Thursday, November 7, 2013

Long Time Roosevelt Island Resident And NYC Real Estate Executive Carl Weisbrod To Co-Chair Mayor Elect Bill DeBlasio Transition Team

Long time Roosevelt Island resident Carl Weisbrod,

 Image of Mr. Weisbrod From HR&A Advisors

a partner at the real estate firm HR&A Advisors, was selected to Co-Chair Mayor Elect Bill DeBlasio's Transition Committee. City and State, report
The Democratic mayor-elect, who scored a resounding victory Tuesday night, announced Jennifer Jones Austin and Carl Weisbrod will be co-chairs of his transition committee....

Weisbrod also chairs the state's nonprofit Health Foundation and was Bloomberg's appointee to be director of both the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the Trust for Governors Island....
Mr. Weisbrod has an impressive biography in both the public and private sector as the Founding President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Executive Director of the NYC Department of City Planning and New York State’s 42nd Street Development Project as well as President of Trinity Church's Real Estate Division among other positions.
Carl Weisbrod is a professional with a distinguished career in urban revitalization initiatives focused on developing New York City neighborhoods.

Carl joined HR&A as a Partner in 2011, and recently concluded, on behalf of Trinity Church, a successful rezoning of the industrial neighborhood in Manhattan known as Hudson Square into a mixed-use district focused on creative industries. This was one of the largest rezonings undertaken by a private entity in New York City history. The rezoning, enacted by the City in March 2013, provides for the sensitive introduction of residential uses, and encourages the development of cultural institutions, as part of a broader strategy to transform the neighborhood into the City’s hub for creative, 21st century businesses. Currently Carl is working on several economic revitalization projects, including: advising the Meatpacking District Improvement Association (“MPIA”) to help manage the creation, approval and establishment of a business improvement district covering the Meatpacking District and, potentially, certain adjacent precincts; creating a strategic plan to promote economic investment and growth in the City of North Adams in Massachusetts; and working with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum to create a planning framework for a Special Innovation/Waterfront District in the western Queens neighborhood bordering the East River....
According to Roosevelt Island residents who know him, Mr Weisbrod has not involved himself in local Roosevelt Island issues though he is associated with two Roosevelt Island institutions as a  Board Member of the FDR Four Freedoms Park Conservancy and a graduate of Cornell University.

Here's a 2011 interview with Mr. Weisbrod.

Can't hurt to have somebody familiar with Roosevelt Island so close to the new Mayor.