Living Landmarks Gala

2016 Living Landmarks Celebration

-Barbara Taylor Bradford, OBE

-Robert Bradford

-Larry Leeds

-Wynton Marsalis

-Mary Lake Polan

-Frank Bennack

-Nina Zagat

-Tim Zagat

The Landmarks Conservancy celebrated its 23rd Living Landmarks gala on November 2, 2016 at the Plaza Ballroom.

Each year, The New York Landmarks Conservancy recognizes New Yorkers who have made outstanding contributions to the City and honors them as Living Landmarks at our fall gala.

Congratulations to our honorees
Barbara Taylor Bradford, OBE & Robert Bradford
Larry Leeds
Wynton Marsalis
Mary Lake Polan & Frank Bennack
Nina & Tim Zagat

See the celebration coverage online, click on the links below.
New York Social Diary
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Whom You Know

2016 Living Landmarks Celebration Award Winners from New York Landmarks Conservancy on Vimeo.

2016 Living Landmarks Celebration Award Show from New York Landmarks Conservancy on Vimeo.

Video courtesy of Whom You Know / Peachy Deegan

Peter Duchin Orchestra

Paul Binder

Honorary Co-Chairs
Philip J. Smith & Robert E. Wankel

Celebration Committee
Daniel Boulud
Louise Hirschfeld Cullman & Lewis Cullman
Joel Grey
Agnes Gund
Ray Kelly
Angela Lansbury
Leonard Lauder
Sirio Maccioni
Peter Malkin
Mary McFadden
John Rosenwald
Daryl Roth
Jordan Roth
Amy & Howard Rubenstein
William vanden Heuvel

Our 2016 Honorees

Barbara Taylor Bradford, OBE & Robert Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford, OBE, is one of the world’s most-beloved authors. Her books have sold more than 91 million copies in more than 90 countries and 40 languages. Ten of her novels have been adapted for television. Barbara holds five honorary degrees and is the recipient of 25 other awards for her literary achievements and philanthropy. She is also a member of the Writers’ Hall of Fame and was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2007.

Barbara dedicates each of her books to her husband Robert, who manages her various business interests worldwide. Prior to meeting Barbara, he had a successful career in film production through companies based in Madrid, Los Angeles, and Paris. Currently, he serves as president of Bradford Enterprises, a management/film production/investment entity and president of the British motion picture production company, Gemmy Productions LTD, UK. Through his production company, Robert has produced many television adaptations of his wife’s books.

Barbara and Robert are actively involved with Literacy Partners and the Police Athletic League, amongst other charitable causes.

Larry Leeds
Since joining Buckingham Capital Management in April 1988, Larry Leeds has played a leading role as Chairman of the firm and as senior portfolio manager, directly overseeing Buckingham’s RAF fund, which concentrates on the retail, apparel, and footwear industries. In this capacity, he leverages his experience in all aspects of retailing and apparel manufacturing. From 1974 to 1988, Larry was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Manhattan Industries, a Fortune 500 apparel manufacturer and retailer founded by his great-grandfather in 1857.

Larry has deep philanthropic ties having served on the Development Board of Yale University and the Boards of Carnegie Hall, Phoenix House, and D.A.R.E. New York. He currently serves as a trustee of the FIT Foundation, NYU Langone Medical Center, Prep for Prep, Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, Hudson Institute, and New York Junior Tennis & Learning. Larry, along with his late wife Dalia, created the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis and Learning, in honor and memory of their son, who was at one point the 12th ranking Doubles Player in the world. The Cary Leeds Center was awarded the City’s Excellence in Design by Mayor Bloomberg’s Public Design Commission in 2012. Larry is the proud father of two daughters, Ashley and Tracy, as well as six grandchildren.

Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis, a New Orleans native, is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture.He has recorded more than 80 jazz and classical recordings, which have won him nine GRAMMY® awards and sold over 7 million copies worldwide. Marsalis made history in 1997, when he became the first jazz musician ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for his oratorio Blood on the Fields. In 2005, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts and this year received the 2015 National Medal of Humanities.

His lifetime commitment to inspiring and uplifting people though artistic excellence in jazz has had an unparalleled impact both in the United States and around the world. Wynton Marsalis serves as the Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Director of Jazz Studies at the Juilliard School in New York City.

Mary Lake Polan & Frank Bennack
Dr. Mary Lake Polan has combined rigorous scientific research with a humanistic clinical approach in a career spanning women’s health, clinical medicine, medical education and governmental organizations. She’s held professorships at Columbia and Stanford, where she chaired the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is now a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Polan has published more than 130 articles, chapters and books in her areas of research. She has taken time to work on women’s health issues in China, England, Eritrea and Iran.

Dr. Polan has served on numerous national medical and health committees. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of many professional societies. In addition, she is involved in many biotech companies and is a Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an angel investment group that invests in women-led companies.

Frank A. Bennack, Jr., is executive vice chairman of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest private companies engaged in a broad range of publishing, broadcasting, cable networking and diversified communications activities. As CEO for 28 years he directed the company through an unprecedented period of growth ­increasing revenues 12 times and growing earnings more than 40 times, through investments, acquisitions and startups.
Frank commissioned the widely-acclaimed Hearst Tower designed by Sir Norman Foster, it is the first “green” high-rise office building completed in the City.

In addition to service on various corporate boards and committees, he is also a governor and chairman of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital a managing director of the Metropolitan Opera, chairman emeritus of Lincoln Center, and chairman of The Paley Center for Media.

Nina & Tim Zagat
Foodies extraordinaire, Nina and Tim Zagat conceived the idea for a new restaurant guide while working in Paris, where they compiled a list of Parisian restaurants they liked and didn’t like. When they returned to New York, they solicited opinions of friends about local restaurants and the resulting compilation became the popular Zagat Survey.

Tim is currently a board member of the Partnership for NYC, the World Travel & Tourism Council and NYC & Company. For his role in responding to 9/11, Tim received the Legion d’Honneur from the French government. In 2001, Nina was named one of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World by the Star Group; named one of Crain’s Top Tech 100; and one of Crain’s New York’s 100 Most Influential Women in 2007.

The Zagats were recognized as Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2000 and in 2001 were inducted into New York University’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. They are also inductees of the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor and the James Beard Who’s Who in Food & Beverage; are Fellows of the Culinary Institute of America; and have served on the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism.