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AROUND TOWN; Events you need to know about this week

Sept. 17: The New York Association of Realty Managers presents “Winter Season Grounds Management” Chelsea Area Tutorial/Tour Featuring: Seasonal Must-Dos, Snow & Cold Weather Prep, Determining the most DURABLE Curbside Plantings, Practical side of in-house landscaping maintenance services. Lessons derived from 2 large complexes in the heart of Chelsea. Presented by James Dempsey, Professional Grounds Keeper, Assistant Grounds Supervisor, Penn South & former Golf Course Superintendent. Free to NYARM Members, Limited space. Non-members $185 contact Margie Russell, executive director for info at 212-216-0654 or email

Sept. 18: NAIOP NYC will host a Cultural Developments Panel from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m at Gensler’s Manhattan offices at 1700 Broadway. The panel will be filled with leading professional experts in the field of museum design and construction, including Eric Hahn, Colliers Project Leaders USA; Brendan P. Weiden, Jaros, Baum & Bolles; Chuck Kneaves, Leher Cumming; and Michelle Neary, Gensler. You can register for the event at


Awards Dinner
Sept. 18: Moment Magazine will present U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with its inaugural Human Rights Award at The Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue. The magazine, founded by Elie Wiesel and Leonard Fein, will also present its Community Leadership Award to advisory board member Lloyd Goldman, President of BLDG Management Co, Inc. (BLDG). The evening will feature a special operatic performance by mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. For ticket information calll 202-363-6422 or email

Sept. 18: The New York Association of Realty Managers presents “Elevator/Security Systems in the Newest Skyscrapers” 6:30 to 8PM at  432 PARK AVENUE at East 56th St.  Learn first-hand about the extraordinary technology that is available and, applicable, to most elevator systems about to undergo an upgrade or a modernization. Among the Presenters: Mick Carnevale, Elevator Consultant with Lerch Bates/Joseph Neto & Associates; Lily Elezovic, Director of Operations st 432 Park Avenue; Jerry Kestenbaum, Founder of BuildingLink. Free to NYARM Members, Limited space. Non-members $185 contact Margie Russell, executive director for info at 212-216-0654 or email .

ULI Fall Meeting
Sept. 18-21: Increasing diversity within the real estate industry, as well as incorporating sustainability in real estate transactions, are among the topics and issues that industry experts will be discussing at the Urban Land Institute’s 2019 Fall Meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This year’s speakers include Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations and Amazon’s director of worldwide economic development, Holly Sullivan. For information visit

SIEDC Summit
Sept. 19: Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) Healthy Housing Summit will showcase cutting-edge ideas in modern housing that focus on health,  efficiency and green living. Among the speakers will be CetraRuddy principal Eugene Flotteron, AIA, and Dr. Brahim Ardolic, executive director of Staten Island University Hospital. the summit will be held from  8:00am to 12:15pm at the Empire Outlets, 55 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island. Tickets vailable here

NYWCC Awards
Sept. 20: Quenia Abreu, president of The New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce (NYWCC), and organization board members will honor 13 women leaders and those who support the mission of the NYWCC at its 17th annual Women of Excellence awards ceremony to be held at the Battery Gardens Restaurant in lower Manhattan from 8:30 until 11:30AM. Honorees include Lorraine Grillo, NYC School Construction Authority president & CEO and commissioner of the agency’s Department of Design & Construction.  The NYWCC will also celebrate the accomplishments of: Kimberly Hardy, McKissack & McKissack; Renee Sacks, Women Builders Council; Adeola Adejobi, Avant-Garde Network; Eugenia Foxworth, Foxworth Realty; Zenaida Rodriguez, MTA Department of Diversity & Civil Rights; Shendora Pridgen, Morgan Stanley; Gladys Lopez, BNY Mellon; Francilia Wilkins Rahim, R.F. Wilkins Consultants; Sarah V. Man, The Voyage Group of Wells Fargo Advisors Inc.; Cira Angeles, LA Riverside Brokerage, Inc.; Rodneyse Bichotte, NYS assembly member, chair of the M/WBEs Subcommittee. This year’s Gentleman of Quality is Mark Gjonaj, NYC Council member & chair of the Council’s Small Business Committee.  The event also and raises funds for ContractHER, an NYWCC program initiated last year to increase the number of city, state and private contracts awarded to women entrepreneurs, with a focus on women of color.  For tickets and/or more information, call (212) 491-9640, email Lawrence Miles at or visit 


MBA Luncheon
Sept. 24: Loan workouts in a commercial real estate market ripe for a correction will be the subject of a lunch program to be hosted by the Mortgage Bankers Association of New York at the Cornell Club. Joshua Stein, the sole principal of Joshua Stein PLLC and a member of the MBA-NY board, will moderate the program. Richard Fries, a senior real estate partner at Sidley Austin LLP, will be the main speaker. The program will kick off at 12:30. Registration for the program at the Cornell Club (6 East 44th Street) will open at 11:45 a.m., with networking and a buffet lunch. The presentation will begin at 12:30 and include a question and answer period, ending at about 2. Register online at, or call 516-997-3707. You can also send email to: Early registration costs $90 for members and $125 for non-members.

