An Evening at the Liar’s Ball: Raucous Behavior! Bottles of Colgin at the 21 Club! Talking Over the Cardinal?

For those looking to amp things up a notch, brokers have historically ventured to the after-parties thrown inside the Hilton

For those looking to amp things up a notch, brokers have historically ventured to the after-parties thrown inside the Hilton by the Title Insurance Company. “It’s drinking and shooting the bull and the Title people wanting to make sure that they are in your face so that the next time you are doing a deal you are calling them up,” said one real estate figure.

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The parties have also been known for being risqué in the past, according to several brokers who pointed to the ’80s as a particularly decadent era for the REBNY gala. “I’ve been to REBNY parties where the assumption of even myself or some of the women that I work with being there, we were automatically thought of being part of the prostitution crowd,” said a longtime female real estate professional, who believes prostitues were frequenting the event. “It’s not just the REBNY gala, it’s an across-the-board-thing.

“Of course you still hear about the parties and the extravagant entertaining that goes on, but it’s not on the scale that it used to be,” she added. “Maybe because of the lack of money.”

Others, however, denied the event was ever as louche as others purported it to be. “Are there beautiful people there? Yes, but I have yet to see anything more than hand-holding,” said another real estate figure.

While the evening as a whole remains like, as one real estate professional put it, “a continual bar mitzvah” for those who have been attending the affair since the Kennedy presidency, at least one young broker failed to see the silver lining of such a pricy night out.

“The whole party sucks,” the broker sniffed. “It’s $10,000 for a table and a cash bar.”

drosen@observer.com

An Evening at the Liar’s Ball: Raucous Behavior! Bottles of Colgin at the 21 Club! Talking Over the Cardinal?