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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Jed Walentas, Two Trees & Christopher Sharples, SHoP

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This week’s ‘Five Minutes With’ is a double feature with Jed Walentas, Chief Executive Officer of Two Trees Management and Christopher Sharples, Principal at SHoP Architects, whose project – 325 Kent Avenue – is a 2019 Awards Finalist for Excellence in Market-Rate Housing. Jed Walentas, Chief Executive Officer, Two Trees Management Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? My father David Walentas is my biggest influence. What qualities do you think are essential to be an effective leader? Effective leaders should … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Marc Ehrlich, Chief Investment Officer, Rose Associates

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This week’s ‘Five Minutes With’ series features Marc Ehrlich, Chief Investment Officer at Rose Associates, whose project – 70 Pine Street – which was developed in partnership with DTH Capital, is a 2019 Awards Finalist for Excellence in Repositioning/Redevelopment. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you on how to approach the redevelopment of 70 Pine? The building’s original owner, Henry Dougherty, was the primary inspiration for us as developers. Rose and DTH allowed Dougherty’s vision and spirit to guide us as … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University

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This week’s ‘Five Minutes With’ series features Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University, whose project – Columbia University Manhattanville Campus – is a 2019 Awards Finalist for Excellence in Institutional Development. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? My colleague for many years Professor Joe Sax. He was one of the founders and leaders of the environmental law movement in the United States. He taught me that the greatest and most original academic work can be combined with some of the most effective and … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Joseph S. Taylor, President and CEO, Matrix

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This week’s ‘Five Minutes With’ series features Joseph S. Taylor, President and CEO, Matrix Development Group, whose project – Matrix Global Logistics Park Staten Island – is a 2019 Awards Finalist for Excellence in Industrial Development. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? Alan Vaughan was my first mentor straight out of college and was a profound and lasting influence in my career. Back then, Alan was managing leasing for Tishman Management and Leasing; I was impressionable and unmolded just two weeks … Read More

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Recap: REO 2019 – The New Face of Waterfront Development

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By: Saba Meidany On January 29th, a panel at the 2019 Real Estate Outlook brought together a diverse group of professionals and actors shaping New York City’s waterfront. Kate Ascher, Partner at BuroHappold Engineering and moderator of the panel, steered the conversation into discussing ownership of the waterfront and how private capital is changing the characteristics of neighborhoods as well their connections to the city. Putting residential uses on waterfronts is an expensive exercise, which, at present, is being provided largely through funds accessible to private developers. These types of developments … Read More

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Recap: REO 2019 – How will Opportunity Zones Impact Land Use and Development?

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By: Katie Tang The final panel of ULI New York’s Real Estate Outlook 2019 conference was titled How will Opportunity Zones Impact Land Use and Development? The panel was led by moderator Miriam Harris, Executive Vice President at Trinity Place Holdings, and included Eric Clement, Senior Vice President of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, Rachel Diller, Managing Partner at UrbanView Capital, Seth Pinsky, Executive Director at RXR Realty and Aaron Yowell, Partners & Chief Innovation Officer at Nixon Peabody, LLP. Laying the foundation for the conversation – Seth Pinsky stated, … Read More

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RECAP: REO 2019 – Emerging Trends Response Panel

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By: Frank Futia On January 29th, hundreds of ULI members and nonmembers gathered at the New York Times Building to attend ULI New York’s Real Estate Outlook 2019. The annual event kicked off with a presentation by Mitch Rochelle of Price Waterhouse Coopers, who shared the findings of Emerging Trends in Real Estate ® 2019, one of the industry’s most highly regarded and widely read trends reports. Following Rochelle’s presentation, industry veterans Melissa Román Burch, Executive General Manager of Lend Lease Americas, Hilary Spann, Managing Director, Head of Americas Real Estate … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Isaac Henderson, Development Director, L+M Development Partners

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This week’s ‘Five Minutes With’ series features Isaac Henderson, Development Director-Essex Crossing, L+M Development Partners, whose project – Essex Crossing-Phase 1 – is a 2019 Awards Finalist for Excellence in Mixed-Use Development. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? I’ve been fortunate to have worked with some of New York real estate industry’s most successful developers, including the principals of all three teams at Essex Crossing: BFC, L+M. and Taconic. One trait that each of these developers have is persistence. … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Colin Koop, Design Partner, SOM

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This week’s ‘Five Minutes With’ series features Colin Koop, Design Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, whose project – Cornell Tech Campus – is a 2019 Awards Finalist for Excellence in Institutional Development. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? I’ve been lucky to have learned from a great many exemplary educators and architects over my career, but one that stands out is my friend and teacher Hashim Sarkis. I took his studio focused on social housing during … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Muzzy Rosenblatt, President & CEO, Bowery Residents Committee

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This week’s ‘Five Minutes With’ series features Muzzy Rosenblatt, President and CEO, Bowery Residents’ Committee, whose project – Landing Road – is a 2019 Awards Finalist for Excellence in Affordable Housing Development. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? While an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to study public policy with the late Robert C. Wood, who served as Under Secretary and then Secretary of HUD under President Johnson, who created … Read More

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