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Around Town: STA Awards Dinner, REBNY Uptown Expo

STA Awards Dinner
April 6: The Subcontractors Trade Association (STA) 2016 Construction Awards Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at the Pierre Hote. 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
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.

Joint-Venture 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 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.

Minsky 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:

Cooperator’s Expo

April 13: The Cooperator’s Expo, ( a one-day free trade show being held at New York Hilton Midtown will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and feature over 300 exhibitors from throughout the New York metro area, free seminars and free advice booths. This is a prime opportunity to meet with professionals from every corner of the co-op, condo and apartment management industry, as well as network with your fellow board members, attend educational seminars, and win valuable prizes just for attending. Registration for FREE admission to this one-of-a-kind event can be made online at

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 Practising 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. For more information or to register, visit and enter “149202” in the search field, or call 800-260-4PLI.

Gala For Good
April 19: 10th Annual Gala for Good honoring Joey Levin, will take place at IAC HQ, 555 West 18th Street. Proceeds will help goods for good build more small businesses that fund orphan care programs in Malawi. The event will bring together entrepreneurs from New York City’s fashion, finance, design, and real estate worlds in support of this effort. For sponsorship information and tickets visit

LIREG Networking
April 21: The Long Island Real Estate Group Spring Event will networking, dinner, cocktails, Scotch whiskey tastings, and music. It will take place at Old Westsbury Golf & Country Club. 270 Wheatley Road, Old Westbury, NY from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $75 for member and $125 for non-members and guests. RSVP at and call 631-721-7400 for more info.

RFNY Cocktail Party
April 28: The Realty Foundation of New York (RFNY) will honor Christopher Schlank and Nicholas Bienstock, co-managing partners of Savanna, one of New York’s leading real estate private equity and asset management firms, at the organization’s second annual cocktail party. The gala event will take place at Manhattan’s historic Rainbow Room on the 65th floor atop 30 Rockefeller Center beginning at 5:30 pm. For information, contact Executive Director Patricia Frank at /212 697-3943.

NYBF Dinner
Apr. 21: The New York Building Foundation ninth annual Premier Wine Dinner at the Four Seasons Restaurant Pool Room, 99 East 52nd Street. The event will feature guest speakers Peg Breen, President, The New York Landmarks Conservancy; Paul Goldberger, Architecture Critic and Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair; and Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair and Commissioner, Landmarks Preservation Commission. Reception starts at 6:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Building Foundation’s philanthropic work. For more information on reservations and sponsorship opportunities, contact Alanna Draudt at (212) 481-9099 or To register online, visit

April 30: The Long Island Builders Institute (LIBI) will celebrate its 75th Anniversary at a Galaat the Huntington Crescent Club. Ira Adler, Partner at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP and Charles Mancini, Principal of the Park Ridge Organization are the Co-Chairs of the event. The organization will honor LIBI Past Presidents and Associate Vice Presidents with special recognition to Immediate Past Presidents, Alec Ornstein of Ornstein Leyton Company, and Mike Kelly of Kelly Development Group; and Paul Musso as Associate of the Year. For further information about the organization, visit

Women’s Forum
May 11: A morning of debate and insight from accomplished female leaders. The event will take place at The Bar Building at 36 West 44th Street from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will deliver a keynote address. Speakers include Toby Moskovits, Heritage Equities; Laura Pomerantz, the head of strategic account, Cushman &Wakefield; Colliers International president Cynthia Foster; and Alisa Mall, director of Carnegie Corporation, Visit to register.

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