Prestigious Panel of Experts to Discuss Past, Present and Future of City’s Most Iconic Neighborhood at 20 Pine The Collection

A select group of downtown’s leading community specialists will convene on Tuesday, Nov. 29 for a panel discussion on the transformation of New York’s historic Financial District (FiDi). The event, hosted by 20 Pine The Collection, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the luxury condominium and will address the influences that have shaped the neighborhood today as well as what to expect for the FiDi of tomorrow.

20 Pine The Collection, now nearly 95 percent sold, is the premier condominium development of FiDi, and is organizing the event to not only celebrate the way the neighborhood is flourishing, but also to acknowledge and understand what has brought it such success.

“We believe we’re at a pivotal moment of growth in the history of the Financial District,” said Lori Ordover, managing member of The Ordover Group, sales and marketing consultant for Africa-Israel USA, developers of 20 Pine The Collection. “It’s an honor to come together with this esteemed team of experts to acknowledge downtown’s many milestones and to look forward to future ventures.”

One of the evening’s notable lineups includes Stephanie Jennings, assistant vice president for economic development at the Alliance for Downtown New York, the country’s largest business improvement district, where she manages economic and real estate market research and analysis. Jennings most recently led a team in producing the State of Lower Manhattan 2011, the definitive report assessing a decade of progress within the district’s real estate market and economy.

In addition, New York City historian and tour guide Joyce Gold will bring to the panel her insights on the neighborhood’s streets and the people who’ve walked and shaped them throughout the years.

Finally, Julie Shapiro, downtown Manhattan reporter for, will moderate the talk.

Attendees will meet at 20 Pine in penthouse 12, a 1,829-square foot, one-bedroom, two-bathroom home with amazing views and a 523-square-foot terrace, and will be welcome to interact with the speakers following the panel discussion.

Luxury Condominiums, 20 Pine The Collection and 75 Wall Street, Collaborate To Host Summer Open House Tours

Two premier residential buildings in the Financial District (FiDi), 20 Pine The Collection and 75 Wall Street, are collaborating to host a unique open house event exclusively for brokers. On Wednesday, August 10 from 4 to 6 p.m., those attending will wine and dine and tour spectacularly elegant homes at each development.

With only around 25 residences remaining, 20 Pine is entering the very final phase of its sales program. Here, where the evening will begin, brokers will have an opportunity to view the special architectural elements that make the building so popular with luxury buyers – including wonderful historical features dating back to 1928, its large variety of floor plans and the beautiful Armani/Casa interiors, and the unsurpassed amenities which have attracted buyers since sales initially began.

75 Wall Rooftop

While walking through residences #2503, #3104 and Penthouse 12, 20 Pine’s remarkable modeled homes that were staged by designer Christopher Crawford, founder of fashion label, Company of We and Cue, brokers that attend will enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, and then be able to take the brief walk over to 75 Wall Street to view the FiDi’s other breathtaking luxury condominium.

“This is an inspiring and unusual event for brokers all around New York City. They’ll have the opportunity to visit open house tours in two of the city’s finest condominiums,” said Deborah DeMaria of Warburg Marketing Group, 20 Pine’s exclusive sales and marketing firm.

Rooftop at 20 Pine The Collection

The addition of residential buildings like 20 Pine and 75 Wall Street have attracted countless local restaurants, convenience stores and fine shops to the ever-growing Financial District once a virtual after-hours ghost town and now one the hottest enclaves in all of Manhattan. In recent years, FiDi has virtually transformed from a strictly Monday through Friday “laborhood” into a bustling, 24/7 family-friendly area.

“This event will reveal that the Financial District is simply the most modern residential neighborhood to live in,” DeMaria emphasized.

20 Pine The Collection Hosts Lower Manhattan Historical Presentation

Nearly 50 members of the Foreign Press Association recently turned out for a presentation about the history of Lower Manhattan hosted by New York City historian and architectural expert Tony Robins. The event was held at 20 Pine The Collection, a luxury-condominium conversion of the former Morgan Guaranty Trust building (later Chase Manhattan Bank’s headquarters) – itself a landmark.

Members who attended the event represented publications from as far away as Nigeria, Japan, Israel, Uruguay, Germany and Poland – to name a few. Many chose to attend the event as a way of enhancing their own historical knowledge and to provide the basis for future stories about this nationally significant region.

Chris Gisiger, U.S. editor of the Zurich-based Finanz und Wirtschaft, said one of the highlights of the presentation was a tour through the impressive amenity spaces at 20 Pine, some formerly bank vaults for gold replete with original vault doors weighing 45 tons each.

“It’s exciting to learn about the history and architecture of the Downtown Financial District,” Gisiger said. “Robins really brought the history to life.”

From left to right: New York City historian and architectural expert, Tony Robins with Lori Ordover, Managing Member of the Ordover Group at 20 Pine’s walking tour.

The lecture was held inside what was once a banking office – now an oversized two-bedroom, 1,800-square-foot home with dramatic views of the New York Stock Exchange, and two giant King Tut sculptures jutting from the balcony, priced at $2,415,000. Following the presentation, Robins led the group on a walking tour of some of the great sites and landmarks.

A former member of the New York Landmarks Commission, Robins delivered a visually compelling presentation, with highlights of the neighborhood’s nearly 400-year-old history.

“It’s the oldest part of New York in terms of the where the city was built,” said Robins, speaking about Lower Manhattan. “Downtown started as a Dutch colony and later became the site of the first archeological build and the first skyscrapers, the nation’s first capital and a hub for Internet technology. It’s rich and complex.”

As part of the presentation, Robins spoke about how recent historical events played a role in transforming Lower Manhattan into a thriving and popular residential neighborhood – noting that tax abatements in the 90’s helped encourage residential redevelopment as the prevalence of the Internet began uprooting financial firms from their homes in the Financial District.

Today, half of Wall Street is no longer financial; and the area is teeming with both residents and tourists.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the building and the surrounding neighborhood to members of the foreign press,” said Lori Ordover, managing member of the Ordover Group, a consultant for 20 Pine, noting that 40 percent of the building’s buyers are foreigners. “This neighborhood has such a rich history; we are proud that 20 Pine is an integral part of Lower Manhattan’s past, present and future.”

The Armani/Casa-designed 20 Pine provides luxury living on an unprecedented scale. With 67 unique floor-plan designs, buyers have the ability to choose homes to match their lifestyles.  Units offer nine- to-13-foot beamed ceilings and oversized windows that provide an abundance of space and light. All residences are outfitted with custom-designed kitchens by Bontempi, a premium Italian manufacturer. Kitchens feature a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Fisher & Paykel dishwasher and stainless steel Miele cook top.

20 Pine has 409 homes and 30,000 square feet of amenity spaces that include four lounges, state-of-the-art gym, indoor pool and spa. Other amenities include a golf-simulation room, billiard room and private subway access. Residents on floors 25 and above have access to 24-hour concierge service provided by Quintessentially. The property is over 90 percent sold. Warburg Marketing is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for 20 Pine.