Die-hard downtowner Edward Norton has very strict ideas about how far north of 14th Street he’s willing to travel, so it was lucky that the Friends of the High Line benefit last Wednesday took place at Cipriani Wall Street. “I need a good reason and a stiff drink to go above 34th Street,” he said. It’s also why he joined guests such as Diane von Furstenberg; her son, Alex; Charles and Justin Rockefeller, and Gillian Hearst-Shaw, helping raise $1 million toward transforming the abandoned Chelsea railroad into a public space. “We need a park down here,” the actor explained.
Party designer Bronson Van Wyck had brought in what looked like an entire forest to decorate the massive space, where an eclectic crowd mingled. “I’m probably one of the only people here who has broken into the High Line,” Moby bragged. Well, the Rev. Al Sharpton would have broken in, too, he said, “but can you imagine the headlines if I got caught?”
The night before, in Central Park, Amanda Peet, Fernanda Niven, Amanda “Binky” Urban and Sandra Bernhard joined Alexandra Shiva to celebrate the opening-night gala of the Shakespeare in the Park production of “As You Like It” at the Delacorte. Still in a Hamptons state of mind, Dori Cooperman, who was running late, called ahead and asked if the theater had valet parking. Needless to say, it didn’t.
Over at Lever House that night, Marjorie Gubelmann Raein and Paul Ziff, president of Zenith Watches North America, were hosting a dinner to honor Thierry Nataf, Zenith’s chief executive, who was in town from Paris.
Some socials were feeling more burned out than others. Tinsley Mortimer, who vacationed in Panama with husband Topper in early June, is now a working girl, after all. She’s acting as fashion correspondent for Plum TV, a local Hamptons station, and the live Saturday AM tapings have taken their toll. “It means no wild Fridays,” she said. “If they ask me to do it again next summer, I’m going to have to figure out a way to do it so I can still go away.”
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Guests such as Jennifer Creel, Eleanor and Jon Ylvisaker, Tantivy Bostwick, Daniel Benedict and Christian Leone enjoyed tuna carpaccio, lobster tails and lamb in the private dining room, where the table was strewn with the latest Zenith designs. Vanessa von Bismarck and Benedict fought over a black mink-trimmed model while Andrew Saffir and Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss discussed the latest on America’s current obsession: TomKat.
As the meal wound down, another couple became the topic of conversation, as guests raved about von Bismarck’s recent wedding in Germany to Maxim Weiner. Asked why she had chosen to keep “von Bismarck” at the end of her name, the new bride replied: “I kept it for business reasons.” But her husband revealed the truth: “It’s better for getting reservations at restaurants.”