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Most Ingenious Sales Brokers’ Deal Contenders of 2016 Revealed

Woody Heller Heller: “This annual competition highlights the intricacies of commercial real estate negotiation.”











NEW YORK CITY—The 15 contenders for the 2016 Sales Brokers Most Ingenious Deal of the Year awards—to be handed down next month by the Real Estate Board of New York—have been revealed. The Bronx and Brooklyn each saw one of the nominated transactions while the remaining 13 were done in Manhattan.

The brokers being considered for the honor as a result of the following sale, lease, and finance deals are Amit Doshi and Lynda Blumberg of Besen & Associates, “Going Out of Business Sale: The Disposition of Lee’s Art Shop on West 57th”–220 W. 57th St.;  Stuart A. Eisenkraft, Daniel S. Kaplan, Edward (Ned) E. Midgley, and Timothy E. Sheehan, CBRE,  “The Remaking of America: Helping Re-Endow the Nation’s Oldest Catholic Media Company”–106 W. 56th St.; David Carlos and Ira Schuman, Savills Studley, “Repositioning Real Estate or Reimaging the Promise Land? How Savills Studley Helped Jewish Theological Seminary Transform its Campus for the 21st Century”–543 W. 122nd St., 3060 Broadway and 415 W. 120th St.;Peter Hennessy, Cushman & Wakefield, Bringing the Galaxy to Flatiron”–162 Fifth Ave.; Andrew Stein, Vicus Partners, “Real Estate Industry Creates New Wave of Charter Schools”–192 E. 151st St., Bronx;

Paul Ippolito, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, “If You Can Make it Here: Securing a New York Headquarters for Intercept Pharmaceuticals at 55 Hudson Yards;” Paul Myers and Ken Meyerson, CBRE, “The Calm During the Storm: The 1MSF Renewal of S&P Global at 55 Water St.;” Brian D. Gell and Laurence P. Briody, Jr., CBRE, “Lighthouse Guild International: Guiding a Nonprofit Through a Sea of Intricacies—and Idiosyncrasies—to Land a New Home”–80 West End Ave.; Michael R. Laginestra and Michael Geoghegan, CBRE, “A Hat Trick for the NHL: New Headquarters, Experiential Retail and a Hockey Rink at Manhattan West”–1 Manhattan West; Paul J. Amrich, Neil V. King, and James Ackerson, CBRE, “Southern Hospitality, New York Style: Putting Atlanta-based Columbia Property Trust on the Map with a True New York Institution – New York University”–222 E. 41st St.;

Scott Gottlieb and Ken Meyerson, CBRE, “A Home Run for MLB: A Transformational Deal that Brings a League Together, Ignites an Asset, and Ushers Both into the Millennial Era”–1271 Ave. of the Americas; Richard Bernstein, Adam Ardise, and Jared Thal of Cushman & Wakefield “Penguin Random House’s 50 Shades of the Billion Dollar Deal”–1745 Broadway; David Rosenbloom, Cushman & Wakefield, “It Takes Two”–1133 Ave. of the Americas;  Scott A. Singer and Kathleen McSharry, The Singer & Bassuk Organization, “It’s Not Just a Job, It’s an Adventure”–Brooklyn Navy Yard and Shawn Rosenthal and Gerry Miovski, CBRE, “The Financing of 2 Washington Street: A Miracle in Manhattan.”

The first-, second-, and third-place winners will be announced at the Sales Brokers Committee’s 73rd annual cocktail party,  to be held on Tuesday, April 4th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Club 101 (101 Park Ave.). Sponsors for the event include: Donald Zucker Company, Eastern Consolidated, Lion’s, Jack Resnick & Sons, Kalikow, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Rudin Management Co., and the Wall Street Journal.

“This annual competition highlights the intricacies of commercial real estate negotiations that are navigated with ingenuity, professionalism, and fortitude by REBNY members,” says Woody Heller, chair of REBNY’s sales brokers committee and executive managing director, group head of the capital transactions group at Savills Studley. “These skills are necessary for achieving agreements that benefit not only the parties involved, but also the communities surrounding them.”

Adds John Banks, REBNY president, “Our members are part of the backbone of New York City’s economy whose service extends beyond transactional value to impact the growth and missions of the businesses they serve,” said. “Our Ingenious Deal of the Year Awards serve as a platform for pulling back the complex layers in commercial real estate deal-making and highlighting the efforts taken to orchestrate a successful, far-reaching deal.”


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