December 15, 2022

1st Annual Installation Dinner and Holiday Celebration

LAI New York Chapter celebrated 5 years during its 1st Annual Installation Dinner and Holiday Celebration. The festivities were held on December 15, 2022 at the Pennsylvania University Club on West 44th Street. Our membership is ever increasing with 29 members and a promising year ahead. Thanks as always to our sponsors Pennoni Engineers, MJW consulting, Real Estate solutions and Cedar Point Finance. And a special thank you to our visitors, Kathy King, International VP, Susannah Bergman Northeast regional VP and Farrol Hamer Assistant Northeast Regional President. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 8:00am at Fordham University.


September 22, 2022

Guided tour of the MTA Pennsylvania Station, Moynihan Station

On September 22, 2022 LAI NY held a special event featuring guest speaker Brian Fritsch; Campaign Manager for the Public for Penn and Build Gateway Now Coalitions of The Regional Plan Association, who provided a guided tour of the MTA Pennsylvania Station, Moynihan Station, and the surrounding neighborhood renovation.

A special thank you to our out-of-town guests from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston and Washington DC for joining us, and to Susannah Bergmann, Regional Vice President Eastern North America, and to Gary Leach, the International President of LAI.

Click Here. for a Keynote summary on this event.

Below are photos from the event.

I hope you found it interesting, informative, and helpful.  “Knowledge” meetings are the core mission of LAI.  Your program committee works very hard to put together interesting and informative programs.  Your attendance and participation are valued and appreciated by them, and is critical in making these meetings a success.  The spirited questions and discussion are what makes LAI meetings so valuable.

June 13, 2022

Summer Party

LAI NYC chapter had its summer soiree on June 14th at Pershing Square across from Grand Central Station. The weather cooperated with our outdoor affair. It was good to see the 15 members that showed for drinks and hors d’oeuvres and some lively discussion.

Event photos are below.  Participants are listed from left to right:
Jason Barr, Tori Lord, Jeff Beal, Carrie Lee, Vitaly Sonkin, Scott Bloom, Chris Deutsch, and Anthony Berti.

John Watch, Ed McGinnis , Jose Vilchez, and Jeff Beal.

Susannah Bergmann, Chris Deutsch, Scott Bloom, and Serge Reda.
Vitaly Sonkin and Jason Barr.
Susannah Bergmann, Paul Ficalora, and Carrie Lee.

May 19, 2022

Compliance with Local law 97   Mr. John Grillo from Rich Energy Solutions Company.

LAI New York Chapter held its first in person meeting at Fordham University. Our guest speaker was Mr. John Grillo from Rich Energy Solutions Company.  John Spoke about the  utility and energy managements components of the NYC real estate that can be enhanced to reduce expenses and also to comply with local law 97 which becomes effective in 2024.  There was spirited discussion as to the economics of the proposed law and the impact on the financial viability of the NY commercial real estate market as well as the NYC tax base.  Thanks again to Derek Tynan for providing an excellent speaker. The meeting was planned to be a hybrid but technical difficulties prevailed and we adapted with an in person meeting only. Our apologies to all who were waiting on Zoom. Thanks to all who attended. Don’t miss our summer soiree at Pershing Square, NYC on 6/14/2022 between 6:00 and 9:00 PM.

RES and LAI Energy Cost Reduction Program 5 11 2022

April 21, 2022

GÖKTUG KRAL Founder, The Future 3D &
Joseph Ghaida, Designer, Founder, Animate Lot
“BYTE SIZED BUILDINGS – The Trans-Virtual Space”

On April 21, 2022 LAI New York Chapter held a very technology centered real estate meeting with guest speakers GÖKTUG KRAL Founder, The Future 3D, and Joseph Ghaida, Designer, Founder, Animate Lot. Special thanks to LAI’s very own Derek Tynan from OLA Consulting Engineers for providing two outstanding speakers. They both discussed image capture and 3D design creation for real estate showing how buildings can be presented to introduce ideas and possibilities to clients and architects. Our audience was enlightened by the use of laser and drone technology used to capture real life building plans that are normally lost in ordinary computer generated architect drawings. The meeting was well attended with guests from Baltimore, Greater Washington and Toronto. Our chapter is growing with nearly 30 active members.


March 24, 2022. 

Andre Soluri,  licensed architect, principal & founder of Soluri Architecture,  “Strategies with Small Lot Development.” 

The New York Chapter of LAI held its monthly meeting on March 24, 2022. Andre Soluri, a licensed architect, principal & founder of Soluri Architecture, provided a spectacular presentation titled “Strategies with Small Lot Development.” The presentation used design-thinking to propose strategies on how to make the most common type of vacant and underutilized land left in New York City more viable for development. The group discussion centered around applying current market standards to small lots and the impact of modular construction. Our participants included local New Yorkers and professionals from Baltimore and Toronto CA.


