Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!

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In 1994, Bette Midler returned to New York after nearly 20 years in Los Angeles, and started the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization devoted to bringing abandoned and neglected parks, gardens, and open spaces in all five boroughs back to life. NYRP includes the beautiful New Leaf Cafe in Fort Tryon Park as part of its success, and is committed to helping restore parks and gardens devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The organization just held its 13th Annual Spring Picnic and you can check out full coverage below!

NYRP is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming open space in underserved communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. In partnership with the City of New York, NYRP is also leading MillionTreesNYC - an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City's five boroughs by 2015, a full two years ahead of schedule.

Bette Midler began her legendary career as an entertainer in 1965, in New York, where she developed the trademark act that would make her one of the most renowned talents of her generation. Her debut album, 1972's The Divine Miss M set her on the path that has led her to earn Grammys, Emmys, Golden Globes and Academy Award nominations in a career that has spanned over 40 years.

She has toured the world, sold millions of albums, published two books and appeared in over two dozen films, including The Rose, Beaches, Ruthless People, Hocus Pocus, First Wives Club and For The Boys. In addition to her work on stage and in films, Bette has made her mark in television, with the Emmy Award-winning CBS special of Ol Red Hair Is Back, and several HBO concerts, Live at Last and Art or Bust, and the Emmy Award-winning Diva Las Vegas. In 1992 she starred in the CBS television adaptation of the musical Gypsy, for which she won both a Golden Globe and the national board of review award for her performance. In January 2009 she concluded her sold-out Vegas spectacular The Showgirl Must Go On, at Caesar's Palace, with over 200 performances.

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Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
The 13th Annual New York Restoration Project Spring Picnic at The General Grant National Memorial on May 29, 2014

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
The 13th Annual New York Restoration Project Spring Picnic at The General Grant National Memorial on May 29, 2014

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
The 13th Annual New York Restoration Project Spring Picnic at The General Grant National Memorial on May 29, 2014

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
The 13th Annual New York Restoration Project Spring Picnic at The General Grant National Memorial on May 29, 2014

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
The 13th Annual New York Restoration Project Spring Picnic at The General Grant National Memorial on May 29, 2014

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
The 13th Annual New York Restoration Project Spring Picnic at The General Grant National Memorial on May 29, 2014

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Bette Midler

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Bette Midler

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Bette Midler

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Bette Midler

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Bette Midler

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Bette Midler

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Bette Midler

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Mayor Bill de Blasio

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Mayor Bill de Blasio

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Michael Kors, Marlo Thomas, Bette Midler, Chirlane McCray, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Lance LePere

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Bette Midler, Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Bette Midler and Chirlane McCray

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Michael Kors, Bette Midler, Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Bette Midler, Michael Kors, Marlo Thomas, Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Marlo Thomas, Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Michael Kors, Marlo Thomas, Bette Midler, Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Dr. Oz, Michael Kors, Bette Midler, Marlo Thomas, Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Marlo Thomas, Bette Midler, Michael Kors and Lance LePere

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Marlo Thomas, Bette Midler, Michael Kors and Lance LePere

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Marlo Thomas

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Marlo Thomas

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Marlo Thomas

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Marlo Thomas and Bette Midler

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Marlo Thomas and Bette Midler

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Arnold Germer and Isaac Mizrahi

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Dr. Oz

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Jamee Gregory, and Peter Gregory

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Jamee Gregory and Peter Gregory

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Sophie Flack and Josh Charles

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Bernadette Peters

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Bernadette Peters

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Melissa Leo

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Melissa Leo

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Tim Gunn

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Tim Gunn

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Dottie Herman

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Cynthia Nixon

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Bette Midler and Liz Smith

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Bette Midler and Liz Smith

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Bette Midler and Liz Smith

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
,Bette Midler, Arnold Germer and Isaac Mizrahi

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Isaac Mizrahi, Bette Midler and Dr. Oz

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Dr. Oz, Arnold Germer, Bette Midler and Isaac Mizrahi

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Dr. Oz, Arnold Germer, Bette Midler and Isaac Mizrahi

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Dr. Oz

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Arnold Germer, Isaac Mizrahi, Bette Midler and Dr. Oz

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Cynthia Nixon, Amy Poehler and Bette Midler

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Cynthia Nixon, Amy Poehler and Bette Midler

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Cynthia Nixon, Amy Poehler and Bette Midler

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Cynthia Nixon, Amy Poehler and Bette Midler

Photo Coverage: Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic!
Bernadette Peters, Cynthia Nixon, Amy Poehler, Bette Midler and Judy Gold

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.