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Brooklyn Bridge Park Landscape Designer Receives 23rd Brendan Gill Prize

Brendan Gill 2010 MAS proudly presented the 23rd Brendan Gill Prize to Michael Van Valkenburgh for his landscape design of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The private ceremony was held at the Park Avenue Armory last Monday. “Landscape is a lively and challenging medium, and Michael showed mastery of vision in reconnecting thousands of city dwellers and visitors alike to the majesty of New York Harbor,” said MAS President Vin Cipolla at the ceremony. Van Valkenburgh and members from his design firm were in attendance, as were members of the Gill family. Many MAS board members were on hand, as well, to fete the honoree. Also on hand were: Robert K. Steel, deputy mayor for economic development; Nanette Smith, chief of staff to First Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris; Adrian Benepe, parks commissioner; Kate Levin, cultural affairs commissioner; Peter Davidson, executive director of the Empire State Development Corporation; Jackie Snyder, executive director of the Public Design Commission; Regina Myer, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park; and Ellen Ryan, vice president of Strategic Partnerships for Brooklyn Bridge Park. [AFG_gallery id=’53’]