REBNY President James Whelan authors REBNY Watch, a weekly column published by Real Estate Weekly, highlighting timely topics in real estate.


Title Date
Broker Confidence Hits Record Lows Amid Coronavirus Crisis April 21, 2020
What the State Budget Means for Real Estate Community April 15, 2020
CARES Act Provides Lifeline for Hard-Working New Yorkers April 8, 2020
Advocating for our Community Amid COVID-19 Crisis April 1, 2020
Even Amid Coronavirus Crisis, the Census is Vitally Important March 26, 2020
New Yorkers Take Unprecedented Steps to Combat the Coronavirus March 18, 2020
Anti-development Fervor Threatening Economy and Longterm Growth March 4, 2020
A Missed Opportunity to Reform New York’s Inequitable Property Tax System February 26, 2020
Fighting for Residential Rental Agents and the Value they Provide February 19, 2020
Building Sales Slide Means Less Money to Pay Police, Firefighters February 5, 2020
Affordable Housing Crisis: The Problem We Need to Solve January 29, 2020
REBNY Enters New Decade Stronger, Smarter January 15, 2020
REBNY to Honor David Greenbaum as ‘Distinguished New Yorker’ January 8, 2020
There is More Work to be Done to Realize Dream of Fair Housing Act January 7, 2020
REBNY Mourns Loss of Burton Resnick December 17, 2019
REBNY to Honor Jay Kriegel with Public Service Award December 10, 2019
REBNY to Honor Broker Kevin Wang at 124th Annual Banquet December 4, 2019
Busting the Retail Vacancy Myth November 20, 2019
Robin Fisher to be Recognized as Young Professional of the Year November 13, 2019
REBNY Strikes Historic Deal with Trade Unions November 12, 2019
REBNY to Honor Jodi Pulice with Lifetime Achievement Award November 6, 2019
Finding a Middle Ground Amid the Garbage October 30, 2019
Declining Real Estate Investment is a Threat to City Services October 23, 2019
REBNY to Honor Henry M. Celestino with Management Award October 16, 2019
Commercial Market Much Stronger Than Headlines Imply October 9, 2019
Hector Figueroaʼs Legacy an Inspiration to Every New Yorker October 3, 2019
New tenant harassment bill strikes right balance September 24, 2019
Héctor Figueroa: Remembering A Life Lived for Others July 16, 2019
A Historic Day For New York City Residential Agents July 9, 2019
New rent regulations will worsen New York City’s housing crisis June 18, 2019
Declining Manhattan Retail Rents Attract Retailers’ Interest May 22, 2019
Is New York City Actually Banning Glass Buildings? May 1, 2019
Construction Safety Needs to Be Done Right April 24, 2019
Failing to Rise to the Challenge of Climate Change April 16, 2019
New York’s Energy Infrastructure Threatens Long-Term Growth April 10, 2019
Hudson Yards Creating Opportunities for All New Yorkers March 27, 2019
Pied-à-Terre Tax Would Tear Apart NYC’s Economy March 13, 2019
New York Must Plan for Inevitable Downturn March 6, 2019
One Way to Create Less Affordable Housing March 4, 2019
New York Remains a Thriving Tech Hub February 27, 2019
REBNY Opposes New Council Bill That Punishes Brokers February 22, 2019
Why New York Needs An Accurate Census Count February 6, 2019
Real Progress Towards Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in New York City January 30, 2019
REBNY to Honor Ira Fishman with Commercial Brokerage Recognition Award January 9, 2019
REBNY to Honor Alex Bernstein as Young Real Estate Professional of the Year January 2, 2019
REBNY to Honor Bernard Warren with Management Award December 12, 2018
REBNY to Honor Helena Rose Durst with Humanitarian Award December 5, 2018
New Amazon HQ is a Win for New York November 28, 2018
A Garment District Plan That Fits Like a Glove November 14, 2018
REBNY to Honor Diane M. Ramirez with Lifetime Leadership Award November 7, 2018
Commercial Rent Control Would Deal Catastrophic Blow to NYC November 2, 2018
Making Our Voices Heard for the Betterment of New York City November 2, 2018
REBNY to Honor Carol Kellermann for Exceptional Commitment to New York October 17, 2018
The Case Against Commercial Rent Control October 10, 2018
