NEW YORK, NY – November 20, 2019 – Over 100 New York City real estate professionals joined Ariel Property Advisors at its first-ever “Brooklyn New” event at the Brooklyn Public Library on November 14. The networking breakfast and panel discussion was jointly sponsored by Cozen O'Connor and featured a panel of some of Brooklyn’s most influential real estate professionals.
(From Left to Right) Shimon Shkury - Ariel Property Advisors, Aaron Malitzky - DH Property Holdings, Purnima Kapur, Sean R. Kelly,Esq. - Ariel Property Advisors, Kenneth Fisher, Esq. - Cozen O'Connor, Alison Novak - Hudson
Shimon Shkury, President of Ariel Property Advisors, kicked off the event with comments about New York City’s investment sales market and shared his thoughts about New York’s new rent regulation laws, called the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (HSTPA), multifamily properties, recent trends, and the emergence of new sources of capital. Menachem Kastner, a partner at Cozen O'Connor, also offered his views about the new legislation, which, based on his assessment, holds plausibility to be overturned.
Sean R. Kelly, Esq, a Senior Director at Ariel Property Advisors who has over a decade of experience selling properties in Brooklyn, moderated the spirited and often insightful conversation about how Brooklyn is rapidly evolving and what drivers, both current and upcoming, will transform its commercial real estate landscape. Questions focused on recent trends, rent regulation, rezonings, lack of affordable housing, the changing industrial landscape and overall state of the market.
“Brooklyn New was a huge success, which is a testament to the borough’s ever-growing appeal to investors,” said Kelly. “This was a great panel discussion on how HSTPA is impacting the market, e-commerce is changing the industrial landscape, and the need for affordable housing, particularly around industrial hubs.”
Kenneth K. Fisher, Esq., a partner at Cozen O'Connor, a land-use attorney and one of the panelists, talked about the process of rezoning initiatives in Brooklyn, giving insight about the timeline of Gowanus’ rezoning. He also implored multifamily property owners who are concerned about the new laws to contact their local legislators and make their voices heard. Fellow panelist Purnima Kapur, Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP, talked about rezonings in Brooklyn, particularly in Gowanus, which she believes will yield a wave of new development that will create a vibrant mixed-use environment.
Another panelist, Alison Novak, Principal at Hudson Companies, provided insight on her firm’s decision-making process for recent projects, and the advantages of investing in neighborhoods that require an extra subway stop further away from major development hubs, such as Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
Aaron Malitzky, Vice President at DH Property Holdings, discussed industrial assets and his firm’s ambitious plans for Sunset Industrial Park. This 18-acre site that will include an up to 1.3 million-square-foot stacked distribution center, which will make it one of the largest of its kind in the country.
It is estimated that 13.5 million consumers are within an hour of the site, making it a top tier distribution center. It is important to note that Brooklyn is called home by more millennials than any other borough, and it is well-documented that this demographic comprises a large portion of e-commerce sales.
All ticket proceeds from the event were donated to the Brooklyn Public Library.
Ariel Property Advisors is a commercial real estate services and advisory company located in New York City. The company covers all major commercial asset types throughout the NY metropolitan area, while maintaining a very sharp focus on multifamily, mixed-use and development properties. Ariel’s Research Division produces a variety of market reports that are referenced throughout the industry.
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