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New York Night and Day

Tue, 30 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The day The New York Sun published a letter to readers stating that the paper was in danger of closing, I was at the New York Public Library's flagship building. I had come to write, but all I could think about was the parties I had attended there on assignment for the Sun. The rooms that day were quiet, well lit, and filled with people hard at work studying their many subjects and so were foreign to me, who knew them best filled by candlelight and men and women in evening attire, deep in...



Film Buffs Go Back to Class At Festival Opening

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

During a sober time in America, the New York Film Festival opened on a serious note, with "The Class," a French film about the struggles between a teacher and his students, directed by Laurent Cantet.And so while the festival's opening night is traditionally the most glittering, red-carpeted affair of the year for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, instead, it was an evening and celebration that remained focused on, well, the important things.The film's examination of how students from...



At Hebrew University Gala, Ross Talks Peace

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The Greater New York Region chapter of the American Friends of the Hebrew University raised $800,000 Thursday night for its Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, which is the largest research center in Israel focused on conflict resolution in the Middle East.Scholars at the institute are studying contemporary Palestinian youth culture; human rights in the Arab countries, and the choices Israeli soldiers make while manning a checkpoint and in other situations they face...



A Remembrance

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The task of coordinating the service of meals to hundreds of people at the same moment, in a cramped, gala setting, is a complex, high-stakes endeavor.One woman who performed this task with honor was Bettina Felder, who passed away in May after a brave battle with cancer.Felder ensured the perfect serving of thousands of baked Alaskas, pats of butter, and potatoes au gratin, not to mention the wine and water glasses she kept filled. Working for the catering company Glorious Food for more than...



All the Met's a Stage at 125th Season's Opening Night

Fri, 26 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

On October 22, 1883, 125 years ago, the Metropolitan Opera, at 39th and Broadway, had its first opening night. The opera was "Faust," seats were $1, and the program carried advertisements for Runkel's chocolates and coal. As for quality, wrote New York Tribune critic Henry Krehbiel, "The performance of the opera was on the average plan of performances of the same work ... not better as a whole nor worse as a whole."Since then, the world has been watching the Met, both the boxes and the stage...



On the Town for Carnegie Hall

Thu, 25 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Before the sun set last night, the town's swells had suited up in their finery and gathered for cocktails at Carnegie Hall, to open the hall's 118th season and kick off a citywide festival celebrating our city's beloved Lenny, that is the late composer and conductor who ran the New York Philharmonic and wrote "West Side Story" and "On the Town," Leonard Bernstein."I've been in sneakers all summer, and this week, it's back to the party shoes," Joan Weill, the wife of the chairman of Carnegie...



A Park Salute for Laura Bush

Wed, 24 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The stewards of the city's parks have been partying an awful lot lately to engage a base of private support for public treasures that are indispensable to New Yorkers and its tourists.Tonight, Laura Bush will be honored by the National Park Foundation. Mrs. Bush led the First Bloom initiative, a program aimed to expose children from urban areas to nature. In New York, a pilot city for the program, boys from the Boys' Club of New York City and girls from the Lower East Side Girls Club learned...



Leading Hens & Chicks

Wed, 24 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

My breakfast yesterday at the Pierre hotel was no ordinary affair. First, in the lobby, I passed a Pierre resident, designer Tory Burch, with her three boys in tow, on their way to school.Then I sat down in the ballroom for breakfast, where the meal alone is worthy of a paragraph. On my narrow, rectangular plate were three items, each no more than two bites: a soft scrambled hen egg with black truffle coulis, a quenelle-shaped salmon tartar served on a bagel chip and topped with cr e fraiche...



Gilda's Club Ball Shows Off Benefits of Seeing Red

Mon, 22 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Many people saw red on their balance sheets last week, but the color had only positive associations at the Gilda's Club Worldwide Young Leadership Council Red Ball on Friday night.The red theme expressed in attire, cupcakes, and the event's decorations takes its inspiration from the bright red door that serves as the entrance to the 30 Gilda's Club clubhouses in North America. (Nine more are in development.) The clubhouses offer warm environments for people living with cancer and their...



Born With a Restless Spoon

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

With a music executive, not a banker, as its honoree, the New Yorkers for Children gala on Tuesday raised $1.85 million for its programs helping children in foster care.The honoree who lured, among others, Beyonc Knowles and Jay-Z to the event was an executive vice president at Warner Music Group, Kevin Liles."I want to make sure we raise enough money so these kids don't have to worry," Mr. Liles said. "Of course, to succeed, they gotta want it themselves."His own story may serve as...



Emulating Roosevelt

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The physical resemblance between dogs and their owners is often noted, with good humor. At a gala for the New York Harbor Conservancy on Tuesday evening, I and a few others noted a similar phenomenon: the resemblance many of the 170 guests bore to the man being celebrated on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth: President Theodore Roosevelt.The resemblance was to be expected of his blood descendant, Theodore Roosevelt IV (who wore a happy expression even though he and his son, who...



Blooms Are Booming At Garden Fund-raisers

Thu, 18 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The roses at the New York Botanical Garden did not wither Tuesday night at the news of the markets and bank bailouts; neither, more importantly, did the chairman of the garden, Wilson Nolen, who rather was in his usually high spirits about the garden and its ability to weather any storm. What more could you expect from a man who goes by the name "Roly"? Cause for confidence could be found in the amount raised, $700,000, at the Rose Garden Dinner Dance, which honored Mr. Nolen and his wife...



Young Professionals Get Behind The Wrongfully Convicted

Wed, 17 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

At its first fund-raising event on Monday night at the Rubin Museum of Art, the Young Professionals Committee of the Innocence Project raised more than $40,000 for the Exoneree Fund, which provides financial assistance to men and women who have won their freedom after being wrongfully convicted and imprisoned.The Young Professionals Committee of the Innocence Project formed last year as a formal outlet for the large number of young people who already have a passion for the organization. Many of...



Super Bowl Stars Double As Champions for Children

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

How do New York's Super Bowl champions prepare for an away game? With a few coach-endorsed Bellinis at Cipriani 42nd Street. On Friday night, before heading to St. Louis and defeating the Rams yesterday afternoon, several Giants players, including Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Antonio Pierce, joined their coach, Tom Coughlin, at the former bank-turned-gala venue for the annual Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation Champions for Children gala.In addition to Bellinis, the pre-game fare included...



What's Doing This Week

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Those suffering fashion week-frenzy withdrawal can find relief tonight on Madison Avenue. One hundred and one shops on the avenue including Anne Fontaine, Bond No. 9 New York, de Grisogono, Michael Kors, and Tod's, are staying open until 9 p.m., with 10% of purchases made with an American Express card going to the Whitney Museum of American Art's photography collection. And how will you know which stores are participating? The windows of these shops will be decorated with photographs from a new...



A Park Avenue Luncheon In Honor of 'The Duchess'

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Her friends once called her the Oxford hermit, but since her book "Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire" has been turned into a movie starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, Amanda Foreman has transformed into a social butterfly.At the new (as-yet-unopened) Cooper Square Hotel on Wednesday night, Ms. Foreman whose brother Jonathan is a film critic for the New York Post, and whose late father Carl Foreman wrote the screenplays for "High Noon" and "The Bridge on the River Kwai," among other...



A Fashionable Crowd Meets Away From Fashion Week

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

For some it's fashion week. For others, it's film party week. A screening at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, followed by a party at the SoHo Grand Hotel, took place Tuesday for the Groundwell Productions release "Appaloosa," organized by Andrew Saffir's Cinema Society and Vanity Fair magazine. The film is a Western based on a novel by Robert Parker, directed by and starring Ed Harris and featuring Jeremy Irons, Viggo Mortensen, and Ren Zellweger.Guests included Alfre Woodard, Julian Schanbel, Chip...



Fashion Takes Center Stage, Literally

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Tory Burch had the right idea for her spring 2009 presentation at Matthew Marks Gallery: Models showed the clothes while standing on a raised platform in the middle of the room, and guests gathered and mingled around it, a setup that gave everyone great views of the clothes and of each other. Seen: Marcia Mishaan, who's planning a benefit for the New York University Child Study Center; Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, sporting perhaps the sleekest ponytail I have ever seen; Peggy Siegel, who today is...



Celebrating New York's Color, Characters, and Leaders

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The Morgan Library & Museum was the grand setting Monday night for an event that celebrated the variety, colors, characters, and leaders of New York City's communities. The Rockefeller Foundation presented its Jane Jacobs Medal to the executive director and co-founder of the West Harlem Environmental Action organization, Peggy Shepard, and the executive director and founder of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, Alexie Torres-Fleming. First announced in the spring, the winners were selected...



Gallery Going: An Artist Grieves, Heals Through Her Craft

Mon, 8 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Hope Esser was in one of her studio art classes at Oberlin when she got a phone call from her father informing her of a tragedy: Her close friend, Julia Armstrong Minard, who was also an artist, had been murdered in Belize at the age of 20.It was the first time Ms. Esser, who was 21 at the time, had lost someone close, and her grief overwhelmed her, until she found a way to cope: through her art.Ms. Esser remembered that she had a shirt her friend had given to her, in a drawer at her home in...