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Recap: REO 2018 – Driving Development: The Future of Infrastructure

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By: Daniel Rojo Driving Development: The Future of Infrastructure At this year’s ULI New York Real Estate Outlook, four panelists — Samara Barend from AECOM Capital, Rick Cotton from the Port Authority, Janno Lieber from the MTA, and Edward Pallesen from Goldman Sachs — were moderated by Thomas McKnight from the NYC Economic Development Corporation for Driving Development: The Future of Infrastructure. Each touched on challenges and opportunities from different vantage points in the public and private sectors to discuss how the region can begin to address critical infrastructure investments to … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Arash Azarbarzin – SH Group

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For our ‘Five Minutes With’ series, this week we are pleased to feature Arash Azarbarzin, President of SH Group, for their project 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge & Pierhouse At Brooklyn Bridge Park – nominated as an Awards for Excellence finalist in the Hotel Development category. Mr. Azarbarzin shares the best career advice he has received, his influences, and what makes him proud of 1 Hotel BrooklynBridge. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? “Mehdi Efterkari gave me my first … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Jed Walentas – Two Trees

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Today’s ‘Five Minutes With’ series features Awards for Excellence finalist Jed Walentas, CEO and President of Two Trees Management, which has been nominated for an Award in the housing development category for their work on the market-rate residential property 300 Ashland in Brooklyn. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? “Unsurprisingly, my father David Walentas is my biggest influence.” What qualities do you think are essential to be an effective leader? “Effective leaders should have the ability … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. John Schuyler – FXCollaborative

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This week’s ‘Five Minutes With’ features John Schuyler, Partner at FXCollaborative. He shares insight into his career and why he is most proud of his project – Awards for Excellence in Institutional Development finalist Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, NY. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? When I was an undergraduate architecture student, I was deeply influenced by the architect, educator and urbanist Fred Koetter’s contributions to … Read More

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Recap: WLI Presents – Rezoning Midtown East

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By: Saba Carmel Meidany On January 12, the Panel Discussion organized by the Women’s Leadership Initiative of the ULI New York District Council at the Wells Fargo Learning Center, brought together some of the key players involved at different levels of the recent Greater East Midtown Rezoning. The rezoning of East Midtown, initiated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg prior to leaving office, then picked up by his successor Bill De Blasio, was passed in August 2017 – it includes the area from 35th to 57th Street between 5th and 2nd Avenue – … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Joanne M. Oplustil – CAMBA

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CAMBA Inc. President and CEO Joanne Oplustil sat down with ULI NY for the next installment of ‘Five Minutes With’. She talks about her experience with CAMBA Gardens, an affordable housing project nominated as an Awards finalist. Joanne shares the best career advice she’s ever received and what makes CAMBA a strong anchor for the community. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? In the mid-70s I was working in a refugee settlement in Tanzania, and had … Read More

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Recap: YLG Secrets of Success ft. Richard Saltzman

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By: Jean C. Lema On January 10th, 2018, the Urban Land Institute New York’s Young Leaders Group had its first Young Leaders Group Secrets of Success event of the year. Richard Saltzman, CEO and President of Colony NorthStar, Inc., shared his industry insights and discussed what values young professionals need to develop to excel in real estate and beyond. Mr. Saltzman strongly believes integrity is the one fundamental value every person must possess. Young professionals should establish a set of standards that promotes honesty and equal treatment, especially in a … Read More

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‘Five Minutes with’ feat. A.J. Pires – Alloy Development

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ULI NY features ‘Five Minutes With’ Alloy Development President A.J. Pires. He shares the best advice he received from a professor, the qualities he believes an effective leader should possess, and what makes him most proud of One John Street – finalist in the Housing category of the Awards for Excellence in Development.     Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? I’ve had many great teachers, mentors, colleagues and partners who have influenced my career over … Read More

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Recap: YLG Peer to Peer – Development & Entrepreneurship

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By: Saba Carmel Meidany In the current optimistic real estate market it seems fitting that the role of the real estate developer remains firmly cemented in the sector’s tradition of entrepreneurship. On December 7 at Clifford Chance’s offices, Josh Schuster and Drew Popkin, two young developer-entrepreneurs in their 30s, offered their insights and shared their experiences on the roles that they played to get them to managing and running their growing enterprises. They also offered insights into the development process from concept to realization. The following recap highlights the main … Read More

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Recap: Changing Tastes – What’s Next in the Evolution of Eating

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By: Alexander McQuilkin Landlords, developers, brokers, and food lovers converged at Eataly Downtown last Tuesday for Urban Land Institute New York’s Changing Tastes: What’s Next in the Evolution of Eating, for a sampling of ideas—and charcuterie—from some of the leading figures at the intersection of New York’s food and real estate worlds. Moderated by Adam Saper, Managing Partner of Eataly USA, the discussion centered around the changing role of food and drink in retail and the built environment. As Saper related about his 2010 introduction of Eataly to New York City … Read More

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