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Industry gets behind city’s cultural reawakening

New York’s Real Estate and Construction Council is throwing its weight behind the rebuilding of the city’s cultural landscape.

The group hosted the first in-person, live performance celebration at Lincoln Center since it was forced to cancel its programs and close its doors to the public last March.

Jonathan L. Mechanic, chairman of Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department, co-chaired the Restart Lincoln Center Gala which featured a live performance by acclaimed opera singer and Tony Award-winning Broadway star Paulo Szot, and a curated menu designed by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson.

The benefit brought together over 150 people to raise proceeds in support of Lincoln Center, whose loses during the COVID crisis ran in the tens of million.

Mechanic, co-chairman of the Real Estate and Construction Council, commented, “New York City’s identity is deeply rooted in its extraordinary performing arts sector, which draws millions of tourists to visit the city annually. The impact of the pandemic on New York City’s performing arts, culture, and entertainment community has been felt worldwide. Supporting this vibrant sector of our city is crucial to facilitating our successful comeback and recovery.”

 Mechanic is pictured with his wife Wendy along with Amy Rose of Rose Associates and Brian Collins (right) of Silverstein Properties at the Restart Lincoln Center Gala.

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