Thursday, September 13, 2012

News from the MidCity: Parks Commissioner Benepe Resigns

Last week, NYC Commissioner of Parks and Recreation Adrian Benepe stepped down after ten years in the position. We at Bryant Park Corporation offer a fond farewell to Mr. Benepe, who leaves city government to assume the position of Senior Vice President of The Trust for Public Land.

Cutting the cake for the 75th Anniversary of the park's London plane trees

During his tenure as Parks Commissioner, Mr. Benepe was a tireless and enthusiastic advocate for NYC’s parks. He has an exceptional business mind, and applied it to our efforts. He was also a welcome presence at many ceremonies at our own public spaces, such as when he spoke at the celebration of Horace Greeley’s birthday, or the openings of both the Reading Room and the Southwest Porch. Though we are sad he’s leaving, we wish him well.

Opening of the Southwest Porch in 2009 with Southwest Airlines and Tom Colicchio

We also welcome Veronica White as the new commissioner. Ms. White brings a wealth of experience to her new post. In 2006, she founded the City’s Center for Economic Opportunity and held the position of Executive Director. As Parks Commissioner, she becomes an Ex-Officio member of the Bryant Park Corporation Board of Directors. We offer her a hearty welcome and look forward to working with her.

This is an excerpt from Bryant Park's weekly newsletter, MidCity Newswritten by Terry Benoit. MidCity News keeps park enthusiasts informed about our events, milestones, operations, and all of the detailed maintenance work that goes into caring for the park. Weekly updates are sent with our sister organizations 34th Street Partnership and Chelsea Improvement Company

You can view this week's edition of MidCity News online, or sign up to receive it in your inbox. 

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