Week of January 23: What’s Ahead on the AVENUE

Monday, January 23, 2017
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Who doesn’t love New York during a storm so bad, weathermen advised against bringing umbrellas. Lose the ones that have been flipped inside out, call a car service, and get out of the apartment to attend the following events. Check out what’s ahead this week on the AVENUE:


New York City Restaurant Week

January 23 – February 10

We know—most AVENUE readers don’t need to wait until Restaurant Week (which begins today and runs until mid-February, so it’s actually Restaurant Three Weeks) to check out the latest and greatest in the New York City dining scene. But at the very least, the lineup can give you some new ideas of places to try out. Maybe that new neighborhood joint really is worth the hype…

For additional information and a list of participating restaurants, visit


The Met Winter Party: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

Monday, January 23, 8–11 p.m.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York

Party like the ancient Egyptians. The Met will open its Temple of Dendur on Monday night to host its Winter Party. The event will feature cocktails, festive fare and dancing. Proceeds benefit community engagement, cultural festivals and the mentoring program at The Met.

For tickets and additional information, visit


American Museum of Natural History Junior Council Event: Afterhours in the Dome

Tuesday, January 24

The American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street

Checking out a starry night is rare in New York City. But the American Museum of Natural History has a solution. On Tuesday, head to the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater for a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s work with cutting-edge data visualization.

For tickets and additional information, visit


Madison Square Park Conservancy 2017 Award Breakfast

Wednesday, January 25, 7:30–9 a.m.

The Prince George Ballroom, 15 East 27th Street, New York

Maybe because the AVENUE office is located just a few blocks from Flatiron, but we’re pretty partial to Madison Square Park. On Wednesday, the Madison Square Park Conservancy, which seeks to protect, nature and restore the park, will host its annual breakfast at the Prince George Ballroom. The event is co-chaired by Robert T. Lapidus, Edward V. Piccinich and Mary Ann Tighe and will honor longtime trustee Aine Brazil.

For tickets and additional information, visit


Play with a Pro Texas Hold’em to benefit Ronald McDonald House

Wednesday, January 25, 6–10 p.m.

New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South, New York

Gamble on a good cause this week. Join pro players and celebrities in a game of hold’em, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House New York. Cocktails, light bites, and the best competition you’ll see sitting down.

For tickets and additional information, visit


Barre and Bubbles for Coco at Exhale UES

Wednesday, January 25, 7:30 p.m.

Exhale Upper East Side, 980 Madison Avenue, New York

Inhale. Exhale. You’re about to do something great. Join Exhale teacher & founder of Chi Chi Life, Lauren Chiarello, for a 60-minute Core Fusion Barre class (beginners welcome!) to benefit the Connection Coalition, a national organization that offers yoga programs in schools, shelters, jails, foster homes, rehabs and more.

For tickets and more information, visit


Alice + Olivia Shopping Event to Benefit

Thursday, January 26, 9 a.m.

Alice + Olivia, 755 Madison Avenue, New York

Dreaming about that gorgeous Alice + Olivia dress you saw last week but forced yourself to walk away? Now’s the time to stroll right back down Madison to pick it up. On Thursday, January 26, 20 percent of Alice + Olivia proceeds will go toward, a nonprofit that helps couples to offset the cost of adoption.

For more information, visit


Hudson River Park Playground Committee Luncheon

Friday, January 27

Current at Pier 59, Chelsea Piers

Join the Friends of the Hudson River Park Playground Committee for a luncheon celebrating New York’s western waterfront. The Playground Committee is a group of parents working to promote and support everything Hudson River Park has to offer, especially as it relates to children. Members are in good company—the honorary committee includes Stacey Bendet, Rebecca Minkoff and Paige Novice.

For tickets and additional information, visit


Dizzy Gillespie Festival

January 27-28

Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle, New York

This January, Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates the centennial of Dizzy Gillespie, the visionary architect of bebop. Hear diverse interpretations of Gillespie’s music performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Carlos Henriquez, Pedrito Martinez, Terell Stafford, Melissa Aldana and more.

For tickets and additional information, visit


New York Times Travel Show

January 27–29

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street, New York

It’s January. Most people are dreaming about leaving New York. Feed your inner wanderlust without even leaving Manhattan at the annual New York Times Travel Show.

For tickets and additional information, visit


New York Junior League Sixth Annual “Apres Ski Soiree”

Friday, January 27, 7–11 p.m.

The Astor House, 130 East 80th Street, New York

Who says you need mountains, or a day of skiing, to enjoy acres ski? Not the New York Junior League! Nibble tasty hors d’oeuvres, toast chill-chasing beverages, strike a post on the red carpet, and dance the night away. All ticket holders will gain admission to an exclusive after-party.

We hear that the event is sold out, but if you want more info and to stay up to date on future events, visit


All’s Fair

Our art diarist, Anthony Haden-Guest, finds something fair at the recent fairs


Celebrating Women at the NYSE

Celebrating National Women's History Month and International Women's Day


15 CPW Apartment with Russian past brings $10 million profit

A lawyer who sues lawyers dropped his price but still made a small fortune

by Michael GrossPhotographed by Billy Farrall