Recently I participated in the first-ever Career Day at Eleanor Roosevelt High School (“Elro”) in New York city, where various members of the community were asked to speak to three different freshman classes for about 20 minutes each. I was honored to be selected to participate and the morning that I spent at the school was wonderful. Elro is ranked as one of the best high schools in New York City and also among the top schools in the United States and after spending time with the students, I certainly can understand why. Their questions and comments were so insightful and it was so great to spend time with them.
On November 6th, I participated on a panel discussion to benefit Brown University as part of the Brown Club of New York. The title of the program was Manhattan Skyline: Radical Transformation. The event was held at the Lighthouse on East 59th Street, and over 250 people attended to listen to our distinguished panel that included Doug Harmon, Senior Managing Director at Eastdil Secured; David Helpern, Founder of Helpern Architects; Josef Mittlemann, President at Empire Realty Group and Professor within the Engineering Department at Brown University; Suzanne Sunshine, President at S. Sunshine & Associates LLC; Michelle Flagg, Acquisitions and Development at Chelsea Hotels; and myself. As it was mentioned in The Real Deal Magazine, we gathered “to discuss pivotal issues shaping the Manhattan skyline, including escalating land prices and sky-high building heights.” [i]
This was the second event in a series on real estate market hosted by the Brown Club in New York. While the University doesn’t have formal graduate program in real estate, Brown is proud of having this industry leaders among its’ alumni. The program lasted about 90 minutes, while we discussed various real estate market issues, such as forces driving this market, investment opportunities, industry trends, the influence of the politics, climate zoning issues and many others. It was very interesting and informative, as we all shared our visions for commercial and residential real estate market.
[i] Maurer, Mark. “Kent Swig, Josef Mittlemann on Solving the NYC Affordable Housing Mess.” The Real Deal New York Real Estate News. N.p., 07 Nov. 2014. Web. <http://therealdeal.com/blog/2014/11/07/kent-swig-josef-mittlemann-on-solving-the-nyc-affordable-housing-mess/>
Over the weekend of September 27th and 28th, I visited Brown University to celebrate Brown’s 250th anniversary of its founding. There were many celebrations from lectures and presentations, to the Brown-Harvard football game. The weekend was action packed and I saw many of my good friends as well as my son Oliver who is in his second year there.
One of the most moving and meaningful events was the dedication of the Slavery Memorial which took place on Saturday afternoon, September 27. The Memorial was created by an honored American sculptor Martin Puryear.
More than 300 people gathered on the Quiet Green to see the ceremony of dedication and I was happy to be one of them.
It was a real pleasure to be a part of this event and I look forward to participating in Brown’s next celebrations.
On September 23rd, Halstead celebrated our 5th anniversary of our entrance into the Connecticut residential brokerage market place. Through our strategic acquisitions, we have expanded our business, opened new offices, and gained market share. I am grateful to all of our agents and our amazing management team and am so proud to be a part of this exciting company. Happy anniversary to all of us!
On October 22nd, Swig Equities hosted a commercial brokerage reception at our managed property located at 825 East Gate Blvd in Garden City on Long Island. Over the past year, Swig Equities undertook a comprehensive and building wide renovation investing over $ 1.5 million which included the following:
*New Parking Lot Paving
*Ronnovated Elevators and Mechanicals
*Upgraded Electrical Service
*Upgraded HVAC Systems
* New Security Systems
*New Fire/Life Safety Systems
*Upgraded Emergency Generator
*New Outdoor Lighting
*New Tenant Corridors
The evening was a tremendous success and was widely attended by the brokerage community with over 40 brokers in attendance despite a windy and rainy evening.
We look forward to welcoming new tenants to this wonderful property.
On October 7, 2014, I attended a reception at the New York City Police Museum commemorating the end of our temporary lease at 45 Wall Street. While there, the Museum has been very successful in terms of both attendance and merchandise sales. Now, the Museum is seeking new space in which to operate in the FiDi area.
On this past October 23rd, I attended the annual Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) Awards Dinner where Linda Guido of Halstead won the Deal of the Year award under the rental category. It is always so nice to attend this dinner with all of our colleagues in the real estate industry and the evening was made particularly great as with Linda’s award. Congratulations to Linda!