June 29th, 2016 – Investing in Our City’s Future: Real Estate Panel Benefit

On June 29th The Real Estate Committee of , led by James Nelson (Cushman Wakefield),  convened a breakfast panel on the state of NYC’s  commercial real estate market, hosted by L&L Holding Company and sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield, RESA, W Financial, McGowan Builders, CrowdComfort, and Crown Architecture and Consulting. All ticket proceeds benefitted The Catalog.  Over 100 attendees listened to Paul J. Massey, Jr. provide opening remarks highlighting the importance of the New York City real estate community continuing to invest in programs and organizations like The Catalog that provide vital support in underserved communities.  The panel was moderated by Steve Kohn (Cushman & Wakefield), and featured Catalog Board Members Rob Lapidus (L&L Holdings), Richard Wagman (Madison Capital),and Marty Burger (Silverstein Properties).  The panelists provided guests with insight into the opportunities and challenges that commercial real estate market, and in particular the special challenges of large retail spaces in NYC’s current market. Sponsorships and ticket sales from the panel raised nearly $20,000 to benefit The Catalog’s 15 member programs and the youth they assist.  Future panels are being planned for the fall and winter on other topics of interest to the real estate community.


New Directors elected to The Catalog’s Board

The Catalog has welcomed several new Directors in 2015: Michael Nash, Senior Managing Director, Blackstone ; Adam Schwartz , Managing Director, Angelo Gordon; and Richard Wagman, Managing Partner, Madison Capital.  And last month the board added the Executive Directors of two programs that recently “graduated” from The Catalog after being part of two of our three-year cycles: Amanda Kraus of Row NYC and Suzy Myers Jackson from Opening Act. Said Board President, Ken Horn, “We are fortunate to have such a wide range of talent and broad commitment to NYC youth on the Catalog’s board.”