May 15, 2024

LAI New York Chapter Gathering at Rizzoli Bookstore in New York City to celebrate LAI New York Board member, LEF Treasurer, and Author Jason Barr’s Book Launch with The Wall Street Journal reporter Konrad Putzier and LAI International leaders from Baltimore, Boston, George Washington (DC), and Simcoe (Toronto) Chapters.  His new book Cities In The Sky: The Quest to Build the World’s Tallest Skyscrapers.

April 3, 2024

The LAI New York Chapter luncheon with Hersh Parekh, Director of Government and Community Relations – NY at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, presented on The Development of Terminal B and C at LaGuardia Airport. We thank our fellow members from other LAI East Region Chapters for attending.

February 15, 2024

Breakfast Program at Fordham University with Michael Lappin, Founder of MLappin & Associates on “The Challenge Posed By The Signature Bank Workout.”

January 18, 2024

LAI New York Chapter’s Post Holiday Celebration Party at Bobby Vans Grill Times Square!

November 16, 2023

Jonathan J. Miller, President and CEO, Miller Samuel Inc. Real Estate Appraisers & Consultants, provided an engaging discussion and presentation on “The State of The NYC Housing Market.”

October 19, 2023

Lisa Desmarais, Vice President of Appraisal Issues, The Appraisal Foundation, presented on theStandards of Professional Appraisal Practice, Ethics, and Appraisal Bias.”

September 21, 2023

LAI New York Chapter hosted a Program with Bob Knakal, President and Head of the NY Private Capital Group, JLL Capital Markets, who presented on Office Building Conversions.

June 15, 2023

Annual LAI NY Chapter Summer Social Gathering held at Pershing Square Restaurant.

May 18, 2023

Barry J. Stein, President, Rohman & Stein Associates, Inc., a 30-year-old commercial real estate financing firm that is responsible for over 3 billion dollars of mortgage and equity financing. He led a presentation and discussion on “Are Banks Still Lending?”

March 16, 2023

LAI NY Chapter hosted a particularly well attended and engaging Expert Panel Discussion on Local Law 97: one of the most ambitious plans for reducing emissions in the nation.   Moderator Todd M. Hay, Pennoni and Panelists:  Tina Larsson, The Folson Group; Liz McCormick,Pennoni; and Christopher M. Tarnok, DL Partners.

February 16, 2023

Bringing Affordable Housing to the Market – A Plan was presented by Michael Lappin, President, M Lappin & Associates LLC. He is past CEO and President of The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) and CPC Resources Inc. He led CPC to become a national leader in the development and financing of affordable housing.

January 19, 2023

Breakfast Meeting Presentation on the Construction and Development of Mass Timber Buildings with Jeff Spiritos, principal of Spiritos Properties, LLC, a commercial and residential developer that builds mass timber projects in New York and the Northeast.

December 15, 2022

LAI NY Chapter celebrated is Installation Dinner and Holiday Celebration on December 15, 2022 at the Pennsylvania University Club on West 44th Street.  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 Bergmann, RVP, North America East Region, and Faroll Hamer ARVP, North America East Region.

June 14, 2022

LAI NY Chapter had its Summer Party at Pershing Square across from Grand Central Station on June 14, 2022. The weather cooperated with our outdoor affair. It was good to see the members who showed for drinks and hors d’oeuvres and some lively discussion.

May 19, 2022

LAI NY Chapter held its first in person meeting (since covid-19) at Fordham University. Our guest speaker was John Grillo from Rich Energy Solutions Company who spoke Compliance with Local law 97. Discussed 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 member Derek Tynan for providing an excellent speaker.  RES and LAI Energy Cost Reduction Program 5 11 2022

April 21, 2022

LAI NY 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. The topic was “byte sized buildings – the trans-virtual space.” Special thanks to member Derek Tynan 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.

March 24, 2022

Andre Soluri, licensed architect, principal and 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, MD and Toronto, CA.

February 24, 2022

LAI NY Chapter held a very enlightening meeting with get speaker Damian Besculides, AIA. Damian 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, Washington DC, and Toronto.

January 20, 2022

LAI NY 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. Brett provided and excellent presentation on the 421a program and where it stands today. The meeting ran long as Brett 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 NY 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.

December 9, 2021

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

November 5, 2021

Gregory Russ, Chairman of NYCHA, hosted the LAI NY Chapter November presentation at the Church Street location. Special thanks to our  member 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 NY had its first meeting of the 2021/22 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 “Tino” Korologos who has over 37 years of professional experience in the real estate capital markets, structured finance and valuation industry presented on “Transformation of Real Estate post Covid-19.” 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, Tino is the Faculty Director of the Hirsh Fellows MSRE Program.

April 29, 2021

Jason M. Barr presented on “Was Everything You Thought You Knew Wrong? Housing Supply Elasticities for Manhattan from 1870 to 2017.”  Jason 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. Jason 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

LAI NY hosted our March meeting/ information session presented by 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.

February 16, 2021

Brian Platzer, author, educator, and 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 LAI 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.

October 14, 2020

Professor Greg Duncan Woolf, FSA, FSA Scot, FBA, spoke on “Resilient Cities…which survive, which don’t and why?”

September 17, 2020

Matthew Rappaport Esq., LL.M. Managing Partner, Falcon, Rappaport & Berkman presented on “Opportunity Zones: The Best Tax Break You’ll Never See Again.

June 18, 2020

Dr. Alexander Heil, Chief Economist, Port Authority of NY & NJ, presented on “Is there any hope for the national and regional economy post COVID 19?

May 21, 2020

Mark Miller, Sr. Attorney Pacific Legal Foundation, presented on “Covid 19 Safety, Property Ownership: Rights & Wrongs in the Government Response.”

April 9, 2020

Steven Barshov, Principal, Sive, Paget & Risel, discussed “Practical Lessons from 40 years of Land Related Litigation” to LAI NY Chapter.

February 20, 2020

Andrew Dansker, VP of Marcus & Millichap, presented on “Rent Regulation and the Change in Real Estate Financing.

January 30, 2020

LAI NY Chapter hosted is Annual Holiday Party.

December 12, 2019

Robert Barone, Sr Director CBRE presented to LAI NY Chapter on “Assessment & Consulting Services Construction Risk Management.”

October 26, 2019

Howard Tolin, Exec VP, Sterling Environment & Professional Services, presented on “Real Estate Transfer Risk – War Stories & Key Points.

September 26, 2019

Developers Building Tour- 515 West 29 Art. – High Line Area

July 11, 2019

LAI NY Chapter hosted its Summer Cocktail Party and New Member Investiture Event at Brendons Bar & Grill.

May 23, 2019

John Bennardo, President of Legacy Builders Development Corp., presented to LAI NY Chapter on “The contract bidding process and how that is affected by the various parties involved.”

March 26, 2019

Toby Moskovits, CEO Heritage Equity Partners, presented on “Why NYC is on track to be the tech capital of the world.

February 7, 2019

Matthew Dzbanek from Ariel Property Advisors presented on NYC Opportunity Zones.

November 29, 2018

Christopher Gulotta, Partner Gulotta Grabiner Law Group, presented to LAI NY Chapter on Cyber Crime & Cyber Security in Real Estate Transactions.

October 25, 2018

LAI Program with Speaker Scott Bloom, Helmsley Spear, on Commercial Leasing in New York City.

August 30, 2017

LAI NY Chapter hosted a Summer Party at Bryant Park on August 30, 2017.

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