WATCH: Michael Cohen’s real estate friends, and their ties to Trump

  On Friday, as the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan revealed new details of a months-long criminal investigation into Michael Cohen, President Trump’s attorney hung out with some friends on a Manhattan sidewalk. But they weren’t just any friends. Among the group smoking cigars were real estate executive Rotem Rosen and Jerry Rotonda, former CFO[…]

The head of Landmarks is resigning

Meenakshi Srinivasan, the head of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, will resign and transfer to the private sector, City Hall confirmed Thursday. Appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to the helm of the city agency in 2014, Srinivasan has chaired an 11-member group and overseen 3,800 building designations for historic protections. “It’s been an intense, challenging,[…]

Dreams do come true: Cuomo to receive Moses-themed “Master Builder” award

“Those who can, build. Those who can’t, criticize.” Those were the words of Robert Moses, interchangeably New York’s unelected “construction coordinator” or “master builder” who is perhaps more responsible for the organization of New York’s modern built environment than anyone else. It’s in the spirit of Moses that the Building Trades Employers Association, a trade[…]

National Cheat Sheet: Construction costs jump 4.2% nationwide … & more

Construction costs jumped 4.2% nationwide  The average cost of construction climbed throughout the United States last year, with Los Angeles seeing the largest increase, at 7.59 percent, according to a study by construction consultancy firm Rider Levett Bucknell. Chicago saw a 5.35 percent increase while New York City saw an uptick of 3.29 percent. There’s no[…]