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.
The performance titled “Estampas on 6: Postcards from El Barrio” was a tribute to Harlem. Showcasing the sights and sounds of New York City, the children did a phenomenal job of portraying the blocks they call home. Taking a ride on the 6 train from the historic Duke Ellington statue to the 103rd Street station, they weaved their way through a patchwork of street vendors, passing by the Apollo Theater and encountering musicians and domino players, ending at the Harbor, where all they could say was “Thank you, thank you, Tony, for showing us the way to opening up a world of possibilities!”
TheMid-Manhattan Branch of the NAACP will be weaving its way around the lower Manhattan waterway as it hosts its annual boat ride on Saturday, June 22. It’s all aboard the Harbor Lights, located at East 23rd Street and FDR Drive. Boarding begins at 12 p.m., and it will be on the high seas from 12:30-3:30 p.m. For ticket information, contact Dottie Seals at 212-787-7486.
Looking gorgeous and every bit on her way to becoming a prima ballerina was Michaela DePrince as she was on her way to attend the American Ballet Theater Spring Gala. DePrince, as you may know, is a company member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. It just goes to show that all is fair in love, war and dance.
For those of you who do your food shopping out of the zone, you will be sad to hear that the Food Emporium at Broadway and 68th Street has closed. I was shocked when I passed by the location on the bus and saw the entire store empty. I shopped there occasionally, and I loved the experience. The aisles were roomy, the selection of delicacies was varied and large, and there were bite-size samples of cheese, a yummy bakery counter (with small cannolis) and a sit-down counter if you wanted to have a little something to eat with a hardy cup of coffee or tea.
Meanwhile, Harlem Shake at Lenox Avenue and 124th Street has opened and is doing a brisk business. The offering is snack fare from hamburgers, franks, shakes and fries to wine and a smattering of desserts. Step right up, place your order, grab a table and chair and enjoy.
Happy birthday, Uncle Frank.
Until next week … kisses