The 13th season of Building New York: NY Stories, debuted on September 10, 2017
September 10, 2017: Brad Klatt: Canoe Brook Partners
Brad Klatt, one of three Canoe Brook Partners, a family owned enterprise, discusses the development at Port Imperial, NJ, his involvement in community activities, and his active support of Jewish day school education.
September 17, 2017: Aaron Malinsky: Curbcut Urban Partners
Aaron Malinsky, president and CEO, of Curbcut Urban Partners, a privately owned real estate development firm, in business with his childrn, talks about earlier ventures as executive vice-president of another family business, the supermarket chain, Waldbaums.
September 24, 2017, Dr. Rock Positano, Part I
Dr. Rock Positano, a foot-and-ankle specialist, nationally know for his non-surgical approach for the treatment of foot disorders, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical drawings, author of "Dinner with DiMaggio," talks about family, growing up in Bay Ridge, NYU and Yale, in Part 1/2.
October 1, 2017: Dr. Rock Positano, Part II
In Part 2 of his conversation, Dr. Rock Positano, a foot-and-ankle specialist, nationally known for non-surgical treatment of foot disorders, discusses his friendship with the American icon, "The Yankee Clipper," Joe DiMaggio. His memoir, "Dinner with DiMaggio," is Positano's decade-long record of DiMaggio stories.
October 8, 2017: Joseph Abboud
Joseph Abboud, an award winning, men's wear fashion designer talks about the development of his career: at 16, as a salesperson at Louis Boston, on to the Sorbonne, to work with Ralph Lauren and others, to authoring "Threads," his off-the-record take on the industry.
October 15, 2017: Sharon Greenberger
The "Y" familiar to us all, is led by Sharon Greenberger, the YMCA of Greater New York's 10th President and CEO. Ms. Greenberger guides us through an impressive career in urban planning, development and education, and her work with agencies, organizations and communities, continuing her efforts to improve life in New York.
October 22, 2017: Michael Schell
Michael S. Schell, CEO of RW3 CultureWizard, describes the company as providing the key to international success, using technology, offering learning tools, educating the traveler in the nuances of different cultures. We travel with him and his family from Nazi Germany to the US and to the development of his organization.
October 29, 2017: Sandford Zuckerbrot & Franklin Zuckerbrot
Sanford Zuckerbrot, Co-Founder and Chairman and son, Franklin, President of Sholom & Zuckerbrot, talk about their family history, the development of their company, now a second-generation, family owned business, well-know for its conversion of underutilized properties for today's use.
November 5, 2017: Regina Myer
Having fulfilled the task-at-hand, Regina Myer moves to the next challenge. Myer's youthful love of New York and affection for Brooklyn is evident, working for NYC Department of City Planning and today, as president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. Brooklyn Bridge Park-enjoyed by all; time to move on.
November 12, 2017: Mathew Wambau
Mathew Wambua outlines his career with the Bloomberg administration, as HPD commissioner, and earlier, as HDC executive vice president. Mr. Wambua joined the Richman Group as president of RHR Funding; he currently serves as president of RICHMAC Funding, a national multifamily housing mortgage lender.
November 19, 2017: Laura L. Forese M.D.
Laura L. Forese, MD credits her grandfather's suggestion that there should be a doctor in the family with her career, including pediatric orthopedic surgery to executive vice president and COO of NewYork-Presbyterian, an institution celebrating the 20th anniversary of the New York Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital merger.
November 26, 2017: Seth Pinsky
Seth Pinsky serves as Executive Vice President and Investment Manager of the RXR Metropolitan Emerging Market Strategy . In this role, Pinsky is leading RXR’s efforts to invest in “emerging opportunities” in New York City and the surrounding Tri-State region, focusing on asset classes and geographic regions that have historically been characterized by underinvestment, but that have significant growth potential due to planned or in-place infrastructure and other relevant characteristics.
