Thank you to the 450 supporters, friends, and family who came out to celebrate the first five years of Urban Omnibus last Friday! We were delighted to see so many UO collaborators and friends, our generous sponsors, and members of the Architectural League’s board and staff (past and present), as well as a number of new faces thanks to the enthusiastic outreach efforts of our incredible benefit committee, co-chaired by Andy Bernheimer and Douglas Woodward. The party was held at the Gowanus Ballroom, an art space that occupies the workspace of Serett Metalworks in the Gowanus Industrial Arts Complex, demonstrating a kind of creative production we love to highlight on Urban Omnibus: what can result when manufacturing and visual art join forces. We were excited to work with a team from Nuit Blanche New York, who repurposed footage from a range of Urban Omnibus video productions to transform the interior walls of the building into windows on the city. And we were well sated with delicious Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, mini-pies from Pie Corps, beer from Finback Brewery, and wine from Bottlerocket.
But most of all, we were thrilled to celebrate with our readers, the most important constituency for this publication. Live events — where we invite you to explore the city, discuss pressing issues, or party with us — are an important and vital part of our mission: to define and enrich the culture of citymaking. As it starts to warm up outside, stay tuned for more events that encourage greater intimacy with the choices that structure why our urban, built environment is the way it is and more discussions about ways we can improve it.
All photos by David Lang.
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