This past week over 700 guests attended the splendid Brooklyn Black Tie Ball to raise 1.32 million for the public programming in Brooklyn Bridge Park. This year two dynamic women in leadership roles were honored for helping transform the civic landscape of Brooklyn Bridge Park and New York City.
The Conservancy honored MaryAnne Gilmartin, one of New York City’s most prominent developers who served as CEO of Forest City Ratner for many years. The Conservancy also honored Alicia Glen, New York City’s Former Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development.
Guests included: Award-winning English-American actor Paul Bettany (Avengers, Solo: A Star Wars Story, A Beautiful Mind); Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Hulk, Blood Diamond); New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio; star of Vogue’s feature documentary The First Monday in May and Co-Founder/CEO of Maisonette Sylvana Durrett; Honoree, Co-Founder, and Chief Executive Officer of L&L Mag MaryAnne Gilmartin; Honoree and former Deputy Mayor of Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen; Host of NBC’s Today Show and daughter of former president George W. Bush, Jenna Bush Hager; Actress and star of HBO series Girls Jemima Kirke; President of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation Eric Landau; Emmy nominated and Golden Globe winning, Broadway actress Keri Russell (The Americans, Burn This); New York State Senator Chuck Schumer; Founder of fashion label Rag & Bone Marcus Wainwright; and Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Nancy Webster.
Proceeds from the Brooklyn Black Tie Ball will help keep the Park vibrant, beautiful, and growing; directly supporting the Conservancy’s over 500 free and low-cost activities and events. Over 1.7 million Brooklyn Bridge Park visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s education, cultural, fitness, recreation, and arts programs. In 2019 alone, more than 130,000 individuals enjoyed Conservancy events including kayaking, waterfront workouts, and environmental education classes as part of its extensive lineup.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has worked for over 30 years to bring Brooklyn Bridge Park to life. We started out as grassroots advocates, bringing together residents, government, and local supporters to transform an abandoned waterfront into the park you see today. Now an essential supporter, we work in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation to ensure that the park reaches its full potential as a dynamic and vibrant public space for Brooklyn, New York City, and beyond. The Conservancy produces diverse and innovative programming for park visitors and cultivates volunteer and philanthropic support of this special place on the Brooklyn waterfront. Since 2000, more than 1,000,000 visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s free, public programs in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
For the most up to date scheduling and line–up for all Brooklyn Bridge Park programming, follow us via the below links and visit www.BrooklynBridgePark.org for information.
Photos by Alexa Hoyer