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ULI Addresses Innovation for New York’s Developers and Contractors

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“Innovation” was a predominant theme at ULI New York’s Construction Technologies and Methodologies program held last Wednesday at Clifford Chance.  The discussion revolved around the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, currently being developed by Forest City Ratner.  FCR is innovating in the way it is constructing the residential portion of the project.  It has partnered with to develop Atlantic Yards utilizing modular construction.  FCR and Skanska have created a manufacturing facility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard where modular components will be assembled and then trucked to the development site. Panelist … Read More

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Investing Abroad: Brazil, India and China

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FEBRUARY 6, 2012 Reported by James Ryan III, ULI New York Young Leaders Group Opportunities to generate outsize returns exist in emerging markets real estate. Major markets in Brazil have razor thin vacancy rates, India has a rapidly growing population of 1.2 billion and is beginning to open itself up to more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and China’s economy has been growing at a rapid pace for more than a decade. However, the potential for big returns is mitigated by risks that are numerous and difficult to navigate.  At the … Read More

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YLG Mobile Workshop: New York by Gehry

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NOVEMBER 18, 2011 Reported by James Ryan III, ULI New York Young Leaders Group Additional contributions by Christopher Turner, ULI New York Young Leaders Group On Friday, November 18th ULI’s Young Leaders Group was invited to an exclusive guided tour of one of Forest City Ratner’s newest buildings. Rising out of Lower Manhattan, just north of Wall Street, New York by Gehry is the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere. Architecturally it is a striking building, and one that carries some of the architect’s, Frank Gehry, signature design traits … Read More

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YLG New York: Real Estate Entrepreneurship

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NOVEMBER 9, 2011 Reported by James Ryan III, ULI New York Young Leaders Group Additional contributions by Christopher Turner, ULI New York Young Leaders Group The phone won’t ring.  The clouds won’t part.  Cash yielding properties aren’t going to fall into your hands.  Capital will be hard to come by.  No one will hand you anything.  Diligence and perseverance are tantamount to survival.  Sounds fun, doesn’t it? If there was one major theme at the YLG Entrepreneurship in Real Estate event on Thursday, November 9th, it was that entrepreneurs forge … Read More

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ULI New York: Career Choices for the Mid-Level Executive

JULY 28, 2011 Reported by James Ryan, III, ULI New York Young Leaders Group Seek out and embrace change.  This was the central message from the “Career Choices for the Mid-Level Executive” panel discussion on July 28th.  Capital markets and the real estate sector have gone through several upheavals in the past few decades.  As a result, major changes have occurred and new sectors have been created.  Fortunes and careers have been made off of these changes because certain individuals were willing to move out of their comfort zone and … Read More

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YLG Leadership Breakfast Series: Kevin Chisholm, Managing Director at Savanna Partners

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JUNE 21, 2011 Reported by James Ryan III, ULI New York Young Leaders Group On Tuesday, June 21st, Studley Inc hosted a ULI Young Leaders Group event with Kevin Chisholm, a Managing Director at Savanna Partners.  A good number of young leaders showed up to listen to Mr. Chisholm speak about his background and experiences at Savanna. Will Silverman of Studley moderated, posed prepared questions, and later fielded questions from those in attendance. Throughout the talk it was apparent that Mr. Chisholm has a passion for what he does.  In … Read More

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