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Courtney Pulitzer Shows Off Buildings

June 20, 2001, 12:00 AM EDT

Cocktails with Courtney networking party Carl Fischer Buildings Thursday, 06.14.01, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Synergy was in the air--or maybe it was construction dust--at Courtney Pulitzer's latest networking event, where New York's high-tech workers (at least what's left of them) checked out the not-quite-finished Carl Fischer Buildings in Astor Place. (The building also hosted an ArtsConnection benefit last summer.) The buildings, once the site of a sheet music publisher, are in the process of being transformed into 26 swank, high-tech luxury condos, and who better to show off these new live/work lofts than Pulitzer, founder of the Cocktails with Courtney networking parties? The combination of the high-tech amenities and the neighborhood's skyrocketing trendiness factor (Ian Schrager is planning a new hotel next door) made the building quite attractive for the young and upwardly mobile Silicon Alley crowd.

Judith Halevi of C-Square Associates, one of the principal investors in the renovation and brokers of the space, had contacted Pulitzer and offered to host an event to show off the live/work loft spaces and showcase FiberCity Networks, the company that will wire the whole building with enough high-speed Internet access--10 megabytes per second, according to FiberCity director of marketing Seth Loonan--to blow the roof off the place (if it didn't have a rooftop penthouse holding it down, of course). A table was set out by Samsung Electronics, who has already signed on to occupy part of the first-floor retail space with a Web2Zone store, an interactive retail venue that will let customers experience graphics programs, video games and just surf the Web or check email.

Mark Fahrer Caterers provided the food and minimal decor (the point was to show off the space, after all). Guests mingled around the stark concrete space, trying to keep their cool (the room air-conditioners hadn't been on for very long), and imagine possibly plunking down a few million to buy one of the lofts.

--Suzanne Ito

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