CBRE’s Mary Ann Tighe Has Revitalized NYC One Lease at a Time


Almost every visitor who steps foot in New York City is familiar with the handiwork of Mary Ann Tighe, whether they know it or not. When the tri-state chief executive officer of CBRE started in real estate, Times Square was a dumping ground for the dregs of the city—but it looked very different when she was through. She was the one developer Larry Silverstein turned to when he needed to lease up his little Downtown project, the World Trade Center. And if you look at her roster of real estate clients—Coach, The New York Times Company, News Corp., the Archdiocese of New York—they’re the most serious companies and brands in the world.

Aside from being one of the greatest dealmakers in New York real estate, Ms. Tighe has the distinction of being one of the most sophisticated bigwigs in her industry; when she was still in her 20s, she was a staff member for the Smithsonian and an arts adviser to Vice President Walter Mondale.

Commercial Observer spoke to Ms. Tighe in her office at the MetLife Building about the de Blasio administration, the World Trade Center and her days working in the White House. Read More


La Vie En Rose: Jonathan Rose on Making Real Estate Greener and More Affordable

Jonathan Rose

In a city transfixed by luxury residential developments catering to oligarchs and 21st century robber barons (15 Central Park West, anyone?), Jonathan F.P. Rose builds affordable and green housing stock, apartments that deserve far more press than they garner. Mr. Rose founded his eponymous business, Jonathan Rose Companies, in 1989; since then, the multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning and investment firm has finished more Read More


Dan Garodnick Prepares to Push Midtown East Into 21st Century

Dan Garodnick

Midtown East, once the gold standard of business districts, has aged. Its towering skyscrapers, having once tested the boundaries of engineering, are struggling to retain top tenants. And its transportation infrastructure is buckling from a population that nearly doubles during the workweek.

In an effort to ensure the area maintains its competitive edge, Mayor Bill de Blasio, like his predecessor, has put forth a planning strategy. A central player in the process to develop a thorough proposal is City Council Member Dan Garodnick, who, along with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, was tapped in May to head the Midtown East Steering Committee. Read More