Firefighters and neighborhood residents surround DOWNTOWN CEO and Publisher Grace A. Capobianco and District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar at the Battery Park City Block Party. Photo by Kayleigh Smith

Eleven years after the Battery Park City Block Party was created in a show of Downtown unity in the face of the devastation of 9/11, the annual event is still a community focal point.

This year’s installment on Saturday, September 22, attracted local residents, business owners, community leaders and more to the stunning Esplanade Plaza alongside the North Cove Marina. Entertainment came from the revelers themselves through who a daylong karaoke celebration.

DOWNTOWN Magazine played a visible role in the event, with staff gathered around a table staff, and CEO and Publisher Grace Capobianco meeting with neighbors and other community leaders.

DOWNTOWN Associate Publisher Mike Hammer, Greta O’Keef of Goldman Sachs, Ben Po of Wei West and publisher and CEO Grace Capobianco at the BPC pre-party. Photo by Kayleigh Smith

A parade of local luminaries, ranging from new Community Board 1 Chairwoman Catherine McVay Hughes to top physicians from Downtown Hospital to Jenifer Rajkumar, leader of the 65th Assembly District Council, stopped by the magazine’s booth to meet with the DOWNTOWN team.

The magazine was also on hand the previous day to cover and show its support for the inaugural Block Party pre-party, titled “The Flavors of Fall,” on North End Way outside the Conrad Hotel between Murray and Vesey streets.

Grace met with several local business people who have worked with and supported the magazine, including Ben Po of Wei West Restaurant, chef Robert of Battery Place Market, Conrad Hotel General Manager Robert Rechtermann and Greta O’Keef of Goldman Sachs.

“The Battery Park Block Party reaffirms the reality that BPC, and really all of DOWNTOWN, is a small town within the world’s largest city,” said Capobianco. “Everyone here, whether they are well-known politicians or local families looking to connect with their neighbors, is equally important to this community. As tragic as it was, 9/11 was never going to deter any of these people from rebuilding and contributing to what is now the fastest growing community in America. Our team is proud to have been a part of that rebuilding process … as well as this celebration of it.”