Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A-rumbling and a-cracking

Looking towards the steps of Bethesda Terrace. 3:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Yesterday in New York, it was sunny and very warm (not humid) with the thermometer peaking in the high-80s. Then about five in the afternoon, dark storm clouds suddenly appeared as if a page had turned and the world had gone from bright to dark. Heavy winds blew in with the menacing dark clouds, blowing all the dust of the local construction into churning black clouds of dirt/dust as it rolled into the avenue.

Ten or fifteen minutes later, the thunder began a-rumbling and a-cracking ... and then came the rains in a sudden deluge, producing more steam clouds above the surfaces of the sidewalks, roadways, and the parked cars. It was all very dramatic.
Storm clouds arrive, 5PM.
The scene on the ground.
A half hour later, the winds subsided, and it rained heavily for the next hour. By 7:30, it had stopped. The pavements were drying off and there was some pink in the sunset in among the passing storm clouds. At the midnight hour as I’m writing these words, a light fog creates a veil under the street lights, and the temperature has dropped to the mid-60s.
This is Karen Roberts (right) and Trustee Barbara Taylor at the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club Salute To Style luncheon held a couple week ago at The Metropolitan Club. This year's event was a new twist on the highly celebrated Purses & Pursenalities Luncheon. Guests had the opportunity to bid on designer items, which included this Karen Robert Daffodil Yellow Wool Crepe (imported from Italy) and made right here in NYC’s Garment District! Karen and Barbara are also wearing, you guessed it, Karen Roberts New York. If you haven't noticed, Karen is one of our advertisers and her designs are simple, practical and so basic that it compliments as well as accommodates (accessories or not). And the price is right.  Her words for it are “Elegant Sheath Dresses in Beautiful Fabrics Created and Sewn in New York City.”

This weekend, Karen is teaming up with  Luxury Italian Shoe Designer Andrea Carrano for a Spring/Summer Trunk Show on Friday & Saturday, May 18th and May 19th, 10 AM - 7:30 PM; and on Sunday, May 20th, 12PM - 7 PM at Andrea Carrano's flagship NYC Store, 1326 Third Avenue (between 75th and 76th Streets). For more information, visit
Last Tuesday night, “Building Our Future Together” was the focus of Bronx Children’s Museum’s second Annual Gala at an evening of star-studded excitement for close to 400 eventgoers at the Edison Ballroom in New York City raising $465,000.

Cerenity Blanding
Friends and supporters joined Event Co-Chairs Bronx-born Kerry Washington, actress, producer, activist, and daughter of Museum Board Member Valerie Washington; Richard Abrons, playwright, activist; and Bronx native Rafael Collado, entrepreneur.

Everyone came together to honor Sonia Manzano, “Maria” from Sesame Street, author, activist, who grew up in the Bronx; Chazz Palminteri, Bronx-born actor, director, creator of “A Bronx Tale; and Kerry Malawista and Alan Heilbron, donors of the “Museum On The Go!” Bus (which was parked outside the Edison Ballroom). Bronx Children’s Museum Imagination Awards were presented for outstanding generosity and commitment to the Bronx Children’s Museum.

Bronx-born Museum Board Member Sunny Hostin, Co-Host of ABC Daytime’s Morning Show The View, Senior Legal Correspondent and Analyst for ABC News, was the extraordinary Master of Ceremonies. Entertainment was provided by renowned Bronx-born Jazz Pianist and Educator Dr. Valerie Capers. The evening began with a cocktail reception, followed by a live auction and dinner.
Sunny Hostin, Richard Abrons, Kerry Washington, and Rafael Collado
Carla Precht and Hope Harley
Sonia Manzano
Chazz Palminteri
Vanessa Gibson and Ruben Diaz Jr.
Alan Heilbron and Kerry Malawista
Playing catch up. On April 26th at to the Ziegfeld Ballroom, over 700 guests attended the annual Celebrate NewYork-Presbyterian benefit dinner, raising $1.5 million to support NewYork-Presbyterian's mission to continue to provide the highest quality, most compassionate care and service to all patients in the New York metropolitan area, nationally and throughout the globe.

