The Cosmopolitan Review: December 21 - December 27

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 12/21/2017, midnight
Let the countdown begin. It’s Christmastime in the city. Although the snow helped a little, where are the Santas on ...

Let the countdown begin. It’s Christmastime in the city. Although the snow helped a little, where are the Santas on every corner ringing bells? Where are the Christmas lights strung around apartment windows? And has anyone heard any Christmas carols?

You’ll be happy to know that the Winter Antiques Show Kick-Off Party was held in great anticipation of the actual show, which takes place Jan. 19 to Jan 28. This year will mark the 64th anniversary of presenting decorative art, antiques and design from around the world. All net proceeds from the show benefit the East Side House Settlement, the community-based organization in the South Bronx run by our very own Eula Johnson, who, like ESHS, is nationally recognized. Interested in attending the opening night party? Call 718-292-7392 for ticket information or visit the website at

Leaving our presence on Earth and moving on to the next frontier is Jim Skeete and Dr. Chester Redhead. It can be said of both men, friends for many years through thick and thin, that they lived life to the fullest. Of the generation who entertained often and royally, there was no shame to their game. If you saw a lot of cars parked at their doors, then you were welcomed to come on in and join the party. Many long lasting friendships were made that way. Totally comfortable.

All of animal lovers can breathe a sigh of relief. The Animal Medical Center held its annual gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. There are several Ciprianis around town, but this one is perhaps my favorite. Its massive Italian Romanesque interior was originally constructed in 1921-23 for the Bowery Savings Bank. The pillars, which adorn the halls are 65 feet high and 80 feet wide and 197.5 feet deep and made of marble, limestone, sandstone and bronze. It’s a perfect party place if you plan to host close to 1,000 (a Jim Skeete, Chester Redhead kind of party). The event, which was appropriately entitled the Top Dog Gala, made oodles and oodles of noodles for the medical care of cats, dogs and a host of other animals.

For all of those familiar with American pop standards, it was the 102nd birthday of Frank Sinatra. Look for our American pop icon, Mary J. Blige, to add film star to her resume. She has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, Best Supporting Actress.

If you are looking to get away over the holidays, look into the variety of I Love New York weekend getaways to upstate New York. Opt for a package that includes transportation, lodging, ski passes and a cozy log-burning fire to cuddle up next to. Alternatively, hop a flight down to Cuba, if it’s still legal—things happen so quickly you never know. Although the city of Havana is a place straight out of the 1950s, as if time has stood still, the people are friendly and the Cuba libres are plentiful. It is hard to envision how people can live in buildings that seem ready for condemnation. One can’t help but fear the structure will come tumbling down without a moment’s notice. Yet, there is a television in every home, the children are cleaned and cared for and everyone seems to be at peace.