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Mr. Elie Hirschfeld and his wife Sarah were pleased to attend the Inaugural Freedom Ball on January 20, 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The event was held from 7pm – 11pm following the Presidential Inauguration of Donald J. Trump. Elie Herschfeld also enjoyed taking in the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration, and concert from 4-6pm earlier that day. Elie Hirschfeld was very proud to participate in this momentous occasion and historic event. Elie Hirschfeld is the esteemed real estate developer behind New York landmarks including the Hotel Pennsylvania and the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and has been a vocal and proud supporter of Mr. Trump’s candidacy.
Elie Hirschfeld, who partnered with Trump on apartment complex Riverside South, told the New York Post of the Republican frontrunner, “I consider him a giant in business. Donald is actually extraordinary, he is so engaging. When you meeting him you get a Bill Clinton-esque feeling of warmth. He’s charming, and its a little bit disarming because you don’t see initially the genius in the man, but that is what he is, he works nonstop.” Elie Hirschfeld added, “I think Donald Trump can be an extraordinary leader for America and the world in a way that not many people appreciate yet.”
Elie Hirschfeld, an early Trump supporter who worked alongside him at the Riverside South apartment development in the 1980s, will be spending some of his time with the Republican Party of New York at Washington’s Loews Madison Hotel, where a number of city real estate players are expected to show for a Thursday morning breakfast. “It’s very exciting, but we in New York are a little jaded because we know the president-elect so well,” Elie Hirschfeld said in an interview, “in a sense that takes a little bit away from the magnificence of the event.”When Donald Trump raises his right hand and puts his other on the the Lincoln Bible, his real estate friends from New York City will be standing nearby. A cadre of real estate bigwigs are descending on the nation’s capital to watch one of their own be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. The guest list isn’t surprising: Outspoken supporters like Richard LeFrak , Howard Lorber and Steve Witkoff have all confirmed that they will attend Friday’s ceremony. Vornado Realty Trust’s Steve Roth will most likely also be in the crowd, though he hasn’t yet confirmed his plans. The night before the inauguration, some of the country’s biggest financial underwriters will be attending a private dinner with the president-elect. Witkoff said he’s attending the candlelight dinner at Union Station, which is part of a package of perks offered to those who donated at least $250,000 to the Presidential Inauguration Committee. Those who donated at least $1 million received a slew of additional benefits, including tickets to a private dinner with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his wife. Michael Lorber, the son of the Vector Group CEO, posted a video on Instagram of the vice presidential dinner.
Inaugural attendees from the real estate world were major financial backers during Trump’s campaign as well. Roth and LeFrak each individually donated $250,000 to the Trump Victory Fund, and Lorber and Witkoff each gave $200,000, according to the latest filings from the Federal Election Commission. Catsimatidis gave $100,000, Joe Cayre donated $50,000 and Ziel Feldman chipped in $25,000.
LeFrak and Feldman confirmed through representatives that they would attend the inauguration. Cayre had a vacation commitment with his grandchildren that will keep him away from the festivities. Stan Gale Jr. said he, his father and sister will be at the inauguration. Catsimatidis, who when asked last summer which candidate he would support for president told TRD “I’m very friendly with both people running,” is also attending.
Elie Hirschfeld, an early Trump supporter who worked alongside him at the Riverside South apartment development in the 1980s, will be spending some of his time with the Republican Party of New York at Washington’s Loews Madison Hotel, where a number of city real estate players are expected to show for a Thursday morning breakfast. “It’s very exciting, but we in New York are a little jaded because we know the president-elect so well,” Elie Hirschfeld said in an interview, “in a sense that takes a little bit away from the magnificence of the event.”
Elie Hirschfeld isn’t the only Trump old-timer drawing his sentiments from decades of Trumpanionship. Kramer Levin attorney Jay Neveloff, who has represented Trump on major deals dating back to Trump Tower in the early 1980s, said the 58th presidential inauguration would for him be more exciting than most. “It’s somebody I’ve known for so long, that’s the exciting thing,” Neveloff said. While he won’t be attending the candlelight dinner, Neveloff did say he had “great seats” for the parade.
Over the next few days, Trump’s friends will be staying at the Ritz-Carlton, the Willard InterContinental, the Loews Madison Hotel and the Fairmont. No one who spoke to TRD, however, said they were staying at the newly-opened Trump International Hotel.
Pope Francis may have met with Elie Hirschfeld in Rome last month, but that won’t stop the real estate developer from endorsing the pontiff’s new nemesis, Donald Trump, for president. Hirschfeld — the developer behind New York landmarks including the Hotel Pennsylvania and the Crowne Plaza Hotel — even famously rented his Hamptons mansion for two summers to Hillary and Bill Clinton, but still insists he’s firmly in The Donald’s camp.The Hirschfeld Properties chief was granted an audience with the pope last month after being invited by his rabbi, and said his holiness was warm and gracious, but he just isn’t The Donald.
The Pope may be infallible, but that won’t stop developer Elie Hirschfeld – who met with the pontiff in Rome last month – from endorsing Donald Trump as the next president of the United States of America.
Pope Francis recently drew the Donald’s ire when he said during a trip to Mexico that the GOP candidate’s plan to build a wall on the southern border is “not Christian.” Trump fired back, naturally, saying he envisioned ISIS descending on the Vatican in the near future, adding that the Pope would have “wished and prayed” that he were president if the day comes.Elie Hirschfeld, who considers both the real estate mogul and his Democratic rival Hilary Clinton personal friends, said Trump’s track record of building makes him perfect for the job of president. “Simply, there’s no more rough and tumble game than making it in New York City real estate and the Donald is best equipped to make it happen,” Elie Hirschfeld wrote announcing the endorsement. “Trump is a giant and I would invest with him anytime, and this country would be well served by having this man as President of the United States.”
The real estate mogul, whose company was behind such buildings as the Hotel Pennsylvania and the Manhattan Mall, recently visited the Pope at the Vatican. “I was a handshake away from him,” he said, describing a wordless interaction with the Pope, who he said exuded a sense of calm, warmth and graciousness. Back in the 1980s, Hirschfeld was Trump’s business partner on his mega development known as Penn Yards on the Upper West Side, now called Riverside Boulevard. Meanwhile, the Clintons are known to vacation at Hirschfeld’s eight bedroom mansion in East Hampton. They stayed there in 2011 and 2012, but reportedly changed their plans following a dispute over security.
Elie Hirschfeld said he maintains a personal relationship with both Clinton and Trump, but in the end gives the Donald the nod for the big job.