The Awe of the Season

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The Towers of Babel. Photo: JH.

Thursday, October 10, 2019. Lots of rain, sometimes heavy, sometimes misty — grey and chilly with temps in the low 50s. It’s Autumn in New York. We’re in the transitional part where they don’t turn on the heat in the apartments until it reaches 55 degrees outside. So if it’s 56 degrees outside, it’s colder in them thar apartments without the heat. Later on in the season I’ll be complaining about too much of it. 

Ironically, as a child, I grew up in a very old (1839) house that had no (central) heat.  Getting up out of bed as a kid on those freezing cold New England winter mornings, I’d put my bare feet on the almost icy cold, linoleum covered floor and think to myself:  “someday when I grow up, I’m going to have a warm room with carpet.”

The house at 17 High Street, taken in 1958. Built in 1839 as a farmhouse, it hadn’t been lived in for many decades when my mother and father found it in 1945. Located on a lovely neighborhood tree lined street of houses mainly built early in the 20th century, the house when we moved in was not wired for electricity, had no indoor plumbing (an outhouse in the backyard out behind a small aging and dilapidated two story barn) and no heat except a wood burning stove in the kitchen. $12 a month was the reason the couple took it. They “fixed it up” and lived there for the next 35 years. My father and brother-law-wired the house and put in facilities, painted and spiffed it up, and in retrospect it was a wonderful place, and a wonderful house to grow up in. The current owners have restored the property and enlarged it a bit now. The door on the side of the building let into the dining room. It was never used in my lifetime and was always sealed. However, it was a commonly built door in houses of those times, and used only for family funerals: the coffin could be brought in through that door for the viewing of the departed.

At this time of the year, occasionally I am still reminded of those cold fall and winter moments and that “wish.” So it is not without irony (and a couple of laughs) that I now mutter to myself — about a briefly (hardly) cold apartment at this time of year.

This past week has been a relatively quiet what with Yom Kippur falling on the mid-week. Like the Christmas holidays, it is a no-school/ no workday for many. Although I was at Michael’s for lunch on Tuesday and it was its busy, clattering self. I should also add that all these years later, the menu and the service at Michael’s — I’ve been going there since the late ‘90s — is still excellent.

Nevertheless, quiet in the city is relative. It’s always busy somewhere, some places. Last Thursday, October 3rd, The Pink Agenda hosted its 12th Annual Gala at Tribeca Rooftop.

The Pink Agenda is a nonprofit committed to raising money for breast cancer research and care, as well as awareness of the disease. It shares a strategic partnership with its long-time beneficiary, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) as well as Giuliana Rancic’s FAB-U-WISH initiative. Through the combined efforts of this year’s Co-chairs; with 500 attending the sold-out gala they raised $265,000.

TPA Board of Directors.

Brad Goreski kicked-off the evening with welcome remarks, and introduced the host, Giuliana Rancic, who was later joined on stage by co-host Bill Rancic to lead the live auction. There was a presentation of The Pink Agenda Icon Award to Angela Trimbur by Cindy Citrone.  Angela is an LA-based actress and dancer, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37 in July of 2018.

The Pink Agenda’s Annual Gala was generously sponsored by Citrone 33, William Lauder and Lori Kanter Tritsch, Fountain of Truth, Kendra Scott, Bandier, Cushman & WakefieldCathy Franklin and Jeffrey Baker, Hanky Panky, Alexandra Lang and Seth Miller, and OneNine Design.

Alex Tritsch, William P. Lauder, and Lori Kanter Tritsch.
L. to r.: Tanya and Brian Opperman; Zanna Roberts Rassi, Brad Goreski, and Giuliana Rancic.
Carl Radke, Amanda Batula, and Kyle Cooke.
L. to r.: Lisa Harbert and Giuliana Rancic; Jane Hertzmark Hudis and Giuliana Rancic.
Charlotte, Kate, and Georgia Connick.
L. to r.: Emilia Bechrakis Serhant; Nicole Seagriff and Angela Trimbur.
Debbie Minion and Mark Schiller, President and CEO of Hain Celestial.
Citrone Table. Back Row: Cindy Citrone, Ava Santelle, Kate Mrzoek. Front Row: Kelly Rollins, Kim Meier, and Heidi Taylor.

“Beauty naturally attracts. It’s only natural that beautiful people flock to this beautiful house and hostess,” so said Youth America Grand Prix’s Sergei Gordeev last Friday evening as he thanked jewelry designer Laura Lobdell and her husband, who opened their TriBeCa duplex to the Mariinsky Ballet company and 80 guests. 

Laura Lobdell on West 10th Street.

For the past 20 years Youth American Grand Prix has made it its business to travel the world, to find the most talented young people and help them get to the companies such as the Mariinsky and more than 30 other companies around the world where Youth America Grand Prix dancers are dancing at the world’s largest scholarship audition.

The hostess, noted for her champagne-inspired gold and silver jewelry, lived up to her reputation with cases of bubbly on hand as well as mini-knishes from Lower East Side baker Yonah Schimmel.

Among the guests were Larissa Saveliev, founder and artistic director of YAGP, and all eight of the Mariinsky dancers visiting from St. Petersburg including the recently knighted Xander Parish, OBE; and the director of the Mariinsky Ballet, Yuri Fateev, the evening’s guest of honor. Also there were ABT dancers Skylar Brandt, Patrick Frenette, Connor Holloway, Calvin Royal III, Hee Seo, Gabe Stone Shayer, and Christine Shevchenko, as well as ballet lovers Maria-Cristina Anzola, Delin Bru, Marie de Foucaud and Renaud de Tilly, Peter Hay Halpert, Krystn Hammond, Kristina Allegra Kingston, Michèle Gerber Klein, Susan Leslie, Helen Marx, Roxanne Motamedi, Wendy Perron, Cole Rumbough and Emily Mohr, Irene Shen, Benny Tabatabai, and Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini, plus devoted YAGP board members Suzanne Dance, Judith M. Hoffman, and Richard Osterweil.