MWBE Conference
Sept. 25: The Westchester County Office of Economic Development in partnership with the Town of Yorktown and the Yorktown Small Business Association will host conXpo North, a conference where Minority/Women-Owned Businesses (MWBEs), Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOBs) and Disadvantage Business Enterprises (DBEs) can attend informative workshops, connect with County departments, and network with local businesses. The half-day conference is being held from 8 am to noon at the Yorktown Community Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights. To register call the Westchester County Executive Office at (914) 995-2900 or email at

AREPA Speaker Series
Sept. 26: The Asian Real Estate Professional Association (AREPA) will host a Distinguished speaker and networking event from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Herrick, Feinstein LLP, 2 Park Avenue (Between 32nd and 33rd St) , 14th Floor, New York, New York 10016. Jonathan Schultz, co-founder and Managing Principal of Onyx Equities will discuss his distinguished career in real estate and his company’s current real estate technology projects  Seating is limited and this event is expected to sell out.  Tickets for the event $50.00. Free for 2019 AREPA Members. For membership information and to purchase tickets, please go to

St. Jude fundraiser
Oct. 2: The St. Jude Spirit of Hope Fundraiser will take place at the Prince George Ballroom, 15 East 27th Street from 6 to 10 p.m. This year’s theme is BBQ, Blues, & Bourbon. Join some 500 real estate industry professionals for an evening of Southern hospitality, drinks and music. For info. visit

AIR Society Benefit
Oct. 3: AIR Society “The Sky’s The Limit” Benefit will honor Roger A. Silverstein, Executive Vice President at Silverstein Properties, Inc. at Ascent Lounge at 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Register now, at or contact Mattie Shepheard at

Oct. 8:  The Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. (PFCNY) Renewable Energy Forum: The Natural Gas Debate and Implications for the Building Industry will be held at the NYC Seminar and Conference Center on 46 West 24th Street. Speakers include New York City Council Member Rafael L. Espinal Jr.; Scott Frank, Managing Partner, JB&B; Chris Cavanagh, Director, National Grid; Zachary Steinberg, VP of Policy & Planning, REBNY; John Gilbert, COO, Rudin Management; Bob Wilson, Vice President of Special Projects, Northeast Gas Association; Neil Skidell, Managing Director, Par Green Solutions and member of the Plumbing Foundation; and Eileen Cifone, Manager, National Grid. For ticket info. click here

BCW Dinner
Oct. 10:  The Business Council of Westchester (BCW) will welcome MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren as the keynote speaker at the BCW Annual Dinner at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, N.Y. Cocktail reception will start at 5:30 p.m. followed by the program from 7-9 p.m. For information on sponsorships, contact Charlene Nixon, Senior Director of Membership, at To register or for more information about the dinner, please visit

Autumn Leaves Gala
Oct. 15:  James Lenox House and Carnegie East House will honor three New Yorkers for their commitment to the needs of older adults at their annual Autumn Leaves Gala, at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on 141 West 54th Street. The co-recipients of the Mary Lenox Sheafe Award are Joseph Brancato, Managing Principal and Vice Chairman at Gensler, and Gregory F. Burke, Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Lane Office. Board member, Erna Given will receive the Lifetime Service Award. Sandy Kenyon, ABC Eyewitness News, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.  The Gala raises funds to support safe, affordable living at James Lenox House and its sister residence, Carnegie East House.  Sponsorship and Ticket information can be obtained by visiting or Megan Scruggs at or 212-288-5886.

CoreNet Fundraiser
OCT. 17: The CoreNet Global New York City Chapter (CoreNet NYC) Young Leaders Committee will hold the second annual Ride for Breast Cancer Research benefiting The Pink Agenda. The event will take place at SWERVE’s Flatiron and Midtown locations from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.. The proceeds will go to The Pink Agenda, a nonprofit organization committed to raising money for breast cancer research and treatment, with a focus on raising awareness among young professionals. For more information about the event, including ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities, email

Hope for Haiti
oCT. 17:  Hope for Haiti. a Naples, FL, based non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of life for the Haitian people, will host its annual Harvesting Hope Celebration at 5:30 p.m. at 200 Elm Street in Stamford, CT. The celebration will honor Citi Private Bank for their long-standing support and commitment to Hope for Haiti.Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities can be obtained by going calling Sarah at 239-434-7183, ext 213.

