Book Talk: Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City, by Constance Rosenblum ’65, Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 p.m.

Constance Rosenblum ’65, a New York Times reporter and former editor of the City section, will discuss her new book, Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City, just published by NYU Press. The book, a collection of expanded versions of her Habitats column, published in The Times, offers 40 vivid and intimate stories about how New Yorkers really live in their brownstones, their apartments, their mansions, and their lofts, and as a whole presents a rich, multi-textured portrait of what it means to make a home in the world’s most varied and powerful city. This event will appeal to anyone interested in New York, its rich history, and the people who live here.

“The tales of luck or hard work that resulted in the securing of perfect tiny shoebox apartments, rehabbed brownstones, and converted industrial spaces provide a frisson of envy that keeps us reading; it’s the same urge that has us gaze up at lighted windows from the sidewalk below and wonder if someone else’s house, and thus, their very existence, is better than our own. Rosenblum’s profiles are a celebration of New York.” – Publishers Weekly

Books will be available for sale and for signing by the author, and refreshments will be served.

For more information on the book, go to Rosenblum

WHAT:   Book Talk: Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City, by Constance Rosenblum ’65

WHEN:   Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:   Home of Elizabeth Holloway and Jim Kafadar

350 Bleecker Street, Apt 6E (between Charles and 10th Street)

(ring buzzer no. 21 if doorman is on break)

New York, NY 10014


Christopher Street subway stop on the 1 train, West 4th Street stop for the A, B, C, D, E, F and M trains.

HOW MUCH:   Free. Donations toward Bryn Mawr internships gratefully accepted.

R.S.V.P.:   RSVP with name and class year by May 18th to, making sure to write “Habitats” in the subject line.

Bi-College Spring Happy Hour, Wednesday, June 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Please join fellow Bryn Mawr and Haverford alums at B Bar in the East Village on Wednesday, June 5. Enjoy drinks and conversation in their outdoor garden area—take in the warm weather while catching up with your classmates!

bbarWHAT:   Bi-College Spring Happy Hour

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 5, 6:30-8:30

WHERE:   B Bar
40 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

HOW MUCH:   There is no charge for this event, but guests are responsible for purchasing their own food and drinks.

R.S.V.P.:   Please RSVP to Melissa Pesce by Wednesday, May 29 at

Connection: Third Annual Egyptian Craft Sale to benefit Schools for Cairo’s Poorest Women

Support two schools in Moqattam, Egypt, for desperately poor girls and women who turn Cairo’s trash into Beautiful Things: Rugs, Quilts, Purses, Stationery and Embroidered Cards. Women’s marginalization and poverty has increased considerably, so come shop to help Suzan ’54 and Nimet ’67 Habachy keep the schools open and dreams for a better life alive.

Items for sale are based on recycling.  There is paper from Cairo’s office trash, embroidered cards and attractive stationery items, and quilts and rugs, potholders and purses made from remnants from the textile mills of Egypt.  Proceeds from the sale of these items, keep the schools open.

WHAT:   Third Annual Egyptian Craft Sale to benefit Schools for Cairo’s Poorest Women

WHEN:  Tuesday through Thursday, May 7 – 9, 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:   Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church – Christian Education Center (church lower level)

7 West 55th Street (between 5th/6th Avenues), New York, NY

51st Street stop on the 6 train, 57th Street stop on F train

HOW MUCH:   Free to Attend – Reasonable to Shop!

R.S.V.P.:   No RSVP Necessary.
For information, contact Virginia Kassel ’54 (

May Day Celebration, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars for the annual BMCNY May Day celebration! We’ll party on the traditional strawberries and cream with bubbly, catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and network with all! Mawrters of all classes welcome, as well as guests, (but please, no children under 14). Light Refreshments will be served.

strawberry splash

WHAT:   May Day Celebration

WHEN:   Sunday, May 5, 2013, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:   The lovely terraced, landscaped penthouse apartment of Nadine Zamichow ’47

HOW MUCH:   Free of charge, with Suggested Donation of $20.

