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Brooklyn Historical Society- Gala 2019
November Wednesday

2019 Fall Gala

Honoring Regina Myer and Hugh Ryan


Thank you for joining us for our fourth annual Fall Gala.

The Fall Gala raises vital funds in support of Brooklyn Historical Society’s suite of nationally recognized education programs, which serve more than 15,000 New York City students and teachers annually through free school programs, youth engagement and after school programs for teens, extensive educational curricula, and teacher professional learning workshops.

On November 13, 2019, BHS celebrated its fourth annual Fall Gala at The Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn. Over 300 community leaders, business professionals, and friends came together to honor Regina Myer, president of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and Hugh Ryan, writer and queer historian.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Tables, Tickets & Journal Ads

  • Chairman's Circle Table $50,000
  • President's Circle Table $25,000
  • Pierrepont Circle Table $15,000
  • Montague Ticket $1,500
  • Individual Ticket $600
  • Premium Full-Page Ad $5,000
  • Full-Page Ad $2,000
  • Half-Page Ad $1,000

Fall Gala Co-Chairs

Michael Adams-Liebman
Lauren Glant
Cas Holloway
Jim Rossman
Samuel W. Seymour

Fall Gala Host Committee

Lucy Baumrind
Peter D’Arcy
Todd Ferguson
David Kramer
Sylvia & Byron Lewis
Michele S. Mirman, Esq.
Rev. Dr. Valerie Oliver-Durrah
Robin Ottaway
Gail Stone & Matt Fishbein
Rudy Wynter

Regina Myer

Regina Myer


Regina Myer is President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP), a not-for-profit local development corporation that serves as the primary champion for Downtown Brooklyn as a world-class business, cultural, educational, residential, and retail destination.

Until 2016, Regina served as President of Brooklyn Bridge Park. During her nine years overseeing the Park project – an historic public investment into one of the largest public works in the City – Myer oversaw the dramatic transformation of 1.3 miles of industrial waterfront into one of New York City’s most popular destinations and one of the most lauded urban parks in the country.

Prior to Brooklyn Bridge Park, Regina was the senior vice president for planning and design at the Hudson Yards Development Corporation, and the Brooklyn Borough Director for the New York City Planning Department, where she directed the comprehensive redevelopment of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront, the rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn for high density office and residential development, and numerous neighborhood rezoning efforts.

Working with DBP’s board, the three BIDs it oversees, government agencies, and local stakeholders, Regina is leading initiatives, advocating, and securing funding to improve Downtown Brooklyn’s public realm, upgrade infrastructure, create open space, and cohesively connect the booming district to adjacent neighborhoods.

She received her BA and Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, and resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Hugh Ryan

Hugh Ryan


Hugh Ryan is a writer and queer historian, whose work is about queer culture, art, and politics. In February 2019, Ryan co-curated Brooklyn Historical Society’s On the (Queer) Waterfront, the first exhibition to ever focus explicitly on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history of Brooklyn. The exhibition coincided with the March 2019 launch of his new book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, published with St. Martin’s Press. The New York Times called his book a “boisterous, motley new history” and an “entertaining and insightful chronicle.”

For his research on Brooklyn, Ryan was the recipient of the 2015-2016 Martin Duberman Fellowship at the New York Public Library, a 2017 New York Foundation for the Arts grant in Nonfiction Literature, and a 2018 residency at the Watermill Center.

In 2010, Ryan founded the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, a grassroots organization dedicated to helping local communities create engaging exhibitions rooted in their own experience. He is also a development associate with the Urban Justice Center, an Advisory Board member of the academic journal QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking and of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art. He was also an alumni teaching fellow at the Bennington Writing Seminars, of which he is a graduate. Ryan is represented by Robert Guinsler at Sterling Lord Literistic.

President's Circle

Bloomberg Philanthropies
Empire Stores DUMBO
National Grid, Rudolph Wynter
The Tiger Baron Foundation

Pierrepont Circle

Brookfield Properties
Joel M. Cohen
Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Industry City
Innisfree M&A Incorporated
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
New York University
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Eliza & Jim Rossman
Karen P. Seymour & Samuel W. Seymour
Diane H. & Joseph S. Steinberg
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Two Trees Management Co., Inc.


ADCO Electrical Corporation
Alloy Development
Nancy & Anthony Bowe
Alexandra Bowie & Daniel Richman
Pam Brier & Peter Aschkenasy
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
Robert B. Catell
Ron Chernow
City Point
Ofer Cohen, TerraCRG
Marjorie T. & William R. Coleman
Cooley LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Barbara & Richard Debs
Lisa Detwiler & Jim Cramer
D.F. King & Co., Inc.
Margaret Einhorn & Michael Lasky
Hilary Evans & Salvatore J. Graziano
Linda S. Ferber & Joel B. Berson
Nicole & Michael Fein
Lizanne Fontaine & Bob Buckholz
Becky & Tom Fruin
Maria Luisa Gambale & Zachary S. Taylor
MaryAnne Gilmartin, L&L MAG
Lauren Glant & Michael Gillespie
Rhonda Greene & Danek Freeman
The Green-Wood Cemetery
Karoly & Hank Gutman
V. Hansmann
Dr. Alexes Hazen
Herrick, Feinstein LLP
HK Organization LLC
Paula Ingram, Ingram & Hebron Realty
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Deborah & Jorge Juantorena
Phil Lavoie
Sylvia & Byron Lewis
M&T Bank
Lisa Melmed & Steven Cohen
Meridian Capital Group
Ellen Meyers
Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C.
Barbara & Richard Moore
Muss Development LLC
Amanda & Patrick Nichols
Janet & David Offensend
Okapi Partners LLC
Buzzy O’Keeffe
Audra & Robin Ottaway
Marina & David Ottaway
PAU | Vishaan Chakrabarti
Nancy & Otis Pearsall
Daphne & Bob Philipson
Shepard Poole, Hallen Construction
Powerhouse Arts
David Protell, Chelsea Garden Center
Susan & Peter Restler
Susan & William Rifkin
Erica Roseman & Adam Perlmutter
Sabrina & Michael Rudin
Judith Schneider & Norbert Weissberg
Sidewalk Labs
Doug Steiner
St. Francis College
Gail Stone & Matt Fishbein
Tishman Speyer
Tusk Strategies
Washington Square Partners
The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights
Joanne Witty & Eugene Keilin
Trudy Whitman & Alan Nisselson
WXY architecture + urban design
Kathryn Wylde, Partnership for New York City
Dick Yancey

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