As Friends of the High Line learned very early in the game, it pays to have celebrities (Ed Norton!) and well-heeled sophisticates (Barry Diller!) on your side when it comes to against-all-odds preservation efforts. And so, the burgeoning campaign to landmark the gigantic and very awesome McKim, Mead & White IRT Powerhouse (the full-block Hell's Kitchen beauty between 58th and 59th Streets along Eleventh Avenue) held a swingin' soirée this week to create some buzz and raise funds. Said the invite, "The SoHo loft studio of an internationally renowned architect...food from the coveted Monkey Bar restaurant...Moet & Chandon bubbly...Your reservation is waiting!" Fancy! The party was in the home of Basil Walter, and Michael Henry Adams filed a lengthy report on the evening for the Huffington Post. The slightly bonkers account is Landmarks Preservation Commission meets New York Social Diary, complete with a rundown of "bright young things" in attendance and many, many photos of footwear. Click through for a glimpse at how the other half lives. Er, preserves.
· The Preservation Elite Meet: At a Party Downtown, for a Good Cause [HuffPo]
· IRT Powerhouse coverage [Curbed]
· Hudson River Powerhouse Group [Official Site]