Daniel Boulud NYC

Luxury Listings NYC staff is busy putting the final touches on the next issue, which will feature Chef Daniel Boulud on the cover.

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Boulud is the chef and owner of several award-winning restaurants, including his New York City flagship, Daniel. French-born, he can be thought of as New York City’s own culinary treasure, preserving a level of cooking informed by French tradition — at a time when fine dining is becoming increasingly casual. LLNYC visited Chef Boulud in the kitchen at Daniel to discuss culinary matters — and in the dining room, where the real story was on the plate.

We also hung out with Pulitzer finalist and film critic for the New York Times, A. O. Scott. Scott has a new book out, “Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth,” which argues that purposeful criticism today is being lost, drowned by a sea of bloggers and tweeters buoyed by social media. We pulled up a chair and settled in for spirited conversation.

In this issue we also talked to landscape architects about the best ways to make the most of outdoor terraces, one of the hottest niches for home improvement. Architects say New York City luxury home owners can create outdoor rooms for a taste of “country” living, with outside kitchens and even flat screen TVs for al fresco movie nights.

But for a true country experience, one can buy a home in Hudson Valley, just north of the city. We talked to brokers there for our ranking story on the homes on the market in the desirable Columbia and Dutchess counties. Invento爱上海同城对对碰 爱上海同城论坛ry there is diverse, with modern glass boxes and working farms, and the acreage and square footage is startlingly vast – but prices are a fraction of what one would pay in New Yorkers’ other favorite vacation destination, the Hamptons.

Speaking of the Hamptons, we spent time with Jean Shafiroff, a woman on a mission to support charities, including those on the East End. A fixtu上海夜网 阿爱上海同城re of the gala scene, Shafiroff gives us a run down of th爱上海同城手机版 新爱上海同城对对碰论坛e upcoming season. We’re getting our gowns ready.

And we’re dusting off our clubs with a round-up of the most exclusive golf clubs in the tri-state area and a look at what it takes to b上海千花社区 上海千花网交友ecome a member. It’s also wedding season and in that spirit, we gently suggest readers stop playing it safe with registry gifts and show their creativity with thoughtful and modern presents. Luxe Life leads readers down the (store) aisle.

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David Gorelick Cushman

Cushman s new head of retail has a lot to learn. And he doesn t have much time David Gorelick wants to align brokerage with the new retail age, but there are challenges from all sides

David Gorelick

David Gorelick’s office at Cushman Wakefield’s headquarters on Sixth Avenue remains pretty stark two months aft爱上海同城 爱上海er he took the job as head of the brokerage’s retail division in July.

Aside from a few family photos and mementos of earlier deals, there’s a reminder of his first job in retail: a poster of Sam’s Loans pawn shop in Detroit, where he worked as a 15-year-old.

“It was kind of crazy,” he told The Real Deal during a meeting at his office in late August. “Ever since then, after selling 上海夜网论坛 上海夜网guns and jewelry and lawnmowers, I had a natural affinity for retail.”

The poster sits on the floor and not up on the wall, in part, because Gorelick has mostly been on the road since he joined Cushman, where he is in charge of growing the firm’s retail presence across the country and navigating the choppy waters of a sector some have described as fucked.

Gorelick comes with more than 15 years experience in the business, worki上海贵族宝贝交流区 上海贵族宝贝论坛ng on the real estate side for companies like the defunct retailer Buckler and Ralph Lauren, where he focused on bringing the Polo and Club Monaco brands to Europe. Most recently he worked at the mall giant Simon Property Group, heading up client accounts for the company’s 31 million-square-foot portfolio.

But working on the brokerage side of the business is new for Gorelick, and he’s taking on the task at a time when both the retail sector and Cushman 爱上海同城 爱上海are going through significant changes. He has to figure out how Cushman can handle the pressures e-commerce are putting on retailers nationwide. And of course, there are the store closings and high retail vacancy rates, especially in essential markets like New York.

If that weren’t tough enough, Gorelick has to do so at a time when competitors are gaining strength, and Cushman has been trimming staff as it faces increasing pressure to push profits before going public.

In short, Gorelick’s got to get up to speed, and fast.

“There’s a lot to be learned,” said Colliers International president Joe Harbert, who up until 2012 had been the chief operating officer at Cushman and poached two of brokerage s top dealmakers when Brad Mendelson and David Green left for Colliers late last year.

