Celeste Katz has some highlights from the Association for a Better New York’s Spirit of New York Awards reception last night in East Midtown. Here’s a few from my notebook:
The two most visible figures in the war over bike lanes, NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan (pro) and her predecessor, Iris Weinshall (con) ran into each other. Weinshall embraced the commissioner by the elbows and both smiled and nodded at one another. (I didn’t get my camera out in time to capture the moment.) What did she say to the commissioner? Weinshall told me, “That’s between me and Janette Sadik-Khan, don’t you think Azi?”
During former School Chancellor Joel Klein’s remarks, ABNY’s president, Bill Rudin tried hushing the crowd. After he did, Klein joked, “This was like every education meeting I’ve ever been to. Nobody ever listens.”
Former comptroller, and current mayoral candidate Bill Thompson greeted his one-time fund-raiser, Suri Kasirer (who again is the top lobbyist in NYC). “I cam here looking for you,” he said.
State Republican Chairman Ed Cox chatted with former Democratic City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. chatted with former Congressman Mike McMahon. And former State Senator Craig Johnson and consultant George Fontas worked the room.