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Brooklyn Bridge Black Tie Ball

On Thursday I got out of my comfort zone (Manhattan!) and headed to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s third annual Brooklyn Black Tie Ball.

The dress code for the event was “Brooklyn Black Tie,” which left me wondering whether I had to wear a beanie with my ball gown! But, for you Manhattanites, “Brooklyn Black Tie” actually means… not black tie. Instead of the classic tuxedo/long evening gown, you’re free to wear a dark suit/cocktail dress and let loose a little bit more. Because as much as I love Manhattan, I do have to admit that Brooklyn is just a little more chill.

The Conservancy supports the free cultural, educational and recreational events and activities at Brooklyn Bridge Park. This is hands down my favorite park in Brooklyn, mainly due to its stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan!

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

Absolutely gorgeous, right?!

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

As you know, I love any event that provides an opportunity for great photo shoots! So we made sure to take lots and lots of pictures (and selfies!) with the stunning skyline in the background.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

The ball was held at Pier 2, and began with over 1,000 guests enjoying a seated three-course dinner.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

The 108th mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, was honored for his work expanding the City’s parks by more than 850 acres. In fact, he was the driving force behind the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Thanks for the view, Mike!

© Julienne Schaer

© Julienne Schaer

Then after dinner, the Conservancy’s young professional group hosted an after party where there was dancing. Lots and lots of dancing.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

For those who needed more encouragement to get out on the dance floor, there were two open bars for the duration of the party.

There were also snacks being passed around, including mini grilled cheese sandwiches and these delicious lobster bites.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

At first I thought that the centerpieces were bowls of chocolate, but then Anton tried one and had me convinced that they were rocks! I made fun of him for eating rocks, and told him I would include it in the blog post, until I saw other people enjoying the “rocks.” They WERE chocolates! Thanks for that, Anton!

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

When all was said and done, the evening raised over $1 million for the Conservancy’s programs.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

Wondering what I wore? My dress and clutch are both by BCBGMAXAZRIA.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

To find out more about the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, and to support their efforts, click here. To learn about the park’s upcoming activities, events and classes, click here.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Brooklyn Black Tie Ball Wanderlust in the City

Now excuse me while I go back to enjoying the view…

~A

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