EAST SIDE – WEST SIDE
ALL AROUND THE TOWN
CAROL IN THE CITY
1960’s & beyond. Tagged along with Daddy Joe on his men’s clothing buying trips. From Springfield & Wilbraham to NYC. Fun in the city and lots of restaurants.
Winter 1980, Carol left teaching Spanish & French at Longmeadow High School and Massachusetts. Looked for a new career in New York. Spent cold winter days interviewing at Deloitte, Revillon Furs, and Republic National Bank. Hung out at St. Patrick’s Cathedral between appointments to keep warm.
Got offers from all three but ended up at Republic, leaving $9,500 teaching salary for a whopping $18,000. Wow! Moved to Scarsdale, New York to live with sister Cindy & her friend Elaine. Commuted in on Metro North from Hartsdale stop.
55 West 76th 1980 – 1981
Carol & Cindy soon moved into the City. One night they strolled over to the Park where Tosca was being performed al fresco. Walked by throngs on blankets when a voice yelled, Candy! That was Carol’s then nickname. Turned to see former college roommate Jane Levy waving. She introduced her friend Jane G. Sat with them and chatted. Jane G. mentioned that her Greenwich Village friend and neighbor was single. Would Candy be interested in talking to him. He’s a handsome pediatrician, went to Columbia. But doesn’t commit so just for dating and fun. Okay. A few days later, Dr. Gary Levine called. He asked what was Candy’s real name. He could never date a person named Candy. Talked to him anyway on the phone a few times, then met downtown at his place in the Village. A truly blind date. July 15, 1981. And. The rest is history.
Republic National Bank of New York 1980 – 1982
French Château on 40th & Fifth. 7th Floor. Carol’s own huge window up there second from the left. Assistant to top executive CW. Every morning she’d greet the guard at the door as the trolleys of gold bullion were being lowered from the amoured truck to the basement vault. Republic was the gold price standard for the markets each day. Bank Notes, too. Two rows of mahogany desks. Everyone worked in a fun open atmosphere. Syrian, Lebanese, European, American Muslims & Christians & Jews. Quite the Ecumenical Banking Crew. Amongst the best people Carol ever knew.
Edmond Safra, a Syrian Lebanese Brasilian Jew owned the Bank. He had the entire 9th Floor Penthouse office suite where he held court for the Marcos’ and Saudi princes alike. With his mafia Cyril Dwek, Shua Yedid, Jeff Keil, Walter Weiner. Edmond took a group of us to the opening of the Rodin Wing at the National Gallery in Washington D.C. He and his wife Lily donated it. Yes. That’s right. In 1999, Edmond died in an infamously murderous fire at his Monaco château.
1981 – 1982
Gary was teaching medicine uptown at Metropolitan Hospital. One day Carol impressed him with a bank-owned stretch limo which picked him up to meet her for lunch at Le Relais on Madison & 63rd. After that and a few weekends in the Springs in the Hamptons with home-cooked Colitti Spaghetti, Gary asked Carol to move down to his loft on Greenwich Avenue.
In the Spring of 1982, G&C traveled to China. Carol’s sister Cathy moved to New York for a month to take over her desk at Republic as CW’s assistant. You’ll have to ask them how that went. Soon after…
UPPER EAST SIDE WEDDING
June 20, 1982
76th & Park
Generous Friend & Hostess
With Joey & Joe
With Dad & Mom
Joe & Carole
With Gary’s Dad & Mom
Ellis & Betsey
(yes she did)
Gary with his new family
Gary’s cousin Marilyn with Aunt Vera
Grandma Birdie Strahl charming Uncle Billy Russell
Grandpa Phil Levine
Carol’s colleagues from Republic Safra Bank
Danny Betsy&John Annette Hope Rouby Deborah
Friends of Gary
Jane&Willie Cindy&Howie Andy&Vi Stanley&Susan Peter&Joy
Matchmaker Jane Levy
Family partied after Wedding Eve dinner
Grotta Azzura Little Italy
June 20, 1982
76th & Madison
Photo from C&G’s honeymoon suite – San Remo towers across the Park
Who knew they’d live next door in a few decades
Married Life Began with a Cross-Country Road Trip to Fog City
Pacific Heights, San Francisco 1982 – 1994
Then Carol Gary & Ben Moved to Paradise City
Northampton, Massachusetts 1994 – 2016
But always in the City …
ABN AMRO New York
1999 – 2000
500 Park Avenue
For a time, Carol even commuted from Northampton to Manhattan. That’s right. Took a car service to New Haven, then Metro North to Grand Central. Walked up Park to 59th to ABN AMRO North America HQ. She’d been promoted to Regional Managing Director to head up an Eastern U.S. marketing group. Corner office looked out at a Caviarteria. Lots of nights at The Plaza.
