by Diane Malone
30 Oct 2007

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  Cipriani’s at 42nd street built in 1921 was once home to the Bowery bank. The elegant landmark interior features 65 foot high vaulted ceilings, gorgeous chandeliers, towering marble columns and beautiful space for entertaining.
  Over 500 guests made their way into this Italian renaissance interior bank turned banquet hall, to pay tribute to six New Yorkers at the annual fall New York Living Landmarks Celebration Gala on October 30th.
  Peg Breen, President of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, welcomed this years honorees “for preserving New York in their own legendary ways”. The six honorees were screen legend Lauren Bacall, Opera diva Jessye Norman, fashion icon Oscar de la Renta, interior designer Mica Ertegun, chairman of the Shubert Organization Gerald Schoenfeld and the chairman of the Goldman Sachs Foundation John C. Whitehead. lauren bacall
  Screen legend, Lauren Bacall arrived with her son Stephen Bacall and her daughter-in-law. She mingled with guests and graciously posed for the media scattered throughout the grand hall. Nathan Lane provided a very humorous tribute to Lauren Bacall that had everyone laughing. Upon accepting her award, Lauren Bacall mentioned how she encourages the work of the New York Landmarks Conservancy and their mission of preserving the great old landmark buildings throughout the city. Lauren Bacall also mentioned how she has been living in a landmark building for over 40 years and prefers the old landmarks over the renovated buildings. lauren bacall
  Opera legend Jessye Norman expressed her appreciation for the award by treating the audience to a sampling of her thrilling voice performing a part of the song “New York, New York”.
  Liz Smith was the hostess of the event and brought the evening together with a sense of family. Previous honorees attended including Commissioner Ray Kelly, Sidney Lumet, Elaine Stritch, Howard Rubenstein, Mike Wallace, Candice Bergen, Beth DeWoody, Arnold Scaasi, Anna Wintour, Peggy Siegal, Helen Gurley Brown and Peter Duchin who provided the musical entertainment.oscar de la renta digonis
  Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta was all smiles and came with Annette de la Renta, her daughter Eliza and their son-in-law Alex Bolen.
  Other highlights of the evening included Patti LuPone performing her version of the song “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” changing “Roses” to “Gerry” in tribute to Gerald Schoenfeld. 
  The evening raised $750,000 for the New York Landmarks Conservancy and will help the organization continue  “preserving, revitalizing, and reusing New York’s architecturally significant buildings”. 

All photos: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2007