With the New York charity circuit on Haightas, here’s how some philanthropists and society people are spending their time and resources during the epidemic.
Business: Polo player
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Where are you stay
I live between the US and Argentina. I’m in Wellington, Fla. I moved to Hampton in summer and Virginia for a month and then December, through September, in Argentina. And by the middle of January I am back in Wellington. This is the place where I play polo and for the most part, our polo circuit Kovid has been preserved, with no public and taking all necessary precautions.
When was the last time you were in New York City?
February of last year. My wife and I are partners in a clothing brand À Chawal And we were there for Fashion Week. He presented the clothes.
What do you remember most about the city?
It is hard to believe that New York has run at such intervals for so long, so I miss everything: the restaurant, New York Energy, which I trust will eventually return. I don’t want to believe that New York will never be the same. I doubt that will happen.
You are a globe-trotter. Will you travel less when it’s over?
I will probably travel less because the world needs less travel. There are things that can be replaced by a streamlined zoom call. I went to a board meeting in Saudi Arabia last March and it took me five days to get there, settle down, go to the meeting.
When we did it this year, it took six hours and I did it from my living room in Florida. But if there is a polo match in Saudi or a polo match in Australia, I miss that conversation a thousand percent. I do not miss traveling 10,000 miles for a meeting.
Like to play polo without an audience?
It is difficult. The energy is not there. We definitely suck in energy when you have an audience that is really busy and responsive.
How did your life change last year?
My office is the stables and polo area, and I travel around the world with my wife and children. I am with them almost 24/7. They are home-schooled. So in that case, my family life did not change much. But my professional life changed drastically. And I think that because in the business world everything went too far.
What does “show” mean?
I was physically present for a lot of troubles, and I tried to help the activists who were arrested. I supported some jails outside of Chicago for about a week. From home I was able to organize some fund-raisers. I managed a Kovid crisis relief fund using social media and a cash app.
How is los angeles?
It is beautiful I’m just trying to have fun where it’s safe, and in a responsible way. and rest. We are filming “Pose,” here anytime, many, many, many, many days. So I hope it will be a really hard, or just complicated, moment, but I think we are ready to relax.
I read that you made the team With fellow activist Jane Fonda. What did you learn from him
We had a great conversation, and we preached his book which revolves around taking the damage to our planet more seriously. She just seems so intensely dedicated to the preservation of our world, and it is truly beautiful for her to see her fight in so many different ways. She is truly inspiring, and has taught me a lot.
When it runs out, do you think we’ll enter a version of the Roaring Twenties, or is it just hype?
Yes! This is definitely another roaring Twenties moment. I think we will come out this time learning something, and hopefully we will not keep repeating the same mistakes under different names. I have so much faith in mankind and our ability to evolve.
So, will people let loose?
I hope so I hope this experience helped us appreciate the connection a little more, and in a different way. I think we want to get a connection because of the internet. And everyone thinks that everything is happening on the Internet, and it is not. So many people have lost their loved ones as well. There are many people who are mourning, and still hurting, and roaring in different ways, and not necessarily in a celebratory, spirited way. So I am thinking about it as well.
Business: Artistic Director & CEO the shed At the hudson yard
Where are you sheltering?
Mainly in New York. I live in the Upper West Side. My wife is American and from the Midwest, so we spent a little time there, especially in the summer, with children and vacations. But I came back here in late August.
How does the Hudson Yard feel these days? Have you seen the Tumbelweeds?
It just depends. Everything is quiet, but Chelsea is kind of opened up. The galleries have been open since September, and our museum gallery area has been open since October.
The shed reopened just for indoor performances. Tell us about him.
The capacities are very small, but the fact that this is happening – the fact that New York is starting to reopen live performances – is so important. Communication around live shows is something that I think we have missed a lot. I know that I have missed it so much. We are social beings in our heart. I think when people come back, if they don’t already know how they remember it, they will be reminded that it is a deeply built-in human activity.
What is the most worrying thing about not having a live, in-person show?
As a former musician and composer, it is unable to listen to music live. It is okay to listen at home on your hi-fi, but you miss the magic. If you go back to the dawn of humans emergence, one thing that humans do without contact with others is that they make music.
If you want to get technical, then there is such a pentatonic scale with five notes. And as humans, in any part of the world we are born in, we make music for ourselves and our surroundings in these five-note scales. Not to do that, I think that’s really annoying.
What’s the worst part about Zoom?
When you are trying to do something creative, there is nothing that is in a room with someone.
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