Youth America Grand Prix is the largest global network of dance with more than 10,000 young dancers – ages 9 to 19 – auditioning annually. 450 YAGP alumni are now dancing with 80 professional companies around the world. 100 of these alumni are soloists and principal dancers. 

YAGP fulfills its mission through scholarship auditions, master classes, alumni services, performances, educational and outreach activities. On April 16, 2020, YAGP will host its annual Gala at Lincoln Center. For more information see

Sergey Gordeev, Larissa Saveliev, Yuri Fateev, Laura Lobdell, and Xander Parish.
Chloe Misseldine, Melvin Lawovin, and Larissa Saveliev.
L. to r.: Yuri Fateev, Kristina Kingston; Wendy Perron, Calvin Royal III
Michelle Gerber Klein, Terri Agins, and Paul Hands.
Sergey Gordeev and Hal Witt.
L. to r.: Helen Marx and Nadia Kovarskaya; Kevin Richards and Janna Bullock.
Emily Mohr and Cole Rumbough.
Tony Bechara and Carolina Von Humboldt.
Christian Zimmerman, Richard Kielar, Christine Shevchenko, Alex Dimattia, and Richard Osterweil.
Xander Parish, James McConnell, Judith M Hoffman, Calvin Royal III, and Patrick Frenette.
L. to r.: Mimi Fery and Roxanne Motamedi; Amy Brandt and Xander Parish.
Ed Hyman, Caroline Hyman, Hee Seo, and Yuri Fateev.
Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini.

And this past Monday at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) hosted its 3rd annual Golf HSS Benefit supporting sports medicine research, on. Through research, HSS sports medicine physician and surgeons are developing breakthrough technologies and techniques to optimize surgical and non-surgical interventions, including regenerative medicine treatments.

Guests enjoyed a round of golf followed by a cocktail hour and dinner reception. The event was chaired by David W. Altchek, MD, chief emeritus of HSS Sports Medicine Institute; John P. DiFiori, MD, FACSM, chief of HSS Primary Care Sports Medicine; Brian C. Halpern, MD, HSS primary care sports medicine physician; Bryan T. Kelly, MD, surgeon-in-chief at HSS; with co-chairs Stephen Fealy, MD, HSS sports medicine surgeon; Robert G. Marx, MD, HSS sports medicine surgeon; and Brett G. Toresdahl, MD, primary care sports medicine physician at HSS. This year’s Golf HSS raised $410,000.

L. to r.: David Altchek, MD, chief emeritus of HSS Sports Medicine Institute, welcomes golfers at the driving range; Jamie Osmak, sports performance coordinator at HSS, takes a swing.
Thomas Lister, co-chair of the HSS Board of Trustees and co-managing partner at Permira Advisers LLC; Debbie Rieder; Terry O’Toole, co-managing partner of Tinicum; and Rick Rieder, managing director at BlackRock.
Joe Zajac, SVP Consulting, Excel Sports Management; Stacey Malakoff, chief financial officer of HSS; Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS; Emil Calcano, chief, Global Sports Marketing & Business Development at HSS.
HSS surgeon-in-chief Dr. Bryan Kelly with Thomas Lister, co-chair of the HSS Board of Trustees and co-managing partner at Permira Advisers LLC.
HSS president and CEO Louis A. Shapiro thanks guests for attending.
Co-chairs of the event with Dr. Andrew Pearle, chief of HSS Sports Medicine Institute (Far right). From left to right: Dr. Brett Toresdahl, primary care sports medicine physician at HSS; Dr. Stephen Fealy, HSS sports medicine surgeon; Dr. Bryan Kelly, surgeon-in-chief at HSS; Dr. John DiFiori, chief of HSS Primary Care Sports Medicine; Dr. Robert Marx, HSS sports medicine surgeon; and Dr. David Altchek, chief emeritus of HSS Sports Medicine Institute. (Not pictured: Dr. Brian Halpern, HSS primary care sports medicine physician).
Polly and Terry O’Toole, co-managing partner of Tinicum.
Debbie and Rick Rieder, managing director at BlackRock.
Terrance Sgroi, clinical supervisor at HSS; Dr. David Altchek, chief emeritus of HSS Sports Medicine Service; and Patrick Vignona, clinical specialist at HSS.
Dr. Anil Ranawat, HSS sports medicine surgeon; and Joe Lavin, former hockey player.
Dr. Lawrence Gulotta, chief of the Shoulder and Elbow Division of the HSS Sports Medicine Institute; Dr. Andrew Pearle, chief of HSS Sports Medicine Institute; and Dr. John DiFiori, chief of HSS Primary Care Sports Medicine.
Dr. Michelle Carlson, HSS hand and upper extremity surgeon; with Thomas and Amanda Lister. Mr. Lister is the co-chair of HSS Board of Trustees and co-managing partner at Permira Advisers LLC.
HSS sports medicine surgeons Dr. David Dines and Dr. Joshua Dines, with Lance Young, VP, Excel Sports Management; and Matt Harvey, MLB pitcher.
Joseph Mayer with Marvin Krasnow, and HSS sports medicine surgeons Dr. Robert Marx and Dr. Anne Kelly.
HSS surgeon-in-chief Dr. Bryan Kelly with HSS CEO and president Louis A. Shapiro.

Photographs by Michael Blanchard (Pink Agenda); Annie Watt (YAGP); Terri Diamond Photography (HSS)

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