A hospital, a museum and a public broadcaster walked into a bar last night after their galas. They were eager to boast.
“You should have seen Carole King sing ‘Natural Woman,’” said Mr. New York-Presbyterian, loosening his bow tie.
“Pshaw,” said balding Thirteen (the New York PBS station), sporting a gray suit and yellow tie. “We had Charlie Rose interview our honorees, taped in his studio. And by the way, Carole King and James Taylor performed for our American Masters series. Make a gift and we’ll send you the DVD -- I’ll throw in a tote bag.”
The New Museum blonde, in a red lace Valentino jumpsuit, rolled her eyes. “You think you guys know how to party?”
The bartender shrugged. He preferred eavesdropping on the analyst on a date at the other end of the bar.
The New York-Presbyterian event could have been a date night for Tiger Global Management LLC founder Chase Coleman had his wife, Stephanie Coleman, not been distracted by her responsibilities as a gala chairwoman and hospital board member. She posed for photos with Steven Corwin, chief executive officer of the hospital.
Hedge-fund managers Ned Sadaka of Para Advisors Inc. and Mark Kingdon of Kingdon Capital Management were at the Thirteen benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street. Thirteen’s chairman, Loews Corp. CEO James Tisch, walked to the lectern to the tune of “Hail to the Chief,” before doing it again after asking guests to stand for his entrance. (He’s been watching “House of Cards,” though he swore he’d only started watching the new season after finishing the most recent “Downton Abbey.”)
Carson is the Downton favorite of both Neal Shapiro, Thirteen’s president, and Ken Chenault, chairman and CEO of American Express Co.
“Because he’s a complicated character, though he seems very simple,” Chenault said of the butler in charge of the house staff. “It’s a lesson in life. We make judgments about people.”
“I like that he tries to work within the system, but he also figures out how to adapt to changes,” Shapiro said.
Honoree Cheryl Milstein, a Thirteen board member, said she liked the “Treasures of New York” series, which focuses on New York buildings.
Two Ferraris were parked outside Cipriani Wall Street for The New Museum gala, where the theme was “Red or Racy.”
Financiers and lawyers mostly passed on the theme. Those who embraced it included R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe and New Museum director Lisa Phillips.
Actress Greta Gerwig and Stefano Tonchi, the editor of W magazine, sat with painter Alex Katz. Cindy Sherman caught up with honoree Annabelle Selldorf, the architect who advised her on renovating a 19th-century farmhouse in the Hamptons.
Sculptor Lynda Benglis used her honoree-acceptance speech to praise the marble quarries and craftsmanship of the Kiran Trivedi Group, whose chairman and design director were present.
Some guests popped up from their seats to watch Simon de Pury ratchet up the bids for a portrait session in Tokyo with Takashi Murakami (they climbed past $350,000).
Then singer-songwriter Lykke Li mellowed guests with her smoky voice, previewing songs from her album out next month. She’s also starring in a movie, “Tommy,” directed by fellow Swede Tarik Saleh.
“Never heard of her,” balding Thirteen and tuxedoed Mr. New York-Presbyterian said in unison. The bartender flirted with the New Museum blonde. If he played his cards right, maybe he’d get to go to the party next year.