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Around Town: Crew Events & Construction Awards

CREW Champagne
& Shopping
Mar. 30 CREW New York will host an evening of champagne, light fare and shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The event will be held on Saks Fifth Avenue’s second floor. Admission and 10% of Saks purchases benefit the Charitable Fund. Cost for CREW New York members is $25; non-members, $50. Register at

The Rooftops
April 1: The Center for Real Estate Studies at New York Law School welcomes experts exploring how non-for-profits can leverage NYC real estate. Speakers include Victor Calise, Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; Paul Feuerstein, Founder, President, and CEO, Barrier Free Living; Rev. Caroline Stacey, Rector, the Church of St. Luke in the Fields; Elizabeth Leber, Partner, Beyer Blinder Belle; and Richard Warshauer, Senior Managing Director, Colliers International NYC LLC. James Hagy, Distinguished Adjunct Professor and Director of The Rooftops Project, New York Law School moderates the conference. The event will be held from 8.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. at New York Law School 185 West Broadway (at Leonard Street) Visit for more information .

Green Schools
April 1: Architect Barry Svigals will speak on the subject of compassionate listening in his talk, “Re-Membering Community: A Foundation of Sustainability,” at the Green Schools Conference & Expo in Pittsburgh. The Master Series presentation will address “the process of compassionate listening in the design of the new elementary school for Sandy Hook,” the community in Newtown, Connecticut. The talk takes place at GSCE from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. in Pittsburgh’s David Lawrence Convention Center.

Commercial “Crossfire”
April 5: Our Commercial “Crossfire” will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Mendik Education Center. The panel discussion, “New York – Capital and Debt Markets: Where Are We Now?” will include Aaron Appel of Jones Lang LaSalle, Kwasi Benneh of Morgan Stanley, Mike Hofheinz of Originations-MetLife, Dustin Stolly of Jones Lang LaSalle, and Jacob Werner of Blackstone, and be moderated by Evan Pariser of HFF. To register, contact Desiree Jones at, and for more information visit the Events section of

CREW Luncheon
Apr 5. CREW New York’s luncheon will be the association’s Annual Powerful Women in Real Estate program. The event will be held at Club 101, 101 Park Avenue and 40th Street, beginning with networking at 11:30 AM, followed by lunch and program until 2:00 PM.Panelists, who will discuss current projects, trends and predictions for the future, include Heidi Learner, Studley; Christina Warner, L&M Development; Laurie Golub, HFZ Capital; Moran Sellam, HAP Investments; and Marylou Berk, LeFrak. Erin Bond, New York Law School, will serve as moderator. Register at

NAIOP NJ Competition
April 5: Future real estate professionals will present their designs for NAIOP NJ’s 2016 CRE Intercollegiate Case Study Competition (CREICS). Teams from Rutgers, Monmouth and NYU will share their vision for the best use of a Jersey City site donated by The KRE Group for study purposes. A $5,000 prize will be awarded to the winning team. The event will be held at the Park Avenue Club, Florham Park Opening remarks will be delivered by Jonathan Kushner (KRE Group), and Mayors Steve Fulop (Jersey City) and John McCormac (Woodbridge) have been invited to speak. Registration/Networking Cocktail Reception begins at 5:30 p.m followed by dinner and the program. For more information visit

STA Construction Awards
April 6: The Subcontractors Trade Association (STA) 2016 Construction Awards Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at the Pierre Hotel. STA will be honoring the accomplishments of 2016 industry leaders, including Chris Zegler, Turner Construction, as The Builder of the Year Award; Linda Chiarelli, New York University, as The Silver Shovel Award; Christine Donaldson Boccia, JD Traditional Industries as The Ronald Berger Subcontractor of the Year Award; and Terry Moore, Local 46, Metallic Lather, as Labor Leader of the Year. For more information, contact Samantha Sweeney at (212) 398-6220 or by email at

Homebuying Seminar
April 7: As a result of her television show, which has entered its 9th year, Carmen Lee Shue, president/owner of Lee Shue Realty, Inc. announced that she is invited to present her most popular and successful seminar, A Practical Guide to Buying a Co-op, a Condo or a House.. “Things You Should Know and Mistakes to Avoid” at NYU’s International Real Estate Class at their Washington Square Campus.

