The 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate



Christopher Ward

Nominee for Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Governor Paterson’s new pick to head the bistate empire of an agency that is the Port Authority, Mr. Ward will oversee well over $10 billion in new construction, including the overbudget tangle at ground zero.



Lloyd Goldman

President of BLDG Management

His late uncle, Sol Goldman, was the city’s largest private landlord by the mid-1980s. Nephew Lloyd has kept the family dynasty going the past 20-odd years with his landlord and building-management firm, which owns hundreds of buildings throughout the city.



Bruce Mosler

President and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield

Mr. Mosler heads a commercial brokerage that annually competes with archrival CB Richard Ellis for the distinction of brokering the most deals in the city. Its biggest triumph so far? Brokering the largest building sale in U.S. history, $1.8 billion for 666 Fifth Avenue, in late 2006.



Jonathan Mechanic

Chairman of Real Estate Department at law firm Fried Frank

The Fried Frank holiday party every winter always draws a who’s who of New York real estate. And a tremendous reason for that is the aptly named Mr. Mechanic, who helps engineer deals for major clients, including the embattled Harry Macklowe.



Rob Speyer

President of Tishman Speyer

As president of the mega-developer and landlord (Chrysler Building, Stuyvesant Town, Rockefeller Center, etc.), Mr. Speyer runs the daily business of the firm chaired by dad Jerry.



Ed Ott

Executive Director of the New York City Central Labor Council

Mr. Ott has thrown the Central Labor Council’s hat into two of the city’s largest residential real estate deals in recent years: Stuyvesant Town and the attempted purchase of Starrett City. Now he faces off with the Bloomberg administration over Willets Point in an attempt to wrest concessions.



Peter Riguardi

President of Jones Lang LaSalle’s New York office

Upon his arrival at its helm in 2002, Mr. Riguardi began a revamp of the Jones Lang LaSalle New York office. It now does formidable battle with heavyweights Cushman & Wakefield and CB Richard Ellis.



Scott Latham

Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield

A struggling artist turned nationally renowned commercial real estate broker—not many can claim the biography of Cushman’s Scott Latham. He and his team, often dubbed “the Fantastic Four,” routinely broker the city’s top deals, including its biggest-ever building sale, the $1.8 billion trade of 666 Fifth Avenue.



Veronica Hackett

Managing Partner of the Clarett Group

Ms. Hackett stands as a female developer in a New York universe inhabited by alpha males. Her firm has developed condos like Sky House and 200 West End Avenue as well as office buildings like the 24-story 180 Madison Avenue.



Robert Futterman

Chairman and CEO of Robert K. Futterman & Associates

Adidas, the Gap, Old Navy, Polo Ralph Lauren, H&M, Barnes & Noble, J. Crew, Bed Bath & Beyond—just a few of the clients that retail brokerage founder Mr. Futterman claims.



Bill Goss

Real Estate Editor of The New York Times

The real estate coverage, which Mr. Goss has been in charge of since 2006, commands a lot of attention from voyeurs, consumers and—perhaps most importantly—advertisers. And The Times’ expanded regional and national reporting has not gone unnoticed by its local competitors.



Dennis De Quatro

Deputy Inspector, Ninth Precinct

Since closing down Chelsea’s embattled Sessa nightclub in 2004, the city’s top quality-of-life cop has turned his attention to “nuisance” properties in the boozy East Village—shuttering a fake-ID mill and a video store-cum-brothel, among other places—proving that rent inflation isn’t the only vehicle of downtown gentrification.



Norman Oder

Journalist/Blogger, Atlantic Yards Report

The Park Slope-based Norman Oder runs a one-man, one-topic journalistic operation that brings a constant stream of mostly critical articles on Atlantic Yards. His presence appears to have propelled attention and criticism of the project now 17 months since approval.



David Childs

Consulting Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Mr. Childs designed the Freedom Tower, Sheldon Solow’s city on the East River, and the Moynihan Station plan. His vision for modernist architecture will, within the coming decades, define the aesthetic of our landscape.



James Abadie

Principal in Charge, New York, Bovis Lend Lease Holdings

He’s in charge of the general contracting firm that New York Construction News this year ranked the highest-grossing in the tristate area, with revenue of $2,671,900,000. In that role, Mr. Abadie oversees several projects—including such headaches as the Deutsche Bank building demolition and Trump Soho.

The 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate