Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Nobody's home

New York skyline. 8:30 PM. Photo: JH.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018. After my raving about the wonderful weather of last weekend, Mother Nature pulled out all the stops and returned the volley by handing us a very hot and humid Monday. However, she relented by mid-evening by dropping the temps down in the lower 70s. It is summer, after all, she says.

The city returned somewhat to its busy pace, although not with its characteristic gotta-get-there energy. In my neighborhood the two girls schools — Brearley and Chapin — on either corner from me are closed for the summer vacation. Obviously many of the neighbors have also left for the summer holiday. You can tell this simply by looking up at the tall apartment buildings at night. Three-quarters of the windows are dark; nobody home.

Driving up Central Park West last night just as it was turning from dusk to evening, I had to stop for the light at 73rd Street, next to the Dakota looming, as it seemed, over the darkening neighborhood. From my car window, peering up at the grimly commanding and legendary apartment building, right up to its gables and chimneys, and beyond to the night sky, I felt as if I were suddenly in a movie, watching it but while in it. Looming with many dark secrets within. “Rosemary’s Baby.” Or if you wanna take it from another kind of movie: “New York New York it’s a helluva town ...” Remember, the guy who wrote that (melody) ...” (Lenny to his friends and associates) once lived in the Dakota.
A film still of the Dakota from “Rosemary’s Baby.”
The Dakota c. 1890; notice how sparsely developed this part of town was.
The next stop for the light was at 81st Street and CPW where you make the turn onto the transverse going East. Again, before me: the greying presence of the nightshade on the massive Beresford, imperious and commanding, more of a throne than the Dakota. And with its darkening large square towers on each corner — one of which was occupied for many years by Helen Gurley Brown and David Brown. Many lights were out in the Beresford also, implying that perhaps many residents were away.  Except there was one shining out, high up in a tower, from an open window of what was David’s and Helen’s apartment. I lent my imagination to their presence at that moment in that lighted room.  That was a comfort. Then it was homeward bound and this Diary.
The Beresford had canvas awnings back in 1931. Photo by Wurts Bros. from the collection of the Museum of the City of New York
While it’s been notably quiet in town, out East they can’t control themselves from getting out and about. It’s where the energy is and far more relaxed than the town-side of our lives.

For example: The Southampton Rose Society held its annual fundraising Benefit “Roses, Rose, and Cocktails” at Linden, the stunning estate of Jurgen and Anke Freidrich on Ox Pasture Road in Southampton. More than 200 were treated to music from Ludmilla Brazil, while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 

Kim Whitewas the chairperson who, along with several members of the Rose Society, did a wonderful job with the silent auction and the night.  Jim Berkrot, the President of the Society, gave a brief speech and welcomed the guests. 
Among the guests were Fred and Carole GuestHelga DawnLyn Hamer, Carol Kroupa, Annaliese Soros, Diane and Lisa VahradianSaki Mitchell.  Southampton’s Mayor and his wife Michael Irving and Ellen Irving; Cornelia Bostwick, Anne Whitehead, Lawrence Cummings, Ellen and Chuck Scarborough, Laura Lofaro Freeman and husband Jim; Jean Shafiroff, Jane Rose and Kent Atkins, Gregory D’Elia, Stuart and Alixandra Baker, Ellen Welsh, Maureen and Steve Klinsky, Nancy Hebert, Salvatore Piazzolla, Cheryl and Gary Udell, Pam Goldman, Henri Barguirdjian, Tish and Orest Bliss, Marge Sullivan, Christl Meszkat, Marvin Berkrot, Michael Staples, Mary Ann Tighe and Dr. David Hidalgo, Kate Gascoyne and Mike Ferreira.
Ludmilla Brazil Bossa Nova & Samba
Silent auction items
The Rose Society was started in 1975, with a goal of beautifying the Village of Southampton with rose gardens. Currently, the organization has five gardens throughout Southampton. The Society offers a variety of annual events including its Children’s Educations Program; Rose Show and Rose Art Competition. And we learn a little something about beautifying which is a simple yet valuable lesson. For more information visit Southamptonrose.org
Jim Berkrot welcoming guests
Steve Klinsky and Nancy Herbert
Sal Piazzolla, Juergen Friedrich, and Robert Hertc
Kate Gascoyne and Mike Ferreira
Juergen Friedrich, Helga Dawn Jim Berkrot, Anke Friedrich, and Kim White
Jim Freeman and Laura Lofaro Freeman
Jim Berkrot, Carol Kroupa, and Southampton Mayor Michael Irving
Jane Rose, Kent Atkins, Saki Mitchell, and Stuart and Alixandra Baker
Helga Dawn and Lyn Hamer
Gregory D'Elia and Kim White
Georg Thaler, Anne Whitehead, and Lawrence Cummings
Ellen and Chuck Scarborough with Anke Friedrich
Carol and Fred Guest
Clif Knight, Tish and Orest Bliss, and Raya Knight
Chuck Scarborough, Bill Bernstein, and Jim Berkrot
Carol Kroupa and Cornelia Bostwick
Diane and Lisa Vahradian
Then, also: More than 500 supporters of the Southampton Historical Museum gathered for "Summer of Love," the 2018 Halsey House Gala, which was a jam-packed cocktail party held in a oval tent set in the privet-walled garden of Southampton's oldest house, and also the oldest English style house in New York State.

The evening's honorary chair was Linda Stabler-Talty, accompanied by gala co-chairs James and Laura Lofaro Freeman along with Steven Stolman and Rich Wilkie. Deejay Twilo spun a perfect mix of period hits while many guests dug out their old genuinely faded and torn jeans, Indian-print maxi-dresses and macrame vests.
Gala co-chairs Laura and James Freeman, honorary chair Linda Stabler-Talty, and Tom Edmonds, executive director of the Southampton Historical Museum
Corporate sponsors were Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, One King’s Lane, Studmuffin Desserts and Whispering Angel rosê, poured by a model-handsome squadron of bartenders wearing tie-dyed tee-shirts.

Among the throng: Richard and Cricket Burns, Bob Dowling, Maribeth and Ellen Welsh, Jane Rose and Kent Atkins, designer Suzanne Caldwell, Enrique and Nancy Lopez-Balboa, Peter Talty, Jim and Barbara Bennett, Dan Mason and Anthony Gatto, Sean Bruns, Ninette Ricca, Oscar Mandes Jr. and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital CEO Bob Chaloner.
Steven Stolman and Rich Wilkie Russ Theriot
Zuzana Buchwald with baby Lulu, Ludi and Willie Salm
Bob and Liza Pulitzer Calhoun with Joe and Sheila O'Malley Fuchs
Bram Majtlis and Nick Gold Ross Meltzer and Paulette Koch
Dennis Anderson, Bill Sofield, and Rome and Lisa Arnold
Doug and Amy Halsey and family
Greg D'Elia with Laura and James Freeman
Mark Paviluk, Peter Hallock, and Gerald Adams
Seth Raphaeli, Linda Stabler-Talty,Tom Sleeman, and Chad Beguelin
Jean Shafiroff and Tom Edmonds

Photographs by Lisa Tamburini (Rose Society); Joe Pallister (Halsey House)

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