The Year in Review

Commercial Real Estate In Memorium: 2012

A sketch of David Winoker.

New York real estate is some of the most desirable and expensive in the world, but the ever-fluctuating price of a square foot of space in a given neighborhood is unquestionably dwarfed by the value of human life. This year, the commercial real estate world lost several notable figures and The Commercial Observer would like to take a moment to remember them. Read More


Sandy Lindenbaum, Beloved Zoning Attorney For a Generation of Major Developers, Dies At 77

Sandy Lindenbaum

Samuel Lindenbaum, a counselor at the firm Kramer Levin who was considered one of the city’s leading land use attorneys and who was known affectionately throughout the industry as Sandy, died this afternoon the firm announced. The cause of death was esophageal cancer. He was 77.

Mr. Lindenbaum was well known for his deep knowledge of the city’s labyrinthine zoning laws and regulations and was the council of choice for major developers, including Donald Trump, Harry Macklowe and the real estate investment trust Vornado, in the throes of winning city approvals for big time projects. Read More