David Greene, MHP


2013 Owners MagazineFavorite charity? 

WIN, Women in Need. WIN provides safe housing, critical services and programs to homeless women and their children so the women can regain their independence and their children can have a brighter future.

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Real estate prediction for 2014? 

More of the same. We expect a modest growth in office rental rates as the nation’s economy continues to recover. We are fortunate that we live and work in the center of the world and our economy is unlike any other in America.

Where in New York is there still untapped potential for real estate development? 

East of the Second Avenue train project.

Who will become New York City’s next mayor?  

No comment.

What real estate policy should New York’s next mayor make a priority?   

Lower property taxes.

What qualities do you look for in an agent representing your buildings? 

Honesty, integrity, a solid work ethic and no conflicting agency work.

What is one aspect of your business you wish you had more time for? 

I wish that I had more time to spend with friends in the business. We get so busy, and sometimes we forget that there is more to our business than just sitting at a desk or talking on the phone all day.

Greatest fear: 

I was born in Manhattan. I live in Manhattan. I am a “tried and true” New Yorker and am not a fearful person.

If approved, the Midtown East rezoning initiative will: 

The initiative will improve the area dramatically, but it must include the necessary infrastructure and significantly improve the pedestrian experience.

In the film version of your life, which actor would portray you? 

George Clooney or Daniel Craig. Well, you asked!

Foreign real estate market you’d most like to invest in: 

London, a world-class, vibrant city.

Is broadband connectivity in New York City a priority at your buildings? 

Broadband connectivity is an automatic in our entire portfolio.

What should happen with Madison Square Garden and Penn Station? 

I like the original plan. Move both across the street, and replace the Farley Post Office.

What New York City building should be torn down? 

I have nothing against any developer, but I am not a big fan of “out of place” sliver buildings that tower over nearby buildings. I believe that there should be architectural harmony in a neighborhood.