Summer is on its way
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 5/31/2013, 1:32 p.m.
Are you ready to roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer? I can remember getting my worst sunburn ever on a cloudy, cool Memorial Day. I was at Jones Beach, wrapped up in a hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants and was lying under a blanket, stretched out on the sand. Perfectly comfortable, I had fallen asleep under a cloud, only to awaken with my face (the only thing that was exposed) on fire.
Tanners beware. No matter what your skin shade, be sure to use plenty of suntan lotion with an SPF of 15 or more. Sunglasses never hurt and neither does a hat every now and then. Take it from a sun worshipper like me: You can never be too careful.
For all of you who were worried that doorman Theodore Powell would have to find his place on the unemployment line because he was recently fired, never fear. The doormen have a strong union and were able to tell management, "I don't think so." Powell may be back on the job soon.
Londell's, located at Eighth Avenue and 140th Street, does weekend brunch, which includes a mimosa and your choice of seating under a big screen TV. The side room is still perfect for a group affair and the new decor is very inviting.
Meanwhile, Sylvia's is packing them in. Maybe because the revenue is up, they can move up a spot on the red wine. Currently, it's not bad, but it could definitely be better. There is nothing worse than to see a fine restaurant serving wine out of a twist-top bottle. Quelle dommage!
El Museo del Barrio held its annual gala at Cipriani 42nd Street and raised more than $1 million for the museum. The evening honored actor Raul Esparza with the Excellence in the Arts award, Ramiro Ortiz Mayorga with the Trustee Leadership award and Ricardo Villela Marino, CEO of Latin American Banco Itau Unibanco, with the Corporate Excellence in the Arts award. The gala chairs were Valentino D. Carlotti, Fe Fendi, Valentin Hernandez and Marie Unanue. I feel especially close to El Museo, a very exciting museum because it's located in the hood, albeit Fifth Avenue. I would feel a real loss if they moved. It's good to know that they receive a lot of generous support and recognition from those below 96th Street.
Speaking of Fifth Avenue, Boys & Girls Harbor hosted its annual Salute to Achievement fundraiser at the Heckscher Building, located on Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th streets. Honored was its founder, Anthony "Tony" Drexel Duke, who, now in his 90s, dedicated to the greater portion of his life to serving Harlem. Known as a humanitarian, veteran and visionary, he began his lifelong quest of educating children with a small summer camp and developed it into an education and performing arts nonprofit serving more than 1,000 students annually. On hand to watch the performance and accept the award on their father's behalf were Tony Duke Jr. and Washington Duke. The event was hosted by NBC News correspondent David Ushery, and welcoming the crowd were board members Ernie Lyles, Kevin Liles and Harbor Executive Director Thomas Howard.