Thursday, July 14, 2016

Summer in the city

Looking towards lower Manhattan from Pier 25. 11:15 PM. Photo: JH.
Thursday, July 14, 2016. Bastille Day in France. Sunny and very warm, yesterday in New York.

It was the Wednesday's-Michael's scene. I went there to lunch with Toni Ross of the very famous Nick and Toni's restaurant in East Hampton with Jonathan Marder. At a table nearby: Jonathan Poltrack of CBS; Gerry Byrne; David Sanford of the WSJ with Mr. Stein; Marshall Cohen and friend; Gordon Pattee; Karen Halliday; Andrew Stein; Frank Grandidier;  John Usdan; Peter Brown with Paul Beirne; Glenn Horowitz; Jack Kliger with Fran Pomerantz; Anish Melwani; Karen Halliday; Howard Mittman; Tom Moore with Steve Pailey; Stan Shuman; Dinni von Mueffling; Charles Whittingham with his father Chuck Whittingham; Elizabeth Weymouth; Diane Clehane of Fishbowl NY  with Martin Puris; Richard Carroll; Graziano DeBoni; Tyler Morse; international literary agent Ed Victor; Stu Zakim; Theresa Zimmerman; Ronald Glazer; Gail Dubov.

Toni Ross and chef Joe Realmuto.
If you don't recognize many or most of those names, neither do I. Thinking about that, it occurred to me that whether I recognized them or not, they were either important individuals in the publishing/media and sometimes financial world, and if I didn't recognize the name, I just might at some date from now, because Michael's is a restaurant that draws the ambitious from those business worlds in New York.

It was a very interesting and entertaining lunch with Toni Ross and Mr. Marder. I'd never met Ms. Ross before, nor have I ever been to her hugely successful restaurant (and restaurants it turns out) in East Hampton. I think the reason I never went there was because I always heard that even after many years in business, they're booked to the rafters every night (of the weekend anyway). However, that's not the reason for our lunch which was far more interesting but I'll tell you more about it tomorrow.
Meanwhile, last night Kimberly Rockefeller and Patsy Callahan hosted a reception on behalf of the American Friends of Versailles ...
Guests during cocktails.
Mary Callahan Erdoes, Pat Callahan, and Pasty Callahan.
Kimberly Rockefeller and Janna Bullock.
Irina Dvorovenko with daughter Emma.
Cindy Galvin and Patsy Callahan.
Frederick-Edwin Bertin, Marie Stewart, and Pat Callahan.
Aimee Maroney and Michele Gerber Klein.
On Tuesday evening, friends and well-wishers gathered at The Corner Bookstore at Madison Avenue and 93rd to celebrate the publication of The Prizewinners of Piedmont Place, author Bill Doyle's latest from Random House. Tuesday night was just the latest in a number of celebrations that The Corner Bookstore has hosted when the newest book by Bill Doyle hits the shelves.

Prizewinners is Bill's 30th book! and will make perfect summer reading for children on vacation this summer.
Among those who stopped by to help Bill celebrate were: Andrew Rannells and Mike Doyle, Peter Arnold and Tim Braun and their daughters Lily and Beatrice, Frances Resheske and BAM's Riccardo Salmona, Curt Goldman and his son William Goldman.
The author busy signing. Click to order The Prizewinners of Piedmont Place. Or better yet, stop by The Corner Bookstore.
Mike Doyle, Bill Doyle, and Andrew Rannells.
Tim Braun and Peter Arnold with daughters Lily and Beatrice.
Curt Goldman with his son William Goldman.
Hall F. Willkie and Dr. Trip Gulick.
Riccardo Salmona and Frances Resheske.
Sal Gogliormella, Trip Gulick, Bill Doyle, Mike Doyle, and Kelly Mangan.
Meanwhile, before we forget or before you forget, Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park at 124th Street and Fifth Avenue, the Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC) will give a special pre-curtain concert to Uptown Shakespeare in the Park's MacBeth (which has an 8 p.m. curtain). If you have never seen or heard the YPC, and even moreso if you have, don't miss the opportunity to hear and experience this magnificent chorus of youth, conducted by Francisco J. Nunez, who is the artistic director and the founder. The YPC spans the ages of youth to early teens. They not only touch your heart with their talent and musicality but they also give you a glimpse into what we are capable of in this troubled world of ours. It is a thrill and an inspiration. So how do you think I feel about that?

They're touring to the Festival Napa Valley next week and Austin, Texas the following week on a KUTX Radio show, at an Austin Independent Schools District Workshop and then at the Paramount Theater Concert.

Contact DPC here.