Author Archives: Sofia Guerrero

‘Five Minutes With’ feat. David Levinson – L&L Holding Company

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David Levinson, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of L&L Holding Company, LLC is the strategist behind the 195 Broadway Master Retail Redevelopment, a 2018Awards for Excellence nominee in the Retail category. For our final ‘Five Minutes With’, Mr. Levinson shares the best career advice his dad ever gave him and what he believes is the most essential quality of a leader. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? “My dad had the most influence on my career. One of … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Paul Travis – Washington Square Partners

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Paul Travis, Managing Partner of Washington Square Partners joins us for this week’s ‘Five Minutes With’. Washington Square Partners has been nominated for excellence in the retail development category for the City Point project. Read about what qualities he believes makes an effective leader and how City Point broke the Downtown Brooklyn “code”. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? Bruce Ratner had the greatest influence on my career and gave me three essential pieces of advice: … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. George Schieferdecker – BKSK Architects

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Today’s ‘Five Minutes With’ features Awards for Excellence finalist George Schieferdecker, Partner at BKSK Architects, who shares his influences and experiences in the architecture space. Nominated in the Civic Space category, Mr. Schieferdecker and his team are being recognized for their work on Washington Square Park House. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? “My career has always been centered on a particular approach to architecture which was most influenced by Robert Venturi’s book “Complexity and Contradiction” … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Jack & Michael Cayre – Midtown Equities

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Today’s ‘Five Minutes With’ features Awards for Excellence finalists and brothers Jack and Michael Cayre of Midtown Equities. Check out their Q&A as they express their admiration for their father Joseph Cayre, who taught them the ins and outs of the business. Midtown Equities is nominated for an Award in the Repositioning or Redevelopment category for its work on Empire Stores in Brooklyn. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? “The greatest influence on our career is … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Bob Sanna – Forest City New York

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Awards for Excellence finalist Bob Sanna, Executive Vice President and Head of Construction of Forest City New York is nominated in the Housing and Office categories for their work on 461 Dean Street and the Tata Innovation Center at Cornell Tech.  Mr. Sana shares his best career advice, influences, and what makes him proud of both projects for our ‘Five Minutes With’ series. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? “As a builder in the most diverse, … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Dan Kaplan – FXCollaborative

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Today’s ‘Five Minutes With’ features Awards for Excellence finalist Dan Kaplan, Senior Partner at FXCollaborative who tells us how his mother’s entrepreneurial spirit gave him an insider look into the design industry, tips he received from the late Jack Rudin and why he is proud of 35XV, which has been nominated in the Mixed-Use Development category. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? “I have had the good fortune to have some wonderful influences, especially from my … Read More

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Recap: REO 2018 – Innovations in Real Estate

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By: Katie Tang Innovations in Real Estate  ULI New York’s Real Estate Outlook 2018 conference held on Wednesday, January 31st honored the release of the industry anticipated annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report, and featured several impressive panels made up of New York’s leading real estate practitioners. The last panel of the conference was titled Innovations in Real Estate. The panel was led by moderator Charles R. Bendit, Co-Chief Executive Officer at Taconic Investment Partners LLC, and made up of a mix of panelists, including Harlan Berger, Founder and … Read More

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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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