The Real Deal New York

Beyond Walker Tower

The former Verizon building could be just the beginning for the young JDS founder

August 01, 2012 12:00PM
By Katherine Clarke

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Michael Stern at Walker Tower

From the August issue: Twenty-nine-year-old Michael Stern was riding the elevator in a Verizon-owned building at 212 West 18th Street when he found out that Lehman Brothers had filed for bankruptcy.

Stern’s company, JDS Development, wasn’t actively acquiring properties at the time, and he’d been dragged “kicking and screaming” by a broker to check out the prewar building, which Verizon was using as storage for copper wire. But once Stern saw the views from the upper floors of the Art Deco tower, he knew he wanted to turn it into residential condos. [more]