REBNY Honors Daniel Tishman for Extraordinary Commitment to the Civic Welfare and Real Estate Industry of New York October 3, 2018
One Year In, REBNY’s RLS Syndication A Success September 26, 2018
New Report Shows Limiting Density Raises Rents September 12, 2018
REBNY Invites Innovators to Confront New York’s Biggest Real Estate Issues September 5, 2018
An Opportunity for Smart Urban Planning in Downtown Brooklyn August 22, 2018
Two Rezonings and Three Cheers for City Council August 20, 2018
A Half Century of Fair Housing for a Better New York August 8, 2018
Charter Commission is a Chance to Make New York’s Success Sustainable August 2, 2018
When it Comes to Affordable Housing, It’s Time to Look at the Bigger Picture July 25, 2018
New Research Outlines Huge Costs of Ballooning City Municipal Workforce July 18, 2018
A New Lease on Life for the Garment District July 11, 2018
NIMBYs on Upper East Side Threaten the Growth of NYC July 6, 2018
Reform NYC Private Sanitation Without a Zone System June 27, 2018
Resiliency Marked as New York Cityʼs Greatest Strength June 20, 2018
Domino Park Design is a Roadmap for Waterfront Revitalization June 13, 2018
“Stay Focused, Be Deliberate”: Honoring Commercial Management Executive of the Year Theresa Morzello and REBNY’s 2018 Honorees June 6, 2018
Raise FAR Cap to Create More Affordable Housing May 30, 2018
Why Government Should Consider Spending Tax Dollars on Open-Shop Construction May 16, 2018
Proposed Policies on Rent Regulation Would Harm all New York Tenants May 9, 2018
Courts Come to Sensible Conclusion in Major Case May 2, 2018
Preparing the Next Generation for Success April 25, 2018
Confidence Rises Among Residential and Commercial Brokers in 4Q 2017, REBNY Rolls Out 1Q 2018 Survey April 18, 2018
Update on the New York State Budget Agreement April 12, 2018
Coming Soon: Hollywood Style Commercial Waste Fiasco April 4, 2018
Call for Submissions: REBNY’s Retail Deal of the Year Awards March 28, 2018
City Housing is Becoming More Affordable March 21, 2018
Landmarks Preservation Commission Reforms are Another Step in the Right Direction March 14, 2018
An Accurate Census Will Help New York City Thrive for Generations March 7, 2018
Federal Government Must Invest in New York’s Transportation Infrastructure March 2, 2018
Burgeoning Bronx Sees Fruits of New Development February 21, 2018
REBNY to Host Real Estate Tech and Innovation Expo February 16, 2018
Now is the Time to Discuss Property Tax Reform February 7, 2018
Make a Difference in Your Neighborhood; Join the Local Community Board January 31, 2018
REBNY Donates Historical Documents to LaGuardia Community College January 24, 2018
New York City Legislative Year in Review January 18, 2018
REBNY to Honor Ron Lo Russo for Accomplishments in Real Estate January 17, 2018
REBNY to Honor Gene Boniberger for Accomplishments in Property Management January 10, 2018
REBNY to Honor Joanne Podell with Commercial Integrity Award January 3, 2018
NIMBYism Will Only Exacerbate New York City’s Housing Crisis December 20, 2017
REBNY to Honor Richard LeFrak with Humanitarian Award December 13, 2017
REBNY to Honor Elizabeth Stribling with Lifetime Leadership Award December 6, 2017
Fisher Brothers Design Challenge a Chance to Leave Mark on NYC November 22, 2017
REBNY to Honor Chuck Schumer for Excellence in Public Service November 15, 2017
REBNY to Honor Rob Speyer for Contributions to New York’s Civic Welfare November 8, 2017
REBNY Opposes “Transit-Maintenance District” to Help Fund MTA November 1, 2017
Time for New York to Scrap Old Scaffold Law October 25, 2017
NIMBY Effort to Side Step Public Review Aided by Champion of Government Reform October 18, 2017
The Disruptors: #NYCRETechWeek and #REBNYTech Hackathon October 9, 2017
Tax Reform Proposal Would Adversely Affect Real Estate October 4, 2017
Construction Safety Bill Falls Short on Real Solutions September 27, 2017
Make RLS Syndication Work for You Today September 20, 2017
An Important Opportunity to Improve New York’s Aging Infrastructure September 13, 2017
