No one was getting past the door at ModernHaus Soho on Thursday — which we hear was packed with security as an event tied to the UN General Assembly, and a bash for a high-end diamond brand took place inside.
A source tells us Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader — who had recently faced death threats from an online stalker — held a last-minute bash at the hotel’s rooftop spot, Jimmy, for 40 people including former president Bill Clinton and several dignitaries and their families.
Meanwhile downstairs at Veranda, fashionistas attended a party for luxe brand DeBeers.
“The entire hotel was filled with security for diamond protection and presidential secret service,” says a source, who notes the jewelry event had ended right before the presidential event began. “The whole building was on lock.” And, “Thompson Street was shut down,” for the politicos, said our source.
Abinader, who was elected in July 2020, seemed to be enjoying his time in town during the UN General Counsel, despite the fact that federal authorities just arrested a man who’d threatened to kill him.
According to the New York Times, the Dominican government had provided US law enforcement information about an individual making threats on social media. The suspect was arrested Sunday after posting a photograph of Abinader’s motorcade in Manhattan, along with other ominous threats.
But now that the guy is in custody, it seems the leader can relax? We hear the bash was put together at the last minute, with a call coming into the hotel to see if there was room at its restaurant, Veranda. While the group couldn’t be accommodated at the chic new venue from David Rabin, we’re told they were able to get something upstairs at the Jimmy.
Chef George Mendes went so far as to “set up an ancillary plating kitchen in a penthouse suite,” to prepare the dinner, which went off without a hitch, we hear.
A source tells us guests dined on tuna tartare, lobster, Chatham cod, and New York strip steaks.
Clinton, a vegan, got his own special meal of figs, plums and heirloom baby tomatoes, said the source. We’re told the prez seemed to be having fun, even chatting with a saxophonist who was brought in to entertain guests.
At Veranda, fashionistas such as Sophie Elgort and Charlotte Bridgeman toasted stylist Micaela Erlanger’s collaboration with Forevermark by DeBeers.
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