Amidst the celebratory backslapping at the Real Estate Board of New York’s Ingenies on Monday evening, REBNY president Steven Spinola quietly savored an even bigger victory.
In a January 2010 Observer article, he had sounded one of the earliest calls for not holding the 9/11 terror trials in the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan. Attorney General Read More
Last Thursday, Feb. 24, while journalists craned their recorders like goslings waiting to be fed, Democratic Senator Adriano Espaillat of the Bronx and Northern Manhattan gave the assembled tenant activists what they wanted.
“We will go down to the wire,” he said after the rally. “This is a 15-round fight.” Professional boxing matches are now Read More
Steven Spinola, the all-powerful head of the Real Estate Board of New York, seems to think so.
He told the Post that “landmarking the entire city does not leave opportunity to grow,” and he has a point that there won’t be much of the Upper West Side left that is not Read More
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A new subway station at 41st Street and 10th Avenue as part of the extension of the No. 7 subway line is not dead yet.
The main lobbying arm of the real estate industry, the Real Estate Board of New York, has been pushing for months for the Bloomberg administration to build out a second Read More
At a real estate lunch at the New York Bar Association last week, Bob Knakal, chairman of brokerage Massey Knakal, stood up and asked attendees to sign a petition to help find money to build a new $800 million station along the No. 7 line on Manhattan’s far West Side—one of many a Read More
It’s been two years since the chairman of the New York State Independence Party, Frank MacKay, cut his hair and removed his earrings. At the time, he was traveling around the country, trying to lay the groundwork for a potential presidential campaign, and he realized that he’d be taken more seriously if he looked less Read More
To anyone closely watching the recent City Council elections, a small set of races took an interesting turn in the summer. The Independence Party of New York, typically something of a passive player in city politics, suddenly became actively involved in outer-borough contests, pushing hard for four or five candidates in the Democratic primary that Read More
For the first time in its 113-year history, the Real Estate Board of New York, the industry’s most powerful lobby and one of the city’s few remaining old boys’ clubs, will hand over its chairmanship to a member of—egad!—the opposite sex.
The board’s executive committee on Sept. 8 officially named Mary Ann Tighe, CEO Read More
The Bloomberg administration has endorsed a long-discussed bill that would require landlords to allow tenants the right to bring bikes into commercial buildings. The endorsement was made Monday at a City Council hearing by Janette Sadik-Kahn, Mayor Bloomberg’s notably active transportation commissioner who is coating the city with fresh bike lanes.
The bill, which Read More
To have landlords team up with tenants doesn’t generally seem like a very plausible notion; as political forces, after all, the two constituencies spend much of their time opposing each other on an array of policies.
But, on Wednesday morning, Steve Spinola, president of the Real Estate Board of New York, the politically powerful Read More