Infrastructure company to decide whether to leave Catalonia

The Abertis Group, a toll-managing company whose U.S.-based subsidiary Emovis manages Rhode Island’s Newport Pell Bridge tolls, will discuss whether to move its offices in response to last week’s Catalonia’s independence referendum, according to Reuters. The potential office move comes as Catalonia’s parliament mulls over declaring independence from Spain; Abertis’ board meets tomorrow to decide […]

Jared and Ivanka’s private email rerouted to Trump Organization computers amid public scrutiny: report

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump routed their private email accounts to Trump Organization servers amid reports that they were using them to conduct government business, according to USA Today. The newspaper claims that Kushner and his wife re-routed their email accounts on Sept. 26 or 27, citing Internet registration records and cyber security researchers. Two […]

Troubled Staten Island property barred from reopening as a hotel

A controversial Staten Island hotel that had problems with bedbugs, roaches and mold before a fire destroyed it in July 2015 will not get to reopen as a hotel. Staten Island Borough President James Oddo said that the Midland Motor Inn, a former hotel at 630 Midland Avenue, can no longer be a transient hotel since […]

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 […]