Young New York Celebrates Old New York

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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This past Monday night, real estate scions Toby and Larry Milstein hosted a very special private event with Frick Collection director Ian Wardropper at their apartment in The Dakota. Entitled “Across the Park and Into the Past,” the evening was a tribute to the Frick Mansion and The Dakota, two iconic remnants of the city’s gilded age. Museum trustees like Bernard Selz and Melinda Martin Sullivan, Frick Young Fellows and Milstein friends gathered for a discussion of the two buildings’ storied histories.

The evening was opened up by Wardropper, who talked about living on the Upper West Side. “The event theme of ‘across the park and into the past,’ is my everyday life as I walk across the park and between the Dakota and the Frick,” he said. Museum education assistant Rachel Himes talked about how thinly-inhabited the Upper East Side was in Frick’s day. “Adelaide, Henry Frick’s wife, would recall how she could hear boats passing on the East River from her home,” she said.

But the focal point of the night was the Milstein siblings’ discussion of The Dakota’s history. The duo shared stories about prior residents like John Lennon and about their lives growing up in the legendary building. They then introduced Alexander and Jamie Bernstein, children of Leonard Bernstein and the apartment’s prior occupants.

After a question-and-answer sessions, the Dakotans introduced Amory McAndrew, Chair of the Young Fellows Steering Committee, who closed the discussion with a toast to the evening’s hosts. Although the Frick and The Dakota may be old, guests left knowing that they had seen young New York at its finest.


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