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January 22, 2009 
Monday Properties



With Jack Frost nipping at our nose, a great way to warm up was AREW's wine tasting at the Teknion Showroom on 641 Sixth.


Wine educator Ellisa Cooper opened a bottle of Albet i Noya Cava, a biodynamic (translation: beyond organic) non-vintage Spanish wine, and pours a glass for Weitzman Group's Marilyn Weitzman. It's like champagne, and says she starts all parties with bubbly to freshen the palate. 


JJ Falk Design's JJ Falk, Polo Ralph Lauren's Joann Foulke, Town Sports' Stefanie Galioto, and JJ Falk's Bob Carullo enjoy a grape escape from the hard economic times. JJ says she's working on a 100k SF Samsung service center in South Carolina


Creative Funding's Bruce Haber, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan's Karen Scanna, and Riemer & Braunstein's Jennifer Voci. Karen tells us she's representing the Mets in second bond financing for Citi Field. (Side note: your reporter abstained from wine to be sure she remembered to put the "c" in Stroock, unlike Tuesday's edition. Mea culpa.)


Last night was just a pre-game for Stalco's Jason Weingarten, with Alexander Wolf & Son's Tina Marshall and Ted Moudis Associates' Chris Savoglou. His firm is throwing a kick-off party this Friday for the opening of their new Islandia, Long Island office—a 10k SF industrial conversion.


AREW prez/Moynihan Station Venture VP Jennifer McCool with MPL Systems' Fritz Rey and BBH Solutions' Layne Frank, hopes the tasting will be an annual event



With their sports now off-season, the Young Mortgage Bankers Association brought together three sports execs to update us on the new Giants/Jets and Mets stadiums during a luncheon at the Union Club on E. 37th. Scott Rosner (center), associate director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, moderated, while Dave Howard, Mets' EVP of business operations and Thad Sheely, Jets' EVP of stadium development & finance, discussed.


The $800M Citi Field is 95% complete, on time, and on budget, Thad tells us. The soft opening is set for March 29, with a college game before the Mets' April 3-4 exhibition games vs the Red Sox and April 13 home opener vs the Padres. The $1.6B stadium replacing the Meadowlands is 60% complete, with structural steel work in place, Dave says. A thousand workers have toiled in the bitter cold to the tune of $50M in new construction each month.


Thad with YMBA's officers: chair Carly Berfas of Eurohypo AG; program chair Ron Cohen of Besen & Associates; vice chair Adam Horowitz of AFC Realty Capital; and publicity chair Evan Hakalir of JPS Capital Partners. We had to ask Thad: Cards or Steelers? His diplomatic answer: "I only root on the Jets." An unscientific Bisnow survey concluded that the luncheon's tough crowd doesn't care about the Super Bowl without Gang Green or Big Blue.


Title insurance exec and attorney by day, rock stars by night: Benchmark Title Agency's Mike Vanchieri and Farrell Fritz's Dave Curry (left and second to right, with Besen Capital's Angela Ortiz and Euro Mortgage Bankers' Scott Haber) respectively play guitar and sing lead for classic rock cover band The Ninjabread Men. (See the stuff you learn in Bisnow?)


After the luncheon, we hopped a 7 train to Flushing, where we snapped this of bulldozers chipping away at Shea while the new stadium looks on. It's jarring to see the 45-year-old icon disappear.

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