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BOOK OF SOCIALS: Photographer Harry Benson and his longtime friend Hilary Geary Ross, the society editor for Quest magazine, feted the launch of their book, “New York, New York,” Tuesday night at Tiffany & Co.’s Fifth Avenue flagship. The 320-page tome, which is available at retailers such as Rizzoli, Barnes & Noble and on, is a collection of portraits of some of New York’s most renowned citizens, including Diane Sawyer, Woody Allen, Yogi Berra, Halston, Truman Capote, Byrdie Bell, Brooke Astor, C.Z. and Cornelia Guest, Al Pacino, Andy Warhol, Jackie Kennedy and Cyndi Lauper.

“Some people call it a coffee-table book. If you look at it, it’s a coffee table,” quipped Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who kicked off the celebration with a few brief remarks. “It’s a very big book. It would also make a great stocking stuffer…if your stockings are made of titanium.”

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Attendees of the book launch included Wendi Murdoch, Dylan Lauren, Charlotte Ronson, Liz Smith, Adrienne Vittadini, Karen LeFrak, Wendy Vanderbilt, Lady Liliana Cavendish and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

“Society is not all glitz, and our book is not all about glitz,” Geary Ross said of her book. “It’s about people who achieve and make a difference.”

The duo is currently working on a book that focuses on Palm Beach, Fla., society.

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