About Us

   Honors is the premier bridge club in Manhattan and was founded in 1993 by Gail Greenberg. In 2008, Honors became a Not For Profit Corporation, realizing Gail Greenberg’s concept that Honors be owned and operated by and for the Honors Community at large. Honors offer lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. We have Novice, Nonlife Master and Open duplicate games.

   Honors’ Bookstore is located on the 14th floor and has a full line of bridge publications including books and computer software. We have a variety of bridge equipment-- cards, boards, bidding boxes, convention card holders, and tablecloths.

Honors Faculty

Gail Greenberg
   You can be sure that if it is bridge related, Gail is there. When it comes to competing at the highest level (representing the United States and winning five world championships and numerous National titles) or teaching bridge over the course of thirty years to hundreds of eager students in small and large classes, or to establishing two world class bridge clubs, Hartes in White Plains and Honors in Manhattan., Gail does it all. And she manages to accomplish this with a dedication to the highest standards of professionalism and with what at times is the most necessary of all attributes, a wonderful sense of humor.

Andrea Hayman
   Andrea Hayman has been Chairman of the teaching program since Honor’s founding in 1993. She says she doesn’t need her two law degrees (J.D. from NYU and L.L.M. from Columbia) to teach bridge but it doesn’t hurt either. She believes that while learning bridge can be hard, breaking it down in logical steps makes it easier. Many of Honor’s regular duplicate players who have achieved life Master rank owe their start to classes with Andrea, who has taught literally thousands of students over the years. Of course she still loves to play bridge competitively and has won numerous regional tournaments.

Alene Friedman
About your teacher you want to know
Well lets have a brief “Alene” bio
For seven long years I lived in Asia
So, hoping I wouldn’t get aphasia
I took up bridge morning, noon, and night
And kept on playing ‘till I got it right
Teaching, directing and playing some more
And even representing Singapore.
I came home and again worked in Social Service.
Then turned fifty and got real nervous
Decided winning the lottery was truly reaching
So I resurrected my career of bridge teaching

Jeff Hand
   An avid professional player who, back in the 1970s, "knew" he would win a few world championships during his lifetime. But, he married in 1980, raised a family, and entered into various business ventures, ending up in the electronic components and accessories business. Between 1980 and 2000 he only competed in a few US nationals, a few Central American and Caribbean Championships, one Olympiad, and numerous lesser tournaments. He now competes in most U.S. national tournaments, recently winning the 2008 Mixed Pair championship with Gail Greenberg and coming in 2nd in 2010. . He and Gail run bridge cruises and camps each year. Basically, Jeff is all bridge, making his living as a professional, teacher, and bridge/business partner.

Mike Kallman
   After graduating from the Columbia school of Architecture, Mike worked as an architect, designer, wood-worker, urban planner and painter having exhibited in a New York gallery. Cards were just a hobby to him until he encountered bridge. And he was a natural. Combining his high IQ, competitive nature, with his diversified creative talents made Mike an immediate winner. And when he turned to teaching bridge, his students became the winners as well.

Marin Marinov
   In a prior life, Marin worked as an architect in Bulgaria and Canada, but always played bridge and directed. He came to New York in 1981 and has been with Honors almost from its inception. Marin is no stranger to our duplicate players, as he is widely regarded as a top-of-the-line director. This term, in addition to directing, he will be showcasing his teaching talents for beginner students. Marin’s easy manner as well as bridge expertise combines to make him an excellent teacher having amassed quite a loyal following in the Tri State area. He won the Bruce Life Master Pairs in 2005 and the Open Swiss Teams in 2006 with a student. He likes music and dogs.

Rick Zucker
   A lifer at bridge, Rick was introduced to the game at the age of 9 and started playing duplicate in high school. After graduating from University of Pennsylvania with a BA in psychology in 1973, .Rick returned to NYC to immerse himself in the world of bridge. Since 1978, Rick has been a Director, Teacher and a Professional player. Rick has won numerous championships including North American Pairs, North American Swiss teams and North American Fast Pairs. When not playing, he and his wife enjoy outdoor activities including swimming and hiking. In addition, they are avid dog lovers having rescued 5 Golden Retrievers over the past 20 years.

Sue Picus
   Sue learned to play bridge as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, and won two National Championship events before she became a life master three years later. She won four world championship events, was second once, and won numerous NABC events. She was Non-Playing Captain of two World Championship teams, one of whom finished first and the second finished fourth. In her spare time she was a workaholic computer professional, working on Unix System Software for over twenty years, on Bear Stearns software applications for twelve years, and HBO Information Technology for 4 years until she retired last year.

Supervised Play Teachers

Jack Greenberg
   Combine an excellent knowledge of the game, an ability to express that knowledge clearly with much wit and you have Jacks credentials as a supervised play teacher. A retired Tax attorney Jack finds teaching bridge far less “taxing”.

Jacqui Mitchell
   It would be impossible to list all of Jacquis accomplishments and talents when it comes to bridge. As a player she has won five World Championships, more national titles then she can remember and was selected into the Bridge Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed on very few. As a teacher she is beyond first class. Anyone who has ever attended her supervised play sessions raves about her ability to communicate, explain logically and her endless patience.

Yefim Shoykhet

   Yefim has been a part of Honors for nine years. He is a Certified Teacher and a Club Director and has a lot of experience with one-on-one and small groups teaching. Even when he goes on vacations most of his vacation time is spent on cruise ships teaching and directing bridge.

Game Directors

  • Michael Berkowitz
  • Ava Grubman
  • Elliott Grubman
  • Mike Kallman
  • Irina Levitina
  • Marin Marinov
  • Michael Radin
  • Randall Rubinstein
  • Aviv Shahaf
  • Yefim Shoykhet

Honors Board of Directors

  • Claire Alpert
  • Luna Benardete
  • Cynthia Colin
  • Maynard Engel
  • Joan Finsilver, Marketing and Communications
  • Susan Friedman
  • Vicky LeFrere
  • Scott Levine, President
  • Connie Mazur, Secretary
  • Roberta Meadow
  • Cheryl Minikes
  • Madeline Nagel
  • David Parshall
  • Bill Rabin
  • Pat Rousso
  • Margo Sinclair, Vice President
  • Linnie Smith
  • Susan Tane
  • Richard Weissman, Operations

Hartes' Bridge Club
- www.hartesclub.com
Greater New York Bridge Association - www.gnyba.org
American Contract Bridge League - www.acbl.org

Mid Manhattan Location: 133 East 58th St. 14th Floor N.Y., N.Y. 10022 tele 212-230-1230