In addition to dinner and cocktails, guests enjoyed a special performance by Cyndi Lauper.
Steven J. Corwin, MD
Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and chief executive officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, Dr. Laura Forese, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian and Dr. Herbert Pardes, executive vice chair, Board of Trustees for NewYork-Presbyterian were joined by Mary Lake Polan, M.D. and Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Jessica and Natan Bibliowicz, Barbara and Peter Georgescu, Kim and Jeff Greenberg, Kathy and Mitchell Jacobson, Shelly and George Lazarus, Sarah Nash and Michael Sylvester, Becky and Art Samberg, Katherine Farley and Jerry Speyer, Fern and Len Tessler and Bea and Michael Tusiani.
Bea Tusiani, Robert Downey, MD, Stacey Rosenwaks, and Ellen Corwin
Frank Bennack, Mary Lake Polan, MD, Jeff Greenberg, and Kim Greenberg
James McKiernan, MD, Lisa Keller, and Laura Forese, MD
Katherine Embiricos LeFrak and Harrison LeFrak
Mitchell and Kathy Jacobson
Shelly and George Lazarus, MD
Last Monday night at Gotham Hall, a star-studded group of artists performed and read from works by MacDowell Colony Fellows at the National Benefit. Pulitzer Prize winning author and Chairman of MacDowell’s Board of Directors Michael Chabon hosted the evening, which featured performances from Hamilton’s Javier Munoz, and MacDowell Fellows Joseph Keckler and Shaina Taub. The evening also featured readings from Fellow Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage. 

Fellow Susan Blackwell was emcee. Executive Director Cheryl Young was honored for her thirty years of creative leadership at the nation’s first artist residency program. The evening’s Honorary Chairs were Susan Davenport Austin, Mary Carswell, Robert MacNeil, and Thomas Putnam.
Honoree Cheryl Young and Board Chair Andrew Senchak
Co-chairs for the evening were Christine Fisher and Anne Stark Locher. The evening’s sponsors were First Republic Bank, Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Composer Edward MacDowell and pianist Marian MacDowell
, his wife, founded The MacDowell Colony in 1907 to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which to produce enduring works of the imagination. More than 14,500 residencies have been awarded since its founding. Recipients have included Ayad AkhtarJames BaldwinTa-Nehisi Coates, Ellen Driscoll, Louise ErdrichOsvaldo GolijovCathy Park HongDee ReesColson Whitehead, and Julia Wolfe.
Hamilton’s Javier Munoz
And on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) hosted its Health Education Seminar (HES) at Rockefeller Research Laboratories on East 67th Street. The event was co-chaired by Hilary Dick, Palmer Jones O'Sullivan, Nina Carbone and Amanda Meigher Mariner, and panelists included Dr. Michael A. Marchetti, Dr. Michael A. Postow, and Dr. Anthony Rossi.

Guests included Jamee Gregory, Hilary Dick, Palmer O'Sullivan, Nina Carbone, Marcie Pantzer, Claudia Overstrom, Alexandra Lind Rose, Dara O'Hara, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Heather Leeds, Caroline De Neufville, Kate Davis, Karen LeFrak, Shabnam Henry, Betsy Pitts, Adrienne Vittadini, Ferebee Taube and more.
Dr. Michael A. Marchetti, Dr. Michael A. Postow, and Dr. Anthony Rossi
Amanda Meigher Mariner, Nina Carbone, Palmer Jones O'Sullivan, Hilary Dick, and Jamee Gregory
Programs designed to educate MSK patients, staff and the public about the prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer have long been a key element of The Society of MSK's mission. The educational programs provided by The Society are conducted in cooperation with the professional staff of the Center and have, over many years, included lectures, forums, seminars, group discussions, printed materials, and videos.
Dr. Anthony Rossi, Nina Carbone, Dr. Michael A. Marchetti, Jamee Gregory, Dr. Michael A. Postow, Palmer Jones O'Sullivan, Hilary Dick, Amanda Meigher Mariner
The Health Education Seminar is central to The Society's commitment to providing public education on cancer and we've got the video to prove it. This one's about your skin; How to take care of it, how to protect it, and can you enjoy the sun without fear? When you have a good hour to kill, consider watching the seminar below (in place of an episode of Billions). You'll learn something and it's good for what ails ya ...

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(Bronx Children Museum)

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