In a long-standing tradition, International Furnishings and Design Association’s (IFDA) New York chapter recognizes and honors New York businesses and institutions that have had a positive impact on the cultural and commercial life of the city with its Big Apple Award. This year the Brooklyn Bridge Park will be recognized at special ceremony on October 1.
“We are so honored,” said Regina Myer, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park. “The IFDA is a leader in highlighting the creativity and innovation of the design field and we are thrilled that such an esteemed organization is recognizing Brooklyn Bridge Park’s renowned sustainable design. We are especially proud to be included among such past honorees as MoMA and Grand Central Station.”
This year’s Big Apple Award honorary committee includes Chris Abbate, Cindy Allen, Malene Barnett, Rick Bell, Daniel Blitzer, James Brett, Vin Cipolla, Christopher Coleman, Susan G. Doban, Jamie Drake, Jim Druckman, Stacy Garcia, Alexa Hampton, Kerry Jacobs, Cary Kravet, Holly Leicht, Jonathan Marvel, Charlotte Moss, Amanda Nisbet, Charles Pavarini III, Dr. Thomas Schutte, Nava Slavin, Kate Kelly Smith, Laura Starr and Jane and David Walentas.
Serving as master of the ceremonies for the Big Apple Award ceremony is Carlo A. Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
The following distinguished speakers will also join Scissura to pay tribute to the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Doug Blonsky, president and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy; Susan Chin, executive director of Design Trust for Public Space; Paul Seck, partner, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; and the Honorable Robert K. Steel, deputy mayor for economic development of NYC.
Stretching 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River edge, Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre waterfront site sustainably designed by award-winning firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. It features expansive lawns, waterfront promenades, innovative playgrounds, a greenway and sports facilities, as well as a calm water area for kayaking and canoeing.
Besides its sustainable design, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s financial model is also notable: it receives no public funds for park maintenance or operations, as part of a 2002 agreement between the city and state that is be financially self-sustaining. As a result, the park generates revenue through carefully placed development within the projects boundaries.
The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn.