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January 16, 2009  
 
       
 
 
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SURVIVAL SKILLS

Arent Fox and Reznick Group, are hosting separate tax planning seminars on the morning of January 29. We'll tell you more about them next week. Meantime, clear your calendars!


 

Quite a number of you told us you liked our NY coverage earlier this week. How about one more peek? Last night, we hit the 113th annual gala of the Real Estate Board of New York at the NY Hilton. Even with the ten ton weight of the economy on their shoulders, 2300 poured in. Everyone was talking about the miraculous survival of the USAir passengers in the frigid Hudson nearby, and one had to hope that's an inspiration for the NY commercial real estate world to apply its legendary survival skills in '09.

 

Famed investor Harry Macklowe was the symbol of 2008: Financing $7 billion of Manhattan trophies with short-term debt, he was forced in May to sell the GM Building for $3 billion to Boston Properties and Goldman Sachs. With him, another NY icon, CBRE Tri-State CEO Mary Ann Tighe, honored for her 24 years of negotiating 70M SF of commercial transactions including 5.5M of new construction, and leadership in the rebirth of Times Square and downtown.

 
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Icon Larry Silverstein, right, is busy rebuilding the World Trade Center (he acquired it in July 2001 and finally settled with insurers for $4.5 billion in '04), here with Grubb & Ellis vice chair Dan Gronich and mall king Mort Olshan (who founded mammoth Mall Properties more than 40 years ago). And they have Washington connections: Larry developed the Reagan Building and International Trade Center, and Mort owns Fair Oaks mall.   

 

Your humble publisher, center, pretending like he knows Cushman & Wakefield CEO Bruce Mosler and Studley CEO Mitch Steir. Mitch closes his eyes, barely able to believe that his lifelong dream of appearing in a Bisnow issue has finally come true.

 

Soon-to-be Obama HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, right, must have been overcome with nostalgia to find time to drop in for a last big NY dinner before his new duties start Tuesday, here with NYC Council member David Yassky. Shaun's an expert on affordable housing, but told us that, for his own residence, he's not finding much affordable in DC.

 

Tishman Speyer's Rob Speyer, left, who was named co-CEO in June (sharing duties with father Jerry), here with Brookfield's Andrea Himmel, Kramer Levin dealmaking attorney Sandy Lindenbaum, and Andrea's mom (no misprint) Himmel & Meringoff Properties' Leslie Wohlman Himmel.

 

CBRE chair of global brokerage Steve Siegel and Taconic Investment Partners principal Paul Pariser.

 

Colliers ABR chair Mark Boisi and billionaire developer Sheldon Solow.

 

Related Cos. founder Steve Ross, which means he owns Time Warner Center, and who's been as high as #117 on the Forbes 400 list. 2008 brought him 50% ownership of the Miami Dolphins, so our question is, What are you doing up here in 15 degree weather?

 

Retail brokerage queen Faith Consolo, right, with Eastern Consolidated president Daun Paris (whose distressed asset business is booming), says her famed restaurateur client Shelly Fireman (Cafe Concepts) will be bringing two superhot restaurants, Bond 45 and Redeye Grill, to National Harbor for opening before the summer.

 

Our old friend from DC, Paul Schulman, right, the newly installed COO of Brookfield US Commercial Properties, has just moved up there in time to avoid the inaugural crush that will make the crowds of Times Square look like a picnic. With him, an old friend from Trizec days, SL Green's David Kaufman, and David's colleague Amy Schustek.

 

And look who else the cat brought in! Cassidy & Pinkard's Bill Collins, right, evidently got a visa to come up from DC for the night, here with Brookfield president Dennis Friedrich.

 

Vornado Office President David Greenbaum and Empire State Development Corp. president Marisa Lago, who may be relieved she doesn't work at Citigroup anymore. We asked David if he had any messages for Mitchell Schear:  "You bet. Keep those leases coming."

 

Packed last night, and surviving.  

 
 
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