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REBNY gala to return to seated affair in 2023


Industry bigs who had foot cramps after the Real Estate Board of Latest York’s annual gala last 12 months can chill out: they’ll have a spot to sit down next time.

A REBNY rep confirmed our tip that the event, which became a floor-roaming, walkaround affair in 2022, can be a seated dinner again, “although not a full return to banquets of yore.” An on-foot networking portion will follow the dinner.

REBNY moved the stuffy, mid-winter bash on the Hilton ballroom to West Side event space Glasshouse last June. The cloutful likes of Douglas Durst, Scott Rechler, Mary Ann Tighe, Bruce Mosler, Woody Heller and Joanne Podell nibbled snacks supervised by Daniel Boulud.

Not everyone loved the brand new format. One dealmaker told me, “There was no place to place dishes down aside from some tiny table stands. For $1,400 a ticket I need a spot to sit down.” Our source said the tab could be $2,000 this 12 months, which REBNY wouldn’t confirm.

Hammacher Schlemmer is closing on Jan. 14.Steve Cuozzo

The retail malaise just claimed one other legendary Latest York institution. Hammacher Schlemmer will close permanently at 147 E. 57th St. on Jan. 14 after 97 years there.

The shop famous for cutting-edge electronic and mechanical  gadgets — even once a miniature submarine — will proceed to sell its products online.

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