Last year, REBNY opted to re-create its Oscars-of-the-CRE soiree in June, not January. And, rather than the rubber chicken atmosphere of the Midtown Hilton, the board made the decision (an intelligent one, if we may editorialize) to move to the sleeker, more western venue of the Glasshouse at 660 12th Avenue. The party cut down on the speeches, amped up the chatter and gossip, and offered food served by luminaries such as Daniel Boulud.
But those of us attached to old ways sort of liked having a big REBNY party in January because it gave us an excuse to start the year musing on the issues that affect New York real estate. (Even if, yes, the changes to the party were extremely positive.) It’s a good way to assemble the myriad political and business topics in one place and put it all together.
Why not look at Gov. Kathy Hochul’s new proposals for housing, as Aaron Short did?
Why not examine the alliance of two pro-development public figures (Mayor Eric Adams and Gov. Hochul) in a city where the last governor and mayor hated each other’s guts? Rebecca Baird-Remba’s did that.
Why not sit down with city officials such as Jessica Tisch, who has one of the more important (and perhaps least glamorous) jobs in city government: sanitation commissioner? (The city’s rat problem? Yeah, that’s in Tisch’s portfolio. Find out here.)
Why not have a talk with REBNY’s head of technology, Chris Beach, and ask about REBNY’s priorities, as Philip Russo did?
Why not check in on REBNY’s fellowship program in 2023 and get a taste of this year’s fellows, as Larry Getlen did?
Why not put the hopes and dreams of office-to-apartment conversion under the microscope and examine just how realistic or illusory the grand plans are, as Patrick Sisson did?
Why not look at the nitty-gritty of Local Law 97’s enforcement, as Short did? (Also, learn what local laws are driving carbon reduction in other cities, as Anna Staropoli did here.)
In one of Friedrich Nietzsche’s more heavily quoted maxims from Twilight of the Idols, he wrote: “What does not kill me makes me stronger.” It’s possible that the traditional banquet thrown by the Real Estate Board of New York every January had to endure the mighty blows of COVID-19 in order to come out betterRead MoreChannel, Features, More, Jessica Tisch, Kathy Hochul, Real Estate Board of New York, REBNY 2023 Commercial Observer Read More
Robert Khodadadian has long had a simple philosophy about selling real estate. The way he sees it, there are approximately a million buildings in the city, and the broker that gets to sell any one among the multitude that will hit the auctioning block at a given moment is, sometimes, simply the person who happens to pitch their services to the right seller at the right time.
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