A Soaring New Skyscraper for Grand
Central and the City Adding an architectural icon to the Manhattan skyline—and revitalizing the Vanderbilt Corridor—Kasirer guided SL Green through the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) and Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) for its 1.6 million-square-foot tower across from Grand Central Terminal. With One Vanderbilt, SL Green set a precedent for future development in east Midtown, and across the city, by committing to invest $220 million in mass transit and public realm infrastructure. The project received exceptional support and unanimous City Council approval.
Delta Terminals At JFK and LGA
The Airline Offers An Upgrade For the $1.4 billion Delta renovation of its state-of-the-art presence at John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 4, as well as the airline’s significant investment at LaGuardia, Kasirer managed all New York City government relations. The improvements have been hugely successful and well received on every scale, from local and federal aviation sectors to individual travelers (who appreciate the upgrade).
Cornell Tech Campus
“Another jewel in the crown of New York”
– Mayor Bill de Blasio When Mayor Michael Bloomberg put forward an unprecedented $100 million RFP to create a new tech center for the city, nearly every university in the country—including the usual Silicon Valley suspects—wanted in. Kasirer championed New York’s own Cornell University, the ultimate victors for the hotly contested opportunity on Roosevelt Island. Kasirer led Cornell through the ULURP and other land use approvals, including the acquisition of state land that carries tremendous potential to transform New York, new approaches to higher education and a new international nexus for the tech industry.
Brookfield Place & Manhattan West
Developing New York Stories Brookfield real estate holdings include two of the most vital, most meaningful mixed-use development sites in New York—Brookfield Place, formerly known as the World Financial Center, and Manhattan West. Kasirer helped Brookfield navigate the ULURP, city government approvals and processes and community relations across their NYC portfolio.
TWA Flight Center Hotel
On behalf of the TWA Flight Center Hotel, Kasirer LLC led the government and community outreach effort which required working with and coordinating twenty-two government agencies. The $265 million-dollar rehabilitation of the iconic landmark Eero Saarinen Building at JFK includes restoring the building back to its 1962 condition, celebrating when the Jet Age came of age in New York City. The TWA Flight Center Hotel, union-built and union-operated, includes a 500 room hotel, a 40,000 square foot conference and event facility, a museum and a number of restaurants and will create an estimated 3,000 jobs. Kasirer’s work included garnering widespread support from stakeholders including preservation groups across the City and shepherding the project through the unanimous approvals of Queens Community Boards 10, 12, 13, the Queens Borough Board, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, the City Planning Commission and ultimately the New York City Council. In the final phase of approvals, Kasirer’s role included securing signatures to the Memorandum of Agreement from members of the Redevelopment Advisory Committee.
Mount Sinai Health System
Sustaining A Vital Care Network For the Mount Sinai Health System—a New York network that includes a medical school and seven hospital campuses—Kasirer has helped secure and access millions of dollars in capital and expense funding. Also on behalf of Mount Sinai, Kasirer has advocated on city legislative and policy initiatives; expedited the review and processing of Department of Building (DoB) and Department of Transportation (DoT) permits; and assured unimpeded access to and egress from the hospital campuses for patients, doctors and nurses.
300 Lafayette Street
“Most erudite and captivating”
— NYC LPC Toward realizing the acclaimed, environmentally-sustainable building (aiming for a LEED gold rating) at the corner of Houston and Lafayette Streets, Kasirer continually engaged the SoHo community and guided the second-generation NYC real estate firm LargaVista through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). Largely due to Kasirer engaging the community, the $200 million project received enthusiastic approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) and near-unanimous support from local leadership.
New-York Historical Society
Making History Most Relevant Kasirer guided the esteemed keeper of city history—the oldest (1804) and one of the most dynamic, relevant museums in NYC—through a Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Certificate of Appropriateness (CofA) process. By creating and implementing a strategic government and community relations plan, Kasirer obtained approvals from Community Board 7 and the LPC for the museum to revitalize its storied space on Central Park West, which holds a world-class collection of more than 1.6 million works of art. Kasirer also collaborated with the N-YHS to set up Friends of the New-York Historical Society, initiating regular meetings with local block association leadership and other community stakeholders to fully engage the neighborhood in the N-YHS programs and mission—and vice versa. The cultural institution and the community worked together through construction progress and finding consensus on challenging issues around a documentarian of the past, present, future of the city.
The James New York
A Toast (And Three Liquor Licenses) to The Town Orchestrating the launch of The James in SoHo—the first New York location for the upscale boutique hotel—Kasirer developed relationships and led negotiations with neighbors of the future property and Community Board 2 from the planning stage forward. Kasirer, which specializes in government and community relations for New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) applications, secured The James three liquor licenses for its bars and restaurants, including the celebrated David Burke Kitchen and Jimmy rooftop lounge with its city-sweeping views, welcome new downtown gathering places for locals and guests.
American Cancer Society
Cancer Action Network
“One year after NYC’s smoke-free law
took effect [it had prevented] 45,000
premature deaths.” — ACS CAN On behalf of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Kasirer joined the fight to protect the public health of workers—and all other citizens exposed to second-hand smoke—in NYC. Kasirer organized and implemented the lobbying campaign that led to the 2002 enactment of the city’s smoking ban in bars and restaurants, parks and beaches. Most recently, tens of thousands of lives saved after the original law was put in place, Kasirer led the successful ACS CAN lobbying effort that enacted the city’s ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products.
Motion Picture Association
of America: Made in New York
Because New York City Has Always
Been A Movie Star Building a powerful entertainment industry coalition and campaign with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Kasirer secured key support for the New York State Film Production Tax Credit program and NYC’s
Made in New York incentive program. These legislative initiatives stimulated
production in New York, assuring its place as a competitive and unique location for film.
The Plaza Hotel
“Nothing unimportant ever happens
at The Plaza.” — said of the 1907 hotelTo both thoughtfully preserve and lead a lively revitalization of the quintessential New York hotel, Kasirer coordinated the lobbying and negotiating teams for Elad Properties. The complex conversion to a part residential, part retail, part hotel property included both Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) approval and a special permit process to improve the icon of Manhattan and global glamour.
Cemusa City Streets Project
—NYC Department of Transit For the international advertising conglomerate Cemusa, based in Spain, Kasirer won the largest contract ever awarded by NYC to a private firm: $1.3 billion over 20 years to design, install and maintain the city’s street furniture. By introducing the company’s bus shelters, newsstands and public toilets citywide, Kasirer raised the Cemusa corporate profile—and everyday conveniences for pedestrians and commuters.
Citymeals on Wheels
Delivering On A Mission:
No New Yorker Goes Hungry Longtime Kasirer client Citymeals on Wheels provides two million meals to elderly New Yorkers every year. Kasirer has secured millions of dollars in funding for the exceptional organization—of 31 community-based agencies that deliver weekend, holiday and emergency meals across the city to homebound seniors who aren’t able to shop or cook for themselves.