3rd Annual Midtown Forum

Join Commercial Observer as our expert panelists dissect Midtown and its many submarkets.


President New York Tri-State Region
Newmark Knight Frank
Fisher Brothers
Chief Executive Officer
SL Green Realty Corp.
President and Chief Investment Officer
L&L Holding Company, LLC
Chairman & CEO
RXR Realty LLC
Chairman, Real Estate Department
Fried Frank
Co-Founding Partner
Zetlin & De Chiara LLP


scheduleThursday, June 28, 2018
75 Rockefeller
75 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10019

3rd Annual Midtown Forum

Join Commercial Observer as our expert panelists dissect Midtown and its many submarkets.


As the city’s geographical center and New York’s largest commercial real estate submarket, Midtown holds its position as one of the most viable and best-served office locations in the world.

However, Midtown isn’t resting on its laurels. Owners are finding innovative ways to appeal to the market’s ever-evolving tenant mix as leasing activity is driven from a wider group of industries. But, with competition from less expensive options like Hudson Yards and Downtown, Midtown now has vast amounts of shadow space coming to market which is creating both opportunity and concern.
Join Commercial Observer as our expert panelists dissect Midtown and its many submarkets, including:

  • -Leasing and sales activity
  • -New ground-up developments and newly revitalized properties
  • -How rezoning will affect Midtown moving forward
  • -Challenges and opportunities Midtown owners anticipate near-term
  • -What’s new in Midtown as a live/work/play destination
  • -What’s next for midtown?
7:30 AM Networking Breakfast
8:15 AM Opening Remarks
8:30 AM Grand in Demand: A Sit Down with Scott Rechler and Marc Holliday
9:30 AM The State of Midtown: Renovations, Relocations and Rebuilding
10:30 AM Closing Remarks

Aggressive Energy

At Aggressive Energy we’re striving to power New York and beyond with affordable electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and biofuels.  In addition to competitive pricing, we’re committed to our customers and have been offering reliable energy service for more than 30 years.  As a leading energy supplier throughout the northeast, we promise to uphold our premium service while doing what’s right for our environment and our economy.

Avenue of the Americas Association

The Avenue of the Americas Association highlights the best arts, culture and lifestyle that the neighborhood has to offer and our members have unique opportunities to learn about City initiatives and hear from government, business and cultural stakeholders on issues that matter to the business community. The Association, comprised of owners and major tenants on the Avenue, acts on behalf of its membership to address issues affecting business operations and real estate values on the Avenue and has become a who’s who of prominent community business leaders.

We support the community on and around the Avenue of the Americas and work to ensure that the Avenue will be a thriving business corridor for generations to come.


Fried Frank

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s Real Estate Department is the top in its field. With broad experience in all aspects of commercial real estate law, we are capable of successfully representing our clients in all facets of commercial real estate transactions. Our clients are industry powerhouses that are responsible for contributing to the development and reshaping New York City's skyline and other major cities around the world. Our team advises on the acquisition and disposition of single assets and portfolios; mortgage, mezzanine, and construction financing and restructuring on behalf of borrowers and lenders; leasing on behalf of landlords and tenants; joint ventures; real estate investment trusts; real estate litigation; environmental; and land use and development. We work closely with, and regularly advocate before, various NYC agencies. By collaborating with our tax, restructuring and insolvency, and litigation attorneys, we are able to address all challenges that impact a transaction. The Firm advises the world's leading corporations, investment funds and financial institutions on their most critical legal needs and business opportunities. Our approximately 500 lawyers are based in North America and Europe.

Friedman LLP

Founded in 1924, Friedman LLP Accountants and Advisors brings a profound understanding of the real estate industry — the result of more than 8 decades serving clients involved in a wide variety of real estate entities spanning commercial, retail, residential, and more.  We have built long-term relationships with some of the largest and most sophisticated privately owned and publicly held real estate companies in the New York area and beyond. Our dedicated Real Estate Group brings a rare combination of highly specialized knowledge and vast experience in the tax, accounting, and business planning aspects of real estate ownership, investment, operation, and development.  

