April 17, 2018


Brookfield Place 225 Liberty Street – 43rd Floor


Connect Media


CRE Industry Professionals

Navigating A Sea of Change:

New York At A Crossroads

After years of unprecedented growth and soaring land prices, New York City is at a crossroads. Is the market headed towards a downturn? Or is the climate ripe for acquisitions and consolidation? Yet amid this uncertainty, submarkets in Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Staten Island are becoming new hot spots. Mega-projects on the Far West Side have caused an undeniable shift in the market, and in response, Midtown East has been rezoned, leading to new development activity. And the radical rethinking of the modern office continues to reach new heights.

The most active players provide invaluable insights into navigating New York’s constantly changing market.

Connect New York

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Brookfield Place
225 Liberty Street – 43rd Floor


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Event Speakers / Connect with Our All-Stars

Featured Speakers

1:35pm – 2:20pm – Boroughs on Fire: The Development Boom Outside Manhattan


Mark Mako



Mark is a Partner with PIB Law and focuses

Daren W. Hornig

Hornig Capital Partners

Managing Partner

Daren is the Managing Partner of HCP and

Lauren Wolf

New York City Economic Development Corporation

Vice President

Lauren Wolf is a Vice President in the

Will Oehler

Chase Commercial Term Lending

Regional Sales Manager

Since 1999, Will Oehler has originated commercial

2:20pm – 2:35pm: Special Presentation on New Tax Laws

Marc Wieder

Anchin, Block & Anchin

CPA – Partner

Marc Wieder, CPA, is an accounting and

2:45pm – 3:30pm – Reinventing The Modern Office


Philip Russo

MetaProp NYC

Founding Partner, MetaProp Advisors

A 16-year veteran of commercial real


Francesca L., co-founder, and CEO of hOM. Nominated for

Lee Hoffman

Heat Watch


Lee Hoffman is the Co-Founder and CTO of Heat

Rachel Robinson

Ted Moudis Associates

LEED AP, Senior Associate, 
Design Director

As Design Director, Rachel

Tamar Moy

Newmark Knight Frank

Senior Managing Director

Professional Background Director of Newmark Knight Frank Workplace

3:30pm – 4:15pm – East vs West: A Seismic Shift in Manhattan


James Wacht

Lee & Associates


James Wacht is the President of Lee & Associates’

Andrew Stein

Vicus Partners

Founding Principal

Andrew Stein is the co-founder of Vicus Partners,

Duncan McCuaig

Brookfield Properties

Senior Vice President, Leasing

Duncan McCuaig is Senior Vice President

Fred Cerullo

Grand Central Partnership


Fred Cerullo is President/CEO of the Grand Central Partnership

Stephen Winter

Related Companies

Senior Vice President

Stephen Winter is a Senior Vice President

4:30pm – 5:15pm – Tipping Point or Boiling Point: Gauging the Market


Arthur J. Mirante, II

Avison Young

Principal and Tri-State President

Arthur J. Mirante II joined Avison

Doug Faron

CIM Group

Vice President, Investments

Doug Faron is a Vice President on

Laura Y. Rapaport

L&L Holding Company

Managing Director

Laura Yablon Rapaport is a Managing Director at

Melissa Burch


Executive General Manager

Melissa Burch serves as Executive General Manager

Conference Schedule / Know the Details

To Be Announced

1:00pm – 1:30pm:


1:30pm – 1:35pm:

Opening Remarks

1:35pm – 2:20pm:

Boroughs on Fire: The Development Boom Outside Manhattan

While activity in Manhattan may be at a lull, the outer boroughs are currently experiencing explosive growth with a record number of development projects in the pipeline. Today Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island are taking center stage. Hear about groundbreaking new developments, learn what factors are fueling growth in these submarkets, and more.

2:20pm – 2:35pm:

Special Presentation on New Tax Laws

2:35pm – 2:45pm:

Networking Break

2:45pm – 3:30pm:

Reinventing The Modern Office

Major players in the office market are now rushing to embrace radical, new strategies such as co-working space that have proven to generate 50% more in revenue than traditional models. Faced with increased competition, there is a pressing need to update and modernize existing office inventory to attract and retain tenants. Brokers, designers, and owners will discuss the radical rethinking of the modern office and analyze important office trends like health & wellness, amenitization, sustainability, and more.

3:30pm – 4:15pm:

East vs West: A Seismic Shift in Manhattan

With the arrival of mega-developments on the Far West Side like Hudson Yards, Manhattan West, and Moynihan Station, there has been a dramatic shift in market activity (office, retail, and residential) from Midtown Manhattan to the Far West. Such a move has not been without repercussions. In response, a major rezoning effort of Midtown East is currently underway that allows for extensive building updates, increased density, the creation of public space, and major transportation improvements. Join us as leading experts examine the far-reaching impact of the recent migration to the Far West and subsequent responses in Midtown East.

4:15pm – 4:30pm:

Networking Break

4:30pm – 5:15pm

Tipping Point or Boiling Point: Gauging the Market

After years of unprecedented growth, real estate in New York has reached a critical juncture. Is the market headed for a downturn due to an oversupply of office and residential products? Or is this climate ripe for acquisitions and consolidation? Where are we in the cycle? Industry leaders tackle the uncertain state of the market and debate its nebulous future.

5:15pm – 5:30pm:

Awards Presentation

5:30pm – 6:30pm:

Cocktail Reception

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