Living Landmarks Gala

21st Living Landmarks Celebration

Mort Zuckerman, Leonard Lauder, Daryl Roth, Jordan Roth, Mitch Rosenthal, and Gael Greene (photo credit: James Salzano)

Gael Greene

Leonard Lauder

Mitch Rosenthal

Daryl Roth

Jordan Roth

Mort Zuckerman

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-Living Landmarks Gazette 2014

The Landmarks Conservancy celebrated its 21st Living Landmarks gala on November 6, 2014 evening with a capacity crowd at the Plaza Ballroom. The evening was the Conservancy’s largest and most successful ever – raising more than 1.3 million dollars for our many programs.

This year’s honorees included restaurant critic Gael Greene, philanthropist and businessman Leonard Lauder, Phoenix House founder Dr. Mitch Rosenthal, Broadway impresarios Daryl and Jordan Roth, and media and real estate mogul Mort Zuckerman.

Landmark Liz Smith was the host; Tommy Tune, also a Living Landmark, sang and tap danced for all to enjoy. David Hyde Pierce was a guest presenter to the Conservancy’s first mother and son duo, Daryl and Jordan Roth. And Landmark bandleader Peter Duchin and his orchestra provided the evening’s music.

The audience of more than 500 persons included several past honorees: Paul Binder, Ann Buttenwieser, Louise Hirschfeld Cullman, Lewis Cullman, Clive Davis, David Dinkins, Barbara Goldsmith, Vartan Gregorian, Joel Grey, Agnes Gund, Linda Leroy Janklow, Sirio Maccioni, Mary McFadden, Jimmy Nederlander, Jr., Pete Peterson, and John Rosenwald.

Each year the Conservancy recognizes distinguished New Yorkers who have made extraordinary contributions to the City and honors them as Living Landmarks.

“Thank you! I love being a Living Landmark and I love being a part of the Landmarks Conservancy, because you all are doing a great job.”
-Leonard Lauder

Video of the 2014 Living Landmarks Celebration Award Winners

See the celebration coverage online, click on the links below.

The New York Daily News

Liz Smith’s Column – New York Social Diary

New York Social Diary

Getty Images

Twin Images


Black Tie International Magazine – Gregory Speck coverage


NY Social Diary – David Patrick Columbia

More NY Social Diary

Huffington Post – Liz Smith

Whom You Know – Peachy Deegan

Wire Image Photos


2014 Honorees

Gael Greene is a legendary restaurant reviewer and novelist who inspired generations of New Yorkers and others with the pleasures and foibles of dining out as New York magazine’s “insatiable critic.” She has said that her passion for food was awakened by a year in Paris while she was an undergraduate. A pioneering “foodie,” Gael began her career as an investigative reporter for UPI and then the New York Post and famously used those skills later to hide her identity from restaurateurs. For more than 30 years, she has championed the City’s homebound elderly as co-founder and board chair of Citymeals-On-Wheels, which has delivered nearly 50 million meals to New York’s most frail and vulnerable seniors. Ms. Greene has authored two novels, “Blue Skies, No Candy” and “Doctor Love.” Warner Books published her memoir, “Insatiable: Tales from a life of Delicious Excess,” in 2006.

A devoted New Yorker, Leonard Lauder is chairman emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies, a global pioneer in the cosmetics industry. He joined the company in 1958, served as president from 1972-1995, and as CEO from 1982-1999. He added the title of chairman in 1999 and served in that capacity through June 2009. Under his leadership the company launched many new brands and also began expanding through acquisitions. A visionary philanthropist, he is a passionate art collector and patron of world renowned institutions including the Whitney and Metropolitan museums, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His generosity includes support for the University of Pennsylvania, Aspen Institute, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, World Monuments Fund, and FINCA International to name but a few. Among many memberships and affiliations Leonard is co-founder and chairman of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, and along with his late wife, Evelyn, created the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

