David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

17 Mar, 2008

Last night in New York

The Museum of the City of New York's dinner dance on Wednesday night is now, along with The Frick Collection's black tie evenings, one of the more glamorous annual galas in New York. It is not new but what is sort of new is that the group which stages this every year, was originally the “junior” group – sons and daughters of socially prominent folk, as well as the newcomers who wish/wanted to be a part of this group. The difference is they are not “juniors” anymore. They are forty- and fifty-somethings (with the younger set eager to be associated with them for a variety of reasons all of which could be described as New York socio-economic).

I arrived after the main course had been finished. I'd been down at the Café Carlyle seeing Barbara Cook give one of her great New York lustrous cabaret concerts. The party had been going for a couple of hours and the energy had moved into a comfortable camaraderie. So I just decided to tour the place with my digital and show you what I looks like when everyone's feeling quite happy to be there.

Alison Minton and Kimberly Thomsen.