The Real Deal New York

Sandy Lindenbaum, elite Kramer Levin land-use attorney, dies

August 17, 2012 07:30PM

Samuel “Sandy” Lindenbaum, a counsel at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel and one of the city’s biggest land-use attorneys, died this afternoon in his East Hampton home, the law firm said. He was 77 years old.

Lindenbaum worked on many high-profile deals in the city, most recently helping win approval for the Hines Interests-developed MoMA mixed-use building on West 53rd Street, Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus expansion and the Weill Cornell College Medical building. Throughout his career, he has worked with developers such as William Macklowe, Harry Helmsley, Donald Trump, Steven Roth, and Larry Silverstein.

In a 2009 Closing interview with The Real Deal, Lindenbaum named his work on Trump Tower, Park Avenue Plaza, the Musuem of Modern Art and Rockefeller Center as the projects with which he is proudest to be associated.

The Crown Heights native was active in several Jewish organizations and was an avid art collector.

Funeral services will be held 12 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at the Sanctuary Building of Central Synagogue, 652 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. The family will be at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel, 1076 Madison Avenue, Sunday, Aug. 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Adam Fusfeld

  • Midtown Apt

    Sandy Lindenbaum was a great zoning lawyer. But the Met should not have lowered the flag to half-staff for him. He didn’t die in the service of his country. He wasn’t a member of Congress. President Obama didn’t issue a proclamation. Sandy Lindenbaum was a citizen, like the rest of us.