The town’s actual property elite largely cheered REBNY’s hipped-up, spiced-up annual gala, which made a splash above the Hudson River.
The gathering dubbed “New York Endlessly: A Celebration of Our Metropolis” was REBNY’s first such gathering since 2019. The occasion honored TF Cornerstone’s Tom Elghanayan, Fetner Properties’ Hal Fetner, CBRE’s Darcy Stacom, Douglaston Improvement’s Jeff Levine and the Gotham Group’s David Picket, amongst others.
Attendees paying $1,400 a ticket mingled and nibbled on small plates served up by cooks reminiscent of Daniel Boulud, Michael Lomonaco and J.J. Johnson. The edibles and the come-as-you-are gown code had been a far cry from the stuffy mid-winter black-tie affairs on the New York Hilton.
So was the setting on the sixth flooring of Glasshouse, which has giant home windows and an open out of doors deck — that friends needed to flee when a short rain spritz popped up.
Friends included government committee members Douglas Durst, CBRE’s Mary Ann Tighe, JLL’s Bob Knakal, Cushman & Wakefield’s Bruce Mosler, SL Inexperienced’s Laura Jackson and Boston Property’s Hilary Spann. We additionally noticed Branton Realty’s Woody Heller, Cushman’s Joanne Podell, and RXR Realty’s Scott Rechler and Frank Pusinelli, and the Lease Stabilization Affiliation’s Frank P. Ricci.
Boulud, who supervised menu choices together with citrus-marinated shrimp and candy corn veloute from his Le Pavillon, mingled with joyful friends in his chef’s whites.
It wasn’t all about meals and enjoyable. My colleague Lois Weiss studies that Gov. Kathy Hochul met privately with REBNY officers to debate conversion of previous workplace buildings to housing and the cancellation of the 421a tax abatement program.
MTA chairman Janno Lieber talked up his company’s position in facilitating building of JP Morgan Chase’s 270 Park Ave. and Boston Properties’ 347 Madison Ave., the place supporting columns have to be snaked round tracks that run beneath.
Eric Adams’ chief advisor Ingrid Lewis-Martin got here within the mayor’s stead as a result of Adams needed to take care of the case of a police officer who was shot earlier that day.
Though the occasion was crammed with laughter and optimism, a number of friends complained that the roam-the-floor format made it onerous to benefit from the dishes. “There was no place to place dishes down apart from some tiny desk stands,” mentioned one. “For $1,400 a ticket I would like a spot to sit down down.”
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