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Management + Board

Bryant Park Corporation (BPC) is a not-for-profit, private management company founded in 1980 to renovate and operate Bryant Park in New York City. It was established by Daniel A. Biederman and Andrew Heiskell, with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. BPC was formed to restore historic Bryant Park, which had suffered a severe decline in conditions in the 1970s. A 15-year agreement was signed in 1988, entrusting management and improvements to BPC. The park reopened in 1992 after four years of renovation with a budget six times the level under prior city management. It is the largest effort in the nation to apply private management backed by private funding to a public park, and it has been a success with public, press, and nearby institutions. BPC shares its management team with the 34th Street Partnership. The two companies share a management philosophy.

Iconic green bistro chairs of bryant park in new york city
Matthew Eisman

Bryant Park Corporation was founded in 1980 with a charge to reclaim Bryant Park for the people of New York City. Since then, the talent, dedication and execution of the BPC board and staff has transformed the park into the greatest public space in the world. The ongoing mission of BPC is: to create a rich and dynamic visual, cultural and intellectual outdoor experience for New Yorkers and visitors alike; to enhance the real estate values of its neighbors by continuously improving the park; to burnish the park’s status as a prime NYC tourist destination by presenting a meticulously maintained venue for free entertainment events; and to help prevent crime and disorder in the park by attracting thousands of patrons, at all hours, thus fostering a safe environment.

BPC is privately funded, and operates Bryant Park with private sector techniques and management methods. Working as agent for the City of New York, BPC provides sanitation, security services, spotless restrooms, colorful gardens, and seasonal horticultural installations for the park, and maintains a lush lawn that is open to the public. BPC also works with civic minded corporations and park patrons to offer interesting amenities, free educational programs and free high-level entertainment for people of all ages. Careful selection and management of concessionaires ensures that park visitors have access to high quality food and merchandise. As it strives to improve the park each year, BPC pays close attention to other models and constantly seeks innovations, whether from its own staff or from outside, always with an eye on the ultimate goal: presenting the perfect park to the public.

Bryant Park Corporation

Chairman

Michael Fuchs

Executive Director

Daniel A. Biederman

Directors

Daniel A. Biederman, Douglas Durst, Michael Fuchs, Stan Herman, Richard H. Levy, Robert Liberman, Dr. Anthony Marx, Abby Milstein, George Mihaltses,  Robert Morelli, Clyde E. Rankin, Katharine J. Rayner, Sam Rubin, Iris Weinshall

Ex Officio

Sue Donaghue and Vikki Barbero

Bryant Park Management Corporation

Co-Chairmen

Clyde E. Rankin III, Michael W. McMahon, and L. Robert Lieb

President

Daniel A. Biederman

Directors

Adam Abramson, Abramson Brothers Inc.                                                Jeffrey Barker
Laura Belt, 58-64 West 40th Street Corp.
Daniel A. Biederman, BPMC
Harry F. Blair, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
Ben Brown, Brookfield Property Group
Frances Delgorio, Jack Resnick & Sons, Inc.
Eben Dorros, Gabriel Kreuther
Eli Elefant, PBC USA Real Estate LLC
Ryan Fender, Takenaka Corporation                                                                        Ugo Fiorenzo, Campari                                                                                                Eric Hadar, Allied Partners
Preston Henske, Bain & Co.
John Herman, Movable Ink
A. Eugene Kohn, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates PC
Chris Laul, HOK
Arthur Levine, Tahari ASL
David Levy, Adams & Company Real Estate
L. Robert Lieb, Mountain Development Corp.
Gentry Lock, Stantec Consulting Services LLC
Art Lowenfish, Tishman Speyer Properties
Bill Lovejoy, Masterworks Development Co. LLC
Michael W. McMahon, Ivanhoe Cambridge
Marla Minns, The TJX Companies, Inc.
Robert Morelli, HSBC Bank USA
Ines Olesen, Nuveen Real Estate
Sean Porter, Dechert LLP
Clyde E, Rankin, III, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Marc Seeherman, 40th Street Tenants Corp.
Michael Strauss, Bryant Park Hotel                                                                          Greg Sutherland, Elk Management Realty Corp.
David Taylor, Savanna
Alexa Vignone, Salesforce
Iris Weinshall, New York Public Library

 

Ex Officio

Hon. Eric Adams, Mark Levine, Kevin Kim, Brad Lander, Vikki Barbero, Keith Powers

Dan Biederman, President

Operations
Kati Solomon, Vice President
Rachel Zurier, Vice President, Operations & Programming
Max Wycisk, Manager
Maddie Baker, Manager
Ben Bryden, Manager, Operations & Programming
Matt Trump, Manager, Park Operations
Liz Riegel, Analyst
Greg Ackell, Operations & Events Coordinator
Zach Beresin, Operations Analyst
Helen Cordero, Bryant Park Shop Manager
Grace McCartney, Receptionist/Office Manager/Research Assistant

Brand Partnerships and Events
Irene Vagianos Whelan, Vice President
Dan Fishman, Vice President, Public Events
John Zeitoun, Director, Partnerships
Alice Cashman, Associate Director
Rinesty Rusli, Manager, Events & Programming
Zachary Barnwell, Manager, Events
Kelly Collins, Manager, Brand Relations
Maeve DeFronzo, Associate, Events & Programming
Eric Mueller, Director, Graphic Design
Thomas Hamilton, Associate Director, Graphic Design
Nathaly Torpoco, Associate, Graphic Design

Security
Brian McGinn, Vice President
Hugh Ross, Deputy Assistant Chief

Capital Projects
Marc Boddewyn, Vice President
Nina Cherian, Project Director
Rich DeRancy, Senior Project Manager
Scott Giles, Senior Electrician
Robert Crews, Senior Maintenance Technician
Angie Kim, Junior Architect

Horticulture
Maureen Hackett, Director
Amadou Thiam, Assistant Director

Retail + Visitor Services
Dan Pisark, Vice President, Retail
Quentin Robbins, Vice President, Visitor Services
Tricia Lewis, Director, Digital Media
Nancy Ng, Director, Special Projects
Susie Sigel, Producer, Special Projects
Jason Feliciano, Manager, Visitor Services
Kiara Bryant, Associate, Digital Media + Events
Anthony Tedesco, Production Coordinator, Special Projects
Gemma Fahy, Associate, Special Projects

Accounting, IT, and Administration
Peter Ciriello, CFO
Inessa Kanevskaya, Deputy Controller
Kathleen Chalmers, Accountant
Claire Austin, Executive Assistant
Tomo Nakanishi, Director, IT
Paul Nator, Support Associate, IT