Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In Crain's list, Forest City's Gilmartin judged 16th most powerful woman in NY; others, including BAM head, have AY ties (& what about the BAM-arena collaboration?)

Crain's New York Business this week published its list of the 50 Most Powerful Women, several with ties to Atlantic Yards and Forest City Ratner.

Notably, new Forest City CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin was ranked 16, up from 35 in 2011:
MaryAnne Gilmartin, 49, became one of the highest-ranking executives in New York real estate development when she was promoted in April to chief executive of Forest City Ratner.
Among her responsibilities, she oversees the $4.9 billion Atlantic Yards development project, which includes Barclays Center. Lately, Ms. Gilmartin has pushed the company in a new direction, pioneering the use of modular construction in the city. Ms. Gilmartin is hoping to not only use the time- and money-saving technique for the 15 residential buildings slated for the Atlantic Yards, but also to turn the company's growing capabilities in the method into an assembly line for developers across the city.
Success would help the 2,573-employee Forest City Ratner build on the $1.1 billion in revenue it earned in 2012.
Note that those numbers are (more or less) for parent Forest City Enterprises, rather than FCR.

Also of note were people who have advocated for, worked for, or partnered with developer Forest City Ratner:
  • Patricia Harris, the city's first Deputy Mayor and Chair and CEO of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, ranked 4 (unchanged).
  • Mary Ann Tighe, Chief executive, New York tristate region, of CBRE and the first female chair of the Real Estate Board of New York, at 6 (down from 1)
  • Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO, Partnership for New York City, at 8 (up from 9)
  • Christine Quinn, Speaker New York City Council and mayoral candidate, at 9 (up from 10)
  • Pam Brier, President and chief executive, Maimonides Medical Center, at 30 (down from 28)
  • Amanda Burden, Director and chair, Department of City Planning and City Planning Commission, at 38 (down from 34)
  • Karen Brooks Hopkins, President, Brooklyn Academy of Music, at 42 (no ranking in 2011)
  • Suri Kasirer, President, Kasirer Consulting, New York City’s highest-grossing lobbyist, at 46 (unchanged)
  • Patricia Lynch, President, Patricia Lynch Associates, the state’s second-highest-grossing lobbyist, and a former top aide to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, at 49 (unchanged)
An AY reference

There was only one explicit Atlantic Yards reference, regarding BAM's Brooks Hopkins:
This spring, the 61-year-old traveled to Siberia after she got a $1 million commitment from Russian billionaire and Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov to start a cultural exchange program. The Nets’ arena bolsters Brooklyn’s allure, but BAM’s expansive offerings are the borough’s core as an arts destination.
What about that BAM-arena booking?

Note that one other connection between arts venue and arena, a much-promoted plan to have BAM book performances at the Barclays Center, has not yet come to fruition.

The Times reported in a 6/30/11 exclusive:
The Barclays Center, the 18,000-seat arena at the heart of the project, will host performances by artists selected by the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a programming alliance between the two neighboring institutions, their directors said. The collaboration will include three or four shows a year and allow the academy to bring to Brooklyn work that would not fit into its theaters — the largest of which has 2,000 seats — with costs underwritten by the arena.
Now there's still time in the arena's first year for BAM to book shows, but they only have three months left.

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