You nominated a lot of great people for the first part of our contest. It was difficult task, but we were able to whittle the list down to five incredible nominees. You can vote for your favorite nominee once a day through 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, July 1.
About the Five Nominees
Florent Morellet is an artist and activist. His renowned Restaurant Florent, a Meatpacking District institution, was a center for grassroots activism for more than two decades. "Nestled among meatpacking plants and hard-core gay bars, Florent was an anomalously egalitarian enclave beloved in equal measure by celebrities on the A list and hedonists on the edge, and a prism through which certain aspects of the city’s evolution could be seen with unusual clarity."—“Genre-Bending Hangout Takes Its Final Bows” The New York Times, May 21, 2008.
Peter Obletz was the High Line’s original champion. Obletz—a chair of Community Board 4, dance company manager, real estate consultant for the transit authority, and train aficionado—spearheaded the initial campaign to save the High Line. “Peter was a real visionary who originally saw the potential for the High Line,” wrote Carlos Gutierrez-Solana, a longtime member of Friends of the High Line.
Dorothy Parker was a noted writer, critic, and satirist. She was a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, “a celebrated group of New York City writers, critics, actors and wits . . . [who] met for lunch each day at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 until roughly 1929. At these luncheons they engaged in wisecracks, wordplay and witticisms that, through the newspaper columns of Round Table members, were disseminated across the country,” wrote her nominator, Patricia Gough.
Daniel Reddan is a retired firefighter for the FDNY. “Twelve years ago he gave New York a fireman’s carry,” wrote his daughter, Marianne, referring to his actions on 9/11. “With other first responders, he entered to evacuate the towers. Pushing through with a leg injury, he sleeplessly operated the engine of Marine Fire Company 9, the only source of water for the September 11th blaze. But what is more, my father, who survived this ordeal a lung behind and heart thicker, continues to teach me how beautiful it is to live and to love.”
Magda Sawon is the owner and director of the celebrated Postmasters Gallery. “The gallery began humbly, in the East Village, and then found subsequent homes in SoHo, and Chelsea. By the end of May, Postmasters will need to move yet again . . . We nominate Magda Sawon as a monument to what Chelsea had been, and what it could be. She is one of many who have left their mark, but have been squeezed out,” wrote Corinna Kirsh of Art F City.
Busted features sculptures that play with the tradition of urban monuments. The group exhibition debuted April 19, but one pedestal remains empty, and you can help us decide who gets commemorated. The final sculpture will be created once you’ve elected a muse from among our nominees, So who do you want to see #GetBusted? Vote now, and keep up with the contest by following our #GetBusted hashtag on Twitter and Tumblr.