David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

March 20, 2013

The Party Scene

That said, there are other ways of approaching this very Irish holiday in New York (noise, maestro please). Some people have civilized St. Paddy’s Day parties and they do it  for the fun of it. In the crowd I’m referring to in these pictures below, they do it so people can enjoy the chance to get together at a good old fashioned cocktail party on Park Avenue seeing old friends, familiar faces, neighbors, New York nightlife compatriots. I didn’t make this party although the host and hostess were kind enough to invite me. After hearing my rap on what I think of St. Patrick’s Day, you get the picture; I’m a seasoned grouch.

Nevertheless, palaver aside, last Thursday night, Jean and Martin Shafiroff hosted a party at their New York home to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. You know Jean, don’t you? If you don’t, you haven't been looking at NYSD Party Pictures (that’s okay, there will be more). Martin is her congenial investment banker husband who can almost keep up with his wife.

Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and shamrock-shaped treats. Guests wearing the green included Sharon Bush, Felicia Taylor, Kathryn Chenault, Erik Bottcher, Flo Anthony, Randi Schatz, Dr. Amelia Ogunlesi, Alex Donner, Dr. Frank Weiser, Maggie Norris, Marc Rosen, George Gurley, Ike Ude, Chiu Ti Jansen, Roy Kean, Madame Mayhem, Victoria Wyman, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Michele Gerber Klein, Bill Sclight, Cheri Kaufman, Ann Rapp, Michael Gross, Amy Hoadley, Campion Platt, Dawne Marie Grannum, Margo Langenberg, R. Couri Hay, Tia Walker, Cornelia Bregman, Spencer Morgan and Alexis Bryan Morgan, Gail Karr, Marcia Levine, Nicole Noonan, Steven Knobel, Dr. Robert Grant, Debra Halpert, Gregory Speck, Leesa Rowland, Brendan Lyle, Benjamin Le Hay and Bill Cunningham. And their friends, lovers, partners, mistresses (just kidding). All thanks to St. Patrick himself, Martin Shafiroff’s wife Jean.

I’ve just shared the magic ingredients for a good cocktail party in New York. All too rare, and gives you something to talk about, or someone to talk to about  it. Talk talk talk. Buzz buzz buzz. That’s the natural state of the New York beast.


Dr. Robert Grant and Alison Minton