Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Looking up

The top of 432 Park Avenue. 6:36 PM. Photo: JH.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015. Overcast, cool, and in the low 60s, yesterday in New York. I had a lunch date with Patrick McMullan at Michael’s. It was not a pretty day in New York weather-wise but my cab had a transparent top and as I was riding along, I found myself fascinated with looking up at the buildings. I took these photos as we crossed 57th Street from Sutton Place over to Madison Avenue.

The building wrapped in the red and blue scaffolding is at the corner of 57th Street. Beyond that is what is now the tallest building in New York, 432 Park Avenue at 56th Street which is obviously still under construction.
Riding in the cab across East 57th Street between First and Second Avenues, we see on the left the new building going up on the southwest corner of 57th and Second Avenue. Farther along, in the distance is the 432 Park Avenue building at 56th and Park.
The older building on the right side of the photo, with the tower and spire, was the tallest inhabited building in New York at the time of its completion. It is the Ritz Tower, built in 1925 by Emory Roth for Arthur Brisbane, the editor for William Randolph Hearst of the New York Daily Mirror, Hearst’s rival of the Joseph Medill Patterson’s sensational New York Daily News (daily circulation 5 million).

Brisbane was also a partner in real estate enterprises with his boss. The Ritz contained a duplex apartment for Mr. Hearst's famous mistress, Marion Davies. Brisbane also wrote a daily column called “Today” which was syndicated in 200 newspapers and read by more than 20 million people every day.
Waiting for the light at Third Avenue and 57th.
One block north on the east side of Park Avenue with the tower and spire was the tallest inhabited building in New York at the time of its completion. It is the Ritz Tower, built in 1925 by Emory Roth for Arthur Brisbane.
Tiffany getting ready for the holidays.
Meanwhile back to business. This is the season as many readers know, for the galas, openings and fundraisers. Last Tuesday a week, the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) 10th Annual Gala transformed Skylight at Moynihan Station into a living testament to NYSCF’s groundbreaking discoveries over the past ten years.

Co-founded by CEO Susan L. Solomon, NYSCF endeavors to accelerate cures to the major diseases of our time including Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, and others through stem cell research and the Gala highlighted the immense progress NYSCF has made bringing cures and treatments to our loved ones, family and friends.
Kara Ross, Stephen M. Ross, Susan L. Solomon, Roy Furman, and David Rockwell.
They honored Stephen M. Ross, Founder and Chairman of the Related Companies, with The NYSCF Leadership Award. Mark McCauley, a financial professional and member of the NYSCF Junior Leadership Council received the NYSCF Stem Cell Heroes award alongside Parkinson’s patient advocates and NYSCF research subjects Jeff and Jack Gernsheimer.

More than 400 attended, and explored the unique Science Fair during cocktails and desserts. The Fair displayed NYSCF’s pioneering research, and gave guests an exclusive opportunity to learn firsthand about NYSCF’s work from scientists at NYSCF’s Research Institute.
Joan Hornig, Kara Ross, and Chuck Close.
Guests included Jeff and Lisa Blau, Shirley Cook, Chuck Close, John Elderfield, Arne and Milly Glimcher, David Alan Grier, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Ana Meier and Daniel Creighton, Thomas and Jean Phifer, David Piscuskas, Toni Ross, David Rockwell, Stephen and Kara Ross, Ian Schrager and Tania Wahlstedt, Stephen B. and Wendy Siegel, Susan L. Solomon and Paul Goldberger.

The evening raised more than $1.7 million. There was also a silent auction featuring original works by Richard Serra, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Christo, and Frank Gehry, among other special artworks and experiences.  The New York Stem Cell Foundation is an acknowledged world leader in stem cell research. To learn more about their work, visit
Margo Alexander and Susan L. Solomon.
Alan Patricof and Andy Russell.
Shirley Cook and David Alan Grier.
Dorothy Lichtenstein and Karen Burke. Dorian Goldman and Marlene Hess.
Tom Bernstein, Paul Goldberger, and Ian Schrager.
Jennifer Ross and Stephen M. Ross.
John Eastman, Jodie Eastman, Marlene Hess, and Roy Furman.
Stephen Siegel, Simone Levinson, and David Levinson.
Moving along. Last Thursday, Andrew and Ann Tisch hosted a special reception for Bette Midler’s Restoration Project to celebrate the culmination of MillionTreesNYC, a public-private partnership between New York City Parks and Ms. Midler’s New York Restoration Project which one 1 million trees have been planted and cared for throughout the five boroughs.
Ann Tisch, Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, and Bette Midler.
Michael Kors, Bette Midler, and Lance Le Pere.
Ellen Levine and Ann Tisch.
Pamela Swerdlick, Alan Swerdlick, and Deborah Marton.
Brian Sawyer, Edwina von Gal, and Todd DeGarmo.
Martin von Haselberg and Dr. Richard Levine.
Liam Kavanagh, Deborah Marton, and Ben Needel.
Catching up. On Wednesday, October 14, The Museum of the City of New York presented its 9th annual Louis Auchincloss Prize  to Wynton Marsalis at the museum’s annual Cabaret  dinner. Among his many honors, Wynton Marsalis has won 9 Grammys, the Pulitzer for Music and the National Medal for the Arts, the highest award given to artists in the United States.  The Louis Auchincloss Prize is awarded to wreiters and artists whose work is inspired by and enhances the five boroughs of New York City. Disciplines include literature, architecture, aret, music, playwriting and photography. Previous recipients have been Philip Glass, Stephen Sondheim, Ada Louise Huxtable, Sheldon Harnick, Peter Hamill, Elliot Erwitt, and Lynne Meadow.
2015 Louis Auchincloss Prize Honoree Wynton Marsalis, City Museum Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Louis Auchincloss Prize Bruno A. Quinson, and Andrew Auchincloss.
James G. Dinan, MCNY Chairman with 2015 Louis Auchincloss Prize Honoree Wynton Marsalis.
Elizabeth McGehee and City Museum Trustee Sylvia Hemingway.
Susan Madden, Senior VP for External Affairs at MCNY, and MCNY Trustee John Heller.
Also Tuesday, a week ago, the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House hosted their annual 5th Annual Arthur L. Loeb Cup Bridge Tournament at the Neighborhood House on 331 East 770th Street.

