It’s hard to believe 2019 is half way over. But, it has been months so far of wonderful things. From fundraisers to launches it has been a grand time to be a New Yorker.
The FACES (Finding A Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures) Gala raised funds to support epilepsy research and the advancement of new therapies at NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. This year NYU Langone Health raised more than $5.1 million to fund epilepsy research and the advancement of new therapies.
City Winery and The New York Foundling, one of NYC’s oldest and largest providers of social services, partnered on a custom-labeled 2018 rosé blend “We Are IntertWINED,” that was released to help raise funds. Proceeds from the collaboration support ed The Foundling’s programs and services – including juvenile justice, adoption services, foster care, mental health treatment, and more, especially during Foster Care Awareness month.
Over Auto Week there were several great activations and fun all around town. Toyota hosted a grand space with a brilliant Michael Murphy Installation. Guests enjoyed a buffet of delicious food and cocktails as they danced the night away.
Lexus took over Intersect where guests enjoyed divine delights at Intersect. The swanky night as attended by hundreds of guests experienced the best of the Lexus adventure with an immersive program and unparalleled design.
Stride Arts, a brand-new art and exhibition space in the heart of Manhattan, held it grand opening last week, attended by NYC Council Member Keith Powers, NYC Council Member Ben Kallos, NY State Deputy Chief Diversity Officer Linda Sun, Congresswoman Grace Meng, and many more.
In Midtown, Evangeline Lilly celebrated the launch of her new book “The Squickerwonkers “at Sephora. The Mamarazzi event sponsored by Made Good Snacks had the actress reading to a group of children lined up with THE MOMS. The day was filled with joy as kids smiled in delighted in the special moment.
Over in Chelsea, BOSKA x BEEMSTER teamed together for a friendly bbq where guests enjoyed delicious burgers with Beemster cheese. The rain kept away and the sun shinned on guests in the patio as they tested the BOSKA Barbeclette.
Just Salad kicked off Pride Month with Pride Party to celebrate World Pride (June 1-31st) at WeWork in Soho last week. Over 120 guests were invited to enjoy the colorful Just Proud Salad created in honor of Pride Month. $1 from every Just Proud Salad sold at all locations will benefit local LGBTQIA+ organizations in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Philadelphia and Florida throughout Pride Month. Dishes served alongside the Pride Salad included avocado toast, salad wraps and house made focaccia. Guests also enjoyed specialty cocktails throughout the evening. Drag Queen Juicy Liu made a special appearance and took photos with guests at the playful photo booth.
And coming up, today the Human Impacts Institute (HII)—the environmentally driven think-and-do-tank based in Brooklyn—will host Climate’s A Drag to kick off its summer-long House of Solutions on Governor’s Island.
In other food news, the 5 year anniversary of Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream was celebrated as Nick Morgenstern introduced the Nick’s It, an ice cream sandwich inspired by his favorite childhood frozen dessert. The Nick’s It consists of ice cream sandwiched between two vanilla wafers and then coated in a thin layer of dark chocolate. There will initially be six flavors available to taste: Burnt Honey Vanilla, Mint, Chocolate, Strawberry, Banana, and Vegan Coconut Espresso. And, in honor of 5 years at 2 Rivington Street, Morgenstern’s will be giving away ice cream sandwiches starting at 12PM at the side window of the store on June 10 until supplies last.
And speaking of Governor’s Island, Collective Retreats, the experiential travel company providing luxury accommodations in undiscovered places, has announced its newest guest accommodations. The Outlook Shelter will provide guests with an innovative modular luxury hotel room at the company’s flagship retreat at Collective Governors Island. Following a successful $15 million round of Series A funding, Collective Retreats’ introduction of the Outlook Shelters signals a time of company growth and expansion beyond tented accommodations. The new room-types are custom-built, luxury modular sheltered structures with a light footprint designed specifically for Collective Retreats’ asset-light business model.
From Saturday, June 15th – Monday, June 17th, National Dance Institute (NDI) will be hosting its 2019 Event of the Year Voices of Change where over 200 dancers from New York City public schools will come together in a vibrant performance inspired by the power of artistic expression and activism.
And, finally – one of the hottest, most coveted summer events in New York, Dîner en Blanc, will host over 5500 guests dressed head-to-toe in fabulous white who will gather at a spectacular undisclosed location on July 17th to dine and dance under the stars. Every summer the wildly popular event takes over iconic outdoor public spaces whose locations are revealed at the very last minute to preserve spontaneity and secrecy to the delight of guests. In 2018 there were 64,000 people on the New York wait list.
Dîner en Blanc has become the culinary event of the year in the U.S. and cities around the world. A one-of-a-kind global phenomenon, this year over 130,000 food lovers, cultural enthusiasts and fashionistas will gather at an iconic secret locale in 80 cities spanning 30 countries, 30 in the U.S. including several US premieres.
A beloved tradition throughout the U.S., this year 30 cities will host Le Dîner en Blanc, and there will be three US premieres: Fort Lauderdale, Harford and Raleigh. Worldwide 80 cities across six continents will host the event. Be sure to keep an eye out for ticket sales.
And, a perfect recommendation for the event will be Provocativo. The delicious CAVA from Spain is a tremendous triumph. The new sparkling wine is only sold in magnums so it doubles your fun for the event and any moment of joy this season.
Here is to an upcoming happy summer.