Baby Don't Be Cruel
“It’s the charity with longest, most difficult name to say” host Deborah Norville justified as she failed to get the name right at the first, second and third time of asking. The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children hosted its annual gala in the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza on Tuesday testing all invitees’ verbal dexterity and generosity. “But it also does the most difficult work.” Good save Ms. Norville.
Founded in 1875, a time when there laws protecting animals but not children from cruelty, the NYSPCC is the oldest children’s charity in the world. It is perhaps surprising that this was honorees John and Margo Catsimatidis first appearance at the gala as they are prolific benefactors of children’s charities across New York. Sitting with them at a well positioned table from which they rarely left, we asked how they got involved.
“We have always been supporters of children’s charities and when we saw the great work that this charity was doing and we wanted to be a part of it.”
Why children’s charities we asked?
“They are our future and need to be nurtured.” Margo was, near verbatim, repeating the brief speech she made earlier in the evening.
John Catsimatidis sat down with The Real Deal to talk about just how great Downtown Brooklyn is (who knew?!) and while that topic dominates the discussion, the real estate rag couldn’t help but bring up next year’s mayoral elections. After all, the grocery store magnate and billionaire developer has been bandied about as a possible Republican candidate in the race to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg. While he may no longer be interested in that job, he’s not sure the woman widely considered the most-pro-business candidate in the pack of potential Bloomberg successors is ready for it either.
Sodom by the Sea
Another thriller is coming to Coney Island, and there’s no admission–unless you want to live there, of course.
Over the past few years, everyone’s attention was focused on the sideshow that was
Rezoned in 2005 for a different developer, the site would have held two buildings of seven stories with 300 apartments. Now Mr. Catsimatidis’ Read More
John Catsimatidis, left, with Queens GOP chairman Phil Ragusa, center, and then-state chairman Joseph Mondello.
After wondering what exactly was on Obama’s birth certificate, Trump sympathizer John Catsimatidis emailed me his reaction to this morning’s events:
I am Glad he released it and that Trump forced the Issue It reminds me when Read More
In June of last year, before he began positioning himself as the most rabid Birther candidate for president on the Republican right, developer and casino operator Donald Trump gave $25,000 to the campaign of Kathleen Rice, the Democratic DA of Nassau County, who was the early front-runner to replace Andrew Cuomo as New York state Read More
A frequent theme at today’s Bloomberg Real Estate Briefing was just how great New York City real estate is. But there is one other place that all the machers look fondly on–perhaps making them the only people in the country who do so: Washington, D.C.
Even the politicians don’t like it, at least not Read More
Last Friday, while Manhattan suffered through another desperately slushy storm, the 57-year-old financier Steven Rattner was holed up inside his family’s Westchester horse farm. There were no taxis to splash through icy curbside puddles. The snow fell from the pretty white sky.
It was bad. There are only two things that can happen after a Read More
Flipping through the New York Post, I came across this busy and colorful ad for Gristedes, which features the photo of a certain billionaire who eyed a run for mayor.
Coming across these kinds of ads are, I think, one of the perks of paying to read the physical Read More
ALBANY—Business leaders will huddle tomorrow to develop and share their ideas on how the state can deal with a growing budget gap.
"Hopefully we're going to mobilize some constructive responses to the budget crisis," said Kathy Wylde, president of the Partnership for New York City. "We want to be constructively anti-tax."
The Partnership Read More
Remember John Catsimatidis, the poor (well, definitely not poor, actually) guy who was supposed to be the Republican candidate for mayor this year, only to lose out when Michael Bloomberg decided he was going to need to borrow the Republican line again this year after all?
After some pretty elaborate drama, Read More