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IFDA Honors Brooklyn Bridge Park

The New York Chapter of the International Furnishings & Design Assn. will honor Brooklyn Bridge Park with its 2013 Big Apple Award at a ceremony on Oct. 1.

"We are so honored," says Regina Myer , president of Brooklyn Bridge Park. "The IFDA is a leader in highlighting the creativity and innovation of the design field and we are thrilled that such an esteemed organization is recognizing Brooklyn Bridge Park's renowned sustainable design. We are especially proud to be included among such past honorees as MoMA and Grand Central Station."

Stretching 1.3 miles along Brooklyn's East River edge, Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre waterfront site sustainably designed by award-winning firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. It features expansive lawns, waterfront promenades, innovative playgrounds, a greenway and sports facilities, as well as a calm water area for kayaking and canoeing. Completed portions of the park include Piers 1, 5 and 6, Squibb Park and Bridge, Empire Fulton Ferry and Main Street. Two historic properties, the Civil War-era Empire Stores and the Tobacco Warehouse, are prominently featured in the Park along with the restored 1922 Jane's Carousel, housed in an all-glass pavilion designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel. The Park provides generous green space that captures views to Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge and the New York Harbor. BBP recently completed the Squibb Park Bridge, designed by MacArthur winner Ted Zoli of HNTB Corporation. The bridge embodies cutting-edge bridge design that incorporates the park's naturalistic elements.
Besides its sustainable design, Brooklyn Bridge Park's financial model is also notable. BBP receives no public funds for park maintenance or operations as part of a 2002 agreement between the city and state that it be financially self-sustaining. As a result, the park generates revenue through carefully placed development within the project's boundaries. These development projects are a critical element of the park's maintenance plan and will guarantee a stable financial footing for the park for generations to come.
The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 6-8 p.m. at Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St. in Brooklyn.

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