1 Here I am arriving at the gala! The event was held at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park. The park receives no public funding for its annual operating budget, so funds raised from this annual gala are crucial for the continued maintenance and beautification of the park.
2 This photo ©2014 Philip Greenberg / firstname.lastname@example.org. Posing with Archie Gottesman of Edison Properties and Kevin Sharkey, SVP, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. The gala was produced by sought-after event producer Josh Woods of Josh Woods Productions. http://www.joshwoodproductions.com
3 This photo ©2014 Philip Greenberg / email@example.com. The evening started with cocktails on the pier, complete with a gorgeous view of the New York City skyline, including the Empire State Building.
5 Photo by Anna Webber / Getty Images for Friends of Hudson River Park. Andy Cohen, the host and executive producer of Watch What Happens Live on Bravo, hosted the gala. Here he is with the Actor Kyra Sedgwick and her husband, Actor Kevin Bacon.
6 Diana Taylor, chair of the Hudson River Park Trust Board of Directors was honored for her commitment to the preservation and beautification of Hudson River Park. Michael Bloomberg, founder, Bloomberg LP, philanthropist and 108th mayor of the city of New York presented the award to Diana, who is his longtime companion. To find out more about Diana, click here: http://goo.gl/iKPC3Y
7 Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for Friends of Hudson River Park. Seven-time Grammy Award-winner, Gladys Knight, http://gladysknight.com sang the legendary “That’s What Friends Are For.”
8 I was literally part of the gala's fundraising event - guests bid for the 'the ultimate culinary experience,' an evening of cocktails and dinner for twenty with Chef David Chang, founder of Momofuku http://momofuku.com, and me! Here we are being auctioned off by Auctioneer Jennifer Wright. All proceeds from the auction directly benefited the park’s maintenance, beautification and operational needs.
9 In 1999 ground was broken for Hudson River Park, right after a special piece of legislation called the Hudson River Park Act was put into place to establish the Hudson River Park Trust and to transform four miles of crumbling piers and infrastructure into a remarkable public park. Hudson River Park includes sixteen reconstructed piers, and counting! Pier 25 is in the Tribeca section of Manhattan. To learn about the fascinating history of the area that is now Hudson River Park, click here:http://goo.gl/NgWuFw
10 Wow! What a transformation! Pier 40 is in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan. This is a square pier, and the only one like it in the world. The piers are original to Manhattan, and have been restored by the Hudson River Park Trust. Pier 40 is crucial to the park's operations, as it includes offices, parking lots, and very well used ball fields!
11 Look what was made of the crumbling west side infrastructure! There are now green fields, lush lawns, tennis courts, and meandering boardwalks! This photo shows the park in the Tribeca section of Manhattan. On the upper right of the 'after' photo, you can see the piers' original pilings. These original pilings provide a hospitable environment for the Hudson River ecosystem and are purposely unrestored.
12 Pier 64 is in the Chelsea section of Manhattan- near the offices of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. The building on the left was an old covered pier. Now the pier is open and provides passive green space for recreation and enjoyment.
13 This is pier 45 and 46 in 1995, and today. You can see in this photo how the landscaping along the park, called the uplands, connects all the piers.
14 Here is an aerial view of Pier 45 and 46.
15 Here's a closer 'before' and 'after' shot of Pier 45, in Greenwich Village. It was one of the first piers to open, and it is one of the most popular ones. There are lots of concerts, children's programs, and events that take place here. Plus it is a favorite place for New Yorkers to sunbath.
16 Here's an even closer shot of Pier 45 - with hundreds of very relaxed, sunbathing New Yorkers! Hudson River Park's sixteen reconstructed piers feature display gardens, expansive lawns, athletic fields, four playgrounds, four dog runs, esplanades, public sculptures, and even a carousel!
17 Here people are enjoying the benches and esplanade on Pier 46.
18 Wow! These photos show the transformation of Pier 63. The big open green space on the water is the Chelsea Lawn Bowl which can hold thousands of people - great for the free RiverFlicks http://riverflicks.com movie nights sponsored by the park! Famed public garden designer, Lynden Miller http://goo.gl/XPwj29 designed the beautiful entry garden.
19 Here is an aerial view of the Chelsea Lawn Bowl, in the middle, which sits on the square-shaped Pier 63. It is in between Piers 62 and 64.
20 An closer view of Lynden Miller's garden design and the Cheslea Lawn Bowl. For more than twenty five years, Lynden has focused her work on the improvement of parks and gardens in New York. Based on her belief that public open spaces with good well-maintained plantings can change city life, she has taken an entirely new approach to public horticulture by creating rich plantings that provide four seasons of interest for New Yorkers.
21 These are the 'before' and 'after' shots of Pier 25! The crumbling building on the left no longer exists, and in its place is this incredible open space with beach volleyball in the middle and turf fields above.
22 Hudson River Park is the largest park to undergo construction in Manhattan since Central Park was created! Approximately 1,637 trees of almost 50 different species are planted in the park.
23 Hudson River Park provides four continuous miles of waterfront paths.
24 This The Millennium Garden, also called The Apple Garden, located at Charles Street. The Apple sculpture is by Stephen Weiss, the late husband of world-renowned fashion designer Donna Karan. It is nine feet tall and weighs three tons. Donna donated it to the park in 2004. This garden was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy, but has been repaired and planted with new gardens designed by Lynden Miller.
25 Hudson River Park enables people to Kayak on the Hudson River! To find out about all the park's water activities, click here: http://goo.gl/cXJKAz
26 This beautiful boardwalk meanders through the Tribeca section of the park. The park is teeming with wildlife! Over 109 different species of birds and 90 insect species (including 39 species of butterflies) have been identified within Hudson River Park boundaries, and more than 70 species of fish and countless invertebrates in its waters. Additionally, 53 species of wildflowers are planted in the park.
27 Hudson River Park gives people the sense of having their own private, waterfront oasis. The inspiration for numerous waterfront parks, city- and nation-wide, Hudson River Park represents the next great era in the history of urban, waterfront parks.