IFDA Honors Brooklyn Bridge Park at Big Apple Event

IFDA event co-chair Su Hilty kicks off the evening.

IFDA event co-chair Su Hilty kicks off the evening.

NEW YORK–The New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) held its Big Apple Award event last night, which honored Brooklyn Bridge Park and its president, Regina Myer. Held in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, it took place near the 85-acre park, in the Galapagos Art Space.

President of the organization since 2007, Myer oversees all aspects of the $350 million park, including design, construction and maintenance. Spanning 1.3 miles along the East River, the park features waterfront promenades, playgrounds, a greenway and sports facilities and an area for kayaking and canoeing. The first section of the park, Pier 1, officially opened in March 2010, and other areas have since opened or will open in the future.

“It was the job of a lifetime,” said Myer when accepting the award.

“The entire park is an artwork,” said Susan Chin, executive director of the Design Trust for Public Space and one of the speakers lauding Myer. While Central Park was a 19th century masterpiece, “Brooklyn Bridge Park is our 21st century masterpiece,” she said.

The Big Apple Award is given to New York businesses and institutions that have had a positive impact on the cultural and commercial life of the city. Past recipients of the Big Apple Award include Bloomingdale’s, the Museum of Modern Art, Ellis Island and New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Avenue.