Thank you for your support of

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Pier 17


LMCC's Liberty Award for Corporate Leadership

David Weinreb
The Howard Hughes Corporation

LMCC's Liberty Award for Artistic Leadership 

Julie Taymor

Alumni Awards
Kaneza Schaal
Kamau Ware
Liana Finck

Special Guest Performances
Esperanza Spalding
Coco & Breezy


Event space at Pier 17 courtesy of The Howard Hughes Corporation


Our Honorees

Howard Hughes - Signature-BLACK

LMCC is proud to celebrate The Howard Hughes Corporation for its leadership role within our community, and unrelenting passion and focus for the revitalization of the Seaport District in Lower Manhattan. HHC owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. with a portfolio of award-winning assets. Leveraging the Seaport’s history as the birthplace of innovation and working closely with the South Street Seaport Museum, HHC has re-envisioned the district as a community anchor and a contemporary “port of discovery,” bringing New Yorkers back to the historic neighborhood. HHC is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities, including year-round programming at Pier 17 and The Rooftop at Pier 17®, recently named “Best New Concert Venue” of 2018 by Pollstar.  


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David R. Weinreb is the Chief Executive Officer and a Member of the Board of Directors of The Howard Hughes Corporation. Known for his passion, tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Weinreb has directed the company's efforts since its emergence in 2010, building a portfolio of some of the most sought-after communities in the country. A real estate industry veteran for over 30 years, Mr. Weinreb spent 17 years as Chairman and CEO of TPMC Realty Corporation, a company he built into a multi-faceted investment firm prior to leading the emergence of The Howard Hughes Corporation. He attended New York University and began his real estate career in the 1980s in New York City. Mr. Weinreb’s deep commitment to philanthropy spans local and national organizations.

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Julie Taymor is an American director of theater, opera and film. Film: Fool's Fire, Titus starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange; Frida starring Salma Hayek (six Academy Award nominations); Across the Universe (Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations), The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. To be released: The Glorias starring Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander. Theater: Broadway’s The Lion King (Tony Awards for Best Director and Costume Designer) as well as M Butterfly with Clive Owen, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Green Bird, and Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass, also Grounded starring Anne Hathaway. Opera: Oedipus Rex starring Jessye Norman, The Flying Dutchman, Die Zauberflote (Met Opera), and Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel. Taymor is a recipient of the 1991 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and an inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame.

Special Guest Performances

Coco & Breezy - Music Image (Advance Package 2019)

Esperanza Spalding is typically referred to as a bassist, vocalist and composer. However like most organisms growing in response to their environment, Esperanza is emerging into something she does not yet understand, nor is able to clarify through reference or language. Some of the primary cells directing this emergent artistic organism could be named: poetry, magic, staging, theater, opera, sound-spells, improvisation, movement, dance, bio-geometry, reiki, nothing, bad-art, fake-art, listening, smells, dream-talk, dialogue, demonic therapy, cat-tongue. Also: fuck accolades.


Esperanza Spalding Is The 21st Century's Jazz Genius, NPR Music
Esperanza Spalding Wants to Connect You to Your Body, Vanity Fair

From DJ’ing New York Fashion Week runway shows to Lil Uzi Vert’s birthday party to festivals and clubs in LA, Miami, and ATL, and NYC, Coco & Breezy are in demand tastemakers and DJ’s.

Their self-titled eyewear brand is also a global force, sold internationally and worn by Prince, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Demi Lovato, Nicki Minaj, and Quavo. The twins have also forged brand partnerships with American Express, H&M, Moet, Armani, Dior, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more.

Following the release of their 2018 single “Differences”, 2019 is off to a fast start with a guest Mix on Diplo’s Revolution on Sirius XM, the premiere of their music video and remix via Hypebae and “Run the Trap”.

Listen to their debut single, "Differences" here.

Our Supporters 

As of May 3, 2019


The Howard Hughes Corporation


Anne Goldrach/Greystone Management Corp.
Trevcon Construction Co., Inc.
Westfield World Trade Center


AAI Architects, P.C.
American Express
The Andrew Anderson/Bruce Ehrmann Team” + “The Williamson Team” at Douglas Elliman Real Estate
ANC, Technology Solutions Provider for Pier 17
Elizabeth & Michael Ashworth
Ken & Kim Blacklow
Brookfield Properties
BuroHappold Engineering
Conrad New York
Dell Technologies
Disney Theatrical Productions
Linda Genereux & Timur Galen
Neil Goldmacher, Newmark Knight Frank
Havas Media Group
HLW International LLP
iPic Entertainment
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.
Cherrie Nanninga
Plaza Construction
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Poulakakos Family Trust
SHoP Architects
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Time Equities, Inc.
Tishman Speyer
Unity International Group
Vanguard Construction & Development Co., Inc.
WB Wood & The Mines Family
World Wide Technology


Blank Rome LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Jack Resnick & Sons
Meredith Kane
L&L Holding Company, LLC
Richard & Ronay Menschel
Abby Pogrebin & Dave Shapiro
Elisabeth Roche-Wilmers
Yabu Pushelberg


John & Sara Cassis
Nabil Chartouni
DeSimone Consulting Engineers
Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association
The Durst Organization
Jaros Baum & Bolles
Jill & Peter Kraus
Charles Maikish, Chairman Emeritus, LMCC and retired Director, WTC
Robert de Rothschild


Marie Aiello Design Studio (MADS)
AKRF, Inc.
Richard Berney, Cozen O’Connor
Blondie’s Treehouse Inc.
BML Blackbird Theatrical Services
Marcia and Noel Caban
Clune Construction Company LP
Condé Nast
Mark Epstein & Arlene Shechet
Flushing Bank
Geto & de Milly, Inc.
Ron and Amy Guttman
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Interaudi Bank
JC Elite Construction Services LLC
Jim Kaplan, Carnegie Fabrics LLC
Langan Engineering
Live Nation
Ned McGuire
MG and Company
Anne Boardman Miller
Noho Hospitality Group
Partnership for New York City
Regal Restoration USA
Marc Ricks, Friends of Governors Island
Scott B. Salmirs, President & CEO, ABM
Structure Tone
Studio Libeskind
Thorton Tomasetti


Kevin Hoo, Co-Chair
Brian Saluzzo, Co-Chair
Kimberly Brown Blacklow
Greg James
Adam Meister
Cherrie Nanninga


About LMCC

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is a partnership-driven nonprofit organization that has been working at the intersection of arts, business, and community in Lower Manhattan for almost five decades. In September, we opened LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island—a 40,000 square foot creative space that serves as the gateway to Governors Island’s Arts & Culture District.

The Downtown Dinner supports our efforts to serve, connect, and make space for artists and community in Manhattan and beyond.


Past Event:
The Downtown Dinner 2018