New York leaders and luminaries paid tribute to one of the city’s favorite sons on Saturday night at Midtown’s historic Harmonie Club.
“It was heartwarming to be a part of a gathering that combined some of this city and the world’s most influential leaders in various fields, with close friends and family who have all meant so much to me throughout my life,” says the honoree, Elie Hirschfeld.
The iconic developer, athlete and patron of the arts has a New York imprint of iconic properties that have included Riverside South, The Grand Sutton, Park Avenue Court, The Hotel Pennsylvania and The Exchange Tower.
Among those gathered to celebrate Hirschfeld’s 65th birthday were such historic figures as former New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams; founder and president of Bunkone.com, Ari Ackerman; former New York City Commissioner of Landmarks, Steve Byrns; Bonnie Comley and Stewart Lane of MrBroadway.com; Thomas Huniford of Huniford Design; Thomas Sakmar, MD of the Rockefeller University; New York Times journalist Dan Shaw, and many others.
“All of these people have had an important influence on this city, our people and most personally, myself,” says Hirschfeld.
Family members at the event included Mr. Hirschfeld’s wife and celebrated physician, Dr. Sarah Schlesinger MD of the Rockefeller University, and his children, David Hirschfeld, Joshua Frankel, Zachary Frankel, and Joseph Frankel.
The all-star guest list was entertained by celebrated international performer and one of Mr. Hirschfeld’s “favorite performers,” Neshama Carlebach.
“My husband and his family have given so much in the development of modern New York,” says Dr. Schlesinger. “It was extremely gratifying to be a part of an event where so many other people who have made contributions of similar magnitude were gathered on his behalf. It was magical.”