A respected psychiatrist, Dr. Mitch Rosenthal founded Phoenix House in a brownstone on the Upper West Side in 1967 while serving as deputy commissioner of New York City’s Addiction Services Agency. He left his City post in 1970, and in 1972 Phoenix House became an independent nonprofit organization. It has since grown to become the nation’s leading provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention services operating more than 123 programs in eleven states, and serving nearly 7,000 people daily. As a psychiatrist at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, California from 1957 to 1965, he established the first service-sponsored therapeutic community for the treatment of alcoholism, drug addiction, and character disorders. He has been a White House advisor on drug abuse, a special consultant to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and chaired the New York State Advisory Council on Drug Abuse from 1985 to 1997.

Daryl Roth holds the singular distinction of producing seven Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Tropics; August: Osage County (2008 Tony); Clybourne Park (2012 Tony); How I Learned to Drive; Proof (2001 Tony); Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; and Wit. The recipient of eight Tony Awards, her over 85 award winning productions include: Buyer & Cellar; Caroline, or Change; Curtains; The Goat or Who is Sylvia; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; The Normal Heart (2011 Tony); A Raisin in the Sun (2014 Tony); The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; War Horse (2011 Tony); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; and The Year of Magical Thinking. Currently running: Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award Best Musical); You Can’t Take it With You. Recent honors: Albert Einstein College of Medicine Humanitarian Award; Broadway Association Visionary Leader Award; Family Equality Council Award; Live Out Loud Humanitarian Award; and the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award. A strong advocate for animal rescue, she produced the documentary My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story. Opening 2015: It Shoulda Been You, a musical comedy by Barbara Anselmi and Brian Hargrove, directed by David Hyde Pierce.

As President of Jujamcyn Theaters, Jordan Roth oversees five Broadway theatres, presenting some of the most influential and successful musicals and plays on Broadway today. Current productions include the Tony Award-winning Best Musicals The Book of Mormon, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Jersey Boys, and Kinky Boots. Jordan produced the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Best Play Clybourne Park, and his first show was the long-running The Donkey Show Off-Broadway. Jordan is the Founder and CEO of Culturalist, where you can shape, share, and debate your opinions about anything and everything through Top Ten lists. He appears frequently on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and hosts a Broadway interview series at the 92nd Street Y. He serves on the boards of The Broadway League, Broadway Cares, The Paley Center, The Times Square Alliance and Freedom to Marry. Join Jordan on Twitter and Instagram at @Jordan_Roth.

As a media mogul and real estate leader, Mort Zuckerman has certainly made his mark in New York and around the country. He is the co-founder, executive chairman, and former CEO of Boston Properties, one of the largest real estate investment trusts in the nation. Mort is also the owner and publisher of the New York Daily News and owns U.S. News & World Report, where he is also a columnist and editor-in-chief. He is a frequent commentator on MSNBC and “The McLaughlin Group.” Mort is a former Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a former lecturer of City and Regional Planning at Yale. His recent pledge of $200 million to endow the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University and $100 million gift for the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center are just two examples of his visionary philanthropic initiatives. In his free time, Mort enjoys spelunking and hunting for buried treasure.

Honorary Co-Chairs
Agnes Gund, Arie Kopelman

Celebration Committee Chair
Steve Roth

Celebration Committee
Paul Binder
Daniel Boulud
Ina & Robert Caro
Barbara Cook
Louise Hirschfeld Cullman & Lewis B. Cullman
David Dinkins
Barbara Goldsmith
Victor Gotbaum
Vartan Gregorian
Joel Grey
Marian Heiskell
A.E. Hotchner
William J. vanden Huevel
Ray Kelly
Angela Lansbury
Sirio Maccioni
Mary McFadden
Arthur Mitchell
David Rockefeller
E. John Rosenwald, Jr.
Amy & Howard Rubenstein
Tommy Tune
Bunny Williams
Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò