Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Hosted Brooklyn Black Tie Ball and After Party Honoring
Marcus Wainwright, Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Fashion Label, Rag & Bone and Nancy Bowe, Board Member and Former Board Chair at Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
Event Raised 1.27 Million, Benefitting the Park’s Programming
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (Conservancy) hosted its sixth annual Brooklyn Black Tie Ball and After Party. The event took place on Pier 2 and included a cocktail reception on the promenade and a seated three–course meal. Guests enjoyed the magnificent Manhattan skyline and sweeping views of New York Harbor, which served as the backdrop for an evening celebration of one of New York City’s most spectacular waterfront parks. Fulfilling the Conservancy’s vision for turning a neglected strip of waterfront into a verdant public space over 30 years ago, Brooklyn Bridge Park has provided New York City with an extraordinary place to play, learn, connect, and be inspired.
This year, the Conservancy honored two individuals who have contributed to the vitality of the local environment and to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The Conservancy honored Marcus Wainwright, Founder and Chief Brand Officer of fashion label, rag & bone. Under Wainwright’s direction, rag & bone has established itself as a critical and commercial success in the international fashion world. Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy celebrated his commitment to the arts and culture of New York City, sustainability in fashion, and his steadfast support of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.
The Conservancy also honored Nancy Bowe, a driving force behind the Brooklyn Bridge Conservancy Board since 2006 and who served as Board Chair from 2011 – 2016. After a career in finance, Mrs. Bowe has been active in the Brooklyn community and civic affairs; her involvement in Brooklyn Bridge Park has spanned almost twenty years. The Conservancy applauds Nancy for her dedication and commitment to the park.
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 1.6 million Brooklyn Bridge Park visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s education, cultural, fitness, recreation, and arts programs. In 2018 alone, more than 150,000 individuals enjoyed Conservancy events including kayaking, waterfront workouts, and environmental education classes as part of its extensive lineup.
Over 600 guests attended the event. Party guests included honoree Nancy Bowe, Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Rose Byrne (Juliet, Naked, Peter Rabbit), NBA star Mike Dunleavy, star of Vogue’s feature documentary The First Monday in May and Co-Founder/CEO of Maisonette Sylvana Durrett, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation Eric Landau, international model Carolyn Murphy, Honoree and Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Rag & Bone Marcus Wainwright, andExecutive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Nancy Webster.
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.