Photo: Alexa Hoyer

Honoring Sylvana Durrett, Founder & CEO of Maisonette; and Public Service and Civic Leaders, Peter Aschkenasy and Pamela Brier 

The event raised $1.6M+, Benefitting the Park’s Programming on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 2

Fulfilling Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s vision for turning a neglected strip of waterfront into a verdant public space over 35 years ago, Brooklyn Bridge Park has provided New York City with an extraordinary place to play, learn, connect, and be inspired. The Conservancy works in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation to produce over 400 free and low-cost arts and culture, environmental education, and recreation events each season. Their annual Brooklyn Black Tie Ball is a driving benefit, with over 500 attendees celebrating the Conservancy’s cause on Thursday, October 6. This year, the Ball — celebrating its 10th year — raised over $1.6M directly supporting the Conservancy’s public and educational programs, bringing joy, wonder, and exploration to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Events this season included the Conservancy’s signature outdoor film series Movies With A View, dance parties, live music, kayaking, Waterfront Workouts, stewardship opportunities, fishing clinics, environmental education programs for kids and families, and more.

This year, the Conservancy honored three remarkable New Yorkers: Sylvana Durrett, Founder & CEO, of Maisonette; and Public Service and Civic Leaders, Peter Aschkenasy and Pamela Brier. 

Party guests included: Academy and Golden Globe award winning actor Matt Damon; Emmy award winning and Golden Globe nominated actor Matthew Rhys; Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy nominated actress Keri Russell; comedian and late-night TV host Seth Meyers; NBA Veteran and Co-Founder Of Threefourtwo Productions JJ Redick; Golden Globe nominated actor Paul Rudd; honoree and Co-Founder/CEO Of Maisonette Sylvana Durrett; Emmy Award winning actor Paul Bettany; Golden Globe and Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Connolly; Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor David Harbour; luxury fashion designer Ulla Johnson; journalist and co-anchor of the NBC’s Today Savannah Guthrie; actor Fred Hechinger; fashion designer Marcus Wainwright; honorees and public service and civic leaders Pamela Brier and Peter Aschkenasy; Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation President Eric Landau; Board Chair of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Chris Coffey, and Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Nancy Webster.


Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy plays a vital role in creating and energizing this community-focused, world-class urban oasis on the Brooklyn waterfront. A 501(c)3 non-profit, we bring this unique park space to life with more than 400 innovative and engaging educational, cultural, fitness, and recreational programs each year. Our free and low-cost events create new and exciting opportunities for tens of thousands of NYC residents and visitors to learn, grow, and experience all that Brooklyn Bridge Park has to offer.

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