Exceptional Service Awards


The century-old vault at 115 Broadway is an exceptional setting for a bar and restaurant.  Built by the Mosler Safe Company, it was floated by barge down the Hudson River and then rolled into place on railroad tracks. The vault’s two identical doors weigh 35 tons each, and today, they welcome guests into the Trinity Place Bar & Restaurant—a showcase for cuisine as well as Lower Manhattan history.

On Tuesday, May 4, the restaurant was the site for the Downtown Alliance’s 10th annual Exceptional Service Awards breakfast, which honored six individuals instrumental in making Lower Manhattan a better place to live, work and visit. Like the restaurant itself, the honorees in different ways have helped Downtown use its unique blend of history, charm and  functionality to become a vibrant, 21st– century, global community.

The award winners were Deputy Chief Vincent Giordano of the New York Police Department; Glenn Kaalund of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation; Luis Sanchez of the New York City Department of Transportation; Keith O’Connor of the  Department of City Planning; Paul Goldstein, from the Office of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver; and Jeremy Moss of Silverstein Properties.

“From streetscape and park improvements, to advocacy and security services, the recipients—from the public and private sectors—played a major role in helping create the remarkable and livable work in progress that is Lower Manhattan,”  said Elizabeth Berger, President of the Downtown Alliance.

The recipients spoke of their dedication to their respective organizations and of the passion they have for doing their jobs well in Lower Manhattan.

The event was yet another reminder of why Lower Manhattan is one of the most distinct and robust neighborhoods in the world.

You can see our photos of the event on flickr.