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CurbedWire: Hudson Square Hotel Watch, '08 Corky Winners

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HUDSON SQUARE?The Hudson Square hotel boom is showing no signs of slowing down. A tipster sends the above update: "Peter Poon's 179 Varick Street is rising quickly, about a story every 1.5 weeks. By my count they're up to 15 stories. No slowdown down on this site. To the left you can see Four Points and another one over on Hudson." That's the Sheraton Four Points, newly open at 66 Charlton Street, and the Viceroy Hotel, currently rising out of the shell of 330 Hudson. New guy 179 Varick used to be the Culture Club. More shots of it in the gallery. [CurbedWire Inbox]

CORCORANVILLE?Last week, Corcoran held its annual awards ceremony recognizing top brokers at the Hammerstein Ballroom, an evening that featured a surprise introduction by Mayor Bloomberg (he "expressed his faith that an investment in New York City real estate will always be a smart one," per the press release). The Corky for "Deal of the Year" went to a Palm Beach sales team for the $81.5 million deal (full ask!) for the Sidney Kimmel estate. The coveted "Salesperson of the Year" Corky went to Carrie Chiang. Want to see neighborhood-by-neighborhood winners? Then check for the release after the jump. [CurbedWire Inbox]

The Corcoran Group convened Wednesday for their annual awards ceremony to recognize the accomplishments of 2008 – a year that ultimately resulted in more than $16 billion in closed sales, the company’s second-most successful year on record. The ceremony, themed “I Love New York” and held at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom, featured a surprise introduction by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who discussed the City’s economic strengths and expressed his faith that an investment in New York City real estate will always be a smart one.

“Not only do we live in the greatest city in the world, but we get to market its most fabulous residences to our current neighbors, our future neighbors and to aspiring New Yorkers from around the globe,” said Corcoran CEO Pam Liebman, who reflected on how to continue to lead the industry in 2009. She called for her agents to mobilize the company’s existing tools in new ways. “Embrace change now,” she said. “There are pockets of opportunity out there that you need to take advantage of.”

2008 brought change but represented another outstanding year for Corcoran. Honored at the ceremony were the company’s top producers, who were awarded as follows: Deborah Rieders, Brooklyn Heights Salesperson of the Year; Jason Kay, Carnegie Hill Salesperson of the Year; Chris Poore, Chelsea Salesperson of the Year; The Robby Browne Team, Eastside Salesperson of the Year; Rodolfo Lucchese, Fort Greene Salesperson of the Year; Greg Kammerer, Gallery Salesperson of the Year; Vie Wilson, Harlem Salesperson of the Year; Jessica Buchman, Park Slope Salesperson of the Year; Barrie Mandel, Soho Salesperson of the Year; Julia Hoagland, Union Square Salesperson of the Year; The Blumstein Team, Village Salesperson of the Year; The Sherry Matays Team, Westside Salesperson of the Year; Tom Le, Williamsburg Salesperson of the Year; Lisa Taylor, Brooklyn Rental Person of the Year and Paul Gavriani, Manhattan Rental Person of the Year.

The Koch Team, consisting of Paulette Koch and her son Dana, won Corcoran Deal of the Year for their sale of the Sidney Kimmel estate in Palm Beach for full ask at $81.5 million.

Carrie Chiang was Corcoran’s Salesperson of the Year.

In addition, Phyllis Elliott was named Brooklyn Rookie of the Year while Corie Garbati received the title for Manhattan Rookie of the Year.

For new developments, The Robby Browne Team won top Corcoran Salesperson at a Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group sales site, and The Riverhouse Team, including Elizabeth Unger, Paula Burchill, Justin D’Adamo, Natasha Smith, Vanessa Low and Andrew Whitehead, won for Corcoran Sunshine Onsite Sales Team of the Year.