On April 23, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum will hold its annual gala event celebrating the rich history and vibrant future of New York City and the Lower East Side. This year’s event has raised $1 million for the Museum, and is nearly sold-out. It is the most successful Gala in the Museum’s 25-year history. Held at the Essex Street Market in buildings rarely seen by the general public over the last 60 years, the Tenement Museum Gala may be the last ever held in these historic spaces.
The Museum’s 2014 Gala honors Taconic Investment Partners, L+M Development Partners, and BFC Partners; in September of 2013, these three firms were selected by the City of New York to develop the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, which represents one of most significant urban renewal development opportunities remaining in Manhattan. Now known as Essex Crossing, the project will celebrate the neighborhood's past while promoting cultural energy and economic development for its future.
The Gala will begin in the Market’s Building D at 83 Essex Street with an array of foods highlighting the culinary diversity of the Lower East Side from vendors including Katz's Delicatessen, Parm, DiPalo's, Grey Lady, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Brooklyn Taco, Vanessa’s Dumplings, and Saxelby Cheesemongers. Guests will enjoy activities including a fortune teller, Chinese silhouette artist, and henna artist, and music from Lower East Side musicians.
This year’s Gala coincides with the most successful year in Museum visitorship. Notable attendees to the event include top names in New York real estate such as Bruce and Julie Menin, Paul J. Massey, Jr., Paul Pariser, Charles Bendit, Ron Moelis, Donald Capoccia, Jonathan Mechanic, and Robert Ivanhoe.
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Neighborhoods: Lower East Side/ Corporates: Paul Massey Jr.