The Party Circuit: 118th Annual REBNY Banquet

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The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) rolled out the red carpet for its 118th annual banquet held at the New York Hilton on January 16. The exclusive event, touted as the industry’s most important networking event of the year, drew in many of New York City’s most influential industry leaders, elected officials and hundreds of the city’s top real estate professionals to celebrate 2013’s accomplishments and opine on the outlook for 2014, which promises to be another exciting year in real estate. Award winners at this year’s REBNY banquet were: Stephen L. Green, Chairman of the Board, SL Green Realty Corp.; Kenneth Fisher, Senior Partner of Fisher Brothers; Joel I. Picket, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Gotham Organization, Inc.; Robin Abrams, Executive Vice President of The Lansco Corporation; Thomas L. Hill, Senior Vice President of Boston Properties’ New York Property Management Department; and Robert C. Fink, Director of Leasing for The Winter Organization. 

Photos by Steve Friedman

Steve Spinola/REBNY, Rob Speyer/Tishman-Speyer, Governor Andrew Cuomo

Toni Haber/Douglas Elliman, Helena Durst/The Durst Organization, Eileen Spinola/REBNY

Eric L. Adams/Brooklyn Borough President, Donald Zucker/Donald Zucker Company, Salvatore Cassano, NYC Fire Commissioner

Stephen Green/SL Green Realty Corp., Daniel Garodnick/Council Member 4th District Manhattan, Alicia Glen/NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, Mary Ann Tighe, CBRE

Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer

Anthony Shorris/NYC First Deputy Mayor, Martin Golden/Senator 22nd District Brooklyn, David Greenbaum, Vornado Realty Trust

Ken Fisher/Fisher Brothers- The Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award, Robin Abrams/Lansco Corp- The Louis Smadbeck Broker Recognition Award, Stephen L. Green/SL Green Realty Corp.- The Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership Award, Thomas L. Hill/Boston Properties- The George Brooker Management Executive Award, Robert Fink/The Winter Organization- The Young Man of the Year Award, Joel Picket/Gotham Organization- The Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award

Steve Spinola/REBNY President, State Senator Catherine Young, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

Jon Mechanic/Fried Frank, Ken Fisher/Fisher Brothers, and Ken’s daughter, Crystal Fisher

Jeffrey Levine/Douglaston Development, RuthAnne Visnauskas/Commisioner, NYC Housing Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Hal Fetner/Durst Fetner Residential

Bill Rudin/Rudin Management, Salvatore Cassano/NYC Fire Commissioner,Bill Bratton/NYC Police Commisssioner

Jimmy Van Bramer/Council Member 26th District Queens, David Greenbaum/Vornado Realty Trust, Thomas Elghanayan/TF Cornerstone, Diane Ramirez/Halstead Property

Justin Elghanayan/Rockrose, Thomas Elghanayan/TF Cornerstone

3 Generations of Pickets: Joel Picket/The Gotham Organization, Matt Picket/The Gotham Organization, David Picket/The Gotham Organization

Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Leslie Wohlman Himmel/Himmel + Meringoff Properties

Rob Speyer/Tishman-Speyer, Anthony Shorris/NYC First Deputy Mayor, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Burt Resnick/Jack Resnick & Sons

Gale Brewer/Manhattan Borough President, Joseph Bruno/Commissioner, NYC Office of Emergency Management, Thomas Hill/Boston Properties, Michael Norton/Tishman-Speyer