Thursday, October 27, 2016

Something for the whole family

Taking in the autumnal sun while walking up Lexington Avenue. 3:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Thursday, October 27, 2016. Overcast and cooler temperatures in the 50s and 40s and only five days until Halloween which has practically become a national holiday in my lifetime. It’s reality TV as a live sitcom.

Other than that, what’s going on? Everything. Every night, every day, this is New York as the end of a year approaches. After this comes Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and boom. Of course there is the Election, which could be another kind of Halloween, or Christmas, or Mother’s Day. But right now, the town’s jammed, traffic-wise, tourists, New Yorkers on their way to work (something). Tiffany already has part of its “holiday” decorations up on the front of the building, which is, as you know next to Trump Tower advertising that “diamonds are still a girl’s best friend.”
Monday night dinner with Liz Smith et all at Le Veau d'Or, which will be celebrating its 80th anniversary next year in the same location between Park and Lexington.
When I go to Michael’s, I always get out of the cab on 57th Street at Fifth and walk the two blocks down, passing those two aforementioned buildings on the same block on the other side of the avenue --  Bulgari, Prada, Abercrombie & Fitch. I walk that side because there is always some kind of a crowd in front of the Trump Tower. There always has been from time to time, especially with tourists taking pictures of the building or waiting for Him to alight, etc. Since the Campaign, however, there are always cameras and camera trucks and lights out front. Yesterday there was a crowd of protesters holding up signs from N.O.W., etc. I was on the west side of the avenue so I didn’t walk through it. I don’t know what their specific message was, but they were peaceful protesters.

Michael’s was a scene. A typical Wednesday in the room: PR guru Lisa Linden; Suzanne Dawson; Patricia Ferrari; Tom Goodman; former Chanel CEO Arie Kopelman with Chanel’s Barbara Cirkva; Jean-Louis Alpeyrie;  Mickey Ateyeh hosted a luncheon for twenty-one women honoring Jill Roche, Director of Hunts Point Alliance for Children, and including Brenda Vaccaro; Rikki Klieman (Mrs. Bill Bratton); Broadway producer, Fran Weissler; TV’s Rosanna Scotto; Cynthia Lewis, Angie Miller; Deborah Buck; Chaerlotte Neuville; Betty Lee Stern; Colleen Caslin, Joan Jakobson; Betsy Perry.
Mickey Ateyeh with Betsy Perry and Deborah Buck at her luncheon for the Hunts Point Alliance for Children.
Continuing around the room: Michael DelGiudice of Millenium Partners; Ansel Hawkins, GM of the Chambers Hotel; Geraldine Laybourne, former CEO of Oxygen Media; Catie Marron; Karine Ohana; Euan Rellie with James Riley, CEO of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, in from Hong Kong; Eleonora Kennedy with this writer; Steve Solomon of Rubenstein Associates; Donna Solloway; Andrew Stein; Christine Taylor of Revlon with a table of five guests; Leonard Lauder; Tom Rogers with Michael Wolf; jewelry designer Nicolas Varney; super-agent/manager Wayne Kabak; Susan Levine; Gary Zarr; Star Jones entertaining a group of media moguls at Table One; Michael’s very own wife, the artist Kim McCarty; Herb Siegel with film producer John Heyman.
James Riley, CEO of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, and Euan Rellie.
This past Sunday at the 48 Lounge at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, LC Kid’s hosted a “Great Gatsby Juzz Brunch” featuring Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards where kids and adults dressed up in 1920s them costumes. LC Kids invites families to get dressed in their best '20s style for a delicious brunch and great upbeat catchy music. Something for the whole family; something for the kids. They had fun, as you can see ...
Health Advocates for Older People, a Manhattan based service organization, held their 31st annual gala on Monday, October 5th at the Yale Club. They honored community leaders Patricia Butts, Alex Donner and Rev. Brenda Husson along with The Junior League of the City of New York. Supporters recognized these leaders for their outstanding contributions.
The scene at the Yale Club.
The Gala provides funding for Health Advocates' free wellness programs which benefit community seniors. The event co-chairs were Danielle Dineen Earls and David Rowe.

