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In preparation for its coming move to the Meatpacking District, the Whitney held its annual gala and corresponding after party at Pier 57 on the Hudson River on Wednesday night. It was the first time in the history of the dinner that it was not held at the museum’s current Upper East Side digs.

“I’m all for it,” Harvey Weinstein said of the move while making his way from cocktails to dinner. “I think you reach more people downtown; I do. Right? I’m not an expert.”

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Given his business success, isn’t it possible Weinstein is expert in all things?

“No,” he demurred, “definitely not. One thing. Movies.”

Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman, and her Marchesa design partner, Keren Craig, stood nearby as Bar Refaeli showed off one of their creations. (“She’s a friend, family friend,” Weinstein explained.) The label co-sponsored the dinner, which honored New Yorker art critic Calvin Tomkins. The proceedings drew a number of Tomkins’ past subjects including John McEnroe, John Currin and Rachel Feinstein, Jeffrey Deitch and Jeff Koons. Other attendees included John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Tamara Mellon and Desirée Rogers.

“I can’t say what is better,” first-time partygoer Michelle Monaghan said of the event’s new warehouselike space. “But I can say that this is pretty great and I’m looking forward to an evening. It’s fantastic. It’s like asphalt and disco balls.”

Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer was pleased with the change of pace: “While I love Museum Mile and Fifth Avenue, there’s something new and exciting about the Whitney anchoring this community.”

The mayoral candidate had come from speaking to the Occupy Wall Street set.

“I was at the rally a couple of hours ago,” he said. “Everyone is getting all freaked out about demonstrations and rallies and political expression and people giving voice to the issues they care about. I just think everybody should take a step back and marvel in the fact that this city can accommodate so many different opinions from so many different people.”

Spoken like a true politician.

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