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Bruce Ratner: The furor over Atlantic Yards diminishes as Jay-Z, Barbara Streisand and the Nets make Barclays Center crowds roar. Next up in Downtown Brooklyn: the world’s tallest modular building. Senator Charles Schumer: Chuck gets tough on Capitol Hill, helping the General Services Administration finalize a glacial-paced and symbolically resonant deal at 1 World Trade Center, the year’s biggest lease. Arthur J. Mirante II: The Avison Young tristate president oversaw the Canadian agency as it moved into its first New York office, won its first local assignment—the 690,000-square-foot Paramount Building—and welcomed several top brokers displaced during Grubb & Ellis’s bankruptcy. Eastdil Secured: The brokerage house lists four of the year’s 10 biggest sales, including the No. 1 largest: Vornado’s $751 million transaction with Macerich at Kings Army Plaza mall. Robert Alexander and Robert Stillman: The CBRE executives are the exclusive leasing agents for the South Tower of Hudson Yards, a massive development relatively free of controversy that breaks ground in December. Coach is the anchor tenant with a whopping 750,000-square-foot presence.
James Stuckey: A student files a lawsuit against the deposed NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate dean alleging sexual harassment. Mr. Stuckey was dismissed from Forest City Ratner Companies in 2007 following similar complaints. Walmart: In September, the retail behemoth fails to secure a space in Brooklyn, seven years after vocalizing its intent to establish a New York City beachhead. Kent Swig: The beleaguered real estate titan steps out with claims that ex-father-in-law Harry Macklowe is hell-bent on his complete financial ruin. Douglas Arntsen: The real estate lawyer admits to embezzling $10 million from clients and is sentenced to four to 12 years in prison. The Katan Group: In October, a judge dismisses Katan’s legal motion blocking the sale of the 11-acre Domino Sugar Factory site to Two Trees for $185 million, a price Katan argued was too low.
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