The Liars’ Ball goes virtual

“Resilience” and “comeback” were the watchwords Thursday at the Real Estate Board of New York’s annual banquet, as industry leaders reflected on a difficult year of loss, panic and innovation.

For the first time in its 125-year history, the social highlight of the city’s real estate industry—which usually includes stiff drinks and plenty of schmoozing—was held virtually because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Compared with years prior, there were some “subtle differences,” Durst Organization Chairman Douglas Durst said. There was no open bar, for one thing.

Almost no one wore black-tie attire. In fact, for the nearly 1,200 in attendance who weren’t presenting or accepting an award, pants were

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