Rob Speyer Announces REBNY To Honor Steven Spinola With The Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award

On November 10, Rob Speyer announced that Steven Spinola, who has served as REBNY president for nearly 30 years, will be honored with the Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award at REBNY’s 119th Annual Banquet in January.

The award is presented annually to an industry member for their contributions to the city’s civic welfare and to the real estate community.

“We are enormously proud to honor our dear friend Steven Spinola for all the spectacular work he does for our industry. For nearly three decades, through good times and bad, Steve’s professionalism, thoughtful advocacy, and generosity of spirit has inspired our community,” said Speyer.

Read more about this year’s REBNY honorees at Real Estate Weekly.

Urbanland Recaps Rob Speyer’s ULI Address

On October 30, the Urban Land Institute’s magazine, Urbanland, highlighted Rob Speyer’s speech at ULI’s 2014 fall meeting in New York City.

Citing the estimate of 2.5 billion people moving to cities between now and 2050, Rob Speyer, president and co–chief executive officer of Tishman Speyer, said that cities are more important than ever in bringing people together in a keynote address at the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting.

“Most of you came from some distance away,” said Speyer. “So why did you come here? Community—real community, not a virtual community. Real networking with real people [who] have real faces, not a social network. It’s the same reason why people have been coming to cities since ancient Damascus.”

Read Urbanland’s full article here.

WATCH: Rob Speyer’s Remarks On Global Cities At ULI’s 2014 Fall Meeting

In an October 23 address to the Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Fall Meeting in New York City, Rob Speyer discussed the factors that are driving the rise of global cities around the globe.

Watch Speyer’s full remarks below:

Mayor de Blasio Praises Rob Speyer’s Work With Mayor’s Fund

In his October 21 remarks at the Urban Land Institute’s Fall Meeting in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Rob Speyer’s work with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, calling Speyer “tremendously civically oriented.”

Speyer is serving as co-chair of the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting Steering Committee.

From Mayor de Blasio’s speech:

Right now, I’m especially appreciative of the two folks – who I’ve had the joy of working with on a lot of issues here in the city – who are serving as the fall meeting co-chairs – Jeff Blau and Rob Speyer, both tremendously civically oriented. Rob has done a lot to help us with our Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and a lot of other key fronts. We work with Jeff all the time. These are two individuals who are real leaders in the industry, and partners in all we do. So, let’s thank Jeff and Rob for their great work.

 The full transcript and video of the mayor’s remarks are available here.

Rob Speyer Praises NYC’s Green Buildings Initiative

The New York Times reported on Sunday that New York City is planning a “sweeping effort to reduce its environmental impact” by “overhaul[ing] the energy-efficiency standards of all its public buildings and to pressure private landlords to make similar improvements.”

As the Times noted, Rob Speyer praised the city’s plan:

Though some landlords seem likely to resist the changes without legal prodding, the city’s push earned praise from the leader of the powerful Real Estate Board of New York. Rob Speyer, the board’s chairman, said in a statement that the mayor’s goals of increased energy efficiency and reduced emissions would “help solidify New York’s standing as the world’s model of sustainability.”

Read the full article here.

Tishman Speyer Buys Manhattan Site for $438 Million

Tishman Speyer has paid $438 million for a development site on Manhattan’s far West Side in the latest sign of a land rush that has pushed the value of New York properties into the stratosphere.

The firm, controlled by the father-and-son team of Jerry and Rob Speyer, plans to build a 2.8-million-square-foot office tower on the site, which occupies a full block near several other huge projects that are under way. Read the full article from the WSJ here


Power 100 – Albany 2014

Tishman Speyer President and Co-CEO Rob Speyer has climbed to #18 on City & State’s 2014 Albany Power 100 List.  In addition to his position at one of the world’s premier real estate investment organizations, the influential magazine cites his current chairmanship of the Real Estate Board of New York.Rob Speyer City & State Power 100 List

REBNY to provide 15 apartments on the East Side for displaced residents, New York State Association for Affordable Housing to assist with securing temporary and long-term apartments within the community

rob-speyer-deblasio-pressAS REBNY Chairman, Tishman Speyer President and Co-CEO joined NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and other industry and community leaders for today’s announcement — REBNY will provide 15 apartments on the East Side for displaced residents as the New York State Association for Affordable Housing will  assist with securing temporary and long-term apartments within the community.

“The building explosion that occurred earlier this week was a tragedy for the families impacted, the community and the city as a whole. It is in responding to such events when the city and its people are at their best. The real estate community is pleased that it can help contribute to that response and the city’s recovery,” said Rob Speyer.

REBNY gala draws top pols, industry players

REBNY's 118th annual banquet

REBNY’s 118th annual banquet

2,300 people crowded the New York Hilton on January 16th, 2014 night for REBNY’s 118th annual banquet. Read more about the the biggest night of the year.

Tishman Speyer Grabs 153 KSF DC Office Building

New York-based real estate building and operating company Tishman Speyer has bought 2000 K St. N.W., an eight story, 153,212-square-foot corner office property located in Washington’s Central Business District. For more info click here


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