It’s Fashion Week in New York City.  And, more specifically, on the Upper West Side!  Lincoln Center has transformed, for the seven days between September 6th and 13th, into a kaleidoscopic blend of avant garde people and fashions.  It’s an exciting week to be on the West Side!

From Vogue’s September issue, Kennedy Fraser’s article “The Tented Room” chronicles
1980s movers and shakers at Jean Stein’s apartment at the Langham Apartments.

In the fashion vein, September is also the month when Vogue releases its mammoth, multi-pound issue of fall trends.  Imagine our giddiness when, between ads for couturiers and jewelers, leather goods and knit wear, we read writer Kennedy Fraser’s article “Social History: The Tented Room”, which chronicles the social life of West Sider Jean Stein in none other than the Langham Apartments.

Located at 135 Central Park West (between 73rd and 74th Streets), the Langham is an impressive Beaux-Arts apartment building designed by architects Clinton & Russell and built in 1904-07.  In her Vogue piece, Fraser remembers the remarkable bold-face names that came together at Jean Stein’s Langham abode, described by the author as “handsome but slightly shabby”.  “From Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote to Diane Keaton”, Stein’s home was a list–constantly in formation–of “Who’s Who” in 1980s New York.

With this article, the worlds of Vogue and LW! have something in common: the Langham is one of 30+ sites featured on LW’s FREE walking tour app!  Sneak a preview of the app here and then download it for yourself.  It’s the next best thing, twenty-some years later, to toasting with Jean Stein herself, wouldn’t you say?

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