Shopping Centers Today International

NOV 2015

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By Rebecca Meiser ICSC IS expeCtIng reCord attendance at this year's new York Conference & deal Making, to be held next month, dec. 7–8, at the Ja- cob K. Javits Convention Center, in new York City. Last year there were 10,000 participants and nearly 500 exhibitors in attendance. It was the first year that meeting was held at the newly renovated Javits Center. this year, with such blue-chip de- velopment, retail, and leasing firms as Boston properties, Forest City enterprises, rFr and Simon already confirmed, organizers are anticipat- ing that the final tally could be some- where about 12,000. the new York meeting remains ICSC's second-larg- est conference of the year, after re- Con, in Las Vegas. "the conference is first and fore- most about deal making," said con- ference Co-Chairman david Fires- tein, managing partner of the new York City office of the Atlanta-based Shopping Center group. "But it's also a great time to be in new York: there's a lot of energy and excite- ment in the streets, with all the shop- ping and the tree-lighting at rock- efeller Center — the city is brimming with people. that's part of the mag- netism of the show." organizers are expecting a consid- erable international presence this year, too. "that is part of what separates the new York conference from reCon," said Firestein. "It's a lot easier to get to new York from europe than it is to get to Vegas." this is, for instance, the first ICSC conference at which ger- man real estate firm eCe projektman- agement will be an exhibitor, notes tim Mcguinness, ICSC's staff vice president of global trade expositions. elevating the conference experi- ence is its new location at the Javits Center. Last year the meeting moved to the 1.8 million square foot conven- tion hall — after decades at hotels. "going to this class-A facility really up- graded the event from a larger regional event to a must-attend national event," said Mcguinness. "You were in a facil- ity that had wide open spaces, a high ceiling and good service. It lent a buzz 52 S C T / N o v e m b e r 2 0 1 5 new York national Conf. biggest yet I C S C N E W S

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