The Commercial Real Estate Summit in New York is postponed to September 29.

Please read our statement about COVID-19.

Event is Postponed to 2021

The 9th annual Commercial Real Estate Summit in New York will bring together the industry’s most active developers, investors, owners, and operators in office, retail, and industrial, to answer some of the market’s toughest questions. This event offers a powerful platform to discuss the latest trends in commercial real estate and will address key issues, such as changing tenant behaviors, the rise of Opportunity Zones, flexible lease terms, and market disruptions.

Key reasons to attend

  • Hear from today’s leading market players on recent development and investment activity in the city and beyond
  • Discover new opportunities in overlooked / underserved neighborhoods and asset types
  • Learn what’s hot in office, retail, and industrial products all in one event
  • Gain insight on what tenants are looking for in today’s market
  • Participate with industry leaders in closed-door, peer-to-peer roundtables (for select participants)

Commercial Real Estate Product Types

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Samantha Williams
Event Director

Who Speaks

Speakers at the Commercial Real Estate Summit in New York are senior industry executives, including active owners, investors and developers, as well as a curated selection of industry leaders from organizations that impact the commercial sector.

Past speakers include:

Jay Cross

Jay Cross
Related Hudson Yards

Leslie Himmel

Leslie Himmel
Co-Managing Partner
Himmel & Meringoff Properties

David Lichtenstein

David Lichtenstein
Chairman & CEO
The Lightstone Group

Stephen Meringoff

Stephen Meringoff
Managing Partner
Himmel & Meringoff Properties

Scott Rechler

Scott Rechler
Chairman & CEO
RXR Realty

Ian Schrager

Ian Schrager
Ian Schrager Company

Larry Silverstein

Larry Silverstein
Silverstein Properties

Jeff Sutton

Jeff Sutton
Founder & President
Wharton Properties

David Weinreb

David Weinreb
Chief Executive Officer
The Howard Hughes Corporation

  • Stephen Alpart, Managing Director, Pine River Capital Management
  • Ken Bernstein, President & CEO, Acadia Realty Trust
  • Melissa Burch, Executive GM – New York Development, Lendlease
  • Marty Burger, Chief Executive Officer, Silverstein Properties
  • Chris Conlon, EVP & COO, Acadia Realty Trust
  • Jonathan Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Davis Companies
  • Craig Deitelzweig, President & CEO, MARX Realty
  • William Elder, EVP & Managing Director, RXR Realty
  • Susan Fine, Principal, Fine Development Partners
  • Kenneth Fisher, Partner, Fisher Brothers
  • Drew Fletcher, Executive Vice President, Greystone
  • Spencer Garfield, Managing Director, Fortress Investment Group
  • MaryAnne Gilmartin, CEO, L&L MAG
  • Francis Greenburger, CEO, Time Equities
  • Dov Hertz, Founder, DH Property Holdings
  • Ed Hogan, EVP – Retail, Vornado Realty Trust
  • Jonathan Iger, Chief Executive Officer, Sage Realty
  • Michael Kazmierski, Principal & Director, Kaufman Organization
  • Al Laboz, Principal, United American Land
  • Rob Lapidus, President & CIO, L&L Holding Company
  • Byron LaMotte, Managing Director, Hines
  • Michael Maturo, President, RXR Realty
  • Toby Moskovits, CEO, Heritage Equity Partners
  • Sarang Peruri, Principal, Oxford Capital Group
  • Michael Phillips, President, Jamestown Properties
  • John Powers, SVP & Regional Manager, Boston Properties
  • Daniel Rudin, Director – U.S. Real Estate, Angelo, Gordon & Co.
  • David Schonbraun, Co-Chief Investment Officer, SL Green Realty
  • Dean Shapiro, Chairman & CEO, Witkoff
  • Simon Wasserberger, SVP, Equity Office Properties

Who Attends

The Commercial Real Estate Summit in New York brings together the industry’s most knowledgeable and influential experts for a day of networking, idea sharing and deal-making.