Prior to joining RXR, Pinsky served as Director of Mayor Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, which developed a $20 billion plan to help neighborhoods stricken by Hurricane Sandy to rebuild smarter and stronger and to protect critical citywide systems and infrastructure from the likely impacts of climate change in coming decades.
Pinsky also served as President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), a position to which he was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2008, after joining the agency in 2003 as a vice president. During his tenure, NYCEDC became an international leader in the field of economic development, focusing both on transforming the city’s underlying economy and investing in its critical infrastructure.
December 3, 2017: Michael Cohen
Michael T. Cohen, Tri-State Region President at Colliers International, describes growing up as the son and grandson of business leaders and the influence they had on his own career. In addition to success in business, Cohen, a Broadway Angel, and a Tony recipient, with "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder" and more.
December 10, 2017: Budd Friedman, The Founder of "The Improv"
Budd Friedman, founder of The Improv Comedy Club and co-author Tripp Whetsell of "The Improv: An Oral History of the Comedy Club that Revolutionized Stand-Up" walk us down memory lane recalling for many of us the joy and laughter of nights at The Improv.
December 24, 2017: Edward Kalikow
Edward Kalikow, president of the Kalikow Group - representing the third of four generations of his family-owned real estate enterprise - talks about the company's development, his role in its growth and plans for the future.
January 7, 2018: Ron Berger
Ron Berger, chair of The Bergershop, describes an extraordinary career in an amazing range of industries - including director of "The Boys of 2nd Street Park," a documentary, where many of Berger's childhood pals and basketball buddies talk about growing up in the 60s and the 70s.
January 14, 2018: Dick Cattani, Restaurant Associates
Dick Cattani, Restaurant Associates' CEO, introduces his family history, taking us on his personal journey developing his career. Cattani has been honored by his college and by his profession, for his leadership and hard-work on behalf of the hospitality industry and more.
January 21, 2018: Robert Lapidus
Robert Lapidus, co-founder, with David Levinson, the president and CIO of L&L Holding Company, is enthusiastic about growing up on Long Island, describing his affection for the Grateful Dead, the New York Yankees, his family, and the success of L&L.
January 28, 2018: Meredith Marshall
Meredith Marshall, co-founder and managing partner of BRP Companies, grew up in Flatbush, played baseball, attended Brooklyn Tech High School, studied engineering, graduated from Columbia University, and is best known for BRP's commitment to developing affordable mixed-income projects.
February 4, 2018: Jeffrey Solomon
Jeffrey Solomon, president emeritus of the Andrea & Charles Bronfman Philanthropy, provides examples of the organization's programs: Birthright Israel, bringing more than 600,000 young adults to Israel, "The Gift of New York," helping heal families of 9/11 victims, and more.
February 11, 2018: Marty Burger
Marty Burger, Silverstein Properties, discusses his earlier career at some of real estate's best known companies. Burger serves as sole CEO, a title he shared with Larry Silverstein, until 2014. Silverstein Properties, well know for buildings at the World Trade Center, are only part of the company's mega portfolio grown to include award-winning hotels and developments in China and Israel.
February 18, 2018: Melissa Cohn
The "not so good" grade in organic chemistry when she was a student at Smith College allowed Melissa Cohn to explore her interests in business and her talents as an entrepreneur. Founder of Manhattan Mortgage, recognized for many years as the largest mortgage broker on the east coast, Cohn's career continues at FM Home Loans.
February 25, 2018: John Cetra
John Cetra, co-founder with his wife Nancy, of CetraRuddy Architecture, considered to be one of New York's top architectural firms, talks about the influence of grandparents and parents, Italian immigrants, on his education and choice of career.
March 4, 2018: Robert J. Cerfolio M.D. NYU Langone Health
Director of the Perlmutter Lung Cancer Center and Chief of Clinical Thoracic Surgery, Robert J. Cerfolio, MD talks about his career beginning with the University of Alabama to his current work at NYU Langone Health, including robotics in surgery.
