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When you're operating in the biggest CRE market in the US, it takes a lot to stand out. Real estate acumen, farsighted vision and indefatigable energy are traits shared in common by the key owners and developers in New York City real estate. They also have an appetite for making civic-minded activity a priority. Here, Real Estate Forum takes a look at some icons who have shaped the landscape.

GARY BARNETT

Topping out at just over 1,000 feet tall, Extell Development's One57 will have bragging rights as the tallest residential tower in town when it opens for occupancy. But Extell president Gary Barnett is far from done. He's planning an even taller apartment building, to include a Hyatt hotel and New York City's first Nordstrom department store, a block away. Across town from both projects, a vacant development site that once contained the Copacabana nightclub is now slated for a 56-story, 1.8-million-square-foot office tower to be called One Hudson affiliated with Related Cos.' 26-acre Hudson Yards, although it's not affiliated with Related Cos.' 26-acre Hudson Yards mega-project nearby. And let's not forget Riverside Center, a five-tower, 2,500-unit apartment and retail complex that is scheduled to begin construction this fall on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

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