Past attending companies include:

  • AR Global
  • Ares Management
  • Atom Assets
  • AvalonBay Communities
  • AXA IM
  • Axxis Real Estate
  • Brookfield Properties
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard Development
  • CanAm Capital Partners
  • Candlewood Investors
  • Castro Properties
  • Certes Partners
  • City Center Real Estate
  • CNY Group
  • Colony Capital
  • Conway Capital
  • Cortland Global
  • Diversified Equities Corporation
  • DLC Management
  • EQ Office
  • Euro Capital Properties
  • FCA Orbita Group
  • Fisher Brothers
  • GHC Development
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Himmel + Meringoff Properties
  • Hines
  • HUBB NYC Properties
  • ICER Real Estate
  • Jamestown Properties
  • Jordan Cooper
  • JOSS Realty
  • Kaufman Organization
  • Keller Augusta
  • Mack-Cali Realty Corporation
  • Macquarie
  • Madison Capital
  • Moinian Group
  • Olnick Organization
  • Onyx Equities
  • Prestige Properties & Development
  • Related Hudson Yards
  • Relo Redac
  • RiverOak Investment
  • Sherwood Equities
  • Silverstein Properties
  • Simone Development
  • Spire Group
  • Taconic Investment Partners
  • Time Equities
  • Transwestern
  • Vornado Realty Trust
  • Wright Partners


7:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

The real magic happens in the hallways and networking area of the conference. Reconnect with colleagues, make new connections while enjoying healthy breakfast options.

8:30 AM

Welcome Remarks

9:00 AM

Office Leaders Roundtable

This 90-minute closed-door roundtable brings together select office property owners, developers and investors for a candid and off-the-record, affording an opportunity to get the real scoop from your peers.
Participation is limited to 20. Separate registration is required. Contact us for details.

9:05 AM

Market Data Presentation

9:35 AM

Top CRE Trends: Demand Drivers, Market Cycle Timing, Activity & Forecasts

We are full swing in major trends that appear to be rapidly driving change in all areas of commercial real estate. In office space, low unemployment and the war for talent has generated a boom in smart buildings with amenity-rich environments, while co-working and work-from-home trends continue to grow. In retail, the “Orwellian future” has arrived, creating huge challenges for major retail owners and driving a revolution in tenants and uses, including a massive trend towards mixed use. In industrial and distribution, demand remains high and vacancy low, creating an environment ripe for new development. Work into the mix the emergence of the Coronavirus and the upcoming presidential election among other challenges, and the outlook is anything but certain. Should you be buying, selling or holding in 2020, and–if buying–where should you be putting your attention and dollars for new investment and/or development? This panel offers insight across geographies and product types to provide a high-level comparison of opportunities and risks today.

10:20 AM

Networking Break

The real magic happens in the hallways and networking area of the conference. Reconnect with colleagues, make new connections while enjoying a selection of beverages and snacks.

10:30 AM

Opportunity Zones Workshop

2019 was the year of the Opportunity Zone, but the opportunity is anything but over. How can you still take advantage of this unprecedented tax policy and what other ways can you use tax laws to improve the financial performance of your real estate?

11:00 AM

Office Market Update: Tenant Trends, Leasing Activity, Development & Acquisitions

In 2019, the office market for large leases was dominated by technology, finance, co-working and healthcare. Combined with unprecedented levels of employment, the office market should be the darling asset class, and yet forces such as aging building stock and give-backs of second-generation space as well as hiccups in co-working are presenting challenges. Sustained and increased urban in-migration continues to undermine the attractiveness of suburban office (compare: New Jersey with 23% vacancy to NYC with 7% vacancy). Add to this the continued trend towards work-from-home and the specter of COVID-19, and 2020 is set to see challenges in the office market both in New York and elsewhere across the country. Starting with employee needs and tenant demands, working through how this impacts leasing velocity and rental rates and finally delving into acquisitions and development in both urban infill and suburban markets, this panel will provide a soup-to-nuts review of the office market today. Where are the best opportunities for the office asset class going forward?

11:00 AM

Retail Leaders Roundtable

This 90-minute closed-door roundtable brings together select retail property owners, developers and investors for a candid and off-the-record, affording an opportunity to get the real scoop from your peers.
Participation is limited to 20. Separate registration is required. Contact us for details.

