written by IFDA board member,
photography courtesy of Dan D'Errico
Blare of Trumpets...
Roll of Drums...
Big Apple Award ceremony was a magical evening spent in Brooklyn!
Held at the Galapagos Art Center in DUMBO,
the celebration represents what Brooklyn is all about these days...
art, design and innovation!
Every two years, the IFDA New York chapter awards
a local business or institution
for positively influencing the lives of New Yorkers through design,
and over the years,
17 recipients have been awarded.
Paul Thomas & Su Hilty
Co-Chairs of the 2013 Big Apple Award
Paul Thomas and Su Hilty worked diligently this year to create this spectacular award ceremony, which honored the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Master of Ceremonies, Carlo A. Scissura, Esq., President & CEO of Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, presided and began the evening on a festive note to an enthusiastic audience.
|Carlo A. Scissura|
We heard from distinguished speakers, including
Doug Blonsky, President & CEO, Central Park Conservancy; Susan Chin, Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space; Paul Seck, Principal of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc.; The Honorable Robert K. Steel, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, NYC.
|Robert Steel awards Regina Myer|
Much praise was bestowed upon
Honoree Regina Myer, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park,
who oversees a hard-working team on the creation and construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The ribbon cutting ceremony in 2010 marked the beginning stages of building and restoring this beautiful park which runs along 1.3 miles of the East River edge and now includes an 85-acre waterfront site.
Galapagos Art Center in DUMBO
the food & drink were divine
check out the party snapshots...
Lisa McMahon, Alexa Hampton from Mark Hampton, Rose Ott
|Claudia Giselle, Jessical Tolliver IFDA NY President, Su Hilty, Robert Ferraroni from Ferra Designs, Chris Abbate, Lisa McMahon|
Claudia Giselle, Lisa Blecker & Challie Stillman from Resource Furniture
|Amy Hanenberg and Stacy Garcia from Stacy Garcia, Inc.|
|Paul Thomas, Joyce & Dan Blitzer from the Practical Lighting Workshop|
Sean Sullivan and Kate Kelly Smith
from Hearst Home Group
Rose Hittmeyer, IFDA Office Administrator with volunteers,
IFDA Student, Jhani Stasil, Danish Ghura & Sapna Mundra
|Michael Hatcher and Malene Barnett,|
Malene B Carpets
Chris Abbate, Su Hilty, Susan G. Doban from Susan G. Doban Architecture, Carlo Scissura, Jason Gorsline from Think Fabricate, Lori Raphael, Paul Thomas
|Tamara Stephenson, Lisa McMahon|
|Paul Seck, Andrea Algaze|
Alexandra Zwicky, Danielle MacWilliams, Chris Abbate from Novita PR
& Su Hilty
& Su Hilty
Su Hilty, Jim Druckman from NYDC, Alix Lerman from NYDC