It’s no small task running Cushman’s retail team, which ranked as the second most active retail brokerage in Manhattan last year behind CBRE, leasing 1.37 million square feet, according to an analysis by The Real Deal.

And he’ll be in charge of Cushman’s 90 retail markets, 200 brokers and 200-plus affiliates.

“It’s like herding cats,” Mendelson said of the task of working with so many dealmakers. “Most managers have not been brokers. This one hasn’t been a manager.”

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Eran Polack

HAP co-founder committed fraud in $10M diamond heist: Israeli court Rep for Eran Polack denies reports that he resigned after judgment

Eran Polack

UPDATED, Oct. 31, 6:02 p.m.: HAP Investments Eran Polack lied about being a victim of a $10 million diamond heist, an Israeli court ruled in September, after a paper trail linked more than $5 million of the supposedly stolen inventory to him.

Polack, who co-founded HAP with two partners, was enmeshed in a long-running insurance case in Israel, in which he claimed to have been robbed of $10 million worth of diamonds in his office in Hong Kong in 2010. In September, an Israeli court threw out the claim, finding that Polack had held onto or sold off more than $5 million of the stolen inventory, and that he lied about how the robbery went down.

“The defendants have successfully proven fraudulent intention,” the judge wrote. “Not only that the plaintiffs gave false testimony, but that they knew it was false, and did so with the intention of unlawfully recouping funds from the defendants on its basis.”

Polack is not facing criminal fraud charges, as this was an insurance case, but the claim was thrown out and Polack is required to pay the insurer’s legal costs, in addition to $215,000 in attorneys fees.

Channel 10 News in Israel reported that Polack resigned from HAP following the ruling, and quoted a statement from the firm that, “Polack requested to leave his position as chairman and CEO soon after the ruling.”

However, in a statement to The Real Deal, a spokesperson for HAP denied that was the case. “Eran Polack was, and is,上海龙凤论坛 新上海贵族宝贝论坛 a founding partner and CEO of HAP Investments LLC and its affiliates in the United States,” the spokesperson said, and added that he intends to appeal the court’s decision.

According to Israeli court documents, Polack traveled to Hong Kong in February 2010 to sell about $10 million worth of diamonds. On the day of the robbery he met with two men, identified only as “Africans,” at his 上海千花网交友 上海千花网论坛office building in Hong Kong, to discuss the deal, documents show. At the building, Polack claims, the two men attacked him at knife-point and forced him to open his office, then ran off with the diamonds, leaving him bound.

Polack had increased h上海千花社区 上海千花网交友is insurance policy from Menora Insurance days before leaving to Hong Kong in preparation for the deal, the documents show. After the heist, he filed a claim for 1,898 stolen diamonds worth a total of $9.5 million. Polack sued Menora after the company denied his claim, and Menora shot back with a counterclaim alleging fraud.

Over the course of the next few years, at least $4 million worth of the stolen inventory was discovered in Polack’s possession, according to the documents. Three of the most valuable gems, worth a combined $2.5 million, had allegedly been bought on consignment in Hong Kong days before the robbery and Polack later tried to sell them. Polack removed another 41 gems from the list early on, deducting their value from his claim, afte[……]

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New Year’s Eve 2018

NYC is the best place to celebrate NYE Thanks to having the most restaurants and night spots per capita

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The Concrete Jungle Is The Best Place in America to celebrate 2018 according to Wallet Hub s survey of 100 U.S. cities.

T上海千花社区 上海千花网交友wo million people will be descending on Times Square tonight, with 175 million watching the ball drop from home, but the more than a century-old tradition is not the only event that makes NYC the best for New Year s Eve.

With the most restaurants and nightlife venues per capita, t上海龙凤论坛 新上海贵族宝贝论坛here s something everyone, even t上海千花网龙凤论坛 上海千花社区hough, taking the good with the bad, NYC is one of爱上海 爱上海同城手机版 the most expensive cities to ring in 2018 second only to Miami with about $1上海千花网交友 上海千花网论坛,600 being the average amount a couple heading out for dinner and show in the city will spend tonight.

