“I hate the beginning of parties, when I think no one’s coming,” Mark Gilbertson murmured on Tuesday night. He was on the early side to the Museum of the City of New York’s semiannual New York After Dark party, at which he, along with longtime supporters Allison Aston and Tara Rockefeller, was being honored for his contributions to the organization.
Gilbertson had nothing to worry about: The terrace of the museum quickly filled up with patrons such as Jill Roosevelt, Heather Mnuchin, Jennifer Creel, Helen Schifter, Jaime Tisch, Dennis Basso and Brian Henke circulating. Back at its upper Fifth Avenue location after extensive renovations caused the party to migrate south, the party was a homecoming of sorts.
“We’re so glad to be back here,” Rockefeller, in Giorgio Armani, said. Mnuchin seconded that notion, observing, “When [the original space] was under renovation, the party was a totally different party. It’s so much better back here now.”
However, Roosevelt, whose husband, Andrew, is a chairman of the event, waxed nostalgic about the party’s interim location in Midtown. “I was getting used to the Four Seasons. Andrew’s like, ‘I hope no one automatically goes there.’”