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Last Night's REBNY Gala!

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Last night, we joined over 2,300 of the industry's biggest superstars for REBNY's 119th annual banquet, which celebrated the standouts of 2014 and kicked off what looks to be a positive year for NYC commercial real estate.

Celebrating his last banquet as REBNY's longest-serving president, Steve Spinola (snapped with Douglas Elliman CEO Dottie Herman) received heartfelt tributes and a standing ovation for his service—as well as the organization's prestigious Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award. "For nearly three decades, through good times and bad, Steve’s professionalism, thoughtful advocacy and generosity of spirit has inspired our community,” says Tishman Speyer co-CEO and REBNY chairman Rob Speyer.

Vornado New York director of leasing Glen Weiss was joined by his family to receive the Young Real Estate Man of the Year Award. The night's other honorees included Rudin Management CEO Bill Rudin (Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership in RE Award), Fox Residential Group president Barbara Fox (Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award), Eastern Consolidated CEO Peter Hauspurg (Louis Smadbeck Broker Recognition Award) and Brookfield Property Group SVP of operations Daniel Kindbergh (George M. Brooker Management Executive of the Year Award).

We snapped Cushman & Wakefield chair of global brokerage Bruce Mosler and Fried Frank real estate chair Jonathan Mechanic bookending Rob Speyer.

Jamestown president Michael Phillips, whose firm this week closed on 731 Market in San Francisco, and Kushner Cos CEO Jared Kushner. Jared's company just took its first steps into Astoria, and this morning announced that it and partner Extell Development have closed on two phases of financing (worth $129M) in conjunction with their $180M purchase of Pier Village in Long Branch, NJ. (Earlier this month, it also acquired the land at One Journal Square in Jersey City with KABR Group for $27M.)

Eastern Consolidated president (and Bisnow Power WomanDaun Paris joins M&T Bank EVP Gino Martocci and regional president Peter D'Arcy.

Jack Resnick & Sons chairman Burt Resnick and Barclays managing director Maureen Clancy.

World Trade Center Properties president Janno Lieber and Kasirer Consulting SVP Julie Greenberg bookend Melissa Burch, who just left Forest City Ratner to lead development for Lend Lease (she's also a Bisnow Power Woman).

Cushman & Wakefield vice chairman Joanne Podell and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank managing director Leslie Harwood. Joanne (another Bisnow Power Woman) was part of the agency team (including colleague Ian Lerner and Empire State Realty Trust's Tom Durels and Fred Posniak) who this week signed Sephora to over 11k SF at ESRT's 112 W 34th St.

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank president Jimmy Kuhn and vice chairman Neil Goldmacher flank Goldman Sachs head of real estate transactions James Love.

Cushman & Wakefield senior EVP of sales Stephen Palmese (who joined the firm in its acquisition of Massey Knakal) joins Muss Development principal Jason Muss and SVP of leasing Ross Spitalnick.

Madison Square Garden Co SVP Irene Baker, New York Building Congress president Dick Anderson and RXR Realty CEO Scott Rechler (whose firm went under contract last month to purchase 32 Old Slip from Beacon Capital for $675M).

Douglaston Development VP Ben Levine and chairman Jeff Levine bookend Georgia Malone & Co president Georgia Malone and are joined by Dan Tishman, man of many hats: vice chairman of Tishman Realty and Tishman Hotel Corps, CEO of Tishman Construction Corp and vice chair of AECOM.

When ZZ Top wrote "Sharp Dressed Man," they must've had these four in mind: The Rockefeller Group's Dan Rashin, Bob Jackson and Edward Guiltinan, who were joined by Colliers Eastern region president Joe Harbert (red bow tie).

ABS Partners senior managing director Jay Kreisberg, Savills Studley senior managing director Bill Montana and Lee & Associates NYC COO Joel Herskowitz.

Invesco senior director of acquisitions Todd Bassen and head of acquisitions Greg Kraus join Westbrook Partners managing principal Adam Popper. We'll have even more photos next week.