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CORE 10: Limor Nesher

14 March, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, agent Limor Nesher!

Who is the living person you most admire? My husband and best friend, Eran. As for his family, he’d go through wind and fire to get everyone safe on board again.

Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know?  Lucia Kaiser. I ran into her by a funny coincidence and we became “Broadway pals ” for a little while and stayed connected. Her story and character are very interesting, from the Johnny Carson show to her love story and marriage to the German Kaiser. She’s a truly unique character and strong woman.

What is your earliest New York memory? I was a little girl visiting New York City with my dad in the ’80s and it was early morning, but at one point around 8 or 8:30AM, the streets became flooded with people walking up and down in a seemingly 80s amazing order – all wearing suits and big hair. It looked like a big factory.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? As a little girl, I was once told by a friend of my parents that “I shouldn’t be so worried – as much as I am growing my problems will grow too” so “have some perspective.”

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? Buying our first apartment in New York City, then selling it with great profit.

What are your three most treasured possessions? My talents, skills and knowledge.

Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. The book “Sophie’s World,” opened a whole new world for me as a young adult to the mystical, philosophic and spiritual side of life.

What’s your greatest extravagance? My participation in one of New York’s Fashion Week’s events with my newly formed fashion brand, Inspired New York.

What’s your secret talent? I write songs, compose music, sing and play music with my husband.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Really?”



 

CORE 10: Yury Holohan Herrera

21 February, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, broker Yury Holohan Herrera!

  1. Who is the living person you most admire? Anderson Cooper.
  2. Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? Doug LeClaire. He has been an inspiration and a close friend. He introduced me to the Grateful Dead during my early days in New York City when we worked together on commercials and videos. 
  3. What is your earliest New York memory? The intensity of the city.  I had just arrived here from Venezuela.  I’ll never forget the sea of people coming from all directions. It was exhilarating and unbelievably scary at the same time.  
  4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? To work smart and realize that opportunity is always there; you just have to be ready to embrace it and take advantage of it. 
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? My persistence. Moving to the U.S. will always be my greatest achievement. I came to New York City from Venezuela when I was 20 years old, left my mother and 5 siblings behind to, as they say, follow my dream.  I didn’t have a solid game plan but worked and played hard.  I managed some of the finest eateries in the city (The Oak Room, Remi, Nick & Tony’s), transferred my skills over to real estate, both as a career and as an investment and met fascinating people. I was actually recruited by one of the most prominent figures in the real estate industry who was my VIP client!
  6. What are your three most treasured possessions? My Nespresso machine (one morning cup works wonders), my first Gucci loafers (20 years and counting, talk about handling with care) and a gold bracelet with my name on it. 
  7. Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
  8. What’s your greatest extravagance? I went on a luxury trip to South Africa, and it was the trip of a lifetime. Meeting the people of South Africa was a rewarding experience. Visiting the home of Nelson Mandela who I once met here in New York City humbled me. Next time I visit I will go back as a volunteer. 
  9. What’s your secret talent? Making people laugh, especially in the toughest of times. 
  10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Bellissimo.” My friends tell me I find beauty in the strangest things, but the difference is beauty to me.


 

CORE 10: Armen Meschian

02 February, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, broker Armen Meschian!

  1. Who is the living person you most admire? I would lie if I didn’t say my father. An accomplished architect and a musician with tremendous legacy.
  2. Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? I am truly stumped by this question. I know many and from all walks of life. 
  3. What is your earliest New York memory? Looking at the New York City skyline from the New Jersey side of the Hudson upon arriving to the United States as a 15-year-old immigrant. Fear, excitement, hope, dreams: it was a barrage of feelings at the foot of a new beginning in this country.
  4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Whatever job you do, have a clear definition of how you personally add value in your field. 
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? Becoming a father. It’s hard to top that one.
  6. What are your three most treasured possessions? My three main guitars. 
  7. Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. I was obsessed with Led Zeppelin when I was in high school, particularly Physical Graffiti, so much so that I turned down an art scholarship to pursue music instead. Every decision or move in life I have made since then, including coming to New York City and how I came into real estate, has been affected by that one crossroad.
  8. What’s your greatest extravagance? Travel.
  9. What’s your secret talent? I am a regularly performing guitarist/singer/songwriter here in New York City.
  10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? The word “merit” is often on my tongue. I use it frequently and aspire to have as much of it as possible.


 

CORE 10: Maggie Kent

31 January, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, broker Maggie Kent!

  1. Who is the living person you most admire? Gloria Steinem.
  2. Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? Gloria Steinem.
  3. What is your earliest New York memory? Gustav Mahler performing at Lincoln Center.
  4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? “Don’t take any wooden nickels.” 
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? One would certainly be immigrating to New York City, which changed my life.
  6. What are your three most treasured possessions? My dog, though I don’t think of her as a possession, my home and an heirloom from my mother.
  7. Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. Viva Las Vegas, the movie. Insert long story.
  8. What’s your greatest extravagance? Foreign travel. And then there’s my favorite frozen yogurt, pretty much every day.
  9. What’s your secret talent? Whistling.
  10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “I’ve gotta go. Can you take the dog out?”


