was the burning question on everyone’s lips who passed through the doors of the Starrett-Lehigh Building on Wednesday night bound for Martha Stewart’s ninth floor media headquarters, the site of the Friends of the High Line benefit.

But Stewart — a huge supporter of the effort to turn the abandoned railway on the city’s far West side into a public space — was a no-show. (Murmurs rose that she’d been spotted in Maine.) Still, she was there in spirit as guests Ed Norton, Danny DeVito, Speaker Gifford Miller, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Fernanda Niven, Celerie Kemble, Jeff Klein and the charity’s co-founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond mingled amidst her magazine’s storyboards, her Web site’s flowcharts, a Mothers’ Day Flower Command Center and Stewart’s Signature Color Center, loaded with earth-toned swatches. One magazine editor stayed behind, hard at work in his office even as dinner was served.

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