Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green

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The newly restored Tavern on the Green, located in Central Park just west of the Sheep Meadow near 67th Street, just celebrated its historic re-opening last night, May 12. The new Tavern on the Green, with executive chef Katy Sparks at the helm, serves Contemporary American cuisine with global influences offering a new take on a Park dining establishment serving all New Yorkers and visitors to Central Park. BroadwayWorld takes you inside the historic event below!

The Central Park Conservancy has invested more than $600 million to enhance, repair and maintain the Park''s 843 acres, attracting more than 40 million visitors annually and making it the most visited park in the United States. The tremendous popularity of Central Park has created a need for more services and amenities for the park user. The City felt the time was right for a fresh take on a dining establishment with a focus on serving visitors to the park and the surrounding community in a historic building, rather than formal dining and catering. The new Tavern on the Green is envisioned as a neighborhood destination that will act in harmony with its natural park environs.

Central Park is one of the most popular destinations in New York City and the most visited park in the world. It is a recreational and economic hub of activity for New York City''s millions of residents and visitors. In addition to ballfields, gardens, lakes, bicycling and running paths, outdoor performance venues, tennis courts, ice skating rinks, a zoo and carousel, Central Park hosts dozens of dining options, from pushcarts to cafes and restaurants.

Tavern on the Green, originally known as the Sheepfold in Central Park, was designed by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould and constructed in the latter half of the 19th century. It is one of the city''s finest examples of Victorian Gothic architecture and one of the park''s most treasured landmarked buildings. The preliminary sketch for the building was published in the First Annual Report of the Department of Public Parks of 1871. Sixty years later, Parks Commissioner Robert Moses converted the Sheepfold (which actually housed 200 sheep that grazed across the street) into a restaurant named Tavern on the Green, which opened to the public on October 20, 1934.

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Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
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Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Tavern on the Green

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Tavern on the Green

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Tavern on the Green

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Tavern on the Green

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Tavern on the Green

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Christopher Sieber

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Christopher Sieber

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Fran Drescher

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Fran Drescher

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Andrew Fitch

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Orion Griffiths

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Orion Griffiths

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Tom Postillo

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Michael Gelman

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Bruce Vilanch and mom

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Bruce Vilanch and mom

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Bruce Vilanch

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Bruce Vilanch

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Rod Gilbert

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Raphael Miranda

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Michael Gelman

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Marilyn Maye

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Marilyn Maye

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Marilyn Maye

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Michael Feinstein

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Peter Cincotti

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Peter Cincotti

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Peter Cincotti

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Luann de Lesseps

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Luann de Lesseps

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Jim Caiola

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Mario Cantone

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
David Salama

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
David Salama

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Beth Stern

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Beth Stern

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Kristen Taekman

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Bob Gruen

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Michael Imperioli

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Michael Imperioli

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Michael Imperioli

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Michael Imperioli

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Billy Stritch

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Billy Stritch

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Stephen Sorokoff and EDa Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Stephen Sorokoff and EDa Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Drew Nieporent

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Drew Nieporent

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Goodbye Motel

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Goodbye Motel

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Andrew Fitch and Orion Griffiths

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Orion Griffiths

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Andrew Fitch

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Kevin Burrows and Christopher Sieber

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Kevin Burrows and Christopher Sieber

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
The cast of 'CABARET'

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
The cast of 'CABARET'

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Mickey Conlon and Tom Postillo

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Mickey Conlon and Tom Postillo

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Raphael Miranda

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Raphael Miranda

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Michael Gelman and Laurie Hibberd

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Michael Gelman and Laurie Hibberd

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Fran Drescher

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Fran Drescher

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Fran Drescher and Jim Caiola

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Fran Drescher and Jim Caiola

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Tamsen Fadal

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Tamsen Fadal

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Rod Gilbert and Judy Gilbert

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Bruce Vilanch and mom

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Bruce Vilanch and mom

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Michael Feinstein

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Michael Feinstein

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Peter Cincotti

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Peter Cincotti

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Luann de Lesseps

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Luann de Lesseps

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Marilyn Maye

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Marilyn Maye

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Marilyn Maye

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Julianne Michelle

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Julianne Michelle

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Mario Cantone

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Mario Cantone

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Beth Stern and Kristen Taekman

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Beth Stern, David Salama, Jim Caiola and Kristen Taekman

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Beth Stern

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Beth Stern

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Kristen Taekman

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Josh Taekman and Kirsten Taekman

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Bob Gruen

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
David Salama, Michael Imperioli, Jim Caiola and kids

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Michael Imperioli

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Ilene Kristen

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Ilene Kristen

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Billy Stritch

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Billy Stritch

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Michael Imperioli

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Drew Nieporent

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Drew Nieporent

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Drew Nieporent

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Shiva Ayyadurai and Fran Drescher

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
Shiva Ayyadurai and Fran Drescher

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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.


 
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