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NEW YORK CITY-Samuel “Sandy” H. Lindenbaum, an influential figure in the city’s land use and zoning decisions, passed away on Aug. 17. He was 77. 

Known as an influential figure in the real estate law community after the adoption of the city’s 1961 zoning resolution, Lindenbaum handled a wide range of legal matters related to real estate and land use, including special permits, zoning changes, variances, landmark proceedings, air rights transfers, tax abatements and economic development incentives for many of the city’s most prominent commercial and residential developments and for the expansion programs of many of the city’s leading non-profit institutions. Most recently, he had served as counsel at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankell LLP since 2002.

His current representative matters involved the expansion of the Museum of Modern Art; the redevelopment of the Pennsylvania Hotel site on 32nd St. and Seventh Avenue by Vornado Realty Trust; Sheldon Solow’s new residential towers on York Avenue and 60th Street; the development of Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus; and the renovation of Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Building. Lindenbaum also served with distinction on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Association for a Better New York, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, Central Synagogue, the Real Estate Board of New York and others.

In a statement from Kramer Levin, the firm comments: “Sandy brought singular rigor, creativity and insight to the interpretation and application of the city’s zoning and land use laws; he fashioned the fabric of the city’s built form through his instrumental role in innumerable projects for leading developers and non-profit institutions.  In his 50 years of practice, he was a model of professionalism and integrity.”

Mr. Lindenbaum’s cause of death was not disclosed to in-time for press. Funeral services were held at noon on Monday, August 20th at the Sanctuary Building of Central Synagogue, 652 Lexington Ave. at East 55th St., in Manhattan.