Tour de Force

The home of Tracy Stern was featured on the New York Junior League's house tour last year.

Marianne Howaston, CEO Letter SFCandGI love the annual New York Junior League house tour. Sponsored by NYC&G, it’s a day of indulgence (particularly of my passion for houses!) and fun, showcasing New York’s most luxurious, prestigious residences while highlighting architecture, art, history, and interior design. Past tours have featured a who’s-who of must-see homes, including the residences of Jamie Drake, Garrow Kedigian, Robert Couturier, Scott Salvator, Hunt Slonem, Betty Wasserman, Vicente Wolf, and many more design and art world luminaries.

I usually start the day by meeting a friend in the morning at Astor House, where the NYJL is headquartered. The ground floor bustles with attendees checking in, air-kissing, and filling in silent-auction bids before heading upstairs to the parlor floor for a breakfast reception. Then, giant gift bags in hand, 600 intrepid house-lovers depart with trusty maps pinpointing the locations of the homes on the tour, in addition to complimentary lunch and Champagne stops. (Holders of VIP tickets—worth the extra $$—are whisked off in private cars as the day begins.)

At the tour’s conclusion, everyone compares notes during a fabulous cocktail party and super-fun shopping event. For tickets and more information about this year’s exciting festivities, go to I’ll see you on May 7!mh-signature

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