In selecting people to honor Health Advocates looks for people who have been very active in the community through the years and continue to give back to make life better. The Board really looks for respected, outstanding people who will be a role model to others. Some well known Treasures have included Kitty Carlisle Hart, Matilda Cuomo, Roy Goodman Cardinal Egan, Pete Peterson, and Muriel Siebert.
Dr. Calvin Butts, Linda Dunham, and Dr. Samuel Guillary.
Suzanne Manning, Fiona Grant, Rev. Calvin Butts, and Ellen Rose.
Fiona Grant, Suzanne Manning, Barbara Etzel, Melissa Bernstein, and Peggy Anne Dineen.
Alex Donner with Princeton '75 classmates & Joseph Donner.
Rev. Brenda Husson and Father Boniface Ramsay.
Rev, Calvin Butts,Alex Donner, Jean Shafiroff, and Rev. Boniface Murrey.
Ted Gamble and Annette DeLorenzo.
Patricia Butts and Rev. Calvin Butts.
The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute hosted its annual Gala celebration on Thursday, October 20 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. The NYSCF Gala is a unique experience that highlights the trailblazing work of NYSCF’s stem cell researchers through an interactive Science Fair, showcasing the latest stem cell discoveries and technologies. Guests had an opportunity to engage with NYSCF scientists and learn firsthand about the critical research their support is funding. The event honored “Stem Cell Heroes” whose distinguished efforts and advocacy directly support and contribute to NYSCF’s mission to accelerate cures and treatments for patients through stem cell research.
Shirley Cook, Susan L. Solomon, David Carmel, Alan Cohen, and Victoria Gordon.
This year NYSCF and Susan L. Solomon, CEO & co-founder, were proud to honor the following individuals as 2016 Stem Cell Heroes: David A. Carmel, Head of Immunotherapy at Atara Biotherapeutics, Alan M. Cohen, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Compliance at Goldman Sachs, and Victoria Gordon, a health and wellness advocate and yoga instructor.

Award-winning journalist and best selling-author Lynn Sherr hosted the evening’s program. Following a special video appearance by Seth Meyers, who appealed to the crowd’s generosity from his Late Night desk, Hugh Hildesley, Vice Chairman for the Americas of Sotheby’s—swooped on stage to close the program with a live Fund a Need auction to build a “NYSCF Stairway to Cures.”
Steve Ross, Kara Ross, Toni Ross, and Clifford Ross.
"What happens in this room is more important than anything else I can think of," said Hildesley, who himself pledged to NYSCF during the auction. While contributions are still coming in, this year’s Gala has already raised $1.925 million so far, which is already an all-time high for money raised.

Attending guests included: Jesse and Rebecca Angelo, Ariel Ashe, Mario Carbone, Mardy Cason and Roxanne Mankin Cason, Jeanne Collins and John Elderfield, Shirley Cook, Pieroe Incisa della Rocchetta, Steve Ells & Ron Englert, Phyllis Grann, David Allen Grier, Austin and Gabriela Hearst, Beth and Chris Kojima, Doug Liman, Maya Lin and Daniel Wolf, Bonnie Munshin, John Newsom, Michael O’Looney and Annika Pergament, Ryan Oakes, Yigal Ozeri, Clifford Ross, Kara and Stephen Ross, Toni Ross, Stephen and Susan Scherr, Lynn Sherr, Martha Stewart, Donald Sultan, Jan and Marica Vilcek, Byron Wien and Ruth Zuckerman.
Hugh Hildesley, Martha Stewart, Paul Goldberger, and Clifford Ross.
Piero Incisa, Susan L. Solomon, and Shirley Cook. Shirley Cook, Austin Hearst, and Gabriela Hearst.
And to close, I leave you with this: My friend Jesse Kornbluth, who writes the daily books column Head Butler, sent me something that caught my eye at this moment in our lives. This is his first four paragraphs:

I recently got a call from a media company that was soliciting opinions about “reconciliation” after the election. When I stopped laughing, I said pretty much what Philip Slater wrote in The Chrysalis Effect: The Metamorphosis of Global Culture -- we’re in a death struggle for the planet’s survival between a male-dominated, hierarchical culture and an empathic, feminized, collaborative culture. Later, I thought: What about reconciling with myself? And I turned to Thich Nhat Hanh ...

I had read Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Being Peace” before — it’s his most popular book and his most accessible — but I picked it up again when I realized I was redlining rage. A dozen years ago, I interviewed TNH, and just to be in his presence is calming. To read him produces the same effect:

Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby. To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life. They are within us all around us, everywhere, any time.

If we are not happy, if we are not peaceful, we cannot share peace and happiness with others, even those we love, those who live under the same roof. If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. Do we need to make a special effort to enjoy the beauty of the blue sky? Do we have to practice to be able to enjoy it? No, we just enjoy it.

I can hear the skeptical and cynical say: “This is Buddhism Lite.” True. But it is also Buddhism Essential. And it’s very useful for those of us who aren’t up to Ultimate Buddhism.

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