Nothin' But Net
Replete with a chorus, a celebrity senator and an adoring, well-heeled audience, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s final speech to the Partnership for New York City this morning was a celebration of his legacy, controversy not included.
Speeches were casually ignored, drinks were spilled and bonds were formed at last Thursday’s 116th annual Real Estate Board of New York Gala, which this year drew an estimated 2,000 brokers, owners, advertising buyers and real estate reporters to the New York Hilton for an evening of conviviality, honorifics and hushed deal making. Among the fray was Commercial Observer staff writer Daniel Geiger, who during the course of the evening saw his stenopad tossed by an irate real estate broker and who unabashedly accosted Studley’s Woody Heller in the hotel’s bathroom, all for the sake of the story. Below, a timeline of gala comings and goings, from the innocuous gossip down to the downright obnoxious.
A bill requiring employers to offer paid sick leave is perhaps the top legislative issue for a large chunk of the City Council. The more liberal council members, including Gale Brewer, and groups such as the Working Families Party have been pushing for a vote since last year (the bill has a veto-proof Read More
The Partnership for New York City and PricewaterhouseCoopers have a new study out measuring global cities, and New York scores high, leading many categories with cities such as London, Tokyo and Paris.
The report, which does not rank overall but rather ranks cities on an array of different categories, is worth a read, as it Read More
The New York City financial industry is less than pleased about proposals floating around Congress to significantly curb the size and influence of major banking companies.
The Partnership for New York City, a group representing the city’s largest businesses, today sent a letter to the New York Congressional delegation pushing back against the Read More
The Partnership for New York City, the main advocacy group for the financial industry and major real estate owners in the city, has a less than rosy outlook for the New York City economy, particularly for the banks.
An excerpt from the prepared testimony of Kathy Wylde, the group’s president, at an Assembly hearing today: Read More
That was quick.
Supporters of congestion pricing are taking issue with the methodology of a new Quinnipiac poll which showed New Yorkers split on the issue.
“Asking people if they want to pay more to drive without explaining what they are paying for doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know,” said Read More
Hillary Clinton may have returned a contribution from Wal-Mart, and Barack Obama’s wife may also be distancing herself from the company, but the country’s largest retailer is trying to win other friends in high places with its own quiet campaign in New York.
Without much fanfare, Wal-Mart Read More
Get used to it: New York’s new moniker. It came up on Tuesday during an announcement of the city’s carbon-emissions benchmarks for charting the progress of the whole NYC 2030-PlaNYC thing. (The phrase has been around for a while, though.)
Some interesting findings: 79 percent of emissions come from buildings; New Read More
One day after the mayor criticized the governor’s budget for not providing more money to New York City, Eliot Spitzer and members of the city’s business community defended the budget by contending that despite some cuts, New York City will come out ahead.
Spitzer was joined at a press conference this morning at Read More