Magazine December 31, 2010, Issue

City Desk: The Boulevardier in Winter

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Richard Brookhiser parties on Park

My friend’s book party was in a wonderful venue — a Park Avenue apartment. Luxury accommodations have sprouted up all over the city in the Bloomberg years, from Wall Street to Loisaida, but only on Park Avenue do they have the solidity that comes with oldth. The elevator opened into the foyer; not much chance of Chinese menus being slipped under this door. The lid of the baby grand was a parade ground of silver-framed photographs, the household gods of the urban bourgeoisie.

The owner was a gracious hostess, inviting her guests to circulate through the apartment, asking only, if they

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