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AROUND TOWN: events you need to know about this week

NYU Schack Award Dinner

May 8: The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate will host its 48th Annual Urban Leadership Award Dinner at The Plaza in New York City. This year’s Urban Leadership Award will recognize Wendy Silverstein, chief investment officer, WeWork. The event will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m


BOMA-NY Energy Action Day

May 9: John Lee, deputy director for green buildings and energy efficiency will keynote a morning seminar and panel discussion on the city’s newest legislative policies for the built environment. Chris Cayten of Greencode Solutions will moderate a discussion with Diana Sweeney of the New York Energy Consumers Council and Philip Skalaski, vice president of engineering and energy services for the Durst Organization. The New York City Council has passed legislation, Introduction Number 1253-C, that requires buildings to meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. This bill, which was passed on April 18, is going to have a dramatic impact on buildings in New York City. Speakers will discuss the nuts and bolts of what buildings will have to do to comply with the bill, as well as infrastructure issues related to electricity production and transmission needed to help buildings meet the bill’s requirements. From 8 a.m. to 10.15 a.m. at Club 101, 101 Park Avenue. Find out more at

Pathways to Apprenticeship


May 9: Pathways to Apprenticeship (P2A) will hold its inaugural P2A Leadership Award Reception. Gary LaBarbera, President of the Building & Construction Trades Council, will be the recipient of the first Leadership Award and the New York Building Congress and New York Building Foundation will be the recipient of the Visionary Award. The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the UFT Headquarters, 50-52 Broadway.


May 9: Elisabeth Post-Marner, AIA, LEED AP, aof Spacesmith, will join Dan Wolff of MarketAxess to discuss the new world headquarters for the financial technology leader. MarketAxess now occupies three floors at 55 Hudson Yards. The discussion will take place at 11.20 at Convene – West Room, One Liberty Plaza, Financial District.

United Way Luncheon

May 10: United Way of Northern New Jersey will honor commercial real estate projects and an industry leader at the 19th annual United Way Commercial Real Estate Network Legacy Luncheon at the Hanover Marriott. Attendees will also hear from keynote speaker Marni Walden, former Verizon Communications Inc. media executive. The event will feature five project finalists for United Way’s Impact Award and will see Finn Wentworth, founder and partner of Normandy Real Estate Partners, receive the United Way Spirit Award. Kim Brennan — one of the area’s most prominent commercial real estate executive — will moderate the luncheon. For more information, visit

ULI Panel

May 13: Urban Land Institute New York (ULI NY) will host a panel discussing the future of economic development in New York City following Amazon’s decision not to locate a second headquarters in Long Island City. Partnership for NYC President Kathryn Wilde will moderate a discussion featuring NYCEDC President James Patchett, Carl Weisbrod of HR&A Advisors, and Vishaan Chakrabarti of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism. Topics will include the impact of the city’s current political climate on its ability to attract talent and new business growth. The event will take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 125 Park Avenue. New York.

YM/WREA Luncheon

May 14: David Sturner, President and CEO, MHP Real Estate Services, will be the featured speaker at the monthly luncheon at The University Club, One West 54th Street. The invocation will be given by Ron Lo Russo, President, Cushman and Wakefield. The reception begins at noon and the meeting will be called to order at 12:30 p.m. Members and guests need to login or register to RSVP at

B’Nai B’Rith Breakfast

May 15: “Robots and Real Estate—The New Virtual Reality Space Tour” will be the focus, beginning at 8 a.m., at First American Title Insurance Company of New York, on the fifth floor at 666 Third Avenue. Bryan Colin, founder and CEO of VirtualAPT, whose autonomous robots produce video tours of commercial and residential space, will demo one of his creations and present how his company works for commercial giants and residential companies. Admission is $30. No one will be admitted without paid registration which must be completed by noon, Monday, May 13. Register online at or send check payable to B’nai B’rith Real Estate Unit to Aracelis Kuilan, BDO, 622 Third Avenue, Suite 3100, New York, NY:, Telephone: 212-885-7239, Fax: 212- 885-8118.

Developers Roundtable

May 15: The Law Offices of Kenneth Volandes will host a breakfast networking round-table beginning at 7:45 a.m. at 80 Broad Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room. André Soluri, AIA, will discuss strategies of how to viably develop smaller lots while reducing risk and increasing profitability. The founder and owner of Soluri Architecture  has completed a wide range of projects in the US and Europe. For details, contact

DDC Talks

May 15: The architects behind the new Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn., will present in New York City with the Department of Design & Construction (DDC) at the agency’s DDC Talks lecture series. The presentation, “The Integrated Approach at Sandy Hook School: Designing for Security and Socio-Emotional Learning,” examines how architects and communities can collaborate to design great new schools with healthy, productive learning environments that allow students to flourish. The architects from Svigals + Partners who led the project — Jay M. Brotman, AIA, and Julia McFadden, AIA — will participate. DDC Talks event takes place from 10am- noon at LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City, N.Y.

