Gotham’s New York roots, like its personal and long-lasting relationships, run deep, and infuse the company with the same dynamic energy as the city that shares its name. Gotham takes a community-minded approach to development, enhancing the city and its neighborhoods with every new project by focusing on artfully designed buildings that lean on neighborhood materials and skyscapes, and thoughtful amenities that add energy and create a locals’ destination.
Gotham’s rich legacy began in construction; for over a century, Gotham Construction Company has built projects including office buildings, hospitals, schools, retail centers, and apartment buildings. The company’s innovative approach and leadership continue to reshape the NYC skyline, streetscape and industry, while its ethos remains grounded in construction and an ability to build projects on time and on budget. Examples of Gotham's innovation include the transformation of Hell’s Kitchen through the development of Gotham West, the first 50/30/20 affordable housing development in New York City; the launch of Gotham West Market, the trendsetting food hall that garnered two stars from The New York Times; leadership in dormant markets, such as the development of New Gotham, the first luxury residential building constructed out of the slowdown in the 90’s; and large urban retail centers in historically underserved neighborhoods: Harlem USA, which helped transform the 125th Street corridor, and DC USA, the largest retail development in the District of Columbia.
These are the people behind the most dynamic developments and neighborhood projects that have helped shaped New York City’s changing skyline. Collectively they infuse their imagination, creativity, energy, vision and passion into every project to bring some of the most distinctive properties and communities to life. While different in backgrounds and diverse in experience, the collaborative group share one thing in common: an organic way of thinking about development.
Joel I. Picket currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gotham Organization, Inc., and Vice Chairman of Gilbane Building Company. During his tenure leading the fourth-generation, family-owned development and construction firm, Mr. Picket has built Gotham into a leading real estate developer, as well as one of the largest privately-held construction contractors in the country. With the completed construction of more than 30,000 residential units in the New York metropolitan area, Gotham has created lasting impact on New York City, crafting a legacy for Mr. Picket that is woven seamlessly into the urban landscape.
In 2015, Mr. Picket created an alliance with Gilbane Building Company, transferring third party construction contracts to Gilbane, while focusing Gotham on its own development, ownership and construction businesses. Mr. Picket now serves as Vice Chairman of Gilbane Building Company, in addition to his duties as Chairman & CEO of Gotham Organization, Inc.
Mr. Picket began his career working on government-assisted housing construction and hospital projects. He soon expanded Gotham’s reach to other sectors, including the construction and development of hotel, commercial, medical, educational, retail and residential properties throughout the New York metropolitan area and Washington, D.C.
Mr. Picket’s experience encompasses a breadth of government programs commencing with the Mitchell-Lama program, HUD-financed projects including 221 D-3, Section 8 and J-51, and working with not-for-profits on over fifteen 202 developments. He also completed some of the initial 80/20 projects, dating back to the mid-1980s.
Mr. Picket has been actively involved in various real estate trade organizationsl; he is a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York, and of Lincoln Center’s Real Estate and Construction Council, a former director of the National Housing Conference, and former member of the Board of Directors of the Building Contractors Association.
A longtime supporter of the arts and cultural institutions, Mr. Picket serves as Board Member and is on the Executive Committee of the New York Philharmonic, New York Historical Society and Richard Tucker Music Foundation, and has served on the Board of Park Avenue Armory and the Foundation for the National Archives.
Mr. Picket is also committed to the support of higher education and advances in healthcare, currently serving as a Trustee Fellow of Fordham University and the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Mount Sinai Health System. Among others, he served as a member of the Board of Overseers for Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees of Continuum Health Partners, as Board Member of Fordham University, and on the Advisory Council of his alma mater, Cornell University, as well as Cornell’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum.
Civic and Philanthropic Involvement:
Fordham University (Trustee Fellow)
Lincoln Center Real Estate and Construction Council (Member)
Mount Sinai Health System (Board of Trustees, Vice Chairman - Executive Committee)
New York Philharmonic (Board Member, Executive Committee)
New York Historical Society (Board Member, Executive Committee)
Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) (Board Member, Executive Committee)
Richard Tucker Music Foundation (Board Member, Executive Board)
Former Board Service:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva Univ. (Member, Board of Overseers)
Cornell University Council (Advisor)
Cornell University, Herbert F. Johnson Museum (Advisory Council)
Continuum Health Partners, including Beth Israel (Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees)
Medical Center, St. Luke’s/ Roosevelt Hospital,
and New York Ear & Eye Infirmary
Fordham University (Board Member)
Foundation for the National Archives (Vice Chairman, Board)
Jewish Museum (Board Member)
Building Contractors Association (Board Member)
National Housing Conference (Board Member)
Park Avenue Armory (Board Member)
David L. Picket is President of Gotham Organization, a vertically integrated real estate development company providing services throughout concept, financing, design, building, lease-up and ongoing management phases. Since joining the company in 1991, David has led Gotham’s new project development business through a period of unprecedented growth. He became responsible for Gotham’s development and property operations businesses in 1998, and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Gotham Development. David represents the fourth generation of Picket leadership in Gotham’s 100-year history, continuing the firm’s dedication to multifamily housing in New York City.
