Bruce Schonbraun, 64, heads the publicly traded global real estate practice of FTI Consulting and the real estate arm of the FTI Schonbraun McCann Group, perhaps the largest real estate consulting and advisory firm in the U.S. His gift for gab intact, the New Jersey resident sat down to chat about recent deals on behalf Read More
Along with Neil Siderow, Murray Hill Properties co-founder Norman Sturner has weathered nearly 40 years in the real estate industry, both during its ups and its downs. By focusing on Manhattan properties and creating four high-net-worth real estate funds, the 69-year-old mogul has managed to come out on top.
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Since founding Levien & Co. 18 years ago, Ken Levien has carved out a niche as a boutique project management firm that balances the needs of architects, contractors and engineers on behalf of owners and developers. With business slowly returning to normalcy, Mr. Levien, 58, said that his staff of 18 has focused their skills Read More
Earlier this year, Steve Meringoff and Leslie Himmel recognized the 25-year anniversary of Himmel + Meringoff, a firm that has embarked on an aggressive buying spree over the past 12 months. That benchmark, combined with successful leasing at 521-33 West 57th Street and 729 Seventh Avenue recently, has given the partners plenty to celebrate.
Roger Staubach may be best known as the Hall of Fame quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970s, but readers of The Commercial Observer may know him more intimately as the founder and chief executive of the Staubach Company. This month, Mr. Staubach, 68, celebrates the two-year anniversary of his company’s merger with Jones Read More
In April, former Centro Properties chief executive Glenn Rufrano took over the reins as Cushman & Wakefield’s president and CEO. In the two months since, the 60-year-old real estate veteran has embarked on a global fact-finding mission that has included visits to the firm’s offices in Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States. Mr. Rufrano Read More
In January, Leroy Comrie was appointed chairman of the City Council’s powerful Land Use Committee, taking over where Councilwoman Melinda Katz left off. The 52-year-old Queens councilman, who was first elected in 2001, spoke to The Commercial Observer about his once-frenzied, now relatively sluggish committee amid an economic downturn and hypothesized about land-use issues he Read More
The Commercial Observer: You’ve done a lot of work redeveloping design centers across the country, including the Decoration & Design Building in Manhattan and the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, which is currently under construction.
Mr. Cohen: The Pacific Design Center is in the third phase, which is a great office building that’s Read More
The Commercial Observer: Sorgente’s first residential project-34 Greene Street-went on the market in January. How are sales going so far?
Ms. Mainetti: Sales are going really well. The last couple of months we’ve been having a lot of showings, and the traffic has definitely increased. We closed on a unit, and we Read More
The Commercial Observer: Tell me how Eataly, Mario Batali’s new food emporium, came to lease space at the former Toy Building at 200 Fifth Avenue? From what I understand, they were originally looking for a significantly smaller space.
Mr. Levinson: They were in the market for a while, looking to develop something Read More