Bicycle News in NYC: What You Need to Know September 6, 2017
In the Name of Self-Defense, Oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act August 30, 2017
Moving Forward on East Midtown August 23, 2017
NYC Renters: Take Advantage of the Remaining REBNY Open House Thursdays August 16, 2017
Making the Pie Bigger for All: Why We Launched RLS Syndication August 9, 2017
NYC Affordable Housing Moving In the Right Direction August 2, 2017
A Better Proposal to Increase Construction Safety July 26, 2017
Flawed Metric That Rewards Inefficiency Shouldn’t Guide Green Policy July 19, 2017
New Recycling Rules For Businesses About To Take Effect July 11, 2017
Renewal in New York As 2017 Legislative Session Ends July 4, 2017
Only Way is Up For Resurgent Bronx Real Estate Market June 27, 2017
Who Has The Courage To Stand Up For Public Housing? June 20, 2017
Women’s Forum Shows the Power of Gender Diversity June 12, 2017
Don’t Lose Sight of Real Value of East Midtown Rezoning June 9, 2017
Steering a New Course For New York’s Apparel Industry May 31, 2017
Latest Airbnb Play is a One-Act Tragedy May 24, 2017
Protecting Taxpayer Dollars in Construction Projects May 17, 2017
Reforming Prevailing Wage Guidelines Can Protect Taxpayer Dollars on Construction Projects May 16, 2017
REBNY’s Open House Expo Helps Buyers Explore Uptown May 9, 2017
A Positive Step Forward For East Midtown May 5, 2017
Ladders For Leaders Supporting Next Generation of Talent April 25, 2017
Tribute to a Giant of Our Industry April 12, 2017
Residential Managers Take the Spotlight at REBNY Seminar Series April 4, 2017
REBNY Launches Annual Search For Retail Sector Standouts March 31, 2017
Taking Steps Toward Commercial Rent Tax Reform March 23, 2017
REBNY Moves to Protect Consumers From a State of Confusion Over Premier Agent Program March 13, 2017
A Stronger Plan to Revitalize East Midtown February 27, 2017
Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure is a Win For New York February 22, 2017
Honoring Leaders of Commercial Real Estate Property Management February 15, 2017
Apprentice Programs Promote Craft Training, Not Safety Training February 8, 2017
Working Together to Reduce New York City’s Carbon Footprint February 3, 2017
Celebrating the Best of New York City Real Estate January 25, 2017
Construction Safety Demands a Data-Driven Approach January 18, 2017
New York City real estate had a good year in 2016 January 4, 2017
New York rising to challenge of sustainability October 28, 2016
Make your vote count. Register by October 14 October 5, 2016
Exciting time for New Yorkers as Hudson Yards takes shape September 23, 2016
It’s back to school with fall schedule of REBNY classes September 14, 2016
New downtown is a testament to this great city’s resolve September 7, 2016
Sustainability Boot Camp's Pilot Program Flies High August 30, 2016
New York City sales market showing consistency August 17, 2016
Leading by example, Woody Heller takes REBNY membership to heart August 10, 2016
Future of NYC affordable housing bleak without 421a August 4, 2016
Transit trumps potential landmark status in Midtown East July 27, 2016
Residential sales numbers support city’s destination status July 20, 2016
Real estate industry needs to work alongside new tech start-ups July 13, 2016
Rent freeze hurts quality of affordable housing stock July 6, 2016
REBNY summer video series kicks off with A-Z on agency assignments June 30, 2016
Long-term impact of short-term rentals spells trouble for New York June 24, 2016
New York takes giant leap forward with new landmarks legislation June 15, 2016
When it comes to crane brains, New York cant go back to the old ways May 25, 2016
WTC, Fulton Center bright spots on otherwise dull retail market May 18, 2016
Celebrate the Ladies of Real Estate May 11, 2016
Report shows most affordable New York housing gets tax break May 4, 2016
Council’s gas safety bills important, but need improvement April 20, 2016