R.S.V.P.:   RSVP with your name, class year, and names of any guests to, making sure to put “May Day” in the subject line.

Connection: A Tea to Celebrate the Life of Geraldine E. Rhoads ’35, Thursday, March 21 at 3:00 p.m.

Please join your fellow alumnae for a tea in honor of former editor of Woman’s Day Geraldine Rhoads. Miss Rhoads graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1935. Read more about the life of Geraldine Rhoads here.

WHAT:   A Celebration of the Life of Geraldine E. Rhoads ’35

WHEN:  Thursday, March 21, 3:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:   The Harvard Club of New York City
(The Biddle Room – 3rd Floor)
27 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 840-6600

R.S.V.P.:    212-873-6288 or by Monday, March 11, 2013

Celebrate Bryn Mawr’s Award Winning Math Department – A Scintillating Talk with Professor Victor Donnay of Bryn Mawr College, Monday, April 8, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Victor Donnay, Professor of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College, will talk about the department’s longstanding success in supporting and encouraging women to study mathematics, recently recognized by the American Mathematics Society which awarded Bryn Mawr its 2012 Exemplary Mathematics Department Award. He will also discuss his methods of using sustainability to draw students into mathematics and provide them with hands-on opportunities to see how the math they learn in class can connect to issues they care about in the world. Professor Donnay is known as a fascinating teacher

Professor Donnay will be introduced by Laura Gellert ’93, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at The City College of New York School of Education and former Teacher of Mathematics at The Brearley School.


Victor Donnay is Professor of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College supported by the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Change Master Fund. He received his Ph.D. from New York University’s Courant Institute with research focusing on chaotic dynamical systems. He has a deep interest in issues of mathematics education and in finding ways to bring the beauty of mathematics to a wider audience. He has been a Primary Investigator on several National Science Foundation funded grants involving K-16 math and science education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teacher preparation. These grants have had a common theme developing multi-institutional partnerships.

There is no charge for this event. Friends are welcome, especially those considering an undergraduate career at Bryn Mawr.

WHAT:  Celebrate Bryn Mawr’s Math Department – A Talk with Professor Victor Donnay

WHEN:   Monday, April 8, 2013, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Program begins promptly!

R.S.V.P.:   RSVP to Helen Thurston ’74 at by April 4.

Smart Job Search and Closing the Deal Well with Cori Ashworth, M.Ed., C.A.G.S., C.M.C.

Thursday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.

It’s not too late! There is still space available for this event. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Are you wondering how to complete a hiring process most positively? You work to get to this point, and then want to negotiate most effectively. We will briefly review the steps in the search for a good job and concentrate on the final phases: how to interview well with senior management, how to follow through, and then once the offer is made, how to seal the best deal for you. Cori Ashworth, M.Ed., C.A.G.S., C.M.C., Bryn Mawr Alumnae Career Program Manager, will facilitate the discussion. There is no charge for this event, and refreshments will be served.

WHAT: Smart Job Search and Closing The Deal Well

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Offices of Channel 13
825 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10019

WNET’s offices are on the 14th floor of the Worldwide Plaza Building at 825 Eighth Avenue, between 49th and 50th Streets. Do not enter the building in the 8th Avenue entrance. Instead, enter via the west side of the building. You can get to the west entrance by starting at the corner of 8th Avenue and 50th Street, walking west on 50th Street, (toward 9th Avenue), and making a left when you see a big courtyard on your left. (If you get to New World Stages Theater, you have gone too far.) When you enter the courtyard, the entrance to the Worldwide Plaza building will be on your left (across the courtyard from Bally’s Sports Club). Enter the building and tell security you are here going to WNET on the 14th floor. Go to the elevator bank and select “14” as your floor and then you will be directed to an elevator which will take you to the 14th floor. When you get there, tell security you are there for the Bryn Mawr College event.
R.S.V.P.: RSVP to Janet Sachs,


Career Coaching with Cori Ashworth

Friday, February 22, by Appointment

As part of our career outreach to alumnae, the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Association will also be offering a full day of hour-long, one-on-one career coaching appointments with Cori Ashworth, M.Ed., C.A.G.S., C.M.C., Bryn Mawr Alumnae Career Program Manager, on Feb. 22nd at her midtown hotel. We will provide the specific hotel information after the holiday. Appointments will be 50 minutes long and start on the hour running from 8:00 – 4:00, ending at 5:00.

