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The High Life

Despite their busy Hamptons schedules, New York's socials made it to the Lever House restaurant for a dinner.

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Die-hard downtowner Edward Norton has very strict ideas about how far north of 14th Street he's willing to travel, so it was lucky that the Friends of the High Line benefit last Wednesday took place at Cipriani Wall Street. "I need a good reason and a stiff drink to go above 34th Street," he said. It's also why he joined guests such as Diane von Furstenberg; her son, Alex; Charles and Justin Rockefeller, and Gillian Hearst-Shaw, helping raise $1 million toward transforming the abandoned Chelsea railroad into a public space. "We need a park down here," the actor explained.

Party designer Bronson Van Wyck had brought in what looked like an entire forest to decorate the massive space, where an eclectic crowd mingled. "I'm probably one of the only people here who has broken into the High Line," Moby bragged. Well, the Rev. Al Sharpton would have broken in, too, he said, "but can you imagine the headlines if I got caught?"

The night before, in Central Park, Amanda Peet, Fernanda Niven, Amanda "Binky" Urban and Sandra Bernhard joined Alexandra Shiva to celebrate the opening-night gala of the Shakespeare in the Park production of "As You Like It" at the Delacorte. Still in a Hamptons state of mind, Dori Cooperman, who was running late, called ahead and asked if the theater had valet parking. Needless to say, it didn't.

Over at Lever House that night, Marjorie Gubelmann Raein and Paul Ziff, president of Zenith Watches North America, were hosting a dinner to honor Thierry Nataf, Zenith's chief executive, who was in town from Paris.

Some socials were feeling more burned out than others. Tinsley Mortimer, who vacationed in Panama with husband Topper in early June, is now a working girl, after all. She's acting as fashion correspondent for Plum TV, a local Hamptons station, and the live Saturday AM tapings have taken their toll. "It means no wild Fridays," she said. "If they ask me to do it again next summer, I'm going to have to figure out a way to do it so I can still go away."
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