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An exterior view of the Harkness House.  

The Affordable Art Fair
The Affordable Art Fair NYC (Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-255-2003) will once again dare to combine the words affordable and art in its 22nd New York fair, set to run September 28 to October 2. Visitors can expect to see work from more than 500 artists, and new to the fair this year will be the Collectors Club, which offers patrons a private lounge, art-wrapping services, and access to private events throughout the year. All visitors can expect talks and tours throughout the long weekend. Tickets range from $18 for general admission to $70 dollars for private view, with discounts available for students and seniors. The event is family-friendly, and admission is free for children under the age of 12.

Mark D. Sikes Book Signing
On Thursday, September 22, the interior designer will appear at a Strand Book Store pop-up at Club Monaco (160 Fifth Ave., at 21st St.; 212-352-0936) to launch his first book, Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style. The fashion-savvy business student turned interior designer’s L.A.-based firm mixes classic American aesthetics with modern and European sensibilities, a style showcased in Beautiful. The hour-long meet-and-greet will commence at 6 p.m., and copies of the book will be available for purchase. RSVP at

Edward S. Harkness House Tour
This Saturday, September 24, the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art will host two tours of the Edward S. Harkness House (1 E. 75th St., nr. Fifth Ave.), the 1908 James Gamble Rogers–designed Upper East Side mansion. Harkness House curator Paul Wentworth Engel will take visitors around the great house. Normally off limits to the public, the mansion today serves as the headquarters for the Commonwealth Fund. The tours — on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. — last an hour and are free for ICAA members and $30 for the public. Register by emailing More info here.


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