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.