April 4, 2012

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Home can be described as mysterious and foreboding with its palatial façade and manicured gardens securely locked away behind tall iron gates. The Speakeasy is thus an apt metaphor connecting the contemporary reality of the site to the era in which the Home was founded: Sometimes the most vibrant, exciting, and unique aspects of culture lay underground.

Guests come to a night of uncovering history of the Home, its residents, and looking to the future of the Bronx. Dressed in 1920s attire, guests arrive to explore the art in the three ballrooms and mingle in the wood-paneled library, surrounded by first editions of Capote and oil paintings depicting Mr. Freedman clad in fur.

Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m.
Speakeasy Party: 8:30 p.m.

From 6 to 8 p.m., just like residents before, guests will enjoy a night of art and culture with artists including Mel Chin’s film (5:45 p.m.), Carmen Julia Hernandez’s red carpet (6 p.m.), Cheryl Pope’s choir (6:15 p.m.), Art Jones’ music  (8 p.m.), and Sofia Maldonado’s asapao soup (9:30 p.m.), will premiere their films or performances.

Welcoming remarks at 7 p.m. by the main organizers of “This Side of Paradise,” followed by the kind words by Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Greene and City Council Member Jimmy van Bramer.

Music fills the late evening, starting with jazz of the 1920s leading us to Latin Jazz of the 1970s. Multi-Grammy-nominated percussionist Bobby Sanabria will be playing with his band Ascension. A generous thank you to Rob Sancho of Bronx Lebanon Hospital for the music.

The Speakeasy After Party is open to the public. However, we hope you will support No Longer Empty by purchasing a $65 tax-deductible ticket. This ticket gives you access to an exclusively dedicated open bar to ticket holders, as well as stylish and practical NLE Baggu bag.

Signature cocktails and punch are designed and provided by  ST-GERMAN.

For those with a little too much to drink or little patience, call a car:
Super Class: 718-367-2222
Union: 718-299-4000
New College: 718-731-3333
Llama Limo: 718-538-6000
Ogden Car: 718-590-0000