Real Estate/Land Use

The Firm represents both corporations, individuals and advocacy organizations prosecuting their rights associated with real estate and land use. The Firm’s practice spans matters as diverse as contract litigation over real estate rights to some of the most important land use policy issues that confront New York’s zoning and development.

Representative Cases:

  • Riverside Syndicate v. Monroe – The Firm represented rent-stabilized tenants in an appeal before the New York Court of Appeals in which the landlord sought to void a prior consent judgment on the ground that the tenants’ waiver of certain of their rights under the rent-stabilization laws violated public policy.
  • Gateway Detroit Associates v. The Witkoff Group – The Firm represented the plaintiff in an action to enforce a $32 million real estate contract for the sale of a major industrial property.
  • Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn – The Firm represented a group of property owners resisting government’s attempt to confiscate their homes and businesses for transfer to a private real estate developer in violation of the Constitution of the United States and the State of New York.
  • New York City Council, Friends of the High Line – The Firm represented the Friends of the Highline, New York’s City Counsel and a group of developers, architects, government officials, and Chelsea and Greenwich Village residents in their effort to turn an unused elevated rail line on the lower West Side of Manhattan into a public promenade. Our representation of Friends of the High Line required aggressive litigation in state trial and appellate courts and careful coordination with political and public relations strategies to receive the desired result.