Big Apple Buzz
By Flo Anthony
In celebration of International Women's Day, TURKOFAMWERICA hosted a lovely gals evening and awards ceremony at the Marriott Marquis honoring the accomplishments of the 30 most influential Turkish American women for the first time. The includes extraordinary entrepreneurs and visionary CEOS, celebrity role models and pioneer philanthropists who are transforming the world. At the gala, the participants celebrated International Women's Day as well. The night also honored the world-famous Dr. Mehmet Oz. Others in attendance at the esteemed event included US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, celebrated journalist Rita Cosby and Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani yogurt. Turkish Philanthropy Funds was the philanthropic partner of the gala and Sierra Nevada Corporation, First Republic Bank and Alterra International were platinum sponsors of the night.
Blonde bombshell Ramona Singer is reportedly channeling 18-year-old Kylie Jenner on ways to make your ex jealous by sending her former husband sexy selfies. Mario Singer, who was caught cheating with his current live-in girlfriend Kasey Dexter left the "Real Housewives of New York" star following 23 years of wedded bliss. "She's hoping the pictures will bring him back," a source told In Touch Magazine. Meanwhile, Ramona was all smiles as she and cast mate Sonja Morgan hosted a cocktail party to celebrate the new season of "Real Housewives of New York" and "Sonja In The City" at Beautique on West 58th Street in midtown Manhattan.
Caesar and Dutchess of VH1's "Black Ink Crew" hit the Red Carpet for the opening of the African American Women In Cinema Film Festival at 1199 Bread and Roses Gallery on West 43rd Street. Caesar exclusively told Big Apple Buzz that he and Dutchess have "plans as a couple and are getting married somewhere in the future." The busy tattoo artists headed to Atlanta following the evening's screening of "The Sin Seer." Additional movers and shakers at the premier included "The Sin Seer" producer Angela White and star Lisa Arrindel Anderson, AAWIC founder Terra Renee, former Miss America Suzette Charles and actress/filmmaker Karina Tatarski.
According to Variety, more than a year after their divorce became public, powerhouse producer and financier Craig Hatkoff, who along with Robert DeNiro co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival, have put their humongous multi-unit co-op apartment at legendary Dakota on West 72nd Street and Central Park West on the market for $39 million. The 8th floor abode combines four apartments that face Central Park. The building has also been home to luminaries like Roberta Flack, Yoko Ono and :Leonard Bernstein. Last year, the late Lauren Bacall's apartment sold for $9 million, and an apartment that was once home to Judy Garland is listed at $16.75 million.
Designer Romona Keveza held a cocktail soiree at her penthouse flagship at One Rockefeller Plaza on March 29 in honor of the 34h Fred and Adele Astaire awards which will take place in June. Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff took time off from her busy scheduling promoting her new book "Successful Philanthropy: How To Make A Life By What You Give" to attend the fashionable soiree along with other Big Apple beautiful people who included Pamela Morgan, Paola Bacchini, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Lieba Nesis, Montgomery Frazier, as well as actress Sean Young.