Real Estate Calendar, November 15-22

Tuesday, November 15
Hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and a 46-inch LCD TV will be under the tree when HELP USA hosts its annual toy drive and holiday fund-raiser to benefit the homeless. HELP USA Toy Drive and Holiday Fund-raiser, Tiro a Segno, 77 MacDougal Street, 6-9 p.m.; visit for more info.

Cherrie Nanninga of CB Richard Ellis will accept the George A. Fox Public Service Award when the New York Building Congress hosts its 2011 Industry Recognition Dinner with a lineup that includes Raymond Daddazio of Weidlinger Associates, Jeffrey Levine of Douglaston Development and Thomas Prendergast of the MTA. New York Building Congress 2011 Industry Recognition Dinner, Grand Hyatt New York, Grand Ballroom, 109 East 42nd Street, 6 p.m.; call 212-481-9099 for more info.

The United Jewish Association-Federation will gather 250 of the city’s most talented young real estate, construction and allied trade professionals and drop them on a deserted island for the duration of 4Q11 without food or water, just to see what happens. Seriously, though, the UJA is actually hosting its annual REX Premier event at Bar Basque, with 250 young real estate professionals expected to attend. United Jewish Association-Federation REX Premier, Bar Basque, 839 Avenue of the Americas, 6:30 p.m.; call 212-836-1116 or email for more info.

This year’s New York City Real Estate Expo will draw hundreds of the real estate industry’s biggest players. Expect a fabulous, informative event. New York City Real Estate Expo, Columbia University, 2920 Broadway, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; contact Anthony Kazazis at 646-210-2545 or visit for more info.

Under Mayor Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor, he and City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden have rezoned nearly every curve of the Big Apple, for better or worse. On Tuesday, scholars and noted planners will weigh in on how zoning can confront 21st-century environmental, economic and social challenges. Department of City Planning “Zoning the City” conference, McGraw-Hill Conference Center, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; visit for more info or to register.

Wednesday, November 16
Real estate brokers in New York are known more for their fragile egos than for their funny bones, so it should be well worth the price of admission when the Real Estate Board of New York hosts a night of comedy at Carolines in Times Square. But don’t be too cruel if they should crash and burn—after all, they’re doing it for charity. Real Estate Board of New York Comedy Night, Carolines Comedy Club, 1626 Broadway, 7-10 p.m.; email Desiree Jones at for more info.

Multifamily housing will be the subject du jour when Massey Knakal hosts its real estate summit. Massey Knakal Multifamily Summit, McGraw-Hill Conference Center, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; call 646-862-6136 or email for more info.

When, in 1975, the New York State Supreme Court struck down Grand Central’s landmark status, the heroic Municipal Art Society and Jacqueline Onassis reacted, sparking a campaign to save the terminal from becoming office towers. Join as the Society re-enacts the events that led to the building’s safety. Municipal Art Society “Grand Central Terminal” tour, meet at info booth, main concourse, Grand Central Terminal, 12:30 p.m.; visit for more info.

Yes, they are our competition—but they’re our friends, too, and so we’ll be there with bells on when the Real Deal hosts its annual forum at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The Real Deal annual forum, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, 6:30 p.m.; visit for more info.
Thursday, November 17

Take a bow David Kuperberg, chief executive of Cooper Square Realty—you’re the honoree at this evening’s 2011 Institute of Real Estate Management dinner and awards ceremony. Institute of Real Estate Management dinner and awards ceremony, Bridgewater’s, 11 Fulton Street, 6:30 p.m.; call 212-944-9445 or visit for more info.

Peter Riguardi will be the guest speaker when ORT America hosts its Real Estate and Construction Industry briefing. ORT America Real Estate & Construction Industry event, 51 West 52nd Street, 33rd floor, 5:30-8 p.m.; call 212-547-9166 or email for more info.

Cocktails will be sipped when the Community Housing Improvement Program hosts a networking soiree. Community Housing Improvement Program annual cocktail party, Bryant Park Grill, 25 West 40th Street, 5:30-8:30 p.m., call 212-838-7442 or email for more info.

Friday, November 18
Hardhats off to Professional Women in Construction president Lenore Janis, who will be honored when the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen hosts its annual Craftsmanship Award Ceremony. You’ve come a long way, baby! General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen’s Craftsmanship Award Ceremony, the Union League Club, 38 East 37th Street, 6 p.m.; call 212-486-7745 for more info.

Sunday, November 20
Some of the city’s earliest Deco apartment houses, including two by Blum & Blum, are on the Upper East Side. Join the Municipal Art Society as it tours the Art Deco wonders of the silk stocking district, including the only apartment building designed by Ray Hood, better known for Rockefeller Center and the old Daily News building. Municipal Art Society “Upper East Side Deco” walking tour, meet at park side of Fifth Avenue and East 84th Street, 2 p.m.; visit for more info.

Tuesday, November 22
Winston Fisher of Fisher Brothers, Joseph Moinian of the Moinian Group, Mitch Rudin of Brookfield Office Properties and Craig Solomon of Square Mile Capital Management will all speak at the Young Jewish Professionals real estate summit. Young Jewish Professionals real estate summit, Chelsea Pearl, 121 West 19th Street, 6:30 p.m.; visit for more info.

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