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March 4, 2008


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We figured if we went to the coolest new club in DC, and hung with some of the coolest people, we might just become, well, cool ourselves. So Elliott and Aram of the Bisnow team put on a little party at The Park at 14th Thursday night, and in the picture below we joined not only those well-known princes of cool Eric Price and Jim Abdo (left and right), but King of Cool Marc Barnes. Marc owns the Park, as well as that amazing night club in Northeast DC called Love, until recently the largest club in America, regularly featuring acts like Beyonce, Jay-Z, and (last week) 50 Cent.


Alas, as you can tell from the picture of your humble publisher, second from left, there are some people constitutionally incapable of cool. Did I think this was a court deposition?  Parent's night at school? A panel discussion at NAIOP?  Memo to self: Buy some club clothes. The K Street scene is exploding with night time offerings and the Park is attracting not just hip young people but the business elite of lawyers, lobbyists and professionals-becoming, if you will, a new Café Milano, except located closer to the end of a long day at work.  (Tip: Daily cocktail hour 5-10pm featuring complimentary bites from the grill to showcase their forthcoming dinner menu.)


Also with us at the Park, former Fannie Mae CEO and current Revolution Board member Frank Raines, Reston Limo founder and CEO Kristina Bouweiri, and GGA general counsel Thomas Hart. Thomas may be out golfing in the warm weather today:  he was hoping to pick up a new set of Callaways on the weekend. Okay, we'll give you a professional factoid, too:  Thomas informs us GGA is moving offices to 2900 K St. in G-Town next to the Swedish Embassy later this year.


The party was still going strong at 11:30 as young up-and-comers Ernie Jarvis and Jair Lynch listen to words from a master, Metropolis Development principal and former DC deputy mayor for economic development Merrick Malone! We think Merrick may be telling them about his negotiation of the development of MCI Arena back in the day.


Is it 15 years already for Dietze Construction? Must be, that was the occasion they claimed for their party that we went to in Ashburn last week.  Founded by three friends who'd worked together at construction firm Sargis & Jones, they're now approaching $200 million in yearly sales. From left, SVP Tony Giachinta; CEO Ralph Dietze; EVP Kevin Sullivan; and CFO Steve Galles. They've done projects like the SEC Headquarters and Clydes at Gallery Place. They also do a lot of work with country clubs, restaurants, and both residential and office condos.


Also at the Dietze party, Brandywine's John Laporta, Tower Companies' Chuck Walloch, CEO Dietze, and Boston Properties' Ray Ritchey.


This doesn't have much to do with real estate except that the Corporate Advisory Board, founded by David Bradley, right, is certainly boosting the visibility of Rosslyn these days.  But what a great cause:  We went to the Georgetown Pediatric Gala Saturday night, supporting an amazing array of programs for critically ill and underserved kids, and snapped this of David with emcee Barbara Harrison of NBC-4 with Crown Books founder (and Gala co-chair) Bobby Haft.


On Wednesday Stacey stopped by Loews' newly remodeled Madison Hotel for the second annual "Pink Tie Party" benefiting the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Robert Irvine of the Food Network whipped up Japanese delicacies like wasabi oysters and bento boxes full of treats while the channel taped footage for an episode of Dinner: Impossible. Above, Douglas Development's Grey Pfarr, Studley's Olivia Millar, MasterBuilt's Annie Axelrod, and BDO Seidman's Tony Cord. Olivia is busy heading up Studley's new national sustainability practice and planning a trip to Turkey with her husband. Grey's just disappointed he's wearing a pink tie with mermaids for his Bisnow debut.

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