 

CORE 10: Lawrence Treglia

10 January, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, broker Lawrence Treglia!

  1. Who is the living person you most admire? Pope Francis.
  2. Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? Mike Bloomberg.
  3. What is your earliest New York memory? Coming into the city as teenager with my childhood friend and walking from Grand Central Station to Canal Street to buy off-market Gucci and Rolex watches. We were intimidated by the train and did not want to get ripped off by a cab driver. 
  4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Never count other people’s pennies as you will always come up short. 
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? Being a father. 
  6. What are your three most treasured possessions? My son, partner and weekend home. 
  7. Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. Nothing in particular but I always enjoy reading an autobiography. 
  8. What’s your greatest extravagance? Lotions and potions. 
  9. What’s your secret talent? Ask Adrian Noriega or Emily Beare. 
  10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “A noche.”

 



 

CORE 10: Shaun Osher

13 December, 2016 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, Founder & CEO Shaun Osher!

  1. Who is the living person you most admire? Brittley Wise.
  2. Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? The polite homeless man who sits on the corner every day asking if I can “spare any change.” 
  3. What is your earliest New York memory? Arriving on 48th Street to look at all the music stores and meeting Dave Sanborn at “Alex’s sax shop” on the 2nd Floor. 
  4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Embrace failure.
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? Learning how to juggle (metaphorically speaking.)
  6. What are your three most treasured possessions? I treasure my relationships with people I know and love. But people are not possessions, so as far as inanimate objects go, I feel very fortunate to own my saxophones, a beautiful Triumph Thruxton Motorcycle and a diamond tie-pin that my grandfather left me (even though I rarely wear a tie.)
  7. Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. The Collection by Charlie Parker.
  8. What’s your greatest extravagance? I like to travel and explore new places as often as possible. 
  9. What’s your secret talent? I used to be a pretty good tap dancer. 
  10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Make it so.”


 

CORE 10: Adie Kriegstein

22 November, 2016 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, agent Adie Kriegstein!

  1. Who is the living person you most admire? My grandmother who survived the Holocaust with her three sisters and cousin.
  2. Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? My sister Sami Kriegstein for numerous reasons but most recently she spearheaded National Pants Suit Day which occurred in 7 cities across the U.S. including here in New York City. People gathered in pantsuits to show their support for Hillary Clinton and marched across the Brooklyn Bridge. She is the most talented, creative, fun and beautiful person I know and just emits this stunning aura of energy that people gravitate towards.
  3. What is your earliest New York memory? Going to The Evolution Store in Soho.
  4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Believe in yourself and your abilities. You can achieve anything if you do.
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? Being able to call once newly introduced clients close friends and having had them not only continue to use me for their real estate needs and refer me to their other friends and family members, but to honestly and truly call them friends. It’s rare to have this occur so often in real estate and I think that directly reflects my professionalism and how I run my business.
  6. What are your three most treasured possessions? My yellow lab, Makonikey “Mak,” Ceci, a 16 foot, 60% complete Mosasaur I found, and my apartment.
  7. Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. The Survivor in Us All, written by my great aunt and grandmother’s sister, about their Holocaust survival story.
  8. What’s your greatest extravagance? Flywheel classes.
  9. What’s your secret talent? I’m an amateur paleontologist.
  10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “This and that, and that.”


 

CORE 10: Tali Berzak

01 November, 2016 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, broker Tali Berzak!

  1. Who is the living person you most admire? My wife, Kim. Everyday I am in awe of her kindness, thoughtfulness, patience and constant motivation to succeed at any task.
  2. Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? Orly Gilat. She is the first developer I have met that is more about the concept than the bottom line. 
  3. What is your earliest New York memory? My father brought us into New York City to show us his alma mater Columbia University where he studied for his PhD. From that day on, I knew I wanted to live in this city and go to Columbia.  
  4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My father told me that you can change your environment but you take yourself wherever you go so, if you want to change you need to reflect within. 
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? My relationship with my wife is my greatest achievement. Relationships aren’t easy but when you have found a person that is essentially perfect for you, the work you do comes naturally.
  6. What are your three most treasured possessions? I’m not really materialistic so I’m going to have to go with family, especially my wife and my new son, Maddox, friends and Isaac Metcalf, my business partner and friend.
  7. Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. The Drifters and The Fountainhead. I read both when I was 15 years old and was enthralled by the strength of the female characters and the adventure that life could be if you are open to it. 
  8. What’s your greatest extravagance? Wine. 
  9. What’s your secret talent? Making people feel very comfortable and welcome which can be surprising because I think the first impression of me is that I am a bit standoffish. That’s my Israeli influence: tough on the outside, warm and welcoming on the inside.
  10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Here’s the thing.”


 

CORE 10: Todd Lewin

11 October, 2016 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, broker Todd Lewin!

  1. Who is the living person you most admire? My wife.
  2. Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? Amy Sillman, a recognized artist and client of mine.
  3. What is your earliest New York memory? Early 90’s. Walking up and down Canal Street with my older cousin looking for used jeans.
  4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Fake it till you make it.
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? My success in real estate.
  6. What are your three most treasured possessions? My dog Alabama, my new apartment in South Williamsburg and a new painting by my friend, the artist Austyn Weiner, that I just purchased.
  7. Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. The Informers by Bret Easton Ellis.
  8. Name one thing you always splurge on. Gummi Bears.
  9. What’s your secret talent? Show me a small detail of any building south of 14th Street and I can tell you the address.
  10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “I hope all is well.”


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