On Thursday, November 15th, in the midst of a furious storm, we gathered in the historic General Society Library to honor and celebrate the contributions of our 2018 Craftsmanship Award Recipient Neil A. Mazzella, Chairman of Hudson Scenic Studio to Craftsmanship, Labor and the City of New York.

Mr. Mazzella is an iconic Broadway figure. His company, Hudson Scenic Studio is regarded as a world leader in scenic construction and automation. Neil Mazzella is renowned as “The Builder of Broadway’s World.” (The New York Times).

As the storm swirled outside, in true Broadway fashion, the show did go on and it was indeed, a very special and memorable evening.

Since 1785, The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen (GSMT) has been improving the lives of New Yorkers, through its tuition-free Mechanics Institute (initiated in 1858) and its wide range of educational, historical, and cultural programs. The GSMT continues to provide tuition-free evening instruction in the building and construction trades and provides a critical service to improve job opportunities for New Yorkers in the industry.

Without a tuition-free education, many of our students would be unable to get the education needed to advance in today’s environment. Each fall, over 300 students enroll in the Mechanics Institute’s programs including Electrical Technology, HVAC&R Systems, Plumbing Systems, Construction Project Management, AutoCAD and BIM.

We are so deeply grateful to all those listed below who supported the Annual Craftsmanship Awards Gala benefitting The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen and its Mechanics Institute. Your contributions will help secure the future of our Mechanics Institute so that it can continue its long-standing tradition of helping the men and women of the building and construction industry to make a better life for themselves, their families as well as the community.


JRM Construction Management, LLC
The MacQuesten Companies

The Broadway League
Hudson Scenic Studio
Jack Resnick & Sons
Lewis Black, Drew McCoy, Mark Linn-Baker
Miyako & Edmondo Schwartz

Gibbons Family
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 14-14B
International Union of Operating Engineers, Local Union 15, 15A, 15B, 15C & 15D
Lehrer-Seller Family
Penguin, An EMCOR Company
Signature Bank
United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 IATSE

AECOM Tishman
American Son
Circle in the Square
Dodger Properties
Drohan Family
Enterprise Association, Steamfitters Local Union 638 
FVBR Theatrical Holdings, LLC
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 138
John Gallin & Son, Inc.
Jujamcyn Theaters
Plumbers Union Local 1
Roundabout Theatre Company
The Shubert Organization
The Lifespan of a Fact
John White, Jr.

58A JVD Industries, LTD.
Blank Rome
Gerald Caporicci
Cardoza Plumbing Corporation
Eagle 1 Mechanical, Inc.
Foresight Theatrical
Cheryl Hammer, AXA Advisors
Hudson Theatrical Association
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 891
John Gore Organization / Broadway Across America
KND Licensed Electric
Brad & Lisa Larson
McLaren Engineering Group
Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
National Tartan Day New York Committee
Rose Brand
The General Contractors Association of New York, Inc.

A. Ottavino Corporation
ADCO Electrical Corporation
Gerard Dengel
Jennifer Dengel & Timothy Herlocker
Erin Haskell, HeatingHelp.com
James C. Hennelly
Susan Hilferty
Terrance Holliday
Dan Holohan Associates, Inc.
Local Union 147 LIUNA
Myles McDermott
Laurie Morison
Richard Moylan, The Green-Wood Cemetery
Nili Olay
Peter Pennoyer Architects
Pullman SST Inc.
Kenneth Stubbolo, Dynamic Construction Services Inc.
Maria Reinis
Angelo A. Vigorito

Catherine Chadwick
August Cosentino
Alfonso C. Esteban, A. Esteban & Co.
Ellen A. Fisch
Emily Gaunt, Painters Forum
Vanessa Hoheb
James Holohan
John T. Lane
Marleen Levi, PLG Veterans Assistance Fund
Bruno Lopez, Atelier de France, Inc.
McManus Mechanical Maintenance Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Matthew Melasky, A. Esteban & Co.
John J. Pasquale, Pasquale Management, LLC.
Bradley Robertson
John M. Shanahan
Ernie Smith, Penn & Fletcher, Inc.
Penny Speckter
Kerri Spennicchia