Women in Proptech Summit
Oct. 18: Women in Proptech present the The Women in Proptech Summit, a half-day event where attendees will have the chance to network, learn and explore the real-world applications of data, sensors and transformative technologies being used to achieve a sustainable built environment. Speakers will lead presentations, panels and hands-on workshops guiding the conversation around the future of the sustainable built environment. Event is from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Stroock: 180 Maiden Lane. Partners on the summit include Stroock and CRETech. To register, visit

NYC Real Estate Expo
Oct. 24: The day-long NYCRE Expo will draw over 5,000 to the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel. Speakers include Vince Rocco, Halstead;Michael Romer, Romer, Debbas; Louise Forbes, Halstead; Andrew Flachner, Real Scout; Paul Massey, B6 Real Estate Advisors; Kent Swig, Swig Equities; Bess Freedman, Brown Harris Stevens; and Luciane Serifovic, Luxian International Realty. Attendees are entitled to register for 7.5 hours of real estate CE credits through the New York Real Estate Center, the designated NYCRE Expo school. Advance registration is required at General Expo questions


USHMM Dinner
Oct. 28: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will present its National Leadership Award to Gary Jacob, New York real estate industry leader, at the 2019 “What You Do Matters” New York Tribute Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street. The Dinner is chaired by Debrah Lee Charatan, Jeffrey Feil, Lloyd Goldman, Mindy Nagorsky-Israel and Ronen Israel, and Caryn and Howard Unger.  In addition, Stacey Saiontz will also be honored at the Dinner with the National Leadership Award for her dedicated leadership in the Museum’s Northeast community. The event begins at  6:30 p.m. Registration Required: 212-983-0825 or

IIE Centennial Gala
Oct. 30: The Institute of International Education will host its 100th Gala at The Pierre New York. Martin Lipton will receive the IIE Stephen P. Duggan Award for Mutual Understanding. Lipton is a founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, former chairman of the New York University board of trustees and member of the board of NYU, NYU Law and NYU Langone Health. He is also a trustee and chairman emeritus of Prep for Prep. Journalist and business news anchor Maria Bartiromo will lead a conversation with NYC business and philanthropic leaders Lipton, Ken Langone and Larry Silverstein. For more information, sponsorship opportunities, and tickets, contact Ellin Delsener at (212) 245-6570 or email or visit

BOMA Breakfast
Oct. 31: Buildings Owners & Managers Association of Greater New York will host its Annual Leadership Breakfast at Club 101, 101 Park Avenue, New York, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Melanie LaRocha, the new DOB Commissioner, will keynote the event. For details, visit

Avenue of the Americas Association
Nov. 5:  The Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Avenue of the Americas Association announced the 93rd Annual Gala, honoring Rockefeller Group for their ongoing investment of the Avenue of the Americas and the Midtown corporate corridor. The gala will be held at Gotham Hall. Guests will enjoy dining and a performance by The Harlem Gospel Choir. Proceeds will help the Association advance its mission in its 93rd year and promote the Avenue as a premier business community in New York City. For more information, visit

PropTech Summit
Nov. 12-13: Reed MIDEM and MetaProp NYC host the third annual 2019 MIPIM PropTech NYC Summit at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan.  This year’s panelist include Cleve Adams, CEO of Site 1001; Ryan Anderson, VP of Digital Innovation at Herman Miller; Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner at BIG.

WX Gala
Nov. 14:  WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate (WX) will host its 2019 Woman of the Year Gala from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at The Pierre, 2 East 61st Street, New York City.  This year’s honoree for Woman of the Year is Paula Schaefer, Senior Vice President at Clarion Partner, and long-time member of WX.  Proceeds from the event are used to fund scholarships for women entering the real estate profession in the NYC area, and to pay for educational, professional development and networking events for the organization’s Mentoring program.  For details visit

members of the Basis Investment Group family participated in a simultaneous, multi-city cycling fundraising event for the Basis Impact Group Foundation. Basis riders cycled in the Garden State Fondo in Morristown, NJ, joined simultaneously by virtual riders from the team at Harlem Cycle in New York City and Grit Cycle in Costa Mesa, California. More than $33,000 was raised for the  Foundation. Donations to the BIG Foundation in recognition of the rides this weekend can still be made here

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