Today dear pal Leonard celebrated his first birthday "back in the city" as a New Yorker. Leo had a surreal childhood, growing up at the legendary Hotel Chelsea. I met him during summer 2009, while working in Southampton with Liz Derringer on her memoir "Joyride."
It's a rare bounty to find a new friend as a grown-up, someone that you hope to have in your life for all your remaining days. So on Leonard's birthday, cool cats, I actually received the ultimate gift... of his friendship.
Tonight, Liz D., his former Hamptons roomie/bud Jeffrey, Ayhan & meese had a grand champagne celebration at his new digs in Union Square, then walked past the new Andy Warhol Memorial up to Almond restaurant at 22nd off 5th Avenue. Damn fine time.