Things sure change. Ratner has dropped to #23 in The Power 100: The Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate, indicating uncertainty about Atlantic Yards, and Gehry and I have been dropped from the list--as has lobbyist Richard Lipsky, who snarked at my selection.
Well, Gehry appears to be off Atlantic Yards. And I sure can't be too powerful if elected officials holding an oversight hearing don't bother to consult the questions I've publicly posed.
I think that's an error. The only two people involved in journalism to make the list were the publishers of Curbed and The Real Deal--powerful, sure, but not doing the kind of reporting Bagli can do.
Ratner drops down
No. 23: Bruce Ratner (8)
He controls prime real estate in downtown Brooklyn and has two architecturally distinct new Manhattan towers, one unfinished. But his real test will be whether he can cobble together the money and political support to launch the project that has defined Forest City for the past half-decade: Atlantic Yards.
No. 43: Robert Lieber and Seth Pinsky
Deputy Mayor for Economic Development; President of the Economic Development Corporation
A federal boost for housing, including AY?
No. 60: Charles Rangel
As chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Rangel holds tremendous sway over all things taxes in Congress. Case in point: tax-free bonds. Mr. Rangel has been lobbied heavily by everyone from landlords to the Yankees to local officials in various attempts to extend the availability of these low-cost bonds.
Publisher of Curbed Network
Mr. Steele’s Twitter feed recently said he’d gotten an email from “a production company interested in developing the TV version” of Curbed. Even if his site doesn’t become a show, Mr. Steele’s New York–centered Curbed, Eater and Racked sites are daily staples for the young and city-obsessed.
No. 96: Amir Korangy
Publisher of The Real Deal
The Real Deal may not have Curbed’s peppy flair, but it’s still a must-read for industry insiders—except for those, as Mr. Korangy wrote recently, who don’t like reading negative news and “would prefer if we wrote about how many Girl Scout cookies brokers are buying.”
The reader-nominated lists include:
Real Estate Journalists : Lois Weiss, New York Post; Charles Bagli, The New York Times
Bloggers: Lauren Elkies, The Real Deal; Joey Arak, Curbed