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Saving Stuyvesant Town: How One Community Defeated the Worst Real Estate Deal in History (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Daniel R. Garodnick is a published author.

Daniel was born on May 5, 1972 in New York City. He is a lawyer practicing in the United States. He served as a Council member for New York City as part of the Democratic Party for the 4th district. He also serves as the chief executive officer and the president of the Riverside Park Conservancy, which aims to establish a 6-mile park on the West Side.

Daniel attended Trinity School and graduated in 1990. He would then attend Dartmouth College and graduate with his Bachelor’s degree in 1994. There he ran for the position of class president and won it his freshman year, a feat that he would successfully recreate every year after.

The author would then enroll in Law School at the University of Pennsylvania and get his J.D. in 2000. Daniel would serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. In between, Garodnick would spend some time working in Virginia and Georgia to rebuild churches in the African-American community that had fallen victim to arson.

Daniel worked as a program director for the New York Civil Rights Coalition for two years. The program was designed and intended to work with public schools in New York City to figure out ways that the school could address and work to combat racial discrimination in addition to collaborating with the government to attempt to bring about social change through definitive actions.

Daniel R. Garodnick practiced as an attorney at the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison law form in New York, working as a litigator. There he specialized in the fields of securities litigation as well as company internal investigations. He would also come to participate in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit while representing Partnership for New York City, which concerned funding going to public schools. Before he worked at the firm, Daniel was a law clerk to the U.S. District Court’s Judge McMahon in the Southern District.

The author would also have some wonderful news in his personal life when he proposed to Zoe Segal-Reichlin. She accepted and the two were married in May of 2008. Zoe works at Planned Parenthood as its director of advocacy as well as a senior associate general counsel. They have two children together and the family resides in Manhattan.

He would run in 2005 for New York City Council and was elected with the general election’s majority vote. He would beat out the candidates from the Libertarian and Republican parties. In 2009, he would run for re-election and win, as he did later in 2013. The New York Times held up the politician’s ‘independent streak’ as a praise-worthy feature and detailing how Garodnick had made efforts to try and preserve housing for the middle class.

He has been deemed an effective negotiator, and has gotten this reputation for handling complex negotiations and helping both of the parties eventually come to an agreement. He would take part in brokering an agreement between the restaurant staff and Chef Daniel Boulud after the employees were seeking compensation and redress for discrimination and lack of promotion for Latino and Asian employees there.

He would also help in 2008 to adjust a plan to reduce tower heights when a developer wanted to rezone a huge stretch of private-owned and undeveloped land in Manhattan, the largest parcel of its type in the city. In addition to coming up with the tower adjustment, he also allowed for a school, gardens, and a ten million donation on behalf of the developer to construct a bridge for pedestrians over FDR Drive.

He brokered an agreement between a Council Member and the de Blasio administration in 2015 when the two had stalled in talks regarding a redevelopment costing $115 million for the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. He is also very well known for working to defend his Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village childhood home. There he was able to head the movement to broker a housing preservation deal, which would become the largest deal of its type in the history of NYC in 2015. The deal allowed for middle class families to occupy the five thousand units and have someplace to live. He would also work in 2017 to negotiate the East Midtown Rezoning, which would lead to improvements and additional commercial space.

Daniel ended his councilman term in 2017 when Keith Powers succeeded him. During his time serving the New York City Council, Daniel would write and help to pass well over sixty laws. Serving a dozen years as a councilman, he continues to be respected for his work as one of the best legislators and independent voices in the city and an advocate for tenants.

Daniel R. Garodnick is the author of the book Saving Stuyvesant Town: How One Community Defeated the Worst Real Estate Deal in History. The book was released in 2021.

This is the tale of the residents’ efforts as well as the efforts of the author from 2006 to 2015 to try and save housing. The goal was to preserve Stuyvesant Town. The town was originally constructed by MetLife to serve the housing needs of veterans that had served in World War II. MetLife later would attempt to sell the town to whoever would bid the highest.

Daniel and other residents immediately took action and went to battle. The residents organized and even made a bid to attempt to purchase the property on their own. Interest in the real estate declined due to an over-leveraged deal, the housing market crash, and a tenant lawsuit. The residents took on the fight to preserve Stuyvesant Town and largely succeeded in what was poised to be one of the largest real estate deals when it comes to residential properties in the history of the United States.

Set in the East Side of Manhattan, this book is the true story of how the people came together and fought to preserve Stuyvesant Town in a fierce fight that lasted nine years. Inspiring, entertaining, intriguing and interesting, check out this book and read the tale of how an everyday middle-class community stood up for what they believed in– and won.

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