Staten Island fascinates us …Today its wild shores teem with wildlife (no, not the Molinaris!) at “Discover Staten Island’s Wildlife at Great Kills Park” (not to be confused with Fresh Kills landfill, another island wonder nearby). Urban “Park Rangers” will be leading an eight-mile hike—trudge, trudge, trudge!—staking out such rare oddities as squirrels, rabbits and black-capped chickadees. (Ummm, can we go back to buying furniture now?) Later, Friends of FAI (dedicated to the preservation and restoration of some of Italy’s most important architectural sites and heritage properties. Do we have your attention yet?) hosts the Carnegie Hall debut of the Filarmonica Della Scala, hailing from Milan’s La Scala Opera House. In attendance for the concert and Gala Dinner at the Morgan Library will be plenty of Italian socialites, including the Ferragamos, as well as a few Fricks and Rothschilds. For those who are confused: Italian socialites make expensive shoes that Americans can’t get enough of, while American socialites make expensive bags that the Japanese can’t get enough of! Globalization at work, people!
[Discover Staten Island’s Wildlife at Great Kills Park, meet in first parking lot of Great Kills Park at Hylan Boulevard and Buffalo Street, Staten Island, 10 a.m., www.nyc.gov/parks/rangers; Friends of Fai Gala Benefit Concert and Dinner, Carnegie Hall, cocktails, 6 p.m., concert, 7 p.m., www.carnegiehall.org]