arts industry in New York. It’s a much quieter neighborhood pedestrian-wise (between 2nd and 3rd) but interestingly both firms have been doing much more business, as well as a great deal of business on the internet. These pieces caught my eye especially because of their provenance.
This pair of gilt bronze mounted stoneware figures of hawks are China, Qing Dynaswty, Jiaqing reign (1796-1820) -- $28,000. These pieces belonged to Cole Porter.
The carved hardwood bust is 20th century, height 15 ½  inches, width 5 ½ inches and depth 6 ½  inches. Also from the Cole Porter estate, $25,000.
After our visit we all adjourned to Michael’s which was its Wednesday self, jammed with chatter-clatter. Terry Allen Kramer was there with George Hamilton, the actor. Hamilton’s film career was eclipsed by his own celebrity.  It’s the same face we first saw on the screen 50 years ago, and the same pleasant and agreeable air matched by elegant good looks (and a tan). Also at the table next to us was Mickey Ateyeh, who was lunching with Tara Milne and Danielle Hirsch, who is also coincidentally the wife of JH.

In the Room at Table One was Margo Nederlander with a group of women on the planning luncheon for her committee members and co-chairs for the Southampton Bath & Tennis Charitable Fund's January fundraiser. Next door: Mickey Ateyeh with Danielle Hirsch and Tara Milne; and Terry Allen Kramer with George Hamilton; Star Jones with Dr. Holly Phillips, Town & Country's Jay Fielden; Henry Schleiff with Sharon Scott; Marshall Cohen with Bruce Friend; Gordon Davis; Clifford Davis; Laura Lee Miller; Leonard Shulman; Neil Lasher; former US Ambassador to Brazil Clifford Sobel; Jack Kliger with Alana Newhouse; Myrna Greenberg; Fox TV's Rosanna Scotto, Penny Crone and Lynne White; Randy Jones with Marc Rosen; the Wuhl brothers, Evan and Robert; Duh Boyz, Dr. Gerry Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Michael Kramer, Andrew Bergman; Joan Jakobson with Barbara Liberman; literary mega-agent Luke Janklow; Diane Clehane with Oscar (Andy) Hammerstein III, Andrew Stein; Carl Bernstein with Tom Goodman; Ross Ellis, Rachel Piggott, and Matthew Talomie.
Tara Milne, Mickey Ateyeh, and Danielle Hirsch at Michael's.
Last night was another busy calendar of events. Over in Central Park at the Naumburg Bandshell, the Central Park Conservancy was hosting its Autumn in Central Park dinner. They had about 600 guests. JH and Danielle were there.

According to JH, the evening felt like a fun private party with cocktails, dinner and dancing, and consisted of only one 5-minute speech by President and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy, Doug Blonsky. Dejuan Stroud designed the autumnal decor and the delectable menu of butternut squash with burrata, Chilean sea bass, and caramel apple mouse. Autumn in Central Park raises vital funds to benefit the Conservancy's mission to restore and maintain the Park, which costs many millions a year.
The stone urns around the The Naumburg Bandshell were enclosed under the tent and filled with fresh autumnal flowers.
The place cards.
The 2015 Autumn in Central Park Chairmen included Meg and Bennett Goodman, Anne and Bill Harrison, Sharon and Bill Jacob, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, and Stephanie and Fred Shuman.

Charles Altchek, Sara and Michael Bernard, Samuel P.C. Dangremond, Allison Fast, Rob Gorrie, Katie Harrison, Lucinda Ballard,
and Theodore May served as the 2015 Young Associate Chairmen.

