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Building tomorrow’s New York City

By Sarah Trefethen

New York is in the midst of a building boom. The combined efforts of developers, lawmakers and economic development non-profits are creating and transforming neighborhoods across the city.

Experts with a range of perspectives on this transformation will share their insights with attendees at the Real Estate Weekly Women’s Forum on Feb. 27, on the panel, “Women in the Workplace.”


“It’s a really impressive group of people that are coming from real estate in different ways. We have representation from the developer side, from the owner side and from the tenant perspective as well,” said Melanie Meyers, a partner at the law firm Fried Frank who will be moderating the panel.

The audience will “see people who are at the forefront of development of New York City and have an opportunity to ask questions about what they’re looking for in the next projects.”

Panelists include Melissa Román Burch, an EVP Forest City Ratner overseeing the company’s commercial and residential development projects, including the Atlantic Yards Development in Downtown Brooklyn, as well as Sara Queen, an SVP for asset management at Brookfield Office Properties, the company that owns the former World Financial Center (now Brookfield Place) in lower Manhattan and is also developing Manhattan West, and ambitious mixed-use project to the west of Penn Station.

Ellen Baer, founder and president of the Hudson Square Connection BID will bring her first-hand experience with a neighborhood undergoing rapid change, as a former industrial area has caught the eye of a new generation of office tenants, and Nicola Heryet, senior managing director at Cassidy Turley, has many years of experience representing tenants both old and new.


“We’ll talk about some of the new commercial trends and new businesses that are coming into the city, and how that’s changing commercial demand and office demand, and what the stock is for those new businesses,” Meyers said.

Also on the agenda: Downtown and the West Side, and what those areas of development mean for traditional Midtown office buildings, and the changing face of Brooklyn, where a next generation of manufacturing and office tenants are filling in spaces in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Industry City.

The panel will take place at 11:15.

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