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ULI New York Hosts Annual Holiday Party

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Last week, members of ULI New York attended the District Council’s annual holiday party at Scandinavia House to celebrate seasonal festivities with industry friends as well as honor Janette Sadik-Kahn, former Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation, for her contributions to ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative.  Launched in July 2013, this two-year initiative works to connect ULI’s powerful global networks in an effort to promote projects in places all over the world that improve the health of people and their communities. Attendees, including Robert C. Lieber, Chairman of ULI … Read More

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Developers turning New York into Big Green Apple

For some, it might be difficult to believe that a city as densely populated as The Big Apple with nearly one million buildings crowding the landscape is in fact one of the greenest, most energy efficient cities in the U.S. But for political officials, New Yorkers and especially those working in the construction and development industry, it’s simple to understand why. Under the Bloomberg administration, New York has not only seen an incredible construction boom, but also a thriving green movement. With initiatives like PlaNYC, a long-term program aimed at making … Read More

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Key Stakeholders In WTC’s Redevelopment Discuss The Return Of A NY Icon

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The $20 billion redevelopment of the new World Trade Center site is one of the most prominent and high-profile construction projects in the world. The progress on the 16-acre complex, which boasts a plan to have 14 million total square feet of new office, residential and retail space, was the theme discussed at ULI New York’s WTC Redevelopment:  The Rebirth of a New York Icon held recently at 7 World Trade Center, which opened in 2006 on part of the site of the old 7 World Trade Center. The well-attended, … Read More

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Industry Gathers to Celebrate ULI’s Leadership at the Summer Social

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Over 200 people gathered at New York City’s iconic Helmsley Building on June 19 as ULI New York kicked off the summer season. Hosted at Monday Properties, the Summer Social event was highlighted as an evening of celebration as members and guests saluted outgoing Chairman, Richard Kessler, for his leadership and commitment over the past three years. Mr. Kessler, the Chief Operating Officer at Benenson Capital Partners, LLC and a long-time ULI New York leader, concludes his term having successfully spearheaded the launch of the District Council’s Local Product Council … Read More

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ULI Explores Game Changers Impacting The Future Of Real Estate Markets During “What’s Next?” Program

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If there is one word that describes what the real estate community is experiencing in this post-recession economy, it is change.   Change has become the New Normal in today’s society. But with change comes great opportunity. This was a major theme discussed at ULI New York’s What’s Next?  Game Changers to Impact the Future of Real Estate event. The lively panel discussion attended by over 75 people was moderated by Maureen McAvey, Senior Resident Fellow for Retail at ULI and co-author of What’s Next? Getting Ahead of Change, a reportexploring how … Read More

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