170 juniors and young associates eventually took over the dance floor and cocktail area and hosted an after party (at 11:30) at Tavern on the Green.
The cocktail reception was centered around a 10-foot wood cutout tree sculpture.
A closer look at the tree and its stand made of moss illuminated by candlelight.
Lounge style seating during cocktials.
The tented room set for dinner.
The table centerpiece, which was a mini version of the wood cutout tree sculpture in the reception area.
Detail of the centerpiece.
Other table centerpieces ...
The first course: butternut squash with burrata, toasted pumpkin seeds, and maple vinaigrette.
Dessert: Caramel apple mousse.
2015 Autumn in Central Park Chairmen Anne Harrison, Gillian Miniter, Sharon Jacob, and Stephanie Shuman.
Bob Cochran, Marcia Mishaan, and Suzanne Cochran.
Patrick and Patsy Callahan.
Fe Fendi, Danielle Hirsch, Sylvester Miniter, Elyse Newhouse, and Gillian Miniter.
Hillary and Laura Hall.
Mini pumpkin pies.
The juniors take hold of the night. 10:30 PM.
I was a few blocks south at the private club designed by Delano & Aldrich a century ago, for a large dinner party given by the Lenox Neighborhood House in honor of Christopher Spitzmiller for all the work he has quietly done for the House. Christopher is a potter and purveyor of lamps that are found in the best of homes. You can read about his fascinating and prosperous career in an interview we did with him for HOUSE from 2009. The evening was a black tie dinner in an elegant and historical venue preceded by a cocktail hour, and the attire for the men was black tie. They also raised $200,000 to help fund their programs for the 20,000 New Yorkers, from children to seniors.
Christopher Spitzmiller with Charleston/Greenville native Matthew Bees who traveled to New York just to support Chris.
Always catching up. On Tuesday, October 20th at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Children’s Rights (CR) raised more than $1 million at its 10th annual benefit. The funds raised support the organization’s efforts to use the law to defend and protect children in U. S. foster care.

The evening was hosted by CNN News Anchor Michaela Pereira and included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a seated dinner and program at which CR’s Board Chair, Alan C. Myers, was honored and the Honorable Bryanne Hamill was recognized.
Michaela Pereira.
Former foster youth, Julius Kissinger.
Myers, a recently retired partner from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, was honored for his dedication and commitment to helping our nation’s most vulnerable children. Under his leadership, the CR staff has ensured that tens of thousands of foster youth in over 15 states are safer, more secure and have brighter futures.

The Honorable Bryanne Hamill, a retired New York Family Court judge, was recognized for her exemplary efforts on behalf of children and families. She is the chair of the New York Board of Correction Adolescent and Young Adult Committee and was pivotal in the effort to end solitary confinement for youth at Rikers.
The Honorable Bryanne Hamill and Sandy Santana.
Kasseem 'Swizz Beatz' Dean and Alan C. Myers.
Along with the honorees, former foster youth Julius Kissinger brought the room to its feet when he told his heroic story of overcoming the physical abuse at the hands of his adoptive parents, his tumultuous and unstable journey in the foster care system, and how finding a loving and supporting family is helping him realize his dreams as a young adult. He is now using his voice to help fight for kids that are still are in the foster care system.
Silda Wall Spitzer. Joanne and Marshall Goldberg.
Alice Rosenwald, Michelle Anderson, and Glenn Kauhold.
Jenny and Jay Galluzzo. James Stanton and Kelli Shaughnessy.
Grady Spivey, Nina Myers, and Elliott Sumers, MD.
Ira Lustbader, Steven D. Grushkin, and Peggy Franzis.
Joseph Larkin, Brittany Serating, and Peter Serating.
Kimberly Rimer, Lewis Tepper, Daniel Galpern, and Cori Galpern.
More catching up: On October 14, nearly 100 guests were in attendance for the unveiling of the new $5 million Cancer Institute at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) — made possible through the generosity of Elaine and Kenneth G. Langone. There are four board certified oncologists on staff, including the only onsite, full-time Radiation Oncologist in New York State. The Cancer Institute’s visionary design provides AMC’s 22-member oncology team with the ideal environment needed to diagnose and treat more patients, focus on early detection and work toward a cure for cancer through advanced research.
Dr. Richard Goldstein, Dr. Nicole Leibman, Kathryn Coyne, and Elaine and Kenneth Langone.
Kathryn Coyne and Elaine Langone. Martin and Kane Nussbaum.
AMC Trustee Tina Santi Flaherty and Dr. Samantha Schlemmer.
Nancy Kissinger and Elaine Langone. AMC Trustees Emilia Krimendahl and Donna Acquavella.
AMC Trustee Janet York, David Frei, and Dr. Ann Hohenhaus.
William Rayner and AMC Trustee Professor Iris Love. Marjorie and Arthur Samuels.
Dr. Richard Goldstein and Kathryn Coyne.
View from the Cancer Institute.

Photographs by Karen Sterling (Children's Rights)

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