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The REBNY 118th Annual Award Banquet <i>Photo by Steve Freidman </i>
The REBNY 118th Annual Award Banquet Photo by Steve Freidman

jubilance not seen in years permeated the Real Estate Board of New York’s 118th banquet following a year characterized by several major victories for the industry, soaring rents and widespread development across the city. The politician-studded crowd at the Hilton included Governor Andrew Cuomo and new Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with a consortium of new faces in city government. All were treated to a REBNY banquet that once again boasted the feel, charm and spirit of the boom era’s glory days. Below are some facts and tidbits:  

Headcount: 2,300


Cocktail event attendance: 450


Previous REBNY banquets: 117


Menu: beef steak, boiled potatoes, salad, mixed veggies, chocolate cake


Table service: a few bottles of red,
a few bottles of white


Cost of attendance: $1,000 per ticket


Biggest photo opportunity: Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio with Leslie Wohlman Himmel


Notable public officials and politicians (14): Mr. Cuomo, Mr. de Blasio, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer

REBNY award winners: 6


Shortest award acceptance speech: Ken Fisher


Longest award acceptance speech:
Stephen Green


Topic of this year’s video presentation: sustainability 


Year REBNY was created: 1896


Year of first banquet: 1897


Blessing: Reverend Johnny Ray Youngblood of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant offered opening prayers.

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