BOMA Wine Tasting

May 15: The Building Owners & Managers Association of Great New York will host a Wine Tasting at the State Grill & Bar in the Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, from 5.30 to 8.30 p.m. Costs is $250 per person; $425 for two. Visit for details.

LMCC Dinner

May 16: The 2019 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) takes place at Pier 17 in the Seaport District. Honorees this year are director Julie Taymor, David R. Weinreb and The Howard Hughes Corporation. This year’s Benefit Committee is co-chaired by Kevin Hoo of Cove Property and Brian Saluzzo of American Express. The evening will include a performance by four-time Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding, as well as a Silent Art Auction featuring the work of LMCC alumni artists. For more information, please visit


May 16: The New Jersey Chapter of NAIOP will holds its 2019 Commercial Real Estate Awards at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, N.J. Andrew J. Merin, Cushman & Wakefield, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Whitesell Construction Co., Inc. and Greek Development, will be honored with the Impact Award. The Industry Service Award will be presented to Gretchen Wilcox, President/Founder of G.S. Wilcox & Co. New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill will receive the Caren S. Franzini Public Partner Award, which recognizes local champions of development that inspire and transform communities. The members-only Gala ticket pre-sale is open now through March 18. Sponsorship inquiries should be directed to Donna Laterza at 732-729-9900.Ticket sales will be open to the public starting March 19. For complete details and updates, visit

AEC Panel

May 16: Thornton Tomasetti Chairman and CEO Thomas Z. Scarangello will moderate a panel discussion on Nurturing the Vitality of the AEC Industry at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Proshansky Auditorium at 365 5th Avenue at 34th Street in NYC from 4:00-5:30 p.m. The panel, “How Do We Nurture a More Vital AEC Industry?” will take a look at the future of vitality in the AEC industry. Panelists include: Dr. Mary C. Boyce, dean of engineering, Columbia University; Dr. Jit Kee Chin, chief data scientist, Suffolk Construction; John Gilbert III, EVP and COO, Rudin Management; Chris Sharples, principal, SHoP Architects. Registration required. Contact

Classroom Design

May 22: BuroHappold has convened a panel of experts for “An Exchange of Ideas: Shifting Paradigms for Academic Classrooms.” These experts, working at the cutting edge of the future of higher education, will discuss the catalysts for the changes, transformational design approaches, and lessons for future academic facility and instructional designs. Sara Lipka, from The Chronicle of Higher Education, will moderate the panel which will include Elliot Felix, Founder and CEO, brightspot strategy, William Menking, of The Architect’s Newspaper and others. From 6 to 9 p.m. at n BuroHappold Engineering, 100 Broadway. the event is free.

AHA Benefit

June 5: James A. Pirot, managing principal, project management, Cresa, and Tommy Dwyer, executive managing director, Clune Construction Company, have been named co-chairs for the second annual Hard Hats with Heart event to benefit the American Heart Association (AHA). The 2019 honoree is James P. “Jim” Burt, the former NFL nose tackle for the New York Giants from 1981 to 1988. The goal is to raise funds to train 90,000 individuals in hands-only CPR by 2021. The benefit will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the Ascent Lounge in Time Warner Center, at 10 Columbus Circle. More information visit or contact

BTEW Dinner


June 6: The Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) will host its 116th Annual Leadership Dinner at the Ziegfeld Ballroom at 141 West 55th Street. The event chairmen are Jay Badame, President of AECOM Building Construction Division, AECOM Tishman Construction and Peter Davoren, President and Chief Executive Officer, Turner Construction Company. The BTEA will recognize industry leaders Harry Macklowe, Chairman and Founder of Macklowe Properties; Paul Darrah, the Director of Real Estate for Google and; Lorraine Grillo, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Design and Construction. For more information contact Lena Vega at 212.704.9745 or

BOMA NY Golf Classic

June 10: Join us for the annual Golf Classic at Edgewood Country Club. Shot Gun Tee Time at 11:30 a.m. The format will be Team Scramble. Putting Contest and Cocktails will be followed by an Awards Dinner at 5:30pm. Raffle tickets can be purchased in advanced and collected at registration desk.

March of Dimes

June 13: March of Dimes North Central New Jersey Market will host the 2019 Real Estate Awards Reception at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm on. The event, which brings together over 300, will feature a networking reception, silent auction, and brief program. The Pynes Putting Challenge will take place prior to the start of the event. Christopher Johnson, Head Coach of Hollister Construction Services LLC, is the 2019 honoreeFor more information, visit or contact Michelle Dobbs mdobbs@marchofdim

CIBS Panel

June 30: Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island educational program: “Is Long Island Still a Good Investment?” Panel includes John Finn of Damianos Realty Group, Joel Bergstein of Lincoln Equities, Richard Caputi of CRESA Partners. It will be held in the Lower Level Auditorium, RXR Executive Park, 58 S. Service Road, Melville, Long Island from 8 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Cost: Free to CIBS members and associate members. RSVP and info:

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