Joel Grey, Brooke Shields & More to be Honored as 2013 Living Landmarks on 11/14
Each year, the New York Landmarks Conservancy recognizes distinguished New Yorkers who have made extraordinary contributions to the City and honors them as Living Landmarks at a gala in the fall. This year The New York Landmarks Conservancy will honor Ann L. Buttenwieser, Robert I. Grossman, MD, William vanden Heuvel (Lew Rudin Award), Mary Wells Lawrence, and Broadway veterans Joel Grey and Brooke Shields on November 14, at the Plaza. The special celebration will be hosted by Living Landmark Liz Smith.
Ann L. Buttenwieser is a waterfront planner, urban historian, parks advocate and writer. She is the Founder and President of the Neptune Foundation. On July 4, 2007, she opened the nation's only floating swimming pool on the industrial waterfront of Brooklyn. Her academic positions include Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Historic Preservation, and Adjunct Professor in the Macaulay Honors Program at Hunter College, CUNY. She has worked in virtually every City agency with a waterfront portfolio. Among her not-for-profit activities are the NYC Swim Council, of which she is co-chair, whose goal is to teach every second grader in NYC's public schools to swim; she is a Board member of the Skyscraper Museum and a former Trustee of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation; and she is a founder and now emeritus member of the Board of New Yorkers 4 Parks. Ann is the author of Governors Island: The Jewel of New York Harbor, (Syracuse University Press, 2009) andManhattan Water-Bound (Syracuse University Press, 1999).
Joel Grey has created indelible stage roles since making his theatrical debut at 9 performing in On Borrowed Time at his hometown theater, the Cleveland Playhouse. Two decades later he made his Broadway debut in Neil Simon's Come Blow Your Horn. Since then, his numerous Broadway credits include Stop the World I Want to Get Off, George M!, The Grand Tour, Wicked and Anything Goes. Joel's dramatic stage roles include Marco Polo Sings a Solo, Platonov, Give Me Your Answer, Do! and The Normal Heart, which he also co-directed. His work has earned five Tony nominations, winning once (Cabaret); three Drama Desk Awards, winning twice (Chicago and The Normal Heart); and the Academy Award, Golden Globe and British Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Cabaret. Other film credits include Man on A Swing, Buffalo Bill and the Indians, The Seven Percent Solution, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Kafka, The Player, The Music of Chance, The Fantasticks, Dancer in the Dark and Choke. Recent television appearances include "Law and Order: CI," "House," "Private Practice," "Grey's Anatomy," and "Nurse Jackie." Joel is also an accomplished photographer. He has four books of photographs, Pictures I Had to Take, Looking Hard at Unexamined Things, 1.3 - Images From My Phone and The Billboard Papers which was released this fall.
As Dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Robert I. Grossman leads both the NYU School of Medicine and the NYU Hospitals Center. Dr. Grossman joined NYU in 2001 as chairman of the Department of Radiology, and Professor of neurology, neurosurgery, and physiology and neuroscience. A prolific and highly respected scientist, Dr. Grossman was awarded the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his work on multiple sclerosis. He was a member and Chairman of the Diagnostic Radiology Study Section at NIH and was appointed to the NIH's National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Dr. Grossman was the first recipient of the American Society of Neuroradiology Education and the Research Foundation's annual Outstanding Contributions in Research Award. He has also received the International Society in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine's Gold Medal for his pioneering research. He was named a Distinguished Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bordeaux. Dr. Grossman is also a passionate educator and widely published scholar. He has trained over 100 fellows and authored more than 300 publications and five books.