This is a very popular (fundraising) tournament. Bridge is very big in the nabe.  The tournament began at 9 am with a brief welcome by Amie James, Tournament Chair and Board Member. Mr. Loeb was thanked in absentia. He is the benefactor after whom this event has been named for his generous support of the amazingly successful tournament, as well as his longstanding support of the Neighborhood House. Mr. Loeb is one of those rara avis in the field of philanthropy who has no interest in name recognition for his long time outstanding and bountiful gifts to many organizations.
Amie James, Chair and Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Board Member, welcoming players at breakfast reception.
There were 180 players participating in this tournament. They started with coffee and pastries at 9:30 am and then dispersed to theire various bridge sections in the gym. Play continued until noon.  When the Tournament was completed, a discussion of hand records and analysis was lead by  Bridge Expert Jeff Bayone in the auditorium.  Crystal bowls and silver trays were awarded to the top players.  They raised $85,000 from the benefit. Connie Lawler and Carol Sirovich were the over-all winners.
Anna Casperson and Gillian Miniter, Co-Chair.
Nina Taselaar, Beth Stephenson, and Hee-Jung Moon, Committee Member.
Amie James served as Chair. Vice Chairs were Cordelia Menges and Judi Radin. Co-Chairs were Gillian Miniter, Gigi Noyes and Kristen Swenson. The Committee included Phillip Alder, Nancy Blackford, Justine Cushing, Tori Dauphinot, Diana Delano, Susanne and Douglas Durst, Peggy Ellis, Shelley Emery, Susan Fisher, Nancy Gehman, Karen Glanternik, Penny Glasssmeyer, Kiendl Gordon, Laura Harris, Anna Hass, Christiane Hiegel, Alexandra Howard, June Iseman, Jessie Jamar, Connie Lawler, Betty Levin, Martha McLanahan, Hee-Jung Moon, Sylvia Moss, Juanita Simmons, Susie Stamler, Marree Townsend, Zibby Tozer, Patsy Warner Ellen Wright.
Arthur L. Loeb Cup Bridge Tournament prize.
While on Thursday, October 15th, Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital held its 33rd annual Women's Health Symposium benefitting the Iris Cantor Women's Health Center. The symposium, titled Don't Worry, Be Happy: Identifying and Treating Anxiety in Children and Adults, was moderated by Dr. Laura Forese, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian. 

Presenters Dr. John Walkup, vice chair of psychiatry and director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell; and Dr. Gail Saltz, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine, discussed a number of topics including how to recognize and diagnose anxiety early in children and adults; how anxiety affects families, relationships and functioning for adults; different types of anxiety issues; when worry is manageable and when it isn't; and the best treatment options and new research in the field.
Women's Health Symposium Executive Steering Committee. Bottom row, left to right: Barbara Pearlman, Joan Weill, Orli Etingin, Diana Goldin, Ariadne Calvo-Platero. Top Row, left to right: Edith Weinberg, Gail Kittenplan, Diana Townsend-Butterworth, Ellen Corwin, Jill Morton, Barbara Loughlin, Claire Edersheim, and Susan Volk.
John T. Walkup, M.D., Orli R. Etingin, M.D., Gail Saltz, M.D. and Joan Weill.
 Jeannie Downe and Charlotte Ford.
Diana Feldman and Diana Townsend Butterworth.
Dr. Laura L. Forese and Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher.
Sandra Meyer, Carolyn Wiener and Barbara Friedman.
Fredrica Friedman and Diana Goldin with friends.
And last but not least, on October 13, 2015, James Lenox House Association and Carnegie East House hosted its annual Autumn Leaves Gala. The Gala raises funds for the organization, New York City's premier not-for-profit independent and enriched living communities for older adults.

Nearly 400 guests attended, including supporters from Ted Moudis Associates, Gensler, Gilbane, JPMorgan Chase, Interpublic Group, Cushman & Wakefield, and RFR Realty. More than half a million dollars was raised for the cause.
Joseph Girven, Executive Director of James Lenox House and Carnegie East House, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Anne S. Connor, and William Sullivan, President CEO of Ronald McDonald House.
Raymond Quartararo, head of global design and construction, within global real estate at JPMorgan Chase, and Nicola Heryet, senior managing director at Cushman & Wakefield each received the Mary Lenox Sheafe Award, as a testament to their extraordinary dedication and leadership to New York City's older adults. The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to long-time board member Anne S. Connor, who has worked with the organization for more than 40 years.
Nicola Heryet of Cushman & Wakefield, recipient of the Mary Lenox Sheafe Award, and Joseph Girven, Executive Director of James Lenox House and Carnegie East House.
Ethan Draddy, CEO of the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts, Raymond Quartararo of JPMorgan Chase and recipient of the Mary Lenox Sheafe Award.
Joel Wong of Fox Rehabilitation, Joseph Girven, Executive Director of James Lenox House and Carnegie East House.

Photographs by Mia McDonald (NYRP); Studio Brooke (Symposium); Spencer Gordon (James Lenox); Patrick McMullan (Stem Cell)

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