Banned expeditor lobs federal suit accusing DOB of violating speech rights

The expeditor whom the Department of Buildings recently banned for life has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the city singled him out in order to silence further criticism of the agency. Scott Schnall accuses the DOB of violating his freedom of speech and equal protection rights, alleging that the agency went after him as […]

Sparks fly over politics and projects at fiery developer panel

Someone snatched The Real Deal managing web editor Hiten Samtani’s moderator notes just minutes before the beginning of the TRD Forum’s panel on how the Trump administration is impacting real estate. But this was a group that needed hardly any prompting to get the conversation going. The panel began with what sounded like a strong […]

By the numbers: Social media on steroids

From the March issue:  Though residential real estate firms have been savvy about the importance of social media — and poured considerable resources into it — for at least the past decade, the competency and effectiveness of each firm’s and broker’s tweets, snapchats, instagrams and Facebook posts can vary widely. Some, like Douglas Elliman’s Fredrik […]

Nonunion employees accuse union members of harassment

Four nonunion construction employees accused members of a union competitor, Local 79, in a lawsuit of repeatedly harassing and intimidating them. Justin Hagedorn, Earl Williams, Jose Bonilla and Jason Abadie, who work for the contracting firm Tradeoff, filed a lawsuit against the union members, alleging that they made threatening phone calls, put a 12-foot-tall inflatable […]

Jared Kushner looks to be still tied up in 229 West 43rd Street retail condo

The White House recently confirmed that Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and perhaps his closest adviser, would hold on to some of his real estate assets. Kushner, who recently stepped down as head of Kushner Companies, has so far declined to provide a comprehensive list of what he will and will not keep. But a […]

Empire State Realty Trust exec pays for giant inflatable cat to counter union’s protest rat

Unions, meet the corporate fat cat. An Empire State Realty Trust executive paid to place a giant inflatable feline outside a Midtown construction site to counter a union protest with a large inflatable rat. The idea of the stunt, apparently, was to use the cat to bully away an inflatable rat installed by unions outside […]

Landlord Hank Freid hit with $15K more in fines under new Airbnb law

Landlord Hank Freid faces a string of new violations for allegedly listing illegal short-term rentals in another Upper West Side building. The city hit Freid with 15 more violations — at $1,000 a pop — for advertising units at an apartment building turned hotel at 258 West 97th Street, a city spokesperson told The Real […]