Tribeca gets into swing

Film fest ties one on

NEW YORK — Tribeca’s party scene kicked into gear this week, with a series of soirees drawing the indie crowd and industry players — along with several hundred firefighters in their dress finest. On Tuesday night, Vanity Fair returned to the State Supreme Court for its annual bash.

Everybody knows a glittering guest list, not justice, is the pillar of showbiz party planning, and Tuesday’s event delivered the week’s highest-wattage guests.

Among those enjoying cocktails amid the brisk spring breezes before moving inside for a full dinner were Howard Stringer, Barry Diller, Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Jeffrey Wright and John McEnroe.

More than 500 firefighters dressed in their class A’s braved wind and rain to attend Monday’s Tribeca preem of Lilibet Foster‘s doc “Brotherhood” at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Fest co-founder De Niro tipped his hat to the firefighters “in the neighborhood, so many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Foster said that although she was a lone woman among men while filming at the firehouses, “They never made me feel different from them. But I wasn’t wearing this,” she said, pointing to her sparkly black tank top. “I was wearing jeans, boots, hat, gloves and scarf.”

Tribeca filmmakers got down, or at least downtown, with Variety and local hipster guide Paper magazine at the Canal Room Monday night.

Additional party action included a “Winter Solstice” bash at the Nike Lounge Tuesday night, along with a fete for “Cape of Good Hope” Monday night.

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