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Past Events


Doing Well by Doing Good Doing Well by Doing Good

The Newman Institute and Supportive Housing Network of New York present: Doing Well by Doing Good: Real Estate Careers in Supportive Housing Development


Real Estate Headwinds

Real Estate Capital Markets Conference

Real Estate Headwinds, Tailwinds, and Tradewinds
Which way is the wind blowing?


Hudson Yards District at Ten

Hudson Yards District at Ten

2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Special Hudson Yards Zoning District, one of the most significant planning and zoning initiatives in New York City in decades. Referred to as Far West Midtown in the 2001 planning and development framework, the plan for the Hudson Yards District sought to transform the area of Manhattan from West 30th to 42nd Streets, between Ninth Avenue and the Hudson River. The report, and the subsequent 2004 framework, envisioned the creation of a new central business district by replacing obsolete zoning regulations with a new and creative plan, supported by innovative financing, and improvements to the physical infrastructure through open space and major transportation initiatives, including extension of the Number 7 Subway. As adopted in 2005, the zoning provided for over 40 million square feet of new development, 13,600 new mixed-income housing units, and creation of the Hudson Park and Boulevard. Since adoption in 2005, a number of developments have moved forward, the subway and open space improvements are nearing completion, and the Related-Oxford Hudson Yards Project and Brookfield’s Manhattan West are under construction. The Related project is the largest construction project in North America, extending over the 28-acre Eastern and Western Rail Yards. When completed it will provide over 17 million square feet of mixed-use development, including 14 acres of new open space. To the east and one block from Penn Station, Brookfield’s Manhattan West is a seven-million square foot mixed-use community with two acres of new open space.

June 18, 2015,  8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Trading High in the Sky: Transfer of Development Rights

Trading High in the Sky: Transfer of Development Rights

The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, in association with the New York City Department of City Planning, will host a half-day conference to explore key issues and proposals pertaining to the transfer of unused development rights (TDR) in New York City. More than 40 years ago, the city enacted legislation allowing for landmarked properties to transfer their unused development rights to adjacent parcels. Since then, only a handful of such properties have taken advantage of these provisions. While New York City has pioneered TDRs with the creation of the Theater District, Grand Central Sub-district, and other localized programs to achieve specific policy objectives, the owners of individual landmarked properties often have little flexibility to sell their unused development rights in order to fund maintenance and maximize value.

This conference will explore proposals to relax the current regulatory controls in order to facilitate the transfer of development rights from landmarks; the legal basis and planning objectives of the current regulatory framework; the public review process; potential conflicts between TDR and other policy priorities; and various potential benefits to landmarks, special districts, and the city that could result from proposed revisions. This conference will be valuable to the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, because it provides an opportunity for discussions that could lead to constructive and economically beneficial changes for our industry. Other topics will include: optimal distances between sending and receiving areas; obligations imposed on the buyers and sellers of transferred rights; and accommodating such rights while ensuring that the planning priorities of receiving neighborhoods are not undermined. Much of the focus will be on TDR from landmarks, but discussion will also include transfers from other significant sites under private and public ownership, as well as an exploration of how TDR (along with bonus mechanisms) impacts the city’s land use planning, more generally.

February 18, 2015, 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Implementing Affordable: New York's Affordable Housing Crisis

Implementing Affordable: New York's Affordable Housing Crisis

As described by Mayor de Blasio, New York City has a crisis of housing affordability that touches everyone from the bottom of the economic ladder all the way up to the middle class. To address this crisis and in furthering his commitment to a more equitable city, the Mayor has laid out an unprecedented 10-year plan to build or preserve 200,000 affordable apartments across all five boroughs. The plan represents the most expansive and ambitious affordable housing agenda in the country with a potential investment of $41 billion over the 10-year period, surpassing the affordable housing agenda under Mayor Bloomberg.

This program will include two speakers from the administration – a keynote and a featured presentation – who will address key components of the housing plan, and the city’s changing demographics, respectively. The latter will cover population growth, an overall aging of the population, and the continuing trend toward smaller household sizes. A panel of housing and policy experts from the public and private sectors will discuss the housing response to these trends, the shape of the plan, and critical issues that must be addressed in order to achieve its ambitious goals. Critical issues will cover the appropriate balance between preservation and new construction, affordability income targets, and major implementation challenges including the proposal for shifting from an incentive based model to a mandatory inclusionary housing approach.

