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AROUND TOWN: Events you need to know about this week

Hudson Valley Affordable Housing Summit.
May 2: The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University’s Land Use Law Center, along with its partners, the law firm of Goldstein Hall PLLC, the Housing Action Council, and the NHP Foundation, will host the third annual Hudson Valley Affordable Housing Summit with keynote speaker, Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. The conference will be held at the Judicial Institute on the Pace Law campus in White Plains.  The half- day conference consists of three panels and a keynote address.To register for the event, visit

CoreNet Dinner
May 2:  CoreNet Global New York City Chapter (CoreNet NYC) on will host its 2019 Annual Dinner at the American Museum of Natural History located at Central Park West & 79th Street from 6:00 – 11:00 PM.  The theme for this year’s dinner is “Natural Connections,” and Jason Aster, Senior Vice President of KBA/Visual Lease and Chair of the CoreNet Global NYC chapter will make opening remarks during the networking reception, which will be followed by a seated dinner. For more information about the CoreNet Global New York City Chapter, visit

Accelerate Conference
May 6-7: VTS will host its third annual Accelerate at The Conrad Hotel in Manhattan. Innovative executives and influential thought leaders will discuss the technologies, trends, and ideas transforming commercial real estate. This year’s speaker lineup will include Brian Kingston, CEO and Managing Partner, Brookfield Property; Vik Chawla, Principal, Fifth Wall Ventures; Jamie Hodari, Co-Founder & CEO, Industrious; Ryan Simonetti, Co-Founder & CEO, Convene. Tickets are available at

Brooklyn Conference
May 7: TerraCRG’s 9th Annual Only Brooklyn Real Estate Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Downtown Brooklyn, 445 Albee Square W #4, Brooklyn. Conference features curated panel topics that revolve around current real estate projects, trends and issues happening throughout Brooklyn. For information, visit

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% 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

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, a 20-year wireless industry veteran and former Verizon Communications Inc. media executive. Named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women List, Walden spearheaded Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo and AOL. 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, or to register for the event, visit

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.

New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce (NYWCC) hosted its annual State of Women in Business breakfast at the Faculty House of Columbia University. Subtitled “It is all about the money!” the lively interchange explored issues of gender pay disparity before an audience comprised largely of women business. Pictured l-r: NYWCC Chair Lina Gottesman, president, Altus Metal, Marble & Wood; Helen Rosenthal, NYC Councilmember; J. Phillip Thompson III, NYC Deputy Mayor; Carmen De La Rosa, NYS Assemblywoman; Joycelyn M. Taylor, CEO TaylorMade Contracting LLC; NYWCC Board member Vera Moore, CEO, Vera Moore Cosmetics; NYWCC Board member Eugenia Foxworth, Foxworth Realty. Photo by John Caballero.

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 JLL, Cushman & Wakefield, and CBRE, hospitality leader Starwood Capital, and residential companies Alliance and G&S. 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  10017, email :, Telephone:(212) 885-7239, Facsimile: (212) 885-8118


AEC Vitality 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; Mr. John Gilbert III, EVP and COO, Rudin Management; Mr. Chris Sharples, principal, SHoP Architects. Registration required. Contact

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

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

March of Dimes
June 13: Paramus, NJ, January 11, 2019 – 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 honoree.  Johnson is the founder and CEO of Hollister Construction Services  Several sponsorship opportunities are available, and presale tickets for the event are available through March 15. For 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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