The Stars Come Out on a Snowy Night in Gotham City: Gotham Gala

Our man Isaac corrals Jason Binn and Jim Cramer.

By Isaac Iselin

Gotham Magazine held its 8th annual gala on a slippery, snow-filled night in the famous Rainbow Room at the top of the Rock.  Rockefeller Center is daunting — I felt like we were going to see Caesar about a disturbance in Gaul as we strolled through that marble lobby. 

Jason Binn is always on the scene, and I’m a big fan of his.  The sorting of celeb arrivals was handled like a kind of musical performance.  Everyone was ushered on beat, with Binn acting as maestro.  

He put down his baton to speak with me for a few minutes about the magazine: “We’re very excited about the office move; it’s very important to have everything on one floor — marketing, editorial, the entire staff.”  

Was this to remedy any tension between publishing and editorial camps, we asked? 

“No, that doesn’t happen with us,” he insisted.  Gotham circulation will stay fairly steady” — stressing the mag’s national presence – “something that usually isn’t seen in most consumer magazines.  We’re strengthening our office in LA,” as opposed to Oscar-focused satellites that some mags run.

Jim Cramer, host of the popular NBC show Mad Money and Binn’s neighbor, was in very good form.  We’d better watch out stock positions, though.  He was awash with stock picks, of course: Mostly to go short.  But I’ll take that advice with a grain of salt, doing-quite-well-thanks-very-much.  

Initially conceived as a 30s supper club/private perch for the Rockefellers, The Rainbow Room was a place for the New York elite to gather.  I saw that it hadn’t shifted social positions 70+ later.  Many recognizable faces to be seen. Faces and names, however, were overshadowed by the snow, which had brought in some low clouds, making a normally great view spectacular.  City lights speckled the precipitation, making it seem as if the golden crown of the Bear Stearns building was shooting out stars.  (If only their quarterly losses weren’t so high!) 

Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey soon arrived to great fanfare.  Alec gave me a cordial nod, so we focused on Tina, who told us that she was “technically not allowed to speak with you because I’m on strike for the next three hours.”  (Writers strike ended at 12:00 last night.) 

At 11:00 pm, it was time to call it quits, just a second too late on those swag bags — we swear we could see the pale blue of a Tiffany box.  Shucks.

Great party on a blustery winter night, all things considered.

Click below for more pics.

 Isaac and Kathy Lee Gifford.

 

Isaac and Richard Kind.

 

Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey.

A Rainbow room with a view.

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