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Martin Piazzola (Photos by Emily Assiran)
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At the desk of: Martin Piazzola

Martin Piazzola started his career as an accountant, but he quickly realized it wasn’t a good fit. “It was too predictable,” said the AvalonBay Communities executive, whose 22nd-floor Midtown Manhattan office overlooks the city....

At the desk of: Martin Piazzola
Highlyann Krasnow (Photos by Emily Assiran
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At the Desk of Highlyann Krasnow

Highlyann Krasnow, one of three partners at the New York brokerage MNS, has her hands on about 10,000 high-end units in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens as the company’s head of new development. MNS has...

At the Desk of Highlyann Krasnow
At the desk of: David Walker
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At the desk of: David Walker

Triplemint’s co-founder and CEO, David Walker, wants to shake up the brokerage model as venture capital continues to flood the real estate business (and perhaps before it dries up). When Walker, 30, and his...

At the desk of: David Walker
At the desk of: Rachelle Friedman
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At the desk of: Rachelle Friedman

Before Apple, Amazon, Google and Spotify dominated the music and tech scenes, there was J&R Music and Computer World. The store, a New York City institution, opened across from City Hall in 1971 and...

At the desk of: Rachelle Friedman
At the desk of: Caren Maio
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At the desk of: Caren Maio

At 34 years old, Caren Maio has already raised $16.4 million to bankroll her company, Nestio. The startup —a platform that allows property owners, managers and brokers to track, manage and market their residential...

At the desk of: Caren Maio
At the desk of: Michael Buono
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At the desk of: Michael Buono

Michael Buono, 41, is the CEO of general contractor Mulberry Construction & Development and vice president of New York Renaissance Group, a separate development firm with holdings in New Jersey, California and Argentina. On...

At the desk of: Michael Buono
At the desk of: Brad Lander
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At the desk of: Brad Lander

City Council member Brad Lander’s Brooklyn office is squeezed between a sleek fitness studio and a pharmacy stocked with everything from remote-controlled helicopters to baby clothes. But the home base of District 39’s elected...

At the desk of: Brad Lander
At the desk of: James Davidson
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At the desk of: James Davidson

James Davidson, 68, is a partner at SLCE Architects’ New York and London offices. The firm ranked as the city’s most prolific architect over the past five years, having worked on nearly 20.7 million...

At the desk of: James Davidson
At the desk of: Onay Payne
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At the desk of: Onay Payne

Onay Payne, 42, is a managing director and equity holder at the New York-based real estate investment manager Clarion Partners, which oversees $45.6 billion in assets. The firm is active in several major cities...

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At the desk of: Maria Torres–Springer
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At the desk of: Maria Torres–Springer

Maria Torres-Springer, 41, was named commissioner of the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development in January 2017. It’s her third gig with the de Blasio administration, having served as the CEO of the...

At the desk of: Maria Torres–Springer

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