Shapiro, founder of City Center Real Estate, celebrates 55th year in the New York Real Estate industry

May 02, 2017 - Front Section
Caricature Poster that
everybody signed.

Pictured above are: (left-to-right) Larry Friedland, Paul Massey, Robert
Shapiro, Jonathan Mechanic, Harry Macklowe, Eugene M. Grant.

Manhattan, NY Robert I. Shapiro, the founder of City Center Real Estate, celebrated his 55th year in the New York Real Estate industry by hosting a luncheon on March 30th for 150 people at the Rainbow Room, at Rockefeller Center.

He is one of the pioneers in the use of air rights and is the preeminent broker in land assemblages.

In his opening remarks Bob told the story that after graduating from West Point and earning an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, he entered the real estate business by joining Williams & Company, now Colliers International, where he was paid the magnificent sum of $35/week.

The guest list included many of the major real estate developers who he has represented over the last six decades. Included in this group are many of the multi-generational real estate families that has shaped the skyline of New York City.

Bob Shapiro / City Center Real Estate

His reputation for integrity and his ability to consummate these difficult and complex transactions have attracted a new base of clients. That is why many of the new developers along with offshore clients from Argentina, China, Taiwan, Israel, Korea, Russia, and Turkey were also present. 

The guest list also included the leading appraisers and architects along with the attorneys from the top law firms in Real Estate, Zoning, and Land Use issues. In his remarks Bob stated that he wanted to give tribute to all of these individuals, who act as the catalyst in solving these Rubik Cube problems that typically come up in the development scenario.

 

Jonathan Mechanic / Fried Frank
Susan Kahaner / Avison Young
Julio Peterson / Shubert Organization
Bob Shapiro / City Center Real Estate
Anthony Mannarino / Extell Development

 

Scott Mollen / Herrick Feinstein
Chris Sullivan / Mintz Levin
Eldad Gothelf / Herrick Feinstein
Bob Shapiro / City Center Real Estate
Dick Weidman / Herrick Feinstein
Jeff Moerdler / Mintz Levin

 

Grace Wu
Bonnie Bell-Curran / Wells Fargo Private Bank
Jerry Pi / Pi Capital
Bob Shapiro / City Center Real Estate

 

Judy Gallent / Bryan Cave
James Colgate / Bryan Cave

 

Scott Mollen / Herrick Feinstein
Barbaros Karaahmet / Herrick Feinstein

 

Harry Macklowe / Macklowe Properties
Bob Shapiro / City Center Real Estate

 

Leo Tsimmer / Caerus Group
Ron Novita / City Center Real Estate
Tyler Tananbaum / GTIS

 

Jerome Haims / Jerome Haims Realty
Fred Harris / Jonathan Rose Companies
Michael Parley / Development Consulting Services

 

Jonathan Adelsberg / Herrick Feinstein
Julio Peterson / Shubert Organization
Fred Harris / Jonathan Rose Companies

 

Ed LaGrassa / Chilton Realty
Fred Harris / Jonathan Rose Companies
Robert Von Ancken / Landauer Valuation & Advisory
Veronica Hackett / The Clarett Group

 

Jim Capalino / Capalino & Company
Joe Erazo / Attorney
Bob Shapiro / City Center Real Estate
Susan Kahaner / Avison Young

 

Hardy Adasko / EDC
Joe Grotto Jr. / Cushman & Wakefield
Ken Levien / Levien & Company
Richard Warshauer /  Colliers International

 

Ron Novita / City Center Real Estate
Brian Strout / City Center Real Estate
Jonathan Mechanic / Fried Frank

 

Joe Grotto Jr. / Cushman & Wakefield
William Friedland / Friedland Properties
Bob Shapiro / City Center Real Estate

 

LeRoy Howard / Host Hotels & Resorts
Bob Shapiro / City Center Real Estate
Andy Lewis / Host Hotels & Resorts

 

Jonny Snider / Sherwood Equities
Ross Jacobs / Cogswell Realty Group

 

Reggie Kronstadt / Westport Capital Partners
Brian Strout / City Center Real Estate

 

Kevin Wang / KRW Realty Advisors
David Greenbaum / Vornado Realty Trust

 

Betty Yu / Knights Genesis
Bob Shapiro / City Center Real Estate
Edric Guo / Commas Holding

 

Brian Strout / City Center Real Estate
Bob Shapiro / City Center Real Estate
Ron Novita / City Center Real Estate

 

Sal Ciaravino / Benenson Capital Partners
Bob Shapiro / City Center Real Estate
Jim Stifel / Benenson Capital Partners

 

 

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