(Photograph: Bobby Doherty/New York Journal)

Age: 39
Accomplished initiatives: Mercedes Home, Wythe Resort
Upcoming initiatives: Domino Sugar plant
Lesson: New growth doesn’t must really feel like Miami.

Dumbo, the place the Walentas clan’s Two Timber Administration firm HQ is positioned, is virtually a household archipelagoJed’s father, David, purchased a cluster of former warehouses there in 1981 for $12 million and slowly turned it into the apartment-and-tech-office zone it’s as we speak (within the meantime charging artists, gallerists, and efficiency areas discounted, or no, lease). David raised his son in Soho and understood the added worth of getting a cool-looking inhabitants. Now Jed is deploying these household urban-engineering classes in Williamsburgstarting with the Wythe Resort, which opened final yr, and persevering with with a revised plan for the Domino website, which had been primed for redevelopment in different arms earlier than the recession hit.

For years, I learn issues within the newspaper concerning the Domino growth plans, and what I learn didn’t make sense to me. We have been in search of one thing huge to do subsequent, and Domino checked all our bins: There was a chance so as to add worth; the present plan was flawed in plenty of methods. There was the chance of doing multiple factor in a single place: to construct a group. And it was in Brooklyn, on the waterfront. And we thought the value was affordable. We use our personal cash; we don’t have companions. There are solely a few us who make selections, so we’re very nimble. An enormous a part of the real-estate enterprise has change into the finance enterprise, and that creates plenty of what economists name ethical hazard. They’ve that on Wall Avenue, ?

Whenever you construct an entire bunch of brand-new buildings financed by banks and have, , a fuckload of debt service, you find yourself with plenty of Duane Reades. However when you go to Domino and put Starbucks within the backside, it’ll be an uninteresting place. The good city neighborhoods of this metropolis don’t have design pointers; they’re an entire hodgepodge and intersection of competing forces and completely different visions and completely different tastes. In case you’re within the mortgage officer on the financial institution being glad, Duane Reade could be nice. And in case you are fascinated with a terrific neighborhood, then Duane Reade is much less fascinating.