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On Tuesday night, around 7:30, about 50 Occupy Wall Street protesters stood on the east side of Hudson Street on a portion of the sidewalk that the police had deemed suitable. Across the street at the Skylight Soho, the Huffington Post was due to hand out its Game Changer of the Year award to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The police had moved the protesters from their initial assembly point outside the door of the event space, and in the process arrested the author Naomi Wolf, an invitee to the ceremony, after she addressed the crowd about its right to stand on the sidewalk.
If the protest group had aimed to drown out the governor, they needn’t have worried. The cocktail din did a decent job of it. The space, home to Ralph Lauren’s runway shows, had been divided into a mini lecture hall for the awards portion of the evening with a larger buffet and bar area in the rear. The noise from unseated partygoers drowned out Cuomo’s father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, as he introduced his son. As the elder Cuomo praised his son for his role in legalizing same sex marriage in New York, Kim Kardashian, another game changer honoree, arrived on the red carpet. One particularly aggressive photographer added to the racket with shouts of “Kim, Kim, Kim!” Eventually, the younger — and louder — Cuomo took to the mic and won some of the crowd’s attention back with his declaration that, “the real power and the real import of passing marriage equality in New York [is that] you’re now going to see it resonate all across this nation.”
That the event’s organizers shut down the bar for the speeches of the rest of the night’s honorees, who included Tom Freston, Elaine Wynn and the 1973 “Models of Versailles” — Bethann Hardison, Charlene Dash, Pat Cleveland, Billie Blair, Alva Chinn and Norma Jean Darden — helped too.
Toward the end of the program, Glamour’s Cindi Leive introduced Kardashian, whom she praised for her business acumen.
And Kardashian clearly had it from a young age. “My little sister’s godmother, Kathie Lee Gifford, said to me one day when I was really little, ‘Figure out what you love to do, and if you can figure out a way to make money at it, it will never feel like you’re working,’” the reality star said.