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Residential real estate’s most important night is having a silver celebration this year. The Real Estate Board of New York’s Residential Deal of the Year Charity Awards Gala on Oct. 24, 2013 will celebrate 25 years of New York City’s best residential deals and the people who made them. It is sure to be a night to remember.

Organizers chose the magnificent Grand Ballroom at The Pierre, 2 East 61st St, as the venue for this year’s event, where the Deal of the Year Awards, the Most Promising Residential Rookie Salesperson of the Year Award and the prestigious Henry Foster Award will be presented.

You still have a little time to submit your re-sales, new development sales and rental transactions for the Deal of the Year as well as recommendations for the individual awards. The deadline is 5 pm, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.

Additionally, in celebration of 25 years, the night will feature a special acknowledgement of past award winners as well as an In Memoriam tribute to those who have passed away. The event is planned by REBNY’s Residential Brokerage Division’s Deal of the Year Charity and Awards Gala Committee.

This year, an event logo was specially created to commemorate the 25th anniversary and designed by Katie Abbondandolo, Creative Director at Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 pm and is then followed by the 2013 awards presentation and special acknowledgement of past winners. Starting at 8:30 pm, attendees will enjoy a sit-down dinner and entertainment by the Hank Lane Orchestra with dancing for the rest of the night.

In addition to the Deal of the Year awards, REBNY honors two individuals that standout in our industry at the annual Gala. The Most Promising Residential Rookie Salesperson of the Year recognizes current and potential professional achievement as well as high moral character and ethical professional conduct.

While, the prestigious Henry Foster Award is presented to the individual salesperson or broker whose outstanding record of achievement and conduct within both the industry and the community has brought recognition to them, their firm and our profession.

A significant portion of the proceeds for the Gala event will go to our own Member In Need Fund, established to benefit REBNY members who are experiencing crisis or hardship.

Don’t forget to send in those submissions. Gala tickets are $525 per person or $5,000 per table. Corporate sponsorships are still available. For more information, go to or email Jeanne Oliver-Taylor at

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REBNY offers the New York Residential Specialist (NYRS) to residential real estate professionals who wish to pursue further industry education. REBNY awards the NYRS designation to those who have met the qualifying criteria and have successfully completed the prescribed courses in real estate law, macro-economics, commercial real estate, ethics, negotiation, marketing and technology. The curriculum consists of coursework totaling 27 hours—most of which are approved by New York State for real estate continuing education credit. Those who complete the designation may use the NYRS logo on business cards and marketing materials. Courses are generally held on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in the fall and spring. The 9-week program is sold out for the fall session but will be offered again in the spring. Visit for more information.

The Commercial Brokerage Division Seminar Committee presents “Is West the Best?” A Seminar on the Development of the Far West Side from 8-10 am on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in the Mendik Education Center at REBNY, 570 Lexington Ave. Join us for a panel discussion about the attractiveness of the planned large scale re-development on the Far West Side of Manhattan. Ann Weisbrod, President of the Hudson Yards Development Corporation will lead the discussion and inform attendees about what exactly is taking place there and what are some of the most important benefits and features that are drawing developers, investors, tenants and ultimately home owners, renters, shoppers and tourists to the area. She will be joined by panelists Todd Kahn, General Counsel SVP at Coach; Dean J. Shapiro, Managing Director of Oxford Properties; and Philip Wharton, SVP of Development at Brookfield Properties Corp.  REBNY members are $10 and non-members are $15. Register online at For more information, email