BOMA/NY Energy Day
April 7: Nilda Mesa, director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, will present the City’s plan of 80×50 and descrive what actions will be taken toward meeting the ambitious climate goal. BOMA will host the event at 101 Park from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Attendees must pre-register.

JV Partnerships Panel
April 7: National Standard Abstract – a minority-owned, title-insurance firm – and the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp. are presenting a panel of for-profit and nonprofit developers discussing the evolution of joint-venture partnerships, sharing best practices, experiences, trends and advice. Attendees include developers, real-estate attorneys, lenders and brokers. It will take place between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at The Bronx Musuem 1040 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY. RSVP: Osei Rubie –

NYU Awards
Apr 8: Jonathan L. Mechanic, Chairman of Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department, will be honored with New York University’s (NYU) 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Also receiving a Distinguished Alumnus Award that evening is Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. Jonathan Woodson. Former NYU president John Sexton will be receiving the Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service and NYU alumnus and Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles will be receiving the Distinguished Young Alumna Award.The event will be held at the Grand Hyatt New York.

IREM Summit
April 9: The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) returns to Washington, D.C., April 9–13 for the annual Leadership and Legislative Summit. A member of the Museum of Broadcasting’s Radio Hall of Fame and the Journalism Hall of Fame, Ann Compton will be the keynote speak. She will draw from decades of experience covering the White House, traveling with presidents and vice presidents, and award-winning coverage of historic events like 9/11 to deliver her address at this year’s Summit. John Santora, CPM, COO and Chief Integration Officer at Cushman & Wakefield will be a featured speaker.

REBNY Uptown
Open House Expo
April 10 & 17: The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and its Upper Manhattan Committee will host its 2016 Uptown Open House Expo – an all-access, free and public event where potential home buyers can conveniently view dozens of the hottest uptown Manhattan residential listings during this two-day event.Those interested in attending should register online at or call 212-616-5261.

Economics Conference
Apr. 12-13: The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College host the 25th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference on the State of the U.S. and World Economies. the event will take place at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. For complete conference program information, visit

April 12: The Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) will host its annual gala, themed “The Many Faces of Mental Health.” The gala, at New York’s Pierre Hotel, will honor former U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy for his career of leadership and advocacy in support of mental health. More than 500 business, civic, and government leaders will come together for the 2016 gala. Dinner Chairs for the gala include Jennifer Ashley Ph.D., Global Director of Human Resources of CBRE; Rick Clark, Senior Managing Partner and Chairman of Brookfield Property Group; and Charles Fitzgerald, Senior Managing Partner of V3 Capital Management, L.P. To learn more about the MHA-NYC gala “The Many Faces of Mental Health” go to:

LIREG Breakfast
April 13: Long Island Real Estate Group Networking Breakfast, panel discussion: “Brown is the New Green $$$” will take place at Old Westbury Golf & Country Club, 270 Wheatley Road, Old Westbury, NY. Those speaking will be Jon Brooks of Nixon Peabody LLP, James Rigano of Rigano LLC, Chuck Merritt of Merritt Environmental Consulting Corp. and Gary Rozmus of GEI Consultants Inc. The breakfast will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The event is free for member and $60 for non-members. RSVP at or call (631) 721-7400 for more info.

CHPC Luncheon
April 13: The 57th Annual Citizens Housing & Planning Council Luncheon will honor the best and brightest in New York City’s housing industry. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway.

B’nai B’rith Luncheon
April 13: New York City Council Member Ben Kallos, will speak at The Cornell Club. 6 East 44th Street. The reception starts at noon Kallos is leading a move with the East River Fifties Alliance (ERFA) to restrict supertowers and over-development between 52nd Street and 59th Street east of First Avenue in Manhattan.Admission is $70.00 per person for paid reservations up to two days in advance. $80.00 per person at the door.

PLI Program
April 18-19: Attorney and author Joshua Stein, of Joshua Stein PLLC, will chair a two-day program on commercial real estate financing for the Practicing Law Institute (PLI). The program, “Commercial Real Estate Financing 2016,” will take place at PLI’s New York headquarters, 1177 Avenue of the Americas.

PLI will simultaneously webcast the program. Full attendance at the two-day program provides CLE, CPE, and CPD credit. Participants can also earn a full hour of Ethics credit through a program segment on “Legal Ethics for Real Estate Finance Lawyers.”

The full two-day program costs $1,695 for non-members of PLI. Members of PLI attend free.

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