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Celebrities go green at Bette Midler’s NYRP Spring Picnic

Cynthia Nixon, Amy Poehler, Bette Midler, Judy Gold
Cynthia Nixon, Amy Poehler, Bette Midler, Judy Gold
Photo credit: Tracey Fitzpatrick

In style at Bette Midler's Annual Spring Picnic; preening about your "green thumb." A-listers and celebs were spruced up strutting the green carpet in New York City's Riverside Park Thursday evening to celebrate 19 years of cleaning, greening and growing.

The New York Restoration Project (NYRP), founded by award-winning actress and singer Bette Midler, has been transforming underserved communities by creating a greener, more sustainable New York City. The Divine Ms. M talked with me about their progress. "I am so excited to be able to do this work since 1995, and yes, I am a little tired, but, I am most grateful to everyone who has supported us all these years. We have planted 875,000 trees and will reach a million by our 20th anniversary in 2015." She went on to thank the NYC parks department and former mayor, Michael Bloomberg.

Tim Gunn, looking like a million in his natty suit from his favorite store, Suitsupply, talked green with me. "I find beauty in any living thing and love being part of the solution in helping communities turn empty lots into thriving green spaces." Ok, back to fashion, what's trending for guys? "In suits it's all about a good fit. So many men wear suits that are sometimes two sizes too big. You will look slimmer and more in shape wearing the right size. As far as tuxedos, I love deep midnight blue. They look really sharp, especially when they are fitted properly, guys."

Oscar winning actress, Melissa Leo strolled the green carpet wearing a hodgepodge of floral from her closet to welcome spring. Others donning the carpet on the Plaza at the General Grant National Memorial to show their support included honorary co-chairs, Cynthia Nixon, Amy Poehler and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Marlo Thomas, Bernadette Peters, Isaac Mizrahi, Michael Kors and Liz Smith were also among the hundreds of green enthusiasts celebrating the millions of amazing things NYRP has accomplished in underserved New York City communities since its inception.

Go Bette! Go Green!