Career coaching appointments can address a variety of subjects, including: planning a career search, changing careers, developing a solid brand, reentering the workforce, planning for retirement, or work-life balance.

WHAT:   Career Coaching with Cori Ashworth

WHEN:    Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 by Appointment

WHERE:    Marriott Courtyard
866 Third Avenue(between 52nd and 53rd)
New York, NY 10022

R.S.V.P.:    RSVP Online or by calling the Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Office at 610-526-5229.


Sample Sale Featuring Richard Tsao

Monday, February 11, 2013, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Hosted by the Bryn Mawr Club of NYC and Gail Gregg in her beautiful apartment overlooking Central Park.

Please join us for a special SAMPLE SALE featuring the designs of Richard Tsao. A perfect blend of traditional artistry and chic panache – just in time for Valentine’s Day. This is a wonderful opportunity to select among the many gorgeous Tsao designs at sample sale prices. Mr.Tsao will be present and will also be showing a selection of his latest designs.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City to support its important work on behalf of the College.

Cash or checks only, please. 

WHAT:   Sample Sale Featuring Richard Tsao

WHEN:   Monday, February 11, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The home of Gail Gregg
1 West 64th Street, Apt. 9A (Central Park West)
New York, NY 10023

R.S.V.P.:   Register Online. Friends are welcome.

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Chelsea Art Galleries and the High Line, Saturday, October 20th, 10 a.m.

Join Lucille Blair ‘76 as we visit a selection of galleries starting with the Robert Miller Gallery where F.S.A. photography and Contemporary Social Realism is on view, then move on to a small non-profit space at 526 West 26th – a building home to a number of small, independent galleries. We will visit several other galleries including Matthew Marks and Andrea Rosen before joining the High Line at 23rd Street where Lucille will discuss the out-of-use elevated rail tracks’ history and current design. The tour will end at the old National Biscuit Company – once a bakery complex where ovens baked everything from Saltines to Oreos – now home to the Chelsea Market on 15th Street. RSVP to Please make sure to state “Chelsea Galleries” in the subject line. Guests are welcome.

WHAT:    Chelsea art galleries, followed by a walk on the High Line and a visit to the Chelsea Market

WHEN:    Saturday, October 20, 10:00a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (approx.)

WHERE:    The Robert Miller Gallery, 524 West 26th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)

Subway: A to 34th Street, C or E to 23rd Street

HOW MUCH:    $20.00. Please bring cash or a check (payable to Lucille Blair) the day of the event. We will also collect contributions you might wish to make to The Bryn Mawr Club of New York to support the Club’s efforts to serve our community and fund-raise for the College.

R.S.V.P.:    To Please make sure to state “Chelsea Galleries” in the subject line. Guests are welcome.

Red Burgundy Wine Tasting: Selections from a Great Private New York Wine Cellar, Wednesday, October 24, 5:30 p.m.

Please come to a very special red Burgundy wine tasting hosted by Harriet Lembeck’s Wine & Spirits Program. Thanks to a generous Bryn Mawr alumna donor, a selection of great red Burgundies will be offered. Led by the renowned wine expert Harriet Lembeck, CWE, a Bryn Mawr alumna, the formal wine tasting will be preceded by a Champagne reception. Guests are welcome; tickets are very limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.

The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City will donate proceeds of this event to the College for the purpose of academic financial aid for a student who demonstrates financial need as determined by the college.

