|The worlds greatest developers are right here in NYC and Larry Silverstein holds eminent domain.Silverstein welcomed the B’nai B’rith by praising their over 100 year old organization and their extraordinary work- saying when he was asked if he would give his time ” definitely” and when they asked if would pay for lunch – “of course.”
The animated, charasmatic and joyful impressario of Silverstein Properties standing behind a sleekly designed transparent lecturn talked for nearly 40 minutes about his most important project -The development of The new World Trade Center complex.The group of seventy sat in neat white chairs alongside 12 foot high glass windows privy to the magnificent view overlooking the development site – the renaissance of downtown New York City.
In relating what he termed as the progress down here Silverstein imparted his vision of what downtown will become and a few lessons he has learned along the way of a 55 year career.
1) Don’t bet against New York – It always comes back and strongly.
|Adam Spies, Senior Managing Director, Eastdil Secured L.L.C.; Neil Luthra, Highgate Holdings; David Schonbraun, Co-Chief Investment Officer, SL Green Realty Corp.; Scott Alper, Partner, The Witkoff Group; Avi Benyasz, TPG Capital
Ofer Yardeni, Managing Partner, Stonehenge Partners
On the longest day of the year The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces New York Real Estate Division gathered on the rooftop of the ‘Olivia’; The luxury apartment residence owned by Stonehenge Partners. The FIDF initiates and helps support educational, social, cultural and recreational programs & facilities for young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. FIDF also supports the families of fallen soldiers.