Beyond our core audit, assurance, and tax services, Freidman provides several unique services customized to our real estate clients' specific needs.  Our State and Local Tax Services Group is well versed in helping real estate organizations manage compliance demands that arise from multistate activities. Our dedicated International Tax Practice brings broad experience and deep expertise advising inbound investors into U.S. real estate and outbound U.S. investors into foreign real property.  We provide real estate clients with the tools and cutting-edge insight that they need to evaluate opportunities, make critical decisions, and achieve their strategic objectives. When a transaction is on the table, we ensure that our clients are armed with the most accurate and useful information and analyses— from valuing acquisition and merger targets to structuring deals to meet financial, tax, and reporting objectives to providing restructuring and/or divestiture/exit advice.  Through Friedman CyZen LLC, a Friedman LLP-owned company, we help clients protect their vital assets by delivering a host of customized services, including testing of a building’s internet enabled critical systems, vulnerability assessments, penetration tests, network architecture reviews, endpoint monitoring, and third-party risk assessments.

For more information, visit http://friedmanllp.com/industries/real-estate.



Knotel is transforming the office market with its Agile HQ™ Platform. Making long-term leases a thing of the past, Knotel designs, builds, and operates custom spaces for established and growing brands, so they can be free to grow their businesses at will and build what’s never been built.

Named a Business Insider Top 50 Startup and New York's Hottest New Workspace Model, Knotel has over 45 locations across over 1 million square feet in New York, San Francisco, and London. Founded in 2016, Knotel has raised over $95 million in funding. Knotel’s member network includes companies like Starbucks, Cheddar, Stash, and King. Visit www.knotel.com.

Knotel has raised $95 million from real estate juggernauts NKF, The Sapir Organization, The Wolfson Group, The Moinian Group, and Wainbridge Capital.

MG Engineering

For over 25 years MG Engineering (MGE) has provided best-in-class, full service MEP engineering and technology design services. Their experience covers a broad range of sectors including corporate, residential, hospitality, retail, healthcare and building infrastructure. The firm has been named one of the top 500 design firms nationwide for the past five years and one of the best places to work in NYC by Crains NY.

Newmark Knight Frank

Newmark Knight Frank ("NKF"), operated by Newmark Group, Inc. ("Newmark"), is one of the world's leading commercial real estate advisory firms. Newmark has over 4,600 employees in over 120 offices. Together with London-based partner Knight Frank and independently-owned offices, NKF's 15,000 professionals operate from more than 400 offices in established and emerging property markets on six continents. With roots dating back to 1929, NKF's strong foundation makes it one of the most trusted names in commercial real estate. We offer a complete suite of services and products for both owners and occupiers across the entire commercial real estate industry. Our investor/owner services and products include investment sales, agency leasing, property management, valuation and advisory, diligence, underwriting and, under trademarks and names like Berkeley Point and NKF Capital Markets, government sponsored enterprise lending, loan servicing, debt and structured finance and loan sales. Our occupier services and products include tenant representation, real estate management technology systems, workplace and occupancy strategy, global corporate services consulting, project management, lease administration and facilities management. We enhance these services and products through innovative real estate technology solutions and data analytics designed to enable our clients to increase their efficiency and profits by optimizing their real estate portfolio. We have relationships with many of the world's largest commercial property owners, real estate developers and investors, as well as Fortune 500 and Forbes Global 2000 companies. For further information, visit www.ngkf.com.

RXR Realty LLC

The RXR platform manages 72 commercial real estate properties and investments with an aggregate gross asset value of approximately $17.7 billion, comprising approximately 23.1 million square feet of commercial operating properties and approximately 6,300 multi-family and for sale units in various stages of development in the New York Metropolitan area.

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, a leading construction law firm, provides sophisticated legal counsel and business advice to real estate owners and developers as well as architecture and engineering firms in the New York Metropolitan area and around the country.  Many of its attorneys have direct experience with construction and design issues through their work as in-house construction counsel, education and training as architects and engineers, and by earning LEED accreditation. The firm provides counsel throughout the planning, design, and construction process — from drafting and negotiating contracts to advising on risk management strategies.  Zetlin & De Chiara represents clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and also advises on business formation, licensing and corporate issues.