Blackstone Group boss Steve Schwarzman plans to watch the Super Bowl with his daughter and son-in-law and their kids. Like some other New York financiers, he won’t brave the cold to attend in person.
“They’ve got a big flatscreen at their house, so that’s perfect,” Schwarzman said at Le Cirque last night as he attended a China Arts Foundation International dinner, celebrating exchanges between Chinese and American classical musicians and their audiences.
As for the allegiance of his grandkids and their parents: “They’re all in orange -- he’s from Denver. I’ll probably get a cap.”
Ken Langone, the co-founder of Home Depot Inc., shared his thoughts on avoiding more exuberant fans and staying warm before he delivered the keynote at the Lawyers Division Annual Event of the UJA-Federation of New York.
“I’m going to be in Florida watching. At home, you can take a little nap. And you’ve not got some guy drunk, sitting in back of you, driving you nuts. You’re not there, but I don’t want to be there. At this temperature, who wants to be outside?”
All week, the busy gala life of the city carried on as usual, unaffected by the dozens of events taking place for the Super Bowl, which will be played eight miles from Times Square at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It’s the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city.
Though Wall Street is sponsoring the game, when the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks face off on Sunday, about two dozen guests at New York galas said they’ll do as millions of others do in America: watch at home.
“We have a divided house between the Seahawks and the Broncos, so it’s going to be raucous,” said Marc Lipschultz, global head of energy at KKR & Co. He will watch at home with his kids, who are all under the age of 11. “I’m going to go Seahawks because that will be an even split to the house.” Dinner will be pizza.
Lipschultz was attending the UJA Lawyers Division event last night, which honored his friend Edward O. Sassower, a partner in the restructuring department at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, as well as Theodore N. Mirvis, a partner in the litigation department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Almost 700 people attended.
The UJA funds free legal services for 65,000 New Yorkers a year, helping people secure benefits, prevent evictions and protect themselves against domestic violence.
At Capitale on Tuesday, the Harmony Program, which provides instruments and instruction to under-privileged kids in New York, honored Joshua Bell, who performed with one of Harmony’s student orchestras.
Roy Niederhoffer, founder of R.G. Niederhoffer Capital Management Inc. and chairman of Harmony’s board, said he’ll be watching the Super Bowl at home with an ear for the music: Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers during halftime, and “Definitely Renee Fleming!” he said of the opera star who will sing the national anthem.
Back at Le Cirque, Christian Rockefeller, son of Steven Rockefeller Jr., whose Rose Rock Group is developing a skyscraper in Tianjin in northern China, said he’ll be at home with “family, a couple of cousins, a few neighbors.”
He’ll skip the big-budget TV ads that some consider a Super Bowl draw in themselves.
“We’re not really big into the commercials -- usually I mute them,” said Rockefeller, a recent graduate of Boston College. Instead, the breaks might be spent shooting pool. “At the end of the day it’s about getting everyone together and enjoying the company.”