A Warm and Festive Evening at FRIENDS 14th Annual Ambassador to the Upper East Side Award Dinner

14th Annual Ambassador to the Upper East Side Award Dinner

On Monday, September 25th, 250 friends from around the city gathered to honor the incomparable Ann Pyne at our Fourteenth Annual Ambassador to the Upper East Side Award Dinner. Since 2002, Ann has been a partner at McMillen Inc. Interior Design and Decoration, the oldest design firm in America, where her mother, the legendary designer Betty Sherrill, worked for 62 years. An accomplished preservationist, Ann is dedicated to safeguarding the architecture of the Upper East Side as well as the Village of Southampton.

Special thanks to our Benefit Committee, including Co-Chairs Helena and Roman Martinez and Dailey and Gordon Pattee, and Vice Chairs Janine and Tom Hill, Alexandra and Philip Howard, Barbara and Tom Israel, and Kitty and Tom Kempner. It was a warm and festive evening for all, as we also celebrated the 35th Anniversary of FRIENDS! Photos by Sarah Greig Photography.

Hear City Council Candidates’ Plans for OUR Neighborhood – Candidates’ Forum August 30th

Madison Avenue at 63rd Street. Photo by Trix Rosen

Upper East Side City Council District 4
Candidates’ Forum

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
6:30 pm
House of the Redeemer
7 East 95th Street
Free, RSVP here.

New York’s 51 City Council seats are up for election this year with party primaries on September 12th and the general election on November 7th.

On Wednesday, August 30th, meet the candidates running for the open seat in District 4, currently represented by Dan Garodnick, who has reached his term limit.

Hear the candidates discuss historic preservation, the threat of overdevelopment, and the land issues you care about. Learn how they plan to preserve the quality of life and   character of our neighborhoods.

This event will be moderated by Gina Pollara, Senior Advisor at ReThinkNYC.

Get to know the candidates so you can make your voice heard at the primary election on September 12th! To read more about the field of candidates, click HERE for Gotham Gazette‘s coverage.

Send your questions to the candidates to us in advance, and RSVP by clicking HERE or by calling Carnegie Hill Neighbors at 212-996-5520. Space is limited. Arrive early to guarantee a seat!

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FRIENDS Announces our 2017 Ambassador to the Upper East Side!

Photo by Malcolm Brown Photography


will proudly present



Ann Pyne

Monday, September 25th
6:30 p.m. Cocktails
7:30 p.m. Dinner

The Metropolitan Club
1 East 60th Street

New York City

Click HERE to purchase tickets or to make a contribution.


Helena & Roman Martinez, Co-Chairs
Dailey & Gordon Pattee, Co-Chairs
Barbara & Tom Israel, Vice-Chairs
Janine & Tom Hill, Vice-Chairs
Kitty & Tom Kempner, Vice-Chairs
Alexandra & Philip Howard, Vice-Chairs



Located on Fifth Avenue and 70th Street, the Richard Morris Hunt Memorial by Daniel Chester French is a refined celebration of painting, sculpture and architecture. Seen on the cover, this setting is an apt embodiment of the recipient of FRIENDS’ 2017 Ambassador to the Upper East Side AwardAnn Pyne, whose love for art and beauty motivates her work.

Decorator of many Upper East Side homes, mentor to young, talented designers, and preservationist in heart, soul and action… This, in a nutshell, describes the recipient of FRIENDS’ 2017 Ambassador to the Upper East Side Award, Ann Pyne.  In fact, her photo on the cover, set on Fifth Avenue at the Richard Morris Hunt Memorial by Daniel Chester French, with its celebration of painting, sculpture and architecture, encapsulates Ann’s love of art and beauty.

Since 2002, Ann has been a Partner of McMillen Inc. Interior Design and Decoration, the oldest design firm in America, founded in 1924 by Eleanor McMillen Brown. Ann’s mother, the legendary designer Betty Sherrill, began at McMillen two weeks after Ann was born and worked there for 62 years. Ann has been the firm’s President since 2012. Under her leadership, McMillen continues to be celebrated internationally for combining old school decorating with modern relevance.

A dedicated preservationist, Ann is committed to the safeguarding of the architecture of the Upper East Side. She has also been spurred to activism in the Village of Southampton where her efforts have sought to protect the historic character of the community and curb the spread of overdevelopment.

Ann has a Masters degree in Decorative Arts from the Bard Graduate Center, as well as an MFA in Writing and an MA in English and American Literature, both from Columbia University. Prior to interior design, Ann taught literature at the Chapin School, authored a book of short stories published by Alfred Knopf, and has been a longtime collector of aesthetic-period furniture and ceramics.

Moving Uptown: German-American Culture at the Turn of the 20th Century

Moving Uptown: German-American Culture
at the Turn of the 20th Century

The Lower East Side’s Kleindeutschland and the Upper East Side’s Yorkville  At the Historic Sixth Street Community Synagogue

Wednesday June 21st
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
323 East 6th St. (between First and Second Avenues)

Tickets: $12 general public / $10 for LESPI and Synagogue members
Seats are limited, purchase tickets HERE.

Come for a wonderful evening:

During the decades around the turn of the 20th century, waves of German-Americans left their homes in the East Village/Lower East Side’s Kleindeutschland and headed north to Yorkville.  This migration started with the construction of the Second Avenue El train in 1874, and accelerated with the terrible General Slocum Steamship disaster on June 15, 1904, when over a thousand people died during an outing sponsored by St. Mark’s Church on East 6th St.

Although most German-Americans have since dispersed from both neighborhoods, it’s still possible to see traces of this remarkable culture, such as at the German-American Shooting Society Clubhouse building (1889) on St. Mark’s Place; Ottendorfer Library (1884) on Second Ave. at St. Mark’s Pl.; St. Joseph’s Church on East 87th St. (1895); and the century-old Heidelberg Restaurant on 2nd Ave. near East 85th St.

For more info contact Richard at info@LESPI-nyc.org or 347-827-1846.

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Save New York Summit: Thursday, June 22nd

This is the city we love…

This is developers’ vision of the future…

Save New York Summit

Thursday, June 22nd
6:00 p.m.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Central Park West & 65th Street

FREE, click here to RSVP.

The scale of New York is being drastically changed – not just in Midtown Manhattan, but in neighborhoods throughout the city.  The tide of “supertall” towers beginning to rise in residential areas, including those surrounding Central Park, is symptomatic of the unprecedented threats to parks, playgrounds, light, air, landmarks, small businesses, and community quality of life all New Yorkers face. City policies have enabled, and sometimes incentivized, this trend.

All are invited to participate in an action-oriented discussion about why so many of these towers are invading our city, and what we can do about it.

Speakers include:

George M. Janes, Urban Planner and Zoning Expert
Presenting:”What’s Up With Supertalls?”

Michael Hiller, Attorney and Community Defender

Opening remarks by:

Angel Ayón, Save Harlem Now!
Rachel Levy, FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts

This event is co-sponsored by:

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