Around Town: Mayor Bloomberg Welcomes Grammy Nominees

Mayor Bloomberg Cyndi Lauper

“Welcome to New York. This is the birthplace of four judges on the U.S. Supreme Court and two on American Idol. We’re very proud,” NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg told the crowd at a reception for Grammy nominees who hail from the city. Joking aside, the mayor congratulated some of the local talent, including Lady Gaga, John Mayer, and Jay-Z, who will be at the Grammy Awards on February 13.

Bloomberg then pointed out Cyndi Lauper in the crowd, and said, “Every once in a while when I see her perform I pinch myself, because she happens to be a personal friend of mine. Who knew?” He said Lauper has been to his house for dinner, and is a fascinating person. Indeed, who knew?

Lauper, whose Grammy nomination is in the blues category for her album Memphis Blues, is now turning her attention to Broadway, writing the score for Harvey Fierstein’s musical Kinky Boots, which she’s very excited about. “I just want to make it catchy and have meaning, so people really think,” Lauper said. “It’s a wonderful project.”

Much of the party chatter among industry types centered on the ailing state of the music business, but some folks looked at the bright side. We caught up with Grammy nominee Rosanne Cash––Johnny Cash’s daughter––in the crowd, and she was resolutely upbeat. “I’m not complaining. I had a really good year. I had a hit record, you know,” she said. “I’m 55 years old and I had a hit record, that’s golden.”

Despite stars in their midst, partygoers were most interested in their surroundings, the circa 1799 Gracie Mansion overlooking the East River on New York’s Upper East Side. Surrounded by parkland, it really feels like a country house, and though the cocktail reception filled all of the many spectacular first-floor rooms, guests couldn’t resist peeking at the upper floors. The mansion is often used for events, so city officials are resigned to this reaction: guides were available to escort partygoers around those portions of the premises off limits.

Beautiful Gracie Mansion is the official NYC mayoral residence, although billionaire Bloomberg chooses to stay in his own town house nearby. Now that house must really be something.

Photo: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Cyndi Lauper