Matters

Sherwood Equities – High Line Acquisitions and Developments

Represented Sherwood Equities in connection with the acquisition of development sites at 508 West 20th Street and 360 Tenth Avenue, near the High Line Park. We also assisted Sherwood with the acquisition and sale of a significant amount of development rights; and the financing and development of the sites.

Property Owner – Landmarks Preservation Commission Guidelines

Represented the owners of a former bank branch in their attempts to lease the interior landmark space to a major national drugstore chain. We worked with the chain and its architects in adjusting its national store design guidelines to meet with standards set by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Real Estate Owner – BSA Building Permit Challenge

Represented a Brooklyn real estate owner before the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals in connection with a successful effort to prevent adverse parties from obtaining building permits.

Steiner NYC – Zoning and Land Use

Represented Steiner NYC in connection with the zoning and land use analysis of various New York City development sites, including the site of a 52-story residential rental tower in Downtown Brooklyn.

Real Estate Developer – Staten Island Retail Center Complex

Representing the Alpert family in connection with the development of a large shopping center complex in Staten Island. Our work includes a significant Uniform Land Use Review Process application involving street mappings, special permits, government relations activities and an environmental impact statement.

Toll Brothers – Joint Venture Development of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Advised Toll Brothers City Living, the urban development division of Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE: TOL), in its joint venture with Starwood Capital Group to develop a 550,000-square-foot luxury hotel and residential complex at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Sherwood Equities – Land Use & Zoning Review for West Chelsea Site

Represented Sherwood Equities with respect to land use and zoning review for various sites in West Chelsea and Hudson Yards.

Real Estate Developer – LPC Review for NoHo Property

Represented a residential building owner with respect to a special permit application and landmarks review for a new property in Manhattan's NoHo neighborhood.

Verizon Wireless – Appellate Victory in Cell Phone Tower Zoning Dispute

Represented Verizon Wireless in the company's successful appeal of a New Jersey township's denial of a variance allowing for the construction of a 140-foot cell tower. The victory followed a more than seven year effort to obtain approval for the project which aimed to provide service in a "dead zone" affecting the Princeton, NJ area. In a unanimous decision, the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division reversed a lower court's ruling, agreed with our argument that the township's zoning board had acted improperly and ordered the board to reconsider the application.

Real Estate Developer – Queens Rezoning Project

Represented a site owner in connection with an application to up-zone a block containing a development site on Queens Boulevard. The approved rezoning permits the construction of a 12-story residential building and is a significant increase in density from what can currently be constructed on the site.

Real Estate Property Owners – Rezoning of Williamsburg and Greenpoint Properties

Represented several real estate property owners in assuring that New York City's extensive rezoning of Williamsburg/Greenpoint maximized the value of their real property.

Real Estate Developer – Industrial-to-Residential Conversion

Represented a real estate developer in its application to the New York City Board of Standards & Appeals for a variance to convert an industrial building to a 100-unit residential building.

Real Estate Developer – Staten Island Waterfront

Represented a real estate developer in obtaining land use approvals for the development of 118 single family homes on a 10+ acre waterfront site in Princes Point, Staten Island.

Real Estate Investment Company – Five-State Residential Portfolio Acquisition and Financing

Represented a major real estate investment and service company in its acquisition and financing of a five-state, 14-property portfolio of residential rental and condominium apartment complexes. The portfolio was financed through 14 first mortgage loans and 12 mezzanine loans, culminating in a four-day closing.