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June 2, 2008

Bisnow Breakfast & Schmooze: Forest City's Debby Ratner Salzberg. Thurs., June 12, BLT Steak. (Yep, that's right, breakfast at BLT!) Special thanks to Arent Fox and Davis Construction!


We thought real estate here was just about humorous calculations of price per square foot. Who knew that deep in the bowels of Studley and Newmark lurk card-carrying pals of.HBO comedian Larry David! A thorough 20-minute investigation by Bisnow has revealed shocking visual evidence that brokers Jack Schneider and Paul Chandler came to know Larry when all were fraternity brothers at the U of Maryland.


Members of Tau Epsilon Phi croon "Duke of Earl" at Virginia Beach a few decades back.

The year was 1969. Jack and Paul were brothers pledging TEP, and the fraternity president was Larry. Somehow they got in. We asked if either thought Larry would go on to be famous: "Are you kidding?" (We think that means no.) Every day at 5 pm, Larry would exit his room in a velvet smoking jacket, satin collar, ascot, and cigarette holder and lead his brothers to dinner. "King David," they called him. At other times, he was just known as "Cubes" because of his thick glasses.   

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Fast forward: Somewhere in that pile of papers Jack and Paul are hatching up what they say will be the coolest event of the year, September 6: "The greatest Doo Wop Rock & Roll show Washington has ever seen," with original groups like the Duprees, Teenagers, Skyliners, and Flamingos. It'll raise money for Georgetown's Lombardi Cancer Center, in honor of their close friend Ed Geisinger, lost to pancreatic cancer in 2001. Ed spent 25 years at Studley, and the NYC native who grew up on doo-wop shows at the Paramount used to sing when he commuted to work with Paul. They're hoping for lots of business support; already Vornado's Mitchell Schear has donated the Warner Theatre, and tickets are on sale. You can refresh your memory via YouTube: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?", "In the Still of the Night" and "Since I Don't Have You." It's gonna be amazing, for a great cause.

Paul Chandler    "The Soup Nazi"
Jack Schneider  

Seinfeld comic nemesis, Kenny Bania


Jack say Larry remains loyal to the fraternity and still meets with them. At an early 90's gathering in Rockville, Larry told them of a six week TV deal he had with some guy name Jerry. Jack and Paul deny that they were the inspiration for any Seinfeld characters, but photographic evidence above suggests otherwise.



Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale of a fateful trip.Nope, we're not talking Gilligan, but Thursday night's three-hour tour of the capital riverfront with ULI. We joined a crowd of 300 as the Odyssey cruised from East Potomac Park down to Oxon Hill and back. Trusty tour guides: Peterson Companies' Jeff Reseteco, Monument's Amy Philips, and Capital Riverfront BID director Michael Stevens. Jeff told us National Harbor's new Aloft Hotel (the first in the DC area) is already three months ahead of schedule, and Amy said Half Street will have the second Aloft; Monument just got franchise approval the other day.  


Vornado crew: Mitch Bonanno, Matt Melnicoff, Jean Samayoa, Chi Hathiramani, and Brad Karrer. Mitch spoke about several new developments in Crystal City, including the conversion of an office building at 220 20th Street to 256 apartments. Vornado's re-skinning and adding six floors, creating what they tell us will be Crystal City's tallest building.


ULI cruise organizer William Spransy of AIMCO with guides Adam Gooch of Akridge and Shawn Seaman of PN Hoffman. Adam told the crowd about Akridge's 100 V Street, the 2.7M SF secure build-to-suit at Buzzards Point; he says they'll break ground on the vacant land just as soon as they can find a federal user. And Shawn described PN Hoffman's 2.4M SF SW Waterfront mixed-use project which includes three hotels, 700k SF of office, 770 residential units, and 280k SF to break ground in 2010.      


Also on board: Christopher Consultants’ Lindsay Burleigh, Beatty Management Company’s David Friedman, Victor Stanley’s Claire Coolidge, Level 2 Development’s Jonathan Kardon, Avalon Bay’s Tip Brown, and HFF’s Jordan Lex.


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