THE BRONX TOURISM COUNCIL
TO AWARD WAVE HILL
THE 2017 BRONX WEEK TOURISM AWARD
Wave Hill, recently named the “Most Loved Cultural Venue in New York City” by Time Out New York magazine, will receive the 2017 Bronx Week Tourism Award at the annual Bronx Ball. The award, presented by The Bronx Tourism Council, recognizes the achievements of an individual or institution toward furthering the mission of making The Bronx a tourism destination.
A public garden and cultural center located in the northwestern corner of the borough, Wave Hill sits on 28 acres of gardens, lawns and woodland, with stunning views of the majestic Hudson River. In addition to the thousands of children it welcomes to school programs each year, and a world-class gallery of contemporary art, Wave Hill also offers myriad public programs, including guided garden walks, workshops in gardening, woodworking, drawing painting and wellness, as well as both indoor and outdoor concerts, year-round. The institution has enjoyed record-breaking participation for the past two years.
“The Wave Hill team has not only been enthusiastic in helping me welcome tour operators, travel journalists and other visitors from all over the globe, but also have played a key role in the success of our Mansions & Cottages: Historic Homes and Gardens of The Bronx Trolley Tour,” says Olga Luz Tirado, Executive Director of The Bronx Tourism Council.
“In The Bronx, we all know how special Wave Hill is, and I am proud not only of this amazing acknowledgment they have received but also for the hard work and love Wave Hill’s staff has put into making the garden a magical place. The Bronx Tourism award recognizes that work and commitment, and I look forward to honoring this wonderful organization at the 2017 Bronx Ball,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
“On behalf of all the staff and the Board of Directors of Wave Hill,” remarked Wave Hill President and Executive Director Karen Meyerhoff, “I want to say thank you, we are so thrilled to receive this honor from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and The Bronx Tourism Council. Wave Hill is devoted to showcasing the rich and vibrant diversity of the Bronx and providing a place of peace and community for all of our visitors. We are a small organization, but we have a big impact on the lives of those we serve and a growing international reputation as a garden and cultural center. We are proud to be one of the gems in the crown of New York’s greenest borough, The Bronx.”
David Greco of Mike’s Deli received the 2015 Tourism Award for his work in attracting international visitors to the burgeoning Arthur Avenue market as well as supporting the Tourism Council by maintaining a BTC Visitor kiosk at the entrance of the market. The 2016 Tourism Award went to the City Island Chamber of Commerce for bringing thousands of visitors to the nautical village on their monthly Seaside Trolley Tours.
Bronx Week is a 10-day borough-wide celebration of The Best of The Bronx. Nearly 50 events produced by the Office of the Bronx Borough President, the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, The Bronx Tourism Council, the Business Initiatives Corporation of New York, and several other public and private-sector institutions take place at various locations. The festival culminates with the induction of several individuals to the Bronx Walk of Fame located on the historic Grand Concourse. The celebrity-studded Bronx Ball will be held on Saturday, May 20th at Split Rock. To purchase tickets download this form or contact The Bronx Tourism Council at 718.590.3518