The short presentation at Monday night’s Advertising Week reception at the United Nations was hard to hear, at times, over the chatter of alcohol-lubricated attendees. More than once, a speaker had to shush the crowd. In that sense, it was no different than last year’s reception at Gracie Mansion. The big difference? Last year, the New York City representative was Mayor Mike Bloomberg; this year, an election year, it was Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff (seen here with Ron Berger and Ken Kaess). In reference to Bloomberg’s busy campaign schedule that night, Doctoroff joked that the mayor would have gladly welcomed his ad friends to Staten Island. The deputy mayor then cut to the chase, sensing the short attention span of his audience and its low tolerance for speeches after a day of presentations. Smartly, he read the “Thereby be it resolved” part of the city’s proclamation honoring the week, leaving the “Whereases” behind.
—Posted by Andrew McMains
Photo: Allan Tannenbaum