NYC Socialites And Billionaire Heirs Hold Leonard Bernstein Seance

Davis Richardson | Freelance Writer

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This March, in what could be described as “Gossip Girl” meets “Hollywood Medium,” a handful of Manhattan socialites and royals gathered at the Milstein apartment at The Dakota on Central Park West to summon the ghost of composer Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein was born in a Boston suburb now infested with fentanyl dealers, wrote iconic music for “West Side Story,” and died in the Milsteins’ current apartment, which the family purchased for a stratospheric $20.5 million back in 2008.

The Milstein family fortune can be traced to Morris Milstein, who founded the Circle Floor Company in 1919. His sons, Paul and Seymour, grew the flooring company into a real estate and construction empire that was divided between their heirs, Howard and Philip, in the wake of a highly public legal battle in the early 2000s.

Now, Philip’s kids, millennial socialites Larry (age 22) and Toby Milstein (age 24), doll out occasional crumbs of their Forbes-estimated 3.1 billion fortune to nonprofits such as Charity: Water, New Museum, and The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts while gallivanting around Manhattan (Toby’s Instagram features a photo of the heiress posing with activist Malala next to a filtered snapshot of froyo).

They also invite writers from The New York Times Style section to cover Leonard Bernstein séances in their parents’ $20.5 million apartment. In a recent feature written by NYT contributor Ben Widdicombe, a March session at The Dakota is described as “more Beyoncé than séance-y” and depicts Toby Milstein as a “social justice warrior princess” who confuses “the Black Panthers” with “pink panthers.”

Additional guests included Julia Pissaro (24), a great-granddaughter of the Impressionist painter; Princess Noor Pahlavi (24), a daughter of Iran’s exiled crown prince, Reza Pahlavi, and granddaughter of the late shah; and several more unremarkable hangers-on who graduated from Barnard and Yale.

“I didn’t know her that well. She was just a lovely person. I don’t know what more to give you,” said an anonymous source who had math class with Princess Noor at The Bullis School in Potomac, Md. “Everyone’s trying to be royalty.”

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