REBNY's outreach continues to expand April 13, 2016
Success of pivotal housing plans hinges on program like 421a April 6, 2016
Inclusionary housing programs crucial, but work better with 421a March 30, 2016
Survey shows small construction sites are the most dangerous March 24, 2016
Oculus vital link for growing NYC workforce March 16, 2016
No cutting corners when it comes to New York City living March 9, 2016
We all have part to play in improving quality of life March 2, 2016
Tishman Speyer, Ingels bringing leaning tower, spiral to evolving NYC skyline February 24, 2016
Zoning amendments crucial to address housing crisis February 17, 2016
All Aboard The Street Car of the Future February 10, 2016
Brooklyn real estate market recognized for its strength February 3, 2016
Itʼs a daunting task, but REBNY is committed to affordable home building January 27, 2016
Brodsky demonstrates art of true civic leadership January 20, 2016
REBNY to honor Ed Piccinich, a leader by example January 13, 2016
REBNY honoree Steven Marvin represents the best in the real estate business January 6, 2016
Year In Review December 25, 2015
32BJ and the RAB Reach Another Successful Agreement December 22, 2015
Savills Studley’s Bill Montana to be recognized for the qualities that count December 18, 2015
REBNY stalwart Jeffrey Levine a true humanitarian December 9, 2015
Retail rent dip is not a sign of weakness December 2, 2015
REBNY working for members working for New York City November 18, 2015
An honor to honor those who go above and beyond in real estate November 12, 2015
Real estate industry must be part of solution to end veteran homelessness November 3, 2015
The Case For Local and State Deductions October 26, 2015
New Brooklyn retail report will help owners see the future October 21, 2015
Times Square Improvements Are On The Way October 14, 2015
Why it is vital to find a middle ground for immigrant investment in the US October 7, 2015
Why New York City will always be hooked on high rise September 24, 2015
Time to get landmarking process on the clock September 11, 2015
Legionnaires’ outbreak spurs important law by Council September 2, 2015
REBNY partners with real estate tech accelerator September 2, 2015
How will NYC rise to meet our affordable housing needs? September 2, 2015
New York evolution making everything bigger and better August 12, 2015
Hotel bill promises nothing but trouble for real estate industry May 20, 2015
Give yourself a pat on the back for a great start to the year May 7, 2015
Nostalgia has no place in building a city for tomorrow April 22, 2015
Much ado about nothing in Madison Square North April 15, 2015
Timely new budget has potential to boost economic growth April 8, 2015
REBNY showing its art with chashama partnership March 25, 2015
Let’s not hand Airbnb the keys to New York City March 18, 2015
Vanderbilt rezoning the start of something big March 12, 2015
New York City on the cutting edge with WEDG March 5, 2015
Airport improvements are crucial to region’s future February 27, 2015
Elimination of Tax Incentive Would Make Housing Crisis Worse February 18, 2015
Plenty of moving parts to Mayor’s bold affordable housing plan February 11, 2015
Developer inks Colossal Williamsburg deal February 5, 2015
Industry players riding high in real estate Winners Circle February 4, 2015
An impressive year for New York home sales January 28, 2015
Hard work paying off with real estate victories in government January 14, 2015
In 2014, New York City’s future only became brighter. January 6, 2015
Real Estate winners who are leading by example December 17, 2014
Worry lines put a crack in broker confidence this quarter December 3, 2014
TRIA on the front line of defence against terrorism November 26, 2014
Don’t let Airbnb and its ilk blow off the rules November 19, 2014
REBNY gala honorees deserving of accolades November 14, 2014
One World Trade Center a symbol of strength November 10, 2014
Vanderbilt Avenue rezoning and developments good for New Yorkers October 22, 2014