On February 24, 2022

LAI New York Chapter held a very enlightening meeting with get speaker Damian Besculides, AIA. Mr. Besculides demonstrated the latest technology in office planning and space design. We were treated to a demonstration of the systems available architects today to not only plan office space but to also source available properties and were updated on market innovations in office design. The meeting was well attended with guests from Baltimore, Greater Washington and Toronto. Our chapter is growing with nearly 30 active members

January 20, 2022

LAI New York Chapter held its 1st meeting of the year hosting guest speaker Brett Gottlieb, ESQ Special Counsel in Herrick’s Real Estate Department where he represents real estate owners, lessees and developers in the application process for New York City’s real property tax incentives including 421-a, ICIP/ICAP and FRESH. Brett counsels clients regarding their property tax benefit applications with respect to project eligibility, benefit calculation, benefit planning and implementation of the exemption or abatement of real property tax in the City of New York. Bret provided and excellent presentation on the 421a program and where it stands today. The meeting ran long as Bret and the participants discussed the different possibilities surrounding the sunset of the 421a program. As always we all learned something new.

December 15, 2021

LAI New York Chapter held its annual Holiday party at Pershing Square in Manhattan. We inducted 3 members, has a small presentation by Manhattan Historian professor Robert Snyder and held a raffle with 6 lucky prize winners. Eighteen members and guests joined the festivities and acquaintances and well wishes were made. We are a growing organization with more than 25 members so please inquire about membership. Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 8:00am.

December 9, 2021

LAI New York Chapter held its December monthly meeting hosted via zoom. The guest of honor was mat Dzbanek who spoke about the multifamily market and lending practices post Covid 19. Matthew Dzbanek is a Capital Services Professional at Ariel Property Advisors. In this role, he is responsible for debt and equity placement, with an expertise in multifamily and mixed-use properties. A lively discussion followed the presentation.

November 5, 2021
Mr. Gregory Russ, Chairman of NYCHA hosted the LAI NYC chapter November presentation at the church Street location. Special Thanks to our own Howard Husock for putting this together. The presentation was an interview format with Q&A afterward focusing on the issues facing NYCHA and potential solutions. The presentation was informal and each member engaged in discussion adding to the experience.

September 23, 2021

LAI had its first meeting of the 21/22 season on with special guest speaker Mitchell Korbey from Herricks and Feinstein LLC. Mitch Korbey is a partner, and chair of the firm’s Land Use & Zoning Group. Mitch is an accomplished urban planner and land use attorney with more than 30 years of experience in private practice and government service. His presentation focused on Zoning in NYC and particularly the recent zoning resolution for the Gowanus Canal. His insights into the process and impact of the new zoning landscape were outstanding. After the presentation Mitch circulated throughout the breakout rooms for more in-depth questions and answers. The meeting was well attended with more than 20 real estate industry leaders.

May 27, 2021

Constantine Korologos Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Transformation of Real Estate post Covid-19 Constantine “Tino” Korologos has over 37 years of professional experience in the real estate capital markets, structured finance and valuation industry. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor, teaching graduate real estate finance, capital markets and portfolio risk courses in the New York University Schack Real Estate Institute, where he has been on the faculty for over 27 years. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Korologos is the Faculty Director of the Hirsh Fellows MSRE Program.

April 29, 2021

Jason M Barr Professor of Economics, Faculty Rutgers University Was Everything You Thought You Knew Wrong? Housing Supply Elasticities for Manhattan from 1870 to 2017

Dr. Barr is a Professor at External Rutgers University, Newark in the Department of Economics, and an affiliated faculty member with the External Global Urban Systems Ph.D. program. His research interests include urban economics, and agent-based computational economics. Dr. Barr serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, the Eastern Economic Journal and the Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination. He is the author of External Building the Skyline: The Birth and Growth of Manhattan’s Skyscrapers (Oxford U. Press, 2016). He writes the External Skynomics Blog, a blog about skyscrapers, cities, and economics.

March 18, 2021

Lambda Alpha International hosted their March meeting/ information session presented by, Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Equity Partners. Toby Moskowitz Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Equity Partners, a woman-owned real estate and development firm specializing in mixed-use development in the New York metro region. The company’s fast-growing portfolio is comprised of unique, contextualized buildings in some of New York’s outer borough neighborhoods. Our discussion centered around the transformation of NYC post Covid 19. This was a very lively discussion with many view points expressed by the presenter and guests alike. The experience of the participants including Alan Chasan, Andrew Penden, Carrie Lee and Scott Bloom brought the conversation to a new informative level.

February 16, 2021

Brian Platzer Author, Educator, Contributing writer to The New York Times,, New York Magazine, The New Republic and many others presented: Where will the people be, geographically?

Brian Platzer is the critically acclaimed author of the novels “Bed-Stuy Is Burning” and “The Body Politic” (both Atria/Simon & Schuster) as well as the forthcoming parenting book “Taking the Stress Out of Homework” (Avery/Penguin Random House).

As a humor writer, Brian has frequently written for The New Yorker’s Shouts and Murmurs and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He recently wrote the viral article “Paw Patrol Is Contemptable Trash” in New York Magazine, and he has performed comic essays on NPR as a featured guest on Live From Here.

November 20, 2020

Covid-19 maybe threatening a second wave, but Lambda Alpha International NY Chapter continues to turn out presentations that keep our members and participants well connected and informed with uncommon access to discussion and dialog with industry professionals. LAI hosted a presentation via Zoom with guest speaker Katy McLaughlin, Special Writer for the Wall Street Journal Mansion Section. She discussed high end residential development in the wake of Covid-19. The new building systems demanded by purchasers in the tri state area are evolving and Katy McLaughlin has the industry contacts that provide cutting edge amenities needed for residential buildings to stay viable in the marketplace. The meeting was well attended by experienced industry professionals and the discussion was lively. In all, everyone took some valuable information away from the session.

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