|We stopped by the Waldorf-Astoria’s Hilton Room for a small-scale preview of next month’s must attend REBNY banquet, where a crowd of 260 gathered for REBNY’s annual holiday luncheon featuring illustrious keynoter Mike Fascitelli of Vornado.
|We snapped The Durst Org.’s Helena Durst, Fried Frank’s Jonathan Mechanic, REBNY prez Steven Spinola, and Himmel+Meringoff’s Leslie Himmel. Jonathan was taking a break from working heavily on the Atlantic Yards closing, while Leslie reports that her firm inked over 500k SF in deals this past year, including Genzyme’s 112k-SF renewal and expansion at 521-33 W. 57th St. Employment issues will continue next year, she says, but tenants are locking in deals with stable, long-term owners.
|Fisher Brothers’ Elizabeth Palmer and Frank DeNicola, Plaza Construction’s Jennifer Murphy, Fisher Brothers’ Susan Clayton, and Plaza Construction’s Roy Galifi. Jennifer reports that the curtain wall of the 1.1M-SF Eleven Times Square is now buttoned up, and is headed for final completion ahead of schedule. Also in her firm’s busy pipeline: Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Building 92 (a renovated 1857 Marine Commandant’s Residence-turned-visitors’ center, opening in ’11) and work with the School Construction Authority.
|Who are these, the Real Estate Rockettes? Newmark Knight Frank’s Robert Silver and Brian Steinwurtzel, Malkin Properties’ Vincent Sultana and Fred Posniak, GHC Development’s Allen Fried, and Colliers ABR’s Robair Reichenstein and David Lebenstein.