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The director’s council of the Museum of the City of New York has had a busy year.

“We’ve raised over $80 million for the renovation of our building up on Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street,” museum director Susan Henshaw Jones explained to guests on Wednesday night at the Pool Room of the Four Seasons restaurant, where the museum’s party, “New York After Dark,” was taking place. “Jamie Dimon and I would like to thank everyone for supporting the museum. And we just learned that we’re going to be operating the South Street Seaport museum. So, I’m reaching out to all the sailors in the room: I know a great place for you.”

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Henshaw Jones addressed the crowd from halfway up a short flight of stairs that faced the small pool surrounded by hurricane lanterns, which serves as the room’s centerpiece.

“It is New York after dark, after all,” Marisa Noel Brown said of the theme of the party and the thick candlelight circling the Pool Room’s pool, “but it certainly makes a swim look tempting.”

A relaxed group of the museum’s supporters sipped cocktails and circulated. Among them were Celerie Kemble, Jennifer Creel, Alexandra Lebenthal, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Julia Koch and Jamie Tisch, all of whom heaped praise on the museum.

“The Beaton exhibit is going to be fantastic,” Ettelson advised, “and very New York. Go and see it. It’s worth the trip.”

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