A reception is being held tomorrow honoring businessman Julien Studley. Hosted by editors of John Wiley & Sons and the board of advisors of Baruch/CUNY's Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, the event marks the recent publication of the book, "Shaping the Skyline: The World According to Real Estate Visionary Julien Studley" (Wiley) by journalist and author Peter Hellman.
The evening will include remarks by Douglas Durst and Jerry Speyer, and will announce the creation of the Studley Research Program on Long-term New York Real Estate Values at the Center for Applied Research & Planning, located at the Newman Real Estate Institute.
In addition to serving on the board of trustees at New School University, Mr. Studley is chairman of the executive committee of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and a member of the board of directors at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He is also chairman emeritus and chairman of the nominating committee of the Graduate Center Foundation at CUNY.
The new book on Mr. Studley recounts how he fled the Nazis by taking a boat to Cuba. He ultimately arrived in New York and worked in the diamond district in his teens. The commercial real estate company that he founded has helped to transform Manhattan's skyline.
Speaking about his book "You Have the Power: How to Take Back Our Country and Restore Democracy in America" (Simon & Schuster), Howard Dean, the former presidential candidate, drew a standing-room-only crowd at Barnes & Noble Union Square yesterday.
Dr. Dean spoke the sort of fiery words that initially made him a frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.
About President Bush, Dr. Dean said, "Ideology trumps facts in this administration."
He stressed that America must improve voter turnout. But he said, "Voting only gets you a D. It's barely passing." He wants people to run for office, even for a post such as library trustee.
In the audience was Geoff Kloske, who edited Dr. Dean's book, and whom Dr. Dean singled out from the podium. Also seen was author Thomas Beller, who last week attended a book party for David Means's "Secret Goldfish: Stories" (Fourth Estate).
The audience laughed when Dr. Dean, in riff on the speech many argue sunk his candidacy, said he would love to say "We're going on to Michigan and South Carolina and ..."
HALE AND YALE
American patriot Nathan Hale will be having a 250th birthday celebration next year. Hale (1755-1776) will be honored on June 11, 2005, at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry, Conn. The Yale Club of Hartford and other Yale Clubs from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York will participate. Speakers will include Yale University Library chief research archivist Judith Schiff, who will speak on "Hale and Yale."
Another Hale event was held in Midtown last week. The First New York Continental Chapter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution celebrated Nathan Hale Day on the 228th anniversary of his hanging in Manhattan as a spy for General George Washington.
Historian and author Richard Mooney presented updated research on the subject. In the audience were Queens College professor Thomas Bird, and First New York Continental Chapter President Wesley Oler, who is a senior vice president at Brown Brothers Harriman.
HONORING A VETERAN
At Mount Neboh Cemetery in Glendale, N.Y., the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Oliver Tilden Camp #26, held a memorial service on Sunday in honor of Simon Pincus, who died in 1934 and was second lieutenant in the 66th New York Volunteers, a regiment of the Union Army.
At the ceremony, marking the 70th anniversary of Pincus's death, a Grand Army of the Republic Grave Marker was placed next to his tombstone.
Presiding was the commander of Oliver Tilden Camp #26, George Weinmann, along with the chaplain, John O'Halloran. A principal organizer of the event was Mark Goret,a longtime member, Oliver Tilden Camp #26.
Pincus, who was the great grand-uncle of Mr. Goret, fought at Gettysburg and was wounded at both Fredericksburg at Antietam. After the Civil War, Pincus worked as a cigar-maker in Brooklyn. At the event, Arthur Kirmss alternated on the guitar and piccolo and played songs such as "Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Mr. Goret works as a claims specialist in the New York City comptroller's office. He told the Knickerbocker that on October 16 there will be a dedication of the Greenpoint Monitor Museum.
A CHAIR TO REMEMBER
At an event marking the opening the new Scalamandre showroom, there was a silent auction of nearly three dozen slipper chairs, each decorated by a distinguished designer - from Eric Cohler's brown Mandarin print to Tony Ingrao's in brown velvet. Town and Country editor Pamela Fiori tried not to be distracted by shopping for fabrics.
Scalamandre Chief Executive Mark Bitter goaded the crowd to chant "Bid High." Proceeds went to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
RUDY AND REAL ESTATE
If you didn't get to hear Mayor Giuliani at Madison Square Garden at the Republican National Convention, another opportunity awaits. Mr. Giuliani will speak about New York's economic outlook at a "Real Estate Wealth Expo" hosted by the Learning Annex next month.
Mr. Giuliani's talk will cover subjects such as "How to Lead in Difficult Times" and "Learning to Overcome Any Obstacle."
Other speakers include Donald Trump, whose face is emblazoned on the Learning Annex catalog with the words, "Get Rich Enough to Fire Me!"
Tai and Davis Terry hosted a party uptown to celebrate the publication of "Inheritance" (W.W. Norton) by Lan Samantha Chang. Tai is assistant general counsel of Time Warner...Two new nightclubs are opening downtown: One called NA will be at 246 W. 14th St. It will feature a live performance by Samantha Ronson on September 30. The other club, to be called Love, will be on MacDougal Street just south of West Eighth Street, next to a barbershop.