WHAT: Red Burgundy Wine Tasting: Selections from a Great Private New York Wine Cellar

WHEN: Wednesday, October 24, 5:30 p.m. (formal sit-down tasting begins at 6:00 p.m.)

WHERE: Rose Hill Historic House
203 East 29th Street (between Second and Third Avenues)
New York, NY 10016

Number 6 subway train or Third Avenue bus numbers 101,102,103 to 28th Street

HOW MUCH: $104 ($100 plus PayPal processing fee of $4)

R.S.V.P.: Purchase tickets via PayPal – First come, first served

Private Viewing of Lucien Freud’s Drawings, Saturday, June 2, 11:00 a.m.

Location: Acquavella Galleries; 18 East 79th Street; New York, NY 10075
Join Lucille Blair for a private viewing of Lucien Freud’s Drawings led by Michael Findlay, an internationally renowned art dealer and a Director of Acquavella Galleries who is also the author of the recently published The Value of Art.

Description of the exhibition (currently on view in London) by the Financial Times:
“If the National Portrait Gallery’s tremendous Lucian Freud exhibition is the public statement of the late artist’s historical significance, this museum-standard, nonselling display of drawings and etchings installed in a Georgian interior in Mayfair offers the private, intimate angle [proceeding to New York in May], it is superbly curated – and was planned closely with Freud &’ by his biographer William Feaver, and includes outstanding work from every period.”
Cost: $20
R.S.V.P. to and write “Lucien Freud” in the subject line.

The Original Galleries of Soho, Saturday, May 5, 11:00 a.m.

Location: OK Harris; 383 West Broadway; New York, NY 10012
Take a fun tour of the original galleries of Soho. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, New York City artists settled in an area “South of Houston Street” (and North of Canal Street) – Soho. Lucille Blair will lead us on a tour of some of the important and long-established art galleries in Soho which supported and represented many of those artists.
Cost:  $20
R.S.V.P  to and write “Original Galleries” in the subject line.

Trunk Show Fundraiser Featuring Richard K. Tsao, Tuesday, November 15, 2011

We held a special trunk show featuring artist and designer Richard K. Tsao. The stunning jackets and scarves are tailor-made in Thailand from bright, hand-loomed Thai silk. If you attended the Annual Meeting, you saw some of these gorgeous items – the Board Members were lucky enough to model them. Just in time for the holidays, the affable Mr. Tsao was on hand to consult on selection and fit and answer any questions. A portion of the proceeds were donated to the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City to support our work on behalf of the College.

Discovering the Altai Region: A Conversation with Jennifer Castner, ’93, Thursday, March 15, 2012

Jennifer Castner, ’93, Director of The Altai Project, and Mikhail Paltsyn, Program Coordinator for WWF-Altai-Sayan, introduced us to a remote area of Russia and the beautiful snow leopards living there. Jennifer and Mikhail are part of a collaborative effort to study and protect the northernmost population of snow leopards in the world. Although there are an estimated 4500 snow leopards worldwide, there are only about 100 of these elusive and beautiful cats in Russia. Poaching (both subsistence and commercial) is the single biggest threat to snow leopards, closely followed by habitat loss. Russian plans to build an international gas pipeline and develop copper and cobalt deposits in the heart of snow leopard country also loom on the near horizon.

The Altai Project’s mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage of Altai—a uniquely diverse, mountainous region of southern Siberia. The goals of The Altai Project are nature conservation, promoting renewable energy and sustainable design, and supporting indigenous organizations in their efforts to restore and protect their traditional lands and lifeways. Its past successes include leadership of an international campaign to stop the Altai gas pipeline project, over a decade of grant-making for Altai grassroots conservation, reduced poaching and strengthened protected areas, and timely strategic support that has resulted in Altai being on the leading edge of renewable energy development and the green building movement in Russia. The Altai Project is a project of Earth Island Institute, a network consisting of more than 50 projects worldwide. Visit the Project’s website for more information and many fascinating photographs: