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November 29, 2007


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Wow, it’s in full swing.  We are just getting up from last night’s dose:  Boston Properties’ broker appreciation party at Clyde’s Gallery Place; Wilkes Artis’ client appreciation party at Madame Tussauds; and ULI’s Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner at the National Building Museum.  Who knew there were so many people left in the world to appreciate?  With so much travelling around, we were appreciative of not getting any parking tickets.

At Clyde's Gallery Place last night, host Ray Ritchey, right, welcomed 200, including Cassidy’s Dale Powell, and CB’s Gail Chazen and Rob Faktorow.


The Studley SquadDemetri Koutrouvelis, Nicole Miller, Rick Rome, Lois Zambo, Jason Bart, and Laurent Myers.  Lois said she’s still recovering from cooking turkey for her entire family; she thinks being on her feet all day in the kitchen did a number on her back. Hopefully she wasn’t lifting the 20+ lb bird while wearing her Manolo Blahniks.  [Editor’s note:  That’s Stacey’s term, we had to Google it.  Now that we know, we’re hiding this issue from our wife.]  Laurent just got back from a family trip to Montana where the air was 2 degrees, but luckily, the hot springs ran a cozy 110 degrees.

Cassidy’s Kerri Mulligan and Jonathan Wellborn with BP’s Katie Sacripanti.  Katie’s keeping busy on the law firm presentation circuit for Square 54.  Last week, the native Westchester gal went Black Friday shopping at the White Plains’ Bloomies where she scouted out dresses for a friend’s New Year’s nuptials. 

CB’s Sherry Cushman and Cushman’s Audrey Cramer.  These young women play as hard as they work:  Over the holidays, Sherry’s taking Manhattan, and Audrey’s hitting the waves down in Costa Rica–she even signed up for a few surf lessons.  (Out of the way, Bill Collins and Dennis Cotter.)

Off we went to Madame Tussauds for the Wilkes Artis bash, where we ran into our friend Julia Roberts, who begged us to take this picture with several fellow stars she idolizes:  from left, ING’s Marc Deluca, Cafritz head Carlton Diehl, and Wilkes’ David Fuss

Who knew Morgan Freeman needed a tax appeal attorney?  Wilkes Artis’ Stuart Turow, right, joins Tower Companies’ Rory Dechowitz. Wilkes seems to represent everyone on this stuff, from Boston Properties to Hines to Brookfield to Quadrangle

CB’s Larry Thau, Vornado’s Pat Tyrell, and CB’s Steven Silverberg, talking with a couple unidentified ex-politicians, were overheard saying it’s just as well the White House never went condo because in this market it still works better as a rental.      

We finished the evening at the ULI dinner (well, except for Elliott, who went afterwards to LA Sport and reports he spotted Studley's Tom Fulcher and HOK's Donna Sharpe in a high-energy squash match at 10 PM).  Above, honoree Jerry Halpin and wife, Helen, are flanked by West*Group’s Donna Byrne and HFF’s Dek Potts.  Regarding the Tysons’ metro battle, Jerry, an advocate for underground, told us, “It’s not over yet.”  

FosterSoft’s Sam Foster and Bundy Development’s Pam Bundy Foster and Joy Anita Arnold.  Pam just got back from a month-long (that’s not a typo) honeymoon.  She and new hubby toured the Greek Isles, caught the Amsterdam Jazz Fest, toured Prague, and wrapped things up in Italy.  Our invitation must have been lost in the mail.

LCOR chief Bill Hard and Tishman’s Anthony Balestrieri.  Anthony’s taking the lead on ULI’s Young Leaders mentorship program which matches up real estate newbies with industry vets.   Bill’s breathing a little easier now that his father-of-the bride speech is over; his daughter got married a few weeks ago in Georgetown’s Dahlgren Chapel

ReedSmith’s Bob Diamond, Carol Honigberg, Bob Dilling, and Olivia Shay-Byrne know how we like our Bisnow pictures: like a big happy family.  Despite all the chatter of recession, Bob D. says, “The rest of the economy may tank, but it won’t be real estate that leads us there.”  He believes the major markets like DC and NY have already bottomed out and are on the way back up.  “By spring and summer, the market will be good – not great, but good.”  Don’t worry; there’ll always be parties.

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