ABN AMRO soon imploded from internal corruption in Amsterdam and got bought out by Royal Bank of Scotland, which then failed during the financial crisis. A former global international banking behemoth, ABN AMRO shrunk to become a retail bank in the Netherlands.
88th & Second Avenue
Friends & family from Coast-to-Coast
We hosted everyone at the Excelsior Hotel
Limo’d crosstown to Elaine’s & then a mafia disco to celebrate
Gary Cathy&Dennis Joe&Alison Deb&Craig Cindy&Bob Lucy Lydia Eileen&Bob Nancy Robert&Rosemary Mike&Kim Anne&Peter
Visited the City frequently
Stayed at the Excelsior Hotel
Brother Joe & Alison worked at
Frank Stella Men’s Store across the block
San Remo towers in the background
Who knew it’d become C&G’s future backyard
BEN’S EXCELLENT MANHATTAN ADVENTURE
2007 – 2011
As an Ambassador who gave tours to prospective NYU students, Ben was one of those guys walking backwards around Greenwich Village. He and John Sexton, President got to know each other on the street. When the College of Arts & Sciences was looking for a new Dean, Sexton asked Ben to be the only undergraduate on the Search Committee.
New York University
Proudest and a most dear memory
On stage at the Javits Center stands Ben with 3 other honored undergrads behind faculty illuminati during NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences graduation. 1,800 classmates cheer him on from the floor as he is introduced recipient of the Borgman-Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Most Outstanding Undergraduate Honors Thesis:
‘Functional Data Analysis of Economic Bubbles: Creating a Coherent Shape of Inflationary Phenomena’.
As Ben crosses the stage with his diploma in Economics (highest honors) and Journalism (magna cum laude), President John Sexton reaches for a heartfelt hug. Ben says, ‘Thank you, John’. John replies, ‘Thank you, Ben’. Kleenex please.
As a freshman at NYU, Ben took an honors seminar. Carla Hendra came to talk to the students about her work as an Executive at Ogilvy & Mather. After that, Ben became interested in advertising as a potential career. As soon as he graduated, he applied to get into the extremely competitive Associates program at Ogilvy. And he did. It was during the Mad Men television era, so Mamma dubbed him mAdBen.
Selected a Young Lion in 2014, at Cannes Lions in France with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Then. Meteoric progression.
2007 – 2014
Freshman year at Hayden dorm on Washington Square, with roommate Andrei, from Romania. Financial District, Water Street first semester sophomore year with Rob; second semester at NYU in London, Nido. Junior & Senior years in an apartment on St. Mark’s Place with Susie.
St. Mark’s Place
After graduation, Ben moved to River Place at 42nd on the Hudson. During NYU and after, Mamma & Dad stayed at Hotel Giraffe on 26th & Park Ave South. Lots of strolls around Flatiron & Madison Park.
2014 – 2016
Upper West 80’s
Ben then moved uptown
C&G BACK IN THE CITY
March 9, 2016
Photo at dawn from Excelsior Hotel when looking for an apartment
Found one next to those San Remo towers
74th & Central Park West
Christmas Day 2016
Carlyle view from C&G’s CPW bedroom window
Snowy April 2 2018
Carlyle always in the distance
Father’s Day Eve 2018
Al fresco at Tavern on the Green