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Lee & Associates and Affiliate Add Third Firm to Partnership

James Wacht

Lee & Associates and its Sierra Real Estate affiliate have recruited Cogswell Realty into a three-way partnership for management of a vast property portfolio and potential future acquisitions called Cogswell Lee Development Group, Commercial Observer has learned.

Sierra and Cogswell have worked together in joint property and construction management arrangements since 2012, but the new partnership will allow the companies to offer superior products and services to their clients, said James Wacht, the president of Lee & Associates and Sierra. Read More

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NGKF Beefs Up Retail Brokerage with Seven Hires

NGKF logo

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank has added seven experienced retail brokers from prominent brokerages to its ranks over the past two months, Commercial Observer has learned.

Veteran dealmakers Thomas Citron of Cushman & Wakefield, Matthew Krell of CBRE and Howard Gilbert of RKF headline the migration to NGKF as the firm continues its global growth following its 2011 purchase by BGC Partners. Read More

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Former BSA Director Joins Kramer Levin

Jeffrey Mulligan

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel has hired former city Board of Standards and Appeals executive director and Department of City Planning official Jeffrey Mulligan as a planning and development specialist in the firm’s land use practice, Kramer Levin announced today.

The eight-year veteran of the city board that evaluates special permits and zoning variances previously served as the head of the City Planning department’s Manhattan team during  rezonings like Hudson Yards, the West Chelsea area around the High Line and Hudson Square South.

He expressed excitement about starting his new job at the influential firm. Read More

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Cassidy Turley Hires Nonprofit Group Co-Leader

Janet Woods

Cassidy Turley hired an experienced broker for charities and foundations to help lead its nonprofit practice group, the company announced last week.

Janet Woods has joined Cassidy Turley as co-leader alongside David Lebenstein to play the same role she formerly served at JLL as a representative for the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, the Children’s Aid Society, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and other nonprofit clients. Read More

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Brandl Frey Leaves Durst for RFR

Brandl Frey by Steve Friedman.

Brandl Frey, who was most recently a leasing manager at the Durst Organization, started at RFR Realty yesterday, Commercial Observer has learned.

She is serving as the executive vice president of strategic initiatives and marketing, and will be working on marketing initiatives, branding and leasing at RFR properties including 375 Park Avenue and Lever House at 390 Park Avenue. Her office is in the latter. Read More

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Mayor Nominates BSA, Landmarks Commissioners

Bill de Blasio.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has nominated Margery Perlmutter as commissioner of the Board of Standards and Appeals. Adi Shamir Baron and John Gustafsson were also nominated as commissioners of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The nominations have been submitted to the City Council for final approval, according to a release issued by the Office of the Mayor. Read More

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JLL Hires Amanda Bokman for New York Office

Amanda Bokman.

JLL has hired Amanda Bokman as a managing director, Commercial Observer has learned.

Based out of JLL’s New York office, Ms. Bokman will focus on new business development and tenant representation, and will work closely with Robert Martin, the firm’s vice chairman and head of brokerage, according to a press release issued by the company. Read More

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RKF Announces Slew of Promotions

Jeremy Ezra

Six brokerage pros scored promotions at retail leasing, investment sale and consulting service giant RKF following the company’s expansion by nearly 5,000 square feet at its 521 Fifth Avenue headquarters, the firm announced Friday.

Brokers Jeremy Ezra, Greg Covey, Caleb Petersen, Marc Finkel, Brian Segall and Ross Berkowitz grabbed new titles at the company where officials say business has been booming. Read More

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Pat Breslin Heads to Colliers from Studley

Pat Breslin.

The global head of Studley’s retail practice, Pat Breslin, has joined Colliers International as an executive managing director, Commercial Observer has learned.

The son of famed reporter Jimmy Breslin, Mr. Breslin has been in the industry for 28 years and even served as retail group president of GVA Williams, the predecessor firm to Colliers. He is focusing on retail transaction in New York City and globally at Colliers. Read More

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Spinola Retiring From REBNY After 2015

Steven Spinola

Longtime Real Estate Board of New York President Steven Spinola will retire at the end of 2015, the Financial Times reported today.

Mr. Spinola, 65, has led the trade group and influential real estate advocacy organization since 1986, and he called the reports of his departure “premature” in a message to the organization’s board of governors while acknowledging that the recent extension he signed through the end of next year will be his last. Read More

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Tech-Centric Broker Ashkán Zandieh Leaving ABS Partners

Ashkan Zandieh

The founder of a network of tech-savvy real estate websites is leaving his current post as the director of the creative and start-up advisory division at ABS Partners Real Estate, Commercial Observer has learned.

Ashkán Zandieh, 31, who has spent more than two years at ABS Partners told Commercial Observer he’s elected to focus full-time on Re:Tech, which connects real estate tech start-ups with potential investors and advice for growing as companies while also holding interactive demonstrations and networking events. Read More