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IREM New York City holds January breakfast meeting:
Property management in the age of #meToo

New York, NY IREM NYC held its January Breakfast Meeting, “Property Management in the Age of #MeToo.” For years, courts have provided guidance on the definitions of sexual harassment and sexually hostile work environment, and on the defenses available to employers. Their breakfast meeting provided an overview of what constitutes sexual harassment according to legislation, EEOC guidelines and case law.

Related Companies and Hudson Companies begin construction on Riverwalk 8; $135.8 million project adds affordable housing to Roosevelt Island

Manhattan, NY Related Companies and The Hudson Companies have launched plans to bring 340 new units of affordable housing to Roosevelt Island. The developers and their city and state partners at the NYC Housing Preservation Department, NYC Housing Development Corp. and NYS’ Homes and Community Renewal agencies closed on the property on December 26th, 2018. Construction for Riverwalk 8, a 21-story building, located at 460 Main St., began in January and occupancy is expected in 2021.

Douglaston Development launches sales at 75 Green Avenue

Brooklyn, NY DouglastonDevelopmen has launched sales at its landmarked condominium conversion project,75 Greene Ave., with over 20% of the u...

BCW to hold meeting on natural gas shortage in lower Westchester

Rye Brook, NY Con Edison’s announcement on January 18 that effective March 15 it will no longer accept new natural gas customers in rapidly developing lower Westchester County due to a severe shortage of available supply, is a wake-up call for all who are focused on the economic present and future of Westchester and the entire metropolitan area. In light of Con Edison, the Business Council of Westchester will immediately organize a campaign to bring together the best minds from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to address the natural gas shortage crisis head-on and present viable, practical solutions.

BOMA Westchester hosts Annual State of the Market luncheon; Developers offer outlook on office market

White Plains, NY More than 100 real estate professionals were on hand for the Annual State of the Market luncheon held recently by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Westchester (BOMA). The program, which was held January 10th at the Crowne Plaza, featured a panel of real estate executives including Charles Epstein, VP of development for Lennar Multifamily Communities; Guy Leibler, president of Simone Healthcare Development; and Peter Duncan, president and CEO of George Comfort & Sons. Robert Weisz, president and CEO of RPW Group, was the moderator.

Brown Harris Stevens chosen to market JDS Development’s 613 Baltic

Brooklyn, NY According to Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing, the firm has added JDS Development Group’s 613 Baltic to its roster of developments. The brokerage firm, which just opened its second office in Park Slope, will be assuming sales and marketing for the 11-story, 43-unit condominium building.

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act winners and losers: The good, the great and the ugly - by Robert Rahner

As the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act brings the most sweeping changes in the tax code in over 30 years, the 2018 tax season is going to be a roller coaster ride for many. Tax professionals are scrambling to learn all of the implications for both individuals and businesses as the season gets into full swing. How this affects you, the commercial real estate investor, and what you should be aware of before making your next real estate purchase, is detailed below. We also rate the tax changes between 2017 and 2018 as Good, Great or Ugly.

Building managers: Do not get caught in the apartment downturn crossfire - by George Crawford

Crain’s New York Business is reporting a market downturn for both co-ops and condos - a downturn that “may get worse.” While building managers cannot be held responsible for market trends, they can get caught in some of the crossfire between buyers and sellers. Every buyer in the market working with a savvy broker will be fully familiar with this market trend and will be looking for any edge to justify a low ball purchase offer.

The biggest forces driving the PropTech movement: Real estate is preparing now - by Minta Kay and Salil Gandhi

Robots at the wheel. It’s not a matter of if autonomous vehicles are coming; it’s when – and real estate companies are preparing now. Will there be the same demand for parking? Will automated lanes be dedicated for pick up, driving and drop off? Will fleets of self-driving cars require fueling stations? Will there be a reduction in traffic congestion that could open new land-use opportunities?

2019 – The year of the energy shift? NYC/NYS setting up legislation/regulation for CO2 reduction - by Jeff Rios

New York is set to adopt radical changes to building energy regulations that will significantly shift the building industry. These changes come against the backdrop of both the 2018 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report outlining the direst picture of possible climate impacts to date, as well as the U.S.’ decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. The increasing urgency to reduce CO2 emissions in the near term has fallen on institutions and local governments.