CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: At New Yorkers For Children, Daniel Benedict told me and Katie Lee that we make a Hamptons power sandwich; with Rachelle Hruska MacPherson at the launch of the Elizabeth Street app, for which we are both “Tastemakers” on their site; with Yankees closer Mariano Rivera at his Gotham cover party and the official opening of his Manhattan restaurant, Siro’s; author Crystal McCrary and I celebrate the launch of her book Inspiration at ICP
New Yorkers by nature are a forward-thinking group of people. We take what is challenging, determine what we can do about it, and impact change, like developer Jed Walentas, who is following in his family’s footsteps in helping shape the Dumbo neighborhood in Brooklyn. Jed is also preserving the area’s heritage through public art that pays tribute to the era when the neighborhood was a hotbed for artists.
Facing the challenge of the rising number of homebound New Yorkers needing nourishment, Citymeals-on-Wheels was created in 1981 to provide for our aging neighbors. Close to 45,000,000 meals later, the organization continues to meet that need, and influential New Yorkers like Kathleen Turner, who was honored by Citymeals in 2010, get involved. This month, chefs including John DeLucie, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten are also pitching in, doing what they do best at the annual Chef’s Tribute: Knives! Camera! Action!, an al fresco fundraising feast in Rockefeller Center. In this issue, Turner writes exclusively for Gotham about why you too should do what you can to support this amazing organization.
Our power lies in doing. Raise awareness, commit your time, and be cognizant that there are so many less fortunate—that is our responsibility. The Reverend Al Sharpton is one New Yorker who exemplifies this. Beyond his famous hairdo and what might appear to be media-centric calls to action, he has established himself as a committed voice of civil rights in New York and beyond. This month, he spends a day with Gotham on his journey from breakfast at The Regency (also highlighted in “So Many Breakfasts, So Little Time” on page 76) to his broadcast radio program and a taping of his show on MSNBC, PoliticsNation.
This issue inspires me personally, and I hope it will do the same for you.
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY WILL RAGOZZINO/BFANYC.COM (MACPHERSON); EUGENE GOLOGURSKY (RIVERA); CLINT SPAULDING/PATRICK MCMULLAN.COM (BENEDICT); LEANDRO JUSTEN/PATRICKMCMULLAN.COM (MCCRARY)
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