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January 8, 2010 
 
 
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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

 

There was a shift of mood at the Real Estate Lenders Association’s annual networking celebration last night at Club 101. Perhaps it was best described as guarded optimism, but it’s certainly better than the ’09 attitude, which some say was more "guard yourself, guard your assets, and leave behind women and children."

 
Bank of Ireland’s Christopher Niederpruem and Declan Meagher flank Amalgamated Bank's Paul Leprohon, Lloyds Banking Group’s Rosendo Molina, and Newmark Knight Frank’s Richard Cassin at Club 101

Bank of Ireland’s Christopher Niederpruem and Declan Meagher flank Amalgamated Bank's Paul Leprohon, Lloyds Banking Group’s Rosendo Molina, and Newmark Knight Frank’s Richard Cassin. A new year, a new position for Paul, who just started at Amalgamated this week as SVP (he was previously with RBS Citizens). He tells us that his bank is serious about putting out money this year—$10M to $15M in most sectors. And unlike last year, you can actually predict growth again, he says.

First American Title Insurance Co.’s Jeffrey Mitzner and John Kelley, Loan Resolution Advisors’ Jack Rosenfield, Ackman-Ziff’s Simon Ziff, and RAIT Financial Trust’s Ron Wechsler

Do these smiling faces look like the hesitant lending community of ‘09? We snapped this of First American Title Insurance Co.’s Jeffrey Mitzner and John Kelley, Loan Resolution Advisors’ Jack Rosenfield, Ackman-Ziff’s Simon Ziff, and RAIT Financial Trust’s Ron Wechsler (of course, Jack could just be excited over planning his upcoming trip to Italy and France in the spring). Another trend we noticed: fewer people working the room, looking for jobs. Here’s to a continuous upswing, and we hope to remove the “guarded” from optimism by next January.


VIVA LAS VEGAS
 
CityCenter

The past two days, our publisher snapped pics of so-called “CityCenter” in Las Vegas. It’s the most expensive private development in US history, nestled (if that can be a word for 67 acres and 18M SF of development) between the Monte Carlo and Bellagio right on the Strip, where you probably didn’t think they could fit anything else. Those Veer Towers that look like they’re falling over (a deliberate optical effect of course) were designed by Helmut Jahn, who designed NYC’s CitySpire building, among others.

CityCenter

This is part of a 500k-SF retail and entertainment complex called Crystals, designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind with interiors by David Rockwell. The whole CityCenter used 77k tons of steel, 1.2M cubic yards of concrete, 30 cranes, 3.7M SF of curtain wall façade, 17k miles of electrical wiring, and the resources of MGM Mirage and Dubai World. (When Dubai World had resources.)

CityCenter

A lot of glass here at the 4,004 room Aria Hotel, where your ever-sacrificing publisher is staying on the 51st floor and constantly having to run down to the casino to get cell phone reception. (Interesting slice of humanity you run into at the gaming tables at 6 AM.) The Aria was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli of Winter Garden fame, and the neighboring Vdara Hotel (a little boutique at just 1,495 rooms, though all suites) by Rafael Vinoly—both sport interiors by BBG-BBGM. There is also the teenie weenie Mandarin Oriental at 392 rooms done by Kohn Pedersen Fox. Do we like it? Well, stunning architecture, but, to be perfectly honest, it’s a bit too 22nd Century sleek for us; we’re still transitioning into the 21st. 


VACATION PEAK
 
JLC Environmental Consultants prez Jennifer Carey in Death Valley

Continuing our venture out west, JLC Environmental Consultants prez Jennifer Carey sent us this great shot from her recent vacation to Death Valley—here, she’s standing at the lowest spot in the US, with the Panamint Range behind her (which peaks to approximately 11k SF). Of course, us New Yorkers can’t leave work behind, so while she was there, she visited the National Park Service resource management department on behalf of an associate to look at 17 residential unit roofs needing replacement. She took some photos of those too, but we’re not sure the peaks are as interesting. Send us your vacation pics!


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