Barbara Corcoran made a big splash at the converted former Tiffany building, 15 Union Square West last week. The doyenne of the residential biz hosted a book party for her latest tome “Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business,” that included a crew of mermaids and mermen, ice-carvings, celebrity pals like Al Roker, financiers and, of course, brokers. Corcoran's new best-seller centers on Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, co-founders of Pork Barrel BBQ, the most recognized contestants from Shark Tank, the hit ABC show where she served as a judge. Corcoran not only picked Hall and Thompson as winners, she invested her own money in their now successful business. Photos by Richard Lewin
Lisa Silverstein, Andrea Olshan and Helena Durst lifted the lid on their lives at the heart of the real estate industry during a forum hosted by NYCREW at the UBS Building last week. Silverstein, senior vice president at Silverstein Properties; Durst, vice president of Durst Organization; and Olshan, COO of Mall Properties, discussed their roles within three of the industry’s most revered real estate families and how that has impacted their personal lives. The forum was hosted by Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of retail leasing and sales at Prudential Douglas Elliman, soon to be seen on the new LOH.tv reality show, What’s Cooking in Real Estate?
At a live taping of What’s Cooking in Real Estate, a new web show by networking impresario Judy Sahagian, guests Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of retail sales and leasing at Prudential Douglas Elliman, architect Glen Coben of Glen & Company, and interior designer Gail Green put together a mouthwatering menu of mushroom-paneer appetizers, chicken and vegetable curry, and chocolate ganache with experts Phil Quilter, Nadia S. Day and ‘Chocolate Lady’ Lee Perrotta.
The Family Benefit and Concert, generously sponsored by Trinity Real Estate, featured a family carnival during the day, followed by a benefit concert in the evening. The event supported the expansion of CMA’s free arts programming for children and the development of the museum’s new home at 103 Charlton Street. (CMA continues to operate in its current facility at 182 Lafayette Street in SoHo until the new space opens in Fall 2011.)
TF Cornerstone and Robert K. Futterman & Associates welcomed over 100 brokers and real estate professionals to celebrate the unveiling of the newly converted retail spaces at 810 Washington Street and 90 Gansevoort Street in TFC’s West Coast luxury residential building at 95 Horatio Street.
200 brokers and guests turned out for a launch party held in the parking garage of the new Chelsea boutique condo, Carriage House. Parked up were some very special automobiles, including a 1965 AC Shelby Cobra and a 1969 Jaguar E-type displayed courtesy of the Classic Car Club (CCC) of Manhattan, a private club which gives its members the keys to a remarkable fleet of rare automobiles. Developer Broad Mill Development Group (BMDG) partnered with the CCC to give one lucky guest the keys to a classic car for a weekend and the demonstration of the garage’s cutting-edge hydraulic lift parking system. Developed by Harding Steel, the high-tech garage allows for eight private indoor parking spots; residents can self-park their vehicle and access the lobby directly from the garage. In addition to the winner at the launch party BMDG is providing the first six buyers at Carriage House weekend use of one of the coveted automobiles. Jocelyn Turken, Joél Moss and Herbert Chou of Warburg Marketing Group are handling sales for the building. They are pictured right with Warburg president Frederick Peters and Karen Gastiaburo, the firm's senior vice president. Photos by Mark Richardson
Nearly 700 top-echelon corporate real estate executives and service providers celebrated the city at the 2012 CoreNet Global NYC Chapter Annual Dinner at the Museum of Natural History. The event also featured a congratulatory message from Mayor Bloomberg, who recognized the contributions of the corporate real estate community to the city. “The annual dinner was a truly splendid and memorable event, an exciting testament to CoreNet’s vital role in New York,” says Marcus Rayner, CoreNet Global NYC chairman and managing partner at Cresa.
StreetEasy hosted a summer soiree at the Equinox rooftop terrace atop The Printing House condominium at 421 Hudson this week. Guests enjoyed cocktails and Latin fare by La Esquina and took in the Hudson River views from the condo which boast “the best gym in the West Village.” Guests included Sotheby’s International Realty’s Katy Rosenberg and Jeffrey Firth; Timothy Simmons, vice president at Brown Harris Stevens; PDE’s Max Dobens, Fredrik Eklund, Yuval Greenblatt and John, to name a few.
The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) held its summer cocktail party at Manhattan House last week. Members of AREAA received a market update from executives from Wells Fargo, the event’s sponsor, and Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group. AREAA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American communities. New York chapter members include real estate agents, mortgage specialists, developers, and other housing professionals from all cultural backgrounds. Guests enjoyed sunset cocktails at the private rooftop Manhattan Club with panoramic views over the Upper East Side.
The New York City office of global real estate brand Professionecasa Prestige International recently debuted its new sales and marketing team, and hosted an exclusive preview of Moravia, South of Fifth for local real estate professionals at Cipriani Wall Street. The New York City office is the newest to the network, which already has a presence in 30 different countries. An Italian-style residential property, Moravia, South of Fifth is located just steps from Miami’s famed Nikki Beach. The residence was developed and designed by The Moravia Group, and its in-house design team Moravia Lab Monte-Carlo. Amenities include valet parking, a private spa, beachfront views, and Apple-aided technology. Many of the property’s 27 one- through three-bedroom units also feature private entrances and terraces. More than 50 guests attended the event, where they shared conversation over cocktails and canapés, along with treats from La Maison du Chocolat. iPads featuring photos and floor plans of the homes were available for attendees to peruse as well. With pre-sales well underway, the property's South Side building is slated for completion in winter 2013, and its North Side in August 2013. Unit sales prices range from $365,500 to $943,500. “The resurgence of the Miami Beach real estate market continues to reveal itself, and while we represent many buyers and sellers here in New York City, we’re actually seeing a great deal of interest in this property from New Yorkers seeking investments in Florida again,” said Santo Rosabianca, senior sales associate of Professionecasa Prestige International. “I’d also like to think that Moravia, South of Fifth’s unique European concept really distinguishes it from other nearby new developments.”