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REBNY Announces Contestants for 79th Annual Commercial Sales Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Awards


May 23, 2023

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Winners to be announced at a ceremony and cocktail party on June 14 at Convene (101 Park Ave)

NEW YORK, NY – The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) has announced the outstanding sales deals of 2022 that will compete for its coveted Commercial Sales Brokers Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Awards. Winners will be announced at an in-person ceremony and cocktail party on June 14th at Convene (101 Park Ave).

Conceived in 1944, the Commercial Sales Brokers Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Awards honor the resourcefulness and ingenuity displayed by New York City’s commercial brokers. Submissions within the sales, finance and leasing categories are judged by a panel of industry experts based upon ingenuity, creativity and professional skill.

Sales Brokers Committee co-chairs Michael Rudder of Rudder Property Group and Woody Heller of Branton Realty Services will lead the event. The event will begin at 5:30pm on Wednesday, June 14th at Convene (101 Park Ave). REBNY also offers sponsorship opportunities to help support this iconic competition and showcase your organization at the ceremony. More information on sponsorship opportunities can be found here.

New this year, the winner of REBNY's Most Promising Commercial Salesperson of the Year Award (Rookie of the Year), will be announced at the event! This year's contestants are: 

  • Zev Sonkin,  Compass

  • Jacob Rosenthal,  CBRE

  • Andrew Dzenis,  Savills

  • Emilie Goldman, Raise Commercial Real Estate

The contestants for this year’s Henry Hart Rice Achievement award, the Robert T. Lawrence Memorial Award and the Edward S. Gordon Memorial Award are:


  • “A 200 Water Street Redux” - 200 Water Street (Submitting Brokers: Andrew J. Singer and Kathleen McSharry, Avison Young)


  • “Diamonds are a Building’s Best Friend: Identifying a Class A/B, Amenity-Rich Office/Industrial/Manufacturing/Distribution Center in the Heart of Midtown” - 135 West 50th Street (Submitting Brokers: Jeffrey Peck and Daniel Horowitz, Savills)

  • “Converting a Done Deal to a Workable Lease: How a Lease Restructuring Made a Digital Skills Training Center Viable” - 124 East 14th Street (Submitting Broker: Ira Schuman, Savills)

  • “By the Book: How the New York Public Library Arbitraged Pre-Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Pricing” - 270 Madison Ave (Submitting Brokers: Ira Schuman and Stephan Steiner, Savills)

  • “A Bird in the Hand: Reinventing the Seagram Building to Create 137,000 s/f Campus Hub for Blue Owl Capital” - 375 Park Avenue (Submitting Brokers: Mark Weiss, Cushman & Wakefield and Paul Glickman, Peter Riguardi, JLL)

  • “Developing a New Home for The New York City Housing Development Corporation” - 120 Broadway (Submitting Broker: Brian Waterman, Newmark)

  • “Recreating a London Boutique in Midtown Manhattan” - 1155 Avenue of Americas (Submitting Brokers: Michael Cohen and Howard Kaplowitz, Colliers)

  • “A Master’s Thesis On Relocating A University” – 3 Times Square (Submitting Brokers: Richard Bernstein and Jared J. Thal, Cushman & Wakefield)

  • “Everyone Wins, or Thanks for Calling: Cheers to Brooklyn Brewery's Relocation!” - 1 Wythe Avenue (Submitting Broker: Nathaniel Mallon, Verada)

  • “After a Turbulent Ride, JetBlue Makes a Soft Landing in Long Island City” - 27-01 Queens Plaza North (Submitting Broker: Mitch Arkin, Cushman & Wakefield)

  • “Round Box in a Square Hole: The IDEAL School 62,969 sf” - 5 Hanover Square (Submitting Brokers: Mitch Konsker and John Wheeler, JLL)

  • “The House of Cannabis at 427 Broadway” - 427 Broadway (Submitting Brokers: Lee Block and Jeff Winick, Winick Realty Group)

  • “FOX and News Corp Go Big and Go Long at 1211 Avenue of the Americas” - 1211 Avenue of the Americas (Submitting Brokers: Mary Ann Tighe and Timothy Dempsey, CBRE)

  • “Creating Our Own Destiny in a Challenged Market: A Consolidation Annex for Evercore” - 599 Lexington Avenue (Submitting Brokers: Peter Turchin and Caroline Merck, CBRE)


  • “Unlocking Patchin Place” - 113 W 10th Street, 1-10 Patching Place, (Submitting Brokers: James Nelson and Alexandra Marolda, Avison Young)

  • “Solving the Puzzle to Create NYC's Largest Residential Conversion” - 25 Water Street (Submitting Brokers: James Kuhn, Evan Layne, and Brett Siegel, Newmark)

  • “The Overlooked Terrace: A Tale of Abandonment and Rebirth” - 524 Fort Washington Avenue & 29 Overlook Terrace (Submitting Brokers: Shimon Shkury and Victor Sozio, Ariel Property Advisors)

  • “The Solow Portfolio” - 685 1st Ave, One East River Place, One Sutton Place N & Two Sutton Place N (Submitting Broker: Jeffrey Julien, JLL)

We are proud to have our members submit these outstanding transactions that shape NYC's skyline. Join us on June 14 to find out who wins our annual 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards. 

If you have questions about the event or sponsorship, please contact Danielle Margiotta at
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The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) is the City’s leading real estate trade association. Founded in 1896, REBNY represents commercial, residential, and institutional property owners, builders, managers, investors, brokers, and salespeople; banks, financial service companies, utilities, attorneys, architects, and contractors; corporations, co-partnerships, and individuals professionally interested in New York City real estate. REBNY conducts research on various civic matters including tax policy, city planning and zoning, rental conditions, land use policy, building codes, and other city, state, and federal legislation. REBNY regularly publishes market data, policy reports, and broker surveys. In addition, REBNY provides for its members: informational, technical, and technological resources; networking and charitable service opportunities; qualifying and continuing education courses; professional education programs, seminars, and designations; career-changing awards; legal advice; and a wide range of additional member benefits. For more information, please visit

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  • Commercial