Under David’s direction, Gotham has developed over 5,000 housing units and over 1.7 million square feet of urban retail. The majority of the firm’s developments have utilized public/private partnerships, combining public funds, tax benefits and/or reduced land prices in exchange for the creation of affordable housing, schools, community facilities, job programs and other public benefits.
David was one of the first developers to capitalize on the resurgence of the multi-family housing market in New York in the mid-1990s and to recognize the untapped potential of the Midtown West neighborhood. In addition to Gotham West, which transformed an entire block in Hell’s Kitchen and includes the celebrated Gotham West Market, he is responsible for the development of several award-winning properties, including The Nicole, Atlas New York, The Foundry, New Gotham and The Corner, and retail projects that include Harlem USA and DC USA. Harlem USA was the first development to utilize funds generated by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and, at the time, represented the largest private investment ever made in Harlem. Prior to joining Gotham, David was a banker in the real estate division of Citicorp and a real estate attorney for what is now Bryan Cave LLP.
David holds a law degree from Columbia and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. David is a member of or affiliated with a number of boards and organizations, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music (Member, Board of Trustees), Breaking Ground (Member, Board of Directors), Cornell University (Member, College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board), the Real Estate Board of New York (Member, Board of Governors; Member, Housing Committee; Director, Owners and Builders Division), Realty Foundation of New York (Member, Board of Directors), The Fashion Center BID (Member, Board of Directors), Jewish National Fund (Tree of Life Award, 2007) and UJA- Federation of New York (Honoree, 2011).
Chris is responsible for the company operations, including the management of Gotham’s portfolio of residential and commercial properties which provides living and work space for 4000 residents and 35 commercial businesses.
Christopher joined Gotham in 2003 after representing the company as an outside lawyer. In 2006 he became Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for transactions, commercial negotiations, human resources, risk management, contracts, litigations and crisis control, while also leading the company’s retail and commercial portfolio. Jaskiewicz was the executive in charge of launching Gotham West Market in 2013, a first-of-its-kind marketplace named "one of America's best food halls" by Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine and others. Chris continues to oversee the operations and marketing of Gotham West Market and is now developing Gotham Market at The Ashland opening in the Fall of 2016. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit, the Urban Land Institute and others call on Chris as an expert source in real estate and hospitality trends.
Jaskiewicz was an associate in the New York office of Proskauer Rose LLP where he worked from 1999 to 2003 on mergers, acquisitions and transactions in the technology, hospitality, and real estate sectors. He has litigated entertainment, franchise, trade secrets, and professional sports issues. Prior to law school, he worked two years as a PepsiCo District Sales Manager.
Chris is a member of the boards of the Greater New York City Construction Users Council, the Garment District Alliance, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and he served as president of the Florida State University Alumni Association of New York.
Charles Scarlatos joined Gotham in 1999. As CFO, Charles handles the accounting and tax reporting on a multitude of investment properties as well as overseeing corporate finance. He works with Gotham’s public accounting firms to streamline audit and tax packages so financial statements and tax returns are prepared in accordance with varying investment loan requirements. One of Charles’ first assignments was to compile a complete accounting report for investors and equity partners of a 38-unit, 22-story luxury condominium with gross sales of $75 million.
At Gotham, Charles has established several new procedures and accounting controls to ensure timely and accurate reporting. He migrated the development division’s accounting to a job and cost-based computer software system, at a time when development deals had grown significantly in number and size. The latest development deal is an over $520 million, 1238-unit residential rental property, completed over a three-year period.
Charles is also responsible for the financial and tax reporting on Gotham’s portfolio of rental properties with gross revenues of approximately $65 million. He has diligently and expediently managed the accounting processes during transitions to the third-party property management company. His other duties include administering a real estate tax petition process with outside counsel, various compliance reporting for tax incentive programs and debt-service payments.
Prior to Gotham, Charles had a career in public accounting with a construction and real estate emphasis. He is a New York State CPA and a long-standing member of the New York State Society of CPA’s. He received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Adelphi University in 1982.
Bryan Kelly joined Gotham in 2016 as Executive Vice President, Development, where he leads the Gotham Development division, including oversight of the acquisition process, entitlements and approvals, design, deal structuring, capital raising, marketing strategy and stabilization and refinancing.
Prior to Gotham, Bryan successfully led numerous development projects for Fisher Brothers, a private firm focused on investment, asset management and development for its real estate portfolio. As Project Executive, he oversaw more than $400,000,000 of development, including the condo conversion of 101 West 87th Street and the design and development of 225 East 39th Street, projects spanning luxury market rate homes, 80/20 affordability, amenities and retail spaces.
Bryan began his career as an Originations Manager at First Sterling Financial, a privately held firm specializing in tax credit syndications, focusing on the origination, structuring and underwriting of tax credit investments to create or preserve affordable housing, followed by time as a Senior Project Manager with Atlantic Development Group, a leading NYC developer of affordable and mixed‐income housing. During his tenure with Atlantic, he oversaw the planning or financing of more than 1,000 new affordable homes for New Yorkers.