February 18, 2015, 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

VERGE Salon: Next-Gen Buildings and Cities

The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, in association with Green Biz Group,  co-hosted a day-long conference to explore the future of buildings, cities, and the use of emerging technologies to foster broader degree of sustainability. The conference included remarks and discussions with an elite group of leaders from the fields that encompass these topics. Featured guests included Bina Venkataraman of the White House; John Gilbert III of Rudin Management Co., Inc.; Dan Probst, of Jones Lang LaSalle; Vishaan Chakrabarti of SHoP Architects; and world-renowned architects César and Rafael Pelli, whose award-winning portfolio of work includes some of the world’s most striking urban landmarks.

September 16, 2014, 8:30 a.m - 5:15 p.m.

Energy, Money & Law: Investment and Legal Strategies for Advanced Energy Performance in Real Estate

This timely forum examined the opportunities available to finance large scale energy efficiency projects. Investments in the energy industry were touched upon, as well. Finally, the conversation also covered legal considerations when striving for advanced energy performance in real estate. The conference was held at the Law Offices of Hodgson Russ L.L.P, in Midtown Manhattan.

June 19, 2014, 8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

The Inaugural ISO 55000 Conference for the United States

This conference featured the release of ISO 55000, a new international standard for Asset Management; and announcement of a new US chapter of the Institute for Asset Management. Discussions were centered on a common language for the management of real estate and infrastructure assets. Speakers included former NY Governor David Paterson; MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast; US GSA Regional Commissioner Joanna Rosato; and Prof. Tom Smith of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Afternoon sessions featured discussions by sector.

May 13, 2014, 8:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. (main conference); 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (breakout sessions).

The Building Next Door: The Impact of Construction on Adjacent Buildings

Held at the Harvard Club, this conference featured an in-depth discussion about legal and practical issues that developers inevitably face when urban construction projects are undertaken in close proximity to other properties. Topics included agreements between developers and neighboring owners; the role of the Building Department in proactively averting conflicts through permitting and regulations; technical issues that should be addressed before construction begins; and the extent of the developer's duty to protect adjacent properties.

April 9, 2014, 8:00 a.m - 10:00 a.m.

Mr. New York: The Lew Rudin Legacy

Mr. New York: The Lew Rudin Legacy

This conference featured several iconic leaders of New York City, each of whom reflected upon the significant contributions that Mr. Lew Rudin unselfishly made to improve the City. Speakers included Hon. David N. Dinkins, Former Mayor of New York City; Mr. Jay L. Kriegel, Senior Advisor at Related Companies; and Former New York State Senator and author of Mr. New York, Hon. Seymour Lachman. Also present to reflect on the great spirit of his father was Mr. William C. Rudin, Vice Chairman & CEO of Rudin Management Company, Inc. and Chairman of ABNY.

March 31, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Buying in on Wall Street

At this conference, attendees had a unique opportunity to hear from Dr. Alexander Rovt, whose all-cash purchase of the neoclassical Bankers' Trust Building, at 14 Wall Street, was considered one of the boldest moves in recent New York City real estate history. Dr. Rovt told the story of his meteoric rise from modest beginnings in Eastern Europe to become one of the most successful investors in the world. He also shared his thoughts on real estate investing in New York City.


January 30, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Building Better

Change Leadership

This conference will explore the challenges in the overall built environment comprised of retail, educational, government, multi-family, office and other facilities. Undergirding these revolutionary challenges are the fundamental problems associated with changing human behavior in work organizations. A normative model for implementing planned change will be provided.


November 22, 2013 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Building Better

Building Better

At this conference, each attendee had the opportunity to learn practical strategies and solutions for controlling project costs, reducing insurance costs and managing projects successfully through sophisticated construction approaches. A high level, insider's perspective on managing unpredictable factors that can affect the profitability of your next project was given by each panelist.


November 13, 2013 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

New York’s Next Urban Agenda

New York's Next Urban Agenda

On Wednesday, October 9, New York's leading thought leaders and industry experts gathered to explore new directions the new Mayor should consider as New York moves forward into a new Mayoral Administration in January. The session was intended to facilitate an integrated conversation from diverse perspectives that will help to shape new directions and new initiatives for the real estate and construction industries, thereby building on the direction of Mayor Bloomberg's administration over the past 12 years.

October 9, 2013    7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

ENR Risk & Compliance Summit

ENR Risk & Compliance Summit

Risk control is widely acknowledged as a central management concern in the construction industry, with more and more companies either centralizing risk-control in a single office or executive or devoting more resources to the effort. ENR’s first Risk and Compliance Summit will forge a cohesive idea of construction risk control at a time when new and changing risks are revolutionizing the industry. Industry leaders will assess the importance of various risks, how to measure and control them and explain how the risks may change in the years ahead.