REBNY-backed asbestos test part of new state program October 15, 2014
New projects across East River show why Queens is king October 8, 2014
Pied-a-terre tax would be a big faux pas for industry October 1, 2014
Go West: Largest development in U.S. history poised for greatness September 24, 2014
New Yorkers doing their part to minimize climate change September 17, 2014
Burt Resnick represents art and soul of industry September 10, 2014
Encouraging signs, tough challenges ahead for housing market August 22, 2014
Recognition for REBNY stalwart Bill Montana August 15, 2014
PA bus terminal on the right road with new improvements August 6, 2014
Stabilizing economy, consumer confidence boosting home sales July 30, 2014
No. 7 extension and other transit options to get NYC out of a jam July 24, 2014
Preserving the past must be balanced with building for future July 16, 2014
Hunger is just not acceptable in New York City July 9, 2014
Celebrating the members who make REBNY strong July 2, 2014
Training program a model for putting people to work June 18, 2014
Vacation island getaway has been hiding in plain sight June 11, 2014
Downtown Brooklyn rezoning benefits entirety of NYC June 5, 2014
Downtown Brooklyn rezoning benefits entirety of NYC June 4, 2014
Smart development key to solving affordable housing problems May 28, 2014
Moynihan Station project putting transportation on fast track May 21, 2014
BIDs deserve praise for making a greater New York May 14, 2014
City Hall taking on challenge of updating property tax system May 7, 2014
Smoke, carbon monoxide alarm law helping make city safer April 30, 2014
$8B in apartment sales about more than just numbers April 16, 2014
REBNY’s revamped residential listing service April 9, 2014
State budget extends incentive programs for industry April 2, 2014
Lessons in diplomacy from RAB, service workers union March 26, 2014
Real estate industry responds to Harlem tragedy March 19, 2014
Former Domino Sugar site will be boon for jobs, economy March 12, 2014
$15.4B in real estate taxes enough to foot bill for vital services March 6, 2014
A place for everything, and landmarking in its place February 26, 2014
Downtown champ Silverstein helps city shine on global stage February 19, 2014
Strong residential sales across NYC’s five boroughs February 10, 2014
Remaining "forever young" January 8, 2014
REBNY Membership holding steady above 15,000 January 1, 2014
A thank you to the Bloomberg Administration December 25, 2013
Lower Manhattan's impressive recovery December 18, 2013
Thoughts on Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning December 11, 2013
Great expectations at Members' Luncheon December 4, 2013
Broker confidence down slightly in 3Q November 20, 2013
Thank you Fisher House Foundation November 13, 2013
NYC's residential sales hit six-year high November 6, 2013
REBNY's 25th Residential Brokerage Division Deal of the Year Charity and Awards Gala October 30, 2013
The City's housing need October 23, 2013
Midtown rezoning plan heads to final vote October 16, 2013
Recent REBNY successes October 9, 2013
Increasing landmark designations hurts housing development and diversity October 2, 2013
Listing service gets a boost that puts it in national league September 25, 2013
What's the real value of New York's real estate industry? September 18, 2013
Clock ticking on annual search for top residential dealmakers September 11, 2013
REBNY fall season approaching September 4, 2013
New study asks if landmarking has run amok in the city August 28, 2013
Members Help Add 900 to List of Happy Home Owners in NYC August 21, 2013
Members help add 900 to list of happy home owners in NYC August 21, 2013
Survey shows uptick in confidence in commercial market August 14, 2013
Midtown rezoning plan gets thumbs up August 7, 2013
Hopes high large building owners will get Sandy tax relief July 31, 2013
Residential dealmakers have plenty to celebrate as market surges July 24, 2013
Donation drive will help city's seniors cope with emergencies July 17, 2013
