Monday, October 10, 2011

Most influential New Yorkers, according to Avenue magazine, include Jay-Z and Mikhail Prokhorov (and, wouldja believe it, Tom Allon)

The October issue of Avenue magazine, is devoted to The Avenue A-list: The Most Influential New Yorkers of 2011. The Nets posted the article (as noted by NetsDaily), as it includes the team's majority owner and most prominent minority owner.

Jay-Z
EMPIRE OF THE STATE
Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z, is one of the most championed hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America—not to mention the beloved hubby of BeyoncĂ© and soon-to-be father of her child. Growing up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Jay-Z has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide and won 13 Grammy Awards. Jay-Z co-owns the 40/40 Club, is part owner of the New Jersey Nets and is creator of the clothing line Rocawear.
Mikhail Prokhorov
NET WORTH
46-year-old Mikhail Prokhorov, the billionaire owner of the New Jersey Nets, dove head-first into the city’s consciousness by becoming the first foreign owner of an NBA team and a central player in one of New York’s biggest real estate dramas. Prokhorov is Russia’s second-richest man and proved himself a major force in New York real estate after developer Harry Macklowe defaulted on a $513 million loan from Deutsche Bank AG. Prokhorov offered to buy the Park Avenue site in question for $250 million back in 2008.
While Prokhorov is surely influential, I'd still content that Bruce Ratner is more influential, as Ratner has the local connections and pays for the lobbying.

A curious choice

The list also includes... Tom Allon
EDUCATING THE CITY
Life-long New Yorker Tom Allon is bringing his background in publishing and education to the forefront of the 2013 mayoral election. Allon began his career in education as a journalism and English teacher at his alma mater, Stuyvesant High, and today is a leader in New York City publishing, currently serving as President and CEO of Manhattan Media. Allon has always been involved in education and civic issues and as a parent, educator and businessman his plans for New York are promising. Here are his 10 ideas for a better New York City...
No other mayoral candidate is included, except on a list. The item does disclose that Allon heads Manhattan Media, but not that Avenue magazine is published by Manhattan Media.

Two writers with Brooklyn/DDDB connections

Also included are two writers, Jennifer Egan and Jonathan Lethem (who are also members of the Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn Advisory Board). Lethem is described as a "Brooklyn-based writer," though actually now he's in Southern California.

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