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[23 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Steven Spinola
In a city with more than eight million people, and another million expected by 2040, we need to focus on New York’s transit system and how important it is to our future.
Our trans-Hudson transportation is in dire need of attention.
New York City’s population has almost doubled since the last rail connection under the Hudson was built over 100 years ago, and the population of the counties on the other side of the river has tripled.
More significantly, almost a third of the city’s workforce is now comprised of suburban …

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[16 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Steven Spinola
The issue of landmarking and its relationship with New York’s need for additional housing, especially affordable housing, is receiving a great deal of attention.
REBNY’s recently released a report entitled Housing Production on NYC Landmarked Properties is an informative and important contribution to this crucial public policy discussion.
The report’s analysis concluded that that of all the new housing created citywide over the past decade, less than one half of one percent was within landmarked historic districts.
Between 2003 and 2012, 206,819 new residential units were constructed, and only 1,318 of …

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[9 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Steve Spinola
This year, REBNY will be partnering with Food Bank For New York City for our 6th Annual Summer Donation Drive.
The issue of hunger in our city is one which I believe does not receive as much attention as it deserves.
Every day, more than two and a half million New Yorkers experience difficulty affording the food they need, and that number will only continue to rise as our food supply continues to diminish and the cost of food reaches new heights.
This number represents almost a third of our city’s …

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[2 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Steve Spinola
It would be interesting to see how the founders of REBNY would react if they could see what their organization has become today.
When it was created in 1896 as the Real Estate Board of Brokers of the City of New York, REBNY was chaired by architect and contractor William Harrison Folsom and consisted of 27 members.
Today, New York City’s first real estate trade association has over 15,000 members, 127 of whom have been members for over 50 years.
This week, I’d like to take special notice of these long-time …

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[25 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Steven Spinola
For one hour, New York lowered its lights to raise awareness.
Green Light New York, an ambitious non-profit organization that connects the real estate industry to energy and lighting efficiency solutions, recently organized the Daylight Hour.
For this campaign, which took place Friday between noon and 1 p.m., office buildings turned off their lights in day-lit spaces for one hour to raise awareness about the energy and money that can be saved by not using lighting when it isn’t needed .
“On average, about 30 percent of NYC office space can …

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[18 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Steven Spinola
The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills has come a long way.
Since its creation in 2001, it has become a widely renowned program known for creating career opportunities for people throughout all five boroughs, training New York’s diverse workforce, and enabling the members of that workforce to earn fair wages.
In this period of economic growth, Construction Skills’ business model has allowed it to produce consistently positive results, and it has been improving on itself since it began.
For these reasons, Construction Skills was recently the subject of a …

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[11 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Steven Spinola
The secret is out: a spectacular vacation island getaway has been hiding in plain view right under our noses in New York Harbor.
Governors Island re-opened last month, and it’s better than ever.
After a long and bitter winter, the time has finally come to embrace summer in full force with a brand new hotspot.
Over the past several years, artists and architects have been keeping a watchful eye over the island, taking note of who visited it, how often, and what they chose to do during their stay. Out of …

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[4 Jun 2014 | One Comment | ]

By Steve Spinola
Ten years ago this month the City Council voted to rezone Downtown Brooklyn. This rezoning, along with other targeted public improvements, has unleashed tremendous private investment in the area and put in place a downtown with world-class amenities that would rival any downtown in the country.
The rezoning has yielded tremendous improvements. The public investment of $300 million has triggered private investment of $10.5 billion, and this injection of funds has had a significant positive impact on the economy and general development of Brooklyn.
The passage of the Downtown Brooklyn …

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[28 May 2014 | One Comment | ]

By Steven Spinola
Our city is growing, and by 2040 a million more people will live here from all over the world, one issue that must be addressed urgently is where the New Yorkers of tomorrow will live.
Recently, Mayor de Blasio presented a 10-year plan that attempts to deal with the housing needs for all New Yorkers. It identifies the problems and provides a realistic roadmap for solutions.
The mayor’s outline calls for 200,000 affordable units over 10 years—120,000 preserved and 80,000 newly built. The City will identify corridors and communities with …

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[21 May 2014 | One Comment | ]

By Steven Spinola
The transformation of the Farley Post Office into the Moynihan Station is as well-known as the overcrowding at Penn Station.
However, few people know about the actual work that is being performed and how that work and the creation of the Moynihan Station will improve transportation for the passengers that travel through Penn Station every day.
When Penn Station was re-built in the early 1960s, it was designed to handle up to between 200,000 and 300,000 people daily. Today it is serving twice that amount.
The station lacks the vertical circulation, …

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