Viacom topper honored at benefit
Environmental org Riverkeeper, which has led the charge to clean up the Hudson, held its annual benefit dinner Tuesday — naturally enough on Pier 60, jutting out into the river.
Viacom’s Tom Freston was the evening’s guest of honor, though he smiled, “It’s kind of a ruse. I mean, I didn’t do anything to get honored. It’s just like who’s going to help us raise some money? What did I do?”
IPods preloaded with songs chosen by musicians Sheryl Crow and Lenny Kravitz were up for silent auction while Riverkeeper topper Robert F. Kennedy chatted with Arianna Huffington, Uma Thurman, Patty Hearst and the night’s emcee, John McEnroe. Guests were also treated to a performance by Elvis Costello.
“Law & Order” stalwart Richard Belzer, in his usual dark sunglasses, was asked if he’d noticed the street renamed “Law and Order Way” out in front of the pier. “It’s because we own New York,” he replied.