The coveted summer event Dîner En Blanc took place despite one of the largest summer storms to hit New York City in over a decade.
Over 5500 guests dressed head-to-toe in fabulous white gathered at Rockefeller Park in Battery City on July 17th to dine and dance under the stars.
For the first two hours guests gathered in the cool breezes off the Hudson River for the wildly popular event at the iconic outdoor public space.
Partygoers waved their napkins in the air at 7:15 pm and the toasts began. Music played in the night air as attendees smiled and laughed. The one-of-a-kind global phenomenon event was full of cultural enthusiasts and fashionistas.
“We have such amazing hosts with Battery Park City. They are such wonderful partners. It is a spectacular space,” stated event co-producer Christine Tripoli of Looking Glass Event Group. “It’s very challenging to find space in New York City for an event this size and scope.”
Continuing she said, “The beauty of this event, and I’m not sure how many people realize this, but the beauty of this event is that it’s a microcosm of New York City….they’re here for one night celebrating life and celebrating this city.”
Unfortunately, the weather took a dramatic turn and the storm caused the event to shut down. Guests quickly gathered belongings and exited the park. But, the rain didn’t wash away all the fun. Many guests walked back to subways and cars stating there would just have to be more anticipation for next year.
Dîner En Blanc takes place in iconic secret locales in 80 cities spanning 30 countries, 30 in the U.S. including several US premieres. A beloved tradition throughout the U.S., this year 30 cities will host Le Dîner en Blanc, and there will be three US premieres: Fort Lauderdale, Harford and Raleigh. Worldwide 80 cities across six continents will host the event.
Sponsors included: Citi Entertainment, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Sofitel, President Cheese and Taittinger Champagne.
Photos by Konrad Brattke