The Downtown Dinner 2019

The LMCC Board of Directors invites you to a resplendent celebration of the visionary leaders and cultural life forces of Lower Manhattan. This year, we honor The Howard Hughes Corporation and Julie Taymor with Liberty Awards, recognizing their service and achievements as community builders and creative giants.

Festivities include: a special guest performance by four-time Grammy Award winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding; a silent art auction (including work by Vic Muniz, Kenneth Tam, and other renowned LMCC artists), and a dance party on The Rooftop at Pier 17 (“Best New Concert Venue” of 2018, Pollstar).


The LMCC Board of Directors invites you to

Presenting LMCC's Liberty Award for Corporate Leadership to:

David Weinreb
The Howard Hughes Corporation

Presenting LMCC's Liberty Award for Artistic Leadership to:

Julie Taymor


Performance by:
Esperanza Spalding


Thursday, May 16, 2019
Pier 17
89 South St, New York, NY 10038

Event space at Pier 17 courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation

Attire: business, cocktail

6:00 p.m.

Silent Art Auction
(Bidding begins May 3 on

Performance by Esperanza Spalding

7:30 p.m.

Seated Dinner
Awards Ceremony

9:00 p.m.

Rooftop Dance Party

To make your reservation, please complete the fillable reservation form (see link above) and return it to Jasmin Tabatabaee via email at If you have any questions or prefer to make a reservation by phone, please contact Jasmin at 212.219.9401 x101.
Your response by Friday, March 22 will ensure your name is included on the invitation.

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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.

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 open 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 mission to serve, connect, and make space for artists and community in Manhattan and beyond.


Past Event:
The Downtown Dinner 2018