Herrick, Feinstein LLP chief planning and development specialist Richard Bass recently hosted a group of Israeli real estate students from Netanya Academic College, and the school’s vice dean, Dr. Amichai Kerner. The day began with a discussion at Herrick’s office about Harlem’s real estate market, led by Israeli real estate executives who have helped shape the new Harlem renaissance, including Yoav Haron from Artimus Construction, Eran Polack from HAP Investments, and Shimon Shkury and Victor Sozio from Ariel Property Advisors. At the event, the students networked with Herrick real estate department chair Belinda Schwartz, and members of Herrick’s Israeli practice group, including counsel Fred Green, who lives and works in both New York City and Modi’in, Israel.
Richard then took the group on a guided tour of Harlem, first going up the east side to East Harlem, going west on 110th Street, past the State Prison, to the revitalized Frederick Douglass Boulevard, which contains a number of Artimus developments. The group then stopped at West 116th Street and Morningside, at a spot overlooking Central and East Harlem, where Richard discussed Harlem’s history, zoning and current real estate development outlook. The tour continued north past the current Columbia expansion in Manhattanville to Hamilton Heights, Sugar Hill and the CCNY area. They then headed east of Strivers Row, down Malcolm X Boulevard to Astor Row, finally making a stop in the Pleasant Village area to view the Costco development on the former Washburn Wire site. [imagebrowser id=343]