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.

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
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
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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