18 Sep THE 2012 OWNERS INQUISITION
It all began with a simple premise: If you could ask the city’s biggest, most powerful commercial real estate owners 15 questions, what would they be, and what would that list look like?
Sure, it would include market predictions and boilerplate real estate stuff, like views on Midtown South’s dramatic uptick in popularity and its ongoing trendiness among tech upstarts. But it would also feature more intimate questions about politics and family, art and personal achievement. In short, it would be our platonic ideal of a night out with some of the most successful businessmen in New York.
And to our surprise, real estate owners responded enthusiastically and, in many cases, with a level of candor previously unseen in an industry where owners often play their cards close to the vest. Indeed, real estate titans like Anthony Malkin, Jason Pizer and Donald Trump let down their guard—if only for a moment—to share a lifetime of personal wisdom, market predictions and some strongly held convictions, from the outcome of November’s presidential elections to a dollop of property tax angst.