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REBNY’s Virtual 125th Annual Banquet Focuses on NYC’s “Greatest Comeback”

New York City’s real estate industry gathered virtually with city and state dignitaries this past Thursday at the Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) 125th Annual Banquet. Presented by Newmark, the banquet focused on the theme of “New York City’s Greatest Comeback” and highlighted the central role the real estate industry has played in supporting the city throughout the pandemic and on its road to economic recovery.

REBNY president James Whelan and chairman Douglas Durst presided over the virtual banquet, which drew an audience of approximately 1,200 from across the city.

“Throughout a year of great challenge and uncertainty, our industry has repeatedly risen to the occasion to help our tenants, residents, neighbors and our city,” said Durst in his introductory remarks. “Now, because of our collective dedication and resourcefulness, we can see the city coming back to life.”

Elected officials joining this year’s banquet included Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Letitia James, and Reps. Gregory Meeks and Ritchie Torres.

As in years’ past, the banquet also celebrated the recipients of REBNY’s prestigious annual awards, including Essential Workers in Real Estate, Bess Freedman, Kevin McCann, Gregg Schenker, Robert Shapiro, Alan Wiener and Laurie Zucker.


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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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