11:45 AM

Retail Market Update: Leasing Activity, Tenant Trends, Consumer Spending Outlook

“Falling Knife,” “Retailmageddon,” and “Orwellian future” are just some of the terms that get thrown around to describe the arguably overstated case that “Retail is dead”. However, the actual stats say otherwise, with both physical and online stores seeing growth in 2019. However, not all retailers are succeeding, and not all physical retail locations are set to succeed in the future. As one senior industry executive put it: “Retail is not over-built, it is under-demolished.” meaning that new uses and investment are needed to revitalize and reimagine retail real estate today. Retail property owners should have expectations of increased tenant turnover, shorter leases and increased tenant improvement spend to keep up with rapidly changing consumer trends. Which consumer trends and tenant types are the ones to watch? How should retail space and deal terms be reconfigured to the new reality? And how does all of this impact the where and how of future retail real estate acquisitions, dispositions and (re-)development?

12:25 PM

Networking Lunch

The real magic happens in the hallways and networking area of the conference. Reconnect with colleagues, make new connections while enjoying healthy lunch options.

1:00 PM

Capital Markets Update: Debt & Equity for Office & Retail Deals

Behind every good real estate deal is a well structured capital stack, comprised of lenders and investors well aligned with the business goals of the deal. Proper deal structuring can amplify a small cap rate into a return that works for investors, but leverage can also create unnecessary distress in a difficult leasing market. On the equity side, institutional investors are increasingly bearish on retail, creating a sea change in who invests in today’s retail deals. And while office remains a target for institutional and foreign investors, there has been a changing of the guard in who is backing office deals today. Who are the equity investors and lenders active on office and retail deals today? How are deal terms evolving to match today’s market?

1:45 PM

Emerging Opportunities: Strategies & Challenges off the Beaten Path

The world of real estate can be divided into nice neat buckets of Core, Core+ and Opportunistic, as well as product types such as office, retail, industrial, etc. Combine this further with geography (New York, San Francisco, Dallas and so on), location type (urban, suburban, exurban, rural), and finally capital stack location (debt, mezzanine, equity) and you’ve got a rough grid of seemingly all options available. Never before has the playing field been so transparent, but the result is high asset prices and lots of competition in a picked-over market where it is hard to find anything that makes sense. And yet just outside your peripheral vision are opportunities off the beaten path where big money cannot or will not go, a place where yields are higher and opportunity still exists in niches where the persistent and vigilant will prosper? Where are these opportunities and how do you access them?

2:25 PM

Networking Reception

The real magic happens in the hallways and networking area of the conference. Reconnect with colleagues, make new connections while enjoying a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres.
Non-alcoholic drink options available.

Why Attend?


Hear what retailers are doing to create defensible strategies

Meet capital sources from across the globe looking for U.S. deals

Understand what corporate office tenants want and need today

Gain specific market insight on key CRE market trendlines

2020 Sponsors

Aggressive Energy
Logical Buildings


The New York Academy of Sciences
WTC 7, 40th Floor
12:15 PM – 6:00 PM
New York City

Map & Directions

New York Academy of Sciences
250 Greenwich St.
New York City

About the Venue

For 200 years—since 1817—the Academy has brought together extraordinary people working at the frontiers of discovery. Among the oldest scientific organizations in the United States, it has become not only an enduring cultural institution in New York, but also one of the most significant organizations in the global scientific community.

Throughout its history, the Academy’s Membership has featured thinkers and innovators from all walks of life, including U.S. Presidents Jefferson and Monroe, Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin, Margaret Mead, and many more. Today, the Academy numbers over 20,000 Members in 100+ countries, with a President’s Council that includes 30 Nobel Laureates, and a distinguished Board of Governors comprised of leaders from business, academia, and philanthropy.

Who Sponsors

Sponsors of the New York Commercial Real Estate Summit are typically industry vendors and service providers looking to secure new business.

Past sponsors include:

Aggressive Energy
Avison Young
Besen & Associates
Greystone Bassuk
Logical Buildings
Meridian Capital Group
Partner Engineerng and Science
Prestige Title
Shearman & Sterling

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