The 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate



Joe Chan

President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Mr. Chan, once a chief adviser to former Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff, has been working the Brooklyn development beat since ’06. His mission? To transform the beleaguered nabe into a commercial and residential boomtown.



Melissa Cohn

President and Owner of Manhattan Mortgage

Last year, Ms. Cohn brokered $1,129,126,981 in loans, which makes her, as usual, America’s heftiest mortgage broker. Even in an economy jeopardized by shaky mortgage deals, business is crisp: She just brokered her biggest loan ever, a $23 million monster for a massive Central Park condo.



Steve Cuozzo

New York Post Columnist and Managing Editor

The Andy Rooney of New York’s real estate and restaurant worlds is perhaps the foremost expert on how bad food can bring down an entire neighborhood.




Giuseppe Cipriani

President of Cipriani USA

The svelte Harry’s Bar scion oversees Manhattan’s most preeminent restaurant empire, with posh eateries and banquet halls in every elite neighborhood. His Venetian armor has withstood attacks from politicians, unions, landlords; now, the state wants to nix his liquor licenses. Bet on the bulletproof bald guy.



Sam Chang

President of McSam Hotel Group

The recent credit crunch may have curbed his appetite for construction, but the city’s most prolific hotel developer—“We’re probably at about 40,” he said in December—still buys and sells with dizzying frequency, unloading more than $190 million in property in February and March alone.


David Yassky

City Councilman from Brooklyn

The self-appointed progressive conscious of the City Council, Mr. Yassky helped spearhead the fight for inclusionary zoning along the Williamsburg waterfront (a practice since implemented elsewhere). The super-wonk also pushed super hard on increasing the exclusionary zone for 421-a tax benefits.



Michael Shvo

President of Shvo

Mr. Shvo changed the way developers sell New York luxury. The marketing mind behind residential projects like Bryant Park Tower, W New York-Downtown and 20 Pine the Collection has worked with the likes of Philippe Starck, Giorgio Armani and Jade Jagger.

The 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate