Thursday, November 16, 2000

Silicon Alley gets Super Art

            Thursday nights are the big night out in most towns, and New York City is
            one that comes alive like no other. This Thursday, instead of the usual
            dot-com dramas with digerati, Silicon Alley was privy to a plethora of
            art-inspired evenings. The evening started off at Schneider Integrated
            Communications' new office party. They'd expanded into larger space with
            cubicles and glass-enclosed conference rooms. Guests and co-workers got
            to enjoy wine generously donated by Bruce Schneider's personal Long
            Island vineyard. A mystery wine-tasting session included Schneider's
            Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. Schneider SVP Scott Shapiro introduced me
            to entrepreneur Neil Somerfield, as munificent asparagus wrapped in
            salmon passed by. A bit further back, MPRM's SVP John Murphy joined
            Schneider's Ross Moonic and me, as we marveled at the changes in their
            space since last year's party and more sumptuous hors d'oeuvres passed
            by. Bruce Schneider told me that I was on the mark so far in guessing the
            wines. As the sampling continued, I bid adieu till next time...