September 20, 2013    8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Energy Asset Management Forum

As an official New York Energy Week event, this forum will provide insights from and discussions with renowned thought leaders from institutions in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Industry experts, including those from NYSERDA and Google, will convene at The Newman Real Estate Institute to offer their diverse and valuable viewpoints on energy retrofit solutions and financing issues in New York's commercial real estate market, widening the scope of the discussion to include the overall built environment comprising retail, educational, government, multi-family, office and other facilities.

June 25, 2013    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Women Build New York

New York City's recent Local Law 1-2013 legislation increases goals for women on a race neutral basis to 18% in construction. New York State's increased commitment to 20% goals provides a new framework for opening doors for women in the construction industry. Both of these developments are breaking new ground for women to grow as business owners and executives and take their rightful place at the corporate table. Women Build New York will guide attendees to have a better understanding of how the new NYC legislation will actually work within the NYC agencies as well as how the pending State legislation will impact women across the State.

June 24, 2013    8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Don't Miss This Step!

The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Baruch College, CUNY in collaboration with ASHRAE will present a groundbreaking event that will change the urban future of New York City. Six of the most respected national experts on disaster recovery and remediation will collaborate, through an interactive forum, to develop a strategic action plan that will enable more effective property restoration and potentially save lives within our disaster stricken northeast region as well as similar global areas.

April 11, 2013    8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Bridging the Energy Efficiency Gap

Leveraging Public Mandates for Private Gain

International visiting scholar to the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Patrick M. Crittenden shares his research into the effectiveness of mandatory energy audits conducted by firms under the Australian Government’s Energy Efficiency Opportunity Act (2006). Patrick also suggests practical steps that real estate owners in NYC firms can take integrate energy efficiency into corporate culture as they prepare to meet the energy auditing requirements of Local Law 87.


March 22, 2013    8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Bridging the Energy Efficiency Gap

Bridging the Energy Efficiency Gap

There is significant potential for the real estate community to implement energy efficiency projects that will reduce costs, enhance asset values and improve corporate reputation. Despite these benefits however, the New York City Local Law 84 Benchmarking Report (August 2012) and other research suggest that there is a significant gap between actual and optimal energy use in commercial office buildings. In this talk Patrick M. Crittenden, International Visiting Scholar to The Steven L. Newman Institute, describes how complementary public policies in Australia have helped to drive strategic energy management in the Australian real estate sector. Patrick also considers how the lessons learned in Australia can be applied as New York City's Greener, Greater Buildings Plan is progressively rolled out across the real estate community.

March 20, 2013    8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Futureproofing Our Cities

Futureproofing Our Cities

This important half-day NREI conference will focus on the economic challenges, opportunities, and pathways to creating urban regions that are more resilient physically, socially, and economically. In a dynamic and multifaceted way, diverse experts will address the key economic problems, discuss potential economic solutions, and the potential pathways that can bridge these problems and solutions. Using the New York metropolitan region as a case study, the goal of this high-level meeting is to focus on the costs and benefits of remaking our urban built and natural environments into areas that can effectively confront a future of a "new normal."

March 14, 2013    8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a technology that has much to offer to the real estate world.  Despite the many advantages, however, spanning not just through the build process for an asset but also through the entire lifespan of the structure, the real estate industry and those industries close to it are slow to adopt change.  

February 28, 2013    8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

ON ENERGY – The Politics & Policy of New York State’s Energy

On Energy

Discussions at this conference covered a broad range of topics, from the coordination and interplay of Federal, State and New York City government as it relates to energy policy, the current state of energy output versus consumption across the region, what to expect in coming years for methods of expanding New York State’s energy supply to meet with growing demand and how that dovetails with upgrading our transmission of energy across the State. 

October 1, 2012 – 7:30am-9:45am

Battery Park City

Advanced Energy Performance

This conference addressed next-level energy performance, finance and retrofit strategies for real estate professionals to develop and execute in today’s market environment. Topics focused on increasing asset value, decreasing operational costs, ensuring regulatory compliance, reducing environmental impact and repositioning assets.

June 21, 2011 - 8:30am-5:00pm

Battery Park City

Battery Park City

After more than 50 years of planning and development, Battery Park City – a 92-acre mixed-use community sited on landfill in Lower Manhattan – was completed this year. Guided by an innovative master plan that extended the New York City street grid into the neighborhood

May 31, 2011 - 8:00am-4:30pm

A Brooklyn Model for Preservation and Change


On the 40th anniversary of the zoning change that created live/work lofts for artists in SoHo we explore this example of planning reacting to, rather than initiating change and ponder the future.

