1 The evening's festivities began with cocktails on the Pier, then a sit down dinner, an awards presentation and an auction, followed by dessert and a special musical performance by the band, The B-52s.
2 Here was the very organized check-in table - all of it was done digitally.
3 This team was responsible for arranging and organizing the dinner seating for all 1000 guests.
4 Cocktails were served at New York City's Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, where the enchanting Animal Carousel was located.
5 The Animal Carousel features 33-custom, hand-carved wooden animal figures native to the Hudson River Valley, and one distinctive Oyster Chariot.
6 Waiters stood ready to offer cocktails as guests entered the space.
7 A pretty sailboat on the Hudson River.
8 A beautiful view of New Jersey from our vantage point at Pier 62.
9 There were several well-stocked, well-tended bars at the space.
10 Near the start of the cocktail hour, a wait staff team walked out and began serving guests oysters.
11 Each carried several buckets for seafood, trash, condiments, and oysters, and would shuck the oyster for you. It was a great idea.
12 Here was another sailboat on the beautiful Hudson River.
13 Three volunteers showed guests what could be found in the Hudson River, and answered environmental questions about its wildlife.
14 A small striped bass caught straight from the Hudson River. Don't worry, he was released soon after.
15 Fishing poles were available for everyone to use during the event.
16 Several large illuminated balls, such as this one, were strategically placed to keep the area well lit after dark.
17 The New York Fire Department put on a nice water show on the Hudson River for all of us to see.
18 It was a beautiful, still night for a lovely gathering on the Pier.
19 The DJ was located well above the crowd.
20 My offices are located in the historic Starrett Lehigh Building, just steps away from Hudson River Park and Chelsea Piers.
21 Kayakers and rowers enjoyed the calm waters of the Hudson River.
22 The Empire State Building was visible from the Pier also. It was lit in blue and orange in honor of the New York Islanders' season opener.
23 Security along the Pier was excellent - it's such a beautiful and safe place to gather - any time of day.
24 Here I was with Yehuda Shmidman, CEO of Sequential Brands Group.
25 Here was my administrative manager in New York City, Dorian Arrich, with her cousin, Jill Gibbs.
26 The entire ceiling of the dining room was covered in these beautiful branches of yellow, green and red foliage.
27 On stage was this carousel horse behind the podium.
28 Our Living features editor, Melissa Ozawa, and editor-in-chief of Weddings, Elizabeth Graves, and her husband, Jeff Young.
29 My daughter, Alexis, and I posed for some photos.
30 My longtime publicist and friend, Susan Magrino with our social media director, Marci Greenfield.
31 Here I am with our decorating executive editorial director, Kevin Sharkey, and our friend Rose Dergen.
32 The audio and visual elements were controlled from a large table at the back of the room.
33 Here was the indoor DJ - dancing to the music.
34 This was the 17th Friends of the Hudson River Park Gala celebration.
35 Cookbook author, actress, model and television personality, Padma Lakshmi, hosted last night's festivities.
36 President and CEO of the Hudson River Park Trust, Madelyn Wils, made some of the opening remarks.
37 US Senator, Chuck Schumer and I - the Senator was a surprise guest speaker at the Gala.
38 President and co-founder of Chelsea Piers, Tom Bernstein, Olympic champion figure skater, Sarah Hughes, and co-founder and executive vice president of Chelsea Piers, David Tewksbury. Tom and David, along with Roland Betts, were also honored at last night's gala.
39 Here I am with Jeff and Seth Meyers. Jeff is often mistaken for Seth, so we just had to take a photo to see - what do you think?
40 Tom Bernstein spoke about the park and his original vision for building the country's most comprehensive state of the art sports and entertainment complex, which came to fruition with the opening of Chelsea Piers, and has played a big role in the revitalization of the Hudson River Park area.
41 Senator Chuck Schumer spoke about Hudson River Park's beauty and how it has become an indelible part of New York City.
42 Comedian, writer, and television host, Seth Meyers, and I, posed for a quick photo - it is always fun getting together with Seth.
43 Senator Schumer, Seth and myself.
44 Jeff and my friend and banker, Jane Heller.
45 Melissa and Kevin.
46 And, here were Meesha and Kevin.
47 My beautiful daughter, Alexis, and Kevin.
48 Board Chair of the Friends of Hudson River Park, Michael Novogratz.
49 Scott Lawin, a member of the Board of Directors, was another honoree at last night's Gala. He humorously walked on stage with a super hero cape, but he is a hero for the park - so dedicated to raising funds and gathering support.
50 Kevin and Chair of the Hudson River Park Trust Board of Directors, Diana Taylor.
51 Here I was sitting next to former New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg. I think he was checking his emails on his smartphone.
52 Now, we're ready for a photo...
53 An auction was also held to raise money for the Hudson River Park. Culinary MC, Billy Harris, led the auction.
54 One of the lot items was a signed Justin Bieber guitar - a bonus to go with an exclusive luncheon for 16-guests hosted by myself and chef David Chang at my Bedford farm. Guess what it sold for?
55 Seth Meyers introduced me as an honoree at last night's event.
56 It was such an honor to be recognized at this Gala. I have long been a supporter of green spaces, especially the Hudson River Park, a place where my grandchildren often play, and a beautiful space I see every morning from my office window.
57 I spoke about the history of the majestic Hudson River, and how beautiful it is to see from the revitalized Hudson River Park. Both are such important elements of Manhattan's west side.
58 Gregory Boroff is the Executive Director of Friends of Hudson River Park. He gave the closing remarks. It was a very successful and fun event, and the night generated 300-thousand dollars more this year than last.