MICHAEL KORS AND LANCE LE PERE CELEBRATE NYRP AND THE ESSEX STREET COMMUNITY GARDEN WITH A BLOCK PARTY June 24, 2018 Events 263 A community block party for the Essex Street Community Garden, a park developed by the New York Restoration Project (NYRP). The event, held on the summer solstice, started with a ribbon-cutting by Bette Midler and continued with an all-out celebration featuring live music, top-notch food trucks, face-painting for children and more. “New York is our home and an unending source of inspiration for our work,” says Kors. “We’re honored to be able to help Bette and her colleagues at NYRP. Their work helps improve the lives of everyone in New York City by bringing a little nature to the urban environment and creating safe, healthy spaces where local communities can connect.” “In the end, Michael and Lance wanted this garden to have something for everyone in the community and that’s really important because without the community, no space can thrive. This garden has something for everyone, it has places to relax, a place to meet, a place to have fun. Weddings, birthday parties, memorials, concerts, movies, whatever you can think of, we will do our best to help you in anyway” says Bette Midler. NYRP beieves that nature is a fundamental right of every New Yorker. The organization works daily to create a safer, healthier and happier city for everyone.