is a historian and writer. She has written articles for Buildings and Landscapes, Urban Omnibus, and Plot, and is the co-editor of the journal Prospect. She is also the Director of Preservation Planning for the Central Park Conservancy. Rosemary Mayer was her aunt.
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In 1981, the artist Rosemary Mayer (1943 2014) began documenting the dinner parties she held in her Tribeca loft in a large sketchbook. Known as Dinner Book, it was a record of who came to dinner and what they ate. It was adorned with drawings by Mayer and her guests, wine labels, and photographs, and was annotated with commentary on each meal and occasion.