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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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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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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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Recap: YLG Secrets of Success ft. Simon Ziff – “The Passion is to Be Better”

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By Vivien Wu The secrets to success, according to Simon Ziff, are simple. Start your morning with an organic nutrition shake. Get involved with ULI as much as possible. Don’t worry about interest rates tomorrow, but focus on mastery and self-improvement today. Remember that good business ethics is good business. On Tuesday morning, November 22, 2017, a group of about 30 young professionals gathered to hear from real estate finance expert, and President of the advisory firm Ackman-Ziff, Simon Ziff. In attendance, also were several Ackman-Ziff directors and associates who … Read More

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Recap: 2018 Economic Forecast – A Conversation with Mark Zandi

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By: Jean C. Lema On November 8th, 2017, the Urban Land Institute New York hosted one of its most anticipated events of the year – 2018 Economic Forecast:  A Conversation with Mark Zandi. Members had the opportunity to interact with Moody’s Analytics chief economist and learn about the main commercial real estate headlines to look out for in the upcoming year. Dr. Zandi opened the event by requesting questions from the audience to gauge the topics dominating the industry. Participants were interested in a wide range of themes, including: the … Read More

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Recap: The Future Is Now – WLI and WHF Tour New Cornell Tech Campus

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By: Vivien Wu Bold. Best views of Manhattan. Chance encounters. Future birthplace of a unicorn.  These were some of the themes arising from the WLI and WHF tour of Roosevelt Island’s new Cornell Tech Campus. On Thursday, October 12, 2017, the Cornell Tech Campus welcomed nearly 100 attendees from ULI New York’s Women’s Leadership Imitative (WLI) and from Women in Housing and Finance (WHF) to learn about the development, ethos, and programming of the new campus. Even before I set foot on Roosevelt Island for this tour, I was inspired … Read More

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Recap: YLG Secrets of Success w/ Melissa Burch

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By: Daniel Rojo As we — members of ULI NY’s Young Leaders Group (YLG) — question not only our own choices, priorities, and paths but those of the firms, organizations, and pursuits where we build and lend our expertise, how do we best set ourselves up for long-term success? How should we be strategizing our careers, where should we be focusing, and what should we be avoiding right now? At the YLG’s most recent Secrets to Success breakfast event, many individuals in the room were not brand new to the … Read More

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Recap: YLG Signature Panel – Zoning the City

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By: Jean C. Lema On June 21, 2017, the Urban Land Institute’s New York Young Leaders Group hosted a panel discussion titled “Zoning the City” to honor the 100th anniversary of the NYC Zoning Resolution of 1916, America’s first comprehensive zoning resolution governing the use and development of land throughout the city. The panel of industry experts discussed the new set of social, environmental, and economic challenges New York City faces, and explored ways of addressing the zoning limitations to help create a more equitable and livable city. The event’s keynote … Read More

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Recap: Reinventing Retail – a ULI New York Panel Discussion

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By: Kathryn Craig While retail properties are at the forefront of many communities and continue to fuel employment and tax revenues, retailers and owners face significant demographic and economic challenges, as high-end retail sales decline, store closings increase and e-commerce continues to drive shoppers away from brick and mortar locations. On the coattails of RECon 2017, ULI New York convened retail real estate industry experts for a panel discussion, delivering an exclusive look at trends in retail real estate, and insights into whether the sometimes-apocalyptic headlines appearing near-daily in the … Read More

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