Perks, policies and people that make REBNY membership worthwhile July 10, 2013
Hard work paying off as State approves key real estate legislation July 3, 2013
Click on REBNY to support co-op application changes June 26, 2013
Hats off to New York's outstanding retail dealmakers June 19, 2013
Study points to job growth as essential for economy June 12, 2013
REBNY honors supers who faced down superstorm June 5, 2013
Improving economy will help replenish housing supply May 29, 2013
Economic upswing driving up rents on prime retail corridors May 22, 2013
Paying tribute to New York's top commercial dealmakers May 15, 2013
New York City brokers keeping the faith as market improves May 8, 2013
7 Bryant Park a brilliant addition to NYC skyline May 1, 2013
New York's residential market just keeps getting hotter April 24, 2013
Boston Properties helping redevelop Eighth Avenue April 17, 2013
Ross, Wilpon, Katz putting Queens on the map April 10, 2013
Preparing for next 100 years as GCT celebrates centennial April 3, 2013
Partners join forces to keep Midtown East in contention March 27, 2013
Confidence factor high among New York brokers March 13, 2013
New report shows NYC's residential market was strong in 2012 March 6, 2013
Industry fights for affordable housing on multiple fronts February 27, 2013
Women have the edge at annual speakers forum February 20, 2013
New housing legislation levels the playing field February 13, 2013
Think of Koch when you cast next vote for mayor February 6, 2013
Annual Report documents busy year at REBNY January 30, 2013
Board beginning to measure brokers confidence January 23, 2013
Rob Speyer bringing expertise and insight to leadership role January 16, 2013
Appeals court victory should help halt ILSA abuse January 9, 2013
New York City continues to be magnet for world's retailers January 2, 2013
Mary Ann Tighe an asset to REBNY during tough times December 26, 2012
Get your ticket to more deals than you can make in a whole year December 19, 2012
Industry plays important role in rebuilding after Sandy December 12, 2012
New Cornell technology campus on Roosevelt Island is a feather in city's cap December 5, 2012
After Sandy, Lower Manhattan Will Rebound November 21, 2012
Kudos to city for launching Buildings Department Hub November 14, 2012
Mark calendars for residential real estate's big night out October 17, 2012
$750M gem tower will make Diamond District shine again October 10, 2012
Final chapter begins in city's High Line success story October 3, 2012
Home building forecast casts cloud over NYC September 26, 2012
ILSA Back in Spotlight September 19, 2012
Rezoning done right putting Downtown Brooklyn on map September 12, 2012
Residential boom goes on in lucky Long Island City September 5, 2012
Take a look-see at how city is speeding land use process August 29, 2012
NYU plan gets top marks August 22, 2012
New arena will enhance downtown Brooklyn August 15, 2012
Chelsea Market expansion will create jobs, help advance NYC August 8, 2012
NYC housing sales setting stage for slow, steady recovery July 25, 2012
Midtown East rezoning proposal will keep NY competitive July 18, 2012
Drafted legislation addresses tax abatements, J-51 program July 11, 2012
With progress made on WTC, downtown continues to resurge July 4, 2012
REBNY Celebrates City's Noteworthy Retail Deals June 27, 2012
Corruption, changing names and a little bit of REBNY golf June 20, 2012
For Access to Events and Experts, it Pays to be a REBNY Member June 13, 2012
Landmarks Designation Process in Need of Reform June 6, 2012
Mixed Bag of Retail Rents Still Good News for Everyone May 30, 2012
Modified UWS retail rezoning plan will ensure vibrant streets May 23, 2012
REBNY Celebrates Industry Achievements May 16, 2012
REBNY Gears Up for Golf and Tennis Outing at North Shore Country Club May 9, 2012
REBNY Residential Sales Brokers Predict Pick Up in Market May 2, 2012
REBNY Sets Ground Rules for Apartment Smoking Ban April 25, 2012


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