After another tumultuous year in the world of New York real estate, there s a ray of hope for those of us making New Year s resolutions, according to Wallet Hub s calculations, New Yorkers collectively rank 24th out of almost 200 cities in terms of being able to keep their goals. Erin Hudson

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Columbia Property Trust

Exec Adam Popper is out at Columbia Property Trust REIT confirms departure during earnings call

Adam Popper

Adam Popper is no longer at Columbia Property Trust, the company confirmed during its fourth-quarter earnings call on Thursday.

Popper, who joined the real estate investment trust in February 2016, was in charge of investments and asset management in the easter上海夜网 阿爱上海同城n U.S.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Popper left, whether he was fired, or whether he is 上海千花网论坛 上海千花网moving to another company. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

“Adam worked with us for cou上海龙凤论坛 新上海贵族宝贝论坛ple of years, served us well, great member of the team but we have parted ways,” the firm’s CEO Nelson Mills said during the call. “We are interviewing 爱上海同城手机版 新爱上海同城对对碰论坛candidates, exploring various options … Hopefully, we ll fill one or two positions in New York in the near term.”

Prior to joining Columbia, Popper served as managing principal at Westbrook Partners阿爱上海同城 阿拉爱上海同城 and as director of U.S. office acquisitions at Vornado Realty Trust, following previous stints at Beacon Capital Partners and Tishman Speyer.

In October, Columbia Property went into contract to buy two Chelsea office buildings from New York REIT for $515 million. Prior to that deal, Columbia Property had acquired $1.7 billion worth of Manhattan properties between 2015 and 2017, according to Real Capital Analytics data.

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Sheldon Silver

Go directly to prison: Sheldon Silver s request to remain free on bail denied 74-year-old must surrender to authorities on Oct. 5

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Sheldon Silver, once one of Albany s most powerful politicians, is heading to prison.

Federal Court Judge Valerie Caproni on Monday denied the former New York State Assembly speaker s request to remain free on bail while he appeals his latest conviction. Caproni said “the true purpose of Silver’s appeal is simply to postpone his day of reckoning,” the New York Times reported. Silver must turn himself in to authorities on Oct. 5.

In July, Silver was sentenced to seven years of prison after being convicted in May for a second time during a re-trial. He d previously been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Silver was accused of extorting developers Glenwood Management and the Witkoff Group — asking them to direct their tax business to law firm Goldberg Iryami. Glenwood and Witkoff testified they were unaware Silver was receiving a kickback from the fees paid to the firm. At the time, Glenwood and上海千花社区 上海千花网交友 Witkoff were lobbying Silver on real estate matters, including 421a developer tax exemptions.

During Silver s roughly 40-year run in city and state politics, he pushed through mi爱上海同城对对碰 爱上海同城论坛llions in 421a tax breaks for the developers of Billionaires Row, helped shepherd through approvals for the megadevelopment now known as Pacific Park, and stymied other major projects including the redevelopment of Seward Park and the Mayor Michael Bloo上海千花网论坛 上海千花网mberg s West Side Stadium. [NYT] — Kathryn Brenzel

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TH Real Estate

TH Real Estate, Taconic buy 440 Ninth Ave for nearly $270M Companies purchased building from Japanese investor Unizo Holdings

440 Ninth Avenue

TH Real Estate and Taconic Investment Partners have closed on their $269 million purchase of 440 Ninth Avenue on the Far West Side.

Japanese investor Unizo Holdings sold the property as part of the unloading of its Manhattan portfolio worth more than $1 billion, according to Commercial Observer. TH and Taconic plan to renovate the lobby, elevator and mechanical systems at the 18-story, 411,000-square-foot building.

MetLife Real Estate Investors financed the deal with a $137 millio爱上海同城论坛 爱上海同城n上海同城对对碰交友社区 上海夜网论坛 mortgage.

Unizo bou上海千花网龙凤论坛 上海千花社区ght the property for $211 million in 2013, and the building marked its first purchase in Manhattan. It began selling off its properties earlier this year. The Real Deal previously上海千花网交友 上海千花网论坛 reported that the company was looking to sell the Ninth Avenue property for more than $250 million.

The company agreed to sell 370 Lexington Avenue to Broad Street Development in September for about $190 million and has reportedly been in talks with Related Companies and East End Capital to sell 321 West 44th Street for about $150 million.  The prices for both buildings would represent a loss. [CO] – Eddie 爱上海 爱上海同城手机版Small

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