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Under Dan Braff's Leadership, Peloton to Open New State-of-the-Art Facility at Brookfield's 5 Manhattan West

On November 20, 2018, Daniel H. Braff, a Member and Partner with the Firm, secured a special permit from the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals for Peloton's new state-of-the-art flagship location at 450 West 33rd Street in Manhattan, also known as 5 Manhattan West. The facility will support multiple studios of varying sizes where Peloton will stream several types of fitness classes, including indoor cycling, running, and more, all under one roof. The facility will also include full locker rooms, a lounge and reception area, as well as accessory retail/showroom space.



Self-Storage Facility Approved in Lynbrook to Repurpose Former Roller Rink

Chris Browne, a Member and Partner with the Firm, successfully obtained zoning approvals from the Village of Lynbrook Board of Zoning Appeals on behalf of Mequity Acquisitions LLC, which is in the process of purchasing the Hot Skates roller rink on 14 Merrick Road in order to convert it into a CubeSmart, a three-story, 128,000-square-foot self-storage facility. The new CubeSmart location is expected to open in 2020.

This was reported by the Lynbrook Herald.

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City of New Rochelle Approves Site Plan for New U-Haul Facility

Chris Browne also represented U-Haul before the City of New Rochelle, which approved a site plan for a new facility at an industrial property that will include a newly landscaped parking area and truck rental facility.

Firm Represents Client in Sears Bankruptcy Proceeding

As reported in the news nationwide in October, the once-dominant Sears department stores and its many subsidiaries filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York. The litigation has been very active to date, often with dozens of filings in a single day. The Firm is representing a party in the bankruptcy as a claimant. Firm Partner Robert Abiuso and Associate Matthew McCann have been engaged in the case and taken necessary actions to represent the client's interests.


Japanese Ice Cream Shop Expands Outside New York City

The Firm has successfully represented Taiyaki NYC, a purveyor of an artisanal Japanese dessert served in a signature fish-shaped waffle, in expanding beyond its initial Baxter Street storefront in Manhattan. Over the past year, Adam H. Koblenz and Michael J. Barone, Jr., have represented Taiyaki NYC in the negotiation of several leases for new locations including Miami, Florida; Williamsburg, Brooklyn; and Boston, Massachusetts. The company also operates a location in Toronto, Canada.


Chris J. Coschignano/Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC Scholarship Awarded to Touro Law School Student

Chris J. Coschignano, a Member and Partner with the Firm, has announced that Patrick Donohue has been awarded the Chris J. Coschignano/Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC Scholarship. Established in 2016, the scholarship is given to a second-year law student at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center who is interested in practicing in the area of land use and real estate law. The scholarship has special meaning to Mr. Coschignano, who is a 1990 graduate of Touro Law.

Miriam Villani Presents Awards to the Winners of the 31st Annual Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest

Miriam Villani, a Partner with the Firm and a Member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Environmental & Energy Law Section Executive Committee, was the presenter at the 31st Annual Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest awards ceremony, which took place at the NYSBA's fall meeting at the Emerson Resort and Spa in Mt. Tremper, New York.


Miriam Villani Featured in LIBN's "Who's Who 2018"

Miriam Villani, a Partner with the Firm and Head of the Firm's Environment, Energy, and Resources Practice Group, was featured in "Who's Who 2018," a special supplement that was featured in the November 30-December 6 edition of Long Island Business News.


Joshua D. Brookstein Earns Leadership in Law Award from LIBN

Joshua D. Brookstein, an Associate with the Firm, received the Leadership in Law Award from Long Island Business News in a special ceremony that took place on November 29 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.


Sahn Ward Coschignano Supports 2018 Long Island Smart Growth Summit as a Sponsor

Sahn Ward Coschignano was a sponsor of the 2018 Long Island Smart Growth Summit, which was presented by Vision Long Island. The summit took place on November 30 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. This year's event featured a State of the Towns and Villages Panel, more than 20 separate workshops, over 100 speakers and panelists, an industry trade show and an LI Youth Summit.


Tom McKevitt Coaches Holy Trinity High School Moot Court Team

Tom McKevitt, Counsel with the Firm, coached the Holy Trinity Diocesan High School Moot Court Team for this year's Moot Court Competition, which took place on November 13 at Nassau County Supreme Court in Mineola. Although he has coached the school's Mock Trial Tournament team for the last 20 years, this is the first time Mr. McKevitt has coached the Moot Court team.


New to the Firm's Blog

LexisNexisTM Features Matthew McCann's Articles on Constitutional Challenges to the SEC's Administrative Power

Over the last seven years, the home-court advantage that the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") has as a party in administrative actions before the SEC has been a hot-button issue among practitioners in the field. Capturing this interest and research, Firm Associate Matthew McCann wrote two articles which were published as part of the LexisNexisTM Emerging Issues Analysis series: in October 2017, "The Constitutionality of the SEC's Administrative Proceedings: Is the Home-Court Advantage Disappearing?" and, in October 2018, "The Immediate Aftermath of SEC v Lucia on Administrative Law - Impact on Other Administrative Agencies with Similar Appointments Clause Issues and the SEC's Home-Court Advantage."


New Developments in the Law

Elaine Colavito's "Bench Briefs" Appears In Suffolk Lawyer

Elaine Colavito had her "Bench Briefs" column published in the November 2018 edition of The Suffolk Lawyer. "Bench Briefs" is a roundup of recent decisions from Suffolk County trial courts.

To review these decisions, click here.

Out and About

Chris Coschignano Honored at Syosset Woodbury Chamber of Commerce 20th Anniversary Gala

Chris Coschignano, a Member and Partner with the Firm, was honored by the Syosset Woodbury Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber's 20th Anniversary Gala for his numerous contributions to the community. The event was held on November 12 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.



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