December 1, 2011 - 8:30am-12:00pm


A Brooklyn Model for Preservation and Change

Zoning The City

For almost 100 years, zoning has played a significant, sometimes controversial role in guiding growth and change in American cities. In 1916, New York City enacted the Nation’s first comprehensive zoning resolution. Almost 50 years later, the City adopted its 1961 Zoning Resolution to advance a modern vision of emerging economic, social, environmental, and physical realities. Over the past 50 years, the 1961 Zoning Resolution has evolved to reflect new ideas and realities regarding the City’s development. Changes to zoning have often occurred in the context of neighborhood and citywide debates about the nature of growth, change, and preservation in the City.

November 15, 2011 - 8:30am-5:30pm

A Brooklyn Model for Preservation and Change

The Waterfront

A Brooklyn Model for Preservation and Change. This conference will explore the tensions between preservation and change that are now playing out along Brooklyn's waterfront from Greenpoint to Coney Island.

October 26, 2011 - 8:30am-12:30pm

Lower Manhattan Rising

Lower Manhattan Rising

In the ten years since the disaster of 9/11, the rebuilding of the World Trade Center has been an ongoing effort of a number of government agencies, private development participants and civic organizations.

September 8, 2011
6:30PM to 8:00PM

Limandri Event

Preparing For The Next Building Boom

The editor-in-chief of the news organization City Hall, Adam Lisberg, will talk with Commissioner Robert LiMandri about the initiatives his department is undertaking to facilitate new construction in the city, toward the goal of stimulating a building boom while maintaining a priority focus on safety.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 - 8:00AM to 9:30AM

Greening Modernism

Sustainable Urbanization in China
Fast-Tracking a Nation's Growth

The scale and pace of urbanization in China are without precedent. So are the challenges of managing that growth sustainably. This inaugural event in our invitation-only Lunchtime Learning Circle speaker series will offer Professor Li Shirong's insider account of how these challenges are being met.

Friday May 6, 2011 - 12:00PM to 1:30PM

Real Estate Repositioning

Banking on the Future:

A New Paradigm For Rebuilding Our Nation's Infrastructure

Monday March 14, 2011
8:00AM to 12:30PM

Greening Modernism

Greening Modernism:

How a Defining 20th-Century Movement
Can Advance Sustainability Goals
and Enrich Our Quality of Life

Thursday February 17, 2011 - 8:30AM to 12:00PM

World Trade Center / Memorial / Lower Manhattan: Coordinating Construction, Visitors and Accessibility

World Trade Center

Memorial Lower Manhattan: Coordinating Construction, Visitors and Accessibility

Tuesday January 25, 2011 - 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Cities as Accelerators of Sustainable Development

Cities as Accelerators of Sustainable Development

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 6:00PM to 8:00PM

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NYC Energy Conservation Code

The NYC Energy Conservation Code's new local laws are designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and require Covered buildings to benchmark energy and water consumption and perform energy audits. Retro-commission base building systems for buildings that exceed 50,000 gross square feet are also required.

December 17, 2010 - 10:00AM to 11:30AM

World Trade Center Event

World Trade Center

In the nine years since the attacks of 9/11, the rebuilding of the World Trade Center has been an ongoing effort of a number of government agencies, private development participants, and civic organizations.

December 9, 2010 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Real Estate Repositioning Event

Real Estate Repositioning

The real estate market of today is dramatically different from that of recent boom years. Lines of credit are tighter. New construction has plummeted. Rents are lower. Vacancy rates are higher. Tenants are more demanding. Sustainability goals are placing new demands on building owners and managers, too. Uncertainties are large.

October 20, 2010 - 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Freight and Our Region’s Future

Christopher O. Ward, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey delivered a major address and took questions from our invited audience of government, civic, business, and labor leaders.

June 23, 2010 - 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Airports: Managing Growth & Infrastructure Risks


21st-Century Makeovers for the New York Metro Region
Airports underpin our region's economy. To manage dramatic growth, minimize risk, boost efficiency, and reduce environmental impacts, they're undergoing historic change. NextGen is a driver!

June 14, 2010 -8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Gowanus Save the date

Reconsidering Gowanus

A report and a forum on an area that holds promise for Brooklyn and the wider city.
Note: This event was held at the Brooklyn Borough Hall in Brooklyn, NY.

May 12, 2010
8:30 am - 11:30 am

Sustainable Transit: Managing an Action Agenda

Sustainable Transit

Presented By: The University Transportation Research Center In Collaboration With: CUNY Institute for Urban Systems & Metropolitan Transportation Authority This symposium offers a unique opportunity to participate in a multidiscipline debate to develop critical next steps needed to achieve regional sustainability and livability goals.

May 7, 2010

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Legally Green

What You Need to Know about Your Property and the Greener, Greater Building Plan
Cosponsored with The Sallan Foundation
~A Sustainability Shoptalk Event~

December 3, 2009

Sustainability 2.0 conferance save the date card Sustainability 2.0: Envisioning Business & the Urban Environment

Cosponsored with The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity
& Corporate Communications International

~A Sustainability Shoptalk Event~

November 6, 2009
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

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Liquid Assets:

Capitalizing on the Water & Energy Nexus
Energy use & water use are intimately coupled. Conserving both promotes sustainability, saves money, and eases infrastructure burdens.
~A Sustainability Shoptalk Event~

October 28, 2009

Transformational Infrastructure STD

Transformational Infrastructure

Key Decisions on Transportation That Will Shape the NY Metro Region’s Real Estate Future

October 23, 2009
8:30 am — 11:30 am

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Kilowatts to Cash

Looking at energy retrofits through green eyeshades

June 5, 2009
8:30 am — 11:30 am

Downtown 2020 event

Downtown 2020

How Strategic Investments in Lower Manhattan Can Help Ensure NYC’s Global Competitiveness for the Long Term

April 7, 2009
8:30 am — 11:00 am

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Real(i)ty Show! The Green Leasing Toolkit

For Owners, Tenets, Brokers, Attorneys
~ A Sustainability Shoptalk Event~

March 24, 2009
8:30 am — 12:30 pm

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Pulling Off a Successful Inside Job

How an Integrated Approach to Creating Sustainable Interiors Can Cut Costs at a Time When Savings Matter More Than Ever

November 13, 2008
8:30 am — 12:30 pm

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Downtown 2020 News Release

Strategic Investments in Lower Manhattan Can Help Ensure NYC’s Global Competitiveness for the Long Term

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The Pergolis Urban Gallery: A Look Back

Housed in the Institute’s home at 137 East 22nd Street in Manhattan, the Pergolis Urban Gallery showcased programs that explored the real estate, urban planning, and urban design issues that affect all of New York City and the metropolitan region in the 21st century.

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A Seminar on Real Estate Prices and Financial Markets

Held in 2007, it featured Yale University economist Robert Shiller, author of Irrational Exuberance.

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The City Roundtable

It examined real estate issues as they affected public policy in metropolitan New York. Over a period of five years, each of the five boroughs was analyzed and discussed; consideration of the impact of Jersey City followed. Events included “Harlem in Our Eyes,” “Jersey City: New York's Sixth Borough?” “Staten Island: Borough/Suburb/Regional Link.”

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Development Conferences

These daylong events examined major issues facing the private and public sector leadership of metropolitan New York's real estate planning communities. The conferences featured major presentations on development options and focused on the financing, business impact, and public-policy consequences development options presented.

Events included Midtown-West: Madison Square Garden's Vision, Greenpoint/Williamsburg, The Hudson Yards Plan, and Midtown-West: Manhattan's Future.

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A Real Estate Forum

The forum focused on a major real estate finance issue affecting Metropolitan New York's real estate industry and government communities: Financing Middle-Income Housing in New York.

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Industry-Government Seminars

These seminars were smaller, more informal versions of conferences organized by the Institute's New York Real Estate Forum. Designed to facilitate close exchanges between participants and audience, seminars addressed issues that might eventually emerge as important New York real estate concerns. Subjects included The Future of the Manhattan Office Market, Brownfields and the Future of New York Real Estate, Sprawl: The Impact on Metropolitan New York Real Estate, and a Unified Bulk Conference.

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The CUNY Urban Consortium

Sponsored by the Institute, the this interdisciplinary group brought together the resources of CUNY schools and departments that focused on urban issues, to exchange information about planning and design issues affecting the future of the city and metropolitan region. Events included Nuts & Bolts: Manufacturing in New York City's Future, Commercial Buildings and Business Districts, Campus and Community, The Future of New York: An International Perspective, Designing for Security, and Between Expedience and Deliberation: Decision-Making for Post-9/11 New York.