The Most Powerful Person in New York Real Estate: You! (Sort Of)

For the first time, we gave readers the opportunity, in unscientific online polls at, to tell us who they thought were the most powerful people in New York real estate. (Note: The final Power 100 was picked by The Observer’s real estate desk.) Readers were given four names per category to choose from.

The Nos. 1 and 2, by category, below!

Commercial Landlords
Douglas Durst, Bill Rudin

Residential Landlords
Richard LeFrak, Rob Speyer

Economic Development Officials
Michael Bloomberg, Jon Corzine

Commercial Developers
Stephen Ross, Larry Silverstein

Residential Marketers
Kelly Kennedy Mack, Corcoran Sunshine; Louise Sunshine, Alexico Group

Real Estate Journalists                                                                   
Lois Weiss, New York Post; Charles Bagli, The New York Times

Office Leasing Brokers
Stephen Siegel, CB Richard Ellis; Mitch Steir, Studley

André Balazs, Sam Chang

Retail Brokers
Robert Futterman, Robert K. Futterman & Associates; Susan Kurland, CB Richard Ellis

Residential Executives
Pam Liebman, Corcoran Group; Dottie Herman and Howard Lorber, Prudential Douglas Elliman

Commercial Executives
Peter Riguardi, Jones Lang LaSalle; Mitch Rudin, CB Richard Ellis

Investment Sales Brokers
Darcy Stacom and Bill Shanahan, CB Richard Ellis; Woody Heller, Studley

Residential Brokers
Sharon Baum, Corcoran Group; Jackie Teplitzky, Prudential Douglas Elliman

REIT Executives
Michael Fascitelli, Vornado; Marc Holliday, SL Green

Real Estate Lawyers
Jonathan Mechanic, Fried Frank; (tie) Robert Ivanhoe, Greenburg Traurig; Stephen Lefkowitz, Fried Frank

Financiers/Lenders                                                                                                                                                                        Howard Michaels, Carlton Group; Lee Neibart, AREA Property Partners

Family Dynasties
Rudins, Speyers

Lauren Elkies, The Real Deal; Joey Arak, Curbed

Mortgage Brokers
Melissa Cohn, Manhattan Mortgage; Bruce Maasbach, Manhattan Mortgage

Public Officials
Sheldon Silver, Charles Schumer

Apartment Landlords
Stephen Ross and Related Companies, Leonard Litwin and Glenwood Management

Rental Brokerage Execs
Daniel Baum, Real Estate Group New York; Gary Malin, Citi Habitats

Rob Speyer, Don Trump

Boutique Residential Brokers
Barbara Fox, Fox Residential; (tie) Michele Kleier, Gumley Haft Kleier; Leslie Garfield, Leslie J. Garfield; and Mark David Fromm, Mark David & Co.

The Most Powerful Person in New York Real Estate: You! (Sort Of)