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The Chamber announces honorees for its 2022 Best in the Business Awards

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Manhattan Chamber Announces 2022 Honorees

Awards Recognize Business Leaders and Companies for “Above and Beyond” Achievements This Year


The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, a powerful community of business leaders and entrepreneurs, announced the companies and individuals that will be honored at its annual “Best in the Business Awards” gala on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at Gotham Hall. These coveted awards highlight the “above and beyond” achievements of businesses with a significant presence in New York City—the Business Capital of the World,—underscoring their dominant position in today’s global marketplace.

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“This year our Chamber honors five incredible recipients that are clearly invested in New York City and its future,” said Jessica Walker, President and CEO of the Manhattan Chamber. “In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, these committed honorees remind us that New York remains the ‘place to be’ and that its best days are ahead.”

The Executive of the Year Award will be presented to Tom Allon, Publisher of City & State, a leading media organization dedicated to covering New York’s local and state politics and policy. This year he launched the Five Boro Institute, an independent, non-partisan ideas lab whose sole mission is to advance creative public policy ideas to improve our city.

PENN2, a project led by Vornado Realty Trust, will receive the Development Project of the Year Award for transforming the 1968 office building directly above Penn Station into an iconic, world class tower. The project includes reskinning the entire building with a new curtain wall, adding distinctive corner loggias to every floor and extending the base floors toward Seventh Avenue.

The Company to Watch Award will be presented to Cresco Labs for its rapid growth and evolution within the New York market, and its potential to make amazing strides in the near future. In 2022, this publicly-traded cannabis and medical marijuana company acquired New York-based Columbia Care to form the largest marijuana company in the United States by revenue and the second largest based on its retail footprint.

The Award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility will be presented to TD Bank for its deep commitment to New York City. The bank is the lead sponsor of the Five Boro Bike tour and awards more than 100 grants to local nonprofit organizations each year. Its Vice President of Business Development for the LGBTQ2+ community represents the first time in the country that a major bank hired such a significant role focused on this community. And in the midst of the COVID pandemic, the bank doubled down on its commitment to New York by becoming an anchor tenant of One Vanderbilt which opened in 2021.

The Small Business, Large Impact Award will be presented to Noir Et Blanc, a contemporary fashion boutique in New York City’s Flatiron/NoMad district. The business has faced many challenges as a result of the COVID pandemic, but owner Deborah Koenigsberger continues to serve the local community through her Hearts of Gold charity, which has helped more than 20,000 homeless mothers and children transition from the city’s shelter system to self-sustaining lives and permanent homes.