Party in the Park 2019 Recap


On Monday, April 2nd, more than 400 of Mad. Sq. Park’s friends and neighbors attended Party in the Park, the Conservancy’s annual spring gala. We honored Martin Puryear, Mad. Sq. Artist and U.S. Representative, 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, and celebrated U.S. Pavilion Biennale Arte 2019 designers Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, outreach partner Tom Cahill of Studio in a School, and Commissioner and Mad. Sq. Art Senior Curator Brooke Kamin Rapaport. Attendees and supporters helped raise $1.25 million to support the Conservancy’s mission to steward the Park as a public green oasis for our community.


Guests were treated to cocktails around the ​Southern Fountain, and enjoyed ​hors d’oeuvres prepared by ​Abel Rodriguez of Tarallucci e Vino. Guests were then treated to a once-in-a-lifetime dinner prepared by Jorge Espinoza ​of ​Scarpetta, Matthew Spivey ​of ​Maialino, and Katia Delogu of ​Eataly, making the evening deliciously unforgettable.


The Park’s transformed Oval Lawn hosted a lively evening of food, drink, and conversation. Remarks were made by Sheila Kearney Davidson, Board Chair, Madison Square Park Conservancy Board of Trustees; Robert T. Lapidus, Trustee, Party in the Park Co-Chair; Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, Department of Parks and Recreation; Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Executive Director, Keats Myer; and Ron Pizzuti, Chair of the Mad. Sq. Art Committee. The presenters spoke of the Park’s public art and Agnes Gund, Party in the Park Co-Chair, spoke and introduced our illustrious honoree Maritn Puryear, Mad. Sq. Artist and U.S. Representative, Biennale Arte 2019. Each speaker offered praises to the Park and the Mad. Sq. Art program. The evening culminated in an exciting live auction and paddle raise led by Christie’s auctioneer, Robbie Gordy.

Thank You to Our Supporters
The steadfast generosity of our supporters enables the Conservancy to maintain the Park and enhance it for future generations. We are grateful to our co-chairs Agnes Gund and Robert T. Lapidus; Honorary Co-Chairs Hon. Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, New York City Council District 2, and Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, Department of Parks and Recreation; Park Benefactors Candy Carmel Barasch, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Jo Carole & Ronald S. Lauder, Matthew Marks, New York Life, Ron & Ann Pizzuti, Porcelanosa, and Darren Walker. Thanks also to Park Leaders Edward P. & Sasha C. Bass, Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky, George Comfort & Sons, Inc., Jamestown, L.P., and Loeb Partners Realty, Michael L. Kahn, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Madison Equities, Audrey & Danny Meyer, Sony Corporation of America, and The Rudin Family.

The event was also supported by Park Champions ABS Partners Real Estate, LLC, Melissa & Dan Berger, Diane Blanchard & Juan Carlos Braniff, Con Edison, Erica & Anand Desai, Roxanne H. Frank, GFP Real Estate LLC, Grey Group, Adam & Jordana Grunfeld, Carol Hagen-Holt & Lester Holt, Leslie Spira Lopez & Mark Lopez, Kew Management, Bill Lukashok & Janet Pines, Audrey & Sean MacIsaac, Kathleen McCarthy & Matthew Baldwin, Miles McEnery Gallery, and One Madison Condominium.

Last but not least, the Conservancy would like to thank our Auction Co-Chairs Olga Armer and Nikki Namer.