March 11, 2018: Frederick Redd
Assai Management Consulting's President and CEO, Fredrick Redd is a multi-talented person, with special expertise in project, program and portfolio management, construction management, strategic planning, change management, and solution development. Fredrick Redd is also an Iron Man - and an operatic baritone, appearing in Porgy and Bess, Turandot, Aida and more.
March 18, 2018: Amir Korangy, The Real Deal
Amir Korangy is founder and publisher of The Real Deal: New York Los Angeles South Florida, a publication about real estate and financial news. Born in Iran, Korangy describes escaping from Iran to Afghanistan during the Islamic Revolution, later to France, to Mexico and, finally, to the United States.
March 25, 2018: Robert Montgomery M.D. NYU Langone Health
Robert Montgomery, MD, is director of the Transplant Institute at NYU Langone; formerly at Johns Hopkins, with the team that developed laparoscopic procurement of live kidney donations and the "Domino" chain of transplants. Married to opera diva Denyce Graves, Dr. Montgomery describes their three wedding celebrations - one, in recognition of his work in Africa, a traditional Maasai ceremony.
April 1, 2018: Audrey Weiner
Audrey Weiner is President of Fund for the Aged, Inc., the foundation of The New Jewish Home. Dr. Weiner joined Jewish Home in 1993 and continues in her extraordinary work in support of their master plan project - the Green House - a person-directed eldercare residence, built in a major urban center.
April 8, 2018: David Bagatelle
David Bagatelle describes himself as a born (Queens) and bred (suburbs) New Yorker, adding that in his career of 30+ years, he has worked only in New York! Football, baseball - sports of choice, busing tables at the King George Diner, NYU graduate school, Republic National Bank, Signature Bank and now, president of New York Metro Markets at Sterling National Bank.
April 15, 2018: Paul Testa M.D.
Dr. Paul A. Testa's, Emergency Medicine and Chief Medical Information Officer at NYU Langone, heritage includes a long-line of doctors-back, even, to Medieval Italy's barber surgeon. His lineage didn't stop him from first studying and practicing law before medicine. Dr. Testa discusses the monumental investment in technology being made today, in support of patients' care.
April 22, 2018 Richard Lehrer
His area of expertise, Long Term Care, Life Insurance, Employee Benefits and retirement, Richard Lehrer, founder, president and managing partner of Cambridge Insurance Solutions, talks about some youthful, unlikely ventures he made a success.
April 29, 2018: Carol Ostrow
Named Miss Brooklyn at 5 years old-is only the beginning of Carol Ostrow's fascinating story; multiple marriages, Las Vegas showgirl, modeling, acting, producing and now head of Carol Ostrow Productions. Not to forget her dedication to the Actors' Temple.
May 6, 2018: Wendy Cama
Wendy Cama, a transplant from a rural, Illinois farming community, describes her journey to partnership at Crowe Horwath LLP, a public accounting, consulting and technology firm, identified as one of the best organizations to work in.
May 13, 2018: Anthony Orso
Anthony Orso, son of hardworking parents, with a dedicated family, discusses the journey bringing him to his position today as president of NKF Capital Markets Strategies, and praise for the depth of his experience in earlier ventures.
May 20, 2018: Bishop Robert Stearns
Eagles' Wings founder, Reverend Robert Stearns talks about the ministry's programs, including the annual prayer effort, begun in 2002, "The Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem." Rev. Stearns discusses his early childhood in upstate New York and the influence of individuals in his life.
June 3, 2018: Michael Beckerman
Michael Beckerman talks candidly about his childhood, school years - not the best student, "kid" jobs, a decision to study abroad, and more - all contributing to his co-founding and leadership of CREtech, The News Funnel, The Content Funnel, and their contribution to real estate.
June 10, 2018: Joseph McMillan
Beginning with small town life: a two bedroom house, one traffic light and a fire house, to his service in the U.S. Army, on to the University of Virginia, Joseph A. McMillan, Jr. talks about his fascination with real estate, construction and development, leading us to his various projects - local and national - as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DDG.