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AROUND TOWN: Upcoming events you need to know about

ULI Awards
April 4: The Urban Land Institute’s annual Awards for Excellence in Development Gala, will be held at 583 Park Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m. The Awards recognize outstanding development projects in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors across the New York State that best exemplify ULI’s commitment to responsible land use and creating sustainable, thriving communities. ULI NY will be honoring Larry A. Silverstein, Chairman of Silverstein Properties, with the organization’s first-ever Visionary Leadership in Land Use award. The award recognizes Silverstein’s impact in the industry and region, as well as his strong representation of ULI’s values. Tickets can be purchased at


Breakfast Panel
April 5: Fordham Real Estate Institute and Business Council of Westchester Present: Behind the Headlines – What Opportunity Zones Really Mean for Westchester Real Estate from 8:00-10:30 a.m. at 800 Westchester Avenue in Rye Brook. Speakers include James Nelson, Avison Young) and Louis Tuchman, Herrick Feinstein LLP, Luiz Aragon, Commissioner of Development, New Rochelle, Wilson Kimball, Commission of Planning and Development, Yonkers. Registration is $50. To register, visit here

Regional Conference of MBAs
April 7 – 11: The Mortgage Bankers Association will convene at Harrah’s Resort and onvention Center Atlantic City, NJ. The commercial program will kick off with an opening reception at 7 p.m. on April. 7.  The event will include a presentation on the Economic Outlook for 2019 & Beyond with  Aaron Jodka, Boston Regional Research Ambassador, Colliers International. Speaker include  Richard Spengler, Investors Bank; Billy Procida, Procida Funding & Advisors;  Lawrence J. Longua, Fordham Real Estate Institute at Lincoln and;  Shari D. Linnick, Trepp LLC.  For more innfo. visit

YM/WREA Luncheon
April 9: Vornado Realty trust leasing director Glenn Weiss will by the guest speaker at the University Club, 1 West 54th Street, College Hall. The invocation will be given by David Berke, NKF. The reception begins at noon, For details, visit

April 30: The International Council of Shopping Centers New York Next Generation Program continues with Tenants Changing the NYC Retail Landscape, a breakfast and panel discussion focused on strategies to help make  retailers successful in 2019, which corridors and markets retailers are looking to next, and how to adapt in today’s digital age. From 8 – 10 a.m. at the ICSC headquarters, 1221 Avenue of the Americas. register at

The Asian Real Estate Professional Association (AREPA) hosted its 11th Distinguished speaker event on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at the Law offices of Herrick, Feinstein LLP. Ian Bruce Eichner, Founder and Chairman of the Continuum Company, spoke about his company’s projects in NYC. Flushing Bank sponsored the event. Pictured l-r: Tang Fan, JP Morgan Chase; Patrick Yu, Vice President AREPA/, Kucker & Bruh, LLP; Margaret Ling, Big Apple Abstract; George Xu, Century Development Group; Tony Huang, President of AREPA, The Heights Real Estate Company; Peter Wu, Vice President of AREPA/Eastbrook Real Estate Group; Ian Bruce Eichner; AJ Jin, Flushing Bank; Christina Ying, Herrick Feinstein, LLP; Frank Korzekwinski, Flushing Bank; Rose Liu,Colliers International; David Guerrero, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management. For information go to

B’Nai B’Rith Luncheon
April 10: “ Opportunity Zone Update—Where Do We Stand?” will be the topic at the monthly B’nai B’rith Real Estate Unit luncheon to be held at noon at the Cornell Club, 6 East 44th Street, Ivy Room. Marla Miller, Managing Director, at BDO USA, LLP  will moderate a panel featuring Ian Ross, principal, Somera Road; Mohi Monem, partner, Arcis Capital Partners; and Pierre Debbas, managing partner, Romer Debbas, LLP. TAdmission is $70 up to two days in advance and $80 at the door. Registration can be made online at  or by sending a check payable to B’nai B’rith Real Estate Unit to Aracelis Kuilan, BDO, 622 Third Avenue, Ste 3100, New York, NY  10017, email :, Telephone: 212-885-7239.

WHF Breakfast
April 11: Women in Housing & Finance will welcome former City Council speaker Christine Quinn as keynote speaker of their Annual Breakfast. Quinn is president and CEO of Women In Need, a non-profit agency to help homeless women and their children rebuild their lives. The event will be held from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the New York Athletic Club, President’s Room, 180 Central Park South. Visit for details

STA Dinner
April 11: The Subcontractors Trade Association (STA) will host the 50th Annual Construction Awards Dinner at the Grand Hyatt, 109 East 42nd Street, Midtown Manhattan. This year’s recipient of the Silver Shovel Award is David Rothstein,  executive vice president of construction at Extell Development. Honorees include Ralph Esposito of Lendlease as Builder of the Year; Lorraine Grillo of NYC Department of Design and Construction and NYC School Construction Authority as Public Official of the Year; Robert Walsh of Ironworkers Local Union No. 40 as Labor Leader of the Year; Robert J. Ansbro of Eagle One Roofing Contractors, Inc. who has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Robert Weiss of A.J. McNulty & Co. Inc., who has earned the Ronald Berger Subcontractor of the Year. The STA will also be honoring the industry’s emerging young professionals for the first time in the association’s history. For more information, visit

NYU Schack Monopoly
April 11: Matthew Kasindorf, chair of the Real Estate Group at Meister Seelig & Fein LLP, an adjunct professor at NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate, and NYU alumnus will be the Honorary Banker at NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate 25th Evening of Monopoly at Tapestry Atrium, 10 Hudson Yards from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds support scholarship and financial aid programs as well as a range of special academic initiatives for graduate and undergraduate students at the Schack Institute. For more information contact Sonal Pande, Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations and Fundraising, at 212-998-6961 or

ULI Meeting
April 16-18: Innovative city building will be front and center at the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2019 Spring Meeting at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville. A major focus for the 2019 gathering will be the reinvention of urban areas into thriving places that are drawing talented workers and businesses, and which are becoming magnets for investment. The Nashville metropolitan area, which is experiencing extraordinary growth, is a prime example of this urban evolution. For more information, visit


RPA Assembly
April 19: The Regional Plan Association announced the speaker lineup for this year’s Annual Assembly event. Featured speakers will include: Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont. RPA’s Assembly 2019 will be held on Friday, April 19 at the Grand Hyatt in New York. The “Investing in People and Places” Assembly feature break-out sessions with national and local experts discussing how climate change disproportionately impacts low-income communities of color; how to bring New York City public housing back to a state of good repair; how to promote job hubs outside Manhattan while supporting local community needs; how to use technology to improve how we get around; and how to prioritize health and community investments around anchor institutions.

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


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 www.marchofdimes.orgor 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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