Bryan holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, College at Rose Hill and pursued Graduate Studies in Economics at the Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Bryan was a five‐year scholarship athlete and member of the Fordham University Baseball Team. He is also currently a member of the Advisory Board for the New York Housing Conference.
As Vice President, Gotham Properties & Hospitality, Matthew Berenson runs Gotham's Asset Management and Property Management departments. Since joining the firm in March 2012, he has been responsible for overseeing the multi-family residential and retail portfolio, and handles all facets of the properties, including daily supervision of operations.
Prior to Gotham, Mr. Berenson started his career in Corporate Treasury with a metal merchant in Stamford and then Morgan Stanley. While pursuing a Masters of Science in Real Estate Investments from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, Mr. Berenson obtained a position as Asset Manager with a private investment real estate company overseeing a multifamily residential and retail portfolio in New York City. Mr. Berenson received a MS from NYU Schack in 2009, and a BS in Financial Economics from Binghamton University in 2002.
Emily Cohen joined Gotham in 2015, bringing more than 20 years of experience in strategic branding, marketing and communications across companies in luxury and consumer goods, technology, wine and spirits, including Moet Hennessy USA (LVMH), Revlon, TiVo and Bain & Company. She received her BA from George Washington University and her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Emily leads marketing for the corporate organization and all of Gotham’s businesses, including development projects, leasing and food markets.
As Vice President of Development, Simeon manages the design and construction for Gotham’s new developments, and oversees and coordinates architecture, engineering and construction teams from preliminary feasibility studies through construction. Current projects include 250 Ashland Place in Brooklyn, 44-28 Purves Street in Long Island City, and the Inkwell at 520 West 45th Street in Manhattan.
Simeon previously worked in the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP. He was instrumental in a number of urban projects, including master plans and towers from design through construction. Projects were international and domestic mixed-use buildings with residential, hotel, office and retail components. Simeon has led large design, technical and consulting teams, demonstrating strength in team management. He oversaw the design and documentation of International Gem Tower, a 685,000 square-foot office tower in New York City; BBVA Bancomer Operations Center, a 1.7 million square-foot office complex in Mexico City; the W Hotel & Residences, a 1.2 million square-foot hotel and residential building in Kuala Lumpur; and the Haeundae Beach Resort Project, a 2.2 million square-foot hotel and residential complex in Busan, Korea.
Previously, Simeon handled design proposals at Dattner Architects for Seward Park, including the 1.65 million square-foot development in Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Bronxchester, which includes close to 1,000 units of mixed-income residential and commercial development in the Bronx.
Simeon earned his Masters in Architecture from the New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT in 2004, and his Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan in 2001. He is a Registered Architect in New York and New Jersey, and a LEED Accredited Professional with the United States Green Building Council.
Tristan Nadal serves in a development project management capacity specializing in financing and acquisitions. Since joining Gotham in 2013, Tristan has been responsible for all underwriting and diligence for new and existing developments, acquisitions and financings. Prior to joining Gotham, Tristan spent five years at Prudential Real Estate Investors, where he started with the firm’s core-plus account managing a $1.3 billion portfolio of diversified assets through the economic downturn. He also helped establish the equity joint venture development platform, and closed 18 new developments nationally.
As a member of the transactions group, Nadal was responsible for sourcing, underwriting and executing new deals of all investment types in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Tristan received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Urban Studies and minored in Urban Real Estate and Development.
Matthew Picket is an Associate in Gotham’s Development group, focusing on the financial analysis and due diligence of new and existing developments and acquisitions. Prior to joining Gotham, Matthew worked for Norges Bank Real Estate Management (NBREM), where he focused on acquisitions in the competitive New York City market. While at NBREM, Matthew completed the acquisition of a 48% interest - $3.55B gross valuation – in an 11 asset, 5M square foot office and retail portfolio with Trinity Church in the Hudson Square neighborhood. He helped to reposition the portfolio following the acquisition, includingthe selection of Hines as the portfolio’s new operating partner.
Prior to NBREM, Matthew worked at Bank of America in their Commercial Real Estate Lending group.
Matthew graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, where he majored in History. He enjoys traveling, collecting historical documents, golf, baseball and basketball.
Stephen Strateman is an Associate in Gotham’s Development group, focusing on the financial analysis and due diligence of new and existing developments and acquisitions. Prior to joining Gotham, Stephen worked for a New York City owner/operator where he specialized in sourcing and executing the acquisitions of multifamily assets in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Stephen also worked as a financial analyst for Millstein & Co., a leading financial restructuring advisory firm, where he was involved with debt capital markets transactions in excess of $1 billion.
Stephen graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University, where he majored in Finance.
Gotham West Market (Hell's Kitchen) Gotham Market at The Ashland (Brooklyn)
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Egg & the Bird sandwich at Gotham Market at The Ashland
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