City & State’s Real Estate Power 100 identifies the key executives, elected officials, appointees, advocates and others at this intersection of real estate development and public policy. Unlike other rankings, ours is not based primarily on total square feet or annual profits or the biggest deals. Instead, we identified the industry leaders who build buildings and political relationships, the lawmakers and administration officials who weigh the needs of residents against developers’ needs to make housing projects profitable, and the trade associations, lobbyists, publicists, academics and activists who all shape New York’s vibrant real estate world in so many ways.
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In his four decades at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, one of the world’s largest architecture firms, T.J. Gottesdiener has worked on many high-profile – and high-rising – projects, including overseeing the design and construction of One World Trade Center and 7 World Trade Center. His portfolio also includes the Time Warner Center and the Lever House renovation, in addition to the transformation of the James A. Farley Building into a modern transit hub.