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AROUND TOWN: Real estate events you need to know about this week

Sustainability Expo
May 23: FirstService Residential and FirstService Energy will host their annual Sustainability Expo to educate building owners, managers and board members on building-related energy and sustainability best practices as well as specifics on the Climate Mobilization Act. The expo will be held at FirstService’s New York Headquarters 622 Third Avenue on May 23 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. The Expo will create a forum to meet, discuss, and interact with industry efficiency and building science experts. It also features vendors as well as a panel discussion comprised of experts in the energy field, and will provide attendees with an opportunity to assess how their buildings compare to other properties in the New York City area. Speakers include Kelly Dougherty, FS Energy; Marc Zuluaga, Steven Winter Associates; Aaron Ordower, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; Keith Werny, FirstService Residential; Alan Burchell, Urban Strong and; David Unger, Sentient Building Systems. For more information, visit

CREW Luncheon
June 4: Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) NY will hold its members luncheon at Landmark On the Park, 160 Central Park West, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The program will include the announcement of this year’s Founders and Impact award recipients and the winners of the two 2019 Network Convention Scholarships. For details go to

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

Rockers in Relief Concert
June 6: New York real estate executives will rock out for charity at the 8th annual Real Estate Rockers in Relief concert at Irving Plaza. The concert will raise awareness and funds for NECHAMA, an organization that assists communities across the country in long-term domestic disaster recovery, including continued local relief efforts in the tri-state area following Hurricane Sandy. Founded in 2012 by Carl Schwartz, of Hunton Andrews Kurth, and David Lowenfeld of DHL Holdings, the event has raised $650,000 for NECHAMA since its launch. The show brings together talent from real estate companies such as Madison Capital, Taconic Investment Partners, ABS Partners Real Estate, L&L Holding Company, HFF, ABC Properties, Kushner Companies, Cadence Property Group and Chicago Title Insurance Company, to name a few. This year, Emily Warren and Scott Harris, two of the driving forces behind some of today’spop music hits, including Dua Lipa’s and New Rules and Shawn Mendes’ Treat You Better will make guest appearances. Doors open 6:15 p.m. Tickets info at


AIA Conference
June 6-8: The American Institute of Architects (AIA) annual conference will be held in Las Vegas. Powerhouse keynote speakers include Ryan Coogler, co-writer and director of the Academy Award-winning film Black Panther; Reshma Saujani founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and, Roman Mars host and creator of 99% Invisible, one of the world’s most popular podcasts about architecture and design. Among a variety of paenl discussions , Architecture in Context will feature Emre Arolat, Hon FAIA, Founding Partner and Principal Emre Arolat Architecture; Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, Marlon Blackwell Architects; and Cathleen McGuigan, editor in chief of Architectural Record. The event will take place at the Westgate Pavilion II, located at 3000 Paradise Road in Las Vegas from 1:30 1o 2:30 PM on June 8.

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.

Garment District Alliance president Barbara Blair presented a special award to Eric Gural, co-CEO and principal of GFP real estate, for his commitment to the improvement of the Garment District. Pictured at the event ate l-r: Barbara Blair; Neal Garelik, president, Excel Global Security; Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President; Steve Kaufman, president, Kaufman Organization; Martin Meyer, founder, Meyer Equities; Ira Fishman, partner, NAI Global

NAIOP Industry Insights
June 12: Experts will convene to discuss “The C-Suite Perspective on How HR Drives CRE Decision” at the Maritime Parc, 84 Audrey Zapp Way, Jersey City, at 5:00 p.m. SPeakers will include David Greek (Greek Development), Alex Fowlie (Cascades), Michael Sommer (Edison Properties), Jeffrey Babikian (CBRE). More information and online registration at

Cryptocurrency Seminar
June 12: Brenda Posner and Judy Vitha, directors of business development at Assured Abstract, will host a presentation entitled Structuring Real Estate Transactions Using Cryptocurrency at The Guardian Life Building, 7 Hanover Square, 15th floor, New York, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Max Dilendorf, Esq. of Dilendorf Khurdayan and Philip Robles of Popular Bank, experts at the intersection of the cryptocurrency and the real estate industries, will introduce cryptocurrencies and discuss the impact they will have on real estate markets. Anyone may via email at or call 516-250-9807.

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 honoree. For more information, visit or contact Michelle Dobbs mdobbs@marchofdim


JUNE 13: A concise discussion of §1031 requirements, common structuring obstacles and practical solutions available to investors. Highlights include special entity issues, partnership “drops and swaps”, PINs, avoiding boot and parking arrangements. Plus Opportunity Zones vs. 1031 and Replacement Property Options. Presented by: Pamela A. Michaels, Esq. SVP, Asset Preservation, Inc. and Eric Bicknese, Financial Advisor, Nationwide Planning Associates. 11:30 AM Registration. Program noon to 2:00 p.m.. N/NJ CLE/CPE and CE offered. Location: Newmark Knight 125 Park Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY. Cost: Complimentary. Buffet Luncheon Included. RSVP to

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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