REBNY Gears Up for Golf and Tennis Outing at North Shore Country Club

The Real Estate Board of New York’s Golf & Tennis Outing on May 21st is not only a great opportunity to hit the green with some of our industry’s leaders but a rare invitation to play on a superb course, newly-renovated with the help of long-time REBNY member Donald Zucker.

The Outing will be held at the North Shore Country Club, a private 6,543 yard, par-71 course which features all new` turf cover, seven new greens, several re-routed holes and completely rebuilt bunkers. This is the third year REBNY is holding its event at the North Shore Country Club located in Glen Head, Long Island.

Originally built in 1914, the North Shore Country Club was founded as the country club retreat of the downtown New York Harmonie Club and served for decades as a focal point of the region’s social and recreational life. In 2009, Donald Zucker purchased the club from the membership, with the intent of upgrading its facilities and ensuring its continued operation as a first-rate private club.

To execute the $3 million renovation, Donald hired architect Tom Doak who has extensive experience in restoring vintage courses, particularly those of Seth Raynor, the original designer of the North Shore Country Club golf course.

Doak paid homage to Raynor’s original design by sharpening the character of his trademark template holes, including such famous par-3s as Biarritz (5th hole), Redan (9th hole), Eden (10th hole) and Short (17th).  In addition to upgrading the golf course and improving sight lines, Donald Zucker improved the club’s American cottage-style clubhouse and established a high-performance golf fitness and training center under the tutelage of John Ondrush. The club’s driving range and the old driveway circle fronting the clubhouse was also outfitted with a one-acre putting course.

The course has received rave reviews including one from Golfweek Magazine, in which architectural editor Bradley S. Klein lauded North Shore Country Club as “the most ambitious Long Island golf venture in five years.”

Donald Zucker did not forget about those avid tennis players.  He upgraded North Shore’s courts to create an even better game experience.

I hope you will take this opportunity to experience North Shore Country Club, a beautiful newly-renovated golf course, tennis courts and clubhouse spearheaded by one of REBNY’s esteemed members.
 
REBNY’s Spring Golf & Tennis Outing on Mon. May 21 includes a full day of golf or tennis with breakfast, lunch, cocktails and dinner. Golfers pay $425 and tennis players pay $315.

For more information, contact Kathleen Gibbs at kgibbs@rebny.com or 212-616-5246.

Leonard Litwin named REBNY’s first Lifetime Honorary Chairman

REBNY’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to honor longtime real estate industry icon and REBNY member, Leonard Litwin, by naming him the organization’s first Lifetime Honorary Chairman.

It is no surprise that our Board of Governors wanted to award Mr. Litwin for his countless contributions throughout the years to New York City, our industry, and to REBNY by granting him the honor of being REBNY’s first Lifetime Honorary Chairman.

This honor is a small token of REBNY’s appreciation for his extraordinary lifetime achievements.  On a larger scale, it is the outstanding work he has done for his colleagues and for the city which will remain a prime example of excellence and professionalism in the real estate industry for years to come.

As the President and Chief Executive Officer of Glenwood Management, Leonard Litwin doesn’t just build buildings but builds homes that people are proud to live in. For decades, he has created beautifully landscaped environments that all New Yorkers can appreciate as well as built neighborhoods that add to the desirability and livability of our great city.

Mr. Litwin quietly leads, without titles, the most important industry in our City, giving his time, resources and extraordinary wisdom. It is all those attributes that makes him such an asset to our membership.

A member of REBNY since 1980, Leonard Litwin was elected to the Board of Governors in 1985 and has served as Secretary since 1991. Notably, he was the recipient of one of REBNY’s most revered distinctions in 2009, the Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award, which is presented to a REBNY member for a lifetime of exceptional accomplishment in the profession and for invaluable contributions to New York’s civic welfare.

For more than 50 years, Mr. Litwin has been involved in residential development and management and has remained one of the most active owner-builders of luxury high-rise buildings in Manhattan.  One of his buildings, Liberty Plaza at 10 Liberty Street, was given special recognition on the NYS and Federal Registers of Historic Places as a shining example of what should be built in historic districts. This building is also an example of Mr. Litwin dedication to our City as it was the first new building to rise after 9/11 at a time when many developers were hesitant to build Downtown.  

Leonard Litwin’s breadth of accomplishments stretches beyond the real estate industry as he is actively involved in many worthy philanthropic endeavors. In particular, he co-founded The Litwin-Zucker Alzheimer’s Research Center at North Shore LIJ Hospital and substantially supports Alzheimer’s disease research and cancer research at several hospitals as well as initiatives to find treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Additionally, he established The Litwin Foundation to ensure that these endeavors last well beyond his lifetime.

There are few in our industry who can claim as many accomplishments. Leonard Litwin’s long history of professional successes and civic achievements has earned him this most-deserved distinction and I wholeheartedly congratulate him on this REBNY honor as its first Lifetime Honorary Chairman.

In other REBNY News:

Tickets are going fast for the upcoming Commercial Management Leadership Breakfast 7:30-10 am on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at The Hilton New York Grand Ballroom, 1335 Avenue of the Americas.

REBNY will present Gaston Silva of Vornado Realty Trust with the Edward A. Riguardi Commercial Management Executive of the Year Award; Edward Fallon of Brookfield Properties with the John M. Griffin Community Service Award; Patricia Revellese of SL Green with the On-Site Manager of the Year Award; Brian McCann of Cushman & Wakefield with the Portfolio Manager of the Year Award; Joe Bruno of Cushman & Wakefield with the Engineer of the Year Award; Elizabeth Taylor of Boston Properties with the Security Professional of the Year Award; Keith Garcia of Paramount Group with the Porter of the Year Award; and Maritza Mohr of Boston Properties with the Rising Star of the Year Award.

Sponsorship and ad space in the Journal are still available. Register online at REBNY.com. For more information, contact Cindy Ramotar at cramotar@rebny.com.