Although it became a Federal holiday in 1937, the Columbus Citizens Foundation has been organizing parades in New York City to commemorate the accomplishments of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus since 1929. Before our Federal government decided to set the observance of Columbus’ accomplishments for the second Monday in October, the state of Colorado had officially been celebrating Columbus day for 27 years, since 1907!
Here in New York, however, we have one of the biggest celebrations, spearheaded by our large Italian-American population. This huge celebration that runs along 5th Ave from 44th to 72nd Sts had humble beginnings involves upwards of 35,000 marchers per year. According to the Columbus Citizen’s Foundation, “On October 12, 1929, New York City businessman and Italian immigrant Generoso Pope led a parade from East Harlem down to Columbus Circle for the very first time.” Since then, the parade has grown to involve millions of marchers and spectators over the years, and proceeds from ceremonies go towards the advancement of Italian-American students.
If you had the day off, we hope you were able to enjoy the 68th Annual Columbus Day Parade in New York City!
From the Grateful Dead to spin classes, City Connections CEO David Schlamm loves sharing his passions with the rest of the team. But until very recently, most agents and staff had only heard about his love of sailing. On September 6, David chartered a 145-foot luxury yacht for a cocktail cruise with agents, staff, and other City Connections’ business associates. (Don’t worry, Captain Schlamm left the sailing to the professionals!)
The group sailed the Hudson and East Rivers aboard the Atlantica and enjoyed dancing, hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and incredible views of the NYC skyline and Statue of Liberty.
“I wanted to do something for everyone now, instead of waiting for a standard holiday party,” David said. “I thought this was the perfect time…not only for a celebration, but to show my appreciation for them, too.”
The cruise was such an amazing experience that it may become the next City Connections tradition. Anchors aweigh!
City Connections was recognized for its unique bonding activities. Here’s an excerpt:
Forget happy hour at your local watering hole: For City Connections brokers, bonding sessions start with discount exercise classes and tributes to the Grateful Dead.
Company founder David Schlamm has paid for tickets to see Dark Star Orchestra, a 15-year-old group that re-creates Grateful Dead concerts right down to historical set lists. About 29 City Connections agents caught the band at a recent show at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg.
Schlamm also sponsors a monthly Spin N’ Salad night, featuring a private spinning class at the New York Health & Racquet Club, followed by a dinner of salad and frozen yogurt.
About 15 agents have participated, and Schlamm said his thrice-weekly spinning classes have helped him lose 35 pounds. “I hope to lead by example for anyone who wants to get healthy,” he said.
We were also mentioned as both a top high-split-commission firm and a firm with its own listings database.
A picture’s worth a thousand words, but what about a song?
Each week, we’ll be sharing different music dedicated to NYC. Today’s song is about moving to New York with your love and living happily ever after. It romanticizes everything about the city – from the subway to baloney on a roll.