ONCE UPON A TIME…(okay, a year and a half ago), the Hundred Stories team was having our daily staff meeting, discussing how to better serve our clients and, in full disclosure, maybe complaining a little about a client or two who decided to yell at us that day because they didn’t make the cover of the WSJ (but did get a full page story inside!). But let’s get serious for a moment. One of the sea-change topics that came up was how the plethora of B2B conferences our clients participate in (while honorable in their own right) do little to serve their business interests, which are essentially to get their message to would-be consumers, vs. their industry peers. Also, none of these lectures or talks were devised to appeal to an intellectual mind set (B2B conference friends: please don’t be offended); or perhaps better said: a collection of individuals—concerned citizens, consumers of knowledge, avid readers of the New York Times Real Estate section—who crave information about real estate and architecture in a live, dialogue-encouraging setting.
We looked and looked—but to our amazement, nothing was out there. So, of course, we needed to rectify the problem IMMEDIATELY, and called our friends over at the 92Y. No one does Talks (or anything, for that matter) better than the city’s preeminent nonprofit and community center that’s brought ideas and thought-leadership to New Yorkers since 1874. (No, we don’t do the Y’s PR, we just love them.) Fast forward to the present, and we are proud to announce that we are the exclusive partner to 92Y for real estate and architectural Talks and Conferences, all of which have been major success stories, sold out and much lauded.
“The Catskills: Then and Now” brought the nostalgic among us to tears and laughter (see for yourself on the video here); the January 20th event, entitled “The Future of New York’s Skyline,” gave a crowd of over 800 people inside access to world’s top architects—Richard Meier, Bjarke Ingels, Annabelle Selldorf, and Rick Cook—in a discussion led by New York Times contributor C.J. Hughes. Our favorite line was when Ingels, in response to the question of whether or not super skyscrapers ruin in-the-park views, described the park as a valley framed by man-made mountains and drew comparison to the Swiss Alps; “It’s not like someone says, ‘Ugh, the Alps, they’re just a little too tall,’” he pointed out. (Want more? You can view a video of the entire event here).
Next up is “Behind the Bricks: A Sneak Peek at Residential Development in NY.” The talk will take place on Tuesday, March 29 at 8:15 pm., will feature Jeff Blau, Jared Kushner, and Steve Witkoff, and will be moderated by David Kaufman, real estate editor at the New York Post. The night will answer many of the questions on New Yorkers’ minds, such as: what are the trends affecting the ever-changing real estate market? What will be the next area in New York to see major development? Is the luxury market still a stronghold for investors?
We’ve just heard the event is almost sold out, but if the topic interests you and you want to snag one of the last remaining tickets, you can get them here, and use our promo code, HUNDREDSTORIES, for a 15% discount.