It was sheaths and champagne as far as the eye could see on Tuesday evening, as a slew of the Upper East Side's finest women gathered at the Michael Kors flagship store to fete Rooftop Gardens: The Terraces, Conservatories, and Balconies of New York, a new book of photography by Roberta Amon and Denise LeFrak highlighting the city's most stunning rooftop gardens.
The authors know a thing or two about New York real estate, especially LeFrak whose father Samuel J. LeFrak was a legendary builder and developer in New York City for decades. "I have real estate in my DNA," said LeFrak, explaining her inspiration for the project. "This is really what I know about and this is my passion. Real estate is very sexy for me."
Finding terraces to photograph turned out to be easy with some simple social networking, Amon noted. "It started with one or two friends that I had that had amazing terraces and then it just snowballed because they would recommend their friends to us and allow us into their homes."
While signing books and greeting friends at the event, LeFrank and Amon were able to celebrate their tome while also giving back. One-hundred percent of book sales and 20% of in-store purchases from the event went directly to the The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an organization close to Amon's heart not only because she serves on its advisory board but also because she is a self-proclaimed "breast cancer thriver."
And thrive she and LeFrak will, with the success of their new book. When asked how readers might be inspired to enjoy their own rooftops or yards as the warm weather turns, Amon had a few suggestions for summer outdoor fun, including sunbathing, sports, and one indispensable element: "Cocktails, before and after dinner!"