The Real Deal New York

Retail broker Stephanie Snyder dies at 38

By C. J. Hughes | August 17, 2011 11:17AM

Stephanie Snyder, a tenacious broker who helped create the retail leasing arm of Crown Acquisitions but was equally known for a stylishness honed in the fashion magazine world, died Sept. 3 at age 38.

On Aug. 31, Snyder had a heart attack while riding in a taxi to her Upper East Side apartment, according to her sister, Jennifer Snyder, 36. She slipped into a coma, Jennifer added, and died five days later.

The cause of the heart attack is still under investigation, said Ellen Borokove, a spokesperson for the city’s chief medical examiner’s office. But Snyder had no obvious health problems and was an avid runner and swimmer, ate well and practiced yoga, Jennifer said.

“She was just a very generous, upbeat, full-of-life girl,” Jennifer said. “We are all just still in shock.”

Fresh out of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Snyder landed what many people would consider a dream job: the jewelry and accessories editor at Town & Country magazine. That was followed by a stint at Conde Nast, where she served as a photography editor on a book project.

And that background proved useful after Snyder, a Manhattan native, became a retail broker, first at Robert K. Futterman and Associates, and then at Crown Acquisitions, the landlord, where she launched Crown Retail Services in 2008. It has a dozen employees today.

With her knowledge of arts and fashion, “she was just so elegant,” said Haim Chera, a Crown principal. “She just really looked at the business from a different angle.”

And, he added, “she was definitely loved on a personal level by all those she worked with.”

One of those fans is Dick Proffitt, a real estate director for Lids, the hat retailer, for whom she helped close a deal for a 1,000-square-foot store at Two Times Square and a similar-sized one in the nearby Paramount Building, which allowed the Indiana-based company to significantly boost its Manhattan presence.

“She was not a person who sat at her desk and looked at listings,” Proffitt said. “Stephanie went out to the streets to make it happen.”

In addition to her sister, Snyder is survived by her parents, Linda and Gilbert.

Snyder’s internment will be private, but a memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El at One East 65th Street.

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