October 25-November 1

The next eight days, courtesy of the Commercial Observer…

Tuesday, October 25

Jones Lang LaSalle, CB Richard Ellis and the New York University Schack Real Estate Institute will all be setting up shop on the West Coast when the Urban Land Institute celebrates its 75th anniversary with its annual expo at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Go ahead: show your New York pride. [Urban Land Institute 2011 fall meeting and urban land exposition, Oct. 25–28, Staples Center, Los Angeles; visit http://www.ulifall.org for more info or to register]

Residential site management will be the topic du jour when the Institute of Real Estate Management hosts a week-long real estate course worth 22.5 continuing education hours and an Accredited Resident Manager designation. [Institute of Real Estate Management “Successful Site Management” course, Oct. 24–26 and Nov. 3–5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1751 Second Avenue; call 212-944-9445 or visit http://www.iremncy.org for more info]

Wednesday, October 26

The World Trade Center and Boston Properties’ glassy 250 West 55th Street project will likely be discussed when city Economic Development Corp. president Seth Pinsky appears at the New York Building Congress’s construction outlook breakfast. Expect to hear at least a little good news. [New York Building Congress breakfast forum, the Hilton New York, Trianon Ballroom, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, 8 to 10:35 a.m.; visit http://www.buildingcongress.com for more info]

When, in 1975, the New York State Supreme Court struck down Grand Central’s landmark status, the heroic Municipal Art Society and Jacqueline Onassis reacted, sparking a campaign to save the terminal from becoming office towers. Join as the Society re-enacts the events that led to the building’s safety. [Municipal Art Society “Grand Central Terminal” tour, meet at info booth, main concourse, Grand Central, 12:30 p.m.; visit http://www.mas.org for more info]

Thursday, October 27

Get out your black ties for the annual Heritage Ball, the single largest funding source for both the American Institute of Architects and the Center for Architecture. Honors this year will go to celebrity-condo designer Richard Meier and bicycle enthusiast Janette Sadik-Kahn. [American Institute of Architects-Center for Architecture Foundation Heritage Ball, Chelsea Piers, Pier 60, 6 to 9 p.m.; contact Jen Apple at 212-358-6108 or email her at japple@aiany.org for more info]

Once a labyrinth of tiny accounting firms and no-name lawyers, the Empire State Building recently completed a $625 million renovation, and, as members of the Mortgage Bankers Association will see for themselves, the result has been tremendous, with new full-floor clients like Coty Inc. taking up residence in the city’s most beloved icon. [Mortgage Bankers Association Empire State Building tour and networking event, one-hour tour begins at 5:30 p.m. at Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, followed by drinks at Katwalk Lounge, 2 West 35th Street, at 7 p.m.; call 516-997-3707 or email headquarters@mbany.org for more info]

Throw on your slutty real estate broker costume and head to Garden City, where the Retail Network is hosting its annual Halloween party and real estate networking event. [Retail Network Halloween event, 500 Old Country Road, Garden City, New York, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.; email info@theretailnetwork.org for more info]

Saturday, October 29

In 1917, as many as 27 nationalities were living around the edge of the financial district, and by the end of the 19th century, Arabs, Greeks, Turks and other new immigrants from the Middle East were calling that sliver of heaven the Lower West Side. Join the Municipal Art Society as it takes a tour of the forgotten yin to the Lower East Side’s yang. [Municipal Art Society “Downtown’s Forgotten Neighborhood” walking tour, meet at the Dutch Pavilion Café in Peter Minuit Plaza, in front of the Staten Island Ferry, near State and Whitehall streets, 11 a.m.; visit http://www.mas.org for more info]

Sunday, October 30

The  recently unveiled September 11 memorial by Michael Arad and Peter Walker will get the Municipal Art Society walking tour treatment this week, as will Brian Tolle and Gail Wittwer-Laird’s Irish Hunger Memorial. [Municipal Art Society “Beyond Sight: The September 11 & Irish Hunger Memorials” walking tour, meeting spot will be provided upon registration, 12 p.m.; call 212-935-2075 for more info]

Tuesday, November 1

By at least one estimate, as much as $50 billion in new commercial mortgage-backed securities will be originated by the end of the year. While that’s a far cry from a 2007 peak, it’s well more than last year. Long story short, more than 400 lenders, investors and borrowers can tell you the rest of the tale when they descend on Bloomberg Tower for the financial behemoth’s CMBS conference. [Bloomberg Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities conference, Bloomberg Tower, 731 Lexington Avenue, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; contact Ryan Slack at 646-862-9389 or Abel Devis at 646-862-9393 for more info]

The most powerful real estate lobby in the world has to eat every once in a while, and so join the Real Estate Board of New York for the next installment of its regular luncheon series at the Hilton New York. [Real Estate Board of New York members luncheon, the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.; email Jeanne Oliver Taylor at Jtaylor@rebny.com for more info]

Jay Cross of Related Hudson Yards will be the guest speaker when the ladies of the Association of Real Estate Women gather for lunch this week. [Association of Real Estate Women luncheon, Club 101, 101 Park Avenue, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; visit http://www.arew.org/events for more info]

To understand New York, start with Lower Manhattan. The guides of the Municipal Art Society are continuing their Downtown walking tour, which will include visits to Wall Street and a few historic churches. [Municipal Art Society “Downtown, Where New York Began” tour, meet at the Downtown Info Center, 55 Exchange Place, Suite 401, 12:30 p.m.; visit http://www.mas.org for more info]

Send real estate-related events to Jotham Sederstrom at Jsederstrom@observer.com