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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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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Justin Palmer, Founder and CEO, Synapse

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This week’s ‘Five Minutes With’ series features Justin Palmer, Founder and CEO of Synapse, whose project – Perch Harlem – is a 2019 Awards Finalist for Excellence in Market Rate Housing Development. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? I don’t really differentiate between life and work anymore as they are one in the same at this point. As I reflect on who was the greatest influence in my life, hands down that would be my mother. … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Michael Schwarz, Senior Associate, DeSimone

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This week’s ‘Five Minutes With’ series features Michael Schwarz, Senior Associate, DeSimone, whose project – citizenM New York Bowery Hotel – is a 2019 Awards Finalist for Excellence in Hotel Development. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? My first project manager at DeSimone. He stressed the importance becoming a technical expert in the field while at the same time always considering the practical aspects of a design. What qualities do you think are essential to be an effective leader? … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Asher Abehsera, Founder & CEO of LIVWRK

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We are kicking off this year’s ‘Five Minutes With’ series featuring Asher Abehsera, Founder & CEO of LIVWRK, whose project – Dumbo Heights – is a 2019 Awards Finalist for Excellence in Office Development. Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? David Walentas my former boss and Owner of Two Trees Management. He told me to dream big and go for it because he said he knew what I was capable of and anything less would be a … Read More

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Recap: 2019 Economic Forecast – A Conversation with Ken Rosen

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By: Vivien Wu Last Tuesday, members gathered for breakfast and thought leadership at ULI New York’s Annual Economic Forecast, one of the District Council’s most popular recurring events. Law firm Kirkland & Ellis hosted the forecast, which was presented this year by Ken Rosen. Mr. Rosen is Chairman of Rosen Consulting Group, a real estate market research firm, Chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and Professor Emeritus and California State Chair of Real Estate and Urban Economics at the Haas School of Business at the … Read More

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