The neighborhood of Carnegie Hill was named for Andrew Carnegie’s mansion on 91st Street, now the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, which is just a short walk from the new Upper East Side condos at The Hayworth. If you stand on the corner of 90th Street and Fifth Avenue, in front of the museum’s garden, you will find yourself in one of the most beautiful, culturally rich spots in New York, only steps from Central Park, the Reservoir, the Guggenheim Museum, and the canopy of trees that line Fifth Avenue. It’s a place that makes you want to linger and explore. The upcoming Carnegie Hill Neighbors Film Fete was born out of a sense of pride and community that comes from living in a place that provides its residents with the best life NYC has to offer.
The festival showcases films that speak not only to the residents of the area, but to the neighborhood’s personality and history. And the screening venues give you a chance to explore some of the many architectural marvels that line the streets. This year’s festival will kick off on Sept. 27 with an opening reception right here at The Hayworth, followed by a screening of “Today’s Man” at the Nightingale-Bamford School. The film is a celebrated documentary profiling Nicky Gottlieb, a born-and-raised New Yorker who has Asperger syndrome. The filmmaker is Nicky’s sister, Lizzie Gottlieb, and both will be available for questions after the screening. In some ways, the Gottlieb siblings are classic New York figures, having grown up with the actress Maria Tucci for a mother and the New Yorker editor and critic Robert Gottlieb for a father, but in the film the complexities of Nicky’s condition open questions about what it means to be different, and how the world might be seen through an atypical lens.
Matt Green, the subject of Jeremy Workman’s “The World Before Your Feet,” is also a character with an unconventional take on life. Green has devoted himself to the task of walking on every street in New York City — some 8,000 miles of sidewalk and tar. The film is a love letter to both Green and to the city itself, with Green’s path shining a light on corners of the city often unseen, as well as illuminating the life and personality of the city as a living terrain with as much buried history as open miles to explore. The screening will take place at Saint David’s School on 89th Street at noon, after which both Workman and Green will be available for questions and discussion. For the perfect bookend to the film, the festival will feature a guided walk through Carnegie Hill for kids and adults alike, allowing them to experience their neighborhood as a tactile, architectural space inhabited by both present and past lives.
The final film in the series is “Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscape,” which explores the life and work of world-renowned landscape designer Beatrix Farrand, who was a pioneer in her field at a time when it was dominated by men. The niece of Edith Wharton, Farrand combined a rich imagination with a deep knowledge of gardening and architecture in her work, and created gardens for Princeton University, the New York Botanical Garden, and the White House. The film is narrated by Lynden Miller, who lives in Carnegie Hill. It’s the perfect way to gain perspective on the gilded past of a neighborhood where buildings and grounds were made to be masterpieces. The CHN Film Fete will take place inside of some of these very buildings, giving you the chance to see how easily the richness of the neighborhood and its community will become a part of the fabric of your life at the Upper East Side condos at The Hayworth