Friday, February 9, 2018

All in the family

Subway glow. 2:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Friday, February 9, 2018. Cold in New York, in the 20s. We were spared the snow and ice that blanketed a lot of the northeast midweek. The weather forecasts 50 degrees over the weekend.

I went down to Michael’s to lunch for the first time this week. Michael McCarty himself was there but departed for Los Angeles before it was over. He and his wife Kim celebrate their birthdays (same day) tomorrow, Saturday, the 10th.
Thursday's slush.
Then last night I went down to Bergdorf’s where Jane Fonda, Brooke Hayward and Linda Fargo were co-hosting a “celebration” of “Hayward + Hopper” featuring a specially curated collection of jewelry, handbags, furniture, books and art at Bergdorf Goodman. For Brooke's entrepreneurial daughter Marin Hopper. Fonda couldn’t make it. She’d called Brooke on Tuesday, in bed with flu symptoms and a shoot on Wednesday. Not a problem, didn’t matter. The 7th floor of Bergdorf’s was a mob scene, a champagne mob scene, that is, basically a young crowd really enjoying the camaraderie, the atmosphere (and of course the champagne). It was actually a real party more than a “store” party. The invitation read from 6 to 7:30. I departed at quarter to eight and it was still going strong.
The mob scene at Bergdorf's.
I couldn't resist the art work curated by Jeffrey Thomas.
Looking down one of the crowded corridors.
She's doing needlepoint.
That's for sure.
More art.
Not being a shopper, I don’t get to see the creativity that the merchandisers and marketers put out for their product. The 7th floor with the Hayward + Hopper collection was lively and visually really interesting, very now in attitude and presentation. And in the midst of it, I saw Linda Fargo across the room immersed in conversations with guests. And I finally corner Marin Hopper and her brother Jeffrey Thomas who curated the art; and got a shot of them together. And eventually I found Brooke, surrounded by friends. Brooke is not mad about crowds or even Manhattan at night anymore (she lives up in Connecticut) but she made it to the party she was co-hosting. It was all in the family.
Jeffrey Thomas and Marin Hopper.
In the crowd: Mother of the principals, Brooke Hayward.
Hopper bags ...
The Hayward travel/goodie bag.
Inside the bag.
On leaving took some shots of the current Bergdorf windows. Silver is the theme, as you can see. Their windows are always so spectacular. They have sophistication and wit and also that childlike fantasy that amuses us when we were children. It’s a pleasure. A relief from the day to day of the cold concrete and grey skies and cold news. 

These are openly commercial and marketing parties but this was done so well, that one felt comfortably welcome the way one does in a similar private party.
Around the town. It’s not quite all that quiet in some corners. For example, NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital hosted their 8th annual Plates for Pediatrics benefit last Thursday a week at the Mandarin Oriental. They raised $1.8 million  Held in collaboration with the luxury retailer, Saks Fifth Avenue, the benefit drew over 500 guests.

The evening was co-hosted by Dr. Laura L. Forese, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian and Dr. Gerald M. Loughlin, pediatrician-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital, along with the Pediatric Support Committee and the Children’s Advisory Council.
The funds raised are earmarked for several hospital-based pediatric programs including: Child Life Services, a program that alleviates children’s fears surrounding the hospital experience by offering activities geared to the social, emotional and educational needs of young patients and their families; The Pediatric Simulation Center, an invaluable teaching resource in medical education that reduces medical errors, creates a culture of patient safety and improves patient care and the care of newborns; Clinical Genetics Services, providing evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and counseling for patients and families who have or are at risk for genetic conditions; and Residency Education, a three-year pediatric residency program designed to provide a supportive and educationally rich environment through which residents can develop into outstanding general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists.   
Dr. Laura Forese
Travis Acquavella and Marcie Pantzer
Mitchel Silverman, Dr. Gerald Loughlin, and James Strong
Dr. Gerald Loughlin, Stephanie Landess, and Dr. Laura Forese
Guests included: Travis Acquavella, Allison Aston, Claire Capello, Arielle Charnas, Natasha de Mallmann, Candice Miller, Jennifer Oken, Marcie Pantzer and Erica SamuelsStephanie Landess served as the evening’s auctioneer.

NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital, together with Weill Cornell Medicine, provides the best available care in every area of pediatrics in a family-friendly and technologically advanced setting. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit
Tracy Margolies, John Antonini, and Michelle Antonini
Candice Miller and Dr. Vikash Modi
Mitchel Silverman, Stefani Greenfield, Dr. Gerald Loughlin, James Strong, James Strong, and Jonathan Strong
Todd and Sana Clegg Brandon and Arielle Charnas
Erica Samuels, Dr. Mark Souweidane, and Leslie Finerman
Dara Quinlan, Tracy Margolies, Kate Davis, Amanda Waldron, Dr. Laura Forese, Dr. Gerald Loughlin, Candice Miller, Sana Clegg, Travis Acquavella, Merrill Curtis, and Jessie Kisling
Also last week, the 3rd annual BroadwayCon was held at the Jacob K. Javits Center.  Co-created by Mischief Management and Anthony Rapp, BroadwayCon is a convention for theater fans to attend panels, workshops, autograph sessions, and more with celebrities and theater stars. 

Broadway stars attending included: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Vanessa Williams, Bebe Neuwirth, Lonny Price, Kelli O’Hara and dozens of other Broadway luminaries. The Stage to Screen panel featured Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, the founders of, a company expanding the reach of Broadway shows by making them more accessible to people who may have missed the show during its run on Broadway; for people who can’t get to New York to see a show; or people who may have difficulty maneuvering through Times Square. BroadwayHD has over 220 full-length stage plays and musicals shows in high definition and closed-captioned available for streaming at

For more information on BroadwayCon:
Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley, Lonny Price, Hal Berman, and Gio Messale
Wally Sedgewick, Corrine Baker, and Leah Lane
Bonnie Comley, Lonny Price, Stewart F. Lane, Gio Messale, and Hal Berman
Bonnie Comley, Stewart F. Lane, and Gio Messale
Lonny Price and Stewart F. Lane

Photos: 4 Eyes Photography/ Kellie Walsh (NYP); & Annie Watt (Broadway HD)

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