Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Playing the trumpet while waiting for the light to change. 4:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017.  Very humid, yesterday in New York with temps in the 80s and mugginess ten degrees higher. I went down to Michael’s to lunch with an old friend. Afterwards I walked her up Fifth Avenue to her apartment. The traffic was bearable, and the pavements were crowded. The blocks on 56th Street between Sixth Avenue and Madison are still closed off for security of the Trump residence. People are now allowed to walk on the east side of the avenue sidewalks which is an improvement and surely helpful to the businesses.

This is the first time since Franklin Roosevelt was President that the chief executive is a citizen of the city. FDR didn’t have an army of Secret Service. That all started with the assassination of John Kennedy and it’s only continued to do what bureaucracies do: grow and grow (and grow).
Franklin and Eleanor in front of their NYC townhouse at 47-49 East 65th Street, 1933. Credit Associated Press
Ironically it was much safer for everyone including the President back in Roosevelt’s day. And the city was highly occupied with immigrants of all nationalities and ethnicities. It is long forgotten that Roosevelt’s successor Harry Truman was a victim of an assassination attempt by two Puerto Rican pro-independence activists in November 1950. Truman was living at Blair House, across the avenue while the White House was being renovated. Two men tried to gain entrance and were subdued. One of them was killed by a Secret Service agent whom he also mortally wounded. The other man was wounded also and taken into custody. 
Griselio Torresola was killed in the gun battle. Oscar Collazo, pictured above, was gravely wounded but alive.
After that incident, President Truman continued to come to New York and every morning have a walk up Park Avenue with two Secret Service agents following right behind. Today he’d have two dozen motorcycle policemen, fifteen NYPD squad cars,  a dozen black SUVs with blackened windows, one of which presumably is carrying the Number One Man, and another half dozen squad cars. They also close off all roads until the “Presidential party” has passed.

Meanwhile Michael’s was busy, the town is back and people are doing business and getting out and around. Last night I went to an early dinner with a friend at Sette Mezzo. That too was crowded with a lot of neighborhood regulars including Newhouses, Eastmans, Tisches,. Pierce Brosnan was there even earlier. Also in the gathering: Richard Nye and Francesca Stanfill, Adrienne and Luigi Vittadinis dining with Jamee and Peter Gregory; Peter Haywood and Shirley Lord with Boaz Mazor; Charlie Rose and friends; Marlene Hess and Jim Zirin and friends; Alex Papachristidis and Scott Nelson; Nina and John Richter, Kathy Steinberg (my dinner date) and scores more just like ‘em. This is where New York becomes a small town at the table.

Change the subject.  Two weeks ago today, September 13th, the National Beauty Science Institute, a creation of my friend Judy Price, hosted its first Masterclass on The Science & Sustainability of Beauty at the New York Academy of Medicine. Mrs. Price was the creator and for 25 years or more, the publisher and main sales director of Avenue Magazine.  We met when she hired me to be the editor of the magazine. That’s also where I met JH, who came to first work there out of college. The same years he and I left the magazine to launch the NYSD, Judy sold the magazine.
Tanguy Pellen, Coty; Bruno Bavouzet; LVMH; Nancy Williams, L’Oreal; Olivier Doucet, Coty; Achim Daub, Symrise; Judy Price, National Beauty Science Institute; Gerhard Schmaus, Symrise; Michele Verschoore, L’Oreal; Holly Andersen, New York Presbyterian Hospital; Kurt Schilling, Estee Lauder; Patrick Choisy, LVMH; and Josh Ghaim, Johnson & Johnson.
This is a very dynamic woman, indefatigable, highly literate and curious, widely interested and always learning. She started her first project, the National Jewelry Institute with the objective of creating a jewelry museum. What has results is several major jewelry exhibits shown here and abroad, as well and two volumes (coffee table books) on the history of jewelry.

A couple of years ago she created the National Beauty Science Institute. I don’t know much about that or what  inspired this project. I do know that Judy is a journalist posing as a businesswoman. She is eternally curious about the workings and the trends they create and what we can learn from them.
NBSI President Judy Price with Symrise's Achim Daub and Gerhard Schmaus.
The National Beauty Science project had its public debut in New York on September 13th. It was an all day affair and was attended by many people in the beauty business, in fashion publishing and executives. There was an excellent program of speakers/seminars including Dr. Josh Ghaim, Chief Technology Officer (Johnson & Johnson); Dr. Bruno Bavouzet, Executive Vice President, Research and Development (LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics).
This was followed by Achim Daub, Global President, Scent & Care (Symrise AG); Dr. Michele Verschoore, Medical Director (L'Oreal); Tanguy Pellen, VP Packaging; and Olivier Doucet, VP Skin & Sun Care (Coty Luxury), and Dr. Kurt Schilling, Senior Vice President, Basic Science Research and Advanced Technologies (Estee Lauder Companies).
Peter Price and Christine Schott Ledes.
FIT's Stephan Kanlian and Fragrance Foundation President Linda Levy.
Pam Vaile and George Ledes.
Afterwards Judy told me that some interesting tidbits to come out of the seminars were: “drinking more water throughout the day does not necessarily hydrate your skin more. Wearing SPF is important not only to protect your skin from the sun but from the light of your cell phone. There were interesting discussions of epigenetics – the study of changes to gene expression instead of the genetic code itself. Another subject of deep interest was biomimicry as science enables perfect synthetic replication of nature.
The audience at Masterclass.
Upcoming. On Thursday, October 12th NYSD's very own, artist Bob Schulenberg will be honored with a show of his drawings at the Patrick Parrish Gallery in Tribeca (

"Bob Schulenberg: The Secret Cinema" will open with a VIP reception from 6-8 PM on that night. The show runs through the 18th as a companion event to a week-long tribute to director Paul Bartel, screening October 13-19 at Anthology Film Archives in the East Village. Now based in Northern California, Bob Schulenberg is flying in to attend the opening reception.
The gallery show, curated by Andrea Salvini, is a captivating visual diary of Schulenberg’s drawings and photographs, narrating the making of Paul Bartel's first success — his underground hit “The Secret Cinema” (1968), which Bob co-produced.

The Collection will include several of Bob's original sketchbooks from the mid-1960s, combined with photographs and prints. The exhibition gives a glimpse into the rough, early days of independent filmmaking in New York, and it forms a moving tribute to Schulenberg's friendship with Bartel, whom he met when they were both undergraduates at UCLA's department of animation in the late 1950s. It was a creative collaboration that lasted the rest of Paul's life (he died in 2000).
Bob and Paul at a photo booth soon after the completion of the film.
Bob will also participate in Q&A discussions at the Bartel series at Anthology after the screenings of “The Secret Cinema” and “Eating Raoul” — the latter of which he served as production designer to memorable effect. “The Secret Cinema” was recently restored by The Film Foundation, founded by Martin Scorsese, with additional funding from the George Lucas Foundation. Check the full screening schedule here.

The organizers of the dual event established a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the independent initiative and they are grateful for any support. More info here.
Bob's illustration of Paul Bartell at Le Figaro after seeing "The Secret Cinema" at The Bleecker Street Cinema; May 27th 1966.

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