The Cosmopolitan Review Oct.6 - Oct. 12

Yvonne DeLaney Mitchell | 10/6/2016, 5:35 p.m.
It has been a long, sometime arduous year. A lot of people have passed on to the next dimension including ...

My good friend Nina DeWees once called into a radio talk show (happy birthday Nina) featuring then Mayor Rudolph Guiliani and asked him for a job. He gave her one with the New York City Parks Department. My other good friend, Jackie Rowe Adams, has worked for the Parks Department for years, and was in large part responsible for bringing groups such the Chi-lites and Blue Magic to the Jackie Robinson Park for a free, public performance.

Getting back to the luncheon, the Conservancy, which is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1980 by a group of some of the city’s most influential, powerful and elite, provides for 75 percent of the Park’s $67 million parkwide expense budget. They are also responsible for all of the basic care. So the next time you are in the park and you see a vehicle with “Central Park Conservancy” written on the side, you will know what the deal is.

Speaking of the park, when will Mayor de Blasio open up the 110th Street entrances for cars and permit evening traffic to come up past 72nd Street again? Assemblyman Keith Wright zealously advocated that vehicular traffic be permitted to travel to the northern end of the park, especially during the early evening hours, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., after de Blasio unceremoniously and unilaterally decided to close it off. However, it was to no avail, and traffic continues to be an uptown, congested nightmare during the morning and evening commutes.

Terria Joseph and Alicia Keys, along with Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams, Alexander Smalls, Rona Sebastian and the Herb Alpert Foundation and Rodney Williams cordially invite you all to the Harlem School of the Arts Fall 2016 Benefit Gala Masquerade Ball. The event will be held on the most mystical night, Monday, Oct. 31, at the Plaza Hotel, Fifth Avenue at Central Park South. The evening includes a reception, beginning at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a performance, at 7 p.m., and ending with a monster mash masquerade ball, from 9 p.m. to the bewitching hour of midnight, with DJ D-Nice. Presiding as master of ceremonies is David Ushery, NBC 4 New York news anchor, and charity auctioneer CK Swett.

Honorees include Michael Feinstein, receiving the Dorothy Maynor Award; Sandra L. Richards Morgan Stanley, receiving the Betty Allen Lifetime Achievement Award; and Stan Lathan and Sanaa Lathan, receiving the Visionary Artist Award. Attire is masquerade formal with a mask. Tickets are rather expensive, but if you are looking to splurge for a good cause, call 212-889-4694.

As the sunny summer skies continue to give way to fall, and if a gray day gets you down remember, “Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, there’s a land that I heard of, once in a lullaby/Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.”

Until next week … kisses.